Tuesday, September 20, 2016

New Uptown Scrapbooking Kit for all your formal occasions

This year my in-laws celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. As we were planning their celebration, I knew I wanted to make a special scrapbook to celebrate them. The new Uptown Fundamentals papers and complements were perfect for this project.

In addition to special anniversary pictures, my new Uptown Scrapbooking kit is perfect for wedding, engagement or even prop. These three layouts get their charm from the beautiful Uptown Fundamentals collection which includes paper with beautiful black and white prints and coordinating Complements pack with coordinating stickers and black and gold glitter die-cuts.

Here's what you get in the Uptown Scrapbooking kit:
  • Z3263 Uptown Fundamentals Paper Packet
  • Z3269 You & Me Complements
  • Z3289 Uptown Ribbon Pack
  • X5789 Sea Glass Cardstock (1 sheet)
  • X5787 Blossom Cardstock (1 sheet)
  • X5930 Slate Cardstock (1 sheet)
  • X5929 Whisper Cardstock (1 sheet)
  • 1386 Black Cardstock (3 sheets)
  • 1385 White Daisy Cardstock (3 sheets)
  • Complete cutting and assembly instructions for six 12" x 12" pages (pdf)

Already have some of the products? You purchase just the instruction sheets!

Love Close To My Heart? I'd like to invite you to join my team, the Treasure Keepers, and get the instructions for this workshop free! Get started now>>

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Daffodil (Assembly Video): A little Spring in September

My favorite time of the year is Spring and nothing proclaims spring like daffodils! In fact, soon after the new year, I start watching my flower bed for the tender green stems coming out of the dirt. Then I can't wait until they burst into full color.

I know it seems off to talk about spring flowers in September just a few days before Fall begins. But because daffodils are one of my favorite flowers, it was at the top of my list of flowers to make when the new Flower Market Cricut cartridge was released. 

Watch this video to see me make one of these beautiful flowers.

Want to know what other flowers are on the cartridge?  Click here to download my free Flower Market Index>>

Have fun!

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Four Flower Market Videos just released and more to come!

Close To My Heart just posted four videos on Youtube with each one featuring a different key on the new Flower Market Cricut cartridge. In my last post, I discussed how each key on the overlay (or page in the handbook) had a different flower and related images.

Yesterday, Close To My Heart announced that they will be posting a video for each of these keys! In each video, you will learn how to create the primary flower image and see projects using the coordinating images. In this first video, Monica walks you through how to make the layered bluebells on page (or key) 10 of the handbook. She also shows a lovely baby scrapbooking page using the bluebells and related images.

Three other videos in this series are ready for you to watch:
This cartridge is fully loaded with 14 images on each of 50 keys which is a total of 700 images! Over the next few weeks, additional videos are coming featuring each of the remaining keys.

Don't own this cartridge yet? I'd love to help get one into your hands! View Flower Market in my online shop>>

Before you check out don't forget to add on the Stamp of the Month and a Create Kindness kit.

Have $150 or more on your wish list? Given that two new amazingly beautiful Idea Books were just released, I bet you do! I'm offering DOUBLE HOSTESS REWARDS for parties that close in September! Contact me right away for details.

Flower Market Index of Flowers by Key (Free Download)

Earlier this month, I posted an overview of the Flower Market showing all the different types of images on this fully-loaded cartridge. In addition to flowers, there are containers for flowers, backgrounds for flowers, darling images and two complete fonts! Today I'd like to focus in on the flowers. 

This weekend, I spent some time really looking at the handbook and was amazed to find detailed depictions of a few flowers that I'm familiar with. For example, here's a picture of the layered hydrangea in Design Space (p. 20 of the handbook) and a picture from my backyard.

Pretty cool likeness, right?

This made me curious about the rest of the flowers on the cartridge. So I went though each page of the handbook and looked up the main flower shown. There are actually 50 different flowers featured on the cartridge! Each one has either a 3D or layered image plus containers, backgrounds and sentiments that go along with that flower. Many have simpler versions or individual flowers vs. grouping. There is so much content on this cartridge!

Here's all of the shapes that coordinate with the hydrangea:

I looked up the meaning of a hydrangea and found a wide variety -- some good and some actually not so good. One that stood out to me was that these colorful clusters of flowers represent apology, forgiveness and gratitude. I think that's the meaning that the designer of this cartridge choose to depict with the hot air balloon, sun, fluffy flowers and "Today". 

To help you find your favorite flowers, I summarized the primary flowers on each page of the handbook (or key on the overlay) in a handy reference page that you can download for free!

Don't own this cartridge yet? I'd love to help get one into your hands! View Flower Market in my online shop>>

Before you check out don't forget to add on the Stamp of the Month and a Create Kindness kit

Have $150 or more on your wish list? Given that two new amazingly beautiful Idea Books were just released, I bet you do! I'm offering DOUBLE HOSTESS REWARDS for parties that close in September! Contact me right away for details.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Dandelion: Weed or Flower? (Assembly Video)

Dandelions are usually thought of as pests, but at Close To My Heart we've risen them to the status of flower by including them on the new Cricut cartridge "Flower Market". And the result? I think the dandelion is pretty, but you can judge for yourself.

Watch my video to see how a few pieces of paper transform into a Dandelion.

Wasn't that fun? This is just one of many flowers (both 3D and flat) on the Flower Market cartridge. I can't wait to try the next one.

Until next time,

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Puerto Vallarta or bust!

Each year, Close To My Heart gives each of the consultant a chance to earn an amazing trip to exotic destinations. This year, I find myself less than a month from the deadline and for the first time ever within reach of making it!!!

I'm so excited about the opportunity to travel to lovely Puerto Vallarta!  But with this amazing company, you don't just earn a trip for yourself. You get to bring a guest! I'd love to give this trip to my husband for all the support he has shown me over the years!

Although I am within reach, it is definitely a stretch goal! I'll need to have my best month ever in sales, parties and recruiting. But it is POSSIBLE!

So, what does this mean for you?

To achieve this goal, I'm offering a number of special deals to my customers -- current and new! I'll be posting some of them on this blog, but I'll also be sharing exclusive specials on my Facebook page, through my newsletter, at live events and even in one-on-one conversations. Most of these will be limited time "Flash Sales" where you'll need to act before the time runs out. How can you find out about the best deals? By keeping your eyes on each of these avenues. 

However, keep in mind that I'm posting specials based on what I think people want. Of course, I don't know what is on your personal wish list.  If there is a Close To My Heart product or two you have been dreaming of, drop me an email and tell me about it.  I'll get back to you with the best offer that works for me and meets the requirements of the Close To My Heart consultant agreement. Hopefully, we can find a way to get that item into your hands while helping me earn the trip!

Wait, did you say you want to go too?

It may be a little late for the Puerto Vallarta trip, but if working when you want to work for yourself, earning cash and scrapbooking product, plus being given the chance to take an amazing trips like this appeals to you, we need to talk! You would be perfect for my team. I'm really excited about the next incentive trip to Thailand. The earning period starts October 1, so now is the time to start!


Friday, September 9, 2016

Gold Embossed You Make Heart Happy Card

Today, I have another card using the new Uptown Fundamental collection. This card is all about the GOLD!

Check out lists of trends for 2016 and you'll surely see over-the-top gold. One trend article I found talked about "Bold Gold" where gold moves being an accent and takes center stage. That's the goal I had for this card. To do this, I pulled gold from several sources.

A1192 Happy Heart
First, I heat embossed the hearts and sentiments from the Happy Heart (A1192) stamp set. This stamp set is a bargain because a lot is packed on it for a size A set!

If you have never heat embossed, you are missing out on one of the coolest crafting techniques. First you stamp with Versamark and sprinkled with gold embossing powder. Then the fun step: melt the powder with the craft heater until it was beautifully shiny.

Gold Embossing Powder

The bottom half of the card is covered with the bold gold and white stripes from the new Uptown Fundamentals paper pack.  This paper has literally "Bold Gold" stripes. The finishing golden touch is the gold and white ribbon from the Uptown ribbon pack.

Love the Bold Gold trend? Here's some other creative products that will help you incorporate gold into your projects. Links to learn more about each of these are below the images.

Gold Glitter Paper
Sequins Gold Assortment
All About the Gold Fundamentals
Gold Shimmer Trim
Base & Bling Bow Charms - Faux Gold
Gold Polka-Dot Washi Tape (currently on clearance for just $2.80!)
Picture My Life Watercolor Cards - Gold
Metallic Markers
Gold foil tape

Thursday, September 8, 2016

You're invited to my Retirement Party!

No, I'm not retiring, but a lot of my favorite Close To My Heart products have. My inventory closet is busting at the seams and I need to move of the excess.

For this event, I will slash prices on everything that is no longer available to order. This includes some beautiful paper, embellishments and even a few Cricut cartridges! All retired products will be at least 10%, but many up to 75% off!

I'll also have sign ups for all my fall events and even a one-day special or two on current orders.

This shopping event runs from 5 to 9 pm, but get here when the doors open to get the best deals. Let me know if you need my address or directions. Hope you can make it!

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Congratulations on your new Little One Balloon Card

What is more exciting that welcoming a new little one into the family? I can't think of anything and the bright colors from the Adventure Fundamentals papers and the cheerful balloons convey that excitement. 

To make the card more dimensional, I cut out the balloons and popped them up with 3D foam tape. I used both regular and thin foam tape to create a variety in height. 

The twine added to the 3D effect and helped ground the balloons on the card. 

If you like this card, but need to cover another occasion? That's ok! The stamp set I used, Happy For You (C1660) stamp set has sentiments that cover lots of special days.
Guess what? This stamp set is also available in French & Spanish

In fact 11 of our stamp sets now can be purchased in French and Spanish. As a mom of a girl taking her fourth year of French, I love these options. How fun!


Monday, September 5, 2016

September Collection of the Month: Jeepers Creepers (BONUS stamp set!)

The spooky season is nearly upon us and with the September Collection of the Month, Jeepers Creepers, you will be ready! 

This set of creative products takes light-hearted approach to Halloween with smiley monsters and clever titles. You can buy all the products in this collection separately, or get it all in the Jeepers Creepers Workshop Your Way.

This workshop is fully loaded with product including
  • Jeepers Creepers paper packet (X7211B), 12 sheets patterned paper
  • Jeepers Creepers Complements (X7211C) with stickers and black glitter paper
  • Jeepers Creepers assortment (Z4009) puffy stickers
  • Jeepers Creepers washi tape pack (Z4010)
  • Coordinating solid cardstock (5 sheets)
Using the FREE downloadable instructions, you can make six Halloween pages.

Cut apart the sheet of Picture My Life cards and add extra pictures to the layouts using Flip Flaps and our new Pocket Plus Memory Protections.

Finally add a few extra supplies and use the left over supplies for a few fun cards.

If you like what you see, be sure to order your Jeepers Creepers workshop from me in September because this month you'll get the Swirling Star stamp set free!

In the Holiday Expressions Idea Book, this stamp set is used on Christmas projects, but I think it is a fun way to add a little extra sparkly magic to Halloween projects as well.

Here's how to take advantage of this deal: 

1. Go to my website www.rebeccabrown.ctmh.com

3. Add anything else you want to your order. Don't forget about the September Specials: Create Kindness Kit and Blessed Beyond Measure Stamp set.

4. Check out and send me an email mentioning the Collection of the Month special. I'll send you a refund check of $2.95 for the FREE stamp set.

Sunday, September 4, 2016

NEW Rustic Homes Scrapbooking Kit

It's time to celebrate home, life and love!

I'm finally have the Rustic Homes scrapbooking kit ready and I'm so excited to share it with you! These three layouts get their charm from the beautiful Rustic Home collection.

Here's what you get in the Rustic Homes Scrapbooking kit:

  • Z3262 Rustic Home Paper Packet
  • Z3267 Rustic Home Complements
  • Z3267 Rustic Home Ribbon Pack
  • 1388 Colonial White Cardstock (3 sheets)
  • X5789 Sea Glass Cardstock (1 sheet)
  • X5930 Slate Cardstock (1 sheet)
  • Complete cutting and assembly instructions for six 12" x 12" pages

Already have some of the products? You purchase just the instruction sheets!

Love Close To My Heart? I'd like to invite you to join my team, the Treasure Keepers, and get the instructions for this workshop free! Get started now>>

Friday, September 2, 2016

September ushers in new products, kindness and more!

It is hard to believe that September 2016 is here! It still feels like summer here in Missouri even though the calendar says Fall is getting near. With the arrival of September comes the Holiday Expressions Idea Book, National Stamping Month and much more. In this post, I'm going to summarize all the great things happening at Close To My Heart this month.

Read on to learn more about:
  • New Holiday papers, stamps and more!
  • Kindness mini-cards 
  • Blessed Beyond Measure

1. New Holiday Products

I am lovin' the new Holiday Expressions Idea Book and I think you will too!

This new catalog is bigger than our last seasonal book and includes four new paper collections for Halloween, fall, Christmas and winter. Each collection includes a decorative paper pack, solid cardstock pack and embellishment packs. Use these products to create your own projects or take advantage of the scrapbooking and card-making workshops.

All of these products are now available in my online store, or you can flip through a copy of the Idea Book online. Start shopping now>>

2. Create Kindness Mini-Card Kit

To celebrate National Stamping Month, I'm offering an exclusive kit for sweet little cards that you can use to spread kindness.

The complete kit includes 24 decorative mini-cards, circles for stamping and envelopes plus 8 stamps, a block and archival ink all perfectly packed in a small organizer. You get the best deal when you buy the complete kit, but each of these items are also available individually. Learn more>>

3. Blessed Beyond Measure Stamp Set

Even those of us city-dwellers appreciate the fall season of Thanksgiving.  The September stamp of the month, Blessed Beyond Measure, includes lots of great sentiments to express a heart full of gratitude.

In addition, there is a pumpkin and leaves that coordinate with images on the Artbooking Cricut cartridge. This stamp set is exclusively available in September. Get it for just $5 when you place a $50 order!