Archive for October, 2014

November SOTM Blog Hop – It’s the Little Things

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!  We will be featuring Novembers’s SOTM, which is It’s the Little Things, a set of 15 stamps.  If you have come here from Michelle Battitori’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 on Melinda’s Blog.  This month we have over 60 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this month’s SOTM and other great Close to My Heart products on their blogs. To visit each blog for some great ideas just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next one! Here we go! 


It's the Little Things Layout by Wendy KesslerSupplies used are all Close to My Heart: Colonial White Cardstock, Dotty for You Paper Packet (retired, could easily replace with Lagoon Cardstock), It’s the Little Things Stamp Set, Inks (Pear, Glacier, Lagoon, and Pixie), Lagoon Hearts Washi Tape, and Sparkles Flourishes.

The first thing I thought of when I saw this stamp set was random stamping.  Random stamping is a great technique to use when you have a variety of different size stamps like in this set and it gives you the ability to match colors to any pictures that need to be scrapped.  When I pulled out this set of photos, I knew that it’s the little things” was also the perfect title.  The key to random stamping is imperfection – start with the largest stamp and fill in with the smaller ones, be sure to stamp off the edge of the paper, and turn your stamp like I did with the leaf.  As you can see in the picture below, I didn’t waste my time stamping the middle as I knew I would be covering that part up anyway.  I also tried doing something a little different (for me) by placing the title cluster in the center of the page when my first instinct was to put it in the lower right corner.


Now “Hop” on over to Adeline Brill’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 It’s the Little Things Stamp Set is only available through the end of November!

This set is available on my website for only $5 with a $50 purchase.  Shop now!

New Studio J Papers!

In conjunction with the November campaign, there will be FIVE more My Reflections kits from the Annual Inspirations Idea Book added to Studio J – Confetti Wishes, Snowhaven, Seaside, Pathfinding, and Scaredy Cat.  These kits will be available beginning November 1 to add to the excitement of Novembers great offer.

November Constant Campaign: Lucky 5!

1411-cc-lucky5November marks the five-year anniversary of Studio J®, and that means it’s your lucky month, with five amazing ways to win through Studio J and Close To My Heart social media!

(1) Throughout the month of November, all layouts purchased in Studio J are $5!  That is a savings of over 25% off of retail!

(2) Your second chance to win big must come by sheer luck: every fifth order placed in Studio J during November receives a FREE surprise Close To My Heart accessory in its shipping box! The accessory has a retail value of $5 or more.

(3) If luck doesn’t smile on you in that way, you might stumble upon it by finding a little extra something in your Studio J box.  Five “golden tickets” will be sent out during the month of November with randomly selected Studio J print orders!  This “golden ticket” is redeemable for one of Close To My Heart’s new D-ring albums* loaded with 10 Top Load Memory Protectors™.

(4) Simply create new, gorgeous layouts in Studio J, select your favorites, and then post pictures of them on Close To My Heart’s Facebook page using the hashtag #ctmhlucky5. After November 30, five lucky winners will be selected from the entries based on their artistry and creativity and each of these winners will receive their own D-ring album loaded with 10 Top Load Memory Protectors!

(5) And there is one last way to win: take your new Studio J artwork and post a picture of it on Instagram using the hashtag #ctmhlucky5.  Just as it is with Facebook, after November 30, five lucky winners will be selected from the entries to receive their own D-ring album loaded with 10 Top Load Memory Protectors!

And to make things even more exciting, starting November 1, five brand new kits from the Annual Inspirations idea book will be made available in Studio J, so you can create new artwork using the latest papers and embellishments from Close To My Heart. With so many ways to win, five may be your new lucky number! Log in to Studio J and start creating today.

*Offer valid November 1–30, 2014. Pattern and color of new D-ring album to be given to winners will be at Close To My Heart’s discretion based upon availability. New kits available in Studio J®on November 1 include Confetti Wishes, Snowhaven, Seaside, Pathfinding, and Scaredy Cat. No tax or shipping will be charged on the free item(s). Studio J layouts ship in a protected box that can hold 4 to 50 two-page layouts.

Thankful Box

14-ai-thankful-heart-gratitude-card-box-and-cardsSupply list for Thankful Heart Box and Cards:
B1463 My Acrylix® Thankful Heart
X5643 Chocolate Cardstock
1388 Colonial White Cardstock
Z1375 Kraft Cardstock
Z2104 Barn Red Exclusive Inks™ Pad
Z2137 Olive Exclusive Inks™ Pad
Z2642 Flaxen Exclusive Inks Pad
Z2643 Canary Exclusive Inks™ Pad
Z2123 Goldrush Exclusive Inks™ Pad
Z2101 Autumn Terracotta Exclusive Inks™ Pad
Z2503 Basics Exclusive Inks™ Mini Pigment Pads Set
Z2502 Enchantment Exclusive Inks™ Mini Pigment Pads Set
Z2457 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Marigold Marker
Z1953 My Creations™ Journaling Cards Box
Z2012 Sequins Gold Assortment
Z2023 Bling Gems Gold Assortment
Z1912 Corner Rounder
Z1996 Woodgrain Embossing Folder
Z1998 Chevron Border Punch
Z1906 Cricut® Artbooking Collection

Cricut® Shape:
2″ RDS Border <HeloWrld> (p. 84)

Supply list for Blessed Beyond Measure Place Card:
A1161 My Acrylix® Beyond Measure
E1030 My Acrylix® Handwritten Print
1245 Olive Cardstock
1388 Colonial White Cardstock
Z2503 Basics Exclusive Inks™ Mini Pigment Pads Set
Z2502 Enchantment Exclusive Inks™ Mini Pigment Pads Set
Z1985 Gold Shimmer Trim
Z1790 Cricut® Artiste Collection

Cricut® Shapes:
1¼” and 1½” RDS Shift+3D Object <GiveThnk> (p. 78)

Cricut® Artfully Sent




The Cricut Artfull Sent Collection includes:
1 – Cartridge (700 Images: Cards and Font)
3 – My Acrylix D-size Stamp Sets
1 – 12×12 White Daisy Cardstock Pack

With this cartridge, you will be able to cut a large variety of 400 projects!
50 – Pop up Cards
50 – Sentiment Cards
50 – Border Cards
50 – 4 x 6 Sleeves (Sized 3 1/2″ perfect for gift cards)
50 – Overlay cards 5 x 7
50 – 4 x 6 Pocket cards (great for use with Picture My Life)
50 – 3 x 4 Pocket cards (great for use with Picture My Life)
7 – 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ Envelopes (with coordinating liners)
6 – 5 x 7 Envelopes (with coordinating liners)


Supply list for 7″ x 5″ Hot Air Balloon Card:
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
1292 Crystal Blue Cardstock
X5772 Canary Cardstock
Z3017 Cricut® Artfully Sent Collection

Cricut® Shapes:
Artfully Sent
7″ Pop-up <3> (p. 3)
7″ Shift+Pop-up <#> (p. 3)

Featured item used in this video:
Z3017 – Cricut Artfully Sent Collection