Sunday, November 6, 2016

New Thin Cuts - Available for a Limited Time Only

More of your favorite stamp sets now have coordinating Thin Cuts

Love our Thin Cuts? Then you’re going to love this special, limited-time offer! We now have coordinating Thin Cuts for the following stamps sets found in our Annual Inspirations idea book: My Acrylix® Swirly Seashells (C1664), My Acrylix® Sweet Birthday (B1532), My Acrylix® Wreath (A1193), and My Acrylix® School Kids (D1706). These Thin Cuts are sure to go fast, so place your order today!

*Offer valid through July 2017, while supplies last. Shipping/handling rates apply. 

Wednesday, October 19, 2016


Discover your inner artist while staying on top of your schedule with our new 2017 planner system. Featuring seasonal designs you can color by hand, this exclusive planner system combines the worlds of work and play to give you a planner you can truly make your own. Choose a bundle with either the Everyday Life™ Sea Glass, my favorite, or the black and white stripes album, or purchase just the planner pages if you already have an album—the choice is up to you!
To see the two album choices, go HERE.
The exclusive bundle price is $31.90 and includes the Everyday Life™ album and the 2017 planner pages, which come with a clear pencil bag and three gold paperclips. (2017 planner pages are also sold seperately).
While you are on the shopping page, don't forget to get the watercolor pencils and page protectors so you can add photos of your loved ones.  The options for decorating are limitless!
Get your planner today because this planner system is only available while supplies last!

Friday, September 30, 2016

October 2016 Constant Campaign

During the month of October, hostesses have another fantastic option for using their Hostess Rewards credit—they can apply it toward a New Consultant Kit!
When you host a Gathering that reaches $250 in sales, not only will you get 50% off a product of your choice, but you can also choose to use your $40 in Hostess Rewards credit to get a discounted New Consultant Kit! With higher Gathering totals, you can save even more! Do you want to experience the Real Rewards of joining the Close To My Heart community!
In conjunction with this month’s campaign, we will be holding a series of Opportunity webinars for potential Team members. You are invited to join one of our webinars.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

September is National Stamping Month - Let the Stamping Begin!

Wow does Close To My Heart have a great special this month for National Stamping Month.  Check it out:

In a time that there is so much hate in this world, Close To My Heart wanted to encourage the consultants and customers to spread a little kindness around the world.  I love this idea.  You may think I'm one of those hippie baby boomers but I think that if we all just treated everyone with love and respect, so much crazy stuff just wouldn't exist.  All you need is love!  And maybe by sharing these mini cards with a police officer, or a student that seems down, or your waitress that is gruff, you will start a positive change reaction.  Like that?  Instead of chain reaction, let's start our own change reaction!  I challenge you all to go to my website and order this great kit that will allow you to create 24 mini cards.  Once you get it, see how fast they come together.  Then, for part 3 of the challenge, start sharing them  to spread some kindness.  Then, come back here and tell me how you used the cards.  I will also be doing this in September.  Keep your eyes open on social media for #createkindness to see other people's stories.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

What a DEAL!

Who is a paper freak?  It's time to treat yourself to brand new scrapbooking paper. And, want another does getting even MORE paper for free!* During the month of August, when you order our Whimsy, Adventure, and Enchantment Fundamentals papers, you can choose to get either the Rustic Home or Uptown Fundamentals for FREE! Both of these Basics packs feature foil designs and specialty materials for making your artwork unique. Yep, this deal is basically the best! This month's Constant Campaign is a great way to get our new Fundamentals in your hands to start creating soooo many layouts and cards.  The possibilities are endless.

* With qualifying purchase. Offer valid August 1, 2016 (9:00 am MDT) – August 31, 2016 (11:59 pm MDT) while supplies last. Shipping/handling rates are based on the full retail price of free items. Tax is not charged on free items.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Picture My Life Fun!

Time for a Technique Blog Hop

This month we were challenged to use a Picture My Life (PML) card in an original creation. If you are coming from Kirsten Jade's blog, you are in the right spot.

I needed to make a birthday card so I reviewed my stash of PML cards and chose from the Gold Watercolor dotted card that I painted with my Watercolor Paints.  I also used some scraps from the Magical Paper Packet.  I finished the card with the Amusement Park and Kaleidoscope Cardmaking Workshop Acrylix Stamp Sets and watercolored them in with a very fine tipped paintbrush.  

Notice how the gold accents resist the watercolors?  Also, this was a 4x6 PML card but each pack includes some in the 3x4 size as well.  Even if you don't partake in pocket style scrapbooking, you will find so many other uses for these PML cards.  Hop on over to Helen Gullett's blog to continue to find more ideas.

Saturday, July 9, 2016


Today I want to let you know that Close To My Heart will be retiring 3 of their Cricut Cartridge Bundles: Artfully Sent, Art Philosophy, and Artiste.  So, if you have been waiting to order one or all of these cartridges, now is the time before they are GONE, that's right, GONE!

With over 700 images available on each cartridge, the options are limitless.  I was in need of a birthday card so I created the following card using the Artfully Sent Cartridge, Calypso Paper Pack, and some flowers from my stash.

Can you say ADORBS!

The other thing this particular cartridge will make are a variety of pocket style cards to add the extra flair to your pocket pages.

I used the cartridge to create the pocket card "Oh Happy Day" and the words "You Rock" in this layout using the Florence Paper Packet (available through August 30th, 2016).  

If you want to order these products before they are gone, head on over to my webpage.  Keep your eyes open for other soon to be retiring items.

Friday, July 8, 2016


I recently hosted my first crafting retreat weekend that was themed Pau Hana Retreat.  Pau Hana means "finished works" and yes some of the ladies did finish some of their unfinished projects while the rest of us did a bit more celebrating that our work was finished for the summer (we work for schools).  Anyway, with that theme, how could I not use the Calypso Scrapbooking Kit to create some original artwork.  I thought it would be great to create a mini scrapbook to put all the pictures we took throughout the weekend.  Here's what I created:

Isn't that just too cute?  If you order the Calypso Scrapbooking Kit Workshops Your Way on my webpage by July 31st, I will email you the directions to create this cute mini scrapbook.
Here are the products I used to create this mini album:

  • Calypso Scrapbooking Kit Workshops Your Way   G1109*   
  • Cricut Artiste Cartridge Z3170 #
  • Cricut Artistry Cartridge Z3167
  • Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge Z3171 #
  • Hawaiian Hibiscus Acrylix Stamp Set B1527*
  • Watercolor Paints Z3132
  • Watercolor Paintbrush Set Z3188
  • 3-D Foam Tape Z1151
  • One in a Melon Acrylix Stamp Set C1650*
  • Scrapbook Queen Acrylix Stamp Set C1646*
  • Tickled Pink Acrylix Stamp Set C1651*
  • Tickled Pink Thin Cuts Z3228*
  • Twine of your choice
  • Black Momento Ink Z899
  • Honey, Pear, Cotton Candy, and Pixie Ink

#These items are retiring July 31st and are available while supplies last.
*These items are retiring August 31st and are available while supplies last.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016



I sure do and I tell you what, I love being a Close To My Heart Consultant because I am able to supply my crafting needs with top of the line products by just holding a couple of crops and classes each month.  If you have been looking for the perfect at home business, doing what you LOVE, this is the month to sign up to be a Close To My Heart Consultant because they are offering a SPECIAL promotion that is good through July 31st.  Want to know what it is?  

You will also get $50 in Select Product Credit to choose products to help you customize your business.  This is the everyday Consultant kit that will be available for some time. 

NOW, for the added bonus for THIS MONTH ONLY, you also get your choice of a FREE Fundamentals paper packet* AND its coordinating Complements.  These brand new products won't be released to the public until August, so joining today is your chance to get them first!  Here's a picture of those sets:

You know you can't pass up this deal....just go HERE to order your Consultant Kit today!

 * Choose from Whimsy, Adventure, and Enchantment Fundamentals. No tax is charged for free items. Standard New Consultant Kit shipping rates will apply. No additional shipping/handling will be charged for this promotion

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

CTMH Paper Blog Hop - Magical

This month's highlighted paper pack for Close To My Heart is the Magical Product Line, and it sure is Magical.  It will work great for making vacation themed scrapbook pages, especially from certain amusement parks.   This post is a part of a team blog hop. So, if you are coming from Melissa Robinson's blog, you are in the right place.  Here is my creation using the Magical Paper Packet, X7209B.  Have I said I love the versatility?

I decided to create a birthday card, you can never have too many birthday cards:

If you want to recreate this card, here's a list of the products I used:
  • Magical Paper Packet X7209B
  • Happy, Happy, Birthday Occasions Stamp M1142
  • Silver Shimmer Trim Z1799
  • Thin 3-D Foam Tape Z2060
  • Silver Metallic Marker Z1768
  • ShinHan Markers: Marigold Z2457, Marine Blue Z2458, and Carmine Z2448
  • Doodled Designs Flair Stamp A1170 (I did not use this stamp in the end)

Just go HERE to shop on my website.

Now to continue seeing some great examples using this Magical Paper Pack, go over to Katy Taylor's  blog, it's sure to be darling!

Thursday, June 30, 2016


Well, I know it has been awhile since I updated my blog.  No excuses but I have been seriously very busy prepping for my first annual Pau Hana Retreat.  It was held June 23 - June 27th at Crafty Creations in Mansfield, TX. What a great place to relax, bond with great women, and finish our UFPs (unfinished projects).  Oh, the memories we made!  We had attendance gifts that I created using the Tickled Pink stamp set and thin cuts and our Calypso Paper Pack.

Here are some pics from this fantastic retreat:

 Keep your eyes open for the 2nd Annual Pau Hana Retreat coming in 2017!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

CTMH Technique Blog Hop - Color Your World

If you are coming from Wendy Kessler's Blog  you are in the right place.

This month our featured technique is coloring.  The idea was to use markers, watercolor paints, or watercolor pencils. Since I am ready to escape to a beach, I was inspired to bring a little beach fun to me but using the Beach Life Stamp Set that is in the Seasonal Expressions 2 catalog.   

First I used our medium round waterbrush along with the desert sand watercolor pencil to paint a background.  Once that was dry, I then stamped the sand castle on top of it using the Desert Sand Stamp Pad.  By using the water based ink as the last step, it does not fade or run.  I stamped the bucket using the Momento Black ink and then colored it using our versa mark markers.  The card was complemented using the Calypso Compliments.  Now I'm ready to hit the sand!

Now hop on over to Kirsten Jade's blog to continue seeing all the fun coloring techniques!

If you want to order this cute stamp set, please hop on over to webpage and get all your summer, beachy, vacationy stamps, papers, and compliments!

Sunday, June 5, 2016

CTMH Paper Blog Hop - Calypso


Today my post is a blog hop for our team using our Calypso product line.  If you came from Tonya Whitehurst's you are in the right place.

I wanted to make a party favor using the Calypso paper pack and the Tickled Pink stamp set.  Have I told you how in love I am with the flamingos and the color palette of this line?  Here I used the pint size container that is now retired and made a little bucket to hold party favors.  I also used our Cricut Artistry to make a 3 dimensional pineapple to top it off.

I am the last of the blog hoppers but if you didn't start at the beginning, go to Melissa Robinson's blog to see the rest.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Win a Picture My Life Scrapbooking Program

How would you like to win a Picture My Life Scrapbooking Program?

Hurry and order an album at 25% off along with a pack of page protectors and you will be entered in a drawing for the Picture My Life Scrapbooking Program of your choice.  I kind of love the one above, Beautiful You.  This offer is only good if your order for your album and page protectors is place by May 31st.  Earn extra entries by ordering more than one album/page protector set.  I will announce the winner on my blog, June 1st and then contact you to see which program you want.  You can order HERE, or place your order directly with me.  Don't miss out on this great deal on the albums.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Happy Times Blog Hop

Today's blog post is for a blog hop I am participating in using our National Scrapbook Month specialty paper pack, Happy Times.  If you are coming from Tonya Whitehurst's blog, you are in the right place.  Continue reading and then you will be directed at the bottom of the page for where to hop to see another example of great artwork created by my team members.

I used the pretty floral paper and cut it on a diagonal, then accordian folded it at the 1/2", then 1/4".  I used the resist technique by using my watercolor paints over one of the new watercolor Picture My Life cards.  I rounded it all out with cardstock and a flower fromt he Happy Times stamp set.  If you love this paper pack as much as I do, go here to order today.  Hurry because it is only available in May while supplies last.

If you started hopping with Melissa Robinson's blog, then you are at the end of the hop.  If not, click HERE to get back to the beginning.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Pau Hana Day Crops in Mansfield!

Pau Hana means "finished work". I thought that could be an appropriate name for a retreat, whether it is because we are celebrating with being off work for the summer or celebrating that we WILL get lot's of UFO's finished this weekend, come join me for a guarenteed fun crop.  Although the overnight retreat spots are filled, there is still an opportunity to come spend the days with us to crop, play, and relax.  The days available are from June 23 - 27.  You can come for one or for all 5 days.  If you sign up and prepay for all 5 days, you will get a $15 discount, that's just $75 for 5 days of cropping!  Just go over to my events page on Sassy's Creations Facebook page to sign up and see all the details.  Space is limited so don't wait too long to sign up!

Sunday, May 15, 2016

CTMH Technique Blog Hop - Let’s Interact

Melissa Sanchez-Robinson's photo.

If you are coming from Wendy Kessler's Blog you are in the right place.

What a fun challenge this Blog Hop is this month. I have made explosion cards before but I needed a special card for a special kiddo from school so I made this slider type of card.  Let me explain.  We have a great kid that is at the school I work at and I always have a big cup from Lambert's Cafe with me.  He asked me one day what the guy on it was throwing.  I told him it was rolls, that there is this restaurant in Missouri that is the Home of Throwed Rolls.  They will actually throw rolls from across the restaurant to you.  He became fascinated with this.  So, one day, my cousin had posted some videos of her kids catching rolls there.  I showed my friend Q and he thought they needed to change the 4th grade field trip from the Texas Capital to Lambert's Cafe.  So, since he will be leaving Erma Nash this year, I wanted to get him his own cup to hopefully remember me by because I will most definitely remember my little Gamer Buddy!  He's going to be missed by all of us!  I used some scraps from the Urban Paper Pack and the new stamp set "Smarty Pants Occasions" along with my watercolor pencils and the new Waterbrush Medium Point for blending.

I am so lucky to work in an elementary school and get to have millions of smiles from great kids like Q.  I hope you all are as blessed to be touched by the innocence of children because there is nothing as wonderful!

Now hop on over to Kirsten Jade's Blog to continue the hop!

Friday, May 13, 2016


Some albums are Ruby and others Lagoon; they’re all on sale just for you! 

Now through the end of May*, Close To My Heart’s amazing My Legacy™ albums are on sale for 25% off through our #AlltheAlbums special! That is a savings of over $8.50 per album! Choose from a gorgeous variety of colors and patterns in both post-bound and D-ring styles. But this offer is only available while supplies last, so place your order early to make sure you get the styles and colors you love. They’re built to last and going fast—order yours today! 

*Offer valid while supplies last. Sale ends May 31, 2016 (11:59 pm MDT). Shipping/handling is calculated based on the full retail price of the discounted items.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Mistakes are Opportunities for Embellishments!

First off today, I want to give a shout out to Sara.  Sara hosted a great class for her friends last night and we all went away with learning something new.  And, just in case Tara is checking up on me, I am updating this blog today just for her.

Last night we had some first time stampers.  They learned the hard way not to rock your stamp block and to double check for the ink residue before you stamp.  Miranda ended up with a black line going across the middle of her card.  But, being the creative force that she is, she came up with a great solution that gave the card a whole different vibe.  I love it and I'm going to scraplift it, (she gave me her permission).

See the heartbeat between the two?  And, there was ink smudged that we covered up with beautiful glitter hearts from our Fundamental Assortsment pack.  Everything is better with bling!

If you would like to host a class for you and some of your friends, please contact me.  My May is full and I only have 2 dates left in June so you better grab those dates quick!  the summer will be gone before we know it!

Sunday, May 1, 2016

National Scrapbook Month Makes for Happy Times!

Guess what?  May is National Scrapbook Month.  I don't know about you but with me that means more time with my scrappin sisters and lots of opportunities to spend money on scrapping supplies.  My husband hates May for that reason - LOL!  Well, I want to let you all know about a special crop I have planned for May 22 from 12 - 5pm.  You can go here to see all the details of the crop.

Oh and do you see the pretty picture above?  I used a special paper pack to create those cards.  Here's a couple of close ups:

Close To My Heart has released the Happy Times Paper Pack and a Happy Times Stamp set that will only be available in the month of May while supplies last.  Speaking from experience, these paper packs and stamp sets go very fast so hurry up and either secure your space now for the crop or order yours starting May 1st on my website.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

How to follow our Cutting Guides - Regatta Workshop Your Way

Do you feel like you have a hard time cutting your paper correctly to assemble the layouts in a CTMH kit?  Well, Close To My Heart has developed a video series that is super helpful in taking you through the steps of one of our Workshops Your Way.  Here is the first video for the Regatta Workshop Your Way - Cutting Guide.

There are three more videos that show you how to assemble the layouts, Picture My Life layouts, and cards.  Just keep watching on YouTube.  If you are interested in ordering this Regatta Workshop Your Way, you better hurry on over here because it will only be available until April 30th.

Friday, April 22, 2016


Hurry before it's too late.  Products in the Seasonal Expressions 1 catalog are retiring on April 30th.  Go HERE to shop for the items.  Let me remind you of some of the cute Workshops Your Way.

We have the Charlotte, Penelope, and the Regatta Paper Packs.

And don't forget there are some really cute stamp sets that will be going bye bye as well so don't wait, order now.  Is there just too much stuff that you want but the budget is tight?  Host a Gathering with me before the end of the month and earn some goodies for free!! Just click LET'S PARTY