Saturday, August 22, 2015

Retirement Looks Good on 'Em!

Today is my Dad's birthday.  I called him this morning while he just so happened to be trimming limbs off a tree while balanced in a tractor bucket.  So, we exchanged quips about "living to see the next one" and obituaries. . . but it brings to mind the fact that retirement looks good on some people. 

And, it can look good on your projects too. 

Here in small town Millet, we have an annual Harvest Fair-- a weekend chalk full of activities for all ages and stages.  One of the main events for my kids is the bench show, which calls for submissions of everything from garden oddities and LEGO® creations to weaving and paper crafts.  While my kids bagged up second cut alfalfa, canola and barley, I went to work crafting these cards using some retired products from my stash.  Sometimes, retirement can look pretty good.

These cards show how even the same design can look totally different just by switching up the papers and embellishments!  

This Christmas card won 1st place and $3.00 in prize money ;)  It uses a current Hostess Only stamp set as well as the Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge.  However, I had to do some fancy thinking to make it a tri-fold window rather than the intended single-fold.  The paper and embellishments are REALLY old though!  You'll have to have been a CTMH fan for a long time to recall them!  Challenge accepted?

Can you name the retired product?  You'll get 10% off your next order if you can name them!

Current product used:
Colonial White Cardstock $10.50
Floral Embossing Folder $9.75
Woodgrain Embossing Folder $9.75

Z1375 Kraft 12"x12" Cardstock $10.50
B1467 $10.95 Retires August 31
White Daisy Pigment Ink $8.25
Chocolate 12"x12" Cardstock $15.95
Pathfinding Paper Packet $10.95 (Retires August 31)
Quatrefoil Embossing Folder $9.75

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Classy and Quick with Cricut® Artfully Sent

We recently had the privilege of attending a wedding for a beautiful young couple from our church.  Their wedding colours happened to be the same as ours were . . 16 years ago next week!  I created this card featuring Outdoor Denim and gold using our Cricut®  Artfully Sent cartridge and the stamp set "Happy to be Friends" and love the way it turned out!
C1605 Happy to Be Friends $15.25

Z3017 Cricut®  Artfully Sent $109.00

Friday, August 7, 2015

Blossom Scrapbooking Workshop (A Taste of What Hostess Club has to Offer!)

Join me on Saturday, August 29 and get a taste of what a Club Night looks like!  We'll put together this fresh layout featuring the Blossom paper packet and D1648 Snapshot Memories in the current Seasonal Expressions.  We'll create a "faux washi" effect with our stamps as well as embellish with sequins.  Colours include: Lagoon, Glacier, Sorbet, Kraft and White Daisy.  Cost will be $10 or just $5.00 with a $25.00 order! Class begins at 7:00 p.m.!

{No Commitment} Hostess Club

Get ‘R Done hostess club

No Commitment.  Big Rewards.

How it works

Each person who signs up for this club will have their name added to the bottom of the hostess list. The person whose name is on the top of the list will get the hostess rewards that month. In order for your name to keep its “place” on the list, you must place a $25 minimum order whether you attend the class that month or not. If you do not place a $25*+ order that month, then your name goes down to the bottom of the list. If you do place a $25+ order, then your name continues to move up the list AND you will get 50% off your kit for that class (for example, if the class is $10 that month, your kit will only be $5)!

Use Your [S]crap!

Monthly contests!  If you love paper like I do, you have a stash that needs to be reckoned with.  Each month I’ll provide the pattern, you provide the pieces!  This is a bonus project for those who attend club night.  Work on it at club night if you have no other projects to work on, or take it home and work on it there!  Challenges will vary month-to-month and will include both card and scrapbooking patterns! 

Hostess Rewards
Select Product Rewards*
Additional Rewards Options

Select any 1 item in Annual Inspirations at 50% off!
Select any 2 items in Annual Inspirations at 50% off!
Select any 3 items in Annual Inspirations at 50% off!
See p.5 of Annual Inspirations for full chart!
*Select Product includes: My Acrylix Stamps & blocks, Exclusive Inks pads, mini pigment pads, re-inkers, ShinHan Touch Twin markers, Complements, My Reflections Paper packets, select cardstock packs, Picture My Life Scrapbooking programs, Workshops on the Go kits, and Studio J one layout. 


  • “Host” without the hassle of cleaning your home! Hosts simply provide light refreshments.
  • Receive a free Annual Inspirations & Seasonal Expressions with your first $25.00 order!
  • Free Hostess Rewards during your hosting month!  Includes option to purchase Hostess Only stamp sets!
  • Free Annual Inspirations and Seasonal Expressions with your first $25.00 purchase!
  • Opportunity to hold a home workshop, gathering, or catalogue party to boost your hostess benefits!
  • Monthly inspiration and motivation! 

Sign me up!

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Look interesting? Have more questions? Contact me to get your name on the list or get more information!

Take Advantage of August Specials (Sneak Peek at New Product!)

During the month of August, get your hands on the latest and greatest in organization 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!
All of the items offered as part of this campaign are featured in the Annual Inspirations 2015–2016 idea book, but are available for early purchase during August only as part of this campaign. 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 coloring, 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 jewelry 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!
Dates: Offer valid August 1, 2015 (9:00 am MDT)–August 31, 2015 (11:59 pm MDT).

What's NEW this August?!

Our newest Annual Inspirations doesn't go live until September 1st, which may have some of you twiddling your thumbs in anticipation!  Close To My Heart has released a few brand new products to help bide your time though!  Pair these with the August specials, and you'll be set until September 1st!

Cricut Artistry Collection

Our newest cartridge includes shapes spanning a wide variety of themes, holidays, and seasons to add some visual spice to any project you create. Get back to basics with the unique font, banners, layered shapes, borders, backgrounds, and other fun icons you'll find on this cartridge. All of the designs are a must for any crafter!
Collection includes:
1 – Cartridge (700 images: Shapes, Layers, Banners, Borders, Backgrounds, and Font)
3 – My Acrylix® D-size Stamp Sets
1 – Enchantment Cardstock Combo Pack
Cricut® is a registered trademark of Provo Craft & Novelty, Inc. All rights reserved.

Also available: Cricut Artistry Digital Collection -- includes the same stamps and paper; however, your 700 images are accessed via an online code (*Available only for use with Cricut® Explore™ and Cricut® Explore Air™).


A fresh new paper packet along with revamped Complements and beautiful new accessories!  
Zoe Paper Packet $11.75

Zoe Complements $6.95

Zoe Workshop On The Go $35.50

Zoe Assortment $6.95

Coral Shimmer Trim $5.95

Enamel & Glitter Duos - Green Triangles $5.95