Stampaganza 2018!

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We did it again! Stampaganza is back! For every two stamp sets you purchase at full retail price during the month of July you get a third of equal or lesser value FREE! Any of our current stamp sets found in our Annual Inspirations and Seasonal Expressions 2 catalogs are up for grabs. AND, to make things even more exciting, we brought back our popular alphabet and number Solos stamp sets just for this sale!

 

Celebrate this Stampaganza with us as we highlight some of the Solos sets in a fun summer album, below!

 

Features: Solos “a”, Solos “e”, Solos “h”, Solos “i”, Solos “l”, Solos “y”

 

These first two pages are the title and subject introduction of this album, where we get invited into a little girl’s “marvelous summer” adventures. In the pages that follow, we recount 10 of Ali’s favorite summer memories doing all of our stamping using only the number and alphabet Solos. Can you spot your favorite?

 

Features: Solos “1”, Solos “2”, Solos “e”, Solos “i”, Solos “m”, Solos “p”, Solos “s”, Solos “w”

 

 

Features:  Solos “3”, Solos “4”, Solos “b”, Solos “c”, Solos “e”, Solos “g”, Solos “i”, Solos “k”, Solos “n”, Solos “o”

 

 

Features: Solos “5”, Solos “6”, Solos “a”, Solos “c”, Solos “e”, Solos “f”, Solos “i”, Solos “k”, Solos “m”, Solos “r”, Solos “s”, Solos “t”

 

 

Features: Solos “7”, Solos “8”, Solos “a”, Solos “d”, Solos “e”, Solos “g”, Solos “m”, Solos “r”

 

 

Features: Solos “0”, Solos “1”Solos “2”, Solos “9”, Solos “a”, Solos “c”, Solos “f”, Solos “l”, Solos “r”, Solos “t”

 

Just remember, these stamp sets are only back until the end of July, so make sure to snatch up your favorites before they are gone! (You really can’t ever have too many fonts 😉 )

Which stamp set is calling your name this Stampaganza? Tell us in the comments below!

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Memories from the Kitchen and Giveaway

You may have heard it said that the kitchen is the most important room in a home. It is where you go to gather with your family and guests to cook, eat, socialize, do homework, craft, play games, and, on occasion, even scrapbook 😉 . With so much of our day-to-day happening around the kitchen, we are experiencing moments that are inevitably turning into nostalgic memories that we long to hold onto.

Naturally, because of our whole-hearted belief that everyone should be memory keepers, we came up with a system to help you preserve those precious memories from the kitchen.

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Designed for so much more than to hold recipes, the Cut Above® Kitchen Traditions recipe kit is a collection of materials you can use to create a unique keepsake. It comes with recipe cards for those memorable meals that you yearn for, while also providing a place for photos and journaling to share why the recipes mean something to you.

We offer the kit in three configurations, so you can choose what fits your needs best. The first is the basic Cut Above® Kitchen Traditions recipe kit, which comes with 60 4″ x 6″ cards (including recipe, title, journaling, and pattern cards), six 6″ x 8″ divider pages, two sticker sheets, and a helpful guide containing tips and ideas on how to use the kit. The second option is the Cut Above® Kitchen Traditions recipe kit with Memory Protectors™. This option includes all the same materials as the first but also comes with 6 Memory Protectors™ to hold your cards and pages. The last option is the Cut Above® Kitchen Traditions Bundle, which is an all-inclusive bundle that comes with the basic kit, the Memory Protectors, and a Bashful Everyday Life™ album and the coordinating My Acrylix® Kitchen Traditions stamp set (D1770).

We want to give all memory keepers—and aspiring memory keepers—the tools you need to beautifully document those special moments from your kitchen. That is why we are giving away 5 (!!!) Kitchen Traditions bundles to 5 lucky winners! For a chance to win, you will have to do a little bit more than what we’ve done in the past. First, you must be a subscriber to this blog. (If you aren’t yet, just push that big blue “Subscribe to list” button on the sidebar!) Second, you must leave a recipe you love in the comments below with a short explanation of why you love it. The drawing will take place Monday, April 30, at 2 p.m. MDT and winners will be notified via e-mail, as usual.

To kick things off, here’s a recipe from Close To My Heart President Monica Wihongi:

Frijoles a la Charra (Bean Soup)

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro
  • 1 diced white onion
  • 6 strips cut bacon cut into 1 inch pieces (raw)
  • 4 cans La Constena pinto beans
  • 1 can Rotel Mexican Festival tomatoes
  • 3 cans petite diced tomato
  • ¼ cup mild Herdez Salsa Casera
Directions:

In a large pot, boil the beans. While you wait for the beans to boil, fry the bacon in a separate large pan. Once the bacon is soft, add the onion and sauté it in the bacon grease. Add one can of diced tomatoes at a time and bring to a boil each time. Add the Rotel tomatoes and bring to a boil again. Add Herdez Salsa and cilantro and bring to a boil one last time. Combine your mixture with beans in the large pot and bring to a boil then simmer for 10 minutes.

Now, it’s your turn. Can’t wait to see what’s cooking in your kitchen!

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Stamping Technique: Baby Wipes

Today we’re going to talk about two tricks you can do with…drumroll…a baby wipe! You’ve used them to clean inky hands: Now you’re going to learn how to use them to create unique artwork. Let’s start by showcasing this petite card:

Hello, Friend CTMH

What’s breathtaking about autumn is how the leaves transform from rich green to warm, golden and crimson hues. This first baby wipe trick is perfect for capturing the beauty of autumn leaves because it lets multiple colors bleed into each other to create that tonal effect—all on one stamp!

To create these leaves, our artist first squeezed Canary Exclusive Inks™ re-inker onto a baby wipe. Then she squeezed a few drops of the Goldrush Exclusive Inks™ re-inker over parts of the Canary-colored wipe. After creating the ink pattern she wanted, she pressed the stamp onto the baby wipe, and stamped the image onto White Daisy cardstock.

Essentially, for this technique, you create your own stamp pad using our re-inkers and a baby wipe. Pretty neat, right? Now, you may have noticed that the veins of the leaves have more definition. That’s because after our artist stamped the baby wipe image, she dried it with a craft heater, and then she stamped over it again using the Goldrush Exclusive Inks™ stamp pad.

To introduce our second baby wipe trick, take a look at this grateful lil’ card:

Thanks a bunch! CTMH

As you may have guessed, our artist used the first baby wipe technique to create the blossom petals that fade from Honey to Glacier. But how did she create that beautiful brushed background? Again, that look’s achieved with a baby wipe! For this effect, our artist squeezed the Glacier Exclusive Inks™ re-inker onto a baby wipe and simply swept it over some White Daisy cardstock. Try this out at home for easy texturized paper. Play with how little or how much ink you add to the wipe to create a myriad of different looks.

Here’s an example of this same wiping trick used on a smaller scale:

Your Kindness CTMH

What a fun way to add a splash of color! When used with an intense color, like Thistle, this technique creates what looks like a paintbrush stroke. And here, it really draws the eye to what matters most: the message of appreciation that communicates the reason for giving someone this card in the first place. Even though this technique takes only seconds to do, its “wow” factor will last much, much longer.

Well, there you have it! Add another stamping skill to your repertoire! We love using baby wipes to create vibrant artwork, and we know you will, too!

Recipes 

3″ x 3″ Hello, Friend Card
D1677 My Acrylix® Friend Tree, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5772 Canary Cardstock, Z2653 Pomegranate Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2173 Slate Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2123 Goldrush Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2743 Canary Exclusive Inks™ Re-inker, Z2223 Goldrush Exclusive Inks™ Re-inker, Z1752 Sparkles Clear Assortment, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z3188 Paintbrush Set

4 ¼” x 5 ½” Thanks a Bunch! Card
D1663 My Acrylix® Floral Banners, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2173 Slate Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2162 Honey Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2641 Glacier Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2262 Honey Exclusive Inks™ Re-inker, Z2741 Glacier Exclusive Inks™ Re-inker, Z1752 Sparkles Clear Assortment

5 ½” x 4 ¼” Your Kindness Card
D1663 My Acrylix® Floral Banner, C1626 My Acrylix® Hexagonal Patterns, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2105 Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2740 Thistle Exclusive Inks™ Re-inker, Z2743 Canary Exclusive Inks™ Re-inker, Z2223 Goldrush Exclusive Inks™ Re-inker, Z2012 Sequins Gold Assortment
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Sticky Boy Speaks: Why Convention?

Sticky Boy here. I’ve come out of hiding today to personally invite you to the party you’ve been waiting for all year. You know, that beloved event when the world revolves around me: Convention!

I try to stay out of the spotlight because I don’t like making such a big deal of myself, but the way people fawn over me you’d think I was the only reason they came to Convention. So, I know I’m a pretty big deal, and I don’t blame them for wanting to hang out with me, but there are some other perks to attending Convention.

Let me name a few reasons why I love it so much.

I’ll start with one that’s very obvious: seeing my creator and friend Jeanette Lynton on stage is always inspiring for me. Her gifted hands crafted my perfect, round self, and I always enjoy seeing her smile beaming from the stage.

Next to seeing my favorite CEO, seeing the newest idea book, and seeing it FIRST, is definitely one of the highlights of my Convention experience every year. I obviously flip straight to the new stamp sets first and foremost, but maybe that’s just me.

To really nail down what I love most about Convention, you’ll have to experience firsthand the excitement that runs through the veins of every Consultant in attendance. The energy they feel for this company is contagious, even for little ol’ polymer me, and I’m pretty sure I don’t even have veins.

But excitement isn’t the only feeling you’ll experience at Convention. I may or may not have gotten a bit misty-eyed last year when I saw the lovely Dana Swadling receiving her surprise Spirit of Close To My Heart award—but who didn’t shed a few tears when they saw that? I love seeing hard-working people getting the recognition they deserve!

Okay, enough with the emotion. It’s time to talk business.

I’d be a liar if I said that my favorite part of Convention isn’t the thrill of the hunt—because it is! Oh, how I love the suspense and anticipation of watching so many of you walk right on by as I practically beg you to see me. Ba ha ha! My clever hiding places are just too good.

Sticky Boy hides

I admit that, after putting up some resistance, I do actually like to be found. If you never found me, how would you know how clever my hiding places are?

After you’ve found me (and bragged about me using #stickyboyctmh), your hospitality is always astounding. I love tagging along with you everywhere you go. On top of that, joining you at home broadens my worldview and gives me what my friends would call “culture” (which I’m happy to experience, as long as that “culture” doesn’t include being clamped between your dog’s teeth).

Folks, life doesn’t get much better than Close To My Heart Convention. If you haven’t signed up yet, you’d better hurry yourself on over to the Registration page to get started. You could be one of the lucky few to take me home this year, and that alone makes the trip worth it, right? I mean, come on. Just look at me!

Okay, that’s enough for now. I’ll see you there (even if you don’t see me, heh heh)!

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