Thursday, October 31, 2013

November SOTM Blog Hop! ~ Illuminate

Welcome to our monthly
Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!

Today we will be featuring November’s Stamp of the Month (SOTM), which is called “Illuminate”.  Oh, the possibilities! J
This set is beautiful, and I can’t wait to see how my fellow consultants use this stamp set!!!  J 

So, let’s get right to the Blog Hop…

If you have come here from Vicki Price’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 HERE

This month we have
over 50 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this month's stamp set!!
So, sit back and enjoy your tour as you click on the link at the end of the post to see what EACH Consultant has created!!
AS much as I liked this stamp set just as it is…when I started creating - I wanted to use this stamp set in a “non-normal” way.   Fun-  FUN!!! 
So, on went my thinking cap…and out came this card!!!

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I love the Frosted paper pack and the colors in this kit…so that was my go to paper.  I had a lot of fun deciding which lantern to use to create my flower…and decided to go with the lantern above. 

Here is a picture of a couple of the other lanterns included in this stamp set…stamped in similar fashion. 
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When I first stamp with a brand new stamp set…this is what I do!! 
Stamp, stamp and stamp some more and use the entire stamp set randomly throughout the page!  I am AMAZED at how often a new way to use the stamp set comes into my mind!! 

Anyone else’s scrap paper look like this when you “play” with a new stamp set??? J Isn’t it amazing how different they look, and what other ideas come to mind as you see the stamps stamped in this pinwheel fashion?

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After coloring in my “flower” (lanterns) with our wonderful alcohol markers, I decided to cut out a dimensional flower to create a more real like flower. 

Of course, adding some almond glitz glitter gel, glitter paper and a brown & tan sparkle, added an extra touch of sparkle to this winter flower card!!  One of my favorite twines, comes in our Wooden Mini-Medley collection…I LOVE this hemp baker’s twine!!!
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The “Winter Wishes” wording comes from a favorite winter stamp set of mine - To You & Yours.  Here is a picture of this festive stamp set! 

I hope this card idea has inspired you and challenged you to look at your stamp set in a different way!! J

Products used on this card
Frosted paper pack
Illuminate - Nov SOTM stamp set
Crystal Blue Cardstock
Ink Colors: Twilight & Champagne
Alcohol Marker Colors: Light Slate, Dark Twilight, Crystal Blue

Now head on over to  Katy Taylor’s Blog  to see what she has created using this stamp set!

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

****Remember, the November SOTM is only available
until November 30th! J

Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here if you need a consultant J) to see how you can get this EXCLUSIVE stamp set FOR ONLY $5!!   

Blessings to you for a WONDERFUL day!!!
Krista J

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Artbooking Made Easy- Everyday Layouts

I LOVE these new "Artbooking Made Easy" videos!!

This video is a GREAT way to learn more about our FABULOUS Artbooking Cricut cartridge!!  

Monica shares with us how you can use the mini album pages and add them to your 12x12 pages by using that amazing "Real Dial Size" button on your Cricut machine!!!

So come on and learn these AMAZING tips as you create with your Artbooking Cartridge...and if you don't have this cartridge yet....Christmas is right around the corner! LOL!!!

After you watch this video, scroll down to take a look at the in depth details of the layouts that were created in the video!  
This excerpt comes from Jeanette Lynton's blog.. (see below) 

From Jeanette Lynton's blog...

You probably didn't expect the shapes on this page to come from a non-birthday themed key. The Travel mini album keys, found on pages 38 and 39 of the booklet, gave us the great arrow ribbon tails you see behind the journaling spot. Cut in both Crystal Blue and Honey, the shapes overlap nicely.

The balloon shapes were made by some creative stamping. These stamps aren’t balloons at all, but decorative circles that come from the Perfect Fit–Halloween stamp set (B1413) and Perfect Fit–Birthday stamp set (B1417). The tails that complete the circles to form the balloon shape are cuts from one of the Inspiration mini album keys on page 44. The artist who created this piece attached each tail with adhesive and wrapped them with colorful baker’s twine to give each ballon a string. She finished the cluster with another bow of baker’s twine.

On this “Smitten” layout, many pieces came from the Together layout keys on pages 60 and 61, meant for celebrating relationships. The keys are wonderful for layouts of a more romantic nature, but they are fitting on layouts celebrating so many other types of relationships. Here they highlight love for a pet; I can see them adorning a layout devoted to siblings, friendships, or hobbies. 

Notice the “together” letters on the left page. These are actually the negative space cut from the “together” title found on page 60 of the booklet. Bunched together in a fun fashion and popped with 3-D foam tape, they look wonderful!

One of my favorite shapes on this layout is the trendy rosette shape that comes from page 60 of the booklet. Cut at varying sizes using the real dial size control, they are wonderful additions to this layout, don’t you think?

Like Monica encouraged, think outside the theme! Your creativity can take over the most ordinary of days and turn out splendid new layouts. You are going to love coming up with your own eclectic creations with this cartridge.

12" x 12" Capture the Details Layout
Make It from Your Heart® Vol. 2: Pattern 1
Z1906 Cricut® Artbooking Collection
B1413 My Acrylix® Perfect Fit—Halloween
B1417 My Acrylix® Perfect Fit—Birthday
M1033 My Acrylix® Heartfelt Birthday Wish
Z1806 Green & Blue Epoxy Bubbles
Z1702 Baker’s Twine Paradise Assortment
Colors: Honey, Indian Corn Blue, Pear, Crystal Blue, Outdoor Denim, Colonial White, kraft

12" x 12" Smitten Layout
Reflections: Main Frame—Back Drop™
Z1906 Cricut® Artbooking Collection (cartridge and stamps)
D1551 My Acrylix® Swirls Around
D1559 My Acrylix® Geometric Backgrounds
B1416 My Acrylix® Keyboard Uppercase
X7173B Babycakes Paper Packet
Z1754 Sparkles Black & Grey Assortment
Z1816 Durables Artisan Studs
Z1799 Silver Shimmer Trim
Z1864 Slate Striped Twist Ties
Z1883 Base & Bling Floral Accents
Z1889 My Crush™ Favorites Assortment
Z1844 Color-Ready Trinkets Wooden Shapes
Colors: Pear, Smoothie, Slate, Whisper, White Daisys

To create these pages on your own, feel free to head to my website to get your needed supplies! 

All October orders placed on my website  that are $25 & more (please hit the JOIN button!), will qualify to JOIN my Mystery Hostess Party for YOUR chance to WIN!!!  

Would you like to WIN $40 in FREE CTMH products???  
CLICK HERE for all the details!!!  

We already have (2) $40 & (2) 1/2 price winners from the orders already placed this month...and we still have 9 days left in October!!  Yayy!!!  

Blessings to you for a BEAUTIFUL day!!
Krista Hershberger J

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Holidays from the Heart - BLOG HOP

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Welcome to the

Close To My Heart

Holidays from
the Heart
Blog Hop!!

A HUGE thanks to fellow consultant, Tresa Black, for coordinating this hop!!

10-13_Holidays from the Heart_Sparkle   Shine paper CC_ImageGallery_I am so excited that Close To My Heart has created our 1st ever - Holiday Gift Guide !! 
The items in this book will be available from Oct 15-Dec 31, 2013. 

You’ll want to make sure to click HERE to check out the ENTIRE booklet of goodies!J There are holiday goodies in this book as well as non-holiday items too!!

I’m excited to share with you today a card I created using NEW PRODUCTS from this wonderful holiday booklet!!

Come on in and take a look J
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For my card today, I choose to use the card design from our Make It From Your Heart, vol 2 how-to book…and used Pattern 27. 

Take a look at the FUN ornaments!!!
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The Trim the Tree stamp set is an A-size stamp set - meaning it’s ONLY $6.95
What else makes this stamp set special?  It’s compatible with our Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge!!  Wahoo - it cuts out the shapes for me!!

AND….did you see the bitty sparkles that surround the ornaments?? 

Yes, we have NEW Holiday Sparkle shapes that coordinate with this stamp set!!! These shapes fit PERFECTLY over top of your stamped images from this stamp set!!

How did I make the ornaments “string”…I cut my RED Shimmer Tape into skinny pieces and adhered them behind the ornaments!

Did you notice the red chevron “ribbon”…actually this is one of our 6 NEW patterns of washi tape!! 
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This Sparkle & Shine washi tape, comes in a set with 2 other washi’s for a total of 3 tapes…and for just $14.95!!  Something to take note…the “gray” washi - is ACTUALLY a SILVER washi…it has a shine to it!!  LOVE this tape!!!

PLEASE NOTE*****EACH roll has 15 yards of washi tape on them!!  (the gift guide has  misprint & mentioned that they only have 5 yds each)

The “Christmas Cheer” piece on the card, comes from our new Sparkle & Shine My Complements - the pre-designed, colored chipboard shapes! They are just beautiful and can be added to so many projects!!

They are ONLY $5.95, and you receive the TWO 6”x12” sheets!  They are just BEAUTIFUL!!

The paper that I used, is ONE of the designs (out of 6) that is included in our Sparkle & Shine paper packet.  The PERFECT holiday printed paper that uses the color Ruby, Juniper & Slate!!  LOVE!!

Items used to create this card…

Have fun viewing  the rest of the consultants creations using the NEW products from this FABULOUS Holiday Gift Guide!!   

Continue clicking on the pictures at the bottom of this post to see my fellow consultants GORGEOUS creations!!!!!

Thanks for stopping by!  Blessings to EACH of you!!
Krista Hershberger J

This blog hop is open for members of the CTMH Blog Boosters. Please do not enter if you are not a member of the group.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

October 2013 Specials with Krista! :)

I’m so EXCITED to share with you today the 4 specials taking place with ME & CTMH during the month of October!!!!

Let’s check them out!!   J

Special #1 -
Choose a FREE holiday product with Qualifying Order!!

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The new HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE is available - with BRAND NEW ITEMS!!

From now, until Dec 31st (certain items are while supplies last-see inside front cover of Gift Guide) place an order of $100 or more (from the Holiday Gift Guide OR Idea Book)
of regular priced items and you will QUALIFY for one free “star” item from the Holiday Gift Guide!!!

There are a total of 11 “starred” items - ranging in price from $17.95-$5.95!!!

With a $100 order, you will ALSO qualify for TWO of Special #2see below. J

To view the NEW items that are available in the NEW Holiday Gift Guide - CLICK HERE
- or contact me to receive your own personal copy! J

Special #2
Receive an EXCLUSIVE stamp set for every $50 subtotal order!!!

“A Scandinavian Christmas”~ October Stamp of the Month
A beautiful stamp set – in time for the upcoming holidays!  This set is a PERFECT set to create many holiday tags!!! 

I LOVE that is coordinates with our Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge which makes it AMAZINGLY EASY to cut out the shapes, and then stamp away!! 

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 How can YOU receive this EXCULUSIVE stamp set? 
  • Place an order with me during the month of October (home gathering, online or book party)
  • Place an order on my website (make sure you click on the special link for October Mystery Hostess Party!)
  • Call me to place your order. (& I can enter you into this months’ contest!)

What is the price of this EXCLUSIVE stamp set?
There are TWO Ways to receive this stamp set..
1. Pay the retail price of $17.95 for the stamp set
2. Purchase $50 in CTMH items and receive this stamp set for ONLY $5.00!!

Special #3 

Join my "Create 4 Him" family for ONLY $49!!!

I am personally offering an EXTRA special until the END of 2013!!!

JOIN my TEAM from Oct 1- Dec 31, 2013, and stay an active consultant ($300 in sales each quarter) until Oct 1, 2014…I will personally give you  $75 in SPC credit –which means $75 in FREE CTMH products!!
Go to my "Join my Team" button at the top of the page for ALL the details! 

Special #4 
 October 2013 Mystery Hostess PARTY

All ONLINE orders placed at during the month of OCTOBER 2013 will qualify to WIN!!J


****This PARTY will take place OCT 1-31st!****

***Place an order on my website (or I can place it for you J) and you will be ENTERED into a drawing to win FREE Close To My Heart items!!!  J
You will 
EARN TICKETS according to your subtotal order amount…and you will be ENTERED into the Mystery Hostess drawing!!  


****How do you enter??*****
Place an order ONLINE at my website 
(or call me to place your order) and CLICK the JOIN button next to "October Mystery Hostess party" anytime from Oct 1-Oct 31st.  This will AUTOMATICALLY enter you into the drawing!!

*****How do you earn tickets? *****
· Every $25 in subtotal sales (total prior to shipping & tax) =1 ticket.
· Every Stamp of the Month set that is on your order= 3 more tickets
· Items ordered out of Mini Holiday Guide (coming Oct 15) = 1 ticket for EACH item purchased from the mini gift guide

***I will EMAIL you with how many tickets you have earned, after you have joined the Mystery Hostess Party link AND completed your order.

****What could you WIN?****
$40 SPC** in Close To My Heart Products!!

The amount of entries, will determine how many $40 winners we have, YES…we could have more than 1 $40 winner!!!

***We ALREADY have 1-$40 winner & a 1/2 price winner, and we are 1/2 way to having a 2nd  $40 winner!! 

According to my past Mystery Hostess parties, we have had 1-4....$40 winners!!  ANOTHER BONUS…this time, I will also have some 1/2 price winners too!!  Wooohooooo!!!  After I pull names as winners for the $40 SPC items, I will then pull names to be my 1/2 price winners too!

(1/2 price winners mean you can choose 1 item in the book at 1/2 price OR you may choose one of the Hostess Bundle collections (on other side)  you will be receiving a BUNCH of ITEMS but only paying 1/2 the cost!!!)

*This offer is ONLY available through Krista Hershberger, CTMH Independent Consultant and will not be honored by any other CTMH consultant.  This special runs from Oct 1-31, 2013

I'm looking forward to an EXCITING October, and
I can't WAIT to have you join me in these
FUN October Specials! J


If you have ANY questions – please don’t hesitate to CONTACT ME!!! 

This is a PERFECT time to start thinking about gifts you will purchase for the upcoming holiday season. J

Blessings to you!!!