Sunday, November 30, 2014

Cyber Monday Cricut Sale!!

For the first time ever, Close To My Heart is offering a Cyber Monday Sale. There has never been a better time to buy Close To My Heart’s exclusive Cricut® Collections for 20% off the retail price. Whether you love scrapbooking, cardmaking, or creating 3-D projects, our four exclusive Cricut® collections make the perfect addition to any craft room! Sale starts at midnight (MST) on December 1 and ends at 11:59 pm Monday night.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Layers of Flowers and Fundaments Paper Layout

Are you looking for a simple way to add texture to your layouts? Close To My Heart's Fundamentals paper are the key to this simple layout.

Fundamentals paper comes in each of the 40 colors in our color pallete and each sheet is double-sided. Once side is has glossy resist pattern while the other has the same pattern in white. In my layout, I choose the glossy resist for the New England Ivy and Smoothy papers for subtle texture while the white honeycomb pattern pops off the Honey paper.

The Chevron Border punch was a quick way to add additional detail. It has a tray to catch all those tiny pieces of paper and keep things nice and tidy.

The layers of flowers come from the November Stamp of the Month, It's the Little Things.

The stamp set is only available through November 30. The full retail price is $17.95, but you can get yours for just $5; that's over 70% savings. When you place an order of $50 or more in Close To My Heart products, you qualify for this special Stamp of the Month pricing. 

Just $5 with a $50 purchase!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

You're Invited! Warm up to the new Seasonal Expressions Catalog.

It may be cold outside, but on December 2 we will be warm and toasty! 

Mark your Calendar!

Date: Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Time: 6:30 PM
Place: 124 Lamp Post Lane, Arnold, MO
This brand new catalog will go live on December 3. It is full of new papers, stamps, embellishments and tools. The lovely spring products will provide an escape from the cold of winter. For a warm-weather girl like me, it is a breath of fresh air.

Please grab a girlfrind and come join me for this fun day.

RSVP: Rebecca Brown at 314-495-7958 or

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Creatively Expressing Gratitude

I love that we as a nation have a holiday called Thanksgiving. Although the meaning is often lost in today's hectic pace and other things like shopping and football may overshadow the historical significance, it remains on our calendar as a reminder that we are blessed. 

As we lead up to Thanksgiving, I'm reminded of all the people that I'm thankful for. I was blessed to grow up in a loving home, community and church. My family remains important to me to this day, but I have faded memories of teachers, grocers, softball coaches, church leaders, friends' parents and neighbors who took the time to show interest in a little girl. Although most of these people are no longer in my life, they are a part of who I am and for that I am thankful. Who do you have in your life -- past or present -- who you are thankful for? 

Today, I'm sharing a couple of layouts using the Pathfinding collection that focus on being thankful for the special people in our lives. 

I can not take the credit for these beautiful pages. The layouts were designed by the amazing Close To My Heart artists, but they didn't fit into the catalog. You can recreate these pages quick and simply with the Pathfinding Products including the Paper, Complements and Assortment. By using coordinating products and basic patterns, they achieved remarkable results without any fancy tools or techniques.

I hope these pages inspire you to get creative in the way you show your gratitude for the people God has placed in your life. Whether it is making cards, scrapbooking or other projects, Close To My Heart remains focused on celebrating special relationships. 

Feeling Blessed,

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Getting Started Video for Studio J Digital Scrapbooking!

Are you interested in digital scrapbooking, but not sure where to start? This video will take you from setting up your account through creating your first layout! Remember this is a TRY before you BUY program.

Be sure you read my Lucky 6 post about how you can get your pages for as little as $2.15 this month. Hurry, this special is only good through Black Friday.

Click here to get started in Studio J>>

Want to learn more? Go to the Studio J Video page>>

Happy creating!

Friday, November 7, 2014

Studio J Lucky 6! Even more luck with Free Layouts!!

I have an amazing deal for you ---  Close To My Heart is offering 5 ways to be lucky in November with Studio J. You can read more about these in yesterday's post.  With my special, there are now 6 ways that you can be lucky in November with Studio J!

Have I told you that I LOVE Studio J? When I joined Close To My Heart almost 5 years ago, I was not interested in learning this digital scrapbooking system. But, I decided I ought to at least check it out so I'd be ready if someone asked me about it. One morning, I had an extra half hour before work and decided to log on to create my that short 30 minutes, I had created two full layouts!! 

My First Studio J Layout!
From that point on, I was hooked. Studio J is now my go to when I'm feeling behind or have a special event that I want to get scrapped quickly. I now use Studio J for over half of my scrapbooking!

I love showing people how easy the program is to use and how lovely the layouts are. The November special gave me a great opportunity to invite everyone to give it a try!

My favorite things about Studio J layouts:

#5 The Price - Seriously, by the time you print pictures and buy your scrapbook supplies $3.50 per page is a pretty good price. How does $2.50 per page sound? How about $2.15 per page?

#4 The Format - Studio J layouts are made digitally. This means that you can order multiples of a layout with a click of the mouse. Want to make pages for each child's album? No problem. Have heritage pages you'd like to copy for members of the family? No problem. Also, everytime you order a layout, you get a high quality jpg of the layout for free. Archieve these images just like you would back up your photos in case the album is destroyed and you need to reprint.

#3 The Photos - With Studio J, you never wish you had printed your pictures different sizes or had zoomed or cropped differently. Your layouts can have one large focal picture or many small pictures or anywhere in between. Customize the zoom and crop after you have the picture in place on your layout.

#2 The Quality - Studio J layouts are printed on high quality photo paper.  The images pop out of the page. Add them to you scrapbooks and on one will even notice that some pages are "flat".


#1 The Ease - I love simple! Creating layouts in Studio J means no set up, no mess and no packing. Just open your computer and log on to work on your pages anytime, anywhere. When you need to stop, simply save them to work on later. With 104 beautiful paper collections and100 layout patterns, the possibilities are endless. Over 100 ready-made Express  layouts make creating even faster!

Now, here's the deal:

I told you I would add to the Lucky 5 Studio J special. In addition, to the $5 layouts and the posibility of winning an accessory or an album (see details), I will send credit for a free layout to everyone who orders 6 or more layouts. That's right, order 6 layouts for $5 each, and I'll send you a credit for another layout. So you are getting 7 layouts total for $30!  That comes out to $4.29 per layout or $2.15 per page

While the Lucky 5 special is for all the month of November, to get the the free layout, you must submit your order before midnight on Black Friday, November 28

So what are you waiting for? Start creating today!

Studio J is a try before you buy program. You can create an account and start designing layouts for free. as many You only pay when you order prints!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Lucky 5! Celebrate the fifth anniversary of Studio J with five lucky ways to win!

As a huge Studio J fan, I am very excited about this month's special. Studio J is an easy to use online program that turns your pictures into beautiful layouts. As always it is FREE TO TRY: simply set up an account on my Studio J website and start creating. You only pay when you are ready to order prints. 

I challenge you to give it a try this month --- you have nothing to lose and lots to win! 

November marks the five-year anniversary of Studio J®, and that means it’s your lucky month. There are FIVE ways you can win with Studio J in November.

#1 - Take advantage of five amazing ways to win through Studio J and Close To My Heart social media by creating and ordering your Studio J print layouts at the outstanding price of just $5—then hope for luck to visit! 

#2 - Every fifth print order in Studio J will include one FREE accessory retailing $5 or more. But that’s not all! 

#3 - Five lucky winners will receive a “golden ticket” redeemable for a brand new D-ring album* loaded with 10 Memory Protectors™ hidden in their Studio J print orders! 

#4 & 5 - If luck is not your lot, then you can earn your prize through raw talent. Those who post photos or JPEGs of their newly printed layouts on Facebook or Instagram, marked with the hashtag #ctmhlucky5, will enter the contest for layouts featuring the best artistry and creativity. Five winners will be chosen from each site, notified after November 30, and will then receive their own D-ring album with 10 Memory Protectors. The luck is abounding—come and get your fill!

*Offer valid November 1–30, 2014. Pattern and color of new D-ring album to be given to winners will be at Close To My Heart’s discretion based upon availability. No tax or shipping will be charged on the free item(s). Studio J layouts ship in a protected box that can hold 4 to 50 two-page layouts. For additional information about shipping/handling, please visit > Products and Pricing > Shipping Options

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Sunday, November 2, 2014

Two Great New Consultant Kits! (Plus sneak peek at new products)

In December, the first ever Seasonal Expressions mini Idea Book will go live. I've seen the preview and I must say there are some really awesome new products including two new paper collections and lots of new accessories. My favorite so far: White Shimmer Trim!

So as it starts getting chilly here in the mid-west, this catelog will help you dream of spring and love in the air. BUT, you have to WAIT until December to see them!

Unless, you order one of two great new consultant kits. You will absolutely love this box of creativity waiting to happen.

Each of these kits is packed full of fabulous new products --- over $370 in retail value --- but you pay just $99 when you join my Treasure Keepers team. Click HERE for an itemized list of the contents of the kit. 

Once you join, I'll help you use the products from your kit for your launch gathering and get your business off to a strong start. 

Please call or email me with any questions you have about becoming a consultant or being on my team. I can't wait to talk with you!


Saturday, November 1, 2014

It's the Little Things - November Stamp of the Month - Just $5

This new stamp set is loaded with flowers and sweet sentiments. The blooms can be stamped, colored and layered up to create dimensional artwork. 

The November Stamp of the Month, "It's the Little Things" includes all of these stamps:

This stamp set is only available through November 30. The full retail price is $17.95, but you can get yours for just $5; that's over 70% savings. When you place an order of $50 or more in Close To My Heart products, you qualify for this special Stamp of the Month pricing.

Just $5 with a $50 purchase!

Start shopping>>

Here are a few fun projects the creative folks at Close To My Heart dreamed up:

If you love the artwork in this picture, you are in luck. You can find supply lists and helpful hints on my Close To My Heart website --> LINK