Monday, November 23, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

I came across this prayer that I wanted to share with all of you.
May you and your families have a wonderful Thanksgiving Day!

"My Thanksgiving Prayer To You"

My Thanksgiving Prayer To You From Me;
Is for love strong and true that you hold within thee.

A heart that beats steady and holds love within;
For your brothers and sisters and all creatures by Him.

A Soul that is worthy of all of His Love;
That is given to you from the Heavens above.

Food on your table that you thank the Lord for;
Friends to surround you forever and more.

A house filled with love and the light how it shines;
Showing all of its beauty till the end of time.

Kindness towards others for all of your days;
To be returned I pray in many a way.

A good job to keep you and pay all your bills;
That you spend it wisely and not on the frills.

A family around you that is loving and true;
That you all stand together for there are so few.

Children to bless you if that is God's will;
To cherish and nourish so your life is fulfilled.

Dreams of pure beauty as you lay there and sleep;
Through the peaceful night when darkness is deep.

An angel to guide you through morning and night;
To protect you and love you till the end of your plight.

And last but most important your love for God will shine through;
To the Heavens above for He's waiting for you.

Amen and God bless!
Author: Judy N. Marquart

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Fall Craft and Vendor Show

This Saturday
November 21, 2009

Stop in anytime from 10am -3pm

At my house
539 Canyon Drive, Romeoville, IL 60446

Doorprizes ~ Raffles ~ Refreshments

Everyone Welcome!

Vendors Include:
Crafters, Close To My Heart, Tupperware, Pampered Chef, Homemade Gourmet, Premier Jewelry, Tastefully Simple, Signature Homestyles, Mary Kay, Usborne Books, Lia Sophia, PartyLite and more....

This is an event you will not want to miss...

Come on out and get some Christmas shopping done or get something for yourself! There are so many items to choose from!

Let me know if you have any questions....Hope to see you Saturday!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Stampaganza is Back!

Whether your a long time fan of stamps or just venturing into this fun hobby, now is the perfect time to grab some My Acrylix stamp sets! From November 3-30, 2009, when you purchase 2 My Acrylix stamp sets, you get a third stamp for FREE. Choose from any stamp set in any of the 2009 Close To My Heart Idea Books. Take advantage of this months great offer by stocking up on the stamp sets you really want!
Also, don't forget to check out my website at to view this months sale on the My Acrylix stamp sets that will be retiring as of December 31.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Fall is Here!

Can you believe the weather? Fall has just begun, it is only 53 degrees outside, gloomy and rainy....However, the colors of the leaves and all of the fall decorations everywhere are absolutely beautiful. To celebrate fall we made this pumpkin at the last card workshop.

Close To My Heart has added more PBS webisodes in the CTMH TV section of my website. There are 5 new videos, focusing on techniques such as rock-n-roll stamping, acrylix album embellishments, fun with ribbon, masking methods, and blending pen uses. These episodes are a great way to see techniques in a new light and see the many ways you can use our fabulous products. Be sure to check them out today at

Studio J is coming soon! Check out, to learn more about this great scrapbooking opportunity. Sign up for occassional email updates on Studio J and you will be entered into a weekly drawing to win a My Legacy Dark Cocoa Linen Album. The winner will be notified by email.
Happy Fall!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Art & Soul

Want to learn some new techniques?
Not sure what to do with your scrapbook/card supplies?

Then Art & Soul is for you! Art & Soul is an online craft show that can be viewed by going to my website: and then clicking on CTMH TV.

There you will be able to choose one of the many shows we have to offer. Each episode is filled with fresh tips and techniques, new and current products, as well as limited time offers for viewers.

Be sure to check back often as new shows are added each month.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Mark Your Calendars!

Mark your calendars for the Fall Craft/Vendor Show.

Saturday, November 21, 2009
from 10:00am to 3:00pm.
at my house, 539 Canyon Drive, Romeoville, IL

This is a great way to get some of your holiday shopping done.
We will have Crafts, Scrapbooking, Food, Tupperware, Jewelry, Home Decorations and more.

Come for a few minutes or stay for the day!

Doorprizes will be awarded, as well as, a Raffle to benefit Operation Smile.

Remember to invite everyone you know!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Workshops You Won't Want To Miss!

Thank you to everyone who came to my Open House yesturday. I hope you all enjoyed yourselves, I know I sure did. We made an ornament using the new Jingle paper, checked out products, played bingo, had snacks, talked and most of all had fun!

At the open house I showed samples of some upcoming special workshops that I am offering this fall. I am offering on November 11 at 7pm the Twitterpated Workshop. At this workshop we will be creating these 4 scrapbook layouts and 6 cards.

Want to send your family and friends a beautiful handmade Christmas Card? Then this is the workshop for you. Join me on October 17, 2009 at 7pm as we put together 50 Christmas Cards. Here are some samples of the cards that we will be creating. Everyone is sure to love them!

Contact me today at or 815-254-5419 to sign up for these fabulous workshops and for more information. Be sure to invite your friends and make it a night out with the girls!

Monday, August 31, 2009

Open House -- NEW Fall/Winter 2009 Catalog!

Close To My Heart
Scrapbooking and Stamping
Fall Open House
This Wednesday, September 2, 2009
from 6:00pm - 9:00pm
at 539 Canyon Drive, Romeoville, IL
Receive the New Fall/Winter 2009 CTMH Catalog
Play Bingo
Free Make-n-Take Ornament
Cash and Carry Products
Samples of Upcoming Workshops
Doorprizes, Raffles, Refreshments
Receive Free Raffle Tickets for coming, placing an order, for every $25 spent, bringing a new friend, signing up to be a consultant, scheduling a Home Gathering.
Everyone is welcome to come! Hope to see you all here!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Delight in the Everyday

To celebrate National Stamping Month in September, Close To My Heart is introducing the Delight in The Everyday Card Kit. This kit contains everything you need to create 16 beautiful cards, such as:

  • My Acrylix "Everyday Celebration" Stamp Set
  • 16 Card Bases with Envelopes
  • 1 Dutch Blue Cardstock
  • 1 Colonial White Cardstock
  • 4 Background and Texture Duos Paper
  • 1 Chocolate Distressing Ink
  • 1 Dutch Blue Distressing Ink
  • 1 Mini-Medley Accents Shades of Chocolate
  • Chocolate Ribbon with Colonial White Stitch
  • 50 3-D Foam Squares
  • Sponge
  • Full Color Step-by-Step Instuctional Brochure

There are many ways that you can get this Exclusive Card Kit. This kit is only available from August 18 until September 30. So be sure to get your orders in today, you don't want to miss out! You can get this kit by:

  • Purchase the kit for $39.95
  • Purchase a minimum of $60 in Stamp Sets and receive this kit for FREE!
  • Host a home gathering in September with minimum sales of $400 and receive this kit for FREE!
  • Join my team, by signing up to be a new Consultant during the month of September and receive this kit for FREE!

And that's not all.....there's even more fun! Place any order between September 1-30 and you'll be automatically entered in our daily drawing for a FREE card kit! Winners will be announced on my website:

Express you passion for stamping with this pretty new card kit today!

Friday, August 14, 2009

Studio J -- Online Scrapbooking

I am so excited Close To My Heart is moving in to the new frontier of online scrapbooking. Jeanette Lynton, Founder and CEO, has once again hit a home run. This is not digital scrapbooking -- this is an extension, an added bonus to our CLASSIC scrapbooking.

Always ready to play with paper, ink, bling and more, Studio J will add a new dimension to the Classic layout. Need a quick layout to add to your Classic album, upload a few photos, select a great Imagine or Cherish layout, find the perfect paper (WOW -- same My Reflections paper pack choices), add embellishments. The only step left, drag and drop your photographs into the photo wells.

Love to add more to your layouts? Well, once you receive your Studio J layout, take it to the next level with ink, bling and more!!!

Now is that not sooooo simple ---- as a consultant our Studio J playdate is coming up, hey what a great time to join my team!!!

Would you like to be on the cutting edge and in the know? Sign up for Studio J email announcements at!

Friday, July 31, 2009

It's A Thanks-a-bration

Close To My Heart will be thanking all of their customers by giving you a Free pack of paper. From August 3-17, place a minimum order of $100, you will get the August Stamp of the Month, "It's Your Day" for Free, but we'll also throw in a Level 2 My Reflections' paper pack for Free. Close To My Heart will also be covering the Shipping and Tax on the Free items! This an opportunity you will not want to miss! Be sure to get your orders in by contacting me or visiting my website:!

I am also offering a special for my customers during the month of August. For every $10 you spend during the month of August, you will receive $1 in CTMH Cash. You will then be able to take your CTMH Cash and purchase Cash and Carry items at my open house on September 2, where I will introduce the New Close To My Heart Fall 2009 Catalog. I will also give each person who RSVP's that they will be coming to my open house $1 in CTMH Cash. Be sure to RSVP and get your orders in so you can begin earning your CTMH Cash Today!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Cards Galore!

The card workshop last night was a blast! Everyone loved the cards we made. Thank you to Doris for bringing dessert for everyone. Here are the cards we made, hope you enjoy them!

Monday, June 1, 2009

June's Deal A Day

I know all of you Love a Great Deal? Well how about 30 Great Deals?!?!?!?!?
During the month of June, a new online shopping special will be posted each and every day at 10am on my website:
Watch my site daily for popular products to be offered FREE with a stamp set purchase and goodie boxes filled with enviable items priced well below retail. And to sweeten the deals even more...on all of your Deal-A-Day purchases you'll receive special reduced shipping rates.
This is a great time to add to your scrapbooking and cardmaking supplies while saving a bundle!
As an added bonus from me, with every purchase you make on my website during June you will be entered into a drawing to receive a Close To My Heart "How To Book" of your choice.
Be sure to check back often...remember A New Deal Everyday! This is going to be great!

Friday, May 22, 2009

Graduation Day!

Today is a very special day for me, my youngest daughter, Courtney, has graduated from Trinity Christian Preschool. They had a very cute program where the children sang songs that they had learned throughout this past school year. I am so proud of her accomplishments this year: learning to write her ABC's and 123's, writing her name and some other small words. Kindergarten here she comes!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Spring is Here!

Spring is finally here! The weather is absolutely beautiful, I would love for it to stay just like this. Last night I hosted a card workshop and everyone had a great time. We learned 2 new techniques, made 3 cards and a gift box.

Here is a picture of the gift box. This box holds 3-4 Ghiradelli Chocolates and is a great thank you gift, favor, etc... I gave this to my daughter's bus drivers as a Thank You for being so nice to her this past school year.

Next months card workshop is on June 17 at 7pm. If you would like to come to this workshop please let me know or 815-254-5419. I hope you can make it.

This is a great way to get out with your friends and do something we all love!

Monday, May 18, 2009


Happy Monday!

I hope you all enjoyed your weekends and a little bit of sunshine! Today is absolutely beautiful out, I just love this weather! I wanted to share with all of you some scrapbook layouts that I put together for my last scrapbook workshop. We used the Bella papers and the Endless Friendship stamp set. I just love these colors and how well they work together! Enjoy!

Monday, May 11, 2009

Happy Monday! I hope all you enjoyed your Mothers Day!

I am looking forward to my upcoming workshops. I will be hosting a Techniques Book Workshop this coming Wednesday at 7pm. If you would like to come contact me today! I will also be hosting a Card Workshop on Wednesday, May 11 at 7pm. Be sure to let me know if you would like to attend either of these workshops! I look forward to seeing everyone soon!


The new Summer catalog is here and full of beautiful paper kits. Here is a two page layout that I created using the new "Bella" paper kit and stickers. I just love the colors used in these papers.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Close To My Heart Release of the New Summer Catalog

The New Close To My Heart Summer catalog has arrived! Contact me today to get your copy of this beautiful idea book. This catalog is filled with 5 new paper kits, new Acrylix Stamps and accessories. It is amazing how CTMH keeps coming up with new fabulous ideas. Want to host a home party? Contact me today and we can get your party setup and you will begin to earn FREE product! Who doesn't want to earn something for FREE right? So don't wait contact me today!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Follower Winners

Thank you to everyone who has become a follower of my blog site. As promised I have randomly picked 2 people to receive a Free gift from me for becoming a follower. The winners are:
Jen McWilliams
If the winners could please contact me via email or comment to this post with your information so that I can get you your gift :)
Hope everyone is having a great day!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Upcoming Card Workshop

I am hosting a card workshop next week Wednesday, April 22 at 7pm. We are going to be adding a page into our techniques book and making 4 cards. This is a workshop you will not want to miss! Contact me today if you would like to signup for this workshop!

I'm Tickled Pink

Put a little more "You" in your scrapbooks and you'll be "Tickled Pink" this Spring! Close To My Hearts newest scrapbooking kit is sure to amaze you. This beautiful set includes paper, diecuts, "I Am" My Acrylix Stamp Set, Foam Sponge and White Daisy Medley Collection. This kit can only be purchased from April 15th to May 30th, so get your orders in now.
Orders can be placed by contacting me via email:, my website: or by phone: 815-254-5419.
This is a kit that you will not want to miss, so contact me today!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Today I am starting my blog. I am a Close To My Heart, Independent Consultant and absolutely love what I do. I look forward to sharing my scrapbooking, card making and project ideas with you, as well as, upcoming workshop information.