Sunday, August 31, 2014

Family is Forever {CTMH Stamp of the Month Blog Hop}


Welcome to this month's blog hop celebrating a Brand NEW stamp of the month set by Close To My Heart.  If you've come from Brae's blog- WELCOME.  If you're just starting the hop here with mine... no problem!  Simply find the next blog link at the bottom of this post and you'll continue on through the hop.

This month's set is GREAT for scrapbooking family photos.
But alas... I have not had family photos taken in FOREVER... so I made a card instead:
I used the fun masking tape technique with Olive, Autumn Terracotta and Crystal BLue inks.  It creates such a fun background look... Now I need to try this on a layout!
To continue through the hop- click over to Michelle's Blog and see what she's done with this set. 


Saturday, August 30, 2014

Labor Day Weekend Page Kit Sale { SW Michigan Scrapbooking and Stamping}

{If you subscribe to my blog- please forgive me this weekend but I will be updating this post as things sell out}


Two days ago I posted a few of my recent page kits... then I thought... Hey I have a LOT of different designs right now!

I'm offering a sale for the holiday weekend {US shipping is priced but if you need shipping to Canada or elsewhere please let me know by e-mail here }

You must e-mail me your order by 10pm Monday night to qualify for any discounted shipping and kit pricing. 

I charge $4.50 to ship ONE kit, $5.95 to ship 2-5 kits.  THIS WEEKEND:  Ship one kit for $3.00; 2 for $4.50 OR 3+ kits is FREE SHIPPING. 

Page Kit 1:

New RELEASE(10 avail):  School #1: $9 Includes all pre-cut papers, one 6x12 sheet chipboard, half sheet of aquadots, color photo of the completed layout, heart stickers.
Page Kit 2(New Release- 10 available): School #2   $9  Includes pre-cut papers, 1- 6x12 sheet chipboard, 1/2 sheet aqua dots. color photo of completed layout.

Page Kit #3:  New Release in August(5 avail):  $9  Getaway Travel Layout:  Includes pre-cut papers, full pack coordinating stickers, sheet silver self adhesive sequins.  Full color photo of completed layout.

Page Kit #4:  NOW SOLD OUT
Page Kit #4:  In His Element(boy themed) Regular $9  SALE $8  3 kits left:  Includes pre-cut paper, Full Sticker pack.  Full color photo of completed layout.

Page Kit 5:  Was $9  Sale $8  3 left:  Includes pre-cut papers, full sticker pack, natural hemp, full color photo of completed layout. 

Page Kit #6 Autumn (1 avail) Was $9 SALE $7-  Includes pre-cut papers, 2 - 6x12 sheets chipboard. Full color picture of completed layout. 
Page Kit #7  SOLD OUT.

Page kIt #8  Sold OUT

Page Kit #9  Team Player (1 avail)  Was $9 Now $8.  Includes pre-cut papers and die cuts, pack of Milepost shapes, colonial white brads and full color picture of completed layout.

Page Kit # 10  NOW SOLD OUT


Page Kit #11- Grade school(1 available)  was $9 Now $7 (NOTE:  includes numbers to do almost any grade... not just 2nd)
Includes pre-cut papers, canvas stickers, die cut numbers and "grade" full color picture of completed layout and some basic instructions.

Page Kit #12  Epic (1 Available)  Was $9 Now $8. Includes pre-cut papers, full pack chipboard and aquadots.  Full color picture of completed layouts.

  •  List your kit #'s and shipping address and if you have a discount code.  I will send you a paypal invoice. 
  • Please pay that right away for me to hold your kit purchase for you.  You do not need a paypal account- it will allow you to pay by debit/credit as well
  •  I will mark SOLD on anything that sells out before the sale ends.  check the "comments" before ordering- If I am out of town and unable to change the post... I will leave a comment on "sold out" items.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

page kit availability {SW Michigan Close To My Heart IND. consultant


If you aren't a member of my facebook page (gasp!) then you might not know I routinely offer page kits for sale. 

Here are a two page kits I currently have for sale:

$9 each plus $4.00 to ship one ($5.50 to ship 2-5 kits)  I track purchases so after the 10th page kit is purchased the 11th is free.

1)  Travel themed
2)  boy- themed

Click here to e-mail me if you wish to purchase either of these. 
(HINT:  two school themed kits will be released for purchase September 1st... join and watch my facebook page to see them as soon as they are available)

I have a bunch of designs currently available.. I'll post another update soon!

Monday, August 25, 2014

September layout class

September layout class:

choose:  Friday September 19 at 6:30 or Sunday September 21 at 2:30pm at my home near Kalamazoo/ Battle Creek MI or Sunday September 14 in Yale MI

Cost:  $10.  Includes supplies/ pre-cut papers, embellishments.

e-mail me by clicking here to pre-order this class kit.  Local to Kalamazoo/ Battle Creek MI or Yale MI?  your kit is $10.  Long distance?  Your kit is $10 plus $3.50 for shipping.  (shipped kits include full color copy of layout to help assemble.)

If you are orderingthe kit, and do not want the title to be "happy little life" I will leave that piece blank so you can stamp whatever you wish.

Register or order your kit by mail no later than September 10th for any date so supplies can be ordered and prepped.  Kits by mail will ship the week of September 15th.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Mini album class- rescheduled

The mini album class I previously posted for August... was rescheduled for September 13th!

$30 includes supplies and snacks.  WE'll work together to assemble.
Sign up with a friend (8+ in age) for $25 each.

INFO:  Sat. Sept 13  at 9am
Richland community room

Not local to SW MICHIGAN?  email me regarding kits by mail

Studio J custom layouts... step by step instructions.

CAUTION:  It's wordy but if you are interested in digital scrapbooking AT ALL... please read through! 

OOH! I woke up to the jpegs in my inbox, so I'm launching my studio J initiative ONE DAY EARLY! 

For those of you that don't know...  We have an online Studio J scrapbooking program.  I LOVE it and have used it for all the customer PML kits I've released this summer (More to come on that!)  I have a few customers that use it from time to time and YES they all scrapbook traditionally but see value in getting a few layouts done quick to catch up... I do this as well.

 It doesn't REPLACE my paper, just an additional way to add to my books.  Studio J is FREE to use.  They add new content, new papers, etc.  You can play all you want and only pay when you want them to print your project.  I've decided to make it SUPER easy to design your layouts.  Beginning now, I'll release my own Studio J layout and step by step instructions every few weeks..  If you need a 1-1 lesson, and live within SW Michigan or the St. Clair County area, I am happy to schedule a date to sit with you.

Money details:
1) Studio J 2-page processed layouts are $6.95
2) note I said processed, not printed.  These layouts are processed using silver halide technology- warranting them 100-year archival quality (can you get that from snapfish?  not really)
3)  Minimum order of 4 layouts (2-pages equal a layout... so 4 layouts is 8 pages) to place an order.
4) shipping is a flat amount (I think $5.95) for up to 40 or so pages ( I might be off a little but it's quite a bit)

If you place a studio J order on my site, and add it to the Mystery Hostess party at checkout, you qualify for a chance at earning FREE PRODUCT ( and yes you can earn free Studio J Layouts!)

So... If you've read all that, and are still interested, here is the layout I am showing this time.  YES it says London, but the beauty is, You can change it to whatever you want! 
I have typed up step-by step instructions for this layout.  I am happy to SHARE.  Send me an email ( click here) with "London instructions" in the subject line and I will forward them to you. 
Just a note:  This kit also contains imagery for OTHER locations:  Eiffel tower, Statue of Liberty etc.  You can also leave out those images and include more generalized imagery such as the suitcases.  Don't limit your self to thinking ONLY of London.  Anyone that travels could use this layout :)

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Still time to Picture your life in a great deal! { Close To My heart in SW Michigan}

In August CTMH has a great deal for PML purchases!  Purchase any one kit and add your choice from 8 memory protector packs for only $3.

PML stands for Picture My Life and it RESEMBLES Project Life in some ways.  PML kits have well over 100 cards in 3x4 and 4x6 sizes.  (2 each of the 4x6 and 3 each of the 3x4)  Nice cardstock quality with double sided printing (so double the designs!).  Each pack also comes with a 12x12 title page and 10 assorted memory protectors in the CTMH patented style

Below are the 4 BRAND NEW Picture my life sets:    Click here to see all sets available. (13 total)

Want to take advantage of this month's special?  When you add a PML kit to your cart- you will be able to choose a 10 pack of Memory protectors (Regular $9.95) for $3.
click here to see options ( do NOT add these to your card until prompted so you get the $3 pricing... you will choose a 10pack top load (12x12 side load protectors do not qualify)
These cards are also great for traditional layouts and cards!  Here's a card  I used one on:
Ready to order?  Just go to my site by clicking here.  Click to join the Mystery Hostess party at checkout and you might just win some free product when the party closes!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Enjoy a discount on all of your CTMH purchases... {SW Michigan CTMH crops, retreats and classes}

A new book always means a new consultant kit... BUT ... CTMH tricked us this year and actually released TWO new consultant kits.

This is FANTASTIC news!  General papercrafters/ stampers/ card makers will like the card themed kit.
Scrapbookers will enjoy the kit geared towards scrapbooking.

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 USD / $109 CAD! With a retail value over $365 USD / $400 CAD, this kit is a fantastic deal! Join us and discover all the wonderful rewards of being a Close To My Heart Independent Consultant

Cardmaker’s New Consultant Kit

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 USD / $109 CAD! With a retail value over $370 USD / $400 CAD, this kit is a fantastic deal! Join us and discover all the wonderful rewards of being a Close To My Heart Independent Consultant.
As a consultant you enjoy:
discount/ commission of 22% on every order placed
free product credit based on monthly sales
online training through CTMH
online bulletin and private facebook groups
As a member of my team: 
monthly newsletters
private facebook team page.
text message/ email replies within several hours (or next morning for late-night correspondence.)
If you're wondering about the requirements to MAINTAIN your consultant ship... it's very simple.  We submit $300 or more in orders (before shipping and tax) to maintain our consultant status.  Since the standard party is $150 in sales to earn hostess rewards, you would only need to have TWO parties every 3 months.  If you had a party in the first month that reached $300+ in sales, you'd essentially have met your requirements and anything else is icing on the cake. 
If you have any questions you'd like me to answer, to see if CTMH is right for you, click here to send me an email.
OR if you know you're ready to give it a try... click here.  There's no penalty if you sign up and then decide not to sell... but there are GREAT REWARDS if you decide you DO want to sell.
Last year I earned a FREE trip to Costa Rica which took place this past March.

Friday, August 15, 2014

It pays to host a party! {SW Michigan parties, crops and classes}

Have you seen the BRAND NEW Close To My Heart Annual Inspirations (aka catalog)?


AND...  there are a GREAT selection of new hostess-only sets.  This is one of my favorites:

I just love the candy jar theme! 

Do you know that you don't have to host a HOME PARTY to earn hostess sets?  Nope- you just need to submit $150 or more in orders directly through me (not my website) and you'll automatically earn $25 in free product.  You can spend that product on a variety of items INCLUDING some hostess-only exclusive sets.

It's SO EASY to  earn FREE product... just send me an e-mail to choose a date OR let me know you have an order of $150 or more (before shipping and tax) and I'll work with you to get the order placed.

So... what are FAST ways to hit the $150?  How about one of our FANTABULOUS Cricut collections? 

Art Philosophy-  Great for basic shapes, seasonal themes, etc.

Artiste-  Great for party planning

Artbooking- Perfect for Scrapbookers

Artfully Sent- Perfect for Card makers - COMING SOON

Do you know that we have TONS of stamp sets that coordinate with cricut?  Well we do!  So if you think you'll purchase a Cricut collection to hit the $150 mark sooner... you could add a stamp set or two that coordinates to build your collection and the versatility of our cartridges and stamps.  See your options here.

Interested in seeing our full product line?  Click here

Just see a few things you like?  Order online and add your order to the mystery hostess party at checkout.  This automatically enters you to WIN ALL THE HOSTESS rewards!  YEP... you can get a ton of freebies just by placing an order... no party required..

Email me with questions.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

whooo loves owls? {CTMH SW Michigan crops and classes}

August is FLYING by...  grab this set before it's gone!

What a Hoot is only available August 1-31 and I guarantee that if you don't grab it now you'll wish you did come October!

The set is $17.95 or ONLY $5 with a $50 purchase.
Look at these ADORABLE treat bags!

This is definitely a stamp set that works great on cards, gifts AND layouts.

Want to get the set for $5? 
Here are some ideas for getting to the $50 mark:
woodgrain embossing folder (because owls like trees ;)

Monday, August 11, 2014

More "Wanderful" Close To My Heart paper {SW Michigan scrapbook classes and crops}


Since I'm showcasing Wanderful all month long I thought I'd share a few projects from CTMH.  I am really loving this paper and coordinating supplies since I have so many photos left to scrapbook from our 2010 trip to London.  I'm hoping to work on those in a week or so.

In the meantime:  enjoy! 

The top of the 3 layouts is actually a Workshop on the Go layout.  Not sure what that means?  Workshop on the Go kits include everything you need to create a two page layout including the stamps!  You just need to add the blocks and inks.  Want to see what I mean?  Click here.

Want to see ALL of the workshop kits currently available?  click here.

***  Place any size order on my website and click to "join" the Mystery Hostess party at checkout!  You'll automatically be entered to WIN all of the hostess rewards when the party closes***

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

WAnderful- August page kit

Every month I design at least one new page kit. I primarily sell them through my facebook page but thought I'd show this month's here.

My page kits are $9 plus shipping.  Shipping is $4.00 for one kit or $5.50 for 2-5 kits.

If you're interested in others I have to offer please visit my facebook page and scroll through photos for "page kit alerts" and each post will tell you how many (if any) I have remaining.  I try to keep it up to date.  If you comment on a photo that you're wanting a page kit I'll verify that I have some left.

This month's kit contains pre-cut paper, full Wanderful stickease and one sheet of self adhesive sequins.  A great deal since the stickease alone are $4.95 plus shipping and tax in our book.  Also includes a full color photo of my completed project.  You'll need foam tape and standard adhesive to assemble.  And possibly some scissors for the tape portion.

Click here to see the full sticker pack you'll receive.  Lots of options to personalize the layout to your photos.  I'll be using my sample layout for some England photos I haven't scrapbooked from our 2010 family vacation. 

I created 10 kits and have 7 left so far.  If interested please e-mail me.