Friday, June 16, 2017

Carnival of Cardstock

Close To My Heart has announced a great deal to end the month of June! How would you like 25% off all cardstock until June 30th? What a fantastic deal and who doesn't need more paper!

You can get the coordinating cardstock packs from the current Idea Book collections for only $7.46. Those include Little Dreamer, Prickly Pear, No Worries and Jack!

Or you can choose single color packs and multi-color combo packs at a discounted price of $10.87
 Keep in mind that this deal will end on June 30th as well as the BOGO Album promotion. See all of the specials online here.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Freshly Made Beach

It has been a long time since I have played along with a sketch challenge. This was a fun one though and a great opportunity to use a new stamp set! I used the sketch for this week on Freshly Made Sketches along with the No Worries papers and cardmaking stamp set. What is great about this stamp set is that it has coordinating Thin Cuts to make all of your images perfectly cut and stamped!

Ah! No worries at all! Don't you just want to go hang out and relax at the beach now? Toes in the sand, cold drink in your hand!

Friday, June 9, 2017

It's a Fiesta with Prickly Pear!

The BIG grad party has come and gone! There was a ton of preparation for the party itself, but I managed to find some time to create a few layouts that would work for the party pics to come. I wanted to use the fun Prickly Pear papers as I liked the bright colors and the cactus would work well with our backyard decor where the activity would happen.

The included PML cards can act as titles on your page or you can use the card and add the complements chipboard letter die-cuts for a big title!

This page worked well to showcase some of the areas that my daughter and I decorated inside the house.

We used several areas in our house to show her memorabilia, photographs and to set up a "One Smart Cookie Bar". For this reason I decided to add a flip flap to the layout to show more pictures and not crowd the page.

Take a closer look at these fun titles and complements that can be added to your Prickly Pear pages!

Remember that this collection is available now in the Seasonal Expressions 2 Idea Book which will expire in August.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

June Specials Start with a Flash Sale!

At 2 p.m. Pacific time today, a flash sale begins on my website! Products from the newest Seasonal Expressions book as well as the Annual catalog will be at a special reduced price. Be sure to check it out!

While your there shopping, check out the gorgeous albums. They are in an assortment of colors and you can get them in either a post-bound or D-ring style. For the month of June it's buy one get the second for 50% off.

Once you've added your albums and sale items, you will be well on your way to receiving the stamp of the month for only $5! Hello Foxy is a cute, sweet friend that you will want to share with loved ones and friends!

Enjoy all of this month's specials and continue to celebrate your memories and spread your joy with others! Happy June!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

More Live Beautifully Cut Above Layouts

Today I am sharing a couple more layouts that you get in the Live Beautifully Cut Above Kit. These layouts come with base pages and just a few embellishments that create a page in just a matter of minutes. However, don't let your creativity be limited by a predetermined design. For this layout I wanted to add many more pictures than the original design allowed for. I found that some flip-flaps and an additional page protector insert was the fix! Here are the base pages of the layout.

In this photograph you can see where I added a 4x6 flip-flap on the left side and the insert is laying over the right side.

Here I have shown the flip-flap open revealing the picture on the back and underneath. This flap will be adhered to the 12x12 memory protector.

Finally, once the insert page is loaded in the album it will simply flip to the other side to reveal another set of photos or PML cards. Now I have a beautiful layout that showcases many more pictures. {Good thing, because I must have taken 50!}

With Senior Prom complete, I moved right on to graduation pictures. I wanted a few photos of my daughter in her cap and gown before the big ceremony. I did love the colors in the photos, but I thought they looked more elegant in black & white with this layout from the kit. The gold and white banners are not part of the kit. I added those myself as they were used on her announcements and I wanted to carry over the theme.

This is my favorite layout in the kit, so I saved it for last. I love the clean white and shiny gold together with just a hint of the sea glass color in the flowers. Plus, the curved lettering is already printed on the paper making it so easy to add the photos and embellishments.

Be sure to get this kit, papers and exclusive stamp set before it's too late! You have until May 31st!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Live Beautifully Cut Above Kit

I can't believe we are already more than half way through May. Half way through National Scrapbooking Month! Have you explored the Live Beautifully collection being offered this month only? I was able to show some of my customers the new items especially focusing on the Cut Above Kit. Scrapbooking your memories doesn't get any easier than this! Check out a collage of the kit contents.

Hopefully you can see the mix of papers, embellishments and the how-to brochure included in the kit. Everything is pre-cut and the assembly is simple. Here are just a couple layouts I completed within only a few minutes. Maybe 12-15 minutes per layout after printing the photo's of course.

You can search more ideas with this kit on Pinterest or Instagram with #ctmhlivebeautifully or #Nationalscrapbookingmonth. I will show you a few more layouts here on my blog in the coming days as well! Happy scrapbooking!

Monday, May 8, 2017

Prickly Pear with Cactus and a Llama

Hello! Have you been browsing the newest Idea Book? I always love turning each page back and seeing all of the newest collections and projects. I am always pleasantly surprised with the creativity and cleverness that CTMH comes up with each season. Now of course I like all of the new papers, but sometimes there is one collection that captures my interest first. In the new book it was the Prickly Pear collection and that adorable Llama stamp set.

The Prickly Pear cardmaking stamp comes with coordinating thin cuts in the Llama and Cactus shapes. This makes the cutting and stamping super easy. These cards were made in no time at all and the papers are really awesome too!

We created this Llama card at my Open House. It was a llama fun to make! Do you llama make one too?

You can get the paper collection and stamp set with thin cuts online now. Just think of the creations on both your scrapbooking pages and cards!

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Live Beautifully Graduation Announcements

This month is National Scrapbooking Month. As you know, Close To My Heart is offering a wonderful collection of papers, cut-above kits and a special stamp set to celebrate. As I mentioned in my last post, I have used these papers to create my daughter's graduation announcements. Here is what my daughter and I designed together.

I knew that the floral paper in this collection would be perfect to capture her High School colors of maroon & gold. She also wanted to incorporate gold and I loved the contrast of black & white. With some help from my Cricut and some Lawn Fawn border die cuts, these were the cards we came up with. As you will see in the next photo not every card was the same. I wanted to mix up all the combinations and have a little fun. Everyone received a card that was individual and unique!

Keep in mind that I was able to create over 30 announcements with just about one packet of paper. I also purchased the Cut-Above kit and was able to create beautiful scrapbook layouts to showcase my daughter's graduation photographs. I will share these pages and many more projects using the new paper collections from Seasonal Expressions Idea Book. Stay tuned!

Monday, May 1, 2017

Celebrating May!

So many wonderful things to celebrate this month! For me personally it is the last month of this school year, then I am on Summer Break! My daughter graduates High School and we get to party! It is also time to celebrate our Moms and all that they do!

As for Close To My Heart, there are some great events to celebrate as well! May is National Scrapbooking month. A month to reflect on all those memories we are making, like graduations & mothers, and ask ourselves how we are preserving those moments. As always Close To My Heart is offering a wonderful collection of papers, embellishments and even albums to help you preserve your memories and tell your stories. The collection is called Live Beautifully!

During the month of May, 
Close To My Heart is offering three exclusive new products to celebrate National Scrapbooking Month: 

The Live Beautifully paper packet, the My Acrylix® Live Beautifully stamp set, and the Cut Above™ Live Beautifully layout kit, which helps you create five complete scrapbook layouts in half the time! 

Buy these exclusive products separately, or buy an album bundle with the new Cut Above
layout kit to save 20% — you can also just buy it all!

Let me just tell you that I have already made my daughter's graduation announcements with the papers and used the Cut Above layouts to showcase the gorgeous photographs we captured for her invitations. It is a stunning collection of colors and patterns, the floral papers are beautiful and the layouts come together so quickly and easily! You won't want to miss the opportunity to celebrate NSM this May!

If that is not enough to get you excited...I have more news for you! May 1st is the day that a brand new Seasonal Expressions 2 Idea Book goes live! Think Summer, fun, colorful and oh so trendy! This Idea Book will have your creativity sparks flying. Please welcome the new collections~


Little Dreamer

No Worries

Prickly Pear
 I honestly flipped through the pages of this book the first time smiling, then giggling. You will undoubtedly find something that makes you happy in this book. You can view it online or even better get one in person from me.

Finally, as each month rolls around so does a new Stamp of the Month that can be purchased at a discounted price. Live, Laugh, Love will be perfect for those of you that enjoy coloring and big, bold page titles.

To see more images and find details on any of these specials please go to my online website. Enjoy these offerings this month and definitely any other celebrations that you are personally celebrating in May. Don't forget to preserve those memories!

Friday, April 28, 2017

Products Retiring Soon!

It is always exciting to welcome a new Idea Book, however you'll want to be certain that you don't miss out on any products departing! This Sunday, April 30th is the last day you can order from the Seasonal Expressions 1 Idea Book.

How can you let these wonderful collections pass you by:

 Dreamin' Big


Some Kinda Wonderful

Sugar Rush

Hello Lovely

 Don't miss out on any product that you may have been considering using for a future project. You can shop on my website any time of the day, just be sure to do it before Sunday night!