Monday, September 26, 2016

Birthday Alert!






Today is my Birthday! Yeah!

You get to celebrate the day with me - if you order the Kindness Kit today - I will send you a special gift!

All orders over $25 will get a special gift from me. Every time I go over $150 I will draw for $20 in free products!

Help me celebrate! Just here.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Cricut Flower Market Cartridge Videos

Here is a small series of tutorial videos for our new Cricut Flower Market Cartridge, enjoy:

 

This will show you some fall samples.




  

 This will show you some baby samples.


 

This will show you some boy samples.


 

 This will show you some baby and girl samples.

Enjoy and remember you can also get this cartridge in a digital format as well.

Monday, September 19, 2016

19 Things You May Not Know About Our My Acrylix® Stamps


19 Things You May Not Know About Our My Acrylix® Stamps


Think you know everything about our exclusive My Acrylix® stamps? Put your knowledge to the test by reading the list below! :)

19 Things You May Not Know About Our My Acrylix® Stamps! #closetomyheart #ctmh #stamping #clearstamps #crafting #scrapbooking #cardmaking #stampinghelp #myacrylix #howtostamp
2. If you see a stamp image outlined in red, that means it coordinates with one of the shapes from our Cricut® collections. If it’s outlined in blue, that means it coordinates with one of our Thin Cuts dies.


3. We put A LOT of thought and effort into making the best stamps for our customers. See the entire process in this infographic:
19 Things You May Not Know About Our My Acrylix® Stamps! #closetomyheart #ctmh #stamping #clearstamps #crafting #scrapbooking #cardmaking #stampinghelp #myacrylix #howtostamp
4. After we design each paper packet, we create two coordinating stamp sets, one for scrapbooking and one for cardmaking, to be paired with that specific paper. These two stamp sets can be found in the idea book right behind the coordinating Workshops Your Way™ scrapbooking kits. 
5. Our stamps are made right here at the Home Office, in a top-secret room.
19 Things You May Not Know About Our My Acrylix® Stamps! #closetomyheart #ctmh #stamping #clearstamps #crafting #scrapbooking #cardmaking #stampinghelp #myacrylix #howtostamp
6. It takes about one hour to make one sheet of stamps from start to finish.
7. New stamps work best when you “season” them. To do so, rub the stamp across a stamp pad, and then stamp onto scrap paper until the image is even.
19 Things You May Not Know About Our My Acrylix® Stamps! #closetomyheart #ctmh #stamping #clearstamps #crafting #scrapbooking #cardmaking #stampinghelp #myacrylix #howtostamp
8. Our stamps can be used with all sorts of inks, including dye, pigment, solvent, and alcohol inks.
9. Rather than attaching your stamps to your blocks, try using your blocks to pick up your stamps from a flat surface. This way, the stamp will hold its natural shape.
19 Things You May Not Know About Our My Acrylix® Stamps! #closetomyheart #ctmh #stamping #clearstamps #crafting #scrapbooking #cardmaking #stampinghelp #myacrylix #howtostamp
10. Our My Acrylix® blocks have a small white horizontal line on them to help you with stamp placement, which is especially helpful for keeping words and borders straight.
19 Things You May Not Know About Our My Acrylix® Stamps! #closetomyheart #ctmh #stamping #clearstamps #crafting #scrapbooking #cardmaking #stampinghelp #myacrylix #howtostamp11. Some people cut apart their stamps in order to rearrange words in a sentiment when sticking them to their blocks.
12. Our stamps are flexible! Manipulate them so they fit inside shapes and banners, or just to get a different look!
19 Things You May Not Know About Our My Acrylix® Stamps! #closetomyheart #ctmh #stamping #clearstamps #crafting #scrapbooking #cardmaking #stampinghelp #myacrylix #howtostamp13. If some of your ink doesn’t transfer when stamping, quickly breathe over the stamp to re-moisten the remaining ink and then stamp over the image again. The missing portion usually blends into the existing image if the ink isn’t too dry. This is called the Huffing or Stamp Over Technique.
14. Because our stamps and blocks are clear, you can easily stamp over the image again to get a richer, deeper image.
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15. If you’re looking to remove that stubborn pigment ink, try our Spritz Cleaner and Stamp Scrubber. It makes it easy!
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16. Our stamps don’t need to tan—they like being transparent, so keep them out of the sun!
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17. Our stamps come in handy envelopes, which fit into our My Acrylix® organizer. You can also use our large organizer and tabs to store even more stamps. We also have a mini organizer for those mini stamp envelopes.
19 Things You May Not Know About Our My Acrylix® Stamps! #closetomyheart #ctmh #stamping #clearstamps #crafting #scrapbooking #cardmaking #stampinghelp #myacrylix #howtostamp18. If your stamps ever start to lose their stickiness, all you need to do is rinse them with warm water and soap, and the stickiness will come right back. You can also use StazOn™ cleaner on the smooth side of the stamp.
19. Some stamps make great friends, like our good ol’ friend, Sticky Boy!
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What things did you not know? Tell us in the comments! :)

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

August Card Buffet




Card Buffet
Who: Anyone 12 and up! All pieces are precut and ready to assemble.
What: Card Buffet - All you can "eat" in 2 hours

What is a Card Buffet? At least 10 different style of cards with everything cut and ready to assemble. You choose the card you want, take to your table, make as many of that card or as few as you wish, when you are done with that card return the project box to the "Buffet" and choose another. You can make as many cards as you can finish within the 2-hour period. The only rule is you must finish each card before moving on to the next. No taking projects home to finish later!

Cost: $2 per card for Two full hours of card making fun!

What to Bring: Your basic card making supplies. (Bone Folder, Adhesive of your choice, Glue dots, 3-D Foam tape, Glue Pen and your scissors)

When: Thursday, September 15 from 10 am - 12pm
OR
Thursday, September 22 from 7 pm - 9pm

***Arrive 15 minutes early to view and be ready to start!!!
The early bird gets the worm – or the best choices of the cards (ha!)

Where: Margit’s in Summerlake, 14573 Spotted Sandpiper Blvd, Winter Garden

RSVP: Register in several different ways: RSVP on meetup Email: mail to: scrappingbee42@gmail.com or call me 407-347-9437 to reserve your seat!

Value Meal Discounts:
• Place a $30 CTMH order and get $.25 off each card or
• Bring a friend and save $.25 on each card for each friend

***There will be at least 10  different projects available!!!
Halloween, Thank You's, Birthdays, to name a few.

You can always browse some of the items you might need on my website ahead of time. 

Friday, September 2, 2016

August Card Workshop - Florence

August Card Workshop using Florence papers



Here are the cards we made last month for our workshop. We used several methods of water coloring. As I post the separate cards I will note, which type we used. I loved this particular paper, alas it is now retired. But we have so many wonderful other papers, that you can easily find other papers you could use for cards to recreate the look.

Let me tell you the products I used for the cards:

C1647 A Bunch of Love
Z3251 A Bunch of Love Thin Cuts
D1687 Ornate Blossoms
1385 White CS
X5775 Sapphire CS
Z899 Memento Ink
Z3218 Rose Gold Foil Tape
Z3132 Water Color paints
Z2060 Thin 3-D tape
Z3188 Paint brush set
Z3197 Black/gold ribbon
Z3213 Florence sequence
Z3293 Shimmer pen
X7208B Florence pp
Z3224 Small Water Brush

For this cards I used the water color pencil method. 
  • Stamp your images with Memento ink - I find its the best ink to use, will not run. I use it for water coloring, coloring with Alcohol markers and pencils. 
  • Just let it sit for a minute or so and it will be dry - no heat setting required
  • Outline your image with water color pencil
  • Use the small water color brush - make sure it is not too wet. Test it on a piece of scratch paper
  • Pull in the color from the edge into the middle of the image
  • Done
  • As you color, do not go from color to color. Always clear your brush on your scratch paper. Otherwise, you will blend your colors - unless you want that look ... :)


  • Again, stamp with Memento ink
  • Use a broad paint brush and color on card base. I have already adhered the two pieces of CS on the bottom to make sure I have the right spacing. At this point, I don't care about the ribbon and embellishment yet.
  • This time I used the smallest paint brush of the paint brush set and used the water color paints
  • Once everything is dry, assemble the card as shown

  • Use the Memento ink for stamping
  • I used the water color pencils again for coloring first
  • Small brush to get water color effect
  • Distress the Sapphire CS 
Once the water color was dry on all three projects I used the shimmer brush and applied it over the color. Its hard to tell in the picture, but it adds just the right amount of bling for me. You can find all the lovely items in my website store.

Have fun!

Margit

Thursday, September 1, 2016

The Perfect Starter Kit for Card Making



The Perfect Starter Kit for Cardmaking

by Close To My Heart
 Here is a post I wanted to share from the blog from Close to my Heart - it is too perfect - so I will not change too much - you can check their blog for lots of great ideas and patterns - enjoy!

Cardmaking is about so much more than pretty paper. It’s about creating and celebrating beautiful relationships. Take a look at this short video to see what we mean:
Don’t you love the way this video captures the spirit of cardmaking? Not only do you get to make something beautiful with your own two hands, but you also get to give those cards to others and brighten their day. Even little cards can make a huge impact on someone. That’s why we created the Create Kindness card kit.
Create a little more kindness in the world by giving someone a handmade card, created with our Create Kindness card kit. #ctmh #closetomyheart #createkindness #starterkit #cardmaking #stamping #nationalstampingmonth
What better way to celebrate National Stamping Month than with this mini card kit that includes everything you need to complete 24 cards!
Create a little more kindness in the world by giving someone a handmade card, created with our Create Kindness card kit. #ctmh #closetomyheart #createkindness #starterkit #cardmaking #stamping #nationalstampingmonth
Here’s a list of the products included in the kit:
24 – 3" × 3" card bases with envelopes (6 of each color)
24 –white cardstock circles
8 –mini stamp sets (4 for the front of the cards, 4 for the inside)
1 – Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ mini stamp pad
1 – 2" × 2" My Acrylix® block
1 – My Acrylix® mini stamp organizer
This kit isn’t just for beginners either. If you already have the block, ink, and organizer, you can also purchase the stamps and cards separately. There’s stamping happiness to be spread all around! :)
Create a little more kindness in the world by giving someone a handmade card, created with our Create Kindness card kit. #ctmh #closetomyheart #createkindness #starterkit #cardmaking #stamping #nationalstampingmonth
What’s really fun about these stamps is that you get to color them with whatever you’d like! We colored these ones with ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ markers, but you could use anything you have in your crafting stash. Get creative!
Create a little more kindness in the world by giving someone a handmade card, created with our Create Kindness card kit. #ctmh #closetomyheart #createkindness #starterkit #cardmaking #stamping #nationalstampingmonth
We hope you join us in using handmade cards to create a little more kindness in the world. You may feel like you’re not doing much, but when we all do our part, we’ll make the world a better place.
Now get stamping! :)
Create a little more kindness in the world by giving someone a handmade card, created with our Create Kindness card kit. #ctmh #closetomyheart #createkindness #starterkit #cardmaking #stamping #nationalstampingmonth
Recipe


Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Watercolors & Embossing, featuring Florence paper packet



We have a lot of beautiful papers, stamp sets and thin cuts - but this set is one of my favorites! Catch the pattern while you can, it will retire at the end of August.

Learn a new way to make your stamped images stand out on your scrapbook pages with embossing and watercoloring—this is a technique you will fall in love with!

You can get all the supplies and new products on my website now!

Monday, August 22, 2016

Cricut cartridges available exclusive through CTMH

Cricut® Collections

Cricut® Collections 
 
Here are the cricut cartridges available right now that are exclusive to Close to my Heart. We just introduced our new Cricut® Flower Market Collection Z3285 cartridge and you won't believe all the creative things you can make with these cartridges. 

Exclusive Cricut® Collections

We’re delighted to introduce Close To My Heart’s exclusive Cricut® cartridge collections. We’ve worked with Provo Craft to bring you incredible Cricut® cartridges filled with inspiring shapes and projects hand-selected by company founder and CEO Jeanette Lynton. You’ll love how fast and easy it is to cut embellishments, cards, 3-D flowers, gift boxes, and more with the touch of a button. Simply insert the cartridge into your Cricut® machine (sold at retail stores), add your paper, and presto!—perfectly cut shapes appear.
Cricut® Machine Comparison Chart
Cricut® Machine Tips & Tricks
Order your Cricut® Flower Market collection (Z3285), Cricut® Artistry collection (Z3167), Cricut® Artfully Sent collection (Z3168), or Cricut® Artbooking collection (Z3169) today.
Cricut® Flower Market Collection

Cricut® Flower Market Collection Z3285

$99

1
Cartridge (700 Images: Shapes, Layers, Banners, Borders, Backgrounds, and Font)
3
My Acrylix® D-size Stamp Sets*
1
Adventure Cardstock Combo Pack
*Recommended Blocks:
1" × 1"
(Y1000)
1" × 3½"
(Y1002)
3" × 3"
(Y1006)
Cricut® Artistry Collection

Cricut® Artistry Collection Z3167

$99

1
Cartridge (700 Images: Shapes, Layers, Banners, Borders, Backgrounds, and Font)
3
My Acrylix® D-size Stamp Sets*
1
Enchantment Cardstock Combo Pack
*Recommended Blocks:
1" × 3½"
(Y1002)
2" × 2"
(Y1003)
3" × 3"
(Y1006)
2" × 3½"
(Y1009)
Cricut® Artfully Sent Collection

Cricut® Artfully Sent Collection Z3168

$99

1
Cartridge (700 Images: Cards and Font)
3
My Acrylix® D-size Stamp Sets*
1
Whimsy Cardstock Pack
*Recommended Blocks:
1" × 1"
(Y1000)
1" × 3½"
(Y1002)
3" × 3"
(Y1006)
2" × 3½"
(Y1009)
Cricut® Artbooking Collection

Cricut® Artbooking Collection Z3169

$99

1
Cartridge (700 images: Minibooks, Layouts, and Font)
3
My Acrylix® D-size Stamp Sets*
1
Adventure Cardstock Combo Pack
*Recommended Blocks:
1" × 1"
(Y1000)
1" × 3½"
(Y1002)
2" × 2"
(Y1003)
3" × 3"
(Y1006)
2" × 3½"
(Y1009)
4" × 5"
(Y1012)

Complementary Stamp Images

Numerous My Acrylix® stamp images in our Idea Book pair wonderfully with images on our Cricut® cartridges. When you see the Cricut® symbol or a stamp image outlined in red in the Idea Book, you will know there’s a matching shape on one of our cartridges. Cut out the coordinating shape with your Cricut® machine using the setting indicated on the stamp’s carrier sheet, then stamp your image on the base shape—quick and simple!

Cricut® Flower Market Collection

Cricut® Flower Market Collection

Our newest cartridge features blooms and blossoms for every season. Every key features botanical details, whether flowers, leaves, branches, or even wreaths. Designed to span an entire year’s worth of themes and occasions, this collection features shapes for holidays, cardmaking, and everyday scrapbooking. With the Flower Market Collection, you can have fresh cut paper flowers for every occasion. Order your Cricut® Flower Market Collection (Z3285) today.
Cricut® Flower Market Shape Index

Cricut® Artistry Collection

Cricut® Artistry Collection

The designs in this collection are staples for any crafter, spanning a wide variety of themes, holidays, and seasons. Get back to basics with font, banners, layered shapes, borders, backgrounds, and other fun icons that can be used for any and every occasion. Order your Cricut® Artistry collection (Z3167) today.
Cricut® Artistry Shape Index

Cricut® Artfully Sent Collection

Cricut® Artfully Sent Collection

Cardmaking has never been easier or more fun! With our newest Cricut® collection you can make handmade masterpieces in no time at all. Choose from cards with sentiments cut directly into them, or combine several cutouts to create your own pop-up scenes. Featuring more than 25 different themes and 5 different card formats including dynamic interactive designs, this cartridge has a card for any and all occasions—even if the occasion is “just because”! Card styles include pop-ups, scenes, sentiments, sleeves and pocket cards. Order your Cricut® Artfully Sent collection (Z3168) today.
Cricut® Artfully Sent 3-D Sample Cards
Cricut® Artfully Sent Sample Cards
Cricut® Artfully Sent Shape Index

Cricut® Artbooking Collection

Cricut® Artbooking Collection

Take your scrapbooking to never-before-seen levels with the new Cricut® Artbooking collection! With oodles of images in each of 15 layout themes, you can create several coordinating pages for each theme using just two keys and one dial size. Images include accents, borders, titles, overlays, photo mats—in standard photo sizes!—and more.
The Cricut® keys are optimized for creating 12" × 12" pages in a jiffy. You’ll love creating 10 themed mini books, also optimized for several different sizes using just two keys and one dial size. Celebrate birthdays, new baby, vacations, friends, sports, Halloween, Christmas, and more. When you’re finished cutting, use the coordinating stamp sets and Dimensional Elements shapes to add even more pizzazz! Order your Cricut® Artbooking collection (Z3169) today.
Cricut® Artbooking Sample Shapes
Cricut® Artbooking Shape Index

Monday, August 15, 2016

August Newsletter

You will be amazed by the newest products in our new Annual Idea Book and how you can combine them with our Seasonal Books! Enjoy!
Close to my Heart
It's Here! It's Here!

The new idea book is here! The long wait is over!

One of the first things you will notice when you hold this book in your hands is, that it is a bit thinner than before. That is because, we have moved all of our themed papers into our Seasonal Expression books. But you won't believe how many different Fundamental Papers we carry now. They will cover any season or occasion you may have. Along with our compliments we offer now, you will be able to scrapbook anything you would like. We have added tons of ribbons!

Of course any of those items are just wonderful for making cards - I love making cards. We have added card kits. In my blog, I highlighted just a few things that are new. I will try to highlight some of the new items in each of my upcoming newsletters each month. 

We are also saying goodbye to are rolling tote - if you don't have it yet - you may want to consider it.
The colors retiring will be: Gypsy, topiary, pear, honey, cotton candy and hollyhock - so if you like our paper or inks in those colors - get them now :)

Basically the Best

Get brand new papers FREE!

Basically the Best

What could be better than treating yourself to brand new papers? How about getting even MORE paper for free!

During the month of August, when you order our Whimsy, Adventure, and Enchantment Fundamental papers, you can choose to get either the Rustic Home or Uptown Fundamentals for FREE! Both of these Basics packets feature foil designs and specialty materials for making your artwork unique. Yep, this deal is basically the best!

All the papers still feature the dual sided, white core you love. They are archival quality as always - safe for your scrapbooks.
Z3253 Adventure Fundamentals
Z3253 Adventure Fundamentals
Z3254 Enchantment Fundamentals
Z3254 Enchantment Fundamentals
Z3255 Whimsy Fundamentals
Z3255 Whimsy Fundamentals

Get your FREE paper packet now!

Rustic Home Fundamentals

  • Plus three paper packets:
  • Z3253 Adventure Fundamentals
  • Z3254 Enchantment Fundamentals
  • Z3255 Whimsy Fundamentals

$59.85 + 1 FREE


Uptown Fundamentals

  • Plus three paper packets:
  • Z3253 Adventure Fundamentals
  • Z3254 Enchantment Fundamentals
  • Z3255 Whimsy Fundamentals

$59.85 + 1 FREE


*Offer valid August 1, 2016 (9:00 am MDT) - August 31, 2016 (11:59 pm MDT) while supplies last. Shipping/handling rates are based on the full retail price of free items. Tax is not charged for free items.

 


Stamp of the Month

August 2016: Purr-fect Halloween

Spend $50 and get this Stamp of the Month set for just $5.

Stamps
Innovative, creative, and always versatile-here's just one example of these stamps in use.  

S1608, set of 17

Recommended Blocks:
1" × 1" (Y1000)
1" × 3½" (Y1002)
2" × 2" (Y1003)
3" × 3" (Y1006)
2" × 3½" (Y1009)
2" × 6½" (Y1010)

Oh, my gosh! Is that cat not stinkin' cute! You can use that cat for so much more than just Halloween - let your creativity flow - this is a Diva Cat! 

Beautiful Stamps, Amazing Discounts

Each month you can purchase a new D-size stamp set, available for one month only, for just $5. When you place an order of $50 or more in Close To My Heart products, you qualify for this special Stamp of the Month pricing.
 

Expression 2 is good through the end of August!


If you love Disney - you will love this book! If you love flamingos - you will love this book. Many have said, this is the best one yet. You will have to check it out to believe it.

You will be able to order from this Expressions book through the end of this month. Be aware some of the items are already out of stock - so you want to hurry in order to catch some of the items.

Don't miss the summer fun this little book has packed in it! You can see some of the artwork on my blog and my facebook page - I hope you have subscribed and liked my facebook page so you can stay up to date.


Upcoming Events





These were our last cards we made at our July workshops. We had lots of fun. I gave a little sneak peek at some of the new items at this workshop. August 25th will be my next workshop.  You can see more details on my blog and some more artwork.

If you would like to have a workshop of your own - please let me know and I will be more than happy to set one up for you. Just in case, you live too far - I might be able to help you out by setting up a Facebook party. Now, with the live feature - we can have a gathering and I can still teach you how to use our wonderful products - got to love technology!
See what's happening on our social sites:
Facebook
Twitter
LinkedIn
Pinterest
Get $20 in free products

Every time my Mystery Facebook party reaches $150 and you have placed an order - you will be eligible for a drawing to get $20 in free product!

Don't miss that opportunity!

Offer Expires 08/31/2016.

Close to my Heart, 14573 Spotted Sandpiper Blvd., Winter Garden, FL 34787
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Constant Contact

Hello and thank you for stopping by!

This is my first attempt on a blog - can you tell? I am sure you can. From what I have learned about blogs they are like an online journal and you are getting a peak into my soul ...

At this time I am trying to learn how to post my artwork with watermark and copyright and all that jazz -but I a, learning. My plan is to post my work and along with it I will explain what I used and how I made the project.

As we go along, I will also give you a peak into my life. I will share some pictures of my family, places we have been, places we have visited. So, please come back and visit often. Just know, that I am very new to this blogging thing! So, at this time - any help you can give me is highly appreciated in growing my skills in "blogging".

If you live close to me and you would like to join me in my craft place or one my crops please, check my calendar for any upcoming workshops!

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A scrapbooker's quilting bee!