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 Purchase 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 Purchase 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 Club Purchase (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!

August and FALL Crop Dates for you!

I’m excited to try something new! I will be offering you an opportunity to crop for DSC_0002three days in My Creative Studio! 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! Just let me know if you want to work on a card kit I have here so I make sure I have it on hand for you to purchase.

Here are the Friday through Sunday dates:

  • August 22 to 24  Special $175 when you pay by August 1st!
  • 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
  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.  
  • Please send your check made out to:  Lynn Como @ 64 Gundalow Landing, Newington, NH 03801.  
  • I do accept Paypal, so email for those details as well.

DSC_0003If you want to only do a partial, here’s the breakdown of cost:

  • Saturday from 9:00 am until 10:00 pm with lunch and dinner:  $75
  • Sunday from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm with lunch is $50

Hotels:

There are plenty of hotels nearby and you can make your own arrangements.  I highly recommend using Priceline.com to book your best rate for any of the weekends.  I have found Priceline’s rates to be even better than the best deal I can try to arrange for you.

My address:

  • 64 Gundalow Landing, Newington, NH 03801 … next to PEASE International Trading Corp.

To view what My Creative Studio looks like, you can click on this LINK HERE.

Let’s GET SCRAPPIN and/or CARDMAKIN’!

SKYLARK … July Kit of the Month

Oh, what a pretty paper pack! Skylark will be a sure crowd pleaser for many themes or photos. You can definitely use color, sepia tone or black and white photos on these layouts.  Plus, keeping it simple gives you plenty of options for Titles of your choice or you can use what I have here.  I just love these colors … cheerful, bright and beautiful!

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This kit will be RETIRING the end of July in less than two weeks!  Here’s the details for this kit:

As of July 31st, many products are RETIRING .. lots of your favorite kits, papers, stamps, accessories, etc.  You can find the Retired LIST HERE for easy reference. I am going to LIST and LINK you to the Kits of the Month that will no longer be available, for your easy reference.  If you don’t see what you are looking for here, I may have it in inventory.

Link to Artwork

Link to Product Available

Laughing Lola

Laughing Lola Product

Sarita

Sarita Product

Lollydoodle KOTM & Lollydoodle Bonus Pgs.

 

Lollydoodle Product

Lollydoodle Cards

Lollydoodle Card Kit

Ariana

Ariana Product

Balloon Ride

Balloon Ride Product

Timberline

Timberline Product

Ivy Lane

Ivy Lane Product

Jubilee

Jubilee Product

 

In addition, there will be PRICE INCREASES starting August 1st, 2014 when we unveil our new Idea Book, Annual Inspirations.  Here’s a quick snapshot of what is going UP:

Product Price Increases

Stay tuned for my Cropping Dates for the FALL coming soon!

Tips and Tricks of the Trade: Flip Flap LIFTER!

Oh my goodness!  I can’t believe I just used this the other day and thought, “WOW! What a great flip flap embellishment!”  I know you gals are always asking me what to use and these WHITE MARQUEE ENAMEL SHAPES are RETIRING on July 31st!

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Here’s a photo of the product (when you look on our website, it’s hard to see the actual photo of it).

There’s 20 self adhesive shapes to have fun with! Only $5.95 …

 

Now here’s a photo of how I used the ARROW Marquee Enamel Shape to be the “lifter” of a flip flap (the shapes can work on any size flip flap):

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HERE’S HOW easy it is to use:

  1. I take any white enamel shape which is adhesive backed. Yeah!
  2. I stick it to paper (you can use any white or color cardstock, vellum, patterned paper … or even put washi tape on plain paper and put it on top of that).
  3. I then cut around the shape (star, heart, arrow, hexagon, etc.) and glue dot it to the flip flap … OR …
  4. Add brads, bling, gems, dots, etc. inside the shape to add even more fun!

I love these shapes and am sad to see them RETIRING.  

You can find them HERE on my website and place your order.

The complete Retired Product line can be found HERE.

And here’s a layout:  I used the Chevrons, hexagon, dovetail frame and star … just so you can see you can use them in lots of ways with paper:

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Here’s some more fun photos of how I used them:

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Album Giveaway!

Album Giveaway:

WANTED:  Your photos and opinions!  I would REALLY, Really, really would love your input and photos!

WINNER:  Free Faux Leather album or a pack of Page Protectors and Posts!

OD and DC albumsBut first, a quick important message from our Sponsor (me and CTMH!):  As you may (or not) know, Close To My Heart’s Faux Leather albums have retired in colors except for Outdoor Denim and Dark Chocolate ( will still be offered through the end of 2014). Right now they are $24.95 and come with 5 page protectors. However, on Aug. 1st, the price goes UP by $5.00 (with no protectors).  So you may want to stock up on them if you like HERE on my WEBSITE.

Enter to WIN:  There are TWO WAYS to enter:

  1. COMMENT on “Why CTMH albums are your favorite?”  (here on my blog or on my business FB page)  … OR …
  2. PHOTO of how you store your albums, emailed to me @ ilov2cr84u@gmail.com or post on my FACEBOOK Business Page HERE.
  3. Entry ends on July 31st and one lucky winner will be picked @ random.

That’s it!  I know many of you have our albums (I know … I SOLD them to you! lol) and I would love to hear from YOU.  I need your input and want your advice and I also want to give away a free gift to a very luck winner!

My Story:  

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I’ve been organizing (which feels so good!) during this slow season. I recently had a few leather albums embossed (we used to sell these years ago) by Julie’s Imprinting, with Como Family, Through the Years and Vol. I, II, III, etc. on the spine.  I’ve recently moved them from an armoire and placed them in My Creative Studio so anyone that comes to crop can view them for inspiration.

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Now, these are my wonderful vacations (earned through CTMH because of YOU, thank you!) in Faux Leather that I usually take with me to the Crops. I’ve been able to add a new one: Southern Caribbean Cruise! YEAH!! I love getting another book completed!

NistNow here’s a photo of a fellow consultant and friend, Michelle Nist’s display of her family’s albums.  I love this idea too! Michelle uses our Label Holders on her books.

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I think one of my favorite things about our albums is EXPANDABILITY!  I love having the option to add to my album. Plus, using the Spine Expanders to the spine in between those heavier pages (you know, using flip flaps, chipboard, buttons), really helps keep my books lying flat, whether open or closed.

WHAT’S Your Favorite Feature?  Or your PHOTO for Displaying?

 Enter to WIN!  One winner will be picked by July 31st to win their choice of a faux leather album or set of page protectors and posts (value of $25)

Tips and Tricks of the Trade: What’s Going ON and UP

Are you a FACEBOOK user?  I know so many of you use Facebook on a daily basis and FB (400x400) (100x100)it’s been the next ‘life line’ since the cell phone (don’t ya agree?).  I would ‘love it’ if you would LIKE my Business page found HERE on Facebook.  One of the reasons is I plan on posting a little more frequently … quick snip-its of information; or artwork and creations; and “how to” videos and much more.

Would you please JOIN IN and LIKE this page so you get these notifications? Thanks much!

For instance, one of the ways I can connect with you in small snip-its would be where I have something important to share and help you focus on something that may make a difference in what you do or what you want.  PLUS … it’s a great avenue of communication where you are ‘in the know’ of what’s happening or changing.

IMPORTANT INCREASES

Distressing Techniques:  As of August 1st, 2014 these two items will be increasing in price by $1.45:

I personally use these items A LOT and you may want to view this video on Distressing Tools:

Organizers:  These organizers will be increasing in price by $2 to $3 on August 1st.  If you have been thinking about getting any of these, you’ll save a few bucks this month:

Organizational VideoIf you would enjoy viewing my You Tube Video, I share lots of great ideas on how to use them, HERE ON THIS LINK

To place an order, just click on this LINK HERE to my WEBSITE and SHOPPING CART

Di-stress and more organization makes a great SUMMER!