Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Final Goodie Box! $125

Today is the final day of the terrific Deal A Day promotion with Close To My Heart, and they certainly saved the best for last! Today's deal is the sixth and final Great Goodies Box for $125 with approximately $300 in products! It's easy to order; go to my website and add it to your cart. Remember that because of the awesome shipping deal (only $10), the Goodie Box is the only item that can be on your order. Stock up today on fabulous products!

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Child's Birthday Card: Animal Cookies

This month my CTMH unit is swapping birthday cards for children, featuring the Animal Cookies paper. I made this 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" card from the "Delightful Dots" pattern in Wishes, the newest CTMH how-to card book. I used the Animal Cookies Level 2 Paper Packet, Creative Basics Animal Cookies Collection (including the ribbon!), and the stamp set Childhood (D1358).

Colors in the card are Dutch Blue, Clover Meadow, Tulip, Sunflower, and Desert Sand. I used Sassy Strands for the ties on the kite.

I love to pop-dot elements on my cards to give them dimension. I stamped the kite twice, once in Dutch Blue and once in Tulip. I cut out the striped portions from the Tulip kite and attached them on the Dutch Blue kite base. The kite string is stamped in Desert Sand with Sassy Strands "ties" glued on.

To give the background some dimension, I stamped one of the clouds from the Childhood stamp set onto white cardstock then cut the cloud out. I used it as a mask, sponging over the cloud with Dutch Blue ink.

I moved the stencil down a little and sponged more. I continued down the card front, making it look like a sky full of clouds!

The finished product:

Stardust Cube

I have really gotten into altering items, and one of my favorite items to alter is the My Creations Cube from Close To My Heart. The cube is made of white chipboard and comes flat, like this:

It's easy to put together. All the fold lines are pre-scored, and the corner holes are pre-punched. Just start folding to make the box:

And keep folding. It kind of "goes" the way it is supposed to.
You end up with a cube like this:

To get it to stay together, just punch out the holes and tie together with Waxy Flax, twine, or ribbon. If you don't want the holes to show, you could wrap the cube with scrapbooking paper. I like using Waxy Flax because it is a little stiffer which makes it easier to go through the holes. I have it threaded through all six holes here, but you could also tie each pair separately.

Now, the fun part -- the altering! This finished cube is one I made for a baby gift for my cousin's baby (and need to send before Sam goes to college!). I used the Stardust Level 2 paper packet and the Stardust Stickease.

A Dimensional Elements letter is covered with paper and sets off his name. The star stickease is pop-dotted. Here's a trick for using stickers like a die cut: sprinkle a little baby powder on the back of the sticker and rub it in. Brush off any excess powder and attach the sticker with pop-dots. Easy!

I set eyelets in each pre-punched hole using my Crop-A-Dile and tied each pair with White Daisy Sassy Strands. I chose to leave the front of the top unattached so the box can open for storage.

There are places for pictures on three of the sides:

Because I left the top open, I decided to line the inside with paper.

The finished cube is 5 inches square -- a perfect size for the top of a desk or for storing little goodies!

Friday, June 26, 2009

Before the Blog Hop

Yes -- I'm "hopping" again on July 1 along with 43 other CTMH consultants! Join me in the hop among the blogs to see the beautiful artwork using the July Stamp of the Month, "You've Got Flair." You can start with my blog and circle around, or you may go to Jena's blog to start at the beginning.

To make sure things go smoothly, I'm testing the link to Pamela's blog, since hers is the blog you'll hop to after mine. I hope you'll plan to join the fun and hop with us! I can't wait to see all the creative ideas!

$25 Great Goodies Box - Deal A Day Special

If you have been waiting for a great deal on one of the goodie boxes, today's the day! For only $25, you can get approximately $50 worth of great CTMH products! The offer is only good until Saturday morning at 8:00 a.m. (CST) or while supplies last. This one may sell out, so order early!

Friday, June 19, 2009

Deal A Day: $60 Great Goodies Box

The "mystery" boxes -- or Great Goodies Boxes -- have been very popular! Today's Deal A Day is another one: this one for $60 with a value of more than $120! There is nothing I love better than a great deal, and this is one of the best I have seen. Others have posted what they received, and let me tell you -- the goodies are fabulous! Some items are consultant-only items; some are retired items; some are current items. The boxes usually include stamp sets, paper packets, and lots of embellishments. If you have been on the fence about trying one, this is a great price point! There are only two more after this, and one of them is likely to be "the big one" -- value over $300. You can order from my site until 9:00 a.m. on Saturday morning, or until supplies last.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Christmas in July Card Workshop

Get a jump start on your Christmas cards with my Christmas in July workshop! You will make 20 beautiful cards (2 of each pattern) for only $10! This is my spin on the "Just Because" workshop from Wishes, the newest CTMH how-to book. Please visit my website for details.

All 20 Cards:

Cards 1 and 2:

Cards 3 and 4:

Card 5 and 6:

Cards 7 and 8:

Cards 9 and 10:

Items used:
9033 - Wishes
X7100B - Perfect Day Level 2 Paper Packet
Inks: Sorbet, Tulip, Juniper, Creme Brulee, Cocoa
D1313 - December Word Puzzle
D1315 - Evergreen
D1325 - Argyle Backgrounds
D1324 - Christmas Melodies
D1320 - Shining Star
Z1146 - Pewter Designer Brads
Z1104 - Clear Sparkles
Z1126 - Colonial White Designer Ribbon Rounds
Z1123 - Sorbet Designer Ribbon Rounds
Z1110 - Spring Blossom Brads
Z1151 - Foam Tape
Z1114 - Piercing Tool Kit

My first blog award

I was tickled to receive a message saying I was given this blog award! Thanks to Carol Labuski for nominating me for this award!

I will pass along this honor soon to some of my sister CTMH bloggers who always inspire me with their creativity. Thanks again, Carol!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

CTMH Deal A Day -- Great Goodies Box!

Today is a great day to stock up on scrapbooking and stamping supplies with a Great Goodies box! The Deal A Day for today is a $100 goodie box, filled with more than $220 of great products! The previous boxes were LOADED with beautiful supplies, and this one is sure to be the best yet.

This is a great opportunity to challenge yourself to try something new. Order your box today and take advantage of the added bonus of reduced shipping -- only $8 for the continental US!

Monday, June 1, 2009

Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! We will be featuring June's SOTM, which is Tender Tags, a set of 15 stamps. If you have come here from Kelly's Blog, you are on the right path! If this is your first stop, you may want to go back to Jena's Blog and start from the beginning!
This month we have 42 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this month's SOTM and other great CTMH products on their blogs. This is simple to do - just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next one! Here we go!

Circle Card from Wishes

Products used:

9033 - Wishes
D1350 - Tender Tags
X5669 - Autumn Harvest Textured Cardstock Combo Pack
X5670 - Winter Cozy Textured Cardstock Combo Pack
X5630 - Taffy Cardstock
X5751 - Sorbet Cardstock
Z1123 - Sorbet Collection Designer Ribbon Rounds
Z1129 - Outdoor Denim Collection Designer Ribbon Rounds
Z1110 - Spring Blossom brads
Z1090 - Foam Tools
Z1294 - Sanding Kit
Z1114 - Piercing Tool Kit

Now "Hop" on over to Brae Montgomery's Blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting ideas and other fun ideas! Remember, the June SOTM is only available until June 30th! Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here) to see how you can get this stamp set at a discount or even free!


Here are some more projects I have made using this Stamp of the Month...