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Monday, September 1, 2014

Celebrate Your Creativity! (September newsletter)


#30yearsofhappy
Celebrate National Stamping Month and 30 years of stamping success—together!
#30yearsofhappy
September is National Stamping Month, and Close To My Heart will be celebrating all month long! When you spend $30 on any current retail-priced stamps during the month of September*, you will qualify to receive the exclusive C-size stamp set #30yearsofhappy FREE (a $13.95 USD / $15.25 CAD value)! This special offer is part of our celebration of National Stamping Month and honors the ongoing celebration of founder and CEO Jeanette Lynton’s 30-year anniversary in the scrapbooking and stamping industry. The exclusive stamp set features 30 mini images and sentiments perfectly suited for 30 days of happy stamping! You can take part in the fun for the next 30 days by purchasing your own set! To follow all of the ways we’re celebrating #30yearsofhappy, check out Close To My Heart’s Facebook page and Instagram!

*Offer valid September 1–30, 2014. No tax will be charged on the free item(s). Shipping/handling is calculated based on the full retail price of the free item ($13.95 USD / $15.25 CAD). Excluded stamps include discounted Stamp of the Month sets, Hostess Rewards sets, Workshops on the Go® sets, and any other kit-exclusive stamps. 

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September Stamp of the Month: Family Is Forever
Highlight your heritage with this exclusive stamp set.
September Stamp of the Month: Family Is Forever
Make family connections with the sweet sentiments and images of a stamp set that celebrates the people that matter most to you. The September Stamp of the Month, Family Is Forever, will warm the pages you dedicate to your cherished family relationships. When you place an order of $50 or more in Close To My Heart products during the month of September, you can get this heartwarming set for just $5! Of course, this deal is not as timeless as your memories—it runs only through the month of September, so get your set right away!

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Cut Above™
It’s the easy, affordable solution for the time-pressed crafter.
Cut Above photo
Save time without compromising style with these ready-to-assemble treat bag and card kits! Each kit comes with almost everything you need to create either 10 trendy treat bags or 10 beautiful cards in themes including Halloween, Christmas, holiday, thank you, and birthday. All you need to do is add a single stamp from the coordinating set in the ink of your choice to make personalized gifts to share with friends. The coordinating stamp sets are sold separately to allow you to purchase as many kits as you desire, without collecting multiple stamp sets of the same design. Cut Above™ kits are simple, beautiful, and brand new from Close To My Heart. Enjoy them for yourself!

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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Family Is Forever (September SOTM Blog Hop)

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop.  This month the featured stamp set is Family Is Forever, with seven stamp images that are perfect for decorating your scrapbook pages.  See all the images in the stamp set in the picture at the bottom of this post.    

If you have come here from the My Creations with Michelle blog, 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!  

Even though I love the tree image in the Family Is Forever stamp set, I decided to use the floral heart image for a card.  In order to create the illusion that some hearts are in front of the others, a masking technique was used.  After stamping the center heart using Lagoon ink, another heart image was stamped on a piece of scrap paper and then cut out.  This was piece was placed on top of the stamped Lagoon heart so that when the Sorbet hearts were stamped, the ink in the overlapped area was on the scrap paper and not the main stamped image.  When you remove the scrap paper, the Lagoon heart appears to be on top of the Sorbet hearts.  The process was repeated to stamp the hearts using Flaxen ink.  

After stamping the hearts, some Lagoon Heart Washi Tape was added to the top and bottom of a piece of Flaxen cardstock.  Two strips of Gold Shimmer Trim were added, and then the stamped hearts.  Some Gold Bling gives the card some extra sparkle.      

Place a $50 minimum order this month (September 2014) and you are eligible to purchase the Family Is Forever stamp set for only $5.  


Now "Hop" on over to 'Judy Faye's Place' blog to see her work.  Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their blogs to get some great crafting inspiration and other fun ideas. 


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If you get lost along the way, the complete list of participants is available on Melinda's 'If You Bling It' blog.   



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 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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Close To My Heart Independent Consultant
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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
(913) 485-4355
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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).
Sheila Bennett
Close To My Heart Independent Consultant
(913) 485-4355
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