Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Happy Anniversary

Today is our anniversary. Where has 30 years gone? We were so young when we married, I was 18 and Roger was 24. When your crazy in love you don't see a thing wrong with graduating from high school on Wednesday and getting married on Saturday! Oh My, what were we thinking.

But some how it worked for us and the Lord has blessed us! It hasn't always been easy but its always been worth it. We tell so many kids thinking about getting married that it's hard work. REALLY hard work. But when you get to the other end of a rough patch it makes it so worth it. We're closer, more in love and we've grown together when we work thru a difficult time together. Some times I think you have to be crazy stupid in love to make it thru the hard parts. And the Lord has blessed us with being Crazy Stupid in LOVE with each other!

 Happy Scrapping,

Monday, May 27, 2013

Relief For Oklahoma

I'm so proud to be a part of a company that helps those in need. Close To My Heart released a stamp set this week that is going to be in our 2013 Autumn/Winter Idea Book. When you purchase this stamp set from now thru June 30th, 100% of the profits will go to the relief efforts in Oklahoma. 

This great stamp is just $2.95 and you can order it HERE. Its such a small price for a wonderful way to help those in need.
At this price point you can buy one for yourself and as gifts for friends. Two little words can mean so much!

Happy Scrapping,

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Creativity: Now and Always

This is a letter that our Close To My Heart  founder Jeanette Lynton wrote in regards to recent news about the paper crafting industry.

Creativity: Now and Always

"Within the past month, paper crafters have heard and seen some hard news—well-known industry names have announced bankruptcy or removed their scrapbooking lines. It may leave many wondering what the future is for our beloved pursuit of memory keeping and creativity. As the CEO and Founder of Close To My Heart, I have many thoughts on the topic and wanted to share a few with you.

First off, preserving our memories is NOT a fad. It's one of the most important things we do in our journey here on earth, and it's as key as breathing and as sustainable as family. In the past few years, we have seen scrapbooking come into the spotlight and many flocked to set up shop and design products to capitalize on it. While we at Close To My Heart have welcomed the focus on scrapbooking over the past few years, we know that even when the hubbub fades, the core and relevance underneath the hype remains. I have been in the industry for nearly 30 years—LONG before it was "trendy"—and plan to be in this essential industry for decades to come.

Because Close To My Heart will be here for the long-term, we have run our business differently than many others. We are not leveraged to the hilt or financed by outside investors. I have always believed in organic, cash-based growth, and the simple provident rule of spending less than I earn. It's a principle I've applied to business and it's ensured that Close To My Heart operates profitably. We have been profitable month after month, year after year. Our credit rating is excellent, and this protects our commitment to delivering a wealth of diverse, beautiful products at competitive prices while providing secure commission checks for our Consultants, employees, and vendors.

Second, yes, the industry is changing. I welcome and embrace that! In my 30 years in business, I have seen many changes and they almost always yield fresh directions, new products, and a new crop of crafters. Change always brings opportunity! I have long said that as long as little girls are born with hands, they will want to create. I am grateful to be a part of such an important contribution to society and know that this will continue.

Ultimately, I invite everyone—whether you are an existing Consultant or customer, a past purchaser, or even if you have never purchased a Close To My Heart product—to get to know us again for the first time. Close To My Heart is strong. Papercrafting, memory keeping, and creativity are more important than ever before and we provide unique, diverse products for every style and ability of crafter.  Close To My Heart is committed to scrapbooking, and if it's a passion you share, then YOU ARE WELCOME HERE."

I'm so proud to be a part of this company that has a founder and leader like Jeanette. Her heart is always focused on the well being of the people in her company and she has the business mind to run a very successful and thriving company.

If you would like to join Close To My Heart and be apart of my team you can contact me or JOIN HERE

Happy Scrapping,

Friday, May 24, 2013

Later Sk8r Card

I knew I liked this paper when I first saw it in the Idea Book. It's papers are very distressed and rugged, just like little boys! I needed a very quick card for my nephew and although I haven't shared all my layouts on here I've used all of my Later Sk8r paper and all I had left were scraps. So I gathered all the scraps I had and came up with this card.

If your short on your favorite paper but want to use up the scraps like I did you can make your paper go farther by using cardstock. The base of my card is grey cardstock because the grey diamond paper on the bottom wasn't long enough to fit across the whole card. I also put a small strip of white cardstock between the grey diamond paper and the green patterned paper because I was short on the green patterned paper and I really wanted to use both papers on this card.  I think the white strip ended up working great, it gives a visual divider between the two patterned papers. And it brings in a third section of white which visually balances the card. I added a few green and blues sparkles because you just can't have enough sparkle!

Happy Scrapping,

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Your Invited To A Pajama Party!

Close To My Heart and Big Picture Scrapbooking  have joined together to plan the ultimate Pajama Party. So much fun and you don't have to leave your house! It's FREE! You get to be in your jammies! What more could you ask for!

WHEN:  Thursday, May 30th
TIME:  8:00 pm (CST)  / 6:00 pm PT
WHERE:  Sign up HERE
Stacy Julian of Big Picture Classes is hosting this fabulous Pajama Party sponsored by Close To My Heart! During the Pajama Party, you can chat LIVE with Stacy Julian and friends, complete fun creative challenges, and enter to win prizes!  You can also create the feature project - "Think Happy Thoughts" Kraft Container.

Order your supplies to create one of your own!  CLICK HERE to shop online.  Join the "Pajama Party" gathering and I'll put your name in a drawing for FREE product
. Or order a precut kit below.

Get your "Think Happy Kit" for $12. All the stamping and cutting are done for you. (wood shapes will diver kit to kit). You will recieve all the precut papers, prestamped images, Kraft container, enough twine, paper, Sparkles and wood shapes to make your Think Happy container. Email at papermemories4u@yahoo.com to order your kit. Or you can comment here with your order - add your email and I'll contact you with payment instructions.

(You can click on the purple link to take you right to the item you need to order.)
  • My Acrylix® Frame Flair (D1546)
  • My Acrylix® Happy Thoughts (C1536)
  • 2" x 3 1/2" My Acrylix® block (Y1009)
  • 4" x 5" My Acrylix® block (Y1012)
  • My Acrylix® spritz cleaner (1778)
  • My Acrylix® stamp scrubber (Z1782)
  • Cricut® Art Philosophy collection (Z1790)
  • Whisper Exclusive Inks® pad (Z2172)
  • Lagoon Exclusive Inks® pad (Z2195)
  • micro-tip scissors (Z534)
  • corner rounder (Z578)
  • paper trimmer
  • My Creations® kraft container (Z1833)
  • one sheet of 12" x 12" Crème Brulee cardstock (comes with 24 sheets, X5754)
  • one sheet of 12" x 12" Lagoon cardstock (comes with 24 sheets, X5762)
  • one sheet of 12" x 12" White Daisy cardstock (comes with 24 sheets, 1385)
  • one sheet of 12" x 12" Whisper cardstock (comes with 24 sheets, X5929)
  • one sheet Pink B&T Duos® paper from Chantilly paper packet (comes with 6 sheets, X7163B)
  • two yards Grey Wool baker's twine from neutral assortment (comes with ten yards, Z1701)
  • three butterflies from Color-Ready Trinkets wooden shapes (comes with 57 shapes, Z1844)
  • three grey Sparkles from Sparkles black & grey assortment (comes with 108, Z1754)
  • 3-D foam tape  (Z1151)
Happy Scrapping,

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Happy Mothers Day

I hope everyone had a Happy Mothers Day. My wonderful family made sure I had a great day. Saturday started with Hubbalicious bringing me a beautiful bouquet of roses.

Sunday both of the kids were here and we had a great breakfast together and we were able to get some pictures outside. It was windy and very chilly but we braved the cool weather. The kids usually hate doing pictures but on Mother's Day and my birthday they indulge me with just a few eye rolls.

We were all trying to smile and not shiver so we got the pictures done as soon as possible. We even got the dogs in the picture too.

My family knows my favorite candy and I usually get a bag of Lindor Chocolates but this year they hadn't talked to each other about what they were getting me.

And thats how I you get 9 bags of chocolates for Mothers Day!

I was able to spend some time with my Mom today too. She had fun telling stories about when I was young.

She always has selective memory when she tells stories of when us kids were young.  :) We get a good laugh from it everytime.
I hope you all had a wonderful time with your families!

Happy Scrapping,

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Such A Lovely Day Layout

I haven't used non Close To My Heart paper since I became a consultant. Not for any other reason than I love our paper. The quality is wonderful and it cuts like a dream with the Cricut. But I had this paper and layout planned long before I became a CTMH consultant. I've been trying to use up old papers and get some scrapbooking done. I love it when you get out old papers and realize you still really like them. And I still REALLY REALLY love both of these papers.

 A couple friends know I'm not a big bird lover. I like birds in my yard but not on my scrapbook pages. But these birds are sweet and seem to go well. I have a key with a heart on the end and the word LOVE on it. I'm thinking I need to add that to the right side of the layout. Maybe a bit or ribbon too. I try not to go back and change layouts once I'm done with them but this layout just looks a bit plain. And it's not in my album yet so it's easy to change a few things.

 Happy Scrapping,

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Happy May Day- a day late

May Day here in Iowa was a nice spring day and so I was outside as much as possible. So I forgot to post this great new deal and very bright and fun paper pack. Its the perfect paper pack for a day like today. Cold, rainy and dreary. Just another day in unpredictable Iowa. I won't be working in the yard today so I'm hoping to get in my scrapbook room and make some fun layouts with this paper.

Get the exclusive paper packet for only $10 when you spend $35! Buy it here!
In honor of National Scrapbooking Month, you can get the yummy Dream Pop paper packet for only $10 when you spend $35 in May (valued at $19.95 retail)! This exclusive paper packet includes 12 cardstock sheets as well as 12 B&T Duos® papers that were specifically designed for this promotion only—you can’t get these sweet colors and patterns anywhere else! Start National Scrapbooking Month off right with a unique paper packet at a bargain price and get your creative juices flowing! Also, consider hosting this month: Hostesses receive one paper packet free with qualifying May Gathering sales totals of $400 or more.
*Shipping/handling and tax apply. Not available for purchase at full retail. Offer valid May 1–31, 2013, while supplies last. Qualifying purchases must be current, retail-priced product.
Dates: Offer valid May 1–31, 2013.

Happy Scrapping, 
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