Back From Convention

Good morning! I’m sitting here on my deck listening to the breeze whispering through the trees and the birds just singing away.  I have my new Annual Inspirations, a delicious cup of coffee and my convention notes.  It’s a calm morning (my boys are still asleep) so I thought I’d take a minute to share a few highlights from the Close To My Heart Convention.

First up is the new Annual Inspirations & Holiday Expressions! There are so many beautiful new things, I can’t possibly do them justice in a single blog post, so I’ll be sharing new product and artwork on my Facebook page over then next few weeks.

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But I’ll touch on just a few things here –

New Basics color palette! We have 10 new colors in the basics line from linen to charcoal! Black has moved over with White Daisy as a Neutral stand alone color.9CF665EF-29BC-4D13-B1DC-5625AEB91CE3

Double-sided cardstock! – yep – you can see it in the picture above – each 12×12 sheet of colored cardstock will have a lighter version on the back, so you’ll have double the creativity!

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New Cricut cartridge – You Are Here! This collection is a great way to start capturing your adventures whether they are all around the world or right in your back yard! It is available in both a physical and digital version. And there are also 3 new digital collections featuring the USA, Canada & Australia/New Zealand!!!




We also had wonderful speakers! From the amazingly talented Stacy Julian to the inspiring story of Stephanie Nielson (author of Heaven is Here), Chari Pack from Persnickety Prints  and of course our own fantastic consultants! (Apparently I was so engrossed in what they were saying, I didn’t get pictures!!)


The Home Office tour was great, too! We got to see where all the amazingly talented artists work and where Jeanette gives her stamp of approval to what’s coming our way!

There were so many great moments at convention – old friendships rekindled, new friendships forged! And I got to share it all with my mom.



I’ll finish off with a picture of the CTMH mission statement – it really says so much about what I love about this business and how it has helped me grow. I have so many relationships to celebrate (both new and old), I have definitely discovered my creativity, all while sharing and preserving the memories that matter most to me.


I hope you all enjoy your week! If you’re here in the US, have a safe and happy Independence Day!



Retiring Products

I can’t believe it – the Close to My Heart Convention is just around the corner and the CTMH Home Office just announced a list of products that will be retiring to make room for more new fun…

This list includes the current Fundamentals Creative Collections, Base & Bling pieces, all three colors of foil tape, several of our tools and lots of current stamp sets.  The easiest way to find them all is to go to the ‘Going Soon’ section at

We haven’t heard which colors will be retiring yet – but since it was the ‘Color of the Year’ – Seaglass will definitely be going.  If you like this color – you can get the ink stamp pad, reinker, pigment ink, cardstock, and glitter paper before they’re gone!

I know there are quite a few things on this list that I’m going to miss! The pictures below only show a small sampling.  But I know there will be so many new things rolling in that I’ll have lots of new favorites!


Saying Goodbye to Summer Products

I know we still have a few more weeks on the calendar of summer, but school’s back in session, the weather is getting cooler, and it’s time once again to say good bye to summer.  It’s also time to say good bye to the products in the CTMH Season Expressions II idea book.  We’ve had some fun papers and great stamp sets to play with this past summer – I’ve loved so many of them – I hate to see them go!  Here are a few of my favorites.

MAGICAL Workshop Your Way, Amusement Park and Beyond Awesome stamp sets.


CALYPSO Workshop Your Way, Tickled Pink, Safari Ballet, Wise-Guy Birthday stamp sets.


FLORENCE Workshop Your Way, A Bunch of Love and Smarty Pants stamp sets


These products will be available through 31 August – or while supplies last.  Check out all the retiring products on my web site

Contact me if you have any questions!


Retiring Colors

I had big plans to post about my vacation in FL and PA – but we were on the go most of the time and didn’t have a great internet connection. AND – it is much more tiring and time consuming to recover from vacation that it used to be!!!  Now I’m back in UT, getting ready to send all 3 boys to Scout Camp & soak in a week of solitude (except for when I have to go to work).  I have a vacation post in draft – so I’ll get back to that next week when the house is quiet.  In the mean time, I wanted to share some info about retiring product.  Previously, I posted about the 2016 Retiring Products….  But – with convention, comes the announcement of new colors and those that will be leaving.

This year we’re saying good bye to 7 colors from the Adventure color group, but we’re saying Hello to EIGHT new colors – 7 new colors for Adventure and a Color of the Year.  The Color of the Year will only be available between 1 August 2016 and 31 July 2017… check back for more details.

The 7 retiring colors are Gypsy, Topiary, Pear, Honey, Sunset, Cotton Candy and Hollyhock.


Don’t forget to stock up on these ink stamp pads and re-inkers so you have them available to use with papers you’ve already purchased.  Are you still playing with Calypso or Kaliedoscope – stock up on these retiring colors so you’ll have a perfect match!

Don’t worry, about filling the gap left by these retiring colors, because CTMH came through with some bold & beautiful replacements.  Watch for them on 1 August, or come check them out in person on 30 July at my New Product Reveal – contact me for details!


CTMH Convention Fun

The 2016 Close To My Heart Convention was a blast!  The amazing Home Office team used the theme from the movie Inside Out to present our new Fundamentals Paper Packs (because we all have a different mix of Whimsy, Adventure, Enchantment & Basic styles to our crafting)!  I just ordered my convention bundles (discounted groupings of new product offered to consultants attending convention) so they should arrive at my house just a few days after I do!

In addition to the new Fundamentals paper packs there are ribbon packs, more Thin Cuts, a beautiful Cricut Cartridge, new My Legacy album colors and embossing folders.  I’ve scheduled a product reveal party for July 30th so you can see some of the great new products that you’ll be able to order on August 1st!

The Convention wasn’t just about doing business, though.  I met amazing women, made new friends and got to know some others better.  The ladies who presented the business classes, creative sessions and those that shared their artwork are truly talented!!  Beyond that – they are so willing to share that those of us who are not creative can join in the fun! Although I like to create, I don’t consider myself creative – so they make it easier for me!

A few of my beautiful sister-consultants from the Sweethearts Team and the amazing Sheri Rottler, our wonderful team leader!

I have a few days of vacation left… visiting family and friends, enjoying the green, rolling hills of my home state – Pennsylvania.  I was really inspired at convention and am looking forward to playing in my craft room when we get back to UT.  In the mean time, I’ll take lots of pictures so I have lots more to scrap when I get home!

2016 Retiring Products…

Dang – it’s been a while since I have posted.  Life got crazy and this is one of my fun to do – not have to do items.   My family has been busy gearing up for the summer (literally, as we just purchased some awesome backpacking gear to go play this summer).  We’ve been backpacking in Southern Utah – but were turned back (after hiking about 7 miles) by snow covering the trail.  We’ve had 1 camper trip to UTABA – beautiful camp near Eden UT with a group of amazing friends from church.  Next on our list is Great Basin National Park – they’re supposed to have an awesome astronomy program.

The really big trip will be in just a few weeks – I’ll be heading to Florida for the Close To My Heart Convention – then the fam will join me for a few days of Disney fun – then we’re off to PA to visit family for a few more days!  REALLY excited!

Along with the CTMH convention comes the new Annual Inspirations Idea Book – that means we have retiring product to make room for all the fun new things coming.  This year’s list includes 3 beloved Cricut Cartridges, all of the current My Legacy albums, and lots more…

G1096 Workshops on the Go® Zoe Scrapbooking Kit
G-1097 Workshops on the Go® Sangria Scrapbooking Kit
G1100 Workshops on the Go® La Vie En Rose Scrapbooking Kit
G1101 Workshops on the Go® Kaleidoscope Cardmaking Kit
G1102 Workshops on the Go® Georgie Scrapbooking Kit
G1103 Workshops on the Go® Urban Scrapbooking Kit
X7197B My Reflections™ Zoe Paper Packet
X7197C Zoe Complements
X7199B My Reflections™ Sangria Paper Packet
X7199C Sangria Complements
X7201B My Reflections™ La Vie En Rose Paper Packet
X7201C La Vie En Rose Complements
X7202B My Reflections™ Kaleidoscope Paper Packet
X7202C Kaleidoscope Complements
X7203B My Reflections™ Georgie Paper Packet
X7203C Georgie Complements
X7204B My Reflections™ Urban Paper Packet
X7204C Urban Complements
Z1475 3” x 3” White Daisy Envelopes
Z1476 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ White Daisy Envelopes
Z1477 5” x 7” White Daisy Envelopes
Z1478 6” x 6” White Daisy Envelopes
Z1725 Adhesive Springs
Z1750 Display Tray
Z1752 Sparkles Clear Assortment
Z1756 3” x 3” Colonial White Envelopes
Z1757 4.25 x 5.5 Colonial White Envelopes
Z1758 5” x 7” Colonial White Envelopes
Z1759 6” x 6” Colonial White Envelopes
Z1816 Durables Artisan Studs
Z1833 My Creations® Kraft Container
Z1838 5 x 7 Hinged Display Tray
Z1849 Bronze Shimmer Trim
Z1851 Scallop Border Punch
Z1853 Aqua Dots
Z1871 My Creations® Kraft 3-Ring Album
Z1903 Base & Bling Adhesive Dots
Z1904 Base & Bling Adhesive Strips
Z1918 Teal Shimmer Trim
Z1919 Purple Shimmer Trim
Z1922 Pink Glitter Paper
Z1924 Dot Embossing Folder
Z1925 Chevron Embossing Folder
Z1926 Quatrefoil Embossing Folder
Z1927 Damask Embossing Folder
Z1928 Durables Triangle Studs
Z1934 Flamingo Dots
Z1953 My Creations® Journaling Cards Box
Z1956 Hip Pics Album
Z1960 Stripe Embossing Folder
Z1980 My Legacy Cocoa Damask D-Ring
Z1981 My Legacy Slate Circles D-Ring
Z1982 My Legacy Cocoa Damask Post Bound
Z1983 My Legacy Slate Cirlces Post Bound
Z1986 Pink Shimmer Trim
Z1991 Teal Glitter Paper
Z1992 Purple Glitter Paper
Z1993 Arrow Embossing Folder
Z1994 Floral Embossing Folder
Z1995 Honeycomb Embossing Folder
Z1996 Woodgrain Embossing Folder
Z1997 Triangle Border Punch
Z1998 Chevron Border Punch
Z2006 Designed Décor Red Magnetic Chalkboard
Z2009 Red Enamel Hearts
Z2010 White Enamel Stars
Z2015 Designed Décor Black Shadow Box
Z2016 Designed Décor Colonial White Shadow Box
Z2023 Bling Gems Gold Assortment
Z2028 Designer Creations Short Stack Album
Z2036 Designer Creations Slate Paper Bags
Z2037 Designer Creations Lagoon Paper Bags
Z2038 Designer Creations Ruby Paper Bags
Z2039 Designer Creations Honey Paper Bags
Z2049 Designer Creations Cupcake Box
Z2050 Designer Creations Takeout Box
Z2053 Designer Creations Buttoned Bag
Z2054 Base & Bling Journey Style Sheet
Z2055 Base & Bling Signature Style Sheet
Z2090 My Legacy Lagoon Chevron D-Ring Album
Z2091 My Legacy Ruby Floral D-Ring
Z2092 My Legacy Lagoon Chevron Post Bound
Z2093 My Legacy Ruby Floral Post Bound
Z3018 Heart Embossing Folder
Z3019 Vine Embossing Folder
Z3020 Diamond Embossing Folder
Z3021 Scallop Embossing Folder
Z3025 Blue Shimmer Trim
Z3032 Rolling Tote
Z3034 My Legacy BlackD-Ring
Z3035 Pixie Extra Thick Twine
Z3036 Flaxen Extra Thick Twine
Z3039 Glacier Extra Thick Twine
Z3040 Thistle Extra Thick Twine
Z3043 My Creations™ Black Mini Book
Z3044 My Creations™ Kraft Mini Book
Z3069 My Creations™ Mini Mix Album
Z3070 My Creations™ Mini Folio
Z3078 La Vie En Rose Assortment
Z3079 Urban Assortment
Z3082 Zoe Assortment
Z3084 Sangria Assortment
Z3085 Kaleidoscope Assortment
Z3092 Georgie Assortment
Z3114 Roller Stamp This Happened
Z3115 Roller Stamp Day-to-Day
Z3137 My Creations™ Pint-Sized Container
Z3145 Picture My Life Overlay Black
Z3147 Cut Above™ Dapper Giraffe Card Kit
Z3148 Cut Above™ Beautiful Blossoms Card Kit
Z3168 Cricut® Artfully Sent Collection
Z3170 Cricut® Artiste Collection
Z3171 Cricut® Art Philosophy Collection
Z3173 Base & Bling Affirmations Style Sheet
Z3174 Base & Bling Lovely Blooms Style Sheet
Z3177 Picture My Life™ Through the Year Scrapbooking Program
Z3178 Picture My Life™ Childhood Scrapbooking Program
Z3179 Picture My Life™ Georgie Scrapbooking Program
Z3180 Picture My Life™ Going Places Scrapbooking Program
Z3181 Picture My Life™ Beautiful You Scrapbooking Program
Z3182 Instalife™ Album–Berry
Z3183 Instalife™ Album–Teal
Z3186 Instalife™ Cards–Colorful Me
Z3187 Instalife™ Cards–The Bright Side

These items will be retiring July 31, 2016 – but don’t wait – they are WHILE SUPPLIES LAST! -Feel free to contact me or order directly at

One note on the Cricut Cartridges – if you’d like to get one for 1/2 price (that’s just $49.50 for over 700 images) – contact me about hosting a gathering for free and 1/2 price product!