Wednesday, August 23, 2017

My Page Celebrating 23 Years of Marriage

This month, my husband and I celebrate 23 years of marriage. We thought we had it all figured out in 1994 when we tied the knot, but we had no idea where life would lead us. 

This one-page spread is another layout from the Close To My Heart convention. It uses several prints from the Basic and Adventure Fundamental paper packs. If you have been following my other posts with convention layouts, you know I'm a big fan of the Fundamental line of papers. Each of these pages gives you a somewhat neutral print using a single color. Once you have picked your color palette, you can replace any solid papers with one of these prints with no change to your color scheme.

The stickers, including this title, are from the Better Together Complements pack. There is also a scattering of the new Bashful pearls on the page.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Happy Camper Layout using You Are Here Cricut Collection

The first time I flipped through the handbook for the new You Are Here Cricut cartridge, I was drawn vintage trailer camper. It was so cute that I couldn't wait to cut it out. Add to that the "Happy Camper" title and we have a winner!

New Warehouse Sale Bundles are Christmas Themed

Today, new Warehouse Sale items were added to my online store and many have Christmas items. Stock up now to get ready for the upcoming holidays!

Here's a sample of what you will find:
Christmas Embossing Folders
Christmas Thin Cuts Bundle
Wreath Thin Cut & Stamp set

Christmas embellishments
Christmas bags & tags bundle
Everyday Life & Pocket scrapbooking bundle
There are several other items or bundles, go to my Close To My Heart website see them all. If you see things you think your friends would like, it's not to late to host an August party and earn BONUS REWARDS! Just send me a message to get it set up behind the scenes before you invite people to shop.

If you place an order, be sure to check out the School Year Stamp of the Month before you check out. It is exclusively available this month and if your order if $50 or more, it is just $5. ALL of the Warehouse Sales COUNT toward meeting the $50 requirement!

Don't forget that all of the Warehouse Sale items and bundles are only available while supplies last. Order your selections right away so you don't miss them.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

First Day in Utah Layout

Yesterday, I share a scrapbook page from the 2017 Close To My Heart convention. My flight was early on the day before the convention started, so I had most of the day to explore Salt Lake City. It was a beautiful day and the pedometer on my watch was very happy with me!

Most of these pictures are from Temple Square. I learned so much about the history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. On the bottom of the left pages are two pictures of the convention center where I would be spending the next few days.

The layout itself is another project from convention. Although I re-arranged my pieces a bit, it was easy to pull together because everything we cut out and ready for us to assemble --- thank you CTMH! These professionally created projects always included so many little details that I tend to neglect when I'm creating from scratch, for example the stamped splatters. 

You may remember that yesterday's layout had the word "Utah" on it. This one has the shape of the state. Both of these images are from the Hello USA Cricut Collection (digital only).

Hello USA Cricut Collection (digital only)
Solid Cardstock
Ink Pads

Next year's convention will be in Las Vegas! It is going to be a great time and I'd love to have you join us --- of course you'll have to become a consultant first! This month's promotion provides the best opportunity to do that because you have the opportunity to add a bonus item in your first 30 days. You can choose between an alphabet thin cut bundle, any of our Cricut collections or $99 in product credit! This is all on top of our already generous Straight To The Top bonuses.

Learn more about joining and the August Special>>

If you have any questions, please email me. I'd love to chat!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Sweet Memories from our Salt Lake City Convention

Today, I wanted to share with you a special picture that deserved a special layout. 

In June, I traveled to Salt Lake City, Utah to the Close To My Heart Convention. I spend four days with some of the most lovely people in the world, many are in the photo above. These are my people, the Scattered Hearts team and our leader, Tina Sutton (holding the white heart in the front row).

In addition to catching up with old friends and meeting new ones, a highlight of convention is playing with all the new products. This layout was one of our projects and it uses papers, embellishments and stamp sets from the new 2017 Annual Inspirations Idea Book. I love how this layout has lots of layers created by a combination of papers, stickers, Cricut-cuts and pearls.

Ink pads

If you are looking for a place to belong, you should consider becoming a Close To My Heart consultant. In addition to being part of the national Scattered Hearts team, you will also be part of my Treasure Keepers team. We have an active team Facebook group, regular calls, quarterly meetings and much more. When you join my team, I will offer you one-on-one coaching to the extent you want. I'd love to help you dream big and meet your goals!

Earn a bonus when you join in August! Place $300 in orders before September 30 and you can choose between an Alphabet thin cut bundle, any of our Cricut Collections or $99 in product credit!

Learn more about joining and the August Special>>

If you have any questions, please email me. I'd love to chat!

Friday, August 11, 2017

Recipes for Featured August Stamp of the Month Projects

Each month, my Close To My Heart features beautiful projects made by home office artists using the current stamp of the month. This month's projects are perfect to help make the first day of school a big success!

As you know, most teachers operate on a very low budget and supplement supplies out of their own project. Wouldn't your child's teacher love that bundle of pictures with a handmade tag to show your appreciation. Another idea is to create one of these featured cards for a personal note to slip in your child's lunch box or back pack to let them know you are thinking of them through the day. And of course the layout is a must to show off those adorable first day of school pictures.

Below I'd added the list of projects needed to create these projects.

12″ × 12″ Hello Handsome Single Page

 School Year (August Stamp of the Month)
 Jack Paper Packet
 White Daisy Cardstock
 Whisper Cardstock
 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad
 Black & White Dots
 Jack Complements
 Watercolor Pencils
 Blending Pen
 Sewing Machine

5½″ × 4¼″ First Day of School Card

 School Year (August Stamp of the Month)
 Jack Paper Packet
 Whisper Cardstock
 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad
 Black & White Dots
 Jack Complements
 Whisper Thick Twine

4¼″ × 5½″ School is… Card

 School Year (August Stamp of the Month)
 Jack Paper Packet
 White Daisy Cardstock
 Black Cardstock
 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad
 Black & White Dots
 Jack Complements
 Whisper Thick Twine

3D — Teacher Gift Tag

 School Year (August Stamp of the Month)
 Jack Paper Packet
 White Daisy Cardstock
 Juniper Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad
 Black & White Dots
 Whisper Thick Twine
 Cricut® Artbooking Collection
Cricut® Shapes:
2½″ Shift+Photo Mat 1 <Teamwork> (p. 83)
1¾″ Shift+Border <Teamwork> (p. 83)

Remember the Stamp of the Month, School Year, is only available in August 2017. In addition, you can get it for just $5 with a $50 purchase. So look over these supply lists, make your list and then be sure to add the stamp of the month.

Keep in mind that the Jack paper pack and some of the other products in these project retire at the end of this month. Retiring items are now while supplies last and items are starting to run out, so don't wait to place your order. Also, when you order $26.95 of items from the Jack product line in August, I'll send you a bonus stamp set!

Be sure to review all of my August specials which I posted earlier this month before you submit your order. Please let me know if you have any questions about these projects or the product used. 
Keep creating,

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Replace your solid paper with Fundamentals to add excitement to your projects

If you have been following the Close To My Heart products for a couple years, you may be familiar with our Fundamentals line of products, you'll want to check out our all new patterns. If are not familiar with the Fundamentals, it's time to introduce yourself! 

These unassuming collections include papers, embellishments and ribbons that go along with our color palette. There is a separate Fundamentals collection for each group of colors: Whimsy (pastels), Adventure (brights), Enchantment (bolds) and Basics (neutrals). The amazing thing about them is each sheet of paper has a pattern that incorporates just one color (plus white). So you can replace any solid cardstock in your projects with these papers to add interest without compromising your color scheme. 

With the new Annual Inspirations Idea Book that went live on August 1, we have a whole new set of fundamental products! Today, I have a couple simple cards made with products from this line.

This card could have been made with all solid cardstock and it would sbe ok. But it is much ore interesting due to the Fundamaental papers. Three of the Fundamental paper packs are represented: the Willow watercolor print from Adventure, the Sweet Leaf open circles from Whimsy and the Peacock dots from Enchantment.  The banners, stars, heart and sentiment are all stickers straight from the new Happy Moments complements pack. So fast & simple!

Adventure Fundamental Paper Pack
Enchantment Fundamental Paper Pack
Cardstock (two-toned): Peacock and Willow

Here's another card where I used Fundamentals instead of solid cardstock. Both pieces of fundamental paper on this card are from the Whimsy pack: Sorbet floral and Flaxen small open circles. Thanks to our new two-toned cardstock, both blues on the card are Sapphire. The only stamping on this card is the words "My Friend" that come from the Beautiful You stamp set. 

Cardstock (two-toned): Sapphire, Flaxen, Sorbet and Poppy
Beautiful You stamp set

If you like easy, yet interesting, the fundamental papers are exactly what you need.  Because each side of the paper has just one color (plus white) you can mix them up just as you would solid cardstock. So for your next project, pick your color scheme then decide where to use solid and where to use pattered (fundamental) papers. Your resulting project will have more detail by simply adding a couple of these prints.

Each pack of fundamental paper has a whopping 24 sheets of paper at less than $1 per sheet. Pick up one or all four today!

Whimsy Fundamental Paper
Adventure Fundamental Paper

Enchantment Fundamental Paper
Basic Fundamental Paper

By the way, as part of this week's Warehouse Special, there is currently a Basic Fundamental bundle at 50% off regular retail value. Although these products are based on the retired Basics color palette, it would be a great addition to your stash to add detail when you add neutrals to your project. 

This pack includes a pack of patterned paper, stickers and embellishments in neutral colors. It will only be available until next Tuesday (or when supplies run out). Keep your eyes out for the next set of Warehouse Sales posted every Tuesday in August at 1 am (CST). 

Monday, August 7, 2017

Scattered Hearts Cricut Blog Hop: Beach Vacation Scrapbooking Layout using the new You Are Here Cartridge

Today's post is brought to you by the Scattered Hearts Team! I'm proud to be a member of this leading team at Close To My Heart. This team is full of amazing artists and I have a real treat for you today: a blog hop of projects made by team members using the Close To My Heart Cricut collections.

If you arrived from Pink Cloud Scrappers with Lori, you are on the right path. My project is this beach layout using images from the You Are Here cartridge and stamp sets.

The hardest part of this project was deciding where to start since this cartridge has 700 images. They are all travel related and I love to travel, but the sand castle really won me over so my first You Are Here page has a beach theme.

If you'd like more information about this project, continue reading. If you are ready to see the another Cricut project, hop on over to Scrappin with Heather to see what she's made.

Project Details

One of the things I love about this layout is the use of our new two-toned cardstock. The front of each sheet is the original color, but the back side is a slightly lighter shade. I love how it works for the sandcastle -- using two different colors in our palette would have made the contrast too bold. But cutting the layers out of the two sides of our new Toffee paper made it just enough to highlight the details.

You can also see the difference two-toned makes in the Lagoon water. Our paper still has a white core which helped me create the waves in the ocean.

This layout also introduces our new Color of the Year, Bashful. This beautiful soft pink is so trendy and was the perfect addition to my beach layout. 

We have a full lineup of Bashful items including Cardstock, dye and pigment inks, reinker, glitter paper, albums and even the pearls.Don't they add so much to the cute beach bag on this layout? You will also see this trendy color pop up in other products through out the year.

The You Are Here cartridge is part of a bundle that includes a paper pack plus three great travel stamp sets that coordinate with the images on the cartridge. This tag was made from a cut on the cartridge and stamped with one of the includes stamps. Toffee paper and ink were used to get the soft tone-on-tone look which was perfect for this layout.

Design Space Link

Click on the link below to open to the Design Space file I used to create this layout. Remember you have to purchase the You Are Here Cricut Collection before you can cut the images.

Project Recipe:

Lagoon, Bashful, Toffee and White Daisy Cardstock
Toffee Exclusive Ink Pad
You Are Here Cricut Collection (Z3389 for physical cartridge, Z3387 for digital only)
Bashful Pearls (Z3369)
3D Foam Tape

Saturday, August 5, 2017

August Trifecta: Separate deals for purchases, hosting and becoming a consultant

I've been procrastinating. It's already August 5 and I'm just now getting my "first of the month" blog post up. Occasionally, I get this opening post late because life is busy and I just don't get it done. But this time, it was because I had serious writer's block!

There is so much to tell you and seriously, I just couldn't get my head wrapped around how to get it all summarized in a single post. There are three Close To My Heart specials (one for purchases, one for hostesses and another for new consultants). As usual, I have a Collection of the Month bonus and I've created bundles with the new Cricut cartridges. Plus there is the  August Stamp of the Month. All together 6 great deals to tell you about today.

So rather than let this become really long, I'm going to just bullet point each item with links to where you can find more information.

  • Online Warehouse Sale - Each Tuesday morning, a new collection of discounted products and bundles will be posted on my website. Learn more>>

  • Jump for Joy - August hostesses can "jump" up a level on the rewards table. Learn more>>

  • Rewards Your Way - When you join my team, you will have the opportunity to earn a free Cricut collection, Thin Cut Alphabet or get $99 in product! Learn more>>

  • Collection of the Month: Jack - Order this workshop (or other qualifying Jack items) and I'll give you a free stamp set! (Must email your order to me.) Learn more>>

  • Cricut Bundles - Get free items when you order the new Cricut collections! Learn more>>

  • August Stamp of the Month, School Year - This stamp set is exclusively available during August 2017. You can pay full price ($17.95) or add it to an order of $50 or more for just $5. Learn more>>

Not just one, but 4 new Cricut Collections from Close To My Heart! (Special Bundle Offers too)

Highest on my wish list for the new Idea Book was a new Cricut Collection. Guess what? They gave us not one, not two,...but FOUR: You Are Here, Hello USA, Hello Canada & Hello AU/NZ! I'm so excited to introduce you to them today. Be sure to scroll to the bottom of this email for exclusive Cricut Collection bundles!

You Are Here 

Whether you're traveling abroad, taking a road trip or enjoying a relaxing "staycation", this Cricut collection is sure to have everything you need to document your journey. From outdoor escapades and family reunions to spa retreats and holiday outings, you'll find shapes and sentiments for every pit stop along the road of life!

The cartridge has 700 images including two complete fonts and travel-related shapes, titles, phrases and fonts.

Sample of images on You Are Here cartridge

View the complete image index>>

You can order the physical cartridge or if you have an Explore type machine, you can order the digital-only version. Note that you will not get a handbook with the digital collection. Regardless of whether you order the physical or digital collection, you will also receive three D-sized stamp set and a pack of 20 sheets of Enchantment two toned cardstock!

Hello USA (Digital Only)

Hello USA is a must for patriots and travelers. There is a total of 60 layered images including one for each of our 50 states with the name, a local flower, slogan and a state specific icon. We also get a layered image for Puerto Rico! In addition, you'll get a complete image of the United States with optional layers of state outlines, regional boundaries, slogans and icons. Bonus images of the flag, July 4th star and America the Beautiful Heart.

Note this collection is digital only which means it in only for use with machines in the Cricut Explore family.

Hello Canada (Digital Only)

The Hello Canada Collection includes 20 layered images. First you get a geographical view of the entire country with optional layers to show the provincial and territorial boundaries, maple leaf and slogans. You'll also get an outline image for each of the provinces and territories with layers for the name, flower, slogan and icon. In addition, you'll get the flag, hockey, parliament building and polar bear!

Note this collection is digital only which means it in only for use with machines in the Cricut Explore family. 

Hello AU/NZ (Digital Only)

Hello AU/NZ is a collection of 20 layered images is a must if you have traveled to Australia or New Zealand. Full Australia and New Zealand geographical images includes an optional layers marking the state and territory boundaries, slogans, flowers and icons. In addition, there is an image for each individual state and territory as well as a local flower, slogan and coordinating icon. In addition, you'll get both countries' flags, plus a dolphin and sea turtle!

Note this collection is digital only which means it in only for use with machines in the Cricut Explore family.

Rewards Your Way (The Best Deal)

I know you probably want one or more of these cartridges and I'd like to help you get them in your hands so you can start creating right away! The best way to get one of them plus a bunch of other great Close To My Heart products is by joining my team. Only in August, when you join my team, you will have the opportunity to earn your choice of these Cricut collections for free in your first 30 days!

Bundled Savings!

For each of the new Cricut Collections, I've put together a bundle that includes a free related stamp set! You can order the Cricut collections on my website and I'll send the bonus stamp sets separately.

Bundle #1: You Are Here PLUS A New Adventure (B1565) FREE

Order You Are Here with a physical cartridge>>
Order You Are Here digital collection>>

Bundle #2: Hello USA PLUS Fourth of July (A1204) FREE

Bundle #3: Hello Canada PLUS Canada 150 (A1214) FREE

Bundle #4: Hello AU/NZ PLUS Aussie Greeting (A1211) FREE

These bundles are only available during August 2017 by ordering on my personal Close To My Heart website.