Sunday, July 27, 2014

It's Right Around the Corner!

Our NEW Idea Book, now called "Annual Inspirations", is ready to debut on Friday, August 1st!  Not only does it serve as our catalog, but it is chalk full of inspiring artwork creations you will want to duplicate.  The new products are top-notch and you will fall in love with them, I guarantee it!
This is an annual book, the reason for its' name, but we will release new product a few times throughout the year.

You can get your hands on a hard copy when you place an order of at least $50.  You may also buy it outright for $6.50, plus shipping.  Place an order through my website, taking advantage of those items that will be available only until the end of the day on July 31st, and you can be entered in a drawing for FREE products!  (Click here to see the retiring items.)  Contact me with any questions you may have and have an awesome Sunday!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Happy BirTday, Sister! (Mispelled intentionally - lol)

Today is my sister's birthday.  We won't talk about how old she is.  :)
I could not decide which of these girls represents me...  I should be the taller one because I am older but I am the shorter one so...  Eh, you decide!  LOL

We always wanted a brother... Oops!  So I digress.  LOL

Stephanie and I have shared in many fun times over the years and some of those fun times will remain unspoken. ('Til death do us part, right?  That saying applies to sisters too and not just married persons. LOL) 
We have shared in laughter and tears and sometimes a few fights (but just a few and nobody was hurt; don't worry).  She always pestered me although she would tell the story different. hee/hee  I remember when we had our own bedrooms and still insisted we sleep in at least the same room, if not the same bed, even as we were older.  We had to be in the same room to share in the silliness, especially when we would not go to sleep and would get in trouble.  It was always Stephanie's fault.   
Now we are both grown and she is a mother to my darling niece.  While the time has passed quickly, I am thankful that I can rest on the memories I have of our times together.  
Today and always...I love you!  Happy birthday, Sister!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Fun Mail!

I received this fun card in the mail earlier this week from my third upline in Close To My Heart, Karen Morris.  (In familiar lingo, she would be my great grandma in family lineage.)  She sent it "just because" and it had a sweet message contained inside.
The card was made using our Jubilee paper packet and a retired stamp set which creates the focal point.

Who, in your life, would love to receive some fun, happy mail from you?!  This is one of the reasons I became involved in Close To My Heart almost 19 years create handmade fun stuff that will make people smile.

Happy Friday, everyone!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Alternative Use for PML Cards

I hope you enjoyed the layouts I shared yesterday using the Picture My Life cards.  Well...check this out!  I used a PML card, from the Laughing Lola line, to create this card!
The "RAD" was part of a 4" x 6" card and I trimmed it down a bit, and used the Scallop Border Punch, to create the focal point.
Then I used the July Stamp of the Month to stamp "you are".  I colored in "you" with our markers.  Both the "You are" banner and the "RAD" piece are 3-D with the use of our Foam Tape.  ALWAYS gotta add some dimension to make things pop!  I used three Black Epoxy Bubbles to fill some of the empty space on the left and...who can refuse bling?  :)
This is a sampling of the cards contained in the Laughing Lola PML pack

Still in love with Picture My Life!  (Give it a try!  Like Mikey...I know you'll love it!)

Sunday, July 20, 2014

I'm in Love...

with Picture My Life, one of Close To My Heart's exclusive product lines!  What is Picture My Life (aka PML), you ask?  It is a fast, simple and yet, attractive way to scrapbook your photos and preserve your fondest memories.

 Here is a close-up of the two pages.  (Click on them for an even enlarged view.)

Each PML kit comes with the following items for just $24.95!  
  • 44 - 4" x 6" Cards (2 each of 22 designs)
  • 78 - 3" x 4" Cards (3 each of 26 designs)
  • 1 - 12" x 12" Designed Cover Sheet
  • 10 - 12" x 12" Memory Protectors (various designs)
This is a sampling of the "Surf's Up" cards.
You simply take your photos and then decide on which PML card(s) you want to use - they are double-sided, by the way - and then you insert them into the pockets as you desire.  Don't forget to add a little journaling and then call it D-O-N-E!  There is always room for extra embellishing but it is completely unnecessary.  It is time to get those photos out from boxes and off your phone so everyone else can enjoy them too!

You might want to consider these additional purchases to get you off on a fabulous start!
I used the Surf's Up kit on this layout.  Watch for tomorrow's post that will incorporate PML into a focal point on a card.  Questions?  Just ask!  

Lovin' PML (not to be confused with PMS)!  LOL

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Aren't We a Cute Couple?!

And you thought it was going to be a picture of me and my hubby!  LOL  This FUN photo was taken by a photographer at Convention and I received it in my email.  (Gotta love fun mail!)  Before the Directors dinner, we were provided with a special photo opportunity to meet Mickey Mouse!
Our Director's Dinner was held outside of the Disneyland Hotel, in the Rose Garden.  We were served delightful food and out of this world desserts!  (I made sure to try one of each of them!)
 It was fun to see these two ladies, Etta and Shirley, become Directors this year.  WAY TO GO!
I shared dinner with these four ladies, Christina, Doris and Shari.  After dinner we headed to the Magic Kingdom, watched Fantasia, and enjoyed a few rides.
 It was fun sharing the Director's events with these fine ladies.  I love being a Close To My Heart Director!
Until next year, Mickey... (Convention 2015 will be held at the Disneyland Hotel.  I would love for you to join in the fun!)

Friday, July 18, 2014

I Promoted!

Prior to the end of May, and a few weeks before Convention, I promoted to Senior Director with Close To My Heart!  I was absolutely ecstatic about the promotion and just received a couple of my promotion gifts in the mail!  (There were some other gifts and incentives we received while at Convention.  I will post about them later.)
You know I fell in love with this bag at "hello", okay...when I saw it was purple!  LOL  It is gorgeous, I love it and it IS Vera Bradley!

If you would like to become a part of Close To My Heart, whether as a customer or team member, let me know.  I am happy to answer any questions you have and would love to share Close To My Heart with YOU!

Doing the happy dance!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Technique Hop - Annual Inspirations Sneak Peek

Close To My Heart's Idea Book, to be called "Annual Inspirations" once it goes live on August 1st, is full of beautiful artwork and fun techniques.  During today's hop, we will be showcasing some of the various techniques highlighted throughout the book.  You will definitely want to get your hand on a hard copy.  If I can help you with that, let me know!

This hop is one big circle and consists of seven participants.  You can start at the beginning by visiting Debi's Blog, or you can continue to proceed through the link I have provided below so you can move through all the artwork.  If you are coming from Haley's Blog, you are on the right track!  I know you will be inspired by all that you are about to see so sit back, relax, and enjoy!

I decided to focus on the technique called, "Charmed, I'm Sure" (which will be found on page 133).  It encourages incorporating our cute charms from our jewelry line, Base & Bling, to bling out your papercrafts.  (You get 6 charms for just $3.95!  That is a great deal!)  Here is how I decided to add a little "charm" to my project!
I decorated one of our My Creations Kraft Containers.  The stamp set used is "Girl's Rock" and I incorporated a resin flower from the Ivy Lane Assortment for the center of the flower.  (The striped paper used is from Skylark and then I incorporated some Cotton Candy and Ultra White cardstock.)

Here is a close-up of the charms.  I strung them on some the Slate color from the Baker's Twine Neutral Metallic Assortment and also used Slate Polka-Dot Washi Tape for a little added texture and to coordinate with the Baker's Twine. 
It was fun, while at Convention, seeing the various ways to incorporate our darling charms into various projects and not just for our Jewelry Line.  This hop definitely made me step out of my box and I am so glad I did!  I hope I have inspired you to do the same.

Please take a moment to leave a comment before moving onto Tonya's Blog.

Happy hoppin'!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Lola Notepad

I participated in a "Christmas in July" event on Saturday at a fun store downtown.  It was fun getting to meet people in the area who love papercrafting as much as I do.  I am looking forward to joining with them to work on our projects!

This was the door prize designed for giveaway (although I would love to keep it for myself)!  LOL  I used the Laughing Lola paper packet to cover the composition book (just $0.50 in the school supplies section right now) and the stamp set that matches perfectly with it, "Paisley Perfect".  How fitting, right?  
Then, I absolutely LOVE being able to make a matching pen!  I buy the RSVP pens that you can buy at most stores - and that are cost-effective.  I take a sheet of coordinating paper that measures 1" x 3", wrap it around the ink "tube", stick it back inside the pen barrel and reassemble the pen.  It is too fun to have a matching notepad and pen!  

Love making fun and inexpensive gifts!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Bling It Up - Artwork with an Attitude

As a member of the "Stamper's with an Attitude Team", through Close To My Heart, I am joining this Blog Hop where we are featuring artwork that is "blingy and full of attitude".  There are 14 participants.  If you are coming from Sheila's Blog, you are on the right track!  A list of participants is provided at the bottom of my post.

Nothing screams attitude and bling like a purse (and I have plenty of them)!  Using a pattern found through this link, I used our Ivy Lane paper line to create this fun purse.  It was made from one sheet of cardstock that measures 8 1/2" x 11".  
The sentiment came from the Casual Expressions stamp set.  The Ivy Lane Assortment is too fun to include on your creations.  That is where the purple rosette came from and of course, I had to include some Pink Glitter Gems.
Here is a side view of the purse - perfect for including some little goodies.  

Now, hop on over to Melinda's Blog.  She always has something fun up her sleeve!  Don't forget to leave a comment before you do.  I would love to know what kinds of goodies we could include in the base.  The first thing that comes to my mind is CHOCOLATE!  What else?!
  1. Becky McClain ~
  2. Di Crawford ~
  3. Barbi Kelley ~
  4. Kimberly Moss ~
  5. Catherine Nowak~
  6. Angela Garcia ~
  7. Sue Latta ~
  8. Sheila Bennett ~
  9. Melissa Robinson ~
  10. Melinda Everitt ~
  11. Jen Patrick ~
  12. Fawn Carriker ~
  13. Aggie Peters ~
  14. Denise Elliott ~
Happy hoppin'!