Sunday, December 6, 2015

December Scrap Workshop

White Pines - Six Page Scrap Workshop

Thursday, December 10

$25 Workshop includes White Pines paper pack, White Pines complements, cutting directions, supplemental paper pack, and additional Cricut cuts.   Materials need to be pre-ordered.  I do have one extra kit on hand for this workshop.  Others can be ordered.  Workshop attendees should bring a 12 inch paper trimmer,  scissors, adhesive, pop dots, and any other favorite scrapping tools. 

Focus on Stamping

Welcome to the Close To My Heart 

Focus on Stamping 

Blog Hop

If you have come here from Jennifer's blog, you are on the right path. 
To continue with the hop, just look for the link at the end of my blog
 and each blog along the hop.  If you get lost along the way, 
you can find a complete list here.

For this hop, I used monochromatic stamp layering and random stamping.  
The inspiration for this technique came from a Jennifer McGuire Ink technique 
video on youtube.  If you would like the link, just message me 
in the comment section below.    

For each card, I random stamped matching the ink with the card stock to create 
the background. I then used White Daisy ink as another layer 
and to fill in some spots with smaller stamps.  
Finally, I used a white gel pen to pop some of the details.
For those of you who come to my technique workshops, 
we will be using this technique at my February workshop.

On the next two close ups you get a better look at the stamping 
that was done with the White Daisy ink. 
As mentioned before, the bright white detailing was done
using a white gel pen.

All supplies used are from Close To My Heart with the exception of the white gel pen.
All of these supplies are available on my website here, or from your Close To My Heart consultant.
To see the individual products, click on the supply links above.

Now hop on to see what Michelle Battitori has created for us.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

December Newsletter

December Newsletter

Workshop Schedule

Sorry, life got a little too busy lately, so the only class I'm offering in December is the monthly 6 page scrap workshop on Thursday, December 10th.  We will be working with the White Pines Paper Pack.  Materials for that class need to be pre-ordered.  If you need help with a project you would like to make as a gift, contact me and we'll see if we can schedule an individual workshop.

6 Page Scrap Workshop - Thursday, December 10th, 5:30
2 Page Scrap Workshop - Tuesday, January 5, 6:30
Card Workshop - Water color techniques - Tues.,Jan. 12, 6:30
6 Page Scrap Workshop - Thursday, January 21, 5:30 (pre-order)
All Day Crop 
- Saturday, January 23 - 8AM - 5:30PM  - $15 includes lunch and $5 donation to Operation Smile

Contact me to reserve your spot for any of these events.


From now through Friday, December 4th, 6:00pm get crafting and gift giving items  for 25% off retail price! Get all the supplies you’ll need to make handcrafted gifts and cards for the holidays, including our Cricut® Artfully Sent Collection, at this amazing discount! Happy shopping on my website.    

*If I receive a minimum of $150 in orders on this offer,
I will select a mystery hostess to receive at least $25 in free product.

**Do you want to make a special project for someone using one 
of these Cyber Week products, but need some help?
Anyone in my local area is welcome to set up
a FREE appointment with me for help with your project.

Get this great planner bundle for $29.95 through the month of December.  This would make a great gift.  See more information or order  here

Stamp of the Month

Brighten anyone's day using this beautiful stamp of the month.  See the complete stamp set here.  So many amazing things you can do with this stamp set which I will be using in my Watercolor Card Technique class in January.  Get yours now and be get your watercolor set too.  Don't forget your brushes too.  Buy your watercolors, brushes, and get your workshop for only $5.  If you also buy the stamp of the month, your workshop will be FREE.  

Holiday Expressions Idea Book

This is the last month to get your favorite products from this idea book.  A new supplement idea book will be coming out January 1.

Monday, November 30, 2015

Cyber Week Special

It's Cyber Week at Close to My Heart

For five days only, 
Monday, November 30, 2015 (10:00 am CST) 
through Friday, December 4, 2015 (5:00 pm CST)
a selection of items from Close To My Heart’s current product inventory
 can be yours for 25% off retail price


Get supplies you’ll need to make handcrafted gifts and cards for the holidays,
 including our Cricut® Artfully Sent Collection, at an amazing discount (while supplies last)!

Amazing gift giving/sending items are included in this sale!
Click on each link at the end of this post to see the items.

Shop my website (CLICK HERE) this week to get your great savings. 
Go the lower right hand corner of the page and join the Cyber Week Order.
Look for the shop tab in the upper left and then in the drop-down
 look for "Cyberweek Sale".   Eligible sale items will show up there.

Not comfortable ordering on-line?  Contact me and I will order for you.

 *  If I receive a minimum of $150 in orders on this offer, 
I will select a mystery hostess to receive at least $25 in free product. 

** Do you want to make a special project for someone using 
one of these Cyber Week products, but need some help?
Anyone in my local area is welcome to set up a 
FREE appointment with me to get help with your project.

Base & Bling Snowflake Charm- Faux Gold
Base & Bling Jingle Bell - Faux Gold
Base & Bling Snowflake Charm - Faux Silver
Base & Bling Jingle Bell Charm - Faux Gold 
Base & Bling Red Bead Charm - Faux Gold
Base & Bling Red Bead Charm - Faux Silver

Picture My Life - Going Places Scrapbooking Program

Cut Above Dapper Giraffe Card Kit

Designer Creations Short Stack Album
Designer Creations Slate Paper Bags
Designer Creations Lagoon Paper Bags
Designer Creations Ruby Paper Bags
Designer Creations Honey Paper Bags
Designer Creations Cupcake Box
Designer Creations Takeout Box
Designer Creations Buttoned Bag

5 x 7  Hinged Display Tray
Designed Decor Display Tray
Designed Decor Red Magnetic Chalkboard
Designed Decor Black Shadow Box
Designed Decor Colonial White Shadow Box

My Creations Kraft Container
My Creations Kraft 3-ring Album
My Creations Journaling Card Box
My Creations Hip Pix Album
My Creations Black Mini Book
My Creations Kraft Mini Book
My Creations Mini Mix Album
My Creations Pint-Sized Container
White Daisy Envelopes 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 
White Daisy Envelopes 5 x 7
White Daisy Envelopes 6 x 6

Colonial White Envelopes 3 x 3
Colonial White Envelopes 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 
Colonial White Envelopes 5 x 7
Colonial White Envelopes 6 x 6 

Scallop Border Punch
Triangle Border Punch

Monday, November 23, 2015

Planners Gonna Plan: The Everyday Life™ Planner System from Close To My ...

Close To My Heart

 is coming out with a Planner System!  

A planner bundle will be available on December 1st through December 31st for a 
$29.95 - a special price that is 15% off the regular price. 
What a great way to start the new year with new fun planning system.
Watch this video to see what's included in the bundle.

You Get:
Everyday LifeTM Album—Black (Z3208)
Everyday LifeTM 2016 Planner Pages (Z3209) 

Everyday LifeTM Perfect Plan Roller Stamp (Z3212)

Interested in getting your own?
Contact me!

Friday, November 6, 2015

November Special - Simply Fundamental Bloghop

Welcome to the 

Close To My Heart

Simply Fundamental Blog Hop

As you may already know, CTMH is offering a SimplyFundamental Bundle which includes your choice of scrapbooks, the Enchantment paper pack, Enchantment stickers, Enchantment assortment pack, 3 sheets of Whisper card stock, and FREE package of page protectors and a cutting guide for a workshop.  What a deal!

In this blog hop you will see lots of awesome and creative ideas for using supplies from this special or other Fundamental papers and matching supplies.  If you have arrived here from Michelle Battitori's blog, you are on the right path.  If you haven't hopped before, all you need to do is look for the link at the end of this blog post to go to your next blog and continue on in the same way all the way through the hop. If you get lost along the way, check the master list here.

For my entry for this blog hop, I used paper, stickers, and assortment pieces from the Whimsy Fundamentals line.  This is not the set that being offered with this special, but it gives you an idea of all the items you will get to in another color palette. I just love using the Fundamentals paper packs.  One side of each vibrantly colored paper has a great background pattern print and the other side has an embossed design.  I created this layout to use in my 2 year old granddaughter's scrapbook to capture some of the fun things we do when she spends Fridays with me.

To see the Whimsy Fundamental paper, stickers and Peacock assortment I used click here 

To see the Enchantment Fundamental paper, stickers and Peacock assortment with the November special offer, click here.

Now, on to Jen Rubio's blog  to see what she has created to share with you.

For more information about this special offer, Simply Fundamentals Bundle,  see my monthly specials blogpost.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Simply Fundamental - November Special

 Need some Page Protectors?  

Get them free this month with this bundle!

Experience the beautiful Simply Fundamental Scrapbooking workshop—available only during November! 
This workshop has been created using all the items featured in our campaign exclusive My Legacy™ album bundles, available during November for $71.80 USD. 

When you purchase the album bundle, you will also qualify to receive a value pack of side load or top load Memory Protectors™ FREE—a savings of $19.95 USD.

Purchase the album bundle and you get:   click on each link below to see these items

                      Album of your choice (D-ring or Post-bound)
                      Paper Fundamentals Enchantment (1 pack)
                      Fundamental Stickers Enchantment Pack (1 pack)
                      Fundamental Assortment Peacock (1 pack)
                      White Daisy Cardstock (3 sheets)

    FREE: Memory Protectors Value Pack (1 pack Side Load or 1 pack Top Load)
    FREE access to cutting directions for these great layouts.

    Sunday, November 1, 2015

    November Stamp of the Month - Cheers

    Welcome to the  November 

    Close To My Heart 

    Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

    In this month's hop, almost 40 consultants are sharing their visions of how we can use 
    this great 17 piece New Year celebration and resolution-setting stamp set.  

    If you have arrived here from Donna's blog you're on the right path.  
    To see all the blogs on this hop, just look for the link at the end of each blog entry.

    This month I've used this stamp along with coordinating images from the new CTMH 
    Artistry cartridge (p.50) to create a scrapbook layout to capture the memories of our 
    annual New Year's Eve party with dear friends.   I used several of the 
    stamps from this set  to create a random stamped pattern for the layout.  
    I had several pieces of the random stamped paper left over, 
    so I made a few New Year cards as well.

    Here's a close up in an effort to show the shimmer on this layout.  The glitter paper, 
    was used for the title, champagne, and banner. One thing you might not notice on larger picture is the shimmer on the champagne  glasses which was achieved with Liquid Glass.  
    I hate to throw away any scraps of the beautiful glitter paper, so I punch little circles
     out of the scraps to use as embellishments. You'll also notice that I scored and sanded 
    one of the pieces of peacock card stock used on this layout.

    Here are two of the cards I made using scraps from the random stamped paper.

    Supplies used are all CTMH products available on my website

                              Cardstock: Peacock, Crystal Blue, White Daisy, Black
                              Other Paper: Teal Glitter Paper, Grey Glitter Paper
                              Inks: Peacock, Crystal Blue, Versa Mark
                              Other Materials: Silver Foil Tape, Liquid Glass, 
                               Ranger Super Fine Silver Embossing powder, Thin 3-D Foam Tape
                               and Silver Shimmer Trim.
                             Cricut Cartridge: Artistry (p.50)

    If you would like this stamp set for your very own at $17.95, 
    contact your CTMH consultant, or visit my website.   
    With a qualifying order of $50, this stamp set is yours for only $5.
    Remember as a stamp of the month, Cheers is only available
     through November 30th.

    Thanks for visiting.  I would love a comment from you so 
    I know who came to visit.  Please be sure to visit all the other participating
     consultants' blogs to see their wonderful creations. 

    Your next stop along this hop is Jen Rubio's blog.  

    If you get lost along the way, you can check out the complete blog hop list here.

    Tuesday, October 6, 2015

    Holiday Expressions Blog Hop

    Welcome to another fun 

    Close To My Heart

    Blog Hop 

    Today we are sharing wonderful new products from our Holiday Expressions
    Idea book.  Items in this catalog are available from September 1 through December 31st.  
    So when you see something you like, be sure you order it before its gone.
    If you have arrived here from Michele's blog, you are on the right path.
    Traveling a blog hop is an easy thing to do.  After viewing the featured work, 
    look near the end of the post to find a link for the next stop along the hop.

    My work for this blog hop features the Nevermore Paper pack.  I just love the new Eggplant color that is included in this paper pack. This paper pack is wonderful for Halloween layouts, however since I will am using these layouts for my October - 6 Page Workshop and most of my ladies do not use Halloween layouts, I designed these for use with Fall pictures. 
    For those who do want Halloween layouts, the basic layouts can be transformed by replacing the Artistry die cuts used here with either Halloween themed die cuts or the absolutely delightful Nevermore complements (shown below my layouts).

    Die-cuts on this layout are from the CTMH Artistry Cricut Cartridge, p. 44. 
    and shaded using our ShinHan  Touch Twin Markers

     The scroll work along the sides of these pages is from the CTMH Artistry Cricut Cartridge, p. 44.  Silver sequins were added for a little bling.  The cool thing about these sequins is that you can change them to any color you would like by coloring them with our ShinHan Touch Twin markers.

    The wreath and leaves for these pages are from the CTMH Artistry Cricut Cartridge, p.44. The Artistry collection is available both as a physical cartridge and as a digital collection.

    Here's a look at the Nevermore complement pack that could easily transform
     these pages into great Halloween layouts for your favorite trick or treaters. 

    To get any of products highlighted in this post,  just contact your CTMH consultant, 
    or visit my website to shop.

    Be sure to visit all the participating consultants' blogs.  You're sure to see lots of fun new ideas you'll want to try with the amazing new CTMH holiday products. 
    Next visit on this blog hop is to see Donna's work.

    Monday, October 5, 2015

    October Newsletter - Workshops and specials

    My workshops and CTMH news.
    View this email in your browser

    Calendar of Events

    All workshops and events are held in my Racine home workshop.  Contact me if you are interested in attending.
    2 page Scrap Workshop - Thursday, October 8th, 6:30
    Open Crop - Friday, October 9th, 5:30 - 11:00pm
    Christmas Card Workshop - Sunday, October 11th, 1:00pm
    Mini-Album Workshop - Tuesday, October 13th, 6:30pm
    6 page Scrap Workshop - Thursday, October 22nd, 5:30 pm
    Card Technique Workshop - Monday, October 26th, 1:00pm
    Card Technique Workshop - Tuesday, October 27th, 6:30pm

    For more information about my workshops, see my blog calendar here

    Mini Album

     Workshop - Tuesday, October 13th, 6:30pm, $7

    Make this cute foldable mini album -  perfect for a little gift or brag book.  All materials will be scored and pre-cut for you.  Several different paper choices will be available. Please register by Saturday, October 10th.

    Stamp of the Month

    Available only during the month of October.  $17.95 or only $5.00 with a $50.00 purchase.  Here's a sample of a few cards I made using this stamp set.


    6 page Scrap Workshop

    Featuring the Nevermore Paper Pack.  I will have this posted on my blog on Wednesday, October 7th, so you can see pictures.  It's part of a blog hop post that goes live October 6th, so I can't post it here yet.  I have designed this so it can be used for Fall pictures, however, if you are looking to scrap Halloween pictures, we can change the die-cuts and add the Nevermore Complements to turn these pages into awesome Halloween layouts.

    Pre-order materials for this workshop through me by October 12th.  Basic kit includes Cutting guide, Nevermore Paper Pack, Silver Sequins, and supplemental paper Pack for $23.  Add $5 for shipping if not in this area.

    Christmas Card Workshop
    Sunday, October 11, 1 - 3:30

    Here are just a few of the quick cards you will be able to make.  Quick cards will be made by selecting various pieces of pre-cut card stock, Picture My Life cards, and embellishments to complete your cards.
    $15 -- Make as many cards as you can finish in the 2 1/2 hour session. Each card must be completed in the workshop session. I would estimate that you would be able to finish 15 - 20 cards, since all pieces are pre-cut and many do not need stamping.
    Please register by Friday, October 9th.

    Close To My Heart Special

    This special is for anyone who would like to join my Close To My Heart Team as a consultant.  I would love to have you join me and share all the things I have learned in the past 11 years as a consultant.  For anyone who is my downline, I will share my cutting designs and plans for workshops for free so you can conduct your own workshops.  Sound like fun?  Let's talk!
    $129 gets you started in your own Close To My Heart business with this kit (full of $445 worth of supplies) and any help you need from me or the team I belong to.
    You will receive enough product to hold multiple workshops and gatherings and you will make up your investment in no time.  I will help you come up with projects if you need help.  All the materials you need are included.  From blocks to stamps to ink to embellishments to paper, you will be equipped to have immediate sales success.  I will be glad to walk you through the whole process, answer your questions, provide training, and even coach you through your first event.  Just ask.
    So how do you get this big box of product?  Just go to my website
    Does this sound like something you might be interested in? Email me! 

    My Personal CTMH specials for October

    I am offering a Free Workshop demonstrating coloring and blending using the ShinHanTouch Twin Markers when you purchase 3 coordinating ShinHan Touch TwinMarkers plus a SHColorless Blending Pen from me this month.  See my blog post for more details. There is one more organizer included in my offer, but it is not shown on this page.  It is a roll-up organizer for our ShinHan markers.

    I am offering 10% off any of the CTMH organizers this month to help you get your craft supplies organized.  Check out this page to see the awesome organization containers we have to offer.  I have them all, and I love them.
    For the 10% discount, you will need to place the order through me rather than online.