Sunday, September 22, 2013

Jacksonville, FL is Close To My Heart!

Thank you Jacksonville, FL paper crafters for being such a welcoming bunch of ladies!  

When my husband and I moved to the city in December of last year, we didn't know a soul.  I really wanted to make friends in my new home, but as many of you know, the city is so big and spread out and people are busy going about their lives, it is very hard to make a personal connection.

I decided to reach out to those that I had a common interest with: paper crafters!  I've always found scrapbookers, card makers and stampers to be such wonderful people that enjoy getting together to work on their projects.  I personally, get so much more scrapbooking done in a social setting then I do at home on my own!

Utilizing, I decided to organize my own group as a way to meet new people with the same interests.  I set up Scrapbook, Stamp and Socialize in the Jacksonville area to reach out to other paper crafters and make new friends.

Just before we relocated, I had joined Close To My Heart as an Independent Consultant, so I  have been able to use the fabulous supplies that I have access to and the techniques that I have learned to share my love of scrapbooking, stamping and card making with those that attend our group.

I'm pleased to say that there are now over 50 members in the group!  Ladies from all over Northeast Florida that love to get together and have a great time creating things with paper.  We meet at least once a month to do a Create & Take together and to spend time working on our personal projects.  We also do group workshops together such as card making and scrapbooking.  

I am so grateful for the new friends that I have made and thrilled that we were brought together because we all love to play with paper!

Monday, September 9, 2013

CTMH at Creating Keepsakes Convention Jacksonville and Flip Flaps!

Karen Care, CTMH, CKC Jacksonville,
Close To My Heart booth at Jacksonville CKC

I had such a fabulous time at CKC this weekend!  The Creating Keepsakes Convention was a great success here in Jacksonville, Fl.  I was fortunate enough to be able to assist Close To My Heart Presidential Director, Tina Sutton in her booth at the vendor faire.  I met so many wonderful paper crafters and was able to teach for both days at the Create and Take table.

The Create and Takes featured the amazing Flip Flaps!  Have you heard of them?  Do you know what they do?  I'm serious when I say that they have changed my scrapbooking life!  They make your scrapbooking pages interactive!  They are clear, self adhesive pockets that attach to your page protectors that allow you to expand your layouts even more!  You can slide in additional photos, journaling, and paper souvenirs such as theater tickets, boarding passes, etc. to really tell your story.  It even saves on paper if you have just a few extra photos to add, but don't want to continue onto another layout!

I will be sharing more about how to use CTMH Flip Flaps at my next Scrapbook, Stamp and Socialize crop on September 21st.  You won't want to miss it!  Click HERE for upcoming crops and class schedules. 

The Create and Takes also featured designs from the newest CTMH Artbooking Cricut cartridge, as well as "hybrid" layouts using both Studio J digital layouts and traditional scrapbooking embellishments.

I can confirm that arts of scrapbooking, card making and stamping are alive and well in Jacksonville.  I look forward to sharing even more tips, tricks and fun ways use products from Close To My Heart in my upcoming workshops.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Close To My Heart September Stamp Specials!!

September is an amazing month to get great deals on clear, My Acrylix stamp sets from Close To My Heart.  In recognition of "National Stamping Month", CTMH is offering two great promotions that are sure to get you thinking of all of the creative ways you can decorate a card, scrapbook page or home decor item.

The best thing is that both specials are combinable!  

For just a $50.00 minimum order, you can purchase the September Stamp of the Month for only $5.00 and the exclusive "You Are My Happy" trio stamp set for $10.00.  That's a retail value of $65.85 for only $15.00.  Wow!

I have to say that my favorite of the two are the "You Are My Happy" trio.  It is an amazingly complete set that will get you far in so many projects.  It contains a full alphabet on one carrier sheet, a sheet of fun sentiments and a sheet of whimsical and cute images such as a heart, flowers and a star.  All very versatile and adaptable to a variety of paper crafting.

Watch the video below for a close up of the images and ideas about how they can be used.

In addition to this exclusive and special National Stamping Month offering, you can always count on CTMH for a great deal on a Stamp of the Month!  This month's featured stamp is called Poster Tidings, a version of the very trendy subway art movement.  Check out how cute these are.  You get two large stamps; one for fall and one for Christmas!

Want ideas on how to use these for your cards or scrapbook pages?  Watch the video below.

If you've been waiting all year to find a great deal on stamps, wait no longer!