Thursday, August 21, 2014

Best Wishes Pathfinding Card

I love Close to my Heart’s mini stamps. They are only $2.99 and they are all super cute! I used two of them on this card including the Spring Banner stamp and the Timely Tidings stamp. I love that you can stamp any sentiment you like in the center of the Spring Banner image. I think I will make a few of these cards and leave the sentiment blank. Then when I need a last minute card, I can choose the appropriate sentiment, stamp it, and have a card ready to go in less than 2 minutes. (Perfect for a last minute person like me. lol)

I also used some other fun new products on the card including the Glacier patterned paper from the Pathfinding paper packet, the new Floral Embossing Folder, the scallop border punch, and some self-adhesive Gold Bling Gems.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Chalk It Up - Back to School Layout

Many of you know that my daughter has struggled with anxiety over the past few months. (You can read more about it here.) I have been a little worried about school starting again because I had no idea how she would do. She has been in counseling all summer and we have been working hard to help her get ready for the new school year, and I am SO HAPPY to report that it went well and she loves her new teacher and her new class. Praise God!!! 

I knew that the new Chalk It Up Collection would be perfect to scrapbook the kid’s first day of school. I haven’t finished my son's layout yet, but I wanted to share my daughter's layout with you. We created this layout at Cindy Baker’s team meeting a few weeks ago. I didn’t add any embellishments to it at that time because I wanted to wait to see what kind of photos I would be putting on it first. (Thanks for the layout idea Cindy!)

One of the things I love most about the Chalk It Up Collection is this Dimensional Elements piece in the Chalk It Up Compliments pack that says, “Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try.” I could not have found a more perfect sentiment if I had written it myself. I am so proud of my little girl for working to overcome her fears and being willing to try going to school again.

Here she is with her new teacher. You can tell the photos on the left were taken at the beginning of the day when she was still nervous. The photo with her new teacher was taken at the end of the day. Look at that big smile! She had a great first day and I am so proud of her. The best thing about scrapbooking this day is that my daughter can look back years from now and be encouraged by how she was able to tackle her anxiety successfully. 

All supplies used are from CTMH unless otherwise noted:
Paper: Chalk It Up
Stamps: All the Details, Chalk It Up WOTG, Glamour Lowercase Alphabet, Take Note (from Artbooking Cricut Collection)
Ink: Black, Flaxen, Sorbet
Other: Artbooking Cricut Collection, Chalk It Up Compliments, Journaling Pen, Black Striped Twill Ribbon

Monday, August 4, 2014

August Creative Club Project Kit - Paper Fundamentals Mini Card Set

August’s Creative Club will be held on Thursday, August 21st at 7pm. We will be creating a sweet mini card set using the beautiful Paper Fundamentals Whimsy pack.

The project kit is just $25 and includes all of the following: 
NOTE: Four of the colors used in this kit are new colors. See info below for links to purchase the new ink pad colors.

Additional products needed to complete this project:
Adhesive of your choice
Ink Pads: Cocoa, Pixie, Sorbet, Canary, Sweet Leaf, Glacier, Thistle

Add additional kits without the stamp set for just $10 more!

You will make (6) 3" x 3" gift cards and matching envelopes and a cute drawstring muslin bag to store them. You can make this as a gift or make one for yourself so you will have some mini gift cards ready when you need them.

You will learn how to create 3-D butterflies for your cards and stamp the envelopes to match using the adorable Your Own Kind of Wonderful stamp set.

This kit has a rainbow of colors and lots of fun sentiments so you can customize your cards as you wish. Do you need six birthday cards? Do you need six “special day” cards? Maybe you would like a variety of cards like I made for my samples? The choice is yours.

Contact me for more information or to sign up for this month’s class. Please contact me no later than August 9th if you would like to join us for the class. 

Kits ordered before 8/9 will be mailed by 8/23.
Kits ordered after 8/9 will be mailed within 2 weeks.
All kits/classes need to be paid for in advance.
Thank you for understanding.

To order a kit(s), you may either send me a check or pay securely online with a credit card or your PayPal account by using the PayPal “Add to Cart” buttons below. Be sure to use the drop down menu to choose your kit options. (If you would like your kit(s) shipped, please choose the shipped option. $5 will be added for shipping to US addresses. If you are ordering a kit from another country, please contact me for shipping costs.)

Paper Fundamentals Mini Card Set Pricing
1 kit with 1 stamp set - $25
2 kits with 1 stamp set - $35
3 kits with 1 stamp set - $45
4 kits with 1 stamp set - $55
5 kits with 1 stamp set - $65

August Kit - Paper Fundamentals Mini Card Set (local pick up)
Choose quantity in drop down menu

August Kit - Paper Fundamentals Mini Card Set (shipped)
($5 will be added for shipping)
Choose quantity in drop down menu

To find out more about my monthly “no-commitment” Creative Club, click here. You do not need to be local to participate.

Friday, August 1, 2014

CTMH's New Annual Inspirations is here!

I am so excited to finally be able to share with you Close to my Heart’s new Annual Inspirations Idea Book/Catalog! This is the most amazing collaboration of products, projects, and creative inspiration I have seen in a long time!

You can view and download your own copy here, you may order a copy on my website here, or you may order copy directly from me. If you order a copy directly from me or from my website, you will also receive a coupon for a free ink pad to use on your next order. (See info at the bottom of this post to see how you can get a copy for FREE!)

There are so many great things about this new Idea Book. The book will be good for a full year, so there are more great products and project ideas than ever! Plus, we will have two 40 page supplementals that will come out in December and April with even more goodies!

Below are some of my favorite new products...

Over 85 new Stamp Sets 

5 beautiful new Ink Colors

A FANTASTIC New Cricut Collection containing 400 Card Designs
(Artfully Sent Cricut Collection will be available in September.
Stayed turned for more details.)

Quick and Easy Cut Above Project Line
Create cards and gift bags in a snap with these precut, predesigned kits.

Scrapbook faster than ever with our new Picture My Life kits

Add some fun to your parties with the new Designer Creations Line

Create beautiful jewelry in a snap with
new additions to the Base & Bling Line 

Make your crafting easier with our new Tools like the new Score Board, Washi Tape Dispenser, Mini Stapler, Punches, and Embossing Folders

Our new ShinHan Touch Twin Markers will make coloring and blending more fun

This is only a sampling of all of the wonderful new products. Be sure to check out all of the new products in the Annual Inspirations book here. You can also see and order them on my website here.

If you would like to order your own Copy of the new Annual Inspirations you may do so by ordering it on my website here or by using the Paypal link below. Whether you order it from my website or directly form me, I will send you a coupon good for a free ink pad to use on your next order. Or, you can get a FREE copy sent to you by placing an order for $25 or more on my website!

Click on the image below to start shopping CTMH’s new products.

Click on the paypal link below to order your new Annual Inspirations Idea Book/Catalog for just $6. Make sure to indicate where you would like your catalog shipped. Your free ink pad coupon will be included with your new Idea Book. If you order the catalog from my website, your free ink pad coupon will be emailed to you.

Remember if you place an order on my website for just $25, I will mail you a FREE copy of the Annual Inspirations!

2014-2015 Annual Inspirations Idea Book
$6 includes shipping


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Simply Inspired Blog Hop - New Product Showcase

Welcome to this month’s Simply Inspired Blog Hop. If you arrived here from the fabulous Dana Kessler’s blog you are in the right place. This month we are celebrating the release of Close to my Heart’s new Annual Inspirations Idea Book with a New Product Showcase. All of the artwork from the amazing Consultants in this hop, is made using brand spankin’ new products that will be available on August 1st. (I will add links for you to the products I used on August 1st.)

I know it may seem a little early to be thinking about Fall, but it is right around the corner. I fell in love with the Fall themed papers and coordinating embellishments from CTMH’s new Pathfinding Collection and knew they would be perfect to highlight these family photos. 

The Pathfinding paper and Compliments (chipboard) pieces include great designs using Olive, Autumn Terracotta, Champaign, Chocolate, and a beautiful new color called Glacier. On the left page of the spread I cut the title on my Explore machine from a piece of Goldrush cardstock. (I used a font called Lavanderia Bold.) The frame is stamped with a new background stamp set called Season of Thanks. The “Love is all you need" sentiment is from the Big Hug stamp set.

I also used some of the Pathfinding Assortments throughout the layout. To add a little sparkle, I used a few of the new Gold Bling Gems. (They are one of my favorite new accessories!) 

The pattern I used for my layout came from the Magic How-To Book. One of the best things about the book is that it shows different ways to make your layouts interactive. I used the Hocus Pocus pattern on pages 56-61. The film strip on the bottom slides to the left to reveal more photos that are hiding. It is so much fun to make your layouts interactive.

Now hop on over to Fancy Melissa Laverty’s blog to see her wonderful creation! If you get lost along the way, click here to see a list of all the participants.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Surf's Up Card in a Box

My friend, Convention roommate, and 2nd downline, Kim Hensley gave me this super cute card-in-a-box that I just had to share with you. Isn’t it adorable? She used Close to my Heart’s Surf’s Up Picture my Life cards instead of patterned paper. I love it! She also used the Lifting Spirits stamp set, the super fun July Stamp of the Month called Circus Alphabet, and one of the stamp sets that comes with the Art Philosophy Cricut Collection.  The clouds and sun were cut using images from the Artiste Cricut cartridge. I love how she embossed the white cardstock clouds with the Dot and Stripe embossing folders and cut the sun out of a piece of Gold Glitter Paper.

This is one of my all time favorite cards. It just makes me happy every time I look at it! Thanks Kim!

Here is a photo of my CTMH Convention roomies (from left to right): Christine Adams, Kim Hensley (who made this great card), and me.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

So grateful for CTMH - (a Peek into my Personal Life)

I don't have a project to share with you today, but a little personal story I'd like to share instead. I am blessed beyond belief to have such a wonderful husband and two fabulous kiddos. My son is 10 (almost 11) and my daughter is 7 (almost 8.) My sweet daughter has been struggling with some pretty severe anxiety issues and panic attacks since March. She struggles with going out to public places like restaurants, school, certain stores, and anywhere that might be crowded. She has not been eating much and has lost weight, which concerns the doctors because she is already a bit underweight. It got so bad that we had to pull her out of school in April and she had to finish off her 1st grade school year at home.

We have been meeting with a psychologist weekly since April to help with her anxiety and eating issues. While this psychologist has been wonderful working with my son, who was diagnosed with high functioning autism 3 years ago, my daughter hasn't made much progress. In fact, in some ways it has been worse. So, I decided to do some research to see if I could find someone else who uses a different approach. I found a therapist who specializes in play therapy and art therapy to help children with anxiety. (My daughter loves art, so I thought this might be a good approach to try.) We met with the therapist a few days ago. The two of them really clicked and after a lot of talking and praying, we have decided to start seeing her weekly in hopes that she will help my daughter prepare to go back to school next month. The only down side is that our insurance doesn't cover it. However, because of my Close to my Heart business, we are able to pay for it!

When I signed up with Close to my Heart almost 10 years ago, I did it mainly to get a discount on my own crafting supplies. Then after a few years, I was able to make enough money to pay for my paper crafting supplies so I didn't have to dip into our personal checking account every time I wanted to buy something. Now, almost 10 years later, I am blessed to be making enough money to pay for my daughter's much needed therapy. I am so grateful for the opportunities that CTMH has provided to me and my family!

I know everyone can use a little extra money each month. How would you use an extra $500 or $1,000 each month? Would you use it to buy more paper crafting supplies, save it to take your family on a fun vacation, or use it to help a child who is in need of special therapy that is not covered by insurance?

Feel free to contact me if you'd like some information on turning your hobby into a lucrative business like I did. You can also find some great FAQs about signing up with CTMH here. Or if you are excited to start your journey now, you can find the online application here.

Whatever your reason for wanting to become a CTMH Consultant, I pray that you will be blessed as much as I have been! *Ü*