Tuesday, November 30, 2010

December Stamp of the Month Blog Hop and Plenty for Twenty Scoop, too!

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! We will be featuring December's Stamp of the Month, which is "D1445 Amore" a set of pretty images and sentiments great for lovely cards and pages too.

If you have come here from Fancy Melissa's blog, you are on the right path! When you reach the end of my post you will continue hopping along from the link posted for you.

This month we have another amazing group of Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this month's Stamp of the Month and other great Close to My Heart products on their blogs. Hopping along with us is simple to do - just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next one! Here we go!

This is my project for our hop, a 5 x 7 card based on the Ribbon Winner pattern from the "Originals" cardmaking how-to pattern book from Close to My Heart's own Jeanette Lynton :

Project Supplies:
Stamps: D1445 Amore, December's Stamp of the Month
Paper: Magnifique Level 2 packet
Cardstock: Pacifica and Colonial White
Inks:  Lagoon, Pacifica, and Sky
Embellishments: Blue Sparkles from the Blue and Green Sparkles Assortment and Colonial White Organdy Ribbon from the Colonial White Ribbon Round Collection
Tools: "Originals" how-to books, Micro-Tip Scissors, Edge Distresser, 3-D Foam Tape, Glue Dots, Sponge Daubers, Corner Rounder, and Liquid Glass

With the nice variety of stamps in the set you can count on making some wonderful Valentine's Day cards!

In the month of December, you can earn the "Amore" stamp set at a discount or even FREE! Ask me how!  Plus, there is another awesome special going on all month long called, "Plenty for Twenty."

Plenty for Twenty

Customers who place a minimum order of $20 (excluding tax and shipping/handling) during December on my website will receive a popular, retired D-size stamp set for FREE!  This special runs from December 1, 2010 at 9 am (MDT) through December 31, 2010 at 11:59 pm (MST).  Click right here to start earning those FREE D-size stamp sets for each $20 or more order that you place.  So, you can earn as many stamp sets FREE as you like all month long.  There is a limit of one free stamp set per order.

You are more than welcome to e-mail me at:
or give me a call at:  231-347-6301 with any questions you may have so I can help you take advantage of this amazing savings in the month of December.

Now "Hop" on over to Debra's Blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to see some more great artwork!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Christmas Wish Lists & A Little Thanks

I hope this finds you all in the afterglow of a wonderful weekend full of reasons to be thankful.  We thoroughly enjoyed having all of our children home for the Thanksgiving celebration.  We did endure "The turkey incident," which will be the talk each Thanksgiving for years to come I am sure.  LOL

With Black Friday and Super Saturday (is there even a name for that Saturday???), I made a great start on my Christmas shopping.  We had a power outage that kept us from getting the really early start on Friday that we had initially planned.  However, our shopping adventures still proved fruitful with lots of great savings too!

So, with those two things in mind, (being thankful and enjoying some great shopping), I created this card and gift certificate.  The deadline is approaching to get your Wish Lists to me so I can contact your family to help them shop for you for some great scrapbooking and stamping goodies.  Remember that you can put gift certificates on your list too, or purchase some in any dollar amount for your crafty family and friends.

Thank You Card Project Supplies:
Stamps: D1444 A Little Thanks, November's Stamp of the Month
Paper: X7130B Mistletoe Level 2 Kit
Cardstock: Colonial White and New England Ivy
Inks:  Cocoa and Cranberry
Embellishments: Pewter Brads from the Z1330 Mistletoe Level 2 Assortment and X7130A Mistletoe Level 2 My Stickease Assortment
Tools: "Wishes" how-to books, Micro-Tip Scissors, Paper Piercer, and Sponge Dauber

Gift Certificate Project Supplies:
Stamps: B1357 All the Best, exclusive stamp set only available in the Mistletoe Workshop Kit, E1010
Cardstock: Black
Inks:  Black and Pacifica
Embellishments: Blue Sparkles
Tools: Paper Piercer

You can e-mail your Wish Lists to me at: or shop directly online 24/7 at:

Have a wonderful Monday everyone!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

A Thanksgiving Sale Announcement for You

Thanksgiving seemed like a nice time to share a very special sale to my scrapbooking and stamping friends.

From 8 a.m. on Wednesday, 11/24 through 10 p.m. on Friday, 11/26, I am sharing the opportunity to get some great deals on wonderful Close to My Heart supplies and receive some fabulous thank you gifts.

Here are the details on my special e-mail and website sale offers for you, as my way to "Thank you" for your support of my Close to My Heart business.:

If you send me an e-mail order over $25 or place a website order on my website over $25, you will receive a free package of Sparkles:

OR, if you send me an e-mail order over $50 or place a website order on my website over $50, you will receive a free package of Mini-Medley Accents:

OR, if you send me an e-mail order over $75 or place a website order on my website over $75, you will receive a free Ribbon Rounds Collection:

The "A Little MORE Thanks" campaign is still available through November 30th. So, to take advantage of that offer, here are those details:

"During November we’re expressing our gratitude to you and your customers. When you place a minimum order of $100, you will not only receive the November Stamp of the Month set, A Little Thanks, for FREE, you will also receive one stamp set of your choosing from the 2010 Autumn/Winter Idea Book for FREE*! It’s just our way of imparting A Little MORE Thanks to you this November."

So, OR, if you send me an e-mail order over $100 or place a website order on my website over $100, you will receive the November Stamp of the Month, PLUS another stamp set of your choice, PLUS a third stamp set from my Cash & Carry selection FREE:

AND, if that isn't enough, if your e-mail order or website order goes over the $125 mark, you will receive ALL of those bonus items listed above.

AND, because I am feeling so thankful, and because I know how much crafty folks love an amazing deal, if you send me an e-mail order of $150 or more or place a website order over the $150 mark, you will receive all of the bonus items listed above, PLUS, you will be able to choose either a Workshops on the Go kit or a free Faux Leather Album !

Each order of $25 or more will receive a ticket into a drawing for $25 in Hostess Rewards or a free spot at my upcoming crop in January.  Depending upon the total amount of e-mail orders receive, there may be more than one winner.  Winner(s) will be contacted Saturday, 11/27/10.

***All shipping/handling/and taxes will apply.***

You can send your e-mail orders as well as any questions you may have to me at:

Website orders must be placed at:

Wishing you all safe travels and blessings of Thanksgiving to you and your family!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Sharing the excitement

Imagine my excitement when I received the following news in an e-mail from the fine folks at the Corporate Office at Close to My Heart:


Congratulations for being In the Spotlight this month! We are recognizing you because you were in the top rankings for the highest number of My Acrylix® stamp sets sold in October. (Any stamp set starting with A, B, C, D, E, or K sold from October 1 to October 31.)

Well done! We appreciate your hard work and dedication. Watch for your name and achievement to appear on Close To My Heart's Online Office page under Corporate Communications > Recognitions so all Consultants can applaud your success.


Close To My Heart

So, coming off of the excitement I felt learning this news, I really have to turn it back my good friends and loyal customers who continue to support me as their Close to My Heart Consultant. Thank you so very much for allowing me to share my great love of all of the scrapbooking and stamping supplies that CTMH has to offer. I appreciate you and your friendship too!

If you ask me the single greatest reward I have received in my 3 1/2 years with Close to My Heart, it would have to be the relationships I have with all of you folks who share your time with me and allow me to share with you.

On a lighter note, I wanted to be sure to share one of my favorite Pampered Chef recipes. I know how we all have some great food-centered family get-togethers to look forward in the next week. This particular recipe is called, "Taffy Apple Tartlets." It makes such a delicious little dessert that also allows for some portion control too.

Taffy Apple Tartlets - Pampered Chef

* 1/4 cup dry roasted peanuts
* 2 large granny smith apples, peeled
* 3/4 cup butterscotch caramel sauce, divided
* 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
* 1 (15 ounce) package refrigerated pie crusts, softened according to package directions (2 crusts)
* 12 caramels, unwrapped


Prep Time: 20 mins

Total Time: 34 mins

1. 1 Preheat oven to 400°F
2. 2 Chop peanuts using Food Chopper; set aside for later use.
3. 3 Cut peeled apples lengthwise into quarters using Utility Knife. Lay each quarter cut side down; angle knife, cut out and discard core. Coarsely chop apples with Food Chopper. Combine apples, 1/2 cup of the caramel sauce and flour in Classic Batter Bowl; mix well using Small Mix ?N Scraper®. Microwave on HIGH 5-6 minutes or until bubbling and thickened; stir and set aside.
4. 4 Meanwhile, unroll one pie crust onto lightly floured Cutting Board. Spacing closely together, cut 12 disks from crust using outer tube of Measure-All® Cup (nine around outside edge and three in center). Press disks into wells of Deluxe Mini-Muffin Pan using Mini-Tart Shaper, ruffling edges. Repeat with remaining crust.
5. 5 Cut caramels in half using Utility Knife; place one piece into each tart shell. Spoon apple mixture evenly into tart shells; sprinkle with peanuts. Bake 14-16 minutes or until edges of tartlets are golden brown. Remove tartlets from pan to Stackable Cooling Rack. Drizzle with remaining 1/4 cup caramel sauce. Serve warm.
6. 6 Cook's Tip: To easily drizzle caramel sauce over tartlets, place resealable plastic bag into Measure-All® Cup. Pour caramel into corner of bag. Twist top of bag; secure with Twixit! Clip. Cut corner off tip of bag to allow caramel to flow through.

Thanks again to all of you and enjoy!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Olivia Layout: Fall

These pages were the featured layout from a class I taught last month using the Olivia Workshops on the Go Kit.

I have a fabulous amount of pages created, but not so many have photos on them. While enjoying my time at a scrapping retreat, I had the very great pleasure to add some wonderful photos of my lovely daughter and her kitty. My apologies for the glare on the main photo of the layout:

Project Supplies:
Stamps: Timeless stamp set, exclusive to the Olivia Workshops on the Go Kit and E1016 Friendship Alphabet stamp set - Large
Paper: G1013 Olivia Workshops on the Go Kit
Cardstock: Colonial White and Smoothie
Inks:  Cocoa and Smoothie 
Embellishments: Shimmer Designer Brads
Tools: Workshops on the Go brochure, Micro-Tip Scissors, Sanding Block, Edge Distresser, Paper Piercer, and Glue Dots

Let me tell you how tickled I was to see that these photos turned out so good of my girl and her baby, Julie cat.  The colors were just perfect and as Rebekah was dressed up to go to her last Homecoming Dance of her high school career, I just know I wanted some really great photos of our sweet girl.

Enjoy  your own sort of lovely fall day!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Mistletoe Workshop Kit Layout:

This is the featured layout I will be teaching workshop guests how to create this Sunday.  The technique featured is stamp rolling.  I just love the sense of dimension that is added to my pages with this trick.

Project Supplies:
Stamps: B1357 All the Best, exclusive stamp set only available in the Mistletoe Workshop Kit, E1010 Chocolate Alphabet - Large
Paper: G1014 Mistletoe Workshop on the Go Kit
Cardstock: Colonial White and New England Ivy
Inks:  Cocoa and Cranberry
Embellishments: Mistletoe Level 2 Assortment from the Workshop on the Go Kit
Tools: "Magic" how-to books, Micro-Tip Scissors,Liquid Glass, and 3-D Foam Tape

Order your own kit today at or call to register for this Sunday's workshop!

Thank you for stopping by today!

Monday, November 8, 2010

What a fabulous cropping weekend!

Well, I just have to share what a fun weekend I had at a Scrapbooking Retreat.

Gathered together in a beautiful, serene wooded setting, about 20 of us enjoyed a weekend of papercrafting bliss mixed with fellowship too. The weather even cooperated to allow us an evening of worship at a campfire as an added treat.

Over the next several posts I am going to share some of the layouts I was able to create while enjoying time with new friends and familiar ones too.

This is the layout which features the title-topper make & take that I shared with all who wanted to sit a spell and listen to me share my love of stamping and of Close to My Heart:

Project Supplies:
Stamps: D1443 Share the Magic, October's Stamp of the Month and C1433 In the Month of December
Paper: Mistletoe Creative Basics packet and Mistletoe Level 2 paper packet
Cardstock: Colonial White, Cocoa, and White Daisy
Inks:  Cocoa, Cranberry, Desert Sand, and New England Ivy
Embellishments: Colonial White Organdy Ribbon from Colonial White Ribbon Rounds and Glitz Glitter Gel
Tools: "Magic" how-to books, Micro-Tip Scissors, Edge Distresser, Sponge Dauber, and Glue Dots

You can find more artwork inspiration, my Calendar of Events, and shop online for these supplies and so much more on my Close to My Heart website:

Also, make sure you are receiving a copy of my customer newsletter.  If you aren't, sign up here on my blog or on my website to start receiving your copy.  Every newsletter features an added bonus of a special coupon savings offer exclusively available when you place your order with me.

Tune in for more layouts.  Oh, and don't miss out on your chance to make this layout.  I have a space left at my Mistletoe Layout Workshop happening this Sunday.  The layout I shared here will be a bonus layout for those attending that workshop.  Woo hoo!

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