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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Close To My Heart North American Convention

Guess where I am? Yep, you guessed it (I'm thinking the title of this post helped): the Close To My Heart Annual North American Convention.  And, even though I wrote and scheduled this post before I left, I can promise you I'm having a blast!

There are so many awesome things that happen at Convention:
  • seeing the new products and annual catalog that debuts to customers on August 1
  • playing with new products
  • being able to order those products
  • time with friends
  • team meeting with all of my team members scattered across the US
  • awesome business classes
  • amazing general session productions
  • 'slumber party' for days with some of my best buds
  • hearing from company founder and owner, Jeanette Lynton
  • awards banquet as fun and exciting as The Oscars, and top notch entertainment to boot
  • art galleries
  • lots of laughter
  • delicious food
The list goes on.  Of that list, one of my favorite parts of Convention is time with my team.  I have team members in over 20 states, and many of them converge for Convention.  I hold a big team meeting the evening before Convention begins. I'm so excited about my meeting this year.

I'd love to have YOU join my team.  Just click here. It's easy peasy, and so inexpensive!

Now, lets talk about this fun layout I created of some of my team at last year's Convention.  I used a lot of flip flaps, which gave me more real estate for more photos, without crowding the page.  You can find them here. They come in lots of different sizes, have a clear adhesive strip along the side or top, and are so easy to add to your pages.

Here's another close up of part of my layout:  I do a lot of 'strip journaling'. I love it. Not only does it do the trick, but it adds a little more fun and dimension to my pages.

Want to join me at Convention next Summer?  Just sign up here to become a Consultant and you're on your way!

Monday, June 26, 2017

Create Your Own Patterned Paper

Do you ever have a background paper in mind, but you just don't have it? Never fear! Make it!  I had the perfect yellow diamond background paper for the bottom diagonal of this card, but I just  knew what I wanted on top, and what I imagined in my head was no where to be found in reality.  I just pulled out my trust ruler and journaling pen and created a grid background. I then used a few Shin Han Alcohol Markers to color in some of the grids to match my card. Easy, peasy!

The cute fox stamp, flowers and the sentiment came from the June Stamp of the Month (Hello Foxy...above). This stamp set is only $5 with every $50 you purchase (before shipping and tax).  Order $100, get 2...and so on.  When ordering on my website, you'll be prompted to add your set(s) before checking out.

 I used my watercolor paints to color in my fox and flowers.  I just can't get enough of watercoloring!

Spending at least $50 this month is SO EASY to do.  Remember that our albums are buy one, get one half off this month.  And, our cardstock packs are 25% off this month. That's GOOD STUFF!  All of that, plus the cute foxy stamp set, disappear at midnight (Mountain Time) on June 30.  Get 'em while you can!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

All Occasion Card

This foxy little stamp set makes my heart go pitter patter. You can get this stamp set for only $5 ($12.95 savings) in June with every $50 you purchase. And, with cardstock 25% off this month, tat's easy to do . It's a great time to stock up!

When shopping on my website, you'll be prompted to add your set before checking out.  Don't miss out!

Sunday, June 18, 2017

25% Off Cardstock

Don't miss it! Now through the end of June, all of our cardstock packs are 25% off. That's a steal!

This deal can only be gotten through my website.  Here's the direct link to the cardstock:  You'll need to sign in.  If you don't already have an account, set one up, then start shopping!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Birthday Card and Matching Gift Bag

Do you ever go to the store and find a darling gift bag or roll or wrapping paper, but you want your card to match? I certainly do.  Last week was our little grandson, Stade's 2nd birthday.  I found a fun gift bag at Target and decided to make a card to match. When you make your cards,  you can make them match whatever bag or paper you'd like!

I started with the Sweet Birthday Stamp Set,  which can also be purchased in a set that includes the Sweet Birthday Stamp Set and the Die Cuts to go with it, then chose my colors to match the gift bag. I've included a list of all of the products I used, as well as photos and links for your convenience, at the end of this post.

Here's the card with the gift bag. Don't they look cute together?

I stamped my cupcake in Black Memento Ink, then used my watercolors to color it in.  The 2's and the "Let's Celebrate" sentiments, I embossed in white.  I love the look of white embossing on color, don't you?  I used some Shin Han Alcohol Markers to color in the confetti on the top of the cupcake, then used my Clear Shimmer Brush to add some glitter to the cupcake. Everything looks even better with a little bling!

Lastly, I made the inside of my card tie in with the front by adding a little banner with a sentiment, and two candles.

Sweet!  Have fun matching your creations to your gift wrap. It makes a beautiful combination!


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