Monday, October 28, 2013


I went to the store yesterday to try to find some Christmas papers so I could begin making a Christmas gift project I have in mind.

I know it's early yet, and it's only Fall.............

But low and behold......... I could not find ANYTHING! I know it's early for Christmas stuff, but it did make me realize how lucky we are to have companies such as Close to My Heart, where we can buy, year-round, our themed papers for the various holidays. 

So, just as a quick note, I wanted to remind you that from now until December 31st, this special is going on with Close to My Heart (while supplies last).

For every $100 spent from the Autumn/Winter 2013 Idea book and/or the Holiday from the Heart catalog, you can pick any of the above items for free!

Here is the HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE LINK for the Holidays from the Heart 24 page mini catalog. It's the catalog on the far right and may take a few seconds to open up.

The Sparkle & Shine paper is so pretty! The candy cane stripes and pretty polka dots are so versatile.

I showcased some beautiful Christmas cards at my blog post HERE a week ago where you can see these Sparkle & Shine papers close up and personal.

If you want to begin shopping now for Christmas gifts, card kits, and paper crafting supplies, both Idea Books have great papers and stamp sets for your card making and scrapbook layouts. 

For the "non-crafter", both Idea Books have some great gifts, such as a jewelry making kit, My Crush books (with add-on assortments), fabrics, Designed Decor frames for displaying artwork, and Kraft album and boxes.

And don't forget this month's (October, 2013) FREE download from Close to My Heart compliments of their "Rediscover CTMH" campaign.  Darling colors of paper strips to use in your crafts!

Go HERE to Rediscover Sweet to download the JPEG to get a high resolution image. I see five strips that will compliment and match our Frosted and Spark & Shine papers! 

Here are two cards I made using these sweet little paper strips.  The first card (for Christmas) uses the tiny strips that I printed out on a 4x6 piece of photo paper, and then I cut each one out.
I used the small strips around the middle circle tag. The two side strips are the larger ones. Add some glitter snowflakes and an edge of glitter around the middle circle tag, and you're done!
For the second card (also for Christmas), I printed larger strips on photo paper, as I like the shine of photo paper. I cut them out and mounted two behind a sentiment tag.

Add some sparkle ribbon at the top and bottom, and some glitter glue around the edges of the strips.  I stamped the background before I mounted anything, using one of our retired CTMH Christmas stamps using gold pigment ink. EASY AND QUICK!

And don't forget, there is also a fabric, Sparkle & Shine Textiles that matches and coordinates with the Sparkle & Shine papers.

Have fun and enjoy the FREE stuff!

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