Tuesday, December 31, 2013

End of the Year, End of Sparkle and Shine!

I can't believe today is the last day of 2013.  This year has absolutely flown by.  We have traveled this year like never before and had some amazing experiences with old and new friends that will always be treasured. I hope your 2013 has been just as good or better and your are ready for a fantastic 2014.

With the end of the year also comes the end of our Holiday Guide making some beautiful papers and embellishments retiring today!  Here is a sneak peak at a few of the items retiring today:

 Sparkle and Shine Workshop on the Go


Sparkle and Shine Paper Pack

 Sparkle and Shine Assortment

  Sparkle and Shine Washi Tape

While your at my website, check out all the other items that are retiring at the end of the current catalog - January 1st and the While Supplies Last page.  Some great items at a great price.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Gifts, Clearance and another Great Retreat

It's hard to believe we have been back from our retreat for a couple weeks already.  I feel like I am living life in the fast lane - the Indy 500 fast lane and am ready for a pit stop.  Praise the Lord for our pit stop at Grand Oaks - it was wonderful.  I'm ready for another.  :)  Speaking of another, we have been invited to return May 1st - 4th for another fabulous scrapbook and craft filled weekend.  The cost is $300 and includes logging, all meals, a workshop each day and crafting galore!  If you are interested in joining me, please let me know asapI am offering those who did not attend in November first dibs to give everyone a change but will open it up to everyone January 1st so if you want to go, you need to let me know.

In my last post I showed you our weekend commemorative layout we created.  As you could see, our theme paper was the Laughing Lola papers. To continue to the with our theme, we created these beautiful canvas albums.  They were a little different then what we normally create during our weekend but were a big hit.  I just love it!  They make a great Christmas gift too!

 Supplies used were:  Canvas album (retired), Laughing Lola paper pack (X7170B), black shimmer trim (Z1809), black tulle (retired), Cricut Artbooking cartridge (Z1906)for the cut paper, Sparkle and Shine Washy tape (Z1907), Sparkle Flourishes (Z1745) Love Life Acrylix Stamp Set (D1482), Crystal Blue ink (Z2117) and Black Pigment ink (44751).  Orders your supplies here.

While your there, check out our recently clearance and retired products.  Don't wait - they are going fast.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Retreating with Laughing Lola

Having such a great time scrapbooking this weekend with a bunch of fabulous ladies.   Each year I try to use a paper pack to be the theme of the weekend.  This year it was Laughing Lola.  I absolutely love this paper. The purples, the blues, the swirls- Augh, how could you not love this paper.!!!!
So using Laughing Lola as my main paper pack, I created this layout to teach here at the retreat and to commemorate the weekend.   

I also used paper from the Scholastic paper pack and used or new Artbooking Cricut cartridge.  I love being able to use multiple paper packs in a layout and to use multiple Cricut catridges in a layout too!
Watch this video here that Close to My Heart created to help you learn to create amazing art work by using all of our amazing Cricut cartriges. 

To get your any of the Cricut Catridges shown or the beautiful Laughing Lola paper pack go to my website now!

Friday, November 15, 2013


Hello from the fabulous retreat house Grand Oak Retreat in Scottsboro, AL. I am here with 19 other fabulous women scrapbooking and stamping the weekend away.  I can't wait to show you all the fun projects we are working on but there are a couple surprises for them that I don't want to spoil. :)  I did want to show off the wonderful gift my kids made for the women though.

Look at these gorgeous caramel apples the kids made. And boy are they yummy!

In the mean time, I wanted to show off a cute necklace hanger that a friend of mine, Tammy Mobley, made using her scraps from our retired Stella papers.

Isn't that a great idea!!!  Thanks Tammy for sharing with me.  Have you made any fun projects using your scraps?  Send me a picture of your creation and receive a fun little goodie from me.   

Lastly, I thought I would share with you a new video the Close to My Heart corporate office created showing how to use background stamps to create authentic looking washi tape, textured paper and other cute ideas.

If you saw something you love, head over to my website and order your items today. Remember when you spend $100 you can order a special item from the Holiday catalog for FREE!!! With a $50 purchase you can get the stamp of the month for only $5. Love this months stamp of the month!!!

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Next Workshop: Christmas Cards Galore

 It's almost time for Thanksgiving and Christmas which means family, friends, food and Christmas cards. Join me the first Thursday night of December - December 5th at 6pm for our our Christmas card workshop.  This year we have 25 cards in two different color styles of  Christmas cards.  We will use your Frosted papers to create the cards shown in the picture below and our Holidays from the Heart papers to create the cards to the right. 

The Card kit will be PRE-CUT and will include the following:

All pre-cut papers for 25 cards
25 card basis
25 envelopes
My Acrylix Frosted cardmaking stamp set (D-size)
Silver Glitter Gems
Champagne Baker's Twine
Clear Sparkles Flourishes
Clear Round Sparkles
Red Shimmer Trim

All for only $45!!!

To include your own My Acrylix Santa Claus Stamp Set in your kit shown in the Holidays from the Heart picture below, the total kit will be $60.

Click the link to the right and choose your favorite kit option.  You must sign up by November 10th in order for me to have your supplies ordered and cut for our workshop.

Bonus: Send me an order of $10 or more in product and and I will add that to your card workshop qualifying you for our Illuminate Stamp of the Month for only $5!  

Add $60 more and qualify for the Stamp of the Month for $5 and a free *star* item from our new Holidays from the Heart catalog our official Christmas and Holiday catalog. Don't forget to e-mail me your order so you can get your extra FREE  and discounted items!  Your order must be received by November 10th.