Monday, April 30, 2012

Looking To Earn Hostess Rewards? Contact Me About A Care Package!

I thought today I would share a card I made for a care package for someone who is having a gathering. I am able to put a link on my website for all of her friends and family to buy under her name as the hostess. This way she is able to earn credit toward free products (as long as her group hits $150.00 in sales).

She will receive in her care package: a catalog, flyers for the Stamp Of The Month and our "Dotty To You" a make and take (including a brand new little stamp set...I used my own set to make the sample card...and as a little "Thank You" she'll get a brand new one to use to make the cards that I put together (the cute card I am sharing with you in this post!). So, if this sounds like something you might be interested in (having a gathering) email me today to find out more information! 

Friday, April 27, 2012

Who Wants To See A Super Cute Baby?! Oh, And The Layouts Aren't Bad Either!

I thought I would share today the "Florentine" pages I already finished that I posted about on Monday. I have 2 more pages that I started but haven't had time to finish...I was hoping to find time during the week to get them done too so I could post all four pages but it was just not in the cards. I did want to share with you what I used: the Florentine paper pack (X7153B), the Florentine My Stickease Assortment (X7153C), chocolate cardstock (X5643), and to finish the pages off I added a few Opaques Adhesive Gems (Mocha Z1333).

These photos are from the day my handsome son came into the world and made our family complete. I normally cover up all the photos on my layouts but since my son is 7 now I think it's ok to show these. (I did cover up my daughter's face in one and the journaling part since that is more private.) Anyway, I look at these photos and can't believe how tiny he was (he was born 6 weeks early) and how big he has grown. 
This is the reason I scrapbook! I love that these photos will be in a book and my whole family can pull these out and remember all the moments leading up this day...and all the memories we have had since.   

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Quote Book ~ Quotes To Add To Your Book ~ Trees

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

~"The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn." (R.W. Emerson)  

~"Keep a green tree in your heart and perhaps a singing bird will come." (Chinese proverb)   

~"And see the peaceful trees extend their myriad leaves in leisured dance- they bear the weight of sky and cloud upon the fountain of their veins." (K. Raine) 

~"Do not be afraid to go out on a limb...that's where the fruit is."     

~"Sometimes thou may'st walk in groves, which being full of majestie will much advance the soul." (T. Vaughan)  

I thought I would share some "Tree" type quotes today. There are two reasons I wanted to put these together...1.) We will be seeing beautiful Redwood trees on our trip (so I'll be ready when I get these photos) and 2.) I just bought the stamp set "A Tree" (A1124) and wanted some quotes to use with it! Anyway, don't forget to stop back again for more quotes next week...and I wanted to 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, April 25, 2012

Are You Interested In Getting A Newsletter?

I now have a newsletter that will be going out at the beginning of each month. If you are interested in getting a copy I just need your name and email address. You can contact me HERE and I will add your information to the system. It will go out once a you don't have to worry about too many emails...I hate when you sign up to get a newsletter and the next thing you know you're getting emails all the time. So, just let me know if you want to be added!  

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Video ~ PBS Webisodes: Masking Technique ~ What A Fun Technique To Try Out!

I decided today to share with you an "Art & Soul" video...It's called "PBS Webisodes: Masking Technique". They show you a great technique that would be just fabulous with our stamps. So, go watch the video, then order some of our adorable stamps to try out this fun technique! Let me know what you think of the's an older one but the technique never gets old!

Monday, April 23, 2012

Florentine Paper Pack ~ Check Out The Pretty Layout and Card!

I thought I would share a photo to give you some ideas on what you can make with the "Florentine" paper pack. I love this paper...I just didn't want to cut it up. (Ever felt that way about a paper pack?) But I bought it to use...and I am using it! I was scrapbooking at a crop I went to (a week and a half ago) and started using it. I was making layouts using hospital photos from when my son was born (7 years ago...slowly I am getting the photos done). As soon as I can I will post more photos to give you even more ideas.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Florentine ~ Paper Pack ~ Workshop On The Go Kit ~ How-To Books

Today I thought I would share the paper pack "Florentine" with you. You can buy the Workshop On The Go (G1038). It comes with: "Florentine" paper pack, a special stamp set (can only get this set if you buy the wotg kit), Color-Ready Seam Binding Ribbon, & a workshop guide (directions to make some scrapbook layouts).

If your not really into stamping you can buy the paper pack (X7153B) and Florentine My Stickease Assortment (stickers) (X7153C) and make your own designs up (or you can use one of our great "How To" books). **Just an FYI ~ The How-To Books are being retired and have been selling if you want any...get them right away! 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..."Family Love" (D1506) and "Enjoy!" (C1496). No matter which way you want to're going to want to order this paper.
Also, look at the 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, April 19, 2012

Quote Book ~ Quotes To Add To Your Book ~ San Francisco

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

~"San Francisco is poetry. Even the hills rhyme." (P. Montandon) 

~"No city invites the heart to come to life as San Francisco does. Arrival in San Francisco is an experience in living." (W. Saroyan)   

~"San Francisco has only one drawback. 'Tis hard to leave." (R. Kipling)

~"It is a good thing the early settlers landed on the East Coast; if they'd landed in San Francisco first, the rest of the country would still be uninhabited." (H. Mye)    

~"Leaving San Francisco is like saying goodbye to an old sweetheart. You want to linger as long as possible." (W. Cronkite) 

I thought I would share some "San Francisco" type quotes today. My family and I are planning a trip there during summer break and thought these would be good to have on hand once I have pictures to scrapbook. Anyway, don't forget to stop back again for more quotes next week...and I wanted to 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, April 17, 2012

Check Out The Video From Stella's Hope ~ The Reason For The Fundraiser!!

This is why I wanted to do a fundraiser for Stella's Hope! If you want to help them...I am donating a part of my commission to them...hit the link for them on my website (on right side, near middle of the page) and a part of my commission will go to them. With the "Dotty To You" special and the SOTM you'll score some good deals and they'll score some money for the doggies!! (Ps. This is not a fundraiser from CTMH this is a fundraiser just from me...on my have to hit join "Stella's Hope Dog Rescue" to be a part of it.)

Video ~ A Perfect Pair~ Check Out The Banner ~ Fast And Easy!

I thought I would share a video that Close To My Heart put on youtube called "A Perfect Pair". They show you how to make a banner...super fast and easy! All you need to buy is "My Creations Mini Banner" (Z1376) and the "Cricut Art Philosophy" cartridge (Z1686) ...and you're on your way! So, check out the video to see just how easy it can be!

Monday, April 16, 2012

Reminder: We Are In The Middle Of April ~ Don't Miss "You Are" Stamp Set ~ Also For $5.00 You Can Add "Dotty For You" Paper Pack To Your Order!

I just wanted to remind everyone that we are at the middle of the month...incase you want to buy the Stamp Of The Month ("You Are" ~ S1204). This set is only available during the month of April! So, you don't want to forget...because once the month is is being able to buy this fun stamp set!

Also, we have a super paper pack special starting tomorrow (4/17/12) until the end of May..."Dotty For You". You get 24 really fun spring time papers. Check out the link for more information and a peek at what you can do with the paper! Put these two deals together and get lots of bang for your buck! I just love getting deals!  

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Quote Book ~ Quotes To Add To Your Book ~ Friendship

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

~"Since there is nothing so well worth having as friends, never lose a chance to make them." 

~"Friends are born, not made."   

~"Fear makes strangers of people who would be friends."

~"Friends and good manners will carry you where money won't go."    

~"Never explain - your friends do not need it and your enemies will not believe you anyway."

I thought I would share some "Friendship" type quotes today. I was missing my friend who had to move away and it got me thinking about friendship. Anyway, don't forget to stop back again for more quotes next week...and I wanted to 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, April 10, 2012

Video ~ Dotty For You Promotion ~ Check Out This Adorable Paper Pack! Also, Info. On Dog Rescue Fundraiser!

I thought I would share a video that Close To My Heart put on youtube called "Dotty For You Promotion". Yesterday I shared the new special CTMH will be having starting April 17th (until the end of May) called "Dotty For You". Well, they made a video that I thought you guys would like to check out. It gives lots of fun ideas on what you can make with this adorable paper pack. So, check out the video and get your order ready!

***Also, as a reminder...if you would like to help out Stella's Hope Dog Rescue we are having a fundraiser...just hit the link, near the middle of the page, toward the right side (on my website) to "Join" them and I will donate a part of my commission to this special group! The doggies they help will love you furever!!   

Monday, April 9, 2012

I'm Dotty For You! You Can Be Dotty Too! Want To Find Out How?

Close To My Heart is having a fun special starting April 17th...and it will include all of May...since it's National Scrapbooking Month during the month of May. They put together a really cute paper pack...called "Dotty For You". I haven't had time to play with it yet but have seen lots of fun cards, scrapbook pages, and paper craft items made by other consultants with this paper. I think you're going to just LOVE this paper pack! So, you spend $35.00 in the current catalog and get the paper pack for just $5.00! Also, remember we always have a Stamp Of The Month...which, you just need to add a little more and you can get the SOTM discounted too! (I'm all about the deals! Gotta love them!) 

Friday, April 6, 2012

Do You Have Something To Brag About?

Today I thought I would share with you a fun idea. I bought a few of the cute "Brag" books...which are called "Quick Pic Albums" in the catalog. (Pansy Purple Z1408...or you can buy Olive Z1407) They are 6x6 in size and work great for "Brag" books. I plan to use them for the "Happy Tails" albums we (my daughter's Girl Scout troop and I) are planning to make for a local dog rescue. My daughter is working on her Bronze Metal and these cute books will be used to help doggies find their furever homes.

But they can be used for any fun event or people / family you want to brag about! Who doesn't have something to "Brag" about? They can be used to show off wedding pictures to work buddies...when you get back from your honeymoon. Or your new baby that was just born. Or they can show off your super cute grandkids. Oh, the list is endless! I will post a finished album once the girls put the albums together. In the meantime, do you think you could come up with something to brag about to make your own cute album?       

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Quote Book ~ Quotes To Add To Your Book ~ Flowers

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

~"What grows in the garden, so lovely and rare? Roses and Dahlias and people grow there." 

~"The world is a rose; smell it and pass it to your friends."  (Persian Proverb) 

~"Each flower is a soul opening out to nature."

~"Where flowers bloom so does hope." (Lady Bird Johnson)   

~"He who wants a rose must respect the thorn." (Persian Proverb)

I thought I would share some "Flowers" type quotes today. I thought with spring coming and garden talk has been happening it is time for some flower type quotes. Anyway, don't forget to stop back again for more quotes next week...and I wanted to idea who or where I got these quotes...I've been saving them to use for my scrapbook pages / cards. So enjoy the quotes!

Ps. These flower photos were taken from my husband's garden (since I only look and don't's all him. Lucky me huh?!)  

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

SOTM For April 2012 ~ You Are (S1204) ~ Tell Someone How Amazing They Are!

Check out the Stamp of the Month for April! The set is called "You Are" (S1204). This set is great for making cards...or small gifts. To get this stamp set...that is only available during the month of April...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!

Monday, April 2, 2012

Are You Looking For An Easy, Doggone Cute Gift Idea? Check This One Out!

Today I thought I'd share with you a cute 5x8 notepad I made a cover for. I used the super adorable "A Bowwow" (A1126) stamp set. I think this has to be one of the cutest sets we sell right now. I also used paper from the paper pack "Cruisin" (X7154B). I love making these covers because they make such cute can make them any theme...and they are so easy to put together. Just too cute for words!

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Stella's Hope Fundraiser ~ Help Them Get Much Needed Funds!

Starting today and for the whole month of April I am having a fundraiser on my website. It is for an amazing Dog Rescue called Stella's Hope! The fundraiser is through my website only (since I am an Independent Consultant). It is not a company (Close To My Heart) fundraiser. I will be donating a part of my commission to the rescue. So, if you are interested in helping a great cause they could really use the funds...they have taken in a bunch of puppies that needed to stay at the hospital. So, go to my website:  and there is a link that you can says: "Stella's Hope Dog Rescue". You'll buy some fabulous products and they'll get some much needed money! Any questions let me know!