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MIX CROP for FEB – Sugar Rush (calorie & cavity free)

Sugar Rush 3a

The Sugar Rush collection from Close to my Heart is so yummy!!!  

And to scrapbook with it — is calorie free and won’t put you at risk for a painful trip to the dentist!  

Consider yourself invited!!!

  • WHAT:  Mix Scrapbooking Crop to create three 12×12 Scrapbook Layouts like those shown below
  • WHEN:  Friday, February 17, 2017 – 7pm to midnight.
  • WHERE:  My craft space;

(address will be provided to guests who’ve RSVPd upon payment for the Crop)

  • COST:  You choose your supplies kit:  $35 for the “Good” kit, $60 for the “Better” kit, or $80 for the “Best” kit.  To see what each kit includes, click Scrapbooking Mix Crop – Sugar Rush Kit Options or scroll down to the bottom of this blog post.

(At the crop I’ll make ink pads, acrylic blocks, and the other tools and accessories you’ll need — available so you’ll be able to make the layouts)

  • RSVP:  by email and send payment (VIA paypal) by February 10, 2017.

If you can’t make it to the crop I’m hosting, you can order a kit “to go” OR if you want to get a couple friends together to make the layouts, I can bring the crop to you!

1701-se-coverThe Sugar Rush collection is featured in Close to my Heart’s Seasonal Expressions catalog for the period of January-April 2017 (pages 14-19);  these items are available while supplies last during this catalog period — so I won’t be able to offer these kits beyond April 2017.

Would you like to see my sample layouts?

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Be the Hostess who GETs the mostest!

Birthday Funnies – my favorite “hostess” set this year

If you’ve leafed through the Annual Inspirations catalog, you’ve probably noticed the super darling stamp sets at the beginning (on pages 4-11).  And you might have noticed their discounted pricing!  

These darling sets are available exclusively to our party hostesses — if you host a gathering in your home OR if you pull some orders together for an online or “catalog” Party.

Once order totals reach $150 (before Tax and S&H), our hostesses are eligible for hostess rewards!  And the higher the order total, the more hostess benefits you can earn.  The chart below has all the different hostess reward levels.

With the Select Product Credit earned, hostesses may purchase a variety of products from the catalogs (stamp sets, paper packs & complements, cardstocks, ink pads, and more).  And to make those dollars go further, CTMHs creates a special collection of stamp sets that hostesses can buy at discounted prices!

We cherish our gathering hostesses so this is how we can show you a little extra CTMH-love!  

Here you can see all of the hostess sets to choose from — in this current Annual Inspirations catalog year.  Aren’t they fun?!  And there’s two more months to be able to earn these cuties!

Hostess Sets - Levels A and BA1183 – Little Things – $4

B1487 – Perfect Pear – $6

B1490 – Happy Hooray – $6

B1491 – Birthday Funnies – $6


Hostess Sets - Levels C and DC1624 – Birthday Wish – $8

C1632 – Say it All – $8

D1658 – #makesmehappy – $10

D1659 – Mini Messages – $10


Retiring - Hostess Set 1aRetiring - Hostess Set 1bBIRTHDAY FUNNIES is one of my very favorites from this catalog year!  I love birthday cards that make the recipient chuckle and this stamp set has a sentiment that will bring a smile or laugh to birthday boys and birthday girls at any age!  Here you can see how I added one of the sentiments to the inside of one of the cards from the Kaleidoscope Workshop on the Go Card Making Kit.  I think it ties in perfectly to the cake design on the front of the card!!!

Which hostess sets are your favorite(s)?  Leave a comment to this Blog Post with your favorite(s) and I’ll enter you in a drawing at the end of this month for a fun accessory item.

But in the mean time — if you’d like to earn these sets for yourself:

  1. Email me if you’re interested in having a home party in June or July so we can pick a date and get the ball rolling to make it great!
  2. You can also do a catalog/online show.  Email me if you’re interested in doing a catalog party and I can set it up online so you can share the link to your online party with friends near and far.  They can place their orders online and their items will be shipped directly to them within a few days!  Email me if you’re interested in doing an online catalog party in June or July so I can get the online party set up for you and to provide you with any hostess supplies you may need.
  3. And of course if you have a big wish list your own order might hit the hostess benefit levels in the chart below!  You can have your own catalog show all to yourself and you can click here to get the shopping party started!!!

Hostess Benefits Chart


Thanks for visiting my blog today!  I can’t wait to read about your favorite hostess reward sets in the comments!!! 

RELAX and craft on… with Calypso

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The Calypso collection of papers and embellishments just makes me so happy!

This layout features most, if not all, of the fun patterns of Background and Texture paper in the Calypso collection.   This is the 2nd layout from the Margot’s Mix Crop for Calypso and it’s all about lazy but fun days of summer!

Make it from Your Heart Book CoverINSPIRATION — The design of this layout comes from the same Jeanette Lynton idea book (Make it from your Heart, Volume 1) that inspired yesterday’s flamingo layout.  I used the Black B&T with little white triangles sketched all over for my “base” pages and then I used strips of the other patterned papers and some of the zip strips around all of my photos.


Calypso - PML CardsTECHNIQUE TIP — The rainbow striped paper all the way to the right of the layout is reserved for journaling.  This isn’t from one of the B&T papers in the collection but it’s from the sheet of “cut apart” graphic cards.  They’re designed for use in pocket scrapbooking systems but they also make great accents for any paper crafting project.  Each sheet as three 4″x6″ cards and six 3″x4″ cards and you get two double sided sheets in each paper pack.  The other great feature about CTMH pocket cards is that you get both orientations (portrait/tall and landscape/wide) of each design so it’s easier to fit into the pockets of the pocket scrapbook page protectors and more flexible when you’re using them on other projects.  And of course they match to everything else in the Calypso collection because Close to my Heart is so awesome that way!


FUN FACT — Used your basic, ol’, run-of-the-mill toothpicks to be the “flag poles” for my little accents on this page made from zip strips and washi tape strips.

Thanks for visiting my blog today.  Here are a couple extra close-up pictures of this layout.  

Check back tomorrow to see the 3rd Mix Crop Layout I made.

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Bling on the Flamingos

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Calypso is such a fun colorful new collection in the Close to my Heart Seasonal Expressions #2 Catalog 

This collection is being featured at my Mix Crop scrapbook workshop this week AND for the first sample layout I wanted to focus on the adorable flamingos on one of the Patterned Papers, one of the coordinating Washi Tapes, AND in one of the coordinating stamp sets called Tickled Pink + the matching Tickled Pink Thin Cut Dies so I kept my layouts color palette really simple — White Daisy, Pixie Pink, and Black.  In the other crop layouts I’ll post later this week you’ll be able to see many more of the great patterned papers in Calypso.

INSPIRATION – I tapped into the Make it from Your Heart Volume #1 Idea Book from Close to my Heart for the composition of this layout.  Jeanette Lynton’s page designs are so terrific for adapting to any paper collection and photo subject!  Here’s a quick link to see all of the “How To” pattern books from Close to my Heart.  They offer a lot of patterns for scrapbook pages and cards BUT they also often include layout variations and stamping technique info too!

X7210C - Calypso Complements


TECHNIQUE TIP – The Complements assortment for Calypso includes 2 sheets of adhesive die cut elements.  This makes scrapbooking faster, simpler but if you want to elevate an adhesive die cut element to create some dimension on your layout, use some 3D foam tape on the back and before removing the adhesive film on the side of the foam tape you’ll adhere to the your project, dust the sticky back side of the die cut element with a little baby powder.  Remove the film from the 3D foam tape and adhere your element to your project.  Voila!

0516 - Calypso 1bFUN FACT –  When I was working on this I felt like the layout was a little ho hum but I wasn’t sure what to do to make it better.  One of the best things about being a Close to my Heart consultant as part of a great group like the Rose Blossoms is that we’re always sharing creative ideas with each other.  We have a facebook group and I posted a picture of the layout I had done so far in a post on that group.  Within moments a few of my fellow consultants suggested adding a custom page title in bold black using the font from the Cricut Artbooking cartridge.  And then Debra on my team (who has a gift for embellishing her projects “just so”)  gave me the great tips to add bitty sparkles to the flamingos’ eyes AND little black bows around the necks of a few of them.  Now I LOVE this layout and I’m so excited to have it in our family’s photo albums!

E1031 - DATED is the stamp set used here

E1031 – DATED is the stamp set used here


Registration for this Mix Crop is closed but you can still make the layouts that I’m showing this week.  Here’s how:

  1. You can go to my online store to place an order for the supplies used in May-July 2016.  A list for this sample layout is shown below.
  2. You can get a few friends together and I can bring the mix crop to you this spring or early summer.  We’ll combine the supplies needed into an order in your name and then you’ll get hostess benefits from Close to my Heart too!  Contact Me so we can pick a date for you and your friends and get started!
  3. Or you can email me to order the “kit to go” for yourself.  If you order your kit “to go” it will include the Calypso Workshop Your Way collection and my layout notes printed in color which will include pictures of my layout samples.  For a small extra charge I can do the die cutting and stamping of most page elements for you.  Contact Me if you want to go with this option.

 Thanks so much for visiting my blog today!

Please check back later this week to see more fun colorful layouts using Calypso!!!

SUPPLIES LIST for the above sample layout

  • G1109 – Workshops You Way Calypso Scrapbooking Kit
  • C1651 – Tickled Pink Stamp Set
  • Z3228 – Tickled Pink Thin Cuts
  • E1031 – Dated Stamp Set
  • 9035 – Make it from your Heart – Volume 1
  • Ink Pads in Whisper, Pixie, Hollyhock and Black
  • Shin Han Markers in Y49 Pastel Green and YR26 Pastel Peach
  • X5773 or X5940 – Pixie Pink Cardstock
  • X5929 or X5933 – Whisper Cardstock
  • 1386 or X5933 – Black Cardstock
  • Z1263 – Bitty Sparkles
  • Z3171 – Cricut Art Philosophy
  • Z3169 – Cricut Artbooking
  • Z3022 – 3-L EZ Dots Adhesive
  • Z1151 – 3D Foam Tape
  • Z1471 – Clear 14″ Ruler
  • Z697 – Sponge

Let Spring shine in your Memory Albums

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I have a Margot’s Mix Crop coming up this month and we’re letting spring shine through in a big way with the Penelope collection from Close to my Heart.  

You can find this collection starting on page 15 of the Seasonal Expressions catalog.  The scrapbook layout above is my sample of the 2nd layout design crop guests will be able to make!  (the first layout was posted on Friday April 1st but below you can find a thumbnail picture of that layout).

Penelope WYW Kit Screen Grab

  •  Just look at these uplifting patterned papers and embellishments!!!
  • In this Workshop Your Way kit, you’ll get a whole lot of spring goodness!   10 sheets of Background & Texture Paper — 5 double sided designs and 2 sheets of each, 2 sheets of coordinating journaling and accent cards, bright sticker sheets, coordinating vellum die cuts (some accented with a silver foil design), 3 rolls of Washi tape, and a pack of silver glitter puffies!
  • The color palette is Crystal Blue, Honey, Pear, Pixie, Thistle and White Daisy.

This layout will accommodate 2 photos at 2.5″ wide x 5.25″ tall AND some combination (your choice) of 17 photos or patterned paper  at 2.5″ square size.  Below you can see some close up pictures of the embellishing I did on this layout — you can copy what I did OR discover your own inner artist by creating your own combinations of the embellishments in the kit.

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DATE OF THE CROP – Friday, April 15, 2016 starting at 7:00pm

LOCATION – my home;  directions will be provided when you register

COST – $40 — you will make two 3-page layouts at the crop and you’ll probably have extra supplies to make cards or other crafting projects.

REGISTRATION DUEby Tuesday April 5th.  Send me an email if you’d like to join us!  We’d love to have you but space is limited for the crop.

Below you’ll be able to see the first layout sample.  Check back tomorrow morning to see the 3rd layout.  

Life In Pictures - SB Layout