Wednesday, July 24, 2013

New Cricut Artbooking Cartridge Collection from Close to My Heart

I received my preview copy of the new Close to My Heart exclusive Cricut cartridge called Artbooking, and have been playing around with some of the features.  So far I am loving this cartridge!  It is really easy to create super cute 2 page layouts using one key.  The cartridge has 700 images, so there is so much to use in my scrapbooks, on cards, and in my home decor items.  (That is a whole new area I am venturing into!)
Here is what the bundle looks like:
It includes the cartridge with case & user manual, 3 stamp sets that have images that fit perfectly on the cuts, and 3 sheets of chipboard dimensional elements that also coordinate with the Cricut cuts. Cost of the stamps & chipboard is $68.70 when purchased separately, so that means this fabulous cartridge (with 700!!!! images) if it could be purchased separately would only be $30.30!  With waaayyy more images than "normal" Cricut cartridges, Close to My Heart shows again why they are leaders in the papercrafting industry.  I love this company. 

The cartridge will cut 10 mini-albums, and 30 2-page layouts with embellishments for each.  They will be complete after you cut and put them together.  Just add your photos.  How simple is that!

I will be posting some of my artwork samples as I finish them, so check back.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Close to My Heart offers Tornado Relief

The tornado in Oklahoma has had a devastating effect and Close To My Heart wants to help. To aid relief efforts, Close To My Heart is making a new Autumn/Winter 2013 stamp set, A True Thank You ($2.95 retail), available immediately and will donate 100% of the profits from sales of the set from May 23 through June 30 to the American Red Cross. Help us provide relief to those affected by the Oklahoma tornado by ordering the A True Thank You stamp set (M1029).  You can place your order on my website:

Here is an outline of the stamp set.  It will fit on a 2x2 block.

I love working with a company this generous.

Monday, April 22, 2013

National Scrapbooking Month Close to My Heart Special

In honor of National Scrapbooking Month, you can get a special paper packet
for only $10 when you spend $35 in May (valued at $19.95 retail). This paper
packet includes 12 cardstock sheets as well as 12 B&T Duos® papers that
were specifically designed for this promotion only—you can’t get the paper
packet anywhere else! Start National Scrapbooking Month off right with a
unique paper packet at a bargain price and get your creative juices flowing!
Also, consider hosting this month: Hostesses receive one paper packet free
with qualifying May Gathering sales totals of $400 or more.
* Shipping/handling and tax apply. Not available for purchase at full retail. Offer valid May 1–31,
2013, while supplies last. Qualifying purchases must be current, retail-priced product.

I just received my preview pack and it is FABULOUS!  I'm so excited about this glossy designed cardstock.  I'm hoping it's something they will add to our product line.  As soon as I have a chance to create some projects with the pack, I will post my creations.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Coastal Croppers Spring Crop was a Success!

We had a FABULOUS time at our Spring Crop this past weekend.  It was so much fun and several of the girls commented on how relaxing it was to get away and just do something they felt they had been putting off-taking time for them and to document those memories. Here's a recap of some of the things we did:

We had a layout challenge using a page from the new Surf’s Up paper pack. (p. 52 in the Spring/Summer Idea Book) Here is one entry:

How cute is that??  You can look on my facebook page to see the other entries and the winner.

The challenges are always optional, so if you don’t want to take away from your crop time by participating, you don’t have to.
We had lots of cool door prizes, with opportunities to earn extra tickets throughout the crop.  The food was delicious and the best part was we didn’t have to fix it, or clean it up! 

The last day, we always have croppers pick one project they completed over the weekend and then everyone votes for their favorite.  We had a 3 way tie for the winner!  Here are our scrappin’ celebrities with their winning entries:

Everyone had a great time.  We are already marking our calendars for the Fall crop which will be September 27-29. Hope you can join us!

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Bunco with a Scrapbooking Twist

Love Bunco?  Love Close to My Heart products?  Then the Coastal Cropper Bunco Babes group is for you!

Here are the details:
We are starting out with one group of 12 ladies.  We will meet once a month. The first 12 who sign up are in the first month. If you don’t get in this time, you will be placed on the waiting list for next month and/or substitutes.

We will have supper and dessert and then play Bunco.  We will eat at 6:30pm and roll the dice at 7:15pm. For February, we will play on Friday the 8th.

Each month will have a “hostess” who will receive $25 in free Close to My Heart select products.  The hostess provides dessert and drinks for her month.  We will meet at the Coastal Cropper crop room (my house) every month, so no one has to clean house. Yay!

The prizes (of course!) will be your choice of Close to My Heart products from the current Idea Book.  (All players will receive a current Idea Book for free, plus other little perks.)  Your winnings go toward any Close to My Heart products, you just pay the additional tax and shipping.

Prize breakdown:
Most Buncos-$50 in Close to My Heart products
Most Wins-$35 in CTMH products
Most Losses-$35 in CTMH products
Equal Wins and Losses-$20 in CTMH products
Last babe with fuzzy die-$5 in CTMH products
At least I won something drawing-$5

Entry fee is $15 per person, which includes supper and a make and take CTMH project.  $12.50 goes toward prizes and $2.50 is to help with the cost of the meal.

I need your payment by February 1st to secure your spot.  Email me to get on the list and I’ll get with you to get payment or you can drop it in the mail to me.