Sunday, December 30, 2012

Clearly the Best: Random Stamping

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Love of a father...

My loving father passed on December 22.  Thank you all for your love and support.  I will be taking some time away for family and returning in January.  May you have a blessed New Year's and a prosperous 2013.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Dad's 70th Birthday... Celebrated!

As you all know, we have been praying for December 14 to arrive with the opportunity to celebrate 70 years of life for my dad.  Well, we did and we did it BIG yesterday.  Thank you all for your prayers and support through these 10 months.  His goal dates are now Christmas, the mounting of a canopy on their pickup in 4-5 weeks and then spring break.

I love you dad!  Thank you for being such a fighter and caring so much for your family.  I love you, Kimmer

Friday, December 7, 2012

Whooo's Your Valentine - Exclusive Kit (available beginning December 13)

Available: December 13, 2012 – January 31, 2013.

Featured Products: Whooo’s Your Valentine kit (CC1022)
12 – Die-Cut Boxes (3 each of 4 colors: Blush, Hollyhock, Ruby, White Daisy)
3 – 12" × 12" Cardstock Sheets (Blush, Hollyhock, White Daisy)
1 – Sheet Silver Glitter Paper – new product for Spring/Summer 2013!
12 – Treat Tubes with Lids – new product for Spring/Summer 2013!
1 – My Acrylix® Whooo’s Your Valentine Stamp Set (D-size)

One per qualifying order. When you place an order of $35 or more in Close To My Heart products, you’ll receive the Whooo’s Your Valentine kit for only $10. Qualifying purchases must come from Autumn/Winter 2012 Idea Book product (or products live on my OBA site through January).

Bring your order up to $50 in products to be eligible to purchase the stamp of the month for $5.   December is the Year Round Cheer set and January is the Happy Valentine's set.  Additionally, in December if you spend $50 you will receive a free Bonding Memories Glue.

Shop the catalog and "while supplies last" on my website

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Monthly Close To My Heart Newsletter

Have you gone to my website and signed up to receive my monthly newsletter?  If not, you are missing out on a lot of ideas and information regarding our products and techniques.  Be sure to do it soon so you will begin the new year with the most current Close To My Heart information and product details.  The new catalog is coming SOON!

December Stamp of the Month - Year-Round Cheer

Year-Round Cheer SET OF 12 Available December 1–31, 2012

Get the Stamp of the Month set for just $5 (S1212A) when you place an order of $50 or more in products. Jump-start the fun by ordering the items from the list below to create this artwork! You’ll find helpful assembly tips at my Online Business Address under Promotions.
Flirty Paper Packet($9.95, X7160B, Autumn/Winter 2012 Idea Book p. 50)
Twilight Cardstock($14.50, X5666, p. 9)

® Memory Game($9.95, Z1614, p. 132)

Just Blooms
® Floret Paper Shapes($5.95, Z1764, p. 129)

Memo Assortment($4.95, Z1766, p. 128)

Color-Ready Canvas Alphabet($6.95, Z1777, p. 130)

Buttons Blue Assortment($5.95, Z1371, p. 125)

2” μ 2” (Y1003)

Christmas Morning card

Christmas Morning Surprise!
Puppy and boy are stamped with CTMH oldie but goodies.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Holly and Berries Christmas card

It is that time of year... time to begin creating the year's Christmas card.  My goal is to have them made and addressed by the end of Thanksgiving weekend.  On Monday when I return to school the following week, I drop them in the mailbox.  Done!  Now sit back and await your friends to send you their lovely Christmas greetings.

This card designed by Lydia uses the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge and Christmas verse stamps from Close to My Heart.  Enjoy!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Close To My Heart "While Supplies Last" and a Sweet Deal

Everyone enjoys shopping the deals this time of year, and you’ll be tickled to learn that Close To My Heart will be making more fabulous deals available to you . At 12:00 AM (MST) on December 1, CTMH will add new items to the “While Supplies Last” section of my shopping page. Among the new additions you will find a wide variety of paper and coordinating accessories, all with a substantial markdown. You will also find that most of the items that are currently available will also see a further markdown at that time.
To sweeten the deal even more, from December 1–31, all orders placed on my shopping page that reach or exceed $50 will also include a free Bonding Memories® glue pen (Z553)—a $4.50 value!  Shop early, because these deals are only available while supplies last.
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Saturday, November 24, 2012

Clearly The Best: Re-vamping with Overstamping Close To My Heart YouTube video

About Me - November 24, 2012

I love tradition!

After dealing with a stubborn frozen turkey "Tom", we were successful in preparing and serving a wonderful traditional Wilson/Ferguson Thanksgiving meal.  You ask why stubborn... Tom was stuck in the freezer.  Tom had his bare wings and thighs pressed against the wall of the freezer and was not going to come out.  His last ditch effort to avoid being the meal.  My youngest son and I were literally putting our feet on the freezer for leverage and pulling on Tom's bag to pull him out.  No luck until the ice maker began to come with him.  Truly a memory I wish someone else was here to video record for America's Funniest Videos.

After the great success of pulling Tom from the freezer, it was time for a swim.  It never fails, my mom coaches me on when I should pull the turkey from the freezer to allow for thawing, but they never do in time.  Thus, we play in the pool (kitchen sink) for a few hours.  After finally thawing, Tom hit the sauna (325 degree oven) for about 5 1/2 hours.

By the way Tom, we won and you were soooo good, all 23 pounds of you! :-)

After Thanksgiving tradition... I was raised in a household where the Christmas tree was put up the day after Thanksgiving.  It is getting a bit harder to make that goal as my children are now young adults and in college.  Their mom is short and has difficulty putting up a 9' tree, yes a fake tree with pre-strung lights (a story for another time).  I am blessed in that my children, along with college friends, made a special trip to put up the tree last night.  We made the "day after" tradition by a hair.  Christmas tree up, check!

Oh yes, I always try my best at purchasing all my Christmas presents by the end of October.  Very, very close to success this year, but not quite.

Now we begin plans for December birthdays, there are a lot between the Wilson/Ferguson sides.  As you know, December 14 is the big one.  We pray my dad will see his 70th birthday on that day.

Enjoy your holiday preparations and celebrations.  Record your traditions for all to treasure.  Be there for the turkey pullers, tree choppers and package wrappers.  We all need traditions to hold on to.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Early Bird Shopping Reward - Mystery Hostess Drawing!

Order $50 in Close To My Heart products between November 24 and November 30 to be put in a drawing to be a mystery hostess and receive an additional $20 in free products.

Now is the time to order stocking stuffers:

Ink pads
Glue pens
Dimensional Items

Be the first to wrap up a gift and place it under the tree:

Stamp Sets ($50 in products will also get you the Stamp of the Month for $5)
Paper Packs
Make It From Your Heart Volume 1 idea book
Storage Products

Let me know if you need any shopping idea help for that special stamper/scrapbooker in your life.

Happy Holidays!  Kim :-)

Saturday, November 17, 2012

About Me - November 17, 2012

I have not had any wise words to share, nor anything really fun and fantastic, only the mundane ins and outs of life for a couple of months.  It is a struggle each day to make myself lift one leg out of bed at a time as the alarm sings in my ear that a new day has begun.  Knowing I will be spending the day with my students is a great motivator in a world of frustration within my personal life.

As most of you are aware, we are dealing with my dad having Acute Myeloid Leukemia (diagnosed in February 2012).  It has been a complete emotional roller coaster.  One month he is receiving shining reviews from his oncologist and the next we are being asked how strong he feels and is he still willing to put up a fight.

I find myself being selfish as we approach the season of celebrating.  There is a real possibility we may face losing him before the season is over.  How then do you face the holidays in the coming years?  I have asked my mom to consider them as celebrations as we have always known the holidays to be.  We need to be able to also look at the fact that we were originally given 3-5 months for dad to be with us and he is still here today.  That is what our focus will need to be... celebration that we have him this much farther than expected.

Our family goal date is December 14th, my dad's 70th birthday.  That is the date I know he is fighting towards.  It will be a huge celebration.  Please join us in prayers, we ask that he have no suffering, peace about what the future holds and for a truly wonderful 70th birthday and holiday season.

You are my wonderful blog family and friends, I have so appreciated your words of encouragement and stories of your own losses and sufferings.  Thank you all.

Have a blessed Thanksgiving!

Clearly The Best: How to Kiss—Close To My Heart YouTube video

Thursday, November 1, 2012

CTMH has a Heart for Giving

Give while Getting, help those affected by Hurricane Sandy

Hurricane Sandy has had a devastating effect on the Eastern United States and Close To My Heart wants to help. The company is offering relief through the November Constant Campaign, which starts today! When you place an order of $50 or more in full retail products and purchase the November Stamp of the Month set, Capture the Date, for just $5, you can receive a stamp set of your choice (size A–E or M) for 50% off! To help with relief efforts, Close To My Heart will donate $1 to the American Red Cross for each November Stamp of the Month set that is sold in conjunction with this campaign. Help us provide relief to those affected by Hurricane Sandy!

November CloseTo My Heart Stamp Set Special

Capture the Date, Capture the Savings!
In November, you’ll get something extra when
you buy the stamp of the month—50% off another
stamp set! When you place an order of $50 or
more in full retail products and buy the November
Stamp of the Month set, Capture the Date, for just
$5, you can pick any stamp set at 50% off! Get
Capture the Date and then capture the savings

*Shipping/handling may apply. Offer valid November 1–30,
2012. Offer valid for A–E and M size stamp sets only; K size,
Workshops on the Go

®, Cricut® collections, and Stamp of the
Month stamp sets are not eligible for this promotion. Maximum
of one 50% off stamp set per order.

Thanksgiving card series 2 - Pop-Up Card

Turkey Pop-Up Card
Showing off a piece of artwork from my mom, Lydia.  This is a card from long ago.  The turkey was stamped and embossed, chalks were rubbed over it for the "candy corn" effect.


Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Halloween Memories - cards made by my boys

Halloween Past
These cards were made by my boys when they were in elementary school.  They are now 20 and 18!

Monday, October 29, 2012

Thank You Card - A lot of thank yous in a small package

Thank you!
The background is corrugated after the thank yous were stamped.  Inside there are slits to slip a business card or gift card into.

Card entered into these challenges:
365 Cards - Day 243 A Certain Sentiment

Leaf Wreath gift card

Wreath stamped with leaves (sorry this is blurry)

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Thanksgiving card series 1

Thanksgiving Turkey
This card was created using the Mojo Monday #264 challenge sketch.


Challenges this card entered into:
Mojo Monday - #264

Valentine's Day Card in October?!

Valentine's Day Card
You are asking yourself... has she gone to the future?  No, this is for a challenge with 365 Cards. They asked for a Valentine's Day themed card for something different than the fall colors and theme.  To create the card layout I used the sketch from Freshly Made #58.

Challenges card entered into:
365 Cards - Day 238 Be Mine, Valentine
Freshly Made - Sketch #58

Mushroom Greeting Card

Mushroom Fun
I used the Cricut Paisley cartridge to create the mushrooms.


Entered card in the following challenges:
Retro Sketches - #35
Challenges 4 Everybody - #6 Anything Goes

Fall Leaves scrapbook page

Leaves Falling on My Head
Bringing back an oldie again.  The boy stamp is from CTMH long ago.  Tree trunk is a die cut and the leaves are punched.
Page entered in to the following challenge:

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Witches Hat Halloween card

Happy Haunting
A witches hat cut from the Cricut Happy Hauntings cartridge.  "Best of Times" from CTMH stamp set from Victory WOTG.  Added a little bling from Studio G.


Eek! Bats Halloween Card

Eek! Bats card
Close To My Heart exclusive Cricut Artiste cartridge used for the word "Eek!" and the bats are cut from Cricut Simply Charmed cartridge.  The small bat is glued with a pop dot and the large bat is placed on the card with an adhesive spring so he bounces.

Challenges card entered in:
Pause Dream Enjoy Challenges - #43 Candy
Eureka Stamps - Challenge #11 Things with Wings
My Crafting Channel - Challenge #1: gh'oul Times

Keyhole Halloween Card

Keyhole Halloween Card
Keyhole cut from Close To My Heart (CTMH) exclusive Cricut Artiste cartridge.  Paper strip from Moonlight Workshops On The Go and baker's twine from CTMH.
After the original post, the idea of adding a doorknob came to mind.  I cut the circles with the CTMH exclusive Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge and using the CTMH adhesive springs the doorknob actually turns!  This is so fun...

Challenges card entered into:
Fantabulous Cricut Challenge - #134 – B00 Spectacular- Make a Halloween Project using the colors: Black & Orange
365 Cards - Day 237-Imagine This:Spooky
Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenge - #74 Anything Goes
Joyful Stamper: Inspire Me Fridays - #82 Anything Goes 
My Mum's Craft Shop Challenge - #81 So Spooky
Make It Monday - MIM #112 with Cupcake Cards and Craft
My Crafting Channel - Challenge #1 The gh'oul times

Friday, October 19, 2012

Birthday card - Series 3 Tea Bag Folding

Tea Bag Folding
The center of the star are small points folded with a tea bag folding technique.  Great fun and quite delicate.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Birthday card - Series 2 Fabric Stamping

Fabric Stamping
Stamp images on fabric, back with fleece for a "puffy" look and attach to inside of tri-fold card.  Embellish outer edges.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Clearly The Best: Alcohol Marker Madness YouTube video

Birthday card - Series 1 Shaker Card

Baseball Shaker Card
For that special baseball fan in your life, I am bringing back an oldie but goodie from Close To My Heart, the baseball boy and ball.
Stamp the background, build up the sides with foam and double sided tape.  Use small stamped images cut and placed loosely inside as the "shakers".  Top off with an outer stamped layer.

Project Inspiration 2012 Autumn/Winter Idea Book: New WOTG Card Kits

Saturday, October 13, 2012

About Me - October 13, 2012

Well :)? years ago tomorrow I was brought into this wonderful world by two very special parents.  To this day many great things have happened to me and I treasure each and every moment.  A bigger reason to celebrate tomorrow is the fact that my dad will be with me on my birthday!  As you have read prior, he was diagnosed in February with Acute Myeloid Leukemia and given 3-5 months.

My two boys, even though they are college students now, are close to me and still able to be with me as well.  What more could a girl ask for?

So, this week I will be sharing birthday celebration layouts!  We need to party BIG this week.

Enjoy your week!

Monday, October 8, 2012

Friday, October 5, 2012

Halloween Scrapbook Layout Series 3

Stickopotamus All Squared Up!

World Card Making Day 2012

October 6, 2012 is World Card Making Day!
Now you have an excuse to sit down at your craft table and create cards all day tomorrow.  You should be able to get a wonderful start on your Christmas cards.


Thursday, October 4, 2012

Halloween Scrapbook Layout Series 2

Dimensional Embellishments
Pop an image from the background and texture paper (bats on this layout).