Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Workshop on the Go {Spellbound}

With the Autumn/Winter 2012 Idea Book, Close To My Heart gave us a couple of "home decor" workshops as well as the card-making and scrapbooking workshops.  I have to say that I absolutely LOVE all of them, but I think that Spellbound is my favorite!


This fun and fabulous Halloween party workshop is designed to allow you to create a complete Halloween party for 8 people! You'll receive the papers, accessories, and instructions to create the following:
  • 8 Treat Bags
  • 8 Cupcake Liners
  • 8 Cupcake Picks
  • 8 Drink Wraps for pop/juice/Gatorade/beer bottles
  • 1 Banner (5pc) for decorating
The Spellbound Workshop on the Go Kit is designed to be a Cricut kit, used in conjunction with our brand new Artiste cartridge! Everything (except for the little bats on the cupcake picks) is cut using the Artiste cartridge!

Here's what you get in the kit:


1 – My Reflections® Spellbound Paper Packet (18 sheets, Exclusive to Kit)
1 – My Acrylix® Spellbound Cricut® Workshop Stamp Set (C-size)
1 – Sunset Baker’s Twine (10 yards)
1 – Foundry® Pin Clips (Z1612)
6 – Jump Rings (not shown)
1 – Instructional Brochure 
Retail Value $36.79
Your cost - $32.95 ($39.00 including shipping/tax)

Now, while I do LOVE this workshop, I know I won't be hosting a Halloween party.  So, I've made a few adjustments and come up with a few different options for you.  Do you have kid(s) in elementary school that still do the fall/Halloween parties? Would you like have your treats for Halloween packaged up in a cute bag?

Using the same kit and instructions, you can create the following:


30 Regular or Mini Cupcake Liners & Picks
You will need 2 additional packages of Foundry Pin Clips.
(Please excuse my styrofoam cupcakes.) 

OR

30 Treat Bags
(The treat bags shown in the first photo end up too small, so I've changed the bags.
You can choose from the square box, handled bag, or the pillow box for your 30 boxes.
All 30 boxes will be the same style.)
OR

30 Drink Wraps and the Banner (shown above, slightly modified)
(The wraps can be sized to fit any bottle under 5 inches in diameter.)
  
I am also offering a Paper Only Kit for those that do not wish to get the stamp set, or perhaps don't like the Spellbound papers.  The Paper Only Kit will feature the Moonlight Paper Packet, plus additional cardstock required to complete the projects.

Moonlight Paper Packet
6 additional sheets of Cardstock
Typed Instructions
(Instructional Brochure is not available separately)
Your Cost: $16.00  (includes shipping/tax)

I've also put together a couple of add-on options if you'd like the Moonlight Kit.
*Please note that the jump rings and instructional brochure are not available separately.

Additional Products Required

If you are local, our workshop is scheduled for Sunday, October 14, 2012, at 1pm ET.  Please RSVP with your kit selection and prepay by October 1st.  Please allow at least 5 hours for this workshop if you plan on cutting your own at the workshop (you will need to bring your Cricut machine). If I am pre-cutting for you, please allow at least 2 hours to complete the projects. You are welcome to cut and stamp all the pieces at the workshop, then assemble the projects at home as well.

Party for 8 Kit
  • Spellbound Kit $39
  • Moonlight Paper Only Kit $16
Cupcake Liners/Picks Kit (makes 30 liners/picks)
  • Spellbound Kit $50 (includes 2 additional pkg Foundry Pin Clips)
  • Moonlight Paper Only Kit $16 ($28 with 2 additional pkg Foundry Pin Clips)
Treat Bags Kit (makes 30 bags)
  • Spellbound Kit $39
  • Moonlight Paper Only Kit $16 ($22 with Bakers Twine)
Drink Wraps & Banner Kit (makes 30 wraps and 1 banner)
  • Spellbound Kit $39
  • Moonlight Paper Only Kit $16 ($22 with Bakers Twine)
If you do not have the Cricut Artiste Collection, or would like me to pre-cut your workshop, please add $5.


If you are not local, you can still complete this workshop, please add $5 for postage.  If you can't make my scheduled workshop on October 14th, get your friends together and schedule your own workshop. Check my calendar for available dates - I only have a few in October!

Until next time...
Debra

Friday, August 31, 2012

Stamp of the Month Blog Hop {Fall Favorites}


It's time once again for our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! This month, we are featuring September's Stamp of the Month, Fall Favoritesset of 11.


If you've come from {Shirley's Blog}, you're on the right path. We have over 60 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!  

I decided to create a layout using this month's stamp set.  I chose to use our new Make It from Your Heart pattern book. This new pattern book is chock full of new layout patterns, as well as card patterns.  I flipped through and chose Pattern 08 (slightly modified).


As I flipped through the Cricut Artiste booklet, I found a cut that sort of resembled a fence.  It's actually one of the rosettes (there are 7).  I used Shift + Accent 3 [x] cut at 2 inches. Using B&T paper from the Dakota kit, gave the fence a nice wood look to it without a whole lot of effort.  I also found the grass on the Cricut Artiste. I used Shift + Accent 3 [Spring] cut at 3/4 inch. I cut 4 pieces to make sure I had enough to line the fence.

Here's a couple of close ups of each page.


For the scarecrow and pumpkins, I used my watercolor pencils and water brush.  I stamped the images using StazOn Brown ink onto Colonial White Cardstock.  Watercolor is one of my favorite ways to color in images! I'm not sure if this is the correct way, but this way works well for me and I get the results I'm after.


Stamp your image in a non-waterbased ink such as StazOn, pigment inks, or archival ink.
Outline your image in the colors you wish to use.
Add in a little shading where you want your image to be a bit darker. I tend to think in shadows, but you can also imagine where the sun would not be shining.  If there are shade lines, I also color those.





When you're done outlining and shading, grab your water brush. Make sure it is moist, but not wet. You do not want it dripping. I test mine on the back of my hand.
Start with one color first. Here I did all the green. Start pulling your water brush from the outside towards the inside (where you did not color).  I use the water brush just like I would with a regular color pencil, using strokes instead of a circular motion. Do not work in one area very long. Just keep going across until you have a nice blended image.

I colored the scarecrow the same way. You can see a little of the shading in his pants.

I then cut out each image and used 3D Foam Tape to add the accents to the page.

Supplies
(links will open in a new window so you won't lose your spot in the hop)
Stamps: Fall Favorites (Stamp of the Month)
Accessories: Watercolor Pencils, Water Brush, 3D Foam Tape, Cricut Artiste


Now hop on over to {Brae's Blog} to check out her fabulous artwork! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their blogs to get some great crafting ideas and other fun ideas! The complete list of participants is here.  

Don't forget, the Stamp of the Month is only available until September 30th! Contact your consultant, or click here! Everyone who purchases the Stamp of the Month from me is invited to my FREE Stamp of the Month workshop next month where we will create a fabulous project or two using Fall Favorites. Check my calendar for dates and times!


Until next time...
Debra

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

National Stamping Month Blog Hop {It's Your Day}

 


Welcome to our National Stamping Month Blog Hop!  We will be featuring projects from the special double stamp set, It’s Your Day.

My Acrylix It's Your Day Stamp Set, Set of 48

If you have come here from {Gina's Blog} you are on the right path! The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way all around.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants here.

We have over 40 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using brand new products from the Fall/Winter idea book 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!


For my project, I used a card that was actually a project from our Michigan Team Meeting last weekend. Thanks to Leslie Hegwood for providing us with a fun card! As I had most of the products, I chose just to take the pieces and stamp and assemble later, allowing the other gals to get their samples done.  I did tweak my card slightly from the one Leslie provided.  

I used the dots background stamp and Slate ink for the 3/4" Colonial White strip.  I used the saying "Life is good..." in my circle with 2 of the little hearts, also stamped in Slate ink.  The bicycle and "enjoy the ride" were stamped in Chocolate ink directly on the gorgeous Avonlea B&T. (Don't look too closely, as I need to re-ink my  Chocolate ink pad and wasn't very successful at lining it up again - that's what I get for waiting until the last minute!)  I added Liquid Glass to the hearts and let it dry most of the day today.

Supplies
(links will open in a new window so you don't lose your spot in the hop)
Stamps: It's Your Day - National Stamping Month Double Set
Inks: Chocolate and Slate
Accessories:  Liquid Glass


Now, hop on over to to {Maria's Blog} to check out her fabulous card! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their blogs to see some fabulous ideas with this limited edition stamp set! You can get this exclusive, double stamp set for just $5 when you place a minimum order of $35 in full retail products from August 15 through September 30, 2012. You’ll love this double set—two D-size sets in one envelope.  AND if your order exceeds $50 you can double dip and also grab the stamp of the month for $5!

Until next time...
Debra

Sunday, August 5, 2012

CTMH *New* Product Blog Hop: La Belle Vie and Bonjour


It is one of the most exciting times of the year for Close To My Heart consultants and customers alike! August 1st brought us the NEW Autumn/Winter 2012 Idea Book (link will open in a new window so you won't lose your spot in the hop) full of NEW ideas and fabulous products!

If you've come from {Julia's Blog}, you're on the right path. We have over 50 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using some of our favorite NEW Autumn/Winter 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! 


I took a bunch of projects with me to our team meeting in Michigan this weekend, but only managed to get ONE completed (and that was last night back in my hotel room). I should have known better as I only go up once every year or so now, that I would spend more time visiting with great friends than creating.  I didn't even finish the fabulous projects that were taught at the meeting. Looks like tomorrow is going to be a creative day :)

I am working on a new display board for my gatherings (parties) this fall.  Basically, pick a date, then pick the make & take project you would like you and your guests to complete. I know I showed pictures earlier, but I think it's much better to have the actual projects to oooooh and aaaaaah over ;)  Here's one of the projects I'll be offering.


La Belle Vie Cricut Gift Box
Using the NEW Cricut Artiste Cartridge (link will open in a new window), I created this cute little box out of the new La Belle Vie papers.
Pink B&T top and bottom: 1" Card [MtherDay] (cut 2)
Pink B&T top box: 1" 3D Object [MtherDay]
Pink B&T bottom box: 1" Shift+3D Object [Mom]
Black B&T plaque: 1 1/2" Shift+Accent 3 [B]
Colonial White Cardstock plaque: 1 1/4" Shift+Accent 3 [B]
Black B&T accent strip: 3/8" x 11"

When cutting Cricut Artiste shapes that are the same color on the same key in the Artiste booklet, the finished size is indicated in red text next to the shape on the Artiste booklet page. In this instance, you’ll see on page 74 that the box should be cut at 1", meaning that the finished box will be 1" tall. All color-coordinating pieces on that key should be cut at the 1" size and will cut in proper proportion. You can adjust the size of the finished project, just remember to adjust the size of all the pieces :)


I assembled the box using Liquid Glass (for durability) according to the directions in the Assembly Instructions Booklet. Yes, our new Artiste Cartridge comes with an Assembly Instruction Booklet to show you how the projects go together. How cool is that?!

I used the new Bonjour My Acrylix Stamp Set to stamp the Colonial White plaque. Then, I used the water brush and Blush ink to color in the flourish.  I used 3D Foam Tape to adhere that plaque to the center of the Black B&T plaque for dimension.


I added a bit of the new Black Tulle Ribbon to the top of the box after fiddling with it to get it how I wanted. I used a glue dot to get it started, then added a small blob of Liquid Glass to the center, then added the plaques.  I set the box lid on a couple of My Acrylix Blocks to reinforce the lid, then put another block on top of the plaques to let the Liquid Glass set and dry.  I finished of the box with a Pearl Badge Button from the Wrangler Assortment.

Supplies
(links will open in a new window so you won't lose your spot in the hop)
Stamps: Bonjour
Inks: Black and Blush
Accessories: Black Tulle Ribbon, Wrangler Assortment
Tools: Cricut Artiste Collection, Bone Folder, Waterbrush, Liquid Glass, 3D Foam Tape

Now, hop on over to to {Georgia's Blog} to check out her fabulous Christmas card! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their blogs to see some of the fabulous NEW products in our Autumn/Winter 2012 Idea Book. If you get lost along the way, the complete list of participants is here

If you are local, and would like to complete this project for free, contact me to schedule your home gathering with your friends and family! You can check out my calendar (link will open in a new window) for my open dates.

Until next time...
Debra

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Today is the Day!

To join my Memories of the Heart Close To My Heart team!  Beginning today, while supplies last, when you join my Close To My Heart team, you'll receive this FABULOUS Damask Tote Bag - (valued at $50), along with $130 in Close To My Heart products, for only $49!


Damask Tote Bag Features
• 17" x 17" x 6"
• Large exterior pocket for 12" x 12" paper packets
• Huge interior can hold a 12" x 12" album and more
• Small, zippered interior pocket
• Fabric is coated-canvas for durability and easy cleaning
• 2 water bottle pockets
• Wear on the shoulder, across the chest, or as a backpack
• Large flap snaps closed 

You can choose the Essentials Kit for $49 (valued at $130), which gives you everything you need to get started!

Essentials Consultant Kit contents:

Read Me First Letter
 Current Idea Books (qty. 3)
Hostess Order Forms (qty. 5)
Customer Order Forms (qty. 5)
Close To My Heart Color Swatches (W471)
Autumn/Winter 2012 B&T Duos® Sampler (W1115)
Petite Perks™ Nature’s Delight Incentive Stamp Set (W2023)
Avonlea Complements Canvas Shapes (X7155C)
Workshops on the Go™ Avonlea Scrapbooking Kit (G1045)
My Creations® Recipe/Photo Box (Z1322)
Color-Ready Canvas Alphabet (Z1777)
Chocolate Exclusive Inks® Pad (Z2111)
Slate Exclusive Inks® Pad (Z2173)
My Acrylix® Glamour Lowercase Stamp Set (D1522)
My Acrylix® Perfect Fit—Frames Stamp Set (D1527)
3" × 3" My Acrylix® Block (Y1006)
2" x 3½" My Acrylix® Block (Y1009)
(Some items may not be shown. Contents are subject to change without notice.)



Or, you can choose the Master Kit for only $99 (valued at over $280) if you're looking to jump right into a new business adventure!
Master Consultant Kit contents:
Essentials Kit (above) PLUS
Current Idea Books (qty. 7 more)
You Are Welcome Here Recruiting Brochures (W1151) (qty. 25)
The Rewards Come Now Hostess Brochures (W1150) (qty. 25)
5 Studio J® Layouts (redeem within 3 months, not shown)
Studio J® Brochures (W111/W111C) (qty. 5)
Hostess Order Forms (W122/W122C) (qty. 20 more)
Customer Order Forms (W101 / W101C) (qty. 20 more)
Petite Perks™ Nature’s Delight Incentive Stamp Set (W2023) (qty. 4 more)
Cello Bags (W1152) (qty. 25)
My Acrylix® Stamp Scrubber (Z1782)
My Acrylix® Spritz Cleaner (1778)
Bonding Memories® Glue (1512)
Sponge (Z697)
Liquid Glass (Z679)
Chocolate Exclusive Inks® Marker Set (Z2434)
Micro-Tip Scissors (Z534)
(Some items may not be shown. Contents are subject to change without notice.)
I know you probably have a few questions, so I'll go over some of the ones I've heard the most.

Q. Do you have to sign up to be a consultant to get this deal?  
A. Yes, BUT keep reading, there is no obligation on your part!
 
Q. Do you have to sell Close to my Heart products once you sign up for this deal?  
A. No! You may just purchase the purse and get the $130 in products for free. No one will come after you if you never do another thing.  

Q. Can you sell or buy products at a discount after signing up?
A. Yes! It's entirely up to you what you do after you sign up! You may buy at a 22% discount.  

Q. Do you have to turn in "minimums"?   
A. Only if you want to to keep the full 22% discount BUT you get to keep that discount all the way to December 31, 2012 without making any minimum at all!
 
Q. What if I just want the bag right now and decide to actually build a business later? 
A. That's GREAT! A lot of us started out just for a great deal, then started thinking about what we could do with our business later.
 
If you're ready to get the bag, head on over to my website to sign up now!
 
Not quite sure? Here's a few MORE things you'll get when you join my team (in addition to the fabulous bag and products in your new kit)...
 
A welcome package from me personally, welcoming you to my team.

An opportunity to attend fabulous events, ones that actually give you your registration fees back in brand new products, prizes, and more!

A continual discount on your favorite brand new products (and you can start buying from the brand new catalog as soon as you sign up)!

Lots of new friends with more to come.

Sneak previews and chances to buy great new products before they are available to the public.

A chance to get out of the house and just be you!

Regular team meetings where make and takes are free.

Access to a private treasure trove of new artwork, patterns and ideas.

A place to feel important.

A chance at a big tax refund.

Chances to get free product OFTEN!!!

Opportunities to earn cruises and money!
 
Here's the best part, you can try out the club for EIGHT MONTHS with no other obligation on your part AT ALL.  That's right, just see if you like it.  At the end of MARCH 2013, you can decide to stay in the club or not.  For more details on this, just send me an email and I can tell you all about it.  And P.S. if you want a way to make money, I can help you with that too!

DON'T WORRY, IF YOU DON'T LIKE IT, CLOSE TO MY HEART WON'T TAKE YOUR KIT BACK, YOU GET TO KEEP IT ALL, ISN'T THAT GREAT? 
 

Still not sure?  Send me an email or give me a call (812-259-0431) and I'll answer all your questions! This truly is an amazing opportunity!  But hurry! This fabulous bag will not last long!
 

Until next time...
Debra

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Stamp of the Month Blog Hop {Baroque Borders}


It's time once again for our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! This month, we are featuring August's Stamp of the Month, Baroque Bordersset of 5.


If you've come from {Tamytha's Blog}, you're on the right path. We have over 50 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!

Apparently, I have managed to misplace my Stamp of the Month sets :(  As I receive them early, and I had this hair-brained idea to actually try to organize my disaster area, I'm sure I put them in a safe place. Unfortunately, I forgot where that was. That's what I get for moving things around.  I will find them and get artwork posted as soon as possible. I have this really neat idea in my head that involves some tulle, embossing powder, brads, and a few other things from my stash of stuff.  Please check back.

In the mean time, please continue on the hop to {Tamra's Blog} to check out her fabulous artwork! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their blogs to get some great crafting ideas and other fun ideas! The complete list of participants is here

Don't forget, the Stamp of the Month is only available until August 31st! Contact your consultant, or click here! Everyone who purchases the Stamp of the Month from me is invited to my FREE Stamp of the Month workshop next month where we will create a fabulous project or two using Baroque Borders. Check my calendar for dates and times!

Until next time...
Debra

Monday, July 23, 2012

Unavailable List

Along with the Retired List, comes an Unavailable List, meaning that these items have already sold out and are no longer available.

The Unavailable List provides a comprehensive record of all items that are out of stock and permanently unavailable.
Item # Description Date Added
5571 12" x 12" GREY WOOL CARDSTOCK 7/23/2012
9029 Cherish ® Scrapbooking Program 5/8/2012
9031 Reflections® Scrapook Program 3/23/2012
9032 Originals® Card Confidence Program 3/23/2012
9033 Wishes Card Confidence Program™ 4/17/2012
9034 Magic® Scrapbooking Program 7/2/2012
B1402 My Peeps stamp set 7/2/2012
X5908 Bright Red & Pink Cardstock Shade Pack 7/19/2012
X5912 12" x 12" DARK NEUTRAL CARDSTOCK SHADE PACK 7/23/2012
X7143B Sonoma Paper Packet 7/23/2012
Z1299 Distressing Kit 3/23/2012
Z2200 Amethyst Exclusive Inks® Re-Inker 7/20/2012
Z2202 BABY PINK EXCLUSIVE INKS® RE-INKER 7/23/2012
Z2208 BROWN BAG EXCLUSIVE INKS® RE-INKER 7/23/2012
Z2219 Dutch Blue Exclusive Inks® Re-Inker 7/20/2012
Z2220 Garden Green Exclusive Inks® Re-Inker 7/20/2012
Z2221 Garnet Exclusive Inks® Re-Inker 7/20/2012
Z2224 GREY FLANNEL EXCLUSIVE INKS® RE-INKER 7/23/2012
Z2225 Grey Wool Exclusive Inks® Re-Inker 7/20/2012
Z2226 HEAVENLY BLUE EXCLUSIVE INKS® RE-INKER 7/23/2012
Z2227 HOLIDAY RED EXCLUSIVE INKS® RE-INKER 7/23/2012
Z2231 KEY LIME EXCLUSIVE INKS® RE-INKER 7/23/2012
Z2233 Lilac Mist Exclusive Inks® Re-Inker 7/20/2012
Z2234 MOONSTRUCK EXCLUSIVE INKS® RE-INKER 7/23/2012
Z2241 PANSY PURPLE EXCLUSIVE INKS® RE-INKER 7/23/2012
Z2242 PARCHMENT EXCLUSIVE INKS® RE-INKER 7/23/2012
Z2248 Spring Iris Exclusive Inks® Re-Inker 7/20/2012
Z2250 SUNFLOWER EXCLUSIVE INKS® RE-INKER 7/23/2012
Z2251 Sunkiss Yellow Exclusive Inks® Re-Inker 7/20/2012
Z2252 Sunny Yellow Exclusive Inks® Re-Inker 7/20/2012
Z2254 TAFFY EXCLUSIVE INKS® RE-INKER 7/23/2012
Z2257 Vineyard Berry Exclusive Inks® Re-Inker 7/20/2012
Z2261 PETAL EXCLUSIVE INKS® RE-INKER 7/23/2012
Z2266 Tulip Exclusive Inks® Re-Inker 7/20/2012
Z4204 Shoulder Tote 7/2/2012

If there's something you need off the Retired List, I highly recommend you hurry over to my website to place your order.  As you can see, products on the list will not last long!  Don't forget to take advantage of the Perfect Pairs special and Stamp of the Month, while you're there.


Until next time...
Debra
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