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Sunday, November 30, 2014

Cyber Monday Sale!!!!

I am SO EXCITED!!!! For the first time EVER, Close To My Heart is offering a Cyber Monday deal that is sure to please every crafty person on your Christmas List - even yourself!

Beginning Monday, 12/1 at 12:00am (MST) until 11:59pm (MST) ALL of our Cricut Collections will be 20% off!!!

Each collection includes 3 coordinating stamp sets to perfectly embellish your cricut cuts along with chipboard in coordinating shapes - with the exception of Artfully Sent which includes white cardstock for your card bases! And each Cricut Cartridge has 700 images to choose from!!! That's a whole-lotta creative bliss right there!

Our Artfully Sent Cricut Collection is designed with cardmakers in mind! Choose from many different themes and styles including pop-up cards, swing cards, and more, all pre-designed and linked to make it SUPER easy to cut and create!

 Our Artbooking Cricut Collection includes pre-designed mini-albums and layouts to choose from or mix and match images for your own unique design!

Our Artiste Cricut Collection includes several party themes the include cards, envelopes, party favors and decor that can be used to celebrate ANY occasion!

And our Art Philosophy Cricut Collection includes a wide variety of basic shapes, 3-D and flat flowers, cards and envelopes, banners, bags, boxes, etc.

There has never been a better time to buy Close To My Heart’s exclusive Cricut® Collections for 20% off the retail price. Whether you love scrapbooking, cardmaking, or creating 3-D projects, our four exclusive Cricut® collections make the perfect addition to any craft room! 

By purchasing a Cricut Collection, you will automatically qualify for TWO MORE special deals - our Stamp of the Month (Cutie Pie) for only $5 AND any C-sized and D-sized stamp sets for only $10 each! Click HERE to see all Cricut compatible stamp sets to coordinate with your Cricut Collection! (Or you can type the Cricut Collection name in the search field to see all stamps that coordinate with that particular cartridge - example: simply type Artiste in the search field to see all stamps and products that coordinate with the Artiste Cricut Collection.

Of course there can!!! If you have an order of $150 or more, contact me to enter it as a party for you so you can receive a minimum of $25 in FREE HOSTESS REWARDS!! Combine your order with a friend to get maximum rewards!

The savings just continue to mount! Making this a wise investment with savvy smart savings! 

Remember, the Cyber Monday Cricut sale starts at midnight (MST) on December 1 and ends at 11:59 pm Monday night.

Click here to start shopping or contact me with your order of $150 or more for maximum savings!

Deal of the Decade!

Beginning Monday, December 1st, our Deal of the Decade special begins!

This year marks the 10-year anniversary of Close To My Heart’s revolutionary My Acrylix® clear polymer stamps—and we can’t wait for you to celebrate with us! With a qualifying purchase of $50 during the month of December, you will be eligible to purchase ANY C- or D-size stamps from the Annual Inspirations 2014–2015 idea book for only $10. That’s up to $7.95 of savings on each stamp set! Plus, once you achieve the qualifying order total, there is no limit to the number of eligible stamp sets you can purchase at this discounted price. 

Remember, a purchase of $50 will also qualify you to receive the December Stamp of the Month for only $5!! It's called Cutie Pie and it's perfect for celebrating any occasion! 

So, let's review, with a qualifying purchase of $50, you can add as many C and D sized stamp sets to your order for ONLY $10 each AND the Cutie Pie stamp of the month for only $5 causing your overall savings to skyrocket!!! It is truly the deal of the decade!!

Click on the ink pads below to begin shopping now!

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Studio J Wedding Album!

I FINALLY finished the wedding album I was making for my brother and "sister"'s wedding. It was really very easy to do, we just had to coordinate time together to do the journaling, which took much longer than we expected. I love how it turned out!

I used our For Always paper kit which is a beautifully neutral black, white, and grey. And then added accent colors to coordinate with the photos. Here are just a couple of my favorites!

The first one is the front and back cover pages:

There are additional layouts of the wedding guests and decor and getting ready, etc. And I even included a layout of the dance party that I was able to use flip flaps on to include even more photos and sequences of the line dancing, etc. I can't wait to receive these in the mail and get them in one of our new albums!!

Remember our FANTASTIC Studio J Special during the month of two-page layouts are only $5! Yep, you heard that right! Only $5!! That's $2.50 per page - you can't print photos and buy paper and adhesive and embellishments for THAT price! It's a GREAT deal!

Click here to get started creating today! It's FREE to create, you only pay when you are ready to purchase your layouts! Just remember to purchase by November 30th to get the BEST DEAL EVER!

Avonlea Mini Albums with Picture My Life Cards!

I have a new club starting in Danville December 12th. Our first project is going to be an inexpensive, super simple mini album using our Avonlea Picture My Life Cards! They come in 4x6 and 3x4 sizes, both landscape and portrait styles, and there are 122 cards to choose from!

I was able to make 8 mini albums out of one pack with cards left over! Each album has at least 7 pages plus 1 half page. My club members will have the opportunity to add more cards or change it up however they want!

This first one I know I will use as an expanded card of encouragement. I want to fill it with encouraging words and scripture!

This next one focuses on family - or those that live with you - included our beloved pets!

Here is one that is generic - it can be about a couple, a family, a friendship!

And finally, here is one about being with those who make you smile (friends, family, pets, etc.)

Although the theme of the Avonlea cards is love and family, you can see it is still diverse enough for many different people and occasions. You can make an album for yourself or to give as a gift. Wouldn't this make a beautiful stocking stuffer with pictures and sentiments inside?

My club girls will get to select the album they want to do, and then make changes and additions as desired. Plus I will have a whole spread of ribbon and accessories for them to choose from to embellish the albums. I'll also have my embossing folders and stamps to embellish some of the cardstock inserts. My samples are super simple, but you could really go all out with embellishements and of course, the photos will really make them extra special!

Are you in the Danville area? Would you like to join us? Simply contact me before 12/12 and I can give you all the info.

Are you out of the area, but are interested in making your own mini albums? Check out the WIDE variety of Picture My Life cards and choose a theme that suits you. There is even a Christmas theme! Click here to see them all (scroll down to the cost effective A La Carte sets) and order a set to make your own mini albums in a matter of minutes! They will make great last minute Christmas gifts!

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

I love this time of year! The smell of wood burning fires outside, damp leaves, and crisp air! And especially the wonderful aromas inside of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, apples and pumpkin!

But most of all it is a time where we tend to purposely consider all we have been blessed with and express our gratitude to God and to each other!

So let me take the opportunity to say THANK YOU for following my blog, commenting on posts, ordering kits, and sharing your life with me! I've met so many wonderful kindred spirits by blogging and look forward to hearing from each one of you!

I wish you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving!!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Stonewall Resort Crop coming soon!

I just returned from a crop in Greenup, KY where I was a vendor for the weekend. I met the nicest people and we all had a great time! And it made me excited for my Stonewall Resort Crop which is just around the corner!!!

If you haven't reserved your spot yet, you will want to now! It's filling up fast!

I can't wait to go back to Stonewall! It's such a treat just to be there and be pampered by the surroundings and the staff!

Don't forget to tell Santa that you want to go to Stonewall and maybe that you "need" a massage or facial while you are there! Our group receives a 20% discount (if you book in advance and mention you are with Creating with Christine)!

And to sweeten the deal even more, I'm offering everyone who pays in full by December 31st $20 in CROP CASH! You can use crop cash to bid on prizes at the auction - so gather as much as you can! And it never expires! Bring your leftovers to my next crop!

 For those who have been before, you know the food is wonderful! Your crop fee includes a daily beverage service as well as a breakfast buffet served 7am-11am. Lunch and dinner will be on your own.

And the resort offers many amenities! Take advantage of the fitness room, pool, steam room and sauna while there. OR bring your family and let them enjoy the resort while you crop with friends!

And don't forget the cozy fire pit that is perfect for relaxing conversation or roasting s'mores! You can purchase your s'more roasting kit at TJ Muskies Grill.

I'm ready to go NOW!!!! Well, in my heart I'm ready, but I'm not really ready! My helpers and I are busy getting all the fun ready for YOU! So make sure you are signed up and paid ASAP so you have a spot secured and earn your $20 in crop cash! Space is limited so click here to secure your spot today!

Monday, November 3, 2014

Christmas Joy Artbooking Layout!

This month I am offering an introduction to scrapbooking at my Danville Club. It's the perfect opportunity to invite a friend who just might be interested in this important, therapeutic and bonding hobby!

I thought it would be nice to try a super simple Artbooking layout. This one follows the pre-designed layout featured in the booklet! No imagination necessary!

All I did was change the colors!

Those familiar with Artbooking know that if I taught this as a class, they would have it completely assembled in 3 minutes flat! So I had to incorporate some other techniques and training.

In this class I will show the importance of using our Versamat and Ruler for perfect placement of each piece. I will also show the wonders of our new All Purpose Mat for heat embossing and applying adhesive with our new E-Z Dots Adhesive, especially on overlays and tiny pieces like the date.

I will also show how to use the overlay negative space to emboss the stars on the overlay with gold and silver embossing powder - which will include embossing basics! (Just a side note: my first choice would have been glitter paper on this layout, BUT embossing powder is so much more economical! And you might not have the glitter paper colors that you need at your fingertips when you need them, but the powders last forever!)

And how to use scraps to adorn the little bows on the photo mats!

And of course, a few of our new perfectly placed Gold Bling Gems to finish off the layout!

Would you like to come join the fun? We will be meeting in Danville, WV this coming Friday 11/7 at 6pm. Contact me if you are interested!