Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Pocket Style Scrapbooking Class Forming Now! Local Classes begin January 12, 2015

Picture My Life
Scrapbooking Club
(Can be mailed for those not local to me)

Bring your photos, trimmer and adhesive and lets get some scrapbooking done!
We are all busy, and for most, our scrapbooks tend to be WAY behind. I am here to help!

Starting in January I will host a monthly scrapbook night where you will have 3 full hours to get your memories out of a box and into an album using our NEW Pocket Style Scrapbooking Program called Picture My Life

These night is all about creating. Consider it a Ladies Night Out once a month!

When:  2nd Monday night of each Month from 6:00-9:00 pm
·        First scrap night is January 12, 2015

What:  A fun night of scrapbooking using our new pocket style scrapbook program called "Picture My Life."  We will be learning various techniques to incorporate into this style of scrapbooking... so if you are a bling lover, no worries. You can create Lumpy Bumpy scrapbooks with these kits and I will show you how.
Cost:  $30 + SH and also includes the option to add additional items if you want more. :)
          Each kit includes the following for you to take home:
·        1 Picture My Life kit of your choice
             *144 Double Sided cards, in 2 sizes (4x6 and 3x4)
             *1- 12x12 Pre-made scrapbook Page
             *10 Pocket Style Page Protectors
·        1 Coordinating Embellishment that will correspond to the technique of the month

Benefits to You:
·        $25 Gift Certificate for FREE Product of your choice TWICE  a year.
·        FREE Stamp of the Month stamp set OR $5 Embellishment Pack
·        FREE Close To My Heart Idea Book
·        2 Free Mini Idea Books 2x in the Year
·        3 Hours a month to spread out and get your memories into an album

What if You are NOT Local to Me?
·        No problem. Your kit can be ordered online and shipped directly to you.
·       All the same benefits will apply to long distance club members as well: 

·       ***** $25 Gift Certificate for FREE Product of your choice TWICE  a year.****
  • ·        FREE Stamp of the Month stamp set OR $5 Embellishment Pack
    ·        FREE Close To My Heart Idea Book
    ·        2 Free Mini Idea Books 2x in the Year
    ·        3 Hours a month to spread out and get your memories into an album
  • Contact me to find out how to join. 
BONUSSign up a friend I don’t know and receive a $10 credit

Call/Text: (503) 510-9896 or e-mail me: jjtlovell@aol.com for more info.

Do You Have the October Stamp of the Month yet?

Good Morning,

Just a quick post to share some more artwork created with the October Stamp of the Month: Home For The Holidays. Every single image on this set is super cute and most are cut out with the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge which makes creating a snap!

Check out this simple card created with the Snowhaven Papers. First, the postage stamp shape was cut on the cricut and then stamped with black ink, The polar bear was stamped again, this time in cranberry on a scrap piece of paper to cut out just the scarf. Cute right. A little bling here and there and you've got an easy peasy card.

If you don't get have your own set, you can get it for only $5 with any $50 order. That will also qualify you to automatically receive a FREE roll of Chevron Ribbon. Let me show you how to qualify for the Free Chevron Ribbon.

With a smile~ Tina

Monday, October 6, 2014

Shin Han Touch Twin Alcohol Marker Blog Hop

Welcome to our Shin Han Touch Twin Markers Blog Hop!  
We will be featuring Close To My Heart's brand new alcohol markers: the Shin Han Twin Touch Markers and Colorless Blender.   

If you have come here from Peachy Lamb's blog, you are on the right path! The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way all around.  

This month we have 44 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using these markers and other great CTMH products on their blogs. Be sure to hop through and get some great ideas. 

I have been having a lot of fun with these markers. They blend beautifully. For this card, I only used 2 colors: Marigold and Golden Yellow along with the Colorless Blender. I first stamped the White Daisy cardstock with the Archival Black ink and let it dry a bit. If you are impatient, you can blast it with some heat from your craft heater. 

The stamp set I used is B1432 ~ Love This. It's perfect for practicing all kinds of coloring, shading and blending. 

Here is a close up of the flowers.

Also, so you know, the markers come with both a chisel and a fine tip for different coloring options. They also have a rectangular shape that feels very comfortable in your hand AND keeps them from rolling off the table... kind of an important little detail. And, because they are a nice, alcohol based marker, they blend seamlessly. These definitely make coloring fun.If you aren't familiar with the Touch Twin markers, here is another look:

Now hop on over to Wendy Kessler's blog to see her super fun and creative artwork.
And be sure to check back tomorrow for more creations I've come up with using these markers.

With a smile,

Simply Inspired Artfully Sent Blog Hop

Welcome to our Simply Inspired CTMH Blog Hop! This month we are highlighting the brand new Artfully Sent Cricut Cartridge. If you have come here from Margi's Blog, you are on the right path! 

The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way all around. 
Its super simple to hop along with us - just click on the link at the end of each blog post to move to the next one! Here we go!

For this blog hop, I decided to create "Sentiment" card from the Artfully Sent cartridge. There are 5 basic card styles: Sentiment, Pop-Up, Scene Sleeve and Pocket cards. Let me show you what this style of card looks like:

I am in love with the Sentiment card style because of how easy it is to attach different patterns of paper to the inside front of the card to create a really fun effect. For this card, I chose to use the new Confetti Wishes papers along with the Purple Glitter paper

To add a little pop to the card, I used my 1/4" hole punch along with the glitter paper and created sprinkles for the cupcake. I finished it off by adding some doodling lines around the outline of it. 

As you can see from the picture of our glitter paper, you get three shades in each pack. For this card, I used the darkest shade to create the biggest contrast on the card. I think it looks great with the Thistle cardstock. 

Now "Hop" on over to Bren's Blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the 
Consultants in the Hop to get some great crafting ideas! Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Home For the Holiday's - October Stamp of the Month

Good Morning,

As promised yesterday, I have some more cards created using the Snowhaven papers along with the October stamp of the month, Home For the Holidays. This card was inspired by a fellow consultant, Karen Varcoe, and again takes advantage of the fact that each of these images was cut out using the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge.

Remember, this stamp set is only available in the month of October so if you like it, get it before it's gone. Enjoy!

With a smile,

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

October Stamp of the Month Blog Hop: Home For The Holidays

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!  We will be featuring October's SOTM, which is "Home For the Holidays."  If you have come here from Carol-Anne Grenier's Blog, you are on the right path! The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way all around.  

This month we have approximately 70 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this month's SOTM and other great CTMH products on their blogs. 

I had a lot of fun using this set with the Snowhaven papers and the Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge. Almost every image in this stamp set can be cut with your Cricut... woo-Hoo! I chose to use the little polar bear image and fussy cutting out the postage stamp background would have been... um... slow! 
I'm not sure you can tell from the photo, but I also cut out the polar bear and used foam tape to pop him up off the snowflake background. He's such a cute guy! 

Here is a picture of all of the designs that come in a Snowhaven paper pack. As you can see, I only used two of them. Make sure to come back tomorrow to see artwork created with some of the other patterns. 

Now "Hop" on over to Kristine Ponte'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 SOTM is only available until September 30th so contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here) to see how you can get this stamp set at a discount!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Artfully Sent Cricut Cartridge Overview

Wondering about the new Artfully Sent Cricut Cartridge from Close To My Heart.... watch and see the wonderful things it can do!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Cute Stackable Cube Organizers

Good Morning,

So I told you about the Tilt Bin Interlocking Storage System and how much of a difference they made in my space, so today let me show you the Stackable Cube Organizers. One is just an open cube but there is a slot to slide a shelf in. One has 4 drawers and the other has an X configuration. All 3 of them can be linked together with clips that came with them, but I have not linked mine yet.

Here is how I used the bottom two containers. The X box is perfect for our new Shin Han markers. I have them seperated by colors and can easily and quickly grab the one I need. Plus, there is plenty of room to add more! I love that is stores them on their sides too, a very important thing for markers.

You can see here that I am storing my Waxi Flax and Washi Tape rolls in the drawers. Obviously if you have a gazillion rolls of this awesome stuff, like I know some of you do (smile, smile, smile), then this would not work. But for me, it works out great. Plus I think it is pretty! Overall, I am very  happy with my new organization toys from Deflecto Crafts. They do a great job!

Enjoy the rest of your day everyone!
With a smile,

Monday, September 22, 2014

Deflecto Tilt Bin Interlocking Storage System... Things Are Looking So Much Better!

Good Morning,

Today I wanted to share my latest endeavors in organizing my craft space. I recently got some Tilt Bin Interlocking units from Deflecto and wait till you see what it did to my  mish mash piles of "stuff" on my desk. I literally had about 4 baskets and bins that just caught everything I didn't know where to put away... stuff like extra cricut cuts, embellishments, washi tape, ribbon etc. Let me show you:

So here is what they look like empty:

And here is what they did to my space:

 Much much better don't you think!! I can actually find things, AND I have gained more usuable workspace on my desk. I am so happy with how this turned out. Here is a close up of my filled bins. I definitely plan on getting some of these storage bins.

I have a few more organizers from Deflecto that I want to share with you so be sure to watch for those posts.

With a smile,

Friday, September 19, 2014

Introducing the Green Glitter Paper from Close To My Heart

Good Morning,

As promised, here is an example of how pretty the Green Glitter papers are, especially for Holiday crafting. Again, I used the Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge to cut out both the tree (out of glitter paper) and the overlay, out of Sweet Leaf Cardstock.  Enjoy!

With a smile,

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Introducing the Pink Glitter Papers from Close To My Heart

Good Morning,

Ready for some more inspiration with glitter paper? I hope so! It is super fun to play with and if you haven't gotten your hands on any yet, you need to. You won't be sorry.

So for today, I have some samples showcasing all 3 hues of the pink glitter papers.
As you can see, many shapes were cut on my cricut using the Art Philosophy and Artiste Cricut cartridges. Have you played with either of these yet... 700 images and 3 coordinating stamp sets per cartridge...

Remember, the trick for a clean finish when cutting Glitter Paper on the Cricut is to use the Multi-Cut function, with High pressure and Medium speed. Also, be sure to remove the blade from the housing, push the blade out and blow on it. Glitter flecks will get trapped in there after a bit and can cause an unclean cut. 

I hope you were inspired! Check back tomorrow for some ideas using the Green Glitter papers.

With a smile,

Monday, September 15, 2014

Introducing the Teal Glitter Papers from Close To My Heart

Good Morning,

As promised, here are some cards that feature different shades of the brand new Teal Glitter Paper pack.
As you can see, it matches the "Chalk It Up" papers very nicely. It is a great match for our Lagoon Cardstock, weather you use the dark or the lighter shade in the pack.

I would love to hear your comments, questions or feedback. And tomorrow... the Pink Glitter papers.

Until then, have fun creating!
With a smile,

Friday, September 12, 2014

Brown and Tan Glitter Paper in action!

Good Morning,

Here are some more "Glitter Paper" inspiration! Today's cards feature paper from the Brown & Tan pack. I chose to share these today because I think they are a great addition to this season's holiday stamping.  The golds go wonderfully with any fall, winter or Christmas themed creations. 

For example, the heart really stands out on this card, and ties the whole design together, don't you think?

For this Christmas card, the gold at the bottom is just what this card needed to elevate it to wow!
And on this last card, look how pretty it looks behind those flowers. The glitter paper can easily be cut on your Cricut. My recommendation is that you use the "Multi-Cut" function, with High Pressure and Medium speed to get a clean cut every time. 

Next up... the Teal Glitter paper... my absolute favorite. 

With a smile,

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Calling all Cardmakers! The new ARTFULLY SENT Cricut Cartridge has arrived!

Good Morning,

I have some VERY Fun and Exciting news to share.... Our new highly anticipated Cricut Cartridge, Artfully Sent, is complete and ready for shipping!

This bundle comes with a very fun and unique cartridge that is geared towards the card maker. You can now make cards with huge WOW factors with just a few button pushes... for example, you can make:

  • Build A Scene style cards
  • Pop Up Cards
  • Pocket Cards
  • Sentiment Cards
  • Overlay cards and more

This Artfully Sent Cricut Bundle also comes with 3 exclusive stamp sets, show in the picture above as well as a pack of white Cardstock to get you started! So much fun!

And as a BONUS for anyone who orders this cartridge from me, you will also receive your choice of one of the following brand new stamp sets. After placing your order, contact me and I will get it right out to you!

Bright Spirits

Capture The Day

Keep Your Chin Up


 Sincere Expressions

Trim the Tree

Glitter Paper... my most Favoritest Embellishment right now!!

Good Morning,

Today I wanted to talk about Glitter paper... because I - LOVE - IT! I mean, like seriously LOVE it, obsessed with it and the way it adds a Wow factor to any project just because its so sparkly.

Much to my delight, Close To My Heart now carries a TON of colors of Glitter paper. Okay, maybe not a ton, but we do have 6 color families and 3 hues per color so that is 18 different shades to play with.
Let me show them to you:
Pink Variety Pack

Purple Variety Pack

Teal Variety Pack

Green Variety Pack

Brown & Tan Variety Pack

Black & Grey Variety Pack

Now let me show you the Purple and Silver glitter paper in action. Don't you think it adds so much Pizazz to a card without much work... I admit, I am a bit of a "quick" crafter... so adding glitter is right up my alley.

Check back over the next couple of weeks for more ideas. 

With a smile,


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