Wednesday, July 9, 2014

July Card Marathon

I decided to squeeze in one more 20 Card Marathon class before we say goodbye to a lot of fantastic paper packs and welcome the nine awesome new paper packs coming up in the new catalog.  Here are the cards we'll be making for the class.  I design these cards so that attendees can stamp their choice of several sentiments on the card--that way, I know they'll go home with cards that they can really use!

Sometimes clean and simple is the best!  These black and red cards were so easy to whip out--and I can switch from stars to hearts depending on whether I need a birthday, graduation or wedding card.  The banner and words come from the stamp set is B1438, Banner Wishes ($9.95).  The hearts and stars were from several different stamp sets.

These cards are copied from some designs that Pamela O'Connor shared a while back.  I love how simple and clean they are--and the embossed paper on the bottom really dresses them up.  I used the Ariana Paper Pack and the Damask Embossing Folder.  The stamp images come from the "For a Friend" stamp set, D1542, $17.95. 

This simple card features paper from the Skylark paper pack--a great card for using up little scraps of patterned paper!

This card features Sarita paper pack.   The flower is cut from the Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge. 

Here's another SUPER simple card featuring the Jubilee paper pack.  The little hanging banners are cut from the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge, and the Happy Birthday comes from Joyful Birthday, B1419 stamp set, $9.95.
All of these paper packs are slated to retired on July 31st, so make sure you order them before they are gone!  To order, visit my website at

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

New Consultant Kits Just for You!

Now, when you sign up as a Close to My Heart Consultant, you get to choose between two beautiful Consultants Kits--one has more of a scrapbook focus and the other a more card making focus. . .but either one is a great value at only $99 ($300+ value).  This is a wonderful time to join my team because your kit will feature new products from the upcoming Annual Inspirations--get them NOW before the new catalog goes live to customers in August!  If you have any questions about becoming a member of my Close to My Heart team, just ASK!  The sign-up process is quick and easy--just go to my website at and click on the "What We Do" tab.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

July Stamp of the Month--Circus Alphabet

We've got a super cute alphabet set for our July Stamp of the Month.  Watch the video below to see some awesome ideas for creating interesting backgrounds with this set.  The letters are fun and quirky--and they'll be great with our NEW markers coming out in August!  As always, you can get our Stamp of the Month set for only $5 with a $50 qualifying purchase.  Or, you can also purchase the stamp set at regular retail price of $17.95.  It's only available in July, so get it before it's gone.  To order, visit my website at

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Thursday, June 5, 2014

June Club Projects--It's a Jubilee!

I'm excited about our Jubilee club projects featuring the Jubilee paper packet.  If you'd like to come join us for club this month, just let me know.  I have two sessions meeting on Monday, June 16, 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.  Cost to attend is a $20 minimum order. . .your materials are provided FREE!  You may choose to the layout or the cards.

I used the Jubilee Textiles and the Jubilee Assortment to create these cute little rosettes on the layout.  The stamped images come from the stamp set that's in the Jubilee Workshop and the Go.  You can order any of these items on my website,  If you order from my website, I'd be happy to e-mail you a handout with measurements for the layout!
This card design was inspired by one that Kristine Porter made.  It's so fun to mix and match the patterns from this paper pack!

If you haven't tried making a sunburst card yet, give it a whirl.  They're quite easy and a great way to use up scraps of leftover paper.   To make mine, I started with strips of patterned paper that were 1 1/4 x 5 inches.  Then I cut the strips diagonally from top corner to bottom corner (the long way) to make long triangles.  Then, I establish a starting point on my card and just glue on one triangle after another, each with its end point at the starting point.  When you've got all your strips glued on, trim around the edges of the card.


Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Interactive Card Workshop--June 10th or 17th

I've been having so much fun making these Interactive Cards for our class on June 10th or 17th.  If you'd like to learn how to make them, sign up to come join us.  Cost for the class is a $15 minimum order.  Class starts at 6 p.m. on both nights.

The first card is a Pop-Up Card Box (this one uses Jubilee paper and our June Stamp of the Month).

The next card we'll be learning is the Diorama Card--super easy (my kind of card).  I used some images from the Artbooking cartridge to create the scene for this card.

The third type of card we'll be learning is the Free Standing Pop-Up Card.  I've got two designs shown here, but we'll probably be doing the one with balloon for the class.

Card #4 is a card that I've seen around for a couple of years--I've just never had the chance to learn to make one on my own.  It's a Pop-out Birthday Gift Card.  It's a regular 4 1/4 x 5 1/2" card that opens up to reveal three "stacked" gifts popping out in 3D style.  I tried several different measurements for this and finally came up with the one I liked.  I'll post them after my workshop. 


Monday, June 2, 2014

June Specials!

It's a new month, and that means new specials!  We have an AWESOME Stamp of the Month for June.  "Kaboom" is filled with fun images that you can use for parties, Fourth of July, or any type of celebration.  As always, you can purchase the Stamp of the Month at its regular retail value of $17.95, or you can get it for $5 with any $50 purchase.  Either way, it's only around for the month of June, so get it before the month is gone!

Below is a Pop-Up Card Box that I made using the June Stamp of the Month.  You can learn how to make this at my Interactive Card Class on Tuesday, June 10th, or Tuesday, June 17th, 6 p.m.  Sign up today!  For my long-distance friends, I hope to put some general how-to info up on my blog once I finish making all my cards for the Interactive Card Class. 

Our other special running for the month of June gives you a chance to purchase several collections of products at a discount when you have a $50 purchase.  The collections are valued at over $50, but you can get them for $30 with a $50 purchase.  You can order on my website,

Here's a look at the bundles you can purchase.  Many of these products are retiring soon (or have already retired), so it's a great opportunity to pick up some things that you might have missed.