Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Workshop On The Go extra pop with Cricut

I think the Workshop on the Go program from Close to my Heart is top notch.  You get a complete paper packet, and accessory or two, an exclusive C-sized stamp set, and instructions for $29.95 (10% off retail value).  Here is a video showing how you can bring your artwork up a notch using our CTMH Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge.  Enjoy!

When you're ready to purchase all (or just one) Workshop on the Go, please click on the Shop with Me link to the right.  :)

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

National Stamping Month

September is National Stamping Month and Close to my Heart is already celebrating!

With the purchase of $75 (pre-tax and shipping) you will get -- not one stamp set, but a DOUBLE stamp set -- FREE! .You'll love this double set—two D-size sets in one envelope—which includes lots of clever phrases and coordinating images you'll use in your handmade cards all year long. The double set has a retail value of $35.90, and is available while supplies last or September 30, 2011.

Who wants to see more pictures?!  I teamed up with five other consultants to bring each of the 12 images to life:
This is an overview of the 12 cards made using the 12 images

by Kay Pekin
by me
by Carlie Myers

by Gail Vought

by Katy Martin
 The Cricut was used for the "ribbon" on the "my treat" card.
by Heather Plotzke

The Cricut was used for the "stamp" or mat under the treat bag.

The Cricut was used for the snow flakes and the banner.

The branch and leaves were made with the Cricut

The Rainbow card base and B&T, and the saying cardstock from "follow your dreams" were cut out by the Cricut.

You can see some of the versatility the stamp set provides.  What are you going to do with yours?!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Free A Typeface Stamp Set with purchase

A Typeface stamp set

You'll appreciate our new Stamp of the Month (SOTM) program even more.  You can purchase the SOTM for $5 when you order $50 of product.  And during the month of August, when you purchase the SOTM for $5, you will also get the stamp set A Typeface free!

Want to see the August SOTM?

No problem!  Each stamp set comes with this picture and helpful hints are on the website for one year to help you reproduce those projects.

And now my sample combining the SOTM and the free set.  Another sample of A Typeface can be found on page 66 of the Autumn/Winter 2011 Idea Book.
Wishes: Top View
How did I make this 3.5" x 8" card from Wishes?  I took my Gypsy card stock and scored lines -- here two lines are 1/4" apart and those pairs are 1/2" apart.  Then I flipped the paper over and lightly sanded the scored lines.  I sanded the edges a little too.  The witch was stamped in Grey Wool ink, cut out, and outlined with our 0.1 tip black legacy writers (there are 5 tip widths from 0.1 to 0.8).  Her socks were colored with Gypsy marker, and she is raised off of the card.  The "wicked" is from the free stamp set A Typeface, with the word "you're" added with the legacy writer.  The black hemp and mini-medley finished off the card as accents.

All CTMH Materials:
X5911  Black & Grey Shade Paper (Grey Wool)
X5916  Purple Shade Paper (Gypsy)
1388    Colonial White Paper (for witch and saying)
X7144B Mischief Paper Packet (square above witch)
S1108  Wicked (Stamp of the Month)
A1117 A Typeface (word and free with $5 purchase of Stamp of the Month)
Z2125 Grey Wool Ink
Z2105 Black Ink
4275   My Legacy Writer Black Pens
Z1393 Black Mini Medley
Z282   Black Hemp
Z1294 Sanding Kit
Z1151 3-D Foam Tape
Z534   Microtip Scissors

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Switching to Doodles

I switched my blog name for several reasons.  The first being "makingpersonalimpressions.blogspot.com" was really long, not only to remember, but to say.  It was kind of embarassing even to mention it.  While I still feel it's important to make personal impressions, I wasn't making the right impression.

The second reason is for identification.  Ideally this blog would have been "danasdoodles.blogspot.com" but that was already taken (gosh darn that other Dana).  I then almost went with "stampdanastamp.blogspot.com" but was told that was also too long.  So my hubby came up with "dsdoodles."  "Ds" can stand for Dana Simone (-Kurtz) Doodles or Dana'S Doodles.  Either way it represents me.  And my website on the corporate website has also been changed; it is now ctmh.com/dsdoodles.

I'm not sure if I'm going to change my email address or not.  I probably should since the "dots" part of "dskdots" doesn't make a lot of sense to most people because they have no idea CTMH was once DOTS.  I'll have to ponder that notion a little longer.

So don't expect anything to change -- besides the name.  Please re-bookmark this blog and come enjoy the ride with me as I doodle!!