Saturday, September 8, 2018

NEW Holiday Expressions Idea Book is Filled with Sparkly New Products!

If you are like me, just a look at the front cover of our new Holiday Expressions Idea Book will make you start drooling!

There is so much to love about this  catalog! Here's my top 10 --- be sure to click the links to get all the details.

Friday, September 7, 2018

What I scrapped this week...#scrap20

Each Friday in August, I posted about what personal scrapbook pages I had completed. I enjoyed that series and it definitely helped me focus on getting things done. I finished over 20 pages in August which is about 20 more than any prior month. So I'm considering continuing to post weekly about my personal projects. I hope it motivates you to make time for yours as well.

Here's what I finished this week:

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

10 Reasons Why Scrapbooking Is Important

Have you ever tried scrapbooking? If not, have you ever known anyone who did? Or maybe you just think to yourself I don’t have time for that or I don’t get what all the fuss is about. Well, you’re in the right place. I’m going to show you what all the fuss is about by sharing with you the top 10 reasons why scrapbooking is so important AND why the Craft withHeart subscription box is the perfect solution to getting you started! So, let’s dive in! :)

1)     Memories fade & change over time. By preserving your memories now within a scrapbook, later in life you’ll be able to share with others and remember yourself exactly what those memories looked like. No tainted or foggy memories changing the story. Just real moments captured and preserved like it was just yesterday.
2)     Create stories. What’s even better than a single picture (a shot in time or a brief memory) is an actual story. With a scrapbook, you can make pages dedicated to a story. You can record all the details to tell it exactly the way it happened. Being able to look back on these stories and read the details of them exactly how they happened is something so invaluable in life.

Sunday, September 2, 2018

#scrap20 Week 5 Check in: And Still More Thailand Pages

UPDATE: Auto post failed on Friday, so I'm a couple days late. Just a couple days left to report your August pages to be entered to win a new product bundle!

It's time for the week 5 of the  #scrap20 Page Challenge check in. Through this challenge you can get some pages done, share artwork and earn a chance to win a PRIZE!

Get ready for Fall and Winter projects! Just Treats Stamp Set

It’s time for the September Stamp of the Month! September is such an exciting time of the year in general, as we are all winding down from summer and gearing up for the holiday season. In terms of scrapbooking, it’s also the perfect time to begin gearing up!

The holidays are just around the corner and will be here before we know it. Thinking about that makes me think of all the photos I’m going to take for Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas! Heck, you may even be like me and have plenty of photos from last holiday season yet to be scrapbooked. The fall foliage will be a beautiful sight, as will the snowy winter wonderland. I can’t wait to bust out my camera and make some awesome scrapbooks to preserve all the memories. What about you?

Monday, August 27, 2018

You've Got Class -- FREE workshop guide download

Continuing on the school picture theme from yesterday's post about my friend Laurel's green screen fiasco --- let's talk about what to do with those pictures so that these great memories are not lost. 

Sunday, August 26, 2018

What not to wear: school picture edition

Occasionally on this blog, I like to give you some photography tips. Today, let's talk about what not to wear for school pictures. Planning for these pictures can bring some anxiety --- not just for the students but for moms as well. But sometimes the best pictures happen when things don't go as planned. When my friend Laurel saw that pictures would be on the very first day of school and made sure that her boys were ready. (Personally, I'm very impressed that with all the craziness that comes with back to school, she was on top of this!)

After discussing the options, Carter, her seventh grader, settled on a favorite green shirt. She agreed with the choice because last year the background had been grey and the bright color would pop nicely. She also reminded him to check his hair before the pictures and gave him some tips to get the perfect smile.  What could go wrong?

Friday, August 24, 2018

#scrap20 Week 4 Check in: More Thailand Pages

It's time for the week 4 of the  #scrap20 Page Challenge check in. Through this challenge you can get some pages done, share artwork and earn a chance to win a PRIZE!

Saturday, August 18, 2018

New Product BINGO Party:ultimate crafty girls' night out!

You're invited to a special crafty girl's night out! The New Product BINGO party on September 4 will include games, projects, snacks and a whole lot of fun! All of the activities will feature new products in the Close To My Heart 2018 Holiday Expressions Idea Book.

Friday, August 17, 2018

More Magical: FREE Project Guide and Workshop Options

I'm so excited that we brought back the popular Magical paper collection. As an avid Disney lover, this was one of my favorite collections and since it retired, I've taken a couple trips to the parks so I'm glad to have it back to scrap those pictures. Since we have updated the colors, this paper collection is called "More Magical" and it is available through September 30 (or while supplies last).

#scrap20 Week 3 Check In: Thailand Page 1

Week 3 of the  #scrap20 Page Challenge is in the books --- scrapbooks that is! Through this challenge you can get some pages done, share artwork and earn a chance to win a PRIZE!

Thursday, August 16, 2018

I'm Cruising with Close To My Heart!

It's official! I'm so excited to share with you that I've earned my third incentive trip and will be cruising the Western Carribean with my Close To My Heart in February 2019! Who would have thought when I joined this company so I could get some beautiful scrapbook paper at a discount, that I'd be traveling around the world with some of my best friends that I met through this amazing company.

Before earning my first trip two years ago, I heard other consultants talk about how they were spoiled on the trip. But I had no idea until I experienced it for myself. There are lots of perks to traveling with Close To My Heart. Based on last year's incentive trip to Thailand, here are a few of the ways that traveling this is different than regular traveling.

Friday, August 10, 2018

#scrap20 Week 2 Check In (Puerto Vallarta Part 3)

Welcome to week 2 of the  #scrap20 Page Challenge. Through this challenge you can get some pages done, share artwork and earn a chance to win a PRIZE!

This week I finished my layouts from our 2017 trip to Puerto Vallarta with Close To My Heart. These were part of my stack of 90% done layouts. I just had a few decisions about pictures to make and needed to add journaling. But the point of this challenge is to get it done, so they count! I'm so excited to finally have these pages 100% done!

I have a few more layouts from this trip that I have not shown you, so here they are now:

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

For the Love of Crafting Project Recipes

This month's stamp of the month, For the Love of Crafting (S1808) has been on most of my customers' wish lists since it was issued in May. It is finally here!

Monday, August 6, 2018

Using Watercolors on Scrapbook Pages (Puerto Vallarta Part 1)

About a year and a half ago, Eric and I had the privilege of traveling to Puerto Vallarta with Close To My Heart. This was my first incentive trip and I was surprised to learn that in addition to an amazing trip, we each received materials to make 22 scrapbook pages! Our kits included pre-cut papers, stickers, stamp sets, thin cuts and embellishments.

Friday, August 3, 2018

NEW! Craft with Heart Scrapbooking Subscription

Thursday in my August summary post, I shared with you the basics of our new Scrapbooking Subscription Program, Craft with Heart. Today I'd like to share more of the details and show you the layouts for the first four months of the program, September through December.

#scrap20 Week 1 Check Point

Last week, I announced the August #scrap20 Page Challenge. Through this challenge you can get some pages done, share artwork and earn a chance to win a PRIZE!

To participate, simply return to this website each Friday in August to report your progress toward completing 20 scrapbook pages. You'll be entered in the drawing to win a prize bundle from the yet-to-be-released Holiday Expressions Idea Book!

Thursday, August 2, 2018

It's August! There is a lot to talk about...

August is a month of change for my family with my only daughter headed off to college. She's excited that in less than two weeks she'll officially be a Missouri S&T Minor. I'm excited for her, but also know that I'll miss her a lot!

Photo by Ashleigh Murphy of Anew Market Creations
August also a lot happening at Close To My Heart. We have more specials this month than we ever had. You'll want to take advantage of all of this. Keep reading for more information about each of these fun specials.

Monday, July 30, 2018

D Rings: My (new) Album of Choice

Friday, I posted information about the new #scrap20 Challenge. In the background section, I talked about how I am making a concerted effort to set aside more time for my personal projects. To make this happen, I have been working hard the last couple months on my craft room organization. 

One challenge I've had in trying to get organized is what to do with completed --- or nearly completed (see previous post) --- layouts until the whole album is done. This was an issue because I was using post-bound albums require assembly to add pages. One solution is to guess at how many pages and go ahead and assemble the album with memory protectors. This allowed me to drop the layouts in as I finished them. But if I guessed the number of pages wrong or want to rearrange the pages, I'd have to unscrew the hinges to make the changes.

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Free Stampaganza Evernote Download

This weekend, I created an Evernote notebook with the stamp sets that are exclusively available this weekend through the Stampaganza special (buy 2 get 1free). Similar to my previous stamp notebooks, there is a "note" for each of the Solos alphabet and number stamps.

Friday, July 27, 2018

Join the #scrap20 Page Challenge (August 2018)

Ready to get your scrap on? I'm excited to invite you to join me in August for the #scrap20 Challenge. Through this challenge you'll get some pages done, share artwork and earn a chance to win a PRIZE! Read on to learn why I created this challenge and how you can participate. 

This fall, there are going to be a lot of changes around our house. My one and only daughter is headed off to college. Her presence here will truly be missed, but I have to admit that I am looking forward to a little more time (in theory?) to work on my projects. I'm looking forward to doing more of what I love: Scrapbooking!

Monday, July 23, 2018

Test Your Knowledge with these My Acrylix Stamps Facts

Last week,  I posted some great tips to ensure success even if you are a new to stamping. Today, I'm going to share with you a few more facts about Close To My Heart's stamp sets. Read on to test your knowledge about clear stamping.

Friday, July 20, 2018

Christmas In July Details

Now that the Christmas in July sale is up, I can give you a few more details. In this sale, you'll see past holiday stamps, papers and embellishments. In addition, there are a lot of Gold & Silver items on sale. You'll also find some everyday items like CRICUT Cartridges at half price!!!

Christmas in July Flash Sale starts at 4!

Love Christmas? Me too --- but it is months away. Here in Missouri temperatures topped out in the high 90's today --- that's very un-Christmas weather! However, it's a great time to start planning your projects for the coming holiday season. This weekend, we are celebrating Christmas in July with a 24 hour flash sale that started today at 4 pm (CST). 

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Here's to You: Exclusive Stamps + Free Guide Download + Design Space Link!

I'm excited to share with you a brand new set of stamps a that are only available today through August 31. In this post, I'm also sharing with you a free download with directions to make the seven cards and layout pictured above, including the link to the Design Space file for the Cricut Cuts!

Monday, July 16, 2018

Tips to Use & Care for your Acrylic Stamps

Let's talk a little about using and caring for your Close To My Heart My Acrylic stamp sets. These tips will help ensure that you get a clean, crisp stamped image every time!

My Favorite Tips

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Disney PhotoPass and Memory Maker Review and Tips

Last week, we spent three jam packed days visiting all four parks at Disney World in Orlando, Florida. Although we have been there several times, this trip was special because our daughter graduated from High School in May and will be heading off to college in August. Because family vacations may look different in the future, I wanted to make sure that we had lots of pictures to remember this trip.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Monday, July 2, 2018

Highlight Reel stamp set is here in July --- just $5 with qualifying purchase!

I've mentioned before that our Stamps of the Month generally are versatile. They have images and sentiments that can be appreciated by scrapbookers as well as card-makers. This month's stamp, Highlight Reel, is no exception.

Friday, June 8, 2018

Flash Sale today at 4!

It's time for another 24-hour flash sale on my website! The sale will begin at 4 pm (CST) today (Friday, 6/9) and end at 4 pm tomorrow.

What's on sale??? It's such a big secret that even I don't know. But I do know that it will feature a mix of current and retired products. There will be a limited number of each item set aside for the sale. So be aware that they may sale out before the end of the sale, so shop early!

Note that these sale items can be on the same order as anything else available on my website and can help you earn a discounted Stamp of the Month. So be sure to check out the Create a Rainbow sale, Dad is Rad Bundle, Stamp of the Month and the Clearance Section.

Start Shopping Now>>

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

A Bushel & a Peck Stamp Set -- $5 only in June

If you have been following my blog or are familiar with Close To My Heart, you already know that each month we have an exclusive stamp set that is only available during that month. If you have not perused the new Seasonal Expression 2 Idea Book, you may not know how adorable this month's stamp of the month, A Bushel and a Peck, is. Check it out:

Not only does this stamp set have an amazing set of sentiments that would work for both cardmakers and scrapbookers, but we have the sweet little girl to color!!! I love to color. Plus apples, a pie, sign and leaves blowing in the wind. Summer just started, but now is a good time to work on your fall projects --- maybe you have pictures from last fall that still need to be scrapped or you can make some cards that will be perfect when there starts to be a chill in the air.

As awesome as this stamp set is, I still needs some inspiration. Thanks to the Close To My Heart artists, we have two lovely cards to get us started.

My daughter will be leaving our home and setting out on her own a couple hours away for college. This mama's heart is full....I know it will be hard for both of us. One of these sweet "just because I love you" cards may end up in her bag.

Recipe for Awesome to the Core Card:
S1806 A Bushel & a Peck (June Stamp of the Month)
X7231B Central Park Paper Pack
Solid Cardstock: White, Saffron and Toffee
Stamp Pads: Archival Black
Z4178 Central Park Sequins
Markers (ShinHan Touch Twin): Bronze, Carmine, Clay, Sap Green and Warm Grey
Z3348 Thin Cuts - Scallop Border
Z4181 Thin Cuts - Stitched Circles
Z2060 Thin 3D Foam Tape

Recipe for A Bushel & a Peck Card
X1806 A Bushel & a Peck (June Stamp of the Month)
Solid Cardstock: White Daisy, Saffron and Toffee
Stamp Pads: Archival Black
Z4178 Central Park Sequins
Markers (ShinHan Touch Twin): Barely Beige, Bronze, Carmine, Golden Yellow and Sap Green
Z2060 Thin 3D Foam Tape
Z1852 Stitch guide*** 
Z2046 Piercing & Embossing Tool Kit
Needle & Thread

***One of my favorite tools. It's retired, but is currently marked down to just $5!!!***

If you'd like to order this stamp set, head over to my Close To My Heart website. If you want to get this stamp set for just $5, fill your cart with at least $50 in product and you will be prompted to add the discounted set.

Happy stamping!

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Create the Rainbow in June!

It's finally summer time and it's time to embrace color! During the month of June, you can get 25% off some colorful bundles and order an exclusive rainbow stamp. You can even get a free paper pack!

Start shopping now>>

Let me tell you all about it! I'll break it down because there are several components to this special and you don't want to miss any of them.


Typically you can order cardstock in single color packs or in packs that include every color in a family group (Basics, Enchantment, Whimsy or Adventure). With this special, we are offering new color combinations. Each pack includes 12 sheets of paper (4 of each color) and are just $7.45 each. Stock up now!

Start shopping now>>


Prior to this special, our fundamental ribbons were only available color groups that include 5 types of ribbon. If you had a favorite, you had to order the whole collection. Now each of these ribbons are available individually for just $1.85 each!

Start shopping now>>


Take a look at this selection. I bet you see some of your favorites! Sparkles are always my go to, but I'm really loving the gold and white pearls.

Start shopping now>>


Host a party that reaches $350 in sales or more and you can pick one of the special Create the Rainbow paper packs for free! Learn more about our hostess program>>

We have a lot of flexibility in our party plan. I'd love to get together with you and your friends to create a project and share the CTMH love, but I'll be honest, the rest of this month is crazy busy for me. So how about a virtual party? You share the Idea Book and shopping link with your friends. We could set up a Facebook to share information if you'd like. Email me today to get it set up>>


In addition to our already generous consultant package, everyone who joins in June will receive one of the Create a Rainbow cardstock packs free! Learn more about my team, the Treasure Keepers>>

However you slice it, June is looking like a lot of fun! It's a great time to stock up on some basics. Start shopping now>>

Keep creating,

Friday, May 18, 2018

Exclusive: Dad is Rad Stamp Set and Bundle!

To celebrate the dads in your life, the Dad is Rad exclusive product offering features the limited edition Rad Dad stamp set and discounted Dad is Rad workshop bundle. 

The Dad is Rad workshop includes the stamp set, cardstock, glitter paper, embellishments plus directions to make a scrapbook page, a two page scrapbooking layout and four cards!

The total retail value of this bundle is over $40, but you can get it all for just $29.95! Order now>>

The kit includes a printed instructions for the six projects shown below. These projects can be used for Father's day or to share with all the "rad" people you love!

Take a closer look at these projects: