Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Picture My Life - Sneak Peek

Move over Project Life! Picture My Life is on it's way!


Coming to my website on February 1st!

Monday, January 27, 2014

Sneak Peek:Skylark

Here's some artwork from one of my favorite paper packs in the new Idea Book. 

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Spring/Summer 2014 Idea Book

Here's a sneak peek of the cover of Close To My Heart's 2014 Spring/Summer Idea Book's cover!

I'll be sharing a few more peeks this week so, be on the lookout! Contact me if you'd like your own personal copy. It goes live on Saturday, February 1st!

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Artbooking Made Easy: Elegant Mini Albums

Watch this video to see how to make this beautifully, elegant mini album.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Snow Day!

Look what I woke up to this morning!

The cows are huddling under a tree where there's not as much snow.
Who wants to join me for a swim?      



Friday, January 17, 2014


You can’t use up
The more you use,
The more you have.
Maya Angelou

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Technique Blog Hop - Cricut Overlay

It's a new year and one of my things I want to do this year is to be a more faithful blogger! So, to keep it going, I'm trying to participate in the Technique Blog Hop. This month we are to create something with a Cricut overlay from the Artbooking cartridge. If you've come from Haley's Blog you've seen her take on the overlay. Here's what I finally settled on creating.

I first cut out the overlay on the Cricut at 11 inches. Then I cut more snowflakes in various sizes. The photo frame and the title were cut from Twilight cardstock at 11 inches.

I love how the Sparkle Flourishes make it glisten!

A close-up of the photo with my nephews and their families on a ski trip!

Here's a close-up of the overlay.

Here are some of the supplies I used:

X7175B Frosted Paper Packet

X5666 Twilight Cardstock

 1388 Colonial White Cardstock

Z1812 Sparkles Clear Flourishes-Small

Thanks for stopping by!  Please continue on to Michelle's Blog where you will find some additional artwork highlighting this technique!  Be sure to leave a comment and let me know what you thought of my variation and happy hopping!

Monday, January 13, 2014

A Creative Life

To Live A CREATIVE Life We Must Lose Our Fear Of Being Wrong 
 ~Joseph Chilton Pearce

Friday, January 10, 2014

Quote For Today

Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind. ~Dr. Seuss

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Project Inspirations: Background Stamps

I've had people ask me how to use stamping on their scrapbook pages. Well, here are some ideas in this video that not only explain it but gives lots of ways to incorporate stamping on your scrapbook layouts. Let me know if you'd like to try it out with my supplies sometime! Looking forward to hearing from you! Be sure & watch this video for inspiration.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

January Newsletter

National Papercrafting Month
A cardmaking kit to put you on Cloud Nine!
Holidays from the Heart Gift Guide
Close Read
Celebrate National Papercrafting Month by capturing a cloud—Cloud Nine, to be exact—with an exclusive cardmaking kit. The Cloud Nine cardmaking kit, which includes 10 adorable cards (2 ea. of 5 designs) is available at a great discount or even FREE during January. Purchase it for just $15 (retail value $46) with a qualifying order of $35, or get it FREE when you enroll as a new Consultant in January and submit total personal sales of $300 or more. You’re sure to find your own little piece of heaven when you take advantage of this limited-time deal!

*New Consultant’s total qualifying sales must be remitted by the end of their first full quarter as a Consultant to be eligible. They will be prompted to add the free kit with the order that achieves the minimum qualifying total sales. If the minimum is reached through multiple orders, the new Consultant will be prompted to add the kit to the order that brings them to the required $300 mark. If the qualifying order is made through a customer’s OBA order, the new Consultant will be prompted to add the free item to their next order that is submitted before the end of the first quarter (June 30, 2014). If the qualifying order is made through the Consultant’s Order Entry, the Consultant will be prompted to add their Consultant profile to the order.

**Note that card kits do not count toward qualifying order totals. The retail value of the order is totaled prior to determining promotional kit eligibility.

See the kit »
January Stamp of the Month:
Cross-Stitch Wishes
Send a handmade sentiment with an oh-sew special touch!
January 2014 Stamp of the Month: Special Care (S1312); 2013 Autumn Winter Idea Book, p. 15
Close Read
Everyone needs a touch of homemade in their lives! With the January Stamp of the Month, Cross-Stitch Wishes, you can be sure to provide that loving trace for your family and friends. Piece together adorable projects with this set celebrating the handcrafter in all of us at an amazing discount: place an order of $50 and get this set for just $5! This great offer is available during January only, so be sure to order yours quickly and get started stamping your scrapbook pages and cards with its warm and heartfelt wishes. It’s a perfect bonus to your National Papercrafting Month purchase—when you qualify for and purchase the Cloud Nine card kit (above), your order total will automatically qualify you for the discounted Stamp of the Month. A bargain that’s truly “sew cute!”

View the January Stamp of the Month »
Crafty Calendar
Give your year direction with a calendar made from the heart!
Join Close To My Heart
Close Read
Order a stampable, craftable, durable calendar just in time for the new year! The Monthly Calendar (Z1030) has 12 blank calendar pages just ripe for the decorating with your favorite photos, colors, and embellishments. Take the photos you’ve gathered all year and turn them into a wonderful piece for your wall that will bring a smile to your face with every passing month. The calendar is available for $7.95 and will hold your priceless memories for many months ahead, and the years after, too!

Check out the Monthly Calendar »
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Saturday, January 4, 2014

Celebrate National Papercrafting Month!

Get a Cloud Nine cardmaking kit in January at a great discount or FREE!

There are two ways to get the adorable Cloud Nine
cardmaking kit: Purchase it for just $15 (retail value
$46) with a minimum qualifying order of $35 during
January in celebration of National Papercrafting
Month. Or get it FREE when you enroll as a new
Consultant in January and submit total personal
sales of $300 or more*. Create 10 cute cards (2 each
of 5 designs) using three sneak-peek accessories
from the upcoming Idea Book, a new D-size stamp
set, and exclusive papers.

Cloud Nine Card Kit Contents:
1 – My Acrylix™ Cloud Nine Stamp Set (D-size)
1 – Cloud Nine B&T Duos™ Paper
1 – Lagoon Cardstock Sheet
1 – Honey Cardstock Sheet
1 – 9" μ 9½" White Daisy Die-Cuts Sheet
1 Roll – Gold Polka-Dot Washi Tape†
1 Roll – Teal Shimmer Trim†
1 Package – Durables Triangle Studs†
10 – Card Bases & Envelopes
1 – Instructional Brochure
Featured colors: Lagoon, Sunset, Honey,
White Daisy
†new product in Spring/Summer 2014 Idea Book