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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Thank You Card and Mojo Monday

5" x 7" card by Karen Pedersen

As you may have noticed, I have really enjoyed playing along with Mojo Monday the past couple of months.  I love that there is a 'starting point' with a great sketch, then I let my imagination run wild.  You should try it sometime!

I am need of lots of thank you cards right now so I decided to use that theme for the card today.  All of the products I used are listed at the bottom of this post with links.  You can purchase these and so many other wonderful products on my website, 24/7. There are two things I used on this card that are retiring on July 31:  The Outdoor Denim Chevron Ribbon and the Jubilee Paper Pack.  So, get 'em while you still can!

Tips and Tidbits from this card:
  • I love the Pirouette Stamp.  There are sooooo many fun things you can do with this set.  One of them I did on this card. I stamped it 3 times then cut out different parts of the stamp and layered them.  This gorgeous stamp is approx. 4" in diameter and is only $9.95 (US).  What a deal!
  • Sanding: I love that Close To My Heart's cardstock has a white core. It makes it so much fun to sand!  Outdoor Denim Cardstock is at the top of my list for this technique. If you sand one direction and then turn your paper and sand again the other direction, it really does look like some nice weathered denim.
  • Colored Sparkles:  Did you notice the blue sparkle accents on the card?  I just took my Clear Sparkles and colored them with a blue sharpie marker. Voila! Your sparkles can be any color you want!
  • Sponge Distressing:  I use our Round Sponge and cut it into 6 wedges (like a pie).  At only $1.25 per sponge, that ends up being .21 for each wedge. I hold on to the wedge at the triangle point and daub it onto a stamp pad on the rounded side.  I then use this to sponge the edges of my cardstock.  For this card I chose Saddle ink. 

I hope you enjoyed this post! Have a great week!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Help Wanted!

Help Wanted! 

The new products and Idea Book don't debut until August 1, but there IS a way to get your hands on some of the new goodies right now!  If you sign up as a Consultant this month, you will get the BRAND NEW Consultant Kit! That's right!  Products from the upcoming catalog are what populate your kit. COOL BEANS!

I am looking for great people who are interested in joining my award winning team, million dollar team.  I would LOVE to have you join my team and experience the joy that Close To My Heart has brought to me over the past 21 1/2 years.  I love my team and we have so much fun together! We are called The Pacemakers, because we keep THE HEART (as in Close To My Heart) pumpin'! 

Close To My Heart has 2 kits to choose from; one is tailored to scrapbookers and the other to card makers.  DOUBLE COOL BEANS!  Each kit is only $99 and is full of over $365 in products! WOWZA!  Definitely TRIPLE COOL BEANS!

To sign up, just click here.  Easy, peasy! If you have any questions, feel free to email or call me (, 801.360.9896). I'd be happy to help you decide if becoming a Close To My Heart Consultant is right for you.

Here are photos of each of the kits:

This kit is tailored for scrapbookers and features the brand new "Chalk It Up" papers and accessories!

This kit is tailored for card makers and features the brand new "Seaside" papers and accessories.


Friday, July 18, 2014

Live Each Day Card and Mojo Monday

4 1/4" x 5 1/2" card by Karen Pedersen

Remember my last post when I listed all of the products retiring on July 31? If not, check it out! Well, in the retiring spirit, today I thought I'd share a card I made with one of my very favorite retiring paper packets, Sarita! Get her while you can!  I also used the retiring matching Sarita MyStickease and accented with a few things that are not retiring: Purple Glitter Gems and some pieces I cut out from the My Crush Memories Assortment (I love using these little assortments for accents on scrapbook pages and cards!).  I also sponged the edges of everything with a Round Sponge and Saddle Ink.  I've included a product list with links at the end of the post in case you see anything you must have (like Sarita!).

Here's a close up:

I used this sketch from this week's Mojo Monday (#354) as the inspiration for my card and went to town.

You can order these or any Close To My Heart products on my website...24/7!  Remember that when you spend $50 (before shipping and tax) in July, you get this darling July Stamp of the Month for only $5 ($17.95 value).

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Get 'em While You Can! Close To My Heart Products Retiring July 31

July 31 is just around the corner and MANY (hundreds) of our current products are retiring to make room for the new.  You have until July 31 (or while supplies last, whichever comes first) to order these products.  You can order 24/7 on my website. I have listed everything that is retiring below with links to each of the products so you can easily order on my site.  The products that are already sold out are in red with a line across them.  Happy Shopping!

Z1789 Chalkboard 12" x 12" Sheet, Adhesive Backed
Z1832 Spinner
Z1843 Irresistibles Frames
Z1844  Color-Ready Trinkets, Wooden Shapes
Z1858  Irresistibles Hexagons
Z1863 Color-Ready Midtown Cork Shapes
Z1039 Create-a-Shade Pearl Paint
Z1825 Keyboard Kraft Alphabet
Z1961 Marqee Enamel Shapes - White
Z1891 Base & Bling Teal Jewels
Z1892 Base & Bling Black Jewels
Z1893 Base & Bling Red Jewels
Z1894 Base & Bling Pink Jewels
Z18895 Base & Bling Purple Jewels
Z1837 Mini-Medley Accents Wood Collection
Z1702 Baker's Twine Paradise Assortment
Z1751  Harvest Baker's Twine
Z1760 Burlap Ribbon
Z1808 Outdoor Denim Chevron Ribbon
Z1817 Slate Polka-Dot Washi Tape
Z1867 Jute Ribbon
Z1917 Lagoon Zipper Lace
Z1930 Chocolate Woodgrain Washi Tape
Z1911 Designed Decor Frame Kit
Z1874 Base & Bling Necklace
Z1875 Base & Bling Cuff
Z1876 Base & Bling Hair Clips
Z1877 Base & Bling Rings
Z1878 Base & Bling Headband
Z1195 My Creations Memory Showcase 6" x 6"
Z1647 My Creations Card Box
Z1797 My Creations Bracket Frame
Z1868 My Creations Ring Box
Z1870 My Creations Kraft Pocket Album
X1404 TrueFit Folios
Z1820 For Always Textiles
Z1885 Sarita Textiles
Z1970 Skylark Textiles
Z1971 Jubilee Textiles
1514 Tombow Adhesive
1515 Tombow Adhesive Refill
Z1311 Circle Punch (1 1/4")
Z338 Euro Personal Trimmer
Z1114 Piercing Tool Kit

12" x 12" Albums:
Z1343 12" x 12" Post Bound Cranberry
Z1244 12" x 12" Post Bound Hollyhock
Z1345 12" x 12" Post Bound Black
Z1348 Work In Progress Album  Chocolate

My Reflections Papers, Complements and Workshops:
Z3002 Ariana Assortment
X7179C Ariana Dimensional Elements
G1074  Ariana Workshop on the Go
X7179B Ariana Paper Packet
Z1869 Babycakes Assortment
X7173C Babycakes Complements MyStickease
X7173B Babycakes Paper Packet
Z3003 Balloon Ride Assortment
X7180C Balloon Ride Dimensional Elements
G1075 Ballon Ride Workshop on the Go
X7180B Balloon Ride Paper Packet
Z3001 Ivy Lane Assortment
G1073 Ivy Lane Workshop on the Go
X7178C Ivy Lane Complements MyStickease
X7178B  Ivy Lane Paper Packet
G1079  Ivy Lane Workshop on the Go
Z3004 Jubilee Assortment
X7181C Jubilee Dimensional Elements
G1076 Jubilee Workshop on the Go
X7181B Jubilee Paper Packet
Z1854 Laughing Lola Assortment
X7170C Laughing Lola Dimensional Elements
X7170B Laughing Lola Paper Packet
Z3006 Lollydoodle Assortment
X7183B Lollydoodle Paper Packet
X7183C Lollydoodle Complements
G1078 Lollydoodle Workshop on the Go
G1080 Lollydoodle Cardmaking Workshop on the Go
Z1879 ProPlayer Assortment
X7172B ProPlayer Paper Packet
X7172C ProPlayer MyStickease
Z1873 Sarita Assortment
X7171C Sarita MyStickease
X7171B Sarita Paper Packet
Z3000 Skylark Assortment
X7177C Skylark Dimensional Elements
G1072 Skylark Workshop on the Go
X7177B Skylark Paper Packet
Z3005 Timberline Assortment
G1077 Timberline Workshop on the Go
X7182C Timberline MyStickease
X7182B Timberline Paper Packet

Exclusive Colors:  Cardstock, Stamp Pads, Re-Inkers, Markers
Creme Brulee

Exclusive Colors Markers:
ALL Current Alcohol Markers are being retired
Z2500 Whimsy Mini Pigment Set
Z4133 Marker Tower
X5936 Whimsy Cardstock Combo
Z1801 Alcohol Blending Marker

Stamp Sets:
A1130  Quick Cards - Bountiful Season
A1143 Teddy Bear Birthday
A1144 Birthday Cheer
A1145 Flowering Thanks
A1158 Doodle Signs
A1160 This Is Good
B1407 School is Here
B1411 Greek Alphabet
B1425 Stitched with Love
B1426 Pick a Posy
B1446 Some Bunny
B1447 A Mother's Love
B1448 My Hero
B1451  Enjoy the Little Things
C1473 Remarkable Wreath
C1510 Merry & Bright
C1524 Words of Comfort
C1555 Count Your Blessings
C1563 Cityscape
D1483 Glory To God
D1514 Just a Number
D1551 Swirls Around
D1557 Candyland
D1564 Maximum Power
D1583 Unicorn Dreams

Monday, July 14, 2014

August Play Group Scrappin' Class Layouts (Skylark)

 It's time to unveil the lovely layouts we will be making in my August  Play Group Scrappin' Classes using the Skylark papers from Close To My Heart. You can participate in person or long-distance.  If you want to attend a class and participate in person, I need your order no later than July 30. If you are participating long-distance, you have until July 10 to get your orders to me.   (801.360.9896, 
The Skylark papers are classy and gorgeous with a hint of fun flavor.  I love that they can be for beautiful, classic photos, or even swimming photos, depending on what you have. They are so versatile.  I've used them for a little of everything. 
Dates and Times in August to choose from to attend in person:

Thursday evening, August 7 from 7-10 pm in Pleasant Grove, UT    
Friday morning, August 8 from 10 am - 1 pm in American Fork, UT

After the layout photos, you'll find the shopping list. In order to participate you are only required to purchase the Basic Kit, but you are more than welcome to purchase the Better or Best, or add a few of those items to your Basic Kit.  You'll see kit totals along with the shopping list.

Feel free to click on any image to see it larger and in more detail.  For each layout I have included the layout with photos, without photos, and some detail shots. You might also notice that on the layouts without the photos I have listed the size of each mat for your convenience in choosing and cropping your photos (except the green one on the right side of layout 1. I forgot to label that one. It's 6 1/4" x 4 1/4").  

Layout #1 - Imprint on my Heart:
Layout 1 with photos

Layout 1 without photos

Layout 1 journaling
Layout 1 detail 1

Layout 1 detail 2

Layout 1 detail 3

Layout #2 - Live in the Moment:
Layout 2 with photos

Layout 2 without photos

Layout 2 journaling

Layout 2 detail 1

Layout 2 detail 2

Layout #3 - Today: 
Layout 3 with photos

Layout 3 without photos

Layout 3 journaling 1

Layout 3 journaling 2

Layout 3 detail 1

Layout 3 detail 2

Layout 3 detail 3

Shopping List:  Don't forget that you are only required to purchase the Basic Kit to participate.  Anything above and beyond that is totally up to you. I  have included photos and links to each of the products we are using at the bottom of this post for your convenience.

Basic Kit (this is all that you are required to purchase to participate) 

  • Skylark Workshop on the Go Kit (includes: Workshop Stamp Set,  Skylark Paper Pack, 3 extra sheets of Cardstock {2 Whisper and 1 White Daisy},  Skylark Assortment, Slate Striped Twist Ties, Instructional Brochure)
  • 3 extra sheets of White Daisy Cardstock
  • Karen's Cutting Guide
Kit total value: $42.49
 Total including shipping and tax for those attending my classes in person:  $36
Total including shipping and tax for long-distance participants:  $41
Total if you want me to cut your paper for you: add $5 to your total

Better Kit = Basic Kit + the following products (I recommend this kit!)

  • Skylark Complements Dimensional Elements
  • My Crush Favorites Assortment
  • Teal Shimmer Trim
  • Round Sponge
  • Sanding Kit
Total including shipping and tax for those attending my classes in person:  $59*
Total including shipping and tax for long-distance participants:  $64
Total if you want me to cut your paper for you:  add $5 to your total  

Best Kit* = Basic Kit + Better Kit + the following products

  • Slate Pad (for stamping and distressing)
  • Desert Sand Pad (for distressing)
Total including shipping and tax for those attending my classes in person:  $71
Total including shipping and tax for long-distance participants:  $76
Total if you want me to cut your paper for you:  add $5 to your total   

Other tools you will need to complete your kit:

  • Scissors
  • Paper Trimmer
  • Adhesives (I recommend tombow adhesive, glue dots and 3D Foam Tape)
*Purchase in July and at this purchase level ($50 or more) you qualify for the July Stamp of the Month (Circus Alphabet - $17.95 value) at only $5.


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