10/16/2017

Share the Smile Blog Hop

Welcome to the Close to My Heart 
 Share the Smile Blog Hop! 



This hop I am following {Cat Nowak's Blog.}   We have 19 Close to My Heart Consultants participating in this Share the Smile Blog Hop. If you lose your place while traveling through our blog hop, the complete list of participants can be found here.      

This month Close to My Heart is featuring a promotion called Share the Smile.  With the purchase of every Punny Pals stamp set, Close To My Heart is donating $7 of the proceeds to Operation Smile™. And, for this month only and while supplies last, you can get a coordinating set of Thin Cuts for cutting out the adorable animal shapes. 
Punny Pals Thin Cuts
Close to My Heart is also offering an exclusive card kit that includes the Thin Cuts along with card bases, envelopes, paper pieces, and instructions that you can use to create endearing cards that will sure enough bring a smile to anyone’s day!

Share the Smile Card Kit
For our blog hop, we are showing you other uses for the items in this promotion.  I chose to use the cardstock, thin cuts and stamp set to make these adorable cards.



Here they are a little closer up.




These cards were super easy to make.  I used a 2" x 2" cardstock square to mat my 1.7" x 1.75" White Daisy cardstock square.  It is hard to see but I did cut each little animal out with the thin cuts.  I popped the White Daisy square with Thin 3-D foam tape.  Each of the animals are colored with my ShinHan Markers.

Thank you for visiting my blog.  I would love for you to show me a little love by leaving me a comment and then please go to our next artist, {Janna Gray's Blog} and see what she has made with this adorable stamp set.

You can purchase any of the supplies used in my artwork on my website. 

10/01/2017

October Stamp of the Month Blog Hop - Christmas Tunes

Welcome to the October Stamp of the Month 
Blog Hop! 

    
This month I am following {Carol Taggio's Blog.}   We have 26 Close to My Heart Consultants participating in this month’s Stamp of the Month Blog Hop. If you lose your place while traveling through our blog hop, the complete list of participants can be found here.  

The October Stamp of the Month is entitled Christmas Tunes (S1710) (Set of  7).   Here is a picture of this stamp set:




Yikes!  Did you know that we only have 12 more weeks until Christmas?  Do you have your Christmas cards made yet?  I am always behind.  Sometimes I am so far behind that I am actually way ahead because I hold my cards until the next year.

The October Stamp of the Month will be so useful to create many types of cards.  Each stamp can be used in its own card.  I started with the Snow Globe but the next one I will use is the tree.  I want to emboss it and color it in or emboss it with gold embossing powder on a deep color - doesn't matter which one.  They will all be pretty.

Here is my card.




For this card, I used the Beary Christmas paper pack, Gold gems, I embossed it using Versamark watermark ink and our Black Ink, Cranberry Ink, and I colored it with Mahogany and Carmine Shin Han markers.  I also pulled out another stamp set - C1688 First Noel.  I love the font on the Merry Christmas and the border stamp added a little pizzaz.

The October Stamp of the Month Stamp Set can be purchased for $17.95 or if you purchase $50 in CTMH products, you can add this stamp set to your order for an additional $5.  This stamp set is only available between October 1 – October 31, 2017.  


Thank you for visiting my blog.  I would love for you to show me a little love by leaving me a comment and then please go to our next artist, {Melissa Robinson's Blog} and see what she has made with this adorable stamp set.

You can purchase this stamp set as well as any of the supplies listed below on my website. 

9/22/2017

I Just Love the Holidays - Holiday Expressions New Product Blog Hop

Welcome to the Close to My Heart 
Holiday Expressions New Product Blog Hop! 




This hop I am following {Melissa Robinson's Blog.}   We have 23 Close to My Heart Consultants participating in this Holiday Expressions New Product Blog Hop. If you lose your place while traveling through our blog hop, the complete list of participants can be found here.      

I was trying to decide what holiday I wanted to feature.  All of the paper lines in this catalog are fantastic.  I just finished holding a scrapbooking retreat and made Sugar Skull name tags so I decided to use the Sugar Skull again and made a card using our new Cats and Bats product line.  I love the vibrant colors.

So here is my card.




I used lots and lots of 3-D foam tape.  You can see how it is popped up in this picture.  The "Celebrate" comes from the Cats and Bats Complements and I added some Cats and Bats Dots to finish the card off.

I found a wonderful blog with the starburst file and decided to try it with the black background to make it pop!  Here's the link to that blog.  I may try and turn it into a Design Space file because I could use it again and again on other cards.

I am going to include the Cricut Design Space File for my Sugar Skull card for your use.  You will need the Cricut Flower Market cartridge in order to cut it.


Thank you for visiting my blog.  I would love for you to show me a little love by leaving me a comment and then please go to our next artist, {Wendy Kessler's Blog} and see what she has made with this adorable stamp set.

You can purchase any of the supplies used in my artwork on my website. 


Supplies Used
Coming soon - trying to figure out Linkdeli

9/12/2017

National Stamping Month Blog Hop

Welcome to the Close to My Heart 
 National Stamping Month Blog Hop! 



This hop I am following {Cat Nowak's Blog.}   We have 16 Close to My Heart Consultants participating in this National Stamping Month Blog Hop. If you lose your place while traveling through our blog hop, the complete list of participants can be found here.      

Did you know that September is National Stamping Month?  Close to My Heart is offering a beautiful interactive card and stamp set to commemorate this month.  This year’s National Stamping Month promotion features the exclusive From the Heart card kit, which contains an E-size stamp set as well as materials and instructions for creating 12 interactive cards with detailed stamping. Individual components of the card kit are available at retail price, but you save 20% when you purchase them as part of the kit!  Look what you receive in the kit.



And you don't even need scissors.  The kit is already die cut.  You just pop them out of the sheet their on and assemble them.  The Close to my Heart Blog has complete assembly instructions with pictures making these super easy to put together.

These floral stamps are the latest rage.  You have all of the pieces of a floral arrangement and you get to stamp them on the card as you wish.  The sentiments are large and fit in the window of the base.

Here is my card when it is closed:


And here is the card when it is open.



Let me tell you about my card.  I cut the main panel down 1/8 inch on all sides so that I could mat it with Fern cardstock.  I also (hold your heart) cut the large sentiment stamps so that the flowers were separate from the sentiment.  I used one of those flower arrangements on the top panel.  I also straightened the stamp on the block so it fit neatly in a corner.  I love how our stamps allow us to move them around as we need.

The images are colored in with Shin Han markers.  The sentiment on the main panel is from the stamp set, Sending Prayers (B1563).  The images are stamped in Pewter and the sentiment is stamped in Black ink.

I used our new heart border thin cuts to cut out the hearts on the stabilizing "bar" with our gold glitter paper.

Thank you for visiting my blog.  I would love for you to show me a little love by leaving me a comment and then please go to our next artist, {Wendy Kessler's Blog} and see what she has made with this adorable stamp set.

You can purchase any of the supplies used in my artwork on my website. 


Supplies Used

9/04/2017

Happy Anniversary to Me! Check out My Sale!


I began my Close to my Heart journey 10 years ago when I decided to join Close to my Heart as a Consultant.  And I didn't even know how to stamp, make cards or scrapbook!  Can you believe that???

I have met such wonderful friends all over the world through Close to my Heart and I want to celebrate!

Because of my awesome customers, I have earned the first tier of the Close to my Heart incentive trip to Thailand.  That means I will receive an all-expense paid trip to Thailand for two once I get to Thailand.  But, I still have to pay the airfare unless I reach the top tier.

We have two new catalogs, our annual and our Holiday Expressions.  Lots to choose from!  Please consider making your crafting purchases this month and help me meet my goal.  You can look at the catalogs here.

I am pulling out the big guns and having a Super Duper sale - something for everyone!  If your order fits in more than one sale, you don't have to choose which one you want.  YOU GET THEM ALL!!!

  • If you order $100 in products, you get $20 in free products (your choice)
  • Buy 10 items get the lowest item free
  • Buy 9 stamp pads get one free
  • Buy 9 new cardstock packages and get one free (one side is darker than the other - giving you two different color choices)
  • 10% off your retail order if you order by September 10th (must contact me directly with your order)
  • 25% off all my Christmas Kits from last year
  • 10% off all other kits

And to sweeten this deal - I will have two drawings for $100 in free product that you choose out of the current idea books.  Order by September 10th and you will be in both drawings!  If I reach my goal I will have another celebratory sale so send this email to all of your friends!

One drawing for orders placed through September 10th and one at the end of the month

  • For each $50 in your order, you will receive a ticket in the drawing
  • Buy any of our Cricut Cartridges and you will receive 5 extra tickets
  • Tell a friend and when they order you both receive an extra ticket
  • 5 extra tickets for buying any part of the September National Stamping Month Promotion, From the Heart

You can either email me (mkgmt55@gmail.com), call me, text me, FB message me, or place your order directly on my website,  www.melindaeveritt.ctmh.com 

I will contact you so that you can choose any free product associated with your order.

This sale is offered only by Melinda Everitt, Close to my Heart Independent Consultant

9/01/2017

September Close to my Heart September Stamp of the Month - Feel So Blessed

Welcome to the September Stamp of the Month 
Blog Hop! 



    
This month I am following {Cat Nowak's Blog.}   We have 24 Close to My Heart Consultants participating in this month’s Stamp of the Month Blog Hop. If you lose your place while traveling through our blog hop, the complete list of participants can be found here.  

The September Stamp of the Month is entitled Feel So Blessed (S1709) (Set of  26).   Here is a picture of this stamp set:




Did you know that we have a new catalog that was released today?  It is our Holiday Expressions Catalog and it is jam packed full of beautiful Fall and Winter products lines that you can use to for your crafts.



When we receive a new catalog I have to make room for new products, so I spend a few days reorganizing my scrapbooking room, preparing to receive new product.  My mischievous cat, Peyton, helped me this time by dumping all of the cards I have made (and had not sent) onto the floor.  He added a few touches of his own (think teethmarks).  I found a card I had made a few years ago and had to google what it was called.  It is called a Trifold Shutter Card.  

I love, love, love the new Fall paper, Falling for You, and think it pairs well with the September Stamp of the Month.

Here is my card.









Didn't it come out well?  I love the clean and modern feel of this card.  I embossed the sentiment with our new Expresso Ink.  I added our Bronze sequins and the White and Bronze twine.  The leaves above Grateful were fussy cut out of the patterned paper and the flower strip at the bottom of the White Daisy panel is one of the zip strips from the paper pack.

I found a quick and simple tutorial on how to make this card.  You can find it here.

The September Stamp of the Month Stamp Set can be purchased for $17.95 or if you purchase $50 in CTMH products, you can add this stamp set to your order for an additional $5.  This stamp set is only available between September 1 – September 30, 2017.  


Thank you for visiting my blog.  I would love for you to show me a little love by leaving me a comment and then please go to our next artist, {Brenda Lapp's Blog} and see what she has made with this adorable stamp set.

You can purchase this stamp set as well as any of the supplies listed below on my website. 


Supplies Used
(Coming Soon)

8/16/2017

Check Out the Annual Inspirations New Product Blog Hop

Welcome to the Close to My Heart 
Annual Inspirations New Product Blog Hop! 



This hop I am following {Cat Nowak's Blog.}   We have 25 Close to My Heart Consultants participating in this Annual Inspirations New Product Blog Hop. If you lose your place while traveling through our blog hop, the complete list of participants can be found here.      

We have a W-O-N-D-E-R-F-U-L new catalog that was just released and I must show what I created.  In this wonderful catalog, we have a new Cricut Collection called You are Here.


It is supposed to be a travel cartridge, but I have found it to be SO much more!  Wanna have a peek?  Here is a link to the handbook.  

I decided I needed to design a special card for my August card classes.  I really loved the Volkswagon Bug and it brought back such wonderful memories of my teen years living near the beach in Southern California.  My first boyfriend has a gold VW Bug and we were really something traveling along the Pacific Coast Highway, enjoying the sun and the beach.

So here is my card.
I just had to incorporate the sunburst overlay from our Cricut Artbooking collection and check out our new two tone cardstock.  The Crystal Blue for the sky was a bit darker than I wanted, but when I turned over the other side, it was perfectly clear sky blue.  Love it!

Do you have a Cricut and want to make this card?  It is a 5" x 7" card, so cut a piece of White Daisy cardstock 10" x 7" and then score the 10" side down the middle, giving you a 5" x 7" card.


And here are the sizes for the other cuts.



I used  these brand new stamp sets:  B1565 - A New Adventure and C1684 Inked with Love.  I also used a retiring stamp set (better get it fast!) Z3336 No Worries - Scrapbooking.  It comes with Thin Cuts and is retiring on August 31st.

Thank you for visiting my blog.  I would love for you to show me a little love by leaving me a comment and then please go to our next artist, {Priscilla Gotham's Blog} and see what she has made with this adorable stamp set.

You can purchase any of the supplies used in my artwork on my website. 


Supplies Used

8/10/2017

How Exciting - Get Your Bling On!

Bling Team, that is.

Oh my goodness!  This is almost too good to believe!  Let me tell you, if I wasn't already a Close to My Heart Consultant, I would join.  Join my team in August and you can choose your reward.


When you sign up as a new Consultant you already get:

* A New Consultant Kit with essential supplies for only $75
* $50 in Select Product Credit to spend on additional supplies
* The chance to earn fantastic Straight To The Top start-up rewards

Now, during August only, you can also earn your choice of a FREE Cricut® collection (any of the current collections)

Artbooking Cricut Collection

Artfully Sent Cricut Collection

Artistry Cricut Collection


You Are Here Cricut Collection



Hello USA Cricut Cartridge

Hello Australia/New Zealand Cricut Cartridge

Hello Canada Cricut Cartridge

 a Block Alphabet Thin Cuts bundle





 or an additional $99 in Product Credit! 


WOW!!! 

Email me at mkgmt@aol.com for more information or if you have any questions.  August is the month to sign up whether you want to build a business or get a discount on your crafting supplies.

Ready to sign up?  You can sign up on my website,  www.melindaeveritt.ctmh.com