Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Stampaganza Sale continues through July 31 ... AND some stamps are RETIRING then, too! Shop Now

The Close To My Heart calendar and catalogs for 2016-17 are coming to a close which means great things ahead -- not only new products (stamps, colors, inks, papers, oh my!) but also great sales on retiring products.  

Today I am featuring all of the stamp sets that are retiring as of July 31, 2017.  And between NOW and July 31, you can take advantage of a super sale STAMPAGANZA to BUY 2, GET ONE of same/lesser value FREE!!!  

Here are the 31 stamp sets (plus all of the state stamps) that are retiring:

Here is one of my favorite projects I've made, using Safari Ballet (A1180).  The valise is a die cut by Sizzix.  Inside, there is a fold out/accordion album for baby statistics and photos. The necklace detaches for Momma to wear to celebrate her new little one. 
Another favorite using the Safari Ballet stamp set (A1180) is this cute mini-album I made with a window featuring the cute giraffe and hippo from this stamp set.  I left the pages in this album blank (and there are plenty of them!) for Mom and Dad to use as a journal or album for their new addition. 

I have also made cards using this stamp set and many of the other retiring stamp sets. There are just a few here that I don't (yet!) have so I too will be taking advantage of the sale to complete my collection.

Shop now through July 31 to get this great value on retiring sets ... and also get them before they are going, going, GONE!  

Visit www.cardmonkey.ctmh.com to buy now!  

Sale is on ANY stamp set (not JUST retiring products!) in ANY current CTMH catalog -- that's the Seasonal Expression 2, or the Annual Inspirations 2016-2017.  It does NOT include any "specials" like our "Live Beautifully" stamp set that is not in any catalog.  (We Consultants have a sneak peek of the stamps coming soon in the new Annual Inspirations -- and those are not on sale, darn it!)  

             Edited to add, for your shopping pleasure:

Here are all of the retiring stamp sets (other than the states), with active shopping links (click on the stamp sets' caption). 

A1180 - Safari Ballet 

A1185 - Friendly Wishes

A1193 - Wreath

A1195 - Lovely Leaves

A1198 - Hi Friend (Also available in Spanish and French)

B1480 - Diploma Day

B1531 - Racecar Birthday

B1533 - Circus Birthday

B1535 - Hooked on You

B1541 - Love Your Face

B1543 - Get Better 

B1547 - Wedding Wishes

C1605 - Happy To Be Friends (Also available in Spanish and French)

C1608 - Brushstrokes

C1612 - Shower Flowers 

C1619 - So Many Smiles

C1631 - Birthday Princess

C1660 - Happy For You (Also available in Spanish and French)

C1662 - Wise Guy Birthday (Also available in Spanish and French) 

C1664 - Swirly Seashells 

C1666 - Homegrown

C1668 - Baby Bundle 

D1646 - Finding the Words (Also Available in Spanish and French) 

D1660 - Ink Blot

D1667 - Balloon Wishes

D1668 - Charming Cascades

D1700 - Way to Go

D1701 - Plan On It

D1702 - Capture This (Also Available in Spanish and French)

D1707 - Let's Go

D1711 - True Love

Monday, July 10, 2017

Stampaganza Blog Hop!

Tina Sutton,
Scattered Hearts leader
It's my pleasure to be participating in this Stampaganza Blog Hop by the Scattered Hearts Team, hosted by Tina Sutton -- our fearless leader and one of the top Close To My Heart (CTMH) superstars. 

You should have arrived here from Heather's blog. If you have jumped here and just discovered our blog hop, feel free to check the participants' list at the starting point at Tina's blog at missgingerdots.com to find the complete list of blog hop participants.

On with the show!

Tina asked hop participants to show current CTMH products and stamp sets, and to offer a reminder that in July, Stampaganza is back!  

What's a Stampaganza?  This is where you can buy two of the current CTMH stamp sets and get a third of equal or lesser value FREE!!  That's right -- this includes any stamp set shown in the 2016-2017 Annual Inspirations or the Seasonal Expressions 2 catalogs. 

And here is another reminder: those catalogs and all of the paper in them (along with most of the current stamp sets) will retire on July 31, so get them now!

For my project, I made my favorite style of card (yes, again!) -- a pop-up box card -- but this time, I used the current "No Worries" line of CTMH papers with its beachy feel, along with the complementing "No Worries - Cardmaking" stamp set (C1679).  I made it with a retirement in mind, but for no one in particular ... and within a few minutes of showing it off on Facebook, my daughter Emily asked if she could claim it for a retiring nurse who is heading for the beach. 

To make it, I used my Pop Up template that you can find on my tutorials site, link here.  The finished card folds flat to 5.5" x 5.5". I cut the base of the card CTMH's using Sapphire cardstock.  I used a center strut to hold the embellishments, which were stamped using Sapphire Exclusive Inks by CTMH.  My favorite detail on the card is the braided twine tied around the box, holding two anchors. I cut the anchors from silver metallic paper, using my Cricut.  

(Shhhh... Want to hear a sneak about the upcoming new CTMH Annual Inspirations catalog?  CTMH will now be carrying gold and silver metallic papers, beginning August 1! And guess what?!  There will be a new Cricut cartridge available in both physical and digital models.  I can't wait!! Ooooh, and -- if you're in the market for a new Cricut Explore Air machine -- you'll want to know more about the new Hostess Rewards incentives that CTMH will be offering starting on August 1.  Ask me!) 

I make all sorts of Pop-Up Box Cards, and frankly, they are my biggest custom seller. 

Last week, I made this wedding Pop-Up Box Card on special order. 

The card uses current Ruby cardstock, and retired CTMH paper called "For Always." On the back of the card, I used a current stamp set called "Wedding Wishes" (B1547, $9.95) and send this reminder: you can get this stamp set and all other current stamp sets at B2GO pricing, through July 31. 

Also during "Stampaganza," you can also get a fantastic set of 12 month-specific D-sized stamps called "Word Puzzle" for the unbelievable bargain price of just $143.60. 

But wait!  Want to save THAT amount too?  

You can get the "Word Puzzle Bundle" for FREE (!!!) by either hosting a qualifying party OR enrolling to be a new CTMH Consultant this month, and achieving $300 in sales by August 31.  I'm telling you ... either will be easy-peasy when you see the new CTMH Annual Inspirations catalog. Contact your favorite CTMH Consultant for more information on how to join, or how to host a party either in person or virtually!

I'm sure you'll want to see more inspiration, so hop on over to the next blog stop with Jean McNulty.  And don't forget, shop now during Stampaganza, July 1-31 with your favorite CTMH Consultant. (Most of us will have a "Shop Now" button on the sidebar of our blogs ... look for them!)  

Lost or need more info?  Check out the full list of hop participants at our host site, with Scattered Hearts' team leader, Tina Sutton. Click HERE