Thursday, July 28, 2011

Fanfare Workshop on the Go--Look what I did with my extra paper!

I'm teaching this workshop tonight and I have two extra kits if you'd like to attend, please call or text me right away at (702) 432-7488. 7:00 p.m. at my house, cost is $29.95 plus tax/shipping. Can be shipped to your home!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Want to see how much fun we had at Close to My Heart convention?

Watch this U-Tube video and watch for your favorite consultants!!  Corporate played this at the closing session of our convention!  Look at all the fun, hope to see you next year!!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

How do you cut out circles easily?

With the new EXCLUSIVE Close to my Heart Cricut Cartridge!! (Available August 1)  It will work in any cricuit machine!  Trust me, it'll be your favorite cartridge, it's absolutely gorgeous, versatile and my all time favorite!

Close To My Heart will be releasing a cartridge package called Art Philosophy August 1st! See pictures below. It comes with a cartridge that features 700 images, 3 matching stamp sets and 3 sheets of matching chipboard, all for just $99. It's a killer deal!  TOTALLY LOVE IT!!

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Looking for some awesome papercrafting friends? Join our team!!

Look at the amazing achievements these ladies made during the last 12 months by doing something they love!! My team, Stamper's with an Attitude is featured on 2.27, we are celebrating their achievements in team sales, personal sales, and recruiting. To see the fun we have together and celebrate our friendships, watch the vintage team photos scroll at 6.39. Karen Morris compiled this video for her team meeting at our When You Wish Convention in Anaheim. Our Stamper's with an Attitude Team is #4 on the Dream Team in Sales-WAY TO GO Ladies!!

I was featured a lot more photos than I would like, in fact there were a few photos of me that I had never seen. My team members may see some photos of that will surprise them! :) Enjoy!!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Time is Running out to get these Items!!

These items are available ONLY until July 31st!!

  • My Relections Paper Pack Kits
  • All Level One Kits
  • Bliss Level 2 and Stickease
  • Miracle Level 2 and Stickease
  • Sweetheart Level 2 and Stickease
  • Wings Level 2 and Stickease
  • Magnifique Level 2 and Stickease
  • Olivia Level 2 and Stickease
  • Hooligans Level 2 and Stickease
  • Mistletoe Level 2 and Stickease

Acrylic Blocks

  • 1” x 1 ½” block (Y1001)
  • 1” x 6 ½” block (Y1005)
  • 2” x 11” block (Y1007)
  • 2 ½” x 2 ½” block (Y1004)
  • 4 ½” x 6 ½” block (Y1011)
  • My Acrylix block starter kit (Y1500)

Embellishments &  Tools

  • Designer ribbon – Cranberry (Z1209)
  • Designer ribbon – Buttercup (Z1154)
  • Designer ribbon – Sweet Leaf (Z1125)
  • Sophia Level 2 Journaling Spots (Z1357)
  • Mini Medley Accents – Pear (Z1339)
  • Mini Medley Accents – Lagoon (Z1340)
  • Mini Medley Accents – Outdoor Denim (Z1277)
  • Top Coats – Framed In (Z1211)
  • Rub Ons – Across the Board (Z1231)
  • Rub Ons – Primavera (Z1265)
  • Kraft Color Ready Borders (Z1377)
  • Red Eye Pen (3501)
  • Embossing Powders – Clear (Z671)
  • Embossing Powders – Heavenly Blue (Z647)
  • Embossing Powders – Pansy Purple (Z664)
  • Embossing Powders – Silver Pearl (Z678)
  • Block Buddy Set Z1289 121 Pivot Point Stapler (Z1009)
  • Texture Tools – Foam Tools (Z1090)
  • Fun Flock (Z263)
  • My Accents Block Organizer (Z185)

Cardstock--Stock up on  Your Favorite Colors--24 pks of Cardstock will only be offered in these colors after July 31st: Kraft, Black, White Daisy, Colonial White, Vanilla Cream, Chocolate, Cocoa, Desert
Sand, Bamboo, Sweet Leaf, Pacifica, Smoothie, Creme Brulee, Olive, Cranberry, and Outdoor Denim
Textured Cardstock – White Daisy

Dimensional Elements

  • Dimensional Elements – Villa (Z1390)
  • Dimensional Elements – Miracle (Z1354)
  • Dimensional Elements – Booksmart (Z1223)
  • Dimensional Elements – Borders (Z1156)
  • Dimensional Elements – Framed Fun (Z1140)
  • Dimensional Elements – Plain Chipboard (Z1164)
  • Dimensional Elements – Stars (Z1312)
  • All Dimensional Elements Monograms – A – Z

Other Items
All Envelope flats
3” x 3” Mini Album (Z1166)
My Creations 3 ring binder (Z1141)

Workshops on the Go are available only through August 31st
Sweetheart (G1017)
Lucky (G1018)
Sophia (G1019)
Bliss (G1020)
Fanfare (G1021)
Mayberry (G1022)
Miracle (G1023)
Wings (G1016)

To place an order, Email me or click here to shop my website 24/7

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Close to My Heart Leadership at Disneyland Hotel

Close to My Heart offered us the chance to attend a fabulous leadership prior to the Annual National Convention in sunny California at the Disneyland Hotel! What an absolutely perfect setting for their convention! The Disney Institute is perfectly aligned with Close to My Heart's philosophy! The setting was perfect!

I drove from Las Vegas and found my 8 roommates (we had adjoining rooms in the Adventure Tower) standing on the curb laughing at me while the poor bell boy Larry offered to "do anything I wanted" while they stood "lending their support" which consisted of heckling, laughing and photographing Larry and I unpacking my Attitude truck while they enjoyed themselves at our expense.

Our room was seriously luxurious and slept five as it had a daybed and refrigerator. Our headboard played "A Dream is a Wish your Heart Makes" and lit up with sparkle lights. How perfect!! Not only was the setting perfect, but Disney gave the convention discounted rooms and Park TICKET rates!! We also got INSTANT fast passes which were the BOMB!!

I have achieved the title of Executive Director so I get spoiled a little. Close to My Heart wants to motivate everyone in the company to reach the management level of Director and above so we get some perks like: Directors get special seating, Executive Directors and above get reserved seating with our name and photo on the seat, our seats are draped and this year the Executive Directors had a green bow. I got to sit on the front row again. Executive Directors and above also get an exclusive invitation to a Presidential Luncheon with Jeanette Lynton, CEO of the company. We received an exclusive Mickey Mouse snowglobe at the reception. When we registered Executive Director's also received an exclusive Minnie Mouse Lanyard, it's so cute!! All the Directors were invited to a Director's dinner in the Sleeping Beauty pavilion where we were surprised to find Mickey Mouse ears with our names on them. We also received a handmade card from Jeanette along with a Twilight Pass to California Adventure where we had reserved seating for World of Color. They even gave us Mickey Mouse shaped rice crispy treats to enjoy at World of Color, they think of everything!

One of my first downline, Pamela O'Conner was a first time Director, and she was amazed by all the Director perks! I hope my entire team strives to be Directors for next year's convention at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas, TX, July 11 (Leadership) and July 12-14 (Stars Shine Bright CTMH Convention).

Our keynote speaker, Mary Flynn, was GREAT!! She shared with us that Disney has experienced turbulent times and has been in business for over 80 years!! I have been a long time fan of Disney and that LOVE has been renewed hearing their philosphy, they are simply amazing! Close to My Heart is really closely aligned with the Disney Institute! What an amazing blessing to be a consultant for 20 years!!

Friday, June 10, 2011

My amazing School--Whitney Elementary!!

It didn't occur to me yesterday to share this clip on my blog since it's part of the "other" half of my life, but as I have watched the results of this clip, it occured to me that I should help spread the word about the incredible school and people that I work with! I am passionate about working at Whitney, I know I make a difference EVERY DAY!!   The clip is from CBS Evening News  Click on the link to watch the short segment!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Do you need to scrapbook picnics or spring photos?

Mayberry Scrapbooking Kit of the Month Class
May 25, Wednesday, 6:30-8:30The Kit of the Month is the best value at $29.95 plus shipping and handling, $34.95!! The Kit of the Month includes a Level 2 paper packet, accessory packet and a stamp set. The kit of the month is discounted each month by Close to My Heart. This month's kit Workshop Kit (includes):
  • Level 2 Paper Packet
  • My Acrylix® Stamp Set
  • Canvas Badge Buttons
  • Workshop Guide
You'll make a two-page layout and go home with extra paper, accessories and the stamp set. Close to My Heart has provided an additional idea for another two-page layout idea online that has directions in one of our idea books  WOOT WOOT!!
To register for the class, you'll need to pay me or paypal me on or before May 23 at

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Add $4.95 shipping if you want to order the kit and have it shipped to your own home to complete on your own!!

Monday, May 9, 2011

Do you ever need to scrapbook a girl's night out?

Here is the page I made using the Sweetheart Kit in Studio J online design studio. I used the pattern from our idea book Imagine, "Up the Tempo."  The Kit mix is #3.  This is a quick 30-minute layout!!

This is ONE of the times we went to see Donny Osmond in concert here in Las Vegas at the Orleans Hotel & Casino.  Laura and I took our daughters and it was SO much fun, he even held my daughters hand.  This also happens to be the night that I met Harry Wiltse, isn't that funny?

The techniques I used on this page are:
  • Changing the color of the polka dot texture paper to black and then changing the intensity to 30% (just click on the paper and a popup window opens, drag the intensity bar down to 30%)
  • Change the color of the cardstock
  • Change the journaling well to white cardstock so that I could put My Stickease flower in it instead.  
  • Adding mats to the photo wells
  • Adding a text box to the top right corner and then dropping in texture paper (click on it and dragging texture paper to fill it)]
  • Creating titles in different fonts
  • Using the edge of a mystickease frame to make "lace" on the edge of a photomat (click on it and send it to the back)
 FUN, FAST, and FABULOUS!!!  I can't believe how young the girls look, what a difference five years make, we need to take them to see the Donny & Marie show and see if they like it as much as they liked seeing Donny!!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Have you celebrated being a woman by being a Memory Keeper?

I am proud to be the memory keeper in our family. I love making memories and recording them in Studio J so that my children can keep the memories fresh and alive! They are the reason I celebrate being a woman/mother!   And the page was SUPPOSED to say the family name but I don't have the same last name as my kids so that doesn't really work for us, I love being able to make the text say whatever I want it to and in Studio J  you don't run out of vowels because they are ENDLESS!!  WOOT WOOT!!!

This is another one of the layouts we made at Studio J Boot Camp.

This layout features the Kit Take the Cake (it's an exclusive kit available only to customers who purchase a membership--one of the membership benefits).  Colors are Chocolate, Lagoon, Sunset, and White Daisy.

If you love this pattern, you can recreate it classically using the pattern, Portrait Collection.  The kit mix is #6 in the design Studio.

Some techniques I used to create it are:
  • Adding text boxes to the bottom of photos to create a "polaroid" look
  • Creating titles in different fonts
  • Resizing those CUTE CUTE CUTE my stickease family figures (GOTTA LOVE THEM, you can't see them but they have a tone on tone pattern, LOVE THEM!!)
  • Layering the My Stickease frame at the top right hand corner
  • Distressing the cardstock and texture paper
  • Adding a text box and then changing it to paper (add the text box and then click on it and a pop up window appears, drag paper into the box--SO COOL!)
Happy Mother's Day!!  I've been a mother for almost 21 years and it's been an adventure every step of the way and I wouldn't trade places with anyone!  LOVE to my babbies, no matter how grown up they are!  I'll Love you forever.....

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Have you tried Studio J digital online design studio?

I just spent a whirlwind two days at a boot camp for Studio J, learning the ins and outs of using the design studio and advanced techniques for making scrapbook pages (at least they were advanced to me)! I have used Studio J quite a bit to catch up on vacation albums but I hadn't really explored it in depth!

It knocked my socks off!! WOW!! There are simply NO limits to the creative things you can do in Studio J.

When they named it boot camp I thought it was a joke but seriously, it was Boot camp, we worked from 8 a.m. the first day til midnight, we even worked through dinner because we were so excited and engrossed in all the techniques. We created 9-10 layouts and submitted them and they printed them and delivered them to us the next day. I'll be sharing my layouts this week and my favorite tips.

Jeanette Lynton, shared more about Studio J Boot Camp on her blog Click here to read Jeanette's blog entry

This layout was created to be the cover of the album and the last page of the album, so the pictures don't really go together. Most of the photos I used for Boot Camp were of a Cruise that I earned FREE from Close to My Heart in 2004. I earned two free cruises from Close to My Heart and I took my children and my Mom on a Carribbean Cruise.

A few of the techniques I applied to this layout are:
*resizing MyStickease (the sticker accents, when you scrapbook classically you only get the choice of one size, the sizes are unlimited in the design studio and you never run out of embellishments!)
*moving MyStickease in front of and behind other accents (you click on the My Stickease and a popup window will appear and use the option send to back)
*changing patterned paper to tone-on-tone patterns instead (click on the pattern and a popup window will appear and then simply choose a color to match your photos, AMAZING! You can make any patterned paper any color you want!)
*changing the intensity of color on papers (Click on any paper and a pop up window will appear, click on the color and move the slider)
*changing the color of a brad (choose a brad and then choose a color)
*distressing the edges of papers with inks digitally

I would love to set up a FREE 30 minute one-on-one session with you in which I teach you a little bit about Studio J and you create TWO 2-page layouts. REALLY! 30 minutes, it's a SNAP!!! Call or email me to set up a time (702-432-7488 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            702-432-7488      end_of_the_skype_highlighting, I'll come to you or you can come to my home. OR we can even do it over the phone or over the internet.

Cllick here to try Studio J for FREE!!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Leadershare In Las Vegas

I had the privilege of attending a local team meeting that was held jointly by my upline Karen Morris and the Close to My Heart corporate office. The night before I dragged a fun group of my team members, customers, and friends to Stoney's for free line dancing lessons and then we stayed to dance the night away (a few brought their hubby's and played pool as well). We all had a blast and not a lot of sleep!!

During Leadershare we had swaps, an art contest and raised over $1300 for operation smile, that's FOUR operations for kids with cleft palates!! WAY TO GO Dream Team!! In addition, We had two create and take projects, a cube and a layout, and I was invited to eat lunch with the Executive Team. We had an awesome weekend!! (I'll share the art in more posts)

At the conclusion of the team meeting Karen Morris gave out awards that were provided by the corporate office. A few of the awards were received by members of my team, Stamper's with an Attitude!! Here are my awards along with the awards received by my team members!!

Angela Garcia, Tucson, Arizona, Top Recruiter

JoAnn Zubal, Mesa, Arizona, Top Team Sales, Team Size 1-50

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Studio J Layouts Featuring the Ronsberg/Wiltse Family & Sweet Home

  These layouts feature my sweet sister-in-law, Nancy's family.  I used Sweet Home to record the memories of our fun time at their home.  We loved getting to know them, they went WAY out of their way to make us feel at home and make sure the kids were entertained.  We were very sad to leave their home.  I'm SO glad that I can record these memories so that my kids can remember these fun times and the family members that live SO far away in North Dakota.  To try Studio J for FREE click here and create an account. You'll see how fun and easy it is!!  To see the details of these exclusive members only layouts, simply click on the photos to enlarge them!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Studio J Exclusive Member Layout Designs using Floral Tapestry

One of the features I really enjoy about Studio J is that I can use scrapbook kits that are discontinued.  For these pages I used Floral Tapestry.  It is no longer available in paper, but I can use it in Studio J!!  All of these pages are using the NEW templates that are available only for members with Studio J memberships.  To learn more about Studio J click here!  Click on any of the layouts to see our vacation to Laura Ingalls Wilder's Homestead in DeSmet, SD, OR the details of the layouts--LOL!!  My kids LOVED the homestead, it was one of their favorite destinations on our 9-day road trip.  If you can make it a stop on a trip, take the time!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Studio J Rocks my World!!

I am loving how easy it is to create layouts with my Studio J membership. I created these layouts all in a couple of hours using the NEW design templates exclusively for customers with memberships. To find out more about Studio J or to use it FREE, click here!  I've had these photos since the summer of 2007 waiting to scrapbook with traditional paper but since there were SO many photos of this fabulous vacation, I kept putting it off.  With Studio J it was a SNAP to record the vacation.  I had the entire 9 days done in two sittings!! Here are just a few of the layouts I did in about an hour!! Now my kids can enjoy the members and remember the fun and love!! (I'm REALLY loving the fact that one of the new features of Studio J is that you get jpegs of the layouts--usually within an hour of placing your order--so that your art is easy to share quickly.)

Friday, March 4, 2011

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