Tuesday, March 31, 2015

April Stamp of the Month blog hop

Hello and Welcome to this month's Stamp of the Month blog hop.

We are featuring the "Typed Note" stamp set (which is really awesome!))

If you're joining in from      Michelle's   blog, you're heading in the right direction.  If you're just joining here....  NO WORRIES.  Just follow along by clicking the link at the bottom of this post and you should be able to catch them all in the loop.

This set is only available April 1-30 for $17.95 OR get a great deal!  It's only $5 with a $50 order.

Here's the set... I LOVE all the great sentiments that come with this one.  Some unique sayings, and some general necessitites, in a fun typewriter font.

Here's the card I designed with this set:

Jackson paper pack  ***New April 1***
microtip scissors ( a must for cutting tight spaces without tearing/ curling your paper)
Now head on over to      Krista's    blog to see what she created!

April card kit by mail; and May pre-order info


I am loving my card kit by mail program.  I've received some great emails from customers that have loved receiving them and using my instructions to assemble (I think i'll share those here soon!)

For those of you that don't know about my program, it's 4 months into it's life.  I take pre-orders until the 15th of the month and kits ship the first week of the following month.  SO... scroll down to see the details for the May kit which is orderable NOW.

In the meantime, here's the cards from the April Kit which shipped out yesterday.

                                                                         Card #1:
Yes I used a retired product:  the hollyhock zipper trim.  I have lots of that stuff left!
Card #2:
Card #3
Card #4
Aren't those adorable?  I loved putting them together.
The kit was $25 and included these two stamp sets: 

all pre-cut papers, ribbons,  and a full pack of June Bug puffie stickers were also included along with a full color guide to stamping and assembly.  I did not use the sentiment set in my photos, I used them on the inside of my cards instead.
MAY PRE-ORDER:  payment for this kit is due by April 15th and kits ship the first week of May.
Option A:  $15 includes all pre-cut papers, pre-stamped images, embellishments and full color guide.  Shipping included.
Option B:  $25 includes all pre-cut papers, Full stamp set to stamp your own images, embellishments, full color guide.  Shipping included.
Stamp set used on the May card set:
Pre-Order through paypal:
NOTE:  you can pre-order one month or sign up for a 6 month subscription.  If you register for the 6 month kit without stamps for $90... then one month you'll be able to add the stamp set for free.  If you register for the 6 month "with stamps" subscription, then you'll receive a 7th month FREE. 


Monday, March 30, 2015

summer beach theme scrapbook layout : day 2

Here's layout 2 of my retreat workshop I posted about yesterday.

Use 2 lagoon background pieces
Use 2 flaxen pieces (to create all 3 layouts I had to add an extra sheet of flaxen and a couple sheets of white cardstock)
White cardstock was used for photo mats, and a patterned sheet matted my photo mats (not sure how well that shows here.
The photo looks kind of goofy, like my photo mats are warped... but it's not really that way.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

summer beach and road trip scrapbook layouts Day 1

Last weekend was my annual spring retreat.  Every year I design a layout class that is optional for my attendees to create for an additional fee.

I'll share these with you over the next few days. 

I like to show the diversity of our products through Close To My Heart so I designed the workshop with the "Chalk it up" paper pack which is designed primarily for school themed pages... and the Seaside Picture My Life Cards.  There's enough "basic" patterns from Chalk it Up - and the colors from both packs coordinate nicely.

How I put this together:
2 background sheets of white cardstock
1 sheet of Flaxen (I used a long straight edge from a ruler, on my Versamat, with a cutting knife, to cut this sheet diagonally to form 2 triangles)
Cricut Artbooking was used to cut "coolin' off" in Blue glitter paper
Additional glitter paper , as well as patterned paper from the kit was cut for accent pieces.  Photo mats were cut to hold 1 5x7 and 2- 4x6 photos.  (so I cut them at 5.5x7.5 and 4.5x6.5)
6 Picture my life cards were used including one that the seahorse, and one that the fish were all cut from.
Clear sequins and gold polka dot washi tape finished the page.
Thanks for stopping by... and i'd LOVE to see who is visiting my page.  Leave a comment if you have a minute...thanks!

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Brushed workshop kit

In April my club will be creating the Brushed layout designed by Close To My Heart as the Brushed Workshop on the Go kit.

The kit is $29.95 (plus shipping and tax) and comes with these supplies:  Full Brushed paper pack, topiary washi tape, 3-d metal flowers and and exclusive stamp set (which I adore!).  Plus the full color instructions.  Individually these items would retail for over $40.  You get a great discount when purchased as a kit!
Class projects:
The layout was designed by CTMH as the project for this kit.
But I rarely use projects designed by other people, so I added on a few cards created by me to round out the projects for club.

If you purchase the brushed kit online, you will receive the instructions to create the layout with the kit.  (NOTE that it did include some Cricut cuts which you could easily alter.  Instead of cricut-cutting butterflies, you could simply stamp and cut around.  The photo mats on the layout could be square cut instead of photo corner cricut-cuts.
If you'd like to attend my class here are the details:
SUNDAY April 19 at 2:00pm
Monday April 20th at 6:00pm
Purchase the kit ($35 after shipping and tax)
OR if you don't wish to purchase the stamps (you can use my set if you attend in person)
$25 includes the paper pack, 3-d flowers, card base/ envelopes and use of my stamps, and washi tape.
I will throw in the card base/ envelopes FREE to those that buy the full wotg kit.
If you ONLY wish to make the cards... the cost would be $5.00
Contact me if interested.  Class location is in the Kalamazoo/ Battle creek MI area.  Directions given after class registration.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Have a happy day: rolled flower card

Today I thought i'd show a fun card I created for some upcoming party projects.  I wanted to teach how to create these fun rolled flowers that are really popular.  You might think they're difficult to create.  But the key is to use a quilling tool!  You just insert the end of the cut flower into the tool and roll it up.  Use a thick, strong, liquid glue (CTMH carries one called liquid glass) to hold it all together. 
colonial white paper
white daisy cardstock
Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Retiring items

Several items retire at the end of this month... the Heartstrings paper pack is one of them!

The two layouts below are both created with Heartstrings, but by featuring different patterns you can see how versatile they are!

Click here for more details on the Heartstrings product line which retires later this month!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Studio J - beach themed summer layout

I created this fun 2-page layout using Studio J and thought I'd share how I created it.  At the bottom of this post is a link to the instructions to print out.

Here is the link to the instructions.  Let me know if you create a layout with my instructions- I would love to see how it turns out!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

FREE Shoulder tote- while supplies last

WOW!  I love specials for new consultants and this month is AWESOME!

Our new consultant kit with Close to my Heart is $99

You have two options:
this is the scrapbooking option:
This is the cardmakers options;
Those kits are valued at $300+
THEN in March they are adding this fun shoulder tote FREE (value $26.95)
BONUS!  Yes, bonus.  I love bonuses. 
When a new March consultant sells/buys $300 in product in the first 40 days (before shipping and tax) you will receive this rolling bag FREE!!!   The rolling tote value is $149.95.

Let's break this down:
The consultant kit is $99 for over $300 in product plus a free $26.95 tote.
If you sell $300 in the first 40 days:
receive the rolling tote FREE ($149.95)
PLUS about $71 in commission/ free product earned on the $300 in orders placed.
PLUS:  When you start off your business hitting the ground running, and sell $1200 in 90 days - you get your kit price BACK (that's your initial $99 investment- returned!)
And commission/ free product earned on the additional $900 in sales (over $200-300)
AND if you are the host for any parties you place through yourself, you earn HOSTESS CREDIT.
EEK... do you see the prospects of this great offer?
IT"S super fantastic.  Questions? email me
Want to sign up now?  click here.
***NOTE:  shoulder tote is while supplies last.  They reserved several thousand for this special.  Rolling totes are guaranteed to any consultant that qualifies by placing $300 in orders in your first 40 days. 
Shipping applies to all orders including kit purchase, orders placed and the rolling tote.  Shoulder tote ships free with kit purchase.