08 December, 2015

Owl Twisted Easel Card


I love the colour purple & I'm growing to like little owls.  I thought this little guy was cute & my craft girls wanted to learn to do a twisted easel card so I decided to make them up as a kit for them.

I cut a 11"x 8.5" as the base card then scored it at 5.5" & again on the diagonal on the left 5.5" square.  I used 4 of the Close To My Heart Cricut cartridges for the Owl, Fancy Square, Branch & the Happy Birthday.  In the Cricut Design Space I laid them all out & cut the whole thing on my Cricut Explore.  I'm learning the software so if I can cut it all out (including the base etc.) then that's more practice for me.  The little Owl was all cut & then paper pieced together & I used 3d foam to build him up a bit & again for the Sentiment so it is then used as a stop for the card when opened.  I had alot of fun doing this card, I wanted to do one with just cut files & no stamping, I inked around the Owl to make him stand out a bit more & inked over the little butterfly & finished him off with some bling, I had to get that in somewhere, I just love to put bling on everything.

The products I used:


Close to My Heart Artiste Cricut Cartridge Z3170.
Close to My Heart Artistry Cricut Cartridge Z3167.
Close to My Heart Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge Z3171.
Close to My Heart Artbooking Cricut Cartridge Z3169.
Kaleidoscope Paper Packet X7202B.
Gypsy Cardstock X5757.
White Daisy Cardstock 1385.
Kraft Cardstock Z1375.
Topiary Cardstock X5635.
Black Cardstock 1386.
Plus I used alot of leftover scraps.
Eggplant Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad Z2647.
Gypsy Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad Z2190.


If you would like information about anything you see or would like to place an order or even become a consultant & join my team - please don't hesitate to send me a message at mtlamont52@gmail.com, I will be happy to help you in any way I can or purchase directly from my Online Shop & have it delivered right to your door.    I also offer scrapbooking, card making, base & bling & papercrafting classes......contact me to find out more.

03 December, 2015

Seven Things You Can Do With Watercolour

                                                      
Join Jill from Close To My Heart as she shows seven fun ways to use watercolors in your scrapbooking and cardmaking. From painting organic lines, splattering color, or shading a shape–we’re sure you’ll fall in love with this art form!


 The products used in this tutorial are:  Watercolour Paints Z3132. Watercolour Paper Z3146. Paintbrush Set Z3188. All-Purpose Mat Z2045, Cricut Artistry Collection Z3167. My Acrylix Ink Blot Stamp Set D1660. My Acrylix Miracle of Christmas Stamp Set D1656.  White Pines Paper Kit X7200B.


If you would like information about anything you see or would like to place an order or even become a consultant & join my team - please don't hesitate to send me a message at mtlamont52@gmail.com, I will be happy to help you in any way I can or purchase directly from my Online Shop & have it delivered right to your door.    I also offer scrapbooking, card making, base & bling & papercrafting classes......contact me to find out more.



02 December, 2015

Last Orders!

Last Chance to order from the Holiday Expressions Catalogue

 December is the last month you can buy before this catalogue is retired for good, so don't miss out on ordering your favourite papers, stamps & embellishments.



If you would like information about anything you see or would like to place an order or even become a consultant & join my team - please don't hesitate to send me a message at mtlamont52@gmail.com, I will be happy to help you in any way I can or purchase directly from my Online Shop & have it delivered right to your door.    I also offer scrapbooking, card making, base & bling & papercrafting classes......contact me to find out more.

01 December, 2015

Cyber Week Sale

  Cyber Week Promotion

                         25% OFF a selected product range!

For five days only, a selection of items from Close To My Heart's current product inventory 
can be yours for 25% off retail price! 

Get supplies you'll need to make handcrafted gifts and cards for the holidays, including 
our Cricut® Artfully Sent Collection, at an amazing discount! This offer is available for 
a limited time only, so hurry on over to my WEBSITE, and make the most of your holiday preparations!

Get 25% off selected items, including
  • Cricut® Artfully Sent Collection (Z3168) 
  • Designed Décor Red Magnetic Chalkboard (Z2006) 
  • Designed Décor Display Tray (Z1750) 
  • Picture My Life™ Going Places Scrapbooking Program (Z3180) 
  • Designer Creations Buttoned Bag (Z2053) 
  • Designer Creations Short Stack Album (Z2028) 
  • Designer Creations Ruby Paper Bags (Z2038) 
  • Cut Above™ Dapper Giraffe Card Kit (Z3147) 
  • My Creations™ Pint-Sized Container (Z3137) 
  • Scallop Border Punch (Z1851) 
  • Triangle Border Punch (Z1997) plus many more!

Check out the Cyber Week Sale HERE! 

13 September, 2015

Let's begin with this months Customer Special!

During the month of August, get your hands on the latest and greatest in organisation products from Close To My Heart—with a few perks thrown in! Simply place an order for the new marker roll-up at full retail price and receive the new D-size stamp set My Acrylix® Balloon Wishes FREE! 
Or place an order for the new accessory roll-up at full retail price and receive two new Base & Bling style sheets, Affirmations and Lovely Blooms, FREE! 

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 All of the items offered as part of this campaign are featured in the Annual Inspirations 2015–2016 idea book.
The marker roll-up will be your new best friend, providing storage space for up to 25 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ markers. The My Acrylix® Balloon Wishes stamp set is perfect for colouring, making them a practical pairing. The accessory roll-up is ideal for sorting and storing accessories, Base & Bling items, and embellishments, while the new Base & Bling style sheets are full of gorgeous floral designs and hip icons and sentiments perfectly suited for creating stunning jewellery pieces. Place your order for one—or both—deals and get an exciting sneak peek at just a few of the many new products found within Annual Inspirations’ pages!

12 September, 2015

New Annual Inspirations and Holiday Expressions catalogues!


Be the first to get your hands on the 160 page Annual Expressions and 36 page Holiday Expressions Catalogues.  Filled with beautiful scrapbooking paper kits, card making and stamping supplies and brimming with gorgeous ideas to inspire you!     Place an order of $50 or more and I'll send you FREE catalogues or contact me to purchase your own copy of the new catalogues.
You can view the new catalogues on-line HERE.

15 July, 2015

July Stamp of the Month

July Stamp Of The Month Life is Wonderful!


Each month you can purchase a new D-size stamp set, available for one month only, for just $5 - that's over 70% off retail!   When you place an order of $75 or more in Close To My Heart products, you qualify for this special Stamp of the Month pricing. 
With 7 images on this one set, it's an incredible value. Be sure to get your own copy, as you never know when I'll pull this out for future workshops.  Don't miss out on adding this set to your collection.
However, for July ONLY you can get the Life is Wonderful stamp set FREE when you purchase $32.50 in retails stamp sets from the current catalogues!
July  2015: Life is Wonderful! (set of 8) - S1506 - $27
OR Spend $32.50 in retail stamp sets  and get this Stamp of the Month set for FREE!.
OR Spend $75 and get this Stamp of the Month set for just $5.

                       Place your qualifying order HERE

Jump On It July

Have you always wanted to purchase the HOSTESS ONLY Stamp sets? 
Well July is the month to get your hands on these exclusive stamps!

 JUMP ON IT JULY!
Spring into action for a Super Sweet Deal.

During the month of July, when you purchase $32.50 in current, retail priced stamps, you qualify to receive either the July Stamp of the Month, My Acrylix® Life Is Wonderful, FREE or any one of the Hostess Rewards stamp sets featured in Annual Inspirations 2014-2015 or Seasonal Expressions 2 for only $6.50.
That is a savings of up to $27! 
The July Stamp of the Month is a lovely, versatile stamp set that is a great match for your cards and layouts that celebrate all the wonderful things-big and small-that life has to offer.
Additionally, the Hostess Rewards stamp sets have previously only been available as part of the Hostess Rewards program, which means now is the perfect opportunity to get those special stamp sets you've had your eye on! 

To get your FREE stamp set or your $6.50 Hostess Rewards stamp set, simply place an order for $32.50 of any current, retail priced stamps. This offer is available only during the month of July and applies only to the July Stamp of the Month and current Hostess rewards stamp sets, so spring into action and jump on this deal before it's gone!
  
You can place your order HERE  and you'll be prompted to add your FREE or discounted stamp sets or alternatively contact me.
 

Retiring Products! Grab Them While They Last

Have you checked out the long list of retiring items on my website? The Enchantment colour palette is being updated so the following inks, re-inkers, mini pigment and cardstock are being retired along with the fundamental paper. So grab them quickly if they are on your wish list.  Click Here
 

07 May, 2015

May is National Scrapbooking Month!

Celebrate National Scrapbooking Month during the month of May with our exclusive mouthwatering Taste of Summer paper packet, available for only $12.95! Featuring bold, vibrant colours, this exclusive paper packet is perfect to pair with your sweet summery memories, and provides delicious designs for your layouts, cards, and more! 

 Contact me for information about workshops for this paper packet. 
Watch Close To My Heart’s blog, Instagram account and Facebook page throughout the month for more projects inspired by Taste of Summer. 

This paper packet is only available during May while supplies last, so get your order in early. No matter where you are or what the weather may be, you deserve a little taste of summer in your life!

PLACE YOUR ORDER HERE!


And remember, if you order $75 or more in Close to My Heart products you are eligible for the May Stamp of the Month-Just Sayin'!  

Just Sayin'



BEAUTIFUL STAMPS, AMAZING DISCOUNTS
Each month you can purchase a new D-size stamp set, available for one month only, for just $5 — that’s over 70% off retail! When you place an order of $75 or more in Close To My Heart products (excluding purchases made in Studio J®), you qualify for this special Stamp of the Month pricing.

The May Stamp of the Month - Just Sayin' 
is perfect for Scrapbook layouts with the quirky little titles and sayings.
 Or if you are more of a card maker you can adapt the images from the stamp set to create some fun and funky cards too.

 If you would like information about anything you see or would like to place an order or even become a consultant & join my team - please don't hesitate to send me a message at mtlamont52@gmail.com, I will be happy to help you in any way I can or purchase directly from my Online Shop & have it delivered right to your door.    I also offer scrapbooking, card making, base & bling & papercrafting classes......contact me to find out more.

03 April, 2015

My Crush™ on Crafting

Close To My Heart’s My Crush™ books make great homes for your memorabilia! They come with a variety of beautifully designed papers and provide just the right backdrop for your keepsakes. See them for yourself!  These little books are a great way to place all those memorabilia items you have collected & not have a place to put them, well now you do, so start your journey now!

                                
If you would like information about anything you see or would like to place an order or even become a consultant & join my team - please don't hesitate to send me a message at mtlamont52@gmail.com, I will be happy to help you in any way I can or purchase directly from my Online Shop & have it delivered right to your door.    I also offer scrapbooking, card making, base & bling & papercrafting classes......contact me to find out more.

13 March, 2015

Paper Patchwork: Making Your Scraps Work for You

It hurts our hearts a little to see the remnants of a beautiful cardstock page littered with cuts and holes that seem to render it unusable. It’s a crying shame. There’s so much paper leftover, and yet none at all! “Water, water, everywhere, nor any drop to drink.” (Thank you, Samuel Taylor Coleridge.) Potential appears to be squandered. Dreams run dry. Yet we still find ourselves clinging to these scraps, hoping someday we’ll find their purpose.
But there comes a point where a crafter can simply no longer endure anguish of this magnitude—something must be done about the scraps! So, in the spirit of this month’s theme of organization, we set out to find a purpose for these bothersome scraps that are so tantalizingly lovely in their brokenness. We were determined to use them, rather than stuff them away into that easily forgotten dungeon we call “the scrap box.”
And so we did! Want to see what we came up with?
#1) THE LAYOUT
This authentic and eye-catching layout is made with scraps from ELEVEN different papers! (Check the recipe at the end of this post to see which ones.) The best part about it is that, thanks to the Cricut® overlay, we only needed small scraps of the papers to weave into the layout. The different patterns and colors working as one make for a brilliant display that proves these paper scraps are better together than they ever were apart.
Other noteworthy things we love about this layout:
  • The White Daisy ink splatters against the kraft cardstock. We love the way this adds texture and life to the spread, encompassing the repurposed and artful utilitarian nature of this layout.
  • The way the journaling is seamlessly integrated into the flow of the layout. We’re just tickled over how the journaling blends so seamlessly with the layout that it’s become another artistic feature! It also adds a dose of personality and life to the layout.
  • The creative use of the Sparkle chevron shapes. Did you notice that the lines of sparkles stemming from the photo are actually cut from Sparkle chevron shapes? Cool, right? Just one more example of how to use bits and pieces to create something beautiful..........more

Cricut Artfully Sent: Pocket Function

The Pocket function of your Close To My Heart Cricut® Artfully Sent cartridge will spice up so much more than just your layouts. See the possibilities in this video.
Learn to use Close To My Heart’s Cricut® Artfully Sent cartridge, it is packed with beautiful and inspirational card concepts, including the “pocket” function.  You'll be blown away with what you can create using this cartridge.                                   

 

If you would like information about anything you see or would like to place an order or even become a consultant & join my team - please don't hesitate to send me a message at mtlamont52@gmail.com, I will be happy to help you in any way I can or purchase directly from my Online Shop & have it delivered right to your door.    I also offer scrapbooking, card making, base & bling & papercrafting classes......contact me to find out more.

08 March, 2015

Mosaic Card

I was looking through CTMH's Wishes book which has a 100 card ideas & came across a card on page 114.   I liked the mosaic look & thought it would be a great way to use up some of my leftover scraps from the Heartstrings Workshop on the Go kit (retiring at the end of the month), but what started with a simple idea ended up looking nothing like the original design.   Close To My Heart has 8 How-To Program books with 100's of scrapbooking & card making ideas along with cutting guides & fundamental design principles.

I had fun with the mosaic pieces & it's a good way to use up all your little scraps.  The frame is from the March Stamp Of The Month "Choose Happy" & I used the Watercolor Pencils to colour it in then sponged around it & inside with the Glacier Ink Stamp Pad.  The background stamp on the side is the Season of Thanks set, I used VersaMark Ink pad & embossed it with Ranger White Super Fine Embossing Powder, then I used Pixie, Glacier & Whisper ink stamp pad colours for the reverse embossing, I found these to go with the papers the best.  The little border stamp is also from the March SOTM set along with the "you're special" sentiment.

Before I put it all together I used a double sided sticky sheet & put micro fine glitter over it & burnished until it smoothed out then peeled off the backing & used it as a sticker over the top of the mosaic pattern to soften it down,  I was happy with the end result.

If you would like information about anything you see or would like to place an order or even become a consultant & join my team - please don't hesitate to send me a message at mtlamont52@gmail.com, I will be happy to help you in any way I can or purchase directly from my Online Shop & have it delivered right to your door.    I also offer scrapbooking, card making, base & bling & papercrafting classes......contact me to find out more.

06 March, 2015

A Game of Hopscotch

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You’re just a hop, skip, and a jump away from a playful creative awakening when you get your hands on our fun Hopscotch Background and Texture (B&T) papers. Using the Hopscotch papers is more than child’s play—it’s carefree crafting at its finest.
There are hundreds of ways to transform the hopping hexagons, sprightly sunbursts, and other popping patterns on these papers into works of art. So what’s your game plan?
One of our favorite ways to use the playful papers is with the Workshops on the Go® Hopscotch scrapbooking kit!

If you’ve used our Workshops on the Go® kits before then you’re already acquainted with the joy that comes from piecing together a gorgeous, complete scrapbook layout or collection of beautiful cards. These kits give you everything you need to complete some of the loveliest pieces on the block—wherever and whenever you wish. The only things we don’t pack into our kits are the three things you provide: your trusty paper trimmer, your adhesive of choice, and your creativity.
We don’t like to play favorites, but if we did, the spunky Hopscotch scrapbook kit from Seasonal Expressions 1 would definitely be one of them. You can’t help but love its energetic papers and eye-catching patterns—and the stamp set scores a lot of points for positivity and sheer cute factor!

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So who’s in? There’s only one month left to get this goodie before it’s gone forever, so get yours from your Consultant before March is over and this game of Hopscotch includes.                          

04 March, 2015

Creative Crop Club - Heartfelt Creations

I held my first Creative Crop Class last Saturday & the ladies were very happy with their creations, I featured the Heartstrings theme.  They created a double page spread & 4 cards with plenty left over for more.

The Gold Bundle included a Workshop on the Go kit, Complements Pack, a Sponge Dauber, their choice of either a Stamp Pad or Shin Han marker, Cricut cutouts, the class fee & Instructions plus they also qualified for the Stamp of the Month.
For the double page spread I used Cranberry (1272), Lagoon (X5762), Whisper (X5929), Hollyhock (1246) & White (1385) cardstocks. For the braiding & newspaper print background I used the B&T papers in the Heartstrings paper pack (X7193B).  The roses, journal box & other embellishments come from the Heartstrings Complements Pack (X7193C).  The big red heart was cut on the Cricut using the Art Philosophy Cartridge (Z1686), I just love using my Cricut machine it makes everything so much easier& the possibilities are endless, you just need your imagination.





I found the idea for these 2 cards on page 8 of the Seasonal Expressions Ideas book using the Heartstrings Workshop on the Go kit & the Heartstrings Complements.    I change them around a bit & instead of making them Valentines cards I used  the February Stamp of the Month "A Happy Hello".   For the Hello card with the heart on it I masked part of the stamp so only the words Hello showed.  The arrow was cut the make it look like it was piercing the heart & the roses I stamped & then fussy cut around them to add some dimension to the card.  The little glittery hearts are from the Stuck on You Puffies (Z3037).



I just love being part of a larger family with Close To My Heart, there are so many talented women who share their ideas & give inspiration for creativity.   These 2 cards were a combination of cards I saw & added my spin to them.
The braided card was made using the Heartstrings Paper pack (X7193B), February Stamp of the Month, Stuck on You Puffies (Z3037) &  Pixie Extra Thick Twine (Z3035).

The Hugs card was made using Cranberry (1272), Whisper (X5929), White (1385) & Black (1386) Cardstock, Cranberry (Z2116) , Whisper (Z2172) & Black (Z2105) Exclusive Ink Pad.  I stamped the small roses with the cranberry ink using the 2nc & 3rd generation technique & masking the heart so not to go outside it with the flowers.   The silver hearts are from the Stuck on You Puffies (Z3037) embellishments & finished it off with a black ribbon bow.

 If you would like information about anything you see or would like to place an order or even become a consultant & join my team - please don't hesitate to send me a message at mtlamont52@gmail.com, I will be happy to help you in any way I can or purchase directly from my Online Shop & have it delivered right to your door.    I also offer scrapbooking, card making, base & bling & papercrafting classes......contact me to find out more.

03 March, 2015

Cricut® Artfully Sent: Sleeve Function

Layering is where it’s at! The Sleeve function of Close To My Heart’s Cricut® Artfully Sent cartridge holds dozens of options that will lend beautiful depth and complexity to your cards in a matter of seconds.
Learn to use Close To My Heart’s Cricut® Artfully Sent cartridge, it is packed with beautiful and inspirational card concepts, including the “sentiment” function.  You'll be blown away with what you can create using this cartridge. 

                                   
 If you would like information about anything you see or would like to place an order or even become a consultant & join my team - please don't hesitate to send me a message at mtlamont52@gmail.com, I will be happy to help you in any way I can or purchase directly from my Online Shop & have it delivered right to your door.    I also offer scrapbooking, card making, base & bling & papercrafting classes......contact me to find out more.

02 March, 2015

March New Consultant Special!

MARCH NEW CONSULTANT SPECIAL!
- CHOOSE YOUR KIT!

Thinking about joining Close To My Heart? March is the month to do it!  During the month of March, new Consultants who enrol will receive a FREE shoulder tote (a retail value of over $35) with their New Consultant Kit.  Our New Consultant Kit is just $130 & includes nearly triple the retail value in products & supplies.  Including your FREE shoulder tote, that is a saving of over $375!





Additionally, new Consultants who remit $650 worth of commissionable sales in their first 50 days after their New Consultant Kit ships will receive the rolling tote (a retail value of $199) as a FREE bonus (not including shipping/handling)!  These organisation pieces are designed to help you get your business rolling, but they are only available while supplies last, so hurry on over & join today!

 
 
Which kit suits you - Cardmaking or Scrapbooking?
  You have the choice!
             
Contact me for more details or visit my website and click the
"WHAT WE DO" then "
Be a Consultant" to JOIN MY TEAM!

17 February, 2015

Cricut® Artfully Sent: Sentiment Function

The Sentiment function of Close To My Heart’s Cricut® Artfully Sent cartridge goes deeper than words. See for yourself what extra tricks are hidden within this fun function!
Learn to use Close To My Heart’s Cricut® Artfully Sent cartridge, it is packed with beautiful and inspirational card concepts, including the “sentiment” function.  You'll be blown away with what you can create using this cartridge.


 If you would like information about anything you see or would like to place an order or even become a consultant & join my team - please don't hesitate to send me a message at mtlamont52@gmail.com, I will be happy to help you in any way I can or purchase directly from my Online Shop & have it delivered right to your door.    I also offer scrapbooking, card making, base & bling & papercrafting classes......contact me to find out more.

04 February, 2015

Cricut Artfully Sent: Scene Function

Learn to use Close To My Heart’s Cricut® Artfully Sent cartridge, it is packed with beautiful and inspirational card concepts, including the “scene” function.  You'll be blown away with what you can create using this cartridge.


If you would like information about anything you see or would like to place an order or even become a consultant & join my team - please don't hesitate to send me a message at mtlamont52@gmail.com, I will be happy to help you in any way I can or purchase directly from my Online Shop & have it delivered right to your door.    I also offer scrapbooking, card making, base & bling & papercrafting classes......contact me to find out more.

01 February, 2015

February Album Allure Deal!

     During this month, Close to My Heart has a fantastic deal.  If you are wanting to collect your albums all ready to fill then now is the time to do it      So...........when you purchase one of Close To My Heart’s alluring coated canvas albums you will be eligible to receive a second album of your choice at half price. That is a savings of over $22 AUD! These albums are available in a gorgeous variety of colours and patterns in both post-bound and D-ring styles—perfect to pair with traditional, Studio J®, or pocket scrapbook layouts. This offer is only available while supplies last, so make certain to get your order in early to ensure you can choose the styles and colours you love. They’re going fast and are built to last; so don’t delay—place your order today        

      If you would like information about anything you see or would like to place an order or even become a consultant & join my team - please don't hesitate to send me a message at mtlamont52@gmail.com, I will be happy to help you in any way I can or purchase directly from my online shop & have it delivered right to your door.    I also offer scrapbooking, card making, base & bling & papercrafting classes......contact me to find out more.