Monday, May 23, 2016

Fun Folds and Interactive Card Workshop, June 7th

I finally got a few minutes to sit down and work on projects for my upcoming Fun Folds and Interactive Card Workshop, which I've scheduled for June 7th.  I've done interactive card classes before, and some of these cards can be a little tricky.  This time, I'm keeping the card designs pretty simple--ones that you can easily replicate.  That's partly because I want to spend some time teaching you all how to make the adorable paper purse/basket shown below.  I'll probably throw in at least one more card for this class.  If you'd like to attend, let me know.  Cost will be $12.

I think this card turned out so cute!  This is a "Joy Fold Card."  I'm not sure why it's called that, but the idea is that it has a smaller flap that opens up first and then you can fold down the front of the card.  You use some kind of stamped image (like the onesie) to hold the front flap down.  For this card, I used the stamp set that comes in the Georgie Workshop on the Go kit (G1102, $29.95).  If you have any baby projects on your list, GET this workshop kit.  The paper is adorable (love the elephant pattern), and the stamp set is really sweet.   To order this paper pack and stamp set, visit my website at

I've been seeing these "pleated" cards on Pinterest, and I thought it was about time to sit myself down and make one.  They are SUPER easy.  There are lots of different patterns, some with more pleats, some that cascade down from both sides.  Once you make one, you'll get the idea.  Stay tuned. . .I hope to get some measurements and directions posted later next month.  For this card, I used the Florence paper pack.  The flowers are cut on the Cricut (I'm thinking it was Artiste) and sequins coordinate with our Florence paper pack.  

Here's another fun card technique that every card maker should learn:  pinwheel cards.  They're a fun way to show off patterned paper, like this paper from the Happy Times paper pack.  They're also a great way to use up those little scrap pieces of patterned paper you might have in your stash.  

I saw these paper purses a few months ago, and I finally got the chance this week to give it a whirl!  I used the Georgie paper pack, and I think it turned out really cute, but honestly, I think this bag would look cute with ANY paper!!

Monday, May 9, 2016

A favorite new product

I like about everything in our new Seasonal Expressions 2 catalog, but the Cut Above card kits are becoming one of my FAVORITE items.  We've had Cut Above card kits before, but the new ones are spectacular because they provide you with a nice patterned card front that's so easy to mix with other papers.  And the metallic dots and stripes give it a fun pop.  If you're in a hurry, just stick with the circles provided in the kit, stamp a quick message and assemble.  We've got all kinds of M-size stamp sets that will fit into the circle message.  If you've got a little more time, try adding other patterned papers or embellishments to create an easy custom card.

These card kits also mix quite nicely with the Happy Times paper pack, our May special (see previous post).  The floral paper on the flamingo cards below comes from this paper pack (inspired by Susan Williams).  To see our Cut Above selections and order online, visit my website,

This is the Cut Above Fiesta Card Kit, Z3222, for $10.95

This is the Cut Above Jubilee Card Kit, Z3223, for $10.95

Tuesday, May 3, 2016


May is National Scrapbooking Month, and Close to My Heart has some fantastic specials lined up for this month.  If you're a savvy shopper, you can take advantage of all the deals in one order!

First, we have the Happy Times National Scrapbooking Month special.  I adore this paper, and everything I've seen made with it is DARLING.  You must, must, must get yourself a pack of this paper. . .right now--don't wait another second!!!   Scroll down a couple of posts to see the layouts and cards that I've made with it, and you'll see why I love it!  You can get this paper pack FREE with a $60 purchase or you can get it for $14.95 with no additional purchase requires.  We also have a lovely coordinating stamp set that you can purchase.  To order, visit my website at

The second deal running this month is that all of our current scrapbooks are 25% off while supplies last.  YUP. . .ALL OF THEM!  And, your discounted albums do count toward your qualifying purchase to get the Happy Times paper pack or the Stamp of the Month.

The third deal is our Stamp of the Month, Celebrate With Cake.  Now, I have to be honest with you. . .when I first saw this stamp set, I didn't get all that excited.  I don't tend to like the "hand drawn" look.  But, I'm starting to see some fun artwork done with this set.  It lends itself wonderfully to watercolor techniques, which are all the rage right now.  It's also beautiful embossed.  Try embossing your cake in gold and combining it with the gold paper in the Happy Times paper pack, and you've got a match made in heaven!!

As always, the Stamp of the Month is only $5 with a $50 purchase OR you can purchase it at full price for $17.95.  But, it's only available in May.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Magical Layout and Card Kit Now Available

My Magical Layout and Card Kit is now available for purchase.  The kit includes everything you need to make this layout and the four cards shown.  The pieces are pre-cut, pre-stamped and ready to assemble.  All accessories are included as well as a full package of the Magical Complements (you will have extra images that you can use on other projects).  Cost for the project is $18 plus $5 for shipping.  I still have a number of other kits available. . .scroll down to my previous posts to see my other options!

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Urban Layout and Card Kit NOW AVAILABLE

My Urban Layout and Card Kit is now available!  The kit includes everything you need to make this layout and the four cards shown.  The pieces are pre-cut, pre-stamped and ready to assemble.  All accessories, including a full package of the Urban Complements, are included.  Cost for the kit is $18 plus $5 for shipping.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016


We have a fantastic special to kick of National Scrapbooking Month in May!  Beginning May 1st, when you place a $60 order, you can get this beautiful collection of papers for FREE!   You can also purchase this paper pack for $14.95 with no additional order required.  And, let me tell you, photos really don't capture how pretty this paper is.  The metallic gold just POPS on your projects!!  And, to make it even more fun, we have an exclusive stamp set that coordinates with this beautiful paper.  This D-size stamp set sells for $17.95, and it CAN count toward your $60 qualifying purchase.

We have two incredible workshops available to go with this kit.  If you live in the Springfield area and you purchase the Happy Times paper pack from me in May (or earn it free with a $60 purchase), you are invited to attend my workshop on Thursday, June 16th.  You can do the cards OR the layouts--your choice!  You'll need to bring your Happy Times paper pack plus the supply items that are highlighted below.  I'll provide any of the other items at no additional cost.

 The card workshop, designed by Michelle Snyder, makes 12 stunning cards.  Plus, you'll still have a fair amount of paper to make more cards or use on a layout.  If you purchase this paper pack in May and can't attend my workshop, I'd be happy to e-mail instructions to make these cards.  Below is a list of the supplies you'll need for the cards.  At the time I put them together, I could not find my metallic markers, so you won't see that in the photo above (and it does look cool).  Also, know that you can select any message stamps and, of course, use your own card bases.  The list below includes everything you might need, but many of you will already have some of the items on the list. 

CC1063 Happy Times Paper Packet
􀀂 CC1064 Happy Times Stamp Set
􀀂􀀂 1 Sheet White Daisy Cardstock
􀀂 X254 White Cards & Envelopes
􀀂 Z3189 White & Gold Ribbon
􀀂 Z3091 Pink Enamel Gems
􀀂 Z2012 Sequins Gold Assortment
􀀂 Z1768 Metallic Markers--OPTIONAL
􀀂 Z2089 Micro Glue Dots
􀀂 Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape
􀀂 Z2653 Pomegranate Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
􀀂 Z2650 Fern Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
􀀂 Z2643 Canary Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
􀀂 Z2196 Smoothie Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
􀀂 Z1999 - 1” Circle Punch (Optional)
􀀂 Z1851 Scallop Punch (Optional)

The beautiful layouts below are designed by Tina Lovell.  Again, if you purchase the Happy Times pack from me in May, I'd be happy to e-mail you the detailed instructions.   Below is a list of the supplies you'll need for these layouts.  If you're coming to my workshop in June, you'll just need to bring the items that are highlighted, and I'll provide the rest.  Remember that purchasing these other items can go toward your $60 and help you earn the paper pack FREE!

• Happy Times Paper Pack
• 3 Sheets Pomegranate CS
• 5 Sheets of White Daisy CS (4 for base pages)
• CC1064- Happy Times stamp set
• Inks: Pomegranate, Smoothie, Glacier, Canary, Fern
• Z2012- Gold Sequins
• Z3091- Pink Enamel Gems
• Z3189- White & Gold Ribbon
• Z3217- PML Watercolor Cards - Gold
• Z3224- Waterbrush - Small Round
• Z2060- Thin 3D Foam Tape
• Glue Dots
• Z1985- Gold Shimmer Trim

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Why I Became a Close to My Heart Consultant

Early in 1996, I was a young, stay-at-home mom with a one-year-old baby girl.  It was important to me to be at home to raise our children, yet I also wanted to bring income to our family and have a sense of job-related accomplishment.  I had a BA degree in writing/journalism and a desire to have some kind of creative aspect to whatever I did.  I prayed about this, asking God to provide me with some type of "job" that would include creativity, bring some income in and allow me to stay home with my kids.  What kind of job that could be was a total mystery to me!!

A few months later, I went to a "D.O.T.S." party at a friend's house.  I had never heard of D.O.T.S., and I had never picked up a rubber stamp in my whole life.  But, as soon as I saw that Consultant stamp her first card, I knew this would be right up my alley.  A couple of my friends at the party said, "Christina, you'd be good at this!"  So, I asked the Consultant for info and booked my own party a couple months down the road.  I had never even considered a career in direct sales, and certainly didn't like getting dragged to friends' home parties!  But, THIS was different because I was actually LEARNING how to do something fun and creative--not just sitting there feeling obligated to buy something I didn't want!

By the time my party came around, I had thought it through, talked it over with my husband and decided to sign up.  I began by asking a few friends that I knew to host a party for me to help me out.  These friends traveled in different circles, and they quickly helped me find an enthusiastic base of customers.

As I started to book home parties, I realized that I could REALLY make income at this job. . .and, I loved that I got to be creative and stay home with my child during the day.  Sounds a lot like what I prayed for many months before, doesn't it?!

As my business began to grow, I continued to set higher goals for myself.  D.O.T.S. (now Close to My Heart) began offering incentive trips, and I realized that, with a little extra work, I could reach this goal!  I earned my very first incentive trip (a Hawaiian cruise), and I was hooked!!  And, let me just say, so was my husband!

I've been with Close to My Heart almost 20 years now!  I've earned 11 incentive trips, and I hope to earn more.  I never thought that I'd have the opportunity to travel all over the world and see such incredible places--like the beaches of Costa Rica where I am standing in the photo above.  My business has changed over the years as our products have changed.  Though I still do home parties, I spend most of my time on workshops where my customers can come and learn new creative techniques.  As a Senior Director, I also spend time communicating with my team members and planning team events and projects.

It's unusual to stay with a direct sales company 20 years, and I think that speaks volumes about what an incredible company Close to My Heart is.  I have several team members who have been with CTMH for over 15 years now, and they will tell you the same thing.  Close to My Heart cares about its Consultants, and they are always looking for ways to help us thrive.  They have SO many tools to offer their Consultants. . .we're never left out their on our own trying to figure things out!

If you're looking for a job that offers flexibility, creativity and great personal support, consider joining my Close to My Heart team.  We welcome all Consultants, whether you want to start earning trips or just get a great discount on your favorite products.  We have reasonable sales requirements ($300 per quarter) for our hobbyists, yet we reward those who really want to work the business.

I'd love to help you get your business rolling!  In the month of April, Close to My Heart is offering you a chance to sign up for only $75.  In addition to the great kit deal, they are also offering some fantastic incentives to help you get off to a great start.  If you sell $350 in your first 30 days (that's usually one party), you can earn one of our Cricut Collections (or $100 in product credit) FREE!

To sign up, visit my website at  Click on "What We Do>Be a Consultant."

If you have questions, feel free to e-mail me at