Friday, November 10, 2017

Save the Date

I'm starting something new - called FETCH.
F - Forty
E - Eight
T - Total
C - Cropping
H - Hours.

  • It's a 48 hour long crop. 
  • This first one will start on Friday January 26 at 5PM
  • and end Sunday January 28 at 5PM. 
  • Sign up is not available until December 23 - this is just to let you get it on your calendar if you are interested.
  • The price is a minimum online order of $60 (plus tax and shipping), but no additional charge for the crop.  (Cost is $50 if you don't want to order.)
  • Food is provided. 
  • Sleeping quarters are on your own; I will have nearby hotel information if that option works for you, but going home for locals is good too.
  • Supplies can be left safely overnight.
  • This event will take the place of my monthly crop.
More details to come in the following weeks!

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

November Crop

The November crop will be on Saturday, November 18, from 10AM until 10PM or anytime in between.  Cost is $5 or free with a $10 or greater order.  Lunch, dinner and drinks are provided.  Bring your own supplies and work on your projects!  You have access to my tools, stamps and inks, so no need to lug the same items to the event.  Each attendee will receive the following kit as a thank you for attending.

Monday, November 6, 2017

November Stamp of the Month

I love this script on the November stamp of the month.  It's available from November 1-30, 2017, for $17.95 or just $5 with a $50 order.  It is also the stamp set used with the December special (calendar kit).

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

December Special

Yep!  I'm telling you about the December special in November.
That's because it incorporates the November stamp of the month.  From December 1 - 31, 2017 you can get this calendar kit for $56.90.  Or you can order it without the stamp set (which is the November stamp of the month) for $38.95.  You can save a little money and get the November stamp of the month for $5 (with a $50 order).

Just for FUN - November Special of the Month

Get ready to save on FUNdamentals! 
  • First, you can purchase Fundamentals products individually at 30% off the retail price.
  • Second, purchase a Fundamentals bundle containing the Fundamental paper packet, Complements, AND ribbon, at 40% off the retail price!

Adventure Fundamentals

Basic Fundametals

Enchantment Fundamentals

Whimsy Fundamentals

Monday, October 30, 2017

November Bells & Whistles - Aquarium

I'm on time for this workshop!  We love aquariums and visit with regularity.

I love putting a rainbow of colors on a page and this one worked really well.  Don't you just love the school of angel fish?
The workshop is Saturday, December 1st, and will be the last workshop of 2017.  Stay tuned for a complete list of 2018 events coming soon!  This Bells & Whistle workshop is from 7PM until 9PM, at my house.  There are 11 kits available.  All supplies are included for the price of $10.  This layout holds 7 photos, including one 7"X5", and 6 (marginally trimmed) 4"X6" pictures.  You only see 5 wells in the picture above, but the layout includes a flip flap which allows you to add two additional horizontal photos.
This layout uses:
Blue glitter paper (retired, suggest Pacifica cardstock instead)

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Stronger Together

This stamp set has been release by CTMH for a limited time.  The proceeds from sales of this stamp set are being donated to the Red Cross to benefit disaster relief efforts.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

October Bells & Whistles - BFF

The October Bells & Whistles workshop is Friday, October 27, 7:00 - 9:00PM at my house.  Cost is $10; there are 10 spots available in total.
This is not an overly complicated layout but it will showcase six photos; 3 horizontal and 3 vertical 4"x6" pictures.  You can quite easily change a couple of these for 4"X4"s.  
This panel is stamped.
This layout uses:
Red enamel hearts, retired
Art Philosophy cartridge (retired but in my inventory)

Friday, October 13, 2017

October Stamp of the Month

The October stamp of the month is called Christmas Tunes.  It's $17.95 or only $5 with a $50 purchase.  Only available during the month of October!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Frame It! - Fall Workshop

This is the second layout in the Frame It series.  We will be holding this workshop at the Piper & Leaf location on Highway 72 in Madison, at 10 am.  Putting this together will take somewhere between 1 and 2 hours.  Grab a friend and come have some fun!
These workshops are for all creative people, not just scrap bookers.  Some helpful tips:
  • The layout showcases a single 4"x 6" photo.
  • Cost is $10 for the layout, or $25 for layout and frame.
  • All supplies are provided.
  • I have the ability to take debit/credit cards the day of the event.
  • There are 8 spaces available.  Priority is given to prepaid attendees; RSVP is encouraged (on Face Book) but not mandatory. 
  • Tea purchases are encouraged but not required.  If you have a jar don't forget to bring it!
  • If you are a scrap booker, you can add your own second page using the Silver and Gold paper pack.

Frame It - Winter 2017

Monday, October 9, 2017

That's so Punny!

The October card workshop is this Thursday.  You can play with the Punny Pals stamp set and matching thin cuts.  Create all the 3X3 cards you want for just $3.  Envelopes are not included, but this 3X3 size is perfect for gift tags or quick notes stuck in a lunch box or taped to a steering wheel.

This super cute stamp set is $17.95.  $7 of each purchase is donated to Operation Smile.  The Share a Smile card kit is $39.95.  It includes the dies, card bases, envelopes and papers to make the cards pictured above. It does not include the stamp set.

Friday, October 6, 2017

October Special of the Month

With the purchase of every Punny Pals stamp set, Close To My Heart is donating $7 of the proceeds to Operation Smile™. And, for this month only and while supplies last, you can get a coordinating set of Thin Cuts for cutting out the adorable animal shapes. Even better, we’ve built an exclusive card kit that includes the Thin Cuts along with card bases, envelopes, paper pieces, and instructions that you can use to create endearing cards that will sure enough bring a smile to anyone’s day!
For Hostess: Hosting a Close To My Heart event is even more rewarding in October! When you host a party that reaches the third level of Hostess Rewards or higher ($350 party total), you’ll receive a FREE Share a Smile Card Kit (CC1342) — that’s a $48.69 value, totally free!
For New Consultants: Anyone who becomes a Close To My Heart Consultant in October will receive a FREE Share a Smile Card Kit (CC1342) in their New Consultant Kit — that’s a $48.69 value, totally free!

Just a note - the stamp set is sold separately and not included in the Smile Card Kit.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Operation Smile

Every time you order, please consider rounding up to the next dollar, to support Operation Smile. Operation Smile, an international non-profit, organizes volunteers and resources to aid children with cleft lip or cleft palate, their parents, and their communities by performing life-saving surgeries and advocating for sustainable healthcare systems.
During the month of October, Close to My Heart is matching your donation - up to $10,000.

You can also support the cause by purchasing special tee shirts, in several different designs, for both men and women.
I'm a big believer in supporting a local cause that benefits people you know, but as far as good causes go, this is a great one.  Just $240 in donations can change a child's life for the better.  So how about donating your change the next time you order by clicking the round up button?  It's small change to make a big change in someone's life.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Cats & Bats

Kits!  I love kits.  As a consultant, I spend a fair amount of my scrapbook time creating new original (or mostly original) layout designs for my fellow scrappers.  But kits are the reason I fell in love with CTMH and they remain my favorite thing. It's just so easy!  I did the Cats & Bats layouts this Labor Day and the card kit called Joyful Tidings.  Let me tell you - the scrapbook pages are easy.  If you are looking for something more detailed - try the card kits.  They are fun but definitely take longer.  Just depends on what you are up for.
My favorite layout of the Cats & Bats is this one.  That panel on the right hand page, with the journal spot on top, picture in the middle and color at the bottom is just so cool! 


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

Save the Date

I'm starting something new - called FETCH. F - Forty E - Eight T - Total C - Cropping H - Hours. It's a 48 hour l...