Monday, 31 December 2012

Last post of 2012

Happy New Year one and all, hope everyone has a safe but awesome New Year's!

I am ending 2012 by spending it with my husband and children this year; as I am so thankful for the wonderful family I have.  So here is a little look at my family, Jaymee(8), Nicholaus(3) and Abbigail(2 on Feb.3/13)

What are you thankful for?  I am thankful for my family, my friends, customers, and all those who have been following my blog.  I hope to see you all in the New Year, and don't forget that the New 2013 Spring/Summer Idea Book becomes active on Feb.1/13.  

Want to get your hands on a copy, come to my Open House on January 27/13.

Saturday, 29 December 2012

Whooo`s Your Valentine Kit National Papercrafting Month Promotion/Plus My Own Promotion

Wondering about the newest promotion we are offering, well below I`ve attached a video showing you a little about the Valentine Kit aswell as a description of what it is you receive in this kit.

Here is a detailed list of what is 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)

So when you have a $35 qualifying order you can grab this kit for only $10.  That is a $30 savings, as this kit is valued at $40.  

But I have a new promotion of my own starting January 1/13, when you place a $50 order I will give you the SOTM for FREE, if you place a $100 order I will give you the SOTM and Whooo's Your Valentine Kit FREE.  So when you place a $100 order with me you are receiving over $57 in FREE product.  

If you plan on taking advantage of my Promotion, (only offered by me) please email me your order so that I can add on your FREE product.  If you would like to shop on your own without receiving my promotion you can follow this link to my website where you can start shopping now!

This is January's SOTM

To qualify to purchase this Stamp set you need to spend $50 to get it for $5, but as you remember, if you make that $50 purchase you can get it for FREE.  This stamp set retails for $17.95.


Sunday, 23 December 2012

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

I'm just taking a moment to wish all my customers, family and friends a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  Let 2013 be as fabulous as 2012 has been.  For me, I joined CTMH and have met some great ladies, as well as established some great friendships.

In the New Year I will be running a great special, so watch for my post.

God Bless Everyone!

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Retiring List only available while supplies last/January 31/13

Okay ladies, as 2012 winds to an end, and the Spring/Summer 2013 Idea Book scheduled to come out February 1/13, we have compiled a list of retiring items.  You will find them listed by order #, description then the page in the book in which it appears.  There are items from both catties from 2012, and I have it so that each cattie has it's own list of items.  I hope this helps with you shopping, and remember that this is while supplies last, so make your wish list and email me with your orders.

   Autumn/Winter 2012 Idea Book

Item #   Item Description                     Page #        
Z1349  Shimmer Designer Brads         127
Z1360  Rhinestone Designer Brads      127
Z1361  Brads Red Assortment            127
Z1362  Brads Pink Assortment           127
Z1363  Brads Blue Assortment           127
Z1364  Brads Green Assortment        127
Z1365  Brads Basic Assortment         127
Z1387  Wooden Designer Buttons     125
Z1391  Buttons Clear Assortment      125
Z1395  Irresistibles™ Eclectic Chipboard Die-Cuts (the alphabet)   130
Z1465  Irresistibles™ Make-It-Count Numbers      130
Z1681  Dimensional Elements Numbers       131
Z1761  Dimensional Elements Ornaments    131
Z1762  Dimensional Elements Snowflakes   131
Z1765  Color-Ready Arbor Wooden Shapes      130
X7147C  Stella Complements Canvas Shapes     68
X7148C  My Stickease® Pemberley Assortment  68
X7150C  My Stickease® Victory Assortment      69
X7153C  My Stickease® Florentine Assortment  69
X7158C  La Belle Vie My Stickease® Assortment  38
X7160C  Flirty Complements Dimensional Elements  50
X7161C  Moonlight Complements Dimensional Elements   56
X7162C  Pear & Partridge Complements Glittery Rub-Ons   62
Z1464    Milepost Shapes                128
Z1466    Bling Assortment                128
Z1695    Urban Felt Alphabet           130
Z1696    Keepsake Felt Alphabet     130
Z1709    Just Blooms® Petals Paper Flowers     129
Z1460    Foundry® Ribbon Slides    126
Z1711    Foundry® Binder Clips      126
Z1712    Foundry® Number Plates  126
Z1461    Décor Journaling Spots      129
Z1687    Bohemian Assortment        128
Z1689    Timeless Charms                128
Z1692    Tough Tags                        128
Z1694    Bouquet Assortment           128
Z1741    Haunted Assortment           128
Z1749    Autumn Lane Assortment   128
Z1763    Boutique Assortment          128

Z1772    Dimensional Elements In Color—Holiday     128
Z1393    Mini-Medley Accents Black Collection        126
Z1316    Designer Ribbon Cocoa Collection              124
Z1385    Designer Ribbon Blue Collection                  124
Z1615    Designer Ribbon Red Collection                  124
Z1616    Designer Ribbon Green Collection               124
Z1388    Newsprint Rub-Ons                                    130
Z1700    Dark Chocolate Tapestry Velvet Rub-Ons  126
Z1733    Black Tapestry Velvet Rub-Ons                  126
Z1743    Festive Velvet Rub-Ons                              126
Z1742    Parlor Velvet Rub-Ons                               126
Z1407    6" x 6" Olive Quick Pic™ Album                122
Z1408    6" x 6" Pansy Purple Quick Pic™ Album    122
Z1054    My Creations® Display Album                   132
Z1378    My Creations® Banner                              132
Z1614    My Creations® Memory Game                  132
Z188     Craft Jars                                                    120
Z1352   4 1/2" Colonial White Circle Cards              123
Z1353   4 1/2" White Daisy Circle Cards                  123
Z1731   My Originals® Sweet Surprises Card Kit    123
X7147B My Reflections® Stella Paper Packet          68
X7148B My Reflections® Pemberley Paper Packet  68
X7150B My Reflections® Victory Paper Packet       69
X7153B My Reflections® Florentine Paper Packet   69
X7158B La Belle Vie Paper Packet                          38
X7160B Flirty Paper Packet                                     50
X7161B Moonlight Paper Packet                             56
X7162B Pear & Partridge Paper Packet                  62

Z1252  Cutting Knife                                                                       135
G1041  Workshops on the Go® Avonlea Cardmaking Kit                 22
G1043  Workshops on the Go® Pear & Partridge Cardmaking Kit    66
G1040  Workshops on the Go® Spellbound Cricut® Kit                   14
G1042  Workshops on the Go® Scroll Album Kit                              23
G1044  Workshops on the Go® Advent Calendar Kit                        67
G1045  Workshops on the Go® Avonlea Scrapbooking Kit               21
G1046  Workshops on the Go® Clementine Scrapbooking Kit           29
G1047  Workshops on the Go® Dakota Scrapbooking Kit                35
G1048  Workshops on the Go® La Belle Vie Scrapbooking Kit        41
G1049  Workshops on the Go® Scholastic Scrapbooking Kit            47
G1050  Workshops on the Go® Flirty Scrapbooking Kit                   53
G1051  Workshops on the Go® Moonlight Scrapbooking Kit           59
G1052  Workshops on the Go® Pear & Partridge Scrapbooking Kit  65

Spring/Summer 2012 Idea Book
Item #             Item Description                                         Page #
A1104            A Tweet                                                     90
A1111            A Tulip                                                       68
A1116            A Melody                                                   94
A1122            Bravo                                                         92
A1128            Quick Cards—Shell                                   80
A1129            A Rainbow                                                85
B1365            Spring Up                                                  71
B1369            Rosy Regards                                            67
B1374            Bee Happy                                                83
B1397            He Is Risen                                               74
B1402            My Peeps                                                 72
C1439           Enjoy Life                                                  95
C1440           Take a Picture                                            93
C1442           Tailor-Made                                               94
C1450           Eclectic Edges                                            99
C1452           Delight                                                       71
C1455           Aspire                                                        96
C1456           Heartfelt Treasures                                     68
C1457           Happy Camper                                          84
C1458           Paper Lantern                                            90
C1473           Remarkable Wreath                                   70
C1474           10 Things                                                 105
C1485           Super Powers                                            47
C1498           Country Life                                              82
C1499           Perfect Day                                               80
D1195          The Works Alphabet                                117
D1222          Tiny Typewriter Alphabet                         117
D1296          Chocolate Alphabet Small                        114
D1301          Hodge Podge Alphabet                            114
D1303          Classmate Alphabet                                 114
D1462          Splendid Day                                             77
D1464          Card Chatter—Love                                106
D1467          Trees & Things                                          76
D1472          Simple Memories                                       66
D1478          Bingo Alphabet                                        113
D1505          Roar!                                                        89
D1508          Diverse Backgrounds                              102
D1509          Magic Adventures                                     78
D1511          Kick Back                                                 81
E1013          Field Trip Alphabet                                  114

Updated 12/4/12

2012 Autumn/Winter Idea Book Retiring List (closes January 31, 2013)

Saturday, 15 December 2012

Ariste 3D Christmas Blog Hop - Dec15/11

Welcome to our December Blog Hop featuring any 3D item from our exclusive Artiste Cricut Cartridge. In this Hop you will find that each consultant has created a 3D item of their choice from the Artiste, we were told it could be anything as long as it was a Christmas theme.

If you have just hopped onto my blog, you can start here as this is a circular hop, but if you want to follow us across Canada then please start at the beginning and join Darla at Caution: Crafting is Contagious. If you came from Darla's blog then you are in the right place!

Here is my project, I made Christmas Ornaments for my children. The mailbox is really cute at the regular size of 3" that the Artiste instructions call for, but it also got me thinking what if I cut it at half the size would I be able to make it into ornaments for the kids. Well, the answer is yes, and here is how they turned out.

 So the paper used here is now retired, it is from the Believe Paper Packet, I also used some Holiday Red Cardstock, and the mini envelope is cut on Kraft Cardstock. I used a piece of hemp to make the hanger.
This picture shows the size difference between the regular size of 3" (in back) and the mini version of 1 1/2" (in front), I also placed it on an ink pad so you could see the size of the mailbox.
I was able to cut four ornaments on 1 sheet of 12x12 Believe Paper,  so I made an ornament for each of my children.

I hope that you all have a Very Merry Christmas and that you simply take the time to enjoy the time you have which each of your loved ones.

Your next stop on the Cross Canada Hop is
Here is the complete lineup incase you get lost along the way.

Thanks for hopping along with us - we hope we were able to inspire you to create your own Christmas projects using some of the designs and paper seen along the way. Join us again in the New Year, our first Hop is scheduled on January 15 and it is consultants choice.

Don't forget to leave a comment, as we enjoy receiving comments to let us know how much you enjoy out projects.

Friday, 14 December 2012

Whooo's Your Valentine Kit Promotional Video

Yes, we are still in 2012, and yes Christmas is only 11 days away, but this is a great promotion that you won't want to miss.  So just sit back and watch this little video and you will be wanting a kit of your own.  To purchase a kit of your own you can shop on my website, and the sales items in the While Supplies Last count towards the $35 minimum purchase to qualify for this kit.

Thursday, 13 December 2012

CTMH's Newest Promotion - Whooo's your Valentine Kit

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. You’ll receive 12 die-cut boxes, 3 cardstock sheets, 1 sheet of silver glitter paper, 12 treat tubes, and an exclusive D-size stamp set created specifically for the kit. This kit offers you a sneak peek at two new Spring/Summer 2013 products: the treat tubes and the silver glitter paper! Decorate the die-cut boxes with the stamp images, cardstock, and glitter paper. Then attach the clear tube and fill with treats for valentines in a cinch!

Shipping/handling may apply. Offer valid December 13, 2012—January 31, 2013. Maximum of one Whooo’s Your Valentine kit per qualifying order.

Kit includes:
  • 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)


This is what you get in your Valentine's Kit.  It is super fabulous, and check out a closer look at the stamp set you get with this awesome kit.

Saturday, 8 December 2012

Feature Christmas Card Day - Card 6

Well, today is Card 6 that means the end of my card creations, but tomorrow's post I will show you the 6 cards that Darla taught at class.

Once again we used the Pear & Partridge Paper. However, the White Daisy is mounted this time on New England Ivy Cardstock.  We also used the Ruby cardstock for this design as well.  The stamp set used in this design is Merry & Bright.  The wreath is popped up off the design using 3D Foam Tape

I really like the design of this card, and I like how the some of the class played with the design and changed the layout.  I hope you have enjoyed my card designs, and that you will come back tomorrow to see Darla's cards.

Friday, 7 December 2012

Feature Christmas Card Day - Card 5

So we are at card 5 today, and here we've used the Pear & Partridge again on top of an Olive Cardstock base.  Then stamping the sentiment from Christmas Love stamp set in New England Ivy/Ruby on White Daisy cardstock which is matted on Ruby cardstock.  We also dyed some Color Ready Ribbon in Ruby(which is super messy), not recommended to be done when you have little kids near by.  Then we added some Sparkles.

The ladies had such fun playing with the layout of this card and just made minor tweaks to make it their own.  All in all I think they did a fabulous job.

Thursday, 6 December 2012

Feature Christmas Card Day - Card 4

Well, today I'm featuring a card that I simply love because it is simple but so much fun.  We used the Pear & Partridge Paper to create this card.

We used Ruby cardstock and cut the tags on White Daisy cardstock.  We used Olive and New England Ivy Ink, as well as Harvest Bakers Twine, and the afternoon distressed their tags using Chocolate Ink.  We used the Urban Alphabet Stamp set for the letters.

Check back tomorrow for card 5.

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Feature Card 3 -Christmas Card Day

So this is card 3 of the 6 that I taught at our first Christmas Card Day.  We are planning on doing this each year, plus we are already in planning for our Spring Card Day.

If you are interested in attending you can contact me via email here.

For these cards we started with a Whisper cardstock base, then we layered Crystal Blue cardstock.  The image and sentiment are stamped using Twilight ink, on Twilight cardstock which is matted on Whisper cardstock.  We also took the 2 verses that come with this stamp set and used it as a background stamp.

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Feature Christmas Card Day - Card 2

As promised here is the second card we made at our first Christmas Card Day.

 This card is made using the Snowflakes stamp set, using Crystal Blue, Whisper, White Daisy, and Twilight cardstock.  The snowflakes were cut using the Art Philosophy cartridge, and using Twilight, Slate and Crystal Blue Ink.

Monday, 3 December 2012

Feature Christmas Card Day - Card 1

So today's post I am featuring cards made my some of our participates in our 1st Christmas Card Day.  The class was taught by Darla and myself.

So there are 2 pictures being posted, the first is from the morning group and the second from the afternoon group.

The stamp set that we used here is Flakey Friends, one of my favorites, as it has 3 cute snowmen....we only used 2 of those snowmen, and we used White Daisy and Whisper cardstock...and we used Crystal Blue and Twilight inks, plus various makers.

We had lots of fun, and I hope that everyone enjoys our cards as much as we had fun making them.  Watch tomorrow for card 2.

Saturday, 1 December 2012

Christmas Card Day & Huge Clearance Sale

Today is the, we've done all this planning for our first event, and it's finally here.  Well Darla, I'll see you at 9am, it's a day of making Christmas cards.  I can't wait.

I'll post pictures of each individual card later on this weekend, as after card class is over I have my husbands Christmas party for his work to attend to night....the food is delicious.  My husband works for Coca-Cola.....and they have their events at their accounts.  So tonight's festivities are taking place at the Lower Deck off Water Street in Downtown Halifax.

Anyway, to get on to the second part of my post today, CTMH is having a huge clearance sale while supplies last.  Starting today around 11am you will be able to start shopping off my website and will be able to receive a huge discount, from paper to embellishments......and on top of that when you spend $50 or more you will receive a FREE Bonding Memories Glue Pen.  So don't forget to check back and cash in on these deals.

Thursday, 15 November 2012

Advent Calendar Blog Hop

Welcome to our second of 2 Blog Hops happening this month. In this Hop you will find that each consultant has created a calendar, we've used different materials and created our own take on advent calendars!  Close To My Heart has an Advent Calendar WOTG kit that you can purchase from your local consultant, or you can purchase from from me here.

If you have just hopped onto my blog, you can start here as this is a circular hop, but if you want to follow us across Canada then please start at the beginning and join Darla in Nova Scotia at Caution: Crafting is Contagious If you came from Darla's blog then you are in the right place!

Please excuse the poor quality of my photo, my picture editor decided tonight would be a good night to crash.

I chose to use the display tray which can be found on page 129 of the current Idea Book for only $19.95 . Since the display tray only has 12 openings, I thought it was perfect for the 12 Days of Christmas. I used current paper, as well as some retired was a bit of a challenge as I had to figure out how to make doors to well as make it fun for the kids. I really like how it turned out, I hope you like it too. The cavities are big enough to place some chocolate Santa's.

CTMH Products used:
Believe Paper (retired)
Holiday Red Cardstock (retired)
Sweet Leaf Cardstock
Wonderland Paper (retired)
Whisper Cardstock
Crystal Blue Cardstock
Twilight Cardstock
Ruby Cardstock
Pear and Partridge Paper
Merry & Bright Stamp Set
Snowflakes Stamp Set
October SOTM Very Merry Christmas
Bitty Sparkles
Black Gems
3D Foam Tape
Tombow Adhesive
Artiste Cartridge
Art Philosophy Cartridge

Your next stop on the Cross Canada Hop is Sheri.

You can find a complete list of our blog hop below if you get lost along the way.

 Darla ~ Caution: Crafting is Contagious came from here

Michelle S ~ My Creations With Michelle you are here

Sheri ~ Sheri Says Just Scrap It go here next

Michelle M ~ Twirl N Time

Thanks for hopping along with us - we hope we were able to inspire you to create your own Advent Calendar using some of the designs and products seen along the way. Join us again on December 15th when we showcase a 3D Christmas themed project from the New Artiste Cartridge. Don't forget to leave us comments along the way, we really enjoy hearing from you.

Monday, 12 November 2012

Cricut Artiste Cards and coordinating Envelopes

Ever wanted to make a great card but then you don't have an envelope to fit it?

Well with the Artiste, you will never have that problem again.

Watch this latest video with Kristine to see some great cards made easy with cricut.

To purchase the Cricut Artiste Cartridge or any other supplies needed to create these and other fabulous cards, visit my website.

Monday, 5 November 2012

Cross Canada Christmas Card Blog Hop - 11/5/12

Welcome to our first of 2 Blog Hops happening this month. In this Hop you will find that each consultant has created 3 Christmas Cards using non-Christmas paper! We were given the challenge to create these 3 cards using either cardstock or another paper packet of our choice.

If you have just hopped onto my blog, you can start here as this is a circular hop, but if you want to follow us across Canada then please start at the beginning and join Deanne in NewFoundland at Treasured Heart. If you came from Stephanie's Creations then you are in the right place!

 For this first card I used the La Belle Vie Mauve Cardstock as my base. I ran it through my cuttlebug using the plaid folder from Winter Wonderland. Then placed a strip of Bamboo patterned paper ontop. I cut a mat out of the La Belle Vie Mauve, and layered a piece of White Daisy to stamp on. The sentiment came from the Christmas Love Stamp Set. The leaves and holly berries were cut from the Art Philosophy cartridge and using Olive and Holiday Red Inks stamped using the A Holiday stamp set.

This card uses the Striped Pattern paper as the base. Then I cut 2 mats, one in La Belle Vie Mauve and the second in La Belle Vie Pink. The sentiment comes from the Christmas Love stamp set and is stamped in Blush Ink. I cut multiple flowers from the Art Philosophy cartridge in 2 different sizes from the La Belle Vie Pink, then I inked all the flowers in the Blush ink. Using a Mini Antique Brad to fasten them together, I adhered it to the card with glue dots. The leaves are stamped in Olive ink, and also were cut from the Art Philosophy cartridge.
My last card in this series starts with the Pink Patterned Paper as the base. The ornaments are cut from the Bamboo patterned paper, and I used the Art Philosophy cartridge. They are adhered using 3D Foam Tape. The sentiment is from October's SOTM and is stamped in Black Ink. The ornament shapes are adorned with Pearl Opaques Adhesive Gems.

Your next stop on the Cross Canada Hop is Suzette's Crop Paper Scissors

Here is a complete list of the blog hop in case you get lost along the way:

Thanks for hopping along with us - we hope we were able to inspire you to create your own Christmas cards using some of the designs and paper seen along the way. Join us again on November 15th when we showcase our versions of Advent Calendars.

Friday, 2 November 2012

As promised.....

Well, I promised that I would put up photos of my younger 2 children dressed up for Halloween too.  So here they are.
 This is my baby girl, Abbigail, she will be 22 months old tomorrow(Nov.3).  My mother in law made her Belle costume.  We tried hairclips, but she wasn't having none of that, and she was fast asleep at 7:30.  Poor thing, all the  excitement tuckered her out.

Here you will find Nicholaus, my superhero, Spiderman, he is 3 1/2 years old, and goes nonstop.  Daddy said that he was just running from house to house he was so excited.  Jaymee wanted her face painted just like Ghoulia Yelps, so I had to mix a grey face paint to get this look.  I don't follow Monster High, but, from the remarks from other kids, they knew exactly who she was.

Hope you all had a great Halloween!  Don't forget your poppies to support our Veterans!  Let us remember, November 11/12.

Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Happy Halloween

Well it's October 31st, and not only is it Halloween but today is my Grandmother, and her twin sister's birthday.  

Happy Birthday nan!

Now on for the fun stuff.
This year I decided instead of just sending in treats for my daughters class, that I would put my cricut to use.  I used both the Art Philosophy and the Artiste to create these cute bags and coffins to hold the kids treats.

My daughter, Jaymee, is dressed up as Ghoulia Yelps from Monster High.  I'll add a post later to show you what my younger kids dressed as for Halloween this year.

Happy Halloween!

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

New Stamping Technique to show you with Clearly the Best

The Stamp Behind the Mask: Clearly the Best, Stamping with Close To My Heart Episode
“The Stamp behind the Mask” features masking portions of your stamps so that you only ink and stamp what you want to see.


 Also My Craft Channel and Close to my Heart feature a give away each week.


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Watch this week's “The Stamp behind the Mask” episode and leave a comment on My Craft Channel's page telling us which phrase you would use the most. 

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