Saturday, August 1, 2015

Framed - August Stamp of the Month

Each month you can purchase a new D-size stamp set, available for one month only, for just $5 — that’s over 70% off retail! When you place an order of $50 or more in Close To My Heart products, you qualify for this special Stamp of the Month pricing.



Spend $50 and get this Stamp of the Month set for just $5.  Shop Now!



Get Organized in August with these Great New Products!

During the month of August, get your hands on the latest and greatest in organization products from Close To My Heart—with a few perks thrown in! 

Simply place an order for the new marker roll-up at full retail price and receive the new D-size stamp set My Acrylix® Balloon Wishes FREE!  The marker roll-up will be your new best friend, providing storage space for up to 25 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ markers.



Place an order for the new accessory roll-up at full retail price and receive two new Base & Bling style sheets, Affirmations and Lovely Blooms, FREE!  The accessory roll-up is ideal for sorting and storing accessories, Base & Bling items, and embellishments, while the new Base & Bling style sheets are full of gorgeous floral designs and hip icons and sentiments perfectly suited for creating stunning jewelry pieces


All of the items offered as part of this campaign are featured in the Annual Inspirations 2015–2016 idea book, but are available for early purchase during August only as part of this campaign.  Place your order for one—or both—deals and get an exciting sneak peek at just a few of the many new products found within Annual Inspirations’ pages!  Shop Now!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Christmas Cards Workshop

Saturday, August 22nd
12:00 p.m.
$35

Registration deadline:  August 9th



Let's get a head start on our Christmas cards this year!  In this special extended workshop you'll make 15 fun and easy cards to get you ready to start celebrating the holidays. (The above picture highlights just a few of the cards you will create.)

We'll be using Picture My Life (PML) cards in this workshop, a wonderful option for card makers.  They give non-stampers of variety of fun images, but can also be "dressed up" by those who do love to stamp. The layout ideas in this workshop can be used with any of the PML cards, for any occasion.

BONUS:  If 15 cards are not enough for you, I am offering bonus kits to all workshop participants for $25.  You'll get the supplies and cut-to-size papers, cardstock, and envelopes to make an additional set of cards.  Stamp the images during the workshop and assemble at home.  That will give you a total of 30 cards (or more)!  You must let me know BEFORE the workshop if you would like additional kit(s). Are you interested in making the project but can't make the above date?  Contact me to purchase a kit!

Monday, July 27, 2015

Heart 2 Heart Challenge - Life is Good

I was honored to be selected as Heart 2 Heart's Top Chick in April for their Anything Goes challenge and my Hopscotch Flip Stand Album project.  As such, I was asked to be their guest designer for the month of July.  How exciting!

This week's challenge is 'Life is Good.  My interpretation is Life is Good When You Dream!  This 12" x 12" canvas was made with the beautiful paper from the Florentine paper pack from a few years ago.  It was such a beautiful piece of paper I couldn't bear to cut it up and had to do something special with it!



Supplies used:

  • Florentine Paper Pack
  • Art Phililosophy Cricut Collection
  • Just for You Stamp Set (B1398)
  • Dreams Come True Stamp Set (D1470)
  • Life is Good Stamp Set (D1495)
  • Velvet Rub-ons - Black
  • Bohemian Assortment
  • Wooden Badge Buttons (Z1703)
  • Color Ready Wooden Shapes
  • Opaques Adhesive Gems - Pearl

Be sure to check out Heart 2 Heart - they always have fun challenges and the entries are beautiful!  I hope you'll take a challenge!

Friday, July 24, 2015

Color Dare #152 – Cranberry, Canary + Slate & White Daisy

Welcome to Color Dare Challenges from Color My Heart.  Each Friday the design team announces a color palette for you to use to create your project.  You can create any type of project you'd like, as long as you use the chosen colors (and ONLY the chosen colors!).  If you don't have the actual Close To My Heart colors, just use a similar substitute.


Color Dare #152 – Cranberry, Canary + Slate & White Daisy



I wanted to make a card using one of the beautiful overlays from the Cricut Artbooking Collection (Z1906).  It all came together when I chose the hexagon design.  I found my much beloved set of hexagon stamps, and finished it off with the cute little bee.  Because bees are cute when they are on your card instead of buzzing around your head! 
How will this week's color combination inspire you?   Visit Color My Heart for more information about the challenge, get inspired by the design team, and upload your project.  I hope you'll join the Color Dare!

Monday, July 20, 2015

Crop at Gretchen's!

Friday, August 7th
10 a.m. - 11 p.m.


Contact me if you are interested in attending!
  • Location:  Chili, NY.  Contact me for directions.
  • I currently have space for 10 people, 2 per 6' table.
  • Crop space is in my basement, so stairs are a necessary evil.  I would be happy to help you carry your supplies up and down.
  • Feel free to use my refrigerator and microwave or oven to prepare snacks/meals.  There is no coffee maker - bring your own prepared coffee if you need the caffeine.
  • $10 crop fee includes a make-n-take project.
  • Registration is required and is on a first-come, first-serve basis.
  • Feel free to invite friends!
More Dates: 
  • Sunday, August 23rd - 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Heart 2 Heart Challenge - Life is a Highway

I was honored to be selected as Heart 2 Heart's Top Chick in April for their Anything Goes challenge and my Hopscotch Flip Stand Album project.  As such, I was asked to be their guest designer for the month of July.  How exciting!

This week's challenge is "Life is a Highway".  This theme turned out to be a real challenge for me, but turned out great (in my humble opinion), which is why I like these challenges.  They keep you on your toes and give you a sense of accomplishment once you've tackled them.


Supplies Used:
Be sure to check out Heart 2 Heart - they always have fun challenges and the entries are beautiful!  I hope you'll take a challenge!