Wednesday, May 30, 2012

June Club Project - Personalized Mini Kraft Card Set

June’s Creative Club will be held on Thursday, June 21st at 7pm. We will be making a set of personalized mini Kraft cards/envelopes using your very own personalized stamp, the beautiful Quick Cards — Butterfly stamp set, some Kraft cardstock and mini envelopes, and our awesome White Daisy pigment ink pad!

The project kit is $25 and includes all of the following: 
Additional kits are $14 and will include:
Additional items (not included) needed to complete the project:

Kits ordered before June 9th will be mailed by June 22.
Kits ordered after June 9th will be mailed within 2 weeks (or sooner.)

All kits/classes need to be paid for in advance.  Thank you for understanding.

Feel free to contact me for more information or to sign up for this month’s class. Please contact me no later than June 9th if you would like to join us for the class. This is important so that I have time to have your personalized stamp made.

ETA: Thank you for the wonderful response. 
These kits are now sold out.

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

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Close to my Heart My Acrylix Stamps: Did You Know?

Close to my Heart’s My Acrylix® stamps are clearly the best in the stamping industry, giving you incredible creative freedom loaded with possibilities.


Did you know?

My Acrylix stamps are ready to use right out of the package—no cutting out, mounting, or applying stickers required. Just place the stamp on your block, apply ink, and you’re set!

My Acrylix stamps and blocks are clear, making it easy to stamp in exactly the right spot.

My Acrylix stamps can be used to create a variety of popular looks, including:
Base and Shade stamping


Creating your own patterned paper

Sponging on multiple inks for single-impression, multi-color images

Many My Acrylix stamps coordinate with Cricut® Art Philosophy cartridge shapes, giving you lots of creative possibilities. Cut the shape on your Cricut® machine, stamp the image on the shape, and attach to your project! In the Idea Book, the images outlined in red coordinate with Cricut® shapes.

My Acrylix stamps are super easy to maintain, store, and transport!

You can order your My Acrylix stamps here.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

A Single Stamp and You’re Done!

Talk about making a quick card... How about creating a finished card or layout title in five seconds flat? Watch this video to see Close to my Heart’s new series of single-image A-size My Acrylix® stamp sets. Use them for quick scrapbook layout titles or easy, one-step cardmaking. Each one is designed to complete your project with a single stamp, and at just $6.95 each, these stamps are super affordable!

Click here to order the Quick Cards—Shell set used in the video. Another one of my favorites is the Quick Cards—Butterfly.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Mother’s Day Locket and Fortune Cookie Card

I realized that I never posted my Mother’s Day gifts for you to see, so I thought I would share them now. (Better late than never I suppose. LOL!) I found a really great new company called Origami Owl that sells what they call “Living Lockets.” The idea is that you purchase a locket with customized charms to go inside. The lockets open so that you can change your charms whenever you like. I ordered one for both my mom and my mother-in-law. My mother-in-law’s locket has 6 charms representing her 6 grandchildren, each with their birthstones inside. My mom’s locket has 3 grandchildren charms, a coffee cup, a heart that says “family,” and a tiny book that says “Love to read,” all representing things that she loves.

Of course I had to purchase a locket for myself as well ( I couldn’t resist). Mine has a pink crystal heart (for CTMH), a little boy and a little girl for my kids, a silver heart that says “family,” and an ithicus fish representing my Christian faith. I receive compliments on it every time I wear it. I have purchased lockets for my daughter’s teachers for end of the year gifts also. In fact, I have ordered so many lockets that I am thinking about signing up with the company so that I can get a discount on my future purchases. (They make such great gifts.) They currently have a sign-up freeze in place right now, but I have a little inside info if you are interested in signing up and getting a discount on your lockets too. Feel free to contact me if you’d like more info on their products or the company.

Because the jewelry comes packaged in an adorable Chinese take out box and a little fortune cookie coin purse, I wanted to make a card that coordinates. I used a piece of the Dotty for You paper and my Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge to make the fun fortune cookie card to match. I cut a 5-1/2" circle out of the paper and then slipped a strip of white paper inside with the Mother’s Day message. Then I pinched the sides together and added a little adhesive in the middle to hold it closed. Here are some other samples of paper fortune cookies I have made in the past.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Simple Wedding Card

We are going to a wedding today and I just realized that I never made a card for the happy couple. I whipped this one up pretty quickly with my Cuttlebug, and embossing folder, some rectangle Nestabilities, a charm I had in my stash, and Close to my Heart’s Card Word Puzzle stamp set (my new “go to” stamp set. The wedding colors are red, white, and black, so hopefully our card will coordinate well.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Create quick and easy layouts in minutes!

Using Close to my Heart’s exclusive Studio J online scrapbooking software makes creating beautiful layouts quick and easy! You can create this darling layout in just minutes by watching this month's Love Your Layout video. You'll use toggle accents and My Stickease images to help you preserve those special moments. Watch the video and then log in to Studio J to try it yourself!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Happy Mother's Day!

I posted this last year, but I must post it again because my mom is the most amazing woman I know, and I don't want her to forget it! She is smart, beautiful, kind, has a heart of gold, and is a wonderful mother and grandmother! She is also one of the strongest people I know. She was widowed twice before the age of 60, has battled breast cancer and skin cancer, weathered through the Northridge earthquake, and can even handle watching BOTH of my kids at the same time! She is one strong lady! *Ü*

I am thrilled to get to spend the day with her, her boyfriend, and my awesome hubby and kiddos. We will be going to a beautiful park for a picnic and some fun. (I’ll post photos later.)

In the meantime, I wanted to share this photo of my mom, my brother, and me that was taken at Mom’s 65th birthday party in January. Notice what the cake says? It says, “65...It’s only a number!” I love it. My mom always has the best outlook on everything, even turning 65!

Happy Mother’s Day Mom! 
I love you! 

Saturday, May 12, 2012

A "Happy" Mother's Day Card

I made this Mother’s Day card using two of Close to my Heart’s May promotions — the Dotty for You Paper packet and the May Stamp of the Month called Friendship Bouquet. I also used the Say it in Style stamp set along with a little Cocoa Ribbon and my Watercolor Pencils & Blending Pen. I popped one of the flowers up with some 3-D Foam Tape to give it some dimension.

For some reason yellow makes me happy. I hope my Mother-in-Law feels the same and will be happy when she receives this card. *Ü*

Friday, May 11, 2012

Online Garage Sale

I just updated my cash and carry clearance items list. If you are interested in seeing all of the goodies that I have for sale, feel free to click the tab at the top that says “For sale,” or click here. I will try to be better about updating it more often. I would love these items to go to a good home where they will be well loved, and most importantly — used! LOL! Happy shopping! *Ü*

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

A Fun Little Giveaway...

Be sure to visit my CTMH Facebook page today for a fun little contest. I’ll give you a hint, it has something to do with creating a project with the Art Philosophy Cricut bundle...

Monday, May 7, 2012

Friendship Bouquet card

There is nothing better than getting what I like to call “happy mail.” I get enough bills and junk mail filling my mailbox these days, so when I get a card from a friend, I always open it first. It never fails, a smile is always the result. My sweet friend Christine just sent me this beautiful card and I had to share it with you. She used the May Stamp of the Month called Friendship Bouquet and the fun new 3-1/2" x 8" die cut cards.

I love how she used the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge for the framed sentiment and on the flap of the card. It is incredible how she made the masculine Victory paper in the background of the card look so feminine. Check out all of the wonderful details...

Thanks Christine! You are a treasured friend indeed! Love you tons! xoxo

Friday, May 4, 2012

ONE DAY ONLY - National Scrapbooking Day special!

Happy National Scrapbooking Day! In honor of this special day, I am offering a ONE DAY ONLY special!* For every $50 you order on Saturday, May 5th, from 12 am - 11:59 pm (Pacific Time), I will send you one FREE paper packet of your choice. That means if you place an order for $100 (not including tax and shipping), you will get to choose TWO free paper packets! If you place an order of $150, not only will you get to choose THREE free paper packets, your order will also qualify as a “party” and you will earn an additional $25 in free hostess rewards!**

You can even combine this special offer with CTMH’s great May promotions as well. For every $50 you order, you can get a May Stamp of the Month called Friendship Bouquet for only $5 PLUS for every $35 you order in products from the current Idea Book/Catalog, you can get a Dotty for You paper packet for only $5!

Triple dipping on promotions is fun, isn’t it?

So, to sum it up:

Place a $50 order
  • Get a free paper packet of your choice
  • Dotty for You promotion for only $5
  • May Stamp of the Month for only $5
Place a $100 order
  • Get TWO free paper packets of your choice
  • Up to TWO Dotty for You promotions for only $5 each
  • Up to TWO May Stamps of the Month for only $5 each
Place a $150 order
  • Get THREE free paper packets of your choice
  • Up to FOUR Dotty for You promotions for only $5 each
  • Up to THREE May Stamps of the Month for only $5 each
  • $25 in Hostess Rewards**

Want to place a larger order? Contact me and I will help you figure out how to get the most bang for your buck!

Here’s how to take advantage of these great deals:
  • If you order less than $150, you can place your order online here and then email me with your paper packet choice. I will order your paper packet(s) and have them sent separately.
  • If you order more than $150, please email me your order and I will place it for you so that you can get the hostess rewards.*

Click below to start shopping.
* Please note that this promotion is sponsored by Lisa Stenz and not by the Close to my Heart Corporate Office or any other Consultant. Creative Club orders do not qualify for the free paper packets.

** Hostess rewards can be redeemed for select product credit including: stamps, paper packets, Stickease, Compliments, ink pads, markers, blocks, cardstock, Workshops on the Go kits, and Studio J Memberships & 5-packs.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Learn how to combine several stamp images to make a cute border...

Remember the Stella Bookmark Album I created for my April Creative Club project last month? Here’s another great way to decorate those fun Bookmark Albums.

Discover how to combine several stamp images to create a cute border design using our My Acrylix The Best Things stamp set. It’s easy to do with Close to my Heart’s clear stamps and blocks!

Visit my online shopping site by clicking the link below to purchase the items shown in the video and create your own masterpiece.