Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Hello, Life!

Oh, hey! Today's your last chance to get your hands on National Stamping Month exclusive stamps Hello, Life! 

How about that brush stroke?  How'd I get it so perfect and so similar in each card? It's a stamp!! :) So is the "Hello"! Hello, Life! exclusive stamp sets are packed full of images and sentiments to help you awe-some artwork!  These little cards were quick and easy to make and are great for having on hand when you need to send someone a smile.

Hello, Life! cards featuring new colors eggplant, pomegranate and poppy.

Hello, Life! cards featuring new peacock color as well as a couple good standbys lagoon and glacier.

I am loving working with our new enchantment color palette!  The next two cards feature pomegranate and poppy colors while using the September stamp of the month, Paper Garden, as well as Hello, Life! stamps.  How about that beautiful paper?  Sangria!  Love!!
"Hello" card featuring September SOTM and Hello, Life!

"Happy Birthday" card featuring September SOTM and Hello, Life!

I was inspired by the artwork in the Hello, Life! flyer on these last two cards.  Watercolor is SO fun!! My husband was super impressed with how my stamp colors matched my painting - that's CTMH! Coordinating colors! :)
"Happy" card featuring Hello, Life! and watercolor.

And... if you missed it.  Check out how I used Hello, Life! and the Paper Garden, September SOTM on my layout here:
Sangria layout featuring Hello, Life! and September SOTM.

I just can't get enough! Today is your last chance to get your hands on these fun stamp sets!

Hello, Life! Exclusive Stamps available only during September 2015.

September Stamp of the Month

Happy Crafting!!

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Sunday Paper: Sangria Scrapbooking Layout

This last week was the official beginning of fall!  One of my favorite things about fall are the gorgeous fall colors.  It's still pretty green around here but the leaves are starting to change and anticipating the beautiful colors inspired my artwork this week.

This layout was created using Sangria papers.  Aren't they beautiful??  Using kraft paper as the background the Sangria papers really pop and get me in the fall mood!  I used September SOTM: Paper Garden and Antiqued Gold Mini-Medley Accents to embellish and finished the layout off with a small title fit in by the flowers "Autumn Memories".  This stamped title was created using the exclusive Hello, Life! stamp sets (only available this month).

Autumn Memories Layout featuring Sangria papers, September SOTM: Paper
Garden and Hello, Life! stamp set. 

I hope you get a chance to enjoy the great weather - get out and make some great 'Autumn Memories'!

Autumn Memories Layout featuring Sangria papers, September SOTM: Paper
Garden and Hello, Life! stamp set. 

Remember, September SOTM and the Hello, Life! stamp sets are only available during September so hop on over to my online shopping site and scoop yours up while they're available!

Hello, Life! Pocket Scrapbooking Set,  CC1042

Hello, Life! Cardmaking Set, CC1041

Hello, Life! Scrapbooking Set, CC1040

Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Halloween Layout

Things are getting spooky around here!

This layout was created using Nevermore paper, black glitter paper, my new favorite stamp set Ink Blot and Artiste Cricut cartridge

Layouts like this one can be created with me at my Layout Workshops! My next scheduled Layout Workshop is Tuesday, November 17th at 6pm. Mark your calendars! 

Happy Crafting!

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Sunday Paper: Nevermore Layout with Flip Flaps

Where will you put all those cute pictures you take on Halloween?

I think I'll put mine here...

Guess what? I certainly WILL take more than 3 pictures ...and this layout will still work because of flip flaps!! There are 10 photo mats on this layout and I'm confident I could squeeze a few more flip flaps on if needed! :)

Here's the layout with the flip flaps 'opened' up.

I found inspiration for this page from Dana Kessler on Pinterest and made it my own. I also gained a lot of flip flap inspiration from many consultants at Convention this summer.  To create this layout I used Nevermore paper pack, Nevermore complements, Artbooking Cricut cartridge and Flip Flaps.  The complements in the new Annual Inspirations are a home run - seriously cute!

Remember, when you purchase your Nevermore paper this month I you will receive instructions to make this "Spooky Fun " layout and receive a cute Halloween card to add to your stash! 

Happy Crafting!

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Sunday Paper: Artfully Sent Halloween Card

The days of September are cruising by and before we know it Halloween will be here!  True Story. Just like that we'll have little goblins and ghosts at our doorsteps trick-or-treating.

This card was created using the Artfully Sent Cricut cartridge.  "Candy Corn Kisses" cuts directly into the card so all I had to do was put some backing (retired Scardey Cat paper) behind the image.  Finally, paper fundamental scraps worked perfectly to decorate the candy corn - voila!  Truly a card made in minutes!

CTMH Artfully Sent Halloween Card

Are you wondering if Artfully Sent is the next Cricut cartridge for you?  Watch this quick video from Close to My Heart to see more of the functions Artfully Sent offers up close.

You can find Artfully Sent and the rest of CTMHs Cricut Collections on my online shopping site. Let me know if you have any questions!

Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Happy National Stamping Month!

September is off to an exciting start!  The new Annual Inspirations Idea Book and the first Holiday Expressions Book are now live.  If you are still in need of your own copies of these Idea Books let me know and I can get a copy sent your way!

National Stamping Month Promotion: Hello, Life!
September is also National Stamping Month! To celebrate CTMH has release 3 exclusive stamps, available only during the month of September, to help every kind of papercrafter say a big "hello" to life!  These C-size My Acrylix Hello, Life! stamp sets can be purchased for $13.95 each!  Or, for an even better deal, you can purchase all three for only $34.95 - a savings of $6.90! 

Each stamp set is designed to fit with a specific type of papercrafting, whether that's scrapbooking, cardmaking, or pocket scrapbooking.  However, all the stamp sets coordinate with each other and can be used together to create dynamic artwork.  These stamp sets also coordinate with shapes from the new Cricut Artistry collection to help expand your artwork options even further. 

Remember, these stamp sets are available for one month only, so get your orders in for one stamp set - or all three - before these gorgeous stamps disappear!  Make certain to follow Close To My Heart's blog, Instagram, and Facebook page for artwork inspiration featuring these lively stamp sets all month long.  You can post your own artwork to your social media channels using the hashtag #ctmhHelloLife

CTMH Artwork created using exclusive National Stamping Month stamp sets, "Hello, Life!".

Stamp of the Month: Paper Garden
During the month of September you can purchase this exclusive D-Sized stamp set,Paper Garden, for only $5 with an order of $50 or more!

Paper Pack of the Month: Nevermore
Stay tuned to my blog, Facebook page and Instagram for Nevermore inspiration this month.  Nevermore will be featured in my artwork and at workshops this month.

Nevermore Paper Pack: X7198B

Nevermore Assortment (adhesive-backed, printed, faceted gems): Z3083

Nevermore Complements (coordinating stickers, Kraft Di-Cuts & Plastic Die-Cuts): X7198C 

I'd love for you to play with this paper collection along with me!  When you order your Nevermore paper pack during September you'll receive a fun Halloween card as well as instructions to create this exclusive scrapbooking layout.

Upcoming Workshops
Paper play dates are even more fun when spent with friends!  Be sure to mark these dates on your calendar!

September 20th2:00-4:00pm Kid's Club
September 22nd6:00-9:00pm Layout Workshop
October 10th9am-Midnight CROPTOBER FEST Crop
October 20th6:00-8:00pm Christmas Card Buffet

These upcoming workshops and classes are ones that I'm hosting at my house.  You are all welcome and invited to come!  Please call, email or text with your RSVP and I'll get you on the VIP list! :)

Finally, I am still take reservations for gatherings this fall!  As my calendar fills I want to make sure you are on it!  You can pick the type of party you want.  Just for hosting YOU get free product in addition to all the hostess rewards you will earn and EVERY party will have a free make-and-take project for you and your guests.

It's National Stamping Month! Keep Calm and Stamp On!
Happy Crafting!