Tuesday, September 30, 2014

October Stamp of the Month- Home for the Holidays

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What a FUN stamp set we have to share with you this month!! 

Welcome to our MONTHLY Stamp of the Month (SOTM) Blog Hop!!

October 2014 Home For the Holidays Stamp SetIf you have come here from Dana Kessler's Blog and saw her BEAUTIFUL creations, you are on the right track!!

This month, we will be featuring the EXCLUSIVE October SOTM stamp set called “Home for the Holidays”.

This blog hop is a great big circle, so if you can start here & work your way around this circle!  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find a complete list of PARTICIPATING CONSULTANTS by clicking HERE

This month we have OVER 70 Close To My Heart Consultants that will be sharing items they have created using this month’s stamp set!  So, sit back & enjoy your tour as you click on the link at the end of the post to see what EACH consultant has created!!

Here is the card I created this month.J

The polar bear was so adorable, I couldn't resist using him - even though he will be a popular one to use in this stamp set!!

For my first card, I chose to use the Snowhaven Paper pack from CTMH.  Take a look at these beautiful papers!!!
I used our Make It From Your Heart book #1, pattern 24 for my card designs.
I also decided to pull out my spray pen & some whisper re-inker mixed with water to add some “texture” to the background of this card.  I love the soft touch it gave this card!

I LOVE the fact that this stamp set IS Cricut Compatible!! 

Did you notice the images outlined in RED on the stamp set image?  Those RED lines tell us that those shapes coordinate with one of our
FOUR Exclusive Cricut Cartridges at CTMH!! 

I also pulled in another favorite winter stamp set of mine - Perfect Fit-Holidays for those “extra words” - WARMEST WISHES.

Isn’t this stamp set a PERFECT fit? LOL!!
I enjoy using our EMBOSSING FOLDERS…and this time I used the Striped folder!! 
But...there are no stripes!!  Did you notice??  I turned my paper in the folder, and instead of stripes I now have DIAGONAL!!!

As I was finishing up this card, I had another thought (dangerous, I know! J )…what would this card design look like if I traded out Snowhaven paper with the BRUSHED paper???  This is the result of that thought. 

I hope you enjoyed my card, and it has inspired YOU to get creating on your own!!  

Here is a list of Products I used on these cards in case you'd like to create one of your own!  
X7188B Snowhaven Paper
X7190B Brushed Paper
Cranberry Cardstock
Z1686 Cricut Art Philosophy
Z1960 Honeycomb Embossing Folder 
Z1380 Spray Pen
Z2272 Whisper re-inker
Z2009 Enamel Hearts
1985 Gold Shimmer Trim
Inks used: Cranberry, Juniper, Whisper

Before you start creating - be sure to head on over to  Pamela Ellison’s Blog to see  what she has created using this stamp set!  J

Be sure to visit ALL the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting ideas and other fun ideas!  We always love to hear any feedback you’d like to share as well, so feel free to leave a comment. J

October 2014 Home For the Holidays Stamp Set

****Remember, the October SOTM
~ Home for the Holidays~
is only available until October  31st! J

It can be yours at the retail price of $17.95 OR pay $5 when you purchase $50 in CTMH items


Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here if you need a consultant J) to see how you can receive these EXCLUSIVE items for ONLY $5 each!!!  

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

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Princess Birthday Crown card- Artfully Sent

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Our niece’s 4th birthday is arriving next week - and at the moment she is enjoying ANYTHING with Princess!!  J

I was so happy I could pull out my NEW Artfully Sent Cricut cartridge from Close To My Heart!!  It had the PERFECT card that we could use for Tessa’s birthday!

I used key H from the NEW Artfully Sent Cricut Cartridge…
Take a look at this page…the PERFECT page for little girls that dream of being princesses!
Artfully Sent_Key H
I decided to create the castle swing card shown on the Scene Key. I did not use the suggested card size of 7”…instead I cut it at 6”.
I cut the card base twice…once using Pixie cardstock, the 2nd time cutting it in Juniper cardstock. 
I also cut a rectangle piece using our Brushed paper pack to fit the inside of the card.

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Instead of keeping the front of the card  “plain” cardstock, I used the Cuttlebug machine to dry emboss the Damask print onto the Juniper Cardstock. J

I sanded the finished piece a tiny bit - just to bring out the beautiful white that’s in the middle of ALL CTMH papers!

The crown was cut from the ICON key…and was not paired to match this swing card, but that’s ok…After playing with the size of this crown - the final crown was cut at 3” with Whisper cardstock, and I backed it with the solid crown shape cut from our pink glitter paper

Artfully Sent_crown_princess castle_swing card

Artfully Sent_crown_princess castle_inside scallopcircleFor the inside of this card, I cut the white 2 3/4” scalloped circle using our Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge!
I have a feeling there are a lot of compatible shapes between the 4 Cricut cartridges we carry at Close To My Heart.

I used a NEW stamp set called “You Mean the World To Me” to add the birthday greeting. 

I am enjoying this “moveable” cards, and am excited to see if Tessa likes it too!!  J

Feel free to head over to my website to get your OWN Artfully Sent Cricut Cartridge bundle!! 

You receive SO MUCH for ONLY $99!! 
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and, wait - there’s MORE!!! 

15-hawaii-datesThis month I am hosting a Hawaii Mystery Hostess Party where you will EARN TICKETS with each order that is placed on my CTMH website during September 2014!! 

Check out all the details HERE - and learn how YOU could win $40 in FREE CTMH products!!

Thanks for stopping by & have a wonderful evening!! J
Krista Hershberger J

Director, CTMH Independent Consultant
Call/Text: 610-587-9116
Email: fun2stampnscrap@dejazzd.com 

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Family Tree ~ Family is Forever

1409-sotm-pennant-frameHi & welcome!! 
Today I want to share some cards using September’s Stamp of the Month stamp set. 

If you recall, this stamp set is called Family is Forever…
it is Cricut Compatible (the red shaped heart can be cut from our Artiste cartridge)
and can be yours for ONLY $5 with a $50 CTMH purchase!

This stamp set is adorable, & I can’t wait to share some cards with you today - using this stamp set!!
I participate in a card swap each month.  So these ADORABLE cards are created by my fellow consultants.

Take a peek….
Sept SOTM 2014_Family Tree_cardswap_How simple, but elegant!!  She used Whisper ink, and a touch of red…how BEAUTIFUL!!

Sept SOTM 2014_Family Tree_cardswap_CULook at the touch of sparkle she used too….bitty sparkles & a large clear sparkle too.

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Take a look at this design - a TOTALLY different card, without using the tree at all!!

See the dry embossing on the Whisper cardstock?

Notice the details…

Sept SOTM 2014_Family Tree_cardswap_hearts_CUThe white embossed hearts
The silver embossed “Love”
Silver Shimmer Trim


Here is a 5 1/2” x 4 1/4” standard size card, and I think Sarah did a GREAT job!!  I really like how she focused on the wording…but yet still used that beautiful tree as part of the background!! 

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I hope this has inspired you, and given you some great ideas for your September Stamp of the Month stamp set!! 

I’d LOVE to hear how YOU plan to use this stamp set! Please feel free to comment in the section below! J

If you’d like to place your order & purchase this stamp set…head on over to my website…
However - before you do - please make sure to check out all THREE specials that are taking place with me, Krista Hershberger, during the month of September!! 

Happy Crafting!!
Don’t MISS OUT on the 3 September Specials!!!

****Click HERE****to check out these TRIPLE, FUN deals! 

 ONLY $5 with a $50 CTMH purchase

WIN FREE CTMH product!! J
National Stamping Month!!! 
September 2014: #30yearsofhappy

Blessings to you for a BEAUTIFUL day!!!

Krista J

Director, CTMH Independent Consultant
Call/Text: 610-587-9116
Email: fun2stampnscrap@dejazzd.com 

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Artfully Sent~ Key Z

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I received the NEW Artfully Sent Cricut cartridge and….
OH WOW!!!!!
I can't even BEGIN to tell you all this cartridge can do!!

I wondered if I was you, would I want to see a picture of the actual book?  Of course - silly!!! LOl!!! 

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But FIRST…let’s take a look at a simple (5 minutes to create- simple) card that I created from this key!!

Simple it is!! 
There is SO MUCH more you could do to this card, but I chose to use the Seaside Paper Pack & Bamboo cardstock. 

I stamped the words on the card using the Lovely Birthday stamp set & I used the new Scoreboard (LOVE the features of CTMH’s board!) to raise up lines on the bamboo colored insert.


Here’s the INSIDE of the card…
Artfully Sent_flower swing card_openup_key Z_seaside_DSC_0474

Now let’s take a look at the page that shows the Z key!! 
YES ~ these images/shapes are all included in just one key!!
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Take a look at the top row - the Pop-Up & Icon keys are made to be used ALL together to create one POP-UP card.  The card is shown at the top left of the booklet in red/pink color.  (However, I use the pieces for other things too! :))

The 2nd row - Scene key - You need to set your dial size at 7” & then you can cut out the 2 items on the scene key & the scene+shift key.  This will create the card shown on the left. (This is the card I created above.) 

******As with ALL items on these keys…the suggested cutting size is listed in the booklet, but you do not have to stick to that.  For my card above, I did NOT cut it at the recommended 7” size - instead, I sized it down to 6”.  I knew there was not a lot of “delicate” Cricut cutting, so I could reduce the size without any problems. *******

2nd row - Sentiment function key....these are TWO different cards. ****Notice for this function key***

The 1st card (no shift) is a 5x7 card (size dial is set at 7") & the "shift" + Sentiment is a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 size card....a BORDER card in this case....
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3rd row of function keys....
SLEEVE function - 6" card is a sleeve card - perfect to create a pull out invitation OR a use it to give away a 4x6 photo!  A photo fits perfectly inside!!

SHIFT + SLEEVE function key - this is a 5x7 overlay card, that is a “normal” 5x7 card that has a pattern cut on the front of the card. 

POCKET CARD function key - Take note that you will need to set your size dial according to sizes listed next to EACH function key.

With this function key you will be able to cut out 4x6 & 4x3 pocket type cards!!! I LOVE the possibilities with these handy, dandy cards!!!  They can be used as scrapbook accessories, OR a great way to use to decorate cards & 3d projects too!!
Arfully Sent_more than just cardsWould you like to receive your OWN ARTFULLY SENT Cricut Collection? 

Close To My Heart carries 4 Cricut Collections that can ONLY be purchased through your CTMH Consultant!! (I'd be happy to be your consultant if you do not already have one.) 

If you’d like to learn more about what makes cartridges so UNIQUE & Special…CLICK HERE.

4 Cricut Cartridges by CTMH 
If you already know about these AMAZING collections, and would like to get the NEW one for yourself, or even as a gift…

CLICK on the picture below to head to my website & get your Exclusive Cricut collection from CTMH today!!

Blessings to you for a BEAUTIFUL day!!!

Krista J
Director, CTMH Independent Consultant

Call/Text: 610-587-9116
Email: fun2stampnscrap@dejazzd.com