Monday, April 30, 2018

Love Me Some 'Fresh Air'

Hey all,

Been busy dealing with an ailing hubby - arthroscopic knee surgery - so haven't had much play time recently other than a couple cards I was able to squeak in. I am loving the new Fresh Air paper collection from Close To My Heart, which will be available beginning tomorrow, yay! If you're an outdoorsy kinda person, you are going to LOVE these papers for creating scrapbook layouts! Not only perfect for camping but for any outdoor activities really. For now, I have created two cards to share.
This card uses two different X7232B Fresh Air papers (available May 1), stamped images from D1717 Good Thymes, C1641 Springtime Wishes and D1476 Card Chatter - Sympathy. I cut the two oval shapes with the Z3328 Thin Cuts Basics Ovals then added a couple little Z3312 Gold Glitter Gems and it was finished. The stamp sets used are currently not available but if you own something similar, you can certainly substitute them and create something just as nice. Ink color used for the stamped images is Z2830 Nutmeg. I rubbed a little Z2865 Juniper ink on the flower using a cotton swab.
This card also uses the same patterned papers from X7232B Fresh Air. Stamped images are C1641 Springtime Wishes and Z4158 Chelsea Gardens - cardmaking. The 'hello' was made with a Thin Cuts die. Sorry, I don't have the item number on that one. I added a couple Z4155 Chelsea Gardens Dots & Gems and called it done! Ink used is Z2835 New England Ivy. I'm thinking this card is still missing something but not sure what yet so for now, it's good.

Sorry to say, unfortunately, that none of the items used on this card are available any longer except for the Fresh Air papers that will be available May 1. Again, if you already own these stamp sets or something similar, you can create a very nice card with your own supplies.

A new Seasonal Expressions catalog comes out tomorrow, May 1, so be sure to check it out on my website. It is chock full of some awesome new papers and other products. Thanks for stopping by today.

Happy scrampin'!


Sunday, April 8, 2018

Couple Cards to Share

JUST POPPING IN to share a couple cards I made recently using the lovely Chelsea Gardens paper collection from Close To My Heart. I just love this paper collection.

THE FIRST CARD unfortunately had to be made for a friend whose father recently passed away. I dislike having to make sympathy cards but as I get older, I find myself making more and more of them. It's so sad really but I know it's just a part of the whole 'life' process.

THIS CARD WAS quite quick and easy to create for those times when you need a card at a moment's notice. The stamp set used for the black stems is an older set and is no longer available but that cute little butterfly is part of this set. The sentiment image is also no longer available. I used a sponge to lightly rub some ink onto the black stems to make them pop a bit and this card was done! Quick and easy is my style!
THIS SECOND CARD was inspired by a sister consultant. You can find her card here. I loved how she used the oval thin cuts die to create a window in her card so I decided to do something similar and I love how it turned out.

I STARTED WITH a piece of Chelsea Gardens floral paper then I cut two layers of windows in different sizes, one in white and one in blue, then added a piece of dotted acrylic overlay between the layers. I then stamped the sentiment on another white piece of cardstock and put it underneath the cut out area.

I CUT OUT and stamped the two butterflies with the Z4158 Chelsea Gardens cardmaking stamp set - which I LOVE - then glued just the centers of them to the card and bent them up a little to give them some dimension. The bow strip at the top was cut with a die out of the blue cardstock and added just the right touch for the empty space. A couple sparkly gems and some black doodling lines along the edges and the card was finished.
If you have the set of oval thin cuts dies from Close To My Heart, give this technique a try and please share your creation. I'd love to see what you make.

Happy scrampin'!


Friday, March 30, 2018

Fab Four Sign-Up Special

IF YOU'VE BEEN ON THE FENCE about joining my Close To My Heart team, April is the time to do it! You receive the next four Stamp of the Month sets for FREE when you sign up! Can't beat that deal with a stick! Just imagine all the fabulous artwork you can create with these stamp sets to get your business off to a great start! There are many more perks for becoming a consultant so be sure to contact me or check out my website for more details.

IF YOU ARE A FORMER CONSULTANT, this is also a great time to re-join. You can sign up in April at a lower-priced, no-kit enrollment option for just $50. You will also receive these four awesome stamp sets for FREE along with all the usual perks.

IF YOU'D LIKE TO JOIN MY TEAM, go here beginning April 1 and get yourself signed up before it slips your mind. I'd love for you to take advantage of all the wonderfulness - is that a word? - that Close To My Heart offers and get you started on a rewarding career in papercrafting with a fabulous company.

HERE'S ANOTHER FABULOUS OFFER for you if you prefer to remain a loyal customer of mine. Each weekend during April, you can take advantage of the Fab Faves weekend sales. These online-only weekend sales last just 24 hours, while supplies last, and will feature different items and product bundles at 25% off the retail price. How awesome is that?

HERE'S A GREAT OFFER FOR HOSTESSES: Host a gathering in April and reach the third level of Hostess Rewards or higher and receive your choice of either the Cut Above Layout kit - This is Me (Z4166) or the Cut Above Golden Moments bundle (CC4190), FREE! The bundle includes both the Golden Moments Cut Above tag kit and the Golden Moments Cut Above card kit.

AND DON'T FORGET, when you place an order of $50 or higher, you can purchase the April Stamp of the Month set - Color Your Life (S1804) - for just $5. 

MARK YOUR CALENDAR for April 1 and plan to visit my website to sign up or visit on April 6, 13, 20 and 27 for the Fab Faves sale items. Either one gives you great products at even greater prices!

Have a great April and happy scrampin'!


Monday, March 26, 2018

Upcoming Card Workshop

If anyone local is in need of some beautiful handmade cards to give to the special people in your life, please let me know. I would love to hold a workshop for you! I will offer a total of 10 cards - 2 each of 5 different designs plus a bonus card OR you can choose to create 4 each of 5 designs for a total of 20 cards plus one bonus card. Cost is $20 for 10 cards or $35 for 20. Give me a shout if you're ready for this workshop and I'll select a date to hold it.
Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day!


Sunday, March 25, 2018

Postcard Perfect

Postcard Perfect is Close To My Heart's special paper collection in celebration of National Scrapbooking Month in May. I seriously believe you are going to love it even if you don't travel to any exotic places as I don't. This collection of fabulous papers and components would work great for backyard activities, themed birthday parties, public gardens, your own backyard gardening, Disney trips, flower shows, Palm/Easter Sunday, trips to the beach, girls' getaways, backyard luaus or cookouts, visits to aquariums or water parks. The possibilities are endless, don't you think?

The three layouts shown below can be created with the Cut Above Postcard Perfect kit from Close To My Heart - the other two photos show what comes in the kit - which is different from the Postcard Perfect paper pack itself. The Cut Above kit comes with die-cut pieces as well as stickers which do not come in the main Postcard Perfect paper collection.

This is the fabulous special for National Scrapbooking Month and will be available beginning May 1 if not before. If you travel to exotic places or just spend time in your own backyard paradise, this kit is for you. I am not a traveler but I will be including photos of our backyard activities on these layouts. 

I also plan to showcase photos of my trips to Longwood Gardens on them. Hint, hint! Pretty clever idea, huh? If you're interested in playing with this collection, let me know and I'll plan a workshop. If you prefer to create at home, mark your calendar for May 1 and head to my website to get yours, while supplies last, and have it shipped directly to you.

As always, if you have any questions, feel free to contact me.

Happy scrampin'!


Tuesday, March 20, 2018

The Important Things

Close To My Heart has a special campaign running until the end of April - The Important Things - and it is pretty cool. If you've been wanting to put together a mini album of what is important to you at this point in your life then this is the perfect time to do so. If you're not sure if it's a project that's right for you, consider giving it as a gift either partially put together or just as a kit for the recipient to create themselves. Either way, it's a wonderful little album to showcase the important things in life either for you or a friend or family member. Here's the details:

Create a meaningful Everyday Life™ Album using this limited-time product bundle. Based on a journaling model inspired by Margaret Wise Brown’s The Important Book, this workshop empowers crafters to create a custom album highlighting the important things in their lives! The bundle contains the paper, cardstock, Flip Flaps™, and Memory Protectors™ needed to assemble the album. To see all of the supplies needed for this workshop, click here. The bundle is only available through April 30, while supplies last, so order yours today!
Here's the very first page I've created for the album. I changed it up a bit from the instructions included in the kit and that's the beauty of this project or any project for that matter. You can tweak it to fit YOU!
Let me know if you have any questions or you can just head on over to my website at to check it out or to order yours while supplies last!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Happy scrampin'!


Hello, it's me!

Hi everyone!

So sorry I have not been keeping up with my blog these past few months. I really have no excuses except that life got in the way, I've been busy with other projects, I've been lazy and frustrated and seemed to have lost my creative mojo as well as my zest for a lot of things in my life. So on that note, I have decided to make some changes in how I communicate with all my wonderfully loyal peeps who may have been wondering where I've been lately.

I have frequently been frustrated with Facebook, Twitter and the like recently so I have decided to eventually leave them all one by one. First to go is Facebook as of Sunday, March 25. I think Facebook has become too big for it's britches and I can't handle the fact that they control too much of people's lives, publicly as well as privately. They try to silence anyone who doesn't agree with their political agenda, which I feel interferes with the First Amendment and that is so very wrong on many levels.

If we are friends on Facebook and you want to remain friends, you can follow me on Instagram and Twitter (for the time being) @clabuski. If you follow my Close To My Heart Facebook page and wish to stay informed of anything Close To My Heart related, please come right here to my blog for that. You can also message me through this blog if you ever have any questions, comments or concerns.

I also plan, or at least hope, to begin sending out an email newsletter again so if you're interested in that, please message me and I'll add you to my list. If we normally just connect through Messenger, I think you'd have to know my phone number for that to work, not 100% sure on that but will check. And I am also on Skype if anyone would like to see my smiling, wrinkled old face in real life!

I want to thank you all for listening to me today. I hope I didn't bore you but do hope that you can understand why I feel this is the best thing for me at this time. If you wish to remain in contact with me in some way, shape or form, please let me know soon before I sign off on most, if not all, social media sites. I am hoping to locate another site that I can trust more than Facebook and Twitter for keeping in contact online so if I find such a place, I will surely let you know! Or if you know of such a place, please let ME know! ;)

Thanks all! Have a great day!


Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Happy November!

Again, I must apologize for not posting a gosh darn thing last month. Still trying to get myself back together as far as my creativity. I seem to have lost all ambition these past couple months. Maybe I need to do some soul-searching and see if I can figure out what's going on with me. But in the meantime, here is what's going on with Close to my Heart for this month.

During November, save on crafting essentials like paper, ribbon, die cuts and stickers during our Just for FUN sale! Save 40% on bundles of coordinating Fundamentals products, or save 30% on individual items!

You can also choose a Fundamentals Bundle FREE when you become a Consultant in November or when you host a qualifying party.

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.

There's an awesome calendar project coming up for the December special that features this stamp set so if you make a purchase of $50 or more in November, you can get this set for just $5.00 to take advantage of the discount. The stamp set WILL be available in December to purchase with the calendar kit but it will be at full retail price of $17.95.

Here's a sneak peek of the calendar. Let me know if you're interested in attending a workshop or would like to create this at home. It would make a lovely Christmas gift.
Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you are all well and doing better than I am! Keeping my fingers crossed that I can get my you-know-what together soon! ;)

Happy scrampin'!!!


Friday, September 1, 2017

Feel So Blessed

Hey everyone! I am so very sorry I never updated my blog in the month of August to reflect all the great specials Close To My Heart was offering that month but life got in the way. Sometimes it does and I was just too gosh darn busy to make any updates. I know, shame on me as I really need to keep you informed of everything CTMH related in case there's anything of interest to you.

I hope to stay focused going forward and keep you informed as I just celebrated 11 years with this fabulous company yesterday! Yep, it's been 11 years since I became a consultant for Close To My Heart and I'm so happy I did! I can't imagine my life without all the fabulous products this company has to offer, not to mention all the wonderful friends I've made along the way. Thank you to all who have supported me. I seriously appreciate it more than you know. Now on to the specials for this month....

First off is the constant campaign for National Stamping Month - From the Heart:
This year’s National Stamping Month promotion features the exclusive From the Heart card kit, which contains an E-size stamp set as well as materials and instructions for creating 12 interactive cards with detailed stamping. Individual components of the card kit are available at retail price, but you save 20% when you purchase them as part of the kit!

For Hostesses: Hostesses that host a Gathering in September that reaches the third level of hostess Rewards or higher can get the From the Heart card kit (CC1229) as a FREE item! That’s a $43.90 retail value!

For New Consultants: New Consultants who sign up during September will receive the From the Heart card kit (CC1229) FREE in their New Consultant Kit—an added value of $43.90!

Second is the featured Stamp of the Month - Feel So Blessed:
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.
Although I hate to see the summer end, I am excited for the new paper collection - Falling For You. I do love the Fall season, just very much dislike what comes after it. Here are a few cards and layouts you could make using this lovely paper collection. If you're local to me and are interested in a class to create any of this artwork, please contact me. 

Don't you just love these cards and layouts? I sure do! They get me in the mood for juicy apples and yummy cider, crunching leaves, pumpkins and sitting by the firepit roasting marshmallows or sipping a glass of wine. I think I'm ready for all that after all! 

Be sure to check out all the new paper collections we offer in our new Holiday Expressions catalog as well as many fabulous products from our Annual Inspirations catalog available online now on my website. I think you'll find something you really like.

Thanks for stopping by today. Have a scrampin' good day!


Thursday, July 6, 2017

Happy July & Stampaganza!

Yep, I'm a little late again but happy July to you! I've been busy and my mind has been occupied by other issues that I haven't gotten around to posting the new July special from Close To My Heart until now. Are you ready?

It's STAMPAGANZA time once again! Yay! And what does that mean? It means you receive one FREE stamp set when you purchase two additional stamp sets. The FREE set will be of equal or lesser value of the two sets you purchase so if you purchase three D-size sets at $17.95 retail value each, one of those will be FREE! So that's a savings of $17.95. How great is that?

You can choose from any current stamps, plus a collection of popular sets that have been brought back just for Stampaganza! Click here to see the popular sets available.

When you add three sets to your order, the least expensive set will automatically show as FREE! And FREE is good, right? 

As part of the Stampaganza special, there will be special offers for new Consultants and hostesses. Check out the new Consultant offer here and the hostess offer here

While checking out the Stampaganza special, don't forget to look for the Stamp of the Month set - Storybook Alphabet - which is available for $17.95 or for just $5.00 with your additional $50 purchase. 
This alphabet is so cool! Just think of the creative endless possibilities when playing with this set. Look at this fabulous card created with the alphabet set! I love it, don't you? 
Thanks for stopping by today! If I can help you with anything Close To My Heart, please don't hesitate to give me a shout. If you'd like to check out any of the other products that we offer, click here.

Have a great day and happy scrampin'!!


Friday, June 16, 2017

Ideas for Scrapbook Cover Pages

Thursday, June 1, 2017

We've Got You Covered!

That's right! If you're looking for a great way to preserve and protect your precious life memories, we've got you covered! In the month of June, when you buy one My Legacy album, you can get a second one for 50% off!*
You could also receive an album FREE by signing up as a Close To My Heart Consultant this month! To learn more, go to my website here or give me a shout! I'll put you on the path to a fun, rewarding papercrafting business you can work as a career or just a hobbyist. Whatever works best for you!

*Discount applied in cart; album selections subject to availability.

Here's another great deal for you! For ONE DAY ONLY, that's today June 1, you can grab some fabulous products at a 30% discount. Beginning at 5:00PM EDT and ending at the same time tomorrow, we're having a FLASH SALE. Check it out here when the time arrives!

Please let me know if there's anything I can help you with! Happy shopping!


Thursday, May 4, 2017

In Celebration of National Scrapbooking Month

Hello everyone!! I know it's been awhile since I've posted and I must apologize. No excuses, really, just busy with other things once the weather got nicer, such as planting beautiful flowers and yummy veggies! Seriously can't wait to eat those yummy veggies! But let me show you why I am posting today......are you ready? Just feast your eyes on this lovely new special paper collection in celebration of National Scrapbooking Month! Quite beautiful, wouldn't you say? Read below for more details.
Celebrate your beautiful life with this limited time collection. Your life is full of everyday beauty that deserves to be remembered. This National Scrapbooking Month, celebrate the beauty of your life with our exclusive, Live Beautifully paper packet and stamp set. Featuring rich floral patterns, gold foil designs, and more, this paper collection is only available for a limited time. Order yours here - there are several options, one of which may fit your budget - and start preserving your memories today.

Don't forget that this Saturday, May 6, is National Scrapbooking Day! Are you planning to spend the day scrapbooking like I am? I'd love to hear your plans! However you celebrate the day though, be sure to have fun!

Happy scrampin'!


Sunday, April 2, 2017

15 Minute Memories

Hello everyone! It's a new month which means there's a new special from Close To My Heart + a new featured stamp of the month set! Yay! Here are all the details.

Save 50% on our Cut Above® layout kits, designed to make memory keeping easier than ever. Each layout kit includes:

Two 12" × 12" printed base pages
Die-cut paper pieces
Title and embellishment stickers
12 coordinating pocket cards
Two 12" × 12" Memory Protectors™
Two pocket-style Memory Protectors™

All you do is follow the simple assembly instructions to create your beautiful two-page layout in minutes. Preserve even more memories using the coordinating pocket cards and pocket Memory Protectors included in the kit. You’re going to love how quickly you can preserve your memories with Cut Above.

*Cut Above™ Layout Kit — Little One - regular retail $14.95 - sale price $7.48.
*Cut Above™ Layout Kit — Forever & Always - regular retail $14.95 - sale price $7.48.

Watch the video below to see just how easy these kits are to put together. Then head on over to my website at to order your kit(s) now.

*Offer available April 1–April 30, 2017 while supplies last. Shipping & handling based on full retail value.

The stamp of the month for April is called Flock Together. Isn't this just the cutest set of quails you've ever seen?
And just look at the layout you can create with the images from the set. So cute!!

Okay, that's it for now! Please let me know if you have any questions about these or any products from Close To My Heart. I'm here to help!

Have a great day!


Thursday, March 30, 2017

New artwork to share

Hello!!! It's me!!!

Just popping in to say I am having a lot of fun with the March stamp of the month called Tea-rrific so I wanted to share a few cards that I made with the set. Remember, this set is only available until March 31 - that's tomorrow! - so hurry on over to my website to get yours if you just can't live without it, like myself.

This card will be going to my mom for Mother's Day but don't tell her! 

I'd also like to share some layouts I've created with a lovely paper collection & stamp set - Live Beautifully - that will be available May 1 in celebration of National Scrapbooking Month. I think you're going to love this paper collection. It's gorgeous in my opinion!
 I love how this layout came out especially that gorgeous flower that I used the rock and roll technique on. Remember that technique? You ink up an image with one color first then rock and roll it onto another color of ink to get the two-toned edge effect. I love this technique.
 I used the 2 different sets of Thin Cuts heart dies + the 'love' die for this layout. These dies are all on sale at 25% off until tomorrow! So head on over to my website to get yours before they're gone!
The background on this layout was created with watercolor paints then I stamped the word 'dream' in several different colors over the dried paint. TIP: it might be a good idea to lay something heavy on your background to flatten it a bit before adding anything else to it as the watercolors tend to buckle the paper somewhat. You can see I didn't do that this time but will do so next time!

I then added more of those Thin Cuts hearts as I had them left over from a previous project and didn't want to waste them, then added 2 pieces of pattern paper and 3 pieces of zip strips from the Live Beautifully paper collection. 

The piece of lattice you see tucked under the photo area is a cut from the Close to my Heart Artbooking Cricut cartridge which can be found here. The words 'dare to' were from a stencil by Carolyn Dube. I added a few black gems and some scribbled lines around the edges of the layout to finish it off. 

I hope you've enjoyed my artwork and that I've inspired you to create your own! Although the 'Live Beautifully' paper collection isn't available until May 1st, there are plenty of other fabulous products you can purchase right now. Please do continue to check back here again soon for more artwork that may help you decide if you'd like to purchase this special collection to celebrate National Scrapbooking Month with me!

I hope you have a great day!


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