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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

October Specials with Close To My Heart

6" x 6" card created by Karen Pedersen with the October Stamp of the Month

Happy October!  Fall is in full swing. I love looking out my window at the mountain and seeing the trees becoming vibrant shades of red, orange and yellow.  I even put out a few Autumn and Halloween decorations yesterday. I hope to be finished getting them all out next week. I love this time of year!

Close To My Heart is filling October with awesomeness as well! Here are the specials this month:
1. Ribbon Revelry
2.  October Stamp of the Month -  Home for the Holidays

1.  Ribbon Revelry:

For every $50 you spend (before shipping and tax) in October, you get a FREE roll of either Outdoor Denim or Ruby colored chevron ribbon (CTMH will surprise you!).  Spend $100, get 2, and so on. When ordering on my website, you'll be prompted to add your ribbon rolls before you check out.

2.  October Stamp of the Month - Home for the Holidays: 

Already spending at least $50 to get your FREE ribbon? Well, you're in luck, because for every $50 you spend (before shipping and tax) in October you qualify for one of these stamp sets for only $5 ($17.95 value). Spend $100, get 2, and so on. When ordering on my website, you'll be prompted to add your set(s) before you check out.

I love that this set works hand-in-hand with the CTMH/Cricut Art Philosophy Collection.  Can you see in the image of the set above all of the images outlined in red?  Each of those shapes are on the Art Philosophy cartridge and CTMH has made it extra easy for you by telling you what size to cut the image and what page in the Art Philosophy Guide to find the image on. I used Art Philosphy to cute the polar bear postage stamp shape out before stamping it.  Easy peasy!

Here are a couple of hints on techniques I used on this card:

  • I love that CTMH Background and Texture paper (B&T, or patterned paper) comes with Zip Strips on the edges.  This card uses the diagonal stripe zip strip from the tone on tone black snowflakes piece to garner some pizazz and attention.

  • Those cute little enamel hearts are a perfect addition to this card, and so affordable too ($3.95 for a package of 72 hearts!
  • I created my focal point by stamping the polar bear postage stamp image twice, once in Black and once in Cranberry.  I cut out the center of the Cranberry piece and used 3D foam tape to mount it in the center of the Black image for a little color and paper pop.
Here's a detail shot of the 6" x 6" card I shared at the top of the post.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Anchor Card and Last Day for #30yearsofhappy and the September Stamp of the Month

#30yearsofhappy card by Karen Pedersen
Anchors away!  I had fun creating the background and focal point of this card with the exact same stamp. In fact, I only used one stamp on this entire card; the anchor stamp from the #30yearsofhappy stamp set. This set can be yours only this month (September - National Stamping Month) FREE when you spend $30 or more on stamp sets (before shipping and tax). When ordering on my website, it will be automatically added to your order once you've met the stamp purchase requirements.  Here's a link to all of our amazing stamp sets.  TODAY, September 30, is the last day for this special.

Also, don't forget that along with the #30daysofhappy special, the September Stamp of the Month also goes away with September. For every $50 you spend on an order (before shipping and tax), you can get a Family is Forever stamp set for only $5 ($17.95 value). When ordering on my website, you'll be prompted to add this set before you check out.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Get a FREE Sweet Card Made With The September 2014 Stamp of the Month

Standard (4 1/4" x 5 1/2") Card by Karen Pedersen with the September 2014 Stamp of the Month

I have another card to share today.  Yay!  Want one free? Read on for details!

I created this standard card using the September Stamp of the Month from Close To My Heart.  I also used the rich, warm papers from the CTMH Pathfinding Paper Packet.  I love that this collection mixes in a little bit of blue (Glacier) with all of the warm, Fall colors.  It's the perfect contrast!

I shared how to do the ombre stamping I used on the heart in this post.  I learned it from Jennifer McGuire.  I've included a link in said post to her ombre stamping tutorial video.

I have included a products used list with photos and links at the end of this post for your convenience.

I have 3 of these cards sitting on my desk waiting to be sent.  Be one of the first 3 people to order $40 or more (before shipping and tax) from my website today and I'll send you one of these little puppies to express my appreciation. Head on over to my website to order now!

This stamp set is only available in September.

You can purchase it at full price ($17.95) by using order #S1409, or you can get it for only $5 when spending $50 or more. Spend $100 and get 2, etc.  All qualifying purchase amounts are before shipping and tax. When ordering on my website, you'll be prompted to add your $5 set(s) before you check out.  Convenient!

Here's a little detail pic of my card:

A few little details to notice on this card:
  • I created the tone-on-one background on the Glacier Cardstock strip using the top of the tree. Nifty! I just inked that bugger up with Glacier Ink and stamped it, turning different directions on the cardstock. I loved the effect.
  • I used the ombre stamping on the heart.  Jennifer McGuire's tutorial video is here.
  • I really wanted to add some little blue sparkles to my heart but all I had were clear sparkles.  Did you know that you can use our new Shin Han Alcohol Markers to color sparkles? No? Well, now you know! I used my Cerulean Blue Light marker and colored the sparkles while they were still on their carrier sheet. I waited about 1 minute and then put them on my card.  Isn't that a fun little trick? 

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Masculine Card and Happy Birthday, Brookley

Can you guess which stamp set I used to create this "cool" card?  You guessed it! I used the #30yearsofhappy stamp set that is only available this month, and one is yours FREE for each $30 you spend on stamp sets.  I used one other stamp set on this card. It's called All The Details and I used it for the + background.  It's a great set and one you might want to consider buying to help get to your required $30 in stamp purchases to get the #30yearsofhappy set FREE!  Here's a link to all of our wonderful stamp sets.

Here is the #30yearsofhappy set:

And here is the All The Details set:
I've included a products used list at the end of this post, complete with links and photos for your convenience.  Enjoy!

I also wanted to give a birthday shout out to our newest daughter-in-law (of just over 6 months). We love you Brookley!


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