Monday, June 30, 2014

Close To My Heart's July Stamp of the Month: Circus Alphabet (S1407)

Welcome to our Close To My Heart Stamp of the Month Blog Hop.

We will be featuring July's SOTM, which is 
Circus Alphabet (S1407), a set of 68 stamps.

If you have come here from Terry Ann's Blog,
you are on the right path.

I love this stamp set because alphabets are my FAVORITE.

You can make them any color and never run out of the letters you use the most.

I used Slate Ink (Z2173) for the random stamping of alphas and Cranberry Ink (Z2116) for the HELLO sentiment.

To add a little oomph to the card I added Slate Baker's Twine from the Basic Assortment (Z1921) and Cranberry Baker's Twine from the Harvest Assortment (Z1751).

For this card I used the alpha just to stamp DAD which I then embossed.

Here is a close up of the faux stitching I did using a white pen and added some Brown Sparkles (Z1753).

I hope you enjoyed my cards.

Now "Hop" on over to Sarah's Blog to see her work.

Remember, the July SOTM is only available until July 31.

When you place a $50 order, you can purchase the SOTM for only $5.

You can also purchase it at it's retail price of $17.95.

To Purchase Any of These Great CTMH Products
Click on the Shopping Cart!

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Headed to Close To My Heart’s 2014 Convention!!

I'm leaving . . .  on a jet plane . . . 


My plane takes off out of Madison, Wisconsin NOW (5:45am Central) heading to Anaheim, California for Close to My Heart’s 2014 Annual Convention.
This will be my fifth CTMH Convention, and I am just as excited as when it was my first in Washington, DC.
I'm SUPER EXCITED because we have SO many AWESOME new products on their way.
On Thursday, Corporate told us that a new Cricut Cartridge is coming . . . 


 I can’t wait to see what this one can do.  How can it possibly outdo Artbooking??
Our brand new Annual Inspirations Catalog will be unveiled on Thursday morning via some hysterical skit put on by the Corporate staff I am sure.
There is nothing like being there first-hand to see the new products and hear the screams and cheers of over 1,000 Consultants once revealed.
In order to make room for all those brand new goodies we gotta get rid of some of the oldies.
Check out my Shopping Website for a look at all of the retiring products that will be gone by July 30.
These are only available While Supplies Last so don't miss out.

And Remember . . .

When you place an order of $50 or more by June 30, you can also choose from one of SIX -- 

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Saturday, June 14, 2014

Off to Catch Me A Fish!!

Every year my parents, my sister and her fiance and my husband and two kids take a 12 hour drive to Canada to go fishing for a week.

I absolutely LOVE this family time.

There is no phone, no internet, no tv.

Just board games, cards, reading, laughing and enjoying each other when we are not fishing.

My sister, Shana, created this awesome layout with the now retired, Tommy Paper Pack.

Every year on Friday night before we come home we trailer my dad's boat, put on our colorful Pine Point Resort t-shirts and get a group photo.

It's Tradition.

My kiddos also have their picture taken in front of the HUGE motor each year to show how much they have grown.

It's Tradition.

Then while the ladies are packing up our clothes and toiletries the fellas are preparing our dinner.

It's Tradition.

We always have hors de veurs -- Fish Cheeks and then the main course of Fish.

It's Tradition.

For dessert we make smores. 

It's Tradition.

There are sooooo many FUN memories spent up there and sooooo many traditions we look forward to doing each year.

We all have a blast and come back relaxed and rejuvenated.

So there won't be many posts from me during the week as I will try to be catching the BIG ONE.

Then the following week I fly out to California -- Disneyland to be more exact -- for Close To My Heart's annual Convention.

I'm SUPER Excited to See the NEW Idea Book and all the NEW PRODUCT.

Be prepared for some fun sneak peeks when I get back.

June is a BUSY Month!

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Friday, June 13, 2014

Close To My Heart's 2014 Retiring List Has Been Posted!!

CTMH 2014 Retiring Products List 

It's almost one of my FAVORITE times of the year . . . No, No, No . . . Not Christmas . . . but something almost as good.

Close To My Heart's Annual Convention!

Yup . . . It's time to let go of some of our most favorite and fun products in order to make room for some brand new, hot off the press, rock star items.

I get to experience the thrill and excitement of 1000+ women being together in one HUGE room with all the screaming and yelling as the new products are revealed.

There is NOTHING like it.

Once you attend one . . . You will NEVER want to miss another one.

So with that said . . . I head to Anaheim, California bright and early Tuesday, June 24.

Yup . . . Bright and Early = Flight out of Madison, Wisconsin at 5:45am.

It is SOOOOO Worth It Though.

I can't wait to hang out with my personal team -- From the Heart Embellishers, my upline's team -- Roxybond Scrappers, her upline's team -- Stampers with Attitude, and the LARGEST and BEST team -- Dream Team.

It's a week filled with fun, laughter, fun, new products, fun, creative sessions, fun, new and old friends, and did I mention F-U-N??

Ok . . .  enough of me gushing over our Convention . . . on to the
2014 Retiring List.

Hostess Collections – ½ Price Bundles
HB1059 Hostess Collection 1
HB1060 Hostess Collection 2
HB1061 Hostess Collection 3

Z1789 Chalkboard 12" x 12" Sheet, Adhesive-backed
Z1832 Spinner
Z1843 Irresistibles™ Frames
Z1844 Color-Ready Trinkets Wooden Shapes
Z1858 Irresistibles™ Hexagons
Z1863 Color-Ready Midtown Cork Shapes
Z1039 Create A Shade Pearl Paint
Z1825 Keyboard Kraft Alphabet
Z1835 Tiny Type Epoxy Alphabet
Z1961 Marquee Enamel Shapes–White
Z1891 Base & Bling Teal Jewels
Z1892 Base & Bling Black Jewels
Z1893 Base & Bling Red Jewels
Z1894 Base & Bling Pink Jewels
Z1895 Base & Bling Purple Jewels
Z1837 Mini-Medley Accents Wooden Collection
Z1702 Baker's Twine Paradise Assortment
Z1751 Harvest Baker's Twine
Z1760 Burlap Ribbon
Z1808 Outdoor Denim Chevron Ribbon
Z1817 Slate Polka-Dot Washi Tape
Z1826 Hollyhock Zipper Lace
Z1846 Ruby Chevron Ribbon
Z1850 Lagoon Houndstooth Washi Tape
Z1867 Jute Ribbon
Z1917 Lagoon Zipper Lace
Z1930 Chocolate Woodgrain Washi Tape
Z1911 Designed Décor Frame Kit
Z1874 Base & Bling Necklace
Z1875 Base & Bling Cuff Z1876 Base & Bling Hair Clips
Z1877 Base & Bling Rings
Z1878 Base & Bling Headband
Z1195 My Creations Memory Showcase 6x6
Z1647 My Creations® Card Box
Z1797 My Creations® Bracket Frame
Z1868 My Creations® Kraft Ring Box
Z1870 My Creations® Kraft Pocket Album
X1404 TrueFit Folios (5)
Z1820 For Always Textiles
Z1885 Sarita Textiles
Z1970 Skylark Textiles
Z1971 Jubilee Textiles
1514 Tombow Adhesive
1515 Tombow Adhesive Refill
Z1311 Circle Punch 1 1/4
Z338 Euro Personal Paper Trimmer
Z1114 Piercing Tool Kit

12x12 Albums
Z1343 12 x 12 Post Bound Album- Cranberry
Z1344 12 x 12 Post Bound Album- Hollyhock
Z1345 12 x 12 Post Bound Album- Black
Z1348 WIP 12x12 Album- Chocolate

My Reflections Papers, Complements, Workshop on the Go

Z3002 Ariana Assortment
X7179C Ariana Dimensional Elements Complements
G1074 Ariana Kit Workshops on the Go®
X7179B Ariana Paper Packet
Z1869 Babycakes Assortment
X7173C Babycakes Complements Canvas Shapes
X7173B Babycakes Paper Packet
Z3003 Balloon Ride Assortment
X7180C Balloon Ride Dimensional Elements Complements
G1075 Balloon Ride Kit Workshops on the Go®
X7180B Balloon Ride Paper Packet Z3001 Ivy Lane Assortment
G1073 Ivy Lane Kit Workshops on the Go®
X7178C Ivy Lane My Stickease® Assortment
X7178B Ivy Lane Paper Packet
G1079 Ivy Lane Workshops on the Go® Cardmaking Kit
Z3004 Jubilee Assortment
X7181C Jubilee Dimensional Elements Complements
G1076 Jubilee Kit Workshops on the Go®
X7181B Jubilee Paper Packet
Z1854 Laughing Lola Assortment
X7170C Laughing Lola Complements Dimensional Elements
X7170B Laughing Lola Paper Packet
Z3006 Lollydoodle Assortment
G1078 Lollydoodle Kit Workshops on the Go®
X7183C Lollydoodle My Stickease® Assortment
X7183B Lollydoodle Paper Packet
G1080 Lollydoodle Workshops on the Go® Cardmaking Kit
Z1879 ProPlayer Assortment
X7172C ProPlayer My Stickease® Assortment
X7172B ProPlayer Paper Packet
Z1873 Sarita Assortment
X7171C Sarita My Stickease® Assortment
X7171B Sarita Paper Packet
Z3000 Skylark Assortment
X7177C Skylark Dimensional Elements Complements
G1072 Skylark Kit Workshops on the Go®
X7177B Skylark Paper Packet
Z3005 Timberline Assortment
G1077 Timberline Kit Workshops on the Go®
X7182C Timberline My Stickease® Assortment
X7182B Timberline Paper Packet

Exclusive Colors – Cardstock, Stamp Pads, Re-Inkers, Markers 

Retiring Colors:
 Buttercup, Blush, Twilight, Crème Brulee, Sky

Z2400 Marker Set: Twilight
Z2401 Marker Set: Crystal Blue
Z2402 Marker Set: Sky
Z2403 Marker Set: Juniper
Z2404 Marker Set: Sweet Leaf Z2405 Marker Set: Buttercup
Z2406 Marker Set: Creme Brulee
Z2407 Marker Set: Sorbet
Z2408 Marker Set: Blush
Z2409 Marker Set: Smoothie
Z2410 Marker Set: Gypsy
Z2411 Marker Set: Pacifica
Z2412 Marker Set: Lagoon
Z2413 Marker Set: Topiary
Z2414 Marker Set: Pear
Z2415 Marker Set: Honey
Z2416 Marker Set: Sunset
Z2417 Marker Set: Cotton Candy
Z2418 Marker Set: Hollyhock
Z2419 Marker Set: Cranberry
Z2420 Marker Set: Smokey Plum
Z2421 Marker Set: Outdoor Denim
Z2422 Marker Set: Indian Corn Blue
Z2423 Marker Set: Ponderosa Pine
Z2424 Marker Set: New England Ivy
Z2425 Marker Set: Olive
Z2426 Marker Set: Goldrush
Z2427 Marker Set: Autumn Terracotta
Z2428 Marker Set: Barn Red
Z2429 Marker Set: Ruby
Z2430 Marker Set: Black
Z2431 Marker Set: Slate
Z2432 Marker Set: Whisper
Z2206 Reinker Blush
Z2210 Reinker Buttercup
Z2260 Reinker Twilight
Z2267 Reinker Crème Brulee
Z2294 Reinker Sky
Z2106 Stamp Pad Blush
Z2110 Stamp Pad Buttercup
Z2160 Stamp Pad Twilight
Z2167 Stamp Pad Crème Brulee
Z2194 Stamp Pad Sky
Z2500 Whimsy Mini Pigment Set
Z4133 Marker Tower
1271 Cardstock12x12Buttercup
X5640 Cardstock12x12Blush
X5666 Cardstock12x12Twilight
X5754 Cardstock12x12CremeBrulee
X5761 Cardstock 12x12 Sky
X5936 Whimsy Cardstock Combo
Z1801 Alcohol Blending Marker

Stamp Sets
A1130 Quick Cards-Bountiful Season
A1143 Teddy Bear Birthday
A1144 Birthday Cheer
A1145 Flowering Thanks
A1158 Doodle Signs
A1160 This Is Good
B1407 School Is Here
B1411 Greek Alphabet
B1425 Stitched with Love
B1426 Pick a Posy
B1446 Some Bunny
B1447 A Mother's Love
B1448 My Hero
B1451 Enjoy the Little Things
C1473 Remarkable Wreath
C1510 Merry & Bright
C1524 Words of Comfort
C1555 Count Your Blessings
C1563 Cityscape
C1572 On Holiday (Australia Only)
D1483 Glory To God
D1514 Just a Number
D1551 Swirls Around
D1557 Candyland
D1564 Maximum Power
D1583 Unicorn Dreams


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I Did It...I've Earned Close To My Heart's 2015 Hawaiian Incentive Trip!!


WooHoo . . . It's Official.

Corporate announced it today in our Weekly Consultant Newsletter.

I've earned the Close To My Heart 2015 Incentive Trip to 
in Ko Olina, Hawaii in February 2015.

I want to THANK ALL of my wonderful customers, my outstanding team, the awesome CTMH Corporate staff and Jeanette Lynton and my family and friends for all of your support.

Without ALL of YOU I wouldn't get to do what I do and earn fabulous trips while doing it.

So THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart . . . YOU ARE THE BEST!

My family and I can't thank you enough.

I'm super excited to go back to Hawaii . . . jeepers who wouldn't be right??

I EARNED . . . yup I must clarify that I EARNED this trip . . . 
I didn't win it.  =)

The best part of realizing I had earned this trip was telling my kids.

Nathan is 8 1/2 and after Costa Rica asked me straight out if he could come on the next one as he has seen all the great pictures and heard our fun stories.

I told him that if I earned Hawaii we would take both kids this time.

Sean and I have both been blessed to travel to Hawaii multiple times for family events (vacations and a wedding), but our kiddos have not.

We figured they did great on the plane ride to Disneyworld this past January, and including them on this trip would be the cheapest way to get them to Hawaii as I already earned our resort room.

The best part is that Sean and my plane tickets are also included so we just need to purchase tickets for the kids.

We have been saving our credit card rewards for just that purpose and will have at least one full plane ticket covered.  YAY.

So the kids were told tonight that they will be going to Hawaii too.

Nathan was ecstatic.  Morgan was speechless (and if you know Morgan that takes a LOT . . . LOL!)

So again . . . THANK YOU -- MAHALO!

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Close To My Heart's June Stamp of the Month: Kaboom (S1406)

Paying only $5 for a stamp set? Now that’s the bomb! 

Get in on the action by placing an order of $50 or more during the month of June and receiving the explosive $5 deal on the Stamp of the Month set, Kaboom. 

Your summer adventures should be documented with a bang, and that’s just what this firework-themed stamp set will contribute to them as they begin to adorn your scrapbook pages. 

Make sure you jump on this dynamite deal before it’s too late, because the offer ends June 30.

Each month you can enjoy a new D-size stamp set, available for one month only, for just $5 — that’s over 70% off retail!!

When you place an order of $50 or more in Close To My Heart products, you qualify for this special Stamp of the Month pricing.

You can also purchase the Stamp of the Month set at full retail for $17.95 with no minimum purchase required.

June's Stamp of the Month Set Is:
Kaboom (S1406)
(Set of 16)

Recommended Blocks: 
1" x 1" (Y1000)
2" x 2" (Y1003)
3" x 3" (Y1006)
2" x 3 1/2" (Y1009)

We've made it easy for you to create a collection of beautiful Stamp of the Month artwork each month and get the Stamp of the Month at a discount.

The supply list we've created for each project will help you recreate the artwork shown and get you closer to earning the Stamp of the Month at the discounted price.

Every month you can make projects following the helpful hints on my website HERE under Promotions / Stamp of the Month.

In love with the artwork we created with this stamp set? Get ready to make it yourself.  Purchase the materials listed here along with your deeply discounted Stamp of the Month set to get started.

Materials Needed
  1. My Acrylix™ Kaboom -- $5 with a $50 Purchase or $17.95
  2. Skylark Paper Packet -- $9.95
  3. Black & Grey Epoxy Bubbles -- $3.95
  4. Baker’s Twine Neutral Metallic Assortment -- $5.95
  5. Ruby Chevron Washi Tape -- $4.95
  6. Silver Shimmer Trim -- $4.95
  7. Goldrush Cardstock -- $14.50
  8. Cricut® Art Philosophy Cartridge -- $99.00

  9. Required Tools

12" × 12" Celebrate Freedom Page


To create the techniques featured in this artwork, follow the helpful hints outlined below. Then use the left page of the pattern found on page 22 of our Make It from Your Heart™ Volume 1 how-to publication for inspiration.
  • Cut the following Cricut® Artbooking shapes using paper of choice:
    • 2" RDS Shift+Title (p. 64)
    • 2" RDS Shift+Border (p. 65)
  • Cut the following Cricut® Art Philosophy shapes using White Daisy cardstock:
    • 1 1/4" (cut 2, p. 25)
  • Stamp corresponding ticket images on die-cuts in Cranberry ink; stamp ticket image twice more on Lagoon pattern B&T paper, trim off ends, and layer ends on White Daisy tickets.
  • Stamp “Fun” sentiment on circle shape (cut using 1 1/4" circle punch) in Goldrush ink.
  • Cut Ruby cardstock strip and stamp words down the length of it using Ruby ink.
  • Remove Slate thread from baker’s twine and use it to stitch around top half of page.
  • Stamp large fireworks using Whisper ink on bottom third of White Daisy page base; adhere grey epoxy Bubble on center of each stamped firework.

4 1/4" × 5 1/2" Party Card


To create the techniques featured in this artwork, follow the helpful hints outlined below. Then use the pattern found on page 42 of our Make It from Your Heart™ Volume 2 how-to publication for inspiration.
  • Stamp small firework images in Slate ink on White Daisy cardstock strip; stamp “Party” sentiment in Ruby ink over firework images.
  • Attach stamped sentiment strip to Skylark Sweet Leaf Pattern paper and place 3 stamped Goldrush stars on right side. Wrap Whisper baker’s twine vertically around sentiment.
  • Mount sentiment on card, using 3-D foam tape if desired.
  • Stamp dynamite image in Lagoon ink on White Daisy cardstock, trim, and tuck under left edge of sentiment.

2 1/2" × 2 1/2" Party Box


To create the techniques featured in this artwork, follow the helpful hints outlined below.
  • Cut the following Cricut® Artiste shapes using papers of your choice:
    • 2 1/2" 3D Object <9> (p. 39)
    • 2 1/2" Shift+3D Object <()> (p. 39)
  • Cut the following Cricut® Art Philosophy shapes using White Daisy cardstock:
    • 1 1/4" (cut 2, p. 25)
    • 1 1/4" (p. 38)
  • Stamp corresponding ticket images on die-cuts in Lagoon and Goldrush inks.
  • Stamp corresponding “What a Blast” sentiment on die-cut in Cranberry ink.
  • Wrap strips of Goldrush cardstock, Skylark Lagoon Pattern B&T paper, and Cranberry cardstock around base of box.
  • Stamp “Party” sentiment in Lagoon ink, trim out each letter, and mount letters across box front using 3-D foam tape if desired.

5 1/2" × 4 1/4" Let’s Celebrate Card


To create the techniques featured in this artwork, follow the helpful hints outlined below. Then use the pattern found on page 59 (Originals: Lucky Three™) of our Originals™ how-to publication for inspiration.
  • Cut the following Cricut® Artbooking title using paper of your choice:
    • 1/2" “let’s”
  • Stamp “Celebrate!” sentiment in Ruby ink on White Daisy cardstock, trim, and mount using 3-D foam tape if desired.
  • Knot three small lengths of Slate metallic baker’s twine and glue knots along left edge of silver Shimmer trim.
  • Stamp small firework images in Ruby ink on White Daisy cardstock, trim, and layer over large stamped fireworks, using 3-D foam tape for dimension.

For more ideas using the June Stamp of the Month -- Kaboom (S1406) check out the SOTM Blog Hop that I am in HERE!!


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