Hot off the press! All *new* for YOU!

So EXCITED to share all this great product line with YOU!  Here’s what you’ve been waiting for:  New Cricut ARTISTRY cartridge for $99 or $79 *new* Digital Format!  View the PDF file of images HERE to see all 700! 

Artistry with details

Artistry ideas

Shop HERE and be one of the 1st to receive your Cricut Collection!

If you have an order of $150 or more, receive $25 in FREE PRODUCT!  ASK ME HOW today via email @


  • Purchase the Z3120 Marker Roll Up, receive the Balloon Wishes stamp set FREE! $17.95 value … it’s like BOGO (buy one, get one free!)
  • Purchase the Z3121 Accessory Roll Up, receive the two *new* Base & Bling Sheets FREE! (value of $7.90)

Get organized Markers

Accessory Roll Up

New Monthly REWARDS CLUB starting in August!  Read the FAQ’s and details here. Email me @ as I’m looking for a few gals to fill up a club!  All new products never seen before!  Here’s what ZOE (our August Kit of the Month) will be:

DSC_0028Interested in becoming a Close To My Heart Consultant?  $129 New Consultant kit starts today with over $445 worth of goods!  Amazing new videos and training to help get you started. See the PDF flyer HERE.  You can start your journey today and SIGN UP HERE on my website and be a part of my Coastal Stars Team, in the Top 25 SALES in the Company!

*NOTE* If you were previously a CTMH consultant & would like to RE-Sign Up and join my awesome team, we Welcome YOU BACK for only $49!  Email me for details @

Recruiting kit

August Stamp of the Month:  Another new stamp set for fabulous framed sentiments! Earn it for $5 with a $50 purchase or pay for it outright for $17.95. Exclusive and only available the month of August:

August SOTM with ideas

Flash saleStudio J EXTENDED to Monday, August 3rd!  Wow! We are seeing a tremendous response to Studio J® Flash Sale! In an effort to alleviate some of that traffic, we are extending the sale thru Mon., Aug. 3. But don’t wait until then —submit yours as early as you can to take advantage of this phenomenal deal.  

A new Idea book & Holiday Seasonal Expressions starts September 1st!

Always Remember …. and Sneak Peek

Always remember … something WONDERFUL!  I loved using the July Stamp of the Month to create a title for this two page spread for my Hawaii photos.  This is a ‘highlight’ layout, showcasing some favorite moments/photos and then adding the #’s to document each one.  It’s a nice way to wind down to the end of a great vacation and quickly journal the highlights.  We are foodies and I couldn’t resist adding some tasteful snapshots … LOL!DSC_0019

Today is the last day to get the Stamp of the Month for $5.00 with a $50 purchase, FREE with a $25 stamp purchase of outright for $17.95.  It really is a perfect stamp set for scrapbooking and I love the “Life is…” stamp (the frame is separate and Life Is a stamp on its own that you peel off the sheet and can use).  Eventually, I would like to use this on another layout. After all … “Life is … WONDERFUL!”


 You can SHOP HERE on my WEBSITE.


Starting on August 1st, *new* Cricut Artistry and Organizational products will be showcased (so stay tuned)! Yeah!  

Here’s a sneak peak of the AUGUST Kit of the Month, which is a *new* KIT:  ZOE


I hope you enjoy these blog posts and the artwork I share.  It is meant to inspire you and also to keep you informed of what’s ending, retiring, *new* and awesome to share!  Keep on scrappin’ and craftin’ which is something I love to do!

Scrappin’ with Jackson

I’ve been so happy to get my own photos on my layouts and using Studio J as my photo Flash saledevelopment program has made it the perfect way to get exactly the right size photos I need to “plug into” the handmade photo wells.  I just love Studio J and the FLASH SALE ends on 7/31!

But before I share the artwork, just a reminder that JACKSON is retiring by Aug. 31st or while supplies last.  It’s the perfect OUTDOOR & MASCULINE KIT.  You can read more about it HERE if you missed the artwork/details/shopping list to create these fabulous pages.

OK, so let’s look at one sheet of Studio J photos I uploaded to be developed here.  You’ll note I even was able to create a journaling box (for another story/layout) on the same page.


Now, let’s check out the layout these photos will be placed in.  Here’s the premade layouts of Jackson:

Jackson 2

Once I cut apart my Studio J photos, I can easily slip them into the blank photo wells.  I measured the photo spots and then made my photos 1/4″ smaller so they would have a border/mat around them.  I love to do this with many of my photos as it makes them pop:


The above layout on the rights has flip flaps, so when you open them, the blank page looks like this:

Jackson 3c

Now, I’ve added my photos by cutting them from the sheet and adhering to the page:


Here’s another idea for you:  When using Studio J, you can journal on the photos (see the blueberries and mushrooms) which can be fun to do.  Nick and Daria needed a few 5×7 photos of their wedding for frame they purchased at the store:


What I love is that I only use the photos I want and need; I only develop into the sizes to fit my ‘blanks’ and I can create them to be 1/4″ smaller than the photo wells on the page to give them a mat look (which is my favorite to do).  I never develop 250-500 photos in 4×6′s and I love the versatility of using what I want and need and a variety of sizes.

Here’s to happily scrapping your memories .. more to come with Hawaii layouts.

You can start STUDIO J TODAY HERE on my website.

July Kit of the Month: Wanderful

This is the perfect kit for vacation, travel, city slicker and your European adventures!  I was so excited to work with this paper pack that I created 10 pages!  So, before I jump in, let me tell you the Workshop on the Go is RETIRED and GONE (meaning the stamp set that was included), but you can buy ALL the items A LA CARTE here:

I highly recommend two paper packs of Wanderful because you’ll really get a lot of use out of these versatile papers for years to come.

Wanderful 1a

Here’s my favorite pages (above) and I really enjoyed using a variety of  Wanderful Picture My Life cards (PML). You can place the layout together (side by side), but I love the idea that the left one is a TITLE page (1st page of your album) and the right side would be the last page.  Do you recognize the layout?  The inspiration for the pages above came from this layout from CTMH for our Hawaii vacation.  I love that when you change the paper, you get  a whole new look. Check it out:

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Here’s another great layout that was fun to put together.  With many of the layouts, you can definitely use Flip Flaps which can either add more PML cards or photos.

Wanderful 3

Here’s the same layout  where you can easily add more 4×6 flip flaps as well as PML cards to the left side as shown below:

Wanderful 3c

Now if you purchase $50, you earn Life is Wonderful Stamp of the Month for only $5.00 which I did use on the BONUS PAGES below:


Wanderful 5Lastly, to see a slideshow of ALL the ARTWORK and close ups, please click HERE.

If you think this kit is a winner for you, please SHOP HERE.  When you purchase $30 or more for Wanderful, I will send you my cutting guide, directions and photos to duplicate the artwork.

Jump On It July is still happening so you could earn the July Stamp of the Month for FREE or any of these hostess only stamp sets for $5.00 each:

Hostess stamp sets


Studio J Flash SALE now thru July 31st!

Flash saleDo you have an account full of Studio J® layouts waiting to be printed? How about a big photo order you keep meaning to make? Well, now is the time to log in to Studio J and order all your layouts and photos! From July 15 –  to July 31, 2015 (9:00 am to  5:00 pm MDT), all layouts in Studio J are only $5 each!

You can get STARTED HERE.


  • No grace period for orders; no Consultant preview
  • Layout credits are used first before the discounted price takes effect
  • Applies to SJ1001 (Hostess Rewards) layouts as well
  • Discounted amount is commissionable
  • Discounted amount counts toward earning Hostess Rewards and Gathering totals when connected to an EZ Invite™ published Gathering
  • Discounted amount does not count toward earning the discounted Stamp of the Month
  • Normal shipping/handling rates apply

I absolutely LOVE Studio J for digital layouts and PHOTO Development.  I’m currently working on my May 2015 Hawaii photos and layouts.  And if you are in any of my Kit of the Month or Monthly Rewards Clubs, you know using Studio J to fill into the layouts we create each month is a WIN – WIN!  

Here’s my layout that I created:

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Next I took the measurements of the ‘photo wells’ and uploaded my photos to Studio J so they could be printed in EXACTLY the SIZES I wanted. When I order it, it comes to me like this:


I cut it apart and used the topleft photo for my title page

I used the top right photo for my last page of the layout

I used the top right photo for my last page of the layout

Lastly, I cut them apart and PLUG into my completed layouts which makes it so easy to do!  Here’s my Title page of my albu

DSC_0002This will be the last page of my album:DSC_0003Why is that?  Well, I only USE what I want (I never print out 500 photos, just the exact photo and size I want so I save LOTS of TIME and $$).  I love that no matter what size I need, the photo works!  And I can easily change the photo into a vertical (even though I took it horizontal) … or to a black/white or sepia tone photo with a click of a button!

You will save lots of time and extra expense when using Studio J for your photos. But you CAN definitely enjoy catching up on your scrapbooking and creating fast, simple and easy digital layouts too! So now is a good time to save $1.95 per layout!

You can get STARTED HERE.

Want more ideas?  Here’s a few more to share with you … with more to come down the road:

Layout  before I ordered the photos

Layout before I ordered the photos

The prints I uploaded and ordered so when they came, I cut them apart and plugged them in:

Hawaii left (1024x1024)

The actual layout with photos:


Here’s another one:

The layout I created

The layout I created

I used the 5x7 photos on the left and photos from another sheet.

I used the 5×7 photos on the left and photos from another sheet.

Layout completed with photos

Layout completed with photos

There’s more for sure!  If you have used my Kit of the Month SEASIDE (details can be found here on this link), then I’m sharing with you the completed layouts with photos.  I used Studio J to get the exact size photos in all the spaces.





These COLORS are retiring:

I know many of you LOVE our color palette and will want to know what colors are retiring.

  • Outdoor DenimRetiring2
  • Autumn Terracotta (great for fall)
  • Olive (green)
  • Indian Corn Blue (such a pretty hue)
  • Smokey Plum (victorian and lovely)
  • Ponderosa Pine (blue/green)
  • Barn Red (burnt red)

So, these are the products you would want to purchase NOW:

  • If a color is on your WISH LIST, purchase the INK PADS HERE.
  • If you have an INK PAD, you should juice it up and purchase the REINKERS HERE.
  • If you love the CARDSTOCK, purchase a PACK HERE.

Yes, this means the Enchantment palette will be adding 7 new colors that will enlighten you.  But right now, it’s important to STOCK UP on these colors if you love them as much as I do.

You can visit my website and SHOP TODAY.  

Brushed & Wanderful Workshops on the Go are SOLD OUT but the paper pack and complements can be purchased while supplies last.

Wanderful and July Stamp of the Month

All I can say is WOW!  Totally loved working with WANDERFUL Workshop on the Go (you will want this stamp set!) and WANDERFUL Picture My Life Cards.  I used these products for “Life is Wonderful” … the July Stamp of the Month:


Isn’t it pretty?!  Love the bold writing and the large frame (“Life is” and the arrow are separate stamps … not part of the frame). Great for journaling spot or highlighting a photo. Here’s what I did with it using Wanderful product line and the design is from the Make it From Your Heart Vol. 1, Pattern #9

Wanderful 5

Wanderful 5b

See how cool the frame looks above as a journaling box on the right page? I loved using the blue dot paper and stamping “Always Remember something,” which then was glued to sanded smoothie cardstock to create the tag/tail look.

Love the writing style of WONDERFUL!

Wanderful 5c

I will have a lot more art (10 pages in all!) to share with you for WANDERFUL collection. But I highly recommend you purchase the Picture My Life Cards found HERE … it contains 122 cards (3×4 and 4×6 sizes)! Here’s a sample of what they look like!

Wanderful 6

As you comtemplate the July Stamp of the Month, Life is Wonderful …. remember you can earn it a few ways:

  • BUY it outright for $17.95 
  • Purchase $50 in products and earn it for $5.00.  I plan on another post next week on Wanderful Kit of the Month, but here’s a link to the Shopping List to help get you started.
  • Purchase $25 in My Acrylix Stamp sets HERE or any RETIRING stamp sets HERE and the July Stamp of the month can be yours for FREE!

Lastly, JUMP ON IT JULY is in full swing and when you purchase $25 in any stamp sets … you can also have any of these exclusive hostess stamp sets for $5.00.  For every $25 in stamp purchases, you get an additional hostess stamp set for $5.00 and/or the stamp of the month for FREE!  Here’s some idea of what the stamps look like:

Hostess stamp sets

 Happy Shopping HERE on my WEBSITE

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 @  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 @ so I can explain a few details to you before we start.  Your honesty is greatly appreciated.