Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Simply Inspired Blog Hop--Seasonal Expression 2

We have a new Seasonal Expressions with fun new stuff so of course that means it is time for a blog hop! I love being a part of this hop with so many talented Close to My Heart Consultants. If you've arrived here from the lovely Lynn Como's blog, then you are on the right track. If at any point you get lost along the way, just go here.

This time around, I chose to play with the new Jackson paper packet. I have been really busy lately with little time for creating and scrapbooking so I was excited to play with this one.

I live in a valley surrounded by mountains and there are so many beautiful places to go and play outdoors in my lovely state, so inspired by the view out my window, I recreated the mountains in Cocoa cardstock, topped them with some snow (this paper is great for snow or water). Add a few trees cut from the various patterned papers and an outdoor scene is all set to go!

You've got to love these little Wildwood sticky tabs. I bet you looked right over them in the current catalog. I'm sure you need some now, right?

I couldn't wait to use the Camper Crazy stamp set. My grandparents owned a little silver trailer when I was growing up and it was my favorite play house.

I truly LOVE the way these pages turned out. They were perfect for our Labor Day trip to Flaming Gorge. And I think the Boardwalk Washi (shown at the bottom of the pages) is going to become a staple in my creative stash.

And now hop on over to the talented Sheri Rottler's blog. The inspiration never ends!

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Want to join CTMH? March is the month to do it.

I joined Close to My Heart (CTMH) over 20 years ago because I loved the stuff and because my mom suggested it to me. I never comprehended the opportunities, friends and fun it would provide over the next several years. 

When I joined, the kit was well over 300 dollars and full of lots of great stuff..., that didn't always work together so well. I learned a lot through trial and error and it was definitely an evolutionary process.

Not so today. Today, the CTMH kit is priced at only $99 and everything is coordinated to work together well. You can choose between a scrapbooker kit or a card kit so the kit is catered to your interests. And CTMH offers fabulous online training as well as national conventions and regional meetings to help you come up to speed. And I, as your upline, offer quarterly meetings and can work with you one on one to help you achieve whatever goals you set for yourself. We've come a long way!

New Consultant Scrapbooker Kit

New Consultant Cardmaker Kit

And, this month, CTMH is sweetening the deal. If you sign up in March, you get this beautiful shoulder tote. It's great to carry all that crafting stuff or use as a purse. 

AND, (it gets better), if you sell $300 in product in your first 40 days as a new consultant, you receive the matching rolling tote FREE! This thing is fabulous and it is worth $149.95! 

Look at all the stuff this can hold. I've been drooling over it for a couple of months because my current craft tote is beginning to wear out, my bag is boring (no pretty chevrons here), and look at all the stuff it can hold! Oh, wait, I said that already. 

So, let's put this in perspective. During March, you purchase the consultant kit at $99 and get over $300 in products and supplies. In addition, you get a darling shoulder tote that is valued at $26. You sell $300 to family and friends (or even yourself--yes, we're all honest here) and you earn a commission of $66 from that sale. And then you get a $149.95 rolling tote for free. That's a pretty sweet deal. 

So what are you waiting for? I'd love to have you on my team. And you know you want that tote. I know I do. Just go here to start your CTMH journey! 

I'm happy to answer any questions so don't hesitate to ask!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Simply Inspired Blog Hop--Exclusive Hostess Stamp Sets

It's time for another blog hop! You should have arrived here from my wonderful friend, Diana Veenendaal's blog. If you get lost along the way, just jump here to get back on track. 

This month our focus is on the exclusive hostess stamp sets. These stamp sets are featured on pages 5-10 of the Annual Inspirations Idea Book and pages 4-5 of the Seasonal Expressions (a link to the books is here). But these stamps are only available to hostesses so if you love one, contact me to host a party or a catalog party soon!

I chose to spotlight A Thing Well Done from page 4 of the Seasonal Expressions. This stamp set is only available until March 31st so I wanted to make sure you got a chance to check it out before your chance to get it is gone. 

I chose to do two very different projects. One very simple, one a little messy. Let's start with simple, shall we?

There is something so elegant about black and white. And there is something equally pleasing about creating something that takes very little time at all. It is a sense of instant creative gratification.

A little stamping, a little sponging, a bit of 3D foam to pop the saying and it is done. 

But to contrast the simplicity, I had to create something else. So, here came the messy. 

Out came the gel medium, a little black paint, some washi and my fingers. I had smeared an image when I didn't let the gel medium dry completely so a little black paint strategically smeared solved that problem.

One thing I have learned when getting messy is that you cannot hesitate. It is all about "going confidently" and just getting messy.

So there you have it, something simple, something messy. And now on to be inspired by the talented Lisa Stenz's blog. Happy Hopping!

Monday, February 16, 2015

Post-Valentine's Day

Okay, I know Valentine's Day is over but I just had to share one more Vintage Valentine. My grandmother saved her Valentines as well as her children's Valentines and dated all of them. My mother and my aunt have them but each year, my mother sends me another original one for Valentine's Day. I just have to share the one I got this year.

Isn't this beautiful? It is dated 1929.

Happy Post Valentine's Day!

Saturday, February 14, 2015

A little more Valentine's Love

Just a little more Valentine's love.

Who says paper chains are just for Christmas? Love these made with Heartstrings paper. 

May you have lots of love on this Valentine's Day and throughout the year!

Friday, February 13, 2015

Vintage Valentines

Happy Friday the 13th! (I've always kind of liked the day) And Happy Valentine's Day tomorrow!

I LOVE Vintage Valentine's. I've shared with you in the past some of my favorites. This year, my mother in law found some that she had saved from her youth that she gave to me and I picked up a couple of new ones at a vintage show. But how do you display the little beauties?

I can't take credit for this idea. It goes to my mother who thought of it first. I used Pixie Twine to string along my mantel. Then I clipped the individual Valentines to the twine using mini clothespins. Isn't that cute?!

Close to My Heart has mini clothespins available, but until the end of March, they also have these cute ones with hearts and embellishments on them.

I have such a soft spot for these cute little Valentines. Isn't this so sweet?

These two were among those my mother-in-law gave to me. I love the TV one so much!

Happy Valentine's Day!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

A Winter Blast from the Past

When I was working on my Snowhaven pages, I pulled some winter photos from my Library of Memories drawers (thank you Stacy Julian) to help me find the perfect photos. I stumbled across some old gems and had a fabulous little trip down memory lane.

About the same time, I did a little reorganizing in my craft room. I have hundreds of old layouts from past classes/shows, etc. that are waiting for photos. I know this is backwards--photos should always come first. But when you teach classes, sometimes it doesn't always work that way. Anyway, as I was sorting through them, pulling out a few for an upcoming crop (and having another trip down memory crafting lane), I came across an old winter layout that I knew would be perfect for some pictures I had in my Library of Memories drawers.

Ten minutes later, I had matched pictures to layouts.

This is an oldie but goodie. I LOVE these snowmen (I still have them).

And I love this little boy, even if he is 21 now and no longer little.

Ahhh, this is one reason why we scrapbook, to remember. Did I ever tell you that if I had a superhero power it would be to go back and see any moment in the past again? If I could do that, I think this would be one I would go and see.