Sunday, July 15, 2018

My Acrylix® Stamps - Tips For Use & Care

Close To My Heart recently shared this video with tips for using and caring for My Acrylix® Stamps available exclusively from CTMH Independent Consultants.


This is a perfect time for Corporate to teach or remind us about the stamps available from Close To My Heart because July is Stampaganza.


When you purchase two stamp sets, you can get one of equal or lesser value for free. For this Stampaganza CTMH brought back the popular Solos.



During Stampaganza you are not limited to the returning Solos, but if you choose the Alphabet Solos Bundle be sure to contact me first – this bundle places you at the first level of Hostess Rewards. Choose from almost any stamp set in the current idea books (except SOTM, Operation Smile™ and stamp sets included in Cricut® collections).

Additional details about Stampaganza, including a Block Reference Chart for the Solos can be fund at my Time for a Stampagazna! post on July 2. Another reason it is a good time to purchase stamp sets is many sets are retiring on August 31st. Please see Close To My Heart Annual Inspirations 2017-18 Retiring Items and Close To My Heart Seasonal Expressions 2 Retiring Items to see which stamp sets are retiring; alternatively you can download a PDF (link opens in new tab).

If you would like to read more about a product or make a purchase, 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. I'm happy to had a chance to visit today.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Here’s to You Special

Starting tomorrow, on July 15, Close To My Heart is offering the Here’s to You Special.


The Here's to You special features a workshop kit that is inspired by one of life's special occasions – a wedding. The workshop kits feature four exclusive stamp sets designed for making elegant cards and layouts. The products in this workshop include four stamp sets and other items to create one 12" x 12" page and seven cards that can be used for weddings and many other occasions!

There are three options; just the stamp sets or two workshop bundles – one with and one without an embossing folder.

Here’s to You Exclusive Stamp Sets
Item #ItemPrice
B1596
Wishing You Joy
$9.95
B1597
To You
$9.95
B1599
Flourishing Friendship
$9.95
B1599
Sending Sunshine
$9.95

All of the stamps coordinated with the Artistry cartridge from Close To My Heart (that what the red outline indicates). I created a Cricut Design Space™ file to cut those shapes to stamp onto. If you are using the Expression 2 or older Cricut machine with a cartridge, the cuts are:

  • Joy ― #M4181A2 ― page 48 ― height 3½" ― Shape + <Christms>
  • Label ― #M4185C5 ― page 38 ― width 2½" ― Banner + <Spring>

Or choose one of the bundles; both include the stamps and are identical except one is available without the embossing folder:

Here’s to You Workshop Kits
Item #Bundle NameProduct IncludedPrice
CC7191
Here’s to You Workshop Kit
(Without Embossing Folder)
B1596 My Acrylix® Wishing You Joy Stamp Set
B1597 My Acrylix® To You Stamp Set
B1599 My Acrylix® Flourishing Friendship Stamp Set
B1600 My Acrylix® Sending Sunshine Stamp Set
X5941 Bashful Cardstock (1 sheet)
X5978 Glacier Cardstock (1 sheet)
X5979 Juniper Cardstock (1 sheet)
X5968 Lagoon Cardstock (1 sheet)
X5946 Linen Cardstock (2 sheets)
X5967 Pacifica Cardstock (1 sheet)
1385 White Daisy Cardstock (2 sheets)
Z3239 Silver Glitter Paper (1 sheet)
Z3367 Vellum Paper (1 sheet)
Z3370 White Pearls
X254 White Cards & Envelopes (7 cards and 7 envelopes)
$42.95
(retail value $57.55)
CC7190
Here’s to You Workshop Kit
B1596 My Acrylix® Wishing You Joy Stamp Set
B1597 My Acrylix® To You Stamp Set
B1600 My Acrylix® Flourishing Friendship Stamp Set
B1597 My Acrylix® Sending Sunshine Stamp Set
X5941 Bashful Cardstock (1 sheet)
X5978 Glacier Cardstock (1 sheet)
X5979 Juniper Cardstock (1 sheet)
X5968 Lagoon Cardstock (1 sheet)
X5946 Linen Cardstock (2 sheets)
X5967 Pacifica Cardstock (1 sheet)
1385 White Daisy Cardstock (2 sheets)
Z3239 Silver Glitter Paper (1 sheet)
Z3367 Vellum Paper (1 sheet)
Z3343 Rose Embossing Folder
Z3370 White Pearls
X254 White Cards & Envelopes (7 cards and 7 envelopes)
$48.95
(retail value $66.50)

The bundles are the same except for the addition of the Rose Embossing Folder in the bundle with item number CC7190. If you already have the Rose Embossing Folder, this gives you the option to purchase a bundle without the folder. When I did some quick math, the bundle without the folder is just $3.15 more than the four stamps alone (less than a package of White Pearls) and the bundle with the embossing folder is just $9.15 more than the four stamps (that is only 20 cents more than the cost of the embossing folder purchased separately).

You will find the Here's to You items under the Promotions menu of my Consultant Website or under Monthly Specials on the left if you are already shopping.

There are some additional materials needed to complete the Here’s to You workshop kit as shown in the guide, including:
If you do not have a Cricut® machine, please do not let that deter you from selecting this beautiful collection. If you do not have a Cricut® machine and purchase either of the bundles from my Consultant Website, please contact me using the form to the right and I will send you the cuts needed to complete the cards and layout in the Here's to You workshop.

Please download the Workshop Instructions PDF from the Promotions page (you should see a link near the bottom of the page); or you will find links below the Add to Cart button or after the Product Description on the Workshop Kit product pages. If you use Cricut Design Space™ and have the Artistry Cricut® Collection linked to your account, there is a URL to the project file in the workshop instructions.

Some important details to note about this special. The bundles are only available while supplies last, but the stamp sets are available for purchase throughout the special, from July 15 to August 31. There are no ordering limits and no qualifying purchase is necessary. Shipping is calculated on the full retail value of products. Purchase of any of the Here's to You products count toward the discounted Stamp of the Month and earning Hostess Rewards, but Rewards cannot be used to purchase the stamp sets or bundles. Also, the Here's to You stamps are not eligible for the Stampaganza monthly special.

If you have any questions about this or any other CTMH Special, please do not hesitate to contact me using the form to the right. If you would like to place an order or browse the products available from my CTMH Consultant Website, the Shop Now button will take you there.



You will also find me on Facebook at Brenda's Paper Crafts. Thanks for visiting and have a great day.

Friday, July 6, 2018

Stampaganza Blog Hop

Welcome to the Stampaganza Blog Hop featuring items created with stamp sets that are retiring on August 31. The stamp sets used are also available as part of the Stampaganza special. There are approximately twelve Consultants sharing recently created projects. When you click the link to visit the next blog (typically near the bottom of the post) you will have visited each blog and return where you started.


You should have arrived here from ***Melinda Everitt's If You Bling It***. If you get lost along the way, Melinda is also posts a list of hop participants for your convenience.

I had several card ideas, but it was so hot these past few days that I did not have the motivation in me to try to put any of my ideas to paper. As I colder weather fan, I was missing the snow and cold.

My card was inspired by this photo rotating on Consultant Websites this month, specifically the Good Times Card on the left.


Before cutting any paper, I did a mock-up of the card in Cricut Design Space™. Even though I did not plan to use my Cricut machine to cut, it is a great way to get a feel for the design without possibly cutting any paper in the wrong size or shape.


Since I did not have some of of the embellishments used on my inspiration, I used the long thin (lines) stamp in Thanks a Million to make my own zip-strip style paper and I used flowers from Documented—Cardmaking to make embellishments. I colored the flowers with a very dry waterbrush and ink that had transferred to the lid of my stamp pads. The stamp set does not have individual leaves, so I used some dies from my stash. I cut the leaves from White Daisy and colored the same why I did the flowers.

Before you head to ***Brandi Robinson's crzy4scrapbooking***, 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 Consultant website.

I hope you are enjoying our hop. If you have a minute, please leave a comment letting me know what you think of this card. So you do not have to scroll back up, the next stop on the hop is ***Brandi Robinson's crzy4scrapbooking***. Thank you for hopping with us!

8 Weeks Remain for the Current CTMH Idea Books

This post is just to remind you that the current Annual Inspirations 2017-2018, with this cover,


has been extended and is now valid until August 31, 2018 while supplies last. In the future, you will see the following Idea Book schedule:
  • "Holiday Expressions" will be valid from September 1 through December 31.
  • "Seasonal Expressions 1" will be valid from January 1 through April 30.
  • "Seasonal Expressions 2" will be valid from May 1 through August 31.
I am not sure the names of the Idea Books will remain the same as the current thinner books, the as you can see, the schedule remains the same.

On June 7, I posted a retiring list (this PDF opens in a new tab) that includes information about Annual Inspirations 2017-2018 and Seasonal Expressions 2. If you would prefer a visual list, please see Close To My Heart Annual Inspirations 2017-18 Retiring Items and Close To My Heart Seasonal Expressions 2 Retiring Items.

The current Seasonal Expressions 2 book, with this cover,


also expires on August 31.

During CTMH Convention I learned the following colors are also retiring:

Crystal Blue, Juniper, Flaxen, Sorbet (from the Whimsy Color Palette), Pacifica, Tangerine, Blossom, Cranberry (from the Adventure Color Palette), Poppy (Adventure Color Palette), and Nutmeg (Basics Color Palette).

There are a few products that are no longer available; they are listed in this table which I will periodically update between now and August 31.



If you are ready to place an order or would like to read more about a 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.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

July SOTM & Central Park

With a new month, the CTMH Corporate artists shared some wonderful new projects created with Highlight Reel, the July 2018 SOTM, and Central Park, the featured paper for July.


The supplies used to create the artwork above are:

8″ × 10″ You Made My Day Frame
X7231BCentral Park Paper Packet
1385White Daisy Cardstock
X7231CCentral Park Complements
Z4197Central Park Alphabet
Z4178Central Park Sequins
4¼″ × 5½″ Fun in the Sun Card (Vertical)
S1807My Acrylix® Highlight Reel — July Stamp of the Month
X7231BCentral Park Paper Packet
1385White Daisy Cardstock
Z3146Watercolor Paper
Z2816Cranberry Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad
X7231CCentral Park Complements
Z4178Central Park Sequins
Z3274Clear Sparkles
Z1263Bitty Sparkles
Z3132Watercolor Paints
Z3188Paintbrush Set
4¼″ × 5½″ Good Times Card (Horizontal)
S1807My Acrylix® Highlight Reel — July Stamp of the Month
X7231BCentral Park Paper Packet
1385White Daisy Cardstock
Z3146Watercolor Paper
Z2816Cranberry Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad
X7231CCentral Park Complements
Z4178Central Park Sequins
Z3274Clear Sparkles
Z1263Bitty Sparkles
Z3132Watercolor Paints
Z3188Paintbrush Set
12″ × 12″ Road Trip Page
S1807My Acrylix® Highlight Reel — July Stamp of the Month
X7231BCentral Park Paper Packet
1385White Daisy Cardstock
Z2825Mink Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad
Z2819Bashful Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad
X7231CCentral Park Complements
Z4197Central Park Alphabet
Z4178Central Park Sequins

If you would like a PDF of the recipes, you will find it here.

The July SOTM is available until 11:59pm MST on July 31st (that is 1:59am on August 1st for those of us on the East Coast). If you decide you would like to purchase the stamp set for $5 with a qualifying purchase, add the other items to your cart and then add the SOTM from the green Promotional Items area of your shopping cart.

Thank you for stopping by today. 

Monday, July 2, 2018

Time for a Stampaganza!

It's Stampaganza!


This month only, when you buy any two My Acrylix® stamp sets at full retail price you can get a third stamp set of equal or lesser value FREE!

For Stampaganza, Close To My Heart brought back the popular Solos! The alphabet and numbers may be purchased individually or there are bundles: Solos Alphabet or Solos Numbers. They can also be one of your free Stampaganza stamps.

Alphabet Solos
Solos "a" (B1225)
Solos "b" (B1226)
Solos "c" (B1227)
Solos "d" (B1228)
Solos "e" (B1229)
Solos "f" (B1230)
Solos "g" (B1231)
Solos "h" (B1232)
Solos "i" (B1233)
Solos "j" (B1234)
Solos "k" (B1235)
Solos "l" (B1236)
Solos "m" (B1237)
Solos "n" (B1238)
Solos "o" (B1239)
Solos "p" (B1240)
Solos "q" (B1241)
Solos "r" (B1242)
Solos "s" (B1243)
Solos "t" (B1244)
Solos "u" (B1245)
Solos "v" (B1246)
Solos "w" (B1247)
Solos "x" (B1248)
Solos "y" (B1249)
Solos "z" (B1250)
Number Solos
Solos "1" (B1286)
Solos "2" (B1287)
Solos "3" (B1288)
Solos "4" (B1289)
Solos "5" (B1290)
Solos "6" (B1291)
Solos "7" (B1292)
Solos "8" (B1293)
Solos "9" (B1294)
Solos "0" (B1295)
Solos Bundles
Solos Alphabet Bundle (CC7181)
Numbers Solos Bundles (CC7182)

For your convenience, CTMH created this Stampaganza Block Reference Chart:



But during Stampaganza you are not limited to just the returning Solos. Choose from almost any stamp set in the current idea books, (except SOTM, Operation Smile™ and stamp sets included in Cricut® collections).

If you would like to purchase the entire Alphabet Solos Bundle, please contact me first. When you purchase the bundle, you are already at the first level of Hostess Rewards. The first level of Hostess Rewards qualifies you for $25 of Hostess Rewards Credit. You may use the Hostess Rewards toward a variety of products including cardstock, most paper packets, most stamps (except SOTH, Operation Smile™ and stamp sets included in Cricut® collections), ink pads, re-inkers and more. If you are wondering if something is available using rewards, contact me via the form to the right and I will look it up for you.

Purchasing either of the Solos bundles makes you eligible for the Stamp Of The Month for only $5. Once you have added a Solos bundles to your cart (or any combination of products that totals $50), before you check out, look for the SOTM in the green-tinted "Promotional Items" area of your shopping cart and add it to your order there.

Hostesses that reach the third level of Hostess Rewards can receive their choice of three Solos number stamps sets for free. When you become a Consultant in July you can choose three Solos number stamps sets for free.

This Stampagnza is structured similar to past years and you need to be strategic about placing your stamp orders. For example, if you order one A-size, one B-size, one C-size and three D-size stamps, your free stamps will be the one A-size and one B-size stamps. If you need help placing your order to get the best bang for your buck, please let me know.

If you would like to place an order or browse the products available from my CTMH Consultant Website, 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.