Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Annual Inspirations New Product Blog Hop

I am SO excited about our new Annual Inspirations catalog which was released on August 1st! Today our SOTM Blog Hoppers are hosting a New Product Blog Hop. This blog hop will showcase some of the new products that have just been released! If you came from Wendy Coffman's blog you are on the right track! Look for the next blog link at the bottom of my post. Keep hopping and when you get back to me you will know you completed the hop!

Today I am showcasing some of the new Fundamental papers, thin cuts and layout from our new Make It From Your Heart Vol. 3!  This has been a long awaited book by many customers AND consultants!  This how to book includes 36 two-page layout patterns for standard photo sizes, as well as artwork inspiration demonstrating how to incorporate additional photos using our Pocket Plus™ and pocket scrapbooking Memory Protectors™.

For this layout I chose the Willow and Raspberry papers from the Adventure Fundamental Paper Pack.  The colors were just right for my little grand-nieces dresses.  (Adorable!!!)  Notice the subtle print background behind the pictures on the layout.  This paper is actually from the Whimsy Fundamentals.  I felt that just plain white cardstock was too stark and I found that the Sweet Leaf dotted paper was just the right amount of subtleness.  This is a good example of mixing in papers from different packets!

Another new product that I super excited about was our new Alphabet Thin Cuts!  These letters are about 2" in height which make great titles!!  I used the "In the Background" stamp to stamp the dots on the letters with Raspberry ink.  To make them pop from the layout just a little bit more I layered them with foam tape on top of Raspberry cardstock.

Next I used the Thin Cuts Heart Border with Raspberry cardstock to make a border across the bottom.  This is thin cut has layers!! Here is close up view of the border where you can see the layer a little more in detail.  I had so much fun creating this layout. I hope you enjoyed it.

Products Used:
White Daisy Cardstock - 1385 
Adventure Fundamentals Paper Packet – Z3351
Whimsy Fundamentals Paper Packet – Z3350
Raspberry Cardstock – X5974
Willow Cardstock – X5970
Block Alphabet Thin Cuts - Z3386
Ribbon Border Thin Cuts - Z3349
In the Background Stamp – D1750
Raspberry Ink – Z2812
White Twine – Z3216
Make It From Your Heart Vol. 3 – 9043
(Pattern #22)

Now it is time to hop over to Krista Hershberger's blog.  I can't WAIT to see what she is sharing!

You can find all of these products on my website at 
or contact your consultant for ordering!

Monday, August 14, 2017

New Annual Inspirations Open House Kick Off

This past weekend was a busy one for me!  Saturday I held my first Open House since I have moved. It was a great turn out and I really appreciate everyone coming out (even if it WAS just to see where I moved to.  haha).  But, seriously, I had a good time talking to everyone and getting a chance to catch up.  Some ladies I had not seen in a while.  :)

If you missed getting to come by,  I'll give you a little recap of what you missed!  There was alot to see!   I had a lot of new products on display as well as a few current products that will be going SOON!

Top Left - Current Workshop Your Way Kits displayed (on shelf). These will retiring August 31! 
On Table I had retired cardstock colors (for sale by the sheet, Retired Paper packs & kits, and pre-made layouts.
Top Right - Our Workspace Wonder and new ink carousel.
Bottom Left - Current Cut Above Kit samples
Bottom Right - School Year Stamp of the Month artwork

Everyone could shop my stash.... lots of stamps, paper (by the sheet) misc items and more!

New Product from the Annual Inspiration book displayed.  Bottom Right are my prize buckets.  Everyone earned tickets for chances to win prizes.
My lucky Prize winners were:
Sue Nundahl - Gold and Bashful Pearls
Janice Benson - New Bashful Ink Pad
Alison Plageman - Collapsible Trash Can
Jean Heid - Storybook Alphabet Stamp set
Sandie Scott - Scrap Caddy

Congratulations Ladies!

 Artwork samples with the new and current Thin Cuts and Thin Cut Stamp Sets.  (on the left of the shelfs) plus additional product for sale.  I was so happy to display the Thin Cut Artwork!  I'm participated in 2 different swaps and received some really nice card samples to show off!

Everyone also got to create page with an option to purchase the 2nd page.
They got to choose either Peacock or Fern

The Layout uses the Enchantment Fundamental paper.  We random stamped ink blotches on the bases pages with the new Splash Of Color stamp and Expresso ink.  The images were cut from the You Are Here Cricut Cartridge.  Their camera was actually cut from SILVER FOIL cardstock.  (I did not have that at the time I made the layout samples).  They looked so cute with the silver camera!  For the final touch they added Gold Pearls.  If they purchased the Right page, they also received a Pocket Plus Page to add to their layout for more pictures!

Even though Saturday has come and gone, I'm still celebrating with my Open House On-line Party.  I'm going to have a drawing for MORE THAN one Mystery Hostess!  For every $25 you spend shopping on  my website, you will be entered into my drawing for Mystery Hostess.  So far I'm up to two winners who will get $40 in FREE product AND a 1/2 price item!  The drawing will take place on September 1.  You have all month to shop!   You MUST join the Open House On-line Party to be entered into the drawing!

Don't forget to check out the Warehouse Sale!!  A New sale starts every Tuesday!

Monday, August 7, 2017

NEW!! You Are Here - Close To My Heart's News Exclusive Cricut Cartridge!

Welcome to our Scattered Hearts Cricut Collections Blog Hop!!  This hop features Close To My Heart's Cricut Collections.  If you came here from Tina Sutton's Blog, you are on the right track!  This hop is a circle so when you get back to me, you will know you have completed the hop.  This one will be so much fun, I can't wait to visit the blogs to see what everyone has created.

I wanted to introduce you to our newest Exclusive Cricut Cartridge - You Are Here!!  This cartridge include THREE D-sized stamps and a package of Adventure Cardstock!  What a deal!  I'm so excited about this cartridge!  There are so many different themes I had a difficult time choosing what to do!  I needed to create a layout that I will be using for my Open House so I thought it was fitting that I used the actual name of the cartridge on my layout to celebrate!

For this layout, I used paper from the new Enchantment Fundaments and Basic Fundamentals.  For my images I used Saffron, Fern, Pebble and Pomegranate cardstock.   My photo mats are the new Expresso Cardstock.   I think I have found a new FAVORITE stamp set already.  It's the Splash of Color.   It is great for taking away all that 'white space' in a layout.

Here is a complete list of products used on this layout:
You Are Here Cricut Cartridge (Z3389 -Physical cartridge, or Z3387 Digital cartridge)
White Daisy Cardstock - 1385
Enchantment Fundamental Paper Packet - Z3352
Basics Fundamental Paper Packet - Z3353
Splash of Color Stamp - D1733
Saffron Cardstock - X5961
Fern Cardstock - X5960
Pomegranate Cardstock - X5964
Expresso Cardstock - X5951
Pebble Cardstock - X5955
Expresso Exclusive Ink - Z2829
Gold Pearls - Z3371

To order the You Are Here Cricut Collection, contact your Close To My Heart Consulatant.  
If you don't have one, you can order it from my website here:

Now it is time to hop over to Jean McNulty's blog and see what she has created for us!

If you get lost, here is a complete list of hoppers:

1.       Gina Brandstetter -
2.      Jean McNulty -
3.      Lori Allen - -
4.      Lori Williams-
5.      Rebecca Brown - Show Me Scrapping
6.      Heather Hicks -
7.      Andrea Sherman -

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

August Stamp of the Month - School Year

Welcome to the August Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! This month we are featuring School Year. This set has 9 stamps. If you have come here from Wendy Coffman'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.

 Every August I see everyone posting their children's First Day of school on Facebook.  Then come May, here we go again!  Last Day of School!  My children are grown.... so no First and Last day pictures are going on in this house anymore!  But I LOVE seeing everyone else's photos and how much the children change in less than a year!  I sure hope they are scrapbooking those pictures.  This month's Stamp of the Month is PERFECT for it.  I really wanted to create a layout so I 'borrowed' some pictures from my friend who was GLAD to let me use them.  She is a little behind on her scrapbooking.  

I used our brand new Enchantment Fundamental papers with a bit of Basic Fundamental.  The pattern is from our new Make It From the Heart 3 book.  I love the Saffron diagonal print pages that I used for my base pages.  It's subtle but just enough.  

For the Chalkboards, I stamped the chalkboard image onto Ruby Cardstock.  Then I cut out a piece of black cardstock to fit inside the frame of the chalkboard.  I used Versamark ink and White embossing powder to emboss the "First / Last Day of School".  

Check out the arrows.... these were stamped on the Peacock cardstock but one of the arrows I stamped on the back of the cardstock using the lighter shade.  I'm going to LOVE our new two toned cardstock!!

Products Used:
Enchantment Fundamental Paper Packet Z3352
Basic Fundamental Paper Pack Z3353
Ruby Cardstock X5965
Peacock Cardstock X5958
Linen Cardstock X5946
New England Ivy Cardstock X5959
Enchantment Ribbon Pack Z3363
Charcoal Exclusive Ink Z2831
Ruby Exclusive Ink Z2870

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

Next up on the hop is Ellen Jarivs. Let's see what she has created!

2017-2018 Annual Inspirations has Arrived!!


Check it out today on my website at:  2017-2018 Annual Inspirations 

There are SO many great things going on during the month of August!  Not only do we have a BRAND NEW BOOK with BRAND NEW PRODUCTS, we also have a Warehouse Sale going on!

Every Tuesday, new products bundles will be put on my website at 50% off!  These will go fast, so don't wait to order.  Be sure to check it out every Tuesday during the month of August!

Also - When you host a party in August and your sales reach $350, you will get an EXTRA $20 in FREE Hostess Products!  That is a total of $80 in FREE stuff AND a 1/2 price item!  If your sales increase, so do your rewards!!

But wait!!  That's not all!  We have a REALLY special deal for those joining my team in August!!
Submit qualifying sales of $300 by September 30 and you get to choose your rewards!

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