Sunday, July 28, 2013

And now for something totally silly....

This weekend I gave my toes a little love using some scrapping supplies.  The rubons were a CTMH special from a long time ago.  Anything tiny will work great for big toes.  I love using our self-adhesive sparkles on toes too!  After you've applied just put a good top coat over it and it will last for several weeks.  I do martial arts several times a week and I have yet to lose a sparkle.  So if you are cheap, err, I mean FRUGAL like me then dig through your scrapping supplies and give your toes some summer love!
If I ignore my funny sandal tan lines and my puffy pinkie toe that has been broken way too many times all I can see is shiny pretty!

Friday, July 26, 2013

Almost here!

Hello my crafty friends!

August 1st is just around the corner and all the wonderful new products from Close to my Heart in the Fall/Winter Idea Book will be released!  I've been busy creating in my craft room but alas, there is no way I could afford ALL the wonderful products all at once - so what is a girl to do?  Join a BLOG HOP of course!

On August 1st I'll be joining in with a big group of Close to my Heart consultants to share artwork featuring the new products!  With so many consultants joining in there will definitely be a smattering of almost all the new products and I'm sure a heavy dose of the new Artbooking cartridge that we are all in love with!

I can't wait to share with you all throughout the month of August as I have several groups I'm joining up with to showcase all the goodies!  To make sure you don't miss any of the fun, you can Like me on Facebook by clicking HERE (and then hover over the like adjust your settings to get my notifications) or you can follow this blog by e-mail (in the upper right corner of my blog page) and have my posts delivered straight to your inbox!

If you are local to me and want to see everything up close and personal, mark your calendars for Friday, 9th of August at 7PM for my Open House!  More details will be coming soon but you won't want to miss my twice a year celebration of YOU as my wonderful supportive customers and the AWESOME new CTMH goodies!

Stay crafty my friends,


Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Video showing the new Laughing Lola Card Kit - more value and so much fun!

I put together a quick video showing you the new and TOTALLY AWESOME Laughing Lola Card Kit that goes on sale on August 1st!  Check it out and see why these kits are an even BETTER value now with lower price point and MORE in the kit!

***If you are receiving this via e-mail, you'll need to click out to my blog to see the video!***

You'll be able to purchase the Laughing Lola Card kit for just $24.95 on my shopping site at on August 1st when the new Fall/Winter 2013 Idea Book goes live!

If you have any questions on this or other Close to my Heart products feel free to send me a note.  You can reach me at:

So excited about the new products and can't wait to share more with you!


Monday, July 22, 2013

Video Tutorial - Pop-Up Card using Acetate to Create Floating Images

This week's challenge at Heart2Heart Challenges is "Water, water everywhere!".  I had to chuckle when I saw a preview of the projects as many of us chose Surf's Up paper because its PERFECT for this challenge!  I used our new Artbooking cartridge to create my fish card but I also created a Video Tutorial using Artiste cuts so YOU can create a card using this technique today!  The video is at the bottom of the post so be sure to scroll down!

Above you can see how I took elements from the pre-designed scrapbook layout in Artbooking and used them for a card simply by re-sizing using the "read dial size" key.  The frame is actually a 4x6" photo mat that I resized to 4" actual size.
On the inside of the card I sandwiched strips of clear plastic between the front half of the card and the back half to create this fun wiggly pop up.  When you move the card, the fish look like they are swimming - the googly eyes just make them all the sillier!  I also dabbed on some silver glitz to the wave cut outs to give them some sparkle and shine.
The fish are SO FUN to play with!

Now here is the Artiste sample my video below will show you how to create!
Here is the VIDEO TUTORIAL on how to create a pop up card using acetate strips to create floating images.
  ***IF YOU ARE GETTING THIS VIA E-MAIL you need to click out to my blog to see the video!***

Measurements to copy exactly:
Card front and card back cut at 5.5"x4.75" and score .5" along the long edge to create the gutter
Acetate is cut at .5" wide (2) at 1.75", (1) at 2", (2) at 2.5" and (1) at 3"

I hope you enjoyed this technique and my video!  If so, pop out to my You Tube or my Facebook page and give me a like or a comment to let me know what else you'd like to see me do for a video!

You can purchase Artbooking through me as a pre-order now (ships on August 1) but Artiste can be ordered today by clicking HERE to visit my online ordering site!

Stay crafty my friends,


Monday, July 15, 2013

Video Tutorial - CTMH Page Protectors in your Creative Memories Albums + Work the Workshop!

Close to my Heart recently took over the Creative Memories business relationships with its consultants in Australia and New Zealand.  Once again CTMH showed what a great company it is by covering a lot of the contractual items that were affecting both consultants and customers with the unfortunate bankruptcy of Creative Memories in those territories. We are thrilled to welcome our creative sisters down under!  One of my Aussie CTMH sisters put together a terrific video tutorial showing how to convert CTMH page protectors to work in the Creative Memories albums.  As I have a recent new customer who is a former Creative Memories client, I'm posting this here for her and others who are looking for new solutions to their older albums.

**If you are getting this delivered via e-mail, you'll need to click out to my blog in order to see this informative video!

Keep in mind, the AU pricing is slightly different so when she talks about the dollar cost of the page protectors, in the US we pay $22.95 for a set of 50 bulk page protectors. 

Ready to purchase some for your albums?  Contact me at or CLICK HERE to shop directly on my website!  Don't forget our Work the Workshop special is going on until July 31st and you can get our fabulous Canvas Home Decor kit for just $19.95!

I've been busy working on my new Facebook business page - learning a lot of things about doing business out there and posting some fun things as well!  Want to win a $35 gift card to Target?  Visit my business page by clicking here for my post about the next Big Picture Class Pajama Party and find out how!

While you are out there give my page a Like, 'cause its always nice to be liked!  I'll be using my business page for lots of new activities like giveaways and specials so if you like to be in-the-know then be sure to hover over the "Like" button until your settings pop up.  Once they do, click settings and the click "all notifications".  That way you won't miss any of the fun artwork or surprises I post out there!

Stay crafty my friends,


Saturday, July 13, 2013

Studio J Big News - Use it for custom photo processing at a GREAT price!

Big, big news on the Studio J front!  They just updated the software which allows you to do a couple of very important things - you can now add and delete photo wells on their pre-designed layouts AND you can use the blank page layout to create custom sized photo sheets, journaling blocks and even add journaling and digital designs right to your photos!  You HAVE to watch this video (if you get this via e-mail click out to my blog so you can see it) to check out the new ways to use Studio J!

Below is some pricing information on Studio J.  You can get a two page layout for $6.95 which is just $3.50 for a 12x12 sheet of our incredibly high quality processed (not printed) silver-halide developed pages.  You can do panorama shots, tiny 2x2 shots, 6x6", 8x10" prints and so much more.  Silver-halide process is considered the highest standard in photo developing industry with "100-year+ quality".  It has been tested and used by the top photo labs in the world so your pictures will be BEAUTIFUL!  I've had several sets of layouts printed through Studio J and they are always amazing to look at!

Per two-page, custom-printed layout (including JPG files)  $6.95$6.95
Per two-page JPG file only   $2.95$2.95
Shipping per box of up to 50 layouts  $5.95 US$5.95 US / $13.95 CAN
Minimum layouts per order  44

Crab Birthday Card with Create a Critter Cartridge

Last week was my son's 15th birthday so I helped my daughter make this card for her brother.  We both love this adorable crab, especially after we sent him through the cuttlebug for some texture!   All papers are CTMH but the cartridge is Create a Critter.

Its been a little quiet on my blog lately mostly because I've been immersed in my new Artbooking Cartridge!  I've been having a blast creating mini albums (4 out of 10 so far) and playing with the double layouts.  I've dubbed Artbooking the "Ultimate Stash Busting Tool".  This thing makes putting mini albums together so easy that literally the most difficult decision is which papers to cut.  I just received the rest of my new goodies from Close to my Heart to start creating for my Open House so I'm trying to squeeze all the crafting time I can in between spending time with my family this summer.  I'll be posting more about the August Open House soon - I know many of you are excited to see all the new products in action so I'll announce plans soon!

Stay crafty my friends!


Monday, July 8, 2013

Rediscover Happy Quilted Card with Tutorial for Heart2Heart Challenges

I was so excited to be asked to stay on board the Design Team at Heart2Heart Challenges for another term!  I love our creative challenges and the fact that I can showcase Close to my Heart products each week not to mention the fact that I get to play with awesomely talented ladies who share my love of CTMH!

This week our challenge is a Mix and Match challenge - use either 3 different stamp sets OR 3 different paper packs.  I decided to use almost all the current paper packs (I accidentally forgot Surf's Up - eek!) and make a fun set of quilted cards to showcase the FREE Downloadable labels CTMH has given us as part of our new "Rediscover Happy" campaign!  I'll link up to that download at the end of this post so be sure to scroll all the way to the end!

I had so much fun with this technique I wound up making 11 cards!  

Here is a quick tutorial on how to make these cards:
1.  Cut 1" wide strips of your patterned paper scraps (mine are 1x3")
2.  Adhere strips side by side in a pleasing pattern on some lightweight copy paper.
3.  Cut 1" rows off the top of your strip so you have a series of 1" blocks.
4.  Adhere the blocks to a plain card base to the size you want (here I did 3 rows).
5.  Emboss the entire piece with an embossing folder of your choice.
6.  Add a "Rediscover Happy" sentiment tag (CLICK HERE for your FREE copy)

This technique is a fabulous way to use up scraps of papers and I love the crazy quilt look of the finished card.  Now grab your CTMH stamps and papers and have some fun with our Mix and Match Challenge! See you at Heart2Heart Challenges later this week!

Stay crafty my friends,


Thursday, July 4, 2013

July Newsletter and Canvas Home Decor 50% OFF SPECIAL!

 Paige Dolecki
Close To My Heart Independent Consultant
(425) 260-6965
Where you can find me:

Work the Workshop
50% off Workshops on the Go® canvas art kit!
Relief for Oklahoma stamp set
Get the gorgeous Workshops on the Go® canvas art
 kit for half price in July — no qualifying purchase
 required! From July 1 to July 31 you can get this trendy
 kit to create your own canvas art to hang in your home, 
regularly priced at $39.95, now discounted to $19.95 —
more than 50% off! Take papercrafting to the next level 
with this adorable home d├ęcor piece that you can display
 for all to see.

Get the Workshops on the Go canvas art kit »
Stamp of the Month: Sweet Life
Celebrating the sweet things in life
July Stamp of the Month: A Flowering Bunch
What makes your life sweet? Celebrate the sweet things
in life with the delectable images and fruity sentiments of the
Sweet Life stamp set. Perfect for your summer memories, the
Sweet Life stamp set is ideal for cardmaking, gift-giving, and
scrapbooking your sweetest summer moments.

Get the Sweet Life stamp set for only $5 when you place a
qualifying order of $50 or more — that’s 72% off the retail 
price! Take advantage of this offer while it is available during
July only.

See the July 2013 Stamp of the Month »
Let’s Get Patriotic—Stamp Style!
A portion of every sale of our new patriotic stamp sets
will be donated to support the military
Patriotic Stamp Sets
Hurry up and get your limited-time patriotic stamp sets 
before July 31! During this patriotic time of year, there is no
better time to get a unique stamp set and benefit the military.

The My Acrylix® Strong and Free (D1575), Home of the
Brave (D1576), and Courage (B1437) stamp sets were designed
specifically for this campaign and are only available from June 1 to
 July 31. Five dollars from every patriotic D-size stamp set and $3
from every patriotic B-size stamp set sold will benefit a
military-support charitable organization.

Donations in the US will be made to the USO, the leading, most
recognized military-support and services organization in the country.
 Donations in Canada will be made to the Canadian Hero Fund,
which supports spouses and children of fallen Canadian military
troops by helping provide post-secondary education funds.

Show your support with your own patriotic stamp set today.

See the exclusive patriotic stamp sets »
Where you can find me:
Close To My Heart
1199 West 700 South, Pleasant Grove, UT 84062
919 Centre St. NW, Suite 331, Calgary, AB T2E 2P6
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