Thursday, August 21, 2014

Use Your Stash Blog Hop Mixed Media

This is another great Use Your Stash Blog hop and I am the leader! Please excuse the fact that I have no artwork, my Mom has fallen ill and, well, when life happens, things get a little busy. I am sure many of you are bearing the weight of family and life --

There is a small group this month -- if you have hopped from Katy's, you are on the right track.

Your next hop will be Cassandra's blog.

These group of Close To My Heart consultants are so talented, here is a list of all our hoppers

Friday, August 15, 2014

Our Technique Blog Hop is All Lit Up

It is time again for a new Technique Blog Hop! Our themes will be taken right out of the new Annual Inspiration Idea Book. For August, we are using the tip on page 88, All Lit Up, use glitter paper on your project to lit it up.

If you are coming from Debi's you are on your way, this hop is a great big circle so keep hopping until you return from whence you started.

My project is a Pinterest inspired gate-fold shutter card.

I loved coloring with the new ShinHan alcohol markers and to add that little All Lit Up pop, I used the Teal Glitter paper.

The belly band slides off and inside is the shuttered message.

Continue enjoying the hop, by hopping on over to Sheila's blog, I am sure she has some glitter love to share.

Please leave a comment as I love to hear from you!

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Sunday, August 10, 2014

Easy Like Sunday Morning - New Arrangements

My life has been full of new arrangements over the last several years and the last two months starts a whole new 'arrangement'. As a caregiver to a parent, you learn that each year brings new challenges.

With a new health issue, I am finding big changes in my life. It is a blessing to have a job that is flexible and adaptable as it is good to have an outlet.

Enough about that, life is full for us all so let me share some fun other new arrangements. When I moved into my new craft room (the spare bedroom), thought did not go into the arrangement of the furniture and pretty soon there was a lot less spare bedroom and a lot more craft room. That became a problem when family came to visit.

As with all projects, a little thought and planning sure make more sense.

Here is my craft room before - light walls that had not been painted in many years and trust me, there were a few marks just from my hanging those ink cases (yes our Close To My Heart ink caddy can be hung).

And why did I put the bulk of my work space on the one wall with two doors --

First comes the paint. I was inspired by a Pinterest craft room that was gray and white.

Here is the first wall painted with a cool hue of gray and white trim.

Another tip, life goes on if it takes you more than a week to paint two walls and asking a friend to help is a good thing.

It is almost completed and there will be room for family to stay for a night or two.

May you have an Easy Sunday Morning!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Stamp of the Month Blog Hop - What a Hoot

It is time again for a new Close To My Heart Stamp of the Month and this month's is so 'owl'ish!! If you have hopped over from Lori's blog you are on the right track. If you wish to see all the hoppers click here.
 I love the cute owls that can be used for Halloween or as I am sure you will see throughout this hop, for any season.

My choice was to do something not 'owl'ish to show the versatility of the stamp set.
The flower petals were created using one of the owl's wing options.

Now hop on over to Dana's blog to see what she has in store for us!!

WAIT, please leave a comment, I love to hear from you.

Thanks for stopping by

Monday, July 28, 2014

Quick Reference for Cricut Coordinating Stamps

Did you know that all Cricut® Compatible Stamp Sets  remain active? And did you know that we NOW have a quick way to find a coordinating stamp?

Close To My Heart ROCKS!!

Go to your Close To My Heart Consultants OBA (Online Business Address, doesn't that sound so professional) and click on the Shop tab.

From the shopping options found on the left hand side of the site click on MY ACRYLIX™ STAMP SETS.

Scroll down until you see
Cricut® Compatible Stamp Sets, click it and there you are!!

Did you know that the Monogram stamps are still available!!

Box cards are all the rage, here is one I made using Balloon Ride and the Cricut Explore. It was so much fun creating the box card in the Explore using our Artiste Cricut cartridge. If you would like the file, just ask in the comments.

I used Frame Flair and Art Philosophy to create the sentiment.

Thank you for stopping by

This month the Close To My Heart special is for Consultants only (would love to have you join my team and take advantage of a ShinHan marker special, just ask me how) -- to share the fun of everything Close To My Heart and the excitement of the upcoming Annual Inspiration, I am offering a personal special. From now until the end of July (July 14th - July 31st) you can earn a FREE My Reflections paper packet(retails for $9.95) from the new Annual Inspiration catalog by :

  1. Become a follower of my blog AND
  2. Place a $25 order or more on my website 
Leave a comment stating you are or have started following my blog and when I see your order placed, I will send you an email stating you earned the paper packet. On August 1st, I will send you a link to my website so you may make your choice of which NEW paper packet you would like to receive and off it will be sent to you! No paper packets may be sent earlier than August 1st, the 'go live' date of the NEW Annual Inspiration.

If you can't wait to see the new products, join the Close To My Heart family by becoming a Rockin' Heart - click here to start!!