Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Stamp of the Month Cards

Okay--better late than never!  Thought I'd show you a few cards that I've made with the April Stamp of the Month, Balloon Talk.  This stamp set is really versatile--you have lots of phrases and speech bubbles to pick from, so it works for both layouts and cards. 

For the top card, I stamped the empty speech bubbles all over the background in Chocolate Ink.  "Thanks," "Fab," and "Awesomeness" are stamped in Twilight, Chocolate and Goldrush, and I used the coordinating cardstock to mat the pieces on the card.

For this card, I stamped the baby carriage stamp in Staz-On ink and colored it with our alcohol markers (in Cotton Candy).  The background is embossed with one of our new embossing folders (love them) and the speech bubble is stamped in Cotton Candy.

I saw a card similar to this online somewhere--I just switched out and used Laughing Lola paper and coordinating ink colors (Lagoon, Gypsy and Black).  This would work with ANY paper pack--just switch out the patterned papers and the speech bubbles to work for the occasion you need it.
In the month of April, you can purchase the "Balloon Talk" stamp of the month for only $5 with a $50 purchase.  Visit my website, to order.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014


Join Close to My Heart in the month of April and you get to select one of our three AWESOME Cricut Collections FREE!  These collection retail for $99 each!  You can sign up on my website at (look for "What We Do>Become a Consultant").  Our new Consultant starter kit is $99, and it includes over $300 of fabulous products. . .add the Cricut Collection and you're looking at over $400 in products for $99!  Feel free to contact me if you have questions about signing up as a CTMH Consultant. 

April Stamp of the Month: Balloon Talk

Here's a stamp set full of fun messages that you can use for layouts, cards, tags. . .anything!  You can purchase the "Balloon Talk" stamp set for only $5 with a $50 purchase in the month of April.   The speech bubbles also coordinate with the Artiste Cricut Cartridge.   Order on my website at


April Club Projects

We're doing layouts with the Timberline paper packet for April Workshop Club, Monday, April 21st (10 a.m. or 6:30 p.m.).  This paper pack has been a BIG hit with my customers--it's perfect for camping trips, fishing trips, any outdoorsy event.  For the layout, I cut an overlay using the Artbooking Cricut Cartridge.  I also used the Timberline stickers and the Timberline Assortment as accents.  If you'd like to join us for club this month, let me know ASAP.  It's optional to purchase the stickers and the Timberline Assortment, but if you want them in time for class, we'll need to order them ahead of time.
Card makers will be making a couple of Timberline cards this month featuring the adorable Happy Camper stamp set (C1578, $13.95).  We'll probably have a third card using the April Stamp of the Month. . .stay tuned for that!


Friday, March 28, 2014

Pennant Frame Workshop--Thursday, April 10th

I'm a big fan of our My Creations products--they're just a blank slate waiting for creativity to happen!  The Pennant Frame (Z1941, $8.95) is no exception.  And, here's what I like even more about it:  you can use the Artbooking Cricut Cartridge to cut the paper for this frame (p. 76, Photo Mat 2, cut at 9 1/2 " Real Dial Size).
For my Pennant Frame Workshop on April 10th, you'll get to create this beautiful frame with Skylark paper for $12.  And, believe me, after you make one, you'll want to go home and make a dozen more!  Check out the photo below from our Spring/Summer Idea Book showing the Pennant Frames with our SO cute Lollydoodle papers. 
If you want to make these frames on your own, you can order the Pennant Frames, papers and accessories from my website,
One tip from me:  when working with chipboard, I always use our Bonding Memories Glue (Item #1512, $6.95).  The liquid glue adheres much better to our chipboard than tape runners do.  Make sure you put adhesive over the entire area all the way to the edge of the frame.
Products used:  Z1941 Pennant Frame, X7177b Skylark Paper Packet, Z3000 Skylark Assortment, Z1970 Skylark Textiles, Z1853 Aqua Dots, and Z1918 Teal Shimmer Trim.  The stamp image is from the Skylark Workshop on the Go Kit, stamped in Desert Sand and Lagoon.
My Creations Pennant Frames are a blank slate waiting for your creative touch!

Frames embellished with Lollydoodle papers and accessories (SO CUTE)!!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Ariana Card Box and Cards

Ariana Card Box Class on Thursday, April 3rd, 6 p.m.  Please RSVP by March 24th.  We'll use the My Creations Journaling Cards Box and turn it into a wonderful box full of adorable cards.  Cost for the class is $15.  This would make a great gift item (think Mother's Day)!


Sunday, March 16, 2014

Sign Up and Get a FREE Cricut Collection in April!

When you sign up as a Consultant in the month of April, you'll receive one of our incredible Cricut Collections absolutely FREE!! 
 That's a $99 value!   Our new Consultant starter kit (shown below) is only $99 (plus tax and shipping) with over $300 of products and business tools included in it.   You can sign up on my website, (click on "What We Do" and then on "Be a Consultant").   This special starts April 1st, and I encourage you to sign up early so that you can select the Cricut Collection that you want.
Want to know a few things about becoming a Consultant?   Here's some general info:
New Consultants earn 22% commission on all products that they purchase (in other words, you get a 22% discount off the retail price).  You have the opportunity to earn even more based on your monthly sales.  For example, if you sell $400 in a month, you'll also earn $25 in free product credit.  If you're selling $1,000 per month, you earn 30% commission, plus another $75 in product credit (great for stocking the supplies you need).  If you decide to grow your business and become a team leader, you'll also earn additional commissions off any team members under you. 
We have a wonderful Straight to the Top Program for new Consultants. . .sell $1,200 in your first 90 days and you get your $99 kit cost reimbursed to you!
To remain active with the company, Consultants are required to maintain $300 in sales per quarter.  All of your own purchases also count toward this minimum, so if you're a hobbyist who buys a lot of product for yourself, the retail cost of your purchases (before your discount) will count toward your minimums.
There are lots of ways that you can work your business--online, through home parties, by conducting workshops or creative classes, working crops and craft shows, or just by passing catalogs around to your stamping and scrapbooking buddies and doing catalog parties. 
If you have additional questions, just ask! 
So, back to the special. . .when you sign up in April, you can select one of our three Cricut Collections, each with over 700 unique images.  Each collection comes with THREE stamp sets and three sets of coordinating chipboard images.
Artbooking--our newest cartridge with ENDLESS possibilities.  With Artbooking, you can make entire two-page layouts and mini albums. Plus, you'll find oodles of overlays and stand-alone images that you can use on your cards and other projects.  If you want to see some cool videos on Artbooking, just scroll down my blog and look at past posts (or visit my Facebook page at


If you like to make 3D items, you'll fall in love Artiste.   This cartridge has SO many box patterns, purse patterns, 3D flowers, cupcake holders, party favors, etc.  And, even if you're not into 3D items, you'll find plenty of other images that you can use on your cards and layouts.

Art Philosophy is the FIRST Cricut Collection that Close to My Heart created, and I consider it the "anchor" cartridge.  It has over 700 images--every basic shape that you'd probably ever need!  Even though I love the interesting things that Artbooking and Artiste can do, I always come back to my Art Philosophy cartridge for the many basic shapes that I need. 

No matter which one you choose, you can't go wrong with our Close to My Heart Cricut Collections. . .and why not get one FREE?