Just for FUN(damentals)

Have you been over to my CTMH site lately? There’s a fantastic sale on all of our Fundamentals pieces. CTMH creative collections are broken into 2 primary groups – the seasonal papers that are usually featured monthly, are available for 4 months at a time,  and are featured in the Holiday or Seasonal Expressions idea books.

The Fundamental creative collections, on the other hand, are available for a full year, appear in the Annual Inspirations idea book and are based on the CTMH color families (Adventure, Basics, Enchantment, and Whimsy).

So – for the month of November, you can take advantage of 30% or 40% off these FUndamental products! Here’s how –

Purchase one of the Fundamentals Bundles for a 40% discount. Each bundle includes the Paper Pack, Complements and Ribbon Pack – Enchantment & Basic bundles are shown below:

If you don’t want a full bundle – you’ll still get a 30% savings on individual items!

Would you like to get these items for free?! Be a November hostess with a gathering that reaches the third level and receive a Fundamental Bundle of your choice (in addition to all the other rewards for hosting!). Want even more free stuff and savings!? Join my team in November, and for just $75, you get over $200 in supplies and tools, PLUS $50 in credit to choose your own crafting items, PLUS – a Fundamental Bundle of your choice – that’s close to $300 in product, tools, and business supplies!!

Remember – these savings are for this month only! Also – although these are available through July 2018, and we don’t expect to run out – if the current inventory does run out, there that item will no longer be available until stock is replenished which may not be until after the sale. Now is a great time to stock up on these FUNdamental papers and creative products!

Enjoy!

~Gerri

 

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Through the Year

Hello & Happy Thursday! I can’t believe that here in the US, we’ll be celebrating Thanksgiving in just two short weeks! Holy crow – guess I need to get a turkey (lol – my brain didn’t make that connection until just now!). Today I’d like to share with you the November Stamp of the Month – Through the Year.

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This stamp set is perfect for some Year in Review layouts (I don’t think I would be able to get a full year in review on just 2 double paged 12 x 12s!) I love what CTMH has done with this —>

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Here’s a (partial) year in review layout –

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You can use this set on your desk calendar to add birthday and other fun reminders.  I think these next pictures show my favorite use for this stamp set – AND it gives you a sneak peak of the December monthly special!

This calendar set will be available next month. Since it uses the November Stamp of the Month – the kit will be available with or without the stamp set. However, next month the stamp set will be at full retail ($17.95) instead of the Stamp of the Month discount (just $5 with a $50 purchase).

You can find all the products used in these pictures on my website – gerri.closetomyheart.com – you won’t find the calendar kit until 1 December – but there’s lots more fun to be found over there!

Enjoy!

~Gerri

Merriest Wishes Workshops Your Way!

Good evening! It’s a chilly rainy day here in Utah, so I thought I’d start this month’s blog posts off with some cheery Christmas cards. These cards feature the Beary Christmas papers found in the Merriest Wishes Cardmaking Workshops Your Way. This kit comes with everything shown below including an exclusive B-sized stamp set!

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The first option uses the provided cutting guide and you can create 6 each of 2 designs like these:

For these cards, we use Sweetleaf, Fern and New England Ivy to stamp the trees on the first card. The stars are stamped in Cranberry. The second card uses Fern along with the black Merriest Wishes sentiment.  These cards also use the Thin Cuts – Basic Circles.

I decided to play with this a bit to see if I could get some designs that created more cards. I came up with these 2 designs which I can get 12 of each card. I have to add 1 sheet of Cranberry cardstock for cutting the poinsettias and 2 sheets of Fern cardstock for the bakcground on the 2nd card.

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The first card use Sweetleaf and Fern to stamp the tree, Cranberry for Merriest Wishes, and Glacier for the stars. The Happiest Holidays is stamped in New England Ivy with Cranberry stars. Both are embellished with Bitty Sparkles. I cut the poinsettia using the 3D poinsettia #MFAE0B7 from the Flower Market Cricut cartridge – I simply un-grouped the images, and deleted all but the green leaves and the 5 petaled flower – I cut one using the regular Cranberry and the second using the lighter side of Cranberry. Looking at it, you could probably just cut them all from the same side because there isn’t really a big difference.

Enjoy & Happy Christmas Crafting!!

~Gerri

Share A Smile

Did you know that you can team with Close To My Heart to support those in need? CTMH has been a wonderful supporter of Operation Smile since 2008! You can join in on this amazing journey and get some great crafting supplies while you do it. Each year, CTMH creates a special stamp for Operation Smile. This year it is the Punny Pals (D1751) set. For each stamp set purchased, CTMH donates $7 to Operation Smile. During October, we have some additional ways to donate and to play with this stamp set.

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The Share A Smile card kit comes with everything you need to create 32 fun 3×3″ cards, plus a set of coordinating Thin Cuts for each of the animals.  You’ll only use about 1/2 of each sheet of paper for the 32 cards, so why not get an extra set of 3×3 card bases/envelopes to make more?

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Confession time – I’m a scrap saver – I sometimes struggle to let go of the smallest pieces. I keep thinking, ‘But I might be able to use that’. All those White Daisy scraps paid off with this kit – I used them to cut out all these cute little animals, so I have I still have a full sheet of untouched White Daisy cardstock. Using scraps made it easy to layer papers and cut 2 animals at at time, making things move along faster.

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As I was cutting the colored card stock, I just laid everything out by color.

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Since the card stock is two-toned, when I actually started putting the cards together, I made piles according to the color that I wanted to use, in the picture below I start with the lighter side of Glacier blue, then flip the next set over to the darker side. The third pile is the light side of Lagoon, finished off with the dark side (cue Darth Vader music…). I also found it was easier to put the adhesive on the card and attach the pieces rather than put the adhesive on the strips & triangles.

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To add color to my animals, I just used water color pencils and a water brush. I find this so much easier when I’m using multiple colors and coloring small spaces (sorry for the blurry picture).

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I decided to mix it up a bit while making the cards. I left the frog uncolored and the ends of the sentiment squared off for the top right card. For the top left card, I intermingled the colors a bit rather than sticking to the monotones. Then the bottom card I put together following the guide (used the monochrome pattern, colored in the tiger and dovetailed the ends of the sentiment piece). Either way, I think they’re really cute!

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So – There are several ways you can get these products and also support Operation Smile.

  1. Punny Pals stamp set (D1751) is sold alone so that CTMH can maintain the $7 donation for each set sold – this set is available through July 2018
  2. Punny Pals Thin Cuts (CC1340) can be purchased individually for $28.95 or as part of the set below. These are only available during October.
  3. The Share a Smile Card Kit (CC1342) includes 32 cards & bases, 8 sheets of two-toned colored card stock, 1 sheet of White Daisy card stock, 1 sheet of Gold Glitter paper, and the Punny Pals Thin Cuts. This kit is available during October for only $39.95 – that’s over 15% off of the retail value.
  4. You can also get extra 3×3 bases & envelopes (CC1343) for just $9.95
  5. Round up your order to the next whole dollar amount and CTMH will match it for double the impact.
  6. Hostesses can get the Share A Smile card kit for free by hosting a gathering that reaches $350 during October.
  7. Join my Team and get the Share A Smile card kit for free just by signing up during October – it will be include in your New Consultant Kit at no additional charge!

If you’d like more information about this kit, hosting a gathering, or becoming a consultant, please feel free to reach out to me through email (gerri-ctmh@hotmail.com) or through Facebook (gerri.ctmh) .

I hope you have a fantastic week!

Enjoy!

~Gerri

Check out this link for more about Operation Smile and you can go here for more info about CTMH’s support of Operation Smile!

Featured Paper Blog Hop

Welcome to our Featured Paper Blog Hop! We will be showcasing items from our Falling For You or Cats & Bats Paper Pack with various projects created by talented Close to my Heart consultants. If you are visiting from Haley’s blog then you are on the right track, if not you can start at the beginning with our hostess Carol. Don’t forget to check out Kathleen’s  blog for more fun.

Last year I fell in love with the Birthday Sparkles (B1537) and All the Thanks (B1536) stamp sets because they were interchangeable.  I could create one card and switch it up between Happy Birthday or Thank You! This year, CTMH has added to these little gems with Sending Prayers (B1563)

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While looking at the Annual Inspirations I found a card made with this stamp set and some of the Fundamentals lines. I decided to use this basic design for a card with the Cats & Bats papers.

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I really liked the dark and light Emerald polka dot paper, as well as the geometric lines on white. So, I paired these with one of the black patterned papers and two octagons cut on the Cricut (Emerald is 2.5″ and the White Daisy is 2 .25″) – these can be found in the basic shapes.

I offset the two octagons for a little visual variety, then finished it off with a few of the green Cats & Bats dots (Z4028) and some silver shimmer trim (Z1799)

Thanks for stopping by today! Don’t forget to go see what amazing artwork Kathleen has in store for you!

Enjoy the rest of your hop!

~Gerri

Here are the products I used in making this card. If you aren’t currently working with a CTMH consultant, feel free to contact me or shop directly on my CTMH site – gerri.closetomyheart.com.

 

From the Heart Card Kit

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Have you seen the beautiful card kit CTMH created for National Stamping Month?! It is absolutely beautiful!!

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This fabulous From the Heart Cut Above card kit comes with all the pieces you need to make 12 interactive cards with a foil frame and hidden sentiments! All you need to add is ink pads and your personal touch.

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This is the first card I made – I love how these colors come together. Just to clarify – I did not just break out the stamp sets and start creating – I started off by practicing with different color combinations –  Blossom, Pixie & Pomegranate, Thistle and Pansy for the flowers. Fern and New England Ivy for the leaves. I tried Flaxen for the leaves, but it didn’t work with the other colors.

The From the Heart kit comes with this beautiful E-sized stamp set which lets you layer different pieces and colors to create these beautiful flower bouquets. It includes frequently used sentiments – Happy Birthday, Thinking of You, Thank You & Congrats.

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The larger stamps are a great addition to the smaller sentiments or some can even stand on their own (You’re in my heart, I’m so happy for you, sending special thoughts & wishes)..

Not so stampy – you say??  No worries – this stamp set is still a gem!

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This is just a simple 3×3 card I made with a single flower. This stamp set is so versatile! Still too much? Keep looking…

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This one uses the larger sentiment stamped in black. I then colored in just the flower with water color pencils. You could use regular colored pencils or just leave the black and white image. For the inside – I stamped the Happy Birthday, two parts of the stem in New England Ivy, the leaves in Fern, then the triple flower and the single flower each with Thistle. Much more simple – but still just as beautiful.

And here’s one more…

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For this one I stamped the flowers on the upper piece, then water colored the flower on the inside. I copied one of the cards on the packaging for the kit (see, you don’t even have to come up with your own ideas!)

In case you’re worried about mistakes – here are a few tips – I’m going to try to do a Facebook video to show some ideas, also.

  1. Practice stamping before making your cards.
  2. Create a ‘cheat sheet’ that shows different color combinations so you don’t have to guess.
  3. When you separate the card pieces from the background paper, there is enough paper left over to create another top piece or use this paper for practice stamping.
  4. There are step by step instructions on the Close To My Heart Blog
  5. Make a mistake? No problem – that’s what embellishments are for!
    1. See the Pixie cardstock on the first card I made? Yep – that’s covering up a water spot where I sat the card on a baby wipe.
    2. The twine & bow as well as the Bitty Sparkles on the last picture – – ink spots!

This set is available only during September to celebrate National Stamping Month (or while supplies last). You can purchase the card bases and envelopes for $13.95 or the E-sized stamp set for $29.95 (these are full retail prices). OR You can get the whole kit for just $34.95 (that’s like buying the stamp set & getting the card pieces for just $5!).

You might want to pick up some extra card bases – I’ve seen these cards used with so many more options than just this stamp set – Halloween – Family Christmas picture – so many options.

I hope you’ve enjoyed these fun cards. Watch my Facebook page for info about a workshop (I’m still ironing out the schedule) probably in October.

Enjoy!

~Gerri

 

 

Spooky Fun!

 

Whether you’re ready or not, fall is on its way! September 1st brings the launch of the new Holiday Expressions Idea Book. Where our Annual Inspirations covers all the basics – albums & supplies, cardstock & inks in our 4 exclusive color palettes, year round stamp sets… The Holiday Expressions covers the fall holidays with themed papers and coordinating stamps & embellishments as well as other holiday themed products.

For September, we’ll be playing with the Halloween collection called Cats & Bats. It features fun oragami animal shapes (cats, bats, foxes & owls), geometric patterns, polka dots, diagonals & ombre.

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The coordinating complements include lots black glittery pieces, and goldrush, black and Emerald dots.

Here are some pictures of the cards and layouts I made with this fun collection –

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I don’t personally send Halloween cards, so I decided to put these papers  to work in other  ways.  The bright colors are great for birthdays, thank yous & pick me up cards.  Plus you can use the less vibrant patterns & colors for your more serious card needs.

I don’t have a ton of Halloween pictures, so I was  able to use this kit to document 3 different Halloweens. My oldest son is wearing the same costume in 2 layouts because he wanted to be John Glenn both years – he still does this – he was ‘Steve the guy from Minecraft’ for the past 2 years – we’ll see if he’ll shoot for 3.

Be  sure to check out all the new fun starting on Friday. You can get your own copy of the Holiday Expressions absolutely free by placing an order either directly through me or at gerri.closetomyheart.com.

Don’t forget to jump over to my Class Page to get the details on class schedules for September.

Enjoy!

~Gerri