Joyful Stars Monthly Blog Hop – October 2015

Hello crafty friends, welcome to the Joyful Stars Monthly Blog Hop! Every month we, Close To My Heart consultants, share the projects we create with you.

You should arrive here from Nancy’s blog, you are on the rigth track 🙂 This blog hop starts at Joyce’s blog where you can find the full list of the hop.

Your next hop is Andrea’s blog to see what she has created for you this month. I hope you find some inspirations from our month blog hop.

I cannot get my project done to share with you today because I have 2 sick kids. My youngest one has cough and sinus infection and then the big one came home today and having fever. I had to stop working on my project to be with them for the rest of the day. We hope and pray they will be well soon!

But I would like to share some special deals from Close To My Heart and inspiration projects.

First is October 2015 Stamp Of The Month, Twinkle (S1510)

CTMH October 2015 SOTMH - Twinkle (S1510). Grab this cute Christmas stamp set for only $5 with $50 order during the month of October at www.creatingjoyfully.ctmh.com

Each month you can purchase a new D-size stamp set, available for one month only, for just $5. When you place an order of $50 or more in Close To My Heart products, you qualify for this special Stamp of the Month pricing.

This Christmas theme stamp set is gorgeous and perfect for your Christmas projects, either scrapbook layouts or/and handmade Christmas cards. Here are some inspirations from CTMH:

CTMH October 2015 SOTMH - Twinkle (S1510). Grab this cute Christmas stamp set for only $5 with $50 order during the month of October at www.creatingjoyfully.ctmh.com

CTMH October 2015 SOTMH - Twinkle (S1510). Grab this cute Christmas stamp set for only $5 with $50 order during the month of October at www.creatingjoyfully.ctmh.com

Next special deal is signing up as an Independent Consultant during October, you will receive the 2015 Convention bag FREE in your New Consultant Kit!

Travel in style with this trendy and eye-catching cross body bag, perfectly sized for carrying layouts, paper packets, and projects that are in-progress. Along with the items found in the newly revamped New Consultant Kit, this bag will help start your business with confidence and flair!

And check out what is the new consultant box:

These goodies are for you to start creating pretty projects and start your own bussiness! This month is the best month to sign up and join my team 🙂

Are you ready to sign up? Click Here to get started! And if you have any questions, feel free to contact me. I’ll try my best to assist you. All these specials deals are until October 31,2015!

Thanks for visiting today!

Father’s Day Gift Idea: Captured Memory Mini Scrapbook Album

Father’s Days is 10 days away. Before we left Ohio for our long trip to Indonesia, I managed to finish a special project for my husband’s gift. He is a very special man of God! We love him so much. I am forever thankful to God for giving Dave as my husband and Papa to our daughters. He is just amazing!

A while ago I shared a sneak peek of the My Crush Book for Him I made for our special Papa. This mini album is just perfect for gift and keepsake. All you need is pictures, embellishments, journaling cards, and stamps. Each page is designed for you to add picture or journaling. And there is lots of possibilites for you to embellish or decorate the pages, too.

And today I’d love to share the every page I embellished, added pictures and journals. Each page tells the sweet story about him since the first day of he became a father, the day our first daughter was born until Easter 2015.

Every day we wake up and live to make memories. Memories to remember. Scrapbooking is a way to keep those memories. And I hope this can give you some ideas for your special one on the Father’s Day! Thank you for visiting today! Have a fun Summer!

My Chursh Books For Keeping Your Memorabilia

Close To My Heart’s My Crush™ books make great homes for your memorabilia! They come with a variety of beautifully designed papers and provide just the right backdrop for your keepsakes. It is designed not only for you, but your children are also can do this to keep their memories creatively! See them for yourself!

Here’s couple pages from our book I created using My Crush™ Bluebird Book, My Crush™ Memories Assortment, Memory Protectors™ 6″ X 6″ Flip Flaps, Bronze Shimmer Trim, Chevron Embossing Folder, Honey Triangle Washi Tape, Silver Geometric Washi Tape, Woodgrain Washi Tape (retired), Chocolate cardstock, White Daisy cardstock, Wood veneer assortment (retired) and assortment cutting files from Silhouette Design Store.

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I love My My Crush™ books, coordinating stamp sets and supplies because you only need your pictures to create our keepsake book from our first trip after getting married. I am working another one for our second daughter’s baby book 🙂

All supplies for My My Crush™ books, coordinating stamp sets and supplies you can get them at my CTMH Store and you can start creating a keepsake for your memories in creative way!

Cricut® Artfully Sent Is Finally Here!

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After waiting for a while, the new Cricut® Artfully Sent Collection is finally here! This collection is packed not only the cutting images but also 3 D-size stamp sets! With our newest Cricut® collection, you can make handmade masterpieces in no time at all. Choose from cards with sentiments cut directly into them, or combine several cutouts to create your own pop-up scenes. Featuring more than 25 different card themes and 5 different card formats including dynamic interactive designs, this cartridge has a card for any and all occasions—even if the occasion is “just because”! Card styles include pop-ups, scenes, sentiments, sleeves, and pocket cards.

Collection includes:

  • 1 – Cartridge (700 images: Cards and Font)
  • 3 – My Acrylix® D-size stamp sets
  • 1 – 12″ × 12″ White Daisy Cardstock Pack

Check out all CTMH Cricut® collections today!

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Recommended blocks for included stamp sets: 1″ × 1″ (Y1000), 1″ × 3½” (Y1002), 3″ × 3″ (Y1006), 2″ × 3½” (Y1009).

Cricut® is a registered trademark of Provo Craft & Novelty, Inc. All rights reserved.

SOUS 5th Anniversary Festivities Is Here!

This month is a big celebration month for Stuck On U Sketches Challenge Blog!

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5 years Stuck On U Sketches has been providing our fellow paper crafting community with inspiring and creative challenges as well as having shared here hundreds of projects from our super talented design team, present and past.

We thank you all for having been with us, the long timers and the sweetest friends finding us new.

To celebrate this month we will be having 5th Anniversary Festivities! Each blog hop will be open for 5 days and each hop will have it’s own prize offered. Join us for full-fun-and-prizes-month!!! Here’s the schedule:

  • Project Life Blog Hop on Monday, September 8
  • Die Cut Blog Hop on Friday, September 19
  • Sketch Blog Hop on Friday, September 26

ALL September challenge participants will be eligible for 2 Grand Prizes this month from:

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And we would like to warmly like to thank each company for their kindness and generosity sponsoring our special month!

Each time you join ANY challenge this month your name will be entered to win one of these 2 amazing sponsored gifts! Plus 3 hops this month gives you MANY chances to win!

Our first 5th Anniversary challenge is…

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This week we challenge you to create any projects to show us your school or class themed die cuts! Projects MUST have a DIE CUT fitting the theme (not a stamped image) to be eligible for prizes. Link up your project for this challenge HERE and while you are there, check out all the projects the Die Cut team have created for inspirations 😀

Here’s my project for this challenge:

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This is my daughter’s first school album! I am so blessed to hear her stories every day she comes back from school since the first day she went last week. I am so thankful to be able to record her memories in this special book. I am using My Creations™ Hip Pics Album and Workshops On The Go™ Chalk It Up Scrapbooking Kit.

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Virtual Blog Tour

It is Monday. As I am preparing myself to start this new week, no matter what we will go through this week I am reminded by the Lord that He is faithful and there is hope only in Him for those who depend on Him and to those who search for Him:

The faithful love of the  lord  never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning. I say to myself, “The  lord  is my inheritance; therefore, I will hope in him!” The  lord  is good to those who depend on him, to those who search for him. So it is good to wait quietly for salvation from the  lord . (Lamentations 3:22-26)

A few weeks ago, my blogging friend, Ramona, invited me to join this Virtual Blog Tour. She is one awesome lady I met on blogging world who inspires a lot of her readers through link ups, reviews, inspirational posts, crafts and giveaways! Check out her blog here to see what she has shared with her readers.

Virtual Blog Tour is one fun blog-hopping to get to know each other and they have been doing. Each participant of this Virtual Blog Tour has to answer these 4 questions. And today I would like to share a little bit about me with you all 🙂

What am I working on?

As a stay home wife and mom who has a kindergarten aged daughter and a pre-schooler aged girl, I am busy with them every single day 🙂 Right now, I am working on a lesson plan for my preschooler while the oldest at school.

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this picture was taken a few months ago… just a glimpse of what is happening in our loft almost every day 🙂

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I am also one of Wycliffe Associates volunteers working on a project for Pacific Area ministry. And I am a volunteer translator at YouVersion Bible App.

On my spare time, I blog, do scrapbook layouts, make cards, DIY, crafts with my girls and crafting with friends.

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How does my work differ from others of its genre?

In the last few months, I have been taking some times to seek God and reevaluate what I do and how it aligns with what He has called me to do. Couple weeks ago, when I attended a women blogging conference, Declare Conference, God confirmed me what and why. I know that God has given me the ability to do what I do to make his name known among to others through my role as a wife, a mom and a paper crafter.

What makes it different is that I do this as a servant to my Lord, a ministry to others. That brings joy and satisfaction in my heart, not only because it is my hobby or just because I can do it.

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Why do I write/create what I do?

I realize that through all of these what I am doing here is a preparation for me and my family to go serving the Lord overseas, among the people in SEA*.

I write because God has called me to share the stories He is writing in and through my life and my family. I write because of my hope more people to know the needs of the Good News to be heard in the languages of the people in SEA*. I write because I want more and more people to stand in the gap between these people and God, to intercede for them because they cannot.

I write because I am their voices to you.

I am writing and creating with a mission for a mission.

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How does your writing/creating process work?

I am inspired by a lot of people and learn from a lot of people. My writing process is not as easy as I write in my first language, but I am thankful for many times God helps me through a lot of friends and teachers, especially with my husband who has been a great help for me to improve my English, written and spoken.

First, I write my first draft which come from a lot of resources, for instance my quite time with the Lord, reading the Bible or reading a book, even every day life is full of inspirations to write 🙂 Then after I get my first draft, I will go back to read it again and write more. Sometimes, I post after editing my second draft, but sometimes, I need to go back and edit again for the third or fourth time.

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And for my crafting process, I like to work with sketches. First, I will make plan. Right now, I am working with my daughters’ first year scrapbook albums. So I gather all of their pictures I want to put on the albums. Second, I will  find sketches or templates (for digital scrapbooking), then work on them as I can. For digital scrapbook layouts I created,  I want to make memory books for us to remember.

I love making handmade gifts and cards for family and friends. I make list what I want to make for who, search for inspirations and tutorials (from Pinterest, most of the time :D) and then I will work on them, sometimes I will ask extra time on the weekend to work on projects while my husband spend time with our daughters.

My church friends and I love to get together for craft night once in a while, for sure we always get together around October or early November to make hairbows and hairclips for Operation Christmas Child Show Boxes project.

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When I can, I take pictures of steps how I create my project to share here on my blog 🙂

Next stop of this Virtual Blog Tour is my creative friend, Padni. We met at Stuck On U Sketches Design Team. And the most amazing thing is that we come from the same country! She is a scrapbook maker and teacher, loves handmade craft, home living stuff and photography. Check out her blog on September 1 to get to know her and to see what she’s been up to 🙂

THANK YOU for visiting my blog today. Your visits brighten my day 🙂

Hip Pic Album: New School Year Album

CTMH 2014-2015 Annual Inspirations Book | Helen Gullett | http://creatingjoyfully.ctmh.com/ #closetomyheart #ctmh #annualinspirationsbook #papercrafting #scrapbooking #cardmaking #diy

Today is the day! Close To My Heart 2014 – 2015 Annual Inspiration Book Reveal Day! I am so super excited and cannot wait to show you all the new pretty products in this new Annual Inspiration Book. You can download PDF File here today and start making wish list 😀

Now… my project… My oldest daughter is going to Kindergarten this year! She is super excited about this going to school, and this Momma? I have mix feelings: thankful, excited, and sad at the same time… I don’t know if I am as ready as she is. We’ll find out in 2 weeks!

So, I am making her first Kindergarten album using My Creations™ Hip Pics Album and Workshops On The Go™ Chalk It Up Scrapbooking Kit.

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This Workshops On The Go™ Chalk It Up Scrapbooking Kit (G1081) comes with Chalk It Up Scrapbooking Kit stamp set (D-size), Chalk It Up paper packet, matching color card stocks (1 Flaxen, 1 Lagon, 1 White Daisy), Chalk It Up ComplementsChalk It Up Assortment, 1 spool Striped Twill Ribbon and an instructional brochure. You can create at least 4 – 12×12 scrapbook layouts with this kit.

The number background I created by stamping the numbers from the Chalk It Up Scrapbooking Kit stamp set on a piece 5″ x 6″ Flaxen Cardstock with Whisper Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad. This ink is great for shadowing and light stamping.

Every CTMH duo-papers come with a little surprise, matching color and pattern borders. The lagoon dots and Sorbet swirl pattern borders are 2 of the 3 borders from Chalk It Up paper packet. I used my Scallop Border Punch to created the scallop border and added it on the page using adhesive runner, then I added the Sorbet swirl pattern border on top of it.

I used Liquid Glass to add the word YEAR chipboard from Chalk It Up Complements and 3D Foam Tape to add the arrow word on top of the Year word for some dimensional effect.

Do you see those washi tapes??? Aren’t they cute? They are Black Arrow Washi Tape and Lagoon Hearts Washi Tape. And that Sorbet puffy heart is my new favorite assortment from Chalk It Up Assortment.

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This ribbon flower I made using Base & Bling Adhesive Dots and Striped Twill Ribbon that comes in the Workshops On The Go™ Chalk It Up Scrapbooking Kit. I added the cute smiley face chipboard in the middle of the flower.

This is just the cover! I cannot wait to fill up all the pages in this week, so come back tomorrow for the sneak peak the pages 😀
And today I join CTMH New Product Blog Hop. I hope you will enjoy this hop and all inspirations that CTMH Independent Consultants have for you on their blogs 🙂

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