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Friday, December 30, 2011

Sonoma Paper Pack ~ Check Out The Cute Scrapbook And Card Ideas!!

I thought I would share a photo to give you some more ideas on what you can make with the "Sonoma" paper pack. This paper will make lots of lovely scrapbook pages and cards. So, go put your order in today! And, don't forget...the Stamp Of The Month for December only has a few days left before you won't be able to get the "Mad About You" stamp set!  

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Quote Book ~ Quotes To Add To Your Book ~ Smile

I thought I would do the quotes today to add to your quote book...

~"A smile is a language even a baby understands."   

~"A laugh is a smile that bursts. 

~"Smile, it is the key that fits the lock of everybody's heart."

~"Of all the joys my life brings, a child's smile makes my heart sing."  

~"Don't cry because it's over...smile because it happened."

~"A smile costs nothing but gives much. It enriches those who receive, without making poorer those who give. It takes but a moment, but the memory of it sometimes last forever."

I thought I would share some "Smile" type quotes today. With the holidays over I thought we could all use something to smile about. I received lots of great gifts...my favorites: The Cricut Expression and CTMH's Art Philosophy Cartridge and 27 pictures in beautiful picture frames. Anyway, don't forget to stop back again for more quotes next week...and I wanted to add...no idea who or where I got these quotes...I've been saving them to use for my scrapbook pages / cards. So enjoy the quotes!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Little Holiday Gifts ~ Candy Filled! Yum!

I thought today I would share the rest of the little holiday gifts that I made. They came out cute and everyone loved them. I did put slips of white paper on the names to cover them in the photos...incase you're wondering what I was doing. So check them out and have a great day today!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Art & Soul Video ~ Color & Cutting Confidence ~ Add A Little Something To Your Scrapbook Pages!

I thought I would share an Art & Soul video with you today. This one is a little older but has lots of great ideas. The video is called "Art & Soul: Color & Cutting Confidence". I thought you might like it since it has a few techniques you can try out if you haven't done them yet. So, go grab a snack, sit back, and enjoy a few minutes of fun video time!! I know I could use a few minutes of quiet time after all the crazy holiday stuff! Enjoy!

Monday, December 26, 2011

12x12 Framed Gifts For The Holidays ~ Sonoma Paper ~ Cricut Collection ~ Beautiful Stamp Sets

The daycare was closed today and my family went to the Wild Animal Park...I know...they changed the name, but it's still that name to me. Anyway, we had a great time...but I still wanted to post today...so it's a bit late but I wanted to share the gifts I made for my daycare families. I took the photo with the pages not in the frames. I bought 12x12 black frames from the area craft store. I used "Sonoma" paper pack (X7143B), "Posterboard Alphabet" stamp set (E1014), "Love Life" stamp set (D1482), and "Cricut Art Philosophy Collection" (Z1686) for the shapes. I think they came out great! Hopefully they'll enjoy their gifts!     

Friday, December 23, 2011

Sonoma ~ Paper Packs ~ Workshop On The Go Kit ~ How-To Books

Today I thought I would share the paper pack "Sonoma" with you. You can buy the Workshop On The Go (G1028). It comes with: Level 2 paper pack, a special stamp set (can only get this set if you buy the wotg kit), a pack of mini-medley accents pewter collection, a sponge, & a workshop guide (directions to make some scrapbook layouts).

If your not really into stamping you can buy the paper pack (X7143B) and Sonoma My Stickease Assortment (lovely stickers) (X7143C) and make your own designs up (or you can use one of our great "How To" books). Either way, you'll have some fabulous scrapbook pages and/or cards.

And, if you are into stamping...we have 2 sets that go great with this paper..."Sweet Moments" (C1467) and "Key Moments" (B1392).

No matter which way you want to go...you're going to want to order this paper...check back on Monday to see what I made for holiday gifts for my daycare families! (I still need to give them their gifts otherwise I'd share now.)

Also, look at the picture...to see what you could do on Studio J with this paper pack...if you're low on time but still want to put your photos into a great scrapbook for your family! That is what I love about Close To My Heart...they give us so many fabulous choices!!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Quote Book ~ Quotes To Add To Your Book ~ Silly Santa

I thought I would do the quotes today to add to your quote book...

~"The main reason Santa is so jolly is because he knows where all the bad girls live." (George Carlin)  

~"Santa Claus has the right idea: visit people once a year. 

~"The Bermuda Triangle got tired of the warm weather. It moved to Alaska. Now Santa Claus is missing."

~"Christmas at my house is always at least 6 or 7 times more pleasant than anywhere else. We start drinking early. And while everyone else is seeing only 1 Santa Claus, we'll be seeing 6 or 7." (W.C. Fields)  

~"Let's be naughty and save Santa the trip."

I thought I would share some "Silly Santa" type quotes today. I wanted a good laugh so I thought these would work. I don't know if they will work on scrapbook pages but could see them on fun cards. Anyway, don't forget to stop back again for more quotes next week...and I wanted to add...no idea who or where I got these quotes...I've been saving them to use for my scrapbook pages / cards. So enjoy the quotes!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Teacher's Holiday Gifts...That Are Bright And Cheery But Not Holiday Looking

Today I am sharing the gifts I made for my children's teachers. I made them the same gift...so in the picture that I took it shows you the front of one and the back of the other. I used the "Fanfare" (X7138B) paper pack. This paper pack is only available until the end of January...so if you want to get it...I say don't wait. I put the paper on plain chipboard (which was available in the last catalog). I also used the stamp set "Posterboard Alphabet" (E1014). I love this set! I thought the gifts came out cute. Hopefully their teacher's will enjoy them!    

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Art & Soul "PBS Webisodes: Altering Chipboard" ~ Want Some Fun Ideas Using Chipboard? Check Out The Video!

I thought today I would share an older video found at Art & Soul called "PBS Webisodes: Altering Chipboard". It gives some fun tips on what to do with chipboard. Yesterday I made some really cute "Welcome" signs as gifts for my children to give to their teachers. I plan to share the pictures with you tomorrow after the gifts are given out. So check out the video and then buy some fun chipboard to try out the tips you saw in the video!

Monday, December 19, 2011

December / January's Special ~ Rock The Block! ~ This Is Just Too Cute To Pass It Up!

Close To My Heart is having a special starting today until the end of January. It's called "Rock The Block!". Check out this flyer for all the details! This is your chance to get a fabulous deal! And, get a really cool item that won't be available until the new catalog comes out in February. So, go check it out and let me know what you think!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Holiday Cheer! In A Cute Container!

I thought I'd share another item we made at the holiday event I went to...this cute container! I plan to fill them up (I have 2 of them) with some caramel popcorn I bought when my son's cub scout group was selling popcorn...to give as gifts. I do still need to finish one of them (only got one done at the event) and I am planning to use a different stamp on the front. I'll show you pictures once that one is finished. I thought the lunch ladies at my children's school would like them. Who wouldn't love a little yummy popcorn in a cute container?! 

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Quote Book ~ Quotes To Add To Your Book ~ Baby Poem

I usually do the quotes today to add to your quote book...but when I went looking for baby quotes I found this poem and just had to share it. I enrolled a bitty baby into my daycare last week..she is 2 months old and SUPER CUTE! I thought I could use a break (and maybe you could too) from all the holiday stuff...at least for just a little bit anyway. So here it is:


Ten fingers, Ten toes
She's laughter and teardrops
So small and brand new
And amazingly angelic
She's sent to bless you
She's one special Baby
The best of life's treasure
And will grant and bless you
Many hours of great pleasure.

Author Unknown

Anyway, don't forget to stop back again for more quotes next week. Hope you enjoyed the poem!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Reminder: Halfway Point For December! ~ "Mad About You" ...And This Stamp Set!

I just wanted to remind everyone that we are at the middle of the month (crazy huh?)...incase you want to buy the Stamp Of The Month (Mad About You ~ S1112A). This set is only available during the month of December! So, you don't want to forget...because once the month is over...so is being able to buy this adorable stamp set! Also, if you haven't checked out the "While Supplies Last" tab lately you're going to want to...lots of deals!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Are You Familiar With The Masking Technique? If Not, Check Out This Video!

I thought I would share an Art & Soul video with you today. This one is an older one but has lots of great ideas. The video is called "PBS Webisodes: Masking Technique". I love the ideas that they share. So, if your not familiar with this technique...go grab a snack, sit back, and enjoy a few minutes of fun video time!!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Check Out The Santa Bag!

I thought I'd share another item we made at the holiday event I went to...this cute bag was cut from the Cricut Art Philosophy Collection (Z1686). I plan to fill them up (I have 3 of them) with some candy to give as gifts. Cute huh?!

Friday, December 9, 2011

Look At These Beautiful Holiday Cards!


I thought today I would share some cards I made at a holiday workshop I went to...the weekend after Thanksgiving. My upline Dawn put the workshop together. It was a lot of fun...and I was able to get a few little holiday gifts done. I also just hung out some and didn't finish some of the stuff so I will be working on them. I'll post them as I finish them. So, for today I have 2 cards to share with you. We used the stamp set "Holiday Wishes" that was the special in November. I love this set...so pretty! We also used the paper from "Elemental" paper pack. The cards were really easy to put together and came out really cute. Now I just have to figure out who to give them to!    

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Quote Book ~ Quotes To Add To Your Book ~ Snowmen / Snowflakes

I thought I would do the quotes today to add to your quote book...

~"Snowflakes are one of nature's most fragile things, but just look at what they can do when they stick together."

~"Snowmen fall from heaven unassembled. 

~"When a snowman melts away a snow angel is added to heaven that day."

~"Silently, like thoughts that come and go, the snowflakes fall, each one a gem."  

~"Snowflakes, like people, are all different and beautiful, but they can be a nuisance when they lose their identity in a mob."

I thought I would share some "Snowmen / Snowflakes" type quotes today. Since it's been so cold here (weather we are not used to, I might add) I thought these would be cute to share. Also, they will go great with the photos I talked about yesterday! Anyway, don't forget to stop back again for more quotes next week...and I wanted to add...no idea who or where I got these quotes...I've been saving them to use for my scrapbook pages / cards. So enjoy the quotes!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Wonderland Paper Pack ~ Check Out The Super Cute Gift Box!

I thought I would share a photo to give you some more ideas on what you can make with the "Wonderland" paper pack. This paper pack is just lovely! I can't wait until I print the photos of my son playing in the snow when we went to visit family back East (I think it was 2 winters ago...I told you I have lots of pages to make!). The Cricut Collection was used to make the super cute box too! It's the perfect size for a little gift for someone...I plan to make a few and fill them with candy to give out as "I'm Thinking of You" gifts! Hopefully this picture will give you some fun ideas for the Holidays! 

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Tutorial ~ Rock The Block Promotion ~ Get Ready For A Great Sneak Peek!

Today I am sharing a "sneak peek"! I thought I would show you the tutorial that Close To My Heart put on youtube to share with you the special that is starting on December 19th, 2011! The video / special is called "Rock the Block". After watching this video you'll want to mark your calendars so you can get your order in!

Monday, December 5, 2011

While Supplies Last! Go Check It Out Before The Supplies Are All Gone!

If you haven't looked lately at the tab "While Supplies Last" on my website...you are going to want to look! There are some really amazing deals right now! There are paper packs and stickers that are no longer available...except on my website...until they are sold out. And, lots of cardstock too! So, go check it out and get shopping!

Friday, December 2, 2011

SOTM For December 2011~ Mad About You (S1112A) ~ Tell Someone You Love Them!

Check out the Stamp of the Month for December! The set is called "Mad About You" (S1112A). This set is great for Valentine's Day or any day you want someone to know you love them. To get this stamp set...that is only available during the month of December...just spend $50.00 and you can get it for $5.00! Check out my website and find a few goodies to go with the SOTM and get to work!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Quote Book ~ A Poem To Add To Your Book ~ Gingerbread Men

I thought I would do something a little different...I usually do the quotes today to add to your quote book...but I decided today to do a poem instead.

Gingerbread Men

Author Unknown

Stir a bowl of gingerbread
Smooth and spicy brown.
Roll it with a rolling pin
Up and up and down.
With a cookie cutter,
Make some little men.
Put them in the oven
Until half past ten.

I thought I would share the poem today since I have a bunch of pictures of my kids and I making holiday cookies. When I scrapbook these photos I thought a poem would finish the page. Anyway, don't forget to stop back again for more quotes next week. Hope you enjoyed the poem!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Customers / Friends Appreciation Sale!!

I decided to have a customers / friends appreciation sale. Since I am so thankful for everyone in my life I thought it would be a great time to show it!! (This is a perfect time to stock up for yourself and/or get some fabulous gifts! See some great ideas at the end of this post!)

So, starting today, Wednesday 23rd (right now!) until next Wednesday 30th (11:59 MST)     
~~I have 2 exciting offers~~

#1~If you buy the "Cricut Art Philosophy Collection" (Z1686) you'll get an "A" size stamp set for FREE! (value $6.95~your choice, from the Autumn/Winter 2011 Catalog)

#2~If you place an order $30 or more you'll receive a FREE pack of gems or sparkles (value $2.95~ your choice of which one/color)  

*****All you have to do is place your order on my website HERE!!! Once your order is placed I will send you an email to find out which FREE item/color you would like. Your FREE item will ship separate from your order.

**If your order is over $150 contact me HERE to place your order so you can get $25 in REWARDS on-top of the other FREE items!   

I do want to add~ This is a personal offer from me and not a CTMH promotion.
Also, I wanted to remind you about the November Special "Holiday Wishes" and the "November Stamp Of The Month" (see earlier posts for more information on these 2 great deals!)

And, here is a few fabulous gift ideas:
~Shoulder Tote (Z4204) (I have this bag and LOVE it!)
~How-To Books (for Scrapbooking: 9029, 9030, 9034, 9031 and for Cardmaking: 9032, 9033)
~Studio J Membership (Online Scrapbooking: SJ5P)
~Cricut Art Philosophy Collection (Z1686)
~Workshop On The Go Kits (These are great kits that even come with directions!)

**This is a special "Thank You" to everyone! Have a Great Thanksgiving! And, Happy Shopping!!**

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Tutorial ~ Crazy For Cards ~ Get Ready For The Holidays!

I thought I would re-post this from last year. It's too good of a video...so, incase you missed it...go check it out. Art & Soul has a ton of FABULOUS videos you can watch, but thought you would really like to check this one out: Crazy For Cards. Check it out and then go over to my website to buy some paper and stamps. This video will show you how easy it is to make a bunch of cards...and then you'll be ready for the holidays!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Wonderland ~ Paper Packs ~ Workshop On The Go Kit ~ How-To Books

***Check back here on Wednesday...I am planning to share some great holiday gift ideas and a little surprise for Thanksgiving! (HINT: Special Discount)*** 

Today I thought I would share the paper pack "Wonderland" with you. You can buy the Workshop On The Go (G1031). It comes with: Level 2 paper pack, a special stamp set (can only get this set if you buy the wotg kit), a pack of clear sparkles, a pack of Foundry Pin clips, & a workshop guide (directions to make some scrapbook layouts). If your not really into stamping you can buy the paper pack (X7146B) and Wonderland My Stickease Assortment (super cute stickers) (X7146C) and make your own designs up (or you can use one of our great "How To" books). Either way, you'll have some fabulous scrapbook pages and/or cards. And, if you are into stamping...we have 2 sets that go great with this paper..."Snowflakes" (D1480) and "Winter Joy" (C1468). You're going to want to order this paper right away if you plan to make holiday cards or gifts.
 

Friday, November 18, 2011

Super Cute "Believe" Christmas Scrapbook Pages!

So, the other day I posted I was at a crop over the weekend and I would post photos today of the pages I did...well, I am here to show you some cute pages! I used the "Believe" paper pack and the oh, so, cute stickers that go with this paper! I did cover up my kids faces (can't be too careful these days!)...but you can still see how great this paper pack is! As you can see in the photos these pictures are from 2005...I am so behind but working to get them done! Anyway, hope you enjoy them.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Quote Book ~ Quotes To Add To Your Book ~ Silly

I thought I would do the quotes today to add to your quote book...

~"If Barbie is so popular, why do you have to buy her friends?"

~"I didn't lose my mind, I sold it on Ebay. 

~"Life is tough, get a helmet!"

~"Crazy is a relative term in my family."  

~"When everything is coming your way, you're in the wrong lane."

I thought I would share some "Silly" type quotes today. I thought with the holidays coming we could use a good laugh. The next few weeks will be busy for everyone...but at least we have something to make us laugh. Anyway, don't forget to stop back again for more quotes next week...and I wanted to add...no idea who or where I got these quotes...I've been saving them to use for my scrapbook pages / cards. So enjoy the quotes!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Check Out The Rubber Brayer ~ Is It A Tool You Need For Your Tool Box / Bag? Get It Before It's Gone!

Over the weekend I went to a crop and made a bunch of scrapbook layouts using the "Believe" paper pack and the "My Stickease Assortment". They came out really cute! I still need to take photos of the layouts...so make sure to check back on Friday...since I hope to have them on here then.

In the meantime, I thought I would let you know of a product that will not be available once the Autumn/Winter 2011 catalog is done (at end of January...or sooner if it sells out). The product is the "Rubber Brayer" (Z616). This product is great to have if you like to make paper crafts. You can use it to make sure that your paper is nice and smooth and really glued down. It also is great if you need to cover a good size item with ink. So, check it out and if you think it's a tool you want in your tool box/bag...don't wait, buy it today!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Tutorial ~ Tips For Studio J ~ Make Some Great Scrapbooks To Give As Gifts!

I thought I would share the tutorial that Close To My Heart put on youtube to share with you some helpful tips on using "Studio J". The video is "Love Your Layout: Dreamin' Kit: Layering My Stickease". I know I've posted a few other videos for Studio J...but I thought with the holidays coming up Studio J would make a great gift...either by buying a membership as a gift for someone, or making a scrapbook with Studio J for someone special. Either way it would make a really special gift that would keep memories close to their heart...for a lifetime! So, check out the video and start working! If you have any questions about Studio J email me!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Reminder: We Are Almost At The Halfway Point For November! ~ Cherish The Day and Holiday Wishes!! Beautiful!

I just wanted to remind everyone that we are almost to the half way point for the month of November...incase you want to buy the Stamp Of The Month (Cherish The Day~ S1111).  Also, "Holiday Wishes" is only available until the end of the month (see post on 10/28/11 for more information). So, double up the deals! Think of the fabulous box that will show up at your door if you put an order in today!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Quote Book ~ Quotes To Add To Your Book ~ Gratitude

I thought I would do the quotes today to add to your quote book...

~"Live today fully, expressing gratitude for all you have been, all you are right now, and all you are becoming."

~"Treasure this day and treasure yourself, truly, neither will ever happen again. 

~"Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. And today? Today is a gift. That's why we call it the present."

~"People are just as happy as they make up their minds to be."  

~"The world would be so lonely, in sunny hours or gray. Without the gift of friendship, to help us every day."

I thought I would share some "Gratitude" type quotes today. I thought with Thanksgiving coming we could use some of these type of quotes. Anyway, don't forget to stop back again for more quotes next week...and I wanted to add...no idea who or where I got these quotes...I've been saving them to use for my scrapbook pages / cards. So enjoy the quotes!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Art & Soul Video ~ PBS Webisodes: Using Ribbon ~ A Fun & Easy Way To Dress Up Your Pages Or Cards!

I decided to share with you today an "Art & Soul" video...It's called "PBS Webisodes: Using Ribbon". They show you a few ideas using ribbon. I never really thought about using ribbon the way they did in this video, so I thought it was worthwhile to share. So, go watch the video, order some products...then try out these fun ideas!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Believe Paper Pack ~ Check Out These Cute Gift And Card Ideas!!

I thought I would share a photo to give you some more ideas on what you can make with the "Believe" paper pack. With the holidays coming up...this paper will make lots of cute gifts and cards. So, go put your order in today and get ready!
Ps. The "Cricut Art Philosophy" (Z1686) was used to make the shapes on the card and to make the cute box. The "Holiday Pockets" (Z1486) was used to make the cute banner. So, what are you waiting for?  

Friday, November 4, 2011

Believe ~ Workshop On The Go Kit ~ Paper Packs ~ How-To Books ~ Great For All Your Holiday Cards and Gifts!

Today I thought I would share the paper pack "Believe" with you. You can buy the Workshop On The Go (G1030). It comes with: Level 2 paper pack, a special stamp set (can only get this set if you buy the wotg kit), a pack of Mini-Medley Accents Olive Collection, Dimensional Elements Stars, & a workshop guide (directions to make some scrapbook layouts). If your not really into stamping you can buy the paper pack (X7145B) and Believe My Stickease Assortment (super cute stickers) (X7145C) and make your own designs up (or you can use one of our great "How To" books). Either way, you'll have some fabulous scrapbook pages and/or cards. And, if you are into stamping...we have 2 sets that go great with this paper..."Christmas Cheer" (D1494) and "Countdown" (B1390). You're going to want to order this paper right away if you plan to make holiday cards or gifts. Start now and then when the holidays are here you won't be going crazy getting everything ready.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Quote Book ~ Quotes To Add To Your Book ~ Health

I thought I would do the quotes today to add to your quote book...

~"A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor's book."

~"Sometimes I get the feeling the aspirin companies are sponsoring my headaches. 

~"In order to change we must be sick and tired of being sick and tired."

~"I count it as a certainty that in paradise, everyone naps."  

~"The best six doctors anywhere and no can deny it are sunshine, water, rest, and air, exercise, and diet. These six will gladly you attend if only you are willing, your mind they'll ease, your will they'll mend, and charge you not a shilling."

I thought I would share some "Health" type quotes today. I've been really sick all week...so, this topic seems fitting. Anyway, don't forget to stop back again for more quotes next week...and I wanted to add...no idea who or where I got these quotes...I've been saving them to use for my scrapbook pages / cards. So enjoy the quotes!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Art & Soul Video ~ PBS Webisodes: White Core Cardstock~ A Fun & Easy Way To Make Some Holiday Cards!

I decided to share with you today an "Art & Soul" video...It's called "PBS Webisodes: White Core Cardstock". They show you a few great techniques that would be just fabulous with the holidays coming. I can see Thanksgiving cards and Christmas cards made with some of these techniques. So, go watch the video, order some products...then try out these fun techniques!

Monday, October 31, 2011

SOTM For November 2011~ Cherish The Day (S1111A) ~ This Stamp Set Is Great To Date!

Check out the Stamp of the Month for November! The set is called "Cherish The Day" (S1111A). This set is great if you like to put dates on your projects. Alot of times on my scrapbook pages I just put the date...so, I think this set will come in handy. To get this stamp set...that is only available during the month of November...just spend $50.00 and you can get it for $5.00! Check out my website and find a few goodies to go with the SOTM and get to work...and if you buy $25 or more in My Acrylix Stamp Sets (it can be a part of the $50.00 you need to spend for the SOTM) you can get the oh so pretty November's Special Stamp Set too!  

Friday, October 28, 2011

You Won't Believe Your Eyes! What A Beautiful Holiday Stamp Set! November's Special Starting Early!

I thought I would share the November Special with you today since CTMH decided to start it a few days early. It is now available to order! When you place a minimum order of $25.00 buying My Acrylix Stamp Sets you will receive the November Holiday Wishes stamp set for just $5.00...it's a D-size set worth $17.95...that you won't be able to order out of the catalog. It is only available until the end of November! And, some of the beautiful shapes on the set work with the Cricut Art Philosophy too! So, check out the flyer and put your order in today!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Quote Book ~ Quotes To Add To Your Book ~ Chocolate!

I thought I would do the quotes today to add to your quote book...

~"Chocolate: Here today...gone today!"

~"Put "Eat Chocolate" at the top of your list of things to do today. That way, at least you'll get one thing done! 

~"Exercise is a dirty word...everytime I hear it, I wash my mouth out with chocolate!"

~"Life without chocolate is like a beach without water."  

~"I could give up chocolate but I'm not a quitter!"

~"Chocolate doesn't make the world go around...but it certainly makes the ride worthwhile!" 

I thought I would share some "Chocolate" type quotes today. I thought with Halloween in just a few days we'll have some chocolate type photos to add to our scrapbook pages. Plus, chocolate is my favorite! Anyway, don't forget to stop back again for more quotes next week...and I wanted to add...no idea who or where I got these quotes...I've been saving them to use for my scrapbook pages / cards. So enjoy the quotes!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Check Out These Halloween Coloring Books!

Today I'm going to share with you the fun gifts my son (who is in 1st grade) made. They came out cute! Last year we made coloring books for his Kindy class...I guess they must have been a big hit because he wanted to do the same thing but with different monster stamps. He did a bunch of the work to put these together too. He also decided to make some cute little gifts for the women who work in the front office at school...and 1 for his teacher, and he didn't want to forget the Principle of the school! For the Principle he wrote him a special note too! (Talk about cute!) He used 2 different stamp sets..."Beware" (which is retired) and "Party Animal" (D1437). This is the same set my daughter used for her monsters...see post from Monday 10/24...they both picked out different monsters to use, which makes their gifts look totally different. So, check these Halloween gifts out and let me know what you think?!  (Ps. I only showed 1 photo of the front office/teacher gifts since the 3 of them were the same. And the 1st photo only shows 2 done but he made 32 bags...under the stamp with the bat my son signed his name for all the gifts for his classmates too.)  

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Tutorial ~ Holly's Story ~ What Is So Great About Close To My Heart? Watch This Video To Find Out!!

I thought I would share the tutorial that Close To My Heart put on youtube to share with you Holly's Story. I am stepping back today from all the holiday type stuff and thought you might want to see this video...before the end of the month...incase you are thinking of taking advantage of October's Special "Add-On". There is only a few days left to sign up if you are thinking about it. In the video she explains why she became a consultant...but if your not really interested in selling...that's ok (that's why I'm here!)...I just thought if your not that familiar with CTMH this video will help you get more familiar! So, check out this video, and if after watching it you have any questions let me know. Also, check back here tomorrow to see the cute items my son made!  
Ps. Since this video was made CTMH now only has 2 catalogs a year but they are bigger and better then ever!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Check Out The Super Cute Halloween Gift Bags My Daughter Made!

Over the weekend we worked on my children's classmate / friends gifts for Halloween. Today I am going to show you what my daughter made. She did almost all of the work by herself. She decided that she no longer wanted to make something for each of her classmates (she's in 5th grade) but did want something for a few close friends and 2 teachers. I think she did a great job!

She used "White Daisy" paper (1385) (FYI the price is $9.50 for the pack ~it's not correct in the catalog) and two different stamp sets ("Merry Monsters" for the saying which is now retired) and "Party Animal" (D1437). She also used all different color markers to color them in. I just love our markers...they match perfectly to our stamp pads and paper! I think her little gift bags (with ghost marshmellos) came out super cute! Check back on Wednesday to see what my first grader made!

I also wanted to add...this is what is so great about CTMH even my children can enjoy using the products and make some cute, fun gifts...so, remember this with the holidays coming you could make some really special gifts for people in your life...as a family together!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Check Out Leadershare Day!

Today I thought I would share a link to Jeanette Lynton's website. Kristine posted all about the fun day we had at Leadershare. I thought you guys might enjoy seeing some of what went on at Leadershare Day on Saturday. I had a bunch of fun hanging out with other CTMH consultants. It was super fun! So, check it out HERE! And, remember, if you want to get in on this fun you can sign up and become a consultant too! This is the month (October 1-31st) you can get the special "Add-On For Free" deal!    

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Quote Book ~ Quotes To Add To Your Book

I thought I would do the quotes today to add to your quote book...

~"The amount of sleep required by the average person is...five minutes more!"

~"If people were meant to pop out of bed, we'd all sleep in toasters. 

~"With a butterfly kiss and a ladybug hug, sleep tight little one."

~"People who say they sleep like a baby usually don't have one."  

~"Good Night! Don't let the Bed Bugs bite! If they do, hit'em with a shoe and watch'em turn black & blue!

I thought I would share some "Bedtime" type quotes today. My husband had to get up super early today for work. I woke up with him and had a hard time falling back to sleep. So, I am tired and thought bedtime quotes were needed. :) Anyway, don't forget to stop back again for more quotes next week...and I wanted to add...no idea who or where I got these quotes...I've been saving them to use for my scrapbook pages / cards. So enjoy the quotes!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

I Just May Have Figured Out How To Get My Photos Scrapbooked Faster!

Today I thought I would show you one of the two page layouts I did at the end of September using Studio J. I posted about it on the 30th...look HERE if you didn't read that post already. I really didn't think I would like using design software for scrapbooking...but after doing a few pages (getting them in my hands!) and hearing from CTMH at Leadershare Day what they were thinking when they put Studio J together...I have to say...I just may end up using it more. If I understood what they told us on Saturday...they didn't make Studio J to replace the more traditional scrapbooking...it's more like an add-on to it. Basically, we don't get to do the "back-burner" type photos and with Studio J we can fit in enough time to get those types of photos done, and still have time to do the more traditional scrapbooking of the more important events each year. With using Studio J we can get each year of photos done and not fall behind. (These are my words...they, of course, said it better.) But, this gives you a point to start with. I say, go HERE ...read the FAQ area and then try it out! You can try it out and you're not required to buy anything and you don't have to download anything either (which I love about Studio J!). So, unless you decide after checking it out and playing with it you want to buy some pages you're not out money. But, I am going say...once you play with it...it might be hard to not buy a membership! Ps. I took a photo to share but covered my son's face (don't like to put my children's face on the internet.)   

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Tutorial ~ "Make Cardstock The Star Of The Show" ~ Make It The Star On Your Cards And Scrapbook Pages!

I thought I would share the tutorial that Close To My Heart put on youtube to share with you some fun ideas you can use...just using cardstock. The video is called "Make Cardstock The Star Of The Show". After watching this video you'll be able to make some beautiful scrapbook pages and cards! CTMH has 60 lovely colors to use...so you can use them to fit any theme you want! So, check out this video and start making some fabulous pages and cards!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Want To Become A Consultant? This Is The Month To Do It! October's SOTM Almost Gone Too!

I just wanted to remind everyone that we are at middle of the month...incase you want to buy the Stamp Of The Month (Holiday Magic~ S1110). Also, the October Special  "Add-On" is only until the end of the month too...so if you are thinking of becoming a consultant...this is the month to do it! Don't forget...when October goes so does these deals!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Quote Book ~ Quotes To Add To Your Book

I thought I would do the quotes today to add to your quote book...

~"Happy times are never ending when we're playing and pretending!"

~"You have to walk carefully in the beginning of love; the running across fields into your lover's arms can only come later when you're sure they won't laugh if you trip. 

~"Growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional."

~"Photographers are violent people. First they frame you, then they shoot you, then they hang you on the wall."  

~"Runs with decorative scissors.


I thought I would share some "Fun" type quotes today. With my family visiting I thought these type of quotes were fitting. Anyway, don't forget to stop back again for more quotes next week...and I wanted to add...no idea who or where I got these quotes...I've been saving them to use for my scrapbook pages / cards. So enjoy the quotes!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Notebook For Auction ~ Operation Smile

Today I thought I would share the notebook I made over the weekend. I was able to take a photo of it yesterday...well, I made the cover...I bought the actual notebook from Walmart...just so we are clear. :) I used the last of my Dreamin' paper (X7142B). I really need to buy another pack. I just love this paper pack! I also used a few stickers from the Dreamin' My Stickease Assortment (X7142C). The stamp I used on the front cover is from "10 Things" (C1474). I am going to give it to CTMH at Leadershare Day for the auction to help raise money for Operation Smile. I think the notebook came out cute...what do you think?   

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Tutorial ~ "Newsprint Rub-Ons From CTMH" ~ Do You Want To Add Some Rub-Ons To Your Projects? Check This Video Out!

I thought I would share the tutorial that Close To My Heart put on youtube to share with you some fun ideas on using "Newsprint Rub-ons" (Z1388). The product is set up to make it super easy to use. I thought you would enjoy seeing the video since the rub-ons can really add a little something to your scrapbook pages or cards. So, check out the video and have some fun!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Elemental Paper Pack ~ Look At This Beautiful Scrapbook Page!

Over the weekend I made a really cute notebook but haven't taken any photos yet. I will try to post it on Wednesday. So, in the meantime, I thought I would share a photo to give you some more ideas on what you can make with the "Elemental" paper pack. I really like that you can use this paper for just about any theme. On this scrapbook page they also used the new "Decor Journaling Spots" (Z1461) and the "Color-Ready Alphabets Cork" (Z1450). Also, the stamp set "Love Life" (D1482) was used. So, go through your photos to see which ones will go with this paper and get an order in!    

Friday, October 7, 2011

Elemental ~ Workshop On The Go Kit ~ Paper Packs ~ How-To Books ~ Check Out These Cute Scrapbook Pages!!

Today I thought I would share the paper pack "Elemental" with you. You can buy the Workshop On The Go (G1026). It comes with: Level 2 paper pack, a special stamp set (can only get this set if you buy the wotg kit), a pack of Just Blooms Flutter Paper Shapes, Antiqued Copper Designer Brads, & a workshop guide (directions to make some scrapbook layouts). If your not really into stamping you can buy the paper pack (X7141B) and the Elemental Complements Dimensional Elements (X7141C) and make your own designs up (or you can use one of our great "How To" books). Either way, you'll have some fabulous scrapbook pages and/or cards. And, if you are into stamping...we have 2 sets that go great with this paper..."Love Life" (D1482) and "Zoology" (B1391). I wasn't too sure about this paper but after seeing some artwork with it I can see some of my photos getting done with this paper. One thing I do like is that you can use it with just about any photos...there is no set theme with this paper. So, check it out and see what you can make with it!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Quote Book ~ Quotes To Add To Your Book

I thought I would do the quotes today to add to your quote book...

~"When I asked for all things so that I might enjoy life, I was given life so that I might enjoy all things."

~"You will find as you look back upon your life that the moments when you have really lived are the moments when you have done things in the spirit of love. 

~"To do anything truly worth doing I must not stand back shivering and thinking of the cold and danger, but jump in with gusto and scramble through as well as I can."

~"You can't bring back the past, and you're not promised the future, so enjoy life now."  

~"When we are motiviated by goals that have deep meaning, by dreams that need completion, by pure love that needs expressing, then we truly live life.


I thought I would share some "Joy" type quotes today. With the rain and cooler weather we are having I was feeling a little down so I thought these kind of quotes might help. Anyway, don't forget to stop back again for more quotes next week...and I wanted to add...no idea who or where I got these quotes...I've been saving them to use for my scrapbook pages / cards. So enjoy the quotes!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

You Have To See This Flower Arrangement!

I thought today I would share a link to a scrapbook buddy's blog. Patty made this amazing flower arrangement that I thought you should see! If you haven't bought the Cricut Art Philosophy Collection yet...after seeing what she made...you're going to want to! So check it out and let me know what you think. I thought it was beautiful! Way to go Patty! 

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Tutorial ~ Happy Holiday Card Set ~ Do You Have The Right Tools?

I thought I would share the tutorial that Close To My Heart put on youtube to share with you some holiday cards. After watching this video you'll be able to make some fast, easy, and beautiful cards! In the video they used the stamp sets "Holiday Cheer" (B1381) and "A Holiday" (A1115). They also used "White Daisy Die-Cut Cards" (Z1473) and the Cricut Art Philosophy Collection (Z1686) for the shapes. So, check out this video and start getting ready for the holidays!

Monday, October 3, 2011

SOTM For October 2011~ Holiday Magic (S1110) ~ The Holidays Will Be Here Before We Know It!! So Get Ready Now!!

Check out the Stamp of the Month for October! The set is called "Holiday Magic" (S1110). This set is adorable if you are planning to make some cards, invitations, or tags for the holidays. Or, even scrapbook some pages for your holiday photos! So, to get this stamp set...that is only available during the month of October...just spend $50.00 and you can get it for $5.00! Check out my website and find a few goodies to go with the SOTM and get to work...the holidays will be here before we know it!

Friday, September 30, 2011

Have You Tried Studio J Yet?

So today I had an unexpected day off from work...gotta love that, especially when your not sick...and I thought I would play around in Studio J. I did 5 double page layouts. It took me 3-4 hours to do all 5 sets. I did photos that I would normally put on the back burner. You know the ones...where you took them but they aren't for a special reason...except that you want to remember the day or event. More like a day in the life kind of photos. These get pushed to the back since I have so many others that need to get scraped. Well, I decided to do those type of photos today. I think they all came out really cute. Looking forward to getting them when I go to LeaderShare Day in mid October. Anyway, if you haven't checked out Studio J...you should. It is easy to use...also, I've posted a bunch of videos for tips if you want to look at them before you try out Studio J. You can set up an account and try it out for free. If you decide you want to print out the layouts (they get mailed directly to you) you can get a membership (it's the cheaper way to go). If you have any questions...contact me.   

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Quote Book ~ Quotes To Add To Your Book

I thought I would do the quotes today to add to your quote book...

~"Do each day what you can live with for the rest of your life."

~"If ever there is a tomorrow, when we're not together there is something you must always remember, even if we're apart I'll always be with you. 

~"Family ties are precious threads, no matter where we roam, they draw us close to those we love, and pull our hearts towards home."

~"Families are like fudge...mostly sweet with a few nuts."  

~"People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.


I thought I would share some "family" type quotes today. My Dad and Step-Mom are coming to visit us for a week in October, and my Mom and her friend are going to visit us in December for 2 weeks. We are all very excited to visit with our family! They are on the East Coast and we are on the West Coast. So, with that in mind I thought I would get my family quotes ready. Anyway, don't forget to stop back again for more quotes next week...and I wanted to add...no idea who or where I got these quotes...I've been saving them to use for my scrapbook pages / cards. So enjoy the quotes!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

October's Special ~ Add On For Free ~ Thinking Of Becoming A Consultant?

Sorry this post is so late today...I almost forgot to post it. I thought today I would share October's special of the month. If you have been thinking of becoming a consultant October is the month to do it! The special is called "Add On For Free!" So, during the month of October...if you become a consultant...you buy the kit to get started...and you'll get one of the add-ons for FREE! If you decide this is too good of a deal to turn down...go to my website and at the end of the page you will see:
To sign up to become a Consultant.  click here  ...that will take you to the enrollment page! If you have any questions email me!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Tutorial ~ "On This Day" Stamp Set ~ Make Some Cute Cards And Scrapbook Pages!

I thought I would share the tutorial that Close To My Heart put on youtube to show you how to make some great cards and scrapbook pages using the stamp set "On This Day" (D1468). I also thought I would remind you that you can still buy the stamp sets that are in the last catalog (Spring/Summer 2011)...which is where this stamp set is from. The stamp sets are still available until the end of January...after that...they will be retired. They are also available at the NEW reduced stamp prices too! Can't get any better than that! Anyway, after you watch this video you are going to want to buy this cute set. So, check out the video and then go to my website...there's a set just waiting for you to order it!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Check Out The "While Supplies Last" Tab On My Website...Before All The Great Deals Are Gone!

I haven't posted about our "While Supplies Last" tab in awhile and thought I would send out a reminder! If you like to make your own cards we have lots of fun embellishments on sale there. We also have "Festive Memories Card Kit" which is great, because you can make a bunch of cards without a bunch of work! There is also lots of fun sticker packs and some ribbon collections...and if you liked the Level 1 paper packs there are a few there too! These paper packs come with matching stickers too! So, go check out this tab before all the great deals are gone!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Quote Book ~ Quotes To Add To Your Book

I thought I would do the quotes today to add to your quote book...

~"A mother's heart is a special place where children always have a home."

~"Birth is not only about making babies. It's about making mothers- strong, competent, capable mothers who trust themselves and believe in their inner strength. 

~"A mother's love is like a cup of tea, they are always there to comfort you."

~"I am a mother. I am an asset manager. I specialize in futures."  

~"You rock a sobbing child without wondering if today's world is passing you by, because you know you hold tomorrow tightly in your arms."

~"A mother understands what a child does not say." (Jewish proverb) 

I thought I would share some "motherhood" type quotes today. I had to take my daughter to Children's Hospital on Monday to do a test that was only going to take...on the high side...an hour and half...it took 4 hours. She came home black & blue and very tired. The good news...at the end of that day was the test came back with news we were happy to receive but...as a mother...it pulls at your heart having to watch them doing the test to begin with. So, I thought I could use some mother type quotes today. Anyway, don't forget to stop back again for more quotes next week...and I wanted to add...no idea who or where I got these quotes...I've been saving them to use for my scrapbook pages / cards. So enjoy the quotes!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Dreamin' Paper Pack ~ Check Out The Beautiful Book! And The Card and Scrapbook Page Aren't Bad Either!

I thought I would share a photo to give you some more ideas on what you can make with the "Dreamin" paper pack. This paper, I think, is my favorite paper pack in this catalog. As you can see from an earlier post I already made 8 scrapbook pages. And I am thinking I may just need to buy another pack since I love to make paper craft gifts too...and I love the book that is in this photo! So, stop dreaming and go buy yourself some Dreamin' paper today!