Monday, May 13, 2013

It's a Pajama Party!!!

What are you doing Thursday night May 30th at 7pm (MDT)??   

Why not join me and I'm sure many more crafty people that night for some pajama party fun!!

Close To My Heart is teaming up with Big Picture Classes to bring you a live webcast with step-by-step instructions for making this Happy Thoughts kraft container.  The FREE webcast will air Thursday, May 30 from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm (MDT).  During the presentation, you’ll learn to make several projects from a variety of sponsors, including Close To My Heart’s Happy Thoughts kraft container, as the presenter walks you through the steps. 

The Pajama Party class will be available for FREE at on May 30th.  If you would like to interact on the message board, participate in live chat, post to the gallery, download handouts, or enter any contests, you will need to log in to the Pajama Party “classroom” by creating a free account on the Big Picture Classes website.

To make this project as shown the suggested products are:

  • My Acrylix® Frame Flair Stamp Set (D1546)
  • My Acrylix® Happy Thoughts Stamp Set (C1536)
  • Chantilly Paper Packet (need 1 sheet of B&T, X7163B)
  • Crème Brulee Cardstock (need 1 sheet, X5754)
  • Lagoon Cardstock (need 1 sheet, X5762)
  • White Daisy Cardstock (need 1 sheet, 1385)
  • Whisper Cardstock (need 1 sheet, X5929)
  • Whisper Exclusive Inks® Pad (Z2172)
  • Lagoon Exclusive Inks® Pad (Z2195)
  • My Creations® Kraft Container (Z1833)
  • Baker’s Twine Neutral Assortment (need 3 yards, Z1701)
  • Color-Ready Trinkets Wooden Shapes (Z1844)
  • Sparkles Black & Grey Assortment (Z1754)
  • 3-D Foam Tape (Z1151)
  • Micro-Tip Scissors (Z534)
  • Corner Rounder (Z1912)
  • Paper Trimmer (Z1783)
  • My Acrylix® Spritz Cleaner (1778)
  • My Acrylix® Stamp Scrubber (Z1782)
  • 2" × 3½" My Acrylix® Block (Y1009)
  • 4" × 5" My Acrylix® Block (Y1012)
  • Cricut® Art Philosophy Collection (Z1790)

Okay, so you don't have all of these items or haven't purchased the Art Philosophy Cricut Collection yet?  Contact me to purchase a kit - precut and pre-stamped (if needed) so you can create this along with me!

Until my next post, happy crafting!

Packed with Punch

Learn how to use circle punches to pack some punch into your projects.  Stamp with coordinating images, use as embellishments, and layer to create 3-D projects!   

I love the unique side border that was made with the circle punches on the layout featured in this video & will be reproducing that layout using pictures of my Sweet Boys!

Enjoy this video, then contact me to get your punches or stamp sets featured in this video!

Until my next post, happy crafting!

Friday, May 3, 2013

I Love Close to my Heart!!

I have copied in below, the blog post of Close to my Heart's CEO & Founder Jeanette Lynton.  I have said it before and on this the Eve of my 3 Year Anniversary with this wonderful company, I Love Close to my Heart and everything about this company!

Friday, May 3, 2013

Creativity: Now and Always

Within the past month, paper crafters have heard and seen some hard news—well-known industry names have announced bankruptcy or removed their scrapbooking lines. It may leave many wondering what the future is for our beloved pursuit of memory keeping and creativity. As the CEO and Founder of Close To My Heart, I have many thoughts on the topic and wanted to share a few with you.

First off, preserving our memories is NOT a fad. It's one of the most important things we do in our journey here on earth, and it's as key as breathing and as sustainable as family. In the past few years, we have seen scrapbooking come into the spotlight and many flocked to set up shop and design products to capitalize on it. While we at Close To My Heart have welcomed the focus on scrapbooking over the past few years, we know that even when the hubbub fades, the core and relevance underneath the hype remains. I have been in the industry for nearly 30 years—LONG before it was "trendy"—and plan to be in this essential industry for decades to come.

Because Close To My Heart will be here for the long-term, we have run our business differently than many others. We are not leveraged to the hilt or financed by outside investors. I have always believed in organic, cash-based growth, and the simple provident rule of spending less than I earn. It's a principle I've applied to business and it's ensured that Close To My Heart operates profitably. We have been profitable month after month, year after year. Our credit rating is excellent, and this protects our commitment to delivering a wealth of diverse, beautiful products at competitive prices while providing secure commission checks for our Consultants, employees, and vendors.

Second, yes, the industry is changing. I welcome and embrace that! In my 30 years in business, I have seen many changes and they almost always yield fresh directions, new products, and a new crop of crafters. Change always brings opportunity! I have long said that as long as little girls are born with hands, they will want to create. I am grateful to be a part of such an important contribution to society and know that this will continue.

Ultimately, I invite everyone—whether you are an existing Consultant or customer, a past purchaser, or even if you have never purchased a Close To My Heart product—to get to know us again for the first time. Close To My Heart is strong. Papercrafting, memory keeping, and creativity are more important than ever before and we provide unique, diverse products for every style and ability of crafter.  Close To My Heart is committed to scrapbooking, and if it's a passion you share, then YOU ARE WELCOME HERE. 

Dream Pop - Thanks card

This is my take on the Dream Pop Artwork Inspiration sheet "Thanks" card.

Supplies used all CTMH unless noted.
Dream Pop paper pack
Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge for flowers
Irresistibles Houndstooth Alphabet
Hollyhock Zipper Lace
Clear Acrylic Flower from Claire Assortment

When you receive the Dream Pop paper pack you receive an Artwork Inspiration sheet in the package also.  One of the wonderful things I love about Close to my Heart, they always share beautiful artwork with their products so you are never without inspiration!  You might have already seen some of this artwork featured on the Close to my Heart facebook page or in the video I posted a few days ago.

A little closer look, this is the Thanks card I was referring to that I recreated my way. 

Keep watching as the month goes on for more Dream Pop artwork!  To get your very own Dream Pop paper pack, go here to place your order now!  Only $35 order will get you this paper pack for $10!

Until my next post, happy crafting!

Dream Pop Paper Yumminess!

I shared these pictures on Facebook yesterday of the National Scrapbooking Month special Dream Pop, but realized I didn't post them here.  The colors in the paper pack are Specialty Colors - Banana, Grey, Mint, Raspberry, Strawberry & Tangerine.  Don't those just sound yummy?!!  The paper pack comes with 12 B&T Duos & 12 Cardstock Sheets.  The beauty of the cardstock is that one side is normal cardstock and the other side is glossy-patterned.  It looks like it has been heat embossed across the whole sheet with a clear detail embossing powder.  They are just beautiful!
So here they are for your viewing pleasure!

I had to edit this post to add a couple more pics of this beautiful paper.  To show you a little more of the B&T designs.

Until my next post, which is very soon...  happy crafting!

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

National Scrapbooking Month

It's here, May 1st which means it is National Scrapbooking Month!!  And that also means you can now officially get your Dream Pop papers with a $35 order!  Watch this video by our Corporate offices featuring adorable Kristine & then contact me to get yours!  Or just go here to my website - to place your order!

Until my next post, happy crafting!