Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday to all my fellow September and fall birthday buddies!  It's so much fun to celebrate our birthdays together.  Enjoy your special day!  Have a fun and festive day, week or even birthday month!  In our family, birthdays are a big deal - we celebrate with a "birthday week." You get to pick all your favorite meals, people and places to visit, and things to do for that week.  

I had some birthday fun wrapping gifts this week with colorful banners.  I first wrapped the gifts with kraft paper - some with dots, some with stripes.  Then I wrapped and tied some black polka dot ribbon around the packages using glue dots to hold it in place.  I cut 2" banners from a variety of bright solid and printed papers and glue dotted them down onto the ribbon.  The banners can be found on our CTMH Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge, which is my default cartridge always in my machine. 
Makes me happy just looking at them!

October Club Layouts - Nevermore

Here are the layouts for our October Club Kits using all new products -- Nevermore paper packet, Nevermore Complements and Green Shimmer Trim.  Club members will be ordering these kits during their September club parties.  Not a club member?  When you order your supplies on my website, I'll send you the cutting guide for both layouts.  CLICK HERE to order yours now!  

More info on the layouts:  Fabulous Fall - Pumpkins and leaves cut from the new CTMH Artistry Cricut Cartridge (order yours HERE).  Pumpkins shaded with our new CTMH Watercolor paints and paintbrushes (order yours HERE).  Title cut from the "3 Birds on Parade" Cricut Cartridge.  Layout designs inspired by Mary. 

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Coloring Time!

Coloring Time!

Have you ever wondered how to create our exclusive colors with the ShinHan™ Touch Twin™markers? Well wonder no more, because we’re about to show you how!
After some experimentation, one of our amazing artists has identified winning marker combinations that faithfully replicate the colors in our exclusive color palette. We’ve used her findings to create this marker chart that shows which marker colors to mix to create our exclusive colors.  CLICK HERE to continue reading this post on our Close to My Heart blog and print out your own chart.

CLICK HERE to see and shop our full line of markers on my CTMH website.

September is National Stamping Month!

To celebrate National Stamping Month, we are offering three exclusive, limited edition "Hello, Life!" stamp sets.  Each stamp set is designed to fit with your specific type of paper crafting, whether that's scrapbooking, card making or pocket scrapbooking.  However, all the stamp sets coordinate with each and can be used to create dynamic artwork.  These stamp sets also coordinate with shapes from the new Cricut© Artistry Collection to help expand your artwork options even further.  Stamp sets are $13.95 each or for an even better deal, you can purchase all three for only $34.95, a savings of $6.95. These sets are only available during September, so order yours today!  You can follow Close to My Heart's blog, Instagram and Facebook page for artwork inspiration featuring these lively stamp sets all month long.  You can also post your own artwork to your social media channels using the hashtag #ctmhHelloLife.

To order any of these stamp sets, CLICK HERE
To order the new Cricut© Artistry Collection, CLICK HERE

Happy Crafting all month long!

Friday, August 14, 2015

Back to School Photos

Welcome BACK TO SCHOOL!  It's that time of year again. . . shopping for back to school clothes and class supplies, football practice, new backpacks and class schedules.  I have one high schooler practicing his saxophone and one new junior higher practicing his math as I'm writing this . . . and school doesn't start for them until next week. What's a scrapbook Mom to do?!  Well, take photos of course!  This photo of a friend's cutie patootie on her first day of kindergarten was shared with me last night at our club party.  Isn't she adorable?!?  And what a great use of our Designed Decor Red Magnetic Chalkboard.  You can reuse it for a variety of photos - birthdays, graduations, anniversaries, announcing an engagement, pregnancy or birth, and of course for those first days of every school year.  During these busy days, you don't even have to leave your house to get one.  

I'm also using my chalkboard for decor displays in my home.  Kitchen messages, holiday decor messages for Christmas, 4th of July, wintery scenes, summer watermelon, you name it!  It's so versatile you can use it year round.  

Looking for a non-messy alternative to using chalk on your chalkboard? We have a fabulous chalk marker that is the perfect companion to your chalkboard!

Just CLICK HERE to order from my website and have it delivered right to you.

Monday, August 10, 2015

September Club Kit - ZOE!

Here are the layouts for our September Club Kits using all new products -- Zoe paper packet, Zoe Compliments and Coral Shimmer Trim.  Club members will be ordering these kits during their August club parties.  Not a club member?  When you order your supplies on my website, I'll send you the cutting guide for both layouts.  CLICK HERE to order yours now!

August - New Product Preview & Specials

Our new Annual Inspirations 2015-16 catalog doesn't go live until September 1 -- but just a few of the products have been released EARLY and are available to customers during August!  Here they are:
You can CLICK HERE to shop now!
(Club members, you'll be ordering some of these for your September Zoe kits)