Sunday, July 31, 2011

August SOTM Blog Hop (featuring "Wicked" and "A Typeface"!)

WELCOME to our August Stamp of the Month blog hop featuring this month's new SOTM - "Wicked" S1108! If you've just joined me from Shannon's blog, then you are on the right path!
First, I'm sharing a standard size card (above) that I created using a little bit of Smokey Plum B&T duos paper from our NEW Sonoma X7143B paper pack. Notice how I've used the "witches hat" image as the stem for my pumpkin! To make the stem I first stamped the image with Black ink on my 3"x3.75" piece of colonial white cardstock. Then I used the "paper piecing" technique to add the green stem by stamping the image again with Olive ink on a scrap of Colonial White cardstock, cutting out just part of the "hat" image, and then adhering that part over top of the first image I stamped with Black ink. To create the pumpkin, I cut out three 1.5" ovals from Sunset cardstock using the "Oval3" button with our NEW "Art Philosophy" Cricut Cartridge!! Then I stamped the honey-comb-like image with Sunset ink ("tone-on-tone" stamping) on each oval and sponged the outside edges with Desert Sand ink. Then I layered and adhered them together over the stem to create the pumpkin! I also used "masking" technique to stamp just the word "Halloween" on the 1"x2" piece of Colonial White cardstock. I added the word "Happy" using stamps from the "A Typeface" stamp set that is your FREE gift "this month only" when you purchase the "Wicked" Stamp of the Month for just $5 with any $50 order! (both stamp set images are shown at the bottom of this post and remember, you can click on any of my photos to see them larger).
Next, I'm sharing a "candy bar pocket" (above) that I created using the the "Tag5" plus "Card" buttons with our NEW "Art Philosophy" Cricut Cartridge (I just LOVE our new Cricut Cartridge and have been playing with it a lot this week)!! The card/pocket is cut from Olive cardstock at the 5.75" inch setting (this allows you to cut two from one sheet of 12x12" cardstock). Colors used here again are Black, Colonial White, Olive, Smokey Plum, and Sunset (the cat is stamped with "2nd generation" Black ink). The "Bling Assortment" Pin Z1466 and Pin Clips Z1612 that I've used on both projects are held in place by being stuck through the 3-d mounting tape I used underneath my card elements to give them some lift and dimension.
Finally, here is the card I created with my customers recently at my New Idea Book Reveal Party and Open House (above)! Don't you just LOVE that this stamp set can be used to create a lot more than just items for "Halloween"?!! I am looking forward to using the "honey-comb-like" image and the "flourishy border" stamp as well as some of the other sentiments on a variety of different projects. This card is also made with a few other brand-new products including the Love Life D1482 stamp set, Roxie paper pack X7140B, Just Blooms paper shapes butterflies Z1463, and Bling Assortment buttons Z1466!
I hope you've enjoyed seeing my artwork! Now you can continue on with the rest of this blog hop and see more creative ways to use this "Wicked" stamp set by visiting Haley's blog next! Enjoy!!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Add Cricut® Flair to Any Workshop

Here are some great ideas for using the Cricut® to add more "flair" to your already beautiful artwork!! This video also features the "Dreamin" Workshop-on-the-Go kit that is shown on page 37 of the NEW Autumn/Winter Idea Book.

The first NEW Workshop-on-the-Go (WOTG) I've chosen for us to use and create with together at my upcoming workshops and crops in August will be the SONOMA kit shown on page 43 of the NEW Autumn/Winter Idea Book! (and I will share more details about this upcoming workshop opportunity here on my blog very soon)!!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Art Philosophy Cricut® Collection!! (available August 1st!)

So I've been playing with my NEW Cricut® "Art Philosophy" cartridge this week and I am so IN LOVE with it!! It will truly make such a difference in saving me time while I stamp and create (and it's just SO MUCH FUN)!!! For those of you who weren't able to attend my open house last Saturday, I wanted to be sure you didn't miss the exciting news about this new product we're offering. I still have plenty of NEW Idea Books left to give away, so please don't hesitate to contact me now if you're interested in getting your FREE copy from me! And now for your viewing pleasure...Here's a YouTube video that explains exactly what is included and some of the things you can do with this AMAZING exclusive Cricut® collection:

Create handcrafted artwork in a snap with our NEW Cricut® "Art Philosophy" cartridge! Simply plug the cartridge into your Cricut® Personal Electronic Cutter machine (sold at retail stores) and you’re ready to cut any of the 700 shapes, ranging from elegant rosettes and lace to trendy gift boxes and banners! You’ll also receive three My Acrylix® D-size stamp sets as well as three sets of 9" × 12" Dimensional Elements that work in tandem with the cartridge. On top of that, numerous My Acrylix stamp sets in the Idea Book pair wonderfully with images on the Cricut® cartridge! Contact me today to get the entire collection for just $99!

Monday, July 25, 2011

CTMH Convention 2011 Happy Face Video

Here's a YouTube video that will give you an idea of just HOW MUCH FUN I had at the Close to my Heart Convention recently (turn your volume up because the music will make you smile and feel good too)! It truly was a week full of memories that I will always treasure!

I was so blessed to have 11 of my consultant team members attend with me! Our friendships were strengthened and we had such a blast together!! (imagine it being like one big slumber party with 2,000 of your closest creative friends for 3 days in a row, lol). Next year's Convention will be in Dallas, Texas from July 12-14, 2012...and you are invited to join us next year (all you need to do is be a CTMH consultant)! Feel free to contact me with any questions you might have about this fabulous opportunity - I would so LOVE to have you join my wonderful "Friends Forever Stampers" team so you can join in on all the fun we're gonna have at Convention again next Summer!

(The ladies wearing the pink shirts and pink tiaras at 1:30 seconds in are some of my team members - Denise, Starr, and Desiree...Desiree won a new Cricut Expression 2!)

Sunday, July 24, 2011

"Good Work" stamp set Giveaway!!

My dear friend Nancy is offering a great "GIVEAWAY" on her blog The Apple Basket Teacher to celebrate reaching 200 blog followers! Nancy is a busy wife, mother of three, a fantastic third grade teacher, a creative scrap-booker, stamper, and paper-crafter, and an avid blogger too! The prize she's giving away is a $20 gift card to Dollar Tree as well as this super fun stamp set with a 2x2 acrylic block from me!! This is the "Good Work D1385" stamp set that will be retiring at the end of this month. This stamp set is still available to order from my website, but only until July 31st!! If you'd like a chance to win it for free simply go to Nancy's Blog now and become a follower. You can get extra chances to win by leaving comments, so be sure to scroll down and read her posts fully and follow her directions for the most chances to win!! Her contest ends soon (Tuesday 7/26 at 8pm pacific time zone) so you'll want to act quickly to enter now!! Wishing you all lots of good luck!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Come see me Saturday 7/23 (and create this FREE card)!

I'm just sending out a quick reminder to come join us tomorrow (Saturday 7/23) starting at 4pm for my NEW Idea Book Reveal Party (and Open House)!! Consultants on my team (the Friends Forever Stampers!) are invited to come for a "consultant only" meeting starting at 2pm. Please call or text me on my cell at (760) 220-0683 if you need directions to my house. I will show you how to create this easy-to-make card using all-NEW stamps (Love Life D1482 and the August 2011 Stamp of the Month - Wicked S1108), NEW papers (Roxie X7140B), and NEW embellishments (Just Blooms paper shapes butterflies Z1463 and Bling assortment buttons Z1466). I will also be giving away the NEW Autumn/Winter Idea Book and Catalog to all of my guests and will have a variety of current products (as well as a selection of my used stamps) available at low, low, clearance sale prices!! I hope you can join us for the creativity, food, friends, and fun!!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

$7 Scrapbooking Class this Saturday 7/9 (and Creativity with the Trees & Things Stamp Set!)

Please join us this Saturday 7/9 for our Saturday Night Scrappers Crop from 4pm-10pm. In addition to this FREE play-time in my stamp room (bring any projects you'd like to work on), I'm also offering an "optional" $7 scrapbooking class. The layout we will create together is inspired by the layout shown below in this YouTube video (using the "Trees and Things" stamp set with the Lucky papers)! Our class layout design is inspired by Magic - Showtime (page 106) and it can be used with 5 photos cropped to 4"x4" and one 4"x6" OR one 5"x7" photo. Please bring your adhesive as well as any photos you have to complete these pages (or you can always add your photos later if you need to). Space is limited, so please RSVP ASAP if you plan to join us (and especially if you want me to save you a class layout kit)! I hope you enjoy the video below too!!

My Acrylix® Trees & Things is the perfect stamp set for showing off lots of neat techniques, including rock 'n' roll, second generation, masking, and more! In this short video, we take these stamping methods to the next level of creativity on cards, a scrapbook page, and even a journal. Easy and fun for all of our stamping-crazy customers or those just learning!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Get more "bang for your buck" in July!! (last chance to get our soon-to-be-retired products!)

We have a great promotion this month and it's such a good deal. Spend $50, add a bonus item for $1! Eligible $1 Bonus Items include:

* Creative Basics® Mistletoe paper kit ($8.95 retail value)
* Creative Basics® Animal Cookies paper kit ($8.95 retail value)
* My Originals® Bits & Pieces Card Kit ($12.95 retail value)
* My Originals® It’s Your Day Card Kit ($12.95 retail value)
* My Originals® Around the Holidays Card Kit ($14.95 retail value)

Eligible purchases must be from current items in the Spring/Summer 2011 Idea Book.

Furthermore, CTMH has announced some of the products that will be retiring at the end of this month (available now, and only until July 31st!):

* ALL Level 1 My Reflections kits!!
(12 to choose from for just $9.95 each)
* Creative Basics Wings Collection (page 114 of Idea Book)
* Bliss papers and My Stickease (page 12 of Idea Book)
* Miracle papers and My Stickease (page 16 of Idea Book)
* Sweetheart papers and My Stickease (page 20 of Idea Book)
* Wings papers and My Stickease (page 24 of Idea Book)
* Magnifique papers and My Stickease (page 38 of Idea Book)
* Olivia papers and My Stickease (page 38 of Idea Book)
* Hooligans papers and My Stickease (page 39 of Idea Book)
* Mistletoe papers and My Stickease (page 39 of Idea Book)

Now is a great time to purchase any of the items you don't want to miss out on! Your purchase can also help you earn the July Stamp of the Month - American Celebration D1458 for free or at a discount, as well as help you take advantage of getting a bonus item for just $1!

Please feel welcome to contact me now to place your order with me in person, over the phone, or here online from my website:

Finally, here are some pictures of the $1 bonus items to choose from: