Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy Valentines- blog Hop


Welcome to another month (AND YEAR... Happy New Year!!!)  which of course means that Close To My Heart has another fantastic Stamp of the Month for you.

If you are coming from Lalia's blog- you are headed in the right direction.  If you are just joining the hop by starting here on my blog- no problem!  the hop circles around and ends back up here so you won't miss a thing!

First up... a reminder.  Our Stamp of the Month sets are only available for one month.  They retail for $17.95 but with a purchase of $50 or more... you can purchase them at a steep discount for only $5!

My artwork today was actually made by a great friend of mine!  We had a lot of illness in my house in December including right up to Christmas Eve... geesh.  So credit for this fantastic project goes to my friend Renea.  I put a few items in a ziploc bag with the stamp set and she did a drive by one day and picked it up from my garage... one day I got home and THIS was returned to my garage... FABULOUS!

front of the card- created with a 6x6 Kraft die-cut card and envelope set, color Ready seam binding and slate satin polka dot ribbon, silver glitz glitter gel, stella paper (the heart cut out and the light colored pattern that is stamped with "All My Heart".  Stamped images are of course from the January Stamp of the Month.
 close up of the flower image and all the glitz!  Yes... silver glitz on the slate polka dot ribbon.


Inside of the card- Oh yeah- Flirty paper also used on the front and inside!

AND last but not least:  The envelope!  A super cool sparkle flourish and stamped image to tie it all together.    I hope you agree that I am truly spoiled to have such a great friend willing to go to these lengths to lend a hand with my artwork this month!  I would LOVE to be able to share some comments with her so let me know what you think!

Next up- visit Melissa's blog- she always has great artwork!
Don't forget!  When you spend $40 and add the Whoo's Your Valentine kit for $10 you qualify to receive this month's Stamp of the Month set for only $5!!!

If you place your order on my website (here) by January 2nd and click to "join" the Mystery Hostess party at check-out- you automatically qualify to be in the drawing to win all of the hostess rewards on that party!  Currently my hostess is GUARANTEED $80 in free product and 2- half price items!  If my winner has ordered the Whoo's Your Valentine kit as part of their purchased order- they will also earn a FREE Workshop On the Go Kit valued at a minimum of $29.95! One name will be randomly drawn from all the customers that purchased through that party on January 3rd! 

Thanks for stopping in and have a great New Year!

Whoo's Your Valentine?

Now through January 31st (while supplies last) you can get this fantastic kit for a GREAT deal!
The Whoo's Your Valentine kit is a $40 retail value BUT when you spend $35 or more before shipping and tax you can add this great kit for only $10!!
So what precisely does it include? 
12 clear treat tubes
12 die-cut boxes
one sheet silver glitter paper (cricut compatible!)
3 sheets of colored cardstock (one white, one red, one pink)
Limited Edition Stamp Set
Full color page of ideas of how you could decorate the tubes if you wish.
See the flyer by clicking here.  The stamp set is shown on the flyer.
NOTE:  Your purchase of this set does help me earn bonus trip points to Costa Rica!  When I sell 25 kits I will earn an additional 500 trip points.  I am currently at 12 kits sold in the first 2 weeks.  13 kits to go!
I have a Mystery Hostess party on my website right now!  It ends January 2!  It is currently at $495 in sales and will earn $80 in free product and 2- half price items!!!  If you place an order on my site- make sure you add your order to the Mystery Hostess party for a chance to win all of the rewards!  If you place your order after Jan. 2nd add it to the new party that will post Jan. 3rd and end in Feb.  If the person that wins either the Jan. Mystery Hostess or February Mystery Hostess parties has ordered the Whoo's Your Valentine kit- you will also earn a FREE Workshop on the Go kit of your choice valued at $29.95 or more!
Ready to order or see what we have for sale?  Click here.  Be sure to "join" the Mystery Hostess party to be entered to win all the free product and half price items earned on the party!

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas

Wishing you
the very
Merriest Christmas!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Monogram stamps

How a bout a quick video on our awesome monogram stamps.

Did you know each letter sells for only $2.95?

Here is a link to my site for more info.

Just a reminder that when you spend $35 or more... you qualify to add the Whoo's Your Valentine kit for only $10! 

If you place an order on my site and "join" the Mystery Hostess party ending January 2nd- you'll be entered in the drawing to win ALL of the hostess rewards!!! Currently the party has earned $60 FREE and one half price item!!!   As a Bonus-  if the Mystery Hostess winner has added the Whoo's Your Valentine kit to your order- you will also win a Workshop on the Go kit of your choice from the Spring/ Summer catalog when you can order from it beginning February 1st! 

There is also a LOT of clearance items left with pricing starting at $1.25!!!  packs of 24 sheets of cardstock starting at only $2.50! 

If your order is $50 or more on my website- you also receive a free glue pen this month!

So- some math:
Spend $40 on anything you want (even clearance items!) Add the Whoo's Your Valentine (retail value $40) FOR ONLY $10. and the Stamp of the Month for only $5

$55 plus shipping and tax for:
$40 items (could be valued much higher if these are clearance items)
$40 Whoo's YOur Valentine kit
$17.95 Stamp of the Month
$4.50 glue pen

So $55 for nearly $104 in product!!!  Plus the possibility of earning over $60 free and at least one half price item plus a free Workshop on the Go valued at $29.95!

Wow- such a GREAT deal!

BONUS!  Place an order  on my site and I will automatically mail you a FREE spring/summer Idea Book when I receive them in January!  Any size order qualifies!

Monday, December 17, 2012

Costa Rica is calling.....

Hi!  Just popping in from the craziness of the season for a couple of updates:

1)  If you won a prize from my 12 days- they have all been shipped EXCEPT those requiring sparkle flourishes... I have no idea what happened to the stack I ordered ... or thought I ordered... because they weren't on my packing slip....ugh.  I am going to do a quick switch of the milk carton kit and turn it into a Valentine's kit (yoohoo Haley- that is your kit!)  So sorry but it wouldn't be mailed till after Christmas so I'm swapping holidays so it doesn't sit for a year.
Thanks for everyone's patience!  If you won a product (stamp set etc) I ordered those through Close To My Heart last week so it is in their hands to ship it and you will receive them all shortly if not already. 

2)  I constantly get asked how I am doing towards my goal of earning the Costa Rica Incentive Trip through Close to My Heart-
here's how:

Goal:  38,000 points by September 30, 2013
Actual:  I have 11,650 points as of December 17, 2012

It is scary to put that in writing because... oh my gosh I might actually do this and earn that trip!!!

So here's the scoop:  I earn 1 point for every $1 in sales.
I earn 500 pts when a new consultant places their first $300 in sales and remains a consultant through Sept. 30. 

I earn 2500 pts when a new consultant places $1200 in orders in their first 90 days ( I just had 3 downline reach this level last month!  It IS possible!)

AND... right now there is a bonus incentive!!!  See the last post I published... the Whoo's your Valentine Kit down below...
When I sell 25 kits I earn 500 bonus points
When I sell 50 kits I earn 1500 bonus points
When I sell 75 kits I earn 2500 bonus points.

Of course I would LOVE to reach the 2500 bonus point level but I am shooting for 50 kits and 1500 bonus points.

SOOOO... if you love this kit and are interested in purchasing it - here are the details:  Spend $35 and you can add this kit for only $10!!! yep... that is it.  The kit has a retail value of $40! 

Simply go to my website at and click on "shop".  Add $35 worth of items to the cart and the Who's Your Valentine kit will become available.  Add that to your cart!  (please and thank you ;)

BEFORE CHECKING OUT:  Make sure you "join" the Mystery Hostess party ending January 2nd!  Why you ask?  Because one name out of everyone that adds their order to the party will be drawn and the winner will earn ALL of the hostess credit on the party.  Currently- the product earned is $60 in free product and one half price item!! (yes you can choose one of our Cricut collections at half off if you wish!)  I believe that the party will soon reach the $80 free and 2 half price items level!!!  That is a fantastic deal for one lucky person.

BONUS:  If the Mystery Hostess winner has ordered the Who's Your Valentine set... I will also award you with a FREE Workshop on the Go kit of your choice ($29.95 value) when the new Spring/ Summer catalog comes out!!!

So- head on over to and see if there's anything you need! 

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Whoo's Your Valentine?


I know it seems weird after all of this Christmas posting... and with Christmas a mere 12 days away...eek!  But we are switching gears to Valentine's Day!  At least for today.

Beginning today Close To My Heart has a FUN National Papercrafting Month (in January) special but they always start it early in mid-December.

This year's project kit is a FUN Valentine treat kit.

This "Whoo's Your Valentine" kit contains some new treat tubes and silver glitter paper that will both be in our new Spring/Summer catalog coming out February 1st but you can get them early with this kit.  It also includes 12 die-cut boxes, 3 sheets of cardstock to stamp on, an exclusive stamp set (that is sooo cute!).  It also comes with a picture of how they chose to assemble everything.  Many of their tube toppers were made with the cricut Artiste cartridge but you can easily create some cute designs on your own if you don't have that cartridge. 

Here are the details: Spend $35 on product (before shipping and tax) and add this exclusive kit for only $10!  Yep- everything for only $10.  The kit creates 12 great gifts so you are talking under $1 each (before the cost of treats) AND you have a stamp set to keep that is valued at $17.95!!!  So essentially- the part of the kit you are giving away... is FREE! 

Limit of one per qualifying order. 

BONUS:  place your order at this link (which leads to my website) and join the Mystery Hostess Party that ends January 2nd and your name will be in the drawing to earn the FREE hostess rewards.  My last hostess earned $40 free and one half price item.  (I have had Mystery Hostesses earn as much as $80 free and 2- half price items!)

Sunday, December 9, 2012

12 day wrap up

There were 12 days of Christmas and this is how they went:

On the First day of Chrismas Traci gave to:  Haley Dyer a free milk carton kit

On the Second day of Christmas Traci gave to: Gayle V.  a free photo cube kit

On the Third day of Christmas Traci gave to: Chris C. a free Recipe box kit

On the Fourth day of Christmas Traci gave to: Janet T. a free pack of DE In color holiday chipboard

On the Fifth day of Christmas Traci gave to:  Rachiel a free hinged tin filled with fun goodies!

On the Sixth day of Christmas Traci gave to: Christi P a free event calendar kit

On the Seventh day of Christmas Traci gave to: Tammy T a free bracket frame and flourish of choice

On the Eighth day of Christmas Traci gave to  Casandra B. a free layout kit

On the Ninth day of Christmas Traci gave to Marilyn Jo McLeod a pack of 3 craft boxes

On the Tenth day of Christmas Traci gave to Karen ?  a free set of Holiday Love stamps

On the Eleventh day of Christmas Traci gave to Kay Miracle  a pack of pear and partridge rub ons.

On the Twelfth day of Christmas Traci gave to Gayle V. a gift certificate for $25!!!

Thanks to all of you for a fun couple of weeks posting projects.  Many of the projects used flourishes that finally came in this week and I am finally able to ship those kits... If you are listed as a winner- please contact me ASAP with your address (unless of course you are local to me... then I will get your prize to you!)

If you placed an order that earned you a kit for free or the free Holiday Love Stamps- that has either been shipped or will be over the next few days. 

If you are on facebook... please join my page!  I post a lot more artwork there "on the fly" when I don't have as much time to post on my blog!  I also run contests, sell clearance items and more!

Friday, December 7, 2012

12th Day of Christmas

ah...  we made it to the 12th day.  This final day is LESS about the artwork and more about the prize... although I DO have something fun to show you...
This is something I whipped up with my Cricut Artiste Cartridge.  A fun pointsettia with some almond glitz glitter gel for the center.  If you have the Artiste cartridge- this is the flower shape on the very last "Merry Christmas" key.

So... what is this prize you ask?

Win:  Leave a comment to win a $25 gift certificate to be used on ANYTHING you want- even towards one of our two Cricut Collections (Artiste and Art Philosophy).  Leave your comment by Noon Sunday so I can draw the winner and announce Sunday afternoon!!!

BUY:. Order your choice of the Cricut Art Philosophy OR Cricut Artiste collections for only $83 plus shipping and tax (regular $99!)  OR buy BOTH cartridges for $160 plus shipping and tax AND earn $25 in free product, a free glue pen AND a $5 stamp of the month (optional).  This special is only available through me and offer ends December 11th!  E-mail me here to place your order.  Not available on my website as it doesn't know what specials I offer! 

Check Back Sunday as I will reveal all the rest of the winners and include a full list of all 12 winners in case you missed your name!  Some of you have already received your prizes and others are on their way or in transit :)

12 days of Christmas- day 11

Thanks for coming back after a one day hiatus in posting my 12 days of Christmas projects!

Today I have something super fun (I think!).  This Christmas ornament does NOT use Pear and Partridge paper... but it DOES use the Pear and Partridge rub-ons! 

Supplies:  Pear and Partridge Rub ons, burlap ribbon, Cranberry bakers twine (from the Harvest Assortment)

I just used a plain clear glass ornament found at nearly any store this time of year.  I cut about a foot of burlap down lenthwise so it was roughly a 1/2 inch wide.  I wrapped it around the top hanger portion of the ornament and liquid glassed it in place.  I tied a bow out of bakers twine and liquid glassed that to the front of the burlap.   The bird is a rub on applied with your standard popsicle stick..  The ornament was filled with crinkled paper gift bag-filler from the party supply aisle of your local walmart/ Meijer/ Target etc. 

Win: The Pear and Partridge rub-ons are currently backordered so leave a comment on this post by midnight Saturday night to be entered to win a FREE pack of Pear and Partridge rub-ons!!!  I have one complete set on hand to send out to one person!

Earn:  Spend $40 or more on my site TODAY and I will mail you a FREE roll of Burlap ribbon (valued at $7.95)

Day 8 Wrap UP:  The winner of my layout kit is Casandra B.  Send me a note with your address and I'll get that shipped out Monday! You can e-mail me here  Thanks to everyone for entering!!.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

12 days of Christmas - Day 10

Only 2 more days to go!  ****NOTE:  Day 11 will post FRIDAY instead of THURSDAY****

Today's post is a card idea - and yes I am STILL using my Pear and Partridge scraps! 
This card also uses a great stamp set called Christmas Love- click here to view all of the images in the set.

I used Cranberry, Cashmere and Olive inks.  I sponged all of my edges with Cashmere and added some of the sparkle flourishes that I've used on other projects.
I did my best to mask parts of the stamp with a post it while inking up other parts- remove the post it before stamping your image.  "the" and "never ends" were stamped in the olive- but it's hard to tell in this photo.

Win: Enter to win this stamp set FREE simply by leaving a comment on THIS POST by midnight Thursday night!  One name from all of the commenters will be drawn and this stamp set will be sent directly to you!

Earn: Place an order of $40 or more through e-mail or on my site TODAY and I will ship this set to you FREE!  The value of this set is nearly 50% of the minimum order requirement- a GREAT deal!  If you place your order on my website and make it a minimum of $50- CTMH will also send you a free glue pen!  That is well over a $20 value of free product for a $50 order (before shipping and tax).  DON'T order the stamp set- I will ship it seperately!  Click here to go to my site to order.
Click here to e-mail me!

Buy: Purchase the stamp set for $17.95 or the paper pack for $9.95 plus shipping and tax!  Click here to order!  If you order either today- I will send you the sizes to cut your paper to create this card (cream cardstock does not come in this kit but most people have a stash of this color! 

Day 7 Wrap Up:  winner of the bracket frame and flourish of choice is Tammy T.  - Thanks so much to everyone that entered... you still have a few days to enter to win!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

12 days of Christmas- day 9

Welcome to Day 9!!!

Today's gift idea is a little bit "out of the box" so to speak!

This gift idea was born of necessity.  My daughter is always digging through her backpack looking for her popcorn money and anything else little that she dropped in during the school day.

I designed a super fun little box that is sturdy enough to get dropped into the backpack, is practical and yes- super cute!!!

If you're experienced with Close To My Heart... you'll note that this little box is one of our new craft box organizers.  They come in a pack of 3 for $6.95 and you can click here to see them.

I simply trimmed some leftover paper from the Dotty for You paper kit available last summer (she loves butterflies!) and mod podged it to the lid of the box.  Once dry, I used Black Staz-on ink to stamp her name "Addie" short for "Addison".  I also stamped some little stars/flowers to the sides to dress it up a little.

These boxes are the perfect size for popcorn money, some chocolates and a little chapstick- everything a young girl needs!  Heck... I'd love one for my purse!

you'll notice there is no embellishments- really- you wouldn't want to put any on something like this that will repeatedly get handled and dropped in to bags.  It's better to save that stuff for display items.

If you are curious as to what these little boxes were designed for... click here.  We have a small organizer that holds a particular foam insert that holds these little boxes.  You can store your craft supplies in them... if you can keep from stamping on them long enough!  ;0)

Win:  Leave a comment to enter your name into a drawing to win a 3-pack of craft boxes!  Simply leave your comment by Wednesday at midnight to be entered!

Earn:  Place an order of $25 or more and I will send you a set of 3 boxes as my thank you gift to you.  Valid on orders placed TODAY only!  Either e-mail your order here.... or submit an order on my website.  Keep in mind that when you spend $50 or more on my site before shipping and tax- CTMH will also add a FREE glue pen- any order in December of $50+ qualifies for that special AND the $5 stamp of the month set!

Buy: Buy 3 or more sets of 3 craft boxes and pay only $ 5.50 per set plus shipping and tax!  Today only! 

Day 6 Wrap Up:  Winner of the Event Calendar Kit is the Priemer Family!  I am in the process of packaging kits and shipping and all previous winners should be receiving prizes soon!

Monday, December 3, 2012

12 days of Christmas- day 8

Today-  I have a fun idea for actually scrapbooking your Christmas photos!  I've given tons of gift ideas but here is a project you can create just for you!

Supplies:  Pear and Partridge Level 2 paper pack, In-Color Holiday Dimensional Elements, Canvas alphabet, pink glitz, harvest bakers twine
This was such a fun layout to put together- I can NOT wait to take some pictures in a few short weeks to go on this layout!
Win: Leave a comment to enter to win a FREE Kit to create this layout.  Includes pre-cut papers, chipboard, bakers twine,letters and a photo of the completed layout with instructions.
Leave your comment by midnight Tuesday to qualify.
EARN:  Place an order of $40 or more TODAY and I will send you a free layout kit!
BUY: For $7.50  you can purchase all of the supplies EXCEPT the 2 cream page bases.  I can ship this much cheaper if you supply the cream bases.  Local?  $9 will include everything.  To ship without the bases:  $3.50.  To ship with the bases:  $5
Includes FULL PACK of In Color- Holiday chipboard, "joy" letters pre-glitzed and all pre-cut papers with photo to assemble.  Simply e-mail me to order.
Day 5 Wrap Up:  Rachiel is the winner of the tin (and a few extra items I'll throw in!)  Thanks for playing along!

Sunday, December 2, 2012

12 days of Christmas- day 7

Wow- Day 7 already?  This is flying by!

For today I have a super fun gift that anyone would LOVE to receive!  One of our super fun Bracket frames! 
This would work for so many themes- I'm planning to put a family photo in the frame.  This is not your typical glass fronted frame- this is more of a shadow box style.  I cut a square of paper to fit in the back and used liquid glass to hold it in place.  There are corner notches where you attach your paper- and no covered front at all.  You can make your design as flat or bulky as you want.  I wish I'd have taken a photo of the back side to demonstrate what I mean but as I type this I am about to leave town till last Sunday so I'll take more photos and add them to this post during the week.

Supplies:  bracket frame
sparkle flourishes
Avonlea Level 2
clear sparkles
Artist Cartridge (for "love" and the 3-d flowers)

Want to win one of these for your very own?

Win:  Leave a comment on this post by Midnight Monday to win a free Bracket Frame and sparkle flourish pack of your choice!  Use your favorite papers and embellishments to create a frame in the theme of your choice!

EARN: Place an order of $50 or more on my website TODAY (Sunday only) and I will send you a free frame and flourish of your choice!  $50 is before shipping and tax is added- take advantage of the great clearance sale on my site right now!  plus if you "join" my Mystery Hostess party you will be entered in the drawing to win all of the hostess rewards on that party!

BUY:  For $14 (plus $4 shipping) you can order this kit!  Kit includes the frame and flourishes of your choice.  You can either order the exact same paper/ letters OR tell me the theme you are planning and give me some color ideas and I will send you photos of my papers- you can pick the paper and coordinating embellishments from my stash.  This class will be taught in my home December 9th- pre-registration REQUIRED ASAP if attending in person.

Winner of my Day 4 giveaway is :  Janet T!!  thanks to all who entered!  Keep posting on day's 5, 6 and 7 until the next winner is announced :)