Thursday, December 1, 2016

December 2016 CTMH News

The December 2016 Stamp of the Month is Thoughtful Flowers

Thoughtful Flowers (S1612) is an exclusive D-size set of 14 stamps that is only available for purchase during the month of December 2016. The stamp set can be yours for $5 when you place an order of $50 or more in qualifying Close To My Heart products (and you qualify for additional sets at $5 for each $50 you spend). Alternatively it is available at $17.95. Recommended CTMH My Acrylix® Blocks for this stamp set are: 1" x 3½" (Y1002) and 2" x 2" (Y1003).

CTMH Corporate Artists created these cards using the Thoughtful Flowers stamp set.

If you would like a list of the products used to create the above items, you will find the information in the Recipes for Holiday Expressions, a PDF file that lists the products used to make the samples in the Holiday Expressions. I am participating in a stamp set name blog hop this month; you will find my post tomorrow. Please visit my Pinterest Board CTMH 2016 12 Dec SOTM Thoughtful Flowers for additional ideas for using this stamp set.

December 2016 - It’s the Little Things

Create adorable mini albums to celebrate the little things in life or to celebrate a special occasion. Mini albums are a fast and easy option to create a meaningful gift or special keepsake. During December you can save 30%-off the retail price of the products you need!

There are three bundles to select from with the Every Life™ Album bundle having a choice of Memory Protector™ size.

Blue Jean Mini Album Bundle
Blush Mini Album Bundle
Adventure Mini Album Bundles
(see order number below)
Instalife™ Album—Blue Jean
Instalife™ Album—Blue Jean (Z3282)
Instalife™ Album—Blush
Instalife™ Album—Blush (Z3270)
Instalife™ Album—Blue Jean
Everyday Life™ Album—Stripes (Z9979)
#Life™ Cards—Enjoy
#Life™ Cards—Enjoy (Z3291)
#Life™ Cards—Hello Gorgeous
#Life™ Cards—Hello Gorgeous (Z3275)
My Crush® Adventure Calls
My Crush® Adventure Calls (Z9978)
#Life™ Overlays—Black
#Life™ Overlays—Black (Z3284)
#Life™ Overlays—Gold
#Life™ Overlays—Gold (Z3279)
Choice of 6" x 8" Memory Protectors™ (Z3252) bundle #CC1199
Memory Protectors™ Mini 4" x 4" (Z3116)
Memory Protectors™ Mini 4" x 4" (Z3116)
Choice of 4" x 6" Memory Protectors™ (Z3192) bundle #CC1200
Memory Protectors™ Mini 2" x 2" (Z3117)
Memory Protectors™ Mini 2" x 2" (Z3117)
Choice of 3" x 4" Memory Protectors™ (Z3191) bundle #CC1201

The retail value of the Instalife™ Album Bundles, in your choice of Blue Jean or Blush, is $27.75; during December you can purchase the bundles for $18.95 each. The retail value of the Everyday Life™ Album Bundle (each option comes with the Stripes album, but has your choice of Memory Protectors™, in 6" × 8", 4" × 6" or 3" × 4") is $29.85, but during December your choice of bundle is $19.95. The bundles are while supplies last, so be sure to order early so the one you like does not sell out.

To make printing the custom photo sizes more convenient, CTMH is recommending the online photo processor Persnickety Prints. They have tools that make it easy to print 2" x 2" and 4" x 4" sizes, as well as more traditional sizes.

What’s unique about Persnickety Prints is that, much like Studio J® photo processing that CTMH used to offer, they use an archival quality silver halide process for their photo prints. Starting December 1 will have a page set up especially for those of us creating with It's the Little Things album bundles with easy links to Persnickety Prints 4" x 4"  and 2" x 2" options.

Holiday Expressions Valid Until December 31

The year 2016 is quickly coming to an end and that also means the Holiday Expressions Idea Book (download a PDF here) is also quickly coming to an end. December 31 at 11:59pm MST is the last day you will be able to order from this Idea Book and some items could sell out before the end of the year. I just learned that the Thin Cuts Snowflakes (Z4003) were added to the Unavailable List this morning and are now listed as "retired and permanently unavailable to order". As soon as Corporate posts a retiring list I will share it, but based on the policy related to the availability of stamp sets that was introduced earlier in 2016 – stamp sets will only be available when they are pictured in a current Idea Book – I think we should work with the belief that all items in Holiday Expressions 2016 are retiring.

I mentioned the Australian/New Zealand stamp sets and Spanish and French versions of some stamp sets last month, but I think I does not hurt to remind you again. I know I am an out-of-sight means out-of-mind kind of person and maybe you are too.

Australian/New Zealand Stamps Retiring

Since they were not shown in the Idea Books that were available in North America, you might not know that CTMH offers stamps inspired by Australia and New Zealand. They were introduced when CTMH started operations Down Under in 2013. In early October I learned that 10 or so stamp sets are retiring on December 31, 2016. To see the stamps that are retiring, please visit an earlier blog post.

Spanish and French Versions of Some Stamps

In case you missed this when looking though Annual Inspirations 2016-2017 or Holiday Expressions 2016 (the links will take you to a PDF of the Idea Books), I wanted to point out that CTMH offers eleven stamps in French and Spanish versions. When browsing the Idea Books look for the globe icon to the left of the stamp set name (the legend near the front of each book describes all of the icons used in the books). I posted a link to the flyers highlighting the French and Spanish stamp sets in October. I expect the French and Spanish version of stamps in Holiday Expressions 2016 will retire on December 31, 2016.

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