Friday, October 31, 2014

November SOTM Blog Hop!

THANK YOU for stopping by to enjoy our
November Stamp of the Month Blog Hop
featuring this month's SOTM:
It's the Little Things S1411

If you've just arrived here from CAROL's BLOG,
then you are on the correct path.
If you get lost at any point along the way,
you can see a full listing of all of the blog hop
participants by visiting this link here:

First, I'm sharing a standard-size Christmas Card featuring the Snowhaven papers (X7188B). Ink colors I used for this card include Black, Cranberry, Olive, and 2nd generation Olive (to stamp the wreath).

Here's my best tip to show you how to stamp "evenly-spaced" leaves on your wreath.  The circle is 2.75", cut from Colonial White paper with the Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge.
I used the inside of a roll of our washi tape to trace a circle in the center very lightly with a pencil. Then, as you stamp your leaves around the circle (with 1st and 2nd generation Olive ink), simply line up the first vein of each leaf with the pencil line as shown, overlapping each leaf slightly on top of the next leaf to space them just right. If you can get the end tips of each center-most vein to touch, then you will have near perfect spacing (then erase your pencil marks, of course).

Second, here is another Standard-size card featuring the Pathfinding papers (X7186B). Ink colors I used here include Barn Red, Cocoa (for the sentiment), Glacier, Goldrush, and Olive (1st and 2nd generations again). I used stamp-rolling technique on the largest flower (Goldrush rolled with Barn Red).

Lastly, here is a view of what all of the images included in this stamp set look like:

Now you can continue on with the hop
and be inspired by more creative ideas
using this stamp set by visiting
Enjoy the hop!!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Two Cards from One design!!

I've been wanting to share this idea on my blog for a few weeks now, but life and other responsibilities kept getting in the way, lol. So finally...I am excited to share how one good card design can so easily result in another similar but different card.  On the left is a card I created using the September Stamp of the Month. I loved the simplicity of the design so much that a few weeks later, when I signed up to participate in a consultant team card swap, I decided to utilize the same design and even the same papers and color-scheme (Scaredy Cat) to make a birthday card instead
(as you can never have enough birthday cards, right?)!

Here is a view of the fantastic assortment of cards I received back from the swap with my team members (you will likely be able to spot my card here also):

Then, while enjoying the variety of swap cards I received, one particular card really stood out and inspired me and it is what led to the layout design I chose for another card (same design layout, but completely different colors/theme):

Thank you Nicole Peck for inspiring me with your lovely card!!
Isn't it fun to see how one thing can inspire another and then another? I tend to find inspiration from whatever is in front of me, even if I have to change it up or re-invent it just a little to serve another purpose...that's just how my mind works sometimes.
I hope you enjoyed this little peek into how my creativity is inspired and evolves.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Cards made at the October Card Class on 10/18

THANK YOU to all of the fun and talented ladies who attended the October Card Class on Saturday, October 18th! It was so nice to see you all 
and I hope you enjoyed making these cards with me :)

The 5x7 swing-card in the top right corner was made
with our brand new "Artfully Sent" Cricut Cartridge...
here's a closer look to give you a better understanding of how it swings open:

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Frame It Up! Class this Saturday 10/18 (2-5pm)

I would like to give credit to my fellow consultant friend Joanie Stanclift,
who designed this oh-so-cute and spooky page!
THANK YOU Joanie for sharing this amazing class idea with us!

Come join us to create this "frightfully cute"
one-page layout, the perfect home décor!
Saturday, October 18th (2pm-5pm)
For $35 your kit will include one of our NEW "Designed Décor" Shadow Box frames (choose Black or Colonial White) to show off your artwork. The high-quality wooden shadow box frame has a hinged back (magnetic closure) that opens for easy loading, so you can change the décor inside as often as you wish! The theme this month is "HALLOWEEN", and the page can be customized to fit your favorite 5x7 photo (tall or wide). Next month, we'll create another single page (FALL-themed) that you can make with me for just $8 each and/or $35 IF you want your kit to include another frame. In December, I'll offer a CHRISTMAS-themed page for $8 each and/or $35 with the frame. The frames are an incredible value because you can change the 12x12 page/theme inside a single frame every month/season. They make great gift items also, so you may want to make more than one! Space is limited to just 6 guests this time, but if there is enough interest, I will offer one more class date on Friday 10/24. I already have the materials in stock, so please RSVP by Thursday 10/16 and you can pay for your kit at the event. Cash, Check, and PayPal online payments accepted to:

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

October Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!

THANK YOU for stopping by to enjoy our
October Stamp of the Month Blog Hop
featuring this month's SOTM:
Home for the Holiday S1410

If you've just arrived here from GINA's BLOG,
then you are on the correct path.
If you get lost at any point along the way,
you can see a full listing of all of the blog hop

 Here is a simple standard-size card I created
featuring the Yuletide Carol paper pack (X7187B)
with Desert Sand, New England Ivy, and Ruby ink pads.
Embellished with Red Shimmer Trim (Z1848),
Topiary Mini Chevron Ribbon (Z1929), and Green Epoxy Bubbles (Z1806).
I also used our black journaling pen (Z1979) to outline and add a few doodles
to the parts of the ornament that I wanted to highlight.

Don't you just LOVE how so many stamps
in this set are Cricut-cut-compatible?
It makes it so easy to stamp these images
on pre-cut cardstock shapes (shown in red).

Now you can continue on with the hop
and be inspired by more creative ideas
using the stamp set by visiting
VICKI's BLOG next!
Enjoy the hop!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Scaredy Cat PML Scrapbooking Class this Saturday 9/27!

Did you take a lot of photos last Halloween?
Or...perhaps you plan to take a lot of pictures this coming Halloween?

Then you may be interested in this month's scrapbooking class
featuring the SCAREDY CAT papers and complements
(Two - 6 x 12" coordinating Kraft sticker sheets, shown here).

We're using these products PML style...
(PML = Picture My Life!)
I've pre-cut all of the cards shown on the sample pages
I've created (below), and all you have to do is
add the stickers and embellishments
to the 4x6 and 3x4 cards, then add your photos
(and a little bit of journaling) to the pockets!
It's so easy peasy!!
This really is the fastest, simplest,
and most affordable way
that I can help you get more pages
done, done, and done :)

For just $12 per kit, you can create
these 6 fun pages with me!!
I've used a total of 31 photos here, 
but this system is so flexible,
you can include more or less
pictures on your pages.
Let me show you how!

 Page 1 (above)

Page 2 (above)

 Page 2 (again) showing the 4x6 flip flap lifted up

 Page 3 (above)

 Page 4 (above)

  Page 4 (again) showing the 4x6 flip flap lifted up

 Page 5 (above)

Page 6 (above)

 Page 6 (again) showing the 4x12 flip flap opened on the side!

This class will be held this Saturday 9/27
(2-5pm and/or 6-9pm)
Contact me now to reserve the time slot you
prefer and reserve your kit while I still have a few left!
I currently have just 4 KITS available...
but I am able to order more supplies to prep additional kits
if you'd like to make these pages with me
on a different date in the near future.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Picture My Life Wall Hangings

How sweet are these?!!
I simply turned a few Picture My Life memory protectors on their sides so the holes lined up at the top, then filled them with photos and pre-printed PML cards. I added a bow with a glue dot to the top center of the page to cover the hole, then tied a piece of ribbon from the remaining holes to create these fun wall hangings.
So simple and very affordable to create!
(approxiately $2 each)

 This wall hanging (above) features the Avonlea PML collection (Z1942)

This wall hanging (above) features the For Always PML collection (Z2022).

Saturday, September 6, 2014

September 6th Card Class! (6-9pm)

These are the cards I'm teaching tonight!

Let me show you how to create
8 hand-made greeting cards
(2 each of 4 designs!) on the 
first Saturday evening of
every month for $12.00
(that's only $1.50 per card!)
get your class for just $5
with any $24.95 or more
product purchase.
This month's cards feature
the brand new
paper packs!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

September Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!

THANK YOU for stopping by to enjoy our
September Stamp of the Month Blog Hop
featuring this month's SOTM:
Family is Forever S1409

If you've just arrived here from WENDY's BLOG,
then you are on the correct path.
If you get lost at any point along the way,
you can see a full listing of all of the blog hop
participants by visiting this link here:

Here is a sweet and simple standard-size card I created
featuring the Scaredy Cat paper pack (X7185B)
with Black, Pear, Slate, and Thistle ink pads.
Embellished with Silver Shimmer Trim (Z1799),
Silver Sequins (Z2013), and Clear Sparkles (Z1752).

Lastly, here are all of the stamp images included in this set:

Now you can continue on with the hop
and be inspired by more creative ideas
using the stamp set by visiting
LALIA's BLOG next!
Enjoy the hop!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Mojo Monday 359 (Halloween Greetings Card)!

 I'm so happy to have finally been able to find a little time to participate in the Mojo Monday Card Sketch Challenge this week!! Here is my standard size card inspired by Mojo Monday 359.
All of the products I used are from Close to my Heart.
D1605 Halloween Greetings stamp set
X7185B Scaredy Cat paper packet
Z3011 Scaredy Cat assortment (enamel stars)
Archival Black and Slate ink pads
ShinHan Touch Twin Markers:
Barely Beige (YR29)
Peony Purple (P282)
Warm Grey (WG4)

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Scrapbooking Buffet, Class, and Crop is today 8/16!

Join us the 3rd Saturday of every month
from 2-5pm and/or 6-9pm!!
Come in the afternoon or evening or BOTH!
(we're taking a one hour break for dinner).
Beginners and friends are always welcome!

We will be creating albums together
one page at a time. Bring your own
supplies to use and/or purchase only
what you need as you USE it up...
No more collecting/hoarding for us!!

This event is FREE, but I also offer a
"buffet" of products for you to shop from
if and when you need anything!
I offer single sheets of paper, cricut
cutting services, memory protectors,
adhesives, and a selection of individual
"Picture My Life" cards and accessories.
Plus, you also get free use of my
stamps, blocks, and inks.

If you wish to purchase the
monthly "Class Kit," you can create
one 12x12 layout (2 pages total)
featuring one of our lovely NEW paper
kits in less than 1-2 hours of your time.
(I pre-cut the materials for you!)
Materials fee is $12 per kit, OR
just $5 with any $24.95 or more 
product purchase.
Kits are limited and while my supply lasts,
so please RSVP early if you want me to
reserve and guarantee a kit for you!

The August 16th kit will feature our
NEW "Chalk It Up" papers and
complements as shown here (below):

Saturday, August 2, 2014

The NEW Annual Inspirations Catalog is Revealed!!

"Annual inspirations" is the name of our NEW yearly Catalog...192 pages of beautiful artwork samples and lots of tips and ideas to help you make the most of Close to My Heart’s products! Shop for Stamps, Papers, Scrapbooking and Cardmaking kits,
exclusive CTMH Cricut Cartridges and more!

You can also look forward to two shorter supplemental catalogs called "Seasonal Expressions" available starting December 1st and April 1st. These 40 page beauties will feature all-new seasonally inspired products!

You can view the entire NEW "Annual Inspirations" Catalog online here now:

If you’re like me and want to have the book in-hand to browse, add post-it notes to, and make notes in, you can get your own copy from me now for just
$4 each (local in-person delivery)
or $9 (for non-locals to cover the cost of mailing).
As a bonus, when you purchase a Catalog from me, I'll include a coupon for $5 off any purchase of $24.95 or more (made exclusively with me).

Please contact me to get your copy now!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

August Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!!

THANK YOU for stopping by to enjoy our
August Stamp of the Month Blog Hop
featuring this month's SOTM: 
What A Hoot S1408

If you've just arrived here from ALYSON's BLOG,
then you are on the correct path.

If you get lost at any point along the way,
you can see a full listing of all of the blog hop
participants by visiting this link here:

First, I'm sharing this fun Halloween Treat Bag I made (above) using our
NEW Designer Creations Slate Paper Bags (Z2036)
shown on page of 176 of the new Annual Inspirations Catalog.
Images are stamped with Black ink and colored/blended with our
NEW ShinHan Twin Touch Markers (Clay, Mahogany, Golden Yellow, and Marigold).

Next, is a standard size card (above) featuring the New CHALK IT UP paper pack (X7184B).
Card design is inspired by Make It From Your Heart, Volume 2 - Pattern 20 (p. 42).
Images are also stamped with Black ink and colored/blended with our
NEW ShinHan Twin Touch Markers (Clay, Mahogany, Peacock Green, and Turquoise Blue).

Lastly, here are all of the stamp images included in this set:

Now you can continue on with the hop 

and be inspired by more creative ideas
using this stamp set by visiting
Enjoy the hop!!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Card Class on Saturday 8/2 at 6pm!

Let me show you how to create
8 hand-made greeting cards
(2 each of 4 designs!) on the
first Saturday evening of
every month for $12
(that's only $1.50 per card!)
Get your Card Class for just $5
with any $24.95 or more
product purchase!
This month's cards will
feature the brand new
CHALK IT UP paper pack!

Space is limited to 12 students, so
please RSVP ASAP to ensure your spot.
I still have room for a few more,
so it's not too late to plan to join us!


Monday, July 21, 2014

How to Save with Picture My Life Scrapbooking!

THANK YOU to all the ladies who were able to attend my
free Picture My Life Scrapbooking Class last night!
I hope you learned a lot and were inspired as
I showed you how Scrapbooking "simply" with
Picture My Life saves A LOT of time and money!
(as well as your photos and memories!!)
For those who couldn't attend, here is a little bit of information
to clue you in on what a wonderful thing PML is
and how it can help you save your memories
faster, simpler, and more affordably as well!

dressed up with a few photos and Picture My Life cards
from the NEW Chalk It Up PML kit!
(YES! This is an exclusive sneak peek at one of the
NEW kits available August 1st in our Annual Inspirations Catalog!)
I threw this beautiful display together in less than ten minutes!
...and I can't wait to hang it on my wall!!
I now have a beautiful wall-hanging that I can change
and update with new/different photos and/or PML cards
anytime I am in the mood for something new!
Please click here to see all of the Picture My Life kits that are currently available.

Below you see our Medium Organizer Box (Z4139)
filled with a few of the cards from PML kits I have purchased.
I used my label-maker with left-over patterned papers I had to make index tabs
to keep the cards from the different kits separated and easy to find when I'm creating with them.
You can also use this box to store/sort/organize your photos that are ready to scrapbook,
as well as any accessories and tools you will use frequently.
also shown here are essential must-have items you'll need if you plan to scrapbook using PML!

looks like closed (below). It includes a handle for carrying,
removable dividers, and a raised design in the lid so it is stack-able
(stacks perfectly with any of our boxes that are sized small, medium, and large!)

This photo is just to show you my craft room all ready to present my PML class!
If you missed it, it's not too late to take my I am now scheduling
Free PML classes for anyone who'd like to book one as a hostess (your house or mine)!
This is your chance to share CTMH and PML with your friends and be rewarded
with the Free products of your choice with just a few sales from your gathering!

Next, here is a "Tally Sheet" that breaks down the actual costs of many of our
products that you might want to purchase to use at any of my upcoming
Free Crops/Scrapbooking Buffets! The prices shown here already include
the cost of s/h (7.95%) and the sales tax we currently pay here in CA (8%).
By using this to tabulate the cost of the SIX pages I recently created,
I discovered that the materials I used to create my SIX Picture My Life pages
(shown below) only cost me $6.55!! ...and I now offer you the option to purchase
any of the PML kits with their entire contents for the best variety OR just buy a few 
protectors and cards from me at a time as you are using them at my upcoming crops!

Close to my Heart recommends that PML pages look best with a ratio of about half photos and half cards. I went a little picture "heavy" on my pages that I'm sharing with you here below, but I know that depending on how many photos I have from each event I scrapbook this way, I can include more cards and more journaling, or less, depending on what I like best (I love the flexibility of it pages, my way!...and because so little is glued down, I can change my mind and re-arrange later if I want to). Can you believe that I completed these SIX pages in one afternoon with just ONE hour of my time?!!

 Page 1 - pre-printed 12x12 cover-page (just added a photo
and a button my daughter was given to wear that day!)

 Page 2 - back side of the cover-page (just added photos!)

Page 3 - took a little extra time to journal my memories
(...but so worth it!)

 Page 3 again - with the 4x6 flip flap opened
(where I "snuck in" the ticket stub for parking that I saved)

 Page 4 (notice I cropped the middle 4x6 photo in half,
just as I did on page 3 also)

 Page 5 (lots of 4x6 photos...a little journaling)

Page 6 (the last page for this event)

As you can see, I did use just a little adhesive to add photos on the cover pages (1 & 2), corner rounded my photos, and cropped a few of the pictures to make them fit just where I wanted them...but those things are optional, and because this method uses so little adhesive and cropping, you SAVE lots of time and money!

Also, did you notice how versatile this kit is?!
Not only would it work great for summer/vacation/beach/travel
photos, I used it to scrapbook photos I took of my soon-to-be college-bound daughter during the month of April...a day-long family trip we took in the Spring!

I really believe that Picture My Life scrapbooking is the future of the scrapbooking, easy, flexible, and affordable! This solution just works for Scrapbookers and Non-Scrapbookers alike!
If you are local to me, I hope you will be able to join us for a Crop/Scrapbooking Buffet soon so I can help you try out this new method! Locals and non-locals alike also have the option to purchase any of these products now by shopping
 with me online here:
Thank you for reading and learning more about PML!