Tuesday, June 30, 2015

July Stamp of the Month Bloghop - Life is Wonderful


Welcome to July's Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! This month, we are featuring the stamp set "Life is Wonderful" - a set of 8 stamps. There are so many possibilities with this stamp set - scrapbooking, cards, home decor (especially if you love the chalkboard look...) The bloggers along this blog hop will show you several ideas, so sit back and enjoy the tour. You should have arrived here from Haley Dyer's blog. If you get lost, a list of all blogs can be found here

A picture of the stamp set is here.



I chose to create a 5x7 card using this stamp set. The images are quite large so I wanted room to be able to create some shaker flowers for my card. I purposely filled two of them and left one with fewer sequins.


I hope you enjoyed my project. 
The next blog on the hop is Tracey Pierce's blog. I'm sure she has something wonderful to share with you! 

You can get this stamp set for just $5 this month with only a $50 purchase. Visit my shopping site here. Remember this stamp set is only available until July 31st! 

Products used are Close To My Heart unless otherwise noted.

Paper: Blossom Paper Pack, Lagoon Cardstock, Glacier Cardstock, Sunset Cardstock, White Daisy Cardstock
Stamps: Life is Wonderful
Inks: Lagoon Pigment Ink, Lagoon Dye Ink
Accessories: Art Philosophy Cartridge, Clear Detail Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Foam Tape, Turquoise Sequins (not CTMH), Nestabilities (not CTMH), Transparency Paper (not CTMH)

Enjoy, 
Alyson

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Retiring List of Products

It's that time of year again when a new catalogue is on the horizon and Close To My Heart has put out the list of products that are retiring. The list is LONG and some items have already sold out.
If you want something, be sure to place your order sooner rather than later to ensure that you get what you want!
Anything that has a line through it has already been SOLD OUT.

Various Products

Z1683 Dimensional Elements Mixed Shapes
Z1684 Dimensional Elements Tags
Z1685 Dimensional Elements Banners
Z1791 Dimensional Elements Album Pages
Z1792 Dimensional Elements Awards
Z1793 Dimensional Elements Quotes
Z1900 Dimensional Elements Framework
Z1901 Dimensional Elements Snapshots
Z1902 Dimensional Elements Signage
X7184C Chalk It Up Complements
X7185C Scaredy Cat Complements
X7186C Pathfinding Complements
X7187C Yuletide Carol Complements
X7188C Snowhaven Complements
X7189C Confetti Wishes Complements
X7190C Brushed Complements
X7191C Wanderful Complements
X7192C Seaside Complements
X7193C Heartstrings Complements
X7195C Jackson Complements
X7196C Blossom Complements
Z1708 Sparkles Flourishes
Z1745 Sparkles Flourishes Black
Z1753 Sparkles Brown and Tan Assortment
Z1754 Sparkles Black and Grey Assortment
Z1806 Green and Blue Epoxy Bubbles
Z1807 Pink Glitter Gems
Z1812 Sparkles Clear Flourishes – Small
Z1815 Mini Clothes Pins
Z1909 Sparkle Chevron Shapes
Z1916 Sparkles Black Flourishes–Small
Z1935 Black and Grey Epoxy Bubbles
Z1936 Purple Glitter Gems
Z3028 Lovestruck Mini Clothespins
Z3029 Happy Day Mini Clothespins
Z3037 Stuck on You Puffies
Z3038 Junebug Puffies
Z3041 Oceanside Sequins
Z3042 Coral Reef Sequins
Z3073 Brave Enamel Shapes
Z3074 Bubbly Enamel Shapes
Z2044 Confetti Wishes Assortment
Z3007 Yuletide Carol Assortment
Z3008 Snowhaven Assortment
Z3009 Chalk It Up Assortment
Z3010 Wanderful Assortment
Z3011 Scaredy Cat Assortment
Z3012 Pathfinding Assortment
Z3013 Brushed Assortment
Z3014 Seaside Assortment
Z3015 Heartstrings Assortment
Z3016 Hopscotch Assortment
Z3071 Jackson Assortment
Z3072 Blossom Assortment
Z1857 Mini-Medley Accents Rosewood Collection
Z1861 Mini-Medley Accents Ruby Collection
Z1862 Mini-Medley Accents Black Collection
Z1855 My Crush™ Modville Book
Z1856 My Crush™ Bluebird Book
Z1886 My Crush™ Besties Assortment
Z1887 My Crush™ Best Day Ever Assortment
Z1888 My Crush™ Memories Assortment
Z1889 My Crush™ Favorites Assortment
Z2000 My Crush™ In the Pink Book
Z2001 My Crush™ Wildwood Book
Z2040 My Crush™ Wildwood Assortment
Z2041 My Crush™ Wildwood Sticky Tabs
Z2042 My Crush™ In the Pink Assortment
Z2043 My Crush™ In the Pink Sticky Tabs
Z2047 My Crush™ Wildwood Clips
Z2048 My Crush™ In the Pink Clips
Z2051 My Crush™ Holiday Happenings Badge Buttons
Z2062 My Crush™ Holiday Happenings Assortment
Z2098 My Crush™ Holiday Happenings Book
Z3080 My Crush™ For Him Book
Z3081 My Crush™ For Her Book
Z1864 Slate Striped Twist Ties
Z1920 Gold Polka-Dot Washi Tape
Z1921 Baker’s Twine Neutral Metallic Assortment
Z1923 Smoothie Striped Washi Tape
Z1929 Topiary Mini Chevron Ribbon
Z1931 Honey Triangles Washi Tape
Z1932 Silver Geometric Washi Tape
Z1933 Ruby Chevron Washi Tape
Z2002 Topiary Striped Washi Tape
Z2003 Black Arrow Washi Tape
Z2004 Lagoon Hearts Washi Tape
Z2005 Sunset Chevron Washi Tape
Z3066 Boardwalk Washi Pack
Z3067 Carnival Washi Pack
Z1987 Cranberry Striped Twill Ribbon
Z1988 Black Striped Twill Ribbon
Z1989 Slate Diagonal Striped Ribbon
Z1990 Thistle Diagonal Striped Ribbon
1010 Extender Posts 1″
1011 Posts and Screws 1″
Z1346 12 x 12 Post Bound Album- Outdoor Denim
Z1030 Monthly Calendar
Z126 Event Calendar
Z2056 Cut Above™ Valentine Treat Bag Kit
Z2057 Cut Above™ Holiday Treat Bag Kit
Z2058 Cut Above™ Halloween Treat Bag Kit
Z2059 Cut Above™ Birthday Treat Bag Kit
Z2061 Cut Above™ Happy Birthday Card Kit
Z2063 Cut Above™ Thank You Card Kit
Z2064 Cut Above™ Christmas Card Kit
Z2065 Cut Above™ Holiday Card Kit
Z1818 My Creations™ 6″ x 6″ Canvas Display
Z1865 Designed Décor White Frame
Z1880 Designed Décor Black Frame
Z1896 Designed Décor Flip Stand Album
Z1899 Hook Clips
Z1822 My Creations™ Muslin Drawstring Bags
Z1823 My Creations™ Clear Treat Tubes
Z1840 My Creations™ Clear Pillow Boxes
Z1872 My Creations™ Burlap Drawstring Bags
Z1941 My Creations® Pennant Frame
Z1296 Distressing Inks
44751 Archival Black Stamp Pad
4476 Reinker Archival Black
Z4135 Exclusive Inks Re-inker Tray
Z1473 White Daisy Die-Cut Cards and Envelopes 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″
Z1866 White Daisy Circle Spin Cards and Envelopes
Z1830 Brown and Tan Glitter Paper
Z1847 Green Glitter Paper
X7195B Jackson Paper Packet
X7196B Blossom Paper Packet
X7184B Chalk It Up Paper Packet
X7185B Scaredy Cat Paper Packet
X7186B Pathfinding Paper Packet
X7187B Yuletide Carol Paper Packet
X7188B Snowhaven Paper Packet
X7189B Confetti Wishes Paper Packet
X7190B Brushed Paper Packet
X7191B Wanderful Paper Packet
X7192B Seaside Paper Packet
Z1942 Picture My Life™ Avonlea Scrapbooking Program
Z1943 Picture My Life™ Babycakes Scrapbooking Program
Z1944 Picture My Life™ Laughing Lola Scrapbooking Program
Z1945 Picture My Life™ Later Sk8r Scrapbooking Program
Z1946 Picture My Life™ Surf’s Up Scrapbooking Program
Z1947 Picture My Life™ Skylark Scrapbooking Program
Z1948 Picture My Life™ Balloon Ride Scrapbooking Program
Z1949 Picture My Life™ Chantilly Scrapbooking Program
Z1973 Base and Bling Storyteller Style Sheet
Z1974 Base and Bling Free Thinker Style Sheet
Z1975 Base and Bling Craft Queen Style Sheet
Z1976 Base and Bling Dreamer Style Sheet
Z2017 Picture My Life™ Pear and Partridge Scrapbooking Program
Z2018 Picture My Life™ Chalk It Up Scrapbooking Program
Z2019 Picture My Life™ Wanderful Scrapbooking Program
Z2020 Picture My Life™ Seaside Scrapbooking Program
Z2022 Picture My Life™ For Always Scrapbooking Program
Z3046 Picture My Life Heartstrings
Z3053 Picture My Life Avonlea
Z3054 Picture My Life Babycakes
Z3055 Picture My Life Laughing Lola
Z3056 Picture My Life Later Sk8r
Z3057 Picture My Life Surf’s Up
Z3058 Picture My Life Skylark
Z3059 Picture My Life Balloon Ride
Z3060 Picture My Life Chantilly
Z3061 Picture My Life Chalk It Up
Z3062 Picture My Life Wanderful
Z3063 Picture My Life Seaside
Z3064 Picture My Life Pear and Partridge
Z3065 Picture My Life For Always
Z3068 Picture My Life™ Jackson Scrapbooking Program
G1083 Workshops on the Go™ Pathfinding Cardmaking Kit
G1085 Workshops on the Go™ Snowhaven Cardmaking Kit
G1095 Workshops on the Go™ Blossom Cardmaking Kit
G1081 Workshops on the Go™ Chalk It Up Scrapbooking Kit
G1082 Workshops on the Go™ Pathfinding Scrapbooking Kit
G1084 Workshops on the Go™ Yuletide Carol Scrapbooking Kit
G1086 Workshops on the Go™ Confetti Wishes Scrapbooking Kit
G1087 Workshops on the Go™ Brushed Scrapbooking Kit
G1088 Workshops on the Go™ Wanderful Scrapbooking Kit
G1089 Workshops on the Go™ Seaside Scrapbooking Kit
G1094 Workshops on the Go™ Jackson Scrapbooking Kit

Stamp Sets

A1117 A Typeface
A1146 Sincere Expressions
A1147 Hanukkah Celebration
A1150 Charming Chevrons
A1152 Joyful Wishes
A1153 Hope
A1155 Quick Cards—Japanese Blossom
A1157 Quick Cards—Island Greetings
A1161 Beyond Measure
A1162 Bright Spirits
A1163 Practical Planning
A1165 Capture the Day
A1166 Quoth the Raven
A1167 Keep Your Chin Up
A1168 O Holy Night
A1169 Well Wishes
B1403 To You and Yours
B1416 Keyboard Uppercase
B1419 Joyful Birthday
B1428 Look to the Light
B1432 Love This
B1438 Banner Wishes
B1442 Belated Birthday
B1452 Funky Blossoms
B1453 Frightfully Fun
B1454 Thanksgiving Wreath
B1455 Be Jolly
B1456 Born to Roam
B1457 Tweet Me
B1458 Cuddly Salutations
B1459 Celebrate Love
B1461 Happy Mail
B1462 Lovely Birthday
B1463 Thankful Heart
B1464 Puppy Party
B1465 Glitter Glam
B1467 You Mean the World to Me
B1468 Merriest Christmas
B1471 Variety of Thanks
B1472 Love This Story
B1477 Exotic Flower
C1504 Fall Harvest
C1506 Flakey Friends
C1522 Creepy Creatures
C1533 Fabulous You
C1556 Paisley Perfect
C1557 Polar Bear Holiday
C1559 Always Grateful
C1561 One-Way Borders
C1562 Mary and Babe
C1570 Lifting Spirits
C1576 Pick a Posey
C1578 Camper Crazy
C1584 Feathers
C1587 Sing Glory
C1588 Great Job
C1589 Lifetime of Happiness
C1590 Delightful Ditty
C1591 Merry, Merry
C1592 World Traveler
C1593 Hats Off
C1594 Treasure Friendship
C1595 Hello Summer
C1596 Happy Hexagons
C1597 Rainy Day
C1598 Noel
C1600 Happy Birds
C1601 Nursery Charms
C1602 Magical Moment
C1613 Paper Bird
C1614 Tagged with Love
D1469 Polka Dot Alphabet
D1507 Urban Alphabet
D1522 Glamour Lowercase
D1537 Glamour Uppercase
D1540 In the Background
D1541 Fast and Furious
D1543 Country-Born
D1544 Distressed Backgrounds
D1550 Happy Autumn
D1552 Magical Days
D1553 Yuletide Greetings
D1554 Christmas Village
D1559 Geometric Backgrounds
D1578 Flight of the Arrows
D1584 Big Hug
D1600 Here We Go
D1602 A Budding Friendship
D1603 Shreddin’ the Slopes
D1604 Season of Thanks
D1608 Better with a Friend
D1609 Seaside Greetings
D1612 Teacher Appreciation
D1613 Best Christmas
D1614 Reason for the Season
D1615 Sweet As Sugar
D1616 Have a Happy Day
D1618 Build-a-Cake
E1026 Vogue Alphabet
E1027 Framework Alphabet
E1028 Hopscotch Alphabet
E1029 Marquee Uppercase
E1030 Handwritten Print

Monday, June 22, 2015

Atlantic Hearts Sketch 113

Sketch 113 at Atlantic Hearts brings out the polka dots this week! Although the sketch shows polka dots in the background, it doesn't mean you have to use polka dots, although I did. I just happen to love this paper! 
The bird on the branch is cut from CTMH's Cricut cartridges and the sentiment is one of my all-time favourites - one that I use often. 



Come and join us at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge this week and show us your interpretation of this week's sketch! 

Products used are Close To My Heart unless otherwise indicated: 

Paper: White Daisy Cardstock, Lagoon Cardstock, Gypsy Cardstock, Pear Cardstock, Bamboo Cardstock, Polka Dot Patterned Paper (not CTMH)
Stamps: A Friend Like You
Inks: Lagoon Pigment Ink
Accessories: Art Philosophy Cartridge, Artiste Cartridge, Artbooking Cartridge, Teal Ribbon (not CTMH), Purple Twine (not CTMH), Clear Sparkles

Enjoy, 
Alyson

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Friend - Cascading Card

I haven't made a cascading card for ages but I simply love the way they look. And with Blossom being my favourite paper pack, I wanted to make one of these cards before the paper pack disappeared! 

Because this type of card has no place to write, I placed a card on the reverse - it is noticeable from the side view but not from the front view. I also cut almost everything in pairs so I could glue the pieces together make them stronger to hold up a little better. 


Here, you can see the card attached to the back. It gives me a place to write a message on the inside for the recipient. 


Products used are Close To My Heart unless otherwise indicated

Paper: Blossom Paper Pack, White Daisy Cardstock, Lagoon Cardstock, Glacier Cardstock, Sunset Cardstock
Stamps: Friend (ret.)
Inks: Pear
Accessories: Art Philosophy Cartridge, Artiste Cartridge, Artbooking Cartridge, Border Punch (not CTMH), ShinHan Marker, Oceanside Sequins, Silver Sequins, Licorice Opaques (ret.), Liquid Glass, Sparkles Small Flourishes, Bitty Sparkles

Enjoy, 
Alyson

Monday, June 15, 2015

Heart 2 Heart - Man, Oh Man!

The challenge at Heart 2 Heart this week is all about the guys. My project is a spinner card with options directed at the male population. Any fellow would like the choices of:

  • handsome
  • smart
  • giving
  • charming
  • kind
  • happy
So, those are the options on the spinner card. 


Join us at Heart 2 Heart Challenges to enter your project today! 

Products used are Close To My Heart unless otherwise indicated: 

Paper: Jackson Paper Pack, Colonial White Cardstock
Stamps: Wheel of Life
Inks: Cocoa, Barn Red, Glacier
Accessories: Cardboard Spinner (ret.), Boardwalk Washi Tape, Chocolate Striped Grosgrain Ribbon (ret.), Light Turquoise Ribbon (not CTMH)

Enjoy, 
Alyson


Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Filled with Many Thanks Card

A friend of mine has been helping me out with a few things lately and I wanted to do something to say thank you. He would say it has been the other way around and that I have been helping him out but I guess it is a two way street... 
Nonetheless, here is a card created using the Jackson Paper Pack - so perfect for masculine cards. I pretty well copied this card from one in the Make It From Your Heart book - Volume 1, because the design fit exactly what I wanted. The ribbon on the card is actually dark brown in colour although the photo makes it appear black. 


Products used are Close To My Heart unless otherwise indicated: 

Paper: Jackson Paper Pack, Colonial White Cardstock, Cocoa Cardstock
Stamps: Perfect Fit - Frames, Perfect Fit - Birthday, A Little Thanks (ret.)
Inks: Cocoa, Juniper
Accessories: Art Philosophy Cartridge, Foam Tape, Sewing Machine and Dark Brown Thread (not CTMH), Dark Brown Ribbon (not CTMH)

Enjoy, 
Alyson


Monday, June 8, 2015

Atlantic Hearts Sketch 111

This week's sketch at Atlantic Hearts is very straightforward - it can be a single layer project or you can choose to create a multi-layer project. I did something a little in between the two, but I stayed very true to the sketch with the exception of adding a sentiment. 

Loving the Brushed Paper Pack for spring, I used that again as I needed another female birthday card :) I also added some faux stitching around the edge of the card, using a fine tipped black marker. 



Come and join us at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge and show us your interpretation of this week's sketch! 

Products used are Close To My Heart unless otherwise indicated: 

Paper: Brushed Paper Pack, Canary Cardstock, White Daisy Cardstock, Pear Cardstock, Pixie Cardstock, Juniper Cardstock
Stamps: Holiday Tags, It's the Little Things (ret.)
Inks: Juniper, Canary, Pixie
Accessories: Art Philosophy Cartridge, Artiste Cartridge, Fine Tip Black Marker (not CTMH), Foam Tape, White Gathered Ribbon (not CTMH), Pink Gems (ret.), Licorice Opaques (ret.)

Enjoy, 
Alyson


Monday, June 1, 2015

Heart 2 Heart Challenge - Warm vs. Cool

The challenge at Heart 2 Heart this week is "Warm vs. Cool". This is a colour challenge and I used warm and cool colours on my project. The top of my card is Sorbet coloured paper (very warm) and the bottom is Glacier (even the name of the colour is cold - brrr...) The stamped pieces are done on Slate cardstock (very cold). The neutral is white to bring everything together. 


Join us at Heart 2 Heart Challenges to show us your interpretation of this challenge! 
You have the entire month of June to enter our challenges! 

Products used are all Close To My Heart unless otherwise indicated:

Paper: Chalk It Up Paper Pack, Blossom Paper Pack, Slate Cardstock, Lagoon Cardstock
Stamps: Have a Happy Day
Inks: White Daisy Pigment Ink
Accessories: Art Philosophy Cartridge, Large Hole Punch (not CTMH), White Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, White Shimmer Trim, Boardwalk Washi Tape, Oceanside Sequins

Enjoy, 
Alyson


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