Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Operation Smile - Maria

Though the first 5 years of Maria's life were filled with hardship and pain, she now has a reason to smile and a bright future ahead of her!

A Broken Family... A New Smile, A New Life for Maria


Abandoned by both her parents, Maria Eul├ília Cabralda Costa faced incomprehensible pain during her first five years of life in Brazil. She was born with a cleft lip that scarred her beautiful features. Her parents separated when she was just a baby, and her father chose two of her siblings to live with him. Her mother chose two others. Neither of them wanted Maria, a beautiful little girl with huge eyes that reflect her emotions. When Maria’s parents left her, the city’s Child Protection Council called her grandmother, who chose to raise her small granddaughter. 

 As Maria grew older, she begged her grandmother to allow her to skip school. Her classmates taunted and tormented her, yelling, “You are crippled. Stay away from me.” Maria was too embarrassed to even play with children in her neighborhood. If she ventured from her home, she covered her mouth with her hands. 

 Maria’s grandmother was determined to find help for her granddaughter. She first approached the mayor of her city, who was also a doctor. Eventually, a government official directed her to Operation Smile. When she arrived at the medical mission in Fortaleza, 5-year-old Maria immediately captured the hearts of all the medical volunteers. 

After her surgery, she was bursting with laughter and smiles. “I’m so very happy,” said her grandmother. “She plays, runs, talks. She is completely different. Everything has changed for the best. She is not ashamed anymore. Now, she is always looking at herself in the mirror. She always says that she is beautiful, that she is gorgeous. It was everything we have ever wanted.”
Maria now looks forward to school and works very hard.

Would you like to be a part of this mission to reclaim, recapture, TRANSFORM a child's life? Please join me in supporting Operation Smile! Click here to donate on my website (on the left hand side under Operation Smile - Donate). No purchase is necessasry. And THANK YOU for joining with me to transform lives like Maria's!

Get the Art Philosophy Cricut Collection FREE!

WOWZA! Have we got a GREAT special for the month of March!! When you join Close To My Heart as a consultant in March, you will receive an Art Philosophy Cricut Collection FREE!!!!! That's right, FREE!!!! The new consultant kit - only $99 - is already jam packed with beautiful, new products (featuring our Stella Kit, coordinating accessories, stamps, inks, album, etc.) along with business supplies that retail for over $285!!! Now add the Art Philosophy collection and you get over $400 worth of products for ONLY  $99!!! Already have the Art Philosophy Collection or want another option? Choose $100 in select product credit instead! Watch this video to find out more...


This amazing deal is perfect for just about everyone! Whether you just want to get the discount for yourself on the finest papercrafting products on the market, or have a handful of friends who would love our products, or want to start your own home-based business with incentive trips and amazing income potential! The choice is yours - and of course I'm here to help you every step of the way!

Here is what you will get for your $99...
A kit filled with products and supplies that retail for over $285!
PLUS...
A MUST-HAVE collection that retails for $99, valued at nearly $125!
OR...
Select $100 in products of your choice - including papers, stamps, inks, and MUCH MORE!
This amazing deal begins on Thursday, March 1st at 9:00am Mountain Time. Set your alarm and then...

Click here on March 1st to get your deal delivered to your door ASAP!

Or contact me if you have questions ~ I'd love to have you join my incredible team of hobbyists and business builders, to see you get great discounts on the products you love, or actually earn money to pay off debt or save for a special "something" (dance classes, sports, college fund, family vacations, home improvements, etc.). Contact me and we can discuss what option is best for you!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Cricut Crop - Lucy Version

Last month I held my first Cricut Crop - where everyone got to learn a little about their Cricut machines, mats, blades, settings and of course our Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge. Then we all made projects on our Cricuts using our Roxie papers - with a Valentine's Theme. There was one group that didn't get to participate before Valentine's Day, so I needed to redesign the projects a little. I decided to use our new Lucy paper - and here is what I came up with!

What's so cool about this is everyone who took the first class can pretty much use those instructions to create these and other variations on their own! The foundations are the same, I just changed some of the embellishments - and of course the papers.

The first one is using our kraft card to create a treat holder. I used Little Debbie Fancy Cakes for this project. (LOVE Little Debbie's!) I added some 3-D roses to the oval on the front, along with a sentiment from one of the stamps in the Cricut Collection, and some of our color ready ribbon at the top - only, I didn't color it! It was perfect as is!

The next re-make is the chinese to-go box. The first time around I made a nugget box with a truffle inside. This time I used the same size box for a little Fresh Linen votive candle! The sentiment is from the Remarkable Wreath stamp set.

On top of the box I added some layered flat flowers and leaves.

And finally the door hanger re-make. I seem to have a habit of using the door hangers on drinks with a snack stuck in the pocket. This time, I put flower seeds in the pocket and tied the top to a set of garden gloves!

The sentiment on the front is from our May stamp of the month - Friendship Bouquet. It reads "Plant a seed of friendship; reap a bouquet of happiness. Lois L. Kaufman". Perfect - huh????

So there you have it! A project re-make, made easy with Close To My Heart products and the Art Philosophy Cricut Collection!

Monday, February 20, 2012

Cricut Class - Daisy Bouquet


My Cricut Class in March is all about Flower Bouquets. You can make a Rose Bouquet (shown here) or a Daisy Bouquet (shown above). Do Daisies just make you smile? Then, this is the class for you!


In this class you will bring your own Cricut Machine, Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge, and the coordinating stamp set that came with your cartridge to make a tag if you'd like. You can also bring your own vase to cut and form your bouquet perfectly. (Be sure to bring along good cutters - don't use your good scrapbooking scissors to cut these stems!)

A Basic Kit for this class includes 12 green wooden floral stems and the paper necessary to create 12 daisies with leaves along with step-by-step instructions.

Other items you will need to create your bouquet are Liquid Glass, 3-D Foam Tape, sponge, Desert Sand ink, and Olive ink. A Complete Kit will include the Basic kit PLUS these additional items.

Sign up to attend my hands on workshop! If you can't bring a machine or don't have the Art Philosophy Cartridge, you can request a pre-cut kit for an additional $5. Want a more full bouquet? Order as many additional basic kits as desired!

Friday, March 2nd from 6pm - 9pm
Saturday, March 3rd from 10am - 1pm
*Contact me to hold your spot! Space is limited in each class!

Basic Kit (paper and stems only) - $5 each
Basic Kit with pre-cut pieces - $10 each
Complete Kit - $30
Complete Kit with pre-cut peices - $35

Can't attend but you would still like to make a bouquet? Order a kit to pick up or to be shipped directly to you.


Daisy Bouquet - Basic kit (local - no delivery)

Daisy Bouquet - Complete kit (local - no delivery)

Daisy Bouquet - Basic Kit (with $5 shipping)

Daisy Bouquet - Complete kit (with $5 shipping)

If you don't have the Art Philosophy Cartridge yet, you are missing out! If you order an Art Philosophy Cricut Collection on my website here, it will ship directly to you and I will ship you a Basic Rose or Daisy Bouquet Kit FREE! Be sure to contact me and let me know which kit you would like as your free gift!

If you don't have a Cricut Expression machine yet, be sure to check out how you can get one for FREE by clicking here! My drawing is this coming Saturday!! Don't delay! (You don't have to be present to win.)

Cricut Class - Rose Flower Bouquets

Look what just bloomed at my house -- in the middle of winter!

Do you LOVE fresh flowers but find it hard to justify your purchase since they only last about a week? I've got the perfect solution - make your own! That's what I did! I used 3 different colors - Creme Brulee, Sunset, and Smoothie - inked all of the flowers with Smoothie ink and now they look perfect together!


This is what we are making at my Cricut Class this month! And you can too!!

My first rose bouquet, for convention last year, was made using Tulip cardstock for the roses and New England Ivy for the leaves. In my opinion, a much more "realistic" color combo.

But for this class, those colors are no longer available in bulk. So you can choose from the following colors for your roses - all the same or any combo! (From left to right: Blush, Smoothie, Cranberry, Honey, Creme Brulee, Sunset). I used all the same rose shape - but there are 6 different 3-D flowers to choose from! You can make yours all the same or add some variety! The leaves will all be Olive. However, if you'd like them a little darker, you can ink them with New Englad Ivy instead of Olive ink.

In this workshop you will receive 20 green cloth-covered floral wire stems for 12 flowers and 8 baby's breath. You will also receive paper needed to create all flowers and leaves on the Cricut, along with step-by-step instructions. This is the Basic Kit.

In addition to the paper, stems, and instructions, you will also need a flower ink color, leaf ink color, sponge, Liquid Glass, Tweezers, and Piercing tool. This is the Complete Kit and includes the Basic Kit above.

Sign up to attend my hands on workshop. You will need to bring your cricut machine with you along with your Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge. You may also want to bring a vase and wire cutter to form your bouquet on site!

Don't have a cricut or can't bring your machine or don't have the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge yet? You can request a pre-cut kit for $5 more. 

Want a more full bouquet? Purchase as many additional kits as you want! 

Friday, March 2nd from 6pm - 9pm
Saturday, March 3rd from 10am - 1pm
*Contact me to hold your spot! Space is limited in each class!

Basic Kit (paper and stems only) - $10 each
Basic Kit with precut pieces - $15 each
Complete Kit - $40
Complete Kit with precut pieces - $45


Can't attend but you would still like to make a bouquet? Order a kit to pick up or to be shipped directly to you. 


Rose Bouquet - Basic Kit (local - no delivery)

Rose Bouquet - Complete Kit (local - no delivery)

Basic Kit - with $5 shipping

Complete Kit - with $5 shipping
If you don't have the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge yet, you are missing out! If you order an Art Philosophy Cricut Collection on my website here, it will ship directly to you and I will ship you a Basic Rose Bouquet Kit FREE! Be sure to contact me and let me know what color(s) you want your roses to be!

If you don't have a Cricut Expression machine yet, be sure to check out how you can get one for FREE by clicking here! My drawing is this coming Saturday!! Don't delay! (You don't have to be present to win.)

Here Comes The Sun Layout

Continuing with my Footloose artwork, I have a layout to share. First - I have a disclaimer!! Originally, I had a one page layout in a shadow box in mind, but it morphed into a two-page layout. It's a little too busy for my taste, but that's just what happened!


There is a lot of fun new product in this layout! First off, it features our new Footloose paper and Complements Dimensional Elements!

I sandpaper distressed and ink distressed the edges of the papers and inked the edges of DE's. The DE letters are popped up with 3-D foam tape over our new Baker's Twine (Paradise) which is knotted to resemble rope found along the pier - only in a softer color that coordinates with the papers!


Also featured is our new Seaside Wooden Shapes. These beauties are perfect just out of the bag! But you can ink distress them or - as I did with some - paint them with pearl paint and sprinkle with Prisma Glitter while it is still wet for some sparkling fun!

Also featured are our new Sparkle flourishes - used here to resemble water splashing - and our new bitty opaques pearl gems are a perfect accent on the DE's.

Hopefully, all of this beachy artwork has helped to thaw out some of Winter's chill!

Friday, February 17, 2012

Cricut and Quick Cards - Shell

Are you a card maker? Would you like to easily create a card with one quick stamp? We've got just the stamp set for you! Our new Spring/Summer Idea book features two such stamp set - Quick Cards Shell, and Quick Cards Butterfly.

Here is a card made with the Shell stamp set.

As you can see, I've used our Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge AGAIN for my card. LOVE IT! Then stamped the new Quick Cards - Shell image on the front! Just for fun, I decided to paper piece the shell in the center - popped up with 3-D foam tape. I sandpaper distressed the edges of the cardstock with our rough grit and inked with Desert Sand and Cocoa ink - to give it a worn and weathered look.


I used our Blending Pen and Lagoon ink pad to add some color along the water/flourishes. And then accented them with our new Bitty Pearl Opaques.

Stay tuned for a Footloose layout coming soon....


Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Open House and Cricut Expression Giveaway

Open House &
Cricut Expression Give Away!

Saturday ~ February 25, 2012

10am- 4pm 


I'm so excited to be able to share our brand new Spring/Summer Idea Book and Catalog jam packed with new papers, stamps, and accessories that will make you squeal with delight along with amazing artwork and ideas to keep you busy all through the Summer!

And to add even MORE excitement - I'm offering a drawing for a FREE Cricut Expression Machine! This little baby pairs perfectly with our exclusive Art Philosophy Cricut Collection!
Here is how you can receive tickets to win:
Order $100 or more!
$100 may sound like a lot, but I've got lots of great deals to increase your value!
  • With every $50 you qualify for our Stamp of the Month for only $5 (retail value $17.95) - so with a $100 order you can get TWO - one for you, one for a friend!
  • This month, with every Studio J 5 Pack ($55) you receive another one absolutely FREE! That's a $110 value for only $55. Order 2 Studio J 5 Packs and get two FREE PLUS get 10 Cricut tickets! (Click here to order yours now.)
  • The Art Philosophy Cricut Collection is only $99 - a great value in itself with 700 images, 3 coordinating stamp sets and 3 coordinating chipboard sheets!
  • Can't join the Kit Club, but love our kits? Order 3 or more Kits plus bonus project items to reach $100. (Click here to choose from available kits.)
  • Purchase a Beginners Kit packed with all the basic tools for scrapbookers, cardmakers, and paper crafters - over $120 retail value for only $100! (Click here for more details.)
  • Combine your order for new product, with clearance table products, and/or our online clearance products to reach $100!
  • Already placed an order this month? If it was $100 or more - YOU GET 10 CRICUT TICKETS! If not, you can order an additional amount to reach a cummulative total of $100 to receive your tickets!

I'll have lots of new artwork featuring our new products, a Clearance Table, Artwork available for a donation to Operation Smile, free munchies, and free projects for you to make!



Free Make 'n Take: Top Notch Gift Bag

This cute little bag features our Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge along with our February Stamp of the Month - Thoughtful Tidings! Come make yours for FREE!




Free Make 'n Take: Stella Cricut Card

See how easy it is to create fun card shapes on the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge. The card also features our new Stella Papers and Just For You stamp set.

(*Note: This card was inspired by fellow consultant Aaron Booth - Thanks Aaron!)

Operation Smile Fundraiser

There will be plenty of finished artwork available for an Operation Smile Donation! Please help me pay for life-changing surgery for FIVE kids!



Contact me for directions or to RSVP so I can have supplies and snacks ready for you. Even if you can't attend, there are many ways that you can enter to win a new Cricut Expression! Don't delay - get your tickets today!!

Under The Sea Card Set

This little project is so cute - because it's so small!

I used our new Under the Sea stamp set, Footloose L2 Paper Pack, Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge and a couple of new embellishments!

The flat box is from our Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge - cut at 8" - and will perfectly hold these three 3x3 cards and envelopes. I've tied it all together with our Sweet Leaf Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon accented with one of our new Seaside Wooden Shapes which is accented with a couple of cricut shapes and topped off with a new Durable Square Stud!

The cards are all from the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge. I tell you -- this cartridge makes all of my paper crafting SO EASY!!! I paper pieced the images - popped up with 3-D foam tape, and added Bitty Mocha Opaques for the eyes.

Do you have the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge? If not, you NEED this cartridge!! The are 700 images including 100 card shapes and 8 boxes/packages to choose from! You will never run out of ideas with this cartridge!

Stay tuned for more seaside fun -- just around the corner.....