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Monday, January 30, 2012

2 More Days To Take Advantage of GREAT Scrapbooking Specials Before January 31

Livvi Maren

Street Frederick

Hello, everyone!  I'm still here in Chicago enjoying every moment with our daughter, Kori, her hubby, Rick, their daughter, Daci and their brand new twins, Street and Livvi.  They are the sweetest babies since...well, since Daci. :)  I had to share a photo of each of them today.  How cute are they?  Don't worry, you don't need to answer. I already know!  Tee hee. Leaving in a week is going to be so bittersweet. I miss my family at home so much, but leaving this sweet family in Chicago will break my heart.

With tomorrow being the last day of the month, I wanted to quickly remind you that there are MANY dozens of wonderful items that will be retiring as of midnight of January 31 (MST).  You can see the list and links to the products here.  This Cranberry Grosgrain Ribbon is one of them, and a product that I use a TON!

You also have until that same time, midnight on January 31 (MST) to take advantage of the January specials with Close To My Heart.  You can be reminded of what they are here.

The January Stamp of the Month is one of them. How awesome is this card created by my friend and downline, Lynette Kankamp?  Perfect invitation!  I love this Stamp of the Month and it can be yours for only $5 with a $50 purchase this month.

Lastly, there have been many items (especially Christmas and Halloween items) added to the "While Supplies Last" portion of my website, many more than 80% off retail prices. They are available while supplies last.  This "Mistletoe" pack of paper is one of them. It's beautiful and at  61% off (only $5!), it's a bargain. That's $5 for 10 sheets of cardstock and 12 sheets of two-sided patterned paper.  That averages out to only about .23 per sheet. WOW!

Happy end of January!  I hope yours has been as full of joy as mine has.


Wednesday, January 25, 2012

January Scrapbooking Specials...Only SIX Days Left

Hello from cold Chicago, everyone.  Heavens to Betsy! It is cold and snows at home in Utah all the time, but there is something about windy and humid Chicago cold and snow that just bite through you to the bone. I guess it's a good thing I am spending 90% of my time snuggled up with the brand new twins and my 2 1/2 year old granddaughter as well. It  sure is going to be hard to leave them all when my time is up.  I am missing Dan and Dawson terribly though, so I guess there will be some pull to head back to Utah when it's time.

Today, I am sharing another piece of artwork done with the AWESOME Close To My Heart January Stamp of the Month. This gorgeous and oh-so-creative piece of art was created by my friend and downline, Yvonne W.  Yvonne is so talented and she outdid herself with creativity on this door hanger.  The black square and circle are painted with chalkboard paint.  The pocket holds a sticky note pad and a piece of chalk. The circle at the bottom is a calendar. The month rotates with the cute jute handle and the days can be circled with chalk.   Brilliant, Yvonne!  There is a products used list at the very end of this post complete with links to the CTMH products that Yvonne used for your convenience.

I also wanted to remind you of the awesome January specials as well as the items that will be retiring on January 31 at the latest. If they run out before then, they are gone. Get 'em while you still can.

Before I move on to that, I just HAD to share a couple of photos of my daughter and her beautiful family. I have LOVED being here in the Chicago to enjoy every little moment with her and her hubby, Rick, as well as these new twins and my little Daci.  I'm not a proud grandma in the least.
Rick, Kori, Livvi, Street and Daci

Street and Livvi
Here is the down low on the specials. Don't forget that they all end on January 31...

1.  Close To My Heart Retiring Products:  You can see the list here. I have also included links to each item in that post so you can see each product and easily add it to your cart if you wish.

2.  January Stamp of the Month:  As you can tell by the many posts I have shared this month featuring artwork made with this awesome set, I absolutely LOVE this set.  It's only $5 ($17.95 value) with a $50 order.  Read more about how to get it here.

3.  Rock the Block:  This stamp set and block set (value of over $45) are yours for only $15 with a $25 order.  Wow! So, if you order $50 or more (before shipping and tax), then the Stamp of the Month is only $5 and the "Rock the Block" kit is only $15!  That's over $112 worth of products for only $70.  What a bargain. Read more about the "Rock the Block" promotion here.

4.  A Perfect 10:  January is FREE layout month for Studio J members.  For every 9 custom-printed Studio J layouts you buy, you'll receive the 10th layout free. To receive the discount, just add 10 or more layouts to your card. You'll see a discount reflected in your order total. And you can totally take advantage of this promotion by ordering multiples of 10.  Buy 9, get 1 free. Buy 18, get 2 free.  Buy 27 and get 3 free. And so on!  If you're not a member yet, NOW is a GREAT time to join!  To access your account, or to set up a new one and purchase a membership, just go to my website (, click on "Studio J" and go from there.  Easy, peasy, lemon squeasy!

Close To My Heart products used on door hanger: January Stamp of the Month, Elemental Level 2 Paper Pack, Bamboo Cardstock, Colonial White Cardstock, CTMH/Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge (to make the pocket door hanger), Desert Sand Pad, Pacifica Pad, White Daisy Pad, Round Sponge.

Freezing in Chicago,

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Operation Smile Mission Trip

I hope you'll take the time to read today's post. This is something that is amazing that I would love to share with each of you.

Close To My Heart has been a large contributor to Operation Smile for years. I love this charity and the amazing life-changing acts it performs. There have even been years when, just by asking my customers to round up their purchase total to the next dollar, we have collectively paid for one whole surgery. It's that easy!

My monthly Play Group members all contribute and I love that they are willing to donate a few dimes or pennies with each order. I'd like to encourage you to take just a few quick minutes (4 minutes and 32 seconds to be exact) to watch this wonderful video about what Operation Smile does and how Close To My Heart helps.

Close To My Heart is offering something WONDERFUL to us as consultants. Whichever consultant raises the most money for Operation Smile (100% of donations go straight to Operation Smile) over the next 3 months gets to go on a mission trip and assist in a surgery. What a wonderful experience that would be!

The video below explains how you can donate. If you are not ordering on my website or through me, but would still like to contribute to Operation Smile, please just give me a call or email (801.360.9896, and I'll be happy to make your donation.

Operation Smile is an amazing charity that changes lives in one short hour! After watching our daughter give birth to two perfect little babies this week, it made me so grateful that they got here safely and are whole and healthy. Every mother wants that for her children. Through Operation Smile, so many mothers are able to watch their children become whole and healthy, unencumbered by a handicap that is very visible and affects their lives in so many ways.     

Thanks to all of my customers who so generously support Operation Smile each month.  Thanks in advance to any of you who choose to donate after reading this post and watching the video.

Freezing in Chicago,

Friday, January 20, 2012

Baby Gift Tags with Close To My Heart's January Stamp of the Month and NEW BABIES!

They're here!  They're here! They're here!  The twins are officially HERE!

Yesterday was a miraculous day and I was so honored to be there with Kori and Rick.  Livvi Maren (on the left) entered the world at 1:16 pm and weighed in at 6 lbs. 3 oz. and was 19" long.  Street Frederick (on the right) followed 9 minutes later at 1:25 pm, weighed 6 lbs. 8 oz. and was 19 1/2" long.

Excuse the blurry photo.  Grandma Karen (that would be me) brought all her camera stuff and forgot her camera card.  I didn't just leave it at Kori and Rick's house...I left it on my desk in Utah. UGH! Thankfully my daughter was trained well (even though her mother is forgetful) and had everything needed in her camera bag and we got some beautiful pictures. I will share those when they are home from the hospital and I have access to those photos. This one will have to suffice in the meantime. It's pretty sad because I had to take it with my cell phone.  I think you can still tell how beautiful the babies are.  I'm in love!

You should have seen sweet little Daci as she met them for the first time. Precious! She colored them each a picture and couldn't wait to give them to her brand new brother and sister.  Her mommy and daddy presented her with a beautiful little necklace that had two charms on it; one said "Daci" and the other said "Big Sister."  She felt so special.

I made these little gift tags to go on the outfits I bought Livvi and Street with the wonderful January Stamp of the Month. I have had so much fun playing with this set.

Don't forget that special and the other two this month.  Just click on these links for more information about each. There are only 11 more days until these specials are history. Also, be sure to check out my last post about the brand new clearance items that have just been added to my website as well.

1. January Stamp of the Month
2.  Rock the Block

3.  A Perfect 10

Freezing in Chicago,

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

NEW Christmas and Halloween Papercrafting Clearance Items

Greetings from the windy city. My mom and I have been having such a wonderful time here visiting with Kori and her family.  The twins come tomorrow!

Don't miss it!  Brand new Christmas and Halloween items (including this AWESOME Halloween paper kit called "Hooligans") have been added to the "While Supplies Last" portion of my website.  As the name implies, when they're gone, they're gone. Get 'em while you still can!  Just click on the link and start shopping.  Conveniently, you can shop on my website 24/7...even in your jammies!

The awesome new items just added range from 60 - 80% off their regular prices. For instance, this paper kit (including 12 sheets of B&T duos and 10 sheets of cardstock) retails for $12.95 but is yours for only $3, while supplies last.  That's 77% off retail. WOWZA!


P.S. It's freezing here in Chicago and it's supposed to be a high of 16 degrees tomorrow for the birth of the babies.  YIKES!

Sunday, January 15, 2012


Chicago at night
This is it. Today is the day!  WOO HOO! Today is the day that I get to fly to Chicago to be there for our daughter and her hubby to help with Daci and the twins, who will be making their grand entrance into the world any day now.  Wasn't it kind of them to wait for me to get there? I'm so excited. I'm even more excited that my mom is coming to help too...four generations all together!  I just wish Dan-the-Man could have come too, but someone had to stay home and work.  I'm glad it wasn't me. lol.

It would have also been so much fun if my grandmother could have joined us. Can you believe we have five generations still living? Amazing, I think. Here is photo of the five generations when Daci was just a few months old. I hope that we will be able to get another 5 generation photo before the twins get too old!
5 generations
I will be posting from Chicago, but probably not as often as usual. Trust me, I will definitely post when the twins are born.

Until then......Au Revoir!

Friday, January 13, 2012

February Play Group Projects: Layouts with Elemental

Before you start reading, be sure you check out Wednesday's post here to see all of the Close To My Heart products that will be retiring on January 31. Be sure to get your favorites before they are gone!

I know February Play Group Classes are still a bit of time away (Feb. 21 or Feb. 23) but I am about to head out to Chicago for a few weeks to help my daughter with her twins (which should be arriving any day now) and wanted to be sure and have this post up before I left.  You can still reach me by phone and email while I'm gone. Don't take this as an invitation to come and rob my home. There will still be people here.  So there!

On to the Play Group Information: You can participate in person at one of my classes, long-distance, or host a class of your own...I need to hear from you no later than Wednesday, February 15 if you want to participate).  We will be making three 2-page 12" x 12" layouts that are so versatile they can be used for almost anything. Just change the titles to whatever fits your photos!  Here are the layouts (click on any photo to see it larger and in more detail). I've shared the details of the class, the kits, and how to participate after the photos. If you are not familiar with my Play Group classes, scroll down the left side of my blog until you find the section called "Play Group Information" and read away!  Enjoy!

Layout #1: "Life's Everyday Moments" (inspired by the Close To My Heart Art Department)

Layout #2: "Girls Retreat" (inspired by the "Juggling Act" pattern in Close To My Heart's AWESOME "Magic" Scrapbooking How-To book.

Layout #3: "Sweet Child" (inspired by layout on page 29 of the Autumn/Winter 2011 Idea Book)

In February we are using the oh-so-versatile kit called "Elemental"for our three 2-page 12" x 12" layouts.

Class Dates and Times to choose from:
Tuesday, Feb. 21, 10 am - 1 pm (this class is in American Fork, UT)
Thursday, Feb. 21, 10 am -1 pm (this class is in American Fork, UT)
Thursday, Feb. 23, 7-10 pm (this class is in Pleasant Grove, UT)

You can also host this workshop in your home (in Utah) with your friends during the month of February and earn FREE hostess rewards (free CTMH shopping spree!) while you do it. If you are interested in doing that, please contact me (801.360,9896, and I'll give you all the details.

You can also participate in this workshop long-distance. If you choose to do so, just add $5 to the cost of whichever kit you choose for the extra shipping.  I suggest if you are participating long-distance that you at least order the "Better Kit", and any stamp pads we are using that you don't already have.  If you participate long distance, I am happy to stamp the items using stamp sets that aren't in the kit for you since you probably won't have the stamp pads and alphabet stamp (unless you order the "Best Kit"). That is my little gift to you if you participate long-distance.

Remember, in order to attend, you only need to purchase the Basic Kit. Anything above and beyond that is totally up to you. This month, I suggest you consider the Better Kit. The few items I've added there make a huge difference to your pages. If you already have any of the items in the Better or Best kits, just bring them with you to class.

Elemental Play Group Shopping List (for your convenience, I have linked each product to it's page on my website so you can see them)

Basic Kit
  • Elemental Workshop on the Go Kit (includes Workshop Stamp Set, Elemental Level 2 Paper Pack, Just Blooms Flutter Paper Shapes, Antiqued Copper Designer Brads, Instructional Brochure, 2 extra sheets of Colonial White Cardstock)
  • Karen's Cutting Guide
  • 2 extra sheets of Colonial White Cardstock
  • 2 extra sheets of Creme Brulee Cardstock
Subtotal:  $32.35
Total with Shipping and Tax: $37.12

Better Kit = Basic Kit + the following products:
Subtotal: $49.20
Total with Shipping and Tax: $56.45

Best Kit = Basic and Better Kits + the following products:
Subtotal: $84.15
Total with Shipping and Tax: $96.52

To close, I thought I'd share a photo of our sweet daughter, Kori, who is pregnant with twins and due any day now.  That is who I am flying to Chicago to help. With twins and an almost 3-year old, I think she and her hubby might need a little help.  Don't you? I think she is beautiful!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

19 Year Anniversary with Close To My Heart


No, I'm not yelling. I'm just excited!

I just celebrated my 19th year anniversary of being a Consultant with Close To My Heart.  I am not sure how that is possible since I am only 24 (HA!).  Close To My Heart helped me celebrate by sending this beautiful, hand-made card along with a note and signatures from the Executive Team.  How cool is it to be part of a company that truly does value it's "heart" and soul, the consultants. I love this company and can't imagine life without it.

Close To My Heart products used on this card (click on any product to see it and/or add it to your cart):  Hooray Bouquet Stamp Set, CTMH/Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge, Elemental Level 2 Paper Pack, Roxie Level 2 Paper Pack, Chocolate Cardstock, Coloinal White Cardstock, Goldrush Cardstock, Cocoa Ribbon, Smoothie Stamp Pad, Chocolate Stamp Pad, Pink Brad Assortment, 3D Foam Tape.

Actual size of the stamp set carrier sheet is 6" x 6"

 I LOVE the "Hooray Bouquet" stamp set. Not only is it full of fun flowers and sentiments, but many of them are shapes that coordinate with our CTMH/Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge (see photo of the collection below). As you can see on the carrier sheet above, each design that does is outlined and in red. On the actual stamp set, next to each outlined image, it tells you what size to cut the image on your Cricut. Cool Beans! There are dozens of stamp sets just like this one that coordinate with the Art Philosophy Cartridge.
The CTMH/Cricut Art Philosophy Collection includes a cartridge with over700 images, including fonts, shapes, and 3D items; 3 exclusive stamp sets (that coordinate with the shapes); and 3 sheets of 9" x 12" Dimensional Element (chipboard) shapes that also coordinate with the shapes on the cricut!

As if this weren't enough, I just had to share a photo I found yesterday on Facebook of my son. This is before one of his football games (with Southern Utah University) this year as the National Anthem was sung. I never fail to tear up a little during the anthem and I was touched by this photo. Thank you, whoever took it!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Get Them While You Still Can: Close To My Heart Products Retiring Jan. 31

All of these great Close To My Heart products will be retiring on January 31. Be sure to grab your favorites on my website while you still can.

I've tried to make seeing these items and shopping for them as convenient for you as I could.  You can click on each item to view and/or add it to your shopping cart.  While shopping, don't forget to check out the "While Supplies Last" section for great deals on already retired items.  Many of them are as much as 81% off their regular price. WOWZA!

If this weren't enough good news and excitement, I have one more little tidbit for you:  Close To My Heart has now added "Smart Post Shipping" for orders on my website for only $4.95. If your order and weight qualify, you will see that option available as you ready to check out.

Before I share the anticipated retiring list, I wanted to remind you not to forget as you are shopping that there are a couple of specials you may want to add to your order.

1.  The "Rock The Block" special: only $15 ($45 value) with a $25 order. Read more about that here.  You'll be prompted to add this to your order before you check out if you have spent $25.

2.  The January Stamp of the Month (Little Reminder): The beautiful layout you see above was made using that set by my talented friend and downline, Cindy Schmidt.  Thanks, Cindy! I love it!  This awesome stamp set ($17.95 value) is yours this month for only $5 with a $50 order.  Cool Beans! Read more about that here.   You'll be prompted to add it to your order at the end.

January 31, 2012 Retiring List

Paper Collections
Typeset Workshop on the Go (WOTG) Kit - G1024 - $29.95
Roxie WOTG Kit - G1025 - $29.95
Elemental WOTG Kit - G1026 - $29.95
Dreamin' L2 Paper - X7142B - $9.95
Dreamin' My Stickease - X7142C - $4.95
Dreamin' WOTG Kit - G1027 - $29.95
Sonoma WOTG Kit - G1028 - $29.95
Mischief L2 Paper - X7144B - $9.95
Mischief Compliments Rubons - X7144C - $4.95
Mischief WOTG Kit - G1029 - $29.95
Believe L2 Paper - X7145B - $9.95
Believe MyStickease - X7145C - $4.95
Believe WOTG Kit - G1030 - $29.95
Wonderland L2 Paper - X7146B - $9.95
Wonderland MyStickease - GX7146C - $4.95
Wonderland WOTG Kit - G0131 - $29.95
Sophia L2 Paper - X7131B - $12.95
Sophia MyStickease - X7131C - $4.95
Lucky L2 Paper - X7137B - $12.95
Lucky MyStickease - X7137C - $4.95
Fanfare L2 Paper - X7138B - $12.95
Fanfare MyStickease - X7138C - $4.95

Stamp Sets
A Hop - A1112 - $6.95
A Little Buzz - B1353 - $9.95
A Little Everything - D1408 - $17.95
A Love - A1103 - $6.95
A Paisley - A1105 - $6.95
A Posey - A1102 - $6.95
Adoption - A1098 - $6.95
Adorning Corners - D1322 - $17.95
Always in my Heart - A1101 - $6.95
Ambiance - C1349 - $13.95
Around the Block - D1377 - $17.95
Baby Love - B1368 - $9.95
Backgrounds and Borders - D1463 - $17.95
Beary Best - C1363 - $13.95
Beary Busy - C1409 - $13.95
Beautiful Butterflies - B1373 - $9.95
Beautiful Things - D1298 - $17.95
Believe in Your Dreams - B1322 - $9.95
Beloved - B1343 - $9.95
Birthday Blast - C1436 - $13.95
Birthday Boy - C1411 - $13.95
Bless this Nest - C1445 - $13.95
Blooming Layers - C1449 - $13.95
Bon Appetit - D1367 - $17.95
Boom! - B1354 - $9.95
Bunny Love - B1324 - $9.95
Campin' Fever - D1353 - $17.95
Carefree - C1447 - $13.95
Catching Waves - D1466 - $17.95
Charmed - C1385 - $13.95
Cherished Flourishes - D1413 - $17.95
Ciao - D1461 - $17.95
Circle Around - D1300 - $17.95
Circle of Love - D1438 - $17.95
Circle Together - B1372 - $9.95
Connections - D1330 - $17.95
Cruisin' - D1471 - $17.95
Cupcake Sprinkles - D1336 - $17.95
Daydream - D1297 - $17.95
Down By The Sea - C1451 - $13.95
Dream Big - D1399 - $17.95
Dreams Come True - D1470 - $17.95
Enjoy Every Moment - C1395 - $13.95
Extreme Happiness - C1356 - $13.95
Family - C1305 - $13.95
Family Ties - Adult - C1346 - $13.95
Family Ties - Children - C1345 - $13.95
Family Ties - Pet - B1350 - $9.95
Fill in the Blank - D1465 - $17.95
Flower Pot - D1409 - $17.95
For Every Occasion - D1187 - $17.95
Friendship Blessings - D1191 - $17.95
From My Heart - C1443 - $13.95
Fun Times - B1309 - $9.95
Happy Holidays - D1431 - $17.95
Happy Moments - C1437 - $13.95
Hero - D1474 - $17.95
His and Hers - C1460 - $13.95
Horizon - C1454 - $13.95
Hot Diggity - C1407 - $13.95
Howdy - D1435 - $17.95
In the Month of February - C1403 - $13.95
In the Month of March - C1404 - $13.95
In the Month of April - C1405 - $13.95
In the Month of May - C1415 - $13.95
In the Month of June - C14016 - $13.95
In the Month of July - C1417 - $13.95
It's a Zoo - C1360 - $13.95
Just For Boys - C1338 - $13.95
Just For Girls - C1337 - $13.95
Just The Ticket - B1323 - $9.95
Kanji Phrases - C1339 - $13.95
Let's Go Camping - C1355 - $13.95
Little Princess - C1414 - $13.95
Love Always - D1337 - $17.95
Love Birds - C1396 - $13.95
Love Ya - D1460 - $17.95
Magic Tabs - C1448 - $13.95
Makin' Waves - C1365 - $13.95
Ms. Chillin' - D1404 - $17.95
Ms. Scrapbook  -B1352 - $9.95
Notice the Details - D1378 - $17.95
On the Edge - C1399 - $13.95
On This Day - D1468 - $17.95
One of a Kind - D1410 - $17.95
Over The Rainbow - D1426 - $17.95
Paisley Praise - D1414 - $17.95
Piece of Cake - D1407 - $17.95
Play Day - D1360 - $17.95
Post Card - Travel Series - D1357 - $17.95
Precious Love - C1444 - $13.95
Priceless Love Word Puzzle - D1348 - $17.95
Recipe Box - D1364 - $17.95
Retro Tech - C1446 - $13.95
Royal Birth - D1441 - $17.95
Salutation Seals - C1461 - $13.95
Shining Star - D1320 - $17.95
Smiles - C1397  - $13.95
So Lucky - C1390 - $13.95
Soul Mates - D1354 - $17.95
Springtime - D1415 - $17.95
Star Power - D1403 - $17.95
Summer Breeze - C1453 - $13.95
Summer Days - B1375 - $9.95
Sweet Baby  - C1359 - $13.95
Take Luck - B1364 - $9.95
Tasty Treats - D1427 - $17.95
Tea Time - C1438 - $13.95
Thank You - D361 - $17.95
Thrill Ride - D1425 - $17.95
TLC - C1364 - $13.95
Togetherness - D1402 - $17.95
Treetops - C1368 - $13.95
Trellis - D1451 - $17.95
True Happiness - D1365 - $17.95
Two-Step Backgrounds - D1473 - $17.95
Unity - C1422 - $113.95
X-Treme - D1432 - $17.95
You Did It - C1351 - $13.95
You Rock - D1346 - $17.95
You're Great - D1434 - $17.95
You're Sweet - B1351 - $9.95

Colonial White Ribbon Collection - Z1126 - $7.95
Cranberry Grosgrain Ribbon - Z1103 - $6.95
Cocoa Grosgrain Ribbon - Z1100 - $6.95
Colonial White Grosgrain Ribbon - Z1102 - $6.95
White Daisy Grosgrain Ribbon - Z270 - $6.95
Wings Level 2 Assortment - Z1398 - $4.95

Embroidery Floss - Red/Pink - Z1092 - $3.25
Embroidery Floss - Green - Z1094 - $3.25
Embroidery Floss - Blue/Purple - Z1093 - $3.25

Waxy Flax
Cranberry - Z1086 - $3.95
Sorbet - Z1249 - $3.95
Juniper - Z1248 - $3.95
Crystal Blue - Z1247 - $3.95

Designer Brads - Colonial White - Z1274 - $3.95
Decorative Brads - Pewter - Z1146 - $3.95

Mini-Medley and Eyelets
Mini-Medley - Antiqued Copper - Z1275 - $4.95
Mini-Medley - Colonial White - Z1276 - $4.95
Foundry Metal - Bookplates - Z1147 - $3.50
Soft Set Eyelet Tool  - Z1208 - $14.95
Soft Set Eyelets - Black and White Daisy - Z1228 - $3.95
Soft Set Eyelets - Chocolate and Colonial White - Z1229 - $3.95

Coordinating Collection Embellishments
Midnight Felt Shapes - Z1462 - $3.95
Harvest Charms - Z1633 - $4.95
Holiday Pockets - Z1486 - $4.95
Top Coats Icing Overlays - Z1468 - $4.95
Lucky Level 2 Assortment - Z1356 - $4.95
Lucky Level 2 Journaling Spots - Z1359 - $3.95
Bliss Level 2 Assortment - Z1355 - $5.95
Sweetheart Level 2 Assortment - Z1386- $4.95
Fanfare Level 2 Assortment - Z1400 - $4.95
Just Blooms Spring Blossom - Z1266 - $7.95
Just Blooms White Daisy Variety Pack - Z1300 - $5.95

Color Ready Alphabets
Color Ready Alphabets - Oxford - X5749 - $3.95
Color Ready Alphabets - Hodge Podge - X1406 - $3.95

My Creations Items
My Creations - Board Book -  Z1310 - $6.95
My Creations - Journal - Z1268 - $7.95
My Creations - Memory Showcase 9x9 - Z1198 - $5.95

Rubber Brayer - Z616 - $12.95
Eyelet Tool Replacement Punches - Z1245 - $2.95

Have fun shopping on my website!

Monday, January 9, 2012

Celebrate Life Layout: Close To My Heart's January Stamp of the Month

How 'bout this layout? My friend and talented downline, Nicole Norris created it for a swap we had on my team for this month's Stamp of the Month.  I love this set and am having so much fun playing with it. I'm also excited that I can share artwork from several of my team members with you this month.

I just love the poem that Nicole included on this layout.  I think I will have to use it again. I plan to fill this layout with photos of my daughter, Kori's new twins when they arrive any day now.  I AM SO EXCITED TO MEET THEM!  Yes, I'm yelling. I just can't help myself. Here she is in a photo that was taken just over a week ago. I think she looks beautiful. Who would guess that she is just a few short days away from delivering twins?

Close To My Heart products used by Nicole on this layout:  January Stamp of the Month, Roxie Level 2 Paper Pack, Black Stamp Pad, Milepost Shapes, Bling Assortment, Clear Sparkles, Black Waxy Flax, CTMH/Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge.

Don't forget, along with the great Stamp of the Month, there are two other wonderful specials going on this month:  "Rock the Block" and "A Perfect 10".  Shop on my website 24/ convenient!

Friday, January 6, 2012

Valentine Card with the January Stamp of the Month

As I was playing with this month's awesome Close To My Heart Stamp of the Month (Little Reminder), it occurred to me that it would make a GREAT Valentine card.  Thus, this card was born.

I love Valentine's Day and all the pink and red and hearts and fluffy ribbon that go with it.  I had so much fun creating this little bugger. In fact, I liked it so much I made lots of them.

Here's a close up of the main accent so that you can see better how it looks in 3D glasses needed.

I was also pretty excited to see that it fit the challenge this week at the City Crafter Challenge Blog.  Neat-o, Cheet-o!

Here is a scan of the carrier sheet from this set (actual size of sheet is 6" x 6").

I love this little set and have had so much fun playing with it. It's so versatile and is great to document dates on layouts, make baby cards, reminder cards, birthday cards, invitations, and so much more.  I have lots of artwork to share with you this month made with this set, so I hope you'll join me every few days. All the information on ordering this set (only $5 with a $50 order...a $17.95 valued set) is in my last post, along with information about the other two Close To My Heart January specials; Rock the Block and A Perfect 10. Both specials are fantabulous. So, take a gander at my last post and then head to my website to start ordering!

Close To My Heart products used: January Stamp of the Month, Universal Backgrounds Stamp Set, Love Ya Stamp Set, Baby Pink Cardstock, Cranberry Cardstock, White Daisy Value Pack Cards and Envelopes, Baby Pink Stamp Pad, Blush Stamp Pad, Versamark Stamp Pad, White Daisy Embossing Powder, Cranberry Embossing Powder, Heart Dimensional Elements, Cricut/CTMH Art Philosophy Cartridge, Blush Ric Rac (retired), Cranberry Satin Ribbon (retired), Baby Pink Organdy Ribbon (retired), Twinkle Brads (currently on Clearance for only .80 for 24 of these puppies!), Liquid Glass, 3D Foam Tape, Round Sponge.

Have a great day!

Monday, January 2, 2012

January Close To My Heart Specials

Happy 2012!  It's a brand new year, brand new month, and brand new opportunity to take advantage of some awesome Close To My Heart January specials.  Keep reading.  Trust WANT to!

Here's a little "Table of Contents" to what you'll find in today's post:
1.  A Perfect 10 for Studio J Members
2.  Rock the Block!
3. January Stamp of the Month (Little Reminder)

1.  A Perfect 10 for Studio J Members:

January is FREE layout month for Studio J members.  For every 9 custom-printed Studio J layouts you buy, you'll receive the 10th layout free. To receive the discount, just add 10 or more layouts to your card. You'll see a discount reflected in your order total. And you can totally take advantage of this promotion by ordering multiples of 10.  Buy 9, get 1 free. Buy 18, get 2 free.  Buy 27 and get 3 free. And so on!  If you're not a member yet, NOW is a GREAT time to join!  To access your account, or to set up a new one and purchase a membership, just go to my website (, click on "Studio J" and go from there.  Easy, peasy, lemon squeasy!

2. Rock the Block:

As you know (because I already told you!), this special began on December 19 and goes through January 31. It's a GREAT way to get something wonderful for very little $.

Here's how it works:
When you place a $25 minimum order from the Autumn/Winter 2011 Idea Book, you get TWO valuable new products for just $15: the My Creations Collage Cubes (this is a sneak-eek product from the Spring/Summer 2012 Idea Book, will retail for approx. $15 then) and the EXCLUSIVE "Rock the Block" E-size stamp set (available only during this promotion and a $29.95 value). That's over a $45 value for only $15!

Not sure what to purchase for that $25? Well, here are some great suggestions:
  • a Level 2 Paper Pack of your choice ($9.95). A great one this time of year would be "Wonderland"
  • two coordinating stamp pads ($5.25 each).  If you chose "Wonderland" for your paper pack, then I suggest Twilight and Chocolate as your inks.
  • an Acrylic Block to go with the "Rock the Block" stamp set (I suggest the 4" x 5" block if you don't already have any blocks)
  • OR, if you already have Acrylic Blocks, substitute that item with the matching Complements or My Stickease to match the kit you've chosen (if you chose "Wonderland", then I suggest the "Wonderland" My Stickease to match!)

If you are ordering on my website, you'll be prompted to add this wonderful "Rock the Block" kit before you check out.

Oh, and if you want to watch a short little video on how to use this awesome "Rock the Block" kit, just go to this post.

3.  January Stamp of the Month:

I love this set and have had so much fun playing with it (actual size of the carrier sheet you see above is 6" x 6"). The card you see at the beginning of this post was made with this awesome set ("Little Reminder").  You may recognize it from a 'sneak peek' I shared in December here. This set is yours for only $5 ($17.95) with a $50 purchase. If you are already taking advantage of the Rockin' "Rock the Block" special, you will have spent $25 and then an additional $15 on the kit. That means you only have $10 more to spend to get this set for $5.  AWESOME!  If you are ordering on my website, you'll be prompted to add this before you check out.

CTMH products used on pictured card (for a tutorial on how to make the snowflake, go here):  January Stamp of the Month, Universal Backgrounds Stamp Set, Snow Flurries Stamp Set, Snow Days Stamp Set, White Daisy Die Cut Cards and Envelopes, Bright Blue Cardstock Shade Pack, Crystal Blue Stamp Pad, Twilight Stamp Pad, Versamark Stamp Pad, White Daisy Embossing Powder, Flurry Dimensional Elements, Prisma Glitter, Liquid Applique, Liquid Glass, Round Sponge, Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge, 3D Foam Tape, Twilight Organdy Ribbon (retired).


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