CTMH Cricut Artistry–It’s Here!

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CTMH Cricut Artistry Collection

It’s here!  Close To My Heart’s *NEW* Cricut Collection–Cricut Artistry. And guess what?  You can purchase the collection in it’s traditional format with a cartridge and booklet OR you can choose the Cricut Artistry Digital Download option.  Both options contain:

  • 700 images
  • 3 coordinating stamp sets
  • a pack of 20 sheets of cardstock (2 sheets each of 10 different colors!)

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Why You Should Scrapbook & Papercraft

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Stamp of the Month Life Is Wonderful Card

In under 3 minutes, you will feel your heart fill with happiness and joy.  This video created by Close To My Heart is so powerful.  It speaks from the heart about why it’s important to scrapbook and papercraft to celebrate moments in our life–from the every day ones to the special ones like an anniversary.

I’ve watched it several times and still am touched.  I’m proud to be a part of the CTMH family!  It’s a wonderful thing to capture and preserve memories that matter most to us!

Enjoy and share with your friends!

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Operation Smile & CTMH – Make Someone Smile

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2014 CTMH Operation Smile Base & Bling Necklace

Close To My Heart has been supporting Operation Smile since 2004.  A portion of the proceeds from each sale of a stamp set has gone to this wonderful charity.  Plus, customers can always round up their order totals and donate the change to Operation Smile–such a simple way to help out.  Consultants got in on the action and began having Silent Auctions at our local events and even at the Annual Conventions to support this cause.

Last year, the support expanded to an exclusive Base & Bling necklace created by CTMH only for Convention attendees with a minimum donation amount (pictured above.)  It was so well received, that they did it again this year!

2015 CTMH Operation Smile Base & Bling Necklace

Also, last year was the first year for a 5K run–just like the necklaces, it was a hit so they did it again this year.  Would you believe that we raised over $40,000 for Operation Smile during Convention this year between the necklaces, the auction and the 5K run?!?  Amazing, right? Continue reading

Upcycled Graze Box Card

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Graze Ice Cream Dream Card

Have you heard of Graze?  They are a company that do nutritious and yummy snacks by mail.  Well, most times their boxes arrive and look the same.  Essentially a kraft colored box with a decorative interior.

Graze Box

But every once in a while the box arrives in my mailbox and it’s super cute inside and out.  This was the case with the one I just received!  Cute ice cream cone design on one side and a tropical scene on the other.  So I finally did what I said I’d do each time I get one of these adorable boxes–I upcycled it into cards!

Inside Graze Ice Cream Dream Card

I thought CTMH’s Stamp of the Month from June–Ice Cream Dream was perfect for the ice cream cone design.  I kept the design simple and just added a few pieces of cardstock and some embellishments and quickly the card was created!

Supplies used:

  • Ice Cream Dream Stamp Set (S1506)
  • Chocolate Stamp Pad (Z2111)
  • Chocolate Cardstock  (X5643)
  • Sorbet Cardstock (X5751)
  • Colonial White Value Pack Cards & Envelopes (X1410)
  • Bronze Shimmer Trim (Z1849)
  • Coral Reef Sequins (Z3042)

Graze Tropics Life Is Wonderful Card

For the tropical design I created an even simpler card using CTMH’s Stamp of the Month–Life Is Wondeful.  I simply stamped the sentiment “Life is” in the lower corner of the cut piece in Chocolate ink.   Then I finished the sentiment inside the card.

Inside Graze Tropics Life Is Wonderful Card

 

If you’ve never heard of Graze before, I suggest you check  out the Graze website for more information.  And if you are ready to give them a try and you love a great deal (who doesn’t, right?!) you can use this code and receive your 1st and 5th boxes absolutely FREE!

Here’s the code to use: QYJGHMR1B

If you give it a try, leave a comment and let me know what you think!  They’ve got some really tasty snacks and the best part is you can customize it so you only receive snacks you like or are willing to try!

Retiring Close To My Heart Colors

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Enchantment Paper Fundamentals

 

Close To My Heart is going to be introducing their *NEW* 2015-2016 Annual Inspirations Book on September 1st.  And while I don’t want to ruin any of the product surprises, I do want to give you heads up that there is going to be a big changeover of colors in the Enchantment palette.

If you love any of these colors that will be retired–and are available while supplies last–I’d recommend grabbing them before they are gone forever!  Think stamp pads, re-inkers, cardstock AND pigment stamp pads…

BARN RED

CTMH Barn Red Color

AUTUMN TERRACOTTA 

CTMH Autumn Terracotta Color

I am very sad to see this one retiring.  It is a favorite of mine–and a frequent “go-to” color during the fall season.

OLIVE

CTMH's Olive Color

PONDEROSA PINE

CTMH Ponderosa Pine Color

This is the very first color I ever purchased from Close To My Heart.  I chose it to create my own Christmas cards that year.  Looking back, I was pretty ambitious–just learning to stamp and then deciding to create around 50 handmade cards all by myself!!

INDIAN CORN BLUE

CTMH's Indian Corn Blue Color

 

OUTDOOR DENIM

CTMH's Outdoor Denim Color

 

Another staple in my ink pad stash…definitely sad to see this one go, too!

 

SMOKEY PLUM

CTMH's Smokey Plum Color

 

This is the 2nd color I ever purchased from Close To My Heart.  I guess looking over the colors and thinking back to how long they’ve been around, I can see the need to update.  But these oldies are totally goodies!

Several items have already sold out, so if any of these are on your favorites list, be sure to snatch them up before they are gone by visiting my ONLINE CTMH STORE.

Amazing Cricut Artiste Card

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Amazing Cricut Artiste Card

Today’s card is another project that my Stamp Club created this month.  The design is perfect for using up scraps.  Plus, it showcases Shimmer Trim and our Paper Fundamentals beautifully!

Basic Paper Fundamentals

Our Paper Fundamentals are beautiful–and often overlooked–double-sided cardstock that have the same design on both sides.  One side features a glossy resist pattern while the other side is matte/traditional cardstock created with the same pattern in the selected color with white. Continue reading

Upcycled Toilet Paper Roll Project

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Life Is Wonderful Treat Tube

As promised earlier this week, here is an upcycled project I created using this month’s Stamp of the MonthLife Is Wonderful.  It’s a little treat container!  I reinforced the base using a cut out circle and some Liquid Glass.   Fill it with whatever treat you’d like and then wrap it in some tissue paper (a perfect square works nicely!)  Tie the top closed–I used some Glacier Extra Thick Twine.  I unraveled the twine to make it a little more substantial–a fun and easy technique.

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CTMH Happy Hexagons Gum Box

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Happy Hexagons Gum Box Containers

Today’s project is a Gum Box Container I created for my teammates attending CTMH’s Convention.  It’s part of the little gift I’m giving to each of them. Convention starts tomorrow–it’s so exciting!!  Soon all the newest CTMH goodies will be revealed.  Today I’ll be CTMH’s Leadership Day.  Usually no big surprises are revealed to us, but sometimes we get a small taste of what’s to come.  Like last year, we got a chance to use the *NEW* ShinHan Alcohol Markers before anyone else (well, 1 day ahead of everyone else!)–so that was our little sneak peek! Continue reading