Thursday, February 28, 2013

March Stamp of the Month Floral Happiness

Welcome to the Close to My Heart March 2013 Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!

This month we have a two step stamp set aptly named Floral Happiness S1303.  This set can be yours for just $5, remember the stamp on the month is only available until March 31st, contact your consultant to find out how to get yours or click here.   We have a ton of new and exciting trendy items waiting for you to dive into, so check out our online Idea Book, which also contains a ton of ideas to keep you creating for many months to come.  

If you just hopped over from Karen's blog you in the right place. I mixed it up this month and though my color choices at first seemed odd to me I realized that this is the trend right now and they look fresh.  

Colonial White bulk Cards
Buzz n Bumble Paper Pack
Claire Paper Pack
Floral Happiness Stamp Set
Patterned Pennants Stamp Set
Distressed Backgrounds Stamp Set
Cocoa Ink
Outdoor Denim Ink
Hollyhock Ink
Blush Ink
Sweet Leaf Ink
Olive Ink
White Hemp
Mini Clothes Pins

Now hop on over to Judy's Blog, remember  this blog hop is a big circle, so don't worry just keep hopping along and you'll visit all the art!

To see a complete list of participating consultants go to Kathleen's Blog.

Create from the Heart,

Saturday, February 23, 2013

For Always

Welcome to our February Art Philosophy/Artiste Blog Hop!   As you know, these cartridges are available exclusively through a Close to My Heart consultant.  If you don't already have a Consultant that you are currently working with, please contact one the Consultants in our hop with any questions you have!

Our theme this month features not only one of these amazing cartridges but also a brand NEW paper pack from Close to My Heart - "For Always".   In this hop, you will see projects featuring one (or both!) of our versatile Cricut cartridges with this paper pack from many talented crafty ladies!  Enjoy our blog hop!

 If you came from Michelle's Blog My Creations with Michelle then you are in the right place!

This appears a little washed out, but it shows the details of the favor bag, so I'm going with it.  I think it has to do with the Daylight bulbs I have in my craft area.

For Always is a great paper pack for those formal and elegant occasions in my opinion.  It's perfect for weddings, bridal showers, & the occasional tea!
Exceptionally easy to make takes 15 minutes from start to finish and that is what your looking for when you need to make dozens of favor items.

This is from the Artiste cartridge and here are the supplies I used:

X7165B For Always Paper Pack
Z1821 Button Assortment, black, slate, whisper
Z1807 Glitter Gems Pink

Faster, Simpler, Easier! 

Artiste Instructions
 <3D Object> 5" pg. 41
<3D Object Shift> 5" pg. 41

Your next stop on our "For Always" hop is Wendy's  Blog My Scrapbooking Blog

Here is the complete lineup in case you get lost along the way:

Thanks for hopping along with us - we hope we were able to inspire you.
Create from the Heart,

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Fire and Ice

Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I’ve tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.
But if it had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of hate
To say that for destruction ice
Is also great
And would suffice

by Robert Frost

I've always loved this poem it is based loosely on Dante's Inferno. 

I loved the idea of creating an item based on the concept of either Fire or Ice or both!  I hope you find some inspiration in the item I've created.  All of my supplies are from Close to My Heart.


This hop is based on the famous poem "Fire and Ice" by Robert Frost. Even though the poem is of the humankind's demise, Jearise, our hostess, still loves it. She says every time she hears the title she thinks of blues and reds so she thought why not have a blog hop based on those colors?

 Our wonderful crafters have created projects using either shades of red or shades of blue or they have jumped right in and combined the two colors. You'll have to hop along to see which way they went. Don't you just love playing the guessing game while hopping.

Jearise in Lorby's World, who is our hostess, will have blog candy so make sure you start hopping from her blog so you know how to qualify.

Inside View

Supplies Used:
Z2192 Pacifica Ink &  X5759 Cardstock
X1410 Colonial White Card Bases
Z1829 Black & Gray Glitter Paper
Z1802 Slate Satin Polka Dot Ribbon
C1539 Scrapbook Statements-Poets Acrylic Stamp Set
C1540 Hello Blooms Acrylic Stamp Set
Anna Griffin Cuttlebug/Provo Craft Embossing Folder
Martha Stewart/EK Success Edge Punch
Glitter Brad and Background & Texture Paper Retired

Now please continue on to Jearise's blog Lorby's World.

Jearise -
Lynne -
Edwina -
Lucy ~
Priscilla ~

Create from the Heart,

Thursday, February 14, 2013

New products have arrived!

 Close to My Hearts semi-annual idea book is now arriving at mailboxes, and gatherings everywhere.  We have some stunning new products that are sure to get your Mojo going!  Check out our new idea book online.

You just arrived here from Melissa's Blog, so you're on the right tract.  A blog hop is a big circle, so follow along and you'll discover exciting new creations with our new products.

Due a break in PA. weather and medical obligations(no appts for 5 days) I needed to retrieve my daughter's vehicle from the port in Baltimore, MD.  While I respect our military and treasure each person that is/has serving/ed I will never get why they would not ship her car to Tacoma, WA,

All edges are inked in Cocoa, the ribbon is dyed with re-inker in Sunset and Creme Brulee, & the button is tied with Sunset bakers twine. 

Supplies Used:
X7164B Buzz N Bumble Paper Pack
Z1738 Colonial White Die-Cut Card & Envelopes
C1537 Honeycomb Stamp Set
Z1732 Color Ready Seam Binding Ribbon
Z1837 Mini-Medley Wooden Accents
Z1702 Paradise Bakers Twine Assortment
Z2191 Sunset Ink and Z2291 Re-Inker
Z2167 Creme Brulee Ink and Z2267 Re-Inker
Z2114 Cocoa Ink
Z2123 Goldrush Ink
Z1805 Hook & Loop Dots

Enjoy our hop with hopes that it gives you inspiration.  Now off to   Judy's Blog to discover some lovely art.

Create from the Heart,

Friday, February 8, 2013

Home Sweet Home Take Two

"Home Sweet Home" 

Take Two

 Check out my Layout featuring this stamp set! 

Welcome to our February Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!  This month's stamp set from Close to My Heart is "Home Sweet Home" and is available exclusively through your Close to My Heart consultant from February 1 - 28, 2013.  You can purchase this stamp set for only $5 with a qualifying purchase.

If you came from "Jennifer's blog 4 Hearts Scrapbooking "then you are in the right place!

This is my version of the card featured on the website and insert with the Stamp of the Month.  I sanded the Outdoor Denim cardstock to make it appear faded  like a pair of jeans. The card took approx. 30 mins to make once all the materials were gathered together. 

Here is a list of the items I used:

White Daisy Card Base
White Daisy Cardstock
Outdoor Denim Cardstock
Chantilly B&T paper
Silver Shimmer Tape
Basic Bakers Twine
Outdoor Denim Exclusive Ink
Ruby Exclusive Ink
Home Sweet Home Stamp Set S1302
Hello Blooms Stamp Set C1540

Your next stop on our "Home Sweet Home" hop is Theo's blog Celebrate Crafts.

 Thanks for hopping along with us - we hope we were able to inspire you.

Create from the Heart,

Monday, February 4, 2013

Playing with my AG Cuttlebug!

I purchased the Anne Griffin Cuttlebug form HSN recently and I'm just starting to play with all the folders...they are FABULOUS by the way.  I think my paper horde and these folders will work well together ;^)
 I used my Cricut and the Art Philosophy cartridge by Close to My Heart to create my flower.  The flowers on the cartridge are basically a spiral with a slight petal pattern.  I used White Daisy cardstock, my quilling tool, and Hollyhock ink to make the completed flower. A gorgeous Cuttle bug embossing folder by Anna Griffin, some pearl paint, cardstock, A small bit of patterned paper from Dotty 4 You (retired), and viola an elegant sympathy card. 

Create from the Heart,

Friday, February 1, 2013

Valentine's Day Mailbox

Valentine's Day Mailbox & Treat Box Blog Hop

Valentine's Day is just two weeks away and we wanted to see what kinds of mailboxes, boxes, and bags you make to give those special people in your lives. Join us for some amazing Valentine's inspiration in plenty of time for that special day and those special treats.

This hop has two hostesses today: Jearise from Lorby's World  and Tee from Tee-Myspot . Make sure you visit their blogs because they have some special treats of their own to give away. They'll tell you more on their blogs.  If you've come from Jessi's Blog your on the right path

Now on with the inspiration...

I created this cute little mailbox using my Cricut & the Artiste cartridge from Close to My Heart. This cart is loaded with fabulous 3-D items it's a favorite of mine. Once I decided on the paper and stamp set I had this together in about 30 mins. gluing the mailbox together was what took the longest.  I recommend the super strong red tape to keep the box together.

Thanks for stopping by and please continue on to Katie's Blog

Have a Happy and Crafty Weekend!

Create from the Heart,

Hello Tweety

I used the Make it from Your Heart publication, by Close to My Heart...did I mention I'm a consultant with the company?  I'm a hobbyists actually,but I seem to spend enough money that I'm allowed to stay on, which I love cause I get sneak peeks and all the trends updated weekly. :)

Here's my creation...with a page from the phone-book.

Technical difficulty working......

Distracted by Sir Paul at the Roundhouse...sigh....

All the supplies I used are from Close to My Heart and here is the info. in case you are interested.

Clementine Paper Pack
Neutral Bakers Twine
Cocoa, Creme Brulee, Goldrush, Saddle, & Smoothie Ink
Hello Tweety Stamp Set~Brand new from our Spring 13 Idea Book.

Create from the Heart,

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