Tuesday, January 8, 2019

January Specials from Close to my Heart

There are several specials going on this month and I wanted to be sure to share them with you!

1. Save 35% on Alphabet Stamp Sets

2019 marks 35 years since Close To My Heart Founder & CEO Jeanette Lynton first started selling stamps, and we have big plans for celebrating all year long! We’re kicking off the celebrations with special 35% savings on our alphabet My Acrylix® stamp sets. (That's the best sale I've ever seen on stamps!) Shop them all >

Celebrate 35 Years!

Solid Classroom Alphabet (E1043)Outline Classroom Alphabet (E1042)Erin's Hand (E1039)Modern Typewriter Alphabet (B1638)Brushed Letters (E1041)Stitched Alphabet (C1738)Morgan's Hand (E1040)Simply Said (C1725)

2. National Papercrafting Month: Frame it Up

Celebrate National Papercrafting Month with a new papercrafted décor frame only available from Close To My Heart. There are so many different ways to use this versatile frame that you are sure to want more than one. If you buy 2, you'll save 15% and if you buy 3 you'll save 30%. Get the details >
Frame It Up

3. Heart Happy Collection

The Heart Happy collection includes an exclusive paper packet, stamp set, and sticker sheet that you can use to show your love in all kinds of crafts! The Heart Happy workshop guide provides instructions for using these items together with a few other products to create two single-page 12″ × 12″ layouts, one two-page 12″ × 12″ layout, 10 cards, and five tags. Save 25% when you purchase the workshop kit that includes the My Acrylix® A Piece of My Heart stamp set! There's also free instructions for a mini album project with made using this paper collection. Get all the details >
Heart Happy
Heart Happy Workshop Kit (with Stamp Set) (CC2196) 

4. Stamp of the Month - Card Captions

The Stamp of the Month is probably my favorite special we have each month. Every single month we have a new stamp of the month that you can purchase for just $5 (an $18.95 value!). You can qualify for this special pricing by placing an order of $50 or more in Close To My Heart products. This versatile sentiment set stamp set is only available January 1–31. Details >


Here are some card sets I made using this stamp of the month.

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Friday, January 4, 2019

Rainbow Card Set Using Card Captions January Stamp of the Month

Today I have more cards using the January stamp of the month, Card Captions. I made several card sets for family members for Christmas using this stamp set. I love how easy it was to make a set with the same look for a variety of occasions. This SOTM is definitely a must-have, especially at only $5 with a $50 purchase!

I paired Card Captions with a retired set, Be a Rainbow, 🌈 as well as some Central Park Sequins. I just love CTMH's adhesive-backed sequins! (Check out the new I Heart Us Sequins.)

I kept these cards simple since I was making a bunch of them, yet they are so colorful and fun that they still pack a punch! You could use this clean-and-simple card sketch with so many different stamp sets, stickers, or die-cuts. You can see a couple of cards I made using this similar CAS sketch HERE.

The colors I used for the stamped rainbow and the cardstock bases were Candy Apple, Tangerine, Lemon, Willow, and Bluebird. (The color Tangerine is now retired but I like the new Nectarine better anyway.) I stamped the sentiments from the Card Captions stamp set in Archival Black ink. I love this ink because it’s a very vivid black. It does stain your stamps, but that doesn’t bother me.

If you'd like to get this stamp of the month for only $5, all you have to do is spend $50 on my CTMH website. With a brand-new Idea Book/catalog filled with awesome products, believe me, that's not hard to do!

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Thanks for visiting today!



Tuesday, January 1, 2019

CTMH January Stamp of the Month Blog Hop - Card Captions


Welcome to the first CTMH Stamp of the Month Blog hop of 2019. If you have come from Brenda's blog, you are on the right path. If you get lost along the way, visit Melinda's blog for the list of participants.

You are in for a treat...this month’s stamp of the month, Card Captions, is going to be a popular one. It’s filled with sentiments for just about every occasion you might need for a card!

This stamp of the month set and the products I used for my project are all found in the brand-new Seasonal Expressions 1 Idea Book, which launched today! You can view it here >

Without further adieu, here is my project. I used the cut-apart paper sheet from the new Something Fierce paper pack. I got 5 cards out of it and could have made more...plus have a lot more cut-apart pieces that I saved for scrapbooking! I added some zip strips and scraps, various embellishments, and cardstock for the card base.

Here is my process video as I made this set of cards, and below it are some close-ups and more details. If you enjoy this video, please subscribe to my channel on YouTube. :)

My kids aren't really into dinosaurs (yet) so I figured I wouldn't use them for scrapbooking. But I think they are super cute and they are perfect for cards for when they go to their friends' birthday parties. The first 3 cards are dinosaur-themed, and I varied them for boys or girls. But the last two are far from dinos and could be used for anyone!

For this first card, I cut the "Happy Birthday" stamp in half so that I could stamp each word separately. I popped up the dino on foam squares from the Shaker Window Foam and Acetate pack. And don't you love those puffy star stickers?! They add fun dimension with a pop of color! Swoon!

I stamped all of the sentiments with Archival Black ink. I find that this ink stamps the most vivid black. It does stain your stamps, but that doesn't bother me.

For this third card, I again cut the sentiment in half to stamp the words "birthday" and "wishes" separately. It doesn't bother me to do this since I can always mount them on my block together and stamp as intended. But if you can't bring yourself to do it, then you can ink up only half of the stamp at a time.

These next two are more simple and not dinosaur-themed at all.

This cactus card turned out to be my favorite. For some reason, I think the cactus make a perfect "get well soon" card. It is actually a sticker I had left over from the January Craft With Heart subscription. (I'll be posting that layout soon!)

I hope you enjoyed these cards!

To continue on the hop, head over to Terry's blog.

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Have a wonderful day!

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