Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Baby, I'm Worth It! April Special starts Friday, but act today for BONUS!

Have you ever tried to explain something so big that you don't know where to start? I am so there right now!

There is so much to say about our April Special that I'm struggling with how to tell you all about it! 

***Before I begin, just a heads up that there is a Limited Time Offer at the end of this post. Be sure to read about the action you must make by the end of day tomorrow to get a special bonus.***

Because it is bigger than what I can cover in one post, the information below will provide the basics of our new consultant program and the special deal for joining in April. Click on the "learn more" links to get all details. As always, feel free to email me with any questions you have.


First, the consultant kit is being revamped starting in April with a significantly lower price tag and more flexibility. (How does $75 for a kit that includes $50 in product credit sound?) Did I mention that you can use that credit to buy brand new products that customers can't buy until May?
Learn more>>


Second, when you join in April, our already generous fast start program will include the opportunity for you to earn your choice of $100 in additional product credit or a free Cricut bundle!
Learn more>>


Finally, I'm adding two special incentives.

#1 - Let me know via email by midnight tomorrow (Thursday, 3/31) that you plan to join my team, the Treasure Keepers in April and I'll send you the NEW Magical paper pack pictured below when you join!

#2 - Meet all of the Straight To The Top targets and I'll send you a Shoulder Tote!

***Remember to get the bonus paper pack, you must contact me before tomorrow night at midnight. Everything else outlined above is available throughout the month of  April. ***

This offer is universal to anyone who loves creative products and/or would like to earn an income. Close To My Heart consultants come in many shapes and sizes including:
  1. The Business Builder who leads gatherings, crops and classes to earn a full time income.
  2. The Part-Timer who works a few hours each week or month to cover the cost of her personal supplies and earn a little spending money.
  3. The Hobbyist who meets the low quarterly minimums through her own purchases and maybe a friend or two.
There are many other options between these definitions. You can learn more by watching these videos on my website. I'd love to chat with you about how Close To My Heart would fit your life! Email me>>

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Overview Video for the New iOS App: Cricut Basics

Cricut has just released a new app for iPhones and iPads called Cricut Basics. This program allows you to cut images and projects on your Cricut Explore machine in a way that is faster and simpler than Design Space.

Cricut Basics App for iOS

This weekend, I borrowed my husband's iPad to try it out. While it doesn't have all the bells and whistles, it is perfect when you just need to make a few cuts or have a project that is ready to go. To help you get started, I recorded this video showing you how to cut projects, images and text using the Cricut Basics App.

NEW Cricut Basics™ for iOS

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Penelope Workshop Your Way Guide and Videos

Have you tried one of our new Workshop Your Way kits? These kits contain an amazing amount of product at a very affordable price. Three kits were introduced in the Seasonal Expressions Idea Book that was released in January.

The Penelope kit is perfect for your spring layouts and cards. The kit is designed to make three 2-page layouts (6 pages total), up to x Picture My Life cards and a set of 8 adorable cards.

You can download the directions on my Close To My Heart website on the kit ordering page by clicking on "Download Guide" under the "Add To Cart" button.

Watch this series of videos for additional help 

Cutting Guide Video (hint, you can mute the audio for this one)

Scrapbook Layout Assembly Video

Cardmaking Video

Picture My Life Video

Have fun with your Penelope kit. If you have questions about any of the products of techniques used in these projects, please let me know.

Happy Creating,

Monday, March 7, 2016

Easter Shaker Card Tutorial

Ever wanted to make a shaker card?  The shaker box is really not that hard using 3D foam tape, baby powder and acetate.

Here are links to other products used to make this card:

If you have questions about any of the products or techniques used to make this card, please let me know.
Happy Creating,

Friday, March 4, 2016

NEW card for Monday's workshop

I just created a couple new cards for this month's All You Can Make card workshop that will be on Monday night. I wanted to share one with you and also invite you to join me to make it and others.

This card uses the retired Tommy paper. I just love the bold blue and gold stripes, don't you? I continue to get requests to add more masculine birthday and this one fits the bill.

If you live in the Arnold/St. Louis area, you are invited to come to the workshop. 

This simple card could easily be recreated using any papers. I used two stamp sets to make this card. B1417 Perfect Fit - Birthday and D1527 Perfect Fit are made to go together! The images are on Art Philosophy so although it looks like I did some fancy cutting, it was really fast and easy to create the layers.

Both of these stamp sets are currently available, but they will be retiring later this year. If you like them, now is the time to order them because of the March special which allows you to buy two stamp sets and get a third one free!

There are so many stamp sets currently available, but many like the ones above will be retiring soon. Check them out -- I bet you will find three you really want! See all available stamps>>

Happy creating, 

Thursday, March 3, 2016

It's Stampaganza Time: Buy 2 Stamp Sets Get 1 FREE!

Only for March, when you buy any two stamp set, you get to pick a third one for free!!! This pricing makes March 2016 THE BEST time to order stamps. The least expensive of the three stamp sets will be free. You can choose from any currently available stamp sets for this promotion except the stamp of the month, hostess reward stamps and a few consultant only sets. So get out your wish list!

If you are a stamper, you probably already know that our clear acrylix stamps are the best quality on the market. You may not know how wide the selection is; we currently have over 400 stamp sets available for purchase!!! I bet that you can find at least 3 that you'd like to own. Probably more!

NOTE: Many available stamp sets are not shown in the current catalogs!

That's right, not all of our stamps are featured in the current Annual Inspirations or Seasonal Expressions Idea Books. There are many more due only to our current generous stamp retirement schedule. Any stamps that have been featured in an Idea Book up to 1 year ago plus ALL Cricut compatible stamp sets. These means that if you want to see all of the stamp sets you must go to my website (

Tons of stamps will retire soon!

It was just announced that our stamp longevity policies are changing to only include stamps in current idea books. This means that there are a lot of stamps that will retire forever very soon. In fact there are 27 that will be retired on May 1 and another 271 on August 1. Click on the link below to see the list of stamps that will be retiring.

To see the sets, you can go to the page in the Idea Books on the list, or simply type the item number in the search box shop page of my website and click SEARCH.

When you find the ones that you want, just add them to your cart. They system will automatically apply the discount.

While you are shopping, be sure to also check out the March Stamp of the Month, Sunshine Birdies. It may still be chilly, but we're all sunshine, butterflies and birds with these springtime stamps. The complete set is just $5 with a $50 order!

Happy Shopping,