Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Close to my Heart Mini Stapler

Ok...I have to say...I wasn't thrilled with this tool.  I have had it for 8 months (EEK! and yes, I have NOT used it until now...oops)  and just got it out to use it.  And now I have to say, I LOVE IT!  It isn't like a big stapler...it has cute mini staples that make a great addition to your card or pages.

Check out this video.

Here are a few cards that I made with my mini stapler.

Can you see the staples above.  How cute it this!

I put 2 staples on the top left and bottom right of the Happy Birthday piece

And 2 staples at the top middle and the bottom right of the sentiment piece.

It is fun to use and these little staples are so much cuter then the regular staples.  Give it a try.

The item number is Z2027 for $12.95 and the 2000 mini staples are just $2.95 Z2097.  Get yours now!

Friday, March 27, 2015

Get Ready For Easter

It's time to get ready for Easter and what better way then to make these ADORABLE bunny baskets.
They are fun to make and use the Close to my Heart Cricut Art Philosophy.

Last week I hosted a 3 day crop and all who attended got one of these cute baskets that held their goodies.

Here they are in the box waiting to be set out at their spots.

They are loose!  lol

Here is a side view

And of course...he needs a tail!  If you would like to create these, here are the instructions.
All pieces cut from the CTMH Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge:

Cut White for the following
Gift Bag - Fit To Page - pg 23
Shape 6 (ornament) - 3 1/2" (Head) pg 27
Oval2 - 1 3/4" (Outer Ears) - x 2 pg 32
Oval2 - 1 1/2" (Feet) - x 2 pg 32
Circle1 - 1 1/2" (Cheeks) - x 2 pg 21
1/4" x 1/2" Buck Teeth - x 2

Cut the following from Cotton Candy
Oval2 - 1 1/4" (Inner Ears) -  x 2 pg 32
Oval2 - 3/4" (Inner foot pad) x2 pg 32 
Circle1 - 1/2" (Inner foot dots) - 6 pg 21
Heart1 - 1" (Nose) pg 26
Circle1 - 1" (Mouth) pg 26

Get hopping on these...Easter is coming fast!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

My Crush Books

You will have a CRUSH on these books once you see them!  I love mine!  Watch this video to give you more information and ideas on them.

I used the My Crush Wildwood Book and the Modville Book.  A picture of mine is pictured below.
But check out this video for more information.

If you would like to get your hands on any or our My Crush books, check them out on pages 150 - 155 of our Annual catalog.  You can view them on my website.

Here is what I did with my Modville Book.  I wanted to do a 2 page layout for all the vacations that I have earned with my Close to my Heart business.  Here are a few pages.
This is one of our many Caribbean Cruises.  You can't tell from this picture, but the above picture of my son at the beach...that is a flip flap page, so there are more pictures behind that.  And the square that says Caribbean Cruise...that is also a flip flap.  Our itinerary is behind there.

This is our first page in the book.  Our very first trip with Close to my Heart, it was a Hawaiian Cruise.

Yes, I even earned one to New Zealand.  I love my job!

This one was also to the Caribbean and we took my son and his girlfriend at the time, but now is his wife!

This is my Wildwood My Crush Book.  This book is about a dream we have of owning a Motorhome.

Here is our wish list and a mini trip we made to Canada

And what is really important...time to rest and relax!

As you can see, these My Crush books are GREAT books that you can tell your story and not have to spend a ton of time on.  We also have accessories that go with them to embellish your pages.

Get your My Crush books to tell your stories and at $12.95 you really can't afford not to have a few!  Check them out on my website.

My Crush In the Pink Z2000
My Crush Wildwood Z2001
My Crush Holiday Happenings Z2098
My Crush Modville Z1855
My Crush Bluebird Z1856
And remember to check out the accessories that match! 

And coming April 1st, our new My Crush 4 x 6 mini books!  Stay tuned!!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Close to my Heart New ShinHan Markers

As you might be aware, Close to my Heart had gotten some new markers and I have been busy playing with them.  They are so fun!  They are alcohol based...so when you play, make sure you put something under since they do bleed.

So I made this card and Someone asked if it matters if you use our regular black stamp pad or if you have to use a Stazon or pigment ink.  You know, I didn't think it mattered, but I found out fast that it DOES matter.

This first picture is using the pigment ink.  See how the flower POP!

Then the one below I used the regular black stamp pad.  See how the flowers don't stand out as much as the one above.  So make sure you use a pigment stamp pad or Stazon when using the markers.  The card looks fine, but MUCH better with the pigment ink.

Here are the 2 card side by side.  The one on the right is the pigment ink.  I didn't think there would be that big of a difference, but there is.  
So get out your markers and start creating!  

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

More Artfully Sent Ideas

Here is a short video telling about the Close to my Heart Cricut Artfully Sent cartridge.  If you have it, you need to watch this so you get more ideas on how to use the sleeve function.  If you don't have this cartridge, you need it.

Contact me or go to my website to get it ordered!

Friday, March 13, 2015

Do You Love Your Job?

I love mine!  My job gives me the opportunity to earn FREE TRIPS FOR TWO!  Does yours?
If not, maybe you should do what I do!

Become a Close to my Heart consultant!  In March we have the special...see post from February 27th.  You can get a free shoulder bag and our rolling tote free too!  Check out that post for more information OR, call or email me, I will be happy to talk to you about it!

I did want to show you some of the benefits from working for this amazing company.  Each year we have an incentive trip contest.  In February we went to Disneys Aulani Resort in Hawaii!  It was so fun!    Check out these pictures.

My NUTTY friends!

Ahhhh sand therapy 

Look who caught us when we were trying to play a game.

It was amazing!

AND, Close to my Heart sends us a box of goodies before the trip.  We got several stamp sets, an album and 10 (precut) page layouts PLUS accessories!!  THEN, on the trip we get a gift every day in our room.  Here is a pictures of the gifts.

Are you ready to become a consultant?

And this year's contest is to go to the Eastern Caribbean on Norwegian Cruise Lines!  So now is the BEST time to join this amazing company!  You can sign up by going to my website>what we do>be a consultant.  And get ready for an amazing ride!!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Scrapbook FAST!

You can scrapbook FAST with Close to my Heart's Picture My Life program.  Check out this video and see how you can not only scrapbook fast, but you can also add them to cards and your classic scrapbook pages.

Check these out in any of our catalogs!

Friday, March 6, 2015

New 8 Page Workshop!

Wonderful 8 Page Workshop

I am excited about this workshop.  You will make 8 pages PLUS I will show you how to mix our Picture My Life cards in with our classic layouts.  You will get 
                                                               Wonderful Paper Pack
Scaredy Cat pattern paper
1 4x 6 Flip flap
Hopscotch PML 1/2 pack
Gold Assortment Sequins
Photo Storage Page Design 3
Additional cardstock
Cricut Shapes
tax & shipping included
This workshop will be help on Saturday, March 21st at 2:00 held at Mahoney State Park (email me for more details) the deadline to register for this is Wednesday, March 11th.  
I will ALSO have this on Wednesday, March 25th here at my house from 6:30 - 9:30.  Deadline to register for this workshop will be March 18th (I need time to get supplies here)

Email me to get registered!

March Stamp of the Month

Here is the March stamp of the month!  I like the frames on this set.

Here is the book our corporate office produced.  Very cute!

Remember this stamp of the month is only available in March. So get it while you can!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

March Monthly Group Layouts

Here are the layouts we will be making using our Hopscotch paper pack.  (X7194B $9.95).
You can use these for spring pictures, Easter pictures or just everyday pictures.

If you would like to make these layouts, check out my upcoming events tab here on my blog and see what date works for you.  Then email me and I will reserve your spot!