Saturday, December 6, 2014

Seasonal Expressions 1 Blog Hop

Welcome to my Kreative Korner and the Seasonal Expressions 1 Blog Hop!  If you have come here from THE SCRAP ZONE by Julie Carriere, you are on the right path.   With over 35 Close To My Heart Consultants participating in this Hop, I'm sure you'll be inspired by all of the wonderful creations you'll see along the way.


I am so excited to share the layout I created using the NEW Heartstrings products.  I love the colors in this paper pack!  The traditional reds & pinks are nice for Valentine's Day, but the Lagoon and Crystal Blue really add that extra POP to it!

As soon as I received my shipment of new products, I knew exactly what I wanted to create with them.  I love to cluster my embellishments and this layout design was perfect for that.  I ended up using several different products, but love the end result.

Supplies Used:

  • X7193B-Heartstrings Level 2 Paper Pack
  • X7193C-Heartstrings Complements
  • Z3015-Heartstrings Assortment
  • C1604-Forever In My Heart Stamp Set
  • Z2009-Red Enamel Hearts
  • Z1989-Slate Diagonal Striped Ribbon
  • Z1918-Teal Shimmer Trim
  • Z2195 Lagoon, Z2117 Crystal Blue, Z2128 Hollyhock, Z2172 Whisper Ink Pads
  • Z1686 Art Philosophy & Z1906 Artbooking Cricut Collections

The Seasonal Expressions 1 Idea Book is valid December-March and is available through your consultant, so contact her today to get your hands on one!

Next up is LAUREN MOORE!  Be sure to head on over to her blog to check out her latest creation!

Thanks for Hopping by!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

FREE Idea Books and December Specials

First up today, is a super-sweet deal from Close To My Heart!  Between now and January 31, 2015, anyone who places an order will have the option to receive a FREE copy of the Annual Inspirations Idea Book and the Seasonal Expressions 1 Idea Book!  This option is available by placing an order through me or on my website.   

Already have the Idea Book???  No worries!  Why not take the extra FREE copy and Share the Love! Give one to a friend so she can take a look at all of the fantastic new products and see why you love Close To My Heart!

Next up are the December specials.  The December Stamp of the Month, Cute Pie is one that I think you're going to adore!  If you love cupcakes, this one is for you!    You can get this set for only $5 with a $50 purchase during December.  

Here's a one page layout I created using Cutie Pie, the NEW Heartstrings Paper Pack, Heartstrings Complements, Stuck on You Puffies, Black Arrow Washi Tape, ShinHan Markers, Slate Striped Ribbon & Cricut Art Philosophy.   The NEW Heartstrings Collection and other new products can be found in the Seasonal Expressions 1 Idea Book.

With a  $50 purchase not only do you receive the Stamp of the Month-Cutie Pie for $5, you also qualify for the Deal Of The Decade promotion which entitles you to choose as many C or D-size stamp sets from Annual Inspirations for only $10 each! That's a savings of up to $7.95 per set!

So start making your list (of your favorite stamp sets) and checking it twice, then head on over to my website to place your order.  Simply CLICK HERE to take advantage of these great specials!  

Sunday, November 30, 2014


For the first time ever, Close To My Heart is offering a Cyber Monday Sale on Monday, December 1, 2014. There has never been a better time to buy Close To My Heart’s exclusive Cricut® Collections for 20% off the retail price, just $79 each!  Whether you love scrapbooking, cardmaking, or creating 3-D projects, our four exclusive Cricut® collections make the perfect addition to any craft room! Sale starts at midnight (MST), that's 2am on the East Coast, on December 1 and ends at 11:59 pm Monday night.

This is a FANTASTIC DEAL since these collections include over $120 in retail products. If you've had your eye on one the Cricut Collections, NOW is the time to take advantage of this great Cyber Monday special!  

The Cricut Collections also make great gifts, either for yourself or other papercrafters on your list.  They're going to LOVE receiving one of these collections under the Christmas tree!  Choose from Art Philosophy, Artiste, Artbooking or Artfully Sent.  You can place your order RIGHT HERE on my website.  But remember, this is a Cyber Monday Only Sale, valid from 2am (EST) unitl 11:59pm on Monday, December 1, 2014.   

Also, December 1st starts the Deal of the Decade campaign.  With a $50 purchase, you can choose as many C or D-size stamp sets from the Annual Inspirations Idea Book for only $10 each (a savings of up to $7.95 per stamp set)!    Your Cricut Collection purchase would also qualify you for the Deal of the Decade promotion!  Double Whammy=Double Savings! 

Plus December 1st, the NEW Seasonal Expressions Idea Book goes LIVE!  You can view this new Idea Book on my website!  It's over 35 pages of Close To My Heart goodness-tons of NEW products you're going to LOVE! 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Don't Stress Over The Holidays!

As the Holiday Season draws nearer, our lives become more hectic and our calendars fill up rather quickly.  You're probably thinking you'll never find the time to scrapbook this time of year, but I have a solution for you.  The Yuletide Carol Scrapbook Workshop is just what you need!  I've done the designing for you and created four 2-page layouts using the Yuletide Carol kit and accessories-perfect for showcasing your favorite holiday memories.   

Join me for this workshop on Sunday, December 14th from 1-4pm (note the time change), at my home in Choconut, PA.  If you can't attend and would like to get your kit "To Go", that's fine too. I'll include my cutting guide & directions for you to create the pages at your convenience.  

Please RSVP and place your order by December 1st.  You can place your order HERE on my website, or call/email me with your order & payment.

Yuletide Carol Supply List:
  • G1084-Yuletide Carol Workshop Kit $29.95 (includes Level 2 paper pack, stamp set, Z3007 Yuletide Carol Assortment, Z2012 Gold Sequins, Instructional Brochure & cutting guide.)
  • X7187C-Yuletide Carol Complements $4.95
  • Z1985-Gold Shimmer Trim $4.95
  • 5 Extra Cardstock-(2 Col. White, 1 Champagne, 1 New England Ivy, 1 Ruby) $3.50-Purchase at workshop.
  • Z1151-3D Foam Tape-$5.95
Please remember to BYO Basics-paper trimmer, favorite adhesives, glue dots, scissors etc. 

Looking forward to helping you be scrapbook-ready for the holidays!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Christmas Card Workshop-Your Choice of 4 Designs!

My annual Christmas Card Workshop will be held on Saturday, November 29th from 9am-5pm at my home in Choconut, PA. This is an open event, so come at any time throughout the day, whenever it is convenient for you.  If you can't attend, you may order any of the kits "To Go".  I will include my cutting guide & photos for you to create the cards on your own.

I have designed 4 kit options that I think you are going to love! Each kit will make 10 cards and includes my cutting guide.  Kit prices listed include tax and shipping.  You will need to BYO basic tools-paper trimmer, scissors, adhesives, glue dots & pop dots.  If you own any of the ink pads listed, you may want to bring them along as well, to make things go a little quicker.  Please RSVP to me with your order & payment by November 15th.  

Kit #1-Polar Bear Holiday $17

This kit includes 10 White Daisy card bases & envelopes, Snowhaven papers & cardstock, Z1848-Red Shimmer Trim and Z2013-Silver Sequins.  Ink colors are Black and Glacier.    If you LOVE the little Polar Bears as much as I do, you may want to add-on the stamp set, C1557-Polar Bear Holiday for $13.95.  It's a cute one!

Kit #2-Reason For The Season $20

This kit includes 10 Colonial White card bases & envelopes, Yuletide Carol papers & cardstock, Z2012-Gold Sequins, Z1988-Black Striped Twill Ribbon and 10 black rectangles pre-cut using Cricut Art Philosophy.  The ink color is Black.  If you would like to add-on the stamp set it's D1614-Reason For The Season $17.95.

Kit #3-Merry Merry Wreaths $20 

This kit includes 10 Kraft card bases & 10 Colonial White envelopes, Yuletide Carol papers and cardstock, Z2012-Gold Sequins,  Z1985-Gold Shimmer Trim and enough Cranberry Twill Ribbon needed to complete the cards.  Ink colors are Ruby, Desert Sand, Cocoa & Olive.   The stamp set is C1591-Merry Merry $13.95.   

Kit #4-Be Jolly $17

This kit includes 10 White Daisy card bases & envelopes, Snowhaven papers and cardstock, Z1932 Silver Washi Tape, Z1752 Clear Sparkles and enough Cranberry Bakers' Twine to complete the cards.  Ink colors are Whisper and Cranberry.  The stamp set is B1455-Be Jolly and contains 4 different greetings.  It is a Hostess Stamp Set which means by Hosting your own Gathering or Workshop, you could purchase this set using your Hostess Rewards.  (I can help you earn FREE & DISCOUNTED PRODUCT by hosting your own Gathering or Workshop-ask me how!)

Don't forget about the Cut Above Quick Card Kits!  They are pre-cut and contain the supplies needed to create 10 5x7 cards, just add on B1468-Merriest Christmas stamp set and Z2116-Cranberry ink pad, this stamp and ink color work well on both sets.  

Z2065-Cut Above Holiday Card Kit  $15 

Z2064 Cut Above Christmas Card Kit $14

Again,  Please RSVP to me with your order & payment by November 15th.  I look forward to seeing you on November 29th!  

Monday, November 3, 2014

5 LUCKY Ways To Be A Winner in November!

It's Studio J's five-year anniversary, and that means it's your LUCKY month!  During the month of November, there are FIVE WAYS to WIN BIG through Studio J and Close To My Heart social media.

1.  All layouts purchased in Studio J during November are only $5.00!  (Regularly $6.95/layout.)

2.  Every 5th order placed in Studio J during November receives a FREE surprise Close To My Heart accessory in it's shipping box!  (Retail value of $5 or more!)

3.  There will be FIVE Golden Tickets randomly given out in any Studio J order placed in November.  The Golden Ticket is your coupon to redeem for a FREE D-Ring Album with 10 top loading page protectors!  Perfect to showcase your Studio J layouts!

4.  Is simple!  Create new layouts in Studio J, select your favorites, then post pictures of them on Close To My Heart's Facebook Page using the hashtag #ctmhlucky5.  After November 30th, FIVE LUCKY WINNERS will be selected from the entries based on their artistry & creativity.  Each of these winners will receive a NEW D-Ring album with 10 top-loading page protectors.

5.  The last way to WIN is to post a picture of your newly created Studio J layout on Instagram using hashtag #ctmhlucky5.  After November 30th, FIVE LUCKY WINNERS will be selected from the entries to receive a D-Ring Album with 10 pa5ge protectors!

November is a great month to utilize Studio J!  Did you know that you can even use Studio J for photo developing???  The Express Collections have a photo development layout option where you can print your photos in just the right sizes you need for all of your layouts!

Also in November, 5 new kits from the Annual Inspirations Idea Book were added to Studio J. Create new Studio J layouts using the latest papers and embellishments from Close To My Heart.   The new kits are:  Confetti Wishes, Snowhaven, Seaside, Pathfinding and Scaredy Cat.

Not familiar with Studio J?  Why not give it a try!  It's FREE to use-you only pay for the layouts you wish to purchase.  You can begin by CLICKING HERE!  

As always, I am here for YOU!  If you need any assistance with Studio J or have any questions, please just ask!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Pathfinding Fall Scrapbook Workshop

By now I'm sure you've all been to the pumpkin farm, went apple picking, played in the leaves and taken lots of fall photos.  Why not create some Fall layouts to showcase your family memories?November's Scrapbook Workshop will feature the Pathfinding Kit-which is perfect for Fall!

This workshop will be held on Sunday, November 23, 2014 from 2-5pm at my home in Choconut, PA.  If you would like to participate, please place your order on my website no later than November 10th.  Simply CLICK HERE to go directly to my website.  You can also contact me via phone/email to place your order.

Pathfinding Workshop Supply List:
  • G1082-Pathfinding Workshop On The Go Kit $29.95  (2includes X7186B Pathfinding Level 2 Paper Pack, Workshop Stamp Set, 3 Extra Cardstock-2 Col. White, 1 Goldrush, Z3012 Pathfinding Assortment, Z2023 Gold Bling Gems, Instructional Brochure & my cutting guide.)
  • X7186C-Pathfinding Complements $4.95
  • Z1985-Gold Shimmer Trim $4.95
  • Z2111 Chocolate, Z2123 Goldrush, Z2137 Olive Ink Pads $5.25ea.
  • Z1151- 3D Foam Tape $5.95
  • 3 Extra Cardstock-2 Col. White, 1 Champagne  $2.00 (purchase from me at workshop).

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Fall & Winter Card Sampler Workshop

Grab your girlfriends, come on over  and get a jump start on your Fall and Holiday cards.  Create a sampler selection of cards from the Pathfinding and Snowhaven Workshop On The Go Card Kits.  


  • The Cost is $15 to create 6 cards, 3 from each kit.
  • October 17, 2014  6:30-8:30pm at my home in Choconut, PA.
  • All pieces will be pre-cut.  Please bring your own adhesives (taper runner, glue dots/pop dots).
  • RSVP to me with your payment by October 3, 2014.

Friday, September 12, 2014

NEW Artfully Sent Cricut Collection NOW AVAILABLE!!!

The anticipation is over and today is the day you can order the NEW Artfully Sent Cricut Collection!

This collection is a cardmaker's dream!  With over 700 images & font, 25 different card themes, 5 card formats including interactive designs, this cartridge has a card for everybody and every occasion! Card styles include pop-up cards, scene setters, sentiments, sleeves and pocket cards. 

The Artully Sent Collection includes the Cricut Cartridge, 3 D-size stamp sets and a package of White Daisy 12x12 Cardstock.  

Click on the picure below to watch a quick video that will tell you everything you need to know about the Artfully Sent Collection and see why it's a "Must Have" item for any papercrafter.

Ready to place your order?  You can order the NEW Artfully Sent Collection today, RIGHT HERE, right NOW, on my website.  It's just $99 for the collection, a great savings since the retail value is $120.

But how does HALF PRICE sound?  Gather your girlfriends and host a Home Gathering or Online Gathering with $250 in sales and earn any item for 50% off!  That's right!  You can choose any item you would like for 50% off, including the NEW Artfully Sent Collection.   If this deal sounds appealing to you, contact me to schedule your Gathering today!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

Welcome to the September Stamp of the Month Bog Hop!  This month we are featuring Family Is Forever-set of 7 images.  If you have come here from DAWN ROSS'S BLOG, you are on the right path.  This is a circular hop & very easy to follow.  Simply click the link at the bottom of each post to move onto the next blog.  If you get lost along the way, a complete list of all the hoppers can be found right  HERE.  

This is such a cute stamp set this month!  With over 75 consultants participating in this Blog Hop, you're sure to see alot of super-cute ideas and different ways to use it.

Here's a look at my project......

I was inspired by the pumpkin wooden shape in the Pathfinding Assortment (Z3012).  It reminded me of Fall, Thanksgiving and Pumpkin Pie-which led me to create the pie box on pg. 70 of the Cricut Artiste booklet.

I set the size dial to 6 inches and cut the bottom of the box out of a sheet of Pathfinding paper (X7186B).  The top was also cut at 6 inches, out of Champagne cardstock.  The hearts were cut from Artiste as well, at 1 3/4 inches and stamped with Glacier ink (Z2641).  I stamped the small flower image with Champagne ink (Z2174) along the edge of the box top.  I traced the lid, then cut a coordinating triangular-shaped piece of Pathfinding paper for the top of the lid.

The edges of all the papers and cardstock were sponged with Chocolate ink (Z2111).  The sentiment was stamped with Chocolate ink as well.  I added some Gold Shimmer Trim (Z1985) along the bottom of the box and on top for extra sparkle.  The bow is Neutral Bakers Twine (Z1921) with a Gold Bling Gem (Z2023) in the middle.

This box would be perfect at Thanksgiving to send a piece of pie home with your guests.  I would probably line the inside of the box with wax paper first.

Next up is BRENDA LAPP!  Head on over to her blog & see what she has created. Contact your consultant to purchase the September Stamp of the Month-Family Is Forever.

Thanks for hopping by!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Back To School Scrapbook Workshop

All went well today as my kids headed back to school!  They were excited to see their friends but sad that summer was over so soon.  Jared was a bit nervous for his first year at the high school, since our school is 7th-12th grade.  He did great (only got lost once) and came home smiling.  Kadin started 4th grade & was happy his friend Matt gets to ride the bus with him this year.  He couldn't really remember anything about his day-at least not anything he wanted to share, but overall I think he had a great day and he loves his teacher.

The new Chalk It Up Kit is perfect for all of your Back To School pictures.  I love the chalkboard look it has to it.  I will be featuring the Chalk It Up Kit in September at my Back To School Scrapbook Workshop.  We will be using the kit and accessories to create 3 2-page layouts.

This workshop will be held on September 23, 2014 from 6:30-8:30pm, at my home in Choconut, PA. If you are interested in participating, either in person or get your kit "To Go", I will need your order & payment by September 9th.  You can place your order HERE on my website, or contact me via phone/email & I can place the order for you.

Here's a list of the supplies used to create the Chalk It Up pages:

Basic supplies needed
  • G1081-Chalk It Up Workshop Kit $29.95-contains X7184B Chalk It Up Level 2 Paper Pack, Workshop Stamp Set, 3 sheets of Cardstock (Flaxen, Lagoon & White), Z3009 Chalk It Up Assortment, Z1988 Black Twill Ribbon, Instructional Guide and my Cutting Guide.
  • X7184C-Chalk It Up Complements $4.95
Additional supplies used
  • Z2003-Black Arrow Washi Tape $4.95
  • Z1979-Black Journaling Pen $3.25
  • Z1998-Chevron Border Punch $17.95
  • Z1471-Ruler $11.95
  • Z1906-Cricut Artbooking Collection $99
  • Z2105 Black, Z2642 Flaxen, Z2164 Sorbet Ink Pads $5.95ea.
  • 6 Extra Cardstock Sheets (4 White, 1 Sorbet, 1 Black) $3
I would love to have you join me as we create these fun pages.  Sign up together with a friend and enjoy a fun girls night out!  Remember to place your order either with me or on my website by September 9th.  

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