Thursday, July 26, 2012

New Workshops on the Go

Here is a video featuring new products and Workshops on the Go kits from the new Autumn/Winter 2012 Idea Book:

I've been busy getting ready for the Paper Crafts Workshop I'm having this Saturday, but if I find a little time, I'll post some photos of the projects we'll be doing along with snaps of the goodie bags everyone will be receiving!

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, July 20, 2012

CTMH Cricut Artiste Assembly Handbook

Here is a link to see the new CTMH Cricut Artiste Assembly Handbook.  Scroll down and click on 'Assembly Instructions' and the Artiste Instruction Booklet will come up.  Give it time, it loads slow!  This is the second bonus book that comes with the cartridge giving instructions on how to put the 3D project together.      
 Artiste Instruction Booklet

Need an Idea Book?

You can get the new Autumn/Winter Idea Book from me one of three ways:  Make a purchase!  Attend one of my Workshops.  Send me $5.30 in postage.  Either way you choose, I'll cover the cost of the actual book.  Email me or shop my online store at:  Happy shopping!

Sneak Peak

Here is a video on two new items featured in the Autumn/Winter 2012 Idea Book:

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Retiring Colors Running Low

Corporate announced today that retiring colors of Ink Pads, ReInkers, Markers and Cardstock are running low.  Scroll down to see a list of colors that will no longer be available as of July 31, 2012.  Place your order as soon as possible so you won't miss out on stocking up on your favorite colors!  Shop online at:

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Retiring CTMH Products

Here is a list of Retiring CTMH Products.  They will no longer be available as of August 1, 2012:
Z1163 Double Scrubber (Note: Being replaced with a new version.)
Z1006 Microfiber Cloth
Z1404 Quick Pic 12x12 Album - Dark Cranberry
Z1405 Quick Pic 12x12 Album - Outdoor Denim
Z1406 Quick Pic 12x12 Album - Dark Chocolate
Z4110 Snapease Album System
Z1323 Clear Cards - 4 1/4" x 5 ½" Asst.
Z1309 Clear Cards - 4 ½” Asst.
Z1383 Sweet Leaf Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon
Z1384 Designer Ribbon - Pink Collection
Z1397 Canvas Badge Buttons
Z1367 Bitty Brads Basic Asst
Z1368 Bitty Brads Metal Asst
Z1104 Clear Sparkles (Note: Being replaced with all round sparkles)
Z1698 Mini-Medley Accents - Pacifica
Z1320 Mini-Medley Accents - Tulip
Z1338 Mini-Medley Accents - Sunset
Z1488 Mini-Medley Accents - Honey
Z1403 Photo Hangers
Z1402 Hinges
Z1690 Bitty Buds Asst
Z1691 Bottle Caps
Z1693 Seaside Wooden Shapes (SOLD OUT)
Z1688 Comic Badge Buttons
Z1635 Heirloom Asst
Z1337 Dimensional Elements Ornaments (Note: Updated to coordinate with Cricut Artiste)
Z1224 My Creations All Sorts Mini Album
Z1334 My Creations Mix & Mingle Mini Album
Z1321 My Creations A-Door-Ables
Z1152 My Creations Cube
4275 My Legacy Writers
Z338 Euro Personal Trimmer (Note: Being replaced with Fiskars SureCut Deluxe Craft Trimmer)
Z339 Euro Trimmer Replacement Blades
Z340 Euro Trimmer Replacement Blade/Scoring
1766 Dotto Dots Dispenser
1767 Dotto Dots Refill

Place your order before July 31st if you are interested in snagging one of these items before they are gone!

Retiring My Acrylix stamp sets

Here is a list of My Acrylix Stamp Sets that will no longer be available as of August 1st.  Place your order before July31st if you've been thinking about getting any of these sets:

A1095 Always Remember
A1099 Angel Sent
A1107 A Twinkle
A1108 A Flitter
A1109 A Sip
A1110 A Timber
A1113 A Game
A1115 A Holiday
B1356 St. Nick
B1359 Fright Night
B1361 Tannenbaum  
B1362 Tag The Occasion
B1381 Holiday Cheer
B1393 Joyful Jar
B1394 John 3:16
C1379 Holiday Commentary
C1382 Holiday Commentary - Spanish
C1383 Holiday Commentary - French
C1401 Friendship Alphabet Small
C1408 Live Inspired
C1419 Harvest Home
C1420 Snow Days
C1423 Captured Moments
C1424 Nature's Gift
C1425 Month By Month
C1426 Thanksgiving
C1427 I Believe
C1429 Party Pennants
C1465 Unscripted
C1468 Winter Joy
C1470 Gnome Garden
C1471 Happy Clusters
C1472 Bundled Buddies
D1136 Giggle Caps
D1137 Giggle Lowercase
D1267 Rustic Numbers
D1306 Treasure Life
D1308 All Decked Out
D1373 Childhood Portrait
D1384 Snow Flurries
D1386 Save The Date
D1387 Made With Love
D1397 Save The Date - French
D1398 Save The Date - Spanish
D1401 Authentic
D1436 The Present
D1437 Party Animal
D1446 Adorn-able
D1449 Father Christmas
D1493 Fill In The Blank - Holiday
D1499 Live Your Style
E1002 Rustic Alphabet
E1006 Baroque Alphabet
E1011 Headline Alphabet Large
E1016 Friendship Alphabet Large

Place your order at or email me.

Retiring Colors

As of August 1st, Close to My Heart will be narrowing their color palette to 42 colors.  Six new colors will be added (5 basics, and Ruby).  Here is a list of the retiring colors. This refers to all Ink Pads, Re-Inkers, Cardstock and Markers. If you place your order before July 31st, you can still get them:
Grey Wool (5571)
Grey Flannel
Vanilla Cream (X5646)
Brown Bag
Baby Pink
Sunkiss Yellow
Key Lime
Heavenly Blue
Lilac Mist
Holiday Red
Sunny Yellow
Dutch Blue
Vineyard Berry
Garden Green
Spring Iris
Pansy Purple 
Also, the Cardstock Combo packs (24 sheets, 2 of each color for $14.95) will no longer be available, as will the Shade Packs ($7.95).  CTMH will be switching over to 24-packs of a single color as of August 1st.  81/2 x 11 will be eliminated completely. 
You can place your order thru my website at or email me.

Happy shopping!

Monday, July 16, 2012

More Hiking in Hawaii

Yep, I got another layout finished!  Was a little waylaid by a computer glitch - hubby had to install a new hard drive before I could download my photos (it's so nice to have a hubby who knows how to do these things!) - here they are:

I'd planned at first to use a 5 x 7 photo on the left side, but I wasn't happy with the printing of that photo - the shadow on our faces was too dark.  So I used my PhotoMate to lighten the photos and print a 4 x 6 that I liked better.  I made a larger matte space and I think it turned out just fine.  Again, I had lots of photos that I wanted to include on this layout, so I used Flip Flaps.  I've propped it up for the purposes of photographing the page (it's hard to take photos after the layouts are in the page protectors, glossy surface/flash don't mix), and then I attached them on the outside of my page protector after putting the layout in my album.

Pattern:  Magic - Hat Trick
CTMH Supplies:  Papers & My Stickease - Back Country
Cardstock & Ink - Barn Red, Olive, Outdoor Denim, Desert Sand
Wood Buttons
Cricut - Life is a Beach, AP
Hemp - natural
Waxy Flax - Bamboo
Dimensional Elements - On Target, Persnickety
Flip Flaps
Rub Ons - All Out Adventure

My layouts seem to be coming together faster & easier lately, which is good because I'm determined to get my Hawaii photos finished in the next few weeks so I can start in on my next big project.  AND I want to spend some time with all of my new CTMH Autumn/Winter goodies!

Hopefully I'll find some more time this afternoon to work on my next layout.  I have to take my dog to the vet in a little while, he's got a strange lesion/absess on his lip and we need figure out what's going on there... Hopefully the little guy will be feeling better soon and then I can go back to working in my craft room.

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Hiking in Hawaii

Yay!  I got another Hawaii layout done!  I decided to stretch a planned two layout collection to three...I had so many photos from this day, and it was my favorite part of our Hawaii trip, so I've decided to do three layouts instead of using a 6-up.  So here it is:

I didn't add any journaling on this one because I already explained the details on the previous page.  I dug out some old retired papers - I was looking for some dot paper from the You Rock collection when I came across It's A Guy Thing.  Then I decided to change my color scheme altogether and not put in the Outdoor Denim on this one.  I love how adding the My Stickease borders brought all the colors together.

Pattern:  Magic - Trap Door
CTMH supplies - Papers & My Stickease - Back Country, It's a Guy Thing
Cardstock & Ink - Desert Sand, New England Ivy, Olive, Garden Green, Barn Red, Cocoa
My Acrylix - A Journey
Rub Ons - Love Story, All-Out Adventure
Cricut - Life is a Beach
Ribbon Rounds New England Ivy
Designer Brads Antiqued Copper

Now back to my craft room to start the next page!

Thanks for stopping by!

CTMH Cricut Artiste

I can't wait for the new CTMH Cricut Artiste cartridge to arrive!  If you are curious to see the handbook and all of the awesome features this new cartridge contains, you can find it here:  Cricut Artiste Handbook  Give your computer a minute - this link loads slow because it is packed with good stuff!

Friday, July 13, 2012

Jungle Adventure in Hawaii

I got a little distracted the last couple of days because the new 2012 Autumn/Winter Idea books were released to consultants yesterday, and I've been following the hoopla online...BUT - I finished another Hawaii layout the other day and just got it edited and prepped for posting.  So here it is:

I hand-stitched the border and I love the results.  (I haven't tried actual sewing on my layouts since I'm a little afraid of clogging up my machine with little paper bits)  I used the Magician's Choice pattern again because I wanted to pack a bunch of similar photos on a single page.  I kept the embellishments to a minimum because I think there's enough happening in this layout already!

Pattern:  Magic Magician's Choice
CTMH Supplies:  Papers & My Stickease - Back Country
Cardstock and Ink - Outdoor Denim, New England Ivy, Bamboo, Cocoa, Olive
My Acrylix - Authentic, Moments in Time
Ruler & Piercing Tools
Embroidery Floss - Neutrals
Cricut - Life is a Beach, Plantin Schoolbook
Color Ready Kraft Borders

My plan is to get at least one more layout done this weekend - hopefully I won't get too distracted by all my new CTMH goodies, they're supposed to be delivered tomorrow!

Thanks for stopping by!

New Idea Books & July 28th Workshop

I am so excited for everyone to see the new 2012 Autumn/Winter Idea Books!  They will officially be available August 1, but here is a sneak peak:
Everyone who attends my workshop on July 28th will get one!  And anyone who makes a purchase that day will receive the new Petite Perks stamp set:
Here are a few other goodies to show you:
YES!  CTMH is coming out with a new Cricut set.  This one is called Artiste.  I am SO excited to receive mine - I placed my order yesterday and it should arrive soon.  I can't wait to start creating with it.  As it is now, the first CTMH Cricut cartridge, Art Philosophy pretty much has a permanent home in my Cricut because I use it so much.  I love how the stamp sets match up perfectly with the shapes, and the Dimensional Element shapes can be easily added as well.

I've ordered in some of the new products and will have them to show you at the workshop at the end of the month.

And last, here are a few other sneak peak photos from the new idea book:

Looking forward to seeing everyone at my workshop on the 28th.  If you didn't receive an Evite for this workshop, please drop me an email!

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Our View in Hawaii

Yes!  I stuck to my plans and worked on my Hawaii book today.  One more layout finished.  I'm really hoping to finish this album by the end of July because I have another HUGE scrapbooking project waiting for me to get started...

I created this layout mostly because I wanted to include the journaling explaining how we wound up switching/upgrading our room:  the toilet overflowed/exploded the first night - I was a bit traumatized at the time, but it all worked out...!

Pattern:  Magic - Final Act
(I had to alter the recipe a bit since my photos were different sizes and horizontal instead of vertical, and my title took up more space than I originally intended.  I decided to add the arrows to lead the eye in the correct direction to read the full title.)
CTMH Supplies:  Papers & My Stickease- Moon Doggie
Cardstock & Ink - Indian Corn Blue, Cocoa, Desert Sand, Cranberry, Honey
My Acrylix - Blue Ribbon, On This Day, Surf's Up
Hemp - natural
Wood Button
Cork Alphabet
Heartfelt Whimsey
Biggie Brad - antiqued copper
Cricut AP

I hope to have more for you soon!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Perfect Pairs in July

Don't miss out on your chance to receive FREE Close to My Heart products!  With a $75 qualifying ONLINE purchase, you will earn FREE paper packets and coordinating embellishments!  Go to to see the schedule of what sets are available and when. Only available thru my online store, direct deliveries only.  Yay!  Free stuff!

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Exploring Hawaii

Okay, so this is the last layout I have finished for my book.  I know I keep talking about it, but I just haven't been able to dedicate any time towards working on my Hawaii photos lately!  Seems like every time I step into my craft room, it is to make a card instead of a layout.  My goal for July:  work on my Hawaii book!  I know I'll get at least one layout done because I have a workshop scheduled this month.  :-)

Thankfully, I have some big non-craft projects handled as of today; my back problems have been diagnosed:  no surgery or drugs involved, it can be helped with physical therapy (yay!); and I'm basically going to be able to get back to my regular routine - which means more time for scrapbooking, hopefully!

CTMH supplies used: 
Papers & My Stickease - Moon Doggie
Cardstock & Ink - Olive, Garden Green, Cocoa
Dimensional Elements On Target
Color Me alphas (retired)
Opaques Adhesives Mocha

Coming up:  I'll post some card ideas and mini-book projects

Thanks for stopping by!