Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Live Beautifully

So for my first post about Close to My Hearts "Live Beautifully" National Scrapbook month Special for the month of May 2017 I created a scrapbook page that I think came out great.  I love this paper pack as well as the stamp set.  I tried to use different techniques and just have some fun.







I tried a whole new technique on this rose and I am thrilled with the outcome.  Wish you could see just how beautiful this rose really is.  I used the  Close to My Heart Flower Market Cricut cartridge to make the rose (which is two layers).  I then took the bottom layer which I cut from White Daisy cardstock and I painted it using the Close to My Heart watercolor paints.  It gave the rose this unique stained glass look that I am just in love with.  I will certainly be doing some more stuff using these amazing watercolor paints that is for sure.  


And of course I used my trusty daubers to ink the edges of my titles.  I always love the depth and interest inking gives to my projects. 

I hope you enjoy this layout and will follow along as I bring you more projects using the Close to My Heart Live Beautifully papers and stamp set over the next month.  I have listed all the supplies I used below (remember the papers and stamp will not be available for purchase before May 1st and will only be available while supplies last during the month of May 2017 only so get yours right away).  You can find all the supplies at www.craftwithronnie.ctmh.com or by clicking the shopping cart at the top of this blog.   Happy Crafting!!


Supplies Used:
Inks:  Memento Black (Z899), Pomegranate Ink (Z2653) and New England Ivy Ink (Z2135)

Papers:  Live Beautiful B&T Paper Packet (CC1212B)
Cardstock:  White Daisy (1385), Black (1386), and Pomegranate (X5780)

Stamp Set - Live Beautifully (CC1212C)
Misc.:
3-D Foam Tape (Z2060)
Water Color Paints (3132)
Daubers  (Z726)



Monday, April 24, 2017

May is National Scrapbooking Month

That's right May is National Scrapbooking Month and Close to My Heart has some amazing specials being offered for the month.  While these specials will not be available for purchase on my website until May 1st, but I wanted to give you a sneak peek at some of the amazing products being offered (be sure to stay tuned to see some of the beautiful projects I have made using these products).

First I just fell in love with the paper pack "Live Beautifully", I just can't tell you how beautiful this paper is.  The pictures just do not begin to do it justice.  The colors are vibrant and the patterns are amazing and of course anything with those great touches of gold is always wonderful.  


Live Beautifully paper packet 16 – 12” × 12” sheets 
(2 each of 6 double-sided designs and 2 each of 2 single-sided gold foil designs) 
Item Number: CC1212B priced at $14.95 

Then I saw the stamp set and my mind just started to race thinking of all the wonderful projects I could make with this beautiful stamp set (wait until you see some of the fun things I did with it).


My Acrylix® Live Beautifully stamp set 
Item Number: CC1212C, priced at $17.95

Now if that was not enough Close to My Heart is offering several bundles that are amazing values and the perfect addition to these items (or these items are the perfect addition to them).  The first is the Cut Above Bundle....  


Cut Above Layout Kit—Live Beautifully 
Item Number: CC1212A, priced at $44.95

This is such a new and easy way to make coordinating layouts to preserve your memories. The Live Beautifully Cut Above layout kit comes with everything you need to create five two-page layouts. With pre-printed base pages, die-cut paper pieces, stickers, and gold foil accents, this kit will help you preserve the moments that matter most in practically no time at all. 

This kit is only available this month, while supplies last. Buy the layout kit alone or get an even better discount by buying it as part of an album bundle (see those below). And if you love the look of these pages, be sure to check out the coordinating Live Beautifully paper packet and My Acrylix Live Beautifully stamp set (see above)!


The Black Legacy Post-bound album is item number: CC1212, priced at $68.95
and the Gray D-Ring album bundle is item number: CC1225, also $68.95
 (that is 20% off the normal retail prices for these items)


The Live Beautifully Album Bundles includes the Live Beautifully Cut Above layout kit, a gray (or black - your choice) My Legacy album (D-ring or post-bound), one Marvy Uchida LePen journaling pen, and one Tombow permanent adhesive. 

Now think about it, you can build an entire beautiful scrapbook using one or more of these bundles and everything matches perfectly.  


Sunday, April 23, 2017

April Special

This month Close to My Heart is offering our innovative new Cut Above layout kits are available at 50% off the retail price at just $7.48!  That’s an incredible deal on layout kits that make memory keeping incredibly easy.  Choose between two designs—Little One and Forever & Always—and then follow the simple assembly instructions to create your beautiful two-page layout in minutes.  The kit includes die-cuts, stickers, photo placeholders, Memory Protectors™, and instructions. Also includes 12 coordinating pocket cards and two divided Memory Protectors for adding more photos.  You’re going to love how quickly you can preserve your memories with Cut Above.  Likewise you can chose to use the items provided in the layout kits to make your own unique projects.  It is all your choice.  I will also post a video showing how easy these are to use.    






Get yours now at www.craftwithronnie.ctmh.com  I have listed the item numbers for each below.  If you love these kits be sure to watch for the new kits being offered beginning May 1st.  Happy Crafting

Forever & Always
Little One

Cut Above™ Layout Kit by Close To My Heart

Monday, January 2, 2017

National Papercrafting Month: Welcome Home


Welcome to the January 2017 Constant Campaign



Every January, we celebrate National Papercrafting Month as a way of acknowledging the pure joy of playing with paper! We scrapbook with it, we make cards with it, we decorate with it—in short, we craft with it! This January, we’ll be celebrating the joys of paper-crafted home décor with the beautiful Welcome Home wreath kit. This kit comes with pre-cut pieces you can simply pop out and attach to the sturdy chipboard wreath base, making a welcoming décor piece for your home. Here are all the ways you and your customers can get the wreath kit!
You can purchase the Welcome Home wreath kit outright for $18.95 with no qualifying purchase, OR earn it FREE with a qualifying $60 purchase.
Or maybe you would like to earn a FREE Welcome Home wreath kit when you host a Gathering that reaches the second level of Hostess Rewards.
Considered becoming a Close to My Heart consultant, well if you join in January you will receive a FREE Welcome Home wreath kit in your New Consultant Kit.
To find out more about this beautiful paper wreath kit just log into my OBA at www.craftwithronnie.ctmh.com or click on the shopping button at the top of this blog.  
Happy National Papercrafting Month and Happy Crafting!!!


Campaign Dates: January 1, 2017 (9:00 am MST) – January 31, 2017 (11:59 pm MST)

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy New Year

Along with the new year comes a beautiful new Seasonal Expressions catalog from Close to My Heart.  This new catalog contains lots of fun and beautiful new products to prepare us for the coming of spring.  Whether it is Valentine's Day, Weddings, Birthdays, Easter, you name it there is something that is perfect for it.  So lets late a little peek at a few things...

First here is the cover, isn't it just beautiful..


It contains four new paper packets that are going to be so much fun.  The first is Hello Lovely and let me tell you it is one of my favorites.  I can see some beautiful Valentine's Cards, Anniversary Cards, Wedding Cards and Birthday Cards just waiting to be created with this paper packet.  Oh and the scrapbooking possibilities are endless.  I just wish the computer screen could do these papers justice.


The next paper packet is called Sugar Rush and that is just what it is a rush.  The pages have things like frosted donuts, those cute confetti sprinkles you can use on cakes and cookies oh and donuts, there are ice cream cones.  This paper packet would be great for any celebration but I definitely see Birthday written all over it.    
The next paper packet is called Some Kind of Wonderful and boy is it.  This eclectic mix of papers could be used for just about anything.  I was thinking it would be great for doing kids cards or scrapbook pages because it is bright and exciting just like kids are.  

Our final new paper packet is called Dreaming Big.  Now let me tell you I am dreaming up some big ideas for this paper. The papers are covered with flowers, cute little bugs and wood grain.  My mind is just spinning thinking of all the cool stuff I can make using this paper packet.  

Well that is the new paper line-up but there are also lots of kits, stamps and so much more so be sure to head over to my OBA at www.craftwithronnie.ctmh.com (or click on the shopping cart at the top of this page to jump over there and check out all the fun new products.  Happy New Year and Happy Crafting!!!


Saturday, December 3, 2016

December Stamp of the Month

Be sure to grab the December Stamp of the Month (just $5 with a qualifying $50 order, regular price is $17.95).  I think this set is going to be a whole lot of fun to work with making cards throughout the new year.

Here is an example of a card that is being featured by Close to My Heart.  I love how they used it to make a background paper.  This would be a very versatile stamp set for sure.  


I will be ordering mine this week and hope to have some time to make some projects to share on here using it.  Until next time.  Happy Crafting!!!

Friday, December 2, 2016

It's the Little Things

Isn't that the truth, it is the little things in life that make it all worth while.  Check out these adorable mini albums for celebrating the little things you love!

So often it’s the little things that matter most—and what better way to celebrate the little things in life than with adorable mini albums?   Whether looking for a meaningful gift idea or a treasured keepsake, these mini albums are a fast and easy option, and this month you save 30%-off the retail price of the products you need!




Blue Jean Mini Album Bundle (CC1197) :


  • 1 – Instalife™ Blue Jean Album
  • 1 – pack of #Life™ Enjoy cards (40 cards total)
  • 1 – pack of #Life™ Black overlays(16 overlays total)
  • 1 – pack of mini 4" × 4" Memory Protectors™ (10 protectors)
  • 1 – pack of mini 2" × 2" Memory Protectors™ (10 protectors)
 Retail Value: $27.75 Your Price: $18.95



Blush Mini Album Bundle (CC1198)


  • 1– Instalife™ Blush album
  • 1 – pack of #Life™ Hello Gorgeous cards (40 cards total)
  • 1 – pack of #Life™ gold overlays(16 overlays total)
  • 1 – pack of mini 4" × 4" Memory Protectors™ (10 protectors)
  • 1 – pack of mini 2" × 2" Memory Protectors™ (10 protectors)
 Retail Value: $27.75 Your Price: $18.95



Adventure Mini Album Bundles:

Adventure Mini Album Bundle (6" × 8" Memory Protectors™)  -  (CC1199)

  • 1 – Everyday Life™ stripes mini album
  • 1 – pack of My Crush® Adventure Calls 3-ring hole-punched decorative pages (30 total)
  • 1 – pack of 6" × 8" mini Memory Protectors™ (10 total)

Adventure Mini Album Bundle (4" × 6" Memory Protectors™)  -  (CC1200)

  • 1 – Everyday Life™ stripes mini album
  • 1 – pack of My Crush® Adventure Calls 3-ring hole-punched decorative pages (30 total)
  • 1 – pack of 4" × 6" mini Memory Protectors™ (10 total)

Adventure Mini Album Bundle (3" × 4" Memory Protectors™)  -  (CC1021)

  • 1 – Everyday Life™ stripes mini album
  • 1 – pack of My Crush® Adventure Calls 3-ring hole-punched decorative pages (30 total)
  • 1 – pack of 3" × 4" mini Memory Protectors™ (10 total)

|Retail Value: $29.85 Your Price: $19.95


After you’ve ordered your bundles, be sure to check out Persnickety Prints where you can order photos perfectly sized for these mini albums.

* Offer valid December 1–December 31, 2016, while supplies last. Normal shipping/handling & tax apply.

Friday, November 4, 2016

New Thin Cuts

More of your favorite stamp sets now have coordinating Thin Cuts Love our Thin Cuts? 


Love our Thin Cuts? Then you’re going to love this special, limited-time offer! We now have coordinating Thin Cuts for the following stamps sets found in our Annual Inspirations idea book: 

Swirly Seashells (C1664)





Sweet Birthday (B1532)


Wreath (A1193)



and  School Kids (D1706)














Just think of what you could do with all these cut images and their coordinating thin cuts.  These Thin Cuts are sure to go fast, so place your order today!  You can order by clicking on the shopping cart at the top of this blog or by logging into my OBA at www.craftwithronnie.ctmh.com  and as always Happy Crafting!!!


Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Planner Gone Creative

Discover your inner artist while staying on top of your schedule with our new 2017 planner system. Featuring seasonal designs you can color by hand, this exclusive planner system combines the worlds of work and play to give you a planner you can truly make your own. Choose a bundle with either the Everyday Life™ Sea Glass or stripes album, or purchase just the planner pages if you already have an album—the choice is up to you!

I don't know about you but I use my planner for everything but this one is great.  An opportunity to stay organized while still being creative is right up my alley and of course I love to color so wow!!!

Check this out....


Check out this great video about the new albums...  The new 2017 Close to My Heart Planners

You can order yours now by clicking on the shopping button at the top of this blog or through my OBA at www.craftwithronnie.ctmh.com as always Happy Crafting!!!

Happy Happy Christmas Special

Get into the holiday spirit with several holiday crafting projects featuring our Happy, Happy Christmas products. It all starts with one of our featured 12" µ 12" album bundles, which saves you 10% off the retail price of a collection of awesome crafting supplies. 
These bundles contain everything you need to create five 2-page scrapbooking layouts, with enough left over to keep your holiday crafting going!  Choose your album bundle, and then choose from the additional products to create beautiful décor gift items or even a mini album!   


Remember nothing makes a happy, happy Christmas like holiday crafts!  This workshop is designed to help you have a happy, happy Christmas!  This workshop was made to help you create not only a beautiful Christmas album, just in time for the holiday season, but also to give you the materials to create four additional items that would make beautiful holiday gifts!  It’s like getting five amazing projects all in one workshop!  
So get one of the bundles today (CC1179 or CC1180) for only $69.95 each! This bundle includes an exclusive guide to walk you through the steps of assembling five beautiful 2-page layouts which can be easily downloaded from my OBA at www.craftwithronnie.ctmh.com , you can also add on additional items to make additional projects with your leftover materials! 


Monday, October 17, 2016

Nothing says Christmas like a Poinsettia right?

I just love the holidays, all the beautiful decorations and sparkle but one of my favorite things to decorate with is Poinsettia's, to me they just say Christmas.  I not only love to use them in my holiday decor I also use them in a lot of my holiday crafting to include cards and tags.  I especially like this card because of that.  I used the new Close to My Heart Flower Market Cartridge to make this Poinsettia.  I did however alter it a little, the one on the cartridge is much more three dimensional (beautiful but hard to use on the front of a card) so I used one of the pieces and simply cut it in different sizes and layered it for a nice affect.  I did shape the flower petals and leaves a little with my flower shaping tool just to give them a little more depth.  Here is the finished project...


I started by making an A2 card base by cutting a piece of craft paper to 5 1/2 x 8 1/2" and then folding it into a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2" card.  I added a piece of the birch bark paper from the Oh Deer paper packet that measures 4 x 5 1/4".  I then put my flower together (in this picture I had put in a bitty sparkle in the center but ended up removing it because it was too small and adding in a 4 mm sparkle instead.  As I said previously I cut the flower from the Close to My Heart Flower Market cartridge.  I cut one set of petals from Fern cardstock that measure 2 1/4", one set of petals from Cranberry cardstock at each 2 1/4", 2" and 1 3/4" (just shape a little bit and stack together).  I stamped Merry Christmas in the top right corner and added a strip of bronze glitter paper that is 1 x 4" and a strip of the star patterned paper from the Oh Deer paper packet that is 3/4 x 4".  

I hope you enjoy this card.  I have listed all the supplies at the bottom of this blog and most can be purchased on my OBA at www.craftwithronnie.ctmh.com or by clicking the shopping cart at the top of this blog.  Happy Crafting!!!

Supply List:  
Papers:  Oh Deer Paper Packet (X7214B) 
Cardstock: Craft (Z1375), Cranberry (1272), Fern (X5777)
Misc:  Clear Sparkles (Z3274)
Merry Christmas Stamp Set (M1148)
(Bronze glitter paper is from my stash but CTMH does have other colors available)

Friday, October 14, 2016

Glittered Reindeer how wonderful!!!

I really love the holidays and one of the things I love most about them is that you get the opportunity to use glitter and bling everywhere and that is something I love to do.  So today I was cleaning my craft room and discovered an old reindeer punch I have not used in ages.  I got to thinking about the Oh Deer paper packet and what I could do with that punch.  Well I had a scrap of silver glitter paper and a piece of gold glitter paper from another project laying on the corner of my work table and that was all it took.  Here is what I came up with...



While blue is not a traditional Christmas color I am really loving this Sea Glass cardstock and the Oh Deer paper packet that use it so beautifully.  For this card I made the base using the Sea Glass cardstock and I just cut it to 4 1/4 x 11" and scored it in half and folded it to make an A2 card base that measures 4 1/4 x 5 1/2".  I cut a piece of the Oh Deer paper to 4 x 5 1/4, added a strip of gold glitter paper that is 1 1/2 x 4" and a strip of Sea Glass that is 1 x 4" and is stamped with Merry Christmas from the Merry Christmas stamp set using Memento ink.  Finally, I punched out a reindeer from the silver glitter paper and used 3-D foam tape to give it dimension.  So simple yet it looks very elegant.  

Below is a list of the supplies I used for this project.  As always most of them can be purchased from my OBA at www.craftwithronnie.ctmh.com or by clicking the shopping cart at the top of this blog.  Happy Crafting!!!!

Supplies Used:
Paper Packet: Oh Deer (X7214B)
Cardstock:  Sea Glass (X5789) , Gold Glitter (Z3238), Silver Glitter (Z2329)
Ink: Black Memento (Z899)
Stamp Set:  Merry Christmas (D1694)
3-D Foam Tape (Z2060)
Misc: Deer punch (you can use any punch or cut something using your cricut, just be creative)

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

How about a little "City Sidewalks" for Christmas

So I am just starting to play around with the new City Sidewalks paper packet and it is pretty cute.  Here is a picture of it.


So I also decided it would be fun to use it to make my next card and here it is.  This is another of those rather simple cards that I really enjoy making and sharing during the holidays.


This card was very quick and easy.  I started with a pre-cut white card base that is 4 1/4 x 5 1/2".  I stamped the pine trees from the Nature's Wish stamp set (this is a great stamp set for masculine cards including father's day, birthdays, etc.) using the new Willow ink.  I then stamped the sentiment onto a piece of white daisy cardstock that was 2 1/2 x 2 1/2" using Peackock ink (the sentiment is from the Very Merry stamp set).  I mounted that onto a piece of peacock cardstock that measured 2 3/4 x 2 3/4".  The strip on the left is 2 x 5 1/2" and from the City Sidewalks paper packet.

Below is a list of supplies I used to make this card.  They can be purchased from my OBA at www.craftwithronnie.ctmh.com or by clicking the shopping cart at the top of this blog.  As always, happy crafting!!!

Supplies Used:
Cardstock:  White Daisy (1385), Peacock (X5776)
Paper Packet:  City Sidewalks (X7213B)
Ink:  Willow (Z2807) Peacock (Z2849)
Stamp Sets:  Very Merry (D1694), Nature's Wish (D1703) 



Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Slowed down by Hurricane Matthew but not stopped!!!

Hello all my crafty friends.  I have to tell you I have discovered that while I can dress for church via lantern light I can not craft by it.  LOL.  Well, all is good here in Pinehurst, North Carolina, we did lose power for a few days but that is nothing compared to what so many others have been through.  I decided that I would use today to get back into my craft room and have some fun.  So I am continuing to work with the beautiful Oh Deer paper packet and there is another of my makes.


So this is a pretty straight forward card.  I made a card base using kraft cardstock that is an A-2 (4 1/4 x 5 1/2).  I then cut the white daisy to 4 x 5 1/4" and stamped the little stars using cashmere ink on both corners.  The circles are 2 3/4" (white daisy) and 3 1/4" (sea glass) and this shape can be found on several of the Close to My Heart Cricut cartridges.  I stamped the sentiment with the new Sea Glass ink (I just love this color).  The strips of paper are from the Oh Deer paper packet and cut 1 x 3" and 1 x 3 1/2".  I punched one star out of the gold glitter paper using a punch I have in my craftroom.  

Below is a list of the supplies I used to make this card and as always most of them can be purchased from my OBA at www.craftwithronnie.ctmh.com or by clicking on the shopping cart at the top of this blog.  Happy Crafting!!!

Supplies Used:

Cardstock:  Kraft (Z1375), White Daisy (1385), Sea Glass (X5789) and Gold Glitter (Z3238)
Ink:  Sea Glass (Z2813), Cashmere (Z2785)
Paper Packet:  Oh Deer (X7214B)
Stamp Set: All is Bright (A1190)
Misc:  star punch and glue dots