Sunday, December 28, 2014

Sticky Boy came to visit

I was so very excited to open a card that was sent to me from my upline- Brae. There was a lovely note inside and a very special little friend! Stick Boy! There is a whole story behind Sticky Boy, which you can find here, and he has his own Facebook page which you can find here.



So as you can all imagine we set to work and did some creating together!
He had some friends over...


From the new Love Ya Silly stamp set from the new Seasonal Expressions Idea Book.
Then just right before Christmas his cousin Ginger stopped by for some fun & games!



They got into the ShinHan Touch Twin markers and the new Puffies,  Stuck On You.  They made a bit of a mess but they had so much fun! 
ENJOY! Chris

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Last week for Deal of the Decade

This is the last we to take advantage of the Deal of the Decade....


This year marks the 10-year anniversary of Close To My Heart’s revolutionary My Acrylix®clear polymer stamps—and we can’t wait for you to celebrate with us! With a qualifying purchase of $50 during the month of December, you will be eligible to purchase ANY C- or D-size stamps from the Annual Inspirations 2014–2015 idea book for only $10. That’s up to $7.95 USD / $9.75 CAD of savings on a single stamp set! Plus, once you achieve the qualifying order total, there is no limit to the number of eligible stamp sets you can purchase at this discounted price. Remember, a purchase of $50 will also qualify you to receive the December Stamp of the Month for only $5, so if you purchase both the discounted Stamp of the Month and additional stamps at this special campaign pricing your savings will compound! It is truly the deal of the decade.

Visit my website for more shopping details! chrisrobertson.CTMH.com
Enjoy! Chris

Monday, December 15, 2014

December Cross Canada Blog Hop Christmas Decor

Welcome to our December Blog Hop featuring Christmas Decor.  To purchase any of the items seen in our blog hop today, contact your local consultant to place an order.

We hope that you will take the time to leave comments on our posts, as we love to get feedback from our viewers....whether it was something that you really liked or some new technique that was used that you would like to learn how to do....by leaving us comments, we get to hear what you like, and what you want to see. Thank you… now on to our hop! 

If you have just hopped onto my blog, you can start here as this is a circular hop, but if you want to follow us across Canada then please start at the beginning and joinMichelle at MyCreationswithMichelle.blogspot. If you came from Brae of www.brae-er.com then you are in the right place!

This was a super fun project to work on- it all started because of the chocolate - as do most good ideas. I spotted these Ghirardelli chocolates at Costco and knew I had to find a use for them. Then came the Designed Decor Red Magnetic Chalkboard. I set the chocolates down on the board and played around with them until I figure out what I wanted to create. (there were lots of other thing I should have been doing at that point.) But the end result was an Advent calendar.


The "case" for the chocolate is from the Cricut Artise Collection. It is a mini book cover but I took out the hole in Cricut Craft Room. The full recipe for the project is posted at the bottom. 


Here are the close up pictures.

I hope you have enjoyed this stop on the Christmas Decor Blog Hop! Chris

Close To My Heart Products Used:


Your next stop on the Cross Canada Hop is Brandy of CanadianScrapper.blogspot.ca

 If you get lost along the way, you can head to Michelle S Blog, http://mycreationswithmichelle.blogspot.ca, as she has the complete blog list. 

Thanks for hopping along with us - we hope we were able to inspire you to get creative using some of the designs, products and techniques seen along the way. We hope you will join us again next month when we will be featuring Valentine’s Day creations.  So mark January 15th on your calendars and hop along with us.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Exciting news for Scrapper's Club

I have some exciting news to share about Scrapper's Club... 

Scrapper's Club is a monthly group that I run. We met once a month and the attendees create two layouts that I have designed and set up as a kit for them. It is a wonderful way to speed through some scrapbooking without having to do too much pre-planning. I take care of that for them. This is one of the most enjoyable clubs that I plan. It is wonderful to watch people get pushed outside of the typical page that they create. Now that I have explained what it is...here is the exciting part. For the month of January and February I have decided to open up Scrapper's Club to non-members. 

I still have supplies that I can still create kits for the past eight months worth of Scrapper's Club selections. If you are interested in seeing the past 24 kits I am still able to put together feel free to send me a quick email at crbb@mts.net and we will get the ball rolling. Here is a sneak peak...
All kits are $12/ea and designed with Close to My Heart products and come with a full set of instructions. Hope you take advantage of this offer. For more information on the products I use you can check them out on my shopping website at www.chrisrobertson.ctmh.com

Enjoy! Chris

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

The Month of December Specials

I have to say I love December but don't we all. It is crazy busy but so much fun to enjoy some time with those friends and family that you might not have seen in a while. The same as everyone else my month is super busy but I thought I should jump in here and mention a few things going on with Close To My Heart specials this month.

First off there is the Deal of the Decade!! This is an unbelievable deal from Close to My Heart. I had to read it twice to believe it myself.


If you want more details stop by my website- www.chrisrobertson.ctmh.com


Then there is a super cute Stamp of The Month called- Cutie Pie.
More details here- www.chrisrobertson.ctmh.com

Enjoy! Chris

Monday, December 1, 2014

Cyber Monday specials from Close to My Heart



First time ever!

Cyber Monday Only: 20% Off All Cricut® Collections!

For the first time ever, Close To My Heart is offering a Cyber Monday Sale on Monday, December 1, 2014. There has never been a better time to buy Close To My Heart’s exclusive Cricut® Collections for 20% off the retail price. Whether you love scrapbooking, cardmaking, or creating 3-D projects, our four exclusive Cricut® collections make the perfect addition to any craft room! Sale starts at midnight (MST) on December 1 and ends at 11:59 pm Monday night.
Act fast! only today!
www.chrisrobertson.ctmh.com
And if you like to double dip for today only you can also take advantage of...


This year marks the 10-year anniversary of Close To My Heart’s revolutionary My Acrylix® clear polymer stamps—and we can’t wait for you to celebrate with us! With a qualifying purchase of $50 during the month of December, you will be eligible to purchase ANY C- or D-size stamps from the Annual Inspirations 2014–2015 idea book for only $10. That’s up to $7.95 USD / $9.75 CAD of savings on a single stamp set! Plus, once you achieve the qualifying order total, there is no limit to the number of eligible stamp sets you can purchase at this discounted price. Remember, a purchase of $50 will also qualify you to receive the December Stamp of the Month for only $5, so if you purchase both the discounted Stamp of the Month and additional stamps at this special campaign pricing your savings will compound! It is truly the deal of the decade.
www.chrisrobertson.ctmh.com
And while you are there don't forget the Stamp of The Month..it is a cute one.


I think that is more then enough information for today!
Enjoy! Chris


Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Open House Thank You!

This was my very first Holiday Open House with Close to My Heart. I just want to say from the bottom of my heart, "Thank you so much!" to everyone that was able to get here this past weekend. I really hope you enjoyed the event. The house smelled of apple cider all weekend, it can't get much better then that! So again I really appreciate all the customers and friends that were able to make it out.
Thank you! Chris

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Holiday Open House

Here is a quick reminder that my Holiday Open House is this weekend. Lots of fun is ready for those that attend. Here is a sneak peek!

Hope to see you there. If you need more details please feel free to email me.
Enjoy! Chris

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Tool Time Tuesday

When I was looking for a product to feature this week, I had a hard time believing that I had not done this one before...the Versa Mat and All Purpose Mat from Close to My Heart. I love all the amazing features for these two great products. They are both product are well reasonable.

Here is a video to highlight the features and benefits.
Enjoy! Chris


Saturday, November 15, 2014

Cross Canada Blog Hop- Designer Creations

Welcome to our November Blog Hop featuring Designer Creations and Decor.  To purchase any of the items seen in our blog hop today, contact your local consultant to place an order.

We hope that you will take the time to leave comments on our posts, as we love to get feedback from our viewers....whether it was something that you really liked or some new technique that was used that you would like to learn how to do....by leaving us comments, we get to hear what you like, and what you want to see. Thank you… now on to our hop! 

If you have just hopped onto my blog, you can start here as this is a circular hop, but if you want to follow us across Canada then please start at the beginning and join Julie at 12x12 travels.blogspot.ca. If you came from Michelle of mycreationswithmichelle.blogspot.ca 

I do have to say this one took me a bit to come up with my idea. But I love the way it turned out!
I took the Designer Creations Ruby Paper Bags and turned them into a multi-purpose gift card holder. This is great when you want to give just a little bit more then the gift card on it's own, creating more of a present. Who wouldn't want to get one of these as a gift??
These are the detail pictures! Enjoy! Chris

Your next stop on the Cross Canada Hop is Brandy  of canadianscrappers.blogspot.ca
 If you get lost along the way, you can head to Michelle S Blog, mycreationswithmichelle.blogspot.ca, as she has the complete blog list. 


Thanks for hopping along with us - we hope we were able to inspire you to get creative using some of the designs, products and techniques seen along the way. We hope you will join us again next month when we will be featuring D├ęcor for Christmas.  So mark December 15th on your calendars and hop along with us.

Close To My Heart products use...

Monday, November 10, 2014

Brae-er Team Blog Hop- Workshop Wonders!

Welcome to our November Team Braer Blog Hop that focuses on workshops.To purchase any of the items seen in our blog hop today,kindly contact your local consultant to place an order.
We hope that you will take the time to leave comments on our posts, as we really love feedback from our blog viewers....whether it was something that you really liked or some new technique that was used that you would like to learn how to do....by leaving us comments, we get to hear what you like, and what you want to see. Thank you… now on to our hop! 

If you have just hopped onto my blog, you can start here as this is a circular hop, but if you want to follow our team's blogs, then please start at the beginning and join Sheri  at Just Scrap It. If you came from Sheri of Just Scrap It then you are in the right place!  

I do have a few different workshops at this time of the year. One of my favorite ones is the "Calendar Class". Everyone needs a new calendar! I have designed a Workshop project that customers can do together or at home alone. 
The workshop is created around Close To My Hearts Flip Stand, a great product that is sometimes over looked. The general idea of the workshop is that everything is pre-cut and ready to go. The kit including the FlipStand is $30 (and must be local) or you can order your own Flip Stand a purchase the workshop kit for $15+shipping. Now the photos....

 The kit includes a cardstock background, a MyReflections paper front, a colour cardstock mat, a monthly calendar and a mat. The matted piece above the calendar can be used for a photo or stamped for decoration. Everyone can then use their own embellishment to decorate how they wish.
It is a wonderful way to spend an evening with some friends! 

Close To My Heart products used are......
Your next stop on the Team Braer Hop is Tamara of Geemara.blogspot

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Studio J November Promotion!

There is a fantastic promotion from Close To My Heart this month called the Lucky 5! Studio J is trying 5 years old and they are celebrating! There are so many fun and exciting uses for Studion J pages. Why not have some fun and start to play today. Here is where you can find out more!


November marks the five-year anniversary of Studio J®, and that means it’s your lucky month, with five amazing ways to win through Studio J and Close To My Heart social media!
First, throughout the month of November, all layouts purchased in Studio J are $5! That is a savings of over 25% off of retail—an unprecedented deal! 
Your second chance to win big must come by sheer luck: every fifth order placed in Studio J during November receives a FREE surprise Close To My Heart accessory in its shipping box! The accessory has a retail value of $5 or more.
If luck doesn’t smile on you in that way, you might stumble upon it by finding a little extra something in your Studio J box. Five “golden tickets” will be sent out during the month of November with randomly selected Studio J print orders! This “golden ticket” is redeemable for one of Close To My Heart’s new D-ring albums* loaded with 10 Top Load Memory Protectors™. 
For a fourth way to win, simply create new, gorgeous layouts in Studio J, select your favorites, and then post pictures of them on Close To My Heart’s Facebook page using the hashtag #ctmhlucky5. After November 30, five lucky winners will be selected from the entries based on their artistry and creativity and each of these winners will receive their own D-ring album loaded with 10 Top Load Memory Protectors!
And there is one last way to win: take your new Studio J artwork and post a picture of it on Instagram using the hashtag #ctmhlucky5. Just as it is with Facebook, after November 30, five lucky winners will be selected from the entries to receive their own D-ring album loaded with 10 Top Load Memory Protectors!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Last few days for Home for the Holidays


Don't forget these are the last few days to get the Stamp of the Month- Home for the Holidays for just $5 with your qualifying order of just $50 plus that in turn gets you a surprise ribbon with the Ribbon Revelry! If you want more details head over to my website and look under promotions.
Here is a look at some of the things I have made this month with the stamp set.

If you have any questions don't hesitate to ask.
Enjoy! Chris


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Tool Time Tuesday

Not much you can do in the paper crafting world without adhesive! So today's Tool Time Tuesday highlights the line of Bonding Memories glues. These two great adhesives can be used for many paper crafting projects. Here is a short video to help you understand the features and benefits.
You can find these products along with other great adhesives at my website, here.
Enjoy! Chris

Monday, October 27, 2014

Spooky Crafting Adventure

Last week there was a challenge posted on the new Close To My Heart blog, blog.closetomyheart.com. We all know I love a contest and I love a creative challenge.


This is the creative challenge I received in the end...
CREATIVE CHALLENGE 3: In honor of your intuitive password
selection, create a card, layout, or other creation using each of the Close
To My Heart colors that would comprise candycorn: Honey, Goldrush,
and Colonial White
Here is what I came up with to respond to the challenge.



I love Candy Corn so this was a good challenge for me. Yummy!! I created a triangle box with cardstock, a few I made solid candy corn colours, Colonial White, Goldrush and Honey, using the new Score Board. A few I covered with Washi tape, Honey Triangle and Sunset Chevron. They each have three Halloween caramels inside- yummy and it is held together with the new, Black Striped Twill. I am so please with how they turned out. Check out the Close To My Heart blog on the 30th to see if I win.




Come and play with me and take the challenge!!
Enjoy! Chris


Thursday, October 23, 2014

Home for the Holidays Ornament

I will start by saying this is one of the hardest projects I have photographed in awhile! LOL ! I did my very best. I tried inside first too dark.. then outside and it was way too windy. But here it is anyways.
This is for sure one of my favorite projects that I have made with the Home for the Holidays stamp of the month from Close to My Heart! It is a spinning ornament that I created using the Yuletide paper and some Neutral Baker's Twine. I cut the ornament shape from page 27 of the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge. (I used the Tag key and cut the middle out). I feel it turned out well.
Enjoy! Chris

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Tool Time Tuesday

A super fun and darn cute tool for todays Tool Time Tuesday! The new mini Stapler from Close to My Heart. You know when you just need a little "something" to complete your project, why not a mini staple or two?? Here is a short video on how to use this great new tool.

It is so easy to add a bit of fun to your project. You can find the Mini Stapler and Staples, here.
Enjoy! Chris

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Home For The Holidays Card

Here is another card that I wanted to share using this months Stamp of the Month- Home for the Holidays from Close To My Heart. This time I used the more traditional Christmas products from the Yuletide line.
I paired the Yuletide paper with Olive Ink and the Gold Sequins !! You will be seeing lots of those sequins as I love, love, love them!
Here are the detail pictures.
More details on the Home for the Holidays stamp set can be found, here.
Enjoy! Chris



Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Cross Canada Blog Hop- Tricks and Treats

Welcome to our October Blog Hop featuring Tricks and Treats. To purchase any of the items seen
in our blog hop today, contact your local consultant to place an order.

We hope that you will take the time to leave comments on our posts, as we love to get feedback
from our viewers....whether it was something that you really liked or some new technique that was
used that you would like to learn how to do....by leaving us comments, we get to hear what you like,

and what you want to see. Thank you... now on to our hop!


If you have just hopped onto my blog, you can start here as this is a circular hop, but if you

want to follow us across Canada then please start at the beginning and join Julie's at
12x12 Travels. If you came from Carol of Carol's Crafty Place.
 then you are in the right place! 


So I have to say this is not at all how the project started out but sometimes that just makes it more fun! I am so happy with the way this project turned out!  It features the Scaredy Cat paper, the haunted house is cut from the new Cricut Cartridge Artfully Sent, and the characters are from Frightfully Fun (B1453) stamp set and coloured with the Twin Touch Shin Han markers.





And here are the close up details.



Your next stop on the Cross Canada Hop is Sandra  of Paper Sage.
If you get lost along the way, you can head to Michelle' s Blog, at  mycreationswithmichelle.blogspot.ca, as she has the complete blog list. 



Thanks for hopping along with us - we hope we were able to inspire you to get creative using some
of the designs, products and techniques seen along the way. We hope you will join us again next
month when we will be featuring Designer Creations. So mark November 15th on your calendars
and hop along with us.



Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Tool Time Tuesday

Tool Time Tuesday is about the new Score Board!! I have to tell you it doesn't look like the most exciting tool but it is amazing! I have had other scoring tools and used other techniques but this board works so well. I love, love, love it!!! Here is a short video.
I know so fun! The possibilities are endless. You can find this product on my website, here.
Enjoy! Chris

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Brae-er Team Blog Hop- So Happy with Close To My Heart


Welcome to our October Team Braer Blog Hop that focuses on something al ittle different this month. It is called So Happy with CTMH. You will see creations from our team with the new product that reflect how happy we are with CTMH. Some will show team events, gifts from other consultants etc.
We hope that you will take the time to leave comments on our posts, as we really love feedback from our blog viewers....whether it was something that you really liked or some new technique that was used that you would like to learn how to do....by leaving us comments, we get to hear what you like, and what you want to see. Thank you… now on to our hop!


If you have just hopped onto my blog, you can start here as this is a circular hop, but if you want to follow our team's blogs, then please start at the beginning and join Brae at  The Brae-er. If you came from Sheri  of Sheri Says Just Scrap It  then you are in the right place! 

I decided that I needed to do something a bit different for my stop as I have not been to a team event yet. I choose to create something that reflect what CTMH has "renewed" in me. It have allowed me to showcase my creativity and the ability to try and share that with others, through this blog, my workshops and classes. I have been so happy with my decision to join Team Brae-er and can only image the great places that it will continue to take me. This simple treat container says it all, You Mean the World to Me! Thank you for your continued support and sharing!


Your next stop on the Team Braer Hop is Nicky Scott of Timeless Cottage.

If you get lost along the way, you can head to  Brae's blog at www.brae-er.com, as she has the complete blog list. 



Thanks for hopping along with us - we hope we were able to inspire you to get creative using some of the designs, products and techniques seen along the way. 

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Home for the Holidays Treat Cone

A cone you say? What do you mean? When I was playing around with this month's Stamp of the Month- Home For the Holidays I kept thinking it would be fun to create something to hang from the tree that you could put treats in, or just use as a decoration. Off I went to look through the Cricut cartridge from Close to My Heart and this is what I came up with.
I cut it from page 42 of the Artiste Cricut cartridge, stamped it with Rudy ink for the candy cane and the new Glacier ink for the candies, added Rudy cardstock that I cut really thin and crumbled up and tied a hanger with the Grey Baker's Twine. See the stamp set isn't just for scrapbooking or card making! Here are the detail pictures.
Don't forget to add this great stamp set to your cart for $5 with a qualifying order of $50, then you will also qualify for the Ribbon Revlry. You could also use the ribbon to hang this cute cone.
You can find out more details on my website, under promotions.

Enjoy! Chris


Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Tool Time Tuesday

Todays Tool Time Tuesday is the about four great product that Close To My Heart has to offer, the Stitching Guide, Foam Pad, Ruler and Piercing tool. There are all great to use on their own but also work well together. Here is a short video to explain their uses.



All these tools are available on my shopping website, here. If you have any questions don't hesitate to ask.
Enjoy! Chris

Monday, October 6, 2014

Creative Blog Hop- About me and Introducing!

Thank you to Sheri from Sheri Says Just Scrap It for nominating me for this slightly different Blog Hop.
This Creative Blog Hop is a way to have an ongoing, never-ending hop that introduces you to other creative crafters and broaden our list of blog artists.What a fun way to expand your eye candy!So the way this works is a answer a few questions about myself and pass you along to the next talented creative person at the end. On with the questions.... 

What am I working on now?
Well this one is easy- I am working on a bit of everything! I am in the process of designing the page layouts for next months Scrapper's Club, projects to showcase on my blog, designing a few cards for my card buffet and having fun playing with the new Cricut cartridge! (Artfully Sent) Then believe it or not I am in the very beginning stages of some Christmas craftiness! It is always like that a bit of this and a bit of that!

How does my work differ from others in my genre?
Hmmm! I honestly don't have a great answer for this question. I don't know that my work is really the same or different. Honestly I just like to create what I like and I am pretty sure that is what most people do! Hahaha! Best answer I have to that question.

Why do I create?
This on the other hand is an easy question! I have just always created so I don't know what I would do without it. As long as I can remember I have loved crafts and creating. I just grew up in an environment where we are encouraged to create, from sewing for my doll to playing with the homemade play dough! 

How does my creative process work?

This is a funny one! I honestly don't have a process that stays the same, other then I can create a big mess. I will take inspiration from all over the place. I feed off of other peoples creativity. I can be inspired from almost anything, a colour, a design and I have even been known to create from a dream I have had. The only things that stay the same is when I start my next project I need to clean my surface in order to make a mess again!

I hope that you have enjoyed reading a little bit more about me. Now I am going to pass you along to a super talented person. She wears many hats and I hope that you will take a few moments to get to know, Jessica at Create By The Lake.




Saturday, October 4, 2014

World Cardmaking Day!

World Cardmaking Day that sound like something to celebrate doesn't it? I have spent a bit of time playing around with the Stamp of the Month from Close To My Heart- Home for the Holidays. So to celebrate World Cardmaking Day I thought I would share a card I made.
I have to say that I love the new Snowhaven paper from Close To My Heart. The colour combination works so well together. You can find them, here.
Here are a few close-ups.
All the details for the SOTM can be found, here.

Enjoy! Chris