Saturday, January 31, 2015

A Happy Hello February SOTM Blog Hop

Welcome to the February Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!

This month we will be featuring the SOTM, called "A Happy Hello" throughout the hop. 

If you have come here from Katie Hessel'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 68 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this Cricut cartridge and other great CTMH products on their blogs. Be sure to hop through and get some great ideas. 

I am currently in love with the Hopscotch papers. They are so soft and pretty that I can't seem to stop creating with them... I have more projects to show you. For today, here it is paired with the February SOTM, "A Happy Hello."

The main focal point color is Pixie, which is one of our newest colors. I paired it with Smoothie and Flaxen (another new color) and then added highlights with the pink Glitter Papers. Gold sequins and the Pixie Twine added the final touches I was looking for. 

Here is a picture of all the different papers that come in the Hopscotch Paper Pack. You can see from the card above, you can change the look and feel of this paper dramatically by what focal point color you choose to pair it with... that makes it a very versatile pack!

Now hop on over to Wendy Kessler's Blog to see what fun creations she has come up with! I know you won't be disappointed.

With a smile,


Thursday, January 29, 2015

A Video Tutorial on How to use the Close To My Heart Quilling Tool

Good Morning Everyone,

Today I have a very short video that introduces you to one of our fun tools: The Quilling Tool. The tool comes with two sizes to help you create flowers that are either tightly or loosly rolled. Watch and see what I mean. 

With a smile,

Monday, January 26, 2015

Cricut Artfully Sent Cartridge - Using the SCENE Function

Hi Everyone,

I am super excited to share this video with you today because it shows you how to use one of my favorite functions on the new Artfully Sent Cricut Cartridge... the Scene function. This function does a lot more than just scene cards too. You will find our Swing and Gatefold style cards here as well. This video will show you some great details about working with this function, as well as specific tips for creating.

I would love to hear what you think and to see if you are as inspired as I was so feel free to leave a comment below. :)

With a smile,

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Local All Day Scrapbook Crop coming up on March 7, 2015 - 10am to 10pm

All Day Scrapbook / Crop Day

March 7th from 10:00 am - 10:00 PM

FUN FUN FUN! Come and join us for biannual 12 hour crop for crafters of all types. 

This event is designed for anyone who loves to create and can't find the time or space to get it done at home. You will enjoy a fun 12 hours to work on any project you have that is not finished. 

You will also be spoiled with hands on help and crafting tutorials from teachers in the field of papercrafting and scrapbooking. 

Come laugh, create and have a great time with us!

WHEN:  Saturday, March 7, 2015

TIME:    10:00am - 10:00 PM

LOCATION: Best Western Mill Creek Inn (across the street from Costco in Salem Oregon)

INCLUDED:  12 hours of uninterrupted stamping and scrapping time.   
  • 1 Mini Album Project Kit - A Year in Review($25 value)
  • Plenty of space to spread out for the day
  • Raffle Prizes and Drawings all day
  • Cricut  Machines and Cartridge table
  • Cuttlebug and Embossing Folders Table
  • Technique and Product Demonstrations throughout the Crop

Space is limited to the first 40 people. 

Reserve Your Spot today!

COST:  $40.00 

For more information, feel free to contact me at:

Contact Tina Lovell
(503) 510-9896

Saturday, January 17, 2015

CTMH's Newest Organizational Tool... the Rolling Tote

Good Morning Everyone,

As many of you know, Close To My Heart has come out with an all new organizational Rolling Tote and it is pretty nice. I've shared pictures of all types, and explained how much it can hold, but today I thought it would be great for you to actually see it in action. 

This video will show you all the in's and out's of the tote so that you can see just how helpful it is for organizing your stuff. I personally think you will also enjoy seeing how it arrives to you and how you can store it flat, if you need too.... yep, thats what I said.. it can be stored flat.

Oh, and one more fun tid bit... you can order it from my CTMH Website and shipping is only $4.95! Woo-Hoo! Now that makes me super happy too... oh, and you would automatically qualify for the Stamp of the Month for only $5, as well as the Year Noted Kit.

So sit back and watch the video... you will enjoy it.

If you would like to look at them more closely, or order your own, you can do so here. These have sold out very quickly both times we have gotten inventory in, so if it's on your wish list, get it fast. :)

With a smile,

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Create Your Own Home Decor with the CTMH Display Tray and Picture My Life Cards

Good Morning,

Today I wanted to inspire you with some more artwork featuring the Heartstrings paper series.
For this project, I used our large display tray and Heartstring Picture My Life cards to create a one of a kind gift for someone special. 

The entire project took about 40 minutes to create from beginning to end. This included choosing and cropping down the photos, selecting which of the Picture My Life cards conveyed the right message and adding a little bit of pizzazz. I really like how it turned out (even though you guys can't see the little cuties featured in the photos).

To embellish the gift, I simply added a cricut cut flower to the PML card at the top of the tray, with a sparkle in the middle and some glitter around it.

For the middle row, I cut the phrase right out of one of the 3x4 cards and adhered it to the outside frame of the display tray with Glue Dots and jazzed it up with White Shimmer Trim.

And for the bottom row of the tray, I chose a card that had a simple heart image. I then cut the phrase "Love You" out using the Cricut Artbooking Cartridge and popped it up off the heart using 3-D foam tape. The final embellishment was a little heart from the new Stuck On You Puffies.

I hope you feel inspired to give creating a home decor item like this a try. Its fun, simple, quick and beautiful.
With a smile,
Heartstring Picture My Life Kit - $8.95
Stuck On You Puffies

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Calling All Facebook Fans!

Calling All Facebook Fans,

I realized I have never shared my Facebook page with all of you, which is quite silly.

Let's connect!
Be sure to LIKE my Facebook page for:
  • Giveaways, 
  • Discounted Product Updates, 
  • New Product Releases, 
  • Sneak Peeks,  
  • News, 
  • Artwork  
  • Inspiration and...
  • FUN of course!

>>>Once you've LIKED my page, make sure you're actually "seeing" my Facebook updates!!  Here is how:

>>>Go to my Facebook Page and "hover" over the LIKED button, when you see the drop down menu, click on "Get Notifications" and a check mark will appear on the left! 

It's that easy.  This will ensure you don't miss any of my announcements about short notice specials, last minute events and of course creative inspiration!

With a smile,

Monday, January 12, 2015

Artfully Sent Pop Up Cards Video Tutorial

Hi Everyone,

Today I wanted to share a WONDERFUL Video Tutorial on creating Pop-Up cards with our new Artfully Sent Cricut Cartridge. These cards are SO SO SO cute and after watching this video, I think you will feel quite confident in creating your own. If you don't yet have this Cricut cartridge collection, you can get yours here.

Enjoy the video and let me know if you have any questions.

With a smile,

6 Page 12"x12" Scrapbook Kit of the Month Club


What Is This:
This is a month-by-month, 6-Page Scrapbooking kit with benefits.
This club is designed to help you get caught up on your scrapbooking, or to keep up on your scrapbooking or heck, to just get started on your scrapbooking.

Each month I design three 2-page 12x12 layouts around a specific theme. That is 6 pages a month or 72 pages in one year. THAT is a COMPLETE album! Woo-Hoo! 

Read on to get all the details!

As a Kit of the Month member, you are eligible for rewards with every 6 kit purchases. There are 2 choices of kits to choose from:

Level 1 Kit:
  • Cost is $20 + SH
  1. All Cardstock and Texture paper pre-cut for all 6-pages.
  2. 1 Full package of Complements (coordinating Adhesive sheets)
  3. Cricut images cut, stamped and ready to use. 
  4. Embellishments for all 6 pages.
  5. 1 Instructional Guide with full COLOR Photos of each layout.

  • Level 2 Kit  (Best Deal)
  1. Cost is $30 + SH
  2. Includes 1 Full pack of Level 2 Papers (so you can create more)- $9.95 value
  3. 1 Full pack of Complements
  4. All Cardstock and Texture paper pre-cut for all 6 pages
  5. All Cricut images cut.
  6. All stamping completed.
  7. Embellishments for all 6 pages.
  8. Instructional Guide with full COLOR Photos of each layout.

What are the rewards for being a Kit of the Month member
  • $25 in FREE Product of your Choice
  • 1 half-price item of your choice, like this:
  • 1 Stamp of the Month set for only $5
  • New Idea Book 3 times a year for FREE

How Do I Join?

Joining is easy. Simply email me that you are interested in becoming a club member and I will get you set up on a monthly autoship program through Paypal.

All kits are mailed out by the 15th of each month via USPS.
Shipping is $5.95 each month.

In one year, you will have created 72 Scrapbook Pages (A whole album), and earned FREE PRODUCT along the way. Let me help you tell your story. 

With a smile,

If you are interested in finding out how to join this program, simply email me or send me a message on Facebook
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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

A Cute Valentines Day Card using Heartstring and the Artfully Sent Cricut Cartridge

Good Morning Everyone,

Today's post is also focused on the new Heartstrings Paper pack, but this time I wanted to share a card. I created this 5"x7" card using the Artfully Sent Cricut Cartridge along with the  Heartstring Workshop on the Go Kit.

I used the "Scene" style of card found on page 36 of the handbook, under the letter "N."

The booklet suggested cutting the card at 7" but since I wanted to do a few layers, I cut it at 6.75" instead.

The hearts were cut from Ruby and Lagoon cardstock, and then sponged for emphasis and finally popped off the page with our 3-D Foam tape.

To complete the front of the card, I added some of our Silver Sequins, and the White Shimmer Trim and  Stuck On You Puffies from Seasonal Expressions 1.

To finish the entire card, I decided to stamp on the inside of the card with the stamps that came in the Workshop on the Go Kit.

The Artfully Sent Cricut cartridge made this card come together so fast. All I had to do was a little layering, and little sponging, a little addition of bling and tah-dah.... a card for my sweet... and over a month early for Valentines Day.... he may end up getting it before then. 

I've included photos of each of the items I used. 
Enjoy! With a smile,

Artfully Sent Cricut Cartridge

Stuck on You Puffies
Heartstring Workshop on the Go Kit - $24.95

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Layout #3 in my 6-Page Heartstrings Scrapbook Kit

Good Morning,

Here is the 3rd and final layout in my 6-page Heartstring Scrapbooking kit. I love this particular layout because it has room for SIX, 4x6 layouts. How is that for easy peasy. I also love how pretty the Glacier Blue cardstock is with these papers. A fun twist on traditional Valentines Day colors.

Happy Scrapbooking everyone! 
With a smile,

Monday, January 5, 2015

Layout #2 in my Heartstrings 6-Page Scrapbooking Kit

Good Morning,

As promised, today I have the second 2-page layout to share from my 6-page Heartstrings Scrapbook kit. The featured colors are Cranberry, Hollyhock, Glacier, Lagood and Slate. If you are anxious to see all 6 pages, or to find out  more about my "Kit of the Month Club" you can visit my site dedicated to all of my scrapbook kits. 
And here is a picture of the Complements you get to complete and "complement" your photos. Cute aren't they. :)
If you would like to get your own kit, you can order below. If you have any questions, feel free to send me an email. I would love to hear from you. 

With a smile,

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Heartstrings 6-Page Scrapbook Layout kits now Available

Good Morning Everyone,

I wanted to share my current 6-page Scrapbook Layout kit that is available for purchase: Heartstrings. Today I will share the first 2-page 12x12 layout in this kit. If you would like to see all 6 pages, simply visit my scrapbook workshop kits blog. Not only can you see this current kit, but all the others that have not yet sold out.

These kits come pre-cut and ready for assembly. They are designed to help you get more scrapbooking done in a short amount of time.

Each layout is labeled, and includes a color photograph of the completed pages for easy assembly. All embellishments and stamped images are also included, along with the full package of Complements.

You can order yours today.

Be sure to check back tomorrow to see the second 2-page layout in this six page kit.

With a smile,