Saturday, May 20, 2017

Seasonal Expressions 2 Blog Hop


Welcome to our Seasonal Expressions 2 New Product Blog Hop! We are showcasing many of the new products in our 2017 Seasonal Expressions 2 that was just released this month! If you have come here from Haley Dyer'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.

We have 4 new cardmaking kits in the new SE2 catalog.   I love these kits because they are versatile enough to keep using over and over.  I like to purchase the kit and make at least one of each of the card designs as shown in the instruction guide but then I'll go out on my own and create something different with additional supplies I have on hand.  Today I'm sharing the Workshops Your Way Anniversary Cardmaking Kit and the extra cards I created using the All About the Gold Fundamentals.




This kit includes:
1 – exclusive workshop stamp set (B-size)
1 – sheet No Worries paper
2 – cardstock sheets (1 Sea Glass, 1 Smoothie)
1 – aqua shimmer trim (Z3086)
1 – No Worries sequins (Z3322)
12 – white card bases & envelopes










These are the card designs you can create using the instruction guide for this kit.


Here are 3 cards I created using my leftover kit contents and All About the Gold Fundamentals.  For my 1st card, I used a larger piece of the woodgrain paper and stamped the flowers right onto the paper.  I stamped the heart border across the bottom using Smoothie ink.  I stamped the hearts with Smoothie ink onto the Smoothie cardstock and cut them.




For my 2nd card I added a piece of All About the Gold Fundamentals. I stamped the flowers onto the Smoothie cardstock that is included in the kit and then I fussy cut them out.  I added some aqua shimmer trim and sequins for accents.


For my last card, I used the bold diagonal stripe piece from All About the Gold Fundamental. Before adhering to the card base I make small marks where to stamp my sentiment and then I stamped onto the card base before overlaying with the  All About the Gold Fundamental piece.  I stamped the small rose onto Smoothie cardstock and cut it out.  I stamped the banner onto the Sea Glass cardstock and trimmed it.  I added aqua shimmer trim to finish it off. 


NOTE:  When adhering these overlays, apply your adhesive where it will not show.  On the "Happy Anniversary" card, I applied it behind each gold dot.  On the "thanks" card, I applied the adhesive behind the gold stripes.

Products used:
Happy Anniversary Cardmaking WYW Kit - G1131
All About the Gold Fundamentals- Z3246
Black Exclusive Ink - Z2805

You can find all of these products on my website!
Remember to add a FREE Seasonal Expressions 2 book when you place your order!

Now it is time to what new goodies that Darlys Recker is sharing on her Crafty Happy blog!  

Friday, May 19, 2017

Our Story - Live Beautifully

Here is Layout #4!!  I created the layout with paper from the Live Beautifully paper pack adding White Daisy and Sea Glass Cardstock.  I love using black and sea glass colors together.   I added lots of Black Glitter complements from the You & Me Complements.  





Products Used:
Live Beautifully Paper Pack (CC1212B)
You & Me Complements (Z3269)
Sea Glass Cardstock (X5789)
White Daisy (1385)
Capture This Stamp (C1702)
Black & White Dots (Z3314)
Thin Cut Basic Hearts (Z3317)
This & That Stampset (C1667)
Black Shimmer Trim (Z1809)
Black Exclusive Ink (Z2805)

ICYMI - See my May 1 blog post that gives the details on all of our Live Beautifully products HERE. 


The Live Beautifully products are only available 
during the Month of May! (while supplies last)


Monday, May 15, 2017

Live Beautifully - Smile

Here is Layout #3 that I created with our special Live Beautifully paper pack and stamp set!  This layout features the bold floral paper along with the 2 gold foil designed papers. I was also able to incorporate the diagonal gold zip strips into my layout.  I used Pomegranate Cardstock as my base pages.


I stamped the roses in pomegranate ink, and I also used gold embossing powder to heat emboss two of the roses. I stamped the word "smile" and sentiment in Desert Sand ink.  I have found that this color looks great with the gold embossing. I also used some of the gold glitter complements from the You & Me complements along with a few Gold Glitter Gems.

Products Used:
Live Beautifully Paper Pack - CC1212B
Live Beautifully Stamp - CC1212C
Gold Glitter Gems (Z3312)

Sea Glass Glitter Paper (Z4027)

Versa Mark Ink (Z891)
Fern Ink (Z2850)
Whisper Cardstock (X5929)
Ranger White Super Fine Embossing Power (Z2068)

ICYMI - See my May 1 blog post that gives the details on all of our Live Beautifully products HERE. 


The Live Beautifully products are only available 
during the Month of May! (while supplies last)

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

National Scrapbooking Month - Live Beautifully Blog Hop


May is National Scrapbooking Month!  Close To My Heart has several exclusive products available during the month of May to celebrate!  I believe these products will fit every scrapbooker's needs whether they are first time scrappers, experienced scrappers, those that love to stamp and those that love to design their own layouts!  ICYMI - See my May 1 blog post that gives the details on all of our Live Beautifully products HERE.  But, for now, lets get started on the hop! If you came from Haley Dyer's Blog you are on the right track! At the bottom of my post, you will find the link that will take you to the next blog.  If you get lost along the way, you can find thcomplete list of hoppers HERE.

Today, I'm sharing one of the five layouts that I created with the Live Beautifully paper pack.  


















On this layout, I used the subtle Whisper diagonal stripe paper for my base pages. I chose the sea glass floral paper accented with the 2 gold foil designs. I stamped the flowers onto Whisper Cardstock with VersaMark Ink and then heat embossed the White Embossing Powder to get my White Flower accents. Using the Whisper cardstock, gives the flower's line a color that blends with the base pages.  I used Fern ink for the leaves. 


I stamped the word "dream" directly onto the layout on the left page and the sentiment on the right.  I added a touch of sea glass glitter paper for trim and Gold Glitter Gems as accents.  

Products Used:
Live Beautifully Paper Pack - CC1212B
Live Beautifully Stamp - CC1212C
Gold Glitter Gems (Z3312)

Sea Glass Glitter Paper (Z4027)

Versa Mark Ink (Z891)
Fern Ink (Z2850)
Whisper Cardstock (X5929)
Ranger White Super Fine Embossing Power (Z2068)

The Live Beautifully products are only available 
during the Month of May! (while supplies last)
Visit your consultant's website to order or 

Now it is time to hop over to Alyson Mayo's Blog and see what she has created with Live Beautifully!


Friday, May 5, 2017

This is Bliss - National Scrapbooking Month with Live Beautifully

Today I'm sharing one of the FIVE layouts that I created with our exclusive Live Beautifully Paper.  This is Close To My Heart's special paper for National Scrapbooking Month.  ICYMI - See my May 1 blog post that gives the details on all of our Live Beautifully products HERE. 

I love watercolor pages in this pack.  One side is pink and the other side is sea glass color. I used the pink side of this paper for most of the layout cutting off 3" to save for my Thin Cut Hearts and some of the pennants at the bottom.  For the top border, I used the black/white stripe paper that looks like big watercolor brush strokes.  I love how the You & Me Complements go so well with this paper.


The word "bliss" is one of the compliments.  I stamped "this is" from the stamp This & That to complete my title.   




Products Used:
Live Beautifully Paper Pack (CC1212B)
You & Me Complements (Z3269)
Black Cardstock (1386)
White Daisy Cardstock (1385)
Thin Cut Hearts (currently unavailable) 
This & That Stampset (C1667) 
Black Shimmer Trim (Z1809) 
Black Exclusive Ink (Z2805)



The Live Beautifully products are only available 
during the Month of May! (while supplies last)
Visit your consultant's website to order or 

Monday, May 1, 2017

May Stamp of the Month Blog Hop - Live Laugh Love



Welcome to the May Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! This month we are featuring Live, Love, Laugh. This set has 9 stamps. If you have come here from Tracey Pierce'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.


If you love stamping and coloring, this stamp is right up your alley! I know that coloring is all the rage right now but I just don't have the patience (or time) for all the detailed coloring.  I LOVE these words and the stamps are so pretty but I didn't want to color them! That is why I wanted to show how this stamp can be used in a NON-coloring way.  

For this one-page layout I used watercolor paper for my base page layered on top of Thistle cardstock. I painted swashes of color across the page for each word. I mixed my watercolor paints to get colors close to Glacier, Lagoon and Thistle. After letting the watercolor paints dry, I then stamped each word right on top.   

I also painted these same colors on another piece of watercolor paper and stamped the flowers and then cut them out.


I didn't quite like the way the small flower looked looked when I cut it out so I decided to stamp these directly on the page randomly to look like they were blowing in the wind.  Then I attached the other watercolored flowers around the words and matted picture.

I chose these colors because I loved the colors in our new Little Dreamer (X7219B) paper pack.  I added a small flowery piece of that paper beside my matted picture.  I also added Little Dreamer Glitter Gems (Z3321) to the flowers and randomly around the page. This was a fun layout to do.  I hope you like it!

Remember! This stamp is available ONLY during the month of May!

Get it for $5 with a $50 purchase



Come on! Let's Live, Love, Laugh a little! N
ext up on the hop is Haley Dyer. Let's see what she has created!

May Is National Scrapbooking Month!!

There are so many new things going on in May with Close To My Heart!  FIRST and FOREMOST - it's National Scrapbooking Month!!  Each year, Close To My Heart releases an exciting new paper that is exclusive for May ONLY!

Our Live Beautifully paper packet and stamp set are designed to celebrate your beautiful life. This exclusive paper packet and stamp set can be purchased with no qualifying purchase required!  We also have an exclusive set of Cut Above®layouts that are designed to make preserving memories faster, simpler, and easier than ever. 
Let's take a look at all of our Live Beautifully offerings!
First up, our Live Beautifully paper pack and stamp set!  The Live Beautifully paper pack includes 16 sheets of 12x12 papers (2 each of 6 double-sided designs and 2 each of 2 single sided gold foil designs). The Live Beautifully D-size stamp set features sentiments, titles and floral images)
Live Beautifully Paper Pack (CC1212B) - $14.95
Live Beautifully Stamp Set (CC1212C) - $17.95

Throughout the month of May I will be sharing 5 layouts that I created and designed with this paper pack and stamp!  I will post them here on my blog so be sure to stay tuned!

Next up, is our Live Beautifully Cut Above Kit!  Our Cut Above kits are a new, easy way to make coordinating layouts to preserve your memories. The Live Beautifully Cut Above™ layout kit comes with everything you need to create five two-page layouts. With pre-printed base pages, die-cut paper pieces, stickers, and gold foil accents, this kit will help you preserve the moments that matter most in practically no time at all. 

Live Beautifully Cut Above Kit (CC1212A) $44.95

Contents of the Live Beautifully Cut Above Kit

Buy the layout kit alone or get a discount by buying it as part of an album bundle.
Bundle includes Cut Above Kit, Album, Journaling Pen & Tombow Adhesive
Retail value of $87.10
- 20% off Price - $68.95
Options:
CC1212 Black Post-bound album bundle
CC1225 Grey D-ring album bundle

All our Live Beautifully products are only available this month, while supplies last!
Check out my Upcoming Event Tab on this blog to see the classes that I will be offering during National Scrapbooking Month! 


START SHOPPING TODAY!

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Cardmaking Workshop Your Way Blog Hop


Welcome to our Special Blog Hop featuring Close To My Heart's Cardmaking Workshop Your Way Kits!
Each Workshop Your Way ™ cardmaking kit helps you create 10 cards and includes an exclusive B-sized stamp set with two different sentiments. You get instructions for creating two different cards, but because the card patterns are identical, you can mix and match both the paper and the sentiments however you’d like! 

Did you know that there are FOUR Cardmaking Workshop Your Way kits in our Seasonal Expressions?
Happy Congratulations Cardmaking Kit (G1125) (SOLD OUT!)
Workshops Your Way® Here for You Cardmaking Kit (G1124)
Workshops Your Way® Hello Baby Cardmaking Kit (G1123)
Workshops Your Way® Mother's Day Cardmaking Kit (G1122) (SOLD OUT!)

Today, we are taking these kits and using them in ways other than as shown in the instruction guide!  This hop will be a lot of fun.  If you came from Brenda Lapp's Blog, you are on the right track! At the end of my post you will find the link to next blog to hop to! If you get lost along the way you can find the complete list of hopper HERE.

I have to admit, I purchased the Hello Baby Cardmaking Kit just because I liked the stampset!  It was great timing too because it seems like I know several people having babies soon!

I decided to take this stamp and use it with the Whimsy Fundamental papers.  I created two cards - one for a boy and one for a girl!



Here is a closer look at each card:


I used the Glacier papers for my 'boy' card.  I stamped the hearts and the cloud with Glacier ink and clustered them with the ribbon from the Whimsy Ribbon Pack.



For the 'girl' card I used a the Blossom colors.  I stamped the flag banner accross the bottom for a border and I used the "CONGRATS" as a background on the Blossom Cardstock.  I heat embossed to hearts with our White embossing powder and clustered them around the circle sentiment.  The pink twin is from the Adventure Ribbon pack.

Remember!  These Cardmaking Kits will retire April 30th and are Whiles Supplies Last! Get your favorites before they are gone!

Find them on my website at:

Now it is time to hop on over to Alyson Mayo's Blog and see what she has created!


Monday, April 10, 2017

Get Better Soon!

I needed to create a quick card to get in the mail to my Grandma.  So, what is the easiest and quickest way to create a card?  Use Picture My Life Pocket cards of course!


I used a pocket card from the Some Kind of Wonderful paper pack.  I stamped "Get Better Soon" from the Get Better (B1543) stamp set.  I stamped the mug on a piece of B&T, cut it out and popped it up!  I've had this stamp for a while and this is the first time I've used it!  

Now THAT is what I call FAST AND EASY!  I'll drop it in the mail tomorrow!



Saturday, April 1, 2017

April Stamp of the Month - Flock Together


Welcome to the April Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! This month we are featuring Flock Together. This set has 11 stamps. If you have come here from Michelle Rowley'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 usually create cards with the stamp of the month but this month I felt like this stamp was geared more towards memory keeping so I created a one page layout.




































These pictures are of my daughters.  We had spent the day at 12 South, an up and coming area in Nashville with cool restaurants and boutiques.  BTW Reece Witherspoon has a boutique there.   I love it that my two girls share such a close relationship.  They are five years apart but since they have grown up they have become very close - even living together the last several years.  

For this layout, I pulled out my Adventure Fundamentals Paper pack and decided to use papers in Pacifica and Raspberry colors.  Here is a list of all the products I used for this page:

Adventure Fundamental Paper Pack - Z3253
White Daisy Cardstock - 1385
Pacifica Cardstock - X5759
Raspberry Cardstock - X5788
Thin Cut Hearts (Z3260)
Pacifica Ink - Z2892
Raspberry Ink - Z2812
Black & White Dots - Z3314
  

Remember! This stamp is available ONLY during the month of April!
Get it for $5 with a $50 purchase


This blog hop will be fun....  
Come on and follow me to the next blog which is Jen Rubio's blog

and don't worry - if you feel the need to sing the Partridge Family Theme song while hopping go right ahead - I sang it the entire time I was creating this page.  Just something about this stamp......


Monday, March 20, 2017

Dreamin' Big with PML Cards

In February I taught a layout class that used our Dreamin' Big paper pack.  We used most of the paper and a couple of the PML cards from the pack but I still had SEVERAL cards left.  Multiply those cards by the number of paper packs needed for the class and I had a STACK!  So, I turned them into cards for my next Card Buffet!  

These cut apart Picture My Life Cards that are included in the paper pack are great for extending you layouts with our popular Pocket Plus Memory Protectors but if you don't have enough pictures to use them, then you can make cards with them.   I love using them to jumpstart a quick and easy card!

Here are four cards that I created.  These will all be included in my next Card Buffet coming up soon!


This card uses the Happy Birthday Thin Cut!  (Z3304)
I also used retired Florence Sequins which actually look great with this paper!


This simple card used TWO PML cards - one for the background and one for the sentiment!
I used the Dreamin' Big Cardmaking stamp and thin cut to add the butterfly.


I love the soft look of this Thinking of You card.  Again, I used the Dreamin' Big Cardmaking stampset and Thin Cuts.  (I LOVE THIS SET!).  Can you find the PML card on this one?  It's the woodgrain piece.  It had a red heart at the top but I covered it up with the juniper piece.


And, last, this really simple card turned out great!!  The "Life is an Adventure" is the PML card. I added a piece of black B&T across the bottom.  I used the Shower Flower (C1612) stamp which coordinates pretty well with this paper.  These flowers had to be fussy cut once I stamped them.  The thin cuts are spoiling me!  I used 3D Foam Tape and Thin Foam tape to give them some dimension.

The Dreamin' Big paper pack will only be available through the end of April!  It's so fun to work with!  Get it before it's gone forever!!

Stay tuned for the date of the my upcoming card buffet!

   
 

Thursday, March 16, 2017

A Blog Hop for Close To My Heart's Thin Cuts!


Welcome to our Special Blog Hop featuring Close To My Heart's Thin Cuts!  We are featuring these Thin Cuts and Thin Cut bundles because during the month of March you can save BIG!  We are offering 25% off of every Thin Cut and Thin Cut Bundle!   So, come along with us on this blog hop and see all the creative ways you can use our Thin cuts!   If you came from Michelle Rowley's Blog, you are on the right track!   At the end of my post you will find the link to next blog to hop to!  If you get lost along the way you can find the complete list of hopper HERE.


I needed a Baby Shower card for this past weekend so this blog hop came just in time! When the Basic Circle Thin Cuts came out I couldn't imagine why I would need them!  But it turns out that I did!  They are so much fun.  I used 2 of the circles as peep holes for my card.  I love how I can place them anywhere I want to make my holes!  For this card I used Whimsy Fundamental papers and the elephants from the Baby Bundle Stamp.  I stamped the elephants with Whipser Ink onto the Watercolor pattern paper and their ears on the Sorbet pattern paper.   I used 3D Foam tape on the back of the striped Whimsy paper to pop it up to place the elephants behind.

         Thin Cuts - Basic Circles Z3318        Baby Bundle - C1668                 


Recipe:
White Daisy Cards and Envelope Value Pack
Baby Bundle Stamp 
Whisper Cardstock
Whimsy Fundmental Papers
Whisper Ink
Sorbet Ink
Dreamin Big Sequins

Now it is time to hop over to Marie Flyer's Blog to see what she has created!


Tuesday, March 7, 2017

March Sign Up Special for New Team Members!

If you missed the sign up special in February for new consultants, we have another special this month!  When you join my team and the Close To My Heart family, in addition to your consultant kit, you will receive the Sweet Birthday Thin Cuts and stampset for FREE! (For details on the New Consultant Kit, check out the Join My Team! tab on this blog!)



When I joined Close To My Heart I really just wanted to get the discount.   I loved the product so much, I started sharing Close To My Heart with my friends and they began to purchase from me also. I intended to give this whole consultant thing a year and then see where I wanted to go with it.  If it wasn't something I loved, I was going to give it up.  Eleven years later I'm stilling LOVING everything about it!  


Can I sign up just to get a discount on product?
SURE!  You can sign up today and just be a hobbyiest.  All you have to do to stay active is meet the quarterly minimum of $300.  Quarters run in 3 month periods - Jan-Mar, April-June, July-Sept and Oct-December.   Not sure you can do it all by yourself?  Share your catalog with your friends!  Start a small group that gets together once a month to scrapbook, or make cards.  Take orders at this get together and I guarantee you'll will meet your minimum easily!
Do I have to teach classes and do workshops?
NO!  Certainly not!  I started teaching classes and workshops several years ago because I found that I have a LOVE for sharing and showing others that everyone can be creative.  That is just me and what I love.  Sometimes I think people look at what I do and think they would have to do the same things I do!  When you sign up as a consultant, this is YOUR business and you run it the way YOU want to run it!  Do as little or as much as you want!  


What if I want to do more?  Is there help? YES!  There is all kinds of training available to consultants - even starting on Day 1!  Close To My Hearts provides many training videos and guides.  PLUS I'm here to help you every step of the way.  We have a special Straight To the Top Program that rewards new consultants for reaching levels in their first 90 days!  
If you want to go for Straight To The Top, I'll be there to help you in any way that I can!


Eleven years ago I signed up for the discount and just weeks ago I returned from my 2nd Incentive trip!  I never intended to try to earn any trips when I started out but I kept getting closer each year.  I knew it was time for me to take my business to the next level.  

It has been a long time dream for me build a team!  There are so many opportunities through out the year to build team relationships - through crops, Seasonal Launches, Convention (THE BEST!) and local team meetings!  I'm just waiting to share it with YOU!

Contact me today for more information or to sign up today!

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Recap: Puerto Vallarta Mexico with Close To My Heart


I just returned this past week from my 2nd incentive trip that I earned from Close To My Heart!   What an awesome time we had in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico!  While the 1st trip I earned to Hawaii was exciting and a dream come true, this 2nd trip was even more special!  I think because this time Jeff & I were able to relax a little more and we got to spend even more time getting to know other consultants and their spouses.  As usual, CTMH treats their consultants like Royalty!  


We stayed in an all exclusive resort - Riu Palace Pacifico Resort


Upon arrival, once we got to our rooms we had this great big box of goodies waiting for us!


OOOOHHHH Look at all the goodies!


I unpacked a beautiful beach bag, a travel cinch pack (it's sitting in the beach bag),  2 fuse water bottles, a cover up (hanging on the side of the beach bag), 2 caps, and TWO sand mats that zip up to bags!  (these are green).  HOW cool is all this stuff!  Everything came in so handy.  
The very first day there was no time for the beach!  We had signed up of an Outdoor Adventure!  This was a day full of zip lining, rappelling, water slides and more!  

 We started the day in a Zodiak boat that took us on a 30 minute ride across the 2nd largest bay in the world!  
Then we boarded these huge 4x4 trucks for a very bouncy ride up a mountain! 



Once we arrived at the base camp, we put on our gear and mounted up on mules for another 30 minute trek up the dirt road to the top of the mountain.

This is when the fun began!!


This was the first time EVER for Jeff & I to zip line!  It was so much fun!!


After getting the hang of rappelling - this was fun!  But the water was so so cold at the bottom!


Oh - then came the water slide!  Jeff & I went down together on this one.  There was one at the very end of the trail - straight down and then through some tubes.

Yep - we zip lined up side down!


What a fun day!


The next day was spent on the beach and then by the pool relaxing.

On Sunday, Jeff and I toured San Sebastian.  This village is made up of ancient haciendas and century-old homes that have aged gracefully along with the surrounding mines and fields.  All the streets are cobblestone.  Once a rich mining town of over 20,000 in population, today this town only has about 600 residents.  

On Monday, we had another day for relaxation so spend most of the day at the pool.  Almost every night we met up with friends for dinner.





On our last day we did a little bit of snorkling on a day trip.  The best part of the trip was watching the whales on the way back!!

These are the trip earners from the Scattered Hearts team that I am on.

Our last night in Mexico at the Farewell Reception.  These are my "Spa Girlfriends" that earned the trip.  We make a point to meet up whenever we can!


Our parting gift from Close To My Heart that we received on our last night.
 

Such wonderful memories!  I'm so thankful to Close To My Heart AND all my customers that helped to make this trip possible!





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