Monday, July 30, 2012

Liebster Blog Award

I want to say a HUGE thank you to Amy McVey who awarded me with this great blog award for the gift card holder I posted below for the Art Philosophy Blog Hop. It was a great surprise to wake up to this morning :) Be sure to click on her name to visit her blog for more inspiration! Here is a bit of information about the blog award itself.

Liebster is a German word meaning "Beloved," "Favorite," or "Dearest." This award is a peer to peer award in which fellow bloggers present the award to their favorite bloggers with less than 200 followers. The origins of this award is unclear, but is believed to have originated by a German blogger. This award was designed to be a blog award in the pay it forward fashion to share your dearest and most beloved blogs that have less than 200 followers.

Thank the person who gave you the award and link back to their blog.Post the award onto your blog.Give the award to five bloggers who you appreciate that have less than 200 followers.Leave a comment on their blog letting them know that you have given them this awesome award!

I am off to start my day by looking for the 5 people that I will award this too and be back to post their names later today with links to their blogs. 

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Art Philosophy Blog Hop!

Welcome to our July Art Philosophy Blog Hop! Each month we will showcase a feature of the amazing Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge which can be purchased exclusively through a Close to My Heart Independent Consultant.

We're so excited to be doing this hop and we have a fabulous lineup with some very talented ladies. There will be lots of fun projects AND some blog candy!!!

Lucy Kelleher, our hostess and fellow CTMH Consultant, will be giving away a stamp set! She is giving away a prior Stamp of the Month set that can no longer be purchased called "You Are ...". (This stamp set has a $17.95 retail value). You will find a picture of the stamp set on her blog. To enter to win, you will need to leave a comment on her blog and on every stop of the blog hop. If you also become a follower of Lucy's blog, she will give you another entry .

This month we will be showcasing the "Card" feature of the cartridge. Did you know there are 100 different card shapes you can make with this cartridge? You heard me correctly -- 100!!! Now we won't be able to show you ALL 100 card options, but we will show you as many as we can.

If you just happened to come to this blog, you should start at the beginning at Lucy's blog -

My project is a card turned into a gift card holder and card in one! I used the Tag Card on Pg. 60 with NO shift. You will cut 2 of these at 4 3/4".

You will them cut a slit in one of them big enough to insert your gift card into. Next you will glue them together to make your pocket card for the gift certificate. MAKE SURE YOU MEASURE AND LEAVE ENOUGH ROOM FOR THE GIFT CARD TO SLIDE INTO!!!!  You will also fold down the two corners as shown in the pictures below.

In the middle of the card you will want to decorate it with a To: and From: on it for the person receiving this special gift. Next you can make a "belly band" to wrap around the card to keep it closed.  I just used a zip strip from the Pear and Partridge line that you can order through me from Close to My Heart. I simply LOVE this kit for Christmas!

Once you have this done you are done with the actual card, but I went a step further and made a holder for it because I wanted to add some candy to it. I used the Door Hanger from Art Philosophy pg.25 at 10"  which holds a candy bar or in this case bag of M&Ms perfectly to finish off this gift. I decorated the box with the stamp set from the Workshop on the Go from Pear and Partridge line again. This whole project actually uses the one workshop package where you will have plenty of paper left for more or other projects.  
I thought I was a genius when I made this project but then I came across this blog:  where she had made the same exact thing. My bubble was bursted :(  But even though my bubble was bursted I wanted to go ahead and share with you all just in case you had not seen this before. Thank you for stopping by and I look forward to reading your comments. The next stop on your blog hop fun is  Eva's Blog  Here is the list of all the talented consultants who are participating in this months blog hop:
  1. Lucy ~
  2. Darla ~
  3. Gloria Shirr -
  4. Laura Wolff-
  5. Eva-
  6.  Danielle ~
  7. Connie ~
  8. Wendy ~
  9. Joanne -
  10. Laura Charko - 
  11. Carolyn Heniges -
  12. Kindred Hearts (Penny) -
  13. Stephanie Feist-
  14. Julia Hammond

Friday, July 20, 2012

Retiring Kits

Hello again :)  Here is a list of the kits that will be retiring VERY soon. With the retirement you will no longer be able to order paper packs of these either, so if you are in love with one, like I am with Lucy, you might want to place an order before it is gone!


Retiring Ink Colors

These colors are retiring so you will want to make sure that you get your re-inkers ordered VERY soon! Once they are gone, they are gone for good!!

Grey Wool
Grey Flannel
Vanilla Cream
Borwn Bag
Baby Pink
Sunkiss yellow
Key Lime
Heavenly Blue
Lilac Mist
Holiday Red
Sunny yellow
Dutch Blue
Vineyard Berry 
Garden Green
Spring Iris
Pansy Purple 

Thursday, July 19, 2012

New Stuff Ordered

Hi everyone, I just wanted to update you and let you know that I am placing my order to get the new stuff to start putting together pictures of the new workshops and make and takes I will be offering. I am so excited!

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Scroll Album Workshop
This is one of the new workshops that I will be holding in September/October. This would make a great Christmas, wedding, or anniversary gift. Just check soon to see more upcoming workshops that I will be holding!

Exciting New stuff!
Here is a preview of the new Idea Book. Please let me know if you would like to have one! I will have them to hand out starting August 1, 2012. Just leave me a comment letting me know that you want one.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Happy 4th of July

Hello everyone, I am stopping in this morning to wish all of you a Happy and Safe 4th of July. Please remember why and how we received our independence and are able to live with the freedom that we have today. May God bless each one of you and your families today as we celebrate. I will be celebrating by creating today. Check back to see what I manage to get done!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Retiring Paper Sets

Wow, is it hot or what??? I am ready for some Christmas in August and September for sure, so be on the lookout for new classes and ideas coming in August and September to get ready for the holiday season. In the meantime I wanted to let you know that the Hero and Elemental paper sets will be retiring July 31st and will be gone forever. If you want to order either one or lots of both just let me know!!