Tuesday, October 31, 2017

It Finally Feels Like Fall

I used Close To My Heart's 'Falling For You' Scrapbook Workshop Your Way Kit to make this double layout. This Kit is fabulous. It is very versatile, which gives you more BANG for your buck and has a masculine flair to it. If you are scrapbooking for boys it's a must-have.
To order your Falling For You Kit go HERE.  The Title Living Off the Land is from the OutdoorMan Cricut Cartridge.

I'm entering this in some fun challenges. If you'd like to get some inspiration, check them out:
Heart2heartchallenges - Vines and Twine Challenge
Bitten By the Bug2 - Cricut word challenge

Saturday, October 14, 2017

In Memory of My Dad


In Memory of Stanley Edward Franklin
   Dad was a Baptist preacher. He lived what he preached. He was loving and caring and had the faith of a child. He was an intelligent man. He had a doctorate in Theology. His life revolved around his faith in the Lord, his church, and his family.  Every morning when you woke up you could find Dad with a cup of coffee, a sweet treat, and his Bible, studying.  He encouraged people to be their best. He influenced people all over the world with his love of  the Lord. He pastored in Kenova, WV; Dallas, TX; Madison, WI;  and Richmond, CA.
He left behind his wife, 4 children, 7 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren.  We are all saddened by his death, but we know that we will someday be together again.  

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Operation Smile

All year long with the purchase of every Punny Pals stamp set, Close To My Heart donates $7 USD of the proceeds to Operation Smile™, an organization that provides surgeries to repair cleft lips and palates for children around the world. During the month of October our Punny Pals are on a mission to share as many SMILES as possible! To bring these stamp images to life, Close To My Heart made a coordinating set of Thin Cuts dies and an exclusive card kit! 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 this month only, while supplies last! Create these delightful cards and use them to share smiles all around! To order your kit CLICK HERE
You can purchase your stamp set, sold separatly HERE.  
Punny Pals Stamp Set
Close To My Heart (CTMH) wants to make it easy for you to donate to OPERATION SMILE. Whenever you place an order you can easily round-up your total to the nearest dollar and that money will be donated to Operation Smile. During October CTMH will be matching all rounded up donations up to $10,000!  You can learn more about this worthwhile cause by going to OperationSmile.Org 

For every t-shirt you purchase, CTMH will donate $10 USD of the proceeds to Operation Smile™. ORDER HERE

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Arts and Crafts Fairs

This weekend was our town's Arts and Crafts Fair. I went and enjoyed seeing all the creativity in our little town. Last year I had a booth at the Fair and learned a few things that made me decide against participating this year. 
1. It is still hot in Texas in mid-September.
2. Paper products do not lend themselves to outdoor events.
3. People would rather spend $5.00 on food items than $5.00 on something you spent an hour handcrafting.
4. I'd rather check out all the other booths than sit all day manning my own booth.
Don't get me wrong. I enjoyed the experience. It was fun seeing folks I hadn't seen in a couple of years and meeting new people in town. I'd just rather go and shop for a few hours than to try and sell. Who knows. Maybe next year I'll get a booth again.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Come Join the Party!

Recruitment incentives
August is an excellent month to sign-up to be an Independent Consultant with Close to my Heart!
Not only do you get the fabulous Consultant kit for only $75.00!!! (an over $200.00 value)* PLUS $50.00 in Select Product credit, PLUS your own consultant website... This month only if you sign up in August you can also earn your choice of a FREE Cricut® collection, a Block Alphabet Thin Cuts bundle, or an additional $99 USD/$126 CAD in Select Product Credit! Earn your choice of these rewards when you submit $300 USD/$350 CAD in commissionable sales by September 30! For more information go to my website HERE to learn all the details.

Even if you are a hobbyist and would like to signup as a consultant purely to get the consultant kit and discounts on your products that's O.K. That's why a lot of us our here! 

*  What you get in your consultant's kit:
  • Medium Organizer (Z4139, qty. 1)
  • 2" × 6½" My Acrylix® Block (Y1010, qty. 1)
  • 1" × 3½" My Acrylix® Block (Y1002, qty. 1)
  • 2" × 2" My Acrylix® Block (Y1003, qty. 1)
  • Non-stick Micro-tip Scissors (Z1836, qty. 1)
  • My Acrylix® Stamp Scrubber (Z1782, qty. 1)
  • My Acrylix® Spritz Cleaner (1778, qty. 1)
  • Bonding Memories™ Glue (1512, qty. 1)
  • 3-D Foam Tape (Z1151, qty. 1)
  • Round Sponge (Z697, qty. 1)
  • Customer Order Forms (W101, qty. 1 pack of 25)
  • Annual Inspirations Idea Book (WC1181, qty. 5)
  • Holiday Expressions Idea Book (WCS1181, qty. 5)
  • Cardstock Sampler (W1180, qty. 1)
  • Fundamental Paper Packets Sampler (W1181, qty. 1)
  • Holiday Expressions Paper Packets Sampler (W1182, qty. 1)
  • Petite Perks ™ You Amaze Me Stamp Set (W2038, qty. 3)
  • My Acrylix® Party Time Gathering Stamp Set (W1154, qty. 1)
  • Desk Pad (W1140, qty. 1 pack of 50)

Saturday, July 15, 2017



with Close to my Heart

Buy 2 Stamps and get the 3rd one FREE!

Let Stampaganza 2017 begin! Buy any two My Acrylix® stamp sets at full retail price and 
get a third stamp set of equal or lesser value FREE! Choose from any current stamp set, plus a collection of popular sets that have been brought back just for Stampaganza during the month of July!  Check it out HERE.

 Some of the retired stamps include:
  • Word Puzzle of the month
  • Say It All
  • Festive Trees
  • Tagged With Love
  • Better With A Friend
  • Wintry Wishes    
These are just a few of the retired stamp sets available as well as the stamps in our catalogs. Go to my consultant website HERE and order your stamps TODAY! They will be delivered right to your door.

Sunday, June 18, 2017


So many colors so little time!
25% OFF!
This is a great time to stock up on the colors you like to have on hand whenever you are crafting. Grab some Daisy White(Z2863) or Colonial White(Z2868) for a neutral background or card making. These are my 'go-to' colors for stamping too. Can't decide which colors you need? That's OK. We understand the feeling, that's why Close To My Heart has 3 different options for you to choose from!
  • Combination packs that include 20 sheets, 2 each of 10 different colors
  • Single-color packs that include 24 sheets of one of our exclusive colors
  • Coordinating cardstock packs that include 12 sheets, 3 each of 4 colors chosen to coordinate with one of our themed paper packets.   
CLICK HERE TO ORDER YOUR PAPER FROM MY WEBSITE BEFORE THE END OF JUNE!  The discounted price will appear when you sign in to the website or paper to your shopping cart (don't forget to JOIN Summer Sales-June) You can have your order shipped right to your door. How easy is that?
While supplies last
 OR You could also receive an album FREE by signing up as a Close To My Heart Consultant this month! Learn more about becoming a Consultant.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Happy Easter


This is a first for me. I saw a Magic Card on a CTMH group page that was done by Stephanie Davis. I'd never seen one so of course, I had to try it. I used the bunnies from a Stamp of the Month set(S1702) I got from Close to my Heart . I stamped 3 little bunnies to represent my 3 granddaughters. I used Shin-Han markers and water color pencils to color in the bunnies.
I saw a marquee in front of a church I pass everyday that read, 'Silly rabbit, Easter is for Jesus'. I try to remember that to keep things in perspective.I hope that you all have a blessed Easter. 
Challenges I've entered this card in:
Stop by and check out all creativity

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Hello Lovely

Hello Lovely
I know that we all have photos stashed away in those retro albums that you peel the clear film away from the sticky surface.  The ones where you place your pictures in an artistic design then press the film back in place smoothing to try and get all the wrinkles out. Have you taken a look at one lately? Chances are the film is clouding, the sticky page is turning yellow and if you try and take a picture out you'll leave part of the backing on the page! Don't despair! 
Take your photos from this: 
To This:

The nice think about this is that if you have an album like the BEFORE picture part of your work is already done that's gathering up the pictures you want to keep. I started changing  my daughters baby album over a number of years ago. I choose the photographs I want to rescue from the old album, decide on colors I want to use, choose a layout and get to work. Now it's even easier when I use the Workshop Your Way kits from Close to my Heart. The one above is called Hello Lovely . It comes with everything I need to make at least 3 double page layouts and several cards. I bet if I add a couple of my own solid papers I can make even more! The embellishments that come in the kit are adorable.  You can check them out HERE.
I must say, it's much more enjoyable looking at the new albums and reading little journaling notes and memories than it was flipping through the old books.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Deliciously Pink

It was a magical time with for my granddaughters, their mom and both grandmothers. We had a wonderful evening seeing a play about a little girl that ate so many cupcakes she turned pink, eating our own pink cupcakes, meeting the cast, and then going out for a big girl dinner.  
  I knew I had to capture the memories of this "Pinkalicious" evening.  When Close to my Heart introduced the Sugar Rush paper collection I knew I had found just the right paper.

The embellishments that come with the Workshops Your Way Scrapbook Kit are awesome. 
I love the Sugar Rush Dots!
If you are interested in ordering the Workshops Your Way Sugar Rush Kit click HERE.