Sunday, August 2, 2015

New Close to my Heart Consultant Kit August 2015

Do you crave creativity, relish warm relationships, or savor industry? We embrace all types, whether you’re creative-, community-, or business-minded. By becoming a Close To My Heart Consultant, you join an elite team that supports and honors what makes you exceptional.

It’s easy to join. Start by clicking HERE. As part of your enrollment you will purchase the Consultant Kit for only $129 USD. Your kit includes the basic business and creative supplies you need to start your journey and is valued over $445 USD! Join my team and discover all the wonderful rewards of being a Close To My Heart Independent Consultant.
Are you a former Consultant? When you re-sign up to be a Close To My Heart Consultant during August using the same email address from your previous Consultant account, you have the opportunity to pick from either a “business building essentials” version of the New Consultant Kit for $49 USD or a regular New Consultant Kit for $129 USD. What are you waiting for!

Contents of the New Consultant Kit Include:

  • Zoe B&T Duos™ Bulk Pack (BULK369, qty 1)
  • White Daisy Cardstock (1385, qty 1)
  • Whisper Cardstock (X5929, qty 1)
  • Glacier Cardstock (X5770, qty 1)
  • Sorbet Exclusive Inks™ Pad (Z2164, qty 2)
  • Glacier Exclusive Inks™ Pad (Z2641, qty 2)
  • Slate Exclusive Inks™ Pad (Z2173, qty 2)
  • Aqua Shimmer Trim (Z3086, qty 2)
  • Grey Enamel Gems (Z3089, qty 2)
  • My Acrylix® So Many Smiles (C1619, qty 2)
  • My Acrylix® In Review (C1622, qty 2)
  • My Acrylix® My Story (B1482, qty 2)
  • White Cards & Envelopes Value Pack (X254, qty 1)
  • Medium Organizer (Z4139, qty 1)
  • 2" × 6½" My Acrylix® Block (Y1010, qty 2)
  • 3" × 3" My Acrylix® Block (Y1006, qty 2)
  • Non-stick Micro-tip Scissors (Z1836, qty 2)
  • My Acrylix® Stamp Scrubber (Z1782, qty 2)
  • My Acrylix® Spritz Cleaner (1778, qty 1)
  • Bonding Memories™ Glue (1512, qty 2)
  • 3-D Foam Tape (Z1151, qty 1)
  • Round Sponge (Z697, qty 1)
  • Customer Order Forms (W101, qty 1, 25 per pack)
  • Annual Inspirations (WC1161, qty 10)
  • Holiday Expressions (WCS1161, qty 10)
  • Cardstock Color Sampler (W1136, qty 1)
  • Paper Fundamentals Sampler (W1137, qty 1)
  • Annual Inspirations B&T Duos™ Sampler (W1138, qty 1)
  • My Acrylix® Petite Perks™ Tribal Circles (W2032, qty 3)
  • Idea Book Postcard (W1129, qty 1)
  • Desk Pad (W1140, qty 1)
(Some items may not be shown. Contents are subject to change without notice.)
Items shown represent contents of New Consultant Kits ordered between August 1, 2015 and November 30, 2015. Contents are subject to change without notice, and change regularly based on product and collateral availability. Shipping and handling and applicable taxes apply.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Get Organized! and get Something for FREE

Get Organized! and get a FREE stamp set!

Get Organized! and get 2 FREE Base and Bling style sheets!

Artistry Cricut Cartridge from Close to my Heart

The new Artistry Cricut cartridge from CTMH is now here! Our newest cartridge includes shapes spanning a wide variety of themes, holidays, and seasons to add some visual spice to any project you create. Get back to basics with the unique font, banners, layered shapes, border, backgrounds, and other fun icons you'll find on this cartridge.
You not only get the cartridge with 700 images to cut but also will receive 3 stamp sets with coordinating shapes and an entire Combo Pack of Enchantment Cardstock (24 sheets of bold fall colors). This collection can be yours for only $99 (Z3167) or.......purchase the digital version for only $79 (Z3190)!
Base alphabet.
Icon 1
Icon 2
Shape layers

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Pop-Up Card/ Artfully Sent CTMH Cricut Cartridge/ Bird Cage Pop-up Card

I love making pop-up cards and now with CTMH's Artfully Sent Cricut cartridge, it is so fast and easy to make them. I cut all of the main images using the 'E' key except the mat for the Thinking of You came from page 40 (Icon, shift) and the butterfly is from Art Philosophy. I also used the contour feature to cut out a solid bird cage in Lagoon.
Using Blossom paper for the outside of the card, not much else is need to make to decorate the front of the card. A piece of Pear card stock was run through the Cuttle Bug. The Smile sentiment was cut from key '4', Icon and Icon shift. More butterflies from Art Philosophy.
I hope this inspires you to create something from your heart today.
Laurie Varner

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Bird Cage Card / Artfully Sent / CTMH / 'E' Key

I will be posting cards this week cut from the 'e' key on the Artfully Sent CTMH Cricut cartridge. The theme of the cards on this key are birdcage related. The card design was inspired by Lalia Harris. I used Blossom paper to high light the cage and cut the liner out of lagoon, backing the bird with smoothie. I cut the liner a little bit bigger so that it would be easier to adhere it to the cut outs of the cage. The flower and leaves were cut from CTMH's Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge.

I cut the liner out twice and sandwiched a piece of Smoothie between them to high light the bird. 

Detail picture of the flower, shaping the leaves and petals to give dimension.
I hope this inspires you to create something today!
Laurie Varner

Friday, April 17, 2015

Sunburst Technique

The Sunburst technique is colorful and fun. It uses up scraps and looks much more difficult than it is. I learned this technique from Technique Junkies.
For this example, I used a white card base (4 1/4 x 5 1/2) and a 3 x 5 1/4" Crème Brule (yellow) piece of card stock. I then measured from the center of the yellow rectangle to the corner so that I would know how long to cut my patterned paper. I then cut rectangles of different patterned papers 1 1/2 x 6" and cut them on the diagonal to create the wedges. I started placing the wedges form the center outward leaving a space between them. It will look like a mess at point because of the over hanging different pieces. Once all of your wedges and glued down to the yellow piece, flip it over and trim off all of the excess patterned paper even with the yellow piece. Adhere to your card base. cover the center where all the points come together with an embellishment or sentiment.
I hope this technique inspires you to create something from your heart.
Laurie Varner

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Artfully Sent CTMH Cricut Cartridge/ Pop-Up Card Samples/ Sneak Peek at Blossom and Jackson paper packs

Artfully Sent CTMH Cricut cartridge has so many options for card making. Below are samples of each of the different cards that can be cut from one key, the W on the key pad, and using each of the function keys.
Here is the inside of the pop-up function key for the W on the key pad. The animals and sentiment are cut using the icon function key with the W on the key pad. The branch, leaves and bird are cut out along with the box fold of the pop-up. I have backed the openings of the branch, leaves and bird with colored cardstock.
Here is a sneak peek of the soon to be released new Blossom paper pack.  I used shapes found on other pages of Artfully Sent to decorated the outside of the card using stamps that come in the Artfully Sent bundle. 

Sorry about the fuzzy photo. This is a card cut using the scene function key and the W on the key pad. Papers used are Brushed and a sneak peek at Blossom and Jackson papers.

 I just love how this scene card opens up.
The next card was cut using the sentiment function key and the W on the key pad. I just backed the words using different papers from the new Blossom paper pack and then lined the entire card with cream card stock.
The next card was cut using the shift sentiment function key and the W on the key pad. I layered the front of the card with Blossom paper and used our scallop border punch. 
 I added some green Blossom paper inside so that it would show through when the card is closed.
 Add some new Glacier thick twine and your done.
Another fuzzy photo but this is one of the cards that is cut using the sleeve function key and the W on the key pad. I have used Jackson paper and backed the wood grain cut out, before folding and gluing the tabs, to make it easier to slide things in and out.
 This is one of the pocket cards (pocket card function key, W on the key pad) cut at 4x6. It has the cute arrow cut out of it so I backed the card with Cocoa card stock. The words are from the zip strip of one of the new papers from Jackson.

 Here is the last card I cut using the sleeve function key, shift and the W on the key pad.  It cuts out a card that has the wood grain cut out of the front. I always look at the wood grain and see peacock. I just can't help myself, I love peacocks and their colorful feathers. My Grandmother had several on her farm in central Illinois. The base of the card is cut using Juniper card stock and the inside is Glacier. I used Lagoon and Outdoor Denim inks with a sponge to add the extra colors needed. 
I hope I have inspired you to create something fun today.
Here are some pics of the peacocks on my Grandmothers farm. The first picture shows the long run with 5 peacocks fanning all at the same time.
My Grandmother always had one peacock that was trained to stay around the farm, he would roost on the swing set over night and eat pieces of bread out of our hand. So many good memories as a kid from Michigan spending a few weeks of summer time at her farm in Illinois.