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Wednesday, December 9, 2009


This is my first challenge ever. I have been watching all the fun for awhile and decided that this was a perfect chance to enter. I love this sketch. I used CTMH stamp set New Fallen Snow and CTMH Aspen paper. I added a little bling and did a little pop-dot magic and this is what I came up with. I never feel like my artwork can compare to a lot of the other stampers out there in blog land but I love to try and sometimes I feel pretty good about my attempts.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

October and November Club Layouts

Well, November is our final club month for 2009. December is just too busy to try to fit club in. We will all meet on our regular nights in January and there will be a new idea book!! Close To My Heart knows how to start the New Year off right!! I will be scheduling an "Embellishments Workshop" in January so be watching your email or checking back on this blog for the details. In the meantime, have a wonderful, blessed and safe Holiday season.

Here, finally, are Octobers club layouts. This was a simple layout with no new techniques but it would be perfect for some vintage photos or any photos using sepia tone. I am waiting to put pictures on mine until I get some printed in the sepia tone.

Remember, you can click on any photo to enlarge it.

Here is the club layout for this month. We are using "Stickles" to add that bling on the ornaments. All of the ornaments are pop-dotted off the page. The sentiment and snowflake on the tag are pop-dotted off as well. I love, love, love that "Christmas Trinkets" stamp set!!

Friday, September 18, 2009

Last 2 Christmas Cards

Happy Friday!! Scrapbooking Club tonight! FUN.....I truly enjoy getting together with woman that enjoy preserving memories for their loved ones. We all have a common bond that ties us together..... We love our families, we love our lives enough to use our God-given creativeness to scrapbook the precious moments we have. It is really a blessing to me to have met and gotten to know so many wonderful people since starting my Close To My Heart business. I am so lucky!!

Here is a little "thank-you" gift that I am giving all of my club members tonight. It is the last night of their club together. Most of them are starting over next month along with a few new members but I wanted them to know how much I appreciate them so this is just a little something to let them know. These are the final 2 cards that we will be making for the Christmas Card Workshop. The first workshop is FULL but never fear..........there is another one with plenty of openings available on October 27th. Call or email today to sign up!!Remember if you click on any of the pictures in my blog, you can see them larger.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

September Club Layout

This month in Hostess club we are using the new Twitterpated paper pack and the Many Thanks stamp set. This is my favorite new paper. We are learning a cool technique called emerging colors. You can see a close-up of it on the second picture below. We are also using the Rock-n-Roll stamping technique and the blending pen to color the veins on our leaves.

I used pictures that show a few different events that are traditional for the Fall season for our family. One thing I love about this paper is that although I am using it for "Fall-ish" pics, you can use it for anything at all. It is so versatile. The color combo in this paper is just plain fabulous.

Next month, we will be using the "Grace" papers also featured in the Fall/Winter Idea Book. I hope to have those pages posted early next week. Stay tuned..........

Happy Scrappin',


Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Christmas Card Workshop

It has been way to long since I posted anything on my blog!! The summer flew by and it was fun but busy. The kids are already back in school and the leaves are just beginning to turn colors. I absolutely love Fall. It is my favorite time of year and a BIG part of that is the upcoming HOLIDAYS. I love Thanksgiving and Christmas.

I am excited to announce my 2009 Christmas Card Workshop. We will be making 12 cards. There are 6 different designs and you will make 2 of each design. I have pictures of 4 of the cards and I am still working on the other 2. We will be embossing, using glitter, some new patterns and lots of "bling" on our cards this year. I am using the color scheme and paper from the new "JINGLE" paper pack shown in the Fall/Winter Idea Book which just came out on September 1st.

Here are the details:
Date: Tuesday October 20th
Time: 6:30pm - 9pm
Cost: $15.00
There is room for 8 people and I will need your payment to reserve your spot. You can mail or deliver a check/cash or call me with your debit/credit number and I will reserve your spot. If you are mailing a check, you can call or email to let me know it is on the way and I will hold your spot for 3 days.(That is usually the longest it takes to get a check in the mail.)

Please feel free to email or call me with any questions you have. We always have loads of fun and everyone goes home with completed projects.

My email is: shock@fidnet.com
Phone: 314-795-2962
If this workshop fills up, I will add another date. So, if you can't make it on the 2oth but would like to come, let me know.

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I am planning another workshop in November which will include making a small mini-album and one or two other gift items. These could really help your gift-giving budget out this year so keep checking back.
If you want to know more about Close To My Heart, scrapbooking or stamping, please feel free to call or email. Thank-you all for visiting my blog and I will try to keep it more updated with artwork and musings.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

July Workshop and Other Stuff

Summer is in full swing now! I am enjoying open windows and my garden. Conner is in summer school band and so we are still getting up early (I am not a morning person), but it is helping me stay on task and get stuff accomplished. I had a car accident on Thursday and am without a vehicle for a while but everyone was ok and I am so grateful to our gracious Father for His protection.

I am posting my July workshop today. It is a 6"x6" Display Album. It has 24 complete pages. I used the Emporium Paper Pack and Stickease and also some dimensional chipboard elements along with stamps, flowers, brads and other embellishments.

This album will be a keepsake for you or a cherished gift for someone special. I have posted a few pictures so you can get an idea of what to expect but I won't post all 24 pages as that would take too long!

Thursday, July 30th 6:30 - 9:30pm
My house
Cost: $28.00
8 spots available - must be signed up and paid by July 12th.
Don't wait until the last minute as these workshops have been filling quickly!!
Call: 314-795-2962 or email: shock@fidnet.com
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Here is the June club layout. I used Moon Doggie papers, the Post Card-Travel Series and Extreme Happiness Stamp Sets. We are paper piecing the surf hut. I love this paper and have 4 years worth of beach pictures that need scrapping! As if that's not enough, we are going again in July. I can't wait. I always feel God's presence so strongly at the ocean. It's absolutely amazing!
I forgot to post my picture of artwork using the June stamp of the month, so check back next week and I will add it.
Enjoy the sunshine,

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

June Workshop


WHEN: June 16th

WHERE: Sue's house

TIME: 6:30pm - 9:00pm

COST: $15.00

In this workshop, you will make sets of embellishments that can dress up any scrapbook page or card in a jiffy. Have you ever seen a stunning piece of artwork and thought, "Look at all the detail in those embellishments?" There are papercrafting companies that are making millions of dollars just selling these embellishments. So........I thought, why not take a couple of hours and work on those little detailed add-ons and then when you are ready to create, all you do is reach into your bag of hand-made goodies and pull out the perfect accessory?!

Join me for a couple of hours to load up your "bag of tricks". We will make all of the sets you see above and below plus an extra "surprise" set. These are all done in CTMH colors and coordinate with several different paper packs. You will receive a complete set of Journey Journaling Spots, Fancy Cut Botanicals and your own bottle of Stickles (glitter glue). You will have plenty of all of these items leftover to take home with you and use on your own projects.

I have 8 spaces available. Call or email to sign up by June 1st. (Payment due June 1st also.)

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Sunday, May 10, 2009

May Happenings

May Stamp of the Month: click picture to enlarge

May Hostess Club Project using Bella Paper Pack and Endless Friendship Stamp Set.

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May is almost half over! I am posting my Hostess Club projects along with a sample of artwork done with the May Stamp of the Month. There is information in the previous entries about Close To My Heart's May special which is called Tickled Pink. This special is good until the end of the month or until supplies run out.
Later this week, I will be posting information about my June workshop. Have you ever seen a layout or card in a magazine or book and thought "That is stunning but look at all the detail and time they spent on those embellishments??" Well, here is your chance to make a ton of those "WOW" little add-ons. This is a TAGS AND TRIMS WORKSHOP. You will make a ton of embellishments that can be added to any scrapbook page or card to make them extra special. I will post pictures and all of the details in a few days so keep checking back!!

Also, I am starting a new Hostess Club in June. I have space left for two more people. We meet the second Tuesday evening of each month at my house at 6:30 pm. This is the best way to learn new techniques and create beautiful projects to take home. You will always leave here with a new skill and a new project. Please call or email me for the details. Remember, when you take a little time for yourself to do something creative and fun, you bless your whole family!!

Happy Scrapping,

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

National Scrapbooking Contest

Be sure to click on the National Scrapbooking Contest Logo on the right side of the page. Close To My Heart is sponsoring a contest and ANYONE can win!! Click on the logo and get all the details.

May Crop Event

Hi everyone,
I can't believe today marks the half-way point of April. I don't know about anyone else, but I am so ready for warm weather. I even like the cold weather but there just comes a point where I am DONE! I am ready for picnics, fishing, kite-flying, hiking and evenings with the fire pit and marshmallows. I know the good Lord will bless us with lovely weather soon....patience has never been my strength.

I know that May is traditionally a very busy month for everyone, but I am hoping you will all be ready to treat yourselves to a girls day out by the end of the month. So, I am hosting a Crop Day on May 30th (NOT Memorial Weekend). Here's how it works:

When: May 30
Time: 10am - 8pm
Where: Sue's House
Cost: $10.00

See samples from the new Idea Book. Idea Books will be available for FREE with a purchase or for $2.00 each.

You can use all my stamps, inks, markers, cricut and cuttlebug.

Make -n- Take

Bring an appetizer or dessert to share. I provide a big pot of soup, coffee and tea.

Bring all your stuff and be ready to relax and snip, glue, glitter and laugh the day away!!

Call or email to sign up by May 15th.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Tickled Pink National Scrapbooking Month Celebration

They finally released the picture!! What you can't see is that some of the papers are glittered and they don't tell you what is included so I will. You get:

1-My Acrylix I AM stamp set (D-size)
2-12x12 Floral B&T Duos Paper (1 with glitter)
2-12x12 B&T Stripe Duos Paper (one with glitter)
1-12x12 Blush Textured Cardstock
1-12x12 Crystal Blue Textured Cardstock
5-white Daisy Textured Cardstock (1 sheet with die-cut shapes)
1-Mini-Medley Accents White Daisy Collection
1-Foam Texture Tool

This is available starting April 15 and ending May 31. You can earn this set FREE with a minimum order of $60.00 in stamp sets. OR, you can purchase the set for $34.95 - well below retail. Host a Home Gathering between April 15-May31 with mimimum sales of $400.00 and receive a kit FREE. Sign up as a new Consultant between May 1 - May 31 and receive a kit FREE.

Be sure to call or email if you are interested in booking a gathering to earn this fabulous kit in addition to our our already super Hostess Rewards!!! Or call to place an order and get this great kit!!! I am taking pre-orders that will go in the first week the special is active. You will have your kit in hand as soon as possible.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009


I am so excited!!! I got my first look at the new Idea Book!! It is so inspiring and although I can't show it to anyone until May 1st, I can tell you a little about it. First of all, there is a new paper pack that is themed for camping/outdoors and one themed for beach/surfing. There are 2 paper packs featuring bright summer time colors and 1 pack that is a softer floral look. There are tons of new stamps with something for everyone. I was so hoping for beach paper in this book and my wish came true. Close To My Heart is so much FUN!!

Well, here are a couple of cards using the April Stamp of the Month. It's called "World's Best Dad" and is obviously perfect for manly cards like birthdays and Father's Day. It will also go perfectly with the new paper pack that is themed for camping in the new Idea Book. I am hoping to get the time to make a scrapbook page using this set since we have LOTS of pictures of fishing outings.

This is the April Hostess Clubs project. We will be learning how to make the paper flowers using our Designer Brads as flower centers. Also we will learn a stamping technique called "Rock and Roll" that you can use on almost any stamp.

If anyone is interested in joining a Hostess Club, I have one forming in June. Just email or call me to sign up and to get the details. As always, if you already have a group of friends that love to scrapbook or stamp, you can form your own Hostess Club and I will come to your location or you can all come to mine and earn lots of amazing Rewards each month!! Just ask me how.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

April Workshop and Specials

Hello everyone,
Well I took March off and didn't really get anything extra done. Where does the time go?? I am so excited about April with Close To My Heart. I think you will LOVE,LOVE, LOVE the workshop and there is a great special starting on the 15th. It is a spectacular kit that includes glitter paper, a stamp set, die cuts, mini-medley accents and a foam texture tool - all with a brocure that shows ideas for using this beautiful kit. It's called "Tickled Pink" and you can earn it for FREE with the purchase of $60.00 in stamps or by hosting a Home Gathering with a minimum of $400.00 in sales!! This is one of the BEST specials I have seen since starting with CTMH - I will post pictures as soon as they are available! Call me to schedule a gathering anytime from April 15 - May 31 to earn this great kit.

I will be posting my April Hostess Club project soon and also will post the workshops for May soon so keep checking back.
Happy Spring,


This fishing themed "World's Best Dad" set is just in time for summer fun photos and all of those man-cards you will need for Father's Day and Birthday's. Earn this set at a discount with qualifying purchase.


Join me for a workshop that will show you how to make 18...that's right, 18 cards from one Level 1 paper pack. I add some cardstock and a few embellishments and you get 18 gorgeous cards for the great price of $16.00. That is less than $1 per card. You will also learn how to do this with ANY Level 1 paper pack that we sell. The workshop is on April 18th from 10am - 12:30 pm. You must sign up by April 1st. Call or email me ASAP to reserve your spot!!