Friday, November 20, 2015

CTMH Christmas Crafts Blog Hop

Welcome to our Blog Hop where we are featuring Christmas Crafts made with Close To My Heart products.  Do you have people on your list who are challenging to buy for?  I do and when that's the case a thoughtful gift, in perfect packaging, usually does the trick in putting a smile on their faces.

If you are coming from Aggie's Blog, you are on the right track. A complete list of participants is provided at the end of this post.  Let's get this fun started!

I fell in love with these Pint Containers when they were first released this summer at Convention.  I decided to pull one out and decorate it for this hop, recognizing they are perfect for filling with goodies - cookies, chocolate, socks, smell goods, etc.  They are a perfect size - not too big and not too small as Goldilocks would say.  There are a variety of ways to decorate these containers.  Because I wanted to cover mine in paper, and they are not a perfect rectangle because of their shape, I decided to take apart one container to make a pattern.  (The pattern will be provided HERE - by noon today CST.  I was forced to cut it into two pieces so you will have two seams, allowing it to print on standard-size paper.)  I traced the pattern in this beautiful B&T paper from our White Pines paper pack.  The stocking was cut from our Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge, three times - on Colonial White, Olive cardstock and the chevron patterned paper from White Pines.  The colonial white stocking was used as the base and the other pieces were cut and glued on top.  Green Shimmer Trim was added to the rim of the container, for some sparkle.
For the lid, I took a Cocoa piece of cardstock, cut a circle to fit and ran it through my Cuttlebug using the Dot Embossing Folder.  For the added texture, I distressed it using our Sanding Block (from the Sanding Kit).  The big bow was cut out of Cranberry cardstock, using the Artiste Cricut Cartridge.  A Bling Gold Gem and Gold Shimmer Trim were added, for the finishing touch.  I love how it turned out and cannot wait to fill it and gift it.
If you would like to make one of your own, be sure to grab the pattern above.  I would love to see what you create as well as what you decide to fill it with.  What suggestions do you have for fillings?

Now, how on over to Marianne's Blog to see her fun creation!  Happy hoppin'!

Blog Hop Participants:
1.  Melissa Robinson *YOU ARE HERE*

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Heart 2 Heart - Watercolors

This week at Heart 2 Heart our theme is "Watercolors".  I fell in love with the Close To My Heart Watercolor Paints when they were released, and we used them, at Convention this summer.  I have enjoyed playing with them, realizing how forgiving they are and that you truly cannot do much damage with them.  I have since used non-CTMH watercolors and I can say their quality does not compare.

For my card this week, I simply painted these three colors on a piece of Watercolor Paper.  I did brush water over the entire piece before adding the color.  The sentiment was stamped with Black Ink, and comes from the November Stamp of the Month, "Cheers, 2016!"
Banners were cut from the Fundamentals paper line (our special this month), Peacock cardstock, and Silver Shimmer Trim.  Whisper Thick Twine was attached at the top of banners using our Mini Stapler and Mini Staples.  They ARE mini and so cute, please the ease of using this stapler is phenomenal and well worth having in your papercrafting supply box. Black glitter stars were used from the Fundamental Assortment Black.  (The variety of fun of these assortments is amazing and also a must-have!)
Remember, you can get the Stamp of the Month for just $5 and this month's is a favorite!  It is perfect for new year's cards and/or layouts and for recording your goals - or for use in our new planner, whose release we await.  ;)

Consider linking up to us and showcasing artwork with watercolors.  We love to see your beautiful and fun creations so head on over to Heart 2 Heart Challenges and join us there!

Enjoy the rest of your week and don't forget to Make It From Your Heart!

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Stampers with an Attitude Blog Hop - White Pines

Members of the Stampers with an Attitude Team, with Close To My Heart, are highlighting the White Pines paper pack this month.  This product line has several coordinating options that you will want to be sure you get.

If you are coming from Catherine's Blog, you are on the right track.  She always has fabulous artwork, doesn't she?  Should you get lost along the way, you can find a list of participants by clicking HERE.

These are two cards I made using...card from the White Pines Picture My Life Scrapbooking Program!  I am so proud of myself and love how they came out.  I hope you love them too!
For this card, which only contained the word "joy", I added some light blue water color to the sentiment.  Then, I took these ornaments from another card, fussy cut them and added them to the card front.  I stamped Merry Christmas in Cranberry and of course, added some bling to various places.  The focal point is layered on New England Ivy, although not easy to recognize from this photo.
 This card was trimmed to fit the front of the card base.  A piece of Cranberry cardstock was added at the bottom and Gold Foil Tape was placed along the seam.  Red Enamel Gems were added on the tree and Merry Christmas was once again stamped.
Here is a photo that displays some of the cards available through this program.  In it you can see the Joy card and the card with the ornaments I cut out.  Fun, right?!  These cards aren't just for scrapbooking although I have used them for that too and love it!  (I will be sharing that artwork soon!)
Please consider leaving a comment and then head on over to Tammy's Blog and see what she has to share with you.  Thanks for stopping by and happy hoppin'!

Make It From Your Heart,

Get Back to the Fundamentals - Technique Blog Hop

We have a fabulous campaign this month where you can get plenty of scrapbooking products for a great discount!  This product line is absolutely fabulous and this is a great time to get it in your hands!  You can click HERE for all the details and then contact your Consultant to place your order.

If you are coming from Shirley's Blog, you are on the right track.  You can find a list of all participants at the bottom of this post.

I absolutely love how this card turned out and hope you do too!  It is fun and cheery and this paper made it that way!  The Fundamentals are absolutely fabulous - from the paper to the stickers to the assortment.  I really love this textured side of these papers.  Can you tell?!  :)  
Here is an angled photo that shows the texture a bit more.  The gift package came from the "Believe in Christmas" stamp set.  I used a marker chart, provided by our Art Department - click HERE to get your hands on it, to create colors that coordinate with our palette hues even though we do not have exact ShinHan markers to match.  Doesn't it look great?!  I take no credit for it other than adding the colors as indicated.  LOL was totally cool to see the colors blend together!
The bow was added from the Fundamentals Assortment and a Red Enamel Heart and three Bling Gold Gems, plus some Poppy Twine, helped glitsy up this card.  I used this card/post for inspiration for this card.
Let me know what you think of my artwork - I always love hearing from you - and then head on over to Darlys' Blog to see what she has in store for you.  Thanks for stopping by and always remember to...Make It From Your Heart!

Happy hoppin'!

Here is a list of the hop participants:
  1. Melissa Robinson *YOU ARE HERE*
  2. Darlys Recker
  3. Priscilla Gotham
  4. Catherine Nowak
  5. Sheila Bennett
  6. Jenifer Benner
  7. Michelle Loncar
  8. Wendy Kessler
  9. Tonya Whitehurst
  10. Haley Dyer
  11. Shirley Ross

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Planners Gonna Plan: The Everyday Life™ Planner System from Close To My ...

Happy Saturday!  No better way to get this day started than viewing this fabulous video highlighting Close To My Heart's Everyday Life Planner that is soon to be released!  We are sitting on the edge of our seats waiting for that day!  
I was able to see this beauty in person, so if you have any questions, let me know.  While I cannot take pre-orders, you can let me know you want one as soon as they are released and I will contact you as we receive notice  These are great for personal use but wouldn't they also make great Christmas gifts that are cute AND purposeful?!  

Please share this information with your friends.  If someone, who is not already a customer of mine, orders one from me and gives me your name as a reference, I will have a special goodie for you!  

Enjoy this beautiful Saturday, wherever you are, and don't forget to Make It From Your Heart!

Friday, November 13, 2015

Close To My Heart on Creative Live Webcast Next Week!

Close To My Heart and some of my dearest friends, who work at the Home Office or are fellow Consultants, will be on Creative Live next week with two full days of broadcasting and you should join them/us!  Information about the company and our products will be shared as well as a full project!  It's a great time to gather with your papercrafting friends or work on your creative projects while being inspired.  (The broadcast will also be recorded for review at a later time.)  The information is a little distorted in this post, and how it appears on my Blog because it was copied and pasted.  For a more professional view, click on the link below.

Some information is contained below and here is a LINK TO REGISTER.  

Scrapbooking, Paper Crafts, Stamping and More!

creative ideas for celebrating the relationships that matter.

Discover your creativity and celebrate the relationships that matter to you with the beautiful artwork of Close To My Heart!

Close To My Heart, a leader in the scrapbooking and stamping industry, partnered with CreativeLive to bring you Scrapbooking, Paper Crafts, Stamping and More!. During this unique event, you’ll learn how to use the Close To My Heart products to create beautiful scrapbook pages, customized cards, handcrafted home d├ęcor, inspired digital designs and more!

You’ll get dozens of inspiring project ideas as Consultants and staff members show you how to work with the complete collection of Close To My Heart Products. You’ll get instructions and advice on getting the most out of the Close To My Heartscrapbook supplies and Cricut embellishments, along with plenty of tips for good old-fashioned party hostessing.

Whether you just want to create personal treasures or are ready to start a home-based business of your very own, Close To My Heart is the perfect partner for you. Close To My Heart produces high-quality and inspiring creative tools and accessories that are only available for sale through passionate and hard-working Close To My Heart Consultants.

Tune in for Scrapbooking, Paper Crafts, Stamping and More! and find out how fun and rewarding being a Close to My Heart Consultant and customer can be! 



Led by founder and CEO Jeanette Lynton, Close To My Heart offers a wide array of papercrafting products, with special emphasis on scrapbooking and stamping. For more than 30 years, Jeanette has been a leader in the industry, making many significant contributions to these arts, and making Close To My Heart a premier resource for individuals wishing to enhance their artistic talents and pursue a successful business opportunity. 


Celebrating 22 years with Close To My Heart, Chief Communications Officer Monica Wihongi has been an integral part of every aspect of the business. Her passion for Close To My Heart stems from the genuine love she has for the Consultants who make the company what it is. The savvy sales force inspires her in her daily responsibilities. That’s why, despite the many departments she manages, her favorite part of the job is training Consultants all over the world. … 


Jill Broadbent is the Creative Communications Manager for Close To My Heart. Creativity and education are the foundation of her role with the company. As an avid scrapbooker herself, Jill has spent 11 years teaching Consultants how to use products and create works of art to preserve their memories. … 


Karen Pedersen became a Close To My Heart Consultant in January of 1993 and has since built a million-dollar team and earned the title Senior Executive Director. She has presented at numerous national Conventions and Leadership events, appeared in several Close To My Heart instructional videos, had her artwork published in several publications, and has even represented the company in the nationally syndicated show, 


As an Independent Consultant with Close To My Heart for over 22 years, Michelle Snyder has combined her creativity and love for the art of stamping, scrapbooking, and papercrafting to empower others to share life’s stories in simple but beautiful ways. Creating memorable moments is a passion that began with her two children and grew through her years as an elementary school teacher. … 


In 2005, after attending just one home gathering, Kristina Livingstone decided to join Close to My Heart, and the partying has never stopped! She has since risen to the top in sales on a business built primarily through home parties. Those parties have also helped grow her team, earning Kristina national team building and mentoring awards. … 
This class will be broadcast live and for free 9:00am - 4:00pm.

Post in the comments if you registered and will join me for this fun time!  Have a wonderful weekend and don't forget to...
Make It From Your Heart,

Thursday, November 12, 2015

November 2015 Newsletter

Here is a copy of my newsletter that just went out a short while ago.  (I did notice joined was a typo AFTER I sent it.  It is corrected here.  LOL)  It does get a bit distorted as I copy and paste the newsletter here so you can click on this link to view it better.  If you aren't subscribed to my newsletter, click HERE and then subscribe in the upper left-hand corner.  Would love to hear from you and hope you are having a TERRIFIC Thursday!

Celebrating 17 years!

I am celebrating 17 years as a Close To My Heart Consultant!


On October 20th I celebrated 17 years as a Close To My Heart Consultant!  That's right, I joined in 1998 and am still loving this fabulous company, the awesome products, and the relationships I have enjoyed because of that decision made that long ago.

I am thankful to Jeanette Lynton, our creator and CEO, for having a vision for this awesome company and building it in a way that would impact my life as it has.  I have enjoyed fun times with people I have met because of Close To My Heart, be it team members, customers, fellow papercrafters, or our home office staff.  I have been blessed in so many ways.  Thank YOU for being in my life and for sharing this art with me.  I am truly blessed.

We have some fabulous stuff happening this fall at Close To My Heart so be sure to read all the details below.  I would love for you to join me at an upcoming class, even if you purchase a kit-to-go.

I just returned from Salt Lake City where I attended the Close To My Heart Album Retreat and shared in this experience with several of my dearest friends.  We made an entire album of 23 pages, with photos and journaling (most of it) over the weekend. I HAD A BLAST!  Having never been able to attend this event in the past, I truly enjoyed it and will return again.  We did extend our trip and were able to get out to check out the sights and scenes of Salt Lake and the surrounding areas, including the Close To My Heart home office.  Being able to take this photo was so AWESOME!
Be sure to watch my blog - My Heartfelt Sentiments - for CTMH artwork as well as fun and informative information I share regularly.  You don't want to miss out on a thing!  Or...follow me on my Facebook Business Page where the blog posts also appear.  I love connecting with and hearing from you!  It makes my day!

In fact, read through this newsletter and email or text me (contact information below) and let me know if you have any questions or just to say 'hi'.  When you do, provide your mailing address and I will stick a card and goodie in the mail to you.  That will be the only reason for me to have your mailing address;  for fun stuff now and later.  :)  I won't use it for any other reason.

Enjoy the rest of your week and Make It From Your Heart!

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Simply Fundamental Scrapbooking

Save 23% on scrapbooking products this month!

Experience the beautiful Simply Fundamental Scrapbooking workshop—available only during November! This workshop has been created using all the items featured in our campaign exclusive My Legacy™ album bundles, available during November for $71.80!

Here is what you get with the bundle:

Purchase the album bundle and you get:

  • Album of your choice (D-ring or Post-bound)
  • Paper Fundamentals Enchantment (1 pack)
  • Fundamental Stickers Enchantment Pack (1 pack)
  • Fundamental Assortment Peacock (1 pack)
  • White Daisy Cardstock (3 sheets)
  • Memory Protectors™ Value Pack (1 pack Side Load or 1 pack Top Load)
With this special offer, you are saving 23% on these products as compared to purchasing these products separately.  That is HUGE!

Once you receive these products you will be set to turn these beautiful products into fabulous layouts using the new 
Simply Fundamental Scrapbooking workshop featuring five layouts you can make using all the supplies in your bundle.  When you order a bundle, I will email you the directions for making thes layouts.  They are super cute, easy to assemble and perfect for preserving your memories.

You can view all the bundle options, that vary by the album chosen (the Black Post-Bound album is out-of-stock and unavailable for this campaign), by clicking HERE.  Let me know which bundle you want!

White Pines Christmas Cards

Order a card kit to arrive on your doorstep for easy assembly!

The holidays are upon us and it's almost time to send out your Christmas cards.  Why not make handmade cards this year?  Or if you don't have time to make them, why not buy handmade cards from me that I'll make especially for you?

This kit is just $30 (includes shipping to me) + $5.95 shipping to your door and includes all you need to make 15 Christmas cards (5 each of these three designs) using the "Workshop on the Go Whitepines Cardmaking Kit".  All pieces will be pre-cut, ready for you to stamp and assemble. If you want me to stamp your images*, I am more than happy to do so.

If you prefer to order the Workshop on the Go Kit and start from scratch in assembling your cards, you are more than welcome to do that!  You can order directly from my website and have it shipped to your door.  

This is what is included in the Workshop on the Go and it includes an exclusive D-size stamp set you can't get otherwise.  
If you elect to stamp your own images, the inks needed are:  Cranberry, Fern and Black.  You may want to add them to your order if you do not already own them.

Need more than 15 cards?  I can help you with that.  An additional 15 cards will cost just $20 or you can elect to pay $2 per card and let me know your choice of design from the three shown.   
Contact me with your interest and I will send you an invoice for payment.  In order for you to receive these products in time for you to complete your cards and mail them out before Christmas arrives, please place your order by November 27th.

If you would like for me to make the cards for you, they are just $2 each, plus postage to you, but there is a discount if you order at least 6 cards.  Order a greater quantity and I will make you an offer you cannot resist, allowing you to send beautiful, handmade cards to your friends and loved ones.  I would appreciate your business!

Stamp of the Month

Get this for just $5!

Isn't this stamp set CUTE?!  I love it for so many reasons but it will obviously be great for the new year!  I have sent out New Year's cards in the past to some friends and family members (takes the pressure off of making and sending a lot of Christmas cards if time does not allow) and know this stamp set will be perfect for doing so.  I can also totally see this used in our new planner (continue reading for those details).

This is the card I made using this stamp set.  It was so fun, simple and blingy.  I hope you love it as much as I do!  You can view details on my blog for details regarding this creation.  (You can also subscribe to my blog while you are there.) 
This stamp set is only available through the end of this month, while supplies last. It is valued at $17.95 and is yours for just $5 with a $50 purchase.  You can find details by clicking HERE.

Planners Gonna Plan!

Everyday Life Planner COMING SOON!

Have you heard?!  Close To My Heart has shared a brand new product that will be released very soon!  It's called the Everyday Life planner and was announced at the Australasia Convention last month.  The Everday Life line introduces multiple products that work together seamlessly to create a planner, a My Crush book, or a product of your own creation.

It all starts with the Everyday Life album ($10.95), a beautiful, black three-ring album with gold foil design that measures 9 3/8" x 8 1/4".  This album size makes the album multi-purpose, allowing you to decide what you put in it.  To fill up your album, the Everyday Life line will also include:
  • The Everyday Life 2016 planner pages ($15.95):  154 planner pages, 12 monthly dividers with tabs, a pocket folder page, a designed page finder, and four sheets of stickers.  With monthly and weekly spread and printed dates, these pages have all the features you need to stay organized - and look good doing it!
  • Everyday Life Perfect Plan roller stamp ($8.95):  This fun and functional roller stamp coordinates perfectly with the label stickers, enabling you to customize your planner even further.
  • My Crush Everyday Life pages ($7.95):  A set of 60 double-sided, gorgeous My Crush pages.  These pages can be used on their own to create a beautiful My Crush book, or they can be combined with the planner pages to give you more room in your planner for preserving your memories while giving your planner even more flair.
  • Everyday Life Washi Tape ($3.95):  because every My Crush book needs a good washi for attaching photos and other memorabilia to your pages.
  • Memory Protectors ($4.95):  we're introducing two new styles of pocket memory protectors sized to fit into the Everyday Life album.  One will have two 4" x 6" pockets, the other four 4" x 3" pockets.  Use these to add your favorite Picture My Life cards and photos into the mix!
Altogether, the Everyday Life line gives you ultimate flexibility in creating a planner/My Crush book/pocket album uniquely customized to you.  Most of these items are expected to be made available later this month, with the exception of the washi tape, which will be available mid-December.

To add even more excitement, Close To My Heart will be offering a discounted bundle for purchasing the album, planner pages, and roller stamp together for just $29.95 - a 15% discount off retail value!

I was able to see these products in person at the Album Retreat this past week and I absolutely love it and its' functionality.  I especially love that all of these products work so well together, allowing you to plan, preserve your memories and cutesy up your daily responsibilities.  Here are a few photos:

Isn't it just fabulous?!  I will be ordering one as soon as they become available!  If you would like to do the same, let me know and I will contact you as soon as they are released!  This is perfect for you preparing for the new year and also would make a great gift for everyone!  I would love your business this holiday season!  
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Friday, November 6, 2015

Simply Fundamental Scrapbooking Blog Hop

Have you heard about our fabulous campaign is this month?  It's called "Simply Fundamental Scrapbooking" and you get a great discount on a scrapbooking kit that includes many of our top selling products.  You can click HERE for all the details and then contact your Consultant to place your order.

If you are coming from Sheila's Blog, you are on the right track.  You can find a list of participants by clicking HERE.

While the focus of this campaign is scrapbooking I know you are bound to have some scrap pieces of paper and this card is perfect for just that.  I used two 4" x 4 1/4" pieces of paper from the Paper Fundamentals, one of each color (Topiary and Cranberry). The strips were then cut in diagonals and placed accordingly.  Feel free to search the "starburst" technique on YouTube.  There are plenty of videos out there.  The method I use is super simple.
The "Christmas Star" stamp set was used for the focal point/sentiment, inked up in Glacier.  There are star bursts in the stamp set and I used Canary for them.  And you know me...some Gold Shimmer Trim and Gold Sequins were the finishing touch.  I hope you like the result.  I sure do!  

Thank you for hopping with us.  I always love reading comments so please consider doing so and then hop on over to Wendy's Blog and see what she has in store for you!

Happy hoppin'!

Thursday, November 5, 2015

CTMH Paper Blog Hop - White Pines

Thank you for joining my team and I for a Blog Hop featuring the beautiful and festive paper pack, "White Pines".  It is our Christmas paper pack for this year but also offers a lot of versatility with several of the patterned papers.  (The pattern in the bottom left...gorgeous and fun.  This photo definitely doesn't do it justice.)
If you are coming from Sheila's Blog, you are on the right track.  You can find a complete list of participants, and links to their blogs, at the end of this post.  Let's get started, shall we?!

This month I decided to create a home decor item.  I have admired this Hinged Frame Tray for quite some time, finally purchased one, and it has been sitting around since.  (Don't tell anyone I told you that.  LOL)  So it was time to pull it out of its' packaging and create something so here you go!  The tray actually folds up into a a 5" x 7" size so it would be easy to decorate, pack and wrap (and ship, if necessary).  
 While I chose to use the White Pines Picture My Life (aka PML) Scrapbooking Program to decorate the frame, you could definitely include some of your favorite photos instead.  Here is a view of some of the cards included in this program.  The awesome thing about them is they are double-sided with one side containing a vertical design and the other, the same design but horizontal.  Isn't that awesome?  It allows for a lot of flexibility.
Let's take a closer look at the two sides of this frame.  Here is the left side.  Several of the embellishments included (the snowflakes, raccoon, ornaments, and Dec 25 image in this photo) came from the White Pines Complements.  This product item includes two, 6" x 6" coordinating sticker sheets, assorted kraft die-cuts and assorted thick plastic die-cuts that are see-through.  I did stamp "Happy Holidays" using an image from the Workshop on the Go White Pines Cardmaking Kit.
On this right side of the frame, the Merry Christmas card comes without color.  I used the ShinHan Markers to color in the images.  It was fun and hope we get more cards like this in the future!  The NOEL banner...I cut it out of one of the other cards and then made it 3-D here with some Foam Tape.  The deer came from the kraft die cuts and I just chose to add him on the front of the frame.
As I was uploading my photos, I recognized that I could definitely add some bling to some various areas and will be doing so.  In fact, why don't you offer me some suggestions on where I can bling up this frame with Close To My Heart embellishments?  I would love to hear from you!

Hop on over to Melissa David's Blog.  She always comes up with something fun!

Thanks for hopping with us and have a wonderful weekend!

List of participants:
  1. Melissa Robinson *YOU ARE HERE*
  2. Melissa David
  3. Tonya Whitehurst
  4. Katy Taylor
  5. Aggie Peters
  6. Sheila Wilkerson