Thursday, December 18, 2014

Crafting on the Go with CTMH's New Rolling Tote

Close To My Heart really hit it out of the park on this one!  I'm so excited about our new rolling tote! This has been a long awaited product by many consultants and customers alike.

There is nothing that wasn't considered when designing this tote for crafters that love to go on retreats and crops.  Check out all of this organization!

This tote is PERFECT for holding those fabulous organizers that we sell!  (Organizers are sold separate).  When you are ready to go to a crop or weekend retreat, all you need to do is drop in your organizers!  The above tote shows one Large Organizer, a Medium Organizer and three Small Organizers.  The Large Organizer is great for storing our stamps but can also store the embossing folders too. The Medium Organizer has removable sections to configure different ways. I use one for storing my ribbon rounds, bakers twine etc. you can also store stamp pads (laid horizontally) picture my life cards, embellishments etc. The small organizers have optional inserts for - one for our blocks, one for our mini pigment inks, one that has holds for 60 sponge daubers and an insert for our craft boxes that are also sold separately. All of these organizers and the inserts and craft boxes are shown on page 186 of Annual Inspirations.   

Each zippered side has two mesh pockets.  The one on the bottom is perfect for your Idea books, paper trimmer, score board, Rulers, etc.  The mesh pocket on the top is shorter and great for your glue dots, journaling pens, bonding memories glue pens and more!

Check out the front pocket! - Perfect for your 12x12 paper packs and kits!

And finally, the thing that I just ABSOLUTELY LOVE about this tote is that is collapses when not in use for easy storage!  How awesome is that???  

Picture Credit - Krista Hershberger

And one final touch.....  A cute little CTMH charm.  LOVE IT!

For more details on this rolling tote watch this video!  
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Monday, December 15, 2014

Deal of the Decade and December Stamp of the Month

Wow!!!  Where is December going?  I looked up and it is suddenly 1/2 over?  I'm no where NEAR done with my Christmas shopping!  You might have thought with my blog being a little dormant that I have been busy with decorating and shopping.  But, no.... I have no excuse.  My crafting has taken a little hiatus.  I think I became so overwhelmed with everything going on with day to day that the crafty side of my brain has taken a break.  I have gone and sat in my craft room but haven't really done much and I have a box of new product just waiting to be used!

Even though I don't have any new creations that I have done lately to share I DO have a really cute card that was created by my fellow CTMH consultant and spa girlfriend Kristina Livingstone.   I'm participating in a Stamp of the Month Swap with several gals and Kristina had the Cutie Pie December Stamp of the Month to share.  This card is so cute I just had to share it!

How could you not want this stamp?  Isn't this adorable?   Kristina used liquid glass on the cupcake's blue icing and also on the hearts in the banner.  The picture kind of shows the shine.  (Sorry, I'm not the best photographer.)  I love how she cut a bow from the Artiste Cricut Cartridge. The bright and cheerful colors from the Confetti Wishes paper pack just make me smile every time I look at this card.

Thank you Kristina for letting me share your card!

Just a reminder! During the month of December we are having the Deal of the Decade.  When you spend $50 you can choose any (and as MANY) "C" and "D" size stamps for just $10!  These are stamps that are regularly priced at $13.95 and $17.95!  That is a HUGE savings!  So if you have had a few of these on your wish list, get them now!  Now is the time to stock up!

And while you are at it, you can throw in this Cutie Pie December Stamp of the Month for only $5!

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Saturday, December 6, 2014

Seasonal Expressions Blog Hop!

Welcome to our Seasonal Expressions Blog Hop!  Today we are featuring artwork created with products from Close To My Heart's new Seasonal Expressions Book.   We have over 30 Consultants participating in this circular hop so when you get back to me, you will know you have visited all of the blogs!  Be sure to leave comments!  We LOVE reading comments.  If you came from Haley Dyer's blog you are on the right track!  If you get lost along the way you can find the entire participating hoppers HERE.

I love the Picture My Life cards because you can do so many different things with them!  And even better - now you can purchase the cards A La Carte' without the protector pages and the cover page. Recently I created a Display Tray and mini book using the For Always PML cards as a wedding gift for my nephew and his new bride.  If you missed seeing the Display Tray, you can see it here.

I couldn't wait to use the new mini book for an additional gift. These spiral My Creations Mini Books come in Black or Kraft. They have a sturdy chipboard cover and include 10 mini page protectors (5 each of 2 designs) that hold either one 4" x 6" or two 3" x 4" Picture My Life™ cards or photos.  I used the black album to go along with the Display Tray.

I designed the cover using PML cards and our Black Glitter Paper.   I used the Art Philosophy cartridge to cut the flourish and the Artbooking cartridge to cut "Always and Forever".  The accent color in the wedding was a peach color.

I wanted to add a touch of peach so I used 3 silver hearts from our new Stuck On You Puffies and colored them with the ShinHan Touch Twin Light Orange Marker.   This was perfect!

For my cover page inside I used two different PML cards.  The shape in the middle is cut from a different card and layered on top of the base PML card.  I stamped Jeremy and Sarah and the wedding date with the stamp set that comes with the Artfully Sent Cricut Collection.  The little flowers at the top are from the stamp set that is included in the Heartstrings Cardmaking WOTG kit.  I stamped the image first in Black and again in Sorbet.  I cut out and layered the Sorbet flowers.

Here are just a few more pages.  I only added a few pictures because I wanted to Sarah to add her own favorites and journal her special memories from that day.

Products used:

Do you have a Seasonal Inspirations?  If not, you can see it now on my website at   When you place an order in December you can add the Seasonal Inspirations for FREE!  This new book will be available until March 31st.

Now it is time to hop on over to Wendy Kessler's blog and see what she has created!

Check out my Free To Be Me Pinterest Board!

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