Archives for August 2015

Last Chance retiring products and August Specials!

This is the last day of all the great specials for August as well being able to get any of the retiring product from the current Annual Inspirations and Seasonal Expressions!! What an amazing year it’s been with these products!!   There’s so much on the RETIRING LIST, you have to check it out!!  And while you check that out, check the WHILE SUPPLIES LAST – discounted product!!

Last chance for these colors…some long time favorites………..

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Retiring CTMH Colors

Last chance to join with the Welcome Back Essentials Kit for $49.00……

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Last chance for the Organizer Special with Free Product.…..




Last Chance for the August SOM S1508 Framed…..

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Last chance to get to buy Artistry and get FREE shipping, a FREE August SOM, and Design Space files for the 4 stamp sets you will get between the bundle and the SOM!!

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Don’t miss out on the fun!!!  Thanks for stopping by!!


Super Excited – Top 10!

I finally got time to go through some blogs to check out some challenges over the weekend only to discover that I was selected for July’s Top 10 for the Heart 2 Heart Challenges for this card:

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Super excited to add this badge to my blog!!H2HWinnerBadgeweb_zps9a3f5119

Thanks for stopping by!

Artistry in Action

I’m home and I finally get a chance to play with the new Cricut Artistry Cartridge! The Heart 2 Heart challenge I saw the “Good Day Sunshine” challenge.  I created this card with Zoe and Artistry!Sunshine Starburst Card wm

I did a starburst or sunburst card depending on who you ask to do this.  I used Slate as my base for the card because I wanted the more muted colors of Zoe to really pop to show it off.Sunshine SB 2

I love our glitter papers.  I have found that you need to cut on “Fabric” with the Cricut Explorer for a clean cut and you can only go so small.  Bigger is better.  sunshine sb 4

A card to brighten up your day!! Don’t forget you have a few days left to get this cartridge with FREE shipping and a FREE SOM for August!  Don’t miss out!!

Sunshine SB Collage

Thanks for stopping by!!

Christmas in August

My last card with the August SOM S1508 Framed is a Christmas Card which will be in the Come and Play Card Buffet!Christmas Aug SOM wm

It’s a simple and clean card, which I like.  I took an old flourish stamp set and paired it up with Framed.

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The colors I used were Ruby, Juniper, and Slate.

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I had some grosgrain ribbon which was close enough to the Ruby to use.  Tied a cute little bow on top.

 Love that these shapes cut out on the New Cricut Artistry Cartridge!!  S1508 Framed is $17.95 or $5.00 with a $50.00 or FREE when you purchase the new Cricut Artistry Collection, either the digital version or the cartridge, from me directly!! See this exclusive special offered through me only!

Linda Artistry Collage

Thanks for stopping by!




Check out Pictaculous!

A fellow consultant, Bren Yule, shared Pictaculous with me. It’s amazing. If you are not sure what colors you should use with a picture, this is the site for you! Here’s a picture:IMG_5304 wm

Go to the site: Pictaculous and upload your picture.

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Click go and this is what you get:

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I like that they offer a few different color palettes.  I pulled the smokey plum color out of the Kuler suggestions:

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I created this layout using a pattern from Make It From Your Heart Volume 1, Pattern 13 (page 30):

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I uploaded my pictures to Studio J for photo printing.  I know that seems strange to use a digital scrapbooking program for doing this, but cost wise for photos that are off-sized, you save money.  An 8×10″ photo from Walgreen is 3.99; I can get two of those plus several other photos for $7.00!! And the photo quality is much better!!  Find out more by reading this blog post!

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This tool will work best when using the Fundamental Papers!! Be sure to come to my Open House on September 19 to see just how exciting the new Fundamental Line will be!!Thanks for stopping by!

Open House!

Open House:  Mark your calendar for September 19, 2015 from 12-6. We’ll be having a drop-in Open House to welcome in the 2015/16 Annual Inspirations Idea Book (AIIB) and Holiday Expressions (HE)!!    RSVP NOW!

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Open House – New Annual Inspirations (AI) Release!

Location: My House

Time: 12pm – 6pm. Drop-ins welcome. Come and go as your schedule permits. This is how you get your FREE Annual Inspiration 2015-16 Idea Book and the new Holiday Expressions!

RSVP by September 1, 2014 and receive a New AI Survival Kit! This is a fun kit to give you a giggle and help you indulge in the enjoyment of a new Annual Inspirations.

Make and Take: Come and make something with new and fun!

Free Annual Inspirations and Holiday Expressions to everyone who comes by. This is an $13.00 ($8.95 + s/h/t plus the Holiday Expressions – $2.00)

Shop: Cash and Carry and/or Ordering (earn tickets)

Art: We’ll have a spread of new samples of cards and scrapbook pages to show off the new papers, stamps, and products in the new Annual Inspirations. Come and be inspired to create!

Door Prizes: Have fun with this as I’ll have a few different door prizes out. YOU choose where to put your tickets. That’s right! Put your tickets in the boxes for only the one you are interested in! You do not have to be present to win.

Tickets: How do you get tickets?

RSVP = 1 Ticket (before 9/1/2015 you will also get a New AI Survival Kit)

Bring a Friend = 2 Tickets

Bring a new to me friend = 5 tickets

Do a Make and Take = 1 Ticket

Every $25.00 you order or purchase: 1 Ticket

Sign up to host a crop/class/Card Buffet: 10 Tickets

Sign up as a new consultant: 20 Tickets

RSVP TODAY!!   If you are not on FB – please email me/call me to RSVP!


6 More Days for FREE

August is flying by and there are only 6 more days left to take advantage of a lot of FREE:

Free shipping and a Free August Stamp of the Month when you purchase the new Cricut Artistry through me.Artistry 1

You can purchase either the full cartridge for $99.99 OR just the digital images for $79.00 (you still get the paper pack and stamp sets shipped separately). Please call or email me to place this order, do not place it through the website! I can’t refund what you pay to CTMH.  I’ve even created Design Space Files for the four stamp sets if you are using the Cricut Explorer or Air!!  These are yours FREE!

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Welcome Back

Anyone who’s been a consultant before for $49.00!! If you’ve been on the fence, now’s the time to rejoin and get some fabulous things to restart.

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You can join for the $49.00 kit or the $129.00.  CTMH has a home for you whether you are joining to get your supplies at a discount, share with a few friends, or build a business!!  The $129.00 kit looks like this:

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Get Organized!!

You just can’t get enough of FREE this month.  The rolling organizers are awesome and released earlier than the new Annual Inspirations.   When you purchase either one, you get FREE here with Close to My Heart !!

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I just love all these great specials for my customers!  It’s a great little thank you for your loyality!  Speaking of this – don’t forget to check out my Give-away page on my website!  There’s always something going on!!  This month, with a $50.00 order, you can get a sets of the Green Enamel and Glitter Duos for FREE (Aristry purchases excluded).  Place your  order on my website, be sure to add yourself to the August Online Orders group!  If your order is $100 or more, you are entered into the $100 shopping spree for the quarter ($99.99 Artistry purchases included)!!

Thanks for stopping by!!

Zoe – WOTG for September!

Just a reminder that we need to order your Zoe WOTG for September if you want to participate!  Here are the three cute layouts I made.  You do need two sheets of kraft paper (which you can purchase from me by the sheet or bring yourself if you have it).  15-ai-wotg-zoe-kitZoe WOTG LO1 wm

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In addition to these three layouts, I made three cards and a mini-album (which needs to be purchased in addition to the WOTG).  These samples and directions will be available as well.  Thanks for stopping by!

Studio Jo Zoe and retirement

CTMH is going to change the way Studio J works! Each month they will be releasing a new paper pack or featuring it. There will be an Express Collection only available during that month.  August starts this new awesomeness with the Zoe Collection:1508-studioj-express-collection-zoe-us_ca

As a result, select Studio J® Content will be retiring in order to improve the Studio J experience all around. The following kits are those that have been used the least in the past 12 months and will be retired on September 1:

Blue Ribbon
Elegant Bouquet
Floral Tapestry
Ivy Lane
Life Delights
More To Adore
Paper Garden
Sweet Home
Sweet Pea
That’s Amore
Wishes and Fishes Girl

Also, because we will be introducing new, limited edition Express Collections each month, we have determined that the following Express Collections will also be retired September 1:

Little Man
Little Miss
School Days
Year in Review

If you had planned on using any of these kits or collections for a particular project, now is the time to get those projects done! Feel free to share this list with your customers as well, so they, too, can finish up any projects they had in mind using these retiring kits.

FSM200 and Friday Mashup

Getting in under the wire for FSM200 as well as Friday Mashup!! Here my card:

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Here’s the sketch.


The Friday Mashup was to use at technique and make a birthday card. I did the card with watercolor on the white cardstock and then decided to add some Pearl Ex to the watercolor paint to create the background.  I masked the clouds with Masking Fluid.

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I used a combination of different stamps to create the saying “Chase Your Birthday Dreams”.

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Stamp and cut out balloons – 3D foam tape for dimension. Had some silver thread in my stash. Used it to create the balloon string and create the bow to tie it off.FMS 200 2