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,
Tina

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,
Tina

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,
Tina

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

LOL

 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,
Tina












Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Washi Tape Fun with the September Stamp of the Month

Today I have a card created by a good friend of mine... Nancy Reding. She used the September Stamp of the Month in such a fun way that I just had to share. So as a reminder, this is what the stamp set, Family is Forever, looks like:
It seems to render many cards that have a strong "autumn" theme to them. Perhaps its that the tree is the focal point image, or perhaps its because of the time of year.... but... Nancy took it in a completely different direction:

Look how vibrant this card is! And she used nothing but White Cardstock and Washi Tape... it makes me want to go get my Washi Tape out and start playing. 

And did you notice the new pattern of washi on there? Its the heart tape. This Lagoon Heart washi taped was introduced in our newest idea book and joins all of the other colors we carry. If you haven't seen our selection, you should check them out... and, an important thing to note is that each roll is 15 YARDS! That's a lot of Washi! 

Feel free to leave a comment or contact me with any questions.

With a Smile,
Tina


Monday, September 8, 2014

More Stamp of the Month Cards for September using the "Family is Forever" set~

Good Morning,

I wanted to share another card created with the September Stamp of the Month. My friend Joannie McCall created this card and sent it to me. I think its wonderful. 

She used the new Pathfinding papers and then sponged multiple colors onto the tree leaves and branches. The heart cut from CTMH's glitter paper adds just the right touch of bling. Thank you for sharing it with me Joanie!

Remember, this set is only available in September. Contact me today if you have any questions!
With a smile,
Tina

Saturday, September 6, 2014

"30 Years of Happy" Blog Hop


Welcome to our National Stamping Month Blog Hop!  We will be featuring the "30 Years of Happy" special stamp set.... which is FREE this month only with any $30 in stamp purchases! Love it!

If you have come here from Katy'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.  There is a lot of fun artwork to be shared so have fun!

To begin. let me show you all  30 of the cute images that are included in this stamp set:  the possibilities are endless! 


Now on to what I created.... I decided to make a whole bunch of gift enclosure cards ... simply because I love this size. They are so cute. For this card, I used the Snowhaven papers, which are a winter themed set, and turned it into a Valentines Day or Anniversary card. My inspiration was the card I created with this month's Stamp of the Month set. If you missed it, you can see it here


Then I of course had to pull out the Confetti Wishes papers.... which are my favorite papers in this Idea Book right now. I think its the bright, vibrant and cheerful colors that appeal to me so much. Both Thistle and Canary, which are two of our newest colors are featured in this paper pack. 

Now "Hop" on over to Pam's Blog to see her work! Remember, the "30 Years of Happy" set is only available until September 30th!  Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here) to see how you can get this stamp set at a discount!

With a smile~ Tina

Friday, September 5, 2014

More Cards from the Chalk It Up Picture My Life Kit

SO MUCH FUN! Thats how I feel about these kits. So fun and so many possibilites! Here is another card I created from one of the 3" x 4" PML Cards.

All it took was a little sanding, a little coloring with the markers and some bling. Easy Peasy... so easy I decided I had to do up the inside too with some stamping, coloring and fussy cutting... check it out:

The stamp set I used is called "Great Job." I stamped it in archival black ink and then colored it with the Light Orange and Turquoise Shin Han markers. I left off any sentiment because I am not sure who I will send this card to yet.... Enjoy and as always, feel free to contact me with any questions.

With a smile,
Tina


Sunday, August 31, 2014

September Stamp of the Month Blog Hop: Family is Forever

Good Morning,


Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!  We will be featuring September's SOTM, which is "Family Is Forever."  If you have come here from Julia Hammond'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 80 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

I know, I know... these are a Wintery/Christmasy themed paper, but look  how great it looks for a Valentines Day or Anniversary themed card. I made this card for my hubby... our 20th Anniversary is right around the corner.

Don't you think the Glacier (brand NEW color) and Ruby cardstock go very well together? I am going to have a lot of fun with this color combo, I can tell!

 For this card, I used the leaves and branches from the tree to add a nice background to the Ruby cardstock rather than making it the focal point of my card. Instead, the hearts became "the heart of the design"... so punny!

Here is a closer look at the details I added to really make this card sing... it did not take a lot. I simply inked the edges of the Glacier and Whisper cardstock, added some silver sequins (another NEW product) and some sparkles. Wah-Lah! I love it.

Now "Hop" on over to Donna Digby'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!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

More Chalk It Up Cards... Marker Fun today!

Good Morning,

Here is another card created using the Chalk It Up Picture My Life kit. I got my markers out and really played today. The two cards used on the front are from the PML Kit. I cut the sentiment off the bottom of the card that says "U Rock" and popped it up on the bottom of my card... can't get any easier than that. It would have been hidden so I was able to use it despite of the card design. 

I wanted to do some stamping too, so I stamped the burst of stars in Archival Black ink, colored them with our Light Orange and Turquoise Blue markers and cut them out. A little piece of foam tape on the back of those stars plus a few sparkles and ta-dah... a fun card to give to that special someone who rocks!

Enjoy! 
With a smile,
Tina

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Chalk It Up Papers- Not Just For Back To School

Good Morning,

Today's creative sample is from the Chalk It Up Picture My Life kit. I wanted to show how cute these papers could be without focusing solely on school themed stuff. With that in mind, I pulled out the Picture My Life kit and started creating. With 122 double sided cards I had a TON of options. Here is one of the cards I came up with.

 I focused on the newest color in our palette, FLAXEN and balanced it with both Lagoon and Black. To accent the card, I added a simple banner of black glitter paper and a black enamel star. For the final touches, I colored the bicycle with our new Shin Han makers. 

And here is a quick view of some of the other cards that come in this particular Picture My Life kit.
Enjoy! 
With a smile, 
Tina

Monday, August 25, 2014

Deflecto Craft Frames are the bomb!

Good Morning,

Today I wanted to share a new product I have had the privilege of using: Deflecto Craft Frames. In fact, I have been given the opportunity to be a part of the Deflecto Ambassador Design team and I am super excited about this. What this means is that I will be using and creating with all of the incredible craft storage solution products this company offers. 

This month we were given a wide assortment of frames to work with. When I saw these, I new they would be absolutely perfect for use in my Close To My Heart business. Displaying scrapbook pages, informational flyer's or instructional sheets took on a whole new level of class with these frames. Let me show you what I mean.

This is the 12x12 Frame with nothing in it. It's really hard to take a great picture, but at least you get the idea. 
And here, I displayed a 12x12 scrapbook page that I created for a class inside the 12x12 free standing Deflecto frame. Not only did it fit perfectly, but we were able to move it all around the table while the ladies created their layout. I loved the convenience of this. 

Here are a couple of frames in action during my presentation. They look so professional on my table and everyone could see the flyer's while I presented.  

These are a great tool that I am pleased I now have to work with. Watch for more samples done with the Deflecto Craft Solutions line in the coming days, weeks and months.

With a smile,
Tina



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