Saturday, July 1, 2017

July SOTM Blog Hop: Storybook Alphabet


Thank you for joining us for the July Stamp of the Month blog hop.  If you have come here from Judy Faye's Blog, you are participating in a great big circle of artwork featuring this fun alphabet.  After your visit here, you will continue through the circle by visiting Miss Carries' Creations.


This stamp set is perfect for personalizing gifts for friends and family.  In anticipation of attending the Close to My Heart convention this week, I made some gifts for my team members who were joining me.


I used the back side of the stamps from different circle images to create a matching heart to the convention logo.  I love being able to use my stamps to create and personalize gifts.

This stamp set is available only during the month of July and can be purchased on your consultant's website.  If you do not have a Close to My Heart consultant, you are welcome to purchase from my website.

I will be at convention when this post goes live.  (Don't you love technology?)  I can't wait to share what I have learned when I return home.

Now it is time to move on to Miss Carrie's Creations.

I hope you find inspiration on using this stamp of the month for July.

Michele


Monday, June 19, 2017

Retiring Products in 2017

There's no pretty way to put it but here's the list of products that will retire July 31st. 

Close To My Heart Annual Idea Book Retiring List - July 31, 2017

Are you more visual?  Visit the Going Soon section of my website. 

Z3116 Memory Protectors Mini 4" × 4"
Z3117 Memory Protectors Mini 2" × 2"
Z3255 Whimsy Fundamentals
Z3272 Baby Girl Complements
Z3273 Baby Boy Complements
Z3287 Whimsy Ribbon Pack
Z3253 Adventure Fundamentals
Z3264 Good Life Complements
Z3286 Adventure Ribbon Pack
Z3254 Enchantment Fundamentals
Z3265 School K–6 Complements
Z3266 School 7–12 Complements
Z3288 Enchantment Ribbon Pack
Z3262 Rustic Home Fundamentals
Z3267 All Together Complements
Z3292 Rustic Home Ribbon Pack
Z3294 Memo Fundamentals
Z3246 All About the Gold Fundamentals
Z3263 Uptown Fundamentals
Z3269 You & Me Complements
Z3289 Uptown Ribbon Pack
Z3144 Picture My Life™ Overlays—Gold &
Silver
Z3193 Picture My Life™ Overlays—White
Z3306 My Boy Complements
Z3308 My Girl Complements
Z3307 Springtime Complements
Z3309 Snapshot Complements
Z3096 Circle Diffuser
Z3097 Square Diffuser
Z3118 Confetti Embossing Folder
Z3119 Confetti Stars Embossing Folder
Z3247 Simple Chevron Embossing Folder
Z3248 Wood Slats Embossing Folder
Z3249 Happy Thoughts Embossing Folder
Z3250 Word Search Embossing Folder
Z3256 Thin Cuts—Celebrate
Z3257 Thin Cuts—Love
Z3258 Thin Cuts—Happy
Z3259 Thin Cuts—Hello & Thanks
Z3260 Thin Cuts—Hearts
Z3261 Thin Cuts—Stars
Z3270 Instalife™ Album—Blush
Z3282 Instalife™ Album—Blue Jean
Z3275 #Life™ Cards—Hello Gorgeous
Z3279 #Life™ Overlays—Gold
Z3284 #Life™ Overlays—Black
Z3291 #Life™ Cards—Enjoy
Z9978 My Crush® Adventure Calls
Z1966 Base & Bling Circle Glass Covers
Z1967 Base & Bling Square Glass Covers
Z2011 Base & Bling Oval Glass Covers
Z2030 Base & Bling Rectangle Glass Covers
Z3151 Base & Bling Square Pendant—Faux Silver
Z3152 Base & Bling Square Pendant—Faux Gold
Z3153 Base & Bling Circle Pendant—Faux Silver
Z3154 Base & Bling Circle Pendant—Faux Gold
Z3155 Base & Bling Rectangle Pendant—Faux Silver
Z3156 Base & Bling Rectangle Pendant—Faux Gold
Z3157 Base & Bling Oval Pendant—Faux Silver
Z3158 Base & Bling Oval Pendant—Faux Gold
Z3159 Base & Bling Chain—Faux Gold
Z3160 Base & Bling Chain—Faux Silver
Z3196 Base & Bling Necklace Cards
Z3276 Base & Bling Royalty Style Sheet
Z3277 Base & Bling Mad for Plaid Style Sheet
Z3280 Base & Bling Watercolor Sheet—Gold
Z3281 Base & Bling Watercolor Sheet—Clear
Z3107 Base & Bling Bow Charm—Faux Gold
Z3108 Base & Bling Ribbon Charm—Faux Gold
Z3109 Base & Bling Heart Charm—Faux Gold
Z3110 Base & Bling Heart Charm—Faux Silver
Z3133 Base & Bling Bow Charm—Faux Silver
Z3134 Base & Bling Ribbon Charm—Faux Silver
Z3140 Base & Bling Black Bead Charm—Faux Gold
Z3141 Base & Bling Black Bead Charm—Faux Silver
Z3142 Base & Bling Teal Bead Charm—Faux Gold
Z3143 Base & Bling Teal Bead Charm—Faux Silver
Z3161 Base & Bling Rhinestones—Faux Silver
Z3162 Base & Bling Rhinestones—Faux Gold
Z3031 Shoulder Tote
Z3120 Marker Roll-Up
Z3121 Accessory Roll-Up
X5789 Sea Glass Cardstock
Z2507 Sea Glass Mini Pigment Pad
Z2713 Sea Glass Reinker
Z3240 Sea Glass Glitter Paper
Z2012 Sequins Gold Assortment
Z2013 Sequins Silver Assortment
Z3091 Pink Enamel Gems
Z3122 Enamel & Glitter Duos Blue Dots
Z3123 Enamel & Glitter Duos Green Triangles
Z3124 Enamel & Glitter Duos Purple Hearts
Z3086 Aqua Shimmer Trim
Z3087 Green Shimmer Trim
Z3088 Coral Shimmer Trim
Z3093 Fern Thick Twine
Z3094 Poppy Thick Twine
Z3129 Gold Foil Tape
Z3130 Silver Foil Tape
Z3218 Rose Gold Foil Tape
3174 Blending Pen
Z1294 Sanding Kit
Z1471 Ruler
Z1852 Stitch Guide
Z1859 Foam Mat
Z1999 1" Circle Punch
Z3022 3L® E-Z Dots® Adhesive
Z3023 3L® E-Z Dots® Adhesive Refill
Z3131 Thumb Notch Punch
9036 Originals Card Confidence Program
9037 Reflections Scrapbook Program
9038 Cherish Scrapbook Program
9039 Imagine Scrapbook Program
9040 Magic Scrapbook Program
9041 Wishes Card Confidence Program
C1662 Wise Guy Birthday
C1662F Wise Guy Birthday
C1662S Wise Guy Birthday
C1631 Birthday Princess
B1531 Racecar Birthday
C1612 Shower Flowers
B1547 Wedding Wishes
C1668 Baby Bundle
D1667 Balloon Wishes
B1480 Diploma Day
C1660 Happy For You
C1660F Happy For You
C1660S Happy For You
A1198 Hi Friend
A1198F Hi Friend
A1198S Hi Friend
C1619 So Many Smiles
D1646 Finding the Words
D1646F Finding the Words
D1646S Finding the Words
C1605 Happy to Be Friends
C1605F Happy to Be Friends
C1605S Happy to Be Friends
B1541 Love Your Face
B1543 Get Better
A1180 Safari Ballet
B1533 Circus Birthday
M1064 British Columbia
M1069 Florida
M1071 Hawaii
M1093 New York
M1114 Utah
D1701 Plan On It
D1702 Capture This
D1702F Capture This
D1702S Capture This
D1707 Let's Go
A1195 Lovely Leaves
C1664 Swirly Seashells
B1535 Hooked on You
C1666 Homegrown
D1668 Charming Cascades
A1193 Wreath
M1151 Dandy
D1700 Way To Go
D1660 Ink Blot
C1608 Brushstrokes
A1185 Friendly Wishes
D1711 True Love
M1057 Alabama
M1058 Alaska
M1059 Alberta
M1060 Arizona
M1061 Arkansas
M1062 Australia
M1065 California
M1066 Colorado
M1067 Connecticut
M1068 Delaware
M1070 Georgia
M1072 Idaho
M1073 Illinois
M1074 Indiana
M1075 Iowa
M1076 Kansas
M1077 Kentucky
M1078 Louisiana
M1079 Maine
M1080 Manitoba
M1081 Maryland
M1082 Massachusetts
M1083 Michigan
M1084 Mississippi
M1085 Missouri
M1086 Montana
M1087 Nebraska
M1088 Nevada
M1089 New Brunswick
M1090 New Hampshire
M1091 New Jersey
M1092 New Mexico
M1094 New Zealand
M1095 Newfoundland & Labrador
M1096 North Carolina
M1097 North Dakota
M1098 Northwest Territories
M1099 Nova Scotia
M1100 Nunavut
M1101 Ohio
M1102 Oklahoma
M1103 Ontario
M1104 Oregon
M1105 Pennsylvania
M1106 Prince Edward Island
M1107 Quebec
M1108 Rhode Island
M1109 Saskatchewan
M1110 South Carolina
M1111 South Dakota
M1112 Tennessee
M1113 Texas
M1115 Vermont
M1116 Virginia
M1117 Washington
M1118 West Virginia
M1119 Wisconsin
M1120 Wyoming
M1121 Yukon
M1133 Minnesota

Friday, June 9, 2017

Retiring Stamp Set Blog Hop

July can be a bittersweet month in the Close to My Heart world.  That is the month we say good bye to some stamp and products that we have loved all year long.  In honor of those wonderful images, we are doing a blog hop to share some of our favorites...and if you haven't had an opportunity to purchase or use them, they are still available until July 31st.


As with all our blog hops, you are traveling through a circle of consultants who are participating in sharing their artwork.  If you came here from Judy Fayes's Blog, you are on the right track.  After your visit here, you will travel on to Vickie's Blog.    

The stamp set I am sharing with you is called Wise Guy Birthday.  My favorite image of this set is the #bestbirthdayever.  You can see that I used that on the wagon side as a sentiment for the birthday wishes.  All the images are stamped with pigment ink and then embossed with clear or white embossing powder.  

Did you know that Close to My Heart offers stamp sets in different languages?  You can get this set and other in either Spanish or French. 
 


You can purchase these stamp sets and other retiring sets on your consultants website.  If you do not have a Close to My Heart consultant, I am happy to help you.  Feel free to visit my website here or contact me directly. 

Now remember, you will be traveling on to Vickie's Blog next.  

#haveagreatday
Michele



Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Unicorn Party!

What do you get when you cross three little girls with a Close to My Heart Shimmer Brush?  Giggles and glitter, all night long!

What a fun evening I spent with these three little girls and their mother's.  We crafted and glittered the evening away at our Unicorn Party!

Using the Little Dreamer paper pack which features a delightful unicorn, we created a decorative frame, necklace pendant, four cards, and a name plate with their own unicorn name stamped in Tangerine and Thistle and glittered to their hearts content.

How do you figure out your name if you were a unicorn?  Why use this fun Unicorn Name Generator and then tweak it to make it your own!

Now here's a peek at what we created.

Inspired by Laura Beacham



My unicorn name.  I kind of like it!

If you would like to play with glitter that leads to giggles, you can purchase all these wonderful products on my website.   And if you would like to have a unicorn party with a couple of friends, contact me to set up your special date.  

Here's what you need to celebrate!  






I hope you find some sparkle and giggles in your day!
Michele

Friday, June 2, 2017

Little Dreamer Scrapbook Workshop

This month I am hosting several workshops using the Little Dreamer Workshop Your Way.  This on trend paper kit features unicorns and rainbows but is perfect for birthdays, babies, and much more.   

Be Yourself

Believe
 
Shine


Happy Birthday

When you purchase this kit from me, I will email you the cutting guide and instructions.  Thank you to Tina Lovell for the inspiration. 

Or join me for one of my upcoming workshops.

Snohomish WA June 8th 10:30 a.m.
Bothell WA June 9th 9:30 a.m.
Auburn WA June 22nd 7 p.m.

Michele


Thursday, June 1, 2017

Blog Hop: Hello Foxy June SOTM

Welcome to June and our consultant blog hop featuring the Hello Foxy Stamp set. 

 If you have come here from Michelle's Blog, you are traveling through a big circle of 23 consultants.  Next, to continue through the circle, you will travel on to Gina's Blog

This month I am doing a card class featuring the "Z-Fold" style of card.  There are several different ways to create a Z-Fold and I created one using the Hello Foxy set.



For this particular card, I added a second layer to the fold so you can add another element to the card.  Here you can see the fox and flower I have added.  The 1/2" band of paper lies about half way between the front and back of the card to give it a 3-D look.   

To color the stamped images, I used the water-brush and ink from the open top of the ink pads to get a light water color look.  The colors on the wreath are Blossom, Lemon and Emerald.  I used the same colors for the flower with the fox.  For the fox, I used Sorbet.  

This card is very simple and easy but effective.  Stamping with the Memento Ink and watercoloring helps to create the soft look of the flowers. 

And to add an element from last month's stamp of the month, I colored these two foxes with my Shin Han markers, Mahogany and Pastel Peach.  Another simple and easy card. 


You can purchase this stamp set from your consultants website.  It is $5 with a $50 purchase and Close to My Heart is hosting a flash sale until June 2nd 2 p.m. PDT and your purchase of sale items can be counted toward your discount for the stamp of the month.  Don't have a CTMH consultant?  Visit my website here for the same benefits! 



No off to see more of the little woodland foxes on Gina's Blog.  

Happy Stamping,
Michele

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Seasonal Expressions II Blog Hop

It has arrived!  The Close to My Heart Seasonal Expressions II is here and you are going to love the great papers, stamps and embellishments that have been added to the Close to My Heart product line.


There are 18 consultants participating in this blog hop so you are bound to be fully inspired to create from this new addition!  If you have arrived here from Judy's Blog, you are moving through the circle.  Enjoy what you see here and then you will travel on to Krista's Blog.  If you are like me, you will likely travel through the hop a couple of times, making a wish list and then placing an order so you can create some beautiful cards and layouts.

I did a little poll with my customers to see what was their favorite new paper packet from the Seasonal Expressions...and although I didn't run the stats, I would say, that picking a favorite was inconclusive because they loved them ALL!

So today I will share a bit from three of the four new paper kits to whet your appetite.

 Little Dreamer

 Jack

 Prickly Pear

The final paper pack is No Worries, a fun in the sun, beach kind of wonderful!  Great for all your vacation photos from the tropical sandy shores.  

Below I have a collage of all the different papers with some artwork from the CTMH artists.  


 This is just the tip of the iceberg.  Remember the Seasonal Expressions II catalog is available through August 31st, 2017.  You can get a catalog through your Close to My Heart consultant or if you do not have a consultant, you are welcome to contact me and shop on my website.  I would love to help you! 

Now it is time to continue on to Krista's Blog and see what she has created. 

Enjoy your tour and happy papercrafting to you!

Michele






Wednesday, May 10, 2017

National Scrapbooking Month Blog Hop

Happy National Scrapbooking Month!  


 Close to My Heart has so many wonderful products to share with you!  Whether you are a card maker, scrapbooker, or paper crafter, there is something for you!  If you want to create with your own ideas or put together a scrapbook quickly, there is something for you! 

This blog hop will show you all the possibilities.  If you have arrived here from Judy's Blog, welcome!  I hope you enjoyed her artwork.  After visiting here, you will move on to Sheila's Blog to see what she has created.  Will it be scrapbook pages?  Cards?  Or some other paper craft? 

 Personally, I have not stopped creating with this paper packet.  As a consultant I have had it for a couple of months and I have been inspired to create since it arrived!

Because it is National Scrapbook Month, I will share the scrapbook pages I have created with the paper packet.  The pack contains 16 sheets; 2 each of 6 double-sided designs and 2 each of single-sided gold foil designs.  And each sheet has a coordinating zip strip for easy borders and embellishments.

 Using the paper pack and adding the You and Me complements and cardstock, I created these double page layouts.  AND, I have a cutting guide to share with you when you purchase this paper.  (Actually, CTMH provides cutting guides from company and consultant created artwork that we can share with you.  Such a great perk!)





Inspired by Jennifer Smith
 This one is perfect for my daughter's prom photos from last weekend.  Can't wait to get them printed.  

You can purchase this paper packet from your consultant or if you do not have a consultant, you are welcome to shop on my website.  Here's the supplies I used in addition to the paper packet to create these layouts. 

Live Beautifully Paper CC1212B
You and Me Complements Z3269

Thistle Cardstock  X5769
Black Cardstock 1386
Whisper Cardstock X5929

Flower Market Cricut Bundle Z3285

I have created so much more and will be sharing these on my blog and Facebook page throughout the month.  But now it is time to move on to Sheila's Blog and see what she has created. 

Thank you for stopping in and enjoy scrapbooking some special memories this month.
Michele