Friday, November 30, 2012

12 days of Christmas meets Year Round Cheer

{links updated 12/5/12}


Welcome back for Day 6 of the 12 Days of Christmas here on my blog AND the Stamp of the Month Blog Hop... Yep it's a twofer!

If you  are hopping over from Michelle's blog- Welcome!  If you are just stopping by to check out my 12 Days post- you might want to keep hopping through to see the rest of the blogs as the December Stamp of the Month is one of my FAVORITES this fall and you are sure to find some great ideas!

So first up is the Stamp of the MOnth photo:
Don't you love it already?  I do!

So I saw a few other consultants mention using this set on event calendars and thought that was a FANTASTIC idea!  So you'll see in my photos that I used a mix of retired and current papers-  another great project for using scraps!

Here is the shape of an event calendar- in case you are wondering.  The purpose of an event calendar is to record events that happen on the same DATE every year- like birthdays, anniversaries, Christmas, Halloween etc.  You wouldn't record something like Easter or Thanksgiving as those change each year.  This is such a GREAT gift idea for so many people.  Did a family member move out or get married this year?  College student?  Grandparents?  Help them remember birthdays and special dates by giving them a gentle reminder in the form of a wall calendar.

As you look through my sample page photos below-  you'll note that they are pretty simple.  that is because layers and layers of paper end up pretty thick and bulky and the more embellishments you add... the bulkier it gets.  I love pretty things and lots of embellishments- but this is one instance where there is nothing wrong with taking the simple route.

Now for my monthly designs:

Aren't those fun?
I have a GREAT giveaway for today's post!!
Win: A FREE kit to make this complete Event calendar.  Kit includes the calendar, pre-cut papers and all of the stamped images and any embellishments or glitzed images to match my calendar!  Simply leave a comment to be entered in this drawing!
Earn: Earn an Event Calendar Kit FREE when you make a purchase on my website of $50 or more before shipping and tax- YES this kit will be FREE AND at $50 you also qualify to purchase the Stamp of the Month for only $5.  This sale is valid December 1st ONLY AND starting Dec. 1 at Midnight MST- a new batch of clearance items will be added to my website.  When you spend $50 or more (before shipping and tax) on my website during December- CTMH will include a FREE Bonding Memories Glue Pen.  So- This deal is too good to pass up!  Place your order December 1st and this calendar kit will ship to you!! **Note- you do not need to add this kit to your shopping cart- it will ship seperately from me***
BUY:    Just want a kit?  The kit is $12 (add $3.50 for shipping).  You can create this at my home Sunday December 9th (stop in between 11am-4pm to complete it at your own pace).  RSVP required to take the class at my house but kits can be ordered anytime.
I hope you LOVED this fun gift idea that would work for so many people!
Now hop on over to Melinda's blog to continue on the hop.
Ready to shop-  click here for my site.
Winner of my Day 3 post: Chris C.    Congrats!!!
Keep commenting on Day 4, 5 and 6 for your chances to win!!!

12 days of Christmas - Day 5

Well... I couldn't put it off any longer- I had to do something with TREATS! 

This post is really about using up what you have.  Close To My Heart doesn't sell these cute little hinged boxes but I've had this thing in a drawer for about 3 years.  So I of course gave it a little scrub before putting food inside!  I had to take 15 photos of this before I found one remotely acceptable.  It was an aweful angle and pitch black outside the window right next to it... so it's not the best.

I pulled out more of my Pear and Partridge scraps to create the decorative band and "yo-yo" flower.  I create the flowers by cutting a strip of paper (this was about 1x9 inches long).  I accordian fold it lenthwise.  I glue the two ends together to form a cyliner.  Let dry (use a strong adhesive like liquid glass).  Flatten your cylinder out and you are left with a yo-yo style flower (Why didn't I take a picture of the process?  I don't know but I will soon and add it to this post!)

I added some black tulle and a silver shimmer brad for sparkle.  The really fun part was using these pink letters to spell "joy".  I used the self adhesive pink felt Keepsake Alphabet stickers.  I love that little touch to make it a little more festive and fun.

As for the treats:  simply melt some white chocolate.  Dip pretzels and add festive holiday sprinkles before it all dries.  When I was tired of dipping pretzels I tossed in some Craisins to soak up the rest of the chocolate and dried them in lumps.  I also added holiday sprinkles to those.  Next time I'll add some chopped nuts to the Craisin mixture-  yummy!

Today is a bit different in that we don't carry these little boxes in order for me to sell kits so I had to change up my offerings:

Win: Enter to win a blank, undecorated tin just like this one.  I have ONE LEFT!  These are the cute boxes many people use as "nugget tins" where you cover a handful of Hershey Nugget candies with paper and arrange them in tins.

Earn: Place an order of $25 or more on my website today and I will send you your choice of Keepsake alphabet stickers OR the Black Tulle OR the shimmer brads- FREE!  Shop by clicking here.  ( Please note- today is the last day to spend $50 plus add the Stamp of the Month for $5 to get 50% off any stamp set in the book.  Don't miss out!)

DAY 2 WRAP UP: Winner of my Day 2 photo cube kit is Gayle V.  thanks to everyone for playing along- 7 more days to go!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

12 Days of Christmas- Day 4

It's not too late to make some handmade decor for this year's Christmas display!

I have for you a very FUN project- a display tray made for hanging!

So EASY!  I would rate this a medium only because it takes some time to lay things out to get an even balance with all the little bits and pieces... but to copy mine is EASY!  seriously.

One thing to note- use GOOD adhesive... really good.  Every single piece on my tray was attached with liquid glass.  This stuff is really a must have and at any given time I have 3-4 open bottles going- so if I misplace one there is surely another close by.  This stuff is great for all sorts of uses- I once repaired the sole of my shoe and got 6 more months out of that pair!  Yep... shoes.

Here is the supply list...
Display Tray
In color Holiday Dimensional Elements
Pear and Partridge paper (surprise!  I used it on many of my holiday projects that I have.. and will... post!)
almond and pink Glitz Glitter gels
Cranberry Bakers Twine
Burlap Ribbon
Liquid Glass

The best part is that each little section only holds a 3x4" piece of paper... which means it only USES the equivalent of ONE sheet of 12x12 paper.    What a great way to use up bits and pieces left from other projects! 
My daughter loves this so much she is already asking about Valentine and Easter versions.

Now... on to the fun part- but please don't be sad that I am not giving away a project kit- as you can imagine that would be super duper expensive!  But I do still have a fun giveaway:

Enter:  Enter to win a free set of the In Color- Holiday Dimensional Elements (all the little presents, ornaments, tags, titles, candy etc) Retail Value of $5.95- yours free!  Just leave a comment on this post by FRIDAY at midnight to be entered in the drawing!

EARN: Yes... earn this kit FREE with a purchase of $100 or more on my website today (add your order to my Mystery Hostess party on my site ending December 9th to also earn a chance at free Hostess Rewards!).  I will ship this kit direct to you for no additional fee.

Buy: You can purchase this kit for $28.  Add $7 if you need your kit shipped.  Place an order of $50 or more and add this kit for only $18.  Kit comes with tray, pre-cut papers, full package In Color Holiday Dimensional Elements, 2 feet burlap ribbon, 1 yard cranberry baker's twine.  Please note that there I am paying your shipping and tax on the materials themselves and you only pay shipping if you are not local to me. 

If you are in SW Michigan- I am teaching this class in my home (Kalamazoo/Battle Creek area) on Sunday December 9th - stop in anytime between 11am-4pm- RSVP required.

Day one wrap UP:  The winner of the Day 1 Milk Carton Project kit is Haley D!  Haley- contact me with your address and I will ship your kit :)

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

12 days of Christmas- day 3

I hope you are enjoying my projects as much as I had fun making them!

Today- I'm showing an alternate use for a recipe box.  I mean- we all LOVE recipe boxes but you really only need one.  These cute little magnetic clasped boxes also hold photos and standard 4.25 x 5.5 inch cards and envelopes.

When I sat down the other day with my blank box in front of me.. I really anticipated a card box.  But I started thinking about all of the people in blogland that don't scrapbook.  I mean- I think it is safe to say that if you are visiting today... you do papercrafting of some sort...right?  But papercrafting in general does not mean scrapbooking specifically.  SO......

I decided to create a "memories" box instead.  In the current age of digital photos and phones that take pictures etc... most people are out capturing their memories in one form or another. This box is a great way to keep track of the memories without investing in albums and a time consuming, paper hoarding hobby.

For todays' project I simply used one of our recipe boxes, covered it with Pear and Partridge paper, some cork alphabet stickers that I covered with silver glitz glitter gel, a shimmer brad (flatten the prongs and attach with liquid glass.

The recipe box is super easy and as long as you have some liquid glass and the template- this is easily a quick project.

Also-  I did sponge my box with Cashmere ink before adding any paper.  The dividers were simply cut 4x6 from cardstock in the Pear and Partridge pack with a little 1x2 coordinating piece folded and stapled for the divider "title"- in this case I used years.
You could easily use this year after year to add your family photo, as well as photos of your tree, favorite new ornament, a photo of the year's most treasured gifts- and yes you can even add your Christmas day recipes!  Who wouldn't LOVE to receive something handmade like this?

Win:  Leave a comment on this post by midnight THURSDAY night to be entered to win a recipe box kit the same as the one shown.  You will receive everything pre-cut ready to assemble.  Kit will ship within one week.

EARN:   Order $40 or more on my website TODAY at and receive a free kit by mail!  Kit will ship within one week.

BUY: For $12 you will receive a recipe box, pre-cut papers (you choose the color scheme and I will send you photos of the papers I have available for that color scheme for you to choose from), you will also receive one sheet of cork alphabet stickers so you can spell whatever you wish.  Add $4 for shipping.  Order 2 or more kits and shipping is free! 

I have the recipe box template saved to my computer... if I can find it in an online location I will post the link here.  I will e-mail it to my winner and anyone that buys/earns the kit!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

12 days of Christmas- Day 2

Welcome back for day 2 of my 12 Days of Christmas posts where I am sharing some fun holiday gifts, decor and more! 

Today's project uses our fun My Creations Block ($3.95) along with some retired Stella paper, black tulle(10 yards for $5.95) and one of our very fun pin clips( 12 for $4.95)  !!! It also uses the black pixie glitter letters to spell "family"   I am planning to use this photo cube to display our family picture once I have one printed. 
This would make a very fun gift and can be done in any theme- sports, grandkids, travel etc.  How about an ABC theme for a teacher?  You could use this as a way to package a gift card- just insert the card into the clips and place the whole thing into a cute gift bag.  This would also make a great wedding or new baby keepsake to display a precious photo!

Win: A free kit to create one of these fun photo cubes!  Enter by leaving a comment on this post before midnight on Wednesday.

Earn:  Place an order of $25 or more on my website TODAY and I will send you a free cube kit by mail.  Choose a general color scheme or theme and I will do my best to accomadate!  CLICK HERE TO ORDER 

BUY:  Just want to purchase a kit? $6 includes cube, pre-cut paper, spiral cut flower, one word of 7 letters or less, one pin clip and ribbon..  Let me know the color scheme and word of choice.  I will give you paper options (or you can choose to make just like mine.)  I will include ribbon and letters that coordinate with the paper.  Include $3 to ship.  E-mail me here to purchase kits.

You still have till midnight tonight to comment on yesterday's post to win the milk carton project kit.  You have till midnight tomorrow to comment on THIS post to win a cube kit.  All are welcome to enter!

Monday, November 26, 2012

12 Days of Christmas- Day 1

Milk cartons are fantastic vehicles to hold small treats and trinkets and I LOVE how easy they come together.  This milk carton was sponged with Cashmere ink, covered with the partridge pattern from Pear and Partridge.  A little sparkle flourish and tree from the Christmas Love stamp set popped on 3-d foam tape complete the look.   EASE OF PROJECT: very easy- 5 minutes or less (double or triple if you don't know where your stamps are ;)   
WIN: Enter to win a free kit to create one of these fabulous cartons! Simply leave a comment below..  One winner will be chosen at random.  Enter by Midnight Tuesday to be in the running.
EARN: Want a great deal?  Make a purchase of $25 or more on my site today and receive a kit to make 1 of these milk cartons FREE.  Value of free item:  over $4.  Free kit should ship within 1 week.  Add your order to my December Mystery Hostess party for a chance to earn all of the free product on that party!!!  I will e-mail you with receipt of order so you know a kit will be on it's way! 
BUY: Just want to create the milk cartons?  Purchase a kit-  $4 each plus a total of $3 for shipping as many kits as you wish.  Kits will ship no later than December 9th

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Get ready for the 12 days of Christmas!

Hello- just a quick note to let you know to pop in the next 12 days starting tomorrow (Cyber Monday!) for 12 days of daily posts- all about gift giving!!!  I will give you 12 fun ideas to make gifts or gift packaging (or maybe both in one day!)  The BEST part is that I will have a giveaway each day for 12 days AND a special promotion for one of my favorite CTMH products- each day!  You won't want to miss it!

Friday, November 23, 2012

Display Album sample for sale

Hi There-

I just wanted to pop in and let you know that I have been selling a ton of retired items on my Facebook page- but wanted to post this one here as well- it is a GREAT DEAL!

I taught this class last year for $25 as it included the album, paper, sparkles and stickease. But sadly, I never added photos to it and need to clean up some space.

This album uses one of our 6x6 display albums with flip pages.  the cover is completely blank and you can leave it that way or customize it.

I have only the one sample available and will sell for $10 if you live local and want to pick it up- or $15 to ship anywhere in the Continental U.S.

Contact me by e-mail if interested.

Thanks and I hope you had a fantastic Thanksgiving!!!

Monday, November 19, 2012

CTMH Pear and Partridge

A few weeks ago I held my very first EVER weekend scrap retreat.  OH... It was soooo much fuuuun!

I had a great time spoiling my croppers with over $400 in gifts and prizes (Did I mention I only had 24 croppers?)  Yes... that is a lot of free stuff!  One lucky attendee won the Cricut Artiste Collection and I did NOT sell tickets for it.  Every weekend retreater got their name in one time.

I taught many classes that weekend and here is one of them:  15 cards for $25.  The fee included the Perfect Fit-Holiday stamp set, half a pack of Pear and Partridge Level 2, plus Colonial White cards and bases, embellishments, extra Cranberry and Olive paper etc.

The cards were a hit!
It is hard to tell but the middle card has a lot of pink and bronze glitz glitter gel.
If you would like to order any of these supplies to create your very own cards- please visit my site here:
If you purchase any of these supplies through my site and want to make any of the cards shown- just send me an e-mail and I will send the measurements to you.
The green bow was cut with Cricut Artiste.
P.S.  My next weekend retreat is April 12-14, 2013 in SW Michigan- live near?  Drop me a line and I'll forward the information to you!!!

Friday, November 9, 2012

A little holiday spirit

Just playing with the Stamp of the Month from October.  This was the free project at my October parties.

How about some burlap ribbon, pearls, glitz and Pear and Partridge paper?  Cranberry baker's twine and ink finish it off.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Pun Fun with Close To My Heart

Here are four of the 5 cards my club can make in November- all using the Pun Fun stamp set!
Close Ups:

 Supplies:  Flirty Level 2 paper pack, Silver Shimmer Trim, Pun Fun Stamps, Cotton Candy alcohol markers, clear sparkles, black tulle ribbon.

Supplies for turtle card:  Dakota Level 2 paper pack, olive cardstockautumn bakers twine, olive alcohol markers, Creme Brulee marker set, sky marker set

Supplies for lemon card:  La Belle Vie paper, shimmer trim, pink glitz glitter gel, Blending pen, ink pad

Supplies used: Avonlea paper pack, slate ribbon, silver glitz glitter gel, slate ink pad

**** In November- spend $50 and add the Capture the Date Stamp of the Month for $5 and get 1/2 off any stamp set!!!  Like my cards?  But a few of the supplies and you could qualify for half off the Pun Fun stamps!  Contact me for more details or order through my website at *****  Join the November Mystery Hostess party by November 17th for a chance to earn all of the hostess rewards on that party!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Capture The Date

{Edited to update blog links}

If you are coming from Dawn's blog-  welcome!  If not- no worries... just follow the link at the bottom of this post.

This month's stamp of the month set is : Capture the Date.  This set can be yours for $17.95 or $5 with a $50 purchase.
This is a GREAT set for adding dates to layouts and cards... in fact- I've already made my sister's birthday card for February!                 Supplies:  Dakota Level 2 paper pack, burlap ribbon, Antique Gold mini medley (for flower),  durables studs and the Stamp of the Month with black ink.
Hope you enjoyed my little sample of what YOU can create!  Now check out Kami's blog here.