Seasonal Expressions 1 New Product Blog Hop

Welcome to the Seasonal Expressions 1 New Product Blog Hop!

You will be hopping with the same talented consultants who bring you the Stamp of the Month blog hop.  For this hop we are featuring artwork which showcases our new SEASONAL EXPRESSIONS 1 Idea Book. I am sure you will find a wide variety of inspirations on this hop.

If you are just arriving here from MELISSA ROBINSON’S Blog, or just starting at my blog then you are on the right track ~ Welcome!  The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way around. If you get lost along the way, you can find the complete list of participating  consultants on Melinda’s blog HERE.   For this hop we have about 16 consultants participating and you are going to see some fabulous artwork.

I LOVE, LOVE the new Something Fierce paper pack and it challenged me to design a layout for the first time in a few months.

I used the Make It From Your Heart Idea Book Volume 3 for my layout design using pattern 3. Here is what it looks like with my photos.

(sorry I was having trouble with glare on the photos)

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Here is the right page…

For this layout I used the Something Fierce paper pack, Thin Cut Stitched Hearts, and the Something Fierce Scrapbooking stamp set.

Your next stop is along this hop is MICHELLE STEWART’S Blog, so hop on over and see what wonderful creation she has for you today.

Happy Crafting!

Seasonal Expression 2 New Product Blog Hop

Welcome to the Seasonal Expression 2 New Product Blog Hop!

Today you will be hopping with the same talented consultants who bring you the Stamp of the Month blog hop.  Today we are featuring artwork which showcases our some of the new product that was just released in the new Seasonal Expressions 2 Idea Book.

If you are just arriving here from KIRSTEN JADES Blog, or just starting at my blog then you are on the right track ~ Welcome!  The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way around. If you get lost along the way, you can find the complete list of participating  consultants on Melinda’s blog HERE.   For this hop we have about 20 consultants participating so you are going to see some fabulous artwork.

This summer my son and I are planning on getting a hike in every week so I decided I would get a jump start on the layout and create a “bucket list” of hikes we could do.  So My plan is to take a photo or two from each hike and add it to this layout.  I will plan to add pocket pages to account for the additional photos.  As we complete a hike on this list I can just check it off!

I used the Make it from Your Heart Volume 3 to create my layout.  It is based off pattern 31 which shows you how you can utilize the pocket pages for more photos, which I intend to do.  I used the Fresh Air paper pack and both the Fresh Air Cardmaking and Fresh Air Scrapbooking stamp sets.

In this photo you can see the brown dots, these are the white dots which have been colored using a brown ShinHan Marker. I also used the New England Ivy Ribbon and the Fresh Air shapes.

The adventure title was cut using my Cricut and my Flower Market cartridge.

Your next stop is along this hop is KRISTA HERSHBERGER’S Blog, so hop on over and see what wonderful creations she has for you today.

Happy Crafting!

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Holiday Expression Idea Book

So if you have been following me for a while then you know we are entering into my favorite time of the year!!! I just love fall, Halloween and Christmas so what would be better than an Idea Book which is all about Halloween, Fall and Christmas!!!! Check out this awesome Idea Book ~

15-he-christmas-tree-shelvesHERE is the link to view the idea book on line.

I love the Nevermore Paper Pack and I wanted to share a card I created using this new paper pack.

Nevermore ~ #ctmhnevermore ~ Artistry ~ For this card I used Artistry to cut the moon and the bats they are from page 43.

Here is the full list of products used:

Happy Crafting!

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Don’t Miss Out!

Retiring signIn just 6 days many of Close to My Heart Product will be retiring.  That’s right on August 31st we well be saying goodbye to many stamp sets, colors and paper packs.  Have no fear as there is a lot of exciting things coming but now is the time to get those things you have been holding off on because next Monday at 11:59 PM Mountain time they well no longer be available.  Be sure to check them out HERE.

Happy Crafting!

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Convention Fun

I am still reeling from the whirl wind of the Close to My Heart Convention which ended a week ago.   My mind has been spinning and I have been busy planning ever since.  All I can say is how awesome is it that you can say I have to go to a convention at Disneyland????  I love having to say that :-).  I was able to go last year for the first time and never want to miss again.

Convention is all about learning, meeting and seeing friends, and the most important part ~ getting a first hand look at the new products in the Idea Book.  It is truly an exciting, fun filled events.  The excitment and anticipation of the new products is electric and this year is no exception ~ this Annual Inspiration is AWESOME as is the new Holiday Expression.  I am so excited to share some of the new products with you but I will have to wait until September 1st before I can post it here.  However, if you want to get some sneak peeks you will want to follow my Facebook page ~ catscrapbooking.

As for the fun meeting up with friends both old and new was equally as fun.  Here are a few photos I wanted to share from convention.  IMGP3478aIt was so fun to be able to get my photo taken with Carl and Russel.  This year the convention was centered around the movie UP.

IMGP3483aIMGP3422aA couple of photos of our team.

IMGP3589aBeing silly after awards night.

IMGP3697aWhat more can I say…. this is the best company and I just love being a part of Close to My Heart!!!

Happy Crafting!

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Close to My Heart Convention

I had intended to post this when I first arrived in Disneyland on Wednesday but I unfortunately ran into some delays with getting off the runway in LAX and to the Disneyland Hotel.  Unfortunately it took almost 5 hours.  But the great news was I made it.

Convention Group Photo

Here is our team on the first day.  So far convention has been AWESOME!!!! The new Annual Inspiration is wonderful and a fabulous Holiday Expressions.  I cannot wait to share all the new product with you, but it will need to wait until September.

What I want to share with you is a super cool new video which Corporate has released.  If you look at the video and pay attention there are a couple new things there so be sure to watch it!!!

Happy Crafting!

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New Totes from Close To My Heart!!

Have you heard the news??? Close to My Heart has rolled out an AWESOME new rolling tote and shoulder tote.  They have just been made available for purchase so you can add it onto you Christmas wish list.  They come in the way cool lagoon chevron pattern like the new albums.

Here is what they look like:

Rolling tote ~

Shoulder tote ~


Check out this video so you can see the storage they provide and how awesome they are!!!

Are you ready to order yours?  Well just click HERE.

Happy Crafting!


Open House and Crop August 16th

Where is the time going?? I am sorry I have not been as consistent posting new artwork but I have been working hard on designing lots of exciting things using the new product which will be available on August 1st.   I will begin posting the new artwork in less that two weeks but until then, here is a sneak peek…

Annual Inspirations Sneak Peek

If you like what you see here but would like to see the actual projects they you will want to come to my Open House and Crop on August 16th at the North Spokane Library.  The Open House will be from 10 am to 6 pm, you can come any thine during those hours to come see all the fabulous artwork and so a make-n-take.

The Crop which will start at 9 am to 8 pm and the cost is $5 per person, however if you place an order for $35 or more before tax and shipping the crop will be FREE.  You will be able to use my Cricut Expression 2 and all three CTMH Cartridges ~ Art of Philosophy, Artiste and Artbooking (you will have to provide your own mat). I will have all my inks available if you need a particular color. I will also have all of the CTMH cardstock available for sale if you need a page or two.  Be sure to reserve you spot today as space is limited.

Happy Crafting!


Monthly Hostess Clubs ~ Aug to Jan

Do you LOVE  Close to My Heart product?  Do you like FREE product?  Of course you do!!!!   Well I have a great solution for you – sign up for my six month $25 Monthly Hostess Club.   You do not have to be local to participate as all your goodies can be shipped directly to your door step.  This is a great way to budget you crafting supplies and earn FREE product!!!  Once you see all the goodness in the Annual Inspirations Idea Book you will be so glad you did it.

And right now if you are one of the first 4 people to sign up you will also get to pick one of these stamp sets for FREE!!!

Club Incentive Stamp Sets 2014

So how does a club work you ask?  You commit for 6 months (Aug to Jan) to purchase $25 (before tax and shipping) each month and in return you will receive:

  • 1) First to receive the Annual Inspirations Idea Book, and the Seasonal Expressions when they are released
  • 2) Pick the month you are the hostess (first to sign up get first choice)
  • 3) FREE mini stamp set just for joining my club which will be sent with your first club order
  • 4) FREE Stamp of the Month when you are the hostess
  • 5) FREE product each month – you will receive a minimum of $25 in free product the month you are the hostess but if you recruit outside sales the month you are the hostess you will get the additional rewardsHostess Rewards Plus Program
  • 6) Contest and Give-A-Ways for club members ONLY
  • 7) One weeks advance notice of all upcoming specials

What is eligible with your free product?   My Acrylix stamps, My Acrylix blocks, Exclusive Inks pads, Exclusive Ink re-inkers, Complements, My Reflections paper packets, all cardstock, Workshop on the Go kits and Studio J.

How does this work?  Once you have signed up for the club you will need to submit your order each month by the 12th of the month and payment must be received by the 15th.  Then your order will be shipped directly to you!! So easy and yet you get so many great benefits!!

Contact me to day to get started in this awesome program as it will start August and run through January.

Happy Crafting!


Join My Team

Have you been thinking about joining Close to My Heart? Want to earn some additional money? Or just get a discount on the products you love?  Well then you should consider joining my team.  What is even better is now you can pick your consultant kit.

If you are a carmaker will we now have the perfect starter kit for you!! Take a look at this awesome kit for $99!  It has a retail value of over $365, that is a great deal.

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For you scrapbookers her is your new kit.  It is also only $99 and you receive over $365 worth of product.

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Do you see that it is all the new product? Thats right if you sign up now you can get all the new product before it is available to customers.  How exciting is that??? Please let me know if you have any questions and if you are ready to sign up you can do so HERE!

Happy Crafting!


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