Thursday, May 5, 2016

Happy Times Are Here!!!

In celebration of National Scrapbooking Month, Close To My Heart has an offer you just might like. This Happy Times paper packet is gorgeous and can be yours for just $14.95 + shipping & tax - as many as you want - or FREE with an additional $60 purchase. The stamp set is $17.95 + shipping & tax. Both are only available during May, while supplies last, so be sure to get yours soon! Give me a shout to order for you or place your order here.

Here are some of the beautiful layouts you can create with this paper pack and stamp set. I'll share a few more soon along with some cards. In the meantime, enjoy these layouts!




If you purchase the paper pack AND the stamp set, I'll email you a copy of the cutting guide and directions for FREE or you can get a printed copy if you're able to attend my upcoming workshop on May 21, 22, 23, 24 or 25. Contact me for more details about it!

Below is a list of all supplies used for the 3 layouts if you wish to create them as shown. Keep in mind if you already own any of the supplies or something similar, feel free to use them instead of purchasing new supplies. 

CC1063 - Happy Times paper pack - $14.95 or FREE with a $60 purchase
CC1064 – Happy Times stamp set - $17.95 
Z2012 – Gold Sequins - $2.95
Z3091 – Pink Enamel Gems - $3.95
Z3189 – White & Gold Ribbon - $5.95
Z3217 – PML Watercolor Cards, Gold - $8.95
Z3224 – Waterbrush – Small Round - $5.95 
Z2060 – Thin 3D Foam Tape - $5.95
Z1985 – Gold Shimmer Trim - $4.95
Z341 – Mini Glue Dots - $7.50
1385 - 5 sheets of White Daisy Cardstock - $2.25
X5780 - 3 sheets of Pomegranate Cardstock - $2.10
Pomegranate, Smoothie, Glacier, Canary and Fern inks - $6.95 each 

Head on over to my website to place your order before you forget! Any questions? Just ask! 

Happy scramping!

~Carol

Thursday, April 14, 2016

My Newest Guest Blog Post

Just wanted to share the link to my newest guest blog post on the Irreversibly Moi website. I'm sharing another cool way to use watercolors along with a pretty awesome stamp set that is only available through April here. Check it out! I think you'll like it!
Happy scrampin'!

~Carol

The Close To My Heart Opportunity

Still on the fence about signing up with Close To My Heart and joining my Scrampers with Heart team? Well, watch this video and maybe it will help you make an informed decision and one that may be just perfect for you!

After watching, if you're sure you're ready to start on a new scrapbooking, cardmaking or papercrafting adventure, I'd love to chat about it with you or you can go here to sign up right away!

I hope you decide that Close To My Heart is right for you!

Happy scrampin'!

~Carol

Friday, April 8, 2016

Baby, I'm Worth It!

Hello, hello!!

Are you a scrapbooker or card maker or know someone who is? If so, I am looking for you (and/or a friend) to join my Close To My Heart 'Scrampers with Heart' team so read on for all the exciting details....

Signing up as a new Consultant with Close To My Heart during April is more rewarding than ever. Not only do you get your beautiful New Consultant Kit at a new, lower price, but when you submit $350 in personal sales within your first 30 days**, you get your choice of either a FREE Cricut® collection or $100 in Select Product Credit—and that’s in addition to the Straight To The Top start-up bonus that you’ll earn along the way! Doesn't that sound awesome?
So if earning money—and rewards—through your love of scrapbooking and stamping sounds like a dream job, then now is the perfect time to join my Close To My Heart team. Believe me, it’s worth it! Sign up today! 

Here's even more details and a list of the contents in the New Consultant kit:
Do you crave creativity, relish warm relationships, or savor industry? We embrace all types, whether you’re creative-, community-, or business-minded. By becoming a Close To My Heart Consultant, you join an elite team that supports and honors what makes you exceptional.

It’s easy to join. Start by clicking on the “Let’s Get Started” link and complete the form. As part of your enrollment you will purchase the Consultant Kit for only $75 USD. Each kit includes the basic business supplies you need to start your journey and is valued at over $200 USD! Along with your kit you will receive $50 USD in Select Product Credit you can use to purchase the creative supplies of your choice! Join us and discover all the wonderful rewards of being a Close To My Heart Independent Consultant.

CONTENTS OF THE NEW CONSULTANT KIT INCLUDE:
Medium Organizer (Z4139, qty 1)
My Acrylix® Block 2" × 6½" (Y1010, qty 1)
My Acrylix® Block 1” × 3½" (Y1002, qty 1)
My Acrylix® Block 2" × 2" (Y1003, qty 1)
Non-Stick Microtip Scissors (Z1836, qty 1)
My Acrylix® Stamp Scrubber (Z1782, qty 1)
My Acrylix® Spritz Cleaner (1778, qty 1)
Bonding Memories™ Glue (1512, qty 1)
3-D Foam Tape (Z1151, qty 1)
Sponge (Z697, qty 1)
Customer Order Forms (W101, qty 1 pack of 25)
Annual Inspirations Idea Book (WC1161, qty 5)
Seasonal Expressions 2 (WCS1163, qty 5)
Cardstock Sampler (W1136, qty 1)
Paper Fundamentals Sampler (W1137, qty 1)
Annual Inspirations B&T Duos™ Sampler (W1138, qty 1)
Seasonal Expressions 2 B&T Duos™ Sampler (W1144, qty 1)
Artful Textiles—Petite Perks Incentive Stamp Set (W2034, qty 3)
Gathering Invitations (W1129, qty 1 pack of 25)
Desk Pad (W1140, qty 1 pack of 50)

Items shown represent contents of New Consultant Kits ordered between April 1, 2016 and June 30, 2016. Some items may not be shown. Contents are subject to change without notice, and change regularly based on product and collateral availability. Shipping and handling and applicable taxes apply.

*New Consultants must reach qualifying sales of $350 before receiving their free Cricut® collection or $100 in Select Product Credit.

**The 30-day period begins five days after the New Consultant Kit has been shipped. Offer valid April 1, 2016 (9:00 am MDT) – April 30, 2016 (11:59 pm MDT).

Give me a shout if you have any questions about joining this fantastic company. I'm here to help you get started on a rewarding career while having tons of fun scrapbooking and making cards or doing whatever papercrafting your little heart desires!

Happy scrampin'!!

~Carol

Sunday, March 20, 2016

A Watercolor Background Scrapbook Layout

I am so in love with this layout! I love everything about it but especially the little people in it! What can I say? I have some of the cutest, bestest grandkids in the whole wide world! I just wish all my grands could be in the same place at the same time more often but I digress.....

I wanted to share this layout because of the awesome background, more than the awesome kiddies, and because of the awesome stamp set I used! Hmmm, I seem to be using the word 'awesome' a lot! But that's because the March stamp of the month set from Close To My Heart - Sunshine Birdies - is awesome and is only available till March 31st so I wanted to be sure to let you see what I created with it in case you'd like to get one for yourself.

And here's the layout I made. Didn't I tell you those kiddies were cute?
I made the background using the Z3146 Watercolor paper and Z3132 Watercolor paints from Close To My Heart. I wet my paper first then just started spreading the different colors on it overlapping each color to create blended colors. I let it dry then sprayed it with a bit of water and painted another layer on top just to achieve a darker background. I also painted another strip of watercolor paper in order to have a painted surface for some of the stamped images that I thought I might want to cut out. 

While both pieces were drying, I then decided where I wanted my stamping to go. I also wanted to use a new Stencil Girl stencil I'd just received because it was in a circular pattern and reminded me of the sun. I thought it would create a nice element on my page. My new Tim Holtz distress crayons worked great when I mixed two of the colors together with a bit of water then brushed them over the stencil. Totally cool effect! 

I already knew where I wanted to put my photos so the stamping had to work with their placement and took a bit of thought. I pulled out several favorite stamp sets along with the March stamp of the month set and began planning which ones to use and where I wanted them to go on the page. I started with the branches directly on the background then used one of the green watercolors to paint in the leaves.

All those birds in the March stamp set are so cute and I knew I definitely wanted to use every one of them on my page so I stamped them onto the extra piece of painted watercolor paper and cut them out. I did the same with the butterflies, cut them out then used 3D foam tape to pop them all off the page.
I then stamped several other images - fake washi tape, speech bubble, arrows - on the extra piece of painted paper and attached them to the page as well as some pretty little purple-ish gems.
Added the journaling lines and date stamp, which will be filled in once I have all the details from my daughter-in-law. A bit of black doodling lines around the photos and along the edges of the page finished the layout off nicely!

Here's the additional supplies I used:
D1647 Documenting Moments stamp set
D1648 Snapshot Memories stamp set
Z888 Staz On Black ink
Z1936 Purple Glitter Gems

I must apologize....I was going to link each of these products but, at this time the site seems to be having issues. Hopefully it'll be available soon if you'd like to check them out.

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you've enjoyed my scrapbook layout today. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to give me a shout!

Happy scramping!

~Carol

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

STAMPAGANZA IS BAAAAACK!!

Let the Stampaganza begin! You don't want to miss this awesome event, people! Any time you can get something for FREE, it's an awesome event, right? Okay, so here's the details! Buy any two My Acrylix stamp sets (M-, A-, B-, C-, D-, or E-size) at full retail price and receive a third stamp set of equal or lesser value for FREE! That's a savings of up to $29.95! This offer is only available through March so start submitting your stamp orders as soon as possible and let the Stampaganza fun begin!!

When the lowest-priced set is M-size, receive one M-size FREE!
When the lowest-priced set is A-size, receive one M- or A-size FREE!
When the lowest-priced set is B-size, receive one M-, A-, or B-size FREE!
When the lowest-priced set is C-size, receive one M-, A-, B-, or C-size FREE!
When the lowest-priced set is D-size, receive one M-, A-, B-, C-, or D-size set FREE!
When the lowest-priced set is E-size, receive one M-, A-, B-, C-, D-, or E-size set FREE! 

Contact me me for more details.

*Offer valid March 1, 2016 (9:00 am MST)–March 31, 2016 (11:59 pm MDT) while supplies last. No tax will be charged on the free item(s). Shipping/handling is calculated based on the full retail price of all items, including the free item(s).

Monday, February 22, 2016

Day in the Life Album

Hello Friends! Since my Week in the Life album for 2015 is finally all done - YAY! I am so happy! - I can now concentrate on the upcoming Day in the Life project from Ali Edwards. I participated in this project two other times, I believe, and totally enjoyed it so I am looking forward to this one as well.

I have already chosen the mini album I will use for this project and I think it's going to work out wonderfully! The date for this event will be here before you know it - March 29 - so if you're interested in participating, click here for more details and here to order the Instalife mini album and accessories I'm using, if you'd like. Of course, Ali is offering a Day in the Life kit so feel free to purchase that one if you wish or use what you already have in your stash. I just thought I'd share what I'm using and offer it to you as an option.


Thanks for stopping by today! Have a scramping good day!

~Carol

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Getting My Messy On | Season of Happy Week 3

Here's my page for week 3 of Season of Happy. I am so happy to be caught up! Hope you enjoy it and that it inspires you to join in this wonderfully fun weekly art journaling challenge, too.

Thanks for looking! Have an artsy day!

~Carol

Getting My Messy On | Season of Happy Week 2

Sharing my art for the second week of Season of Happy. These are all the things that make me happy right now - well, it's not everything that makes me happy but it's many of the things. ;) I am working on week 3 and hope to share soon.


Thanks for stopping by today! Have a messy artsy day!!

~Carol

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

I'm a Guest Artist!

Hey everyone! I'm so excited to let you know that I am a guest artist - artist? really? me, an artist? okay, I'll take it! ;) - on the Irreversibly Moi blog this month. I'm sharing a tutorial of a watercolor card I made recently. It's nothing super fancy or anything like that - I prefer my cards to be easily mailed to a loved one and to arrive in one piece - but a nice, simple card with a couple techniques you might enjoy. Click here to go right to it and let me know what you think!

Be sure to bookmark the Irreversibly Moi site! You not only will learn some cool stuff from Susan and other awesome artists but yours truly will be back each month with a new project as well. Yay! Next month I hope to share an art journal page featuring a couple techniques so stay tuned!

Thanks for stopping by today! Now, go make some art!

~Carol

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

It's Almost 30 Days of Lists Time Again!

I'm getting excited!!! It's almost time for the next round of listing from Amy & Kam over at 30 Days of Lists! Will you be joining in this round? I am! I have already registered and have my album almost ready to go. I will be using the same 6" x 8" Studio Calico album as I've used for the past three listing challenges since there's still some space left.

This time around I will be using the new Love Your Selfie Picture My Life Scrapbooking kit from Close To My Heart. I love the colors of this kit and can't wait to see how all my lists will come together while using it.

The two cards already in the album will be my title cards where I always put the month & year for each challenge. I hope to have that ready within a day or two and will share when it's done.

Give it some thought but don't wait too long! March 1st will be here before you know it! Register here for this fun challenge!

Happy listing!

~Carol

Sunday, February 7, 2016

The Color is Love

Hi all! I recently received some new stencils from Stencil Girl Products and enclosed in the envelope was a card (they always include a card that always has a nice artsy quote on it) that I absolutely loved so I added it to an art journal page that I had started a few days ago. The colors were just perfect for my page! I was so excited when I saw the card that I knew I had to use it on my page along with the new stencils, too, of course! So here is what I created.

The background is a piece of Gelli printed deli paper that I made quite some time ago and wanted to use up and when I saw the card matched it so perfectly, it was a win-win in my book! I added a bit more color with the new stencils then used a homemade heart stencil and a black pen to trace around the inside of the various size hearts.
To attach the card so it would flip out to reveal journaling underneath, I used an opaque white washi tape strip. I then ran a black ink pad around the edges of the page and the card and called it done. Love how it turned out!

In case you can't read the quote on the card here is what it says:
In our life there is a single color,
as on an artist's palette,
which provides the meaning of life and art.
The color is love.
~Marc Chagall

Thanks for stopping by! Have an artsy day!

~Carol

Friday, February 5, 2016

Get Messy Happy Season

Hello artsy friends! I'm participating in the new 'Season of Happy' over at Get Messy so I wanted to share some artwork I created by following a couple of the first week's prompts.

But first let me show you the cover of my homemade art journal I made using some Gelli prints. Isn't it cool? So happy to be using these prints after making them some time ago. Gelli plate printing is so much fun! If you haven't tried it yet, you really should! You'll see more of the inside pages of my journal as I go along with this season's prompts.

This first page was created on a piece of mixed media paper before deciding to use my handmade art journal for the full 'season of happy' so it isn't actually going to fit inside of my art journal but I'm okay with that. I added it to another journal instead.

I followed the first 2 prompts for this page - ART prompt: Use your happiness colors in your favorite medium & EXTRA Challenge: Use only color & pattern, no words - and love how it turned out!

The next prompt I used is the JOURNAL prompt: Where is your happy place? My happy place is my scrap room and here's a photo of it! I did write some journaling on the left page but it's hard to see here. It's nothing really private so I'll share what I wrote.

My scrap room is my happy place! I have several other places that make me happy, too, but this room is by far the one that makes me happiest because I get to play to my heart's content any time I want to!

I hope you've enjoyed my artwork so far for the 'Season of Happy'! Won't you join us? Just go to Get Messy and sign up!

Thanks for stopping by! Have a messy day!

~Carol

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

I am so excited!

A recent piece of my artwork was actually shared on Instagram by Stencil Girl Products*! Wow! Isn't that cool? I used several Stencil Girl stencils on my piece - some by Julie Snidle and some by Mary Beth Shaw. I had so much fun with this project but wasn't quite sure it was good enough to share until after staring at it for awhile and realizing that it was actually beginning to grow on me! Then I figured, what the heck!

The colors, the texture, the patterns created by the strips and the various stencils used all come together for a very pleasing experience to the eye. Well, at least I think so! ;) The quote was a perfect finish, too! I'm thinking of framing this and hanging it in my craft room for inspiration.
Have you dabbled in art journaling yet? Or maybe mixed media? If you haven't, you really should give it a try. It is so much fun and so very therapeutic for what ails you! Grab some mixed media paper, paints, stencils, paper scraps and pens and start playing! There's no right or wrong way, just have fun!

Join the Stencil Girl monthly stencil club for just $25. As a member of the club, you receive a 20% discount on any additional stencils you purchase.

I'm also getting excited about an upcoming opportunity for me but you're going to have to wait a few more days before I can tell you as I want to be sure it comes through. So stay tuned!

Thanks for stopping by! Have a crafty good day!

~Carol

Monday, February 1, 2016

Share the Love with Close To My Heart

Happy February! I don't know about you but I love the beginning of a new month! So many new & exciting things happening with every new month no matter the time of year and here's two of those things I'd like to share with you right now for February.

SHARE THE LOVE and help change the life of a child. What could be better than sharing love and changing the life & happiness of a child?! Read on for the details.....


Get this stamp set for only $17.95!
Share the LOVE this February by purchasing the exclusive My Acrylix® Share the Love D-size stamp set (CC1060). Filled with adorable icons and lovable sentiments, this stamp set will be a beautiful addition to your collection—but there is more to this stamp set than meets the eye!

Not only will you be getting a high-quality, swoon-worthy stamp set by taking part in this promotion, but Close To My Heart will also donate $7 USD of the proceeds from this stamp set to Operation Smile™, an amazing organization that provides surgeries to repair cleft lips and palates for children all over the world*!

Check out our social media channels all month long to see this stamp set in action, and remember to post your own artwork using the hashtag #ctmhsharethelove to help bring attention to a wonderful and worthy cause.

For more information about Operation Smile and Close To My Heart’s relationship with this amazing organization, or details for this promotion, contact me.

*Offer valid February 1, 2016 (9:00 am MST – February 29, 2016 (11:59 pm MST) while supplies last. Shipping/handling is calculated based on the full retail price of the promotional stamp set. *Product purchases in US states Alabama and Massachusetts excluded from donation.

February 2016 STAMP OF THE MONTH - Balloon Animals

Spend $50 and get this Stamp of the Month set for just $5.

Innovative, creative, and always versatile—this 13 image stamp set is simply adorable!! Here’s just one example of these stamps in use. Isn't this just too cute??

REMEMBER - Each month you can purchase a new D-size stamp set, available for one month only, for just $5. When you place an order of $50 or more in Close To My Heart products, you qualify for this special Stamp of the Month pricing.

Please feel free to contact me at any time for more information about the fabulous products Close To My Heart has to offer. You can also find the current idea books & catalogs online here.

Have a fantastic February and don't forget to SHARE THE LOVE!

~Carol
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