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Monday, July 21, 2014

Summer Recycle ~ "Use Your Stash" Blog Hop

This month, the challenge for those of us participating in the "Use Your StashBlog Hop was to create a project using something recycled.            

If you have come here from 'Jan's Works of Heart', you are right on track for the "Use Your Stash" Blog Hop.  Blog Hopping is simple to do - just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next one, or visit each blog from the list at the end of this post.  



This jumbo Tic Tac container is 7" tall and a great size to hold Sharpies.  It has been around for years, and has finally found a useful purpose. Using some Scor-Tape, which is an incredibly sticky double-sided adhesive, a patterned paper from the new Snowhaven kit was adhered to the container.  The edge of another strip of Snowhaven patterned paper was punched using the Chevron Border Punch and added to the container with some Red Shimmer Trim behind it, which can be seen through the open chevrons.  Stamps from the Here We Go set are perfect to label a container of Sharpies, and some Metallic Baker's Twine in both Black and Slate was used as a final embellishment.     




Now "Hop" on over to 'Wow ... did you make that?' for more projects using recycled items.   
All papers and stamps are from Close To My Heart (CTMH).
Sheila Bennett
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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The Invisible Man

Received a box from Close To My Heart today, full of new product available in the Annual Inspirations book beginning August 1.  Included in the box was the new Woodgrain Embossing Folder and the "Just Us Girls" Challenge blog Trend #249 is to use woodgrain, so that was the inspiration for this card.  Hats Off is a new stamp set which is available only as a Hostess Reward item.  So if you would like this adorable stamp set, gather some of your friends and invite me over to introduce them to the wonderful stamps and papers from CTMH.  

Even though the background paper is from the Yuletide Carol kit and is intended for Christmas, it is a very neutral pattern and is perfect for this truly masculine card.  The bowler hat, glasses and mustache are so cute that nothing else was required.  Pattern #25 in Make It From Your Heart Volume 2 was used for the card design.  


All papers and stamps are from Close To My Heart (CTMH).
Sheila Bennett
Close To My Heart Independent Consultant
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Annual Inspirations Sneak Peek (Technique Blog Hop)

Effective August 1, Close To My Heart is publishing an Annual Inspirations book featuring all of their new products.  Even though the name has changed from an Idea Book, this Annual Inspirations contains almost 200 pages of inspirational artwork along with many crafting tips and techniques scattered throughout the book.  For the Technique Blog Hop this month, each consultant will be sharing artwork inspired by one of the featured technique tips.   


If you arrived from Shirley's "Mom 'n Me Scrap" blog, then follow along with the link at the bottom of this post to continue the Technique Blog Hop

Inspiration for this card was the 'Music To The Eyes' tip found on page 34 of the Annual Inspirations.  Jazz up your pages with a journaling pen and your creative hand.  Outline individual letters and other accents with the pen to better contrast them with the background, making them bolder and easier to read.  

The adorable new Frightfully Fun stamp set was used along with a patterned paper from the Scaredy Cat kit.  A journaling pen was used to create a quick pattern around the stamped images.  Adding the dot-dot-dash lines adds texture and interest to the edges of cardstock.  The design is Pattern #28 from the Make It From Your Heart Volume 1 book.  A bit of Baker's Twine and some Black Shimmer Trim complete the card. 


Please visit "Show and Tell, with Michelle" blog for her creation inspired by the 'All Lit Up' technique tip.      


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All papers and stamps are from Close To My Heart (CTMH).
Sheila Bennett
Close To My Heart Independent Consultant
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Sunday, July 13, 2014

Bling It Up ~ Stampers With An Attitude (Blog Hop)

July is "Bling It Up" month, and the "Stampers With An Attitude" blog hop participants are sure to add sparkle, shine, and bling to their projects.      

If you have come here from 'LattaStamps', you are on the right path!  Blog Hopping is simple to do - just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next one, or visit each blog from the list at the end of this post.  

With the Sparkles Chevron Shapes available from Close To My Heart, it is simple to add some "bling" to create a card with some sparkle and shine.  After the images were stamped using Charming Chevrons and the Sparkles Chevron Shapes added, a sentiment from the Banner Wishes stamp set, and a strip of Teal Shimmer Trim were used to finish the card.    


Now "Hop" on over to 'Heartfelt Sentiments' for more "Bling It Up" fun.   

"Stampers With An Attitude" Blog Hop participants: 
All papers and stamps are from Close To My Heart (CTMH).
Sheila Bennett
Close To My Heart Independent Consultant
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Saturday, July 12, 2014

A Rainy Day

If you are having a "rainy day," you can stand under my umbrella.  This cheerful card was created using the bright colors of Color My Heart Color Dare 101; Gypsy, Lagoon, Sunset and Pear.  Rainy Day is a new stamp set which is available in the new Annual Inspirations book, and it is used with Freshly Made Sketches #144 (FMS144).   To add a bit of texture, the background was embossed using the Dot Embossing Folder.  



All papers and stamps are from Close To My Heart (CTMH).
Sheila Bennett
Close To My Heart Independent Consultant
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CTMH Convention ... in Disneyland

The annual Convention for Close To My Heart was held in June at the Disneyland Resort.  This fun event, attended by over 1,000 consultants from the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, is the highlight of the CTMH year.  New products are introduced, the Annual Inspirations catalog and idea book is revealed, projects are created with new papers and ink, Extravaganza presenters share their beautiful creations, and friends from across the country get to spend an inspiring weekend together.  

The theme was 'The Artistic Adventure' and the CTMH corporate staff prepared a wonderful series of General Sessions, business classes, and creative projects for all consultants. 

Even 'Sticky Boy' was prepared for an adventure, wearing a fedora and carrying a suitcase.  Each year, CTMH creates some new 'Sticky Boy' stamps and hides them on surfaces (doors, windows, phones, walls) in the Convention Center.  It is a special surprise to be able to find one. 

In order to keep the color palette fresh and up-to-date, CTMH introduced five new colors available as ink and cardstock.   These will be available in the new Annual Inspirations idea book and catalog being released August 1.    

During the Awards Banquet, which included a delicious formal dinner, Janice Hodgkin (my friend and upline) received a special pin honoring her 15 years as a CTMH consultant. 

A new cartridge for the Cricut machine was introduced.  The Artfully Sent cartridge is specially designed for card makers.  It includes 5 styles of cards (pop-up, build-a-scene, sentiment, sleeve, pocket), an alphabet, and coordinating envelopes.  Look for it to be available for purchase during August.   

Disneyland Resort offered a great hotel room rate for everyone attending Convention.  The room is filled with Disney magic, including a headboard which twinkles with fireworks and music.  

For the first time, CTMH organized a "Rise & Shine 5K" run/walk.  More than 300 consultants met early on Saturday morning and were excited to walk 3.1 miles through the California Adventure park before it opened to the public.   By 8 am, I had already logged more than 7,600 steps on my FitBit Flex.  

An early morning in the theme park, with almost no one else around, is truly magical. 

Seeing Disney characters around the hotel and parks always makes me smile.  Even though Cruella de Vil is an evil villain, her outfit is striking.   

The annual Close To My Heart Convention is open to all Consultants.  Next year will be held in the Convention Center at the Disneyland Resort again, July 8 thru 11.  Join the CTMH family, and you can enjoy all the fun too! 


All papers and stamps are from Close To My Heart (CTMH).
Sheila Bennett
Close To My Heart Independent Consultant
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