Join Close to My Heart for $49!

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

consultant kit
Close to My Heart has made it even more affordable to start your own business as a Close to My Heart consultant. For just $49 plus tax and shipping, you can join my team and become a Stamp Goddess!

Get $130 in Products You’ll receive everything you see above, (also listed below), plus access to online training, projects and support, and personal mentoring from yours truly. Whether you plan to join for the personal discount, or decide to pursue a full-time career as a Close to My Heart consultant, or somewhere in between, the choice is yours!

Free Tote!
Get this fabulous bag absolutely free when you join my team this month.
It’s a backpack, and a shoulder tote, and it will hold your 12x12 albums and pages, plus tons of supplies. It’s only available while supplies last, so it may sell out like hotcakes. Don’t wait!
For answers to any questions, contact me anytime!

Essentials Kit ($49) includes: Avonlea Complements Canvas Shapes
Workshops on the Go™ Avonlea Scrapbooking Kit
My Creations® Recipe/Photo Box
Color-Ready Canvas Alphabet
Chocolate Exclusive Inks® Pad
Slate Exclusive Inks® Pad
My Acrylix® Glamour Lowercase Stamp Set
My Acrylix® Perfect Fit—Frames Stamp Set
3" x 3" My Acrylix® Block
2" x 3½" My Acrylix® Block
Current Idea Books (qty. 3)
Hostess Order Forms (qty. 5)
Customer Order Forms (qty. 5)
Close To My Heart Color Swatches 
Autumn/Winter 2012 B&T Duos® Sampler
Petite Perks™ Nature’s Delight Incentive Stamp Set

Ready to join my Stamp Goddess team and become a Close to My Heart consultant? CLICK HERE!

SALE! Final Day for Footloose Workshop

Last chance to purchase my 10 page Footloose Workshop, and today only… save $5 off the price!

Scrap your summer photos with this complete kit, with room for up to 35 of your favorite photos. Kit includes 11 page download PDF instructions, plus all papers and embellishments.

Last Day Sale!
The Footloose Paper pack will not longer be available after today, so you save $5 when you purchase today only! Originally priced at $47.98, now just $42.98!

UPDATE: Footloose Paper packs have sold out. Thanks to everyone who ordered the 10 page workshop. I'll be releasing another workshop kit soon.

Steampunk Style with La Belle Vie

Thursday, July 26, 2012

steampunk LO

I have a confession. When I first received the La Belle Vie paper pack, I didn’t see the potential right away. The new limited edition colors La Belle Vie Mauve and La Belle Vie pink didn’t jump out and say “create something awesome!” I think it may have been that I’m old enough to remember the 80’s and the mauve couch and matching lazy boy recliner in my parent’s home.

But then I saw the gears shapes on the new Close to My Heart Cricut Artiste cartridge (available Aug. 1) and I thought…. STEAMPUNK victorian! How perfect. This family is crazy for steampunk.

artiste gears

There are several gear shapes on this cartridge, for layering and mixing. I cut them from assorted shades of black and grey (below). I added gold and silver embossing powder to some, in varying amounts, then distressed the embossed shapes with the new CTMH black pigment inks.

steampunk lo cu gears

I changed the color of the Keepsake Felt Alphabet by covering in silver embossing powder and heating just until it began to melt, so it left a rough texture to the letters (below).

steampunk LO cu

Don’t you love that dress form (above)? Another shape on the Cricut Artiste cartridge! The butterfly wings are on the La Belle Vie My Stickease assortment.

I wanted the page to remain a bit “girly” for my teen daughter, who is crazy about all things steampunk, so in addition to the dress form and crown, I added a ruffle (below) made from the new Black Tulle Ribbon.

steampunk lo cu ribbon

This new ribbon is WIDE! You get 10 yards of 3” black tulle ribbon for just $5.95. I folded it in half, stitched along the folded edge with my sewing machine (hand stitching is fine too), and pulled to gather. Tons of dimension in just 24” of ribbon!

Once I got past my mauve prejudice, I’m seeing so much more creative opportunities with the La Belle Vie paper pack. Elegant, sophisticated or yes… funky, it’s all possible with the right choice of accessories!

The new products will be release on Aug. 1.

Shop my website for all these Close to My Heart products and more! Click on the photos below to see products and prices.

Whatever Wednesday: 5 guys, one piano

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

I always try to take my creative thinking to another level by looking at my tools and materials in another way.

In this video, The Piano Guys did just that. Take a look at their amazing interpretation of One Direction’s song, What Makes You Beautiful.

New CTMH Cricut Artiste Collection

Monday, July 23, 2012

This time last year, Close to My Heart released their first exclusive Cricut cartridge. The company had predicted one year of inventory and it sold out within three weeks. Get ready to knock your socks off with the next release of Close to My Heart creativity with the new Cricut Artiste Collection!

cricut artiste

With 700 images, the cartridge features themed projects, interactive cards, a new font, and tons of 3-d items.

You can view the assembly book online now, which shows instructions for just the 3-d items, and there’s so much more in this cartridge!

Plus, you’ll also receive three exclusive stamp sets, and three 9”x12” dimensional elements white chipboard die-cut shapes.

Get your hands on the Artiste!

You can order the Cricut Artiste collection on my website, beginning August 1. I will have a very special offer for customers purchasing this collection through me during the month of August, so stay tuned for the special!

Wise Words

Sunday, July 22, 2012

be awesome
Today is your day to be awesome.

Typography designed by Tresa Black.

Bustin’ out more burlap!

Friday, July 20, 2012

Have I convinced you that I love the new Close to My Heart burlap ribbon yet? How about a bit more persuasion?

burlap box ribbon

Make a bow that stands up and says “hello!” At 3-1/2” wide, it’s going to get noticed.

You can tie a traditional bow with a knot in the center, but it’ll be quite bulky, so I chose to create a cheater version and just wrapped the center with thread, then attached a rhinestone designer brad.

burlap box

I used the new Clementine paper pack, and the Jardin stamp set. Both of these items will be available for purchase on my website Aug. 1. The card box holds cards or photos, find it here on my website.

Like the pen-holder? Yep. Burlap. Punch a hole right through the box and securely attach with a few stitches of strong thread or waxy flax, the pen holder won’t come off and you can use it as a handle to flip open the magnetic clasp.

Take a look at the lower portion of the box. Looks like burlap, don’t it? Universal background stamp set has a burlap pattern! I got the look and texture without the bulk by embossing in clear powder onto bamboo cardstock, then sponging Desert Sand ink onto the design, creating a resist pattern. Pretty cool!

burlap box pen

Banners are hot right now, and I love how easy it was to make one in burlap!

burlap you LO

Burlap banner CU

I folded the top over and zipped it through my sewing machine, but you can easily skip that part and adhere with adhesive. Snip the bottom notches free-hand for an imperfect look, like I did, or measure if you must. I love how the burlap ribbon doesn’t unravel until you want it to.

Don’t go all crazy with your adhesive when attaching your burlap. Just a few glue dots, or a swipe with your ATG gun will hold it down. Leave the ends free to give some added dimension to your project!

And just to prove that it’s not all about burlap, I also used the new bulk Colonial White Rosette Ribbon. So soft and pretty, and you can color them any shade you like using re-inkers.

burlap roses CU

Here’s another version of a pen-holder (below), perfect for the new Close to My Heart My Creations Canvas Journal.

burlap canvas book

Even the world’s sloppiest seamstress can handle this fabric, its open weave hides the ugliest stitches. Just try to match your thread to the burlap if you want to hide your handiwork. If you know a few fancy embroidery stitches, show them off with a contrasting floss color!

burlap book open

I lined the inside of this book with paper from the new Scholastic paper pack. It looks so perfect, you’d think that it came with the book.

Since our papers are cardstock weight and double sided, I couldn’t bring myself to secure down the left side of the page, and happily discovered that it looked perfect that way. Usually it’s a little difficult to get a perfect bond when applying paper across an inner fold, but by securing only the left page, it works much better!

burlap book open2

Proof that I’ve been on the burlap bandwagon for a while now….

Sixty burlap bags, all made by me, for the 2012 attendees of Creative University. Yes, I know my burlap.


New products will be released Aug. 1.

The products below are available now! Click on each photo to view the product and price.

Idea Book and Catalog, now available!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

idea book

Want it?  Get it now for just $6, plus a bonus $5 coupon on your first order. CLICK HERE.

New products will be available to order on August 1. Catalog is shipping now! Get the new catalog and get your wish list ready!

Crazy for Burlap

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

My fellow crafters:
Ask not what burlap can do for you, but ask what you can do with burlap.

Burlap card

This year, for the Close to My Heart national convention, I had decided I wanted to experience the classes and presentations without the pressures of teaching. So I chose not to apply for Extravaganza, which is the most inspiring mad-house of simultaneous classes ever, a favorite tradition of convention.

In the months prior to convention, corporate invited me to fill a special job, as an accessories presenter onstage. I am so honored to have received this amazing opportunity.

My co-presenter, the talented Lisa Stenz (check out her fabulous blog here), and I both received identical boxes of new products and were told to create to our hearts’ content. Anything goes, no restrictions, just play and explore to discover the best use of the products. I was in heaven!

One of my favorite new products (okay, probably my very favorite), is the Burlap Ribbon. It’s one of the new bulk ribbons, and you get a HUGE 5 yard roll. The ribbon is 1-1/2” wide, which is small enough to get into a bow, but wide enough to use as more than just ribbon. At $7.95, you’ll get a LOT of projects out of just one roll.

And guess what? The burlap ribbon looks amazing with EVERY one of the new paper packs in the Autumn/Winter idea book!

I used the new Clementine paper pack with my projects here. Such a pretty shabby chic look when you mix the coordinating Cottage Asssortment fabric flowers with the burlap.

burlap card pleats CU

If you’ve ever worked with actual burlap fabric, from the fabric store, you’ll find that it is usually stiff, smelly, and it sheds a lot. Often it has an oily feel from the chemicals used in treating the fabric. I am delighted to say that the CTMH burlap ribbon doesn’t have any of those drawbacks.

It’s much softer, doesn’t smell, has minimal shedding when cutting, and leaves no residue on your hands or work surfaces. And while it has lots of dimension and body, I also found that it was easy to manipulate and held its shape much better than burlap by the yard.

burlap cherish LO

I created a huge flower for the layout above with just 10 inches of burlap ribbon. Fold the ribbon in half long-ways, so you get two bound edges, then use a needle and thread to stitch quickly down the length of the fold. Pull to gather and arrange in a double layer.

burlap flower CU

I just have to show off my blue pearl embellishment (below). Create your own custom colored pearl and rhinestone embellies using the new CTMH alcohol markers. My pearls started out white, can you believe it?

Burlap pearls CU

For a more rustic look with the burlap ribbon, trim off the binding and fray the edges (below). You can even use the discarded fibers to thread into your button holes!

I attached the ribbon with just a single swipe of adhesive from my ATG tape gun. By leaving it loose on the edges, you’ll be adding more depth to your projects with the loose edges lifting up.

Burlap LO CU

Want more burlap tips, ideas and artwork? You’re in luck, because I have MORE coming in my next post!

Retiring Colors… Get ‘em before they’re gone!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Colors are like friends. There are ones that we always turn to when we’re happy, and ones that are best for quiet times. Some stick around for years and years, we can’t imagine life without them. Others come into our lives for a brief time and then exit when when our interests change.
It’s time to say goodbye to some old friends, and make way for some new ones.

CTMH colors
Close to My Heart is revamping their exclusive color palette, and I love the new line up of 40 unique hues, plus 2 shades of white. The new color palette will be released on Aug. 1, 2012.

Don’t Miss Out

If you’re not ready to say bye-bye to the 24 retiring colors, you’ll need to act quickly to stock up on cardstock, stamp pads and re-inkers. These colors may disappear very, very fast. Don’t wait, shop now! Click on the colors below or click here to go directly to my shopping website.

Holiday Red Tulip Sunflower
Sunny Yellow Sunkiss Yellow Key Lime
Garden Green Dutch Blue Heavenly blue
Moonstruck Spring Iris Lilac Mist
Amethyst Petal Pansy Purple
Vineyard Berry Garnet Brown Bag
Vanilla Cream Parchment Taffy
Baby Pink Grey Flannel Grey Wool

Click on each color to shop. Items are available while supplies last.