Classes this weekend

I’m offering a great number of classes this upcoming weekend.  I’ll be in Andover, MA @ the Wyndham Hotel with Cool Crops.  You can stop by and SHOP or take a CLASS with me.  (I heard they had a few cancellations so you can connect with Cris Quinn).

WHAT KINDS OF CLASSES?  You can CLICK HERE to view the file. Please RSVP via email @ or TEXT @ 732 266 1287. 

The #1 Class that YOU need to take if you haven’t … FLIP FLAPS.  It will change the way to scrap forever!


I’ve heard RAVE REVIEWS about Stamping BASICS and how much was learned:

Stamping Basics 2

3 Kit of the Month Choices:  

Georgie (7 baby pages)

Georgie 1

Charlotte (8 pages)

Charlotte WYW 1

Charlotte Cards (15 cards)

Charlotte 5 cards

Watercolor fun with paint and markers:


Two page layout (learn how to cut and measure using our How To Books)

Merry & Bright

When you purchase $50 or more (classes included), you earn a Stamp of the Month for $6.45 and you can have your choice of these two,  

Beloved Bouquet

Balloon Animals 8

I hope to see you in Andover.  I’ll be available from 9:30 am on Friday until noon on Sunday.  If you need to ask me any questions or want to connect with  me, please call or text me @ 732 266 1287.  Thanks!

Card Ideas with Balloon Animals

I’ve been creating a lot of cards lately to show off a variety of stamp sets, but here’s the one I wanted to share today with you using the February Stamp of the Month.  Here’s the photo from my website (you can’t add it to your cart here … lol).  But you can earn it for only $5.00 with a $50 purchase.  The sayings are so cute for these guys:

Balloon Animal 3

Remember, when you see a ‘black’ stamp, it just means it’s full of color.  Whatever stamp pad you ink it up in … is exactly the color it will stamp out to be.  On my card ideas, I enjoyed adding a little depth to the ‘balloons’ by using some chalk of the same color as the ink pad (or close to it).  Just a little bit of chalk, to add a ‘float’ of color (get it … balloon .. float?!  Lame .. I know … AH-HA!  It just made me think of the Thanksgiving Day parade & floats! Huh!  Maybe you have some photos of that to scrap?)

Balloon Animals 3

On the above card, I loved this idea I thought of:  I put all the sayings around the edges of a 3 x 3 clear block and stamped the 3 x 3 white daisy swatch. I used Kaleidoscope papers, green and purple enamels & glitter accessories, and ink to match in Pear, Gypsy, Canary, Pixie and Whisper (monkey).

Balloon Animals 2

I had fun with the pinwheel card when I found a lollipop stick in my craft stash.  I wrapped washi tape around the stick and added the monkey to it.  Using glue dots and some pop ups, it holds it in place.  Pink Shimmer trim added the little ‘pop’ of sparkle to these cards.

You may like primary colors which goes to show you ANY COLOR you like, works!  The yellow paper is from the Penelope Paper Pack.

Balloon Animals 6

You can view more ideas of ARTWORK in the slideshow I created HERE.

If your loving the ideas, you can place an order for you set HERE on my WEBSITE.

Operation Smile: Share the LOVE in February

What a perfect time to SHARE the LOVE and SMILE!  During the month of February, when you purchase this stamp set, Share the Love …

Share the love 3

Close to my Heart will donate $7 to Operation Smile!  Look at the beautiful smile you can help to make happen with your purchase.  Not only that, when you check out to after making your purchase, why not ROUND UP and donate a little bit more.  Every cent counts towards the $250 it costs to change the life of one child and make them thrive and SMILE again!

Share the Love 2

Here’s a quick video to view:

Share the love 1

Isn’t this an adorable card by Melanie Brown?  I thought I would share it with you.  Love the watercolor/paint look that she used to create the mass of color. So pretty!

Watercolor paint,paper and products can be found HERE on my website.  



This exclusive stamp set is only available during the month of February.  You can buy it outright for $17.95, or when you make a $50 purchase, you can get it heavily discounted for only $5.00!  The Share the Love Stamp set purchase counts towards your total, so it may be just the ticket for you!

Balloon Animals 4

I love the artwork that I found created by a fellow CTMH consultant and wanted to share the “Party Theme” idea.  Stinkin’ cute for sure!

Balloon Animals 5

When I get some of my own artwork created (a little behind right now), I’ll post them too. Dana KesslerBut I thought I would share the love of ARTWORK and get the ball rolling for February.  I just love Dana Kessler’s fun idea with the monkey … she’s always monkeying around on our incentive trips, so this is the perfect card.  She used two embossing folders (damask and wood), paper clouds from Charlotte collection and I believe the water is from Regatta (sure to be a winner!).


Stay tuned for the Kits of the Month: Georgie & Penelope …. coming soon!

Save 40% or more on Clearance Items

When I was placing my own order yesterday on my WEBSITE, I saw we are having a WEB  SALE on CLEARANCE ITEMS that are 40% off or more.  HURRY … they are while supplies last …. 

CLICK HERE TO GET STARTED … and you’ll see this below:

Clearance Sale


Home Decor


PML cards

I created these cards awhile back using the SPIN CARDS that are on SALE:

Spin Cards



Tips and Tricks of the Trade: Videos and more

Hello and welcome to the many new customers I have met over the past few months! This blog post is for YOU!  I thought it might be a nice idea to share some of the You Tube Videos I’ve created that are important, helpful and insightful.  I don’t create that many videos, but when I do … it’s usually something that you will find extremely beneficial to bookmark for future viewing.  So, let’s get started (my hair is much longer now! lol):

Flip Flaps:  a fantastic product for adding more photos to your layouts that can be used on ANY page protector:

Organization:  I go over many uses of these great boxes and their value.  PLUS, learn some tips on the best way to organize our Cricut Collections with their stamp sets:

Top Loading Albums:  how to put them together

How to Cut and Measure: using my signature cutting guides

Join my Monthly Rewards Club: learn how it can be for YOU!  Clubs are forming right now to start in February and will run through June (only 5 months).  You can also click HERE to read the PDF flyer.

How to get 4 colors on one stamp:  Using Paper Garden Stamp set, learn this fantastic technique that can be used on any SOLID STAMP.  I still have 3 kits available:

Paper Garden Card Class

Don’t forget, I have a PINTEREST PAGE that has great artwork and folders on some of the above things too!  You can find me HERE:  

Have a great week and I hope to see some of you this weekend in Hyannis, MA with Cool Crops at the Hyannis Resort on Scudder Ave.  I’ll be teaching classes and vendoring and you are more than welcome to JOIN IN!




Some *new* 2 page kits for Sale

Hi all!  Hope you are revving your engines for cropping season.  I’ll be at these places in the next two weekends if you want to stop by and shop or see what’s new:

  • Friday, Jan. 22-24 @ the Sturbridge Host Hotel in Sturbridge MA with SNOWFLAKE Crop and Jen Cummings
  • Next weekend, Jan. 29-31 @ Hyannis Resort in Hyannis MA with COOL CROPS and Cris and Cara.  Classes are available for you to take with me at this event.  Email me @ if interested.

New 2 page layouts for Sale

I’ve been working on some two page kits to offer you that are PRECUT, Cricut CUT and/or include a stamped image.  Many of the kits allow you to add flip flaps for even more photo opportunities.  They are $15 each or buy 3 and save $5.00.  They are while supplies last so if you are interested, please email me @  If you will be at a crop I’m attending, I can give it to you then. Otherwise shipping fees apply.

Here’s a few new kits and click on THIS LINK to view them ALL:




Red Sox

LEGENDARY (great for scouts)

Free Spirit



Happy Scrapping!

Charlotte is January’s Kit of the Month

This is a brand new kit from Close To My Heart and the kit contents has changed a little Charlotte WYWbit.  It’s called “Workshop Your Way” and all 3 new kits contain the paper pack; 2-3 sheets of cardstock; the Complements and two types of accessories … all for $26.95!  The stamp sets are sold separately that is an optional purchase for you!

Click on this LINK to my SHOPPING LIST.  This list includes everything I used and the January DEALS.

Let’s check out the Scrapbooking Layouts, starting  with pages 1 & 2. There is NO STAMPING on any of the pages and only 1 cricut cut (the birds on pg. 4):

Charlotte WYW 2

Here’s pages 3 and 4 which I added 4×6 flip flaps and used the Picture My Life (PML) cards too:

Charlotte WYW 3

Pages 5 and 6 offer plenty of 4×6 photos and you can add flips if you want too:

Charlotte WYW 4

These are my bonus pages 7 and 8 that are so soft and pretty:

Charlotte WYW 5

You can click HERE To view the closeups and all Charlotte Kit of the Month layouts here.  Each month, you can JOIN a club and EARN free product.  My Monthly Rewards Club will be starting in February.  Sign up HERE today!

Now if you are a Project Life kind of scrapper,  Workshops Your Way includes our PML Cards so you can create this type of layout too:

Charlotte WYW 6

CARDS               CARDS                    CARDS                         CARDS too!

For my CARD LOVERS, I created another optional kit for you where you can just make 15+ CARDS(you can make plenty more too!) using Springtime Wishes Stamp set. I used our Watercolor paint, Shin Han markers and waterbrush/blending pen so you can pick and choose the technique YOU LIKE to make the cards.  Love the many coloring in options you have to fit your pocketbook!  Click here on this link to view all the cards up close. 

  •  If you would like to purchase a card kit directly from me, I have it for $35 which includes the stamp set (add on the thin cuts if you want too); 1/2 paper pack, ribbon, treasured puffies, 15 cards/envelopes and cutting guide and instructions (shipping not included).  If you have any questions, please ask.

Charlotte 5 cards

Springtime Wishes Collection

You can hand cut the flowers and leaves, but CTMH created THIN CUTS to match the Springtime Wishes stamp set that you can use in your die cutting machines.  Check out this video by CTMH showing how to use the Thin Cuts:

Ready to place your order for this fabulous product line?

 You can start shopping HERE on my website.

Sign up for a CLASS or Come and CROP!

Craft ClubIt’s rare I get the opportunity to INVITE YOU to JOIN IN and take a CLASS with me at a crop.  I’ll be in HYANNIS, MA the last weekend in January.  I’ll be at the Hyannis Resort on Scudder Ave. with Cool Crops and I’ll be teaching classes on Friday (Jan. 29th) and Saturday (Jan. 30th) that weekend.

  • You can come and SHOP with me and see all the NEW PRODUCTS up close and personal.
  • OR … YOU can SIGN up for a class. Click HERE to view my classes.  
  • I will probably be adding a class in there somewhere but haven’t created it yet.  It will be a 2 page layout using our how to program.  If interested, please LMK.
  • Please RSVP as soon as possible because some items are limited availability.
  • If you have any questions, please contact me @ or call/text me @ 732-266-1287

SPACE is still available to attend COOL CROPS.  Here’s the details from Cris and Cara who organize these fabulous events.  You won’t want to miss out!

Hyannis January 2016

A slight glitch occured! Registrations have re-opened. Click here

Cool Crops will come to the Resort and Conference Center January 28th, 2016 once again! Information is up on the site now, and registrations are open.

Be sure to hit F5 once on the registration page to refresh/reload your screens so you are sure to get the most up to date information!

As always I am available at (603) 608-8484 to assist with any registration problems.

  • Go to our website
  • The above link will take you directly to the registration page; alternatively from the homepage, click on the EVENT tab on the left and scroll down to the weekend you are registering for. Click on the ‘more information’ link. Scroll to the bottom of that page and this is where the PayPal Buy Now button is.
  • You will need to press F5 – this will refresh your screen and the BUY NOW button will magically appear. On a MAC use Command R to reload your page.
  • Once you see the button, choose from the drop down menu whether you are paying just a deposit or payment in full. Once you choose that then hit BUY NOW.
  • This will take you to the PayPal screen. Here you have a choice:
  1. If you have a PayPal account you can log in here and process your payment.
  2. If you do not have an account OR if you just don’t want to deal with it choose “don’t have a PayPal account” – this will allow you to process your registration using your debit or credit card and not deal with the PayPal log in.
  • Either way, be sure to choose the quantity of registrations if you are registering more than one person.
  • Once you are done email me and tell me who the people are you paid for. I will need their first and last names, as well as their email addresses.
  • Once you are done and receive a confirmation from PayPal you are all set. If you aren’t sure email me and ask. I’ll be happy to confirm receipt of your payment via email.
  • If you have trouble – either email me here or call the office (603) 608-8484.

We hope to see you all there!

2016 BYO Crops and Where I will be

2016 is going to start off with a BIG BANG for Cropping Events!  I will be @ Cool Save the DateCrops this weekend (Jan. 7-10) at The Radisson Cromwell Plaza in Cromwell CT.  I would love to see you and share all the new products and TONS of artwork.  Plenty of kits (2 page precut layouts to 6/8 page workshop kits; Card kits and workshops too!). Lots of variety and cash and carry a great convenience.

In addition, my own BYO Crops (“BYO” … means Bring your Own/Buy your Own … making it extremely affordable) are filling up!  I live in Portsmouth/Newington NH area and there are so many places to get a fast bite or more of a sit-down meal within 10 mins. of my home. Restaurants a-plenty and a food court @ the Fox Run Mall (5 mins. away). Click here to read the registration information.

workshop 7If you would like to check out my WORKSHOP/CROP area, click HERE to view. Register for BYO Crops via email @  Limited to 12 per crop, making it nice and cozy.

If you need a hotel room, I love to use PRICELINE for the best deals!  So many hotels in the area to get a really great rate.

Below is a quick peek of the year ahead, but if you scroll down and look @ the right hand column on the front page of MY BLOG … you can View the complete SCHEDULE (here’s a photo of what you are looking for … )

Crop Schedule 2016

All the DATES are shown and just a click away to the details or organizers’ site for you to connect with!

January:  I’ll be working 3 weekends at Cool Crops and Snowflake Crop.

February:  I’ll be hosting my own BYO Crops *(Feb. 19-21 and only 3 spots left) and a Cool Crop event

March:  I’ll be vending @ 2 events, Cool Crops & Crop on the Cape

April:  BYO Crops (Apr. 8-10; 29-May1) & Cool Crops

May:  BYO Crops (May 6-8)

June:  BYO Crops (June 3-5)

If you have a group of your own and a date you DON’T see listed here, please email me and ASK about your date that YOU can attend and how many will be joining you.  I’ll let you know immediately if that is a good date for me so you can book the weekend (one, 2 or 3 day event) for your great group of friends!

Email:   Text: 732-266-1287

I hope to see you soon!

Welcome 2016 and New Products!

I hope you all enjoyed the New Year and celebrated in style!  Speaking of style, it’s nice to see some changes and embrace a new look!  Well, we have a new Seasonal Expressions to show you:

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This mini catalog is live right now HERE on my WEBSITE (click to view).  You can get this lovely new mini book for FREE when you place an order on my website.  Just add it to your order before checkout.  You’re going to love it!

There are three new kits: Charlotte, Penelope and Regatta!  Such stunning papers and artwork that really POP off the page!  I think CTMH outdid themselves with this new line.

Charlotte WYWWhat’s changed?  Well, instead of Workshops on the Go, they are now Workshops Your Way KITS

  • These new coordinated kits will include 12 sheets of pattern paper (2 each of 6 designs); 3 sheets of Cardstock; the Complements; the Accessory and another Embellishment (could be new ribbon).  
  • All the products in each kit are new and can create 6 scrapbook pages AND cards too!  
  • Now, you have the choice of adding a stamp set and buying it separately instead of it coming inside the kit.  This gives you more freedom to pick and choose what YOU LIKE or forego stamping and use everything in the kit.  In some instances, a stamp set has a coordinating THINLETTE Cutting system that works with a die cut machine.  You can cut up to 3 layers of a die at one time!
  • Here’s a sneak peak of CHARLOTTE (coming soon):


Jan 2016 campaign

National Paper Crafting Month Special:  Celebrate National Papercrafting Month with the exclusive Picture My Life™ Live Your Day scrapbooking program—available for one month only! This collection was designed to coordinate perfectly with the sensational Everyday Life™ 2016 Planner Pages and My Crush® Everyday Life Pages, so you can seamlessly integrate pocket scrapbooking into your 2016 planner. Whether in the planner or on their own, these cards make it easy to preserve your everyday moments all year long. Get yours today for only $8.95 HERE on my WEBSITE.  Watch the video to learn more …

Ya know, why reinvent the wheel?  I loved the *new* card sketches in Charlotte that I thought, “Hmmm….why not show these cards again with the stamp of the month?”  The January Stamp of the Month are beautiful roses giving you a base and shade look (a solid and then an outline).  I was so inspired to use up some scraps from La Vie En Rose and here’s what I came up with:


Aren’t these cards attractive?  And so easy to do!  Ok, so yeah … I fussy cut the flowers but really … how hard is that?  The inks I used were Whisper and Slate (grays); Cranberry & Pomegranate (reds) and black.  Any gold accessory will do (using up my gold foil tape, gold fundamental assortments and even gold sequins would work too).  The sky is the limit and this stamp set is available for only $5 with a $50 purchase.  Of course you can just buy it outright for $17.95, but with so much new product, why not get it at a discount. Here’s a photo of the Beloved Bouquet stamp set:

S1601 Beloved Bouquet

Retiring2Ya missed it!  All the White Pines paper packets and Workshops on the Go SOLD OUT before the end date of 12/31.  Thankfully, I stocked up for the January crops, but if you aren’t going to be there and want a kit, here’s what I am offering:

  • $45 includes White Pines paper pack, assortment, complements, red enamels, 1/2 pack of large flip flaps & some glacier twine and all the cardstock to make 8 pages.
  • $42.00 includes the White Pines Workshop on the Go (with stamp set) and Complements.  You may need more cardstock and flip flaps to make the same 8 pages.
  • I have very limited quantities of each so if you are interested, please email me @
  • Prices above do not include shipping to you but a new Seasonal Expressions will be included for FREE.
  • Click HERE to view the slideshow of artwork and I do email you the cutting guide and instructions to duplicate everything shown.

Craft ClubOh yes … I am looking for two more gals to JOIN our Monthly Rewards Club.  Read all about it HEREand email me to sign up!  It’s only for 5 months and you receive FREE PRODUCT and cutting guides for the kits you purchase.

I could go on and on … but I’ll save it for another post soon!  Have a great start to the 2016 New Year!