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Sunday, June 30, 2013

July Stamp of the Month Blog Hop {Sweet Life}

Hello!  It’s blog hop time! This month’s stamp of the month is “Sweet Life.”  If you've already been hopping, you've just come from Priscilla’s blog. 
My project is a magazine file cut from the Artiste Cricut Cartridge with a 3D rose cut from the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge in Cotton Candy pink.  I’m using up some of the fabulous Dream Pop paper left over from the May promotion.  I stamped the sentiment in white and embossed over it with white embossing powder because my white wasn’t white enough.   I think it’s time to get a re-inker for my white pigment ink pad.  The polka dot ribbon is our Slate Ribbon.  All the sparkle comes from our Stardust Glitz.  I love our glitter gels.  They’re so economical and they go a long way. 


S1307 Sweet Life July 2013 SOTM blog hop Artiste Magazine File


Sweet Life is only available in July.  It’s a D sized stamp set for $17.95.  However, when you order $50, you’re eligible to receive it for $5!  Here’s what the whole stamp set looks like.
Here's the stamp sentiments:
Love you to the core
Sweet as cherry pie
You're a peach
[LIVE THE] Sweet Life
Friendship is the sweetest of fruits
Love is to the HEART what SUMMER is to the farmers orchards, it bring a harvest to one's soul.


Now hop on over to  Tamytha Jenkin's blog to see her amazing artwork.

There could be lots of breaks in the hop this month as people are traveling home from our annual CTMH convention today.  They aren’t to check on their links for a few more days.  Here’s a complete list of hoppers so you can keep going! 



First & Last Name Blog URL
Helen Onulak http://www.hookedonstamping.com
Kathleen Androlewicz http://BowlOfStamps.blogspot.com
Nikka Geers http://www.nikkageers.blogspot.com
Alyson Mayo http://createwithalyson.blogspot.ca/
Angel Sawyer http://RunningwithScissorsDesignCo.blogspot.com
Jill Lucas http://scrapwench.blogspot.com
Wendy Coffman http://www.stampingrules.blogspot.com/
Michelle Jones http://www.michellejonesva.blogspot.com
Michelle Johns http://www.myflightsoffancy.com/blog
Traci Godbee http://www.createwithtraci.com/
Priscilla Gotham http://www.priscillaspaperie.com
Lalia Harris http://www.craftylalia.blogspot.com
Tamytha Jenkins http://www.paperheartist.com/
Annette Green http://AnnettesCreativeJourney.blogspot.com
Nancy Brown http://creativelyartsygallery.blogspot.com/
Mary Eisen http://mestamp2.blogspot.com
Traci Pasqualone http://ScrapiTraci.blogspot.com
Dawn Heuft http://stamptildawn.blogspot.com
Angela Tutton http://www.tuttonstreasures.blogspot.com
Shirley Ross http://www.momnmescrap.blogspot.com
Georgia Hauglid http://inkygeorgia.blogspot.com/
Haley Dyer http://inkyscrapper.blogspot.com
Vicki Price http://priceofpaper.blogspot.com
Joy McHargue http://www.studiowowjoy.com/
Melissa Laverty http://www.fancymelissa.com/blog
Krista Hershberger http://kristascraftycorner.blogspot.com/
Maureen O'Sullivan http://somethingtoscrapabout-maureen.blogspot.com
Melinda Everitt http://www.ifyoublingit.blogspot.com
Sheila Bennett http://sheila-bennett.blogspot.com
Allisa Chilton http://rockymtnpapercrafts.blogspot.com/
Brae Montgomery http://thebrae-er.blogspot.com
Maria Myers http://www.stampmomma.com/
Pamela Ellison http://pamsclearlycraftycorner.blogspot.com/
Tamra Pope http://tamrascraftypapercreations.blogspot.com/
Jen Rubio http://JenRubio.blogspot.com
Lori Brown http://www.savingmine.blogspot.com
Wanda Riley http://Creatingwithwanda.blogspot.com
Teresa Scrivens http://www.creatingwithinkypaw.com
Laurie R. Newton http://www.scrapsfromthebeach.com
Michelle Loncar http://michelleloncar.blogspot.com
Lisa Sargent http://www.lisasargent.net
Sarita Schraeder http://www.blessedscrapper.com
Susan Brooks http://stampingintheopen.blogspot.com
Judy Burger http://www.makingtimeformemories.blogspot.com
Katy Taylor http://www.scrappinkaty.blogspot.com
Dawn Ross http://iamahappystamper.blogspot.com
Adeline Brill http://www.adeline-brill.blogspot.com
Elizabeth Mindemann http://www.ejoym.blogspot.com
Gina Brandstetter http://gmbscrapper.blogspot.com/
Kim Schnoor http://www.creativehands-hearts.blogspot.com
Nancy Womersley http://nancysheart2heart.blogspot.com
Pam Jarrett http://www.pam-jarrett.blogspot.com
Jean McNulty http://stampinmaui.blogspot.com

Artbooking Handbook

Artbooking, like the two past cartridges from Close to My Heart  fully loaded with 700 different cuts


With the Artbooking Bundle Collection you receive the cartridge, 3 Collection Exclusive D-size stamp sets & 3 - 12" x 9" Dimensional Elements in coordinating shapes.
More features of this cartridge are:
- 30 Double Page Themed Layouts
- 10 Themed Mini Albums (8.5x11, 8x10, 8x8, 8x6, 8x3.5, 6x6, 6x7, 5x7) 
- Full page and partial page overlays (square and rectangles) – Create the layout they have designed or use elements on your own design
- Tons of phrases and layout titles
- Themed Borders, Icons & Titles
- Themed photo mats that are proportioned to the pictures we scrap with most!  4x6, 4x4, 5x7 & more!
- Font – It’s beautiful and my new favorite!

Click here to view the official handbook
 
I’m having a pre-order special!  Click here for more details!

Are you in love?  I’m taking pre-orders starting 7/15.  I know there’s specials out there right now…  Guess what?  They all ship from the same warehouse starting 8/1. 
Read why I’m waiting a couple weeks to take your order.  It’s to YOUR benefit to wait!  Click here for more details!












Thursday, June 27, 2013

Introducing: Artbooking

They did it again!  It’s another over the top-phenomenal Cricut cartridge!!!
How would you like to have a pre-designed scrapbook layout at the touch of a few Cricut Buttons?  There’s basic layouts for everyday as well as themed layouts for holidays and occasions (new baby or school days).  And then there’s 10 mini-albums!  They’re designed to be any size but when cut at 8” tall, they fit in our new Kraft mini--binder! 

CTMH Cricut Artbooking Bundle
Here’s a close-up of the 3 stamp sets: 
 08 – Cricut Artbooking Bundle
These stamps would pair nicely with Becky Higgins' Project Life memory keeping.  “This week” is perfect for capturing a week’s worth of memories on 1 page. 
 08 – Cricut Artbooking Bundle
I can’t wait to get my hands on this cartridge next week.  I’ll take close up pix of everything! 
 08 – Cricut Artbooking Bundle

I’m going to be offering a pre-order special!  Leave a comment if you’re interested with your email address.  (I moderate all comments and won’t publish it).  I’ll contact you directly in the next few days to arrange your pre-order.  Your order cannot ship before 8/1 but you will still be one of the first to receive it! 

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Hook & Loop

Need a temporary closure for your papercrafted projects? Hook & Loop dots are perfect for enclosing memorabilia, sealing a purse, securing a box, and more!
I used them on the purses I created this spring.  See the blog posts here
Here’s two more purses: 
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P1060161
Now watch this video featuring the hook & loop dots that I used to secure these bags. 

Can’t see the video?  View online here. 

Purchase the hook & loop dots here. 

Friday, June 21, 2013

2013 Retiring List—“Get them before they’re gone!”

It’s that time of year again!  CTMH has put us on notice of which products won’t be returning in the next catalog which means “get them before they’re gone!!!”
This card is made 100% retiring product.  (Not that I had planned it this way) 
Avonlea papers, Just Blooms paper flowers (already in While Supplies Last), Wrangler Assortment, and A Friend Like You stamp set. 
Avonlea WOTG CTMH using Art Philosophy and Artiste Cricut purse Card  A friend like you stamp set B1410
Here’s the link to the whole list for your printing convenience. 
Here’s the scoop!
*Paper packs, embellishments, tools, organization, ribbons, albums, My Creations items etc. ----  When it's gone, IT'S GONE!!!!!
*Stamp sets - are manufactured at CTMH, thus all stamp sets will be available until July 31st! 
My recommendation:  If there’s a non-stamp item that you need, get it NOW!   If you love our New England Ivy Green Leather Albums, get them now.  They will probably sell out in the next week or two.  The Workshop on the Go also tend to sell out quickly.  Except for the Canvas one, order them now!  The Canvas WOTG will be on sale next month.
Here’s a couple other notable items that are being discontinued:
  • All Waxy Flax colors
  • All Buttons
  • All Brads
  • All colors of embossing powder except clear, silver & gold.
  • All paper packs except For Always, Chantilly, Tommy and Surf’s Up
Freebies: 
  • Spend $25, including a stamp set, get My Creations Milk Cartons FREE ($4.95 value).  This will automatically ship in your order from CTMH. 
  • If you place $50 in orders with me since the last Idea Book, I will send you the Autumn/Winter Idea Book for FREE next month!!!
  • Join my “Free Gift” gathering and you’ll get freebies from me too! 
  • Order $99 in any combination products (including Cricut Bundles) and you can get a $30 Workshop on the Go or 3 free paper packs from me when you join my “Free Gift” Gathering!  (This promotion is only available from Lalia Harris).  expired
Start shopping now!  

Here’s the list for you to browse:  I have crossed off some items as they were discontinued.  I do not maintain this list on a regular basis.
Part Description Category Family
Z1366 Brads Metal Assortment Accessory brads
Z1410 Antiqued Copper Designer Brads Accessory brads
Z1704 Pewter Badge Buttons Accessory Buttons
Z1703 Wooden Badge Buttons Accessory Buttons
Z1821 Buttons Black Assortment Accessory Buttons
Z1371 Buttons Blue Assortment Accessory Buttons
Z1370 Buttons Pink Assortment Accessory Buttons
Z1358 Buttons Basic Assortment Accessory Buttons
Z1369 Buttons Red Assortment Accessory Buttons
Z1372 Buttons Green Assortment Accessory Buttons
Z1773 Color-Ready Noted Canvas Shapes Accessory Color Ready
Z1718 Color-Ready Garden Wooden Shapes Accessory Color Ready
Z1450 Cork Color-Ready Alphabet Accessory Color Ready
Z1719 Color-Ready Evergreen Cork Shapes Accessory Color Ready
X7164C Buzz and Bumble My Stickease® Assortment Accessory Complements
X7155C Avonlea Complements Canvas Shapes Accessory Complements
X7167C Later Sk8r My Stickease® Assortment Accessory Complements
X7166C Claire Complements Canvas Shapes Accessory Complements
X7156C Clementine Complements Canvas Shapes Accessory Complements
X7157C Dakota Complements Silver Foil Images Accessory Complements
X7159C Scholastic My Stickease® Assortment Accessory Complements
Z1326 Sparkles Red, Pink & Purple Assortment Accessory embellishment
Z1327 Sparkles Blue & Green Assortment Accessory embellishment
Z1710 Just Blooms® Paradise Paper Flowers Accessory Flowers
Z1612 Paper Clip Pins Accessory foundry
Z1755 Posh Journaling Spots Accessory Journaling
Z1734 Irresistibles™ Persnickety Journaling Spots Accessory Journaling
Z1831 Buzz and Bumble Assortment Accessory Level 2
Z1813 Claire Assortment Accessory Level 2
Z1810 Later Sk8r Assortment Accessory Level 2
Z1748 Brocade Assortment Accessory Level 2
Z1794 Cottage Assortment Accessory Level 2
Z1766 Memo Assortment Accessory Level 2
Z1780 Wrangler Assortment Accessory Level 2
Z1487 Mini Medley Accents Pewter Collection Accessory mini medley
Z1697 Mini-Medley Accents Smoothie Collection Accessory mini medley
Z1489 Mini Medley Accents Olive Collection Accessory mini medley
Z1798 Black Tulle Ribbon Accessory Ribbon
Z1088 ChocolateWaxyFlax Accessory Ribbon
Z1089 BlackWaxyFlax Accessory Ribbon
Z906 BambooWaxyFlax Accessory Ribbon
Z1081 ColonialWhiteWaxyFlax Accessory Ribbon
Z1096 EmbroideryFlossNeutralAssortment Accessory Ribbon
Z1347 12 x 12 Post Bound Album- New England Ivy Album album
Z1827 My Creations™ Paper Pouch - Small Crafts gift
Z1828 My Creations™ Paper Pouch - Large Crafts gift
Z1740 My Creations® Bookmark Album Crafts My Creations
Z1739 My Creations® Milk Carton Crafts My Creations
Z1774 My Creations® Canvas Journal Crafts My Creations
Z1736 My Creations® Mini Banner  (Already sold out) Crafts My Creations
Z1267 Paper/StampOrganizer8.5x11(3) Organization
Z4200 AccessoriesOrganizer Organization
Z4136 ExclusiveInksOrganizerCarryingCase Organization
Z1474 6" x 6" Kraft Die-Cut Cards & Envelopes Paper Product cards
Z1724 6” x 6” Kraft Envelopes Paper Product Cards
Z1412 10-Things Pocket Paper Product cards
Z1722 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" Kraft Envelopes Paper Product Cards
Z1723 5” x 7” Kraft Envelopes Paper Product Cards
Z1721 3” x 3” Kraft Envelopes Paper Product Cards
X7155B Avonlea Paper Packet Paper Product Level 2
X7157B Dakota Paper Packet Paper Product Level 2
X7156B Clementine Paper Packet Paper Product Level 2
X7159B Scholastic Paper Packet Paper Product Level 2
X7167B Later Sk8r Paper Packet Paper Product Level 2
X7166B Claire Paper Packet Paper Product Level 2
X7164B Buzz and Bumble Paper Packet Paper Product Level 2
Z4134 Handle and Swivel Base organization
Z724 EmbossingPen Tool coloring
Z670 EmbPowderBlack Tool coloring
Z673 EmbPowderWhite Tool coloring
Z1246 EmbPowderCocoa Tool coloring
Z672 EmbPowderRed Tool coloring
Z1351 embossing powder dutch blue Tool coloring
Z659 Emb Powder Cranberry Tool coloring
Z656 EmbPowderOutdoorDenim Tool coloring
Z655 EmbPowderOlive Tool coloring
1771 WaterbrushMedium Tool coloring
Z1350 embossing powder topiary Tool coloring
Z1392 2" Scallop Circle Punch Tool cutting
Z578 Corner Rounder (being replaced with new style) Tool cutting
Z608 Embossing Stylus Medium Tool
G1061 Workshops on the Go® Chantilly Cardmaking Kit WOTG Card
G1060 Workshops on the Go® For Always Cardmaking Kit WOTG Card
G1062 Workshops on the Go® Canvas Art Kit WOTG home d├ęcor
G1053 Workshops on the Go® Chantilly Scrapbooking Kit WOTG Layout
G1054 Workshops on the Go® Buzz and Bumble Scrapbooking Kit WOTG Layout
G1057 Workshops on the Go® Later Sk8r Scrapbooking Kit WOTG Layout
G1055 Workshops on the Go® For Always Scrapbooking Kit WOTG Layout
G1059 Workshops on the Go® Surf's Up Scrapbooking Kit WOTG Layout
G1056 Workshops on the Go® Claire Scrapbooking Kit WOTG Layout
G1058 Workshops on the Go® Tommy Scrapbooking Kit WOTG Layout

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Deepest Sympathy

Sympathy cards are hard for me to create.  There’s always so much emotion behind them.  I find that it’s best to have a couple always on hand so they can be sent when needed.

This cards is nearly an exact copy of the one featured in our 2013 Spring & Summer Idea Book.  Why copy?  It’s an Idea Book, not just a catalog. 

http://lharris.ctmh.com/Retail/Products.aspx?CatalogID=1834

I also created it with a birthday sentiment and they were just as lovely.

This card is great for scraps, and tiny scraps at that!  The papers are from Claire & Surf’s Up. 

The stamp set is Card Chatter – Sympathy and Girls Rock, one of my most-used stamp sets ever. 

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Better blending

Learn how to make your stamped images stand out by using the alcohol blending marker and Exclusive Inks® marker sets for better blending! Watch the video to discover all of the tips and tricks.

If you cannot see the video, click here to view it online
Markers are sold 2 per package so you will always have the perfect color to blend with.  See them online.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Close to My Heart Acquires Creative Memories Australia Business Structure

This is very exciting news!  My heart goes out to Creative Memories consultants world wide as they wait to see what happens to Creative Memories during their bankruptcy. 

 

(June 11, 2013 — PLEASANT GROVE, UT) Close To My Heart, Inc., a US-based leader in the direct sales scrapbooking and stamping industry, announced today its plans to expand in the Australia and New Zealand markets. The company expects to commence operations as soon as early July 2013.
The company is working with long-time in-country expert Brian O’Callaghan, former General Manager of Creative Memories Australasia, as well as Susan Wilmot and Diane Lampert, both successful former Senior Directors of Creative Memories Australia. Together, the US-based Close To My Heart team and Australia-based team have begun collaboration on product mix, pricing, compensation plans and anticipate offering a unique opportunity for former Creative Memories Consultants and their entire teams as well as others interested in a ground-floor business opportunity in scrapbooking and stamping.
“It’s long been my vision to bring Close To My Heart to Australia and New Zealand,” says Close To My Heart Founder and CEO Jeanette Lynton. “These are unusual circumstances, and we recognize the hardships many of the former Consultants of Creative Memories Australia have weathered. We honour their passion and enthusiasm and are thrilled to share our exclusive products and offer our business stability to this vibrant community.”
O’Callaghan agrees, noting, “We had been searching for the right company — Close To My Heart had the exclusive line of products for real business potential. Plus they were already investigating expansion into the market and were agile enough to move quickly to support our needs. We’re looking forward to an exceptional business and a strong launch effort.”
Close To My Heart Australasia has legally acquired Creative Memories Australia’s databases of Consultant and customer names with contact information and distributor genealogy structure. Great care is being given to respect and comply with privacy rights. As part of the new business, Close To My Heart has agreed to offer relief to former Consultants and customers of Creative Memories Australia for certain unfulfilled obligations. This relief, which will include a programme to redeem sold vouchers for digital products, free e-commerce websites for Consultants, and a discount programme, for a limited time, to provide value to members of Creative Memories’ VIP Club, will help support Consultants and customers of Creative Memories Australia at a time of transition and give them some return on the investment left unfulfilled by the former company.
“These goodwill gestures show the commitment and integrity of Close To My Heart to this new venture,” says O’Callaghan. “We appreciate that Close To My Heart understands the importance of great customer service and is starting off by doing more than expected.”
The new Close To My Heart subsidiary will be known as Close To My Heart Australasia and will benefit from the operational strength, marketing resources, diverse product ranges, and the stability of its debt-free and profitable parent company, Close To My Heart, Inc. The company is committed to its focus of memory keeping and related crafts and is known for providing exceptional customer service, top quality products, and competitive pricing. The company plans to announce a schedule of launch and opportunity events slated for July, with a planned creative kickoff in mid-August in Melbourne to supplant the cancelled Creative Memories annual Convention.
For more information as it becomes available, or to review our preliminary frequently asked questions document, please visit www.closetomyheart.com.au

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Thursday, June 13, 2013

Fluttering By Card

Today’s beautiful card is also taken almost directly from the 2013 Spring & Summer Idea Book.  This was a very popular card and has been requested again for another workshop.  It features embossing and our new alcohol markers.  I love this combination!  The embossing makes a beautiful raised glossy “bumper” that’s easy to color in!  It’s much easier to color within the lines and it is color fast.  The alcohol markers will not cause the black ink to bleed.  For the embossing, I used our black pigment ink cube and clear embossing powder!  I love embossing with the pigment inks because you get 10 colors per set and it only takes 1 type of embossing powder:  Clear Detail! 

I must apologize for the awful pictures.  I was trying a different photography setup and it didn’t work.  The colors of this card are much more vivid in real life! 

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I changed the card from what was shown in the Idea Book by substituting this amazing bow from the Artiste Cricut Cartridge for the For Always textiles that they used.  It’s a great pop of color and it’s flat which means it will mail nicely.  It keep the flow from squishing flat, I added 3D foam tape inside the loops to give it stability.  

 

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Tomorrow is Flag Day:  Remember to fly your flag with pride. 

We have 3 Patriotic Stamp sets now thru July 31 to celebrate our nation and Canada.  Get them now!  $3-5 will be donated to the USO for every set purchased.

let's get patriotic

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Fabric 3D flowers cut on the Cricut

Back in April I blogged about cutting our Chantilly textiles on the Cricut.  Here’s that post.  It has great tips and a link to a tutorial on how to prepare your fabric for the Cricut mat. 

Today, I’ll show you the flowers I promised.  Just like the fabric bows, they were cut on the Cricut.  The only difference between these flowers and paper ones is getting them glued together.  I prefer to use Liquid Glass when assembling paper 3D flowers.  These required hot glue.  I needed that instant bond because the fabric doesn’t have a memory.  If you roll it up and let go, it wants to unroll and does it quickly!  Thus the hot glue.

Lalia Harris created 3D fabric flowers using the CTMH Art Philosophy Cricut rolled roses

I discovered that imperfect flowers are the best. See the one on the top right? I had to fix the center and it crumpled. It looks the best of all the flowers I made that day.

 

Hope this inspires you to create today! 

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Summer Party Contest

Summer is the time for barbeques, pool parties, family reunions, and other get-togethers with loved ones. If you are looking to throw the perfect party, we've got great news for you! You can be one of 20 winners to receive BOTH My Acrylix® Patterned Pennants and My Acrylix® Tropical Paradise stamp sets. All you have to do is tell us your favorite way to party with your friends and family this summer. Watch the video to learn more about the contest and to see some of the fun summer party favors you can create with these stamp sets.

If you can’t see the video, click here to view it online.
Make a comment on the CTMH Facebook, Jeanette Lynton's blog, or YouTube before June 30, 2013 for your chance to win! Bring your parties to life—Close To My Heart style!

Sorry, comments left on my blog will not be entered. 

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Enjoy the little things

In February, my card workshop featured cards from our Idea Book.  This is one of them.  I modified each of these cards to make them a bit more workshop friendly.  Not all of us have that much time as the CTMH designers do.   I love how the washi tape allows the color to show through!

card by Lalia Harris: Enjoy the little things featuring faux stitching from CTMH Idea Book

We used Tresa Black’s faux stitching technique to stitch around the card. No string or needle required. It’s by sanding our white-core cardstock and then piercing stitching holes along that line.

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Card Chatter—Focus On The Little Things

Washi Tape

Durables Artisan Studs

Piercing Tool kit

Sanding kit

 

Don’t forget:  this month with every $25 purchase with a stamp set (sizes A-E) you get a free mini banner set included!  2 stamp sets on a $50 order = 2 free banners!

banner day

Sunday, June 2, 2013

June News & Promotions

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Hello fabulous friends and customers!

Last month I celebrated my 2 year anniversary with Close to My Heart.  It's been two short, fun-filled years.  I'm so thankful for this business because I've been able to connect and make new friends from all across the country.  You have helped make this anniversary a fabulous and memorable for me.   Thank you for your support and being my customer!  This month, we have tons of specials.  I recommend keeping this email so you can refer back to them.

Specials galore

There's tons of specials this month.  Here's 2 tips to navigating all the great products:
Tip #1:  You're going to see 5 limited-time stamp sets below and a free promotion.   If you have any questions about what you see below, please don't hesitate to contact me.  I'd love to hear from you and help you get everything on your wish-list.
Tip #2:  The current Idea Book will be coming to an end on July 31.  7 Paper packs & their coordinating embellishments will be "while supplies last" as of June 30 and fully discontinued July 31st.  The "disappearing 7" are:  Buzz & Bumble, Later Sk8r, Claire, Avonlea, Clementine, Dakota & Scholastic.


Workshops & Local News

Friday, June 28 @ 6:30 pm.  Fun & Fabulous 4th Friday Card Workshop. Cost $15 for 5 cards.  Almost sold out! 

Host your own Fun & Fab card workshop in your home on a weeknight.  Cost $15 for 5 cards.  Your workshop will be free when you have 4 or more guests plus yourself.  Available dates:  6/25 & 26, 7/2, 7/9 & 7/10.
 
Friday, July 5 @ 6:30 pm, it's Christmas in July!  Advent Calendar Workshop.  Cost $45.  Please RSVP & prepay by 6/21 so I can order and cut your kit.  
I'm creating a new option that will include some scripture and a manager scene. You will be available to pick the original design or the new one the night of the workshop.  Receive $5 off your workshop fee when you bring a new friend.  You can also order a pre-stamped kit so you can make it on your own. Contact me for details.


Tombow Adhesive:  This is the adhesive in the blue dispenser that's sold in our Idea Book & what I use for my workshops.  I buy it wholesale and pass the savings on to you.  This is for my local friends or anyone willing to drive to Everett & pick it up:  I'm ordering on Tombow 6/8.  Adhesive w/ Dispenser is $3 ea, Refills $2, in packs of 6 for $12.  Place your orders ASAP if you need some.  It will be available towards the end of the month to pick up.  (Sorry, I'm not shipping it, it's not affordable when you add shipping.) 

Cricut Expression Class:  Date:  TBD.  Email me if you are interested in learning how to use  your machine.  We'll make 3 projects using the features of your machine.  

Relief for Oklahoma

Limited time stamp set #1

Close To My Heart is making an upcoming Autumn/Winter 2013 stamp set, A True Thank You, available immediately and will donate 100% of the profits from sales of the set from now through June 30 to the American Red Cross to aid victims of the Oklahoma tornado. Help us provide relief to those affected by the devastating Oklahoma tornado by purchasing A True Thank You stamp set for $2.95 (M1029) today!  If you are local, I can add your order.  With tax & shipping, it is $3.50 with pickup at my home or NCC. 
Purchase the A True Thank You stamp set today »

Make It a Banner Day!

Get a FREE My Creations® Mini Banner!
It’s going to be a “banner” day! When you place a $25 order that includes a stamp set, you’ll receive a My Creations® mini banner for free! The mini banner includes 10 chipboard pennants in 4 different shapes with 9 jump rings for hanging. Use the mini banner as a decoration for your parties and get-togethers this summer. Make it a “banner” day in June!
The mini banner has a retail value of $5.95 and includes 10 chipboard pennants in 4 different shapes with 9 jump rings for hanging.
*Offer valid June 1–30, 2013. Only orders that include a stamp set and reach $25 qualify for the free mini banner. Maximum of one free mini banner per qualifying order.
Start shopping to get your free My Creations® mini banner today! »

Let’s Get Patriotic—Stamp Style!

A portion of every sale of our new patriotic stamp sets will be donated to support the military


With Flag Day, Independence Day,  Canada Day, and more right around the corner, now is the perfect time to celebrate military service and promote patriotism with our three new patriotic stamp sets—only available for a limited time from June 1 – July 31, 2013!
One B-size stamp set and two D-size stamp sets were created specifically to celebrate independence and freedom. The best part is that $5 from every patriotic D-size stamp set and $3 from every patriotic B-size stamp set sold will benefit a military-support charitable organization.

Limited time stamp sets #2, 3, & 4
Donations in the US will be made to the USO, the leading, most recognized military-support and services organization in the country. Donations in Canada will be made to the Canadian Hero Fund, which supports spouses and children of fallen Canadian military troops by helping provide post-secondary education funds.
Show your military support and patriotism by purchasing your very own patriotic stamp set today. We love our troops!
See the exclusive patriotic stamp sets »

Stamp of the Month: A Flowering Bunch

Make your artwork bloom!

Limited time stamp set #5 (and we're done!)
For bloomin’ cute artwork, the My Acrylix® A Flowering Bunch stamp set is the perfect choice. There are adorable floral images that make projects blossom. And don’t forget the sentiments that make a great layout title or thank-you card sentiment. Whatever the occasion, your artwork will bloom with A Flowering Bunch! During the month of June only, you can receive the A Flowering Bunch stamp set for only $5 when you spend $50.
See the June 2013 Stamp of the Month »

Patterned Pennants

Bring texture and sunshine to your artwork!

Ready for fun in the sun? Summer is here and so are the sunny rays of the Patterned Pennants stamp set. Use these summer images to document your waves of warm-weather memories.
The myriad of versatile patterns on each pennant can be used as individual embellishments, stamped repeatedly for a background pattern or custom B&T paper, masked to create a particular patterned shape, and more! Bring your summer projects to life with colorful rays created with the Patterned Pennants stamp set!
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Lalia

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