Monday, July 21, 2014

Balloon Ride- CTMH 3 ring Kraft album

Kraft album_Balloon Ride_Artbooking_page 5 close up DSC_1205We only have 10 more days until the Retiring Items at CTMH will be gone!!

Please check & make sure that you have the items you need!!  CLICK HERE to see the most recent Retiring list!!

Come join me today, as we showcase another paper pack that will be leaving us at the end of July…Balloon Ride

I will truly miss the Balloon Ride paper!  These BEAUTIFUL neutral tones coordinate with about ANY theme!!

I wanted to showcase this paper collection & decided to use our FABULOUS My Creations Kraft 3-Ring Album as well.  With a price point of only $5.95, this album can be used for SO MANY things!! 

I had SO MUCH FUN creating this album!! J  Make sure to stop back for my next couple of blog posts to see how quick & easy this album was to create!!

Here were some “rules” I set for myself before I started creating…
  • no stamping allowed
  • no inking of edges
  • I chose to only use the 8” size cut from my Cricut machine when cutting ALL shapes
  • used the Artbooking Cricut cartridge exclusively
Kraft album_Balloon Ride_Artbooking_cover DSC_1228That’s not hard, right?  J
For me the NO STAMPING part was the hardest!! 

I do have to confess J…you’ll notice in the next post, I DID stamp one time in this book…I stamped lines on my cut out journaling page…but that was the only stamping I used! LOL!!

Take a look at the 1st batch of pages…(make sure to come back to this blog to see the final set of pages!)
It was so fun to add bits of glitter paper behind the cuts outs from the Artbooking Cricut cartridge! 
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In creating this album, I started to use only the images from keys 1, 2, 3, & 4 of the Artbooking cartridge.  However, I realized if I kept my dial  size at 8”…it didn’t matter WHAT shape I used in this cartridge! J So I ended up using MANY shapes from the entire cartridge!!

The shape of this half page came from the zero key…
key 0_artbooking_balloon ride 3-ring album

Page 2- very simple…plenty of room for a picture or journaling…
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Page 3 & 4 - the wording is part of the zip strip from the top of the Balloon Ride paper pack! Kraft album_Balloon Ride_Artbooking_page 2 & 3 DSC_1228

It’s so fun to include a smaller tag in the middle of the album…it adds an extra touch!

Our Base & Bling charms can be used for SO MUCH more than jewelry!  While they do look adorable on our jewelry pieces, I have been using the rhinestone gems (used here) & all of the other charms on so many of my projects!!
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The overlays on our Artbooking Cricut cartridge are PERFECT for mini albums!!

Page 5…….For my sparkly circles - I used SCRAPS of Glitter paper!!  The perfect way to use up those pieces! J
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We’ll pause here for today…J

As you can see the pages were put together VERY SIMPLY…but it still turned out to be a BEAUTIFUL book!!! (Close To My Heart paper always makes things beautiful! J)

Make sure to join me for my NEXT POST showing the rest of this album’s pages!!

Please take note ….of the list of items used in creating this book.  I used a LOT more items RETIRING than I realized!!

 You have until July 31st OR WHILE SUPPLIES LAST to purchase these retiring items!!

CLICK HERE to head over to my website to view these retiring items…

Fireworks& before placing your order, CLICK HERE to check out ALL the amazing July deals!!! 

Products used:
  • X7180B Balloon Ride Paper pack
  • Crème Brulee cardstock (retiring)
  • Sorbet cardstock
  • Crystal Blue Cardstock
  • Twilight Cardstock (retiring)
  • Z1906 Artbooking Cricut Cartridge
  • Z1871 My Creations Kraft 3-ring album
  • Z1830 Brown & Tan Glitter paper
  • Z1958 Craft Queen charms
  • Z1957 Free Thinker Charms (6 charms for only $3.95!)
  • Z1959 Storyteller Charms
  • Z1978 Rhinestone Charms
  • Z1930 Chocolate Woodgrain washi tape (retiring!)
  • Z1849 Bronze Shimmer Trim
  • Z1961 White marquee Enamel Shapes (retiring)
  • Z1928 Triangle Studs
  • Z1752 Brown & Tan Sparkle asst.
  • Z1921 Neutral Metallic Baker’s twine
  • Z1151 3D foam tape

Blessings for a beautiful day & come see again me soon for the details of the COMPLETED album in my next post!!

Krista Hershberger J

2014-7 July special with Krista_free complements

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

My favorite Retiring items from CTMH~ 2014

 While there are over 125 Items that are retiring from Close To My Heart this month…I thought I’d share just a few of my favorites (although it was hard to just pick a few! LOL!) 
  • To see the COMPLETE up-to-date Retiring List…CLICK HERE.
  • Before placing your July order please CLICK HERE for all FOUR specials!
Here are some of my FAVORITE retiring items….

C1524 Words of Comfort

D1483 Glory God

G1075 Balloon Ride Workshop on the Go kit

Z1647 My Creations Card Box

Z1930 Choc. Woodgrain Washi

Z1917 Lagoon Zipper Lace

X7183C Lollydoodle Stickease

G1077 Timberline WOTG kit

There are MANY MORE items I adore…but I tried not to overwhelm you! LOL!! 
Double check the list twice & head over to my website and make sure you have the products you’d like before they are gone!!

FireworksRemember the FOUR July Specials happening this month!

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Also -
 CLICK HERE for the most recent up-to-date
CTMH Retiring List!!

Blessings to each one of you!!!

Krista Hershberger J

Close To My Heart Independent Consultant

Annual Fall/Winter Open House!!
acorn and leavesSAVE THE DATE!!!
Thurs, August 7th from 6-9:30pm
Fri, August 8th from 12-5pm

***You can “attend” my Open House & take advantage of my personal specials even if you can’t be here in person!!***
Stay tuned to my blog for more details to come!! J

Monday, July 14, 2014

July 2014 specials with CTMH & me! :)


Don’t miss out on Close To My Heart’s JULY SPECIALS!! J

You’ll want to keep 4 things in mind when you place your CTMH order this month. Take a moment to check out these items!! 

1. July Stamp of the Month (SOTM) - Circus Alphabet
Don’t you appreciate the monthly special that CTMH offers in an EXCLUSIVE stamp set?  I look forward to see what each month’s set is…and then patiently await to purchase my stamp set for ONLY $5!!! 

Would you like to see some artwork using July’s SOTM stamp set?  CLICK HERE to head to an earlier blog post where I used this Circus Alphabet. J
2014 - July SOTM - Stamp Image for Blog Hop - edited

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2. July is the last month to get your RETIRING ITEMS!!!
Yes, it’s that time of year!!  While we are sad to see these amazing items go….we are ALL excited to see the NEW items CTMH has in store for us too!!

The picture below just gives you a sampling of the items that are Retiring.  For the COMPLETE RETIRING LIST…please Click HERE. J

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3.  Price Increases will take place on August 1st
Make sure to check out this list and order BY JULY 31, 2014 for the cheaper pricing!! Popular items that may interest you…
    • Ink pads will increase .70
    • Bonding Memories glue will increase $1
    • All CTMH Organizers (these are FABULOUS!) will be increasing too!!!
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4.  Place a $50 CTMH order with me & receive a FREE collection of Complements (retail value $4.95)

Yes…it’s TRUE!!!  When you call me with your order OR place your order on my website & have your order shipped directly to you - you will get a Complements of your choice FREE!!!  Please contact me to let me know what design you would like for free!!
2014-7 July special with Krista_free complements

I can’t BELIEVE the month of July is already half gone…but I AM excited to share with you the FABULOUS NEW products from Close To My Heart on August 1st!! With the retiring of old, that always means there will be AMAZING new products too!!! 
Make plans to be apart of my Annual Open House - whether you live far or near!!!  Details coming later this week, here on my blog!!!

Blessings to EACH of you!!
Krista Hershberger J

Close To My Heart Independent Consultant

Annual Fall/Winter Open House!!
acorn and leavesSAVE THE DATE!!!

Thurs, August 7th from 6-9:30pm
Fri, August 8th from 12-5pm

***You can “attend” my Open House & take advantage of my personal specials even if you can’t be here in person!!***
Stay tuned to my blog for more details to come!! J

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Mojo Monday - Just Because card

I was so excited to get a few moments to create a card for a wonderful customer of mine!  I appreciate her so very much!  She always shares so much with me & I’m so thankful we became friends because of Close To My Heart & our love of papercrafting! J

In creating her a card, I decided to use some of  Close To My Heart retiring items. (these items end July 31st OR while supplies last!  Click here for the most current retired list J)

When I was thinking about what card to create….I happened upon the Mojo Monday sketch & decided to give that a try!
Here’s the Mojo Monday sketch for this week…

I enjoy using sketches to get me started…especially when I feel my creative juices have gone away. J Here’s the card I created using this sketch!
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Retiring items I used to create this card…
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X7178B Ivy Lane Paper pack

Z1895 Base & Bling purple jewels

I will miss the smokey plum & olive colors in Ivy Lane’s paper pack!!  But as you know, when a beautiful paper collection goes away at CTMH there are some more NEW paper packs that will be debuting on August 1st!!

As I looked at my card, I knew I needed something else….so I added a few NEW items to complete this design!! 

Take a look at a new STAMP set that will be available on August 1st!  This new stamp set is called “Have a  Happy Day”.  (Stamp set images are the flowers, leaves, bracket, wording, branches on tan paper) I can’t WAIT to show you this entire stamp set!  I know it’s a stamp set I will be using often!! 
Ivy Lane_just because_cu DSC_3238I wanted to add some sparkle & shine, so I pulled out the NEW purple 12x12 Glitter paper!! Wahoo!!  I love how glitter paper adds so much to ANY creation!!

Glitter Paper

If you don’t already own CTMH’s glitter’ll want to make sure you get some!  They come in a variety of 4 different sets of colors and each pack comes with (3) 12x12 sheets.  

This glitter paper IS Cricut compatible, and is a wonderful accent for ANY of your creations!!  In this case, I used our wonderful Scallop Border Punch to create that beautiful scalloped edge on this glitter paper.  I use this punch so often!! 

By using CTMH’s 5x7 embossing folder, I added some more texture & dimension to the background of this card, completing this card.

I hope this has inspired you to create something of your own!  Have a wonderful day!! 

Blessings to EACH of you!!
Krista Hershberger J

Close To My Heart Independent Consultant 

Annual Fall/Winter Open House!!
acorn and leavesSAVE THE DATE!!!

Thurs, August 7th from 6-9:30pm
Fri, August 8th from 12-5pm

***You can “attend” my Open House & take advantage of my personal specials even if you can’t be here in person!!***

Stay tuned to my blog for more details to come!! J