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Goal time... I'm going for it! | And there is a GIVEAWAY!

Category: Close To My Heart  |  Permalink

Published: Sunday, August 16, 2015

Alright friends, family, customers, followers, I'm working hard on a big goal of mine and am going to share it with you all. I usually don't put this kind of stuff out there but I figured by putting it out there, it will make me work even harder to achieve it.

I am trying so hard to earn the Close To My Heart Incentive trip to the Eastern Caribbean. A few years ago I got to enjoy a cruise to the Western Caribbean with Close To My Heart and it was absolutely AMAZING. I really don't want to miss out on this opportunity when I know I'm capable of earning it and I am 75% of the way there. This would be my 4th trip earned from Close To My Heart. Oh my gosh... I have to do this. I know 25% is a lot to earn in 45 days but I have to shoot for it.

As many of you know we welcomed our surprise little miracle baby on February 27th of this year. Between pregnancy with 3 other kids, c-section recovery and now life with 4 kids (ages 5 months, 3, 5 and almost 11), it did slow down the pace I normally run my business at but I'm back in action and ready to make this happen. A lot of time goes into working my business with my blog posts, the giveaways I offer, supporting my team, customers, creating, incentives, videos, emails, social media, prepping mail, the many trips to the post office, etc. In years past I've earned the trip with flying colors early on but hey, life happens and I'm still plugging away and going for it. I even earned the fancy suite for 2 of the trips for being a top point earner for overall points and for team building but clearly it was a big year which has resulted in me having to play catch up now that life is back to "normal" to try and earn this.

The earning period ends September 30th which means I have just 45 days to do this.

Want to help me get there? Here are things you could to do help... Of course, the biggest way to help is to place an order with me. But another huge help is to send all your crafty friends my way (referrals mean the world to me), "like" my posts on my facebook business page, "share" them, repin my posts on pinterest, enter my giveaway... yep, I said GIVEAWAY and it's a BIG one. All of these things will help and I would be soooo appreciative of it.


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And I'm also going to do several other giveaways cause I want to reward YOU for helping me try and earn this. Everyone who places an order from me will be going into a drawing. I'll draw 15 WINNERS to earn various Close To My Heart products. That's right, FIFTEEN different winners!!!! I'll be drawing 5 of the winners on September 1st for orders placed between now and August 31st, then another 5 on September 15th for orders placed September 1-14th and then the remaining 5 on October 1st for the orders placed Sept 15th-30th. Want to browse my site and see if there are products you'd like to order? CLICK HERE! If you happen to find a lot you'd like and it's over $150, please email me your order. I can put it in as a party for you so you earn free products for your purchase. Ex. a $150 order gets you $25 in free products, a $250 order gets you $40 in free products plus a half off item and so on.

I appreciate your support everyone!!!

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Londyn's Ikea Play Kitchen Makeover

Category: My Crafty Projects  |  Permalink

Published: Sunday, August 09, 2015

This past week I've been busy working away on my daughter Londyn's present for her 3rd birthday. We bought the Ikea duktig play kitchen and I went to town on jazzing it up. The kids play room is decorated in red and white, so I stuck to that color for her kitchen too. It was a lot of fun to put it all together and I think it turned out pretty darn adorable. She sure loves it.


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And here is the birthday girl, Londyn, the morning of her birthday. It felt like Christmas morning for me. I got her kitchen all ready and set up the night before her birthday (it had been hiding in the garage), so the morning of her birthday she came down stairs to this fun surprise. I put on her apron and we had her cover her eyes. She was beyond thrilled to see her awesome little kitchen.


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I'm going to take you through some of the things I made for the kitchen to give it it's makeover...

First I went to Hobby Lobby and to pick out some red fabrics... I wanted a variety of reds that made it playful and fun, yet coordinated with the rest of the room. The kids were actually with me helping me pick out fabrics but they had no idea what it was for. :)

I bought a 1/2 yard of each fabric. I cut them in strips in 1.5"-2" strips. They varied since I didn't measure exactly... just eye balled it. The strips were used to create the curtain/banner that I put behind the sink. I cut the length in half, which I believe it's about 45" standard on the fabric bolt and I cut that in half to fit the space I needed. When I tied the fabric onto thick twine I didn't make them equal, I left one side longer than the other to give more volume to the banner. You can see what I mean in this picture below...


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Then I decided to make an apron to match...


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I bought a child size white apron from Joann Craft Store ($3.99 for 1 or you can get 3 for $10.99). I used the fabric I had left from the curtains (doubled the length across the apron and added a 1/2", height was about 2-2.5"... sorry I usually just eye ball it) and then used Peel n Stick Fabric Fuse. This stuff is amazing! Especially for those who don't sew like me. I did also buy a 1/2 yard of the ruffle ribbon to use as the top row but it's not necessary. It just helped to gave it a more finished look. 

You'll want to start at the bottom and work your way up. I used a strip of the Peel n Stick Fabric Fuse about 2" from the bottom. Carefully place your fabric starting on the left side and have it flare out a little, then continue across gathering it and sticking it down onto the tape. You can lift it back up to reposition it if needed and then once you have it in place just press firmly all the way across to make it nice and secure on the apron. Oh a trick to getting it even is to only use half the strip on half the apron. Make sense, right? So use half the length of your fabric strip on half the apron, then you have the other half to finish the other side making it even with your ruffles. Next you'll lay another strip of the tape about 1.75" up and do the same. Repeat until you get to wear you'd like the ruffles to begin. I then added the red ruffle ribbon I had purchased at Joann's and viola!!! Super simple to make... no sewing involved.

My daughter absolutely LOVED the apron. Now she will not play with her kitchen without it on. :)

I bought an 8" Paper Mache "L" letter at Hobby Lobby ($2.99) and covered it with some red chevron paper. I just traced it onto the paper, cut it and adhered it to the letter with a Close To My Heart Bonding Memories glue pen. To give it a finished look I filed the edges with a craft file from Close To My Heart

 

The other thing I added was a hook on the side of the kitchen for her to hang her apron and pot holders on. And I put 3 knobs under the stove area ... which I'm so glad I added that little touch cause it's one of the first things she went for to play with. She wanted to turn her stove on. ;)

Oh my goodness and I can't forget to tell you about that adorable milk jug. That cute little thing I stumbled upon by accident at Hobby Lobby. It was in the paper crafting section ... it's with plain items that you can decorate. It was the perfect size for the shelf and even had a red cap. I think it was only $2.99 or maybe that was the sale price.

I ordered some red pots and pans from amazon, got 2 sets of the felt food and baskets from ikea, and some of their little pots and utensils. She got even more play food from my parents for her birthday along with a little tea set to match.

Well, what do you think? If you have any questions about this fun Ikea Play Kitchen Makeover, ask away.

Posted by: Melissa Robinson
Monday, August 10, 2015 @ 9:16:37 AM

Totally love everything about this, Mandy! It definitely looks beautiful with your makeover and I love her face! She will enjoy it for sure! Thanks for sharing this momentous occasion with us!


Posted by: Tonia Williams
Monday, August 10, 2015 @ 8:51:24 AM

She is so cute. I love her reaction on her Birthday gift. Bless her little heart. Awesome job on her birthday gift Mandy.

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Coffee Cup Tag with the CTMH Artistry Cricut Cartridge

Category: My Crafty Projects  |  Permalink

Published: Wednesday, August 05, 2015

I can't be the only one who thinks the cost of gift bags is outrageous, right? A cute gift bag is around $4. I like to buy the solid colored gift bags in bulk or the kraft bags like this one and either decorate the outside of the bag or add a cute gift tag. For this one I used the coffee cup image on the Artistry Cricut Cartridge from Close To My Heart. Isn't it cute?

Inside the bag is a starbucks cup and gift card so this matching tag goes perfectly. I kept the inside of the banner plain for now as I plan to write To: and From: on it. 

And here is a shot of how it looked on the Design Space screen looked like...

It was very easy to put together. I used the brown pattern paper from the Zoe paper pack for the cup, I cut the cup image a second time in White Daisy Cardstock so that I could make a lid, then used a different zoe pattern for the coffee sleeve and adhered it with some 3D foam tape. Once the cup was assembled I cut the banner in white and the outline in glacier. The heart that I added was the negative space from the sleeve. You can't see the heart cut out on my tag cause I covered it with the banner but you can in the screen shot image above. Pretty simple. Adhered that, punched a whole and added some thick twine to make it a coffee cup gift tag.

Would you like to order this cartridge and start making some adorable projects? You click the image below to order.

 

Posted by: Doreen
Wednesday, August 05, 2015 @ 9:23:07 PM

Love your tag!

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Mason Jar Card using the Artistry Cricut Cartridge

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Published: Monday, August 03, 2015

Just wrapped up this fun , simple ard and wanted to share it with you all....

I used the mason jar image on the new Close To My Heart Artistry Cricut Cartridge and welded 2 of them next to each other in Cricut Design Space to make it into a card. I added a square in Design Space to cover the heart on the inside of the card (right jar) and welded that on so it was a solid surface. It was super simple to do. I then cut the same image again in a the kraft cardstock to create the top to the jar and the heart for inside the card so they popped in a different color.

I just jazzed it up with some Glacier thick twine and used Glacier cardstock to cut the cute little flower ... also on the Artistry Cartridge (same page). Easy peasy lemon squeezy.

   

Posted by: Doreen
Tuesday, August 04, 2015 @ 6:11:19 PM

I have done the same thing, Mandy. Just need to finish mine now. Thank you for sharing

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Hello Love Card using the Artistry Cricut Cartridge

Category: My Crafty Projects  |  Permalink

Published: Sunday, August 02, 2015

As I sat down today to get crafty I was unsure what I wanted to make. I've been wanting to refill my stash of cards so I knew I wanted to make another card. I grabbed my NEW Artistry Cricut Cartridge handbook and flipped to page one. Something jumped out at me on the very first page.... that never happens. Haha! I decided to use the hello shape, arrow banner and then use the alphabet from the Artistry to add LOVE on the banner. I took pictures along the way...


Page 1 of the Artistry Cricut Cartridge Handbook ^^


What I designed in Cricut Design Space ^^


The cut pieces using the Zoe Paper Pack from Close To My Heart ^^

And here is how it all came together...

 

Here is a list of BRAND NEW items that are in the Close To My Heart Annual Inspirations Idea Book that are available to order NOW. We are only releasing a few items this month and the rest will be orderable in September. The suspense is killing me. I can't wait to show you all the NEW products but this month I'll only be able to share what is currently available.

Cricut Artistry Collection (Z3167)

Cricut Artistry DIGITAL Collection (Z3190)

My Reflections Zoe Paper Packet (X7197B)

Zoe Complements (X7197C)

Zoe Assortment (Z3082)

Coral Shimmer Trim (Z3088)

Enamel & Glitter Duos Green Triangles (Z3123)

Workshops on the Go Zoe Scrapbooking Kit (G1096)

Framed - August Stamp of the Month (S1508) - Only $5 with a $50 order

Zoe Studio J KitZoe Studio J Limited Edition Express Collection (Live until September 30, 2015)

Marker Roll-Up (Z3120) and Accessory Roll-Up (Z3121) as part of the August Get Organized Campaign

Spend $79 or more this month and I'll send you the new Close To My Heart Annual Inspirations Idea Book FREE!!

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