Friday, August 28, 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 be 'purchased' by Hostess so they are exclusive!

Our first project of the night was this card:
The cute polka dot paper is from the Zoe Paper Pack.  The glasses overlay are from the new Artistry Cartridge as well as the banner. The "Be Happy..." stamp is one of the stamps that is included in the Artistry Cricut Collection.   We used Shin Han Touch Twin Markers to color.  We accented the card with vellum Zoe compliments, Coral Shimmer Trim and Green Enamel & Glitter Gems.

Our 2nd Winner of the night was Laura Harbour.  Laura won a new Accessory Tote!

For our next project, we created a Picture My Life Page using the new Through the Year PML cards and 2 pocket cards that were cut from the Artfully Sent Cricut Cartridge.  We accented our cards with more Zoe Compliments and Green Enamel & Glitter Gems.

Our 3rd winner of the night was Brittany Clinton who won a Through The Year PML kit with a Variety Pack of Page Protectors.  

On to the next project!!  We created a 2 page layout using the Zoe Paper!  Again, we used more Zoe Compliments and Green Enamel & Glitter Gems along with Coral Shimmer Trim.

Our 4th Winner was Pat Davis who won the Shoulder Tote along with a Zoe Paper Pack!

For our last project, everyone got to create a Cut Above Christmas Card!  Sorry - No picture here but you will see it soon once the book goes live on September 1.  These cards took only minutes to put together!

Now for the Grand Prize Winner!!  Everyone got a chance to purchase extra Bingo cards for more chances to win the grand prize! All of this money was given to the Grand Prize winner in the form of a Close To My Heart Gift Certificate.   So... Maureen Nokes won the rolling tote and now she gets to fill it up with $165 worth of Close To My Heart products!!  Way to Go Maureen!

Well that wraps up the night!!  I want to give a special shout out and HUGE thank you to my Downline Cathy Swank who helped me out tonight!   THANK YOU!!

Don't worry if you missed out on the Bingo Night fun and prizes!  You still have a chance to win!  On September 1, I will put an open party on my website titled BINGO NIGHT!  It will be open the entire month of September.   For every $25 order you place, you will have a chance to earn Hostess Rewards!  At the end of the month I will draw a winner (or more than one winner depending on the amount of total sales).   You MUST join the BINGO NIGHT party when you place your order to qualify for the drawing.

Stay tuned to my blog during the month September as I begin showcasing LOTS of new products!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

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!

Seaside Paper Pack (X7192B) - $9.95

Seaside Compliments (X7192C) - $4.95

Wanderful Paper Pack (X7191B) - $9.95
Wanderful Compliments (X7191C) - $4.95

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!  

Chalk It Up Paper Pack (X7184B) - $9.95
Chalk It Up Compliments (X7184C) - $4.95

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

Thursday, August 20, 2015

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!

Monday, August 17, 2015

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 T-Shirts sold exclusively through Close to My Heart!  These 100% Cotton T's are $25.  $10 of this will be donated to Operation Smile.   The shirts are available to order now!

                           Women's T - Also Available in Grey
Men's T - Also Available in Red

Show your support for Operation Smile and order yours today. Your donation will help change the lives of children all over the world, one smile at a time.   Order your shirt HERE

Thursday, August 13, 2015

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 they can drool and mark up their new Annual Inspirations for 4 days before making their order from the new book.  Markem' up Girls!  Markem' up - because you will want it all!

If you DO happen to want it all.... what's the best way to get it?  With a discount of course!  Close to My Heart has redesigned their New Consultant Kits and I must say... they are BEA-U-TI-FUL!!

Just imagine, when you open this box, you will open a whole new world of opportunities, friends and creativity.  I can not imagine what I'd be doing today without Close To My Heart in my life.  It's been an amazing 9 1/2 years!

 Everything you need to know about starting your very own Close to My Heart business is in this folder.  Also, the Close To My Herat Home Office website has training videos, workshop and gathering suggestions and guides.  Everything you need is at your fingertips!

All the tools you will need to have your very first gathering are included - even the Medium Organizer! 

See the complete list of Kit Contents of HERE!

If you have been a former consultant in the past you can sign up during the month of August and will have the opportunity to pick from either a “business building essentials” version of the New Consultant Kit for $49 USD or a regular New Consultant Kit for $129 USD.

Take that first step today and say YES!
Signing up is easy and you will get your kit in about 7 days!
Join my team of StampinHeaven Angels and Sign up HERE!

Thursday, August 6, 2015

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 a pack of our Enchantment Cardstock!  This 20 sheet pack of cardstock has 2 each of 12 colors - and 7 of the colors are our BRAND NEW COLORS!  I decided to create a card that showcased some of the new colors.

I cut a large shape in New England Ivy cardstock and used the Quaterfoil Embossing Folder.   Next I cut a background of flowers and vines in the new Saffron color.  The layered butterflies were cut from the new colors of Poppy and Sapphire.    My sentiment is from the Big Hug stamp set (D1584).
Even though the card looks detailed it was really quick and easy to put together!

Now it is time to hop on over to Michelle Battitori's blog and see what she has created for you!

Once you are finished with the hop, I'm sure you want to get your hands on this newest cartridge right away!!  If you don't already have a consultant, just hop over to my website and order.  If you have the new Explore or Explore Air, this cartridge is ALSO available for just $79.  You get the same collection except you do not get the actual cartridge.  You will get a code when your collection arrives that you will enter into your account and the cartridge will download!

Monday, August 3, 2015

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 know how much I love shimmer trim!!

Be sure to visit my blog on Friday for an Artistry Blog Hop!  This hop will be sure to inspire you get this newest Cricut Collection!

Products Used:
Artistry Cricut Collection - Z3167

Zoe Paper Pack - X7197B
Coral Shimmer Trim - Z3088

Saturday, August 1, 2015

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 Paper Fundamentals Cardstock pack.

This stamp is just $5 when you spend $50 in Close to My Heart products during the month of August!  If you don't already have a consultant, shop my website at 

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

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