April 29, 2015

It's No Secret

When it comes to my love of Disney I don't hold back. It's no secret that I love taking trips to the most magical place on Earth as much as I possibly can (afford it).
So it brings me great joy to relive those trips and memories in my scrapbook pages.
I just completed this double page layout from our last trip. I'd like to point out that you can make some pretty amazing Disney pages without and specialty products. There are a lot of cute stickers, papers and embellishments  with the characters on them but sometimes that just doesn't match the theme you're going for.

I used the Jackson WOTG scrapbook kit for these pages of our resort. These patterns and colors lend themselves perfectly to the "rustic atmosphere" of the Wilderness lodge! Because I take so many photos, wanting to remember all the details, I added a flip flap to this layout.
Shown it the above photo is my layout with the 6"x12" flap open exposing more photo and embellishment opportunities. Now I didn't follow the instructional guidelines included in the kit, it's up to you if want to, but there are several different layout directions included.  Really everything on here except the glitter paper was from that kit. Plus I have so much more paper and embellishments left to create additional layouts or some cards. AND the awesome stamp set that I'll have forever.

If you head over to my shop to get this kit don't forget to grab some of the coordinating inks too. 
For my layout I used Cocoa (Z2114), Barn Red (Z2104), Juniper (Z2165) and Glacier (Z2641)

April 14, 2015

Illustrious Invitations: Inked to Impress - from the CTMH blog

Sharing this wonderful post from the Close to my Heart blog:
Spring always brings a rush of new joys! It seems that love, weddings, flowers, sunshine, and even babies come pouring into our hearts all at once during this season. It’s a beautiful and welcome renewal after a cold, dormant winter. 
With so many beautiful things blossoming all around us, it only makes sense to celebrate. Whether that’s through a bridal shower, a baby shower, a birthday party, a wedding reception, or simply an afternoon of crafting, we believe that everyone has something to celebrate this time of year.
And what’s a celebration without an invitation? Why, a very lonely celebration of course. You know what they say: the invitation sets the tone for the party! So we mined the Seasonal Expressions 2 idea book for invitation stamp sets just right for ringing in spring. Marvel at the jewels we discovered!
The flowers in this stamp set are to the Blossom paper packet as sunshine is to blue skies—they were made for each other! Use them in tandem to create an invitation that will have your guests rushing to your party so quickly they’ll blow the blossoms on the trees clean off!
The icy sparkles crystallized on these lemon slices look good enough to eat! We love the bright colors and shapes from this stamp set that make the invitation a party in itself. Can you imagine how happy you’d feel if this splash of life arrived in your mailbox?
If making your own invitations feels a little intimidating, just think of it as an alternative form of cardmaking! With one stamp set, you can create a collection of invitations that will make each of your guests feel special and appreciated—a little act of kindness that is well worth your creative efforts.
So open up the windows of your home (and heart) to spring! Let the fragrances, light, and even the occasional rain shower into your life. Breathe it all in. Even if your party is a long way off, today is always worth celebrating!
7″ x 5″ It’s a Shower Invitation
4 ¼” x 3 ¼” Time to Party Invitation

April 13, 2015

Since You Asked

I have received a few requests for some "in person" workshops. Since I love the opportunity to interact with you all in person I'm going to host my first workshop at my home and if we outgrow the space I have,(which would be awesome) then we will relocate to somewhere larger for the next one. So check your calendars, and pencil in Sunday May 16th for the Blossom Card Workshop.

When you order the Blossom Workshop on the go kit from my website your spot will automatically be reserved.  You don't need to purchase anything else for this, but if you would like to order additional supplies for your own personal stock the list is included on the above flyer. You are also welcome to bring your own tools and adhesives of choice (but I will have some available for use).

I hope you'll join me. I promise we will have a great time!

April 10, 2015

I Love a Good Deal

Ok seriously, who doesn't love to get something for free? I'm all about finding a bargain.
That's what these CTMH Deal of the Day grab bags are. Every day they offer a grab bag at certain price, it could be any where between $35 and $150. You chose if it's the right price point for you and if it is buy it (especially because you don't what the next days price will be and you don't want to miss out) What you will receive is all that and more - sometimes even more than DOUBLE the retail value!

Here's a short video I made showing the contents of my first grab bag. I paid $35 for this box of goodies and the value of the products inside exceeded $68! And not every $35 box is going to have these same items. Here's some of my friends $35 boxes:

I can't wait until my $150 box arrives, should be next week according to my shipping confirmation! Don't wait, get your box ordered. The sooner you do, the sooner it can be in your hands. When your box arrives I would LOVE if you would share a photo of the contents on the Your Memories Here facebook page!

April 5, 2015

Fresh New Ideas

Have you taken a look into the new Seasonal Expressions idea book from Close to my Heart?

Wow!! I'm just so excited for the bright pops of color, bold patterns, and all the projects I can envision making with them!
Let me share with you just a few examples to get your creative juices flowing.
 These two (the one above and one below) are made with the NEW Jackson collection.
 And then these two (above here and below here) are made using the NEW Blossom collection.
BUT there is so much more that you can do with these collections! How about some cards?

That's just a small sampling.  I don't want to overload you with too much awesomeness at once ;)

Lastly, please please please don't forget to check out the Deal of the Day grab bags. It's a really great way to get a whole lot of fantastic products for not a lot of money. So far CTMH has offered them at $35, $115 and $75. You never know what the next price point is going to be, so get the one you want right away on the day it's posted. They only stay up for 24 hours (hence the deal of the day). You simply add any one regular price item to your cart to purchase and then the option to purchase that day's deal will become available.

Until we chat again, go create yourself a wonderful day!

April 1, 2015

I'm No April Fool

It's April and that means we can finally order from the new Seasonal Expressions catalog!
Take a look at the new Close to my Heart Seasonal Expressions idea book and catalog, what's #1 on your wish list? For me, I want it ALL! That's how excited I am for these now products.

Along with the new items, CTMH is offering a month long fantastic promotion.

Here's the details:
Love a great deal? How about 30 days of great deals? During the month of April, you have the opportunity to score a deal every day with Close To My Heart! What deals are we talking about? Each day during April, while supplies last, we’ll feature a random grab bag filled with current and retired Close To My Heart products available for purchase at a major discount. To grab your bag, simply place any current, full-priced item in your online shopping cart through your Consultant’s Online Business Address and you will then be eligible to purchase as many grab bags as you wish (while supplies last)! Grab bags will be featured at five different price points throughout the month, ranging from $35 USD / $55 CAD to $150 USD / $160 CAD. Some grab bags will contain product with more than DOUBLE the retail value of the price you pay! Grab bags will be available for 24 hours starting at 3:00 pm MDT each day and only while supplies last—so visit often and early! Remember that grab bag tiers will be featured on a random schedule throughout the month, so seize the opportunity to purchase from the grab bag tier you’re interested in when it becomes available because it might not come around again!Contact me for more details.

I also want to share more project ideas with you this month. I want to help you get inspired to make something. Help you find ways to use the supplies you already have. Help you come up with ideas for the items you are going to order.
Here is a card I created with a group of ladies at a home gathering. Some of these ladies have never made a card before but quickly found out how easy it can be! Close to my Heart makes it easy with their wonderfully coordinated products, easy to use stamps and fun accents.

Be sure to check out my facebook page for more project ideas from CTMH. I also plan on posting a video when my first Deal of the Day box arrives!

Create yourself a great day!

March 28, 2015

What would you do if you had your very own scrapbook store?

I received an email from my Sr. Director earlier this week. I get one every week because she is always trying to help us all be as successful as possible in our CTMH business. Being that I'm already an Independent CTMH Consultant I know all the wonderful benefits of joining the team. They started immediately when I signed up and received my consultant kit - Over $350 in products for only $99! In March it's an even better deal,

You're getting all these products (still over a $350 value) whether you choose the card makers kit

or the scrapbookers kit.

You are also going to receive the shoulder tote FREE with your kit (thats an extra $26 in savings!) And there is still more, you have the opportunity to earn the $149 rolling tote for FREE too.

Her email brought up a very good point, the choice is yours:

And that's the truth, we all love to buy scrapbooking and cardmaking supplies so what's the point in giving Michael's or JoAnn's your money when you can own your own store! You OWN your store! Do you ever think about that? It's yours, to do with what you want. You can buy from yourself at a discount, which is awesome! It's a great way to use this store but there's another one. If you own your own store, why not let OTHERS buy your goodies for you!! I don't spend my own money on my scrapbooking and stamping supplies anymore, instead I sell enough to use the profits any way I want to, to buy products for myself or to spend on other things, purses and vacations.

If you are ready to own your own store, get discounts on all your crafty supplies and even make some money doing what you already enjoy then click this link, and I'll be happy to have you join my team!

If you still aren't convinced, or are just plain certain you don't want to own your own store, I am happy to help you in any way I can. Whether it be locating supplies for you, explaining a technique you saw or providing inspiration to help you get a jump on your projects.

March 11, 2015

Bursting with Excitement!

I have SO MUCH to share I don't know where I should begin!
I think first I should show you the awesome SOTM (Stamp of the Month) set for March.

 I know, we're already 11 days into March but that just means you still have 20 days left to get this set! Just like all of Close to my Heart's SOTM you can get this set for only $5 with your qualifying $50 order all month long.

Also this month Close to my Heart is offering a "sign on bonus" if you will. This is the BEST time for you to join my team. Not only do you get over $300 worth of products for only $99, but during March, you also get the tote bag INCLUDED with your consultant kit! AND it gets better, if you have $300 in comisionable sales in your first 40 days you get the rolling tote too! 
Now this offer is only good while supplies last, so don't hesitate to join my team!

So next month the new CTMH Seasonal Expressions are available to order. I just happen to have a few advance copies in my hands at this very moment.

Let me tell you how much I LOVE the new products in this catalog. Better yet, let me show you with this little sneak peek video I made

 Did you catch that special offer just from me?
It may have flashed by too quickly, or maybe you were so mesmerized with all the sneak peeks you didn't catch it. No worries, I'm going to remind you - Any YMH Close to my Heart orders placed or gatherings booked during the month of March  will receive a free advanced copy of the new Seasonal Expressions catalog. Not to mention all the other free bonus goodies you receive when you host a gathering or the special discounted promotional pricing on items when you place an order.

So what are you waiting for? Get on over to my website, join my team for the BEST offer or at least get your request in for the Seasonal Expressions catalog by placing an order or hosting a gathering.

January 20, 2015

Do You Love a Good Deal?

I sure love a good deal. The only thing better than that is getting something for FREE!
Well, what if I told you I could offer you both?
Do I have your interest now? What do you want to hear about first, the good deal or the something that's FREE?

Shown here (that's the picture above this sentence) is the January Paper Crafting Month exclusive paper kit Year>>Noted. You can get this $24 value kit for only $5 when you order $50 in CTMH merchandise. However, if you place an order with me before January 30th I will enter you in a drawing to win this paper kit FREE! AND with the free kit I'll also include the $10 kraft album (shown in the photo also) too- so that's $34 in FREE stuff!

So do you still want to hear what the good deal is?

How about a $17 stamp set for only $5? Yep, the January Stamp of the month set is only $5 with your $50 CTMH order. And you were going to order $5o worth of product anyway so you can get in on the Year>>Noted drawing, right?
So what does a $50 order look like? Let me suggest for you these really great products-

Workshops on the Go® Heartstrings Cardmaking Kit Contents:
1 – My Acrylix® Heartstrings Workshop Stamp Set (D-size)
1 – Heartstrings B&T Duos™ Paper
4 – Cardstock Sheets (1 Glacier, 1 Pixie, 1 Whisper, 1 White Daisy)
15 – White Daisy Cards & Envelopes
1 – Pixie Extra Thick Twine (Z3035)
1 – Stuck on You Puffies (Z3037)
1 – Instructional Brochure
Use the material and instructions in this kit to create 15 beautiful cards (5 each of 3 designs)!
only $24.95  the included stamp set alone is a $17 value (and only available in the kit)

Add to that 3 of the coordinating Exclusive ink colors,  Pixie, Lagoon and Slate at $5.95each
and a 3"x3" My Acrylix stamp block
Don't need another My Acrylix block? OK how about the new tiny hearts embossing folder instead?

 Then you're going to want a pack of the Heartstrings paper collection so you can make even more projects with your new stamp set and inks. That includes 6 of the B&T Duos and 6 solid cardstocks in Lagoon, Cranberry, Hollyhock and Whisper.

So ALL of that that I just listed - INCLUDING the Stamp of the Month set and tax and shipping, that gets you entered into the drawing for an additional $34 in products, is only $65.
You can make all these gorgeous cards -
and even a few scrapbook layouts, plus have two large $17 sets of stamps and 3 Exclusive ink colors left over after all your projects are done! AND be entered to win the $34 Year>>Noted kit.

Just send me an email saying "YES! Krissy I want that deal!" and I'll take care of placing the order and invoice you the total. OR If you want to shop on your own, go to www.yourmemorieshere.CTMH.com and I'll make sureto enter you in the drawing ;)

January 12, 2015

Are Your Supplies Versatile?

If you read my last post, you already know that I bought myself a "little gift". I got the Close to my Heart Artbooking cartridge for the Cricut. I can't say enough good things about the catalog of images on this cartridge. It has more useful cuts than I have ever seen on any single Cricut cartridge (and I have quite a large collection). Infact, I have another Close to my Heart cartridge on order and can't wait for it's arrival too!

Ok I've talked enough, now it's time to show some of what I've been up to.

Your Memories Here
I made this card with papers from the Chalk it Up collection (who says they are only for "school" themed projects?) The base of the card is Flaxen cardstock, then I adhered a piece of Whisper white cardstock that I had stamped arrows all over. For that design, I used the arrows from the January Stamp of the Month set (From this Moment) using coordinating ink colors Sorbet, Flaxen and Lagoon. *side note - I love the CTMH prints the coordinating color information on the edge of all their B&T Duos papers, there's no guessing what coordinating cardstock and inks match best!
 I added a piece of the Chalk it Up B&T Duos arrow patterned paper and on top of that placed a cut from the Artbooking cartridge in Glacier blue. Next I stamped the sentiment, also from the January SOTM set and embellished with a small heart cut and puffy heart sticker (part of the Chalk it Up collection accents).

Your Memories Here
My next card here is a base of Lagoon cardstock, layered with a piece of Chalk it Up B&T Duos paper with the star pattern. I used the same cut on this card from the Artbooking cartridge, this time in Sorbet cardstock and then cut it twice and adhered the cuts to mirror each other in a starburst design. I banded the middle with teal adhesive shimmer trim. Last, I added the stamped "Hello" banner in black ink on Lagoon cardstock - this stamp is also from the January SOTM set.

So hows that for versatility? I used a "school" themed paper collection along with a "Valentine" theme stamp set to create two unique and original, all occasion cards.

I hope I've helped you look at paper crafting supplies in a new way.

January 6, 2015

Don't You Just Love it When....

So I decided to buy myself something I had been wanting for awhile. When it comes to my craft supplies I'm pretty sure none of my family has a clue what I would want or need (or what I already have for that matter). So hoping to receive a new Cricut cartridge as a Christmas gift was not going to cut it. I took matters into my own hands and just placed the order myself.

I ordered the Close to my Heart Exclusive Artbooking cartridge. Let me tell you, it has way more than what I was expecting! There's a font, Scrapbook page layouts, Whole and half page overlays, mini album pages, page titles and card sentiments, icons, borders and so much more!
Click HERE to see the shapes index
I can't wait to start creating with it and share those projects with you!

January is a special month for papercrafting,

In celebration of National Papercrafting Month, Close To My Heart invites you to reflect on the things that make you who you are and on what you want to accomplish in the coming months. Then, with the help of the Year >> Noted paper kit, record your experiences and goals!

During the month of January, with a qualifying purchase of $50, you are eligible to purchase the exclusive Year >> Noted paper kit (which has a retail value of over $24 USD / $27 CAD for only $5—that’s over 80% off retail! Or, for an additional $5, you can order the Year >> Noted paper kit with an accompanying My Creations™ kraft mini book. The paper kit for both options includes a C-size stamp set, stickers, cardstocks, and B&T Duos™ papers, all specially designed to coordinate with the My Creations™ kraft mini book so you can have a yearlong scrapbooking experience. This means you will receive over $34 USD / $37 CAD worth of product for only $10 if you purchase the kit with the accompanying mini book! But the fun doesn’t end there—included on the sticker sheet, you will find a large golden seal. Once the year is done and all the pages are filled, seal up your book and create a mini time capsule that you can open years from now. Remember, this deal is only available for January, so make sure to get your own Year >> Noted paper kit today for the perfect start to a crafty year!

>>>>>>>>Extra Extra Rewards!
There has never been a better time to book a gathering, during the month of January all hostesses with a minimum of $350 in sales gets an additional 50% in hostess credits - that means even more opportunity for all the items on your CTMH wish list.

And last, but not least I want to share with you my "word for the new year" it has become a tradition (for me the past 3 years) to select a word to represent your goal for the new year. You may have seen this around facebook, you may even do this yourself?!
So my word - gratitude
I'm keeping a gratitude art journal and I'm sharing my joy all over social media when I can. You'll see my Twitter, facebook and Instagram posts with the Hashtag #ArtitudeofGratitude
I believe changing your outlook will change your quality of life.

Do you choose a word for the new year? If so I'd love you to share it in the comments :)

November 30, 2014

December is HOT! (for deals anyway)

It's time for the.....
This year marks the 10-year anniversary of Close To My Heart's revolutionary My Acrylix®
clear polymer stamps-and we can't wait for you to celebrate with us! 

With a qualifying 
purchase of JUST
$50 during the month of December, you will be eligible to purchase ANY C- or 
D-size stamps from the Annual Inspirations 2014-2015 idea book
for only $10.

That's up to 
$7.95 USD/$9.75 CAD of savings on a single stamp set! Plus, once you achieve the qualifying order total, there is 
no limit
 to the number of eligible stamp sets you can purchase at this 
discounted price. 

A purchase of $50 will also qualify you to receive the December Stamp 
of the Month for only $5, so if you purchase both the discounted Stamp of the Month and 
additional stamps at this special campaign pricing your savings will compound! 

*Offer valid December 1, 2014 (9:00 am MST)-December 31, 2014 (11:59 pm MST). Shipping/handling is 
calculated based on the full retail price of the discounted items (C-size stamp set: $13.95 USD/$15.25 CAD; 
D-size stamp set: $17.95 USD/$19.75 CAD).


But it gets even better because on December 1st, our new Seasonal Expressions catalog goeslive!  It contains ALL NEW PRODUCTS and you're going to love it!!!

The other cool thing is that the cutest stamp of the month comes out in December too.  When you spend $50 you get it for just $5.00!!!  It's called Cutie Pie and it's so adorable!!

Wow!! CTMH is offering a Cyber Monday Sale!!
20% Off All Cricut® Collections on Monday!
For the first time ever, Close To My Heart is offering a Cyber Monday Sale on Monday, December 1, 2014. There has never been a better time to buy Close To My Heart's exclusive Cricut® Collections for 20% off the retail price. Whether you love scrapbooking, cardmaking, or creating 3-D projects, our four exclusive Cricut® collections make the perfect addition to any craft room! Sale starts at midnight (MST) on December 1 and ends at 11:59 pm Monday night. Make sure to share the news!! Here's the link to the 4 collections:


So there you have it, FOUR great reasons to visit my website throughout the month of December!   Have fun and Merry Christmas!

September 11, 2014

Finally Available!

The highly anticipated NEW Cricut  'Artfully Sent' exclusive CTMH cartridge is now available! What I love most about the Close to My Heart Cricut collections are the "extras" that are included. The perfectly matched stamps, the awesome sentiments and high quality cardstock. Grab you're favorite stamp pad (or order some new colors) and you're all set to create right out of the box!

Many have been waiting since this cartridge was announced to get their hands on it, so now is the time to get yours before they sell out and you're waiting even longer to get yours!

Cardmaking has never been easier or more fun! With our newest Cricut® collection, you can make handmade masterpieces in no time at all. Choose from cards with sentiments cut directly into them, or combine several cutouts to create your own pop-up scenes. Featuring more than 25 different card themes and 5 different card formats including dynamic interactive designs, this cartridge has a card for any and all occasions—even if the occasion is "just because"! Card styles include pop-ups, scenes, sentiments, sleeves, and pocket cards.

Collection includes:

1 – Cartridge (700 images: Cards and Font)

3 – My Acrylix® D-size stamp sets

1 – 12" × 12" White Daisy Cardstock Pack