Thursday, August 16, 2018

Bring Back My Pack - Magical Blog Hop

Welcome to today's Blog Hop where we are featuring a retired, but returned, product line called "Magical"! Surely you remember it!
Close To My Heart has brought back the ever-popular Magical Paper Pack for a limited time! Now, through September 30, you can get the More Magical paper packet, and coordinating products - including what was an exclusive and adorable stamp set at the time. These products are suited for all-purpose crafting, including your visits to amusements parks, parties, and other adventures!

Save 25% when you purchase the workshop kit, which includes the paper pack and a selection of other products you can use to create four, 2-page scrapbook layouts, eight cards and much more! You can find all the details on my website.

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

Close To My Heart held Convention at Disneyland and World for several years, giving me many reasons to use this paper pack for those wonderful memories. And I have plenty more! 

You can tell I especially love the polka dot pattern and then loved using the other coordinating colors to accent the photos. This layout makes me completely happy and reminds me of some fun times with my Mom and fellow Consultant friends. 

Enlarged views of the two pages are shown below. 

I can't wait to finish preserving other Disney memories, even with us visiting Disney World on Christmas day just this year! I guess I need to get to work! ;)

Head on over to Michelle's Blog to see what she has to share with you and then continue to follow the links around the Hop.

Wishing you an upcoming weekend of fun and blessings! Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Purposeful Plastic - CTMH Technique Blog Hop

Welcome to this month's Technique Blog Hop where we are using Close To My Heart products to highlight the theme, "Purposeful Plastic". Participants can use our various pocket pages, Flip Flaps, or any other creative incorporation of plastic we offer. LOL I'm excited to see what they have come up with to share with you!

If you are coming from Vandra's Blog, you are on the right track. You can continue the hop by clicking on the links provided in each post. Should you get lost along the way, there is a list of participants below.

The artwork I have to share with you today is pretty straight forward. I incorporated some of our 4" x 4" Flip Flaps into this Story Starter Album by Stacy Julian. (Some of the photos aren't the best because of the glare. Please forgive me and overlook that.)

If you aren't familiar with Flip Flaps, they are self-adhesive, interactive plastic pieces that can be attached to your artwork. They come in various sizes and can be used to include additional photos, journaling, etc. With this photo above, you can see how it is slightly open.

When it is fully open, I am able to include another photo on the back side of the Flip Flap, allowing space in this album other than just the obvious. Cool, huh?

I actually have finished this album - well, almost. I need to get some photos reprinted since my Selphy printer chopped off people on the sides and I wanted a couple of more that I didn't have. I will get it finished soon and share all of the pages.

You can view this video to see how Flip Flaps work interactively.

Before you head over to Michelle's Blog, consider leaving a comment. I always love to read what you have to share!

Thanks so much for stopping by and happy hoppin'!

List of Participants:
1. Melissa Robinson *YOU ARE HERE*
2. Michelle Loncar
3. Debi McBain
4. Catherine Farnsworth Nowak
5. Haley Dyer
6. Darlys Recker
7. Michelle Johns
8. Marciava Warrell
9. Valerie Kapsha
10. Kimberly Bower
11. Vandra Stenton

Monday, August 6, 2018

Here's To You - Blog Hop

In today's Blog Hop we are featuring products from the "Here's To You" special that is available through August 31st.

The Here's To You special features a workshop kit inspired by life's special occasions which features four exclusive stamp sets designed for making elegant cards and layouts. You can save $17.55 when you purchase the bundle. For details on these available products and to view artwork samples, click HERE.

If you are coming from Wendy's Blog. You can find a complete list of participants by clicking here

I chose to keep my card simple for sake of time and to see what I could do with just a few items. I'm please with the result.

There was no way I could pass up incorporating the beautiful Embossing Folder - which you can get as part of the bundle. By using it on Silver or Gold Foil Paper, you get a gorgeous result which can add beauty to any piece of artwork. You'll see that is the case on the samples provided with the Here's To You artwork.

I felt I needed to add a little bit of bling and did so using some retired Purple Shimmer Trim and some Sparkle Dots. Those two touches, with the sponged edge along the sentiment, completed this card.

Keep making your way around the Blog Hop by heading over to Melinda's Blog. We love hearing from you so be sure to take a moment to comment on our posts and let us know your thoughts on what we have to share with you.

I hope your August is off to a great start and that it improves!

Sunday, August 5, 2018

"Layers" - Heart 2 Heart Challenge

Welcome to this week's Heart 2 Heart Challenge where we are featuring "Layers". You can interpret the theme any way you would like just be sure to use Close To My Heart products in your creation and then link up to us through the Blog.
Because of the various papers used on this card, I felt it screamed "layers", although I hope it doesn't scream it too loudly. LOL

I will miss the Basic Fundamental papers that have recently retired. Despite using three patterns on this card, I love how they came together for a fun and cheerful look. (You'll love the new paper packs that are soon to be released on September 1st! Just wait!
The flowers in the Happily Ever After stamp set are so great to use for focal points on cards because of their size and design that offers ease of coloring. I did use ShinHan markers to color them in. 

Be sure to link up to this challenge, or others, through the end of August! We always love seeing what you have to share with us at Heart 2 Heart!

Make it a great day...the choice is yours!

Thursday, August 2, 2018

August Specials and More!

It's August 2nd which means...there are quite a few GREAT things that were released yesterday and if you're in my VIP Group, you learned about one of them! There is so much goodness that I am not completely sure on where to begin.

I'm going to share some brief details about each, as well as links to more information, and then I will have separate blog posts to address them even further. Please feel free to ask me any questions you may have whether by phone call, text, instant message on Facebook, or in the VIP Group.


Craft with Heart is our NEW subscription program that features Cut Above layout kits offered at monthly, 4-month, and 12-month intervals. You get to decide how often you would like to receive these deliveries on your doorstep. 

The annual subscription is what is currently available, with the 1-month and 4-month subscriptions to start on September 1st. You can find additional information on my website under the Products tab and then you'll see "Craft with Heart". Or, you can click on this direct LINK.  

Available through September 30, 2018, while supplies last

We've brought back the popular Magical Paper Pack for a limited time! Now through September 30, get the More Magical paper packet, and coordinating products - including what was an exclusive and adorable stamp set, which are suited for all-purpose crafting, including your visits to amusement parks, parties, and other adventures! Save 25% when you purchase the workshop kit, which includes the paper packet and a selection of other products you can use to create four, 2-page scrapbook layouts and eight cards!

You'll find more details and images regarding this special by clicking HERE

Available through September 30, 2018, while supplies last

With this kit, you can preserve the best of your child's school years with the You've Got Class collection of products. This special features a paper collection, exclusive stamp set, and workshop kit all designed to commemorate the passage of those formative years.

This unique workshop contains a set of materials you can use to create 14 single page scrapbook layouts - an entire album, with one page for each school year. The workshop kit also includes our True Fit Folos (a retired and tried, but true and popular product from years ago), giving you a place to preserve precious keepsakes and mementos from each year.

To view more information about this special, including the downloadable Workshop Guide, click HERE.

Available through August 31, 2018, while supplies last

The Here's To You special features a workshop kit inspired by life's special occasions! To celebrate these moments, the workshop kit features four exclusive stamp sets designed for making elegant cards and layouts. The products in this workshop create one 12" x 12" page and seven cards that can be used for weddings and many other occasions!

You can purchase the products as a bundle - for additional savings - or individually, whichever you prefer.  Find full details through this LINK and remember this special is only available through the end of this month. It was released on July 15th. 

I look forward to sharing more about the newest specials so you can consider if they would benefit you with your papercrafting needs.

Have an AWESOME day!

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

For the Love of Crafting - August Stamp of the Month

Welcome to this month's Stamp of the Month, "For the Love of Crafting" Blog Hop; a super fun stamp set for any crafter!

This stamp set comes with nine images you will see highlighted in the artwork as you make your way around the Hop. More importantly, you can get it for $5 with a purchase of at least $50. Details about this offer can be found through this LINK

If you are coming from Wendy's Blog, you are on the right track. You can find a complete list of participants by clicking here

I had fun using the images from the stamp set to make this Slider Card. It is really easy to make and not nearly as complicated as you might imagine. In fact, I have an Design Space file to share with you, through my VIP Group on Facebook, if you don't already have a Close To My Heart Consultant. It will make it easy for you to assemble one as well.

I will be highlighting it in the group this coming weekend. Follow the link to join me there, if you would like!

This is what the card looks like when it is open. You have to be strategic on the placement of the sentiment so you it is not exposed through the thumb pull and still allows a spot for you to sign the card. 

Here is a video on how it looks in action. (It did get stuck a bit as I was filming, of course - LOL, but it does work as intended.) You can made it in a way that you can include a gift card inside. What a fun way to receive a great card and goodie - all in one! 

Thank you so much for stopping by. Head on over to Gina's Blog where I would bet she has something GREAT to show you, as do the other participants in the Hop. We always love to hear what you think, so consider leaving me a comment before moving on.

Wishing you all the best this month!

Sunday, July 29, 2018

LAST CALL for Buy Two Stamp Sets, GET ONE FREE! (Ends in 2 days!)

Here is a copy of my newsletter that went out earlier, reminding YOU of the specials that end in just a couple of days which includes Stampaganza and the July Stamp of the Month! The August newsletter will go out on the 1st with some EXCITING INFORMATION so be sure you have subscribed to it and better yet, are in my VIP Group where you will know of the NEWS first! You can subscribe by clicking on this link. Subscribe button is in the top left corner. 

Greetings from My Creative Space! 

You only have TWO MORE DAYS to take advantage of Stampaganza where you can buy any two My Acrylix® stamp sets at the full retail price and get a third stamp set of equal or lesser value FREE!
Choose from stamp sets in the current Annual Inspirations or Seasonal Expressions 2, OR the popular Solos number and letter stamp sets that have been brought back just for July!

Solos stamp sets can also be purchased in two different bundles, one for letters and one for numbers, for even more savings! (You can also choose to buy them individually.) CLICK HERE for more details! 
I had a great time celebrating my 20th year Anniversary, with Close To My Heart, at our Convention in Las Vegas late last month. I was able to enjoy it with 13 of my team members and many other great women who I have been blessed to know because of CTMH. Next  year we will gather in Provo, Utah! You should think about joining us!
This is the cover of our Holiday Expressions Idea Book that will be released on September 1st!

Until then, be sure you get all products on your wish list, from our current Idea Books - Annual Inspirations and Seasonal Expressions 2 - before they are gone! These will run through the end of August, an extension for the Annual Inspiration Book, so be sure to document that.

There is still plenty of awesome product to share with you before Sept. 1! In fact, I'll send out a newsletter on August 1 with a FABULOUS ANNOUNCEMENT! 
Wishing you a great end to July!

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Here's To You!

Available through August 31st or while supplies last.
The Here's to You special features a workshop kit inspired by life's special occasions! 
The products in this workshop include four stamp sets and other items to create this 12" x 12" page and seven cards that can be used for weddings and many other occasions! 

To celebrate these moments, the workshop kit features four exclusive stamp sets designed for making elegant cards and layouts. You can save $17.55 when you purchase the bundle shown above which includes:
  • 1- To You Stamp Set (B1597)
  • 1 - Wishing You Joy Stamp Set (B1596)
  • 1 - Flourishing Friendship Stamp Set (B1599)
  • 1 - Sending Sunshine Stamp Set (B1600)
  • 11 - cardstock sheets (1 Bashful, 1 Glacier, 2 Juniper, 1 Lagoon, 2 Linen, 1 Pacifica, 2 White Daisy, 1 Silver Glitter)
  • 1 - Vellum sheet
  • 1 - White Pearls (Z3370)
  • 1 - Rose Embossing Folder (Z3343)
  • 7 - white cards & envelopes
If you love certain products available in this kit, you can order some items separately. CLICK HERE to see all that is available to you.
I wanted to show you a close-up of one card so you can appreciate how gorgeous the Rose Embossing Folder texturizes the cardstock by simply running it through your choice of machine.

It provides a simple way to make an attractive background, don't you think?

NOTE: This workshop does use shapes from the Cricut Artistry Collection. You can download the instructions, with complete details, by clicking on THIS LINKor contact me directly. (The Cricut Collection is not included.)

"Highlight Reel" - Stamp of the Month

This stamp set offers a variety of images for many occasions, whether for scrapbook layouts or cards.
I made this 6 x 8 scrapbook page, perfect for inserting into an Everyday Life Album
Using the same stamp set, you can see how using other images and colors gave this card such a different look. It's such a happy card!

You can get this stamp set for $5-  through July - 
with a qualifying purchase of just $50. Read about the Stamp of the Month details here.

Meet Me at the Crop! 

On Saturday, August 18th, join me as we gather in downtown Irving for a 12-hour crop, 10 am to 10 pm! The cost is just $10 (max) and we always have a great time. 
Full details are provided in my VIP group or you can contact me for additional information. Registration is due by August 15th!

I would love to see you there! 

Earn FREE Products!

I am booking parties for August and would love to help YOU earn FREEproducts from Close To My Heart - whether through an in-home event or a virtual one, through Facebook! LET ME KNOW SOME DATES THAT WORK FOR YOU!

In fact, check out this preview (above) of what is to come in August and it can be YOURS - FREE - when your Party reaches at least $350 in sales! It's not difficult to achieve that level and I will help make the experience for you, and your friends, a positive one!

By the sales accumulating to $350, you will not only get the More Magical Paper Packet FREE (more to come on August 1st), you'll also get $60 in FREEproducts (Hostess Rewards items) AND half off any item of your choice! (Refer to the chart below.)


You can choose to redeem the FREE rewards on a variety of products with a comprehensive list provided through this link. (Scroll down and click below "Earn Free Product" on "See the List".)

Exclusive Hostess Item? Curious?
Did you know there are exclusive stamp sets only available to Hostesses? They are located in the front area of the current Idea Book and there are several new ones to enjoy!

Here is a link to a file that shows the current and exclusive stamp sets. Contact me with your questions or for more details! I always treat my hostesses GREAT and would love to pamper you a bit!

Get a Discount on ALL of Your Purchases!

Oh how I love my team members and enjoy treating them right! I LOVE encouraging them, celebrating their successes and spending FUN and quality time with them at CTMH-related events. We always have a GREAT time and if you would like to join us, or want some additional information, let me know!

That top image is actually incorrect as it's not updated, just yet, with the NEW kit items that will be released on August 1st! Remember when I shared above that new product will be released on September 1st?! Well, if you JOIN MY TEAM in August, you'll get a preview of all the goodness that is to come, a month before the general public! That makes next month a GREAT time to sign up, not to mention it's my birthday month so why not help me celebrate?! LOL No pressure, or anything. Ha! 

You can't go wrong with joining the Close To My Heart family, and my team called the "Heartfelt Sentiments". That's pretty obvious since I have 20 years and am counting!

Let me know if I can tell you more whether you want to save on your purchases OR earn a little (or a lot) extra income!

I am conducting a team training in Tyler, TX on Saturday, August 25th. If you have considered becoming a Consultant, that would be a perfect time to join me and learn more about CTMH and my awesome team! If you were to attend, there is no obligation to join. It simply provides you with an opportunity to see what we do and enjoy the fun! Contact me if you would like more information! (If you live long distance, I could do something virtually for you.)

Join My VIP Group

The best way to stay informed of special offers, new products, artwork creations and upcoming events is to be a member of my VIP group on Facebook. It's the first place I post exciting information and artwork I have created.

If you would like to join the fun there, click on the link and I will accept your request for Membership.

To see what you are missing, I will be sharing how to make this "Slider Card" in a LIVE feed in that group onSaturday, August 4, 2018!

It's a super fun card that is easy to reproduce - I'll even show you a few others I have made!

Specific directions - whether you hand prepare or cut with your Cricut (design space file) - will be provided in the VIP Group. You'll want to be there so head over there now so you don't forget!

That is the best place to be for all the important NEWS and there is a lot to come August 1st! WOOHOO!

P.S. If you currently have a Close To My Heart Consultant, please fully support them and their business.  
Melissa Robinson, Director

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