Monday, March 31, 2014

April Creative Club Project - Ivy Lane Purse and Card Kit

April's Creative Club will be held on Thursday, April 17th at 7pm. This month will be making a fun set of cards and matching purse to hold them. This would make a perfect gift for Mother's Day, a birthday, or just for a friend to let them you know you are thinking about them.

The basic project kit to make one purse and 5 cards is $30 and includes the following:
Additional products needed to complete this project:
Markers: Blush and Sweet Leaf
Ink Pads: Chocolate and Blush
3-D Foam Tape
Artiste Cricut Cartridge (optional - Kit comes with all pieces pre-cut, but you will need the cartridge if you would like to make more purses in the future.)

**Extra sets that including everything but the stamp set are just $20 more.

Your purse will be the perfect size to fit the (5) cards and envelopes. Once you use the cards/envelopes, you can use the purse as a cute gift bag.

The purse has a small pouch in the front where you can place a mini greeting card, gift card, or small gift.

You will make (5) cards using the sweet Joyful Wishes stamp and use the stamp to decorate the envelope flaps to match.

Add a little bling to your cards with the Pink Glitter Gems that are included in your kit!

You will embellish your purse (and cards too, if you like) with the adorable fabric and acrylic flowers in the Ivy Lane Assortments which are also included in your kit.

Kits are now sold out. Thank you for the great response.  

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

Friday, March 21, 2014

Adorable You Card

I had fun making this standard sized card using one of the cards from Close to my Heart’s Balloon Ride Picture My Life Scrapbooking Kit.  (You get so many great cards in this kit that you will have lots left over to make other projects like this fun card.) I matted the PML card on a piece of Sorbet cardstock and rounded the corners with the Corner Rounder to match the PML card. The “adorable you” chipboard piece is from the Balloon Ride Compliments.

The flower and leaf were made using the Ballon Ride paper and the Artbooking Cricut Cartridge. (See page 60 of the Artbooking cartridge for the flower and leaf shapes.)

I cut a piece of 5½" x 8½" Colonial White cardstock, then scored and folded it in half to make the card base. I embossed one edge of the front of the card base with the Damask Embossing Folder. I matted everything on top and added some Small Sparkle Flourishes to finish it off.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Get a FREE Cricut Collection...

I am so excited to announce the BEST sign-up promotion that Close to my Heart has ever offered! If you have been thinking about becoming a CTMH Consultant, April is the time to do it! Join my team anytime from April 1-30, and not only will you get all of the incredible goodies in the New Consultant Kit (worth over $300), you will also get to choose one of our our three exclusive Cricut Collections for FREE! Choose form the Art Philosophy Collection, the Artiste Collection, or the Artbooking Collection. That’s over $400 worth of goodies for just $99!

But it gets even better than that! If you take advantage of CTMH’s generous Straight to the Top program and get $1,200 in sales (including your personal orders) within your first 90 days, Close to my Heart will give you back the $99...AND I will give you a Workshop on the Go Kit of your choice for free! That’s approximately $450 worth of CTMH goodies for FREE!!!!!!!

I love having both business builders and hobbyists on my team, so whatever your reason for joining, I would love for you to become part of my CTMH family!

Have questions? Visit my New Consultant FAQ page here.

Have more questions, feel free to contact me. I’d love to chat with you.

Ready to sign up on April 1st? Click here to fill out the online application.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

And the winner is...

I am back from Costa Rica! I had a wonderful time and am soooo grateful to Close to my Heart for spoiling us! (I really do love my job!!!) Thank you to everyone who placed an order on my website while I was gone. As promised, I have picked a winner of the Tropical Paradise stamp set from those who placed orders from March 1 - 15. And the winner is... Dona Henderson! Congratulations Dona! I will order your stamp set and have it sent out to you right away!

For those who are interested, here are a few more photos from my trip. CTMH offers such amazing incentive trips. I am excited that I am on track to earn the next one to the Disney Aulani Resort in Hawaii! Would you like to join us in Hawaii next year? CTMH just announced an amazing sign up promotion that I will share with you tomorrow! If you join my team and would like to earn the trip, I would be happy to work with you and help you earn it! Don’t forget to come back tomorrow for a sneak peek at April’s incredible sign up promotion! 

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Giveaway Time!

Hi Everyone! I am still in Costa Rica enjoying the amazing weather, food, beach, and best of all the company of my hubby and Close to my Heart family! As as I was lying on the beach soaking up the sun, I thought it would be fun to share a little of my tropical paradise with you!

So... I decided to have a giveaway while I was gone. I thought the Tropical Paradise stamp set would be the perfect prize! Anyone who places an order on my website (Club orders included) anytime from March 1st - March 15th, will be entered into my drawing. (If you already placed an order, you will automatically be entered.) When I get back on Saturday, March 15th, I will pick a winner via I will announce the winner on my blog then.

Want more chances to win? You will get (1) entry into the drawing for every $25 (before tax and shipping) that you order.

Good luck! Pura Vida!

Here's a few photos from our trip so far...

Zip Lining was awesome!

Beach time and all the food I can eat...OH MY!!!

We saw crocodiles, monkeys, and tons of wild life yesterday!

Friday, March 7, 2014

Costa Rica Bound

Hi Everyone! I wanted to pop in to let you know that my blog may be a bit quiet this next week. I will be leaving early tomorrow morning for the Close to my Heart incentive trip to Costa Rica. I am so excited to see many of my CTMH Consultant friends and many of my CTMH Corporate Exec friends! (Let me know if you’d like to join my team and come with me to Hawaii next year on the next incentive trip!)

If I have access to wifi while I am there, I may post a few photos, but otherwise I will be taking a much needed break.

Pura Vida!

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Balloon Ride Card

I have a fun card to share with you today. I created it with Close to my Heart’s new Balloon Ride paper and a coordinating stamp set called Give a Lift. I thought the balloon could use a little “lift” (pun intended LOL!) so I stamped it three times and popped it up with some 3-D Foam Tape. I colored in the stamped image with CTMH’s Watercolor Pencils and blended it with the Blending Pen. I forgot how much I love working with the Watercolor Pencils! They are so fun and easy to use and they are very forgiving. I added a Brown Sparkle in the middle of the balloon to finish it off.

The sentiments in the Give a Lift stamp set are wonderful.  I decided to use the “Friend—You give me a lift” sentiment on this card, but plan to make more using the other sentiments as well.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Studio Savings!

Have you tried Studio J yet? “What is Studio J?” you ask. It’s the most amazing, FREE online scrapbooking I have ever used. It is fun and easy to use and the finished results are wonderfully high quality prints! You can read more about Studio J here.

During the month of March, order your Studio J™ layouts—including ones using our new Photo Express Collection—for only $5 each! Quickly create gorgeous, personalized studio layouts using our wide selection of papers, collections, patterns, and embellishments. And don’t forget to check out the templates in our new Photo Express Collection, which allow you to design layouts entirely comprised of photos in minutes.**

Watch this great video for more information...

Click here to start creating your Studio J layouts.

*Offer valid March 1–31, 2014. Studio J layouts ship in a protected box that can hold from 4 to 50 two-page layouts. Minimum order of 4 layouts. Free JPEG of every printed layout. For additional information about shipping and handling, please visit & Products and Pricing & Shipping Options.**It is recommended that the matting feature not be used with the photo-only templates, the Photo Express Collection, as matting may cause photos to appear misaligned. Close To My Heart does not assume any liability for photos and Photo Express Collection layouts that have been created using the matting option and will give no reprints or refunds in such cases.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Goodie Boxes Up for Grabs!

Just like most devoted crafters, I have waaaaay too many crafting supplies! I decided to go through some of my stash of brand new products today, box them up, and offer them to you at a HUGE discount.

I have 7 medium sized Flat Rate boxes filled to the brim with all kinds of crafting “happiness.” Each box contains a minimum of $250 worth of new Close to my Heart products. They all have at least 6 stamp sets, a past promotional card kit, Dimensional Elements, kraft envelopes, Christmas themed Assortments, some ribbon, and a jar of Clear Embossing Powder. The boxes also include a variety of the following (each box contains different items from this list): Workshop on the Go Kit, Textile Fabric, Buttons, Journaling Spots, more stamp sets, Stickease, Assortments, another card kit, brads, eyelet, Cork Shapes, Window Charms, Base & Bling Bases, and tons more!

While each box contains different items, they all contain at least $250 worth of Close to my Heart goodies. I am selling the boxes for just $60 each which includes shipping! I only have 7 boxes and they will go to the first 7 people who email me and send paypal payment. Once they are gone, I will post here to let you know.

I am looking forward to all of these wonderful goodies finding a new home where they will be well loved! *Ü*

ETA: All boxes are now spoken for. Thanks for the great (and QUICK) response.