Tuesday, January 2, 2018

January 2018 Stamp of the Month Bloom & Grow card

Each month I make 8 card fronts, using the next month's stamp of the month set and one of the new papers from the most current book. These are exchanged with 7 other consultants so we have a variety of designs to show our party/crop attendees. My January card is made with the Chelsea Gardens papers and the January 2018 Stamp of the Month set, Bloom & Grow.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Chelsea Gardens Papers

Happy New Year! Today's the day!! The new Seasonal Expressions is available on-line for you to view!! The new paper packets and stamp sets are so irresistible! Simply click on the "Shop with Me" link/picture in the margin to the right and then click on Idea Books.
I started out with the Chelsea Gardens papers. The following photos are from the Workshops Your Way Sending Hugs Cardmaking Kit! After making 6 cards of each style...
I decided to use up all of the leftover paper! I've never used up an entire packet before! I usually just throw what's left in my scraps tote and never get to them again. Not this time! I was able to make a 2 page layout (I added the 2 - 12"X12" Slate cardstock bases because they are not included in this kit). The January card in the center is from a retired set of Picture My Life cards. I followed pattern #1 in the Make It From Your Heart Volume 4, which I store in my bashful Everyday Life Album.
The card kit includes a B size exclusive stamp set (see the cards above from the kit). I used this stamp set and the January Stamp of the Month "Bloom & Grow" to embellish the 2 page layout as well as on the 3 extra cards I was able to make using what "scraps" I had left (I also added the cardstock for the extra cards).
Other supplies used to create everything posted above, included: My Acrylix blocks 1" x 1" 2" x 2" 3" x 3", piercing tool, dual action glue pen, NEW cream ribbon, micro-tip scissors, glue eraser, Spritz cleaner, scrubber and gray twine. All papers, stamps and supplies can be found by clicking on the "Shop with Me" link in the margin to the right.

Friday, December 29, 2017

Last Day for the Boxing Week Sale from Close to my Heart and it's a pretty good one for those of you that like the digital cartridges!! December 29, 2017: Today's specials include the following: Cricut Hello USA DIGITAL Collection (no cartridge) $34.97, Cricut Hello Canada DIGITAL Collection (no cartridge) $17.47, Cricut Hello AU/NZ (Australia/New Zealand) DIGITAL Collection (no cartridge) $17.47 albums with page protectors $29.33 (navy, red, white, SEA GLASS), coordinating ink pads and re-inkers $8.94 (linen, mink, heather, almond, toffee, espresso, nutmeg, charcoal, pewter, pebble), same colors, but separate: ink pads $5.57-$5.96, re-inkers $4.87 (better deal if you want both and purchase the bundle), 12" x 12" cardstock $10.15-$10.88 (same colors listed above), Basics Cardstock Combo Pack $10.15, Basics mini pigment pad set $13.97. Today's deals go until 12:59 CST, while supplies last. Shipping and handling is based on the full retail price of the items on your order. Happy Shopping!!

Thursday, December 28, 2017

December 28, 2017: Today's specials include the following: (Some of my favorite colors today!!!) Cricut You Are Here DIGITAL Collection (no cartridge) $55.30, albums with page protectors $29.33 (black, grey, brown, red), coordinating ink pads and re-inkers $8.94 (crystal blue, sweet leaf, sorbet, juniper, smoothie, thistle, glacier, flaxen, canary, pixie), same colors, but separate: ink pads $5.57-$5.96, re-inkers $4.87 (better deal if you want both and purchase the bundle), 12" x 12" cardstock $10.15-$10.88 (same colors listed above), Whimsy Cardstock Combo Pack $10.15, Whimsy mini pigment pad set $13.97. Today's deals go until 12:59 CST, while supplies last. Shipping and handling is based on the full retail price of the items on your order. Happy Shopping!!

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

BOXING WEEK SALE!!!

Close to my Heart is having a Boxing Week Sale, which began at 1:00 this morning! I got on there at that time to check it out! There will be different deals, daily, through December 29. Each day they will post the new deals at 1:00 am, our time. I cannot order for you on these deals. You simply go to https://lauriesmith.closetomyheart.com, click on promotions at the top, click on Boxing Week Sale and the deals will pop up. Click on what you want to order, proceed to the checkout, enter your credit card information and mailing information and "ta-da", your order will be processed and shipped directly to your door! I think I might be seeing a lot of my Fed Ex driver in the next week or so! :) December 27, 2017: Today's specials include the following: Cricut Artistry DIGITAL Collection (no cartridge) $55.30, albums with page protectors $29.33 (teal, white, SEA GLASS!!!, pink), coordinating ink pads and re-inkers $8.94 (goldrush, New England ivy, eggplant, sapphire, peacock, fern, saffron, poppy, pomegranate, goldrush), same colors, but separate: ink pads $5.57-$5.96, re-inkers $4.87 (better deal if you want both and purchase the bundle), 12" x 12" cardstock $10.15-$10.88 (same colors listed above), Enchantment Cardstock Combo Pack $10.15, Enchantment mini pigment pad set $13.97. Today's deals go until 12:59 CST, while supplies last. Shipping and handling is based on the full retail price of the items on your order. Happy Shopping!!

Monday, December 25, 2017

Today I was showing my mom how to view blogs, to help her find some new ideas for cards. I told her it was just like going to my blog and then from there, you can search out other blogs. How embarrassing when I went to my own blog only to realize that I have not posted on here since May of this year!! I think my 2017 New Year's resolution was to be more consistent on here. So, I'm going to go for that goal again this year!! The new Seasonal Expressions has arrived at my house and it has inspired me to share with others all of the great products that are in this book!!! I'm beginning with only a sneak peak of the cover! This cover features one of the new paper packets called Chelsea Gardens. The colors are beautiful!! I love the whole gardening theme that goes with this paper! The featured colors include charcoal, fern, glacier, heather, juniper, mink, sweet leaf and white daisy. It is gorgeous! As I complete cards, workshops and other items using this paper, I will post pictures on here. Beginning January 1st, you can go to my Close to my Heart OBA site at https://lauriesmith.closetomyheart.com where you can view the entire new book! Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

May is National Scrapbooking Month!  Check out these great specials Close to my Heart has to offer only in the month of May!

1.   Live Beautifully Paper Packtet:  Includes 16 paper sheets; 2 each of 6 double-sided designs and 2 each of 2 single-sided gold foil designs.  $14.95.  Click here to order.


2.   Live Beautifully Stamp Set:  This stamp set coordinates beautifully with the Live Beautifully paper packet!  $17.95.  Click here to order.



3. Live Beautifully Scrapbooking Kit:  This kit makes five 2-page 12" x 12" layouts and is very easy to put together.  You get everything you need to create these 5 layouts, including memory protectors, all the pre-cut pieces and instructions on how to put it all together.  $44.95.  Click here to order.




4.  Live Beautifully Black Post Bound Album Bundle: This bundle includes the Scrapbooking Kit above, plus a high quality black faux leather post-bound album, page protectors, adhesive and a journaling pen!  An $87.10 value for just $68.95!  Click here to order.


5. Live Beautifully Grey-D-Ring Album Bundle: This bundle includes the Scrapbooking Kit above, plus a high quality grey D-ring leather album, page protectors, adhesive and a journaling pen!  An $87.10 value for just $68.95!  Click here to order.


6.  May Stamp of the Month

Live, Laugh, Love
only available May 1–31, 2017

Get the Stamp of the Month for only $5 when you order $50 in Close To My Heart products.  Before submitting your order, simply click to add this set onto your $50 or more order and get it for only $5.00!  Shipping/handling and tax will be added on at checkout.


Here are some examples from my Stamp of the Month consultant swap for card fronts using this month's lovely stamp! What a talented group!
Also, this style is definitely in right now.  My son and I went to a local store yesterday and hanging on their wall was one of their new shirts.  It had LOVE in large letters EXACTLY like this stamp set!  We were both amazed!  I might have to go back and get it!