Thursday, December 24, 2015

Merry Christmas with Artiste Santa Suite Christmas Card

Merry Christmas from Stone Mountain, Georgia! Our family decided to go South for the holidays this year. We had visions of hiking in the great outdoors, but have instead been enjoying being inside our hotel watching the rain and lightening!

Honestly, it has been a great Christmas Eve. This hotel has a conference center which is empty so we got some exercise exploring the hallways and stairs and had a quiet afternoon in our own nook where I scrapbooked while the others read. I even got to play Christmas carols on a beautiful baby grand. Although this was not what we had planned, this will be a Christmas to remember.

Whether you are living out your traditions or, like us, trying something new, I hope you are enjoying your evening as much as we are. May your Christmas be magical!

The Santa Suit card above is made up of a few simple cardstock rectangles, plus a belt buckle and buttons from the Artiste Cricut cartridge. The buckle was cut from silver glitter paper to add a little Christmas sparkle.

Have a magical Christmas!

Monday, December 14, 2015

Holiday Expressions: There's still time to order before it is gone!

December is the last month to shop these festive holiday products. You've taken lots of pictures this fall and winter, now it's time to get your scrapbook pages done. 

Hurry! All of the items in the Nevermore and White Pine collections will retire on December 31! Start shopping now>>

Nevermore Collection:

Start shopping now>>

Monday, December 7, 2015

Planners Gonna Plan --- Much anticipated bundle available now!

Attention all planner addicts! You can now get your hands on the new, gorgeous Everyday Life line of produts. This video gives you a great overview of the complete system.

As mentioned in the video, you'll want to get the special 2016 bundle which is specially priced only in December for $29.95.

Product Image

This bundle includes:
- Album (8-3/8 x 6-7/8)
- 2016 Planner Pages: monthly & weekly spreads, pocket folder, 12 monthly divider tabs, designed page finder, 4 sheets of stickers
- Perfect Plan Roller Stamp

Here's a closer view of the sentiments on that Roller Stamp which were selected just for the planner:

The retail value of this bundle is $35.85, but you can get it HERE for just $29.95! This special ends December 31 or when supplies run out, so be sure to order yours now.

Each item in the bundle plus additional items are available individually, including double-sided decorated pages, washi tape and photo protectors.


Click here to order the special 2016 Planner bundle>>
Click here to view individual items in the Everyday Life system>>

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Candlelight Garden -- The Month's Must Have Stamp Set

Have you seen the December Stamp of the Month? This is my favorite set yet. I love the simplicity of the mason jar, flowers, candle and, of course, string of lights. Isn't it a fun set?
 Here's a couple examples of projects made by the Close To My Heart artists using this set.

Did you notice that the outline of the flowers and jar is shiny gold? This was created by stamping with Versamark, sprinkling with gold embossing powder and heat setting. The soft color filling the images was created using watercolor paints

The sentiment on the red tag is also heat embossed. This time with white powder so that it shows up on the darker paper. 

For this candle wrap, the string of lights was stamped multiple times overlapping to create a background pattern. The tag was cut using the new Artistry Cricut twice in different sizes from Gold Glitter paper and white cardstock and layered together. I love this simple and fun way to dress up plain pillar candles.

What projects does this stamp set inspire you to make? You can get your set exclusively in December. With a purchase of $50 or more, it is just $5!

Monday, November 30, 2015

Cyberweek sale! 25% off craft items including the Artfully Sent Cricut Collection!

Yay! At Close To My Heart, we are expanding Cyber sales from just Monday to be last the whole week! That's right, starting today through Friday, you can save a bunch by stocking up. Just in time to get supplies needed for handcrafted gifts and cards, we've knocked 25% off the retail prices!

Amazingly, this deal includes the Artfully Sent Cricut Cartridge!!! That's right, you can get this fabulous cartridge just in time to make some amazing Christmas cards like the ones below!

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Just 12 hours left on my FLASH SALE!

Don't forget: My Flash Sale happening now to celebrate 5 years with Close To My Heart. You will receive free embellishments when you place an order on my Close To My Heart website before midnight tonight!

See yesterday's post for details>>

Best Deal 

Includes: Album, paper (23 sheets), stickers (4 sheets), embellishment pack, 10 page layout directions

Free Memory Protectors Value Pack of 25
(You will be prompted to add to your cart)


3 Packs of Free Embellishments from Flash Sale
(Nothing for you to do. I'll send them separately!)

Retail Value over $120, but you pay just $76.80!

Hurry, the FLASH SALE ends at MIDNIGHT!

Saturday, November 21, 2015

My 5th Anniversary FLASH SALE Starts NOW!

Ready? Set. Go! A 30-hour FLASH SALE is starting NOW!

This month, I celebrate my 5th anniversary with Close To My Heart. I love being a part of this incredible company and feel so blessed by each of the people who have been part of this journey with me. If you have come to one of my events, hosted a party, placed an order or even read my blog, you are a part of my Close To My Heart family. So, it seems fitting that I should give a gift to you to celebrate!

To get your gift, place an order on my Close To My Heart website between now and midnight tomorrow. For each $25 (before shipping and taxes), I'll send you one embellishment pack! There is no limit to how many embellishments you can receive. For example, if you place an order of $75 or more, you will get THREE packs!

Start shopping now>>

After you place your qualifying order, I will send your embellishments separate from the rest of your order. Which embellishments you get is a surprise, but I promise they are all currently available products like enamel gems, foil tape, shimmer trim and thick twine with retail prices of 3.95 or more!

Here's an idea: order the special Simply Fundamental Scrapbooker's Bundle to cash in on the free bulk memory protectors. Then add on the discounted Stamp of the Month and your order will qualify for three packs of embellishments! Total cost: $76.80, Retail Value: $121.55 or more

Note that this is a stand alone offer. It can not be combined with any other personal specials, will not qualify for club rewards and is not available on gathering orders.

There is no limit to the number of embellishments I'll send you! Just make sure your order is submitted by midnight tomorrow (Sunday, Nov 22).

Start shopping now>>

Thanks again for your part in making the last five years amazing!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Simply Fundamental Scrapbooking Discounted Starter Kit!

Whether you are a seasoned scrapbooker or a want-a-be, this month's special gives you a bundle of products to get your scrapbooks done. 

Order before November 31 to save over 1/3 off retail on this huge bundle of products.

Using the workshops directions I'll send you via email, you can create five layouts (10 pages) plus have plenty of products left for addional pages for your book. The bundle even includes 10 memory protectors!

I've decided to make this deal even sweeter by adding this fun New Year's stamp set for free to any orders that include this bundle! (To get the free stamp set, you must email me your order rather than placing it online.)

Here's what you get:

1) Album: Your choice D-ring or Post-bound

2) Paper Fundamentals Enchantment: 20 sheets of our unique double sided paper. A white design is on one side and a shiny resist of the same pattern on the other.

3) Fundamentals Stickers: Four 6" x 12" sheets including letters, words, speech bubbles and shapes!

4) Fundamentals Assortment Peacock: Add just the right amount of sparkle with bows, clips, glitter stickers and wood pieces.

5) 3 bonus sheets of White Cardstock

6) 10 Memory Protectors: Your choice of side or top load.

7) Cheers 2016! Stamp Set

8) Exclusive Fundamentals Workshop with directions for 5 2-page layouts to start your album off beautifully.

The total value of this bundle is $109.70, but your price is just $71.80! That's over 1/3 off retail on this huge bundle of products!

Email me to order>>>

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Stock up on Adhesives with my October Special!

Adhesivies are a necessary (but not so exciting) part of crafting. It is a shame to spend more than necessary on these products. For this reason, I have periodically offered my local customers a chance to order adhesives in bulk to save a few bucks and this time I'm opening it up to you!

During October only, when you order 7 adhesives from me, you will get 3 more of equal value or less for FREE! In otherwords, you will get 10 for the price of 7! That's a savings of 30%.

Mix and match from any of the adhesives on the list below  to get exactly what you want! 

3L EZ Dots Adhesive
3L EZ Dots Adhesive Refill
Duck Easy Stick Adhesive (4 pack)
Bonding Memories Glue
Bonding Memories Glue Pen
Memory Book Glue Dots
Memory Book Mini Glue Dots
Micro Glue Dots
3D Foam Tape
Thin 3D Foam Tape
Base & Bling Adhesive Dots
Base & Bling Adhesive Strips
Liquid Glass
Note that this special is not available on my website. You can only get the free adhesives by emailing a list of what you want. I'll talley your order and contact you for payment. 

Remember you only have until the end of October to send me your order. 

Happy Creating,

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Studio J --- the GTD (Get Things Done) Scrapbooking Program

Are you familiar with the acronym "GTD", as in GTD apps? If not, I bet you have used them. I have a lot of apps that help me get through my day --- reminders for medicine, my food diary, calendar, contact lists, to do lists and much more are stored on my phone using "Get Things Done" apps. These programs help me make sure that I get done what needs to get done during my day.

What about scrapbooking --- do you wish you had a GTD app that speed up the process so you could be {closer to} caught up? Do you ever do pages just to get them done --- sticking your photos on the pages with just mats and jots of journaling (if you are lucky)?

I certainly have plenty of page where I have chosen simplicity in the name of getting things done. However, I have learned that if I use Studio J I can get things done quickly but still have beautiful pages like the one below.

With this digital scarpbooking program, I don't have to sacrifice beauty for time. My pages can have a theme, beautiful titles, (readable) journaling plus embellishments galore!

Also, you also don't have to sacrifice options! With Studio J you can be as creative (or not) as you want because within this program you can choose between three creativity tiers:

Tier 1 - Express Collections
With the pre-designed pages in the Express Collections you simply drop your photos in, add some journaling (optional) and edit the title (optional) and you have a beautiful page. This fast track system is what I used for the layout above. Here's what it looked like before I even clicked the mouse:

As you can see the colors, title and embellishments were perfect a Disney page and I simply dropped in my pictures from our Breakfast with Mickey and added a few notes about the event. It took me all of 5 minutes tops!

In addition to the Zoe Express Collection, a new Sangria collection was just added! Each of these include 5 layouts.

Tier 2 - Paper Kits + Patterns
The next tier on the creativity meter is found when you choose "Create a Custom Layout" on the Studio J project wizard. You will then get to pick from (currently) 137 paper packs and 72 layout patterns. You can filter each of these lists down to help you find what will work for your current project.

A few of the 137 paper packs in Studio J

Sample of the layout patterns

Once you have picked your paper and layout, you are then free to customize to your heard desire by dropping in pictures, changing the papers, and adding journaling, titles and embellishments until you are satisfied with your creation.

Tier 3 - No Limits
The final tier of creativity is also found in "Choose a Custom Layout" except after you choose your paper pack, you pick the "No Limits" pattern. This special layout is simply two 12" x 12" photo wells. You can change them to journaling boxes and fill with a solid or patterned paper. Now consider them as blank pieces of paper -- just like you would have if you were doing a paper layout and had picked out your base papers. From there you can add all the elements you need to complete you layouts

Regardless of what level of creativity you use in Studio J, you will find that this really is a "getting it done" program. A few years ago, I created my first two Studio J layouts in just 30 minutes while waiting for my daughter to get ready for school in the morning. I had actually not even logged into the program before that session! The learning curve for using this program really is that fast.

Are you ready to Get Things Done? Try Studio J today for free by creating an account HERE then stepping through the intuitive wizard steps.

If you have any questions along the way, give me a holler. I'd love to help you.


Friday, October 9, 2015

Twinkle: Get the October Stamp of the Month to get a headstart on the holidays!

It's never too late to prepare for the holiday season and the October Stamp of the Month, Twinkle, will help you get into the spirit! This stamp set is fully loaded with 15 stamps! You will find fun holiday images like a ring of stars, teardrop ornament and old fashioned lights complete with a wire to string them on. You also get a nice assortment of sentiments to please both scrapbookers and card-makers.

Notice red outline on the ornament, frame and "Christmas Love" circle? This means that these images can be cut using one of our Cricut cartridges --- Artiste. The artists at Close To My Heart made good use of this feature in this simple yet elegant card.

This layout was also created by the talented artists at Close to My Heart using this stamp set. Don't you love the strings of  lights that border the lower edge of the page?

The "loopy" patterned paper in this layout is from the New Fundamentals Enchantment paper pack. If you look closely, you will also see a White shimmer Trim and Fern Thick Twine. If you'd like more information about either of these projects, just email me! I'd love to help you recreate them.

If you'd like to get your hands on this stamp set, don't delay because it is only available for order this month! Remember it is just $5 when you add it to your order of $50 or more. Shop now>>

Happy Creating,

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

October = Opportunity! Join today to get an awesome kit and bonus bag!

Today, I’d like to invite you to consider investigating the opportunity called Close To My Heart. First, I’d like to recognize that the word “opportunity” today has lost some meaning as it has been misused and overused.  Please believe me when I say that I would never call something an “opportunity” if I didn’t believe it has something to offer. So let’s explore why being a member of my team is an “opportunity” by defining the opportunity, explaining the keys to success provided to you and talk about why October 2015 is the BEST TIME to join. If this sparks your interest, please contact me so we can discuss this further. I can’t wait to hear from you!

Ready to join my team? Click here to get started>>


Whether you are interested in getting a discount or starting a full or part time career, Close To My Heart provides you with a real opportunity to meet your goals. First, you receive a kit that includes everything you need to kit the ground running. The creative products included in the kit were strategically selected so that you have everything you need for your first several gatherings.


At over 70% off retail, this kit can be yours for just $129.  You will also immediately receive access to online resources to help you be successful. Our compensation plan includes a significant discount, cash plus product credit. In your first 90 days, you will have the opportunity to earn over $200 in additional products plus great logo items!

Ready to join my team? Click here to get started>>

Being a part of my team links you with a strong company that produces high-quality products, allows you access to a huge network of resources and training, and provides you with a community and coach who want you to succeed!

Close To My Heart is an innovative company and a leader in the crafting industry. Our founder Jeanette Lynton had a vision for a company that would provide a rewarding business opportunity by producing original scrapbooking and stamping products. As a consultant, you can rest easy knowing that you will always have on-trend quality items to offer to your customers. Learn more about Close To My Heart>>

Once you join my team, you will have access to a plethora of on-demand training available 24/7 to grow your business and creative talents. As a new consultant, you will be automatically be enrolled in our 7 week Start With Heart training program to get your business off to a strong start. In addition, Close To My Heart regularly pushes new information to the consultants through timely videos and articles. Through our Online Office you will also have access to reports to help you understand your business, marketing materials and consultant-only bulletin boards.
Online Training

Finally, I’m so excited to tell you about my team, the Treasure Keepers. This group of consultant have become some of my best friends. We share ideas, encourage one another and basically do life together. Because we are not all close physically, our Facebook group provides a place to communicate regularly. We also have monthly calls and quarterly meetings. As your team leader, I am dedicate to helping you choose goals and meet them. Learn more about the Treasure Keepers>>


Ready to join my team? Click here to get started>>

October 2015 is a great time to start your Close To My Heart business! Along with the fabulous new consultant kit pictured above, you will receive the adorable messenger bag pictured below. The interior of this bag is large without the bag getting bulky. It will easily hold your 12” x 12” paper and albums! I received one of these bags at the Convention in July and LOVE IT!


We are also kicking off an awesome rewards program for our new consultants this month! As you achieve each milestone in our new Straight To The Top (STTT) program, you will earn fun, exclusive rewards to help you continue marketing your business and sharing your passion for crafting. Join my team to day and watch the perks pile up!


Ready to join my team? Click here to get started>>

If you crave creativity, relish warm relationships and would love your job to involve being creative, I’d love to tell you more about how Close To My Heart can fit all of those desires. My team is made up of business builders who focus on growing income, part-timers who lead a few parties each month as well as hobbyists who love a discount. If you fit any of these profiles, I’ll embrace you as a member of my team.

As your coach, I’m here to help you every step of your journey. I’d love to help you sort out whether this opportunity is right for you. Please email me to get the ball rolling!