Category: Close to My heart

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Asterisk Celebrate the last few days of National Stamping Month
24/09/2014 Karen Sydnor in Close to My heart / No comments

Hey everyone.  Although National Stamping Month is winding down, it is not too late to enjoy this special at Close to My Heart.  When you spend $30 on any current retail-priced  stamps during September,  you qualify to receive this fabulous stamp set for FREE celebrating the 30 years of Close To My Heart.  If you are interested, contact me at kayroche.stamping.ctmh.com.
September Specials

 

Happy Stamping!

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Asterisk Loving Mixed Media
06/08/2014 Karen Sydnor in Close to My heart / No comments

A few months back, I started dabbling in Mixed Media after purchasing some Faber-Castell gelatos. 

Design Memory Crafts Faber-Castells Gelatos
Design Memory Crafts Faber-Castells Gelatos

As I was perusing one of my local crafts stores checking out what was new, I came across these yummy little pigment sticks.   Although, they are not a new product, they were certainly new to me.  The vast colors and description of the gelatos, grabbed my attention so much that I purchased a pack and left the store.  When I arrived home, I jumped online and did some research on them and found out that they appear to be used greatly in mixed media and by fine artist.

I had never tried my hand in Mixed Media before, but I noticed that there is certainly an explosion of it on the internet, among hobbyist, in craft stores and on Pinterest. I watched some YouTube videos, looked at a ton of blogs, and viewed countless pics on Pinterest and decided that I would give it a whirl! I have to tell you that I am absolutely in love with it.  It is so freeing and amazing. There are no right or wrong ways to approach it and you can use all types of mediums in the process.  A lot of the items I used to make my first piece, I already owned.  So, I didn’t spend a great deal getting started.  However, after creating several pieces, I have been back in the store, buying more stuff.  You know that is how it goes! LOL

I did use a traditional piece of canvas for my first one, but since then, I have used recycled cereal boxes, pizza boxes, various packaging, newspapers, tissue paper, fabric, tape and more.  I also used my Close to My Heart stamps and pulled out all of my old acrylic paints, pastels and other art supplies.  I will be doing a how to video in the next few weeks, but for now, here is pic of my latest piece.  

The latest in one of the many pieces of Mixed Media art that I have created recently.
The latest in one of the many pieces of Mixed Media art that I have created recently.

I hope this inspires you to try your hand at this amazing craft and discover the artist in you and as always, “Happy Crafting!”

 

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Asterisk Cappuccinos, crafting & Keurig
06/05/2014 Karen Sydnor in Close to My heart / No comments

This past weekend I had a wonderful time hosting a “Keurig Rivo Coffeehouse Anytime” houseparty courtesy of Houseparty.com. I invited a handful of my best girlfriends and we handcrafted our own coffeehouse cafe styled drinks like lattes and cappuccinos using Keurig’s latest brewing system – the Rivo. Using any of the four different espresso cups and fresh milk, you can make any type of coffee drink imaginable. I love how the machine froths the milk. We used almond and coconut milk. This machine will totally eliminate your need to go outside your home to any of the big coffeehouses for coffee. It is one awesome system.

Because I am such the crafter, I created a bingo game using coffee words where the winner had to yell, “latte” if they won. The partygoers used coffee beans as their chips. Also, keeping with the coffee theme, I decorated some glass jars that I had saved with coffee beans and delicate flowers coming out of the top. I also put my Close to My Heart stamps and Silhouette cameo machine to work and designed goodie bags for everyone to take home with them with the words “thanks a latte” stamped on the front.

The cook in me came out that day and using my Kitchenaid stand mixer, I whipped up a batch of chocolate mousse complete with fresh whipped creme. I also entertained with light hors devours of eggplant pizza, fried squash and sparkling cranberry lemonade!

We had so much fun. However, the best part about the party was Houseparty sent a Rivo brewing system to give away to one of the guest at the party! Can you believe that? I created an virtual online scavenger hunt where the first partygoer to find the answers to 5 questions won the Rivo. I kept it a secret, so they didn’t know until the end.

Below are some photos from the event. I hope you find some inspiration if you are planning a party in the future.

As a sweet treat for my wonderful followers and blog friends, I’ve included a coupon code for 40% off the Rivo system at Keurig.com if you are interested in buying your own brewer. The coupon is good for a month.

And as always, “Happy Crafting”

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Asterisk CTMH Base & Bling Wearable craft
03/03/2014 Karen Sydnor in Close to My heart / No comments

Guess What? It is March and it is also National Crafting Month!! Hooray!! If you have not been crafting, this is the month to do so. There is a myriad of exciting projects out there right now, no matter what your craft of choice is! I can’t seem to keep up with all the WIPs (Works In Progress) – cards, scrapbook ideas, paper crafting projects, knitting, and more that are overflowing in my craft studio right now. One of the reasons my crafting space is bursting at its seams is because of all the fabulous stuff from Close to My Heart!

Last year, Close to My Heart launched a new line of jewelry that you can customize yourself called, “Base & Bling”.  Now if you know me, crafts + jewelry = one happy momma! I was absolutely beside myself when this  premiered! I made several pieces to wear and taught a group of girls from my daughter’s home school group how to make one of the rings from this collection. Here is a picture below of some of the girls with their flower rings.  Well, Close to My Heart has done it again! They have added to the Base & Bling line in the 2014 Spring/Summer Idea Book & catalog.  They now have charm necklaces that you can customize, accessorize, and of course, the possibilities are endless.  Today, I have a quick video tutorial of one that I created as a monogram charm necklace!  I see many of these as great gift ideas for weddings and graduations as Spring is approaching!

Enjoy and of course, Happy March Madness Monogram Crafting!!

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monogram pendant 5 wm

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Asterisk January is National Papercrafting Month
15/01/2014 Karen Sydnor in Close to My heart / No comments
National Papercrafting Month

Hey guys.  Did you know that January is National Papercrafting Month? Check out this great deal going on at Close to My Heart this month.  And remember if you would like to place an order, you may do so through me at kayrochestamping.ctmh.com.

 

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Asterisk Rediscover Happy
30/06/2013 Karen Sydnor in Close to My heart / No comments

Disney World

 

Disney pic

Wow! What a week it has been. I am back from the Magic Kindgom in sunny Florida after spending a glorious week at Disney World laughing, learning, and listening to inspiring stories at Close to My Heart’s annual convention. Mickey, Minnie and all the pals were there as we learned some new techniques, were introduced to great new products lines, previewed the newest idea book and catalog and danced the night away on our final night of convention 80’s style.

CTMH Convention 80's

There is so much to share that I can’t possibly share it all now. However, I do encourage you to stay tuned in the months and weeks to come as I reveal all the new exciting things happening at Close to My Heart. Our new theme is “Rediscover Happy”. If you thought you knew Close to My Heart before, check us out now! For starters, check out this stylish necklace that I created during one of our creative sessions from our new base and bling line. Yes, we now have a customizable jewelry line. You can create one too. Just contact me, so I can show you how.

Base and bling necklace

In closing, rediscover what makes you happy, whether it be family, faith, or friends.  Do those things that bring you joy and live in the now! Everyday is another chance to live life to the fullest.  Live it, don’t just survive it!

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