Monday, December 23, 2013

Something new...

 Well Christmas is almost here and that time is precious for family and friends. Then the following week is the start of a new year with so many promises of goodness.  There are many great things coming from Close to My Heart in January...a great card kit, fun classes, and super times with friends.

  Our next classes at Biggby are going to be big fun!  Always pack scissors, adhesive, foam tape, and glue dots as part of a basic kit.  Other supplies are usually provided for you.  I do ask that you sign up for class by the due dates and prepay.

Card class will be on January 2nd. at 6:30 and scrapbook class will be on January 16th. at 6:30.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Quick card video

Today I am going to share a quick Christmas card with you.  Sorry for the video quality, I couldn't find my tripod and supplies. For this card I used Sparkle and Shine paper, Ruby and Whisper ink, red shimmer trim, Santa Claus stamp set, and some clear sparkles.  Let me know if you would like to make this card at your gathering, I still have a few dates open.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

December fun is coming to Biggby

Have you ever joined us at the Allen Park Biggby for card or scrapbook class yet? These classes are super! Each of the classes, all of your kit is cut for you and when you leave you will leave with 2 completed cards or a full scrapbook layout.   You do need to prepay and preregister for either class. When you come you will need to bring a basic tool kit of scissors, adhesive, foam tape, glue dots, and some foam daubers.

Our next card class will be on Thursday, December 5, 2013. We meet at 6:30-8:30 pm.  Class fees are $5.00. Please sign up by December 2nd.

Our next scrapbook class will be on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at Biggby 6:30-8:30 pm.  The basic layout is $10.00 and the bling kit is $17.00. If you are interested please be signed up and prepaid by Monday, December 16 for the basic kit. But if you would like the bling kit you will need to be signed up and prepaid by Monday, December 2, 2013.

Hope to see you at a Biggby class soon!

Hugs, Holly

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

November is the time to Illuminate

I can't believe it is November already! Where has this year gone?  Today I am going to share with you a little bit of art work using the new November Stamp if the Month called Illumination. This set is great for all crafters. The sayings are perfect for cards and the images are great for all projects.

The layout uses photos from convention this past summer.  I used Sarita paper and wooden shapes.

The cards are designed to up lift someone.  Again I used Sarita and a little bit of Laughing Lola.

I hope you these creations!  If you would like to make them, let's get together.
Hugs, Holly

Monday, September 2, 2013

You are my Happy...

    Today I am going to share with you a quick card using Laughing Lola paper and the new September Promotion stamp sets.  This month you can get a great triple "D" set for $10 after you spend $50. The set is fabulous!

The supplies I used are: Laughing Lola paper, black card stock, white card stock, black mini medley accents, black shimmer ribbon, art philosophy cricut cartridge, slate ink, archival black ink, and You are My Happy stamp set.

The measurements for the paper are:

Card base 4.25 x 11 fold in half
Laughing Lola b&t paper 3/4"x4 1/4" and 2 1/2" x 4 1/4"
Black card stock 2 1/4" x 3 1/4"
Daisy white 2 x 3

I will post some other creations during the month.  You can get your set by visiting my website

Hugs, Holly

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Poster Tidings

   Looks like we are about to start a new month of the year.  Where is this year going? The stamp of the month for September is a super fun one.  I hope you enjoy the little video I made for you using the stamp of the month.  Other products I used were Proplayer paper, slate washi tape, pewter durable studs and ink.  The measurements of the paper are: 2 Proplayer pieces at 1"x5.5" and the Ruby card stock is 3"x5.5, and the daisy white is 2.5"x5".  I hope the measurements help you out.  Let me know what you think.

Hugs, Holly

P.S. I am hoping to finish the scrapbook layout and a few other cards to post later.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Base and Bling Ring

Today I am going to share with you some of the new Base and Bling jewelry line from Close to My Heart. This collection helps you to feel creative when you get dressed by bringing that creativity to show on the outside to everyone. I will be hosting a workshop in October to make the necklace, so watch for more information to come.

Sample of the necklace

Let me know what you think!
Hugs, Holly

Sunday, August 18, 2013

I have a "Crush"

     Are you ready to see another awesome new product from Close to My Heart?

     I am going to share with you the new "My Crush" books and extra.  This video will showcase the Blue Bird book.  Some of the items I used are: flip flaps in many sizes, washi tape, stamps, and journal square.

Please let me know what you think.  These books are perfect for the teenager, high school student or college kids.  You can get yours at
Hugs, Holly

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Wintery Wishes

      Today I am going to show you how to make a Wintery card using Proplayer paper and the new spinner cards. The stamp set is from the hostess collection. I also used the new Artbooking cricut cartridge, silver shimmer trim, and clear sparkles.  You can get the supplies at

Let me know what you think.  We can do something like this at your next get together.

Hugs, Holly

Thursday, August 15, 2013

ATrue Thank You

    Today I am going to show you how to make a quick thank you card. Some supplies you will need are: black ink, lagoon markers, aqua dots, Laughing Lola assortment set, A True Thank You stamp set, and Reel Life stamp set.  You can get your supplies at

I hope you this quick card. Let me know if you would like to do this at your next home gathering.

Hugs, Holly

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

More chocolate goodness

Here is a little video I created using the stamp of the month.  I hope you enjoy this. I might have figured a little bit more of this video for more to come.

Friday, August 9, 2013

A Chocolate Affair

     Do you love chocolate as much as I do?  Well, then you will love the new stamp of the month from Close to My Heart.  This set has yummy treats and wonderful sayings.  During the month of August, when you place a $50 order you will get this set free.  Here are a few projects I have created with the set.  Let me know what you think of them, please.

I would love to help you create with this set.  Let's schedule your workshop today.

hugs, Holly

Monday, July 29, 2013

August Biggby Class...

        We are getting closer to the new Autumn/Winter Idea book from Close to My Heart. While you wait, I will share with you my two upcoming classes at Biggby in Allen Park. Both classes will teach you something new. Join us for some fun!

         On August 1st will be card class. During this class you will learn how to do a faux chevron and a faux pinwheel. These techniques are so easy and cute!!

        Then on August 15th we will have scrapbook class. During the scrap class we will create a travel layout. The bling for this class are new cork shapes and we will be making a pocket on the layout for those special maps, ticket stubs, and other goodies we want to keep.

         I hope you will join me during this next great Idea book from Close to My Heart.  You will love this next book as much as me.

hugs, Holly

Friday, July 19, 2013

You Are Welcome Here

This is a fabulous video explaining the reasons Close to My Heart is a wonderful company to be with and to work for. Let me know what you think!!!

Get Organized!

Monday, July 15, 2013

Artwork from Convention 2013

       Now that I have been home for a few weeks, I have finally gotten all of my convention projects put  away.  Before they were put away I thought I would take some pictures of them.  On Thursday we created a mini album from the new Artbooking Cricut Cartridge (I forgot to photography this but I will and will post later).  On Saturday morning we created 10 spinning cards and a beautiful fabric necklace.  Later on Saturday evening, Close to My Heart hosted a crop for all of us.  During this time we created 2 special layouts using paper and a stamp set that are designed just for convention.  These layout are bold and fun!!!

*Warning there are a lot of photos in today's post.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Disney World and Convention 2013

   I am home from Disney World!!!  Still wish I was there :)  We had a great family vacation and convention was amazing.  Let me be the first to spread the word that next year's convention will be at Disneyland in California....who wants to join me for some fun!

  I am going to share some photos with you over the next few weeks from my trip with the family and from convention.   The family vacation was super fun.  We did the 4 main parks and Disney Quest.  Nate loved Disney Quest and Matt loved Epcot.  We did Epcot 2 different days.  I loved them all.  When the boys left to go home I switched hotels for convention and to meet my room mates.

  I made little paint cans filled with "Minnie" things like marker, pen, post-its, notepad, cream, mints, gum and a Minnie Mouse pin.

   Then I did a special present for my two downline that can to convention.  I made both of them a special keepsake box with a mini folio album inside.  Now Emily and Stephanie can keep our treasures in a safe spot.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Cropping Goodies

       About a month ago, I hosted the last 8 hour crop for the season.  We had so much fun!!!  If you haven't tried these mini crops, you should.  You will get dinner made by me, 3 stamp fairy (handmade) gifts, 2 prizes, and you will learn some new techniques.  At the May crop the ladies recieved a package of bling brads, a box of chocolates, handmade card set,  and a cute petite perk stamp set.

During the day the ladies learned 2 new techniques.  I taught them how to use bubble wrap to create a background and how to make your own faux washi tape.  FUN, FUN, FUN!!!!

Maybe you should join me for the next one to kick off the new cropping session, on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 2:00-10:00.  The cost is $30.00 and space is limited to 8 ladies.

hugs, Holly

Friday, June 14, 2013

Smelling the flowers...

  Have you seen the new June stamp of the month???  It is a super great one for so many amazing projects.  You can get yours for just $5.00 when you place a $50.00 order on line or at a home gathering.  Don't forget to get your Patriotic stamps and the Oklahoma "Thank You" stamp.

What do you think of this stamp set?  What will you do with yours?

hugs, Holly

Monday, May 27, 2013

Great things are coming in June...

     Well I just finished working on my June newsletter and thought I would share some fantastic news with all of you, from Close to My Heart.  Warning this post is very heavy in photos....

First, they just announced a release of a darling stamp from the Autumn/Winter idea book, to help aid in the relief efforts for the Oklahoma tornado victims.  You can get this set at a home gathering or on my website.  This set is just $2.95 with 100% of the sales going to the American Red Cross. Here is a picture of the stamp set.
Second, there will be 2 specials during the month of June.  The first is when you make a qualifying purchase of $25.00 that includes stamps you will get a cute little My Creations banner for FREE!
The other amazing special is a great set of Patriotic stamps.  These are perfect for the summer holidays and to show your Patriotism.  When you purchase the B-size at full retail value, $3.00 of the set will go to the USO and when you purchase the either or both of the D-size sets at full retail value, $5.00 will go to the USO for military families.  Let's show our support for the troops and get yours starting June 1st and going until July 31st.

Third, I thought I would share with you the upcoming Biggby classes for June.  The card class will be on June 6th. at 6:30pm at the Allen Park, Biggby coffee shop.  I would love for you to join me for class.  The class fee is $5.00.  You will need to sign up by Monday, June 3rd.
Supplies you will need are: scissors, adhesive, foam tape and colored pencils
Other supplies if you have them please bring them with you:
Tools:Water-colored pencils, blending pen, Sunset dauber, Markers (honey-lite, sorbet-lite, pear, smothie, pacifica)
Blocks: 1x3.5, 2x2, 2x3.5, 2x6.5, 3x3
Inks: New England Ivy, Barn Red, Moonstruck, Chocolate, Sunset, Slate, Black-pigment
Stamps: Hunting, In the Background, A Journey, Royal Birth, Honeycomb, Chantilly Card WOTG, Piece of Cake, and Distressed Backgrounds

Our next scrapbook class has moved up a week because of convention.  So please make note that we will be meeting on June 13th for class.  Class starts at 6:30 at the Allen Park Biggby coffee shop.

The theme of our class is "Pets".  Do you have photos of your pets or maybe of your kids at a petting farm?  This layout is perfect for you.  Join us for class.  The basic kit is $10.00 and the bling kit is $14.00. 
Basic Kit

Bling Kit

Supplies you will need to bring with you are: scissors, adhesive, foam tape, ruler, colored pencils.

Other supplies to bring if you have them are:
Tools: scallop punch-border, piercing tool, blending pen, water-colored pencils
Blocks: 2x2, 2x3.5
Inks: Chocolate, Indian Corn Blue
Stamp sets: Family Ties-Pets, Hero Alphabet

I will be sharing with you soon the techniques we did at the last crop and the stamp fairy presents they received.  Also be ready for some art using the June Stamp of the Month.

hugs, Holly

Monday, May 6, 2013

Dream Pop!!!!

     May is National Scrapbooking month for Close to My Heart.  The corporate office and art department has created an absolutely fabulous paper collection just for you.  The paper collection is so dreamy!!  There are 3 ways to get this collections in your hands:
1. Sign up to be a consultant during the month of May and it will be part of your kit.
2. Purchase $35.00 on new products on line or at a home gathering and then get the collection for $10.
3. Host an on-line or home gathering with $400 in sales and the collection will be yours for free.

Call me to get your collection!!!!

The scrapbook layout and the cards were made with the Dream Pop paper and the May Stamp of the Month.  Don't you love those pin wheels??

hugs, Holly

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Spring Blooms

    The warm sunshine makes me think that maybe Spring will be coming soon!!  We just had our Biggby scrapbook class to make a fun Spring layout.  The ladies did a great job on creating their pages. 

    Then on Saturday I taught 5 fun ladies how to use the My Creation Stars to create a great home decor piece.  Each lady did a fabulous job on their creations. 

   I thought I would share Arleen, Marie, Deanna, Kim and Karen's creations.  I am very proud of them for working on their creations and expanding their creativity.

Arleen's Creation

Marie's Creation

Deanna's Creation #1

Deanna's Creation #2

Kim's Creation

Karen's Creation

     Check back soon for a peak at May's Biggby Card and Scrapbook classes and May's Stamp of the Month using the Dream Pop Campaign paper pack.

hugs, Holly