Friday, August 31, 2018

It's Finally Here!

September is finally here! I'm looking forward to cooler temperatures, pumpkin flavored treats and most of all sharing the highly anticipated Holiday Expressions 2018 Idea Book! You can view the book online here and will also be able to add the Idea Book to your order online. This new book is filled with everything you will need for your Holiday crafting and beyond. It will last you through the end of December so no need to panic about getting everything you want on your wish list.

September or should I say 'Stamp'tember is a time to celebrate our love of stamping. It is National Stamping Month and Close To My Heart has put together an amazing collection of paper goodness. The Memories in the Making special has everything you need to create a 12 month scrapbooking calendar. This is great to add you family photo's to all year long and even makes a fantastic Christmas gift! I will have some videos soon showing how easily these Cut Above pages go together. If your not interested in making a calendar these pages work very well together as single or double page layouts. I will also have more artwork to show you using them for that purpose. You can get more details and all the bundle options on my website!

As always September offers a Stamp of the Month at a discounted price. Tasty Treats is an adorable stamp featuring some cute sentiments and images perfect for Halloween, Fall, Christmas, or just celebrating everyday friendship! I can't wait to show you what I created using this stamp set. Here are some images from the Idea Book to get your creativity juices flowing. Stay tuned for more on this adorable stamp set.

There are still a few more specials available this month, please visit my website to order any of those collections. I will be revealing much more from this book and all of the artwork from my Open House soon. Please come back soon for inspiration and happiness!

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Holiday Expressions 2018 Unboxing

This year for my Open House I decided to do a grand unboxing. Rather that lay all the new products and my artwork out on display, I walked through the Idea Book and revealed new merchandise in order. My customers felt like it was Christmas morning early!

Here are all the boxed stacked up and ready to be opened!

The aftermath of boxes as product and artwork have been removed!

I will reveal all of these awesome new products and my artwork throughout the coming weeks. You will be able to view the Idea Book for yourself online starting September 1st. You can look forward to all the new products, pages of inspiration, a new stamp of the month and several monthly specials including a special bundle especially for National Stamping Month! Come back soon and often!

Monday, August 27, 2018

Diamonds are a Scrapbooks Best Friend!

Creating a background to your scrapbook pages can be as easy as a repeating shape! Close To My Heart featured a gorgeous single page layout on their Instagram at the beginning of August. {You should follow them, there is always new inspiration!} It was simply a diamond shape that was repeated across the entire background of the base page. They repeated a few papers from various paper collections in our current Idea Book. Feeling inspired I gave it a try with some new papers that you will see in the new Idea Book launching on September 1st.

I distressed all the edges before lining them in the center of my layout. I them worked towards the outside being sure to mix the colors and patterns in an appealing manner.

I finished my layout with a photo mat, some chipboard title and hearts, shimmer thread and finally some sparkly bling gems. This paper collection is called Boutique and is such a subtle, beautiful blend of greys, blues, pink and yellow. You are going to see many projects using this collection come September! Stay tuned!

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Grateful for... Everyday Goodness (two cards, one sketch)

Today I am playing along with Freshly Made Sketches. I love to see the sketches and what the talented artists will create. I finally had some time to play along. I was able to create two cards, because I just had to see if my ideas would turn out like I visioned.

This first card uses some Documented papers and a section of one of the Picture My Life cards in the collection. If you look closely you will see a new watercolor impressions stamp in the background, a new stitching stamp, and a little zip strip from a new paper collection releasing in September.

I also had to create a fall themed card, because I liked one of the design team member, Amy O'Neill's card so much. (Please visit the FMS blog to see all the designers cards!) These fall papers and chipboard leaf complement come from a new collection in the Holiday Expressions Idea Book available in just 1 week! Again I used that watercolor impressions stamp to add some texture in the background and just a bit of thread. On the inside of the card is a little, tiny "you".

I hope you will check out the Freshly Made Sketches blog and be sure to come back here soon. I will have more updates on that new book and have lots of projects to share using the new products!

Friday, August 17, 2018

You've Got Class

Earn an A+ in Memory-Keeping with this Exclusive Collection

Preserve the best of your child’s school years with the You’ve Got Class collection of products. This special features a paper collection, exclusive stamp set, and workshop kit all designed to commemorate the passage of those formative years. But act quickly, these products are only available through September 30!

The unique You’ve Got Class workshop contains a set of materials that you can use to create 14 single page scrapbook layouts — an entire album with one page for each school year. The workshop kit also includes our True Fit Folios, giving you a place to preserve precious keepsakes and mementos from each year. Great place to file away their report cards, best work or rewards. You will be able to download the instructions for this workshop on my website.

 Here are some purchasing options~

Purchasing the entire workshop kit will give you the most savings and allow you to create the project as instructed online. This option is $61.95. You also have the choice to purchase only the paper packet or coordinating cardstock.

You can also purchase the stamp sets separately if you do not wish to have the papers or folios. They are super adorable and can also help you complete your scrapbooking layouts for your school aged children!

All of these items can be found on my website under the promotions tab.

Thanks for stopping by, come back soon for more inspiration!

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Craft with Heart unboxing and creation of love story page

I received my first shipment of Craft with Heart this weekend. I chose the 12-month subscription program so that I can keep crafting all year long and because it saved me the most money. Plus, the free prints at Persnickety and free shipping is a great deal! In this video I show you what I got in my first box. I also create the first two-page layout in the September kit called Love Story. I hope you will see how easy and beautiful this layout is to create. If you want more information log onto my website. Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, August 10, 2018

Beautiful Friendship Going Away

Just the paper collection is going away soon! Beautiful Friendship was the first paper collection featured in the Seasonal Expressions 2 Idea Book. It had a lovely color scheme of pinks, light yellow and a bold Sapphire Blue. I loved all the floral patterns and the tea cups were a fun addition. I'm sharing a layout I did some time ago and a new layout I created recently revisiting those "Tea-riffic" images from the coordinating complements.

These papers are still so gorgeous to me...I may need to get another pack before they are retired! Be sure to get products from this collection before August 31st. Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

You Can Still Document with Documented

I'm getting down to just scraps with my Documented paper and complements collection! At first I was drawn to make cards with these papers, but after looking through the papers more carefully and the complement stickers that coordinate with it, I realized this collection is truly for documenting your story. I created a few layouts with some pictures in mind and some yet to be taken!

This first one is a two page layout that is simply colorful and happy. It uses much of the big flowers, a 'beautiful' sticker and a happy title provided by one of the PML cards.

I pulled out an older How To Book called Magic. Does anyone remember this book?

This next layout is a single page. Sometimes I have only one photo that I captured, but there is a great story to go with it. I have a pretty good idea of what this photo will be and the story, I just have yet to print it!

I get some great stories from my daughter who is away at college and she sends me the best pictures.

Lastly, as I stated from the beginning this collection of papers and complements begs you to tell your story. This PML card with a pink camera and journal lines is the perfect platform to write down your thoughts. I love the other sentiments and words found on a zip strip. These make embellishing your layout super easy!

The Documented collection is available until August 31st. If you have a story to tell make sure to get these products before they are gone!

Thanks for visiting! Remember you can shop anytime for these great products and many more on my online website.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Fresh Air Layouts

The Seasonal Expressions 2 Idea Book and products are still available until the end of August. There is always so much excitement when a new book is soon launching, however you won't want to miss out on any of these products when they retire. One of the first paper collections that caught my eye in this book was the Fresh Air papers. I knew they would be perfect for my family and our outdoor lifestyle. After these last couple of warm summer months I had some pictures perfect for this collection.

The stamp I used for this first layout, along with the PML card choice complimented these photo's perfectly. My husband and I ventured out to escape the hot temperatures and went somewhere brand new that we have never been before. It was a nice escape with much cooler weather, a hail storm and just in time to see the last blooms of the wildflowers. How awesome does that wood pattern paper work with the pines and yellow fields. Plus the complements, especially that chair are too cute!

In this second layout titled "Time to Unwind and Relax", I will remember that after napping through the rain showers the sun came out for a beautiful hike to a waterfall! Again, all of the complements and PML card fit so perfectly with my pictures!

Maybe you haven't taken that adventure yet, but imagine if you do and you don't have these gorgeous papers to scrapbook with. What if they are already gone! Its best to be safe than sorry!

You can find this collection and more online today and until August 31st only! Happy memory making!

Monday, August 6, 2018

Bring Back My Pack ~ More Magical

Magical is back and will make your memories from vacation or family time at parks even more memorable! This new pack has updated colors, coordinating products and an exclusive stamp set! You will be able to download instructions to create four 2-page scrapbook layouts and eight cards!

Here are a few options for purchasing~

More Magical Workshop Kit $39.95

More Magical Coordinating Cardstock $9.95

 Dreams $18.95 {exclusive stamp set and only available during this promotion}

 More Magical Paper Packet $10.95

You can select what product works best for you online. Imagine getting all of your magical memories scrapbooked quickly and beautifully allowing you to look back on all of those amazing moments for years to come!

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Craft with Heart Subscription

What monthly subscription could be better than one that makes preserving your memories easy and beautiful? This program is for the advanced crafter who has little time or looking for something new to try, or it is perfect for someone who is brand new at scrapbooking!

Each kit in the Craft with Heart™ program comes with the parts and pieces to make two two-page 12″ x 12″ layouts. If you’re not familiar with our Cut Above® layout kits, you get everything you need to assemble scrapbook layouts in one convenient kit: base pages, pre-cut pieces and die-cuts, stickers, and photo placeholders—all you need is adhesive and a journaling pen! You might also want a beautiful album to keep all of those layouts you've created throughout the year!

If you sign up for the 12 month subscription in August, I will enter your name into a drawing to receive a 12x12 D-ring album in the trendy lagoon chevron pattern for free! ($35 value)

Remember that with the 12 month subscription you receive the kits all year long with no shipping fees, you save 20% and you get a code for 30 free Persnickety 4x6 photo prints in each box. That's 90 free 4x6 prints for the year!

What will your first delivery look like? Here are the layouts you will create for the first 4 month delivery.






Here is a breakdown of the 12 month plan, however you are welcome to log into my website and get further details in regards to this program.

I will be sharing more about this program throughout the month, but why not get signed up today and join me in creating! Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, August 3, 2018

For the Love of Crafting

I knew that I would want the August Stamp of the Month from the moment I saw it in the Seasonal Expressions Idea Book. It has some really fun catch phrases and timeless images. These work great for both your crafty cards and your scrapbook layouts! Here are a few cards I made to display for my customers.

I chose just a few of the images and sentiments. I also pulled in some papers from current collections and also some sneak peeks of papers coming in September! You will find some pml cards and zip strips too!

You can get this stamp in the month of August for only $5 with a qualifying purchase. For that price I'm certain you will find all sorts of projects that these would work great for!

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

August Specials Galore

This month you will find several specials that will spark your creativity and keep you crafting all month long, or possibly all year long!

Craft with Heart

I posted about the newest subscription program a few days ago. Starting today you can subscribe to this awesome club! The 12 month plan is available now. {The monthly and 4 month plan will be available starting September 1st.}

Here are some details:

         12-month subscription~ $172.32 USD/249.60 CAD
Total savings:Save 20% on twelve layout kits! 
You pay $14.36 USD/$20.80 CAD per kit

FREE shipping! Save $59.40 USD/$120 CAD on shipping over the entire year

Receive a code from Persnickety Prints in every box for 30 free 4" x 6" prints!
   What is included in a Craft with Heart™ layout kit?
The Craft with Heart™ subscription sends you a Cut Above® layout kit
for every month. Each kit comes with pre-printed base pages, paper pieces, 
die-cuts, and stickers to make two scrapbook layouts, plus three 12" x 12" Memory Protectors™. 
 You can get more details and sign up for your first amazing box by visiting my website and clicking on the "Craft with Heart" link under the "Products Tab". 

Close to My Heart is bringing back the popular Magical paper packet for an August special! This paper packet has been updated with new colors and will be available during August and September along with an exclusive pack of cardstock in coordinating colors and an exclusive stamp set! We’ll also be offering a workshop kit that includes the paper packet, stamp set, and other materials you’ll need for creating four two-page layouts and eight cards (four each of two designs).

As part of the More Magical special, anyone who signs up to be a Consultant during August or who hosts a qualifying party will receive a FREE More Magical paper packet! You can see all the details and that exclusive stamp set on my website!

August will also see the introduction of the You’ve Got Class special, which features an exclusive paper packet, made up of selected papers from the Seasonal Expressions 2 paper collections. These papers have been selected and grouped together with a coordinating cardstock pack, an exclusive new stamp set, and a set of True Fit Folios to create an exclusive workshop kit that will provide you with the materials to create an album of 14 single page layouts to preserve photos and memorabilia from a child's K-12 school years.
Whether you have children just starting out on their educational journey or a senior on the verge of graduating this kit will help you to preserve the memories that are fleeting or will fleet so very fast! Find more details online. This kit will be available until September 30th.

The Here's to You special is still available until the end of this month and of course there is a fun Stamp of the Month!You can get the For the Love of Crafting stamp set for just $5 with a qualifying purchase until August 31st.

I will have more artwork of this stamp set and other specials coming soon, stay tuned!