Time is Running Out

There are only a few days left to take advantage of our AMAZING May specials.  If you are like me, you have a few things sitting in your online cart waiting for check-out, but May has been so busy, you haven’t had a moment to finish your purchase. Often times, those items end up selling out on the last week of the month and I would hate for you to miss out and be disappointed. Make sure you take advantage of the Postcard Perfect, Classic Summer Bash, and the chance to get a Cut About Layout Kit® FREE before May 31st.

 

Do you have some Postcard Perfect memories that need scrapbooked?  Maybe you have some pictures of your kids by the pool or the beach or some cheesy Hawaian shirt photos.   Now is the time to take advantage of some awesome savings when you purchase the Postcard Perfect Collection. If you are like me and love it all, you can 20% when you buy the Postcard Perfect Product Bundle, which includes one of every item in the full collection!  Order before May 31st, and I will send you a FREE Layout guide using these amazing products.

 

 

Mason jars are everywhere lately and I’m sure you have seen and used quite a few mason jar stamps. Our exclusive Classic Summer Bash stamp set has the perfect sized jar to “fill” with flowers, fruit, candy, or simple sayings. There are so many wonderful ideas out there on Pinterest. The possibilities with this stamp set are endless. You can get this stamp set for only $5.00 with any qualifying purchase on my website, or purchase it by itself for $17.95, but you only have until May 31st to order.

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Take the time to visit my website to view all of the amazing products from our Seasonal Expressions 2 catalog. You will not be disappointed. Close to My Heart has truly outdone themselves this season.  You can get a copy of this catalog FREE with any online order this month.  You will love all of the papers, stamps, scrapbook kits, card kits, embellishments, and ideas using these products.

I hope you are all enjoying the wonderful weather and staying safe this Memorial Day weekend.  I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Postcard Perfect Memories

I bet every vacation you have ever taken was Postcard Perfect.  (Well, most of them.)  Some of our postcards probably had pictures of exhausted parents, crying children, and the phrase “glad that’s over”,  BUT every single one of them is FULL of memories.  This month, we are celebrating those memories with our Postcard Perfect collection.

There was so much pleasure to be had while creating with the Postcard Perfect Paper Pack, Coordinating Cardstock, and Stamp Set .  I personally enjoyed using them so much that I created THREE layouts – each with enough photos for you to show-off your summer adventure memories.

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On this first layout, I took advantage of the awesome images that are included in the Postcard Perfect paper packet.  The cut-apart page is full of summery, vacation worthy images that you can use on your layouts. I love how many photos I was able to incorporate into this layout. Can’t you just picture a breathtaking tropical get-away?

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On this second layout, I planned on adding some colorful layouts of my kids in the pool, so I kept the background pretty simple. Most poolside photos contain lots of color, and I wanted to make sure they stood out on this layout. Once again, I took advantage of the cut-apart images as well as the spectacular patterned vellum that is included in the paper packet.

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This final layout is one that you have already seen in a recent blog hop. I wanted to take advantage of the incredible images on the Postcard Perfect stamp set.  I was able to create a fun title, some accents, embellishments, and a place for journalling.  I love how this layout could be used for just about any type of family vacation.

I have enjoyed this collection so much that I am giving away a FREE Workshop Guide for these three layouts to anyone who purchases any of the Postcard Perfect products from my website or attends my workshops AND I will be holding a drawing for one Free Workshop Guide for anyone who comments on this post on my Facebook or Instagram page. (You will receive one entry per comment.)

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Remember, the Postcard Perfect Collection is only available until May 31st while supplies last! Visit the Promotions tab my website to see how you can get some amazing Postcard Perfect Products at a 20% discount.  I can’t wait to see what you create to display your Postcard Perfect memories!

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Don’t Forget to RSVP

This month, I have some amazing workshops planned for you as well as a Crafternoon of Fun.  You only have a few days left, though, to reserve your spot and kits for each of these May Workshops. I know that your lives get busy, so here is a quick reminder of what I have planned for you in the next few weeks.

BeautifulFriendshipCC-LayoutsSTOREAt my Beautiful Friendship Workshop on May 19th, you can come and create six amazing pages using our adorable Beautiful Friendship collection.  If you cannot attend, you can order a kit from me and I will ship it to you at an additional cost.  Workshop guides are also available for purchase or FREE with a $30 order from my website. 

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You will also have the opportunity to create this splendid little Tea-riffic Teabag Holder and card.  Each kit is ready-to-assemble and includes everything you need to make these projects.  I will be providing you with the inks and stamps needed, and you will have the option to purchase additional Tea-riffic Teabag Holders using other papers from the Beautiful Friendship collection.

Since May is National Scrapbooking Month, I am also offering a Postcard Perfect Album Workshop on May 26th, where you can come and create albums to preserve those “Postcard Perfect” memories.

 

For all of my card making friends, I am offering a  Postcard Perfect Card Making Workshop where you can come create ten adorable cards using the Postcard Perfect collection of products.

You will need to reserve your place at these workshops BEFORE May 12th.  All you need to do is send me an email to misscarriectmh@gmail.com and let me know that you wish to attend the Beautiful Friendship Workshop, the Beautifully Tea-Riffic Workshop , and/or the Postcard Perfect WorkshopsSpace and kits are limited. 

While you are at it, make sure to take some time for yourself and catch-up on some of your crafting projects at my CTMH Crafternoon on May 19th. You will have plenty of room to work, access to FREE WiFi at the library, plenty of outlets for your electronics, and receive a FREE Seasonal Expressions Two catalog.  You are welcome to bring snacks and covered drinks to this event.  There is room for 15 people, so please feel free to bring a friend or two to this event.

I hope to see you at one of my upcoming workshops!  I can’t wait to see what you create! 

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Postcard Perfect Blog Hop

Welcome to the Postcard Perfect Blog Hop where we will be featuring products from our spectacular Postcard Perfect collection.  FB_IMG_1525655935232These exclusive products are available during the month of May to celebrate sunshine, tropical getaways, and family vacations.  If you have come here from Krista Hershberger’s blog, you are on the right path! When you are finished reading my post, you can click on the link at the end to move to the next blog.  This blog hop is designed to allow you to start here and work your way around. It’s simple, fun, and full of ideas using products from the Postcard Perfect collection. If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog.

Over the past few months, I have had quite a bit of fun playing with the Postcard Perfect Paper Pack, Coordinating Cardstock, and Stamp Set . I enjoyed using them so much that I created multiple layouts that I will be showing you throughout the month, but for today, I am giving you a peek at the possibilities.

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This layout, takes advantage of the incredible images on the Postcard Perfect stamp set.  I was able to create a fun title, some accents, embellishments, and a place for journalling.  I love how this layout could be used for just about any type of family vacation.

 

 

You can continue through the blog hop and see more ideas from over sixteen other Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using our Postcard Perfect Products and other great Close to My Heart products on their blogs. I will be creating more projects throughout the month using the Postcard Perfect products, so make sure to visit often.  product image

Now “Hop” on over to Alayne Fleming’s blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting tips and other fun ideas! Remember, the Postcard Perfect Collection is only available until May 31st while supplies last! Contact your CTMH Consultant, or visit the Promotions tab my website to see how you can get some amazing Postcard Perfect Products at a 20% discount.  I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Happy National Scrapbooking Day!

May is National Scrapbooking Month and a time to celebrate your love of memory keeping. To celebrate, Close to My Heart has created a special paper packetcoordinating cardstock packet, a stamp setand a Cut Above® layout kit to highlight all of your Postcard Perfect moments!  Throughout the month of May, I will be celebrating by sharing artwork and workshops using this wonderful collection of products.

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If you haven’t had a chance to visit my website, I want you to make sure you take a look at these completed layouts from the Postcard Perfect Cut Above® Layout Kit.

Pair this kit with an album, a journaling pen, and adhesive, and you have a “Postcard Perfect” way to document some of your favorite memories.  The Postcard Perfect Cut Above® Layout Kit.comes with beautiful base pages, stickers and die-cuts (cut paper shapes), photo placeholders, four Memory Protectors™, and a set of instructions showing you how to piece everything together.

Remember, this kit and the other Postcard Perfect Products are only available during the month of May, while supplies last, so don’t miss out and get it while you can! If you want to get this kit FREE, become a Close To My Heart Consultant or host a qualifying party any time this month.

 

Have a wonderfully, happy, National Scrapbooking Day! I can’t wait to see what you create!

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My Weird Scrapbooking Life

In honor of National Scrapbooking Month, I have decided to try to post more scrapbook pages.  As I created this layout, I realized that I have some really weird scrapbook habits. So, in honor of a month dedicated to scrapbooking, I have decided to share my top ten habits of “weirdness” with you.  (Maybe you can ease my mind into believing that some of these habits aren’t so weird.) 

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WEIRD HABIT NUMBER ONE
I love scouring the internet for inspiration and challenges.  This week’s online search led me to two challenges.  I adore the Raspberry, Mink and Juniper combination for this week’s Color My Heart Dare, and I really wanted to challenge myself to use Vellum as instructed in the Heart2Heart Challenge(These challenges are so fun – this time I was blessed with the Diamond Award from Color My Heart Dare and the May Darling Award from Heart2Heart.)

WEIRD HABIT NUMBER TWO
I don’t glue everything down all at once.  In fact, I am known to have a huge pile of randomness that I have thrown onto the page, rearrange, THEN when I am finally satisfied – I snap a photo of it on my phone for reference. By taking a photo, I have something to refer to when my life calls me elsewhere or when my ever aging brain forgets where I placed that stamped rose.

WEIRD HABIT NUMBER THREE
I change my mind a lot.  Originally, I had placed the stamped vellum raspberry rose overlay on top of raspberry cardstock, but after looking at the fundamentals paper, I decided to go with white cardstock instead. Which leads me to weird habit four…

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WEIRD HABIT NUMBER FOUR
I look at all the items I have chosen for additional inspiration.  The background paper has raspberry roses on white – I matched those with a heat embossed velum raspberry rose on top of white cardstock.  The Thin Cut Hearts have stitching which I matched by adding stitching to the page.

WEIRD HABIT NUMBER FIVE
I eat chocolate while scrapbooking and sometimes have to use a white pen to cover up the random chocolate stain on a layout.  My scrapbook desk holds two tins  – one with chocolate and one with dog treats. I don’t dare mix them up. 🙂

WEIRD HABIT NUMBER SIX
I save most of my scraps and Cricut® mistakes.  On this layout, the vellum roses were cut from scraps, the cardstock roses were cut from scraps, the leaves were stamped on scraps, and the title was a mistake made and used.  I even cut my little hearts from the raspberry roses I had intended on using.

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WEIRD HABIT NUMBER SEVEN
I use a lot of foam tape. I need to by this stuff in 100 foot rolls.  I love the dimension that using both Thin 3D Foam Tape and 3D Foam Tape as well as our Foam Dots gives to a project.

WEIRD HABIT NUMBER EIGHT
I don’t post many layouts with photos.  In all honesty, I like to keep my family life private and protected.  Although, I do seem to have (and post) more pictures of my dog than my kids and her little attitude would prevent most people from taking her.

WEIRD HABIT NUMBER NINE
I like to use a variety of shapes, colors, and textures on my projects.  I have been learning quite a bit lately about color application and how to “match” tones and shades.  I love mixing lines with floral and scripts. I am careful to make sure that each has something to add to the layout and doesn’t take away from the photos.  I am also a big fan of texture.  It adds dimension and sophistication to a project, but a little can go a long way.

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I make A TON of mistakes.  That white pen thing with the chocolate is just the tip of the iceberg. I have been known to leave a coffee ring on a project then cover it with a flower or clean a stamp and mist the ink all over the page – great opportunity to try my hand at splatter painting. I have been know to pull a piece of paper up only to tear it then just call it “added texture”.

So, maybe some of these aren’t so weird, but, to me and my little brain monsters, they seen awful strange some days.  I do hope that you take a little bit of time during National Scrapbooking Month to express your “weirdness” and breathe in the paper goodness of crafting.  Make sure to take the time to visit my website and see all that Close to My Heart is offering to celebrate a month dedicated to scrapbooking.  I can’t wait to see what you create!

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May is Marvelous

As the days grow longer and summer approaches, your days become filled with various family memories that need recording, and you can be guaranteed that Close to My Heart will have an unbelievable collection of products to meet your paper crafting needs.  Along with a new season comes a New Seasonal Expressions catalog full of wonderful Workshop Your Way Kits,  papers, embellishments, stamp sets, and the NEW Story by Stacy™ products.
1805-se-catalog-coverDuring the month of May, you will receive a FREE Seasonal Expressions Two catalog when you place and order on my website, or attend one of my workshops.  Along with the new catalog, Close to My Heart is celebrating National Scrapbooking month with a full line-up of stunning summery products.

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The Postcard Perfect Collection includes a paper packet, stamp set, coordinating cardstock pack, and Cut Above® layout kit.  Each of these work beautifully to create cards, scrapbook pages, mini-albums and more.  You save 20% when you buy the Postcard Perfect Product Bundle, which includes one of every item in the full collection!  Purchase the Postcard Perfect Cut Above® layout kit and Album bundle and you have the start to an amazing album full of memories.  (This bundle would make a delightful gift to give to a newly married couple as a way for them to record their honeymoon memories.) 

I am offering two workshops during the month of May that will feature this collection where I may be giving away a paper pack, stamp set, and Cut Above® layout kit.* Make sure to RSVP for these workshops BEFORE May 10th. 

Take the time to visit my website to view all of the amazing products available to you this month. You will not be disappointed. Close to My Heart has truly outdone themselves this season and I can’t wait to see what you create!

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*Give away will take place when five or more people attend the workshop. The more people who attend, the more prizes will be given away. 

Classic Summer Bash Blog Hop

Welcome to the Classic Summer Bash Stamp of the Month Blog Hop where we will be featuring the May Classic Summer Bash stamp set.  This stamp set has so many possibilities with it’s mason jar, fruit, and festive summer images. 30708102_10155576295932686_2123340738633923416_nIf you have come here from Kirsten Jade’s blog, you are on the right path! When you are finished reading my post, you can click on the link at the end to move to the next blog. This blog hop is designed to allow you to start here and work your way around. It’s simple, fun, and full of ideas using the Classic Summer Bash stamp set. If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog.

This Classic Summer Bash stamp set reminds me of  lazy, summer days outside, so I chose make a card you can use to invite others to join you on the porch, avoid life, and sip some lemonade.  Along with the stamped images from the Classic Summer Bash stamp set, I chose to use items from the Postcard Perfect collection to create that lazy, summery feel.

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The Postcard Perfect collection was designed to celebrate National Scrapbooking month, but can surely be used for more than scrapbooks. I have enjoyed the Polka-Dotted Vellum so much that I have used it on multiple projects already, and I love how the Mint cardstock tones down bright shades of the images.  Not only does Postcard Perfect have  a wonderful collection of papers and cardstock, but there is a delightful page full of images, like this Hibiscus, that you can use to enhance your projects.

You can continue through the blog hop and see more ideas from over twenty-four other Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this month’s Classic Summer Bash stamp set and other great Close to My Heart products on their blogs. I will be creating more projects throughout the month using both the Classic Summer Bash stamp set and the Postcard Perfect products, so make sure to visit often.

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March is Momentous

Close to My Heart is spoiling you with a month full of specials.  During March, we have not one, not two, but THREE amazing specials just for you.  Along with those specials, you will begin to also see sneeks peeks some upcoming products available only in May.

Begin by making your March dynamite with our “Die-namite” Thin Cuts special! 1803-cc-dienamite  During March, you can save 25% off  individual Thin Cuts and 30% off  bundles of Thin Cuts. This special includes both current and retired Thin Cuts. All sets that are featured in the sale are only available while supplies last and many will sell out completely before the month is through!

Visit my website to see all of the Thin Cuts included in the Die-namite! special.

To add to the incredible monthly specials, Close to My Heat is continuing to offer the unbelievable Step Right Up! bundle of fun.  We all have much to celebrate and the Step Right Up! special includes everything you 2a14aa51-cf25-4727-adca-c0b46b4f0f3aneed to showcase all those momentous occasions in your life.  The discounted bundle coordinates perfectly and includes a stamp set, five colors of cardstock, gold foil paper, gold pearls, and red shimmer trim. This bundle is only available while supplies last through March 15th.  

So Step Right Up! and purchase your
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Throughout the month, make sure to keep an eye out for some incredible artwork 1805-cc-nsm-postcard-perfect (1)featuring our Postcard Perfect products. Through the next few months, you will be able to see some of the stunning artwork created by my and many talented consultants.

Watch Instagram, Facebook, your Inbox, and my blog to see what I have planned for National Scrapbooking Month May! 

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I am SO EXCITED and I can’t wait to share ANOTHER incredible special with you!  There will be a mystery bundle available for purchase beginning Friday, March 9, and will remain available through the end of April while supplies last.  Make sure to visit my blog for updates!

I told you that March is Momentous! Feel free to visit me on Facebook and Instagram to follow my weekly crafting.  I can’t wait to see what you create throughout the month of March.

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National Scrapbooking Month Blog Hop

Welcome to the National Scrapbooking Month Blog Hop!  We will be featuring the Live Beautifully collection, which is designed to celebrate the beauty of life. Close to my Heart 2017MayCC.jpghas designed many breathtaking products for National Scrapbooking Month using the Live Beautifully collection that you are sure to love.   If you have come here from Brenda Lapp’s blog, you are on the right path! When you are finished reading my post, you can click on the link at the end to move to the next blog.  This blog hop is designed to allow you to start here and work your way around. It’s simple, fun, and full of ideas.

If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog: http://ifyoublingit.blogspot.com/p/stamp-of-month-blog-hop-list.html.

During the month of May, you will be able to see many  projects using the Live Beautifully collection. This week, I used the beautiful Rose patterned paper to create a vintage looking border on my layout.  As always, I’ve included a list of the products I used to create this card at the very bottom of this post.

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Paper Needed: 12″ x 12″ Black Cardstock, 11½” x 11¼” Whisper Cardstock,  12″ x 6″ B&T Paper (I used the Rose),  6½” x 9″ B&T Paper (I used the Script), 3″ x 9″ B&T Paper (I used the Pale Pink Ombre),  ½” x 9″ B&T Paper (I used the Pink Deco), 7½” x 5½” B&T Paper (I used the Black & White Dots)

Here are a few techniques I used on this layout:

  • The Rose B&T paper border was cut with scissors around various flowers and leaves just like you would do if you were going to create a Découpage.
  • The journalling is on the tag insert. I created a taLiveBeautifullyHeritageLayout_Tagg from various scraps, then looped some White Twine through a hole.
  • The title was created on the Cricut® using the Harrington text.
    QUICK TIP FOR PERFECT TITLE PLACEMENT:  Create the text in Design Space® and arrange them on the canvas exactly how you plan to space them on your page.  Use the attach feature to ‘ATTACH’ the word to the canvas. This will cut them in the exact spot you placed them.  After the letters are cut out, keep the background to use as a mask for letter placement and your title will look perfect. LiveBeautifullyHeritageLayout_Title

You can continue through the blog hop and see more ideas from approximately twenty Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this month’s Live Beautifully products and other great Close to My Heart products on their blogs.

Now “Hop” on over to Priscilla Gotham’s blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting ideas and other fun ideas! Remember, the Live Beautifully products are available until May 31st while supplies last!  Contact your CTMH Consultant, or visit my website to see how you can get these breathtaking products!

Learn more about each Live Beautifully product available. 

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