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October 6, 2015

Welcome to the Close to My Heart 
Holiday Expressions Blog Hop

This hop I am following {Sheila Bennett's Blog.}   We have 30 Close to My Heart Consultants participating in our Close to My Heart Holiday Expressions Blog Hop.   If you lose your place while traveling through our blog hop, the complete list of participants can be found here.    Thank you for hopping through our Blog Hop.

Have you seen our Holiday Expressions Catalog?  It is chock full of Halloween and Christmas paper, stamp sets, and embellishments.  It is 37 pages of Holiday goodness.  We are showcasing some of the cute things you can make using some products found in this catalog.

Do you like to hand out goodies during the Halloween season?  I have made an adorable little bag that you can put candy, cookies, or some other kind of goody in to give to your friends or co-workers.  Maybe you have a teacher you would like to remember?  How fun this would be to give to that favorite teacher.

I have used our Designer Creations Honey Paper Bags and dressed it up using three of our Cricut cartridges, Artbooking, Artfully Sent, and Artistry.  Did you see how I dressed up the clothespin that I purchased at Walmart?  It has Black Shimmer Trim on it.  Super easy and a special touch.  You could even glue a magnet onto the back side of the clothespin and after the goodies are gone, the clothespin could be used as an important paper holder or as a refrigerator magnet.

I used the stamp set, Tasty Terrors to stamp the sentiment and the stars.  The stars were colored with our Shin Han Marker.  Do you have a Cricut Explore?  If you do, I would like to share my Design Space file with this link.

Thank you for visiting my blog.

By the way, I would love for you to leave me a comment and then please go to our next artist, {Michelle Stewart's Blog.}

You can purchase any of the supplies listed below at  

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October 3, 2015

It is finally here.  My Zoe Waterfall Folio Album.  This is an adorable, easy to put together album that would make a wonderful gift for a special person in your life.  It holds up to 21 photos.

I am teaching this workshop on October 18th at 2 pm.  Questions or to RSVP to

Cost: $23 (Memphis area) Add $5 for shipping

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October 2, 2015

October Promotion 

See the beautiful bag in the above photograph?  That bag was our 2015 Convention bag.  It is exclusive.  Only Consultants who attend Convention get this bag.  Consultants drool over this bag.  Really!  This bag is one of the reasons I spend oodles of money to attend Convention each year.  It is big enough to hold tons of scrapbooking supplies and 12 x 12 layouts.  It has pockets inside and outside.  And it has a long strap that you can wear as a shoulder bag or a cross-body bag.  This bag is cool and you need one.

How much does it cost, you ask?  It is free as long as you are not currently a CTMH Consultant.  CTMH Consultants cannot get this bag.  I have downline who are miserable about this right now.  But you can get it for free.

All you have to do is join Close to My Heart during the month of October.  The bag is while supplies last, so decide quickly!  

When you join Close to My Heart, you will receive this beautiful box of goodies.

You will receive enough product to hold multiple workshops and gatherings and you will recoup your investment in no time.  I will include instructions for card and layout projects using the products in your kit.  Everything is included.  From blocks to stamps to ink to embellishments to paper, you will be equipped to have immediate sales success.  And I will be there to hold your hand, answer your questions, provide training, and even attend your first event.  All you have to do is ask.

So how do you get this big box of product?  If you are local to Memphis, I have one at my house.  You can pick it up with just a phone call.  Or you can sign up online at and have the box sent directly to you.

The retail value of the product in the kit is $445.  The cost for starting your own Close to My Heart Business is $129 (plus shipping and handling and tax). The list of products in the box can be found at

Does this sound like something you might be interested in?  Call me at (901) 218-1847 or email me at  I would love for you to join my team, The Bling Team.  By the way, this promotion is available to former CTMH Consultants.

Hope to hear from you soon.

October 1, 2015
Welcome to the October Stamp of the Month 
Blog Hop! 

This month I am following {Melissa Robinson's Blog.}   We have approximately 45 Close to My Heart Consultants participating in this month’s Stamp of the Month Blog Hop.   If you lose your place while traveling through our blog hop, the complete list of participants can be found here.      

The October Stamp of the Month is entitled Twinkle (S1510) (Set of 15).   Here is a picture of this stamp set:

The Close to My Heart October Stamp of the Month is always a Christmas stamp and I am looking forward to Christmas, so I decided to make a layout to use with my Christmas pictures we will take this year.

I have used our Christmas paper called White Pines.  This layout only took two pieces of patterned paper in addition to the cardstock used.  That leaves you with 4 pieces of patterned paper and a whole lot of cardstock in a My Reflections White Pine paper pack.

I loved the little colored lights and wanted to string them across the top of my layout.  The paper under the string of lights is the decorative zip strip that comes on the top of our patterned paper.  I added the White Pines Complements, using just a few, so I have more left to use on other projects.

Here is my layout.

The Twinkle Stamp of the Month Stamp Set can be purchased for $17.95 or if you purchase $50 in CTMH products, you can add this stamp set to your order for an additional $5.  This stamp set is only available between October 1 – October 31, 2015. 

Thank you for visiting my blog.  I would love for you to show me a little love by leaving me a comment and then please go to our next artist, {Terrie Shortsleeve's Blog} and see what she has made with this adorable stamp set.

You can purchase this stamp set as well as any of the supplies listed below on my website. 

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September 13, 2015

Welcome to September's Stampers with an Attitude Blog Hop.  Are you ready for Fall yet?  It has finally cooled down here and we are so ready to lose the 100 degree days.  Along with Fall comes one of my favorite holidays, Halloween, and Stampers with an Attitude are featuring the Close to My Heart Halloween paper pack, Nevermore.  Who is the Stampers with an Attitude?  It is the Close to My Heart team lead by my fabulous upline, Kimberly Moss. This month I am following  {Denise Elliott.}  

Our blog hop is a circular hop.  You just click on the link to the next blog at the bottom of this post and go visit the next blog.  If you get lost, I have all of the participating blogs listed at the bottom of my post.  Hope you enjoy seeing what our team has made for you.

I am enjoying all of our new Halloween Stamp Sets and embellishments as well as the  supercute Nevermore paper pack.  Look what I made!

What do you think about my card?  Yes, once again I used our new watercolors and watercolor paper, but look at the cool texture.  Can you guess how I did that?  Once I covered my paper with different colors of watercolors I threw on a ton of Kosher salt.  Then I added more water and even a little more color.  It dried overnight and I rubbed off the salt and stamped these cool Steampunk spiders.

But, there is more to this card than meets the eye.  Dontcha hate a naked inside of a card?  Me too.  So I pulled out the Close to My Heart exclusive Artfully Sent Cricut Cartridge and made a superduper special Halloween card.  Now check this out.

The Happy Halloween pops out when you open the card.  I used the Nevermore patterned papers and that scary strip at the bottom is one of the zip strips from this paper pack.  I had to add a little glitter so the spider and the spider web are cut from our glitter paper.  The black glittery stars are from our new Black Paper Fundamentals embellishment assortment.

Want to make one of these and have a Cricut Explore?  I have a Design Space file to share:

I want to thank you for visiting my blog.  The next very talented artist for you to visit on our blog hop is {Sheila Bennett}. 

Here is the September's Stampers with an Attitude Blog Hop Nevermore Artwork Block Hop List
  1. Catherine Nowak ~
  2. Aggie Peters~
  3. Melissa Robinson -
  4. Vickie ODell -
  5. Wendy Taylor -
  6. Denise Elliott -
  7. Melinda Everitt ~
  8. Sheila Bennett ~ 
    You can purchase any of the supplies listed below on my website.  

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    September 6, 2015

    Welcome to the Close to My Heart 
    National Stamping Month Hello Life Blog Hop

    This hop I am following {Carol Taggio's Blog.}   We have almost 40 Close to My Heart Consultants participating in our Close to My Heart National Stamping Month Hello Life Blog Hop.   If you lose your place while traveling through our blog hop, the complete list of participants can be found here.    Thank you for hopping through our Blog Hop.

    September is National Stamping Month, and this year Close To My Heart has something to help every kind of papercrafter say a big “hello” to life! Available only during the month of September, these exclusive C-size My Acrylix® Hello, Life! stamp sets can be purchased for $13.95 each! Or, for an even better deal, you can purchase all three for only $34.95 — a savings of $6.90! 

    Each stamp set is designed to fit with a specific type of papercrafting, whether that’s scrapbooking, cardmaking, or pocket scrapbooking. However, all the stamp sets coordinate with each other and can be used together to create dynamic artwork. These stamp sets also coordinate with shapes from the new Cricut® Artistry collection to help expand your artwork options even further. 

    Remember, these stamp sets are available for one month only, so get your orders in for one stamp set—or all three—before these gorgeous stamps disappear! Make certain to follow Close To My Heart’s blog, Instagram, and Facebook page for artwork inspiration featuring these lively stamp sets all month long.  Available between September 1 - 30, 2015.

    Here are the three sets.

    I am still having so much fun with our new watercolors.  I love that I don't have to know how to paint to use them!  Look at the card I made for my grandson.

    I embossed the little stars from the Cardmaking Hello Life Stamp set using silver embossing powder on our new watercolor paper. Then I painted four different blues over the embossed stars in the background.  I have learned that as the paint is drying it may pool a little, leaving an unwanted blotch on my artwork.  But if I take a dry paint brush and quickly brush over it, it seems to "seal" the paint and it even dries a little faster.

    As you can see, I purchased all three stamp sets (and got a great deal) and used two of them in this card.  The Oh, Hey, Birthday, and the stars came from the Cardmaking set and the Happy came from the Scrapbooking set.

    I stamped the three larger stamps with the Versamark and embossed them with the Silver embossing powder.  Then I painted them with a yellow and two different purple water colors.  I cut them out when they dried and popped them up with our thin 3D foam tape. I added some of the black glitter stars from the Fundamental Assortment - Black.  Then I added a few of the new Blue Glitter Duos.  One can never have too much glitter!

    I colored the "Birthday" in with our Journaling Pen so that it would stand out.  I hope that my grandson likes his card.

    Thank you for visiting my blog.

    By the way, I would love for you to leave me a comment and then please go to our next artist, {Sheila Bennett's Blog.}

    You can purchase any of the supplies listed below at  

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