Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Heartstrings Layout

We took our annual family photos a couple months ago and as soon as I saw them, I knew that Close to my Heart’s Heartstrings Collection would be perfect to use with them on a scrapbook layout.

This sticker made a perfect title for my layout. I truly did love making these moments with my family!

I think this has to be my all time favorite photo ever! My sweet daughter is giving her Daddy some love. The look on my hubby’s face just warms my heart. Can you tell that she has him wrapped around her finger?

Click here or below to order the supplies to make your own Heartstrings layout. Be sure to order soon though, because this Collection will only be available through March 31, 2015.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Did someone say, "FREE Totes?"

Normally I announce upcoming promotions the day they go live (or a few days before), but I just found out about next month’s promotion and couldn’t wait to tell you! I believe that this is one of the best New Consultant promotions Close to my Heart has ever offered!

If you have ever thought about signing up with CTMH to build a business or even to simply take advantage of the great discount for yourself, March is definitely the time to do it! In addition to all of the new goodies in the New Consultant Kit, you will also get a FREE Shoulder Tote worth $26.95! PLUS, if you have just $300 in orders within your first 40 days, you will also get a FREE Rolling Tote worth $149.95! That’s almost $550 worth of awesome Close to my Heart goodies for the price of the kit which is just $99! But it gets even better because if you take advantage of CTMH’s Straight to the Top Program and are able to get $1,200 in orders in your first 3 months, then CTMH will reimburse you the $99 for the kit AND I will give you a free Workshop on the Go Kit of your choice! That means you can get up to $575 in goodies for FREE!

If you haven’t seen our new totes yet, be sure to watch this video. They are REALLY great quality and the Rolling Tote holds a ton of product, plus it folds flat for storage when you are not using it. (That’s a big plus for me.)

Feel free to visit my New Consultant FAQ page for more information on signing up and joining our Close to my Heart family. Stay tuned for more info as March gets closer...

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Simply Inspired Blog Hop - Hostess Stamps

Welcome to this month’s Simply Inspired Blog Hop. If you arrived from Blythe Shupe’s blog, then you are on the right path. If you get lost along the way, you can find a list of all the hop participants here. This month we are highlighting the special Hostess Stamps that you can earn if you host a Home Gathering or Online Gathering. (Hostesses get a few extra perks like free goodies and special Hostess-Only stamp sets like this one!)

I chose one of my favorite sentiment stamps from the Seasonal Expressions mini catalog. (This catalog is only good through the end of March, so if you like this stamp set, be sure to contact me to see how you can get it before time runs out.) This set is called Variety of Thanks. I love the script font used to created these thankful sentiments. I chose to use the simple “thanks” sentiment on my card.

To make my card, I used the Vine Embossing Folder to emboss the flower stems and leaves. I inserted the cardstck into the embossing folder at the bottom, ran it through my machine, and then flipped the cardstock around and slipped it back into the embossing folder and ran it through my machine again. This gave me a flat, blank spot in the middle where I stamped my sentiment.  (It’s a little hard to see the embossing in the photos.)

I cut some small flowers from a piece of patterned paper from the Lollydoodle Collection. I used the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge and cut the flowers on page 50 of the booklet at ¾" and ½". I inked the edges with Chocolate ink and adhered them with some Thin 3-D Foam Tape. I added a small Brown Sparkle in the center of each one. I matted the entire piece to some Juniper cardstock and then adhered it to a White Card Base.

Thanks for stopping by. Now hop on over to the incredibly creative Pamela O’Conner’s blog to see her fabulous project.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Using Cricut Shapes to Card Your Yard

If you think the Cricut cartridges are just for making cards and scrapbook layouts, think again! This wonderful post by CTMH inspired my kids to do something similar with our CTMH Cricut cartridges. In addition to being Valentine’s Day, today is also my hubby’s birthday. My kiddos wanted to make him a very special card by “carding the yard.” LOL.

The kids did almost everything on their own, including cutting the images, coloring some the shapes, adding the popsicle sticks to the back, and putting them in the grass. They used the Art Philosophy cartridge for the letters and the hearts and the Artiste cartridge for the Valentine’s and Birthday sentiments that they adhered to some of the hearts.

My hubby was certainly surprised this morning and the kids were so excited to create this special message for him.

I hope you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day (and birthday if it’s your special day too!)

Friday, February 13, 2015

Hawaii - Compliments of CTMH

Hi everyone! Sorry I have been MIA the past week or so, but I have a good excuse. I just returned from a WONDERFUL trip to the Disney Aulani Resort in Hawaii compliments of Close to my Heart. Every year they have an incentive trip that Consultants can earn. This was my 3rd trip and every year it gets better and better! This year I was able to bring my husband AND my kiddos with me and we all had a ball!

My daughter and I loved floating down the lazy river at the resort!

My kids both enjoyed boogie boarding in the ocean.

I never got tired of watching the sun set each night. It was breathtaking! 

In addition to getting some fabulous family time with my hubby and kiddos, I was also able to spend some time with my CTMH “ohana” (family.) CTMH spoiled us with wonderful gifts each day along with some great dinner celebrations AND a $300 credit to spend at the resort on whatever we wished.

Here are the hard working trip earners.
(Can you find my hubby, kiddos, and me?)

Next year the incentive trip will be a Caribbean Cruise. I cannot wait! Contact me or click here for more information on joining my team and earning the next trip!

Thanks CTMH! Mahalo!

Monday, February 2, 2015

February Creative Club Project - Hopscotch Flip Flap Layout

Would you like to learn how to easily add more photos to your layouts? If so, February’s Creative Club project is perfect for you! I will show you how to utilize Close to my Heart’s various sized Flip Flaps to turn three layouts into one fun interactive layout where you can add up to 52 photos and/or Picture My Life Cards! YES, I said 52 photos!

This month’s class will be held on Thursday, February 19th at 7pm. This month we will make this fun layout using the Hopscotch collection. The project kit is $40 and includes all of the following:

Additional supplies needed to complete the project:
Both pages closed...

Right page open...

Left page open...

Both pages open together...

Use photos or Picture My Life cards to fill each of the 52 spots on your layout!

Use the Hopscotch Compliments for titles and accents on your layout...

Watch this video to see how three separate layouts can turn into one fun, interactive layout ready to hold 52 photos, Picture My Life Cards cards, or other memorabilia.

Contact me for more information or to sign up for this month’s class. Please contact me no later than February 6th if you would like to join us for the class. 

Thank you so much for your interest in the kit. 
They 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. *Ü*

Sunday, February 1, 2015

February Promotions

Album Allure
Buy one album this month and get one half off!

During the month of February when you purchase one of Close to my Heart’s alluring coated canvas albums, you will be eligible to receive a second album of your choice at half price. That is a savings of over $17! These albums are available in a gorgeous variety of colors and patterns in both post-bound and D-ring styles—perfect to pair with traditional, Studio J, or pocket scrapbook layouts. This offer is only available while supplies last, so make certain to get your order in early to ensure you can choose the styles and colors you love. Click here to order your albums and album accessories.

Watch this great video for more information on our fabulous new albums.

*Offer valid while supplies last February 1, 2015 (9:00 am MST)  - February 28, 2015 (11:59 pm MST). Shipping/handling is calculated on the full retail price of the discounted items ($34.95.)


February Stamp of the Month - A Happy Hello
Get this beautiful stamp set for just $5!

With a minimum qualifying purchase, get your D-size 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, add it at checkout for the promotional $5 price.

Set of 15
Recommended My Acrylix® Blocks:
1" × 1" (Y1000), 3" × 3" (Y1006), 2" × 3½" (Y1009), 2" × 6½" (Y1010)