New England Crop Retreats

New England Retreats for Scrapbooking or Cardmaking are happening HERE @ My Creative Studio.  You’ll have an opportunity to crop for DSC_0002three days in a beautiful setting, with plenty of natural light! I live only 10 mins. or less from hotels in Portsmouth, New Hampshire (there are SO MANY hotels to choose from).  The dates will include Friday, Saturday and Sunday, but if you only want a partial, those details will be showcased below as well.

CARDMAKERS are welcomed too! I will have new CARD KITS on hand for you to purchase out of the *new* Annual Inspirations Idea book.  (Did you know you can download RECIPES or the PDF version of our new catalog to your own computer? Just click HERE and under the photo of the idea book, you’ll see the LINKS for you to download.)

Here are the Friday through Sunday dates:

  • Sept. 19 to 21
  • Sept. 26 to 28
  • Oct. 3 to 5
  • Oct. 10 to 12
  • Oct 31 to Nov. 2
  • Dec. 5 to 7
  • Saturday only is $75 from 9 am to 10 pm.
  • Sunday is $50 from 9 am to 5 pm.
  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 only hold up to 12 ladies at one time so it’s very personal!  
  6. Attendees receive a gift from me for attending.  Plus receive your FREE DSC_0004copy of our new catalog, Annual Inspirations valued @ $6.00!
  7. All inventory, product, kits, cardstock and more are in view for purchase.
  8. 2 Cricut stations are available for use.

Cost for the 3 day event is $190, but if you would like to SAVE $15 … you can pay in full by Sept. 1st for the Sept. dates; by October 1st for the rest of 2014 dates.

  • RSVP: ilov2cr84u@gmail.com or call @ 732-266-1287.

If you ever want to see my complete list of EVENTS I’ll be vending at during the year, you can go to my Blog Site HERE on this LINK and scroll down on the right hand column.  There’s a complete LIST for Crop Registrations and LINKS to each site.

Seaside Kit of the Month & Monthly Rewards Club

I am looking for only TWO more ladies to fill out a Monthly Rewards Club (click here to read) starting in August.  There’s so many great reasons to JOIN and if you’ve been on vacation and missed my previous post, you can READ IT HERE. My club members are enjoying SEASIDE for August, but can order anything in the new Annual Inspirations Idea book.

Seaside:  Beach, Sand, Surf & Sea … OH BABY!

You can take the “Girl out of New Jersey,” but you can’t take the “Jersey Shore out of the Girl!”  I just am in LOVE with this new SEASIDE Collection.  The papers are gorgeous! The stickers and antique gold coordinating accessory pack are the perfect complements to the beach or ‘water vacation’ theme.

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Whether sunning, boarding or sailing, the above layout will be sure to please.  You can add more photos on the right side with 4 x 4 flip flaps.

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I already have my photos picked out for the above layout. Nick is home from Poland and it was his first time surfing with his brother Scott.  So, I can’t wait to use this layout personally!

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We all love the sounds and smells of the boardwalk, or an ice cream cone treat after a day on the beach!  I couldn’t resist this layout as I think back to the days I spent with my boys in Seaside NJ and enjoyed the food fair along the boardwalk.  What great memories!

DSC_0014aI did use the Seaside Workshop on the Go and it saves your over $11 when you purchase this kit. It contains the entire Seaside Line: D-Size Stamp set; Paper Pack & Antique Gold Assortment; aqua dots, extra cardstock and color brochure. (Click on the photo for a closer look.)  I also love the seashells and added Treasured Friendship stamp set.

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If you are not a stamper, you can always purchase the Seaside Product Line “A La Carte” fashion. Adding the Sticker Complements and the Seaside Assortment (you’ll want to get a few packs of these) will definitely complete your theme for layouts, cards and 3D items for the beach or tropical scene.  Coordinating inks that work with this kit are showcased below as well.

Seaside Products

August Special Promotions

Good day!  There are two specials happening this month at Close To My Heart and if you love OWLS, you might want to own this adorable stamp set:

What A Hoot

This is August’s Stamp of the Month.  It’s exclusive and one time deal for one month ONLY.  You can purchase it outright for $17.95 … but many of my savvy customers make a $50 purchase so they earn it for only $5.00!  Here’s some sample artwork of what you can do with this adorable stamp set:

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Next up for August:  PICTURE PERFECTION!  Look at what you can do!

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We’ve just added 5 new Project Life programs to our Picture My Life line. They are super cute and will help you scrap faster, update your traditional scrapbook ‘look,’ give you plenty of cards to play with for journaling and or card making.  When you purchase ANY of these kits for $24.95, you can pick out a 10 pack of page protectors for only $3.00 (you save $6.95 per pack).  

If you enjoy any of these ideas and would like to make a purchase, please CLICK HERE to SHOP on my WEBSITE.  

Here’s artwork created by Sheri Rottler showcased at convention for this product line.  The layout uses Babycakes.  The card board is using Pear & Partridge.  To view a slideshow of more artwork, click HERE.

Picture my Life 2 at convention

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Stay tuned for our Monthly Rewards Club/Kit of the Month Club idea coming soon!

Free Gift with Purchase or Join a Rewards Club!

You will love the *new* Annual Inspirations Idea book that will be live for a whole year!  Contains over 190 pages filled with awesome new product, accessories, stamps, home decor and ARTWORK galore!  Really, there is quite a bit you do receive.  You can take a Guided Tour HERE and read all the Details.

See the Annual Idea Book

INk PadFree Thistle Stamp Pad with Purchase (only from me) during August:

When you purchase $35 or more on my WEBSITE HERE and

ADD ON the Annual Inspirations Idea Book for $6.00 (please add this to your cart),

I’ll send you this *new* COLOR Stamp Pad:  Thistle for FREE!  (value of $6.00)

OR …. there is ONE MORE WAY to receive your Annual Inspirations Idea Book for FREE from me!  

Join my Monthly Rewards Club Program!

Many of my customers really enjoy the REWARDS and BENEFITS of being a part of a “Monthly Rewards Club:”  

  • I ship the Annual Inspirations Catalog for FREE to your door from me!
  • Earn FREE Hostess Rewards
  • You can Earn a Hostess Bonus and qualify for 1/2 price item or two (many love the Cricut Collections!)
  • Special discounted and exclusive Hostess Only Stamp Sets
  • Buy on a monthly budget
  • Duplicate My Signature Artwork of Layouts or cards (or create your own)
  • Coordinating product line makes it enjoyable and easy to work with

You can READ all the Details HEREClubs Craft Clubrun for 5 months and everyone takes the turn at being the hostess (not at your home but online).  Why join?  Here’s a few reasons … 

  • Does FREE Product appeal to you?  
  • Special monthly promotions make you happy?  
  • Would you like to earn a Cricut Collection @ 1/2 price?
  • Need crafting inspiration?  
  • Haven’t had tool time?  Learn how ..
  • Guilty of stashing it? NOT in the club because we use up our purchases!

You can call email me @ ilov2cr84u@gmail.com to JOIN the Club!  You can have a friend or two join with you or … fill in one of my Clubs.  I would love to have you!

Album Giveaway Winner!

In July, I sponsored an Album Giveaway and had asked what your opinion was on Close To My Heart’s Post Bound Top Loading Faux Leather Albums. What do you love about them?  Favorite feature?  How do you store them?  Thankfully, we had some excellent responses and I wanted to share them with you here:

Rina Strong photoRina Strong sent me her photo of how she displays her albums in her home.  Great job Rina!  Love your display!

How about you?  Are you organized with your albums and love when they fit so nicely together?

These comments were posted on my blog or on Cool Crops Facebook page:

Tracy Heflin said:  I love the CTMH albums because they are the best around. I started using them after I switched from strap albums ( in 2000 ) and they still look great. They hold up very good. With all the time, effort and expense in scrapbooking you want an album that will last the test of time, and they do!!!  I love that they are expandable too and love flip flap

Christine said:  I LOVE the CTMH Faux Leather Albums. The quality for the money is outstanding! I have always liked how they came in solid colors. This way I could coordinate with either my vacation album’s theme or just my home décor. I have also found the fact they expand a blessing since I love flip flaps and all embellishments that are CTMH.

Kathy Miller said:  After meeting Lynn a couple years ago and looking through her albums and watching how much they got handled and still were in perfect shape, I switched over. I LOVE these albums. I love that you can expand with them without any bumps, and they stay in shape. You do not get that top opening from being to full or use of embellishments.

Jen Eckert said:  These have been the only albums I use (except Disney) & nothing else compares. I love that they expand and can be engaved. They also always hold up so well no matter how often they are looked at. I really hope they come out with something comparable because there is nothing else of this quality out there!

Erica Baechle-Borroto:  I loved the old albums, the color, the expand ability, and how nice the page protectors are, loved the matte ones the best since I like to get all my pictures in matte finish.

Sue DeRosa Kohlman:   I love the quality of the page protectors and the sturdiness of the albums. I would love more color and texture choices.

I really enjoyed all of your comments and concerns. Thank you! 

The winner of the Album Giveaway … 

Erica Borroto! 

Please contact me @ ilov2cr84u@gmail.com to claim your free prize: A Faux Leather album or pack of clear protectors and spine expanders.  

Prices going UP! Last Day to Order is July 31st!

You are probably tired of me reminding you about this (and I apologize), BUT you would beBeware surprised by how many women I will see in Sept. and say, “I never saw this … I didn’t know!”  So, if you know of someone that does NOT pay attention to details, would you mind sharing this with them?  Everyone normally appreciates a reminder of specifics when prices are going UP.

Cheaper today!  Higher tomorrow!  Blue LINKS you to the product line of my important Product Picks:

  • Outdoor Denim and Dark Chocolate ALBUMS will be going up $5.00 and will not contain page protectors (they are currently $24.95 and come with 5)
  • All ORGANIZERS are going UP by $2 to $3.  Here’s the link to those items.
  • All INKS are going UP from $5.25 to $5.95, plus REINKERS too.
  • Check out the TOOLS (as well as sponge daubers) below as many are increasing as well
  • WATERCOLOR Pencils are going up by $4.00
  • Below is the List and Price Increase Chart for your viewing:

Product Price Increases

If you see something from above you would like to purchase, you can Place Your ORDER HERE on my WEBSITE.

JOIN a MONTHLY PURCHASE CLUB HERE … Signs ups are happening NOW!

Enjoy the 1st weekend of August!  Happy Crafting!

Simply Inspired Blog Hop: New Product Showcase!

Simply InspiredWelcome to the Simply Inspired Blog Hop: New Product Showcase! You will be enticed with a “sneak peek” of a variety of artwork from very talented consultants in CTMH.  All of the ideas shown will be available for ordering on August 1st and thereafter. So get your Wish List ready and a drink to quench your crafting thirst and let the BLOG HOP begin!

If you came here from Karen Pedersen’s Blog, you are on the right path. The blog hop is a big circle, but if you happen to get lost along the way, please click here for a complete list of participating consultants.  It’s super simple to hop along, so let’s get started!

You can take the “Girl out of New Jersey,” but you can’t take the “Jersey Shore out of the Girl!”  I just am in LOVE with this new SEASIDE Collection.  The papers are gorgeous! The stickers and antique gold coordinating accessory pack are the perfect complements to the beach or ‘water vacation’ theme.

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Whether sunning, boarding or sailing, the above layout will be sure to please.  You can add more photos on the right side with 4 x 4 flip flaps.

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I already have my photos picked out for the above layout. Nick is home from Poland and it was his first time surfing with his brother Scott.  So, I can’t wait to use this layout personally!

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We all love the sounds and smells of the boardwalk, or an ice cream cone treat after a day on the beach!  I couldn’t resist this layout as I think back to the days I spent with my boys in Seaside NJ and enjoyed the food fair along the boardwalk.  What great memories!

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I did use the Seaside Workshop on the Go (left) and it saves your over $11 when you purchase this kit. It contains the entire Seaside Line: D-Size Stamp set; Paper Pack & Antique Gold Assortment; aqua dots, extra cardstock and color brochure. (Click on the photo for a closer look.)

If you are not a stamper, you can always purchase the Seaside Product Line “A La Carte” fashion. Adding the Sticker Complements and the Seaside Assortment (you’ll want to get a few packs of these) will definitely complete your theme for layouts, cards and 3D items for the beach or tropical scene.  Coordinating inks that work with this kit are showcased below as well.

Seaside Products

Now you can jump on over to visit the next Blog Hop participant …Denise Turley’s BLOG, by clicking HERE.   

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If you would like to see a Slideshow of  ARTWORK including cards and frames, please CLICK HERE.  The Seaside product line will be for August’s Monthly Purchase Club, so stay tuned for shopping details coming soon!

Join A Monthly Rewards Club … plus exciting stuff!

02 – Sarita L3Annual Inspirations goes LIVE on August 1st and you are going to love Close To My Heart’s new product line!  So many adorable papers, kits, accessories, bling, ribbon, punches and stamp sets to enjoy!  

Many of my customers really enjoy the REWARDS of being a part of a “Club.”  These are the great BENEFITS for joining a Monthly Rewards Club:

  • Receive the Annual Inspirations Catalog for FREE
  • Earn FREE Hostess Rewards
  • You can Earn a Hostess Bonus and qualify for 1/2 price item or two (many love the Cricut Collections!)
  • Special discounted and exclusive Hostess Only Stamp Sets
  • Buy on a monthly budget
  • Duplicate My Signature Artwork of Layouts or cards (or create your own)
  • Coordinating product line makes it enjoyable and easy to work with

I’ve created a great document where you can Craft ClubREAD all the Details HERE.  Clubs run for 5 months and everyone takes the turn at being the hostess (not at your home but online).  Why join?  Here’s a few reasons … 

  • Does FREE Product appeal to you?  
  • Special monthly promotions make you happy?  
  • Would you like to earn a Cricut Collection @ 1/2 price?
  • Need crafting inspiration?  
  • Haven’t had tool time?  Learn how ..
  • Guilty of stashing it? NOT in the club because we use up our purchases!

You can call email me @ ilov2cr84u@gmail.com to JOIN the Club!  You can have a friend or two join with you or … fill in one of my Clubs.  I would love to have you!

Simply InspiredNext UP:  Stay tuned for our Simply Inspired Blog Hop coming tomorrow night!  It will feature lots of *new* artwork from various talented consultants from the *new* Annual Inspirations Idea Book.  You won’t want to miss it!  All products will go live on August 1st. My feature will be for SEASIDE and August’s Monthly Rewards Club Members (formerly KOTM club).

Hope to hear from you and have you JOIN IN!

Kits for Sale and some Retired Items NO longer for available

Everyone is always asking about All Occasion Cards and Banner Wishes Stamp Set will definitely fit your need.  This new card kit I created is only $24.95 and contains the stamp set, patterned paper, cardstock, bling, 15 cards and envelopes and instructions to simply cut and put them together.  I have only 7 kits available for purchase:

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The following kits are for Scrapbooking and are $12 each.  Some are very limited in quantity and each kit contains everything you need to duplicate the two pages. Some are PRECUT and include accessories, stamped images and cricut cuts.  I’ll share details below.  PLUS … sold out current kits that I have in inventory are listed below with details as well.

Shipping is $5.44 for one item; $6.25 for two or more in ONE BOX

*NEW*  LIVING THE GOOD LIFE!  Precut and stamped for you!

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 *NEW*  HAPPY BIRTHDAY!  ALL Precut.  Great with 4×6 and 4×3 flip flaps too!

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Family Ties …. this one has a simple cutting guide for you to follow.  Includes all the accessories:  canvas stickers, key and metal medallions too!

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On This Day …. this one has a simple cutting guide for you to follow.  Includes all the accessories:  canvas stickers, velvet rub ons and metal medallions too!

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Dynomite Beach Day (only a few available).  This one has a simple cutting guide for you to follow.  Sun is stamped.  Just a few are available.

Surfs Up Bonus 3&4

In The Zone (includes stamped gears and Zone that are precut).  An easy cutting guide for you to follow.  Includes all the accessories too!

Two Tone stamping

A Beautiful Day .. with all cricut pieces CUT and ready for you!  Includes all the accessories too and stamped roses.

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Santa Baby… all Precut and ready for you.  Last TWO LEFT!

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You can email me @ ilov2cr84u@gmail.com to place your order of which kits you would like to receive.  I take paypal and credit cards (will verify over the phone).

These items are no longer available for purchase on my website, but I still have a few Workshops on the Go (which includes paper pack, stamp set, accessories) in inventory. They are $35 each (you may want to add the sticker/complement pack for $5.00 more) and I’ve linked ‘in blue’ to the slideshow of artwork I created:

  • Jubilee (last three kits … photo on right)Jubilee 5
  • Balloon Ride (last one)
  • Lollydoodle (last one)
  • Timberline (last one)
  • Ariana, Ivy Lane are sold out in WOTG and I do not own any.  They are still available in paper packs and complements until July 31st.
  • Skylark is still available until July 31st.

Timberline 3&4 photosTimberline is no longer available in the paper pack or wood accessories.  If you would like my Kit of the Month kit (excludes stamp set but all accessories and papers), I have a few left in inventory for $36.00. Once they are gone, they are GONE and you’ll love this one for hiking, camping, fishing, outdoors, and so much fun stuff!

To order any of these items, please email me directly @  ilov2cr84u@gmail.com.

Retirement LaneMany items are being retired as of July 31st from the Spring/Summer Idea book. To make a purchase, you can visit my website HERE.

Tips and Tricks of the Trade: FLIP FLAPS RULE!!

I just love interactive pages and getting the most out of a layout. Sure … it’s summertime, but I have time to play, right?!  YES!  I do!  Here’s something I have wanted to share with you.  In 2008, I was asked to teach @ convention and was given A Perfect Day Paper Pack to use for creations.  At the time, my son Nick and I were heading up to Buffalo NY for the CKC event to vend.  We stopped along the way at Niagara Falls.  The layout below was the one I created with the Perfect Day paper pack.

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I had a lot more photos that I wanted to use and had kept them for future use (like NOW). The above layout will ending up in the trash bin because it really wasn’t something I felt did the photos, experience and beautiful day we had JUSTICE. I had lots of great photos and a beautiful 8×10 of Niagara Falls I wanted to use.  Here’s the *new* layout I created using some older patterned paper but a lot more cardstock than I normally use.

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Doesn’t the paper do this photo justice now?  I love “sueding” my paper with ink to define and deepen the color. Or course (you know me), I have to edge each piece with ink and sponge dauber too to get the edging just right!

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Now check out the layout on the right in the photo above.  I would love for you to count how many photos I have on these two pages.  On this page, I used a 4 x 6, 8 x 12 and 4 x 12 flip flap!  I love the results! By the way, since our True Fit Folios have retired and are no longer available to do the 12 x 12 flip, this is an alternative method by using the 8 x 12 and 4 x 12 flip flaps together (or two 6 x 12 flip flaps).

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And since I had just a few more 4 x 6 photos, I placed a 4 x 6 flip flap ON TOP of the 8 x 12 flip flap.  Hopefully, this makes sense to you … you can flip to your heart’s desire!

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TA DA!!  See what I mean?  The 8 x 12 flip flap is OPEN UP at the top and the 4 x 12 flip flap is OPEN at the BOTTOM below.  There are 20 photos and a journaling block on these two pages and I do believe it is artfully done (if I do say so myself … lol!).

Well, that’s my TIP of the DAY for you!  Continue on with what you were doing but remember FLIP FLAPS RULE!