Monday, May 30, 2011

Happy Memorial Day



I want to share a link to a movie trailer worth watching. This touching two-minute video about World War II veterans reminds us that every day alive in this great, free country is truly a bonus. They are trying to get 5,000,000 views for the video by Memorial Day (May 30th) to show these living heroes, one last time, just how grateful we are for their unbelievable sacrifice. The video is a trailer to a documentary that will come out in November. The more we can show interest in the trailer (i.e. views), the more Americans will get to see the film. Time is running out: 1,000 WWII vets die every day. We are free today because of these men and women. The least we can do is watch a web video and send it to five people. Let’s get this mission done! Click here to watch now.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Newsprint Rub-Ons are so easy!

Check out this latest video on how to use our newest rub-ons - newsprint. These particular rub-ons have a few features that other don't like individual strips and distressing. Check it out below....

Monday, May 16, 2011

Win Big with Studio J!

Have you checked out Creating Keepsakes Blog today? You can enter to win 5 FREE two-page layouts on Studio J!! Check it out here!



Are you completely caught up on your scrapbooking? Have you even started?

Studio J is the BEST way to quickly get caught up or easily get started! You can check it out for FREE here. Want help? I'm holding monthly classes at Panera Bread to teach you how to use different tools and techniques in Studio J. I'd love for you to join me! OR - contact me to arrange for your personal one-on-one creative session where I will help you create 2 layouts in 30 minutes!

Thank you for helping Japan....

Jeanette Lynton's blog post shared some amazing information on our Hope for Japan fundraiser we recently had. Close To My Heart consultants and customers raised over $80,000 to help the people of Japan in their recovery. You can read her heart-touching words of gratitude here.

A big thank you to all of my customers who helped support this effort! I'm so honored to be a part of this amazing company!

Friday, May 13, 2011

The Directors!

This month, one of my team, Pam T., reached the title of Director! (Here she is with her token flowers.) Way to go Pam!! I'm so very proud of you, girl!! A few days later, I reached my goal of Director! Woo Hoo!!

I'm so excited to be able to participate in Close To My Heart's convention this year as a Director! They really spoil us! We will get to sit in special black chairs in the front row, we get a special gift and get to attend a special Director's Dinner with Jeanette and the Executive Team! So exciting!! Have I told you lately how much I LOVE my jbo? :o)

The "Wallie" Salad


I found this recipe in a Kroger ad (our local grocery store) and decided to try it - tis the season for cooler, lighter fare, right? It actually WAS pretty good! I didn't add the chicken since I served it with dinner. Let me know if you like it or what you do differently with it!

2 cups romaine lettuce, chopped
1 cup green cabbage, shredded
2 chicken breasts, cooked and diced
1/2 cup dried cherries
1 apple, diced
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
1 cup white cheddar cheese, shredded
1/4 cup balsamic vinaigrette (I used Ken's Steak House Lite Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing)
Topped off with cracked pepper and sea salt, of course!

Friday, May 6, 2011

Mayberry Kit Tutorial

Check out this latest video from Close To My Heart showing how to create the scalloped edge we using on the layout and cards in this kit!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

May Kit Club - Mayberry

This month in our kit club we will be working with the Mayberry kit, featuring one of my all time favorite colors - Smoothie! The colors in this kit are warm and inviting! Perfect for outdoor, beach, family, just about anything! And the cards have a very timely summer theme!

I currently have 2 clubs meeting each month. I'd love to have you join me! Click here for all of the details....

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

You & Me

Check out this video of the You & Me Kit that is available "while supplies last" this month! Buy it outright for $34.95, get it for only $15 with a $50 purchase, or get it FREE when you purchase our HALF PRICE kit this month!!

You’ll be exclaiming “Ooh!” and “Ahhh!” as you watch the National Scrapbooking Month video, which features the classy You & Me kit. See how the elements of the kit work together to create two beautiful layouts that will have you clamoring for several kits!

Monday, May 2, 2011

Studio J Boot Camp!

I'm off on a jet plane to spend two full days of intensive training in Studio J! I can't wait!! Every event Close To My Heart hosts is "top notch"! I know I will learn a great deal, surrounded by the best in the industry, in a fun filled environment too! I just couldn't ask for more!

I'm sharing a room with 3 new people! (I hope they like me!) I've made them each a Studio J journal as a roomie gift.
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When I return, I'll be able to share many of the advanced techniques with you. Why don't you join me for the next session of the Studio J Master's Society at Panera Bread on Saturday, May 14th from 2pm to 4pm. Hope to see you there!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Creative Club May - Sympathy Cards

Unfortunately, I have many friends, family, team members, and customers that have lost a loved one recently, or are sitting beside them as they struggle through their last days. Some have had major surgeries that require months of treatment with hope for recovery, while still others have receive the dreaded words, "there is nothing we can do - you have X# of days". Just another reminder that our lives here are so very brief and we should make the most of each day and every opportunity while we can. My heart and prayers are with each and every one of you...

Since I needed so many of these cards, I decided to make it our club project! I turned once again to my faithful Wishes Card book and used the ever versatile Greetings Card Workshop. I also used the soft, soothing colors found in the You & Me Kit - Smoothie, Chocolate, Bamboo, and Colonial White. I also found even more inspiration in Lisa's beautiful card here. Don't the flowers remind you of impatients? The sentiments on all of these cards came from the Card Chatter - Sympathy stamp set. Another "must-have" in my book! Here is what I came up with:
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The flowers are 1", 1 1/2", and 2" scallops from my cricut. Simply moisten them with a little spritz of water and crumple them to resemble real blossoms. Once dry, you can ink the edges with smoothie ink, chocolate ink, or not at all. All combinations are beautiful!

I used the flourish from the Miracle WOTG kit stamp set on this card along with one of our small wooden buttons (sanded the varnish off the edges and inked with chocolate) garnished with a large pearl:
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On this one I used Antique Copper brads in the center of the flower, one of the metal butterflies from our Bliss L2 accessories plus I used the Bliss WOTG stamp set (words) for some tone on tone stamping on the chocolate cardstock:
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On this card I added some Colonial White buttons, edged in chocolate ink, and filled the centers with Liquid Glass and Prisma Glitter:
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On this card, I added a chocolate flower button adorned with bitty pearls:
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On this flower I added a Colonial White Designer Brad - sanded the edges and inked with chocolate ink:
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On this card, I thought it was appropriate to have a bunch of little flowers to go along with a multitude of little prayers! I added Colonial White brads to the centers topped off with Liquid Glass and Prisma Glitter. YIKES!!! Just realized I didn't ink my card base!!!:
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These flowers are adorned with pearls:
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This one I turned into a circle card just for fun! I used another wooden button/pearl combination:
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If you attend the Creative Club at my home, you can choose the sentiments you want - including birthday, thank you, and other sentiments! If you choose to order a kit by mail, I will default to these sentiments unless you tell me otherwise. You can request other sentiments or I can leave them blank for you to fill in with your own. Your kit will of course be pre-cut, include all accessories and have step-by-step instructions. (If you choose to ink distress, you will need to have a chocolate ink pad and finger daubers or a sponge.)


Creative Club Nights

Friday, May 20th at 6:30pm

Monday, May 23 at 6:30pm


These 8 cards/envelopes can be yours for only $12
OR $7 with an order of $25 or more.

(PS - don't forget you can also get the gorgeous You & Me kit for only $15 with a $50 order!)