Saturday, April 29, 2017

Wonderful Pages (Made By My Customers!!)

I have some of the most amazing and creative customers!
They have quickly become good friends of mine too.

Every month I have the joy of watching them make beautiful scrapbook pages that save their family memories and tell their oh-so-important stories. Nothing thrills me more than seeing their layouts complete with photos and journaling!!

This month I asked a few of them if I could take photos of some of their completed pages, so I could share them on my blog and show the world the fantastic job they are doing. Some of these layouts were made using the "Some Kinda Wonderful" Workshops Your Way kit, which was the featured kit my scrapbooking club members used this month.

Contact me now if you'd like to start joining us monthly (I offer a variety of dates to choose from every month!) and I can help you get beautiful pages like these ones done too!!

Next month, I plan to share a few more photos of a few more of my customer's completed pages. I just thought it would be fun to share these on my blog so others can see and celebrate the great job they've done too. Their scrapbooking success makes me so happy! Kudos to Desiree, Kelly, and Marla!!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

New Card designs for the April Card Class(es)!

I'm offering such a fun variety of new card designs
for you to make with me this month!!
(including two cards that you can make two ways!!)

The remaining CREATE DATES we have left in 
April for you to plan to join me include:

Friday 4/21 (6pm-9pm)
Sunday 4/23 (1pm-5pm)
Monday 4/24 (9am-Noon)
Saturday 4/29 (1pm-5pm)

Please RSVP for the date (or dates) that
work best for you and JOIN US at my home
to stamp and assemble as many as you want
from my pre-cut "card buffet"
for just $1.50 each!

(remember to bring your own adhesive or 
plan to purchase some from me if you need).

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Celebrate National Scrapbook Month - May 13th!!

Come Celebrate
National Scrapbook Month
with us...
Friends, Food, and up to 7 hours of creative FUN!!
Saturday, May 13th, 2017*
(10am to 5pm)
at Jen's house
in Barstow Heights

*Due to an unexpected family obligation that came up, I needed to move this event from it's originally scheduled date (May 6th) to the 13th! So sorry for any inconvenience this might cause! I hope you can still plan to join us!!
Event Cost: is FREE!
Just bring a potluck side dish/dessert to share!
I will be making crock-pot chicken fajitas (with tortillas)
and providing a variety of ice-cold beverages.

Bring ANY scrapbooking kits/materials you'd like to use,
or choose from a variety of my left-over pre-cut class kits 
(most kits are priced at $30 for 6 to 8-12x12 pages
or $20 for 4-12x12 pages).

On this day I'm also offering TWO very 
special designed-by-me LAYOUT CLASSES 
that are perfect for Beginner's!! 
(so invite all the newbies you know!!)
starting at 11am and 1pm and 3pm!

Class participants will take about an hour (or less) to review the basics of scrapbooking
with me as we create TWO different 12x12 layouts (a pretty feminine page at 11am, and a versatile masculine page at 1pm, plus a late-comers class at 3pm). Each class layout kit is $10 each and you have the option to join us to make just one of the layouts or both layouts (it's your choice!)

The $10 per layout materials fee can be paid ahead of time or at the class, whatever works better for you, I just need your RSVP and commitment for each layout you plan to create

Photos of the layouts are coming soon!!
(but for now, you can see the special paper pack we'll use to create at least one of the layouts...shown here below!)

**Due to limited space, I'm going do something I rarely do, and exclude those who are "card-makers only" from this event. I need to do this to allow enough room in my house for all that I have planned and to be able to really put my time and focus on teaching scrapbooking on this day. I promise those who are card-makers only, that we will still have our regularly scheduled card-making class during the month of May and that we will also have a special event for card-makers only to celebrate and focus on their specialty (creating beautiful cards!), during September 2017, which is also National Stamping Month.**

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Cardmaking Workshops Your Way Blog Hop!

THANK YOU for stopping by to enjoy our
Cardmaking WYW Blog Hop!

The Close to my Heart consultant's participating 
in this blog hop today are sharing their artwork 
created using any of the four different stamp sets 
purchased as part of the Cardmaking
Workshops Your Way kits!
(shown on pages 13, 23, 33, and 43 of the 
soon-to-be-retiring Seasonal Expressions 1 Catalog).

If you've just arrived here from
then you are on the correct path.

If you get lost along the way, you can find
a complete list of all of the participating
consultant blogs here on MELINDA's BLOG.

The cards I'm sharing today include a few standard-size cards I created using the Here For You stamp set from the Here For You kit (item #G1124) with the Hello Lovely papers.
Ink colors I used here (below) include Black, Fern, and Sorbet
(with both 2nd generation and a little 1st generation inking).

...and (above) here's another card (that I shared on my blog previously) that you might want to see also, if you haven't already! (you can use this link here to see the full list of ink colors used and tips/instructions how to create it yourself).

Now you can continue on with the hop,
and be inspired by more creativity
using one of our beautiful Cardmaking WYW kits, 
by visiting BRENDA's BLOG next!
Enjoy the hop!!

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Upcoming April Events and Specials!

So, I have quite A LOT to offer you in April of 2017!

It's the fourth and final month of the Seasonal
Expressions (Spring) Catalog, so this is your last chance
to purchase any of the paper collections and stamp sets
that are featured in it only while supplies last!!
See all of our products & shop online here:

My Scrapbooking "CREATE DATES" in April 
will feature your choice of 

or (if you missed or didn't finish the big 3/18 workshop) the 
UPTOWN Fundamentals & Snapshots
scrapbooking kits (or ANY other recent kit 
and/or cards you've missed and want to make-up)!

(at Jen's house)
Sunday 4/9 (1pm-5pm)
Monday 4/10 (9am-Noon)
Saturday 4/15 (1pm-5pm)
Friday 4/21 (6-9pm)
Sunday 4/23 (1pm-5pm)
Monday 4/24 (9am-Noon)
Saturday 4/29 (1pm-5pm)

Local customers,
please let me know your kit choice(s) by April 1st 
(IF you want to attend create dates on the 9th, 10th, or 15th!)
please let me know your kit choice(s) by April 15th
(IF you want to attend create dates on the 21st, 23rd, or 24th!)

As a special bonus for local customers this month only,
(an exclusive offer available only from me!!)
purchase BOTH of the scrapbooking kits shown above
and receive your choice of either (6) FREE 12x12 memory
protectors OR any current/recent Stamp of the Month set
that I have in stock, absolutely FREE!

In addition to this great deal for my scrapbookers, CTMH is also offering a great campaign during April (all month long!) that allows us to purchase and try either one or both of the Cut Above (pre-cut) layout kits shown here for half price!! If you haven't tried them yet, you will want to, as these page kits are so much fun, so easy, and fast to put together!

(with a retail value of $14.95 each, these kits are only $7.48 each during April!!)

Watch here now, to see how quickly one 
of these pre-cut layouts goes together:

and finally...
an exciting announcement for all of my

I'm going back to offering one official evening CARD CLASS date each month where our focus will really be on cards and stamping techniques only (for the non-scrapbookers and scrapbookers alike) and I will have all-NEW card designs ready for you each month on this specific card class date. You can still come and create cards with me anytime throughout the month on any of the "create dates" I offer, but I'll introduce the NEWest card designs and techniques just once a month on the official card class date! I'm not yet quite ready to show you the cards we'll be making in April, but I am happy to show you that I'm using these adorable cards as my design inspiration: you can expect that three of our four cards 
this month might look similar to these above
(you know how I like to fancy things up with 
extra techniques and embellishing!)

(featuring NEW card designs!)
Friday 4/21 (6-9pm)

and Lastly...

Saturday, May 12th
(Crop & Potluck!)

Saturday, April 1, 2017

April SOTM Blog Hop featuring Flock Together!

THANK YOU for stopping by to enjoy our
April Stamp of the Month Blog Hop
featuring this month's SOTM:
Flock Together S1704

If you've just arrived here from
then you are on the correct path.

If you get lost along the way, you can find
a complete list of all of the participating
consultant blogs here on MELINDA's BLOG.

For today's blog hop, I've created these two standard-size cards (above)! The colors I used include Cranberry and Pacifica cardstock along with a few scraps of the Uptown Fundamentals paper (Z3263). I also used the Black memento ink pad, Cranberry ink (2nd generation for the hearts), and Glacier and Pacifica ink pads. The marker colors I used include Cherry Pink, Marine Blue, Pastel Peach, and Turquoise Blue.

One exciting discovery I made while creating with this stamp set was that the smallest die included in the Thin Cuts - Basic Circles set (Z3318) is the perfect size to cut paper to stamp the "Love this" stamp on. I also used the smallest two heart dies from the Thin Cuts - Basic Hearts set (Z3317) to cut out the black hearts on my cards (above) as well.

Lastly, here are two more cards (above) that I created with
this stamp set and already shared on my blog previously.
You can find and read more details about these cards in
my previous blog posting found at this link HERE.

Now you can continue on with the hop,
and be inspired by more creativity
using this stamp set by visiting
Enjoy the hop!!