Thursday, December 15, 2011

National Paper Crafts Celebration Starts

January is National Paper Crafting and Close to my Heart is celebrating!  Now through January 31, 2012 you can earn this exclusive stamp set and block.  The block is actually a sneak peek item from the Spring/Summer Idea Book.  But the E-sized stamp set is only available through this offer, so make sure to snatch it up!

What's a qualifying purchase? When you place a minimum order of $25 from the Autumn/Winter 2011 Idea Book, you can get two valuable new products for just $15: the My Creations® Collage Cubes (a Spring/Summer 2012 sneak-peek product!) and the exclusive My Acrylix® Rock the Block E-size stamp set (available only during this promotion). This Rock the Block promotion represents a retail savings of almost $30! You're going to love the collage cubes and the Rock the Block stamp set, which work together for interactive, fashionable fun!

Watch this video for more information and some fun suggestions:

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Gift Giving Workshop Bag

One of the projects we did at this weeks workshop incorporated stamping and the Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge -- man I love this more and more.  We filled this guy with peppermint pillows when it was completed.
I'm showing you both even though they are almost identical.  Can you spot the difference?  Yup, one is outlined with stitch marks and the other isn't.  The matted saying was first stamped and then run through the Xyron upside down.  I wanted to get the image tacky to put the glitter on.  Why not use glue?  The liquid glue would have made the images run since they're water based.  A tape runner would have been too timely and could have been inconsistent.  No, the Xyron was a great choice.

The Cricut setting I used was the bag at 6", which is the largest bag you can make with the 12"x12" mat.  The large snowflakes were stamped with first and second generation stamping and Spring Iris Ink.  The small snowflakes were stamped with Grey Flannel.  And the Happy Holidays was stamped in Outdoor Denim to match the mat.  Because of the glitter, you could stamp it in black to make it look a little less green.

That's it!

Materials Used (all CTMH):
1388    White Daisy Cardstock
1275    Outdoor Denim Cardstock
Z2148  Spring Iris Ink
Z2124  Grey Flannel Ink
Z2140  Outdoor Denim Ink
D1480  Snowflakes
D1283  Say it in Style
D1408  A Little Everything
4275    My Legacy Writer Black Pens -- I used 0.8 tip
1512    Bonding Memory Glue -- to close box up -- holds better than Tombow
Z1686  Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge
Z134    Prisma Glitter

December's Stamp of the Month

It might be the last month of the year, but we've got two more months with this beautiful Idea Book.  And this month's Stamp of the Month gets us ready for Valentine's Day.  I know, it may seem a little early for February, but the offering the stamp now will give you plenty of time to put the cards together and mail them out.

Here is a picture with samples using the stamps within the set.
Samples from Corporate
If you're interested in the this stamp set, it is available from December 1 through the 31st, 2011.  You can go to and shop online or you can email me at  If you purchase $50 (subtotal) you can buy this D-sized stamp set for $5.  If you'd just like the stamp set, then you purchase it alone for $17.95.  The name of the set is Mad about You, S1112.