Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Cross-Stitch Wishes - January Stamp of the Month

Welcome to our monthly
Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!

Today we will be featuring January’s Stamp of the Month (SOTM), which is called “Cross-Stitch Wishes”. 


Since I grew up in a “sewing” home…this set appealed to me right away.  An adorable stamp set to start off 2014!!!
Let’s get right to the Blog Hop J  

If you have come here from Joy McHargue’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 HERE

This month we have over
 45 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this Cross-Stitch Wishes stamp set!!
So, sit back and enjoy your tour as you click on the link at the end of the post to see what EACH Consultant has created!!


 With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, I wanted to create a card for this occasion!  This Stamp set was the PERFECT one to use!! 

This 4 1/2” square card design comes from our WISHES how-to book…it’s found on page 94 and is called “Curtain Call”.

(CLICK HERE and take a moment to check out ALL 8 of our how-to books!)
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I love how you can create your own background with these cross stitch arrows…

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…and take a look at the glitter hearts!! 

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I cut out hearts with my Artiste Cricut cartridge.  For the hearts in the foreground, I used Cotton Candy cardstock & ink…the back hearts I cut them out and covered them with Teal Shimmer Trim for a little bit of sparkle & shine!! 

The TEAL shimmer trim is a NEW product that is AVAILABLE to you in January through the National Papercrafting Month special - CLOUD NINE.  Wahoo Close To My Heart!!! J

Here is a list of items used on this card…
Products used

S1401                 Cross-Stitch Wishes
Cardstocks:         Cotton Candy
                              Glitter Hearts – 1 ¼” & 1”
                               Pink Hearts – 1” & ¾”
                               Bracket, pg. 71 – 1 ¾” & 2”
Z1918                Teal Shimmer Tape (NPM special)
Z1904                Adhesive Strips (a must to adhere paper on top of glitter tape or paper!)
Z1151                 3D Foam Tape
Inks used:           Lagoon, Cotton Candy & Outdoor Denim


Now head on over to  Shirley Ross’ Blog  to see what she has created using this stamp setBe sure to visit ALL the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting ideas and other fun ideas!

****Remember, the January SOTM ~ Cross-Stitch Wishes~ is only available until January 31st! J

Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here if you need a consultant J) to see how you can get this EXCLUSIVE stamp set FOR ONLY $5 & to learn MORE about what’s in store for January’s National Papercrafting Month!!!   

Blessings to you for a WONDERFUL day!!!
Krista J

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Clearly the Best - Party Favors

Here is THIS WEEK's episode of Clearly the Best!!!

I LOVE these shows, as Kristine & Monica share with us different ways to use our FABULOUS CTMH products!

This week, we are going to take a look at the ring box that Close to My Heart carries, that is ONLY $3.95...a PERFECT party favor gift!!!

One of the things I like BEST in this video...
when they show us how to take an 11x11 overlay for a scrapbook page, and size it down to 2 1/4" inches...
Ta da - a PERFECT topper for this ring box!!!

Enjoy this great video!  I know I will be creating one of these boxes very soon!  I LOVE this idea! :)  

Blessings to you for a WONDERFUL week! 

Krista Hershberger J

If you would like some supplies of your own to create this ADORABLE favor box...

CLICK HERE to go directly to my website 24/7 and have your CTMH items shipped directly to your door step!!

December Specials…
1. Receive a FREE holiday item (choose from 11) when you place a QUALIFYING order of $100 in CTMH products!!! (you will also qualify for TWO of #2 specials…see below!)
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2. With EVERY $50 in CTMH products that you purchase, you are eligible to purchase the December SOTM (stamp of the month),
for ONLY $5!!! 

A SAVINGS of 72%!!! 
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Retail value $17.95

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas!

As we are ALL getting final preparations made for this Christmas season, I wanted to take a moment and Wish EACH of YOU a holly_3 in a circle
Merry Christmas!! 

I’m so thankful for the connection we have made with each other,  through our enjoyment of CREATING & Paper crafting Jand I wanted to take a moment to say THANK YOU for your part in making my CTMH business a fun endeavor!

As I go about this day with many things to accomplish, I wanted to take a moment and share a Christmas card that I created a few years ago.  Even though this card uses a “retired” paper pack, this stamp set  is still current and still remains one of my favorites!!
Glory to God 6x6 card wonderland


Glory to God nativity close upI am so thankful that Jesus came as a babe a Christmas long ago…not only that he came as a babe, but that he ALSO lived on this earth and 33 years later he choose to die & rose again and took punishment for OUR sins!!! 
What an AMAZING gift he gave us…yes GIFT!! 

All we need to do to CHOOSE JESUS is “confess with our mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart…and you will be saved”(Rom. 10:9)!  Jesus is the ONLY way to an everlasting life!!J

I pray this Christmas season, that if you do not know Jesus as your own personal Lord & Savior that you would seek His face, the God of this universe, and ask him to be Lord of your life!!  He is our amazing Lord & Creator and wants US to choose Him as Lord of our lives..he will never make us love him, but gives us the choice and allows us to decide…will we live our life for Him???  Or chose to live for ourselves??

May you have a wonderful Christmas & New Year and I look forward to continuing to share with you as a new year approaches!! 

Blessings to each of you!!
Krista J
Christmas village pictures - Merry Christmas

Monday, December 16, 2013

Artbooking Made Easy- Winter Layouts


With all the SNOW we have been receiving in eastern PA…this episode of “Artbooking Made Easy” was the PERFECT one for all of my upcoming Snow pictures!!!

Come on in, watch this latest episode… as we take a look at what TWO KEYS can do on this AMAZING Artbooking Cricut Cartridge! 

If you are not familiar with how SPECIAL & EXCLUSIVE Close To My Heart’s Cricut bundles are - CLICK HERE to learn more!!

Would you like to see ALL 700 images that come on the Artbooking Cricut cartridge???  CLICK HERE to check it out!!

Enjoy this video, and have fun learning some of these GREAT tips!

Blessings to EACH of you for a WONDERFUL week! 

Krista Hershberger J
As always, feel free to
CLICK HERE to go directly to my website 24/7 and have your CTMH items shipped directly to your door step!!

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Christmas Card Making Day 2013!! - post #3

Christmas Tree_pink-burgundy-oliveWhat a WONDERFUL, fun CREATIVE day that we
have each year at our ANNUAL

Christmas Card Making Day!!

Come on in and check out the FINAL details about the afternoon Christmas cards we created at our annual Christmas Card Making Day!  J

***If you missed the 1st Post about our Christmas Card Day- CLICK HERE.
***If you missed our 2nd post - please CLICK HERE.

Today I will share with you the FINAL set of 5 cards we created at our Christmas Card Making Day this past September. 

Take a look at this picture of all 5 cards, then we’ll take a look at each individual card as well! J
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This card was created by me J, and I used the September Stamp of the Month, Poster Tidings. I also used some washi tape & the NEW scallop border punch!!
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I LOVE how this card turned out and how EASY it was to change the look of this stamped image!
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I stamped the stamp in 3 different ink colors- slate, juniper & ruby- and then cut out strips of the inked image and layered it on top of the card! 

Christmas Card Day 2013_close up-textile flower DSC_0485I also created the fabric flower at the bottom of the card by accordion folding a piece of material, and tying a twist tie in the middle when finished. 
Did you notice the “curly cues” coming out of the flower?  These are our new Slate Twist Ties curled up by using our Quilling Tool

This card was created & designed by Devyn Zimmerman.
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She used the wintry paper pack Frosted and the Polar Bear Holiday stamp set.

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I love how she pulled in the Jute Ribbon & the single snowflake cut from the Artbooking cartridge.

This non-traditional Christmas card uses Lagoon cardstock & the Sarita paper pack. 
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I’m amazed, once again, how you can use ANY paper pack to create a Christmas card…just by taken a moment to think a bit differently than “normal”!

I received this card in a swap I was a part of, and decided to use it as one of our cards at card day!  I love the touch of Bronze Shimmer trim & the single brown/tan sparkle. 

Sheri Reiff designed this next Christmas card…and believe it or not - she used our “Baby” paper pack called Babycakes!!
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Take a look at this paper pack and the designs in this kit. 

Creating a card like this is a GREAT way to show us that you can use almost ANY paper pack to create a Christmas Card!! 

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She used the stamp set from the Frosted Scrapbooking WOTG kit.  By popping a few of her squares, it gives a wonderful dimension to her card!

This ADORABLE penguin card was created using our ProPlayer paper pack & the “hostess exclusive” stamp set called Wintry Wishes. 
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Stephanie Huber is the creator of this card!  I love the touch of color that she used by adding the ruby chevron ribbon. Also, how she used the lighter blue color to highlight these cute little penguins!

Now, off to create a few MORE Christmas cards! LOL!!  This season is just too short…there are so many more things to create!! LOL!! 

Blessings to you for a wonderful week!!
Krista J
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December Specials…
1. Receive a FREE holiday item (choose from 11) when you place a QUALIFYING order of $100 in CTMH products!!! (you will also qualify for TWO of #2 specials…see below!)
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2. With EVERY $50 in CTMH products that you purchase, you are eligible to purchase the December SOTM (stamp of the month),
for ONLY $5!!! 
A SAVINGS of 75%!!! 
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Retail value $17.95

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If you have ever thought about joining our CTMH family as a business builder or even a hobbyist- NOW is the PERFECT time!!!J

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