Rest and Relax but don’t miss out!

 Rest and Relax but don’t miss out!

This layout was inspired by a layout made by my friend Jennifer Smith.  You can check her layout here.  The file for this does not open but I created my own and will share at the end.  Using the Make Waves Workshop Your Way, this is the first of three layouts I’m creating using the CTMH Cricut Cartridges, especially You Are Here.

This is done with the Make Waves Workshop Your Way plus some extra cardstock – Bashful, Pacifica, Charcoal, Vellum, Black, Willow, Emerald, Espresso, Lemon, and Glacier.  I used Glimmer Mist from Tattered Angels to create the splatter effect on the papers.  You can make your own mist with our bottles which normally I do when I don’t want it to be shimmery.  I’ve run out of the pearl paint we used to sell to make it all shimmery and have yet to find a good replacement for it.  Any suggestions?

Here are some close ups of different elements:

Love the layers in here between the all the elements.  The clear Shimmer Brush adds some fun to the angel fish.  The eyes are done with Black Pearl Paint.

The Make Waves Shimmer trim is just amazing.  There are three different shades of the tropical blue-greens you see in the oceans down around Florida.  Use a piercing tool to put the crease the palm trees and ink to distress those edges  so they show up.  Such a simple way to give dimension to the leaves.

 

Scalloped Shells are made with Bashful and Pixie Cardstock (both on sale right now).  Shadowing in them is from the Bashful Shimmer Brush.   What I did not have pictures of is the added bling put on after the layouts were photographed.  I put the Bashful Pearls on the shells and used several of the  glitter gems from the Make Waves Sequins and Gems collection all through the layout.  It was the perfect finishing touch.

Design Space File: https://design.cricut.com/#/design/83770608

Note on this.  I create my layouts with all the cuts.  I don’t cut the square and rectangle pieces because I can cut them more economically with a straight edge cutter.  Just hide the pieces you don’t want to cut.

February things to keep in mind so you don’t miss out:

Thanks for stopping by to checkout my creative world.  Hope this layout brings back some great memories of you being able to relax on an island vacation!  If you need some creative help,  I’m here to help you out – email me: info@lindacreates.com.

Happy Wishes on Valentine’s Day

Happy Wishes on Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day.  If you are not spending it with your favorite loved one, I hope you are planning to spend time with friends or having  special day to celebrate you!  Created with the Bashful Glitter Paper (on sale), this simple card sends a sweet message to a new couple for happy wishes on their special day.

Pink is not really my color.  Since Pretty in Pink in the special this month, I’m doing some creating with pink.  The pink glitter paper along with the silver paper creates a very elegant look.

With the silver paper, emboss it with the rose embossing folder.  It was really bright so I took a piece of vellum and embossed it so it matched the silver paper.  This softened up the look immensely and I was really pleased with the look.

The sentiment is from one of the Circut Artfully Sent stamp sets.  I love the this sentiment stamp set.  Matting the sentiment piece on some silver gave the card just enough of the shiny bling.  Add the Bashful Pearls (also on sale!) to finish the card off.

Pick up the Bashful Glitter Paper and Bashful Pearls on sale this month:

 

February things to keep in mind:

Thanks for stopping by to checkout my creative world.  Happy wishes for you day.  If you need some creative help,  I’m here to help you out – email me: info@lindacreates.com.

Have A Sunny Day with Making Waves

Have a Sunny Day with Making Waves

Here is a very simple card using a black and white base, a sentiment stamp, some Cricut cut butterflies, and some embellishments.  The font of the sentiment stamp is nice and thick. It stands out well as the sole stamp on this card.

The butterflies are from Close To My Heart’s exclusive Circut Cartridges, Artbooking and Artisty.   The embellishments are from the Making Waves Sequin and Gem’s collection.

The Bashful Shimmer Brush was added over the top of the Making Waves background and texture paper.  This shimmers through the butterfly cut-out on top of the base.  It’s very subtle bling.  This card will be on the Card Buffet this Spring.

 Don’t forget the Pretty in Pink Sale!

All things pink are on sale 25-30% off.  Bundles are the best deal so don’t miss out.  Some of the pink is already gone.

February things to keep in mind:

Thanks for stopping by to checkout my creative world.  Have a sunny day!  It promises to be fairly warm today.  Maybe we’ll see some sunny weather to dry out all that rain we’ve gotten over the last 48 hours.  If you need some creative help,  I’m here to help you out – email me: info@lindacreates.com.

Star Cards

Star Cards

Check out these awesome star cards!  Just love them.   They have been popping up all over the boards so I just had to try and make them.  The inspiration for them comes from this YouTube video:

I did the template version and then hopped over to Design Space to create a cutting file for this.  Probably will add one of these cards to the Card Buffet so I need it to be able to cut fast.  In addition, I made it so it will fit in an A5 envelope for convenience sake.  The first card is made with Chelsea Gardens Paper Pack and the Chelsea Garden Cardmaking Stamp Set.  Beautiful.  All the stamping is done on vellum and heat embossed with silver.  Use the Shin Han Touch markers to color the vellum pieces.

The second card is made with the Gimme Some Sugar Paper Pack.   The coffee cups and sentiment are cut from the Cricut so there is no stamping on this card.  Gimme Some Sugar looks wonderful with the kraft papers.

I’ll come back and do a longer post on the hows.  The cards were so fun and easy once in Design Space I just had to share.

February things to keep in mind:

Thanks for stopping by to checkout my creative world.  Truly a fun card, this star card is sure to wow your friends.  Be sure to catch the next card buffets because there will be only 10 cards!   If you need some creative help,  I’m here to help you out – give me a call or email me: info@lindacreates.com!!

Pretty in Pink

Pretty in Pink

February 2018 Monthly Special

Love Pink??  Love Pretty in Pink (one of my favorite all time movies).  Here’s CTMH’s Pretty in Pink special for February!!  Up to 30% off the listed items and certain bundles!! They are of course, PINK! Start your planning now.   Discounted items must be ordered via my website through individual orders.  Be sure to attach your order at check out to the Happy Mail Gathering so you’ll qualify for Happy Mail with orders that are $25.00+.

During February, you can celebrate what matters most with a select group of pink and gold items available at 25% off the retail price and three exclusive product bundles available at 30% off the retail price. These bundles include the Bashful — Color of the Year bundle and two bundles with supplies to make the Butterfly Mobile Papercrafting Project.

For Hostesses: When you host a party that reaches the third level of Hostess Rewards or higher (submitting your party order no later than March 5, 2018), you’ll receive a FREE Color of the Year bundle — that’s a $36.30 value, totally free!  Contact me to set up your home or online gathering today!

For New Consultants: Anyone who becomes a Close To My Heart Consultant in February will receive a FREE Color of the Year bundle in their New Consultant Kit — $36.30 value, totally FREE!

Dates: February 1, 2018 (12:01 am MST) – February 28, 2018 (11:59 pm MST)

 

Join My Team

Anyone who becomes a Close To My Heart Consultant in February will receive a FREE Color of the Year bundle in their New Consultant Kit—a $36.30 USD/$45.25 CAD value, totally FREE! For $75.00, you’ll get over $200 of great product plus the Color of the Year Bundle (value $36), a $50.00 product credit to choose your own supplies, for a total value of $236! That’s 70% off.

Plus, you’ll get some more free goodies from me. Card kits to help you with samples. Help doing your first home gathering or FB show. Lots of extras to support you reaching certain goals CTMH has set. And more! So come on and join the fun. =)

February Stamp of the Month (SOM) S1802 Sunny Thoughts

Get this D-size Stamp of the Month set for a deal with a minimum qualifying purchase! Add the stamp set to your cart on this page at full retail price or, with your qualifying order, add it at checkout for the promotional price.

Set of 13
Recommended My Acrylix® block:
1″ × 1″ (Y1000), 2″ × 2″ (Y1003), 1″ × 6½” (Y1005), 3″ × 3″ (Y1006), 2″ × 6½” (Y1010)

Stamp images outlined in blue coordinate with the Basic Circle Thin Cuts (Z3318), sold separately.

Purchase the S1802 Sunny Thoughts for $5.00 at the $50.00 level and you’ll get this fantastic 5 card kit for FREE:

Paper Pack (s) of the Month:  Making Waves and Whimsy Fundamentals

Thanks for stopping by to checkout my creative world.  Enjoy the Pretty in Pink special.   If you need some creative help,  I’m here to help you out – give me a call or email me: info@lindacreates.com!!

Bloom Where You Are Planted

Bloom Where You Are Planted

Here’s a fun easel card using S1801 Bloom and Grow, the January Stamp of the Month(SOM).  Using the Adventure Fundamental Paper Pack, the Adventure Ribbon Pack, and the Lagoon ink, you can create this card too.  I love this paper pack, ink color, and SOM:

 

To make this:

  • Take your basic card base – 4.25 X 5.5.
  • Score the top of the card at 2 1/8″ and make a mountain fold.
  • Cut Lagoon cardstock piece at 1 7/8″ x 4.25″; Cut the Lagoon watercolor rose pattern paper at 1 5/8″ x 4.25″.  Adhere to the bottom of the front of the card.
  • Put a piece of the Lagoon ribbon in the center.  You can wrap around and tie off or cut a length about 6 1/4″ and glue dot on the backside of the front.  Glue dot on either side where you want the tie.  You should have a piece sticking up. Cut and tie off.
  • Cut another Lagoon cardstock piece 3 1/4″ x 4 1/4″ and a White Daisy piece at 3″x 4″.  Stamp sentiment in lagoon in the center.  Assemble.  Attach on bottom part of the card only, about 1/2″ from the left side of the card.  If you tape to the top part of the fold, the card will not fold.
  • Make easel button with 1″ and 1/2″ circles and use Enamel and Glitter Duos in the center.  3D Foam Tape it up so that it will hold the fold up.

 

Remember, this month only, you can get this card kit, cut and ready to stamp, when you order the SOM for $5.00 with your $50.00 purchase!  =)

 

January things to keep in mind:

Thanks for stopping by to checkout my creative world. Stay warm and get try to bloom where you are!

Welcome 2018!!

Welcome 2018!

2018 ushers in so much fun from a CTMH perspective!!  The Seasonal Expressions 1 for 2018 is live.  National Papercrafting Month is here.  New Stamp of the Month.  So much fun.  =)

National Papercrafting Month — Love Letters

January 2018 Monthly Special

For National Papercrafting Month, we’ve designed a set of beautiful papercrafted monograms décor pieces. Each comes as part of a kit containing the sturdy chipboard letter base, rose gold accents, die-cut floral embellishments, and letter stickers for customizing your final artwork piece. The finished letters are the perfect size for adorning any wall in your home.  Make a monogram art piece, or spell out a whole word!

These versatile letters can also be used together to spell out a whole name or word, which is why if you buy five letter kits, you can choose a sixth kit FREE!

You can also receive your choice of letter kit free by hosting a qualifying party in January or by signing up to be a Consultant!

Seasonal Expression 1 2018

Absolutely beautiful.  Might be my favorite cover in 17 years.  It’s loaded with amazing new paper packs, stamps, embellishments, and more.  Check it out online here!

Featured Paper Pack – Chelsea Gardens

With a $25.00 purchase from my shopping site, you can get the workshop guide electronically, for this wonderful 30-card workshop:

January Stamp of the Month (SOM) – S1801 Grown and Bloom

When you purchase the Stamp of the Month for $5.00, you’ll get this free card kit that has been pre-cut.  It will come in your Happy Mail, ready to stamp and assemble as a thank you for your business!!  =)

New Customers!

In January, CTMH is having a new customer contest for consultants! Help me win one of these beautiful shirts by sharing me with your crafty friends, family, co-workers, neighbors, ect!!

A customer will be considered a new customer if they have never placed an order with me and place an order with me for one of the Love Letters in January 2018, or if they have not made a purchase from Close To My Heart in the past two years and place an order with me for one of the Love Letters in January 2018.   Purchasing a Love Letter kit is key to them counting.

What’s in it for you?  When you refer a new to me friend, who places an order for a Love Letter, you will get a free Card Kit or Layout Kit (my choice).  Check out the FB group for my customers only (no consultants please), for more fun!  Everyone placing orders will be participating in the Happy Mail Club so you and your referral wins too!

January things to keep in mind:

  • Free Card Kit when you purchase the January SOM for $5.00 with a $50.00 purchase – Check it out.
  • Love Letters – Buy 5 Get 1 Free.
  • Join My Team in January and get a Love Letter of your choice (value $18.95).  There are a few other freebies from me as well.  =)
  • Happy Mail Club: With online orders over $25.00 of product, you will receive workshop guides (see the FB Group for the album) and more.  Check it out.

Thanks for stopping by to checkout my creative world.  Embrace 2018 – it’s here whether we are ready or not.  Create beautiful things today!

Last 18 Hours – More Cricut, Basic Colors on sale 30-40% off!

Last 18 hours – More Cricut, Basic Colors on sale 30-40% off!

Welcome to Close to My heart’s Boxing Week Sale!  There are only 18 hours left.  Hop on over to my shopping site to take advantage of this great sale.  Take a look at what’s available today until supplies run out or 11:59pm MST:

 

We have the digital version of Cricut Hello series (USA, CANADA, and AUSTRALIA/NEW ZEALAND) on sale for 30% off!  There are 20-60 layered images on each cartridge so each layered image is between  $0.59  – $0.89 each!  These images can be broken up for use so the cost per images is actually substantially less. You know this is a fantastic deal when you are in Design Space and most images cost -$0.99 and up!

Check out the Hello USA Images here.

Check out the Hello Canada Images here.

Check out the Hello Australia/New Zealand Images here.

Remember that when you order this, you’ll get the activation code in the mail from CTMH.

Next up:

So much to choose from ! More D-Ring albums.  I have a few on hand where I store pages that need to go  into post bound albums.  I call them my “work in progress” albums.  Basic Palette Collection is featured today.  If you are working on getting ink pads/reinkers/cardstock, this is the time to order.  I love that we are having a great sale of our staple items.

Don’t miss out on today’s specials and remember that there will be new ones each day through Friday. Be sure to check on it.

Calling All Bargain Hunters!!

Want a better deal?  Join my team before you shop and you’ll be able to get another 22% off the above sale prices. Awesome, right!?!? =)

For $75.00, you’ll get over $200 of great product plus the Through The Year Calendar Kit (value $50.00), a $50.00 product credit to choose your own supplies, Through The Year Stamp Set (I just a few left – $17.95 value), and a layout kit featuring the Through The Year Stamp ($10 value).  You’ll get early shopping of the new product to be released in January and more!

Ends in 4 Days:

Good through December 31, 2017. Click on image to view catalog online.

Have fun with the Boxing Week Sale.  Only 18 hours left on this great sale.  Thank for stopping by and have a creative day.

 

 

 

 

 

Season’s Greetings, Blog Candy, and Final Day

Season’s Greetings, Blog Candy, and Final Day

Where did this week go?  It’s the final day of the Winter Coffee Lovers’ Blog Hop.  Here are my last two projects for the hop plus some nummy chocolate and coffee for a lucky commenter.  My Season’s Greeting Card and Something To Perk You gift card holder are projects for teachers and people who work with SG during the school year and beyond.  We have been so blessed to have incredible support people who help SG to love learning and overcome some challenges.

CTMH created this awesome stamp “Christmas Paper Doll” and it has dies to match (thank goodness).   I remember having paper dolls as a kid.  It’s must as much fun now.  I colored in the leaves with pencils and did the holly with Liquid Pearls.  SG wanted to have “red streaks” in her hair for Christmas, so she has them.   I added a coffee cup for good measure as most teachers I know, live on it! =)  The sentiment is from Pretty Pink Posh and the cup from Technique Tuesday.

Next, I was creating some gift card holders for those lovely Starbuck’s gift cards.

The gift card holder is from Sugar Pea Designs. The bear and his cup, from CTMH.  He’s retired and will be forever one of my favorites.  The sentiment came from My Favorite Things Stamps.  Add Liquid Glass to his eyes and nose as well as the coffee to make them shiny.

Of course, I’ll get some of those super cute Holiday Cards from Starbucks, not my own, ancient card!  Just a small token of our appreciation for everyone’s hard work.

Blog Candy

If you are still hopping and have come to my blog on day 8, you deserve some amazing chocolate.  I found this great chocolate bar from Trader Joe’s and some lucky commenter will win it!  =)  I’ll draw a winner on Sunday evening from the commenters so you’ve got 3 days to make it here.

Be sure to stop and check out the Winter Coffee Lovers’ Blog Hop and even play.  There are some amazing artists and work on it as well as great sponsors.

December things to keep in mind:

Thanks for stopping by to checkout my creative world. Don’t forget to leave a comment for the blog candy as you hop through the awesome blogs in the Coffee Lovers’ Blog Hop.

Warm Holiday Wishes for the Winter Coffee Lovers’ Blog Hop

Warm Holiday Wishes for the Winter Coffee Lovers’ Blog Hop

Seems like we were doing the Fall Coffee Lover’s Blog Hop yesterday.  Today is the first day of the Winter Coffee Lovers’ Blog Hop.  My first entry is above.  A few hops ago,  I won this stamp set, Christmas Friends,  from Pretty Pink Posh!  I’ve been waiting for the Winter Hop to use the stamps and dies.

 

I used some stitched dies from Simon Says Stamps to create a the window for a shaker card.  A bit of transparency and 3D foam tape works great.  The background and texture paper is from CTMH Beary Christmas.  All the coloring is done with Shin Han Touch Markers.

The shaker contents are from Kat Scrappiness, Fun Flock to decorate the snow bank and edge of the girl’s hood, Gold Shimmer Pen for the coffee in the cups, and Liquid Glass over the top of the coffee to make it look wet.    Be sure to stop and check out the Winter Coffee Lovers’ Blog Hop and even play.  There are some amazing artists and work on it.

December things to keep in mind:

Thanks for stopping by to checkout my creative world. I hope you are enjoying a good cup of coffee this am as you hop through the awesome blogs in the Coffee Lovers’ Blog Hop.