Monday, July 28, 2014

Favorite Swap Cards Part II

Time to share some more of my favorite swap cards and gifts from the Close To My Heart convention. 

Artist Unknown
Artist Unknown
Naomi Smith (one sheet CS box-watch for this in my Christmas workshop)
Lori Loree
Denese Dunt
Artist Unknown
Jenny Gilbert - Australia
Artist Unknown
Casey Spinks

Friday, July 25, 2014

New Consultant Kits - Pick Your Style!

When you join my team and Close To My Heart you now get an awesome choice for you New Consultant Kit.  You will be able to pick the kit that best reflects your interests with Close To My Heart. 

Especially for the card makers and stamp artists.   

The Cardmaker’s New Consultant Kit contains a wide selection of Close To My Heart products, ideal for creating stunning cards, all for only $99! With a retail value over $370, this kit is a fantastic deal! Join us and discover all the wonderful rewards of being a Close To My Heart Independent Consultant.

Especially for the scrapbooker and memory keepers.

The Scrapbooker’s New Consultant Kit includes a huge supply of Close To My Heart products, perfect for creating beautiful scrapbook layouts and pages, all for only $99! With a retail value over $365, this kit is a fantastic deal!


For a full list of products included in each of these kits visit my Close To My Heart website at  Join my team and discover all the wonderful rewards of being a Close To My Heart Independent Consultant.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Some Favorite Swap Cards

I overheard at convention that the card swap was for "newbies."  Well, I guess after almost 20 years with DOTS/CTMH I'm still a newbie.  I love swapping cards. It's a great ice breaker making it easy to walk up to your new soon-to-be friends.  And the inspiration I get from other people's work goes home with me for easy reference.  And there are always some who put an amazing amount of thought & effort into their cards, it would be a crime to not be able to take one with me.  

That said, here are some of my favorite cards swapped for this year.
Tracey McWaters - Australia
Wendy Hopper - Australia
Tracey McWaters Australia
Artist Unknown
Sally Atlas (this is an adorable easel card-my photo doesn't do it justice)
Shelley Leide-Lynch
Jeannette Mignucci

Monday, July 21, 2014

A Cut Above

I adore these new kits that allow you to create and give handmade cards and gifts even if you are not feeling particularly crafty.  They are fun and trendy and...  well, let's listen to what Kristine has to tell you about them!

These will be available August 1st on my website,  Search for A Cut Above to see the full selection.

Another video disabled until the new Annual Inspirations is released.  For your troubles of stopping by, I've brought you more animal antics...


Friday, July 18, 2014

Sneak A Peek!! New product!!!

Sharing photos of the first bundle of products I received after convention.  I am so stoked to play with all these things!!  

This first photo is of the paper pack Pathfinding and the assortment and complements that go along with it.

love Love LOVE the new Teal assortment of Glitter paper. The three blues are so pretty and coordinate so well with Pathfinding.  And dig that new chevron border punch!  Much fun is coming!

My Acrylix stamp sets.  A great new alphabet which includes upper and lower case, Handwritten Print, Lifetime of Happiness right below it, A Season of Thanks, upper right and below that, Thankful Heart set.  

More My Acrylix that came with the new markers: clockwise from top left, Lovely Birthday, Pretty Petals, Rainy Day and Great Job.

And my favorite new product, ShinHan Touch Twin Alcohol Markers.  Move over Copics, ShinHan has come to town!!!

If you'd like to see more new product, contact me at for the Close To My Heart Annual Inspirations Idea Book.  It's only $6 and when purchased from me, includes a coupon to use with your first order. 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Artfully Sent - A Brand New Cricut Cartridge!

One of my biggest pleasures in attending the annual Close To My Heart convention is being among the first to see and use new products.  This year we have introduced another new Close To My Heart Cricut cartridge that is all about cards!

Once again we are presenting a new cartridge loaded with 700 images that will give you the tools to easily create hundreds of unique cards.  

These three card designs are included on the Artfully Sent cartridge and we were able to make them at convention. 

Watch this video while Kristine Widtfeldt fills you in on even more about the cartridge and what all comes with it.  It's not available until our catalog release on August 1st, but if you'd like a reminder, just email me at 

Well, this is a little embarrassing!  CTMH decided it might be better to not share this video until the new cartridge is available.  So instead I'm offering your some funny kitty stuff.  Enjoy. 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

I Love My Customers

Just a quick reminder that July is my Customer Appreciation Month.  Did you see the details?  Please take a look at this previous blog so you don't miss out! (just click the link)


Monday, July 14, 2014

More CTMH Convention Fun

I love Love LOVE the annual Close To My Heart convention.  This was a first for us this year, but so much fun!!

Kudos to consultant Tresa Black who put hours and hours of time, sweat & tears into creating and producing this. She did an amazing job!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Happy Birds - A Give-away!

How about a sneak peak at some cards we made with new products at convention?

This is the new Happy Birds My Acrylix stamp set we used for these cards.

And now the details for a give-away!

It's so easy to win a set of these three cards and the stamp set.  First be sure you are "following" my blog.  If you are not, do so now!  Next, just leave me a comment on this blog post and you are entered! 
Let me repeat:

  1. Follow my blog
  2. Comment on this blog post
Just to make it a little more interesting...  If you send a friend here to follow me and they say in their comment that you referred them, you will both get your name in the drawing an extra time.  The more people you send, the more chances you have to win!

On Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at noon (eastern time) I will draw a winner from the participants.  How easy is that?  Be sure to check back to see if you've won.  If no one claims the prize within a week, I will draw another winner until we get one. 
Good Luck!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

A Little More Jubilee

If you follow the Paper Trail blog hop you will recognize this layout from Amy's blog.  Yes, I scrap lifted it from her because I am totally in love with it.  I'm posting it today to share with my scrappin' ladies who are looking to use the remainder of their Jubilee paper packs and complements. 

You can see another of Amy's layouts here. I love what she sees/saw in these fabulous papers!

Monday, July 7, 2014

A Little Gifting, A Little Sharing

These are photos of the downline gifts I made for my team members who attended convention. I love having a team and doing fun things for them.  My ladies are awesome!

Artiste Cricut cut purses personalized with an initial
A glittery Mickey icon on the back and goodies inside!
A pin to identify us all as part of Team Stamp Scrap Fever!
A blingy key chain helps advertise our business

Friday, July 4, 2014

July is Customer Appreciation Month!

I'm just back from convention and preparing for the release of our Annual Inspirations Idea Book and I thought what a great time this is to let you, my customers, know how much I appreciate you!  So I am making July my 

Customer Appreciation Month!  

Through the end of July only, (July 31, 2014) I have gifts for you just for placing an order through my website.  These gifts are accumulative... they add up - the more you spend the more you get! 

Place your order here:

If you spend $25 retail I'll send you three beautiful cards hand crafted by me: 
Your cards may be different

When you spend $50 retail, you not only become eligible to add the Stamp of the Month to your order for just $5, but I'll be sending you a cute little Petite Perks stamp set. 

Add Circus Alphabet stamp of the month to your online order for just $5

When your order reaches $75 retail you'll not only receive all of the above, but I'll include the new 2014/2015 Annual Inspirations Idea Book.  
$6 Retail value

What do you get when you place a $100 order?  You can choose one of the My Reflections Paper Pack from the current catalog.  Some may not be available as they are retiring and a few are selling out, so don't wait! 

And finally, at $150 retail you will receive $25 in free product.  Choose from My Reflections Paper Packs or Complements, My Acrylix Stamp sets, Exclusive Inks stamp pads or re-inkers, card stock packages or acrylic blocks.  
Be sure to check the Retiring section and While Supplies Last section for items that will soon be gone forever.  

After placing your order online, send me your contact information (and choice of gifts if you spent $100 or more) at so I can send your gifts out to you!

And thank you so much for being one of my valued customers.  You are the Heart of my business!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Circus Alphabet

The Close To My Heart stamp of the month set for July is called Circus Alphabet.  I was negligent in getting a set for myself before July rolled around so I have nothing to show you but the stamp set.
I love Love LOVE this set and can't wait for mine to arrive so I can play with it!  

Like all our stamp of the month selections, you can get this full set for just $5 when you place a $50 retail order on my website.  While there, check out these retiring items:  Betsy's CTMH

And just so I don't let you completely down by posting a blog with no art, I'm giving you the link to my Australasian friends' blog hop which features this set.  Start with Patricia, she's AHmazing!

And give Monica your attention for a bit as she shows you some ideas:

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Stepping off the Paper Trail for a Balloon Ride

Welcome to the Paper Trail Blog hop.  We are a circular hop so you may have come from Mary's blog, Road to Peace of Mind or Escape, or you may just be getting started. Either way, keep moving forward and you'll see us all.

This month our paper pack is Balloon Ride and I've made this layout with the paper pack and complements.  Now to find just the right photos!

Hurry on over to Karen's blog, Inky Fingers, to see what she's done with Balloon Ride.

Find the products I used:
X7180B - Balloon Ride Paper Pack
X7180C - Balloon Ride Complements
Z1812 - Sparkle Clear Flourishes-Small

I added the photo mats and embellishments after returning home from the Close To My Heart annual convention.  I think I must have been a bit tired as they seem to be a little tiny bit crooked!  LOL