Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Cats & Bats Card Kit

Anyone who knows me or has been following my blog for awhile, knows I LOVE Halloween!  

I love to decorate for this season of spooky fun.  
I love to dress up for Halloween parties or 
even to greet Trick or Treaters.  
And, I love to make creative projects for this FUN holiday!

I have designed a super cute Cats & Bats Card Kit of 6 adorably 
FUN projects for you to assemble and share with your little spooksters!  

Each card is precut, pre stamped, and includes all accents and a white envelope. 
Already for the FUN part...putting them together!

Here's how you can get YOUR Cats & Bats Kit so you can play SOON!

Only 2 kits left!  Hurry to get one! 

*  Order the Kit with all 5 cards + 1 treat holder for only $25
Includes U.S. Postage to YOU!  
See Buy Now Button at the bottom of this page.  Thank you!

You will receive an emailed document with tips for assembly and close up photos. 

* If you are a consultant and purchase my Cats & Bats Card Kit, you are welcome to teach these fun projects to your customers at your workshops.  

#1 Beware of Ghost Card

Inside the Beware of Ghost Card

#2 Broom Card

 #3 Black Cat Card

#4  EEEK Treat Holder

#5 Cat Tag Card

#6 Rose Card  (Cats & Bats papers are versatile and can be used for any occasion!)

I hope you love these cards and treat holder as much as I do!

Close to My Heart Products:
Gold and Clear Shimmer Brush

Click Buy Now to purchase the Cats & Bats Card Kit 
with all 6 projects for $25, includes postage in U.S.!  
Thank you!

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Christmas From the Heart

I've been loving the Close to My Heart National Stamping Month special, From the Heart, all month!
 I just fell in love a bit more because of Christmas!  
The flowers in the stamp set are gorgeous in Christmasy colors placed on the wonderful interactive card bases!

Simply take a white cardstock circle and lay it on the card front.  Draw a light pencil line around the circle creating a pattern for stamp placement.  Next stamps the flowers, leaves, stems and berries just over the pencil line with the majority of the stamp designs on the outside of the circle.  When stamping is complete, attach the sentiment circle with foam tape.  Add the Gold Glitter Gems and the Gold Shimmer Brush for a little sparkle.

Stamp Pad Colors:
Flowers: Poppy base, Cranberry detail
Large leaves: Fern base, New England Ivy
Pine Sprig: New England Ivy - 1st and 2nd generation stamping
Leafy Branch and Flower Centers: Flaxen
Stems: New England Ivy
Berries: Poppy
Heart: Poppy
Merry Christmas sentiments: Black

Purchase the bundle for only $34.95 and save 20%.  Be sure to get some extra packages of the card bases and envelopes for only $13.95 for 12 cards!

Sentiments from:

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

National Stamping Month is Here!

Beeeautiful!  That's what this kit From the Heart Card Kit is!  Simply BEAUTIFUL!

2 Exclusive Stamp Sets ($29.95 value)
Die Cut Interactive Cards with Envelopes ($13.95 value)
12 Simply Beautiful Cards! 

Sold separately OR purchase the kit for $34.95 and save 20%!

Sunday, August 27, 2017

4th Annual Cricut Cartridge Special!

Today is the final day of my annual Cricut Cartridge Special!

Hurry to get in on the FREE product and Chances to WIN prizes!

Why are CTMH Cartridge Bundles the best?
700 Image Shapes per cartridge
3 Exclusive Stamp Sets ($53.85 value)
Package of Combo CardStock ($14.50 value)

Here's how it works:
Purchase your *choice or *choices of Close to My Heart Cricut Cartridges:

Physical Cartridge $99
* Digital version $79 + $20 in your choice of product = $99

Hello USA Digital  $49.95 + $50 in your choice of product = $99 
(digital version only. No Stamp Sets or Paper included)

If you'd prefer one of the other fabulous current CTMH Cartridges:
Flower Market $99 or $79 digital + $20
Artistry $99 or $79 digital + $20
Artbooking  $99 (no digital available)
(These three cartridge bundles all include 3 stamp sets and a paper pack)

* Order $99 in any CTMH Product of Your Choice!

Now for the rewards!
You will automatically receive $20 in FREE select product!

Chance to WIN:
*50% off item
*Artwork Kit including a 12x12 page and 2 cards!  All ready to assemble!

Friday, August 25, 2017

Even Bears Need Some Time Away!

Oh my, I had to giggle a few times while creating this silly card!  Jack the bear packed up his new vacation shirt, hat, sunglasses, and camera, and off he went to the beach!  I kind of think he enjoyed himself with his paws in the sand and a cool beverage or two.  Haha!

The Jack Card Making stamp set is retiring August 31st, so get him before he goes into permanent hibernation!  The set is also available with matching Jack Thin Cuts.

Jack's shirt is a stamp design from one of the 3 fabulous exclusive stamp sets as part of the new CTMH Cricut Cartridge Bundle - You Are Here!  The tiny camera is from one the sets too!  I hand drew his hat and cut it from a scrap of No Worries patterned paper.

I put a little Liquid Glass on the sunglasses, camera lens, ice cubes (LOVE them!) in the drink glass, and hibiscus stamen.  Sunglasses are cut from a Calypso zip strip (retired)


Here are the 3 FUN Exclusive Stamp Set that come with the 
brand new CTMH Cricut Cartridge Bundle ~ You Are Here!  It is FABULOUS with 700 shapes, the stamp sets, AND a combo pack of two tone cardstock!  It has a travel theme, however, it is filled with shapes for LOTS of themes.  I especially love the shapes which are masculine.  The guys will love cards and layouts created with this cool cartridge!  
Available with a physical cartridge or digital!

CTMH Supplies:
White and Blue Burlap Ribbon, Thin Cuts Scallop Border

Retired Products: No Worries Paper Pack, Calypso Paper Pack (sunglass zip strip)
Champagne Cardstock 
C1356 Extreme Happiness (Hibiscus stamp) 

Tiny shells collected from a beautiful beach in Puerto Vallarta!

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Ho, Ho, Ho! Warehouse Sale!

 I don't like getting 50% off, says no one ever!  The August Close to My Heart Warehouse Sale continues to offer awesome products at big savings.  This week's assortment is perfect for the holidays!  Be sure to take a look right HERE!

These are a few of my favorites!

Includes the following items:
1 – Thin Cuts—Winter
1 – Thin Cuts—Christmas
1 – Thin Cuts—Gift

Thin Cuts are packaged on their own magnetic sheet and work well with most die-cutting machines.

Includes the following items:
1 – Cut Above® Holiday treat bag kit (makes 10)
1 – Cut Above® Halloween treat bag kit (makes 10)
1 – Cut Above® Birthday treat bag kit (makes 10)
1 – Cut Above® 'Tis the Season tag kit (makes 10)

Includes the following items:
1 – pack of Picture My Life™ Happy, Happy Christmas cards (20 double-sided 4" × 6" cards and 36 double-sided 3" × 4" cards
1 – pack of Picture My Life™ Happy, Happy Christmas overlays (24 clear 4" × 6" overlays with white foil designs)
1 – pack of My Crush® Happy, Happy Christmas pages (30 double-sided, loose printed pages; 3-ring hole-punched; 8 ⅜" × 6 ⅞")
Be sure to check out the complete selection of 50% off products soon!  

Happy Saving!  

Thursday, August 3, 2017

August is Bursting with Opportunities!

It's AUGUST and I am over the moon excited about the opportunities this month with CTMH!
There's something for EVERYONE!

Online Warehouse Sale!  Click HERE to see an awesome selection of 50% Products and Bundles!  
The products change each Tuesday morning at 12:01 am!  If you're a night owl like me, we can stay up and see what new choices at 50% off are!

Hostesses in August will be Happy, Happy, Happy with the additional Rewards that are available!  When party or workshop sales reach the 3rd level of rewards, they JUMP to the next level!  More FREE!  Joy, Joy, JOY!
Hostess Bonus from me, a little gift stamp set, CUTE as can be!  

Now until August 31st is the perfect time to join Close to My Heart as a consultant!  It was one of my best decisions ever back 22 years ago!  I would LOVE to help you get started with your own business!  

* It's only $75 for the value packed Consultant Kit
* You'll receive $50 Select Product Credit for you to add your favorite CTMH products!
* But, wait, there's MORE this month!  When you reach a sales goal, you can choose a Cricut Cartridge OR $99 more FREE product!  
* AND there's cool program called Straight to the Top where you will receive $30 in exclusive stamp sets, plus the opportunity to earn another $200 in rewards!
All totaled, that's about $530!  WOWZERS!
Hang on! There's even MORE.....I will reward you with free product along the way for meeting your Straight to the Top goals increasing the total you could receive to over $630!

I'd love to share the details with you!
Best email to use is mgstamps@hutchtel.net

Thursday, July 27, 2017

The Stampaganza Special is Going Soon!

Where did this month go?  Seems like Stampaganza just started and now it's just days from being over! This is one of my favorite specials and it doesn't come around often!  

This year there are some new options!  Several hostess exclusive stamp sets are back!  15 of them!  Wow!
And 12 "Month Word Puzzles" are available for this special only!

See the 27 additional sets here!
Plus all the sets in the Annual Inspirations and Seasonal Expressions 2 catalogs qualify for Stampaganza! 

Stampaganza makes me HAPPY!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Jack the Wiggly Fishing Bear

        I like an Easel Card because it's easy to display and 
super easy to make!

I like this card because it makes me smile!

I like this bear because he's so CUTE and he wiggles!

What's not to like about all of that?
I hope you like it too!

3D Foam Tape under the sentiment square will raise it up enough 
to support the front of the card to stand up.

You might see just a touch of Gold Shimmer on the bear.  
If you're going to wiggle, 
you might as well sparkle while you're at it!

Side view showing how the easel card stands 
and the little spring behind the bear.

Unfortunately, these fun springs are retired.  Boo....
Happy I stocked up before they were gone.

CTMH Products used:
Juniper Stamp Pad and Tombow Blending
ShinHan Touch Twin Markers: 

Retired: Glacier Extra Thick Twine, Adhesive Springs

Friday, May 26, 2017

This Card is a Paper Hug AND it's a Twist and Pop card too!

This style of fancy fold card has been "popping up" lately on Facebook, Pinterest and YouTube. I've enjoyed the many variations I've seen, but I was looking for directions to make a standard size card (4.25" x 5.50") with the simplest steps and technique to use.  I liked Joy Tracey's YouTube video the best (thanks Joy!)  I changed the sizing a bit to create mine as the standard size I was looking for.  See instruction photos at the end of this post.

I used the bright and cheerful colored papers from Little Dreamer, plus a sheet of Thistle and Lagoon cardstock.

The "HUG" letters are from the word Laugh in the May Stamp of the Month Set ~ Live, Laugh, Love.  I just used the last three letters and spelled HUG.

"HUG" Flowers colored with Peony Purple, Pastel Green, Turquoise, Light Orange ShinHan Touch Twin markers.  

Leaves stamped on Lagoon cardstock, shade with 
For a touch of sparkle, add some Clear Shimmer Brush and a Little Dreamer Glitter Gem or two!

Isn't she the cutest?  I colored her hair with the Clay marker and heart with Peony Purple marker.
Skin is with a flesh colored pencil.  Dress and cheeks are with a Bubble Gum CTMH Watercolor pencil.  I added touches of shimmer to everything on the card with the Clear Shimmer Brush.  LOVE it!

 D1711 True Love - Operation Smile Stamp Set
$7 of every purchased stamp goes to Operation Smile!
This set retires July 31, 2017.  

Cut and score the pieces as shown.  You can skip the scoring on the 2nd piece by folding it in half, then opening it and folding each end in to meet the your first fold in the center.  Does the trick without the scoring time!

Use a bone folder to get good crisp folds. This will help the Twist and Pop mechanism to work smoothly.

NOTE: Adhere two patterned pieces 4" x 5 1/4" to the inside of your card base before attaching the pop out mechanism (house).  See my card opened up at the top of page.

Lay the 3" x 10" piece flat on top of the attached mechanism, lining up the center fold with the 2 1/8" markings.  Fold back the two ends and add adhesive as shown. Carefully close the card and rub over the top to reinforce the folds.  Open and close it a few times to ensure it works properly.  
Add 2 1/4" x 2 3/4" pieces of patterned paper to the 3" x 10" pop out piece.  
Decorate as desired.

Other CTMH supplies used: