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These are my thoughts, however I may quote those who are smarter and wiser than I am.

Monday, December 12, 2016

January Nat'l Papercrafting Month Class...last chance for Holiday Expressions 2015, etc!

Hi All!
Most recent news, is that the Holiday Expressions last chance to order is coming up soon!
Some items are no longer available or sold out, so don't miss out on any current or still available items.

January brings a fresh New Year and Classes!
Our new Seasonal Expressions will be live and it's awesome!

First up is the National PaperCrafting Month Project!
The CUTEST home project ever!  We can even personalize it with your family name or a generic Welcome message.

All supplies are included excluding glues/adhesives.
 The date is scheduled for Jan 28th Saturday and should last no later than 2.5 hours.

Purchase the Welcome Home wreath kit outright for $18.95 with no qualifying purchase, OR earn it FREE with a qualifying $60 purchase.
You will be purchasing the kit in advance as your registration, but there are limited seats available.
Watch for an email invite and how to order  in advance  along with any items you may be needing such as glues, new items in the SE 2017 which goes live Jan. 1st.

(because of the limited space in my Studio, please do NOT forward the email or class info to anyone without checking with me first!)

Last day to register/order your kit is 18th to make sure your order arrives direct to you in plenty of time...However, the sooner you order, the sooner your seat is then secured.
You of course can still order and work on your project on your own...but how much fun is that?!!

There will be an open Party to Join on my website and more information later.


Friday, November 25, 2016

I mus-tache you a question...

Do you love a great deal?
Check them out in your jammies and save, save, SAVE!

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Love me some Sangria!

Paper that is…!

Here's another sample using our Sangria paper pack and the Artistry Cricut cartridge for the stamped image and cut out banner. The new pomegranate ink is so rich and yummy! The bow is from the new FUNdamentals in gold, and the creme flower is from the Sangria compliments.

You can view them all here 

Enjoy your labor free holiday weekend!

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Grab 'em and Go!

 Here's a great idea from my friend Pammie Whammie waaaay up across the border, a country not state!

 Our Acrylic stamp organizer is a great solution for storing all sorts of things other than stamps.
I used our 6 x6 organizer envelopes Z335 for the new FUNdamental Assortments and the Compliments to each one of our new Paper kits.
I just peeled the label from the shipping envelope and stuck them right to the 6 x 6 envelope.
 There we are! Ready to go or store!
You can view them here on my website…and join the Party Gotta Have It 2 !

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Fundamentally Fun!

One of our newest products are newly designed Fundamental papers and embellishments and I really love them all!
This card was a quickie for a card in my Card Buffet class. It was soooo super simple, with no stamping involved, so the new people attended could still make plenty of cards if stamping wasn't floating their boat. (uh..what?)

I cut out the images/verse using the new CTMH Cricut cartridge, Artistry.
(available in a traditional packaging with cartridge, key pad, a pack of Enchanted combination card stock and book OR Digital only with the paper pack and code to download for Explorer users!)

Got scraps? Use them to cut out the 3 pieces.

The FUN part shown with our new Fundamental papers is the top and bottom layers from the Enchanted set in our new color Pomegranate. You see the design on the bottom, but the reverse side is embossed with the same design on the top part. I inked up that side with the new Pomegranate inks.

The shiny gold is our new Gold Foil Tape. Can you say BLING?! It is also available in Silver.
The cute little bow is from our new Fundamental Assortments available in 8 colors! The best part is there are matching Fundamental Sticker sheets…great for quick card making or scrapbooking!

I love that with this new FUN line, we can grab embellishments, stickers, card stocks and inks that ALL match!

In the meantime, the Annual Inspirations Idea Book is online and for a limited time you will receive one and the Seasonal Expressions, both Free when you place an order on my website.
Check these items featured on pages 110 and 111.

Tomorrow night, I'll show you a great way to organize these FUN new items!


Tuesday, September 1, 2015

It's the Most Wunnaful Time of the Year!

Yep, here we were at Convention…all giddy with glue, sparkles, paper and more!
We had already dog-eared the new Annual Inspirations and Expressions 1.
We had already run 5k's, walked over 26k Disney steps.
We had already stamped with new images and inks.
We were locked, loaded, ready to share everything with anyone who had ears or hands!!!


It's a beauty!
Here are some other peeks for September…It's National Stamping Month and what better way to celebrate with three special sets (of course you save purchasing all 3!)

And one of our cutest new paper packs, Zoe ! This is the Workshop on the Go, great deal with the paper pack, embellishments, exclusive stamp set..

AND the September Stamp of the Month. Georgeous artwork without the work!
Keep your eye on the blog as more samples appear and other special memories.
Visit my website and join the party order called GOTTA HAVE IT 2
If you don't have your new AI Idea Books yet, one will be added to your online order for you! Easy!
Be sure to add the Expressions 1…for a limited time it's free as well.

Oh and if you think the lead in picture was just one of those perfect shots…here's yours truly warming up to it!

Sunday, August 16, 2015

What is YOUR Smile Worth to You? (edited)

Let me tell you a story…
Lately, I've been having some dental and subsequently some jaw issues. We all know it's the worst thing in the world to have an aching mouth…especially when you talk 8 hours a day for a job.

My dentist and I determined that I have been grinding my teeth. So badly that all of my back teeth are loose. So now I sleep with a splint. Ugh, not fun. Hopefully this will put off further damage.
This is really nothing in the grand scheme of things, but sometimes it even hurts to smile!
Nothing that like of a child who would never HAVE a smile or normal life.

Quite a few years back, Close To My Heart became a Corporate sponsor of Operation Smile.
On the off chance you have never heard of OS, you can read about their charity work here.

We've had many fund raisers for OS…crops, 5k runs in Disneyland, and of course auctions!
Live and exciting auctions of beautiful pieces of artwork made by our consultants.

This year while at Convention, I was wandering through empty rooms of the artists viewing their presentations unfettered by others jockeying in for pictures.
I came across a certain piece, that for some reason just grabbed me by the healed broken shoulder and heart. It was in line with the theme of Convention…UP!
But it also carried a message of hope for me.
"The Adventure is out there" means many things to me.

I had to have it. It belongs with me and for all of the new adventures coming my way.
Here are both works of art…The auction item I WON, and it's creator Jamie Chambers Turner.

(not sure about the goofy smile I had…but at least I HAD one to give~!)

I think we were both shocked with the number of ladies who were going neck and neck as the numbers grew. That number itself isn't important (although admittedly I had to have a martini as I wrote the check)!!!

What IS an important number is 5.7something SMILE surgeries and lives changed!
Mom was either yelling, "WTH are you thinking?" oooor "WTH go for it"! I'll go with the later.

So with our UP! and coming Open House, I'll be sharing this wonderful piece of hope for me and 5 other families along with a special stamp set that with every purchase CTMH will donate $7 of the price.

Here's a sneak peek of a few humble pieces of artwork I created using the set.

 I call this one "Whale, hallo there Clarice"….*snort, crack myself up!

Hope to see you at the Open House on the 23rd!
If you are coming you'll have the chance to be a sponsor too!
I will have a Bling Buffet featuring our retired Base and Bling line and an exclusive sheet of decor stickers that are specifically for OS fund raisers. $2 with every set  purchasedwill go right back to OS!

Raffle prizes, Make n Take, Cash and Carry sale, and the best release of NEW PRODUCTS!
It's gonna be epic!

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Get Organized and Get Free Schtuff and OPEN HOUSE!

I don't know about you, but I love, love LOVE everything in it's place.
(well not right at this moment, but that's between us, um-kay?)
Anyhoot, our fabulous new Roll-ups are a great way to start…I hate it when my markers flip out of the mini basket or the zipper gets stuck on my pen holders. These are AWESOME!
Got Bling? 
The Accessory roll-ups are great for all the charms in your life or your other small embellies.

August Stamp of the Month

There's a PARTY goin' on here to place your order!

Our Annual Open House going to be a blast this year!
ALL new products will be on display with the Fab-Four!

With a FREE Make n Take, raffle prizes AND a fabulous CASH & CARRY blow-out sale, you will not want to miss it!
AUGUST 23rd 2:30-5:30'ish pm
email me for location details!