Saturday, December 31, 2011

January SOTM blog hop- Little Reminders

Wowsers... this month flew right by.
That means it's time for a new SOTM Blog Hop...woohooo!

first....                           Happy New Year!!!

If you've come from Krista's blog- you are headed in the right direction... if you are starting here at my blog- that is fine too!  The next blog in the hop will be listed at the bottom of this post :)

This month's set is called Little Reminders.

(*** a little reminder FOR YOU:  all of our stamp of the month sets retail for only $17.95.  BUT when you purchase $50 in other product, you can purchase the SOTM for only $5!)

First:  The set

And now for my project... I LOVE decorating baked goods for fun!  **sorry my pics are so-so.  I'm in Michigan and I didn't have any natural lighting for these photos...Our lighting is naturally bad this time of!

Don't those cupcakes look yummy!  Trust me... they look better than they  Will not be buying that brand again!

Now up next- head on over to Shannon's blog to see what she's done with this here set.  If you are loving what you see and want to pick up this set for your own- click here to go to my website and then shop on-line.

Thanks for stopping by!

A new boss...

I have a new boss at my "real job" starting next week... because mine retired.  Bummer. Yesterday was his last day and he has been grinning like you would not believe.

His first goal... is to buy a fishing boat.  His second- is to travel out west this spring/summer and visit Yosemite, Mt. Rushmore etc.  So our group tasked me with designing his retirement card and this is what I came up with.

At this point... the front wasn't even attached to the inside.  With it being the holidays there was a "skeleton crew" at work and I needed to have people sign the card before Christmas since they were all taking off at different times. I passed around the inside of the card and finally finished the front the day before his retirement lunch....oops.  Good thing they all trusted

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Retirement announcement and reduced pricing


I added a "retiring Jan 31" page to the blog- look in the list above- at the far right.  While I don't know which stamps and embellishments are retiring yet- I DO know about papers, stickease and some odds and ends.  Check back in a week or two as I will be updating the list soon.  You have until Jan. 31 to pick up everything EXCEPT I think the eyelet supplies are while supplies last. 

Second-  The clearance section of my website had a ton of price reductions this week- Twinkle brads for 80 cents anyone?
Keep in mind that shipping is a minimum $7.95 so if you are going to buy a few clearance items- you might also spend $25 on current product to get the Rock the Block Special for $15... and make the shipping cost worth your money.

Happy Stamping!


Sunday, December 18, 2011

In December you can ROCK THE BLOCK!

Edited 12/20 to add deep urls for links.
This month- along with over 30 other consultants- I am previewing a BRAND NEW PRODUCT from the Spring/Summer Idea Book- some fun looking My Creations blocks.  From Dec. 19, 2011-Jan 31, 2012- you too can purchase this awesome new product.  During this preview period - when you purchase $25 of product from the Autumn/ winter Idea Book you can add this special new product to your order for only $15.  The most incredible part?  Dec. 19-Jan 31 that $15 purchase INCLUDES a Limited Edition E size stamp set (which means the stamps alone are valued at $29.95!!)

When the new Spring/Summer catalog goes live February 1st- the stamp set will NOT be in there...  it is strictly available with the Rock the Block special till Jan. 31st.  The My Creations blocks will retail for $14.95 all by their lonesome! 

So... myself and over 30 other consultants are here to show you why you NEED this set!

If you've come from Kathleen's blog- you are headed in the right direction.. if not- no worries- click the link at the bottom of this post to visit the next stop on the hop and you should circle clear around the hop.

So... after all of that rambling- here's what you care about... photos!

**I designed these projects to display at an upcoming bridal show in mid-January.  I wish I was still this skinny!  LOL... 9.5 years and 2 kids later.... ahhhh.

Shadow box:
Tray from My Creations Blocks set
Roxie Level 2 paper pack
Bling Asst.
Mocha Opaques
Pearl Opaques
Red Designer Ribbon Collection

I used the Cricit Art Philosophy cartridge to cut my roses... LOVE that cartridge. 

I decided to use my blocks for a "countdown calendar"  It's generic enough to use for birthdays, holidays and any other special occassion you just can't wait for.  The diamond and polka dot paper patterns are stamped with stamps from the exclusive stamp set that comes with the Rock The Block promotion.

The set comes with 9 blocks in all.  Because the blocks only have 6 sides... I used the last two to stamp 7,8,9 and 0.  You can see some blank sides... I am still finishing them up but check out the last photo.

I will be using "LOVE"  "families are building blocks of love",  and You +Me= Love Squared. to finish off the last two blocks.  The letters and numbers were also cut using the Art Philosophy cartridge.  I didn't add any embellishments... which was really hard... but they need to lay flat and that way they have extended use beyond just one "countdown event"

I hope you'll join me in hopping around to check out the other projects... I am really excited to see what others have done with this set.

Head over to Georgia's blog to see the next idea posted!

In the meantime... if you see something you'd like to order- send me an e-mail or order from my website.  Either way- you won't be sorry!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Last Chance!

Planning to give Close To My Heart Scrapbooking and Stamping supplies for Christmas gifts this year?  Have some time to do a little papercrafting between Christmas and New Year's and need some supplies for yourself?

You will need to order TODAY to ensure you have your items before Christmas...  you can order from my website by clicking here.  While you are there- check out the clearance items!!!  Great supplies for as low as $1! 

Want to save a little cash?

I have 2 Cricut Collections in stock!  Regular price $99 plus $7.95 shipping plus your state sales tax.
From now till Friday Dec. 16th I will offer these two at $99 each plus $7 shipping (includes insurance).  That is IT!  $106.  So... discounted shipping and no sales tax.

{in case you are unaware of the specifics... our Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge comes with 3 coordinating stamps sets and 3 sets of chipboard.  Stamp carrier sheets have a size printed next to each stamp that coordinates with the cartridge- which tells you what size to cut the image on your cricut so that you can stamp your image directly on your die-cut.   Our single cricut cartridge carries 700 images and when you consider all the sizes it could be cut on the c. Expressions- you are left with about 32,000 cut options from one cartridge!  This cartridge works with all Cricut machines} 

Also- If you are local to me(SW Michigan)- I have an ink organizer:

BRAND NEW!  With the box.
Regular $69.95 plus shipping and tax.  I will sell that ONE ink organizer (local only- I really don't want to ship this) for only $59!  No additional shipping or tax.  I am located in SW Michigan.  Pick-up only.  Holds all 60 colors of ink pads and markers!  We also carry a zip up carry case so you can take your ink organizer to retreats and crops with you- unfortunately I don't have one in stock but it can be ordered here.

I also have gift certificates available.  Purchase $50 or more in gift certificates to be redeemed after Dec. 25th- and receive a free $5 gift certificate for you!!!

To place any catalog orders or inquire about the products above- please click here to e-mail me.

Want these items but need to save some cash?  Why not host a catalog or home party in January?  If your party reaches $250 or more in sales- you can select any one item in the catalog for half off!  This makes the Cricut Collection ONLY $49.50 before tax.

Catalog and on-line parties can be held anywhere with a US or APO address!  contact me now and I'll get all of the information to you!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Two kits...

(Edited to add a photo of the Save The Date stamp set)

I have two new kits that I am currently taking orders for:

1) This layout kit...  It is obviously the same layout as my page header... but it wasn't officially completed when I was ready to change out my page header.  I finally got the rest of my supplies in last week and here's the finished product:
Kit cost:   $12 total including Michigan sales tax since the supplies are first shipped to me. 
 If you are not local to me please add $5 for me to ship your kit to you.  If you are located in SW Michigan- you are welcome to pick your kit up, host a class where I teach you and your friends to make this layout OR attend class in my home Friday Jan 13th or Monday Jan 16th- 6:30pm either day.

What is included:  All pre-cut papers (if you pay the $5 extra for shipping- I will also pre-stamp, pre-ink all of your papers); 4 milepost stars, Antique copper brads (qty. 5), one randomly selected Holiday pocket (there are 3 different pockets and you will recieve one of them); full Red glitz Glitter Gel, one sheet Color-Ready Cork alphabet letter stickers.  Also includes the brown ribbon shown.

Add ons:  z1486 Holiday Pockets - full package $4.95
Z1450 Full package Cork letters $5.95
X7145C Believe Stickease $4.95

----- Place order no later than Dec. 20th.  shipping for this kit will begin Jan. 2, 2012-----
---- To host a class with this project- e-mail me here--------

2)  Calendar Kit (Note:  this calendar starts out BLANK... so you can use it for 2012... or if you dont' have time to make it in the next few weeks... work on it throughout 2012 and fill with 2013 dates!)

Here are a few of the months...

As you can tell- they are fairly simple to assemble.  There are NO embellishments other than the Liquid Applique I used.  This is a monthly kit and space for the month is down below on the portion not shown.  The kit is blank- you add dates/ month etc.

Cost:  $23 total includes the calendar and all pre-cut die-cuts/ photo mats etc.  Does NOT include liquid applique to keep costs down.  Use your stash of supplies to "bling" the calendar up if you wish.

You can choose to add:
Liquid Applique for $3.95 (why?  When liquid applique is allowed to dry and then heated with a heat gun... it expands to look like snow, the fuzzy cuff of a stocking, etc.  I used liquid applique for these purposes... I also used it unheated to decorate flower centers)

Save the Date stamp set $17.95

Local customers may pick up this calendar kit.  Long distance customers can have this kit shipped for $5 extra.

Sale:  Spend $50 or more before shipping and  tax- pay only $12 for this kit.  Spend $100 or more before shipping and tax- receive this kit FREE ($5 shipping for long distance orders still applies for free or discounted kit)  Sale ends December 31, 2011

---- This kit will begin shipping Monday December 12th------
---Strict limit of 10 kits available total-----

**** Save on shipping- order both kits and shipping is only $7 (savings of $3 when purchased seperately)  Kits will both ship together Jan. 2, 2012****

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Clearance Sale...restocked!

Have you visited my website lately?  CTMH added tons of new paper to the clearance sale section of my website.   You can click here to peruse the sale yourself.

What was listed?  TONS of 8 1/2 x 11 combo packs of cardstock... a few individual packs, some 12x12 combos.

Also- LEVEL 1 KITS... many of you miss those-

How about my single best selling kit in the entire spring/summer 2011 Idea Book:
Wings Level 2
The Wings Level 1 and My Stickease are also available on clearance.

How about the winter cheer Glitter Rub-ons for only $3:

How about the super popular Opaques Cherry-O pearl gems for only $2

There are TONS more options on my website... so click here to see for yourself.

Have a question?  e-mail me here.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Mad About You... December SOTM Blog Hop

Hello and welcome back to another month of great artwork using our newest Stamp of the Month:  Mad About You. 

This fun set of stamps is great for Valentine's Day but also works well for anniversaries and just everyday love notes :)

If you've come from Carla's blog- you are headed in the right direction.  If you are just starting at my blog- no problem!  At the end of this post you will find a link to the next blog and you can just circle around.

So- first things first- the stamp set: This set retails for only $17.95- but get an even BETTER deal than  that!  Spend $50 or more (before tax and shipping) on any other products and you can add this set to your order for only $5!
And now:  My card.  I used some neutral colors with Chocolate, Bamboo, and Colonial white.  I added a splash of color with Tulip.   I used the Cricut Art Philosophy Collection to cut all of my shapes out.    I used the Red Designer Ribbon Collection which has this perfectly matched striped ribbon.. LOVE IT!  The ribbon slide is from the Foundry Ribbon Slides .       If you are interested in purchasing any of these items - feel free to contact me here.
Now you can check out Annette's artwork by visiting her blog!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Tis the season...for Cake Pops!

A little detour from the papercrafting posts of late for a peek into my second favorite hobby:  Baking!
Cake pops have gained in popularity and I decided to give them a try for an upcoming cookie exchange...  well... that means I need to make 120 of these babies... by Friday.  Yep- THIS FRIDAY.  I started them over Thanksgiving weekend but I am not ready for Friday and hope it takes it's sweet little time getting here.
The idea of reindeer cake pops is not new- in fact I saw the idea on pinterest. 

If you've tried to make them yourself... and failed... read on for my hints and tips!

Cake pops:
You need:
box cake mix
store bought frosting (16oz)
meltable chocolate ( I always use the melting chocolate wafers from Michaels.  Old wafers turn out yucky looking but Michaels sells these all the time and have good turnover with new stock all the time so I stick to purchasing from them or Hobby Lobby)

Wilton candy eyes and red hots.

1)  Bake a cake as directed on the box with water, oil and eggs as called for.  When done- cool completely...even overnight if needed. 
2) use a fork to completely rip the cake apart.  Stir in one jar (or a little less than one jar) of frosting.  I added a few spoonfuls of frosting at a time till the cake started sticking together.  It did take most of the 16 oz. jar.
3)  Mix THOROUGHLY.  Roll into balls.  If your cake has cracks when rolled into balls... it is not mixed thoroughly.
4)  Refridgerate overnight. 
5) melt wafers ( I use a double boiler but you can use the microwave.  I think there are directions on the package for that.
6)  Take ONE cake ball from the fridge at a time... dip end of a lollipop stick into melted chocolate and insert about halfway into cake pop.  DO NOT roll your cake pop into the chocolate- use a spoon to pour the chocolate over.  This will prevent the cake from falling apart in the chocolate.
7) Immediately insert your eyes/ red hots.  You only have about 30 seconds from when you set the cake pop down to cool until your chocolate is too hard to add your face.  This is a good thing but be ready to work quick.  If your chocolate hardens BEFORE your face is done... simply put melted chocolate on the back of your "face parts" and stick them onto the cake pop.
8) let your chocolate set up over night so it's completely ready for packaging.  Insert the cake pop into a treat bag and use brown pipe cleaners to add antlers...
Your reindeer pops are now ready for gift giving :)

I had a very busy weekend of crafting... so stay tuned for more this week!  Wed. night brings the December Stamp of the Month blog hop and later this week I will show off a brand new kit!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Black Friday Sale on your Favorite Stamping and Scrapbooking products!

How do I possibly know what your favorites are?  I DON'T- So - You pick your purchase!

From NOW Through Midnight Friday-  Buy ANY 2 items- get the 3rd (of equal or lesser value) for HALF OFF!

That's right!  50% off one item when you purchase the first two at full price.... and it can be ANYTHING currently available in the Autumn/Winter Idea Book.

Don't know what is available... click here to browse our product line.  Anything in the list is available EXCEPT "While Supplies Last" Items.

This special is only available through me- so you will need to e-mail your order to me by clicking here.
I will reply to your e-mail within a few hours (unless you are shopping at midnight... then I will reply the next

Don't need 3 items?  Just want the Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge?  On MONDAY November 28th- when you e-mail me your order for the Cricut Art Philosohpy Collection- you can EITHER  take 15% off the collection (Savings of $14.85)  OR select a FREE 12x12 Faux Leather Album (valued at $24.95)!

I am also offering FREE Gift Wrapping and local delivery on orders placed by December 8, 2011.  Out of town orders can still receive Free Gift Wrapping, but additional shipping charges may apply.

Tax and shipping charges will apply to all orders.  I accept check, paypal, visa, MC and Discover payments.  All payments should be finalized by December 1st so orders can be placed and delivered in plenty of time.

In your e-mail- please include the method you would like to use for payment (do NOT include credit card #'s- just tell me that you'd like to pay by credit, check or paypal) and a phone number to contact you with.  I may do initial contact through e-mail but to collect credit card payments I will call you.

Thanks- and happy shopping!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Typeset School Layout

These photos are not so great... sorry about that!  In Michigan- good lighting this time of year is hard to come by some days... and usually all the good lighting is while I'm at work. 

BUT... the layout was a hit with my customers at crops this fall.
 There is a close up of the "super star" part down below... since that section is all "washed out" in this photo.  This layout will hold a few verticle photos in a row.  One on the left page with a smaller photo above the "winner" accent- and a few more on the right page.

 This photo shows that I used a circle die cut as a guide to add a bronze glitz glitter gel dotted circle to my page.
If you look at the photo of the second page of the layout- there is another, larger circle in the lower right corner... so I had 2 different sized cardstock circles and strictly used them to get my spacing correct so they looked like circles.
And here it is finished... at an angle so you can sort of see the dimension left by the dried glitter gel.
I LOVE THAT STUFF!!!  I am always pulling out one of my Glitz colors for something.

Want to make this project yourself?

You will need:
Typeset Level 2 Paper pack
Typeset complement Canvas Shapes
Bronze Glitz Glitter Gel

Note:  My layout used about 3-4 sheets of Desert Sand Cardstock but the Level 2 paper pack comes with 2 sheets.  You can either choose another color from the paper pack for your photo mat areas or you could purchase a package of 24 sheets of Desert Sand Cardstock.

I did not use any stamps on this project.... but if you decide to purchase the above supplies- keep in mind that through the end of this month- if you purchase $25 or more in Stamps- you can select this stamp set for only $25!!  These are clear stamps so if you don't have any clear blocks- you'll want one of those as well.

If you make a purchase of these supplies from my website- let me know and I'll e-mail you the cutting guides within 48 hours.

If you are on my mailing list... stay tuned for a special sale this week! 

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Clear pail paired with Art Philosophy

This pail was sooo much fun to create!
I found these cute little pails in the Dollar Spot at Target! 

Then- I cut a few fun designs with my Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge.


1. Cut Crystal Blue cardstock using the snowflake border (see page 64 of your Art Philosophy handbook)  Set your cricut at "fit to length" and then 11 inches.  Select Font Layer with the button shown in the handbook (bottom row 4th from the left)

2.  From Crystal Blue cardstock you will also cut approx. 1 1/4-1 1/2 inch snowflake (page 22 from the handbook).  It is
Cover that snowflake in Silver Glitz Glitter Gel and set aside to dry.

3.  Using white cardstock- cut approx. 3 inch snowflake... also on page 22 of the handbook.  Select "shift" and "layer" using the same button as step 2.  (second button from the left in the top row of the keypad)

4. I used glue dots to attach the snowflake border and white snowflake.  Once dry- the glittered snowflake was attached with foam tape.

5.  I used some retired Crystal Blue sassy strands to attach the little paint can "opener" that came attached on a plastic string.

6.  Although not shown:  I cut two circles for the top.  One Crystal Blue (approx. 3 inches) and one white (2.5 inches.) and stamped a winter sentiment.  Silver glitz was also added to decorate.  My photos of the top didn't turn out that clear - and I sold these so until I make a few more- I can't take a photo of the top.

Want to make one for a gift- simply fill with candy, a gift card, socks, lotions.... anything!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Christmas Card Class- Register soon

Just popping in for a friendly reminder that my Christmas Card class is coming up Saturday November 26th at 10:00am till you finish!

Cost:  $25.00 TOTAL to create 4 each of the following 5 cards!  Yes it's true- 20 HANDMADE cards for only $25... Your papers will be pre-cut- ready for you to stamp and assemble.

This class takes place at my home near Kalamazoo/Battle Creek, MI.  E-mail me here with "Christmas Card Class" in the subject and I will send you my address when you are registered.
Do you like ONE of the cards better than another?  Let me know and I can customize your card kit for you- the price may vary a little depending on which card you choose.

REGISTRATION DUE no later than November 10th.  I take cash, check, paypal , Visa, MC or Discover.

These cards were created relatively "flat" specifically so you don't have problems mailing them.  That is why there are few embellishments.  Your fee includes a full bottle of Silver Glitz so you can make them sparkle as much as you want!

Several cards use images cut from the Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge. 

Monday, October 31, 2011

November SOTM Blog Hop!

First- A suber big Happy Halloween to those of you that celebrate!  We do and my kids are super excited to show off their costumes.  Kaden will be a dinosaur and Addison is Super Girl.  I'll show pictures after the festivities are over :)

Now- on to this month's Stamp of the Month Blog Hop where we kick off November with some great ideas using " Cherish the Day" which has 44 stamps!  I noticed that all of the examples in the book used the set on cards or gift packaging... so I wanted to whip up a layout to show you!

Before I forget the technicalities... If you've arrived here from Pamela's blog-  you are in the right direction- but if you are starting the hop here at my blog- it's NO PROBLEM... just click the next blog in the hop at the bottom of this post and circle around that way. 

First... Let's look at my project!  I used the little month stamps to mark some of the photos in the layout.  The photos progress month by month going across and then down.  I originally planned to mark each photo but wanted to add in some workding as well.  There isn't much by way of embellishments on this layout- just the cork letters and milepost arrow... but I didn't want to detract from all of the photos!  Obviously I'm missing a few- I just need to get them printed.  The rest were already printed out and ready for a page - so not too shabby!

Here's a couple close up photos from this left page of the layout... to show the stamp images a little better.  I could put the date the photo was taken in the little circle... if I feel like it!  I do not delete photos from my camera card until all the photos have been scrapped (and yes I have them all saved elsewhere as well.) 
 So on my camera card is the date every photo was taken... but I don't think I  NEED that information- since I'm not including it for every single photo.

Hope you like this little showcase of the November stamp set (and the cute photos of my little guy!)

Next up is Gina's blog- go see what she has cooked up for you!

Also- if you are wanting to place an order and don't have a consultant of your own (or I am your consultant)  you can click here to place an order.  There are lots of clearance sale items too!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Halloween Treat Bag and blog comments.

I love receiving comments from people and appreciate them all-  If you ever wonder why I don't do the same- it's because I CAN'T!  I don't know why all of a sudden - blogger will not let me post comments.  It's been happening since I purchased my domain name.  It is telling me that I do not have access to view your comment pages when I try.  So until I have time to figure it out- please know that if you leave comments for me- I DO visit your blogs but at the moment I can't post my own comment to your blog.

Thanks so much for visiting me :)
P.s.  How about if I share some artwork by someone else today... Kristin Wessel is a very talented consultant from my area.  I met her at Disneyland for the CTMH convention in July and she gave me this cute treat bag at the Detroit Regionals this month.  She taught a great class on accessories.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Handmade holiday gift card holders

I am back to show you my design for some handmade holiday gift card holders I'll be selling at some upcoming holiday marts.

I designed these using the Kraft Scallop Edge cards.
I trimmed them and glued them until they were in this fun pocket shape.  I used Liquid glass to stick the card edges together to form the pockets.

I used the Believe Level 2 paper packet, our striped ribbon (which was way too wide- I cut it down the middle line and sealed the edges with liquid glass... yes this was tedious and way more work than a sane person would attempt... but I wanted thinner  I sprayed the entire project with our spray pens filled with desert sand ink and water, plus edged my papers with chocolate, giving it  more of a "distressed" look so that if some of my ribbon unravels... it looks like it's supposed to be like that.
I also used some of our pins to hold the "christmas cheer" sentiment.  some cranberry waxy flax tied through a bling button from our Bling Assortment pack ties it all together.  I cut the tag using the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge.
I have about 11-12 of these put together.
Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

A little Celebration!

Last weekend I attended the Close To My Heart Regional Celebration in Livonia, MI.  I truly love every CTMH event I've ever attended... but really- this WAS the best event outside of Convention that I've ever attended!!
I got to spend some time with some awesome friends, create beautiful projects, and learn some fun techniques.

I'm going to start by showing you a very pretty card box we created...I love the glitz and sparkle on this project.  Due to the crummy weather in MI right now... I had to photograph under a lamp... and not a good!  So I apologize for the lighting.

We used the My Creations Card Box (item Z1647  $4.95), Dreamin Level 2 paper pack (Item X7142B $9.95), Bronze glitz Glitter Gel (item z1483 $ 2.75), Milepost chipboard shapes (Item z1464 $3.95), Pewter mini medley (Item Z1487 $4.95), Red Designer Ribbon (Item Z1615 $5.95), Color ready cork alphabet (Item Z1450 $5.95)

 Some of the designs were cut with the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge from our collection (item Z1686 $99)

I am loving this box-  I'd like to do some up for the holidays so stay tuned for that (but not too tuned... I have to order the boxes :)

If you would like to order any of these supplies for your own projects- please click here.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Sonoma Fun!

Today my club meets to create their Sonoma projects. 
I think I've posted one of the cards and that is it...  if I've posted more- sorry!  I didn't see it anywhere.

All projects use the Sonoma level 2 paper pack.  The Layout also uses the stickease.  The cards use a variety of stamp sets.