Thursday, November 16, 2017

Just for FUN blog hop

Close to My Heart has an awesome special going on during the month of November and you are not going to want to miss it!  After you see all the ideas in the blog hop, you will definitely be inspired to stock up on the Fundamental paper packs, complements and ribbon too!


If you have arrived here from Brandi's Blog, welcome!  To continue through the circle of artwork and inspiration, you will move on to Brenda's Blog next. 

What I love about the Fundamental papers and products is that no matter what your theme, color preference or style, there is something for everyone.  And the Fundamentals are easy to coordinate with other themed paper kits.  Versatility! 

Graduation was the theme for the photos I have on hand...and there were LOTS of photos.  I went with my daughter's school colors to start with and then added the gold (saffron) as an accent to the cords she earned. 

I also love that there is room to do some stamping with the larger patterns of the Enchantment Fundamental set so you can add your own embellishment or accentuate your own theme with the stamps. 

And then finally, adding glitter embellishments topped it all off.  Our glitter paper is so easy to cut on the Cricut that I didn't have any trouble cutting out the stars. 

Finally, remember that I have LOTs of photos?  I added the pocket plus protectors so I could easily add these photos and memories to my page. 


If you would like to take advantage of a 30-40% discount on all the Fundamental papers, complements and ribbons, head on over to your consultants website and order today!  These products are only available while supplies last and you won't want to miss out!  If you do not have a CTMH consultant, you can purchase these products from my website.

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you were inspired by what you saw.  Remember now to travel on to Brenda's blog

Michele

Friday, November 10, 2017

Christmas Card Blog Hop

Sometimes I have great intentions to make handmade gifts for Christmas but the time gets away from me and I either don't get them finished or I only get some finished.  But, I do love that I can add a handmade touch to the holidays with handmade Christmas cards.


Welcome to the Christmas Card Blog Hop.  If you have arrived here from Brandi's Blog, you will be continuing your journey through the big circle of artwork and inspiration.  After you have visited my blog here, you will travel on to Emily's Blog.

Now to share my cards.  Each Close to My Heart paper packet has a 2 sheets of Picture My Life cards.  These can be used in a variety of ways:  scrapbook titles, embellishments, card fronts, pocket scrapbooking and more!



For my cards, I used the cards to create gift card holders.



When you open the "gift,", the card pops up.  These are simple cards and make gifting "just a gift card" lots of fun.  I hve embellished these card with red glitter paper bows and shimmer using the shimmer brush.  They fit perfectly in a regular A2 envelope.

You can purchase the products to create these cards from your Close to My Heart consultant or if you do not have a consultant,  I would be happy to help you.  Your can shop directly from my website here.

Now remember, you will be traveling on to Emily's Blog to see what she has created.

I hope you holiday time is filled with family, great memories, and blessings.
Michele




Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Stamp of the Month blog hop: Through the Year

This stamp set is a bit unusual for our regular card makers but brings out the creative challenge!  I can't wait to see what people do!


Get ready for a fun run through inspiration alley!  If you have arrived here from Emily's blog, you are one your way through a big circle of creative artwork by several consultants.  After you have visited my blog, you will travel on to Tracie's blog.

Through the year stamp set includes the 12 months of the year spelled out in a script font and then 16 icons that represent different themes and seasons of the year.  If you enjoy planners or making your own calendar, this set is a staple for your collection. 
But, if you are also a card maker, these icons add perfect images for your greetings.


Here, I used the small sunshine icon and stamped in Goldrush and Tangerine alternately to create a greeting.  I colored white dots with the Shin Han marker to create an embellishment to add dimension.  I used the "Jennifer's Hand" alphabet to stamp the sentiment.  (Tip:  I have two of these alphabet sets because they are inexpensive and I always need more than just one of the letters to complete my thought.  I put both sets in one envelope so they are always together.)

Sticking with a weather theme, I created this card using the raindrops.  The clouds and the umbrella are cut from the Artistry Cricut cartridge.  The sentiment is from the "Stronger Together" stamp set.

Although I don't have a photo of this, I purchased a large desk calender that was blank and I loved using the month stamps to label each month with a pretty font, instead of my handwriting.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION!

This stamp set is also used the December special, Through the Year Calendar.  You will be able to purchase it with a kit in December OR save yourself some money and purchase it this month for $5 with a $50 order.  Then in December, you can order the kit without the stamp set and again save on your purchase.  These calendars are great gifts as well as ways to share your memories through out the year.

Thank you for stopping by.  You will be able to order this stamp set from your CTMH consultant through the month of November or from my website here.  The calendar will be available in December so watch for news from your consultant.

Now remember to continue your hop through the blogs by moving on to see what Tracie has created.

Michele

Monday, October 23, 2017

What color is your thumb?

Do you like the look of indoor plants?  I love how they freshen up the space, add color and texture to the decor, bring a bit of the outdoors indoors.  But....I do not have a green thumb.  Well it is not exactly that I don't have a green thumb, I just forget to take care of them...and they DIE!

The Flower Market Cricut Cartridge to the rescue!  Last year, succulents became popular and CTMH introduced paper succulents in our Welcome Wreath.  These fun little plants can brighten up any room.  So I took their idea and created these little succulent pots as gifts. 




To create these I went through my stash of B&T papers as well as some older textured cardstock and started cutting out the plants.  Now, Close to My Heart and two toned cardstock so it makes finding paper for these succulents fast, simple and easy!

I inked the edges to add depth and then used my bone folder to add a bit of curl to the "petals."  The purple hue on the edges is my favorite.  I attached each plant to a pipe cleaner or straw (again I went through my craft stash) and then stuck them in a small block of floral foam.  I added a bit of moss and a plant stake with a sentiment.  Oh and don't forget the gold gem in the middle and they are ready to gift. 

What color is your thumb?  It can be green when you create paper plants!
Michele

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:
🎃
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


Tuesday, September 12, 2017

National Stamping Month Blog Hop

September is National Stamping Month and Close to My Heart has created a kit to celebrate! 


 Several consultants have put together a blog hop to show you how you can create these wonderful pop-up cards that share greetings for many different occasions.  If you have come here from Wendy's Blog, welcome.  You are on the right track to continue the inspirational journey!  From here you will travel on to Vickie's Blog where she will share her artwork. 

The exclusive From the Heart card kit contains an E-size stamp set as well as materials and instructions for creating 12 interactive cards with detailed stamping. Individual components of the card kit are available at retail price, but you save 20% when you purchase them as part of the kit!



As you can see from above, the stamp set creates a stunning floral bouquet with coordinating sentiments.   Now I couldn't stop there, so I purchased a second set of cards and started creating with new stamp sets from the Annual Inspirations and Holiday Expressions catalog. 


This is a watercolor floral bouquet using the Many Congratulations C1693 stamp set.  Simple yet elegant. 



And then I could help but to dive into the holidays a bit as well.  You can see that I even added a bit of the paper from the Silver and Gold paper collection and used the Beary Christmas-Card Making stamp set C1691. 

This Make it From Your Heart card kit is only available through September, Nat'l Stamping month, while supplies last.  Connect with your consultant or contact me to get your kit.  Or you can just shop on my website directly. 

Now it is time to move on to Vickie's Blog and enjoy her artwork.

Happy Nat'l Stamping Month

Michele