CARD Classes being offered in September!

Come on over and CREATE CARDS of all kinds this weekend and next!  Here’s how it works:

  • Check out the variety of CARD classes below.
  • Join on Friday, Saturday or Sunday by letting me know what time you can come over (rather than me stating a time, what works for you?)
  • Dates are this weekend, Sept. 19, 20, 21st & next weekend, Sept. 26, 27, 28
  • Place:  My Creative Studio @ 64 Gundalow Landing, Newington NH right next to Portsmouth
  • Email me @ ilov2cr84u@gmail.com your interest and time available and how many friends will be joining you.  I have availability for up to 8 gals.

(3) Thank you Cards & Halloween Treat Bag and (3) Holiday Cards & HolidayTreat bag for $30.00

Enjoy sampling the two *new* card workshops for Thank you’s and Holiday!  All cards are precut for you giving you a taste of Pathfinding and Snowhaven Plus I’ll include one of each Cut Above Treat bags so you can enjoy our adorable Cut Above (precut) kits! Bring scissors, adhesive & pop ups!  I supply the stamps and inks to use.

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You can also try a quick hand at the *new* Cut Above PRECUT Cards & Treat Bag:  $15.00

You’ll love these (4) PRECUT CARDS: (2) All Occasion and (2) Holiday.  These cards are sweet, simple and ready for your sentiment stamp.  In addition, one of the TREAT BAGS (above) will be included. It’s a great sampling of each one of the KITS! Perfect All Occasion cards and 5×7 Holiday Cards. Bring your glue!  (You can click here to view the card kits and treat bags online.)

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I have KITS available for purchase if you enjoy these ideas and want to walk away with your kits in hand.  Please email me @ ilov2cr84u@gmail.com to join in over the weekend and a good time for you!

Yes! It’s Available Now!

It appears I was off by one day on my scheduling of yesterday’s post on our *new* Cricut Collection:  ARTUFLLY SENT (which should have gone out today/Friday).  I have been working many, many hours preparing for a team meeting and the 1st Cool Crop of the Season (with limited hours of sleep). Mistakes happen and it was an honest one.  I apologize for the confusion and another post, but I had to share the good news  …

ARTFULLY SENT CRICUT COLLECTION IS

AVAILABLE RIGHT NOW TO ORDER HERE!

Why not check out this You Tube Video showcasing this amazing cartridge by clicking on the photo below:

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If you missed the blog post, you can view it here for easy reference. You are going to love this innovative Cricut Collection for CARDS! ARTFULLY SENT will take your card making to new levels in a variety of ways.

Would you like to receive $25 in FREE product?

Either purchase $150 on your own or ASK a BUDDY to join you and send me an email @ ilov2cr84u@gmail.com.  I love giving out the free reward program to those who have qualified for this benefit!  Enjoy! With a *new* Annual Inspirations Idea Book online, how could you pass it up?

It’s coming on Sept. 15th! Cricut ARTFULLY SENT Card Cartridge & Collection

Yeah! Close To My Heart’s Cricut Collection, ARTFULLY SENT is going to be AVAILABLE to order for only $99! I’m so excited to be sharing this news with you and I know many of you have been patiently waiting to hear this news (me too!

Card in bookYou’ll be able to place your order HERE on my WEBSITE today !  You will qualify for this exclusive Stamp of the month Forever Family for only $5.00 as well: 

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Let’s look at all the amazing items with our 4th Cricut Collection:  Artfully Sent for CARD CREATIONS!  The Collection comes with a full pack of White Daisy cardstock; 3 adorable stamp sets including a whimsical alphabet, fun frames, and TONS of great card sentiments!

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This Cricut CARD Collection will give you so many HANDMADE Masterpieces in no time at all! Choose from cards with sentiments, cut directly into them, or combine several cutouts to create your own pop-up scenes.

  • Featuring 400 card designs (includes Pop Ups, Swing, Scene & Sentiment)
  • More than 25 card themes and 5 different card formats 
  • Including dynamic interactive designs! (I know you’ll love these buttons!)
  • This cartridge has a card for any and all occasion—even if the occasion is “just because!”

Card styles include: 

pop up cards scene cards sentiment cards Swing Cars

 If you love Project life cards, you’ll love our POCKET CARDS and even more!

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Beyond Cars

 

Envelopes with liners Fun sleeves Fun with Functions

WOW!  So much in one Cricut Collection: ARTFULLY SENT! I don’t even have my own copy so I’m going to be buying it just like you when you do!  So, I know you’ve been waiting patiently and I hope you are ready to jump in!  

Would you like to receive $25 in FREE product:?

Either purchase $150 on your own or ASK a BUDDY to join you and send me an email @ ilov2cr84u@gmail.com.  I love giving out the free reward program to those who have qualified for this benefit!  Enjoy! With a *new* Annual Inspirations Idea Book online, how could you pass it up?

30 Years of Happy Special Promotion

Let’s Celebrate National Stamping Month with a Super Set of small stamps that can be used in so many ways!  So, how do you earn this adorable, stinkin’ cute stamp set (below) for FREE in September? It’s super easy!  And remember … this set is only available in September and once it’s gone, it’s over.  So you’ll want to nab it now while you can.  (If you missed my idea last week for Flip Flap “lifters/tabs,” click HERE.)

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HOW to earn it for FREE:

  • Just purchase $30 in Stamp Sets of your choice!  
  • You can read the PDF flyer here if you want more information.
  • Did you know Close To My Heart has a breakdown of My Acrylix Stamp Sets on my website?  Here’s a photo of the INDEX which can be found on this LINK.

Stamp Set Index on website

So, let’s look at the many variety of stamp sets Close To My Heart has to offer:

  1. How many of you own our Cricut Collections: Art Philosophy, Artiste or Artbooking?  Did you know we have a complete INDEX of Cricut Compatible Stamp Sets on my website that coordinate with these collections?  There are over 100 to choose from!  Click HERE to view ALL of them.  When you click on a stamp set, it will tell you which Collection it works with as you view each one.
  2. Are you a Holiday Stamper for Fall & Christmas?  Well, you can CLICK HERE to view this wonderful collection of stamps.
  3. Bird and nature lovers, outdoors and more can be found HERE on this LINK for Seasons & Nature.  I know many of you love owls, beach and winter stamps.
  4. If you love background stamps and FLAIR, check out this collection HERE.
  5. Everyday life encompasses school, travel, baby and so much more.  You have to click on the LINK to check it out for yourself.
  6. Alphabets are great for titles, wording, mix and matching and journaling your sentiments … Over and OVER again!  You won’t run out of letters found HERE.
  7. What is Jeanette’s Archive?  Well, Jeanette Lynton (found and CEO of CTMH) has 4 personal hand drawn stamp sets that were originally created in wood. Now, for a limited time, you can have these 4 stamps found HERE in acrylix.
  8. Lastly, Occasions covers the rest of our sentiments for graduation, birthday, thank you, greetings, celebrations, mothers/fathers day and much more!  What I do LOVE about this LINK found HERE is the opportunity to buy stamp sets that were designed for our New Zealand and Australian friends where we have opened up shop.  Look at these adorable sets below (these stamps are not in our catalog so you want to check out this section for sure!).

Enjoy Shopping HERE on my WEBSITE

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New England Crop Retreats

Enjoy a fun and intimate Crop @ my New England Retreats for Scrapbooking or Cardmaking, happening HERE @ My Creative Studio.  You’ll have an opportunity to crop for DSC_0002three 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).  

Priceline has an EXPRESS deal for only $97 a night in Portsmouth, NH! 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!

CARDMAKERS are welcomed too! I will have new CARD KITS on hand for you to purchase out of the *new* Annual Inspirations Idea book.  

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

  • 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.
  9. If you are a Saturday only, time is 9:00 am to 10 pm.
  10. If you are a Sunday only, time is 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Cost for the 3 day event is $190, SAVE $15 when you can pay in full by October 1st for the rest of 2014 dates.

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

Simply Inspired Blog Hop: 30 Years of Happy!

Simply InspiredWelcome to the Simply Inspired Blog Hop and the Celebration of National Stamping Month and Jeanette Lynton’s #30yearsofhappy in the stamping and scrapbooking industry!

You are on the right track if you came here from Sheri Rottler’s Blog. The blog hop is a big circle, but if you get lost along the way, please click here for a complete list of participating consultants.  Let’s get started!

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So, what’s the celebration all about? You’ll enjoy a fun thread of creativity and artwork from a variety of consultants who have used this 30 years of Happy stamp set you can earn for FREE in September! Sit back and enjoy the  BLOG HOP ride!

Many of my gals ask me, “Lynn, what do you use to flip UP your flip flaps on your layouts when you add those extra photos?”  So, I was inspired to use a limited # of products to create what I will be calling “Flip Flap Lifters!”  For YOU, my fabulous customers … I am always thinking of YOU to help come up with solutions that are easy, fun and especially creative!

DSC_0001To create my “Flip Flap Lifters,” I used Z1902 Signage Dimensional Elements which can be sponged with ink, stamped on or cutout paper using our Cricut ARTbooking Cartridge. This chipboard is included in your purchase of ARTbooking or sold separately for $4.95.  I also used these supplies:

Here’s my creations as Flip Flap Lifters.  You will use GLUE DOTS to adhere them to ALL of our Flip Flaps.

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Now, here’s what a few look like on my Chalk Board Layouts, so you can get a visual picture of what I truly mean and how adorable these are (close ups below it):

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DSC_0021Lastly, if you like organization like I do, you’ll want to pop out those chipboard pieces out of the package and store them in our 6×6 sleeves for ease of use. Label with ARTbooking and sizes.  Ta da!

Now, pop on over to Diana Veenendaal’s BLOGto see her stunning creations and continue the thread for National Stamping Month: 30 Years of Happy!

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When you purchase $30 in STAMP SETS of your choice, you earn 30 Years of Happy stamp set for FREE!  A PDF flyer can be found HERE.

Free Idea Book with a purchase HERE

02 – Sarita L3Receive a FREE Annual Inspirations 2014/15 Idea book for free (valued @ $6 and shown on the left) with a purchase from these No Longer Available/RETIRED KITS from my inventory. All kits create 6 pages; some create 8 and one creates 10! The LINKS are in BLUE to the slideshow of Artwork.  These KITS are put together (without stamps) to create my Monthly KIT Pages and are no longer available for purchase except through me and you can email me @ ilov2cr84u@gmail.com for these:

When you make a purchase, I will email you my cutting guide and directions with photos of the artwork created if you want to duplicate my work.   Contents include:

  • Kit paper pack
  • Coordinating accessory pack
  • Complements (2 sheets of either stickers or colored chipboard)
  • Embellishments
  • Color brochure
  • Extra cardstock to make all artwork shown

Shipping in the Northeast US, is between $5.44 and $6.50.  Outside of the “zone” will require me to calculate it for you via the PO.

I also have this adorable 6 x 6 accordion Birthday album as a KIT for only $25 and everything is PRECUT!  

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LAST ONE: All Occasion Cards and Banner Wishes Stamp Set card kit 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.  

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Lastly, if you love 2 page kits, these are available while supplies last for only $12 each:

LIVING THE GOOD LIFE!  Precut and stamped for you!

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

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

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To order any of the above while supplies last KITS, please email me @ ilov2cr84u@gmail.com.  

If you love the artwork shown on many of these projects, why not consider JOINING a MONTHLY PURCHASE CLUB HERE … Signs ups are happening NOW for September start up!

Life has been busy …

I’m taking a break from Close To My Heart in posting business this week because there is more to life … like family and or course … food! HA! I thought I would do a personal blog today as I’m in a 021mood of sharing what’s been going on these past 10 days or so and it’s been a blast from the past for me. I do enjoy cooking (when I was around 20, I took 3 years of cooking classes on Staten Island and loved it!) and with our garden in full bloom, I’ve been busy researching and reading recipes. Zucchini bread, zucchini fritters, roasted summer squash, zucchini and tomatoes for dinner!  Blanching and freezing squash and even making casseroles to freeze too! Roasting beets for salad has been delicious! (If you have any favorite recipes, please send them to me @ ilov2cr84u@gmail.com)

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Another abundance of tomatoes is happening right now.  Oh my … fresh mozzarella and tomato and basil salad is one of my top choices of tasty!  I loved making fresh garden soup of our summer bounty and freezing it. Yesterday, I made a delicious Caponata (recipe by chef Anne Burrell) with homegrown eggplant and zucchini and lots of fennel, celery, onion and all the delicious flavors that make this an incredible dish!  YUMMY!! I’ll be making tomato and pear chutney; creamy carrot and tomato soup too.

IMGP0714I can tell you that my passion for food definitely has spread to our son Scott who graduated this March from Johnson & Wales University in RI.  He’s been working over a year now @ The Black Trumpet in Portsmouth, NH.  I’m so excited for Scott when he leaves for another *new* and exciting opportunity in New York City.  Scott will be joining the kitchen of The Musket Room (a Michelin Star restaurant) and honing up on his technique and skills. He is so thrilled to go and learn even more. It will be a bittersweet moment for me as I’ll miss him terribly and all his wonderful dishes!

On the bright side though, my son Nick has been home with us since July.  Yes, he did get married in Poland in May and is now on a job search and looking for nicks wedding Warsaw 081employment (anyone out there looking for a dedicated, hard worker with a business/finance degree? … if so, please let me know).  In order for Daria (his lovely wife) to join him here, he has to be employed.  We are very hopeful an opportunity will happen soon so they can be together again.  Daria has an excellent job with Citi Corp. in Poland and is working very hard.

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This past week, Rick and I had a few hours out in the Great Bay kayaking.  Life has been good and the summer is going by too fast!

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I had an enjoyable visit last weekend with my sister, Diane who came from NYC for a few days.  We spent out time together visiting Kim Weier in Kennebunkport ME for the day. Shopping and lunch were a nice treat!  Last Saturday was a beautiful day to spend @ Long Sands Beach in York, ME. Just Diane and I for the day and we soaked up all the sun and enjoyed take out lobster @ home for dinner.  YUM!  One of the many blessings living in New England …

I hope you have been enjoying your summer as August is winding down and summer is quickly coming to an end.  It has been a time of reflection as I love all the seasons, but the warmth of the sun and the beautiful green and lush outdoors is something I cherish. Another season ends too soon ….

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