Tuesday, September 2, 2014

#30yearsofhappy - Day 2

Today is the second day of our #30yearsofhappy month long celebration! September is National Stamping Month and Close To My Heart is celebrating by giving away a fun stamp set with all qualifying orders!

This fun stamp set has 30 mini-images and sentiments which happens to also be the number of days in September. So, my friends, Ellen and Julia, and I thought it would be fun to stamp our way though the month to bring you 30 projects using these mini-stamps. I hope our project inspire you to get inky! At the bottom of this post, you will find an invitation to post your own #30yearsofhappy projects.

SWAK = Sealed With A Kiss

Today's #30daysofhappy project was made by Ellen at www.cardmonkeyspaperjungle.com. This mini-stamp makes it easy to let your recipient know that you are sending your kisses along.
You can make a fancy seal like Ellen's (love it!) or just stamp directly on the envelope. Isn't this a easy way to add a personal touch to the next card you send?

To learn more about how Ellen made this seal using the new Confetti Wises papers, hop over to her blog HERE. Be sure to check back tomorrow to see Julia's first #30yearsofhappy project.

Ready to get your own #30yearsofhappy stamp set? Click this link to go my CTMH website. Pick our ANY of our stamp sets with total retail of $30 or more and you will be prompted to add this set for FREE!

I hope you will join us on this 30 day challenge. How many projects can you make with this set in September? Add your projects using the link invitation below.

Make some time for creating today!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Family Is Forever - September Stamp of the Month - Just $5

It's time to celebrate family! This month's stamp set is great for Scrapbook pages and home decor to remind us of the special people in our lives.

The September Stamp of the Month, "Family Is Forever" includes all of these stamps:

This stamp set is only available through September 30. The full retail price is $17.95, but you can get yours for just $5; that's over 70% savings. When you place an order of $50 or more in Close To My Heart products, you qualify for this special Stamp of the Month pricing.

Just $5 with a $50 purchase!

Start shopping>>

Here are a few fun projects the creative folks at Close To My Heart dreamed up:

If you love the artwork in this picture, you are in luck. You can find supply lists and helpful hints on my Close To My Heart website --> LINK

#30yearsofhappy - Day 1

September is National Stamping Month and Close To My Heart is celebrating all month long by giving away a fun stamp set with qualifying orders!

This special stamp set, #30yearsofhappy, was designed to celebrate our founder and CEO Jeanette Lynton's 30th anniversary in the scrapbooking and stamping industry. To get this stamp set free, simply place an order on my Close To My Heart website which includes $30 in current retail-priced stamps.

This stamp set features 30 mini images and sentiments. Since there are 30 days in September, my friends and I thought it would be fun to present a project on our blogs using one of these stamps each day this month. Follow along as Ellen, Julia and I stamp our way through the month!

Are you up for a challenge? You are invited to join us! Scroll to the bottom of this post for an invitation to post a link to your project using the #30yearsofhappy stamp set.

Hey, Butterfly

Today's #30daysofhappy project uses the butterfly stamp (top left corner in the above picture). Note that the stamp includes the word "hey". I really wanted to do a little random stamping with the butterfly but thought it would be weird to stamp the word "hey" a bunch of times.

So I CUT the stamp!

That's right, I got out my micro-scissors and snipped it right between the antennae and letters. Yes, I could have used a masking technique, but I have little patience for fussy techniques like that. Does that make you nervous? Just remember you can always reassemble your stamps on the blocks. Don't you love My Acrylix?

This was my first project using the new Brushed paper. I love how cheerful it is! Who wouldn't love getting such pretty happy mail? Other products used: Silver Shimmer Trim, Ruby Chevron Washi Tape & Ruby Mini-medley Accents.

Be sure to check back tomorrow, when Ellen at www.cardmonkeysjungle.com will share another project made using this fun stamp set.

Want to get your hands on one of this sets? Here's how: Go to my CTMH website and pick out several stamp sets you love with total retail of $30 or more. This will be easy because there are so many great new sets to pick from! When you view your shopping cart, you will be prompted to add #30yearsofhappy for FREE!

In the meantime, keep creating!


Sunday, August 31, 2014

One more Chalk It Up Project!

The month of August is winding down and all month I've been posting projects made with products from the Chalk It Up collection. I have one more quick and easy layout to show you.

For this layout, I moved away from the school theme and added some flowers and hearts. As you can see, this layout is missing a title. Since I have not yet decided what pictures to use on the layout, I figured I'd wait to add it later.

As you can see in this detailed shot of one of the clusters, I used fom tape to add dimensions and layer the flowers. I was tempted to color the flowers --- they seemed to be begging for the new alcohol markers. But the layout already had lots of color so I left them white. I like how it turned out, don't you?

You will also notice that I created my own B&T paper by stamping circles tone-on-tone randomly on Lagoon paper. This is a very inexpensive way to add some design to otherwise flat cardstock without over powering the pictures and other elements on the page.

Supply list (available on my CTMH website)
Chalk It Up Paper Pack
Chalk It Up Accessory Pack
Sequins Gold Assortment
Gold Shimmer Trim
Happy Birds stamp set (C1600)
Glitter Glam stamp set (B1465)
Here We Go Stamp set (D1600)
Black & Lagoon Ink Pads

I hope this project has given you some new ideas to try on your own projects.

Happy Creating!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Flavored Water & Snack Gift Idea

Need a quick and easy gift idea? I love making a drink mix and snack holder by cutting "door hanger with box" on the Cricut. Just assemble the box, loop it over the lid of a favorite drink and fill with yummies.

The door hanger is from the Art Philosophy Cartridge. It's on page 25 of the handbook using the shift key and layer function (bottom right hand corner of page).

The hanger is cut with a notch on one side. When I added the treats to the box, it didn't want to stay on the bottle. So covered it with some washi tape and the hole was still large enough to slip over the water bottle lid. You can see this better in this side-view picture.

This "door hanger" can be used on other beverage bottles like soda or wine. In fact it would work on anything that is in a bottle -- I just heard yesterday that Olive Oil collections are the new rage. How about buying a bottle of fancy oil for a friend. Put some seasonings, a special recipe or a gift card in the box. 

Until next time, keep creating!


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