Saturday, June 25, 2016

Last Flash Sale Happening NOW!





The very  last flash sale is happening right now and among the many amazing bundles you can purchase, there are a handful of must-have embellishments bundles. Below are some examples of what you can create with the Assorted Embellishments & Stickers Bundle #4 (CC1088), which includes 1 pack of Basics stickers, 1 pack of black embellishments, and 1 pack of gold embellishments.





Aren't those layouts amazing! And they are all made with just one of the embellishment bundles! Make sure to check out the wide selection of top quality products at discounted prices in our final June Flash Sale. Because it's our final flash sale, we'll be extending this week's sale until Thursday, June 30 .

 See this week's offers! »

Happy Creating!

~Michelle Battitori

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Party Favors & Home Decor, oh my! Time for Friday Flash Sale #3!




Party  favors , home d├ęcor, cardmaking, scrapbooking, papercrafting—we've bundled together all sorts of products to help with all your crafting needs! This week's bundles are only available until 3:00 pm (MDT) on Monday, June 20 . See what's on sale now! 

~Michelle

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Friday Flash Sale #2!



This week's Close To My Heart flash sale is in full force on { my website }! It began today at 3 pm (MDT) and will end on Monday at 3 pm (MDT). There are some great sales on bundles. The artwork you see here was made using bundle CC1138 and CC1105. Love them! Run on over to { my website } and get your bundles before they're gone!  

Happy Crafting!
~Michelle

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Quick and Easy Father's Day Gift



I made this project last year and realize I forgot to post it on my blog. If you are looking for a quick and easy Father's Day/Grandfather's day gift this one is it! It's simple. It was quick. It's meaningful!


This project uses the 5" x 7" Hinged Display and leftover Picture My Life cards (PML). If you don't have any PML cards just use scraps of your favorite pattern paper!

A few simple embellishments and my dad had an awesome gift to display on his desk at work! 

Happy crafting!

~Michelle

Thursday, June 2, 2016

4 Friday Flash Sales in June!




Join us for a new Flash Sale each weekend in June! 

News flash! During the month of June, we are offering great deals on bundles of discounted Close To My Heart products every weekend! Check my Online Shopping Page each Friday during June to find a new set of bundles. There will be lots to choose from, but you’ll need to snatch them up quick, because they’re only available through the following Monday while supplies last! Bundles will be available at various discount levels and price points throughout the month, so check every weekend to see the new offerings. Remember, these discounts won’t last forever, and some will be gone in a flash, so act quickly to score the best deals! 

*Flash sale bundles will be posted each Friday at 3 pm (MDT) and  and will stay up until 3:00 pm (MDT) the following Monday, while supplies last. 


Dates: 
Friday, June 3, 2016 at 3:00 pm (MDT) – Monday, June 6, 2016 at 3:00 pm (MDT) 
Friday, June 10, 2016 at 3:00 pm (MDT) – Monday, June 13, 2016 at 3:00 pm (MDT) 
Friday, June 17, 2016 at 3:00 pm (MDT) – Monday, June 20, 2016 at 3:00 pm (MDT) 
Friday, June 24, 2016 at 3:00 pm (MDT) – Monday, June 27, 2016 at 3:00 pm (MDT) 


The day that the bundles are available, you will be able to see what is available in each bundle by visiting the Flash Sale menu on my website. Some bundles will contain only current products, some only retired products, and some will contain both! None of the products in these bundles have ever been offered in bundles or at this incredible pricing before. Make sure to check it out { HERE }.

~Michelle

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

June SOTM Blog Hop - Long Way Home


Welcome to the Stamp of the Month (SOTM) blog hop! Today, 29 CTMH consultants will be sharing original creations feauturing the new Long Way Home stamp set. If you've arrived from { Paige's blog } you are on the right track. To see a complete list of hoppers please visit Melinda's blog { HERE }.


This month I continued on with my scrapbook goals and created this double page layout to use for our summer adventures! Since it has so many photo spots I kept the embellishments to a minimum so as not to overwhelm the page.


The border strip was created by first stamping the "Happy St" sentiment with our Hollyhock Pigment Ink Pad and then heat embossing it with clear powder. Then I stamped the stars with Archival Black ink. I also heat embossed the "Miles of Smiles" and curvy road images in Hollyhock to bring out a little more pink.

Once I add the photos I may add a few more embelishments. We'll see though...sometimes simple is better! Thank you for viewing my project! I'd love to know what you think so please leave a comment. I love reading them!


As a reminder, the Stamp of the Month, Long Way Home, is only available until June 30th. To purchase one for yourself please contact your local CTMH consultant or visit my website { HERE }.

Now it's time to continue on to Tracey's blog } to see what she's created.

~Michelle

Project Recipe (all CTMH):
Paper: White Daisy Cardstock (1385), Calypso Paper Kit (X7210B), Kraft Cardstock (Z1375)
Stamp: The Long Way Home (S1606)
Ink: Archival Black (44751), Honey (Z2162), Lagoon (Z2195), Desert Sand (Z2118)
Other: Thin 3D Foam Tape (Z2060), Adventure Mini Pigment Set (Z2501), Ranger Super Fine Clear Embossing Powder (Z2067), Heat Tool (Z555), Florence Sequins (Z3213)

Saturday, May 28, 2016

How To Put More of YOU In Your Layouts


Recently I was browsing through my scrapbooks and one thing was glaringly evident...there are very few pages about me. Yes, there are photos of me and yes, the majority of my journaling centers on my feelings and attitudes about the photos. But there isn't really anything JUST about me.


I think as story tellers we get lost in documenting everyone and everything else and forget to add a page or two about us. Maybe I'm unique in that regard but I'm guessing not. Pull out any scrapbook you've created and count how many pages are only about you. I'm guessing the number is pretty small right?

You get the idea. Why do we do that? For me personally I'm more comfortable behind the scene telling the story. I fear that I'm not interesting enough. And, I often tell myself, "You'll have time to do that layout later. First, let's document the kids baseball and soccer games before we forget!"

Didn't I start this memory keeping journey to record and document our FAMILY story? Family. As in my husband, my three kids and ME.

So, where do you start?  A lot of people choose to start at the beginning with older photos. There is certainly nothing wrong with that option. However, for me, it only reminds me of how many years I still need to record. I've decided to take a different approach and start with the current and work backwards.

Choosing what to start with may also seem like a daunting task. I know I pondered what to do for awhile. I decided to begin with a little introduction about myself in the form of a list. I chose to write about 38 things about me! Why 38? Simple. That's how old I just turned. It doesn't have to be your age. Maybe a top 5 or top 10 list would suffice. Really the number is irrelevant as long as it's about you!

I hope this inspires you to try a layout like this. Have you already made one? If so, leave me a comment with the link. I'd love to check it out!

If you'd like more ideas on creating layouts about you make sure to check out the following:

Reflections of ME
Why I Became A Consultant
Other Layout Prompts

Have a crafty day!

~Michelle

Project Recipe (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
Paper: Georgie (X7203B), White Daisy Cardstock (1385), Watercolor Paper (Z3146)
Stamp: Celebrate with Cake (S1605)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Juniper (Z2165)
Other: Watercolor Paints (Z3132), Waterbrush Small (Z3224), Thin 3D Foam Tape (Z2060), Grey Enamel Gems (Z3089), Oceanside Sequins (retired)