Sunday, November 30, 2014

AMAZING December Promotions and a Cyber Monday Sale to knock your socks off!

There are so many promotions happening this month that I am not sure where to start. In fact, you can TRIPLE DIP and take advantage of the first three special promotions today!

Cyber Monday Sale - 20% off Cricut Collections

For the first time ever, Close to my Heart is offering a Cyber Monday Sale TODAY ONLY! There has never been a better time to buy CTMH’s exclusive Cricut Collections because today only, they are all 20% off! Whether you love scrapbooking, card making, or creating 3-D projects, our four exclusive Cricut Collections make the perfect addition to any craft room! The sale starts at 11pm (PST) on November 30th and ends at 10:59pm (PST) on Monday night.

If you are not sure which Collection(s) to get, feel free to visit my Cricut Collection page here for more info.

You may place your order on my website here or if your subtotal is $150 or more, feel free to contact me and I will be happy to enter it for you on my end as a party so that you can earn hostess rewards (free goodies)! Be sure to check out the other promotions below, because you will be able to triple dip and take advantage of all THREE promotions today and save even more!


Deal of the Decade - Celebrate the 10 year anniversary of My Acrylix Stamps

Celebrate the 10-year anniversary of Close to my Heart’s revolutionary My Acrylix clear stamps with us! With a qualifying purchase of $50 during the month of December. you are eligible to purchase as many C and/or D-sized stamp sets as you like from the Annual Inspirations catalog for just $10 each! That’s a savings of up to $7.95 per stamp set! Remember that there is no limit to the number of eligible stamps you can purchase at this discounted rate! Plus, a $50 purchase will also qualify you to receive the December Stamp of the Month (see below) for just $5!

*Offer valid December 1-31, 2014. Shipping/handling is calculated based on the full retail price of the discounted items (C-sized stamp set - $13.95/D-sized stamp sets - $17.95.) 


December Stamp of the Month - Cutie Pie
Add a little frosting to your order this month!

It’s a sweet, sweet December deal ~ Place an order totaling $50 or more and you’ll qualify to receive the adorable December Stamp of the Month called Cutie Pie, for just $5! This set of sugary stamps will be perfect on your cards and layouts featuring your favorite sweet faces. It’s only available during December — so act fast! Click here to order your December SOTM.


Seasonal Expressions is Here!
Enjoy four months of fabulous products!

It’s finally here! The Idea Book you’ve been waiting for! Full of unique ideas and bright, detailed photos, this themed seasonal book is sure to delight! From now through March, you can order some of the most charming Valentine’s- and spring-inspired papers, stamps, and embellishments you’ve ever seen. The vivid colors and patterns will give your layouts and cards a fresh look and plenty of pizazz. See the contents yourself online here or contact me for your own copy.

Stop by my blog tomorrow evening for a blog hop highlighting some fun projects using new products from Seasonal Expressions 1.

December Project Kit - Holiday Packaging and Gift Tags

December’s Creative Club will be held on Thursday, December 18th at 7pm. This month I will help you with some last minute gift wrapping ideas. Each kit will make (3) gift boxes and (6) tags. (The tags fit perfectly inside the smallest box.) Wrap your gifts with love this Christmas! The recipients will love both the gift and the beautiful wrapping!

The project kit is $30 and includes all of the following: 
Additional products needed to complete this project:
Ink Pads: Cranberry, White Daisy, Chocolate
Adhesive of your choice
3-D Foam Tape
Artiste Cricut Collection (All pieces will be pre-cut for you, but you will need this if you would like to make more without buying additional kits.)

Order additional kits without the stamps for just $20 more!

Use the cupcake box and the “takeout” box for wrapping homemade treats or other gifts.

The box below holds all of the gift tags perfectly. Use it to store your tags and then when you have used them all, use the box to wrap a gift for a loved one.

The (6) gift tags are perfect for labeling presents or add one to each of the gift boxes above to make them even more special. The recipients of these gifts will love receiving such beautifully wrapped goodies!

 Project kits also include these two stamp sets:

Thank you for the great response.
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.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Special Cyber Monday Sale - 20% off all CTMH Cricut Collections!

Oh my goodness! Close to my Heart just announced their very first Cyber Monday sale and it is a GREAT one! All of CTMH’s Cricut Collections will be 20% off on Monday, December 1st only!

PLUS there will be an AMAZING promotion to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of My Acrylix stamps in December as well. To celebrate this milestone anniversary, if you purchase $50 from the Annual Inspirations Catalog, you will qualify to get as many C and/or D sized stamp sets from the Annual Inspirations Catalog for just $10 each!

You can place your orders directly on my website on December 1st, or if your subtotal is $150 or more, feel free to contact me and I will enter the order as a party and you will earn hostess rewards (free goodies!)

I am so excited about these promotions! Cyber Monday is definitely the day to get your “creative” shopping done (for your loved ones and for yourself!)

Friday, November 28, 2014

So very thankful...

I hope all of my U.S. friends had a wonderful Thanksgiving yesterday. I know I sure did! We had family here for the day and shared a wonderful meal (I am still in a food coma), played some fun games, and reflected on all of the blessings that we enjoy! I am truly thankful for so much!

One of the things that I am thankful for is my Close to my Heart family. I was privileged to be able to attend an event in Utah a couple weeks ago for Directors. It was not only a great time of learning, but I was also blessed to be able to spend some time with CTMH sisters that I don't get to see very often.

Two of the wonderful people I was blessed to be able to spend extra time with were Amy McGrew and Brenda Rose. These ladies are so incredibly talented and creative and they are both such sweet, caring gals. Imagine my surprise to open up my mailbox this week to find some “happy mail” from each of them. They both sent me such beautiful cards that I had to share them with you.

This first card was created by Brenda Rose. You MUST check out her blog. This girl has some crazy, awesome talent! I just love the fun cluster of flowers and leaves with the adorable owl tucked behind. Brenda used the Pathfinding paper, Pathfinding Assortments, and Lifetime of Happiness stamp set. Thank you sweet Brenda!!! xoxo

This next card was created by Amy McGrew. Amy is such an amazing gal. She is an inspiration to me in so many ways. I LOVE spending time with her at CTMH events and incentive trips! I wish she loved closer to me, although if she did, we’d surely get into trouble with too much shopping and too much crafting. (Although is there REALLY such as thing as too much crafting? LOL.)  Be sure to check out Amy’s awesome blog.

Amy also used the Pathfinding paper, which is one of my favorites.  She used the Thankful Heart stamp set and some Sparkle Flourishes as well. Thank you Amy! Love you my friend! xoxo

Would you like to see a few photos from our Team Builders event? I didn’t take many photos during the class sessions, but I did take a bunch during the extra fun “spoiling” time that CTMH blessed us with.

This is a photo of my roomies. I brought them each a matching pair of jammies. I made shirts that had all of our names on them in addition to some fun CTMH words such as: creativity, heart, friends, scrapbooks, ink, and Sticky Boy. (You’ll find out more about “Sticky Boy” soon!) 

Check out the SUPER cute name tags we each received! 
LOVE that each one was handmade and hand-penned!

A little peek at our agenda and cute pen we were given.

We were each given a beautiful scarf to keep us warm. (Let me tell you that this Southern CA girl was SOOOO grateful for this gift! It was cold!)

CTMH had the Waffle Love truck come on Friday. 
BEST. WAFFLE. EVER! Enough said!

Oh yes! They had table massages and chair massages. Can you say “Pampered?” Man, this guy was good!!

This was the whole group that attended. What an amazing group!

Monday, November 24, 2014

November Stamp of the Month Card Set

Close to my Heart’s November Stamp of the Month called It’s the Little Things is a really fun set. I created this card as part of a card set to share during my presentation at the CTMH Convention a few months ago to show the versatility of the Fall themed Pathfinding Collection. I really love the Glacier and Chocolate color combination. You would never know that the paper came from a Fall themed collection. I stamped the leaves from It’s the Little Things SOTM on some White Daisy cardstock and then cut them out with CTMH’s Micro-Tip Scissors. The flowers were cut using the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge.

To make the card above, I started with a piece of 11" x 4¼" Chocolate cardstock and scored it in half. I trimmed off  2¼" from the top front of the card leaving a 2" flap in the front. I then matted a piece of 4" x 5¼" White Daisy cardstock on the inside and a piece of 1¾" x 5¼" patterned paper on the front panel. I stamped the sentiment on the top right in Chocolate ink and added the die cut flowers, the trimmed out leaves, and a few Gold Bling Gems on the front panel to finish it off.

This is what the whole card set looks like. (I used this set as inspiration for my July project kit here, which you can still order.)

I embellished a Journaling Card Box to hold all of the cards and envelopes.

Here are the other cards that are in the set. The other products I used to make them are the Floral Embossing Folder,  Lifetime of Happiness stamp set, Spring Banner stamp set, and scallop border punch.

So, what do you think? Do you love the November Stamp of the Month as much as I do? Did you know that you can get it for just $5 with a $50 order? But hurry. This set is only available through November 30th.

Click on the link below to order the November Stamp of the Month and the supplies to make your own card set.

Monday, November 17, 2014

She Art

I attended a Close to my Heart Leadership Event this past week and among the great training, amazing food, and fun fellowship time, we also had a some creative time. One of the projects that we made was a canvas “She Art” project. I have always admired others “She Art,” but have been scared to try it myself. When  found out that we were going to make one at this event, my first thought was that I was terrified, but as I got into the process of actually making the project, I had SO MUCH FUN! 

These types of projects are very fun, whimsical, and somewhat busy, which I always admire in other designer's projects, but is totally out of my “cleaning & simple” comfort zone. However, I could continue working on this particular canvas for another week by adding more stamped images, paper pieced patterns, etc, but I decided to stop where I was and share it with you. All of the stamps, inks, papers, cardstock, markers, sparkles, and even the canvas is from Close to my Heart.

So what do you think? Would this be something that you’d like to try? I must say it was very freeing and very fun!!!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Holiday Open House

Join us for a special Holiday Open House on Saturday, November 22, 2014 at my home in Temecula, California from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm. (Contact me for address.) If you are not local and would like to purchase some of the cards from the card buffet or custom jewelry from the jewelry buffet, let me know and I will be happy to send you a PayPal invoice and mail them to you.

This will be an open house style event, so you may come and go as you please. There will be three great options for you including an “All-You-Can-Make Card Buffet,” a Custom Jewelry Buffet, and a special Clearance Sale of my Cash and Carry items. This is a great time to make custom holiday gifts, fun Christmas cards, and buy CTMH products at discounted prices your yourself or as gifts for your “crafty” friends and family!

Christmas Card Buffet

Make as many of each card as you like. There will be at least 6 (possibly more) different card designs. (See photos above for some of the cards we will be making.) The cards will be $1.50 each and will include an envelope. You may make as many as you like, but please note that they will be on a first come, first served basis, so if you come later during the event, the card designs that you like may be gone. All you need to bring is adhesive and I will provide the rest including pre-cut cardstock, stamp sets, blocks, ink pads, etc.

Custom Jewelry Buffet

Bring your own 1" x 1" or 1" x 1½" photos or use one of the many fun designs that I will have available to create your own necklace pendant or bracelet cuff. There will be a variety of shapes and colors (silver, gold, square, oval, rectangle) available along with lots of different charms to add on if you like. The pricing will be as follows:

$3 - pendant (includes design of your choice and glass cover)
$6 - 30" gold or silver chain
$1 - charms
$5 - bracelet cuff

Make as many as you like and create your own custom look with the a-la-cart pieces.

Cash and Carry Clearance Sale

Purchase new and gently used stamp sets, paper packets, Workshop Kits, embellishments, ribbon, adhesive, home décor items, albums, ink pads, blocks, and MUCH more at special clearance prices!

Contact me if you have any questions, would like more information, or if you plan to join us. Did I mention that everyone who attends will receive a free Seasonal Expressions Mini Idea Book? You won’t want to miss this fun event!