Monday, December 31, 2012

Jan 2013 Stamp of the Month BLOG Hop!

Welcome to our
Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!

This month we will be featuring Close To My Heart January 2013 SOTM, which is called “Happy Valentine’s Day” a set of 7 BEAUTIFUL stamps, that will be wonderful to use for ANY floral creations you’d like to create! J

Take a look at this stamp set!!
If you have come here from Jen Patrick’s blog, you are on the right path! 
The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way all around. If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants HERE.

This month we have 49 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this month's SOTM!!
This Blog Hop is simple to do…just CLICK on the link at the end of the post on each blog and move along to the next one!!! 

Have FUN and happy hopping!!!
Here are a two cards that I created.  I was going for simple, but elegant…and I hoped I achieved that!

The first card…
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I used a 5x7 Black cardstock base and used our FABULOUS white-pigment ink to stamp the flower shape designs for the background of this card!!

I used the Art Philosophy Cricut Collection to cut my ovals, and stamped the sentiment with the white daisy pigment ink too!  By using my corner rounder on the silver shimmer trim…I created my own glitter, scalloped border!!!  I added 2 dots of silver glitz glitter gel for the finishing touch on the sides of the ovals. 

The second card…
Jan SOTM_Happy Valentines Day_highlighted black and white card
Again, I wanted to go simple…so I used white daisy & black cardstock. 

I stamped the rose images using our archival black ink – a WONDERFUL ink to use when shading in with color!!!  I highlighted the flowers with 2 of our alcohol markers…light cotton candy and light olive. It was fun to think about the many DIFFERENT colored markers you could use to create this card! 

Finish off the card with black tulle, and ta-da…the card is complete.  Take away the Valentine's sentiment, and I believe I will be using this for some upcoming weddings we will be attending. :) 

Next stop is to my dear friend Gina Brandstetter’s BLOG!!! Make sure to check out what BEAUTIFUL items she has made with this stamp set!! J
Be sure to visit ALL the Consultants at their Blogs…and feel free to leave comments as you go through the Hop! We all enjoy reading your comments about each piece of artwork!

This stamp set Happy Valentine’s Day”
is ONLY available from
January 1-31st
…so contact your CTMH Consultant (or feel free to shop with me at my website J) to see how YOU can get this EXCLUSIVE stamp set for an AMAZING discount!!

Happy Creating,
Krista J

Friday, December 28, 2012

Time is RUNNING out…3 more days!

to take advantage of this month’s AMAZING specials!!!!

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December Stamp of the Month!
This versatile Stamp of the Month stamp set, can be yours for $17.95 OR for EVERY $50 in product you order, you will be eligible to receive this stamp set for ONLY $5.00!!  YES...if you purchase $100, you will be eligible for TWO of the Dec SOTM sets for $5.00 EACH!!!
Check out the NEW card above that I created with this stamp set!!!  I used ALL the stamps at one time to create a background!! J
My December Mystery Hostess Party is still going on!
You have until December 30th to join my party and be included in a drawing to win $20 in FREE Close To My Heart Products!
For every $100 in online subtotal sales purchased(prior to shipping & tax), we will have another $20 winner!! 
Just go to my website and select "JOIN" beside “DECEMBER SALES” and start Shopping to have YOUR chance to WIN Close To My Heart product!

Whooo’s Your Valentine kit!
Place a $35 order and receive this KIT for only $10!!!!  Retail value of this kit…$40!!! Whoos your valentine itemsDSC_0455
CLICK HERE to see MANY items you can create with this adorable set…this stamp set is PERFECT for NON-Valentine items too!
Here’s a NEW card I haven’t shared on my Blog yet this month…
Make the HEART stamps into Butterflies! JWhoos your valentine_butterfly card
FREE GLUE pen!!! Bonding Memories glue pen Z553
Place a $50 online order and receive FREE Bonding Memories GLUE PEN just for placing your order ONLINE!!!
No need to add it to your order, it will AUTOMATICALLY show up on your receipt after you have paid for your order! J  
MORE specials…
***Don’t forget to check out the “While Supplies Last” section as you place your ONLINE order! J  There are SOME great deals listed there!!!
****Check out the 2012 RETIRING LIST HERE…and make sure to order these “While Supplies Last” items on your wish list! 
WOW J - I believe I remembered to tell you everything that’s on SALE this month!  
There are SOOO many AMAZING deals taking place…and only THREE more days that they are available!!! 
I can't WAIT to share who my DECEMBER winners are!!!  I will be ANNOUNCING the $20 Mystery Hostess Winner(s) the week of Jan 1st. 
Please feel free to CONTACT ME if you have any questions regarding ANY of these specials!! J
Blessings to you, 
 Krista J

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas!!!

Blessings to EACH of you as we celebrate Christmas Day!! 

I hope you have a wonderful Christmas time together with family and friends! 

I did want to take a moment and say a Huge Thank You to each of you!!  I feel so Blessed to know each one of you and so thankful to call you my friend!  Being a consultant is great J, however, what I treasure the most is the friendships that formed with my team and customers…just by being a consultant!! Thank you for your continued support of my Close To My Heart business!

  I look forward to serving you in this coming year of 2013!!
Blessings to you, Krista JChristmas village pictures - Merry Christmas

Monday, December 24, 2012

Surprise GIFT from Close To My Heart!

I was pleasantly surprised when I received a package from CTMH last week.  I wasn’t expecting a package from them…but when I opened the package – I let out a little gasp! 

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I promoted to Director this past fall, and didn’t realize at Christmas time, I would be receiving a gift!!!!  So, this was the box all wrapped up – with “Brighton” written on the box.

Drum roll……

Inside was a BEAUTIFUL key chain!!!!  I know I will display this on my CTMH bag that I carry with me always!!  

THANK YOU Close To My Heart for this extra SPECIAL gift to say you care about us as consultants!!! J
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But WAIT – there was MORE!!!!!  I ALSO received a HANDMADE card from CTMH!!!  Wahoo!!! J
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I LOVE our designers artwork and was amazed again with the detail they provided on my card!  Look at ALL that SEWING!!!  They raised items off the page to make them “POP”…and so many different borders cut from our Cricut cartridges!!!  BEAUTIFUL!!!!
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I LOVE being a Consultant with CTMH, and I know you’ve heard me say that before.  J  I do consider my Close To My Heart friends – “family”!!!  I am amazed at all that corporate blesses us with, and how they really care about each and every one of us!!! 

If you are interested in finding out about how YOU can become a part of our CTMH family, please CLICK HERE to find more details.  

As always, feel free to CONTACT ME with any questions you may have!  I’d love to have you a part of this unique company and a part of my team for Close To My Heart!!!

Starting January 1st – there will be a NEW Consultant kit available to be SHIPPED to you!!!  and…it will have LOTS of BRAND NEW 2013 Spring/Summer items included in the kit!!!  J

Blessings to you,
Krista J

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Clearly the Best~ A Passion for Patterns

Clearly the Best
This week, at “Clearly the Best” we get some GREAT tips on how to create our OWN background and texture (B&T) papers!!

This is one of my FAVORITE techniques!  I LOVE to create my own design of papers..there are so MANY options!!!

After watching the video below,

make sure to CLICK HERE, so you can join in and have YOUR chance to WIN this weeks stamp set, called “Love Life”!!!
 Love Life


December SPECIAL #1...
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Celebrate National Papercrafting Month with an incredible deal—our Whooo’s Your Valentine kit (CC1022) for only $10!
Combine your love of papercrafting with the contents of this kit to create personalized valentines—perfect for classrooms and other group settings.
This darling kit, which retails for $40, can be yours for only $10 when you spend $35 or more in Close To My Heart product from the Autumn/Winter 2012 Idea Book.

CLICK HERE to see the other 4 DEALS that can be YOURS during the month of December!!!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Valentine’s Day card with Whoo’s Your Valentine kit…

I have another card to share from the ADORABLE stamp set included in the “Whoo’s Your Valentine?” promotional kit!! 

Take a look at the stamp set…
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Do you SEE the POSSIBILITIES? Love – LOVE!!! J

I believe this card is my favorite one out of the four different ones I made…
Whoos Your Valentine_4 heart card
By adding some Whisper Cardstock to the cardstock that is already apart of this kit, it brought a nice, soft tone to this card design.

I used the Cricut Artiste Collection to cut out the heart bracket shape at the bottom to heat emboss “Happy Valentine’s Day”.  I also sponged the edges in Hollyhock ink to make it “stand out” a bit more. 

I used the “famous” silver shimmer trim…our self-adhesive ribbon that I use VERY often! LOL!!!

Tracing the top heart with Silver Glitz Glitter Gel, finished off the card. J

What is all INCLUDED in the Whoo’s Your Valentine kit?
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Items included in the kit:
• 12 — Die-Cut Boxes (3 each of 4 colors: Blush, Hollyhock, Ruby, White Daisy)
• 3 — 12" x 12" Cardstock Sheets (Blush, Hollyhock, White Daisy)
• 1 — Sheet Silver Glitter Paper—new product for Spring/Summer 2013!
• 12 — Treat Tubes with Lids—new product for Spring/Summer 2013!
• 1 —My Acrylix® Whooo’s Your Valentine Stamp Set (D-size)

You are eligible to receive this kit for ONLY $10 (retail value of $40) when you spend $35 in Close to My Heart product from the Fall/Winter Idea Book!!!

Also, check out the details below for the FIVE SPECIAL DEALS you will receive when you place your order on my WEBSITE during the month of December!!!!

    1. The "Whoo's Your Valentine?" promo special!!
    Purchase $35 in Close To My Heart products and get this kit for $10!!!
    (this can be ordered through my website or through me personally.  Email/call/text me and I can get this ordered for you!)
    Make sure to come back to my BLOG in the next couple days as I share more items I created with this set!!

    2. Place a $50 online order (prior to shipping & tax) get a FREE
    glue pen "thrown" into your order!!!J

    3. December Stamp of the Month!! - with a $50
    order you are eligible to receive the December SOTM for ONLY $5.00
    Click HERE to see artwork created with this stamp set!!


    4.CLICK on the JOIN button when you place an order on
my website , to join my "DECEMBER SALES" party.

What does this mean???
With every $20 in subtotal sales (prior to shipping & tax) you
purchase on my will EARN a TICKET into the
Mystery Hostess drawing to WIN FREE CTMH products!!
Winners will be notified the 1st week of January!!!!

5. Access to the “While Supplies Last” section of my
website!! If you didn’t hear about the new specials…CLICK HERE to see my special newsletter from last week. Items are disappearing rather quickly!!!

If you have ANY questions – PLEASE contact me!

Just a reminder...Click the "2012 Retiring Items" tab at the top of 
 my blog to order these items that will be leaving us!!  Hurry and get
 them before they are gone!!! 

There are many deals to take advantage of, and I want to
make sure you get the MOST for your purchases!!!
Enjoy the EXTRA specials!!!  They make GREAT gifts this time of year! 

Have a WONDERFUL week!! 
Only 7 more days until Christmas!!! Take a moment and enjoy this season!!!  

Blessings to you!
Krista J

Friday, December 14, 2012

Whoo’s Your Valentine? Card & Video!

Today, I’m back to share with you another card that I created with the Whoo’s Your Valentine stamp set!!!
Also- I’m including a video for you to view, that includes all the details about this fabulous kit!!
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This kit is available NOW thru January 31st (or while supplies last!) You can purchase this kit for ONLY $10 when you place a $35 order from our Fall/Winter Idea Book!!!! 

There are some MORE SPECIALS happening this month  J– but first take a look at the next card I created with the stamp set in this kit.
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I LOVE the Artiste Cricut cartridge that COORDINATES with so many of our stamp sets!!  In this case, I used Artiste images along with stamped images in the EXCLUSIVE stamp set to complete this card!!!

I used Artiste Cricut Cartridge, page 72, the “Happy Valentine’s Day” key.happy Valentines Day key - artiste
This key is the perfect COMPLIMENT to this Valentine’s kit!!!

Here are the measurements I used...

Card Base- Shift> Accent 2>Happy Valentine’s Day...4 1/2”

Heart dollies – Accent 3...2 1/2”

Art Philsophy cartridge~~~~Letter ‘L’ – 1 1/2” >font layer

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I also LOVED using our circle punch to punch out the “You’re Sweet” sentiment.  Did you notice how 3D foam tape, gives dimension to the 2nd circle I cut out and placed on top?

Take a look at this FUN stamp set!!!…
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  • I created my own background of hearts on the card base (bottom right of stamp set)
  • By using the chevron stamp, I created a fun strip to accent the side of the card
  • I stamped the small heart (top middle) in Blush ink, and then rolled the edges of the heart stamp in Hollyhock ink...and than stamped it and cut it out.

COME BACK on MONDAY to see another example of a card I made using this set!!!

As you think about purchasing this EXCLUSIVE Valentine’s kit, here is a list of the items I used when creating this set. 

You may already have some of these items in your stash…if not J- I HIGHLY RECOMMEND these items below to help make QUICK & EASY projects when creating with this kit!
  • circle punch Z13111 1/4 circle punch

holly with 3 berriesLet me share the REST of the DECEMBER specials...and then on to the VIDEO! J

As I shared yesterday, with my Facebook group and my newsletter list...there are some NEW items on my While Supplies last section of my website!!!! J
    When you place an order on my
     WEBSITE during the month of
    DECEMBER you receive EXTRA DEALS!!!

    1. The "Whoo's Your Valentine?" promo special!!
    Purchase $35 in Close To My Heart products and get this kit for $10!!!
    (this can be ordered through my website or through me personally.  Email/call/text me and I can get this ordered for you!)
    Make sure to come back to my BLOG in the next couple days as I share more items I created with this set!!

    2. Place a $50 online order (prior to shipping & tax) get a FREE
    glue pen "thrown" into your order!!!J

    3. December Stamp of the Month!! - with a $50
    order you are eligible to receive the December SOTM for ONLY $5.00

    4.CLICK on the JOIN button when you place an order on
my website , to join my "DECEMBER SALES" party.
What does this mean???
With every $20 in subtotal sales (prior to shipping & tax)you purchase on my will EARN a TICKET into the Mystery Hostess drawing to WIN FREE CTMH products!!
Winners will be notified the 1st week of January!!!!

5. Access to the “While Supplies Last” section of my
website!! If you didn’t hear about the new specials…CLICK HERE to see my special newsletter from yesterday. Items are disappearing rather quickly!!!

If you have ANY questions – PLEASE contact me! 
There are many deals to take advantage of, and I want to make sure you get the MOST for your purchases!!!  Everyone enjoys the extra SPECIALS...especially this time of year!! 

Have a wonderful weekend and ENJOY the video!!!
Blessings to you for a WONDERFUL weekend!!
Krista Hershberger J