Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Design Principles

Good Morning Crafters!

I wanted to share with you a post that is on the Make It From Your Heart blog sponsored by Close to My Heart.

It's about the four design principles to creating.  Now you may or may not already know them.  In fact, you may already be using them and not even realize they are in fact "design principles."

The principles are:

pattern
unity
variety
balance

Here's a scrapbook layout that reflects the use of these principles:



Isn't that a cute layout?  Check out the entire blog post by clicking here.

In that post, not only will you get an explanation for the four design principles I listed above but you will also get the "recipe" for the two page layout, including the specifics on cutting the borders used in the layou with our exclusive Cricut Artbooking cartridge.

As always, please let me know if I can answer any questions for you.  You can post a question below or email me by clicking here.

Have a wonderfully crafty day!

Lucy



Saturday, August 15, 2015

Christmas in August - Day 15

Crafters!

This is it!  The last day of my Christmas in July Christmas card series:



Another cute but simple card.  I used my Corner Rounder to round the edges.

The background is Cranberry cardstock.  I stamped some snowflakes in Cranberry ink around the edges -- some "tone on tone" stamping.

The "Merry & Oh So Bright" card came from our retiring My Crush Holiday Happenings Assortment pack.

Thanks so much for visiting me for my 15 card series for "Christmas in July".

I hope I was, at the least, able to inspire you to get YOUR Christmas cards started earlier this year.  Honestly, it's the best feeling knowing I already have 15 finished!

Have a wonderfully crafty day!

Lucy


Friday, August 14, 2015

Christmas in August - Day 14

Good Morning Crafters!

Well, we're getting close to the end -- we're at Day 14!  Just one more day left!

Here is today's card:



For today's card, I used a sponge dauber and edged the card with Cranberry ink.

All of the pieces in this card came from our retiring My Crush Holiday Happenings Assortment pack.

I just LOVE the checklist - so fun!

Have a wonderfully crafty day!

Lucy

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Christmas in August - Day 13

Good morning crafters!



For today's card, I added some stamping.  I stamped this sentiment from our retiring Snowhaven Workshop on the Go kit.

I stamped the sentiment "I love good cheer and a joyous new year" using Topiary ink.

The card "HAPPY HOLIDAYS" comes from our retiring My Crush Holiday Assortments pack.

Hope you are making some headway on your Christmas cards this year.  I tell you, getting some done early feels really good.

Have a wonderfully crafty day!

Lucy

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Christmas in August - Day 12

Happy Holidays Crafters!

It's here!  Day #12 of my Christmas in July cards:



Surprised?  Bet you were expecting something in red again.

Today I went with a Glacier color theme.  I really like these colors together.

The background paper came from our retiring Snowhaven pack.


The mini cards came from our retiring My Crush Holiday Happenings Assortment pack.

I hope you enjoyed today's card - have a wonderfully crafty day!

Lucy  

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Christmas in August - Day 11

Good Morning Crafters!

I hope you are having a great day.  Working on Christmas projects always puts me in a good mood.

Today I show you card #11:



I used a combination of the card pieces and stickers from our retiring My Crush Holiday Happenings Assortment pack.

The black background comes from our retiring Snowhaven paper pack.  I even put a mini card inside the envelope on the front of my card.

I like the contrast in this card - darks with lights and more traditional Christmas colors.

I hope you enjoyed today's card - have a wonderfully crafty day!

Lucy


Monday, August 10, 2015

Christmas in August - Day 10

Good Morning Crafters!

It's another beautiful day here in Southern California and I'm happy to show you card #10 in my "Christmas in July" series of cards:



This is one of my favorites of the fifteen cards I have made in this series.

I just love a pretty red color in my Christmas projects and our Cranberry cardstock works just beautifully with this card.

The backgroup paper is from our retiring Snowhaven paper. I cut a piece of Whisper cardstock, another color that is coordinating.

The "Oh What Fun" card came from our retiring My Crush Holiday Happenings Assortment pack.

Thanks for stopping by -- would love to see what everyone else is creating for Christmas.

Have a wonderfully crafty day!

Lucy



Sunday, August 9, 2015

Christmas in August - Day 9

Good Morning Crafters!

What a great day to be thinking about Christmas!  Here is my next Christmas card - number 9:


I know this card is a bit "darker" than the others but I really liked coordinating the "chalked" card with darker paper for a different type of Christmas feel.

The cards came out of our retiring My Crush Holiday Happenings Assortment pack.  The black designer paper came out of our Snowhavenpaper pack.  

Today the Christmas song going through my head is the "Fa la la la la" song.  Can't remember the name of it.

Thanks again for stopping by -- have a wonderfully crafty day!

Lucy

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Christmas in August - Day 8

Good Morning Crafters!




Here is today's Christmas card  - number 8 in the series.

I decided to add a stamped sentiment to my card inside a cute bracket frame that I fussy cut.  The sentiment says "Merry Days and Silent Nights" and was stamped in Topiary ink.

I used Cranberry cardstock for the first layer and stamped trees on the bottom of the card using Cranberry ink.  The stamp comes from our Snowhaven Workshop on the Go.

The tree card comes from our retiring My Crush Holiday Happenings Assortment pack.

Thanks for stopping by -- have a wonderfully crafty day!

Lucy






Friday, August 7, 2015

Framed

Good Morning Crafters!

Today I wanted to show you our August Stamp of the Month - Framed.  It's available this monthly only from August 1 - 31, 2015.


You can earn it for FREE with a $50 qualifying purchase OR purchase it only for $17.95.

This stamp set coordinates with our Artistry Cricut cartridge.  So any of the red outlined or framed images can be cut using the cartridge instead of "fussy cut".  

This is a set of 12 stamps and as you can see from the various sentiments, can be used ALL YEAR ROUND!

Check out some projects made with this stamp set below:

Card

Treatbag

Cute right?

If you interested in purchasing the August Stamp of the Month - Framed, you can do it by clicking here or by emailing me by clicking here.

I hope your August is going well - have a wonderfully crafty day!

Lucy

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Christmas in August- Day 7

Good Morning Crafters!

Well, we're almost half way through my Christmas cards.  I've been having so much fun with these cards.

And honestly, I think I'm just thrilled that I've gotten some of my Christmas cards finished early this year.


Here is Card #7:



I decided to use our Corner Rounder for this card for a different look.

The background paper comes from our Snowhaven paper pack.  I then took a piece of Cranberry cardstock, which is a coordinating color to this pack and backed the card from the retiring My Crush Holiday Happenings Assortment.  I used the corner rounder on the cardstock as well.

I liked the sentiment on the card "Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse".

So, no Christmas tunes in my head today -- think it was just too hot.

Thanks for stopping by -- have a wonderfully crafty day!

Lucy



Wednesday, August 5, 2015

More NEW Crafty Goodness

Good Morning Crafters!

Today I wanted to talk to you about our "Get Organized" promotion this month.

We have some amazing organizational products and have just added two more organizers:  the Marker Roll-Up and our Accessory Roll-Up.


Here's our Marker Roll-Up:



AND when you purchase our Marker Roll-Up in the month of August, you qualify to receive and adorable new stamp set called "Balloon Wishes" for FREE!  Yup, for FREE!

This organizer is designed to hold up to 25 of our ShinHan Touch Twin markers and has interior elastic loops.  It rolls up and secures with a snap closure.  It also includes a hanging loop for easy vertical storage.

Here's our Accessory Roll-Up:


AND with the purchase of THIS organizer, you qualify to receive two (2) new Base & Bling style sheets:  Affirmations and Lovely Blooms FREE!

This organizer contains 16 pockets with zippers to hold Base & Bling products, embellishments, or accessories.  It rolls up and secures with a snap closure.  It also includes a hanging loop for vertical storage.

Aren't these wonderful?  I don't know about you, but I love getting all my crafty supplies organized.

You can take advantage of this month's promotion and get organized by shopping on my website by clicking here or email me with any questions by clicking here.

Have awonderfully crafty day!

Lucy




Tuesday, August 4, 2015

What's New for August?

Good Morning Crafters!

What's new for August? TONS!!!

I just love Close to My Heart, ESPECIALLY this time of year.  We are about to roll out a brand new Annual Inspirations Idea Book on September 1, 2015.

BUT, September 1st is a looooong time away, so, we are releasing some of our NEW Products in August for our Consultants and our Customers!  That's the first time Close to My Heart has done this - that's why I just love working with this company.

So let's start with our brand NEW ... wait for it ... Cricut cartridge!  What ?!?!?!  Yup, you heard me correctly.  We have a brand new Cricut cartridge AND you can get it NOW!

You don't have to wait until September 1st to get yours. Check out a picture of the bundle below:

Cricut Artistry Bundle

AND, for the first time ever, you can actually purchase the DIGITAL version of the cartridge in a bundle for only $79!  What ?!?!??  That's amazing!

If you are more traditional and would like the actual cartridge and the handbook, we still have that available as well, just click here.

As is our tradition, there are over 700 images in the new Artistry. They include shapes, layers, banners, borders, backgrounds, and a font.  Check out the images below:

Artistry - Page 1

Artistry - Page 2

Artistry - Page 3

Artistry - Page 4

Artistry - Page 5

Artistry - Page 6

Artistry - Page 7
LOVE this cartridge!  With the new collection, you will receive three (3) stamp sets that are Cricut compatible AND the Enchantment Cardstock Combo Pack.  Our paper cuts so well on the Cricut machine.

If that wasn't enough, we hae a new paper collection that is now available - the Zoe collection:





This paper is just adorable - you will LOVE creating with it!

Stay tuned for more NEW product info - in the meantime, enjoy looking at what is now available and let me know if you have any questions.  You can order directly by clicking here or by emailing me by clicking here.

Thanks so much for stopping by -- have a wonderfully crafty day!

Lucy







Monday, August 3, 2015

Christmas in August - Day 6

Good Morning Crafters!

Another day, another Christmas card for you!!

Here is Card #6:



Today's song in my head is "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" -- can't get it out.

This card was made using the Snowhaven paper pack as well as pieces out of the My Crush Holiday Happenings Assortment pack.

I used some of the stickers in the pack for this card.  I love the way it all coordinates, don't you?

Have a wonderfully crafty day!

Lucy



Sunday, August 2, 2015

Christmas in August - Day 5

Good Morning Crafters!

Today is Day 5 of my 15 days of Christmas.  I am posting a card a day.  

I don't know about you but each year I promise myself that I will start making my Christmas cards early so that I am not running around at the last minute trying to make them.

Well this year, I actually am doing it!  I am creating at least one set of Christmas cards this summer.

Here is Card #5:




I used Cranberry cardstock for the bottom layer of the card.  I also used a couple of pieces out of our retiring My Crush Holiday Happenings Assortment pack.

I stamped the trees on the bottom of the cardstock using Cranberry ink.  The stamp set is in the Snowhaven Workshop on the Go.

Thanks so much for stopping by -- have a wonderfully crafty day!

Lucy







Saturday, August 1, 2015

Christmas in July - Day 4 aka Christmas in August

Good Morning Crafters!

Okay, I know it's really August but I did start this Christmas project in July, so ...

I don't know about you, but everytime I work on a project for Christmas, Christmas songs run through my head.  Today, the song was "Have a Holly Jolly Christmas" - not sure if that's the title or if that's just one of the verses.

Okay, without further ado, Card #4!



Again, for this card, I used paper from our retiring Snowhaven paper pack as well as our retiring My Crush Holiday Happenings Assortment pack.

As you can see, I did some simple layering for the sentiment "There's no place like home for the holidays."  I also used some of our 3D foam tape to pop it.

Thanks so much for stopping by - I hope I may be inspiring you to start your Christmas projects early this year.

Have a wonderfully crafty day!

Lucy


Friday, July 31, 2015

Christmas in July - Day 3

Good Morning Crafters!

It's Day 3 of my 15 Days of Christmas in July.  

Am having so much fun with this project!

Here is Card #3:


I used some of our designer paper from our retiring Snowhaven paper pack, Red Shimmer Trim, and our Holiday Happenings Assortment for this card.

I hope you enjoyed today's card - have a wonderfully crafty day!

Lucy


Thursday, July 30, 2015

Christmas in July - Day 2

Good Morning Crafters!

It's Day 2 of Christmas in July!  Even though it's been in the high 80's and 90's (AND humid) here in California, I'm still in that Christmas spirit.

Here is card #2 of my 15 Days of Christmas in July:



Today's card was made using the retiring Holiday Happenings Assortment from our My Crush line of products as well as some Cranberry cardstock.

Are you making anything for Christmas yet?

Stay tuned tomorrow for another card - have a wonderfully crafty day!

Lucy





Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Christmas in July - Day 1

Good Morning Crafters!

Ever since I went to the Close to My Heart Convention earlier this month, I have been in the mood for Christmas!  Yup, you heard me, Christmas!

At Convention, on Day 2, they unveiled our new Holiday Expressions catalog that will be available on September 1st - with SO much fun stuff!

Home office really does it right at Convention.

To introduce the new Holiday Expressions catalog, they had snow falling, they dressed in holiday clothes, and had Christmas music playing - very cool:



Christmas has always been my favorite holiday of the year and this just makes THIS year even better!  I get to make some really awesome Christmas presents for family and friends with all of the fun new products we will have.  

Soooo, I decided to start a little early and use some of our current Christmas products to make Christmas cards now.

Here is my first Christmas card of the season for your enjoyment:



I used paper from our Snowhaven paper pack as well as our Holiday Happenings Assortment from our retiring My Crush line of products.

Stay tuned for 14 more days of Christmas!

Have a wonderfully crafty day!

Lucy

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Jump on it July!

Good Morning Crafters!

I just wanted to remind you that July is almost over and your opportunity to get a FREE or reduced price stamp set is ending soon!

In July, Close to My Heart, has a "Super Sweet Steal" campaign going on! It's Jump on it July!

During the month of July, when you purchase $25 in current, retail priced stamps, you qualify to receive either the July Stamp of the Month (Life is Wonderful) for FREE or any one of the Hostess Rewards stamp sets featured in the Annual Inspirations 2014 - 2015 or Seasonal Expressions 2 for ONLY $5.  

That is a savings of up to $17.95!  Check out the July stamp set out below:

Life is Wonderful

Here are some cute projects made with this stamp set:




If you would like to see a BUNCH of projects made by other Close to My Heart consultants using the July Stamp of the Month for ideas, just click here for a list and start hopping from blog to blog. I wasn't able to participate in this blog hop because of Convention, but I definitely wanted to share some awesome artwork with you!

Below are cute projects made with our Hostess Reward Stamp Sets that qualify for this month's campaign:

Sweet as Sugar (D1615)
Thanksgiving Wreath (B1454)
Happy Hexagons (C1596)
Sing Glory (C1587)

Be Jolly (B1455)
Hats Off (C1593)
Well Wishes (A169)
Better with a Friend (D1608)
Cuddily Salutations (B1458)
Practical Planning (A1163) 
Exotic Flower (B1477)
Paper Bird (C1613)
Tagged with Love (C1614)

How fun are those projects and stamp sets?  

Remember these stamp sets are only available through August 30, 2015 AND if you want to get them (at a reduced price!) through this fabulous July promotion, you only have until July 31st to get them!

If you have any questions or want to order you can go directly to my website by clicking here or email me by clicking here.

Thanks so much for stopping by - have a wonderfully crafty day!

Lucy