Thursday, March 22, 2012

Project Inspirations 2012 Spring/Summer Idea Book: My Originals® Sweet S...

If you're looking for a quick way to put together several fun and easy cards that will stand out in a crowd, check out the My Originals® Sweet Surprises card kit from Close To My Heart. Just fill the clear plastic treat cups with whatever tickles your fancy, pop on the adhesive chipboard and cardstock images, and tie the card closed with grosgrain ribbon. The kit even includes envelope boxes to accommodate the 3-D treat cups!

Friday, March 16, 2012

Quick UPDATE... How-To Books Almost Sold Out!!!

If you have not yet purchased your Close to My Heart How-To pattern books (Imagine, Cherish, Magic, Originals, Wishes, Reflections), but were planning to...they are being discontinued and are selling out QUICK!

Reflections is already SOLD OUT and Originals is almost gone! If you're planning to complete your collection, don't wait!! Get yours ordered NOW before they are gone!
Shop HERE and soon!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

How-To Books and more...while supplies last

Do you like sketches to create scrapbook layouts and/or cards? Then you won't want to miss Close To My Heart's How-To books! They are jam-packed with templates, patterns and fantastic creative ideas, plus most of them come with a CD or DVD with them.

It was just announced that these books will be retiring at the end of this catalog, but they are only available while supplies last and at $21.95, they will be going fast. Once they are sold out, they are gone forever!

There are four scrapbookiing books and two cardmaking books. Since I own them all, I can honestly reccommend them all. They truly are wonderful!

Here they are...I will post a link to my website in case you need to order yours before they are sold out.

First up...scrapbooking.

You'll love the newly updated Reflections™ program which features 100 12" × 12" scrapbook pages. Each layout pattern comes complete with a shaded blueprint, detailed assembly instructions, companion layout guides, photo options, and creative techniques sure to make your memories come to life.

This beautiful new hardbound book is similar to the Reflections programs with blueprints, step-by-step instructions, and photo suggestions, but it’s really in a league all of its own. It is a stand-alone publication that will look simply fabulous on a bookshelf or coffee table. It features 50 12" × 12" two-page scrapbook concepts as well as in-depth instructions for unique art techniques, accessory suggestions for every concept, detailed cutting diagrams, step-by-step assembly instructions, a thumbnail index, and all the artwork recipes.

Create your own 12" × 12" designer layouts with Jeanette Lynton’s second volume of incredible scrapbooking patterns. Packed with 50 all new, two-page patterns, complete cutting diagrams, and assembly instructions, plus inspiring techniques, Imagine™ is every scrapbooker’s best friend. Check out the first volume, Cherish™, the book that elevated passion for scrapbooking. Both gorgeous, hardback books feature full-color photos and are coffee-table worthy! (Cherish sold separately.)

Bring magic to your scrapbook layouts using clever interactive techniques. You'll add hands-on excitment and dramatically increase your photo and journaling space using pop-ups, pull-outs, slides, cascades, and more! Magic™ also includes 35 gorgeous 12" x 12" layout patterns that can be used on their own or with the interactive techniques. (DVD included.)

The next two how-to books show you how to create beautiful cards. I really needed this as cardmaking is something that I struggled with.

Create beautiful handmade cards with confidence using the numerous patterns in our exquisite hardbound Originals™ program. With exact dimensions, fold placement guides, blueprints, and step-by-step instructions, every aspiring cardmaker or crafting pro will love Originals. Feast on the gorgeous, full-color artwork sprinkled throughout the pages and then make cards of your own, simply and easily, with Originals!

Bulk cardmaking, trendy circle cards, and all new patterns make Jeanette Lynton's latest hardbound, how-to cardmaking book a must-have for your creative library. The three bulk card "workshops" help you make 8, 12, or 16 cards in a jiffy while getting the most out of your papers and your time. The beautiful full-color artwork and creative tips and techniques offer hours of inspiration and fresh ideas.

Other items they have announced will be retiring at the end of this catalog are:

(full kit only)

Old is new and very NOW! Achieve the aged look with our sensational Distressing Kit. It includes everything you need to create the patina of time: six Texture Tools (2 foam, 2 stipple, 1 each of sea sponge and black stubble), three paint brushes (1" flat, 1" foam, and fan), Delta Ceramcoat® acrylic paint, one Edge Distresser, one sanding block, one emery board, six pieces of sandpaper, paint tray with mixing sticks, two Distressing Ink pads (Chocolate and Black), and a frosted carrying box.


Add detail to stamped images, write journaling, or draw your own designs with our new Exclusive Inks Markers. Each round pen features two new sturdy tips--one brush and one bullet--designed to hold their shape for maximum creativity. The lid color indicates the ink color. Also available in seasonal sets, 2 sets of 6 per season. Ink is archival safe, pH-neutral, and non-toxic.

Now, I don't know what Jeannette has in store for us to replace these items but I'm sure it will be wonderful. It always is.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Front and Center: Project Inspiration Spring/Summer 2012 Idea Book

Learn how to cleverly move the stamp images designed for the back of your handmade cards to front and center using Close To My Heart's My Acrylix® Crafted with Love stamp set. It's versatility at its finest!

Sneak Peek...If A Man Answers

Have I told you that my daughter is in the Spring Production play this year?

What? Two or three times already...

I can't help it, I'm just so proud!

Tonight after Church, Cassidy and I were able to see a small preview of tomorrow night's performance.  All I can say is you better be there when the doors open. It's fantastic... and I'm not just saying that because Gaby is in the play.

Mr. Martin was gracious enough to let me take some pictures while I was there in return for giving him a copy. I just wanted to let you see a glimpse of the performance. I didn't want to give it all away so I am only posting three pictures.

Party scene


Is she going to kiss him???

They will be performing for the next three nights at the Kay Cagle Auditorium.  The cost is $7.00 per person and the curtain opens at 7:00 pm. I hope you can come and see it but don't worry if you can't. I will be posting lots of pictures.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Blooming Flourishes: Project Inspiration Spring/Summer 2012 Idea Book

Discover how to combine Close To My Heart stamp images to create a fancy border design using the My Acrylix® The Best Things stamp set. Your borders will be so bloomin' cute!

Monday, March 5, 2012

If A Man Answers...

Okay, I have to brag a little bit about my daughter, Gabrielle.

Around two months ago she auditioned for her high school's spring production play called "If A Man Answers". Although her oldest sister was involved in the Drama Club when she was in high school and participated in several One-Act competitions, Gabrielle never seemed to want to try out even though she has been telling me that one day she would be an actress in Hollywood. There were always excuses why she couldn't do it so I just assumed she wasn't that interested after all. After auditions were over, she got a part in the play...the LEAD part!

She will be playing the character of Chantal Stacey who gets herself into quite a pickle in her search to find a husband. Chantal's character is in every scene of the play, Gabrielle had to learn over 500 lines. She has about 13 or 14 costume changes (most of which we had to purchase). She even has to KISS her co-star 5 or 6 times during the duration of the play.   Imagine how well that went over with her Dad!

All the kids have been practicing 4 nights a week for the last two months, sometimes until 10:00 o'clock at night but all that hard work will be worth it when they hear the laughter and applause. The play opens on Thursday night with encore performances on Friday and Satruday night.

Our local newspaper ran an article to promote it and Gaby ended up on the FRONT page! One of her friends came by during rehearsals last week and took some pictures for the paper but she's not extremely happy with the picture he chose to have printed. LOL! This is the article from the Sunday paper.

This morning, Gaby and three of the other students portraying her mother, father and husband, along with the Drama director, Mr. Martin were invited to our local radio station for interviews about the play. Of course I went along although they couldn't understand why I was there taking pictures of her on the radio. Obviously, their parents don't scrapbook!!! Lol!


I also took a video with my phone and hoped to be able to post that also but when I replayed it later, to my horror, there was NO sound. I couldn't understand why and kept trying to turn up the volume but with no luck. Finally, I checked the video settings and it was set to record with no sound. Now I'm sure there must be times when you might want to videotape something without any noise but why would it be set as a default? Hmmm...I wonder if Cassidy has been playing with my phone?

Oh, well.

Thursday night is opening night and I plan to be there (with camera in tow and perhaps my video camera also) to cheer her on. I have every intention of being there all three nights.

Who knows...she may be the next Angelina Jolie..but hopefully without all the crazy tattoos.

Friday, March 2, 2012

March Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

Welcome to the Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!

This month we are featuring March's SOM, Potential, a set of 8 stamps.

There are over 50 Consultants participating in this month's hop, so grab a large glass of Sweet Tea and start browsing the exceptional talent of these ladies.

If you get lost along the way, just come back to this list to get back on track.

Helen Onulak
Kathleen Androlewicz
Melinda Everitt
Michelle Loncar
Wendy Coffman
Tamytha Jenkins
Katy Taylor
Brae Montgomery
Shirley Ross
Shannon Beck
Traci Pasqualone
Doreen Guilfoyle
Wanda Riley
Krista Hershberger
Sheila Bennett
Melissa Laverty
Dawn Ross
Angel Sawyer
Annette Green
Nancy Brown
Amy McVey
Lisa Sargent
Teresa Scrivens
Haley Dyer
Pamela O’Connor
Adeline Brill
Lori Brown
Elizabeth Mindemann
Nikka Geers
Mary Eisen
Jen Rubio
Traci Godbee
Krista Ritskes
Gina Brandstetter
LeAnne Dudley
Sarita Schraeder
Debra Van Patten
Susan Brooks
Angela Tutton
Jill Lucas
Dawn Heuft
Judy Burger
Georgia Hauglid
Carla Ironside
Lalia Harris
Judy Faye Garner
Karen Fullam
Vicki Price
Allisa Chilton
Jean Mc Nulty
Kim Schnoor
Carol Horton
Tamra Pope
Michelle Johns

Got to have it?

You can order it from my website here or either email me. Don't forget to check out the newly updated items in the "While Supplies Last" category. They have added new items

The Philosophy of Fun - FREE Cricut Cartridge in March

Now is a great time to join Close To My Heart because when you sign up as a New Consultant between March 1-31, you'll receive a FREE Cricut Art Philosophy collection. The collection's retail price of $99 add incredible value to your New Consultant Kit and will give you hours of creative fun with the included exclusive Cricut cartridge, three coordinating My Acrylix D-size stamp sets, and three sheets of matching Dimensional Elements shapes.

Already own the collection? You can always give your free one as a gift or choose to receive $100 in select product credit** instead.

Now is the time to embrace the Philosophy of fun---Consultant and Cricut fun!

Watch the video to learn more.

Offer available March 1-31, 2012. No additional tax is charged on the Cricut Collection when ordered during enrollment. Cricut is a registered trademark of Provo Craft and Novelty, Inc. All rights reserved.

**Additional requirements and limitations regarding the redemption and shipping of Select Product Credit apply. Select Product Credit is added to new Consultant account following approval of enrollment.

How do I sign up?

1) Go to my website at and click on "Your Opportunities". Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click the link that says click here.

2) Purchase the basic New Consultant kit for just $99 (valued at over $288.00 ). There are also some Add-On kits you can choose to purchase to help get you started but they are not required in order to take advantage of this special promotion.

Here is a photo of what is included in the New Consultant kit...