Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Champagne & Chocolate

Champagne and Chocolate color dare #135

This weeks color dare just sounds yummy, doesn't it. What could be bad about a little bubbly and chocolate? 

All items are from Close To My Heart.

So, here goes:

1. Fabulous Day Card

2. Happy as a Bee

    The New Seasonal Expressions 2 Idea Book will be available for you to peruse and purchase new fun Close To My Heart things on April 1st! WooHoo!!!



    Sunday, March 29, 2015

    A Fold-Out Card or Mini Album-You Choose!

    Team Time

    We had a team meeting yesterday with our wonderful upline Janene. The day was beautiful (sunny & 81) and the group was fun. Our leader was in her typical form, full of smiles, encouragement and information.

    Here we are:  
    Scrappy Gals!

    We made the cutest card/mini album with Janene. So perfect for Easter pictures, or a Birthday or Mother's Day card or even Father's Day with a little more masculine papers.

    Here it is using different papers:  
    The different papers are Confetti, Seaside, Brushed and Seaside

    Here it is closed with one of my fave vellum stickers from the Brushed Complements:

    Brushed Complements
    Brushed Complements and they are VELLUM, LOVE THAT!!!!

    Front view

    Semi-top view to show all the surfaces
    This will be a great Make & Take in the next month. 


    Wednesday, March 25, 2015

    Yay! for you

    Dizzy Circles Stamp Set and A Color My Heart Color Dare

    Color Dare 134

    The 5 Close to My Heart colors:  
    • Cotton Candy
    • Olive
    • Lagoon
    • Black and 
    • White Daisy 

    I used our Dot embossing folder on 3 pieces of cardstock, lagoon, olive, and cotton candy 1 1/4" X  4". I then lightly sanded each piece to show the white core of our cardstock. The card is a white daisy card from the value pack of 50 cards and envelopes X254 for $14.95. The black cardstock background was cut to 4 X 5 1/4 and attached to the front. Then the 3 color strips with a banner cut at one end. The white cardstock was stamped with the larger circle in Olive ink z2137. The 2nd circle was stamped in Cotton Candy ink z2193 and cut out and attached with a foam tape The third circle was stamped in Lagoon ink z2195 and also cut out and attached with foam tape. The white cardstock 3 5/8 X 2 1/4 was attached to Black Glitter Paper z1829 2 1/2 X 3 3/4. There are 2 pieces 5/8" Teal Shimmer tape Z1918. The greeting is stamped with black ink.

    What a cute stamp set:

    Dizzy Circles C1610



    Thursday, March 19, 2015

    March Specials

    March is over the halfway mark, so I thought, before we run out of March time-it is Marching on (sorry), I would go over the specials Close To My Heart is offering.

    1.   "Recruiting on a Roll":

    • Are you thinking about joining Close To My Heart? 
    • March is the month to do it! 
    • During the month of March, new Consultants who enroll will receive a FREE shoulder tote (a retail value of over $26 USD / $29 CAD) (shown below) in their New Consultant Kit. 
    • Our New Consultant Kit is just $99 USD / $109 CAD and includes nearly triple the retail value in products and supplies. 
    • Including your FREE shoulder tote, that is a savings of over $290 USD / $320 CAD! 

    Additionally, new Consultants who remit $300 worth of commissionable sales in their first 40 days after their New Consultant Kit ships will receive the rolling tote (a retail value of $149.95 USD / $164.95 CAD) as a FREE bonus (not including shipping/handling)! These organization pieces are designed to help you get your business rolling, but they are only available while supplies last, so hurry on over and join today!

    Normally, the Stamp of the Month is $17.95. If your purchase amounts to $50, the SOM can then be purchased for $5. It's a great deal and here are a couple of examples of how this cute stamp can be used: 

    Here is a mini album using Artbooking Cricut Z1906 cuts for the pages and accent pieces along with the Choose Happy March SOM.

    Choose Happy and you can create a sweet page like this one!


    Each month you can purchase a new D-size stamp set, available for one month only, for just $5 — that’s over 70% off retail! When you place an order of $50 or more in Close To My Heart products (excluding purchases made in Studio J®), you qualify for this special Stamp of the Month pricing.


    Sunday, March 15, 2015

    Getting Ready for Easter!

    Easter decor at the entrance to my home is going to continue in the theme that I started this year which is a collage.  So here is the start of my Easter decorations:

    As you can see the colors are not the usual Easter pastels that I love. This is a Color My Heart Color Dare Challenge to use the Close To My Heart colors from the Wanderful paper packet and Wanderful Workshop On The Go. The colors used in the kit are:
    • Smoothie
    • Honey
    • Gypsy
    • Crystal Blue 
    • Black
    • Flaxen
    • Colonial White

    How I put it together:

    Wanderful Workshop On The Go

    The Wanderful Workshop On The Go kit itself is definitely for your travel pictures. Here is the kit that I created using the WOTG guide:

    Here is a layout I created as an additional set to go with the first layout. Like I said these layouts are perfect for your travels. My problem is we don't do a lot of traveling, so when we do get to do some traveling, and I don't mean 100 miles from my house, I'll have the pages to accommodate our pictures. Then I'll be like my friends that were in Belize, Hawaii, Florida... I'm not bitter, really...

    Happy Travels to You!!!


    Thursday, March 12, 2015

    Black & White & Whisper Gray

    What's black and white and gray all over?

    It's a card I made for a color challenge but life got a little too exciting this week and I didn't get it written up on my blog till now, 30 minutes after the challenge ended. 

    I'll try another color challenge for next week though. I must say I like this idea. I found this Color Dare Challenge blog and scoped it out and decided I really liked having colors picked out then seeing what I could come up with. So here it is:

    • This is pretty simple, meaning there isn't much layering to the card. 
    • But it did make me pull out my White Daisy pigment based ink, which I don't use a lot. This pigment based ink is thicker than our usual water based inks and has kind of a chalky look to it on the Black cardstock 1386, which I like. 
    • The cardstock itself is Whisper Gray X5929 and was cut from the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge Z1686
    • It's hard to tell but the center of the card is a cut out with the black cardstock cut in the same shape is on the inside of the card. 
    • The little tear drops in each of the corners are cut outs with a piece of White Daisy  cardstock 1385 glued onto the back of those areas.   
    • The stamped images are from the Happy To Be Friends C1605 stamp set.
    • The flowers are also stamped in White Daisy from the same stamp set.
    • I embellished the flower centers with the Black and Gray Sparkles Z1754.
    • The black stripe is the Black Shimmer Tape Z1809.

    Thursday, March 5, 2015

    March 17th is St. Patrick's Day

    I Love Green

    Didn't you have fun as a kid wearing green for St. Patrick's Day?! You didn't want to get pinched (not sure what that was about) so you tried to wear something, anything green. It was fun. Then as you got older there were the parades and green beer. Rivers are turned green, there are pots of gold at the end of the rainbows. AND there is the promise of spring at the end of a very long winter at the end of March.

    So in the spirit of St. Patrick, I continued my collage theme from February. Any of your extra papers with green in them can be ripped and stuck onto a clover cut-out, 4-leaf of course!! 

    Here's mine:

    This is taking the place of the collage heart I made last month. I am keeping these home decor items to use again or even stick in one of my albums. The only current things I used here is the green Washi tape and the gold shimmer tape and the green glitter paper and the shamrock was cut with the Artfully Sent Cricut Cartridge on page 8. Making a fun simple project like this is a good way of using some leftover paper and embellishments that are sitting around taking up space. Do something with them or consider making a donation to your local Children's hospital or a local children's shelter. They will appreciate it I can assure you. I donated some old products to our high school art teacher. She got happy feet!!

    Make yourself Happy by making something fun and pretty and donating to a children's group. Guaranteed to make you feel all good inside. WooHoo ;-)


    Monday, March 2, 2015

    It's March and a New Stamp of the Month!

    See the new Stamp of the Month for March

    Such cute frames, phrases and squiggles. The squiggles can be curved or straight depending on your wishes.

    S1503 Choose Happy

    Here are a couple ideas for using this adorable stamp:

    Here is a mini album that can be cut with the Artbooking Cartridge

    A beautiful layout decorated with the Brushed Assortment flowers and the March Stamp of the Month
    The Stamp of the Month "Choose Happy" S1503 can be yours for $5.00 with a $50.00 purchase from my website: http://dorothy.ctmh.com

    The items from the Seasonal Expressions I catalog is only available till March 31st. It's a great time to purchase Hopscotch and Heartstrings. There are stamps for spring, Easter and Mother's Day that are worth a look. You can view the online catalog Seasonal Expressions I and also the Annual Inspirations catalog that is good through August 2015.

    Please take a look and let your imagination have some fun!

    I'm Ready for Spring!!