Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Just for You, Round 2

Yesterday, I posted two cards made with just solid cardstock. Today’s card uses the same stamp set (Just for You, B1398) and I still did not add any embellishments. However, I did use a little piece of Chantilly B&T paper.

It still has that clean and simple look that I loved about the other cards.


Which do you like better?  A) Yesterday’s cardstock only or B) today’s Chantilly card?

Monday, June 24, 2013

Simple, but not Plain

Today, I wanted to show you a couple really simple cards using just cardstock.



When you have a beautiful stamp set like this one (Just for You, B1398), you really don’t need additional embellishments because it really holds it’s own!

To add dimension, I creased the leaves and used foam tape to pop up the flower and another layer of foam for the center.

What do you think? Is there something missing or are these cards complete?

Keep Creating,

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Stormy Seas Sailing…

I’m currently enjoying smooth sailing in Florida, but I love the sentiment on this card. This captures my feeling toward my family, especially my husband. We have been through some choppy waters, but have always faced them together.


The paper and stamping are from the Tommy Workshop on the Go. I’m trying to use up some of my stash to make room for all the new stuff I’ll be seeing at convention.

By the way, the Tommy paper will be carried forward in the new Idea Book, but the Workshop on the Go will not. So if you like this sentiment, you need to order it now to make sure you get it before it is gone.

Keep Creating,

Friday, June 21, 2013

Follow Your Dreams!

Tomorrow I leave for Orlando, Florida! The family is going to do a few days of Disney fun before the Close To My Heart convention. I thought this card was appropriate as this trip is just one more step in my adventure with Close To My Heart as I follow my dreams.


You may recognize Tommy paper and canvas shapes. The Follow your Dreams sentiment is from the Tommy Workshop on the Go.

I can’t wait to see what is in store for us at the convention this year. They never cease to amaze and delight me! Of course, I’ll share it all with you along the way.

Keep creating,

Retiring Stamps

Last night, I shared the list of items from the Spring/Summer 2013 Idea Book that will be retiring at the end of July. There are also several stamp sets from the Autumn/Winter 2012 Idea Book that will be discontinued at the same time. As promised, I have prepared a printable file listing these stamps.

View Discontinued Stamps List >>

For your convenience, I have sorted these in order by page number. Simply flip through your Idea Book to see what is going away. If you see something you want, be sure to order before it is too late.

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Don't forget that today is the last day of my Customer Appreciation Week. Purchases of these soon-to-be discontinued items will count!

Here's the chart showing what you get:

$25 Order --> Pack of Sparkles or Opaques of your choice ($2.95 value)
$50 Order --> June Stamp of the Month, A Flowering Bunch ($17.95 value)
$75 Order --> Stamp Pad in color of your choice ($5.25 value)
$100 Order --> Size A Stamp Set of your choice ($6.95 value)

For each Additional $25 you spend over $100, you will receive Credit of $5 off a future order (expires 12/31/2013).

You must email your order to me to take advantage of these deals. Please see <this post> for additional details.

Keep Creating!


So Long, Farewell...

If you've within earshot of me lately, you know that next week I'll be in Florida at the Close To My Heart convention. I can't wait: Disney + CTMH = WOW! I'm excited to see all my fellow CTMH consultant friends, make fun projects, hear inspiring speakers and SEE THE NEW STUFF!!!

The sad part is that in order to make room for the new, we have to retire some of the current items. I've put together a list of items from the Spring/Summer 2013 Idea Book that will be retiring at the end of July. This printable list is conveniently sorted by page number so that you can flip through your book and see what is going away.

View the LIST >>

By the way, these items are now only available while supplies last. I'm guessing some of the more popular items will start going out of stock, so if there is something you want be sure to place your order right away.


Here is my top 10 list of don't miss items:

1. Everything Buzz & Bumble, Later Sk8r, and Claire: These papers, coordinating items and workshops are all going away!

2. Chantilly, For Always, Surf’s Up and Tommy Workshops: (Papers and coordinating items will continue to be available.)

3. Avonlea, Clementine, Dakota and Scholastic: These paper packs and coordinating items carried over from the last Idea Book and will also be retiring.

4. Metal Brad Assortment (p. 119)

5. Smoothie, Olive & Pewter Mini-Medleys (p. 119)

6. Red/Pink/Purple and Blue/Green Sparkles (p. 120)

7. All Button sets! (p. 121)

8. All Waxy Flax! (p. 121)

9. Kraft Die-Cut 6” Cards: I LOVE THESE!!! Also all Kraft envelopes will be retired. (p. 128)

10. Embossing Powders: All except Gold, Silver and Clear! (p. 131)

Be sure to review the complete list and place your order before these things disappear.


All of the stamp sets in the Spring/Summer Idea Book are available through January 31, 2014. However, there are some stamps from the Autumn/Winter 2012 Idea Book that will be discontinued. I am working on compiling a list and will post shortly.

Keep Creating!



Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Free Milk Cartons!

Don't you love these birdhouses made with the milk cartons? Wouldn't it be fun to fill them with treats for a house warming gift.

What will you do with your cartons?

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Monday, June 17, 2013

June Special Update

First, the bad news:

Due to high weekend sales volume, the remaining inventory of the Mini Banner (Z1736) has been exhausted. The "Make It A Banner Day" Constant Campaign was a while-supplies-last promotion that exceeded performance projections, and while we're thrilled sales have been so strong, we apologize for any inconvenience of this early outage. The Mini Banner is now retired and will not be restocked.

And now the good news:

We are pleased to offer a substitution for this free item—the My Creations Milk Carton (Z1739), with an original retail value of $4.95. The Milk Carton will be available for free under the same purchasing criteria as the previous offer, and is also while supplies last

That's right - you can now get a free set of these fun milk cartons when you place an order of $25 or more (not including discounted while supplies last items) which includes a stamp set.

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Saturday, June 15, 2013

A True Thank You Card & Tag

Today, I just wanted to share a quick card and tag I made using the True Thank You stamp set.

 This mini-stamp set is available in June for just $2.95. All profits go to the American Red Cross to aid with Tornado relief in Oklahoma.

Learn more >>


Friday, June 14, 2013

Happy Flag Day!

The stamping on this card is from the new Home of the Brave stamp set that is available in June & July only. The set costs $17.95 and Close To My Heart will donate $5 to the USO for each stamp set sold. 


Customer Appreciation Week!

June 14 - 22

I am so blessed to do something that I love as my job. I am truly honored that you have allowed me be your Close To My Heart Consultant. 

To show my appreciation, I will add the items listed below to any ordered emailed to me starting today through next Saturday, June 22. (Unfortunately, I can't honor this special on orders placed through my website or for club/party orders.) 

$25 Order --> Pack of Sparkles or Opaques of your choice ($2.95 value)

$50 Order --> June Stamp of the Month, A Flowering Bunch ($17.95 value)
$75 Order --> Stamp Pad in color of your choice ($5.25 value)
$100 Order --> Size A Stamp Set of your choice ($6.95 value)

For each Additional $25 you spend over $100, you will receive Credit of $5 off a future order (expires 12/31/2013).

These rewards are cumulative. For example, if you place an order of $100, you will receive the Sparkles/Opaques, June Stamp of the Month, a Stamp Pad plus a Size A Stamp Set. That's a total retail value of over $33!

On top of my personal rewards, you will also receive a mini-banner for each $25 order that includes a qualified stamp set through the Make It A Banner Day campaign.

Thank you again for the trust you have placed in me! Please let me know if there is anything I can do to support your creative projects.

Keep Creating!

Thursday, June 13, 2013

NEW! Buzz & Bumble Card Kit

Buzz and Bumble is my June Kit of the Month. This is my favorite paper in the Spring/Summer Idea Book and I've been itching (no pun intended) to get my hands on it all spring. Click here to see posts of my earlier creations using this adorable paper.

This month's exclusive card kit all the paper and embellishments needed to make 12 cards - 4 each of the ones below. And you can only get it here!

You get all the following items for just $16.50!
  • Three sheets of Buzz and Bumble B&T Cardstock
  • Four sheets of solid cardstock (Cocoa, Sunset, Creme Brulee and Colonial White)
  • 12 Colonial White cards and envelopes
  • Sparkles - Brown & Tan Assortment (Z1753)
  • Hemp - Natural (Z280)
  • Full color instruction sheets

Choose Delivery Options:

Additional items needed (not included):
Special Offer through June 30: 
Order a kit and get 10% off qualifying coordinating items on your order!

In June, order the Buzz & Bumble Exclusive Card Kit,  Workshop On The Go (G1054) or Paper Pack (X7164B) from me and receive a 10% discount on any additional items needed listed above. In addition receive 10% off the following coordinating items:
Important: To take advantage of this special, you must send me your complete order. I will calculate the total including shipping and taxes and send you a Pay Pal invoice. I also accept cash, check or credit, but payment must be received prior to June 30 to receive the special pricing.

Local Workshops
Everyone who purchases a Buzz and Bumble Card Kit, Workshop on the Go or Paper Pack is invited to a complementary workshop at my home in Arnold, MO. At the workshop, you will have access to my inks, stamps and basic tools.

There are two workshop dates in July:
  • Friday, July 19, 6:30 - 11:30 PM
  • Sunday, July 28, 2:30 - 5:30
There is no additional charge to attend, but you must RSVP to reserve a spot. 


Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Buzzing & Fluttering!

Announcing the final two cards in the Buzz & Bumble Kit! 

Each of these cards uses a Quick Card size A stamp set (just $6.95 each). So quick and easy! 

I cut the hexagon accent by following the lines on the honeycomb paper as you can see in this close up picture. I used the honeycomb hexagon as a pattern to cut a second one from the cocoa patterned paper. 

Stay tuned...I will be posting ordering information for these kits shortly.

Keep creating!

Monday, June 10, 2013

Sculptures & Clydesdales

Loving Buzz & Bumble! I'm getting a lot of my outdoor pictures scrapped. Here's another layout with pictures from nearly six years ago of my family at Laurmeier Sculpture Park and visiting the Clydesdales at Grants Park.

I'm so glad to have the memories of this special day preserved! What memories do you have stored in boxes, memory chips or your camera that need to be documented?


Sunday, June 9, 2013

Happy Father's Day!

Next Sunday is Father's Day. Here's a quick card and you still have time to whip it up for your dad or other special man in your life. 

Does this card look familiar? It is a modified version of one of this month's workshop cards. It uses the same Tommy Paper and Perfect Fit Frame stamps. I simply swapped out the sentiment on the center circle with the Father's Day sentiment from a discontinued stamp set.

I love the Perfect Fit frame stamp sets because they are so versatile. Each frame has a blank center circle that can be customized using any of the stamps from the Perfect Fit line

For these cards, I used the original Perfect Fit Frames set.
This set was so popular that Close To My Heart created a Perfect Fit Frames 2 set with trendy background designs.

You will love mixing and matching these with the sentiments and images on Perfect Fit - Holidays, Perfect Fit - Halloween, Perfect Fit - Birthday, Perfect Fit - Dad and Perfect Fit - Mom. They also coordinate perfectly with the Monogram stamps.


Saturday, June 8, 2013


This layout is a reminder of a fun day the human "kids" had with the goat "kids". 

It is based on the layout in the Buzz and Bumble workshop on the go shown below. While many of the elements I used are directly from the sample layout, I modified it to work with the photos I had.

You will notice that I created clusters of embellishments very similar to what is in the sample project.

I love that these embellishments are detailed and beautiful, yet the photos remain the focal point of the layout. Without the Workshop On The Go pattern, my pages would not have been nearly as put together.


Friday, June 7, 2013

Butterfly Quick Card

Here's a sneak peak at the first card in my new Buzz and Bumble card kit. I am so happy with how it turned out. 

The beautiful butterfly is from the Quick Card - Butterfly stamp set. This is just one in a whole series of single image stamps that provide lovely, complete artwork for your cards, tags or other projects. 

The flowers in the corner were cut using the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge from Honey cardstock. Then I created a tone-on-tone design using Honey ink and the flourishes from the same stamp set.

Stay tuned for the other two cards in this kit and information on how to get a kit for yourself.


Buzzing about Mini-cards

Today, I made a couple quick mini (3"x 3") cards using Buzz & Bumble scraps.

When I say that I made these with scraps, I literally mean I used scraps. The row of hearts on the first card is made up of the "negative" space left over after cutting some hearts for another project. I cut the smaller Sunset heart for another project as well, but didn't end up using it.  I folded it and attached with a row of Liquid Glass on the fold line.

Don't you love the wax seal on the second card? It is from the Buzz & Bumble Assortment. 

I love 3x3 cards. They are so easy to make. You just needs a little paper and an accessory or two. I <3 simple!

Another reason to love them is that they are a lot of fun to give. I think of them as "just because" cards. There doesn't have to be a holiday or a big reason to celebrate. I can jot a quick informal note and then find a creative place to put it to be found later.

Who wouldn't feel loved and encouraged if they found one in their lunch box or brief case? How about on their pillow after a long day? Maybe tucked into a school book? The possibilities are endless.

Is there someone in your life that would love to get mini-card from you? Where would you hid it?

Monday, June 3, 2013

June Happenings!

There are so many special purchases available to you on my sales website in June! All of them provide you with quality Close To My Heart products at great prices. You also have a chance to make a difference by supporting the American Red Cross with your purchase of "A True Thank You" stamp set and the USO with your purchase of "Courage" or "Home of the Brave" stamp sets.

I've summarized everything for you to review below. 

Make It a Banner Day!
Get a FREE My Creations Mini Banner! 

It's going to be a "banner" day! When you plan a $25 order that includes a qualifying stamp set, you'll receive a My Creations mini banner for free (a $5.95 value)! The mini banner includes 10 chipboard pennants in 4 different shapes with 9 jump rings for hanging. Use the mini banner as a decoration for your parties and get-togethers this summer. Make it a "banner" day in June!

Relief for Oklahoma
Your purchase will support the Red Cross effort.

Close To My Heart is making an upcoming Autumn/Winter 2013 stamp set, A True Thank You, available immediately and will donate 100% of profits from sales of the set from May 23 through June 30 to the American Red Cross to aid the Oklahoma victims. 
Help us provide relief to those affected by the devastating Oklahoma tornadoes by purchasing A True Friend stamp set for $2.95 today!

Let's Get Patriotic!
Purchase these special stamp sets to support the military.

Show your support of troops and country with new patriotic stamp sets - available only from June 1 - July 31, 2013! As a show of our support, Close To My Heart will donate $3 from each Courage stamp set and $5 from each Home of the Brave stamp set to the USO, the leading most recognized military-support and services organization in the country. Show your support today - stamp style!

Stamp of the Month
Each month you can purchase a new D-size stamp set, available for just one month, for only $5 when you place an order of $50 or more. That's over 70% off retail!

The June 2013 stamp of the month is A Flowering Bunch

Jump start the fun by creating the beautiful artwork pictured above. Click here for supply lists and assembly tips.

This stamp collection includes all of the images below:

The red outlines on the images indicate that these can be cut using the Cricut Artiste cartridge.


Discontinued items are available at deeply discounted prices. Check back often as new items are added frequently. Some don't last long, so if you see something you want you better get it before it's gone. Click HERE to start shopping.