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Friday, August 1, 2014

Close To My Heart Annual Inspirations Catalog Review!!!! LIVE U-STREAM GATHERING TONIGHT at 7 Pm EST!!!


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YEAAAA!!! It's Annual Inspirations Catalog Time!!!!

I am SOOO STINKING EXCITED TO SHOW OFF THIS CATALOG!!!! I got it the first day of Convention in June and I have YET to put it down! I seriously look at it EVERY...SINGLE...DAY!!! It is an AWESOME new layout too! I kinda think its MUCH easier on the eye and to follow along in my own opinion!!! I love the way everything is separated..from the stamps, to the accessories, to Base and Bling, and to Picture My Life! It just flows SO MUCH BETTER! I mean, since we ARE keeping this catalog for a FULL YEAR (YEEEEAAAA!), you want to be able to memorize where your favorite items are!!! I know I did already! And I even got it bound! Even easier to read now!!! 

So let's start to see some of the new stuff, shall we? WARNING PICTURE HEAVY!!!

You've been warned!

So, a full year...well, you know what that means right? MORE PAPER SELECTIONS! WHOOP WHOOP!!! I am LOVING them all!!! I have been playing with EVERY SINGLE COLLECTION for the last 2 and a half weeks to get my display boards done for my gathering this evening, and I can honestly say I cannot REALLY pick one favorite! I ADORE Chalk It Up and Wanderful, and I thought I would HATE Brushed, but it turns out I really, REALLY enjoyed working with it! I myself ALWAYS love working with Holiday papers, and with Yuletide Carol and Snowhaven, it was a BREEZE to create amazing projects!!! The Confetti Wishes paper is SOOO perfect for ANY party theme you have! Its SOOO adorbs! Seaside...oh Seaside...I just LOVE that paper!!! Its beachy theme will keep  me thinking of summer through the WHOLE catalog!!! Pathfinding is SUCH a nice paper for Autumn..not just Thanksgiving! Great colors, and great fun images! Scaredy Cat was SOOOOO much fun to work with as well! I always love the way Halloween colors come together! And I LOVE the layouts I created with this pack!!! Needless to say, ALL the paper is PRETTY AMAZING!!!! And remember the paper from FREE TO BE ME? It was textured and was matte on one side, and shinny and textured on the other? Well, we now have ALL our colors in that paper!!! I FLIPPING LOVE THEM!!!! We have them in Adventure, Whimsey, Enchanted, and Basics! 

Chalk It Up

Scaredy Cat


Yuletide Carol



Enchanted Paper Fundamentals

Whimsy Paper Fundamentals

Adventure Paper Fundamentals

Basics Paper Fundamentals

 Not to mention that we have some PRETTY AWESOME new frames if you ask me!!! I turned our NEW Shadow Box Frame into a Cork Board, and each month I plan to have a new one page layout that represents our month to go into the frame and have on display (check back later this week about my NEW monthly kits that will come with the instructions to make this one page layout)! I even LOVED playing with our Magnetic Chalk Board! Can you say A-MAZING!!!! OMG!!!! I even made cute little magnets out of our Base and Bling glass and our Yuletide Carol paper to match my frame!! LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!!!!

Shadow Box Frame (frame has been painted black)

Magnetic Chalk Board

OK, now, the Crush Books...HOLY FLIPPING COW! These new books are OUTTA THIS WORLD!!!! I myself am TOTALLY loving the Holiday Happenings Book, but I am also loving the In The Pink book! We also have the Wildwood Book!!! Seems very woodsy like to me, and I cannot wait to get my hands on it and do a walkthrough! We have SUPER cute new accessories for all our new books that are SURE to bring them all together!!!
Wildwoods Book

In The Pink Book

Holiday Happenings Book 

How about our NEW Cut Above Kits? Can you say SUPER EASY?!?!? Can you say, MONEY SAVER? WOW! This kits are SOOO awesome! They come with ALL the pieces cut out for you, all you have to do is assemble and stamp them! We even sell the stamp separately now, so in case you need extra cards ONLY, you don't have to get another whole kit with the stamp! We have 4 Cut Above kits: Holiday, Christmas, Thank You and Birthday! If you watch my You Stream tonight, you are going to see just HOW EASY it is to assemble one of the Cut Above Cards! I will be showing it off! Also, we have Cut Above Treat Bags!!! These are DARLING!!! PERFECT for sending in little treats for school, to give out at Halloween, or to make someone's day during the hustle and bustle of the Holidays!!! 

Happy Birthday Cut Above Kit
Thank You Cut Above Kit
Cut Above Holiday Card Kit
Cut Above Christmas Card Kit

Cut Above Halloween Treat Bag Kit

Cut Above Holiday Treat Bag kit! 

Picture My Life has been one of those items that I LOVED from the beginning, but, as life would have it, have had NO TIME to play with it! BUT...I finally forced myself to make the time, and I LOVE THIS!!! Any working mom, new mom, non scrapbooker, new scrapbooker, no-free space woman, should SERIOUSLY give this a try, because you will wind up owning the entire line! Its the EASTEST, and FASTEST thing I have EVER done!!! AND...not to mention, can be used in MANY other projects that you papercrafters work with! Cards, displays, My Crush, etc!!! WE added 5 new kits in addition to the 8 we already had! We added Chalk It Up, Wanderful, Pear and Partridge, For Always, and Seaside!!!! You have GOT to check them ALL out!!!! I can't pick a single favorite! 

Chalk It Up Picture My Life

For Always Picture My Life

Pear and Partridge Picture My Life

Seaside Picture My Life

Wanderful Picture My Life

Base and Bling has come SO FAR since the the Autumn/Winter catalog! I cannot tell you how relaxing it is to sit down and make a necklace or a bracelet (using out NEW oval cuff) and know I had total control over it! And the feeling when someone you see out and about says "Oh my gosh! I LOVE that! Where did you get it?" and you get to say "I MADE IT!"...WOW...I seriously NEVER get tired of that feeling!!! We have new Rectangle and Oval pendants as well as our Square and Circle. We also got new Style Sheets and Charms, Signature and Journey! You will LOVE it all! 

Rectangle and Oval Frames and Signature and Journey Charms for Base and Bling

So, we also ADDED 5 colors to the Whimsy Palate since we removed 5 colors! These new colors are SO AMAZING in person! You will want to GOBBLE them up!!! The new colors are Pixie, Canary, Thistle, Flaxen, and Glacier! AND...FINALLY! I can say that Close To My Heart hit a HOME RUN with the NEW Shin Han Touch Twin Markers!!!! We will carry them in 26 AMAZING colors!!!! 

Can I just say for the next item I am going to mention that I SQUEELED with delight at Convention when they mentioned they were getting it?? What was it?? A SCORE BOARD!!! WOOO HOOO! I was SOOO stinking excited to get that puppy!!! Also, another AWESOME surprise is that we brought back Embossing Powers in Silver, Princess Gold, and White, Clear AND our Creaft Heater back!!! WAHOOOO!! Also, we got an AMAZING All Purpose Craft Mat which works PERFECTLY when you are working on Base and Bling and with hot glue!!! Also, we have 3 new punches! 1 inch circle, Triangle Boarder, and Chevron Border punches! We also have a Washi Tape dispenser to go with the NEW Washi patterns of Lagoon Hearts, Sunset Chevrons, Black Arrows, and Topiary Striped!!!! ANNNDDD, we got a SUPER cute Stapler to use with ALL our amazing embellishments!!! ANNNNDDD...we also got 4 new Embossing Folders Arrows, Floral, Honeycomb, and Woodgrain! 
Scrore Board

Craft Heater

Princess Gold Embossing Powder

All Purpose Mat (15 X 20 inches)

Washi Tape Dispenser

Lagoon Heart Washi

Topiary Washi

Black Arrow Washi

Sunset Chevrons

Mini Stapler





And last of the new items, but CERTAINLY not least, we now have Designer Creations Bags and Boxes!!! These are SOOO stinking cute! You have to see them to understand it!!! Here are a few now!
Designer Creations Short Stack Album

Designer Creations Mini Frames

Designer Creations Take Out Boxes

Designer Creations Buttoned Bag

Desginer Creations Cupcake Boxes

Designer Creations Paper Bags-Ruby. Come in Slate, Honey, and Lagoon as well! 


What did you think??? 

Are you in LOVE??? What's your FAVORITE items? 

Ready to shop??? 

Click my shopping cart to go below!!!!BUT WAIT..see below for an OPENING WEEKEND SPECIAL!!!! See next paragraph! 

*******If you shop from August 1, 2014 -August 4, 2014,  and you spend $50 or more in my online store, you will get a FREE B and T Duo paper pack FOR FREE  from me (do NOT add to your cart, I will ship myself so you do not get charged)!! A retail value of $9.95! IN ORDER TO GET THIS, YOU MUST SHOP UNDER THE ANNUAL INSPIRATIONS CATALOG RELEASE GATHERING. If you DO NOT shop under that gathering, you will NOT get the FREE paper pack!!! Please email me at and let me know which of the 9 new paper pack mentioned above that you would like, AND your order number :) You will also get the STAMP OF THE MONTH for only $5 with a $50 order! See stamp of the month below in specials!!! ************** 

Also, If you would like to see ANY of this live, here is the info for my LIVE U-STREAM GATHERING TONIGHT!!!

DATE: Friday, August 1st at 7:00 PM EST LIVE ON U-STREAM
*****I will pick 1 person from the U-Stream to win a new mini stamp set from the new catalog!!!*****

Hope to see you all there!!!! 

So....Let's get to shopping!!! Click button below to get taken RIGHT to my online store:


August Stamp of the Month: What a Hoot!

*Take this stamp home for only $5 when you spend $50 or more! 

Click below on the shopping cart to be directed to my online store to grab your goodies!!! And be SURE to click on the AUGUST Mystery Hostess Gathering to enter to win ALL of AUGUST Hostess rewards!!! 

August Constant Campaign: Picture Perfection!
Save big on Memory Protectors™ with Picture My Life™ scrapbooking programs!
Picture Perfection photo
We know that, as a crafter, your chief mission is to preserve and protect the images and memories from your life that you hold most dear. To aid you in this quest, we’re providing you with a hot summer deal! During the month of August, when you purchase any of the 13 available Picture My Life™ scrapbooking programs featured in the Annual Inspirations idea book at their full retail price of $24.95 USD / $27.50 CAD, you are eligible to add your choice of 1 of 8 qualifying Memory Protectors™ 10-packs for just $3 (USD & CAD)! Each Picture My Life scrapbooking program already includes a coordinating 10-pack of Memory Protectors, so when you add your additional 10-pack for only $3, you will be well on your way to your own picture-perfect pocket scrapbooking adventure. You’ll be able to preserve double the memories in half the time! Check out our 5 new Picture My Life scrapbooking programs in the new idea book, or choose from the 8 existing programs. There’s a theme for every season of life—find yours!

*Offer valid August 1–31, 2014, while supplies last. No tax will be charged on the free item(s). Shipping/handling is calculated based on the full retail price of the free item(s) ($9.95 USD / $10.95 CAD). 

OK All! Hope to catch you Craftin' and Stampin'! 


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