Thursday, September 01, 2011

It's National Stamping Month and there is a New Idea Book out for Fall and Winter!

Sorry it's been so long since I posted last!  I broke my ankle in July, so it's been hard to sit for very long without a lot of pain.  But, I'm on the mend now, YAY!  Anyway, I'm a bit behind on things, so I'm trying to catch up!

There's a brand new Idea Book out right now for Fall and Winter 2011!  It has TONS of new products in it!  Also, the best part, is that the prices are now lower on My Reflections paper packs, and My Acrylix stamp sets!  Wooo Hooo!  So exciting!!  The other AWESOME thing, and probably my FAVORITE thing in the new Idea book is, and Exclusive to Close to My Heart Cricut Cartridge!  It comes in a bundle with 3 stamp sets and 3 co-ordinating chipboard sets!  The reason it comes bundled can now cut the images of your stamps with your Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge!  That is the BEST news since sliced bread, in my opinion!!  You can cut all the images of the bundled stamps and any stamp in the Idea book that has a red outline around it!  There are 700 images on the Art Philosopy cartridge including 3D items!!  I am in LOVE!!!
Check it out!  The possibilities are endless!

The Art Philosophy Cartridge

National Stamping Month

September is National Stamping Month!  To Celebrate, Close to My Heart is offering the first ever double stamp set called Pair a Phrase!  When you purchase $75 in awesome Close to My Heart products you will receive this adorable double stamp set for FREE!!!  It has an image and saying for every month of the year, GREAT for cardmaking and scrapbooking!  I've already made a card with it and I love it!!  What a GREAT deal!!  This deal is good until the end of September so get it while you can!!

Here is the card I made using Pair a Phrase
So much fun!!!  For this card I used the new Sonoma paper pack with Smokey Plum Cardstock, Olive Cardstock and Colonial White Cardstock. I used our Exclusive Inks Markers to color the bike and the flowers, and I used our Sparkles from the Red, Pink and Purple Assortment.  This new paper is so easy to work with because it's almost as thick as Cardstock!  Plus you get a unique pattern on both sides and a strip on top you can use as a border!  I'm lovin' it!  Here is some more artwork I made this month. 

I made this card using August's Stamp of the Month

To make this card I used the new paper pack Mischief. I also used Black Cardstock,  and Barn Red Cardstock.  The reason it's shiny is because I used Black Embossing powder to Emboss both the witch and the sentiment.  I also used our clear Bitty Sparkles to embellish the sentiment and put a "ring" on the witch's finger.  I also distressed the Cardstock in black ink.

Here is the layout I made last week with Fanfare
Yes! you get to see Halloween and the Fourth of July in the same post! LOL!

These are our Flip Flaps!  They allow you to add more photos to your layout without sacrificing space!  I love them, and use them often!

Here are a few close ups of the embellishments (the star paperclips and the rhinestones are not ours, shhh! Don't tell! LOL)

For this layout I used the Fanfare paper pack, Cranberry Cardstock, and Pacifica Cardstock.  The stamp set I used was July's Stamp of the Month "American Celebration".  I also used "In the Month of July" and the retired "July Word Puzzle".  The Exclusive Inks I used are Cranberry, Pacifica, Sunny Yellow, and Sunflower.  I sanded the Cardstock and random stamped the Pacifica Cardstock.  I stamped July 4th directly on the paper under the pictures.  I used Sunny Yellow ink to color the chipboard stars (from the Flurry chipboard).  I used Cranberry Grosgrain ribbon.  I distressed all the paper except the Cranberry Cardstock in Pacifica Ink.  I sanded the Cranberry Cardstock.  To tie the ribbons to the side of the left hand page on the vertical picture I used some grommets that are now retired and punched holes in the middle of them.  To make the "Let Freedom Ring" embellishment I cut a circle from White Daisy Cardstock, and stamped the starburst in Sunny Yellow.  Then I placed my clear block over the circle and gently curved the sentiment "Let Freedom Ring". It is normally a straight stamp, but the beauty of clear stamps and clear blocks is you can curve them or straighten them to fit your needs.  I then chose two stars, with one in the middle to stamp the words between and did that 3 times even all the way around, but you will cover the uneven part with the rocket and stars.  After that I stamped the rocket in cranberry and the stars coming out of the rocket in cranberry on a separate sheet of white daisy cardstock. Then I stamped the stars coming out of the rocket in Pacifica..  Then cut out the rocket and the Pacifica stars including the dots and adhere to the middle of  the circle.  I used foam tape to pop up the rocket.  Then cut two Cranberry stars out from your other stamped image and glue them over the Pacifica ones. For the big star on the other page I stamped first in Sunny Yellow, then rolled the edges in Sunflower Ink to give it a two toned effect!  The firecrackers on the left hand page are from the My Stickease that go with Fanfare.  I just inked the edges and used foam tape to pop it up from the page.

For the month of September you can purchase this cute and versatile stamp set called Limited Edition!  You can either purchase it for $17.95 or you can get it for only $5 with a $50 purchase!!  Click on the link above to check it out! Notice the cute card with the flower on it?  Most of these products in this picture were cut with the new Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge!

I hope that wasn't too long and drawn out! LOL!  You can buy any of these products on my website
All of the projects shown here were made in my Scrapbook Club that meets once a month!  If you are interested in being in the Club and earning FREE products please let me know!  Contact me at


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