Sunday, December 11, 2011

Celebrate the Season

I saw a card/technique by Nichole Healy and decided to give it a try using Close To My Heart stamps. I have seen a similar card by another CTMH consultant, so it was nice to see that others were inspired by Nichole as well. I used the Glory to God stamp set to create this holiday card and was quite pleased with the results.
I started off by sponging Bamboo ink around all the edges, bringing it towards the center of each layer w/o inking it so it got lighter towards the center. I then sponged Desert Sand ink around the edges only. Next I stamped a variety of word stamps, including the verse Luke 2:14 that comes with the stamp set. I did those in 3rd generation Desert Sand. The wise men & baby Jesus were done in black. I also did some of the stars in 3rd generation Desert Sand ink too, and kept the one in the center 1st generation to stand out. I used a tiny sparkle on the middle star as well, so it would shine brighter than the others. The saying Celebrate the Season was stamped in black also.
I hope this card has inspired you to try this technique as well. It's a great way to Celebrate the Season.

*all products Close To My Heart.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

November Campaign - Holiday Wishes

WHEN YOU PLACE A MINIMUM ORDER OF $25 IN MY ACRYLIX® STAMP sets* between November 1–30, you can add a new D-size Holiday Wishes stamp set for only $5! That’s a significant savings of $12.95. You may buy one Holiday Wishes stamp set for every $25 in qualifying stamp sets you purchase. As a creative bonus, many of the images in the set coordinate with our Cricut® Art Philosophy cartridge for added cutting and stamping fun! Red outlines indicate stamps that have a companion shape on our Cricut® Art Philosophy cartridge.

*Stamp of the Month, K-size customized name stamps, Cricut® Art Philosophy collection, and Workshops on the Go™ kits do not count toward a qualifying purchase. Offer valid November 1–30, 2011. Tax and shipping apply.

CONTACT ME at to order

Saturday, October 29, 2011

H2H Challenge

This is my first Close To My Heart H2H Challenge! This is a blog created and sponsored by Close To My Heart Independent Consultants. Click here to see the blog/challenge. I hope you visit the blog often to check out all the challenges and beautiful artwork/techniques that my fellow consultants post. Anyone is able to participate, so hopefully you will participate as well!

I used the Backdrop-Charmed stamp set and embossed the Halloween image with black embossing powder and brayered the color on top, using Honey and Sunset ink. I cut out the number 31 on the Cricut and used the silver Glitter Glue over the numbers and popped them up using foam tape. All of this was then layered onto a variety of patterned cardstock from the Mischief Level 2 Paper Pack, including the zip strip that is attached to the top of the patterned cardstock.

*All products are Close To My Heart.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

October Card Workshop

Please join me this coming Sunday 10/23 at 1:00 or Monday 10/24 at 6:30 to make some Halloween cards/goodies and fall themed cards as well.

The same workshop is offered on both days...there are just 2 different times available to fit your schedule. Please rsvp asap, because it is on a first come - first serve basis...seating is limited! My Halloween classes typically fill up fast!

Cost is $5.00, which is refundable with a $25 order (before tax/shipping). Envelopes can be purchased for $1.00 extra for all. PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN ADHESIVE OF YOUR CHOICE.

At each workshop, there will be a prize drawing for a mini stamp set for those that attend. I will also draw a name from any orders placed at the workshop or from outside orders placed during this time. If you win, you will get to pick from the prize basket, which has many new items added.

*If you aren't able to attend, you can purchase & pick up a kit for $10, which includes pre-stamped items. Shipping charges may apply.

Want to bring a friend? You are welcome to forward this email to your friend(s). If you pre-register them and they attend, you will receive 15% off of your order that day!

Hope to see you at one of the workshops! I look forward to hearing from you. Please rsvp via email no later than Friday, Oct. 21. Sorry, no late attendees.

*Pumpkin card was adapted from original design by Vicki Wizniuk.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

2 days left to Celebrate National Stamping Month

September is almost over! Don't forget that September is National Stamping Month. You have until this Friday, September 30th to qualify and receive Close To My Hearts first-ever double stamp set for FREE! When you place a qualifying order of $75 anytime until September 30, you will get this double set for FREE! There are 2 sets in one envelope and as you can see by the images above, there are many clever phrases and coordinating images for creating your own handmade stamped items all year.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

September Card Workshop

As promised, here are the cards we will be doing at this month's workshop. Join me this Monday, September 26th at 6:30 p.m. to make the cards, all for only $5.00 (refundable with a $25 order - before tax/shipping). There will be prize drawings as well. Contact me for details/rsvp. Please let me know by Sat. afternoon if you can make it!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Checking in

Hello! I have not fallen off the face of the earth (yet). It has been a busy month with being back to work and the boys in fall sporting activities. I recently have joined Weight Watchers and have been committing my time to getting healthy! I am hoping to get back into the workshop soon for some creative therapy to clear my mind from this hectic schedule. Don't take me wrong...I'm not complaining about being busy - I'm happy and blessed that I have a family that keeps me busy, but I have neglected my scrapbooking/stamping way too long as of late and I need to get back to it. So in advance, thank you for your patience in waiting for my posts.

Emails were sent out last week for my upcoming card workshop coming up this Sunday, 9/25 and Monday, 9/26. There are still openings on both days (Monday is almost full)...if interested, please let me know and I will give you the details. I had said that I would try to get pictures of samples posted by today, but that is still a work in progress, due to a few last-minute meetings. Keep checking back and I hope to have the samples posted by Friday (fingers are crossed). Thanks for checking in! I appreciate your interest!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Open House Preview

Here's a sneak peak of some new product/artwork for my upcoming open house. Don't forget to stop in this Sunday, August 21st anytime between 1-5. You will receive a complimentary catty, there will be new product to see, samples, goodies and prizes! If you rsvp (via email, or phone - see the side bar for contact info.) you will receive a goody bag of new product!

Hope to see you on Sunday!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Celebrate National Stamping Month

September is National Stamping Month. You can begin celebrating early because starting today you can qualify to receive Close To My Hearts first-ever double stamp set for FREE! When you place a qualifying order of $75 anytime from August 15 - September 30, you will get this double set for FREE! There are 2 sets in one envelope and as you can see by the images below, there are many clever phrases and coordinating images for creating your own handmade stamped items all year.
PLUS...don't forget, The August promotion is still going on until the end of the month! When you place an order of $50 or more, you'll get the August Stamp of the Month, Wicked for only $5.

EXTRA, EXTRA...there is more! If you purchase the August Stamp of the Month, you will receive the bonus Typeset stamp set for FREE!

*Tax and Shipping/Handling charges apply on all free items.

**Extra Extra/August Stamp of the Month promotion is available August 1-31, 2011.

Contact me to order or you can shop online at

Sunday, August 7, 2011

CTMH Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge

Close To My Heart now has it's own exclusive Cricut cartridge called Art Philosophy! It comes as an affordable bundle that is a must-have! There are 700 images available on just this one cartridge! The bundle also includes 3 coordinating D-size stamps sets, designed to perfectly coordinate with images on the cartridge. Plus, there are 3 sets of 9x12 Dimensional Elements that work with the images included in the bundle as well. Below are all 700 of the images available on this exclusive cartridge. See all of these great shapes which includes boxes, bags, tags, banners, borders, a font, cards, envelopes, flowers (3-D and flat), and all of the incredible images that coordinate with CTMH stamp sets!

Click on the images to enlarge.

You get all this in the bundle for only $99! You can also earn this for half price ($49) as a hostess by having a catalog party or workshop with qualifying order(s) of $250 in sales (before tax and s/h). Contact me for details OR order your exclusive CTMH Art Philosophy online here.

Extra Extra!

In celebration of the new Close To My Heart newly updated Stamp of the Month program, CTMH is thowing in a little something EXTRA! A free bonus stamp set! In August, when you place an order of $50 or more in products and purchase the August SOTM, Wicked for just $5.00, you will receive the "A Typeface" bonus A-size My Acrylix stamp set for FREE.

*Offer is valid August 1-31, 2011. This offer is limited to one per qualifying order. Tax and shipping/handling apply. Studio J purchases are not eligible for this offer.

Monday, August 1, 2011

2011 Autumn/Winter Close to my Heart Idea book available now!

IT'S HERE! 144 pages of beautiful and amazing paper, ink, cardstock, acrylic stamp sets, embellishments, and so on. Not to mention the incredible art work and helpful techniques!

SAVE THE DATE! On Sunday, August 21st, I will be having an open house to launch the new catalog/products. There will be goodies to play with, take with and to eat. More details will follow soon. You can pick up your complimentary copy of the Idea Book then. If you can't make it, contact me for a copy today! Shipping charges may apply.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Retiring Items available until 7/31/2011

It's always difficult to say goodbye to old friends, which in this case is retiring products from Close to my Heart...but I want to give you one last opportunity to order them before they are permanently gone. They will be available until Sunday, July 31, 2011. You may go directly to my website and shop online, or you may contact me through email at I can also be reached at 815.254.3273.

*Bonus - if you're shopping online, don't forget to take a look at the "while supplies last" section. There are some incredible deals available there!

Also, if this document below is difficult to see because the print is small, you can download it and print it out to view it better.

Please note that none of the colors of cardstock are retiring, they are just being packaged differently and the price will be changing. If there is a color or colors that you use often, I would recommend you get them now, because they may no longer be available in a package of 24 as of August 1st.

CTMH Items Retiring 8/1/11

Friday, July 15, 2011

July Card Workshop

Join me on one of the following dates to make the cards you see above:

Sunday, July 17th at 1:30 p.m
Monday, July 18th at 6:30 p.m.

We will be making the same cards for each date. The focus will be creating flowers to add to your cards. Flowers are the latest rage and there are so many ways out there to create a variety of beautiful flowers using paper, ribbon, buttons and adding pearls/rhinestones.

The cost is $5.00 (which is waived if you place a $25 order before tax, and s/h). Envelopes can be purchased as well for an extra $1 for all cards (most of these cards are very dimensional and won't fit in an envelope. If you place an order at the workshop or put in an outside order, your name will be put in a drawing to pick from the prize box, which has just been added to! I will also have a drawing for all attendees to win a little goodie bag.

Please bring your own adhesive of choice.

DEADLINE TO RSVP IS Saturday, July 16th (a.m.)
Contact me via email by noon!

*Clematis card designed by Connie McFarland

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Mojo Monday 198

It has been yet another busy week creating swaps for my downline to take to convention for me. I finally had some time this afternoon to sit down so I could get a card created for this weeks Mojo Monday. It's a contest week! Because I was short on time, I grabbed my CTMH Lucky Level 2 embellishment pack and started the design process from there. I loved the parenthesis bracket to take the place of the vertical strip on the design. I also was excited to see the chipboard stars in the pack as well. There were many other chipboard elements I could have used for the main frame of the design, but I didn't want it to be that fast, simple, and easy...I had to at least stamp something on there! I chose the CTMH stamp set Enjoy Life that goes with this paper packet, titled Lucky. I also added a CTMH's Kraft Color-ready Border to separate the two papers I used on the card, I loved how it matched the shape of the parenthesis. I edged each piece with Outdoor Denim ink to make it stand out. Hopefully next week I can "Sit Back & Enjoy The Ride!"

*All products Close to my Heart.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Mojo 194

I loved doing this weeks Mojo Monday sketch for two reasons...the first reason is that it is a beautiful design. I love anything with scallops. I thought that the CTMH Bliss paper was a perfect fit for this sketch. When I was putting it together, I first tried to incorporate 4 different coordinating papers from the paper pack but it looked too busy. I decided to keep with one pattern for the background. The second reason I was excited to do this sketch is because it is a contest week. It is a goal of mine to win just once. Do I think this is worthy to win? Probably not because I didn't spend a lot of time on it (which is why I love doing the Mojo sketches) and it really isn't as involved or pretty as some of the other entries, but I have to at least try. I would love to win a Verve stamp set to adorn my entries, but for now I used a scallop rose in place of a saying. I think it turned out cute anyway.

All supplies Close to my Heart: Bliss Paper packet, Kanji phrases stamp set, chocolate paper, chocolate ink, colonial white ribbon, colonial white brads, Mocha opaque pearls.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Mojo 192

Close up of the rose/feather: opportunity to do another Mojo sketch! I was super excited to do this sketch because it was designed by the incredibly talented and fellow CTMH consultant Debbie Carriere. This one also gave me the chance to try my hand at creating a rose made out of twisted ribbon. It sure was super simple and fast! It also turned out cuter than I expected. YOU HAVE TO TRY ONE! I didn't follow the sketch exactly (didn't do the tag) because I felt it was busy enough and I added the feather (the latest rage) instead of the tag.

Supplies used: All Close to my Heart... Sweetheart paper pack, black cardstock, Hollyhock ink, and twill (retired), Opaque Pearls, Treasures stamp set.
Other: Ribbon, feather.

Monday, May 2, 2011

May - National Scrapbooking Month

During the Close to my Heart May celebration, you can get the exclusive You & Me scrapbooking kit at a fabulous discount or even FREE!
WHEN YOU PLACE A MINIMUM ORDER OF $50 IN CLOSE TO MY HEART PRODUCTS* in May, you can get the exclusive You & Me scrapbooking kit for the discount price of just $15—that’s more than half off the retail value! You’ll create two fully embellished two-page layouts using the new cardstock-weight B&T Duos® papers, D-size stamp set, accessories, and instructions. You can also purchase the kit at full retail for $34.95 with no minimum purchase required. Become a Close To My Heart Consultant during May and we’ll include a You & Me kit for free* as part of your New Consultant Kit. Contact me today to get the celebration started.

* Shipping/handling and tax apply to purchased kits but not free kits. Offer valid May 1–31, 2011 only. Products or memberships purchased on a Studio J® website, even if Studio J is entered via a MyCTMH® site, do not count toward a qualifying order. While supplies last.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Masculine Card Workshop

Join me this coming Sunday, May 1st at 1:30 p.m. or Monday, May 2nd at 6:30 p.m. for a masculine themed card workshop.
The cost is $5.00 - refundable with a $25 order (before tax & shipping/handling). PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN ADHESIVE OF YOUR CHOICE. Envelopes are available ($1.00 for 5). Please rsvp by Thursday p.m. if you are attending.
As usual, there will be a prize drawing for all attendees, in addition to the prize basket drawing for those that place orders by the end of day Monday (outside orders included).
*If you are not able to attend, but would like to purchase the card workshop, you can do so for $10.00. This kit includes all pre-stamped pieces for you to assemble and envelopes. If you are requesting delivery by mail, contact me for shipping charges.
I look forward to hearing from sure to watch this blog to find about an upcoming CTMH scrapbook kit special for May that is absolutely beautiful! If you attend the card workshop, you will be able to see the kit in person.

**Design credit for "Sit Back & Enjoy the Ride" Card goes to Leann Dudley.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Lovin' Level 1

Get a FREE* Level 1 scrapbooking kit with your qualifying MyCTMH® purchase in April. MY REFLECTIONS® LEVEL 1 SCRAPBOOKING KITS ARE great for beginners to seasoned pros! The preprinted pages make preserving your fondest memories a breeze. Get a FREE* Level 1 kit of your choice when you order $100 or more on April 1–30, 2011 (limit of one free kit per qualifying order). Now’s the time to let everyone know you’re Lovin’ Level 1!

Select your free kit from the kits below, while supplies last.
Passages (X7126A)
Topstitch (X7120A)
Perfect Day (X7100A)

Veranda (X7119A)
Splendor (X7124A)
Zippidee (X7125A)

Level 1 Kits Include:
4 – 12" × 12" Preprinted Pages
2 – 12" × 12" B&T Duos® Papers
2 – 12" × 12" Cardstock Sheets
2 – 12" × 6" My Stickease® Adhesive Sheets

That’s a retail value of $9.95!

*Shipping/handling apply. Offer valid April 1–30, 2011. Free Level 1 kit available while supplies last.

Sparkle With Studio J

ADD DELIGHTFUL DETAILS TO YOUR BEAUTIFUL STUDIO J® LAYOUTS. Self-adhesive clear Sparkles and Opaques Pearl adhesive gems make it easy to get your shine on, and now you can get these adorable accessories FREE! Throughout April, Studio J members get one free package each of clear Sparkles and Opaques Pearl gems, a retail value of $5.90, for every 10 custom-printed layouts purchased in a single order. It's another way we make scrapbooking faster, simpler, easier—and more sparkly!

Members save more, do more, get more!
• Exclusive patterns
• 50% off layouts
• Free JPG files
• Free monthly shipment
• Members-only promotions like this one!

Click here to get started on your own Studio J. layouts! It's free to try!

*Offer valid April 1–30, 2011. Close To My Heart reserves the right to substitute another accessory of equal or greater value. No tax or shipping/handling is charged on the free accessories. Qualifying layouts must be purchased in a single order.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Hope for Japan

OUR HEARTS GO OUT TO THE VICTIMS OF THE EARTHQUAKE AND tsunami in Japan, and like so many of you, we’re eager to help. And helping has never been easier!

During April, purchase the exclusive “Hope for Japan” A-size stamp set for the special price of only $5 (retail value $7.95) and Close To My Heart will donate 100% of the profits to the American Red Cross efforts in Japan. This beautifully designed stamp set reminds us of how our hearts are hopeful for those who are in need. Contact me today to get involved in this heart-worthy cause.

*100% of the profits from the My Acrylix® Hope for Japan stamp set will be donated to relief efforts.

**Offer valid March 24–April 30, 2011. Tax and shipping/handling charges apply. Profits will be donated by Close To My Heart to the American Red Cross Japan relief efforts.

Monday, March 21, 2011

March Card Workshop

JOIN ME ON SUNDAY, MARCH 27TH AT 1:30 P.M. OR MONDAY, MARCH 28TH AT 6:30 P.M. to make the cards you see above. The cost of the workshop is $5.00 (envelopes can be purchased for a $1 more). If you place an order of $25.00 (before tax, and S/H), your class is free. Placing an order also makes you eligible to win something from the prize basket. I will also be drawing names (for all attendees) for a mini stamp set on both nights. All I ask is that you bring your own adhesive of your choice.

Please RSVP by Thursday evening, on March 24th.

This is also a reminder that the March campaign will end soon. It's called "The Best Stamps on the Block". Order $25 in stamps (before tax & s/h) and you can choose either a 3x3 or 2x6.5 block for free. More details can be found on the sidebar of my blog.

*cupcake card originally designed by Lisa Stenz. Candle card originally designed by Leanne Dudley/Vicki Wizniuk.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Bliss Layout

I have been having fun creating with the Bliss paper pack and am just in love with these beautiful papers. I really don't have a purpose for this layout yet, but I'm sure I will come up with something. I thought it coordinated so well with the January Stamp of the Month, Find Your Style (no longer available, unless it makes it into the Autumn/Winter catalog). I am still trying to perfect my handmade roses, so hopefully practice will make perfect. I also was able to use CTMH's new scallop punch to make the border of the picture mat. Maybe I will have to repost when I find a picture to fit the layout. Hmmm, maybe it's time to start digging through some heritage photos.