Saturday, November 30, 2013

December Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!

THANK YOU for stopping by to enjoy our
 December Stamp of the Month Blog Hop
featuring this month's SOTM:
  Special Care S1312

If you've just arrived here from NANCY's BLOG, 
then you are on the correct path.
 This month I created two standard-size cards featuring the Laughing Lola papers (X7170B).
The Hearts overlay (5.25") and "XOXO" (1.5") were cut using the Artbooking Cricut Cartridge. Embellished with Black Mini-medley Accents Collection (Z1862)
and Base & Bling Floral Accents (Z1883).

Now you can continue with the hop to see more creative ideas
using this stamp set by visiting MICHELLE's BLOG next! 
Enjoy the hop!!


Wednesday, November 13, 2013

November Card Class (and Christmas Card Buffet)!!

These are the cards I'm offering at my Card Classes this month
(let me show you how to create these 3 cards for just $5):

PLUS, in addition to the cards shown above
I'm also offering my annual
I have 8 different card designs
for you to choose from
(shown below)
You choose how many of each you want to make
with me (in person) for just $1 each...a true bargain!
(please bring/purchase your own adhesive to use
as that is not included in the cost).

19 PENGUIN cards available / 15 PRESENTS cards available

12 MARY cards available / 11 SNOWFLAKE cards available

12 TREE cards available / 16 SANTA cards available
10 HOLLY cards available / 12 WREATH cards available

 You have two opportunities to attend
with me this month on
Friday, November 22nd
Saturday, November 23rd
(anytime between 6pm-10pm)

Space is limited, so please message me on Facebook or send me an e-mail ( to reserve your spot ASAP! You can also reserve the exact number of each of the Christmas Cards you want to make when you RSVP...
card designs will be first come, first serve!
(Once I run out of a certain design, they are gone)!

My "Seeing Double" Card!

The challenge issued on the Heart2Heart Challenges blog this week is entitled "Seeing Double!"  I chose to create this standard-size card inspired by Make It From Your Heart, Volume 1 - Pattern 28, since I felt like this card design fits the "double" theme so perfectly.  The stamps I used are from the Stitch Wonder set C1564, shown on page 102 of the current Idea Book.  I also used the Huntington papers X7174B with Barn Red and Cocoa inks. It's a very simple card...but sometimes simple is best! Enjoy!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

...More about the Picture My Life™ Scrapbooking Program!

Love documenting memories in minutes? Then you’ll love the new Picture My Life™ scrapbooking program, meant for quick and beautiful memory-keeping. This program comes in eight themes, all based on the gorgeous designs of some of our most popular paper packets. Whether you choose to embrace a single theme or mix and match for a truly unique look, you’ll love the ease, affordability, and beauty of the Picture My Life programs. Your own photos are all you need to add to make astounding artwork—in no time at all!
Each program has a theme, from childhood to friendship to travel, but because we have ensured sufficient variety in design and style of each you can easily apply the cards to other themes. Say you love the palette and designs of the Babycakes program but wish to apply a “family” theme—go ahead! It’s one of the unique differentiators and possibilities of the program! With a large quantity of product in each program you will be able to craft creative arrangements all your own. Each program includes 122 double-sided cards plus 10 unique Memory Protectors™ to capture life as it happens, and their versatility and gorgeous designs will transform your albums into masterpieces. On one side of each card is space for journaling, and on the other you’ll find artistic sentiments and icons. Each program is designed to accommodate approximately 100 photos in your included Memory Protectors, so with a balance of photos and cards, you’ll finish with about 20 remaining cards. That means you have plenty of choice and flexibility in which cards you choose to include, making it uniquely yours! Of course, you can easily use more or fewer photos in your project to suit your story’s needs.
Unique to Picture My Life is the included 12" × 12" double-sided cover page with each individual program, using a beautiful My Reflections™ pattern. True to Close To My Heart standards, the cover page offers a finished and cohesive look to your project with its featured high-quality design. The Picture My Life program is so versatile that you’ll find dozens of other ways to incorporate it into your papercrafting. Use the cards to expand other projects you’ve started! For example, if you just got back from the trip of a lifetime and wonder how you will capture all the details, mix the Picture My Life cards with your photos to extend your scrapbook pages. Choose your very favorite photos to scrapbook on 12" × 12" two-page layouts then use coordinating Picture My Life cards and your remaining photos to document the rest of your trip in minutes.
This program is yet another new, fresh addition and option for memory keepers to preserve their memories. The cards enhance the scrapbooking experience—making it even more fun—and they work brilliantly in mini albums, My Crush™ books, as journaling cards on your 12" × 12" classic scrapbook pages, or as gift cards and tags.
Please see my previous blog posting for more details as well as to learn when these brand NEW kit will be available!

Monday, November 4, 2013

Announcing...the NEW "Picture My Life" Scrapbooking Program!!

I am so THRILLED about this EXCITING NEW PRODUCT announcement!! When you join the Close To My Heart family from November 1st to December 15th and submit qualifying personal sales*, you’ll receive a stunning new product, the Picture My Life™ scrapbooking program - FREE (retail value $24.95)! Select from eight darling themes, from vacation to friendship to childhood - each featuring 122 double-sided cards plus 10 unique Memory Protectors™ to capture it all. Picture it - then capture it!
You can join my CTMH consultant team here:

What is the new Picture My Life™ scrapbooking program?  The eight new Picture My Life™ scrapbooking programs feature themes based on some of our most popular paper packets, plus two brand new paper packets. Each individual program features 122 double-sided, designed cards plus 10 unique Memory Protectors™ to hold creative combinations of these cards and your own photos. You get 44 – 4" × 6" cards (2 each of 22 designs) which come in 14 vertical and 8 horizontal designs. You also get 78 – 3" × 4" cards (3 each of 26 designs) which come in 10 vertical designs and 16 horizontal designs.

What makes the Picture My Life™ scrapbooking program different from other card-style programs on the market?  Our product features unique Close To My Heart designs, specifically with Jeanette’s signature artistic influence. Many card programs are very simple patterns or solid colors, and our product offers a much more thoughtful approach to design, journaling options and prompts, headlines, and layered, graphical, illustrated or distressed style—each of the 8 kits really is a fresh take that is theme-rich and yet extremely versatile, not just color changing the same core designs. Additionally, our cards are printed on our Background and Texture-weight cardstock, heavier than similar programs on the market, which makes them easy to mix and match with coordinating cardstocks or papers. Our 12" × 12" cover page gives you a unique opening page to kick off your album and deliver a finished look, and our Memory Protectors™ remain the same heavy-weight, durable material you’ve come to depend on to protect your photos—absolutely the industry standard! 

How is the Picture My Life™ scrapbooking program intended to be used? The product was designed to fill the 10 included Memory Protectors™ following a guideline of 50% photos to 50% cards (which will give you several different card options leftover to give users choice as they create their custom layout.) However, it’s just a fun and versatile product—you can use it any way you wish! If you use a higher ratio of photos, you can purchase additional Memory Protectors™ separately (all styles sold separately as well as part of the scrapbooking program); you can mix and match cards from different programs, and you can absolutely mix Picture My Life™ with classic 12" × 12" layouts, including those from Workshops on the Go™ and coordinating My Reflections™ paper packets. This program is meant to provide you with the ease of scrapbooking life’s moments as they happen. With adorable pre-designed cards featuring unique sentiments, icons, and journaling space, all you have to add is your own photo collection! The several themes can be mixed and matched for more versatility. The prompts on several of the cards will help you creatively journal, and the various assortments of Memory Protectors™ will make your finished products truly unique.

Will the Picture My Life™ scrapbooking program be available for limited or unlimited preview by Consultants in January?  Beginning January 1, 2014, Consultants may preview the Picture My Life™ scrapbooking program with a maximum of two per item number. Note, however, that the FREE Picture My Life™ scrapbooking program earned through this campaign will NOT affect that limit. If a new Consultant qualifies for a free program, they will receive it and still be able to purchase two more at its full retail value if they desire. Also note that it is anticipated that the Picture My Life™ Chantilly program will not be available until February 1.

When will the Picture My Life™ scrapbooking program be available for purchase for both customers and Consultants?  The program will be available for purchase to everyone beginning February 1, 2014, the official release date of the Idea Book.
What is the retail price of a Picture My Life™ scrapbooking program going to be?
Each individual Picture My Life™ scrapbooking program will be available for $24.95.

What are the themes/kits that are available in the Picture My Life™ scrapbooking program?
We have created six individual programs based on some of our most popular paper packets: Later Sk8tr (childhood/sports/boy), Laughing Lola (friendship/teen girls/free spirit), Babycakes (baby/youth/family), Avonlea (family/togetherness/love), Surf’s Up (vacation/travel/outdoors), and Chantilly (childhood/friendship/girl), and two based on brand new paper packets to be released in the February–July 2014 Idea Book.

Will the new Memory Protectors™ styles be available separately, or only as part of the Picture My Life™ scrapbooking program?  The new Memory Protectors™ will be available separately as well! They will come in several styles.
  • Top Load (4110, 10 protectors with a 12" x 12" pocket and a gutter seam, $9.95)
  • Top Load Value Pack (Z4115, 25 protectors with a 12" x 12" pocket and a gutter seam, $19.95)
  • Side Load (Z1968, 10 protectors with a 12" x 12" pocket and a gutter seam, $9.95)
  • Side Load Value Pack (Z1984, 25 protectors with a 12" x 12" pocket and a gutter seam, $19.95)
  • Strap Side Load (Z1969, 25 protectors with a 12" x 12" pocket for strap binding, no gutter seam, $19.95)
  • Design 1 (Z1324, 10 protectors – 6 vertical 6" × 4" pockets each, $9.95)
  • Design 2 (4113, 10 protectors – 6 horizontal 4" × 6" pockets each, $9.95)
  • Design 3 (Z1950, 10 protectors – 4 vertical 6" × 4" pockets & 4 horizontal 3" x 4" pockets each, $9.95)
  • Design 4 (Z1951, 10 protectors – 4 horizontal 4" × 6" pockets & 4 vertical 4" × 3" pockets each, $9.95)
  • Design 5 (Z1952, 10 protectors – 3 vertical 6" × 4" pockets & 6 horizontal 3" × 4" pockets each, $9.95)