A Gift of Thanks

I have a friend who always sends the nicest thank you notes for presents she receives.  She recently retired from her job so I decided to gift her with a set of thank you notes.

Note card holder
Note card holder

I used cardstock and B&T paper from the Brushed paper pack (retired), B1449 Oodles of Doodles stamp set and Z3024 White Shimmer Trim.

The set included 10 cards in total

 

 

 

 

The note card holder is from a design by Becky Roberts, 2010 12 Days of Christmas

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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Inspired by a design I found on Pinterest from classicchristina.blogspot.com, this card was originally made using the now retired Jackson paper pack and I really wanted to use some of our new products.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.

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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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

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

May is National Scrapbooking Month

Taste of Summer
Taste of Summer

Celebrate National Scrapbooking Month during the month of May with our exclusive mouthwatering Taste of Summer paper packet, available for only $8.95! Featuring bold, vibrant colors, this exclusive paper packet is perfect to pair with your sweet summery memories, and provides delicious designs for your layouts, cards, and more! Contact me for information about workshops for this paper packet. Watch Close To My Heart’s blog, Instagram account, and Facebook page throughout the month for more projects inspired by Taste of Summer.

This paper packet is only available during May while supplies last, so get your order in early. No matter where you are or what the weather may be, you deserve a little taste of summer in your life!

*Offer valid May 1, 2015 (9:00 am MDT)–May 31, 2015 (11:59 pm MDT). Shipping/handling is calculated based on the full retail price of the item ($8.95).

Clich here to see more.