Friday, September 22, 2017

September Bells & Whistles

I loved the baby layout on page 55 of the annual inspirations.  But I don't need a baby layout. So I changed it up to Remember - now it can be used for any party or celebration.  The left page is straight out of the idea book; the right page is from a Pintrest item from called Dragonfly Dreams. 
This Bells & Whistles class is on September 29; cost is $10. 
This one is really a Bells & Whistles.  We stamp, splatter with water colors, sew, use Cricut Cuts - and building the string on the bunch of balloons was a challenge for me, but I came up with a way.  I cut all the strings the same length, then tied a ribbon around the base.  This is glued down with liquid glass.  The I attached the string to the balloons with foam tape - sandwiching the string between the foam tape and the balloon die cut.  Due to the nature of the products, this lets me slide the balloon up and down the string and position it where I want.  When I was happy I stuck it down.  That wonky pink balloon you see is because it's not stuck down yet - waiting on the picture first.
And a note on the Remember - this is cut from the new You are Here cartridge - then I daubed some Juniper ink on the bottom half.  Love that look!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Vegas Baby! 2018 Convention

I have officially registered for Convention!  This year (June 2018) it's in Las Vegas, at the Red Rock Resort.  This is a retreat (and treat) for consultants.  We get to do workshops someone else designed and cut the pieces, learn about the new products, get some of the new products, a great new bag, and be inspired to create and grow our business.  This will be my 6th convention and I love it.  It's a perk of being a consultant instead of a customer.  Join my team and join me in Vegas, baby!
Aerial shot of pool

Monday, September 11, 2017

Friday, September 8, 2017

Scrap Crew

Do you have a scrap crew?  A small group that keeps you inspired, shares ideas and shows off pages and memories?  Do you manage to get together for a getaway day doing your favorite hobby? Are you constantly in touch, and dreaming of scrapping when you are doing the necessary things in life? I hope you do, and if you don't that you find some.  The best crews are 3-5 people.  Sitting around crafting, swapping stories, while you preserve your memories, offering advice about scrapping and life.  Bonding at it's best!   If you are looking for your crew, try attending retreats or workshops where you can meet other like minded people.  We don't all mesh, and it may take some searching to find true friends - because your scrap crew is more than just paper and tape - it's most definitely a social crew. 
Whether on your own, with a buddy or with a crew, come see who else is scrapping in the area at one of my open Saturday crops.  If you have a crew and would like to have a kit for one of your scrap days, I have multiple instruction sets I will be glad to share at no charge.  This is the finished product to the instruction set I am sharing for the September crop (other dates posted under the calendar tab above).

Tip: Any 5"X7" slot can be used to house two 3 1/8" X 4 1/2" with 1/4" borders.  So this design is a 5-6 photo layout.  If you shift everything up, then you could add a couple more 6"X3" photos or 4 3"X3" photos along the bottom.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

September Special of the Month

September is National Stamping month.  And to celebrate, CTMH is offering a unique card kit available only during the month of September. 

These are unique cards - something between a popup card and an easel card.  The two carrier sheet stamp set has multiple pieces to build your own flower arrangements.

If you sign up as a consultant in September, you get this kit for free.  You also get it for free with a $350 party.

Monday, August 21, 2017

What will you do?

I am offering a lot of events right now. Prepay and reserve your spot here!

Frame It - Seahorse, September 9, Saturday, 5:00-6:30PM, Stevi B's in Madison, 20 spots available.
This workshop is designed to be like a paint and wine class - except pizza and paper.  Bring a friend with you!
August Bells & Whistles, August 25, Friday, 7:00-9:00PM, my house 6 spots available.
September Bells & Whistles, September 29, Friday, 7:00-9:00PM, my house, 10 spots available.

Put it on a Page Retreat, July 12-15, Thursday- Sunday, The Scrapbook Playhouse - 3 spots available.

What would you like to attend?

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Thoughtful Bird Card

Unfortunately, sometimes I need a sympathy card.  I made this one with the new stamp set called Thoughtful Bird.  It went together quite easily. 

For the bird I used the instruction on page 76 of the Annual Inspirations, stacking with Glacier, Juniper, Goldrush (because you do the feet and beak before the final bird), and Heather.  For the branches, I used Nutmeg (I REALLY like this new color) and fern.  The lighter leaves are just second generation stamping with the fern.  The background papers are from my scrap stash - a retired yellow and blue and fern (I think). 
I used the stamp set, Nutmeg and Heather for the first time.  My challenge to you is to make something today, or this week, using something new that you've bought but haven't used yet.  Then tell me what it is!
Happy scrapping!

Monday, August 7, 2017

August Bells & Whistles Workshop

The August Bells & Whistles workshop is Friday, August 25th from 7:00-9:00 PM. Cost is $10.

We will be working with the new Adventure Fundamentals paper pack.  You will get the most out of the workshop if you can locate pictures to go with it.  It is designed for 6 or 7 photos:
one 7X5  OR two 3-3/4 X 5
one 4X6
one 4-3/4X3-3/4
three 5-1/2X3-1/2
These measurements are the mat sizes, so expect to trim about an eighth or a quarter inch from each photo.

The colors and title for this layout could go with lots of different days or events.  You will have 5 stamp designs to choose from - Dandy Essentials (pictured above), Shells & Stars, Paws, Little Leaves and Delicate Flower.  What you choose to use instead of dinosaurs will depend on your pictures.  The paper for the dinosaurs can be prepared and saved for when you do find the right pictures and thus the right stamp.

Keep scrolling to see what I did with the pages and you will see
where the dinosaurs come into play.  But with your options to the left, the workshop could easily be for a flower page, a pet page or a beach page, an adult birthday, family gathering, etc.   
 If you are reading this blog from a distance but like this layout, I will email you the instructions upon request and the placing of an order on my online website.  I suggest the Adventure Fundamentals paper pack, because future classes will also be using this paper pack.

Thanks for popping in!

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

50% off the Warehouse

Warehouse specials!  Every Tuesday in August, Close to My Heart will be featuring a warehouse special.  Bundles of retired products will be available:
  • One day only
  • While supplies last
  • 50% off
Check out todays offers HERE!

Monday, July 24, 2017

Beat Inflation!

We've all heard the phrase "What goes up must come down".  While gravity will pull down a falling object - it doesn't work on two things - our age and price tags!
There are several items which will be going up in price with the new catalog being released on August 1st.  Most of the increases were deemed necessary as the price of plastic has increased and are only $1 or $2, but the items below have the bigger jumps in price. July would be a great time to order or stock up, before the prices go up!

Memory Protectors Top Load Value Pack    increasing $4

12x12 Plastic envelopes  increasing $3

Small organizer  increasing $3

Medium organizer increasing $5

Large organizer increasing $5

Friday, July 21, 2017

Capturing Time

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Scrapbooking - even paper crafting - is SO MUCH FUN! It's a great relaxing hobby that has a purpose - to preserve your memories.  But your life is full of making those memories.  And work.  And laundry.  And dirty dishes.  And family obligations.  And sickness.  And baby showers.  And television.  And dirty diapers. And the list goes on.
We don't find time in our 24 hours-we make time for the things that are important to us.  Scrapbooking is a way of preserving the important things, for our own memories and for our descendants. 
If you are struggling to make the time to scrapbook take a few minutes to figure out why.  A few changes in your routine could open up just the window you need!
  • Attend a crop where you can fully focus on your pages.
  • Create a craft friendly space at home, where you can leave your stuff out all the time.
  • Organize a small box of just the basics that you can take out and put away easily if space is limited. (Workshops your Way are great here). 
  • Attend short workshops, where most supplies are provided, with no extras that need to be stored at home.  Keep a small bag with the basics - scissors, tape, and journaling pen. You are in and out, with completed pages!
  • Trade an hour you normally spend watching television for an hour of scrapbooking.  (Television is my downfall; but I'm working on it!)
  • Put your paper scraps, a few stickers, safety scissors, a glue stick and your unused photos in a basket.  When it's scrap time, give this to your child and let them scrap with you!
Do you have any suggestions for us on how to capture more time during your day?

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Final month for 2016-2017 Annual Inspiration

July is the final month to order from the 2016-2017 Annual Inspirations and what a great time to grab any stamp set you have had your eye on!  It's also Stampaganza - buy 2 stamp sets, get the 3rd for free!  Stamps from either of the idea books are eligible for the Stampaganza special; however most items are in the Seasonal Expressions are available through August.
As with every catalog, some item sell out before the month is over and will not be restocked. 
But with the end of one idea book, another one begins.  How about holding a home party to get some of the great new products for free?  Contact me for more details!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Recipe for Artwork

Did you know...  that there is a recipe available for all the layouts you find in the Annual Inspirations and all the Seasonal Expressions catalogs?  It doesn't tell you how to make the layout, but it does tell you all the items the art team used to create it.  With the visual finished product and this list, it's easy to recreate everything you see in the idea books! 

Here is a sample.

And here is the layout:

Once there, choose Recipes right under the catalog picture.  It looks like this on my computer:

Friday, July 14, 2017

A Dozen Free Stamp Sets

Now is a great time to join my team!  I am still super excited after convention and Close to My Heart has a really nice incentive if you join in July.
As part of the Stampaganza promotion, CTMH has brought back 12 older stamp sets, collectively known as Word Puzzle.  There is one for each month of the year.  If you join the team in July and have sales totaling $300 by the end of August, you will receive all 12 stamp sets for free!  This is the July Join the Team special and is in addition to everything you receive in your new consultant bundle ($75 plus $15 shipping).  So what are you waiting for?  Not ready to join?  This bundle can be purchased during July only for $143.60.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Frame It!

I have a new quarterly workshop I'm testing called Frame It!  This will be a single page layout, multi-layered, artsy 12X12 for one or two photos, designed to be displayed in a frame.  I am offering the workshop on three different days in August, mostly to discover the best day of the week. Future workshops will be offered once.  You can pick your date and RSVP via Facebook.
The workshop includes a white 12X12 frame for $25 or just the layout for $15.  There will be a selection of titles for you to choose from including Beach, You + Me, Family and Smiles.
As you replace the layouts in the frame, they can be slid into a scrapbook individually, or you can make a opposite side layout using 12 - 3X3 squares, for a simple and complete double layout. (The workshop is for the single page only.)

Monday, July 10, 2017

Alphabet Stamp Set for $5!

July's stamp of the month is this alphabet!  Only $5 with a $50 purchase, or you can buy it for $17.95, no additional purchase necessary.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Let's Party!

Convention is the best place to get new ideas and be really inspired.  With all the things I picked up there this past week, I'd like to tell you about what I'll be doing differently in my business.
Close to My Heart is the "Let me show you how" company of scrapbooking.  I always have been and will always be available to help you with your scrapbooks or any questions you have about our products.  If you doubt me - give me a call and find out for yourself!
I offer five things -
Parties - book a party and earn FREE stuff!  I come to you, it takes about an hour and you & your friends can see what great products we have.  I encourage you to invite your friends who don't scrap (yet) and introduce Close to My Heart to them.  After all - it's a party, the more the merrier!
Crops - I hold an open crop one Saturday a month for a cost of $5.  Bring your own supplies, the stuff you bought at a party or any project you are working on and get it completed.  The crops are from 10AM until 10PM or anytime in between that works for you.  And if you have made a purchase at a party, you can get the crop for free!
Workshops - these are held on special dates.  They are announced here on the blog and on Facebook.  For each workshop, you will know exactly what you are making and how much it costs, usually between $10 and $25.  The Bells & Whistles days fall into this category.  You need to RSVP for these events, to make sure a kit is ready and waiting for your arrival.
Retreats - I offer two retreats a year, at The Scrapbook Playhouse in Guntersville.  One is in February, the other is in June.  There are only 7 openings at each retreat, and the cost is $125 for 4 days and 3 nights. 
Consulting - there are 3 reasons to become a consultant - to get your products at a discount, to get your products free, and to earn some money. Achieving the different levels are based upon the amount of time you put into the business. If I do say so myself, I am a very good up line and will help you be successful in the business, no matter your reason.  Plus, as a consultant, you can attend convention with me for your own inspiration!
The biggest change is that I have offered workshops at parties in the past, but in the future I will be separating the two things.  Parties will show a small, quick make and take, and be short in nature.  Workshops will be held on separate days and are 2-4 hours long.  Like me on Facebook (Decorating Days), be my friend (Dawn Cortner) for personal invitations to events, or subscribe to the blog emails to see when the workshops are.
Happy Scrapping!

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Stampaganza 2017!

July is Stampaganza!  Buy 2 stamps sets and the a 3rd for free!  (The 3rd stamp set must be of lessor or equal value.)  Every stamp in the Annual Expressions and Seasonal Expressions 2 is included (but not die sets).  There are also 27 retired stamp sets that have been brought back for this special!  You can check them out HERE.  Below are just a sample. 

Something to NOTE:
If you are ordering two sets of 3 stamps, please contact me to order.  If you want one set of $17.95 stamps, and one set of $13.95 stamps and order them all on the same order online, the system will give you two of the $13.95 sets for free.  I can get you one $17.95 set and one $13.95 set!

Friday, June 23, 2017

Bringing Convention Home

I love convention.  All the new stuff, all the excitement, all the friends.  I want to bring some of that home to you.  So on Saturday July 29th I will be hosting an open house - where you get to make all the layouts that I make at convention!  It will be an all day event, and just like my convention - everything will be a surprise!  More details to follow - when I get back from convention and have more details myself! 

September Bells & Whistles

I loved the baby layout on page 55 of the annual inspirations.  But I don't need a baby layout. So I changed it up to Remember - no...