Sunday, July 30, 2017

An Elegant, Yet Simple Card...

This afternoon, I created this quick card:

I utilized our ShinHan Markers to color in the main image. 
I popped the main image up off the card with a strip of our Thin 3-D Foam Tape
Our Thin 3-D Foam Tape comes in two widths. They are 3/8' and 1/4 ". You receive a roll of each in the pack. 

The sentiment "It's Your Day", is from our "Say It All" Stamp Set. 
Don't forget tomorrow is the last day to purchase the "Say It All" Stamp Set. 
This stamp set is part of the Stampaganza promotion that ends tomorrow as well. 
You can purchase two stamp sets and receive the 3rd set for free. 

The background scenery was created with ink. However, the polka dot paper and the paper behind the sentiment are both part of the Fundamental Paper Packs. 

I also used the ShiHan Markers to create the blades of grass in the scene. 

Saturday, July 29, 2017

A Few Quick Cards From Our Little Dreamer Paper Pack...

Tonight, I started out my cards with a 6 x 6 square of the unicorn themed paper from our Little Dreamer Paper Packet.
None of them were very elaborate by design.
I wanted to show you something simple and quick. 

I cut the 6 x 6 down, in a One-Sheet-Wonder fashion.
I then played around with the pieces, layered most of them and came up with the cards you see here.

In addition to the Little Dreamer Paper Packet, I also used some of our Fundamentals Paper Packs, Our Whimsy Two Tone Cardstock Pack, and our Say it All Stamp Set

The Say It All Stamp Set is only available until July 31st.
If you haven't purchased one, don't miss out.
The set is perfect for most any occasion and is only $13.95, not bad for 19 phrases.

Most of the sentiments were stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento Ink

"So Grateful" was stamped with the Lagoon Mini Pigment Ink Pad.
The Lagoon Mini Pigment Ink Pad is part of the Adventure Exclusive Inks Mini Pigment Pad Set.

One of the "Just For You" cards has sparkly embossing power on it.

I used VersaMark Ink to make it stick, then the Craft Heater to set the sentiment.

This particular card also has Tuxedo Black Memento Ink sponged around the edges.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

August 2017 New Consultant Promotion

***August 2017 New Consultant Promotion***

Signing up as a new Consultant with Close To My Heart during August is more rewarding than ever! When you sign up as a new Consultant you already get:
  • A New Consultant Kit with essential supplies for only $75 USD/$95 CAD 
  • $50 USD/$60 CAD in Select Product Credit to spend on additional supplies 
  • The chance to earn fantastic Straight To The Top start-up rewards 
    Now, during August only, you can also earn your choice of a FREE Cricut® collection, a Block Alphabet Thin Cuts bundle, or an additional $99 USD/$126 CAD in Select Product Credit! Earn your choice of these rewards when you submit $300 USD/$350 CAD in commissionable sales by September 30! If you have ever thought about joining, now is the perfect time. Just in time to earn some extra money towards your holiday expenses. Message me to ask me any question about our career plan!

Now Is a Great Time To Host A Gathering!

Extra Goodies for August Only!

During the month of August, host a gathering that reaches the third level of Hostess Rewards or higher and jump up a level in rewards!  

Don't forget our new Annual Inspirations Idea Book (catalog) comes out in August! 
So you can earn some of the new goodies!

This means an instant reward boost of $20 and possibly an additional item at 50% off! 

So instead of $60 in FREE HOSTESS REWARDS CREDIT, you would receive $80!
And an ADDITIONAL 50% OFF Item!

Remember, I offer in-home, catalog, and Facebook Gatherings! 

Contact me to schedule yours today, to receive extra goodies!

Close to my Heart Warehouse Sale! Starting August 1st!

  1. Starting August 1st! 

    Every Tuesday during the month of August we will unveil a fresh set of retired Close To My Heart products and product bundles at a 50% discount! 

    For this sale only, we’ll also only charge shipping and handling on the price paid instead of on the retail value of the items, the way we normally do. 

    ***These items will only be available during the week they are launched while supplies last, so you’ll need to act fast! ***

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Some fun with a few retired items...

So tonight, I pull out a few retired stamp sets from a while back, and created this cute little card...

For this card, I kept things rather simple. 
The hearts, are three different sized hearts from the retired "Whooo's Your Valentine" Stamp Set. 
I stamped each heart using the Lagoon Mini Pigment Ink Pad, on white cardstock. This Mini Ink Pad is from the Adventure color family. Some of the hearts are stamped off once, some stamped off twice. 

Then I used my Tuxedo Black Memento Ink to stamp "Thank You" from the retired "Courage" stamp set. 

Then I trimmed the cardstock down to about 4 x 5 1/4 inches. I mounted the white cardstock on a piece of dark gray cardstock that is folded to a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inch card. 

Lastly, I just added a few Rhinestone Clear Sparkles to give it a little extra flare. 

If you have these sets in your collection, be sure to pull them out and give them some love. 

I also chose to enter this card into a few challenges:

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Christmas Is Only 155 Days Away...

That's right, 155 days or 22 weeks away. 
It will be here before you know it. Im usually pretty good about shopping for gifts throughout the year, but Christmas cards... that's a different story. 
So every year I start in July, and I still don't always finish in time.
 In my defense however, we don't receive many cards, and I usually end up sending folks cards, that never send us one, so I at least start with the ones that do send us one first. 

So for this card, I kept things rather simple. 

I started with a white card base, which I rarely do, but for this I decided to go with white. 

I cut 1/2 inch strips of several pieces of Fundamentals Papers
There's probably at least 1 pattern from each color family. 
The larger red strip in the middle, was cut at 1 inch. 
I adhered each strip, then trimmed down the edges. 

The sentiment "Happy Holidays" is from the current stamp set "Short & Sweet" Sentiments
The outline is a stamp from our older retired "Cute Koalas" stamp set, in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink. 
After stamping the sentiment with my Cranberry Mini Pigment Pad, I also sponged the edges, after fussy cutting it out.

I cut a 1 1/2 inch circle out of the yellow patterned paper from the Prickly Pear Paper Pack. I cut it in half so that each side peeks out from behind the sentiment. 
Then I adhered two small Rhinestone Clear Sparkles for a little extra pizzazz. 

Lastly, I sponged the inside of the card with my Cranberry Mini Pigment Ink Pad
I will add this card to my collection of Christmas cards that are ready to go the day after Thanksgiving. 

I also chose to submit this card to a few challenges:

Friday, July 21, 2017

One-Sheet-Wonder Thank You Card Set...

Since it's pouring outside here, what better time to stay inside and make a few cards.

I wanted to use the new Close to my Heart two-tone cardstock and two of my new stamp sets.


I made a set of 4 cards, each one slightly different but for the most part using the same main colors.

I used the Crystal Blue and Sweet Leaf colored cardstock from the two-tone Whimsy Cardstock Combo Pack

You will notice on one of the cards, I flipped the bottom strip over to the lighter side before mounting it on the card. It's just a very subtle color difference.

I used the new Delicate Flower Essentials stamp, to create the floral pattern. I essentially took the stamp and created a One-Sheet-Wonder with my Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad. Then I colored in just a few leaves with my ShinHan Markers

On two of the cards, I did some light sponging with the color Lagoon Mini Pigment Pad. This color is also available in our full size exclusive ink pads

The "Thank You" sentiment is from the Short & Sweet Sentiment Set. This set has 12 different sentiments, and is a great offer for only $6.95. 

The Delicate Flower Essentials Stamp is only $2.95 and will be available starting August 1st.

***My favorite card out of the group***

I also chose to enter my favorite card out of the group into a few challenges this week: 

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

A Quick Thinking Of You Card...

Here is a quick little thinking of you card, I made for a friend of mine that used to live here in North Carolina.

For a little extra dimension, there is some sponging around the circle with the sentiment on it.

The North Carolina stamp, is part of the entire United States collection. There is one for every state. And at only $2.95 for the set, you can't beat that at all. 
Here are a few of the others states:

Again each stamp set for the states is only $2.95, the perfect little stocking stuffer. It is not too early to start thinking about Christmas!

A Quick Birthday Card...

Had a chance to play for a little bit with some new goodies, that arrived today. 
Come join me, as I make a quick birthday card. 

Part 1:

Part 2:

Hope you find these useful. Please let me know if you have any questions at all. 
To purchase the paper pack, I used, click here.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

A Birthday Card...

Generally throughout the year, I go through Birthday cards and thank you cards for my customers pretty quickly. Because I sell Close to my Heart products, Uppercase Living, and Tastefully Simple, I am constantly sending cards out. I love sending my customers birthday cards. 

So typically  few times a year I will participate ins swaps so that not only do I receive great cards that I can give, but I can also C.A.S.E. them and create mew ones later. 

So this morning after I finished my children's birthday cards, I created the adult female ones for a recent swap I signed up for over at Splitcoaststampers

This card was relatively quick to make. I love the bright orangeish patterned paper at the top, it reminds me of the summer sunshine shining down on the flowers.  I added Rhinestones to the center of each flower for a little sparkle. The inside white layer is sponged with ink as well for a little character. The sentiment on the inside is stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink

I also submitted this card to a few Challenges:

My Little Man Will Be Turning One In A Few Months...

So as many of you know, I am a mom of 7 children. We have six daughters and one very special little boy. He is the baby and my heart for sure. Well that little baby will be turning 1 in just a few short months. I have no idea where this last year has gone, however I have started trying to plan his birthday party.  

So for his 1st birthday, we decided to go with a Cowboy theme. I knew that one day If I ever had a boy, eventually one of his birthdays would be Western/Cowboy, so I purchased this set and held onto it. 

Just so happens I have recently joined a few more swaps...

So I decided to pull out that set and play. I ended up creating a few Western/Cowboy themed elements for his birthday pictures to go in his first year album.  I will of course post pictures of those later. 
However, for this card, I kept things rather simple. A few layers, some sponging around the edges. I added eyelets in the corner for my embellishments. I used Memento Tuxedo Black Ink for the Birthday sentiment and for the cowboy hat outline. I hand cut the cowboy hat out.   You will notice I made two different styles as well. 

These cards were made for "children's birthday" swap over at Splitcoaststampers

The inside is just a layer of white cardstock with some sponging as well. 

I chose to submit this card to a few Challenges as well:

It's Been Ages Since I...

It's been ages since I made a one layer card. Honestly the last dozen times or so I did, they were always white, white and black, or white with a small pop of color. 

I don't believe I have ever made one with a colored cardstock base, so the One Layer Card, Colored Cardbase Challenge over at Less is More really was a challenge for me. 

I tried to keep things simple. I used white ink on a navy card base. I went with a snow theme, and lightly sponged around the edges. I did round the corners of the bottom of the card as well. 

I also submitted my card to the follow Challenge:

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Christmas in July

When you have a large family and plenty of friends, you have to start your Christmas card making early...  

So this evening I sat down and started making a few Christmas cards.

I utilized the Jack Paper Packet from Close to my Heart, for the red and green patterned paper. 
The sentiment is a simple, "Just for You" which is perfect for a gift card inside or a card attached to a gift.  This versatile stamp is part of the Petite Perks "Just For You" stamp set. This cute little set has 4 different sentiments. 

As an incentive from me, any order placed in the month of July on my personal website or with me, for $20 or more, will receive a free Petite Perks "Just For You" stamp set. 

How fun is that? A FREE stamp set! 
Once your order is placed, I will ship you the set absolutely free! If you do not already have a 2 x 2 acrylic block or larger, you may wish to add that to your order. It is the recommended block for this FREE stamp set.

I kept the embellishments simple for this one, and only added two Rhinestones, and added a bit of ink sponged around the edges. 

I also added this card to a few Challenges:

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