Nevermore – Not Just For Halloween

Nevermore Paper Pack X7198B

Nevermore, one of the new paper packs featured in our Holiday Expressions 2015 idea book, lends itself easily to Halloween layouts and cards because of the colors and some of its paper patterns, but it’s very versatile and can be used in many different ways.

The colors in this pack will be great in any of your fall designs and also work well for masculine themed designs like this birthday card I recently made for my brother. Masculine Birthday a Card

Inspired by a design I found on Pinterest from classicchristina.blogspot.com, this card was originally made using the now retired Jackson paper pack and I really wanted to use some of our new products.  Along with the beautiful new Eggplant Cardstock, one of Nevermore’s B&T Duos™ designs includes mechanical drawings and since my brother is an engineer I just knew I had to use this paper for his card.  I combined it with papers from the Georgie and Basics Fundamentals Paper Packs, added some bling from the Sequins Silver Assortment and a small bow made from Whisper Thick Twine. I cut the star using CTMH’s Art Philosophy cartridge. The sentiment is from a retired Operation Smile set, Happy Everything, but could easily be swapped out with one of our current stamp sets such as Joyful Birthday B1419.

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The Wait is Over

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2015 – 2016 Annual Inspirations Idea Book

If you’ve been waiting patiently (or not so patiently) to see more new products from Close To My Heart, the time has finally come.  The new 2015-2016 Annual Inspiration and Holiday Expression idea books are now available for your browsing and shopping pleasure.

In addition to the already introduced Zoe, there are more new paper packs, new workshops, new stamps and more … and some returning favorites too.  Click here to start browsing now.

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2015 Holiday Expressions

There’s still time to Get Organized!

With September coming right up, there are just a few days left to take advantage of our August campaigns!

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When you place an order for the new marker roll-up at full retail price, you’ll receive the new D-size stamp set My Acrylix® Balloon Wishes FREE! This is a brand new Cricut®-compatible set that really lends itself to coloring with the Shin-Han™ Touch Twin™ markers, which are a breeze to store using the new Marker Roll-Up.

Also, when you place an order for the new accessory roll-up at full retail price, you’ll receive two new Base & Bling style sheets, Affirmations and Lovely Blooms, FREE! With multiple zipper pockets in a variety of sizes, the accessory roll-up is an ideal storage solution for all your Base & Bling pieces and other accessories!

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Have you met Zoe?

Zoe Paper Pack X7197B
Zoe Paper Pack X7197B

ZOE 

New idea books go live on September 1st but the folks at CTMH released a few items early to whet our appetites. Zoe is the newest offering in the popular My Reflections™ line of products.

Available in both Paper Pack (X7197B) and
Workshop on the Go® Kit (G1096),

this versatile collection and its coordinating embellishments are sure to become one of your favorites.

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Zoe Workshop on the Go® Kit

Available and shipping now, click here to get yours.

Where does the time go?

What a summer – it’s been too long since my last post and there’s quite a bit to share.  An incredible Alaskan vacation (pictures of which I’m sure you’ll see in future artwork posts), fun crops with my Scrapbunny friends and always a good breakfast with the OVOBC crowd.  But I’m not the only one keeping busy, the Close To My Heart team has been getting ready for the release of our new Annual Inspirations idea book – coming September 1st – and all the wonderful new products.  New is exciting but sometimes we’re not quite ready to let go of the familiar.  If that applies to you, you may want to click over to my website and check out the list of items retiring at the end of August.  Included on the list are some tried and true colors that are part of our Enchantment collection.

Retiring 8-31-15
Indian Corn Blue, Autumn Terracotta, Olive, Outdoor Denim, Smokey Plum and Barn Red.

Most of these colors have been part of the CTMH lineup for as long as I’ve been scrapbooking and have earned their retirement.  Contact me or visit my website to replenish your cardstock, stamps and re-inkers in your favorite colors before they’re gone.

Westward Ho – Step/Easel Card Combo

Friends of mine are preparing to pack up and move their family from Kentucky to Oregon so I wanted to make a card for their going away party.  I’ve been noticing a variety of stand-up or dimensional cards recently, both on Pinterest and some of the blogs I follow, and have been wanting to try one myself – this is what I came up with.

Step/Easel Card-Front
Step/Easel Card-Front

I used Cricut Design Space to layout my images and text and Cricut Explore to do the cuts as well as the written text; cartridges used: Old West (Wagon), Outdoor Man (Pine trees), and Country Life (text).  All cardstock was from Close To My Heart and the patterned background paper was from my personal stash.

Here are a couple of additional views:

Step/Easel Card-Flat Open
Step/Easel Card-Flat Open
Step/Easel Card-Side
Step/Easel Card-Side

Happy Mother’s Day!

It’s often hard to find the perfect gift for the special mom(s) in your life but you can’t go wrong showing your love and appreciation with a handcrafted card.  I made this one for my sister-in-law this year.

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card inside

The inside greeting was cut using Cricut Design Space then assembled and adhered to the inside of the card base.   All materials are Close To My Heart and are, except for the retired Skylark Complement embellishments I used on the card front, currently available.

(1385) White Daisy Cardstock

(X7196B) Blossom Paper Packet

    • Blossom B&T Duos™ Papers
    • Sunset Cardstock, also available separately (X5758)
    • Lagoon Cardstock, also available separately (X5762)

(1245) Olive Cardstock(Z2191) Sunset Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad

(Z2461) ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Peacock Green Marker

Bonus Taste of Summer

Available only in May
Available only in May

Close To My Heart has released a bonus stamp set which pairs perfectly with the Taste of a Summer Paper Pack.  No minimum purchase required, you can get this D-size stamp set for only $17.95 but only during the month of May.

Watch Close To My Heart’s blog, Instagram account, and Facebook page throughout the month for more projects inspired by Taste of Summer. Checkout the hashtag #CTMHTOS to see this stamp set in action.

No qualifying purchase required.
No qualifying purchase required.

*Offer valid May 1, 2015 (9:00 am MDT)–May 31, 2015 (11:59 pm MDT).

Clich here to see more or to order your Taste of Summer paper pack and stamp set.

Just Sayin’ (S1505) – May 2015

Available May 1 - 31
Available May 1 – 31

Just Sayin’ set of 14 S1504  $17.95 USD only $5 with qualifying purchase. Add this stamp set to your cart at full retail price or, with your qualifying order, add it at checkout for the promotional price of only $5!

Recommended My Acrylix® Blocks: 1″ × 31⁄2″ (Y1002), 2″ × 2″ (Y1003), 3″ × 3″ (Y1006)

Just Sayin' layout
Just Sayin’ layout

 Click here to see more.

 

Just Sayin' Card
Just Sayin’ Card