Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Introducing Project Life by Stampin' Up!


I am so extremely excited to let you know that Stampin' Up partnered with Becky Higgins to bring you the real deal: Project Life products in exclusive Stampin' Up! colors and designs. If you've somehow missed the Project Life craze and are wondering what it's all about, let me fill you in: it is so super simple, totally affordable way to get your photos into albums and out of the boxes or off your computer: you just slip your photos into Photo Pocket Pages and add designed cards. It's a back-to-basics approach to documenting/journaling your life.
Overall, it's all about spending more time making memories your memories and less time scrapbooking them. Sounds like a win win kinda system! Here's a sneak peek of the selected products you'll be able to order begining May first. The entire collection will be available with the new catalog on June 2nd. This is FANTASTIC and FABULOUS all rolled into one! Try it out--you'll will see why it has taken the scrapbooking world by storm.

Project Life Sneak Peek

Ordering begins May 1st at Creations With Kathryn @ Stampin' Up

Here's a quick introductory video that will give you a small glimpse of what is headed our way and what Project Life is all about! This is going to be SO EXCITING and LOADS of FUN.

Hope you week is full of Sunshine and Laughter.


Saturday, April 12, 2014

All About Frames Blog Hop

Welcome to our “All About Frames Blog Hop”
Brought to you by our Krazy Crafting Crew. We are an independent hop team that enjoys sharing out work with everyone and hope to inspire you with new ideas for you own creativity. We are a team who loves to do all different themes, such as cards, layouts, 3D projects and so much more. We do all the paper crafting from traditional to digital. Mostly traditional, every now and then there may be a little mixed media too!
If you arrived here from Christina you are in the right place.Now on to some more fun.
For today's hop project I have made a card for my Granddaughter, who should be here at anytime now. I am so very excited to meet her, that this card has a little story of how impatient her Grandmother is for her arrival. I know that this will sit in her scrapbook waiting for the day that I give it to her. Well enough of me and my major problem of waiting. LOL

My card today was made using the Close To My Heart exclusive Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge. This month any of the 3 exclusive Cricut Cartridges (Art Philosophy, Artist, and Artbooking) can be yours free if you sign up to be a consultant with Close To My Heart. You can sign up by clicking here. There is no obligation to you to have parties. You can decide it isn't for you and the kit will be yours with no further obligations. You will receive $400 worth of product for only $99 and you can stay as a consultant to get the discount yourself or sell to your family and friends if you wish. I am only a phone call, text message, or email away (or if in the Sacramento, CA area a visit away) if you have any questions or need help.

All product are Close To My Heart unless stated otherwise.

The base of the card is Colonial White Card Stock cut @ 8 1/2" x 5 1/2"
Layer one is of Pear Card Stock cut @ 3 3/4" (pg 62 <Oval5>)
Used the Swiss Dots Cuttlebug Embossing Folder on the Frame to add texture
Layer two is of Cotton Candy cut @ 3 1/2" (pg 62 <Oval5>)
Used the D'vine Swirls Cuttlebug Embossing Folder on the Frame layer for texture/dimension
"I" is of Buttercup cut @1 1/4" (pg 38 Shift/Font Layer <Diamond>)
Heart is of Ruby cut @1 1/4" (pg 26 Shift <Heart1>)
Used Swiss Dots Cuttlebug Embossing Folder on the heart for texture
Also attached Heart with Foam Adhesive for added dimension
"U" is of Buttercup cut @ 1 1/4" (pg 37 Shift/Font Layer <Heart2>)
Attached Pink Glitter Jems to the "I" and "U"
Inked all edges of pieces with Coca Exclusive Ink to add distressing

If you are interested in purchasing any of the products used or seeing what Close To My Heart has to offer, please feel free to click to be directed to my website: Creations With Kathryn

The hostess for the hop is Cicily and she is offering some wonderful blog candy. So be sure to hop over and see her project.

Thank you for coming by and hope to see you again next month!

Your next stop will be to the talented Jearise blog.
If you missed the full line up for this months hop, here it is:
May all your days be filled with joy and happiness.


Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Want a Free Cricut Collection Cartridge??????

Want to get a FREE Cricut CTMH Cartridge Collection????

Well April 1 is here, and you guess what that means?  You can now get $400 in CTMH products for only $99!  It’s not a joke – it is the CTMH April Special!  Receive the entire Consultant Kit, featuring our Skylark Collection, and get your choice of Cricut Cartridge Collection (a $99 value) for FREE!!!! Choose from Art Philosophy, Artiste, or Artbooking Collections.  Only available while supplies last, so hurry and don’t delay!  I will guarantee they will go fast!
It is perfectly acceptable for you to buy the kit and do nothing else – there is no further obligation with this promotion.  However, I want to give you some background on why I joined CTMH and some reasons why CTMH may be a good fit for you.

My Top 10 Reasons to Join Close To My Heart

1.  The Discount

Who it is not crazy about saving money?  If you always want a good sale or perhaps you are a coupon queen, the consultant discount may be the thing for you!!  All consultants gets a 22% discount on all product orders, straight off the top of their orders.  For any order you place, you will automatically  receive 22% off the retail total (this excluding all taxes & s/h).  For example: You order $100 retail product, you would keep your 22% discount (that is $22 in your pocket) and pay only $78 to Close To My Heart.

2.  Free Product and More Cash

Every month, you have the ability to earn additional commissions and Select Product Credit (SPC)!  The more you sell, the more you earn. easy, right?  Check out the chart here to see just how much you can as you increase your own personal sales!
Monthly Personal Sales
Base Commission
SPC Commission
Total Commission
$150 – $399.99

22% + $5 SPC
$400 – $599.99

22% + $25 SPC
$600 – $799.99

22% + $50 SPC
$800 – $999.99

22% + $75 SPC
$1,000 – $2,999.99
30% + $75 SPC
$3,000 +
35% + $75 SPC
The best part of all of this is that YOU get to decide where you want to go with Close To My Heart – you can just purchase your own crafting supplies at a discount or you can start a business.  If you want to start a business, share YOUR goals with me and we can sit down and create a plan to get you where you want to go.

3.  EXCLUSIVE Products

For me, the products are what drew me to Close To My Heart.  I am an die hart Scrapper and I love our papers, stamps, workshops, Cricut Collections, accessories,  and much more.  We carry some of the best products available on the market, and they are available only through us as Independent Consultants.
Our products are the current trend.  Close To My Heart continues to grow and evolve to meet industry demands with introductions of new products to market.  Beginning this fall, Close To My Heart will be introducing new products every 4 months – what a GREAT way to keep things exciting and fresh!

4.  Training

Want to learn more about stamping, scrapbooking and paper crafting?  Check out our Close To My Heart "YouTube" videos. They will keep you and your customers informed about new products and techniques!  Close To My Heart also offers several online Training Courses on products, creativity, business, and more.  And, to help you start out right, we have different gathering projects and make and take ideas for every paper collection in our Idea Book!  You don’t have to be a creative genius, you just have to know the right place to look. It is that easy!!!

5.  Community

We are truly a family at Close To My Heart!  Some of my dearest and closest friendships have come through Close To My Heart, and I am so blessed to have these wonderful women in my life.  We have a several different Consultant only Facebook Groups, Corporate Bulletin Boards, and Events.  You can always stay on track and get the inside scoop!
As part of the my team, you get to participate in team meetings and events.  As your upline, I will do my best to mentor and help you achieve your goals.  Remember, open communication is the key to success!
Convention and our Regional Celebrations are some of the most popular events that are only available to Close To My Heart Consultants.  Hear all about the new products, interact with the Corporate Staff, and learn from other consultants who are experts in the field.  You won’t want to miss these exciting and FUN events!

6.  FREE Resources

And who doesn’t like FREE stuff??? Close To My Heart has several freebies to offer you as a consultant.
1).  FREE Newsletter Service:  We are provided with professionally designed, monthly newsletters to share with our friends and customers!  The newsletter is designed by the Close To My Heart Marketing Department, which reduces the amount of work on our part, but we do have the option to personalize the first section of it to add our own personal touch and advertise our specials and events.
2)  FREE Hostess Rewards:  Close To My Heart supplies all the free products that hostesses earn.  You do not have spend portions of your commission money to compensate your hostess.
3).  FREE Online Business Address (OBA):  Every Close To My Heart consultant is given an Online Business Address (OBA) where customers can shop, view the idea book, watch videos, learn about products, explore the current specials, and even join your team.  The great thing about the OBAs is that Close To My Heart maintains them, so there is no work on our part, but we enjoy all of the benefits and commissions.

4)  FREE Credit Card Processing:  Close To My Heart allows us to accept credit cards both on our website and at gatherings and we pay NO processing fees.

7.  Monthly Specials  

This is one that grabs me everytime.  Each and every month, Close To My Heart has something special to offer our customers.  For instance, we have our Stamp of the Month program, where we can offer an exclusive stamp set each month for only $5 with a qualifying purchase.  In addition, we also have Constant Campaigns that offer us NEW, EXCUSIVE, or FREE product!  These Campaigns are fantastic – and they are always a surprise, which makes it so extiting!  As a Close To My Heart consultant, you get to be the first ones to get your hands on these products, weeks before any customers can purchase them!

8.  Flexibility  

One of the things that I think is the greatest about Close To My Heart is that there is not wrong way to be a consultant.  You get to make your own decision about what type of consultant you want to be. For instance: How much you want to work, and when you want to do it.  You can choose to buy for yourself, sell to your friends, host workshops, start clubs, become a blogger, vendor at crops – the choice is all up to YOU.  There is room for everyone with Close To My Heart.

9.  Easy and Low Cost Start Up

For ONLY $99, you will receive over $300 in product to launch your own business.  And, the kicker is in the month of April – you will receive a FREE Cricut Collection (choose between Art Philosophy, Artiste, and Artbooking).  So now you will receive over $400 worth of products for only $99!  What a FABULOUS DEAL!
Your Consultant Kit comes packed with everything that you will need to host your first gathering – or not, if that is what you prefer.  Remember – this journey is yours and yours alone to explore and to chart your own path.  Close To My Heart has all the tools to you will need, you just need to pick which ones fit you and your goals best.
Sign up is super simple and takes less than 5 minutes – it is all done online through my Website.

10.  Creative Discovery

With Close To My Heart, your creative journey will never end.  There is always something new and exciting to try – so you will be able to keep your creative juices flowing.  The more you learn about your own creativity, the more you learn about yourself.  I can say that I am a much happier and a more creative person due to having Close To My Heart in my life.  I have an outlet where I can go to recharge, refresh and breathe easily when real life gets a little bit crazy.  I  touching people’s lives with what I do with Close To My Heart, and the people I meet and touch are touching mine in return.  We all need that happy place to go to – and Close To My Heart has been the one to fill that role in my life so perfectly well.  What will Close To My Heart do for you? Come and let us see together!

Keep on Stamping and Scrapping.

Sincerely and Truly,

Kathryn Martinez

Thursday, March 20, 2014

La Belle Layout #3

Happy Thursday to you all.

I can't believe the week is almost over. WOW!!! I am in the process of getting ready for my Paper Crafters Garage Sale this Friday night and Saturday morning. I have tons and tons of Scrapbooking, Stamping and other Crafty items that I need to clear out of my house. I have over 5 Large Milk Crates full of Pattern Paper and some Card Stock. There is a Full size Epson Photo Printer, a Mini HP Photo Printer with 5 NP ink cartridges included. Also an ECraft Die Cutting Machine with Cartridges. Oh and tons and tons of other embellishments, Stamp Sets, individual Stamps, Pearl Pens, Glitter Tubes, Ribbon and lots more. So very busy getting everything out of the house and into the Garage for tomorrow at 5pm when my door opens. LOL

Well enough of all my chatter and one with the the important stuff.

Today is Layout #3 of a Series of 6 layouts that I am posting this week. The layouts are using the CTMH Pattern Paper pack La Belle. I adore this paper and I still have one set left that I am secretly hiding away for a raining day. I did use one thing that was not CTMH to this layout. The flowers are from the Pansy Punch from Stampin' Up. All other items for embellishments came from the La Belle Stickease pack or from one of the 3 CTMH exclusive Cricut Cartridges (ie: Art Philosophy, Artist, and Artbooking). If you are interested in any of these cartridges, please feel free to go to my website to see them in more detail or order if you would like to own them. Click on this link to reach my website: Creations With Kathryn's CTMH Website

Layout #3:

Left Side Embellishments:

Right Side Embellishments:

Well I am 1/2 way done with the series of 6 layouts for the La Belle paper pack. I will have to see Sunday when I have a breather what will be my next pull from stash projects.

I hope you have enjoyed my layouts and that you will join in tomorrow for the next in the series.

Hope that your Friday is a bright one,


La Belle Layout #2

Good morning to all you fine crafters,

Sorry this didn't get posted last night as it was suppose to. Had some internet problems and couldn't get on. So before heading to work this morning I thought I would try again, and wow, I am on the internet. LOL

Today is layout #2 in a series of 6 layouts using the La Belle Paper Pack by CTMH. I truly do love this paper pack as it is so good for so many different types of layouts. It is to bad that it is retired as I only have one pack left to play with and have so many different ideas I want to do with it. Oh well I guess it is time to fine a new favorite.

This layout is a very simple and clean layout, with a pocket to hold a picture or more Journaling. Not to many embellishments on this layout as I used a Martha Stewart Punch for some of the borders I put on it.

Layout #2:

 Pocket Insert Side #1:

Pocket Insert Side #2:

I hope you liked my layout for today and please don't forget to come back tomorrow to see the next one in the La Belle Series of 6 Layouts.

Thank you and have a blessed Thursday,


Tuesday, March 18, 2014

La Belle Layout 1

Happy Tuesday to all you,

Hope that the beginning of your week is going really well. Mine is crazy, but good. Everyday I get closer and closer to meeting my sweet Granddaughter. That makes everyday a bit better than the day before. Though I am blessed already.

On with the showing. Today is the first in a series of 6 layouts that I will be featuring here on my blog. All 6 of the layouts will be using the CTMH La Belle Paper Pack. This is by far one of my favorite paper packs that CTMH has offered. Sorry to say it is retired, but I still have a few sheets stowed away for a special day. I know I am a horrible hoarder of paper. LOL

Layout 1:

Page 1 Title:

Page 2 Title:

Page 2 Journal Box:

Page 2 Elements:

I hope you enjoyed this first layout from the CTMH La Belle Paper Pack. Please hop by tomorrow and see layout #2.

Have a great Wednesday,


Monday, March 17, 2014

Happy Late St. Patricks Day

Hope you all had a wonderfully GREEN day today. The weather here in Central California was fantastic. I know we need the rain really badly here, but it was so nice to go outside and be in a short sleeve dress and not need a jacket.

Well we made it through the weekend and Monday. YEAH!!!! Now we only have 4 more days till the weekend.

For any of you that don't know, my oldest is expecting a baby girl on April 18th. Well I am on official count down as of tomorrow as it is one month till I will be a Grandmother for the very first time. I feel like a kid at Christmas waiting to open the gifts that have been under the tree for weeks. LOL I know it sounds crazy, but it is so thrilling and exciting for me. So forgive me if I go on a bit and get a little crazy, but this old lady is to overwhelmed with joy.

Well enough about me, I wanted to let you know that starting again tomorrow I will be posting a layout a day for the next 6 days. It will post here tomorrow evening and there will be a new one each following evening. So please hop over here and take a look at my new creations. These layout will be featuring from my stash, the CTMH La Belle paper pack. Yes this line is retired, but I have a few sheets left to play with as this is one of my favorite paper packs. This year for me is to try to use as much of my old stash as possible. Yes, I am taking idea and lifting them from others, but I am adding my own personality to them as well.

So I hope to have you hope over and see what is coming.

Have a blessed week,