Sunday, December 6, 2009

Holiday Heyday Clearance Sale

Check out great prices on recently discontinued items.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Sweet Home and Jingle WOTG - November 30th

Sweet Home Layout.
Here is one of two options for my next Workshop On The Go Kit.  Please scroll down over the next four pictures/posts, at the end there will be details about thisworkshop. 
These kits need to be ordered in advance, orders will go in on Sunday, November 15th.

Sweet Home and Jingle WOTG - November 30th

Sweet Home Cards - scroll down for more pics and info...

Sweet Home and Jingle WOTG - November 30th

Jingle Scrapbook Layout.
Keep scrolling...

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Sweet Home and Jingle Workshops On The Go - November 30th

See above posts for pictures of these Workshop Kits.  Picture to the left is of the Jingle cards which may be used for Christmas or birthday.
Sign up deadline - This Sunday, November 15th, Workshop date - Monday, November 30th (evening)
These WOTG programs have been very popular this fall, and will continue in the New Year, but due to the hectic Christmas Season this will be the last WOTG for this year.  You can chose between either the Sweet Home or Jingle kits, or both if you would like.  Kits include a Level 2 Paper Pack, coordinating stamp set, Workshop Guide and a coordinating embellishment.  The basic kit is $37.50, but if you enjoy extra fun - pick up the extra embellishements for just a little more money.  My Bonus Special - Stamp pads, markers and cardstock in the colours of the kits may be purchased prior to the workshop at a 10% discount.  WOTG purchases and attendance earn you points toward qualifying for Hostess Benefits, that means free product for you without the hassle of Hosting a Gathering in your home.  Feeling up for a gathering?  Gathering sales will be added to the total, increasing Hostess Benefits even more!!  What could be better than free craft supplies!?

Cards from a card swap with other CTMH consultants

Double click on this pic to see the cards in greater detail.

Friday, October 30, 2009

November Constant Campaign - STAMPAGANZA!!

WOOHOO!  Stampaganza is back!!  This is the best constant campaign I've seen since I started with Close To My Heart.  I suppose you would like to know what it means?  Purchase two stamp sets and get the third one for free.  In other words - stamp sets are up to 33% off regular price AND purchases qualify toward the November Stamp Of The Month - Around The Block  How great is that!

Contact me for more details!!


Halloween Card

A paper treat for your Halloween inspiration.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Grace Workshop On The Go - Registration Deadline October 27th

Our next WOTG will be using the Grace Paper Pack and will be held on Thursday, November 12th from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. This workshop involves preordering of supplies, so the registration deadline will be this Tuesday evening (Oct. 27th) at 8:00 p.m.

This paper pack will appeal to the romantic in you, with the heartfelt saying and flourishes included in the stamp set and floral paper pack that is not too girly for the men in your life. Make either 12 cards or 4 scrapbook pages, or if you are like me (you want it all), you can complete all 16 projects with paper left over to keep on cre8ing!

For $37.50, the BASIC KIT includes: the Grace Level 2 paper pack, Beautiful Flourishes Stamp Set (only available in this kit), Rustic Edge Anchors and a full colour workshop guide.
Grace's BEST OPTIONS include the addition of Basic Craft Buttons for $9.95 and Crystal Blue Waxy Flax for $4.95.
SHEILA'S BONUS - Order any of the stamp pads or markers that coordinate with this paper pack (Barn Red, Cocoa, Honey or Twilight) for 10% off.
Not able to attend the workshop, but would like the kit? No problem, everything you need to complete these projects is included in the kit, with the exception of the Imagine and Wishes how to books, paper piercing tool, an alphabet stamp set and My Acrylix blocks. Many of you will have these items. If you don't, we'll work something out.
Only able to attend for an hour on Nov 12th? Let me know in advance so you can precut your paper and work on the more complicated things at the workshop.

Contact me at 306-736-8196, or .  Hope to hear from you soon!  ~Sheila

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Christmas Card Workshop Instructions

This post is for the ladies who are working on their card workshop from home!  The pictures I promised to post regarding our Christmas Card Workshop are below.  To complete this workshop with similar results to the cards posted below, follow the pattern in the Just Because Card Workshop from the new Wishes How-To Book. 

If you are short on time, or want to simplifiy your card making experience, chose a couple of your favourite patterns, cre8 multiples of the same card pattern and leave the rest for another day.  By chosing few patterns to put together you can speed up your cutting time (because you will not have to be referring back repeatedly to the guide and label each piece) as well as the time spent putting the card together, stamping and embellishing when you do multiples of the same card.

I would highly recommend doing this card workshop sometime when you have a day to devote.  If you don't have that kind of time now, feel free to simplify.  Whatever you chose, enjoy the process!!


Saturday, October 17, 2009

Christmas Card Workshop - Card #1

Probably my favourite card of them all.

Christmas Card Workshop - Card #2

Lovin this Heartfelt Wonder snowflake  :)

Christmas Card Workshop - Card #3

Christmas Card Workshop - Card #4

For this card, I eliminated the piece 4D.  Just preferred the look of the card without it.

Christmas Card Workshop - Card #5

Winter Wonderland and the snow flakes were made using the White Daisy stamp pad and added Prisma Glitter while the ink was still damp.  It's quite a bit more sparkly in person :)

Christmas Card Workshop - Card #6

Christmas Card Workshop - Card #7

Don't forget to add some bling to your cards with sparkles!!

Christmas Card Workshop - Card #8

Christmas Card Workshop - Card #9

Christmas Card Workshop - Card #10

The ribbon was tied around the slit the tab slides into.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Grandma's Birthday Card

A card cre8ed for Grandma Ruth's birthday tomorrow.  Also want to sent out birthday wishes to Dianne, Angela and Tamara who all have birthdays this week.  Happy Birthday everyone!!

Sunday, September 27, 2009

No Tools Required Christmas Card Workshop

Here is a sample of 4 cards from this fun and easy card workshop.  Although difficult to see from this picture, there is lots of fun details on these cards, using glitter, liquid applique, and fun flock.  A great class to take with your pre-teen or teenage child.  Check here for more information about this workshop.  Class will be held on October 20th.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Christmas Card Workshop

Send out lots of Christmas Cards every year?  This card workshop is designed for making 20 or 40 cards (multiples of the above 10 card patterns) using the Just Because Card Workshop found in the Wishes Card Confidence How-To Book.  You chose your favourite paper, and get coordinating embellishments.  I've found ways to keep costs low for this workshop, click here to find out more.  Please note the change of date to October 17th.  Registration deadline is October 1st.

Our first family boating trip

It's hard to believe, but this is the very first time all four of us have been in a boat together.  Darren resisted as long as he could, but after spending our 15th anniversary in the Emergency Department at the Regina General with his gallbladder, he was eager to make up for a bad anniversary.  The timing was right, as he had a new lease on life now that he was feeling better.  So when he asked what I wanted for our anniversary, I said "For you to go boating with us".  In his weakened, doped up state, he agreed, and I held him to that promise.  Darren had a few experiences on boats before, but none of them really went well, at least until last weekend.
We spent several hours last Saturday out on Boundary Dam in over 30 degree temperatures with my brother, his girlfriend, and my beautiful little niece, Ciara.  We boated, tubed and spent a long time just hanging out in the lake.  I couldn't think of another place I would have rather been at that moment, it was wonderful.  Not only did Darren seem to be feeling pretty comfortable on the lake, he actually admitted to enjoying himself!  He even talked about going out again....and teased us with comments about buying a boat (as long as it doesn't sit on the grass in the ditch like the last one - a story for another day).
Thanks for all your contributions to our great day Travis and Crystal!

Monday, September 14, 2009

And the winners are....

Thanks to everyone that supported my Idea Book Launch and Customer Appreciation Event on Sunday.  The turnout was perfect...just the right number of ladies to keep me busy.  I hope no one left feeling neglected, well except for Wanda perhaps, but she is used to it.  :)

As per my usual style, I forgot to take pictures of the day.  Next time I have to hire an official photographer, or at least get one of my kids to take some pics of the guests and displays.

So without further delay the winners of the door prizes were:

Tammy Heaton - It's Your Day (D-sized stamp set)
Wanda Vargo - Be Yourself (D-sized stamp set)
Terri Barath - Sunshine Thoughts (B-sized stamp set)
Tommi Kish - Animal Cookies Papers
Pat Daku - Animal Cookies Papers
Dree DeRoo - Animal Cookies Papers
Deb Sorenson - 4 cute little inchies (one inch stamps)
Carol Nicurity - 4 cute little inchies (one inch stamps)
Lynne Hengen - 4 cute little inchies (one inch stamps)
Terri Barath - 4 cute little inchies (one inch stamps)

Thanks again to everyone that came out to spend the afternoon.  It is great to share my passion with such a great group of ladies!


Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Let's dance!

Wow!  This is the most dancing my family has ever done in one night.  Darren dance more than he has in years (since before we were married), and Cole even seemed to enjoy learning to two step.  Of course, Rylie danced all night without any hesitation - perhaps she takes after me.  We all had a great time at my cousins' wedding this last weekend.  The wedding was lovely and it's great to spend time with Mom's side of the family.  Hoping to do that more often.  Congratulations Josh and Lori!

Another highlight of the long weekend was spending time with our long-time wonderful friends - David, Kristi, Kally and Brynn.  We did not have nearly as much time with them as we would have liked, but what little time we had was a lot of fun, as always.  Thanks for finding a ticket to Bryan Adams for me, Kristi!  Seeing this concert was definately one of my favourite experiences this summer.  I'm not sure which was better - seeing Bryan Adams, or going to a concert with just know you can sing and dance your heart out when your with her, which is precisely what I did.  What a blast!

My take on Twitterpated Workshop on the Go

This was the first of the new series of Workshops on the Go that I have completed.  I'm very excited that the new WOTG format comes with instructions for both scrapbook layout and cards all in one kit!  You don't have to decide if you are going to scrapbook or make cards until you pull out your first piece of paper.  The above picture shows part of what I made from this kit 6 scrapbook pages and 15 cards (added a little colonial white for some page and card bases), and there is still some uncut paper leftover.  The stamp set has a cute little hedgehog and mushrooms, along with a couple of sentiments.

Basic kit includes: level 2 paper pack, workshop guide, exclusive stamp set and chocolate ribbon rounds(discounted from $44.65) = $37.50
Best options includesthe above plus: Dimensional Elements In Color - Organic (chipboard buttons) = $4.50, Natural Hemp = $2.75, Brads Basic Assortment = $ 6.25  for an additional $13.50

Registration deadline for Twitterpated WOTG is September 15th at 6:00 p.m.  The order will need to be submitted tomorrow night to be shipped on time.  This class will be held on September 30th, 6:30 to 9:30 (location to be determined based on registration).  Hope you can make it!

Monday, August 31, 2009

New Idea Book Sneak Peeks

Here is a sneak peek at a couple of the new fall paper packs, Twitterpated and Grace!  I have scrapbooking and card making workshops planned for both of these paper packs.  Check here (on my myctmh calendar) to see dates and details for each of these workshops.  Additional workshops are being planned for fall., with details coming.

I hope you can attend my Idea Book Launch on September 13th to see these workshops in greater detail.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Idea Book Launch and Customer Appreciation Event!!

You’re invited to a Close To My Heart Autumn/Winter Idea Book Launch and Customer Appreciation Event!

Sunday, September 13th, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Kipling School Library. Although you do not have to be in attendance for the full four hours, early attendance is recommended. Come out to see the brand new Autumn/Winter Idea Book, lots of great new product, upcoming events schedule, classes and workshops, customer specials, door prizes, snacks and make a free bookmark to take home. 

Bonus Card Workshop – sign up in advance to create 5 cards for only $10! RSVP by September 7th (whether you are coming, not coming, or hope to) to get your name in for a chance to win a prize for only those who RSVP by this date! Sign up before Sept 10th for card workshop. Bring a friend new to my business, and receive a free gift from me.

Can’t commit to the whole afternoon? Stop by for as little as 5 minutes anytime during this event to create a FREE item, enter door prize draws and much more.

Don't leave close enough to attend, or busy that day?  Call or email me to find out how to get your name for the door prize draws, benefit from customer specials, sign up for upcoming workshops, or to host a gathering.

Sheila Szakacs, CTMH Independent Consultant For more info contact me: 306-736-8196 or
Watch updates here and on my Close To My Heart Website: 
Now accepting credit cards.

Hope to see you there!!  ~Sheila

National Stamping Month Constant Campaign

September is National Stamping Month!  To celebrate Close To My Heart has come out with a delightful kit sure to please any cardmaker, regardless of ability.  Everything you need to create these 16 versatile cards comes all in one kit (including a D sized stamp set, mini ink pads, cards, envelopes, embellishments, a full colour guide and more).  Purchase on it's own or receive this card kit FREE with qualifying purchase!  This promotion is available from August 18th to September 30, while supplies last.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Taking a few weeks off from posting

Hi followers - I will be taking a few weeks off from posting any new artwork. My family and are have lots planned for the next few weeks - 3 weeks of camping (with several nights of preping for camping) plus I'm hosting my 20 year class reunion on the same weekend as Kipling's Centennial. It will be a very busy few weeks, as I'm beginning to feel the stress of getting my house in order, as well as the yard. Paper crafting will have to take a back seat to my other projects this month. Looking forward to get back on here next month, hopefully with fresh artwork to inspire, and new classes to sign up for. See you soon!

Enjoy the summer! ~Sheila

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Swap Spoiler - Thinking of You

Here is my last card. The technique used on this card was silking, a fun and easy way to add some dimention to your paper crafting. Items used were the Aspiration Stamp Set and Juniper Paper.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Swap Spoiler - Thank you

Here is a second post tonight, to try to get me caught up. These are 3x3 cards cre8ed with Boom-di-ada Paper Pack, Cottage Floral Stamp Set, Liquid Glass and Prisma Glitter.

Swap Spoiler - Female Birthday

I guess I missed a few time flies. Here is another card for the card swap. Some of you may recognize it as a club card.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Swap Spoiler - Sympathy Card

Here is the Sympathy Card I designed using the Silhouette Creative Basics pack. Next post will not be until Wednesday, Tuesday night Cole and I are going to the Rider Game. I wonder if CTMH will be coming out with some green and white football paper in the fall catty....guess I should take my camera just in case. :)

Swap Spoiler - Boy Birthday

Hello friends,

I have participated in a five card swaps with other CTMH consultants. The deadline is later this week, so I thought I would share with you one card per day for this week. When I recieve the swapped cards, I will take pictures and post them here as well. There should be lots of great new ideas for us! ;)