Monday, June 17, 2013

Hook & Loop

Discover the ease of creating a temporary closure on a papercrafting piece with Hook & Loop dots Velcro adhesive from Close To My Heart. Hook & Loop dots are perfect for enclosing memorabilia, sealing a papercrafted purse or box, and more!

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Better Blending

Learn how to make your stamped images stand out with Close To My Heart's alcohol blending marker and Exclusive Inks® marker sets. Watch the tips and tricks in this video for better blending!

Friday, June 14, 2013

"I Hope" mini album

For Gabrielle's Graduation present, I made her a mini album. It's called an "I Hope" album because every page tells something that I Hope for her future. I made one for Ashley when she graduated 10 years ago so I almost didn't make this for Gaby. You know....sibling rivalry and all. LOL! Anyway, I'm glad I did because when I gave it to her she told me she was hoping that I would make one for her also because she loved Ashley's so much. Yay!

Gaby is a very laid back teenager...doesn't get all decked out very often (except Prom) so I knew I wanted to keep it more on the simple side but I didn't want every page to match. I achieved that by using our Kraft cardstock on every page as the background. I also used a retired stampset that was from a special promotion several years ago on every page but each page used a different paper packet. This allowed me to use up some of my stash. I also used the same alphabet stamp set for the title on each page.

Take a look...

This is the front cover and I stamped "I Hope" in the middle of the bracket. (All the brackets were cut out by hand)

Kraft Cardstock Z1375
You & Me Stamp Set D1495 (Retired)
Keyboard Uppercase Alphabet B1416
Bitty Opaques Z1707

I achieve all that you can be.
I dream, for only then can your dreams come true.

Kraft Cardstock Z1375
You & Me Stampset D1495 (Retired)
Keyboard Uppercase Alphabet B1316
Dreamin' Paper Packet (Retired)
Pacifica Stamp Pad Z2192
Pacifica Marker (Retired)
Chocolate Stamp Pad Z2111
Chocolate Mini Medley Brads (Retired)

I kiss a few frogs but find your Prince.
I experience True Love.

Kraft Cardstock Z137
You & Me Stampset D1495 (Retired)
Keyboard Uppercase Alphabet B1316
Flirty Paper Packet (Retired)
Hollyhock Stamp Pad Z2128
Hollyhock Marker (Retried)
Liquid Glass Z679


I believe in God's word and the goodness of others.
I learn what is truly important in life.

Kraft Cardstock Z1375
You & Me Stampset D1495 (Retired)
Keyboard Uppercase Alphabet B1316
Avonlea Paper Packet X7155B
Olive Stamp Pad Z2137
Olive Marker (Retired)
Mocha Opaques Z1333

I find your niche in life.
I choose to do what is right and stand up for what you believe in.

Kraft Cardstock Z1375
You & Me Stampset D1495 (Retired)
Keyboard Uppercase Alphabet B1316
Clementine Paper Packet X7156B
Clementine Assortment Z1794
Sorbet Stamp Pad Z2164
Sorbet Marker (Retired)

I seek out the wisdom of your elders.
I understand there is always a purpose.

Kraft Cardstock Z1375
You & Me Stampset D1495 (Retired)
Keyboard Uppercase Alphabet B1316
Pemberley Paper Packet (Retired)
Outdoor Denim Stamp Pad Z2140
Outdoor Denim Marker (Retired)
Antique Copper Brads Z1366


I value the Gifts you've been given.
I remember that I love you no matter what happens.

Kraft Cardstock Z1375
You & Me Stampset D1495 (Retired)
Keyboard Uppercase Alphabet B1316
Clementine Paper Packet X7156B
Twilight Stamp Pad Z2160
Twilight Marker (Retired)

Last page.

Love Mom.

I took all the photos that I used for this album back in November for her Senior pictures. I am very pleased with how they turned out. There is 2 more pages that I have to finish to complete the album. Graduation kinda snuck up on me. LOL! I work best under pressure.

The quotes for the other pages are:

I imagine rainbows when there are clouds.
I quiet your fears and hand them over to the Lord.
I trust in God.
I need me once in a while.

I will try to remember to post them once I've finished them.

Thanks for looking!

Stamp Scrubber

Learn how to use the My Acrylix® stamp scrubber from Close To My Heart to clean My Acrylix® stamp sets and keep them in tip-top shape.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Summer Party Contest

Close To My Heart's products will help bring your summer parties to life! Tell us your favorite way to party with friends and family in the summer in a comment on Facebook, Jeanette Lynton's blog, or YouTube before June 30, 2013 for your chance to be one of 20 winners of the My Acrylix® Patterned Pennants and Tropical Paradise stamp sets.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Project Inspirations: Day for Dad

Learn how to use the My Acrylix® Perfect Fit—Dad stamp set from Close To My Heart to create personalized cards, gifts, and party decorations for father's day!

Make It a Banner Day!

Make it a banner day with Close To My Heart's My Creations® Mini Banner! Get this banner for free in June when you place a minimum order of $25 that includes stamps!

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Gaby graduates! Warning...lots of pics

My middle daughter, Gabrielle, graduated last weekend! It was a very hectic weekend with mixed emotions. Although I was very proud and happy for her, I also had a slight bit of sorrow that she was growing up and leaving us to start her new life.

Honor's Night

On Thursday, she was invited to Honor's Night. This is reserved for students who have excelled in their grades, SAT scores or attendance. It is also for students who have been awarded scholarships.

She received a $5000 scholarship from SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design) that is good for the next four years. Total scholarship....$20,000! Wow!

With her younger sister, Cassidy.

Commencement Ceremony

On Friday night, we had the Graduation ceremony  outside at the Jaycee Stadium.  This was the same place that I graduated at some 30+ years earlier. It turned out to be a beautiful day even though we were scared earlier in the week of rain. It wasn't too hot either but the sun was on my back so that might have helped some.

My sisters..Vicki and Nadalie and of course my adorable grandsons.

Her oldest sister, Ashley and my son-in-law, Mark.

Her friend Jameson was Salutatorian.

Wiping a tear away while listening to Jameson's speech.

Receiving her Diploma from the School Superintendent.

High fives!

My mother had to come in a wheelchair because she had bursitis in her knee.

Those boys sure love their Gaby.

Getting a hug from Ashley.

Her Daddy was so proud!


Aunt Tonya (Tony's sister) and Trevor

Aunt Nadalie (my sister)

Aunt Vicki (my sister) and Uncle Mark

Aunt Johnnie Ruth

Church Recognition

Our Church, Crossroads Church of God recognized the Graduates on Sunday. Pastor Smith preached a great sermon that morning and then they were presented with a gift from the Church...a new bible.

Later that day after the evening service, we had a reception for them. Each graduate had their own table to decorate.

I included several scrapbooks on Gabrielle's table including the "I Hope" album I made for her graduation present. I will post pics of that soon.

Since she wants to become an actress, I made this really quick to be the centerpiece of her table.

Church members would drop of cards or gifts for the graduate during the reception. Our church motto is...It feels like family and it really does.

Special Promotions in June

June is chock-ful of special promotions from CTMH with some supporting worthy causes with your purchases. This will be a long post so I hope you will read it all the way.

1. June Stamp of the Month: This month's SOTM set is "A Flowering Bunch" and is such a cute, whimsical set. Plus, it is perfect for using our alcohol markers to color it with.

Purchase it for only $5.00 ($17.95 value) with a $50.00 purchase. Don't worry, you will reach it with their other promotions. If you are ordering from my website and spend the $50.00 (before shipping and handling) you'll be prompted to add this set to your order before you checkout.


2. "Thank You" supports Oklahoma tornado victims: My prayers go out to all the victims of Oklahoma and their families after last week's tornado and the victims of last night's tornado.

To help with relief efforts, Close To My Heart will donate 100% of the profits from sales of the A True Thank You stamp set from May 23 through June 30 to the American Red Cross.

The My Acrylix® A True Thank You stamp set is a new $2.95 stamp set in the Autumn/Winter 2013 Idea Book, released for early purchase just for this campaign. It’s a great sneak peek at an adorable new item—for a great cause!

And at just $2.95, you can order one for you and extra for your the same time helping with the victims of this storm-torn area.     3. Make It A Banner Day!:  During the month of June, place a minimum order of $25 that includes a qualifying stamp set and receive a My Creations® mini banner for free!   The My Creations® mini banner includes 10 chipboard pennants in 4 different shapes with 9 jump rings; pennants are approximately 4" × 3". The mini banner has a retail price of $5.95 but is free during June to customers with a qualifying order.  

Shop online or contact me to place your qualifying order and capture the savings today!
*Offer valid June 1–30, 2013. Only orders that include a qualifying stamp set and reach $25 receive a free mini banner.

4. Let's Get Patriotic!:  Celebrate military service and promote patriotism with our new patriotic stamp sets—available only from June 1 to July 31, 2013. Three dollars from each B-size My Acrylix® Courage stamp set and $5 from each D-size My Acrylix® Home of the Brave stamp set will be donated to the USO, the leading, most recognized military-support and services organization in the country. Show your support with your own patriotic stamp set!

The patriotic stamp sets were made exclusively for this campaign and can only be purchased during June and July 2013. The My Acrylix® Courage (B1437) stamp set is $9.95 and is military themed. The My Acrylix® Home of the Brave (D1576) stamp set is $17.95 and USA themed while the My Acrylix® Strong and Free (D1575) stamp set is $17.95 and Canada themed.