Saturday, August 31, 2013

CTMH Huntington Scrapbook Layout

Close To My Heart Huntington
Scrapbook layout using CTMH Huntington

For me, Labor Day weekend is the start of Fall.  I know the calendar doesn't agree, however, that's when I start thinking about all things pumpkin!  Yesterday, I had my first taste of what my husband and I call "pumpkinpalooza" with a pumpkin doughnut at Dunkin' Doughnuts!  I promise, this will be the first of many pumpkin items consumed by me in the next three months!  

To celebrate my favorite season, I reached for the new Huntington paper collection from Close To My Heart.  I love the richness and warmth of the colors and how well suited the papers are for anything Autumn.  The featured colors are Barn Red, Cocoa, Champagne and Desert Sand.  However, what really stood out for me and what I wanted to make pop were the shades of Goldrush and Olive.  To highlight these two colors, I stamped images from the Harvest Happiness stamp set onto Colonial White using the coordinating Exclusive Ink pads.

CTMH Huntington (Item # X7174B)

The featured colors are Barn Red, Cocoa, Champagne and Desert Sand.  However, what really stood out for me and what I wanted to accent were Goldrush and Olive which I used to heavily accent my layout by stamping images from the Harvest Happiness stamp set.  I used both the large leaf on the top left of the carrier sheet as a boarder that I stamped in Goldrush across both pages on the Colonial White paper background.  Since this stamp coordinates with the Cricut Art Philosopy cartridge, I cut two on Colonial White paper and stamped the image in Olive and tied them together with a piece of Natural Hemp.

CTMH Harvest Happines (Item #C1463)

I wanted to use this gorgeous paper to focus on the great afternoon that I had at Grandad's Apple Orchard and Corn Maze in Hendersonville, NC.  As you can see, this was a perfect place to celebrate the season. Filled with boxes of pumpkins, squash and apples, this orchard was a combination farmers market, bakery, and corn maze.  I made sure to try the hot apple cider and apple fritter before heading through the acres of corn stalks.

Page 1 - CTMH Huntington Scrapbook Layout

I used two sheets of the Cocoa cardstock as my background base.  The zip strip from the top of the patterned paper had a great sentiment about leaves, so I added that as an accent.  I also cut out a strip of Barn Red cardstock the same length and width and repeatedly stamped the chain of leaves in Cocoa Ink to create a vine effect.  I matted my photos using the Champagne cardstock and added two of the Durables Artisan Studs for a dimensional accent.

Page 2 - CTMH Huntington Scrapbook Layout

I wish you a Fall filled with pumpkins, apples and fun! 

Monday, August 19, 2013

Organize Your Paper Crafting Supplies with Close To My Heart

Are your craft supplies scattered throughout your home or even your car?  Do you ever find yourself buying duplicate items at the craft store because you forgot that you already had it at home?  Have you ever had to stop in the middle of creating to find the coordinating embellishments for your project because they weren't with the rest of your supplies?  

Close To My Heart has the perfect solution!  The CTMH organizers, inserts and dividers are the perfect way to keep all of your crafting supplies at your finger tips in a beautiful and affordable system.

Watch the video below to see the versatility of the Large Organizer and continue reading below for more creative storage ideas!

Small Organizer (Item # Z41380
The Small Organizer (left) is perfect for embellishments, pigment inks, sponge daubers and/or My Acrylix stamping blocks.  Several foam inserts are available for you to customize this sturdy plastic, see through container.

Small Organizer
My Acrylix Blocks Foam Insert
Craft Boxes Foam Insert
Craft Boxes
                                                                                     Pigment Inks Foam Insert
                                                                                     Daubers Foam Insert

Medium Organizer (Item #Z4139)

The Medium Organizer (right) is great for your Exclusive Inks Stamp Pads or all of your miscellaneous tools and supplies.  I think it is perfect for bringing things like a paper trimmer, Crop-A-Dile to an away from home crop.

Medium Organizer

Large Organizer (Item #Z1834)

The Large Organizer (left) is an amazingly versatile 14 1/2" x 10 1/2" x 7 1/2"! If you only by one container, buy this one!  You can add tabbed dividers and use this as your one stop crop in a box!  Stack Exclusive Inks Stamp Pads, bring several My Acrylix stamp sets, throw in sponges, Exclusive Inks Markers, a sanding kit, embellishments and ribbons.  Everything that you need to create beautiful scrapbook layouts or cards can be organized in one small space!
Large Organizer
Tabbed Dividers

For a great way to keep your My Acrylix stamps sets corralled in a beautiful container; consider the My Acrylix Organizer below.  It's designed specifically for CTMH stamp sets!  

My Acrylix Organizer (Item #Z1038)

It's easy to keep your paper crafting and stamping supplies neat and organized with Close To My Heart!

Friday, August 16, 2013

What's New in Stamps from Close To My Heart

Watch the latest video from Close To My Heart; "What's New in Stamps".  You will love seeing and hearing about the improvements and additions to the My Acrylix line of stamp sets.  Contact me to schedule a time to see these and other CTMH products in person!

  • E size stamps now on two 6" x 6" carrier sheets for easy storage in your My Acrylix Organizer.
  • New Mini Stamps!  A brand new collection of single 2" x 2" stamps that are only $2.95 each!
  • Exclusive Hostess Rewards stamp sets for a limited time.  Seven sets to choose from at a special discounted price to say thank you for hostessing your own gathering (either online or in person).
  • Improved stamp sets in the already amazing Workshops On The Go kits.  The coordinating stamp set is now D size!  Even more stamps for the same price!
  • Jeanette's Stamp Archive - What's old is new!  Limited edition, hand drawn stamps from CTMH founder, Jeanette Lynton are now available in clear My Acrylix versions.

Happy stamping!