Dear Service Member

Can you join me in participating in the Holiday Mail for Heroes program? The Red Cross will be distributing handmade holiday cards to our troops and I am excited about contributing to this worthy cause. If you would like to help, the Red Cross has just a few simple guidelines:

  • Please do not use glitter of any kind
  • Please do not include personal contact information
  • Please do not use envelopes

Our local Red Cross chapter has requested donations be delivered no later than December 5th. If you would like to be a part of my card drive, please get your card(s) to me no later than December 4th. Participate with me and I will enter you in a drawing to win a set of 5 handmade holiday cards. There are three ways you can earn entries to the drawing plus I am offering coupons for $2 off my handmade bath soaps for participants who visit my booth at the Knights of Columbus Craft Fair on December 6th.  Check out all of the options on my Holiday Mail for Heroes page.  Let’s remind the dedicated members of our armed forces that they not forgotten here at home.  Please post below if you wish to participate!

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.

Holiday Projects Debut Tomorrow

Have you signed up for my 12 Weeks of Christmas campaign?  Join my email list today and you’ll receive a series of twelve holiday projects including cards, gift ideas and gift wraps.  You’ll get ideas for special touches like handmade gift tags plus inspiration for Secret Santa gifts, stocking stuffers and teacher appreciation gifts.  My first project will debut tomorrow!

Here’s a sneak peek of the paper used in the first project our colorful Snowhaven collection!

Snowhaven scrapbook layout

Scrapbook layout created with Snowhaven

Are You Crazy for Cricut?

Do you have a passion for creating with Cricut?  Have you been known to crop til you drop?  Do you love to send handmade cards to your loved ones?  Does your collection of inks and stamps put a smile on your face?  If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, I would be willing to bet we have a lot in common.  Ever since I was a small child, I’ve loved to play with stickers and markers.  Now that my paper crafting toys – I mean tools – have grown up, there is even more to love.  Even better, I get to use those tools, doing what I love, to create my income.

Have you ever thought about supplementing your income by building a home based business doing something you love?  I’ll be honest with you.  When I got divorced a few years ago, I had to cut my budget dramatically.  I wasn’t sure I would be able to afford to continue my scrapbooking hobby.  I have to admit that the idea of giving up scrapbooking made me pretty sad.  I decided to compromise by limiting my purchases to non-consumables in an effort to get more for my money.  I also decided to change my focus from scrapbooking to card making.  I began purchasing more stamps and sending cards to my godchildren on a regular basis.

In September of 2011, I attended a Creating Keepsakes Convention where I saw the first Close To My Heart Cricut Collection.  I knew the Art Philosophy cartridge would be perfect for my projects and would allow me to really stretch my budget.  I was already totally sold on using clear acrylic stamps and I was thrilled that the cartridge would provide me with die cuts that were a perfect fit for CTMH stamps.  The more I learned about Close To My Heart, the more I found to like.  I decided to take a look at the benefits of becoming a consultant and I hope you will too.

I knew I liked the product and that the company had a reputation for quality.  The start up kit was affordable and I was impressed with the compensation plan.   A big plus for me was the volume of material available to me online with numerous offerings for developing creative skills and  projects as well as programs for building my business and my income.   Over the past two years, I’ve been thrilled with the support I’ve received from consultant services.

April Offer includes free Cricut Cartridge

Learn more about the benefits available to consultants

Close To My Heart is offering an incredible bonus to new consultants who join our company in the month of April.  Our start up kit is available for just $99 and this month only, along with all of the items included in the kit, new consultants will receive their choice of Cricut cartridge absolutely free.  Select Art Philosophy, Artiste or Artbooking at no charge!

Join today and received this incredible kit!

Join today and received this incredible kit!

Join in April and you will get over $400 worth of product for $99.  Your kit comes packed with nearly triple the retail value in products and supplies to help you succeed. Plus, when you qualify for the Straight To The Top program, you will be refunded the price of your New Consultant Kit.

One of my favorite things about Close To My Heart is our motto, “Let me show you how!”  Contact me today to learn how I can help you build a business doing what you love.

Reminders

While Saturday’s Welcome Spring Craft Fair was a soggy wash out, Sunday’s Zumbathon benefit was just what I needed to pump up my energy.  Even better, the Welcome Spring Craft Fair rain date has been set for Saturday, April 12th so I’ll be heading back to Park Street with loads of goodies from soaps and solid shampoos to Idea Books.  I hope you’ll make plans to be there!

Speaking of solid shampoo, I will be back at Green Lotus Organics this Saturday at 3pm teaching the art of beer shampoo bars.  Join me and explore techniques for creating shine and volume in the hair without the use of animal proteins.  Please note that this is an advanced class.  Please contact me before registering if you have not completed the hot process soap making class.

As we say goodbye to March, I want to remind you that today is your last opportunity to take home the Happy Place stamp set as well as the end of our Studio J March savings promotion.

Images from the Happy Place Stamp of the Month set

Images from the Happy Place Stamp of the Month set

Become a Digi Diva!

Save on Studio J in March

Save on Studio J in March!

Have you ever wanted to try digital scrapbooking?  Studio J is an easy to use, intuitive online program from Close To My Heart perfect for beginners and digi divas too!  During the month of March, order your Studio J™ layouts—including ones using our new Photo Express Collection—for only $5 each! Quickly create gorgeous, personalized studio layouts using our wide selection of papers, collections, patterns, and embellishments.

Don’t forget to check out the templates in our new Photo Express Collection, which allow you to design layouts entirely comprised of photos in minutes.  The photo size options are perfect for Picture My Life layouts too!

Studio J print outs are custom processed to the highest quality and made to last a lifetime.  Please view our Frequently Asked Questions page for detailed information on silver-halide processing, internet browser compatibility and more.

 

*Offer valid March 1–31, 2014. Studio J layouts ship in a protected box that can hold from 4 to 50 two-page layouts. Minimum order of 4 layouts. Free JPEG of every printed layout.

Getting Started with Embossing Folders

Are you ready to kick your cards and scrapbook layouts up a notch? Texture is a great way to add that extra WOW factor to your projects. You’ll love the dimensional effects you can achieve with embossing. If you are new to working with embossing folders, Close To My Heart has put together a quick video with all the information you need to get started.

This is the perfect time to try our new embossing folders.  Our February promotion, Embossing is Boss, makes this technique easier to try than ever.  Simply purchase any combination of two color cardstock packs, including single color or combo packs, and you can choose one folder FREE!  (Kraft, White Daisy, Colonial White, and Paper Fundamentals cardstocks are excluded from this offer, but all other single color and combo packs are eligible.) Read more about it here.

Adding Texture with Embossing Folders

Remember the TV show “What Not To Wear”?  The hosts, Stacey and Clinton, gave fashion makeovers and participants on the show were given new wardrobes.  The hosts gave advice on selecting the new clothing and guests were told to pay special attention to pattern, texture and shine.  Turns out this advice works for more than fashion!

If you have a layout or card that feels like it is missing something or if you’re looking to kick your designs up a notch, why not try adding texture with embossing?  Close To My Heart just added embossing folders to our product line.  There are 5 patterns of folders available: dot, chevron, quatrefoil, damask, and stripe. (All patterns are repeatable for larger papers.)

Embossing is Boss promotion

Get your free embossing folder in February with this special offer

Our February promotion, Embossing is Boss, makes this technique easier to try than ever.  Simply purchase any combination of 2 color cardstock packs, including single color or combo packs, and you can choose 1 folder FREE when prompted. (Kraft, White Daisy, Colonial White, and Paper Fundamentals cardstocks are excluded from this offer, but all other single color and combo packs are eligible.)  Post your favorite pattern in the comments.

Don’t miss it!

Baby, it’s cold outside!  I hope you are someplace warm and cozy today.  As January comes to a close, Jack Frost has returned with brisk temperatures and rain.  Everyone in my office is hoping for a snow flurry today.  Just imagine it!  Could there be snow today and weekend temperatures in the upper 70s?

Like the cold weather, I’ve got a couple of special offers that wont last much longer.  Friday is your last day to take advantage of our special offer celebrating National Papercrafting Month.  Don’t miss your chance to take home our Cloud Nine cardmaking kit for just $15 with your qualifying purchase.

Cloud Nine Card Kit

Don’t miss this special offer!

Friday is also the last day to order the January Stamp of the Month, Cross Stitch Wishes for just $5 with a qualifying order.  If you love the look of sewing on your layouts and cards, this set is a must have addition to your stamp collection.

Cross-stitch Wishes

Cross-Stitch Wishes

Don’t miss your chance to take advantage of these great offers!  Visit my shopping site before the end of the month to place your order.

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!

Cricut Addicition!

I had the Cricut fired up this weekend.  My faithful cropping pal, Joann, was in the home stretch of completing her Christmas cards and I was determined to finish a couple of decorated pillow boxes to hold holiday gifts.  My Cricut was humming as we cut Christmas tree shapes, labels with ribbon slits, outlines for our stamped images, pillow boxes, rosettes and more!  As we flipped through the Artbooking image guide, I knew my next project would be a Winter Wonderland layout.  I’m attending Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party tonight and I plan to take a bunch of photos of the snow on Main Street.

This layout key is featured in this week’s Artbooking Made Easy episode.  Talk about perfect timing!  I hope this will inspire you to get your camera and your Cricut going.

This is also the perfect time to start gathering your supplies for your Christmas album.  There is still time to take advantage of the free “star item” promotion with Close To My Heart.  Choose a festive, new product free this holiday season with your qualifying order! When you place an order of $100 or more (retail price) between by December 31 from the Holidays from the Heart Gift Guide and/or the Autumn/Winter 2013 Idea Book, you qualify for one free “star” item from the Holidays from the Heart Gift Guide. You’ll love the sparkle, the ease, and the savings! Receive one free “star” item for each $100 in your order.  Some of my favorite new products are star items including our Sparkle and Shine Paper Packet and this Santa Claus stamp set.

Santa Claus Stamp Set

C1567 Santa Clause set of 10

December Specials

16 – SOTM NovemberDecember’s Stamp of the Month set, Special Care, is a winner!  This set of six stamps features adorable garment style tags complete with witty instructions for pre-treating with cupcakes and kisses.  Special Care is available through December for $17.95 or with a minimum qualifying purchase, get your D-size Stamp of the Month set for a discounted price of just $5.00!

Special CareClose To My Heart is also offering your choice of a festive, new product (star items only) free this holiday season with your qualifying order! When you place an order of $100 or more (retail price) by December 31 from the Holidays from the Heart Gift Guide and/or the Autumn/Winter 2013 Idea Book, you qualify for one free “star” item from the Holidays from the Heart Gift Guide. You’ll love the sparkle, the ease, and the savings! Receive one free “star” item for each $100 in your order.

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Holidays from the Heart

Are you making handmade holiday cards and decor this year?  I’ve got my heart set on creating a set of paper trees like the ones pictured on the cover of the Close To My Heart Holiday Gift Guide.

holidays-from-the-heart-largeThe recipe (which can be downloaded at the above link) calls for a number of Cricut shapes including a variety of accordion folded circles (also known as yo-yos, medallions or rosettes).  I’ve got a great tip for creating these with ease!  When you are ready to adhere the accordion folded circle to the base, apply a generous amount of Liquid Glass.  Press the folds into the Liquid Glass and then place the piece inside a jar lid.  The rim of the lid should hold the folds in place until your glue has set.

accordion folded circle embellishment

Accordion folded circles are often called yo-yos, medallions or rosettes

The Holidays from the Heart Gift Guide has a variety of new products including washi tapes and our Sparkle and Shine collection.  You’ll also find terrific new stamp sets with featuring holiday greetings, Santa Claus and Nativity scenes.  Close To My Heart is offering a special promotion through the end of the year.  Choose one “star” item from the Holidays from the Heart Gift Guide FREE for every $100 of retail-priced products in your order from the Holidays from the Heart Gift Guide and/or the Autumn/Winter 2013 Idea Book!

If you’re looking for inspiration to get started with your holiday projects, please join me for my Holiday Cards Workshop.  Join me Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 6pm at Green Lotus Studios and see how easily you can create beautiful cards and gift tags with our Frosted papers!

Celebrate National Stamping Month

Close To My Heart  has produced our most incredible National Stamping Month promotion to date.  While we have always had a very special stamp collection available for this celebration, you’ll be excited to hear that this year’s set is a trio!  That’s right, our exclusive You Are My Happy set features three D size sheets of whimsical icons and an alphabet.  Best of all, you can purchase the set for just $10 (a terrific savings off the full retail value of $47.90) with a qualifying order of $50 in the month of September.

You Are My Happy

Celebrate National Stamping Month with this whimsical trio!

Celebrate National Stamping Month with this whimsical, exclusive stamp set trio!  Combine this great deal with our Stamp of the Month promotion for even better savings or contact me to maximize your savings with our exclusive Hostess Rewards.  September is the perfect time to schedule with me to earn free and discounted products!

Sweet Deal Expiring

Chocolate Affair 2Don’t miss your chance to own the August Stamp of the Month set, A Chocolate Affair!  These are some of my favorite stamps from the new Idea Book and Close To My Heart is offering a sweet deal on this adorable set.  Just place a qualifying order of $50 in the month of August and you will get the set absolutely FREE.  Visit my shopping site to place your order and get step-by-step instructions for four projects using the set including a pillow box and a heart box.

ChocAffairdeathPlace your qualifying order by August 31, 2013 and bring home A Chocolate Affair for FREE!

 

CK Convention Comes to Jacksonville

CKC 2013Creating Keepsakes is bringing another exciting scrapbooking  event to Jacksonville!  The convention will be held downtown at the Hyatt on September 6th and 7th.  Close To My Heart will host a popular workshop (rumor has it that our new Laughing Lola paper and Cricut Artbooking Collection will be featured and that your class fee includes a stamp set!) and the Scattered Hearts Team (led by the one and only Tina Sutton!) will have a booth at the Vendor Faire.  I’ll be at the booth both days with loads of fabulous samples to show you.  Bring your camera and get inspired by our numerous display boards and samples!  Stop by, say hi and take a few minutes to play.

Tina always offers a show special, but if you want to get the very best deal, schedule a workshop or online event with me in September.  I would love to help you earn free and discounted product plus our new and exclusive Hostess Rewards stamp sets.  Schedule with me in September and take advantage of our very special National Stamping Month promotion.  Our You Are My Happy set is 3 full sheets of whimsical  stamps for just $10 with your qualifying order.  Contact me today for more information.

New Rewards

August is always such an exciting time with Close To My Heart.  With the release of the Autumn/Winter Idea Book, we have terrific new papers, dozens of gorgeous new stamp sets and of course, the stunning new Cricut Artbooking Collection.  Close To My Heart also has a brand new exclusive stamp sets only available as hostess rewards.

This card was made with one of the new exclusive Hostess Rewards stamp sets!

This card was made with one of the new exclusive Hostess Rewards stamp sets!

 

Don’t forget to take advantage of the August special offer.  This month’s adorable Stamp of the Month set, A Chocolate Affair, is absolutely free when you place a qualifying $50.00 order by August 31, 2013.

Sweeten the deal with a free Chocolate Affair stamp set!

Sweeten the deal with a free Chocolate Affair stamp set!

Get Patriotic!

Patriotic stamp sets

New limited edition stamps available

Celebrate military service and compliment your Independence Day photos with Close to my Heart’s new patriotic stamp sets—available through July 31, 2013. Three dollars from each B-size My Acrylix®Courage stamp set and $5 from each D-size My Acrylix® Home of the Brave stamp set will be donated to the USO, the leading, most recognized military-support and services organization in the country.   Visit my web site to purchase these limited addition stamp sets!

patriotic stamps

Three limited addition patriotic stamp sets