Saturday, November 3, 2012

November Deals and {Play} Dates

Autumn is my most favorite time of year! The smells of the crisp aspens just as they turn, fresh apple pie and homemade cranberry sauce, the crimson-lined streets as the trees show their best shade, grateful blessings, friends and family. It doesn't get any better! I wanted to share with you some beautiful artwork today, created by Karen Pedersen, where noted. She has designed some amazing classes, which I am offering in November, and she has graciously allowed me to share her art with you.

Here's what's in store for November:
1. Stamp of the Month
2. Capture the Savings
3. Play Dates

  • Christmas Advent Calendar
  • Flirty Scrapbook Layouts

1. Stamp of the Month

Get the Stamp of the Month set of 72 stamps for just $5 (S1211A) when you place an order of $50 or more in products. Jump-start the fun by ordering the items from the list below to create this artwork! You’ll find helpful assembly tips at my website under Promotions. Available November 1–30, 2012

Dakota Paper Packet
($9.95, X7157B, Autumn/Winter 2012 Idea Book p. 32)

Slate Exclusive Inks® Pad($5.25, Z2173, p. 9)

Posh Journaling Spots
($5.95, Z1755, p. 129)

Sparkles Clear Assortment
($2.95, Z1752, p. 127)

Baker’s Twine Neutral Assortment
($4.95, Z1701, p. 125)

Cricut® Artiste Collection($99, Z1790, p. 15)

RECOMMENDED BLOCKS: 1” x 1” (Y1000), 2” x 2” (Y1003), 2” x 3½” (Y1009)

2. Capture the Savings

In November, you’ll get something extra when you buy the stamp of the month—50% off another stamp set! When you place an order of $50 or more in full retail products and buy the November Stamp of the Month set, Capture the Date, for just $5, you can pick any stamp set* at 50% off! Get Capture the Date and then capture the savings today!

To show our support of Red Cross relief efforts for those areas of the US severely affected by Hurricane Sandy, Close To My Heart will donate $1 for every Stamp of the Month set sold as a part of this promotion during November. So pick one up today and lend a helping hand.
*Shipping/handling may apply. Offer valid November 1–30, 2012. Offer valid for A–E and M size stamp sets only; K size, Workshops on the Go®, Cricut® collections, and Stamp of the Month stamp sets are not eligible for this promotion. Maximum of one 50% off stamp set per order.

3. Play Dates

Christmas Advent Calendar Workshop
Artwork by Karen Pedersen
You can participate in this workshop in one of three ways:

  1. Come to an in-person class (see dates and times below)
  2. Participate long-distance
  3. Host this workshop in your home with you and at least 5 friends and I'll come to you (in Utah).You, as hostess, will earn at least $40 in hostess rewards and at least one half-off item (and that's only if everyone only purchases the Basic Kit. The more you sell, the more you earn)!
Call or email me to order a kit and sign up in one of those three ways (check the side bar for contact info). Read on for more details...

The finished project is 14" x 14" x 2 3/4" and each daily drawer is 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" square. It's a darling Christmas decoration and very functional. One of the things I love most about it is that the little drawers are so roomy you can easily fit enough treats in each one for each child or grandchild that will want to pull out the drawer each day in December. (Most advent calendars are only for one treat or prize.)  My friend, Karen, had the great idea of filling each drawer with Hershey's Kisses and a scripture reference.

In person classes at my South Jordan Home (if you want to attend one of these classes, I need to hear from you no later than Monday, November 19):

  • Monday morning, November 26  from 10 am - 1 pm
  • Saturday morning, Novemberer 24 from 10 am - 1 pm
  • Saturday evening, November 24 from 7 pm - 10 pm
To attend the class, all you need to purchase is the Basic Kit.  Anything above and beyond that is up to you. I will be providing the items you see in  the Better and Best Kits for your use at the workshop, but you may want some of those items of your very own. View the kit details here.

Flirty Scrapbook Layouts
This class was designed by Karen Pedersen and these are just the funnest! This trendy, fun paper is such a bright turn for Autumn. The colors emulate the changing leaves and the brightness of the season. You can make these great layouts in my November Play Date Scrappin' Classes. I would LOVE to have you join us!  For details on how these classes work, just scroll down the left side of my blog until you see the section titled "Play Dates" and you can read all about it. 

Here are the three 2-page 12" x 12" layouts we will be making in November (click on any photo to see it larger and in more detail). If you would like to participate, please contact me (look to the top of the left column for info) with your kit order no later than Thursday, November 7.

You can participate in my Play Group classes in one of three ways:

  1.  Attend a class in person
  2.  Host one in your home with your friends (and earn free product!). Call or email me to schedule your date
  3.  Participate long distance. Just add $5 to the kit total you see to have your kit shipped directly  from me to you. (call or email me to order your kit)
In person class dates and times:

  • Monday morning, November 12,  10 am - 1 pm
  • Friday evening, November16, 8 - 10  pm
I'm confident you will enjoy what we do and be very happy with the projects you make! Layout #2 was inspired by the fabulousVicki Wizniuk and Layout #3 was inspired by the wonderful Liz Johnson. Thanks, ladies!

After the layout photos, you'll find the shopping list.  Keep reading...
Layout #1: "Autumn Bloom"

Layout #1: without photos

Layout #1: detail shot one

Layout #1: detail shot two

Layout #1: detail shot three

Layout #1: detail shot four

Layout #2: "Family" (inspired by Vicki Wizniuk)

Layout #2:  without photos

Layout #2: detail shot one

Layout #2: detail shot two

Layout #3: "Happiness" (inspired by Liz Johnson)

Layout #3: without photos

Layout #3: detail shot one

Layout #3: detail shot two

Layout #3: detail shot three

Layout #3: detail shot four
 Shopping List:  To attend or participate in a class, all you are required to purchase is the Basic Kit.  If you want to purchase the Better or Best Kits, or even pick and choose a few items from those to add to your Basic Kit, you are welcome to, but it is not required.

Basic Kit (this is all that you are required to purchase to participate) 

Subtotal: $31.36
Total with Shipping and Tax: $35.90 (add $5 more if you are participating long distance)

Better Kit = Basic Kit + the following products (I recommend this kit!) 

Subtotal: $48.21
Total with Shipping and Tax: $55.31 (add $5 more if you are participating long-distance)

Best Kit = Basic Kit + Better Kit + the following products  

Subtotal: $70.61*
Total with Shipping and Tax: $81.00 (add $5 more if you are participating long distance) 

*at this purchase level ($50 or more)  you qualify for the November Stamp of the Month ("Very Merry Christmas" - $17.95 value) at only $5! 
e) at only $5! 

Phew! I know that was long, but thanks for sticking with me! Have a great November and a Happy Thanksgiving!

Warm wishes,

Monday, October 29, 2012

Spooky Banner {Cricut Artiste and Art Philosophy}

I bought some random Halloween papers at my local craft store a few years ago and they have been sitting, collecting dust ever since. All cute papers but nothing to go with them! That's one of the main things I love about Close To My Heart - everything coordinates! Not only that, but with My Reflections Paper Packs, you don't get home and have one really cute paper... and nothing to dress it up with.
 I've been on vacation this past week and spent it at home. Sometimes that can be really relaxing and sometimes it's not! I had a little of both this week and was able to spend my relax time on this fun project.
This banner is a combo effort, using both of CTMH's exclusive cartridges, Art Philosophy and Artiste and no stamping! Let Cricut do the work for you. I programmed cuts in between loads of laundry. The B&T's used for the pennants' bases are Little Yellow Bicycle. The rest of the products are all CTMH.
Using Art Philosophy, cut one pennant per B&T (the first striped and the last white bat are the same paper, different sides). Pennants: Stripes "S" pennant: Page 29, cut at 7"; Second "O" purple diamond: Page 29, cut at 10 1/2"; Spider web "P" pennant, page 60, cut at 9 1/4", White with black bat "Y" pennant, page 60, cut at 6 1/4"; Orange First "O" pennant, page 68, cut at 8", black graveyard "K" pennant cut with Fit To Page, which scaled at 11 1/2". Cut your letters in White Daisy cardstock using the Font Layer feature, all in lower case at 3": "S" page 42, "P" page 40, 2 letter "O" page 30, "K" page 38, "Y" page 36. Rosettes: Floral rosette in Orange (retired), page 41, using the Decorative Layer feature x 6 count; The Black Discs are the negative center of the circle frame on Page 41, using the Layer feature, cut at 1 1/2".

Artiste: Rosettes (cont.): page 50, cut 12 pinwheel flower strips in Pansy Purple (retired) at 1 1/2" (you need 2 per rosette.) Fold and adhere the ends together with a little Tombow Adhesive. Flatten and adhere to the pennants with Liquid Glass. Spider: Page 77, use Shift, Accent 4 plus the [Halloween] key, and cut at 2". Spiderweb Border: Page 76, use Shift, Accent 4 plus the [Eek!] key and cut at 1 1/2". Glowing Eyes: Page 77, use Shift, Accent 3 plus the [Halloween] key and cut at 4".

Tie on a little Black 1/4" stitched grosgrain ribbon and some D-rings and you're done!

Warm wishes,


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