A Gift For You

I’ve got a terrific gift for you!  Beginning next Wednesday, October 4th, I’ll be sending out a series of emails with ideas and instructions for twelve very special handmade holiday projects.   All you need to do to get all twelve projects is sign up here with your email address.  Each week you’ll receive a new project with instructions to create a Christmas card, gift item or gift tags.

 

I would love to have you join me for the Twelve Weeks of Christmas.  Sign up today!

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Hello, Lovely & Thank You

Feminine & floral thank you card

Got a scrap of Hello Lovely pattern paper?  Grab your favorite die cut, some coordinating card stock, a beautiful piece of Blush Shimmer Ribbon and three Gold Glitter Gems  to turn that scrap into a gorgeous feminine card!    I love how quickly and easily this card came together.  The secret was in combining the coordinating embellishments and sticking with the Hello Lovely color palette.  Close To My Heart makes this super simple by offering collections and kits.

If you would like to see more projects that make the most of your supplies to create knock out cards and scrapbook layouts, sign up for my mailing list today.  I’d love to send exclusive projects and tips to your inbox!

 

 

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Simple Steps to Elegant Cards

Good Thymes

Have you ever been frustrated by a card project that just seems to be missing something?  If you’re like me, sometimes you want to kick things up a notch without getting too fancy or spending a lot of time.  Today’s card project is simple and elegant but includes a couple of extra touches to make sure it will still wow the recipient.

I’ve used the Good Thymes stamp set to create a quick card with clean lines.  What takes this card to the next level?  Dimension!

Rosemary card with layers

Adding dimension is one of my favorite ways to punch up a simple card.  Here I’ve used the Vine Embossing Folder on one of my background layers.  This subtle pattern totally changes the feel of the card.  Next, I used Willow ink and our Sponge Dauber to add a soft accent to the edges of the lighter card stock.  I adhered the center panel with 3D Foam Tape to give my stamped image emphasis.

These quick and easy tricks can be added to all sorts of cards and scrapbook pages to add that special something that takes your project to a whole new creative level.  Do you have a tip to add impressive elements to your cards?  Please share it in the comments.

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Sentiments

Do you struggle with sentiments for the interior of your cards?  I just got the happy news that one of my high school friends became a father today.  I feel really special to receive one of baby’s first photos straight from the delivery room.  So this weekend, I’ll be crafting a card to congratulate the parents on their bundle of joy.

Baby Layout

I’m told the Italians have a beautiful saying to welcome a new addition to the family.  “Welcome to the light.”  Blog readers, I’d love to hear from you.  What do you think of using this phrase as a sentiment inside a baby card?

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Quick Tip for Inky Fingers

ink refills and pads

Here’s a quick tip that will help you clean up after your next crafting session.  If you have ink smudges and stains on your fingers, a quick wash with warm, soapy water is usually all you need to come clean.  When soap is not enough, give your favorite hairspray a try!  Apply a small amount directly to the skin, wait about 30 seconds for the ink to start dissolving and wash as you usually would.  No more inky fingers.

Got a quick, practical tip for me?  Please share it in the comments.

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My Favorite Perk as a Consultant

Can you guess what I love most about being a Close To My Heart Consultant?



The Products

I remember the first time I saw the stamps.  The company was still under the names DOTS (Dozens of Terrific Stamps)!  The consultant set up a basic technique demo and I was hooked.  When the clear, My Acrylix, stamps came out I was so impressed with the results.  I loved being able to see exactly where I should place my images.  I was starting to grow my collection and clear stamps were easier to store too.  When the first Cricut Collection was released with matching My Acrylix stamp sets, I knew I had to become a Consultant, but it’s still not my very favorite thing about being with CTMH.



The Previews

Ok, some of you know me well enough to know that I am pretty impatient when it comes to new stamps so it’s a good guess.  You know how hard it is to wait for the debut of our Idea Book and Seasonal Expressions!  The Consultant preview period makes me a happy camper; I just love ordering my new goodies a month before they are available to the public.



Owning My Own Business

This is a pretty powerful motivator!  Turning my paper crafting talent into profit means I have the income to make different decisions with my budget.  Not only am I able to purchase items for my own use at a discount, but I am able to set my own work schedule to meet my income goals.  What would building a home based business make possible for you?



The Friendships

Convention

My favorite part of being a Close To My Heart Consultant is truly the connections I’ve made with wonderful ladies, both consultants and customers,  who love paper crafts and stamping.  I met my best friend through CTMH!  When I was a new consultant, my upline suggested I connect with other consultants in my city.  The first person I met was Joann.  She’s one of the kindest people I’ve ever known and I am so glad to have her in my life.  We schedule time to craft together at least two weekends a month.  She’s a very talented card maker!  The picture above represents a dream come true for us.  Over the summer of 2016, Close To My Heart held the annual convention at Walt Disney World.  We were so excited to attend Convention together.  We saw new products, explored the resort, and created scrapbook pages and cards.  Best of all, we met ladies who share our love of CTMH.

If you would like to explore the many wonderful aspects of becoming a Close To My Heart consultant, reach out to me today.  Let me show you how you can build a business that makes new things possible for you and your family!

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Video Inspiration

Want to see how quickly and easily you can you can assemble our Welcome Home Wreath?  Today’s video inspiration is super short at under two minutes!  Because the kit includes pre-cut flowers, you’ll find it comes together in no time.

There are four ways to get the wreath kit in the month of January:

  1. Purchase the kit for $18.95 (plus tax and shipping)
  2. Get it for free with a qualifying purchase of $60
  3. Get it for free by hosting an online party that reaches the second level of Hostess Rewards
  4. Get it for free when you sign up to be a Consultant

Don’t miss your chance to get this terrific home decor project.  This exclusive offer is available through January 31, 2017 while supplies last.

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Dreamin’ Big

Dreamin' Big Collection

Dreamin’ Big is one of four brand new collections from Close To My Heart’s latest Seasonal Expressions.  This versatile paper pack features one of my favorite color combinations, Whisper with Gold Rush.  The Workshop Your Way pictured above includes a download with cutting guides and instructions for three scrapbook layouts, plus add ons and ideas for cards.

Mini Album

 

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Free Gifts for You!

Sign Up!

Did you resolve to organize your crafting space in the New Year?  Is this the year you’re determined to get your photos into albums?  Are you ready to have handmade cards on hand for birthdays and special occasions?  Let me show you how you can meet those goals with ease.  Sign up for my mailing list today for tips, exclusive projects and inspiration.  Plus, you’ll receive two free gifts!

When you join the list, I’ll send you two of my favorite worksheets.  First, you’ll get my guide to ending scrapper’s block.  I’ve got some great tips to ramp up your mojo and get your creative juices flowing.  Next, I’ve got a guide to adding that special WOW factor to your pages and cards.  These simple tips take your projects to the next level.

If you’re not on my mailing list, you are missing out.  A new edition of my newsletter will be sent next week.  Complete the sign up box in the upper right hand corner of this web page now!

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Celebrate with Welcome Home

It’s National Paper Crafting Month and Close To My Heart is ready to celebrate!

Welcome Home Wreath

Our Welcome Home wreath kit includes all the supplies you need (except Liquid Glass) and all the flowers are pre-cut for you which makes finishing this project easy and quick!

Here’s how to get yours:
1. Purchase it for $18.95 (not including shipping & sales tax)
2. Earn it FREE with a qualifying $60 purchase
3. Host a gathering at home or online that reaches $ 250.00
4. Sign up to be a Consultant in January and receive a wreath in your New Consultant Kit.
Welcome Home Kit
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Crop ‘Til You Drop!

It’s Friday evening as I write this and I’m getting weather alerts here in Florida.  Right now the temperature is mild but as the rains move through tonight we are expecting a hard freeze, extremely low wind chill temperatures and possibly even snow flurries.  That’s big news here in the Deep South!

Between the rain and the cold it sounds like a good time to make plans indoors.  I’ve called my best scrapping buddy.  It’s going to be a crop ’til you drop weekend!  I’m excited to have new products to play with including the Hello Lovely papers and an all new stamp set, Good Thymes!

Good Thymes

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Sweet New Products!

Here’s something to satisfy your sweet tooth!  Sugar Rush, a brand new collection from our first Seasonal Expressions of the year, is bright and colorful.  The color palette features Blossom, Pomegranate and my favorite ink, Sea Glass.

Sugar Rush greeting cards

This collection really lends itself to happy occasions from parties and showers to events like the county fair and the circus.  Accent your projects with a wide array of embellishments including Washi tape, Dots and coordinating Complements.

Sugar Rush Collection

I’m already planning how I will use the Hugs and Kisses title stickers from the Complements with my new Adore You stamp set.  Let me know in the comments which stamp sets you’ll be pairing with this sweet collection.

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Great Value with our Stamp of the Month Program

Adore You

Are you familiar with Close To My Heart’s Stamp of the Month program?  Each calendar month, we feature a limited edition stamp set at a very special price.  Simply place a qualifying order of $50 or more to receive the Stamp of the Month for only $5!

Adore You Card

January’s stamp set, Adore You, is perfect for cards and scrapbook pages for so many occasions including Valentines, weddings and anniversaries.  I can’t wait to pair it with the papers from the new Hello Lovely collection!  How will you use this versatile stamp set?  Let me know in the comments.

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Hello Lovely!

Hello Lovely Scrapbook Page

Close To My Heart has introduced a gorgeous new collection with soft colors, feminine touched and beautiful florals.  Hello Lovely is perfect for bridal events, scrapbook pages, cards and more.

Hello Lovely papers

This versatile collection is perfect for bridal showers, wedding invitations and wedding albums.  Take a look at these gorgeous gift tags!

Hello Lovely Gift Tags

I can’t wait to pair this paper collection with the January Stamp of the Month, Adore You!  Which stamp sets will you use with Hello Lovely?  Let me know in the comments.

 

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New Year, New Ideas, New Products!

Happy New Year!  I always find the start of the new year to be an exciting time, full of potential and fresh starts.  If your resolution this year is to get your photos in albums, to make more cards or to organize your crafting supplies, I can help.

Let’s get started with some inspiration.  Take a look at our all new, Seasonal Expressions.  With four new collections, I think you’ll find just what you need to create beautiful cards and layouts.  I’ll be sharing photos and projects featuring terrific new papers and stamps all week here and on my Facebook page.

Idea Book cover

We’ve also got a new line of organizing tools, Workspace Wonder, perfect for keeping your supplies in order and right at hand.

Workspace Wonder

I can’t wait to hear your New Year’s crafting resolution.  Please share yours in the comments!

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Easter Shaker Card

Have you ever wondered how to create a shaker card?  I’ve got a video for you today with easy to follow instructions.  A little foam tape plus some sparkly sequins and you are on your way to cards that are bursting with fun!  Once you learn the basic technique, you can impress your friends with these for any occasion.

Post in the comments and let me know if you’ve ever made a shaker card.

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Stampaganza Special!

Have I got a great deal for you!  Close To My Heart is celebrating spring with Stampaganza.  During the month of March our stamp sets are buy two, get one FREE!  Our clear, My Acrylix, stamps are known for quality and ease of use.

Stampaganza specialSticky Boy, our beloved mascot, has taken over the Close To My Heart blog to share details on Stampaganza, his favorite stamp sets and recipes for exciting new projects.  Check out Sticky Boy’s creations!

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World Book Day

The goal of World Book Day is “turning millions of kids into millions of readers”.  If you love books like I do, it’s not hard to imagine why we need a day to celebrate them.   Great stories can take us to magical places, teach us incredible lessons and introduce us to new ideas.  Compelling characters open doors to new perspectives.

Madeline book cover

In honor of World Book Day, why not include a layout in your scrapbook or Book of Me?  You could include a top ten list of your favorite books.  My list includes Gone With The Wind, Catcher In The Rye, Anne of Green Gables and The Mercy of Thin Air.  Don’t forget to write about the books you loved as a child.  I couldn’t get enough of Amelia Bedelia or Madeline.  Post in the comments and let me know your favorites.

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Join The List

Sign up for my mailing list today for exclusive projects.  Plus, you’ll receive two free gifts!  When you join the list, I’ll send you two of my favorite worksheets.

First, you’ll get my guide to ending scrapper’s block.  I’ve got some great tips to ramp up your mojo and get your creative juices flowing.  Next, I’ve got a guide to adding that special WOW factor to your pages and cards.  These simple tips take your projects to the next level.

Members receive tool tips, exclusive projects and promotions about every two weeks.  The next edition will be out on March 1st and it includes an adorable Spring card you can create in just minutes.  Here’s a hint of what you can expect to see in the next issue.

Spring Critters stamp set

This super cute stamp set is designed to work with our new Thin Cuts

If you’re not on my mailing list, you are missing out.  Complete the sign up box in the upper right hand corner of this web page now!

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Happily Ever After

Blame Facebook.  A friend of mine has been posting links to a calendar site and I’ve been loving the observances.  National Tell A Fairy Tale Day has got to be my favorite so far.

A touch of whimsy, pixie dust and a magic wand…I love fairy tales.  Just please don’t make me kiss a frog!  Growing up here in Florida, I’ve always known the Disney version of the classic fairy stories.  I’ve got a true passion for Disney and have been an annual passholder for over 15 years.

Halloween Cinderella costume

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party – Magic Kingdom

Cinderella has been my favorite fairy tale since I was a little girl.  Every year I attend a Disney Halloween in costume.  Many times I’ve gone as Cinderella although I have never been brave enough to wear glass slippers in the Magic Kingdom.

I think I’ve found the perfect stamp set for the fairy princess in your life!  Spread some pixie dust with a card or create a magical  scrapbook page with Birthday Princess.  I love that this set includes the frog!

magical themed stamp setPost in the comments and let me know your favorite fairy tale!

 

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