Advent Calendar Workshop

Advent Calendar Workshop

Check out this fun Advent Calendar workshop that’s been created by CTMH for us!  You will need to the new Season of Joy Cricut Cartridge for this.

Purchase the kit for this workshop and use the instructions (includes the Design Space file) to make this amazing calendar that you can use for years to come.



Kit pack includes the following:

1 – ‘Tis the Season Paper Packet (X7239B)
13 – New England Ivy cardstock sheets
2 – Candy Apple cardstock sheets
1 – Fern cardstock sheet
2 – Linen cardstock sheets
1 – White Daisy cardstock sheet

Additional supplies needed:

My Acrylix® Snug Backgrounds Stamp Set (B1634)
New England Ivy Burlap Ribbon (Z4170)
Clear Sparkles (Z3274)
Cricut® Season of Joy Digital Collection (Z3296)

This bundle is a base kit for creating the advent calendar shown using the easy-to-follow instructions found below.


Outstanding October Specials To Remember!

Thank you for visiting my corner of the internet.   I know that you have lots to do and appreciate your time.  I’m looking forward to meeting everyone at the Sisterhood Crop!  Please order your classes by October 15th!!

Flash Sale still running – check out what’s on sale

Flash Sale still running – check out what’s on sale!

Crazy to have another flash sale so close but we are headed to Convention next week in Las Vegas, Nevada!  I can’t wait to see everyone.  This means new products will be released to consultants!

Means we have to make room in the warehouse for all the new stuff.    Here’s what’s up for the Flash Sale, including 4 Cricut Cartridges:

Wow!  If you love this Rainbow Workshop from Studio Sus, the Thin Cut Alpha and Numbers are bundled together for an amazing $79.70!

June things to keep in mind:

Thanks for stopping by my corner of the internet.  Have a creative day and don’t miss out on this amazing flash sale!

Builders Board

Builders’ Board

SG had a project to be an inventor.  I created a bulletin board to celebrate all of the student’s work.  It was so fun to read all of the different ideas they can and how they created inventions!  This is not my most creative board as I was trying to capture some different words they used to describe what they did.

Thank goodness for the Cricut and having all these different fonts and images to use to make the board more interesting.


Are these ideas just amazing for 3rd graders?!  I’m so blessed that I have the time to volunteer and help out.  I thank CTMH for the ability to be my own boss so I can have the time to volunteer in my daughter’s classroom.

May things to keep in mind:

Thanks for stopping by corner of the internet.  I’m so proud of all the kids and excited to make the Builders’ Board   Have a creative day!


Blogging on a phone!

Blogging on a phone!

I say kudos to those of you who can blog by your phones. I’m trying to do this on my phone so that my blog doesn’t go without a post this week. Starbucks makes a great stop to do this! On Sunday night we had a horrible storm, lots of thunder and lightning, and that left us without any phone, internet, or cable TV. It’s been a quiet few days which is kind of nice. I don’t think you realize how much noise comes from all of these services.

Then the quiet days I’ve been working on a little bit of Bible journaling and editing a workshop for Studio Sue. In between my volunteering and all of my mom duties.

It’s been a nice time of reflection. We have Sarah Grace’s 10th birthday party this weekend. It’s really hard to believe we’re in double digits now. I look at her and realize just how fast she’s growing up.

And then I’m off to get ready for a Memories Made Here crop the following weekend. Can’t wait to see everyone in York, PA!

Maybe doing this on my phone isn’t do bad. I’ll have to figure pout how to watermark my pictures this way.

What a day, April 1!!

What a day, April 1!!

What a day, April 1!  Seriously.  Happy Easter, everyone. He has risen!  It’s also April’s Fool Day.  And if that’s not enough to celebrate on one day,  Jeff and I celebrate 18 years of marriage today.  This also coincides with 18 years with CTMH.  Poor Jeff has never know life without CTMH since we were married.  This is the perfect to celebrate many important things: Jesus, fun, my best friend, family, CTMH which provides an outlet for my passion to create and all the marvelous friends which come from this love.  Very rarely will this occur on the same day.

The 1st of April also means changes in CTMH’s specials.  Let’s take a look!


Fab Four – April 2018 Monthly Special

With the Fab Four monthly special, April is a fabulous time to join my team! New Consultants who join Close To My Heart in April will receive the May, June, July and August Stamp of the Month sets, FREE (value of $71.80)! Been a consultant before? Former Consultants can re-enroll in April with a lower-priced, no kit option, and receive the four Stamp of the Month sets, FREE! New or former Consultants must enroll through your Consultant website.

For my Customers:

Each weekend during April, you can take advantage of the Fab Faves weekend sales. These online weekend sales last 24-hours and will feature different items and product bundles at 25% off the retail price. Wahoo! So excited to see these come up! =)  More to come on this as I find out. Note on this:  if you are a consultant, you’ll get the sale price plus your discount!

Be a Hostesses:

Hostesses in April, when your Gathering reaches the third level of Hostess Rewards or higher, you will receive your choice of either the Cut Above® Layout Kit — This Is Me (Z4166) or the Cut Above® Golden Moments Bundle (CC4190), FREE (party must be submitted no later than May 5, 2018). The bundle includes both the Golden Moments Cut Above® tag kit and card kit.

New Consultants:

Consultants who sign up during the month of April will receive the May, June, July, and August Stamp of the Month sets, FREE. That’s an additional $71.80 in retail value added to the incredible value of the New Consultant Kit! The July and August Stamp of the Month sets won’t even be available to Consultants during April. You will receive these brand-new stamp sets before anyone else! No additional shipping or tax is charged for this free item. PLUS, as a new Consultant, you receive $50 in CTMH Cash to spend on products of their choice. Join Now!

Former Consultants:

Former Consultants can also sign up during April at a lower-priced, no-kit enrollment option for just $50! You will still receive $50 in CTMH Cash to spend on products of your choice, meaning they basically get to sign up for free! You will also receive the May, June, July, and August Stamp of the Month sets, FREE! No additional shipping or tax is charged for these free items. Former Consultants will be prompted to include the stamp sets starting with their first order as a Consultant through May 31, 2018. Join Now!


S1804 Color Your Life—April Stamp of the Month

This great set of 12 stamps is perfect for scrapbook titles, cards, and more. With a mix of script sentiments and sentiments that you need to color, you can create very personalized gifts for people. The sentiments which celebrate life and encourage kindness are uplifting.  The layout above is done using Chelsea Gardens Paper.  So beautiful.

Get this D-size Stamp of the Month set for a deal with a minimum qualifying purchase! Add the stamp set to your cart on this page at full retail price or, with your qualifying order, add it at checkout for the promotional price.

Set of 12
Recommended My Acrylix® block:
1″ × 3½” (Y1002), 1″ × 6½” (Y1005), 2″ × 3½” (Y1009), 2″ × 6½” (Y1010)

When you purchase the Stamp of the Month for $5.00 with a $50.00 purchase, you will receive the following Card Kit FREE. It’s a set of 5 cards that are pre-cut and ready for you to stamp and assemble. =)  Here’s better pictures of the layout kits.  You’ll receive one of them free.  =) I love how you can take the letters from the SOM and use them for something different!  


Here’s a Teaser for FUN:

 I can’t wait for it to be released!  So exciting!!  =)

Featured Paper of the Month: Gimme Some Sugar

Gimme Some Sugar is a whimsical collection in colors. More soft, like the early days of summer. I love the Kitchen Traditions part of the collection. Recipe cards are back. Using the Every Day Life Albums, you can create a keepsake for your family. Take those recipes that have been handed down for generations and put them in a keepsake for your child. It’s sure to be held close to their hearts.

I have several workshops available for Gimme Some Sugar when you purchase $25.00 or more in Gimme Some Sugar products from my website!! The one below features 6 layouts designed by Chris Robertson. I have a card one, one on Disney, mini album, and more. Something for everyone.

Check out my FB group, last album for all the choices. If you have older paper, you might be surprised what I have to help you create! I have some posted up on a website page.


The Important Thing Bundle

March 9–April 30, 2018

Create a meaningful Everyday Life™ Album using this limited-time product bundle. Based on a journaling model inspired by Margaret Wise Brown’s The Important Book, this workshop empowers crafters to create a custom album highlighting the important things in their lives! The bundle contains the paper, cardstock, Flip Flaps™, and Memory Protectors™ needed to assemble the album. To see all of the supplies needed for this workshop, reference the Shopping List below. The bundle is only available through April 30, while supplies last, so order yours today!


Free Electronic Workshop Guides:

For every $25.00 product from my shopping website, you will get to choose a free workshop from my collection. There are scrapbooking and cardmaking workshops. My collection has several amazing artists to choose from covering using your Cricut, stamping, or no stamping at all! Just buy the supplies you need to create the workshops, get the guides for free! Check out some of the guides avialble HERE. Check out all of the guides here in my Special Peeps FB Groups.This blog post shows the workshops for Stargazer


Happy Mail

If you are not involved with someone’s home or online gathering, be sure to add yourself to the Happy Mail orders. You’ll get fun in the mail! Check out Happy Mail here. All April orders $25.00+ will have the new Seasonal Expressions 2 (goes live on May 1).

Thanks for stopping by to checkout my creative world.   Enjoy April.  It’s an amazing month! Set an alarm or event on the calendar for every Friday 2m ET (if I figured the timing correct) for the Fab Faves Weekend Sales.  Have questions?  I’m here to help you out – email me:

Special Thoughts

Special Thoughts

Everyone needs a box to keep those special letters or notes in.  I had some flowers left over from Love Letters (last month) and I have a stash of these cute boxes that open up. Combined, it came out quite well.  Paint up the box with some acrylic paint.

Using the letters that are left over to put “special thoughts”.  Add the flowers around.  Liquid Glass helps the flowers and letters stay on better.   I have some extra vellum butterflies from another project and added that on as well.

While Love Letters is over, you can make all of these flowers with the Flower Market Cricut Cartridge.  It’s a great purchase with over 700 images on it plus $54 worth of stamps and $14.50 in paper included in the bundle.

February things to keep in mind:

Thanks for stopping by to checkout my creative world.  Take some time to create a special thought box for yourself or another friend.  If you need some creative help,  I’m here to help you out – email me:

Enjoy The Little Things and Blog Candy

Enjoy The Little Things and Blog Candy

This layout is created with the Falling For You and  Cats and Bats paper packs and the Enchantment Color Palette Cardstock with a few of the Basic colors thrown in.  All the Cricut cuts are from current CTMH Cricut Cartridges.   No stamping this go around but I reserve the right to add some later.  If I do, I’ll share what I do.  The layout design was inspired by Ms. Carrie when I saw her layout posted.   I did change a few things around.

All of the triangles are either 2″x 2″ or 3″ x 3″ squares cut in half, corner to corner.  I created the borders around the pictures with them.  The leaves come from 3 different Cricut Cartridges.   The coffee cups and  sentiment “Enjoy the Little Things” come from the new Cricut You are Here.  Jeff and I love to visit different coffee shops, just to check things out.  We found a cute little one and we have some pictures of this.  I can’t wait to add them.  The rich colors from the Enchantment palette help make this page work.

Layer the leaves in the corner and put the coffee cup on top with 3D foam tape.  Use the gold shimmer brush on the title, “Coffee” (Artbooking alphabet).

Continue to layer the leaves around the sentiment.  Pop the sentiment up on 3D foam tape.  Use your Gold Shimmer Pen to color in the “Enjoy”.

You’ll need the following to create this:

Blog Candy……Comment to Win!!

Win this stamp by commenting!  The blog hop has been long and there are a lot of entries!  If you made it this far, you’ve made my heart happy.  =) You deserve some fun for your efforts!

Be sure to check out the Coffee Lovers’ Blog Hop.

The artists in the blog hop are amazing and sponsors go above and beyond!  That’s why I love playing!!

Be sure to buy our Disaster Relief Stamp Set: Stronger Together – 100% of the profits (including my share) go to American Red Cross.

September is a stupendous month!  Here are the links to all of the great specials:

  • S1709– Feeling Blessed is a timeless Stamp of the Month for $17.95 or $5.00 with a $50.00 order.
  • C1716 Stronger Together – Disaster Relief – 100% of the profits are going to the American Red Cross to help those around the country who are suffering from the wild fires and hurricanes.  If you buy nothing else this month, please purchase this.  I make nothing from the purchase as we wanted the most amount of money possible to go to the American Red Cross.
  • 10+Wonderful Workshop guides, one of which can be yours free with qualifying purchase of $25.00!  Check it out!  Join my FB Customer Group to see the available workshops.
  • Great Cricut Giveaway Event. $50.00 order is one entry into this drawing. Joining my team will get you entries. The goal of 39,000 points…read all about it!!  On August 27, Pam Turner was the $100 shopping spree winner, live on FB in my Group.    The end is near as we have a few weeks left to reach the goal – 8500 points to go.  167 more $50.00 orders until the next $100 hostess credit giveaway!   If all the orders are from customers who order on the Great Cricut Giveaway Online Gathering, to make up these points, the following prizes are available to my customers only:  8-$100 hostess credit shopping sprees, 4 – 50% off items, 1 – Cricut Bundle, and a Workspace Wonder Hostess bundle for a total off 14 more possible prizes!  My customers are the best!!  Oh, did I mention, you get Happy Mail too??
  • Join My Team  and receive the From the Heart card kit, value of $43.90, FREE.  It’s $75 to join CTMH. The contents of the Consultant kit are worth $164 AND you get $50.00 of Product Credit to pick out other papers/inks/stamps for a value of $214.  Plus there are lots of other great reasons to join – Check it out.
  • The Holiday Expressions  live now until December 31, 2017!
  • Events – check them out on my calendar.
  • Like My FB Pages: Linda Creates and You’ve Got Oils
  • Join My Customer Special Peeps Group (Customers only, no consultants please).  In this group, you can see the different workshops in albums along with tracking the Great Cricut Giveaway.

Thanks for stopping by my corner of the internet.  Hope you enjoy this layout for the Coffee Lovers’ Blog Hop.  A change up  The end is near – be sure to not miss out on an entry in the Great Cricut Giveaway, the Stamp of The Month for $5.00, and two Workshops of your choice if your order is over $50.00!!

Thanks A Latte for Teachers!

Thanks A Latte for Teachers

There are people we can’t live without and teachers are one of those peeps.  For the end of the year gifts, I got this idea from my friend Erika, when she made our PTO gifts.  I added my own flair to it and created these gift bags for the teachers.  They are a wonderful combination of summer colors, stamps, and dies from Close to My Heart, Sugar Pea Designs, and STAMPlorations.  It also it into the Summer Coffee Lover’s Bloghop.

I got several gift cards and Starbucks Frap cups.  I filled the cups with some left over Easter basket filling.

Then I put the gift cards into the cup with a straw after filling them out.

I put the cup into some cello bags with some chocolate and watermelon sours, because I wanted to tie in Summer.   I made the tags with a die from Tag o’ Coffee die set.   There is a sentiment square you can cut with the set that fits right into the tag.  Sweetness for ease.  “Thanks A Latte” comes from Stamplorations.  I used Sugar Pea Designs for the latte cup (both the stamps and matching dies).   All paper is from CTMH.  All of these companies are Super Sponsors for the bloghop!

To tie in Summer, I used a retired stamp set from CTMH for “You’re one in a melon” with the watermelon.  Used CTMH watercolor paper and the Raspberry Ink Pad to watercolor “Melon” in.  Used Black Liquid Pearl to create the seeds.  For the latte cup, I wanted to give the illusion of the darker espresso on the bottom of the cup, so I used the Cocoa Ink Pad and watercolor brush to do this.   Create the whipped cream using White Liquid Pearl.  Just before it’s dry, put the transparency lid (cut with the dies) on it to look like whipped cream smooshed in the lid.

The Good Times!

On a side note since the Summer Coffee Lover’s Bloghop goes til the end of the month, here’s another No Worries Layout!  I still have A LOT to show you!

Another great layout that you can make with the Studio Sus  No Worry Workshop Guide that you can get for free when you purchase $25.00 or more from my website!  I love having directions for my layouts.  The bases of the layouts are Cocoa Cardstock which is on sale right now for 25% off!!

Here is the left page.  The paper is this pack is making it the #1 seller for Close To My Heart so I’m predicting our supplies may not make it through August 31, 2017, when the Seasonal Expression is retired.  Here is the right page:

Here are some close ups of the clusters of embellishments from the No Worries Compliments and pieces of paper that are dove tailed to make pennants. The sequins are awesome with the wood grain pattern on them.

Everything about this layout is just “so perfect” as this kraft chipboard says.

June is a jazzy month!  Here are the links to all of the great specials:

  • S1706 – Hello Foxy is a timeless Stamp of the Month for $17.95 or $5.00 with a $50.00 order.
  • We’ve Got You Covered.  Buy one album and get the 2nd album 50% off!
  • Cardstock Carnival – June 15-30th – 25% off!  Spend $25.00, get a workshop free.  Spend $50.00, get the Stamp of the Month for $5.00, a workshop, and an entry into the Great Cricut Giveaway! Price reduction not showing?  No worries, put your choice in the cart or login and it will show the discounted price!
  • 7+Wonderful Workshop guides, one of which can be yours free with qualifying purchase of $25.00!  Check it out!
  • Great Cricut Giveaway Event. $50.00 order is one entry into this drawing. Joining my team will get you entries. $3300.00 in prizes until we hit the goal of 39,000 points…read all about it!!  The party total is moving on up and we had our three prize giveaway!!  We are almost to the fourth giveaway!  Wow….over $500 in prizes given out now!
  • Join My Team and you will receive an album FREE, valued at $29.99.  It’s $75 to join CTMH. The contents of the Consultant kit are worth $164 AND you get $50.00 of Product Credit to pick out other papers/inks/stamps for a value of $214.   Add the album in and that’s $240.00 for $75.00.  Plus there are lots of other great reasons to join – Check it out.
  • The Seasonal Expressions 2  is live now and all new!
  • Events – check them out on my calendar.
  • Summer Coffee Bloghop – Join Us!  Create something summer and coffee related and join the hop!
  • Like My FB Pages: Linda Creates and You’ve Got Oils
  • Join My Customer Special Peeps Group (Customers only, no consultants please).  In this group, you can see the different workshops in albums along with tracking the Great Cricut Giveaway.

Thanks for stopping by my corner of the internet.   Make a “Thanks A Latte” treat bag to say thank you to someone special.   Take advantage of the cardstock sale to get your base pages for this awesome workshop!  Be sure to not miss out on an entry in the Great Cricut Giveaway, and two Workshops of your choice if your order is over $50.00!!



Happy New Year and Welcome Home

Happy New Year everyone and Welcome Home

Did you know that January is National Paper Crafting Month?  CTMH is celebrating this with this amazing Welcome Home Wreath.  I created this for a Christmas present for SG’s teacher.   Watch for pictures of this.

There are four ways you can get the wreath kit:

  1. Buy it for $18.95—no qualifying purchase required!
  2. Get it for free with a qualifying $60 purchase!*
  3. Get it for free by hosting a party that reaches the second level of Hostess Rewards.
  4. Get it for free when you sign up to be a Consultant!

No matter how you get your Welcome Home wreath kit—or how many you get—you are going to love how easy this kit makes it to add a little more papercrafted beauty to your life.  Order yours today and come make it with me on January 15th – CropTastic  or during the Harbor Scrapbooking Weekend Crop on January 19-22!   The kit comes with:

January Stamp of the Month (SOM) S1701 Adore

Each month you can purchase a new D-size stamp set, available for one month only, for just $5. When you place an order of $50 or more in Close To My Heart products, you qualify for this special Stamp of the Month pricing.

S1701, set of 12

Recommended Blocks:
1″ × 1″ (Y1000)
2″ × 2″ (Y1003)
3″ × 3″ (Y1006)
2″ × 3½” (Y1009)

Check out this great art you can create with this stamp set.

New 2017 Seasonal Expressions 1:

Check out the new Seasonal Expressions 1 for 2017!  Amazing new products.  When you place an order, you will get the option to add a FREE Seasonal Expressions 1 to your cart!  Yes!  You can order a sponge for $1.50 and get the Seasonal Expressions 1 FREE.  Love that CTMH does this for you.  On January 15, I’m combining my CropTastic event with my Open House/Launch.  You can drop by, shop, do a free make and take and pick up your FREE 2017 Seasonal Expressions 1.  I’ll also have them at the Harbor Scrapbooking Event on January 19-22 (I think there may still be spots left).

Paper of the Month – Sugar Rush

New Seasonal Expressions means new paper!  Happiness.   Sugar Rush is the featured paper of the month.  Who doesn’t love a donut?  To celebrate the loves in our lives, it’s a fun, spunky paper kit.   There are 12 – 12″ × 12″ B&T Duos™ (2 each of 6 double-sided designs).  Featured colors: Blossom, Canary, Pomegranate, Raspberry, Sea Glass, Tangerine, Whisper, White Daisy

Join Me and create at a discount!

If you find yourself hitting all the stores – Micheal’s, AC Moore, Hobby Lobby, Tuesday Morning, and more to find paper and crafting supplies at a discount, join CTMH and always get 22% off!  You’ll be a part of the CTMH family which has some amazing artist and incredible people.  Memory keeping, card making, and paper crafting are about celebrating relationships and the world around us.  CTMH has added so much to my world over the past 16+ years, I honestly can’t image life without CTMH.

There is a new Consultant Kit:

Joining is easy and affordable! Start by clicking on the “Let’s Get Started” link at the bottom of this page and completing the form. As part of your enrollment, you will purchase our New Consultant Kit for only $75. Each kit includes the basic business supplies you’ll need to start your business and is valued at over $200! Along with your kit, you’ll also receive $50 in Select Product Credit that you can use to purchase more supplies of your choice! That means you basically get to join for only $25!

What an amazing 2017 this will be. Welcome in 2017 with the Welcome Home Wreath!

Thanks for stopping by and letting me share part of your day.

Get some Magic with Magical

Magical is the featured paper kit for this month. It’s perfect for our trip down to Orlando FL where Convention was at. While we did not do Disney this go around, we stayed at the Disney Coronado. July 16th is the CropTastic time for this month. Magical will be the Workshop Your Way. Hope you’ll come and join us!
g1108 Magical WYW wmIncludes Magical Paper Pack:

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Magical Compliments:

x7209c Magical Compliments wm

Magical Sequins and White Twine:

z3214 Magical Sequins wm

You can make the following four layouts and cards:

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When you purchase your Magical Worshop Your Way from me, you’ll get a colored copy of the cutting and assembly directions for the workshop.  You can download it for free.  I like having a hard copy to work from and provide this for free for my customers.   Here’s some addition artwork from Magical:
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Note how they used a sheet of the paper pack from Magical in the lamp!

Thanks for stopping by and stay tuned for more on Magical!