Saturday, February 28, 2015

March Stamp of the Month - Choose Happy

Welcome to the March Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! This month we are featuring Choose Happy, a set of 14 fun stamps. If you have come here from Michelle Jones' 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 consultant's HERE.

While searching pinterest for ideas for a Technique Tuesday class, I came across a cute Kite Fold card. I thought this would be a great idea for my next class and would work great with this month's stamp of the month!   Here is my card:

I used Hopscotch paper along with Flaxen cardstock for my card.  For finishing touches I used the Pixie Extra Thick Twine and an arrow charm from the Bases and Bling Signature Charms (Z2024).  The charms aren't just for jewelry!  They make great accents on cards and layouts!

Purchase this D-size stamp set—available for one 
month only—for just $5 with your qualifying purchase. 
That’s over 70% off retail! Simply place an order of $50 
or more in Close To My Heart products to qualify for 
this special Stamp of the Month pricing.

Now it is time to hop over to Michelle Johns' blog to see what she has created!

Friday, February 27, 2015

March is on a Roll!

March is just around the corner - just 2 days away actually.   I've got some exciting news for those have been thinking about becoming part of the Close To My Heart family.   If you haven't thought about it - maybe you will when you see this awesome deal for March!

When you become a new Close To My Heart Consultant in March you will get to choose one of these two kits for only $99! 
Your kit will include over $370 in product 
including the Shoulder Tote!

PLUS!  That's not all!   
New Consultants who remit $300 worth of commissionable sales in their first 40 days after their New Consultant Kit ships will receive the a FREE rolling tote (a retail value of $149.95 USD) as a bonus (not including shipping/handling)! 

Rolling Tote (Organizers shown are not included)

These organization pieces are designed to help you get your business rolling, but they are only available while supplies last, so hurry on over and join March 1!

And there is more!
When you submit a party order of $300 as a consultant you will get:
1.  22% discount (savings of $66!)
2.  Hostess Rewards of $40 in FREE Product and a 1/2 price item!
3.  $5 Select Product Credit (SPC can be accrued for a year!)

WAIT!  There is more!
When you sell $1,200 in your first 90 days as a Consultant, Close To My Heart will REFUND you $99 kit cost! (This will be included in your commission check)

So what are you waiting for!  Join my Team in March and begin an exciting journey with Close To My Heart!

For more information or to sign up (Beginning March 1) go to

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

March Girl's Night Out - Birthday Hip Pic Album

Well we seem to be slip sliding right on through February. After the fun ICE storm we received here in Middle Tennessee, I couldn't be more ready for some spring time weather! I know there are many parents out there going stir crazy since the kids have been out of school 5 plus days!

I'm so excited to share my next Girl's Night Out Event project for March! We will be creating this cute little Confetti Wishes Hip Pic Album! This sturdy kraft chipboard album has 16 white pocket photo pages with 3¾" × 3¾" windows that hold 16 – 4" × 6" photos. The album is spiral-bound. I've dressed up the album with the Confetti Wishes Paper, Compliments and Assortments.

Here are a couple of pages -

At this event, everyone will receive a Hip Pic Album, pre-cut Confetti Wishes Paper and Cardstoc, 1 set of Confetti Wishes Compliments, 1 set of Confetti Wishes Assortments.    You will go home with a completed album!

Date:  Friday, March 27
Time:  6:30
Place:  2722 Lascassas Pike

Class Fee is $30
SPACE is Limited!
Must RSVP by March 14th

Spots have already started filling up!  Email me today if you would like to attend this event!

Friday, February 20, 2015

My Dream Vacation!

Aloha!  If you missed seeing my post lately it is because I've been gone!  I had 2 scheduled posts while I was gone but since I've been back, I've been trying to get back in the groove of my regular work routine.  It's been so hard!  I've had alot to catch up on, so getting to post about my trip has been put on the back burner.  But finally - here it is!  

In case you had not heard.... I earned Close To My Heart's Incentive trip to Hawaii!   This has been a dream trip for my husband and I for a long time.  This year our dream came true!   We stayed at the Disney Aulani Resort which was awesome.

The weather was gorgeous all week although at times a little windy.  But I will take 80 degrees and windy any day over 20 degrees or below and windy!!

I've got tons of pictures.  I will need to choose my favorites to add to my pages that I have already completed.   CTMH sent us 10 gorgeous pre-cut layouts that we would create before the trip so that we could easily add our pictures once we got home.  (Choosing my pictures out of the 1,000+ we took will be hard!)  Here are 2... I'll share more when I add pictures!

Close To My Heart spoils the Incentive Trip Earners.   Each night when we got back to our room there was a gift waiting for me.

Our first night in Hawaii, Close To My Heart hosted a Welcome Reception for all the trip earners.  I got to catch up with many of my sister consultant friends that I hadn't seen since last year's convention.
Close To My Heart Trip Earners
First Time Trip Earners!
Here is an abbreviated version of our trip.  Believe me, if it wasn't abbreviated you'd be reading this blog and looking at pictures well into tomorrow!

After a day of relaxing and just hanging out at the beach and pool, Jeff and I went on a Sunset Cruise with Close To My Heart.

We had a dinner of Steak and Crab Legs while enjoying the beautiful sunset over the ocean.

  Then we were entertained by some Hawaiian dancing!

Monday night Jeff and I walked down from our hotel to attend the Paradise Cove Luau.   Again - more great food and the best BBQ (roasted pig) I think I have ever had.  We enjoyed a show of Hawaiian music and dancing.

Here is my favorite sunset picture I took at Paradise Cove.

Tuesday we visited Pearl Harbor to see the Arizona Memorial and the Missouri.


We love history and I was awed by it all.  It will always be something I will remember.  We took a break for lunch a Schooner's which was a short walk from Pearl Harbor. 

We sat up on a nice breezy deck that overlooked the water.

Tuesday evening we met up with my friends Kristina Livingstone, Krista Hershberger and their husbands for dinner at the Monkey Pod.   We had a great time laughing and catching up (and the husband's getting to know each other).

Wednesday was a full day with a visit to the Polynesian Cultural Center.  We started off first with a tour guide that took us to each 'island' to learn about their culture.  There were six islands in all and they all had great shows.  By the time we finished the tours, it was time for our dinner at The Prime which was also included in our day's activities.  We finished the night with a show called "Ha Breath of Life".
Photo credit - Polynesian Cultural Center
Photo credit - Polynesian Cultural Center
We got back pretty late and had to be up early to catch a bus tour of the Island at 7:15 am.  This tour took our all around the Island and we made several stops.
Famous Beach from the movie  From Here to Eternity

Big Waves at the North Shore 

Waimea Falls Park
One final stop on this tour was at the Dole Pineapple Plantation.  Of course - it would not be complete without the Dole Whip!   YUM!!!

On our last day in Hawaii, our plane did not depart until 11pm that night so we had all day to relax by the beach and pool.   Aulani had a lounge for guests that had checked out and had red eye flights. This was great because we could shower after a day at the beach before our flight.   While hanging out, we walked down a little way from our resort to a cove where we had been told that 3 giant turtles lived.   You could get in the water and they would swim right around you!  You are not allowed to touch them but if they touch you it is OK.   One pushed himself off on Jeff's legs!

After swimming with the turtles we went back to our beach for one last day of pure Hawaiian pleasure.

Ahhhh.... it's a trip I'll never forget!  I do hope to get back there someday.......


Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Little Monster Shares an "I Love You"

The other night when I was creating some easy Valentine Cards with the stamp set "Love Ya Silly" I kept looking at the one little monster I had stamped.  I kept picturing him holding something and suddenly a light bulb went off! There was still one little stamp I had not used and it was perfect!

So I quickly put together this 4 1/2 x 4 1/2 card.  I stamped the "I heart you" and cut it out.  After stamping the little monster, I added the heart to an adhesive springs to give it some bounce and attached it to the little guys hand.   I think it turned out quite cute.  :)

Products Used:
White Daisy Cardstock - 1385
Cranberry Cardstock - 1272
Lagoon Cardstock - X5762
Lagoon Exclusive Ink - Z2195
Love Ya Silly - B1470
Red Shimmer Trim - Z1848
Lagoon Hearts Washi Tape - Z2004
Stuck on You Puffies - Z3037
Black and Grey Epoxy Bubbles - Z1935
Adhesive Springs - Z1725

Monday, February 9, 2015

Happy Birthday!

Today is my oldest daughter's birthday!  My my my how time sure flies!  I can't believe that she is now a beautiful young woman.  This is the first time EVER that I have not been with her on her birthday.   An AMAZING opportunity came up for me and my husband to take our very first trip to Hawaii thanks to Close to My Heart!    We did celebrate an early birthday with her before we left.  I am sure she is getting alot more wishes today from her friends and family.  She might as well drag it out and take advantage of the all the Birthday Wishes because it only happens once a year!

Everything was sneaking up on me so quickly and I realized that I needed to get her card made early! I wanted the card to be a little more sophisticated this time so I chose to go with a black and white theme with flowers.  I used my new vine embossing folder for the background.  I stamped the flowers with the Pretty Petals (C1599) stamp set.  This stamp coordinates with the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge so I cut out the flowers and then stamped them.

The sentiment is from the set - Happy to be Friends (C1608).  This has a been a very popular set lately with my customers!  It does have some great sentiments on it!   I adorned her card with lots of black sequins (single and strands!).  These come in the Mini Medley Accents Black Collections (Z1862)

Happy Birthday to my beautiful daughter Kirsti!  
I Love you!

Friday, February 6, 2015

You're The Bomb Blog Hop

Welcome to our You're The Bomb Blog Hop!  Today we are featuring a very special stamp set that is available ONLY through March 31st!   What is so special about this stamp set?  Not only is it adorable but when you purchase this stamp, Close To My Heart will donate $3 to Operation Smile!  Since its founding in 1982, Operation Smile has performed over 220,000 surgical procedures to correct facial deformities in children. It only takes an hour for volunteer medical teams to perform these life-altering surgeries that will give children confidence for a lifetime.

If you came here from Tracey Pierce's blog, you are on the right track!  When you get to the bottom of my post just click on the link that will take you to the next blog.  This hop is one big circle so when you come back to me, you will know you have visited everyone in the hop!

Since we are fast approaching Valentine's Day, I wanted to make a card to celebrate.  I love all the words on this stamp and couldn't decide which to use - so I used several!  Sometimes when just one word isn't enough - use them all!

I used Heartstrings paper for this card along with some favorite embellishments!  Yep - you guessed it... Stuck On You Puffies and Teal Shimmer Trim!  What did I ever do without shimmer trim?  I used my Artbooking Cricut Cartridge to cut the heart.

These products are ONLY AVAILABLE THROUGH MARCH 31st!  
So order today!
You're The Bomb - C1618
Heartstrings Paper Pack - X7193B
Stuck On You Puffies - Z3037

Now it is time to hop over to Michelle Loncar's blog and see what she has created!

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

February Artfully Sent Class

My January Artfully Sent class was a success! I think the ladies learned a few things.  This class helped them gain more confidence in using this exciting new cartridge.  I will be offering another Artfully Sent Class in February!   In this class our main focus will be using the "0" key and we will even create an envelope and liner!  I'm even going to incorporate the use of the Dot embossing folder for our Pop Up card.

If you have an Artfully Sent Cartridge and would like to join me for this next class, contact me today! The class fee is $10 and you receive all the materials to make the two cards and envelope.   You will also receive Silver Sequin, Slate Diagonal Ribbon to embellish your cards and even a 5x7 Envelope for your Pop Up Card!
Class Dates:
Saturday, February 28 @ 1:00 PM (This class is full)
Thursday, March 5 @ 6:30 PM (4 spots available)
Location:  2722 Lascassas Pike 
Gateway Mechanical Office

Class space is limited.  Must RSVP and pay no later than February 14th.

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