Monday, March 2, 2015

Hopscotch Picture My Life Card Class

I'm ready for spring, and the Hopscotch Picture My Life Program is the perfect way to get my spring "fix"--especially when you use it to create beautiful cards with a spring vibe.  It's so easy to turn the pre-printed 3" x 4" and 4" x 6" cards from ANY of our Picture My Life Programs into beautiful cards.  Just add papers from the coordinating paper pack and accessories and you are ready to go.  You'll also want a Corner Rounder so you can round your corners to match the PML cards--I recommend Close to My Heart's Corner Round (Z1912, $7.95) because the curve most closely matches the curved corners of our PML cards.

I'm hosting the Hopscotch Picture My Life Card Class on Monday, March 9th, at 6 p.m.  Cost for the class is only $20, and you'll get to make 15 cards!  Your class fee includes your Hopscotch Picture My Life Card Deck (we'll only use part of the deck), a package of our super cute Junebug Puffies and the extra cardstock, papers and accessories to create your cards.  If you can't attend the class, you can purchase the Hopscotch PML Card Class Project Pack and create your cards at home.  I'll include a handout with the photos of each of the cards.  Cost is $20 (plus shipping, if needed).

Sunday, March 1, 2015

March Sign-Up Special: It's a good one!!!

If you've ever thought about becoming a Close to My Heart Consultant, March may just be your month!  All Consultants who sign up in March and purchase the $99 Starter Kit will also receive the adorable Shoulder Tote bag ($26.95 value) absolutely FREE!  Consultants who sell $300 in their first 40 days as a Consultant will ALSO receive our incredible new Rolling Tote (retail value $149.95) for FREE!!!  Yes, you read that correctly!  It only takes one party to get yourself to $300, so this is a winner of a deal!  If you'd like to know more about becoming a Consultant, let me know!  You can sign up online through my website,

 Our new Consultant kit now features products from our upcoming Seasonal Expressions catalog (going live in April), so you'll also be among the first to receive products from this catalog!  You can choose a kit with a card focus or scrapbooking focus.

March Stamp of the Month

It's a new month, and that means a fun new Stamp of the Month.  March's Stamp of the Month, "Choose Happy," features fun frames borders and sayings--all with a sweet, feminine flair.  You can purchase this stamp set for only $5 with a $50 purchase or buy it for regular retail price of $17.95.  Either way, it's only available in the month of March!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

February Club Projects from Heartstrings Paper Pack

Here are the projects I put together for our February Hostess Club.  They feature the Heartstrings Paper Pack and stickers.  If you'd like to attend either session (morning or evening) on February 16th, let me know! 

Monday, February 2, 2015

February Stamp of the Month--A Happy Hello

Is it possible to have TOO many floral stamp sets?  I don't think so!  This stamp set is SO charming with all of the different flower images that you can stamp and layer.  "A Happy Hello" is only available in February--get it for only $5 with a $50 purchase or buy it at regular price for $17.95.  To order, contact me or visit my website at

This stamp set really shines when you cut out the various flower images and layer them!

Try putting the stamped flower images behind one of the overlays cut from the Artbooking cartridge!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Heartstrings Card Workshop

When I first saw the Heartstrings Card Workshop, I thought the cards were really pretty (and the stamp set is beautiful), but I didn't think my customers would get much use out of the Valentine-themed cards.  So, I dragged out a few other sentiment stamp sets and made them cards that I know ANYONE could use all year round!

Close to My Heart's Workshop on the Go Cardmaking Kits are ALWAYS a super value because they contain all the paper, card bases and envelopes to make 15 cards, plus two FULL-size accessories (the Stuck On You Puffies and the Pixie Extra Thick Twine) and an exclusive D-size stamp set--all for only $24.95.  You can order the kit (G1090) on my website at

If you're local, sign up for my Heartstrings Card Workshop on Thursday, Feb. 19th, 6 p.m.  Cost is $29 (the kit plus shipping and tax).  I'll have lots of sentiment stamp set so you can make cards that will be most practical for you!

See how easy it easy to substitute other sentiment stamps for any occasion??

NOTE:  The stamp pads used in this kit (not included) are Slate, Lagoon and Pixie. 

Friday, January 23, 2015

Easy, Affordable Valentine Projects!

I host a Valentine workshop every year, and it's one of my favorite classes because we get to make easy  projects that revolve around candy!!!   Here are a few of the projects we'll be learning this year:
I've seen these little Nugget mailboxes on the internet, but I finally took the time to make one myself--why did I wait so long??  This patterned paper from the Heartstrings paper pack was perfect for it, and I think the little embellishments (Clear Sparkle and one of the hearts from the Stuck On You Puffies) add just the right touch!

I'm a big fan of our Cut Above Treat Bag Kits--we've got four different designs, and this is the new Valentine kit.  The round stickers fit perfectly on Rolo candy, and believe me when I tell you that this takes only MINUTES to put together!!  I amped mine up a bit by adding Gold Shimmer Trim and Pixie Twine.  The "Happy Valentine's Day" is one of our little M-sized stamps for only $2.95.  I mounted it on a stamped circle from one of the Artiste stamp sets. 

When we get a product like the Cut Above Valentine Treat Bags, you KNOW we'll have to turn it into something completely different.  This time,  I trimmed a little off of the top of the treat bag and glued it together so it's a flat card that doesn't open.  I inserted the sucker into the treat box window.  These monster stamps (B1470 Love Ya Silly for $9.95) are so adorable. . .makes me wish my kids were still in elementary school. . .okay, I'm kidding--I never want to do the elementary years again!  Anyway, I had to make mine a "she monster" with a bow from the Puffies!!  You might notice that I have green Shimmer Trim running across the top of the card.  Green is one of the few Shimmer Trim colors we DON'T carry, but we DO carry white, and you can color our White Shimmer Trim ANY color with the Shin Han Markers.  Such a cool tip!!

A friend of mine posted this idea on Facebook, but they had used toilet paper roll tubes to make the owls.  I'm all for frugal recycling, but I decided I could do the same thing with our My Creations Clear Treat Tubes (Z1823, $5.95).  I just created a tube of paper (this pattern came from the Brushed Paper Pack) that sticks up above the clear treat tube.  You just fold the ends of the tube to create the owl ears--another SUPER EASY project.  Again, I used the Puffies to add some fun sparkle, and I made the owl wings out of Pink Glitter Paper.  If you whip these out for the kids in your child's class, give yourself a GOLD STAR!!!

We have SO MANY fantastic products for Valentine Projects, and you can order all of them on my website at  Here are a few of my faves:

Pink Glitter Paper--Z1922 for $5.95 (and, yes, you can cut this on your Cricut)

Shimmer Trim--available in 10 colors, self-adhesive backing, $4.95

Red Enamel Hearts--Z2010, $3.95
Stuck On You Puffies, Z3037 $4.95

Cut Above Valentine Treat Bag Kit--Z2056, $14.95 (makes 10)

M1052--Mini Valentine Stamp, $2.95

Love Ya Silly Stamp Set, B1470, $9.95