Tuesday, December 23, 2014

New Website Address & Albums

Hello everyone!  Merry Christmas Eve Eve!  I hope you are all ready for the big day.

I wanted to share with you 2 bits of info.  First, I am going to begin the process of changing my website address, email address, and blog address.  First, I’ll start with my website address effective immediately.  The new website address is:


I’ll do my best to update all of my links, but I know I’m going to miss some.  So if you find a broken link please let me know.


Second, all of the new albums are HERE!  Yeah, you can order any of the following albums starting today.

Albums 01Albums 02Albums 03Albums 04Albums 05Albums 06

I ordered mine and can’t wait to see them in person.

Thanks for stopping by.


Sunday, December 21, 2014

Scrapbook Club–Chalk It Up

I hope everyone is enjoying the Christmas season.  I spent the weekend in North Carolina visiting with my extended family.  I was able to spend some time with my aunt and cousins and their families whom I generally see once a year.  I am so grateful that we all still make the time to connect with each other. Even if it is only once a year.  I hope you are able to do the same with your families.

Well, I’m here to share another set of scrapbook layouts  that we will make at my Scrapbook Club in January featuring the Chalk It Up collection.

Chalk It Up - Pgs 1&2 - Smaller_thumb[1]

This collection is perfect for all of those school pictures that you have of your children.  Since I don’t have children I choose to keep mine more neutral to be able to use for something else, like retreat photos – yeah! 

Chalk It Up Close Ups (1)_thumb[1]

The stamp set that comes in the Workshop on the Go Kit is a great for titles and journaling spots.  As shown below.

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I chose to add some glitter paper from the Teal Glitter Paper Pack as photo mats.  I think those photos are really going to “sparkle” right off the page.  Ha!

Chalk It Up - Pgs 3&4 - Smaller_thumb[1]

Above is the second layout that I created as part of my Scrapbook Club that will meet in January.  I again used strips of a different piece of glitter paper along with a few strategically punched pieces of cardstock using the Chevron Border Punch.

Chalk It Up Close Ups (4)_thumb[2]

Now I believe in giving credit where it is due.  I didn’t decide to use the chevron border punch, my sister did. She also had this brilliant idea. 

Chalk It Up Close Ups (3)_thumb[2]

She used the Designer Creations Slate Paper Bags as an additional photo/journaling holder behind a photo.  How awesome, a product that was meant to be used for party favors or gift giving can become an embellishment on a scrapbook page.

Now you too can create these pages.  Simply purchase the Workshop on the Go Kit or if you are local to Amelia, VA simply join us at the date below.

So who wants to join in the fun?

Thursday, January 8 at 6:30pm

Sunday, January 11 at 2pm

Cost starts at just $30 and includes a full paper packet (you'll have leftovers) and all of the embellishments needed to complete the pages.
But, remember you choose how much you want to spend and purchase only the embellishments and tools that you want.

Register soon

If you can't make it to the workshop, simply purchase a kit and I'll include my instructions for both layouts for free.

Mark you Calendar for upcoming Scrapbook Club Dates:

February 8 & 12

March 12 & 15

April 9 & 12

May 14 & 17


Thanks for stopping by.


Tuesday, December 9, 2014

New Totes from CTMH

Be the HIPPEST gal at the crop with this new Rolling Tote from Close to My Heart. Check it out!!!

CTMH Rolling Tote walking

Take a look at all of the CTMH Organizers you can fit inside and the cool organization on the side flaps:

CTMH Rolling Tote

This video from Close to My Heart will tell you all you need to know about this awesome tote:

 Designed with all of your favorite Close To My Heart tools in mind, this rolling tote has multiple pockets engineered to store your score board, paper trimmer, adhesives, and more. The spacious primary zipper compartment can carry organizers in a variety of sizes, with room to spare!

CTMH Rolling Tote (Z3032) is $149.95 (Finished size 25½” × 16″ ×17½”)

But wait, there’s more!!!

CTMH Shoulder Tote

And for a tote-ally chic travel companion, try the coordinating shoulder tote. It’s perfect for those times when all you need to bring is a few tools and your latest project. Simply pack the essentials and go!

Shoulder Tote (Z3031) is $26.95 (Comfortably fits our 12″ × 12″ paper organizers.)

So what are you waiting for? To get your tote(s) you can:

  • Order directly on my Shop Online site (if you order in the next couple of days it can arrive by Christmas)
  • Email me your order of $150 or more and you can qualify for Hostess Rewards.
  • Host an Online Party and invite your friends to Shop Online! When your party is $250 or more, you can order the Tote as your 1/2 off item for only $74.98 AND you’ll get additional Hostess Rewards.
  • Become a Close to My Heart Consultant! You can be the hostess of your own party and get it at your 22% discount or as a 1/2 priced item AND you can tell your friends about how cool your tote is and they can order it from you – the way funniest option!!!

There are only a limited number of totes in stock right now, so order quickly to be the first girl on the block to have this fabulous tote!!!

Thanks for stopping by.


Friday, December 5, 2014

December Specials

Deal of the Decade!

Celebrate the 10-year anniversary of My Acrylix clear polymer stamps


This year marks the 10-year anniversary of Close To My Heart's revolutionary My Acrylix clear polymer stamps - and we can't wait for you to celebrate with us!  With a qualifying purchase of $50 during the month of December, you will be eligible to purchase ANY C- or D-size stamps from the Annual Inspirations 2014-2015 Idea Book for only $10.  That's up to $7.95 USD/$9.75 CAD of savings on a single stamp set! 

Plus, once you achieve the qualifying order total, there is no limit to the number of eligible stamp sets you can purchase at this discounted price.  A purchase of $50 will also qualify you to receive the December Stamp of the Month for only $5, so if you purchase both the discounted Stamp of the Month and additional stamps at this special campaign pricing your savings will compound!  It is truly the deal of the decade.

*Offer valid December 1, 2014-December 31, 2014 (11:59 MST).  Shipping/handling is calculated based on the full retail price of the discounted items (C-size stamp set: $13.95 USD/$15.25 CAD; D-size stamp set: $17.95 USD/$19.75 CAD).

Every month Close To My Heart offers a new and unique stamp set for a limited time.  This stamp set is available at the full retail price of $17.95 OR for only $5 with a minimum purchase of just $50.  


To purchase your Stamp of The Month set simply click here to start shopping.



Here are a few cards that I created with this stamp set.

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Thanks for stopping by.


Sunday, November 30, 2014

20% off all Cricut Collections–Cyber Monday

Cyber Monday Only: 20% Off All Cricut® Collections!

For the first time ever, Close To My Heart is offering a Cyber Monday Sale on Monday, December 1, 2014. There has never been a better time to buy Close To My Heart’s exclusive Cricut® Collections for 20% off the retail price. Whether you love scrapbooking, cardmaking, or creating 3-D projects, our four exclusive Cricut® collections make the perfect addition to any craft room! Sale starts at midnight (MST) on December 1 and ends at 11:59 pm (MST) Monday night.

Enjoy extra savings on Close To My Heart's exclusive Cricut® collections this Cyber Monday!

Thanks for stopping by.


Saturday, November 22, 2014

Cricut Artfully Sent Classes to start in 2015

I am really excited about the new Cricut Artfully Sent Collection.  I finally had time last weekend to sit down and create 2 cards for my first class in January.

The new Cricut Artfully Sent Collection is perfect to make any card you need.  This cartridge features pop-up, scene, sentiment, sleeve, pocket cards, and so much more.  Here is a look at the Cartridge Bundle and what comes with it.

 02 – Sarita L3

Cricut® Artfully Sent Collection (Z3017)

$99 USD / $109 CAD
(retail value of nearly $125 USD / $135 CAD)

1 – Cartridge (700 Images: Cards and Font)
3 – My Acrylix™ D-size Stamp Sets*
1 – 12" × 12" White Daisy Cardstock Pack

*Recommended Blocks:

  • 1" × 1" (Y1000)
  • 1" × 3½ (Y1002)
  • 3" × 3" (Y1006)
  • 2" × 3½ (Y1009)


I decided that I needed to start with the pop-up cards.  They appeared to be the most confusing and most intricate.   There really are 2 different type of pop-up cards.  First, the ones that open and the sentiment is “sitting” on the bottom of the card, but popping up from the fold.  Here’s what I mean. 

Artfully Sent Class 01 (2)

I used the Brushed paper collection for my patterned paper and backed the “celebrate” with 2 strips of cardstock thanks to a tip at Convention from fellow consultant Mandy Leahy.

Here’s the front of the card.

Artfully Sent Class 01 (1) - Smaller


As I mentioned I believe that there are 2 different types of pop-up cards.  The second one opens right to left and the image pops-up from the center of the card.  Here’s what I mean.

Artfully Sent Class 01 (4)

Here’s the front of the card.

Artfully Sent Class 01 (3) - Smaller

The butterfly in the center was not difficult to back, just time consuming.

Artfully Sent Class 01 (5)

All of the sentiments stamped on the card are from the sentiment stamp set that comes with the cartridge bundle.

Artfully Sent Class 01 (6)

This cartridge includes an additional booklet with instructions on how to create the pop-up cards.  It can still be a little confusing to figure out on your own and that’s where I come in. 

You can create these 2 cards by joining me at my next Cricut Class, Saturday, January 24 at 9am in my studio in Amelia, VA.

Cost is $12 if you own the Artfully Sent Cartridge. Simply bring your Cricut, Artfully Sent Cartridge Bundle, and I'll supply the rest and walk you through the cuts.

Cost is $24 if you don't own the Artfully Sent Cartridge, because I'll cut all of your pieces for you ahead of time.

Leave a comment or contact me to attend.

Thanks for stopping by.


Friday, November 21, 2014

Card Club in January

Card Club in January – what?  I know it’s not even Thanksgiving and here I am talking about January.  I have just finished my last Card Club on 2014 and it’s time to order the product we need for our January Class.

You are actually getting a sneak peek of a product that is coming out in our new Seasonal Expressions Book that will be available December 1 – March 31. 

Idea Book Seasonal Expressions

For our January Card Club we will be using the coming soon Heartstrings Cardmaking Workshop on the Go Kit!  If you are local to the Chesterfield, VA area we would love for you to join us on Thursday, January 22 from 6:30-9:30pm or Sunday, January 25 from 2-5pm for this Card Class. We will make 12 cards total (3 each of 4 designs) for only $25.

Cards - Heartstrings Kit (1)

Pictured above are 2 of the 3 designs as created by Close To My Heart.  The Heartstrings Cardmaking Workshop on the Go Kit (retail price $24.95) includes the following to create 15 cards (5 each of 3 designs) in total:

Workshops on the Go® Heartstrings Cardmaking Kit Contents:
1 – My Acrylix™ Heartstrings Workshop Stamp Set (D-size)
1 – Heartstrings B&T Duos™ Papers
4 – Cardstock Sheets (1 Pixie, 1 Glacier, 1 Whisper, 1 White Daisy)
15 – White Daisy Cards & Envelopes
1 – Pixie Extra Thick Twine (Z3035)
1 – Stuck on You Puffies (Z3037)
1 – Instructional Brochure

Here are 2 of the 3 cards designed by Close To My Heart with this Workshop on the Go Kit.

Cards - Heartstrings Kit (6)

I added the Chevron Border Punch (Z1998) to some of the cards. 

Cards - Heartstrings Kit (7)

I think this card would be great for a “Happy Anniversary”.  And I love how they stamped the rose image again in a different color and added it on top.

Cards - Heartstrings Kit (8)

The “vine heart” image is just one of the 15 images that come in the coming soon Heartstrings Workshop Stamp set (available only in the Kit).

Cards - Heartstrings Kit (9)

Since you probably only need 1 card with this sentiment I stamped the others with the coming soon Mini Valentine Stamp set (M1052).

Cards - Heartstrings Kit (10)

It fit perfectly inside of the heart image.

Cards - Heartstrings Kit (11)

Since we always create 12 cards (3 each of 4 designs), I designed 2 other cards myself.

Cards - Heartstrings Kit (2)

This card uses the coming soon stamp set Happy To Be Friends (C1605).  That includes sentiments for birthday, mother’s day, wedding, anniversary, thinking of you, love you, save the date, so sorry, and more.

Cards - Heartstrings Kit (3)

Last, but not least (it’s my favorite).

Cards - Heartstrings Kit (4)

The coming soon stamp set Love Ya Silly (B1470) it so adorable and includes 3 different monsters and 4 sentiments. 

Cards - Heartstrings Kit (5)

I think the best part is the mustache, which is from the Stuck on You Puffies (Z3037) that is one of the embellishments included in the kit.  They fit perfectly on this monster. Yeah!

Remember that all of those cards feature product from the coming soon Seasonal Expressions Book that will be available December 1 – March 31.


So, if you are looking for Valentine’s Day, Birthday, or even Anniversary there is sure to be something for you in this workshop and you too can make these cards.  Even if you aren’t local, I can put together a kit for you and mail it directly to you.

So who wants to join in the fun?


Thursday, January 22 at 6:30pm

Sunday, January 25 at 2pm

Cost is just $25 to make 12 cards (3 each of 4 designs)

Register by Wednesday, January 7

If you can't make it to the workshop, I can put a kit together for you.  Add $5 if shipping applies, and $5 if you want it stamped.


Mark you Calendar for upcoming Card Club Dates:

February 26 & March 1

March 26 & 29

April 23

May 28 & 31

June 25 & 28


Thanks for stopping by.


Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Scrapbook Club – Snowhaven

Ok so I know Thanksgiving isn’t even here yet and I’m talking about a paper collection with the word “snow” in it.  I think this just might be my favorite paper collection.  Ok, I probably say that after I use every collection.

Snowhaven Pgs 1&2

What I can say for a fact is that this is one of my favorite layouts.  I actually created it on my own, I didn’t copy anyone’s design or use any artwork for inspiration.  I picked out my pictures first, then chose a pattern and went from there.  

Snowhaven Close-Ups (5)

I embellished this layout with the Snowhaven Complements as well as some Silver Metallic Baker’s Twine.

Snowhaven Close-Ups (4)

I also added the Snowhaven Assortment with just a hint of Silver Shimmer Trim.  Since we haven’t stamped a title in forever, I chose to use the alphabet stamp set, Handwritten Print and some Glacier Ink to stamp my title.

Snowhaven Close-Ups (3)


For the 2nd layout I needed a pattern that featured a lot of pictures.

Snowhaven Pgs 3&4

The Snowhaven Complements include some great choices for page titles.

Snowhaven Close-Ups (1)

Oh, and I almost forgot that I used the Best Christmas stamp set to add some embellishments, borders, and journaling touches to both layouts.

Snowhaven Close-Ups (2)

This month there isn’t a Workshop on the Go Kit for these scrapbook layouts.  However, I can put together a kit for you or you can join us to create the pages if you are local to Amelia, VA.

So who wants to join in the fun?

Thursday, December 11 at 6:30pm

Sunday, December 14 at 2pm

Cost starts at just $28 and includes a full paper packet (you'll have leftovers) and all of the embellishments needed to complete the pages.
But, remember you choose how much you want to spend and purchase only the embellishments and tools that you want.

Register by Monday, November 24

If you can't make it to the workshop, simply purchase a kit and I'll include my instructions for both layouts for free.

Mark you Calendar for upcoming Scrapbook Club Dates:

January 8 & 11

February 8 & 12

March 12 & 15

April 9 & 12

May 14 & 17


Thanks for stopping by.


Monday, November 3, 2014

While Supplies Last just added

I just checked out my website to place an order today and saw NEW ITEMS on the While Supplies Last section!  It’s been a long time coming!  Here’s a photo of some of them:

While Supplies Last.jpg

Thanks for stopping by.