Friday, December 17, 2010

Get those Christmas Scrapbook Pages DONE!

Christmas Scrapbook Pages Done! Friday, February 18th - 7 pm

We will use the Mistletoe Level 1 kit plus extra paper and embellishments to create 3 double-page layouts (6-12x12 pages). All paper will be precut. BYO photos, scissors, trimmer, adhesive. Cost $20. RSVP and pay by February 9th. Contact me to reserve your spot!

Scrapbooking Sale

Access a variety of retired products at discounted prices on my website! This collection of products will be updated when we have retired items left in inventory that we know you will love. Because inventory can fluctuate, check my website often to take advantage of these products that are offered while supplies last!

Two retired items currently on the discounted list that you may want to take a look at are these:

 ALSO - From now until December 31st, receive a FREE D-sized stamp set when you place a minimum order of $20 (excluding tax, shipping and handling) on my website. There is no shipping, handling or tax assessed on the free stamp set. Free stamp set will be selected by Close To My Heart. Orders with both current & retired products count towards the $20!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Close To My Heart's CLEAR stamps

My favorite product from Close To My Heart is not just ONE product - it is all of the clear My Acrylix stamps sets and blocks. I never knew I would like stamping so much, then one day I used Close To My Heart clear acrylic stamps and I could see where I was stamping. You can see right through the block to your stamping project. Even better, because the acrylic blocks are used again and again, the stamp sets take up much less space than traditional wood mounted rubber stamps. I love them, and the clear acrylic stamp sets really are the reason I became a consultant - well, that and the fabulous discount I get on all my stamping supplies. :)

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Christmas Cards

We haven't even had Thanksgiving yet, but I've made up some Christmas cards already. They use the new A Timber stamp set from Close To My Heart. This stamp set sells for just $7.95 and it includes the sentiment "Happy Holidays". The trees are stamped in New England Ivy (darker green) and Garden Green (lighter green) and then cut out with our Microtip scissors. These scissors are incredible for cutting out details and are super sharp. If you don't have one - you should get one. One tree is raised with 3-D Foam Tape.

The paper I used is some retired Close To My Heart paper from a couple of years ago, but I decided to use up some of my stash.  The scallops were created with my corner rounder. The ribbon is Cranberry grosgrain - roll of 20 yards on sale right now for $4.95. Great deal.

All supplies from CTMH
Stamps: A Timber
Paper: Evensong B&T, New England Ivy textured cardstock, Colonial White cardstock
Inks: New England Ivy, Garden Green
Embellishments: Cranberry grosgrain ribbon

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Scrapbooking Retreat

I organize a couple of scrapbooking retreats each year at a location called Premier Estates in Wallis, TX. Nine other ladies joined me there a couple weekends ago and we had a fabulous time!  Premier Estates is a beautifully restored house nestled on a property full of trees.
The scrap room is all set up for us with tables, leather office chairs, desk lamps, etc. Here we are scrapping our hearts out...
The best part is that the weekend includeds five delicious meals SERVED to us in the dining room. The gals that run the property ring the dinner bell and we make our way to the dining room where our food is waiting for us - on the table - already plated. No cooking or clean-up for the is HEAVEN!
The highlight of our weekend was the Hayless Hayride! Our hosts, Sharon and Belinda, hooked up the tractor and hay trailer - minus the hay - and loaded it up with patio chairs. We all grabbed our wine and hopped on. We rode around the metropolis of Wallis, TX and waved to all the neighbors.
We had perfect weather while we were at Premier Estates, and even some beautiful sunsets.
Many thanks to my dear friend Cindy, who took the pictures. Check out her handmade baby lovie and baby blanket business here: The Little Turtle. They are super-cute, super soft and cuddly!

Monday, October 4, 2010

CTMH Festive Memories Card Kit

So many of the comments I receive when I'm talking about card making or scrapbooking are "I just don't have the time!". Believe me I understand. It's hard to fit it all in. That's where Close To My Heart's Card Kits come in. These nifty card kits are SO easy to put together - and there's no stamping involved!

The featured card kit in the Autumn/Winter Idea Book (page 88) is the Festive Memories Card Kit. This kit is for photo cards, which I personally LOVE! I almost always include some type of photo of my daughter or our family in my Christmas cards and this kit will make it that much easier. You simply print your 4"x6" photos and adhere them to the inside of the top of the cards.

Tip: Add your photos to the cards FIRST. Then fold the cards in half and add the stickers and self-adhesive gems. That way you can see your photo image through the "frame" and you won't cover up any essential parts of the photo with stickers.

The Festive Memories Card Kit kit includes the supplies to make 12 cards and includes the envelopes!

12 - 5"x7" Preprinted Cards (6 each of 2 designs)
3 - 12"x6" My Stickease Adhesive Sheets
36 - Tulip Sparkles (12 small, 24 Bitty)
36 - Sweet Leaf Sparkles (12 small, 24 Bitty)
12 - White Daisy Envelopes

Friday, August 27, 2010

Autumn/Winter New Product Blog Hop!

It's time to lauch the ALL NEW Close To My Heart Autumn/Winter Idea Book!

As a celebration, a bunch of CTMH consultants have all gotten together to do a Blog Hop. It's where you hop from one blog to another, enjoying wonderful artwork featuring new products from the Autumn/Winter Idea Book. If you have come here from Dawn Ross's blog then you are in the right place!

My creation uses the new Mistletoe Creative Basics and it is a design from the Wishes card-making "how-to" book. The design used is "Gallery" from page 119. The sentiment on the front is stamped in both New England Ivy and Cranberry and paper pieced. The words are popped up with dimensional foam tape. The sentiment is from the new St. Nick stamp set and the little snowflakes on the scallops are from the new Snow Days stamp set. I used the corner rounder punch to create the strip of scallops.
Enjoy the rest of the beautiful artwork! Next up is Cristin Maughan!

If you get lost, you can go back to the beginning of the Blog Hop -or- check out the full list for the Blog Hop.

All supplies from CTMH
Stamps: St. Nick, Snow Days
Paper: Mistletoe Creative Basics B&T, New England Ivy textured cardstock, Garden Green cardstock, Cocoa cardstock, Colonial White cardstock
Inks: Cocoa, New England Ivy, Cranberry

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Country Boy

As you may have read in some of my earliest posts, my brother is a farmer. So, I always try to come up with some kind of farm-themed card for his birthday. His birthday was back in June and I'm just now getting around to posting this. Boy, the summer sure has gotten away from me! Anyway, here's the card I made for him. The yellow stuff is supposed to be wheat, which is one of the crops that he grows. I used the small swirly branch image from the Over the Rainbow stamp set in first and second generation stamping to make "rows" of wheat and then cut them out. I just slightly overlapped them when putting them on the card.

All supplies from CTMH
Stamps: Hay There, Over the Rainbow, Say It In Style
Paper: Splendor B&T clouds, Splendor B&T green print, Clover Meadow textured cardstock, Cocoa cardstock, Colonial White cardstock
Inks: Cocoa, Goldrush

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

HUGE Customer Appreciation Sale!!

2, 4, 6, 8, who do we appreciate? It’s YOU, of course! We are shouting from the rooftops how much we love and appreciate you! It only makes sense to pass along our appreciation with amazing deals.

So for 8 days, August 4 through August 11 (while supplies last), you can purchase select My Stickease® Assortments for only $2, My Reflections® Level 1 kits for only $4, and My Reflections® Level 2 paper packets for only $6. Visit my website to shop!

The sale starts at 10am CDT on August 4th and runs through August 11th and these savings are available ONLY on my website.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Tweet, Tweet, Tweet!

I'm at Close To My Heart's convention for consultants and it's a BLAST. Had NO idea that it would be so much fun. I've connected with a few CTMH consultants on Twitter as well and we all decided to do a card swap with a bird theme. Here's my submission!

Card design is from Jeanette Lynton's card layout book called Wishes. I *love* this book. Lots of really fun and new cards designs... very inspiring.

All supplies from CTMH
Stamps: Felicity, Tiny Typewriter
Paper: Unforgettable, Colonial White cardstock, Desert Sand cardstock, Bamboo cardstock, Sorbet Cardstock
Inks: Cocoa, Juniper, Sorbet
Card Design from CTMH's "Wishes" How-To book

Saturday, June 12, 2010


Close To My Heart has FABULOUS new kits called Workshops on the Go that include a Level 2 Paper Packet, an exclusive stamp set and cute embellishments for each new paper design in the Summer 2010 Idea Book. These kits also come with a full-color guide for creating two 12x12 layouts or 6 cards. The cutting and assembly instructions are included for both AND there are enough supplies to create the cards and the layouts. In fact, the guide shows examples of 2 more 12x12 layouts and 6 MORE cards that can be created with the same kit, using instructions and designs from our How-To books (Cherish, Imagine, Originals and Wishes).

Today I am featuring the Zippidee Workshop On The Go kit. This kit is great for birthdays, holidays and vacations -- especially Disney vacations!  First we have the stamp set, Ticket To Ride, that is exclusive to the Zippidee Workshop on the Go.

Pictured here is 2-page scrapbook layout featured in the guide.

Next, are 6 cards that you can make with this kit.

Pictured below are additional layouts and cards that can be completed with the same kit! The instructions for these additional projects use layouts and designs from our very popular How-To programs.

I'll be holding a workshop for this kit on Thursday, July 1st.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Today is Goodie Box Day!

Today is a Goodie Box day! This Goodie Box is only $40 and it is filled with products worth at least $80. The contents are a surprise, but I know it will be awesome stuff! Plus you'll get a deal on shipping/handling.
Go to my website to order (click here).

Star Birthday

My latest quick creation... Made this in about 20 minutes! It's a standard A2 sized card (4.25x5.5 inches). Just made a few straight cuts, stamped a few stars and words and DONE!.

All supplies from CTMH
Stamps: Wishing Star, A Little Everything (March Stamp of the Month)
Paper: Boom-Di-Ada, Sarsaparilla, Cocoa cardstock, Colonial White cardstock
Inks: Cocoa, Barn Red

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Jackpot June!

Hit the jackpot and win free products OR grab loaded goodie boxes at 50% off or more. Enjoy two types of deal days in June!

On goodie box days... you can purchase one box filled with popular products at 50% or more off retail value! Each goodie box day will feature different surprise items, so you can score a wide variety of current and recently retired products.

On jackpot days… 5 products will be offered for sale at discounted prices. One of the 5 products is the mystery jackpot item for that day, but we’re not telling which—exciting, isn’t it! If you happen to order the mystery jackpot item, we’ll reward you with one or more FREE Close To My Heart products, with shipping included on the free items! If you purchase all 5 products, you’re guaranteed to hit the jackpot! There’s no purchase limit—if you order multiple secret jackpot items, we’ll send you the same number of free items.

New deals are posted each day at 10:00 am CDT.

***Today (June 2nd) is Goodie Box day!!*** You have until tomorrow morning at 9:58am CDT to get the deeply discounted goodie box!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Bling It On!

Yep, I've finally done it... chosen a name for my Close To My Heart team. As the title for this post says, the name is Bling it On! LOL.. it's kind of sassy, but then again, so am I! Anyway, I'm excited to share it with you and excited for the possibilites of expanding my team.

To celebrate choosing a name for my team, I thought it would be great to highlight some CTMH products you can use to add bling to your projects. First, let me show you our newest bling items!

The Cherry-O Pearl Stickers are six adhesive-backed designs made out of pearls! These are SOOO adorable and they coordinate beautifully with the My Reflections® Cherry-O kit.

Next up is Glitz Stardust Glitter Glue - Add this nifty liquid glitter to projects to make them sparkle with ease—without the loose-glitter cleanup! 
Finally, Clear Sparkles are one of CTMH's staples for adding bling! These rhinestones are self-adhesive and come in two different shapes and four different sizes. You simply peel them off the backing sheet and stick them down... it's THAT EASY!

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Together You Rock!

This is my swap card for May. Our swap group met this morning at Harry's on Tuam in Houston. What a yummy breakfast! Our theme was Wedding and Anniversary cards. I wanted to do something non-traditional and I really like the You Rock stamp set. The card measures 3.5"x8" and the inside says simply "Happy Anniversary". The colors are Ocean, Chocolate, and Honey. All the cards this morning were AWESOME!

Friday, May 14, 2010

May is National Scrapbooking Month!

Close To My Heart has an amazing special to celebrate National Scrapbooking Month, a kit called "Miracle".  This charming scrapbooking kit featuring spring-inspired colors and floral patterns is miraculously easy to assemble with no stamping required! The brochure will guide you through easily creating two beautiful 2-page layouts. That's FOUR pages!

Miracle Kit Contents:
5 – Colonial White Cardstock
1 – Bamboo Cardstock
1 – Floral B&T Duos® Paper
1 – Stripe B&T Duos® Paper
1 – Crystal Blue B&T Duos® Die-Cut
1 – Sweet Leaf B&T Duos® Die-Cut
1 – 6" × 12" My Stickease® Assortment
1 – 6" × 9" Irresistibles™ Chipboard Die-Cuts
1 – Mini-Medley Accents Colonial White Collection
12" Colonial White Waxy Flax
3 – 4" × 6" Memory Protectors® Flip Flaps™
2 – Sponge Wedges
1 –Brochure
Colors: Sweet Leaf, Olive, Crystal Blue, Bamboo
There are several ways to snatch this fashionable Miracle kit at a great discount or even FREE:

• Purchase the kit outright for $19.95* (CC1009).
• Place a minimum order of $40 and purchase the kit for only $10* (CC1009A).
• Place a minimum order of $60 and purchase the kit for only $5* (CC1009B).
• Sign up as a new Consultant between May 1–31 and receive a kit FREE!
• Host a Home Gathering between now and May 31 with minimum sales of $300 and receive a kit FREE!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Digital Scrapbooking from Close To My Heart

Studio J is here!!!

Click Here

or go to to give it a try.

I am so excited to announce that "Studio J" has arrived! Studio J is Close To My Heart's online digital scrapbooking studio. Studio J features CTMH's fabulous papers and layouts and is super easy to use. There is nothing to download, no software to purchase. You just need an internet connection and a web browser to use it. You only pay for the layouts that you purchase.

A Studio J "layout" is actually TWO 12x12 scrapbook pages! The price is a great deal as you are not purchasing paper, printing pictures, buying software or digital scrapbooking "kits" AND it saves tons of time. You first upload your digital photos to Studio J and then select an exclusive CTMH paper "packet" and layout. Then simply drag and drop your photos. You can easily re-size your photos or change them to black & white, sepia, etc. After your photos are in the layout, then embellish to your desire. There are lots of options, but it really is FAST and EASY to use.

What I absolutely *love* about Studio J is that I can mix Studio J layouts and traditional scrapbook layouts in my albums. It's not a problem because you simply slide them into the protectors just like regular pages. I will be using it to get caught up on my scrapbooking. :)

For a limited time, for every 5 Studio J layouts you purchase in a single order (that's actually TEN 12x12 pages), you’ll get free Memory Protectors® with your custom prints. Orders of 10 or more layouts get free shipping and handling as well. Create an account and get started today!

Here's a sample of what I've done in Studio J:

Click here to get started today!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Summer 2010 New Product Blog Hop!!!

Welcome to our Close to my Heart New Product Blog Hop! Over 40 Fabulous Close to my Heart Consultants are celebrating the upcoming release of the Summer 2010 Idea Book by giving you a Sneak Peak of some of the great products available in the new Idea Book starting May 1st.

If you have come here from Carrie's blog, you are on the right path.  This is simple to do - just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next one. Here we go!

The images on this card are from the stamp set "Bowl of Cherries", which is exclusive to the Cherry-O Workshop-on-the-Go kit. I inked up the bowl image in Buttercup ink and then "rolled" the edges of the image in Chocolate ink and stamped it for a little dimension. Two of the cherries were stamped with the same technique. First I inked the cherry image in Cranberry and then stamped it on scratch paper. Then I
"rolled the edges of the cherry back in Cranberry for some detail. The leaves were made the same way, with Ponderosa Pine and Chocolate inks.

The card design is from Jeanette Lynton's Wishes book. The layout is called "Sweet & Simple". I *love* this book!

Colors used: Ponderosa Pine, Buttercup, Cranberry, Chocolate, White Daisy

Now "Hop" on over to Maranda's blog to see her work. Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their blogs to get some great crafting ideas and see the great new paper and My Acrylix stamp sets.

Here is a list of all the participants in the New Product Sneak Peak Blog Hop:
Erin Herring
Carla Ironside
Dawn Ross
Amy Edwards
Tresa Black
Dawn Heuft
Kimberly Smith
Jessica Moore
Leisa Hubley
Helen Onulak
Brae Montgomery
Wendy Kessler
Adeline Brill
Sherrie Thornton
Sheila Bennett
Terrie Dodd
Lisa Stenz
Jody Gustafson
Kathleen Rensel
Lori Scott
Beth Naumann
Teri Baxter
Wendy Fording
Laurie Newton
Meredith Burgess
Clerissa Lewis
Jennifer Kojder
Georgia Hauglid
Antoinette Herrin
Haley Dyer
Tanya Mae
Jean McNulty
Carrie Haines
Janelle Janish
Maranda Dickerson
Cheryl Even
Karen Johnson
Cindy Leek
Nancy Walters
LaJeania Hicks
Emma Hubert
Kristine Fowler
Amanda DesJardins
Tamra Meservey

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Hi Ho Cherry-O!

Check it out! This is just a sneak peek at some of the new products in the Summer Idea Book. I simply LOVE the cherry pattern on the paper used in the layout. Sooooo cute!

The new products will be available starting May 1. :)

Saturday, April 10, 2010

April Stamp of the Month

Check out Close To My Heart's April Stamp of the Month. It's called "Flower Pot" and is perfect for all things spring and even Mother's Day. This stamp set is available for a discount or FREE with a qualifying purchase through April 30, 2010.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Last chance for March Stamp of the Month!

Just wanted to remind everyone of this month's special stamp set, "A Little Everything". This stamp set can truly be used for everything! The whimsical font is perfect for any occasion. This one is my new favorite.

Here's just a couple of examples of using this stamp set. Remember, you can get this stamp set at a discount or FREE with a qualifying purchase. Click here to find out how!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Princess Head

Just the other night my husband was out for the evening, so I took my daughter to the local Chick-Fil-A for dinner. It was "Family Night" which means some kind of free, fun activity and that night it was face painting. Vanessa loves anything princess, so of course she chose the princess crown for her face paint! I love my little princess!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

March Swap Card

The card swap group met again this past weekend. We had lunch at the Grand Lux Cafe near the Galleria. The menu is HUGE and the food is pretty darn good! The inside of the restaurant is large with plenty of seating and a bit opulent. They accomodated our group of 14 at 11am (opening time) with no problems at all. It was a fun place to meet for brunch.

The theme for this month's swap was Spring cards. I broke out the Bunny Love stamp set and went to work. Here's what I came up with:

All supplies from CTMH (unless otherwise noted)
Stamps: Bunny Love, True Friends, Reminisce
Paper: Sorbet cardstock, Colonial White cardstock, Cocoa cardstock, Unforgettable Level 2 Paper Packet, Key To My Heart Paper Packet (retired)
Inks:Sorbet, Cocoa, Juniper
Embellishments: Dimensional Elements - Perennials, Designer Ribbon Rounds Sorbet Collection, Designer Ribbon Rounds Colonial White Collection, Watercolor Pencils & Blending Pen, 3D Foam Tape, Sponges
Other: Brown gingham ribbon

Monday, March 15, 2010

Swap Card

Recently, I joined a group of local ladies who swap hand-made cards. Once a month we meet at a local restaurant for brunch or lunch and to swap. It's really fun to meet some new gals and talk about papercrafting - something we all love. Here is my contribution for last month, my first time to participate. I had seen some of the girls' artwork before this swap, so I *knew* that this card had to be good. I had to make 15 of these and it took a while because several of the elements were cut out by hand - no punches or die cuts here!

All supplies from CTMH
Stamps: Connections, Priceless Love Word Puzzle
Paper: Colonial White cardstock, Black cardstock, Silhouette Creative Basics (retired), Jingle Level 2 Paper Packet
Inks:Tulip, Black
Embellishments: Designer Ribbon Rounds Black Collection, Clear Sparkles, Red sparkles (retired), 3D Foam Tape

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Party Time!

My daughter Vanessa is turning four in a couple of weeks. Hard to believe... she's my baby and she'll be FOUR!!! I tell her all the time that she is getting TOO big! She agrees with me. In fact, she tells me all the time, "Mommy, I don't want to get too big. I want to stay medium-sized so that I can still be carried. " LOL-if you have a toddler turning into a big kid, you know what I mean. They ARE almost too big to be carried, but they still love to be carried, cuddled and hugged. :)

Vanessa *loves* dogs and wanted a poodle theme for her party. Sadly, I have no poodle stamps, but I do have a retired CTMH stamp set called Uptown Girl that seemed to fit the theme well enough, and this is what I came up with.

This particular design is called Designer Tag and is featured on the front cover of CTMH's latest Card Confidence Program, called "Wishes". I *love* this book. It has great pictures of cards and updated designs which make for easy card creation. Recipe for this design is on page 97. Grab your copy and look it up. Don't have a copy? Shop for one HERE!

All supplies from CTMH
Stamps: Uptown Girl, It's Your Day
Paper: Hollyhock cardstock, Daydream Level 2 Paper Pack
Inks:Hollyhock, Sweet Leaf, Lilac Mist
Embellishments: White Daisy photo hanger, White Daisy organdy ribbon, Blush ric rac ribbon

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

February Stamp of the Month - "Piece of Cake"

With a minimum qualifying purchase, get your stamp set at a discount or FREE! Ask me how!

Available February 1-28, only!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

National Papercrafting Month special

Celebrate National Papercrafting Month with the all new Felicity collection. The collection features decorative die-cut paper, three gorgeous color schemes, and a D-size stamp set that include flowers, flourishes, argyle patterns, birds, and an entire alphabet! This kit is available now until January 31.

There are five ways to get the Felicity collection:

  • Purchase it at full retail price for $34.95.
  • Place an order of $60 or more in full-retail priced stamp sets (A, B, C, D, and E-size) and receive one collection FREE!
  • Place an order of $125 or more in full-retail priced Close To My Heart products and receive one collection FREE!
  • Host a Home Gathering or workshop with sales totals of $400 or more and get the kit FREE!
  • Sign up as a new Consultant with Close To My Heart between January 1–31 and receive the collection FREE in your New Consultant Kit.