Showing posts from August, 2015


Tonight was my 1st ever BINGO Event and I think we all had a great time!   I wanted to do something different this year instead of holding an annual Open House to showcase the new Annual Inspirations (which goes live to customers on September 1).

If you missed it, I'll share some pictures of what we did!  We played 5 Bingo Games.  Each game winner won a fabulous Close To My Heart product.  The final winner in our Cover All game won the best prize of the night - a Rolling Tote and a Gift Certificate for Close To My Heart products!

Each attendee got a Goody Bag filled with brand new product that we were going to be using on our projects. These Goody Bags are My Creations Designer Bags.  The "Scrap Happy" and Scissors images are both cut from the new Artistry Cartridge.  The colors used here are each of the new colors in the Enchantment Color Pallet.

Our first winner of the evening was Pam Martin.  She won 2 Hostess Rewards stamps from the new book.  These stamps can only …

Only 5 Days Left!

There are only 5 days left to get those retiring products before they are gone for good!  We still have several paper packs available.  If you are scrapbooking your beach vacation or summer travels, don't let the Seaside and Wanderful Paper packs pass you by!  These are a great way to make your summer memories last a long time!

Did you get your little one's 1st day of school picture?  Be sure to freeze that moment in time on our Chalk It Paper!  

There are still alot of great products left!   Get them before they are gone for good! Shop: 

Get Organized with the August Special!

August is half way over!  Have you taken advantage of our Get Organized Special?  During the month of August when you purchase the new Marker Tote you will receive Balloon Wishes for FREE!   Both of these items are new products that will be found in the new Annual Inspirations on September 1 but Close To My Heart has made them available to our customers one month early! 

I love my new marker tote!  It rolls up perfectly and I can throw it in my rolling tote (they match!) or I can place it into one of my medium organizers.  When I'm using the markers I just unroll it and I can all 24 colors perfectly.   I created a card with my FREE stamp set and used my ShinHan Touch Twin markers.  I paired the stamp with our new Zoe paper (which is ALSO available to order now!).

The colors in this card make we want to celebrate!! 
Also available now is the Accessory Tote!  Purchase the Accessory Tote and you will get 2 new style sheets for FREE!  Order yours today!

Operation Smile - A New Way to Give

Operation Smile is an organization that provides free, life-changing surgery that repairs smiles and reshapes lives, one child at a time. Since 2008, Close To My Heart has provided support to change the lives of over 1,500 children and their families.  At this year's Convention, over $40,000 was raised through our Operation Smile 5K Fun Run and the annual Operation Smile Auction.

How can our customers help?  With each stamp purchase our customer make, a portion of that stamp price is donated to Operation Smile.  Also, beginning last year, each quarter Close to My Heart introduced a special exclusive stamp set that would be available during that quarter only.  $3 of the price of that stamp was donated to Operation Smile.  In September, when our new Operation Smile exclusive stamp set is released, Close To My Heart will generously donate $7 of each exclusive stamp that is sold!

Also available, Consultants AND Customers can show their support by purchasing one of the Operation Smile …

Don't Miss this Opportunity!

A week!!!  It's been an entire week since I've posted anything!  It's not because I haven't been creating.  I have!  I have been creating alot.... but I just can't share anything just yet.  I'm nearly ready for my big BINGO EVENT coming up at the end of August.  I'm just waiting for one more shipment to get here and then I can start putting the goody bags together  I can't wait to share all the projects that we will be doing that night.  I don't want to spoil the surprise for all my attendees so if you are not coming to the event, you will have to wait until August 29th to see what you missed!

For our BINGO NIGHT projects we will be using all new products.   One of the great things about being a consultant (just ONE mind you - there are MANY) is that I can see AND purchase new products for a whole month PRIOR to them being released to customers on September 1.   My Bingo Night attendees will be getting to see everything 4 days early!  This means the…

An Artistry Blog Hop - CTMH's Newest Cricut Collection

Welcome to our Artistry Blog Hop!  If you haven't heard the new about Close To My Heart's newest Cricut Collection then you must have been under a rock the last 6 days!  On Saturday, Close To My Heart released the much anticipated Artistry Cricut Collection - one whole month BEFORE the Annual Inspirations Idea Book is due to come out.  The CTMH SOTM Blog hoppers have put together a fun blog hop to showcase this new cartridge.  If you arrived here from Darlys Recker's blog you are on the right track!  The hop is a big circle so when you get back to where you started - whether it was here or someone else's blog, you will know you've completed the hop!
The new cartridge has so many fun things! Backgrounds, Banners, Borders, Layers, Shapes, Icons and even a fun Font!  I had a hard time deciding what to create first!  A VERY HARD TIME!!!  So much to choose from!   Just like our other collections, Artistry also comes with three D-size stamps sets AND it also comes with …

Say Hello to Artistry!

I know that everyone is eagerly awaiting the release of the new Annual Inspirations from Close To Heart but we still have a month to go.  I'm keeping as much as I can under wraps until my big reveal at my Bingo Night on August 28th.   But Close to My Heart HAS generously released a few things a month early!   On Saturday, the brand new much anticipated Artistry Cricut Collection became available to order along with one of the new paper suites - Zoe!  I love this bright, cheerful paper!
Today I'm sharing a card I created using the new Artistry cricut cartridge combined with the new Zoe paper!

One of the fun things about this new cartridge is the many layered banners (over 200 different styles!).  Here, I cut "Hello" in Smoothie and layered it on White Daisy shape.  Aren't those flowers cute??  I cut those in Glacier and Canary cardstock and used some Zoe polka dot paper for the leaves. Check out the new shimmer trim!!  CORAL - soo pretty!!  If you know me, you kn…

August Stamp of the Month - Framed

Welcome to the August Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! This month we are featuring Framed, a set of 12 stamps - three frames and nine sentiments! If you have come here from Judy Burger's 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.

This set actually coordinates with our newest Cricut Collection - Artistry.  When I first saw this stamp I thought SUNBURST CARD!  I love it when an idea comes together so quickly!  

I used Whimsy Paper Fundamentals Cardstock for this card. I alternated using the front and back sides.  Since the Glacier Extra Thick Twine really IS extra thick, instead of wrapping it around the card, I used our mini stapler to attach it to the card!  I love using the stapler this way!

This is the card I will be teaching in my Technique Tuesday Class. For this card, I used colors from the Adventure Pa…