WOWZA! Super excited and wanted to share this ….

I’m back from a fantastic convention in sunny Orlando, FL!  I have some important items to share with you but first … would you mind if I shared that I’m … Tickled pink

to have earned 1st Place in Personal Sales at Convention?!  Yes … I’m thrilled and excited!  And my team, Coastal Stars earned 1st place in Team Sales for our team size of 25-100 consultants.  We ROCKED IT!

AwardTHANK YOU for your support this past year and for consistently helping me earn Top Honors!  






If you would like to be a part of a winning team, we have a new campaign starting on July 1st!  It’s super cool!  And just below these details, I’m going to share the highlights of our exciting new product line!

For the $75 Consultant sign up, you receive this kit PLUS a $50 coupon for brand new products from our Annual Inspirations 2016/17 idea book!

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But in JULY ONLY, you receive an EXTRA BONUS for Early Birds!  Free Fundamental paper pack and complements (all brand new and never seen before … love, Love, LOVE these), valued @ $31.90 .. for FREE!  (Workshops you can do with these too!)  You’ll have 5 options to choose from:  baby girl, baby boy, school years k-6 or 7-12 or the Good Life!  View the FLYER HERE.

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It’s a $280 value of product for only $75 with the opportunity to earn so much more if you want to go Straight To The Top! If you have any questions, please call me @ 732 266 1287 or email @

Sign Up HERE starting July 1st!

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WOW ….WOW ….WOW …. I finally sat down and looked through both books: Annual Inspirations 2016/17 and Holiday Expressions.  Stunning doesn’t even adequately describe the plethora of new products before my eyes! How do they do it? How does CTMH hit it out of the park with sensational colors, patterns, kits,

paper, accessories, … and easily handcrafted paper flowers? I love the rustic to uptown lines … isn’t this classic look stunning?uptown

I WANT so much to have it all….new thin cuts titles and icons, new embossing folders, love the thin cut/stamp set BUNDLES at a discount. Love how all the paper packs have a COORDINATING cardstock pack for purchase. Also, lovely and versatile stamp sets with script font (“happy everything”). happy everything

Card kits that are clean, simple and affordable. New sets of ribbon and shimmer pen! Christmas and winter kits will be like opening up crafting goodness in a gift box! The stamp sets are the BEST I’ve seen in quite some time. And for those of you who have Cricut Explore or Air, two kits specifically for you!

seaglassA new color … SEAGLASS!  It will become a favorite to blend with so many color options.  Even a 9 3/8 x 8 1/4 D ring album!

Rustic Home & Uptown Fundamentals are my favorites! The Complements are so lovely …bigger, better with less little pieces (thank you CTMH)!

And let’s REJOICE for FAUX LEATHER ALBUMS in 6 solid colors!  Pocket plus memory protectors for post bound albums that will help you include PML cards for traditional scrappers.

You’ve been asking for one size packages of flap flaps and you got it!  In many sizes with *new* 5x7s too! And CTMH listened .. you said you wanted the adhesive strip along the ‘side’ so you have two options when using 4×6, 5×7, 3×4 for either a vertical or horizontal photo.  Yes!  These new products go live on August 1st!  So stay tuned!


With a release of a new catalog, it’s sad to say “goodbye” to some of our favorite products.  But we have to make room and changes to incorporate variety and style with a smile!

What you need to know as these products are retiring:

If you have any questions, please contact me.  If you are interested in any of these products, you can SHOP ONLINE HERE.  They are while supplies last ….

Convention … here I come!

Make it from your heartI’m heading out today to spend time with Close To My Heart team members, leaders and corporate office! It’s going to be a JAM packed week @ Disney in Orlando, FL for our ANNUAL CONVENTION!

I’ve been super busy creating fun Disney PINS for my team.  Have you ever wondered what you can do with circles?  Well, all of our cricut cartridges can cut circles, so I decided MINNIE pins would be so cute with our team name on them:


So I made 16, and these would be fantastic birthday favors or name tags too! Cardstock, glue dots, pin back, polka dot ribbon and BIG bling!  Love how they came out.  But wait .. there’s more!  Hmm .. how do I package these?

  • Using Magical Papers, I created this fun card front and used BEYOND AWESOME Stamp set to finish the outside and inside message on the card.
  • Punching holes in the card front gave me the ‘idea’ to PIN these MINNIE’s to the front of the card (more like thread thru the holes) .  I love how it came out!


Next, I’ll be either swapping/trading products or buying things from friends.  So staying in the Disney theme, I decided to use the *new* Jubilee Precut Card kit (10 cards for $10.95) and Value Pack of White Daisy Cards.

  • I decided to be ‘stingy’ though and cut the cards down to 3 3/4 x 5 and used both pieces (front and back) to glue to white daisy cards.
  • I used the black and white circles (they come in the kit) and stamped Make A Wish (only $2.95). 
  • I cut 1 1/4″ smaller black circles out of cardstock (for the Mickey ears) and added gold 1″ bow ties using ARTISTE Cricut Collection (retiring soon!) to finalize the cards. Super cute and so easy to do!


The Jubilee Precut Card kits are fantastic to create a myriad of cards!

  • You can keep them plain and simple (top row, middle card) using Fairytale Birthday stamp set (on all top row cards).  
  • You can add some gold glitter paper, (top row 1st and 3rd cards).  
  • But by adding the *new* Tickled Pink (flamingos) stamp set and Tickled Pink Thin Cuts you’ve added a whole other layer of diverse cards to send out.  
  • When I cut down my cards to make the front and backs out of one Jubilee card, I used the left over pieces (usually 1/4 x 4″ strips) on the last card idea.  I LOVE using up my SCRAPS!:


I’m super excited to be sharing these ideas with you and heading out to Disney! Stay tuned for what’s coming … with sneak peeks for our new product line!

Did you miss out on all my DISNEY layouts?  If so, click here to view MAGICAL and the artwork I created.

You can VISIT my WEBSITE HERE for more ideas



A Variety of BUNDLES for SALE

SaleThere really is something for everyone.  Check out these BUNDLES starting now for the weekend while supplies last.

Here are a few ideas … 

One of my favorite stamp collections for sure!  My Anchor stamp set and thin cuts:

60 Envelopes bundle in a variety of sizes:

Love to have accessories?  Bundle of 9 items:

Fundamental Embellishment Bundle (set of 8 colors):


And SO MUCH MORE can be found HERE on my WEBSITE


time is now

BYO Crop Retreat Dates for 2016

I love having the luxury of offering a personal crop for up to 12 people in an intimate setting, natural light and main floor entry (no stairs and we have a wide double door).  Attendees have told me they really enjoy how much they accomplish when they come!  It’s very peaceful and bright and the get A LOT done because there are no distractions.  They also enjoy the personal assistance I offer and classes where they can learn something new!  It’s been a great escape in a country like setting.  Enjoying meals on the deck is just an added bonus too!


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It’s truly a treat and I’m looking to share it with you!  

  • BYO CROPS:  you can “bring your own” or “buy your own” meals (keeping the event affordable).
  • Lunch is included on Saturday, Sunday is only $5 more. There are so many fast food restaurants and hotels nearby within 10 minutes of my home (I love using Priceline for the best hotel stays).   
  • Click here to read the flyer (contains details, RSVP info and more).

BYO Crop dates

 I look forward to sharing My Creative Studio with you!

I’m located @ 64 Gundalow Landing, Newington (Portsmouth) NH.  You feel like you are in the country, but extremely close to everything.  The Fox Run Mall is only 5 mins. away!

It’s MAGICAL for June’s Kit of the Month

If you are looking for a DISNEY themed kit, this is it!  But when you see the layouts, you’ll be able to transform them into pages for birthday, vacation, graduation, road trip, 4th of July and even toddlers at play.  Just think beyond Disney and look at the possibilities with this versatile kit.

For instance, this layout below can easily be used for birthday, vacation or toddlers at play. (I loved taking the boys to the park, zoo, amusement center when they were little and this layout would work perfectly.)  I stamped the castle and “have a magical day” from our Fairytale Birthday stamp set, but you can use it for journaling and your own title.

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On this layout, if the red polka dot doesn’t work for you, turn it over to the red, white, blue and black diagonal pattern for a completely new look. Delete the ‘mickeys’ and use it for graduation, birthday, retirement, father’s day.  You can change the title to your theme (I did use our Cricut Art Philosophy collection to create this one.)

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Titles can be so much fun and I am enjoying the Handwritten print stamp set to create a variety of titles you can use on these pages and beyond.  This is a keeper to have because of it being a set with both upper and lower cases in one.

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Magical can be for birthday celebrations and I know this would have worked for my boys when we had parties out. I remember taking Scott and friends to Medieval Times and this would have been perfect! But can you also see delight in a child’s face when they are on any ride in a theme park (Great Escape, Great Adventure, at the boardwalk in NJ with rides, etc.)?  This also uses 6×4 and 3×4 flip flaps too.

Magical 4The bonus pages were fun to create for travel and vacation using the June Stamp of the Month ($5 with a $50 purchase or $17.95 outright).  This is a keeper for future stamping on my layouts for sure:

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Here’s the bonus pages which incorporates 6×6 and 4×4 flip flaps.  You can easily use this layout ‘sketch’ for birthday too.  Oh my gosh, i can see preschool layouts with this paper or this layout … ENDLESS possibilities!

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Here’s the ingredients for the Magical Kit above:

  1. Magical Workshop Your Way $26.50
  2. 6 or more White Daisy Cardstock (pack of 24) $9.50
  3. 2 or more Black Cardstock (pack of 24) $14.50
  4. B1534 Fairytale Birthday stamp set (optional) for only $9.95
  5. S1606 The Long Way Home Stamp of the Month (optional) for $5 or $17.95
  6. E1030 Handwritten print stamp set (optional) to create titles for $29.95

Using the same products from above, you can make 9 or more cards from the scraps. You can add on the value pack of cards and inks (crystal blue, honey, cranberry and black):

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or Email me if you have questions @

Flash Sale Favorites

Yes!  The Flash SALE is going on right now! Save 30% and enjoy the flash salecreative bundles being offered this weekend only! You can CLICK HERE to view ALL of them. … but let’s hightlight some FAVES:

One of my favorite, all time mini scrapbooks are on sale @ 30% off!  You’ll love how the pages inside are protected with 4×6 and 3×4 pockets for your photos!

Mini albums

One of the best products you can pair it with are the Picture My Life (aka project life) cards.  They 4×6 and 3×4 cards are the perfect accompaniment to the mini albums and they are on sale too @ 30% off.  There are FIVE Card sets in this pack, but there are three other bundles (with accessory pack) to choose from as well.

If you love HOME DECOR, the chalkboard is now on sale and you’ve got to check out this video for how easy it is to create your own art board for your wall.

But there is another fantastic article with RECIPES found HERE showing you how to use the Chalk Board for your photos and the Colonial White Shadow box as a wonderful display for your favorite shots.  It’s easily interchangeable, giving you options to re-dress for the season or holiday of choice.  All at 30% off

Home Decor

Looking for an art project for a rainy day with your kids?  I would definitely add Kids Bundle to your list.  You’ll have plenty of cards left over to make additional mini albums (they make super gifts .. father’s day is coming up).

There are many more bundles that include Instalife like this one here.  You’ll want to add on the 4×4 page protectors and a pack of 2×2′s to hold your photos and pieces.

There are plenty of other bundles to choose from containing Shimmer Trim (love these self-adhesive rolls of glitter tape), pretty twine, boxes and embellishments.

flash saleSHOP THE FLASH SALE HERE  It ends Monday or while supplies last!

Don’t forget to check out the …

CLEARANCE SECTION for extra deep discounts found HERE!

June Flash Sale and Stamp of the Month

I enjoyed some time away from the computer but now I’ve got to get us up to speed!

  • Retiring Items
  • Last Pen Pal Kit
  • 25% off albums
  • Flash Sale starts today @ 5:00 pm eastern
  • June SOTM


Close To My Heart just shared the products that will be retiring on July 31st or while supplies last.  Rather than wait it out, I wanted to share this with you in case you HAVE to HAVE it NOW before they are GONE!  Here’s a few surprises:favorites

20160411_150830-2Last Pen Pal Card Kit is available for only $10.95. Makes 10 cards with stamp set included.

Great teacher or Father’s Day gift idea.  Read more here if you missed the previous post.

Father’s Day is just around the corner on June 19th.



All the albums

All the ALBUMS are 25% off while supplies last!  CTMH extended the sale through the end of July … as we prepare for unveiling a *new* line in August.

Reg. $39.95 … save 25% and only $26.21.

Shop HERE today for your best choices.


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Starting TODAY and EVERY FRIDAY during JUNE @ 5:00 pm eastern time!

FLASH SALE will be found HERE!

 A variety of  bundles available at various discount levels and price points each Friday. Fabulous deals, great savings, so check every FRIDAY to see the new offerings. Remember, these discounts won’t last forever, and some will be gone in a flash, so act quickly to score the best deals!

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The Magical Workshop Your Way makes the perfect paper kit to enjoy creating this card idea:


More details for the Magical Kit of the Month coming soon … so stay tuned for a Magical Scrapbooking Adventure for DISNEY, Vacation, Travel, Birthday or Graduation!

If you have any questions, please contact me @

Shop HERE on my WEBSITE for fabulous products!

June 19th is Father’s Day

Father’s Day is just around the corner and I have some great ideas for YOU!

Do you have someone in your life who needs to send out personalized notes or thank you cards?  Perhaps someone that is an engineer, corporate manager or even a teacher?


This is a really simple kit I put together giving you the opportunity to create something handmade without breaking the bank.  It’s the Pen Pal collection which includes the stamp set & (10) note panel cards and envelopes for only $10.95. You could add on the classy silver foil tape (only $5.80).  I used sapphire ink sold separately for $7.50.


Even creating your own stationary is elegant and easy:

Pen Pal stationary

I love how the stamp set has three writing tools.  Which is your favorite?  I really like the fonts for the two sayings. The red ring around the label stamp means it coordinates with our first cricut collection, ART PHILOSOPHY (if you want to have the cricut cut the labels for you to stamp on).  However,  you can stamp directly onto the card/paper and keep it super simple.

Stamp set

I have 3 kits available right now for $10.95 which includes the stamp set and 10 note panel cards.  The silver foil tape ($5.80) and sapphire ink ($7.50) can be added on.  An extra set of 10 note panel cards are only $2.95.  Postage is not included and this could go 1st class for about $3-$4.

Now, what about creating your father a very special handmade card?  Here’s some great ideas you can duplicate:

Fathers day cards

Here’s the stamp sets to make the above cards.  The slate paper bags is shown in the idea on the left above.

Day for Dad Fathers Day

And lastly, another adorable card idea using a completely different stamp set:

Best Day

To place an order for the Pen Pal $10.95 card kit (and any accessories), you can email me @

To purchase any of the stamp sets separately, visit my WEBSITE HERE.