Thursday, October 24, 2013

18th Annual Fall Open House

Where does the time go?  Eighteen years ago I became a Consultant for the BEST company ever, Close To My Heart!  I am so thankful for the blessings I have received due to that one decision
so many years ago!  That first fall, I held an Open House and it's remained a fun tradition each year!
Please join me at my home for my 18th Annual Fall Open House on Saturday, Nov. 2nd. 
See details below for signing up for the Card Class and rsvp soon!  If you can't stay for the projects, just stop over for some refreshments and see all the cool new products including those in the Holidays From The Heart Gift Guide! You will LOVE them!

Monday, September 30, 2013

Love Me Some Pumpkins

I've loved pumpkins for as long as I can remember.  I grew up on a farm where my dad had a wonderful garden each summer.  When I was 8 or 9, I remember setting up a pumpkin stand at the end our driveway.  I don't recall selling any, and was probably just as happy
to have more pumpkins for our own carving. 
Here's a fall card I made with the September Stamp of the Month "Poster Tidings".  I just stamped it and cut out the sections I wanted to use.  The pumpkin cut out is from the CTMH Artbooking Cricut Cartridge.  Leafy vine stamp is from Happy Autumn stamp set.
Here's my hubby Greg, who I often refer to as farmer McGregor, with our surprise pumpkin and gourd harvest last week.  These ALL grew from our compost pile where we tossed and tilled all our pumpkins and gourds at the end of the season last year.  Not one was planted intentionally, which makes these beauties all the more delightful!  There's going to be some fun carving and decorating this season!  I hope your fall is filled with delightful surprises too!
Z1906 CTMH Artbooking Cricut Cartridge
D1550 Autumn Harvest 
Sorry about the long computer is not allowing me to link them to the product name.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Happy Autumn!

  Autumn, October, Homemade Apple Pie, Gratitude, Family, Jack-o-lanterns, Raking Leaves, November, Blessed....what words come to mind when you think of this beautiful time of the year?  Many of mine happen to be included in the September of the Month "Poster Tidings!" Love the cool subway poster style of this stamp set which also includes a Winter version! 
Order it quickly though, because it will be gone in just a few days!
Here's a special project we made this week at my montly Creative Club!  I love getting together for our monthly playdate!  We used the My Creations 6x6 Memory Showcase (accordian album), CTMH Artbooking Cricut Cartridge, Huntington paper pack, Poster Tidings and Happy Autumn stamp sets and I some of my favorite accessories!  I hope you like this little mini album pages and pockets!

Accessories: Huntington Assortment, Shimmer Trim, Baker's Twine, Mocha Opaque Adhesive Gems. Stamp of the Month

Thursday, September 5, 2013

OH Baby, Banner, Baking and Bling!

 We are SO EXCITED for the birth of our first grandbaby due to arrive next month!  I've been told that I will lose my heart to this new little one in a matter of seconds.  I am ready to fall in love with her.  I believe I already have!
 A few weeks ago, there was a lovely baby shower for Mama-to-be, Danielle (and Daddy Hans too), with lots of family and friends helping celebrate.  Soon to be Auntie Anna and several Great Aunts hosted a wonderful event!  What a happy day it was with beautiful gifts, desserts, and decorations!   

Banners, flowers, hearts: Art Philosophy CTMH Cricut Cartridge
Letters: Artbooking CTMH Cricut Cartridge

Take a look at this gorgeous and equally tasty pink ombre cake made by my talented niece, Hayley.  It was a perfect centerpiece dessert!  Visit Hayley's blog for more of her creativity and baking delights!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

September Special Just For YOU!

In Celebration of National Stamping Month,
I am offering YOU a sweet deal!
You can receive $210+ in value for just $114! 
Choose the option below or customize your order. 
Either way, this is a great value!
Contact me and order by Sept. 20th to receive $20+ in your choice of free BONUS product!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Babycakes, Babycakes, Babycakes!

The new Close To My Heart Idea Book/Catalog is filled with so many beautiful products!  The adorable Babycakes paper pack makes my choice for a favorite an easy one!  I love it not just because we are expecting our first grandbaby in early October, but also because it's super versatile.  The colors and papers will compliment many occasions! 
I had fun designing the cards below for a recent team card swap.  Hope you enjoy them too!

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Never Met A Chocolate I Didn't Like!

Having fun with the August Stamp of the Month "A Chocolate Affair"!
The set is $17.95 or FREE with a $50 order this month!
If you want this "sweet" set and other CTMH products,
please head over to my website.  Join my August Online Gathering and
have your order shipped directly to your doorstep! 
 The card was created with Topiary, Saddle, and Colonial White cardstock.
The addition of the cute skeleton from C1522 Creepy Creatures
was inspired by a fellow consultant, Donna Digby.
The bookmark was made with my favorite new Babycakes paper pack
and new Bronze Shimmer Trim.

Here's the complete stamp set.  Isn't it fun?

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Get Your Copy Soon!

I've been counting the days to share the beautiful new
Autumn/Winter CTMH Idea Book with you!
Pick up your copy of this gorgeous book at my
Fiesta Open House!  
We're going to have a blast with a Create/Take, New Product Bingo,
Prizes, Specials, and more!  Don't miss this fun event!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

G'Day Mates!

So excited!  Close To My Heart is going down under!
(June 11, 2013 — PLEASANT GROVE, UT)
Close To My Heart, Inc., a US-based leader in the direct sales scrapbooking and stamping industry, announced today its plans to expand in the Australia and New Zealand markets. The company expects to commence operations as soon as early July 2013.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

It's a Banner June!

I love a freebie, don't you?
With just a $25 order in June, you can get this super fun Mini Banner for FREE!
Your order will need to include at least one qualifying stamp set.
When you receive your free Z1736 Mini Banner, you can make this fun
"Life is Always Better in Flip Flops Banner!
It was greatly inspired by my dear friend Ginni Candelaria.
Actually, it's about 98% stamplifted!  I made it with a number of stamp sets, embellishments, and the Dotty For You papers.  
The Dotty For You paper was the May 2012 special. 
I still have a couple packs available if you'd like some.
 Thanks Ginni, for your amazing creativity! 
 Grey Wool cardstock &  Dotty For You B&T papers (retired)
Homestead Alphabet (retired)
Embellishments: Sparkles: ClearBlue Green,  Baker's Twine - Paradise and Harvest,
Retired Ribbons: Lagoon, Sweet Leaf. Wiggley eyes for the sun.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Cards, Specials, and We Care!

Here in Minnesota during the last week of May, we are still in search of Spring or anything remotely resembling sunny, warm weather.  It just hasn't been happening for us this year. 
So, to forget the weather, we'll enjoy a few card ideas and some great offers from CTMH!
I recently held a special workshop called "Kit and Kaboodle Day".  Guests came and made up to 4 projects including a Card Set in a File Holder Box, a Kraft Container and a Mini Album made with the beautiful Buzz and Bumble papers, and a fun Banner for summer.  I will begin with a couple of samples from the Card set project. 
(Watch for posts of the remaining projects soon.)

This simple design features the beautiful "For Always" paper pack and a dimensional flower created with the tiny folded hearts.  So easy to do using the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge.  I cut seven little 3/4" hearts and folded each heart in half, crease well with a Bone Folder.  Arrange in a circle and adhere with a little adhesive on one side of the folded heart.  Have all the hearts going in one direction to create a pinwheel effect and accent the center with a red sparkle or brad
Additional supplies used: Hello Tweety and Frame It Up stamp sets, Black Stamp Pad,

This quick and easy banner card is made with 1" x 4 1/2" strips.  Cut a little V on one end and overlap a little kittywampus for a fun casual look.  I used some of my all time favorite papers from "Dream Pop", the National Scrapbooking Month Special.  Love it! 
See additional photos of the special below. 
(photo by Christina Eisenhouer)
Take a look at this fun Dream Pop cardstock! The exclusive paper packet includes twelve cardstock sheets as well as 12 B&T Duos® papers that were specifically designed for this promotion only.  All for the great price of $10 on a $35 order.  That's about .50 a sheet for these gorgeous papers!
The tornado in Oklahoma has had a devastating effect and Close To My Heart wants to help. To aid relief efforts, CTMH is making a new Autumn/Winter 2013 stamp set, "A True Thank You" available now and will donate 100% of the profits from sales of the set from May 23 through June 30 to the American Red Cross.  I love that CTMH cares!

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Baby, Oh Baby!

This is a sweet little baby card we made at my recent Spring Card Class.  I love the Chantilly papers and the soft, subtleness of the Slate Washi Tape and inks.  Welcome little one!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Here Comes the Sun!

Today's card has me humming the Beatle's song, "Here Comes The Sun" do, do, do do.... 
It's the later part of April and in my neighborhood, we are ready for some sunny, warm, spring days! 

This cheerful Birthday card features the April Stamp of the Month "My Sunshine",
Samples from the CTMH Art Dept.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

It's Throwback Thursday!

For Throwback Thursday, I used a couple of my favorite retired products to make this card today.  
I really enjoyed using the new Trinket Wooden Shapes for accents!  They are super cute!
Hope you enjoy this little WooHoo!

Close To My Heart Products:
Papers: White Daisy Cards/Envelopes, Cocoa Cardstock, Veranda B&T Paper (retired)
Stamps: For Every Occasion, You're a Hoot (retired)
Stamp Pads: Cocoa, Desert Sand.  Marker: Lagoon
Accents: Trinkets Wooden Shapes, Black Sparkles, Baker’s Twine Neutral Asst.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

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Friday, April 5, 2013