Monday, August 31, 2009

September SOTM "Blog Hop"

Welcome to my little corner of the Blogospere and welcome to the September CTMH Stamp of the Month "Blog Hop!" If you have arrived from Barb's blog, you are on the right track, if you just happened by, you might want to head to Jena's blog to start from the beginning. I tried something new this month and all the blog addresses can be found on my post from yesterday so should you get lost or want to find a specific blogger's site, just scroll down and all 65 plus addresses will be there!

This month's the "hop" stamp set features the Dandylion, that most hated but most beautiful weed! This set has plenty of the wonderful "wishing" flowers that I have very fond memories of blowing into the wind and also some great sayings to embellish your pages!

This month, I created a 12 X12 layout. I background stamped my Bamboo CS with one of the swirly sentiments and one of the smallest "seed" stamps. I double matted my journaling and my daughter's picture on Bamboo and Desert Sand CS distressing all edges with DS ink. The ribbon is from our chocolate collection and the title is stamped with our Rustic Alphabet "E" size stamp set and then cut out with the micro tip scisssors. I also cut out several of the medium "seed" stamps and also the largest "flower" image. Then I came up with something new (I think). I sewed the center of the large dandylion seed flower with embroidry floss leaving small loops on the front and taping the backs down onto the CS. Then I cut all the loops and fluffed them up to hopefully look like the individual floating "seeds." I think it turned out pretty well. I included a close up for you to see what I'm talking about.

Now it's time to head off to Judy's blog to see what she has created for you.

Make sure you check out the National Stamping Month Exclusive Card Kit that we are offering this month. Click on the picture to your right or click here to shop 24/7 on my website.
Till next month.....Adios!

Sunday, August 30, 2009

September "SOTM" Blog Hop goes LIVE Sept. 1

Hi again,
It is such an exciting time of the year! Another Blog Hop starts on Tuesday, September 1st with over 70 CTMH consultants showing you their handy work using the September Stamp of the Month "Treasures" This is a beautiful "D" size stamp set featuring Dandylions. I've already seen some awesome artwork showing up on the CTMH bulletin board, so make sure you join us on Tuesday. Below I have listed the participants of the Hop in order, so should you get lost or want to revisit a site or whatever, you will have a list. Here you go and have fun!

Jena DeVries
Nona Davenport
Katy Donaldson
Cibele Glazer
Laura Dame
Lori Leng
Jamia Bankhead
Melissa Laverty
Pamela OConnor
Sheila Bennett
Adeline E. Brill
Wendy Kessler
Beth Naumann
Barbra Otten
Terrie Dodd
Judy Burger
Jessica Booth
Leisa Hubley
Helen Onulak
Debra Van Patten
Juli Clark
Sarita Schraeder
Michelle Robinson
Maricar Harris
Antoinette Herrin
Kathleen Androlewicz
Cindy Leek
Dawn Heuft
Barbara Harris
Alanna Moses
Laurie Levnik
Tanya David
Karen Norman
Jan Moxey
Tammy Lea Pinchard
Paige Dolecki
Kelly Triggs
Sherry Thompson
Deb Young
Nancy Ball
Chris Shouse
Dawn Ross
Brae Montgomery
Laurie R Newton
Haley Dyer
Carol Taggio
Amy McVey
Carla Ironside
Jen Rubio
Kristie Horness-Herdener
Jill Lucas
Wanda Riley
Miranda Kurz
Jody Gustafson
Susan Brooks
Kami Welter
Jennifer Patrick
Julia Menssen
Shannon Pelletier
Linda Shewchuk
Brenda Harmless
Donni Alvarenga
Nancy Brown
Traci Godbee
Pam Klassen
Lori Miller
Kimberly Smith
Caren Goldsein
Misty Jackson

Thursday, August 27, 2009

CTMH New Product "Sneak Peak" Blog Hop!

"Welcome to the Close to my Heart New Product Sneak Peak Blog Hop! It's time to celebrate and get excited for the upcoming release of the Autumn/Winter 2009 Idea Book by giving you a Sneak Peak of some of the great products available to the public, September 1st! 30 Fabulous consultants have been busily creating some great artwork to get your creative juices flowing and show you that CTMH has done it again with the realease of it's newest Idea Book! If you have come here from Erin's blog, you are on the right path! If this is your first stop, make sure you go back and start from the beginning here. Blog hopping is easy.... just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next one!

Here we go! I have created some cute note pads from an inexpensive pack of 5 "Dollar Tree" colored pads. I created one pad from each of the 4 new paper packs and also added some of our new embellishment and stamp sets as well....Enjoy!

First, using the new "Jingle" paper pack:

I cut out the present and the present "swoosh" from two different B&T papers. I used Juniper and Tulip card stock and some liquid glass on the ribbon of the top present and one of our new Twinkle Brads in Tulip.

Next was the "Grace" paper pack:

Here I used Cocoa, Honey and Barn Red Card Stock and a strip of the B&T papers, coloring in the mums with colored pencils. I was going to cut out some flowers from another B&T, but our autumn Just Blooms and the corduroy brad were too perfect to pass up!

Next was "Sweet Home"

I used Indian Corn Blue and Garnet card stock and layered 3 different rows of B&T paper for the bottom strip. I also used B&T to reverse stamp my initials with the Rustic alphabet stamp set and then cut them out. The "o" is the embossed button punch from Martha. I inked up one of our bulk dimensional elements in buttercup and used rub-ons for the sentiment. The button and DE are tied with embroidery floss.

Finally "Twitterpated"

I did not have the right color note pad to match this paper pack, so I opted to use a grocery list type paper pad. (also from the dollar store) I used Sweet Leaf card stock and cut the tree trunk out of one of the B&T papers. I used the branch stamp from the exclusive stamp set, "Hello There" in the Twitterpated WOTG to stamp the branches and then the leaf stamp also from that set to do the Sweet Leaf and Sorbet leaves on the tree. I used a white gel pen to put polka dots on all the leaves to mimic yet another B&T paper that I really liked. (but didn't want to hand cut all the leaves!) The ribbon is bulk sorbet, the word grow is our color ready alphabet stamped in sweet leaf and sorbet and outlined with a thin pen. The little hedgehog is from the My Stickease set.

Here is a shot of the note pad opened. I used a $1 bin item from Michaels as a jumping board and it was sooooo easy to cut and score the note holders. I did use a velcro closure to make sure they stayed shut.

Here they are all together, so cute and so easy to make!

Now "Hop" on over to Jessica's Blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting ideas and see the great new Paper Packs and My Acrylix Stamp Sets! Remember, the Autumn/Winter 2009 Idea Book goes LIVE on September 1st!

Don't forget to check back here on September 1st to check out the great artwork offered at our September Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! This month's Hop will feature some outstanding ideas to use with our exclusive stamp set "Treasures" Don't miss it!

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Couple of Things....

First, I want to alert you to a great "Blog Candy" give away celebrating Kelly's 10,000th blog hit! For those of us that work on our blogs regularly, this is quite an accomplishment to get that great of a following! Go on over to her website "LaMaison DePapier" by clicking here and check it out!

Also, I wanted to let you know that next week on Friday, August 28th we will be having our New Product "blog hop" featuring new products in the "Close to my Heart" Fall/Winter Idea Book. You will be able to see some great ideas using the new products. It all starts on Friday, so check back next week to get all the details and then join us on the "hop". You won't want to miss it!

I will also be back early in the week to give you an updated schedule for September so you can come on over to my Open House and experience some of the new product CTMH has to offer. I'm also gearing up for a HUGE sale of paper crafting won't want to miss it!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

"Everyday Celebrations" Card Kit Is Here!

Just a quick post to show you all the awesome new campaign from Close to my Heart!

Make sure you go to my website and check out the details, but this unbelievable value comes with 16 card bases/envelopes, enough paper to make all 16 cards, a "D" size stamp set, chocolate accesories pack, two distressing mini ink pads, a sponge and ribbon! Very cool, new paper too.... Here are some cards I made by using the guide that is included in wonderful kit. The bottom picture shows you the card that the kit will demostrate and above that are cards made with the same pattern, but with new "Jingle" paper and last catalogs "Emporium" paper. Pretty cool huh?