Saturday, April 30, 2016

NEW Seasonal Expressions 2, Happy Times, and a FREE Workshop on Sunday!

Today (Saturday) is the last to order from the Seasonal Expressions 1 Book.  It's always so sad to see papers and stamps retire!  (Shop HERE if you still need to pick up some things from that book.)  But I have been with Close To My Heart long enough to know that it means something good is around the corner!!

And that is the Seasonal Expressions 2 Idea Book!
Filled with everything from flamingos to state fair food to everything in between, this book has you covered!  And I can't wait to start unveiling artwork to you tomorrow!!

I also need to tell you about those Happy Times!  It's National Scrapbooking Month in May, and at Close To My Heart, we are celebrating in a BIG way!!

It's true!  That beautiful paper packet that you see is FREE, FREE, FREE in May with a $60 purchase!!  And I love the stamp set that Close To My Heart designed to go with it!


When I started cutting up Happy Times, I just couldn't get enough of this paper!!  I decided that I needed to create a workshop for you.  So here's how it goes.  When you place a $60 order and receive your FREE Happy Times, I am going to send you the PDF file for my workshop.   The guide is 14 pages and filled with a supply list, cutting guide, tips, and ideas.  You will want to click on the tab at the top to see the supplies you need so that you can include them in your $60 order!

(CONSULTANTS:  Click the tab at the top to see how you can get this free workshop!)

So many exciting things coming in May!!

Tomorrow, tomorrow...I love you tomorrow!  It's only a day away!!

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Happy Golden Birthday!

Shane is 27 today so it's his Golden Birthday!  
Want to hear something funny?  I was 27 when I gave birth to him, too!

We are so proud of Shane!  His semester ends at Junior College in a couple of weeks, and in the fall he will be going to the University of MN.  

I don't know where 27 years have gone!  I remember the day I gave birth to him as if it were yesterday, and as though of you with children know, it changes your world forever.  I love being a mother, and I have loved watching Shane become the man he is today.  Of course there were some difficult times mixed in those 27 years, but that is what has shaped him to be who he is.

And the person that he has become is fair, always willing to give the benefit of the doubt, understanding (far more than me sometimes), patient (again, far more than me sometimes), caring, a pet lover, kind, tolerant, and he loves to learn!!

Happy, happy birthday Shane with loads of love!!

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Sunday, April 24, 2016

Color Me Bright!

I took notice of the Carnival Washi Tape and Coral Sequins on the Clearance tab on my website, and I knew that I wanted to do something fun with them.  I pulled out my Paper Fundamentals, and I almost ready to reveal my Color Me Bright card kit.  I have to tell you, the Paper Fundamentals make me happy, and I can't wait to show you the whole kit!  

In the mean time, I thought I'd give you a steak peek and show you one of the cards.

Wouldn't this card make you happy?  I think so, and that's one thing I love about the Whimsy Fundamentals.  They are cheery!

I hope that you have had a wonderful weekend.  Sending you blessings for the week ahead!

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Retiring Product

There are only 10 more days in April, so I want to take the rest of the week to remind you of some really great product that is retiring on April 30th.

Today, I bring you Regatta.  
I think Regatta is the perfect summer paper!  We spend a lot of time on the lake in the summer, and this paper captures those days perfectly.  The colors also lend themselves perfectly to 4th of July.

I know I am not done with Regatta and the matching complements and stamp sets.  I still have much to do!  If you aren't either, be sure to head over to my website and order yours before it's gone!

(Now...I need to go order some more!!)

Sunday, April 17, 2016

May Workshop - Urban

Oh, how I've been waiting to use this paper for a workshop!!  The first time I laid my hands on this paper, I knew that we would be wonderful friends.  It has rich, warm yellows and blues, and that makes for awesome scrapbooking.

Urban Workshop
Sunday, May 22nd at 2:00 pm 
Tuesday, May 24th at 6:30 pm
(If you order this kit long distance, they will be mailed out on May 16th.)

This kit includes:
  • Urban Paper Packet - Pre-Cut for You
  • Urban Complements 
  • Colonial White Paper for Page Bases
  • 18 Peacock Enamel Dots
  • Picture Instructions
If you order your kit long distance, it will come pre-cut and pre-stamped for you.

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact me!!

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Friday, April 15, 2016

Show Me Your Close To My Heart Cricut Artwork!

Welcome to the Rose Blossom Blog Hop!  You know, this month when you join Close To My Heart, there's an extra something special for you.  If you have $350 in sales in your first 30 days, you can either choose a FREE Cricut cartridge of $100 in select product.


So we wanted to refresh your memory during this hop of just exactly what our Cricut cartridges can do!  This hop is a circle, so no matter where you start you will end up at the beginning.  I've got a list of blogs at the bottom for you so that if you get lost, you can come back to me.  I know you are going to be inspired when you follow the list because I have seen sneak peeks!

It's such a joy to photograph my artwork outside in the natural sunlight again!  For this card, I went right to my Whimsy Paper Fundamentals.  I was inspired by the new chaise lounge Jerry bought me for the deck as it perfectly matches Juniper.  The color fundamentals I've used are Juniper, Flaxen, Sorbet, and Sweet Leaf.

This cut is actually all one piece from the Artistry cartridge.  I started with a base of Sweet Leaf, and then I just fussy cut to add the extra flowers.  The two stamped sentiments are from one of the exclusive stamp sets that come in the Artistry Collection.  (Did you know our cartridges come in a collection of cartridge, three stamp sets, and a paper packet?)

After I tucked everything together, I felt like it needed a little splatter of watercolor.  I mixed bright yellow watercolors with the orange right next to it in the palette - perfect!  To achieve these little splatters, I used the smallest brush.  Those little wooden elements are on clearance on my website for a steal!

Now it's time to move on to Lynn.  Her steak peek was fabulous, so I can't wait to head over there myself.  In fact, I can't wait to hop through everyone's blogs!!

My uber talented Rose Blossoms participating in this hop:

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Friday, April 8, 2016

Embellish Your Life

One of the perks of joining Close To My Heart this month is receiving a FREE Cricut cartridge or $100 in FREE product when you sell $350 in your first 30 days!  That is just so awesome in itself, right?  But the rewards don't end there!

We have a Straight To The Top program here at Close To My Heart, so when you sell that $350, you will also earn THREE exclusive stamp sets!!  Here are some cards I made with those stamp sets.

I used the card bases from the Dapper Giraffe Cut Above card kit.  I love all that flying confetti!  The banners and sentiments from the Straight To The Top stamp sets are stamped with Hollyhock ink, and I've used the Pear Fundamentals Assortment to embellish.  The bows, clips, and glittered pieces are perfect with these card bases!

I made two of each of these cards, and they will be going in the Silent Auction at our Operation Smile crop in October.  More news about that to follow, but if you are local, I hope you can make it!!

You know this is just a little of what is so amazing about joining Close To My Heart.  I love this journey of paper crafting that I am taking with this great company.  It has been a life changing experience for me and for many others that I know.  I have life-long friends that I would never have met if not for Close To My Heart!

If you have any questions about being a Close To My Heart consultant, please don't hesitate to ask!!

To join us at Close To My Heart, simply visit my website HERE.

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