Last day to join Close to My Heart for 1/2 price!

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

If you’re made of money, you can skip this blog post, because starting tomorrow you can join Close to My Heart and become of consultant for twice the price.

Or you can JOIN TODAY for $64.50 (plus s&h and tax) and get over $380 in products.

Wait, what? You like getting a super deal? Then keep reading!

Here’s the scoop: at midnight, mountain time zone, Close to My Heart’s half-price consultant special will end. Regularly $129, it’s a great deal. You get over $350 in CTMH products, PLUS your business supplies. In the month of May, CTMH slashed the price of the consultant kit in half, so it’s just $64.50. And the bonus, you also receive the You & Me scrapbooking kit included in your kit for no additional cost (another $34.95 value).

In addition to the big box of goodies you’ll receive from Close to My Heart, you’ll be able to receive a discount on any future purchases you make. More details below, but first let’s talk about what you get when you join!

What do you get with your kits? You get to customize your choices by selecting three of the following collections. Yes, you get to pick three of these collections, not just one! Notice the retail price on each one is more than the price you’ll pay to receive all three.

Choose THREE of the following collections:

studio J
Studio J one-year membership
Use exclusive patterns and papers to create beautiful Studio J® layouts at deeply discounted prices with a 12-month Studio J membership.
Retail value: $99 US


The lively paper, sunny ink colors, and cheery stamp sets in this collection will make your heart sing and your artwork shine.
Includes a Workshops on the Go™ Mayberry Kit (G1022), My Acrylix® Summer Days Stamp Set (B1375), Smoothie Exclusive Inks® Pad (Z2196), Olive Exclusive Inks® Pad (Z2137), Brads Pink Assortment (Z1362), and a 2” x 3 ½” My Acrylix® Block (Y1009) (not shown). Retail value: $66.85 US


Cardmakers and scrapbookers alike will cherish this collection of vintage-themed products and versatile tools.
Includes a Workshops on the Go™ lucky Kit (G1018), Lucky Level 2 Assortment (Z1356), My Acrylix® Enjoy Life Stamp Set (C1439), Outdoor Denim Exclusive Inks® Pad (Z2140), Desert Sand Exclusive Inks® Pad (Z2118), Kraft Color-Ready Borders (Z1377), Sponge (Z697), Edge Distresser (Z1297), and a 2 ½” x 2 ½” My Acrylix® Block (Y1004) (not shown). Retail value: $78.55 US


Beauty meets practicality with this collection of two types of albums, ink, stamps, and a block.
Includes a 12” x 12” Dark Chocolate My Legacy® Faux Leather Album (Z1342), Outdoor Denim Quick Pic™ Album (Z1404), My Acrylix® Ciao Stamp Set D1461), Chocolate Exclusive Inks® Pad (Z2111), and a 4” x 4” My Acrylix® Block (Y1008). Retail Value: $73.60 US


Get ready to create with three adorable stamp sets, two beautiful ink pads, and supplies to clean and maintain them.
Includes a Double Scrubber (Z1163), My Acrylix® Spritz Cleaner (1778), My Acrylix® A Tulip Stamp Set (A1111), My Acrylix® Spring Up Stamp Set (B1365), My Acrylix® Bless This Nest Stamp Set (C1445), A Tulip Exclusive Inks® Pad (Z2166), Garden Green Exclusive Inks® Pad (Z2120), and a 3” x 3” My Acrylix® Block (Y1006) (not shown). Retail Value: $75.05 US

Want to join? Click here to start filling out your application form. Want more info? Read on!

What’s the catch?
Nothing! If you just want the products, you’re more than welcome to sign up, get all of the kit contents and never make another purchase again.

But if you like CTMH, why not take advantage of the awesome consultant discount you’ll receive? Get a 22% minimum discount on any purchases you make for yourself. Share your passion for papercrafting with your friends and family, collect orders and pay yourself first with the up-front discount you receive.

Low Sales Minimums
It’s very, very easy to maintain your consultant status with Close to My Heart. $300 per quarter to continue to receive the full benefits as an active consultant. That’s usually one gathering every three months! Host a workshop, get your friends together to crop, or just purchase for yourself. You can also stay with CTMH as a junior consultant with just $100 minimum purchases per quarter and receive a 10% discount on all your orders.

No Inventory
Buy what you use, order what you sell! As a consultant, you collect orders and place them online. Products are shipped where you want – to the customer, to the hostess, or to you. No need to carry inventory or ship products.

Plenty of Training and Support
By joining my team, you’ll have access to me anytime you have questions or need support. The leadership program in CTMH ensures that you’ll always have someone there for you, and you’ll never be on your own. The online community of Close to My Heart consultants is amazing, and the corporate website has classes and training programs to guide you every step of the way.

Hobbyist to Career, or something in between
There is room for everyone at Close to My Heart. Whether you want to just get a great discount and order products for yourself and your friends and family, or if you’d like to earn a full-time income while working from your home, you can!

What are you waiting for? Join NOW!

Still have questions? Email me.

This offer is only good for US citizens. Canadian citizens may join CTMH by visiting the Close to My Heart website to find a Canadian consultant.

Under the Sea Contest!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Calling all LSG fans! Lindy’s Stamp Gang is having a You-Tube video contest! Create your own artwork with the under the sea theme, using any LSG products,  shoot a video and enter it into the contest. For full contest rules click here.

Need inspiration? Check out these LSG design team members and their fabulous Under the Sea artwork. (click on the photo to visit the designer’s blog)






I’m loving this artwork theme, so many fun ideas!

Shop at Lindy’s Stamp Gang and support
the American Cancer Society
During the contest (May 21 to June 8) Lindy Stamp Gang will donate 5% of each sale on the Lindy Stamp Gang website to the American Cancer Society. How awesome is that?! Random prizes will also be given out during the contest, and participants could win little goodies along the way! So don't miss out on the fun!

Fabulous Free Fonts

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

I’m a little font crazy. Okay, a lot. I can spend hours browsing websites for awesome fonts, and I’m as happy as a clam doing so.
I thought I’d share five of my faves, and they’re all free!
Today it’s all about  whimsical.
Here are a few whimsical styles I love!milkmoustachio
Milk Moustachio, (above) available at Abstract Fonts

Freeze! (above) available at Kevin and Amanda

Boingo (above) available at

fontdinerdotcom (above) available at

shelter me
Shelter Me (shown in all caps above) available at

Toasted Peeps, with a Color Lesson

Friday, May 13, 2011

toasted peeps left

Last year our family went camping over Easter weekend. The Easter bunny followed us, and left plastic eggs in the forest and baskets of goodies for the kids. We discovered a delicious treat…. marshmallow peeps toasted over a campfire. Mmmmm… carmelized sugar never tasted so good.

toasted peeps right

How about a little scrapbooking lesson on pulling color to customize a layout? If you look at my photos, there is nothing that looks spring-timey or flowery in the least bit. We were camping, so the colors are dark with browns and greens, lots of dirt and wood. If you are trying to coordinate your pictures to your paper, your first thought would be to pick a more outdoorsy theme.

But wait! It’s about Easter and peeps, so why can’t I have flowers and pink paper? As my husband says: “Nobody tells me what to do, not even ME!”

The key is how to pull it all together.

Here’s the layout, as it started out. This was the design that my students created in my March classes.

sophia layout Sorry ‘bout the big “crease”, I scanned the pages and pieced them together.

Anyhoo,  this is a darling color combo from the Sophia paper pack, but it’s just washed out when I plop down those dark camping photos.

The yellow of the peeps is the reason that these photos WILL work, since it is repeated in small amounts in the layout above. And since the layout isn’t so much about camping as it is about Easter in the woods and toasted peeps, I want the peeps to POP!

But it’s not enough to pull the entire layout together. The bold answer: black. I needed a color that was repeated in the photos to add as accents to my layout, without dramatically changing the look and feel of a spring-time theme.

Toasted Peeps

By adding a small amount of  black with the title and journaling, a few stamped black accents (stitching below the lower left photo, swirl in the upper right embellishment cluster) plus a row of black mini brads, it pulls the photos and page together so your eye sees the entire layout as one element.

So, don’t be afraid to go with color and theme first, then tie in the photos with a coordinating color accent.

Stop Staring and Start Scrapbooking

Monday, May 9, 2011

smile and wave-1

I don’t think of myself as a perfectionist…. far from it. But I consider myself a “hesitant scrapbooker".

I overthink, procrastinate and make excuses. I don’t have the right photos, I can’t remember the date, I don’t have the perfect paper.

smile and wave

May is National Scrapbooking Month. I am vowing to move forward and get over it. Case in point: not-so-great pictures and not-sure-of the date.

I had these photos developed a few years ago, and they’ve been waiting in my “to scrapbook” pile. I sift through this pile occasionally and set them aside every time. The photos are taken at an indoor waterpark with terrible lighting, a point-n-shoot camera, and I don’t remember the exact year. I quizzed my husband and kids, none of us can remember which birthday this was… “was it your 7th birthday, 8th?”.

smile and waveleft

I could keep setting the pictures aside, or I could get on with it. I could scan the photo, manipulate it digitally to improve the lighting, or I could get on with it. I could go back through all my negatives and find the date… or I could get on with it.

smile and waveright-1

Now, I have a layout and I don’t have a random pile of pictures to puzzle over. I don’t have a date, and I don’t have great pictures. But I remember the joy of watching my son spend the entire day in the wave pool, hitting the waves head-on, big grin plastered all over his face.

Hesitant Scrapper? Stop staring and start scrapbooking.

Leave a comment and tell me your success story. What have you done to become a more confident scrapbooker? Baby steps or giant strides, what works for you?

Happy Mother’s Day

Sunday, May 8, 2011

A few giggles for mom’s special day.

Someone made a video of me on mother’s day.

National Scrapbooking Month

Saturday, May 7, 2011

May is National Scrapbooking Month, and today is National Scrapbooking DAY, so it’s a super-duper special day!

Close to My Heart has two special offers to celebrate, available all month long.


Offer #1: You and Me Scrapbooking Kit - When you place an order of more than $50 in Close to My Heart products, you can get the exclusive You & Me scrapbook Kit for just $15 – that’s more than half off the retail value!

You’ll create two fully embellished two-page layouts using the included papers, stamp set, accessories and step-by-step instructions. You can also purchase the kit at full retail for $34.95 with no additional purchase necessary.

Shop my website for more great deals. Check out the “While supplies last” section for super clearance items!

Offer #2: Join my team and become a Close to My Heart consultant – Half price special!  For just $64.50 (plus s&h and tax), you receive over $370 in products, including the You & Me Kit shown above.

There are lots of reasons to join CTMH! You may want to get a discount on your own personal purchases, sell to just family or friends, or have the opportunity to earn a full-time income while you work around your own family and work schedule.

Besides being paid for doing what you love, Consultants are your own boss—setting your own hours, work around your priorities, and share revolutionary new products unparalleled in the industry. You’ll also receive discounts on the products you love and have the amazing opportunity to touch hearts and change lives through the joy of scrapbooking and stamping!

As part of this limited time offer, you’ll receive your choice of 3 “Choose Me” collections plus the business essentials! Click here to view the selections and find out more.

Contact me to sign up, or go right to the consultant application.

Video Winner!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

studio J still

My video entry to Close to My Heart’s Studio J contest has won first place! The contest had two categories, “most views” and “judges choice”, and I took first place in both! The prizes are fantastic – $800 in cash and products!

I’m so thankful to all my viewers and supporters for helping me win, and of course I also need to thank my Mother for her patience while I played “director”, my kids for being in yet one more video, and Close to My Heart for helping me share my Studio J love with everyone!

Goodbye to my sweet Rudy

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

rudy and jessica

On May 1st we said goodbye to our gentle spirited dog, Rudy.

We adopted him from the American Brittany Rescue in December 2007. It’s hard to believe that it has been only three and a half years, he’s become such a permanent part of my heart.


Rudy was 7 when he came to us, already a middle-aged dog and not a prime candidate for adoption. He was also not a hunting dog, or even a typical high-energy Brittany. What he was: perfect for our family. He did not bark, jump on people, dig, or chew. He only wanted to snuggle up for a good ear scratching and curl up at your feet for a nap. He was the most gentle dog I have ever known.


I’m still grieving, more than I expected. We knew that he was reaching the end of his life, with his old age and failing health.  But you can never be prepared for how much your heart breaks when you lose a part of your family.


Waiting at the Gate of Heaven 
by Emery Villeneuve

From the place where He sees all, God noticed the dog sitting just outside Heaven, anxiously watching the road leading to The Gate. "You may enter at any time" God told the creature.
"I am waiting for my master" replied the dog. "He won't be along for a very long time" God answered, " Come in and enjoy Heaven until then." "No thank you" said the dog, "I'll wait, I want to be by his side when he arrives so we can go in together." God touched the dog gently and said "If there is anything you need in the meantime don't hesitate to ask." But the dog said nothing for its attention had turned once again to the road watching hopefully for the soul it loved so well.