Thursday, November 14, 2013

Simply Inspired CTMH Blog Hop - Hand Crafted Holidays

Welcome to another Simply Inspired CTMH Blog Hop.  Our focus this month is Hand Crafted Holidays.
If you have come here from Bren Yule's blog you are on the right trail.  If you should get lost along the way you can hop over to Dana's blog to get a complete list of bloggers.

This month I wanted to do something with Rosette's, did you see the tree on the front of the Holiday Gift Guide?  So I decided upon a wreath.

This Frosted wreath is large, approximately 17" across. I cut a 15" base out of cardboard, then covered it with cardstock, but that doesn't show.

The rosette's are all cut from the Artiste Cartridge on page 55, at 2 1/4" which is as large as you can go. Not only does the cartridge cut them for you, it also puts in little hash marks for folding them, very cool!   I cut 10 strips of each pattern because I used 15 rosette's on my wreath. Because I wanted a little smaller base, I then cut the strips down to 2" for the 12 large rosettes and at 1 1/2" for the 3 smaller rosettes.  This would give me a 4" rosette for the large ones and 3" rosettes for the small ones when folded.

Tip on folding the rosettes:  I fold all the hash marks towards me first, so I can line up the sides evenly, when I am done I go back and fan fold them easily. 

The snowflakes are made from Champagne and Colonial White cardstock and are cut on our Artbooking cartridge.  Add some glitter and sparkles and you have some pretty snowflakes.  I hung 3 double sided snowflakes with Slate Bakers Twine in the center.

My wreath will hang on a wall for the Holidays. It's light enough to use those damage free Hanging strips.

Thanks for stopping by, leave a comment if you like or if you have a question. 

Look for more ideas at Brenda Rose's site.  She does the most fabulous things!

Friday, November 8, 2013

Tea Light Gifty

Have you played with our new Washi tape?  I used the new Sparkle and Shine Washi Tape from the Close To My Heart, Holiday Gift Guide to cover the sides of these simple tea lights.  The sides measure 1/2" which is the size of 2 of the tapes, the Juniper is 1" so I just cut it in half.  I made the box bottom from a 4 1/2" square of White cardstock, and the top from a piece of Sparkle and Shine B&T paper. There is a piece of B&T on the bottom of the box too, see the Slate houndstooth print in there?  I cut out the center with my paper trimmer, leaving 3/4" on each side in the center section.  I then cut a 4" square of acetate for the center.  I made the bellyband from Ruby cardstock and finished it off with a White Snowflake border from our Artiste Cricut Cartridge that I pieced together on CCR. For the snowflake I used the new Artbooking Cartridge to make a triple snowflake, White, B&T patterned paper and topped it off with a Ruby snowflake.  In the center I stuck a beautiful Pearl, also CTMH but discontinued.  The tag was made with the Artiste Cartridge and stamped with Perfect Fit Holidays stamp set in Ruby and Slate inks. A little bit of Slate Bakers twine in a bow completes the box.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

New Consultant Promotion

Close To My Heart has a new consultant promotion. 

New consultants who sign up between Nov 1 and Dec 15, 2013 and submit a $300 sales order before March 31, 2014 will receive one of the 8 new Picture My Life Scrapbooking Programs, a $24.95 value as a gift.

This new program will be based on popular paper packs and include 122 double sided design cards,
10 unique sheet protectors that are designed to hold the cards and your photos.
The double sided design cards include 2 each of 22 designs in the 4x6 size, both horizontal and vertical designs.  Also 78 of the 3 x 4 size also in horizontal and vertical designs.

The program is designed to be 50% photos and 50% cards.  There will be additional cards available.

This is a new product that will be available in our Spring/Summer Idea Book.

All new consultants who join and qualify before Dec 31st will have to wait until Jan 2014 to get the incentive.  If you join my team and qualify before Dec 31st I am going to sweeten the pot by buying you another Picture My Life program of your choice!

If you would like more information please contact me at