Thursday, January 28, 2016

Simply Inspired - Seasonal Expression 1 Blog Hop - Penelope

blog badge 1795668_10201482122558500_673901691_nWelcome to our
Simply Inspired
Close To My Heart
Blog Hop!

Today we will be sharing with you, creations featuring our NEW Seasonal Expression #1 mini book
This new mini-book is packed FULL of Close To My Heart goodness & I know you saw some BEAUTIFUL items already on this hop!!

If you have come here from Denise's 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 by clicking HERE....J 

Today I wanted to showcase a FUN, new stamp set & paper pack that caught my eye.  

Take a look at the set of 4 cards I created! 

What FUN I had creating this set!!  This stamp set appealed to me because of HOW it is used with our Artistry Cricut Cartridge.  

Here is a the stamp set itself...NOTICE which part of the image the RED Cricut lines are drawn around...the Cricut cuts are for the INNER part of the shape! 

Take a close up look at the Cricut Cut image that is cut with this stamp set.  

Isn't that neat???  You get to "pop" the inside shape, and stamp the actual image directly on your paper!! 

Did you notice the "ink blots"?  We, at CTMH, have a great tool - spray pens....and I would have normally used this to create this effect....BUT instead (you knew that was coming) , last fall CTMH released a stamp set called "Ink Blot", and it has become a "staple" stamp set in my collection!!  I love the end results! J  

I used the Penelope paper pack...and you'll want to check out our NEW paper pack collections!!!  

They now include 12 sheets of designer papers - AND that includes 2 sheets of cut-apart Picture My Life (PML) cards!!!  Love it!!

The one EXTRA GOODIE included in our paper packs, are the ADORABLE zip-strips - the 1/2" strip at the top of our papers, that are a decorative strip on the one side, and the name of the paper pack, and CTMH colors used on the other side!
  I used a zip-strip on 2 of my 4 is a close up of one below. 

Did you notice how "shiny" the flowers were?  That is because they were cut from our BEAUTIFUL Paper Fundamentals paper collection!!  If you haven't tried this "glossy on one side/regular pattern on the other" cardstock, you'll want to make sure that you do!!!  It's AMAZING the extra "pop" that this cardstock brings to your creations. J 

Another "tip" I'll share today - how to cut your shimmer trim in half - and KEEP it Straight! LOL!!J 

Check this out...

If you are anything like me, I LOVE shimmer trim & use it often.  I hope you can use this tip in many of your upcoming creations!

In case you'd like to create your own set of cards, I've created a list of the products that I used...

 Live, Laugh. Love (C1636) 
Ink Blot (D1660) 
Penelope paper collection (X7207B) 
Artistry Cricut Collection (Z3167)
Adventure Paper Fundamentals (Z3125)
Whimsy Paper Fundamentals (Z3127)
Pink Shimmer Trim (Z1986)
Clear Sparkles (Z1752)

Inks used: Thistle, Crystal Blue, Whisper, Pixie & Honey


Thanks so much for stopping by!! J 
Now, “hop” on over to Bren's Blog to see her amazing work! 
Be sure to visit ALL the CONSULTANTS on this hop & feel free to leave your comments too!   

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

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Seasonal 1 New CTMH Product Blog Hop

Welcome to this 
Special Blog Hop!

We will be featuring items that are shown in our BEAUTIFUL, NEW Seasonal Expressions #1 mini-book! 

This mini book will be current until April 30, 2016 OR While Supplies last
 It's the PERFECT  addition to our already FABULOUS 2015-2016 Annual Inspirations book!  

If you have come here from Tammy'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 by clicking HERE

This month we have over 30 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing items they created using items from this mini book.

 This hop is simple to do - just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next one! Wahoo!! 

Here we go!

Today, I will be using one of our NEW paper packs that are shown in this Seasonal Expression 1 mini-book.  J.

I'd like to introduce to you one of three NEW paper packs - Penelope!! 

What a bright, cheerful, paper pack - just in time for the upcoming SPRING season (although there are blizzard warnings in PA at the moment J )

The 3 Paper Packets shown in the Seasonal Expression #1 (SE1) are a bit different than what we are used to at CTMH.  I'm excited to share that these NEW paper packets include MORE designer sheets of paper!!!

You will receive 12- B&T Duos (background & texture) AND....
included in this collection are cut apart PML cards! (picture my life) all for the regular price of ONLY $9.95!!

 This past weekend, I was privileged to be able to attend the CTMH Team Builders event in Salt Lake City, Utah.  I was rooming with three other gals, and wanted to create a quick treat for them - just I pulled out my Penelope paper collection to create this roomie gift below.J 

During the Christmas season, I had seen this same idea, created by Liz Ann Designs, and saved it in my "to do" file to create at a later date.  

The later date arrived, and I created this post-it note holder using the Art Philosophy & Artiste Cricut cartridge.  

I used the design from the "Family" key for the base of this holder. See it under the "card" feature key?   It was cut at 3 1/4". 

The stamp set I used, was debuted in August 2015  and is a GREAT one to have!!  It's called "So Many Smiles" and it's only $13.95!! 

Take a peek at this close up photo of these fun flowers... 

And this ADORABLE bow....did you know that this is a cut directly from the Artiste Cricut collection

This bow is found on the "G" key...take note - there are two different bows on this page! I used the purple bow...

All I had to do was fold the bow on the score lines and the bow was created!!!  AND - by using our glossy sided cardstock (from our Paper Fundamentals collection) it gave this bow an extra "pop" of design!!

The inside of this post-it note folder, is just plain & ready to use as a note pad....a FUN little gift for anyone you can think of!!  

I hope you enjoyed this fun little project, and maybe you'll like to add it to your to do list folder too!   J 

Now "Hop" on over to Priscilla's  Blogto see her amazing work!

Be sure to visit ALL the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting ideas and other fun ideas!   We LOVE to hear any feedback you’d like to share as well, so feel free to take a moment & leave a comment. J

Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here if you need a consultant J) 
so that you can get in on the FUN and get your OWN copy of the Seasonal  Expressions #1 mini-book!! 

 It's FREE with any first time order placed this spring on your consultant's website!! 

Blessings to you for a WONDERFUL day!!!

Krista J

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Live Your Day PML cards- Joyful Stars Blog Hop

Welcome to our monthly  
 Joyful Stars Blog Hop!!!!

We're excited to share our creativity with you using PRODUCTS from Close To My Heart!! 
Come on in and see what BEAUTIFUL projects my fellow consultants have creating using the AMAZING products from Close To My Heart!!

 This blog hop is easy to do…just click on the link at the end of the post to go to the next creation!!  
If you get lost along the way, CLICK HERE to see the list of this month’s hoppers! 

If you have arrived from Nancy's blog you are right on track.

Today I wanted to share a way for you to use our NEW (and exclusive to Jan 2016) Picture My Life (PML) pocket cards!!J

I've been ENJOYING decorating my Close To My Heart 2016 planner, and I still have a lot to-do to complete this task....HOWEVER, when I saw these PML cards, I KNEW I wanted to incorporate them into my planner.

So - let's check out what I've added to my CTMH planner....

My 1st page of my planner...   

I often like to "try new things" so made a fitting caption to the beginning of my 2016 planner!! 

The "2016" came from our retired Nov stamp of the month stamp set. 
Also - you'll want to note the FUN arrow washi tape that I've used on these pages.  I didn't use any other adhesive...just washi to attach my PML cards!

Next - I created some ADDITIONAL pocket pages using CTMH's Artbooking Cricut collection.  Yay - for our EXCLUSIVE Cricut cartridges!!!  

I cut this pocket in white daisy cardstock, and then wrapped some of our Charlotte paper around the front of the pocket.

You will see in the following pictures, that I used some other NEW products that were just released on January 1, 2016....

>>>>NEW Springtime Wishes stamp set
>>>>>NEW Springtime Wishes thin cuts
>>>>NEW Charlotte paper pack

Take a look at the left side of this picture below...

this is the back side of another pocket folder I created.  In this case, I chose to background stamp this, so that it would "blend in" with the 2016 Planner design.  

Ink colors I used throughout these photos are....
and Black (Memento - tuxedo black) 

When attaching the PML cards to the pages, I tried to use the washi tape as a "hinge" that the top card would "swing open" and I could write down some journaling on the inside of the large PML card. 

And last....I REALLY wanted to have a way to look at upcoming dates for birthdays, at a glance.  So...with the INCLUDED "months" PML cards, I created these birthday page reminders that I will be able to use YEAR after YEAR!! 

I wanted to use both the NEW 4x3 photo protectors & the 4x6 ones too - SO....this is what I came up with. 

Again - by SIMPLE embellishing - just stamps, thin cuts & inks... I was excited how these turned out. J

So - now that you saw this PML cards in use....what does the January Close To My Heart special all include??? J

This collection includes 56 different cards & they can be used in a planner, OR in any way you'd like!!  

They are ONLY $8.95 and are available until Jan 31st OR While Supplies Last.  

Here is the collection of cards....

Keep in mind - --- each card has the SAME images on both sides!!  

The one side the wording/pictures are horizontal, and the other side is vertical.  I LOVE that CTMH creates our pocket cards this way!!

Make sure to contact your CTMH consultant to get a pack of the "Live Your Life" pocket cards today!! J


Now it’s time to Hop on over to my fellow sister consultant and check out my friend & teammate Crystal's blog and see what beautiful, crafty item she has to share with us! J 

Happy Hopping and we’ll see you on the 9th next month, when the Joyful Stars team members will be sharing more artwork using Close To My Heart products!    

Blessings to you for BEAUTIFUL day!!!

Krista Hershberger J

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Join me in-person OR online for my Spring CTMH Open House!!

Join me at my Spring

Close To My Heart

 Open House!
(in-person or online!) 

Thursday, January 28... 6-10 pm 
Friday, January 29...12-5pm
Saturday, January appointment

at 359 Warwick Road, Elverson, PA
(Snow Date: Thursday, Feb 4th)

... come see the 
2016 Seasonal Expression #1 mini-book 

from Close To My Heart!

*****You may drop in anytime at my house during the times listed
OR call me to set up a time that works for you. *****

 Place your order by Sat., January 30, 2016...

...and you will receive these NEW items in your order...for FREE!

An extra “Thank You” gift for placing an order with me J

When your order subtotal comes to…

 Purchase$30* and receive your choice of ONE of these NEW Puffies Assortments for FREE!!


Purchase$50* and receive your choice of the NEW White & Gold OR Black & Gold Ribbon for FREE!!

Purchase$80* and receive our NEW My Crush Everyday Life Pages for FREE!!

   * subtotal sales amount
I will have my cash & carry set up for your to browse too!!  Lots of goodies in store for you to see! 
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PLUS -  with EVERY $50 order that you place, 

you will RECEIVE the JANUARY Stamp of the Month, 

"Beloved Bouquet" for ONLY $5!!! 

AND....there's another fabulous special taking place in January too!!!  

BEAUTIFUL, Exclusive Picture My Life (PML) cards!!  

With a total of 56 cards in this collection - you have so many possibilities!!  Keep in mind you will recieve 20-4x6 PML cards and 36-3x4 cards.  

The design is the same on both sides - one side is vertically & the other side is horizontally - perfect for your crafting needs!!  These cards are also acid-free, lignin-free, and buffered. 

Take a look at the FUN, birthday card pages I created to add to my 2016 CTMH Planner system.  

While this is ONE way you can use these EXCLUSIVE Picture My Life (PML) cards, CLICK HERE to watch a video & see many other ways to use these beautiful cards!! 

You'll be able to get these cards at my Open House....but what else will you receive?  
 What’s included at this Open House Event?
· NEW product for you to touch and see                              
· a BRAND NEW Idea Book for you for FREE          
· make n’ take ~create with NEW product!!                        
 · BRING a FRIEND receive FREE gift
· BOOK a GATHERING receive a FREE stamp set!         
 · Door PRIZES to win (lots of ways to earn tickets!)
· FREE GIFT of NEW goodies with your qualifying order! 
· used STAMP SETS..$10 & under!
· CASH & CARRY of items you may need right away, or missed when they were last current.
· yummy food for your taste buds to enjoy!
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RSVP to me by January 26, and even if you are not able to join meyou will be entered into the door prize drawing for one of our newest embellishment packs from the Seasonal Expression 1 mini-book!! 
Also, when you call and place your order you still qualify for the Special Gifts listed above when your order reaches the $30 subtotal minimum!

***** If you can’t join can STILL take ADVANTAGE of these fun savings!!

Check out this BRAND NEW 2016 Seasonal Expression #1 mini-book online at my
…. and call me with your order. J

Blessings to you!

Krista Hershberger J 

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The perfect place for ALL of your Scrapbooking, Stamping, & Papercrafting Needs!

ADDRESS: 359 Warwick Road , Elverson , PA 19520
PHONE/TEXT: 610-587-9116

January 2016 Specials @ CTMH

Join us in celebrating National Papercrafting Month!!

®® "Live Your Day" Picture My Life cards
 $8.95 SALE price!!!  CLICK HERE for details!

®® January Stamp of the Month (SOTM)  - "Beloved Bouquet "