Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Sneak Peeks

Head over to Instagram and my Facebook page for some August sneak peeks!
(Look on the left sidebar for links.)

I'll be back here on August 1st to tell you all about a new paper packet, a new Cricut collection, my August workshops, and an August special that will help you stay organized!!

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Monday, July 27, 2015

Birthday Girl

I wanted to show you a little something about clean and simple today.
Its okay to leave some white space on your project.  I try to work this in periodically in my classes because I think sometimes people are uncomfortable with leaving all that white wide open.  I want to tell you that it's OKAY!  Sometimes it's nice to let the simple elements of a project do the talking.  I used Paper Fundamentals along with Art Philosophy and Artfully Sent to make this card.
Thanks so much for stopping in today!  I appreciate your visits!!

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Sunday, July 26, 2015


I love that Close To My Heart products make it so easy to pull together a card quickly.    I used Paper Fundamentals in Juniper and Flaxen to make this card.

The tree is from the Keep Your Chin Up set, and "thanks" is from the Artiste cartridge.

I hope that you've all had a wonderful weekend!!  Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by!!

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Saturday, July 25, 2015

Operation Smile T-Shirts

Don't you love these t-shirts?  Let me tell you some exciting news about them!
Close To My Heart will donate $10 of every shirt purchase to Operation Smile.  I love that these shirts help in such a big way!!  These shirts come in two colors for men and women, and they run in sizes Small to 4X.
Many of you know and love our Operation Smile stamp sets.  You know that when you purchase a set, $3 is donated to Operation Smile.  Here is our current set:
At our recent Close To My Heart convention, over $40,000 was raised for Operation Smile through special Base & Bling necklaces, a 5K run, and an artwork auction.  It takes $240 to do a surgery, so enough money was raised for 166 surgeries!!
You can help in a big way, too, by purchasing your cute Operation Smile t-shirt and the versatile Happy Everything stamp set.  Click on this link to take a look!
If you would like to learn more about Operation Smile, please visit their website at

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Card Kit - Limited Supply!

I have put a card kit together using the remaining cards that were leftover at my recent Card Buffet.

These cards are pre-cut, stamped, and packaged. 
There are 6 cards in the kit, and I only have 6 kits available. 
 If you'd like one, hurry before they are gone!  When you order, they will go in the mail right away!
The cost is $10 plus shipping, and you can click this link to order:
For other kits still available, click on the tab at the top of my blog that says "Kits for Sale."
Thank you for stopping by!! 

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Final Re-Cap of Convention Week

General Session was amazing on both Thursday and Friday at Convention!  What a beautiful stage!
So many product reveals, so many laughs, and so much excitement!!  I CAN'T WAIT for you to see the new Annual Inspirations that goes live on September 1st!!
And if you follow me on my Facebook business page, you already know that there is a new Cricut Collection available August 1st. 
700 images, 3 stamp sets, and a full package of the new Enchantment cardstock!!
And so much more that I can't wait to shout it from the rooftops!!!
Thursday evening was the Director's Dinner.  Such wonderful food in the rose garden at the Disneyland Hotel.  Before the dinner, we got to hang with Minnie!
On Friday, we celebrated a little Christmas in July!
Why would we celebrate Christmas?  Because there is a brand new Holiday Expressions book unveiling on September 1st too!
When we sat down in the Director's chairs on Friday, there we big hearts waiting for us with our team name on one side and ours on the other.  I was SO EXCITED!  It's a thrill for me to have anything that celebrates my team!!
Friday evening was another night of
It was the awards dinner, and it was incredible.  Here's my beautiful team all dressed up!
During the evening, we celebrated Karen's Team Sales award, and completely by surprise, I won an award for 9th place in Team Building.  As my team members....I was so surprised!!  Well, what could be better than but having my picture taken with Mickey!
Saturday was a whirlwind day as I was asked to teach one of the Extravaganza classes.  Extravaganza is 12 teachers teaching 12 times each and showing loads of new artwork!!  I had a blast, and I am so appreciative of this opportunity!! 
(Watch for my Extravaganza artwork in the coming months along with full instructions.)
There's so much more that I could tell you, but I don't want my post to be too long. 
What I do want to say is this..
Close To My Heart is so much more than paper and ink.  As we learn how to teach memory keeping, we make memories with friends near and far.  We truly do celebrate relationships!
Part of my personal mission is to help others grow in their artwork, teach them new things and to lead my team in the best journey for each of them.
Watch for news about a new consultant kit coming out on August 1st.  It's fun, its fresh, and it even comes all wrapped up in a beautiful box! 
Thanks for visiting during my Convention re-cap.  I appreciate your visits!!

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Sunday, July 19, 2015

Cherish the Friendships and Convention Week Continues

One of the best things about Close To My Heart events is the opportunity to spend time with friends near and far.  For instance, my good friend and team member, Marg lives about 20 minutes from me.  We are always roommates at events because we just don't see each other enough!!  Roommate gifts abound at Convention, and it was no different in our room!  Marg gave me two of my favorite things - a Starbuck's card and a Disney card.  I made sure I had plenty of Frappuccinos while there, and I've been eying a CUTE Minnie Mouse shirt with ears full of roses.  That card helped me get it!
Of course, we had to have matching jammies, so I gave Marg Mickie Mouse pajamas that matched mine.  Now I only wish we had taken a photo!  You would think scrapbookers wouldn't forget such a thing.....LOL!!  I also made her this canvas knowing that Jackson is her favorite paper.

Now I can't leave without sharing some of the smiles of I had with my friends!

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