Monday, October 5, 2015

More Halloween Gift Bags using the Designer Creations Paper Bags

Hi Everyone,

Today I wanted to do a quick post on a fun idea for giving out Halloween goodies to friends, neighbors, co-workers, loved ones... or anyone you feel like it really.This treat bag was created by my friend Nancy Reding. She used the same items as I did on mine: the Designer Creation Paper Bags  in Slate (12 bags in 3 designs), the Nevermore Paper pack and the Cricut Artfully Sent cartridge and the new Cricut Artistry Cartridge

To bump things up a  notch she cut the bat image out of our Black Glitter paper and then also used it on the clothespin to hold the treat bag closed. Lastly she stamped a tag using the Tasty Terrors stamp set and then accented it with our Black enamel stars.

Nevermore Paper Pack

Cricut Artistry Cartridge
As always, feel free to leave a comment or ask a question. I love hearing from you all!
With a smile,

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Halloween Treat Holders - Designer Creations Paper Bags

Hi Everyone,

Today I wanted to do a quick post on a fun idea for giving out Halloween goodies to friends, neighbors, co-workers, loved ones... or anyone you feel like it really. I used our Designer Creation Paper Bags (12 bags in 3 designs), the Nevermore Paper pack and the new Cricut Artistry Cartridge to create this bag in 5 minutes.
How fun is this! I had a great time creating it, but I also know the recipient will also enjoy getting it. Crafting is about having fun and this speaks to that.

the NEW Cricut Artistry Cartridge
Be sure to stop back on Monday for another treat bag example!
With a smile~ Tina

Friday, October 2, 2015

Become A Close To My Heart Consultant during October!

Looking for new Team Members who would love to start their own home based business with Close To My Heart. Let me show you how!

October is a great month to hop on board. Not only do you get an awesome Consultant kit valued at over $445 for only $99, but during October you will also receive our beautiful new, on trend, cross body bag which is perfectly sized to hold 12x12 laouts, papers and projects that are in progress.

And let me show you this beautiful Consultant kit. You will receive this fun box that you will want to open right away. On top you will see a Welcome Packet that walks you through all the steps you need to get started. Just below that you will see one of our Medium Organizers that is FULL of everything shown in the picture below... FUN FUN FUN!

And starting October 1st, Close To My Heart is introducing a great new "Straight To The Top" program that will reward you for all kinds of baby steps in your first 3 months of business... from gifts, to free products to cash! My goal is to help you each step of the way!

I am actively looking for anyone who is interested in jumping in to this fun family of crafters. I will work closely with you helping you to achieve the level of success you are wanting. To find out more, simply visit my website or contact me.

With a smile,

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Nevermore 6 Page Scrapbook Layout Kit

 Hi Everyone,

Welcome to October... such a beautiful time of year with the changing colors around us, AND the start of a very fun and busy holiday season. To kick it off I will be sharing artwork to inspire you for the first holiday coming up... Halloween!

To get started, I created a 6 page scrapbook kit with the new Nevermore papers and Complements from Close To My Heart. The color scheme I used was Black, Slate, Sunset, Eggplant and Canary. I also used the Cricut Artfully Sent cartridge to create the two pocket card accents (Layout 2 and 3).

I create these kits for all of my various customers. Those that live here locally to me come and create them once a month to keep current on their scrapbooking. For those who are not local, I pre-cut and pre-stamp these kits and mail them out. You can read about my 6 Page Scrapbook kits program on my scrapbooking blog. 
And here are the products I used to create my 6 page kits. All of these are available on my website or come in the pre-cut kits. The complements are now in a new format, featuring two 6x6 Sticker Sheets,a pack of Transparency icons and a pack of Kraft complements.

Nevermore Papers 
Feel free to ask any questions or leave any comments below.

With a smile,

Monday, August 3, 2015

The Close To My Heart New Consultant Kit ~ You Are Welcome Here!

Hello Everyone,

Today I wanted to share about another one of our new products coming out with the release of the 2015 Annual Inspirations idea book... our New Consultant Kit:

Isn't it pretty! As soon as you open the box, you have a very thorough and organized welcome packet to help you get started.
Again, LOOK at this kit... so cute! It is absolutely perfect for getting started with Close To My Heart, weather you are looking to create a little extra income to pay for the hobby you love or to jump all in and go for it. In this picture you will see the kit includes our Medium Organizer FULL of products: ink pads, scissors, embellishments, blocks, sponges, stamp sets and more... all in one tidy container that is SO easy to transport and store.

So what all comes in the kit? The easiest way to find out is to simply see the consulant kit.  Let me list it here as well:


  • Zoe B&T Duos™ Bulk Pack (BULK369, qty 1)
  • White Daisy Cardstock (1385, qty 1)
  • Whisper Cardstock (X5929, qty 1)
  • Glacier Cardstock (X5770, qty 1)
  • Sorbet Exclusive Inks™ Pad (Z2164, qty 2)
  • Glacier Exclusive Inks™ Pad (Z2641, qty 2)
  • Slate Exclusive Inks™ Pad (Z2173, qty 2)
  • Aqua Shimmer Trim (Z3086, qty 2)
  • Grey Enamel Gems (Z3089, qty 2)
  • My Acrylix® So Many Smiles (C1619, qty 2)
  • My Acrylix® In Review (C1622, qty 2)
  • My Acrylix® My Story (B1482, qty 2)
  • White Cards & Envelopes Value Pack (X254, qty 1)
  • Medium Organizer (Z4139, qty 1)
  • 2" × 6½" My Acrylix® Block (Y1010, qty 2)
  • 3" × 3" My Acrylix® Block (Y1006, qty 2)
  • Non-stick Micro-tip Scissors (Z1836, qty 2)
  • My Acrylix® Stamp Scrubber (Z1782, qty 2)
  • My Acrylix® Spritz Cleaner (1778, qty 1)
  • Bonding Memories™ Glue (1512, qty 2)
  • 3-D Foam Tape (Z1151, qty 1)
  • Round Sponge (Z697, qty 1)
  • Customer Order Forms (W101, qty 1, 25 per pack)
  • Annual Inspirations (WC1161, qty 10)
  • Holiday Expressions (WCS1161, qty 10)
  • Cardstock Color Sampler (W1136, qty 1)
  • Paper Fundamentals Sampler (W1137, qty 1)
  • Annual Inspirations B&T Duos™ Sampler (W1138, qty 1)
  • My Acrylix® Petite Perks™ Tribal Circles (W2032, qty 3)
  • Idea Book Postcard (W1129, qty 1)
  • Desk Pad (W1140, qty 1)
That is $445 worth of product for only $129!~ Awesome right?!?

But wait, if you have EVER been a CTMH Consultant before, there is a special $49 kit just for you, during the month of August only. Are you a former Consultant? When you re-sign up to be a Close To My Heart Consultant during August using the same email address from your previous Consultant account, you have the opportunity to pick from either a “business building essentials” version of the New Consultant Kit for $49 or a regular New Consultant Kit for $129 USD. Simply click “Let’s Get Started” using the link above, and log in to your Close To My Heart account using that same email to qualify!

And that is just the beginning. Close To My Heart has a fun rewards program for you as well that compensates you for reaching milestones within your first 3 months... milestones that I will help you to attain. I have all kinds of 6-page  scrapbooking kit instruction and cutting guides I share with  my team, as well as online training, a Facebook Team page, stamp camps and challenges. Here are some examples of those guides:

I even have one created with the papers that comes in your Consultant kit:

If you've ever wondered about what it might be like to be a Close To My Heart consultant, or what I have to offer, I would love to chat by email, facebook or phone. Contact me today.

With a smile,

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Artfully Sent Pocket Card Blog Hop

Hi Everyone,

Welcome to our Artfully Sent Pocket Card Blog Hop!  This short little blog hop will be featuring some fun Pocket Card artwork created using the Artfully Sent Cricut Cartridge. 

 If you have come here from Michele's Blog, you are on the right path! 
The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way all around.

For my pocket cards I chose to create with the Seaside Papers to focus on a Summer theme. I always take a ton of photos in the summertime and knew these cards would come in handy when scrapbooking those photos.

For the first card, I used the pocket card function key 9, found on page 9. I cut the card using Kraft Cardstick and then packed it with the paper from the Seaside pack to make the bike pop out. For the top, I cut a 1x6" strip of B&TP from the same pack, attached it and then set it up with some of our teal shimmer trim. A couple of stamped flowers from the Pretty Petals pack and a stamped sentiment and the theme was set. 

Here is a close up of the stamped flowers. I watercolored the inside and then outlined it with our turquoise Shin Haan maker. The center was created using a silver sequin with a medium sparkle on top of it... same with the tires on the bike. Overall, it is a very simple card with stunning results. 

Here is the second pocket card I created, again with the summertime theme using the same flowers BUT... I incorporated the "Hello Summer" stamp set as the focal point of the card. The reason I did that because the pocket card I chose was simply a poloroid shape. You can find it on page 38 of the Artfully Sent booklet. This gave me lots of options for decorating. I love how easy this one was too.

I hope you were inspired to try creating these fun little cards. They are great for pocket style scrapbooking but also can be used on cards. Grab your Artfully Sent cartridge and start playing. And if you don't yet have that cartridge, I can help you out, of course. hee hee!

Now "Hop" on over to Melissa's Blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting ideas and other fun ideas! 

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Exclusive Hostess Sets For Anyone - Jump On It July Blog Hop

Hi Everyone,

Welcome to our "Jump On It July" Blog Hop!  We will be featuring the exclusive Hostess Only Stamp sets this month because of the fabulous special that Close To My Heart is Offering. If you aren't sure what I am talking about, here is the deal:

With every $25 order in Stamps, ANYONE can choose ANY of the Hostess Exclusive Stamp sets from the Annual Expressions Idea Book or Seasonal Expressions for only $5.... WITHOUT being a hostess! Woo-Hoo! So if you have been eyeing these sets, this is the perfect opportunity for you!

 If you have come here from Terrie's Blog, you are on the right path! 
The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way all around.  

For my card I had to play with the cute "Cuddly Salutations" stamp set. It has so many fun animals in it just waiting to be colored in any fun way you choose. I also used the Adventure Paper Fundamentals for the card base along with some teal shimmer trim.

Now "Hop" on over to Jen's Blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting ideas and other fun ideas! 

CTMH Enchantment Papers are RETIRING... Your Chance for Free Product!

Hi Ladies,

Just a quick note to let you know that 7 of our tried and true Autumn Palette/Enchantment Palette colors are RETIRING!!

Some of thse are absolute favorites of mine... 
They are on the While Supplies Last list right now and when they are gone, they are gone.

To make it fun for those of you who may need a few colors, I have opened up a PARTY ORDER on my website and I will be drawing 1 name from a basket for ALL of the hostess rewards. And to make it extra fun, I will video the drawing and post it on Facebook. Someone could go home with a lot of FREE stuff. Plus, with the drawing on August 1, some of the new product from the brand new Idea Book will be available for you to choose too, if your name is drawn. 

So HOW do you order? 
1. Go to my website
2. Click on RETIRED PAPER SALE in the lower RIGHT corner
3. Shop... shipping will be $4.95 for up to 10lbs of paper... quite a GREAT DEAL considering shipping has skyrocketed.

Here is a picture to show you:

I am so excited for the winner, whoever it may be... and so excited to draw the name on video to show you all as I announce it! I will ALSO notify you by email and have your goodies shipped out ASAP!

With a smile,

Monday, July 6, 2015

Operation Smile "Happy Everything" stamp set Blog Hop

Hi Everyone,

Welcome to our "Happy Everything" Operation Smile stamp set blog hop!  We will be featuring the current Operation Smile stamp set, which can be found here. These stamps are super versatile and wonderful to purchase... why you ask? Well with every purchase of the D-size Happy Everything stamp set, Close To My Heart donates $3 to Operation Smile. 

Since it's founding, Operation Smile has performed over 220,000 surgical procedures to correct facial deformities in children all over the world through volunteer medical teams. These surgies literally change the life of a child and you can be a part of it. So, let us inspire you through this hop.

If you have come here from Tracey's Blog, you are on the right path! 
The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way all around.  

So for my card I decided to use these stamps to embellish a Pop-Up card created using the Artfully Sent cartridge. Once I cut the base and the pop-up piece, the rest of the card came together quickly. I chose Canary and Pixie as my focal point colors because they coordinate with the Brushed Paper pack. 

 And here is a picture of the actual stamp set. If you don't have it yet, you can get check it out on my website.

Now "Hop" on over to Lela's Blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting ideas and other fun ideas! 

Sunday, June 7, 2015

The Close To My Heart Summer 2015 Retiring List... Get Them Before They Are Gone

It is that time of year again!

Close To My Heart just released the list of retiring products, effective August 31, 2015 and it is LONG! I guarantee there are some goodies on here you might not yet have so I wanted to share the list with all of you. Once the items are sold out they will not be restocked so the early bird wins here.

Because the list is SOOOOO long, I have posted a direct link to my website where you can visually see each item that is on the list. To see them, visit Summer 2015 Retiring Items. Have fun looking at all the goodies that are being laid to rest. :) 

Here are just a few of my favorites... you really need to see the entire retiring list.

With a smile,

Love This

A Budding Friendship
Big Hug

Born To Roam

Glitter Glam

Merry Merry

Reason For The Season

Seaside Greetings

Saturday, June 6, 2015

My Crush Books Blog Hop

Hi Everyone,

Welcome to our My Crush Blog Hop!  We will be featuring the My Crush line of Books, Accessories and Stamp sets this month.   If you have come here from Melinda's Blog, you are on the right path! 
The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way all around.  

So the reason for this fun blog hop is the fabulous special that CTMH is offering this month: 1 FREE coordinating stamp set for each My Crush Book & Accessory pack ordered. How fun it that. You can read all about this promotion on my site.

So to kick things off, we wanted to show you lots of artwork featuring these little gems. 

Today I decided to step outside of the box and use the pages of the My Crush book on a scrapbook page. The beauty of doing this is that it not only expands your paper line considerable, but you can also take a few pages out of the book without making a noticeable difference in the book... it can still be used as a scrapbook. Pretty cool.

And because that was so much fun, I then went on and created a card from a page out of the My Crush In The Pink book. The pages are 7 x 10" so I cut a 4.25 x 5.5 piece from the top for the back of the card. I then cut a piece at 4 x 5.25  to layer on it that had the design of the pages (the hearts and arrows and such). 

I wanted to use the stamp set (Glitter Glam) that came free from purchasing the book and accessory pack so I grabbed and stamed "Glitter Girl" right on the card layer piece, and then "Shine On" on a scrap from the page. With just a little edging with Cocoa ink and some 3D foam tape I had a quick, easy, 1 of a kind card. Check it out:
Here is a picture of the stamp set, called Glitter Glam, that they are offering for FREE this month with any purchase of a My Crush Book and accessory pack... and they are offering different stamp sets with EACH My Crush book purchase. Check them all out.

Now "Hop" on over to Gina's Blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting ideas and other fun ideas! 

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Scrapbook Those Spring & Summer Photos Faster with My 6-Page Scrapbook Kits

Hi Everyone,

Today I wanted to do a short post about some of my most recently created 6-page Scrapbook Kits. The idea behind these kits is to help you get your scrapbooking done Faster, Simpler and Easier than ever by simply assembling the pages and adding photos.  Or, if you like to do most of the work yourself but find the designing part to be what slows you down, I have a solution for that too.

My kits are available two ways:
Pre-Cut and Ready to Be Assembled
Cutting Guide PDF's with Color Instructional Guides, Assembly Tips and Detail Photos...

Want to see more?
Here is an example of my Pre-Cut and Ready to Assemble Blossom 6-Page kit
Just click the link above if you want to see each layout in closer detail. But as you can see, with thekit, you will create 6 beautiful pages almost effortlessly and simply need to add photos.
 Now for those of you who like to do all the cutting yourself, I do sell my Cutting Guides. Each cutting guide comes with:

  • Cutting Guide PDF
  • Color Instructional Guide
  • Assembly and Product List
  • Detail Layout Photos Doc
  • Orginal jpg's of each photo
Here is a picture to give you an idea of the Cutting Guides.
To see ALL of the Cutting Guides available, simply click that link.

And as always, I would love to hear any questions, comments or feedback you have. 

With a smile,