Sunday, January 29, 2017

I think I May Be In A Sugar Coma

One of the perks of being a Close to My Heart consultant is participating in awesome card swaps!  I have been receiving some amazing cards and making some more of my own with the Sugar Rush papers.  Credits to the creator are under each card.  Enjoy some calorie free eye candy....

Created by Lori Bryson

Created by me

Created by Diana Veenendaal

Created by Diana Veenendaal

Created by Sheri Rottler

Created by Sheri Rottler

Created by Sheri Rottler
Created by Carol Loftus

Created by Julia Hammond

You can purchase these fun papers, stamp sets, and thin cuts on my website 

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

It's a wonder why I haven't done this before now!

How embarrassing is this photo!  This is my desk.  Yes, this is what I would work on everyday.  Now that the holidays are over, I had a minute to breathe and I knew it was time to tackle this mess.

Close to My Heart has this amazing desk organizing system called Workspace Wonder which I have talked about before, but I personally didn't own until now.   Why you might ask?  To be perfectly honest I didn't know what pieces I really wanted and didn't want to spend the money on something I wouldn't use.  That is why I am doing this post, to help you see what each piece can do to help you in the organizing process.

Close to My Heart is now offering their Workspace Wonder system in a hostess bundle!  Yes!  You can get all of these pieces for half off when you reach the 3rd level of hostess rewards!  All of this retails for $117.50, but you can get them all for only $58.75!

You can purchase these individually, which is totally fine too, but who doesn't love a deal?!?  I can help you decide what you need and get the best deal now that I understand what this system can do!

While I was cleaning off the disaster I called my desk my little guy found another use for the Workspace Wonder pieces..... a car garage.

He gave them back to me (let's be real, I stole them back from him while he was at school) and this is what my desk looks like now!

The picture above shows all the pieces I have, The picture below is just what is included in the hostess bundle.  Look how much you can store in just a few pieces!

I added 2 extra paper trays to the hostess bundle and I want more!

These pieces can be rearranged in a lot of different ways for what you need.  They interlock with each other securing them.  
  • The small tray at the top, I have put my mini pigment ink pads, versa ink, and memento ink.
  • The stamp pad stack fits the old and new style of ink pads.  Each stack holds 5 pads.  I have 4 pictured.
  • The tool cubby  holds my bone folder, stapler, scissors, glue pen, ruler, etc.  It has 2 compartments so it can hold a number of different tools you need.
  • The marker stack  holds up to 25 Shin Han markers.  
  • The large tray  also has 2 compartments and fits right on top of the paper tray creating a base for the stamp pad stack, marker stack, and tool cubby.  It also holds my adhesive, 3D foam, and washi tape.  The things you use often and want easy access to.
  • The paper tray holds 12x12 paper.  I am also using it to hold my idea books, cardstock sampler, and paper trimmer.  
All of these pieces can be purchased on my website under the organization tab.  If you would like to earn these for 1/2 off let me know, I would be happy to help!

This is how I am using the pieces of the Workspace Wonder.  There are countless combinations and uses.  It's all up to you and what you need.  Here is a video from Close to My Heart's home office explaining a little bit more.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Free Project Ideas

How about a freebie to start this Monday morning? Did you know that you can download project cutting guides for FREE on my website?

 It's true! 

On my website you can find them under SHOP and then KITS. 

Every Workshop Your Way kit has a free pdf file you can download which includes a cutting guide and instructions for either layouts, cards or both! 

 Grab some free cutting guides and start crafting! Click HERE to take you directly to the Sugar Rush cutting guide.... Happy Crafting!

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Seasonal Expressions 1 Blog Hop

Welcome to our Close to My Heart Seasonal Expressions-1 Blog Hop! We will be showcasing items from our new Seasonal Expressions idea book.

This is the project I have been working on for our blog hop, a Sugar Rush gift box:

If you are visiting from Carol's Blog then you are on the right track. Next check out Erica's blog or read on for more details on my Sugar Rush projects.

I have loved creating with the latest Close to My Heart paper collection, Sugar Rush.

My project inspiration came from our family vacation we took to Washington this summer. Good things do come in a pink box!

My pink is Close to My Heart's Blossom. I also used the light pink pattern from the Sugar Rush paper packet. I added a few more layers of patterns and a gold and white ribbon to tie it all together. The pattern for this mini box can be found at the end of this post.

The banner comes from the Sugar Rush Cardmaking stamp set and coordinating thin cuts stamped in Pomegranate Ink. You can purchase the stamp set alone or grab the stamp set and thin cuts in a bundle! What a great deal!

For the inside I used more pattern paper and some of the coordinating washi tape. On the inside lid of the box I simply attached all the sides of the cardstock except for the top to create a pocket for a gift card or cash.

To anchor the bottom I used an old ribbon spool I had laying around. This added height and weight. The donuts were cut using thin cuts from pattern papers and cardstock and popped up with 3D foam. I used liquid glass on the frosting to add a shine like real donuts.

I was really happy how this project turned out. It was fast, easy, and fun!

All of these items can be purchase on my website

Here are a few more projects using Sugar Rush:

Mini Box Pattern:

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Monday, January 2, 2017

Customer Appreciation Workshop

January is my anniversary month with Close to My Heart and what better way to celebrate then to spend time with you my crafting friends! To show you my thanks and appreciation for sharing this adventure with me I am offering a FREE workshop! Join me on the 13th to create 3 cards using the brand new paper collection, Sugar Rush.
Not only will you be able to make these cards for FREE everyone who comes will get a FREE copy of the NEW Seasonal Expressions Idea Book! I will also have a special promotion just for those that attend!
Not able to make it? That’s okay! You can pick up your free workshop on or after the 13th. Long distance ladies, I haven’t forgotten about you! If you would like this free workshop all you need to do is pay $3 in postage and I will mail you the cards stamped/ready to assemble AND a copy of the new idea book!
Customer Appreciation Workshop
Date: Friday January 13th
Time: 3:00 PM OR 7:00 PM 
Place: My home in North Salt Lake

You MUST RSVP by Friday January 6th by emailing, calling, or texting me so I can get the project kits ready.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

National Paper Crafting Month - Welcome Home

Every January, we celebrate National Papercrafting Month as a way of acknowledging the pure joy of playing with paper! We scrapbook with it, we make cards with it, we decorate with it—in short, we craft with it! This January, we’ll be celebrating the joys of paper-crafted home décor with the beautiful Welcome Home wreath kit. This kit comes with pre-cut pieces you can simply pop out and attach to the sturdy chipboard wreath base, making a welcoming décor piece for your home. Here are all the ways you can get the wreath kit!
Purchase the Welcome Home wreath kit outright for $18.95 with no qualifying purchase, OR earn it FREE with a qualifying $60 purchase.
Hostesses can earn a FREE Welcome Home wreath kit when you host a Gathering that reaches the second level of Hostess Rewards.
New Consultants: Receive a FREE Welcome Home wreath kit in your New Consultant Kit when you sign up to become a new Consultant in January.
You can go HERE  for more details and to place an order for your Welcome Home wreath kit