Thursday, December 9, 2010

Christmas Surprise!

Close to My Heart just announced a bunch of discounted items!  Embellishments for just $1.50!  Build your stash or perfect for stocking stuffers and get a surprise FREE D-Size stamp set for spending $20!  There will be new discounted items added daily!  So pop on over to my website click on "shop online" and then "discounted items."  Happy Shopping!

Friday, December 3, 2010

You Are My Sunshine!

Last night I created a page for Olivia's scrapbook...the first page that I have created for her!!  Not necessarily going to be the first page in her album though.  The picture is just one of my favorites, she is a very happy baby and has been so smiley since day one...this picture just captures it!!  One of my favorite songs to sing to her is "You are my Sunshine" so I wanted to be sure to scrapbook this memory for her...this is what I came up with!  I also can't believe that it has been just about 3 months since this was taken!!  Where does the time go!?!?!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Gettin' Sketchy!

I was really excited to see that the challenge this week was a sketch, always nice to have a little something to get those creative juices flowing and even better I was able to implement my new obsession...paper flowers! I have been having so much fun making all sorts of different paper flowers, I will have to do a blog post on them.  I also was able to try out faux stitching, so cool and easy...inspired by Tresa Black.  I wanted to make a plain note card to send along with a little "just because" gift, so I used this challenge as the perfect opportunity.  I used some scraps that I had left over from the Cherry-O Level 2 paper pack, Tulip ribbon & brad, Chocolate cardstock & ink.  The photos aren't the greatest as I just took them...need some natural light!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Prepare To Be Pleasantly Surprised!

Ok so everyone loves getting free stuff, right?  Well CTMH has done it again...with an irresistible promotion!  All you need to do is head over to my website and place an order of just $20 or more and you will get a FREE retired D-Size Stamp Set (that's a $22.95 value)!!  More than doubling your value!  This is the perfect time to get those items on your wishlist or grab those retiring items that won't be available after December 31st.  Click here for the list of retiring items. Get them while you still can and get a FREE stamp set surprise at the same time!  You can take advantage of this Plenty for Twenty promotion starting tomorrow (December 1st and will continue for the entire month).  As always happy scrapping and have fun shopping.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Ring in the Holidays

Looking for that perfect holiday gift or card?  Check out Shutterfly!  I just love using Shutterfly to create the memories that I have captured when I am not going to scrap them.  You cannot beat the quality or the price.  I have been using Shutterfly for four years and I continue to be impressed!  I have created several photobooks, greeting cards, and calendars.  Shutterfly is constantly having sales or specials to take advantage of; as a matter of fact they are having Cyber Week right now with discounts up to 50% off and free shipping through December 1st.  Every year I create a gorgeous calendar with photographs that I have taken throughout the year.  I make a calendar for my house, my parents, my in-laws, my aunt...the list goes on and on!  They always come out beautifully and the recipients rave about it is expected that I will make a new calendar each year!  Not only is it fun to create photobooks and calendars on Shutterfly but it is easy peasy too!  I love the fact that I can be creative while using their backgrounds or templates.  This year I am even going to order all of my Christmas cards from Shutterfly...once I can decide which card to choose!  I'm not good at making decisions and this one sure is going to be tough with all the gorgeous designs to choose from!  I can't wait to see the final product!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Lollipop Flowers

I was blog surfing while Olivia was napping the other day and came across some really inspirational ideas and actually created something based on them!!  I always find really creative and cool projects that others have made and think, hmm I need to try that but never do.  So, I needed to make a thank you card to go along with the accordian album and these lollipop flowers were just the thing.  I must give inspirational credit to Tresa Black, the stamp goddess, and Jayma must check out their blogs!! I usually don't make cards as often as I scrapbook but I had such fun making this card that I must say I plan to make more and try out more techniques!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Accordian Albums

One of my new favorite CTMH products is the My Creations Memory Showcase; it is an accordian album that comes in two sizes (6x6 and 9x9).  It's fun to create, makes a great gift or centerpiece and even better is very inexpensive!! You can create a gorgeous mini album in less than two hours! I made this 6x6 album as a gift for my parents from their new granddaughter that we are going to mail to them in Florida. As promised here are some pics!! Let me know what you think. This collage shows the entire completed album, front and back, as well as each individual page.

Here are a few photos of the first accordian album that I made using the 9x9 album and Veranda papers.  The idea and template came from my upline, Lynn.  I still have not put photos on the album because it is so beautiful I was waiting for something special and I think I found that...Olivia's baptism pictures!!  So stay tuned until December for the completed project!  But here are the layouts without pictures and please note the beauty of this paper pack gets lost in the photo.

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Sunday, November 14, 2010

New Leaf

Hi blogging friends!  I know it's been a while...but I am turning over a new leaf and am going to try and post at least once a week.  So, I thought this morning was as a good a time as ever to post a new message!  Yesterday was such a great day!  First, Olivia slept through the night (that's not new to her though) in her CRIB!!  Yes, her crib for the first time!  She slept great...mommy well that's another story!  Then, my bestest came over for a day and night of scrapping!!  Finally, after 3 whole months of not being able to scrapbook, it happened!!  And even better I actually completed a project and am so happy with the outcome!  I created a 6x6 accordian album with the gorgeous Olivia papers. I still can't get down into the craft room but Nicole made a zillion trips up and down the stairs to bring me all the supplies and more that I needed!  I'm telling you I owe this girl my life...she has been there for me through this whole ordeal and it has meant so much to me!!  Now I have the "scrapbug" and can't wait to get started on my next project!  I will post pictures steps, baby steps!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Hi Friends!  It has been a while since I have been online and blogging but I have good excuses!  Olivia has arrived!  We welcomed her into our lives on August 7th and she is just amazing...i'm so in love with her!  Along with her arrival came a few set backs for me but she is totally worth it!  So I have had to put scrapping on the back burner for a bit as I can't get to my scraproom in the basement.

Welcome to September! It's another exciting month with CTMH, I seriously feel like every month there are so many great promotions and exciting things going on with this company!  The Autumn/Winter 2010 Idea Book is now available AND it is National Stamping Month!  Don't forget about the Stamp of the month's very spooky; Thriller comes with 9 awesome stamps that will complement your scrapbook pages, cards and even holiday can check it out on the right side of my blog & my website.

Just wait until you get your hands on the new Autumn/Winter Idea Book with its gorgeous artwork and new products! It is just fabulous, i'm in love with all of the new papers & they have taken one of my FAVORITE products (FLIP FLAPS) & created additional sizes in an assortment pack! I can't wait for them to come in so that I can start creating! The book has so many great ideas and is so inspiring that it will immediately have you pulling out all of your supplies! You can see the Idea Book by clicking on the cover at the right side of my blog.  Check out myCTMH site to view the book & order. If you would like a copy of your very own let me know, it's FREE if you place an order or you can purchase one for $3.

Check back for workshop dates and times.  Also if there is any specific workshop or products that you are interested in let me know and I can set something up.  Contact me if you would like to earn FREE products!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

National Stamping Month Triple Play

Are you ready for a TRIPLE PLAY?!?! Lets celebrate your love of stamping with the triple play promotion offered from Close To My Heart by using stamps to embellish three mini albums. How fun, right? For National Stamping Month you'll receive a kit that includes stamps, inks, albums, and even pre-cut accents for stamping so you can create three albums in a snap!
You can get huge discounts on the Triple Play kit when you purchase the CTMH My Acrylix stamps sets or even get it free when you host a qualifying Gathering (if you are not local you can contact me for details on being an Online Hostess with your friends) or become a Close To My Heart Consultant.

Following are 5 ways to get this amazing mini album kit:
1. Buy the Triple Play kit for $29.95.
2. Purchase $25 in My Acrylix stamps and get the Triple Play kit for just $15.
3. Spend $40 on My Acrylix stamps and get Triple Play for only $5!
4. Host a Gathering with sales of $300 or more and get Triple Play FREE!
5. Join Close To My Heart as a Consultant and get the kit FREE!

Of course National Stamping Month is always FUN, but this year you'll get three times the excitement with Close To My Hearts Triple Play Mini Album Kit! I had fun creating one of the three albums, see the photo collage on the left with photos of the finished album without pictures, all that is included in the kit, and a close up of the stamp set that you will receive!

*Offer is valid for customers and hostesses August 15th thru September 30th, 2010.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

The BIG Day is Finally Here!!!

Don't miss out on this amazing deal! The CTMH paper & stickease clearance sale starts today at 11am (EST)! Click here for the details if you missed the earlier blog post. So hop on my website and shop til you drop. This sale begins today and runs 8 days through August 11th; WHILE SUPPLIES LAST! Get select My Stickease for just $2 (regularly $5 & $8), Level 1 Papers for $4 (regularly $10) and Level 2 Papers for $6 (regularly $12). Contact me if you would like to order but can't shop online for any reason and I can place the order for! Don't forget everyone that shops on my website this month is entered in to win a free stamp set too!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Level 1 Kits - Simply Beautiful

I am doing everything in my power to not think about the LATE arrival of our little what better to keep myself busy then to do some scrapping?! Today I decided to play around with some Level 1 Paper Pack Kits and boy are they super quick with super cute results! They are great if you are new to scrapbooking or if you don't have a lot of time to put together a layout. With the Level 1 kits, you receive 6 papers and coordinating stickers: 4 - 12x12 Preprinted Pages; 2 - 12x12 B&T Duos (Patterned Paper); 2 - 12x12 Cardstock Sheets and 2 My Stickease Adhesive Sticker Sheets.
I completed this 2 page layout of Tyler at the Skate Park in 15 minutes! YES, 15 minutes!!

I also used a Level 1 kit to create the matted picture of Ema for the H2H Challenge. So start getting your wishlist together for the start of the clearance sale tomorrow!

Tag! You're It!

This is my first time participating in the Heart 2 Heart weekly challenge! Every Monday a new challenge is posted and anyone can participate! The challenge this week is to create something with a tag. I have all of these adorable pictures of Ema that my BFF took at my baby shower that I have been dying to create with! So I came up with an idea that I can give to my cousin as a gift and enter into the weekly challenge! It was fun putting this picture frame together and I incorporated a tag for the title "So Happy!" Ema is so happy dressing up and she couldn't wait to put on her party dress for my baby shower! All products used are from CTMH.

$2, $4, $6 for 8...its YOU I appreciate!

CTMH has the most amazing promotion going on for 8 days, while supplies last! You can purchase select My Stickease for $2, Level 1 Paper Packs for $4 and Level 2 Paper Packs for $6; this is more than 50% off retail price! With the new Idea Book coming out in September, many of the these papers will be retired, so take advantage while they are still available and what's better at such a great price! Check out my MyCTMH website to take advantage of this awesome deal!! This is available beginning on August 4th at 11:00am until August 11th.

Click here for the list of all the items on sale or email me for a PDF copy.

All purchases qualify for the August SOTM.

Monday, August 2, 2010

CTMH Retiring List

Close to My Heart has released the 2011 retiring list of products. There are a lot of new and exciting changes in the works as you will see with the retiring list. A TON of products are being retired!! If there is anything that is on your wish list, be sure to get it soon as these items are only available WHILE SUPPLIES LAST until December 31, 2010!

Click here to download the 2011 retiring list or email me for a PDF copy.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

August Stamp of the Month

August 1st already!! Wow how time flies...still no baby, but tons of CTMH promotions this month to take advantage of. The SOTM for August (Something Splendid) is just that, splendid!! It is such a beautiful set to embellish your scrapbook pages or cards!! Remember this is an exclusive My Acrylix D-Size Stamp Set that is only available for the month of August. Check out my website where you can order 24-7 or contact me!

Here's how to get a fabulous deal on your very own stamp of the month!
  • Earn it for FREE when you spend $100 or more (before shipping & tax)
  • Earn it for 25% off ($17.21) when you spend $25 or more (before s & t)
  • Earn it for 50% off ($11.48) when you spend $50 or more (before s & t)
  • Earn it for 75% off ($5.74) when you spend $75 or more (before s & t)
  • Purchase it at full retail price ($22.95)

The recommended blocks for this set are: 1"x 1 1/2" (Y1001), 1" x 3 1/2" (Y1002), 4" x 4" (Y1008)

Tuesday, July 27, 2010


What a fun night we had! A big thank you to everyone who ordered the kit, either to do it on your own or for the workshop, I appreciate your business!! Life gets busy and things came up, some friends were missed...but Gail got a personal workshop session!! It was so great to catch up and get in some girl time before the baby comes. I love teaching others and seeeing them put their own creative spin on the project. Gail's recipe box came out adorable and I just know her friend is going to love it! What a great idea to give it as a wedding shower gift! I also created another box but this time not for recipes! It's a box for the little princesses hospital bracelets and keepsakes...I am going to put it on a shelf in her room. Thanks to Nicole for the inspiration on that one! This box is so can be used for recipes, gifts, photos, anything you can come up with! Also be on the look out for CTMH's next promotion...National Stamping Month! It's an awesome project called the Triple Play...I can't wait to share all of the details with you! Keep checking my blog in August! Don't forget to check out my MyCTMH website for artwork, inspiration and even how-to videos with techniques from CTMH. You can order anytime 24-7 just by creating an account and have everything delivered right to your door!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Busy Bees!

So I have been totally neglecting my blog this month...geez where did the time go?? Well let me tell you, we have been sooo busy over here getting ready for the little princess! Her nursery is done!!!!! I really can't believe it, I thought the day would never come! It came out beautiful and we are so happy with it! She has accumulated a TON of stuff that is taking over our house and she's not even here yet, ha! Not to mention her gorgeous shoe collection, thank you to Grandy Di & Auntie Bri! We are excitedly and anxiously awaiting her arrival, hopefully not too much longer.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Welcome July!

The start of a new month and many new things in the works! First, I am so excited and would like to invite you to join me for my first workshop! Come create a recipe box complete with recipe cards using Cherry-O papers. Who doesn't need a cheerful recipe box? Great to keep for yourself or give as a gift! You can join me for the workshop at my home or you can get it to go and do it on your own. If you would like it go just add $5 for shipping or you can pick it up at my house. There are a few kit options for you to choose from but all you need is the basic kit to complete the workshop.

Workshop Dates and Times to Choose From:
  • Thursday, July 22 10:00am -12:00pm
  • Thursday, July 22 7:00pm - 10:00pm

Basic Kit:

  • My Creations Recipe/Photo Box
  • My Originals Sugar & Spice Card Kit
  • 2 ~ 12x12 sheets of Cherry-O B&T paper
  • Cutting Guide

Total: $25.83

Better Kit = Everthing in the Basic Kit including the following items:

  • Mini Medley Embellishment Collection Tulip (Contains Ribbon, Buttons & other embellishments) $4.95
  • Chocolate Stamp Pad $5.25
  • Sponge $1.25

Total: $38.96

*Please note, if you would like the stamp set that we are going to use for your very own; you must purchase the Cherry-O Workshop On the Go. Also note that this WOTG Kit comes with the Mini Medley Collection that is a part of the better kit, so you won't need to purchase it twice. The WOTG is $29.95 plus tax and shipping and includes Cherry-O Level 2 Paper Pack, exclusive stamp set only available with the kit, mini medley embellishment collection, and instructions and cutting guide to make scrapbook pages and cards.

What You Bring With You to Workshop:

  • Adhesive ( I prefer Tombow, but whatever you use is fine)
  • Glue Dots
  • Scissors

I will provide:

  • Instructions
  • Use of tools such as sponge, chocolate stamp pad, and stamp set

Email me with questions and to sign up (! I look forward to getting together! Please RSVP by July 8th to ensure enough time for delivery.

A month also means a new Stamp of the Month (SOTM) is available; Happy Forever! It is adorable! Check out the stamp set and artwork on the right side of my blog. I just love CTMH's SOTM program, each month a new stamp set is offered and can be purchased during that month only! You can purchase the stamp set at full price, at a discount, or even earn it for FREE!

Here's how it can be yours today:

  • Earn it FREE when you spend $100 or more (before shipping and tax)
  • Earn it for 25% off ($17.21) when you spend $25 or more (before shipping and tax)
  • Earn it for 50% off ($11.48) when you spend $50 or more (before shipping and tax)
  • Earn it for 75% off ($5.74) when you spend $75 or more (before shipping and tax)
  • Purchase it for full retail price ($22.95)

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Home Stretch!!

So...four weeks left to go (i'm not counting or anything!). We are getting there, now I will begin my weekly doctor visits. I had my 35 week appointment today and it was so exciting, I got an ultrasound and was able to see the baby one last time before she's born. The doctor says that everything is great so now we just wait until the princess makes her arrival! Despite feeling like a moose and pretty swollen, I can't complain...I have had an amazing pregnancy!

Monday, June 28, 2010

Today's Jackpot is a GREAT One!!!

If you hit today's jackpot you will win four, yup you read it right FOUR different embellishment packs for FREE (Mini-Medley Autumn Garden Collection, Mini-Medley Holiday Collection, Mini Medley Spring Blossom Collection, and Mini-Medley White Daisy Collection!! There are five different items to choose from all for $14 that's a savings of 17% to 39% off retail value! The items include;; 12x12 Matte Memory Page Protectors (50 count!!!!), Two Combined Level 1 Kits (Enchanted & Floral Tapestry and Route 66 & Cutie Pie), Watercolor Pencils, and Weekly Calendar book. There are only 3 more days of June Jackpot! I hope you take advantage of today's jackpot, available until tomorrow at 10am!

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Ribbon Lovers

Today is a great day to stock up on ribbon for your crafting supplies! It's a jackpot day with five different Designer Ribbon Collections on sale for $7. If you hit the jackpot you will receive Pretty Pins and White Daisy Just Blooms Paper Flowers FREE!

Friday, June 25, 2010

June 25th Jackpot Deal

Today is another jackpot day, woohoo!! Some of you have already taken advantage of today's deal, so I figured I better get out there and share it with everyone!! There are five My Reflections Level 2 Paper Packs (Boom-Di-Ada, Daydream, Game On, Sarsaparilla, and Abundance) on sale for $10, that's 23% off retail price! You know the drill, if you buy the paper pack that triggers the jackpot you get the mystery jackpot item FREE!! Today the mystery jackpot item is My Acrylix Adorable Stamp Set. Pictured here is artwork using some of the Boom-Di-Ada papers, Daydream paper pack, and the mystery jackpot item. Check out my website to purchase and for info! Good luck!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

June 24th Jackpot Deal

First, Congrats to Nicole who hit the jackpot yesterday when she purchased the Love Flourishes Stamp Set!! Also, thanks so much for your business!

Today is a goodie box day. Get a box full of popular products at 50% off retail. This offer is only good while supplies last and it will be snatched up quickly, so act fast!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

June 23rd is a Jackpot Day!

Hello my bloggin' friends! Today is another jackpot day and what a great one it is! There are five amazing stamp sets at 35% off retail included in today's jackpot and if you hit the jackpot you will win the Everyday Celebration Card Kit for FREE ($34.95 retail value). This kit includes everything you need to make beautiful cards; stamp set, stamp pads and accessories, cutting guides, instructions, and color photos of the finished products.

Monday, June 21, 2010

FREE Super Cute Apron!!

So CTMH is running another promotion; if their facebook page reached 15,000 fans by Friday (which it did) they will give away FREE aprons! It works, I got mine! Here are the details; Be one of the first 200 people to order ANYTHING on ANY MYCTMH website ( and your order will come with a FREE apron!!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

June 20th - Today is a Jackpot Day!

Today is another jackpot day for CTMH's June promotion!! The five discounted items today are all $7 and include; Stickstock Linen, Bits & Pieces Card Kit, Hello Birdie Card Kit, It's Your Day Card Kit, and White Daisy Textured Cardstock. The card kits are great, you get 12 cards and coordinating envelopes, plus my stickease to embellish! Make personal homemade cards in a snap, everything is precut for you! Where can you buy 12 cards this adorable for only $7.00? Order the mystery jackpot item and get the Love Letters Rub-ons for FREE! You can purchase one or two of the items and hope you happen to choose the mystery jackpot item or you can purchase all five and guarantee yourself to hit the jackpot! Good Luck! Checkout my website

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Keepin' Cool

Wow is it a HOT one today!! Hope everyone is keeping cool! There are 11 days left of Jackpot June and boy has Close to My Heart had some wonderful deals! Today is another Jackpot day and the products are great. There are five different embellishment sets at 23% off their retail price, all selling for $10 and quick discounted shipping. If you purchase the item that hits the mystery jackpot you will get the My Acrylix Floral Delights Stamp Set FREE ( $22.95 retail value and pictured left). The embellishments include; Cranberry My Accents, Outdoor Denim My Accents, Topiary My Accents, Photo Clips, and Photo Hangers. Check out my website to see today's jackpot.

Friday, June 18, 2010

June 18th Jackpot Deal

Yesterday's mystery jackpot item was the sorbet ribbon rounds collection! So if you ordered that you will receive the My Acrylics Sensational Seals stamp set for FREE!

Today is a goodie box day!! Get a box filled with popular products for 50% or more off retail value. The goodie box has a retail value of $80 but it can be yours today for $40 and don't forget about the discounted super quick shipping!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

June 17th Jackpot Deal

Today is another jackpot day with some great deals! What a great array of different embellishments for $5 each in todays jackpot (Sorbet Designer Ribbon, Clear Craft Buttons, Heartfelt Whimsy Die-Cuts, Winter Cozy Mini-Medleys, and All Out Adventure Rub-ons). If you hit the jackpot you will receive the Sensational Seals stamp set for FREE; pictured on the right. This offer is good until tomorrow morning at 10:00am. These items have been shipping out really quickly (within 2 -3 business days) and have discounted shipping too! How great!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Home Sweet Home

We are back from a fun weekend of camping...even though the weather wasn't the greatest, the company was and we had a great time! Although, I do have to say that I am really glad to be home and sleeping in my own bed (even if it is in our living room at the moment!). To our suprise, we found hardwood floors underneath the carpet when getting the nursery ready. Which led us to wonder if we had hardwood in our bedroom too...we do!! So this week we are getting the floors refinished, very exciting! Can't wait for it to be finished, hopefully by the weekend!

Jackpot June update. Today is a jackpot day and it's an awesome one! There are five paper packs (Level 2) on sale for $10.00, normally $12.95. The papers included in today's deal are some of my favorites! Checkout my CTMH website. What a great way to stock up and if you hit the jackpot you will receive the Daisy White Grosgrain Bulk Ribbon ($6.95 retail value) for FREE! Good luck!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Jackpot June Deal for June 10th

Today is a jackpot day! One of the five discounted items will trigger the mystery jackpot item! The FREE jackpot item today is the Ribbon Rounds Organizer which has a retail value of $16.95!! Checkout my website to view the five stamp sets discounted 35% off. You can order the jackpot item of the day until tomorrow at 10:00 am.

Abundance Level 1 Kit

is one of the jackpot items from yesterdays jackpot...but you can still order it until 10:00am this morning!! My upline was generous enough to share some of her artwork, so I thought I would share it with you. Look at how she accessorized this Level 1 kit!! What great fall layouts, that you can put together QUICKLY! Check out my website to see the five jackpot items that you can order until 10:00 with $0.99 shipping! Then check back at 11 to see what today's deal is!
Happy Scrapping!