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'

Monday, November 28, 2016

Cyber Sale: Cricut Craze!!!

Oh my GOODNESS!!! Close to My Heart is having an amazing deal today and today only where you can get 30% off any Cricut Cartridge (City Sidewalk not included) with any $30 full retail priced purchase on my website!!!  WOW!!! That is an amazing deal!

Not only do you get the Cricut cartridge but you get the Cricut PACKAGE!  Yep, each cricut cartridge comes with lots of extras like cardstock and coordinating stamp sets that match several of the 700 images on each Cricut cartridge.

As an added bonus, everyone who purchases a Cricut pacakge on my website today will will receive one BRAND NEW, REDESIGNED AND LARGER INK PAD from me FREE!!!

Don't wait - order your supplies and cricut packages on my website now because this deal is only good for today and while supplies last!

Happy Scrappin'!

Monday, November 21, 2016

Christmas Wishes with Seaglass

If you haven't played with this years color of the year then you have been missing out. The Sea Glass color has been everywhere this year and isn't just for the summer season. It is a key component to our Happy, Happy Christmas kit now on sale and to these beautiful Christmas cards created by fellow consultant Brenda Rose.

 These cards use our Happy, Happy Christmas Overlays, our Gold and Sea Glass Glitter Papers, your Christmas stamp sets with Chocolate or Desert Sand Ink, and our Oh Deer papers.  I used the snowflake Thin Cuts to cut out the snowflakes shown on the cards.  It is hard to see the beautiful glittery effects the Glitter Papers give but they are GOR-GE-OUS!

Using your own Christmas stamps and inks, you can create these beautiful cards in your own home getting you one step closer to your Christmas festivities.  Using the link to the right, order your own set of supplies to create these 18 Christmas cards for only $38 shipped to you!  All items will be pre-cut and ready for a quick assembly with full color pictures of each card to guide you through creating your own cards.  Make sure when ordering you leave your mailing address is the comments so I know directly where to send your kit.

Happy Scrappin'!

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Black Friday Mystery Box Sale!!!

Beginning at 12:01 am (MST) and end at 11:59 pm (MST). 24 hours of awesomeness!!

We had this sale a few years back and all I can say is WOW!!! These boxes were full of some fabulous goodies at an incredible discount!

What is included in the mystery boxes?
It’s a big surprise, but we will tell you that the mystery boxes will be filled with retired products grouped together purposefully for certain types of crafters. 
  • The scrapbooking bundles will contain products like retired My Legacy™ albums, papers, Complements, Instalife™ mini albums and cards, Picture My Life™ pocket scrapbooking cards, and assorted embellishments like mini-medley accents, washi tape, and stickers! 
  • The cardmaking bundles will contain things like retired Cut Above™ card kits, envelopes in assorted sizes, papers, and assorted embellishments. 
  • Finally, we will also be offering scrapbooking & cardmaking bundles with a combination of products for those who love it all! Again, these bundles will be inside mystery boxes, so you won’t know which exact products you’ll be getting, but this gives you an idea of what we’ve cooked up.

What are the prices for the mystery boxes?
  • $35 mystery boxes (on average, a $70 value!)
  • $50 mystery boxes (on average, a $90 value!)
  • $75 mystery boxes (on average, a $140 value!)
  • $115 mystery boxes (on average, a $235 value!)
  • $150 mystery boxes (on average, a $335 value!)