Thursday, October 23, 2014

The Buckle Boutique's Pretty Rhinestone Butterfly




I just love this butterfly ribbon slide from The Buckle Boutique, and love how you can use it without a ribbon or any way your heart desires. 








Here, I am using it as an embellishment on this pretty card that uses Close To My Heart's new "Brushed" line of paper.  That "flight line" for the butterfly? It's a metallic twine that I glued and curled around a pencil that had been covered with waxed paper.  When the twine was dry, I was able to glue it with clear-drying glue to the card.


I adhered the butterfly to a popped-up flower I cut from the paper, using foam tape that's super sticky.  The best I've found for this is available from Close To My Heart, too.

The Buckle Boutique has a beautiful collection of rhinestone and pearl pins, brooches, buckle slides, and more -- all at very affordable prices.  Here are links to The Buckle Boutique -- check them out!

The Buckle Boutique’s Website . . . click HERE
The Buckle Boutique Blog . . . . click HERE
Facebook Page . . . click HERE
Twitter Page . . . click HERE
Pinterest Page . . . click HERE



DeFiaNtLy DiFfeReNt & CreAtiVeLy Yours,

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

#30yearsofhappy - September 30


#30yearsofhappy have equaled 30 DAYS of HAPPY STAMPING and Happy Blogging for me, Julia and Rebecca. We have all enjoyed sharing with you the 30 projects we have made with this unique and versatile mini-stamp set with maxi impact, and we offer Jeanette Lynton, CTMH's CEO and Founder, congratulations on the 30th anniversary of the company. We wish for you many more to come!! 

Julia has the honor of posting the last stamp from the set, and it's "Number 1".  Let's see how Julia stepped up to the challenge:


Isn't this an adorable treat container and stand?  It's done with Washi tape and a cute tag. Details are on Julia's blog.  


TODAY is your very-last-chance to get your own #30yearsofhappy stamp set:

*To qualify for the free #30yearsofhappy stamp set shown here, just spend $30 on any current retail-priced stamps during the month of September and the set will be sent with your order automatically!

You can see all of Close To My Heart's beautiful and practical stamp sets in the Annual Inspirations Book that was released this summer.  To get your copy, simply click on this link and order it directly from Close To My Heart. In a hurry and don't need a hard copy in your hands?  The entire Inspirations Book is available online. Just click HERE.

If
 I can answer any questions about CTMH products or if you're interested in hosting a class or gathering, please don't hesitate to contact me at cardmonkey@comcast.net.
Just want to hurry and shop?  My CTMH website is http://cardmonkey.ctmh.comTHANK YOU!

P.S:  I am participating in this #30yearsofhappy challenge with two other wonderful CTMH Independent Consultants, Rebecca Brown and Julia Clendenen Hammond. If you are one of either of these gal's customers, please place your orders on her website by clicking either name highlighted above -- she has earned your business!

DeFiaNtLy DiFfeReNt & CreAtiVeLy Yours,

Monday, September 29, 2014

#30yearsofhappy - September 29

#30yearsofhappy have equaled 30 DAYS of HAPPY STAMPING and Happy Blogging for me... I'm sad to see this challenge end. It's been fun to show you all the neat things you can make with this very versatile stamp set.
 
And I think I've saved my {BEST} project for last.
 
Yes, I admit when I first saw this teeny, tiny stamp I thought "What in the heck am I going to do with this?" 
 

Then it came to me:
A mini-album, using this mini-stamp ...
 
Showing off the
thing that happened to me this summer.
 
He's the
little grandson a "Gii" could ever want.
Or hope for.
 
Here's my project. I started with a chipboard cover:
 
 
I used Aleene's Tacky Spray Adhesive to affix a 3.5x3.5" piece of CTMH's "Confetti Wishes" paper on top of the chipboard that I cut to size using my Martha Stewart paper trimmer.  I use that trimmer for chipboard because the blade is deep enough to cut through the very thick board. (Other boards have a less deep blade.)
 
I embellished the cover using Complements (stickers) from the (now retired) Babycakes paper pattern.  I have been making a larger album and mid-sized albums for Evan using this same paper -- so everything coordinates.
 
Next, I took eight 3"x3" of Close To My Heart's Flip Flaps (four of each are available in each small assortment, so buy two) and adhered one to the next in a zig-zag (accordion) style.  I printed 8 of Evan's cutest pictures out on my home computer, and printed them out in the custom size.  If you want to make several of these for gifts or don't have a good quality photo printer at home, consider EXPRESS PRINTING your photos using CTMH's Studio J program.  I show you how in a tutorial here on my blog -- see the tab in the upper left. 
 
 
 
I slipped Evan's pictures into the openings in the gutter (folds) of each of the Flip Flaps. Then I embellished each picture with Babycakes Complements as well as just hand-cut or Cricut-cut labels on which I had stamped {BEST} and then came up with a category, like these two cute pictures:



I also think this stamp would be perfect to use on your scrapbooks! Cards! ...and more!

If you want the #30yearsofhappy stamp set (and you really, really do want it!), you only have today and tomorrow to get your order in to your CTMH Independent Consultant. Don't have one already?  I'd be happy to be of service to you, and also to demonstrate any of the CTMH products.
 
Here's how to get your own #30yearsofhappy stamp set:
 
*To qualify for the free #30yearsofhappy stamp set shown here, just spend $30 on any current retail-priced stamps during the month of September and the set will be sent with your order automatically!
 
You can see all of Close To My Heart's beautiful and practical stamp sets in the Annual Inspirations Book that was released this summer.  To get your copy, simply click on this link and order it directly from Close To My Heart. In a hurry and don't need a hard copy in your hands?  The entire Inspirations Book is available online. Just click HERE.

If
 I can answer any questions about CTMH products or if you're interested in hosting a class or gathering, please don't hesitate to contact me at cardmonkey@comcast.net.
Just want to hurry and shop?  My CTMH website is http://cardmonkey.ctmh.comTHANK YOU!
 
P.S:  I am participating in this #30yearsofhappy challenge with two other wonderful CTMH Independent Consultants, Rebecca Brown and Julia Clendenen Hammond. If you are one of either of these gal's customers, please place your orders on her website by clicking either name highlighted above -- she has earned your business!

DeFiaNtLy DiFfeReNt & CreAtiVeLy Yours,

Sunday, September 28, 2014

#30yearsofhappy - September 28

 

It's hard to believe, but September is almost over and you have just THREE ... THAT's RIGHT ... just 3 more days to get this adorable stamp set, at right.  

Trust me, you want it! The time is NOW to get your order in to your Close To My Heart Independent Consultant for 3 or more retail-priced stamp sets to qualify to get the very versatile:

#30yearsofhappy stamp set (shown at right, above). 

Thirty years!?  What have YOU been doing for the past thirty years, consistently and with remarkable results?  Me, not much!  But for one woman, Jeanette Lynton -- the HEART at the center of Close To My Heart -- thirty years is how long she has been stamping, designing, and building the business that today is one of the nation's leading in the field of scrapbooking and memory keeping.

The #30yearsofhappy is Jeanette's gift to stampers everywhere, to recognize this important milestone in the company. Be sure to get your set today, and try out some of the fun ideas Rebecca, Julia and I have been showing you daily for this whole month.

Let's take a look at what Rebecca is showing today:


Rebecca is cleverly incorporating many of the #30yearsofhappy stamps into her latest "Bible Journaling" project.  Here, the LOVE stamp will be placed (along with several other CTMH stamps and hand-drawn calligraphy) to call out particular Psalms or thoughts/feelings Rebecca has when reading the Bible. 

There are many Bibles that can be purchased with "white space" along the border of the printed text, to make your Bible a more personal experience.  One that I particularly like is available at several Christian bookstores, or online HERE

Have you found the #30yearsofhappy stamp set as versatile as I have?  If so, you may want to be sure to get it FREE soon ... remember, you have just 4 more days to qualify! 
 
Here's how to get your own #30yearsofhappy stamp set:
 
*To qualify for the free #30yearsofhappy stamp set shown here, just spend $30 on any current retail-priced stamps during the month of September and the set will be sent with your order automatically!
 
You can see all of Close To My Heart's beautiful and practical stamp sets in the Annual Inspirations Book that was released this summer.  To get your copy, simply click on this link and order it directly from Close To My Heart. In a hurry and don't need a hard copy in your hands?  The entire Inspirations Book is available online. Just click HERE.

If
 I can answer any questions about CTMH products or if you're interested in hosting a class or gathering, please don't hesitate to contact me at cardmonkey@comcast.net.
Just want to hurry and shop?  My CTMH website is http://cardmonkey.ctmh.comTHANK YOU!
 
P.S:  I am participating in this #30yearsofhappy challenge with two other wonderful CTMH Independent Consultants, Rebecca Brown and Julia Clendenen Hammond. If you are one of either of these gal's customers, please place your orders on her website by clicking either name highlighted above -- she has earned your business!

DeFiaNtLy DiFfeReNt & CreAtiVeLy Yours,

Saturday, September 27, 2014

#30yearsofhappy - September 27



FOUR ... THAT's RIGHT ... just four more days to get this adorable stamp set!   

Trust me, you want it! It is less than one week to get your order in to your Close To My Heart Independent Consultant for 3 or more retail-priced stamp sets to qualify to get the very versatile:

#30yearsofhappy stamp set (shown at right, above). 

Thirty years!?  What have YOU been doing for the past thirty years, consistently and with remarkable results?  Me, not much!  But for one woman, Jeanette Lynton -- the HEART at the center of Close To My Heart -- thirty years is how long she has been stamping, designing, and building the business that today is one of the nation's leading in the field of scrapbooking and memory keeping.

The #30yearsofhappy is Jeanette's gift to stampers everywhere, to recognize this important milestone in the company. Be sure to get your set today, and try out some of the fun ideas Rebecca, Julia and I have been showing you daily for this whole month.

Let's take a look at what Julia has done:

Whooooaaaaa!!  I must-ache you a question: Didn't Julia do a fabulous job with this stamp?  This is quite a party set!  More details are on Julia's blog, which you can access by clicking HERE




Have you found the #30yearsofhappy stamp set as versatile as I have?  If so, you may want to be sure to get it FREE soon ... remember, you have just 4 more days to qualify! 

Here's how to get your own #30yearsofhappy stamp set:

*To qualify for the free #30yearsofhappy stamp set shown here, just spend $30 on any current retail-priced stamps during the month of September and the set will be sent with your order automatically!

You can see all of Close To My Heart's beautiful and practical stamp sets in the Annual Inspirations Book that was released this summer.  To get your copy, simply click on this link and order it directly from Close To My Heart. In a hurry and don't need a hard copy in your hands?  The entire Inspirations Book is available online. Just click HERE.

If
 I can answer any questions about CTMH products or if you're interested in hosting a class or gathering, please don't hesitate to contact me at cardmonkey@comcast.net.
Just want to hurry and shop?  My CTMH website is http://cardmonkey.ctmh.comTHANK YOU!

P.S:  I am participating in this #30yearsofhappy challenge with two other wonderful CTMH Independent Consultants, Rebecca Brown and Julia Clendenen Hammond. If you are one of either of these gal's customers, please place your orders on her website by clicking either name highlighted above -- she has earned your business!

DeFiaNtLy DiFfeReNt & CreAtiVeLy Yours,

Friday, September 26, 2014

#30yearsofhappy - September 26

 

Your countdown stands at 5 ... that's right, it is less than one week to get your order in to your Close To My Heart Independent Consultant for 3 or more retail-priced stamp sets to qualify to get the very versatile

#30yearsofhappy stamp set (shown at right, above). 

Thirty years!?  What have YOU been doing for the past thirty years, consistently and with remarkable results?  Me, not much!  But for one woman, Jeanette Lynton -- the HEART at the center of Close To My Heart -- thirty years is how long she has been stamping, designing, and building the business that today is one of the nation's leading in the field of scrapbooking and memory keeping.

The #30yearsofhappy is Jeanette's gift to stampers everywhere, to recognize this important milestone in the company. Be sure to get your set today, and try out some of the fun ideas Rebecca, Julia and I have been showing you daily for this whole month.

Today, I used the Flower stamp that Rebecca showed you on September 19, combined with my assigned stamp, "Sweet".  I just couldn't resist that flower stamp!

The "Sweet" stamp shows up on the tag for this "printed" drawstring muslin bag I made.  The muslin bags are available for purchase from Close To My Heart (by clicking the link here) for just $3.95 for three of them.  What a fun project this would be for the youngsters in your house, it's so easy!




I randomly stamped the flower (using CTMH Exclusive Inks in Sorbet, Thistle, Honey, Glacier, and Pear) all over the muslin bag. Then I cut a flower tabbed tag, stamped it with SWEET using Thistle ink over Pear cardstock. Using fishing line (clear thread), I tied a few random flowers onto the tag, just for fun, and tied the tag to the satin bow on the bag.  Before tying it, I stuffed the bag with Hershey's Kisses, yum! 

Have you found the #30yearsofhappy stamp set as versatile as I have?  If so, you may want to be sure to get it FREE soon ... remember, you have just 5 more days to qualify! 
 
Here's how to get your own #30yearsofhappy stamp set:
 
*To qualify for the free #30yearsofhappy stamp set shown here, just spend $30 on any current retail-priced stamps during the month of September and the set will be sent with your order automatically!
 
You can see all of Close To My Heart's beautiful and practical stamp sets in the Annual Inspirations Book that was released this summer.  To get your copy, simply click on this link and order it directly from Close To My Heart. In a hurry and don't need a hard copy in your hands?  The entire Inspirations Book is available online. Just click HERE.

If
 I can answer any questions about CTMH products or if you're interested in hosting a class or gathering, please don't hesitate to contact me at cardmonkey@comcast.net.
Just want to hurry and shop?  My CTMH website is http://cardmonkey.ctmh.comTHANK YOU!
 
P.S:  I am participating in this #30yearsofhappy challenge with two other wonderful CTMH Independent Consultants, Rebecca Brown and Julia Clendenen Hammond. If you are one of either of these gal's customers, please place your orders on her website by clicking either name highlighted above -- she has earned your business!

DeFiaNtLy DiFfeReNt & CreAtiVeLy Yours,

Thursday, September 25, 2014

#30yearsofhappy - September 25

 

Your countdown stands at 5 ... that's right, it is less than one week to get your order in to your Close To My Heart Independent Consultant for 3 or more retail-priced stamp sets to qualify to get the very versatile

#30yearsofhappy stamp set (shown at right, above). 

Thirty years!?  What have YOU been doing for the past thirty years, consistently and with remarkable results?  Me, not much!  But for one woman, Jeanette Lynton -- the HEART at the center of Close To My Heart -- thirty years is how long she has been stamping, designing, and building the business that today is one of the nation's leading in the field of scrapbooking and memory keeping.

The #30yearsofhappy is Jeanette's gift to stampers everywhere, to recognize this important milestone in the company. Be sure to get your set today, and try out some of the fun ideas Rebecca, Julia and I have been showing you daily for this whole month.

Today, Rebecca will show you a fun project:



Here's a sweet idea to make your child's picture even more "attractive" -- add a magnet to the back, a sweet "Polaroid" frame cut from CTMH White Daisy cardstock, and add a "Picture Perfect" and arrow stamp to it. Check out Rebecca's blog for more details.


Have you found the #30yearsofhappy stamp set as versatile as I have?  If so, you may want to be sure to get it FREE soon ... remember, you have just 5 more days to qualify! 
 
Here's how to get your own #30yearsofhappy stamp set:
 
*To qualify for the free #30yearsofhappy stamp set shown here, just spend $30 on any current retail-priced stamps during the month of September and the set will be sent with your order automatically!
 
You can see all of Close To My Heart's beautiful and practical stamp sets in the Annual Inspirations Book that was released this summer.  To get your copy, simply click on this link and order it directly from Close To My Heart. In a hurry and don't need a hard copy in your hands?  The entire Inspirations Book is available online. Just click HERE.

If
 I can answer any questions about CTMH products or if you're interested in hosting a class or gathering, please don't hesitate to contact me at cardmonkey@comcast.net.
Just want to hurry and shop?  My CTMH website is http://cardmonkey.ctmh.comTHANK YOU!
 
P.S:  I am participating in this #30yearsofhappy challenge with two other wonderful CTMH Independent Consultants, Rebecca Brown and Julia Clendenen Hammond. If you are one of either of these gal's customers, please place your orders on her website by clicking either name highlighted above -- she has earned your business!

DeFiaNtLy DiFfeReNt & CreAtiVeLy Yours,

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

#30yearsofhappy - September 24



Your countdown stands at 6 ... that's right, it is less than one week to get your order in to your Close To My Heart Independent Consultant for 3 or more retail-priced stamp sets to qualify to get the very versatile

#30yearsofhappy stamp set (shown at right, above). 

Thirty years!?  What have YOU been doing for the past thirty years, consistently and with remarkable results?  Me, not much!  But for one woman, Jeanette Lynton -- the HEART at the center of Close To My Heart -- thirty years is how long she has been stamping, designing, and building the business that today is one of the nation's leading in the field of scrapbooking and memory keeping.

The #30yearsofhappy is Jeanette's gift to stampers everywhere, to recognize this important milestone in the company. Be sure to get your set today, and try out some of the fun ideas Rebecca, Julia and I have been showing you daily for this whole month.

Today, Julia will show you a fun project:

...MMMMM, isn't this sweet (literally!)?


Julia has made this treat topper that features the Like (thumbs up) stamp from the #30yearsofhappy stamp set. I don't know about you, but getting a bag of dressed-up treats would sure make ME happy!!  More details can be found on Julia's blog


Have you found the #30yearsofhappy stamp set as versatile as I have?  If so, you may want to be sure to get it FREE soon ... remember, you have just 6 more days to qualify! 

Here's how to get your own #30yearsofhappy stamp set:

*To qualify for the free #30yearsofhappy stamp set shown here, just spend $30 on any current retail-priced stamps during the month of September and the set will be sent with your order automatically!

You can see all of Close To My Heart's beautiful and practical stamp sets in the Annual Inspirations Book that was released this summer.  To get your copy, simply click on this link and order it directly from Close To My Heart. In a hurry and don't need a hard copy in your hands?  The entire Inspirations Book is available online. Just click HERE.

If
 I can answer any questions about CTMH products or if you're interested in hosting a class or gathering, please don't hesitate to contact me at cardmonkey@comcast.net.
Just want to hurry and shop?  My CTMH website is http://cardmonkey.ctmh.comTHANK YOU!

P.S:  I am participating in this #30yearsofhappy challenge with two other wonderful CTMH Independent Consultants, Rebecca Brown and Julia Clendenen Hammond. If you are one of either of these gal's customers, please place your orders on her website by clicking either name highlighted above -- she has earned your business!

DeFiaNtLy DiFfeReNt & CreAtiVeLy Yours,
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