Seaside Layout

Love these fun photos from our trip to Jamaica in 2012
This was one of the best and probably only trip - so far in our lives
that we took just for ourselves. Just for our own enjoyment, we did go with a group of friends.
We had a great time!

I created this fun Layout using Studio J
Close to My Heart Seaside Paper collection

Thanks for stopping by today! Have you ever created a layout in Studio J?
You can check out the Studio J program and design layouts for FREE!
Try to out HERE


Hello, hello it's that time for yet another CTMH featured post.  It does not matter what day of the week it may be, a birth day card is always in order.  One of my most favorite things to do is to mix and match paper along with using the fun sentiments that can be found in the CTMH stamp sets
The sentiment is from Cricut Artiste Birthday Collection.  It's very bold and can imagine it being stamped in a variety of colors and it look amazing on projects.  The pattern paper comes from the Heartstrings (X7193B)
To add the texture I used and embossing folder from Darice
The bow will always be my favorite, it was cut at 3x4 from the Artiste Cartridge on page 55 and I just wrapped a strip of paper around the card to extend the tail.

I hope that you have been inspired and will create, create, create!!!

Deirdre Smith,  

Become a Consultant in March - SPECIAL

This special might sound too good to be true...but it's not.  It's "too good", but it's also TRUE!

I'm announcing the Close To My Heart March special early, because this one is too good not to tell you about NOW so that you can start preparing!  You'll need $99 to start with and you can get over $810 in products and money back with this deal! (including a refund of your $99 initial cost!)  Hold on to your scissors!  Keep reading for details....

Thinking about joining Close To My Heart?  March is the month to do it!  Wait until March 1 and then click HERE to take advantage of the deal below.

1. During the month of March, new Consultants who enroll will receive a FREE shoulder tote ($26.95 value) in their New Consultant Kit.  The kit is only $99 and includes about $370 in products and supplies.  When you add the shoulder tote, you are getting over $396 in products and supplies for your $99!

Description of shoulder tote: Shoulder bag with snap closure.  Comfortably fits our 12" x 12" paper organizers.  Perfect for carrying projects in progress, idea books, papers, small tools, and embellishments.
2. Additionally, new consultants who remit $300 worth of commissionable sales in their first 40 days after their New Consultant Kit ships will receive the rolling tote ($149.95 value) for FREE!  Your minimum commission would be $66 on your sales or purchases as well!  When you add all of that together, that gives you over $612 in products, supplies and commissions for your $99 kit cost.

Description of rolling tote: Durable rolling bag designed to hold organizers in various sizes.  Top zips all the way down for easy loading.  Front pocket sized to fit 12" x 12" paper, plus two additional side pockets to store more!  Finished size 25 1/2" x 16" x 17 1/2".  Some assembly required.  As you can see in the photo above, they perfectly fit the Close To My Heart small, medium and large organizers.
3. As if that weren't enough, if you remit $1200 worth of commissionable sales in your first 90 days, CTMH will also refund your $99 kit cost!  Add to that the minimum of $264 you will earn in commissions on that and you are getting over $810 in products, supplies and commissions for FREE!

Here is a chart that Karen Pedersen created to help you understand a bit better:

These organization pieces are designed to help you get your business rolling, but they and this special are only available while supplies last, so HURRY on over and join on March 1 HERE!!!

Here are pictures of the two consultant kits available:


The Scrapbooker’s Consultant Kit includes a huge supply of Close To My Heart products, perfect for creating beautiful scrapbook layouts and pages, all for only $99 USD / $109 CAD! With a retail value over $370 USD / $400 CAD, this kit is a fantastic deal! Join us and discover all the wonderful rewards of being a Close To My Heart Independent Consultant.


The Cardmaker’s Consultant Kit contains a wide selection of Close To My Heart products, ideal for creating stunning cards, all for only $99 USD / $109 CAD! With a retail value over $370 USD / $400 CAD, this kit is a fantastic deal! Join us and discover all the wonderful rewards of being a Close To My Heart Independent Consultant.
HURRY on over and join on March 1 HERE!!!

Simply Wonderful

Hello Crafters & Bloggers as well as Visitors! Whew! It is FRIDAY!
I actually have a POST for once! My life is beginning to resemble a little bit of normal.

My Craft Room is still a wreck - Bummer
I have had the realization that in just 3 months my first child will be Graduating High School, I am looking forward to this and dreading it as well. Where has the time gone?

I spent the previous 2 days decluttering my kitchen as I received some fun NEW gadgets,
darn that HSN!

Back to the Crafts!

Created this card for the special man in my life, we recently (Feb 22nd) celebrated 18 years of marriage! Though we were not together on this day we still Face timed each other.

I have so much NEW Close to My Heart items, things I just have NOT had time to play with, that I was really excited and a bit overwhelmed when I finally gave in to the urge to enter my craft room and create.

This card was really fun to create and is my take on a MASCULINE card

I used the *Operation Smile Stamp Set: You're the Bomb, this is such a fun stamp set.
Read about Operation Smile Below *
I also used paper from the Seaside Collection - it is one sheet and I am showing the pattern on both sides. I also used the Close to My Heart Chevron Border Punch, CTMH Liquid Glass, Gold Sequins, Inks: Chocolate, Slate, and Glacier.
Standard A2 sized Card
Inked the Edges with Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Ink

All items can be purchased online at or you Email Me Here

*You can change the life of a child with just one stamp set.  

When you purchase the C-size You're the Bomb stamp set at full retail price, $13.95, anytime between now through March 2015, Close To My Heart will donate $3 of the proceeds to Operation Smile.  
Operation Smile was founded in 1982 and has performed over 220,000 surgical procedures to correct facial deformities in children. It only takes an hour for volunteer medical teams to perform these life altering surgeries that will give children confidence for a lifetime.
*Donation is $3USD. Stamps purchased in US states AL and MA excluded from donations due to legal requirements.

This is all the rage on Facebook right now, so I thought for Valentines Day I would give it a go.
Purchased the Bear from Walmart for $2.88
Red Vinyl is Siser Easy Weed HTV Vinyl
Font: Fiolex Girls
Cut with my Cricut Explore.. I personally do not have a heat press so this was done with an iron,
I think the bear was a bit too hairy to get the look I was ACTUALLY going for.

What has been something new that you have tried lately?

Have a GREAT Weekend Everyone!