Friday, July 15, 2016

Picture My Life Fun!

Welcome to our Blog Hop where we are featuring Close To My Heart's Picture My Life products. Participants are incorporating our pocket cards into their artwork and you are sure to be inspired.

If you are coming from Tonya's Blog, you are on the right track. There is a complete list of participants at the bottom of this post if you were to get lost along the way.

I hope this simple but colorful card makes you smile like it does me. I cut pieces of cardstock at 5/8", centering the middle strip and building off it on both sides. (I did have to trim off a bit on each end.) Then I took a Picture My Life Gold & Silver Overlay card, that has the sentiment "smile" on it and simply glued it to the front.
The overlay cards are clear. There is a backing on them that must be removed to get the window effect. The backing protects it from getting scratched during transport and in storage. They are super fun an easy to use. The overlay measured 4" x 6". I cut it down to 4" x 5 1/4" to allow for a 1/4" border around it for a standard size card. 

Picture My Life Cards are designed for pocket scrapbooking but can be used for many other creations as you will see through this hop. Currently we offer quite a selection with some themes to be soon retired and only available while supplies last.

Head on over to Wendy's Blog and have a great start to your weekend!

Happy hoppin' and be sure to...Make It From YOUR Heart!


Here is a list of the participants:

    Melissa Robinson *YOU ARE HERE)
    Wendy Kessler
    Darlys Recker
    Catherine Nowak
    Kirsten Jade
    Cathy Bufano
    Helen Gullett
    Danielle Wagner
    Tonya Whitehurst

                      Picture My Life Fun!

                      Welcome to our Blog Hop where we are featuring Close To My Heart's Picture My Life products. Participants are incorporating our pocket cards into their artwork and you are sure to be inspired.

                      If you are coming from Tonya's Blog, you are on the right track. There is a complete list of participants at the bottom of this post if you were to get lost along the way..

                      Picture My Life Cards are designed for pocket scrapbooking but can be used for many other creations as you will see through this hop. Currently we offer quite a selection with some themes to be soon retired and are only available while supplies last.
                      (Stop by later today for an updated photo of my artwork creation. I was having some difficulty uploading my artwork and am away on a work trip.)

                      Head on over to Wendy's Blog and have a great start to your weekend.


                      Here is a list of the participants:
                      1. Melissa Robinson
                      2. Wendy Kessler
                      3. Darlys Recker
                      4. Catherine Nowak
                      5. Kirsten Jade
                      6. Cathy Bufano
                      7. Helen Gullett
                      8. Danielle Wagner
                      9. Tonya Whitehurst

                      Wednesday, July 6, 2016

                      Products to Retire Soon!

                      Is there something that has been on your wish list but you just haven't placed an order for it? Let me tell you why this month is a great time to place your order!

                      #1 - Items from the Annual Inspirations Idea Book are retiring at the end of this month, or while supplies last! You don't want to miss out on something you have had your eye on. You can click here to see, on my website, a full list of the products that are soon-to-be-gone.

                      In fact, three of our exclusive Cricut cartridges  - Art Philosophy, Artiste and Artfully Sent - are only available while supplies last. If you don't have these three in your library, they are definitely something you want to get before they are gone for good. The details regarding the contents can be found by clicking here. They are well-worth the investment.
                      The Rolling Tote is also retiring. I have really enjoyed my Rolling Tote, loving how our various organizers fit inside of it for easy transportation. It also coordinates wonderfully with our other storage products.

                      #2 - If you place an order of at least $35 this month, you will receive a $5 credit from me that you can use towards any NEW PRODUCT you order in August! As Consultants we get to preview the new products a whole month in advance of them being released to the public and I am in love with ALL of it! This is a little token of thank you for your business. In addition to the coupon, you will also receive a handmade thank you card from me in the mail.


                      #3 - I will mail you a hard copy of our NEW Annual Inspirations Idea Book that goes live August 1st. It will be sent through Priority Mail on July 28th or the day after you place your order, whichever comes first. You will be able to ooh and aahhh over it as it is released worldwide. You will definitely want this beauty in your hands.
                      To place your order, visit my website and click on the link in the bottom right-hand corner that says "July Orders Here". Your order will arrive on your front doorstep in a timely manner. 

                      I am always available for any questions you may have and don't forget there is a special offer taking place this month if you would like to be a Consultant and save money on your own papercrafting purchases. I would love to have YOU on my team! You can find those details on a previous blog post by clicking HERE.

                      Make It From Your Heart,

                      Tuesday, July 5, 2016

                      CTMH Paper Blog Hop - Magical

                      Welcome to our Hop this month where we are featuring artwork made with the Magical product line from Close To My Heart. I absolutely love it and while it does scream "Disney" it is also very versatile. However, for the case of this piece of artwork, I did lean the Disney way because I created these layouts for 14 team members who attended Convention with me last week in Disney World. 

                      If you are coming from Tonya's Blog you are on the right track. You can find a complete list of participants at the bottom of this post.

                      I loved pulling this polka dot paper for the main paper on this layout. I added in Black, Sapphire and Canary cardstock as well as a Zip Strip (the blue starred paper on the bottom of the photo mats). 
                       The various elements added to this page are cuts from our exclusive Cricut cartridges.

                      These layouts were super fun to create and seemed to be liked by all. I usually give team members a layout to give them a starting point to preserve their Convention memories.

                      Let me know what you think of this layout and then head on over to Cathy's Blog and see what she has created using this product line.

                      Enjoy the rest of this first week in July 2016! Can you believe that?! Happy hoppin'!


                      Here is a list of participants:

                        1. Melissa Robinson *YOU ARE HERE*
                        2. Cathy Bufano
                        3. Katy Taylor
                        4. Tonya Whitehurst

                      Monday, July 4, 2016

                      Heart 2 Heart Challenges - Magical

                      I hope you are enjoying a wonderful 4th of July wherever you are. I am thankful to live in a country where I am free and protected. Thank you to all who have served or our currently serving our country and providing us with the freedoms we have. I am also thankful to the families who endure the time away from their loved ones so we may enjoy the conveniences of living in the USA.

                      This Magical product line, which is the focus of this month's Heart 2 Heart Challenge, is perfect for celebrating or commemorating this holiday. I love that while it could take on a certain theme, it doesn't have to as you can see here.

                      I chose to make this card a little whimsical and incorporated the stamp set called, "Beyond Awesome", which has some fun sentiments. (Photo posted below). The fun polka-dot pattern actually comes from one of the Pocket Card designs included in the paper pack. It's totally one of my favorites! I did use some of the fun striped Sequins for some added bling as well as took Black Shimmer Trim and cut it vertically, to make for thinner borders.
                      Image of the stamp set:
                      If you have any questions regarding the design of this card, please feel free to contact me. I hope you like it.

                      Join us by sharing your artwork creation, using Magical and other Close To My Heart products by linking up to us at Heart 2 Heart. I look forward to seeing your creativity there. Be sure to...

                      Make It From Your Heart,

                      Sunday, July 3, 2016

                      SOME Shimmer Trim is Retiring!

                      Many of you love our Shimmer Trim as much as I do. I wanted to be sure you new that these four colors of Shimmer Trim will be discontinued at the end of the month or until supplies last. If you want them, get them on an order sooner rather than later.

                      Here are links to them on my website:
                      Bronze Shimmer Trim
                      Teal Shimmer Trim
                      Purple Shimmer Trim
                      Pink Shimmer Trim
                      Blue Shimmer Trim is already unavailable

                      Hoping you are enjoying a wonderful holiday weekend with plenty of fun or relaxation to follow tomorrow!


                      Friday, July 1, 2016

                      July Stamp of the Month Blog Hop - From the Notebook

                      Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop this month where are we are featuring, "From the Notebook".
                      This stamp set can be used on a variety of artwork pieces - as I am sure you are about to see for yourself - and can be yours for just $5 this month. You can find details about the Stamp of the Month special by clicking here.

                      If you are coming from Krista's Blog, you are on the right track. You can find a complete list of participants by clicking here if you were to get lost along the way.

                      Here is a card made wit the nametag image and stars.
                      Thank you so much for stopping by. Head on over to Cat's Blog where you are sure to find some fabulous artwork!

                      Thursday, June 30, 2016

                      Early Bird Gets the Worm!

                      We've all heard the saying, "The early bird gets the worm" and that is definitely true during July with Close To My Heart! I just returned from our annual Convention that was held at the Coronado Springs Resort at Disney World. It was a fabulous time as I spent it with team members and Consultants from all over the world. It was a huge celebration where many exciting products were unveiled.

                      There is some good news and bad news. Do you want the good news first?! Okay. The good news is that as a Consultant I get to begin purchasing the new product tomorrow, July 1st!The bad news is that as a customer, you have to wait until August 1st to do so. Wah wah wah... :) BUT!!!!! There is definitely a 'but' in here! If you sign up to be a Consultant as early as 9 am tomorrow morning (CST) you can benefit from those Consultant rewards!

                      This is a photo of the new kit that is $75 AND includes a $50 "credit", if you will, to redeem on a variety of products of your choice! That is HUGE and this month...(keep reading)
                      You can get your choice of a FREE Fundamentals paper packet* and its coordinating Complements. These brand new products won’t be released to the public until August, so joining this month is your chance to get them first! (When you sign up, you’ll also get $50 in Select Product Credit to spend on more new products, including the newest stamps, paper packets, and cardstock colors.)

                      Choose from Whimsy, Adventure, and Enchantment Fundamentals. No tax is charged for free items. Standard New Consultant Kit shipping rates will apply. No additional shipping/handling will be charged for this promotion.

                      I would LOVE to add YOU to my team! I have trainings scheduled out for the rest of the year and will be sharing some plans I have for team support. You will definitely benefit and enjoy this journey whether you choose to join simply to save a percentage off your purchases, want to make a little bit of extra money, or there is an opportunity for full-time business.

                      If you sign up this month AND submit $150 before the end of your 30th day (once the kit was shipped from the home office), you will get a FABULOUS GIFT FROM ME THAT IS A MUST-HAVE NEW PRODUCT! It's valued at $18.95 and you will definitely need more than one so I will help give you a jump-start. Unfortunately, I am unable to share more details about it through this venue so if you are interested, write me directly - either through email or Facebook messenger. I can give more details there. By you meeting this challenge it also puts you on the right path to achieving some other important milestones through Close To My Heart where you will receive some additional rewards.

                      Contact me today with any questions you may have.

                      Tuesday, June 21, 2016

                      Disney World, Here I Come!

                      I am headed to Disney World today for Close To My Heart's Convention! I am looking forward to sharing in this special event with quite a few of my dear friends.
                      Convention officially kicks off on Thursday morning, but I am blessed to get a jump-start Wednesday when I get to spend Leadership Day with quite a few leaders on my team. I am also honored to share that I have been asked to be a presenter on Leadership Day and will take the stage for 15 minutes that day. Eek! I am so excited!
                      Breakfast at Goofy's Kitchen at last year's Convention in Anaheim.
                      I have been busy creating fun artwork for the past few weeks that will serve as team gifts so have been a little on the quiet side as far as posting new artwork is concerned. But, watch my blog over the next few days to see the fun gifts I created using our products!
                      Team Breakfast at Goofy's Kitchen last year during Convention at Disneyland.
                      Interested in joining the Close To My Heart fun?! It will be a fabulous time do so as we will get to review the newest products while in Orlando which go live to the public on August 1st. I love having that sneak peek as a Consultant. 

                      Feel free to ask me Consultant questions any time. I am constantly working to build my team and love how much Close To My Heart Heart has blessed and enriched my life over the almost 18 years I have been a Consultant! (I joined in October 1998.) I know you will experience the same.

                      Have a blessed week!

                      Monday, June 20, 2016

                      Heart 2 Heart Challenge - Calypso Colors

                      Welcome to my blog today where I am featuring artwork for this week's Heart 2 Heart Challenge, "Calypso Colors". Surely you have seen the new Calypso product line from Close To My Heart and if you haven't, you are definitely missing out on a GREAT thing!
                      I am way addicted especially because of the fabulous color combination chosen for this line: Black, Cotton Candy, Honey, Lagoon and Pear. They are all those bright summery colors that bring a smile to my face. Do they do the same to you?

                      I am totally loving this card creation, made using the Stamp of the Month, "The Long Way Home". I did paper-piece the VW bug, first stamping it in Cotton Candy. Then I stamped it again in Honey, Lagoon, Black and Slate inks, on scratch paper, cutting out the specific areas to layer on top of the Lagoon image. It made for a pretty colorful vehicle, don't you think?
                      I added some Silver Sequins, Gold Foil Tape, and a Red Enamel Heart for some final accents. This card totally makes me happy which is fitting for the sentiment. I hope you love it too!

                      Thank you for stopping by and please consider linking up to us for the Heart 2 Heart Challenge this week. Be sure to incorporate Close To My Heart products in your creation. I look forward to seeing what you share!

                      Have a blessed week and be sure to...Make It From Your Heart!