Tuesday, December 31, 2013

January 2014 Calendar of Events

Happy New Year!  Get your new calendar out and pencil in the events you are interested in so you don’t miss out! 

January 1st:  Stamp of the Month Cross Stitch Wishes is available.  To see consultant artwork created using this set, you can begin a blog hop here. 

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National Paper crafting special, Cloud Nine card kit is available for $15 (retail value $46) with a qualifying purchase of $35 or more (excluding tax and shipping).  


Make 10 adorable cards (2 each of 5 designs) with funky messages to put any recipient on cloud nine! You can add one card making kit for every $35 in your order. New Consultants who enroll in January will receive a FREE Cloud Nine card making kit when they have submitted total personal sales of $300 or more.

January 10th 9:30a.m. – 2 p.m.  Friday

Start the new year right with some ‘you” time to work on scrapbooking your year 2013 (or past years)!  Or you can participate in the scrapbook workshop with either Proplayer paper or Frosted paper.  Order your paper packet no later than Jan 3rd. 

January 10th 11:30 a.m. OR January 10th 7:00 p.m.  Friday

Valentine and friendship card class.  I will also featured an interactive “yo-yo” card that will add an extra special gift to your recipient.  RSVP by email or phone no later than January 8th.  Five cards for $15 or $10 if you bring a friend I haven’t met yet!

January 13th 7 p.m.  Monday   You have options!

Do you want to find a way to preserve your photos and memories that fit YOUR style?  During this one hour free session, we will explore different options from classic scrapbooking, online scrapbooking, “pocket” scrapbooking, and Picture My Life.  In addition I will give you some strategies for organizing your photos and getting started.  The objective is to find a way that fits you, your time and your style!  RSVP by Friday January 10th. 

January 21st 10:30 a.m. Sultan Senior Center Card class Tuesday

Get together and create 3 cards for $5.  If you want to carpool from the Bothell area, just let me know.  You can also enjoy a lunch at the senior center for an additional fee.  RSVP for a ride by Jan 20th. 

February 7th 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Friday

Open crop time and scrapbook workshop.  This is your time to work on your projects as well as participate in a workshop if you like.  Paper packet to be determined. 

February 7th 11:30 a.m.  Card class

You can create 5 cards for $15.  This month we will be using the card kit “Cloud Nine” from the January special.  If you purchase this kit, your class is FREE!  I will have an additional color scheme available. 


February 7th 7 p.m.  Friday  Card Class

You can create 5 cards for $15. This month we will be using the card kit “Cloud Nine” from the January special. If you purchase this kit, your class is FREE! I will have an additional color scheme available.

Looking ahead:

May 1-4th  National Scrapbooking Month Retreat

I will be hosting a retreat at the Log Cabin Retreats in Duvall.  The cost is $140 per person and a $70 deposit is due at the time of registration.  Maximum participants is 10.  I currently have 5 spaces available.  Contact me directly for more information. 


Monday, December 30, 2013

Celebrating the Close of 2013


**Last day to sign up as a consultant with two kit options, the $49 kit features Laughing Lola paper packet and coordinating supplies and the $99 kit additional supplies.  You can see the options here.  Beginning January 1st, the new kit will be $99 and it is gorgeous. 


**Last day to purchase the December stamp of the month.  With a $50 order, you can get the stamp set for $5 or you can purchase for $17.95.  This set features coordinating cuts with the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge.  You can see artwork featuring this set in the blog hop that begins here. 

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**Last day to take advantage of the Holidays from the Heart special.  FREE Holidays Gift Guide product of your choice when you place an order of $100 or more!  You can place your order here.  Remember to view the retiring product list and grab your favorites before they are gone. 


Have a fun and safe New Year’s celebration! 

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Saying good bye to some favorites

Some of our favorites will be retiring Jan 31, 2014 so that Close to My Heart can bring us new items to create with.  If your favorites are on the list, just remember the all items are “while supplies last”.  You can shop the retirement list here

Z4115 Memory Protector Value Pack Clear(50)  (Sold Out)

SJ5P2 US/CN Studio J 5 pack

Z1778 Treat Cups

Z1788 Chalkboard Shapes, Adhesivebacked

Z1777 ColorReady Canvas Alphabet

Z1682 Dimensional Elements Alphabet

Z1735 Dimensional Elements Hearts

Z1654-79 Dimensional Elements Monograms "AZ"

Z1680 Dimensional Elements Stars

Z1779 Irresistibles™ Hounds tooth Alphabet

X7165C For Always My Stickease® Assortment

X7168C Surf's Up My Stickease® Assortment

X7175C Frosted My Stickease® Assortment

X7174C Huntington My Stickease® Assortment

X7163C Chantilly Complements Dimensional Elements

X7169C Tommy Complements Canvas Shapes

Z1883 Base & Bling Floral Accents

Z1882 Base & Bling Word Accents

Z1707 Bitty Opaques Pearl Adhesive Gems

Z1706 Durables Round Studs

Z1705 Durables Square Studs

Z1775 Glamour Glitter Alphabet

Z1744 Opaques Flourishes Pearl

Z1335 Opaques- Licorice

Z1333 Opaques- Mocha

Z1336 Opaques- Pearl

Z1776 Pixie Glitter Alphabet

Z1764 Just Blooms® Floret Paper Shapes

Z1463 Just Blooms® Flutter Paper Shapes

Z1269 Filigree Brads

Z1905 Base & Bling Necklace Kit

Z1814 Chantilly Assortment

Z1811 For Always Assortment

Z1890 Frosted Assortment

Z1881 Huntington Assortment

Z1841 Surf"s Up Assortment

Z1824 Tommy Assortment

Z1786 MiniMedley Accents Antiqued Gold Collection

Z1787 MiniMedley Accents Slate Collection

Z1701 Baker's Twine Neutral Assortment

Z1781 Black Striped Grosgrain Ribbon

Z1800 Colonial White Rosette Ribbon

Z1732 ColorReady Seam Binding Ribbon

Z1617 Dark Chocolate Striped Grosgrain Ribbon

Z282 Hemp Black

Z280 Hemp Tan

Z281 Hemp White

Z1802 Slate Satin Polkadot Ribbon

Z1804 My Creations® Cubby

Z1322 My Creations Recipe Box

Z1746 My Creations® Block

Z1737 My Creations ® Collage Cubes

Z1803 My Creations® Star

Z1819 Chantilly Textiles

Z1884 Sparkle & Shine Textiles

Z891 Versamark Ink Pad

Z892 Versamark Reinker (Sold Out)

Z1845 My Originals® Matchbook Card Kit

X8627 My Originals® Polar Pals Kit

Z1738 Colonial White DieCut Cards

X7163B Chantilly Paper Packet

X7165B For Always Paper Packet

X7175B Frosted Paper Packet

X7174B Huntington Paper Packet

X7168B Surf's Up Paper Packet

X7169B Tommy Paper Packet

Z1483 Bronze Glitz™ Glitter Gel

Z821 Emb Powder Clear Detail

Z668 Emb Powder Gold

Z669 Emb Powder Silver

Z1313 Glitz Glue Stardust (Sold Out)

Z308 Liquid Applique White

Z134 Prisma Glitter (Sold Out)

Z1484 Red Glitz™ Glitter Gel

Z1482 Silver Glitz™ Glitter Gel

Z534 Micro Tip Scissors

Z555 Craft Heater

Z1091 Finishing Files

Z1796 RubOn Tool

Z1298 Texture Tools

Z1769 Almond Glitz™ Glitter Gel

Z1771 Green Glitz™ Glitter Gel

Z1770 Pink Glitz™ Glitter Gel

G1053 Workshops on the Go® Chantilly Scrapbooking Kit

G1055 Workshops on the Go®For Always Scrapbooking Kit

G1058 Workshops on the Go® Tommy Scrapbooking Kit

G1059 Workshops on the Go® Surf's Up Scrapbooking Kit

G1064 Workshops on the Go Laughing Lola Cardmaking Kit

G1063 Workshops on the Go® Frosted Cardmaking Kit

G1068 Workshops on the Go® Babycakes Scrapbooking Kit

G1070 Workshops on the Go® Frosted Scrapbooking Kit

G1069 Workshops on the Go® Huntington Scrapbooking Kit

G1065 Workshops on the Go® Laughing Lola Scrapbooking Kit

G1067 Workshops on the Go® ProPlayer Scrapbooking Kit

G1066 Workshops on the Go® Sarita Scrapbooking Kit


Items that are no longer available. 

X7169C Tommy Complements Canvas Shapes
Z1313 Glitz Glue Stardust
Z1322 My Creations Recipe Box
Z134 Prisma Glitter

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

A fun gift idea!

The subway technique is a fun trend in crafting. Intrigued? Learn how to do it yourself using the My Creations™ 6" × 6" canvas display and your own creativity by watching the video.
I am so going to do this!  Can’t wait to try this out. 

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Happy Autumn

The nights are getting shorter and chillier as we walk through this season.  The warmth of nature’s colors brings me joy. 

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This card was created using a puddle pad of Crème Brulee, Autumn Terracotta, and New England Ivy.  You can get details on this technique here

CTMH-ClosetomyHeart-Huntington-Artbooking-CricutThe stamp set used here comes from the Artbooking Cricut collection.  

Products used to create these cards. 

X7174B D1550  Z1906Z1857 9042  z2201Z2235 Z2267

Monday, November 25, 2013

Huntington and Thanksgiving

As Thanksgiving approaches and family comes to town, I am excited to capture some of the special moments and scrapbook them!  If you have purchased the Artbooking Cartridge, contact me and I will send you the Cricut Craftroom File to create your own layout. 

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Here’s what I used to create this page. 

X7174B Z1906 Z1849 Z18819042

Friday, November 22, 2013

Artbooking for all seasons and reasons

Two more videos with tips and ideas for using the Artbooking cartridge. 

Watch this video to learn how to use it while making your own fun Halloween mini albums.


With the help of the Cricut® Artbooking collection and Designed Décor flip stand album, Close To My Heart will make a home decorator out of you! Watch as simple icons, shapes, and titles from this cartridge are transformed into works of art perfect for display in your home.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Time for more!

Artbooking videos.  I am so excited that Close to My Heart is giving us ideas and instruction on this cartridge.  It adds such great value to this assume product.  Need help with your ideas?  Contact me and I will show you how!



Monday, November 18, 2013

Ho, Ho, Ho!

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I love how this card turned out.  Simple with the products listed below, and if you want to see how I made my own chipboard frame (hard to see the dimension in this photo), visit my Facebook Page here

Products I used include:

M1028 X7176B Z1851 Z1900 Z2502 Z2432

Friday, November 15, 2013

I hate to say it but…

It is beginning to look a lot like Christmas.  If you have attended any of my workshops, you know that we have been creating Christmas cards and Holiday décor for a few weeks.  Although I don’t like to rush the holidays, I do like to “get r done” so that I can enjoy them without the stress of working on projects. 
So, here are some of the cards that I have made.  If you would like to create cards or holiday décor or gifts, let me know.  It is definitely not too late!  And I would love to help you. 
This selection of cards was created by my team for a swap we did.  Love to share ideas with these talented people. 
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Created by Gail Hopkins using the Artiste Cricut Cartridge
CTMH-Close to my heart-Sparkle and Shine-Tim the tree-Art Philosophy-Cricut
Created by Tracie Cassidy using the Art Philosophy Cartridge
CTMH-Close to my heart-Sparkle and Shine-Washi tape-Perfect Fit Holidays
Created by Jessica Booth using 1 1/2 “ punch.
CTMH-Close to my heart-Sparkle and Shine-Washi tape-Santa Claus
Created by Barb Landguth using the Santa Claus stamp set. 

Items used to create these cards can be found in the Close to My Heart Holiday guide and purchase on my website here.  

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

For Always Wedding Card


I created this card for our neighbors who were married at the end of September.  It went together super fast with the For Always paper packet and Stickease.  I added Lagoon color highlight as Silver Shimmer trim to dress it up. 

Congrats to Walter and Amy!

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As a reminder, this is the last catalog cycle for this paper packet.  You can see other items and color highlights here.  It truly is a versatile kit.  If it is one of your favorites, don’t wait too long to order so you don’t miss out. 


You can purchase these items on my website.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Even more excitement

I can’t help but be even more excited as I learn about the new scrapbooking line coming from Close to My Heart.  Picture My Life is going to be a fast, versatile, and fun way to keep your memories and photos so you can share with your family and friends. 

Here’s just a tidbit from the home office: 

“Love documenting memories in minutes? Then you’ll love the new Picture My Life™ scrapbooking program, meant for quick and beautiful memory-keeping. This program comes in eight themes, all based on the gorgeous designs of some of our most popular paper packets. Whether you choose to embrace a single theme or mix and match for a truly unique look, you’ll love the ease, affordability, and beauty of the Picture My Life programs. Your own photos are all you need to add to make astounding artwork—in no time at all!”

And here’s just one sample of what this gorgeous product will look like.


Remember the Avonlea paper packet last fall.  Here is is again in Picture My Life. 

More about Picture My Life to come!

Friday, November 8, 2013

From the Craft Room to the Dining Room

Create a beautiful tablescape for Thanksgiving with items in your craft room.  Here, I used the idea from the Close to My Heart catalog, to create a *candle “holder” decorated with leaves.  All the items were cut using the Artbooking Cricut cartridge.  The lattice was cut four times and then hinged together with matching cardstock.  The leaves were cut from a variety of papers from the Huntington Paper packet and then I added faux stitching for detail.  The place card was made using the Cricut Craftroom and welding together a shape to also create a folded piece and then added the overlay for a border. 

Happy Thanksgiving was stamped from the set “Perfect Fit:  Thanksgiving” 

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Faux stitching is really easy with the two different rulers Close to My Heart offers. 

First, our basic ruler functions as a measure tool as well as a basic stitch guide and useful to align and space embellishments such as sparkles or brads.  Use the paper piercer and pad to poke starting holes. 

Z1114  z1471  Z1852  Z1859  X7174B

Second, our stitch guide has multiple stitch options as well as shapes such as hearts, circles, and stars.  You can use this to create holes if preparation for stitching or just create a pattern with the holes as a background on a card or scrapbook page. 

Finally, after creating my stitch line or pattern, I connect the dots with a fine tip marker to mimic a thread and thus create a faux stitch look.  Fast, simple and easy with the tools from Close to My Heart. 

*I would recommend that you only use the “battery operated” candles in these holders to prevent fire.

Keep a look out for my next tablescape idea:  placemats. 

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Catching you up on Artbooking plus more!

A couple of weeks ago I shared the first two Artbooking videos…and I want to catch you up with number three and four, but first, as not to miss the season, I am also going to share a more recent one showing a Christmas mini album.  I got to see these albums in person last month and they are gorgeous.  If you want to create one, let me know and I can help you out!

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

The Pumpkin Patch

Going to the pumpkin patch is one of my favorite fall family outings.  I love the contrast of the bright orange against the green stems and muddy brown dirt.  And of course, the surrounding trees with their colorful leaves.  All of these things are signs that it is time to start hunkering down with a hot drink and enjoy family indoors. 
Here is a layout I created with the Huntington Paper packet, Framework Alphabet and Artbooking cartridge.  I was inspired by Michelle Snyder’s layout and pumpkin she created.  If you want to see more of her artwork you can visit here
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If you want more information about preserving your family outings, contact me for information about workshops and kits.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Personalize your table for Thanksgiving

Using my paper-crafting supplies for more than just scrapbooking and card making is so satisfying.  I love the idea of creating my Thanksgiving tablescape with items I can make.

These burlap bags are easily decorated by stamping on them with pigment ink or decorating with ribbon and paper as I have done. 

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You can using this at the place setting to hold the napkin and silverware or give a hostess gift if you are going to celebrate with family or friends. 

The leaf is cut from the Huntington Paper Packet using the Artbooking Cricut cartridge.  The bow is created with the brown stripe ribbon sold by CTMH.  I stamped the image from the Thanksgiving Perfect fit stamp set.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Can you Picture This?


When you join the Close To My Heart family from November 1st – December 15th, and submit qualifying personal sales, you will receive a stunning new product , the Picture My Life scrapbooking program.  Select from eight darling themes, from vacation to friendship to childhood.  Each collection features 122 double sided cards plus 10 unique memory protectors to capture it all!

Picture it—then capture it. 

What are the other benefits of joining my team:

Enjoy creating with a group of people who love to share their ideas, tips and techniques.

Attend exclusive events just for team members and Close to My Heart consultants.  (Convention, retreats, celebrations.)

Get the first look at new product with each new catalog release.

22% discount on the products you love

And so much more!

Joining the Close to My Heart family was one of the best decisions I have ever made.  I love the independence to create a business at the level I want to work.  I love the friends I have made along the way, the laughter, smiles and memories we have shared.

Want more information about joining?  Visit my website to answer your questions or contact me. 

Can you picture this?