Friday, August 19, 2016

Saying Goodbye to Some Favorites. . .

I've really enjoyed the paper packs, stamps and accessories featured in our Seasonal Expressions catalog this summer, but alas, it is time to say "goodbye."  If you haven't taken the opportunity to order any of these fantastic products, I'd encourage you to take a look at them before they are gone.  Hop on over to my website at, click on "shop" and then on "Going Soon!" to see the products that will be retiring on August 31st.  Some of these items will probably run out of stock before August is over, so get your order in before they are gone.  Here are the three paper packs that are featured in this catalog.  The Complements that go with these paper packs are excellent, so be sure you snag those along with the paper.

FLORENCE (this paper is gorgeous, and the Complements that go with it are just stunning!)

CALYPSO--such a fun summer pack. . .can't get enough of these soft summer colors and flamingos!!

MAGICAL--my customers are always hunting for paper packs that work with Disney photos, and this is the ONE.  Even if you haven't made that family trip to Disney yet, I'd suggest picking up a pack or two of this to add to your stash!  

Monday, August 1, 2016

Basically the Best August Campaign

The new Annual Inspirations catalog is now live!  You can view it on my website at  To kick things off, we have a wonderful special featuring our new Fundamentals paper packs.  These paper packs are so versatile--the creative possibilities are ENDLESS!  In August, if you purchase the Whimsy, Adventure and Enchantment paper packs ($19.95 each--must buy all three), you can choose either the Rustic Home papers or the Uptown papers FREE!!  And, don't forget that you'll also qualify to get the Stamp of the Month for only $5

Adventure Fundamentals Paper Pack -- $19.95

Enchantment Fundamentals Paper Pack -- $19.95

Whimsy Fundamentals Paper Pack -- $19.95
Rustic Home Fundamentals --$13.95 (or FREE with special)

Uptown Fundamentals -- $14.95 (or FREE with special)

August Stamp of the Month

Maybe it's because I'm a cat lover, but I think this set is so stinkin' cute!  And, though it's geared toward Halloween, you can use several of the images (the cat, the banner, etc.) throughout the year.  You can only purchase this stamp set in the month of August.  You can get it for only $5 with a $50 qualifying purchase OR you can purchase at full retail value of $17.95.  If you happen to be taking advantage of the wonderful Basically the Best August special featuring our new Fundamentals papers (see separate post), you'll qualify to get this stamp for $5.

Friday, July 29, 2016

They're almost here!!!!

I'm so excited to announce the release of our new Annual Inspirations catalog on Monday, August 1st.  If you are local, feel free to drop by my open house on Sunday, July 31st, 3 to 5 p.m. or on Monday, August 1st, 5 to 7 p.m.  All guests receive a FREE catalog.  If you are long-distance, then be sure to check out my website on August 1st to view the new Annual Inspirations book online.  

The Holiday Expressions catalog that you see in the photo (with those gorgeous snowflakes and reindeer) will be available starting Thursday, September 1st.  I'll be having another open house on that date to debut all of the incredible holiday papers, stamp sets, etc.  

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Card Marathon Class Coming July 25th

I've got another 20 Card Marathon workshop coming up on July 25th.  We'll make four cards each of these five different designs.  I always provide a variety of sentiments, so remember that you can stamp whatever messages you want on the cards.  If you'd like to attend, let me know!  Cost for the class is a $25 minimum order.

Monday, July 11, 2016


Close to My Heart has an incredible special lined up for new Consultants in July!  If you sign up this month for a kit price of only $75, you'll receive $50 in product credit PLUS one of our new Fundamentals Collection paper packs and matching Complements ($32 value) for FREE!!  If you do the math, you'll know that's a lot of product for a little cash.  The new kit ($200 value) has basic products to help you get started.  You can use your $50 in product credit to select specific products of your choice. 

I'm looking for some enthusiastic team members to jump on board, and now is the perfect time.  Our brand new Annual Inspirations catalog will go live on August 1st, and our Holiday Expresssions catalog will go live September 1st.  If you sign up in July, you'll be able to order NEW products in advance and hit the ground running!  We also have great incentives to get you off to a strong start.

To sign up, visit my website at  Just click on the Early Bird Sign-Up Special offer! 
Select one of these new Fundamentals Collections ($32 value) to go with your kit!


  • Medium Organizer (Z4139, qty 1)
  • My Acrylix® Block 2" × 6½" (Y1010, qty 1)
  • My Acrylix® Block 1" × 3½" (Y1002, qty 1)
  • My Acrylix® Block 2" × 2" (Y1003, qty 1)
  • Non-Stick Microtip Scissors (Z1836, qty 1)
  • My Acrylix® Stamp Scrubber (Z1782, qty 1)
  • My Acrylix® Spritz Cleaner (1778, qty 1)
  • Bonding Memories™ Glue (1512, qty 1)
  • 3-D Foam Tape (Z1151, qty 1)
  • Sponge (Z697, qty 1)
  • Customer Order Forms (W101, qty 1 pack of 25)
  • Annual Inspirations Idea Book (WC1171, qty 5)
  • Seasonal Expressions 2 (WCS1163, qty 5)
  • Cardstock Sampler (W1167, qty1)
  • Fundamentals Sampler (W1170, qty 1)
  • Seasonal Expressions 2 B&T Duos™ Sampler (W1144, qty 1)
  • A Little Love – Petite Perks Incentive Stamp Set (W2035, qty 3)
  • Gathering Invitations (W1129, qty 1 pack of 25)
  • Desk Pad (W1140, qty 1 pack of 50)

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Florence Layout and Card Kit Now Available

Here's my latest ready-to-assemble kit featuring the Florence paper pack and coordinating Complements.  All my kits include everything you need (pre-cut and pre-stamped) to make a two-page layout and four cards.  I include a full package of the Complements, and you'll have plenty of those left to use on other projects.  If you'd like to purchase some of my other kits, I can ship multiple kits for the same $5 shipping fee.  Just contact me if you'd like to purchase multiples--I can send you a PayPal invoice for the correct amount.

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE these Complements with the shiny bronze on them--so pretty!

I've been seeing these "drapery fold" cards everywhere online, so I thought it would be fun to include one in this kit.  I'll have the piece pre-cut and pre-folded for you, but I will include a diagram to show you how to do one on your own.  

Have you noticed that elephants are popping up everywhere??  

This card features a stamp image from the new "A Bunch of Love" stamp set (C1647).  It comes with a matching set of die cuts!