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Friday, August 15, 2014

All Lit Up (Technique Blog Hop)

For the Technique Blog Hop this month, we are showing different ways to use the "All Lit Up" technique tip found on page 88 of the Close To My Heart Annual Inspirations idea book.  This tip suggests using Glitter Paper on your projects for an eye-catching and exciting look.  It works for scrapbook page bases, borders, shapes, embellishments, and more!  


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 "All Lit Up" Technique Blog Hop

The beautifully detailed Noel sentiment was embossed using Silver Super Fine powder and then a bit of Colonial White ink was sponged around the edges for more definition.  A piece of Grey Glitter Paper frames the sentiment which is on a piece of polka-dot paper from the Snowhaven kit.  To add a bit more sparkle and shine, some Silver Geometric Washi Tape is used along with silver Mini Staples and some Silver Sequins with tiny Sparkles in the center.  

Please visit Michelle's "Show and Tell, with Michelle" blog for another entry in this month's Technique Blog Hop featuring a the "All Lit Up" tip.     


Technique Blog Hop participants:
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Sunday, August 10, 2014

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

"Chalk It Up" for the beginning of another school year.  This month, the "Stampers With An Attitude" blog hop participants are using papers from the new Chalk It Up paper packet.      

If you have come here from 'My Heartfelt Sentiments', 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.  

The 'handwriting practice paper' image in the Teacher Appreciation set is stamped using Glacier ink as a reminder of elementary school.  Glacier is one of the five new colors being introduced by CTMH.  Another new color, Flaxen, is used for the card base, and an arrow patterned paper from Chalk It Up unites the colors.  Simple flowers images from the Have a Happy Day stamp set are highlighted with some tan Sparkles.  An arrow charm, available with the Signature Base & Bling Charms, coordinates perfectly with the arrow paper.         


Now "Hop" on over to 'Debbie Andrews' for more "Chalk 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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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Scaredy Cat Thistle (New Product Blog Hop)

Welcome to our New Product Blog Hop, brought to you by the same ladies who participate in the monthly Stamp-of-the-Month Blog Hop.  On August 1 Close to My Heart released their new Annual Inspirations idea book, introducing a fabulous selection of great new products.  The products in this book will be available until July 2015, and there will be two Seasonal Expressions released during the year with additional items.   

If you arrived here from Wendy's 'Stamping Rules!,' you are hopping through our circle of 50+ Close To My Heart consultants sharing their projects using new papers, stamps, and other produced just introduced in the Annual Inspirations idea book. 

Thistle is one of the beautiful new colors available from CTMH, and it is paired with Slate for this card inspired by pattern 24 in the Make It From Your Heart volume 2 how-to book.  A large flower from the Pretty Petals set was stamped using Thistle and then a Journaling Pen was used to add a bit of detail around the edge of the petals.  This spunky patterned paper from the Scaredy Cat kit is one of my favorites in the new idea book.  For embellishment, a bit of Thistle Diagonal Striped ribbon was added along with an Epoxy Bubble for the center of the flower.

Even though the Scaredy Cat paper kit is designed to use for Halloween, four of the six patterns are not holiday specific and are great to use for any occasion.      

Please visit Catherin's 'CatScrapbooking' blog to continue along our Blog Hop featuring new products in the Annual Inspirations idea book. 

List of Participants

All papers and stamps are from Close To My Heart (CTMH).
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Saturday, August 2, 2014

Seaside Greetings

Created another card to share with the CTMH Blog Boosters Blog Hop, which features new products available in the Close To My Heart Annual Inspirations idea book.  A thumbnail of each participant's creation is shown in the Linky list below.  Simply click on a thumbnail to go to their blog post with detailed information. 

Peace and relaxation is what came to mind when I saw this sailboat image in the Seaside Greetings stamp set.  For this 5"x7" card, a subdued patterned paper from the Yuletide Carol kit is used along with Sunset ink and Chevron Washi Tape.  A bit of Baker's Twine and some Triangle Studs complete a masculine look.     

Be sure to visit all the blogs to get some great crafting inspiration and other fun ideas!  







All papers and stamps are from Close To My Heart (CTMH).
Sheila Bennett
Close To My Heart Independent Consultant
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Friday, August 1, 2014

A Canary Butterfly (CTMH Blog Boosters)

The new Annual Inspirations idea book from Close to My Heart is now available with a fabulous selection of great new products for all your creative projects in the upcoming year.   In order to introduce some of the new products, a select group of Close To My Heart consultants will be sharing their creations in this CTMH Blog Boosters Blog Hop.  A thumbnail of each participant's creation is shown in the Linky list below.  Simply click on a thumbnail to go to their blog post with detailed information. 

And we all LOVE to read comments about our work, please 'give us some love' by leaving a quick comment telling the artist your favorite part of their project.

Pattern 26 in Make It From Your Heart volume 1 was the inspiration for the card design.  CTMH introduced five new colors to their Whimsy palette, and Canary yellow is my favorite.  For this card using both a butterfly and a sentiment from the Your Own Kind of Wonderful stamp set, it is paired with Slate ink and cardstock.  The white and Canary chevron paper is from Paper Fundamentals Whimsy Assortment, and the Chevron embossing folder repeats the pattern on a piece of White Daisy.  The detailed butterfly was stamped using Canary pigment ink and then embossed using Clear Super Fine embossing powder.  As a finishing touch, a few clear Sparkles were added.  

Be sure to visit all the blogs to get some great crafting inspiration and other fun ideas!  





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Celebrate Your Creativity! (August newsletter)



Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the new Annual Inspirations idea book!
Enter a new world of crafting possibilities with the launch of our latest idea book.
Annual Inspirations idea book
After months of anticipation, Annual Inspirations has arrived at last. The art-filled pages are now available for your viewing pleasure! Peruse the gold mine of new products, ranging from the new Cut Above™ line to the ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Markers, and admire the gorgeous artwork that dances across the pages.  With additions such as 5 new colors and 9 new My Reflections™ paper packets, this idea book is overflowing with artistic inspiration and surging with products fit to make any crafter’s heart swoon.  So go ahead, fall in love with the new idea book.  We promise the plunge will be well worth your time.
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August Stamp of the Month: What a Hoot
Prepare for “owl” the fall festivities with this hoot of a stamp set.
August Stamp of the Month: What a Hoot
Fall will be swooping in before we know it, and there is no better way to welcome in crispy breezes and falling leaves than with the August Stamp of the Month, What a Hoot!  When you place an order of $50 or more, these festive fowl can join your aviary for only $5!  The quirky owls in this adorable stamp set will add an endearing element to any craft.  You can even dress them up in costumes and wish your friends a “Happy ‘Owl’oween”!  Whatever the occasion, these feathered friends are sure to make a hoot in your neck of the woods.
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August Constant Campaign: Picture Perfection!
Save big on Memory Protectors™ with Picture My Life™ scrapbooking programs!
Picture Perfection photo
We know that, as a crafter, your chief mission is to preserve and protect the images and memories from your life that you hold most dear.  To aid you in this quest, we’re providing you with a hot summer deal!  During the month of August, when you purchase any of the 13 available Picture My Life™ scrapbooking programs featured in the Annual Inspirations idea book at their full retail price of $24.95, you are eligible to add your choice of 1 of 8 qualifying Memory Protectors™ 10-packs for just $3!  Each Picture My Life scrapbooking program already includes a coordinating 10-pack of Memory Protectors, so when you add your additional 10-pack for only $3, you will be well on your way to your own picture-perfect pocket scrapbooking adventure. You’ll be able to preserve double the memories in half the time!  Check out our 5 new Picture My Life scrapbooking programs in the new idea book, or choose from the 8 existing programs.  There’s a theme for every season of life—find yours!

*Offer valid August 1–31, 2014, while supplies last.  No tax will be charged on the free item(s).  Shipping/handling is calculated based on the full retail price of the free item(s) ($9.95). 
Peruse the programs »

Sheila Bennett
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