Thursday, August 21, 2014

Chalk It Up Layouts for all your Back To School Memories

School is right around the corner for my kiddos and I know many of you have already seen the new school year begin, depending on where you  live. There are so many fun pictures that are taken this time of year... let me inspire you to do something with them.

Here is a photo of the new CHALK IT UP papers. Aren't they bright and cheerful!

And here they are in action, on a layout I created for my monthly scrapbooking group. This layout came together so fast because I simply chose a layout from the Make It From Your Heart, Volume 2 How-To book. 
 The complements for this kit happen to be chipboard, so you get instant dimension just from adding them to the layout. 

I finished it off with a few of our black enamel stars... They are part of the embellishments for the SCAREDY CAT kit.

 These are another brand new product that came out in our 2014 Annual Inspirations Idea Book. If you haven't seen it yet, you can view it, page by page online here

And the last thing I want to point out is that there is a new color featured on these layouts... FLAXEN. It is a beautiful, on trend, golden color. I love it! 

With a smile,

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Mini-Album fun with Washi Tape and Picture My Life Cards

Today I decided to take a break from the Christmas Cards I have been creating with the Pear & Partridge Picture My Life kit and instead show you a fun mini-album I made.... 
 To create the album, I used the 4" x 6" Picture My  Life cards and then added in a few pieces of cardstock that I cut to the same size. To bind the album, I simply added our Ruby Chevron Washi Tape to along the seam where both pages meet, and then to the outside edge.

 After that I simply added a few photo mats in either New England Ivy or Colonial White Cardstock, but you could totally skip this step and just add your photos.

To finish it off, I added a few sparkles, and some of our new Cranberry Striped Twill Ribbon. It was fun and easy.
 The neat part is that you can customize it to be as large as you like, and to be for any season or event you like. Simply change up the Picture My Life kit you use, and wah-lah, you are good to go.
Hop on over to my website to check out all of the different Picture My Life kits that Close To My Heart carries (there are 13!!). I think you will fall in love with several of them. 
With a smile,

Monday, August 18, 2014

Joyeux Noel, Peace on Earth, Be Merry and more! The Picture My Life kits create so much more!

Good Morning,

Just as I promised,  here are a few more cards for my upcoming Christmas Card workshop in October... just sweet and simple.

  I thought about adding some ribbon and bows, but I know that sometimes that increases the cost of postage so I decided to do a simpler version this year. 

As always, feel free to leave a comment or contact me for more information about the workshop. You do not have to be local to participate. I mail kits all over the USA. 
With a smile, Tina

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Yes, its too soon for Christmas... but I Love the Pear & Partridge Picture My Life Kit

Yes, I know it is way too early to be thinking about Christmas, but... I am still playing with the Picture My Life kits. So far I have created cards, mini-albums and traditional scrapbook pages from several of the kits... but to pace myself, I am still going to share cards created with the Pear & Partridge Picture My Life kit.

So as a reminder, this is a sampling of the kit... it includes 122 double sided cards, 10 page protectors and one 12x12 Cover page... super fun.

And of course you can scrapbook with these cards, I mean that is what they are designed for. OR... you can be a rebel and do lots of other things... like these fast, fun and cute Christmas Cards. 

 All you need is a little cardstock that matches, and some bling. I used New England Ivy, Ruby and Cashmere along with sparkles in two sizes. Check it out...
 It was so much fun I designed an entire Christmas card workshop with this kit. You can create up to 100 cards if you wanted... but for the actual class, we will be creating only 28... I don't want to overwork you all. :)
 At the workshop, not only will we be creating 28 cards, we will also do the insides as well. Most of the time it will be a stamped sentiment and some decorative cardstock... or you can get fancy and use a card on the inside too. 
Check back tomorrow for more examples!
With a smile,

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Pear and Partridge... now in the Picture My Life kits.

Good Morning,

 As I said yesterday, I have been playing with my stacks of  Picture My Life cards and creating based on this fun Mojo Monday sketch:

Just like yesterday, this card was created using two of the 3" x 4" PML cards from the Picture My Life kit.  To accent it, I added some of our Cranberry Striped Twill Ribbon and a few sparkles. I really, really, really like the new Merry Merry stamp set, so I used the same sentiment again. 
I hope this inspires you to think outside the box with the Picture My Life kits... because "outside the box" is Awesome!

With a smile~ Tina

Friday, August 8, 2014

Christmas Cards with the Picture My Life scrapbooking kits? Yep!

Hey Everyone, 

 Today's post is another card I created from the Picture My Life cards. This time though I was focused on Christmas so I used our new "Pear and Partridge" PML kit. All I can say is Soooo fun and addicting. I have made over 30 cards and will show them all to you... but not today.

So  here is a sampler of the new Pear and Partridge Picture My Life kits. As a reminder, it comes with 122 double sided cards in two sizes: 4" x 6" and 3" x 4". 

For my card, I used two of the 3" x 4" sized cards. I got the idea from the Mojo Monday sketch for this week and ran with it. I enjoyed it so much, I made 4 different cards from this one sketch, all with the PML cards. But for now, I am just sharing this one and linking it to Mojo Monday Challenge.

For this card, I did a little edge distressing of the Olive and Ruby cardstock, and then ink distressed the edges of the two PML cards. I stamped "Merry Merry Christmas" in Ruby ink from the Merry Merry stamp set. I then cut it out and popped it up right over the edge of the ribbon. Simple, fun and fast! I would love to hear what you think!
With a smile,

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

CTMH Membership Opportunity... Making the best choice...

Good Morning,

Today I wanted to chat with you all about the CTMH Membership Opportunity. Did you know that for only $99 you could purchase a membership in CTMH, much like you would do with Sam's Club or Costco... however its  not an annual subscription fee, but rather a one time thing. 

And... unlike Costco, Sam's Club or any of those other membership sites, your joining fee comes with $370 worth of product to keep! WOW! To make it even better, there are 2 kits to choose from, based on what your favorite type of crafting is. 

Let me show you:

Or, if you are more of a scrapbooker, this kit comes with an Album and a Picture My Life kit along with all the great papers, stamps and tools.

I would love to chat with you more about the membership opportunity. If there are many, many, many things you love in this idea book, this may make the most sense for you and your pocketbook. Let me show you how. I have 15 years of experience as a member of CTMH so I am sure I can help. Contact me today!

With a smile~ Tina

Monday, August 4, 2014

Shadow Boxes and Chalkboard Frames, Oh my!

Good Morning,

Today I want to introduce you to the newest products added to our Home Decor line. The first one is our Chalkboard Frame with a magnetic surface. The interior dimensions are 14½" × 12". You can write on it with chalk, or you can use a chalk marker to create a permanent look. See it in action below.


We now also carry Shadow Box with a magnetic closure. These are so cool! 
These are a wooden frame with hinged back that opens for easy loading. They come with sawtooth hangers on the back back. The interior dimensions are 12" × 12" and the tray depth is ½". Total depth you have when frame is closed is 1¼".

Look at some of these fun projects created... I see lots of great gift giving opportunities with these fun frames.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Chalk It Up Papers & Stamps for Back To School paper crafting...

Good Morning,

Today I want to introduce you to our CHALK IT UP paper collection. This collection can easily be used for all your school themed projects but also works well with a whole variety of projects. In fact, I used this particular paper pack for my August stamp of the month Halloween themed card. The color palette is so versatile. 

 Shadow Box Home Decor with the Chalk It Up Papers

 Scrapbook Page created with the color palette found in the Chalk It Up Kit

 Card created using the Teacher Appreciation stamps and Chalk It Up papers

Inspired yet? I hope so. Come back tomorrow for more new product introductions!

Friday, August 1, 2014

Hooray! Today is the day the new CTMH Annual Inspirations book is live!

Good Morning and welcome to August!

I have been waiting for August 1st to get here so I could share the brand new Annual Inspirations idea book with all of you. There are so many fun, innovative and cool products in this book for you guys to see.

If you don't have your own copy, you can easily view it online at my website.  And my plan is to share new products each and every day with you.

Today I wanted to start with our new Picture My Life kits. If you've been reading my blog, you know I am a HUGE Fan of these kits. Not only do they help me get my scrapbooking and card making done faster than ever, they are CUTE! You can create wonderful, sophisticated and easy projects with these fun little cards.

With this new idea book we have added 5 new kits.Let me introduce them to you:

Chalk It Up kit

For Always Kit

 Pear & Partridge Kit

Seaside Kit

Wanderful Kit

Here are both the "For Always" and "Wanderful" kits in action. Beautiful, don't you think?

As a recap, each kit comes with 122 double sided cards in two sizes: 4x6 and 3x4 as well as 10 pocket page protectors and one 12x12 Cover page. 

Thursday, July 31, 2014

August Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

Hey Everyone~

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!  There are so many fun things you can create with the August stamp of the month, "What A Hoot". It is so cute and perfect for doing paper piecing... I will show you below.  If you have come here from Donna Digby's Blog, you are on the right path! 

 As I mentioned, I had so much fun paper piecing with this stamp set. Being a line design set, you could easily color the owl in, or you could paper piece with different patterns of B&TP. I did this with the Owl and the Pumkin... see what I mean. 

 And... because we have a BRAND NEW Idea Book full of tons of new products, I have listed out what I used and included a link to the actual product so you could see them all. That is the fun part of having a new idea book right?!?!  So here is what I used:

In this picture I wanted to give you a close up view of the paper piecing and the pop that the thin 3-D Foam Tape gives. To add a bit of pizazz to the card, I finished it off with some outlining using the journaling pen. Easy Peasy!

Now "Hop" on over to Terry Ann Diak'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 August SOTM is only available until August 31st!  


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