Monday, December 16, 2013

Close To My Heart

After much long debate, I have decided at the end of December to become inactive with Close To My Heart. It saddens me, but with recent family health issues, I have decided that I need to concentrate on helping out with family members. If you are in need of anything between now and then, you can still visit my website until Dec. 31, 2013. I appreciate all of your support over the last year and a half and look forward to continuing my crafting adventures on my own.
If after the end of the year you find yourself in need of product, please contact me and I will put you in contact with a reliable consultant. Thanks again for your support. Have a Very Merry Christmas and  a Happy New Year.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Special Order Time

Well, if you were not able to make it by the many craft shows we have done, don't fret, you still have the opportunity to order. Contact me via email at 
Orders generally take up to a week. Shipping is available, but is extra. 

Monday, November 11, 2013

Panther Trace Craft Fair

Well.. we went and did it again! Panther Trace is having a craft fair, and we just signed up for it to give you one last opportunity to get some unique handmade gifts for the holidays or anytime!
Come see us at the Community fair grounds in Panther Trace by the Basketball and Tennis courts Saturday Nov. 16th from 1pm until 4 pm ..

Friday, November 1, 2013

Let the Countdown Begin!

The countdown until Christmas is here! Yes. I said it.. the countdown has begun and if you haven't started thinking about Christmas, well, now is the time ! I have one last Craft Show on Nov. 9th at the Holy Innocents Church, It is called "WHISTLE STOP Craft Fair" and it is located off of  N. Valrico Road in Valrico.  Britten Linn and I will have one of a kind gifts, personalized gifts and more.. They can also be special ordered NOW for Christmas!

Making your holiday cards this year? It's simple and means so much!
Check out my CTMH Web site and you can order directly from there!
go to  or simply click on the icon to the right!

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Holiday Plates and More

Check out the Plates I have available for the holidays. You can give them as a gift, or get one for yourself, or both!
Email me if you would like to place an order. Most orders are completed within 7-10 days. Postage will be extra.
Holiday sayings (some shown), Names/dates and general sayings also available


Saturday, September 28, 2013

Twin Lakes Art in the Park

My Charger plates were a BIG HIT! Interested, drop me an email or facebook message!
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Two At A Time Designs are so fabulous! Need a wedding gift or unique baby shower gift.. then check out Two At A Time Designs in the Distressed Nest Boutique!
Close To My Heart products available at my website ..interested? Click on either CTMH Icon to the right
Personalized Gifts at it's BEST! Special order your holiday ornaments now!

WOW! We had such a great time today at the Craft Fair. We met so many new crafting vendors and hung out with some good friends. Visit the Distressed Nest for other great items such as painted furniture, frames, jewelry and personalized items. As always, check back here for updates on upcoming Crops and future craft shows! More to come!!!

Monday, September 9, 2013

Twin Lake Annual Art in the Park

Come visit us at The Art in the Park Craft Fair at Twin Lakes.

The Craft Fair will be held at Zenia Park in the Twin Lakes Subd., Brandon, Fl  from 10-2
on Saturday, Sept 28, 2013.
 Twin Lakes is located east of Lithia Pinecrest Rd. at the end of Bloomingdale Ave.

We will have a lot of great craft items, including ornaments, painted crafts and personalized items.

Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

OPERATION WRITE HOME: Helping Hero's Keep In Touch With Home

I have been busy making cards for Operation Write Home. If you haven't heard of OWH and you are a card maker, keep reading! Operation Write Home or OWH Mission is "Supporting our nation's armed forces by sending blank handmade greeting cards to write home on, as well as cards of gratitude to encourage them."

The are a non profit  organization dedicated to getting cards into the hands of our men and woman proudly serving our country. You can donate blank cards, write letters to any armed service man/woman, even have your children color pictures to send. Not crafty you say, well they also take donations to help in the cost of shipping.

I will be making cards at my Studio throughout the holidays to send to the troops. If you are interested in helping out, please contact me. Everything is cut out, all you will have to do is stamp and glue!

Continued Support of our troops overseas is important. Consider helping make cards to show you care.

Proud Military Supporter

Monday, August 12, 2013

College Door Dec's

My  niece needed some door dec's done for her college dorm rooms. This is what we came up with.. Pretty cute I think. I cut out 20 of each of them for her.. and stamped the image from my new CTMH Stamp set Wild Wonders. I also cut out about 200 letters for her to put each name on the banana. She is going to have fun doing that!! LOL  I look forward to the next door dec design she comes up with!
Your cutting machine can be used for so much, don't let it sit there and collect dust. If you have younger kids, offer to cut out cut things for their teacher! Older kids, the door dec's are a great idea.. what else can you come up with to use your cutting machines for beside cards and scrappin'? Let me know!

Open House Success!

I want to thank everyone for coming out to my 1 Year Anniversary and Open House celebration!
It was a great success and can't wait for the new holiday guide to preview, so we can do it again!
Frosted Paper Pak
Babycakes Paper Pak
New Art Booking Cricut Cartridge 

If you won a prize, I will be contacting you shortly and your prize can be picked up on Saturday the 17th of August at my Studio. I will be placing the order tomorrow and it should take about a week to nine days to get here. Don't forget you can always order on my site, and you will find the SHOP NOW buttons to the right of this message on my blog.

Thanks again for making my first year back with CTMH A great one, and I look forward to many years to come with the company!


Monday, July 15, 2013


You Are Invited To My Close To My Heart Open House~

When:   Saturday, August 10th
Where:   My house (must RSVP for address)
Time:     1pm --5pm

The New Autumn / Winter CTMH Idea Book is almost here! And you won't believe how wonderful it is!
There is a NEW Cricut Cartridge making it's debut with matching stamp sets! Be one of the first to order it!
Also new paper packs, new accessories, stamp sets wearable art and more! I will be doing Cricut Demonstrations with the new Cartridge, so if you have a Cricut or are considering one, don't miss this!

Please RSVP to this event!  When you RSVP, you get a  free make and take.
Your name will be entered into a raffle. Here are other ways you can win!

Place an order and receive a ticket /place an order over $100 recieve an extra ticket.
Bring a friend and receive a ticket
Bring 2 friends, receive 4 tickets total!
Bring an outside order of $25.00 or more from a friend with payment 1 ticket!

Prizes will range in price. Guest can win more than once. Do not have to be present to win.

There will be light snacks and drinks available throughout the day.  Please RSVP and join me for a day full of FUN! Event starts at 1pm, please no Early Birds!
RSVP to or text name and how many to


Sunday, June 30, 2013


Rediscover Close To My Heart with the New Idea Book coming in August!


The Close To My Heart Autumn/Winter Idea book is almost here! It will be released August 1st and you will be able to order starting that date! There will be a NEW Cricut Cartridge in the new book and also lots of new product including 6 new paper paks, holiday stamp sets along with the things that you already love about CTMH!
Check back for details and sneak peeks at new products that will be available!

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Relief for Oklahoma Campaign
Close To My Heart is making a new Autumn/Winter 2013 stamp set, A True Thank You, available immediately and will donate 100% of the profits from sales of the set from May 23 through June 30 to the American Red Cross to aid the Oklahoma victims. Help us provide relief to those affected by the devastating Oklahoma tornado by purchasing A True Thank You stamp set for $2.95 (M1029) today!
*Offer valid May 23–June 30, 2013. No limit per order.

Make It a Banner Day
June 2013 Constant Campaign
Receive a free My Creations® mini banner in June! Make it a “banner” day by placing a $25 order that includes a qualifying stamp set to receive your free mini banner. The mini banner includes 10 chipboard pennants in 4 different shapes with 9 jump rings for hanging. Use the mini banner as a decoration for your parties and get-togethers this summer for many “banner” days!
Dates: Offer valid June 1–30, 2013

Friday, May 31, 2013

New Idea Book!

The New CTMH Idea Book comes out August 1st and you are invited to be one of the first to see it!
I will be hosting an OPEN HOUSE to celebrate the new book and you won't want to miss it!
Stay tuned to get all the details!

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Thanks Card

Girls Rock Close To My Heart Stamp Set. Look what you can do with a simple BLACK Stamp Pad!
Check out Stampfest in Orlando the end of June. My Friend Britten will be at the Heartfelt Creations booth!

Friday, March 22, 2013

Bunny Class

Bunny Class was a blast.. you too can make one! Still have kits available from original design. I also made this and put it in a frame, thanks to the idea from my good friend Britten!
All the parts were cut out from the Close To My Heart Cricut Cartridges with the exception of the grass.. Order from my website today and get the Art  Philosophy Cart and make your own bunnies today! Or message me and I will send you a kit to make a card and a basket $8.00 + $2.00 S&H
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Sunday, March 17, 2013

Bunny Card Class

Sign up  for my Bunny Card and Basket Class.
Friday, March 22nd- two times available at Darlene's Studio
10am-12 or 530pm-730pm   $8.00 a class
Make 2 projects all supplies include
(bring own adhesive)
Space is limited, so RSVP today!

Special thanks to Tracey Sanders for the design.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Retreat Weekend

Retreat Weekend was a total blast... we ate, stamped, scrapbooked and sang our hearts out this weekend!
We all seemed to get so much done and can't wait to do it again! Ruby's quesadillas, Sharon's chilli and Brittany's waffles were some of the great meals we had.. let's not forget the dessert! Brownies with Peanut butter chips in them oh my! I can't even tell you how much fun we had.. Don't want to miss the fun next time?    Stay tuned for our next trip!!!

Next Meetup will be March 30th if you want to come to the All Day Saturday Crop~

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Retreat Week

Wow.. can hardly believe we are almost into March.. what a busy year already!

I am off to our annual Retreat House to work on some projects this weekend, and I can't wait to dive into the new paper packs from CTMH! The new idea book came out 3 weeks ago, so if you don't have it, contact me and we will get one in your hands!

Check back and see what great ideas I came up with at my weekend retreat!

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Whooo's Your Valentine

This adorable kit could be yours for just $10.00 with a $35.00 qualifying purchase! Check out my web site to order. Kit comes with 12 Die~ Cut boxes  3 12X12 cardstock sheets  1 Silver Glitter paper 12 treat tubes with lids and My Acrylix Whooo's your Valentine Stamp Set! 

Go to and order today!

Happy New Year..

Wow.. I can hardly believe another year is behind us.. No time to dwell on the past.. it is the future that I am excited about! With the new year comes new thoughts, new ideas and new challenges. After a long break from being a consultant with Close To My Heart, I once again decided that it was time to get back into doing what I love best.. Paper crafting! But paper crafting is only part of what I love... I love sharing what I know and the love I have for making layouts and cards and such with others. I am going to work very hard this year to make my business a successful one. CTMH has great offers not only for it's customers, but has great opportunities for me as a consultant. This June, I am going to go to Convention 2013, which is going to be held at  a Disney hotel right here in Florida! I am so excited!

I am always available for card making classes, workshops and one on one instruction. Don't hesitate to contact me for info or to book a workshop!

Great things in 2013, that my motto this year!
I can't wait to show you the new Spring/Summer Idea book in February.. Get yours free with an order, or pay just 3.95 plus S&H if needed.

Thank you for coming to visit my blog, I vow to post updates and photos this year.. more than ever!
I wish the best for you and your family!

Happy 2013!