Saturday, October 21, 2017

Featured Paper Blog Hop - Beary Christmas!

So, I was supposed to be participating in
this awesome blog hop this morning,
but due to technical difficulties, my post
didn't go live when it was supposed to!
I'm sorry, and I hope it's okay that I still link
on to the last hopper and then direct you to the
beginning of the hop also so you can see
more beautiful "Beary Christmas" creations!

Welcome to our "Featured Paper Blog Hop"!
Today we are showcasing artwork that uses our
paper pack, and features a variety of projects
created by talented Close to my Heart consultants.

If you are visiting from RAMONA's BLOG,
then you are on the right track.

So these are all of my creations using the
Workshops Your Way kit (item #G1137).
My goal was to try and stretch this kit to
make as many items as possible!

So I created the three workshop layouts,
as well as, the 8 cards (4 each of 2 designs,
but only the 2 designs are pictured here).
Then I used the left-over Picture My Life
cards to create 4 more pocket-style pages
and lastly, three more cards (using left-over
PML cards and stickers only, no stamping).

That's a lot of creativity from just one kit!!
Crazy, right?!!


I did add just a very little bit of colored cardstock
(black, fern, and pewter to add an extra pop of color
to some of my cards), some retired green ribbon
I had, 11 card bases and envelopes, and 4 pocket-style
memory protectors, that are not included in the kit.
I hope you are now inspired to try utilizing every
scrap of paper, every left-over sticker, and every single
embellishment included in your workshop kit(s)...
it's a fun challenge that I truly enjoyed!

Now you can start the blog hop from the
beginning by visiting CAROL's BLOG next!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Share a Smile in October!

Team up with the Punny Pals stamp set to make a difference!

With the purchase of every Punny Pals (D1751) stamp set, Close To My Heart donates $7.00 of the proceeds to Operation Smile™, an organization that provides surgeries to repair cleft lips and palates for children around the world.

To bring these stamp images to life, we’re offering a
coordinating set of Thin Cuts dies and an exclusive card kit! THIS MONTH ONLY!
The card kit includes the dies, card bases, envelopes, paper, and step-by-step instructions for creating 32 cards, and it is available at a discounted price! Create these delightful cards and use them to share smiles all around!

The Share a Smile card kit can also be yours for FREE when you become a Consultant in October or when you host a qualifying party. Contact me by phone/text message
760-220-06 or in-person this month to get yours!

Here's the link you can also use to order yours online now:

Lastly, mine just arrived, so I'm excited to share with you another image of what I just received (check out the full-color step-by-step instructions that are included with this kit)! YES!! I can't wait to start creating with this!

Thursday, September 21, 2017

September Artwork featuring Cats & Bats!

So here are all of my latest
creations featuring the
paper collection!

...and I snuck in a few retired
paper scraps on the cards too
(can you spot them?).

First up, the four 12x12 layouts
I created using the
Workshops Your Way kit 

There's still time to make
these layouts with me
($32 per pre-cut kit
to create 4-12x12
layouts like shown),
on the following dates:
Saturday 9/23 (6pm-9pm)
Friday 9/29 (6pm-9pm)
Monday 10/9 (9am-Noon)

(Non-local customers can request
a pre-cut "kit-to-go!" The cost of
postage is a little extra. Please
contact me for details).

Next, these are the pre-cut cards I'm offering
at our card-making classes this month!
Cards are make as many as you want for
$2 each (bring/use your own adhesive).

The technique we will focus on
learning and improving this time
is watercoloring, so bring your water
brush and paints if you have them
(or just come and use mine if you
need to) on the following dates:
Saturday 9/23 (6pm-9pm)
Friday 9/29 (6pm-9pm)
Monday 10/9 (9am-Noon)

Lastly, here's a fun "interactive" pop-up card
that I also have as one of our card class options
(using this month's National Stamping Month
"From the Heart" stamp set and card kit!)
This card folds flat for mailing in an envelope,
but when you pull the sliding tab, the front
pops up revealing a hidden message underneath:

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Annual Inspirations New Product Blog Hop!

THANK YOU for stopping by to enjoy our
Annual Inspirations 2017
New Product Blog Hop!!

Today, 25 consultant artists are sharing artwork
they've created using NEW products
featured in the Annual Inspirations 2017 catalog
from Close to my Heart!

If you've just arrived here from KATHY's BLOG
then you are on the correct path.

One of the first stamp sets featured in the NEW
Annual Inspirations that I knew I just had to have is:
C1685 Inspire

Not only do I LOVE the pretty cursive font,
but each of the four sentiments are just awesome!!

In addition to C1685 Inspire,
I've also used the following list of supplies
to create this standard-size card:

D1741 Beautiful You stamp set
(use item# Z3384 to add 
the coordinating thin cuts)
Z3353 Basics Fundamentals paper packet
X5943 Enchantment cardstock (peacock)
Z3364 Basics Ribbon pack (gold ribbon)
Z3371 Gold Pearls (self-adhesive)
Z899 Black memento ink pad
Z2817 Crystal Blue stamp pad
Z2850 Fern stamp pad
Z2849 Peacock stamp pad
(1st and 2nd generation stamping)

Now you can continue on with the hop
and be inspired by more creative artwork
and ideas by visiting SHEILA's BLOG next.
Enjoy the hop!!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

So Many Big Announcements!!

First, I'd like to say THANK YOU to my fellow consultant friends and the many customers who attended our recent "Triple Treat" Workshop (a multi-consultant event held three times a year!), on Saturday, July 15th at Rosita's Restaurant! Here are just a few of my favorite pictures that we took there. If you want to see even more photos of this event, I've shared them all in my "StampwithJen Creative Friends" Facebook group, so please check that out (and if you're not yet a member of this group and want to join,
please let me know so I can add you!)

Next, I still have quite a few pre-cut card designs
(ready to be stamped and assembled) 
left-over from this event, so if you missed out on being able to make any of these cute "No Worries" cards, I'm offering you another chance to come and create any/all of them with me for just $1.50 each! (while supplies last, first come, first serve, please RSVP)
on any of the following upcoming dates:
Friday 7/28 (6pm-9pm)
Saturday 7/29 (1pm-5pm)
Sunday 7/30 (1pm-5pm)
Monday 7/31 (9am-Noon)
Monday 8/7 (9am-Noon)

...and finally, I have a whole LOT of exciting events and
classes coming up in the next few months, so please
JOIN US for all of the creative fun that you can!!

 Pre-order your Prickly Pear workshop kits (shown below)
by 7/31 or 8/11 to use during any of my August 2017
Create Dates (dates and times offered are listed near the
top of the column on the right side of this blog)!

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Last chance to RSVP for the July 15th Workshop!!

As of Friday 7/7, I still have TWO extra kits left!! 
(they can be cut for either a scrapbooker or a cardmaker).
It's not too late to please contact me NOW if you
(or a friend) still wants to plan to join us on 7/15!!

TRIPLE TREAT Creative Day Retreat!
(a multi-consultant Close to my Heart Scrapbooking
and Cardmaking event held three times a year!!!)

 Start gathering your best summer, beach, and vacation photos…
as our projects will be made with the beautiful New Workshops
Your Way™ “NO WORRIES” Scrapbooking Kit! (item #G1127)

Saturday, JULY 15th, 2017
(10am – 4pm)
at Rosita’s Restaurant (in Barstow, California)

$50.00 per guest
 includes all of the materials pre-cut and sorted
for you to create your choice of either:
4 – 12x12 scrapbook layouts (8 pages)!
or 24 – greeting cards (3 each of 8 designs)!

Workshop price also includes a buffet-style lunch and appetizers, plus unlimited ice water and iced tea in a larger banquet room than we used the last time! The bar will also be open and available for those who might want to order and purchase their own drinks! PLUS we’ll continue to do prize-drawings and generous giveaways every hour! The projects are all “beginner friendly” so invite and bring your friends that are new to scrapbooking, stamping, and ctmh!! (& earn more chances to win prizes!)

*Please note: only 3 of the layouts and 3 of the card designs are shown here. The additional artwork will be shared on Facebook (and online at, as the event gets closer! Scrapbooking guests also have the option to “add-on” 6 cards (2 each of the 3 cards shown below), for just $5 more, payable at the workshop.

6 cards (2 each of 3 designs) - ADD ON for $5 more (payable at the event).

24 cards (for those making cards only!)
Card-makers will create two each of the top 3 cards
and three each of the remainder of the card designs.

Monday, June 5, 2017

June Card-making and Scrapbooking (with Jack)!

The variety of cards we're making this
month are perfect for Dad's and Grads!! 
(or IF you don't have the need to make
Father's Day and/or Graduation cards,
you can make the more versatile version
of the same card design, as shown above!) 

Cards are just $1.50 each.
You get to choose exactly how many
of each design you want to make.
(make a little or make a lot!)

Plan to JOIN US for the creative fun on any or all of 
the following "create dates" that work best for you:
Friday, June 9th (6pm-9pm)
Saturday, June 10th (1pm-5pm)
Sunday, June 11th (1pm-5pm)
Monday, June 12th (9am-Noon)

Scrapbookers who pre-ordered this month's
"Jack" scrapbooking workshop kit are also
welcome to join us on these dates to work on their
layouts as well. I always try to have an extra pre-cut kit 
(or two!) on hand and available for any last-minute 
guests, so contact me now to reserve any kits I might 
have left-over (first come, first serve, & while supplies last!)

Remember to bring your adhesive!
and any other favorite basic tools, like micro-tip scissors.
(or plan to purchase some from me at the class).

Please call or message me now to RSVP!
Facebook messaging and text messages 
are always welcome, 760-220-0683.