A Taste of Summer … looks sweeter!

Taste of Summer 1May is National Scrapbooking Month and Close To My Heart’s special promo: A TASTE OF SUMMER ends soon.  There is so much fantastic artwork out there on this colorful, vibrant and tasty kit (check out Pinterest too)!  Here’s an adorable mini album you can create with it and you can find the details HERE on this LINK:

Mini Taste of Summer

I had a lot of fun creating my own kind of workshop and I have a few kits left.  Do you love creating CARDS as well as LAYOUTS?  Then my kit just may be for you. Here’s the cards you can duplicate:

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Here’s ONE of the THREE layouts you can duplicate (ORANGE is my favorite color!) using the same products:

Taste of Summer 2c (2)

What’s in the kit for $50?  LOTS!

  •  A Taste of Summer paper pack
  • White Daisy Cardstock to create all 6 pages
  • 10 White Daisy Cards & Envelopes
  • Two stamp sets: D1616 Have a Happy Day and M1053 Life is Sweeter
  • Ribbon pieces
  • Clear Sparkle Gems/bling
  • ALL cricut cuts.
  • Cutting guide, directions and photographs of artwork are emailed to you with your purchase
  • Inks I used (not included) can be purchased for $6.95 each  Canary (yellow); Thistle (purple); Hollyhock (pink); Pear (green), Juniper (green) and Sunset (orange)
  • If you would like to get A Taste of Summer Kit to Go, please email me @ ilov2cr84u@gmail.com. The kit is $50 plus shipping to you (shipping is around $5.50 on the East Coast; slightly more if out of this area)

If you would like to see a slideshow of the artwork with closeups, CLICK HERE.

FREE GIVEAWAY:  When you purchase A TASTE OF SUMMER paper pack, stamp set or products from me, you are entered to WIN this exclusive D Size Stamp set (value of $17.95) for free!  32 customers have been entered so far and the Winner may be YOU!  A Winner will be announced on June 6th!

Taste of Summer stamp set

If you would prefer to buy your items by bits and pieces and would like to know exactly what I used, please Click HERE to view my Shopping List.  You can place an order HERE on my WEBSITE for A La Carte Items.



JACKSON for a masculine Kit of the Month!

Jackson 1

YES!  I’m totally PUMPED up for JACKSON!  It’s so perfect for the great outdoors; scouts; men in your life; camping; hiking; kayak/canoeing; Father’s Day; retirement; HERO; even can be used for armed forces type of theme.  What can I say … but it’s a MUST HAVE paper pack because it is only good through August!  So, jump in NOW to purchase a kit or your items A La Carte.  Let’s get started …

Jackson 2

First of all … we are taking major FLIP FLAPPING here on these pages! The layout above is actually 4 pages in a two page spread, using (2) 6×12 flip flaps.   (If you have never seen my You Tube Video on Flip Flaps, click here to view.)   Check out the flip flaps OPEN:

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Holy cow!  There are a lot of photo opportunities to use on these two pages.  I loved using Artbooking Cricut Collection to create the “wood grain” overlay on these pages (and the hexagon cuts)!  Not only that, but I jumped into a different product line we have not used before:  My Crush Wildwood Assortment.  It added some extra pizzazz to the pages.

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You know how I love to use TABS to create a reason to peak under the flip flaps right?  Well, you’ll love the variation on using all the items shown here to create a Flip Flap Tab Lifter on this layout.

Totally cool and when you flip it up, you’ll see another one of the diamond shaped enamels on the other side so it still looks awesome and complete.  I just love thinking outside the box when it comes to using accessories to decorate a flip so you want to OPEN it!  I think you’ll love it too!

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Even though you could create this as a 2 page spread on its own, I chose to modify it so it has a 4×12 and 8×12 flip flaps on the right side.  Here’s what you’ll see under it:

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It’s a very fun design that is more like a collage that can add quite a bit of photos.  Love the Glacier twine and Artisan studs for adding another layer of texture.

We never have enough outdoor or masculine feel papers so JACKSON is a keeper in my book.  Here’s the links for you to view ALL of it and place an order as well.


Back from beautiful Oahu, Hawaii!

Aloha!  What a great way to start our vacation at Aulani Disney Resort compliments of Close To My Heart and YOU!  Thank you for supporting my business which enables me to earn these fabulous vacations for TWO!

Champagne breakfast

Here’s what we received from CTMH upon our arrival in our Garden Terrace Room:  a bottle of champagne and a delicious large platter of fresh fruit with a very tasty yogurt dipping sauce.  It was too late when we got there to eat just fruit, so we saved it all for our Tuesday morning breakfast with fantastic Mimosas.  Yum!

The Resort itself is beautiful with a lovely cove for us beach goers.  The water is such a vibrant turquoise color which is so pleasing to the eye.  I wish we could bottle it up and take it with us!




I was thrilled to enjoy my birthday (May 5th) in Hawaii, dining out every night and getting the most out of my birthday!  (A huge THANK YOU to all of you who posted on my Facebook page and sent me birthday wishes!  Much appreciated!)

We really did a lot of R&R (which was by design) and were low key for the 5


days. Walking to Paradise Cove to see the turtles; or further down along the railroad tracks so Rick could do his snorkeling near the power plant. He was able to see a variety of fish and more turtles there (me … I’m a beach babe).

One of our highlights was taking the Sunset Sail along this catamaran.  We were able to see a rainbow before we started out and a lovely sunset on our way back in.


One of our favorite places to visit was the lagoon (cove) next to Disney’s Aulani.                 It IMGP0967was very private with thatched umbrellas for protection from the sun.  This turned out to be another great place to snorkel for Rick.  We would come here everyday for peace and quiet and R&R.  The temperature was in the low 80′s each day with a welcome tropical breeze.  The water temp. was refreshing … for an occasional dip.

If you ever get to go to this part of Oahu and want to enjoy a great happy hour, then you’ll want to visit LONGBOARDS @ the Marriott Resort.  Loved this photo opportunity in front of this place.  The hostess was extremely helpful in getting us to take advantage of “our surfing time” here …. LOL


From 2 to 5 everyday … you could enjoy a fantastic view of the beach and luscious water. The feeling is like you died and have gone to heaven when you stare at the view.  Definitely IMGP1012a very relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere.  The light fare was perfect for our late lunch … Ahi Tuna salad or wings for a bite.  But the best was the Frozen Mai Tais for a very tropical and tasty treat!  Man, I’m going to miss these drinks! (Not my waistline though!)

Well, that’s a quick story to a very restful vacation.  I’m glad we are back home to enjoy our daughter-in-law who made it back safely to the states on Sunday.  Now Nick and Daria can start to enjoy their married life together.  Here’s to new beginnings and memories made with the hope of many sunsets to come.


A Taste of Summer Promotion

During the month of May, the CTMH Art Dept. will be showcasing beautifully created artwork featuring both of these products:

A Taste of Summer Stamp Set:

Taste of Summer stamp set

A Taste of Summer Paper Pack:

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Just look at a few of these ideas that are simple .. yet effective that YOU can duplicate too!

A Taste of Summer one page Berry Jam layout Lemon layout

If you would like more information and missed my original BLOG Post on this fun and tasty special for National Scrapbooking Month, please CLICK HERE.  I have a complete kit and workshop dates available to you for purchase or creating!

You can also follow Close to My Heart on their Facebook Page and BLOG Posts for more inspiration.

Enjoy the sweet treats!

National Scrapbooking Promotion: A Taste of Summer

Looking for fun, vibrant and a tasty selection of papers to enjoy and have fun with?  Close To My Heart has produced for May, A Taste of Summer paper pack for only $8.95!  Plus … READ BELOW for my Workshop on this fantastic assortment!

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The paper pack contains all the papers above (6 fun patterns on the front with 6 more solid patterns on back for a  total of 12 sheets).  This paper pack can be used for layouts and/or cardmaking!  There are NO LIMITS to the number of paper packs you can buy!

Looking for a unique coordinating stamp set?  A Taste of Summer Stamp Set shown here.

Taste of Summer stamp set

Anyone that places an order ON MY WEBSITE or JOINS my Workshop in MAY for the Taste of Summer can WIN this stamp set for FREE!  Winner will be announced on June 6th!

I really enjoyed creating some SIMPLE designs for layouts and cards.  I think you will too!

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YES!  A Workshop to Create everything YOU SEE above!

I will be offering a few Workshop Dates to create all 6 pages and 10 cards, including everything you need (except the inks) to create these designs showcased above.  The workshop/class is to be held @ My Creative Studio in Portsmouth NH.  Please RSVP as soon as possible (especially if you are interested in May 17th date) so I have enough materials on hand.  I will precut the cricut pieces for you! (I used Art Philosophy for the cuts.)

  • Sunday, May 17th
  • Saturday, May 23rd
  • Saturday, May 30th
  • Time:  9:30 am through 4:30 pm and includes refreshments and LUNCH!
  • Cost:  $60 which includes A Taste of Summer paper pack and White Daisy Cardstock to create all 6 pages; 10 cards, stamp sets (D1616 Have a Happy Day and M1053 Life is Sweeter), ribbon pieces, clear bling and cricut cuts.
  • Inks I used:  Canary (yellow); Thistle (purple); Hollyhock (pink); Pear (green), Juniper (green) and Sunset (orange)
  • To sign up for a workshop, please email me @ ilov2cr84u@gmail.com.

If you would like to see a slideshow of the artwork with closeups, CLICK HERE.

If you would like to get A Taste of Summer Kit to Go and do it on your own, please email me @ ilov2cr84u@gmail.com. The kit is $50 plus shipping to you.

If you would prefer to buy your items by bits and pieces and would like to know exactly what I used, please Click HERE to view my Shopping List.

As April comes to a close …

Isn’t it hard to believe we are heading into May?  I have to tell you, the weather here hasn’t been too spring-like, so I’m ready for more warmth and sunshine!  With the end of April fast approaching (Friday is the 30th), here’s a last chance to take advantage of this month’s specials:

APRIL Stamp of the Month:

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This stamp set is exclusive for APRIL ONLY and will no longer be available to purchase. What I love about it:

I just love this card and using the many different sayings for added depth on this card.  If you like the “HELLO” at the bottom, I used D1481 Vintage Type stamp set which is another keeper in my book! (You may remember this stamp set a few years ago when I used it with Typeset Kit.)


Deal of the Day Special ends on Friday, April 30th:


grab bag

So, there have been a variety of DEALS and price points offered (one per day) with savings of 50% on what you receive.  I recently purchased a box for me and had quite a bit of product in there including acrylic blocks (2 of them); Laughing Lola Kit (paper pack, complements and assortment); teal shimmer trim; corner rounder; some fun tools; enchantment pigment tower; card kit; base and bling (variety of jewelry, fabric and gems) and even more goodies!  It’s like opening up a big SURPRISE or present!  It was so much fun!

All you have to do is place ONE ITEM of your choice in the Shopping Cart and click on the DEAL a DAY link.  It will POP UP with the cost of the Deal and will change @ 5:00 pm eastern time on Thursday night and Friday night.  So right now, the deal is a $50 for double the value in goods.

Don’t forget to add your FREE COPY of Seasonal Expressions 2 to your cart.  You’ll love the new kits, products, accessories and stamp sets!

If this is something you would like to do before midnight on Friday, April 30th, click HERE and HAVE FUN!

Enjoy the weekend!

Beautiful BRUSHED is April’s Kit of the Month

Many of you have been dying to see this Kit of the Month and I hope I do not disappoint you!  It’s BRUSHED for Spring and of course can be used for any springtime photos … Easter, Mother’s Day, Prom and much more.  I want to share some of the details as well as the ordering information below.  So here we go …

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The above layout is stunning!  You’ll love the technique of creating a ‘stencil’ using a lattice cut from our ARTBooking Cricut Cartridge.  Then you’ll enjoy using sponge daubers to add only two colors (Canary yellow and Pixie Pink) to create the two tone soft lattice look on your base pages.  If you buy the Workshop on the Go which includes the stamp set, you’ll be able to use the same daubers and inks to create the soft butterflies (you sponge the stamp in the two colors then stamp it on the cricut cut butterflies).

Brushed 1bJust look at the beautiful details.  We stamped OH SO in Pixie ink; then “happy” in black ink.

The striped green is washi tape and the Z3013 flowers (back ordered right now) are the metal assortment that you can use.

The leaves though … I really enjoyed using our Shin Han LEAF marker to color one leaf again and again.  I have a tutorial on it HERE.  But you can forego the markers and just stamp the leaves on green paper and cut them out.  It’s your call ….

Brushed 2

This layout is another stunning piece!  I loved using our ARTBooking Cartridge to cut the lattice for both pages and then used the green polka dot paper under it to give it depth.  But what really makes these pages stand out are the VELLUM STICKERS.  OK .. so I know it’s a little more work, but you will want to place your stickers on white daisy cardstock to ‘back them’ and then cut them out to POP UP on this layout. It truly is worth the effort!  You can change the title from Easter to anything you want … it’s cricut cut so you are open to what works for you.

Brushed 3

This layout above was FUN to create by using only two cricut cuts (the brackets).  You could always cut a 9×9 square or 4×4 square instead to duplicate a similar look.  I placed the vellum stickers strategically on the papers so you wouldn’t have to cut a thing! Adding the pink gems to all the pages really adds a little more sparkle to them for added texture.

If you love these pages, when you purchase $30 or more for these products  on my website, I automatically send you the cutting guide with photos and directions,  This will help get you started:

Many of you keep wondering what is the Kit of the Month Club?  What is the Monthly Rewards Club that I offer?  It’s FREE to JOIN and you earn free product for your monthly commitment of only 5 months and you can be the hostess and earn FREE REWARDS and 1/2 price items.  READ all about it HERE...as a new group will start up in May and run through September.

Make your purchase today HERE on my WEBSITE and enjoy duplicating my artwork.

Oh and with the leftovers, you can create this Oh So Happy CARD:

Brushed 4

How do I stay motivated?

question markThat was a question asked of me recently when I had the pleasure of joining 3 consultants for dinner over the weekend. Barbara Rowand of NJ had asked, “What keeps you motivated?” … Hmmm… great question!  Of course, Judy Larsen jumped in and said “Money!” Well, that is true too … because my Close To My Heart business affords us to pay a lot of bills and live each month.  Cindi Buckless (been with CTMH for only 3 years) was quite surprised!

However, when I got to thinking about this and answered Barbara with a heartfelt reply  … YOU came to mind. Thank you noteAll of YOU wonderful followers who compliment my artwork; or tell me how much they love the kits I create.  Kathy Miller (MA) is one gal I’ve seen recently who consistently thanks me and lets me know how much she appreciates the time and effort I put into each creation. I was recently on the phone with Donna Davis (NY) who praised my classes on flip flaps and how much she learned. She felt truly inspired and was in awe of all the things you can do with flip flaps! (She had me smiling because “You know, I’ve been around the block a few times and still continue to learn from you!”)  LOVE when that happens!

Or when Christine Fitch (MA) & Tiffany Appleton (MA) are excited about a product and can’t wait to see what I do with it (and many more of you peeps out there!).  There are times, I’m not in love with a product line and I have to create with it and I surprise myself.  (Lollydoodle was one of them and then I created 10 pages!) So, when you set me to task, oh boy watch out!


Or Jennifer DeRenzy (NJ) has told me, “I do not like (fill in the blank) Product line.”  That is the ultimate THROW DOWN CHALLENGE of motivating me to create something so awesome, so special …  that I get Jennifer to purchase it!  YES! SCORE for me!  Ha … ha … ha 

These past few weeks when I’ve had no weekend events, I’ve been super busy creating artwork so I can show it to the crop attendees in Cromwell.  I hate to miss out on any opportunity to share new creations, new artwork, new products that help to INSPIRE YOU! It is a challenge to me … to see if what I can create offers variety, classiness, style and gives you lot of bang for your buck! I think Lori Lentini has said it best … “When you’ve done one of Lynn’s Kit of the Month workshops, you have nothing left but confetti!”  Thank you for your testimonial Lori!

fb-cover-you-meSo, even though your name may not have been mentioned above, please know that as I write this I see your faces and smiles.  Your words of encouragement and your enthusiasm for my artwork is really what INSPIRES ME!

heartfelt thank youYou have no idea how I truly appreciate each and every one of YOU that have sent me emails or vocalized your appreciation.  You continue to MOTIVATE me through your thoughts and comments as I endeavor to share almost 20 years of experience with Close To My Heart.  THANK you from the bottom of my heart.

If you have been following my blog posts, you’ve already seen many new items featuring Blossom Card Kit; Mother’s Day Cards; Blog Hop showcasing Summer Treats using Blossom paper and stamps … plus Brushed Kit of the Month artwork.  If I could calculate how much I’ve created since the last week in March … it would be 20 two page layouts (various kits) and at least 15 or more cards!  That’s a lot of creating ….

Coming Soon
Here’s a few sneak peeks to keep you INSPIRED  … enjoy!

A Taste of Summer for National Scrapbooking Month

 I may be offering a workshop for 2 layouts & cards.  Would you be interested?


 Taste of Summer CARDS:


 Jackson Kit of the Month … featuring 4 flip flaps to create 8 pages in all! 

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 Father’s Day Cards using Jackson Line:


 Feeling Inspired?  GREAT!

 It’s been a pleasure to share Close To My Heart with you!


Simply Inspired Blog Hop for Seasonal Expressions 2!

Simply InspiredWelcome to the Simply Inspired Blog Hop featuring products from our newest publication, Seasonal Expressions 2!  The consultants participating have created all new ideas to inspire and delight you!  You’re on the right track if you came here from Bren Yule’s Blog. The blog hop is a big circle, so if you get lost along the way, please click here for a complete list of participating consultants. Let’s get started!

Blossom cards 6

I really, really love the popsicle in this stamp set which is included in the Blossom Workshop on the Go Cardmaking kit. With so many colors of ink, you can have any flavor you want! YUM!

The set contains useful celebration sentiments; 4th of July (stars, candle can be a firecracker and the ’round sprays’ the bursts); plus flowers and washi tape stamps … an excellent variety to play with!


I just couldn’t wait to try my hand at creating a layout using the popsicle stamps.  One of the things I changed up is stamping the ”stick” in canary and then using sunset ink to stamp over it with the “striped candle.”  It was fun and easy to do.  Yes I did cut out all my popsicles by hand but that was really easy!  I tied a few glacier twine knots and glue dotted them to add a little texture to the “sticks.”

I started my layout off with using 2 sheets of Sunset Cardstock as the bases:


I then cut down two white daisy cardstocks into 10 x 11′s.  I then applied the Boardwalk Washi Tape (blue strips) and laid them on top of the white cardstock along the edges so it gives off the appearance of  crystal blue cardstock underneath (but my gals know I’m a paper saver!).   I used Artbooking to cut the letters for Summer, the circles and the ‘pointy’ circles too.  Wowza and My Fave are from the Boardwalk washi tape (you cut the variety of sayings apart and I placed my labels on white daisy cardstock for extra strength).  I love the new Coral Reef sequins too and used the deep coral, soft coral and white from this embellishment.  I think that covers it!

Here are the ingredients I used to create the two page layout if you want a close up look:

Now you are on your way over to Blythe Shupe’s Blog to view her creation.  You’re going to get excited about the variety of new products being featured this month!  Enjoy!

Mother’s Day Card Ideas

With SPRING comes a new round of delightful holidays to celebrate.  I’ll be showcasing beautiful card ideas using our ARTFULLY SENT Cricut Cartridge.

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As a reminder, the cartridge comes with 3 stamp sets, 24 pack of white daisy cardstock and has 700 images to create many types of beautiful and interactive cards … all for only $99.  The stamp sets value alone are worth over $50; the cardstock pack is worth $10 … so the cartridge has a value of $40.  Well worth it!

Mother’s Day 5 x 7 Card Ideas (two shown):

For these cards, I used Cardstock in Canary (yellow); Crystal Blue; Sweet Leaf (green) and the polka dot is from pattern paper out of Wanderful paper packet.  


The Red Ring below shows you the page of the cut to create the front of the card (above) found under the SENTIMENT Key.  It will cut a complete 5×7 card, but I chose to cut down the right side (which is the card front) and layered it on another piece of Crystal Blue Cardstock with pieces of scraps underneath.


 The inside of the card is actually a POP UP.

20150409_142749-1Here’s the page in the booklet that shows you where and the sizes to create the card in the RED RING.  I actually used a few keys to create the inside of this card (POP UP and ICON Keys):


Below, the extra Artfully Sent Cricut booklet shows you exactly how to put the card together for the POP UP.  In order to get the colors to appear behind the leaves and the blue flowers is to take scraps and glue them to the back of the card before adhering to the base card.  It doesn’t look so pretty from the back, but who is going to know?  Just you!


Now the YELLOW RING (2nd photo above) showcases this beautiful 5×7 card that is called a ‘swing’ card with a scallop cutout.  It is on the SCENE Key and I used Canary Cardstock and White Daisy for the sentiment.

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After I cricut cut the inside message of this card, I used the Damask Embossing Folder to change the flat look to damask and glued to the inside of the card.

question markThe question was posed to me from a fellow consultant about how did I get the beautiful pattern paper (from Brushed paper pack) to fit perfectly around the scallop cut out?  Well, it is “old school” … and after I adhered it to the card, I turned it over and carefully exacto knifed along the scallop edges.  Adding sheer yellow ribbon, gold sequin and pearl to complete the beautiful look of this card.  As in the 1st card idea, I used the same papers and scraps to fill in the leaf under the flower.  Then I punched a 2″ scallop to cover behind it in white paper.  Who’s going to know?  Just you.

If you enjoyed these ideas, please post any comments here.  I would love to read them!

If you would like to purchase any of the above products, you can SHOP ONLINE HERE on my WEBSITE.