Thursday, December 31, 2009

January Stamp of the Month!

The first day of each month is quickly becoming my favorite as I eagerly await the blog hop featuring the new stamp of the month! For January the stamp is so versatile. I really like all the frames & brackets! Sit down with a blanket on your lap and a cup of coffee or tea in hand and enjoy the creativity of this month's blog hop - click HERE to start!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Gorgeous Paper & Stamp Set!!

If you've been looking for unique paper with gorgeous colors & designs, look no further! This set called 'Felicity' is simply stunning! The set is complete with 12 x 12 patterned paper, coordinating die-cut papers AND a matching stamp set!! It's a great value at the retail price of $34.95 but you can also get it for FREE!! Go to my website and click on the main picture (the same as above) to get all the details on how you can get this gorgeous set!!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Card Workshop Tonight!

At tonight's workshop we'll be making the 3 cards pictured above, and let me tell you, they are even more beautiful in person. This paper, from the Grace packet, has really grown on me since I first saw it. It really is gorgeous and makes great projects! Join us a 7:00 pm to see them for yourself!!!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Clearance Sale in it's Final Days!!

It's the final days of the Close to my Heart clearance sale!! Check out the My Acrylix® stamp sets priced from only $2 and My Reflections® paper packets starting at $5. Plus you can get a grab bag for $30 which contains over $100 in retail products! If your order total is $100 or more then you'll qualify for $5 flat rate shipping. Sale items are available while supplies last & the sale ends this Thursday, December 17th.

I received my order of sale items the other day and think that some of the best deals are the alphabet stamp sets - one set was $8 and the other was only $6!! I also got a big roll of white ric-rac for $4 and some great embellishment sets for $6. You've just got to check it out! go to my website at and click on clearance sale.

Customers are limited to 5 of each sale item. Regular priced items and sale items cannot be combined in your shopping cart on one order. Check out some of the items you can pick up:

  • Stamp sets priced at $2 to $8
  • Level One Paper Packs for $5
  • Level 2 Paper Packs for $6.50
  • My Stickease sets for $4
Click HERE to start shopping this great sale!!!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

December Clearance Sale!!!

Starting today, Close to my Heart is having an awesome clearance sale!! There are My Acrylix® stamp sets from only $2 and My Reflections® paper packets from only $5. Plus you can get a grab bag for $30 which contains over $100 in retail products! If your order total is $100 or more then you'll qualify for $5 flat rate shipping. Sale items are available while supplies last & the sale ends on December 17th. Customers are limited to 5 of each sale item. Regular priced items and sale items cannot be combined in your shopping cart on one order. Check out some of the items you can pick up:

  • Stamp sets priced at $2 to $8
  • Level One Paper Packs for $5
  • Level 2 Paper Packs for $6.50
  • My Stickease sets for $4
Click HERE to start shopping this great sale!!!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

December Stamp of the Month - "Notice the Details"

Okay, so I have to be honest - when I first received the Autumn/Winter 2009 Idea Book and saw this adorable stamp set, I knew I had to have it!! I guess it just suits my love of organizing :)

So with eager anticipation I've been awaiting this months blog hop so that I can see how other people have used it in creative and cleaver ways!! So follow the blog hop HERE and let me know what you think! Enjoy!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

December's "Grace"ful Card Workshop

I can't even believe that December is less than a week away! So take out your tattered pocket calendar and mark Friday, December 11th with a note about making cards! Just wanted to post a reminder along with a re-cap of my workshop details.

Each month I hold a Card Workshop where I show you how to assemble 3 cards. We'll cut, paste, stamp and more! I also like to incorporate a tip or technique so that you can learn something new to use on your own projects at home. I now have a stamp set available for you to use so that you can customize the sentiments on your cards (ie: get well; congratulations; thinking of you; etc.). The supply fee for the 3 cards is $10. You also have the option of purchasing the workshop kit (the December kit is pictured above) for $29.95 (+ tax & s/h) in which case I will waive the $10 supply fee because your supplies will be in your kit. The kits are a great deal because they include 22 sheets of 12 x 12 paper, an exclusive stamp set that is only available by ordering the kit, and a coordinating embellishment set. The kits also come with an instruction guide to help you complete additional cards or scrapbook layouts at home.

In addition, I also have a drawing for a prize at each workshop. For the December workshop I have a cute little stamp set that will be given away to drawing winner! Your name goes into the drawing once for RSVP'ing; another time for attending; and an additional time for bringing a new friend! The workshops are a lot of fun and I hope that everyone enjoys being creative and maybe learning something new in the process!

Friday, November 20, 2009

Twitterpated Layout

We made this layout during one of the creative sessions at the Portland Regional Celebration a few weeks ago. I love the colors! The pictures of my daughter at the park go really well with the Twitterpated paper. I was wondering if anyone would be interested if I held a workshop where we completed this layout? If you purchased the Twitterpated paper pack, then you would already have the paper needed. Let me know what you think!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Twitterpated Card Workshop This Friday!!

Just a reminder - this Friday, 11/13 will be the Twitterpated Card Workshop at 7:00 pm. We'll be using Liquid Glass to add dimension to the cards - you'll love it! I added a second table, so I have 4 more seats if you are interested! Hope to see you Friday!

Monday, November 9, 2009

So Many Projects, so little sleep!

Well I'm back from the CTMH Regional Celebration this past weekend. I flew home Sunday morning after spending 3 days in Portland, Oregon. I gathered a lot of information and made a lot of projects. Mostly cards, but also 2 layouts. I even won a couple of things! :) The thing I did not get was very much sleep! So I am completely exhausted!!

As part of our registration, we received a great tote bag with lots of pockets for scrapping supplies. I used it a lot during the creative sessions. We also received 4 stamp sets, which we used a lot to make the various projects. In addition, we were given an entire Sweet Home Paper Pack! We made a 2 page layout from a few papers in this kit. I'm hoping to get some pictures uploaded over the next few days of the projects we made.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Off to Portland!

Well I'm all packed and ready to head off to Portland, Oregon for the Close to My Heart Regional Celebration. I'm looking forward to learning some new things, seeing some great projects done with our products, and having lots of fun!

I'm anticipating coming back with lots of exciting things to tell about, so check out my blog over the next few weeks as I share my experiences & artwork!

I'll also see some of you at the card workshop next Friday, November 13th at 7:00 pm. Let me know if you'd like to come - I still have some open spots!

Monday, November 2, 2009

November Stamp of the Month

This month's Stamp of the Month is a very cute house set that I've seen make some very cute projects! Click here to see a cute project by Lisa Stenz using this set, and then follow the blog hop to see many more projects! I love how creative my fellow consultants are! I thought this set was cute the first time I saw it, but after following the blog hop I fell in love with it! You will too!

Monday, October 19, 2009

You'll Be Twitterpated!

Here is a glimpse of the cards we'll be making at the November Card Workshop! I am in love with this paper line and can't wait to do this workshop! The paper is called Twitterpated and just came out in the new Autumn/Winter Idea Book. At this workshop we'll be using the adorable Hedgehog & Toadstool (a.k.a. mushroom) stamp set that is only available in the workshop Kit. The Kit includes the Twitterpated Level 2 Paper Pack, the stamp set, and a collection of brown ribbon spools all for $29.95. Remember, if you purchase the Kit in advance it will be ready for you on workshop night and I will waive the $10 supply fee (since your supplies will be in your kit!). Ordering the kit is a great value, especially if you adore this paper line like I do, since you'll leave the workshop with 3 completed cards, a stamp set, ribbon and enough paper left in your paper pack to complete several more projects! Kits must be ordered by November 1st to arrive in time for the workshop on Friday, November 13th at 7pm. Hope to see you then!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Another Fun Card Workshop

We had another fun night of making cards at the last workshop. This card was my personal favorite from the 3 we made. It had great dimension to it and I loved the background paper. We did a lot of stamping and A LOT of cutting! (Sorry!) Everyone did great though!

The November card workshop will be held on the 2nd Friday of the month, November 13th at 7:00 pm. I'll be posting photos & information regarding the cards we will make and what is included in the kit. Kit orders will need to be received by November 1st so I can get them ordered and received in time for the workshop.

Monday, September 21, 2009

October Card Workshop!

I can't believe it is almost October! So let's get the month started off right with a great card workshop on Friday, October 2nd at 7:00 pm. The supply fee for the 3 cards is $10. We'll be using the new CTMH paper line called "Sweet Home" which you can find on page 14 of the Autumn/Winter Idea Book.

Pictured above you'll find the Sweet Home Basic Kit which includes the exclusive "Enjoy the Journey" stamp set, available only in this kit, along with the Level 2 paper packet and a White Daisy embellishment collection all for $29.95 (+ tax & S/H). If you are interested in ordering the Sweet Home kit let me know right away so I can have it ordered & ready for you when you arrive for the workshop. Remember, if you order the kit then you won't pay the $10 supply fee since your supplies will be in the kit!

Hope to see everyone on October 2nd!!!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Sweet Home Card Workshop Friday, Oct 2nd

Mark your calendar for Friday, October 2nd! Here are the 3 cards we'll be making from the new Sweet Home paper. The supply fee is $10, or you can purchase the workshop kit for $29.95. The kit includes an exclusive stamp set, a level 2 paper packet, and an embellishment set. With 3 cards to get done, we'll get started right at 7 pm! Hope to see you there!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Fun Card Night Upstairs!

Fun & Happy Card!

We had another fun card night on 9/4 - making cards upstairs in the new addition! It was fun to have a group up in that space even though it is still empty! I hope you all enjoyed the workshop.

Here is one of the cards we made. We also used the envelope flats available in the CTMH Idea Book. These are great for making your envelope match or coordinate with your card. We also set some eyelets and found out that Hanna was our eyelet queen!

The next card workshop will be Friday, October 2nd at 7:00 pm. This workshop will be the first of the new CTMH Card Workshops. I'll be charging a $10 supply fee for 3 cards. Next week I'll be posting pictures of the cards and of the Card Kit that is available for purchase. If you wish to purchase the Card Kit for $29.95, then the $10 supply fee will be waived. The Kit includes a stamp set, a level 2 paper packet, and an embellishment set. The stamp set is only available in the kit - there is no other way to get it! Check back next week for more information or give me a call. I'll need to order your kit in advance of the workshop.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

September 4th Card Workshop

Don't forget about this coming Friday's Card Workshop! It's Friday, September 4th and we'll start making cards at 7:00 p.m. so arrive a few minutes early so that you can get settled and make sure that your name is entered into the prize drawing! Remember that you get your name entered an extra time for RSVP'ing and again for bringing a friend! So you can get your name entered 3 times to increase your chances of winning a prize!

All you need to bring is a pair of scissors and adhesive. All other materials will be provided. The cost of materials is $5.00 for the 2 cards that we'll be making. We'll be making a one 3 x 3 card and one 5 x 5 card. We'll also be customizing the envelope to match the larger card!
You can also purchase extra card kits from my July workshop for $2.50 each, pictured below:
Can't wait to see you Friday!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

September Card Kit Special

September is a great month to pick up some of those stamp sets you've had your eye on! Here's why: During the month of September you can receive this great Everyday Card Kit FREE when you order a minimum of $60 in stamp sets. The kit includes an adorable stamp set and cute papers (as you can see above). What I love is the everyday aspect of it - the colors & phrases would work for any occasion. Let me know if you have any questions or would like to place an order!

Also, don't forget to join me next Friday, September 4th at 7 p.m. for Card Night! We'll be making 2 great cards for just $5. Bring a friend & you'll get an extra ticket entered into the prize drawing for the night. Can't wait to see you & show you a new trick in stamping on your cards!

Monday, August 10, 2009

CTMH Retired List

The list for items that are being retired is available for you to review. Please let me know if there is anything you'd like. Remember, supplies are now limited! If there is something you want to get we should order it for you before it is no longer available. Let me know if you have any questions!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

More gift bag pics

Bags & Briefcases

This is how I spent a few hours list past Friday night & Saturday afternoon - making little gift bags for some friends. At first I just picked some nice papers & fired up my Cricut with the Bags & Tags cartridge. Then my creative juices kicked in and I started to add more details as I went along. Two of them were for guys, so I made them look more like briefcases by stitching them & adding their monogrammed initials. I had a lot of fun thinking of different things to make each one unique!

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Thanks for coming!

Thanks to everyone who attended my card workshop the other night. I hope you all had fun and liked the cards we created. Since this was my first workshop I appreciate your patience ;) Hopefully I will get better at teaching the projects. Thanks also to my Mom for all her help and to my Dad for babysitting the kids.

Kudos to Kelly & Sandra for making your first cards - they turned out great!! And it wouldn't have been as much fun without Teresa on the sidelines cheering us on ;) You stamped great too!

My next card workshop is set for Friday, September 4th at 7:00 pm. Let me know if there is a specific type of card you'd like to do (ie: anniversary; get well; etc.). If you are interested in doing scrapbook layouts I'll need to know in advance so that I can get the materials ready for you. I was thinking of doing a layout ready for beach/summer photos.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

My Mom & I at the Scrapbook Expo in San Jose, CA last summer. Hoping to attend again this year. Anyone going in August? I think it's August 7th & 8th? Last year we did a lot of classes, but I think it was too much for my brain! I enjoy shopping the booths and would also like to try the all day crop.

Hey There!

Welcome! Well you've found my newly started site and you're probably wondering just what in the world it's about? Since I am just getting going with this whole "blogging" world, I appreciate your patience! My goal is to connect with other paper-obsessed-crafters and share projects, ideas, and the latest from Close to My Heart. Hope you return soon to find more content. Thanks for visiting :)