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During July, buy any two My Acrylix® stamp sets at the full retail price and get a third stamp set of equal or lesser value free! Choose from stamp sets in the current Annual Inspirations or Seasonal Expressions 2, plus the popular Solos number and letter stamp sets that we've brought back just for July! Solos stamp sets can also be purchased in two different bundles, one for letters and one for numbers, for even more savings!

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Come spend Saturday May 4th crafting with me!

San Diego area people come out and spend National Scrapbooking Day with myself and Dana Simone-Kurtz at our all day Spring Fling Craft Workshop. Out of towners we haven't forgotten you-on the 5th we will post photos and details of how you can order kits for us to ship you. Now let me give you the full scoop:

Spring Fling CraftWorkshop

Paper crafted gifts for baby showers, teacher appreciation, graduation, Mother’s and Father’s Day, and just because

Saturday May 4, 2013

10:00am - 4:00pm

Garage In Poway (email me at your RSVP and I will get you the address)

   Choose which and how many projects to create

   Pay as you goprojects from $2 to $10 each

   Raffles every half hour

   Kids 9 years and older with adult welcome

   Bring adhesive, scissors, and money


Earn raffle tickets for bringing a friend, booking a gathering, signing up for email notifications, becoming a consultant, and for every $10 you order.

Email or call me today to R.S.V.P. and receive an additional raffle ticket.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

They need my help, do you! Let me show you how to rescue your families' memories

Are you memories stuffed in a box under your bed or stuck in some unlabeled file on your laptop, worse yet on your camera phone???  If yes than you need ME and Studio J online scrapbooking to help rescue your families' memories.

Studio J scrapbooking is super fast, super easy, and way inexpensive!  It can done on your time schedule whenever you have a few minutes because once logged in your layouts autosave so when your 3 yr-old yells OOPS, you don't have to worry about your project and run!

This is something that travels with you!  I scrap anywhere and everywhere that has wi-fi!

This is the only way that my youngest 3 have a chance of seeing their photos scrapbooked before they have grandkids.  Let me show you how! call me at 760-712-7033 or click to start now!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

National Secretary's Day gift

Happy Secretary's Day!!!!!!!!!!  Thinking oh that doesn't apply to me, I'm not a secretary or Administrative Assistant as they have politically corrected the name to lol.  OF COURSE YOU ARE~as the head of all things that need to be done, scheduled, arranged, kept track of, and overseer of EVERYTHING for you family we are ALL Secretaries!

Since I was 19 years old, I've enjoyed this day of respect and recognition for all those things that people aren't even aware you do for them.

So today, my co-workers will come in to find these on their desks from me.  Designed by my upline Bren Yule, this fun desk organizer has a little of everything on it.  A little cork board, a place to glue photos, and a cup holder.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Give Mom the Perfect Gift

With Mother’s Day just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to create a gift for Mom using the My Acrylix® Perfect Fit—Mom stamp set. This set of 11 stamps will make it easy to tell your mom that she’s the world’s greatest. Try the other Perfect Fit stamp sets too for even more endless papercrafting possibilities! Get yours in time for Mom’s big day—only $13.95.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Papercupcakes Harlem Shake!!!!!!!!!!!!! We rocked this!

This is the kind of thing that happens when you get a lot of Close to My Heart Consultants together in one place, with lots of scrapping, tons of candy, and more caffiene!!!!  Love my team-mates!!!!!!!!  Join us this month and become a part of my team for the low price of $49.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Fabulous Fabrics Video

This video shows some super quick embellishment tricks for using fabric.  I for one was thrilled to watch it, because I had definitely seen it used and wondered HOW they did that?!?!
To get YOUR CTMH Textile fabric head to now!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Husband Appreciation Day - Saturday the 20th

This coming Saturday is Husband Appreciation Day!  I know, I know when I saw this my initial thought was whatever, how did that become a holiday.  But on second glance, and maybe because I'm much more sentimental and appreciative of my husband who's been deployed for 14 months, I thought I should remind everyone of the day. 

I can't tell you how much I'm looking forward to picking up dirty work uniforms, finding dirty dishes in the oddest places around our house, yelling "get those boots off my carpet".  I also can't wait to see a smirk on his face when I know he's up to no good, to have a hand to hold on walks to the playground, have someone to get that joke that no one else would understand, and to have a hug at the end of a what seems like never-ending day. 

So in honor of my husband, and yours.  I hope you have a great weekend together!

Studio J - Express Collection

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Wear your PJ's to work day!!!!

Let's face it at one time or another we've all had the dream "wouldn't it be nice if" AND the nightmare of "being in a meeting in"....our PAJAMAS!  Well here is the holiday dedicated to just that!  National Wear Your PJ's To Work Day!!!

Here's the thing, I stopped dreaming about this and made it a reality 7 years when I joined Close To My Heart.  Even better than working in my PJ's, crafting and chatting are the majority of my working requirements.  How can a job be more perfect?  How about doing all this with your friends? Yup, I get to do that too!

Why don't you join in on the fun, make some money doing things that you know you really want to be doing anyways! During April, when you sign up to join my team you will still get your amazing New Consultant Kit, but you will also get FOUR additional stamp sets (Apr, May, Ju, Jly Stamp of the Months) FREE in your kit.

For full list of all the goodies you are going to receive in your package AND your enrollment form CLICK HERE.  The whole process will take you about 5 mins!

Monday, April 15, 2013

Spring Fling CraftWorkshop

Spring Fling CraftWorkshop

Paper crafted gifts for baby showers, teacher appreciation, graduation, Mother’s and Father’s Day, and just because

Saturday May 4, 2013

10:00am - 4:00pm

Garage In Poway (email me at your RSVP and I will get you the address)

   Choose which and how many projects to create

   Pay as you goprojects from $2 to $10 each

   Raffles every half hour

   Kids 9 years and older with adult welcome

   Bring adhesive, scissors, and money


Earn raffle tickets for bringing a friend, booking a gathering, signing up for email notifications, becoming a consultant, and for every $10 you order.

Email or call me today to R.S.V.P. and receive an additional raffle ticket.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Paper Cupcakes Cricut Artiste Blog Hop

Welcome to the April edition of the Paper cupcakes Cricut Artiste blog hop.  If you came from Bren Yule's blog, glad you are here you are in the right place on the trail!

My project is something I'm excited about, as its one of my kits for my upcoming Spring Fling Openhouse Workshop (stop back tomorrow for event details, including how to order your kits for out of towners).

This month we focused on the "Happy Mother's Day Key", page 74 of your guide.  The pretty buttercup flower is from that key (Accent 1 w/shift on).  The purse itself is from the number "5" key, 3D Object.  I cut the purse using fit to page mode on my Cricut.

The paper for this project is Chantilly.  Adding the zip-strip on the bottom of the purse was so easy and gave it a finished look.  The other embellishments used here are: Just Blooms daisy white flower,  Pink Assortment Buttons Z1370, Olive Baker's Twine, from the Harvest Assortment Z1751, and last Pink Glitz Glitter Gel Z1770.

What I love about this project is that the size is perfect for using all those bits of scraps and left over embellishments from other projects.  It can be used easily as a small gift bag for treats, gift card holder, name table settings, etc.

Thanks again for stopping by now hop on over to my talented pal and Spring Fling Workshop co-host, Dana Simone Kurtz's blog.

Enjoy and come back soon and OFTEN!

Here is the full list of hoppers so you don't lose your way:
The hoppers in order are:
1) Bren Yule
2) Heather Plotzke
3) Dana Simone-Kurtz 
4) Patty Smith 
5) Linda Taylor
6) Rosalinda Cruz 

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Special reminders - Tax day savings

Tax day is coming my friends, you can't hide any longer that's why I wanted to remind you about my savings special:

 Join the Ink Tax Party! and earn a FREE Dye Ink Pad (with $25 order)
During April all orders of $25 or more, will qualify for a Heatherplotzke Ink Tax Party FREE gift of your choice of one of our 40 Dye-colored ink pads! 

So easy right, you place your sure to CLICK "JOIN" on the Ink Tax Party and then let me know what color ink pad you want and I will get it shipped off to you!  That easy!!!!  Easiest refund you'll receive this month for sure :)  Hurry this only lasts through April 30th!

Also wanted to have you save the date, MAY 4th!!!!!!!!!  On National Scrapbooking Day I will be co-hosting a Spring Fling Workshop from 10-4, in Poway. There will be tons of projects that you'll be able to pick and choose from to make (and how many to make).  The cost will be broken down by projects and you just have pay for the projects you choose. More details to come, but same the save the date.  You won't want to miss out, and be sure to bring your friends.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Duplicate Layouts -- made easy

We have all vacationed with friends and family and to print extra photos, or now email out copies.   A lot of us have even had to (gasp) RESCRAP photos to send to others.

Studio J is Heaven sent for these situations.  Here is why:

My best friend came to visit in December. To minimize flash bulbs (yes the three of us were all scrappers), we traded off days taking photos and then combined all the pictures together through emails.  Donna, being AMAZING, logged onto Studio J right away and started scrapbooking her visit. 

When she was done, she went in and created two copy of those layouts, even changing the journalling to reflect if I or Connie were talking.  Ordered the copies and with in a few days all three of us had our own scrapbook.  SO GREAT!

I love you Donna! I love Studio J!

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

For Always - Display Tray

As soon as I saw the paper pack FOR ALWAYS, I knew I would finally be scrapbooking my wedding photos.
I created this 5 x 7 display tray in under an hour.  I quickly added my photos and pieces of the B&T paper using modge-podge.  Next I added the new Sparkles Clear Flourishes - small. and a few Cricut roses (in Honey and Cranberry) which were ink distressed on the tips with cranberry ink.
  I was all done, that quickly.  I love how it turned out!

Monday, April 8, 2013

For Always Paperpack

 I wanted to showcase my most beloved papers from the new catalog.  FOR ALWAYS.  I'm absolutely in love with this paper pack.  Over the next few weeks you'll be seeing all sorts of projects I made with them.  Today I wanted to show you some of the stunning things our CTMH Design Team came up with.

From Wedding to Heritage to Home Decor and everything in between, this paper pack is perfect.

For Always Scrapbook WOTG
 Here are some samples from the two Workshop on the Go kits (yup this pack is so amazing we have two seperate kits!) and be sure to scroll all the way down to check out the fabulous accessories we have designed to coordinate.
For Always Card WOTG

Here is a sample of just a few of the accessories that match perfectly with this For Always paperpack.  Be se sure to check back, starting tomorrow to see what I've come up with.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Put down that duster! Studio J is calling you on this special day

Okay friends, here is a holiday just for you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  

National NO HOUSEWORK DAY!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sounds like the perfect day for a crafter!!!!!!!  Now if this day was combined with National Someone come and take all my kids away for a few hours, think of all the crafting I could do.

Since no one volunteered to come and take my little darlings for the day, looks like I'll be going to Plan B...Studio J day while they play.  For me Studio J online scrapbooking gives me the freedom to scrapbook AND play near my kiddos without worries of sticky fingers, spilled juices, and accidents with tools (not that a child of mine would ever want to play Barbie's hair dresser with my CTMH scissors).

So abandon those dust pans, and stop folding that laundry and let's get crafting!!!!!!

Thursday, April 4, 2013

More Canvas Love

Yesterday I showed you how to make Photo Canvas's for under $10.  Today I wanted to show you another example.

This photo of my Dad from 1959 at Niagra Falls, was too handsome to have it hidden away in an album.  So I decided to showcase it using our 6 x 6 photo canvas ($4.95), using the simple tissue paper/modge podge technique (see yesterday's post for full directions).

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

I'm In Love with 6x6 Canvas

I'm in love with CTMH's 6 x 6 Canvas Displays.  They can be used in endless projects and are priced right at only $4.95!!!!  They can be painted on, glued on, scrapbooked on, and like what I'm going to show you today, made into Canvas photos.

Here is the canvas I made for my Mom.  This is one of her favorite photos of my Dad and Brother.  So you can get an idea of the quality, this photo was blown up to 6.25 x 6.25 from an old photo booth mini strip of pictures from my Dad's wallet.  So let me tell you how I did it (and did it under an hour!).

On my home printer,  I printed my photo onto plain tissue paper (nothing fancy mine is from the Dollar Tree).  To do this I took a piece of copy paper and gift wrapped it so to speak using scotch tape on the back to hold it down.  If there is a glossy side be sure to have that down.  You want to print on the tissue-y side.  I then put it into my printer, crossed my fingers, and then it printed!!!!!!!  Let this dry for awhile.  I just say it aside and came back  a little later after prepping the next step.

What you'll need next is a pair of scissors, a foam brush, and modge podge glue (I used Mat, because I wanted it to look as if it was printed right on the canvas.  I trimmed the tissue paper to about 6.5 x 6.5, it will be further trimmed later..  Printing/trimming the photo larger than necessary allowed margin of error if I didn't quite glue it straight. On this one I did, but on others I was glad it was there.

Here we go.  I painted a good amount of Modge Podge directly onto the canvas!  Make sure you have it completely covered and wet.  Next put the tissue paper on it gently centered printing should be over the edge.  We will worry about sides later!

Starting in the center and working towards edges, I used my finger working in a circular motion to work photo down into canvas smoothing all air bubbles as I went.  It was really easy to do.  After I smoothed it all out, I went back and pushed the photo into the canvas (one finger on top/one underneath) one more time so you can see the weaving of the canvas in the photo.  That's the best part.  I did not put a coat of modge podge on top for a sealant.  If your canvas is in a high traffic-ed area or will be touched I recommend this.

When the top is finished its time to move onto the sides.  I used an exacto razor to trim the sides leaving roughly a .25 inch all the way around.  Dipping my finger into the modge podge, I carefully went around and tapped all the edges down on all four sides.

I love how this canvas turned out and have used this technique several more times.  Color photos work great too.  What do you think?  Leave me a comment, I'd love your opinions and to be able to help with any questions.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

April Sign Up Special! Join My Team Now

WOW, April is the time to JOIN our Stampoligist Society Team!  because when you join the Close To My Heart family, you’ll receive the April, May, June, and July Stamp of the Month stamp sets for free! Now that’s a reason to celebrate!  That's an additional value of $71.92 in your already amazing New Consultant Kit (now valued at over $226)!!!!  This is a crazy deal since the kit only costs $49 to begin with.  Hurry and join us now!

*No additional shipping/handling or tax will be applied for the free stamp sets. Only new Consultants who sign up during the month of April will qualify for the free stamp sets. Offer valid April 1–30, 2013.

Tax time Ink Party

HI everyone to celebrate getting my taxes done I'm hosting a Tax Time Ink Party in April.  For all orders $25 or more this month, I will be sending you 1 FREE Dye ink pad of your choice (40 colors to choose from) on my dime (or should I say Uncle Sam's).

Be sure to head over to and JOIN the Tax Time Ink Party today.  After you place your order call or email me with your ink pad color choice and I will get it on its way to you.

Let's have a colorful month!!!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, April 1, 2013

National PB & J day

In honor of National PB & J day, I believe everyone should be having a picnic.  If you can't have an outside picnic, no problem.  Spread a blanket out on the and have an indoor picnic!  How much fun will that be for your kiddos on Tuesday to have an indoor picnic.

Looking for something special to serve tonight.  Try a GRILLED PB & J!!! Oh so yummy.  My friend Ardy used to make them for me after nights I'd work late.  If you've never had one you're missing out, they are so oohy-gooehy yummy.  When I was pregnant, it was about the only thing I could eat (maybe that's why my daughter is so "nutty" lol).

So we have the menu set, picnic area ready, what's left....hmmmmmm.  YOUR CAMERA, have it ready!  Days like National PB & J are my favorite kinds of holidays to scrapbook.  I want my kids to remember all the fun and silly things we did day to day.

 When you're ready to scrapbook, I recommend the April stamp of the month set for the perfect picnic layout, try it with Claire paper pack for a fun summery indoor or out layout!

Happy PB & J Day!

March's Mystery Hostess is...

I want to thank everyone that joined in our March Mystery contest!  Our lucky winner is EMILY HUNT!  Emily will be going on a shopping spree of $60 in free hostess rewards PLUS, PLUS 50% off 1 item!  

Happy Shopping Emily!!!