Monday, July 11, 2016

All good things must come to an end!

Good morning!'s about time for a new annual idea book to be released by Close To My Heart and that means lots of items retiring to make way for new fun crafty stuff!  To see a full list of what will be retiring as of July 31st check out my shop.  You will notice all our ink pads on the list but don't worry not all the colors are retiring.  We are getting a brand new ink pad design!  It is a little big larger and features a magnetic lid - woohoo no more struggling with our lids!!  Here are the colors that are retiring so if you want them, make sure you order soon since once they are gone, they are gone!  I've heard rumor that some are already sold out.  :-(

Cotton Candy

Another special that expires on July 31st is our current recruiting campaign.  I joined several years ago during one of these campaigns so that I could get a 22% discount on what I bought and this campaign is much better than when I joined!!  For $75 you get so much!!  You get your kit:

And you get $50 special product credit to use on purchasing what you want - ink, paper, stamps, etc.  You can order from the new Idea Book that doesn't go live until August 1st and you will also get a 1-2 month preview on any future new catalogs - we have one big annual book with our fundamental items and then at least three seasonal catalogs with our fancy papers and coordinating stamps and embellishments.  And you get your choice of one of our complete Fundamentals sets:

There are also other incentives along the way - called Straight To The Top.  If you are interested, just let me know.  I will never ever push you to sell anything but if you are interested in getting a discount on the items you buy, this is a great way to do it.  To stay active all you need to do is spend $300 every quarter ($234 after your discount).  Or...if you are interested in making this a business, I can certainly link you in with my upline who is absolutely fabulous in that area.

I hope everyone is having a good summer.  I've spent a lot of it indoors trying to stay cool and working on paper crafting projects and lots of lovies for a project at my church.  I've been posting pics on my Instagram.  Follow me there for lots of visual fun!

Monday, June 27, 2016

Hippos and Giraffes!

I used Mojo Monday's sketch 454 for these cards.  The paper came from The Paper Studio's So-So Sweet Mat Stack.  The layers were cut using some layering basics dies from Spellbinders and an awesome cross-stitch circle die from Gina Marie Designs.  The stamp set is Safari Ballet (A1180) from Close To My Heart.  We have a new catalog coming out on August 1st and I'm not sure if this stamp set is being held over to the new catalog or not.  I colored the images using Prismacolor colored pencils and I also used the new Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Pen on their little tutus and bows.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

New Catty and Awesome Promotions!!


Hi all!  Today a new Close To My Heart Catalog launches (here's a link: and we have three great promotions this month too!  It's National Scrapbooking Month and CTMH is celebrating!!

The first promotion is a limited paper pack called Happy Times that you can get for FREE with any qualifying purchase of $60 (or you can purchase it on it's own for $14.95).  It has 14 beautiful 2-sided papers which feature florals, stripes, gold foil details, and more!

The second promotion is a gorgeous D-size stamp set to coordinate with the Happy Times paper.  This stamp set features some buildable flowers, leaves, and some sweet sentiments that have so many uses for card making, scrapbooking, and creating pocket albums!  This set costs $17.95 and includes 18 pieces.

The third promotion is an exciting one for me because I think CTMH has the absolute best photo albums.  We carry both post bound and 3-ring binders.  This month they are on sale for 25% off while supplies last.  That makes each album only $26.21 each!  I know you can get cheaper albums at the big box stores and I've bought those myself.  However, what I've noticed about the CTMH albums is that I don't experience the cracking of the interior liners and I've opened and closed the 3-ring ones untold amounts of times and they still line up perfectly - don't you hate it when they go all cattywompus?!?!

And finally the fourth promotion is our Stamp of The Month for May, Celebrate with Cake.  You can get this stamp for $5 with any $50 qualifying purchase.  It's another buildable stamp specifically designed for birthdays, weddings, and anniversaries. 50th birthday is coming up this month so I like to think they created this stamp set just for me!! lol  It comes with 17 pieces including cake stands and layers, flowers, banners, and four sentiments.

As an added bonus if you place at least a $60 qualifying purchase, I will be emailing you instructions you can use with your free paper packet to create these six scrapbook pages or 12 cards!!

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Organizing with Evernote

I love to use Evernote to organize all sorts of things!  I have all of my Close To My Heart stamps organized in this awesome free tool.  I've also started organizing my sewing patterns and I can't wait to finish that project - no more buying the same pattern two (or three) times!  I can also keep notes and pictures of projects I've made using each item.  

I put together a quick little tutorial covering the basics of Evernote and how I put my stamps in it.  I also give you a sneak peek of my sewing pattern organization that is just in the beginning stages.  I hope it helps you and if you have any questions, just leave me a comment and I'll do my best to answer.

Monday, April 4, 2016

How I Organize My Stamps

Hi!  I've had some questions about how I organize all my stamp sets.  I have a very small space for all my non-sewing crafting and I share the space with my husband so keeping things contained is a must.  The Close To My Heart stamps (which are the majority of my collection) come in a very sturdy plastic envelope that is closed with a snap on the back.  I discard the care card and stamping cushion that come in the envelope and then remove the snap.  I created a video to show you how I do that:

I then store all my stamps in a CTMH Large Organizer (well...I have quite the stamp addiction so I have two organizers) numerically.  I keep an Evernote database of all my stamps by keywords so all I have to do is search for a certain image and Evernote will tell me where to find it.  I've been keeping my stamps like this for over a year and it's working great!

If you have any questions about my process or supplies used, just leave me a comment.  You can purchase the large organizer on my website - link on the sidebar.

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Want a Huge Discount on CTMH?

When I signed up as a consultant with Close To My Heart two years ago it was as a hobbyist.  I love CTMH products and between my personal crafting and making cards for various charities I knew I could easily spend the $300 ($234 after my consultant discount) every three months to keep my consultant status.  And...I was right!  I have no problem spending that amount on the staples I use all the time (cardstock, card bases, envelopes, ink, etc.).  In addition I earn awesome extra rewards called Select Product Credit (SPC) that I can use on anything that you can use hostess rewards to purchase.  Speaking of hostess rewards...I usually save up my quarterly purchases and create a "gathering" with myself as the hostess.  That usually nets me another $40 in free stuff and I can also purchase one item at 50% off.  All told I end up with $345 in product for $234 plus I get 50% off another item -  I usually use that on one of the big ticket items like the Cricut cartridges or a new album.  As a consultant I can also order items one month before they show up in the catalogs and I can purchase the Stamps of The Month at least a couple months in advance which is great because that means I don't have to place a $50 order every month to get those stamps and can instead place one big order so I get the hostess rewards and a larger SPC.

Why am I telling you all these secrets?!?  Well...CTMH has a new consultant kit that just came out yesterday with some really neat features.  This is a much better deal than when I signed up two years ago!  The kit costs $75 and you get all the items shown below plus $50 in SPC credit to spend!

  • Medium Organizer (Z4139, qty 1)
  • My Acrylix® Block 2" × 6½" (Y1010, qty 1)
  • My Acrylix® Block 1” × 3½" (Y1002, qty 1)
  • My Acrylix® Block 2" × 2" (Y1003, qty 1)
  • Non-Stick Microtip Scissors (Z1836, qty 1)
  • My Acrylix® Stamp Scrubber (Z1782, qty 1)
  • My Acrylix® Spritz Cleaner (1778, qty 1)
  • Bonding Memories™ Glue (1512, qty 1)
  • 3-D Foam Tape (Z1151, qty 1)
  • Sponge (Z697, qty 1)
  • Customer Order Forms (W101, qty 1 pack of 25)
  • Annual Inspirations Idea Book (WC1161, qty 5)
  • Seasonal Expressions 2 (WCS1163, qty 5)
  • Cardstock Sampler (W1136, qty 1)
  • Paper Fundamentals Sampler (W1137, qty 1)
  • Annual Inspirations B&T Duos™ Sampler (W1138, qty 1)
  • Seasonal Expressions 2 B&T Duos™ Sampler (W1144, qty 1)
  • Artful Textiles—Petite Perks Incentive Stamp Set (W2034, qty 3)
  • Gathering Invitations (W1129, qty 1 pack of 25)
  • Desk Pad (W1140, qty 1 pack of 50)
I'm really loving the $50 SPC so you can buy what you want rather than getting paper or stamps in your kit that you don't want.  I have to admit that I am still trying to use the paper that came in my consultant kit because it just wasn't my favorite and I think there is one stamp set that came in my kit that I never used.  I would have much rather been able to pick and choose what I wanted.

Another great thing if you sign up in April is if you submit $350 in sales during your first 30 days* you get your choice of either a free Cricut cartridge or an additional $100 in SPC!!  *The 30-day period begins five days after the New Consultant Kit has been shipped. Offer valid April 1, 2016 (9:00 am MDT) – April 30, 2016 (11:59 pm MDT). 

Some other good things to know:

*At $250 in sales you earn 3 FREE exclusive stamp sets not available to order - this is available for new consultants that join any time of the year.
*Shipping is charged on free items, and shipping/tax is added to the kit cost. 
If this interests you, just contact me at the link on the sidebar and I'll give you more information.  I am a hobbyist so you will not get any pressure from me to sell anything.  If you just want to sign up to get the awesome kit and $50 in SPC and then never do anything further as a consultant, I am fine with that.  However, if you want to run this as a business, I can certainly get you networked with some awesome women who are doing awesome things!  You can earn all expense paid vacations for two (this year was a Caribbean cruise and last year they went to Hawaii!), exciting awards, and do it all while making good money and having fun!  

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Great Workshop

We had the best time at my church last night making cards!  About 30 ladies joined in and made the cards that I featured last month.  I think it went really well and they whipped those five cards out so fast!  I think we are going to do a Christmas Card Workshop probably in November and I think this time I'll design six or seven cards since they finished these last ones so quickly!

I wanted to share some of the fun alterations the ladies made.  I love it when someone takes an idea and makes it their own.

However, the best part of the night for me was when one of the ladies came up to me to thank me for presenting the workshop and she told me, "I didn't think I'd be able to make these cards, but I did!"  For me showing someone what they CAN do is the greatest thrill!  That's why I love to teach paper crafting and sewing.  People can do so much more than they think they can.  I told the ladies last night that perfection is not allowed and there are no mistakes.  I hope they know how proud I am of them all that they stepped outside their comfort zones and created something that will bless the person they give it to.  I know I was blessed by them all!!