Thursday, February 28, 2013

March Stamp of the Month - Claire

Welcome to our
Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!

This month we are featuring  Close To My Heart’s March 2013 SOTM, which is called “Floral Happiness” a set of 16 stamped images!

Here is a picture of the stamp set!!

MANY of you have been patiently waiting for this set to arrive.  This stamp set will be a FAVORITE to many!!J

If you have come here from 
Jen Patrick’s BLOG, you are on the right path! 

This month we have over 55 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this month's SOTM!!
I created a few cards this month, but I will be sharing one card with you today!!!

(make sure to come back to my blog in the coming days…I’ll be posting the other cards soon!!!)
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I used one of our NEW paper packs, Claire to create this card!!!  This paper pack is QUICKLY becoming a favorite of mine!!!

I pulled out my handy dandy Make It From Your Heart, volume 1 how-to book, and chose the CARD pattern I wanted to create with this stamp set!  This time I chose to use pattern 26. 

A few techniques I used in creating this card…
  • sanding
  • 2nd generation stamping
  • Sponging edges

What FUN!!!! J

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Products used on this card…
Now it’s time to move on to Sarita Schraeder’s Blog to see what she has created with this stamp set!!

Happy Hopping & THANKS for stopping! J

Blessings to you,
Krista J

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 Until March 15th… Close To My Heart is having some AMAZING deals in Studio J!!!

 Studio J 2 page layouts ONLY $5.00 !!!

This is the PERFECT opportunity to get MULTIPLE scrapbook pages created to help complete your albums faster!!!  What an AMAZING tool to be able to create a layout in as few as 10 minutes!!!

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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Gifts from Close To My Heart!!!

A HUGE thank you to Close To My Heart for their generous gifts to each of us on the Caribbean Cruise!! 

EVERY DAY, we received a new gift in our room - often right after dinnertime.  After dinner each night, my friend and I would wonder “what awaits us in our room tonight?” J

It has been 2 weeks since I arrived home, and every time I look at these gifts, I am AMAZED at how special they are!!!  Close To My Heart does a FABULOUS job of making you feel EXTRA special! J

THANK YOU Close To My Heart!!! 

Take a look at these FABULOUS gifts!!!

Day 1-Chocolate covered strawberries and beautifully designed Sunglasses
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Day 2- Jewelry Roll and Tote Bag
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Day 3- Embroidered Beach Towel
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Day 4- Logo Lunch box, and Glass water bottle
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Day 5- Close To My heart flip flops, one pair for ME and a pair for my guest
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Day 6- Plate of Chocolate Covered Strawberries
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Day 7 - Beautiful, beaded watch
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After seeing these gifts, you realize how much CTMH cares about the people that represent them and their wonderful company!!! 

Why don’t you take a moment and check out what it means to be a consultant.J  I’d LOVE to have you join our “family” and be spoiled with so many of their thoughtful ways!!  

I'd LOVE to help you earn the NEXT TRIP!!!  Why not join me in 2014...a land trip to an all inclusive resort in Costa Rica paid for TWO!!!!

CLICK HERE to learn how YOU can be apart of our team today!!
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Blessings to you for a BEAUTIFUL day!!!!
Krista J

Monday, February 25, 2013

Surf’s Up - non-summer card

Onto our NEXT card using Surf’s Up paper pack!! 

If you have been following my recent posts, you’ll remember that I participated in a swap where I chose to use ONE specific paper pack.  If you missed some of my past posts…CLICK HERE to check them out! J 
Here’s a picture of all the items I created using the Surf’s Up paper pack
Surf's Up_5 pieces_Karen Morris swap
In the last post, I mentioned a non-summer card…but wait - I thought I was using a “summer” paper pack? J

One of the things I LOVE about Close To My Heart, is the variety of designs and patterns in each of their patterned paper packs!!

Yes, it may be “themed” for a certain occasion…but the papers are SO BEAUTIFUL in their designs that MANY MOST times, you can use CTMH’s paper for a VARIETY of occasions!!!

Here is a picture of the Surf’s Up paper pack…
Surf's Up paper X7168B

Out of this paper pack, I chose to use only ONE of the designer papers for my Non-summer card.  Then I used cardstock in coordinating colors to pull in a variety of color!  
Take a look!!
Surf's Up card_dump truck card
A BOY’s Happy Birthday Card!!! J  

When I noticed this NEW stamp set in the Idea Book… I knew I HAD to have it for the many “rough & tough” boys in my life! 

The stamp set is called “Fast & Furious
Fast and Furious D1541
I LOVE the tire tracks, the trucks, wording, etc!!!  LOVE IT!

I also used a new stamp set called Joyful Birthday
Joyful Birthday B1419
This stamp set will be used often in my household!

Take a look at the INSIDE of this card…keep those muddy tire tracks on a roll! LOL!!!
Surf's Up card_dump truck card_open

and here is a CLOSE UP of the truck.
Surf's Up card_dump truck card_close up truck
Those wheels were just BEGGING for some 3D foam tape on the back of them!  By using a Cricut cut card, It made creating so QUICK & EASY!!!

  I cut a 4 1/2” card using the O key from the Artiste Cricut Collection. The band for this card, was also cut at the same size…because images in the Artiste collection are “linked” together, so I don’t have guess what size my band should be to go around my card!!!

Products used: 
D1541                Fast & Furious
B1419                Joyful Birthday
X7168b              Surf’s up paper
1292                  Crystal Blue cardstock
Z1790               Cricut Artiste Collection
Z1806               Epoxy Bubbles
Z1151                 3-D Foam Tape
Inks used:          Chocolate, Crystal Blue, Ponderosa Pine

Have a wonderful week and hope to see you again soon!!!
Blessings to you!
Krista J

Monday, February 18, 2013

Surf’s Up cards

I chose to use the new Surf’s Up paper for a recent swap I was in!!! 
Surf's Up paper X7168B
If you missed the first post explaining the details on how I created the 12x12 page…CLICK HERE

For those of you that have returned and are anxious to see details about my other Surf’s Up items, come on in! J I will be sharing details on another card today!!!

Here is a picture of ALL the items I created for the swap…
Surf's Up_5 pieces_Karen Morris swap

Today, let’s take a look at the tropical palm tree card!
Surf's Up card_palm tree
I love the variety of colors associated with the Surf’s Up paper pack.  On this card, I chose to pull out ONE of the designed papers from this paper pack and added cardstock to incorporate more colors into this card creation.

For those that know me J, you know I enjoy making my items looked distressed.  This is SO EASY to accomplish  with Close To My Heart products…all of our cardstock & designer paper are white-cored – meaning that in the middle of our papers there is WHITE that you can chose to have come through.  You can tear your paper, so the white shows.  You can sand it or you can chose to leave it as it is! 
So…when I wanted to emboss lines into my cardstock, I embossed,and than sanded that design – ta-da – I have created a TOTALLY new look with my chocolate cardstock!!!

The Ponderosa Pine cardstock was distressed using our affordaedge distresserble, handy tool called our Edge Distresser
At only $2.50 each, you’ll want to make sure to have this in your tool kit so that you can “shave” your cardstock edges…giving them a roughed up look.

I LOVE the new stamp set that I used for this card…Tropical Paradise
Tropical Paradise stamp set

The palm tree comes all as one stamp, so HOW did I get the varying colors???
CLEAR STAMPS are the BEST – it’s SO EASY to ink your stamps in different colors prior to stamping!!!
Surf's Up card_palm tree_close up tree
Can you see where I inked the Ponderosa Pine and chocolate inks on the palm tree?  I wiped ink OFF of the flower at the bottom of the tree, and stamped the tree on my paper. 

THAN, I cleaned my palm tree stamp, and inked just the small flower at the bottom in sorbet ink and stamped it…giving us a sorbet colored flower. J

Here’s a close up of the bottom section of my card…
Surf's Up card_palm tree_close up
Did you notice the “glass dots”?  I LOVE adding Liquid Glass to a creation, to give it a “little extra”.  Liquid Glass is ALSO a GREAT glue/adhesive!!!  It is a “MUST” to have Liquid Glass whenever I am creating! J

The twine, and wooden button come from our NEW Wooden mini-medley…a wonderful variety of neutral colored embellishments.

I hope you are encouraged and EXCITED to purchase some of your own Surf’s Up paper!!  There are SO Many ways to use this paper pack – and NOT just for your summer photos! 
Come back and join me for details on my “NON-Summer” card that I created with this paper pack!!

In the meantime, you will want to take a moment and check out Studio J program, our online, FASTER but BEAUTIFUL digital scrapbooking option!!!

 During the month of February, Close To My Heart is having some AMAZING deals!!!

 Studio J 2 page layouts ONLY $5.00 !!!

This is the PERFECT opportunity to get MULTIPLE scrapbook pages created to help complete your albums faster!!!  What an AMAZING tool to be able to create a layout in as few as 10 minutes!!!

 Click HERE to start your QUICK & EASY digital layouts NOW!

CLICK HERE if you’d like to learn MORE about Studio J before giving it a try.J 

2013 February SOTM _0213_SOM
(purchase this EXCLUSIVE stamp set for retail price of $17.95
OR pay ONLY $5 with a $50 order!)

Be sure to click the join button when placing your order. J 

 I LOVE to hear your thoughts and comments on what you’d like to see on my blog!!! Your thoughts and ideas are so helpful!!J   Looking forward to talking again soon!!

Blessings to each of you!!!
Krista J