Sunday, July 13, 2014

Get Them Before They're Gone!

***ATTENTION***
With a new Close To My Heart Annual Inspirations idea book & catalog going 'live' on August 1st, there are many fabulous products that will be retiring at the end of July. If there are any items you really can't live without, get them NOW before they're gone. Click here to see all the retiring items and while you are there be sure to check out the 'While Supplies Last' section for some great deeply discounted products.

Have a great day and happy scrampin'!

~Carol

Sweet as Honey Close to my Heart-style

I am totally in love with this layout as well as the little girlie featured in it. I had a vision of how I wanted the layout to look and it came together very nicely! What do you think?

This little girl just makes my heart melt. She is such a happy, vibrant, energetic and so very expressive little person. She certainly is one-of-a-kind and I miss her so much.


Supplies used are all Close To My Heart unless noted - sorry so many are no longer available but perhaps you own some of them or something similar already.

  1. Z1939 Basic Fundamentals cardstock
  2. X7173B Babycakes paper pack (n/a)
  3. Free To Be Me papers (May special n/a)
  4. D1470 Dreams Come True stamp set (n/a)
  5. C1536 Happy Thoughts stamp set (n/a)
  6. C1537 Honeycomb stamp set
  7. B1436 Photogenic stamp set (Hip Pics album set n/a)
  8. Black, Honey, Buttercup (retiring 7/31) and Lagoon inks
  9. Z1853 Aqua Dots
  10. Z1844 Trinkets Wooden Shapes (retiring 7/31)
  11. Z1702 Paradise Baker's Twine (n/a)
  12. Z1850 Lagoon Houndstooth Washi Tape (retiring 7/31)
  13. Various buttons
I hope you have enjoyed my featured layout today and that it inspires you to get some scrapping done!

Happy scrampin'!

~Carol

Thursday, July 10, 2014

A New Consultant Kit is Available NOW!

Just wanted to let you know that a New Consultant kit from Close To My Heart is available for you to purchase for just $99 when you enroll and join my Scrampers with Heart team! The best part is...you now have a choice of either the Scrapbooker's kit, if you are more of a scrapbooker OR the Cardmaker's kit if you lean more toward making cards. How cool is that?

Click here for a detailed list of everything you get in each of the kits. The scrapbooker's kit has a retail value of $365 and the cardmaker's retail value is $370. And each one is only $99? YES! Wowzers, what an awesome deal and great way to jump-start a paper crafting business with Close To My Heart! Are you with me? Click here to join my team!

Scrapbooker's Kit - just $99 - retail value $365

Cardmaker's kit - just $99 - retail value $370

Let me know if you have any questions! I'm here to help you get started with your paper crafting career with a fabulously awesome, debt-free, gonna-be-here-for-a-long-time company!

Happy scrampin'!

~Carol

Happy Anniversary to Us!

It's hard to believe but my husband and I have been married for 38 years today! My, how the time has flown! It hasn't always been easy or fun but it's totally been worth it! Here's to many more!

Have a great day everyone and if today is your anniversary as well, make it an extra special day!

~Carol

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Where Do YOU Shop for Scrapbooking Supplies?

I know that's a very important question, isn't it? With the closing of so many small scrapbooking shops in recent years as well as some online stores shutting down operations, where do YOU shop for your scrapbooking products? I'll tell you where I shop....Carol Labuski - Independent Consultant at Close To My Heart. Yep, that's right! I shop through my own website for the majority of my scrapbooking/cardmaking/papercrafting supplies. Surprised? Well, you really shouldn't be! Close To My Heart has awesome products!

Let me just tell you a little more about what we offer in all our color-coordinated glory: Workshops on the Go, Picture My Life kits, card kits - both pre-cut and more hands-on,  My Crush books, home decor items, clear acrylic stamp sets, fabulous inks, tools, embellishments and so much more! We take the guesswork out of creating fabulous artwork with such awesome products so you can have more time to play! No wasting time trying to figure out what goes with what because everything is already done for you.

Since becoming a Close To My Heart independent consultant almost 8 years ago, I have pretty much been loyal to the awesome products they offer. Why? Because 1) I LOVE the products, 2) I can shop from the comfort of my own home, no traffic or rude people to deal with! 3) Everything is color-coordinated, no guessing on anything and 4) I LOVE the products! Oh wait, I already said that! But it's true! I do!

If you'd like to see what Close To My Heart offers, go here. Peruse the site and check it out real good. I think you will like what you see! If I am correct, please feel free to place an order if you find some awesome products you really can't wait to play with. And I'm available if you have any questions at all!

Happy scrampin'!

~Carol

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

It's a Close To My Heart Circus!

What a fun alphabet this is! Can you imagine how awesome these playful letters will look on your cards and scrapbook layouts? I can! I have several grandchildren (as most of you know) and they are the subject of many of my scrapbook layouts so this alphabet will be perfect for them. I don't know about you but I can't wait to get this S1407 Circus Alphabet and start creating some awesome projects with it!


Just look at the beautiful artwork created by the very talented team at Close To My Heart. Isn't this a fun, playful alphabet? If the ferris wheels are spinning in your head and you really need to get this set, go here to place your order or give me a shout to order it for you! You can purchase it for the full retail price of $17.95 OR get it for just $5.00 with an additional $50 purchase. But get it by July 31 before it's all gone! 


Thanks for stopping by today!

Happy scrampin'!

~Carol

Friday, June 27, 2014

What I did yesterday.....

As I mentioned in a previous post, Close To My Heart is holding their annual convention RIGHT NOW in Disneyland, Anaheim, CA and I wasn't able to attend so I joined a lovely group of sister consultants yesterday at the Holiday Inn Express in Warminster, PA for our own 'convention'! And other than missing a turn or two on my way to and from - I stink at directions when I'm by myself - I had an awesome time! I was able to see a gal I had met at two other Close To My Heart events but hadn't seen for quite some time PLUS I got to meet 7 other consultants I had never met before. Now THAT was pretty cool! It was so enjoyable that I think we are all ready to plan another event for next year but make it even better!

Now onto the artwork I created while at this 10 hour event which was only 8 hours for me since I got there late and left a little early.


This layout was created with the Ivy Lane paper pack and Ivy Lane Complements plus a few little pearl gems. Love these photos of my two oldest granddaughters and their baby brother. Since the girls live in Ohio with their mom and don't visit their dad often, this is actually the first time they have met their little brother. I think they like each other, don't you?


This is my third granddaughter who tends to be very serious most of the time so I was very happy to see these photos of her giggling and having so much fun. LOVE her smile! And those pigtails or braids or whatever they are called look so cute on her! She rarely lets her mom put her hair up and it's normally in her face - such a cute little face when it can be seen! ;)

Lollydoodle papers and Lollydoodle Complements from Close To My Heart were used on this layout along with a few pink shiny gems.

I hope you have enjoyed my layouts today! If you'd like to purchase any of the supplies I used or any other wonderful products that Close To My Heart offers, you can click here.

Thanks for stopping by today! Happy scrampin'!

~Carol

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

A Little Slice of Summer - Close to my Heart Style

If you are an independent consultant for a direct sales company now or have been in the past, you know how exciting your company's annual convention can be, right?  Although I have only attended one Close to my Heart convention in the almost 8 years I've been a consultant - and wow, was that ever exciting! - I still get anxious and excited when it's that time of year again even when I'm not attending. Through the use of all forms of social media, I can 'follow' along and feel like I am right there with my extremely lucky sister consultants who ARE attending Convention 2014 at Disneyland in Anaheim, CA.

Convention is also the time when a new idea book and catalog is revealed and THAT is what I really look forward to....all those brand spankin' new paper packs and embellishments - not to mention the awesome new stamp sets! Every couple years, new ink colors are introduced and I believe this is the year for some new ones! Oh, the suspense is killing me! But I don't have to wait much longer because the Convention starts in just 2 days! Yay! I am so excited!

I'll be announcing soon when I have the new idea books in my hot little hands so stay tuned for info on how to get your copy because you are definitely going to want this one - it is chock full of 250 new products! All I can say is WOW! 250 NEW PRODUCTS?! Amazing! Not sure if that's a real good thing or not though - I don't have enough money for 250 new products! This could be one of the most difficult times of my life trying to decide what to buy. Oh no! I'm in trouble for sure!

Well, in the meantime while waiting for all the excitement to begin, I wanted to share another layout I created with the Jubilee paper pack which has quickly become an all-time favorite of mine. I love the cheery colors of Topiary, Honey (I love yellow), Cranberry and Indian Corn Blue. I hope these 4 colors never leave Close to my Heart's color palette.


I really love how this layout came together and can't wait to add some awesome summertime photos to it - most likely photos of my granddaughters having fun. If you'd like to start playing with Jubilee as well, head on over here to get your paper pack and have some fun with it! Give me a shout if you have any questions!

Happy scrampin'!

~Carol

Thursday, June 19, 2014

A Close To My Heart Jubilee Layout

Working on another layout with the fabulous Jubilee paper pack from Close To My Heart and loving how it looks so far. Of course, it helps to have photos of a cutie patootie (that would be my youngest granddaughter) to make it all the more special.


I bought the Jubilee Workshop on the Go kit because I love the stamp set that comes with it. Sometimes I don't get the full kit - most times I do especially if I really like the stamp set included. It is certainly the best buy as you can generally save anywhere from $10-$13 by purchasing the kit plus you get a stamp set! How cool is that?

I love the featured ink colors in this kit - Indian Corn Blue, Honey, Cranberry and Topiary - all gorgeous summer colors! 

Be sure to get your pack of this fabulous summer-y paper before it's all gone! It will no longer be available after July 31st (it could even sell out before then) as a brand new idea book & catalog will then become available. 

Thanks for stopping by today. Be sure to let me know if you have any questions about the awesome products from Close To My Heart. I'd love to educate you about and share my love of scrapbooking with you so don't hesitate to contact me!

Happy scrampin'!

~Carol

Friday, June 13, 2014

Close To My Heart Retiring Products

Time to Retire!

A brand spankin' new idea book & catalog from Close To My Heart will be here soon which means there will be some products retiring. Boohoo! But I am getting anxious to see all the new incredibly awesome new products and I think you are, too, right? New things to play with is always exciting and something to anticipate.

But I digress.....on to the retiring products. Let me just say that many of these have become favorites of mine so I'll be sad to see them go, especially those sweet little wooden trinkets shapes. Guess I'll be buying them all out if someone doesn't beat me to it!

See below for the list*, then go here to place your order (or give me a shout to place the order for you) if you see some absolute must-haves before they are gone, gone, gone! But don't buy all the wooden trinkets please! :)

Any questions? Give me a shout! Have a great day!

Hostess Collections / Half Price Bundles
HB1059 Hostess Collection 1
HB1060 Hostess Collection 2
HB1061 Hostess Collection 3

Accessories
Item # - Description
Z1789 Chalkboard 12" x 12" Sheet, Adhesive-backed
Z1832 Spinner
Z1843 Irresistibles™ Frames
Z1844 Color-Ready Trinkets Wooden Shapes
Z1858 Irresistibles™ Hexagons
Z1863 Color-Ready Midtown Cork Shapes
Z1039 Create A Shade Pearl Paint
Z1825 Keyboard Kraft Alphabet
Z1835 Tiny Type Epoxy Alphabet
Z1961 Marquee Enamel Shapes–White
Z1891 Base & Bling Teal Jewels
Z1892 Base & Bling Black Jewels
Z1893 Base & Bling Red Jewels
Z1894 Base & Bling Pink Jewels
Z1895 Base & Bling Purple Jewels
Z1837 Mini-Medley Accents Wooden Collection
Z1702 Baker's Twine Paradise Assortment
Z1751 Harvest Baker's Twine
Z1760 Burlap Ribbon
Z1808 Outdoor Denim Chevron Ribbon
Z1817 Slate Polka-Dot Washi Tape
Z1826 Hollyhock Zipper Lace
Z1846 Ruby Chevron Ribbon
Z1850 Lagoon Houndstooth Washi Tape
Z1867 Jute Ribbon
Z1917 Lagoon Zipper Lace
Z1930 Chocolate Woodgrain Washi Tape
Z1911 Designed Décor Frame Kit
Z1874 Base & Bling Necklace
Z1875 Base & Bling Cuff
Z1876 Base & Bling Hair Clips
Z1877 Base & Bling Rings
Z1878 Base & Bling Headband
Z1195 My Creations Memory Showcase 6x6
Z1647 My Creations® Card Box
Z1797 My Creations® Bracket Frame
Z1868 My Creations® Kraft Ring Box
Z1870 My Creations® Kraft Pocket Album
X1404 TrueFit Folios (5)
Z1820 For Always Textiles
Z1885 Sarita Textiles
Z1970 Skylark Textiles
Z1971 Jubilee Textiles
1514 Tombow Adhesive
1515 Tombow Adhesive Refill
Z1311 Circle Punch 1 1/4"
Z338 Euro Personal Paper Trimmer
Z1114 Piercing Tool Kit

12x12 Albums
Item # - Description
Z1343 12 x 12 Post Bound Album- Cranberry
Z1344 12 x 12 Post Bound Album- Hollyhock
Z1345 12 x 12 Post Bound Album- Black
Z1348 Work-In-Progress 12x12 Album- Chocolate (no longer available)

My Reflections Papers, Complements, Workshop on the Go
Item # - Description
Z3002 Ariana Assortment
X7179C Ariana Dimensional Elements Complements
G1074 Ariana Kit Workshops on the Go®
X7179B Ariana Paper Packet
Z1869 Babycakes Assortment
X7173C Babycakes Complements Canvas Shapes
X7173B Babycakes Paper Packet
Z3003 Balloon Ride Assortment
X7180C Balloon Ride Dimensional Elements Complements
G1075 Balloon Ride Kit Workshops on the Go®
X7180B Balloon Ride Paper Packet
Z3001 Ivy Lane Assortment
G1073 Ivy Lane Kit Workshops on the Go®
X7178C Ivy Lane My Stickease® Assortment
X7178B Ivy Lane Paper Packet
G1079 Ivy Lane Workshops on the Go® Cardmaking Kit
Z3004 Jubilee Assortment
X7181C Jubilee Dimensional Elements Complements
G1076 Jubilee Kit Workshops on the Go®
X7181B Jubilee Paper Packet
Z1854 Laughing Lola Assortment
X7170C Laughing Lola Complements Dimensional Elements
X7170B Laughing Lola Paper Packet
Z3006 Lollydoodle Assortment
G1078 Lollydoodle Kit Workshops on the Go®
X7183C Lollydoodle My Stickease® Assortment
X7183B Lollydoodle Paper Packet
G1080 Lollydoodle Workshops on the Go® Cardmaking Kit
Z1879 ProPlayer Assortment
X7172C ProPlayer My Stickease® Assortment
X7172B ProPlayer Paper Packet
Z1873 Sarita Assortment
X7171C Sarita My Stickease® Assortment
X7171B Sarita Paper Packet
Z3000 Skylark Assortment
X7177C Skylark Dimensional Elements Complements
G1072 Skylark Kit Workshops on the Go®
X7177B Skylark Paper Packet
Z3005 Timberline Assortment
G1077 Timberline Kit Workshops on the Go®
X7182C Timberline My Stickease® Assortment
X7182B Timberline Paper Packet

Exclusive Colors – Cardstock, Stamp Pads, Re-Inkers, Markers
Retiring Colors: Buttercup, Blush, Twilight, Crème Brulee, Sky
Item # - Description
Z2400 Marker Set: Twilight
Z2401 Marker Set: Crystal Blue
Z2402 Marker Set: Sky
Z2403 Marker Set: Juniper
Z2404 Marker Set: Sweet Leaf
Z2405 Marker Set: Buttercup
Z2406 Marker Set: Creme Brulee
Z2407 Marker Set: Sorbet
Z2408 Marker Set: Blush
Z2409 Marker Set: Smoothie
Z2410 Marker Set: Gypsy
Z2411 Marker Set: Pacifica
Z2412 Marker Set: Lagoon
Z2413 Marker Set: Topiary
Z2414 Marker Set: Pear
Z2415 Marker Set: Honey
Z2416 Marker Set: Sunset
Z2417 Marker Set: Cotton Candy
Z2418 Marker Set: Hollyhock
Z2419 Marker Set: Cranberry
Z2420 Marker Set: Smokey Plum
Z2421 Marker Set: Outdoor Denim
Z2422 Marker Set: Indian Corn Blue
Z2423 Marker Set: Ponderosa Pine
Z2424 Marker Set: New England Ivy
Z2425 Marker Set: Olive
Z2426 Marker Set: Goldrush
Z2427 Marker Set: Autumn Terracotta
Z2428 Marker Set: Barn Red
Z2429 Marker Set: Ruby
Z2430 Marker Set: Black
Z2431 Marker Set: Slate
Z2432 Marker Set: Whisper
Z2206 Reinker Blush
Z2210 Reinker Buttercup
Z2260 Reinker Twilight
Z2267 Reinker Crème Brulee
Z2294 Reinker Sky
Z2106 Stamp Pad Blush
Z2110 Stamp Pad Buttercup
Z2160 Stamp Pad Twilight
Z2167 Stamp Pad Crème Brulee
Z2194 Stamp Pad Sky
Z2500 Whimsy Mini Pigment Set
Z4133 Marker Tower
1271 Cardstock 12x12Buttercup
X5640 Cardstock 12x12Blush
X5666 Cardstock 12x12Twilight
X5754 Cardstock 12x12CremeBrulee
X5761 Cardstock 12x12 Sky
X5936 Whimsy Cardstock Combo
Z1801 Alcohol Blending Marker

Stamp Sets
Item # - Description
A1130 Quick Cards-Bountiful Season
A1143 Teddy Bear Birthday
A1144 Birthday Cheer
A1145 Flowering Thanks
A1158 Doodle Signs
A1160 This Is Good
B1407 School Is Here
B1411 Greek Alphabet
B1425 Stitched with Love
B1426 Pick a Posy
B1446 Some Bunny
B1447 A Mother's Love
B1448 My Hero
B1451 Enjoy the Little Things
C1473 Remarkable Wreath
C1510 Merry & Bright
C1524 Words of Comfort
C1555 Count Your Blessings
C1563 Cityscape
C1572 On Holiday (Australia Only)
D1483 Glory To God
D1514 Just a Number
D1551 Swirls Around
D1557 Candyland
D1564 Maximum Power
D1583 Unicorn Dreams

*Thanks to sister consultant Janene Wawro for compiling this list to share

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Don't Miss Out!

Hello Everyone!

Just had to let you know that there's a fantabulous deal going on this month at Close To My Heart in honor of our founder and CEO Jeanette Lynton's 30th anniversary in the scrapbooking/stamping industry.

When you make a $50 purchase, you can add your choice of 1 of 6 great gift collections to your order for just $30. Each collection has a retail value of at least $50 - some even as high as $65. They feature everything from gift bags to ribbons, to washi tape to alphabet stickers and so much more!

Can't swing for the full deal this month? Why not ask a couple friends to share the cost with you? What are friends for if not to help you get some fabulous products at a great price, right?

Take advantage of these savings and grab your collections before June 30 or while supplies last. It may be Jeanette's anniversary but YOU get the gift so hurry on over to my website to take advantage of this special promotion.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Currently 6/2/14

I always seem to be late with this anymore or completely forget about it! But without further ado......


watching: rerun of Mom
reading: The House at Sea's End
listening: classic hits
making: a sympathy card ;(
feeling: tired
planning: another scrapbook layout
loving: moscato

Have a great day!

~Carol

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Four More CTMH Free To Be Me Layouts


Here's a layout I created for one of the online classes I am taking at Big Picture Classes. The theme for May was all about YOU so here is a layout about ME! I also followed some journaling prompts shared by Monica Bradford to complete the journaling in the white circles.


This layout was created for another online class at Big Picture Classes. The photo is of the house where my son & his family live in Illinois. I finally got a really good photo of it - thank you to whoever took the shot - so I wanted to scrap it right away so they will always remember this house. 


Layout of my daughter running her second Broad St. Run in Philly. It was her boyfriend's fifth time. 


Great photos of my grandchildren in Illinois just had to be scrapped! Sure wish I could hug and squeeze them all! 

Well, I hope you have enjoyed all my layouts created with the Free To Be Me* papers from Close To My Heart. If you were fortunate enough to acquire one of these paper packs during May, good for you! I'd love to see some of your artwork so please share! 

*If you were not able to get one of these fabulous paper packs, contact me. I just happen to have an extra one I may be persuaded to part with. 

Happy scrampin'!

~Carol




May Month-in-Review


Finished my May pages for my month-in-review mini album so I wanted to share. The words in parentheses were ones I wanted to write but knew I wouldn't have enough room so I wrote them here.
  • Our 2nd annual trip to the Green Dragon farmer's market (in Ephrata) netted this gorgeous hanging basket (for only $14.50)
  • Visited by Hummingbirds. Yay!
  • Celebrated National Scrapbook Day (May 3)
  • Keri & Mark ran the Broad St. Run (in Philly again)
  • New pair of Tree Swallows nested in Bluebird box abandoned (earlier) by (a pair of) Bluebirds
  • Celebrated Mother's Day - got a new camera
  • Keri, Mark & Mia came for a cookout (to celebrate Memorial Day)
  • A lone Purple Martin visited briefly on Memorial Day - 3rd year in a row!
And there you have it folks! My month of May in a nutshell! I hope your May was as exciting (?) as mine! Have a great week!

~Carol

Celebrate 30 with Close To My Heart!



Awesome deal for the month of June! You won't want to miss this one! After watching this video, place your order here before supplies run out!
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