Saturday, September 28, 2013

Stitching Made Easy with the Stitch Guide from CTMH

Hi Everyone,

Today I wanted to talk a little bit about adding stitching to your scrapbook layouts or cards. I personally LOVE the look, but don't want to use my sewing machine to achieve it. Plus, I can also tell you that I have messed up plenty of my creations when trying to sew on them. 

With the release of the newest idea book, I now have a renewed enthusiasm for stitching. Close To My Heart just came out with a brand new product called a "Stitch Guide." It is 15" long and designed to work with our new 15" foam pad for easy paper piecing. The guide has 10 shapes and 4 borders to help you make all kinds of designs on your paper. Each of the shapes can also be pierced in 4 different sizes.... that is a whole lot of variety! Watch this short video to see it in action.  With a smile, Tina

Friday, September 27, 2013

Fun Halloween layouts with the Cricut Artbooking Cartridge

Good Morning,

It is time for another  Cricut Artbooking video tutorial from Close To My Heart. In this video you will see some fun new ways they used our photo mat overlays to create awfully cute Halloween pages. Also, see how easy it is to cut all of our Glitter Paper on the cricut for instant sparkle and shine on your layouts. The sparkle takes your layouts to a whole new level without added bulk... which I know is perfect for those who don't like "lumpy, bumpy scrapbook pages!" 

I also wanted to remind you that we are very close to the end of September which also means the end of our National Stamping Month Stamp Set Trio special. This set of 3, D-Sized stamp sets are only $10 this month with any $50 purchase... which means if you don't have the Artbooking Cartridge yet, you can get it today, and also get these super cute stamps before they are gone for good. Ordering is easy peasy! 

All this for only $109 + shipping
6 Stamp sets
3 sheets of Chipboard Shapes
1 Cricut Artbooking cartridge with over 700 images
** That is a savings of $43.85!! But it ends on Monday, September 30th.**

With a smile~ Tina

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Spring Flowers with the Artbooking Cartridge, who knew...

Good Morning,

I have yet another card to share featuring the new Artbooking cartridge. This time I focused on one of the flowers and leaf icons found on it. The colors I used were Hollyhock, Cotton Candy, Creme Brulee, Buttercup and Sweet Leaf. To add dimension, I sponged the edges of the flowers and the leaves, while also scoring the center of each leaf as well. As always, I had to finish with a little bling and I chose our Red and Pink Glitter Gems to achieve it.

The sentiment is from our new Hostess Exclusive stamp set called The Party Is On. Here is a sample of another card using the exact sentiment I used. Fun isn't it. If you would like to see all of our discounted, Exclusive stamp sets for hostesses, simply view the Online Idea Book. These sets are found on page 6. Afterwards, contact me to find out how quick and easy it is to set up your own online gathering to earn free products. I would love to show you how. 

With a smile~ Tina

These are the icons I used from the Cricut Cartridge to create the card. 

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Mix and Match Your Background & Texture Papers... Let Us Show You How

Good Morning,

Today's topic is hopefully a good eye opener as to the way you look at your stash of B&TP's. We all have our favorite packs, but what happens when you only have small amounts of each pack left? Well you mix and match of course. Close To My Heart makes it easy too. All you have to do is avoid the "hero" paper out of any pack and work with those that are in a more supporting roll. Let me show you what I mean. In this video, you will see papers from Sarita, Proplayer, Frosted and Babycakes all used on the same layout. How cool is that!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Happy Autumn Stamp set and the Artbooking Cartridge

Good Morning,

The card I have to share with you today was also created with the new Artbooking Cricut cartridge. To create this card I simply reduced the size of one of the overlays and then trimmed it down to fit on my card. The frame is also cut from the Artbooking cartridge to accent my flower. 

To create the flower, I used the stamps from the Happy Autumn stamp set in Hollyhock and Olive (second generation). The sentiments are from the 4 My Friend stamp set. 

The final touches included adding some sparkle with prisma glitter and a small ribbon knot from the now retired Hollyhock Twill ribbon.

This is another of the 5 cards to be included in my "Cricut Card Class" in October. 

Enjoy! With a smile~ Tina
Happy Autumn Stamp set

4 My Friend Stamp set

Monday, September 16, 2013

Huntington papers and the Artbooking Cricut Cartridge equal pretty fall cards!

Good Morning,

I was bitten by the crafting bug all weekend and found myself playing continually with the new Artbooking Cricut cartridge. Although this cartridge has a lot of Overlays, Mini-Books and Layout themes, I found myself only creating cards with it, and I love how they turned out.

The card I want to share with you today is a Fall themed card. I used the Scrapbook page overlay and just reduced it to 5 1/4" using the Real Dial Size button. By doing that I was able to create a 6x6 card in now time at all. I then layered the Huntington B&TP in the background and stamped on it using the Always Grateful stamp set. It is a simple but pretty card, at least I think. This will be one of the 5 cards featured in my "Cricut Card Class" in October. Watch for details on how to attend the class or get a kit mailed to you. If you can't wait, feel free to contact me. :)

With a smile, Tina

Friday, September 13, 2013

Designed Decor 3-D Items for Your Home Decor Crafting

Good Morning,

Today's video is one that will really show you some great uses for our new Designed Decor product line. Close To My Heart understands that crafters like to create all kinds of things, not just cards and scrapbook pages and has introduced a few new products for you to play with. The Designed Decor line is perfect for creating your own beautiful home decor items in a snap. Watch this video to see what I mean.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Artbooking Made Easy - School Days

Good Morning,

Today I wanted to share another installment of the "Artbooking Made Easy" series by Close To My Heart. In this video you will see just a few of the layouts you can create using the School themed keys on the Artbooking cartridge. Have fun and be inspired!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

It's time to get your Stamping, Scrapbooking and Craft Supplies Organized

Good Morning,

How's your crafting area looking? Can you find everything you need to head out the door for a crop right now? What about just to sit down and craft? Well, if you are like me, sometimes your crafting area might get a teency weency bit out of control. So let's talk organizing! Did you know that Close To My Heart now carries an entire line of affordable and portable organizers? We currently have 4 different sizes and styles of larger organizers that can hold stamps, inks, embellishments and more, as well as small craft boxes and paper organizers

Watch this short video to see these items in action. With a smile~ Tina

Monday, September 9, 2013

Artbooking Made Easy- An Introduction to the Cricut Artbooking Cartridge

Good Morning~

The new Cricut Artbooking cartridge is here and its wonderful. There are over 700 images, including 15 scrapbook page themes and 10 mini-albums! Talk about fun. Watch this video for a quick introduction and how-to specific to this cartridge. Also, be sure to check back weekly for a new Artbooking video.

With a smile~ Tina

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Crush Books - the "Un-Scrapbook" for those who don't consider themselves Scrapbookers!

Good Morning,

I am super excited to introduce you to one of the newest additions to our product line... Crush Books. These are perfect for the "Un-Scrapbooker." You know, anyone who wants to see their pictures but does NOT want to scrapbook. The reason I say this is that these are fast, simple and brilliant little books that you can quickly add photos, mementos and journaling to in a snap. Watch this video and see what I mean. I think you are going to love them too!

My Crush Book - Modville
There are two different assortment packs of embellishment for each of the Crush Books. Today I want to show you each assortment that coordinates with the Modville Crush Book. These first 4 pictures show you the My Crush Best Day Ever Assortment. You get all of this, for only $4.95... making the Crush books faster, simpler and easier than ever to capture your memories!

And here is the My Crush Besties Assortment. You get all this shown for $4.95. You can use one of the assortments or even both throughout the book. It just depends on your theme really. So fun!

Friday, September 6, 2013

Welcome to September and the popular Subway style Stamp of the Month: Poster Tidings

Good Morning,

Welcome to September... and back to school, and the beginning of fall! I love this time of year. With it comes so many fun activities and opportunities for creating great crafts. The September Stamp of the Month fits right in with this theme. Here is a short video introducing you to this cute Subway style stamp set. Close To My Heart shows you several ways you can use this stamp set to create wonderful fall cards and scrapbook pages. 

Thursday, September 5, 2013

CTMH Hostess Rewards are better than ever!

Good Morning,

I know many of you have received a copy of the New CTMH Autumn/Winter 2013 Idea Book and have seen our newest additions to the Hostess Rewards program. In this video, Kristine will show you the products up close and personal. Not only are these sets exclusive to hostesses but they are also available at a great discount as well. So how do you get them? By hosting your own gathering of course. But... the good news is, that this can be in a traditional setting OR as an online gathering in which all of the orders are shipped to each customer individually... easy peasy for you! To find out just how easy it is, contact me today.
With a smile~ Tina

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

National Stamping Month: You Are My Happy stamp set Trio video introduction

Good Morning,

Woo-Hoo! It's September! And in case you were wondering, my excitement is not because the kids will be back in school, but because Close To My Heart has started its newest promotion "You Are My Happy." 

This stamp set trio is so stinking adorable and I know you all are going to love it, especially when you can have all 3 sets for only $10.00 with a $50 qualifying order. The easy part, once your order reaches $50, you will automatically be asked if you would like to add the special to your cart. Easy Peasy!  The one catch... this trio is ONLY available from September 1-30th.   Let Kristine show you it in action .  With a smile~ Tina

Monday, September 2, 2013

Whats New with the Close To My Heart Stamps?

Good Morning,

I hope you are enjoying this Labor Day weekend. I know I am. I was actually born on Labor Day a few years ago... hee hee! Anyway, today I wanted to share a video from CTMH that gives you a quick overview of "Whats New with our Stamps" since the release of the new Idea Book. Lots of fun stuff shared here!

With a smile, Tina

Sunday, September 1, 2013

It's time to celebrate National Stamping Month with CTMH

Good Morning,

Today is the day! To celebrate National Stamping Month CTMH always has a fun surprise for us, and this year is awesome.... 3 Exclusive "D" size stamp sets for only $10 total... here are all the details:

3 times the fun with our new stamp set trio for only $10 with a qualifying purchase
Get an exclusive You Are My Happy stamp set trio in celebration of National Stamping Month! During the month of September, when you make a purchase of $50 or more, you qualify for this whimsical stamp set trio for only $10. You’ll love the whimsical alphabet, light-hearted sentiments, and fanciful images for a variety of occasions to give a cheerful touch to your projects, with a full retail value of $47.90.

*Offer valid September 1-30, 2013. Placing a minimum order of $50 is required for qualification.