Wednesday, September 7, 2016

What I love about Close To My Heart

I have been with CTMH for about 9 years now.  During this time I have learned alot about scrapbooking and card making.  I have, through experience realized what I like and dislike about different products.  Today I will tell you what I like about out new Idea Book called Holiday Expressions.  Our idea books are product books but they are also meant to inspire you with NEW IDEAS.
Today I will talk about theHoliday Expressions which a short supplement to the Annual Inspirations.  It covers the months of September thru December of 2016.

The first thing I really like about CTMH is their patterned paper.  The provide us with paper packs in thier Creative Collections, that have 12 sheets of patterned paper that coordinate perfectly together with each other, the cardstock and ink colors from CTMH.  That means when I open a paper pack I know I will always have the correct shades working seamlessly together every time.  Now they have separate the paper from the cardstock so you have more pattern pages to play with.  You can also order the exact colors of cardstock that work with each paper pack.  They offer Complement which are stickers and die-cuts that match perfectly to the papers and are also in many of the sample artwork.

Another really cool item that CTMH has are called Thin Cuts. Many of the Creative Collections has a Thin Cuts die cut set and matching stampset.  For example on page 27 starts the City Sidewalks Creative Collections.  The following pages are the samples used for the paper packs, complements, accessories and washi tape pack.  All matching perfectly.  On the top of page 31 offers you the Workshop Your Way Scrapbooking kit for City Sidewalks.  Below that you find a list of items you can add to the workshop that will allow you to create addition projects with you remaining materials from the workshop.  In the case of City Sidewalks you can add a few projects and make 9 additional cards.  Great way to use up product and create new inspiration.
Here is some artwork made with City Sidewalks. Below is a two page layout made from the Workshop Your Way- City Sidewalks.

For those of you who like to make cards, there are the sample cards from the additional products made from the left over Workshop You Way on page 31.

 The kit makes everything easy and beautiful with all the hard work of design already created for you.  Just follow the instructions. 

This Holiday Expressions has
  • 4 seasonally themed paper packs with matching cardstock, accessories, stickers, dies cuts and even matching Thin Cuts die and stamp set bundles
  • 5 card making kits, one tag kit (perfect for gift giving this Holiday season) 
  • Embossing folders  and additional Thin Cuts (p57) perfect for the season
  • Smaller sized albums such as Everyday Life and Picture my life that come together quick and easy
  • Stampsets for the next 4 months listed in advance so you can plan your spending around you favorite Stamps of the Month

There are so many wonderful things in the new Holiday Expression that I am sure you will want a copy to page through, write in and have on hand.  Just contact me for your copy today.  Cost is only $2.00 plus shipping and if you place an order of any size I will send it to you for free.  My way of saying thanks.

If you have made any of the projects in the Holiday Expressions, please let us know in your comment.  If you would like to be featured here on my blog we can do that too.  Always love to share artwork from friends from my blog.  Thanks for visiting and dont forget to comment.  Theresa

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

The PERFECT CARDMAKING starter kit: The Create Kindness Card Kit

National Stamping Month is here, and we are looking forward to celebrating all month long with our exclusive Create Kindness card kit. Click on the video above to see how these cards can be used to brighten someone’s day—check it out and then be sure to share it!
Celebrate National Stamping Month this September with hand stamped cards designed to help create a little more kindness in the world. The Create Kindness card kit contains all of the supplies needed to create 24 beautiful handmade cards that you can use to brighten someone’s day!

The kit can be yours for only $46.95—a 15% savings off the retail value! No other obligations or requirements.  Purchase this kit alone or with other products. And there is no limit to how many you order!!
You can also purchase items in this kit separately, mix and match but keep in mind you save 15 % with ordering the kit.

Here is what you receive:
Z3106       My Acrylix® Mini Stamp Organizer
CC1146    3" × 3" pre-printed card bases, envelopes, and pre-cut circles (24)  
Y1003      2" × 2" My Acrylix® block
CC1147   My Acrylix® Create Kindness—Beautiful    
CC1148   My Acrylix® Create Kindness—Enjoy         
CC1149   My Acrylix® Create Kindness—Friend      
CC1150   My Acrylix® Create Kindness—Hello         
CC1151   My Acrylix® Create Kindness—Everything   
CC1152   My Acrylix® Create Kindness—Love          
CC1153   My Acrylix® Create Kindness—Smile        
CC1154   My Acrylix® Create Kindness—Special
Mini Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ stamp pad

As a special bonus, the exclusive stamp sets and pre-printed card bases with envelopes are also available for separate purchase, but only in the month of September while supplies last!   Pick and choose if you want it all... or just some of it.
  • Pre-printed card bases envelopes and circles  $9.95
  • My Acrylix Stamps (8 to choose from)  $2.95
  • 2"x 2" block $6.95
  • Mini Stamp organizer $12.95
Purchase these items separately to expand your kit or give to someone as a perfect gift- a quick and easy card making kit.

Thanks to the pre-printed card bases, these cards come together in no time, leaving you more time to do something thoughtful for someone. Watch Close To My Heart’s blog, Instagram account, and Facebook page throughout the month of September to see what we’ve created with this card kit as well as the acts of kindness it has inspired! This exclusive kit will only be available in the month of September while supplies last, so make sure to get your order in early.

We’re looking forward to seeing how you use the Create Kindness card kit to spread kindness in your circles, too. Be sure to share your acts of kindness with the world by posting them to social media and using the hashtag #createkindness. Remember also to join our National Stamping Day Facebook group for support and ideas for holding your own National Stamping Month celebrations throughout the month.