Friday, January 27, 2012

Ends January 31st: Rock the Block


The National Paper crafting month special is about to come to a close.  You still have five days to take advantage of the special.  When you purchase $25 in product from the Fall/Winter 2011 idea book and you can purchase this special for $15.  It includes the set of nine blocks with a tray (a product that will retail for $14.95 in the Spring/Summer 2012 Idea Book) and a stamp set valued at $29.95 (not available after the special).   Place your order here or contact me,

When you take advantage of the special, you can participate in a workshop to create this set for FREE!  You bring your blocks and I will supply the precut papers and letters.

Didn’t get a chance to take advantage of the special?  You can still join us and create the celebration blocks for $20. 

RSVP for your workshop today.

Block designs include:  Fall, Thanks, Ho ho ho, Be Mine, Boo, USA, Bloom, Spring and Joy.  A design for every season!  Many different consultants offered inspiration for these designs including Beckie Lehman, Angela Garcia, and Aaron Brown



Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Need a simple but personal gift idea?


I made these personalized cards for the people attending my fall scrapbooking retreat.  I was inspired by Lisa Stenz.  She has a clean and simple look to her art that I am drawn to. 

I used the Typeface alphabet stamp set (which is in the Spring/Summer Idea Book!) and Unscripted stamp set.  The colors are pacifica, honey and cocoa.  I wrapped them with envelopes and a simple bow.  Easy and elegant. 

Monday, January 23, 2012

What do you do when you are homebound?


Many people have been posting their cooking and baking tasks they have done while they are home in the snow.  What do you do when you are homebound?  I have been resisting the urge to bake because that means I then have to resist the urge to eat.  So…I can make cupcakes and enjoy them differently. 

I used the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge and coordinating stamp set to make this cupcake.  Added some “stardust glitter gel” sprinkles and Yum!  The paper is from Roxie with a zip strip from the paper as well. 

Friday, January 20, 2012

And here’s more snow crafts

You didn’t think I would post all my creations at once?  Well here is another card I made for the Sultan Senior Center workshop.  Roxie and the January stamp of the month Mad About You are shown here with some bling and ribbon.  The stamp set includes images that can be cut on the Cricut making the assembly easy!


This was inspired by Brenda Rose.  She is a very talented consultant and you can see her blog here

Thursday, January 19, 2012

When it snows….

The paper crafting takes over. 


When it is like this outside, I go into craft over drive.  I love being stuck inside with the opportunity for creativity.  So what have I been up to…


This card is for the Sultan Senior card workshop (cancelled this week but hopefully on schedule for next week).  I mixed the Elemental paper with Roxie and some solids.  A fresh look of spring.  The focal stamped piece is from the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge and included stamp set.  Love the Cricut!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Winter Scrapbook Specials

While some of us are enjoying the snow in the Northwest (and having fun getting some paper crafting done), Close to My Heart is putting on a SALE!  You can shop, while supplies last, for paper packets and embellishments, up to 80 % off.  Remember Mistletoe and Hooligans? 

Shop online here for your discounts!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Studio J, the answer for the overwhelmed, wanna be scrapbooker

I had the lovely opportunity to share Studio J with two ladies this week and have a class in my home.  Now I have been excited about Studio J since the beginning and even had a premonition the year before it was announced that Close to My Heart was up to something.  After sharing Studio J again this week, my enthusiasm is renewed...

Want to get started but don't know how?  Well you can start right here and it doesn't cost to dime to make a layout and play with the product.  After you have played and decide you like it, you can buy a membership or just your layout and add it to your book of memories.

Here's a getting started video.  I am also available to meet with you and give you a personalized "tour" of the product.  Just email me!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Happy New Year

I know I am a bit late…been really busy getting the kids back to school, two crops last week, a Idea Book walk through yesterday with a fun group of ladies and a Studio J appointment today.  I scheduled many different appointments and events while I was “taking a break” in December.  Now I am off and rolling and loving every minute of it! 

Here’s a bit of artwork I have done as well:

Happy Sweet 16 to Martha.  One of the best New Year’s Eves ever was 16 years ago when I got to be present for her birth.  The first card is the one I gave her, the second is a replica.  I ran out of the pleated ribbon so I made my own with vineyard berry card stock.  Does this card look familiar?  My inspiration was on page 17 of the Fall/Winter 2011 Idea Book.

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The Typeset paper packet will be available through the Spring/Summer 2012 Idea Book which goes live February 1st.  (That is another post!)  But the pleated ribbon will be retiring January 31st. 

Interested in knowing what great products we will be saying good bye too?  Stay tuned for a post later this week.  Some of our favorites will be going away…but alas, to make room for the new.