Monday, September 22, 2014

#30yearsofhappy - September 22

Ahhhhh, reality. The car is unpacked, the trailer returned to U-Haul and I'm up over my ears in laundry. There's so much to do after a vacation that I'll need a vacation from my vacation!

It's hard to believe, but Christmas will be coming sooner than you can say HO-HO-HO!

That also means that by the month's end, I'll be putting away the adorable #30yearsofhappy mini-stamp set and pulling out all of the wonderful CTMH Holiday and Christmas stamp sets, with a little bit of time for Halloween in between.


Your countdown to get this stamp set stands at EIGHT ... tick-tock ... just 8 more days to get the free, versatile stamp set with the purchase of 3 retail-priced stamp sets. Check with your Independent Consultant for more details.

I trust you've been enjoying the daily posts of the ideas using these stamps -- it has been a collaborative effort between me, Rebecca Brown and Julia Hammond. Thank  you, girls, for including me in the fun.  You too can get in on the fun by LINKING UP your project (below). C'mon, share!

Here is Rebecca's idea on using the "For You" stamp:

 
 
Rebecca found this ADORABLE "nugget purse" cut on the Cricut/CTMH Artiste cartridge.  She cut it out using the new Chalk It Up paper, trimmed it up with Teal shimmer trim and a bit of black metallic baker's twine ... and topped it with a Glacier-stamped "For You" mini-stamp.  Yup, those are Hershey's nuggets inside --- save some for me!!!  Want more details?  Jump over to Rebecca's blog by going 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 8 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,

Sunday, September 21, 2014

#30yearsofhappy - September 21

Ahhhhh, reality. Time to unpack the car, do the laundry, and YES, put away the summer clothes for another season. Hard to believe, but Christmas will be coming sooner than you can say HO-HO-HO!

That also means that by the month's end, I'll be putting away the adorable #30yearsofhappy mini-stamp set and pulling out all of the wonderful CTMH Holiday and Christmas stamp sets, with a little bit of time for Halloween in between.


Your countdown to get this stamp set stands at NINE ... tick-tock ... just 9 more days to get the free, versatile stamp set with the purchase of 3 retail-priced stamp sets. Check with your Independent Consultant for more details.

I trust you've been enjoying the daily posts of the ideas using these stamps -- it has been a collaborative effort between me, Rebecca Brown and Julia Hammond. Thank  you, girls, for including me in the fun.  You too can get in on the fun by LINKING UP your project (below). C'mon, share!

Here is Julia's idea on using the "Party" stamp -- she has made this very fun invitation, using Chalk It Up Paper:



Be sure to check out Julia's blog for more details, 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 9 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 20, 2014

#30yearsofhappy - September 20



Haha ... Sort of the Griswold's Summer Vacation. which is
pictured below (the kids).
By the time you're reading this, we've likely packed up our car and we're heading home from vacation -- an 8-hour drive or so.  And no, this car at right isn't ours... Ours is white and we have a U-Haul trailer to avoid this sort of mess.  

And yes, we have packed so much STUFF that we NEEEEED a U-Haul! And yes, a lot of it is crafting supplies, e.g., precious cargo!

By now you've likely figured out that if you're seeing a new post, it's MY TURN to post a September project using the adorable #30yearsofhappy stamp set.



Let's get right to this then!

I've got another project this time where I really haven't made something, but I'm showing you that your stamps are versatile in many ways.





I'm using the "♥ This" stamp in the third row, second from the right (shown here). 

My idea is this: keep it and your favorite Exclusive Inks stamp pad at the ready when you're reading a magazine or catalog, such as the new Close To My Heart Annual Inspirations Book.  Then, mark the items that you want to order or remember, quickly and easily, like this:




Easy-peasy, lemon squeezy! 
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 ... you have just 10 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 19, 2014

#30yearsofhappy - September 19

Tomorrow, alas, we'll be heading back to reality from bliss ... it's been beautiful at the Outer Banks. It is truly VERY relaxing despite having 2 grandbabies with us.  

The Outer Banks are renowned for the wild horses of the dunes north of Corolla, and for the high dunes at Kitty Hawk where the Wright Brothers tested their first "flying machines" on the soft sandy landings and windswept shores.


I hope you have been enjoying this month's daily posts, where Julia, Rebecca and I take turns demonstrating projects that have been made using one of the 30 mini-stamps in the set called "#30yearsofhappy" from Close To My Heart.


Today, it's Rebecca's turn:


Rebecca had these sweet owl keychains leftover from her daughter's birthday party, so she decided to customize one for herself using the flower stamp (second row, first on the left) and a round glass dome from the CTMH Base & Bling collection.  She stamped the flower using Thistle Exclusive Ink, and topped the center with a dab of Canary Exclusive Ink. 

After punching the flower from the White Daisy paper using CTMH's new 1" circle punch, Rebecca topped the image with Liquid Glass and adhered it to the keychain (also using Liquid Glass).  A small bow (Thistle Diagonal Striped Ribbon) was also applied with Liquid Glass.  For more details, visit Rebecca's blog by going HERE.

I hope you like it, and might try using some of the mini-stamps in your upcoming projects.
 
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 18, 2014

#30yearsofhappy - September 18

In just two more days, we'll be heading back to reality from bliss ... it's been beautiful at the Outer Banks. VERY relaxing!   

The Outer Banks are renowned for the wild horses of the dunes north of Corolla, and for the high dunes at Kitty Hawk where the Wright Brothers tested their first "flying machines" on the soft sandy landings and windswept shores.


I hope you have been enjoying this month's daily posts, where Julia, Rebecca and I take turns demonstrating projects that have been made using one of the 30 mini-stamps in the set called "#30yearsofhappy" from Close To My Heart.


Today, it's Julia's turn to "Be Happy":



Such a fun repeating pattern of the BE HAPPY stamp set on this treat bag ... capped with a scalloped tag and glitter trim makes for a VERY special treat. Read more about it on Julia's blog. 


I hope you like it, and might try using some of the mini-stamps in your upcoming projects.

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 17, 2014

#30yearsofhappy - September 17

In just three more days, we'll be heading back to reality from bliss ... it's been beautiful at the Outer Banks. VERY relaxing!   

The Outer Banks are renowned for the wild horses of the dunes north of Corolla, and for the high dunes at Kitty Hawk where the Wright Brothers tested their first "flying machines" on the soft sandy landings and windswept shores.


I hope you have been enjoying this month's daily posts, where Julia, Rebecca and I take turns demonstrating projects that have been made using one of the 30 mini-stamps in the set called "#30yearsofhappy" from Close To My Heart.

Today, it is my turn.


I have used the 1" tall anchor in the third row, third from the right on the stamp set shown above right. I had many, many ideas for this stamp (especially since I am so "nautical" and beachy this week!)  and eventually settled on my mainstay: a card. 

 Here is what I made:


I think you'll be surprised to learn which CTMH products I used on this card. The base of the card is predictable: White Daisy pre-made card in an A2 size. I first covered the card base with the red paper which is from ... Yuletide Carol. Yes! A Christmas paper. I love the "motion" in the paper. Next, the strip on the left (blue) is a retired paper called "Tommy" which is ALL nautical. I stamped the anchor onto ... get this: a bitty (2.5" square) envelope which is part of the My Crush Holiday collection -- yes, again, Christmas! 

Now I could have gotten away with using the dotted envelope as it was, but instead, I decided I wanted a little more blue tie-in, so I punched a 2.5" circle using my Fiskars punch. (I have those in every available size -- so handy!)  I trimmed off the holiday flap, punched a red eyelet from my stash to hold the baker's twine (real stuff on a huge cone, from my stash) and tied the stamped anchors together in a bow. (I punched small holes in the stamped anchors, using my Crop-A-Dile.)  I popped the envelope up over a "Tommy" Complement (also retired), and tied on some more baker's twine as I imagined a sailor might.  A few more Tommy Complements (stickers) adorn the inside of the card too.  

I hope you like it, and might try using some of the mini-stamps in your upcoming projects.
 
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,

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

#30yearsofhappy - September 16


Yes! We're still in the Outer Banks of North Carolina -- a purely luxurious 2-week vacation. 

Much as I would love to lay in the hammock under the deck of our rented home, or swim in the surf all day, or craft!, there's so much to see and do in the Outer Banks, especially if you love lighthouses.


This one (top left) is the Bodie Island Lighthouse, quite a drive for us. We're much closer to the Currituck Lighthouse (at right) in the northern part of the Outer Banks. There's also the Cape Hatteras lighthouse to visit, which is on the agenda for this week.




So back in the crafting "real world", it's my turn again to show you what I have made using one of the 30 mini-stamps in the set called "#30yearsofhappy" from Close To My Heart.

Today, Rebecca will show you how she used the "&" stamp:




For this fantastic card, Rebecca used CTMH's new "Chalk It Up" paper pack and accessories, coupled with the new Triangle border punch. She cut the decorative square highlight label for the ampersand using Cricut/CTMH's exclusive Art Philosophy cartridge (my personal favorite!!).  Check out more information about this card by hopping over to Rebecca's blog by clicking HERE.



I hope you have been enjoying the projects that I and my fellow CTMH Independent Consultants (Julia Hammond and Rebecca Brown) have brought to you this month on our respective blogs.  Missed any ideas?  Scroll back through the month here, and you'll see just how versatile this stamp set is with its 30 mini icons.
 
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,

Monday, September 15, 2014

#30yearsofhappy - September 15


Yes! We're still in the Outer Banks of North Carolina -- a purely luxurious 2-week vacation. 

Much as I would love to lay in the hammock under the deck of our rented home, or swim in the surf all day, or craft!, there's so much to see and do in the Outer Banks, especially if you love lighthouses.


This one (top left) is the Bodie Island Lighthouse, quite a drive for us. We're much closer to the Currituck Lighthouse (at right) in the northern part of the Outer Banks. There's also the Cape Hatteras lighthouse to visit, which is on the agenda for this week.




So back in the crafting "real world", it's my turn again to show you what I have made using one of the 30 mini-stamps in the set called "#30yearsofhappy" from Close To My Heart.

Today, Julia will show you how she used the LUCKY stamp:

Julia made this terrific layout, using Chalk It Up paper, and featuring the LUCKY stamp from the #30yearsofhappy stamp set:


Here's a close-up of the stamp in use:



I hope you have been enjoying the projects that I and my fellow CTMH Independent Consultants (Julia Hammond and Rebecca Brown) have brought to you this month on our respective blogs.  Missed any ideas?  Scroll back through the month here, and you'll see just how versatile this stamp set is with its 30 mini icons.

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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