Thursday, December 17, 2009

Surprise in the mail...

Is it true, really we get to go to New Zealand?! I didn't think I was supposed to have any orders delivered yesterday but I thought maybe an order came in early. No order, just my Goody Box for New Zealand. Lady and I were so excited. Lady was more excited about seeing what she could chew up though. Can you see her eyes and tail peeking from the other side of the table on the last picture? She is so funny.

I got slipper socks, eye mask (cause I will need my beauty sleep on the 15 hour plane ride), makeup bag (after that 15 hour flight), and all kinds of product to create my New Zealand Album. We got our blue shirts for the Close to my Heart group photos in New Zealand. Yeah, happy dance going on in the kitchen. Glad nobody can see it but Lady, she won't tell and no I didn't take any pictures of the dancing. :)

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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

You are a SUPERSTAR!!!!

My son was amazing at his last Basketball game. He scored 6 points, but what was really amazing was his defense. He was guarding the other team so good. He didn't care if they were a bigger kid or not. I was so proud of him. If he is this good at Itty Bitty Basketball who knows what next year will bring with Pee Wee Basketball.
Thanks for letting me brag,

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Today is the Day!!!

Shop the Holiday Clearance Sale today on my website

Hurry, so you can what you want.

Happy Shopping,


Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Holiday Heyday Clearance Sale!!!

Holiday Heyday Clearance Sale
Save 50-80%

Sale starts Tues, Dec 2nd at 10am (central) and continues through Dec. 17th or while supplies last!
My Acrylix stamp sets from $2!
Paper packets from $4!

Grab bags, worth $100 in retail – ONLY $30!!!

Get your amazing deals from my website
Items may only be purchase on my website.

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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Proud to be an American...

Thanks to all of the men and women who have served in our Military to protect our Freedom in this great Country I am proud to call home. May we never forget the many lives that have been sacrificed to protect the United States of America.

I found this neat Vet poem that I thought I would share with you.

Thank A Vet
by William A Predeau

Many people travel to our shores
To escape their world of strife
and leave their troubled lands behind
To enjoy our way of life

But our way of life in America
Didn’t come easy, so don’t forget
If you love what we enjoy today
Be sure and thank a Vet

They shed there blood on foreign shores
to help keep others free
and many never came back home
to their wives and family

Many Fathers, Sons and daughters
Still battle in distant sand
May they never be forgotten
Nor the fight they have at hand

The bells will toll in their honor
As long as we never forget
America is what it is today
Thank God, and thank a Vet

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Monday, November 9, 2009

SOTM and Bragging

Spend $100 (before shipping & tax) and get the Stamp of the Month for FREE!

Spend $75 (before shipping & tax) and get the Stamp of the Month 75% off ($5.74)

Spend $50 (before shipping and tax) and get the Stamp of the Month for 50% off ($11.48)

Spend $25 (before shipping and tax) and get the Stamp of the Month for 25% off ($17.21)

You can also just purchase the Stamp of the Month at it's full retail price ($22.95)

Recommended My Acrylix® Blocks:2" × 2" (Y1003), 3" × 3" (Y1006), 4 1/2" × 6 1/2" (Y1011)

We had such beautiful weather this weekend. It was in the 70's yesterday, which is pretty good for November in Illinois.

Warning proud Mommy bragging. My son scored 8 points at his basketball game Friday night. They only play for 30 minutes so this is pretty stinkin' good. He was so amazing. The other Coach kept getting in the way of me taking pictures of my son scoring too. Very annoying for a scrapbooking Mom.

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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Start shopping!!!

It is officially time to start shopping Close to my Heart Buy 2 Stamps Get 1 FREE sale of the year. There are quite a few stamp sets that are retiring, include the Word Puzzles so now is the time to buy the stamps you want before they retire. This is the Retiring List. This is such an incredible deal.

Start shopping

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Monday, October 26, 2009

Wow!!! I can't believe what is coming!!!

The deals of all deals is coming to Close to my Heart beginning November 3rd!!! Can you tell I am a little excited? What does this mean for you? Well it means you buy two stamp sets and get one FREE. This is the perfect time to book a workshop, host a party, pass a catalog around to get orders. If you do one or all of these options you will get FREE products on top of the Stampganza deal. Email me at to schedule your event.

just venturing into this fun hobby, now is the perfect time to
grab some My Acrylix® decorative stamp sets! From November
3–30, 2009, when you purchase any two stamp sets (sizes A,
B, C, D, and/or E only) at full retail price you will receive a
third stamp set of your choice FREE (of equal or lesser value)—
a savings of up to $22.95! Choose from any stamp set offered
in any 2009 Idea Book or the current Product Review.
Take advantage of this month’s great offer to add to your
assortment of these innovative stamps.

Helping you preserve your memories,

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Big, Medium and Small

This is the puppy I got my husband for his birthday in August. The top picture is her about a week ago. I think she is about 20lbs or a little more. She is a German Shephard/Yellow Lab so I know she is going to be a big dog, but I am still amazed at how fast she is growing. I think she gains a couple pounds a week.
The second picture I took in September when she is sitting on the picnic table. Isn't that the cutest thing.
The last two pictures are from when I surprised my husband with his birthday present. His face first registered shock and then he got this big goofy grin on his face. Her name is Lady and she was only 8 weeks when I got her and only weighed 8lbs.
So she is not even 4 months old yet and is so big. She really gives new meaning to the saying Growing Like a Weed. I shouldn't complain because she is a really good dog and very smart. She is doing very good with going potty outside too. She hardly ever has an accident.

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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Baby Shower Gifts

I made this cute album with Close to my Heart's Animal Cookie Level 2 Paper Pack. I then wrapped the album up in tissue paper and put it in this Display Box. They are having a boy but this would work for either a boy or girl I think. She really liked it when I gave it to her. I just love giving gifts that people really enjoy. I also know that nobody else gave her this gift. :)
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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

The Great Pumpkin Patch

I love going to the Great Pumpkin Patch. We go every year. I enjoy it as much as my son does. Our Pumpkin Patch was visited by Martha Stewart's people. She even had one of the owners on her show and they did a big magazine spread on it. It is fun to look at all the different Pumpkins and squashes. They even were selling seeds this year so I bought my husband some. He is going to grow them this spring so we just may have our own tiny pumpkin patch next year.

The last picture is of the largest pumpkin which weighs 901 pounds. Wow!!! We even got to do the wagon ride this year. I can't wait to go again next year.

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Monday, October 5, 2009

Jingle All-Sorts Mini Album Workshop

Jingle Album Workshop

Get a jump start on making your Christmas gifts by making this adorable album using Close to my Heart's new Jingle Paper. We will as Mark your calendar for your own fun-filled workshop. Earn free product by hosting a workshop!

Your name is hosting this workshop and she wants you to attend!

Date: You pick
Time: You Pick
Place: You Pick
Price: $35 Included in your workshop fee:

Level 2 Jingle Paper for Project
Extra Jingle Paper
Package of Jingle Stickease
Package of Twinkle Brads
Circle Tags
3-D Foam

You will use my stamps, inks and tools. The only things you will need to bring are your adhesives and glue dots.

I also will have glue and other products available for purchase that day if you need it.

If you are unable to come you still can purchase the kit or place an order and it will count towards Abby's Workshop.

Please RSVP to Lucia by email at

I will teach you how to make this adorable album and learn some new techniques in the process.

If you live far away you may purchase this kit but include $7 for shipping.

Lucia Grabb
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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

New Workshop and Party Times and Days Available...

Hello all,

I am sure you have been wondering why I haven't posted in awhile. Well, the reason is I have been creating so many new workshops for you to create.

I am now offering new day time hours for workshops or parties. Yeah!! I know some of you are thrilled because you have been wanting them for awhile. The new days will be Mon-Thurs and you can choose from either the 10am or 11am spot.

Email me at to set up a day for your workshop or party.

Helping you preserve your memories,

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

It's here, it's here!!!

I have been hoarding the brand new Fall/Winter Idea Books from Close to my Heart but today is the day I get to share them with you. Wahoo!!! You can view the online catalog here. There is some great new products in this catalog.

Have fun looking I know I have been having fun.

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Thursday, August 27, 2009


I am so excited about my Workshops I am doing this weekend. They are all cut and ready to go. We will be making a Bella Paint Can one day and the other day we are making a Moon Doggie Acrylic Album.

Would you like to get your friends together for a fun time, make a project, and get Free Close to my Heart Product? If you answered yes please contact me to schedule a Workshop date. They are so much fun. My Hostesses always get at least $40-$100 in FREE product plus they get to pick any item in the book for half off. Yes, I wrote anything from Glue Dots to the Rolling Carryall.

For those of you who purchased You've Got Flair or earned it for free this card is for you. You've Got Flair was the stamp of the month for July. It is a great stamp set. It is no longer available but I thought it might give you an idea on what you can do with the stamp set.

All product used is Close to my Heart. I used the Game On Paper. Shop now.

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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Still working...

Sometimes it is really hard to get a good picture of these checkbook covers. There always seems to be a glare when I go to take the picture. I really would like to take an actual class to learn how to take better pictures. I see lots of Internet classes but I would think it would be easier for me to be in an actual class.

I am still working on making Checkbook covers for my Craft Fairs. I am always looking for new places to set up a table so let me know if you have a Craft Fair I don't know about.

All product is Close to my Heart except for the cover. I used Bella Paper and Stickease. Shop now. I buy them in bulk so if you need any or think this would be a fun workshop let me know.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Bella, Bella...

So school is officially in session today which is good and bad. I think all the kids were starting to get bored at home and were ready to go back to school. The bad is it means Fall is coming which means Winter is coming, which means I lose my tan. :( Oh well, I can always get one next year or go to Hawaii for the Winter. I like the Hawaii plan. Anyone want to go with me?

I used the Bella Level 2 Paper Pack and Stickease on this birthday card. I used the August Stamp of the Month It's Your Day for the Sentiment. I added a little bling to the card using Clear Sparkles. The ribbon is the lace colonial white one. All product used is Close to my Heart and can be purchased on my website at

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Monday, August 24, 2009

Got money?

I had paper left from making my Celebration Card Kit so I decided to make this checkbook cover. I do several Craft Shows in October-November and these checkbook covers are always a favorite. If you are in the area email me so that I can't let you know where they are. I have been doing some of them for 3 years or more so it is fun to see the same people every year. It is really great to have repeat customers. Thanks to all of you who come out and support a home-based business. I really appreciate it.

The sentiments are from the Friendship Word Puzzle. All items are Close to my Heart and can be purchase on my website at

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Friday, August 21, 2009

Knock, knock

I should be cleaning the bathroom, but I thought it could wait while I posted this door hanger. I really think I could use a housekeeper that way I could create beautiful artwork all day long. Wake up Lucia it isn't going to happen. :) It sure is a nice thought. I wouldn't mind having a cook while I am dreaming too. I can handle the laundry.

Anyways on to the important stuff. This cute little door hanger was created with the Bella Paper and Stickease. These will make great little gifts for your Sunday School Class kids or for Teacher doors. They would be cute for kid's bedrooms too. The ideas for them are endless.

All products are Close to my Heart except for the door and can be purchased on my website at

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Thursday, August 20, 2009

Oh, so pretty...

I have been updating my website, Facebook and Blog so I have been really busy. I apologize now if I double post something on my blog. :0

This card is a 6x6 card using Paper Garden paper and matching Stickease. It would make a great birthday card for a special person in your life.

Don't forget to order your Everyday Celebration Card Kit. Shop now!

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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Everyday Celebration...


in September we are giving you 3 ways to
get a FREE Everyday Celebration card kit
for making 16 beautiful cards!

• Purchase a minimum of $60 in stamp sets**
(includes A, B, C, D, and E-size) between
August 18–September 30 (CC1006C)

• Host a Home Gathering with minimum sales
of $400 between September 1–30

• Sign up as a new Consultant between
September 1–30

You can also buy as many card kits as you’d
like for $39.95 per kit (CC1006B). And
there’s 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 and Express your passion for
stamping with this pretty new card kit today!

Helping you preserve your memories,

Thursday, August 13, 2009

It really is...

After watching the video yesterday I bet you are so excited about Studio J (Digital Scrapbooking) just like I am. Today, I wanted to get you even more excited. This layout below is a Digital Layout. Seriously, I couldn't believe it. Close to my Heart has been working on this for 3 years and you can really tell. I always though Digital Scrapbooking looked like Digital Scrapbooking but I have changed my mind after seeing this layout. These pages are so amazing.

If you didn't get a chance to look yesterday or if you need a second look, click here.

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