Thursday, October 19, 2017

Tried this pin?

Have you seen the button on Pinterest that let's you share if you have tried one of posts and how it went?  Well this is a story of "trying" an idea from the Close to My Heart Facebook page and they aced it!

My friend and customer Gail, along with her daughter Kelly saw the post and decided to give it a try!  They then posted the results which were stunning!  Don't you love it when it works? 




Here's how to make these:
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1. Spray paint pumpkins white, or use ghost pumpkins. 
2. Stamp & emboss on white tissue paper- (we used silver & gold embossing powder with our 'Falling For You' stamp set).
3. Cut the image out - the less tissue paper along the edges, the better.
4. Mod Podge image onto the tops of your pumpkins & let dry! Simple, fun, fabulous!😘

And here are the results in Gail's home!





Absolutely beautiful!  What crafty idea have you tried lately?  I would love to see what you have made! 



Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Holiday Card Classes

Yes, with fall comes holiday crafting for those of us who like to add handmade touches to our festivities.  I have two classes coming up that offer opportunities for you to create your holiday cards.

November 3rd 7 p.m.  OR  November 4th 10 a.m.

$25 to create 10 cards, 2 each of 5 different designs. RSVP for your class space or a kit to go by October 30th. Classes in Bothell WA.




November 18th or December 9th at 3 p.m.  

Create 2 cards, two large tags and 8 gift tags for $20.  RSVP for classes two weeks prior to date.  Classes at A Little Knitty 218 E Main St, Auburn, WA 









Are you getting ready for the holidays?  

Michele

Monday, October 16, 2017

Blog Hop: Share A Smile

This month Close to My Heart is hard at work increasing awareness and raising funds for Operation Smile.  In support of this effort, they have created a special set of die cuts to go with our Punny Pals stamp set and an easy to make card kit!  Welcome to the blog hop featuring these products!



If you have arrived here from Alyson's Blog, you are on track to continue a large circle of blogs featuring artwork creating using the products on special this month.  I have some artwork to share with you here and then you will move on to Gina's Blog

This set of little animal characters and their punny sayings are great for a variety of different greetings. 

Here I created a birthday card for my sister who is a lover of all things green and especially frogs. 


For this card I tried the partial die cut technique that was recently featured on the Make it from Your Heart blog.  With the detailed instructions, this was an easy technique to do.  


And then I couldn't ignore this puppy!  I added him to a tag from the stamp set "The Thought That Counts" (C1692) which has some fun, snarky messages for holiday gifts.  His little guys goes perfectly.   

With every sale of the Punny Pals stamp set, $7 goes to Operation Smile.  It takes $240 for a surgery that can change the life potential of one child.  You can also donate by "rounding up" on your Close to My Heart orders and during October, Close to My Heart is matching the donations up to $10,000.

AND, when you participate in the Share a Smile promotion by purchasing any of these special items or rounding up your order, you will automatically qualify for a chance to win a not-yet-released stamp set from our upcoming 2018 Seasonal Expressions 1 idea book!  Close to My Heart will be choosing winners throughout the month of October, so any time you place an order, you can be a winner! 

 The following are the thin cut set and the card set that compliment the Punny Pal stamp set.




If you would like to support Operation Smile AND have a super cute stamp set with a fast, simple and easy card kit, visit your consultants website!  If you do not have a CTMH consultant, I would be happy to help you.  Visit my website here for all the details about the special or contact me personally. 

Now remember your won't want to miss the artwork shared by the other consultants so travel on to Gina's Blog and see her inspirational work. 

Share a smile today!
Michele

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Blog Hop: October SOTM Christmas Tunes

Welcome to Fall and the October Stamp of the Month blog hop.  If you are a crafter, the fall season also ushers in holiday crafting and Close to My Heart has a perfect stamp set to get you started on cards, tags, scrapbook pages or even gifts. 

 If you have arrived here from Krista's Blog, you are continuing on the big circle of ideas using this stamp set.  After you have visited here, you will continue on to Carol's Blog


This set features songs that you will hear through out the holiday season.  And while you have those tunes going through your head, you can sit down and create some fun cards! 




 I used our silver metallic paper and clear shimmer pen to add sparkle to these cards.  I also love the tree line die cut and will be using that for many creative sessions to come.  It fits so well with the "Evergreen Memories" theme. 

The Christmas Tunes stamp set is available only during the month of October and you can purchase it at a deep discount when you have a $50.  Take some time to plan out some holiday crafts, Make a list of items you need to complete them, visit your consultant's website, and add it to your cart!  If you do not have a consultant you are welcome to shop with me at MRowley.ClosetoMyHeart.com

Now to see more artwork using the Christmas Tunes stamp set, hop on over to Carol's Blog and then keep hopping through to fill your pinterest board with great ideas and inspiration!

Happy Hopping,
Michele






Friday, September 22, 2017

Holiday Expressions New Product Blog Hop

Welcome to the Holiday Expressions blog hop!  This "little" catalog is full of all your paper crafting needs for the upcoming season! 

If you have arrived here from Wendy's Blog, you are on course to travel through several blogs and see wonderful artwork!  After you have spent time here, you will move on to Krista's Blog to see what she has chosen to create from the products available in this catalog. 

For this blog hop, I have chosen to feature the Cut Above Merry Everything Tag Kit.  This kit is versatile and can be used in any season.  The gold and silver embossing brings sparkle to any project.  And those bows....so pretty! 




As a stand alone kit, you can add a special touch to the holiday gifts your exchange but that is not all!  These tags can be added to cards and scrapbook pages to create a beautiful layout.  I have used the Beary Christmas paper and done a layout with a set of tags and one with just one tag as a small embellishment.  I think you will agree that it really creates a sparkle and depth to the layout.

Layout with just one tag.

Layout with three additional tags, a bit more bling and a glitter paper title cut on the cricut. What a difference a bit of shine can make!

You can add these tags to cards as well and create an extra special greeting to share with friends and family.   I used the Beary Christmas Workshop Your Way kit and added tags to enhance the focal point as well as a bit more bling to brighten it up!  What do you think?  
 

 


You can shop for these products on your consultant's website and if you do not have a consultant, you are welcome to shop on my website.  Don't forget to add the tags to your cart, you are going to want them for all your holiday creating and even beyond!  

Now remember it is time to travel on to Krista's blog and see what she has created!  I hope you enjoy the upcoming seasons and holidays!

Michele