Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Now THAT'S some hair!!

Ummmmm, yah!!! Since LucasJon idolizes his dad, and wants to be just like him, he thought he would grow out an afro like his dad had in the 80's!!!

I THINK he has accomplished it! Holy man, THAT'S some hair! We won't go into how long it takes to get it to look this way, or how many tears are shed because LucasJon can't seem to keep the snarles out of his tight, curly locks. Or even how many times dad threatens to buzz him......LOL!

But here it is, the ultimate in "Uncle Fuzzy's" (Anthony's nickname for LucasJon). Can't wait to put this one in his scrapbook!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Stamp of the Month Blog Hop has moved!!!

If you are visiting hoping to find the September Stamp of the Month Blog Hop, you will need to visit my other blog. I will be using this one for more of the family and personal posts, and the other for my business stuff!

So, if you would like to check out all the awesome artwork with the September Stamp of the Month, Treasures, just click here and ENJOY!

There is some terrific artwork on display, so be sure to check it out!

Football Season.....GO INDIANS!!!

Yep, you guessed it! High school football has begun. Actually, it started last week, but life has been hectic, so I am just now getting to post.

Last Thursday, Lance and the JV team were on fire! They had a GREAT game against West Bend East! The Kewaskum Indians took away the win with a final score of 41-6. Here are a few photos!
Lance's number is 39! He and the whole team are so exciting to watch. I think Lane and I enjoy watching them play as much as they enjoy playing!
On Friday, the Varsity boys were also on fire, so some of the JV boys were able to get in and play the 4th quarter! Lance was in almost the entire 4th quarter, and despite the nice down pour and high winds, Mom and Dad were right there cheering them all on!
I wouldn't trade this time for the world! I am so proud of Lance and the way he puts his all into his sports. Football is his passion, and I hope he has the opportunity to play throughout high school and into college! After all, this has been a part of his life since he was 6!
This week, the Kewaskum Indians will take on West Bend West. JV will play @ West Bend Thursday evening @ 7:00 pm, and Varsity will play West Bend West @ Kewaskum Friday evening @ 7:00 pm!!! GO INDIANS!!!

Saturday, August 1, 2009

August Blog Hop!!

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!

We will be featuring August's SOTM, which is "It's Your Day". If you have come here from

, you are on the right path! If this is your first stop, you may want to go back to Jena's Blog and start from the beginning!

This month we have 64 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this month's SOTM and other great CTMH products on their blogs. This is simple to do - just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next one! Here we go!

These cards were made using the Emboss Resist Technique! I absolutely love this look!

Now "Hop" on over to Leslie Markland's Blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting ideas and other fun ideas! Remember, the August SOTM is only available until August 31st! Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here) to see how you can get this stamp set at a discount or even free!

If you get lost on the hop or find links that aren't working, here is a complete list of participating blogs:

Jena DeVries
Kristie Horness-Herdener
Carla Ironside
Deb Young
Alanna Moses
Paige Dolecki
Wendy Kessler
Heather Painchaud
Helen Onulak
Barbra Otten
Haley Dyer
Nona Davenport
Cindy Leek
Melissa Laverty
Katy Donaldson
Amy McVey
Tammy Lea Pinchard
Leslie Markland
Judy Burger
Laurie R Newton
Kami Welter
Tracy Oleksak
Karen Norman
Chris Shouse
Cibele Glazer
Debra Van Patten
Terrie Dodd
Jamia Bankhead
Anne Beck
Jennifer Patrick
Laurie Levnik
Lori Miller
Brae Montgomery
Dawn Ross
Dawn Slipcevic
Barbara Harris
Carol Taggio
Jill Lucas
Chris Green
Nancy Ball
Dawn Heuft
Kelly Triggs
Beth Naumann
Antoinette Herrin
Jessica Booth
Jen Rubio
Misty Jackson
Adeline E. Brill
Lori Leng
Pam Klassen
Pamela OConnor
Jennifer Royal
Caren Goldstein
Shannon Pelletier
Sherry Thompson
Maricar Harris
Traci Godbee
Laura Dame
Miranda Kurz
Leisa Hubley
Julia Menssen
Jan Moxey
Jody Gustafson

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Home of the Free

These pages were made using the Imagine In The Groove pattern. I also used Blue Ribbon B&T papers, July Word Puzzle stamp set, and the rest is cut on the cricut using Hannah Montana, Street Sign & All Mixed Up cartridges!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

July Blog Hop

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! We will be featuring July's SOTM, which is "You've Got Flair", a set of 8 stamps. If you have come here from Adeline's Blog, you are on the right path! If this is your first stop, you may want to go back to Jena's Blog and start from the beginning!
This month we have 43 talented Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this month's SOTM and other great CTMH products on their blogs. This is simple to do - just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next one! Here we go!

Here are the first pages I created with the July Stamp of the Month, "You've Got Flair". I first made my own Background & Texture paper by randomly stamping and then coloring the images with the Exclusive Ink Markers. Sorry they are so hard to see since most of the images were covered when making the photo mats. I also cut out a couple of the images to use as extra embellishments on the pages.

I used the pages pattern from our "How To" program book, "Cherish" entitled "Visual Texture" on pages 34 & 35.

Products used:

Cherish How To Program (9029)

Cardstock: Colonial White, Bamboo, Desert Sand, Olive, Vineyard Berry

Inks: Bamboo, Chocolate, Desert Sand, Olive, Vineyard Berry, Honey

Embellishments: Chocolate Edge Anchors, Chocolate Brads, Chocolate Waxy Flax

Now "Hop" on over to Jen's Blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting ideas and other fun ideas! Remember, the July SOTM is only available until July 31st! Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here) to see how you can get this stamp set at a discount or even free!

Want to learn more about Close To My Heart, or make a purchase? Visit my website here for contact information, more artwork, and even my calendar of events! Be sure to stop by!


Here is a list of ALL of the consultants that are sharing their work this month:

Jena Devries
Dawn Heuft
Brae Montgomery
Melissa Laverty
Karen Norman
Deb Young
Adeline E. Brill
Tammy Lea Pinchard
Jen Rubio
Cibele Glazer
Laurie R Newton
Kami Welter
Helen Onulak
Sarita Schraeder
Chris Shouse
Paige Dolecki
Dawn Ross
Jamia Bankhead
Nona Davenport
Haley Dyer
Misty Jackson
Jennifer Patrick
Carla Ironside
Jody Gustafson
Heather Painchaud
Julia Menssen
Lori Miller
Pamela OConnor
Reba Poquette
Anne Beck
Shannon Pelletier
Caren Goldsein
Jan Moxey
Kristie Horness-Herdener
Alanna Moses
Leslie Markland
Barbra Otten
Traci Godbee
Jill Lucas
Amy McVey
Laurie Levnik

Monday, June 29, 2009

Some Favorites.......

I just HAD to share some pictures with all of you! I absolutely LOVE this picture of Lane and Anthony! Anthony grabs Lane by the hand and says, "om on pupu!" (Come on Papa).

There is a picture of Anthony spinning on a contraption at the elementary school playground. He was laughing so hard as he spun around and around!

Then we have the picture of Anthony coming in after playing in his pool his papa bought for him! I had to post this one, if you look closely his little swim trunks are falling off!

And last, but not least, Anthony and his Uncle Lance, the "cool dudes"!

How very blessed we are to have Anthony in our lives. We all love him to pieces, and his personality is out of this world! Such a happy, smart, funny boy!

Pre-Hop Post

I’m so excited about the upcoming July Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! There are 43 CTMH Consultants participating, so I sure hope you are ready for some awesome inspiration!

Check back here on July 1st to see all of the creativity we have all worked so hard to share with you!

In order to make the hop run smoothly, I’m testing out links to Jen Rubio's Blog, she’ll be the one that you’ll jump to after mine. I can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with - I hope you'll hop with us!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Father's Day Cards

I have been very busy lately, and here are a few of the things I have made. Since Lane and I both come from divorced families, there are lots of parents to send things to. So, above, from left to right are; MY Father's card, MY Stepfather's card, and Lane's Dad's (my father-in-laws) card. I made each of them a little different, and for the most part was able to use scrap pieces I had other than the bases! Each of these is a 5x7 card. The paper used on the last two is Cocoa Cafe, which is retired. The first is Aspen.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Don't Blink......just like that........

I cannot believe it, but my Lance is learning to ride MY motorcycle!!! He is so good at it too! Wasn't it just like maybe YESTERDAY that I had him? That lovely December 22nd when my water broke FIVE WEEKS EARLY and lo and behold 1:26 a.m. on December 25, 1993 appears my little Christmas present.............

I'm not sure WHERE that time goes, but my baby LucasJon just turned 12, and I swear it was this morning I gave birth to him! Okay, okay, so I am exaggerating a bit........but seriously here. I could not agree more with the country western song "Don't Blink" cuz "just like that, you're six years old and you take a wake up and you're 25 and your high school sweetheart becomes your wife........"

No doubt about that one. All I can say is I am so incredibly proud of my boys and the young men they are becoming. I LOVE that Lane and I are able to give them so many great opportunities in their lives. That we are able to allow them to explore so many things.

I love you boys with all my heart, and hope you know just how very proud of you I am!



Monday, June 1, 2009

June Deal A Day

This month, Close To My Heart is offering a
Deal A Day! Each day, there will be a new offer. You can check them out here

In addition to a deal a day, there is special shipping prices available as well. Be sure to check back each day to see what the new deal is!

June 2009 Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!!!

Welcome to our June 2009 Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! All of us participating Close To My Heart Consultants hope you will enjoy getting ideas and viewing our creations! Be sure to stop by each blog to see what these talented Consultants have designed!

We will be featuring June's SOTM, which is Tender Tags, a set of 15 stamps. If you have come here from Shari Odut's Blog, you are on the right path! If this is your first stop, you may want to go back to Jena Devrie's Blog and start from the beginning!

This month we have 43 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this month's SOTM and other great CTMH products on their blogs. This is simple to do - just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next one! Here we go!

To create these pages, I used the Nice & Simple pattern found on pages 72 & 73 of the Imagine How-To program! The following product was used in the creation of these pages:
X7114B Bella Level 2 Paper Packet
Z2128 Hollyhock Exclusive Ink Pad
Z2137 Olive Exclusive Ink Pad
Z2147 Smokey Plum Exclusive Ink Pad
D1350 Tender Tags My Acrylix Stamp Set (JUNE Stamp of the Month)
Z293 Photo Hangers
Z199 Pewter Brads
Z1122 Hollyhock Designer Ribbon Rounds Collection

Now "Hop" on over to Dawn Hueft's Blog to see her work! Be sure to visit ALL the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting ideas and other fun ideas! Remember, the June SOTM is only available until June 30th! Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here) to see how you can get this stamp set at a discount or even free!
Looking to order this awesome stamp set online? Visit my website to shop 24/7 at YOUR convenience, or give me a call at (414) 640-0412 to order in person!
We hope you are enjoying this blog hop and will come back again next month!
Below is the list of all the blogs participating in this month's blog hop:

Jena Devries
Adeline E. Brill
Deb Young
Chris Green
Jennifer Patrick
Chris Shouse
Alanna Moses
Haley Dyer
Jen Rubio
Kami Welter
Caren Goldsein
Laurie R Newton
Reba Poquette
Nona Davenport
Misty Jackson
Julia Menssen
Anne Beck
Jamia Bankhead
Dawn Ross
Sherry Thompson
Laura Dame
Lucia Grabb
Nancy Ball
Shannon Laux
Melissa Laverty
Terrie Dodd
Mindy Eggen
Helen Onulak
Ronnie Crowley
Karen Strous
Jaime Benavides
Kelly Triggs
Lori Miller
Brae Montgomery
Shannon Pelletier
Wendy Kessler
Paige Dolecki
Pamela O'Connor
Shari Odut
Tammy Lea Pinchard
Dawn Heuft
Cibele Glazer
Sarita Schraeder

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Lance's First Official Car Show

Well, whether I like it or not, Lance is growing up right before my eyes. He and Lane took Lance's car to it's first official car show. It isn't judged or anything, just a great place to share the passion for classic cars.

It is held at Pistol Pete's in Brookfield, WI. You can see Lance's car here. They don't list names or anything, but here it is! I have to laugh because it's his first official car show, and he's not even old enough to drive it there himself. Dad had to drive it there for him!

Oh well, since he will be old enough to get his temps as of June 25th, and has already finished is classroom portion of Driver's Ed, it won't be long before he can drive it himself!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Summer 2009 Idea Book is LIVE!

I'm a little slow getting this posted since I have mainly been working on my clubhouse so that we can get back to classes, workshops & clubs. But....
It is HERE! The Summer 2009 Close To My Heart Idea Book, and you are going to LOVE it! I cannot even begin to explain to you what a wonderful Idea Book this is.
There are FIVE new paper themes, with awesome accessories to go with them. Many, many new stamp sets that are absolutely adorable....
There are FOUR all new Hostess Rewards Plus packages available for those of you interested in hostessing a home gathering! And let's not forget the cute new booking stamp set!
And, Jeanette Lynton, founder and CEO of Close To My Heart has done it yet AGAIN with a newly released How To Card Confidence Program entitled "Wishes"! For all you card makers out there (or those that want to learn to make cards with some guidance) this book is a MUST HAVE!
You can view this awesome new Idea Book online or if you are like me and like to look at an actual book, let me know!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Check out my NEW blog!!

Don't worry, this blog is not going away! I have just created another one! You can visit it at

It is brand new, so there is not much on there yet, but be sure to stay connected!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Oops, I'm Tickled Pink.......

with embarassment because I tell you to see my previous post about Tickled Pink, and it's not there! Sorry about that, I got my newsletter and blog mixed up. So, here are the details!!!

Just click HERE and you can view the flyer for this awesome promotional package especially in celebration of National Scrapbooking Month!

You can contact me to place your order at 414-640-0412 or right on MY WEBSITE if you prefer. However you do it, just be sure to get in on the action of a great promotion and an even better contest!

National Scrapbooking Month CONTEST!

How cool is this!!! Close to My Heart has added yet another bonus to getting the Tickled Pink promotion pack from April 15th through May 31st (see previous post)!

Now, when you get the Tickled Pink promotion pack, you can enter to win! See the details by clicking on the cute button on the top right corner of my blog, just above my picture!

Come on!! Would love to see one of MY friends or customers win this contest! Check it out! Let's see if you can win!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

CTMH TV- NEW Art & Soul Release!

You won't want to miss the latest release of Art & Soul entitled "Expressions of Love for Mom"!

Coming your way in this episode is an abundance of ideas for celebrating your mom. From cards and layouts to 3-D cubes and colorful flowers, you'll come away with lots of great ways to say "I love you" to the women who mean so much to you.

You'll see how easy it is to "cluster" our My Acrylix® stamps on a block to create a unique focal point or background; you'll learn the trendy rock 'n' roll stamping technique; you'll go beyond the obvious with our colorful Fancy Cuts® Botanicals—use them as stencils! And Jeanette shares a mini album she created to honor her mother. You'll want to watch this episode several times to take it all in!

Here sure to check it out here. You'll be sure to love what you see!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

April Stamp Of The Month

Here is a peek at the adorable April Stamp of the Month, World's Best Dad (D1342)! I really like this set and think it will be awesome for "guy" themed cards, including Father's Day.

Remember, as with any Stamp of the Month, you can choose whether you would prefer to pay full price, or get it for as little as FREE with a purchase.

If you need further details, please do not hesitate to give me a call (414) 640-0412. Or feel free to shop online here.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Another "spinny" Card!

Hopefully my dear stepmom does not subscribe to my blog, or she may see her birthday card BEFORE it comes in the mail!

I had so much fun making this card, and it is another spinner card, so when you tilt it side to side the flower/bunny assembly spins across the opening. It turned out absolutely adorable, and I hope she enjoys it as much as I enjoyed making it!

Now to design one for my MOM, whose birthday is next!

All items are Close To My Heart:

Base: Colonial White Cardstock 1388

Background: Amethyst Cardstock X5631

Front: White Daisy Cardstock 1385

Inks: Petal Z2161, Blush Z2106, Clover Meadow Z2113

Markers: Grey Wool Z2325, Amethyst Z2300, Blush Z2306, Sunkiss Yellow Z2351, Topiary Z2355

Stamp Sets: A Birthday Wish D1238, Bunny Love B1324, March Word Puzzle D1270, Sans Alphabet C1304

Other: Big Pinks Z1033, Winter Cozy Organdy Ribbon Rounds (Discontinued), Tombow Adhesive 1514 (or refill 1515), 3-D Foam Squares Z268 , Black Stubble & Stipple (Texture Tools Z1298)

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Do YOU Love What You Do?

I DO!! You might ask "Why do you love what you do?" Well, let me tell you........

I set my own schedule, I decide WHEN I want to work.....I can work around my family's schedule!

I will never be laid off.....I am my own boss!

I will never be fired.....I am my own boss!

My success is directly related to my efforts.....

I do not "answer" to anyone but myself.....

I am able to surround myself with wonderful people who share my passion.....

I have made some incredible friendships through sharing my passion.....

I meet new people on a regular basis which have lead to those incredible friendships.....

Through all of this, which I enjoy immensely, I am able to earn incentive trips.....I am currently working on a Western Caribbean Cruise!

So, again I ask, do YOU love what you do? Is it flexible enough for you? Are you earning what you feel you are worth?

"HOW" you ask, do I do this? Well, let me tell you.....

I am an Independent Consultant for Close To My Heart, a leader in the stamping and scrapbooking industry! This company has been in business for 25 years! That's right, we are celebrating Close To My Heart's 25th year in business!

If you are not sure what Close To My Heart is all about, visit my website here and look around! Check out our high quality products, visit our CTMH TV where we show you how to use our products, visit "My Art" to see what I have made with these products, read "My Story" where you will find a picture of myself and the founder and CEO of Close To My Heart, Jeanette Lynton. You can visit my calendar to find out when I am holding workshops and find all the information about those workshops.

Let me show you how.....Faster, Simpler, Easier!!

If you would like to take control of YOUR destiny, feel free to contact me at (414) 640-0412.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

"Anthony's Uncle Fuzzy" Updated!

LOL, I'm sure you have seen the picture of LucasJon in my sidebar of this blog. Well, seems that "Uncle Fuzzy" is growing his afro once again. Just thought it would be cute to post a new picture! This is a self portrait by the way. He is quite proud of his afro. We won't discuss the looks and comments he gets when walking through the stores with me. And, of course, EVERYONE wants to touch it!

NEW Art & Soul Release-Running In Circles!

Just a friendly reminder that a NEW Art & Soul webisode was released this morning! You can view it here. Also, I am......

In Need of YOUR Feedback.........

I wonder if you might do me a huge favor. Would you please take a few minutes to click on the above link, watch an episode or two of Art & Soul, and give me some feedback?

Here are a few questions I'd like you to answer for me, if you would be so kind.

1. Are you already watching the monthly episodes or will you watch them on a regular basis? (They are available on the second Tuesday of each month through my website.)

2. Did you find them useful and informative?

3. Will you try or have you tried some of the techniques that are shown?

4. Have you considered purchasing/purchased any of the featured items? If so, what are your thoughts? If not, what is keeping you from doing so?

5. If you were to purchase any of the featured products, would you like for me to hold a workshop using those products? If so, what were your favorites?

Please take a few moments to watch these wonderful, informative episodes and give me some feedback. I completely understand how busy everyone is, so here's a little incentive! I will reward the first 2 people who respond within 24 hours! Thanks and have a great day!

Monday, March 9, 2009

You Make My Heart Flutter!

I often visit other blogs to get great ideas and make them my own. This a creation that I made after visiting a fellow Close To My Heart consultant's blog, Kim Burmeister at Clearly Inspired. is the link to her tutorial if you too would like to make one of these fun cards! THANKS KIM!

Friday, March 6, 2009

Hey there CUPCAKE!

I made this card last night, and liked how it turned out! Here are the products used, all are Close To My Heart:

The card pattern is out of our Originals Card Confidence Program (9032), Pg. 116 "Pretty Simple"
Daydream Level 2 Paper Packet (X7108B)
Spring Iris Exclusive Inks (Z2148)
Watermelon Exclusive Inks (Z2158)
White Daisy Brads (Z1105)
Stamp set used on front of card: Cupcake Sprinkles (D1336)
Stamp set used inside of card: Birthday Surprise (D1169)
I left the inside blank so that nobody would
know who this was made for, that way when it gets mailed out it will be a surprise! I'm not sure if the recipient reads my blog or not, so I would rather be safe than sorry!
This weekend I hope to work on more things since we will once again be home and not running all over the place for sports!
Hope you like this little creation!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Reflections: Sidebar-Journaling Pg. 45

These are some pictures of the page I have created for the project to be done at Mandy's Girl's Night Out party on Friday, March 13th!
All products used are Close To My Heart:
Whoops-A-Daisy Level 2 Paper Packet (X7099B)
Butterfly Wings- March Stamp of the Month (D1341)
Hydrangea Exclusive Ink Stamp Pad(Z2129)
Ocean Exlusive Ink Stamp Pad(Z2136)
White Daisy Brads (Z1105)
Texture Tools (Z1298), or Foam Tools, set of 4 (Z1090)
Piercing Tool Kit (Z1114) or Foam Tools
I'm sorry the pictures are a little blurry. The larger butterfly was created with 2nd generation stamping in ocean ink. The sentiment over the butterfly is 1st generation stamping, also in ocean and reads "Love is like a butterfly. It goes where it pleases, and pleases where it goes."
The smaller butterfly is done in 2nd generation stamping in Hydrangea ink. All of the pieces are distressed in Hydrangea ink as well using the foam sponge found in our Texture Tool Kit, the foam tools (set of 4 Z1090) or our Distressing Kit (Z1299). I also used our Piercing Tool Kit (Z1114) to make the holes for the White Daisy Brads (Z1105)

March Newsletter!

I'm Green with Envy Everyone;

Happy early St. Patty's Day! Don't we all wish we were Irish at this time of the year? All the eat, drink & be merry that goes on with the traditions? Unfortunately, I don't like beer (green or not) and am not much of a drinker, but I hope those of you who celebrate this month will all have a great time & be SAFE! Be sure to appoint a designated driver!Now, let's check out what is new and exciting this month!

Join Close To My Heart as a new Consultant between March 3rd & March 31st and get 50% off your choice of up to two organizational products!*NOW IS THE PERFECT TIME TO BECOME A CLOSE TO MY HEART CONSULTANT and start living your dream of flexible work hours, unlimited earning potential, product discounts, travel opportunities, incentive plans and more. I personally am currently working to earn a Western Caribbean cruise for me and my family!

When you enroll between March 3–31, 2009, you can take advantage of a fabulous sign-up bonus: You can choose up to two premiere organizational products at half off retail price!* That’s a savings of approximately $129 on items that will help you get your business off to an organized start. Choose from our most popular items to help you arrange and store your scrapbooking and stamping supplies.Forward, march… to the front of the line today and enroll during our Forward, March campaign for super savings. Ask me today about joining the Close To My Heart family. You won't be sorry you did!
Join My Team!

A NEW Challenge!
MY UPLINE CHALLENGED ME TO GET THREE BIG PARTIES, AND THREE LITTLE ONES...COULD YOU JUST BE ONE OF THE LITTLE ONES? I would so love to rise to this challenge! Would you be interested in hosting a little party? I promise to make it fun for you AND all your guests! The best part of all of this is that I not only rise to the challenge, but you could potentially EARN FREE PRODUCT!Send me a quick email ( or give me a call (414) 640-0412 letting me know that you are interested in helping me rise to the challenge!I look forward to hearing from you!
Pick A Date!

HUGE Sale going on!
Beginning today, Tuesday, March 3rd, you will find a sale on select My Acrylix stamp sets at UP TO 40% off retail! I have included a few pictures of some sets that will be available. Visit my site to see them all beginning TOMORROW. However, shop early as these items are sure to go very fast!My Acrylix Stamp Sale

March Workshops-Stardust
Basic, Better or Best? YOU DECIDE!

Basic Includes:

X7109B Stardust Level 2 Paper Packet $12.95

X7109C Stardust Level 2 My Stickease® Assortment $4.95

Z1150 Stardust Flexi Labels $3.95

BULK126 Stardust Workshop Guide $1.00

BULK125 26" Chocolate Dots Organdy Ribbon $0.36

*** Workshop Supply Fee (per guest) $23.21 ***

Better Includes- Basic Package + This Product

D1333 My Acrylix® Wishing Star Stamp Set $22.95

***Workshop Supply Fee (per guest) $46.16***

Best Includes -Better Package + This Product

Z1105 White Daisy Brads $4.50

Z464 Sassy Strands® Summer Carnival Collection $5.95

***Workshop Supply Fee (per guest) $56.61***

Required Tools

9030 Imagine™ $21.95

D1250 My Acrylix® Extreme Caps Alphabet $22.95

Z2134 Moonstruck Exclusive Inks™ Pad $5.25

Z2118 Desert Sand Exclusive Inks™ Pad $5.25

Z365 Summer Soft Chalks $6.95

Note: "Required Tools" will be available for use at the workshop if you do not already own these products.With these items you will have enough product to complete THREE two page layouts and at least three greeting cards!

Want to see what else you will make? Visit my site and click on "Workshops on the Go". This will allow you to see all the workshops. This month will be Stardust. You can view four of the pages we will create as well as the cards! Be sure to see what all you can create with the products you would purchase! It's amazing how far it can go!Please visit my art section of my website for close up pictures of these pages!
My Art

Just a friendly reminder that EVERY second Tuesday of the month, and new Art & Soul webisode is released. These are about 15 minutes in length. They will show a technique & products, and after the show there is an opportunity to receive a discount on the featured items!Click on the link below to see past webisodes, or visit Tuesday, March 10th for the latest and greatest addition!
ART & SOUL Webisode

Keep your eyes and ears open as I have some VERY exciting things in the works, and I am bursting to share it with all of YOU!

Friday, February 27, 2009


A fellow Close To My Heart sister, Jennifer Farrell, is helping with a fundraising event to help fight childhood cancer. Her 9 year old son, Alexander, will be shaving his head for to raise money, and he has set a goal to raise $1000.00 for this very worthy cause. The event takes place March 14, 2009.

If you can even spare a dollar, he would so much appreciate the help in reaching his goal.

Now, the challenge is this...........yesterday, I donated $25.00 to this very worthy cause. For any of you who MEET or BEAT my donation, you will receive a small "thank you" in the mail from me.

Should you decided to take me up on my challenge, please send me an email at with you mailing address!

Now, let's see if we can get little Alexander to his goal!

Here is the link to Alexander's donation page:

Wednesday, February 25, 2009


In March there will be a sale available on my website The sale may include the following stamp sets. If you are at all interested, I would recommend shopping early! They seem to fly off the warehouse shelves very quickly when these sales come up! I will post more details when they are available (probably Thursday evening)!

Also, keep in mind that these are the Close To My Heart CLEAR My Acrylix stamp sets! They are amazing to work with since you can see right through them for proper placement, and are of very high quality! I thought a bit of a sneak peek at the sets would help you prepare.

Love of My Life (C1258)
Groovy Celebration (C1232)

My One & Only (D1197)

Wisdom (B1199)

My Farm (D1219)
Friendship's Garden (D1202)
Follow Your Dreams (D1152)

Card Sentiments (D1111)
Steep & Deep (D1175)
Memories (D1127)

A full current Idea Book and Product Review can be viewed on my website also. If you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to contact me! My email is!

Keep your eyes open for more details!

PS. Thank you fellow CTMH sister Vicki for the pictures!

Just Saying Hello!

Well, life has been incredibly busy to say the least, it always seems to be. But, I think this is a good thing as it keeps me young!

I have so many things in the works right now, but I am NOT leaking anything out. I'm going to keep all of you sitting on the edge of your seats, and checking back regularly to see what is going on!

Hope you are all doing well. I know I'm tired of battling the colds, the cold weather. I am ready for spring, except for the fact that I have not yet started on my allergy meds. Better get going on that before everything starts blooming or I will be miserable!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Let The Good Times Roll!


It's not too late to celebrate our 25th anniversary as a leader and innovator in the stamping business! To help celebrate, Close To My Heart is giving all of our stamp purchasers a fabulous gift! You won't want to miss out on this!

When you spend $25 in stamps (Customized Name and Stamp of the Month excluded), you’ll receive a custom-designed B-size My Acrylix® Good Times stamp set (retail value $13.95), packed with fun and versatile party-inspired images, for FREE!*

This beautifully crafted set will be a perfect addition to your stamp collection. It's absolutely adorable, how can you resist? I know I can't!So…let’s celebrate! Here’s to the next 25 years of happy stamping and Good Times!

*Offer good February 3–28, 2009. Tax and shipping/handling may apply.
If you are interested in placing an order, please give me a call. Otherwise, you can shop in your jammies 24/7 online on my website

Don't delay! February 28th will be here before you know it! And, if you order online, it can be shipped directly to the address of your choosing! Feel free to contact me with any questions! Now, LET'S CELEBRATE!

Monday, February 16, 2009

Congratulations to our EWC Division 2 Regional Champions!!

Wow, what can I say! This group of boys and coaches lead us through an amazingly exciting Valentine's Day this past Saturday!

Each of the boys pictured with the charts were Champions in their weight class. The team over all pulled off the EWC Division 2 Regional Championship and will head to team sectionals tomorrow (Tuesday).

These boys were so exciting to watch, let me tell you! I am so proud of each and every one of them, even if they are not "my" sons!

Lance came into this competition seeded third, so our hopes were high. Each of the boys that managed to pull off either a championship or second place in their weight bracket moves onto individual state competition. Lance had a very off day. He was not at all wrestling like himself and unfortunately lost both matches he had. He ended up placing fourth, which isn't terrible considering he is a freshman and this was his first taste of all of this.

But, as I said, he did not at all bring his "A" game to this competition at all. He had a nasty cold he was attempting to recover from, so I am not sure if that affected him or not. But, hopefully he will turn things around and give the team his all at the team compeition!

Good luck to all of you! We are all so proud!

Friday, February 13, 2009

March Workshop! Stardust!

These are the first two pages of the March workshop, Stardust! I had so much fun putting these together. There will be four more pages also done with the products from this workshop. Be sure to visit my calendar at for more information on this and other workshops that I will be holding! You'll be glad you did!

Grandma's "FlyBaby"

Grandma's "FlyBaby"

Being Grandparents is AWESOME!

Being Grandparents is AWESOME!

Grandpa's Buddy

Grandpa's Buddy