Monday, June 27, 2016

Retiring Product

Where have I been? Busy--always busy. I just returned from the annual Close to My Heart convention in Orlando, FL. I'll fill you in on that soon.

But no excuses. There is product retiring and retiring soon! July 31st! That of course means there is fun new stuff coming but make sure you get your favorites while you can. Rather than pasting the lists here, I've linked to a google drive where you may look at the lists or download and print them to examine at your leisure. Once the product sells out though, it is gone so don't wait too long. You can order at anytime, day or night.

I'm going to go create something now so I have something fun to post for all of you. Have a happy day!

Saturday, May 7, 2016

National Scrapbook Day!

It's National Scrapbook Day! I would love to say I scrapbooked today but I really didn't. But I did take a minute to look through some of my favorite memories. And that is what scrapbooking is about -- preserving those precious memories to enjoy another day. 

Close to My Heart is celebrating National Scrapbook MONTH and you benefit. The Happy Times paper kit and stamp set are available only during May ( while supplies last). 

Pick up this fabulous paper packet with beautiful gold accents for $14.95 and the coordinating stamp set for $17.95. OR earn a free paper packet for every $60 in product purchased. Stay tuned because I am going to be playing with this happy paper and can't wait to share with all of you!

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Urban scrapbook layouts

Once upon a time there was a girl who loved to paper craft that thought she had all the time in the world to do all the things she wanted to do. And then reality hit.

They say you can do anything you want, just not everything. Well, that is the truth! Since I last blogged, I have hosted a day crop, an all night crop (still recovering from that one), various scrapbooking classes, helped with a conference at work, wrapped up my daughter's Winter Guard season and sent her off to World Color Guard Championships (her team took 43rd our of 180 teams in her division), been home to visit my parents, hosted family here at home, finally cleaned out my closet and drawers, been to library board meetings, said goodbye to my precious St. Bernard (love you, Inga), and tried to keep up on the day to day. And believe it or not, there has been some paper crafting in there! Just not time to blog about it. Ever have life hit you like that?

So, now I take a deep breath and post my pages for my May Cherish Your Memories classes.

I LOVE the Urban paper, and the complements, and the assortment. I used all three this month. Due to time crunch I did take my inspiration from two very talented fellow Close to My Heart consultants. I love that we are one big family that helps inspire one another.

Here is the second layout. Classes are this Friday and Saturday but as always, I'm happy to send you the cutting instructions. Just purchase the paper, complements, and assortment from me on my website or directly and let me know and I'll send it your way!

Saturday, February 27, 2016


Wow, February has flown by. It's already time to promote my March Cherish Your Memories Class Penelope. Once again this Workshop Your Way comes with everything you need to make three layouts and a Picture My Life layout.

This kit is just in time for spring. And those little birds are so cute!

I dug into the archive for some of these photos. Sid was just 7 at this birthday party. Now she's 16! It's good to go back and remember, isn't it?

The kit includes the Penelope complements, limeade washi, and silver playful puffies. And you have LOTS of leftovers.

And, as I mentioned earlier, you have two sheets of Picture My Life cards so pocket scrapbooking, horizontal on one side, vertical on the other. You use some on the layouts but you have a full sheet and some left over.

And of course, you can make cards with your leftovers. The cutting guide includes all the cuts! Spring Critters, which have thinlets to make for easy cutting, is the stamp set used for the leftover cards.

The beauty of this kit is that the cutting guide is available online so you can purchase this and work on it at home or contact me to join one of my Cherish Your Memories classes and make it in the company of friends.

Happy Memory Keeping!

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Balloon animals anyone?

If you can stand the squeakiness of the balloons, there is no doubt there are some very talented balloon artists in this world. And every kid wants a balloon animal/creation.

This month, CTMH is making creating a balloon animal as easy as inking and stamping it. And with the Stamp of the Month, Balloon Animals, you get to choose the colors and avoid the squeakiness (as well as the tears when it finally pops).

It's only available in February so get it while you can!

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Happy Valentine's Day! Share the Love!

Happy Valentine's Day!

Today, at my house we are overloading on chocolate and heart shaped sugar cookies. What are you up to for Valentine's?

If you are feeling the love today, you may want to share the love. Close to My Heart has partnered with Operation Smile for a long time. And they have made it easy for you to contribute as well.You can donate with every purchase that you make to CTMH, purchase an Operation Smile shirt, or purchase one of the Operation Smile stamp sets (they change periodically). And this month, Close to My Heart is offering a special stamp set, only available in February, Share the Love. For every stamp set purchased, $7.00 is donated to Operation Smile. Each surgery is just $240 so every contribution counts!

Let me show you how darling this stamp set is.

There is not an image in this set I don't love. I am about to date myself but anyone else remember stretching the phone cord into another room or closet (in my case, the laundry room) so no one could hear your conversation? Or actually using a typewriter? I wrote most of my papers on a typewriter in college.  Ahhhh.

Well, I had a blast playing with this stamp set. Inspired by Pinterest, I just started randomly stamping.

I added some accessories here and there. The Love and heart stickers are from the Fundamentals Stickers Enchantment packet.

That circle is from Doodled Designs, one of my favorites.

I love the final result.

So Share the Love with your peeps this February and contribute to the smile of a child.

To learn more about Operation Smile, click here.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Thank you!

Today, I woke up to a beautiful, sunny day. It's cold but lovely enough for a walk! And it seemed like a good day to count my blessings. And that includes all of you that follow me here. So thank you!

Wishing you all a wonderful day!