Monday, November 30, 2015

Cyberweek Sale Starts NOW!

Shop now for 25% off select current products from 
Close To My Heart!  

For five days only, a selection of items from Close To My Heart’s current product inventory can be yours for 25% off retail price! Get supplies you’ll need to make handcrafted gifts and cards for the holidays, including our Cricut® Artfully Sent Collection, at an amazing discount!

Do you want to be a Cyberweek Sale Queen?

Place an order through my Cyberweek Sale On-line Party on my website. Party will begin Monday, November 30 at 10:00am and end on Friday, December 4 at 5:00 pm. Everyone who orders through the Cyberweek Sale Party link will be entered into a drawing to win ALL of the Hostess Rewards earned through this party! YOU MUST place your order through this link to be eligible to be the Cyberweek Sale Party Queen!! Your name will be entered for every $25 you order. Drawing will be held on Friday evening at 5:30 pm.

Sale ends at 5:00 pm CST on Friday, December 4!

Sunday, November 29, 2015

A Pint of Goodness!

A few weeks ago I shared two pint containers that I decorated.  (See them HERE) Today I'm sharing the third container and providing the cutting measurements so you can create some too!   Also - be sure to check at the bottom of my post for a fun North Pole Mix recipe.  This is a family and friend favorite that is so addicting it really is hard to stop eating it!  It is so easy to make it is embarrassing!  But I'm sharing it here!

Here is my Pint of Goodness that I will be filling with North Pole Mix!

Supplies you will need:
Pint Containers Z3137 
(note- the Pint Containers will be 25% off starting 11/30!)
White Pines Paper Pack X7200B
Cranberry Cardstock 1272
Glacier Cardstock X5770
Colonial White Cardstock 1388
Aqua Shimmer Trim Z3083
Artistry Cricut Cartridge Z3167
Artiste Cricut Cartridge Z3170
Holly Jolly Christmas Stamp D1657
Chocolate Ink - Z2111
Glacier Ink - Z2641
Bonding Memories Glue - 1512

Cut the Chevron B&T Paper 4" x 3 3/4"

Make the following Cricut Cuts
Shape - Card<q>
Glacier - 3 1/4"
Cranberry - 3"
Colonial White - 2 3/4"
Bow- Accent 3 <g>
2" (Cranberry)
Bow Tails - Shift Accent 3<g>
If not using Design Space, you will need to trim the tails 
to the bow down to fit on top of the lid.
Mittens - 2 3/4" 
Cranberry - <winter>
Glacier - Shift <winter>

If you have Design Space you can just copy this link into your address line of Design Space
(NOTE - you do need to own both cartridges to be able to cut)

(Note: I highly recommend using Bonding Memories Glue. 
This holds better to the containers that regular scrapbooking adhesive.)
  1. Stamp "Happy Holidays" with Chocolate Ink onto the Colonial White shape.
  2. Randomly stamp snowflakes in Glacier Ink around the sentiment.
  3. Adhere the Colonial White Shape to the Cranberry shape, and then adhere these to the Glacier Shape.
  4. Adhere the shapes to the center of the B&T paper.
  5. Adhere the 4" x 3 3/4" B&T paper to the pint container making sure top edge is up against the top rim of the container.  Once it is adhered, you will need to trim just a bit from the bottom to even it up with the rim.
  6. Add Aqua Shimmer flush to the edge of the left and right sides of the B&T paper on the container.  When you adhere the shimmer trim, adhere it straight down.  A portion of the bottom shimmer trim will be on top of the B&T paper.  This will even out the paper and make it look square.
  7. Glue the mitten pieces together and add to the left of the Happy Holidays.
  8. Fold the Bow so that the ends of the bow are meeting in the center.  Cover center with about 1 1/2" of Aqua Shimmer trim.
  9. Add Aqua Shimmer trim to the outside rim of the lid.
  10. Add Bow and tails to the top.
Add your favorite treat to share or Gina's Famous North Pole Mix!

Gina's Famous North Pole Mix
1 Box Golden Graham Cereal
1 Box Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cereal
1 bag of Pretzel Twists
10 oz. Pecan Halves
2 bags of Christmas M&Ms
1 1/2 pounds of White Chocolate Bark

This recipe is enough to use up the entire boxes of cereal and pretzels. I mixed this up in 3 separate batches using 6 squares of the White Chocolate Bark at a time.
Using a BIG bowl, pour in a little bit of each of the above until the bowl is full.
Melt 6 squares of the the White Chocolate Bark in a glass bowl in the Microwave at 30 second intervals stirring after each interval. Chocolate usually melts in about 1 min 15 seconds. Pour melted White Chocolate over the cereal mix a little at a time and stir after each addition to coat the mix. Pour out onto wax paper and let cool until White Chocolate is hardened - Only takes a few minutes.

Friday, November 27, 2015

CYBERWEEK SALE at Close To My Heart!

AWESOME CRANBERRY SAUCE!  You read that right!  Close To My Heart is going to have a week long CYBER SALE! Beginning Monday, November 30 at 10:00 am CST Close To My Heart is putting a large selection of current products on sale for 25% off!  Get supplies you’ll need to make handcrafted gifts and cards for the holidays, including our Cricut® Artfully Sent Collection, at an amazing discount!

This sale will last only 5 days and ends at 5:00 pm CST on Friday, December 4.   On Monday, go to my website at and select "Cyberweek Sale" under the shopping menu.   Eligible sale items will show up in this menu.  Add your items from this list to get your 25% discount.   I will come back on Monday and post the actual link on my blog.

Here are just a few of the products that are 25% off!

Artfully Sent Cricut Collection

Colonial White Shadowbox (Also Available in Black)
Design Decor Magnetic Chalkboard
Scallop Border Punch
Triangle Border Punch
My Creations Kraft 3-Ring Album
My Creations Kraft Container
Designer Creations Short Stack Album


Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Another November Birthday!

This time it is my husband's birthday!  He loves to hunt so it is only fitting that I create a card with a deer on it.  I had fun making this one.  I love it that our new Artistry Cricut Cartridge has a deer head on it!  So far, this may be this biggest deer he has seen all season!

This card is all cardstock so I gave the pieces some type of texture.  I dug around and found an old texture tool I had to brush some ink onto the deer and the antlers.  Next, I used my woodgrain embossing folder on the mount behind the deer (another Artistry shape) and I used the striped embossing folder on the Outdoor Denim piece of cardstock.  The birthday banner is also cut from the Artistry cartridge.   The birthday sentiment is from Belated Birthday (B1442) which is now retired.

Now that all my November birthdays are over, I guess I can start concentrating on my Christmas Shopping!!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

My Baby is 21!

Wow.... Time sure does fly by!!  My baby turned 21 today.  We had an early celebration last night because she has such a busy schedule!!  She is SO busy in fact, that when I asked her where she wanted to go eat for her birthday celebration (this is standard tradition in our house) she told me she just wanted a home cooked meal.   In addition to her home cooked meal and home made birthday cake - just standard chocolate with buttercream frosting - I made her this card.

I loved this hexagon stamp (Hexagonal Patterns) and just had to have it.  It's been in my box since August and this was the first time I've used it!  I cut out all three sizes of hexagons and stamped them all up in lagoon, Pear, Black and Poppy.  But when I finally decided on my card design, I was down using only the smallest hexagon and just Lagoon, Pear and Black inks.   Sometimes too many choices can make things difficult!  I used my Hexagon Embossing Folder to create a background for the card.

I cut the layered "Happy" shape and "Birthday" with the Artistry Cricut Cartridge.  I used the Chevron hexagon to stamp across the bottom layer of the "Happy" Shape.  I cut out two "BIRTHDAY"s - one in lagoon and one in white cardstock.  I offset the layers just a bit and popped up some of the larger letters.   I managed to find a few blue and green sparkles in my stash to jazz it up just a bit.  I have tiny ones on the letters but they don't show up very well here.  (It was a VERY rainy and gloomy day yesterday so not the best for picture taking in natural light)

Hexagonal Patterns - C1626

One more birthday to go in November (my hubby) and then I can start thinking about Christmas Shopping!!

Monday, November 16, 2015

You're The Best with La Vie En Rose

During the month of October I had a challenge for my team members!  I have a few new team members that want to get their business going but sometimes it can be a little intimidating if this is new to you!  My challenge was to my team was to schedule a scrap day and invite friends and family. Their guests could bring anything they wanted to work on and just have fun!  They had to have 2 or more participate (not counting themselves) and then submit an order of $150 or more.  There were several sales levels they could achieve.  Cathy Swank earned a reward of a paper pack and compliments of her choice for meeting the 2nd level of the challenge!  Yeah Cathy!   Her paper pack and compliments are on their way.  In the meantime, I wanted to send her a special congrats from me so I created this card for her.


I used paper from our La Vie En Rose Paper pack and a special stamp set for consultants that achieve Level 1 in Straight to The Top when they first sign up.  I accented the card with our Gold Foil Tape and some Gold Assortments (Bow and Glitter Hearts).  I cut the shape and the frame with our new Artistry Cricut Cartridge.   

Congrats to Cathy Swank for a job well done!!

Friday, November 13, 2015

Caring Hearts Card Drive

I subscribe to Scrapbook Updates in my blog feed and came across this wonderful idea.  I thought I would share it here because I know there are many crafters out there who love to create cards.  Just last night at my Christmas Card Workshop I had several ladies comment that they still have cards they made years ago at my annual workshop because they no longer send cards but they love to create them!  I have to admit.... I too have many cards that I have never sent sitting in a box.

Here is a wonderful way to share your beautiful creations.... The Caring Hearts Card Drive.  This drive collects cards to deliver to nursing homes.  Your card can bring joy and holiday cheer to the elderly that are quite lonely. Just recently my own grandma had to go to a nursing home to recuperate after a car accident.  She was separated from her husband who was still in the hospital and even when he was released to the same nursing home, they were still separated.  My grandma was quite lonely even though she had friends and family visiting.  One thing that I know...she LOVES getting cards.  But just imagine those that do not have friends and family close by to visit or even call.   A card could really cheer someone up especially during the Holidays.

So, I have gathered up some past Christmas Cards that I still have on hand, and I'm going to take them to the post office today!  There are some guidelines for sending the cards:

  • Please make the cards for Christmas or Holiday Wishes. Anyone can send a card – your children, church group, scout troops, etc.
  • All cards need to have a message in it – stamped or handwritten. Please sign your name and where you are from.
  • Please include an envelope for each card but don’t seal the envelope.
  • Please stick to just cards – standard size 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ or smaller.
  • And please don’t use any pins for safety reasons.
  • This is totally optional… if you’d like to include $1 or $2 to help with shipping, it’ll be much appreciated. We cover the shipping cost ourselves, with no sponsor, so any donation toward shipping would help tremendously.

Here are more details and where you can send your cards:  Caring Hearts Card Drive

Make someone's holiday just a little bit brighter!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Fun Christmas Gifts to Celebrate the Season!

Sometimes it is hard to find inexpensive Christmas gifts to give during the season when you are giving gifts to a group - friends, co-workers, your children's friends, etc.   When my girls were growing up they always wanted to get their little group of friends a Christmas gifts.  When you have about 8-10 friends that can add up in a hurry!  And finding something inexpensive that isn't another Christmas notepad & Pen is hard!

Well I'm here to share a fun solution to that problem!  Close to My Heart carries a very cute line of Holiday Base & Bling!   I created these fun holiday necklaces in just minutes!  Although we do sell chains, I used Fern and Poppy Thick Twine for a more festive look - and it keeps the cost down on the necklace.  The Holiday Style sheet includes 32 stickers.  The pendents, glass covers and charms are sold in packages of 3 each!  The twine comes in 10 yards.  You can purchase everything you need to create 12 necklaces including the liquid glass for just under $5 a piece!  

Here is what you need to create these fun gifts:
Circle Pendents (come in either Faux Silver or Faux Gold) - 3 per pkg $5.95
Circle Glass Covers - 3 per pkg - $1.95
Also available in Square!
Holiday Style Sheet - $5.95 (has 32 different stickers!)
Charms - 3 per pkg - $2.95
Thick Twine (either Fern Z3093 or Poppy Z3094) $3.95
Liquid Glass - $6.95

Holiday Style Sheet - Z3175
These stickers are specially coated to preserve the color when used with liquid glass.
Snowflake Charm Z3135 (available in Gold also)
Red Bead Charm - Z3139 (available in Gold Also)
Jingle Bell - Z3136 (Available in Gold Also)

More varieties of charms are available.

Ready to get your craft on?  Order your Holiday Base & Bling today!
See all the Base & Bling HERE

Friday, November 6, 2015

Simply Fundamental Blog Hop

Welcome to our Simply Fundamental Blog Hop!  During the month of November you can choose an Album Bundle for $71.80 USD).  See the end of my post below to see what this fabulous bundle includes! We love this deal so much, we decided to have a Simply Fundamental Blog Hop for you!  Over 25 consultants have created something to share with the Fundamental Papers.  This hop will be a lot of fun and I'm sure will inspire you!

If you came from Terrie Shortsleeve's blog you are on the right track!  The hop is one big circle so when you get back to the blog you started with you will know you have visited everyone!

I created a fall layout for this hop using leaves from the Close To My Heart Cricut Cartridges - Art Philosophy, Artiste and Artistry.   Some of the leaves are layered so this was a great opportunity to showcase the opposite side of the paper.

The large center shape is from the new Artistry cartridge.  I just sized it to fit the paper and then I cut it in half to span the two pages.

My title for my layout is a combination of letters from individual words on the word sticker sheet and the small letters are from the small alphabet sheet.  I love that there are so many options to what you can create with these four sticker sheets!

My final touches were to add the glitter peacock adhesive dots and hearts from Fundamental Assortments.

Ready for more inspiration?  Hop over the Haley's Blog to see what she has created.

Here is what your Album Bundle Includes:
Choose one of these Albums (either 3 Ring or Post Bound)

Paper Fundamentals Enchantment

Fundamental Stickers Enchantment Pack

Fundamental Assortment Peacock

Then choose either the Top Load or Side Load Page Protectors for FREE!  (A $19.95 value!)

And that is not all!  Check out THESE 5 LAYOUTS that you can create with everything in your bundle!!  Just print out the cutting guide and instructions and start creating!  

What an awesome deal!  To order your Album Bundle today head over to my website now!

Ready for more inspiration?  Hop over the Haley's Blog to see what she has created.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Give a Pint of Fun for Christmas!

One of my favorite snacks to make at Christmas time to give away as gifts is my North Pole Mix.  It's easy to make and it VERY addicting to eat!  This year I have the perfect container to fill and give away!

I will be packaging up my famous North Pole Mix into these My Creations Pint-sized Containers (Z3137) from Close To My Heart!  These come in a package of 3 for just $5.95.  Add some paper, tags and ribbon and you are good to go! Here are two that I've dressed up so far.  

My paper is older retired Christmas Papers from Close To My Heart (a great way to use up scraps!)  For my container on the left, I layered flowers together to create a poinsettia for the lid. My Santa Claus is cut from the new Artistry Cricut Cartridge!  Ho Ho Ho!

For the container on the right I stamped the penguins from the Season Greetings stamp set.  Aren't they adorable!  I cut a bow from the Artiste Cricut Cartridge for the lid.

A simple gift for a delicious snack!

Order your Pint Containers HERE!

Sunday, November 1, 2015

November Stamp of The Month - Cheers, 2016!

Welcome to the November Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! This month we are featuring Cheers, 2016! This is a set of 16 stamps! If you have come here from Paige Dolecki'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.

I had fun with this set.  I used our new Confetti Stars (Z3119) embossing folder with the Square Diffuser (Z3097).   The square diffuser left a square section in the middle of my card plain with no embossing so that I was able to stamp an image into it.  I actually HEAT embossed my "Dream Big" image with gold embossing powder (Z2066).   I cut the flying star out of gold glitter paper and used the star cutout on my card also!  The smaller gold star and the cute little bow are both from the Gold Fundamental Assortments (Z3105).

We will be creating a card very similar to this in my Technqiue Tuesday Class on November 10.  Check out my Upcoming Events to see that card and for more info.

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

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

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