Friday 30 December 2011

Are the holidays really over?!

Wow!  In the blink of an eye, their gone!  The holidays that is... Well not quite gone yet as New Year's Eve is tomorrow.  One more blink and that will be gone as well :(
BUT!  With the ending of the holidays, means a New Year is upon us!  Yay!  That is a new start for me every year!  What are your New Year's Resolutions?  Do you make any?
I plan on being more organized to hopefully squeeze a few more hours out of one day!  With Pinterest a fave on my bookmarks bar, I have found a ton of amazing blogs, tutorials, and DIY projects I hope to one day try.  Not to mention all the organizing and homemaking bloggers I've found!  There are some really amazing and talented people out there!  I've added a couple of their blog buttons on my page here, make sure you check them out one day real soon!
So, with my organization goal for 2012, maybe I should start with the blog huh?  Not much to organize though as I don't make it here too often :(

Ok anyway, the new year hasn't started yet so I can still post a few pics of Christmas Cards I made right?
I did a card count in my head and I think I managed to squeeze out 20-something hand made Christmas Cards this season... AMAZING! (for me anyway...)  I'm sure there are thousands of people who've squeezed out hundreds more, but it's my first year so 20-something is Awesome!  LOL :)

Ok, all these cards are 4" x 6".  They are actually quite simple and thanks to my Cricut machine & Art Philosophy Cartridge, they didn't even take long at all!

This first picture is two of the shapes I used from the AP Cart, both are using the same button and both cut at 1 1/2".

Then I took the inside of the white square and stamped a Snowflake on it from my "Holiday Magic" stamp set.  I used the "Twilight" blue ink for this card.  It seemed to match nicely with my "Believe" paperpak that I used for the red/green/blue squares.  

Holiday Magic stamp set.

So there you see the (almost) finished project. I used 3D foam tape to make the squares "pop" from the page.

A bit of red velvet ribbon across the bottom (adhered to the back of inside cover w/liquid glass); and voila!  Card is finished.  Inside, I quoted a bible verse, Luke 2:11; and pasted a family picture on the inside as well.
The "gift" card beside it was actually even easier to make, as all I did was cut random sized squares out of my "Wonderland" paperpak (scraps actually) and adhered a ribbon to it topped with a bow.  Again, bible verse on inside & family pic!

The last card was actually a mess up... :(  But a mess up turned beautiful I think!  I had actually thought I could fit my picture on the back of the tag and done... Wrong!  I cut it too small....:(  Soooo, then came this idea of attaching it to a card base!  Woo hoo!!!  So after deciding how I was going to place this "tag" on my card; I stamped the tree shape stamp from my "Holiday Wishes" stamp set and 3D'd the tree over top!  Tied a little red velvet ribbon on top and stamped Merry Christmas & To You and Yours along the side and bottom of the tree!  ... And breathe.... LOL 

I guess you can't see where I've stamped the sentiments but Merry Christmas is stamped running down the left side of the tree & To You and Yours is stamped on the bottom sort of right corner of the tree.  
Christmas Cards Complete!  Now, my next project is to make a bunch of random Birthday Cards... I'm thinking the "gift" one above will make a nice birthday card as well... Hmmm... multi-purpose card!!  I LOVE IT!! 

Thanks for reading!  Check back soon!  (I promise, I will update more than once a month in 2012!)
God Bless you in your New Year!!!

Saturday 17 December 2011

Big news announcement!

Well I told you all I had a big announcement from CTMH... you ready for it?!?!?
Ok, so awesome deal starting Dec 19! A spring/summer2012 product Sneak Peek!! "Rock the Block" consists of a full "E" size stamp set that coordinates with the 3D Blocks to create your own centerpiece or conversation starter :)
This "Rock the Block" promo is only available with a purchase of $25 or more, for only $15.00!  This "Rock the Block" Promotion represents a retail savings of almost $30.

 Doesn't it look awesome?  As a Consultant with CTMH, you have the awesome opportunity to preview the products before your customers have a chance to get their hands on them; so, I have mine in hand and hopefully soon after the holidays, I'll be able to fancy mine up and show you as well :)

Also remember the Stamp of the Month Stamp Set?  With any purchase of $55 or more, you can add to your order, this limited time only, full size stamp set for only $5.50 plus shipping & tax.  But remember, the Stamp of the Month is only available for one month.  The December one is called "Mad About You" and will be perfect for your Valentine!  My husband and I celebrate our anniversary in February as well, so I will be making something special for him with this stamp set.
"Mad About You" is only available until Dec 31.

Announcement #2 - This is the Kicker and I'm "Embracing" this one with open arms! LOL :)  Starting Jan 1, 2012; all Canadian Prices for CTMH Products will match the U.S. CTMH Product pricing!!  Isn't that fabulous?!  That means you'll be able to purchase much more for your hard-earned money!!  We can all appreciate that, right?!  I know I do ;) 

Merry Christmas to All!
Tina Wolfe

Saturday 10 December 2011

Christmas Cards!!!

Hi all!  Look at me ... 2 blog entries already for December!!  Woot woot!! 
So here are my awesome Christmas Cards that I have been working on for the last few days.
I used the Close to My Heart "Wishes" Card Confidence Program How-to book.  There are 3 card workshops in the book that will walk you through step-by-step in creating your cards.  The instructions even show you whether to use cardstock or B&T Duos paper.  The one I used was the Greeting Card workshop. The paper pack I used for my cards is the Believe package also from Close to My Heart.  
All the products I use are CTHM products; and they are available on my website - (with the exception of Constant Campaign items and Stamp of the Month)

On the first card, the stamped sentiment comes from the Stamp set "Holiday Wishes" which was the November Constant Campaign.  The mistletoe stamp is from the October Stamp of the Month; and the itty-bitty bit of gold glitter is the Glitter gel.

The second card also uses the "Holiday Wishes" stamp set and a few of the brads - Green Assortment.  When you follow the step-by-step instructions and also use the pre-made paper packs, these cards should be completed in just a few hours; with the exception of embellishments of course :)  However, sometimes fewer embellishments and keeping the cards simple results in beautiful cards as well :)

This one is one of my fave's!  Using the  "Holiday Cheer" stamp set for both the sentiment as well as the ornament and adding random dots of Silver Glitter Gel makes this card simple yet beautiful!

Card #4 used the Green Ass't brads and then the December Stamp of the Month for the "Dec" stamp.

For Card #5, I used the November CC Stamp set once again for the sentiment as well as the stars.  Then I traced the stars with my most favorite CTMH product of all.... Liquid Glass.  This gives it a "glassy" look and a "puffy" texture, similar to puff paint perhaps....?

This workshop gave me 16 cards; 2 of each design.  Yes I know, I only posted 5 of them... I had already handed out a handful of cards before I realized I had no pics yet!  The nice thing about these workshops is that you can rotate the cards therefore giving you even more variation so not         each and every family member gets the same card!  
So, there you have it!  We had family pictures taken in the fall, by my light-breaking sister (from the birthday post)... who did a FABULOUS job btw, and I matted the pics and attached them to the inside of the cards.  Voila!  My Christmas cards and family pics are ready to be handed out to each and EVERY one of my God-given family members.  
And just in case I don't get to post again before Christmas, as concerts, programs, and parties are quickly approaching;  I want to wish every one of you, A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS!!  May we all take the time to celebrate the birth of our greatest gift of all; Our Savior, Jesus Christ!

Thank you all for reading my posts!  
Tina Wolfe

PS- Big Announcement coming real soon from CTMH!!!  Stay tuned!!!

Friday 2 December 2011

Oh my GOODNESS!! It's December already?!

I have really not kept up with my blog through all of November?!  I suppose the calendar doesn't lie right?  Well, I have had a REALLY busy, busy November.  I'll try to keep this post as short as November was :)  LOL
So, first of all :)  And totally NOT CTMH related - All three of my beautiful blessings are November babies, so needless to say... I had 3 birthday parties to plan and hold :)  One of the highlights of one of the "sleepover"  parties was these AWESOME goodie bags!

Here is my AWESOME sister who agreed to "help" me with the bags :)  Hi Sarah!  And would you believe these awesome women could not work the double threaded sewing machine BUT we could totally work the 4 threaded serger... LOL ... go figure :)

So we had a pattern but I altered it due to the sewing machine not working.... The other bag would have been way cool too but here's how we made these bags.  
1) We started with a pillow case (purchased a set of two @ the dollar store for a buck!)
2) Then we cut out a "U" shape from the top - as pictured here 

3) Then I, (Ok Sarah actually) serged around the part that is going to be the strap and the bottom of the "U" which is the opening of the bag

Awesome serging job Sarah! LOL :)

Below is the "U" piece that was cut out and I plan on recycling that by sewing around the sides and bottom and attaching a strap to make yet another bag :)  

4) Lastly, we tied a knot in the two straps and Voila!  Bag was complete!  The girls LOVED them!  And I filled (ok not all the way full) of nail polish, homemade lipgloss, playdough and bubbles and of course candy :)

And the bags can also be used as messenger style bags :)

So then... the day of the party I baked and decorated the cake for my dear 8 yr old daughter :)
Decorating was quite simple as you can see, however splitting the reese's pieces into colors was a little time consuming :)  

I must say the cake was AWESOME!  However, I did note that for next time, I will not load the cake with reese's pieces when all the girls are staying for a sleepover :)  LOL ... imagine, five 8yr old girls up till all hours of the night trying to work off a sugar rush... It really doesn't result in a lot of sleep :)
All in all, it was an AWESOME birthday party and the kids had a ton of fun!!

So after all the girls were picked up the next morning, I scrambled to tidy the house and decorate cake #2 for the weekend!
This time is was for the 5 yr old boys... Ya four 5 yr old boys, one a little younger than that and one 6 yr old girl... Oh and my nephew (who did awesome card tricks for entertainment!) and my other AWESOME sister... LOL!  Oh yeah it was interesting to say the least!

That was my awesome cake!  It tasted fabulous!! I started with a chocolate cake, frosted in chocolate of course :)  Then I scooped out a hole and spread some Oreo crumbs in the hole and dumped a little pile beside the hole; then plopped a bobcat on it and called it done!  The kids (especially the birthday boy) LOVED it!  The kept asking if the bobcat really made that hole in the cake...??? I'll never tell... mwahhaa :)

That's my handsome 5yr old birthday boy!  He had to have a mohawk for the day... What do mom's know about making a mohawk??? !!  

And just a few of his little gifts from the party guests :)  And through-out this whole 2hr birthday party... the kids were awesome!  As I mentioned earlier, my nephew entertained with card tricks and his mom entertained .... well... by being herself!  LOL :)  And the only damage we incurred was the fact that entertaining sister kinda sorta broke my kitchen pendant light while unscrewing the broom from the handle for limbo....  Ya... the biggest kid of all... broke my light fixture!!! Ah... wouldn't change the weekend for anything!!!  
Thanks for reading :)  Let me know how/what you do for your kids' birthday parties!  I would love some more ideas for next year!!  

Thursday 27 October 2011

November came early for CTMH customers!!

So... CTMH has yet another AWESOME deal for all our beloved customers!!  It wasn't supposed to go "live" until November 1st but we love you all so much, we decided November could start now!! (Or, you could say the promo started earlier ..if you're not ready for November yet!)
So here's the deal....For every $25 worth purchased in Acrylix Stamp Sets, you get a full D-size stamp set for ONLY $5.00!!!  That's right... $5.00! Amazing... All your Christmas Cards could be handmade by you with love, for ALL your family members!  I am ordering tonight so I can get my hands on this awesome stamp set ASAP!  Oh... I almost forgot!  As a bonus, some of the stamps included in this set are also compatible with the Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge also!
Now, keep in mind, this stamp set is only available until November 30, AND it is not available anywhere else for any other price!!  This is it Ladies!!  One month - Special Edition - Exclusively here with Close to My Heart!!

Monday 24 October 2011

One week left!!

Hope everyone is enjoying the Beautiful Fall Weather as we are!  We had temps of 12degrees today :)  Anyone who knows MB weather will know how great this is for end of Oct!!  LOL 
Now, having said that; there is only 1 week left to get the FAB FREEBIE deal with Close to My Heart!  You can get approx $400 worth of goodies for only $99 plus sh + tax...!!! WOW!! That is an AWESOME deal!!  Even for a hobbyist, where could you get up to 7 stamp sets, 5 ink pads, 2 FULL color-coordinated paperpaks, AND embellishments for only $99 CDN???  Let me answer that for you... NOWHERE but Close to My Heart!
You can check out my website @ and click on Your Opportunites to get all the details!!  I would love to have YOU join me in this awesome, work from home opportunity!  It doesn't get any better than making your own hours, making new friends, all while "SCRAPBOOKING"!!! 
You can always email me @ with any questions you may have!  I'd be happy to discuss the options and opportunities available to you!


Also ending Oct 31, the Stamp of the Month for October.  How much do you spend on Christmas Cards and Gift Tags every year??  Well myself for example,  7 siblings (some married, some single) plus parents and 4 siblings-in-law (all married) plus the parents-in-law X $5 per card = $75!!! WOW!  This year I am making ALL my Christmas cards myself, with the October Stamp of the Month.  With any purchase of $55 (or more)  you too can own this cute lil' stamp set and make your own Christmas cards as well for ONLY $5.50 (plus tax + ship).  

All the cute lil' stockings, the trees, the sleigh, and a few sentiments, 18 stamps in total for $5.50 with $55 order, OR you can purchase this stamp set on it's own for $19.95 (plus tax + ship)  Not bad at all!!
Visit my website @ for more details or to shop online!  And again, you can always email me @ with any questions you may have, and I will absolutely help you out as much as I can!!  Look forward to hearing from you all!!

Happy October All!!!

Thursday 6 October 2011

My very first EVER 3D Cardstock Cake!

Hello there,
Thanks for stopping by "One woman'scrap".  You'll have to forgive me as updating my blog hasn't exactly become routine for me yet.  One day folks... one day :)
Anyhow, let me show you what I have been working on lately!  I'm so super excited!!  It's my very first 3D Cardstock Cake!!!! Yay!!! Do I sound excited yet??? Can you feel my energy??!!! It wasn't actually as hard or time-consuming as I had first thought it to be :)  Which is always a bonus... Don't you love when that happens?  I had been putting this cake project off for some time now, purely out of fear of the unknown...

A co-worker mentioned to me in passing conversation that her birthday was coming up and because of her weight loss plan; she couldn't even have birthday cake!  Well let me tell you... this woman is AMAZING!! She has stuck to her diet; kept her temptations at bay; and has willpower I can only dream about having!  So only thing for me to do was to make her a cake right?!  LOL ... ur probably thinking "that's a pretty mean idea..."  But hey!  I didnt' say she could eat it... she could only look at it... So it has to be beautiful right?!
So.. here's the end result... I'm going backwards here simply because I can't wait to show you!!!

Pretty isn't it?  Now follow along and I'll show you how I made one of these gorgeous little cakes !!
First off, I HAD to get one of these FABULOUS machines;I can't imagine how I went this long without one :)

You see that Cricut Cartridge?  That is BRAND NEW from Close to My Heart!  Yup...and it's available exclusively through CTMH Independent Consultants.  This cartridge has 700 designs on it!  Yes... 700!!  (Do any cartridges have THAT many??)  PLUS... when you order this cartridge, you also get 3 full size stamp sets AND 3 pages of chipboard dimensional elements that are all coordinating with images on the cartridge!  Amazing!!!!  OHHH and the best part?  You can have it all for $109.95 CDN.!!! Now THAT ladies is a steal!!!  I will let you know at the end of this post how to get one of these awesome cartridges :)
Ok... so if you're still with me...and haven't jumped to go get your hands on one of these cartridges... let's move on :)
So next step is to cut out all of the shapes needed to create your cake... and.... they will look something like this... 

When you cut your patterns on the Cricut, it will show you where you need to "score" it, so it will fold easier. For this project, I've traced out where your score lines should be.  
With this project, using the "pillow box" design you'll see the narrow, outside edge and that's where you'll want to apply a little adhesive and attach it to the opposite side on the next piece and once you have all 3 of the larger pieces attached it should look like so.... 

This is where the "scoring" will be appreciated... Your pattern will fold easily and then, you can go ahead and close off the ends to form a hexagon. Now my "cake" (trust me; it will be a cake), when standing, will have a whole lot of curves on top and bottom.  In each little "valley" at the end of each curve, I made a small cut so it was easier to fold over.  Then I folded over the top and bottom tabs (curves), so I had a surface to attach the top and bottom pieces. (See #1).  My cake now stands flat... well... sort of.  And the top has a gaping hole ... LOL ... Then I traced the hexagaon shape; either top or bottom, don't matter; on a piece of cardstock.  Make sure you are using the same color cardstock as the "cake layer" you're working on.  Then adhere your flat hexagon to the top and bottom of your cake layer.  (See #2).
Apparently, I forgot to upload a picture of the flat hexagon shapes.  Well, you probably get the point... it's a hexagon... that you traced :) 



Looks good doesn't it?!  Just kidding.. it gets better yet :)  
Ok, bottom layer of cake... Check!  
Now I went ahead and repeated the same technique with my second layer.  FYI...You can use any type of adhesive to attach your cake pieces together, layers and all. ( I used a little Tombow and a little Liquid Glass )

Like my Folgers can in the background?  They make awesome lil' scrap buckets... and they smell good too :)
By now I have 2 layers of the cake and onto the 3rd layer.  
Then comes the best part!  Making your flowers for the cake :)  These flowers and the tag all come from the Close to My Heart cartridge as well.  All the cutting is done for you and you just have to roll them.  How easy is that?!
You see some of the flowers I've already rolled and some of them are hot off the press :)  I like to "edge" all my flowers just to add a little depth and maybe a reality aspect to them. 

This is what the 3 layer cake looks like now... then you just add your flowers where you want them to go.  This is where i used the Liquid Glass.  The little silhouette of a flower came out of the tag that I cut on the Cricut as well, which in the end, I decided not to use on my cake.  (Put that one away for another project.)

And here is the end result of my 3D Cardstock cake :)  First ever and let me tell you.. My co-workers were amazed at the results!  That is what makes these little projects well worth it :)  Seeing that smile on someone's face ... 

Well, I hope you enjoyed reading.  I've been told a time or two (Lisa...!) that sometimes my instructions are a little confusing and I hope I haven't made it sound too difficult for you :)  I do not want to discourage you from trying one of these cakes...  It is late in the day.. (that's my story and I'm stickin to it!)
Hope you had fun!  If you have any questions please, please email me :)

Visit my website @ to order your exclusive, Close to My Heart Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge and to see all the other amazing products Close to My Heart offers!

Good night! 

Friday 9 September 2011

Day before open house :)

Hello all,
It's been a long time since my last post and wow has time flown :) I would like to think I'm ready for the open house tomorrow but somehow I feel like I'm not... I've since put pics in my scrapbook albums, completed my calendar style album and most importantly, I've become acquainted with the NEW, exclusive CTMH Cricut cartridge!
This machine is by far the greatest scrapbooking tool EVER! It's possibilities are endless! Seriously.. 700 designs on one cartridge ! Everything from ABC's to tags to 3D flowers and gift boxes! If you haven't seen it yet... You are missing out ladies! Plus, when you order from CTMH, you also get 3 sheets of coordinating dimensional elements, (for those who don't know my terminology.. Sturdy chipboard shapes to make the design POP); and 3 full size stamp sets which also coordinate with the cartridge :) is that a sweet deal or what? Anyhow, cakes need icing, dog needs a bath and kids will be home soon... If you happen to be in my area tomorrow afternoon, stop in and see all the new exciting things CTMH has to offer :) it'll be fun! Email me for address and time info and I'll get back to you ASAP! Gotta run... New pics coming soon!

Tuesday 23 August 2011

Love Your Layout: May 2011

Thanks to CTMH Corp for this video!

Studio J blog | Art Gallery : Studio J Online Design Software : Close To My Heart

Are you one of those women who would love to scrapbook but find that you just don't have the time or space to do it?  Have you thought to yourself... "I need to do something with my pictures but I REALLY don't want to drag everything out, just to get started then have to clean EVERYTHING up again to make dinner..."  Then you discover that your curious little one has made a discovery of her own... INK!  PAPER! PICTURES!  ARGH!!! Then you think to yourself... "If only there was a way that I could still scrapbook but not have to take the time to bring it all out and put it all away again..."  Next thought... "Boy it would sure be nice if somehow I could do it online..."
Enter Studio J .... the online website from Close to My Heart.  Studio J makes it SO EASY to preserve your memories and you can create a 2 page layout in just 30 min!  It's so easy... ANYONE can do it!  The paper kits are all there on your screen, your layouts appear right on the screen, and you decide how to put it together.  You can even add embellishments just like "manual" scrapbooking!  If you're anything like me, all your pictures are stored on your computer or memory stick anyway; so why not apply them right on your layout immediately?  Hey... it saves you from ordering dozens of prints only to find that none of them really work for the colors, or the layout right?  Best of all.... You can save your work when your children need dinner and clean up is as simple as turning off the monitor!
That's just one more way that a Close to My Heart Independent Consultant can show YOU how!
So what are you waiting for?  Call or email me and let ME show YOU how!
Follow the Studio J link below and see how Studio J works!  Trust me... You'll love it!
Studio J blog | Art Gallery : Studio J Online Design Software : Close To My Heart

Yours Truly,
Tina :)

Tuesday 26 July 2011

Goodies :)

Hello Ladies (& gentlemen if any of you read this..)
Hope you've all had time to get some scrapbooking in .. I know I have!  And let me tell you, I am LOVIN' it!  3 evenings in this last week I've actually managed to work on some of my layouts, as well as a display album I'm working on for my desk.
I painted & stamped the cover of the album, and I've completed 6 pages (single-sided of course..), THEN, today I received my new stamps of the month and NEW catalogues for Autumn/Winter 2011.  Anyhow,  I'll be showing off the new catalogue and stamps of the month at my Open House, (date to be determined yet), in August of course.
Back to my album in the works... I thought about putting mini layouts on the one side of the page, and a month by month calendar on the flip (back) side, and now I've got a neat little stamp (te he he) that will help me do just that!  I will take pics of my album in the works and post them in the very near future!  I'm excited at all the amazing creations I can come up with... display albums, calendars, I've even come up with my own pattern ideas in my little book :)
Ok, I'm off to plan some more exciting things ... (top secret of course) for my Open House!!!  If anyone is interested in attending, please email to and I will be sure to fill you in on all the details!
I also want to mention, the August Promo (as you see at the top of my blog), with ANY purchase totalling $55 or more, you are eligible to receive the Stamp of the Month  for ONLY $5.50...PLUS a FREE A-size "Typeface" stamp set for FREE.. Did I mention that?!  In case you're having "sticker-stock" right now.... I repeat... 2 STAMP SETS FOR $5.50 with a qualifying purchase :)  Gotta Love it!!  So gather up your girlfriends and scrapbooking buddies and get ready for a spectacular August!!!!!
Gotta go my friends, talk to you again soon!!

P.S. - Visit my website and click "My Art" to see some of my scrapbook layouts.

Saturday 16 July 2011

New Consultant Kit Available NOW!!

Hello again :)
One late night of checking out all the cool and exciting details with Close to My Heart and here's what I've come up with.
NOW... is a great time for you; if you've ever considered a 'home-based' business; to sign up with Close to My Heart!  Not only do you learn amazing techniques and develop awesome relationships, but you get to have fun while preserving your memories AND helping others do the same!
Visit my Close to My Heart website at the following link; click on Your Opportunities, then click on the link at the bottom of the page.  You don't need to fill out any information, just scroll down and you'll see what the new consultants kit all contains and even a few add-ons for a great low price!  It doesn't cost a thing to check it out so what are you waiting for?  Click away my friends and imagine the possiblities; they're endless!!!  I have not ever regretted once my sign up and I'm sure you won't either!


New catalogues + new stuff + lower prices??? = more fun workshops!

Hello again everyone!
Well, while most of the Close to my Heart consultants, directors, and leaders are out at convention (@ Disneyland!!!), I'm at home, reading all their posts and getting sooo excited at all the new products and pics I see :)  Then I realize... What an awesome past-time I have!!
I will upload some of my artwork for you all to see and make sure you check out the YouTube video at the bottom of my blog for some cool ideas! 
The ideas don't end there... contact me for a catalogue and see for yourself!  We've got everything and then some to get your memories preserved for a life-time!  Think... 10, 20, maybe 50 years down the road when you're sitting with your family looking at all your photo books; will you remember what's happening in the pictures?  Will you remember which baby is in this stroller?  What about how you all felt that day at that moment?  Take the time now to journal these memories so you can pass them on for generations to come!  Trust me, I have 3 kids and their ages are 9,7, & 4.  I have a hard time now already trying to figure out which baby is which daughter!  Pretty sad considering I'm only 30-something :) 
Well, this past week, I've made 2 cards for a very special anniversary, and helped a dear friend make another one.  I can't tell you how much fun it is to get together with friends and brighten up someone's day with a card!  One that you yourself put alot of love into!  I'll try to get pictures up of those as well.

Fun fact for the day... when making cards, lay the paper flat on your hand or tabletop and the paper should naturally curl.  If not, flip it over and look again.  One side will curl up slightly at the edges.  You want to work with that natural curl and make sure you fold your card base in that direction.  :)
Happy Scrapbooking All!!

Stay tuned for updates on the new supplies and new catalogue... There may also be some news of a new, lower priced start-up kit... Interested yet?  I know I am... and I'm anxiously awaiting my new catalogues :)
Nite everyone!

Friday 1 July 2011

It's been a week...

Hello everyone!
Well it's been a week and I've accomplished absolutely NOTHING, in regards to my scrapbooking!  I suppose that's expected when summer begins right?  The weather has been beautiful and the kids are done school now, so naturally things get a little more hectic right? 
I did however, manage to get my Close To My Heart website going so be sure to check that out and the best part is... You can see the idea books, see some creative ideas, the kits and layouts, stamps etc.  And if you feel the urge... you can order right from there!  How easy is that?  I don't know about you ladies, but I would much rather shop online!  No kids whining in the store, no long line ups, no grouchy cashiers... you get the point :) 
So, what do you do once you've checked out the website?  You give me a call and we'll schedule a night for you and your friends to get together (at my house or yours) and we'll put together a plan of what you would be interested in creating.  Then I'll place the order for all the supplies and you invite all your friends, and we'll have such a great time creating whatever it is that you picked for your "gathering".  The best part is ... it's like no other "party" you've ever been to or hosted!  You know how it goes.... you book your party, you invite all your friends, you bake and prepare all kinds of munchies and drinks, the consultant comes and pressures all your friends to buy, buy, buy, before they've even tried any of the product!  You end the night feeling tired, and pressured to push your sales higher and higher and you have tons of food and dishes to clean up, right?  (insert apology here to all my friends who are consultants with other businesses... No offense meant to any of you!)  Well not with me!  That's where Close To My Heart is set apart from all the other home parties.  You DON'T do ANYTHING except invite people!  And it's called a "gathering" not a home party.  You don't make any munchies (after all you don't wanna dirty any of your creations right?)  I will show up on time, and we get started creating!  I will show you and your friends how to create and showcase ALL your precious memories in just a few hours, AND they'll leave with their masterpiece!  (The only cost involved is just a few dollars for the kit, that they get to keep!) 
Then, if you decide you and your friends would like to keep doing something like the gathering monthly, we'll set up a night once (or maybe twice) a month and do it over and over and over again!  Think about it... One night a month, no kids, just friends, and a whole lot of creating masterpieces!  And no pushing for you to get your sales higher and higher! 
Ask me how you can get started with a gathering or start up a monthly "workshop" for you and your friends!  And of course, there is always a bonus for the hostess!  (You don't even have to have the 'most-ess' of anything!) LOL ... ya I know... Lame joke :) 
Anyway, laundry is awaiting to be folded for this busy mom, and chicken breast is waiting to hit the grill, so I'll be back next week! 

Saturday 25 June 2011


Welcome to One Womans"scrap"!  It all started in April 2011, when a dear little old lady started talking, (and so you know... she hasn't stopped!) about "Close to my Heart" scrapbooking merchandise and creations.  Her idea, and a "Close to my Heart" initiative, inspired her to start a scrapbooking club.  Well, 3 months and umpteen scrapbook pages later... I decided to sign up myself!  Now I haven't stopped talking about it!  I'm telling you, scrapbooking does some weird things to you! 
I invite you to follow my blog as I start my journey as a "Close to my Heart" Independent Consultant!  It's going to be an exciting journey for me as well as my family.  My goal for the future is to be able to quit my full-time job as Office Manager with a Home Medical Equipment franchise; to be a full-time stay at home mom and "Close to my Heart" scrapbooking leader and mentor.  I hope you will enjoy reading about my Scrapbooking adventures as I learn and try to teach you what I've learned from my favorite scrapbooking teacher... my MOM!! Thanks to her, I am now deeply enthralled and excited at all the AMAZING creations I have made... and you can too!! 
Stay tuned for some awesome pictures of my creations!!