Thursday, March 31, 2011

April Stamp of the Month Blog hop....Wow, Already?!

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! I'm not too sure how it happens, but the time between these hops seems to fly by!  I can't believe it's already time to share the VERY ELEGANT April Stamp of the Month with all of you! All of the Consultant's blogs will be featuring April's SOTM, which is "Blessed", a set of 12 beautiful stamps. If you have come here from Helen Onulak's Blog, you are on the right path! The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way all around, right back to where you began! If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants here.

This is the image of the stamp set "Blessed" that is featured this month....notice how it has base stamps, and also detailed stamps to stamp right over the base stamps!

This month we have many talented Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this month's SOTM and other great CTMH products on their blogs. This is simple to do - just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next one! Here we go!

As soon as I saw this stamp set, I thought "elegant" or "classic".  So, I cannot wait to see what all of the other Consultants have come up with. I created this 7" x 5" card after I chose a pattern from the Originals Card Confidence Program....

Boy, this sure didn't photograph well.  The center pieces are base stamped in black ink, heat set, and then embossed with silver embossing powder for the outlines.  On top of the shiney silver embossing, I added the Licorice Opaque Adhesive Gems to add some "bling".

Oh, and shhhhhhh, don't tell anyone, but do you see the flourish type stamping under the tiny opaques on the Bliss patterned paper? Well, I cut apart the stamp that has the long stem with the flower outline at the top so that I could use the stem "flourish" for more of a background stamp, and then used the larger opaques to make my own flower...and you know what the best part is? I can lay the CUT stamps out on a block, right next to each other and stamp all over again and NOBODY will be able to tell by looking at the stamped image that I cut the stamp itself that great, or what? I REALLY love the versatility of the Close To My Heart My Acrylix Stamps! Ok, maybe we shouldn't keep this little trick a secret?!?!

If you would like to skip over the products I used to make the card shown, "Hop" on over to Jen Patrick's Blog to see her amazing work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting ideas and other fun ideas! Remember, the SOTM is only available until Friday, April 30th so be sure to get yours! Contact your CTMH Consultant to see how you can get this stamp set at a discount or even free!

Products Used:
D1455- Blessed My Acrylix Stamp Set (April 2011 Stamp of the Month)
Y1003- 2" x 2" My Acrylix Block
Y1004- 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" My Acrylix Block
Y1010- 2" x 6 1/2" My Acrylix Block
Z1163- Double Scrubber
1778- My Acrylix Spritz Cleaner
Z891-Versamark Ink Pad
Z669- Silver Emossing Powder
Z555- Craft Heater
Z2105- Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z2124- Grey Flannel Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z2125- Grey Wook Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
X7132B- Bliss Level 2 Paper Packet
5571- Grey Wool 12"x12" Cardstock
X5646- Vanilla Cream 12"x12" Cardstock
Z338- Euro Personal Paper Trimmer
Z1297- Edge Distresser
1514- Tombow Mono Adhesive
Z1335- Opaques Adhesive Gems-Licorice
9032-Originals Card Confidence Program

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Hope For Japan...Help the American Red Cross efforts in Japan

Give a little hope to Japan by pruchasing an exclusive stamp set for just $5.00...

Here at Close to My Heart, our hearts go out to the victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, and like so many of you, we're eager to help.  And helping has never been easier!

During April, purchase the exclusive "Hope for Japan" A-size stamp set for the special price of only $5.00 (retail value $7.95) and Close to My Heart will donate 100% of the profits to the American Red Cross efforts in Japan.  This beautifully designed stap set reminds us of how our hearts are hopeful for those who are in need.  You may click on the link below to see artwork and the flyer for this stamp set.

Hope For Japan 

You may order online from my website if you choose.  The item number is A1118.  If you would like, I will be placing a combined order for these stamp sets which will save you money on shipping.  Contact me at My Creative Clubhouse, (262) 338-CLUB (2582) if you would like to have your order combined with other.

This is a great cause, and a beautiful stamp set also.  Please contact me as soon as possible if you would like to be included on this upcoming order!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Beginner's Quilling Classes...Did I do that?!

My Creative Clubhouse's second Beginner's Quilling Class was held last week Thursday, March 24th.  I think I have said this before, but I LOVE this class because I get to be the STUDENT!  Yep, my dear friend, Candy Schopp (pronounced "shop" and yes, that's her real name) teaches this class, and I get to learn...whew whoooo!

The very first class, we learned the basics on how to make circles, both tight & loose, and how to take those circles and make different shapes out of them.  This time around, we practiced more circles, and even learned how to make hearts (my favorite) and swirls....if you can believe this, after only two classes, I made this super cute picture mat!

These are not the best pictures in the world, and it's kind of hard to see the deep red & green on the black background...but in real life, it looks awesome!  I can't wait to find the perfect picture to put into this mat.  I think I will try to find a nice picture of my two boys together, I think that would finish out this very well!

If you are interested in joining the Beginner's Quilling Class, our next class will be held Thursday, April 28th at either 11 am - 1 pm or 6 pm - 8 pm, and costs just $10.00 per person.  You can also be a part of all the fun surrounding "Spring Bling....a Diva Thing", since that will be running here in downtown West Bend from Noon until 9 pm!  What a fun filled, busy day we will have! Come join the fun...

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Tablet Organizer Workshop

Just a quick reminder that this workshop is coming up this Thursday, March 31st 11 am - 1 pm OR Thursday, March 31st 6 pm - 8 pm.  Be sure to reserve your spot no later than 9 pm on Tuesday, March 29th so that I can have all your supplies cut and ready!  Contact My Creative Clubhouse at(262) 338-2582, or stop on by 132 N Main Street, West Bend, WI. 
Are you ready for an absolutely adorable, yet handy hand crafted item?  I have created some pretty awesome Tablet Organizers, and you get to choose what papers you want to use to complete yours from the ones shown!  Here they are:
You may choose from the above combinations (L to R) Fanfare, Magnifique, Sweetheart Flowers, Bliss, Lucky or Sweetheart Polka Dots.  Here is a photo of the inside...There are two pockets on the left, and one deep pocket on the right that holds the 8" x 5" Junior Legal Tablet!
This workshop is $8.00 per organizer. Pre-Payment, Pre-Registration is required. The workshop will be held on the following dates & times:

Tuesday, March 22nd  Noon - 2 pm
Thursday, March 31st  11 am - 1 pm OR Thursday, March 31st 6 pm - 8 pm

Unable to attend? You may schedule a time to have the workshop if you have a group of 4 or more!  You may also purchase a completed Tablet Organizer for $10.00 each.  Hope to see lots of you!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Cricut Imagine & 3 Cartridges FOR SALE!

I am selling my Cricut Imagine machine, along with 3 cartridges.  The machine is like brand new, has only been used 2 times.  Here is more information on the machine:

Cricut Imagine lets you design, print, and cut together to take all of your creative projects to the next level. Now you can add full color, textures and patterns, for one-of-a kind handmade, professional-looking projects that reflect your creativity and personality.

With HP, the world leader in inkjet printing, combined with Provo Craft, the world leader in paper crafting, Cricut Imagine offers vivid, full color, photographic quality artwork that adds a new level of detail and dimension to your projects. With Cricut Imagine Art cartridges, Imagine Colors & Patterns cartridges, together with all Original Cricut cartridges, you’ll get a vast library of artwork, with hundreds of thousands of images, fonts, and full phrases for more creative control and personalization than ever before.

Save time on all your projects by simplifying the layering process, or you can add detail to your layers in minutes. Easily match all the different parts of the project you’re working on – no more searching around for the perfect materials that match.

The easy-to-use LCD touch screen lets you customize your designs in minutes, without a computer. For even more customization, combine images in new ways with the Gypsy™ Handheld Design Studio for Cricut.

From beginners to experts, you’ll have fun making a wide variety of projects, including scrapbook layouts, cards, home or office d├ęcor, education materials, special event signage, and much more!
HERE is a video of the Cricut Imagine in action!

In addition to the "Imagine More" cartridge that comes with the machine, I also have "Nursery Tails" and "Snapshot: Everyday". 
Imagine More
Nursery Tails

Snapshot: Everyday

This is a GREAT machine, works perfect, is a ton of fun.  However, my personal circumstances have created the need to sell it!  The machine retails for $499.99, Nursery Tails for $89.99, and Snapshot: Everyday for $49.99.  Total retail is $639.97.  I also have some additional ink cartridges for the machine.  I am asking $475.00 for all of it.

You may contact me at My Creative Clubhouse, West Bend, WI.  Phone: (262) 338-2582, or by email:  Price is for local pick up ONLY. If you are not local, you will need to pay for shipping. 

Thank you!


Saturday, March 19, 2011

Stamps Sets Deeply Discounted!

Here at My Creative Clubhouse, I am having a SALE on Stamp Sets!  You may choose from the basket of stamp sets OR my HUGE ScrapRack filled with RETIRED stamp sets!  Here's the scoop...

E size $ $22.00
D size $ $15.00
C size $ $12.00
B size $ $8.00
A size  $ $4.50

Prices do not include shipping for anyone who is not local and may wish to get in on this sale. 

I will also be selling other items at a discount.  I will post all of the information when I have it all pulled together!  This is while supplies last only, so stop in soon!
You won't want to miss out on your favorite stamp sets!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Spring Bling...A Diva Thing!

Save The Date!!!!

Attention all you Divas out there....have you participated in the Diva Night in downtown West Bend in the past?  If not, you have NO idea what you are missing....if you have, we have even more in store for you!

 It's time for MORE Diva fun! Be sure to save the date, Thursday, April 28th, Noon - 9 pm!!  WHY?!  'Cause you love to mingle...'Cause you love to shop...'Cause you love to support a good cause!!

This year, donations are being made to Chix 4 a Cause and The Labyrinth Gardens!!  Come downtown for a night of fun with friends, family...whomever you choose to share this great night with!

THIS YEAR, we will be selling ADORABLE shoulder bags choked full of discounts for use at participating West Bend businesses!  The bags cost $10.00 each...and there will be FOUR bagswith a $10.00 Gift Certificate redeemable at any one of the participating businesses!  WOW, that means you could be one of the lucky ones and get your bag for FREE!

Stop in to My Creative Clubhouse to view the bags, and pre-order YOURS today!!  Remember, all proceeds go to Chix 4 a Cause and The Labyrinth Gardens....

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

FREE Make 'n Take Saturdays!

I normally do not give a sneak peek of the Saturday FREE Make 'n Takes! I guess for those of you that do not make it weekly, I wanted to give you a look at what you could be missing by not stopping by every Saturday morning to take advantage of the FREE Make 'n Takes that I have here at My Creative Clubhouse!

This coming Saturday, March 12th, 2011 from 10 am - 3 pm (or WHILE SUPPLIES LAST) you can stop by and make your own adorable corner bookmark!

And what is that adorable corner bookmark on?  The Spring 2011 Close To My Heart Idea Book! If you haven't already gotten yours, you will want to pick one up! Not only is it loaded with great new products, but a WEALTH of artwork ideas, techniques, etc!

This bookmark is made with one of the new paper packets, Sophia.  I LOVE the bright spring/summer colors.  Hope to see you this Saturday so you too can take advantage of the WEEKLY FREE Make 'n Takes!

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Past Close To My Heart Idea Books....

It is high time to start to spring clean, both at home and at My Creative Clubhouse!!  I have dug out ALL the past Close To My Heart Idea Books that I have, and am making them available to all of you for just $1.00 each!  Yes, the products may be retired, but the artwork ALONE in these books makes them well worth it!

Be sure to stop in soon! These are "while supplies last" only as they are no longer in print!  I hope you enjoy all the beautiful artwork that is SURE to get your creative juices flowing anytime you may need a boost!