Saturday, November 4, 2017

Fourth Annual Retirement Sale

You're invited to my Retirement Party! No, I'm not retiring. But I have a lots of brand new Close To My Heart products that have retired in my inventory and I'm marking them down!

For this event, I will slash prices on everything that is no longer available to order. This includes some beautiful paper, embellishments and even a few Cricut cartridges! All retired products will be at least 25%  - 75% off!

There will be lots of new, unopened product including stamp sets, paper, tools and even Cricut cartridges! Come browse all of the great stuff and find some great deals!

Here's a few highlights:
  • Paper Packs 30% off
  • Loose solid cardstock 50% off
  • Single sheets of patterned paper 30% off
  • New stamp sets 30% off
  • Embellishments and ribbon 25% off
MYSTERY BOXES are back - including special fall and Christmas themes! These are filled with $40 - $60 in product for just $25! 

I'll also have a couple boxes of completed cards and other projects that will be available for a donation to Operation Smile.

This shopping event runs from 6:30 to 9 pm -- > get here when the doors open to get the best deals. Let me know if you need my address or directions. Hope you can make it!

New Clearance Items! Shop now before they are gone!

Close To My Heart just added new items to the clearance section of my website!  Shop now>>

New items include paper, complements, thin cuts and more. There are a number of things for just $2 - $5. These always sell out quickly so if you see something you like, order it right away.

Shop now>>

Before you check out, be sure to add a discounted fundamental bundle and the Stamp of the Month to your cart.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Card Buffet Workshops: Christmas Edition

There are just four All You Can Make Card Buffet workshops remaining in 2017 and they are going to be 100% Christmas!

You will have a large selection of cards to choose from.  Options will include a variety of style, color and design. Whether you want to make a number of quick and easy cards or just a few super special ones, I'll have you covered.

Workshop Dates
- Thursday, November 9
- Monday, November 13
- Tuesday, December 5
- Thursday, December 7

At this workshop, you will assemble as many cards as you can in the allotted time. There will be at least a dozen cards for you to choose from with a variety of styles, techniques and materials.

All stamp sets, ink pads and tools needed to compete the cards is provided. However,  you may want to bring your ow basic tools like paper trimmer, scissors and bone folder to help ease sharing.

Bring your own adhesives. Suggestions are tape runners, glue dots, foam tape and bonding memories glue. These will also be available for purchase at the workshop.

The workshop starts at 6 pm at my house in Arnold, MO. After a brief orientation, you will have 2 hours to work on cards. Please arrive on time to ensure you have the full 2 hours to make your cards.

Come to as many as you'd like! Save when you sign up for more than one workshop!

- Register for 1 workshop for $15
- Register for 2 workshops for $28 (save $2)
- Register for 3 workshops for $40 (save $5)
- Register for all 4 workshops for $50 (save $10!)

Each workshop is limited to 12 participants. Be sure to sign up right away to secure your spot. On the ordering page, choose the number of workshops you'd like to attend. Once I receive your payment, I'll email you to find out which dates you'd like to com.
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Thursday, November 2, 2017

Just for FUN: month-long savings on crafting essentials!

During November, save on crafting essentials like paper, ribbon, die cuts and stickers during our Just for FUN sale!

Save 40% on bundles of coordinating Fundamental products or 30% on individual items.

There are four bundles to choose from starting with the sweet soft colors in the Whimsy Fundamental Bundle (CC1372). This bundle includes paper (24 sheets!), complements (stickers and glitter chip board) plus ribbon.

Next we have the bright, cheerful Adventure Fundamentals Bundle (CC1373).  This one also includes paper, Complements and ribbon. This bundle features lovely watercolor patterns and gold accents.

You also need to check out the Enchantment Fundamentals Bundle (CC1374). This year's Enchantment line has a fun sport team theme.

The final bundle Basics Fundamentals Bundle (CC1375). Although the colors in this pack are neutral, the designs are not. This year's Basics include accents of this year's color of the year, Bashful, and are perfect for heritage photos. 

Each complete bundle is just $22.11. Don't need it all, you can buy the individual items at 30% off!

Before you place your order, be sure to add this month's Stamp of the Month, Through the Year. It's just $5 when you place an order of $50 or more.

FREE Bundle for Hostesses!

You can also earn a Fundamental bundle of your choice for FREE by hosting a qualifying party --- live or virtual! This is on top of all of the other hostess rewards! Email me for details.

New Members also get a FREE Bundle!

In addition, every new member of my team will receive their choice of Fundamental bundle FREE!

This kit is already a great value for just $75. With the addition of a Fundamental bundle, this over 75% off the retail price of your kit items! Email me if you'd like to discuss what being on my team means. 

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Make a "Baker's Dozen" Christmas Cards with this New Kit

A new kit is now available in my Etsy shop! 

This kit includes materials needed to make thirteen holiday cards. These cards are quick and easy to assemble thanks to a pack of Close To My Heart Holiday Happenings Assortment which includes colorful images, stickers and mini envelopes. Your cards will have beautiful designs and sentiments. NO STAMPING required!

Two of the cards includes a pocket on the front that is the perfect size for a gift card. You could also use it for a small gift or a personal note.

The kit includes card bases and envelopes, complete Holiday Happenings Assortment pack (40 pieces) and embellishment pack with gems, ribbon and twine. There is also a project guide that includes a large photo of each completed card.

Click here to see this and other kits in my Etsy store.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

New Layout Kit: Tea Party for sweet memories

I just finished assembling a new layout kit that is now available in my Etsy store.

Every little girl loves a tea party! With soft colors and beautiful floral paper, this page is perfect for everyday pictures of your children playing pretend. Black and white photos would be especially lovely on this layout.

You will have plenty of space to tell your story with 4 photo mats [3 - 4" x 6" landscape and 1 4" x 6" portrait]. 

Additional details for this kit are on my Etsy listing. While you are at my shop, check out my other ready-to-assemble kits. All you need to complete the layouts is adhesive and your photos!

Happy Creating!

Saturday, September 16, 2017

You Are Loved Heritage Layout (last convention layout)

This is finally my last convention project post. Consultants like me who lean more toward scrapbooking vs. card-making were really spoiled this year. Similar to the last one I posted, this is perfect for heritage photos. And also like the last one, I have not yet chosen pictures for it. I'm not currently working with any black and white or sepia photos, so it will wait until I tackle the project of organizing and scrapping some older ones.

This layout really shows off some of the gold foil accents in the Better Together complements pack. I love the contrast between the smooth shine of these pieces and the flat, almost dull, look of the fundamental and solid basic papers.

This layout also has touches of soft Bashful in the paper, stickers and pearls.

Hope you have enjoyed seeing all the projects we made at convention this year. It really is a highlight of my year. If you'd like to join me at the next one in Las Vegas next year, ask me for more information about joining my team. You would love to be a part of this fun group of consultants. 

Friday, September 15, 2017

A layout to remember a special "today" in Salt Lake City

One of the highlights of the Close To My Heart convention in Salt Lake City was a tour of the Home Office. This is another one of the layouts we made at convention and it was so pretty, I reserved it for my most special photos from the tour.

In the first picture, my friend Faye and I are posing in front of a nice photo opp they had set up soon after we came into the building. The second is on the steps leading from the main entrance to the upper floors where we got to see Jeanette's office and the art studio. The final picture is in front of the picture ----- this is the "Mecca picture" for Close To My Heart consultants. It really felt like going home seeing this building that so much creative goodness flows out of. Such a memorable experience.

Because I have so many pictures of the tour, I plan to add a few Protector Plus pages between the pages of this layout. Or perhaps, I'll use Flip Flaps to layer more photos directly on the layout. I'll figure that out once I print the remaining pictures.

Although the floral accent pieces look like they were made to match the paper, they are actually stamped using the new  Beautiful You (D1741) stamp set. They are perfectly trimmed because of the coordinating thin cut set. The flowers on this stamp set are triple layered creating a lot of depth in your images.

Getting the layers lined up can be a little tricky. Once you pull the stamps off of the carrier sheet, you lose the orientation and it can be difficult to line the layers up properly. A little trick I learned from another consultant was to use a sharpie and mark the top side of each stamp BEFORE removing it from the sheet. Then when you are stamping you know which side is up and if you are consistent you will have good results. 

Here's a card using that same beautiful stamp set.

Hope you have enjoyed these projects and feel inspired to create some of your own!

Always create,

Heritage Home Layout --- Another lovely project from convention

If it seems like I've been posting a lot of projects from convention, you are correct! This year's convention theme was "Who Will Tell Your Story" and the whole event had a focus on scrapbooking. Most of our projects were layouts and our speakers stressed the importance of telling our stories. 

I have not yet decided what pictures to put on this layout. The colors and prints would make it perfect for vintage black and white or sepia toned photos. Although I have quite a few heritage photos, I have not yet tackled them, so I may tuck this layout away for when that project begins.

This layout uses more of the updated Fundamental Basics papers. You may also recognize splashes of our Color of the Year, Bashful

The pages are adorned with elements from the Better Together complements pack and the beautiful new Bashful pearls

What about you: do you have heritage photos waiting to be put into books to be viewed by future generations? How do you plan to tackle this project?

Thursday, September 14, 2017

I can not "Bear" to have you miss the next Card Workshop

It's been awhile since I've posted about my All You Can Make card workshops so I'd like to give you an update since I've moved my card "buffet" from a table to a wall. This new set up is working so well!  Going vertical makes it easier for my guests to select what card they would like to make.

Once a card is selected, the sample can be pulled down because they are conveniently mounted on the displays at the top with Velcro. You may notice that there are a couple empty spots -- I will be filling these with Christmas Cards before the next workshop! In fact, I will add a half dozen holiday cards by the November workshops and in December, the board will be nearly filled with HOLIDAY CARDS!

Beneath the cards on display, there are two rows of bags. These bags contain the card bases, envelopes, stamp set, papers, embellishments to make the card. They are numbered to match numbers that are on the back of the sample cards. They also contain a list of ink pads and other items from the "tool table" needed. Once you have gathered up the sample card, bag of materials and tools, you can make as many of the selected card as you'd like. At the workshop, you will have 2 full hours to make as many cards as you'd like!

Tonight I added kits for this adorable masculine card to the buffet. It is likely the last non-holiday card I add this year. It is made with the recently retired Jack paper and Cardmaking stamp + thin cut set. (Although offiicially retired, this set is still available to purchase!).

This stamp set is one of my favorites! As you can see, there are several other sentiments you could choose in place of the one I used. If you want to get really ahead, you could even make your Father's Day cards for next year!

If you live in the St. Louis/Arnold area, I'd love to have you join us at my next All You Can Make Card Workshop! I am hosting two each month through December.  If you can't make it to my card workshops, the card buffet wall is always open! You can make these cards a la carte for just $2.50 each during my crops and other events.  

For more details and sign up for card workshops, crops or other events, head over to my Yapsody website. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask me. Hope to see you here!