Friday, June 29, 2012

Button it!

In May I hosted a Scrapbook weekend for my customers and one of them was working VERY hard on this.  I asked if I could feature it on my blog and she said YES!

This was created by Becky R.  She took our Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge and cut the biggest H she could cut.  Then traced it and filled it with buttons!  How fun is this! 
She made this one for her son Harrison's bedroom.  She was also working on a Z for her friend Tara's daughter's room.  Her name is Zoey.  That one was in pinks!

I just LOVE these!  And it is a GREAT way to use up all those buttons you have accumulated over the years!

So start gathering all your buttons and make one of your own!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Cow Town?

Some of you may think Omaha is a cow town.  Well, that isn't TRUE!  Ok...maybe a little LOL  The other day we had a semi full of cows tip over and we had cows roaming the interstate.  My husband said the cows found out there were going to become hamburger so they all decided to shift to the left!  LOL   We are, after all, the home of Omaha Steaks!  LOL  But really we are a REAL city...paved streets and all!

Right now Omaha is the host to the Men's College World Series.  There are men who strive to get to come to Omaha.  This is a HUGE if you are into college baseball.  AND starting this week Omaha is  hosting the Olympic Swim Trials!  WOW!  Yep...more then just a cow town!

You may have heard of Mutual of Omaha.  They are here in Omaha and they sponsor the Olympic Swim Trials.  We went downtown the other day and saw this!  They had this swimmer in the front of their building.  How cool is this!  You really can't tell from this picture, but it is HUGE!  See the building behind the swimmer?  I think I come up to his bottom lip!  lol
The swimmers are going crazy over this!  Lots of people taking pictures!  It is just very cool to see this swimmer coming out of the ground.

 Then on the other side of their building the stairs that go into their building had this picture of a swimmer on it.  WOW!  They really went all out!  They just finished these stairs when we were there and the person putting this on told us in their cafeteria they made the floor look like water and had swimmers on banners all around the cafeteria.

So come on and check out Omaha!  And of course watch out for cows on the interstate!  LOL

Friday, June 22, 2012

Custom Color Ribbon

Do you wish you have the perfect color ribbon ALL THE TIME for your project!  YOU CAN!  Just watch this video by Close to my Heart and see just how easy it is to have custom ribbon with our Color Ready Seam Binding!  It is $6.95 for a 10 yard roll.

You can also use our spray pen with reinker and rubbing alcohol  to spray your ribbon too!  You just might want to get a few rolls of this ribbon!  I am going through it so fast!  Love that now I can have custom colored ribbon whenever I need it to perfectly match my project!!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Afghan for Operation Smile

IT'S DONE!!!  I finished my afghan for our Operation Smile auction at our annual convention!
It turned out great!  It is a beautiful Garden Green color with hearts all over it!  I thought since we are Close to my HEART, this afghan would be fitting.  Some lucky consultant will go home from convention with it!  All they have to do it be the highest bidder!

I finished May 30th ( is getting warm here in Nebraska!).  And this time I counted my hours as I was making it.  It took me 26 hour.  But it is WELL worth it!  I can't wait to see how much  is raised for Operation Smile.  
I will let you know when I get back from convention on how it did!  I am just so happy it is done and am glad I was able to make it for such a GREAT cause!

Friday, June 15, 2012


Have you ever seen a cute layout and wanted to scrap LIFT it?  I do all the time!  And a GREAT resource is our Idea Book/Catalog!  I saw a cute layout on page 12 of our Spring Summer Idea Book and I was on a mission to copy it!

First I went to my website>products>idea book>recipes.  I printed the recipes for each catalog.  It is only about 11 pages but I use it ALL THE TIME.  Now if you find a layout in our catalog, you go to the recipes and it tells you EVERYTHING they used to create the layout so you can recreate (scrap lift) it for your own.

Here is my version of the layout from page 12.  I changed it, so it works for me!  But they gave me the inspiration!  I used our Magic How to Book (which is ALMOST GONE by the way) and the layout is called 120 & 121.  So if you have summer layouts to make you need to get this kit (Footloose) and get scrapping'!  

Below is a close up of the first page.  I used our Cricut Cartridge for the pennants and "paradise".

And here is a close up of the second page.  I also used our Footloose kit for these layouts.  This kit is ONLY available until July 31st, so get it while you can!

So get out there and start scrap lifting so you can get your pictures DONE!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Operation Smile

If you have read my blog or in one of my groups you know that Operation Smile is the charity Close to my Heart has chosen to help.  It is a GREAT organization as they help children with Cleft lips & Cleft Palate fix their smiles in order to eat, drink and suck.  Not to mention the amazing differences in the way they look.  To help a child it costs just $240.

I have a story of an amazing boy here in Nebraska with help from his mother have made a difference in a child's life!   His mom Liz is a customer of mine and was moved when she heard how CTMH is helping these children.  She saw her scrapbooking supply and had an's their story...

"The confirmation kids from St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Valley, NE. take-part in a wonderful activity called "Faith Projects."  Each confirmation student is required to choose an activity of some sort that is based on a self-less act that helps others.  Some of these wonderful projects that the kids chose to do were spending time with the elderly at a nursing facility, organizing a luncheon for Make-a-Wish, volunteering at an animal shelter, or even painting buildings at the local baseball field.  Ethan chose to raise money for Operation Smile as his Faith Project.  He and I created hand-made cards which were sold for $2.00 each.  Our family, friends, and fellow members of our congregation were all so very supportive of his efforts.  Ethan's goal was simple...he wanted to raise $240.00...enough money to pay for one operation helping a child with a cleft-palet or cleft-lip.  I am happy to say that Ethan far exceeded his goal and was able to raise $378.00!!

Here is a picture of him making some cards and picture of the poster he made for church explaining his project.  Thanks for your inspiration with the beautiful afghan that you made to raise money for Operation Smile.  I am thrilled that Close To My Heart supports such a wonderful program!"

A HUGE THANKS to Ethan and his mom Liz for taking the time to help children in need!  YAHOO!  Great job you guys!  If you would like to help Operation Smile and help a child get a new smile, contact me to see how!  It doesn't have to be your own project like Ethan did.  Simply donate on your order.  And if you don't have an order going in, I will be happy to accept your donation and get it to Operation Smile!

WAY TO GO ETHAN!!  I pray this will make a lasting impression on you!  Knowing you changed someone's life!  How cool is that!

Friday, June 8, 2012

Quick & Easy Cards

Do you love to make cards, but you need to make them FAST!  Well you can with our quick cards.  And the thing I LOVE about our quick card stamps...they are ONLY $6.95!!!  AND, this quick card in the video is very easy to make using our Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge!  The cartridge not only cuts the card, but you can cut an envelope too!  Watch this video and learn more!
Need our Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge?  Give me a call/email or you can go to my website and order it.  There are 700 images on this cartridge!  It's great!  Then grab some of those quick card stamps and get creating!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

June Group Layouts

I am so excited that it is June and we are ready for our Footloose kit.  I LOVE this kit!  These are the layouts that we will be making at my June Monthly Groups. I am using them for our Hawaiian Cruise pictures.  I used our Rustic Alphabet (E1002 featured in our Autumn/Winter 2011 catalog page 117).  I stamped them in Creme Brulee and then inked the edges in Smoothie ink before I stamped them.  This give them a multicolored look.  
 One of the things I just LOVE about this kit is that you don't have to have go somewhere beachy to use these.  Check out my blog on April 9th and you will see how my friend Julie used this kit that isn't water, beach or summer.  Check it will love it!
This bottom layout I used our Reflections How to Book (currently unavailable...sorry, but if you have it...get it out!)  It is Main Frame - Charmed (left layout) and Bottom Border - Title (right layout).
If you would like to come and make these 4 layouts check out my "upcoming events" tab to see when one of my group meets and contact me to be out guest!  

Monday, June 4, 2012


YES, you read that right!  June is FREE STAMP MONTH!  Close to my Heart is having a special on STAMP SETS!

Simply purchase 2 stamp sets and get 1 free (of equal or lesser value) in the month of JUNE!  WOWSA that is a GREAT sale!  So if you have stamp sets on your might want to get them now!!

You can go to my website and shop online or you can email me and I will put your order in with my next order!  But HURRY!  You only have until the end of the month!!

And we do have some stamp sets check out the list below and see if your favorites are on it!  These stamps will not be available after July 31st!

C1466 Instant Memories 23  
B1391 Zoology 30  
C1463 Harvest Happiness 35  
C1465 Unscripted 36  
C1467 Sweet Moments 41  
B1392 Key Moments 42  
C1462 All Hallows Eve 48  
D1494 Christmas Cheer 53  
B1390 Countdown 54  
D1480 Snowflake 59  
C1468 Winter Joy 60  
C1419 Harvest Home 65  
C1426 Thanksgiving 65  
B1395 So Grateful 66  
C1423 Captured Moments 67  
B1359 Fright Night 68  
D1437 Party Animal 69  
A1109 A Sip 71  
C1424 Nature's Gift 71  
C1420 Snow Days 72  
C1472 Bundled Buddies 73  
D1384 Snow Flurries 74  
D1308 All Decked Out 75  
A1115 A Holiday 76  
B1381 Holiday  Cheer 76  
D1446 Adorn-able 77  
A1107 A Twinkle 78  
B1361 Tannenbaum 78  
D1493 Fill in the Blank--Holiday 79  
C1427 I Believe 80  
D1449 Father Christmas 81  
A1110 A Timber 82  
B1356 St. Nick 82  
D1483 Glory to God 83  
A1099 Angel Sent 84  
B1394 John 3:16 84  
D1436 The Present 87  
A1108 A Flitter 88  
D1306 Treasure Life 89  
C1429 Party Pennants 91  
A1095 Always Remember 92  
B1362 Tag the Occasion 92  
C1471 Happy Clusters 93  
B1393 Joyful Jar 94  
C1425 Month by Month 95  
C1470 Gnome Garden 96  
A1113 A Game 97  
B1396 School Rocks 97  
C1408 Live Inspired 98  
D1373 Childhood Portrait 99  
D1492 Christmas Love 101  
C1469 December 25th 102  
D1388 Card Chatter--Christmas 103  
D1440 Everlasting Life 104  
C1379 Holiday Commentary 105  
C1382 Holiday Commentary--Spanish 105  
C1383 Holiday Commentary--French 105  
D1283 Say It in Style 106  
D1444 A Little Thanks 107  
D1401 Authentic 108  
D1387 Made with Love 109  
D1499 Live Your Style 110  
D1386 Save the Date 111  
D1397 Save the Date--French 111  
D1398 Save the Date--Spanish 111  
E1006 Baroque Alphabet 113  
C1401 Friendship Alphabet Small 114  
E1013 Field Trip Alphabet 114  
E1016 Friendship Alphabet Large 114  
D1136 Giggle Caps 115  
D1137 Giggle Lowercase 115  
D1267 Rustic Numbers 117  
E1002 Rustic Alphabet 117  

Friday, June 1, 2012

June Stamp of the Month

It's time for our June stamp of the month and here are some samples!  This set is called Life is Tweet!  I just love it.  It's such a fun set
 Remember as with all of our stamp of the months they are only available during the month they are featured.  So get this set before the end of June!  There are more samples posted on May 25th.
I also have a card workshop using this stamp set (see post on May 25th).  The dates for this workshop is Monday, June 18th OR Tuesday, July 17th.  If you would like more information regarding these workshops, please contact me!