Friday, February 28, 2014

Artbooking Made Easy: Top Secret

The secret is out! We love the Cricut® Artbooking cartridge from Close To My Heart. The shapes on the top-secret--themed mini album keys are perfect for scrapbooking your big ideas and big adventures!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Artbooking Made Easy: Nursery Rhymes

The nursery-themed keys on the Cricut® Artbooking cartridge from Close To My Heart will have you singing nursery rhymes, reliving childhood memories, and reminiscing about your baby's first years. Watch the video to see these two keys in action.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014


Have you downloaded this month's free printable from Close To My Heart's "Rediscover" campaign? This month's download is perfect for your Valentine's Day cards.

You can print this out on White Daisy Cardstock and use them on your cards, scrapbook layout or even with your Picture My Life pocket style scrapbooking.

Click here to download the Valentine printable. You will be able to download this printable until February 28th, then check back on March 1st for a new printable.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Score Big with Embossing

Check out Close To My Heart's exclusive embossing folders, available in five trendy and classy patterns, and get some tips on the best ways to use them.

Artbooking Made Easy: Sweet Smiles

Watch the video to see how using the Cricut® Artbooking shapes, icons, and borders to scrapbook memories of your sweet baby will have you grinning from ear to ear!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Join us for Stamp Club this month!

This month in Stamp Club we will be using the Skylark Workshop On the Go to create 2 two page layouts. I can't wait! I would LOVE for you to join us. We will be meeting on February 22nd at 1pm.  Contact me if you are interested in coming.

Here is a picture of what comes in the WOTG kits:

Skylark Paper Packet 
My Acrylix™ Skylark Workshop Stamp Set (D-size) 
Cardstock Sheets (2 Whisper, 1 White Daisy) 
Skylark Assortment 
Slate Striped Twist Ties 
Instructional Brochure 
Featured Colors: Bamboo, Desert Sand, Juniper, kraft, Lagoon, Skylark Yellow, Sweet Leaf, White Daisy

We will follow the included step-by-step instructions to create the two-page layout featured in the workshop guide. The layout pattern is a Jeanette Lynton original created exclusively for this workshop. Then use your remaining materials and online tips to create an additional layout, shown in the guide and below.

Some basic tools you may already have, such as inks, stamp blocks, or how-to books, are needed to complete these projects.

Required Tools
Z2118 Desert Sand Exclusive Inks™ Pad
Z2173 Slate Exclusive Inks™ Pad
Z1294 Sanding Kit
Z1151 3-D Foam Tape
Y1000 1" × 1" My Acrylix™ Block
Y1006 3" × 3" My Acrylix™ Block
Y1010 2" × 6½" My Acrylix™ Block

Now you don't have to buy the WOTG if you don't want to get the stamp set. You can order the pieces separately and use my stamp set.
Here's what you need to order:

Skylark Paper Packet X7177B

(for some reason, I can't post the picture but click on the link to see it.)


Don't forget about this month's special promotion!

Get your FREE emhossing folder during the month of February. All you have to do is purchase two packs of cardstock to get your folder. Purchase 4 packs of cardstock, get 2 free embossing folders.


And don't forget about the February Stamp of the Month...Wild About Love. Get it for only$5.00 with a $50.00 purchase.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Artbooking Made Easy: Sugar & Spice

Add a little sass and pizzazz to your teen girl layouts using the Cricut® Artbooking cartridge from Close To My Heart!

Picture My Life™ Scrapbooking Program

I am so excited about this program! It will not replace my traditional scrapbooking but it will help with those extra pictures that I don't want to use for regular scrapbooking but don't want to throw away. It will also be great for people who say they don't have time to scrapbook.

Love documenting memories in minutes? Then you’ll love the new Picture My Life™ scrapbooking program, meant for quick and beautiful memory-keeping. This program comes in eight themes, all based on the gorgeous designs of some of our most popular paper packets. Whether you choose to embrace a single theme or mix and match for a truly unique look, you’ll love the ease, affordability, and beauty of the Picture My Life programs. Your own photos are all you need to add to make astounding artwork—in no time at all!

Each program has a theme, from childhood to friendship to travel, but because we have ensured sufficient variety in design and style of each you can easily apply the cards to other themes. Say you love the palette and designs of the Babycakes program but wish to apply a “family” theme—go ahead! It’s one of the unique differentiators and possibilities of the program! With a large quantity of product in each program you will be able to craft creative arrangements all your own. Each program includes 122 double-sided cards plus 10 unique Memory Protectors™ to capture life as it happens, and their versatility and gorgeous designs will transform your albums into masterpieces. On one side of each card is space for journaling, and on the other you’ll find artistic sentiments and icons. Each program is designed to accommodate approximately 100 photos in your included Memory Protectors, so with a balance of photos and cards, you’ll finish with about 20 remaining cards. That means you have plenty of choice and flexibility in which cards you choose to include, making it uniquely yours! Of course, you can easily use more or fewer photos in your project to suit your story’s needs.

Unique to Picture My Life is the included 12" × 12" double-sided cover page with each individual program, using a beautiful My Reflections™ pattern. True to Close To My Heart standards, the cover page offers a finished and cohesive look to your project with its featured high-quality design. The Picture My Life program is so versatile that you’ll find dozens of other ways to incorporate it into your papercrafting. Use the cards to expand other projects you’ve started! For example, if you just got back from the trip of a lifetime and wonder how you will capture all the details, mix the Picture My Life cards with your photos to extend your scrapbook pages. Choose your very favorite photos to scrapbook on 12" × 12" two-page layouts then use coordinating Picture My Life cards and your remaining photos to document the rest of your trip in minutes.

This program is yet another new, fresh addition and option for memory keepers to preserve their memories. The cards enhance the scrapbooking experience—making it even more fun—and they work brilliantly in mini albums, My Crush™ books, as journaling cards on your 12" × 12" classic scrapbook pages, or as gift cards and tags. During the Consultant preview period you will be limited to ordering a maximum of two of each Picture My Life scrapbooking programs and new styles of Memory Protectors, but you’ll be more than excited to have more after that period ends!

For more information about the Picture My Life scrapbooking programs watch this video.

Here is a close up of the different themes:

Monday, February 3, 2014

DIY: Easy 3-D Effects

Ever wanted to turn a flat Cricut® shape into a 3-D element but didn't know how? Watch the video to learn how easy it is to create beautiful 3-D embellishments from flat Close To My Heart Cricut® Artbooking shapes. It's as easy as 1, 2, 3-D!

Sunday, February 2, 2014

February SOM

What does the fox say??? That song is all I think about when I see this stamp set. I LOVE IT! I think this is the cutest stamp set in the new 2014 Spring/Summer Idea Book. And it's just in time for Valentine's Day!


This set is $17,95 or you can get it for only $5 with a qualifying order but only during the month of February. Get yours today!

Artbooking Made Easy: Crush on Artbooking

When you combine Close To My Heart's Cricut® Artbooking shapes with My Crush™ books, you'll take your on-the-go art to new heights. Watch the video to see how you can cohesively bring two different worlds together: Cricut® Artbooking shapes and My Crush books!

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Stamp Club Layouts

I always forget to share the layouts made for Stamp Club. This month we actually did 2 Workshops On The Go because we don't meet in December but we wanted to make sure we got to do the Sparkle and Shine WOTG and the Frosted WOTG.. I even managed to put pictures and journaling on the Sparkle and Shine layouts (that's a big deal for me).

Sparkle and Shine

The Additional Layout:

Frosted WOTG: I don't have my pictures on this yet but I know which pictures I will be using.

My pictures don't do these layouts justice. I need to set up some kind of lightbox/table to take my pics.

We will meet again on February 22nd if you would like to join us. Contact me if you are interested and I will give you all the juicy details.

It's Here!!! The 2014 Spring/Summer Idea Book!

And it's FABULOUS!

I know I say that about every Idea Book but it's true.

There are so many great new items, where do I start?

It is jam-packed with 7 new Spring and Summer Paper Collections with corresponding Workshops On the Go scrapbooking kits and cardmaking kits. Brand New collections like Picture My Life (a pocket page style of scrapbooking), beautiful new Base and Bling Jewelry, new Embossing Folders along with a great special this month to get them free, lots of new My Creations items to alter plus all the new Stamp sets. To see 

I will be showing you more about these great products so keep checking back.

You can view all the NEW items online here or contact me if you would like your own copy of the Idea Book.  I would be happy to get you one, all I ask if I have to mail it to you is to pay $5 for the shipping. If you are local, there is no charge.


Receive a FREE embossing folder with your qualifying purchase during February.

During the month of February, you qualify to receive a free embossing folder for every 2 packs of bulk cardstock (single color or combo) you purchase! That is a savings of $8.95! Select from 5 new embossing folder designs—dot, chevron, quatrefoil, damask, or stripe—when you submit a qualifying order.

The NEW embossing folders are 7"x5" and are available in these great patterns:
Z1924 Dot
Z1925 Chevron
Z1926 Quatrefoil
Z1927 Damask
Z1960 Stripe

Contact me for more details.

*Offer valid February 1–28, 2014. Paper Fundamentals, Colonial White, White Daisy, and kraft cardstock packs do not count toward the qualifying purchase. No tax will be charged on the free item(s). Shipping/handling is calculated based on the full retail price ($8.95) of the free item(s).