Monday, March 31, 2014

Balloon Talk - April Stamp of the Month

The Close to My Heart Independent Consultants Stamp of the Month Blog Hop. This month our featured stamp set is Balloon Talk item S1404. 
If you've arrived from Joy's blog you're on the right path

Welcome to our blog hop!  This month we're featuring this cute word balloon set.  I used it to reflect the totally adorable states of my grandson.  This stamp is yours for only $5 with a $50 purchase of your choice of any Close to My Heart products.


I originally was making a single photo page, but I felt it needed a bit more, so I popped a small photo at the bottom of the page and that made it feel done. 

The pictures, word balloons, and bird are all raised 

Items Used:
Skylark Paper Pack
Lagoon Cardstaock
Juniper Cardstock
Sweet Leaf Cardstock
Kraft Cardstock
Skylark Compliments
Aqua Dots
Slate Stripped Twist Ties
White Marquee Enamel Shapes
Lagoon Exclusive Ink
Desert Sand Exclusive
Sweet Leaf Pigment Ink from Whimsy Pigment Ink Set
Juniper Pigment Ink from Whimsy Pigment Ink Set
Lagoon Pigment Ink from Adventure Pigment Ink Set

Now continue on to Lori's blog, so you may see all the wonderful creations made with Balloon talk. 

Create from the Heart,

Friday, February 28, 2014

Close to My Heart Consultant Blog Hop for March SOTM

I'm sorry I have the FLU and it's awful, so there is no project at this time. 

If you've arrived from Shirley's blog you on the right path.  Please move on to Dawn's blog to continue with the hop.   Thank You for looking at our Close to My Heart March Stamp of the Month Consultant blog hop.

Create from the Heart,

Friday, January 31, 2014

Wild About Love-Close to My Heart-Monthly Blog Hop

Welcome to the Close to My Heart Stamp of the Month Blog Hop.  This month is also the premier of our new Spring and Summer Idea Book. So make sure you take a peek, and check out our great Campaign this month for even more savings.

This month we're featuring the super cute stamp set Wild About Love.  If your new to Close to My Heart our Stamp of the Month program features one exclusive D-sized stamp a month.  This stamp retails for 17.95, and it may be purchased for that price, but if you spend $50 you may purchase the set for just $5.  It's a great way to get some supplies, and a fun stamp set. 
 If You arrived here from Traci's blog your on the right path.  Wasn't her layout adorable? 

 This was a fast card to make, since I used pattern 27 from our Make it from the Heart Vol. 1.  I love our How-To's if you're experience a block or your mojo has left for a vacation, as mine has, these books are for you.

I used cardstock from our new Paper Fundamentals Basic assortment.  This is fabulous paper one side has a glossy resist, so neat. Plus Pacifica & White Daisy cardstock,   Pacifica Ink, Sorbet Ink, White Daisy card base, and the new Metallic Bakers Twine. 
This is such a cute stamp set, and it works for much more then a Valentine card or layout.  When I see it two songs play through my head depending on the day.  :)  The obvious is Wild Thing by the Troggs, and Foxy Lady by the Jimi Hendrix Experience.  You could play off the words in those songs for just about anything.  

 Now hop on over  to Keeley's blog to see the cute card she's made.
Thank You for taking the time to view our hop. 

Create from the Heart,

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Special Care - Close to My Heart's December Stamp of the Month

Welcome to the Close to My Heart Consultants 
Monthly Blog Hop!

Thank You for visiting our hop.
The featured stamp this month is 

This set is available for $5 with a $50 purchase or it can be purchased by it self for 17.95.  We have a lot of fabulous products retiring, so you'll want to grab your favorites now before they are no longer available. Just follow this link

If you've arrived here from Krista's blog you're on the right track.  BUT if you get lost or find a broken link pop over to Melinda's blog for the whole list of participants. We have over 50 consultants participating this month.  A blog hop is one big circle, so keep hopping and enjoy all the wonderful creations.

 I created these cards using patterns from Make it From Your Heart Vols. 1 and 2
I adore the How Too publications from Jeanette Lynton (Owner of CTMH) she is a true visionary and entrepreneur in the Stamping and Paper industry.  This is her 30th year in business! 
I highly recommend that you pick up these volumes.  They have Layouts and card patterns, so something for everyone. These really help me when I sit down to create. 

 The patten is located in Make it from Your Heart Vol. 2 pattern 24.

Laughing Lola is the paper pack that I used, along with White Daisy card bases(value pack) our sneak peak of Party Washi tape Honey Triangles  that you can find in  Holidays from the Heart with a pop black and grey Sparkles, Aqua Dots, our exclusive Black Ink.

 The pattern is located in Make it From Your Heart Vol. 1 pattern 23

 This is our backyard at about 2 feet of snow and latter we had another foot or so.
 My Dad out plowing...this scares me to death.
A perspective shot showing the snow up to my Mom's knees.  We've had it with the snow and the physical labor of moving the snow, driving in the snow, freezing because of the snow.  I'm disabled I can only do so much when it comes to snow, my Mom is 74 and my Dad 70.  We're going home.  We put our home on the market, signed the realtor contracts on Halloween, it showed up on the MLS Nov 2...the home sold in 10 days.  This is a record sale in our neighborhood and area.  We figured we had about 6 to 9 months for our home to sale.  

Now the hard thing it's packing up our belongings, donating, pitching, and selling equipment.  I've packed over 400 stamp sets!

Our home closes escrow on the 31st of December.  We're flying my Dad,(health) me, my Mom, and Josh along with Sadie(pup) will be driving across country to the Sacramento Valley. My son is flying in from SoCal were he goes to Chapman University, so this will be my last creative post until February.  I'm looking forward to the warmer weather, seeing the majority of my family, being able to visit with my daughters, and grandson, who live in Tacoma, Washington, and learning what has changed, yet what has stayed the same in my 14 year absence.

Now hop on over to Dawn's blog.   Thanks for coming by I hope you've enjoyed what I created along with my long winded chat about what is going on in my life.

Create from the Heart,

Thursday, October 31, 2013

The Close to My Heart Consultant Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

Welcome to the November Stamp of the Month blog hop featuring the Close to My Heart exclusive stamp set Illuminate.

If you arrived here from Georgia's blog then you are on the right path.  A blog hop is one large circle and you will see it all if you keep hopping along.  There are 54 Consultants featuring artwork in this hop and you will find a lot of inspiration! To see the complete list of Consultants participating hop over to Melinda's blog

The Stamp of the Month program features an exclusive stamp set that is only available during the month.  You may purchase the D size set for 17.95, or with a purchase of 50.00 or more you may purchase the set for only 5.00.  Speak with your Consultant or contact me here.

My project this month is a layout that I created using Make it From You Heart Vol. II.  I adore our how too programs there is nothing else like it in the Scrapbooking and Cardmaking hobby.  We may have some imitators, but the are a pale comparison  to Jeanette Lynton's fabulous publications.  Jeanette is one Fierce lady!

I used pattern 11 on page 26.

This is both the left and right sides of the layout, now I need to add the pictures, then finish embellishing, love embellishing, some more layers, and decide on a title 'Sparkle and Shine' is the front runner, yet the image is small for a title.  I'll come up with a solution, but it will be exactly what I want to convey.

The layout is still going though my process.  I will come back and look at it again hours and sometimes days after I've started.  I decided to make this one about my son who is now studying at Chapman University in Orange California.  He love's California, and now understands why I will always call California home.
I'm working on picture selection, layering, and selecting embellishments.  I wanted to show how I work a layout this month.  I'm a traditional scrapper, and I forget about my Cricut, but I will use my dies I was think about my owl die since owls symbolize wisdom, which works for my son, since he has an academic scholarship.  I'll play some more and see where this goes.

Now I have the finished layout, and I'm pleased with how it came out.  I put a lot of thought into my creations.  I know that these will be left for future generations and I want them to know how we lived, what we thought, and what we achieved. 

The bow reminds me of a bow tie, and Josh spent his High School days in ties.  He was always off to a different competition, or event. 

The title elements are raised to give the layout a bit of dimension.

I usually have a hidden element on all layouts I make.  The three large pictures are all pockets, so I can put extra photos, or memorabilia, and sometimes a letter.  This might seem odd, yet I do note on the backs if the layouts contain hidden extras. 

The Close to My Heart products I used are:
Illuminate-S1311 November Stamp of the Month Set
Frosted Paper Pack
Outdoor Denim Chevron Ribbon
Cocoa Ink used with the direct edge distressing technique
Versamark Ink
Buttercup Ink
Black Ink
Outdoor Denim Ink
Harvest Bakers Twine
Black Embossing Powder
Colonial White, Champagne, & Twilight Cardstock

Thank You for taking the time to view my work.  Now it's time to hop on over to Melissa's blog to see what she has made, and I know it will be lovely. 

Create from the Heart,

Monday, September 30, 2013

Scandinavian Wishes October Stamp of the Month

 I've lost, or misplaced this stamp set.  I originally thought I was just behind due to my recent return.  It is what it is I can't change it.  I ordered another and will post some of my cards when it arrives. 

Our stamp this month is Scandinavian Wishes, which can be yours for $5.00 with a qualifying purchase of $50.00 or more.  Keep in mind that beginning on October 15th the Holidays From the Heart mini-Idea Book will be available to purchase from.  Our promotion for the release of the mini is for every $100 you spend you receive a free item that is indicated with a star in the idea book.  This is our way of saying Thank You!
The shapes in this set coordinate with our Cricut Art Philosophy set.

If you've come from Georgia's blog you're on the right path.  We have over 60 consultants participating in this months hop.  The creations are stunning and sure to offer inspiration for the Holiday Season.

Artwork Created by the Close to My Heart Corporate Art Department
Artwork Created by the Close to My Heart Corporate Art Department
Artwork Created by the Close to My Heart Corporate Art Department

 Your Next stop is on to Jen's Blog.  Thank You for taking the time to visit our blog hop.  I know that it has sparked my Mo-jo and I can't wait to get inky.

Create from the Heart,

Monday, September 2, 2013

Holidays from the Heart Gift Guide

Take a look at our new Holidays from the Heart Gift Guide and find out how you earn free products with purchase.  

This will be available to purchase from October 15th - December 31st.  I recommend that you act quickly as some items are while supplies last.  

Click on image to view.

Items that are while supplies last:

  • Sparkle & Shine Assortment (Z1860)
  • Sparkle & Shine Washi Tape 3-Pack (Z1907)
  • Workshops on the Go® Sparkle & Shine Scrapbooking Kit (G1071)
  • Season's Tweetings Gift Bag Kit (Z1913)
  • Season's Tweetings Gift Bags (Z1914)
  • Sparkle Holiday Shapes (Z1910)
  • Party Washi Tape 3-Pack (Z1908)
  • My Creations® Hip Pics Album Kit (Z1915)

Items Returning for purchase in our Spring/Summer 2014 Idea Book:

  • Sparkle Chevron Shapes (Z1909)
  • Charming Chevrons Stamp Set (A1150)
  • Banner Wishes Stamp Set (B1438)
  • Hip Pics Album (Z1956)
  • 1/2" Ruby Washi Tape
  • 1/2" Metallic Silver Washi Tape
  • 1/2" Honey Triangles Washi Tape
  • Chocolate Wood Grain Washi Tape

Items not returning are:
  •  The 1" Juniper and Cotton Candy polka-dot washi tape rolls 
Correction to the Holiday Mini:
  •   Each Washi roll is 15' feet for a total of 45' feet a 3-Pack. 

Create from the Heart,