Sunday, October 1, 2017

October 2017 CTMH News

It's October?! When and how did that happen? I guess time flies when you are busy.

The October 2017 Stamp of the Month is Christmas Tunes

Christmas Tunes (S1710) is an exclusive D-size set of 7 stamps that is only available for purchase during the month of October 2017. 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: 2" x 2" (Y1003), 3" x 3" (Y1006), 2" x 3½" (Y1009) and 4" x 5" (Y1012).

CTMH Corporate Artists created two cards using the Christmas Tunes stamp set.

I have already used the stamp a couple of times; on a card I created for the Holiday Expressions New Product Blog Hop and on a card created with the National Stamping Month From the Heart Card Kit.

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 so you may re-create projects at home. I am participating in a Christmas Tunes blog hop this month; you will find my post here tomorrow. Please visit my CTMH 2017 10 Oct SOTM Christmas Tunes for additional ideas using the Christmas Tunes stamp set.

October 2017 —Share A Smile

The October monthly special will feature an exclusive set of Thin Cuts that will coordinate with our My Acrylix® Operation Smile™: Punny Pals stamp set (D1751). You may purchase the Thin Cuts on their own or as part of the Share a Smile Card Kit.

Operation Smile™: Punny Pals (D1751)

The exclusive card kit includes the Thin Cuts, card bases and envelopes, papers and instructions for you to create 32 adorable cards that are sure to brighten anyone's day. You may also purchase the card bases & envelopes on their own.

Item #Product Retail Price
D1751My Acrylix® Punny Pals Stamp Set$17.75
CC1340Thin Cuts—Punny Pals$28.95
CC1343Share a Smile Card Bases & Envelopes$9.75
CC1342Share a Smile Card Kit
Includes Thin Cuts—Punny Pals (CC1340), Share a Smile Card Bases & Envelopes (CC1343), and 10 paper sheets; stamp set sold separately
Your price

The Share a Smile Card Kit comes with 10 sheets of paper (1 cardstock sheet each of Bashful, Eggplant, Glacier, Lagoon, New England Ivy, Smoothie, Sweet Leaf, Thistle, White Daisy, and one gold glitter paper), 32 card bases and envelopes (3" x 3"), the Punny Pals Thin Cuts, and a color printed insert with cutting diagrams and instructions for 6 different card designs.

Every time you place an order and round-up to the nearest dollar, your round-up donation will go even further because Close To My Heart will be matching all round-up donations, up to $10,000!

Finally, this is something that should bring a smile to everyone. When you participate in the Share a Smile promotion by purchasing any of these special items or rounding up your order in support of Operation Smile™ you will automatically qualify for a chance to win a not-yet-released stamp set from the upcoming 2018 Seasonal Expressions 1 idea book! CTMH will be choosing winners throughout the month of October, so any time you place an order, you can be a winner!

There are ways to get the Share a Smile Card Kit for free. As a hostess when your Gathering reaches the third level of Hostess Rewards or higher or when you become a new consultant during October.

If you would like to create the cards as shown in the instructions, you may need some additional items if you do not already have them:
  • My Acrylix® Punny Pals Stamp Set (D1751)
  • Black Memento™ Ink pad (Z899)
  • Watercolor Paints (Z3132)
  • Waterbrush—Small Round (Z3224)
  • 2" x 2" My Acrylix® Block (Y1003)
  • Thin 3-D Foam Tape (Z2060)
  • Adhesive Runner (Z3372)
The stamp set was not included in the kit because some people may have already purchased it; by being available separate from the kit it preserves the $7 Operation Smile™ donation associated with the stamp set.

Disaster Relief Stamp Set: Stronger Together

Stronger Together (C1716)
As I posted on September 8, CTMH released this stamp set designed specifically to benefit those affected by disasters, such as the recent hurricanes in the United States and the wildfires throughout the US and Canada.

In order to be able to support multiple needs, the Corporate Office determined that proceeds from the sale of this set will be donated to the Red Cross, which provides relief efforts to multiple disasters, and which will allocate the funds to where they are needed most.

For this C-size stamp set, it is recommended that you use My Acrylix® blocks 1" x 1" (Y1000), 1" x 3½" (Y1002), 2" x 2" (Y1003), 3" x 3" (Y1006) and 2" x 3½" (Y1009).

CTMH Physical Cartridge Cricut® Collections to Retire

In case you do missed the news, the physical cartridges are retiring because Provo Craft has made the decision to discontinue production of physical Cricut® cartridges.

Cricut® Artbooking Collection
physical cartridge (Z3169)
Cricut® Artistry Collection
physical cartridge (Z3167)
Cricut® Flower Market Collection
physical cartridge  (Z3285)
Cricut® You Are Here Collection
physical cartridge (Z3389)

The CTMH Corporate Office has been able to secure enough inventory of the You Are Here collection to last through the duration of the Annual Inspirations 2017–2018 idea book, but effective immediately, all Cricut® Collections that include a physical cartridge are available while supplies last.

Of the above collections, all have a digital option except Artbooking. The Corporate office is working on tutorial videos to help us learn more about how to use Design Space and the newer Cricut® machines. Watch the Close To My Heart YouTube channel for the videos.

Holiday Expressions

The idea book has been valid for one month and the cover is generating quite a bit of talk. For those of you who would be interested in creating a village like on the cover, I have good news. The Corporate Office is working on instructions for creating a similar village and will post them on the Make It From Your Heart blog. Unfortunately I do not have an estimate when they will be ready.

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.


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