Sneak Peek

One of my favorite things about being a Close To My Heart Consultant is getting advance notice of upcoming products and promotions.  I am so excited about the new organizational products coming available in November!  I can’t reveal much now, but trust me these items are high on my wish list.  We’ve also got a terrific Studio J promotion coming up next month that I can’t wait to share with you.  Over the next few weeks I’m going to show you some digi diva tricks you can use for scrapbooking, photo printing and even holiday projects at fantastic savings.

Lucky 5 Studio J Promotion

Coming November 1, 2014

The fun doesn’t stop there!  We’ve got lots of new product to reveal in our Seasonal Expressions Idea Book.  I’ll be mailing these books out in just a few weeks and products will be available December 1st.  Be sure to contact me to receive your copy.

Ariana Sneak Peek

The wait is almost over.  The Spring/Summer Idea Book will be live on my shopping web site tomorrow!  I am so excited for you to see the gorgeous new papers, embellishments and stamp sets.  I’ve given you a couple of glimpses of new items like Wild About Love (the February Stamp of the Month), Lollydoodle papers, and the Picture My Life Chantilly scrapbooking program over the past few days but I’ve got one more sneak peek to share.

Ariana card with new Quick Card stamp

Make projects like this in minutes with our Quick Cards stamps!

This 6×6 card features the new Ariana paper collection and a new addition to our stamp collection in the Quick Card style, Joyful Wishes.  Ariana features a beautiful combination of coral and green with both crystal blue and outdoor denim.  Don’t miss the Complements (dimensional elements) and fabric bows in this elegant feminine collection!  Here’s another look at Ariana.

Scrapbook page featuring Ariana

This scrapbook layout was created using Ariana papers.

Already thinking of ways to use this colorful, floral collection in your scrapbook pages and on your cards?  Please post your ideas in the comments!

Recently my young cousin Charlee introduced me to a music video for a song titled “What Does the Fox Say?”.  If you’ve heard this catchy song, be prepared for it to be stuck in your head when you see February’s adorable Stamp of the Month.  I’m posting lots of sneak peeks to the blog this week, but I still want you to have lots of surprises this weekend with the new Idea Book so I am not posting an image of the stamp set.  Instead, I am sharing a card I made with the set this weekend!

Card with Feb fox stamp

A fun card made with February’s Stamp of the Month set



  1. Cut a strip of Crystal Blue cardstock 5 1/2 inches long and scallop one edge.  Adhere to bottom of card.
  2. Cut two strips of Kraft cardstock 5 1/2 inches long.  Adhere one strip over top of scalloped cardstock.  Apply second strip to top of card front.
  3. Cut one piece of neutral cardstock 3 x 5 1/2.  Adhere over edges of kraft strips.
  4. Cut one two inch decorative circle from Kraft cardstock using Cricut Artiste (select accent 4 <5>.  Stamp I Love You with Cocoa ink and adhere to card front as shown
  5. Apply two Durables – triangle studs pointing toward sentiment.
  6. Stamp fox in Goldrush ink on White Daisy cardstock.  Cut out.  I used a brown pen to make the eyes and nose slightly darker.  Adhere to lower right border of card front as shown.

I think this card makes a great Valentine for a foxy guy!  If you’d like to create foxy cards like this one, be sure to take advantage of our Stamp Of The Month offer and get your stamp set for just $5 with a qualifying purchase.  Interested in other special offers?  Contact me today for information on hostess rewards!


Eine kleine Nachtmusik

I’ve got lots of inspiration for layouts in the Book of Me today.  First, January 27th is the anniversary of the birth of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.  I’ve written before about my mother’s musical talent and being surrounded by music as a child.  My mother is a first soprano and as small children, my younger brother and I often accompanied her to voice lessons or choir practice.  I think at one point she imagined I would be the perfect pianist to work with her because I was sent to piano lessons at a very young age.

My teacher was a lovely woman who struggled to inspire me to practice daily.  With her guidance, I moved through Hanon exercises and lesson books until at long last I was able to attempt familiar pieces from Beethoven and Mozart.   I still remember learning Sonata in G.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Young Mozart

In 1985, I saw Out of Africa for the first time.  I remember very vividly a scene in which the two main characters, Denys and Karen are on safari. Karen tells the story of their trip later in the film with this great line.  “He even took the gramophone on safari. Three rifles, supplies for a month, and Mozart.”   They place a gramophone in a vast open field.  As the gramophone is approached by wild baboons, Denys pulls a string to start the music.  As the animals react to Mozart’s Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra in A, Denys says “Think of it: never a man-made sound…and then Mozart!”

While I often use music as motivation, I think today Mozart has inspired me to create a layout about many years of piano lessons, clunky versions of classics and the many tactics I employed to avoid my daily practice session.

Lewis Carroll also celebrated his birthday on January 27th.   As you may have guessed, being a huge Disney fan means I have lots of photos of Carroll’s most famous character, Alice in Wonderland.  I’m thinking Close To My Heart’s colorful new Lollydoodle paper collection would be just perfect for pictures of Alice or one of my favorite Magic Kingdom attractions, the Tea Cups!  Here is a sneak peek of a layout created with Lollydoodle.

Lollydoodle scrapbook layout

This layout was created with our brand new Lollydoodle collection

I hope you’ll be inspired to add pages to your own Book of Me today and to create with the whimsical Lollydoodle collection.  The new Spring/Summer Idea Book debut is less than a week away.  Contact me today to get your copy!


Scrappy Hour

As I have already confessed, one of my favorite things about being a Close To My Heart consultant is the consultant preview period.  I spent the afternoon with stacks of new papers, a dozen new stamp sets and a good friend.  I am especially happy with the new offerings in our Quick Cards stamp series.  I can’t wait to show you how to use these budget friendly stamps to create cards with speed and ease.  I’ve got a sneak peek coming up this week to show you just what I mean.

It’s less than one week until the new Spring/Summer Idea Book will be revealed.  Now is the perfect time to schedule a gathering!  I would be delighted to introduce you and your friends to our exciting new products at home or online.  Close To My Heart rewards Hostesses with the opportunity to earn exclusive stamps sets plus free and discounted products.  Contact me today to schedule your event.

Picture My Life

The debut of the Spring/Summer Idea Book is only one week away and I just can’t wait to show you the many additions to our product line. There’s so much to love in this new edition from embellishments to paper collections and as always a selection of beautiful new stamps.  I don’t want to spoil all of the surprises so today’s post is limited to a sneak peek of my favorite, must have item from the new products.  Feast your eyes on the awesome Picture My Life Chantilly Scrapbooking Program!

Chantilly Picture My Life Collection

Picture My Life in Chantilly

Perfect for both pocket style and traditional scrapbook pages, these adorable accent pieces make beautiful embellishments and journal spots!  Close To My Heart is bringing back some of our most popular paper collections in the Picture My Life format as well as adding new themes.  Each collection includes a 12×12 cover page, 44 4×6 cards (2 each of 22 designs), 78 3×4 cards (3 each of 26 designs) and 10 specially designed page protectors (additional page protectors are available).  Best of all, each collection is only $24.95!

This beautiful collection can be yours when our new Spring/Summer Idea Book goes live on February1st.  Contact me today to learn how you could receive your Picture My Life kit as one of our many hostess rewards.  Hostesses can earn free and discounted products and have access to exclusive hostess kits and stamps.  Let me show you how!

Close To My Heart has a terrific offer for you this month!  You can get an exclusive Cloud Nine cardmaking kit for $15 (retail value $46) with a qualifying purchase of $35 or more (excluding tax and shipping) during January in celebration of National Papercrafting Month. Make 10 adorable cards (2 each of 5 designs) with funky messages to put any recipient on cloud nine!

Cloud Nine Card Kit

Don’t miss this special offer!

Check out this quick video to see all of the items included in the kit and to see a sneak peek of products from our new Idea Book which will debut February 1st!

My kit is scheduled to arrive on Tuesday and Mr. Fed Ex can’t get here soon enough!  The stamp set in this kit is so versatile;  I can see myself using the Just Because stamp on layouts and the Love You stamp is perfect for Valentine’s Day.  I’m also excited about the washi tape and teal shimmer trim in this set.  I recently saw a video that inspired me to play with washi tape to create unique Cricut die cut embellishments.

Visit my shopping site to get your Cloud Nine kit!  Just place a qualifying order of $35 and the kit is yours at the special offer price of $15.  This will also automatically qualify you for our Stamp of the Month offer too.  You can add the January Stamp of the Month, Cross-stitch Wishes, to your order for only $5.  You’ll be celebrating National Papercrafting Month with two great deals and awesome new products!

New Beginnings

Do you make New Year’s resolutions?  This year, I’m starting early.  I’m looking at my goals for 2014 and using this time to prepare so I can kick the year off with a bang!  Many of you know that I work with a professional business coach.  My coach has challenged me over this year and has helped me to put in place the foundation I’ll need to build my business over the coming year.  Some of the changes I am most excited about include offering online classes and virtual clubs.  I’ll have lots more information on this soon, but I can’t wait to tell you about what I have planned for January.


Happy New Year!

First, I will be offering a free sample class to everyone signed up for my paper crafting newsletter.  You’ll be able to see the quality of my classes from project photos to detailed instructions just by joining my mailing list!  I’ll be creating classes in a variety of formats and price points.  I’m especially excited about my Hidden Journaling class.  If you’re eager to explore including deeply personal stories on your layouts, this class is for you!

Beginning in January, I will also be offering a virtual club. When you sign up for the club, you will receive an exclusive online bonus class each month.  Simply purchase at least $35.00 in Close To My Heart products from me between the first and the tenth of the month, and I will email you a bonus class!  The Minimum membership term is six months.  I’ll have lots more information on this available next week.

January will also see the debut of the Disney layout club!  When you sign up for the Disney layout club, you will receive a selection of layout designs to help you get your Disney vacation photos into albums.  I’ll provide layouts you can complete quickly and easily for photos related to your favorite parks, characters, attractions and occasions.

I hope these exciting new offerings will inspire you to create cards and scrapbook pages throughout the new year.  Please let me know if there is a topic or technique you would like to learn more about in 2014!

Sneak Peek – Frosted!



With its elegant color palette of crystal blues and glittering silver, the Frosted collection simply dazzles!  These colors clearly evoke a winter feeling and you’ll find the collection includes several new and unique stamp sets for the winter season and holidays.   I can’t wait to show the beautiful felt flowers in this collection.  Hands down these flowers are my favorite new embellishment in the Idea Book!


The Frosted collection features gorgeous new papers, elegant stamps sets, my favorite felt flower embellishments and two new Workshop on the Go kits.  Don’t miss its debut August 1st!

Sneak Peek – Babycakes!

We’re just a few days away from the newest product release from Close To My Heart.  Coming August 1st, you’ll find six new paper themes with gorgeous designs for Fall,  Winter and more.  Today’s sneak peek is the Babycakes collection!


With its sweet color palette of soft gray and pale yellow, this line is sure to win fans.  The baby animal designs are nothing short of adorable.  I can’t wait for you to see the stamp sets and embellishments!  The Workshop on the Go stamp set includes the Fresh From Heaven stamp used on the layout above; I just have to have that one.



Babycakes will be available next week and I cannot wait to see what you create with it.   Check back here tomorrow for another exciting sneak peek!