Monday, April 30, 2012

May Creative Club Kit - Florentine Stationery Set

May’s Creative Club will be held on Tuesday, May 15th and Thursday, May 17th at 7pm. We will be making a stationery set including (10) 3-1/2" x 8" cards/envelopes and a custom made box using the new Colonial White Die Cut Cards & Envelopes and the beautiful Florentine Collection.

The project kit is $25 and includes the following:
You also have the option of adding this versatile Say it in Style stamp set for only $15 more. (This is a must have set for any card maker!)

Extra items needed to complete the project:
  • Chocolate Ink Pad
  • Sponge Dauber
  • Sentiment stamp of your choice (if not adding Say it in Style stamp set to your kit) 
  • 3-D Foam Tape 

Click to enlarge photos.

ETA: Thank you for the wonderful response. 
All 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!

Last Day to get the April Stamp of the Month

Today is the last day to get Closet o my Heart’s versatile April Stamp of the Month called “You Are...” I love this stamp set because it can be used in so many ways. I used it to make a pink feminine card here and my creative friend Christine Adams made this card with more masculine colors. (Although when she gave the card to me, with a very sweet note inside, I loved it, and I am definitely a girly girl!)


Click here to order your April Stamp of the Month today.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Dotty for You Artwork Tips

I’m crazy about the fabulous artwork you can create with the Dotty for You paper packet during National Scrapbooking Month! Each promotional paper packet includes an insert with a picture of the artwork, a recipe, and a unique technique, for inspiration. Here are a few of the fun techniques you can use to create the artwork samples shown...

Sweet Life Page

This page is my favorite one of the artwork ideas on the insert because of the adorable kids in the photos. Oh, did I mention that the adorable kids are mine? LOL!

Making Embellishments Stand Out

Add a bit of white, solid space behind decorative elements, such as this baker’s twine bow, to help them stand out on busy B&T Duos® papers, like this chevron pattern.

Kiss Page



Pin Flags Technique

Make a darling accent from your paper scraps by trimming a complementary banner and wrapping it around a pin from the Bling assortment (Z1466) to form a small pin flag.

Here’s a little bonus project that you can make. This one isn’t on the insert, but I had to include it because it is so cute...

Good Luck Card


Neutral Inks for a Clean Look

To create a card with a clean, crisp look, use the dominant neutral color to stamp your sentiment.

Yo-yo Accent 

Create a trendy yo-yo element by accordion-folding a long strip of cardstock every 1/4", adhering the two ends together to make a circle, stitching the center with thread all the way around, and pulling the ends of the thread taut to create a yo-yo. Secure the center with a button to keep your yo-yo flat.

Remember, you can get this great paper packet including 24 sheets of cardstock weight B&T Duos and artwork idea insert, for only $5 when you order just $35 of products in the current Idea Book.Plus, if you add another $10, you can get the stamp of the month for only $5 as well!

Click on the icon below to visit my online shopping site. While you are there, make sure to check out the discounted “While Supplies Last” section for more amazing deals!

Monday, April 23, 2012

Tell More of Your Story with Hidden Journaling

Check out the Creating Keepsakes blog post today to learn a fun journaling technique from Kristine Widtfeldt, get some creative inspiration, and possibly win the Lucy paper packet
I love this page made with the Florentine paper packet. Isn’t the hidden journaling cool?

Look at this darling page with hidden journaling made with the Lucy paper packet. I LOVE it!

 Get more details about these layouts and read all about this fun journaling technique here.

Friday, April 20, 2012

My Heart is in the Hills

I am in heaven right now. I am currently sitting with my dear friend, Christine Adams, in her scrap room in West Virginia helping to prepare for our team meeting tomorrow. What a treat to get to fly out here to get together with so many of my wonderful east coast downline, many of which I haven’t had the pleasure of meeting yet. But that will all change tomorrow!

Christine is such an amazing hostess. From the moment she picked me up at the airport last night, I have been pampered and treated like a queen! Just look at what I found in my guest room last night.

The wonderful saying above my guest bed made me feel so welcome.

She had a fun little basket of goodies waiting for me on the table by my bed filled with all kinds of pampering goodness! And check out the adorable box she made. It is filled with encouraging bible verses and the sweetest personal note that I will treasure forever!

Christine and I met years ago when she lived just down the street from me in Southern California. She was in one of my Close to my Heart Clubs for a long time and when she moved to West Virginia a few years later, she decided that she couldn't live without CTMH and decided to sign up to become a Consultant herself. She has built an amazing business out here and I am so proud of her. I know I have mentioned it before, but CTMH has brought more to my life than stamping and scrapbooking. It has brought life long friendships.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

"You are truly amazing" April SOTM Card

I made this fun little card using Close to my Heart’s April Stamp of the month called You Are,  the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge, a bit of Prisma Glitter, and a little Cocoa, Baby Pink, White Daisy, and Sweet Leaf cardstock. It is going to a really special person who truly is amazing and wonderful. (I can’t say who, because she might be reading this post right now. LOL!)

The “You Are...” set is great because it is so versatile! It can be used for lots of different occasions! (I also love that you can get it for only $5 with a $50 order!)

With a minimum qualifying purchase, get your D-size Stamp of the Month set for just $5.00! Add the stamp set to your cart on this page at full retail price or, with your qualifying order, add it at checkout for the promotional price.

Spend:   $50.00  No purchase req.
You pay only:   $5.00 (72% Off!)    $17.95 (full retail) 

Set of 15
Recommended My Acrylix® Blocks:
1" × 1" (Y1000), 1" × 3½" (Y1002), 4" × 5" (Y1012)

Don’t forget, if you order $35 from the current Idea Book/Catalog, you will qualify to get the Dotty for You paper packet for only $5, plus when you add another $10 to your order, you will also qualify to get the You Are... set for only $5 as well. I love when we can double dip with our promotions!

Click on the link below to start shopping.

April SOTM is available April 1–30, 2012 only.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Dotty for You!

Yay! The Dotty for You promotion starts today! If you place a $35 order from the current Idea Book, then you can get this great paper packet for only $5! PLUS, if you host a $400 gathering or sign up to become a CTMH Consultant this month, you will get it for FREE!

Let me know if you’d like to schedule your own Home Gathering with your friends or set up an online virtual party where your friends can order online, their orders get shipped directly to them, and you (as the hostess) will reap the benefits and get all of the hostess rewards! *Ü*

Click the link below to start shopping or contact me
to schedule your own Home Gathering or Online Gathering.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Wow! My layout was featured on Cricut Chirp!

I had no idea that my Sonata wedding layout was featured on Cricut Chirp until my dear friend Christine Adams told me. Cricut Chirp is a weekly email newsletter from Provocraft about everything that has to do with the Cricut die cutting machine. They always highlight fun projects that you can make using various cartridges. Imagine my surprise when I found out my little ole' Sonata layout was featured in the “Message Board” section of the latest issue. Here is a link to this week’s issue. If you click on the link that says “Art Philosophy Wedding Layout” under the “Message Board” section, you will see my project.

Here is a link to my original post showing more details of this layout.

I was also thrilled to see fellow Consultant Lucy Kelleher’s amazing projects highlighted in the main article. She also used the Art Philosophy cartridge for her adorable projects.

If you don’t have the Art Philosophy cartridge yet, don’t worry. You can get it here. I LOVE this cartridge. It has EVERYTHING on it!!!!

And the winner is...

Thank you to everyone who entered my giveaway for a free Pair-a-Phrase stamp set. I am please to announce that the winner is...

Liza Shepherd

Congratulations Liza. I will be contacting you shortly to get your mailing address.

Stay tuned for another fun giveaway coming soon....

Friday, April 13, 2012

Dotty for You Card

This card was made using the adorable National Scrapbooking month exclusive paper packet called Dotty for You. The 24 sheets of patterned cardstock weight paper come with a really fun project idea sheet. This card is one of the projects on the sheet. I love how quick and easy it was to put together.

You can get your own Dotty for You paper packet for only $5 when you place an order of just $35 from the current 2012 Spring/Summer Idea Book anytime from April 17th - May 31st. Or get it free when you host a Home Gathering of $400 or more or sign up to become a Close to my Heart Consultant. Click here to see a video with more great Dotty for You project ideas.

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Don’t forgot to enter my giveaway for a free Pair-a-Phrase stamp set. You have until midnight tonight (PDT) to enter.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Giveaway Time

I am in a giveaway kind of mood. I have a new Pair-a-Phrase double stamp set to give away. This set is super cute and is no longer available to purchase, so now is your chance to win one. To enter, fill out the form on the giveaway page here, but hurry because I will pick a winner using this Friday 4/13.

Look at all of the fun cards that the Close to my Heart Art Department. 
You can see them in more detail  here.


Click here to enter.
 Good luck!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Dotty for You! — National Scrapbooking Month Promotion

Isn’t this a fun layout? I completely CASEd it from the artwork idea insert that comes with the adorable Dotty for You promotional Paper Packet. “What is the Dotty for You promotion” you ask?

National Scrapbooking month may be in May, but we are celebrating early with the oh-so-cute Dotty for You paper packet. The paper packet includes 24 coordinating cardstock weight B&T Duos sheets (2 each of 12 patterns) and an artwork idea insert with lots of great project ideas.

There are three ways to get this exclusive Dotty for You paper packet, valued at $19.95*:
  1. Place an order of $35 or more in products from the Spring/Summer 2012 Idea Book between April 17 and May 31, and add the Dotty for You paper packet for just $5.
  2. Host a Gathering with a sales total of $400 or more (excluding tax, shipping/handling, and Operation Smile® donations) between April 17 and May 31 and receive a Dotty for You paper packet FREE.
  3. Join Close To My Heart as a new Consultant between April 1 and May 31 and receive a Dotty for You paper packet FREE. Click here for more information about becoming a Close to my Heart Consultant. Click here to join.
Watch this great video to see some adorable project samples using the Dotty for You paper packet.

*Taxes and shipping/handling may apply. 
Offer good during above-specified dates, while supplies last.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Thank you CTMH and my INCREDIBLE Team!

I was honored and beyond excited to welcome 31 new gals to my first downline team and 55 to my total team during the month of March. Last month’s Close to my Heart promotion was so good that these 55 women were smart to take advantage of it and join the BEST stamping and scrapbooking company around.

I am extremely proud of Lisa Melvin, Vicky Fisher, and Diane McConnell who all promoted to Supervisor last month, and thrilled to announce that Lisa Laski promoted to Manager! Because of all of your hard work and dedication, I am humbled and honored to be promoted to Senior Director!

Even though the March promotion has ended, the opportunity to join this amazing company is still here. If you would like information about becoming a Close to my Heart Consultant and joining my incredible team, feel free to contact me and/or check out my New Consultant FAQs page here.

Thank you Close to my Heart for providing such wonderful products and incredible training tools and support, and a huge thank you to all of my team members and customers who have quickly become my friends. It is because of you that my “job” is as fun and rewarding as it is!

Humbly and Gratefully Yours,