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'!!!

~Carol

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!

~Carol


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'!!

~Carol

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!

~Carol

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'!

~Carol

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

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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

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