Saturday, March 31, 2012

April Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!

We will be featuring April's SOTM, which is “You Are…”, a set of 15 stamps.

If you have come here from Amy McVey's Blog, you are on the right path! The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way all around. If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants HERE.

This month we have approximately 50 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this month's SOTM!!

This is simple to do - just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next one! Have FUN and happy hopping! J
When I saw this stamp set I thought of earth tone colors right away. 
Here are the two cards I created…
April 12 SOTM - You Are...2 cards 
Let’s talk about the “FUN” card first…
I used our new Victory Paper pack that includes the colors Outdoor Denim, Olive, New England Ivy, Bamboo and Chocolate.  This paper packet can be used for so many events! 

You Are...April SOTM FUN card
I decided to look at my Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge booklet and found JUST what I was looking for!!  I used the feature key “card” and than cut <shape8> at 5 1/2” from White Daisy Cardstock.  I then used that card base as a template to cut out the frame from the middle of the card onto the 2 different designer papers and inked the cut pieces.  Next, I stamped the Bamboo cardstock with the argyle background design in Outdoor Denim and then heavily dragged this piece through my Bamboo ink pad.  I LOVE the distressed look that gives!!

You Are...April SOTM fun close upFor the border, I simply used Olive cardstock and stamped the star images in New England Ivy ink.  I LOVE clear stamps Jand because of that, I was able to use just the dotted line off the one border stamp in this set to finish my border!!!

Other items I used for this card…
Enjoy Life stamp set
3D foam tape- my STAPLE in creating!

  April SOTM 12...You Are inside

I thought I would do a little bit to the inside of the card, so here is a shot of how simple that is. J

Now "Hop" on over to Carla’s Blog to see her talented work! I can’t wait to visit myself! 

OR…if you’d like to learn some more…here are details on my other card!

The second card I have to share is so COOL! J  LOL!!!
You Are...april sotm cool card 
Our children are often saying the word “Cool!” so this is the word I decided to use from this stamp set.  I used my neutral tones from the Victory Paper Pack and had fun creating with the stamps in this set. 
You Are..April 2012 cool post it noteFor the Cool frame, I did some masking!  I haven’t done this technique in a while, so I got out my post it note, stamped the word “Cool!” on it and cut out around it.  Then after stamping “Cool!” in the middle of the frame, I placed the pre-stamped post it note over top and inked up my argyle stamped image in bamboo ink.  I stamped on top of the frame, removed the cool post-it note and wa-la!  My own designed frame!

You Are...April sotm 12 cool card borderI love the little images that come with this stamp set and decided to try and create a double border with it!  I really liked how it turned out, but felt I needed to fill in the spaces, so I pulled out the opaques – mocha colored.  I think this helps give it a finishing touch.
I also LOVE to do dry embossing…so I used the lined stamp in this stamp set that to create my own lined paper!  After stamping on the one side, I turned it over and used my scoring tool to score every other line.  Then, I turned it over and sanded so that our white cored paper shown through – giving us a patterned papaer!!!  I LOVE the option we have with our white cored paper!!!!
You Are...April SOTM 12 cool post it note
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I hope you enjoyed these details and were inspired to try something on your own! 

If you haven’t done so already, feel free to "Hop" on over to Carla’s Blog to see her talented work!

Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting ideas and other fun ideas!

Remember, this Stamp set “You Are..” is only available until April 30th!!!

Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here) to see how you can get this stamp set at an amazing discount!

Blessings to you!
 Krista Hershberger J
Close To My Heart Independent Consultant
359 Warwick Road, Elverson, PA 19520

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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

4th Annual Scrapbooking Retreat Weekend

What a WONDERFUL time of creating and fellowshipping together!!!

This past weekend, I was privileged to have 30 ladies join me at a local camp for a weekend of scrapbooking!  Each year, the weekend starts on a Thursday night at 7pm and runs until Saturday afternoon at 5pm. 
This year all of the spots were FILLED to the brim and everyone was quite happy with their 6-8 ft. space that was entirely THEIRS for the weekend!! 
This is what an area with 31 scrapbookers looks like! J
There were goodie bags given,
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door prizes all weekend (forgot to get a picture!!)
and a Duck & Bunny were making their away around to everyone’s table too! J FUN, FUN!!!
We had massages on Friday afternoon…
a make n take class on Friday night…
…and PLENTY of food all weekend long!!!
THANK YOU to each of you who were a part of this special weekend!!!
Blessings to you!

Monday, March 26, 2012

Do your Employers create entertaining videos like this? :)

I am amazed at the FUN and ENERGY the Close To My Heart VP's bring to their "family" of consultants! :)  

This is a GREAT video about what is in store for us at Convention in Dallas, TX this summer! I can't WAIT!!!

After watching the video, you may decide you'd like to get in on the action...give me a call! :) 

There is still room at Convention AND the FABULOUS March Special is still taking place for another 5 days!!!

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But I can TRULY say that ...No - there isn't a catch to this AMAZING deal!!!  

You will receive the basic consultant kit 
another $100 in product 
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That includes the 6% tax and the shipping cost for over $400 in products!!!

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There are no obligations AND it's too GOOD of a DEAL to pass up!!!

I'd LOVE to have you join our "Create 4 Him" team AND this is the BEST week to do that!  Please contact me with any other questions you may have.

Blessings to each of you!!! 

Krista :)


Get over $450 in products for only $99!!!

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AND…if you already own the Cricut Bundle – YOU will get to 
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Krista Hershberger J
Close To My Heart Independent Consultant
359 Warwick RoadElversonPA 19520


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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Florentine Paper Pack

Florentine is one of my new FAVORITE paper packs!
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I love the neutral tones that will coordinate with so many occasions!  You could use this paper pack for wedding, heritage, outdoors, family, and the list goes on! J
I was a part of a swap a few month’s back and still have some artwork to share with you! J Yay!!!

These items below were created by fellow consultant Lisa Combs and she used the Florentine paper pack along with some of our new embellishments. 
Florentine Swap by Lisa Combs

I love the many ways she used this paper pack and the FUN new embellishments she used with the Florentine paper pack. 
My favorite item was the new die-cut card design…take a look.
Florentine Swap by Lisa Combs die cut card
I love this new style of card, but I loved how Lisa double matted her wording on the front of the card.  The stamp set that she used is on pg. 98 and called “The Best Things”. 
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Take notice of her closure…
Florentine Swap by Lisa Combs die cut card close up

she used a flower from the Bouquet Assortment and some of our new Baker’s Twine!  How clever!

Bouquet Assortment Z1694   Baker's Twine Z1702
Since this is a favorite paper pack of mine, I did create a few things using this pack as well. J
First, we have a two page layout…the layout pattern is taken from the Magic book, pg.80 the pattern called “Charmed”. 
**Remember, these how-to books are while supplies last!  ***
Florentine Summer 2 page layout

I used flower 8 from the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge, and added some texture to it…here’s a close up….
Florentine Summer layout flower close up

I used the stamp set Universal Backgrounds” to add the wording, and then sponged everything in Crème Brulee ink.  The leaves and the swirls came from the stamp set called “Kick Back”…I LOVE this stamp set!
I used two NEW embellishments for the center of the flowers…Round Durables, and the pre-adhesive Pewter Badges

Florentine Summer layout umbrella close up
For the other page, I used more stamped images from the Kick Back stamp set and cut a few of them out.
I had fun stamping the SUN stamp inside the Relax wording…

I also created a notebook with Florentine for one of my secret sister gifts on the Hawaiian Cruise. 
Florentine notebook outside
The neutral tones go with so much!  I just kept it simple and used the saying from the “Kick Back” stamp set.  I also used the new dark chocolate velvet rub-ons!  I was amazed at how EASY it these were to use!
Inside, I again kept it simple.  I wanted to add a cute jumbo paper clip to the pocket…so I cut out a few scalloped circles using our 2” scallop circle punch.  I then used the Art Philosophy cartridge to cut out the rest of the pieces to create a “fancy” paper clip.  The star and swirls were stamped with our “Love Life” stamp set.
Florentine notepad - inside

I hope you get a chance to create this week! Feel free to drop me a comment and I’d love to have you share your ideas and work with me as well!
Blessings to YOU,
March 2012…
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******From March 1st – March 31st, ANYONE who JOINS my Close To My Heart TEAM will automatically receive the Close To My Heart Cricut BUNDLE for FREE!! ********

AND…if you already own the Cricut Bundle – YOU will get to chose $100 in Select Product Credit in place of the Cricut Bundle for FREE!!!

That means you pay ONLY $99 for over $400 worth of QUALITY, BEAUTIFUL Close To My Heart Products!!!

If you’d like to learn more about what it means to join my team ,
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CHECK out this VIDEO for all the details concerning this AMAZING March Special!!!

Krista Hershberger J
Close To My Heart Independent Consultant
359 Warwick Road, Elverson, PA 19520

Don't forget about this BEAUTIFUL March Stamp of the Month!!
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Monday, March 19, 2012

WHAT a DEAL!! :)

After reading my last post about the DREAM vacation I EARNED to HAWAII from Close To My Heart DSCF2106

Did you wonder if YOU could have that opportunity? J

Yes – YOU Can!!!

During the month of MARCH there is an AMAZING deal that you WON’T want to miss!!!

When you sign up as a Consultant and join my team in MARCH, you will receive the Cricut Art Philosophy Cricut BUNDLE
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( or receive $100 in FREE CTMH product…if you already have the Cricut bundle J )

The MARCH Philosophy of FUN special…

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and ALL of this….
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Why not become a consultant to get a DISCOUNT on FABULOUS, QUALITY products that you LOVE?!? J

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 Whatever your reason, I encourage you to CHECK OUT Close To My Heart and ALL that they have to OFFER YOU!  

CLICK HERE to see the MANY ways you can choose
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Another Added bonus…
Earlier this week – CTMH announced that they have created FREE websites for EVERY consultant!!!

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Whether you are near or far, I am here to  support you! J

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Have fun viewing this video for ALL the details on this FABULOUS special!

I'll be looking forward to talking to you soon!  


Krista Hershberger J
Close To My Heart Independent Consultant
359 Warwick RoadElversonPA 19520


Don't forget about this BEAUTIFUL March Stamp of the Month!!
It can be yours for only $5.00 when you place a $50 order. 


Saturday, March 17, 2012

THANK YOU, Close To My Heart...

...for making a DREAM vacation come TRUE!!!!

We did arrive back from our Hawaiian Cruise with CTMH and it was WONDERFUL!!! 

I just wanted to say a HUGE thank you for this opportunity and reward that we were blessed with!  We were so pampered, and I am STILL amazed that we were in Hawaii – a dream that I thought would never come true!!!

Here are a few of my favorite pictures…if you’d like to see more pictures, you can find me on Facebook.  I’m not very techy J, but I believe if you type in Krista Derstine Hershberger in the search engine in FB…you should be able to view my Hawaiian photo album because I made it a public album! 

Enjoy the pictures…and I will be posting again soon!!!
Hanauma Bay in Honolulu, HI

Black Sand beach on the Road to Hana in Maui

Our ship, Pride of America

The steam rising out the ground at Volcanoes National Park in Hilo, HI

Rainbow Falls

69 Close To My Heart Consultants earned this trip…67 were able to join us for the week

Bird of Paradise

USS Arizona – Pearl Harbor

Hibiscus at The Punch Bowl Cemetery