July Special and Mini Vacation at the Jersey Shore

Jump on July1JUMP ON IT JULY is here!  You can earn the July Stamp of the Month for FREE!  When you purchase $25 in My Acrylix Stamp sets, you have a choice of the above stamp set for Free ($17.95 value) or any of the Hostess Reward Stamp sets for only $5.00 (these are exclusive and have only been awarded to hostesses):

Jump on July2

When you SHOP HERE for STAMP SETS and purchase $25 or more in stamps, you’ll have the option of adding one stamp set (this is just a photo of your choices) to your cart:

Jump on July

Happy shopping!  I will have artwork to share soon using the July Stamp of the Month and Wanderful papers.  It’s an excellent stamp set for scrapbooking!


Yes! A mini family vacation at the Jersey Shore!  The SEASIDE Product Line will be the perfect inspiration to create layouts for these photos.

Many of you know Rick & I moved up to New England about 4 years ago from New Jersey. Since then, I’ve only had a few trips back and after we had moved, Hurricane Sandy hit the beloved beaches along the Shore.  It’s taken quite some time to build it back, but it is even more beautiful than ever before!  I had a wonderful visit with my niece Christie and her daughter Eva (from South Carolina), my cousin Denise and my sister Diane the past 4 days in New Jersey.  What great beach days @ Seaside Heights!


The sand is so soft and whiter; the Boardwalk cleaner and the water was 62 to 65 degrees (a lot warmer than New England waters for sure!).  The pier with the rides looked wonderful and ‘the wheel of chance’ is always an element of surprise.




And of course, how could one resist a Vanilla Custard Cone from Kohl’s?  Eva gave it her stamp of approval!


It was a lovely visit and the beaches are beautiful and I’ll miss being with my family.  But I do look forward to enjoying the mountains, fresh air and lakes region here.  Summer is always a special time to take a breather and relax, wind down some and enjoy the outdoors.  I hope you have a lovely Summer and enjoy your vacations as well!

Do you want to know?

Hello!  I’m in New Jersey right now spending some time with family.  I hope you are enjoying your start to Summer Festivities as well!  With the end of a month closing in on us pretty fast, there are a few things you may want to know more about.  Just take a quick peek for yourself to see if there is anything that you truly care about. Thanks!

Monthly Rewards Club starting in July:Craft Club

This is a great time to join my Monthly Rewards Club and I’m in need of ONE more club member to start our club!  If you are out of state, scrap alone, or have been wondering when to join, now is a great time to JUMP IN!  You can read all about the Club HERE and email me if you have any questions.  It’s a great way to earn FREE product, 1/2 price items, enjoy fabulous artwork that you can duplicate for a short term commitment!  Plus, a new catalog will be starting in September and you’ll be able to get you copy soon!

Retiring Products:Retiring2

As you know, we always need to RETIRE some of our favorite products in order to make room for NEW~!  There are quite a bit of items on the list and only a few are sold out.  The list is good until the end of August, but it will be while supplies last. You can easily VIEW the RETIRING PRODUCT LINE here on my site, capturing the item, photo and price point and add it to your cart.  Some items that are no longer available are the Outdoor Denim Faux Leather albums, Snowhaven Complements … and 1″ posts. However, the 1/2″ posts are still available for expanding our faux leather albums which can be found on this LINK.

Ice Cream Dream Stamp of the Month:Ice Cream Dream SOTM

Totally LOVE this stamp set and it can be yours for $5.00 with a qualifying purchase. When you make a $50 purchase, I’ll send you the cutting guide and directions to make these 4 pages.  The shopping list and extra details can be found HERE on this LINK.  I’ve been taking my photos to put on these layouts for a fun and flavorful taste of summertime!


Discounted products on Sale!


If you are looking for a some deals and savings, you may want to visit While Supplies Last section on my website HERE.  The list has recently been updated with new items to view.

My Crush DEALS are almost over:1506-cc-summer-crush-us_ca

The month of June has been offering a special promotion on My Crush Books (great books for you to use to journal your summer vacation; special event; your childhood; or for young teens as a summer project).  When you make the purchase of a book and coordinating accessory, you receive the coordinating stamp set for FREE.  You can read all about it HERE on this LINK.  I’ve learned the In PINK is sold out ….

Well … that’s all for today … enjoy the end of JUNE!

Become a Scrapbook Queen!

scrapbook queenBecome a QUEEN of Scrapbooking and create more pages every month!  I know many of you see me post each month sharing the Kit of the Month artwork.  Do you wonder how you can create those layouts too? Are you still sitting on the sidelines wondering exactly what it is or entails? Yes, the club is FREE to Join … and I’ll have a new club starting up and running for only 5 months which is a short sweet commitment!

how do II am excited to share with you “HOW” to become the QUEEN of Scrapbooking where you reap the benefits of creating the artwork AND earning FREE Rewards and 1/2 price items.

All you need to do is JOIN ME on the FREE Conference Call and FREE Screen Share (details below) this Wednesday night, June 24th @ 9:00 pm eastern.

Being on the phone will give you the AUDIO of the details.  But you want to also be on your computer at the same time so I can give you the VISUAL aid as well.  If you have been wondering about the HOW, this call is for you and there is no obligation to join. I just want you to understand HOW my Clubs work, the many exciting BENEFITS and helpful TIPS in how to use my guides to create the artwork.  Here are the detail:

Wednesday, June 24th @ 9:00 pm eastern time:

  • Dial IN on the Telephone Conference Call:
  • Time: 9:00 pm eastern
  • Conference Call Dial-In Number: 559-546-1200
  • Meeting ID: 679-672-038

FREE Screen Share on your computer @ the same time as on the phone:

  1. You will want to log in to the Free Screen Share conference (the computer portion) about 10 minutes prior to the call as you may need to install and run the program.  It’s really easy to do and takes only a few minutues. Then you can dial in on the phone which is also free.
  2. Once you are on the website, in the box all the way to the right that says “join a meeting”, enter your info and the meeting ID. (if you have never used the program before, you will first have to create an account).

If you have any questions, you can send me an email @ ilov2cr84u@gmail.com.  If you are interested and cannot be on the call, please let me know so I can set up a separate time to share the information with you.

I look forward to sharing this information with you.  If you would like to read about the Monthly Rewards Club, click here.

NOTE:  If you are a CTMH consultant and want to participate on this call, please email me privately first @ ilov2cr84u@gmail.com so I can explain a few details to you before we start.  Your honesty is greatly appreciated.

Going, going … soon to be GONE

while supplies lastWhile Supplies Last section on my Website HERE has been updated with discounted products you haven’t seen in quite some time.  If you like glitter gels, they have been reduced to $1.95.  If you love home decor items, many of My Creations (stars, boxes, and cubby) are being offered at a discount.  I love many of the assortments available for you to purchase at a discount too.  You’ll have to check it out for yourself.

Here’s my PICK of the PACK!  SARITA … all of these items can be purchased at a discount (the stamp set is not discounted but coordinates with Sarita if you like it).

Sarita discounted

Here’s SOME of the artwork I created with Sarita.  You just need extra Colonial White CS. Click HERE to view the complete Slideshow of Artwork.  If you would like to create these pages, make your purchase and I will email you the cutting guide.  It’s a fabulous deal!


Sarita also makes great card ideas as well.  Worked out so well with ARTISTE Cricut Collection (found here to view it):

Sarita Cards

If you would like to take a look at While Supplies Last, CLICK HERE.

Retirement LaneMany of you really want to know what’s going to be RETIRED?  What favorite items of mine are no longer going to be available?  OR … I’ve been thinking about that “kit, paper, accessory, stamp set” for quite some time now …

Well, here’s the LIST of RETIRING ITEMS that will be GONE by Aug. 31st!  I know we have time, but it’s nice to be aware of what will be leaving. For my Kit of the Month/Monthly Rewards Club Members … don’t worry. We’ll be creating WANDERFUL next month starting early July.

Have a great day!  Don’t forget about Ice Cream Dream Stamp of the Month for only $5.00 with a $50 purchase.  You’ll love the ideas you can create with them.  Do you remember the Good Humor truck?  Read more about it HERE.



BLOSSOM .. a versatile Kit of the Month

Are you looking to get the most out of your purchase for your crafting needs?  Do you love to make scrapbook pages?  Are you a cardmaker too?  Perhaps you would really like to try your hand at both and create it ALL!  (You don’t have to but you could … )

Check out Blossom Kit of the Month and all the great ideas you can create with it!

Blossom 1

I love the colors which are perfect for summer!  Sunset, lagoon, pear and glacier blue … a wonderful color palette for the hot days ahead!  But the cards are stunning too and great for celebrations.  The Blossom Card Kit (G1095 found here) for $24.95 contains this very useful stamp set:

Blossom cards 6

It also includes cardstock in white and kraft, pattern paper, stamp set (above), coral reef sequins (which are self adhesive) and glacier blue twine, as well as 15 cards/envies too! Plus a color brochure to show you how to create the cards!

Wait there’s more!  You can also create the 6 pages when you ADD ON the Blossom Paper pack and Blossom Complements!  Here’s a sample of pgs. 1&2 where I used the stamp set above to create these layout (love the popsicle):

Blossom 2

One of my customers, Tiffany A., came over last weekend and created the Blossom pages (with a few personal changes) at the Crop at my home (read about upcoming New England Retreats HERE).  Here’s my 3&4 pages:


Here’s Tiffany’s changes:  I love that she changed it up using Lagoon (Tiffany’s favorite color!) cardstock instead of Sunset.  (I love when you have choices of what fits your style but using the same design without a lot of extras … same product line at no additional cost to you!)  Since the word “DELIGHT” wasn’t rockin’ her boat, she changed it to highTIDE … perfect for the beach this summer!  (She used stamp set A1117 A Typeface stamp set $6.95 to stamp the ‘high’) Way to go Tiffany!


Yes, there are even more pages to create .. and if you buy it ALL, you can even create the BONUS LAYOUT created by my very talented downline, Maria Saxon (some of you met Maria @ Cool Crops in Cromwell CT this April).  So if you gotta have it all … that’s 15 cards and 8 pages for scrapbooking (with extras to create even more!).  Or you can just do the A La Carte program and cards … OR … the 6 scrapbook pages.  You can view all the details below.  If you have questions, please ask!  Thanks!

Free Cutting GuideRemember with a $30 purchase or more in Blossom products, you will receive the FREE cutting guide and directions for Blossom.

My Club members do a great job of earning FREE and 1/2 Price items when they are the hostess, so you may want to consider JOINING the Monthly Reward CLUB, starting up in July. Please read all about the details HERE.  There is no cost to join!

Lastly, if you missed my blog post on ICE CREAM DREAM, you will want to click here. You can create 4 more great pages (see the shopping list above) with this Stamp of the Month.  This exclusive stamp set is available only in June and can be yours for only $5.00 with a $50 purchase and you get that cutting guide too!  You’ll really enjoy reading the inspirational story and the photo opportunities you’ll have this summer to use on these awesome layouts below.


Make it a great day and week!  Keep scrapping and creating during the cloudy, rainy days!

A Taste of Summer Stamp WINNER!

On Saturday, I had Tiffany Appleton and Karin Catalano over for an all day crop!  We had fun and I even got to create some of my own layouts (to be shared another day).  I asked Tiffany to pull out a WINNER from 40 tickets from those of you who made any “A Taste of Summer” purchase in May.  Here is the FREE stamp set:

Taste of Summer stamp set

… and the LUCKY WINNER:  Kathy Riebesell!  Congratulations!  The stamp will be going out in the mail to you!

Taste of Summer 2

If you missed out on the chance to get the Taste of Summer 10 cards/3 layouts (6 pages) KIT, I was able to secure a few more at the last minute.  I have the LAST THREE left (I promise … definitely the very last ones as they are sold out and no longer available). If you want to read more about it CLICK HERE to view the artwork, kit contents and cost.

1506-cc-summer-crush-us_caJUNE’s Special Promotion:

Purchase any of 5 My Crush books and accompanying assortment and get the coordinating stamp set for FREE!

Read all about it HERE and to view the kits available to choose from.

Do you love ICE CREAM?  Here’s a card I made with Ice Cream Dream Stamp of the Month.  I also created 4 really fun pages with the stamp set and same products.  I did use Peony Shin Han Marker though to color in this adorable card:


If you want create these layouts too, please CLICK HERE to read all about it.  You’re going to LOVE this stamp set for a long, long time!  Who doesn’t like ice cream (or yogurt but we won’t tell anyone!)?  DSC_0044

Have a great day!

New England Retreats: Summer & Fall Schedule

If you are looking to enjoy a fun and intimate Crop that is spacious, warm, inviting, bright DSC_0001and offers delicious home cooked meals, then you should register for a crop @ My Creative Studio in New England. Located minutes from Portsmouth New Hampshire and with many choice hotels in very close proximity, it’s the perfect location for your Scrapbooking or Cardmaking needs.You’ll have an opportunity to crop for three days (Fri/Sat/Sun) in a beautiful setting, with plenty of natural light! Or you can do a two day (Sat/Sun) or ONE DAY only (pricing below).

It’s just such a great way to enjoy working on your own projects (even if you have a background with Creative Memories, Stampin’ Up or another line).  I always have a full store of SCRAPBOOKING KITS you can purchase and create, and cardmarkers are welcomed too! I will have new CARD KITS on hand for you to purchase as well.

Here are the Friday through Sunday dates (or do ONE day or TWO day):

  • July 24 – 26
  • Aug. 7 – 9
  • Sept. 11 – 13
  • Oct. 9 – 11
  • Dec. 4 – 6

Cost is your Option: 

  • 3 day event is $190 or $175 (SAVE $15 when you can pay in full by 1st of the Month ahead)
  • 2 day event is $125 for Saturday and Sunday.
  • Saturday only: $75 from 9 am to 10 pm.
  • Sunday only: $50 from 9 am to 5 pm.
  • RSVP:  email me @ ilov2cr84u@gmail.com or call me @ 732 266 1287 with questions.
  • If you would like to print out a flyer with payment details, click HERE.


  1. Crop begins on Friday @ 10:00 am and ends Sunday @ 5:00 pm.  (No stairs to climb or hills to handle.  First floor windows, doors, bathroom for easy access and comfort.)
  2. Meals included:  Friday dinner, Saturday lunch and dinner, Sunday lunch
  3. Refreshments are always available: coffee, tea, soda and water
  4. Space is plentiful with great lighting (appx. 5 ft. per person)
  5. I can hold up to 12 ladies at one time so it’s very personal!
  6. Attendees (3 and 2 day croppers) receive a gift from me for attending.  Plus receiveDSC_0004 your FREE copy of our new catalog, Annual Inspirations valued @ $6.00!
  7. All inventory, product, kits, cardstock and more are in view for purchase.
  8. Two Expressions Cricut stations are available for use

Hotel info:

Because of my excellent location to Portsmouth, NH … Kittery, Maine, Priceline has many great deals (under $100) per night locally! You may be surprised by how many hotels are near me and can use your REWARDS program too!  I live only 10 mins. or less from these hotels in a country-like setting that will take you away. You’ll enjoy home cooking, great refreshments and personalized service

ASK your buddies and RSVP today via email @ ilov2cr84u@gmail.com or              call @ 732-266-1287

The simplest pleasures we should scrap

Once upon a time, we had a 2nd home in the Southern Adirondacks. It was a 4 hour drive each way every weekend in the summer and we always made a pit stop at our favorite ice cream place. It was only ½ an hour from this home, making it the perfect stop before our arrival and a sweet treat as we headed home on Sunday’s.

Ice Cream Dream 1b

Ahh… the memories of Dairy Freeze! Mouth watering symptoms for “the flavor of the day” … will it be banana, or raspberry (a fave)? My boys were so excited about “blizzards” in a cup with peanut butter, m&m’s and really sweet stuff.  But the memories of this place, the size of the cones (a large was about 8″ high!), the cost for 4 of us having ice cream was under $10. Where can you get that these days!

Oh, how I wish I had photos of these treasured times.  We still talk about this place as the ice cream was thick, creamy and oh so delicious!  The place stood out on the corner at a busy intersection. How  I would love a photo of the menu so we could look back at the prices of all the sweet treats!  These pit stops were priceless and so taken for granted and I really miss that I did not take the photos of this special memory!

Don’t let it happen to you!  Ice cream seems to bring out the “kid” in all of us and when I think back to my childhood memories, I remember Ralph’s Italian Ices on Staten Island. Another great place with super delicious ices, cones, sundaes too!  Why not take your camera and shoot photos of your “Ice Cream Delights” so you can create this layout below using the June Stamp of the Month:  Ice Cream Dream:

Ice Cream Dream 1a

Photograph the establishment or sign; the menu; the happy faces of those enjoying their sweet treats!  Write down your favorite flavors or combinations in a cup or a cone.  I’m sure you can have FUN with this and enjoy these memories for a long, long time.

Here’s another colorful layout to create with the Ice Cream Truck!  I can hear the song and remember the “good humor” man.  Do you remember Almond Crunch or Eclair ice creams?  How about Strawberry shortcake?  I’m sure you remember how Italian ice came in a cup and the hard ice you loved to scrape and eat (it had the best flavor!).  Do you have a favorite “soda fountain” shop that has a special place in your heart and mind? Or why not scrapbook your children or grandchildren, neighborhood memories that are happening now?

Ice Cream Dream 2

I hope you follow through and create these layouts for special memories that are so delightful!  This stamp set is only available during the month of June:

Ice Cream Dream SOTM

Here’s the shopping list of items I used with links to the product line (many of you already own the markers, ink and may even have the paper fundamentals).  To view the slideshow of ARTWORK, Click HERE.

These were a TREAT to CREATE!  

You can SHOP HERE on my WEBSITE.  

I’ll send you the cutting guide and instructions with a qualifying purchase of $30 or more for the June Stamp of the Month.

Here’s to delicious ice cream memories!Ice Cream Dream 1a (2)

Sneak Peek

Sneak Peek for JUNE.. oh la la!  

Ice Cream DREAM …  June’s Stamp of the Month … mouth watering flavors!

Ice Cream Dream 2a


Love what you see above?  You might want to JOIN IN to create it! I only need ONE MORE CLUB MEMBER to fill out a club starting in JUNE. Thank you to Joyann & Laura for jumping in … only ONE more member to go.  Will it BE YOU?

Taste of Summer 1

Last call for A Taste of Summer … special promotion ends today!  So many ideas … for luscious fruits of summer!

You can visit my website HERE to place an ORDER. 

Looking for 3 more people for Monthly Rewards Club

WantedAs JUNE approaches, I’m looking for only 3 more people to JOIN our Monthly Rewards Club.  A club consists of 5 people for 5 months and everyone takes the turn at being the hostess (receiving a minimum of $25 in FREE Rewards) without having to host a home party.

This is a great time for you and a buddy or two to sign up together … or if you are a SOLO scrapper, to be a committed club member for only 5 months!  There are so many benefits … and it will run from JUNE through OCTOBER.

  • Please email me @ ilov2cr84u@gmail.com to JOIN today! 

benefitsThere are so many great reasons to JOIN the CLUB!

Some of the PERKS that come to mind …

  1. No FEE to join!
  2. You earn FREE PRODUCT and could earn a 1/2 price item too (many do and choose a Cricut Collection ($99 value) or a Rolling Tote ($150 value).
  3. You CONSUME your PURCHASES and create beautiful scrapbook pages or cards!  I love this fact because everything is coordinated for you, comes with cutting guide and directions, and photos of the artwork too!  No need to even think about “what will I create?”
  4. If you are curious as to what kind of artwork is created, there are many KITS OF THE MONTH slideshows available to view under MY CREATIONS HERE.  Check it out and see for yourself.

Craft ClubI’ve been offering a Kit of the Month CLUB for over 10 years now and it’s been extremely successful for all! Many of my customers have been with me for years and sometimes take a break and then return to catch up on their scrapbooking.

YOU CAN TOO!  I would love to have you!

 Please RSVP to sign up for a JUNE CLUB @ ilov2cr84u@gmail.com