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,

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

It's Time To Show Some Love To Your Favorite Teachers... Let Deflecto Craft Help!

Good Morning,

With the end of the school year upon us I have started working on some projects to thank those teachers who have worked with my boys. The first project I have features the Medium Wet Erase Sign and Wet Erase Markers from Deflecto Crafts along with a card from the Chalk It Up Picture My Life kit from Close To My Heart.

As you can see, this prjoject came together very fast. The Wet Erase Sign created the perfect backdrop for my sentiment about how teachers impact children when they teach. I added some layers and dimension using chipboard shapes from the Chalk It Up Complements from CTMH, and then personalized it with the Markers. For 15 minutes of work, I think I have a cute gift that Mrs. Reiss will enjoy. 

These are the Wet Erase Markers from Deflecto Craft that I used. The white one is not shown, but it went the best with the coloring of my sentiment so I used it for the outline and words. 
Wet Erase Markers

Wet Erase Sign I made as a Christmas Coutdown for my Kids
To see more of the Craft Product Line that Deflecto is coming out with, visit their website. I know you will enjoy looking around. 

Monday, May 18, 2015

A Quick and Simple Frame using the 5x7 Beveled Frame from Deflecto Crafts

Good Morning everyone,

Today I wanted to share a very quick, but pretty frame I put together over the weekend using the 5x7 Beveled Frame from Deflecto Craft. I was also given a new paper pack from Hot Off The Press called "Sweet Life." These papers are vibrant and cheerful and it reminded me of how fun our trip to Walt Disney World was so I decided to use them.

The project came together in about 15 minutes. I simply started by cutting a 5x7 piece of the White Polka Dot patterned paper and then adding some layers to it before finally adding my 4x6 photo. To finish the frame, I cut some flowers right out the the Patterned Paper and mounted them to the outside of the frame along with some adhesive backed Sparkle Flourishes from Close To My Heart.

To see more of the product line that Deflecto is coming out with for all of us crafty folks, visit their website and be inspired.

With a smile,

Monday, May 11, 2015

I have a crush on My Crush books from CTMH... let me show you why~

Hi Everyone,

Today CTMH shared a GREAT video on fun ways to use our My Crush books. Now many of you may not be that familiar with these little gems, or if you are, perhaps you haven't used them. Today I want to inspire you to change your mind and get your own little book to play with.  

Watch this video and see how cute our newest little My Crush books are... used as books, cards and even tradtional scrapbook pages. Then be sure to check back often because I am going to be creating some fun pages with these gems.

My Crush Holiday Happenings Book

My Crush In the Pink Book

My Crush Wildwood Book

My Crush For Him Book

My Crush For Her Book

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Introducing the Mini Mix and Mini Folio Albums from Close To My Heart

Hi Everyone,

Today's video tutorial showcases two of our newest mini albums released in our Seasonal Expressions 2 idea book: The My Creations Mini Mix and Mini Folio Albums.

Mini Mix album comes with 12 pages in a mix of White Cardstock, Kraft Cardstock and Vellum.

The Mini Folio album comes in Kraft Cardstock with a plastic closure wheel and string to secure the accordian style pages.

Watch this short video to see them in action:

Mini Folio Album

Mini Mix Album

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Simply Inspired Blog Hop: Jackson Picture My Life Cards

Hello Everyone,

Today I am participating in another Simply Inspired blog hop with an amzingly talented group of Close To My Heart consutlants. This hop features products found in the newly released Seasonal Expressions 2.

If you have come here from Dana'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. If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants here
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Its super simple to hop along with us - just click on the link at the end of each blog post to move to the next one! Here we go!

For my project, I decided to play with the Jackson Picture My Life kit and turn them into super simple cards. I often hear others comment that they just don't create enough masculine themed cards. I understand the feeling. I myself am drawn to all the bright and sparkly papers and beautiful feminine stamps, so.... I had to put these cards to good use by creating some quick and easy cards. 

To accent my creations, I also used two other new products featured in the Seasonal Expressions: Oceanside Sequins and Glacier Thick Twine. Check them out:
Now "Hop" on over to Margi's Blog to see her super cute and always inspiring art! Be sure to visit all the Consultants in the Hop to get some great crafting ideas! Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, April 6, 2015

Seasonal Expressions 2 Blog Hop

It's here, it's here... the new Seasonal Expressions 2 mini Idea Book is officially online. If you haven't seen it yet, you can browse the entire catalog here.

Today I am participating in the Seasonal Expressions 2 Blog Hop with 40 other consultants. The hop is one great big loop. If you came here from Angela White's blog, you are on the right track.

For my creation, I used the new Blossom Card Workshop on the Go kit and created my own fun birthday card. This kit is so inspiring and the amount of cheerful cards you can create is endless.

For my card, I used Lagoon, Pear, Honey and Smoothie Inks along with the embellishments that cake in the kit. It is a simple and quick design that packs a lot of punch. 

Here are some pictures of what each of the products look like. You can see below that the Blossom WOTG Kit comes with a guide for creating 15 cards as well. This is definitely faster, simpler and easier crafting!

Here is a close up of the new Coral Reef Sequins (144 per pack). They are only available until June 30th... I will so miss these when they are gone. They are so pretty!
 And the last new product to introduce you too is the Glacier Extra Thick twine... nuff said about this cool stuff!

Now for more creative inspiration from the new Seasonal Expressions, hop on over to Paige's blog and see what cute creations she has come up with... I am sure you will love it!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Cricut Artfully Sent Card Workshop on April 20, 2015

Hi Everyone,

I realized that I still had not done a blog post about my upcoming Card Workshop on April 20th, and a few of you had asked... So,
here are the details for this 5x7 Cricut card workshop.

Cricut Artfully Sent 5x7 Card Workshop

Come join me in my stamping studio and spend a bit of time creating some super cute cards using the newest Cricut Cartridge from CTMH... the Artfully Sent Cartridge. We will create 3 different styles so you can see just how to put these interactive cards together. 

WHEN:  Monday, April 20th

TIME:    5:30-8:00pm

WHAT:  You will create 6 different 5x7 cards from the Artfully Sent Cartridge
·        2 Pop-Up Cards
·        2 Sentiment Cards
·        2 Swing Cards
·        Six 5x7 Envelopes + all the embellishments needed for each card.

COST:  $15

Supersize Option 1:

o       Add on a second Paper kit of all 6 items for $10

Bring a friend I don't know, and get a BONUS surprise from me!!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Birthday Fun with the Blossom Card Workshop On the Go Kit

Hi Everyone,

Today I would like to introduce you to one of our newest products just released: The Blossom Card Workshop on the Go kit. Just like with all of our WOTG Kits, this one comes with a color brochure and cutting guide which make it really easy to create the project efficiently.                                                                                                                                In today's post, I wanted to show you 2 variations on two of the cards designed for this kit. Simply by changing the colors used to stamp with or the focal point cardstock color, you can come up with a totally different look. 
This is how the card is shown in the WOTG Brochure, and below is my change. I simply used Lagoon Ink and Pear Cardstock in place of the Smoothie Popsicle. I also used the white sequins instead of the Coral sequins.... you get 4 different colors in this new sequin mix.

Here is the second card, stamped exactly as shown in the guide. I love it. It's pretty, soft, feminine and fun. But... I wanted to mix things up too. 
So here is what I came up with, making only 2 changes.  I swapped out the Kraft Cardstock shown in the background of the card for Smoothie Cardstock, and the Pear for Lagoon behind the focal point image.  This made the whole tone of the card a lot different. 

 And here is an up close shot of the Coral Reef sequins... lots of pretty shades there. 
If you haven't seen the full Seasonal Expressions idea book, you can do so here OR one will be included with any size order... how fun is that! If you would like to see more of the products we offer,  you can visit my website: and click on Shop. Have fun looking around.  
With a smile,