Sunday, March 31, 2013

April Stamp of the Month BLOG HOP!!!

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!

We will be featuring April's Stamp of the Month (SOTM), which is called “My Sunshine”, a set of 8 stamps.
Take a look at this ADORABLE set!!


If you have come here from Michelle’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 60 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this month's 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!! 


 I created my card by using Close To My Heart’s FABULOUS How-to book called Make It From Your Heart!  This card uses pattern # 21.

My Sunshine_April SOTM_card

The 2nd order of business (after choosing my card design)...I made SURE I had my Artiste Cricut cartridge  (LOVE this cartridge!!!) in my machine!  

I cut out the balloon AND the two different sized clouds!!!   (both images on page 70 of booklet) I LOVE when the stamp set I'm working with is Cricut compatible! J

By adding some stardust glitz glitter to the balloon, and using the 3D foam tape to give it some “pop”, it created dimension and feeling to my card. J
My Sunshine_April SOTM_close up balloon

I wanted to use the circle of words in this set, (I LOVE this group of words!) but I wasn’t sure how….UNTIL I decided to create a background with it!  It turned out a LOT better than I was expecting! Yay!!!

Also, take notice of the great wording “Have a nice day!”…this is just a sneak peek to what’s coming next month, in the EXCLUSIVE MAY Stamp of the Month stamp set.  (wink, wink)

My Sunshine_April SOTM_close up background

Chantilly paper X7163BDid you GUESS what designer paper pack I used on this card?? I only used one strip of designer paper, while the rest is cardstock...

But, if you said CHANTILLY - than you were correct!  A “pink, flowery” paper pack CAN be used for MANY different occasions AND creations! J

Products Used on this card:
Ink colors: Sunset, Outdoor Denim, Champagne, Buttercup

Now "Hop" on over to Vicki’s Blog to see her work!
Be sure to visit ALL the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting ideas and other fun ideas!

Remember, the April SOTM is only available until April 30th!!! J

Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here) to see how you can get this EXCLUSIVE stamp set ONLY during the month of April for a 77% savings of just $5.00!!!
Blessings to you for a WONDERFUL day!!!
Krista J
Phone/Text: 610-587-9116

Monday, March 25, 2013

Be Still & Know and Floral Happiness

Here we are already in the LAST week of March 2013!!! 

I wanted to share with you another card I created using the BEAUTIFUL March Stamp of the Month.

If you missed the earlier post using this stamp set…CLICK HERE.

Take a look at the new card I created…
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The card pattern comes from the “Make It From Your Heart, vol 1” how to book.  This is pattern #21.

I LOVED pairing the new stamp set “Be Still”  & “Floral Happiness” together with the Claire Paper pack

Take a look at how I used the small rose in this stamp set, to create a floral background. J
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I then used some of the stardust Glitz Glitter gel, and some of our NEW pink glitter gems to add the finishing touches.

There are ONLY 6 more days to order this EXCLUSIVE stamp set!!! 

This is a stamp set that can be used for MANY occasions…
springtime – and the list goes on!

Don’t miss out on the WONDERFUL deal of receiving this stamp set for ONLY $5.00 ($6.82 w/shipping & PA tx) with any $50 order that is placed! OR, if you choose - you can purchase this stamp set for the retail price of $17.95...but you only have UNTIL March 31st to do this! J

Head on over to my website and click the “Join” button next to “March Orders with Krista” to place your order today!!!

Thanks for stopping and I look forward to chatting with you again soon! J

Blessings to you!!
Krista J

Click on the link below to go directly to my website to place your order…

This stamp set is ONLY available until March 31st!!!
Purchase this stamp set for the Retail Price of $17.95
Pay ONLY $5.00 when you place a $50 order!!!! J
HUGE Hostess Rewards in March  Jump for JOY!!!!
When you have a $250 party (online, book, home gathering)
your hostess rewards JUMP to the next level!!! 
CHECK OUT the “regular” rewards…and BUMP yourself up to the next one for party’s reaching $250 or more in MARCH!!!
Call me to take advantage of these AMAZING benefits, TODAY!! J

Coming in April…

Join my “family” of Close To My Heart Consultant's and receive an EXTRA $71.80 in product for FREE!!!!!
April-CC-Image-Gallery- JOIN my team
Stay tuned on April 1st for ALL the details!  Wahoo!!! J

Friday, March 22, 2013

For Always Workshop on the Go

It’s so good to be back with you!  It seems like a long time since I shared a blog post, but as I look back…it was exactly 1 week! J 

I have been doing a LOT of creating, so I’m excited for the upcoming posts.  Make sure you come back and check out the latest artwork!!!

TODAY – I want to share the For Always Workshop on the Go kit that I created with my Hostess Club in January.
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Here is a picture of the items you will receive when you purchase the FOR ALWAYS Workshop on the Go (WOTG) kit. 
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G1055  Workshops on the Go® For Always Kit INCLUDES:

For Always Paper Packet ($9.95)For Always paper pack X7165B

For Always WOTG stamp set_2013EXCLUSIVE My Acrylix® For Always Workshop stamp set ($13.95)

2 EXTRA sheets of White Daisy Cardstock ($1.00)

For Always Assortment ($4.95)For Always WOTG for always asst_2013

For Always WOTG black sparkles_2013Sparkles Black & Grey Assortment ($2.95)

Instructional How-to Guide ($1.00)For Always WOTG guide_2013

Retail Value on kit is $34.80
You Pay ONLY :$29.95 J

****Here are the layouts we created in class for this particular workshop…****
NOTE: Each Idea Book, 1-2 WOTG kits will involve the use of the Cricut machine using one of our FABULOUS Cricut cartridges.  I LOVE that CTMH does this…it really helps me to learn NEW & EXCITING things my Cricut machine can do!!!
The For Always WOTG kit is a kit that does use some Cricut cuts – HOWEVER – keep in mind, if you don’t have the Cricut cartridge, you can always use your scissors for some of the images OR give me a call and come use my Cricut machine OR for a small fee – I can cut and mail these pieces to you too!!!

Layout #1
The included instruction guide shows you STEP by STEP how to create the first layout. For Always WOTG_layout 1 DSC_0312

Close ups of Layout #1
The doily & heart are cut with Artiste Cricut Cartridge. 
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We stamped BOTH sides of this piece, and then cut a bow from the Artiste Cartridge to add as a finishing touch.
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How EASY these curls turned out to be!!!  Just take a few strips of paper, use our quilling tool to roll up the edges and tuck them in behind our resin flower that is included in the For Always Asst. For Always WOTG_layout 1_right side, curled ribbons DSC_0312

Layout #2
If you are creating this Workshop on your own at home…
The 2nd layout can be found at  my website by clicking on “IDEAS & INSPIRATION” and then “Workshop on the Go” you will receive directions to create this!!!!
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Notice the scalloped edging…we cut this border on the Cricut and than took our rose flower stamp and used it to add to our border!!For Always WOTG_layout 2_endless summer DSC_0312

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This journaling area was actually a CARD that we cut from the Artiste cartridge!  I LOVE using Cricut shapes in ways that aren’t the “normal” way to use them! 
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Layout #3
This layout is void of pictures, but you can get a idea of where pictures would be placed.  For Always WOTG_layout 3 DSC_0312
When we create our 3rd layout at my monthly hostess club…we have the following guidelines…
*NO inking
*No stamping
*Use leftover embellishments from kit
*Use coordinating Stickease or complements
This creates a QUICK & EASY 3rd 2 page layout!!!

Make sure to check out EACH of the 7 WOTG kits available in our current Idea Book!!

CLICK HERE to see the variety of Scrapbooking Workshop kits you can receive!! J
Chantilly WOTG contenets   Claire WOTG contents    Later Sk8r contents 
Pictured above are THREE kits out of the SEVEN workshop kits that are available until July 31, 2013!!!

Also, KEEP IN MIND – Close To My Heart has created some FABULOUS card making kits AND Home Décor kits too!!! These also come with an Instructional Guide, embellishments, etc.

Don’t Forget - you also receive an EXCLUSIVE stamp set in each of these kits…that means these stamp sets are NOT AVAILABLE anywhere else in our Idea Book!!! 

Have a WONDERFUL weekend and I look forward to sharing with you again soon!!!

Blessings to you!
Krista J

Call/Text: 610-587-9116

Friday, March 15, 2013

5th Annual Scrapbooking Weekend!!!

My 5th Annual retreat has come to an end...but not without having a WONDERFUL time!!

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There is anticipation each August at my Fall Open House as the registration for my annual scrapbook retreat opens!!!  This year was no exception, but now our weekend is over and we are ready for next year!!!

I thought I’d give you a glimpse of our 2 1/2 days together! Let’s take a peek! J 

I enjoy preparing throughout the entire year, but the last few weeks are when I focus in on final details…
Name Tags…(prior to names on them)

I used NEW stamp sets Frame Flair and Hello Blooms, along with the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge.
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Water bottle Tags…
I used NEW stamp sets Frame Flair and In The Background, along with the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge.
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A small token of thanks for those that helped bring tables…

(thanks to fellow consultant for inspiration!  The Artiste Cricut Cartridge made this a SNAP to create! )
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A thank you for my Food Team leaders…

(using our NEW Muslin Bags, pigment inks, alcohol markers and Fabulous You stamp set!)
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...and THIS is the item I enjoy getting together to give you some “extras” just for joining me for this weekend!!!  Goodie bagsJ

goodie bags_retreat 2013 DSC_0454Here’s a peek of what was inside…
  • pack of Irresistible alphabet Lots of Dots stickers
  • 1 yd. of cotton candy ribbon
  • a pack of Just Blooms flowers
  • colo. white mini-medley
  • 1/2 sheet of glitter paper
  • 1 yd of cranberry colored ribbon
  • a sheet of clear sparkles
  • 2 sheets of NEW designer paper
  • water bottle with tag and crystal light
  • and CANDY of course!
We had a total group of ladies that numbered 29…missing 3 of you that couldn’t join us because of unexpected issues! 
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We woke up Friday morning to a dusting of snow!!! I LOVE our little cabins we stay in, so CUTE & COZY!!!  You can see the building of our main scrap area to the left of the picture.
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We had door prizes throughout the weekend…(I was peeking at them through the glass window as they were choosing their prizes J)
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everyone went away with something…we also PLAYED Embellishment Bingo and had prizes for our first 7 winners!!!

Check out a sampling of the AMAZING food we had ~ ALL weekend long!!! 
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We scaled back to 2 meals a day this year, and included mid-day snacks…everything was so YUMMY!!  These ladies went all out!!!

I had invited Lynae & Ashley to join us again this year for their wonderful massages!  This was optional, but I was blessed to have a double massage- paid for by my lovely aunts!
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I had an extra class where my friends could create a 2 page layout. 

 Here is the layout we created using the NEW Buzz & Bumble paper pack.  The neutral tones in this kit make it a paper pack to use for ANY occasion!!
(thanks to fellow consultant, Laurie Varner , for her inspiration!)
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We enjoyed some beautiful bouquets of flowers during the weekend, J and at the end of the weekend, this bouquet was given to me!  

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THANK YOU Arlene - they are still beautiful on my dining room table!!! 

We also had a layout contest that ended on our last afternoon together.  Each person that entered, was required to use the Cherish layout called “Visual Texture”. 

Here are the layouts that were entered…
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and here is the WINNER!!! My mom! J 
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She won a NEW paper pack of her choice!! (Chantilly)

Our final contest/drawing was for the GRAND PRIZE - the Buzz & Bumble Workshop on the Go kit!!!  Yay Arlene!!!
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Each year is special…and of course we make different memories each year!!  But know, that no matter how much work it's something I look forward to EACH and EVERY year!! I love being able to serve you in this special way!!!

Thanks to EACH of you that attended, and I’m looking forward to our time together next year! J
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Blessings to you for a BEAUTIFUL day!!
Krista J
Call/Text: 610-587-9116