Friday, April 28, 2017

Live Beautifully Sneak Peek!

Today I'm giving you a little sneak peek at some special offers that will be available during the month of May from Close To My Heart!

May is National Scrapbooking Month, and for the past several years, to celebrate this special month, Close To My Heart has offered an exclusive paper packet during the month of May. This year they are offering three exclusive new products - the Live Beautifully paper packet, the Live Beautifully stamp set, and the Cut Above Live Beautifully layout kit.



Today I want to focus on the Live Beautifully paper packet. The Live Beautifully paper packet contains 16 paper sheets - 2 each of 8 different designs, including beautiful floral designs, watercolor washes, bold black and white patterns, and two sheets with gold foil accents. You can purchase the paper packet for $14.95.


Here is a layout that I created with this beautiful paper! The pattern for this layout comes from the Make It from Your Heart, Volume 2 how-to book.


I was really happy with how this layout turned out, and I think these papers were perfect for the pictures from my children's baptisms.


In addition to the Live Beautifully paper packet, I used some embellishments from the Springtime Complements pack and the Good Life Complements pack. I still need to add some journaling, but I plan to do that on the piece of white paper with gold polka dots.



I will be back with more blog posts in May about the Live Beautifully stamp set and the Cut Above layout kits, so stay tuned!

And be sure to visit my Close To My Heart website on May 1st to order your own Live Beautifully products. They're only available while supplies last!

Thanks,
Bethany Rielage

rielage517@gmail.com
765-635-4884

bethanyrielage.closetomyheart.com
www.facebook.com/stampingathome



Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Upcoming May Events!

I wanted to give you a brief overview of what events and workshops I will be hosting in May. I can't give you all the details (or show pictures) yet because the new Seasonal Expressions idea book doesn't go live until May 1st. But I can tell you it's gonna be good!

Craft Nights
I am having two craft nights in May, both from 6:00 to 10:00 in the evening. These are informal times when you can just bring anything you want to work on and come hang out. But please do sign up in advance since space is limited. Just click on the dates below to RSVP at the Facebook event pages.

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National Scrapbooking Day Crop
  • Saturday, May 6
  • 9:00-4:00
  • $10

May is National Scrapbooking Month, so in honor of that, I'm having an all-day crop on Saturday, May 6th! That day is also National Scrapbooking Day!

The crop will start at 9:00 in the morning and go until 4:00 in the afternoon. You don't have to be there the whole time, but your giveaway chances increase the longer you're there! The cost for the event is $10, which includes lunch, light snacks, space to crop, a make & take card, and some prize giveaways!


During the crop you will also have the opportunity to look through the brand-new Seasonal Expressions 2 catalog, and I will also have some retired products and card kits for sale to those in attendance.

Please RSVP on the Facebook event page no later than Wednesday, May 3.

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Card Buffet
  • Tuesday, May 16
  • 6:30-8:30
  • $2.00/card

Card buffets are one of my favorite types of workshops, so I'm having one every month in 2017! Each month I will have many different types of cards, but I'll be focusing on the featured paper packet from Close To My Heart for the month. In May, that's Little Dreamer!

Pictures coming May 1st!

Here's how it will work: You come and make as many cards as you want in the two-hour class time. Each card is $2 and they are all designed and pre-cut for you; all you do is put them together. There are several cards from which to choose.


All you have to do is bring adhesive, and I provide the rest! I suggest bringing a regular paper adhesive, glue dots, and some kind of foam tape. If you don't have adhesive or would just like to use mine, I can provide what you need for $3.00.

Please sign up on the Facebook event page no later than Monday, May 15.

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May Cardmaking Workshop
  • Saturday, May 20
  • 9:30-11:30 a.m.
  • $35

During this workshop you will complete 12 beautiful cards. The workshop cost covers all of your materials (including adhesive), the use of my supplies, and my instruction. Your papers will also be pre-cut and ready for you to assemble!

At the workshop you will receive the Miss You Cardmaking Kit. This kit includes an exclusive workshop stamp set, three sheets of Little Dreamer patterned paper, one roll of White Shimmer Trim, one pack of Little Dreamer Glitter Gems, two sheets of cardstock (1 Black, 1 White Daisy), and 12 card bases and envelopes. All of these materials are yours to keep!

Sneak Peek - More pictures coming May 1st!

Please RSVP on the Facebook event page no later than Wednesday, May 10.

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May Scrapbooking Workshop
  • Saturday, May 27
  • 9:30-12:00
  • $35

Want to make some fun scrapbooking layouts?

The Little Dreamer workshop kit provides you with enough materials to create three 12x12 two-page layouts. It also provides you with the paper and embellishments for 9 cards! With this kit you receive a full Little Dreamer paper packet, 1 pack of Little Dreamer Complements, one roll of White & Gold Ribbon, one pack of Little Dreamer Glitter Gems, and four sheets of cardstock (1 Thistle, 3 White Daisy).

Sneak Peek - More pictures coming May 1st!

The workshop costs $35, which covers your workshop kit, shipping and tax, and instruction. If you have already ordered the kit on your own but would still like to come to the workshop, please bring $3.00 to cover my instructional time.

Optional Additional Services:
$5 - I will provide any adhesive you need, including foam tape.
$5 - I will cut all of your paper ahead of time so you can just assemble and decorate the layouts the day of the workshop.

Please sign up on the Facebook event page no later than Wednesday, May 17.

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I hope you'll plan on joining me for some of these events - I'm really excited about them! If you have any questions, please ask. And if you're not on Facebook, you can still sign up by calling, texting, or emailing me directly.

Thanks,
Bethany Rielage

765-635-4884




Monday, April 24, 2017

Mojo Monday 494 - HB2U

I'm back with another Mojo Monday card today! For this week's card I tried to make a more masculine card for all those boy birthdays I never seem to have cards for!

Here's the sketch for this week:


And here's my take on it:


All the papers on this card come from the Some Kinda Wonderful paper packet from Close To My Heart. As I was going through my scraps, I deliberately chose papers that I thought were more masculine. I normally don't have trouble making more feminine cards, but I always seem to have a shortage of cards for boys.

I followed the sketch pretty closely this week. The stamped circle image comes from the Some Kinda Wonderful Scrapbooking stamp set, and the HB2U sentiment (which means Happy Birthday to You) comes from the Some Kinda Wonderful Cardmaking stamp set. I stamped the circle in Willow ink and the sentiment in Black and Whisper ink.



I popped up the circle with some thin foam tape, and I added a few Black & White Dots to finish off the card. I'm a little obsessed with these Black & White Dots right now! They're beautiful and so versatile - and nice and thin, which makes them perfect for cards. And don't worry - they're sticking around through the next seasonal catalog too!


As I was creating my card this morning, I put together some other scraps for another card, which I think turned out to be super cute! I'll be sharing it later this evening on my Facebook page, so I hope you'll stop by there later and check it out. And I'm also doing a giveaway over there. Once I reach 100 followers on my Stamping at Home Facebook page, I'll do a giveaway for some crafty goodies! So I hope you'll stop by and follow my page!

Thanks for stopping by today! Let me know if you have any questions!

Thanks,
Bethany Rielage

rielage517@gmail.com
765-635-4884

bethanyrielage.closetomyheart.com
www.facebook.com/stampingathome



Friday, April 21, 2017

Friday Favorites - Retiring Products

It's getting to be the end of April, which also means the end of the Seasonal Expressions 1 idea book. I can't believe how quickly the past several months have flown by! Since we're nearing the end of another catalog, I thought I would feature a few of my favorite products that will be retiring soon!

Some Kinda Wonderful Cardmaking Thin Cuts Bundle
I love our Thin Cuts and how they make cutting out stamped images so easy! I also love how Close To My Heart has them bundled with the coordinating stamp set so you can purchase them together. The Some Kinda Wonderful Cardmaking Thin Cuts are some of my favorites from the current catalog. The animals are too cute, and I love all the different sentiments. I will definitely be using these long after they're retired!




Dreamin' Big Scrapbooking Kit
I really love the Dreamin' Big paper packet, and I had so much fun putting together the layouts from the scrapbooking kit. This paper is just so versatile, and the layouts were so beautiful and well done. I would definitely recommend getting this kit before it's gone. It's perfect for boys or girls and lots of different occasions. And remember - if you don't like one of the papers, flip it over and use the back!




Here for You Cardmaking Kit
I have loved all the cardmaking kits in this catalog, but the Here for You Cardmaking Kit is definitely my favorite. I love the colors in the kit, and the cards are so classy and pretty. Also, the sentiments are unique and not ones that I have seen used much. And with the cutting guide and directions from Close To My Heart, they're easy to put together!




The Seasonal Expressions 1 idea book will be gone at the end of April, so don't wait to order anything you might still want. Some products have already sold out, and I'm sure others will too.

If you have any questions about any of the products I've mentioned today - or about anything else - please don't hesitate to contact me. I'm here to help!

Thanks,
Bethany Rielage

rielage517@gmail.com
765-635-4884

bethanyrielage.closetomyheart.com
www.facebook.com/stampingathome



Wednesday, April 19, 2017

National Scrapbooking Day Crop!

May is National Scrapbooking Month, so in honor of that, I'm having an all-day crop on Saturday, May 6th! That day is also National Scrapbooking Day!

The crop will start at 9:00 in the morning and go until 4:00 in the afternoon. You don't have to be there the whole time, but your giveaway chances increase the longer you're there! The cost for the event is $10, which includes lunch, light snacks, space to crop, a make & take card, and some prize giveaways!

During the crop you will also have the opportunity to look through the brand-new Seasonal Expressions 2 catalog, and I will also have some retired products and card kits for sale to those in attendance.

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In honor of National Scrapbooking Month, Close To My Heart is offering an exclusive paper packet - Live Beautifully - only available during the month of May. There's also a coordinating stamp set! We will be using this beautiful paper and stamp set for the make & take.


In addition to the Live Beautifully paper packet and stamp set, Close To My Heart will have available for purchase a kit of five Live Beautifully Cut Above layouts.


You can purchase the Cut Above Layout Kit (which includes five two-page layouts with six page protectors) separately, or you can purchase the Kit as a part of a bundle (which includes an album, a journaling pen, and adhesive). When you purchase the bundle, you get 20% off the retail price!
  • Cut Above Layout Kit - $44.95 (five two-page layouts with six page protectors)
  • Live Beautifully Album Bundle - $68.95 (five two page layouts, six page protectors, 12x12 album (black post bound or grey D-ring), journaling pen, adhesive runner)

If you would like to purchase either the kit or the bundle and have them available for you to work on at the crop, please contact me with your order by Wednesday, April 26th. These are not available for customers to purchase until May 1, so I will have to order them for you. I will have pictures of these layouts up on the Facebook event page soon.

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Please be sure to RSVP on the Facebook event page at the link below no later than Wednesday, May 3. Space is limited! Also, if you bring a friend (who has never come to one of my events), you will receive a free prize from me! Be sure that they RSVP too!

Facebook event page:
https://www.facebook.com/events/510727395981833/

If you have any questions, please contact me! See you in May!

Thanks,
Bethany Rielage

rielage517@gmail.com
765-635-4884

bethanyrielage.closetomyheart.com
www.facebook.com/stampingathome



Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Flock Together

The April stamp of the month set is Flock Together.


I have to admit when I first saw this stamp set, I wasn't thrilled about it. I'm not a big fan of birds, so I wasn't sure I would end up using this set. But I really like everything else besides the quails! The sentiments are great, and I like the hearts and the border. So for only $5, I figured it was worth it!

And as always, I have seen great artwork online from other consultants! If you're interested in seeing some of this artwork, search the hashtags #ctmhsotm, #stampofthemonth, or #ctmhstampofthemonth on social media. Those should get you some good ideas!

In the meantime, here's some artwork featuring the Flock Together stamp set from the current idea book.



Remember, the stamp of the month is only available for one month! You can buy it at the full retail price of $17.95, or it's only $5 with a $50 order. Click on the link below to learn more and to get your own Flock Together stamp set:
http://bethanyrielage.closetomyheart.com/ctmh/promotions/sotm/2017/1704-flock-together.aspx

Thanks,
Bethany Rielage

765-635-4884



Monday, April 17, 2017

Mojo Monday 493 - Flock Together

I've actually had a productive Monday morning, and I already have my Mojo Monday card done for this week! I really like the sketch this week, and I already have an idea in my head for another card using this same design. So maybe I'll get around to sharing it later!

Here's the sketch for this week:


And here's my card:


For my card this week I chose to use the April stamp of the month set, Flock Together. I really love the sentiments that come with this set - even if the quails aren't my favorite. But I think they turned out to be pretty cute on this card!


All the paper on this card comes from the Some Kinda Wonderful paper packet, and I stamped all the images and sentiment in Black ink. I added a few Black & White Dots to finish off the card.


I like how the card turned out, but if I had it to do over again, I think I would move the sentiment a little closer to the quails. Maybe I'll try it again this week and see what I come up with.

I hope you'll take some time this week to try out this sketch and see what you can make!

Thanks,
Bethany Rielage

765-635-4884

www.facebook.com/stampingathome