Friday, May 29, 2020

So Many Cards, Stamps and Layouts!

May is almost over.....

I've been working so hard this month trying to get more cards and layouts done but I haven't updated my blog as much as I had hoped to so here I am, getting it done.

It might seem like time is creeping by since the COVID-19 stay at home orders but for me, it is going by pretty fast.  My kids are done with school, the triplets have had zero pre-school and I think we are all getting burned out for various reasons.  I have found that throughout this crisis, creating has kept me sane.  I honestly don't know what I would be doing if it wasn't for my Close To My Heart business and all that it has brought me.  I've always loved creating art, even when I was a little kid.  This is why I have been with CTMH for years.  It is my safe decompression outlet.  The amazing people I've met, the friends I have made, all of it has kept me going.  Thank you to all my customers too!  I love ya!

Do you need to find a good way to decompress too?   

I used the Pinwheel Thin Cuts Item Number: CC5204 to create this cute card.

The papers and  sticker sheet from Blue Skies Paper Packet Item Number: CC5206 came together in a nice bright card.  I added on some Christmas Red Stickles™ Glitter Gel Item Number: Z3555 to the strawberry sticker and some Golden Rod Stickles™ Glitter Gel Item Number: Z3560 to the sun shine sticker to make it pop!  Super fast to create and I love it! 

Last week I created along with the Facebook live Mother's Day layout event.  We used the papers and stickers from Blue Skies Paper Bundle 2 Item Number: CC5215 and the stamp set All That I Am Item Number: CC42014 from the Love of Mother special.
Here are the directions for cutting out your own layouts using any papers you already have on  hand OR you could order what you need right from my website.  The papers are a limited time only so get them ordered so that you don't miss out.


Monday, May 11, 2020

Cardmaking Kit, Stamp of the Month & Consultant Opportunities

Aurora Cardmaking Workshop Kit

I hope all of you had a very special Mother's Day celebration.  I spent the day with my kids and husband.  For my gift this year, I was given a spot in the Virtual Album Retreat with Close To My Heart on May 15 & 16th.  I will get to spend two whole days creating a complete album, boy am I so EXCITED!!  Thank you family.

Today I want to talk about The Aurora Cardmaking Workshop Kit (G1205) which is so much fun !  I worked on the kit yesterday and was able to create 16 cards, 4 each of 4 designs.  This workshop kit is full of neat elements.

You get the whole kit for just $29.95 which gives you a 10% discount.

Here is what is included:
  • 1 exclusive stamp + Thin Cuts
  • 2 Aurora patterned paper sheets
  • 5 cardstock sheets (2 Glacier, 1 Sage, 1 Sapphire, 1 White Daisy)
  • 1 Silver Glitter Gems (Z4191)
  • 16 White Card Bases & Envelopes
  • Printed Instructions 
The exclusive stamp set is very versatile.  The small stamp images are great for making borders as well as background designs.  I am pretty sure I will be using the little cloud stamps a lot this year!
The card designs are simple yet very creative.  

There are additional supplies that you will need to create these cards.

My cards turned out pretty close to the ones in the instructions.

I am going to tackle some scrapbooking this week using the Aurora Paper Packet, Sticker Sheet and Coordination Cardstock so stay tuned!


Stamp of the Month

May 2020: Time to Celebrate (S2005)

Spend $50 and get this Stamp of the Month set for just $5.


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As a Consultant, you’ll always have a wonderful variety of crafting products to offer and an incredibly supportive community to help you succeed!

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There are so many great reasons to become a Consultant with Close To My Heart! Join our community of Consultants and start enjoying these rewards:
  • 22% – 50% commission on all orders, based on title and performance
  • $50 in CTMH Cash immediately upon sign-up
  • Free e-commerce website
  • Performance-based product and cash bonuses
  • Annual incentive trip opportunities
  • Flexibility to work your own schedule
Join our community of crafters and start getting paid to promote the products you love!


  • Free product earning opportunities
    • Receive a free gift from me when you today!
    • Complete the CTMH ‘Straight To The Top’ program in your first 90 days to earn extra bonus gifts from me and CTMH.
  • Mentoring opportunities
    • One-on-One with me if you choose to
  • Plus, so much more!
    • Including a generous discount starting at 22%
    • Bonus opportunities
    • Incentive Trips, Virtual Events, Creative Buddies, Live Events
    • Work from home doing what you love!

If you have any questions, I would love to help answer those for you.  Please feel free to send me an E-mail or text me at 813-597-9767.  

Friday, May 8, 2020

May Is Here & So Is The New Idea Book!

Can You Believe It Is May?

That means we have a NEW IDEA BOOK!!!  
As of May 1st, our new May-June 2020 book is live and ready for you to order.
Just click here to see What's New

Today I am going to show you a little bit of what Aurora is all about.  
Aurora is one of the new paper collections in the Idea Book.  
It features Eggplant, Sapphire, Peacock, Evergreen, Sage, Linen and Charcoal colors.
I absolutely love this pallet!

The cardstock, inks, paper packs and accessories are all in coordinating colors to allow anyone to create amazing works of art.
One of my favorite items from the collection is the paper pack + sticker sheet.  The 12"x 12" sticker sheet has coordinating images along with some FABULOUS foil accents!
The 12" x 12" paper pack includes 6 sheets, 2 each of 3 double-sided designs PLUS 1/2" zip strips
The coordinating 12" x 12" cardstock includes 12 sheets, 3 each of Sage, Peacock, Sapphire, and Charcoal
There are also some totally amazing NEW assorted see-through acrylic shapes.
Picture My Life Cards are also included in the Aurora collection.  These are great for pocket scrapbooking, card making, regular scrapbooking, slam books, and much, much more!
Last but not least there is the NEW Cricut Aurora Collection!!!  Yes, you heard me right, new Cricut cuts. <3
These Cricut shapes can be purchased my visiting my website and clicking on the Cricut Icon at the bottom of the first page on my website.  It will then take you to the Cricut website where you can make your purchase.  You will get a discount if you are a Cricut Access Member.

You can purchase any of these in the Aurora collection here.

Next blog I will be showing off the Aurora Cardmaking Workshop

Monday, April 20, 2020

Stuck At Home and National Scrapbooking Day

We Are All Stuck At Home


National Scrapbooking Day is May 2

As I'm sitting here listening to Harry Styles sing, I think about what life was like before COVID-19.  Kids were in school, folks were at their jobs, sometimes I thought staying home all day was fun.  Perspectives change.  

I miss traveling, I miss going to live music concerts, I miss eating in a restaurant (since we rarely went out to eat it was special when we did), I miss taking my grand kids to the playground, I miss the solitude of drinking a hot cup of coffee all alone in my house, I miss the beach and I miss living a normal life. 

I have done more creating in the last few months than I have in a very, very long time.  I used to put it off until the last minute or try and squeeze it in all in one day.  I have come to realize that I put things in my way, impeding my creativity as well as my ability to grow, both financially and as a person.  What have you found out about yourself during this crazy time in the world?

This week I have been concentrating on using my old stash of crafting supplies along with new things I have from Close To My Heart.  I am a CRAFTING hoarder and I can admit that I have a rather large collection!  How many of you can say the same?

I pulled out an older workshop kit I had stored away in a hanging folder in my craft room.  It is called The Great Outdoors Workshop Kit item CC101815.  I love the animal stamp set that came with the kit, especially the salmon.

I also created a cute beaver card and used a sentiment stamp that comes from the BRAND NEW Aurora—Scrapbooking stamp set!  This stamp set will be out with the new catalog that goes live May 1st.

Here is a sneak peek of the front of the new catalog AND the Aurora Scrapbooking stamp and die set.

National Scrapbooking Day is May 2

Craft along with us to celebrate National Scrapbooking Day this year!

Join Close To My Heart for a day filled with creativity and fun as we celebrate National Scrapbooking Day on Saturday, May 2! Everyone is welcome to join in and watch the FREE event on our Close To My Heart Facebook Page! We will be demonstrating some fabulous creative projects during the event that you can create along with us. 
 You can purchase them on my website here 

I've already received and played with the National Scrapbooking Day Cardmaking Bundle 1
Here are a few of my creations.

"Often when you think you're at the end of something, you're at the beginning of something else." ~ Fred Rogers

Fred Rogers is one of my heroes and his words really touch my heart.  Things have changed and will continue to change but in the end, it is what we do with that change that makes or breaks us.  I see the beginning and have started down that road, a road where we become something more, something better than we were before, will you join me?