Off to Convention!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

The Close to My Heart national convention is the party of the year for consultants. I’m leaving today for a week at Disneyland resort, where I get to mingle with over 1,000 excited consultants as we learn about new products, play with the newest stamps, papers and tools, and have a great time!

Close to My Heart loves Disney, so this isn’t the first time we have attended convention at a Disney resort. Last year we had a fabulous time at Disneyworld in Florida, this year we’re at Disneyland in California. I love that we are so close to all the excitement by staying at a resort hotel, right next to Downtown Disney so it’s easy to walk over and get a quick bite to eat or do some shopping.

One of the highlights of convention is Extravaganza. This is a big showcase of creativity, where consultant teachers create and share their artwork using brand new products.

I am one of 12 extravaganza teachers this year, and I’ve been busy as a bee creating artwork for my class. I’d love to show you what I’ve made, but you’ll have to wait until next week. The new products are all waiting for a big reveal at convention, so it’s all hush-hush before it’s released.

TopSecret (1)

I’ve been lucky enough to have been chosen to teach at convention many times. This year there are only 12 teachers, so I’m honored and a wee bit nervous. The class sizes will be very large, and the pressure is on!

Since I can’t share my newest artwork, I can at least give you some lovely examples of past convention items.

burlap cherish LO





A Little Thanks

Thursday, June 12, 2014

thanks tag

Tags can be cards too!

Sometimes I cut shapes using my Close to My Heart cricut cartridges, and then for whatever reason I don’t use that shape. But do I toss that piece out? Heck no!


This card started with a tag cut from Desert Sand cardstock, using the Art Philosophy cartridge. The tag is just the perfect size to fit into a card envelope, 4-1/4” x 5-1/2”. I decided it would be the perfect base for a small thank you card.

thanks tag open

I added a banner shape as the card “front” and some embellishments, and lickety-split, I have a lovely little card with just a wee bit of writing space!

Perfectly Patterned Paper Piecing

Friday, June 6, 2014

Balloon card

I’m a big fan of paper piecing. When faced with an outline stamp with lots of area to fill, I’m a little lazy about all that coloring. Add in the fact that I absolutely love pattern, and you’ll see why paper piecing is often the choice for me.

The beauty of coordinating paper packs like Ariana by Close to My Heart, is that everything, well, coordinates! The perfect mix of colors and patterns make it so easy.

balloon card CU

Another bonus about paper piecing is it allows you to easily change your mind. When working on this project, I wasn’t sure what color combination I’d want to use on the balloon. Red balloon, blue balloon, green balloon? So I stamped the same image on several of the lovely B&T papers in the Ariana paper pack and cut them out so I could compare how they’d look on my card. Bonus: I’ve got some leftovers to make more cards!

CTMH supplies used: (click the link to view and shop)
Give a Lift stamp set
Ariana Paper Pack
Archival Black Inkpad
Exclusive Inks Markers (Crystal Blue, Olive, Barn Red)
Alcohol Blending Marker

Celebrate and Save!

Wednesday, June 4, 2014


In honor of our founder and CEO Jeanette Lynton’s 30-year anniversary in the stamping and scrapbooking industry, Close to My Heart is offering you a special deal!

When you place an order on my website totaling $50 during the month of June, you can add your choice of one of six great gift collections to your order for just $30! Each collection has an original retail value of at least $50—some even as high as $65.

Watch this short video to get a peek at the collections. My favorite is the Papercrafting Possibilities. Oh, the things you could make!

It may be Jeanette’s anniversary—but you get the gift!


With your order, you’ll also be able to add on the June Stamp of the Month for just 5 bucks. Sweet!