Monday, July 1, 2019

Seaside for Summer

I will start by saying that I consider blogging two months in a row a success! :) 

It's a successful start anyway.

This month Close to My Heart has brought back another one of my favorite paper packs of all time...Seaside.  They have GOT to be reading my mind at this point because the last pack they brought back was Zoe, and ALSO one of my favorites EVAH!

Also for July only, you can grab the new Stamp of the Month, Bear Hug!  It is available for full price all month, or also for just $5 with a $50 purchase on my website.  That's a savings of over 75%!

I am NOT quite finished though, because there is one more special going on...Share the Joy!

I LOVE that there is a little bit of something for everyone this month! 

Saturday, June 1, 2019

It's My Month to Sparkle!

A little birdie told me recently that I had not updated my blog in a while...and oh my word was that bird right (thanks, Gallery!!!)  I was pretty shocked when I logged in to find that I missed an entire month...or three! 

Today I want to give a little shout out to my crafty peeps who are caught up in the midst of unwanted changes or challenges that are pushing you to your limits and eating up your time and energy--keep pushing through!  You are not alone.  You can do this.  I did not really think about it much before, but some wonderful people have shown me recently that your previous circumstances may also be able to give someone else the hope they need to get through THEIR climb. 

Moving on to some crafty news...this month is my birthday month!  For every order of $25 or more on my Close to My Heart party HERE, I will be sending YOU gifts!  I want to thank you guys from the bottom of my heart for sticking with me creative mojo is making a comeback soon I am sure!  I was actually born on Father's Day...and will be celebrating together with my dad again this year!  I am hoping to put together the You're the Best Mini Album to give him as a gift.

Take a look at this new June-only special which gives you a FREE two-page layout kit with the purchase one of four different stamp sets available now!  The Best Moments Are Free promo directions for the layouts are actually...wait for it.................................................................................
FREE to download with or without a purchase!  Just follow the link above and scroll down to the bottom of the page.  :)

Lastly, let's talk about the June Stamp of the Month--It's Your Day to Sparkle....

Can you EVEN think a better themed set to have for my birthday month????  If you have been following along with my crafty antics for a while, then you know I am all about the sparkle.  My motto most days is "Never Let Anyone Dull Your Sparkle!"  I've been allowing myself some grace to have some very UN-sparkly days as of late, but I am working up to living it daily again.

As always, you can add the Stamp of the Month to a $50 order for just $5.  Just add $50 worth of CTMH products to your cart first, and then it will prompt you to add the STOM. You can always order it at full price during the month of June as well if your wish list isn't that long.

I would LOVE to add some sparkle to your day by sending YOU a little gift for my birthday month, so be sure to visit my Close to My Heart website in June to place a $25 or more order!

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Galentine's Day Blog Hop!

Happy Galentine's Day to all my she-friends!  What a great day for another Blog Hops with Heart showcase!

You may have arrived from Stephanie's Blog, so keep on hopping...if not you can keep hopping in a circle right along with everyone else, so no worries!

I am SO excited about this layout because I absolutely ADORE the new line of products I used from Close to My Heart called Heart Happy.

I happened to come across two pics that one of my GALentines and I had taken at the same event, but years apart.

Then I used the main layout instructions that you can download for FREE on my Close to My Heart website, but I tweaked the embellishments to fit my theme.

There are AMAZING stickers and cut-apart embellishments for this paper suite that made my layout come together seamlessly.

I added a 4x6 Flip Flap so that each picture is highlighted separately.  You NEED these picture protectors in your life--trust me.

I LOVE all of the red glitter paper and shimmer trim accents.  I made use of some heart shaped dies that are both retired and in the current CTMH catalog.

A little sprinkling of Silver Glitter Gems adds just the right amount of extra sparkle!  These beautiful bursts of stay-put glitter come in the Heart Happy Workshop Kit along with red Shimmer Trim!

Did you know there are Zip strips on each of our patterned papers?  They sure make SUPER faux washi tape!

Thanks for popping in on this GAL-entine's Day, and please be sure to hop on over to  see what Becca made just for YOU!

Here's the entire lineup this month in case you get lost in love!  ;)

Amie (me!)

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Happy New Year, 2019!!!

Happy 2019!!!!  I am really quite happy to be able to say that.

SO much has happened since I last popped in to my blog.  Maybe I will get into it sometime, maybe not, but suffice it to say that I have been a bit preoccupied and decidedly UN-crafty since we last saw each other.  The week before Christmas I finally had back surgery to relieve the symptoms of a herniated disc that had been causing me grief for over a year.  I won't know exactly how much relief this will bring for a few months yet, so I will hopefully have some wonderful reports to give soon.  In the meantime, I'm recovering for a bit longer before school starts again next week.  I am happy to say that each day gets a little bit better, so my positivity is improving rapidly!  ;)

Check out this little beauty!  Close to my heart is celebrating 35 years with a beautiful new Seasonal Expressions Catalog!  New products are available HERE on my website now!

There are many specials going on this month, so check them out!

Papercrafters will ADORE this Frame it Up home decor Kit!  Buy more than one and receive a discount!

Scrapbookers need to check out the Happy Heart Workshop Kit...

and the Happy Heart Everyday Life Album!

While you shop, don't forget to add $50 worth of products to your cart to qualify for the Stamp of the Month for only $5!!!  The Card Captions set for January is a MUST have for cardmakers!  I think it has every sentiment you could possibly need in a variety of fonts sure to please. At $5 that's a steal!

If you have any Close to My Heart related questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to me.  I'm hoping to get a lot more scrapbook pages made this year, how about you? For a MUCH better look at some of the great new products this month, check out the Close to My Heart Blog!

Monday, October 1, 2018

Close to My Heart October Highlights

Me again!  I just like to keep you all on your toes guessing when I will be back, lol.  I am actually really shocked that it has been a full three months since my last blog post!  Time flies even when you AREN'T having fun.  I heard that on the radio today, and you know, I do believe it really is the truth.

Close to My Heart has some limited time specials this month, so like I always say...if you like what you see, get it before it is sold out.  It happens.  Trust me. 

First is the amazing new October Stamp of the Month, Thanks & Giving.  As always, just spend $50 on any supplies on my Close to My Heart website to receive this size D set worth $18.95 for just $5!  I love what the artists at Home Office have created with this set...

Next up is the adorable Important Things Album (new version!)  This bundle is available while supplies last.  Follow this link to see the other supplies you will need and download the free guide!

My ALL-TIME favorite special this month is the Holiday Sparkle Kit!  Use these supplies to create shaker cards for Christmas!!! I already have this kit in my hands and I LOVE it!

Finally, Close to My Heart has the Advent Calendar Bundle and free workshop instructions available now...use them along with the Season of Joy Digital Cartridge to create this gorgeous little work of art!

Sunday, July 1, 2018


Hi everyone!  Yep, it's finally me again!  ;)

Let's start off with a super cute and easy layout...

This is the layout Close to My Heart posted last month with their sale on a rainbow of Cardstock!  I re-created it with one of my besties while we were at a crop on Saturday.  The colored paper strips are just 1" x 4.5" if you want to give it a go!  :)

So just to backtrack a bit, I reeeeeealy meant to light up my creative fire with that #the100dayproject...I did.  I made it to around day 22/23 before I realized that I'm much better at being ME when I don't feel 'forced' to create in my scrapbooks daily.  I wear so many more hats than "paper crafter" that it just didn't work out, nor was it very realistic.  I hope you got to at least follow along with me for a little while over on Instagram.  For now I am back to my usual summer antics, so look out for some action from Wrigley Field soon! ;)

I have TONS of new information to share with you in the coming days from Close to My Heart. They just wrapped up convention in Las Vegas, and you are not going to believe the awesomeness coming!  One major announcement is that our new Idea Book will begin in September, so the two current catalogs (Annual Inspirations and Seasonal Expressions 2) will both be live while supplies last until August 31st. 

July means a new Stamp of the Month called Highlight Reel that is a MUST for pocket scrappers.  Remember, you can always get the Stamp of the Month for just $5 with a $50 purchase!  Just add $50 worth of products to your shopping cart and you will be prompted to add it for the discounted price.

Did I mention that it's time for Stampaganza????  It is!!!  All month long buy two stamp sets and get one FREE!!!!  Remember that your lowest price stamp sets will be free no matter how many of each size you add to your cart and plan your orders accordingly!  :)

Check out the stamps they brought back for this sale over on my website HERE!!!  See you soon!

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

The 100 Day Project Meets Scrapbooking

Hi there!!!

I know that I tend to disappear from time to time, but I am here.  I am surviving.  I am also going to be scrapbooking!  Isn't that a crazy idea, lol?

It isn't MY friends dragged encouraged me into it.  You can find more information about the 100 Day Project HERE.  You can even join in!  Yes, YOU!

Here is my plan:  I repeatedly find myself saying that I don’t do enough scrapbooking! I say that I just don’t have time. Recently though, I had to begin a daily stretching and strengthening routine which I managed to maintain because of necessity to my health. I thought I didn’t have enough time. Turns out I did! Well, my creativity and memories I enjoy through scrapbooking should be a necessity to my health as well! For the next 100 days I will do SOME form of working on my scrapbooks. Whether that be actually cutting paper or simply gathering the supplies in one place, I WILL do this every day. I might even use this time to create some digital pages in my Project Life App. If it works toward creating pages of memories, then it counts!

Day one is today...although you may be reading this tomorrow, lol.  I created the title page for a gorgeous little mini-album that Close to My Heart has designed for us called The Important Thing.  You can see all the supplies needed and grab the download over on my website HERE.  I will make a list of the supplies at the end of this post.

That's the only pic I have so far since my One Drive is acting up and I have no idea how to make it upload my pics again.  You can follow me over on Instagram HERE to see more though!  

Here's that list of supplies you need to create your own album:
The Important Things Bundle
Everyday Life Album in Blush
Chelsea Gardens Complements
Picture My Life Overlays--White Frames
Picture My Life Cards--Be-YOU-tiful 
Grey Gems 
Charcoal, Juniper, and Smoothie Ink Pads 
various size acrylic blocks
journaling pen

Of course, you don't HAVE to use everything here--you can substitute with some things you already have!  Check out the directions HERE where it says "Download Guide" first and see what you can make do!

Now I have to go start that stretching!!!  ;)