September is HERE! Not only are there some awesome specials happening this month with Close To My Heart, PLUS a brand new catalog, but it's also the first day of our sons' college football season. Let's start with that (because I'm kind of a proud mom!). Good luck, Tannon and Dawson! Thanks for humoring me!
Okay, now that I've gotten that out of my system, let's talk CTMH. I have some exciting things to tell you about in September (which is National Card Making Month), so let's start with a comprehensive list, then move on to details...
1. National Card Making Month Special: Create Kindness
2. September Stamp of the Month
3. Brand New Holiday Expressions Mini-Catalog
1. National Card Making Month Special - Create Kindness:
Celebrate National Stamping Month this September with hand stamped cards designed to help create a little more kindness in the world.The Create Kindness card kit contains all of the supplies needed to create 24 beautiful, handmade 3" x 3" cards that you can use to brighten someone’s day!
Great uses for these cards include (I'll be posting artwork ideas for many of these suggestions throughout the month):
- gift enclosure cards
- RAK cards. Carry them in your purse and give them to anyone who brightens your day. How about a card to your hair stylist just saying thanks for always doing a great job, or to your bank teller for always being kind and outgoing, etc, etc.
- Turn them into bag toppers for a little bag of treats
- Don't fold them and turn them into darling book marks.
- Use the card bases as patterend paper on layouts and full-size cards and stamp those cute stamps just about anywhere.
- Color your stamped images in with markers, watercolor paints, or even colored pencils. The possibilities are endless!
Thanks to the pre-printed card bases, these cards come together in no time, leaving you more time to do something thoughtful for someone! Watch the hashtag #createkindness on Instagram and Facebook to see what acts of kindness these little cards are inspiring, and join the conversation by posting some pictures of your own!
- 24 pre-printed card bases with envelopes
- 8 exclusive M-size stamp sets
- a 2″ × 2″ My Acrylix® block
- an Archival Black mini pigment ink pad
- all packed snugly in the My Acrylix® Mini Stamp Organizer
If you don't want the whole kit, but just a few of the components and/or stamp sets, click here to see the items from the kit you can buy individually.
2. September Stamp of the Month - Blessed Beyond Measure: This gorgeous stamp set is a perfect way to usher in Autumn and the thoughts and feelings of gratitude that accompany it. I love the Fall and I love the whole Thanksgiving holiday and what it stands for. I'm a huge believer that grateful people are happy people, and that no matter how dark things seem, if you look, there is ALWAYS something to be grateful for. This set expresses all of those feelings and more with it's gorgeous sentiments, as well as covering the gamut of Autumn with pumpkins, leaves branches and berries.
The photo at the top of the post, and the one below, is of a card set I created with this stamp set. I love it!
I'll also be sharing artwork here each week in September with this set (on Mondays). This set is yours for only $5 ($12.95 discount) with each $50 you order (before shipping and tax). Order $100, get 2...and so on. When ordering on my website, you'll be prompted to add your set before checking out. Easy!
- Try a top fold card! This 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" card is folded at the top. You'll need a 4 1/4" x 11" piece of cardstock to do it, then just score and fold at 5 1/2". Try rounding the bottom corners for a fun bit of personality! I've also included a list of the products I used, complete with photos and links for your convenience at the very end of this post.
- When creating your own random stamped background (like I did in the top 2/3 of these cards), be sure to turn your stamp different directions and to stamp off the edges of your card as well. It makes that random background so much more pleasing to look at!
3. Brand New Holiday Expressions Mini-Catalog:
It's here and starts TODAY (valid September 1- December 31)! You can view it page-by-delicious page right here. When ordering on my website you'll be prompted to add your own copy to your order for FREE! How's that for CTMH generosity?!!! It goes hand in hand with our Annual Inspirations Idea Book that began on August 1, 2016 and goes through July 31, 2017, and you can view both publications at the link above.
Whew! That was a lot of September CTMH Goodness all in one post, don't you think? Please call or email if you have any questions (801.360.9896, firstname.lastname@example.org).