Thursday, April 30, 2015

My Creations™ Mini Mix Album and Mini Folio

The My Creations™ line has two great, new products that feature some exciting possibilities. The mini mix album and the mini folio are quaint in size but large in capacity. Take a look at the video for some fun and refreshing ideas about the opportunity that awaits you with these two neat products. We have other great little albums for you to get creative as well.

My Creations™ Kraft Mini Book

$9.95 Z3044

 I love these two albums as well - they are small, just perfect to give as a gift!

 Have fun!



Monday, April 13, 2015

April 2015 Newsletter

April 2015 
Annual Idea book good from August 2014 to July 2015

Hi there,

Wow - March was a big month the Scrapping Bee Team - in total we added 7 new members to our team. We belong to the Pacemakers and we added 32 new members to that team! We are a growing team and our team was among the top sellers again! Scrapbooking, stamping and cardmaking is constantly evolving. I love to show the many different ways you can use our products. Our newest edition, the Seasonal Expressions 2 is a wonderful edition with great new products! Have fun browsing through - you might find something that strikes your fancy

In the meantime:

Here are some great links for you to check out at any time to see some great tutorials, videos and other hints and tips! 

I keep updating it on a regular basis, follow me, share it with your friends! My life is still going nuts, but I have figured out - being creative helps :)

If you like facebook more, you may want to consider checking my facebook page on

facebook business page

I am starting to add some of the images here under "Virtual Yard Sale" of the items I have available for sale in my facebook page! So, keep checking!

Like my page, share it, pin what you like - you may even want to check out my Pinterest page.

Oh - I did manage to make another video! I wanted to share how easy it is to put our new rolling tote together. I added the video on my blog, but here is the link as well.

New CTMH Rolling Tote 
New CTMH Rolling Tote

Hope to see you around!


Seasonal Expressions 2 Is Here!
Enjoy five months of fabulous product.
Spring is here and with it - the new Seasonal Expressions!
You will love the juicy new products this book is dishing up. One of my favorite paper pack and card kit is the Blossom Kit.   Over the next little while I will try to give more details as to what is new in my blog.

Introducing - Seasonal Expressions 
Enter a new world of crafting possibilities with the launch of our latest idea book.
Annual Inspirations idea book

Annual Inspirations will be active until August 31. The art-filled pages are now available for your viewing pleasure! Peruse the gold mine of new products, ranging from the new Cut Above™ line to the ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Markers, and admire the gorgeous artwork that dances across the pages. With additions such as 5 new colors and 9 new My Reflections™ paper packets, this idea book is overflowing with artistic inspiration and surging with products fit to make any crafter's heart swoon. So go ahead, fall in love with the new idea book. We promise the plunge will be well worth your time.

Do you need your own copy? Contact me now to get it! Or you can add it when you place an order. 

I use this book many times to help me get started when I need ideas for artwork. Let me help you get you started on your next project!

 Close to my Heart wants to make sure you will get an ideabook - so if you place an order online this month you can still get a free Annual Inspiration book and  a Seasonal Expressions book for free! How cool is that!

Deal of the Day

Score a deal each day of April with Close To My Heart.

Deal of the Day
Love a great deal? How about 30 days of great deals? During the month of April, you have the opportunity to score a deal every day with Close To My Heart! What deals are we talking about? Each day during April, while supplies last, we'll feature a random grab bag filled with current and retired Close To My Heart products available for purchase at a major discount. To grab your bag, simply place any current, full-priced item in your online shopping cart through your Consultant's Online Business Address and you will then be eligible to purchase as many grab bags as you wish (while supplies last)! Grab bags will be featured at five different price points throughout the month, ranging from $35 USD / $55 CAD to $150 USD / $160 CAD. Some grab bags will contain product with more than DOUBLE the retail value of the price you pay! Grab bags will be available for 24 hours starting at 3:00 pm MDT each day and only while supplies last-so visit often and early! Remember that grab bag tiers will be featured on a random schedule throughout the month, so seize the opportunity to purchase from the grab bag tier you're interested in when it becomes available because it might not come around again!
Contact me for more details.
*Offer valid April 1, 2015 (3:00 pm MDT)-May 1, 2015 (2:59 pm MDT). A given grab bag offer will only be available for 24 hours each day starting at 3:00 pm MDT through your Consultant's Online Business Address. Tax and shipping/handling will be charged based on the amount actually paid for the grab bag(s). Amounts paid for grab bag(s) are not eligible for Hostess Rewards.



Editor's Note

Just to sum up the savings over the next month:
  • Save $8 when you get both the Annual Inspiration and Seasonal Expression book for free!
  • Additional savings on all of that because you do not pay tax on your saved amount!
  • SOM is normally $17.95, but get it for only $5 when your purchase is $50
  • Depending what deal you go with you can save $35, $50 or $75
  • If you add it all up, your savings could easily add up over $55 this month!
 If you decide to join my team the sky is limit!

I always try to help my customers and hostesses to get more. Contact me now to help you how. Studio J purchases and other online purchases can be combined. It is easy to have an online party, you don't even have to clean your house!

Have a great February! 

Margit McCabe
Close to my Heart
In This Issue
Seasonal Expressions 2
Deal of the Day
Editor's Note
A Place for everything
Stamp of the Month
Upcoming Events
Do you like FREE?

A place for everything
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Stamp of the Month

April 2015: Typed Note

S1504 Typed Note, set of 19
Recommended Blocks:
1" × 3 1/2" (Y1002)
2" × 2" (Y1003)
4" × 5" (Y1012)

Beautiful Stamps, Amazing Discounts

Each month you can purchase a new D-size stamp set, available for one month only, for just $5 - that's over 70% off retail! When you place an order of $50 or more in Close To My Heart products (excluding purchases made in Studio J®), you qualify for this special Stamp of the Month pricing.

April 2015: Typed Note (S1504)

Spend $50 and get this Stamp of the Month set for just $5.


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Upcoming Events


These were a couple of projects we made at one of my last workshops.  We had a wonderful time making some Easter projects using water color pencils. If you want to see the rest of our projects, please check out my blog. As usual everybody used their own creativity to make the cards their own - I love it!  I always welcome visitors!  

At the last workshop we made lots of cards to catch up from last time! Wow! I was impressed! I really taxed everybody to the max of their skills! But we  had fun.
At our next workshop we will be making Spring and Mother's Day cards,  Yeah! I have already ordered the materials.  

Check out my blog for the details about the cards and the class.

We will have our next class on April 23. If you live close by me, we would love to have you join us!  Keep checking my blog and facebook page for updates!

Right now I have my classes in the evening, but I already have requests for classes in the morning. So, I will schedule one in the morning.

Do you like to scrapbook and would like to me add a night or day  for scrapbooking? Please let me know with your preference. This way I can start putting that in my calendar as well. If you have friends who would like to get together - I would love to schedule a class for you!

If you miss one, but would love to make them at home or you live too far - its as easy as ordering the kits. Just go to my blog and order the kit!

Contact me if you should have any questions

Do you like FREE?
That is great - I do too, ha!
Every month I have several Mystery hostess parties open now. When you log onto my website look for"Mystery Hostess party 1" or "Mystery Hostess Party 2". The first one will run from the 1st through the 15th and the second one from the 16th through the rest of the month. If the total of the party gets to $150 everyone who placed an order during that time period will go into a drawing for the $25 free products! So, have your list ready - share the good news!

If you are part of my workshop group - join my "workshop"party and you may qualify for some free goodies. There are all kinds of ways to get some free goodies!I

Log onto my website and join my online party and you are set! If you have some friends you want to order - let me know and I will set you up with your own online party and you can get some free product of your own!
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Thursday, April 9, 2015

Easter Workshop

 All these are from our March workshop! Yes, we were busy and we had fun! On top of it, we learned how to use watercolor pencils. They are so much fun to use and so easy! You need a dampened waterbrush or damp paintbrush for this technique.

Those cute little bags were hit - you can find them in several different colors on my website. You can get 12 bags for only $3.95, that is a pretty good price for 3 different designs.
I also used:
B1469 He Is Risen
Z2191 Sunset Ink
B2105 Black Ink
Z1919 purple Shimmer Trim
Z2012 Sequins
X7194B Hopscotch B&T
Lavender shin Han marker

For the bag:
D1633 Hopping by
Z2640 Thistle Ink, Z2105 Black Ink, Z2117 Crystal blue to sponge edge
Z1990 Thistle Ribbon
White daisy, Crystal blue CS
Z2039 Honey paper bag


 On this little card I wanted to teach how to use our score tool. It was a quick, cute little card to make and we had fun. Quite often it is in the small little details that can make a card.

I used the set B1470 Love Ya Silly - it is still available, along with Black CS and Lagoon ink.

Another cute card I wanted to share a set with everybody - Operation Smile set from last Seasonal Expression 1. You can get a new set from Seasonal Expressions 2. It is called Happy Everything.

Normally. when you purchase a stamp set from CTMH a portion will go to Operation Smile, but with this set $3 will go directly to that charity. You can ca be sure, I will make a card of the new set soon :)

I used one of our new embossing folders - the Heart embossing folder on the card.

Whew - I am caught up for now - until the next class this month. Please contact me if you should have any questions. Have fun!

Two workshop samples

 The last few months have been very busy in my life - my mother in law was very sick, she did pass away. I also had to deal with some health issues myself. Since she wanted to be buried with her husband in Arlington we had to wait a few months and we just came back from that.

Anyways, taking care of all of her affairs takes quite a while and so I am doing catch up work with all my artwork - sorry I am behind with posting my workshops now.

The above cards were made in my workshop in February! If you have a Seasonal Expressions 1 book you can find the WOG card making kit - Heartstrings. Everybody adjusted cards a bit the way they wanted them to look - we had a lot of fun! The kit is no longer available - however - if you love card kits - check out the new Blossoms card kit - I absolutely love it!

 If you love the little hearts I added, they are still available, while supplies last - everybody at the workshop loved them.

 Moving on - I promised I would tell you how to make those cute little treat bags. Here we go:

  • Cut across a lunch bag to have straight edge - I found these cute little colored bags at a discount store
  • Stamp on the "clean" side of the bag, not the one with glued side of the bag, it just looks nicer
  • Random stamp your bag - remember, random stamping is really not random. There is a pattern. Start in the left hand corner and go on down. Make sure you stamp off the edge as well. Hope that makes sense.
  • From the top start folding your bag every 1/3" with first fold going to the back. It will be back and forth.
  • Stop folding when you have reached the space for your artwork.
  • My card measures 4 1/4 x 31/8 for the base and 4 x 3 for this bag
  • The stripe was 5 x 1 and 1/2" the inside strip
  • Once all of those are folded pinch all of the folds together in the middle like a fan and punch a hole for your ribbon - you can see the hole in the picture.
  • Attach the card - fill the bag - make the fan again 
  • Attach the ribbon and you are done!

The materials used are:

Z2195 Lagoon ink
Z2196 Smoothie Ink for the edge
B1470 Love Ya Silly
White Daisy CS
Smoothie CS
Heartstrings Background paper

The other "Thanks" card is from the Cut Above "Happy Birthday" Card kit and I used the B1467 "You Mean the World to me" stamp set. I added some flowers from another stamp set along with some of our sequins to add a little bit of bling - don't you love bling? I do! And the card is done. You get pretty much everything you need to get this card in a hurry. All you need is a stamp set. You decide, what you want to say!

Well, that is it for these cards. I now have to get the Easter cards on the blog as well :)

Have fun for now!

Hello and thank you for stopping by!

This is my first attempt on a blog - can you tell? I am sure you can. From what I have learned about blogs they are like an online journal and you are getting a peak into my soul ...

At this time I am trying to learn how to post my artwork with watermark and copyright and all that jazz -but I a, learning. My plan is to post my work and along with it I will explain what I used and how I made the project.

As we go along, I will also give you a peak into my life. I will share some pictures of my family, places we have been, places we have visited. So, please come back and visit often. Just know, that I am very new to this blogging thing! So, at this time - any help you can give me is highly appreciated in growing my skills in "blogging".

If you live close to me and you would like to join me in my craft place or one my crops please, check my calendar for any upcoming workshops!

A scrapbooker's quilting bee!