Friday, September 2, 2016

Blessed Beyond Measure: September Stamp of the Month

Happy Fall Ya'll!

What is your favorite season? Mine is definitely fall.  Yep, I'm an all things Pumpkin and Pumpkin Spice kind of gal.  I love the colors of the changing leaves.   This month's Stamp of the Month is right in line with that thinking too, with "Blessed Beyond Measure".  This set has 19 individual images and phrases to help you make beautiful pages, cards, and 3 D items to celebrate the changing of the seasons.  

Blessed Beyond Measure is now available on my website for $17.95 plus tax and shipping or for $5 with a $50 order.  This campaign is valid until September 30, 2016.   Just click the Stamp of the Month icon in the right side bar of this blog.

Happy Scrapping And Stamping!


Thursday, September 1, 2016

September Kit of the Month: Party Time Card Making Kit G111

Happy September! It's a new month, and with that a new Workshop Your Way Kit is now available. This kit is called the "Party Time" Card Making Kit and makes absolutely beautiful birthday cards and invitations, or you can make a mix of both which is how I chose to use this kit.

Kit contents:

1 – exclusive workshop stamp set (B-size)
2 – sheets Jeepers Creepers B&T Duos™
2 – cardstock sheets (1 Emerald, 1 Sea Glass)
1 – silver shimmer trim (Z1799)
10 – white card bases and envelopes

This Workshops Your Way™ kit contains materials for creating 10 cards. Easy-to-follow online instructions guide you in creating two different card designs. Thanks to the interchangable designs and stamp sentiments, you have ultimate control over the creative process, so you can always make your cards your way.

To purchase, just head on over to my shopping website listed in the right side bar.   Don't forget after making your purchase, to download your cutting guide and design instructions. The link is provided directly under the the purchase cart link on my site.

National Stamping Month: #CreateKindness

Celebrate National Stamping Month with me and Close to my Heart by #createkindness. This kit is $46.90 and includes (24) 3x3 card bases and envelopes, (24) circle die cuts, (1) 2x2 acrylic block, the mini organizer box, a mini black pigment ink, and 8 mini stamps with images and sentiments. Start planning to order these! I have my demo kit and they are precious.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Technique Tuesday: New ways to use embossing folders

Awesome ways to get more bang for your buck and creativity with your Cuttle Bug and Close to my Heart Embossing folders.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Memory Making Monday: Nicknames!

This week's Memory Making Monday is about Nick Names!  Do you have a nick name? Who gave it to you or how did you "acquire" it?  I have several nicknames but I suppose the one that has stuck my entire life is the nickname "Monkey".   My grandmother, mother, and my father all have called me that nickname.  

This week, see if you can come up with a layout about your nicknames and don't forget to journal how you came to get that name.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

New idea book walk through

Get a small tease of the new 2016-2017 Close to my Heart Idea Book. Available now!

Friday, August 12, 2016

Finish it Friday- Part 2

How are you coming on your Finish it Friday projects? Make any progress?  A little? A lot?  I made some myself.  Take a look at this two page layout from the Florence Paper Collection I completed.  It took me a while to get this done so there will be more layouts coming from this collection before the weekend is over.   In the meantime, please enjoy this one!

 This left page of this layout is of me when I was in the first grade, circa 1975.  I attended a Christian school at the time that didn't require uniforms until the next school year.
This right page of this layout are pictures of me in 1986 and 1987 respectively.  The left and right photos are the Summer of 1986 just prior to my Senior Year of High School.  These were Senior Portraits.   The center photo is 1987 and my cap and gown photo from South View Senior High.

Stay tuned tomorrow and Sunday I will have more layouts and cards from the August Florence Paper Collection.  As a reminder, this collection is in our 2015-2016 idea book and will be retiring on 8/31.

Finish It Friday

Today is Finish it Friday!! The day of the week that I spend the afternoon clearing my desk and making sure that all of the PhD's - projects half done, are completed.   This week's Finish it Friday projects include the Florence Workshop Your Way scrapbook page kit for August as well as the August Stamp of the Month Purrfect Halloween (S1608).  If there's time, I will get a jump start on my September projects.

So, now, I want to know, what's on your desk to Finish it Friday?  Be like Nike "Just do it".  Happy Scrapping and Stamping!!

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Work It Girl Wednesday: Awesome Friendships

Wow! It's Work it Girl Wednesday!! What's that you say well, that's when I share with you my multitude of reasons that I love Close to my Heart.

Without a doubt, one of my most favorite reasons that I love Close to my Heart are the friendships I have made while being a consultant.  There are so many opportunities to meet new folks both customers and consultants and build relationships, from gatherings, workshops, team building events or the annual National Convention every summer!!

Speaking of National Convention, check out these pictures from the 2013 Close to my Heart National Convention at Walt Disney World, in Orlando Florida.
 Me with my "boyfriend" Donald Duck and his BFF Pluto!
 I met Shannon at the 2013 Close to my Heart and we became fast friends.   I am blessed to say that now, she is my awesome upline.   It's so much fun being on the Stampin' Buds Team.  She's the best ever! If you join under my Inky Wheeler's team, you'll not only be a part of my team but a part of Shannon's with her being your second upline.
Just chillin' with Minnie and Mickey!  

This is only the tip of the iceberg of why I love Close to my Heart.  If you want more information on becoming a consultant on my team, just give me a shout either through my email or on any of my social media links listed in the sidebars.  I'll be happy to answer any questions you might have and get you on your way to becoming part of the best teams in the scrapbook and stamping industry.  Until next time!  Have a Magical Day!

Monday, August 8, 2016

Memory Making Monday

Did you play sports in High school or recreational league growing up? I didn't growing up but as an adult I've had the privilege of taking wheelchair tennis lessons on three separate occasions.  It absolutely is one of my favorite sports.  

This week's Memory Making Monday prompt is to scrapbook your favorite sports memories. Make sure to include your favorite funny or even not so funny memories and journal them. Now, I'm off to see if I can find some of my photos from my wheelchair tennis lesson days so I too, can scrapbook those memories.

Happy Memory Making Monday!


Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Work it Girl Wednesday!!

Did you know that you really can do what you love, love what you do, AND make MONEY!!  Well, yes it's possible.   Now is a great time to become a Close to my Heart Consultant.  Close to my Heart just released our newest Annual Expressions for the 2016-2017 sales year, and OMG! This is without a doubt one of my most favorite idea books/catalogs ever.  There is absolutely something for everyone no matter what type of paper artist you classify yourself. I would love to have you join my team.  If you think this is something you are interested in doing and would like more information, I invite you to contact me at or any of my social media avenues and let's talk. Additionally, look for a post each Wednesday on this blog with details on the many benefits and perks to being a Close to my Heart Consultant.   I look forward to answering any questions or concerns you have.   Come on, what are you waiting for? Let's Work it Girl!

Product Spotlight: Cricut Flower Market Collection

The feature product for the first two weeks of August is our new Cricut Flower Market Cartridge. Collection includes an exclusive paper collection, three exclusive stamp sets, and Flower Market cartridge with 700 + images. $99 or save $20 by ordering the cartridge digitally. All accessories will be shipped with a product code to download the cartridge itself. Digital cartridge compatible with Cricut Explore Air and Cricut Explore One machines only

Monday, August 1, 2016

Memory Making Monday

Welcome to our first Memory Making Monday Prompt.  Today's prompt is " What are some of best souvenirs you have collected while traveling?

For me, I'd have to say that my most memorable trip was the 2013 Close to my Heart convention in Orlando, Florida at Walt Disney World.  Gosh, I came back with so many souvenirs, most given to us by the Close to my Heart corporate office in the way of product samples, but also some things I was able to purchase while doing some sight seeing of Downtown Disney (now called Disney Springs).  Two particular souvenirs come to mind.  The first is a button that says " First Disney Convention".  It was given to me by the cast member who was on duty at the hotel gift shop the convention was held.  The nice elderly gentleman told me that each shop is given only so many of the buttons to give to guests and that he was down to his last two and wanted me to have one of them.  That makes it extra special.   The other special souvenir from this trip was of course, a set of Mouse ears.   I chose for myself a traditional set of Mickey Mouse ears, and yes, I had my named stitched on the back.  They still hang up in my studio.

There you have it, my most memorable vacations and souvenirs.  Which reminds me I still need to scrapbook some of these photos.  I hope to do that this week amid all the other things I have planned on my list.   I challenge you too, to scrapbook your most memorable trip and the memories of the souvenirs you collected on that trip.

Happy Scrapping!


Today's the Day You've Been Waiting For, and So Much More

2016-2017 Annual Expressions Idea Book

You can begin ordering your copy of this fabulous publication as of today, August 1, 2016.  To order, please send $10 via PayPal to my personal email address .   The $10 dollars covers the cost of the book as well as postage and shipping to you.

Next, with a new month brings a new Stamp of the Month Special.   The August Stamp of the Month is item number S1608  Purrfect Halloween.  It is a very cute set of 17 stamps.  You may purchase these out right for $17.95 plus tax and shipping or for $5 with any order of $50 or more.   Links to order are in the right side bar of this blog.

Our featured paper collection this month is Florence.  Without a doubt, this is my favorite collection during this idea book rotation.  As always, there is a Work Shop Your Way, a paper packet, and accompanying embellishments (all sold separately).
August Constant Campaign

During the month of August, when you order our Whimsy, Adventure, and Enchantment Fundamental papers, you can choose to get either the Rustic Home or Uptown Fundamentals for FREE! Both of these Basics packs feature foil designs and specialty materials for making your artwork unique. Yep, this deal is basically the best!

Dates: Offer valid August 1, 2016 (9:00 am MDT) – August 31, 2016 (11:59 pm MDT)

Monday, July 18, 2016

New Blogging Schedule etc

Hello Everyone,

Gosh it's been quite some time since I last posted to my blog.  Sorry about that, I had some health issues in 2015 and they took a while to resolve themselves.  Thankfully, they have now done so and I am now ready to get back into the full swing of Close to my Heart including this blog. I've missed you folks tremendously.  So, without further ado, let me give you the skinny on what will be coming.

It is my goal to have a fresh blog post for you each and every day, Monday through Friday.  Each day will focus on a different subject or area.  Mondays, will be called Memory Making Monday with a full focus on capturing all of life's moments.  The good, the bad, the ugly.  It all has a part in our lives and for the most should be documented.  Look for Memory Making Monday to have a strong focus toward not only preserving your precious photos and memorabilia, but recording the thoughts and emotions in them through journaling. To help you out, I will also provide ideas for photos and memory making activities by providing you with each day's "holiday" as well as a "This Day in History" for everyday.  I will post those most of the time in a side bar, except on Mondays when they will be that day's focus.

Tuesdays, will find us focusing on Techniques.   Technique Tuesday will provide you with either an article, or most times a Face Book Live or Periscope training which will then be placed on my You Tube channel so that you can learn how to make the simplest to the most complex stamping, scrapbook, and mixed media techniques. Be sure that you are subscribed to my Periscope, and You Tube channels to receive updates for when these posts will appear.

Ever wonder what it would be like to have my job?  To actually get paid to scrapbook, stamp, and play with paint, crayons, stamps and such?  Well, then definitely do not miss Work it Girl  Wednesday where each week I will share information on the Close to my Heart opportunity and also
any recruiting specials that either the corporate office or myself are offering.

Tips and Tricks Thursday   will give you little things I've learned as I've been crafting to make your projects and ideas come together easily.

Finish it Friday-   Do you have tons of PhD's ?  Projects half done?  Take your Friday afternoons, get you a glass of your favorite lemonade, tea, whatever suits your fancy, something sweet or salty and break out those craft supplies and finish those projects.  Be like Nike " Just Do it".

Additionally, once a month I will have Spotlight Saturday! That's where I invite you, my readers to interact on my blog and ask you to submit a project using Close to my Heart products of your choosing.  Let your crafty friends and family ooh and aah over your projects. Also, once a month on a Sunday, we will have Servant's Heart Sunday.  This will be a day where I will highlight ministry
opportunities that I participate in such as Operation Smile through Close to my Heart, etc.

Now, for some housekeeping information:

The new idea book for 2016-2017 goes live on August 1st.  You can begin placing your orders for them now.  Idea books will be $10.00 six of which is the cost of the book itself from the corporate office and I'm anticipating approximately another $4.00 in postage.  They are quite large.  Orders of $75 or larger will receive a free idea book.   Too, the newest Seasonal Expressions goes live to customers on September 1st.

Well, I think that is all I have for you at the moment.  Look for all these wonderful things beginning August 1st.

Happy Crafting!