Make It from Your Heart shared blog post: Stamping ABC’s

Make It from Your Heart shared blog post: Stamping ABC’s

Stampaganaza 2017  is here for just a couple more weeks!  Alphabet stamp sets are so nice to have on hand as they insure that you will never “run out of” any letters as can happen with sticker alphabet sets. While an obvious use for alpha stamps is for titles on a layout,  the CTMH blog shared several other great uses for them.  I’d like to share it with you today.

“… ABC’s of working with alphabet stamps. Most of us have at least one font that is our go to….(If you’re looking for a new favorite, check out our new Storybook Alphabet—July Stamp of the Month!)
Counting Sheep #closetomyheart #ctmh #layout #countingsheep #sleeping #alphabetstamp #alphabet #scrapbooking
A is for Alignment
For our first trick, we will tell you to stamp your letters one at a time instead of spelling out entire words on a stamping block. A lot of people do this (and we do too, sometimes!) but we find it easier to pull off crisper and cleaner letters when they are stamped individually. If you’re afraid that your letters won’t line up straight, use a ruler and a pencil to lightly draw a line to act as a guide for where you will be stamping. As for spacing between the letters, just eyeball it! Artists are definitely not perfectionists!
Love Card #closetomyheart #ctmh #cardmaking #lovecard #love #alphabetstamp #stampingB is for Background
Never underestimate the power of a strong backdrop! Alphabet stamps make great backgrounds and can send subtle messages through artwork. Align your letters using the tips we’ve already mentioned, but throw them in the back for a fun and easy way to personalize your crafts.
Gift Tag #closetomyheart #ctmh #tag #alphabet #alphabetstamp #stampingC is for Center (Sorry Cookie Monster, maybe next time)
Our final tip is about centering your words in your artwork without having to pull out a ruler. If you are trying to center a word on a piece of paper, like in our Hello tag above, start stamping from the middle letter of the word. We started with the first L in “HELLO” and then worked our way out from there, playfully staggering the letters slightly up and down.”

These are some nice tips & techniques to try with your alphabet stamps. To check out the entire Make It From Your Heart blog post & to see the recipes for the artwork shown above, Click here.   I especially like the way they used the adorable Storybook Alphabet set on the counting sheep LO.  Which is your favorite?

Happy Crafting! Beth

July 2017 Stamp of the Month & Current Special

July 2017 Stamp of the Month & Current Special

I had a great time at CTMH Convention, but I have been struggling to get back into the swing of things since I returned.  I had intended to update my blog with the July specials, but I’m afraid that fell through the cracks. The information was in my newsletter, but not all of you subscribe to that.

So, here is a reminder that the special for July is

STAMPAGANZA 2017!!

Let Stampaganza 2017 begin! Buy any two My Acrylix® stamp sets at full retail price and get a third stamp set of equal or lesser value FREE! Choose from any stamp set in the current idea book, plus a collection of popular sets that we have brought back just for Stampaganza!
For New Consultants: Anyone who signs up as a New Consultant in July and submits $300 in commissionable sales by August 31, 2017 will earn the Word Puzzle Bundle FREE! The Word Puzzle Bundle is a set of 12 classic D-size stamp sets and is valued at $215.40 — a great incentive for new Consultants!
For Hostesses: Hostesses who host a gathering in July that reaches the fourth level of Hostess Rewards or higher can receive the Word Puzzle Bundle FREE! The Word Puzzle Bundle is a set of 12 classic D-size stamp sets and is valued at $215.40!

And, here is the July SOTM and some cute artwork smaples made with it.

Item Number: S1707

July 2017: Storybook Alphabet

Get this D-size Stamp of the Month set for a deal with a minimum qualifying purchase! Add the stamp set to your cart on this page at full retail price or, with your qualifying order, add it at checkout for the promotional price.

Set of 26

Recommended My Acrylix® block:

2″ × 2″ (Y1003)

Spend $50 and get this Stamp of the Month set for just $5.

CTMH Convention 

CTMH Convention 

Hello! I just have to share the adventure I’m beginning today. I’m sitting on a jet plane ready to head to SLC, Utah for the annual CTMH convention. This year I’m leaving the fam home & ready for the biggest CTMH party of the year with my girlfriends! 

Before I leave the ground I want to remind you that the current specials will end on Friday, June 3. Cardstock  is 25% off & buy one get one 1/2 off .

Cardstock Carnival

Cardstock Carnival

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Save 25% on all of our cardstock packs! We’re calling it our Cardstock Carnival, and it includes all of our cardstock packs, including cardstock combo packs, single-color packs, and the coordinating cardstock packs in Seasonal Expressions 2.

 

June 2017 brings a new CTMH special & SOTM

June 2017 brings a new CTMH special & SOTM

WE’VE GOT YOU COVERED!

We’ve Got You Covered! Albums Special

Looking for a great way to preserve and protect your memories? We’ve got you covered! In June, buy one My Legacy™ album and get a second at 50%-off*! For complete details click here.

You could also receive an album FREE by signing up as a Close To My Heart Consultant this month! Learn more about becoming a Consultant.

*Discount applied in cart; album selections subject to availability.

 I love the ease of our new post bound albums:  no screwdriver required!

  Our post bound albums are designed to perfectly showcase classic 12″ × 12″ scrapbook layouts side by side in Memory Protectors™ with lay-flat seams (full gutters). Its sturdy binding is ideal for securing thicker layouts.

   I like the option of intermixing Picture My Life layouts with traditional layouts.  I have one of our pocket pages next to a traditional layout. The D-ring style is ideal for projects that use pocket Memory Protectors™, like Picture My Life™ layouts.

This is a great time to try out our albums if you haven’t.  🙂

And, finally,

Hello Foxy—June Stamp of the Month

Item Number: S1706

Spend $50 and get this Stamp of the Month set for just $5.

 

I love how versatile the adorable June SOTM is!  So many different looks with this set!

Product Description: D size My Acrylix Stamp Set of 11
Recommended My Acrylix® blocks:
1″ × 3½” (Y1002), 2″ × 2″ (Y1003), 3″ × 3″ (Y1006)

 

Happy Crafting!!

Organization with Workspace Wonder

Organization with Workspace Wonder

I truly love the organization provided by the CTMH Workspace Wonder!  I’ll admit that I really didn’t want to pay full price & I wasn’t sure if it would fit in my tiny workspace.  However, I decided to take advantage of the great hostess only bundle for my 50% off item for one of my past gatherings, & I liked it so much that I got another bundle at 50% off the following month.  Here is how I configured my two bundles:

There are many ways to arrange them, & it is as versatile as it is sturdy!  And, YES, both our old & new ink pads fit in the stamp pad stacks.  It fit into my space without having to rearrange my wall grouping which features my girls many years ago.  (BTW, the cutie in the photo is my high school senior).

This hostess only bundle includes 2 paper trays, 1 large tray, 1 small tray, 1 marker stack, 4 stamp pad stacks, & 1 tool cubby.  If you are interested in hosting a gathering to earn free select product, contact me.  If you have a $350 gathering, you would qualify to get your own workspace wonder bundle or something else you have your eye one for 50% off.

Happy Crafting!  Beth

 

Make It From Your Heart shared blog post: Cricut® Stencils & Sponging Technique

Make It From Your Heart shared blog post: Cricut® Stencils & Sponging Technique

The CTMH blog has a great technique posted today so I want to share it with you!

“One of the paper collections in the new Seasonal Expressions idea book is called Little Dreamer,…which got us thinking about a certain sponging technique we love that adds a dream-like magic to all your artwork. In a nutshell, here’s the technique: Use titles or shapes cut with your Cricut® machine or with Thin Cuts metal dies as stencils for sponging ink onto your pages.

Cricut® Stencils & Sponging Technique #ctmh #closetomyheart #sponging #cricut #ink #scrapbooking #cardmaking #howto #technique

First, use a bit of adhesive to attach your title or shape to the page. Next use a sponge dauber or the round sponge to add ink over your title or shape, and then fade the ink into your paper. Once the ink is dry, carefully remove your stencil (if there is any adhesive residue, it’s a cinch to remove with our Rub & Remove™ eraser).

For our artwork, we found it worked best to use both the round sponge and sponge daubers. We used a sponge dauber for a more concentrated look, like you can see immediately around our title, and then the round sponge for fading the ink into the page.

Sponging Tip: If you haven’t used a round sponge before, you’ll want to cut out a pie-shaped wedge from the sponge rather than using the entire sponge. That way your sponging will be more precise, and you can get more use out of your sponge!

We recommend playing with the round sponge and sponge daubers, as well as various amounts of ink, on some scratch paper before sponging onto your artwork.

Cricut® Stencils & Sponging Technique #ctmh #closetomyheart #sponging #cricut #ink #scrapbooking #cardmaking #howto #technique

This stenciling technique is a great way to create unique backgrounds for your artwork. For this page, we attached three clouds to the page and sponged around them. After allowing the ink to dry, carefully removing the clouds, and removing any adhesive, we cut three more clouds and sponged around the edges. Then we popped them up with 3-D tape to give the page dimension. The final look sure is dreamy!

Cricut® Stencils & Sponging Technique #ctmh #closetomyheart #sponging #cricut #ink #scrapbooking #cardmaking #howto #technique

You can incorporate multiple colors into your stenciling! Here we used a scalloped piece for our stencil, and then sponged on a rainbow of colors. There are SO many possibilities!”

To check out the entire Make It From Your Heart blog post & to see the recipes for the cute LO’s shown above, Click here.

Happy Crafting!  Beth