Saturday, February 13, 2016

Giveaway at Scrapbook & Cards Today1

Happy Valentine's Day Crafters!

I wanted to let you know about a giveaway over at Scrapbook & Cards Today Blog.  I just LOVE this blog AND the magazine they have.


It's one of the few really good crafty magazines left. If you haven't grabbed a copy yet and checked it out, I highly encourage you to do so.  It's very well put together, LOTS of tips and pics and projects and ... and ... and ...

Here's the cover of the latest issue:



They have a physical copy you can subscribe to and they also have a digital version you can download.  

They have links to the artwork as well as indivual PDFs for the various articles.  They also have printables, sketches, etc., etc.

If you would like more information about subscribing to this FAB magazine or more info on their downloads, just click here.

NOW, on to their giveaway!

SCT is giving away a Doodlebug Valentine Clipboard prize package!

GIVEAWAY


One lucky SCT winner will receive a brand new Valentines Clipboard package that includes the following:

  • Clipboard
  • Daily Doodles
  • Washi Tape
  • Doodle Pops
  • Elements from the Sweet Things collection
Yes, this could be YOU!  For an opportunity to win, you just need to leave a comment below the SCT blog post no later than Thursday, February 18th. 

Just click here to go their blog.

Good luck and have a wonderfully crafty day!

Lucy




Friday, February 12, 2016

Clearance!

Hello Crafters!

Just wanted to do a quick post because Close to My Heart has just put a TON of great crafty goodness on Clearance as well as lowered the prices of them.


There are many, many items under $5 as well as under $2!  So much crafty goodness that can be used on your craft projects, with your kids, students, etc.

It's a great time to stock up!

Click here
You can get paper, accessories, embellishments, inks, paper, kits, Picture My Life kits, home decor items, etc., etc.

Remember that these items are "while supplies last" only, so grab 'em before they're gone!  (I already did!!)

If you have any questions, you can email me by clicking here or go directly to shopping by clicking here.

Oh and don't forget my monthly Mystery Hostess party!  

EVERY single order gets into my monthly giveaway where I give away FREE products using the Hostess Rewards earned on the party.

Have a wonderfully crafty day!

Lucy


Monday, February 1, 2016

Share the Love

Good Afternoon Crafters!

Today I wanted to talk to you about an organization that Close to My Heart is partnered with:  Operation Smile.



Operation Smile is an international non-profit organization dedicated to helping children with cleft palate, cleft lip, and other facial deformities receive lifesaving and life-changing surgeries.

Since 2008, Close To My Heart has provided support to change the lives of over 1,500 children and their families. Buy with pride. Your business with Close To My Heart makes a big difference in the life of a child.

To learn more about this amazing organization, just click here.

This month we are offering an exclusive stamp set AND donating back to Operation Smile at the same time.





Share the love this February by purchasing the exclusive My Acrylix® Share the Love D-size stamp set (CC1060). Filled with adorable icons and loveable sentiments, this stamp set will be a beautiful addition to your collection—but there is more to this stamp set than meets the eye! Not only will you be getting a high-quality, swoon-worthy stamp set by taking part in this promotion, but Close To My Heart will also donate $7 USD of the proceeds from this stamp set to Operation Smile™, an amazing organization that provides surgeries to repair cleft lips and palates for children all over the world*! Check out our social media channels all month long to see this stamp set in action, and remember to post your own artwork using the hashtag #ctmhsharethelove to help bring attention to a wonderful and worthy cause.

To learn more about this wonderful cause, hop on over to Jeanette's blog at Make It From Your Heart by clicking here.

If you have any questions, please comment below or you can email me by clicking here.

Have a wonderfully crafty day!

Lucy





Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Valentine's Day Mailbox

Good Morning Crafters!

Valentine's day will be here in only 21 days!  That's three (3) weeks!  What are you making for your loved ones?

We have some great ideas over at Close to My Heart that I wanted to share with you. 

Today I wanted to show you how to make a cute Valentine's Day Mailbox out of paper!

Check out the YouTube video below to see how to make this adorable Valentine's Day Mailbox:


  


Isn't it cute AND so easy to make?  

Here's a list of the supplies used to make the mailbox on your own:

Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge
Artiste Cricut Cartridge
La Vie en Rose paper packet
Mini Stapler
Micro-tip Scissors 
3-D Foam Tape
3L E-Z Dots Adhesive

If you would like to purchase any of these products, just click on any of the links above OR click here to go directly to my website.

Each month I have a Mystery Hostess Party online -- whenever you place an order, you are automatically included.  You are then entered into a drawing to receive FREE product from me!

If you have any questions or need assistance, feel free to email me by clicking here.

Have a wonderfully crafty day!

Lucy






Friday, January 8, 2016

Live Your Day

Hello Crafters!

I hope your January is going well.  I was away on a business retreat in Big Bear this week.  As I was sitting there working, I could see Big Bear Lake through our room window.  The lake is frozen over, it's a bit overcast and just beautiful!  See pictures below:

Day 1 - January 4, 2016 (Cold and cloudy)

Day 2 - January 5, 2016 (Starting to rain and snow!)

I watched Close to My Heart's YouTube video about our "Live Your Life" Pocket Scrapbooking cards and it was just so timely.  Take a look below:


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At the end of the video Monica asks a question that I would love to know your answer too:   "How do you live your day?"

You can post your answer below in the comments section or use the hashtag " #ctmhliveyourday" and post either on FB on the Close to My Heart FB page OR on my FB page OR on Instagram.


The cards are amazing and I already have my set to use with my Everyday Life Planner.  (By the way, though the special pricing bundle is over, the planner pages have now been reduced and are only $7.98!)

I had been looking for a way to list birthdays, etc in my planner that looked "pretty".  Well, these cards are the solution!

There are also multiple cards where you can list birthdays or other upcoming events.




This set of cards will help you pace out your year with 12 cards featuring each month (both horizontally and vertically).




There are ALSO positive affirmation cards!  Love those!




Don't you just love this set of cards?  They can be used in your planner "traditionally" or in a Picture My Life project (pocket scrapbooking) or traditional scrapbooking.

Oh!  I also wanted to show you how I store my "birthday cards". I used the 3" x 4" flip flaps. Right now I have it on the inside cover but I may change that and use one for each month and put it on each month's monthly planner page.


These cards are only available this month - through January 31, 2016 (11:59 MST) while supplies last.

You can click here to see them as well as order them on my website.

Each month, I have a "Mystery Hostess Party" set up.

Every order placed is entered into my drawing for free products. You simply place your order and "join" that party - no other steps are necessary.  I will notify the winner at the end of the month.

If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment below OR email me by clicking here.

Thanks so much for stopping by - have a wonderfully crafty day!

Lucy 







Wednesday, January 6, 2016

National Papercrafting Month

Hello Crafters!

Did you know that January is National Papercrafting Month at Close to My Heart?

You can celebrate National Papercrafting Month with the exclusive Picture My Life "Live Your Day" scrapbooking program.

This collection was designed to coordinate perfectly with the sensational Everyday Life 2016 Planner Pages and My Crush Everyday Life Pages, so you can seamlessly integrate pocket scrapbooking into your 2016 planner.

Whether in the planner or on their own, these cards make it easy to preserve your everyday moments all year long.

Get yours today for only $8.95 before this offer is gone!

This exclusive set is available only through the month of January and only while supplies last.

To purchase this set, you can click here, or email me by clicking here with any questions.  Each month, I have a "Mystery Hostess Party" set up.  

Every order placed is entered into my drawing for free products. You smply placing your order and "join" that party - no other steps are necessary.  I will notify the winner at the end of the month.

Thanks so much for stopping by - have a wonderfully crafty day!


Lucy




Monday, January 4, 2016

Beloved Bouquet

Happy New Year Crafters!

Can you believe it's already 2016??!?  I hope your holidays went well and you were able to spend time with your loved ones.  My husband and I took a "mini staycation" and spent time at home uninterrupted by work and the outside world. It was just wonderful.


Well with a new month comes a brand new Stamp of the Month from Close to My Heart.  This month our stamp set is called "Beloved Bouquet".  It is a set of 14 stamps which includes 7 sentiments!



The sentiments are:


"You mean so much to me"
"Thinking of you"
"Happy Valentine's Day"
"Love You!"
"Hugs, kisse & Valentine wishes"
"Wishing you all the happiest things in life, all the best of everything"
"Love is not a matter of counting the years, it's a matter of making the years count!"


Here's a card made using the stamp set:


Isn't that lovely?

This stamp set is very versatile - obviously it can be used for those Valentine's Day projects you are working on but even after that holiday, it can be used in your crafty projects.

Think about Mother's Day projects, wedding or shower projects, etc.

If you would like some other project ideas, please check out this blog hop by my fellow CTMH consultants.  I wasn't able to participate this month so if you click on this link here, you will definitely be inspired by all the amazing artwork.

To purchase this stamp set, you can click here, or email me by clicking here with any questions.  Each month, I have a "Mystery Hostess Party" set up.  

Every order placed is entered into my drawing for free products. You smply placing your order and "join" that party - no other steps are necessary.  I will notify the winner at the end of the month.

Thanks so much for stopping by - have a wonderfully crafty day!

Lucy 







Sunday, November 29, 2015

You Are Invited

to a special Cyberweek Sale with Close to My Heart!  



That's right - a FULL week of cyber specials!

We have thirty-nine (39) products included in our sale - ALL come from our CURRENT Idea Books! 

What ?!?!?

Yup, you heard me - these 39 products are yours for 25% off the retail price!  

AND that includes our exclusive Cricut Artfully Sent Collection!!

Here's a list of all the products that will be available:

Z3111 Base & Bling Snowflake Charm—Faux Gold
Z3112 Base & Bling Jingle Bell—Faux Gold
Z3135 Base & Bling Snowflake Charm—Faux Silver
Z3136 Base & Bling Jingle Bell—Faux Silver
Z3138 Base & Bling Red Bead Charm—Faux Gold
Z3139 Base & Bling Red Bead Charm—Faux Silver
Z3180 Picture My Life™ Going Places Scrapbooking Program
Z3147 Cut Above™ Dapper Giraffe Card Kit
Z2028 Designer Creations Short Stack Album
Z2036 Designer Creations Slate Paper Bags
Z2037 Designer Creations Lagoon Paper Bags
Z2038 Designer Creations Ruby Paper Bags
Z2039 Designer Creations Honey Paper Bags
Z2049 Designer Creations Cupcake Box
Z2050 Designer Creations Takeout Box
Z2053 Designer Creations Buttoned Bag
Z1838 5" x 7" Hinged Display Tray
Z1750 Designed Décor Display Tray
Z2006 Designed Décor Red Magnetic Chalkboard
Z2015 Designed Décor Black Shadow Box
Z2016 Designed Décor Colonial White Shadow Box
Z1833 My Creations™ Kraft Container
Z1871 My Creations™ Kraft 3-Ring Album
Z1953 My Creations™ Journaling Cards Box
Z1956 My Creations™ Hip Pics Album
Z3043 My Creations™ Black Mini Book
Z3044 My Creations™ Kraft Mini Book
Z3069 My Creations™ Mini Mix Album
Z3137 My Creations™ Pint-Sized Container
Z3168 Cricut® Artfully Sent Collection
Z1476 4 ¼" x 5 ½" White Daisy Envelopes
Z1477 5" x 7" White Daisy Envelopes
Z1478 6" x 6" White Daisy Envelopes
Z1756 3" x 3" Colonial White Envelopes
Z1757 4 ¼" x 5 ½" Colonial White Envelopes
Z1758 5" x 7" Colonial White Envelopes
Z1759 6" x 6" Colonial White Envelopes
Z1851 Scallop Border Punch

Z1997 Triangle Border Punch

The sale begins at 9:00 AM (MST) tomorrow November 30th and runs through Friday, December 4, 2015 at 4:00 PM (MST).

While Close to My Heart does anticipate having sufficient quantities for the life of the sale, all items are still considered "while supplies last".  Any items on the qualifying list may be removed from availability at any point during the sale at the company's discretion.

If you anticipate putting in an order that reaches the $150 level, please contact me personally so that I can set up a "Gathering" in your name and you can earn Hostess Rewards for FREE product.  I will also be including a FREE gift (or two) for those who place an order of $150 or more! You can email me by clicking here.

As always, please do not hesitate emailing or calling me with any questions you may have.

Have a wonderfully crafty day!
Lucy

Friday, November 20, 2015

Creative Live!

Good Morning Crafters!

Today is the day!  Today we are joining Creative Live for a crafty event featuring Close to My Heart!

Woohoo!!

Here is the link to join us:  Creative Live.  It's free to join - all you need to do is create a FREE account and you are part of the crafty party today!

We will be working on several crafty projects that you can follow along with. There will also be giveaways! 

So stay tuned and craft on!

Have a wonderfully crafty day!

Lucy

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Who Likes to Color?

I do!  I do!

Good Morning Crafters!

I don't know about you but I LOVE to color!  So much so, that I have, in the past, many times bought coloring books AND bought a brand new box of Crayola crayons.

It's always so soothing to just sit and color.  I don't know if you have noticed recently but "adult" coloring books have become very, very popular.  There have been posts all over social media and a large number of coloring books available for purchase.

I recently bought a book for a friend (AND one for me of course!)  She has already started coloring and shared some of the pictures with me.  Too fun!

Here's a link on Amazon with some of the "adult" coloring books you can purchase.  And if you have a Prime account, you can get free, expedited shipping!

Just click here:  coloring books for adults.

One of the coloring books I have is actually "Playful Patterns" by Susan Bloomenstein - you can see it by clicking here:
  


I sometimes color in it using Crayola crayons and sometimes I color in it using our Watercolor Pencils.

So, do you like to color?  It's really relaxing.

Have a wonderfully crafty day!
Lucy

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Halloween Mini Album

Good Morning Crafters!

Halloween is right around the corner - only 55 days away!

I wante to share with you a fun little mini album I made using our exclusive Artiste Cricut cartridge.

When I was at our convention this summer, consultants were asked to participate in our Consultant Creativity Showcase. 

We were given a table with space to display our crafty products.

One of the crafty items I showed was this album: 








Cute right?  

When I first saw this image in the Artiste Cricut cartridge pamphlet, I saw that it was supposed to be a gift box of some kind.

Honestly, though it is a cute little box, I just didn't think I would use it that way.

So, I decided to make it a mini album!  I added some of our mini flip flaps to add images or pictures.

The paper used is our retired Scaredy Cat paper and coordinating complements.

You can find the image on page 40.  I cut the box and lid at 5".  I cut two of the boxes and then attached them to each other.  They then rolled up into the box that fit perfectly in the lid.

I thought this was a great way to think "outside of the box".  Get it???  

I definitely want to go back through this cartridge (and other cartridges that have boxes) and see how I can create mini albums out of them as well.

Have you created anything "out of the box" lately?

Have a wonderfully crafty day!

Lucy



Saturday, September 5, 2015

National Stamping Month

Good Morning Crafters!

Did you know September was National Stamping Month?  Well it is here at Close to My Heart!

Check out the video below to learn more:




I'm loving these stamp sets.  They are exclusive C-size and only $13.95 each!  You can purchase all three stamp sets for only $34.95.

To get your own Hello Life stamp set (or all 3!), just click here.

If you have any questions, you can post a comment below or email me by clicking here.

Have a wonderfully crafty day!

Lucy


Friday, September 4, 2015

Mini Organizer

Good Morning Crafters!

Can you believe it's already September??

With the new month comes our new Annual Inspirations Idea Book with all kinds of crafty goodness!

One of my favorite new items is our My Acrylix Mini Stamp Organizer.  Here's a picture of it:


Now this organizer was made specifically for our mini stamp sets - you know the "M" size ones.  They are so stinkin' cute!

Well, I have a LOT of our mini stamp sets and though this holder does hold 28 of them, believe it or not, I actually have MORE than that.  After all, there are 26 Monogram stamp sets.

I actually use one of our medium organizers to store most of my mini stamp sets:


You can see how they fit by checking out my prior blog post about it by clicking here.

Sooooo, I put a couple of the mini stamps that I use regularly in the mini organizer AND I can also store a bunch of my Shimmer Trim tapes, Washi Tapes, etc. See below:



They fit in perfectly!  Don't you just love it when you can find multi-uses for something?

What do you multi-purpose?  Would love to hear from you and learn more. 

If you have any questions, or would like to purchase any of the products I've talked about above, just click here or email me by clicking here.

Have a wonderfully crafty day!

Lucy







Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Design Principles

Good Morning Crafters!

I wanted to share with you a post that is on the Make It From Your Heart blog sponsored by Close to My Heart.

It's about the four design principles to creating.  Now you may or may not already know them.  In fact, you may already be using them and not even realize they are in fact "design principles."

The principles are:

pattern
unity
variety
balance

Here's a scrapbook layout that reflects the use of these principles:



Isn't that a cute layout?  Check out the entire blog post by clicking here.

In that post, not only will you get an explanation for the four design principles I listed above but you will also get the "recipe" for the two page layout, including the specifics on cutting the borders used in the layou with our exclusive Cricut Artbooking cartridge.

As always, please let me know if I can answer any questions for you.  You can post a question below or email me by clicking here.

Have a wonderfully crafty day!

Lucy



Saturday, August 15, 2015

Christmas in August - Day 15

Crafters!

This is it!  The last day of my Christmas in July Christmas card series:



Another cute but simple card.  I used my Corner Rounder to round the edges.

The background is Cranberry cardstock.  I stamped some snowflakes in Cranberry ink around the edges -- some "tone on tone" stamping.

The "Merry & Oh So Bright" card came from our retiring My Crush Holiday Happenings Assortment pack.

Thanks so much for visiting me for my 15 card series for "Christmas in July".

I hope I was, at the least, able to inspire you to get YOUR Christmas cards started earlier this year.  Honestly, it's the best feeling knowing I already have 15 finished!

Have a wonderfully crafty day!

Lucy


Friday, August 14, 2015

Christmas in August - Day 14

Good Morning Crafters!

Well, we're getting close to the end -- we're at Day 14!  Just one more day left!

Here is today's card:



For today's card, I used a sponge dauber and edged the card with Cranberry ink.

All of the pieces in this card came from our retiring My Crush Holiday Happenings Assortment pack.

I just LOVE the checklist - so fun!

Have a wonderfully crafty day!

Lucy

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Christmas in August - Day 13

Good morning crafters!



For today's card, I added some stamping.  I stamped this sentiment from our retiring Snowhaven Workshop on the Go kit.

I stamped the sentiment "I love good cheer and a joyous new year" using Topiary ink.

The card "HAPPY HOLIDAYS" comes from our retiring My Crush Holiday Assortments pack.

Hope you are making some headway on your Christmas cards this year.  I tell you, getting some done early feels really good.

Have a wonderfully crafty day!

Lucy

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Christmas in August - Day 12

Happy Holidays Crafters!

It's here!  Day #12 of my Christmas in July cards:



Surprised?  Bet you were expecting something in red again.

Today I went with a Glacier color theme.  I really like these colors together.

The background paper came from our retiring Snowhaven pack.


The mini cards came from our retiring My Crush Holiday Happenings Assortment pack.

I hope you enjoyed today's card - have a wonderfully crafty day!

Lucy  

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Christmas in August - Day 11

Good Morning Crafters!

I hope you are having a great day.  Working on Christmas projects always puts me in a good mood.

Today I show you card #11:



I used a combination of the card pieces and stickers from our retiring My Crush Holiday Happenings Assortment pack.

The black background comes from our retiring Snowhaven paper pack.  I even put a mini card inside the envelope on the front of my card.

I like the contrast in this card - darks with lights and more traditional Christmas colors.

I hope you enjoyed today's card - have a wonderfully crafty day!

Lucy


Monday, August 10, 2015

Christmas in August - Day 10

Good Morning Crafters!

It's another beautiful day here in Southern California and I'm happy to show you card #10 in my "Christmas in July" series of cards:



This is one of my favorites of the fifteen cards I have made in this series.

I just love a pretty red color in my Christmas projects and our Cranberry cardstock works just beautifully with this card.

The backgroup paper is from our retiring Snowhaven paper. I cut a piece of Whisper cardstock, another color that is coordinating.

The "Oh What Fun" card came from our retiring My Crush Holiday Happenings Assortment pack.

Thanks for stopping by -- would love to see what everyone else is creating for Christmas.

Have a wonderfully crafty day!

Lucy