Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halowe'en

Wishing everyone a Haunted Halowe'en today!

The kids made these at daycare.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Celebrating 3 years!

Today marks my 3 year anniversary with Close to my Heart.  To celebrate I'm sharing a gift with you.  All you have to do is send  me your mailing address and I'll get a little something out to you.

Please note - in order to receive your gift, you email must arrive in my inbox by 9pm EST on October 30.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Make Your Wishes Come True

Purchase a minimum of $25 in stamps from Close to my Heart before November 30 and receive the Holiday Wishes stamp set for only $5.

This set is perfect for cards and tags this holiday season.  And it also coordinates with the Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge!

Be sure to contact me today to get yours.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Frugal Friday - Add on for FREE!

Monday is the last day that you can choose and Add on for FREE when you join my team as a Close to my Heart consultant.

For more details click here.

Oh - and don't forget to "like" my CTMH Facebook page.  Once I get 50 followers, I'll draw a name for a gift from me.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Child care Worker Appreciation Day

Today is Child Care Worker Appreciation Day.  I wanted to say a special thank you to our caregiver.  We were very fortunate to find her when I went back to work when Monkey was 19 months old.  He had a few rough patches in the beginning, but very quickly fell in love with Martha and going to her house every day.  When Princess arrived, I kept Monkey home with us, but we still went to visit Martha and his friends at "Martha's" park.  We were again very fortunate when we needed care for both of them, she had the space and was willing to take them both back.  Monkey was so excited and couldn't wait to see his friends every day again.  Princess loves it too.

So to say thanks, I created a little album for her using the retired My Creations 3 ring binder form Close to my Heart.  (and it's still on the while supplies list here.)

For the cover, I inked all of the edges with crystal blue ink.  Since I took this picture I also added "thank you" in cotton candy letters.

On each page, I also included something that we wanted to say thank you for - the yummy meals that she provides, her snuggles, taking the to the park, opening her home to the children, etc.

Supplies used(all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
Paper: Miracle
Ink: Cotton Candy, Gypsy, Sweet Leaf, Crystal Blue
Embellishments: Miracle Chip Board
Other items: Cricut Art Philosophy

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Bella, you make me smile

I missed my post for "Heartfelt Monday" yesterday, so I guess we'll call this Heartfelt Tuesday instead.

Here's another card from the set I made using Bella and Hooray Bouquet.

If you are getting tired of seeing the same retired Bella paper, and the new Hooray Bouquet set, be sure to ckeck back tomorrow.  I have a mini album to share with you.

Supplies used(all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
Pattern: Wishes Card Workshop
Paper: Bella
Stamps:  Hooray Bouquet
Ink: Smokey Plum, Hollyhock
Embellishments: Sparkle
Other items: Aricut Art Philosophy.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Hip Hip Hooray Bella

 Here's another card from the Wishes Card Workshop that I made.  This one again uses one of my favourite stamp sets out of the current Close to my Heart catalogue.

I added some natural hemp and tied it though the button holes to add a little to the card.  And there's a little bling on the card, but I'm not sure how well it shows up in the picture - look at the bottom of the exclamation point.

I've spent some time this weekend working on a few cards and a small album.  Be sure to check back on Wednesday to see the album.

Don't forget to"like" my Facebook page.  Once I get 50 fans I'll make a draw for a gift from me.

Supplies used(all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
Pattern: Wishes Workshop
Paper:  Bella (retired)
Stamps: Hooray Bouquet
Ink: Smokey Plum, Hollyhock
Embellishments: Colonial White button, natural hemp, bitty sparkle.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Retired Happy Holidays Frugal Friday

Here's a card I made using some retired products:

It uses last year's Mistletoe paper, and the Winter Cheer Glitter rub-ons that have been retired, but I was able to pick up at a great deal (79% off) on the While Supplies Last portion of my Close to My Heart Website.

Don't forget that the last day to sign up next week's Cardapalooza is tomorrow.  10 cards for $15.
Supplies used(all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
Pattern: Wishes Workshop
Paper: Mistletoe
Ink: Cranberry
Embellishments: Glitter Rub ons

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Grandest Year Yet Bella!

I need want to start using up some of my old retired papers.  So I've been trying to chip away at them.  This card uses the Bella pack from a couple of summer's ago.

I used one of the workshops of the Wishes book and make a set of 16 cards.  I also used the new Hooray Bouquet on the cards.  I fell in love with this set as soon as I saw it in the new Idea Book.  This set also coordinates with the Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge so you don't have to cut around the flowers by hand.

Supplies used(all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
Pattern: Workshop from Wishes
Paper: Bella
Stamps: Hooray Bouquet
Ink: Smokey Plum
Embellishments: Chocolate flower button

Monday, October 17, 2011

Heartfelt Monday with Holiday Magic

This is one of the cards that I was able to cut out at my crop on Friday night.  I was then able to put it together while the kids were napping over the weekend.

It uses the retired Mistletoe paper from last year and this months stamp of the month - Holiday Magic.

I usually leave the inside of my cards blank, but this one says " all year through" and has some snowflakes stamped in the corner.

Supplies used(all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
Pattern: Based on a workshop in Wishes
Paper: Mistletoe
Stamps: Holiday Magic
Ink: New England Ivy, Cranberry

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Crop and Thanks

I attended a United Way Fundraising Crop on Friday Night.  While I had a good time once I got there although I almost talked myself out of going....

I had taken the day of work - I had thought that I may have a day to create by myself, but Princess wasn't 100%, so she stayed home.  And I figured that we might as well pick Monkey up after school and then I could spend the afternoon with him too.  Things were going ok other than Princess being crabby (she had her immunizations the day before), but I thought hoped she would have a good nap in the afternoon.  Boy was I wrong.  She only slept an hour, and then woke up crying, which in turn woke her brother up.  So I didn't have time to pack my stuff for the crop that night.

Then the afternoon was spent telling the children not to run in the house, don't hit your brother, stop teasing your sister, you get the idea.  We couldn't go outside because it was P-O-U-R-I-N-G and we were having a strange thunder storm.  Now I know they were acting like a typical brother and sister who didn't have any outside time (I'm sure my brother and I did that countless times), but I was still trying to figure out how I was going to pack for my crop.

Then DH finally gets home and convinces me to go to my crop.  So I run downstairs, get my stuff packed and head out.  It's still pouring and I realize about half way to the crop that I've left ALL of my blocks at home.  Now the crop was a good 30-40 minute drive from my house, so I wasn't turning around to go back for them.  I start thinking of all the things I was going to accomplish that night, and trying to figure out what I can do now that I've forgotten my blocks.

I get to the crop and it's still pouring.  I decide that since I don't have my blocks, I'll leave my bag of inks in the car.  No point in taking them in if I can't use them right????  Once I'm there I start cutting papers for cards.  Over the course of the evening I cut enough paper to make about 120 cards.  However, I realized as I try to put them together that I've left my adhesive with my inks - I had refills coming out the wazoo, but no actual adhesive container.

A fellow CTMH consultant (Jenn McMillan) was there and was teaching a make and take.  So I decided to sign up for it.  And it wasn't until I went to make the card that I remembered - I had no adhesive.  Luckily Kindell who was sitting next to me let me borrow hers.  So here is the ONLY item I finished in the 4.5 hours I was at the crop....

So if you stayed with me this long to read my sad story - thanks.  Maybe you even had a little smile or chuckle at my expense (that's ok, I can laugh at it too now.)  Don't forget to keep checking back as I finish those 120 cards and post them here for you to see.

Be sure to become a fan of my Facebook page.  Once I get 50 fans, I'll draw a name for a gift from me.

Supplies used(all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
Paper: Mayberry
Stamps: Fill in the Blank, (not sure where the Thank you sentiment is from)
Ink: Tulip
Embellishments:  Wooden button, organza ribbon, waxy flax
Other items:  Cricut Art Philosophy

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Scentsational Saturday

I'm sad to say that this will be my last Scentsational Saturday post.  Don't worry - I"m not leaving Scentsy.  I have set up a Scentsy Facebook page though so I will use that one instead.  Be sure to become a fan to continue to see the new and upcoming things for Scentsy.  You can find a link to the page on my sidebar.

Don't have Facebook?  Be sure to sign up for my newsletter here to keep up to date on everything.  The newsletter is sent out only once a month so you won't be bombarded by emails from me.  Don't forget when you sign up to receive my newsletter by November 20, your name will be entered to win Pookie the Polar bear.

Have you voted for your favourite scent for Bring Back My Bar yet?  You have until October 28 to do so.

Friday, October 14, 2011

From the Heart Blog Hop

Welcome to this months blog hop.  If you've arrived from Elizabeth's blog you're on the right track.

I had anticipated to have a couple of projects to share with you this month, but life has gotten in the way.  So I only have one card for you that uses this month's Stamp of the Month.

I wasn't sure about using so much black on a Christmas card at first, but I think it's starting to grow on me.  I had cut both the stocking and the topper by hand because I didn't have my Art Philosophy Cartridge yet.  Although there isn't the exact same stocking on the AP cartridge, I have heard that you can adapt what is there to make it work for this.  I just haven't tried it yet.

You can get the Holiday Magic until the end of October.  Be sure to check out the while supplies last items on my website too - some new items have been added.  I'll place an order Saturday evening, so be sure I have any orders by 5pm EST this Saturday.

Now it's off to Jody's blog.

Don't forget to stop by and "like" my Close to my Heart Facebook page.  I'll be giving away a gift once I have 50 "likes".  (Is that even the right terminology? Correct me if I'm wrong.)  You can find a link t my page in my sidebar.

Supplies used(all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
Paper: Roxie
Stamps: Holiday Magic
Ink:  New England Ivy, Cranberry
Embellishments: Pearl Adhesives

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Back to FB

Well .... I logged back into my FB page after a 4 year absence.  I'm trying to figure out how to add pages for both Close to my Heart and Scentsy.  Once I get it figured out and they're up I'll let you know.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Frugal Friday

Are you one of those people who looks through the Close to My Heart Idea Book and thinks "Hmmm - I think I like that, but I'm not sure" or "I like that image on that stamp set, but I'm not sure about the rest"?  If you are, then attending my monthly CARDAPALOOZA is for you.  Each month you get to sample the great papers and stamps from Close to my Heart for only $15, and you'll leave with a minimum of 10 projects!  And I try really hard to use a different stamp set for EACH project.  Think about it - can you go into Michael's and try before you buy?  And you'll get to use some of the retired paper as well.

Here's one of the cards that we will be creating for October's Cardapalooza on Thursday October 27.

New So Grateful stamp set and retired Olivia paper pack

Can't make it, but still want to participate, just drop me an email to let me know.  I can also mail the sets to you for an additional $5 to cover some of the postage costs.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Celebrating 3 years

I am celebrating 3 years as a Close to My Heart Consultant this month. To celebrate I have 3 gifts to give away. To get them you must be the first person to do one of the following:

Place a $40 order before shipping and taxes (not including workshops that I am offering)

Register (with payment) for one of my workshops - I just added 2 cute ones. Check them out here and here.

Host a qualifying gathering by the end of October.

I will also be randomly giving one away on my blog later this month.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

6x6 Album

Here's another perfect and quick gift for the holiday's.  Thanks to Pamela Wallace for sharing this workshop.

In this workshop you will create 16 6x6 pages for an adorable little album.  Here's the one I made using the new Wonderland paper:

I will be offering this workshop on Saturday December 3 at 7pm or Sunday December 4 at 1pm.

Cost - $15 for one set or $25 if you would like the album included.  Purchase 2 sets for $25 or $45 with the album.

For the first time ever, I am offering you the choice of paper pack.  You can choose to use any of the 8 new paper packs, just let me know which one when you RSVP.

Again, if you can't make it, or live out of town and want to complete this project, just add $5 for shipping. 

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Event Calendar Workshop

First a HUGE thank you to Jen Rubio who designed this workshop and was willing to share it with her fellow CTMH consultants.  I thought it was sooooo cute and perfect for little holiday gifts that I have chosen to offer it is a workshop too!

You'll notice that I did not add the embellishments to mine - I personally prefer to have my calendar flat.  But I'm giving you the option of a plain one or embellished one to make at the workshop.  I also used the water colour pencils rather than the markers.  I have to apologize for the glare in my pictures.

The workshop will take place November 13 from 1-5 pm.  You need to RSVP by October 28.
Cost:  Plain - $17.50 for one, or 2 for $30
Embellished - $25.00, or 3 for $45
 Please be sure to let me know if you would prefer to use the markers to colour when you register so that I can ensure I have them all on hand.

Can't make the class but still want one, I can get a kit ready for you and you can either pick it up or I can mail it to you.  (Please add an additional $5 for postage).

Monday, October 3, 2011

Heartfelt Monday

 I have to thank Nona again for this card. It is yet another one I received when I won the contest on her blog back in the spring.  It uses the Mayberry paper pack and I believe the stamp set was called Inspirations.

You may have noticed this button in my side bar:

The Fabulously Artsy Tresa Black is hosting blogtoberfest this month.  She will be posting tips and tricks for blogs as well as challenging us to step up our game.  I've been working on lots of projects over the past few days.  And I finally used my Art Philosophy Cartridge.  Be sure to keep checking back this month to see my creations.  To see who else is is taking part in Blogtoberfest be sure to click the button on the side.

This month also celebrates my 3rd Anniversary with Close to My Heart.  I will be having a few giveaways this month.  Be sure to check back later this week to find out how you can earn one of the prizes.

Supplies used(all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
Paper: Mayberry
Stamps:  Inspiration
Ink:   Cocoa, Smoothie
Embellishments:  Bigger Brad

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Holiday Magic

Now that it's October, there is a new Stamp of the Month.  This month it's HOLIDAY Magic.

You can get this stamp for only $5.50 when you place an order of $55 or more.

Be sure to check back next week for the blog hop where I will feature this card.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Scentsationl Saturday!

I have some very exciting news for you today from SCENTSY.  Starting today ALL Canadians orders will have FREE shipping!!! (Minimum $200 order required).  So what does this mean for you???  When you host your party and you have enough sales to reach the hostess rewards both you AND your guests will receive FREE shipping!!!!!! 

So be sure to book your party or fundraiser with me today!

And here is this month's Warmer of the month.  (Sorry for the flash in the picture.)

This will be a great gift for the grandparents this holiday season.  You can put your own 2.5 x 2.5 inch photo in the warmer.  Pair the warmer with this month's scent of the month, Autumn Stroll for a fabulous gift. Don't forget you save 10% on both the scent and warmer of the month.