Friday, November 30, 2012

Buy 1 CTMH Stamp Set, Get 1 FREE

Today is my birthday, but YOU get the gifts all weekend long! 

All CTMH stamp sets are BOGO - buy 1 get 1 through Sunday (9pm Pacific Time). There's no limit! The free stamp set will be the one of equal or lesser value.

This is only available through me and YOU MUST EMAIL ME to receive this deal. (jaymalew [at] gmail [dot] com)
Here's how it works... I am putting in an "online party" order on Sunday night and I want to share the rewards with you. Your orders will make up the party and I will use the Hostess Rewards to cover some of your freebie stamp sets. This is how I can offer you such a great deal! I will place the order on Sunday night to come to me and will mail out your stamp sets when I receive my order. (You are only responsible for one side of the shipping cost + tax...unless your order is over $99, then I'll pay your shipping, as always!) I will send you a Paypal invoice for your total.

Shop stamp sets >

Here are a few of my favorite stamp sets you can choose from (plus hundreds more)...

New Arrival

Pun Fun

Outta This World


Just a Number

Just for You

Love Life

Card Word Puzzle

Universal Backgrounds

Hooray Bouquet

Super Powers

Don't forget to email me your order to get this awesome deal! It's not valid if you place your order online.

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Thanksgiving Tablescape & DIY Turkey Napkin Rings

Hi everyone!

I feel like I've neglected my blog. I've had family in town and am finally catching up, but it was so nice to visit with my parents, aunt, and uncle. My cousin lives up the street from me and we decided to have Thanksgiving dinner at her house this year. Her parents came from Phoenix and my parents from San Diego, and for the first time ever our families celebrated Thanksgiving together! (We were really missing my sister and my other cousin, though!)

My cousin set up a beautiful table. I love her eclectic style with the mismatched, yet matching dishes, and all of the candles flowing across the table.

And I wanted to show you a close-up of the cute little turkey napkin rings I made. My aunt sent my cousin these felt turkeys and some ribbon that she picked up at Joann fabric & crafts. My cousin handed them to me the week before and said "Here, I have no idea what to do with these but I'm sure you do!" So I made napkin rings.
They were pretty simple. I formed a ring with wired ribbon and attached with velcro at the back so they're easy to put around the napkins. She sent orange and olive green burlap-style ribbon. Then I cut strips of the orange ribbon and my CTMH burlap ribbon and formed loops to add behind the turkeys for some added texture. I hot-glued the loops to the backs of the turkeys, then hot-glued the turkeys to the ribbon rings. To finish them off, I added yellow Stickles on the feathers and a dot on the face for some sparkle. Easy peasy.

Here's my uncle and me before dinner. Sadly, this is the only photo I got on my phone with people in it. My mom took tons of pictures but I don't have them yet.

The day before Thanksgiving my mom, hubby, and I went to the Apple store to get my new iPhone 5!!! My parents got it for me as an early birthday present :) The thing I'm most excited about with the iPhone 5 is the improved camera, since I use my phone as my primary point-and-shoot camera. So after I got it, I went out in the parking lot and took my first as a proud new iPhone 5 owner :)

My mom and I made some Christmas cards and I've been working on lots of other crafts, so I'll be back soon with more to share. (I need to catch up on photo-editing now!)

Thursday, November 22, 2012

AMAZING Black Friday Deals for CTMH Products!

Happy Thanksgiving, you guys! I am SO grateful and thankful for each of my lovely readers and customers. You guys are the reason I blog...I love to share my creations with you!

Ok let's cut to the chase. I'm not one to go out shopping on Black Friday but I love a good deal as much as you, so I wanted to have a special online Black Friday sale for you.

I'm starting on Thanksgiving night at 9pm. And the best part is you can still hang out with your family at home in your jammies :) The sale will go through the end of (Cyber) Monday.


Free Shipping
On orders of $50 or more! This will continue. (US lower 48 states. If in AK or HI I will reimburse you the cost of going to the 48 states via FedEx Smartpost.)

Free Stamp Pad
When you place an order of $50 or more, (up to $99.99) you'll not only receive free shipping, I'll also send you any dye stamp pad of your choice. (You will also qualify for CTMH's special to buy the stamp of the month for $5 plus any other stamp set for 50% off.)

Free B-size Stamp Set or Paper Pack
When you place an order of $100 or more,
(up to $149.99) you'll not only receive free shipping, I'll also send you any B-sized stamp set or paper pack of your choice ($9.95 value). (You will also qualify for CTMH's special to buy the stamp of the month for $5 plus any other stamp set for 50% off.)

$25 in Free Products + No Tax
When you place an order of $150 or more, EMAIL ME! (jaymalew [at] gmail [dot] com) You'll receive FREE shipping, NO tax, PLUS a FREE $25 shopping spree! That's right...I'll pay your shipping AND tax, plus you get a ton of free goodies! (Choose from stamps, blocks, stamp pads, marker sets, re-inkers, My Stickease assortments, Complements, paper packets, cardstock packs, or Workshops on the Go kits. (You will also qualify for CTMH's special to buy the stamp of the month for $5 plus any other stamp set for 50% off.)

As I mentioned above, during November as part of CTMH's special offer you can get 50% off your favorite stamp set in the Idea Book! When you qualify for and purchase the November Stamp of the Month set, Capture the Date ($5 with a $50+ order), you get an additional bonus of 50% off any other stamp set in the Idea Book! (A-D & M size.)

To receive these deals you can email me at jaymalew [at] gmail [dot] com to place your order and I'll send you a Paypal invoice for the total.

OR Place your order on my website and make sure you JOIN my online gathering. You can either scroll to the bottom of the homepage to join, or click the box at the top of the checkout screen to join. Either way, once you place your order under the gathering I will email you to get your freebie choice(s) and Paypal info to send you the shipping charges via a rebate through Paypal! (I will refund the cost of the FedEx Smartpost shipping option.) (Freebies may mail separately from your order.)

You MUST join the gathering to get your deals! And if you place the order online, CTMH's half price stamp set deal with the Stamp of the Month must be selected during checkout.

Start shopping >

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

How to Use CTMH's Alcohol Markers & Pigment Inks

I am so excited about CTMH's new alcohol markers. They are HALF the price of Copic markers, yet a similar quality. (The main difference between the 2 is that CTMH's are disposable.) They come income in sets of that is CTMH's true exclusive color, and one that is a shade darker or lighter so you can blend.

You may remember this project I made using these awesome markers, and the video tutorial I made.

I also love CTMH's new pigment ink pads. They make for a more rich, vibrant stamped image and are more opaque than our regular dye-based inks.

You may remember this card that I made with pigment ink...

Check out this video from CTMH corp to give you more details and instructions on how to use these 2 wonderful new products.

You'll also want to be sure to watch this video, which shows the difference between using pigment inks vs. dye inks.

Happy inking!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Coordinating CTMH Stamps With Cricut Cuts

Have I mentioned how much I LOVE our Cricut cartridges?! I swear I could create a different project every day for the rest of my life just with these 2 cartridges. The BONUS is that each cartridge also comes with 3 stamp sets and 3 sets of chipboard pieces that coordinate with the Cricut cuts! Plus dozens more CTMH stamp sets in the Idea Book that will coordinate with your cartridges!

The best part? CTMH's MyAcrylix stamps are CLEAR so you can see exactly where you're stamping and make sure you stamp your image perfectly onto your Cricut cut.

Check out this great video from CTMH's "Clearly the Best" series on unique ways to stamp coordinating Cricut® shapes and add them to your artwork.

To snag your own Cricut Artiste or Art Philosophy collection, check out my post HERE for tons of info and to order yours with FREE SHIPPING!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Pun Fun Stamp Set Winner!

And the winner of the Pun Fun stamp set is.......
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Yay...I'm super excited for you, Erin! You should have received a winners' let me know where you would like me to send your stamp set!

If you did not win, don't worry! I'll have another giveaway SOON! :)

Monday, November 12, 2012

Interactive Cards and Envelopes Made Easy with Cricut Artiste

I LOVE Close to my Heart's new video on using the Cricut Artiste to cut cards and envelopes. Artiste has some really fun interactive cards, and this video does a great job of showing you how to put them together, complete with envelopes and envelope liners—also cut from Artiste!

You can order your own Artiste Cricut Collection HERE. {With FREE shipping!}

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Christmas Gift Packaging Made Easy with Cricut {Workshop}

My next workshop will be this Saturday, 11/17 at 1:30...if you're in the Seattle area you won't want to miss it! These make perfect neighbor, co-worker, teacher, and hostess gifts...and more!

For just $15 ($5 off w/ any CTMH purchase from me) you will create these 2 adorable gift packaging creations (Starbucks goodies included!). Plus you'll learn more about what the Cricut Artiste & Art Philosophy have to offer for gift packaging.

I'll have everything pre-cut and prepped for you and will guide you through the creations. We will have time for questions/answers about using your Cricut and about CTMH's 2 awesome Cricut collections. I'll have some collections available to purchase the day of the workshop as well.

I'll provide ALL may want to bring your own adhesive if there's a particular kind you like, but I'll also provide some.

Please let me know if you can make it!

If you are long distance, let me know if you'd be interested in a kit. I will probably make up some long-distance kits :)

I will post more details about each creation later :)

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Dr. Seuss Cat in the Hat Baby Boy Frame

I was SO excited when I had a returning Etsy customer order this frame from me. When she told me "Dr. Seuss theme" I instantly had tons of ideas swirling around in my head.

BRIGHT colors.
FUN Cat in the Hat stripes.
VIVID patterns.

I used CTMH's retired Animal Cookies paper pack, but I replaced the Tulip red (which is kind of pinkish), with Holiday Red, which is more vibrant to match the Cat in the Hat. I used the patterns from the pack that don't include Tulip. Lots of fun numbers, circles, and stripes.

For the Holiday Red squares I used cardstock, but to jazz it up a bit and add some interest I stamped them with the grid pattern from my favorite Universal Backgrounds stamp set. This set is seriously one of my most used. It has a pattern for just about any project. You may remember most recently I used the music notes background on my Advent Calendar. The squares are cut at 1-3/4" and the white squares with the letters are 1-1/2". The letters themselves are cut on the Artiste Cricut cartridge at 1".

I found the Cat in the Hat images online, then sized them and printed them onto glossy photo paper right from my home printer. Then I cut them out with my handy dandy ultra-sharp micro-tip scissors. I used the arrow and star from the Milepost Shapes and used an Acylic Paint Dabber from Ranger in Snow Cap to add some distressed white, then when it was dry I inked the edges with black StazOn ink. (BTW I love the Acrylic Paint was my first time using it. It's so much cleaner to be able to dab the paint right from the bottle.)

I also made this matching card for my customer to include with the frame since she's giving it as a Baby Shower gift. The "baby boy" stamp is from the retired set Sweet Baby.

Thanks for stopping by!

If you'd like to order a custom-designed {What's in a Frame}, check out my Etsy shop.

If you'd like to make your own, order your CTMH supplies HERE! I'm offering FREE SHIPPING in November on CTMH orders of $50 or more. Detail here.

Universal Backgrounds stamp set
Milepost Shapes

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Advent Calendar Kit Now Available

I'm excited to announce that my Advent Calendar Workshop is available to purchase as a long-distance kit! This is a great option if you don't have the Art Philosophy or Artiste Cricut cartridges but would still like to create this fun calendar for the Advent Season.

For all the details on my Advent Calendar, see my original post HERE.

The kit is $40 and includes the My Creations Cubby, all pre-cut papers and embellishments/accessories needed, a bottle of silver glitz gel, Cricut Craft Room file, a list of suggested Bible verses to include inside, and a full-color photo with instructions. [The kit will not include the Universal Backgrounds stamp or inks (Olive & Sky) used, but you can purchase them from my website.] Shipping is $10.*

The cubby is bigger than it looks! It measures 14" x 14" x 2-3/4".  You'll also need adhesive of your choice, a glue pen for the numbers, and I suggest a bone folder for assembling the boxes. (Allow up to a week for your kit to ship.)

*Shipping to 48 US states is $10. Everyone else please email me for a quote: jaymalew [at] gmail [dot] com.

Want Just the Cricut Craft Room file? 

If you already have these cartridges and would like to make this kit on your own, purchase any of your supplies from my website and I'll email you my Cricut Craft Room file as a BONUS! I'll also include a list of suggested Bible verses to include inside the boxes for reading each day of the Advent season. Be sure to click "join" next to my gathering to join my current online party! This will help me continue to offer giveaways on my blog :)

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Tutorial: Blending CTMH Alcohol Markers to Match Flirty Raspberry + GIVEAWAY

Hi Friends!
I have a cute little 4x4 card and video tutorial to share with you today.

I played around with some favorites this week: Flirty paper pack, Pun Fun stamp set, and our new Alcohol markers! Oh...and BLING, of course!

Here's the card I made. I used the Mojo Monday 265 sketch for this week and made a few for a card swap I am in with some of my CTMH teammates.

Don't you just love the Flirty Raspberry color? What? We don't have a Flirty Raspberry marker?! Well let me show you how to achieve the look of it by blending a few markers! Here's my quick video tutorial.


How would you like to win this adorable Pun Fun Stamp Set? Well now's your chance! Just use the Rafflecopter below to enter. (Giveaway ends on November 12 at 12:01am ET--that's 9:01pm on Nov 11 for us on the West Coast!) I will announce the winner on Monday 11/12.)
a Rafflecopter giveaway

FREE SHIPPING + 50-72% Off Stamps

Don't forget you can SCORE with FREE shipping on CTMH orders over $50 plus 50% off your favorite stamp set and 72% off the Stamp of the Month! Details here.

CTMH Products used:

Flirty Paper Pack
Pun Fun Stamp Set
Avonlea Scrapbooking WOTG stamp set
Bitty Sparkles
Goldrush stamp pad
Blush marker (dark)
Smoothie marker
Autumn Terracotta markers
Honey marker

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Pun Fun stamp set

Flirty Paper Pack

Friday, November 2, 2012

Why Handmade Means More: Gifts from the Heart

The holiday season is coming up fast — have you started your shopping yet? What are you going to get for those few people on your list who are impossible to shop for? What do you give to that person that seems to have everything? If you’ve got some question marks on your list this year, try giving something handmade.

Why handmade? There are many reasons that a gift you make yourself is more meaningful than what you can get off the shelf:
  • Time — is there anything more valuable? Once you’ve given your time to something, you can never get it back. When you put your valuable time into making something personal and unique, you are giving one of the most valuable things you have.
  • Personal Touch — everything you create is infused with a part of you. A gift that you created is much more likely to remind the recipient of you simply because it carries the signature of your creativity.
  • Customizable — don’t spend hours in stores looking in vain for just the right thing. With a handmade gift, you can make something just right by tailoring it to what you know about the person you are giving it to.
  • Rarity — when you make something handmade, you are creating an item that is unique. That uniqueness adds value to the gift because there is nothing else like it. It is a gift that only you can give.
There is no limit to the handmade gifts you can give this year. A beautiful card or scrapbook page may be just the right thing, or a decorated picture frame, jewelry box, or wall art. Let your creativity shine this holiday season and give something that means a little more — give something handmade.

Look through Close to my Heart's Idea Book for some inspiration, and browse around my blog. My {What's in a Frame} decor is always a hit and makes a perfect gift! 

Feel free to email me if you have any questions: jaymalew [at] gmail [dot] com.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Save 50% on Your Favorite Stamp Set + Free Shipping

I know you love a good deal, especially on quality products like Close To My Heart offers!

If you’ve had your eye on a particular stamp set or two, then now is the perfect time to act.

During November, you can get 50% off your favorite stamp set in the Idea Book! Plus FREE Shipping!

Here’s how:

Hopefully you already know about our Stamp of the Month program, where you can buy an exclusive D-size stamp set for just $5 with your $50 qualifying order. This month, when you qualify for and purchase the November Stamp of the Month set, Capture the Date (shown above), you get an additional bonus of 50% off any other stamp set in the Idea Book! (This deal excludes those sets sold as part of Workshops on the Go® kits or our Cricut® collections, but that still leaves you over one hundred options to choose from!)

BONUS: In November only, I'm offering free shipping on orders of $50 or more!!! Normally I offer free shipping on orders of $99 or more...I'm feeling generous because this is my birthday month! (US lower 48 states only. 1/2 price shipping to AK and HI on orders over $99 still pertains.)

To receive free shipping you can either email me at jaymalew [at] gmail [dot] com to place your order and I'll send you a paypal invoice for the total less shipping.

OR Place your order on my website and make sure you JOIN my online gathering. You can either scroll to the bottom of the homepage to join, or click the box at the top of the checkout screen to join. Either way, once you place your order under the gathering I will email you to get your paypal info and send you the shipping charges via a rebate through Paypal! You MUST join the gathering to get your free shipping rebate! (I will refund the cost of the FedEx SmartPost shipping option.)

Sound like a good deal? It is! Start shopping >

Look at this beautiful artwork that the CTMH artists created. See how versatile the November Stamp of the Month set is?!

So head over to my website to read more about this deal and start shopping! Be sure to contact me at jaymalew [at] gmail [dot] com to claim your free shipping or place your order through my online gathering!