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Christmas in July

Back to school, Thanksgiving, Halloween – all of these events yet to come before we start hearing Christmas jingles in the malls.  But in the crafting world, we’re relishing in the beautiful sunny days on one hand, but are building snowmen and stuffing stockings in our heads!  I’m just about to get started on building up my inventory for this year’s series of craft fairs, and to get my head in the right place, I decided that reminiscing on last year’s craft fair season would do the trick.

Here’s what my table looked like:

I was selling jewelry also last year, so that is occupying the right hand side of my table, but the left hand side is all of my hand made crafting stuff.

I had a ballot box for a drawing of the Christmas tree, which also allowed people ot sign up for my monthly newsletter.  I was giving away Idea Books for FREE as well.  I had little candy sticks with decorative toppers, card purses, mini albums and the best sellers, were gift card holders.  I’ll be making ALOT of these for this year, and with Close to my Heart’s Cricut cartridges, these will be EXTRA easy!!  Stay tuned for my very first video, that will focus on using the Cricut cartridges to make gift card holders!







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Pa Poy, Pa Poy!!

I absolutely loved the movie Despicable Me – I laughed, I cried, I felt warm and fuzzy inside!!…But what I love even more is that my nephew also loves the movie…So when I saw a picture of  him posing like a minion with his 3d glasses just a few weeks before his 8th birthday, I knew he was giving me the perfect reason to google those lovable little yellow plops (??!!) and get inspired for a birthday card!

Here’s the outcome:

He was so much fun to make…I really liked how he turned out too – the Silver Glitter paper  for his eye-piece makes the whole card *pop*.   I used the super sharp micro-tip scissors to hand cut his mouth pieces

I had to send this card by mail to my nephew, and it wasn’t delivered on time due to the floods in Toronto that week.  But the best part is that on his birthday, he says he got all that he had wanted except a Minion card!!!  So he was THRILLED to get one, even though it was a few days late!

And in case you’re wondering where the title for this post comes from, here’s the inspiration:

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Disappearing Acts


On Augist 1st a BRAND NEW Idea book will be launched!!  Aa exciting as it is to know that we’ll have a whole new set of amazing products, we have to say goodbye to some of our favorites.  Below is a list of items that will no longer be available after July 31st.  Also these items are only available while supplies last, so if any of the links lead you to an “item unavailable” page, it’s already all gone…SO DON’T DELAY!!

Remember that you can qualify for my special promotion by snatching up some of these goodies!


Part Description
Z1347 12 x 12 Post Bound Album- New England Ivy
Z1366 Brads Metal Assortment
Z1410 Antiqued Copper Designer Brads
Z1369 Buttons Red Assortment
Z1370 Buttons Pink Assortment
Z1371 Buttons Blue Assortment
Z1372 Buttons Green Assortment
Z1703 Wooden Badge Buttons
Z1704 Pewter Badge Buttons
Z1821 Buttons Black Assortment
G1060 Workshops on the Go® For Always Cardmaking Kit
Z1412 10-Things Pocket
Z1474 6″ x 6″ Kraft Die-Cut Cards & Envelopes
Z1721 3” x 3” Kraft Envelopes
Z1722 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ Kraft Envelopes
Z1723 5” x 7” Kraft Envelopes
Z1724 6” x 6” Kraft Envelopes
Z1450 Cork Color-Ready Alphabet
Z1718 Color-Ready Garden Wooden Shapes
Z1719 Color-Ready Evergreen Cork Shapes
Z1773 Color-Ready Noted Canvas Shapes
1771 WaterbrushMedium
Z1246 EmbPowderCocoa
Z1351 embossing powder dutch blue
Z655 EmbPowderOlive
Z656 EmbPowderOutdoorDenim
Z670 EmbPowderBlack
X7155C Avonlea Complements Canvas Shapes
X7156C Clementine Complements Canvas Shapes
X7157C Dakota Complements Silver Foil Images
X7159C Scholastic My Stickease® Assortment
X7166C Claire Complements Canvas Shapes
X7167C Later Sk8r My Stickease® Assortment
Z1392 2″ Scallop Circle Punch
Z1326 Sparkles Red, Pink & Purple Assortment
Z1327 Sparkles Blue & Green Assortment
Z1710 Just Blooms® Paradise Paper Flowers
Z1612 Paper Clip Pins
Z1827 My Creations™ Paper Pouch – Small
Z1828 My Creations™ Paper Pouch – Large
G1062 Workshops on the Go® Canvas Art Kit
Z1734 Irresistibles™ Persnickety Journaling Spots
Z1755 Posh Journaling Spots
G1053 Workshops on the Go® Chantilly Scrapbooking Kit
G1055 Workshops on the Go® For Always Scrapbooking Kit
G1057 Workshops on the Go® Later Sk8r Scrapbooking Kit
G1058 Workshops on the Go® Tommy Scrapbooking Kit
G1059 Workshops on the Go® Surf’s Up Scrapbooking Kit
Z1748 Brocade Assortment
Z1766 Memo Assortment
Z1780 Wrangler Assortment
Z1794 Cottage Assortment
Z1810 Later Sk8r Assortment
Z1813 Claire Assortment
Z1831 Buzz and Bumble Assortment
X7159B Scholastic Paper Packet
Z1487 Mini Medley Accents Pewter Collection
Z1489 Mini Medley Accents Olive Collection
Z1697 Mini-Medley Accents Smoothie Collection
Z1740 My Creations® Bookmark Album
Z1774 My Creations® Canvas Journal
Z1096 EmbroideryFlossNeutralAssortment
Z1798 Black Tulle Ribbon
Z1267 Paper/StampOrganizer8.5×11(3)
Z4134 Handle and Swivel Base
Z4136 ExclusiveInksOrganizerCarryingCase
Z4200 AccessoriesOrganizer
Z608 EmbossingStylusMedium
A1132 Family
A1133 Festival of Lights
B1372 Circle Together
B1395 So Grateful
B1396 School Rocks
B1405 Rugged Dude
B1406 Blessings of Peace
B1410 A Friend Like You
B1414 Bonjour
C1438 Tea Time
C1461 Salutation Seals
C1466 Instant Memories
C1505 Pun Fun
C1507 Angelic Blessings
C1508 Paisley Flair
C1511 Love Blooms
C1520 Christmas Joy
D1187 For Every Occasion
D1388 Card Chatter – Christmas
D1399 Dream Big
D1440 Everlasting Life
D1444 A Little Thanks
D1492 Christmas Love
D1517 Game On
D1519 Abundance
D1521 Powder Heaven
D1523 Sweet Music
D1528 Jardin
E1010 Chocolate Alphabet Large
E1014 Posterboard Alphabet
E1015 Cocktail Alphabet
E1017 Old World Alphabet
E1018 Pennant Alphabet
E1019 Bohemian Alphabet
E1020 Token Alphabet
E1021 Trinity Alphabet
E1022 Hero Alphabet
E1023 Varsity Alphabet
E1024 Keepsake Alphabet
K900 Single Name Stamp
K9012 Address Stamp w/o Icon 2 Lines
K9013 Address Stamp w/o Icon 3 Lines
K9014 Address Stamp w/o Icon 4 Lines
K9022 Address Stamp with Icon 2 Lines
K9023 Address Stamp with Icon 3 Lines
K9024 Address Stamp with Icon 4 Lines


Do not hesitate to call me if you have any questions about these products – rgkreations@hotmail.com

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Thanksgiving in July…

I know – it’s supposed to be Christmas in July, and that is in the works for mid-month…

But I want to kick off the month by saying Thank You!!  I want to give back a bit for your patronage, so this month, I am offering a special promotion of my own.

You will be rewarded with some freebies for placing orders on my shopping website !  Every purchase of at least 20$ will earn you a free “Petite Perks” stamp set that are exclusive for consultants to give to our customers to show them they are appreciated.  You cannot get this super adorable stamp set unless you place an order!

Remember last month’s promotional Thank You stamp? Every 50 $ order placed on my shopping website will get you that same stamp for free!  If you’ve already purchased it, you can substitute it for any monogram stamp!  And you’ll also get the Petite Perks stamp set too!!!

The way to qualify for this special is to join the Thank You gathering listed on the shopping site.  Do not order the stamp on your order though…you’ll have to send me an e-mail (rgkreations@hotmail.com) to specify which stamp you want and ensure that I have your proper mailing address.

While you’re on the shopping website, take some time to look around…You’ll see there’s tons of resources to help you unleash your creativity!!  There are video resources and workshop instructions as well as bonus projects you can complete with the supplies you’ve ordered.


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June 2013 Promotions


This month, there are several promotions being offered by Close to my Heart.


My personal favorite is “A True Thank You“.  Not only is the stamp a sneak preview item from the new idea book being launched on August 1st, but all profits from the sale of this stamp will go towards the Oklahoma Hurricane relief efforts.  There can never be enough Thank You cards around…and this stamp is a one-stop shop to make a wide variety of them!  Yours for only $2.95!



 The next promotion is the “Let’s Get Patriotic” campaign.   Close to my Heart has produced 2 new stamp sets with Canada’s service men and women in mind.  They will be available ONLY between June 1st and July 31st 2013.  The stamps sets are called “Courage – B1437” ($9.95) and “Strong and Free – D1575” ($17.95).  Now, having these patriotic stamps for a limited time only is one incentive to hurry up and get them, but the real clincher is that part of the proceeds from each of these stamp sets will go to a charity, namely, the Canadian Hero Fund, which helps military families, specifically  with post secondary education scholarships.  For every “Courage” stamp set sold, $3 will be donated, and $5 will be donated for every “Strong and Free” stamp set.  What a great way to show you care and appreciate their sacrifices!



The last promotion is called “Make it a Banner Day” .  When you purchase at least one stamp set (excluding M- or K- sized stamps) and place an order of at least $25, you will get a FREE mini-banner with your order!!  This tax-free and S&H-free bonus is super cute and super on trend:  You get 10 pennants, in 4 different shapes, each is about 3″x4″.  There are also 9 jump rings included so you can link the pennants together to form your banner.  And the best part is that the bonus is CUMULATIVE, that means that you get one mini-banner for EACH $25 spent/stamp set ordered.  So a $50 order with 2 qualifying stamp sets will receive 2 mini banners completely free!!  A 75$ order with 3 stamps sets will get 3 mini banners absolutely free!!  Pretty awesome, right?!!  So “where’s the catch?” you’re wondering?  Well, supplies are limited, so you need to put in your order in before they run out!!






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January – A beginning and an end

Welcome to my first post of the new year!!  I hope the holidays were joyous ones and that the good times endure throughout the year.

As far as Close To My Heart goes, the new year is not really a “starting point”…Their new Idea Book goes live on February 1st, so January really is more of an “end point” for the current Idea Book.  They’ve published a list of items that will not be featured in the new catalogue and will therefore be unavailable starting after January 31st.  Check out the retiring items and get the ones you want before they’re gone!!

Although you can always call or e-mail me with your order,  I also have an online shopping site available, and there are many benefits to shopping there:

  • You can order at any time of day or night – 24/7!
  • Real Time Inventory means none of your items will be on back-order!
  • My website is the only way you can order deeply discounted clearance items – while supplies last!!
  • Orders ship directly to your door!
  • If you join my Mystery Hostess Gathering ( more on this in a later post), you’ll be entered in a draw for free products!

Plus in January there are 2 other reasons to order online

  • With any $35 order, you can get the WHOOO’S YOUR VALENTINE? kit for only $10 – it has a $40 value and includes sneak peek products from the new idea book! (this offer is available for phone or e-mail orders also)
  • If your order is $50 or above, you’ll qualify to get January’s Stamp of the Month for only $5 extra ($17.95 value)


So that covers the “OUT WITH THE OLD” part…But January is also the time for “IN WITH THE NEW”!!  That’s why I am giving you a chance to have a sneak peek at the new catalogue at my Open House on January 26th!  You won’t want to miss it!!  You’ll get a free Idea Book for attending, and much to see and do!


I look forward to seeing you there!!

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Resolutions of all sorts!

I have been meaning to post for quite some time, but I really didn’t want to do so empty handed…I have about 40 pictures of crafts I’ve done that I want to post here, but the drive that reads my camera’s memory card is not behaving well at all lately.  So starting with that, I resolve to discipline that drive back into shape in the near future.  I promise.   I’ve already accomplished one of my resolutions by moving on with my blog, even though my pictures aren’t ready yet.

I also am embarking on a “Journey to Leadership” through Close to my Heart.  What that entails is moving from being a Independent Consultant/Hobbyist to being an Independent Consultant/Team Leader.  I have really enjoyed the instances where I was able to share my hobby with others and want to do it more.  So my next resolution is to work through the program laid out by the Close to my Heart Corporate Office and see how far I can get!  It won’t be obvious for me because I’m not really the type of person that can easily strike up a saleslady-type of conversation with strangers, but I have found out  (in my moments of sheer bravery), that crafting is something that many strangers are interested in, even if they don’t feel extremely creative themselves – go know!  I just have to put on my brave-girl cape and show those strangers that I am here to give them an opportunity to do something really enjoyable (which does not require any preconceived amounts of creativity) – not to try to sell them something they don’t want or need.

In the next few days, I will be posting a some sneak peeks into some really exciting things that will be happening in the next couple of months.  Stay tuned!!

All the best for a happy, healthy, prosperous and crafty new year!!


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Welcome to my journey!!

When I first joined Close to my Heart as a Consultant, I did so as a hobbyist, but with a long term vision.  I knew I was just a few years away from starting a family and that would mean being off of work for a year.  I knew that I would want something to ‘manage’ while I was on maternity leave, a creative and social outlet, because these are things that motivate me in my regular 9-to-5.

Here I am a bit over 2 years later.  My son Jacob is now 3 months old and we have settled into our routine (I’ve been warned not to get too comfortable – that new routines are imminent!).  I am now ready to start sharing my paper passion with others!!

Seeing as it is coming on to the Holiday season, my first set of posts will be about Holiday crafts I’ve made, and upcoming events.

Please feel free to leave comments, or let me know if you have any questions!!



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Copyright notice

Aside from images produced by the Close to my Heart corporate offices for Consultant's marketing purposes, all of the content on this site is my own. For that reason, please feel free to be inspired by my work, but do not recreate, submit or repost it as your own without giving credit where credit is due. You can contact me if you have any questions or special requests -> rgkreations@hotmail.com