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Everything ABC’s Blog Hop Z

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Welcome to the Everything ABC’s Blog Hop!

For this hop we will be featuring the letter Z. This may be the name of a paper, a stamp set or an embellishment. Whatever the crafter has chosen as their Z element will be featured in their post. If you have just hopped onto my blog, please start at the beginning at Linda’s blog ~ Scrapper’s Therapy

If you came from Linda’s Blog” then you’re on the right track!

Z is for…

ZEBRA! Who doesn’t mind the occasional bit of Big Bold Zebra print? Did you know we here at Close To My Heart have some of that? We do – right there in the Bluebird My Crush book! I decided this would be my Z project. I could have created a photo op of me catching some well earned ZZzzs but being the only one living in my home that would not be possible. There are no Zebra’s here abouts for me to photograph either. I did think of doing a Z sampler with my alpha stamps but I really wanted to work with the other side of Zebra for me. Besides, this is a Z product as it has the product code Z1856!

Big Ideas on Zebra Print

Big Ideas on Zebra Print

Now I suppose you know about Zebra stripes – they are all unique. They may look the same, but they are not. Their stripes are like fingerprints in humans, giving them loads of individuality. Therefore Zebra striped patterns on paper yell Big, Bold, Individual. Be yourself, Live Out Loud and Big Ideas are all titles that spoke to me when pondering this page.

Here is a closer look at the Big Ideas page

Here is a closer look at the Big Ideas page

I got thinking what would be my big, individual hopes and dreams for 2014 and I kept coming back to travel. For some this is a no-brainer but for me it is BIG because I want to go to places I have only dreamed about an dismiss as un-achievable as quickly as an idea of doing so enters my head.  For me these places are distant, exotic, and not in my current budget in fiscal terms.

BUT, if I give myself permission to dream big and bold I just may get to one of these destinations some time before I am not too much older. The travel theme took hold of this page as a result of giving myself permission. I created a page of titles and symbols, made it into a pocket and the tag has the dream list.  I have even put the Eiffel Tower on this page – one of the most renown symbols of both travel and big ideas!

The note paper page is made into a pocket. I used Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge  Accent 1 p 47 (6 inches)  for this and cut it with Kraft paper. Big Ideas p 42,  Live Out Loud  p 44 and Be Yourself  p41 come from the Art Booking cartridge. The paper plane, it’s track and the female traveller are all stamps on the ‘On Holiday’ Stamp Set (C1572) . I have used Black cardstock and pigment ink for these elements. The black ribbon in the tag is from my stash.

How to load and brush on some pigment for a little smudge effect.

How to load and brush on some pigment for a little smudge effect.

I decided to scruff the plain kraft background with a little almost bold smudging. To Do this I loaded an old paint brush with the pigment ink and swept the page vertically and horizontally with light strokes. It was fun to have a paint brush in my hands again!

On the page opposite I used the 10 Things (Artbooking again) to compliment my Big Ideas, but since the prompt on the page says these are some of my favourite things, that is what I have listed. I used the white chalk marker to write on the black cardstock.

Oh…and where do I want to go to? Take a peek at the start of the list!

Dreaming of travel!

Dreaming of travel!

I love the opportunity the My Crush books give us to just journal and reflect, and leave a legacy for those who follow us with an insight into our hopes and dreams as well as what we liked to do and what we have achieved. I think it leaves a more rounded story about us for our grandchildren. Grab a Crush book from your consultant check the supplies links below and start recording your big ideas!

LIST OF SUPPLIES 

All supplies are available for ordering direct from my online store. Click Here to browse.

On Holiday Stamp Set C1572

Bluebird My Crush book Z1856

Cricut Collections Art Booking z1906 and Artiste z1790

Exclusive Inks Black

Cardstock – Kraft, Black

Tombow Adhesive 1514

White Chalk Marker Z1716

Your next stop on our Everything ABC’S blog Hop is Shelly Nemitz – Just One Piece. Hop on over there to see what she has in store for you. If You would like to join the Everything ABC’s Blog Hop in 2014 let us know!

Thank You for stopping by and hope you and your family have a wonderful New Year! Be sure to stop by again when I post our new Stamp of the Month!

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Everything ABC’s Blog Hop X

abc bloghop

Welcome to the Everything ABC’s Blog Hop!

For this hop we will be featuring the letter X. This may be the name of a paper, a stamp set or an embellishment. Whatever the crafter has chosen as their X element will be featured in their post.

If you have just hopped onto my blog, please start at the beginning at Linda’s blog ~ Scrappy Therapy

If you came from Linda’s Blog then you’re on the right track!

xoxoxoxoxox I love you!

X….what can we do with X in the spirit of the ABC’s blog hop? Love and kisses that is what!

For you today I am sharing the wonderful papers and stamps from For Always WOTG kit. I love the paper design as it goes with everything including bright red and luscious purple. I have been scrapping photos from my Red Hat themed 50th birthday with this kit and I am very pleased with how the pages turned out. I have also done some fabulous cards. Let’s get on with the picture show featuring the one stamp xoxoxoxoxo from the stamp set in this kit!

On this page the xoxo stamp is used as one of the borders. I loved these guys and how they contributed to the fun of the party.

On this page the xoxo stamp is used as one of the borders. I loved these guys and how they contributed to the fun of the party.

Once you have been scrapping with a kit you end up with scraps. A useful way to use these is to make cards like these shown below. (Card bases have come from local supply stores while I wait eagerly the arrival of the full range of CTMH cards and envelopes to stamp on!)

xoxo as a border on a card using scraps of For Always makes for a sweet I love you card.

xoxo as a border on a card using scraps of For Always makes for a sweet I love you card.

I have used the same stamp only this Time I have added the flower from the You Are My Happy stamp set from national stamping month.

I have used the same stamp only this Time I have added the flower from the You Are My Happy stamp set from national stamping month. The design is inspired by Pieced Panels p 12 in Originals Card Confidence Program

I have never been much of a card maker but now I have stamps, scraps and the awesome card making idea books ‘Orginals’ and ‘Wishes’ I am all set.  All my scraps can be put to good use with the ideas in these awesome books. There are no really clever tricks or technoques in the above items. The sanded edges of the Cranberry card stock is something we can do unique to the fabulous white core cardstock of CTMH which I love!

PS…This WOTG lit is nearing the end of its time with CTMH so be sure to grab yours from your consultant before they are gone!

LIST OF SUPPLIES 

All supplies are available for ordering direct from my online store. Click Here to browse.

For Always WOTG kit G1005

Books – Card confidence Program Originals 9036

Exclusive Inks Black

Cardstock – Black, White, Cranberry

Black Shimmer Trim z1809

Tombow Adhesive 1514

Foam Mounting Tape Z1151

Your next stop on our Everything ABC’S blog Hop is Shelly Nemitz – Just One Piece. Hop on over there to see what she has in store for you.

We would really love more to join our hop. If you are interested please let Linda know.

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Everything ABC’s Blog Hop W

abc bloghop

Welcome to the Everything ABC’s Blog Hop!

For this hop we will be featuring the letter W. This may be the name of a paper, a stamp set or an embellishment. Whatever the crafter has chosen as their W element will be featured in their post. If you have just hopped onto my blog, please start at the beginning at Amber’s blog ~ Scrapper’s Therapy

If you came from “Catherine’s Blog” (person above on the list) then you’re on the right track!

Waste Not Want Not with Washi Wonder!

For you today I am sharing the wonderful Washi Wonder stamp set. I am a bit of a hoarder but this stamp set prevents me from collecting too many rolls of washi tape. There are 24 designs on the stamp set and the colour combinations are unlimited with your choice of cardstock and inks. Even the shape can be dictated by you as you can trim down and shape up your washi pieces. Finally this is an awesome stamp set for all your wastage – those trims off your cricut cut sheets, that half inch you just chopped of that 12 inch piece of card, even a quarter inch or and eighth inch strip can be stamped for lots of fun and variety!

Womderful Washi is a fun versatile stamp set to use in all kinds of ways.

Wonderful Washi is a fun versatile stamp set to use in all kinds of ways.

I had Pinata photos to scrapbook and since the pinata is made with layers of colourful paper and ends up as and even more colourful mess the washi stamp set was perfect for the layout. ( I am debating adding even more to the page but I think there is enough there). I took the colours from the photo of the busted pinata and ran with that to get the look n this page.

Scrap pieces stamped ready to go

Scrap pieces stamped ready to go

I have stamped the background with Geometric Background Stamp set (D1559) and Lagoon ink, used the bright pink B and T duo paper from Chantilly and the purple from Laughing Lola as a background to photos mounted on colourful cardstock (Honey and Autumn Terracotta). To add the decorative touch I just randomly stamped coordinating colours onto scrap Colonial white cardstock and then selected pieces to look like they were holding the photos and elements onto the page. I am really pleased with the bit of fun the washi stamp has added to the layout and the photos. The title is done with the Urban Alphabet stamp set. I love that I do not run out of vowels anymore!

This is of course a special stamp set – exclusive to those who host a Close To My Heart Gathering as a special reward at a special price. I will say no more about how you get it other than to get in touch with your consultant now if you have not got this one yet! Be sure to host a gathering with your consultant before the current cycle (end of January) ends. Being summer holidays here in Australia I have a limited number of openings for gatherings in my area and I can help you organise a virtual one too! If you are too busy before Christmas ask us about the New Year! It will be your last chance to grab this stamp set.

Host reward stamp set has 24 washi tape designs in various sizes which exponentially increases your washi collection. Available to gathering hosts only.

Host reward stamp set has 24 washi tape designs in various sizes which exponentially increases your washi collection. Available to gathering hosts only.

If you prefer the real deal Washi Tape checkout these two cards using the Sparkle and Shine Washi Tape. One has the Washi Tape in the background. The stamp on the Front is from the Seasons Tweetings kit. The other is using the wide green Washi tape, pleated to form the tree. I added buttons using liquid glass and some sparkles to give it that bit of bling.

Pleated wide green washi tape makes a nice tree!

Pleated wide green washi tape makes a nice tree!

Washi Tape in the background.

Washi Tape in the background. Seasons Tweetings gift bag kit,

LIST OF SUPPLIES 

All supplies are available for ordering direct from my online store. Click Here to browse.

Host reward stamp set Washi Wonder – details available from your consultant.

Geometric Background D1559

Urban Alphabet (title) D1507 

Chantilly Paper Pack X7163B

Laughing Lola Paper pack X7170B 

Exclusive Inks Lagoon, Honey, Smoothie, Gypsy, Sweet Leaf, Sorbet,

Cardstock – Colonial White

Tombow Adhesive 1514

For the cards

Sarkle and Shine Washi Tape pack  z1907

Seasons Tweetings Gift Bag Kit  z1913

Your next stop on our Everything ABC’S blog Hop is Shelly Nemitz – Just One Piece. Hop on over there to see what she has in store for you.

Here is the complete lineup in case you get lost along the way 🙂 Scrapper’s Therapy

Letter W on November 23

1. Linda Norman- Scrappy Therapy

2. Catherine Nowak ~ Cat Scrapbooking- 

3. Jenny Gilbert – Jen’s Creative Classroom

4. Shelly Nemitz – Just One Piece- 

We would really love more to join our hop. If you are interested please let Linda know.

You are special! Have a gathering and find out how special!

Have you ever balked at the idea of hosting a direct selling anything? Be honest….I have! Especially when most of the products are priced upward of $50. It is out of the reach of most people I know to buy up big and even harder if you are the consultant trying to help the host get her rewards when they need 2 bookings to qualify, As the host you fear there may not be any friends kind enough to support you to achieve your $350 plus 2 host bookings in order to gain anything from making the effort to invite people, make supper and try and have a fun time.

Close to My Heart IS DIFFERENT. You are special. We want you to feel special and successful! They make us as consultants feel special too. Your host rewards begin with sales of $200 allowing you $30 to spend. The next step is $50 to spend plus a half price item for just a $300 total in sales. It goes up from there and you can see just how much you can be rewarded by looking at the Host reward guide on page 2 of the product launch guide . When you do look, you will notice the dreaded number of bookings is not there ! No need to con a friend into hosting a party they do not really want! You can succeed without extracting a promise from a friend to book forward for you!

The other thing you will notice is how generous the rewards become as sales go up! You are treated with great generosity for gathering with CTMH!

You are also a person of privilege when you host a CTMH gathering. You have access to exclusive stamp sets, which is perfect if you paper craft, scrapbook or make cards. You can see the full range on the 3rd and 4th pages of the product launch guide – and please note the pricing. Imagine getting these for half their usual price with your host reward money! It certainly does make your reward dollars go further!

My favourite is Washi Wonder. I do not need hundreds of rolls of washi tape – I can stamp a large number of tape designs in 40 different colours and even more with specific stamping techniques!

washi wonder

Washi Wonder – my favourite of the host rewards!

HostessRewards-C1568 HostessRewards-B1434 HostessRewards-B1433 HostessRewards-D1558

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And there is more! As a gathering host you have the choice about what sort of gathering will suit you and your friends. I can accommodate you with a hands on scrapbook page, a card, or another project. Your friends won’t be sitting around listening to the consultant talk endlessly about the benfits, features and prices of a product and walk the catalogue – we get engaged and interact with the products. Hands On! We play with the products, explore the possibilities and have fun along the way!

If you prefer not to have anyone over, but wish to have a virtual or catalogue gathering and collect orders you can do this too! We have an EZ invite system that lets you take charge electronically inviting people to shop for your event! And the rewards are the same!

How easy it is to be rewarded and gain those favourite items at half price. I am betting every one of you who own a Cricut Cutting machine would be wanting to get that Cricut collection with your 50% off item credit!

One final note about the advantages of being a host – if you become a consultant – you get ALL THESE ADVANTAGES and you also get the consultant price on all the goodies you order! If you do not yet have a Cricut you can also get that at a very special low price too! That my friends makes being a consultant AWESOME for crafters like me.

I was hopeful CTMH would be a great company for us when we lost what was. I am stunned at how generous this company is with both Hosts and Consultants and invite you to contact me now to get your gathering orgainsed or your consultant kit ordered!