Thursday, February 16, 2017

CTMH Fundamentals Creative Collections Blog Hop

Welcome to the CTMH Fundamentals Creative Collections Blog Hop. For this hop there are over 20 bloggers sharing projects they created with the Fundamentals Creative Collections. If blog hopping is new to you, we try to keep it easy: just keep clicking on the link to the next blog (typically near the bottom of the post) to visit the next stop. Our blog hop is circular so visiting the next blog will take you back to where you started.


You should have arrived here from ***Darlys Recker's Crafty Happy***. If you get lost along the way, Melinda Everitt keeps a list of participants on her blog at If You Bling It.

The Fundamentals Creative Collections come in four colorways to coordinate with each Exclusive Color Palettes: Whimsy, Adventure, Enchantment and Basics. You will find the Fundamentals Creative Collections on pages 14 to 31 of Annual Inspirations 2016-2017 and on pages 44 to 47 of Seasonal Expressions 1.

Our family is welcoming a baby this Spring so I decided to create this card for the parents-to-be. The gender was already revealed so it was easy to choose papers to create the card.


The card front uses three Cricut® shapes (listed below) and a Thin Cut. I heavily used the Slice feature in Cricut® Design Space for the card front and inside. My first thought was to use Whisper or Slate cardstock behind the rain drops, but they seemed too dark so I used the watercolor-type paper from the Whimsy Fundamentals.

This is how I completed the inside.


Again, I used the Slice feature a lot. I tried adding a patterned paper behind the words "Welcome" and "Sweet", but I thought it made it difficult to read. For some reason I struggled a bit with the design for this card. Finally I used Cricut® Design Space to audition many baby images, design and create my card. I hope the parents-to-be and you love the card.

Before you head to ***Paper HeARTIST Creations by Tamytha Jenkins***, the supplies I used to create my project are listed below.

All supplies are from Close To My Heart except where noted:
If you are not already working with a CTMH Independent Consultant, you may purchase all of the supplies I used at my Online Business Address.

Before you leave I would be delighted if you left me a comment letting me know what you think of my project. So you do not have to scroll back up, the next stop on the hop is ***Paper HeARTIST Creations by Tamytha Jenkins***.

I hope you are finding many ideas for using the Fundamentals available from Close To My Heart. Thanks for hopping with us!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

CTMH Fundamentals Creative Collections

I am participating in a CTMH Fundamentals Creative Collections Blog Hop soon (my post will be available on February 17th) so I thought today might be a good time to remind you of the Fundamentals options available in Annual Inspirations 2016-2017 and those introduced in Seasonal Expressions 1.

There are Fundamentals Creative Collections that coordinate with each Exclusive Color Palette: Whimsy, Adventure, Enchantment and Basics.

The Whimsy Fundamentals Creative Collections can be found on pages 14 to 17 of Annual Inspirations 2016-2017 and have the following featured colors: Thistle, Crystal Blue, Glacier, Juniper, Sweet Leaf, Canary, Flaxen, Sorbet, Pixie, Smoothie. The Springtime Complements were introduced in Seasonal Expressions 1 on page 46.

Whimsy Fundamentals (Z3255)
Whimsy Ribbon Pack (Z3287)
Baby Girl Complements (Z3272)
Baby Boy Complements (Z3273)
Springtime Complements (Z3307)
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The Adventure Fundamentals Creative Collections can be found on pages 18 to 21 of Annual Inspirations 2016-2017 and have the following featured colors: Pansy, Pacifica, Lagoon, Emerald, Willow, Lemon, Tangerine, Blossom, Raspberry, Cranberry. The My Girl Complements were introduced in Seasonal Expressions 1 on page 45.

Adventure Fundamentals (Z3253)
Adventure Ribbon Pack (Z3286)
Good Life Complements (Z3264)
My Girl Complements (Z3308)

The Enchantment Fundamentals Creative Collections can be found on pages 22 to 25 of Annual Inspirations 2016-2017 and have the following featured colors: Eggplant, Sapphire, Peacock, New England Ivy, Fern, Saffron, Goldrush, Poppy, Pomegranate, Ruby. The My Boy Complements were introduced in Seasonal Expressions 1 on page 44.

Enchantment Fundamentals (Z3254)
Enchantment Ribbon Pack (Z3288)
School K–6 Complements (Z3265)
School 7–12 Complements (Z3266)
My Boy Complements (Z3306)
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The Basics Fundamentals Creative Collections can be found on pages 26 to 31 of Annual Inspirations 2016-2017 and have the following featured colors: Black, Slate, Whisper, Cocoa, Chocolate, Saddle, Cashmere, Champagne, Desert Sand, Bamboo. The Snapshot Complements were introduced in Seasonal Expressions 1 on page 47.

Rustic Home Fundamentals (Z3262)
Rustic Home Ribbon Pack (Z3292)
All Together Complements (Z3267)
Memo Fundamentals (Z3294)
Uptown Fundamentals (Z3263)
Uptown Ribbon Pack (Z3289)
You & Me Complements (Z3269)
All About the Gold Fundamentals (Z3246)
Snapshot Complements (Z3309)
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As you can see, with some gold glitter and foil accents on complements, the Basics are anything but basic. Also, many of the complements will work across collections.

Please stop back on Friday to see the projects we have created to share with you. If you are ready to place an order or would like to research any product, the Shop Now button will take you there.



If you have any product or promotion questions, do not hesitate to email me. You will also find me on Facebook at Brenda's Paper Crafts. Thank you for visiting today.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Close To My Heart One-Day Sweet Sale

Happy Valentine's Day! Today is the Close To My Heart One-Day Sweet Sale! Set an alarm on your smart phone as it starts at 5:00 pm EST!


In celebration of the sweetest holiday of the year, Close To My Heart is holding a one-day flash sale on my Consultant website—it's called a Sweet Sale! The sale will give you a chance to get a 30% discount on selected products from Annual Inspirations and Seasonal Expressions 1.

The Sweet Sale starts February 14 at 5:00 pm EST and will end at that same time on February 15 . Sale prices are only available on orders placed through my Online Business Address (OBA) during these times. All discounted items ordered as part of this sale count towards Stamp of the Month qualifying order totals. As usual with discounted items, shipping and handling will be based on the full retail value of sale items.

To see which items will be discounted during this sale, visit the shopping cart on my OBA at any time during the sale—the Sweet Sale items will be listed on that page. All the items included in the sale are only available while supplies last, and discounts are only good for 24 hours, so be sure to get your orders in before the sale ends!

The Corporate Office will be emailing all newsletter subscribers at the beginning of the sale to let you know (or remind you) that the sale has begun. If you have not subscribed to the newsletter from the Corporate Office, I posted how to subscribe a few months ago. You will find that post here.

I hope you will find items on your wish list are part of the Sweet Sale. Thank you for visiting today and Happy Valentine's Day!

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Hello Lovely Blog Hop

Welcome to our Close to My Heart Hello Lovely Blog Hop! On this hop we will be showcasing items created by several talented Close To My Heart Independent Consultants using the Hello Lovely collection available in Seasonal Expressions 1.


If you are visiting from Haley Dyer’s blog then you are on the right track, if not please start at the beginning with our hostess Carol.

For today's hope I created this card using the Hello Lovely papers and Cardmaking Thin Cuts Bundle. I stamped the floral on vellum using VersaMark Ink and heat embossed with Princess Gold Embossing Powder. I colored on the back of the vellum using ShinHan markers. Sometimes I colored the same space with two different markers to create different tones and I also colored some areas two or more time to try to create a deeper color.


I cut the vellum and a layer of White Daisy cardstock using the Thin Cuts. I used dots of liquid glue behind the embossing to attach the vellum to the White Daisy cardstock. I added this layer using 3-D Foam Tape. To create the bow I used the Adorable Little Bow video Close To My Heart posted to their Instagram account, except I did not staple the middle to "scrunch" the center, I just wrapped it with another piece of ribbon. The floral at the bottom of the card is a zip strip.

All supplies are from Close To My Heart except where noted:
If you are not already working with a CTMH Independent Consultant, you may purchase all of the supplies I used at my Online Business Address.

Before you head to see what Erica Haskin created, please take a moment to let me know what you think of my card. I love to read your comments and I hope you are finding many ideas for using the Hello Lovely collection.

Here is a copy of the blog hop list. Clicking the blog address will take you directly to each person's Hello Lovely blog post.

Carol Loftus http://carolloftus.blogspot.com/
Julie Scott http://craftwithjulie.blogspot.com/
Haley Dyer http://inkyscrapper.blogspot.com/
Brenda Lapp - you are here http://centralnyscrapper.blogspot.com/
Erica Haskin http://dressesandspurs.blogspot.com/

Thank you for hopping with us today!

Saturday, February 4, 2017

My Legacy™ 12" x 12" Albums

Close To My Heart offers two 12" x 12" album options: Post-bound and D-ring. The albums come in nine colors.

Post-bound D-ring
Black (Z5300)
Black (Z5200)
Grey (Z5301)
Grey (Z5201)
Brown (Z5302)
Brown (Z5202)
Navy (Z5303)
Navy (Z5203)
Teal (Z5304)
Teal (Z5204)
Red (Z5305)
Red (Z5205)
White (Z5306)
White (Z5206)
Sea Glass (Z5307)
Sea Glass (Z5207)
Pink (Z5308)
Pink (Z5208)

The Black, Grey, Brown, Navy, Teal and Red versions were introduced in Annual Inspirations 2016-2017 and are shown on pages 10 and 11 (you will find the Memory Protectors™ on pages 12 and 13). I expect these colors will be available until at least July 31, 2017–the end of this Annual Inspirations (I will post the retiring list as soon as Corporate publishes it; check my blog in June).

The White, Sea Glass and Pink versions were introduced in Seasonal Expressions 1 (2017) and are shown on pages 48 and 49. I believe these colors will only be available until April 30, 2017–the end of SE 1 (again, I will post the retiring list as soon as Corporate publishes it; please check my blog in March.

A note about the My Legacy™ post-bound albums...CTMH recently began including plastic post supports with the post-bound albums to reinforce the binding. Those of you who previously ordered one or more of the My Legacy™ post-bound albums should have received post supports in the mail.

You add the post supports by simply removing the post from your album and sliding the post support over the long part of the post until it rests against the smaller end. Add the post back to the album with the washer between the end of the post and the binding so that it sits flush against the white interior of the album. Add the post supports to all three posts to strengthen the durability of your album’s binding.

Post-bound albums ordered recently should have the post supports installed already, but if you receive the post supports separately, just follow the instructions above to install them.

As always, if you have any product questions, please do not hesitate to email me. Thank you for visiting today.

Friday, February 3, 2017

New Hostess Rewards Option

I have new Hostess Rewards options to share. We were recently told that the Cut Above™ Layout Kits introduced in Seasonal Expressions 1 are eligible for Hostess Rewards. You will find them on pages 54 and 55 of Seasonal Expressions 1.

Cut Above™ Layout Kit
Forever & Always

(Z3319)
Cut Above™ Layout Kit
Little One

(Z3320)

Cut Above™ Layout Kits are a great choice for those new to memory keeping. You get the materials needed to make a 2-page scrapbooking layout. Visit either of the links above for a full product description and to view a video to see how a Cut Above™ Layout Kit works. They are also a great option for a seasoned scrapbooker who wants to quickly get a layout done without pulling out many tools.

In case you missed my post about Hostess Rewards in January, Host a Gathering - Earn Hostess Rewards, please click the link to see some of the other items available using Hostess Rewards. Many of them are not pictured in the Idea Books.

If you would like to earn Hostess Rewards, please email me to discuss hosting an online or in-home CTMH Gathering. Thanks for stopping by today.