Thursday, January 30, 2014

Want to Start Scrapbooking?

Answer yes or no to the following questions:
1) Do you take a lot of pictures but they sit on your camera, computer or phone?
2) Do you desire to do something with those photos so you can enjoy those moments instead of forgetting them?
3) Do you want to scrapbook, but don't have the time or want to invest too much?
4) Do you consider yourself a "non-creative" person?

If you answered YES to one or more of the questions, then Close to My Heart is releasing the perfect products for you & I am going give you a sneak peak!!


Beginning on Feb 1, 2014, the Picture My Life product line becomes available. These are perfect for those of you who want to do something with your photos in a quick but crafty manner. 

There are eight (8) kits available in this line: Babycakes, Surf's Up, Laughing Lola, Avonlea, Later Sk8r, Chantilly, Skylark, & Balloon Ride.  Each Picture My Life kit includes:

  • 122 cards per kit (double sided)
    • 44 cards - size 4"x6", 2 each of 22 designs
    • 78 cards - size 3"x4", 3 each of 26 designs
    • 1 12"x12" cover page
  • 10 Protectors
    • Design 3 - (3)
    • Design 4 - (3)
    • Design 5 - (3)
    • Side Load 12x12 - (1)
Below is a preview of the six of the Picture My Life collections, giving you an idea of colors and images.  They are theme specific and are exclusive to everything you love about Close to My Heart.


The awesome thing is, if you like the colors, you don't have to stick to that theme - i.e. Babycakes colors and cards DON'T have to be used for babies! The Picture My Life kits were designed to be a jumping off point and can be mixed & matched.


WOW right?! The Picture My Life kits were aesthetically designed to get you the most bang for your buck. The ideal layout is a mix of 1/2 cards and 1/2 photos. Let me break it down further in some stats - if you filled all the slots with:

  • a single card (single sided), you'd use 75 cards
  • a mix of 50/50 cards and photos, utilizing just one card per slot, you'd use ~40 cards
  • a mix of 50/50 cards and photos, utilizing two cards per slot, you'd use ~80 cards

Additional options:
- more photo protector sleeves, with various pocket options
- two album options
- store cards in the journaling box or the medium organizer

For less than a $100 investment (Picture My Life Kit and an Album), you can begin cherishing your memories with family and friends instead of forgetting about them on a digital device. 

The only tools you potentially need to utilize the Project My Life collections are a paper trimmer (cut down photos), a corner rounder punch, and a pen for journaling.  If you want to add souvenirs to the cards, scissors and adhesive would be needed.  But really, the additions are up to you!!

Sooo, who's in?! There are no excuses, just crafting and creating!! And as your CTMH consultant, I am here to help you the entire way. :)

View everything on my website or contact me for an idea book/questions.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Artbooking Made Easy - Video #6

Here's some inspiration on how to create a flip stand masterpiece - perfect for gifts, reminders, calendars, whatever!! The opportunities are endless with the flip stand.


Sunday, January 26, 2014

Saturday, January 25, 2014

January is about Rediscovering Yourself...

Each month, Close to My Heart offers a FREE downloadable 1-pager filled with unique and fun accents or tags.  Simply download it, print, and cut it out!  Woo-la!!


Visit my website to get your free download!!  Only available until January 31, 2014.

note this image is a screen shot - best quality, download the PDF from my website

Friday, January 24, 2014

On Cloud 9

Each January, we celebrate National Papercrafting Month!! This year, Close to My Heart is offering the Cloud Nine Cardmaking Kit.  This kit is going to float away on January 31st!!

Create 10 cute & vibrant cards (2 each of 5 designs) using three sneak-peek accessories from the upcoming 2014 Spring/Summer Idea Book, a new D-size stamp set, and exclusive papers.
Cloud Nine D-Size Stamp Set

There are two ways to get the adorable Cloud Nine cardmaking kit: 
1) Purchase it for just $15 (retail value $46) with a minimum qualifying order of $35 during January in celebration of National Papercrafting Month.

2) Get it FREE when you enroll as a new Consultant in January and submit total personal sales of $300 or more*.

This kit is only available during the month of January 2014.  View the promotion info and video on my website or simply SHOP NOW to earn your Cloud Nine kit for $15 (my website will display a prompt to add the card kit, prior to entering your payment information - it can not be added after an order is submitted).

BONUS!!! If you spend $35 and purchase this kit for $15, not only can you get the January Stamp of the Month for $5, but I will send you 5 handmade and original cards made by me!!

January is also the last month, while supplies last, before numerous products retire.  What a great combo!  Get everything you want before it's gone and receive a fabulous card kit for a third of it's cost!!

Cloud Nine Card Kit Contents:
  • 1 – My Acrylix™ Cloud Nine Stamp Set (D-size)
  • 1 – Cloud Nine B&T Duos™ Paper
  • 1 – Lagoon Cardstock Sheet
  • 1 – Honey Cardstock Sheet
  • 1 – 9" x 9½" White Daisy Die-Cuts Sheet
  • 1 Roll – Gold Polka-Dot Washi Tape†
  • 1 Roll – Teal Shimmer Trim†
  • 1 Package – Durables Triangle Studs†
  • 10 – Card Bases & Envelopes
  • 1 – Instructional Brochure
  • Featured colors: Lagoon, Sunset, Honey, White Daisy
  • Recommended MyAcrylix block sizes: 2" x 6.5" (Y1010) and 3" x 3" (Y1006)
  • Cricut Collection: Cloud Nine Stamp Set shapes were cut from and correspond with the Cricut Artiste Cartridge

†new product in Spring/Summer 2014 Idea Book

*New Consultant’s total qualifying sales must be remitted no later than June 30, 2014, and the free kit will automatically ship with the Consultant’s order that achieves the minimum sales, or, if that order is a customer’s OBA order, it will ship with the next order going to the Consultant’s address. Orders must be Consultant-placed and the listed shipping address must correspond to an address listed on the Consultant’s profile in their online Personal Business Assistant.

Offer valid January 1–31, 2014. Additional criteria may apply. Tax is based on the price paid for the promotional item. Shipping/handling based on the full retail price of the card kit ($46).

Thursday, January 23, 2014

The Retired List...Going, Going, Gone!!

It's getting close to that time of year where products will be retiring to make way for all the new & exciting items that make their debut February 1st!  Less than 10 days to get the products below are gone forever!!

The list below contains the products that will not be available after January 31, 2014 OR while supplies last.  Don't miss out on getting more of your favorites or the things you've been holding out on ordering!  Shop now at: http://inspired.ctmh.com/retail/category.aspx

To view this list, with pictures, click here: http://inspired.ctmh.com/Retail/Products.aspx?CatalogID=2159

RETIRING LIST:
  • Z4115 Memory Protector Value Pack-Clear(50)
  • BULK299 Black Pigment Pads
  • BULK300 Cocoa Pigment Pads
  • SJ5P2 US/CN Studio J 5-pack
  • W1104 Studio J 5-pack cards
  • Z1778 Treat Cups
  • Z1788 Chalkboard Shapes, Adhesive-backed
  • Z1777 Color-Ready Canvas Alphabet
  • Z1682 Dimensional Elements Alphabet                  
  • Z1735 Dimensional Elements Hearts
  • Z1654-79 Dimensional Elements Monograms "A-Z"
  • Z1680 Dimensional Elements Stars          
  • Z1779 Irresistibles™ Houndstooth Alphabet
  • X7165C For Always MyStickease® Assortment   
  • X7168C Surf's Up MyStickease® Assortment       
  • X7175C Frosted MyStickease® Assortment          
  • X7174C Huntington MyStickease® Assortment  
  • X7163C Chantilly Complements Dimensional Elements
  • X7169C Tommy Complements Canvas Shapes
  • Z1883 Base & Bling Floral Accents
  • Z1882 Base & Bling Word Accents
  • Z1707 Bitty Opaques Pearl Adhesive Gems
  • Z1706 Durables Round Studs
  • Z1705 Durables Square Studs
  • Z1775 Glamour  Glitter Alphabet
  • Z1744 Opaques Flourishes Pearl
  • Z1335 Opaques- Licorice
  • Z1333 Opaques- Mocha
  • Z1336 Opaques- Pearl
  • Z1776 Pixie Glitter Alphabet
  • Z1764 Just Blooms® Floret Paper Shapes              
  • Z1463 Just Blooms® Flutter Pape Shapes
  • Z1269 Filigree Brads
  • Z1905 Base & Bling Necklace Kit
  • Z1814 Chantilly Assortment
  • Z1811 For Always Assortment   
  • Z1890 Frosted Assortment
  • Z1881 Huntington Assortment
  • Z1841 Surf"s Up Assortment      
  • Z1824 Tommy Assortment
  • Z1786 Mini-Medley Accents Antiqued Gold Collection
  • Z1787 Mini-Medley Accents Slate Collection
  • Z1701 Baker's Twine Neutral Assortment
  • Z1781 Black Striped Grosgrain Ribbon
  • Z1800 Colonial White Rosette Ribbon
  • Z1732 Color-Ready Seam Binding Ribbon
  • Z1617 Dark Chocolate Striped Grosgrain Ribbon
  • Z282 HempBlack
  • Z280 HempTan
  • Z281 HempWhite
  • Z1802 Slate Satin Polkadot Ribbon
  • BULK252 Bulk Durables-Antiqed Gold
  • BULK253 Bulk Just Blooms- Crème Brulee
  • BULK314 Frosted Cardmaking Workshop Guide (10 pack)
  • BULK313 Frosted Scrapbook Workshop Guide    (10 pack)
  • BULK312 Huntington Scrapbook Workshop Guide (10 pack)
  • BULK286 Chantilly Guide
  • BULK288 For Always Guide
  • BULK292 Tommy Guide
  • BULK291 Surf's  Up Guide
  • BULK306 Frosted B&T Duos® Bulk Pack
  • BULK305 Huntington B&T Duos® Bulk Pack
  • BULK284 Surf's Up B&T Duos® Combo Pack
  • BULK283 Tommy B&T Duos® Combo Pack
  • BULK278 Chantilly B&T Duos Combo Pack
  • BULK280 For Always B&T Duos
  • Z1804 MyCreations® Cubby
  • Z1322 MyCreations Recipe Box                 
  • Z1746 MyCreations® Block
  • Z1737 MyCreations® Collage Cubes
  • Z1803 MyCreations® Star
  • Z1819 Chantilly  Textiles
  • Z1884 Sparkle & Shine Textiles
  • Z891 VersamarkInkPad
  • Z892 VersamarkReinker
  • Z1845 MyOriginals® Matchbook Card Kit
  • X8627 MyOriginals® Polar Pals Kit
  • Z1738 Colonial White Die-Cut Cards
  • X7163B Chantilly Paper Packet
  • X7165B For Always Paper Packet
  • X7175B Frosted Paper Packet
  • X7174B Huntington Paper Packet
  • X7168B Surf's Up Paper Packet
  • X7169B Tommy Paper Packet
  • Z1483 Bronze Glitz™ Glitter Gel
  • Z821 EmbPowderClearDetail
  • Z668 EmbPowderGold
  • Z669 EmbPowderSilver
  • Z1313 Glitz Glue Stardust                                                                             
  • Z308 LiquidAppliqueWhite
  • Z134 PrismaGlitter
  • Z1484 Red Glitz™ Glitter Gel
  • Z1482 Silver Glitz™ Glitter Gel
  • Z534 MicroTipScissors
  • Z555 CraftHeater
  • Z1091 FinishingFiles
  • Z1796 Rub-On Tool
  • Z1298 TextureTools
  • Z1769 Almond Glitz™ Glitter Gel               
  • Z1771 Green Glitz™ Glitter Gel  
  • Z1770 Pink Glitz™ Glitter Gel
  • G1053 Workshop on the Go (WOTG)® Chantilly Scrapbooking Kit
  • G1055 Workshop on the Go (WOTG)®For Always Scrapbooking Kit
  • G1058 Workshop on the Go (WOTG)® Tommy Scrapbooking Kit
  • G1059 Workshop on the Go (WOTG)® Surf's Up Scrapbooking Kit
  • G1064 Workshop on the Go (WOTG)® Laughing Lola Cardmaking Kit
  • G1063 Workshop on the Go (WOTG)® Frosted Cardmaking Kit
  • G1070 Workshop on the Go (WOTG)® Frosted Scrapbooking Kit
  • G1069 Workshop on the Go (WOTG)® Huntington Scrapbooking Kit
  • G1065 Workshop on the Go (WOTG)® Laughing Lola Scrapbooking Kit
  • G1067 Workshop on the Go (WOTG)® ProPlayer Scrapbooking Kit
  • G1066 Workshop on the Go (WOTG)® Sarita Scrapbooking Kit

Artbooking Made Easy - Video #4

Here's a spook-tacular way to scrapbook Halloween...

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Pajama Party With CTMH & BPC - 1.30.14

Close To My Heart is teaming up with Big Picture Classes to bring you a live webcast with step-by-step instructions for making this Valentine’s inspired scrapbook page with an adorable love-themed stamp set, Glitter Gems and Zipper Lace. It’s the perfect way to showcase your precious photos of that special someone.

Tune in for the FREE webcast on Thursday, January 30 at 7:00pm (MST) at www.BigPictureClasses.com.  During the presentation, you’ll learn to make several projects from a variety of sponsors, including the “Lucky in Love” scrapbook page from Close To My Heart.

If you’d like to interact on the message board, participate in live chat, post to the gallery, download handouts or enter any contests you will need to log in to the Pajama Party “classroom” by creating a FREE account on the Big Picture Classes website.


To make our “Lucky in Love” scrapbook page, you will want to have the following items —or similar products—on hand:
  • G1066 Workshops on the Go™ Sarita Scrapbooking Kit ($29.95) (using stamp set only)
    • Stamp set compatible with Z1790 Artiste Cricut cartridge ($99.00)
  • X5935 Adventure Cardstock Combo Pack ($14.50)
  • 1385 White Daisy Cardstock ($9.50)
  • Z2106 Blush Exclusive Inks™ Pad ($5.25)
  • Z2170 Ruby Exclusive Inks™ Pad ($5.25)
  • Z1826 Hollyhock Zipper Lace ($3.95)
  • Z1807 Pink Glitter Gems ($3.95)
  • Z1850 Lagoon Houndstooth Washi Tape ($4.95)
  • Z1151 3-D Foam Tape ($5.95)
  • Z1294 Sanding Kit ($3.50)


Order these supplies on my website to create this adorable layout, created just for this Pajama Party!  Remember orders over $35 earn the National Papercrafting Month promotional kit – CLOUD NINE – for $15, which then earns you the January Stamp ofthe Month (SOTM) - Stitch Wishes for $5!

Monday, January 20, 2014

Friday, January 17, 2014

Artbooking Made Easy - Video #2

Learn how to utilize the Artbooking Cricut Cartridge to it's fullest potential.


Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Rediscover You

Each month, Close to My Heart offers a FREE downloadable 1-pager filled with unique and fun accents or tags.  Simply download it, print, and cut it out!  Woo-la!!


Visit my website to get your free download!!  Only available until January 31, 2014.

note this image is a screen shot - best quality, download the PDF from my website

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Artbooking Made Easy - Video #1

Are you a fan of the Close to My Heart YouTube channel, a follower of Jeanette's blog, or following me on Facebook?  If not, you're missing out on some GREAT inspirational videos all about the latest Cricut Cartridge Collection - Artbooking.

Here is the first one Artbooking Made Easy Video: 


Sunday, January 12, 2014

Art With Attitude Blog Hop - Washi Tape Wonder!!

The Stampers with an Attitude team is doing a blog hop, themed {Art with an Attitude}!!  "Who are we?" you might ask?  We are Close to My Heart (CTMH) consultants, who are passionate and talented crafters!


You are in the right place if you just came from
{LaJeania Hick's blog}

For this blog hop, we are showing off Close to My Heart's washi tape and a MyAcrylix stamp set of our choice.  Here is my card:
 
  • I used mostly NEW products from the 2014 Spring/Summer Idea Book (releasing on Feb 1st!). 
  • My design is based from sketch #314 from Mojo Monday's blog challenge {side note - I LOVE blog challenges!!} .. 
  • The circle is Laughing Lola B&T paper and  cut from the Artiste Cricut cartridge (Accent 3 pg 31 at 3.5").  
  • I layered the Gold Polka-Dot washi tape onto White Daisy cardstock to make it pop more.
  • The Teal Shimmer trim - one of my favorite new items - is the laid across the card and created into a bow from multiple pieces (you can see it better below).
  • The black shiny zig-zag background is one of the new papers from the Paper Fundamentals Basic Assortment - 20 double sided 12x12 sheets of 10 designs.
  • I used one of my all-time favorite stamp set (you must have noticed I almost use it all the time!), Holiday Tags for the sentiment and raised it with 3D foam tape.
  • To finish off the card, i added three of the new Purple Glitter Gems for some bling.
Now Hop on Over To

LMK if you have questions, want to get a copy of the 2014 Spring/Summer Idea book, or more! 
Thanks for visiting - now go get inspired!!


Featured Products (*available Feb 1st):
- Gold Polka-Dot Washi Tape*
     - available now with the Cloud 9 kit for Jan'14 promo
- Holiday Tags MyAcrylix Stamp Set
- Artiste Cricut Cartridge
- Paper Fundamentals Basic Assortment paper pack*
- Purple Glitter Gems*
- Teal Shimmer Trim*
     - available now with the Cloud 9 kit for Jan'14 promo
- Laughing Lola B&T paper
- White Daisy Cardstock
- Gypsy & Lagoon Ink
- 3D Foam Tape, Tombo Adhesive, & Glue Dots
5 1/2" X 4 1/4" White Cards & Envelopes, Value Pack

January 2014 Stampers With an Attitude Blog Hop List:
  1. Hilary Reynolds~ https://stampcraftyreader.blogspot.com
  2. Melinda Everitt ~ http://ifyoublingit.blogspot.com
  3. Becky McClain ~ http://beckysstudio-cards.blogspot.com
  4. Sheila Bennett ~ http://sheila-bennett.blogspot.com
  5. Di Crawford ~ http://scrapwithdi.blogspot.com
  6. Pamela O'Connor ~ http://reflectionsofmyartandsoul.com/blog
  7. LaJeania Hicks ~ http://scraptilyoudrop.blogspot.com
  8. Denise Elliott ~ http://inspiredbyd.blogspot.com - you are here!!
  9. Catherine Nowak ~ http://catscrapbooking.com
  10. Jen Patrick~ http://roxybonds-scrappin.blogspot.com
  11. Barbi Kelley ~ http://barbispapercreations.blogspot.com

Inspired by Blog Challenges - Muse #49

What can I say?  I might be a blog challenge addict now... cuz the crafty mojo and inspiration I get from them is exhilarating!! =P
Muse sunshine

I kept going back and forth with the Muse #49 challenge (above) for the week and as I flipped through the Artiste Cricut Cartridge image book, it clicked.  I wanted something a bit different than the traditional sun and the image (pg 79 Accent 3) fit what I was looking for:

Thinking of a simple but bright and fun color palette, I pulled out a Dream Pop B&T paper {retired 2013 promo paper} to cut my "sun" out on the Cricut.  For contrast, I used the Lagoon Washi Tape and as a softer tone for sunlight and brightness, I used the Honey Triangles Washi Tape (backed with White Daisy cardstock to make it pop more) for the runners. Same colors stamped for the Happy Birthday sentiment, raised with 3D tape.  To finish the card, I added some bling from the Sparkles Assortment.

I am also tying this card to another blog challenge, one that a fellow CTMH consultant, Pamela O'Connor, is a design team member for - Fantabulous Circut Challenge #192.

Hope you like my card as much as I do!! Thanks for stopping by.



Muse
Featured Products:
- Dream Pop B&T paper {retired}
- Artiste Cricut Cartridge
- Lagoon Houndstooth Washi Tape
- Honey Triangles Washi Tape*
- Holiday Tags MyAcrylix Stamp Set
- Sparkles Assortment
- Lagoon & Honey Ink
- White Daisy Cardstock
- White Daisy Value Card Pack
- 3D Foam Tape & Tombo Adhesive

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Inspired By Blog Challenges - Color Dare #76 & Mojo Monday #327

Guess what time it is?!  It's Blog Challenge time!!  I crave these now - LOVE it!!  This week {so far} I tackled and combined the Color Dare #76 and the Mojo Monday #327 challenges.


 
  
Here is my card:


Featured Products (*retired):

  • Dotty For You Paper Paper*
  • Artiste Cricut Collection (all hearts & swag)
  • Smoothie & Colonial White Cardstock
  • 3D Foam Tape
  • Black Ink
  • Holiday Tags Stamp Set
  • Pearl Opaques (retiring Jan 31, 2014)
  • Colonial White Value Card Pack

Monday, January 6, 2014

Pajama Party With CTMH & BPC - 1.30.14

Close To My Heart is teaming up with Big Picture Classes to bring you a live webcast with step-by-step instructions for making this Valentine’s inspired scrapbook page with an adorable love-themed stamp set, Glitter Gems and Zipper Lace. It’s the perfect way to showcase your precious photos of that special someone.

Tune in for the FREE webcast on Thursday, January 30 at 7:00pm (MST) at www.BigPictureClasses.com.  During the presentation, you’ll learn to make several projects from a variety of sponsors, including the “Lucky in Love” scrapbook page from Close To My Heart.

If you’d like to interact on the message board, participate in live chat, post to the gallery, download handouts or enter any contests you will need to log in to the Pajama Party “classroom” by creating a FREE account on the Big Picture Classes website.


To make our “Lucky in Love” scrapbook page, you will want to have the following items —or similar products—on hand:
  • G1066 Workshops on the Go™ Sarita Scrapbooking Kit ($29.95) (using stamp set only)
    • Stamp set compatible with Z1790 Artiste Cricut cartridge ($99.00)
  • X5935 Adventure Cardstock Combo Pack ($14.50)
  • 1385 White Daisy Cardstock ($9.50)
  • Z2106 Blush Exclusive Inks™ Pad ($5.25)
  • Z2170 Ruby Exclusive Inks™ Pad ($5.25)
  • Z1826 Hollyhock Zipper Lace ($3.95)
  • Z1807 Pink Glitter Gems ($3.95)
  • Z1850 Lagoon Houndstooth Washi Tape ($4.95)
  • Z1151 3-D Foam Tape ($5.95)
  • Z1294 Sanding Kit ($3.50)


Order these supplies on my website to create this adorable layout, created just for this Pajama Party!  Remember orders over $35 earn the National Papercrafting Month promotional kit – CLOUD NINE – for $15, which then earns you the January Stamp ofthe Month (SOTM) - Stitch Wishes for $5!

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Inspired By Blog Challenges - Colour Q #222

Late night inspiration with this week's Colour Q #222 color palette...but I'm very pleased with it!!  Using a bit of something old and something new. I'm starting to feel too much like a collector than a consumer.  I am 90% done with my nephew's albums commemorating his high school athletic career, so I'm SUPER looking forward to focusing again on my projects.

My Creation:



Products used (* indicated retired CTMH product):
- Black & Whisper Stamp Pads
- Archival Brilliance Galaxy Gold Pigment Ink Pad*
- Silver & Black Shimmer Trim
- Gold Polka-Dot Washi Tape (NEW!)
- Holiday Tags MyAcrylix Stamp Set
- Perfect Fit - Frames 2 MyAcrylix Stamp Set
- It's Your Day Stamp Set*
- Sparkles Assortment
- Make It From Your Heart Vol. 2 How-To-Book
- For Always Paper Pack
- Artiste Cricut Cartridge
- White Daisy Value Card Pack
- 3D Foam Tape


Friday, January 3, 2014

Happy New Year!!

Wow.. How time flies!! I thought I'd continue the inspiration from Wendy over at Stamping Rules! and write a fun list focusing on the new year.  I am not a fan of resolutions .. So this is a list of goals and things to look forward too.

1) travelit's a must!! Most of my BFFs are scattered in different states: CA to CO to ID to MN to MI - any time I get to see them is fabulous. I also really want to get back to the Caribbean (waiting two years for this!),  plus I have all my fun CTMH events to go to & get motivated, inspired & catch up with my friends.

2) new wheels - I love my car, but she has done her time. 13.5 years and 284,200+ miles...it's time for new wheels. Bitter sweet.

3) books - I have an ever growing list of books to read. The GoodReads app helps me track my to-read list; if not for it, I'd be missing out!! I have two trilogies to devour and I can't wait for the final book in The Kingkiller Chronicles series to be released next year!!

4) challenges - there are a handful of blogs out there that inspire us crafters weekly with a new challenge. Whether it's by color or a sketch, there is always something new to work on & get inspired by others' work who participate. I really want to start creating for more challenges regularly to help stabilize my crafty mojo. 

5) classes - I am signing up for a Big Picture Classes course - Create & Share.  It's been on my bucket list and I'm doing it!  Looking forward to the creative inspiration and motivation.

I am sure there are more things, but this is all I can think of for now!  What are you looking forward to and what are your goals for 2014?  

PRIZE ALERT:  If you go like my facebook page - www.facebook.com/inspired.by.d - and leave a comment in my prize post, you could win any size A stamp of your choice!!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Inspired by Blog Challenges - Color Dare #74 & Mojo Monday #326

Challenges will be a main focus for me during 2014 - one of my favorites is the Color My Heart Color Dare weekly challenges.  I haven't had a chance to participate in a while, so I thought I'd end my vacation by going after this challenge.  For my design, I merged the Juniper & Ruby color combo with the Mojo Monday sketch.

Here is my card, inspired by these blog challenges:



I cut the circular card base, the scalloped card (polka dots) and the juniper B&T ring from the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge.  I backed the silver geometric washi tape and backed it with white daisy cardstock to make it more sturdy and pop.  The washi tape banner, juniper base and happy birthday are all raised with 3D foam tape.  I used the CTMH alcohol markers to color in the present and the Slate stamp pad to ink the edges of the Juniper base and happy birthday tag.

This card exceeded my expectations!  It came together really nicely - hope you enjoy it and get inspired. Thanks for stopping by!!








Featured Products:

  • Sparkle & Shine Paper Pack
  • White Daisy Cardstock
  • Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge
  • Holiday Tags MyAcrylix Stamp
  • Red Shimmer Trim
  • Slate and Ruby Stamp Pads
  • Juniper, Ruby & Slate Alcohol Makers
  • A Little Gift Mini MyAcrylix Stamp
  • Clear Sparkles Assortment
  • 3D Foam Tape

National Papercrafting Month - January 2014

Each January, we celebrate National Papercrafting Month!! This year, Close to My Heart is offering the Cloud Nine Cardmaking Kit.

Create 10 cute & vibrant cards (2 each of 5 designs) using three sneak-peek accessories from the upcoming 2014 Spring/Summer Idea Book, a new D-size stamp set, and exclusive papers.
Cloud Nine D-Size Stamp Set

There are two ways to get the adorable Cloud Nine cardmaking kit: 
1) Purchase it for just $15 (retail value $46) with a minimum qualifying order of $35 during January in celebration of National Papercrafting Month.

2) Get it FREE when you enroll as a new Consultant in January and submit total personal sales of $300 or more*.

This kit is only available during the month of January 2014.  View the promotion info and video on my website or simply SHOP NOW to earn your Cloud Nine kit for $15 (my website will display a prompt to add the card kit, prior to entering your payment information - it can not be added after an order is submitted).

January is also the last month, while supplies last, before numerous products retire.  What a great combo!  Get everything you want before it's gone and receive a fabulous card kit for a third of it's cost!!

Cloud Nine Card Kit Contents:
  • 1 – My Acrylix™ Cloud Nine Stamp Set (D-size)
  • 1 – Cloud Nine B&T Duos™ Paper
  • 1 – Lagoon Cardstock Sheet
  • 1 – Honey Cardstock Sheet
  • 1 – 9" x 9½" White Daisy Die-Cuts Sheet
  • 1 Roll – Gold Polka-Dot Washi Tape†
  • 1 Roll – Teal Shimmer Trim†
  • 1 Package – Durables Triangle Studs†
  • 10 – Card Bases & Envelopes
  • 1 – Instructional Brochure
  • Featured colors: Lagoon, Sunset, Honey, White Daisy
  • Recommended MyAcrylix block sizes: 2" x 6.5" (Y1010) and 3" x 3" (Y1006)
  • Cricut Collection: Cloud Nine Stamp Set shapes were cut from and correspond with the Cricut Artiste Cartridge

†new product in Spring/Summer 2014 Idea Book

*New Consultant’s total qualifying sales must be remitted no later than June 30, 2014, and the free kit will automatically ship with the Consultant’s order that achieves the minimum sales, or, if that order is a customer’s OBA order, it will ship with the next order going to the Consultant’s address. Orders must be Consultant-placed and the listed shipping address must correspond to an address listed on the Consultant’s profile in their online Personal Business Assistant.

Offer valid January 1–31, 2014. Additional criteria may apply. Tax is based on the price paid for the promotional item. Shipping/handling based on the full retail price of the card kit ($46).

January Stamp of the Month - Stitch Wishes

The January Stamp of the Month (SOTM) is Stitch Wishes.  Buy it at full retail price for $17.95* or earn it at a discounted price of $5* with a $50 order, before tax and shipping.

This stitchy stamp will only be available through January 31, 2014.  Visit my website to get your SOTM today!! 





* = plus tax and S&H