Saturday, April 19, 2014

May Card Kit - For the Guys

I have sidetracked from my Uniquely Folded Card Kit this month to bring you a 
set of cards especially for the guys in your life.  
This kit contains loads of burlap, hemp, kraft paper, and some great masculine stamps. 
I've made the cards generic so that you can use them for any occasion.

This kit comes to you with pre-cut card bases and Timberline paper. 
It is pre-stamped, and there are full directions to follow.  You will also receive envelopes.
You will receive the burlap, hemp, and triangle studs you need to complete these cards.

The cost for this kit is $7.00 shipped directly to you, 
and you can order it simply by clicking the button below!

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Friday, April 18, 2014

Rose Blossom Blog Hop

Welcome to the Rose Blossom Blog Hop!  
This is a great big circle so if you are starting here at my blog you can just keep traveling in a circle. If you're coming here from Mary's blog, I am so glad that you have started hopping and found me along the way!  

On the hop, we are featuring Skylark paper because it the featured paper in the Close To My Heart Consultant Kit.  We want you to see all the many ways that Skylark can be used!  Because I love the Lagoon stripe in the packet, I used that to cut the pinwheel and Easter basket from the Artiste cartridge.

I frayed Skylark textiles to line the inside.  I filled it with some homemade banana creme rock candy that I bought at an Amish farm last weekend.  Shane will love this little Easter treat!

As you are going to see along the way, I've got an amazing team!  
They are all so creative, and imagine, this is just a portion of my team!!
I would love for you to explore the Consultant Kit.  During the month of April, it is just $99 to join Close To My Heart AND you get to choose any one of the Cricut Collections FREE!

Your next stop along the way is the beautiful and talented Kim Hill,  You are going to love her blog and her artwork!  I can hardly wait to hop over and see what she's created for us!

Thank you so much for visiting today and may your day be blessed!!
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Monday, April 14, 2014

The Greatest Sacrifice

I wanted to make a clean and simple card for you highlighting the use of the Artbooking cartridge.  My sketch inspiration is from Unscripted Sketches.

Easter is the perfect time to make a subtle card.  This is the basket weave overlay an the butterfly are from the Happy Easter key.  The sentiment is from the Greatest Love stamp set.  
This is such a beautiful set with the most elegant of fonts:

Thank you for stopping by today, and I hope that you find your day most blessed!

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

New Consultant Kit with FREE Cricut Collection!

You know, I feel like I would be really, really selfish if I didn't tell you again about the April special and the FREE Cricut Collection.  It's just such an amazing opportunity to give Close To My Heart a try (I know you will love this company!).  If you are considering this, I would love to hear from you.  I can tell you all about the many benefits of being a Close To My Heart consultant!

My e-mail is, 
and if you are ready to join my Rose Blossom team, you can click on this link:

As a consultant, we are able to preview new product and specials.  
This means that we can order them a month in advance!  
So I wanted to give you a sneak peek of the May special and what you could order right away as a Close To My Heart consultant.  
Yep, I am teasing you with this lovely paper!  But this is one of the many perks of being a Consultant!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Paint on Your Face

Even though I have been scrapbooking for so long, there are a decade of years that I have not scrapped yet.  I always think it would be nice to be "caught up." but I also enjoy pulling out Shane's little boy pictures and lingering over a page.  I found these super cute photos from the 1997 Renaissance Festival and decided to stop everything and scrap them today.

One of my favorite things about Close To My Heart is that when I pull out a paper packet, I can pull out several things that match perfectly!  I used Jubilee paper because it's just so cheerful!  The matching embellishments I used are Jubilee Complements, Tiny Type Epoxy Alphabet, Midtown Cork Shapes, Dimensional Elements Banners, Ruby Chevron Washi Tape, Canvas Alphabet (retired), and Outdoor Denim Buttons (retired).

This is a pretty simple layout in the end, but I sure did enjoy making it!  Oh, if we could only freeze time.  I am so glad that I am scrapbooker so that I can go back and visit memories now and again!!

Thanks for stopping in today, and may your day be blessed!
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Monday, April 7, 2014

Thinking of You

The Mojo Monday sketch this week is a bit of a stretch for me.  It's a lovely sketch, but the mat is not a straight line on the card.  So it was really a challenge for me to angle the mat!

So I needed to take out some Laughing Lola because that design worked for me.  I am such a straight lines girl, and this was a good exercise in stepping out of my box!  I cut the flowers out of the Laughing Lola paper and then clustered them with the Laughing Lola Assortment, Black Mini Medleys, Purple Glitter Gems, and Black Shimmer Trim.

So I balanced the angled lines with some mega clustering, and in the end, it was a happy balance for me!  

Thanks so much for stopping in on this fine Monday!  May it be one of your best yet!

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Sunday, April 6, 2014

Exciting, Exciting, and Even More Exciting News!

I feel very blessed.

There are just so many exciting things going on, and I wanted to take the time in a blog post to share.


Just shy of a month ago, Jerry and I were in Costa Rica on the Close To My Heart Incentive Trip.  I am so appreciative to all of my customers and my downline for helping to send me on this dream-come-true trip.  We had a wonderful week enjoying the sights of Costa Rica and truly being spoiled by Close To My Heart.   I thought I'd put together a collage of some of my favorite photos for you.


I've told you about the fabulous New Consultant Special this month. (Click here to see the post.)
So many people are jumping on board to get their free Cricut Collection, and I love that the Rose Blossoms are growing deep and wide!  In the first five days of April, the Rose Blossoms have added 12 new team members!  There are four new Rose Blossom Supervisors - WOWIE!!

I can never say enough about my team - their creativity, their caring nature, and their concern for each other.  I have an amazing team of cheerleaders, and they sure are supportive of each other!  If you have been thinking about joining Close To My Heart, we'd love to have you on our team!!


At the Close To My Heart Convention in 2013, the destination for the 2015 Incentive Trip was announced.  

The Aulani Resort in Hawaii...

Jerry and I will celebrate our 25th anniversary in 2015.  When we were married, we didn't take a honeymoon and said that some day we'd celebrate our 25th anniversary in Hawaii.
Can you believe it?  What a blessing to have the opportunity to earn a trip to Hawaii!

I am so happy.  Blessed.  Overjoyed.  And yet tell you this next bit of news.

 With help from my customers, my downline, and my husband's willingness to support me in my business, I have earned the incentive trip to Hawaii!  We will be renewing our vows on the beaches of Oahu next year, and I am so excited about this.  Once again, Close To My Heart has made my dreams come true!

 As I type this, I am still somewhat in shock.  You know, I love Close To My Heart, and I love this business of mine.  I find it so rewarding to design classes for you, spend time with my customers, and to lead the best team of consultants in all of Close To My Heart.  I am so grateful that I work for a company that sees the value and importance of what we do as consultants.

Thank you for stopping in today.  I appreciate your visits, and I hope that your day is most richly blessed!

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Welcome to the Simply Inspired Close To My Heart Blog Hop!

This month we are highlighting Skylark paper because that is the paper in the new Consultant Kit!  If you've come here from the lovely and creative Pamela's blog, you are on the right path!  The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way around.  If you get lost along the way, you'll find the complete list of participating consultants here.

You might think of the more neutral colors when you think of Skylark.  But I've taken out the two Lagoon patterns  to work with - they are my favorite!!  (The desert sand pattern in the background is also from Skylark.)  This card, belly band, and dress/dress form were cut with the Artiste cartridge using key "Q".  One of the reasons I LOVE Close To My Heart is that I can sit down with some papers and there are accessories to match perfectly!  On this card, I've chose to use a flower from the Skylark Assortment,  Teal Shimmer Trim, Lagoon Zipper Lace, a Sparkle Flourish, and a little bit of the Skylark Textiles.  This stamp - which is a great match for this card! - is from the April Stamp of the Month, Balloon Talk.

Now it's time to hop on over to Michelle's blog to see what she made for you out of Skylark.  Be sure to follow the circle to be inspired in the many ways you can use your folders!

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Card Box Class - Local or Long Distance

Journaling Card Box Class with 4 Cards
Thursday, April 17th at 6:30 pm
$15 in-home or $20 long distance

This class is all about the box - how to cover it, and how to make that pretty textile flower.  
I designed four clean and simple to put inside.  When you order a long distance class, everything will come pre-stamped with instructions to make assembly easy for you!  

This is a perfect birthday or Mother's Day gift!

If you'd like to come to my class in-home, please e-mail me at  
To order a long distance class, you can simply pay via this payment link:

Thank you for stopping in and visiting today!
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A FREE Cricut Collection? Yes!!

If you've been thinking about joining Close To My Heart, now is the time!! 

Let me tell you, if I could join all over again, I would!  This is an amazing special!!  
With a value of over $400, this kit is just plain over-the-top incredible!!

You can choose any Cricut Collection that you'd like - Art Philosophy, Artiste, or Artbooking.  Each collection has 700 images, three coordinating stamp sets, and three coordinating sheets of Dimensional Elements.  It truly can't get any better than this!

We all know how incredible Close To My Heart is, but I really want to share things about my 
very incredible team.

This past weekend, I was at a 4-day retreat with 13 of my team members and a couple of our friends.
I am in constant AWE of their creativity and their willingness to help each other.  
And boy did we laugh, have a good time, and enjoy each other.

But let me tell you a little something more about what my team did for me.  
They caught me completely off-guard and had a surprise birthday celebration for me.
There was a CUTE Thirty-One "CTMH Chick" bag filled with pieces of me.
Birds, coffee, my favorite wine slush, chocolate, books, lotions, 
and even a gift card to my favorite clothing store.
Some of these things, I didn't even realize that they knew about me.
And they topped it all off with the most amazing and pretty cupcakes.
I don't even know how to begin to say thank you to them for their thoughtfulness and kindness!

That's what my team is like.  They are good to each other, they are kind, and they are caring.  They nurture each other's creativity, and with that I have watched each one of them blossom into amazing paper artists!

Do the Rose Blossoms sound like a good fit for you?  
We'll all help you with ideas on how to meet your low quarterly minimum of $300.  One things I do is share my class patterns with my team members so that they can use them personally or teach a class.  When you paper crafting, the constant "22% off coupon" is a great thing to have!

I'd love to answer any questions you might have.  You can post here, e-mail me at, or call me at (763) 227-0583.  I would love to help you in any way that I can!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Hello Life

I have been seeing an explosion card all over the place.  I wanted to sit down and make one and finally did this past weekend at a retreat.  

Well, how much fun is that?  What a great card for a celebration!

This card is all about clustering and tucking things in here and there.  I love the cheerful lagoon in the Skylark paper packet, so I paired that with honey balloons for this card.  The sun, clouds, balloons and circles were cut with the Artiste cartridge.  I finished it off by tying a Skylark fabric bow on the front flap and adding a resin flower from the Skylark assortment.

Let me show you what it looks like when it is closed for an envelope.
(You can find the template HERE.)

Thank you for stopping in on this fine Monday!  
I hope that you are looking forward to a most blessed week!

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Saturday, March 29, 2014

Sending You Happiness

I am at a retreat this weekend, and I am just having so much fun!  It is wonderful to get some pages done and to simply create for the sake of creating.  There are 13 Rose Blossom team members here along with two wonderful customers.  I can't believe the creativity in this room!!  
After working on pages, I put together a card.

I used Paper Fundamentals for the background.  Have you seen that in your book?  It's a wonderful packet of 20 sheets of double-sided paper.  One side is print like I have used here.  The other side is the same print, but it is clear embossed.  That allows you to create in so many ways!

I've also used some Balloon Ride paper, and I worked with gold glitter paper for the roses.

The glitter paper works nicely and rolls beautifully!  You will need a good amount of Liquid Glass to do this, but it's worth it.  They are so pretty!!

It's time for me to get back to crafting and all these wonderful women.  Thank you for stopping in and visiting me today.  I hope that your day is so blessed!!

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Monday, March 24, 2014

Ariana - April Scrapbook Club Kit

It's time to start thinking Spring and Ariana paper embodies the flowers of spring perfectly!  I used  the Ariana Workshop on the Go and the matching complements to create my April club pages.

The stamp set in the Workshop on the Go is amazing, and I've used that on the first set of pages.

One thing I love about Ariana is the variety of pattern and texture in this paper packet.

The cost for my basic club kit is $25 (additional $6 for postage).   
The BASIC KIT includes:
Ariana Assortment (those pretty little bows!)

If you would like the full kit with the stamp set, the cost is $35 (additional $6 for postage).
The FULL KIT includes:
Ariana Paper Packet
Ariana Dimensional Elements
Ariana Assortment

As you can see, the value of the full kit is amazing!  Everything is pre-cut, pre-stamped, and it comes with full create these lovely Spring pages.  There will be much extra in this kit so you will be able to create beyond what I have put together for you!

Order your kit by clicking on the PayPal link.  My first kits will be going out the first week of April, but this club kit can be ordered through Sunday, April 20th.

April Club Kit - Ariana

Thank you for stopping in today, and I hope that you find many blessings in your week!

Friday, March 21, 2014


Well, I am a day late in saying "Happy Spring"!  It was a sunny day here yesterday and was really a nice first day of spring.  However, I woke up to heavy snow this morning, and it's been grey all day.   So I took out some pretty things today to create this door knob hanger!

Almost all of the products I've used for this banner are retired.  I used the very last of my Clementine paper to cut banner pieces using my Art Philosophy cartridge.  To cluster like this, I started by popping up the large fabric flowers.  From there I just tucked in a little of this and a little of that.  Clustering is one of my favorite things to do on a project!

Thanks so much for stopping in today and have a most blessed day!

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Easy Living

There is a sketch blog called Cardabilities that I really enjoy.  Karan's sketches are always so inspiring, and they stretch me to go a little bit further when I create.  As a lover of paper, ink, and stamps, I appreciate that so very much!  So this card was inspired by the newest sketch.

I pulled out Jubilee paper for this as I love those summer colors!  I used the Jubilee Workshop on the Go stamp set for the flowers, leaves, and circles.  I find it very soothing to fussy cut once in awhile, and do like the end result.  The lace that you see is actually once of the pieces of paper in this packet.  A little touch of Jubilee fabric finished off the card perfectly.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I am in the midst of working on a slideshow of photos from my trip to Costa Rica, so I'll be sharing that soon.  Have a most blessed week!

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