Friday, November 29, 2013

Cyber Sale

No need to head out and fight the crowds this Thanksgiving weekend when you can do it all from the comfort of your own home.  I have an awesome cyber sale happening this weekend on my shopping website.  Shop at and receive one of these special offers based on your purchase!

Thanks for stopping by!


Thursday, November 28, 2013

Upcoming Sparkle and Shine Workshop Fundraiser - December 7, 2013

Youth Group Fundraiser
Christmas Card Workshop
Raising Funds for the St. James Episcopal Church 
Youth Group Workcamp Trip 

With Christmas right around the corner, there isn't a better time to get your cards made and ready for mailing and all while raising money for a great cause.  And what is even better than sending cards out to the ones you love?  Sending out cards that you have handmade for them, of course!  In this workshop, using Close to My Heart’s Sparkle and Shine Collection, you will create a total of 5 cards with envelopes all for only $10!  Multiple sets can be made and with each additional set will decrease in price – your second set $8, your third $6 and so forth.  50% of each set will be donated to the St. James Youth Group’s upcoming Workcamp trip.

Everything for this project will be pre-cut and pre-sorted for you.  You get to do the fun part which is the stamping and putting them together!  If you are unable to attend this event; I will be selling kits separately.  Please contact me for additional details.

Saturday, December 7, 2013, from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
St. James Episcopal Church, 11815 Seven Locks Road, Potomac, Maryland 20854
RSVP (Must RSVP to get a spot - Limited space available):
To Melissa Wyatt by December 5, Payment can be made by cash, check, or paypal.
$10.00 (additional donations will be excepted)
Approximately 2 Rolls of Adhesive and Scissors

Please bring the following supplies if you have them.  I will have extras available to share just in case you don’t.  Black and Ruby Ink Pads, 2 x 2”, 2 x 3½” Clear Block, and Stamp Scrubber

Note:    I will have additional adhesive available for purchase - $4 for Adhesive Applicator with Refill / $3.00 for Refill.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Sparkle and Shine Workshop

I am extremely excited to share my Sparkle and Shine Workshop!  I will be holding workshops during the next couple of weeks to show you how to easily make these beautiful cards to make as a gift or send out to your family and friends.  Each of these cards were created with Close To My Heart's Beautiful Sparkle and Shine paper pack, Glitter Paper, and Sparkles.

This workshop consists of 5 pre-cut and pre-stamped cards, all for just $10.  Multiple sets of 5 can be purchased and if you can't make it to one of my workshops, I can ship to you for an additional $4.  If you would like for me to assemble the cards for you, the set will cost you $15.  

(Inside Blank)

(Inside Blank)

(Warm Winter Wishes)

(Be GOOD for GOODNESS sake!)

(than to have everything you want before you open the gifts.)

If you are interested in participating in one of my upcoming workshops, if you would like to host a workshop, or if you would like to purchase a kit, please feel free to contact me at or visit my Facebook store.

Thanks for stopping by!  

Saturday, November 9, 2013

"Beware" Scrapbook Layout Kit

I had so much fun today.  I got to scrapbook all day with my youngest daughter Caleigh.  She and I both each completed a full 2-page layout.  It is so much fun to share crafty time with your kids.  She felt so accomplished and so did I.  I made this adorable Halloween Layout and have prepared kits to sell so that you can replicate this exact same layout, all for $12 plus shipping!!

You have the option of purchasing from me locally or have it shipped to you. 

Each Kit Includes: 
  • Pre-Cut Cardstock Papers
  • Pre-Cut Patterned Papers
  • Pre-Cut Cricut Images
  • Pre-Spray Misted Papers
  • Sparkle Gems
  • Shimmer Trim
  • Information Sheet with Color Photo and Tool List 

Additional Supplies Needed: 
  • Adhesive
  • Glue Dots
  • Foam Tape
  • Liquid Glass (for the windows in house if wanted)
To order this kit from me, you can contact me via email ( or click here to visit my Facebook Store.  

Thanks for looking!



Friday, November 8, 2013

New Product Sneak Peak - Picture My Life

Love documenting memories in minutes? Then you’ll love the new Picture My Life™ scrapbooking program, meant for quick and beautiful memory-keeping. This program comes in eight themes, all based on the gorgeous designs of some of our most popular paper packets. Whether you choose to embrace a single theme or mix and match for a truly unique look, you’ll love the ease, affordability, and beauty of the Picture My Life programs. Your own photos are all you need to add to make astounding artwork—in no time at all!

Each program has a theme, from childhood to friendship to travel, but because we have ensured sufficient variety in design and style of each you can easily apply the cards to other themes. Say you love the palette and designs of the Babycakes program but wish to apply a “family” theme—go ahead! It’s one of the unique differentiators and possibilities of the program! With a large quantity of product in each program you will be able to craft creative arrangements all your own. Each program includes 122 double-sided cards plus 10 unique Memory Protectors™ to capture life as it happens, and their versatility and gorgeous designs will transform your albums into masterpieces. On one side of each card is space for journaling, and on the other you’ll find artistic sentiments and icons. Each program is designed to accommodate approximately 100 photos in your included Memory Protectors, so with a balance of photos and cards, you’ll finish with about 20 remaining cards. That means you have plenty of choice and flexibility in which cards you choose to include, making it uniquely yours! Of course, you can easily use more or fewer photos in your project to suit your story’s needs.

Unique to Picture My Life is the included 12" × 12" double-sided cover page with each individual program, using a beautiful My Reflections™ pattern. True to Close To My Heart standards, the cover page offers a finished and cohesive look to your project with its featured high-quality design. The Picture My Life program is so versatile that you’ll find dozens of other ways to incorporate it into your papercrafting. Use the cards to expand other projects you’ve started! For example, if you just got back from the trip of a lifetime and wonder how you will capture all the details, mix the Picture My Life cards with your photos to extend your scrapbook pages. Choose your very favorite photos to scrapbook on 12" × 12" two-page layouts then use coordinating Picture My Life cards and your remaining photos to document the rest of your trip in minutes.

This program is yet another new, fresh addition and option for memory keepers to preserve their memories. The cards enhance the scrapbooking experience—making it even more fun—and they work brilliantly in mini albums, My Crush™ books, as journaling cards on your 12" × 12" classic scrapbook pages, or as gift cards and tags.

All of these kits will be available for purchase starting February 1, 2014.  However, if you were to decide to join my team now, you would be able to purchase up to 2 of each of these during the month of January, and get to see the new Spring/Summer 2014 catalog!  PLUS, you would get one for FREE (with a minimum qualification amount of $300)!!!

If you are interested or have any questions about becoming a CTMH Consultant, feel free to contact me via email or read more on my New Consultant Kit page that has detailed listings of what is included in each kit and commonly asked FAQs.

Are you ready to sign up now?  Feel free!  Click here for the online application!

Have a fabulous day!



Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Tool, Tip, and Technique Tuesday

Today's Tip - Flip Flaps

I decided to start a new series called Tool, Tip, and Technique Tuesday.  Every Tuesday I will provide you with a new (or new to you) way to use a Tool, a helpful Tip or creatively clever Technique.  I figured to start off this series, I would share with you one of my all-time favorite Tools/Tips from Close To My Heart – Flip Flaps!!  I had never heard of these amazing things until I attended a retreat and saw them in action.  They are fun and interactive way to add additional pictures or journaling to your scrapbook pages.  I have seen numerous uses for them from including a lock of hair from a first haircut, money from the tooth fairy, souvenirs from special family trips, as well as, just simply adding additional photos from a day or event that you wanted to capture each and every minute of.

They come in a variety of sizes, each with a strong adhesive attachment strip.  The 12” Assortment is $4.95 and includes 8 protectors:  4 – 6” x 12”, 2 – 4” x 12”, and 2 – 8” x 12”.  The 6” x 6” Flip Flaps come in a pack of 10 protectors are also just $4.95.  And the Flip Flaps Small Assortment is $3.95 and includes 12 protectors:  4 – 2” x 2”, 4 – 3” x 3”, 4 – 3” x 4”, and 4 – 4” x 4”.

I have attached a great video from a fellow consultant Noreen Petty that shows how versatile Flip Flaps can be.

Contact me if you are interested in purchasing or have any questions.


Friday, November 1, 2013

November Specials - Including My Own Bonus!!!

This is just another reason why I love this company!  This month is jam packed full of promotions!! 

Picture Your Life Campaign

First, this month there is an amazing sign-up promotion!  And I am going to add to that promotion with my own promotion - so read on!!!  

You can join as a Hobbyist or as Business Builder, you choose!  

If you ever thought of joining Close To My Heart, NOW is definitely the time to do it!  CTMH just announced from November 1 through December 15, 2013, new consultants who enroll with either the $49 Essentials or the $99 Master Consultant Kit may also receive a brand-new exciting product from the Spring/Summer 2014 Idea Book.  To be eligible for the free product, the new Consultant must remit qualifying commissionable personal sales by March 31, 2014.  

What's the new product? It's the gorgeous new Picture My Life™ scrapbooking program.  There are 8 fresh and stunning design themes to choose from, each one featuring 122 double-sided, designed cards in a mix of 3" x 4" and 4" x 6", plus a 12"x12" cover page to bring your album together beautifully.  You also get 10 Memory Protectors™ with new formats designed just for this program and lots of your photos.  It's a retail value of $24.95 but it’s FREE to qualifying new Consultants!  

Not only will you receive one of your choice of the stunning new Picture My Life scrapbooking programs, but you will become the newest part of my team and member of the Close To My Heart family!!

There are also more ways to earn free products when you sign up!  With our Straight to the Top Program, you can earn up to $100 in free product, PLUS if you join my team and meet both levels of Straight to the Top, I will also give you a choice of one of the Close To My Heart Cricut Collections!!!

That's right!!!  If you decide to join my team and by purchasing either $49 Essentials or the $99 Master Consultant Kit, and  meet both levels of the Straight to the Top program, then I will give you either the Artbooking, Art Philosophy, or Artiste Cricut Collections!!!

If you have any questions about becoming a CTMH Consultant, feel free to contact me or read more on my New Consultant Kit page that has detailed listings of what is included in each kit and commonly asked FAQs.

Are you ready to sign up now?  Feel free!  Click here for the online application!


Holidays from the Heart Campaign

Choose a festive, new product free this holiday season with your qualifying order! When you place an order of $100 or more (retail price) between October 15 and December 31 from the Holidays from the Heart Gift Guide and/or the Autumn/Winter 2013 Idea Book, you qualify for one free “star” item from the Holidays from the Heart Gift Guide. You’ll love the sparkle, the ease, and the savings! Receive one free "star" item for each $100 in your order.  Click here to see the Holidays from the Heart gift guide.


November Stamp of the Month

Illuminate - November Stamp of the Month 
With a minimum qualifying purchase, get your D-size Stamp of the Month set for a discounted price! Add the stamp set to your cart on this page at full retail price or, with your qualifying order, add it at checkout for the promotional price.

Set of 15
Recommended My Acrylix® Blocks:

1" × 1" (Y1000), 1" × 3½" (Y1002), 2" × 2" (Y1003), 2" × 3½" (Y1009), 2" × 6½" (Y1010)

If you are interested in this stamp set, you can click here and purchase it for the full retail price of $17.95 or add it to your qualifying order of $50 or more and get it for only $5!!

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Oh Snap! Single Page Layout Featuring the Cricut Artbooking Cartridge!

The Laughing Lola Paper Pack definitely is very versatile   I used it in the adorable single page layout as well as a Halloween layout that I will be sharing very soon.  

This layout was created with cuts made from the Close To My Heart's newest cartridge, Artbooking Collection Cricut Cartridge.  All pieces were all cut at the same 11" size so that they were all proportional to the 12" x 12" page.  How many times have we all tried to figure out what size to cut an item and end up cutting it numerous times before getting it the way you want it?  This takes all the guess work out of it for you!  The photo mat is perfect for a 6" x 4" photo and the spots in the film strip can be filled 2" x 2" photos.  I added a little sparkle by using Silver Shimmer Trim behind the open camera spots.  I cut the "Oh Snap" twice, once in Black Cardstock and once in Lagoon Cardstock, then I simply cut the outer border off the Lagoon one and popped it up with a little bit of foam tape.  The other straight edge pieces for the left hand side of the page were cut at 2" and then I used the zip strip off of the Laughing Lola paper.  

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great day!!!


Saturday, October 26, 2013

Follow Your Dreams Tommy Page Layout Kit

I am so excited to share with you a new page layout that I created recently called, "Follow Your Dreams."  I am also excited to share with you that this is my first kit available for purchase.  Everything within the kit is pre-cut and pre-stamped for you!  

This layout was created with Close To My Heart's "Tommy" paper pack.  I love the brightness of this layout and with the three 4x6 photo spots allow for you to easily add flip-flaps for additional photos!

I popped up the words and banner for added dimension.

 Behind the lead photo spot, I have added a tab for hidden journaling.  Isn't it cute?

This is the first layout that I created that I am offering for sale.  You have the option of purchasing from me locally or have it shipped to you.  

Each Kit Includes:
  • Pre-Cut Cardstock Papers
  • Pre-Cut Patterned Papers
  • Pre-Cut Cricut Images
  • Pre-Stamped Images
  • Square Bronze Durable Studs
  • Twine
  • Navy Chevron Ribbon
  • Information Sheet with Color Photo and Tool List
Additional Supplies Needed:
  • Adhesive
  • Glue Dots
  • Foam Tape

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me via email at

Follow Your Dreams Layout

Thanks for looking!

Saturday, July 6, 2013

July 2013 Stamp of the Month

Check out this beautiful new stamp set from Close To My Heart called the Sweet Life.  I wish I could take some time to work with it but I am steadily working on my craft space.  Another post for another day (lol! - it is really bad).  This stamp set is available during the month of July for just $5 when you spend $50.  It retails for $17.95!  Recommended block sizes for this stamp set are 1" x 3 1/2", 3" x 3", and 2" x 6 1/2".

Each month you can enjoy a new D-size stamp set, available for one month only, for just $5—that’s over 70% off retail! When you place an order of $50 or more in Close To My Heart products, you qualify for this special Stamp of the Month pricing.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Brand New Cricut Artbooking Cartridge!

I am so excited about this new cartridge by Close To My Heart!!!  It is absolutely the best cartridge yet!

It is capable of producing so many amazing products for you!  It has 15 layout themes, accents, borders, titles, overlays, photo mats!  You'll love being able to create 10 themed mini books, also optimized for several different sizes using just two keys and one dial size.  Celebrate birthdays, new baby, vacations, friends, sports, Halloween, Christmas, and more.  When you're finished cutting, use the coordinating stamp sets and Dimensional Elements shapes to add even more pizzazz!!

Cricut Artbooking Collection
1 - Cartridge (700 Images; Font, Mini Books, Layouts)
3 - My Acrylix D-Size Stamp Sets
3 - 12"  9" Dimensional Elements in coordinating shapes

ALL FOR $99!!  (Retail Value of nearly $125!)

If you are interested in purchasing this cartridge simply select the "Cricut Artbooking Cartridge" in the drop-down menu and click on the "Buy Now" button below.  If you would like to add the August Stamp of the Month "A Chocolate Affair" to your order for just $5 more.

If you order from me during the Pre-Order Period (July 1-July 31) I will offer you FREE SHIPPING!  I'm basing the tax off my rate of 6% for the PayPal drop box - shipping will be FREE! 

Pre-orders will be taken through the end of July and placed on August 1st.  They'll be shipped directly to your doorstep from our corporate warehouse and you won't have to worry about a thing!

In addition, I'll send you a copy of the brand new Idea Book EARLY after you place your pre-order.  When you find more must-haves, you can add to your order by contacting me before August 1st and if your order totals $150 or more, you'll receive Hostess Rewards to boot!  Everything will ship together on August 1st!   Check the e-mail address you give at check out to make sure I can contact you there to confirm your order and send you shipping information!