Sunday, November 30, 2014

Cyber Monday special - CTMH exclusive Cricut Collections 20% off


This sale is amazing, especially since you can combine it with our other December special called the "Deal of the Decade".
This is the first time CTMH has offered a discount on our Cricut Collections (whether you order one or all 4) and it is only available during the Cyber Monday Sale, valid from 2am (EST) unitl 11:59pm on Monday, December 1, 2014..  Each Collection includes $120 in coordinating stamps/products.  Here is a direct link to place your Cyber Monday order on my Website.

Art Philosophy
Artiste

Artbooking
Artfully Sent
December 1st also starts the "Deal of the Decade" campaign.  With a $50 purchase, you can choose as many C or D-size stamp sets you want from the Annual Inspirations Idea Book for only $10 each (a savings of up to $7.95 per stamp set)!   Once you place your qualifying order you can return anytime/several times to order your stamp sets.





Sunday, November 9, 2014

Welcome to the Joyful Stars Blog Hop for November

Here is a quick baby card I created with the newest CTMH Cricut Cartridge Artfully Sent




Your next hop will be over to Joyce Houck's blog.

If you missed any of the hops, here is the complete list:





Joyce Houck                Joyce-joyfulcreations.blogspot.com
Helen Gullet                 helengullet.com
 Betty Locco                 scrapbookgirl2.blogspot.com
 Jolene Barron              jolenespapertrail.blogspot.com
 Stephanie Brown         stephanielovesscrapbooking.blogspot.com
 Nancy Brown               creativelyartsygallery.blogspot.com
 Krista Hershberger      Kristascraftycorner.blogspot.com
 Stephanie Huber          Lavendersagedesigns.blogspot.com
 Crystal Davis              craftingwithcrystal.blogspot.com
 Nickie Hoffer               nickiehoffer.blogspot.com

 Lori Meadows              CraftyMeadows.blogspot.com

Studio J - Let's celebrate the anniversary!

LUCKY 5

Happy Anniversary, Studio J®!

November 2014: Lucky 5
November marks the five-year anniversary of Studio J®, and that means it’s your lucky month, with five amazing ways to win through Studio J and Close To My Heart social media!
First, throughout the month of November, all layouts purchased in Studio J are $5! That is a savings of over 25% off of retail—an unprecedented deal!
Your second chance to win big must come by sheer luck: every fifth order placed in Studio J during November receives a FREE surprise Close To My Heart accessory in its shipping box! The accessory has a retail value of $5 or more.
If luck doesn’t smile on you in that way, you might stumble upon it by finding a little extra something in your Studio J box. Five “golden tickets” will be sent out during the month of November with randomly selected Studio J print orders! This “golden ticket” is redeemable for one of Close To My Heart’s new D-ring albums* loaded with 10 Top Load Memory Protectors™.
For a fourth way to win, simply create new, gorgeous layouts in Studio J, select your favorites, and then post pictures of them on Close To My Heart’s Facebook page using the hashtag #ctmhlucky5. After November 30, five lucky winners will be selected from the entries based on their artistry and creativity and each of these winners will receive their own D-ring album loaded with 10 Top Load Memory Protectors!
And there is one last way to win: take your new Studio J artwork and post a picture of it on Instagram using the hashtag #ctmhlucky5. Just as it is with Facebook, after November 30, five lucky winners will be selected from the entries to receive their own D-ring album loaded with 10 Top Load Memory Protectors!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Welcome to the Joyful Stars Blog Hop for October


If you have ever felt like your creative mojo could use a boost, you can count on Close To My Heart to provide Workshops on the Go.  They provide everything you need to create beautiful cards or layouts.  Here are the 3 different styles of cards that you can make with the Snowhaven Cardmaking Workshop on the Go.  The Workshop on the Go kits include the cutting guide, instructions, paper, stamps, and embellishments to make 5 cards of each style.










Your next hop will be over to Joyce Houck's blog.

If you missed any of the hops, here is the complete list:

 Joyce Houck                   Joyce-joyfulcreations.blogspot.com
 Betty Locco                    scrapbookgirl2.blogspot.com
 Jolene Barron                  jolenespapertrail.blogspot.com
 Andrea Sherman              girlpluspaper.blogspot.com
 Nancy Brown                   creativelyartsygallery.blogspot.com
 Krista Hershberger           Kristascraftycorner.blogspot.com
 Stephanie Huber              Lavendersagedesigns.blogspot.com
 Crystal Davis                    craftingwithcrystal.blogspot.com
  Nickie Hoffer                   nickiehoffer.blogspot.com
 Janice Centritto               craftingeek.blogspot.com    
 Lori Meadows                  CraftyMeadows.blogspot.com

Friday, September 12, 2014

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Welcome to the Joyful Stars Blog Hop for September


This is a cute little post-it note holder.  I used the D1612 Teacher Appreciation Stamp Set and our ShinHan Touch markers to color in the owl.  I also used the markers to color the enamel stars (Z2010). 







The post-it note holder was cut with the Cricut Explore.  I received the cutting file from a fellow crafter.  I need to look up her name so I can post the file and give her the credit that she deserves.  Your next hop will be over to Andrea Sherman's blog.

If you missed any of the hops, here is the complete list:

 Joyce Houck                Joyce-joyfulcreations.blogspot.com
  Nancy Brown               creativelyartsygallery.blogspot.com
 Krista Hershberger       kristascraftycorner.blogspot.com
 Stephanie Huber           Lavendersagedesigns.blogspot.com
  Nickie Hoffer               nickiehoffer.blogspot.com
  Betty Locco                 scrapbookgirl2.blogspot.com
  Lori Meadows              CraftyMeadows.blogspot.com
  Andrea Sherman           girlpluspaper.blogspot.com
  Helen Gullett                helengullett.com
  Crystal Davis               craftingwithcrystal.blogspot.com



Saturday, August 9, 2014

Welcome to the Joyful Stars Blog Hop for August

I signed up to participate in a CTMH swap with 10 other consultants.  As soon as I returned from my Thirty-One convention in Ohio, I needed to get moving with 10 of each - 2 page layout, 3x3 card, 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 card, and a 3D item.  August is also our local 4-H fair and there was so much to do.  The task I dislike the most is drawing blood from all our chickens (the bantams have the smallest veins!).  I had to come up with some pretty easy designs to make sure I could get them completed and mailed out in time.  These are some of the items I created for the swap using our new Scaredy Cat paper:



This card features the August Stamp of the Month (I absolutely love this stamp set!), our black shimmer trim, and the black enamel stars.







Your next hop is over to Stephanie.  Enjoy!

If you got lost along the way here is everyone's links:
Joyce Houck                   Joyce-joyfulcreations.blogspot.com
Nancy Brown                   creativelyartsygallery.blogspot.com
Krista Hershbergr            Kristascraftycorner.blogspot.com
Stephanie Huber             Lavendersagedesigns.blogspot.com
Nickie Hoffer                   nickiehoffer.blogspot.com
Janice Centritto               craftingeek.blogspot.com  
Betty Locco                     scrapbookgirl2.blogspot.com
Lori Meadows                 CraftyMeadows.blogspot.com
Stephanie B                    stephanielovesscrapbooking.blogspot.com
Jolene Barron                  jolenespapertrail.blogspot.com
Andrea Sherman             girlpluspaper.blogspot.com

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Welcome to the Joyful Stars Blog Hop for July!

Here is a braided spine card.  This is the final picture of the front.




This is a better view of the spine.


I will be posting detailed instructions and a template. 





Your next hop is over to Stephanie's blog.  If you got lost along the way, the entire lists of blogs is listed below:


          Joyce Houck                Joyce-joyfulcreations.blogspot.com
         Jean Murphy                Stampandscrapjeanie.blogspot.com
         Nickie Hoffer              nickiehoffer.blogspot.com
         Helen Gullett               byheleng.wordpress.com
         Andrea Sherman          girlpluspaper.blogspot.com
         Krista Hershberger      Kristascraftycorner.blogspot.com
         Janice Centritto           craftingeek.blogspot.com  
         Nancy Brown              creativelyartsygallery.blogspot.com
          Lori Meadows                 CraftyMeadows.blogspot.com        
         Stephanie Brown         stephanielovesscrapbooking.blogspot.com
         Crystal Davis               craftingwithcrystal.blogspot.com
         Jolene Barron               jolenespapertrail.blogspot.com
         Betty Locco                  scrapbookgirl2.blogspot.com 
         Stephanie Huber           lavendersagedesigns.blogspot.com
         Meg Clements              clementscreativecreations.blogspot.com
         Cindy Leek                   savingmemorieswithcindy.com
         Elizabeth M                  ejoym.blogspot.com

Monday, June 9, 2014

Welcome to the Joyful Stars Blog Hop for June


Due to time constraints I decided to post the card I designed for the Spring Card Extravaganza.  The Skylark paper makes it so easy to create cards and scrapbook layouts.  If you look at this card you might think that I stamped the bird on the paper but in reality it is the upper left portion of one of the papers.  The embellishments that I added were the Bronze shimmer trim, the eye of the bird and the "Happy Birthday" sentiment.  For the 2 green layers I used our Sweet Leaf card stock and the final layer is simply the opposite side of the Skylark paper.  Do not fear that any portion of the remaining Skylark paper will go to waste.  I will be posting pictures of my other projects using the "scraps".







Your next hop is over to Crystal.  I have seen some of what she has been up to and I know you will like it.  Enjoy your hops!

If you got lost along the way here is the list of blogs in this hop:


         Crystal Davis                craftingwithcrystal.blogspot.com
         Betty Locco                  scrapbookgirl2.blogspot.com
         Meg Clements              clementscreativecreations.blogspot.com
         Stephanie B                  stephanielovesscrapbooking.blogspot.com
         Joyce Houck                Joyce-joyfulcreations.blogspot.com
         Helen Gullett               http://www.helengullett.com
         Krista Hershberger       Kristascraftycorner.blogspot.com
         Nickie Hoffer                 nickiehoffer.blogspot.com
         Andrea Sherman            girlpluspaper.blogspot.com
         Janice Centritto             craftingeek.blogspot.com  
         Nancy Brown                 creativelyartsygallery.blogspot.com
         Cindy Leek                    savingmemorieswithcindy.com  
         Lori Meadows                CraftyMeadows.blogspot.com

Friday, May 9, 2014

Welcome to the Joyful Stars Bog Hop for May


Here is a layout I just created using the Ariana paper packet and inspired by a layout from "Make it from Your Heart" Volume 2.  The bows are from the Ariana Assortment (Z3002).  The stamp was from the Ariana Scrapbooking Workshop on the go.  It doesn't feel complete yet so I will revisit it tomorrow when I am fresh.

Click on the image to get a better view:





Your next hop is over to Cindy.  Enjoy!

If you got lost along the way here is the list of blogs in this hop:


Joyce Houck              Joyce-joyfulcreations.blogspot.com
Krista Hershberger     Kristascraftycorner.blogspot.com
Betty Locco                scrapbookgirl2.blogspot.com

Helen Gullett              byheleng.wordpress.com
Nancy Brown             creativelyartsygallery.blogspot.com
Nickie Hoffer              nickiehoffer.blogspot.com
Lori Meadows           CraftyMeadows.blogspot.com
Cindy Leek               savingmemorieswithcindy.com
Andrea Sherman       girlpluspaper.blogspot.com
Crystal Davis             craftingwithcrystal.blogspot.com
Janice Centritto         craftingeek.blogspot.com       
Stephanie B               stephanielovesscrapbooking.blogspot.com

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Welcome to the Joyful Stars Bog Hop for April

Timberline Father's Day card with embossing

Once again I created a card with our Timberline paper.  Joyce shared with me a technique where you emboss some cardstock and then run the matching ink pad over the embossed surface.  I liked it so much I just had to try it out.  I am in the midst of prepping for the Scrapbook Expo in Oaks this weekend (come see me if you are there!) so I had just a little time to put a card together.

The vertical strip in the back is a piece of chocolate card stock embossed with our CTMH embossing folder and then inked with a Chocolate Ink pad.  Just think of the possibilities if you were to mix and match card stock and ink pads.

The frame around "Happy Father's Day" is from our Irresitables chipboard and inked with a dauber in Chocolate.  I used our scalloped circle punch and it fit nicely under the Irresistables frame.






Your next hop is over to Krista.  Enjoy!

If you got lost along the way here is the list of blogs in this hop:


Joyce Houck            Joyce-joyfulcreations.blogspot.com
Betty Locco             scrapbookgirl2.blogspot.com
Crystal Davis               craftingwithcrystal.blogspot.com
Nancy Brown            creativelyartsygallery.blogspot.com
Nickie Hoffer               nickiehoffer.blogspot.com
Elizabeth M               ejoym.blogspot.com
 Cindy Leek                 savingmemorieswithcindy.com
Stephanie Huber         lavendersagedesigns.blogspot.com
Lori Meadows           CraftyMeadows.blogspot.com
Krista Hershberger     Kristascraftycorner.blogspot.com
Stephanie B             stephanielovesscrapbooking.blogspot.com


Sunday, March 9, 2014

Welcome to the Joyful Stars Blog Hop for March

This month I am focusing on our Timberline paper and Workshop on the Go.  My husband and son love to fish, hike, and bike so this paper packet is great for scrapping their adventures.  One thing that I realized while creating these pages was that I love the look of the irresistables.  There is one 1/2 circle on the right page of the first layout and several on the second layout.

I completed both 2 page layouts from the Workshop on the Go and then created a Father;s day card with some of the remaining scraps.

Here is the first 2 page layout:

Left side:

Right side:


Second layout:


Left side:


Right side:


Father's Day Card:



Please hop on over to Andrea's blog next.  

If you missed any of the hops along the way they are listed below:

Joyce Houck            Joyce-joyfulcreations.blogspot.com
Nancy Brown            creativelyartsygallery.blogspot.com
Krista Hershberger    Kristascraftycorner.blogspot.com
Stephanie Huber         lavendersagedesigns.blogspot.com
Cindy Leek                 savingmemorieswithcindy.com
Crystal Davis               craftingwithcrystal.blogspot.com
Nickie Hoffer               nickiehoffer.blogspot.com
Lori Meadows           CraftyMeadows.blogspot.com
Andrea Sherman       girlpluspaper.blogspot.com
Betty Locco             scrapbookgirl2.blogspot.com
Elizabeth M               ejoym.blogspot.com

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Welcome to the Joyful Stars Blog Hop for February!

Here is a little Birthday card that I created for a card swap.  I typically leave the inside blank for a card swap.  I used the our Artiste Cricut cartridge (page 70 - Accent 2) to cut the cloud out of the card base and then also slightly smaller out of White Daisy. I inked the edges of the white cloud with Crystal Blue ink.  I used our 3 dimensional tape on both the balloon and the cloud to make them pop.







Stamp Set - Give a Lift - D1581
Card Base - Crystal Blue - 1292
Scalloped Trim - Twilight - X5666  cut with our scallop border punch - Z1851
Accent B&T paper - Balloon Ride
Grey wool Baker's twine - Z1701


Please hop over to Joyce's Blog next to see what she is up to.  If you missed any of the links I have them listed below.
Enjoy!


Joyce Houck                Joyce-joyfulcreations.blogspot.com
Nickie Hoffer               nickiehoffer.blogspot.com
Krista Hershberger     Kristascraftycorner.blogspot.com
Stephanie Huber         lavendersagedesigns.blogspot.com
Helen Gullett               byheleng.wordpress.com
Cindy Leek                   savingmemorieswithcindy.com
Nancy Brown              creativelyartsygallery.blogspot.com
Lori Meadows             CraftyMeadows.blogspot.com

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Clearly the Best: Create the Date

Check out this great flip calendar!  You can make one for yourself or make them as gifts.


Thursday, January 9, 2014

Welcome to the Joyful Stars Blog Hop for January!


Here is a very simple Valentines Card using the January Stamp of The Month.  You can purchase the Stamp of the Month for a discounted price of $5 with a qualifying order of  $50.



I created a card base sized 4 1/4  x 5 1/2 using our white daisy Card stock.  

The Ruby stripe is cut at 2 1/2 x 5 1/2.  The Black stripe is cut at 2 1/4 x 5 1/2.

I used a single strand of the Cranberry Baker's Twine and attached it to the back of the black card stock making sure there would be sufficient drape for the hearts.  I created 2 little bows (using the fork method).

I attached the black stripe to the Ruby strip and attached it to the front of the card.

I cut the hearts with the Artiste Cricut Cartridge from the Ruby card stock at 1/4 inch larger that specified on the stamp carrier sheet because I like the look better.  I stamped the hearts with black ink and attached them to the card with our 3-D dimensional tape.

My final steps were to stamp XO at the bottom of the card and attach the two bows with a little drop of liquid glass.

Stamp Set used:
January Stamp of the Month Cross-stitch Wishes  S1401

Inks used:
Ruby   Z2170
Black  Z2105

Card stock:
Ruby      X5927
Black     1386
White Daisy   1385


Cricut Cuts from Artiste (page 51, shift accent 2):
Large heart - 1 3/4  - slightly larger than recommended on stamp carrier sheet
Small heart -   1 1/4  - slightly larger than recommended on stamp carrier sheet

Cranberry Baker's Twine  Z1752
3-D Foam Tape   Z1151



Please hop on over to Betty's Blog next.


If you missed any of the hops they are all listed for your viewing pleasure:
Joyce Houck                      Joyce-joyfulcreations.blogspot.com
Crystal Davis                      craftingwithcrystal.blogspot.com
Nickie Hoffer                     nickiehoffer.blogspot.com
Krista Hershberger           Kristascraftycorner.blogspot.com 
Stephanie Huber                lavendersagedesigns.blogspot.com
Helen Gullett                       byheleng.wordpress.com
Cindy Leek                           savingmemorieswithcindy.com
Nancy Brown                     creativelyartsygallery.blogspot.com
Lori Meadows                    CraftyMeadows.blogspot.com
Betty Locco                        scrapbookgirl2.blogspot.com
Jean Murphy                      StampandscrapJeanie.Blogspot.com

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Artbooking Made Easy: Freedom Layouts (S01E10)

So many great tips included in this video!

January is National Paper crafting Month

Of course Close To My Heart has a special to help you celebrate!

If you place a minimum order of $35 you can purchase a trendy cardmaking kit call Cloud Nine for only $15.  One of the items this kit includes is 5 yards of Teal Shimmer Trim which is more than enough to complete the cards in the kit plus extra for other projects.  If you haven't used our Shimmer Trim before it is a self adhesive tape that looks like glitter yet won't flake all over your projects.  It makes it so easy to add that glitter effect.  We offer several key colors of Shimmer Trim to coordinate with our papers.  The video below will give you a better view of the cards you will make with this kit.  Click on the Shop tab above to enter your order.  Once the items in your shopping cart reaches a minimum of $35 the system will automatically prompt you to see if you want to purchase this kit.. When you add this kit to your order you now have a minimum of $50 so the system will automatically prompt you to see if you want the Stamp of the Month set for $5 (a $17.95 value).  This is a fantastic deal.  As with everything you purchase feel free to contact me with any questions.  Happy Paper Crafting Month!


Friday, January 3, 2014

Artbooking Made Easy: Festive Mini Albums (S01E09)

These mini albums are wonderful to capture your holiday and winter memories.



My Crafting New Years Resolutions

One of my crafting New Years Resolutions is to post more artwork, videos, workshops, and crops on my blog.  I'll start with more wonderful Artbooking videos that Close To My Heart created.