Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Heartfelt Hello Card

Close to my Heart’s Heartfelt Hello stamp is one of my favorites. It coordinates perfectly when the Thin Cuts—Basic Hearts dies, which just happen to be on sale this month. To make this card, I stamped the Heartfelt Hello image onto a piece of Kraft cardstock with Versamark ink, sprinkled it with White Embossing Powder, and heat set it with a Craft Heater. (I love the embossed look of the white on Kraft.) 

I cut the stamped image out using the largest heart in the Thin Cuts—Basic Hearts die set. I colored in the flowers with some ShinHan markers and the tiny flowers with the Gold Shimmer Brush. After creating a card base with some White Daisy cardstock and a piece of patterned paper from the Some Kinda Wonderful collection,  I adhered the heart with some 3-D Foam Tape. I added a few Pink Enamel Gems to the bottom to finish it off.

One of the lucky winners from a contest I had last month in my customer VIP Facebook group received this card with their prize. *Ü*

Saturday, March 4, 2017

March Project Kit - Sugar Rush Card Set

This month we will be making a set of 9 cards (3 each of 3 designs) using the sweet Sugar Rush papers and coordinating Sugar Rush—Cardmaking stamp set.

The local class will be held on Thursday, March 23rd at 7pm. (If you’d like to order a kit(s) to be mailed to you instead, see the shipping option below.)

Sugar Rush Card Kit - $25
All pre-cut kits will include the following:
  • (9) A2 size white cards and envelopes
  • Sugar Rush—Cardmaking stamp set
  • Pre-cut cardstock and Sugar Rush papers to make (9) cards
  • Pre-cut cardstock cupcakes and hearts
  • Clear Shimmer Brush
  • Link to Design Space file for cupcake Cricut shapes and mini hearts
  • Step-by-step instruction and cutting guide

Sugar Rush—Cardmaking stamp set is included!

Option to add on coordinating Thin Cuts Dies for additional $5.

Extra supplies needed to complete project:
  • Thin 3-D Foam Tape
  • Ink Pads: Chocolate, Sea Glass, Pixie, and Pomegranate
  • Sponge Daubers
  • Artbooking Cricut cartridge (Kit comes with all pieces pre-cut. You will only need the cartridge if you want to cut more shapes in the future.)
  • Paper Crimper (Kit comes with all cupcake liner pieces pre-crimped. You will only need the tool if you want to make more in the future.)
  • Die Cut Machine (Cuttlebug, Big Shot, etc) if ordering Thin Cuts. (Kit comes with all pieces pre-cut. You will only need machine if you want to make more in the future.)

You will make 9 cards (3 each of 3 designs.)

Use the Shimmer Brush to add sparkle to your cards. The Shimmer Brush was used on the lines in the frosting in the photo below.

The Shimmer Brush was used on the cupcake frosting in the photo below.

The Shimmer Brush was used on the heart and the sprinkles in the photo below.

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

Kits ordered by March 9th will be mailed by March 25th.
Kits ordered after March 9th, will be mailed within two 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 cash or a check, or pay securely online with a credit card or your PayPal account by using the “Add to Cart” buttons below. If you would like your kit(s) shipped, please choose the shipped option. $6 will be added for shipping. (Kits can only be shipped to U.S. addresses per CTMH policy. I apologize for the inconvenience.)

Sugar Rush Card Set Kit - Local
Use the drop down menu to choose: $25 without Thin Cuts or $30 with Thin Cuts

Sugar Rush Card Set Kit - Shipped
Use the drop down menu to choose: $25 without Thin Cuts or $30 with Thin Cuts
$6.00 will be added for shipping

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

Thursday, March 2, 2017

March Promotions

Happy March everyone! I just returned from the CTMH incentive trip and am getting back into the swing of things. Although I miss the beautiful beach, all you can eat food, and my CTMH family already, I am happy to be home and am ready to jump into a new month with new CTMH promotions!

I am excited to share with you the fabulous March specials!

Cut it Out! — 25% off Thin Cuts Dies and Bundles

Thin Cuts give you a fast and easy way to cut all kinds of shapes for your crafting, and this month they are all available at 25%-off! Choose from titles, sentiments, and a wide variety of shapes to stamp on, so you can get precise, dimensional shapes in no time! Below is a list of all of the Thin Cuts Dies and Thin Cuts/ Stamp Bundles that are on sale.

Have questions about Thin Cuts? CTMH will be going live again on the Home Office Facebook page—this time to kick off our March special—Cut It Out! Join us on Friday, March 3, at 3:00 pm MST (2:00 PST; 4:00 CST; 5:00 EST) to get a live introduction to this fun product line and the savings we are offering in March!

Visit my website here to order your discounted Thin Cuts and Thin Cuts/Stamp Bundles before they are gone.

*Offer available March 1–March 31, 2017 while supplies last.



Free Sweet Birthday Thin Cuts Bundle

Everyone who joins my team in March will receive the adorable Sweet Birthday Stamp + Thin Cuts bundle (CC1220) FREE in their New Consultant Kit, while supplies last! Have questions about signing up? Hop on over to my New Consultant FAQ page or contact me for more information.

Ready to sign up now? Click here to fill out the online application.


March Stamp of the Month — Tea-rrific

With a minimum qualifying purchase, get your D-sized Stamp of the Month set for just $5! Add the stamp set to your cart here at full retail price ($17.95) or, with your qualifying order of $50, get it for just $5!

Set of 11
Recommended My Acrylix® blocks:

1" × 1" (Y1000), 2" × 2" (Y1003), 2" × 3½" (Y1009)

Click here or on the image below to order your Stamp of the Month.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Puerto Vallarta Compliments of CTMH

Every year Close to my Heart has a special incentive trip for their Consultants. This year the trip was to an all-inclusive resort in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico! That is actually where I am right now with 75 other Consultants and their guests. I am sad that today is our last day here. We have had SO much fun! CTMH really spoils their Consultants on these trips. Not only did they give the trip earners airfare and accommodations for two for the week, they also spoiled us with a big box filled with goodies to use while we are here. As if that was not enough, they also sent each of us a scrapbook, and layouts designed by the CTMH art department especially for this trip, plus all of the stamps sets, embellishments, pre-cut papers, and instructions to put the layouts together!

I would love for you to join our CTMH family so that you can earn the next fabulous incentive trip! Today is the last day for the "Sign Me Up!" promotion where you can get the February, March, and April stamps of the month for free with your New Consultant kit! (If you are a Former CTMH Consultant, there is a special offer for you this month as well.) Be sure to check out all of the information here.

I thought I would share a few of the photos that my husband and I took while we were here.

This is a view of the pool area from our hotel suite.

All of these goodies were waiting for us in our room when we got here! There is a beach bag, a backpack, 2 water bottles, 2 hats, 2 beach mats, and a cute wrap to go over my bathing suit. Can you say SPOILED???

Below are a few of the team members from my fabulous 3rd upline Sheri Rottler's team who earned the trip. Love these gals!

Below is a photo of my hubby and me on the boardwalk of downtown Puerto Vallarta at sunset last night. So romantic!

Two of my sweet friends (Karen Pedersen and Michelle Snyder) at the closing reception tonight. One of my favorite things about being part of the CTMH family is the incredible friends I have made.

Another generous gift from CTMH given to us tonight at the closing reception.

Hasta la vista Puerto Vallarta. Thank you CTMH for the trip of a lifetime!

If this looks like fun and you are thinking about joining the CTMH family so you can earn the next trip, I would love to talk with you. You can visit the New Consultant FAQ page on my blog here or sign up here. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions. While the current promotion is only good until 11pm (PST) tonight, you can sign up at any time and join our CTMH family. I have both business builders and hobbyists on my team and I welcome both with open arms. So whatever reason you might have for joining our CTMH family, you are welcome here! *Ü*

Monday, February 13, 2017

One Day Sweet Sale

In celebration of the sweetest holiday of the year, there will be a one-day flash sale on my website. The Sweet Sale will give you a chance to get a 30% discount on selected products from Annual Inspirations and Seasonal Expressions 1.

The sale starts February 14th at 2:00 pm PST and will end at that same time on February 15th. Sale prices are only available on orders placed through my website during these times. All discounted items ordered as part of this sale count towards Stamp of the Month and Hostess Rewards qualifying order totals. As usual with discounted items, shipping and handling will be based on the full retail value of sale items.

To see which items will be discounted during this sale, visit the shopping cart on my website ( at any time during the sale times—the Sweet Sale items will be listed on that page. All the items included in the sale are only available while supplies last so be sure to get your orders in before the sale ends!

I'm excited to offer this fun opportunity for special one-time savings on our awesome products!

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Quick and Easy Valentine with Free Design Space File

Are you looking for a quick and easy (and cute) Valentine project? I am happy to say that this year, my daughter and I actually finished her Valentines two days early and we are happy to share it with you! We are usually up the night before trying to get everything done. This year I found some cute Ghirardelli Valentine chocolates in bulk at Costco that I knew would be perfect. I created a simple box with a flower closure at the top in Design Space that would fit the chocolates perfectly. I used the free images in Design Space so that anyone with a Cricut Explore machine could use the file. You don't need to have any particular cartridge or purchased image. I will share a link at the end of this post.

This is what the box looks like when it is closed. I thought it would be cute to attach a gift tag to the box with some white twine so I created a tag shape along with a “reinforcement hole” shape in Design Space as well. We cut the reinforcement hole out of the same patterned paper that we used for the box.

After we cut the tags from some white cardstock, we stamped the sentiment in black ink from a Close to my Heart stamp set called A Little Love, which is a set that is only available to CTMH Consultants. (If you’d like information about signing up to become a CTMH Consultant, you can visit my New Consultant FAQ page here.) The tiny heart, which is stamped in Cranberry ink, is from the Hello Lovely Cardmaking stamp set.

After stamping the tags and adhering the “reinforcement hole” at the top, my daughter signed each one and we attached them to the “gifts.” She is very excited about handing them out at school on Valentine’s Day this week.

If you’d like to make these too, here is a link to the Design Space file which includes the box shape, along with the tag, and reinforcement hole image.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Saturday, February 11, 2017

We have a winner!

We have a winner from the giveaway posted here. There were 804 candy corn in the mini organizer. (Yes, I counted each and every one. LOL!) A big CONGRATULATIONS to Julie who posted on February 10th at 6:19 am. Julie guessed 793 which was SUPER close! Julie, please contact me with your mailing address and I will get the Heartfelt Hello stamp set in the mail you.

Thank you to everyone who entered the giveaway. Stay tuned for more fun giveaways! *Ü*