Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Flip Flaps and How-To Program Books

Visit  my website, join Kim's Open House for a thank you gift.


Big Picture Classes - Pajama Party with Close To My Heart

**Archives are available on their website.

Get signed up and in your pajamas for a fun time of paper crafting, beginning in 15 minutes, July 31 at 7:00 (MDT)
Close To My Heart is teaming up with Big Picture Classes again to bring you a live webcast with step-by-step instructions for making this layout using the Cricut® Artbooking collection. Purchase the collection beginning August 1, 2013 and revolutionize the way you scrapbook!

The FREE webcast will air Wednesday, July 31 at 7:00 pm (MDT). During the presentation, you’ll learn to make several projects from a variety of sponsors, including Close To My Heart’s Artbooking layout, as our very own Kristine Widtfeldt walks you through the steps—and sneaks the Artbooking collection!

The Pajama Party class will be available for FREE at on July 31, and will be archived after the event for future viewing. If you would like to interact on the message board, participate in live chat, post to the gallery, download handouts, or enter any contests, you will need to log in to the Pajama Party “classroom” by creating a free account on the Big Picture Classes website. If you have already created an account or if you registered for the first Pajama Party in May, you are all set! You will not need to create another account or register again.

To make the project, you will want to have the following items—or similar products—on hand:

Z1906 Cricut® Artbooking Collection*
1301 Bamboo Cardstock
1388 Colonial White Cardstock
X5668 Honey Cardstock
X5762 Lagoon Cardstock
X5930 Slate Cardstock
X5639 Sweet Leaf Cardstock
X5666 Twilight Cardstock
Z2160 Twilight Exclusive Inks® Pad
Z2173 Slate Exclusive Inks® Pad
Z1853 Aqua Dots*
Z1799 Silver Shimmer Trim
Z1151 3-D Foam Tape
Z1294 Sanding Kit
*These products will be available for purchase beginning August 1, 2013 on my website

Open House Make n' Takes

Okay, just so you know... the desk is now cleaned up.  Now I can play.  Gotta dig into my Flip Flaps.  I want to show you some of my own samples at some point :-)

Here is a sneak peek of why you need to come to an open house.  Here are the two make n' takes I have come up with for those who attend.

Less than 24 hours away.  Get on to my website, create an account, get on-line after midnight, begin browsing and stock piling that cart and hit submit to get those goodies on their way to your house.  When you place an order, please join "Kim's Open House".  I will send you a thank you gift.


What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday 217 (WOYWW)


Ewww!  My mother always told me to clean my room in case company comes by... Well, here you are my visitors and guess what, mom?!  I have permission to have a messy space because I am participating in the What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday!  First time EVER, thanks to the wonderful FrugalCrafter YouTube videos I am addicted to.

Thank you to Stamping Ground, we have the freedom to share our MESS!

If you read my "About Me" post for today, you will see a reference to my dishes in the sink and how I too make my boys work before play.  I got ya both, mom and boys, this is my work.  It is the sign of creativity for this weekend's open houses.

I have been making the creative juices flow for cards, scrapbook layouts and even a try at a "Smash" type of journal.  This all done on this one table, but hey, at least I have a space out of the walk-in closet where I used to be.

Hi, Kim Ferguson here.  So glad to meet all of you.  I am a middle/high school teacher (art, home economics, college/career, study skills) by trade and know that my 24/7 days of crafting at home are quickly coming to an end.  However, it does sort of run over into my job, as well.

Thanks for the warm invitation to "jump right in".  Have a great last day of July.

Visit my website and browse the new Close To My Heart Autumn/Winter 2013 idea book tomorrow. When you order, please join Kim's Open House and I will send you a thank you gift.


About Me - July 31, 2013, One Year Anniversary with Close To My Heart as an Independent Consultant

Haha, I have to laugh as I remember sitting in my bed, just as I am now on a sleepless night typing on my very first blog post.  The uncertainty of what I was about to venture into was quite intimidating.  Especially since I knew then that the technical support from my computer generation kids was dwindling since my boys were both in college and not easily at my beacon call.  I was at least able to corner them in the car on the drive to and from school to get my questions in with minor interruptions from their devices, as I am a teacher at their private school.  Or rather, now their alumni.

Let me just say that I have found the answer to the "how"...  And yes, we can say it here...  YouTube videos!  I am amazed at the wealth of information available to us at simply typing in the correct words in a search bar.  Sometimes or rather a LOT of times even when I type in something wrong as I do not know what the exact name given is, I still end up going on some rabbit trail on a whole new idea or product.  My goodness have I ended up spending HOURS in front of my laptop watching YouTube and visiting blogs.  Do not tell my boys and do not look at the dishes sitting in the sink which they were repeatedly lectured about work before play.  :-)

The thought going through my mind for "why" I should do a blog was that it would be a backup to the consultant referral service on the Close To My Heart website, fliers I had handed out, newsletters, word of mouth, etc.  One year later I can tell you that the only ways I have promoted my CTMH business has been through the referral website, a year's worth of e-mailed fliers, one city newsletter ad, monthly CTMH electronic newsletters, personal monthly or more frequent e-mail updates, blog, Facebook and Pinterest.  My new found avenue has been Google +1.   I had that "I made it" feeling last week when I typed in my name along with Flip Flaps and I was about the fifth or sixth Googled website listed.  That is amazing to me and quite a personal boost to have come across that fact.  How very rewarding to me as an individual, however small to anyone else, it is huge to me.

Google me :-)

Through this technological "journey" this past year I have learned that I have the desire to continue to learn and grow in my knowledge of the social media highway.  Before heading off to bed tonight, the first time, I went on-line and ordered a tripod and microphone.  With my husband's encouragement, I am going to give my best at learning the world of teaching through YouTube videos.  I love to teach and share, as he was feeling the overwhelming sharing part when I would not let him go to sleep until all my thoughts were out on the table this evening about where to go from here.  Please join me for a second year as your Close To My Heart Independent Consultant, as well as, an all around paper crafter and whatever else we get ourselves into because I entered the wrong spelling or word in Google or YouTube search, lol.  I hope to meet you here to recap another year in August 2014.  Let's see what we can do in a year...

Enjoy the journey with me!

Please go back a year in time with me and read my very first blog post, About Me - August 2012

CTMH August Stamp of the Month - A Chocolate Affair

As if the unveiling of a new idea book from Close To My Heart was not reason enough to celebrate in August...  They have gone and sweetened the deal even more with offering the August Stamp of the Month set, A Chocolate Affair, for FREE with a qualifying $50 order.  With all of the new products available on August 1, this will not be hard to do.  The new Artbooking Cricut cartridge MORE than qualifies you for a free stamp set.

Here is the image for the A Chocolate Affair stamp set ($17.95 value)  Item #S1308A (available 8/1-8/31/2013 only).

Get those orders in for all the wonderful goodies so you can be on your way to crafting with them real SOON!  Place your order by joining Kim's Open House and I will send you a thank you gift.

Close to my Heart Artbooking Cartridge Pages posted by Michelle Bowley

Close To My Heart exclusive Cricut cartridge Artbooking Pages

Michelle Bowley has posted an incredible YouTube video of the pages to the Artbooking handbook.  Check out the 700 images (font, mini books, layouts).

The best news... You can order this cartridge and the many new Close To My Heart products beginning TOMORROW on my website.

Go to my Close To My Heart independent consultant website to order your copy of the Artbooking Cricut cartridge on August 1!  When you order, please join Kim's Open House and I will send you a thank you gift.


Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Last Days to Order Sweet Life, July 2013 Stamp Of The Month

Sweet Life - SET OF 9 stamps
Available July 1-31, 2013 only!
Get the Stamp of the Month set for just $5 (S1307A) when you place an order of $50 or more. Jump-start the fun by ordering the items from the list below to create this artwork! You’ll find helpful assembly tips at my Online Business Address under Promotions.

Additional products used for sample artwork:
Ruby Cardstock
($14.50, X5927, p. 9)
Slate Cardstock
($14.50, X5930, p. 9)
Basics Exclusive Inks‰
Mini Pigment Pads Set
($19.95, Z2503, p. 9)
My Creations™
Clear Pillow Boxes
($2.95, Z1840, p. 126)
Slate Polka-Dot Washi Tape
($4.95, Z1817, p. 122)

RECOMMENDED BLOCKS: 1" x 3½" (Y1002), 3" x 3" (Y1006)

Last Days to Order Let's Get Patriotic in July - Close To My Heart Limited Stamp Sets

What a better way to show your appreciation and love for our country and those who have fought for our freedom...  By purchasing any of the patriotic stamp sets the USO will receive a portion of the dollars you have spent.

Here are the details:
Celebrate military service and promote patriotism with our new patriotic stamp sets—available only from June 1 to July 31, 2013. Three dollars from each B-size My Acrylix®Courage stamp set and $5 from each D-size My Acrylix® Home of the Brave stamp set will be donated to the USO, the leading, most recognized military-support and services organization in the country. Show your support with your own patriotic stamp set!
Dates: Offer valid June 1–July 31, 2013.
Visit my consultant Close To My Heart website

Last Days to Order Canvas Art Kit July 2013 Special only available 7/1-7/31/2013

Workshops on the go Canvas Art Kit only $19.95, that's 50% off!

Get the discounted Workshops on the Go® canvas art kit in July—no qualifying purchase required! From July 1 to July 31 you can get this trendy kit to create your own canvas art to hang in your home, regularly priced at $39.95, now discounted to $19.95—more than 50% off! Take papercrafting to the next level with this adorable home d├ęcor piece that you can display for all to see.
Dates: Offer valid July 1–July 31, 2013.
Visit my consultant Close To My Heart website for details and to order.

Included in the kit: 
1 – My Acrylix® Canvas Art Workshop Stamp Set (C-size) 
1 – 12" × 12" Printed Canvas Display 
1 – Cashmere Baker's Twine (1 yard) 
10 – Clear Sparkles (10mm) 
1 – Sparkles Flourish 
2 – 12" × 6" Dimensional Elements In Color—Art Shapes 
1 – Instructional Brochure

Ready, Set, Almost...

Well my paper crafting friends, we are only about 48 hours from it becoming August 1.  That means the new Close To My Heart Autumn/Winter 2013 Idea Book will be available for you to not only browse, but ORDER your GOODIES!  I am so excited!  I cannot wait for you to get your hands on the new CTMH exclusive Artbooking Cricut cartridge and start chirping away at the 700 images available to you.  That is right, 700! (font and images).

Head on over to my website and order yours on August 1!


Saturday, July 27, 2013

Metal Die Cut Storage

ArtBin - Magnetic Die Storage Case

I used to have an online scrapbook supply source who had great low prices, but they have since had to liquidate and shut down.  They were a great source for QuicKutz die cuts.  My biggest find through them for die cuts were the countries.  I am a part of where I send postcards internationally and receive postcards back from others around the world. So, I had to have those die cuts!

How to store these wonderful finds?  I came across the ArtBin - Magnetic Die Storage Case at JoAnn Fabric and Crafts when I taught a class last week.  It was on sale for $9.99, regularly $21.99! 

 Then, I stopped by Craft Warehouse yesterday after meeting with a long time friend and found the ArtBin - Magnetic Die Sheets (3-pack) on sale for $5.00, regularly $8.99!  Don't you love stumbling across great sale finds?!

Here is the results of my efforts.  Love how they are all in one container where they will not fall out.  I did have them rubber banded together in a tub.

I cut up the cardboard insert and used double-sided tape to adhere it to the back of the magnetic sheet.  This will help me to know what is on each magnetic sheet as it is not always easy to tell through the padded cover.

Happy Organizing, enjoy!

Thursday, July 25, 2013

About Me - Not just a consultant, but an educator

Have you been working on your paper crafting projects?  Do you struggle with how to use the products you have on hand?  Are you unsure of what it is that you truly need to start and complete a project?  Have you been to a workshop?  Did you know that the help you need is available at my workshops and instructional gatherings?

Sometimes it is not just about the artwork that I like to share with you.  It also comes down to me being your consultant, which is a teacher/educator of the Close To My Heart products.  Yes, we all love the fun ideas and projects, but it is also about the knowledge of how to use the products to their fullest and to see their quality.

I have a wealth of techniques and tips to share with you to make all of your paper crafting fun and easy.  Let me just drop a hint... Flip Flaps ($6 instructional gathering).

I look forward to taking you along during my second year with Close To My Heart as we dig into all of the potential that is available to you through our products and my knowledge of how to better use them.

See you at a workshop or instructional gathering soon.

Open House
Thursday, Aug 1 in Albany 10:00-1:00
Friday, Aug 2 in Aumsville 10:00-12:00

Workshops (card and/or scrapbook layout) cost $10, free with $50 CTMH order
Tuesday, Aug 13 6:00-8:00
Monday, Aug 19 6:00-8:00

Instructional Gathering
Monday, Aug 26 6:00-8:00 ($10.00 Cricut cartridge class)* artwork and product how-to use will be included
Tuesday, Aug 27 6:00-7:00 ($6.00 Flip Flap class)* no artwork, only product and how-to use will be included

*You must register by Aug 13 for supplies to be ordered for the instructional gatherings.

For workshops, I would appreciate at least 3 days notice you are planning to come.  Contact me to register at, feel free to register a friend too.

Autumn/Winter 2013 Idea Book from Close To My Heart - Unveiling August 1, 2013

One week to go!

Are you getting excited?!  Next Thursday 8/1 will be my Albany Open House from 10:00-1:00.  I already have all my Close To My Heart products in boxes and ready to travel down to mom's house.  Then I will be repeating the Open House here in Aumsville on Friday 8/2 from 10:00-12:00.

There will be scrapbook layout samples, card samples, products to touch and feel, as well as, a thank you for coming make n' take.

Once again, here is the flier full of the details.  Hope to see you there!

Autumn/Winter 2013 CTMH Idea Book
The new Close to My Heart Idea Book, Autumn/Winter 2013 will be unveiled and customers will have the ability to order our wonderful new products beginning August 1 on my website

In honor of my one year anniversary on August 1 and the new idea book...
Join me on Thursday, August 1 for an open house at Lydia Wilson's from 10:00 am-1:00 pm
For Salem area:  Join me on Friday, August 2 at my house from 10:00 am-12:00 pm
Call me for details and addresses: 503-881-6683 (Kim)

What's new:
Hostess Rewards Stamp Sets
New Sets for Stamp of the Month
New Paper Packets and Matching Complements Dimensional Elements
New Autumn/Winter Stamp Sets
New Mini Stamps for ONLY $2.95
New Workshops on the Go for both cardmaking and scrapbooking
New Cricut Artbooking Collection (700 Images; Font, Mini Books, Layouts) 3-My Acrylix Stamp Sets and 3-Dimensional elements in coordinating shapes
My Crush (CTMH's answer to the ever popular Smash books)
Home Decor
Base & Bling, CTMH Wearables (Necklace, Cuff, Hair Clips, Rings and Headbands)
New Embellishments
All of the Foundational How-To Publications are back, softcover and spiral bound at a lower cost $14.95
New Make It from Your Heart Volume 2, complementary to Workshops on the Go projects

Base & Bling, CTMH Wearables 

 CTMH Exclusive Cricut Cartridge - Artbooking

 Home Decor

My Crush books and embellishments

What to expect:
There will be new products to see and feel, project samples, make n' takes, open house product order specials, munchies and  time for Q and A

Specials you ask:
Purchase $50 in product at the open house and receive a FREE idea book and FREE workshop in August or September
Purchase $100 in product at the open house and be entered in a drawing for retired stamp sets, FREE workshop in August or September and a FREE idea book
Purchase any CTMH exclusive Cricut cartridge during the open house and receive two-2 hour instructional lessons FREE ($20 workshop fee value)

Contact me with any questions or check out what I have been up to:
Kim Ferguson, Independent Consultant for Close To My Heart
Phone: (503) 881-6683
Business Website:

Flip Flaps from Close To My Heart

Flip Flaps ($6 instructional gathering).

See you at a workshop or instructional gathering soon.

Open House
Thursday, Aug 1 in Albany 10:00-1:00
Friday, Aug 2 in Aumsville 10:00-12:00

Workshops (card and/or scrapbook layout) cost $10, free with $50 CTMH order
Tuesday, Aug 13 6:00-8:00
Monday, Aug 19 6:00-8:00

Instructional Gathering
Monday, Aug 26 6:00-8:00 ($10.00 Cricut cartridge class)* artwork and product how-to use will be included
Tuesday, Aug 27 6:00-7:00 ($6.00 Flip Flap class)* no artwork, only product and how-to use will be included

*You must register by Aug 13 for supplies to be ordered for the instructional gatherings.

For workshops, I would appreciate at least 3 days notice you are planning to come.  Contact me to register at, feel free to register a friend too.

A great how-to video on using the Close To My Heart Flip Flaps.  You can order these through me by clicking on the "Shop With Me" badge on the side bar. 


Monday, July 22, 2013

Laughing Lola/Artbooking Cricut cartridge birthday scrapbook layout

Resist Stamping!  I did it!

I have been looking at ideas and samples from other Close To My Heart independent consultants and the YouTube videos that CTMH Corporation puts out for quite a little while.  As you could see from my post about my vacation, I took a lot of paper crafting supplies.  Among my tools I brought along the supplies to give resist stamping a try.  Here is what I came up with...

The letters and Halloween cuts are from the new Close To My Heart exclusive Cricut cartridge Artbooking (available August 1).  I heat embossed the lacy image from a stamp in the Sweet & Lovely stamp set (1 of 3 My Acrylix stamp sets included with the Artbooking cartridge).  I then used a sponge dauber with black ink to highlight the embossed image.  LOVE IT!

I also did the same technique on the arrow, one of the Dimensional Elements  (3-12"x9" chipboard sheets) which comes with the cartridge, as well.

To create a shine on the spider web, I used the CTMH Liquid Glass.  Other bling on the page layout are from Sparkles gem assortments.

Here is a view of the entire 2-page layout.  Paper pack used is Laughing Lola (available August 1).  All supplies listed below.  Be sure to browse my website for "while supplies last" items and get your order in for the new products which become available to you on August 1.


Supplies Used 

Friday, July 19, 2013

About Me - Vacation Scrapbooking 2013

Hi fellow paper crafters,

I have returned home from a week's stay at the Oregon coast.  An annual trip I make with my mom.  We have taken this trip every year since my two boys were very young.  Our numbers have dwindled.  We lost dad in December, so he was not with us.  The boys are 19 and 21 with school and jobs, they are not able to be with us for the week.  My oldest son did make it for three nights.  The youngest had to stay home for summer college classes.

It was a time of healing.  It was hardest on my mom.  This trip we did stay at a different Thousand Trails campground which made it a little less hard on her.  It is still hard with all the firsts we do since we lost dad.  Mom and I had a lot of time to talk together and work through some decisions she needs to make.

I can remember being young and loving that I was the only child and received all the gifts and attention.  Now it is a time in my life that I truly wish there were more children to help with being there for mom.  We are only about 40 minutes apart, but still that makes it hard for the last minute, "let's do this" type of things.

As always, we took our scrapbooking supplies, Kindles, books, DVD's and munchies.  We touched each and everything we brought this time!  If I did not use something I brought, then she did.  It was fun.  We both came home feeling like we had accomplished MUCH.

I am happy to say as a CTMH consultant that I love our products and had a lot of fun using my new products and Cricut cartridge.  If only there were all the time in the world once we return home to our daily lives.  :-)

Summer vacation is half over for me and I need to begin preparing for the CTMH open houses and for the new school year.  Busy, busy.  I am also committed to teaching at JoAnn Fabric and Crafts through August 23.

Here is a photo I just had to share from my packing for the trip.  My personal effects consisted of one duffle bag and a pillow.  This is all the scrapbooking supplies I took, minus a few things already in there place.  Completed page layout photos to come soon.  I don't want to give everything away that I am planning for the show n' tells for open house.

I did take time to post the most recent YouTube videos from Close To My Heart.  Check them out on older posts.

Happy vacation to you all.  Enjoy!

Background Stamps

You Are Welcome Here

Get Organized!

Thursday, July 11, 2013

$20 Scrapbook haul from JoAnn Fabric and Craft Store!

Woo Hoo!  Yesterday's class at JoAnn's was not only wonderful in that I love teaching kids how to sew, but I also made out big time in a scrapbook supply haul.  For $20, check out what I walked out with...

$5 Special Buy - DCWV Teenage Dream Stack 12x12 (48 sheets, 1/2 with glitter and foil) and DCWV The All Dressed Up Stack 12x12 (48 sheets, some with glitter).

DCWV All Dressed Up Sparkle Black Glitter 12x12 (4 sheets), Express Yourself... creatively! Soccer ball 12x12 (2 sheets) and Ki Fire Tickets 12x12 (4 sheets)

KIWI Embroidery Paper (3 patterns, 4 - 8 1/2x11 sheets of each)

More 8 1/2x11 sheets with felting and texture from The Paper Company, Canvas Home Basics, and Hot Off The Press

Fun shopping day.  Now to create with it all.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Cartridges, stamp sets and dimensional elements organization - Close To My Heart exclusive Cricut cartridges

Here is what I came up with to keep track of which cartridges go with which stamp sets and dimensional elements.  I also wrote on the plastic ziploc pouch for the dimensional elements pouch which page number in the cartridge handbook each shape can be found for ease of use.  What have you done to keep track of your Cricut cartridges and their supplemental tools?

Visit my Close to My Heart independent consultant website.  Enjoy!

JoAnn Electric Cartridge and Supply Storage

Welcome Artbooking to your new home!

I finally broke down and took all of my Cricut cartridges out of the original storage boxes and consolidated them into the JoAnn Electric Cartridge and Supply Storage boxes.  I have plans for the original boxes, but will give that secret away another time :-)

With the Cricut Craft Room, all of your cartridges can be stored digitally through linking.  There is little need to have all of your cartridges accessible since they are digitally stored.  I also have a Gypsy for the "on the go" opportunities to create cuts.

I do not know about you, but I am always looking for ways to organize my craft room for ease of use.

Chirp, chirp.  Off to explore the handbook for the Artbooking cartridge.

Enjoy!  Visit my Close To My Heart  independent consultant website.

Artbooking, Exclusive CTMH Cricut Cartridge - Has Arrived!

Oh My Goodness... The new Artbooking exclusive CTMH Cricut cartridge bundle has just arrived at my doorstep.  I hear the chirping of my Cricut machine over the next few weeks in preparation for the August 1 and 2 open houses.

Plan a gathering, either catalog party or in-home for August.  If you earn $250 in products sales... You can purchase the new cartridge at 50% off!  Sign up to be a member of my team, you can purchase the cartridge once you are an independent consultant at 22% discount before August 1.  Ask me for details or check out my Close To My Heart Independent Consultant website or blog.

Friday, July 5, 2013

Easter bunny layout

The boys' birthdays are two years and seven days apart.  They also tend to fall around Easter.  Here is a layout combining the two, Easter and their 3rd and 1st birthdays.  Cuts made using the Close To My Heart exclusive Cricut cartridge - Artiste.

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