Monday, July 30, 2012

New Paper From Close To My Heart

As you all may already know, the new Autumn/Winter 2012 Idea Book from CTMH goes live for all on Wednesday, August 1st.  I wanted to give you a sneak peek as to what to expect.  Introducing “Clementine”…..this has to be one of my very favorites.

Clementine 004

Clementine 011

These were two 2 page layouts I worked on this weekend.  Now for a couple of adorable cards

Clementine 016

Clementine 019

I love the coordinating embellishments for Clementine and I especially love the Harvest baker’s twine

Clementine 025

Clementine 027

So I hope you enjoyed your little taste of what’s to come.  Visit my website ( starting August 1st and you can view all the new product we have in store for you.  Also stay tuned for details about my “open house” for all those that are local…..

Let’s create together!

Friday, July 27, 2012

CTMH Art Philososphy Card Hop

Welcome to our July Art Philosophy Blog Hop! Each month we will showcase a feature of the amazing Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge which can be purchased exclusively through a Close to My Heart Independent Consultant.
We're so excited to be doing this hop and we have a fabulous lineup with some very talented ladies. There will be lots of fun projects AND some blog candy!!!
Lucy Kelleher, our hostess and fellow CTMH Consultant, will be giving away a stamp set! She is giving away a prior Stamp of the Month set that can no longer be purchased called "You Are ...". (This stamp set has a $17.95 retail value). You will find a picture of the stamp set on her blog. To enter to win, you will need to leave a comment on her blog and on every stop of the blog hop. If you also become a follower of Lucy's blog, she will give you another entry .
This month we will be showcasing the "Card" feature of the cartridge. Did you know there are 100 different card shapes you can make with this cartridge? You heard me correctly -- 100!!! Now we won't be able to show you ALL 100 card options, but we will show you as many as we can.
If you just happened to come to this blog, you should start at the beginning at Lucy's blog -
My project is the "ticket" shaped card found on page 25 of the Art Philosophy booklet. Here is the finished product!!
I used the "Dotty For You" paper pack for this card along with "A Sip" stamp set.  The featured color is "Lagoon" (one of my faves from Close To My Heart).  The card base was cut at 5 3/4".  Next I cut 3 pieces from White Daisy cardstock at 2 1/4"x1 1/2".  I distressed each piece with "Lagoon" ink with a sponge dauber.  I stamped the images on White Daisy cardstock and carefully cut them out.  They are then attached to the center of each rectangular piece with 3D foam squares.  Since the center of the card has a different pattern that can make it difficult to write on, I included a 5"x2 1/4" piece of White Daisy (also distressed with Lagoon ink).

So that is it!!!  So simple and fun...the Cricut and Close To My Heart really make it easy to create all kinds of awesome paper craft projects. Thanks for stopping by! The next stop on your blog hop fun is Connie ~

Here is a list of all the talented peeps that participated in this hop:
  1. Lucy ~
    --- card:   page 63 - no shift
  2. Darla ~
     -- card: page 47 - no shift
  3. Gloria Shirr -
     -- card: page 33 - no shift
  4. Laura Wolff-
    -- card: page 60 - no  shift
  5. Eva-
    --- Card; page 58 - no shift
  6.  Danielle ~
    :  page 25 - no shift
  7. Connie ~
    ---card:   page 37 - no shift
  8. Wendy ~
    --- card: page 65
  9. Joanne -
    - card: page 35 -shift
  10. Laura Charko -
    - card: page 34 - no shift 
  11. Carolyn Heniges -
    - card:  page 51 - no shift
  12. Kindred Hearts (Penny) -
    - card: page 55 - shift
  13. Stephanie Feist-
    card: page 50-no shift
  14. Julia Hammond
    card: page 43, no shift


Sunday, July 22, 2012

Great Decor Using Paper

I love office supplies!  I mean all kinds of things like post-its, paper clips, colored pens, pencils, notebooks, etc.  With that, I took my giant clothes pins (used for decoration) and added a little something special.  I took some scraps I had left over from my latest scrapbooking project along with some brads, ribbon, straight pins, and adhesive...and here you have it!

I feel so accomplished when I create fun projects like this one and with using all my waste!  Even my kitty Joker agrees as he made himself at home right on my scrapping table.

Stay tuned as I bring you more information about what great things the new Autumn/Winter 2012 Idea Book from Close To My Heart.  Contact me if you would like your own copy!  Danielle Valentino

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Paper Rosettes

Happy Saturday!  My daughter's 11th birthday is coming up and we will be having a family get together to celebrate.  I thought I would take this rainy day to create some fun stuff for the party.  Here is a peek at the paper rosettes I made that will be attached to the favor bags.

These are super easy to create.  Just take 1"x12" strips of patterned paper, score every 1/4" and acordian fold.   Attach the two ends and push down the center.  I use a hot glue gun to assure a strong hold.  Here is a pic of the rosettes attached to the favor bags.

These favor bags.boxes were created using my Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge exclusive to Close To My Heart.  This is one of the many reasons I am looking forward to the new Artiste cartridge that Close To My Heart just introduced.  So many neat things you can do with it.  So for all you Pinterest fans, stop pinning and start creating!!!!  Pre-order your cartridge today!!!  Just ask me how.........send me an email!

Project Inspiration 2012 Autumn/Winter Idea Book: Home Decor

Friday, July 20, 2012

August Workshop Schedule

Happy Friday!  I am excited to introduce all of Close To My Heart's new Fall/Winter product to you.  Here is a tentative schedule for some workshops I will be hosting.  I wanted to give you all a heads up as to what exciting things are to come. The official class/workshop schedule will be posted on August 1st so stay tuned! 

Avonlea Scrapbook Workshop (Quick & Easy Version):  With this workshop you will be creating 4 pages using the Avonlea paper pack and using canvas shapes for embellishing.  We will do some stamping too!  Cost of workshop is $20 per person. 

Avonlea Workshop on the Go Card Workshop:  We will use our cardmaking kit which includes:
  • C Size My Acrylix Stamp Set exclusive to the workshop
  • Avonlea B&T Duos paper
  • 4 Sheets of cardstock
  • 15 Colonial White cards & envelopes
  • 1 pack of Slate Epoxy Bubbles
  • 1 Grey Organdy Ribbon (5 yards)
  • 1 Instructional brochure
We will use this kit to create 15 awesome cards (5 each of 3 designs).  Cost of workshop is $35 per person.

Avonlea Workshop on the Go:  We will use the instruction that come with this kit to complete 2 great 2 page layouts.  The kit includes:
  • My Reflections Avonlea Paper Pack
  • My Acrylix stamp set exclusive to the kit
  • 2 sheets of Colonial White cardstock
  •  Parlor Velvet Rub-Ons
  • Opaques Mocha Adhesive Gems
Cost of workshop is $35 per person.

Avonlea Workshop on the Go Scroll Album:  We will use materials to create a four foot scroll album for display on a wall or unrolled on a shelf  Here is what your kit includes:
  • My Acrylix Scroll Album Stamp Set exclusive to the kit
  • 7 1/4" Wooden Spool with 4 feet of Kraft paper
  • 10 Buttons
  • Chocolate Grosgrain Ribbon (1 yard)
  • Canvas Stickers
  • Instructional Guide

Cost of workshop is $41 per person

If you have any questions about the workshops being offered, please contact me at I cannot wait for us to create together!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

List of Retiring CTMH Colors

Ok, here is a list of all the cardstock and ink colors that CTMH will be retiring:

Baby Pink
Heavenly Blue
Spring Iris
Sunkiss Yellow
Key Lime
Lilac Mist
Dutch Blue
Holiday Red
Pansy Purple
Sunny Yellow
Garden Green
Vineyard Berry
Grey Flannel
Grey Wool
Brown Bag
Vanilla Cream

Pre-Order Your Artiste Cricut Cartridge Today!

I cannot tell you how excited I am to share Close To My Heart’s newest addition to the Cricut cartridge family!  Artiste has so much to offer paper crafters of all types (not to mention all others that utilize die cuts like teachers…hint hint). 
So, what does CTMH offer?  Well here is a breakdown of what $99 (+shipping and tax) can get you:
  • 3 coordinating My Acrylix stamp sets
  • 3 sheets of Dimensional Elements chipboard pieces that coordinate with Artiste
  • 700 images exclusive to Close To My Heart
So what kinds of things can you cut with this awesome new cartridge you ask?  Well you can create:
  • cards and coordinating envelopes (great for creating your own personal invitations, thank you notes, or birthday wishes-the options with cards are endless)
  • paper flowers
  • cupcake liners (great for making your parties a little extra special)
  • over 50 3D boxes (awesome for gift giving….holidays are coming!)
  • font (including some welded sentiments)
  • fun images that include things like banners, ornaments, tags, butterflies, birds, owls (those who know me know how I feel about owls!  LOVE THEM!), robots, skeletons, etc.
  • finally you can do some pretty great Workshops on the Go like the "Spellbound Cricut Kit"
Take a look at the Artiste Image Handbook yourself to see what great things this cartridge can do! Pre-order your collection today!  Just click on the PayPal button to the right or Contact me at

Want to get your Artiste Cartridge for 50% off?  Well you can if you host a gathering and get $250 in orders.  Not only would you get the 50% off the Cricut cartridge but you also get $40 in FREE CTMH product!

Even better, if you join my team starting August 1st, you can get your 22% discount on the Cricut cartridge PLUS $130 in CTMH product for $49 PLUS a FREE bag (which, by the way, is absolutely adorable!) that will fit all your scrapbooking stuff including 12x12 paper packs and albums!

New Consulant FREE Gift
Just start here……

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Sneak Peek at One of Our New Paper Packs


Good morning, everyone.  Here is a sneak peek at one of our newest paper packs along with accessories that will be featured in our Fall/Winter 2012 catalog.  The paper is called “Clemetine”! 

Clementine Kit

One of the many amazing women who was fortunate enough to be at convention this year took this pic.  We as consultants get the opportunity to buy “bundles” at discounted prices of our new product.  The bundles include all kinds of great stuff and everything in the bundle coordinates!  Another GREAT reason to Join my team

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Introducing “Artiste”, CTMH’s Newest Cricut Cartridge


So as you know, my Fancy peeps are enjoying scrapbooking, stamping, card making, home d├ęcor overload in Dallas, TX.  It is time for Close To My Heart’s annual convention and boy have they unloaded lots of treats for all.

My favorite, other than convention being in Disney World next year, is the NEW Cricut cartridge, Artiste!  700 MORE images, 3 MORE stamp sets, and 3 MORE sets of coordinating Dimensional Elements.  With this cartridge, you can create cards, party supplies, boxes, more fonts, and so much more.  Take a look at the image handbook by following this link: 

The cartridge is available for order August 1st, 2012.  Come visit my website for details:

Friday, July 13, 2012

Happiness is…….

Helping someone enjoy the many benefits of being a CTMH consultant.  I am shooting to the moon right now!!!!  Congratulations to Ursula Chandler, the newest member of my team AND the Close To My Heart family.  Welcome Ursula, I cannot wait to help you begin your adventure as a CTMH consultant!

Ok, who is next?  Come on peeps, this is a fabulous time to join Close To My Heart.  For $49 you cannot go wrong.  Let me know if you are interested and I will do my best to help you every step of the way.  Contact me at or visit my website  Just click on “opportunities” and then “let’s get started”. 

Let’s create together!


Hello, everyone! So glad I am able to stop and breathe a minute and go back to sharing my love of all things Close To My Heart! I know I have been MIA for a bit. Boy it was a crazy couple of months....trying to wrap up a school year for 3 children plus my own as a teacher...well...UGH! Now I am back to work to teach the summer program. Mind you, though it has been crazy busy, I have always been able to take out some time to craft and scrap. What a great way to decompress from the everyday insanity. So even though I have not posted, the projects have been completed-I promise :). I am absolutely beside myself with excitement as right now, as we speak, my team members are having a blast in Dallas, TX at the annual Close To My Heart convention. This is when all the great new things are unveiled. So I am going to take a few minutes to share with you what is going on. Here we go!
Our new Fall/Winter 2012 catalog is bringing us lots of amazing things. For starters we have some new colors to share with you: slate, whisper, saddle, ruby, and cashmere are to name some. Also, in addition to our scrapbook Workshop on the Go program, CTMH now has available cardmaking Workshops on the Go as well as home decor kits. We are also introducing our new Cricut cartridge exclusive to CTMH. Presenting "Artiste"
How about this amazing new deal? Join my team starting August first for just $49! That's right, you can now be a consultant yourself for $ you will get this adorable bag for FREE! (limited quantity on bags)....they are big enough to carry all your scrapping necessities PLUS water bottles. Here is what you get:
So much more is out there to share, so keep checking back for new posts! If you are interested in joining our CTMH family, feel free to contact me @ and visit my website for updates!


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