Monday, July 30, 2018

Create Card Class

This past Friday I decided to host a card class using an exclusive stamp set that I received for attending convention. I posted a scrapbook layout using it earlier this month, but thought that would be awful selfish of me to not share it!

It has the best marquee "Create" word and the other sentiments are fabulous too! I knew these would appeal to my customers and thought they would enjoy making some cards with it. We did three unique and different cards, plus they got a little sneak peek and next month's Stamp of the Month as well as some papers coming in September!

I had some layered stamping techniques, Cricut cut flowers with a sentiment and one card was done as a vertical impossible card.

I can't wait for my Open House event where I will show off lots of new products from the brand new Holiday Expressions Idea Book. I know my customers are also very anxious to get their hands on this new book! Until then there are lots of fabulous promotions coming in August. Be sure to check my blog for the latest updates!

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Craft with Heart

Creativity directly to your doorstep is coming soon! Close to My Heart is introducing a brand new subscription program called Craft with Heart. I'm sure that some of you have tried similar programs whether its for cosmetics, clothing, even your nightly dinner! This program will allow you to preserve your memories easily and quickly. It will also let you express your creativity, keeping your hands busy while telling your story.

Craft with Heart

This subscription is offered monthly, every 4 months or best of all there will be a 12 month option that will keep you crafting all year long. More details can be found on my website on August 1st.

In the meantime I will remind you of the other specials going on now and soon to end.

 Here's to You is a special that features a workshop kit inspired by life’s special occasions! Get exclusive stamp sets and instructions to create beautiful cards and a scrapbook layout. This special runs until August 31st. Details of purchasing options can be found on my website.

Stampaganza is the most anticipated sale of the year and will soon come to an end. You can buy two stamp sets and get one free only until this Tuesday, July 31st. Don't delay on placing your orders online.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Here's to You

Create a collection of beautiful artwork for all kinds of special occasions using the exclusive stamp sets featured in the Here’s to You special. Only available July 15 - August 31st or while supplies last.
Save 25% by purchasing the stamps bundled with a collection of products that you can use to recreate the artwork shown here. Find all the options on my website here for purchasing. You can also get complete instructions to assemble the cards and layout so you can be prepared for the next happy event on your calendar! 

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Christmas in July

Upon cleaning up my craft room, reorganizing and rearranging I came across some older papers and complements. I know that Christmas in July is a real thing, a real smart thing! Why not get all those crafts done long before the craziness of the season is hitting you like a runaway sleigh! So I sat down at my freshly cleaned up table and created a couple Christmas cards. Nothing fancy, just wanted to use these beautiful, sparkly complements and sentiments.

Who participates in Christmas in July every year? Do you recognize these old papers? Leave a comment and give some love to your older stash of products. After all, there will be new goodies for the holidays coming very soon!!

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Colors Retiring Soon

At convention they announced that some of our colors will be retiring at the end of August before the launch of the new Holiday Expressions Idea Book. Not only are 10 new colors arriving, but so is a new way of looking at how color works. There will no longer be color "families" like in the past with the Whimsy, Enchantment, etc. It is a new and different concept I've been focusing on to familiarize myself with these past couple of weeks. I've reorganized my cardstocks and inks already and anxiously awaiting for the new arrivals!

Until then you'll want to know which colors will be departing as you may want to stock up on some beloved classics. {Remember you have until the end of August.}

Crystal Blue
I made this happy retirement display for the colors leaving. Some have been around for awhile now, but a few were just recently introduced. There were some surprises, however I have complete faith in the company that they are following the trends and will guide us to amazing creations using a rainbow color!

You can shop for all products in these colors online here. Happy colorful, crafting my friends!

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Scrapbooking Convention 2018

Now that I'm home, relaxed, and some what organized; I had a chance to preserve my memories from the exciting experience of Close To My Heart Convention. I just so happened to receive an exclusive stamp set as an attendee that was my motivator to scrapbooking this layout!

I chose some fun coordinating colors to match all the vivid colors from the presentation as well as some more chill pictures of me and my husband enjoying the resort. As I mentioned I used a stamp set that is only available to those that attended convention, however I did use a small heart from a stamp set that you can order still from the annual catalog.

It's called Happy Heart and is available in French and Spanish too!

Some other current stamps that are similar that I can recommend so that you can take advantage of Stampaganza Sale are~

Created to Create

We are Makers

Be sure to check out all the stamps that are Buy 2 Get 1 Free online here.

Friday, July 6, 2018

Convention Cards Received

So I recently shared some of my experiences from the Close To My Heart Convention 2018, including the cards I created to trade with other attendees. Today, I am sharing the cards/goodies I received in return.

This is what makes this swap so much fun! I received beautiful handmade cards with designs and different stamp sets that I would not think to use or simply do not own. I also got a couple of goodie boxes filled with chocolate and a bling ring as it was the Vegas wedding of Sticky Boy and Sticky Girl. {It's a CTMH thing!}

You may see a few stamps in there that are part of the Stampaganza sale!

Go online to shop this sale! Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Convention 2018

I have just recently attended a most unforgettable event. As a consultant for over 11 years, I have never attended an annual corporate convention. This year it was held so close to home that I could not pass up the opportunity!

I knew that I was in for a treat, but still was caught up in such a whirlwind of excitement, entertainment, information, and inspiration! I think that now almost a week after completion I am finally digesting it all.

The opening entertainment was all set to a Greatest Showman theme, which happened to be my favorite movie of 2017! Our Founder and CEO Jeanette Lynton welcomed us all and boy what a fantastic kick off to this party it was! I can't quite share everything from this extraordinary event yet, you will have to wait unfortunately. I can, however share with you the cards I created to trade with other attendees. I made a total of 7 different designs.

For these first three cards I felt they were a good representation of who I am and where I'm from. The card on the left is a cricut cut of some mountains with a sun burst pattern of Fresh Air papers. This is to represent that convention was held at Red Rock Hotel and Casino. If attendees were lucky there hotel room had a view of the gorgeous Red Rock mountains in the distance. One of our favorite nearby places to hike. The cards in the center feature a succulent flower, some of my favorites and a chalkboard technique as my "normal" job is instructing in a classroom. There are two versions only because I ran out of ribbon! Finally, the card on the right is a darling bicycle. I enjoy riding my cruiser with the family on vacations or for a more grueling ride my husband and I venture out on various trails on our mountain bikes.

These next cards are all about my passion for Close To My Heart. I love creating with my own hands, making beautiful art and preserving my family memories. Some cards were just a standard card, some contained a bookmark, one of them was a holder for the bookmark and the last card at first look appears normal, but fold up like an easel to display the best sentiment ever! {Look for that stamp in August!}

The theme of this entire convention was CREATE! I love the meaning of it too, check it out~

C~ community
R~ renew
E~ elevate
A~ achieve
T~ tell your story
E~ empower

Good reminders of why I chose to represent this company 11 years ago and hope to continue for many more!

Monday, July 2, 2018

It's Stampaganza Time!

This is always a great sale and the perfect time to get those stamp sets that you've had your eye on!

 During July, buy any two My Acrylix® stamp sets at the full retail price and get a third stamp set of equal or lesser value free! Choose from stamp sets in the current Annual Inspirations or Seasonal Expressions 2, plus the popular Solos number and letter stamp sets that we've brought back just for July! Solos stamp sets can also be purchased in two different bundles, one for letters and one for numbers, for even more savings! Log onto my website to browse all the stamp sets available for this promotion. Happy shopping!

Don't forget to add the Stamp of the Month to your order also! Highlight Reel will be available until the end of July. Once you spend $50 on qualifying products (which includes stamp sets) you can add this stamp for only $5!