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.

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August Special Promotions

Good day!  There are two specials happening this month at Close To My Heart and if you love OWLS, you might want to own this adorable stamp set:

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This is August’s Stamp of the Month.  It’s exclusive and one time deal for one month ONLY.  You can purchase it outright for $17.95 … but many of my savvy customers make a $50 purchase so they earn it for only $5.00!  Here’s some sample artwork of what you can do with this adorable stamp set:

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Next up for August:  PICTURE PERFECTION!  Look at what you can do!

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We’ve just added 5 new Project Life programs to our Picture My Life line. They are super cute and will help you scrap faster, update your traditional scrapbook ‘look,’ give you plenty of cards to play with for journaling and or card making.  When you purchase ANY of these kits for $24.95, you can pick out a 10 pack of page protectors for only $3.00 (you save $6.95 per pack).  

If you enjoy any of these ideas and would like to make a purchase, please CLICK HERE to SHOP on my WEBSITE.  

Here’s artwork created by Sheri Rottler showcased at convention for this product line.  The layout uses Babycakes.  The card board is using Pear & Partridge.  To view a slideshow of more artwork, click HERE.

Picture my Life 2 at convention

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Stay tuned for our Monthly Rewards Club/Kit of the Month Club idea coming soon!

Free Gift with Purchase or Join a Rewards Club!

You will love the *new* Annual Inspirations Idea book that will be live for a whole year!  Contains over 190 pages filled with awesome new product, accessories, stamps, home decor and ARTWORK galore!  Really, there is quite a bit you do receive.  You can take a Guided Tour HERE and read all the Details.

See the Annual Idea Book

INk PadFree Thistle Stamp Pad with Purchase (only from me) during August:

When you purchase $35 or more on my WEBSITE HERE and

ADD ON the Annual Inspirations Idea Book for $6.00 (please add this to your cart),

I’ll send you this *new* COLOR Stamp Pad:  Thistle for FREE!  (value of $6.00)

OR …. there is ONE MORE WAY to receive your Annual Inspirations Idea Book for FREE from me!  

Join my Monthly Rewards Club Program!

Many of my customers really enjoy the REWARDS and BENEFITS of being a part of a “Monthly Rewards Club:”  

  • I ship the Annual Inspirations Catalog for FREE to your door from me!
  • 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

You can READ all the Details HEREClubs Craft Clubrun 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!

Album Giveaway Winner!

In July, I sponsored an Album Giveaway and had asked what your opinion was on Close To My Heart’s Post Bound Top Loading Faux Leather Albums. What do you love about them?  Favorite feature?  How do you store them?  Thankfully, we had some excellent responses and I wanted to share them with you here:

Rina Strong photoRina Strong sent me her photo of how she displays her albums in her home.  Great job Rina!  Love your display!

How about you?  Are you organized with your albums and love when they fit so nicely together?

These comments were posted on my blog or on Cool Crops Facebook page:

Tracy Heflin said:  I love the CTMH albums because they are the best around. I started using them after I switched from strap albums ( in 2000 ) and they still look great. They hold up very good. With all the time, effort and expense in scrapbooking you want an album that will last the test of time, and they do!!!  I love that they are expandable too and love flip flap

Christine said:  I LOVE the CTMH Faux Leather Albums. The quality for the money is outstanding! I have always liked how they came in solid colors. This way I could coordinate with either my vacation album’s theme or just my home décor. I have also found the fact they expand a blessing since I love flip flaps and all embellishments that are CTMH.

Kathy Miller said:  After meeting Lynn a couple years ago and looking through her albums and watching how much they got handled and still were in perfect shape, I switched over. I LOVE these albums. I love that you can expand with them without any bumps, and they stay in shape. You do not get that top opening from being to full or use of embellishments.

Jen Eckert said:  These have been the only albums I use (except Disney) & nothing else compares. I love that they expand and can be engaved. They also always hold up so well no matter how often they are looked at. I really hope they come out with something comparable because there is nothing else of this quality out there!

Erica Baechle-Borroto:  I loved the old albums, the color, the expand ability, and how nice the page protectors are, loved the matte ones the best since I like to get all my pictures in matte finish.

Sue DeRosa Kohlman:   I love the quality of the page protectors and the sturdiness of the albums. I would love more color and texture choices.

I really enjoyed all of your comments and concerns. Thank you! 

The winner of the Album Giveaway … 

Erica Borroto! 

Please contact me @ ilov2cr84u@gmail.com to claim your free prize: A Faux Leather album or pack of clear protectors and spine expanders.  

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!