Christmas In September Holiday Bazaar

Christmas In September Holiday Bazaar

20160923_153937.jpgHello!  My friend Pam Eccles & I enjoyed our time at the Sisterhood Bazaar so much  last Saturday, that I invited her to share my booth tomorrow at the Christmas In September Holiday Bazaar with her yummy cupcakes! fb_img_1474660840727.jpg I will have handmade cards & gifts, retired items,&  you can check out some of my daughter, Danielle’s calligraphy & typography while enjoying some of Pam’s yummy cupcakes.  2016-09-23-20.25.15.png.png

20160922_170650.jpgThere will be other vendors there as well, including the following:

Premier Design and Sabika Jewelry, Close to My Heart Scrapbooking, Rodan & Fields skin care, Mary Kay, handmade wooden toys, books/games, self defense/stun guns, etc., lots of handcrafted items, candles, pampered chef, baby items, purses, LuLaRoe clothing…

I hope you’ll stop by & get a jump start on your Christmas shopping this September.

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Make It From Your Heart Post: My Acrylix Stamps

Make It From Your Heart Post: My Acrylix Stamps

19 Things You May Not Know About Our My Acrylix® Stamps

Think you know everything about our exclusive My Acrylix® stamps? Put your knowledge to the test by reading the list below!🙂

1. We have French and Spanish stamp sets.

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2. If you see a stamp image outlined in red, that means it coordinates with one of the shapes from our Cricut® collections. If it’s outlined in blue, that means it coordinates with one of our Thin Cuts dies.

3. We put A LOT of thought and effort into making the best stamps for our customers. See the entire process in this infographic:

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4. After we design each paper packet, we create two coordinating stamp sets, one for scrapbooking and one for cardmaking, to be paired with that specific paper. These two stamp sets can be found in the idea book right behind the coordinating Workshops Your Way™ scrapbooking kits.

5. Our stamps are made right here at the Home Office, in a top-secret room.

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6. It takes about one hour to make one sheet of stamps from start to finish.

7. New stamps work best when you “season” them. To do so, rub the stamp across a stamp pad, and then stamp onto scrap paper until the image is even.

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8. Our stamps can be used with all sorts of inks, including dye, pigment, solvent, and alcohol inks.

9. Rather than attaching your stamps to your blocks, try using your blocks to pick up your stamps from a flat surface. This way, the stamp will hold its natural shape.

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10. Our My Acrylix® blocks have a small white horizontal line on them to help you with stamp placement, which is especially helpful for keeping words and borders straight.

19 Things You May Not Know About Our My Acrylix® Stamps! #closetomyheart #ctmh #stamping #clearstamps #crafting #scrapbooking #cardmaking #stampinghelp #myacrylix #howtostamp11. Some people cut apart their stamps in order to rearrange words in a sentiment when sticking them to their blocks.

12. Our stamps are flexible! Manipulate them so they fit inside shapes and banners, or just to get a different look!

19 Things You May Not Know About Our My Acrylix® Stamps! #closetomyheart #ctmh #stamping #clearstamps #crafting #scrapbooking #cardmaking #stampinghelp #myacrylix #howtostamp13. If some of your ink doesn’t transfer when stamping, quickly breathe over the stamp to re-moisten the remaining ink and then stamp over the image again. The missing portion usually blends into the existing image if the ink isn’t too dry. This is called the Huffing or Stamp Over Technique.

14. Because our stamps and blocks are clear, you can easily stamp over the image again to get a richer, deeper image.

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15. If you’re looking to remove that stubborn pigment ink, try our Spritz Cleaner and Stamp Scrubber. It makes it easy!

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16. Our stamps don’t need to tan—they like being transparent, so keep them out of the sun!

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17. Our stamps come in handy envelopes, which fit into our My Acrylix® organizer. You can also use our large organizer and tabs to store even more stamps. We also have a mini organizer for those mini stamp envelopes.

19 Things You May Not Know About Our My Acrylix® Stamps! #closetomyheart #ctmh #stamping #clearstamps #crafting #scrapbooking #cardmaking #stampinghelp #myacrylix #howtostamp18. If your stamps ever start to lose their stickiness, all you need to do is rinse them with warm water and soap, and the stickiness will come right back. You can also use StazOn™ cleaner on the smooth side of the stamp.

19. Some stamps make great friends, like our good ol’ friend, Sticky Boy!

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For the original Make It From Your Heart post & more inspirational posts, click here.

Happy Stamping!

 

September, 2016 Events

September, 2016 Events

I want to invite you to come & see me sometime this month.  This Friday, September 16, 2016 I’ll be at Craft Connection between 6 & 10 pm at my church. (Contact me if you need directions).20160915_162317.jpg

I will also have a CTMH booth at 2 Bazaars during September.  Both will have a variety of vendors to shop from.

The Sisterhood Bazaar

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Fortville Community Center

400 West Church Street

Fortville, IN  46040

10 am to 2 pm

 Christmas in September Holiday Bazaar

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Stillinger Family Funeral Home

1780 W. Main St.

Greenfield, IN 46140

10 am to 3:30 pm

I hope to you will stop and see me at one or all of these events!

Happy Crafting!

Make It From Your Heart Post: Jeepers Creepers!?

Make It From Your Heart Post: Jeepers Creepers!?

I want to share this Make It From Your Heart blog post with you because I often have trouble thinking outside of the box.  When I saw the new Jeepers Creepers kit, obviously geared toward Halloween, I had a hard time seeing what else I could use it for.

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 I love when CTMH shows me how!  Check it out:

September 12, 2016

Paper for All Seasons

Paper for All SeasonsOur brand new Holiday Expressions idea book has now been live for almost two weeks, and we’re thrilled you finally get to see all the beautiful seasonal papers we’ve worked so hard on getting just right.🙂 Part of making sure our papers are absolutely perfect includes balancing themed patterns with non-themed patterns so you have as much versatility as possible when you sit down to create.

Take this artwork, for example. It uses our Jeepers Creepers paper packet, which is Halloween themed, but you would never guess that it came from a Halloween paper packet, right?

Looking to save money on scrapbooking paper? Then choose Close To My Heart! Our patterns are so versatile that you can use them year round, meaning no paper will ever go to waste! #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhjeeperscreepers #halloweenscrapbooking

The fun lightening bolts are just the pattern for pairing with this spunky little girl. They’d also be adorable with pictures of a little boy.

Now how about this one? Does it remind you of Halloween?

Looking to save money on scrapbooking paper? Then choose Close To My Heart! Our patterns are so versatile that you can use them year round, meaning no paper will ever go to waste! #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhjeeperscreepers #halloweenscrapbooking

Who would have thought that this paper packet could be paired with spring photos? And yet it totally works! We paired some ribbon from our Whimsy ribbon pack with the purple Jeepers Creepers paper to give it a feminine touch.

Switching seasons, Jeepers Creepers also has colors that are perfect for your fall photos, like these family pictures:

Looking to save money on scrapbooking paper? Then choose Close To My Heart! Our patterns are so versatile that you can use them year round, meaning no paper will ever go to waste! #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhjeeperscreepers #halloweenscrapbooking

Whenever you pull out our papers to create something, you can count on beautiful themed patterns and also patterns that will work year-round. When it comes to preserving your memories, we want you to get papers with the best value that will also allow you to get as creative as you’d like!

For the recipes  of all these great LO’s, check out the original post here:

Paper for All Seasons

September 2016 Newsletter

September 2016 Newsletter

Hello!  There is a  lot of information to share this month, so I hope you will stay with me.  🙂

First of all, I invite you to Celebrate National Stamping Month with our exclusive Create Kindness card kit. Watch the video to get a sneak peek at this fun kit, which is available this month only!

The Create Kindness Card Kit

Next I’m pleased to be representing CTMH at 2 Holiday Bazaars this month!

Saturday, September 17, 2016 I will be at the Sisterhood Bazaar. This event will be held from 9 am to 2 pm  at the Fortville Community Center, 400 West Church Street, Fortville, IN 46040.

Saturday, September 24, 2016 I will be at the Christmas in September Holiday Bazaar. This event will be held from 10 am to 3:30 pm at the Stillinger Family Funeral Home, 1780 W Main St, Greenfield, IN 46140.

Please stop by to see me at one or both of these events where there will be a variety of different vendors…because you know…Ready or Not, Here it Comes!

The Holiday season is almost upon us! Thankfully, you’ll find everything you need in our brand new Holiday Expressions idea book. »

I love so many things in this new Holiday Expressions, & I bet you will too.

Finally, here is the September 2016 Stamp of the Month:

Blessed Beyond Measure

Celebrate everything you are thankful for with a beautiful piece of wall art, featuring the September Stamp of the Month, Blessed Beyond Measure.

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Find out how to get this stamp set for just $5. »

Thanks for staying with me.  Happy Crafting!

Beth Clark
Close To My Heart Independent Consultant