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!

With a smile,

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.
With a smile, 

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,

Friday, August 22, 2014

Back To School Layouts featuring Chalk It Up

Good Morning,

Ready for more artwork featuring the CHALK IT UP papers? I hope so! :) Here is another layout I created for my monthly scrapbook group. This was created with all of you who are a fan of 4" x 6" photos... this layout holds FIVE! 

Now I may have peeked your interest when I mentioned my Monthly Scrapbook Group... These groups are done both locally and long distance... location doesn't matter really. All that matters is that you want to get your scrapbooking done on a regular basis with easy to use kits, that are affordable AND come with perks!
Check out the page on my site called Scrapbook Kit CLUB Details.

Now, here is an up close look at some of the detail added to the layouts.  It's hard to see in a photo, but the chipboard, accented with the black enamel stars gives the layouts just the pop they needed. You can always glitz them up more too, depending on your style of scrapbooking. :)

Enjoy and please, feel free to leave a comment. I LOVE comments!
With a smile~ Tina

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.