Sunday, August 2, 2015

TWO August Specials ~ Get Organized! PLUS Early Release of NEW Paper Pack AND NEW Cricut Artistry!

August is a very exciting month at Close To My Heart!
There is so much going on be sure to read to the end of this post for all the information!

First off, you can get FREE product when you order one or both of the NEW items below!
Want to get your accessories organized? This roll-up will make it easy! Craft accessories or non-craft accessories...it does't matter! When you order the Accessory Roll-Up you will receive two of the NEW Base & Bling style sheets FREE! You'll be prompted at check out to add them to your cart.


Our other NEW organizer is the Marker Roll-up. Keep your marker together and easy to store or transport. When you order the Marker Roll-up you will receive a brand NEW stamp set called Balloon Wishes FREE!


ARTISTRY Cricut Collection is available NOW!
That's right! Close To My Heart is releasing the newest Cricut Collection in August instead of making you wait until the new Annual Inspirations goes live Sept. 1st! In the collection you'll receive the cartridge with 700 great images, 3 exclusive stamp sets AND a paper pack that includes the 7 NEW COLORS!

There's still more! Close To My Heart is also doing an early release of the Zoe papers, Accessories, Compliments, Workshop on the Go AND Zoe in Studio J! Here is a look at the papers but if you click on the Zoe link you'll see all the other Zoe items available now! Wow!


I think it's time to go shopping, don't you?!!!

Thanks for stopping by! 
Happy shopping!

Michelle

Saturday, August 1, 2015

August 2015 Stamp of the Month Blog Hop ~ Framed

Welcome to the Stamp of the Month Hop! Our August set, Framed, is a great set you'll use over and over! Hop along with us for really great and inspiring ideas for Framed! If you've arrived from Haley Dyer's blog you're on the right path. Click on the link in each post to continue along on the hop. It's a big circle so you can jump on at any spot. Here is a link to all the hoppers.

I had a lot of fun with this stamp set. I was also in the mood to dry emboss. It paired up nicely with Framed and here are the results! Each card has a different technique besides the dry embossing. 

The lagoon frame was pigment embossed. I stamped in Lagoon pigment ink and clear embossed over it. You get a rich color tone with a shiny embossed look. The dry embossing is the Stripes folder.


The pink frame was simply stamped in Pixie ink (dye ink) directly onto the cardstock. Quick and easy! The dry embossing is with our Hearts folder. Notice the pink sparkles? I colored a few of the sparkles with the Tender Pink ShinHan marker! 



Finally, the silver card was heat embossed with silver embossing powder. The background was dry embossed with the Floral folder.



All three cards follow the same design idea. But with using different materials and techniques all have a very different look! Try switching out a color, technique or embellishment to change the look of your project!



All supplies are Close To My Heart: (click for image)
--Ink: Lagoon Pigment ink, Pixie dye ink
--Heat Embossing: Silver powder, clear embossing ink
--Dry Embossing Folders: Stripes, Hearts, Floral
--ShinHan Marker: Tender Pink
--Shimmer Trim: Teal, Pink, Silver
--Embellishments: Oceanside Sequins (R), Small Sparkle Flourish (R), Bitty Sparkles, Clear Sparkles

(R) = retiring August 31, 2015

Don't forget to check the Retiring Items and While Supplies Last sections!

Now it's time to see the delights over on Tracey Pierce's blog!



Thanks for hopping by!
Michelle



Friday, July 31, 2015

Color Dare #153 ~ Sunset, Hollyhock & Olive + White Daisy

Are you ready for a new Color My Heart Color Dare? Well here you go!

The colors this week are Sunset, Hollyhock and Olive with White Daisy. I immediately thought of the pinks and oranges you see in a sunset! Here is what I did to create that feeling.

Using an image from Brushstrokes, I stamped a 2nd generation image in Sunset and then Hollyhock. Then I stamped 1st generation images in the same colors, stacking them on top of each other. This created my sunset feeling. The tree is stamped in Olive as well as the ground below it. That's it! Very quick and easy and oh so pretty.


All products are Close To My Heart: (click to see image)
--Cardstock: White Daisy, Hollyhock, Sunset, Olive (R)
--Ink: Hollyhock, Sunset, Olive (R)

(R) = retiring August 2015

Son't forget to check the Retired Items and While Supplies Last sections!


Now it's your turn! If you don't have the exact colors use something close. Click here to see what the other Design Team members created to inspire you. This color dare will be open until Thursday at 9:00pm CDT. Details on how to join are in the sidebar of our home page.

Happy Creating!
Michelle

Friday, July 24, 2015

Color Dare #152 ~ Cranberry & Canary + Slate & White Daisy

Yea! It's a new color dare from Color My Heart

Each week the Design Team challenges you with a new set of colors to create with. This week it's Cranberry, Canary + Slate and White Daisy. If you don't have the exact colors just use something close. It's a lot of fun so come on and join us! 

I've created a standard size side fold card (5.5" x 4.25"). I sprayed a background using reinkers with some water in a spray pen. I love how it fills the background but doesn't over power it. The yellow and bottom red flower are popped up with 3D Foam Tape and that gives some texture as well.The red flowers are 2nd generation stamped. That means you ink your image, stamp on scrap paper then stamp directly on your cardstock before inking again. This gives a softer look to the image. The center of the yellow flower is 1st generation Cranberry so you can see the big difference it can make.


All products are Close To My Heart: (click to see image)
--Cardstock: White Daisy, Canary, Cranberry
--Ink: Slate, Cranberry, Canary
--Reinkers: Cranberry, Canary

(R) = Retiring Aug. 2015

Don't forget to check the Retiring Items and While Supplies Last sections, too!


Now it's your turn! Get your creative mojo going and join us in the Color Dare Challenge. Click here to see what the Design Team has created to inspire you. Details on how to join us are in the sidebar. This color dare will be open until Thursday at 9:00pm CDT. We'd LOVE to see your artwork! 


Have a creative day!
Michelle

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Use Your Stash Blog Hop ~ Red, White & Blue

How is YOUR stash looking? Want to use some of it up? I love the monthly Use Your Stash Blog Hop as it encourages me to use what I have....and isn't that the point after all?!!

If you came from Sheila Bennett's blog you're on the right path. Just click the link at the bottom of the page to continue on the hop.

So the theme this month is a patriotic Red, White & Blue! 
I dug into my stash and found some fun red, white and blue items to create with!

First, the card base comes from our Value Pack. You can get 50 cards with envelopes in White Daisy or Colonial White for only $14.95! Now that's a deal! The next layer comes from the Paper Fundamentals - Adventure pack. The fun thing about this paper pack is that you get the same pattern on both side with one side having a glossy pattern.



All products are Close To My Heart: (click for image)
--Stamp Sets: Joyful Birthday (R), Charming Chevrons (R)
--White Cards & Envelopes Value Pack
--Cardstock: White Daisy, Cranberry, Outdoor Denim, Paper Fundamentals-Adventure
--Ink: Cranberry, Outdoor Denim
--Embellishments: Red Heart, Green & Blue Epoxy Bubbles (R)
--Edge Distresser
--3D Foam Tape

Don't forget to check out the Retiring Items and While Supplies Last sections while shopping!

Now it's time to hop over and see what Wendy Kessler has to share.
Thanks for hopping by!

Michelle

Friday, July 17, 2015

Color Dare #151 ~ Glacier, Lagoon, Pear, Hollyhock, Sorbet, Desert Sand + Colonial White

It's Friday so that means a new Color My Heart color dare! The colors this week are from the Seaside paper pack. They are Glacier, Lagoon, Pear, Hollyhock, Sorbet, Desert Sand and Colonial White.
It's easy to join the color dare challenge. You can create anything you like as long as you use the the colors listed. If you don't have those exact colors you can substitute something close.

This is a standard sized top fold card. I cut the card base out of Desert Sand cardstock. The stamp image was stamped in Desert Sand pigment ink and clear embossed. I colored the flower using a blending pen and ink lifted from the lid of the ink pad. The background paper is from the Seaside paper pack. The sparkly banner is actually Lagoon Shimmer Trim. It looks blue here so I guess my lighting wasn't very good when I took the photo. Trust me...it's Lagoon. The other two banners are Washi Tape. After adding some bling the card was done!




All products are Close To My Heart: (click for image)
--Cardstock: Desert Sand, Colonial White
--Ink: Pear, Hollyhock, Sorbet, Lagoon, Desert Sand Pigment Ink
--Embellishments: Bitty Sparkles, Clear Small Sparkle Flourish (R), Washi Tape Lagoon Hearts (R), 
Boardwalk (R), Lagoon Shimmer Trim.

(R( = Retiring Aug 31, 2015

Don't forget to check the Retiring Items and While Supplies Last sections!



Now it's your turn to create something with the color dare colors! Details on how to join us are in the sidebar of the Color My Heart home page. This color dare will close Thursday at 9:00pm CDT.
Don't forget to check what the Design Team created to inspire you!

Michelle

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

July ~ Jump On It Blog Hop

It's time for another special hop from the Stamp of the Month Consultants! 
Close To My Heart is offering a really great deal this month and you don't want to miss out!

If you've hopped over from Nikka Geers' blog you're on the right track. Just keep clicking the links to continue on the hop!

So back to the Jump On It deal for July! During this month with only a $25 order of stamps, you can get the Stamp of the Month FREE ......OR.....chose any one of the Hostess Rewards sets for only $5! Thats right....get a Hostess Rewards set without hosting a gathering. Hostess Reward sets are featured in Annual Inspirations (pages 5-10) and Seasonal Expressions 2 (pages 4-5).

I created this layout using Picture My Life cards from the Chantilly collection. This is an easy way to scrapbook! You can use our pocket page protectors to slip in the cards and your photos and ..... voila....you're done! BUT... you can also use them in traditional scrapbooking and paper crafting projects, too!

The bird and butterflies are from the Hostess Reward set called Paper Bird. There is also a heart image and I stamped that under the butterfly on the right. The bird and butterflies are paper-pieced to give a 3D texture. I simply stamped them twice and cut out wings to place on top of the base image using a piece of 3D Foam on one end to pop it up. I also used the Stamp of the Month: Life is Wonderful in the upper left corner. To pull colors together I stamp rolled the word Wonderful. After adding some embellishments it was done!



All products are Close To My Heart: (click for image)
--Picture My Life Program: Chantilly (R)
--Cardstock: White Daisy, Juniper
--Inks: Slate, Cotton Candy, Juniper
--Embellishments: Clear Sparkles, Flamingo Dots, Oceanside Sequins (R), Bitty Sparkles, Pixie Extra Thick Twine, Mini Stapler, Small Sparkle Flourish (R), Journal Pen

(R) = retiring Aug 31, 2015
Don't forget to check out the Retiring Items and While Supplies Last sections!


Now it's time to hop over to Kathleen Androlewicz' blog for more ideas!

Thanks for hopping by!

Michelle