Touching lives … it’s what WE DO!

At our convention in July, Close to My Heart revealed this brand new video that shares the passion of scrapbooking. I think you would enjoy seeing it and I hope you share it with your friends:

Just a couple of QUICK REMINDERS:

Retiring photoRETIRING on 8/31/15 (Monday):

There are 7 colors in cardstock & ink pads retiring.  Some of them are favorites:

Smokey Plum, Olive, Outdoor Denim, Indian Corn Blue, Autumn Terracotta, Ponderosa Pine & Barn Red.

Inks & Reinkers

GOING UP in price: 

Starting on Sept. 1st, all ink pads and reinkers are going up by $1.00!



Almost all the products from the Annual Inspiration 2014/2015 and Summer Seasonal Expression are being RETIRED as of 8/31/15 (Monday).  You can view the product line HERE on my website.

Idea books


ZOE .. a brand *new* Kit of the Month for August

Yes!  It’s HERE .. ZOE and an 8 page kit that is extremely versatile!  But first … I am looking for YOU (I need just a few gals to fill out a club) to JOIN the Monthly Rewards Club starting in September for only 5 months!  You can click HERE To read all about it .. because we are starting with ALL NEW PRODUCT!  Woot Woot!

Zoe …”You are My Sunshine!”  What a great kit of versatile patterns, colors and embellishments.  Somehow through the brain I have, I figured out a way to take pages 1&2 and turn it into an additional BONUS page 7&8 by REVERSING the pattern!  I don’t know how the heck I figured it out by you are going to love, LOVE .. LoVe seeing the same layout in a completely different color palette.  Here’s what I’m talking about and I think you’ll agree, it’s not anything like the original (well, of course it is the same but who would know?!):

Zoe 1a - Copy

Zoe 4

So, does that rock your boat?  I am a fan of orange and loved using the Kraft paper to bring in a neutral tone that complimented the complements. I love these pages for summer too because “it’s the BEST DAY ever!”

Zoe 2

This last set of pages really was so much fun to create and with the new complements which consist of: stickers, kraft pieces AND vellum pieces.

Zoe 3

I love the camera and the faceted gems we got to add to all the pages.  And if you didn’t notice it .. *new* Z3088 Coral Shimmer Trim!  OMGosh … love this adhesive GLITTER trim on a roll (3 *new* colors: coral, aqua and green available on 9/4).  Only $4.95 and comes in the Workshop on the Go!

Zoe 5a WOTG When you buy the WOTG, you save $14 on the kit!

Why not JOIN the Monthly Rewards Club and earn all these perks:

  1. Receive a Free complimentary Catalog for FREE!
  2. NO FEES to join my club!
  3. You don’t have to 5 gals of your own.  You can join any of my clubs!
  4. Complete cutting guides and directions come with each kit via email
  5. YOU can earn $25 in FREEBIES!  But many earn $40 PLUS … 
  6. 1/2 price items such as our Cricut Collections and Rolling Tote!
  7. Each month, I create 6 or more pages per kit and do all the work.  You just have to make your purchase and duplicate it.  I don’t automatically send you a kit, so you have choices on what you want to buy as long as it’s $30 or more!  Love that!
  8. Read all the details HERE

OK, if you have any questions, please contact me @ or 732 266 1287.  Clubs are forming NOW for September start!  Be a part of something great and earn free product too!

Happy Scrappin!

Organization and Don’t Miss the Boat!

You know as well as I do that starting in September, you’ll be asking about some of the kits, papers, accessories and colors that you have SEEN … and you are going to MISS the boat! So, please .. let me be responsible and suggest, “LAST CALL before they are GONE.”  I know .. it happens all the time and someone out there is going to say, “WHAT?  WHEN?  HOW?”  … lol … you know it’s true!  So, here’s the scoop quickly for you …. If you would like to see the shopping list or ask me about what you need to make these pages/kits, please EMAIL me @  I would love to help you!

Links to ARTWORK of these RETIRED KITS while supplies last:
Scrapbooking:  Chalk it Up (school)
Scrapbooking:  SEASIDE (beach)
Scrapbooking:  Scaredy Cat (Halloween)
Scrapbooking:  Pathfinding (fall)Love this kit!
Scrapbooking:  Confetti Wishes (celebrations)
Scrabbooking:  Brushed (spring, Easter, fem. ..)
Scrapbooking:  Jackson (masculine, outdoors)
Cardmaking:  Blossom (I did use for scrapping too)
Scrapbooking: Blossom (summer, floral, colorful)
Scrapbooking: WANDERFUL (travel/Europe/metro)

I already took off the kits that are GONE:  Yuletide Carol, Snowhaven, and all the Card-making Workshops on the Go are SOLD OUT (and yes, my stash of these kits SOLD OUT).  And 7 colors are being retired:  Outdoor Denim, Autumn Terracotta, Barn Red, Smokey Plum, Olive, Ponderosa Pine & Indian Corn Blue!  If you would like to see the RETIRED LIST of items going bye-bye on 8/31, please CLICK HERE.

If you like a bargain, you can check out the While Supplies Last list of items HERE.


Okay, I received my Roll Ups and love them!  I’ve had a few comments asking if the Marker Roll Up will hold other items … so YES!  Here’s a few photos for you:

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So, as you can see here, the Marker Roll UP does roll up nicely and snaps on the outside.

Here’s a photo of what it looks like closed:

20150820_183213 (1024x582)So if you like this idea, you know there is a special going on right now on both Roll Ups.

Get organized Markers

Accessory Roll Up

You can place an order HERE on my website.  If you would like to see a slideshow of these Roll Up Organizers, click HERE.

I love getting organized BEFORE Cropping/Crafting Season begins.  Don’t you?!

Always learning something new for CRICUT!

Wow!  I feel like I might live under a rock sometimes as I had no idea we had all the Sample Shapes and Shape Index of our CRICUT COLLECTIONS on our personal websites! Did you know that?

Okay .. so it isn’t just me?  LOL!  Here’s how you can find out EXACTLY what is on each of the 5 cartridges we sell.

1.  I’m going to have you click HERE which takes you directly to my website > Products > Cricut Collections HERE.

2.  Now that you see it in front of you, you’ll note there are two links at the top that may be helpful to you:  Cricut Machine Comparisons and Cricut Tips and Tricks. You and you can easily print them out for your own convenience.

3. Next, you’ll see ARTISTRY .. .our *newest* collection at the top, as well as Artfully Sent, Artbooking, Artiste and Art Philosophy.  Each one has 700 images, (3) D size coordinating stamp sets, either a pack of cardstock or (3) coordinating chipboard shapes.

4.  Lastly, as you scroll down a little further, your screen will look like this:

Cricut Collections Shapes on OBA

And there are even two more collections beyond the photo above.  You’ll find specific links that are original to each individual cartridge.

5. Now, you have the opportunity to cick on each of the highlighted Sample “Indexes” that is being showcased for each Cricut Collection we sell.  This would be a great thing to print out for yourself on 8 1/2 x 11 paper if you prefer to have an index you can read easily as you look for a particular card style/shape, or a certain shape/font/flower you would like to use.

Well, I’ll be darned that we have it on our own websites for you! How many of you KNEW this?  Geez …   I would love to know if you find this TIP/TIDBIT helpful for your own personal use?  Just COMMENT here if you would.  Thanks!

If you love what you see and would like to own your own copy, you can place an order here.  I do want to let you know that starting in September, all the Cricut Collections will feature CARDSTOCK (mostly a seasonal collection) and all the Chipboard Shapes are being retired by 8/31.

Have a great week and I’ll be posting ZOE and MORE this week!

Welcome Back … or TO!

I'm so excitedFor those of you who have been pondering or kicking around the idea of whether or not to become a Close To My Heart Consultant … this is for you (read way below)!  I’m so excited for you! 

Or … you’ve been with CTMH before and things got off track for you!  You were excited to become a consultant, but somewhere along the line things derailed and you had to let it go.  We WELCOME YOU BACK too!

During August ONLY, if you’ve been with CTMH before and would like to JUMP IN here’s what you will receive for only $49!  

Welcome Back

Welcome Back Essential Kit for $49 includes:

  • ZOE Workshop on the Go ($29.95 value)
  • Customer Order Forms (qty 25)
  • Annual Idea Books (qty 10)
  • Holiday Expressions (qty 10)
  • Cardstock Sampler
  • Paper Fundamentals Sampler
  • Annual Inspirations B&T Duos Sampler
  • Petite Perks Incentive Stamp Set
  • Idea Book Postcard
  • Desk Pad
  • Yes!  A previous consultant can sign up for $129 and get the whole enchilada below!

 If this sounds GREAT to you, SIGN UP HERE on this LINK!

For brand *new* CONSULTANTS we have a *new* Consultant KIT for only $129:

Recruiting kit

The New Consultant Kit has a value of over $445 and contains all this:

Papers & Cardstock included:

  • Zoe B&T Duos™ Bulk Pack
  • White Daisy
  • Whisper
  • Glacier

Inks (2 of each):

  • Sorbet, Glacier, Slate

Accessories (2 of each):

  • Aqua Shimmer Trim, Grey Enamel Gems

Stamp sets (2 of each):

  • So Many Smiles (C1619)
  • In Review (C1622)
  • My Story (B1482)

Blocks (2 of each):

  • 2″ x 6½”  and  3″ x 3″ Blocks


  • White Cards & Envelopes Value Pack (X254, qty 1)
  •  Medium Organizer
  • Non-stick Micro-tip Scissors (2 of these)
  • My Acrylix® Stamp Scrubber (2 of these)
  • My Acrylix® Spritz Cleaner
  • Bonding Memories™ Glue (2 of these)
  • 3-D Foam Tape
  • Round Sponge

Business Materials:

  • Customer Order Forms (25 per pack)
  • 10 Annual Inspirations
  • 10 Holiday Expressions
  • Cardstock Color Sampler
  • Paper Fundamentals Sampler
  • Annual Inspirations B&T Duos™ Sampler
  • My Acrylix® Petite Perks™ Tribal Circles (3 of these)
  • Idea Book Postcard
  • Desk Pad

Items shown represent contents of New Consultant Kits ordered between August 1, 2015 and November 30, 2015.  Contents are subject to change without notice, and change regularly based on product and collateral availability.   Tax and shipping rates apply.


We are a team of 130 crafters who enjoy sharing, learning and growing with Close To My Heart.  My team, Coastal Stars receives up to date correspondence on our team Facebook page; monthly conference calls and free screen sharing; monthly newsletter highlighting team accomplishments.  If you want to succeed and grow, I can personally help you!  Our team is in the TOP 25 in the company in Sales!  Woot Woot!  If you want to be a hobbyist and purchase your own stash, that’s fine too!  There is a place for everyone on our team!  From Cardmakers, to Scrapbookers, to Crafters of all mediums .. we WELCOME YOU!

If you have any questions, please email me @ or call me @ 732 266 1287.

Hawaii 2015 Photo album

In May, Rick and I traveled to Oahu, Hawaii for a 6 day vacation that I earned with Close To My Heart.  These great vacations are earned because YOU continue to support me each month, season or year with your purchases.  So, THANK YOU for your loyalty and patronage that enables Rick and I to enjoy these fabulous vacations!  I thought I would share some visual ‘blank layouts’ and NOW .. with photos.  I hope you enjoy the show!

Below is using 4 pages (out of 6) of HOPSCOTCH ( the Kit of the Month is RETIRED and I have only a few left kits ($39) in inventory). I used Studio J for printing out the photos to these exact sizes so all I had to do is cut them apart and fill in.  I ended up adding one ‘sunburst’ to the original page.  I really enjoyed celebrating my birthday in Hawaii!

Hawaii 6

Hawaii 6a

The colors were perfect for Hawaii and who would have thought I would be using them this quickly?  We created these pages in the early Spring … so it was great to add my photos (yep, using Studio J for photo development):

Hawaii 10

Hawaii 10a

Do you recognize this paper?  It’s Seaside and is being RETIRED this month of August. I made the layouts last Aug. 2014 for out Seaside Kit of the Month Club … and ta da .. using them for Hawaii:

Hawaii 5 Hawaii 5a

On the above, right side, I moved one of the photo mats up so I could add this adorable 4×6 postcard (made out of thin wood and a gift from CTMH).  My own layout will be adding a 4×4 flip flap to the front one of these 4×4 photos.

How can one not RELAX in Hawaii?!  Love this layout and was able to add my photos too:

Hawaii 8

Hawaii 8a

I really love this layout!  It’s lagoon, colonial white, kraft and cocoa cardstock. The printed strip is from Hopscotch.  The stamping is two toned:  I stamped the alphabet letters in glacier blue and then sponged desert sand along the top and bottom and stamped on the paper.  I love this look!

Hawaii 7

Hawaii 7a

Have you ever seen the CTMH quick video on how to cut the circle out of photo to be exactly the right size and where you want it to cut?  If not, click here to view it.  Love it!

Here’s another FUN layout using flaxen, colonial white, sunset cardstock.  The Kraft borders are an older product that we used to sell and I love these!  The pattern paper .. again … Hopscotch!  So versatile!  Love the 5×7 photos and I could have added a 3×3 flip flap … always an option.

Hawaii 9 Hawaii 9a

Ever take photos of sunsets?  Here’s a great layout that really brings out the photo and who would have thought the kraft cardstock would be a neutral that helped the color pop rather than darken it?  The pattern below is from the how to booklet, Make It from Your Heart Vol. 1, pattern 9.  (Many of the layouts are from our How To books/programs.)

Hawaii 11

To view the complete SLIDESHOW of my personal scrapbooking layouts of Hawaii, click HERE.

Have a great summer and I hope to see you soon at the upcoming events in the Fall!

LAST of RETIRED KITS … going … going .. gone

I’m taking inventory of what I have in my stash and am looking to make room for *new* stuff!  Anyone that orders any of these RETIRED/no longer available KITS below will receive a FREE Annual Inspirations 2015/2016 Idea Book.  Receive FREE SHIPPING with a $75 purchase or more from this list.  Please email me @ if you would like to purchase any of these kits and if you have any questions.

Retired Previous Kits of the Month contain all the papers, accessories, cutting guide and directions to make the ideas shown.  Some kits contain a stamp set too.

A Taste of SUMMER:  creates 6 pages and 10 cards $50 (last 2 kits) (Kit contains two stamp sets/click to view:  Have a Happy Day and Sweeter with You

Taste of Summer 2

ICE CREAM DREAM: creats 4 pages includes stamp set:  $35


Ice Cream Dream 2 Ice Cream Dream 1a

HOPSCOTCH:  creates these 6 pages $39 (Last 3 Kits):

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Heartstring:  creates 7 pages $40 (Last 4 kits):

Heartstrings 5a

Heartstrings 3b Heartstrings 3aa Heartstrings 2

Heartstrings 4

Laughing Lola:  creates 6 pages $30 (LAST ONE)

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TWO Page Kits comes with all the ingredients to complete the look shown:

Last 5 Kits:  Ariana Floral with Flip Flap $15.00


Last 3 Kits:  Congrats Bride/Groom $15DSC_0003

Last 2 Kits:  All Star $14DSC_0002

Last ONE:  Treasured Moments $15DSC_0012

Last 2 Kits: Good Things $15DSC_0011

Last 4 Kits:  Smitten  $14.00


Popular School Years Kit $15.00 (of course no photos included)IMGP0834

 LAST ONE:  6 x 6 Birthday Accordion Album $25   Click Here to see the full SlideshowDSC_0083 DSC_0082

Card Kits includes cards/envelopes & Stamp Set (does not include inks or blocks for stamping)

Last TWO Kits: Banner Wishes (view stamp set here): Makes 15 cards $29.95


 Anyone that orders any of these RETIRED/no longer available KITS below will receive a FREE Annual Inspirations 2015/2016 Idea Book.  Receive FREE SHIPPING with a $75 purchase or more from this list.  Please email me @ if you would like to purchase any of these kits and if you have any questions.

Hot off the press! All *new* for YOU!

So EXCITED to share all this great product line with YOU!  Here’s what you’ve been waiting for:  New Cricut ARTISTRY cartridge for $99 or $79 *new* Digital Format!  View the PDF file of images HERE to see all 700! 

Artistry with details

Artistry ideas

Shop HERE and be one of the 1st to receive your Cricut Collection!

If you have an order of $150 or more, receive $25 in FREE PRODUCT!  ASK ME HOW today via email @


  • Purchase the Z3120 Marker Roll Up, receive the Balloon Wishes stamp set FREE! $17.95 value … it’s like BOGO (buy one, get one free!)
  • Purchase the Z3121 Accessory Roll Up, receive the two *new* Base & Bling Sheets FREE! (value of $7.90)

Get organized Markers

Accessory Roll Up

New Monthly REWARDS CLUB starting in August!  Read the FAQ’s and details here. Email me @ as I’m looking for a few gals to fill up a club!  All new products never seen before!  Here’s what ZOE (our August Kit of the Month) will be:

DSC_0028Interested in becoming a Close To My Heart Consultant?  $129 New Consultant kit starts today with over $445 worth of goods!  Amazing new videos and training to help get you started. See the PDF flyer HERE.  You can start your journey today and SIGN UP HERE on my website and be a part of my Coastal Stars Team, in the Top 25 SALES in the Company!

*NOTE* If you were previously a CTMH consultant & would like to RE-Sign Up and join my awesome team, we Welcome YOU BACK for only $49!  Email me for details @

Recruiting kit

August Stamp of the Month:  Another new stamp set for fabulous framed sentiments! Earn it for $5 with a $50 purchase or pay for it outright for $17.95. Exclusive and only available the month of August:

August SOTM with ideas

Flash saleStudio J EXTENDED to Monday, August 3rd!  Wow! We are seeing a tremendous response to Studio J® Flash Sale! In an effort to alleviate some of that traffic, we are extending the sale thru Mon., Aug. 3. But don’t wait until then —submit yours as early as you can to take advantage of this phenomenal deal.  

A new Idea book & Holiday Seasonal Expressions starts September 1st!

Always Remember …. and Sneak Peek

Always remember … something WONDERFUL!  I loved using the July Stamp of the Month to create a title for this two page spread for my Hawaii photos.  This is a ‘highlight’ layout, showcasing some favorite moments/photos and then adding the #’s to document each one.  It’s a nice way to wind down to the end of a great vacation and quickly journal the highlights.  We are foodies and I couldn’t resist adding some tasteful snapshots … LOL!DSC_0019

Today is the last day to get the Stamp of the Month for $5.00 with a $50 purchase, FREE with a $25 stamp purchase of outright for $17.95.  It really is a perfect stamp set for scrapbooking and I love the “Life is…” stamp (the frame is separate and Life Is a stamp on its own that you peel off the sheet and can use).  Eventually, I would like to use this on another layout. After all … “Life is … WONDERFUL!”


 You can SHOP HERE on my WEBSITE.


Starting on August 1st, *new* Cricut Artistry and Organizational products will be showcased (so stay tuned)! Yeah!  

Here’s a sneak peak of the AUGUST Kit of the Month, which is a *new* KIT:  ZOE


I hope you enjoy these blog posts and the artwork I share.  It is meant to inspire you and also to keep you informed of what’s ending, retiring, *new* and awesome to share!  Keep on scrappin’ and craftin’ which is something I love to do!

Scrappin’ with Jackson

I’ve been so happy to get my own photos on my layouts and using Studio J as my photo Flash saledevelopment program has made it the perfect way to get exactly the right size photos I need to “plug into” the handmade photo wells.  I just love Studio J and the FLASH SALE ends on 7/31!

But before I share the artwork, just a reminder that JACKSON is retiring by Aug. 31st or while supplies last.  It’s the perfect OUTDOOR & MASCULINE KIT.  You can read more about it HERE if you missed the artwork/details/shopping list to create these fabulous pages.

OK, so let’s look at one sheet of Studio J photos I uploaded to be developed here.  You’ll note I even was able to create a journaling box (for another story/layout) on the same page.


Now, let’s check out the layout these photos will be placed in.  Here’s the premade layouts of Jackson:

Jackson 2

Once I cut apart my Studio J photos, I can easily slip them into the blank photo wells.  I measured the photo spots and then made my photos 1/4″ smaller so they would have a border/mat around them.  I love to do this with many of my photos as it makes them pop:


The above layout on the rights has flip flaps, so when you open them, the blank page looks like this:

Jackson 3c

Now, I’ve added my photos by cutting them from the sheet and adhering to the page:


Here’s another idea for you:  When using Studio J, you can journal on the photos (see the blueberries and mushrooms) which can be fun to do.  Nick and Daria needed a few 5×7 photos of their wedding for frame they purchased at the store:


What I love is that I only use the photos I want and need; I only develop into the sizes to fit my ‘blanks’ and I can create them to be 1/4″ smaller than the photo wells on the page to give them a mat look (which is my favorite to do).  I never develop 250-500 photos in 4×6′s and I love the versatility of using what I want and need and a variety of sizes.

Here’s to happily scrapping your memories .. more to come with Hawaii layouts.

You can start STUDIO J TODAY HERE on my website.