Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Cricut® Artiste Easy Instruction

It is the finally few days of the month to get your FREE tote when you sign up as a Close to My Heart consultant!

You can see full details on becoming a consultant at:

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Singing reindeer

Last night I held one of my Christmas card and tag classes...boy will you ladies be excited to have that all done in a couple months :)

I came across this adorable pyramid card on my travels here and did a few adjustments and using Close to my Heart's exclusive Art Philosophy cricut cartridge as well as the new Artiste cartridge I came up with my version below.

So stinkin' cute!!!

Can not wait to make more of this little guy! :) He just makes me smile!

Happy Crafting!


Wednesday, 15 August 2012

September 2012: National Stamping Month

Celebrate National Scrapbook Month with a $5 double stamp set!

August 15 - September 30, 2012 Close to My Heart is running a promotion where you can get a double specialty stamp set for only $5 with a qualifying order of $35! What a great deal! Check out the fun images in this set!

As if all the great new goodies in the catalog aren't enough! Who can resist a deal like this!

You can take advantage of this deal through my online shopping (see the shopping cart) or contact me directly at

Happy Crafting!


Thursday, 26 July 2012

Project Inspiration 2012 Autumn/Winter Idea Book: Home Decor

Here are some more of my FAVORITE goodies from the upcoming catalog :)   ~  Enjoy!

Project Inspiration 2012 Autumn/Winter Idea Book: Stepping Up Your Stamping

I know everyone is anxiously awaiting the new goodies in the upcoming catalog!

Take a sneak peek at some of the cool new product coming our way :)

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Combining passions...

So I have been playing with my newest hobby - metal stamping - quite a bit (see my metal pieces at and decided to combine it with my love of paper crafting.

This is what I have created - a great way to showcase both loves :)

Now I can wear this everywhere I go :)

In the meantime, I am sitting anxiously waiting for all my brand new goodies from the new catalog to arrive - the anticipation is killing me! :) So much fun!!!

Happy Crafting,


Saturday, 14 July 2012

It's almost here!!!!!

My favorite time of the year!!! The Autumn/Winter 2012 catalog will be released August 1st!! I have had a sneak peek of it and let me just say it is AMAZING!!!!  Can you believe they have come out with another Cricut Cartridge??? Eeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!! So excited! We have new alcohol based markers, the Halloween and Christmas stamps/papers are in there...and wait...just wait...until you see the new Workshops on the Go!!!!!!!! WOW!!

And as they say....if we're in with the new....we must be out with the old :)

As there is no corporate release of all retired items this is a list compiled by a fellow consultant who took the time to check the new catalog to the old - if you are worried about missing out on one of the current products be in touch and I will double check it for you:

Z1163 Double Scrubber (Note: Being replaced with a new version.)
Z1006 Microfiber Cloth
Z1404 Quick Pic 12x12 Album - Dark Cranberry
Z1405 Quick Pic 12x12 Album - Outdoor Denim
Z1406 Quick Pic 12x12 Album - Dark Chocolate
Z4110 Snapease Album System
Z1323 Clear Cards - 4 1/4" x 5 ½" Asst.
Z1309 Clear Cards - 4 ½” Asst.
Z1383 Sweet Leaf Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon
Z1384 Designer Ribbon - Pink Collection
Z1397 Canvas Badge Buttons
Z1367 Bitty Brads Basic Asst
Z1368 Bitty Brads Metal Asst
Z1104 Clear Sparkles (Note: Being replaced with all round sparkles)
Z1698 Mini-Medley Accents - Pacifica
Z1320 Mini-Medley Accents - Tulip
Z1338 Mini-Medley Accents - Sunset
Z1488 Mini-Medley Accents - Honey
Z1403 Photo Hangers
Z1402 Hinges
Z1690 Bitty Buds Asst
Z1691 Bottle Caps
Z1693 Seaside Wooden Shapes (SOLD OUT)
Z1688 Comic Badge Buttons
Z1635 Heirloom Asst
Z1337 Dimensional Elements Ornaments (Note: Updated to coordinate with Cricut Artiste)
Z1224 My Creations All Sorts Mini Album
Z1334 My Creations Mix & Mingle Mini Album
Z1321 My Creations A-Door-Ables
Z1152 My Creations Cube
4275 My Legacy Writers
Z338 Euro Personal Trimmer (Note: Being replaced with Fiskars SureCut Deluxe Craft Trimmer)
Z339 Euro Trimmer Replacement Blades
Z340 Euro Trimmer Replacement Blade/Scoring
1766 Dotto Dots Dispenser
1767 Dotto Dots Refill

We have been told that our My Acrylix Stamp Sets are available for a period of one year - the current Idea Book and the one previous. Based on that, I have gone through the new AW 2012 book, SS 2012 book and AW 2011 book and believe these ones are going to be retired as they are NOT in the new AW 2012 book or the SS 2012 book.

A1095 Always Remember
A1099 Angel Sent
A1107 A Twinkle
A1108 A Flitter
A1109 A Sip
A1110 A Timber
A1113 A Game
A1115 A Holiday
B1356 St. Nick
B1359 Fright Night
B1361 Tannenbaum
B1362 Tag The Occasion
B1381 Holiday Cheer
B1393 Joyful Jar
B1394 John 3:16
C1379 Holiday Commentary
C1382 Holiday Commentary - Spanish
C1383 Holiday Commentary - French
C1401 Friendship Alphabet Small
C1408 Live Inspired
C1419 Harvest Home
C1420 Snow Days
C1423 Captured Moments
C1424 Nature's Gift
C1425 Month By Month
C1426 Thanksgiving
C1427 I Believe
C1429 Party Pennants
C1465 Unscripted
C1468 Winter Joy
C1470 Gnome Garden
C1471 Happy Clusters
C1472 Bundled Buddies
D1136 Giggle Caps
D1137 Giggle Lowercase
D1267 Rustic Numbers
D1306 Treasure Life
D1308 All Decked Out
D1373 Childhood Portrait
D1384 Snow Flurries
D1386 Save The Date
D1387 Made With Love
D1397 Save The Date - French
D1398 Save The Date - Spanish
D1401 Authentic
D1436 The Present
D1437 Party Animal
D1446 Adorn-able
D1449 Father Christmas
D1493 Fill In The Blank - Holiday
D1499 Live Your Style
E1002 Rustic Alphabet
E1006 Baroque Alphabet
E1011 Headline Alphabet Large
E1016 Friendship Alphabet Large

The following colors are NOT listed in the Autumn/Winter 2012 Idea Book.
The items numbers listed are for the 24 packs of cardstock where available.

Of course, with the color change, this also means that the Combo Packs will be retiring, as well as the Shade Packs. This will also mean the stamp pads and re-inkers will be gone as well. If you need these, you had better hurry! They do have a tendency to sell out FAST!

Grey Wool (5571)
Grey Flannel
Vanilla Cream (X5646)
Brown Bag
Baby Pink
Sunkiss Yellow
Key Lime
Heavenly Blue
Lilac Mist
Holiday Red
Sunny Yellow
Dutch Blue
Vineyard Berry
Garden Green
Spring Iris
Pansy Purple 

Also leaving at the end of July are ALL of the Workshops on the Go from the current book, and the following paper packs:  Lucy, Footlose, Superhero and Crusin'.

I am anxiously awaiting the new catalogs to arrive on my doorstep as well as my stash of the new goodies so I can share some of the creations with you!

Stay Tuned!


Sunday, 1 July 2012

Happy Canada Day - New July Promotion

I hope you are all enjoying your Canada Day...I sure would have liked to have seen the sun grace us with it's presence today but that does not look like it will be the case...oh well...

Today is the start of the new Stamp of the month "Live Out Loud"

This has been my favorite stamp of the month set since the Spring/Summer 2012 catalog was released! I love it!!!! Don't miss your change to pick this one up for only $5 - ask me how!

Today we also roll out a new promotion called "Perfect Pairs"

Happy Crafting!


Tuesday, 19 June 2012

I had wanted to post this card much earlier but you know how life has a way of getting away from you! :) Also, it was a mother's day card for my mother in law and didn't want her to see it on the blog before she got it in person :)

This card was made using the Stamp of the Month from May - so pretty!

I love using my re-inkers to create unique looks and the great thing about the clear stamps from Close to My Heart is you can use the front of them as well as the back side! So many options!

Happy Crafting!


Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Footloose Workshop on the Go - Thursday July 5th

The next...and possibly final...Workshop on the Go will be Footloose! This is a fun patterned set with a sea life theme - so perfect for where we live! I will be putting the order in for the workshop kits on Thursday June 14th - please be sure to order yours early so you don't miss out!

In this class you will create two - double page layouts - you also have plenty of goodies left over for another page(s) or to make a card or two. You also get the fabulous stamp set to keep! The class is free when you purchase the kit for $29.95 + s/h and tax.

You can email me at to place your order or to ask any questions you may have.

Happy Crafting!


Tuesday, 5 June 2012

June is STAMPAGANZA month!!

Don't miss your chance to add to your stamping stash! This month, when you buy two stamp sets you get a third one for FREE (of equal or lesser value)

Great opportunity to stock up on those sets you have been dreaming of! You can save up to $29.95!

Happy Crafting!


Sunday, 3 June 2012

Lucy Workshop on the Go

Tomorrow night is the Lucy Workshop on the Go! I LOVE this kit-the stamp set (which is only available in the workshop on the go kit) is BEAUTIFUL and so versatile! Love, Love Love it!

The two double page layouts we are going to do with this kit are pictured below - you will also have enough goodies left in your kit to do another double page layout or make a couple cards!

If you are booked into the class tomorrow night please be sure to bring along your cutter, adhesive and pop dots! 

At the class tomorrow night you will get a sneak peek of the next Workshop on the Go kit we will be doing! It is sure to make you want to cut "Footloose" ~ I know...groan! :)

Happy Crafting!


Sunday, 29 April 2012

Florentine Workshop on the Go

The Workshop on the Go kits have such great value and versatility! I just love them!

Tomorrow night we will be creating with the beautiful Florentine kit! I love this package! It is stunning to work with!

I have included my helper Shylow  in these photos as she was determined to get some attention :)

The blue blank on the bottom page is going to be for my journaling as I will be adding flip flaps (which are just too cool!) to the finished product of my pages :)

Happy Crafting!


Tuesday, 17 April 2012

New Dotty for you promotion!

Celebrate National Scrapbooking Month in May by mixing and matching to your heart’s content with our new Dotty for You paper packet! The trendy patterns on the front of the papers coordinate perfectly with the dots on the reverse side, giving you lots of options for crafting colorful layouts, cards, and other projects. Dotty for You includes 24 specially designed, coordinating B&T Duos® sheets (2 each of 12 patterns) and an artwork idea insert to get your creative juices flowing.
There are three ways to get this exclusive Dotty for You paper packet, valued at $19.95:
  • Place an order of $35 or more in products from the Spring/Summer 2012 Idea Book between April 17 and May 31, and add the Dotty for You paper packet for just $5*.
  • Host a Gathering with a sales total of $400 or more (excluding tax, shipping/handling, and Operation Smile® donations) between April 17 and May 31 and receive a Dotty for You paper packet FREE.
  • Join Close To My Heart as a new Consultant between April 1 and May 31 and receive a Dotty for You paper packet FREE.

This paper pack is double sided with a ton of versatility!

Great value - don't miss your opportunity to enjoy the savings!

Happy Crafting!


Thursday, 8 March 2012

Tempo Dance Academy & Rhythm Dance Academy

Hello and welcome to everyone! I am a Mom of a dancer at Tempo Dance - my daughter has danced there since she was about 5 years old and loves it! I wanted to help with the fundraising this year and show some great craft ideas for the beginner to the advanced! I am an independent consultant for Close to My Heart and host scrapbooking and card making classes. I have come up with three options for the fundraiser. If you want to purchase a Scrapbook or Card kit for $20 you will receive this fabulous stamp set to keep and all the paper and embellishments needed to make your project! I will offer classes for those wishing to take part and there will also be instructions included in for those who don't...or can't :) The stamp set is called Aspire and is absolutely gorgeous!
With this wonderful set you can make either the scrapbook layout (aren't they cute!!!):
With the card class you can make 3 of each of the two designs below:
Or if you are not the crafty type but want to support the fundraiser you can purchase a pre-made set of 6 Thank you cards for $12:
I hope you will help support our fantastic dancing schools! 

Happy Crafting,


Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Dancing is like...

So I am really enjoying making this metal stamped jewelry! It is just too much fun! My husband is right on board and so helpful which is great! For Valentine's day I made a couple more of the keychains - had an order for these for a friend of mine to give to her family with her special message on them. I think these keychains have so many possibilities!
I made our daughter a necklace for Valentine's day. She LOVES to dance so I used the saying "Dancing is like dreaming with your feet" and then hung a music note and peace sign on it. She loves it! Had a hard time wrestling it away from her to get the picture!
Look for more designs to come...if you have something you would like to order let me know: Happy Crafting! Susann

Sunday, 12 February 2012

Metal stamped jewelry

I have been very intrigued by the metal stamped jewelry ever since I went to New Year just over a year ago with a girlfriend. We saw some beautiful jewelry that happened to find it's way into my fact...I do believe I came home with almost one of everything :) That was gorgeous and I loved the idea of giving a gift with a message attached for the recipient. With that in mind I have been looking at metal stamping for a while now and thought I would give it a go. I have been playing around this weekend and I made my husband his valentine gift. It was inspired by my beloved Pinterest...absolutely loved this idea and had to give it a go. There are 4 pennies on this keychain. One for the year he was born (coincidentally that happens to be the same year as I was born...double whammy!), the year we met, the year we got married and the year our daughter was born. Then I handstamped the words "Rockin Years" on the back piece as that was our wedding song. I hope he loves it as much as I do!
I also made this necklace with the phrase "Life is a Song" on the larger ring and on the inner ring it says "Love is the lyrics"
Would love to hear your feedback! Happy Crafting! Susann

Sunday, 5 February 2012

Elemental Workshop on the Go - tomorrow night

The Elemental Workshop on the go is the last kit we will be doing from the Autumn/Winter 2011 catalog...sad because there were some great kits in there...but on to 2012 after this! The Workshop on the Go is a very affordable kit that includes the supplies to do at the minimum a double page layout which is included when you purchase the kit - plus, normally there is enough supplies to do another one or two layouts or a couple of cards. You also get to keep the stamp set that comes with it! You can't beat that!
Happy Crafting! Susann

Saturday, 4 February 2012

Spring/Summer 2012 catalog available

I have been very busy with the open house launch of the new catalog and playing with all the goodies! I have sent in our first order from the catalog so some ladies have new product on it's way :) This is a card that I made using the new Florentine papers which are GORGEOUS! In fact I am so in love with it that I will be doing this kit first as the Workshop on the Go class!
Enjoy your Saturday! Susann

Sunday, 29 January 2012

1026 Designs on Facebook

Be sure to sign up for the Facebook Group at:¬if_t=group_activity I will be posting sneak peeks on projects that are up and coming being worked on before they get released to the blog! Happy Crafting Susann

Rolodex class - LIMITED SPACE

I have had a lot of great feedback from the "Sneak Peek" I showed of this project yesterday at the open house. I will be hosting this class on Sunday March 4th at 11:00am The cost of the class is $40 and that includes all supplies with the exception of the adhesive. What a great way to have your addresses sit out in plain site and show your creativity! To sign up contact me at
Happy Crafting! Susann

Footloose Card and Box set

This set gives you a look at the new product out of the Spring/Summer 2012 catalog! This paper pack is called Footloose and it is so darn cute! In this class we will be making 6 cards plus the holder for them. The class will be on Wed Feb 29th at 6:30pm an the cost is $15 - this does not include adhesive. If you would like to sign up please contact me at
Happy Crafting! Susann

Calendar Club for the 2013 Calendar

Well the 2012 calendar was completed in November and I would say the ladies that participated are very happy with their creations (you can see full pictures of this calendar posted on this blog) We're going to start the 2013 calendar in February meeting on the fourth Monday of every month until November. That way the calendar is done and ready to give as a Christmas gift! Although...I do believe the 2012 calendars are hanging up on the walls of the ladies who made them :) You may want to make two to have one to give away :) The cost of this calendar is $50 for the first calendar and $40 for each additional. The cost includes supplies with the exception of adhesives. To sign up please contact me at Here is the January layout we will be doing:
Happy Crafting! Susann

Upcoming Workshops - Love you Layout

First I would like to say a big THANK YOU to all the ladies who came out to join me at the open house yesterday! It was great to see you all and I hope you enjoy your new catalogs! Lots to see and some great new products! I have been working like a demon with lots of the new papers and stamp sets and here is the start of the upcoming workshops. Please contact me at to register or to get further details. Love you Layouts - Monday February 13th at 6:30pm - cost $20 for both layouts - please bring your own adhesive and cutter if you have one :)
Happy Crafting! Susann

Monday, 23 January 2012

Wedding invites

My fantastic hairdresser (she really is the best!) Katherine asked me to do her wedding invitations! I was honored to be asked to share in her special day! They are having an Irish wedding and using yellow and green as their colors. I was very aware of the fact that I needed to keep the embellishments off and the invitations simple so as to not cost extra postage...that can really add up when you are sending 100 invitations in the mail! This is what I came up with and she loves it...I believe the groom was asked for his opinion as well :)
Happy Crafting! Susann

Sunday, 22 January 2012

Open House for New Catalog

I am going to be hosting an open house on Saturday January 28th, 2012 from 11:00am - 1:00pm where you can stop by see the new product and pick up your copy of the Spring/Summer 2012 catalog! There will be discounted stamp sets available for great cash and carry prices, new workshops to sign up for and no shipping for orders placed that day! If you are interested in coming please send me an email to for more details! Happy Crafting! Susann

Monday, 9 January 2012

Get them before they're gone!!

Hello to all...well only a couple of weeks until the new catalog is released! There are some amazing new products and stamp sets to be unveiled! You will love it! In order to allow all this new fabulous product to be featured, we do have to say goodbye to some that are currently available. One of my fellow consultants, Tamytha (you can find her blog at: has put together a wonderful slide show of retiring product. I know I am a visual person so this is WONDERFUL to see to make sure you don't miss anything before it's gone! There are also some great discounts on the "While Supplies Last" on my shopping site which you can find to the right hand side of the screen under "Shop with Me" Happy Crafting! Susann

Monday, 2 January 2012

Happy 2012!!

Well I don't know about you but this last month has flown by at warp speed! I always get a lot of teasing about how early I like to start Christmas preparations but I find if I do not keep on top of it throughout the year (which unfortunately I did not in 2011!) I am always scrambling at the last minute! I take great pleasure in making gifts, tags, crackers, etc to share with my friends and family and it is one of my favorite things to do. So one of my upcoming monthly clubs is going to be for Christmas cards and tags. Each month we will meet and make 5 christmas cards and 10 tags. This club will run for 11 months and we be held on the 3rd Monday of every month at 6:30pm. I will be charging $40 which is to be pre-paid by the first meeting which will be Monday January 16th. This fee will include your supplies for each month excluding adhesive. How nice will it be to have all of your christmas cards and tags ready to go in November! I know I will be doing a happy dance! :) This month there is a great promotion running until January 31st, 2012. With the purchase of $25 order in the Autumn/Winter 2011 catalog you can order the Rock the Block promotion for only $15!! You can see more about this fantastic offer in the video below! Also, don't forget the Stamp of the Month which is a very versatile set called Little Reminder. It is great for any upcoming events or for using to journal your pages and add the date! I Love it!! Another bonus that has just happened as of January 1st is the Canadian prices now match the US! That means less $ out of your pocket for the same great products! I look forward to seeing you at an upcoming event or working with you to make your special albums and projects! Happy Crafting!