Monday, July 27, 2015

A Special Little Thank You

I had my first Close to My Heart Gathering in a looooong time on Saturday, and oh my goodness, was it a wake up!  I forgot how easy it was to go on and on and on and on and on...(I think you get it) about the fantastic quality of the products I use and sell.  Thanks so much for opening your home, and Facebook page, Heather!

We made a cute little thank you card with one of the Hostess Rewards Stamp sets to kick things off...

We used the Confetti Wishes Paper Packet along with the Cuddly Salutations My Acrylix.  The sentiment is stamped on a simple shape from the Art Philosophy Cricut Collection and a couple little Purple Glitter Gems (retiring next month, gasp) finish it off nicely indeed.  It always makes me smile when my customers and guests like my designs, and this one was a hit!  :)

Don't forget!  You don't have to be a hostess to earn the Hostess Rewards Stamps this month!  Just purchase $25 in My Acrylix stamps in July and you can choose ANY of them for just $5 more!!!

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Smile, it's Saturday!!!

Oh my goodness!  I am so excited to share this with you today!  Close to My Heart has supported Operation Smile for as long as I have been a consultant, and now they have yet ANOTHER way to contribute to giving children everywhere a reason to smile!  Take a look at these pics from the Close to My Heart website!

You can now find Operation Smile T-shirts on my website for purchase!  Consultants do not receive any commission from the sales of these shirts and the price does not count toward hostess rewards, instead, $10 of the purchase price goes straight to Operation Smile!  Now THAT is something to SMILE about!
Find them HERE starting today!

Don't forget about our special Operation Smile My Acrylix Stamp set, Happy Everything,  that is only available until the end of August too!  Another fantastic way to make a difference in the life of a child!  :)

For more information on Operation Smile, visit this page on my website.  :)

Friday, July 24, 2015

Fundamental Friday!

Yes!  I decided to make my Friday posts ALL about the Paper Fundamentals from Close to My Heart.  They are one of my favorite products right now, AND to come!!!!  (Hint, hint!)  ALL four current Paper Fundamentals color collections will be retiring AS THEY ARE NOW (more hints!) after August, so get them while you can!

I wish I could tell you more, but consultants are not allowed to share the new products on our blogs JUST yet.  You CAN see some sneak peeks over on my Facebook Page until Sept. 1st when I can post them here.

Soooooooo, while my friend and I were at our "off-site" convention this year, she gave me a few leftover cuts from a workshop she had.  I was able to use them to make this adorable, loveable layout!

You can see both sides of the Ruby heart pattern on this sheet from the Paper Fundamentals Enchantment Assortment. One has a shiny embossed pattern and one side has a white heart pattern.

Black Shimmer Trim is ALWAYS the answer! 

I added the Slate Striped Ribbon (retiring) with the Mini Stapler.

The Mini Stapler also adds some super-cute metal embellishments!

This heart pattern won't be around after August, so pick up your Paper Fundamentals Enchantment Assortment today!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Throwback Thursday: 45 Minutes to 19

Hey there crafty friends.  I have a quick joke for you!

Why was 6 afraid of 7?

Because 7, 8, 9!  (seven ate nine!)

Giggle.  I needed a really good laugh, and I just saw that I have 789 posts on my blog!!!  Wow!

I have been cutting with my Cricut Explore like a CRAZY woman today as I make a display board for my Close to My Heart Cricut Collections--and in case you haven't noticed, the family keeps growing!  I cannot wait to introduce you to the NEW member of the Cricut Family next month!!!  Check out my Facebook Page HERE to get a sneak peak since that is the only place to see it so far! 

But first, I sit here with little tears rolling down my cheeks as my oldest turns 19 in just 45 short minutes.  I was completely fine until I started thinking about it...aaaaand that means next year is 20.  Suddenly I am drowning in all the things I still want her to KNOW.  All the things we haven't DONE.  Will the things I have tried to impress upon her be ENOUGH?  I really don't like stressing out about it, because when it comes down to it, despite every moment of doubt, life is pretty wonderful, and I have successfully raised a kid to age 19!!!  Who'd have thunk?  ;)

A little reminder how wonderful life can be from the July 2015 Stamp of the Month.

I made this little PML (Picture My Life pocket-style scrapbooking) card at our little "off-site" convention a couple of weeks ago, and was so happy for the reminder when I put it in my organizer today while cleaning up the craft cave.  I used some Lagoon Hearts Washi Tape, and some Chalk-It Up Assortment puffies to make it mine.

How would you make it YOURS?  :)

Monday, July 20, 2015

Important Retiring My Acrylix Stamps Update!

Hey everyone!  It has come to my attention that the Retiring List over on my website has a glitch in the My Acrylix stamps.  There are several listed in the section that are actually going to remain and are unfortunately pictured.  Here are the stamps that are returning to the New Annual Expressions Idea Book and the Holiday Expressions Catalog in September...

A1146 Sincere Expressions
A1161 Beyond Measure
A1167 Keep Your Chin Up
B1419 Joyful Birthday
B1438 Banner Wishes               
B1449 Oodles of Doodles
B1453 Frightfully Fun
B1462 Lovely Birthday
B1463 Thankful Heart
B1479 Salute Our Heroes
B1481 Friendly Pets
C1559 Always Grateful
C1578 Camper Crazy
C1584 Feathers
C1588 Great Job
C1590 Delightful Ditty
C1591 Merry Merry
C1594 Treasured Friendship
C1605 Happy to Be Friends
C1607 Someone Special
C1608 Brushstrokes
C1611 Campfire Lifestyle
C1612 Shower Flowers
C1615 Instalife
C1616 Treats of Friendship
D1522 Glamour Lowercase
D1537 Glamour Uppercase
D1578 Flight of Arrows
D1600 Here We Go
D1604 Season of Thanks
D1607 Bodacious Banners
D1609 Seaside Greetings
D1612 Teacher Appreciation
D1614 Reason for the Season
D1617 Make it Merry
D1618 Build A Cake
D1627 Your Own Kind of Wonderful
D1634 Rain or Shine
D1635 Assorted Edges
D1636 I Do
D1637 Jumping Geometrics
D1644 The Authentic Life
D1645 Botanical Backgrounds
D1646 Finding the Words
D1647 Documenting Moments
D1648 Snapshot Memories
D1651 Wavy Blooms
E1027 Framework Alphabet
E1028 Hopscotch Alphabet
E1029 Marquee Alphabet
E1030 Handwritten Print
M1051 Wish
M1053 Sweeter With You
M1054 XOXO

Also, if you see any My Acrylix that has a Cricut compatible cut that coordinates--it will NOT retire!  :)  I just wanted to be sure you guys do not make any unnecessary purchases before they git it fixed.

Don't forget to JUMP ON IT IN JULY and take advantage of our amazing special this month--purchase just $25 in My Acrylix Stamps, and get any hostess rewards ONLY stamp for just $5!

Here are just a sample of some of the available hostess rewards sets:

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Studio J Flash SALE!

Close to My Heart surprised us all with a FLASH sale on Studio J layouts!  Just $5 for PROCESSED 12 x 12 two page layouts!  These are not printed, they are processed, and SUPER high-quality.  Only through the end of July!  UPDATED:  Be sure to note that the sale ENDS JULY 31st at 5:00pm Mountain time!!!  :)  That is 6:00 pm for my CST friends...

Click HERE to set up your own FREE account on my website!  

Read more about this amazing sale over on the Make It From Your Heart Blog!  :)  New to Studio J and need help?  Visit my website to watch the tutorials HERE!

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Retiring Close to My Heart Product News!

Happy Hump Day!

Now that Close to My Heart Convention is over, I am getting tons of questions about what products are staying and which ones are saying good-bye.  One of the FIRST things I want to let you know is about a color change-up.  Trends come and go, and with them often comes a change in palette.

The Enchantment line of colors is getting QUITE the makeover with the new Annual Inspirations, and I cannot WAIT to share the new colors with you.  First, take a peek at what will remain of the current colors...

Only 3 colors staying:  Ruby, Goldrush, and New England Ivy
IF any of these colors are required to finish your ongoing projects, head on over to my blog to find all the ENCHANTMENT cardstock, ink, and reinkers.  There are 4 pages worth of these gorgeous fall hued colors, and they are already starting to disappear, so I would not wait! 

Now, I REALLY want to show you the new colors, BUT consultants are not quite allowed to share the new goodies on our BLOGS.  We ARE allowed to share the pictures corporate released at convention on our other social media, so head on over to my Facebook page HERE to see the NEW colors coming!

Wondering how to order the amazing Close to My Heart specials each month on my website?  I made a video to show you how!