Tuesday, January 31, 2012

CTMH Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

Welcome to our February Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! There are more than 60 Close To My Heart Consultants participating this month & if you have hopped over from Karen Fullam' Blog  you are on the right track. For a complete list visit check Kathleen Androlewicz's Blog

"Thoughtful Tiding" set of 11 stamps S1202
only avaliabe February 1-28

All supplies are "Close To My Heart"
Superhero Paper Packet X1552B, Square Durables Studs Z1705 and
 "Thoughtful Tiding"  stamps set S1202

Now hop on over to Michelle Johns' Blog to check out her creation.

If you would like to know more about "Close To My Heart" and find a consulant nearest you. or contact me

Monday, January 30, 2012

Thoughtful Tiding

Each CTMH Idea Book I always think it is better than the last and this one is no difference. The colors, the pattern, the new embellishment, you get the point, I could go on & on. The last few weeks I have been creating and lovin' it.  For this card I used  "Florentine" paper which is geosuose and with a  great pattern I didn't really have to do much. I only used one stamp, so I chose January Stamp of the Month "Thoughtful Tidings"

Some of my fellow
Close To My Heart Consulsants
have shared some of their creations
by - Cherri Hardcastle

by - Sheilah Wilderson

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Close To My Heart - New Product Blog Hop

This is a "sneak peak" Blog Hop featuring a few of the *new products* that are in the new Spring/Summer Close To My Heart Idea Book which will be released February 1st.   Now if you are have come here be way of Mary Eisen's Blog you are on the right track. Now sit back & enjoy the hop.

All supplies & produces are Close to my Heart
 Footloose paper packet - X7151B *
Under the Sea stamp set - C1500 *
Cardstock - Daisy White, Bamboo, Creme Brulee, Lagoon
Olive Exclusive Ink - Z2137
Foundational How to Programs Imagine - 9030
Cricut Art Philosophy Collection  - Z1686
Mocha Opaques Adhesive Gems - Z1333
other items that would be helpful
 Edge Distresser Z1297, Micro-Tip Scissors Z534, 3-D Foam Tape, Z1151, TomBow1514, Euro Personsal Paper Trimmer Z1471

Now hop in over to Krista Hershbergr's blog to continue this "sneak peak" blog hop.

If you are interested in receiving a new Spring/Summer CTMH Idea Book please let me know or you can  check it out 24/7

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Make A Miracle Challenge

YOU CAN HELP MAKE A MIRACLE! Join the Make a Miracle Challenge by donating toward reconstructive surger-ies for children around the world through Operation Smile.® Since 2004, "Close To My Heart" has partnered with this non-profit charity to provide free life-changing operations for children with facial deformities.

It takes as little as $240 to help provide a surgery and change a young life forever; with our Make a Miracle challenge we hope to raise enough funds to help create hundreds of new smiles. Participate in the miracle by donating—100% of your contribution goes to Operation Smile, so every dollar helps. And thank you for helping us change the world, one smile at a time!

Ways you can help:
• I will be gladly accept your donation.
• Round up your order total to the next dollar and donate the difference.
• Work with neighbors and friends to sponsor one surgery.
• Donate with a purchase on my MyCTMH Website
To learn more, watch the Make a Miracle video below.

The Close To My Heart Consultant who raises the most in donations between January 1 and March 31 will have the opportunity to go on an Operation Smile® international medical mission as a volunteer, caring for children, screening applicants, teaching parents, and performing other important duties.Contact me for more information or to make donation.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Using Up Your Stash Blog Hop

If you are joining us for the "Using Up Your Stash Blog Hop" you are right on track. WELCOME! You should be coming from Wendy K's blog. There are 10 participants this month and if you get lost along the way you can see the entire list of hoppers on Rachel's Blog.  So let's get started.

Today I am showcasing retired "Close To My Heart" paper Jingle. This was a Christmas paper when it came out but as I was going though my stash these colors caught my eye & said VALENTINE. So using my handy dandy Cricut with  Art Philosophy Collection - I cut 4 1/2 inch letters spelling LOVE. I used spray adhesive to stick the paper to cardboard (the cardboard was from the back of paper tablets, yes I save that also) I simply use a canvas as my base that I painted with brown craft paint. The flowers were some a had collected over the years, none of them are CTMH. Ribbon & little "love" are some CTMH odds & ends.  Blush, Hollyhock & Tulip which make up Light red & pink shade and the colors I used with a little Cranberry.

Now hop on over to  Tabbi Fritz's blog for more ideas of using up your stash and I hope you enjoy this hop as much as I enjoyed participating in it.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Tips & Technique Blog Hop

Welcome to our Tips & Technique Blog Hop!  This month there are some very talented “Close to my Heart” consultants  highlighting the Original Argyle technique as shown on page 91 in the Close To My Heart Autumn/Winter 2011 Idea Book!

I had so much fun making this card and it was a real challenge for me. There are so many great designs in so many styles, I can always find inspiration but this technique really though me for a loop. We were told to use the "Original Argyle" featured on page 91 of the Close To My Heart Fall/Winter 2011 Idea Book was our assignment so I used of flower shape and cut some to make the argyle type designs. If you came from Michelle B's Blog blog hop you are on the right track. Find the complete blog hop list at Debi's Blog.

Kaleidoscope in Blues
Materials are all Close To My Heart unless otherwise noted
  •  CTMH exclusive stamp set sold only in the CTMH Z1686 Circuit Art Philosophy
  •  CTMH D1465 "Fill in the Blank" stamp set
  •  CTMH Z1336Pearl Opaque Adhesive Gems
  •  CTMH Z13524 ½ Circle Cards – Colonial Cards
  •  CTMH Outdoor Denim cardstock  1275, X5920 or X5904
  •  CTMH Colonial White cardstock 1388 or X5921
  •  CTMH Indian Corn Blue Ink  Z2140
  •  CTMH Z1277 Mini Medley Accents Outdoor Denim Collection (while supplies last)
Now hop on over to Shirley;s blog to see more eye candy. Glad you hoped by & hop back often.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Love Your Layout: January 2012

Monthly tip for Studio J- and don't forget the special this month -
Purchase 9 Studio J layouts & get the 10th FREE.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

A Perfect 10

Happy New Year
January 2012 Studio J® Members-Only Constant Campaign
January is free layout month for Studio J® members! For every 9 custom-printed Studio J layouts you buy, you’ll receive the 10th layout free. To receive the discount, just add 10 or more layouts to your cart. You’ll see a discount reflected in your order total. And you can totally take advantage of this promotion by ordering in multiples of 10. Buy 9, get 1 free. Buy 18, get 2 free. Buy 27, get 3 free. And so on! If you’re not a member yet, now’s a great time to join!