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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Celebrate Card with the July Stamp of the Month

5 1/2" x 4 1/4" "Circus Alphabet" card

Reminder: This month's Close To My Heart Stamp of the Month (Circus Alphabet) is cuter than cute! It's cooler than cool! It's more darling than darling. It's more functional than functional and more versatile than versatile.  It's great for cards (see above...this one was designed by my daughter, Kori), for titles on layouts, for labeling and journaling on layouts, and just about anything else you can imagine.  The supply list and links are at the bottom of this post. Don't forget you can only get this set in July, and we have just a week left of July!  For only $5 ($17.95 value) with a $50 order (before shipping and tax), you get an uppercase alpha, a lowercase alpha, punctuation marks and numbers. WOWZA! Just head on over to my website and start shoppin'! You'll be prompted to add this set if you'd like before you check out.

A few quick tips and tidbits from this card:
  • Watercolor pencils are GREAT for just coloring, without even adding water.  They are fun to use both ways, but on this card I just used them to color in.
  • Shimmer trim is on of my favorite accents.  Its sparkly and blingy and adds no bulk to your projects (which is great when mailing cards!).  The photography of this card makes it a bit hard to see how sparkly it really is, but trust's seriously sparkly.  The strip along the bottom of the card is the size the trim comes in (approx. 1/2"). The skinny strip below "Celebrate" and above "Celebrate" are strips I just used my scissors to trim down.  It can be just about any width you want! It's inexpensive too...just $4.95 for a 5 yard spool...and it comes in several colors too!

July Stamp of the Month: Circus Alphabet (carrier sheet actual size is 6" x 6")

Also, if you are still reading....HAPPY PIONEER DAY! Here in Utah it is a holiday. This is the day, in 1847, when Brigham Young and the Mormon pioneers came over the crest of the mountain after their long journey in wagons and pulling handcarts. They looked out on the valley and Brigham Young proclaimed, "This is the place!"  Because of those pioneers and all of their sacrifices and hard work to turn this barren valley into the beautiful place it is today, I am able to live in the great state of Utah with my family.  Our little granddaughter, Daci learned about these pioneers in pre-school this year and then they celebrated with a pioneer party.  I thought this little picture of her was perfect for today.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Thank You Card and Mojo Monday

5" x 7" card by Karen Pedersen

As you may have noticed, I have really enjoyed playing along with Mojo Monday the past couple of months.  I love that there is a 'starting point' with a great sketch, then I let my imagination run wild.  You should try it sometime!

I am need of lots of thank you cards right now so I decided to use that theme for the card today.  All of the products I used are listed at the bottom of this post with links.  You can purchase these and so many other wonderful products on my website, 24/7. There are two things I used on this card that are retiring on July 31:  The Outdoor Denim Chevron Ribbon and the Jubilee Paper Pack.  So, get 'em while you still can!

Tips and Tidbits from this card:
  • I love the Pirouette Stamp.  There are sooooo many fun things you can do with this set.  One of them I did on this card. I stamped it 3 times then cut out different parts of the stamp and layered them.  This gorgeous stamp is approx. 4" in diameter and is only $9.95 (US).  What a deal!
  • Sanding: I love that Close To My Heart's cardstock has a white core. It makes it so much fun to sand!  Outdoor Denim Cardstock is at the top of my list for this technique. If you sand one direction and then turn your paper and sand again the other direction, it really does look like some nice weathered denim.
  • Colored Sparkles:  Did you notice the blue sparkle accents on the card?  I just took my Clear Sparkles and colored them with a blue sharpie marker. Voila! Your sparkles can be any color you want!
  • Sponge Distressing:  I use our Round Sponge and cut it into 6 wedges (like a pie).  At only $1.25 per sponge, that ends up being .21 for each wedge. I hold on to the wedge at the triangle point and daub it onto a stamp pad on the rounded side.  I then use this to sponge the edges of my cardstock.  For this card I chose Saddle ink. 

I hope you enjoyed this post! Have a great week!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Help Wanted!

Help Wanted! 

The new products and Idea Book don't debut until August 1, but there IS a way to get your hands on some of the new goodies right now!  If you sign up as a Consultant this month, you will get the BRAND NEW Consultant Kit! That's right!  Products from the upcoming catalog are what populate your kit. COOL BEANS!

I am looking for great people who are interested in joining my award winning team, million dollar team.  I would LOVE to have you join my team and experience the joy that Close To My Heart has brought to me over the past 21 1/2 years.  I love my team and we have so much fun together! We are called The Pacemakers, because we keep THE HEART (as in Close To My Heart) pumpin'! 

Close To My Heart has 2 kits to choose from; one is tailored to scrapbookers and the other to card makers.  DOUBLE COOL BEANS!  Each kit is only $99 and is full of over $365 in products! WOWZA!  Definitely TRIPLE COOL BEANS!

To sign up, just click here.  Easy, peasy! If you have any questions, feel free to email or call me (, 801.360.9896). I'd be happy to help you decide if becoming a Close To My Heart Consultant is right for you.

Here are photos of each of the kits:

This kit is tailored for scrapbookers and features the brand new "Chalk It Up" papers and accessories!

This kit is tailored for card makers and features the brand new "Seaside" papers and accessories.


Friday, July 18, 2014

Live Each Day Card and Mojo Monday

4 1/4" x 5 1/2" card by Karen Pedersen

Remember my last post when I listed all of the products retiring on July 31? If not, check it out! Well, in the retiring spirit, today I thought I'd share a card I made with one of my very favorite retiring paper packets, Sarita! Get her while you can!  I also used the retiring matching Sarita MyStickease and accented with a few things that are not retiring: Purple Glitter Gems and some pieces I cut out from the My Crush Memories Assortment (I love using these little assortments for accents on scrapbook pages and cards!).  I also sponged the edges of everything with a Round Sponge and Saddle Ink.  I've included a product list with links at the end of the post in case you see anything you must have (like Sarita!).

Here's a close up:

I used this sketch from this week's Mojo Monday (#354) as the inspiration for my card and went to town.

You can order these or any Close To My Heart products on my website...24/7!  Remember that when you spend $50 (before shipping and tax) in July, you get this darling July Stamp of the Month for only $5 ($17.95 value).


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