Monday, December 31, 2012

Another New Beginning for 2013...

Here we are at the end of 2012.  Lots of changes have happened this year for us.  I've been thinking of the upcoming year for a few weeks and the changes that I'm going to make.  This blog is one of the changes.  Yes, I know I've said that before.  But I really want to keep at it and change it int something a little different.  I'll still be posting some of my crafting, but I'm also going to utilize it as I work on my Close to my Heart business again.  I want to start to be "healthier" in 2013 - I've actually signed up for a 1/2 marathon at the end of April (I'm terrified).  So I may share some of my favourite new recipes, or new fitness/health tips that I find along the way.  I'll continue to share all the specials with Scentsy Family brands.  And I'm tossing around the idea of reviewing a product once per month. 

So be sure to check back in a couple of days.  I'm hoping to have my first post for 2013 ready and it will be about the Creative Club that I will be starting in January.  Best of all, anyone anywhere will be able to take part in it, AND there will be no monthly commitment for it.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Pay it Forward Tuesday

I just happened across this blog today.  It is in it's infancy, but I'm interested to see where it heads.  It's written by a woman I worked with briefly so be sure to check it out.

Mindful Ginger

Monday, September 24, 2012

Bonjour La Belle Vie!

So I FINALLY have a card to show you.  It uses the new La Belle Vie paper pack from Close to my Heart.  I created it for  a swap that was due earlier this month.  Now the only problem is that I took the picture with my phone so it's not the best quality.

I've been working over the weekend on  HUGE Holiday scrapping extravaganza!  Basically there will be 3 different scrapping times through the day where you will have the chance to complete 1 of 2 offered workshops.  You can either do all 3 or pick and choose what you want.  Can't make it?  I'll have the option of you ordering and having it sent to you.  Be sure to check back for more details or contact me directly.

Sunday, September 23, 2012


I thought today I'd share an image of the palce where I'm hoping to go on a trip to.

Oahu, Hawaii is one of the choices we have to choose from if we earn the incentive trip from Scentsy this year.  But this isn't the only place.  You can choose from 6 different locations!!!  How cool is that?!?!!?  Want to join me here?  Join my team and you could have a chance to go here to.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Holiday Shopping....

Have you started your holiday shopping yet?  I sure haven't.  I'm one of those people who heads out the first weekend in December and gets it ALL done.  I think last year I hit the Superstore at about 10:30 at night and was able to complete most of it - and I timed it to be with one of their NO TAX events so I could save a little money.

We'll I have a great way that you can start your shopping early, and save some money - with the Scentsy Family of course!!!!  Let me share a couple of examples.  Please note that even though the prices are listed in Canadian dollars, you can get these same items from my website in the US.  AND if you are visitng here from Europe, Scnetsy is available in come countries there (and is expanding to a few more in October), so just be sure you email me with any questions and I'd be glad to help you out.

 So let's start with a great gift from Scentsy - the Perfect Plug ins.

The Perfect Plug -ins Combine and save is $72 and consist of 2 plug ins of your choice and 6 bars of your choice.  So that's 2 gifts for only $36 each before shipping and tax!  Perfect for a friend, relative, co-worker, close neighbour, child care provider or teacher.

Scentsy also offers an number of items under $20 - perfect for the school bus driver, baby sitter, secret Santa, gift exchange, etc.  And I love that these items don't have to be used with a warmer either.  So if your not sure what type of warmer someone would like, then you can choose to get them a scent pack, travel tin, hand cream, etc.  Be sure to check out my website for more information.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Whatever Wednesday...

I haven't been very good about posting and Close to my Heart stuff lately.  Basically that's because I haven't found very much time to craft lately.  I really want to change that, but for today, I thought I'd share a little video from Close to my Heart with you.  This video demonstrates how you can use the new Cricut Artiste to plan a party.

I have a Close to my Heart order going in this Saturday.  If you wold like to add the cartridge to the order, let me know ASAP.  It's only $99.  And you can get the following stamp sets for only $5 each when you purchase this cartridge.

It's Your Day stamp set for National Stamping month.

Fall Favourites - September Stamp of the Month.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Pay it Forward Tuesday

So I thought I'd share a fellow Close to my Heart Consultants blog with you.  She always has AMAZING work on her blog and offers some great tips and tutorials on lots of different topics from crafting to blogging.

So go and check out the Fabulously Artsy Tresa Black.

Check back next Tuesday for another blog to check out.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Scentsational Saturday

I'm so excited - today you can start ordering Scentsy's holiday items!!!!!!!!!  So check out my website at to have a look at them.  AND now you can order from my website if you live in Canada or USA!!!!  Be sure to contact me with any questions and to ask about my special.

Which one are you getting first???  Don't forget to order early as they are available only while supplies last!!

Friday, September 14, 2012

Fitness Friday

If you read my last post then you know that Friday is going to be all about the journey to the "new" me. 

I've been saying for a while that I want to start to run.  I also want to run a 1/2 marathon at some point.  Back in the spring I started to get out a bit to run but something always got in the way - I didn't get up early enough, I couldn't go on my break at work because people needed to talk to me,  evening meetings at work meant I got home to late, blah blah blah.

In the Spring I found out about the Scentsy Consultant Wellness Page on Facebook.  Yes you read that right - Scentsy has page that is dedicated to helping their consultants get healthier.  How amazing is that!!!  Does your employer do that for you?!?!?!  Anyways I lurked around there for a while, and then started to look at some of the challenges.

So I finally started this week.  I'm not thrilled with the numbers on the scale.  And yes I know that some people out there would be happy to see those number son the scale, but I'm not.  And I don't think that I'm ready to share them with you.  I will however share with you what my goals are to help keep me accountable.....

By the end of February I'd like to be down 20 pounds, and then by the end of July down another 20 pounds for a total of 40 pounds.

So this week I started doing the C210K (Couch potato to 10K) running guide thing.  :P  So far I have completed Week 1 days 1 and 2, and I will complete day 3 tomorrow.  I also started a core building class last night that runs until Christmas.  I'm keeping track of my "miles" on dailymile, so if you are there, be sure to add me (I think my name is hmpoohbear).  So far I'm able to complete about 3km in 30 minutes.  And it's only going to get better.

MIA again.....

And this time I don't have an excuse.  I can't believe it's been a month since I posted again.  Well I'm here posting this and I think I'm going to set up a few posts to appear over the next little while.

This blog started out as a spot to share my Close to my Heart creations.  And while I'd still like to share those, I don't seem to be doing as much crafting as I'd like to lately.  So I'm going to change up my blog a bit and try to set a different theme for each day of the week.  And while I may not post every day, I'll at least attempt to 3-4 times per week.

I'm thinking that these will be the themes for the days.....

Photo Sunday - I'll share a photo that I love.  It may be one that I took, or one that I've found somewhere.

Make it Monday - A day to share something crafty that I have created.

Pay it forward Tuesday - I'll share something from someone else's blog.  It could be anything from food to crafts to inspiration.

Whatever Wednesday - A day for whatever.

Thursday -I'm thinking thankful/thoughtful Thursday, but this may change.

Fitness Friday - I'm trying to get more active and lose a few pounds, so this is when I'll post how I've been doing.  As well as any recipes that I've found along the way that I love.

Scentsational Saturdays - This is the day when I'll share something from the Scentsy Family.

So be sure to check in to see what I've got going on.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Introducing Grace Adele

What a month it's been!  Our move went fairly smoothly and I'm happy to announce that I now have a dedicated Scrapbooking nook.  Now just to get it organized so I can actually scrapbook in it.

Scentsy had their annual convention in Las Vegas at the end of July and announced their new brand. GRACE ADELE is a beautiful line of purses, jewelery, clutches and wallets.  Here's a little sample for you:

Bella Bag in Red
I'm having a launch party on Saturday August 18th, and I'd love for you to drop by to see the line.  Email for the address and time.  And, you can now order from my website if you live in Canada or USA!!  be sure to check out my website!

Be sure to check back soon so you can see some of the scraping projects that I'll be working on.  I have the new Dakota and the new La Belle Vie paper packs arriving from Close to my Heart any day for a swap.  As soon as I have the items completed, I'll post them for you to see!

Sunday, July 15, 2012

News for CTMH's Studio J

One of the things that was announced at CTMH's convention this week was the changes to Studio J - Close to my Heart's digital scrapping tool.  There will no longer be memberships, so everyone will be able to access all the patterns and kits, there is now an Express Collection available that will give you 11 layouts plus a title page and last page, and best off all .... the price for layouts has dropped to $6.95!!!!!!  Don't forget that you don't need to download any special software to use Studio J either AND you can try it for FREE!!!!  Just click here to try it out.

And another exciting thing.......

A new CRICUT cartridge!!!!!!  I will be placing an order on August 1, so let me know if you'd like to add one to the order - $99 plus shipping and tax.

Cricut Artiste

Friday, July 13, 2012

New CTMH Idea Book and Retiring Items

If you are someone who follows lots of CTMH consultant blogs, then you probably already know most of this information.  If not, then keep reading.  I'll post the retiring list today, and fill you in on some other stuff over the weekend.

The Fall/Winter Idea Book will go "live" August 1st.  If you need one, let me know and I can get one to you, but I only have a few of them.

As with every new Idea book there is a list of retiring items.  Fellow CTMH consultant, Debra Van Patten has taken the time to compile a list of what is retiring (or at least not found in the new book).  These items are usually available until July 31 OR while supplies last.  If you'd like to order something, email me by SUNDAY JULY 15 at 3PM with your order and payment.

Please note, that I will not guarantee it is 100% accurate. I based it off what we've been told about stamps being available for one year, accessories being available current book only, etc. Basically, if it's not shown in the new book or the Spring/Summer book, I listed it here.

The products listed below are NOT listed in the new Autumn/Winter Idea Book, so it is a good guess that they will be retired as of July 31, 2012. As we’ve already found out with some of them, I would also venture to guess they are going to be while supplies last.

Z1163 Double Scrubber (Note: Being replaced with a new version.)
Z1006 Microfiber Cloth
Z1404 Quick Pic 12x12 Album - Dark Cranberry
Z1405 Quick Pic 12x12 Album - Outdoor Denim
Z1406 Quick Pic 12x12 Album - Dark Chocolate
Z4110 Snapease Album System
Z1323 Clear Cards - 4 1/4" x 5 ½" Asst.
Z1309 Clear Cards - 4 ½” Asst.
Z1383 Sweet Leaf Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon
Z1384 Designer Ribbon - Pink Collection
Z1397 Canvas Badge Buttons
Z1367 Bitty Brads Basic Asst
Z1368 Bitty Brads Metal Asst
Z1104 Clear Sparkles (Note: Being replaced with all round sparkles)
Z1698 Mini-Medley Accents - Pacifica
Z1320 Mini-Medley Accents - Tulip
Z1338 Mini-Medley Accents - Sunset
Z1488 Mini-Medley Accents - Honey
Z1403 Photo Hangers
Z1402 Hinges
Z1690 Bitty Buds Asst
Z1691 Bottle Caps
Z1693 Seaside Wooden Shapes (SOLD OUT)
Z1688 Comic Badge Buttons
Z1635 Heirloom Asst
Z1337 Dimensional Elements Ornaments (Note: Updated to coordinate with Cricut Artiste)
Z1224 My Creations All Sorts Mini Album
Z1334 My Creations Mix & Mingle Mini Album
Z1321 My Creations A-Door-Ables
Z1152 My Creations Cube
4275 My Legacy Writers
Z338 Euro Personal Trimmer (Note: Being replaced with Fiskars SureCut Deluxe Craft Trimmer)
Z339 Euro Trimmer Replacement Blades
Z340 Euro Trimmer Replacement Blade/Scoring
1766 Dotto Dots Dispenser
1767 Dotto Dots Refill

We have been told that our My Acrylix Stamp Sets are available for a period of one year - the current Idea Book and the one previous. Based on that, I have gone through the new AW 2012 book, SS 2012 book and AW 2011 book and believe these ones are going to be retired as they are NOT in the new AW 2012 book or the SS 2012 book.

A1095 Always Remember
A1099 Angel Sent
A1107 A Twinkle
A1108 A Flitter
A1109 A Sip
A1110 A Timber
A1113 A Game
A1115 A Holiday
B1356 St. Nick
B1359 Fright Night
B1361 Tannenbaum
B1362 Tag The Occasion
B1381 Holiday Cheer
B1393 Joyful Jar
B1394 John 3:16
C1379 Holiday Commentary
C1382 Holiday Commentary - Spanish
C1383 Holiday Commentary - French
C1401 Friendship Alphabet Small
C1408 Live Inspired
C1419 Harvest Home
C1420 Snow Days
C1423 Captured Moments
C1424 Nature's Gift
C1425 Month By Month
C1426 Thanksgiving
C1427 I Believe
C1429 Party Pennants
C1465 Unscripted
C1468 Winter Joy
C1470 Gnome Garden
C1471 Happy Clusters
C1472 Bundled Buddies
D1136 Giggle Caps
D1137 Giggle Lowercase
D1267 Rustic Numbers
D1306 Treasure Life
D1308 All Decked Out
D1373 Childhood Portrait
D1384 Snow Flurries
D1386 Save The Date
D1387 Made With Love
D1397 Save The Date - French
D1398 Save The Date - Spanish
D1401 Authentic
D1436 The Present
D1437 Party Animal
D1446 Adorn-able
D1449 Father Christmas
D1493 Fill In The Blank - Holiday
D1499 Live Your Style
E1002 Rustic Alphabet
E1006 Baroque Alphabet
E1011 Headline Alphabet Large
E1016 Friendship Alphabet Large

The following colors are NOT listed in the Autumn/Winter 2012 Idea Book.
The items numbers listed are for the 24 packs of cardstock where available.

Of course, with the color change, this also means that the Combo Packs will be retiring, as well as the Shade Packs. This will also mean the stamp pads and re-inkers will be gone as well. If you need these, you had better hurry! They do have a tendency to sell out FAST!

Grey Wool (5571)
Grey Flannel
Vanilla Cream (X5646)
Brown Bag
Baby Pink
Sunkiss Yellow
Key Lime
Heavenly Blue
Lilac Mist
Holiday Red
Sunny Yellow
Dutch Blue
Vineyard Berry
Garden Green
Spring Iris
Pansy Purple 

Also leaving at the end of July are ALL of the Workshops on the Go from the current book, and the following paper packs:  Lucy, Footlose, superhero and Crusin'.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Happy Canada Day!

Happy Canada Day to all of my fellow Canadians!!!

Life has gotten in the way of my posts again.  And life will continue to be in the ay for most of this month.  We are moving halfway through the month so between packing and unpacking, I don't anticipate any craftiness happening.  I am planning to start to doing more crafty things once we are settled in our new place.

I'm still busy with my Scentsy business.  And they are offering an awesome Hostess incentive this month.  When you host a party with a minimum of $300 (CAD) in sales you get one of these items FREE!!  And that's in addition to the usual host rewards!!

And that should be easy to achieve because everyone wants one of the warmers of the Month this month.  check out how cute OHANA is.

So if you are interested in hosting a party or purchasing one of the warmers, just let me know.  Scentsy is now in Canada, USA, Germany, England and Ireland!!!  (Please note that the available warmers differ in various regions and countries).  Or you can check out my website.

Saturday, April 28, 2012


WOW!!  It's hard to believe that it's been almost 2 months since I've posted on here.  Now I know that I was never the most active blogger, but I truly am embarrassed that it's been that long.  And what's worse - I think it's been even longer since I did something crafty.

So what have I been doing with myself you ask?  Well aside from the usual day job, family, and upcoming life changes (which will make them selves know in due time); I have been hard at work with my Scentsy Business and will soon be launching me Velata business as well.

If you've heard of Scentsy you know how AWESOME their warmers and wax are:

April's Warmer of the Month - Mother's Day

And in March, Scnetsy launched LAYERS, which is an AMAZING line of body and laundry products.  I love the fact that I can use them with my sensitive skin and not break out in a rash.

And on Tuesday, May 1st, the Scentsy group is launching their new brand VELATA!!!!!  And who doesn't love chocolate fondue???  If you are local to me I will be having my Velata launch party on Sunday May 5.  Drop me an email for the exact time and location.

Here's hoping that I'll be back to posting more soon.  I hope to get some crafting in later today and this evening.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Items for sale

I'm cleaning out my scraproom in preparation for our move. I have uploaded all of my items to my FB page, but I believe you should be able to view them even if you don't have FB.

PLEASE email me directly at or send me a message on FB if you are interested in anything. I have this posted in many locations and don't want to miss your comments.

Shipping is not included in the prices.

Here's the album to see the photos:

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Leap Around the Word Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to your next stop in the LEAP AROUND THE WORLD BLOG HOP by Let's Scrap.

If you came here from Chris's blog then you are in the right place! If you did not, Mindi Brown @ has the hop order to help you find your way.

I am so excited to be a blog host for such a fun and huge blog hop!

Here is the sketch I am showcasing for the hop

Here is my example:

 This card is made using Close to my Heart's new Lucy Workshop on the Go kit.  I also added bitty sparkles and Baker's twine.

Now for the fun part! Here is the RAK(blog candy, prize, whatever) I am offering!  2 retired Halloween items from Close to my Heart.  The first is the Thriller stamp set and the second is the My Reflections Compliments Mischief Rub-ons.

Here's a better picture of the rub-ons:

Here is how easy it is to enter for my random draw

*Be or become a member of Let’s Scrap which you can do by clicking here . It is free, easy and fast! Once you get there, I am sure you will love it!

*Become a follower of my blog

*Leave me a comment telling me your favourite scrapping technique.

And if you would like a second chance in the draw

*Make a card from the sketch I have posted and upload it to the gallery at Let’s Scrap. Please tag it as such   5-10-09,LEAP41

Please note there is no spaces and that LEAP is all capitals. 

*Leave a comment with a link to your card on Let’s Scrap.

The hop ends at 11:59 pm Central Standard time February 29th, which you would be able to track using the clock on the main page of Let’s Scrap.

Thanks for visiting.  Your next stop will be the talented Lynn.

If you get lost along the way or have joined the hop in the middle, Mindi Brown @ is the beginning of the hop. You don’t want to miss any of the fun!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

New Club...

I have to thank fellow CTMH consultant Lisa Stenz who created this club.  I've taken her idea and tweaked it to fit my business.  I hope to post this month's club creation a little later today or tomorrow so be sure to check back.

Monthly (no-commitment) Creative Club

Do you like to make fun projects at a great price or for FREE? Do you like to learn new techniques? Do you like to earn free products? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, my Creative Club is for you!

Starting in January 2012, my Creative Club will meet the 4th Tuesday and Saturday of the month at 7pm at my house, however, you do not need to be local to be part of the club. My long distance members get their kits mailed to them and any orders they place get drop shipped to them directly from the Close to my Heart office. (Sometimes they even get their orders before the local gals!)

Here is more information on the Club:
You may join the club at any time and there is no commitment to stay in the club for any length of time or to place an order. There will be a small fee (depending on the project) for the supplies used for the projects we make which will range from cards to small gift items, to scrapbook pages, and more. Each person who signs up for this club will have their name added to the bottom of the hostess list. The person whose name is on the top of the list will get the hostess rewards that month. In order for your name to keep its “place” on the list, you must place a $25 minimum order (before shipping and taxes) whether you attend the class that month or not. If you do not place a $25+ order that month, then your name goes down to the bottom of the list. If you do place a $25+ order, then your name continues to move up the list AND you will get $5 off your kit for that class. (For example, if the class is $10 that month, your kit will only be $5 or if the class is $5 that month, your kit will be FREE!) Long distance members pay an additional $5 to have their project kits mailed to them.

Club members will also receive:
·         A free current Idea Book/Catalog!
·         Free Hostess Rewards during your hosting month
·         Optional monthly classes with project kits
·         Opportunity to hold a home workshop, gathering, or catalog party to boost your hostess benefits
·         $5 discounts on all of my other workshops and classes while you are a member
·         Other freebies and surprises...

Contact me at for more information, to sign up for next month’s class, or to order your own club kit(s).

Check my blog and/or facebook page  for upcoming club projects.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Sharing from the Heart Blog Hop

First off, my apologies for posting this a little late.  If you've come from Lori's blog you are on the right path.

This month I chose to use Close to my Heart's Stamp of the Month Little Reminder.  I used one of my favourite retired paper packs, Emporium to create this card.

Now hop on over to Lela's blog to see what she has to share.

Don't forget that the new Idea Book comes out February 1st so be sure to check out the retiring items from the current Idea Book.  I'll have them posted on my blog a little later.

Be sure to like my facebook page and enter my giveaway.

Supplies used(all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
Paper: Emporium (retired
Stamps:Little Reminder
Ink:Vinyeardberry, Crystal Blue
Embellishments: Bitty Sparkles

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Upcoming Blog Hop

I'm participating in Let's Scrap's "Leap Around the World" Blog hop in February.  It's going to be HUGE and AMAZING!!!  There will be 50 hosts each sharing a card sketch and a card made with that sketch.  AND you will have a chance to win some great swag from the hosts.

Be  sure to stop by to see what I'll have up for grabs :)

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Sacha Bear for Charity

Scentsy has teamed up with Ronald MacDonald House for their charitable cause with the current catalog.  100% of the net proceeds from each Sacha bear sold will be donated to Ronald MacDonald House Charities.  I will be attending Scentsy's Spring Sprint with lots of other consultants and we have been challenged to bring a Sacha Bear to be donated to a local Ronald MacDonald House.

I would like to be able to take 10 of them with me, but I need your help.  So far I have 2 to take, but I still need 8 more.  If you are able to help out and donate one, please send me an email by 8pm EST tonight.  The cost of the bear is only $40 CAN.

Please help put a smile on a child's face.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Lower Prices

With the lower prices now in effect at Close to my Heart for us Canadians, that means that the while supplies last items are cheaper too.  You can get the full level 2 Sweetheart paper pack for only $3!!!!!!

Be sure to check out my website for more great deals.  I'll be placing an order tomorrow so be sure to email me with your order by 5pm on January 4.

I also hope to have my newsletter out tomorrow.  If you haven't signed up for my newsletter, drop me an email and ask to be added.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Welcome 2012....

I thought I'd take a few minutes today to share the cover of the new idea book as well as remind you of Close to My Heart's campaign's for this month - there are 2 of them.  And to share my scrapping goals for the year.

First the scrapping goals....
  1. To use up the products I have on hand.  That doesn't mean that you won't be seeing new paper and stamp sets, it just means that you may not be able to purchase all of the paper packs that I use in my projects this year.
  2. Create 26 layouts (that's about 1 every 2 weeks).
  3. Finish my Princesses baby album.
  4. Create 120 cards - that's 10 per month.
  5. Keep track of my layout and card goals on my blog to help keep me accountable.
And now on to January's specials....

Rock the Block continues until the end of the month. 

Purchase $25 from the current catalogue and receive the exclusive Rock the Block E-size stamp set and the new My creations Collage Cubes for only $15!

A Perfect 10.....

January is the perfect time to become a member of Studio J.  Not only can you get your holiday pictures scrapped quickly, you can order multiple copies of the same layouts for multiple albums.  And when you purchase 9 layouts, you get the 10th one FREE!

And finally the cover of the new idea book that will be available February 1st...

This features the new "STELLA" Paper pack.