Merry Christmas to all!

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

merry and bright set

Wishing all my readers a very Merry Christmas!

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Top Reasons to Attend Creative University, #5

Monday, December 16, 2013

Half way through my top ten list of reasons to attend CU! Whether you are attending for the first time or have joined us in previous years, you’ll have many reasons to join us for fun and education at Creative U in February 2014.

Number 5 reason to attend Creative University is… SWAPS & EXCHANGES.

twinchie swap

There’s no doubt about it, we have a talented group of attendees at Create U! You can join in the excitement early on by joining any of the swaps and exchanges at CU.


Grow your card collection with a card swap, stretch your artistic imagination with the mixed media twinchie swap, and collect and create in the fun and fabulous charm swap.


The secret sister swap is another way to get to know your fellow CU students, and new this year, we have added a recipe card swap!

At Creative University, it’s always good to give AND receive!

Attend Creative University February 13-16, 2014 for as low as $184 (includes one class, lodging and all meals). Go for the full experience and add extra classes and an extra day on the registration page.  Register now to have access to the CU student facebook page with swap and exhange sign-ups.

This is a continuing series of the Top 10 Reasons to Attend Creative University. Click on the links below to view other posts.

1. Creative Classes
2. Free Time
3. Food
4. Nature
5. Swaps & Exchanges

For information and registration, visit the Creative University website.

Top Reasons to Attend Creative University, #4

Thursday, December 12, 2013

CU nature

Welcome back to my list of top 10 reasons to attend Creative University. I am celebrating my 7th year of bringing “Inspiration, Education and Relaxation” to the students who attend my creative art retreat. I hope you’ll be able to join us in February 2014.

Number 4 reason to attend Creative University is NATURE.

lutherhaven dine

One reason that I wanted to host Creative University is because I had the opportunity to rent camp Lutherhaven, which is located on the shores of Lake Coeur d’Alene in Idaho.

Surrounded by acres of private forest and lakefront property, it feels a world away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. You can enjoy the peace and quiet of an early morning walk, or savor views of the lake from your craft table.


Surrounding yourself with nature doesn’t mean you’ll be roughing it, either. Modern facilities gives you private bathrooms and showers in each cabin, a separate dining hall with full-time kitchen staff, and bright and spacious craft rooms.

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Get away from it all, enjoy the beauty of nature, AND make fabulous artwork. What could be better?
This is a continuing series of the Top 10 Reasons to Attend Creative University. Click on the links below to view other posts.
1. Creative Classes
2. Free Time
3. Food
4. Nature

For information and registration, visit the Creative University website.

Top Reasons to Attend Creative University, #3

Saturday, December 7, 2013

I'll go

Creative University is coming in February 2014, and I’m counting down my top ten reasons to attend. Thanks for stopping by my blog as I present number three on my list. (You can find links to the previous entries at the bottom of this post.)

You might want to skip this post if you’re on a diet. Don’t way I didn’t warn you….

Number 3 reason to attend Creative University is FOOD!


I am a big fan of food. When someone else cooks it, even better! As a wife and mom, I’m stuck in the kitchen a lot, and it’s a real treat for me to go someplace where I don’t have to do any cooking.

The first time I visited Lutherhaven, the camp that I hold Creative University at, I was amazed at the delicious food they served. Homestyle meals, made fresh in the kitchen by a full time staff, dished up buffet style or family style at the table. Healthy, hearty and scrumptious.


Creative University tuition includes all your meals in one price. No need to cook, no need to stop crafting, just enjoy your free time to spend on your creative pursuits until the dinner bell rings. And yes, they do have a dinner bell.

cinnamon rolls

Meals are served in the dining hall, so you won’t have to balance your plate on your craft table and worry about getting food on your projects.

For mid-afternoon munchies or late night cravings, there are shared snack tables for students. Bring your favorite indulgence and sample other’s contributions.


No one ever starved at CU, I guarantee.

Reserve your space at Creative University 2014 now! Details and registration page are located at the Creative University website.

This is a continuing series of the Top 10 Reasons to Attend Creative University. Click on the links below to view other posts.
1. Creative Classes
2. Free Time
3. Food

Clearance Sale!

Friday, December 6, 2013

CTMH sale

While supplies last items have been added to my Close to My Heart shopping website. Prices are so low, they won’t last long!

Check out a few of the favorite items (click on the item to shop, or click HERE to visit the sale page).

Accessories Case $5.25 (was $12.95)
Organization junkies, you’ll love this! It’s such a perfect little size to grab and go. I even use this for makeup and jewelry when I travel!

antique brads
Antique Copper Brads 100/$2 (was $4.95)
My favorite color and one of my favorite go-to embellishments when you need just a little somethin’-somethin’. Pewter and metal assortment brads are also on clearance.

Color Ready Cork Alphabet $2.40 (was $5.95)
I have these stocked up. I love the weight, the size, and how the neutral cork seems to work with any theme, from rustic to modern. You can also color these self-stick alphas with ink or even emboss them with pigment ink or versamark, then sprinkle with embossing powder.

6x6 Kraft Die-cut cards and envelopes 10/$2 (was $6.95)
I love the fold-over flap, there are so many options to decorate these blank cards, and the kraft cardstock stamps beautifully. These cards and envelopes also make a great base for a mini album.

Sparkles Blue & Green Assortment 108/$2 (was $2.95)
Self adhesive rhinestones are another embellishment that I use all the time! The colors in this blue and green assortment are gorgeous and work well for summertime scrap pages. Red, Pink & Purple assortment also on sale.

Check out all the sale items on my website.

Top Reasons to Attend Creative University, #2

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Creative University is open for registration, and I’m counting down the top 10 reasons to attend CU. Won’t you join me as I celebrate what’s new, what’s returning, and what makes Create U so special?

Number two on my list is the FREE TIME you can enjoy at Creative University.

time is free

I love the balanced schedule that you get at CU. It’s a great mix of creative classes, meals and activities, with free time to do your own thing.

If you’re anything like me, you occasionally want to get away from the busy schedules, the constant demands of home, family and work. But I also need inspiration and stimulation, and I find that some retreats find me antsy and distracted after a day or two of nothing to work on but my own projects.


I designed Creative University to have time to work on your own, but also enough scheduled activities to keep students engaged and inspired.

If you choose the 4 day package, you get one full day and a half to settle in, get your own space set up and work on anything you choose. By day two, you get to enjoy a self-paced class in the afternoon and after a delicious dinner you’ll be eager to get busy with a creative class in the early evening. Saturday you can stay busy with a morning and afternoon class, creating and sharing most of the day if you choose. Saturday night everyone is ready to relax and get back to their own projects, or finish up their classroom projects on their own time. It’s also the last night of Creative University so there’s plenty of time for late night hijinks and sisterly bonding with your CU friends.


If you’re looking for a slower pace, you can come to CU and work exclusively on your own projects with no interruptions for classes and activities. In years past, Creative University was all inclusive, offering one set price for all lodging, meals and included classes with your tuition. Some of the attendees preferred to work on their own and would not attend classes, but there was no discount on the price, everyone paid the same amount. This year, pick your schedule and pick your price! This is perfect whether you are looking for inspirational classes, or lots of free time, or a little of both.

Creative University welcomes crafters of all types. Scrapbooking and stamping will be the focus of most of the classes, but if you are a quilter, knitter, mixed media artist or jewelry maker, you’ll feel right at home. Bring your supplies and tools, enjoy your free time to pursue your passion and mix & mingle with CU students from all over the country.

This is the perfect opportunity to plan a group get-together. Invite your friends and family, each person can choose what level of craftiness they will enjoy. Your sister-in-law may want to come to CU and knit the night away while your best friend wants to learn scrapbooking along with you. If you are a consultant for CTMH or another papercrafting company, consider inviting your team or customers for a perfect getaway.

Groups of 6 or more can request their own private cabin, so gather your buddies and register now!

This is a continuing series of the Top 10 Reasons to Attend Creative University. Click on the links below to view other posts.
1. Creative Classes
2. Free Time

Top Reasons to Attend Creative University, #1

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

I’ve been away from my blog for a bit, have you missed me? It’s been a busy couple of weeks, and coming down with a nasty cold didn’t help at all.

Another reason I’ve been preoccupied will make some people very, very happy….

Top Reasons to Attend Creative University, Reason #1:

Create U class promo

The 2014 session of Creative University was going to be different, without the jam-packed creative class schedule and more time and freedom for individual pursuits. But I heard from past students and potential new attendees, and I listened to what you wanted… and you want classes so I’m bringing them back!

As of today, you can now add Creative Classes to your CU registration. Pick and choose which classes you’ll take, or save and go for the full package.

The new registration options allow you a lot more flexibility to choose how you spend your time. You can come to Create U and do nothing, or do everything, it’s your choice! If you want a full schedule of crafting classes, or just one or two classes, this year you can do that.

There will be a total of four creative classes, each class includes supplies and instruction. Classes last 2-3 hours. I personally will design each of the class projects this year, which include papercrafting, stamping techniques, cards, scrapbooking and jewelry.

You’ll love the hands-on projects that will teach you new skills that you can use in your own crafting. Even if you are a beginning crafter, you are welcome to learn, grow and expand your knowledge with helpful instruction and projects you will be proud to take home and share.

Registration is now open, with attendance more than half-full. Save $15 when you register before January 15th, or until registration fills, whichever comes first.

Want to know more reasons to attend Creative University? Check back each day as I share my top 10 reasons, right here on my blog.

You can also visit the Creative University website and read all about it now. Check out the 2014 event page and the FAQ’s for detailed information about CU.

Creative University 2014
Feb. 13-16
Lake Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

Save up to $95 from 2013 prices!