Monday, September 29, 2014

Artfully Sent is HERE!!!

Introducing the NEW Artfully Sent Cricut Collection:

Artfully Sent is AMAZING - it includes:
  • 5 different styles of cards (geared for 400 different projects - 700 cuts)
    • Pop-Up: 4 pieces; 5x7s; 50 to chose from
    • Build-a-Scene: 5x7, 50 choices
    • Sentiments: sentiment and border cut out from the card (shift function cuts with the border (std card size 4.25 x 5.5); 50 of each
    • Sleeve: 50 4x6
    • Pocket: compliment the Picture My Life collection - 50 4x6 and 50 3x4
    • Alphabet & coordinating envelopes (shift)
  • 3 friendly D-sized stamp sets geared specifically towards cards
  • Collection includes a pack of White cardstock for stamping and bases
  • More than 2 dozen themes

Here's an overview of this cartridge:

Available now for $99 (plus tax & S&H).  Get ready for'll never make a card the same way again. All I can say is "Cards Galore!!"

SPECIAL PROMO: Order Artfully Sent during the month of October 2014 & I will send you a paper pack or a B-sized stamp set of your choice for FREE!!

If you order $150+, you will also qualify as a hostess and earn $25 in FREE product!!  See here for hostess reward details.

Plus you'll earn a FREE ribbon during October for every $50 spent.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Pathfinding Beauty

I made these cards using one of my favorite new papers - Pathfinding. I LOVE fall and this paper is perfect for it.
Other products I used:

  • Teal Glitter Paper
  • Bronze Shimmer Trim
  • Artbooking Cricut Collection
  • Pathfinding Assortment
  • Gold Bling Gems Assortment
  • 3D Foam Tape
  • Chocolate Stamp Pad
  • Sponge
  • Colonial White Value Card Pack
Shop here to get these products!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

More Terrific Tools - Exclusive Inks Re-Inker & Spray Pen

Learn about the awesome tools that Close to My Heart offers in this series of posts and short videos.

The Spray Pens (item# Z1380) come in a pack of 3 for $3.95.  Re-inkers are $4.95 each.  Make sure to slowly stock up on these so you never run out of your favorite color or miss it when it becomes retired!  Great use of Hostess Rewards.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Cut Above Halloween Treat Bag Kit

Have you seen our new Cut Above Kits?!  Here are the Halloween Treat Bags I assembled with some added flair!  Super quick and easy.

These kits come with everything you need to create these darling bags. The kit includes:

  • 10 pre-printed & scored bags (5 of 2 patterns)
  • 5 sheets of stickers
  • 12 White Daisy Circles
  • 10 3D Foam Tape Squares
  • 10 Cellophane Bags
Just order the coordinating stamp set (or use a sentiment you have at home), stamp on the White Daisy Circles and assemble the bags!  I adhered the cellophane bags with two rows of adhesive. They stuck really well.

 I added the shimmer trim, double stamped the image & cut it out so the "treats" banner is in a different color.  I added the black spiked circle (cut from Art Philosophy Cricut Collection).

This one, I added shimmer trim, the spiked circle Cricut cut and kept this bag neutral (non-Halloween) by simply using the generic stickers on the Rolos.

Want to make these? Order yours here:

Z2058 $14.95


B1466 $9.95

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Art with an Attitude Blog Hop - Scaredy Cat

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
{Di Crawford's blog}

This month, we are focusing on one of the new paper...Scaredy Cat.  It's a vibrant, Halloween themed paper pack, featuring the new color Thistle.  I created this card for a workshop - it was super easy & a hit:

I stamped the bats stamp at the top and bottom of the card base.  Placed the strip of the of the Scaredy Cat paper below/above the bats.  After stamping the moon & stars image randomlly on the Thistle cardstock, that went in the middle and it was finished off with black shimmer trim.

I stamped the witch with black ink and colored in the moon with the Golden Yellow ShinHan Touch Twin marker.  Next, I layered the Marigold marker and softened the two colors by using the Golden Yellow and the Colorless Blender markers.  I cut out the image & raised it with 3D foam tape & finished the card off with the fun sentiment.
For fun, I stamped the broom on the inside of the card using Slate ink and the moon & stars on the envelope.  

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Featured Products:
  • Scaredy Cat Paper Pack
  • Halloween Greetings Stamp Set
  • Black Shimmer Trim
  • Black, Slate & Thistle Stamp Pads
  • Golden Yellow, Marigold, & Colorless Blender ShinHan Touch Twin marker
  • White Daisy Card Value Pack
  • 3D Foam Tape & Tombo Adhesive

September 2014 Stampers With an Attitude Blog Hop List:
  1. Roxybonds Scrappin: Jen Patrick~
  2. Shelia's Stamping Stuff: Sheila Bennett ~
  3. Misty Girl Inspirations: Wendy Taylor ~
  4. Scrappin' In Harmony: Jamie Llewellyn~
  5. Photo Fun with Fawn: Fawn Carriker ~
  6. Cat's Scrapbooking: Catherine Nowak~
  7. The Creative Beehive: Aggie Peters~
  8. Creative Christy G: Christy Geyer~ 
  9. My Heart Felt Sentiments: Melissa Robinson -
  10. Scrap with Di: Di Crawford ~
  11. Inspired by D: Denise Elliott ~ -- you're here!!
  12. My Creative Happy Place: Belinda McLane~ 
  13. Deb's Paper & Scissors: Debbie Andrews ~ 
  14. Latta Stamps: Sue Latta: 
  15. If You Bling It: Melinda Everitt ~

Thursday, September 11, 2014

More Terrific Tools - MyAcrylix Spritz & Scrubber

Learn about the awesome tools that Close to My Heart offers in this series of posts and short videos.

Personally, I love this scrubber.  I was leery when they came out with the new one, but it cleans my stamps SO MUCH BETTER and is WAY EASIER to clean!!  I just rinse it out and let it dry.  It's light, compact, and the case protects the brushes.
Z1782 $12.95

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Inspired Blog Challenge - FMS #151

I'm getting my creative mojo back!!! Yippe for me. And just in time for the Scrapaganza Crop coming up next weekend. 

Well I goofed & used last week's Freshly Made Sketch challenge (not this week's - so no entry for me!). But it was perfect for a card I needed to make for a display board. 

My internet is out .. So bear with me on this post!! Typing it up on my phone lol

I used the new Close to My Heart paper called Wanderful, one of the embellies from the assortment and the Have a Happy Day stamp set.

Dont you love it?!

I for once decorated and stamped the inside of the card too! 

Inspired Clubs - Still time to Join!!

With the release of the 2014-15 Annual Inspirations Idea Book, I'm kicking off 3 different clubs.  Here are the details:

Club Details:
WHO: Anyone can participate in these clubs – they are not limited to location, crafting style or level! 

WHAT: By participating in a club, you will purchase the kit or products to create the club project each month (or designated duration). In turn, you’ll have the opportunity to earn hostess rewards!   

WHEN: The club commitment is 6 months – this provides equal opportunity for all members to earn hostess rewards (minimum of $25 in FREE products*), at least once.

WHERE: You create the projects at your own pace, in the comfort of your own home.  For those that are local, we will definitely be scheduling time to get together & complete the projects too.  The projects will come with directions, either in the WOTG or created by me.

WHY:  Earn hostess rewards, spread out purchasing the products you want, and/or get some original things to create.

HOW:  Payments are due by the 15th of each month and orders will be shipped out within the following week.  Check, credit card, cash, or PayPal transfers are accepted.

Hostess rewards will run as follows:
1.      If there are less than 6 club members in the group, each participant will earn $25 in hostess rewards one time during the club duration.
2.      If there are 6+ club members in the group, each participant will earn hostess rewards on a rotational basis for every $150 spent, plus the potential for 50% off item/s.

Please let me know if you have any questions.  Contact me to join a club!!

Denise Elliott
Contact me at: (209) 304-7354 or
Follow me on Pinterest:  InspiredByD

*products eligible for Hostess Rewards are outlined in the 2014-15 Annual Inspirations Idea Book on pg. 4

Inspired Club Options:
1.      Inspired Cards:
Ø  Monthly club – focused on cards:
o   Cards will be originally designed cards by me, feature techniques, be the WOTG card kits, or feature a key from the new Artfully Sent Cricut Cartridge
Ø  Pre-cut cards, ready for you to assemble, except when it’s a WOTG kit
Ø  Stamping will be universal (use stamps you have or purchase the recommended stamp set)
Ø  Minimum of 5 cards – max 15 cards
Ø  Cost: $10 to $30*
o   If you’re not local, additional S&H may apply

# of Cards
Brushed Paper Pack
Pathfinding Card WOTG Kit
$30 ($35.10)
15 (30 optional)
Snowhaven Card WOTG Kit
Artfully Sent Cards
Artfully Sent Cards
Artfully Sent Cards

2.      Inspired Scrapbooking:
Ø  Monthly club – focused on 12”x12” layouts
o Pre-cut layouts, Inspired By D workshop guides, WOTG kits
Ø  Minimum of two (2) 12”x12” layouts
Ø  Cost: $20 to $35*
o   If you’re not local, additional S&H may apply

Brushed WOTG Kit
Scaredy Cat Layouts
Pathfinding WOTG Kit
Yuletide Carol WOTG Kit
Snowhaven WOTG Kit
Wanderful WOTG Kit – incl. FREE CCR file

3.      Inspired Creativity:
Ø  Bi-Monthly Club
Ø  Focus is on fun 3-dimensional or non-traditional paper crafting projects
o   i.e. MyCrushTM Book, Designed Décor Shadow Box, Display Tray, Flip Stand Album, etc.
Ø  Materials will likely be pre-cut
Ø  Cost: will vary based on the project*
oo   If you’re not local, additional S&H may apply

Project – Shadow Box
Pathfinding Page
Yuletide Carol Page
Seasonal Expressions 1 Page
Brushed Page

Ø  The first project will be the Designed Décor Shadow Box (frame) and you’ll create an amazing 12”x12” seasonal page to be featured (& removable) in the frame
o                     I may do additional projects, but this will be the focus for 2014-15

*Please note that pricing may be adjusted without notice to ensure cost of the materials and S&H are covered.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

More Terrific Tools - Washi Tape Dispenser

Learn about the awesome tools that Close to My Heart offers in this series of posts and short videos.

This will totally come in handy when scrapping and using a lot of washi tape - don't have to cut, just pull and tear...woo-la!  The washi tape dispenser holds one (1) 1" or two (2) 1/2".  There is a removable magnetic wall to ensures easy loading.  Multiple dispensers can be magnetically connected side by side.

Check out the different washi tapes that are available.

Z2052 $6.95

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

September Stamp of the Month - Family Is Forever

The September Stamp of the Month (SOTM) is Family Is Forever.  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 unique font stamp set will only be available through September 30, 2014.  Visit my website to get your SOTM today!! 

* = plus tax and S&H

Monday, September 1, 2014

National Stamping Month Promo

September is National Stamping Month, and Close To My Heart is ready to celebrate all month long! 

When you spend $30 on any current retail-priced stamps during the month of September*, you qualify to receive the exclusive C-sized stamp set #30yearsofhappy for FREE (a $13.95 value)!  The exclusive stamp set features 30 mini images and sentiments perfectly suited for 30 days of happy stamping! 

This special offer is part of our celebration of National Stamping Month and in honor of Close To My Heart's ongoing celebration of our founder and CEO Jeanette Lynton’s 30-year anniversary in the scrapbooking and stamping industry. 

Plus, make sure you check out Close To My Heart’s Facebook page and Instagram during September to follow all the ways we’re celebrating #30yearsofhappy for a full 30 days!

*Offer valid September 1–30, 2014. No tax will be charged on the free item(s). Shipping/handling is calculated based on the full retail price of the free item(s) ($13.95 USD). Excluded stamps include discounted Stamp of the Month, Hostess Rewards stamps, Workshops on the Go® stamps, and any other kit-exclusive stamps.