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 scrampingwithcarol.closetomyheart.com 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!

~Carol

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!

~Carol


Wednesday, March 1, 2017

March 2017 Close To My Heart News

The special for March is all about the Thin Cuts collection. Thin cuts give you a fast and easy way to cut all kinds of shapes for your crafting, and this month they are all available at 25%-off! Good news, too, they work in most die cut machines!

You can choose from titles, sentiments, and a wide variety of shapes to stamp on, so you can get precise, dimensional shapes in no time!
Here's a layout I made with the Dreamin' Big Cardmaking Bundle which includes a stamp set and set of thin cuts dies. Incidentally, this bundle is available for just $17.96 during March.
In addition, anyone who signs up in March with my Scrampers with Heart team will receive a set of Thin Cuts in their New Consultant Kit at no additional cost to them! Woohoo!

Campaign Dates: March 1, 2017 (12:00 am MST) – March 31, 2017 (11:59 pm MDT)

This stamp of the month set for March - Tea-rrific - is too darn cute! Who doesn't love tea cups, right? I have so many ideas for this stamp set and can't wait to get it! Looks like I'll be making a card for my mom for Mother's Day with this set! You can buy yours here for $17.95 outright OR for just $5 with an additional $50 purchase. 

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Happy scrampin'!

~Carol

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

CTMH February 2017 Stamp of the Month

Isn't this stamp set from Close To My Heart just the cutest? The little bunnies make me smile because they remind me of my grandchildren who are just as cute! I am imagining so many scrapbook layouts using this stamp set as it's not just for cardmaking as you can see by the layout shown below. If you'd like to get your set, it is available for $17.95 OR for just $5.00 with an additional $50 purchase on my website here.

You can also get this stamp set for FREE if you sign up to become a Close To My Heart consultant and join my Scrampers with Heart team this month! You not only get this set for FREE but you'll also receive the next 2 stamp of the month sets for FREE! That's 3 sets altogether with a retail value of $53.85. It's a deal that can't be beat! Click here for more details or to sign up!



Thanks for stopping by today! Happy scrampin'!

~Carol

Friday, February 3, 2017

Doing Something Different

I'm trying something different this year. For the past 3 years, I have had a Project/Picture My Life-style album where I documented my mostly boring everyday life. But hey, it's my life even if it is boring. The first two years I pretty much stuck to 12 x 12 albums with pocket pages, throwing in the occasional full 12 x 12 scrapbook layout to feature a longer story I wanted to tell.

Then the third year I tried a 9 x 12 album and only went with it for about half the year as I realized I really missed the larger size pages because I take so many photos. So I switched back over to a 12 x 12 album for the second half of the year and I'm so glad I did!

I also had tried going with a monthly recap as opposed to a weekly format but found I missed the weekly creativity so after just a couple months I went back to weekly. I did skip a couple, maybe three weeks throughout the year due to various reasons but I was just fine with that. Life happens and sometimes gets in the way of play time.

So for 2017 I decided to try something quite different. I'm just going to do whatever I feel like doing! Sounds pretty broad yet daring, right? Well, this past year I've finally learned how to use Photoshop Elements 13, thanks to two awesome, very well-known ladies in the scrapbooking biz - Ali Edwards & Cathy Zielske - so I wanted to try some digital/hybrid layouts for my albums to throw in among the traditional layouts + pocket pages. And I wanted to try to use up my huge scrapbook paper stash in the process. Win-win in my opinion!

I signed up for Cathy Z's 'Scrapbook Your Year' online course this year to try using some of my newly learned Photoshop Elements skills on all the templates she offers so here is what I've done so far with my 2017 Project/Picture My Life album....
Title page of my 2017 album. I love that I'm keeping this album pretty simple just by adding a bit of washi tape or embellishments from my stash onto a 12 x 12 sheet of pattern paper to which I've adhered an 8 1/2" x 11" photo collage I've printed from a digital template included in the Scrapbook Your Year class. Dotted paper is from Close To My Heart.
First page features photos from the first week of January. Very simple! I may end up adding some embellishments yet, just haven't decided on which ones. And again, the dotted paper is the backside of the black dotted paper from the title page.
Week 2 page is quite simple as well and again probably could use some embellishing. I am loving the digital templates for this class as I just don't have the patience with Photoshop Elements to figure it out for myself. I truly appreciate Cathy Zielske when it comes to her expertise in digital scrapbooking.
A full 12 x 12 layout I made with bits and pieces from an Ali Edwards story kit. The background paper is the backside of the paper from the previous layout. Trying to utilize my papers in the best way while also using up my stash.
The background for this layout, which is week 3 for January, is a piece of paper from the Oh Deer kit from Close To My Heart along with embellishments from the kit.
More paper and embellishments from Oh Deer for week 4. I am so, so happy to be using up my stash! There are so many new papers I want to buy but I am trying hard to use up some old stuff first. I think I'm doing a pretty good job so far.

Okay, that's it for now! I hope you've enjoyed seeing the first few pages of my 2017 album. Stay tuned for more pages coming soon.

Happy scrampin'!

~Carol

Shop with me here if you're interested in any Close To My Heart products for yourself or a friend.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Sign Me Up!!

The Close To My Heart Consultant opportunity awaits! If you’ve ever considered signing up as a Close To My Heart Consultant, now is a great time to finally do it! When you sign up, you get the following:
 — New Consultant Kit full of products valued over $200
 — $50 in Select Product Credit
 — 22% commission on additional product purchases and sales
 — Flexibility to earn extra income while working your own hours

Plus, if you sign up in February 2017, you will also receive the February, March,
and April Stamp of the Month sets FREE—an additional $53.85 in retail value!

Former Close To My Heart Consultants:
As a special offer this month, you can choose a no-kit sign-up* option that will let you become a Consultant again without paying for another New Consultant Kit! Sign up for just $50 and you’ll still receive the $50 in Select Product Credit PLUS the three Stamp of the Month sets—it’s an unbeatable
opportunity to come back and get a fresh start with Close To My Heart.

Contact me for more details or click here to sign up beginning February 1, 2017.

*Free Stamp of the Month sets offer and no-kit sign-up offer valid February 1–February 28, 2017

Happy scrampin'!!

~Carol

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Happy New Year!

Yea, I'm a little late wishing you all a happy new year, I know, and I must apologize for that and for not posting more often. Now that it is a new year, I am hoping to get into more of a routine in posting here but please don't hold your breath as I may disappoint you. Sorry, life gets in the way sometimes and this is one thing that suffers when it shouldn't. Now on to the reason for this post....

Every January, we celebrate National Papercrafting Month as a way of acknowledging the pure joy of playing with paper! We scrapbook with it, we make cards with it, we decorate with it—in short, we craft with it!

This year, we’re celebrating the joys of paper-crafted home décor with the beautiful Welcome Home wreath kit. This kit comes with pre-cut pieces you can simply pop out and attach to the sturdy chipboard wreath base, making a welcoming décor piece for your home.


THERE ARE FOUR WAYS YOU CAN GET THE WREATH KIT:
1. Buy it for $18.95—no qualifying purchase required!
2. Get it for free with a qualifying $60 purchase!*
3. Get it for free by hosting a party that reaches the second level of Hostess Rewards.
4. Get it for free when you sign up to be a Consultant!

No matter how you get your Welcome Home wreath kit—or how many you get—you are going to love how easy this kit makes it to add a little more papercrafted beauty to your life.

*$60 qualifying purchase must be full-priced retail product not including tax and shipping.
Offer valid January 1 – January 31, 2017 while supplies last. Normal shipping/handling & tax apply.

Click here to get your very own Welcome Home wreath kit to decorate your home for the new year!

Happy scrampin'!!

~Carol

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Happy December!!!

Hello everyone!
I am so happy to see December arrive! There are so many awesome events/projects going on this month - December Daily, 30 Days of Lists, CaptureYour365, new specials from Close To My Heart and of course, that really important special holiday - Christmas - which is the reason for all of the projects I've just mentioned. Each one holds a special meaning for me and I love every one of them. Click on any of the links to find out more about each project if you'd like because right now I am just going to give you details about the special from Close To My Heart. So read below.

IT’S THE LITTLE THINGS!!
Get a discount on mini album products that make memory-keeping a snap!
This month, save 30% on the supplies you need to make fun and easy mini albums that make perfect gifts! Here are three easy gifting ideas for these albums:

~ Complete an album for your bestie including some pictures of the fun times you’ve shared.
~ Give the supplies themselves as a gift, letting the recipient determine what photos and memories they will preserve.
~ Give yourself the gift of beautifully preserved photos by printing out your favorite photos from your phone and making an album for yourself!

Choose your album bundles below:

Blue Jean Mini Album Bundle (CC1197)
1 – Instalife™ Blue Jean Album
1 – pack of #Life™ Enjoy cards (40 cards total)
1 – pack of #Life™ Black overlays(16 overlays total)
1 – pack of mini 4" × 4" Memory Protectors™ (10 protectors)
1 – pack of mini 2" × 2" Memory Protectors™ (10 protectors)
Retail Value: $27.75
Your Price: $18.95
Blush Mini Album Bundle (CC1198)
1– Instalife™ Blush album
1 – pack of #Life™ Hello Gorgeous cards (40 cards total)
1 – pack of #Life™ gold overlays(16 overlays total)
1 – pack of mini 4" × 4" Memory Protectors™ (10 protectors)
1 – pack of mini 2" × 2" Memory Protectors™ (10 protectors)
Retail Value: $27.75
Your Price: $18.95
Adventure Mini Album Bundle (6″ × 8″ Memory Protectors™) (CC1199)
1 – Everyday Life™ stripes mini album
1 – pack of My Crush® Adventure Calls 3-ring hole-punched decorative pages (30 total)
1 – pack of 6" × 8" mini Memory Protectors™ (10 total)
Retail Value: $29.85
Your Price: $19.95
Adventure Mini Album Bundle (4″ × 6″ Memory Protectors™) (CC1200)
1 – Everyday Life™ stripes mini album
1 – pack of My Crush® Adventure Calls 3-ring hole-punched decorative pages (30 total)
1 – pack of 4" × 6" mini Memory Protectors™ (10 total)
Retail Value: $29.85
Your Price: $19.95
Adventure Mini Album Bundle (3″ × 4″ Memory Protectors™) (CC1201)
1 – Everyday Life™ stripes mini album
1 – pack of My Crush® Adventure Calls 3-ring hole-punched decorative pages (30 total)
1 – pack of 3" × 4" mini Memory Protectors™ (10 total)
Retail Value: $29.85
Your Price: $19.95
After you’ve ordered your bundles, be sure to check out Persnickety Prints where you can order photos perfectly sized for these mini albums.

Offer valid December 1 – December 31, 2016 while supplies last. Normal shipping/handling & tax apply.

If you have any questions at all, please don't hesitate to contact me. I'm here to help you make informed decisions on what fits your needs and budget. Happy shopping and thanks for stopping by!

~Carol

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

November 2016 Close To My Heart Special

Hello everyone! It's time once again for another fabulous special from Close To My Heart! Are you ready for it? Maybe I should actually ask are you ready for Christmas because this special is all about helping you get ready for that wondrous event which will be here before we know it! So without further ado....
There are several different options for this special and one is sure to fit your budget. Check them all out here and choose which one(s) work best for you. Photo below is of bundle #1.
 By purchasing the first or second bundle, these are the layouts that you can create. Aren't they wonderful? You will also have plenty of leftover scraps and extra room in your album to add more pages that you create OR choose to use your leftover scraps to create some beautiful home decor for yourself or to give as gifts. Click here for more details and photos of what you can create. You can also download and print out the instructions for all the projects you see.

The Stamp of the Month for November - New Year's Cheer - is now available as well for just $5 with your purchase of one of the 2 special Happy Happy Christmas bundles OR with any additional $50 purchase. I love this set!! I see so many possibilities for this set and actually have already used it on a piece of junk mail art I recently created. See the photo below the stamp of the month set. Pretty cool, huh? Just imagine what you could do with this set, too!!
Thanks so much for stopping by today! Please let me know if you have any questions or if there's anything I can help you with.

Have a scrampin' good day!

~Carol

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

New Close To My Heart 2017 Planners Are Here!!!!

Discover your inner artist while staying on top of your schedule with our new 2017 planner system. Featuring seasonal designs you can color by hand, this exclusive planner system combines the worlds of work and play to give you a planner you can truly make your own.

Choose a bundle with either the Everyday Life™ Sea Glass or stripes album, or purchase just the planner pages if you already have an album—the choice is up to you!


Get your planner today because this planner system is only available while supplies last so don't delay!!

To learn more about coloring the planner pages, give me a shout!

Have a scrampin' good day!

~Carol

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Happy September!!

September is an exciting month around here! First of all, it means the start of a new Close To My Heart Holiday Expressions catalog, a new special campaign - Create Kindness - as well as a new exclusive stamp of the month acrylic stamp set - Blessed Beyond Measure - but most importantly, it is mine and my daughter's birth month, not to mention also my daughter-in-law's birthday + a new baby is due this month, too! Not mine, of course, it belongs to said daughter-in-law and my son. Wow! There's a whole lot of excitement going on this month and I'm not sure if I can handle it all! Ha ha! But I will do my best starting with all the Close To My Heart news below.

National Stamping Month: Create Kindness
Introducing the Limited-Time Create Kindness Card Kit
Celebrate National Stamping Month this September with hand stamped cards designed to help create a little more kindness in the world.

The Create Kindness card kit contains all of the supplies needed to create 24 beautiful, handmade cards that you can use to brighten someone’s day!

Thanks to the pre-printed card bases, these cards come together in no time, leaving you more time to do something thoughtful for someone! Watch the hashtag #createkindness on Instagram and Facebook to see what acts of kindness these little cards are inspiring, and join the conversation by posting some pictures of your own!

This special is only available until September 30 or while supplies last so be sure to get yours early before they are gone.

September Stamp of the Month - Blessed Beyond Measure - available September 1 - 30, 2016
Get this lovely stamp set here for $17.95 OR for just $5.00 with an additional $50.00 purchase. I made a couple cards with this set and just love them! There are so many possibilities with this set so I see a lot more play time with it!


The Holiday Expressions catalog can be seen here along with all the other wonderful products Close To My Heart offers. Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about anything Close To My Heart related. I'm here to help!

Happy September and happy scrampin'!

~Carol
 

Monday, August 1, 2016

Index Card A Day | Week 9

Just dropping in to share my last few index card mini works of art for the #icad2016 challenge as this challenge is DONE! Yay! So happy to have another challenge completed! My cards are nothing super special but I like them and I hope you enjoy them!!

Hope you have an artsy day!

~Carol

Friday, July 29, 2016

It's My Anniversary & I Have a Sale for You!!

Hello! Hello! I'm so excited to be celebrating my 10th ANNIVERSARY of being an independent consultant with Close To My Heart - the BEST stamping & scrapbooking company in the biz - and I'm going to give you gifts as a thank you for being here with me and supporting my business these past 10 years. Yep, that's right, you receive gifts* because I've already received mine! Not only from Close To My Heart (see photo below) but from you all for supporting me!

When I signed up with Close To My Heart back on August 31, 2006, little did I know how much it would have an impact on my life. I have met so many warm, lovely and incredibly talented people through this business & have made so many wonderful new friends in the process. I don't know where I'd be without them (you) all in my life! So here's to another fabulous 10 years of Close To My Heart friendships! Cheers & thank you!!!

SO HERE'S THE DEAL:

  • With any $25 - $50 order placed, you may choose any $2.95 item in the 2016-2017 Annual Inspirations catalog (available to view here beginning August 1) for FREE + 1 handmade card made by yours truly!
  • With any $50 - $75 order placed, you may choose any $3.95 item in the 2016-2017 Annual Inspirations catalog for FREE + 1 handmade card!
  • With any $75 - $100 order placed, you may choose any $4.95 item in the 2016-2017 Annual Inspirations catalog for FREE + 2 handmade cards!
  • With any $100+ order placed, you may choose any $5.95 item in the 2016-2017 Annual Inspirations catalog for FREE + 3 handmade cards! 
EXTRA INCENTIVE - August is a great time to place an order as there is an awesome special available - Basically the Best! When you purchase the Whimsy, Adventure, and Enchantment Fundamentals paper packs, you receive either the Rustic Home (retail value $13.95) or Uptown Fundamentals (retail value $14.95) for FREE! What a deal as these paper packs feature foil designs and specialty materials for making your artwork unique. You will LOVE them! 

Don't need all three of these paper packs right now or can't afford them at this time? Why not go in on this deal with a friend or group of friends? Share this post with them so none of you miss out!
AND DON'T FORGET about the August Stamp of the Month set - Purr-fect Halloween - which you can purchase for just $5 with your $50 order.
*Since this is a special sale from me, NOT from Close To My Heart, after I receive confirmation of your order, I will notify you to ask which item you'd like for FREE! I will then order that item and ship it directly to you or hand-deliver it if you're local to me! The free handmade cards are of my choosing. 

IN ADDITION, if I have at least 5 people place orders, I will throw your names into a drawing for a brand new $9.95 value paper pack from my personal stash. If I pick your name, I will then notify you and ask which paper pack you'd like. Although at this time I don't have photos of all my paper packs to share, I will take some before contacting you so you can decide which one you like best. Believe me, there are a LOT to choose from so you won't be disappointed! ;)

Thanks again for supporting me these past 10 years! It's been an incredible experience! I look forward to sharing my love of Close To My Heart for another 10 years and you can help me do that by continuing to support my business. Go here on August 1st to peruse the new Annual Inspirations catalog and to place your order! Stay tuned for the new Holiday Expressions mini catalog coming September 1st.

Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions! 

Happy shopping!

~Carol



Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Index Card A Day Challenge | Weeks 4, 5, 6, 7 & 8

Yea, I know! I'm way behind in posting the index cards I've made for this challenge. In fact, I'm way behind in posting anything these days. Too busy enjoying the outdoors, the flower & veggie gardens, the grand dog that has come to visit a couple times for several days each time. There is just not enough time in a day to do everything I want to do but I'm sure you feel the same, right? I digress....let's move on to the reason for this post.

I haven't really followed the prompts exactly and that's the best part, I don't have to! If I liked or had an idea for a specific prompt then I followed it but for the most part, I just did my own thing on these mini works of art and had a ton of fun doing it!

 Week 4
 Week 5
 Week 6
Week 7
Week 8

And that's it for now. Just one more week to go - actually just 5 more days of cards to make for a total of 61 cards! - so stay tuned for them to come later. Hope you've enjoyed all my mini works of art these past few weeks as much as I have enjoyed sharing them with you!

Have an artsy day!

~Carol


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