Thursday, December 27, 2012

Paper Loft Sketch Challenge

Design Challenges…this is something I don’t typically do.  Not for lack of interest but because I usually miss the deadline.  “Create a layout or card based on this sketch and submit by so-in-so date”.  I make a note about it and by the time I get around to it, the deadline has long since passed.  I have a list of things to do in life and at work, am always getting ready for my workshops and card classes and it’s just something that passes me by. 

The Paper Loft recently posted a sketch challenge and I am proud to say that I’ve actually met a deadline!  Perhaps having time off for Thanksgiving and Christmas has helped!  Let me tell you a little about The Paper Loft.  I was introduced to The Paper Loft at the CK Portland Convention in March of this year.  I signed up for two classes by them because I had looked online and really liked the paper designs.  But the reason I’m mostly jazzed about this company is that the owners are FABULOUS!  I am not kidding when I tell you I went back probably 6 times to make additional purchases.  I kept going back “just to make sure” that I hadn’t missed anything and I’d fine something else!  The price points are reasonable, the designs are classic and I can’t say enough about the spirit of the owners. 

The classes I took featured “Easy Breezy” papers and “Huckleberry Pond” papers.  I purchased just about every other paper pattern they had but I bypassed getting any additional “Huckleberry Pond” papers or “Hooked on Fishing” papers because, my thinking, was my husband doesn’t fish.  Apparently it didn’t dawn on me at the time that I grew up in Alaska and I HAVE FISHED!  And I’ve even taken my husband to Alaska and WE FISHED!  So when I was in my local scrapbook shop in November, they had a few of the coordinating items from the “Hooked on Fishing” papers and I picked them up and that’s what I used on this layout.  I wasn’t able to get the whole collection and have started my wishlist for CK Portland this coming March! 

Here’s the sketch challenge…

And here is my response…

The colors of the papers coordinate perfectly with my mom’s and my outfits!  Which is very important when you are a girl on a fishing trip and inevitably creating a scrapbooking layout.  This picture was taken in August of 2000 when I went home to Alaska and spent two weeks with my mom.  My favorite part about these pictures is that I’ve got my Anne Klein watch on, nails painted red and am in Calvin Klein jeans.  I may be an Alaskan but I’m an Alaskan with style!      

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Out with the with the new

 The end of the Autumn / Winter 2012 Idea Book is drawing near—January 31, 2013 to be exact! As with all Idea Books, The Spring / Summer 2013 Idea Book promises the release of some amazing new products! But as we enthusiastically bring in the new, we must reluctantly retire some of the old. A complete list of items that will be retiring is noted below.  

We do our best to keep these products in stock until the end of their Idea Book cycle, but effective immediately, the items on this list are available only while supplies last.

2012 Autumn/Winter Idea Book Retiring List
Item # Item Description Page # Autumn/Winter 2012 Idea Book
Z1349 Shimmer Designer Brads 127
Z1360 Rhinestone Designer Brads 127
Z1361 Brads Red Assortment  127
Z1362 Brads Pink Assortment 127
Z1363 Brads Blue Assortment 127
Z1364 Brads Green Assortment 127
Z1365 Brads Basic Assortment 127
Z1387 Wooden Designer Buttons 125
Z1391 Buttons Clear Assortment 125
Z1395 Irresistibles™ Eclectic Chipboard Die-Cuts (the alphabet) 130
Z1465 Irresistibles™ Make-It-Count Numbers 130
Z1681 Dimensional Elements  Numbers  131
Z1761 Dimensional Elements Ornaments 131
Z1762 Dimensional Elements Snowflakes 131
Z1765 Color-Ready Arbor Wooden Shapes 130
X7147C Stella Complements Canvas Shapes 68
X7148C My Stickease® Pemberley Assortment 68
X7150C My Stickease® Victory Assortment 69
X7153C My Stickease® Florentine Assortment 69
X7158C La Belle Vie My Stickease® Assortment 38
X7160C Flirty Complements Dimensional Elements 50
X7161C Moonlight Complements Dimensional Elements 56
X7162C Pear & Partridge Complements Glittery Rub-Ons 62
Z1464 Milepost Shapes 128
Z1466 Bling Assortment 128
Z1695 Urban Felt Alphabet  130
Z1696 Keepsake Felt Alphabet  130
Z1709 Just Blooms® Petals Paper Flowers 129
Z1460 Foundry® Ribbon Slides 126
Z1711 Foundry® Binder Clips 126
Z1712 Foundry® Number Plates  126
Z1461 D├ęcor Journaling Spots 129
Z1687 Bohemian Assortment  128
Z1689 Timeless Charms 128
Z1692 Tough Tags 128
Z1694 Bouquet Assortment 128
Z1741 Haunted Assortment 128
Z1749 Autumn Lane Assortment  128
Z1763 Boutique Assortment 128
Z1772 Dimensional Elements In Color—Holiday 128
Z1393 Mini-Medley Accents Black Collection  126
Z1316 Designer Ribbon Cocoa Collection                                                                                 124
Z1385 Designer Ribbon Blue Collection 124
Z1615 Designer Ribbon Red Collection 124
Z1616 Designer Ribbon Green Collection 124
Z1388 Newsprint Rub-Ons  130
Z1700 Dark Chocolate Tapestry Velvet Rub-Ons 126
Z1733 Black Tapestry Velvet Rub-Ons 126
Z1743 Festive Velvet Rub-Ons  126
Z1742 Parlor Velvet Rub-Ons 126
Z1407 6" x 6" Olive Quick Pic™ Album 122
Z1408 6" x 6" Pansy Purple Quick Pic™ Album 122
Z1054 My Creations® Display Album 132
Z1378 My Creations® Banner 132
Z1614 My Creations® Memory Game 132
Z188 Craft Jars 120
Z1352 4 1/2" Colonial White Circle Cards 123
Z1353 4 1/2" White Daisy Circle Cards 123
Z1731 My Originals® Sweet Surprises Card Kit 123
X7147B My Reflections® Stella Paper Packet 68
X7148B My Reflections® Pemberley Paper Packet 68
X7150B My Reflections® Victory Paper Packet 69
X7153B My Reflections® Florentine Paper Packet 69
X7158B La Belle Vie Paper Packet  38
X7160B Flirty Paper Packet 50
X7161B Moonlight Paper Packet 56
X7162B Pear & Partridge Paper Packet 62
Z1252 Cutting Knife 135
G1041 Workshops on the Go® Avonlea Cardmaking Kit 22
G1043 Workshops on the Go® Pear & Partridge Cardmaking Kit 66
G1040 Workshops on the Go® Spellbound Cricut® Kit 14
G1042 Workshops on the Go® Scroll Album Kit 23
G1044 Workshops on the Go® Advent Calendar Kit 67
G1045 Workshops on the Go® Avonlea Scrapbooking Kit 21
G1046 Workshops on the Go® Clementine Scrapbooking Kit 29
G1047 Workshops on the Go® Dakota Scrapbooking Kit 35
G1048 Workshops on the Go® La Belle Vie Scrapbooking Kit  41
G1049 Workshops on the Go® Scholastic Scrapbooking Kit 47
G1050 Workshops on the Go® Flirty Scrapbooking Kit 53
G1051 Workshops on the Go® Moonlight Scrapbooking Kit 59
G1052 Workshops on the Go® Pear & Partridge Scrapbooking Kit 65
Item # Item Description Page # Spring/Summer 2012 Idea Book
A1104 A Tweet 90
A1111 A Tulip 68
A1116 A Melody 94
A1122 Bravo 92
A1128 Quick Cards—Shell 80
A1129 A Rainbow 85
B1365 Spring Up 71
B1369 Rosy Regards 67
B1374 Bee Happy 83
B1397 He Is Risen 74
B1402 My Peeps 72
C1439 Enjoy Life 95
C1440 Take a Picture 93
C1442 Tailor-Made 94
C1450 Eclectic Edges 99
C1452 Delight 71
C1455 Aspire 96
C1456 Heartfelt Treasures 68
C1457 Happy Camper 84
C1458 Paper Lantern 90
C1473 Remarkable Wreath 70
C1474 10 Things 105
C1485 Super Powers 47
C1498 Country Life 82
C1499 Perfect Day 80
D1195 The Works Alphabet 117
D1222 Tiny Typewriter Alphabet 117
D1296 Chocolate Alphabet Small 114
D1301 Hodge Podge Alphabet 114
D1303 Classmate Alphabet 114
D1462 Splendid Day 77
D1464 Card Chatter—Love 106
D1467 Trees & Things 76
D1472 Simple Memories 66
D1478 Bingo Alphabet 113
D1505 Roar! 89
D1508 Diverse Backgrounds 102
D1509 Magic Adventures 78
D1511 Kick Back 81
E1013 Field Trip Alphabet 114

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

A Holiday Sale!

I love to coupon and I love a good sale...but I'm not a Black Friday shopper because I tend to hate crowds, am not a morning person and like to get a lot of my shopping done long before the Thanksgiving meal or make gifts.  This year, however, I plan to get a new Cricut so I am preparing myself mentally to get up early (or stay up late) and will hopefully come away ahead. 

Regardless if you love a deal and will be out and about shopping or hate the crowds but want the perks of Black Friday...I’ll be doing a BLACK FRIDAY SPECIAL which you can take advantage of from the comfort of your own home and don’t have the elbow through the crowds at the mall!  

You will be getting 15% off your order (shipping & tax calculated separately) if you place an order by midnight on November 23rd.  Be sure to email me or call me with your order because it will not be available on my website.  And if you do plan on elbowing through the crowds, send me your order EARLY and it will be placed while you are sleeping in your tent at Target (or snuggled up in your bed at home)!  

And if you place a $50 order, you can get the November Stamp of the Month for $5.00!  This is a D size stamp set that is usually $17.95 and it's yours for only $5.00! 

And that’s not all!  To show support of Red Cross relief efforts, $1 for every Stamp of the Month set sold in November will be donated to Red Cross.

And yet…there’s STILL MORE!  When you purchase a stamp of the month set in November, you get to pick another stamp set for 50% off. 
So get your wishlist ready!  Give to your moms, sisters, significant others & kids as well as my email or phone number so you can have a crafty Christmas morning!

Note: shipping & handling will apply, offer valid for orders place between now and November 23rd at midnight by phone or email to Brandee Sheldrake.  50% stamp offer is valid on A, B, C, D and E size stamps only.  K-size, Workshops on the Go, Cricut Collection and Stamp of the Month set stamps are not eligible for the promotion.  Maximum of one 50% off stamp set per order.  

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Pigment vs Die Based Inks

When is it best to use pigment ink and when is it best to use dye ink?  Find the answer along with other helpful hints to make your stamped imaged perfect in this great video.  

Monday, November 5, 2012

November Special

In November, you’ll get something extra when you buy the Stamp of the Month—50% off another stamp set! When you qualify for and buy the November Stamp of the Month set, Capture the Date, you’ll receive another stamp set* of your choice for 50% off—it’s like two promotions in one! The versatile Capture the Date stamp set is great for any layout, card, invitation, or calendar, and now you can choose another stamp set at half-off for more wonderful papercrafting. Get Capture the Date and then capture the savings today!
* Offer valid for A-E and M size stamp sets only; K-size, Workshops on the Go®, Cricut® collection, and Stamp of the Month stamp sets are not eligible for this promotion. Maximum of one 50% off stamp set per order.

To show our support of Red Cross relief efforts for those areas of the US severely affected by Hurricane Sandy, Close To My Heart will donate $1 for every Stamp of the Month set sold as a part of this promotion during November.

Dates: Offer valid November 1–30, 2012

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Stamping Across Multiple Surfaces

Spanning the Space features tips and tricks for stamping across multiple surfaces.  
The stamp used in this box is called Casual Expressions.  

And the Dark Chocolate Striped Grosgrain Ribbon is some of my favorite.  It's now available in black!

Check out this great video! 

Happy Crafting! 

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

D.O.T.S....the way we were

One of my friends recently found a Close To My Heart catalog...or rather a DOTS catalog that, of course, she knew I would want to see!

It's a 1998-1999 Catalog.  
And let me say, we've come a long way! 

 Wood block stamps are pricey.  This clock stamp is $9.50!
That's about the price of a B size stamp now a days!  And a B size stamp set is usually 4-5 images!

Back then...the greatest scrapbooking tool was decorative scissors.
I have a whole stash that I rarely use.

Back when Sponge Daubers were NEW!
These are a staple and still one of my favorite items!

The color palette

Some things are perfect from the outdoor denim, Indian Corn Blue, Autumn Terracotta, Smokey Plum.  Still part of the exclusive color palette.

Olive, Cranberry, Goldrush, Hollyhock are also still around!

And Bonding Memories glue...

Betty Johnson is not a consultant anymore...I checked.
The catalog was expensive!  $7.95 back's only $3.95 now.

And hostess rewards have improved!  You can now get $25 in free products when you get to a $150 show. Back then...$250 got you a $20 reward

The best part!?  This image looked familiar - I had picked this stamp up several months ago at a garage sale for just $1.50.  Classic's a DOTS stamp! 

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Paint the Town PINK in review!

Along with a couple of other vendors, we recently put together a
Paint the Town Pink - Girls Night Out event! 

The proceeds from several items went to Breast Cancer Research 
but most of the night was about door prizes! 

 Grand Prize 

Door Prizes

 Gold Canyon

Jewel Kade

Pampered Chef

Thirty One

And of course...CLOSE TO MY HEART
It was so much fun to give out door prizes all night to the ladies 

Shopping Shopping Shopping 

Sarah - who looked stunning headed to a cocktail party! 

Make a Tag Table 

Close To My Heart

The Grand Prize was won by Jennifer!  
And she is an awesome gal and was SO excited! 

Friday, September 21, 2012

Paint The Town PINK

If you are unable to make it to the, might I say FABULOUS, Paint The Town Pink event tomorrow night, you can still purchase online from Close To My Heart.

Any orders placed from now through Sunday September 9/23, under the Paint The Town Pink link will qualify for the special bonuses I’ll be doing at the event.

You must “JOIN” the event online.
Follow the above link and in the bottom right hand corner under PAINT THE TOWN PINK, click "JOIN" and then place your order right online.  

Some of the specials I will be running tomorrow! 

Cricut Cartridge Special
Purchase either the Art Philosophy or Artiste Cartridge and I will send you a free paper pack of your choice!  You also get three sets of Dimensional Elements that work in tandem with the cartridge and 3 Stamps Sets!  Total retail value is $135 and it's all yours for $99!!  Once you place your order, I will email you about your paper pack selection and it will be shipped separately.  
Check out the cartridges HERE

HollyHock Album Special
For every 12x12 Hollyhock Faux Leather Album purchased ($24.95), 10% will be donated to breast cancer research!!  
Check out the album HERE

It’s Your Day DOUBLE Stamp Set
When you place an order of $35, you can get the “It’s Your Day” DOUBLE Stamp Set for $5.00.  The retail value on this item is $35.90 and it can be yours for just $5!  Seriously - that is a smokin' hot deal.  
Check out the stamp set HERE

Fall Favorites Stamp Set
When you place an order of $50, you can get the “Fall Favorites” Stamp Set for JUST $5.00. The retail value on this item is $17.95. 
Check out the stamp set HERE

AND THE BEST PART? You can combine all or some of these offers!  

Don't forget to check out the WHILE SUPPLIES LAST section and get some real steals! Items purchased here also count towards the stamp set promos!! 

To find out more about the event, check us out on facebook

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

New Alcohol Markers!!

Got some new markers today!  The amazing new alcohol markers from Close To My Heart!  So I had to make some cards of course.  These are all the cutie 3x3 variety.  Perfect to tuck into a lunch box or briefcase of someone you love.  Unfortunately my husband sees everything I make because I sit 5 feet from him when I'm crafting and I show him everything.  (He humors me and oohs and ahhs about all of it).  

This one was made with the September stamp of the month called Fall Favorites. I used olive & autumn terracotta inks.  

Being a sucker for ANYTHING with bee's on it!  The background stamp is a retired stamp.  It's actually a Halloween stamp from last year called Wicked.  I didn't buy it for the witch or the halloween sentiment.  I had to have it for all the wrong reasons - the honeycomb background!  The Just Beecause is the cute Pun Fun stamp set.  I colored the whole thing with honey ink and then colored the rest with black ink.  The background stamp is with Slate ink.  

This one is with the retired Dotty for You paper as the background.  And the Bee Happy stamp.  A funny tidbit - this was my first Close To My Heart stamp!  My mom bought it for me!  Because I'm a BEE!  Since napping is my other favorite hobby, this stamp is perfect! 

Happy Crafting!  

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Cardmaking Kits

Close to My Heart Workshops on the Go has 2 cardmaking kits this season.  Featuring exclusive accessories you're sure to fall in love with.  

Create 15 cards for the holidays or year-round giving in just a few hours!

Watch the video and take a peek!  

Click HERE to shop online!

Happy Crafting

Thursday, September 6, 2012

What is a Cricut?

If you've recently been to one of my home gatherings or classes, you've heard me talk about the Cricut.  But the reality is, you've got to see this baby in action!  

This is a video showing you what a Cricut is (and the lady has a fun accent!) 

As she mentions in the video, there are other cartridges that you can purchase and that's where Close To My Heart comes into the picture.  Close To My Heart has two cartridges, the Cricut Art Philosophy and the Cricut Artiste collection, which is our newest collection. 

With 700 images on each cartridge, featuring themed projects, interactive cards, awards and more.  From robots and spooks to weddings and Valentines, your cupcake liners, invitations, and party favors will coordinate and quickly come together for any celebration.  Cutting and assembling the many 3D items in a snap using the project reference chart and separate step-by-step assembly book. 

Scattered throughout the Idea Book are numerous My Acrylix stamp images outlined in red.  This means that stamp has a corresponding shape on the Art Philosophy or Artise cartridge.  Simply use the correct cartridge to cut the matching shape using the setting indicated on the stamp’s carrier sheet, and then stamp your image on the shape. 

When you purchase either cartridge, you’ll get the cartridge plus three new coordinating, D-size stamp sets and three 12”x9” sheets of coordinating Dimensional Elements shapes for maximum mixing, matching and wowing!  

If you want to find out how to get either cartridge for half price - contact me today