Thursday, November 20, 2014

No Longer a Teenager

Yesterday my youngest daughter turned 20!  The other night my husband noted that very soon we would no longer have a teenager in the house.  Boy, that felt weird..... after all these years.  Makes me feel just a wee bit old.   But, really I'm enjoying the age both my daughters have become.  Both beautiful young ladies that I really love spending time with.

For my daughter's birthday card I chose to use the special Hostess Only Stamp "Better With a Friend". This is so Kayli.  She loves dogs and actually I think she wanted one for her birthday but we already have a dog in the house that thinks he is human.   We sure don't need another one!



When I started the card, I couldn't decide what colors to use so I went to check out the challenge blogs to see if there was something that would help me out.  I chose the color challenge from the Just Us Girls Challenge blog - Turquoise, Red and Gold.   I used cardstock from our Paper Fundamentals collection fro the background and our new Alcohol markers to color the girl and puppy.  I cut a frame from the Artbooking Cricut Cartridge in our Gold Glitter Paper.  

Can you guess which stamp I used?  If not, that is because it is a NEW stamp from our new Seasonal Expressions book that will go live December.  The stamp is "You're the Bomb" and will ONLY be available from December 1 through March 31.  This stamp is extra special because when you purchase this stamp, Close to My Heart will donate $3 to Operation Smile.  





Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

I'm Going to Hawaii!!




I've always wanted to go to Hawaii but I thought this was something that probably would never happen. One time, when we discussed going on vacation we started to look into it but the flights alone told us "Now is not the time".  So I just thought it would never happen.  

Every year Close To My Heart has a fabulous trip or cruise to somewhere that consultants can earn. They always announce the next trip at convention.  I used to come home from convention and tell my husband where the next trip was going to be.   After about the 4th year when I told where the trip was, he said "Why do you tell me this? We never go".  So, after that I never told him.  I also never told him how close I was every year to earning the trip - Usually somewhere between two and three thousand dollars.

So, here I was again.... within range but I still felt like it was too far out of reach for me to earn this year's trip to Hawaii.  Close To My Heart had even given us an extra month to earn it because of the delay in release of the Artfully Sent Cricut Collection.   Friday, October 31st was the final day to earn all the points needed.  On the Monday before the 31st, my upline Tina Sutton contacted me and asked "Do you realize how close you are?".   Yes, I knew I was close but I wasn't going to make it.  All my sales had been submitted for October.    Then on Wednesday, Close To My Heart contacted me.  "Do you know you are close to earning this trip?".   Oh wow.... why did everyone think this was possible?   Now I'm thinking... maybe it is!  I contacted Tina Sutton asked, "If you think it is possible to obtain this goal in 3 days - tell me how!".    The next 3 days became a blur of emails, orders, emails and more orders!  With the help of some absolutely wonderful sister consultants, friends and customers I am actually going to get my dream vacation to Hawaii!!  Something that I thought would never happen!


I've said it before and I'll say it again..... this is the most amazing company I've ever worked for!  The sense of family among the consultants just blows me away.   Some consultants that I only know through the Scattered Hearts team placed orders on my website because they wanted to see me go!  I was just amazed and so humbled by the generosity of so many sister consultants.   I just hope that someday I will have a chance to help them like they helped me.

I sent out a plea for help in reaching my goal in a short time to my customers and even some co-workers where I work.  So many people stepped forward to help me out.  It is unbelievable how people reached out to help me.  

In my Christmas Card workshop last Saturday, someone asked me - "Well did you earn the trip?". When I said "YES!"  They all started cheering!  It felt so good to have everyone be so happy for me but I told them that THEY were the ones that should be getting the applause because THEY are the biggest reason for getting me there!  So I gave THEM all a big hand!

I love my customers - they are like family!  I love my sister consultants, I LOVE Close To My Heart!

I'll be sending you greetings from Hawaii in February 2015!


Thursday, November 6, 2014

Artfully Sent Blog Hop


Welcome to a special Blog Hop presented to you by the Stamp Of the Month Blog Hoppers!  We are excited to be showcasing Close To My Heart's newest cricut cartridge - Artfully Sent.   This cricut cartridge will be especially loved by card makers!  Just like our other cricut collections, this cartridge also has over 700 images, includes 3 stamp sets and a 24 pack of White Daisy Cardstock!

If you came here from Krista Hershberger's blog you are on the right track! At the bottom of my post you will find the link to the next hopper.   If you get lost along the way, you can find a complete list of hoppers HERE.   If you came here first, don't worry!  Just keep following the links on each blog and when you get back to me you are done!   Let's get started!



I made these three cards using the "E" key on this cartridge along with Yuletide Carol B&T paper, Glacier and Desert Sand Cardstock.  This key is great for creating "Thinking of You" cards!   These are the cards that I will be teaching in my new Artfully Sent Cricut Class that is starting in January 2015.   You can find more info about my class on the Artfully Sent tab on my blog.

Let's take a look at each card individually.  First up - front and center - the Pocket Card card.

The Pocket Card key is not only great for creating pocket cards to add to your Picture My Life pages, but they also make easy card fronts!  I used the 3" suggested measurement for this card adding strips of Glazier cardstock and Gold Shimmer trim behind the cut out letters.  I layered this on a Colonial White card from my stash of Bulk Cards and Envelopes.

My next card was fun to create.  I love this cute little bird cage and couldn't wait to cut it out!


These were cut using the 'Scene' key.   I cut out the inside piece on Yuletide Carol B&T paper and again on Glacier cardstock.   I used the bird from the Glacier Cardstock for the inside of my card.  I stamped the sentiment "I'm thinking of you" on the inside of the card placed just right so that you only see it when you open the card!  The stamp is one of many sentiments on the sentiment stamp set which is included in the Artfully Sent Cricut Collection.

And last.... you KNEW there would be a pop up card didn't you?

This is the front of the card.  Again, I used the Pocket key to cut the piece in Desert Sand.  I cut it at 6" but I trimed off 3/4" from each end so that it would fit horizontally on my card.  Can you guess where the printed bird is from?   It's from the inside piece I cut for the birdcage!  Never let ANYTHING go to waste!   Ready for the inside?


I cut the liner in Desert Sand Cardstock.  The little blue bird is a cut out that shows the Glacier cardstock underneath.   I added a strip of Yuletide B&T and Gold Shimmer Trim for accents.  

I hope you enjoyed my cards!  If you don't have the Artfully Sent Cricut Collection yet, I'm sure after you have gone through the hop, you will see that you can't live with out it!!   

Artfully Sent Cricut Collection -
Includes 3 exclusive stamp sets, 24 sheets of White Daisy Cardstock
Z3017 - $99
Order from my website - www.stampinheaven.ctmh.com or contact your Consultant today!

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