Monday, April 16, 2018

Time is running out on Seasonal Expressions 1 Collections

At the end of April, most of the products in the current Seasonal Expressions Idea Book will retire. In fact, these items are now only available while supplies last and some have already run out. If you have any of these still on your wish list, be sure to place your order today.

Each of these collections includes a paper pack, complements (mixed media pack), embellishments, scrapbooking workshop, card-making workshop and stamp sets. Click on the collection name to see all of the items still available.

Chelsea Gardens

Make Waves


Gimme Some Sugar

Monday, April 9, 2018

FREE Cricut Design Space Project links!

I've added a library of Design Space project links to the resources on my website. On this page, you'll find some of my favorite Cricut projects.

Click link below to open this page.

Open FREE Design Space Links Resource Page>>

On this page, you'll find both scrapbooking and card-making projects. Simply click on the link to open them in your Cricut Design Space account. Save as a new name and they are yours forever! You can cut them as is, or modify at will!

Here's an example. Here are the Design Space images for the first project, Springtime in TEXAS layout.

Note that the Design Space project only includes the images that were cut on the Cricut. Making the layout as pictured requires additional straight cuts of paper. Although the papers, embellishments and other materials used may no longer be available, you can substitute and create a similar layout.

If you have any questions about any of these projects or how to get your hands on the cartridges used, I'd be happy to help.

Open FREE Design Space Links Resource Page>>

While you are on my website, feel free to explore the other resources I've compiled for the Cricut and other topics.

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Send Kitchen-themed Greetings (Gimme Some Sugar Bonus Cards)

Any baker would love to receive one of these fun, encouraging cards. Although they include kitchen puns, the sentiments let the recipient know they are special. 

Notice how neatly the oven mitt, salt & pepper shakers, mixer and measuring cup are cut out? That is a lot of fussy cutting! But guess what? I have an easy button --- it's in the form of the Gimme Some Sugar Stamp + Thin Cuts set (Z4156). These dies are packaged on their own magnetic sheet and work well with most die-cutting machines.

If you'd like to make these cards, instructions are included in the Scrapbooking Workshop Your Way guide.

See all Gimme Some Sugar products>>

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Gimme Some Sugar --- perfect for your kitchen memories!

The heart of my home is the kitchen. This is where meals are prepared, food is eaten and memories are made. This is where much of our "life" takes place and I want to remember these times.

The Gimme Some Sugar Workshop Your Way provides includes the paper and other materials to create these three lovely layouts (6 pages total).

This kit includes:
X7228B - Gimme Some Sugar paper packet
X7228C - Gimme Some Sugar Complements
Z4153 - Gimme Some Sugar cork shapes
Z4144 - Peacock-stitched ribbon 
5 additional pieces of cardstock: Juniper, Mink (2), Peacock & White

The kit also includes full color instructions!

Along with everything else in the current Seasonal Expressions Idea Book will retire at the end of April. In fact, these items are all available while supplies last. So if you see something you want, don't wait to place your order.

Happy Creating,

Friday, April 6, 2018

More Color My Life Artwork

Yesterday, I shared information about the April Stamp of the Month, Color Your Life. Guess what? I have some more artwork to share today!

This beautiful layout and card was made by the Close To My Heart talented artists. Want to recreate it? Here's the recipes:

Always be Kind Layout
 My Acrylix® Color Your Life — April Stamp of the Month
 Gimme Some Sugar Paper Packet
 Watercolor Paper
 Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad
 Gimme Some Sugar Complements
 Gimme Some Sugar Cork Shapes
 Peacock-stitched Ribbon
 Bitty Sparkles
 Watercolor Paints
 Paintbrush Set

Celebrate Card
 My Acrylix® Color Your Life — April Stamp of the Month
 Gimme Some Sugar Paper Packet
 Gimme Some Sugar Complements
 Tangerine Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad
 Gold Shimmer Trim
 Bitty Sparkles
 Ranger™ Princess Gold Embossing Powder
 Craft Heater

Fab Fave Flash Sale is happening NOW!

There are a lot of great deals still available, but they are all over at 12:59 pm tomorrow (Saturday) or when supplies run out. So if you see something you want, head on over to my website to snag it!

Start shopping now>>

Fab Faves Flash Sale has begun!

Starting at 1 pm (CST) each Friday in April, there will be select items and bundles at 25% off. 

Each sale will last 24 hours (ending at 12:59 pm on Saturday). There will be a different batch of goodies each week, so be sure to check back each Friday!

Check out this week's sale>>

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Color Your Life: April 2018 Exclusive Stamp Set

Create bold, "colorable" titles with this fun stamp set, Color Your Life!

In addition to words to create lovely titles for your cards and layouts, this set has borders, arrows and sprigs to dress up your project.


The Color Your Life stamp set is exclusively available in April. You can add it to your order at full price or save $12.95 and get it for just $5 when you have $50 or more in your cart.

Disney World Captain Hook Scrapbook Page (Free Design Space File!)

Over the last year or so, I've realized that I use most of my creative time to work on projects for my business. My old scrapbooks have been somewhat neglected. When I have worked on my personal pages, it is often when my energy and creative juices are depleted. The goal is often to just "get it done" and as a result the pages are over-simple.

So, I've decided to be sure to have a little time carved out each week to focus on a project or two JUST FOR FUN!  This page is a result. Note that NONE of the images are from my beloved Close To My Heart cartridges -- gasp! Instead, I pulled from the Disney Classics cartridge to create this Captain Hook themed layout. (However, I did use CTMH cardstock of course and also our Silver Foil Paper.)

Want to make this project? Click here to open project in Design Space.

Are you like me and need to start making time for your personal projects? Maybe you don't have a scrapbooking business distracting you, but I bet you have other things that fill up your days. I started with Close To My Heart for this very reason --- I was not finding time to scrapbook and thought that doing it as a job would force me to make time. I had found that I needed regular creative time to handle the stresses of life. My plan has worked well for me most of the time, but I still have to be careful to carve out time for my personal projects.

I'd love to hear from you! In the comments, I'd love to hear your struggles with making time for your hobbies -- scrapbooking or other. If you are inspired to mark off some creative time, please share what you are working on!

Keep creating!

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Be a Hostess in April and get a free workshop!

Do you like bonuses? Then you should host a party in April!!! We've got bonuses galore this month.  Don't have time? Neither do I --- let's do something virtual! We can do an online party or a catalog party or a combination of the two. 

Let's make it happen! Email me to choose your date>>


In addition to the regular hostess rewards (***see below***), you also have the opportunity to earn the following:

1) Only in April, when your party hits $350 in sales, you get to choose a bonus Cut Above Kit! You can choose a 6 page scrapbooking kit or a card and tag bundle!

2) Use your Hostess Rewards to purchase one or more of our hostess-only stamp sets! See them all on pages 6 - 8 of the Seasonal Expressions Idea Book.

3) In addition, you can maximize your half off items by choosing a special hostess bundle. Learn more>>

4) Qualifying parties unlock additional offers like this Cricut bundle. Learn more>>

***Remember all of the above bonuses are in addition to our already generous Hostess Rewards program which includes both free and discounted products.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Fab Four Sign Up Bonus in April

April is the BEST time to sign up to be a member of my Close To My Heart team, the Treasure Keepers!

Join my team in April and you'll receive four FREE stamp sets! This includes the May, June, July and August Stamps of the Month. That's an additional $71.80 retail value in addition to the incredible value of the New Consultant Kit.


There are several more reasons that April is the BEST MONTH to join my team.

1) You're kit will include the brand new Seasonal Expressions 2 Idea Books and you'll be able to immediately start ordering the new products! Although these items are not available for purchase by customers until May 1, consultants get to take advantage of the preview and order in April!

2) No quarterly minimums until this fall! April is the first month in the 2nd quarter of 2018 and there is no sales requirement in the quarter that you join, so our low quarterly minimum applies for the first time in the third quarter which ends in September.

3) Former consultants can choose a "no kit" option for just $50. Since you probably already have the basic paper crafting tools, this option does not include a new consultant kit, BUT you will still get $50 in product credit AND the four free stamp sets!

4) You also get to preview the National Scrapbooking Month exclusive products! You are going to love the Postcard Perfect line which includes a Cut Above scrapbooking kit, paper pack and stamp set. Why wait until May when you can get them in April as a consultant?

So, are you ready? Let's get started>>

Got questions? Send them to me! I'd love to help you figure out whether this is the right thing for you. Email me>>

Friday, January 26, 2018

Chelsea Gardens Scrapbooking Workshop Your Way

Want to press the easy button on beautifully decorative scrapbooking pages? You need to check out our Workshop Your Way Kits! One of our newest kits is Chelsea Gardens. This kit includes the paper and other materials needed to create these three lovely layouts (6 pages total):

The kit includes a Chelsea Gardens paper packet (X7230B), Chelsea Gardens Complements (X7230C), additional cardstock sheets (2 Pewter, 3 White Daisy), Chelsea Gardens dots & gems (Z4155),cream ribbon (Z4154) plus printed instructions.

The directions will walk you through each step including cutting, assembling and decorating your pages. Ideas for pocket scrapbooking are also included.

As a bonus the directions also includes instructions for creating 6 cards with the left over paper and embellishments (2 of each of the 3 designs shown).

These cards use the Chelsea Gardens Cardmaking stamp + Thin Cuts set (Z4158) and a few additional supplies.

If you like the cards but are not a scrapbooker, you can print the directions from my website and just order the supplies needed for the cards. If you have questions about any of these projects or products, I'd love to help you out!

Be Patient with Yourself Card

Here's a card I made using the January Stamp of the Month, Bloom & Grow.

To achieve this look, I stamped the seed packet frame with Versamark on white paper and sprinkled it with clear embossing powder, then heating it to set.  I sponged ink over the top of this starting with Canary in the center and working in Juniper and Crystal Blue toward the outer edge. Because of the "resist" pattern created with the embossing, the design stayed white while the rest of the paper absorbed the color. Once this was completed, I stamped the sentiment with Black ink.

The paper, ribbon and dots used on this card are all from the new Chelsea Gardens collection.

As you can see from the image below, there are lots of great garden related phrases in this stamp set. Remember it is only available in January 2018. You can order for full price ($17.95) or get it discounted for just $5 when you place a $50 order.