Sunday, August 29, 2010

Only 3 days left!

Only three more days in August, so only three more days to get this amazing stamp set called Something Splendid!  You can get it for free or at a discount (25%, 50%, 0r 75% off, depending on your order amount) but only through the end of the month.

So how to order?  You can simply place an order through my website; you can call me at 609-713-2395 to place an order; or you can email me your order and I will place it for you!

Do any of your friends need any Close to My Heart supplies too?  We can place their orders with yours and call it a catalog party!  And YOU would earn hostess rewards too!  Don't miss out on getting this great exclusive stamp set!

Friday, August 27, 2010


Last night as I was browsing through the Fall/Winter Idea Book...

...and my WONDERFUL new How-To Book, Magic.....
....both of which are available on September 1st, I decided to order a couple of tools for my scrapbooking business.  This got me thinking about what are the most essential tools of scrapbooking?  I know I use tons of inks and stamps in my scrapbooking, but I wanted to include the tools that don't necessarily mean you have to use ink as well.  Here's my list in David Letterman style-a countdown!!

Number 10:  the Edge Distresser (click here to see) is a great tool not only because of its super low price (only $2.95) but because it is so easy to add texture to your pages!  Simply drag the edge distresser around the edge of your photos, page, or page elements and it "scruffs up" the edges-slightly tearing them for a really cool effect.  You can go back over those edges as much as you want, creating a slightly worn look or go all out for a tattered effect.  Follow up with ink if you like to change it up even more!  Everyone should have one of these in their tool totes!

Number 9:  a Sanding Kit (click here to see) is another great distressing kit.  At $3.50 a kit you should replace it twice a year!  Sand edges, photos, centers of cardstock, dimensional elements, stickers, and more!  Close to My Heart's sanding kit includes a 4-sided sanding block, 3 sheets of 4x4 sandpaper, and an emery board.  Grits included are 60, 100, and 220, so no more sneaking sandpaper out of your husband's stash to use on your pages.  Plus ours have a super cute B&T style design on them!  So girly!

Number 8:  Distressing Inks (click here to see) are a great way to see if you like inking as much as I do!  There are many kinds of ink on the market-dye based, chalk, pigment, archive, permanent, how do you know if you like to ink before you buy a ton of ink you might not ever use?  You buy CTMH's distressing inks, that's how.  These darling mini pads of two favorite colors, chocolate and black, are only $3.95 and can be used to ink edges, ink stamps, add color with a blending pen, and so much more!  Chalk inks are very similar to dye-based inks, which CTMH's regular ink pads are, but have a slightly chalkier look to them.  

Number 7:  Liquid Glass (click here to see) is an amazing product!  Use it to highlight embellishments on your pages-it adds a lovely shine and gloss to whatever you apply it to.  You can also use it as a super strong adhesive for bulkier items-dries clear so it's invisible!  Love acrylic projects-Liquid Glass is perfect for acrylic items because it's clear.  Just $6.95 and you'll be liquid glass-ing everything you see!

Number 6:  Piercing Tool Kit (click here to see) is perfect if you like to add brads to pages, sew by hand, or add some interest to anything!  The piercing tool kit comes with a piercing tool, two needles, and a cute little mat to put under your project when you use it.  Only $5.95 and you can use it for darn near anything!

Number 5:  3-D Foam Tape (click here to see) is one of my most favorite products that CTMH offers!  I know, it's hard to believe that foam tape is a favorite of mine, but I go through it like crazy because it's easy to use and adds such a PUNCH to your pages so fast your head will spin as you think about what else you can pop up with 3-D foam tape!!  I use it under titles, focus photos, embellishments; I use it to create pockets for hidden journaling, hidden photos, interactive embellishments, and so much more!  When you see the new MAGIC book, you will see 3-D foam tape used in almost every layout because Magic is all about interactive pages!!  SO COOL!  You get two rolls of tape, one skinny and one wide, for $5.95.  

Number 4:  Memory Book Glue Dots (click here to see)  If you are not using Glue Dots then you are making more work for yourself!  These tricky little spots of glue are super strong and easy to use-I attach my ribbons and buttons 100% of the time with Glue Dots!  Just press the button or ribbon to the roll of glue dots, and the glue dot attaches to the button and stays there until you press it to your page.  Two sizes make it easy to attach everything you need!!

Number 3:  Micro-tip Scissors (click here to see) are simply the best scissors for intricate cutting that I have used! Only $9.95 and extremely sharp, they are perfect for cutting out stamped images, cutting ribbon, trimming edges of paper...just about anything you need to cut.  I have bought many scissors in my day and first of all, most GOOD pairs of scissors are very expensive!  CTMH's scissors are so reasonably priced that I have three pairs on my table so there's always one within reach!  Plus they're a delightful purple color!  So cute!! And they have a blade cover to boot!!

Number 2:  Bonding Memories Glue (click here to see) I don't know why you are still using that tape runner adhesive!  Don't tell me how awesome your 3 pound glue gun thingy is-I watched a woman once spend an hour trying to repair a brand new reel of tape that had broken---AN HOUR!!!  I use Bonding Memories for everything flat-if I want it to pop up then I use my foam tape.  A bottle of Bonding Memories lasts FOREVER!!!  Much longer than a tape runner does.  I can have an intensive scrapping session and not run out of glue once!  And it doesn't snap, it doesn't build up those delightful glue boogers on the sides, and it's permanent and removable depending on how I apply it.  Such a bargain for $6.95!!

And the NUMBER 1 ESSENTIAL TOOL OF SCRAPBOOKING:  the Fiskars Euro Personal Paper Trimmer!!!!  (Click here to see)  I have seen just about all the trimmers on the market and probably have most of them, and my GO-TO trimmer is always the Fiskars Paper Trimmer.  The numbers are easy to read (most important to me, as I measure before I cut!!!  You should too, save you LOTS of paper!), the arm swings out easily to measure paper longer than 5 inches, it has a nice wide platform (5 inches wide, wider than most other compact trimmers), blades are easy to find and change out, you can use it for dry embossing in a snap, and it fits in my purse!!  LOL!  Yes, it really does.  It can cut 2 sheets of CTMH cardstock, 4 sheets of CTMH B&T paper, and it really does fit in just about any bag.  I slide it into my rolling carryall bag or tuck it on top-and I can tuck it onto my lap if I am short on space.  Try doing that with those gigantic swing arm cutters!  You'd cut off your circulation!  

What are YOUR Top 10 Tools of Scrapbooking???  Leave me a comment!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Here's the Ribbon Rosette

Here is the card I made for my sister's birthday, I LOVE how the ribbon rosette came out!  I used a 1 1/4 inch circle as a base, secured the white daisy grosgrain ribbon in the center with the pear green brad, then twisted and coiled the ribbon around it.  I used tiny glue dots to help secure the ribbon as I went.  I also love the cake...doesn't it look like it's frosted in white fondant with cotton candy pink icing??  I've been watching too much Cake Boss!!  LOL!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Fun with Ribbon!

Close to My Heart posted its August webisode of Art & Soul and it's a great one!  One cool short tutorial in the webisode is how to make ribbon rosettes.  I've been seeing these everywhere-magazines and on various blogs and was itching to try it out, but didn't really know how to make them.  So, Art & Soul to the rescue!  Check it out HERE to see how to do it yourself, and also learn some other cool ribbon techniques and see other wonderful CTMH ideas!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Triple Play as a card

I took one of the pages from the Triple Play album kit and trimmed off one of the panels, making it into a 4x4 card.  I used some of the die cuts that come in the kit and made flowers, the bracket, and used a new stamp set available in the Fall/Winter Idea Book to stamp the small frame and Friends Forever sentiment.
On the inside, I cut the scalloped edge from the panel I had cut off and attached it on the left, and added another flower.  That new color is called Sunset-LOVE it!
On the right side I used another piece from the panel I had cut off because I liked the flowers, and made that the spot for writing.  I stamped two edge brackets in Sunset, then added lines for the writing. 
Most of the stamped images come from the set that's included in the Triple Play kit!  LOVE this set!  One of my favorite things about the kits from CTMH are the exclusive stamp sets.  They never make it into the Idea Books, so the only time to get them is during the COnstant Campaign!  I always make sure to get a kit so I have that exclusive stamp set-I just can't help myself!  Make sure you get one for yourself, too!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

My Triple Play Album

This is the Triple Play album that I made using the exclusive kit!  I didn't photograph all the pages, but it folds up into this little square that closes with a hook and loop so it's easy to pop into your handbag, tuck into a stocking or add to a present.

Triple Play begins TODAY!!

Hooray!!  Today begins our National Stamping Month campaign:  TRIPLE PLAY!!  The exclusive stamp set in this kit is so adorable and as always, very versatile so you can use it on all of your projects once you create the three mini albums (or change them into cards instead, super cute!)

To see the kit up close, and order your own, simply click on the photo in the right hand sidebar here on my blog.  If you'd prefer to get one for free, and who wouldn't, then let's plan a date for us to get together with your friends and earn you one!  You also get one for free in the new consultant kit beginning September 1.  I'll post photos of the album I've made asap, and I plan on making one of the albums into a set of cards, so I'll share that as well.  

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Join the TEAM and get in on the FUN!

One of my favorite things about Close to My Heart is that I have a team of women that I work with!  I love recognizing their achievements, small or big, and being their Go-To person when they have a questions.  I also really love adding new people to our happy little mix, because new people means new IDEAS, new JOKES, new FUN, and new CREATIVITY!!!   And like with any team, I need players to fill some different positions on my team.

I have awesome news. Starting August 9, the Close to My Heart New Consultant kit has changed to provide you with the Business Essentials* you need to run your business PLUS your choice of 3 of the 6 “choose me” options to meet your unique business needs. The New Consultant kit price starts as low as only $129 and includes a choice of three "choose me" bonus packs with the option of purchasing more.

New Consultant Kit Choose Me 4

So now, you can customize your kit to fit what ever position you want to play on my team:

  • Business Builder – Work with customers to hold home gatherings, introduce them to Studio J, create clubs, have fun at weekend crops and host workshops. Make additional income to contribute to your family. Wake up with a purpose to your day – owning your own business!
    Recommended options: 1, 2 & 3 or 4 ($320 value)
  • Studio J Consultant – You have fallen in LOVE digital or online scrapbooking. The ease and timeliness of creating these Studio J layouts works with your lifestyle. Between you and your friends & family, you are creating about 10 layouts per month. With your Studio J membership, you will pay no more than $5.00 per layout, get free shipping, page protectors & Jpegs.
    Recommended options: 1, 2 & 5 ($320 value)
  • Club Coordinator – You have a group of friends that love Close to My Heart as much as you do. Get 4 or more of them together once a month to create one of CTMH's Workshop on the Go and get at least a 22% discount on your purchases.
    Recommended options: 1, 3 & 4 ($290 value)
  • Hobbyist – You and a couple of your friends really like CTMH's products. You submit $300 or more in orders per quarter and get at least a 22% discount on all your purchases.
    Recommended options: 3, 4, & 5 or 6 ($210 value)
  • Junior Consultant – After getting the new Consultant Kit, you realize you like CTMH's products but may only order a few things a year at a 10% discount.
    Recommended options: 3, 4, & 5 or 6 ($210 value)

*Every kit will come with Business Essentials that include: Open Me First Brochure, Current Idea Books and KeyNotes® (Quarterly Consultant Magazine), Product Review, You Are Welcome Here Brochures (Recruiting), The Rewards Come Now Brochures (Hostess Rewards), Customer Order Forms, Studio J® Customer Order Forms, Studio J® 5-Pack Cards, Studio J® Membership Cards, Cello Bags.

I’ve listed the Options I would recommend depending on what kind of a team member you see yourself as. But here’s the greatest part; if you want them all, you can purchase them all! Each additional “choose me” option is only $40 each.  You can also join as a hobbyist and later change your mind as your life changes to another position on my team.  It's easy to join, just click HERE and you will go directly to my site to sign up.  

If you are in need of a NEW Fall/Winter Idea Book, please email me and I can get one in the mail to you asap.  My email is!  I hope you decide to be a player with me!

Thursday, August 12, 2010


Hello!  I have missed my blog!  I got my Mac back today and I missed it terribly.  It's just not the same to sit at my old desktop computer that is soooooo slooooooow and try to get anything done.  I did find a fancy little Mac keyboard skin at for only $2 or so, so I have all my keys covered up.  Hopefully no more keyboard replacements needed!!

So what have you been up to?  It's been hot and humid here in NJ, except of course, for today because we had plans to go to the boardwalk in Pt. Pleasant and watch the fireworks.  They don't shoot them off in an east wind (which
 we have today) or in rain (which we also have today).  We had also planned to go to the beach beforehand and instead....overcast, big nasty clouds, and not very nice out in general!  So we bought backpacks instead.

Recently we have been to the Bay Beach and to the ocean a few times-got great pics of the kids playing their hearts out in the water and the sand.  Both have come a LONG way from being terrified of the waves at the beach and are now body surfing and boogie-boarding!  So proud of them!  

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Customer Appreciation ONLINE Sale Starts TODAY!!!

Today is the day!! Our ONLINE ONLY paper and Stickease sale begins today on my website beginning at 11 am EST. This sale is WHILE SUPPLIES LAST, so any papers that you currently love/need more of/will truly miss when its gone/never bought in the firsst place...TODAY is the day to buy it! Have fun!!! This sale will last for 8 days but the papers won't last that long!