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,

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
hop participants>.
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!