Sunday, March 2, 2014

Anniversary Special!

I can hardly believe it has been 10 years since I turned the pages of my very first Close to My Heart Idea Book - it was one LARGE spiral bound book back then (we affectionately call it Big Bertha). I shared that book and all it's treasures with a dear group of friends who gathered each month to scrapbook. "Can't you have a party?" one of them asked me. I'm not usually one to turn down a party, so it was booked. By the end of the evening, I had fallen in love with the fun scrapbooking products and even those cute little stamps I had told my new consultant we weren't really interested in - after all, we were strictly scrapbookers and had no interest in stamping! I closed my party and then signed up as a consultant truly for nothing more than to get a discount on all those cute products!

Well, one friend hosted a party, which led to another and another, and before long a true business was born. It has been an amazing 10 years. Conventions, retreats, incentive trips...all have provided so many treasured memories. However, the most valuable thing I have gained from my Close to My Heart business is the relationships...I have formed countless friendships from customers who have become dear friends to fellow consultants who I look forward to seeing at every CTMH event. I cherish each and every one of the special people who have become a part of my life through Close to My Heart!

And because you are all close to MY heart, I am offering a special to celebrate my anniversary! Simply place an order of $30 or more (before tax and shipping) on my website before March 31st and I will send you a FREE stamp set as my gift to you. Studio J orders count too! All studio J orders over $30 (before tax and shipping) will receive a free layout credit.

My most heartfelt thanks to each and everyone of you for being a part of my journey with Close to My Heart. While I started out to earn a discount on my own habit hobby, I stay because of all of you!! Happy Anniversary to US!!

Friday, February 28, 2014

March SOTM BlogHop: Happy Place

Welcome to the March Stamp of the Month Blog Hop. If you've arrived here from Jill Lucas' blog, you are on the right track. If this is your first stop, following along is simple. Just click the link provided at the bottom of each blog post and you'll be taken to the next blog in the hop. This month we have over 50 consultants participating, so no doubt you'll gain plenty of inspiration.

The March Stamp of the Month is Happy Place (D1403), a sweet set of 7 stamps featuring adorable Russian Matryoshka nesting dolls and sentiments of home and family.

This fun 5x7 card features the new Jubilee papers . The nesting doll image was stamped and then colored in using Indian Corn Blue, Honey and Cranberry markers. A touch of Jute Ribbon across the sentiment piece added a homey touch. Not clearly visible in this picture is the fact that the heart on the center of the doll is cut out and attached using 3-D Foam tape. 

Time to hop along and see what Alyson has created to share with all of us! 

Remember, the Happy Place stamp set is only available through March - retail value $17.95, but place a $50 order and add it on for just $5. Order yours today!

Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day!

I hope you are all enjoying your Valentine's Day with those you love the most! I just wanted to jump on here and share a quick card I created for my love!

Are you a cardmaker who thinks you don't really need alphabet stamps? Perhaps this card will change your mind. Other than the little heart, the entire card was stamped using alphabet stamps from Close to My Heart! The background was stamped using the retired Trinity Alphabet (but any medium sized alphabet will work). The center piece uses the Polka Dot Alphabet and a small heart. I also used a little Ruby and Slate cardstock and a bit of leftover Sparkle & Shine paper (yes, Christmas paper for Valentine's Day)!

I found a card with a similar design on Pinterest recently and fell in LOVE with it. Today was the perfect day to re-create it! Happy Valentine's Day!

Friday, February 7, 2014

New Product Blog Hop: Spring/Summer 2014

Okay, so you've had a week now...have you fallen in love with all of the new papers, stamps and more from Close to My Heart? Whether or not you've devoured the new book, I hope you are ready for another dose of creative inspiration with our New Product Blog Hop!

If you've arrived here from Judy Faye's blog you are on the right track. We've got over 25 talented consultants participating and you are sure to find some amazing ideas as you hop through all of those blogs!

Once again, Close to My Heart is offering a collection of exclusive Hostess Reward stamp sets. These seven sets are available only to our valued hostesses. This first card is created with the one of those exclusive stamp sets, Unicorn Dreams!
There aren't many things more whimsical than unicorns, so the fun and whimsical Lollydoodle paper packet seemed like a natural match. The strips of B&T paper and Glitter Paper were trimmed with the Scallop Border Punch and topped off with the new Lagoon Zipper Lace

My second card features a stamp set and papers that have already proven to be popular with my customers! 

I just love the unique style of the Dreamer stamp set and totally love the slate and blue B&T print of the Ariana paper packet. I added the banners (cut from the Cricut Artiste cartridge) and the new Black Sparkle Flourishes for a little subtle bling.

Thanks for joining us for this New Product Blog Hop. Time to move on and see what Melinda has created to share with us!

Happy Scrapping! Happy Stamping! Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Lollydoodle Card Workshop

Join the fun! 

We'll create 15 cards (5 each of the 3 designs shown above). Your workshop kit includes all of the papers, card bases, envelopes and embellishments to create your cards PLUS the adorable stamp set is yours to keep!

Date: Wednesday, February 26th
Time: 7pm - 9pm
Location: My Studio in Newbury Park

Kit cost: $29 
(tax and shipping included)

Optional Add-ons:
Ink Pads - Hollyhock, Lagoon, Pear & Slate 
My Acrylix Blocks - 1"x3 1/2", 2"x2", 3"x3"
Adhesives: Tombow Tape Runner, Tombow Refill, 3-D Foam Tape

Space is limited, so email me to RSVP and order your kit today! 
Full payment must be received by Wednesday, February 19th to allow time to order and prep your kit!
**Can't join us on the 26th, but still want to make these adorable cards? You can order the kit right from my website, and since the kit comes with full instructions you can create at your own convenience!! me, and for an additional, $7 I will order the kit for you, precut and organize the pieces and ship them to you for stamping and assembly!

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Spring/Summer Idea Book: NEW Paper Packets (and a GIVEAWAY)

Have you checked it out yet? The brand new Spring/Summer 2014 Idea Book from Close to My Heart went love yesterday. Many of you joined me for my Idea Book Kick-Off event (and took home your own copy of the Idea Book). I was so thrilled to hear you love the new papers, stamps and other products as much as I do! If you weren't able to join the fun yesterday, the Idea Book is online for you to peruse. Click HERE to view the online version or contact me to get your own copy!

Today I want to give you a peek at the 7 gorgeous new paper packets found in the Spring/Summer 2014 Idea Book. Remember, each paper packet contains 6 double-sided B&T papers and 4 sheets of coordinating cardstock. You will also find a plethora of coordinating embellishments as each paper packet has a coordinating Complements pack (either My Stickease Cardstock Stickers OR gorgeous Dimensional Elements) AND a special Assortment of embellishments. Complements and Assortment packs are sold separately. Each My Reflections Kit also has a coordinating Workshops on the Go kit containing everything you need (including instructions) to create two gorgeous 2-page layouts.

So...without further adieu...the brand new My Reflections kits from CTMH! Be sure to click on each of the pictures to see the paper packets, Workshop on the Go Kits and coordinating accessories.

Skylark is a beautiful kit that just speaks springtime - soft shades of green, a pop of Lagoon and touches of soft browns. I love the contrast found in the papers in this kit - classic and a little earthy mixed with trendy patterns like the Lagoon diagonal stripe! Watch for a Skylark scrapbooking night in July!

Ivy Lane
Beautiful greens, pinks and purples make Ivy Lane perfect for your springtime memories! Ivy Lane has both a scrapbooking Workshop on the Go kit and a card making kit. My Ivy Lane scrapbooking night is coming up February 10th - contact me for details and join us!

Soft and beautifully elegant, Ariana is perfect for weddings, heritage or capturing those special women and girls in your life. Like Skylark, the papers in Ariana have a striking contrast making this such a versatile kit!

Balloon Ride
Just days after I first saw the Balloon Ride kit, I began noticing hot air balloons on things in stores all over - on blouses in the ladies' department at Macy's, on clothes in the kids' department at Target, Christmas ornaments at Pottery Barn - hot air balloons are becoming rather trendy! This paper packet features a soft, subtle color palette making it perfect for babies, but there is also a gorgeous travel feel to Balloon Ride!

With its fun, bright color palette, Jubilee just screams summertime - reds, blues, yellows and greens - with a touch of that country fair flair! Join me in June and tell the stories of your summer with the pages from out Jubilee scrapbook workshop.

Bright, fun and whimsical, Lollydoodle is my favorite of this book's new kits! I have two Lollydoodle workshops scheduled and hope you'll join me for one or both. On February 26th, I'm hosting a Lollydoodle card night - we'll make 15 cards and you'll keep the adorable stamp set. The Lollydoodle scrapbook night will be in March.

What's summer if we're not celebrating the outdoors? The Timberline paper packet is just want you need to preserve all of those camping trips, hiking excursions and fishing outings. The Timberline scrapbook night will be in May, and stay tuned for a special masculine card workshop featuring Timberline.

So there you have it...all seven new paper packets from Close to My Heart! Looking for more artwork for each kit? Visit my Pinterest page where I have set up boards and pinned artwork for each of these beautiful kits (and will continue to add artwork as I find it). 

Now for the giveaway...simply leave a comment below telling me which of these new kits is your favorite and you'll be entered in a drawing to win the Complements that coordinate with your favorite paper packet (up to a $5.95 value). Comments must be left by Friday, February 7th and the winner will be announced on Saturday, February 8th. 

Friday, January 31, 2014

February SOTM: Wild About Love

It's February, and if you know Close to My Heart, you know what that means...a brand-new idea book and oodles of new products and inspiration! Of course, we are kicking off the Spring/Summer 2014 Idea Book season with the February Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! If you've arrived here from Maria's blog, welcome! If this is your first stop, following along is easy. Simply click on the link provided at the bottom of each post to be taken to the next blog in the hop. By the time you arrive back here (or your original starting point), you are sure to be inspire and simply wild about this month's fun Stamp of the Month set!

The February Stamp of the Month, Wild About Love (S1402) is a fun set of 9 stamps which will probably have you humming (or even outright singing) the popular, catchy, and perhaps somewhat odd song! Adorable little foxes and a few fun phrases make this set perfect for Valentine's Day or any day you want to tell someone you are wild about them!

While pinks, reds and purples are perfect for love and Valentine's Day, I decided to give my foxes a bit more of a masculine feel. I paired them with the brand-new Timberline paper packet which provided fun color scheme of Goldrush and Lagoon. 

The speech bubble can be found in the Quotes Dimensional Elements set or cut from the Cricut Artiste cartridge. To stamp the sentiment, I used the masking technique to stamp the two words in different colors and orientations. Each fox was given just a touch of bling with the Sparkles-Brown & Tan Assortment.

 There you have you know the answer to the question, 'What does the fox say?"

Thanks for joining us for this month's blog hop. Time to head on over to Shirley's blog to see what she has created to share with us!

Remember, the February SOTM is only available through Febraury 28th. Order yours today for $17.95 or just $5 when you place a minimum $50 order! Visit my CTMH website to get your set today!