Thursday, April 2, 2015

Be a Hostess This Spring


A night with friends, fun projects, and a chance to earn free products — get all that and more for hosting a Close To My Heart Home Gathering! You’ll have a chance to earn discounted or free products — the higher your Gathering sales, the greater your rewards. And, we’ll pay shipping and handling on all of your Hostess Rewards. Sign up to host a Home Gathering and your rewards are on their way!


$150 – $249$25 in free products
$250 – $349$40 in free products1 current Idea Book item
$350 – $449$60 in free products1 current Idea Book item
$450 – $549$80 in free products2 current Idea Book items
$550 – $649$100 in free products2 current Idea Book items
$650 – $749$120 in free products3 current Idea Book items
$750 – $849$140 in free products3 current Idea Book items
$850 – $949$160 in free products4 current Idea Book items
$950 – $1,049$180 in free products4 current Idea Book items
$1,050 or more$200 or more** in free products4 current Idea Book items
Please note: Hostess Rewards are redeemed at full price. An order total must reach $150 in sales, exclusive of shipping, handling, and tax, to qualify for our Hostess Rewards program. In the US, tax is collected on Hostess Rewards free products based on full retail price. Tax is collected on discounted items based on discounted price. Tax rules are subject to change. Promotions such as Stamp of the Month and other specials are not eligible as Hostess Rewards. Free shipping and handling apply only on Hostess Rewards items with the exception of one Studio J® layout (SJ1001).


*Hostess Rewards select product credits are redeemable for
  • My Acrylix® Stamps
  • My Acrylix® blocks
  • Exclusive Inks® pads
  • Exclusive Inks® marker sets
  • Exclusive Inks® re-inkers
  • Complements
  • My Reflections® paper packets
  • all cardstock packs
  • Workshops on the Go® kits
  • Studio J® one layout (retail value $6.50, SJ1001)
**For each $100 in sales over $1,050, add an additional $20 in free products.

As added incentive, here are 13 fantastic stamp sets just for Hostesses.

Contact me to schedule your own Gathering today.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge - Sketch 217

LJD Pretty Poppies - MFT Stamps
Blueprints 14, Fishtail STAX - MFT Die-namics
Colors - Blu Raspberry and Nightshift Blue Inks
Background Papers - Carta Bella
Embossing Folder - Crafter's Companion

Monday, February 23, 2015

MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge - Sketch 216

Pure Innocence Image and Sentiment - MFT Stamps
Blueprints 10 - MFT Die-Namics
Background Paper and Cardstock - Close To My Heart

I stamped this little sweetie out and colored her with Spectrum Noir pencils and Gamsol then fussy cut her out. That's what we did before there were dies to match our stamps! Inside, I stamped her again, kind of double stamping, and colored her very lightly.

The sentiment is from another set. I used my leftover curved scrap from the front to make the rainbow, just scribbling a little line and blending with Gamsol.

Thanks for looking.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Simple Bracelet - Hemp and Buttons or Beads

Two strands of hemp, and a Latte Button with four holes will work best. Bring the ends up through the bottom of the button. This creates a loop underneath.
Put the ends through that loop and your button is secured. Repeat on the opposite side.
To make the bracelet adjustable, you’ll wrap one set of ends around the other and create a loop, pulling that same set of ends back through to make a knot. I like to put little knots in each end to prevent accidentally pulling them all the way through when taking your bracelet off. Flip the bracelet over and repeat the same looped knot.
Now, when you tug on the ends, the bracelet tightens. To loosen, gently push on the knots.

To add beads, I took a third piece of hemp and ran it through the loops I created to secure the button, then through the beads. I took the ends of the pieces securing the button and went around the beads, holding them in place, then making knots.
Make your other knots the same way as above – they’ll just be a bit larger.
These are so simple, easy and affordable, and also great fun to make with kids.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Valentine Hershey Bar Wrappers

Project Notes

Heartstrings Paper Packet - Close To My Heart
Exclusive Cardstock - Cranberry, Whisper, Lagoon, Hollyhock, White Daisy
24 Valentines SVG Set from SVG Cuts -

I added two nested rectangles and grouped all the pieces and widened them to 5.5" to match the width of the Hershey Bar. The paper piecing is nested on a folded white wrapper.

It's not really that easy to see but the heart is glittered. It's much more sparkly in "real life" under natural light.

If you have questions or would like to order some of these ready-made, just leave a comment or e-mail me at Gallie (at) comcast (dot) net.

Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Star Shaped Gift Box

A co-worker is leaving to begin studies to become a police officer. I wanted to make him a good bye gift. I created the box with Outdoor Denim cardstock, and accented with colors of our local county sheriff's office. 

The "A" is from the Silhouette Online Store.

Project Notes for Crafters
Cardstock and Ink: Close To My Heart
Stamps: MFT Stamps
Paint: DecoArt

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Clean and Simple: Thinking of You

I was inspired by a card on Pinterest. I followed the links to Blue Jelly So n So. What a cute blog! See the post here. Isn't it an adorable card?

I wanted to make a set of cards to give as a gift, so I made five of these tonight. It's been a while since I fussy cut a bunch of flowers, but I think it was worth it! What do you think?

Here's my take.

I didn't use any colored cardstock. The Lagoon layer is inked with a sponge. The flowers were stamped with Versamark and then embossed with Clear Embossing Powder. Once they were cool I sponged on the various colors of ink and cut them out.

I created the score lines with the Score Board and stamped the sentiment, then adhered the flowers.


Exclusive Cardstock: White Daisy
Exclusive Inks™: Canary, Lagoon, Thistle, Pixie, Pear
My Acrylix® Stamp Sets: B1462 and D1616