Monday, April 30, 2012

May Stamp of the Month–BLOG HOP!!!

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!

We will be featuring May's SOTM, which is “Friendship Bouquet…”, a set of 8 stamps.

If you have come here from Dawn Heuft’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 58 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this month's SOTM!! I’m sooo excited to see what everyone has created with this BEAUTIFUL stamp set! This has been a FAVORITE of my customers – and they couldn’t WAIT for May to arrive so they could purchase this stamp! LOL! J
This Blog Hop is simple to do…just CLICK on the link at the end of the post on each blog and move along to the next one!!!  Have FUN and happy hopping!!!
May 2012 SOTM blog hop cards
I knew this stamp set could be sooo beautiful when it was colored in.  I felt a bit challenged, as I don’t often color in stamps anymore.J  Lately, when I’m stamping it seems that I tend to use a Cricut image…and stamp directly over top of the image – or I use a solid stamp to stamp my image so I don’t have to color in anything!

I was excited to try two different techniques when I created these two cards J

 Supplies Used:
X5920 – Winter Como Cardstock Pack (goldrush & honey)
X5642 – Cocoa Cardstock
1388 – Colonial White Cardstock
X7153B – Florentine Paper Packet
Z1474 – Kraft Die-Cut Cards & Envelopes
D1477 – Universal Backgrounds
C1459 – Stitched Together
S1205 – Friendship Bouquet
Z1686 – Cricut Art Philosophy Collection
Z1732 – Color-Ready Seam Binding Ribbon
3174 – Blending Pen
3505 – Watercolor Pencils
Marker colors: Honey, Buttercup, Sunflower, Chocolate
Ink colors: Olive, Cocoa, Bamboo

Feel free to “Hop” on over to Gina’s BLOG to see her amazing work.  I can’t WAIT to see what my Scrapbooking Buddy has created! I LOVE to see her work and stop by her blog often!!

If you’d like to see some more details concerning my two cards and details on how they were created, keep scrolling down and I will share that with you. 

Be sure to visit ALL the Consultants at their Blogs…and we love reading your comments on what YOU liked about each piece of artwork!

I know you will get LOTS of ideas using this May Stamp of the Month stamp set!!

This set “Friendship Bouquet” is ONLY available from May 1-31…so contact your CTMH Consultant (or feel free to shop with me at my website J) to see how YOU can get this stamp set for an AMAZING discount!!
My first card…
May 2012 SOTM florentine_sunflower card
When I was planning to create this card, the Florentine paper pack came to mind. J
I stamped my sunflower image in Cocoa ink and then got out the watercolor pencils to shade in the image. 
May 2012 SOTM florentine_sunflower card closeup blending penI love using the watercolor pencils AND blending pen technique…you don’t need to color neatly at all! LOL!!! 

When you bring the blending pen in to color over the pencil areas, it shades everything together and it gives it a smooth beautiful look!

Since this was a simple card, I decided to add some 3D foam tape (a creator’s best friend) to the goldrush mat on this card.  I quickly cut the scalloped edged rectangle mat with our Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge.

The ribbon I used, was our WONDERFUL, NEW Color Ready Ribbon!  I took my sponge dauber, dipped it into Goldrush ink…and sponged on the color I needed to create my ribbon!!!  LOVE how you can CREATE any COLOR of ribbon you need for your product!!! 
My second card…
May 2012 SOTM blog hop 6x6 cards
This was a FUN card to create as well!!
This time, to color in the flower image, I used CTMH’s exclusive markers with the blending pen.
I stamped the flower image in Coca ink, and then traced the colors sunflower, honey and buttercup throughout the flower.  Using the blending pen was amazing!!  It “blended” those 3 shades of yellow together perfectly!!!

May 2012 SOTM  6x6 sunflower card close upI did “POP” the flower to give it dimension.  I also  stamped the image with script from our Universal Backgrounds stamp set on the first background.  I believe that is my favorite background stamp set!!  I seem to use it QUITE often! LOL!!

I also used that wonderful 3D foam tape to pop my scalloped square mat. 

Did you remember I used our wonderful 6x6 die-cut card as the base of this card?  If you are not familiar with these cards…click here to see how they look. 
May 2012 SOTM blog hop 6x6 card inside card
You will notice and may wonder where is the scallop edge that we usually see on this card? J

I put this scalloped edge on the INSIDE of my card!!!  I wanted to create a pocket to tuck something inside!  I could stick a gift card, bookmark…anything that fits, into this little pocket. 

I used a bit of 3D foam tape (I told you I use this a lot! LOL!) to pop up the sides, and then I have created my pocket for whatever I’d like to stick in there! J

If you haven’t done so already…Feel free to “Hop” on over to Gina’s BLOG to see her amazing work. 
Thanks for stopping by!!! 

*If you visit my blog often, a reminder for you!!!
The Dotty for YOU
(that I- Krista- am holding for my friends and customers)
will be
continuing until
May 31st!!! 

In honor of National Scrapbooking Month we have a FABULOUS Paper pack available called “Dotty for You!”

I thought it would be FUN to have a drawing for a MYSTERY HOSTESS for all orders Placed ONLINE at the special link on my website!

We will have THREE mystery hostesses, one hostess in April and two in May.

Each person will WIN $40-$100 in Hostess products!!! The amount will be determined by HOW many orders are placed online, but each mystery hostess will earn at LEAST $40 in Hostess products!!!

How can YOU join in on this FUN?

**Dotty for You paper pack
(You can get MORE than one…and only $5 for each $35 order you place!!)

**April Stamp of the Month($5 with every $50 order)

**May Stamp of the Month ($5 with every $50 order)

that you purchase, you will get a ticket into the
Mystery Hostess Drawing!!!

CLICK HERE for the all the details!!

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

NEW Website:

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Friendship Bouquet

It’s been a busy time here in the Hershberger household…I thought I’d share a “sneak peek” of what’s to come on Monday night! J

Monday night???  Monday night is the MAY BLOG HOP!!! It’s MAY already…where did April go? J

Here are a few close up pictures of the upcoming May SOTM “Friendship Bouquet”. May 2012 SOTM close up_large flower
This set is BEAUTIFUL stamp set and I have been having fun with this set!  I don’t often color in stamped images…so often I tend to chose the solid ones to stamp. LOL!!

May SOTM 2012 - close up words

I AM excited about a QUICK and EASY way that I figured out how to “color in” a smaller image of these stamped images!!!

So come on back on Monday night to see how I did that!!!

Saturday is an EXCITING day for Close To My Heart consultants!  Corporate is coming to New Jersey and is sharing creative and business classes with us!  I’m sooo excited!  14 gals from my team will be there!  That means we will have PLENTY to share when we get back!!!

Enjoy the rest of your week and I’ll look forward to seeing YOU on Monday night!!!

Blessings to you!

2012-4 Dotty for you papers

Don’t forget about
Dotty for You
that is happening NOW
until May 31st!!! 

For EVERY Dotty for You
paper pack,AND April or May Stamp of the Month
that you purchase on a special link on my website…you will
be eligible to be a MYSTERY HOSTESS and earn $40-$100 in
CTMH product!!! 

CLICK HERE for all the details!!!

Friday, April 20, 2012

SUPER, Superhero Scrapbook Pages!

A bunch of gals on my Close To My Heart team got together and did a swap!  For those that are not familiar with a swap…this is how it works…

Our SWAP included…creating (8) 2 page layouts, that were all the same designs.  There were a total of eight people in this swap – we each created (8) 2 page layouts.  We each had to use a new, but different paper pack and had to use a new embellishment.  On the due date of the swap, we got together and exchanged items!  I received SEVEN new 2 page layouts (plus one of my own), each one used one of the NEWEST paper packs from Close To My Heart!!! 

Today I will be showing you two layouts created by my friends and downline Brenda Rutt and Gennette Feagan

These gals have been friends since college days and work together like two peas in a pod.

When they mentioned they wanted to create coordinating scrapbook pages with this swap, I knew we were in for a treat!!!J 

Superhero level 2 paper X7152B

Check out their ingenious creation!!!  Here we go!!! 

They used the FUN, exciting paper pack called SUPERHERO.  They also used MANY embellishments to add sparkle and FUN to these layouts!

Here is the layout Gennette created…
Superhero amusement park pages by Gennette
(***take note of the circle on the right side of the layout…you will need to know about this later in this post! J)

Magic Adventures D1509

The stamp set Gennette used is called “Magic Adventures” shown on page 78 of the Spring/Summer Idea Book.

Isn’t it adorable?

Gennette LOVES detail J, so check out all the “little” things she added to this layout to make it shine…

Superhero Gennette adhesive spring close up

She used the new adhesive springs  to make the rollercoaster “pop”. 
She also used the metal Number Plates on the front of the coaster.  
Take notice how she stamped the title with part of the stamp set!! Sorry I didn’t capture more of the title here…but go ahead and scroll back up to the picture of the ENTIRE layout to check out the detail!

Next, check out the SPARKLE fun she added to the 2nd pg..
Superhero Gennette close up glitter
Gennette used
a button from the Bohemian Asst for on top of the horse pole, bitty sparkles to the tails of the stars and an assortment of our Glitz Glitter Gels to add sparkle everywhere else. 

Did you see the Persnickety Journaling Spot that she chose to ink in blue on the right side of the page?  Great space for journaling!!

Now, we come to Brenda’s Layout!!! I’m so excited!!! You will now realize why they wanted to create it together! J 
Superhero amusement pages by Brenda Rutt
Do you see it?  Look at the left page…the roller coaster popping through is from GENNETTE’s layout!! Ingenious?  I think so!! 

Now you may want to go back up and look at Gennette’s two page layout…check out the right side of her layout…see the circle on the bottom right???  That circle will show a picture PERFECTLY directly through to Brenda’s layout– so you will see this picture that is put on the circle on both sets of pages!!

Superhero Brenda close up reinker

Well, onto Brenda’s details!!!  She did some CREATIVE thinking as she inked up the Milepost Shapes star by using black re-inker to get a dark, intense color!  You receive a wide variety of 48 shapes in this pack…

Super Powers C1485

Brenda also used the famous Baker’s Twine – the grey wool color.  She used the Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge to cut the “FUN” and the star shapes.  The stamp set she used is “Super Powers” – perfect for any Superhero in your home. J

Superhero - Brenda close up rub-onsI LOVE how she used the Superhero Rub-ons for added design throughout her pages.  Look how she used only part of the rub-on at this letter to make it look like it was behind it…so smart! J

Superhero RubonsX7152C

There are so MANY rub on’s in this set…I had to share the actual photo of them!!

Now YOU can be off to create some SUPER Pages of your own!

2012-4 Dotty for you papersDon’t forget about my
Dotty for You contest 
that is happening until May 31st!!! 

For every Dotty for You paper pack, April or May Stamp of the Month that you purchase on a special link on my home page…you will be eligible to be a MYSTERY HOSTESS and earn $40-$100 in CTMH product!!! 

CLICK HERE for all the details!!!

Blessings to each one of you!!!


Krista Hershberger J
Close To My Heart Independent Consultant


Tuesday, April 17, 2012

“Dotty for You!” Contest! :)

For those of us who knew that the “Dotty for You” paper pack was making its appearance today– our WAIT is finally over! 

TODAY we can purchase this EXCLUSIVE paper pack for only $5.00!!! J 

 Would you like to know more? J

Every year, Close To My Heart comes out with an AMAZING special in honor of National Scrapbooking Month which is always celebrated in May.  However…THIS year – we get to start those savings EARLY because this WONDERFUL special is starting TODAY on April 17th!!!!

There are three ways to get this exclusive Dotty for You paper packet, valued at $19.95…

1. Place an order of $35 or more in products from the Spring/Summer 2012 Idea Book between April 17 and May 31, and add the Dotty for You! paper packet for ONLY $5.

2. Host a Gathering with a sales total of $400 or more (excluding tax, shipping/handling, and Operation Smile® donations) between April 17 and May 31 and receive a Dotty for You paper packet FREE.

3. Join Close To My Heart as a new Consultant between April 1 and May 31 and receive a Dotty for You paper packet FREE. Click here for more information about becoming a Close to my Heart Consultant. Click here to join.

2012-4 Dotty for you papers

I LOVE the happy designs on the FRONT of these papers…but the BACK of the papers have these ADORABLE dots that add so much to ANY creation!!!  CLICK HERE to see 2 cards I created using the fronts & backs of this paper. 

*****Hmm, so did anyone notice the title of this post?  What’s the word CONTEST all about???J****

I thought it would be FUN to have a drawing for a MYSTERY HOSTESS for all orders Placed ONLINE at the special link on my website!
So – we will have THREE mystery hostesses, one hostess in April and two in May. Each person will WIN $40-$100 in Hostess products!!!  The amount will be determined by HOW many orders are placed online, but each person will earn at LEAST $40 in Hostess products!!!

Details for the Dotty for You Contest…

1. Place an order in April or May on the special link at the bottom RIGHT side of my Website.  Click on the “April Orders with Krista” until the end of April J OR look for the link that says “May Orders with Krista” starting on May 2nd. 

2. How do you earn tickets?
For EVERYDotty for You!” paper pack AND for EVERY April or May “Stamp of the Month” that you purchase, you will receive a TICKET into the drawing. 
The MORE tickets you earn – the HIGHER your chances are to become the Mystery hostess!!! 
3. How many of each item can I purchase??
Each customer can purchase a Dotty for You paper pack for EVERY $35 they spend from the 2012 Spring/Summer Idea Book!!!
This means, when you purchase $70 in product, you will be eligible for TWO paper packs (meaning you will get TWO tickets towards the mystery hostess!)
The same goes for the Stamp of the Month!!! You will be eligible for a Stamp of the Month for EVERY $50 in products you purchase!!!
4. Does the Dotty for You paper packet purchase help me earn the discounted Stamp of the Month?
It sure does! The price you pay for the campaign item counts toward the discounted Stamp of the Month.
5. Are there any Close To My Heart products that do not count toward a qualifying purchase?
Yes. Purchases made in Studio J® do not count toward a qualifying purchase. This includes layouts, JPG files, and memberships bought on However, Studio J memberships purchased through online shopping or through a Consultant do count toward a qualifying purchase. Also, you’ll be happy to know that Stamp of the Month purchases now count toward a qualifying purchase!
Don’t forget – placing an order online is not the ONLY way to receive this Promotional paper pack…

***CALL ME NOW to Schedule a gathering during the month of April & May (a book party, home show or online party) and when your sales reach the $400 mark – you will receive a Dotty For You paper pack for FREE!!!! 

PLUS, with any qualifying purchase at your party – you to will be eligible for the Dotty for You and possibly the Stamp of the Month stamp set for ONLY $5.00 each!!! 

***Or JOIN MY TEAM and get a Dotty for You paper pack for FREE when you purchase your NEW consultant kit!!!  $300 in product for just $99!!!

***Or place an order online at the special link to enter into the MYSTERY HOSTESS drawing for the month of April or May!!

YAY!!!!  So, YOU decide how you would like to receive this AMAZING Paper pack!!! 

Please let me know if you have any questions and  when you place your order on the link at the bottom of my website– I will email you letting you know how many tickets you have earned!!!

Watch this GREAT video to see ALL the details on this FABULOUS Dotty for You paper pack!!!!

Krista Hershberger J
Close To My Heart Independent Consultant

NEW Website: