Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Close To My Heart August Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

Can you believe it?  August 1st and the summer here is almost over!  Welcome to the CTMH August stamp of the month blog hop :)  I'm glad you are here.  If you are coming from Shirley's blog you are in the right place.  This is a full circle but if you want to start at the beginning (or see the full list of blogs) you can go to Helen's blog.  I can't wait to show you how cute this month's stamp set is.

When I saw it I immediately thought of my friends who sell for different Direct Sales chocolate companies (Velata, Dove, and more).  I thought about how perfect this stamp set is for creating gift tags and mini cards for chocolate gift baskets.

You can get this stamp set one of two ways this month (so excited!):
You can purchase it from your CTMH consultant (or off my website here) for $17.95 or
You can place an order of $50 with your consultant (or off my website here) and get it for $5  FREE  that is right normally with a $50 purchase you get the stamp of the month for $5 but this month you get it FREE!

My friend Ashley sent me some Velata Chocolate and a super cute warmer for indoor smores.

We tried them out over our vacation last week and I created a Project Life page about our experience. Here are the cards (I love making my own PL cards with CTMH papers and stamps!).

And the full page - sorry it is hard to photograph pages in page protectors :)

It rained the night we had our smores so it was a perfect night to do it - because the warmer is electric we just heated the chocolate in the microwave and kept it warm in the mini electric fondue warmer :)  The kids had a blast and asked every night if we could do chocolate again!

I never did meet a chocolate I did not like!  These were so super easy to use.  If you want to win a pack to try for yourself follow this link here :)

Now it is time to hop on over to Haley's blog to see what she created!  Happy August and happy hopping :)

Elizabeth Mindemann
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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Crafting "Pinspiration" with Close To My Heart

I don't know about you but I get into these crafting valleys or deserts sometimes and just can't seem to find my mojo.  Craft challenges help but sometimes I need just a little more to kick start my creativity!  That is where pinterest really comes into play for me (bear with me as I'm still trying to reorganize my pin boards - and my craft room but that is another story).

I have a board called Crafty Inspiration where I post all sorts of photos like home decorating, paint samples, color combinations, fashion, nature photos, etc.  I use these photos to get inspiration for making cards and scrapbook pages.  Let me show you an example . . .

Photo Source
I found the above photo on pinterest and went to the link which sent me to a link which sent me to the final original source (this is important to give credit where credit is due).  I deleted the first pin and pinned from the original source.  Now I'm ready to create my card using this photo for inspiration.

I focused on the doily (using one of my favorite stamp sets), the orange color, bright blue for my font and the butterfly from the pillow and came up with the above card. 

This photo shows the detail of the doily stamp - see why I love this!! 

Materials Used:
Love Doily Stamp Set
White Ink
Butterfly (cut with Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge) and inked with Creme Brulee Ink
Flower (cut with Art Philosophy Cartridge) and inked with Sunset Ink
Prisma Glitter
Lagoon Ink for sentiment

Now it is your turn :)  Go to my Pinterest Crafty Inspiration Board - pick a photo for inspiration and create a scrapbook page or card from that inspiration - link up back here.  Your project can be anything paper related and can use any products to create not just Close To My Heart.  I'm going to run this through the end of August 2013 and then will randomly pick from all entries a winner to receive a prize package of Close To My Heart stamps and inks.

Happy Creating!



Elizabeth Mindemann
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Friday, July 19, 2013

Creatively Redeeming Treasures July Blog Hop

New To Scrapbooking?  Want to give a gift to someone who is just getting started?
Customize your own Close To My Heart starter kit for only $35!

Welcome to the second blog hop for Creatively Redeeming Treasures Team!  I love each one of the members of this team and their creativity is truly amazing!  I know you will love what they have come up with using current Close To My Heart product - be sure to check the retiring list because many of these products are no longer available after July 31st, 2013.

I decided to use one of my favorite stamp sets from the current Idea Book to create a set of thank you cards for this hop.  The Love Doily is so delicate and beautiful - the stamped image is just amazing!!

Here is a detailed photo of the doily up close - I just love it!!

Have you heard of I Feel The Love Project?  This super creative and very compassionate girl Madison started a monthly card giving charity where she chooses a different person in need of some encouragement and then puts out a call to action to her fellow crafters.  

This month they are asking for cards for a sweet little four year old girl named Mariyah and her mother.  I'm sending these Thank You cards to her mother via Madison.  If you want to donate cards as well check out
I Feel the Love Project on Madison's blog or
join this event here on facebook for more details.

Here is a photo of each of my cards on their own

Materials used:
Love Doily
Inks (Sunset, Creme Brulee, Lagoon, and Black)
Paper Butterfly
Cardstock (Sunset, Creme Brulee, and Lagoon)

Thanks for hopping along with us - we love your comments and feedback.
Now it is time to hop on over to Meredith's blog and see what she created :)

Here is the full hop list:
Meredith Hainsworth -
Elizabeth Kennedy Cammack -


Elizabeth Mindemann
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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Canvas Art Kit (part 3)

The Close To My Heart Canvas Art Kit is on sale this month for only $20!  I took the kit and created two cavnas art projects (I purchased a second 12x12 canvas from amazon) and a set of cards with this kit.  You can view the first project here and my card set here.

Finally I took the remaining pieces and created this canvas

Thanks for stopping by!  Don't miss out on this fabulous kit - get yours today for only $20 here.

Happy crafting,   


Elizabeth Mindemann
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