Monday, July 11, 2016

Close to My Heart Convention and Becoming a Consultant

Every summer, I join hundreds of other Close to My Heart Consultants at the annual convention. It is one of the highlights of my year. This summer was no exception. We met at Disney Coronado Springs Resort at Walt Disney World.

Of course, my wonderful Artistic U partners and I went out early to play. If you've attended any of our Artistic U workshops, you know we like to have fun.

Fun times at Universal Studios (we only went for the Harry Potter attractions but they are the best!).

Oh, I guess we went for the butter beer as well. So fun to have Jen's mom join us.

And we of course visited the Magic Kingdom. Is it legal to go to Orlando and not go to the Magic Kingdom?

But the main purpose was convention. It was four days full of creativity, fun, and friendship. And this was my 22nd convention!

Why on earth would I stick around for 22 conventions? Because the friendships I have made, both with other consultants and my customers, and the creativity that I have enjoyed are well worth it.

Next year's convention will be much closer to home, Salt Lake City, Utah. I'd love to have you join me. Close to My Heart is offering a fantastic sign up special in July. You get extra free product from the new catalog coming out in August. You'll have new stuff before any customers can order.

Any questions? I'd love to answer them. And I'd love to have you on my team! For more info or to sign up, click here.

Happy Crafting!

Monday, July 4, 2016

Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July! We are off to a parade and there is a barbecue in the works later. And I'm sure there will be fireworks somewhere.

But first a little creativity. The quatrefoil and dot embossing folders are retiring at the end of this month. Don't miss out!

And truly, let freedom ring! Today, I will be grateful for the freedoms I enjoy in this country of ours. We may not always agree but when it comes right down to it, that's one of the freedoms I am grateful for. Happy 4th!

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!