Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Badge Buttons!

This video made by fellow Close To My Heart Consultant Dawn Heuft shows some great ideas and instriction for using badge buttons - canvas covered dimensional buttons that can be stamped and decorated and added to your scrapbook pages, cards and projects.

You can purchase these from my website here.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Close to My Heart Convention

This video shows highlights from the 2011 Close To My Heart Convention. This year it was held in Anaheim. I didn't go this year, but have been to two past conventions and found it to be an amazing experience. A couple thousand scrapping women in one place for a few days of inspiration, creativity and motivation.

Next year's convention will be in Dallas. If you want to go, consider joining my team. If you want to teach others how to craft and help them find fabulous supplies, or if you just want to buy your own goodies at a great discount, you will find becoming an independent consultant a great bargain. You can get more detail and sign up by clicking here.

The first step in signing up gets you $280 worth of products for just $99!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Boxes from Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge

This is a great video that Mandy Leahy made to show all the different types of boxes (and one envelope) that can be cut and assembled from the new Cricut Cartiridge from Close to My Heart. You can order this cartridge from my website by clicking here.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge

Order from my website by clicking here. Order right away and you will get 3 additional stamp sets for just $5.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Get a great stamp set FREE in August

Here is a great instructional video made by Aaron Brown showing a neat way to use the August special A Typeface stamp set. Contact me at to find out how to get this stamp set FREE during the month of August!

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Sunday, March 27, 2011

Hope For Japan

My heart goes out to the victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, and like so many of you, Close To My Heart is eager to help.

From now until April 30, when you purchase the exclusive “Hope for Japan” A-size stamp set (#A1118) for only $5, Close To My Heart will donate 100% of the profits to the American Red Cross’ efforts in Japan.

You can purchase this stamp by going to my web page ( ) and clicking on "Shop On-line" then "Hope For Japan" or you can email me with your order and I'll have this shipped to you.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Grand Prix Museum

I made these great layouts so quickly with Studio J. They use the Game On paper pack. On-line scrapbooking is so convenient for pages like this where you want to squeeze in a lot of pictures.

I am a racing fan from way back, and on a recent business trip in England, I had the good fortune to come across this wonderful museum. I was blown away by all the cars they had on display. So much history.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

New Orleans Layouts

I recently got to spend a weekend in New Orleans with my good friend Lora. We had a blast! One day we went to Mardi Gras World and we loved it - it was a great place to take pictures.

I made these layouts using Studio J, using the Hooligans Paper.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Make it from your heart art gallery

If you would like some inspiration for your projects, check out the beautiful artwork at the Make it From Your Heart Art Gallery.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Scallop Circle Punch

This video gives some great ideas for using the new Close To My Heart 2" Scallop Cirlce Punch. There are also stamp sets that coordinate perfectly with this punch.

Products used in this website can all be ordered from my website:
Z1392 2" Scallop Circle Punch
Z1311 1 1/4 " Circle Punch
C1461 Salutation Seals Stamp Set
Z1398 Pleated Ribbon
Z1378 My Creations Banner

Monday, February 21, 2011

Fabulous New Ribbons

Check out these fabulous new textured ribbons from Close To My Heart! The new pink designer ribbon pack includes mini pom poms, stitched ribbon and rosettes. The video below will give you some great ideas for how to use this. The package contains 3 feet of each of four ribbons and costs just $7.95. You can order the Pink Collection from my website. Other products used in this video include:
Opaques pearl adhesive gems
Sweetheart Paper
Glitter Glitz

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

A Perfect 10 for Studio J®

Buy 9, Get 1 Free (3 Month and 12 Month Members Only)

February is free layout month for Studio J® members! For every 9 custom-printed Studio J layouts you buy, you’ll receive the 10th layout free. To receive the discount, just add 10 or more layouts to your cart. You’ll see a discount reflected in your order total. And you can totally take advantage of this promotion by ordering in multiples of 10. Buy 9, get 1 free. Buy 18, get 2 free. Buy 27, get 3 free. And so on! If you’re not a member yet, now’s a great time to join!

Dates: Offer valid February 1–28, 2011.

Here is another great layout using the Wings paper design. This one was made (By Close To My Heart - not by me) with Studio J, the on-line scrapbooking design studio. It's super easy to use, just upload some pictures, select a paper package, pick from tons of different layout designs, add titles, stickers, buttons, distressing - anything you can do with paper. You can then use this as a guide to make the same layout with your paper supplies, buy a digital image and print it yourself, or order the 12 x 12 print. The pages slide right into your album and you can display them mixed in with 'traditional' pages or make a whole album of Studio J layouts.

Try it today - it's free to create an account, upload pictures and make designs. You can log in by clicking here or on the left menu on my web page (

Monday, January 31, 2011

Wings 2010 Cover Page

This layout, made for the cover page of my 2010 Album was made using the new Wings Level 2 paper pack. This is linked to a blog hop with artwork featuring products from the new Close To My Heart idea book. Please click through to all the other posts below to see some great artwork from fellow consultants.

The large butterflies are from the January Stamp of the month Find Your Style. I have a few extra stamp sets, contact me if you missed it in January and would like to buy one.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Kraft Color-Ready Borders

One of the neatest items in the New Spring Summer Close To My Heart Idea Book is the Kraft Color-Ready Borders. There are 50 in a package for just $5.95. These have self stick backing, 25 different designs and can be used as is or colored with inks or paint to match your page. This video shows you more ideas! Contact me at if you would like to order these.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Back Country Magic Layout


I love our new "Magic" design guide! I used the same pattern (Mesmerize) that Melanie did in the video showing her Christmas layout. When I made the layout using Close To My Heart's Back Country paper and some pictures from a trip to Alaska I got a completely different look. These patterns are very versatile. In the Magic book, each pattern shows a layout that you can use like I did, and tips and techniques to make interactive pages, like Melanie did.

If you would like a free copy of this pattern, email me at

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Mistletoe Magic Layout

This video gives instructions for making one of the layouts (Mesmerize) from the Magic pattern book. It uses the Mistletoe paper pack. If you would like a free pattern for this layout, email me at

Thanks to Melanie Harmsma for making such a great and simple to understand video.

Cards from Wings Workshop


These are 6 cards made from the Wings Workshop kit and the January Stamp of the Month Find Your Style.

Monday, January 10, 2011

How to use our new spray pens

This video gives a nice instruction on how to use Close to My Heart's new spray pens. These are a lot of fun. You can mix reinker with water for added color, or include create a shade pearl paint for glimmer. You get one spray pen included in the Wings Workshop Kit and after February 1 you can buy a three pack for just $3.95

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Ally's 12th Birthday


This is my layout from the Wing's Kit. I used photos from Ally's 12th birthday which went perfectly with the paper!

This project uses a new spraypen technique which was a lot of fun.

Products used can all be obtained on my website:

G1016 Wings Workshop Kit (includes Level 2 paper pack, exclusive "Wings" stamp set, spray pen, Black Mini Medley Accents, workshop instructions for one 2-page layout and 6 cards, instructions for making a banner)

These are also used in completing the workshop - if you attend a class at my house, you can use mine for free. If you are unable to attend a scheduled class, contact me and we can arrange another time to work on the kit together.

Z2257 Vineyard Berry Reinker
Z2157 Vineyard Berry Stamp Pad
Z2105 Black Stamp Pad
Z1039 Create a Shade Pearl Paint