Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Why I LOVE my job! Blog Candy!

I have the BEST job! I don't even know if I should call it a "job" because I have so much fun doing it! In this video I share why I love my job so much. I hope you will take a few minutes to watch it. Below is a list of questions. All those who send me the answers to the questions on/before TUESDAY APRIL 5th (my daughter's 11th birthday) will have their name entered into a drawing for a Close To My Heart Goodie Bag of Products valued at $50.00! The answers to the questions are in the video. You can email me at . I look forward to hearing from you soon!

1. How long have I been a Close To My Heart Consultant (how many years)?

2. What FABULOUS PROGRAM did Close To My Heart launch this past fall?

3. How many incentive trips have I earned with Close To My Heart?

4. How much does it cost to play and experiment with Studio J?

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Hope For Japan Stamp Set Artwork


Friday I announced information about the "Hope For Japan" Stamp Set that Close To My Heart has created. I am thrilled about this fundraiser and hope you all will purchase this lovely stamp, which is generously discounted. 100% of the sales will be donated to the American Red Cross efforts in Japan. Here is some lovely artwork created using the exclusive Stamp Set. I have purchased a handful of the stamp sets. Please feel free to contact me if you would like one. Once they are delivered I will put one aside for you!

Friday, March 25, 2011

Hope For Japan

I am sure you have all been heart-broken by the terrible earthquake and tsunami that occurred in Japan several weeks ago. I, like many of you, have wanted to reach out and help. Close To My Heart is offering a wonderful opportunity for us to do just that!

From now until April 30, purchase the exclusive, non-commissionable “Hope for Japan” A-size stamp set for the special price of only $5 (retail value $7.95 US / $8.75 CAN) and Close To My Heart will donate 100% of the profits to the American Red Cross’ efforts in Japan. This beautifully designed stamp set reminds us of how our hearts are hopeful for those who are in need.

Please contact me today to purchase your stamp set today. Or hop on over to my website ( and order your "Hope for Japan" stamp set today!


Monday, March 21, 2011

More Creative Fun With Ribbon!

A few weeks ago I shared an ice cream cone card I made using ribbon as the ice cream scoop. Today I would like to show you a card I created using the new BLUE COLLECTION Ribbon. Have I mentioned how much I love ribbon and how much I love CTMH newest ribbon collections?!

The blue flower you see here was created using item #Z1385 Blue Collection Designer Ribbon ($5.95) and the new Blue Assortment Button collection: #Z1371 ($5.95). The smaller flower was created using the new Pink Assortment Buttons (#Z1370). I used the new stamp set called "Fill In The BLanks (#D1465) for the flower stem. This stamp set is perfect for so many things! The tiny word stamps were perfect to create a flower stem!

I also stamped the honey cardstock to give it a bit of texture. I used one of the background stamps found in the "Two-Step Backgrounds" (#D1473) set and honey ink to stamp a tone-on-tone effect.

Friday, March 18, 2011


Close To My Heart has just added more product at out of this world prices to my website. Some products are as low as .29!!! Paper flowers, adorable badge buttons, fancy cut borders and more...hop on over and take advantage of these incredible savings! I suspect product will sell out fast so don't delay!

Have a super weekend!


Thursday, March 17, 2011

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Top of the Morning To Ya!

I hope you all have a happy St. Patrick's Day! I always like to surprise my children with corny little treats on the holidays. This morning they woke up to a kitchen table dressed in green (I totally forgot to take a photo...what was I thinking? I guess I was NOT thinking at the time!) with this little package next to their cereal bowl. The colored licorice is supposed to represent a rainbow and the gold chocolate coins represent the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. It's amazing how far a little treat such as this can go to making a child's day! They also received a pocket-size hand sanitizer bottle- "Leprechaun flavor" (from Bath & Body Works) and a new little carrying case for of course! All three of my kids love these little hand sanitizers that Bath & Body Works carries. I think they have actually starting collecting them! I have a few other surprises for them upon their arrival home from school this afternoon. I will try to remember to take photos and share with y'all!

Enjoy your day!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Perfect Paper Pinwheels!

Take a peek at this video full of fun! These pinwheels will be perfect to use on all spring time and summer layouts and cards! My scrapbook and card clubs will be using the "Miracle" kit highlighted in this video during the month of May. If you are not already in one of my monthly groups I invite you to come and try it out. We would love to have you join in all the fun! My clubs meet once a month and each month one of the club members is the hostess and receives the hostess rewards, as well as a FREE stamp of the month for that particular month AND a FREE Idea Book! Not to mention, you create great projects, purchase superior products and can make new friends and strengthen the bonds of existing friends! My monthly clubs are available to long distance crafters, too! Contact me today to learn more!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Designer Ribbon, Pink Collection

Happy Weekend!

I hope y'all are enjoying your Saturday and have enjoyed this little video all about the fabulous new Designer Ribbon, Pink Collection. This ribbon is even PRETTIER in person! You are going to LOVE it! And it is so much fun to play with and create with! You can order this designer ribbon (#Z1384, $7.95)and all the other gorgeous new ribbons right at my website ( or contact me and I will be happy to place the order for you.

Here is a fun card I created using one of the rosettes to create a scoop of ice cream! I used another ribbon (the baby pink lacey pattern) from this pack to add a little border to my card
Other products I used were:
Sophia Paper Pack (#X7131B)
Fanfare Workshop on the Go Stamp Set (#G1021)
White Daisy Cards and Envelope Value Pack (#X254)
Desert Sand Cardstock ((#1273)
Chocolate Ink Pad (#Z2111

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Kids can create too!

This past Sunday I had our 2nd Kids Paper Crafting Class. Molly and Payton formed this class about a month ago. They each invite a handful of friends to come participate in a fun, simple craft project. This month the girls embellished their own journals and made corner bookmarks. Fun was had by all! We love the blank journals that Close To My Heart sells (#Z1268). This journal comes with 75 unlined pages and a 7 x 5 pocket on the front cover which is perfect for decorating any way you wish! The girls were given a sheet of the "Lots of Dots" adhesive-baked alphabet stickease (#Z1261). These stickers are so fun because you can color them any way you want and white polka dots shine through once you are done coloring them! These products are available for purchase on my website (

Monday, March 7, 2011

Birthday Card-A-Palooza Class

Birthday Card-A-Palooza Class: Monday, March 28th

Time: 9:30-12:30 or 6:30-9:30

Cost: $24.00

R.S.V.P on/before TUESDAY, MARCH 15th

Do you ever need a birthday card at the last minute and don’t have one on hand or don’t have time to run to the store or you think all the store bought cards are ugly? If you answered “yes” to any of the above questions then this is the class for you! We will create 10 masculine “celebration” cards (1 each of 10 different designs) and 12 cupcake cards (all the same design- thank you , Lisa Stenz for sharing your idea with me!).

YOu can click on the photos to get a closer look.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011


This is my second post of the day. Be sure to check out the earlier post to see art created using the March Stamp of the Month! You can earn the Stamp of the month at a GREAT discount or even FREE depending on your order total!

Get a free My Acrylix® block when you buy My Acrylix® stamps!

At Close To My Heart, we know we’ve got the best clear stamps and blocks—and we’ll prove it! Throughout March, when you buy your favorite My Acrylix® stamps, we’ll give you a free My Acrylix block. Not only will you have the best stamps on the block, you’ll have the best block, too! Just purchase $25 US / $30 CAN in stamps and you can choose from two of our most versatile block sizes: 3" × 3" (Y1006) or 2" × 6.

Offer valid March 1–31, 2011. Limit one free My Acrylix® block per order per customer. Qualifying stamp purchases include A-, B-, C-, D-, and E-size stamp sets, including Stamp of the Month sets purchased at full price or at a discount. K-size stamp sets, Stamp of the Month sets earned for free, and Workshops on the Go™ kits are excluded. Close To My Heart reserves the right to substitute a block of a similar size or price.

March Stamp of the Month: Sensational

Happy March!
I am so excited about the Stamp of the Month for March! These precious bunnies
take me back to the day of Beatrice Potter and Benjamin Bunny!

The Sensational Stamp Set consists of 10 images perfect for all your
Spring Creations. Here are some cards created using the Stamp Set and the NEW! Miracle Paper Pack.