Saturday, July 28, 2012

Close To My Heart Alcohol Markers


Do you like to color? I like to sit in front of the TV or Campfire and color. It seems to relieve stress and clear my mind as I think about what I am coloring and not about the day’s events. So, I was so excited at convention when they announced that Close to My Heart has their own version of alcohol markers. You see, I am a certified Copic Marker instructor (Alcohol Markers) so I know all about alcohol markers.

The basics of Close to My Heart alcohol markers are:

· They stay wet long enough to blend colors together

· They do not pill the paper

· Odorless

· Waterproof

· Color on a variety of surfaces like paper, fabric, plastic, glossy surfaces like sparkles and pearls and many more.

· They are sold in a 2 pack : one color matching our 40 color pallet and either a lighter or darker version of that same marker so it takes the guesswork out of figuring out which color would shade well.

· Dual tipped: one brush tip and a fine tip on the other end

· Affordable

There are many more advantages to alcohol markers that I will explain further in my Alcohol Marker Classes starting in September.

_7287277 alcohol markers (Small)

This image is an OLD CTMH stamp that I bought when I first started selling CTMH in 2004. It is one of my favorite images (stayed tuned for the January 2013 Stamp of the month as it is similar…Yay!)

You can see that the image has dimension and depth from the variations in color. The only color I used to color this was the Cotton Candy marker with the Cotton Candy Light Marker that comes together.

If you would like to learn how to color like this then stay tuned for class times coming this fall.

Just a reminder that my open house it tomorrow, Sunday July 29th at 7pm.  Come and see all the new items that Close To My Heart unveiled at Convention and be the first to get an idea book to take home with you. 

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Open House


Open house at Laurie Flannery’s house at Pipestone, Sunday July 29th from 7-9pm

There will be:
New product and artwork displays
Cash and Carry Products
Cricut Demo
Door Prizes
Open House Only Specials
Free Make and Take
Snacks and Refreshments
Free Fall/Winter 2012 Catalog to take home       
and much, much more.

Call 854-2928 for directions

Bring a friend!

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Friday, July 20, 2012

Retiring List


With the new Fall/Winter Catalog starting on August 1 and bringing us lots of new product we must retire some of the current items to make room.  Here is a list of the items that are retiring.  This is  ***While supplies last***

You may go to my Online business Address to order any of these items. 

Z1163 Double Scrubber (Note: Being replaced with a new version.)
Z1006 Microfiber Cloth
Z1404 Quick Pic 12x12 Album - Dark Cranberry
Z1405 Quick Pic 12x12 Album - Outdoor Denim
Z1406 Quick Pic 12x12 Album - Dark Chocolate
Z4110 Snapease Album System
Z1323 Clear Cards - 4 1/4" x 5 ½" Asst.
Z1309 Clear Cards - 4 ½” Asst.
Z1383 Sweet Leaf Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon
Z1384 Designer Ribbon - Pink Collection
Z1397 Canvas Badge Buttons
Z1367 Bitty Brads Basic Asst
Z1368 Bitty Brads Metal Asst
Z1104 Clear Sparkles (Note: Being replaced with all round sparkles)
Z1698 Mini-Medley Accents - Pacifica
Z1320 Mini-Medley Accents - Tulip
Z1338 Mini-Medley Accents - Sunset
Z1488 Mini-Medley Accents - Honey
Z1403 Photo Hangers
Z1402 Hinges
Z1690 Bitty Buds Asst
Z1691 Bottle Caps
Z1693 Seaside Wooden Shapes (SOLD OUT)
Z1688 Comic Badge Buttons
Z1635 Heirloom Asst
Z1337 Dimensional Elements Ornaments (Note: Updated to coordinate with Cricut Artiste)
Z1224 My Creations All Sorts Mini Album
Z1334 My Creations Mix & Mingle Mini Album
Z1321 My Creations A-Door-Ables
Z1152 My Creations Cube
4275 My Legacy Writers
Z338 Euro Personal Trimmer (Note: Being replaced with Fiskars SureCut Deluxe Craft Trimmer)
Z339 Euro Trimmer Replacement Blades
Z340 Euro Trimmer Replacement Blade/Scoring
1766 Dotto Dots Dispenser
1767 Dotto Dots Refill

We have been told that our My Acrylix Stamp Sets are available for a period of one year - the current Idea Book and the one previous. Based on that, I have gone through the new AW 2012 book, SS 2012 book and AW 2011 book and believe these ones are going to be retired as they are NOT in the new AW 2012 book or the SS 2012 book.
A1095 Always Remember
A1099 Angel Sent
A1107 A Twinkle
A1108 A Flitter
A1109 A Sip
A1110 A Timber
A1113 A Game
A1115 A Holiday
B1356 St. Nick
B1359 Fright Night
B1361 Tannenbaum
B1362 Tag The Occasion
B1381 Holiday Cheer
B1393 Joyful Jar
B1394 John 3:16
C1379 Holiday Commentary
C1382 Holiday Commentary - Spanish
C1383 Holiday Commentary - French
C1401 Friendship Alphabet Small
C1408 Live Inspired
C1419 Harvest Home
C1420 Snow Days
C1423 Captured Moments
C1424 Nature's Gift
C1425 Month By Month
C1426 Thanksgiving
C1427 I Believe
C1429 Party Pennants
C1465 Unscripted
C1468 Winter Joy
C1470 Gnome Garden
C1471 Happy Clusters
C1472 Bundled Buddies
C1473 Remarkable Wreath
D1136 Giggle Caps
D1137 Giggle Lowercase
D1267 Rustic Numbers
D1306 Treasure Life
D1308 All Decked Out
D1373 Childhood Portrait
D1384 Snow Flurries
D1386 Save The Date
D1387 Made With Love
D1397 Save The Date - French
D1398 Save The Date - Spanish
D1401 Authentic
D1436 The Present
D1437 Party Animal
D1446 Adorn-able
D1449 Father Christmas
D1493 Fill In The Blank - Holiday
D1499 Live Your Style
E1002 Rustic Alphabet
E1006 Baroque Alphabet
E1011 Headline Alphabet Large
E1016 Friendship Alphabet Large

The following colors are NOT listed in the Autumn/Winter 2012 Idea Book.
The items numbers listed are for the 24 packs of cardstock where available.
Of course, with the color change, this also means that the Combo Packs will be retiring, as well as the Shade Packs. This will also mean the stamp pads and re-inkers will be gone as well. If you need these, you had better hurry! They do have a tendency to sell out FAST!
My best guess (after being a consultant for almost 9 years) is these will be available through July 31, 2012, while supplies last.
Grey Wool (5571)
Grey Flannel
Vanilla Cream (X5646)
Brown Bag
Baby Pink
Sunkiss Yellow
Key Lime
Heavenly Blue
Lilac Mist
Holiday Red
Sunny Yellow
Dutch Blue
Vineyard Berry
Garden Green
Spring Iris
Pansy Purple


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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Convention 2012 – Dallas Texas!


Close to My Heart Convention starts today in Dallas Texas.  Stay Tuned for all the exciting news about new products and programs.  I will post as soon as I can! 


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Monday, July 9, 2012

What inspires you?

_3186972 Little Darlings (Medium)

How do you scrapbook? What do you start with? Your Photos, Paper, a new Sketch? Maybe a color combination? I usually start with a paper packet. In this case I used Lucy. Then I went to my photos, and picked out a few that went with the paper, then I looked for a sketch that fit the photos I wanted to use. That is the order that I usually scrapbook to. What do you start with? What inspires you?

I did use Cricut Craft Room to cut my title so that I could weld the letters together.


All supplies are from Close To My Heart unless otherwise noted:

Imagine Sketch Book – Fantastic Five Page 62

Z1686 Cricut Art Philosophy

Lucy Paper Packet X7149B

Colors are Colonial White, Cotton Candy and Grey Wool.

C1305 Family Stamp Set

B1213 Little Angel Stamp Set

Z2125 Grey Wool Ink

Z2193 Cotton Candy Ink

Z1690 Bitty Buds Assortment

Chipboard flower


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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Happy Thoughts

_2056644 happy thoughts (Small)


_2056646 inside (Small)

To make this card I used the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge. I used the card Feature and used the square3 Button (C3) for the cards base. I also set it for the 5 ½ size. I then made the layer function of the same size to give a border around the outside of the card. The inside of the same cut was used on the inside of the card to decorate it. I love the yo-yos on the front and made them with the striped paper from the Florentine paper packet. Different borders made different sizes and patterns. So cool with little effort!

All supplies are from Close To My Heart:

Z1686 Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge

X7153B Florentine Paper Packet

X5646 Vanilla Cream Cardstock

D1476 Card Chatter Sympathy

Z2118 Desert Sand Exclusive Ink

Z1708 Sparkles Flourishes

Z1707 Bitty opaques Pearls

Z1718 Color Ready Garden Shapes

Z1391 Clear Buttons

Z1701 Neutral Assortment Bakers Twine

Z679 Liquid Glass

Z906 Bamboo Waxy Flax

Z726 Sponge Daubers

1772 Glue Dots

Z1151 3d Foam Tape

Z608 Scoring Stylus

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