Thursday, June 27, 2013

PP151 Chantilly Card

Goodness, it's been an exciting morning so far. Close To My Heart is hosting our annual convention at Walt Disney World today and I've been following along on Twitter in between making this card. I have to keep busy or I will be too giddy to focus on anything! LOL

I created this next card for The Paper Players Sketch Challenge #151. I cut the label on our cricut cartridge at 3 1/2" and then cut it in half on my paper trimmer.
Supplies Used:
Paper: Chantilly, Sweet Leaf CS, White Daisy CS (CTMH), Kraft CS (MFT)
Stamp: My Sunshine-retired (CTMH)
Inks: Buttercup, Crystal Blue, Sweet Leaf, Chocolate (CTMH)
Tools: Paper-Piercer, Scissors, Cricut Art Philosophy (CTMH)
Other: Glue Dots, Clear Sparkles, Foam Tape (CTMH), Olive Taffeta Ribbon (SU!)

Hope you like. If you'd like to follow along with the exciting convention updates, please use hashtag #vivactmh. 


Sunday, June 23, 2013

SSSC187 Chantilly Rocks Card

And yes, I'm back with my 3rd post now. I am loving my new Circle Stax dies. It's so nice when you just want a circle or two, to just pull out the Cuttlebug for a second and put it away.

I liked the sketch from The Sweetest Thing blog so much, I just had to create a second card with it. Yup, two in a row! I am also linking this card up to the H2H Challenge for the week. The challenge is all about what colors make us happy. Well Chantilly colors definitely make me happy. :)
Supplies Used:
Paper: Chantilly, Twilight CS, White Daisy CS (CTMH), Kraft (MFT)
Stamps: Chantilly WOTG, Girls Rock (CTMH)
Inks: Pear, Lagoon, Cotton Candy, Buttercup (CTMH)
Tools: Circle Stax 1 (MFT), Embossing Folder (Cuttlebug), Paper-Piercer, Scissors (CTMH)
Other: Bitty Sparkles (CTMH)

This is a little 4 1/4" x 4 1/4" size card. It will still fit in a regular size envelope and mail with one stamp. Love how bright and cheerful this turned out. Thanks for the inspiration, Sweet Sunday!


SSSC187 Sugar Bunny Card

I'm back with a second post today. I've had this little bunny stamp since Christmastime, but never found the time to use it. It was sitting out on my desk tempting me to play with it even though Easter is over. LOL I am entering this card into The Sweetest Thing Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge.
Supplies Used:
Paper: Chantilly, Crystal Blue CS, White Daisy CS (CTMH), Kraft (MFT)
Stamps: Sugar, Sugar (TCP)
Inks: Chocolate, Desert Sand, Sweet Leaf, Heavenly Blue, Grey Flannel (CTMH)
Tools: Spots & Dots Embossing Folder (Cuttlebug), Watercolor Pencils, Blending Pen, Scissors, Paper-Piercer, Sponge Daubers (CTMH), Circle Stax 1 (MFT)
Other: White Embroidery Floss, Chocolate Bitty Brads (CTMH)

Ain't he cute? My kids got a kick out of him, too.


FMS91 Lighthouse Card

Good afternoon! I woke up this morning feeling crafty. Since I spent the past 6 days working, I feel that I'm owed a day of fun.

So after creating a card the other day using a sketch from Freshly Made Sketches blog, I decided I liked it so well, that I'd create another interpretation of it. Here goes.
Supplies Used: (All CTMH)
Paper: Florentine (retired)
Stamp: Perfect Day (retired)
Inks: Desert Sand, Twilight
Tools: Scissors, Paper-Piercer, Heat Gun, Clear Detail Embossing Powder
Other: Cocoa Bitty Brads

Hope you're enjoying your Sunday afternoon as much as I am. Thanks for stopping by.


Saturday, June 22, 2013

CTS#33 Thank You Card

After spending the day cleaning my craft room, I found some quiet time in the late hours of the evening to craft. I actually had the ribbon, and stamps out on my desk already so this card went together quickly.
I am entering this card into the following challenges:

  1. CAS(E) This Sketch CTS#33 Challenge
  2. Color Throwdown CTD247 Challenge
Supplies Used:
Paper: Kraft CS, White CS (MFT)
Stamps: A True Thank You, Pinwheel (CTMH)
Inks: Cranberry, Outdoor Denim (CTMH)
Tools: Embossing Folder (Cuttlebug), Scissors, Watercolor Pencils, Blending Pen (CTMH)
Other: Blue Chevron Ribbon (CTMH)

I love how this has that old world Americana vibe to it. Have a great night!


Friday, June 21, 2013

FM115 Congratulations Card

A dear friend of mine just had her baby girl graduate from high school. I've known this young lady since I first began scrapbooking with Close To My Heart, and not only is she nice, but she is so talented, too. 

So here is a card I made tonight just for her. (Better late than never, right?)
I am linking my card up to the following blogs.

  1. Fabulously Artsy Blog
  2. The Friday Mashup! FM115 Challenge

Supplies Used:
Paper: Tommy, White Daisy CS (CTMH), Kraft CS (MFT), Whisper White CS (SU!)
Stamps: Cricut Art Philosophy, Card Word Puzzle (CTMH)
Inks: Outdoor Denim, Honey (CTMH)
Tools: Embossing Folder (SU!), Circle Stax 1 (MFT), Scissors, Paper-Piercer, Cricut Art Philosophy (CTMH)
Other: Grey Sparkles, Black Embroidery Floss, Foam Adhesive (CTMH)

Congrats on such a wonderful achievement, Miss Rachel!

The Bennett Family

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Spring/Summer 2013 Retiring List

Today, we received word from Corporate on what will be retiring as of July 31st. As in years past, things begin to go fast in the last month of a catalog period, and paper packs, matching complements and even workshop on the go kits tend to go the quickest.

I strongly recommend you take a moment to look down through the list to see if any of your favorites are on it.

Spring/Summer 2013 Retiring List
Part Description Category Family
Z1366 Brads Metal Assortment Accessory brads 
Z1410 Antiqued Copper Designer Brads Accessory brads 
Z1704 Pewter Badge Buttons Accessory Buttons
Z1703 Wooden Badge Buttons Accessory Buttons
Z1821 Buttons Black Assortment Accessory Buttons
Z1371 Buttons Blue Assortment Accessory Buttons
Z1370 Buttons Pink Assortment Accessory Buttons
Z1358 Buttons Basic Assortment Accessory Buttons
Z1369 Buttons Red Assortment Accessory Buttons
Z1372 Buttons Green Assortment Accessory Buttons
Z1773 Color-Ready Noted Canvas Shapes Accessory Color Ready
Z1718 Color-Ready Garden Wooden Shapes Accessory Color Ready
Z1450 Cork Color-Ready Alphabet Accessory Color Ready
Z1719 Color-Ready Evergreen Cork Shapes Accessory Color Ready
X7164C Buzz and Bumble My Stickease® Assortment Accessory Complements
X7155C Avonlea Complements Canvas Shapes Accessory Complements
X7167C Later Sk8r My Stickease® Assortment Accessory Complements
X7166C Claire Complements Canvas Shapes Accessory Complements
X7156C Clementine Complements Canvas Shapes Accessory Complements
X7157C Dakota Complements Silver Foil Images Accessory Complements
X7159C Scholastic My Stickease® Assortment Accessory Complements
Z1326 Sparkles Red, Pink & Purple Assortment Accessory embellishment
Z1327 Sparkles Blue & Green Assortment Accessory embellishment
Z1710 Just Blooms® Paradise Paper Flowers Accessory Flowers
Z1612 Paper Clip Pins Accessory foundry
Z1755 Posh Journaling Spots Accessory Journaling
Z1734 Irresistibles™ Persnickety Journaling Spots Accessory Journaling
Z1831 Buzz and Bumble Assortment Accessory Level 2 
Z1813 Claire Assortment Accessory Level 2 
Z1810 Later Sk8r Assortment Accessory Level 2 
Z1748 Brocade Assortment Accessory Level 2
Z1794 Cottage Assortment Accessory Level 2
Z1766 Memo Assortment Accessory Level 2
Z1780 Wrangler Assortment Accessory Level 2
Z1487 Mini Medley Accents Pewter Collection Accessory mini medley
Z1697 Mini-Medley Accents Smoothie Collection Accessory mini medley
Z1489 Mini Medley Accents Olive Collection Accessory mini medley
Z1798 Black Tulle Ribbon Accessory Ribbon
Z1088 ChocolateWaxyFlax Accessory Ribbon
Z1089 BlackWaxyFlax Accessory Ribbon
Z906 BambooWaxyFlax Accessory Ribbon
Z1081 ColonialWhiteWaxyFlax Accessory Ribbon
Z1096 EmbroideryFlossNeutralAssortment Accessory Ribbon
Z1347 12 x 12 Post Bound Album- New England Ivy Album album
Z1827 My Creations™ Paper Pouch - Small Crafts gift 
Z1828 My Creations™ Paper Pouch - Large Crafts gift 
Z1740 My Creations® Bookmark Album Crafts My Creations
Z1739 My Creations® Milk Carton Crafts My Creations
Z1774 My Creations® Canvas Journal Crafts My Creations
Z1736 My Creations® Mini Banner Crafts My Creations
Z1267 Paper/StampOrganizer8.5x11(3) organization
Z4200 AccessoriesOrganizer Organization
Z4136 ExclusiveInksOrganizerCarryingCase Organization
Z1474 6" x 6" Kraft Die-Cut Cards & Envelopes Paper Product cards
Z1724 6” x 6” Kraft Envelopes Paper Product Cards
Z1412 10-Things Pocket Paper Product cards
Z1722 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" Kraft Envelopes Paper Product Cards
Z1723 5” x 7” Kraft Envelopes Paper Product Cards
Z1721 3” x 3” Kraft Envelopes Paper Product Cards
X7155B Avonlea Paper Packet Paper Product Level 2
X7157B Dakota Paper Packet Paper Product Level 2
X7156B Clementine Paper Packet Paper Product Level 2
X7159B Scholastic Paper Packet Paper Product Level 2
X7167B Later Sk8r Paper Packet Paper Product Level 2
X7166B Claire Paper Packet Paper Product Level 2
X7164B Buzz and Bumble Paper Packet Paper Product Level 2
Z4134 Handle and Swivel Base organization
W1123 Spring Summer 2013 B&T Duo Sampler Supply Supply
Z724 EmbossingPen Tool coloring 
Z670 EmbPowderBlack Tool coloring 
Z673 EmbPowderWhite Tool coloring 
Z1246 EmbPowderCocoa Tool coloring 
Z672 EmbPowderRed Tool coloring 
Z1351 embossing powder dutch blue Tool coloring 
Z659 EmbPowderCranberry Tool coloring 
Z656 EmbPowderOutdoorDenim Tool coloring 
Z655 EmbPowderOlive Tool coloring 
1771 WaterbrushMedium Tool coloring 
Z1350 embossing powder topiary Tool coloring 
Z1392 2" Scallop Circle Punch Tool cutting
Z578 Corner Rounder Tool cutting
Z608 EmbossingStylusMedium Tool
G1061 Workshops on the Go® Chantilly Cardmaking Kit WOTG Card 
G1060 Workshops on the Go® For Always Cardmaking Kit WOTG Card 
G1062 Workshops on the Go® Canvas Art Kit WOTG home d├ęcor 
G1053 Workshops on the Go® Chantilly Scrapbooking Kit WOTG Layout
G1054 Workshops on the Go® Buzz and Bumble Scrapbooking Kit WOTG Layout
G1057 Workshops on the Go® Later Sk8r Scrapbooking Kit WOTG Layout
G1055 Workshops on the Go® For Always Scrapbooking Kit WOTG Layout
G1059 Workshops on the Go® Surf's Up Scrapbooking Kit WOTG Layout
G1056 Workshops on the Go® Claire Scrapbooking Kit WOTG Layout
G1058 Workshops on the Go® Tommy Scrapbooking Kit WOTG Layout
BULK153 PewterBrads Bulk brads 
BULK151 AntiquedCopperBrads Bulk brads 
BULK287 Buzz and Bumble Workshop Guide (10 pack) Bulk Brochure
BULK290 Later Sk8r Workshop Guide (10 pack) Bulk Brochure
BULK289 Claire Workshop Guide (10 pack) Bulk Brochure
BULK286 Chantilly Workshop Guide (10 pack) Bulk Brochure
BULK291 Surf's Up Workshop Guide (10 pack) Bulk Brochure
BULK292 Tommy Workshop Guide (10 pack) Bulk Brochure
BULK294 Chantilly Cardmaking Workshop Guide (10 pack) Bulk Brochure
BULK288 For Always Workshop Guide (10 pack) Bulk Brochure
BULK293 For Always Cardmaking Workshop Guide (10 pack) Bulk Brochure
BULK275 Avonlea Cardmaking Workshop Guide Bulk Brochure
BULK284 Surf's Up B&T Duos® Combo Pack Bulk BT
BULK283 Tommy B&T Duos® Combo Pack Bulk BT
BULK279 Buzz and Bumble B&T Duos® Combo Pack Bulk BT
BULK282 Later Sk8r B&T Duos® Combo Pack Bulk BT
BULK257 Dakota B&T Duos® Combo Pack Bulk BT
BULK255 Avonlea B&T Duos® Combo Pack Bulk BT
BULK259 Scholastic B&T Duos® Combo Pack Bulk BT
BULK256 Clementine B&T Duos® Combo Pack Bulk BT
Bulk212 Chocolate Buttons Bulk Buttons
BULK297 Black Button Bulk Buttons
Bulk273 Grey Sparkle Badge Buttons Bulk Buttons
BULK233 Just Blooms® Flutter Paper Shapes (1" with script) Bulk flowers
A1132 Family Stamp A
A1133 Festival of Lights Stamp A
B1372 Circle Together Stamp B
B1395 So Grateful Stamp B
B1396 School Rocks Stamp B
B1405 Rugged Dude Stamp B
B1406 Blessings of Peace Stamp B
B1410 A Friend Like You Stamp B
B1414 Bonjour Stamp BC1438 Tea Time Stamp C
C1461 Salutation Seals Stamp C
C1466 Instant Memories Stamp C
C1505 Pun Fun Stamp C
C1507 Angelic Blessings Stamp C
C1508 Paisley Flair Stamp C
C1511 Love Blooms Stamp C
C1512 Moonlight Workshop Stamp C
C1513 Clementine Workshop Stamp C
C1514 Pear & Partridge Workshop Stamp C
C1515 Flirty Workshop Stamp C
C1516 Avonlea Workshop Stamp C
C1517 Scholastic Workshop Stamp C
C1518 Dakota Workshop Stamp C
C1519 La Belle Vie Workshop Stamp C
C1520 Christmas Joy Stamp C
C1544 Surf's Up Scrapbooking Workshop Stamp C
C1545 Later, Sk8r Scrapbook Workshop Stamp C
C1546 Tommy Scrapbooking Workshop Stamp C
C1547 For Always Cardmaking Workshop Stamp C
C1548 Canvas Art Workshop Stamp C
C1549 Buzz and Bumble Scrapbooking Workshop Stamp C
C1550 Sweet Violet Scrapbooking Workshop Stamp C
C1551 For Always Scrapbooking Workshop Stamp C
C1552 Clarie Scrapbooking Workshop Stamp C
C1553 Chantilly Scrapbooking Workshop Stamp C
C1554 Claire Cardmaking Workshop Stamp C
D1187 For Every Occasion Stamp D
D1388 Card Chatter - Christmas Stamp D
D1399 Dream Big Stamp D
D1440 Everlasting Life Stamp D
D1444 A Little Thanks Stamp D
D1492 Christmas Love Stamp D
D1517 Game On Stamp D
D1519 Abundance Stamp D
D1521 Powder Heaven Stamp D
D1523 Sweet Music Stamp D
D1528 Jardin Stamp D
E1010 Chocolate Alphabet Large Stamp E
E1014 Posterboard Alphabet Stamp E
E1015 Cocktail Alphabet Stamp E
E1017 Old World Alphabet Stamp E
E1018 Pennant Alphabet Stamp E
E1019 Bohemian Alphabet Stamp E
E1020 Token Alphabet Stamp E
E1021 Trinity Alphabet Stamp E
E1022 Hero Alphabet Stamp E
E1023 Varsity Alphabet Stamp E
E1024 Keepsake Alphabet Stamp E
K900 Single Name Stamp Stamp Custom
K9012 Address Stamp w/o Icon 2 Lines Stamp Custom
K9013 Address Stamp w/o Icon 3 Lines Stamp Custom
K9014 Address Stamp w/o Icon 4 Lines Stamp Custom
K9022 Address Stamp with Icon 2 Lines Stamp Custom
K9023 Address Stamp with Icon 3 Lines Stamp Custom
K9024 Address Stamp with Icon 4 Lines Stamp Custom
W1600 Customized Set Stamp Custom

Chantilly, For Always, Surf's Up and Tommy are the only kits that will carry forward into the new book. I am planning Later Sk8r scrapbook workshop for July 21st. Claire is another that I have my eye on. Let me know if you would like to do either workshop, so we can get kits ordered soon.

Have a wonderful day!


TSG212 Thank You Card

This past Sunday, I woke up with this idea for a sunshine happy card. The way I put it together is not my usual style, but I really like how it turned out.

I am entering this card into the There She Goes TSG212 Challenge.

Supplies Used:
Paper: Florentine (retired), Chantilly, White Daisy CS, Garden Green CS (retired)
Stamps: A True Thank You, Chantilly WOTG, My Sunshine (retired),  A Flowering Bunch
Inks: Buttercup, Twilight, Desert Sand, Pear
Tools: Micro-Tip Scissors, Paper-Piercer, Watercolor Pencils, Blending Pen, Sponge Dauber
Other: Foam Adhesive, White Daisy Embroidery Floss
M1029 A True Thank You $2.95
S1306 A Flowering Bunch $17.95 or $5.00 with Qualifying Order
A few weeks ago, I had the rare pleasure of sleeping in on a Saturday morning. When I woke up, I was wishing I hadn't. My kids decided to help themselves to my ink pads, circle punch and stamps. Because they didn't know I used a stamp scrubber to clean my stamps with, they happily played moving stamps from one ink pad to another. Fortunately, the only victim was my Buttercup Ink Pad. It could have been worse. I can now see the humor in the situation. 

Hope that I've inspired you. Have a great day.


FMS91 Sympathy Card

Good morning. It is a beautiful, sunny day in Northern Michigan. I am lucky enough to be working from home today. It allows me a little extra time with my children.

The card that I am sharing with you today was made for a friend. Sometimes, I avoid making sympathy cards in the hopes that I will never need them.
I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:

  1. Freshly Made Sketches FMS91 Challenge
  2. Dynamic Duos DD#57 Challenge
  3. The Paper Players PP150 Challenge
  4. There She Goes TSG212 Challenge
Supplies Used:
Paper: Pear CS, Black CS, Colonial White CS (CTMH)
Stamp: TLC-retired (CTMH)
Ink: Black, Black Distressing Ink (CTMH)
Tools: Embossing Folder, Butterfly Embosslits, Scallop Border Punch (SU!), Paper-Piercer (CTMH)
Other: Foam Adhesive, Licorice Pearls (CTMH)

Thank you for stopping by. Have a great day.


Friday, June 14, 2013

Chantilly Workshop

Good morning! After nearly a month of working on my Chantilly layouts in my spare time, I finally finished them up last night. Feeling happy to have my crafty mojo back, but wish I could sleep at night. LOL

After debating on whether I liked the workshop on the go layout for a while, I finally decided that it would work perfectly with the theme of my photos. Sometimes, it's nice not to reinvent the wheel, so to speak. 

I saw this beautiful layout created by fellow CTMH Consultant, Sherri Tozzi. She did such an amazing job. Thank you, Sherri, for the inspiration. I was going to use Easter eggs and bunny stamps and really fill it up, and then decided that my photos did such a nice job with that so they should be the focus instead. I've been impatient to use my new hexagon punch and that is how the title came about. Yay! Have you used our new Tiny Type Epoxy Alphabet yet? It's so adorable, and the perfect accent, too.

For my last layout, I found a sketch at Scrapbook Generation and paid for the download. I wanted to try something different, and as soon as I saw it, I knew my Pinwheel stamp set would be perfect with it.

I've been using my Cricut cartridges a lot lately to create my titles, and yesterday I decided to get back to basics and pull out some of my alphabet stamps. The birthday title was stamped with our retired Friendship Alphabet, and the titles for my other two layouts were stamped with Trinity Alphabet stamp set. It felt so refreshing.

Supplies Used:
Paper: Chantilly, White Daisy CS, Twilight CS, Garden Green CS, Cotton Candy CS, Buttercup CS, Champagne CS
Stamps: Trinity Alphabet, Friendship Alphabet, Pinwheel, Chantilly WOTG
Inks: Cotton Candy, Buttercup, Twilight, Pear, Desert Sand
Tools: Hexagon Punch (Fiskars), 1 1/4" Circle Punch, Micro-Tip Scissors, Paper-Piercer, Scoring Tool, Cricut Artiste
Other: Pink Glitter Gems, Chantilly Assortment, Tiny Type Epoxy Alphabet, Foam Tape, White Embroidery Floss

Thank you for stopping by today. Hope you like what I've created.


Sunday, June 2, 2013

Show Your Pride with Close To My Heart

In today's world, we are fortunate enough to have global news at our fingertips. The internet has offered us an inside view to events that happen in practically minutes. Such is the case with the tornado that hit Oklahoma recently. As a mother myself, it hurt to look at the photos of children in terror and pain. I'm so thankful that it wasn't worse than it certainly could have been.

Close To My Heart quickly pulled together a campaign to help the American Red Cross in their relief efforts by putting together a special stamp set  called A True Thank You. It is available immediately and 100% of the profits from sales of the set from May 23 through June 30 will be donated to the American Red Cross to aid victims of the Oklahoma tornado. Help us provide relief to those affected by the devastating Oklahoma tornado by purchasing A True Thank You stamp set for $2.95 (M1029) today!
M1029 A True Thank You $2.95
We have yet another amazing campaign available for purchase today. Celebrate military service and promote patriotism with our new patriotic stamp sets—available only from June 1 to July 31, 2013. Three dollars from each B-size My Acrylix®Courage stamp set and $5 from each D-size My Acrylix® Home of the Brave stamp set will be donated to the USO, the leading, most recognized military-support and services organization in the country. Show your support with your own patriotic stamp set! We love our troops!
D1576 Home of the Brave $17.95

B1437 COURAGE $9.95

D1575 Strong and Free $17.95
I am always so surprised by the generosity of this great company I am lucky enough to represent. It is the greatest job I will ever love. And I am thankful to live in a country where I am free to do so. Have a wonderful day, my friends. Thank you for stopping by.


Saturday, June 1, 2013

June Promotions

I would like to share a couple of cute promotions that we will be offering for the month of June. 

First up, if you spend $25 or more during the month of June, you will receive a chipboard banner set (pictured below) for free. You can decorate it any way you like, or even use it as an adorable mini album, or perhaps even gift tags.
And of course, we always have our wonderful stamp of the month deals. This month, we are featuring "A Flowering Bunch". 
I love how the CTMH Art Department clustered the flowers together on that sweet layout. 

If you are interested in placing a qualifying order, please visit my website. Thanks so much.