Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Monthly Club

Do you love Close To My Heart Products as much as I do?
Are you new to the hobby and want to learn more and increase your product stash?
Do you already place at least a $20 order monthly?
Would you like to receive at least $25 in FREE product- without doing a thing?

Do you want more CTMH products but are not local? 
Do you do Studio J and want rewards for your layouts!?

If you said YES to any of these questions than I have a great deal for you!! I will be starting a new group in August 2013 if you are interested in joining!

What does the monthly club entail you want to know?

* The minimum monthly order is only $25 (plus shipping & tax) if we have 6 people which works out to a 6 month commitment (August through January).
--This is just a "virtual" type club. We don't physically meet anywhere. It's just a way if you like our products to order each month and then one of the months you earn FREE product without having to do anything.
Benefit: This helps you budget your supplies a little at a time.

* Each month you will take turns being the Hostess.-You will earn at least $25 in FREE Close To My Heart product when it your turn to be the hostess. Most hostesses will earn more!!!
-You can choose from stamp sets, paper packets, ink pads, markers, cardstock, acrylic blocks and more.
Benefit: When it is your month you can collect outside orders from friends and family to increase the amount of FREE goodies you get. . Those sales would count towards your Hostess Month. However, you do not have to do this to join the's just a way to earn even more FREE goodies.
-The rewards get better as the orders increase in amount.
-When you hit $250 in sales you will earn $60 in FREE product and one half priced item or a Hostess Collection!!

In addition to being the hostess, all members will receive:* FREE Idea Books before other customers -
-Spring/Summer Idea book if you don't already have it (current),
-Autumn/Winter 2013 (you will get it in August when everyone else receives it in September) and
* A FREE gift just for joining!
* Stamp of the Month for FREE during hostess month
* One month of being the hostess earning at least $25 in FREE products.
* Periodic sales, challenges, sample products and goodies from me!
* At the end of the club you will receive a mini stamp set as a Thank You for participating!

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Destination Fun

 For the title, I used the Surf's Up Stickease!  The van and clouds are also Stickease!  The sun on the right and waves were all cut with the Artbooking Cricut Cartridge!  The vertical borders were stamped using the Surf's Up Workshop on the Go stamp set and the zip strips!  I added a touch of bling on the word Fun!

Monday, July 29, 2013

Babycakes Sneak Peek

 Looking at my left card you can see this is intended to be a baby/toddler paper.  However if you don't use the Giraffe or the letter sides of the paper you just have a bright sunshiney card!  Love that our paper is truely two sided!  If I don't like one side I usually like the other side!
 I got my inspiration for this card here!  The cardstock circles 1.5 inches and the patterned circles 1.25.  The sentiment is one chipboard from the Artbooking Cricut Cartridge but can also be purchased separately!  I just inked it and then stamped the Happy Birthday sentiment on it! I did add a little of the yellow patterned paper under it to show through!
When I started this card my intention was to show that you could use this paper for more than toddlers and babies!  I really think you could use this for Easter, the zoo, birthdays, maybe even Halloween or back to school!  I used the A True Thanks M sized stamp set.  Slate brads and the Mini-Medley Accents Slate Collections blingy flourish finish off this card!

I also entered this in the Southern Girls Animal Antics Challenge!

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Surf's Up and Scrap Your Stash Challenge

I saw this sketch on Scrap Your Stash challenge blog.  It just screamed Sunshine to me so out came my Surf's Up leftover paper and beach pictures!  I also noticed that Heart 2 Heart was having a challenge Water, water, everywhere and entered that too!  I just found the Anything Goes Challenge on Krafty Girls and joined it too!
I used the Artbooking Cricut Cartridge to cut the large sunshine shape and the patterned blue waves as well as the title!
 The sun at the top and bottom were cut using the center point feature on the Cricut with the Art Philosophy cartridge.  The lagoon colored wave and flowers were fussy cut from the paper and enhanced with bling in the flowers!  The title is the new alphabet on the Artbooking Cartridge.  I love it!

This is the challenge page with its companion page!

Friday, July 26, 2013

ProPlayer Sneak Peek

For those of you who think you won't need ProPlayer...I made these cards just for you!
 I used the new Ruby Chevron ribbon on the left and pleated it.  The stamp is the new M sized stamp set A Little Gift!  To glam it up a bit I used the Red Glitz!
 Below is the second ProPlayer card!  I used the new Red Shimmer trim that is self adhesive to add a little sparkle! The burst, flower whatever you want to call it is from the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge!  The bow is from the new Mini-Medleys Accents Ruby Collections and has a little sparkle to it!

Now that you have seen my cards, you can see that they don't look like gaming at all!  The paper has a lot of versatility and I love it for 4th of July and anything patriotic as well as BOYS!  Love boy paper!

Thursday, July 25, 2013


Need some Scrappy Therapy? 

Join me September 20-22 at the Texas Scrapbook Cabin!

I have a scheduled a retreat at the Texas Scrapbook Cabin for September 20-22 with the option to add on Monday for an additional $30.  The cost for the the retreat will be $150.  I am taking non-refundable deposits of $100 now to hold your spot.  There are only 5 spots remaining so claim yours now!

The retreat will include 2 meals on Saturday and Sunday and a dessert/snack bar on each day.  You will have a 5 foot table with a lamp, trash can, drink holder, and cutting mat.  There is a cricut and computer available as well as inks.  I will also have cardstock, paper packs and embellishments for sale.

Below is a video of the facility!

Monday, July 22, 2013

Frosted Sneak Peek

 I miss snow and love snow papers!  Frosted is right up my alley!
 Artbooking Cricut Cartridge is featured on the above card with the snowflakes!  Love this border!  Art Philosophy was used for the shape the sentiment is on! I also used the Indian Corn Blue Pigment for the sentiment and snowflakes with I added a little prisma glitter to!  The sentiment is from the new stamp set Polar Bear Holiday!  I added sparkles for the finishing touch!
I used two new things for this elegant can't even tell it is snowflake paper unless you look really close!  I used the Base and Bling Flowers to add the shine and sparkle.  The new Slate Striped Twist Ties are the border and bow, what a fun alternative to ribbon!  This design also comes from the new Make it From Your Heart 2 book! I totally love the how-to books from CTMH!

Saturday, July 20, 2013

N is for Necklace- ABC Blog Hop

 Welcome to the Everything ABC's Blog Hop!

For this hop we will be featuring the letter N.  This may be the name
of a paper, a stamp set or an embellishment.  Whatever the crafter has
chosen as their N element will be featured in their post.

The Close to My Heart Convention was recently at the Coronado Springs Resort at Disney World!  I had the priviledge of attending and learning lots of new things and having loads of fun too! 

One of the new things I did while there was make this necklace from the Fabric Necklace Kit.  I have to admit, my first thought was I am a scrapper not a jewelry person!  However this was super easy and lots of fun.  We used a strip of fabric folded in half and just twisted tightly to make the center flower.  you just started in the center of the super sticky adhesive and worked your way around and out to the end!  

We covered the circles that are the base of the necklace with fabric from the Sarita Textiles, and used the same textiles to make the center flower and flower on the right.

The Base and Bling Teal and Black Jewels, Base and Bling Floral Accents and Base and Bling Word accents to create this beautiful necklace!  The whole kit, which you have a lot of left when the necklace is finished, is only $14.95!

Imagine you and your friends or your daughter and her friends all getting together and making these beautiful necklaces!  Maybe a hair clip or head band to coordinate with it!  Or a bracelet   The possibilities are endless and this is not only color!  Have a party and get all blinged out and get hostess credit to buy more of the great new products in the Autumn/Winter Idea Book!

We have base and Bling Jewels in Pink, Red, Black, Purple and Teal for just $5.95 each and don't limit them to will be seeing them on my scrapbook pages too!  The Floral accents will be featured on one of my cards on my blog later next week!

All of the wonderfulness will be available for sale on my website August 1st!

Your next stop on our Everything ABC'S blog Hop is Shelly Nemitz of Just One Piece.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Sarita Sneak Peek

 Sarita is a fun paper pack that has a bit of a southwest flair to it. 
I used the new Artbooking Cartridge to cut the frame for the new M-sized stamp, Heartfelt Birthday Wish.  I used Gypsy ink with the blending pen to create the ombre look to my word birthday.  To finish it off I added some Sparkles Brown and Tan Assortment.  I found this card to be really fun to make and  also a bit of a challenge!

 Below I used the Artbooking Cartridge for the border strips behind the hexagons and for the hexagons.  I also used the new Aqua Dots which are sort of a new kind of sparkle/gem we have!  I really love them they are self adhesive and come in several sizes!
Come check out this fun paper pack at the Mystery Hostess Idea Book Kickoff and Crop!  You might get free product just by RSVPing and showing up!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Laughing Lola- Sneak Peek

In every new CTMH Idea Book I always have an immediate favorite and Laughing Lola is it in this Autumn/Winter Idea Book!
I love the bold pattern and fun colors instantly drew me in!
Paisley Perfect is the stamp set I used on both cards!  My daughter, Sara, is quite sassy so I can see me using this stamp set a lot!  I had fun playing with the colors of ink to use with this paper also!  Gypsy and Lagoon both work really well with this paper so I rock and rolled the paisley above in both colors and love the results!  I also used the new Mini-Medley Black assortment below...the self adhesive sequins are so easy to use!
The Laughing Lola Card class on August 21 at 10 am and 6:30 pm will be making 4 stunning cards from this paper for only $10. To sign up you can email me or come to the Mystery Hostess Idea Book Kickoff on August 3 from 10 to 6!

Monday, July 15, 2013

Surf's Up Workshop

 Wednesday, August 14 at 9:30 am
Saturday, August 17 at 7pm

Cost is $20. Create 2 two page layouts with the beachy Surf's Up papers and Surf's Up assortment.  Everything will be cut for you. All leftover paper will be yours!  
Bring scissors, adhesive, glue dots and pop dots.  
Sign up and Pay by August 4!!

Friday, July 12, 2013

Mystery Hostess Idea Book Kickoff and Crop

August 3 from 10 am to 6 pm 
Come and see the new products, including the new Artbooking Cricut cartridge, do your shopping, do a make and take, play a little with the new Artbooking Cartridge and then stay or go!
 I will also be having a crop that day which includes lunch for $5.
Everyone who attends gets a chance to be the Mystery Hostess (sales must be at least $150 total)!  

To earn more chances to be the Mystery Hostess you can:

1. Bring a friend, new to me

2. Make a purchase of at least $25

3. Sign up and pay for a class

4. Donate a card to Operation Write Home

5. Make a donation to Operation Smile

6. RSVP for the Idea Book Kickoff and/or crop
7. Share about the event on your Facebook page and invite your friends
8. order online joining the Mystery Hostess Gathering!

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Disney Autograph Books

The Close to My Heart Convention was at DisneyWorld this year and I went with my family in tow!  Before we left people were talking about autograph books, so I asked my kids if the wanted one.  At first they said no but changed their minds.  I used the Mickey Font Cartridge to cut 5 inch Mickey heads, 4 to a sheet of paper, in varying colors.  For the cover I used the Mickey alphabet and used each child's initial to help personalize it!  
Behind the cover I put a cute Mickey paper and then adhered another Mickey head to give it stability.    I also punched hearts and suns to glue on ear to reinforce the place where I punched the hole and put a ring through. 
The kids picked their ribbon from my stash and tied it to the marker I bought and the ring on the book to keep track of the pen!
I used about 6 sheets of cardstock per book and the rings and ribbon I already had making this an inexpensive personalized autograph book!

Monday, July 8, 2013

Headed to the Mist

I am ferociously attacking my pack of Dotty paper from last year!  Niagara Falls was a great photo opportunity that I took grand advantage of!  I took 107 pictures and my daughter took 69!  All from about a 3 hour excursion!

The Niagara Fall layouts are going to simple as a result of the number of pictures! Simple doesn't have to mean boring!  I added interest to this layout with the curving dot paper and then added the title to follow the curve!  The title is cut with the Artiste Cricut cartridge!  Love that alphabet!

If you are wondering why I titled it heading to the mist...well, we were headed over the bridge to go down to ride the Maid of the Mist that goes up close to the Falls!  It was so much fun and my kids had a blast!  I have done it several times in my life but I had forgotten how wet you get and how rough the ride gets!

One other thing I wanted to point out is that sometimes you just don't get a good photo!  Our family picture (far right) is not very good but it does show the chaos our family is usually in so I used it anyway!  The picture sometimes can tell a story that you wouldn't normally display but it is the real story not the posed one!

I have another Niagara Falls post with the same papers, very different look! 

For other pages with Dotty For You paper go here!

Saturday, July 6, 2013

ABC Blog Hop- Letter M for Mini Album

Welcome to the Everything ABC's Blog Hop!

For this hop we will be featuring the letter M.  This may be the name
of a paper, a stamp set or an embellishment.  Whatever the crafter has
chosen as their M element will be featured in their post.

If you have just hopped onto my blog, please start at the beginning at Theo of Celebrate Crafts

If you came from Theo of Celebrate Crafts then you're on the right track!

At the Close to My Heart Convention, they announced another Cricut cartridge exclusive to CTMH, the Artbooking Catridge!  To see the images on the cartridge go to my blog and see them and the special I am offering on preorders!

The Mini Album below is entirely from the Artbooking cartridge, the Laughing Lola Complements Dimensional Elements and Assortment (available August 1)!

 The Follow Your Heart, arrow, and two flowers are dimensional elements, the rest is all cut on Cricut including the pages!
 The Bow and Live simply are Laughing Lola Complements and Assortment!
 Create the Instagram look with the Artbooking Cartridge!  The arrow is stamped with the new background stamp, Geometric Background D1559.  

 The arrow and butterfly are stamped with the new background stamp, Geometric Background D1559. The gem in the middle of the butterfly is from the Laughing Lola Assortment.
 The Sunshine shows up so well because the arrow that is layered with the sunshine arrow!

 Love this page!  All cut with Cricut except the word bubble!
 The purple shapes on the right are actually photo frames tucked under the photo mat!

 More Geometric Background on the arrow!  Say Cheese is the Dimensional Elements!
 Love these peacock feathers from the Laughing Lola Complements Dimensional Elements!

 The page out of the slate paper is cut from the Artbooking cartridge!  Cute right!?  I also love the badge with the stamped Geometric Background stamp!
 All cut from the Artbooking Cartridge!

 Can you imagine the possibilities?
 Leaving on a jet plane and the cute checkerboard arrow, just love them!  All cut on the Cricut!

 Would you ever think to combine all this?  Too Cool!  Love the hexagons!
 Love the flower from the Laughing Lola Complements!
 Layers and fun!

 Titles! Word bubbles and More!  The white shapes on the right is the tail of two arrows!  Like the arrow below!
 Love the people and the I heart u word bubble!
The fabulous thing is that CTMH will be having classes on using the Artbooking Cartridge!  Artbooking Made Easy, 32 online episodes, information for easy duplication, bonus artwork on from September to April!

Convention was EPIC!  I loved it all and can't wait for you to have the chance to play too!

Want to get the products before August 1?  Sign up as a consultant for only $49!  You get $155 in product and a discount on additional product you buy!  My upline, Noreen Petty is also doing a drawing for three $100 shopping sprees for those who sign up as consultants in July!

Your next stop on our Everything ABC'S blog Hop is Shelly Nemitz of Just One Piece.

Here is the complete lineup in case you get lost along the way :)

1.  Theo ~ Celebrate Crafts
2. Linda Norman-Scrappy Therapy
3.  Shelly Nemitz - Just One Piece