Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Sit, Relax and have fun!

National Stamping Month is here and as you may have already heard they released this exclusive card kit that is gorgeous, interactive and fun but not fast.  Let me explain.  Over the past several months I have been telling you how important kits have become to me. I use all of the Workshop Your Way kits and Cut Above kits to help me get my scrapbooking done fast.  It has been great! I love it and the ease that it has created to help me scrapbook when I have VERY LITTLE TIME.

However, this special National Stamping Month kit  - From the Heart is not like the kits I mentioned above. It takes a little more time, thought and a whole lot more stamping.  And guess what - you are going to LOVE it!  It's a chance for you to sit, relax and play.  Take out a couple scratch pieces of paper and play with your stamping. Remember 2nd Generation stamping, you know when you stamp once on a scratch piece of paper and then stamp again on your card, and the lighter effect is soft and almost makes it look like you used a 2nd ink color. I sat down and played for just a little bit and came up with this rough cheat sheet for you to use when stamping your flowers.

With so many ink colors from Close to My Heart there are so many different colored flowers that you can create. This is just scratching the surface and getting your brain started. 

Here are just a few of the cards I created:

This first card I did stamping like you see in my cheat sheet.  The flowers and leaves were done with 1st and 2nd generation stamping giving depth to the flowers and helping them look a little more realistic. 

This 2nd card I stamped with a base ink of New England Ivy and then used our Shin Han markers to color in the flowers.  The leaves for the top sentiment were stamped with Fern 2nd generation. This card went much faster but doesn't have the bouquet like the 1st card. However, fast simple and easy!  Love it!

Finally, this last card was stamped with multiple colors and stamps like the first but I blinged up the card a little.  Who doesn't love a little (or a lot) of bling. Here I used our new
 Color of the Year - Bashful Pearls.    

There is so much you can do with these cards and the gold foil bases are gorgeous and adds so much pop not to mention the interactive fold. Remember - relax!  This is supposed to be fun.  Put on a good movie to listen to in the background and start playing with your stamps and inks.  This card kit is a perfect reminder of why you fell in love with Close to My Heart stamps to begin with.  

Each kit comes with 10 pre-punched card bases, 10 envelopes and a full sheet of colored step-by-step instructions.  Order your kit here or at the link on the right and feel free to check back at the cheat sheet above to get ideas as you play and create.  Have fun!

Monday, August 7, 2017

"You are Here" Team Bloghop

Our newest Cricut Cartridge - You are Here is one of my absolute favorites!  There are so many titles, place markers, family reunion and just plain fun buttons!  You are going to want this collection for your new go to for all your excursions - local and abroad.  If you have come form Rebecca Brown's blog you are in the right spot.  This blog hop is a big circle. You can start here and follow the path around or go here to the beginning.

Last month I showed off my favorite paper pack in the Seasonal Expressions book - No Worries. This month I am going to show you another layout using the No Worries paper and how perfectly it works with the "You are Here" Cricut Collection.

My title and journaling decal both came from the You are Here Cricut Collection. They are so fun and not vacation specific which makes them even better. I love how they start my 2017 vacation album off.  The pattern used is from our Brand New Make it From Your Heart 3 book. 

Here is a a picture of what you get when you purchase the You are Here Cricut Collection. The Collection comes with everything shown below for only $99 and the digital collection (no cartridge or booklet but a download code) is only $79.

The accompanying and coordinating stamp sets continue the theme of traveling fun.  Here is a close-up of how I used the Travelogue stamp set to complete my layout.

Products used to complete my layout:
No Worries Paper Packet X7220B
No Worries Complements X7220C
No Worries Sequins Z3322
White Burlap Ribbon Z3323
White Daisy Cardstock 1385
Make it From Your Heart Volume 3 9043
Cricut You Are Here Collection Z3389
Toffee Ink Z2828
Sapphire Cardstock X5957
Lagoon Cardstock X5968

To order the You are Here Cricut Collection, contact your Close to My Heart Consultant, if you don't have one, you can order from my website here. To continue this fun Blog Hop and see even more artwork using Close to My Heart's Cricut collections, hop over to  Andrea Sherman's Blog.  

Happy Scrappin'

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

It's Here, It's Here, It's Here!!!

August is one of my favorite times of year!  Not only is it me and my husbands birthday month but it's back to school and most importantly the unveiling of the Close to My Heart Annual Catalog. 

 This year not only does it the catalog have all new colors,

a new color of the year - Bashful,

 2-sided, 2 color cardstock (yep!  One side is the color and the other side is a lighter shade)

but it also includes a new Make it From Your Heart design book,

 3 NEW Cricut cartridges - yep! 3 Cartridges and soooo much more!
You are Here

Hello USA

Hello Canada

And soooo much more!!! I can't wait for you to see this book. Contact me today to get your contact or shop my website.  Earn FREE product by hosting your own online catalog party. Contact me to get more details.   

And be on the look out for big sales this month on last year's products every week this month. August is an Awesome month!!!

Monday, July 10, 2017

It's a Stampaganza Blog Hop!

Hello friends!

I can't believe how long it has been since I wrote to you all last.  This year has been one of many ups and downs with lots of crazy turns along the way but I am so excited to be back and stamping and scrapbooking again.

July is Stampaganza at Close to My Heart which means now is the perfect time to order all those stamp sets you fell in love with when you were looking through the catalog!  Only during July, purchase any two stamp sets and get the third set of equal or lesser value free!  That is an incredible deal!  Also, remember when you spend $50 you get our Storybook Alphabet set, our July Stamp of the Month, for only $5!


So... What stamp set is your favorite from our current catalogs?  Right now, mine is the No Worries - Scrapbooking set. My family was extremely blessed to be able to take a cruise in May.  This was our first family vacation in several years so to say that I took several photos would be an understatement.  As I begin to go through the photos, I am also beginning to create my layouts for those photos.  Here is the first of many layouts I will create to help document our wonderful journey.

This is a simple layout so that my photos can take center stage as they should.  I did pop-up several of the stamped images to add depth to the layout.

Items used to create the layout were:

No Worries Paper Packet - X7220B
No Worries - Scrapbooking stamp set - D1718
Lagoon Ink - Z2895
Whisper Ink - Z2872
Gold Shimmer Trim - Z1985
Cricut Artbooking Collection - Z3169
Bitty Sparkles - Z1263

To see more stamp sets and their beautiful artwork, click here to go to Ellen Jarvis's blog. or to start at the beginning go to Tina's blog. 

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Cut it Out!

If you haven't tried Close to My Heart's Thin Cuts then you don't know what you are missing! CTMH released their Thin Cuts last year starting with shapes that matched coordinating stamp sets to make it easier to cut out stamped images and then brought out sentiments stamps which make paper crafting that much easier - Oh yeah!!!

I love these Thin Cuts!!  They are metal and come on a magnetic sheet in a 6x6 envelope like our stamp sets for easy organization.

During March ONLY, CTMH has all of their thin cuts 25% off!  That is a great deal!!!!

Here is the entire line of Thin Cuts:

Dreamin' Big card making bundle which is also this months Workshop with Friends kit.   

Lots of options and many that coordinate specifically with our paper packs and workshops right now.  Don't delay!  Get your Thin Cuts 25% off NOW!

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Kits are Key!!!

As many of you know, my family recently made a move to Alabama to run a crafting retreat house.  It's sort of like a bed and breakfast but you stay for 3-4 days at a time, get yummy food your entire stay and even get a massage if you so choose.  It has been wonderful and I am so glad God planned this for our lives.  With this recent move though my scrapbooking time has become much less then what it was previously. I have found that having a kit where all the planning is done has become key! Last weekend I only had a little over an hour to do anything fun so I took out an old card kit that I had received at convention but didn't have time to complete while there.  It was so fun and easy to throw together and they looked great (if I do say so myself :) ).

I love that Close to My Heart has focused on kit's with our newest Seasonal Expressions Catalog.  These will be awesome to help keep me on track and caught up.

Take a look at the new Cut Above Layout Kit - Forever and Always:

Isn't it beautiful!  This is how to kit comes:

and there is even a video on my website showing how to put the Cut Above kit - Little One together:

These are super cute and so easy to put together!!!  You need to try them out!  

Need some cards, We have kits for those too!  

This is small sampling of the new Seasonal Expressions offerings. Check them out and get your supplies ordered. Remember, kits are key for getting your pictures scrapped and books completed! Have fun!!!

Happy Scrappin!

Friday, December 2, 2016

A True Workshop your Way WITH Friends!

As many of you know I have recently moved to the beautiful area of Scottsboro AL.  I am excited to say that we purchased the gorgeous Grand Oak Retreat know as the destination for crafters, church groups and homeschool groups to get away, create and relax with friends.  We are excited to be taking on this new venture but I am also thrilled to be continuing my Close to My Heart business there.

HOWEVER, you, my friends and customers are not forgotten. For the last 12 years I have loved creating with you all at workshops, crops, retreats and events. Though I won't be able to continue leading these events in Spring Hill and the surrounding areas, I think I have come up with a great alternative so you can still get together with your friends, keep up on your crafting efforts and have some fun.

How about you and 4 or 5 of your friends set aside one evening or weekend each month to get together at each others home or pool house to just have fun and create scrapbook layouts, cards and maybe some Picture My Life Layouts!?! Each kit will come with everything you need including full-color, step by step instructions. Close to My Hearts newest Workshop your Way workshops are the perfect kits to create in a group with friends.  Setting aside time to see your friends and create is always so worthwhile and fun  but to make it even better, I will throw in several free items for the group leader just for checking in with your friends each month and reminding them to purchase the next months kit to be done together on the date of YOUR choosing.  In the past, as I set up the workshops, the timing didn't always work for you and now you will have the flexibility to work it around you and your friends schedules. If you are interested in being a group leader and learning about all the extra perks for you, please contact me now.

I know December is a crazy month for most people so I am planning the first Workshop kits to be mailed in January. Since Christmas will have just ended, I think that is the perfect time to scrapbook those pictures.  We will be using the City Sidewalk Papers to create these fun layouts:

As a special gift, I will be sending each person these pocket pages shown above FREE!   They can be easily inserted between your layouts as another means of showing off your favorite pictures and happenings during Christmas. 

Not only will you create these layouts, but you will have enough paper and instructions provided to create these cards and PML pages.

Aren't these pages fun!!! I love the sparkle and glitter that is sprinkled through out the embellishments that really make the pieces pop!

Though you will completing these layouts in January, these kits are only available through the end of December or while supplies last. I would highly encourage you to order your kit, using the link to the right, before December 15th!  When you order your kit, please put in the memo line who your group leader is as I will mail all the kits and instructions directly to them.  Also, if you are interested in being a group leader, don't forget to contact me so we can talk about all the added benefits you will receive.  

I look forward to hearing about all the fun you have as you continue to create with friends and hopefully make new friends in the process.  

Happy Scrappin'