Monday, October 16, 2017

Share a Smile Blog Hop



Welcome to our Punny Pals Blog Hop! If you're coming from Sheila Bennett's blog you're on the right track. Just keep clicking on the link in each post to continue along on the hop!

This is a special blog hop by the Stamp of the Month Consultant group. This hop is featuring the Operation Smile stamp set Punny Pals. For each Punny Pals set purchase, Close To My Heart donates $7.00 of the proceeds to Operation Smile, an organization that provides surgeries to repair cleft palates and lips for children around the world. For this month only, Close To My Heart is offering a matching Thin Cuts set for Punny Pals to make your crafting even easier! Not only that there is also a special card kit that includes the Thin Cuts, detailed instructions and the supplies to make 32 cards! See images at end of post.

For my card I just had to do the bunny! It's so cute and my girls had pet bunnies growing up. I added touches of color using the Water Brush and ink from the cover of a stamp pad. It was very quick and easy! 






All products are Close To My Heart:
  • Punny Pals Stamp Set + Thin Cuts
  • White Cards and Envelopes Value Pack
  • Exclusive Inks: Archival Black, Pixie, Willow, Sorbet
  • Cardstock: White Daisy, Willow
  • Specialty Paper: Whimsy Fundamentals paper pack
  • Tools: Water Brush, Thin 3D Foam Tape
  • Embellishments: Clear Shimmer Brush, Black and White Dots
If you need a consultant I'd be happy to help.
If you'd like to BE a consultant I can help with that, too!


Now it's time to see what Darlys Recker has created for the hop!

Thanks for hopping by!
Michelle

#closetomyheart #punnypals #operationsmile #cardmaking

Funny Pals stamp set
Funny Pals Thin Cuts


Share a Smile Card Kit






Friday, October 13, 2017

Color Dare #265 ~ Bashful, Pomegranate, Black, White optional Silver



COLOR DARE 265 IS OPEN OCTOBER 13-26, 2017

Last week we were blue but now we're in the pink! I decided to create another Christmas card in
 non-traditional colors because....well....I just love doing that!

This card was easy to make because the ornaments all have a matching Thin Cut! No fussy cutting needed here! Even the Ribbon Border Thin Cut was used to make the "hanger" for the middle ornament. I just snipped off the bow and positioned it on the ornament. That ornament is also popped up with foam tape. The polka dots and hearts were covered in the Clear Shimmer Brush for some sparkle.


All products are Close To My Heart
  • Stamp Set: Silver And Gold - Cardmaking + Thin Cuts
  • White Cards and Envelopes Value Pack
  • Cardstock: White Daisy, Pomegranate, Bashful
  • Exclusive Inks: Pomegranate, Black
  • Specialty Paper: Silver Foil
  • Thin Cuts: Ribbon Border
  • Embellishments: Shimmer Brush-Clear, Bitty Sparkles
  • Thin 3D Foam Tape
If you need a consultant I'd be happy to help.
If you'd like to BE a consultant I can help with that, too!

Now it's time for you to use these colors to create any paper craft you like. If you don't have an exact color you can substitute something close BUT don't add any brand new colors to the palette. Full details are in the post on our home page. We love seeing your creations so go on and get busy!

Get your fingers inky!
Michelle

#colordare #colormyheart #closetomyheart #cardmaking #christmascards

Monday, October 9, 2017

Joyful Stars Blog Hop



Welcome to our monthly Joyful Stars Blog Hop! If yo've come from the blog of
Debi Brille you're on the right path. Just keep clicking on the link in each post to hop to the next blog! Easy Peasy, right!

As you can see I've started my Christmas Cards for this season! This card was made with two stamp sets that are what we call "M" size and only cost $2.95 each! I used Archival Black ink because I didn't want the image to bleed when I colored with markers. A touch of our clear Shimmer Brush on Santa's hat gave a frosty feel to the card!



     

All products are Close To My Heart:
  • Stamp Sets: Little Saint Nick, Ho Ho Ho, Frosted Christmas
  • White Cards and Envelopes Value Pack
  • Cardstock: White Daisy, Pomegranate, Pixie
  • Exclusive Inks: Archival Black, Pomegranate
  • ShinHan Markers: Cherry Pink, Tender Pink, Colorless Blender
  • Embellishments: Silver Shimmer Trim, White Shimmer Trim, Clear Shimmer Brush
  • Thin 3D Foam Tape
If you need a consultant I'd be happy to help.
If you'd like to BE a consultant I can help with that, too!

Are you ready for some more inspiration? It's time to head over to see what
Andrea Sherman has created to share with us. 

Have fun hopping!
Michelle

#bloghops #cardmaking #closetomyheart #christmascards

Friday, October 6, 2017

Color Dare #264 ~ Crystal Blue, Pacifica, Sapphire, Black & White





COLOR DARE 264 IS OPEN FROM OCTOBER 6-13, 2017


This week the Color My Heart Design Team is feeling blue...but in a good way!
Use the blues shown above to create any paper craft you like and link it to our home page.  You don't have those exact colors? You may substitute something close BUT don't add any brand new colors to the palette.

I'm getting into the Christmas Card making mode! I really love making Christmas cards in non-traditional colors and felt this would be a great color dare would be perfect! It's a very simple multi-layer card. It's the colors that really set the tone.




All products are Close To My Heart:
  • Stamp set: First Noel
  • Exclusive Inks: Black, Sapphire
  • White Cards and Envelopes Value Pack
  • Cardstock: Sapphire, Crystal Blue, White Daisy
  • Specialty Paper: Adventure Fundamentals (flower paper)
  • Black and White Dots
  • 3D Foam Tape
If you need a consultant I'd be happy to help.
If you'd like to BE a consultant I can help with that, too.

Now it's your turn to create and share. We LOVE seeing your creations and how you use the colors! Full details are in the post on the Color My Heart home page.

Happy Creating!
Michelle

#colordare #colormyheart #closetomyheart #cardmaking #christmascards

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Share a Smile

Operation Smile is a wonderful charity thathelps children with facial surgeries. All the products mentioned in the post are available on my website. When you purchase these products you will be helping to give a child a smile.


Thank you for your help.
Michelle


Share a Smile

What would you do if you had the power to change someone’s life by simply sharing a smile?
Born with a cleft lip or palate, there are billions of people worldwide who suffer from the inability to simply smile due to a lack of access to any surgical care. Every three minutes another child is born with this condition, resulting in malnourishment, speech impediments, and social stigma.
For nearly a decade, Close To My Heart has partnered with Operation Smile™, a non-profit organization that provides safe surgeries repairing cleft lips and palates in children around the world. In an effort to collect funds for this charitable group, we annually dedicate the proceeds of one of our stamp sets to their efforts. This year is no different.
With the purchase of every Punny Pals stamp set, Close To My Heart is donating $7 USD of the proceeds to Operation Smile. And, for this month only, you can get a coordinating set of Thin Cutsfor the delightful animal shapes.
We’ve also put together the Share a Smile Card Kitalso available this month only, that includes the Thin Cuts along with card bases, envelopes, paper pieces, and instructions that you can use to create these endearing cards.
In addition to the Punny Pals stamp set, coordinating thin cuts, and Share a Smile card kit, we have t-shirts available all year round whose proceeds also go toward Operation Smile.
And, if you place an order with us you have the option to round your order up to the nearest dollar, giving the extra as a donation to Operation Smile. During October, your round-up donation will go even further, because Close To My Heart will match all round-up donations, up to $10,000 USD!
We are so grateful to our generous Consultants for all of their efforts and continued support for this great cause. At this year’s convention alone, they pulled together over $50,000 in donations to make a difference in the lives of children they will never meet.
Share a Smile #ctmh #closetomyheart #operationsmile #smile #charity #nonprofit #shareasmile
With your help, we can continue to remove financial, geographic, and cultural barriers that are impeding access to safe and well-timed surgeries. Purchase these items, encourage others to do so, or simply get on our site and make a straight donation to Operation Smile.
Share a Smile #ctmh #closetomyheart #shareasmile #operationsmile #charity #nonprofit
We are on a mission to change the lives of as many children as possible by restoring something that no child should be without—their smile.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

October Stamp of the Month Blog Hop (Christmas Tunes)




It's time for the October Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! Doesn't time go fast?!!! If you've come from Haley Dyer's bog you're on the right track. Just keep clicking the link at the end of each post to continue along on the hop!

This fun stamp set called Christmas Tunes is so cute! With the images in this set you have sooooo many options! I chose to use the Christmas Tree and gave it a gentle feel. The stars on the tree have a touch of Gold Shimmer Brush. I also used the Clear Shimmer Brush to make some snow drifts and tore the top edge for snow, too.

Christmas Tunes is only available From October 1-31, 2017. 




All products are Close To My Heart:
  • Christmas Tunes (Available Oct. 1-31)
  • White Cards and Envelopes Value Pack
  • Basic Fundamentals paper pack
  • Cardstock: Fern, White Daisy
  • Exclusive Inks: Fern
  • Embellishments: Bitty Sparkles, Gold Shimmer Brush, Clear Shimmer Brush, White and Gold Ribbon
If you need a consultant I'd be happy to help.
If you'd like to BE a consultant I can help with that, too.

Are you ready for some more inspiration? It's time to hop over and see what 
Corinna M Murphy has created.

Happy Hopping!
Michelle

#closetomyheart #christmastunes #cardmaking #stampofthemonth




Christmas Tunes + Freshly Made Sketches

Today I'm sharing a card I made using a sketch from Freshly Made Sketches. This sketch seemed just right for the October Stamp of the Month called Christmas Tunes!

Christmas Tunes is only available from Oct. 1-31, 2017. You can get it for only $5 with a qualifying order or pay the retail price of $17.95. Either way it's a fun set to make your holiday cards and layouts! Below you'll find a list of products I used to make this card. The water brush was used to pick up a bit of ink from the lid to color the holly on the wreath. I used the journal pen to outline the leaves to make them stand out a bit more.




All products are Close To My Heart:
  • Stamp Set: Christmas Tunes (available from Oct 1-31, 2017)
  • Exclusive Inks: Charcoal, Pomegranate, Fern
  • White Cards and Envelopes Value Pack
  • Cardstock: New England Ivy, White Daisy
  • Gold Shimmer Trim
  • Tools: Water Brush, Thin 3D Foam Tape, Journal Pen
If you need a consultant I'd be happy to help.
If you'd like to BE a consultant I can help with that, too.

Thanks for stopping by. Come back this evening to see more ideas using the Christmas Tunes stamp set. The Stamp of the Month Blog Hop will go live at 8:00pm CDT.

Michelle

#cardmaking #stampofthemonth #christmastunes #closetomyheart