Friday, November 30, 2012

December Stamp of the Month Blog Hop: Year-Round Cheer

Welcome to the December Stamp of the Month blog hop! This month we have 60 talented Close to My Heart consultants ready to share their creativity with all of you! If you've arrived from Wanda's blog, you are on the right track. If this is your first stop, simply follow the links at the bottom of each blog post until you get back here and you are sure to be filled with inspiration to last all year long!

Inspiration to last all year long? Really, with one little stamp set? ABSOLUTELY! The December Stamp of the Month, Year-Round Cheer is an adorable set of 12 stamps - that's one for each month of the year! So many possibilities with this set...

I love the traditional look and feel the Pear & Partridge My Reflections kit, but after a second look I realized just how "not-Christmasy" this paper can really be! Only one paper has an image that clearly says "Christmas"...all the others can be used for just about any thing you might need! Check out these Valentine's Day cards I created with the Pear & Partridge papers and the Year-Round Cheer set!

Remember, the December Stamp of the Month is only available through December 31st. Order yours today for $17.95 or place a $50 order and add the Year-Round Cheer for just $5! Visit my website to place your order!

Time to hop along and see what Maria has to share with us!

Just in...HUGE sale, FREE Gifts, and REWARDS!!

Beginning tomorrow, you'll want to make sure you check out the "While Supplies Last" page of my CTMH website. Close to My Heart just announced they will be adding a ton of new items to the "While Supplies Last"'ll find gorgeous papers and beautiful coordinating accessories all at amazingly low prices!

To sweeten the deal even more, from December 1 - 31, all orders placed online at that reach or exceed $50 (before tax and shipping) will also include a FREE Bonding Memories Glue Pen ($4.50 value). I LOVE the Bonding Memories glue Pen to adhere those smaller, fine detailed Cricut diecuts!

And to make the deal EVEN sweeter...if you place your order under my December Mystery Hostess order, you will be entered into a drawing to earn Hostess Rewards (i.e., FREE or 1/2 off products!!!). To qualify for the drawing you must "JOIN" the December Mystery Hostess online gathering by following the link at the bottom right corner of the homepage or when prompted to do so from the shopping cart page. The total of all orders placed in the Mystery Hostess online gathering must exceed $150 for the drawing to take place - so tell your friends!

I'm sure items on the While Supplies Last page will go quickly, so shop early for the BEST deals!

CTMH has made their list and checked it twice and the following items will be retired at the end of 2012. They are still available through December 31st unless current inventory runs out - which always happens with a handful of items - so while you're checking out the "While Supplies Last" items be sure to check the Retired List...don't miss out on those goodies you've been eyeing!
Item # Item Description
Z1349 Shimmer Designer Brads
Z1360 Rhinestone Designer Brads
Z1361 Brads Red Assortment 
Z1362 Brads Pink Assortment
Z1363 Brads Blue Assortment
Z1364 Brads Green Assortment
Z1365 Brads Basic Assortment
Z1387 Wooden Designer Buttons
Z1391 Buttons Clear Assortment
Z1395 Irresistibles™ Eclectic Chipboard Die-Cuts (the alphabet)
Z1465 Irresistibles™ Make-It-Count Numbers
Z1681 Dimensional Elements  Numbers 
Z1761 Dimensional Elements Ornaments
Z1762 Dimensional Elements Snowflakes
Z1765 Color-Ready Arbor Wooden Shapes
X7147C Stella Complements Canvas Shapes
X7148C My Stickease® Pemberley Assortment
X7150C My Stickease® Victory Assortment
X7153C My Stickease® Florentine Assortment
X7158C La Belle Vie My Stickease® Assortment
X7160C Flirty Complements Dimensional Elements
X7161C Moonlight Complements Dimensional Elements
X7162C Pear & Partridge Complements Glittery Rub-Ons
Z1464 Milepost Shapes
Z1466 Bling Assortment
Z1695 Urban Felt Alphabet 
Z1696 Keepsake Felt Alphabet 
Z1709 Just Blooms® Petals Paper Flowers
Z1460 Foundry® Ribbon Slides
Z1711 Foundry® Binder Clips
Z1712 Foundry® Number Plates 
Z1461 D├ęcor Journaling Spots
Z1687 Bohemian Assortment 
Z1689 Timeless Charms
Z1692 Tough Tags
Z1694 Bouquet Assortment
Z1741 Haunted Assortment
Z1749 Autumn Lane Assortment 
Z1763 Boutique Assortment
Z1772 Dimensional Elements In Color—Holiday
Z1393 Mini-Medley Accents Black Collection 
Z1316 Designer Ribbon Cocoa Collection                                                                                
Z1385 Designer Ribbon Blue Collection
Z1615 Designer Ribbon Red Collection
Z1616 Designer Ribbon Green Collection
Z1388 Newsprint Rub-Ons 
Z1700 Dark Chocolate Tapestry Velvet Rub-Ons
Z1733 Black Tapestry Velvet Rub-Ons
Z1743 Festive Velvet Rub-Ons 
Z1742 Parlor Velvet Rub-Ons
Z1407 6" x 6" Olive Quick Pic™ Album
Z1408 6" x 6" Pansy Purple Quick Pic™ Album
BULK254 Bulk Glitter Button
BULK152 Cranberry Brads
BULK213 Black Button Brads
BULK263 Avonlea Workshop Guide
BULK264 Clementine Workshop Guide
BULK265 Dakota Workshop Guide
BULK266 La Belle Vie Workshop Guide
BULK267 Scholastic Workshop Guide
BULK268 Flirty Workshop Guide
BULK269 Moonlight Workshop Guide
BULK270 Pear & Partridge Workshop Guide
BULK258 La Belle Vie B&T Duos® Combo Pack
BULK260 Flirty B&T Duos® Combo Pack
BULK261 Moonlight B&T Duos® Combo Pack
BULK262 Pear & Partridge B&T Duos® Combo Pack
BULK231 Bling Buttons (12 mm)
BULK234 Milepost Shapes Corrugated Stars (1 1/2")
BULK272 Bling Gems
BULK274 Pearl Badge Buttons 
Z1054 My Creations® Display Album
Z1378 My Creations® Banner
Z1614 My Creations® Memory Game
Z188 Craft Jars
Z1352 4 1/2" Colonial White Circle Cards
Z1353 4 1/2" White Daisy Circle Cards
Z1731 My Originals® Sweet Surprises Card Kit
X7147B My Reflections® Stella Paper Packet
X7148B My Reflections® Pemberley Paper Packet
X7150B My Reflections® Victory Paper Packet
X7153B My Reflections® Florentine Paper Packet
X7158B La Belle Vie Paper Packet 
X7160B Flirty Paper Packet
X7161B Moonlight Paper Packet
X7162B Pear & Partridge Paper Packet
Z1252 Cutting Knife
G1041 Workshops on the Go® Avonlea Cardmaking Kit
G1043 Workshops on the Go® Pear & Partridge Cardmaking Kit
G1040 Workshops on the Go® Spellbound Cricut® Kit
G1042 Workshops on the Go® Scroll Album Kit
G1044 Workshops on the Go® Advent Calendar Kit
G1045 Workshops on the Go® Avonlea Scrapbooking Kit
G1046 Workshops on the Go® Clementine Scrapbooking Kit
G1047 Workshops on the Go® Dakota Scrapbooking Kit
G1048 Workshops on the Go® La Belle Vie Scrapbooking Kit 
G1049 Workshops on the Go® Scholastic Scrapbooking Kit
G1050 Workshops on the Go® Flirty Scrapbooking Kit
G1051 Workshops on the Go® Moonlight Scrapbooking Kit
G1052 Workshops on the Go® Pear & Partridge Scrapbooking Kit
Item # Item Description
A1104 A Tweet
A1111 A Tulip
A1116 A Melody
A1122 Bravo
A1128 Quick Cards—Shell
A1129 A Rainbow
B1365 Spring Up
B1369 Rosy Regards
B1374 Bee Happy
B1397 He Is Risen
B1402 My Peeps
C1439 Enjoy Life
C1440 Take a Picture
C1442 Tailor-Made
C1450 Eclectic Edges
C1452 Delight
C1455 Aspire
C1456 Heartfelt Treasures
C1457 Happy Camper
C1458 Paper Lantern
C1473 Remarkable Wreath
C1474 10 Things
C1485 Super Powers
C1498 Country Life
C1499 Perfect Day
D1195 The Works Alphabet
D1222 Tiny Typewriter Alphabet
D1296 Chocolate Alphabet Small
D1301 Hodge Podge Alphabet
D1303 Classmate Alphabet
D1462 Splendid Day
D1464 Card Chatter—Love
D1467 Trees & Things
D1472 Simple Memories
D1478 Bingo Alphabet
D1505 Roar!
D1508 Diverse Backgrounds
D1509 Magic Adventures
D1511 Kick Back
E1013 Field Trip Alphabet

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Cricut Artiste Diaper Card

Okay...I have a confession to make...I am just now discovering all of the amazing creative treasures our Cricut Artiste cartridge holds!!

My daughter's 3rd grade teacher is expecting a sweet baby girl right around Christmas time, so after a few weeks of planning, we had a surprise baby shower for her today! The parents pitched in an we bought her a Target gift card. I needed to make a card for her and wanted it to be a little special...Artiste to the rescue!

This adorable diaper card is cut from the Cricut Artiste cartridge and was really, super easy to make using the Baby themed key!

I cut two of the diaper bases, one in Blush cardstock and one in my patterned paper, at the largest setting I could (I believe it was 5 1/2"). I adhered them together and added a little Hollyhock ink to the edges.

Without changing the size setting, I cut the scalloped oval insert in Blush and a second one in Holly hock, just 1/2" smaller. This insert was the perfect fit for the gift card.

The "It's a Girl" was also cut using the same themed key as the card itself.

Recognize that cute paper? It's one of my favorite "oldies, but goodies"...Sophia! We used Sophia as our color inspiration for the shower. When I get pictures I will share the adorable pennant banner this kids helped me make (thankfully, we have a mom in our class who takes amazing pictures and captures all those details, as I realized I never took a picture of the banner before I took it in today)!

Many thanks to Mary Thompson and Rachel Loesch at for the inspiration. You can see their adorable diaper card HERE!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Black Friday Deals start NOW!

I hope all of you are enjoying the beginning of the holiday season and have plans to be surrounded by those you love most as we give thanks for the many blessings in our lives, both big and small!

After the festivities have ended, many of you will be hitting the stores to grab those Black Friday deals.  If you’re like me however, you prefer to stay home and avoid the crowds! Whether you like the rush of the crowd or the ease of shopping in your PJs I have some Black Friday deals you won’t want to miss – just my way of giving thanks to all of you!

Between NOW and Monday, November 26th at 6:00pm (CA time) you will earn some wonderful FREE gifts when you shop from my Close to My Heart online store! Shop for holiday gifts for your favorite crafty friends…or even fill your very own stocking with those papercrafting supplies you’ve been eyeing! After all, wouldn't you LOVE to find that Cricut Art Philosophy or Artiste Collection under your tree on Christmas morning?

**FREE gifts with purchase when you shop online and add your order to my Black Friday/Cyber Monday online gathering!

-Place and order of $25 - $49.99 (before tax and shipping) and receive a FREE Exclusive Inks Dye Ink Pad ($5.25 value) OR an Alcohol Marker Set($5.95 value)

-Place an order of $50 - $74.99 (before tax and shipping) and receive a FREE “A" sized stamp set ($6.95 value) OR any TWO Monogram stamps($5.80 value). A $50 order also qualifies your order for the Stamp of the Month, Capture the Date for just $5 AND your choice of stamp set (A – E and M sized only) for 50% off!
-Place an order of $75 - $99.99 (before tax and shipping) and receive a FREE “B” sized stamp set ($9.95 value) OR a My Reflections Paper Packet($9.95 value). This order would also qualify for the Stamp of the Month, Capture the Date for just $5 AND your choice of a stamp set (A – E and M sized only) for 50% off!

-Place and order of $100 - $149.99 (before tax and shipping) and receive a FREE “C” sized stamp set ($13.95 value) OR a My Reflections Paper Packet AND My Stickease or Complements (up to $15.90 value). This order also qualifies for the Stamp of the Month, Capture the Date for just $5 AND your choice of stamp set (A-E and M sized only) for 50% off!

-Place an order of $150 or moreWAIT!!! Don’t order online! See my next offer for orders over $150!

**More FREE gifts for orders over $150
If your order totals over $150 (before tax and shipping) don’t order online –EMAIL me your order and you will earn a minimum of $25 in FREEproduct, your choice of stamp set (A-E and M sized only) at 50% off and aFREE Stamp of the Month set!

ALL orders placed between NOW and 6:00pm Monday night will go into a drawing for a FREE Workshops on the Go Scrapbooking or Card Making Kit!

To place your order (remember, orders over $150 should be emailed to me for maximum benefits!), visit my Close to My Heart website and JOIN the Black Friday Online Gathering shown in the bottom right hand corner, and then shop away!

All free gifts will be shipped separately. After I receive confirmation of your order, I will contact you for your gift selections.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Capture the Date, Capture the Savings!

Who doesn't love a great deal? How does 50% off sound? That's right, this month only, when you spend $50 and add the Stamp of the Month set, Capture the Date, to your order, you qualify to choose another stamp set from the Fall/Winter Idea Book at 50% off!

As an added benefit, by ordering the Stamp of the Month set, you will be helping those in need after Hurricane Sandy. For every Capture the Date stamp set sold, Close to My Heart will donate $1 to the American Red Cross' Hurricane Relief efforts.

See all the details HERE!

Hopefully, you've checked out the November Stamp of the Month blog hop. If not, be sure to check it out HERE!

Here are a few other fun ideas using the Capture the Date set...

Created by: Sue Laufer
Avonlea papers

Created by: Julie Reynolds
Avonlea papers

Created by: Amy Raimy
Scholastic papers

Created by: Elizabeth Hawley
Scholastic papers

Created by: Amy McGrew
Scholastic papers

Created by: Kathy Wafer
Scholastic papers

Head on over to my website and take advantage of this GREAT deal today! A $5 stamp set, a 50% off stamp set, and helping those in need...doesn't get much better than that! Oh, but wait...add your online order to my November Mystery Hostess and be entered into a drawing to earn hostess rewards (total of all online orders combines must exceed $150 in order for Hostess Rewards to be earned and given away)!