Saturday, September 15, 2012

Contact information....

My contact information was inadvertenly left off the previous post. To sign up for the class, or if you have any questions, feel free to contact me at:

email:www.   phone: 951-679-8337

September Card Class!

Hello! Can you believe it's the middle of September already? I sure can't. Where DOES the time go?!
Today I'm sharing 4 cards that I created with Close To My Heart's new "Clementine" paper line....I LOVE this paper! The colors are great, the designs are so cute and so versatile! So take a peak at what I came up with....
First, this simple but fun birthhday card. The papers are two of the smaller prints in the Clementine line. The "medallion" in the middle was cut using Close To My Heart's exclusive new Artist Cricut cartridge, and I used the Color-Seam Binding for the ribbon and box. This seam binding is comes in white....and I just used a Sponge Dauber, inked it up in Cashmere ink, swiped it onto the seam binding (front and back of a long piece), and there you have colored ribbon! The Color Ready Seam Binding can be colored to coordinate with any project you are creating! How fun is that??
 This "Thanks" card uses a more bold print from "Clementine", and I cut the layered flowers, the fun bracket shape and the CUTEST paper bow you've ever seen with the Artiste cartridge, of course! The more I use this cartridge, the more I LOVE it!
I used Close To My Heart's new Burlap ribbon on this card. It coordinates so well with the Clemetine papers, for a "rustic" look! Love me some burlap! The paper rosette was cut out using the Artiste cartridge (there are several rosette shapes on the cartridge!) then folder into the fun rosette! 
 But the fun part about this card is the gift card holder inside! Yep, cut with the Artiste cartridge!! What a wonderful presentation for a gift card....just slide the card right into the middle slot!
 The last card is the "bonus card". (more on that in a minute), and I wanted a "vintage" look. I cut the "word bubble" shape with the Artiste cartridge (this cartridge is a MUST HAVE!), then stamped the "You make me smile" word stamp right on the shape! Did you know we have lots of stamp images that coordinate with shapes on the Artiste cartridge, which makes it sooo easy...cut the shape on the Cricit, stamp it...DONE! I also cut the entire card on with the Artiste cartridge (see the fun scallop border on the edge?) including....
...the adorable pop-up insert inside!! Isn't that the cutest?! And no tedious cutting....just pop your Artiste cartridge into your Cricut and cut it, then glue to the inside of your card!What a fun surprise to add to your cards!
I had sooo much fun creating these cards....and you can too! Because I have a class for that!LOL!

Join me for the September card-making class on Thursday, September 27th, at 10am OR 6:30pm, and you will create TWO of each of the first 3 cards shown, and one of the bonus card (with the pop-up insert!), for a total of 7 darling cards! The fee is $13.50, or the class is absolutely FREE with a $30(before tax & shipping) order placed on the day of your class!

Card Class is a fabulous way of building up your greeting card "stash", so you have a  great handmade card for any occasion,  ready to go when you need it! So join us's really alot of fun!

Tell your friends and bring them along! Just email me to sign up, and be sure and let me know if you are bringing a friend or two, so I can be sure and have enough kits for everyone attending! Seating is limited and is already filling up, so email me today to reserve your spot!

If you are not local (Menifee/Murrieta/Temecula area), no worries! You can purchase a kit to create these fun cards! The kit will include photos of the projects and all papers will be pre-cut for you! All you have to do is assemble the cards! Postage to mail the kit to you will be $5.

And be sure and sign up at the top of the blog (right side) to receive an email every time I add a new post to the blog...that way you won't miss out on any class announcements!

I have several classes in the works right for an ADORABLE Halloween mini-album class to be announced soon! And....SAVE THE Creative Journey all-day workshop is coming up on Saturday, Oct. 20th! At this workshop, we create 4-6 amazing paper-crafted projects, all in one day! Lunch is included, and it's just a fun little "mini-retreat", to get some creative time in!
 More details coming real soon!

Let me know if you have any questions, and I look forward to seeing you on the 27th!

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

So Much Excitment!!!

Hello everyone! I can't tell you how excited I am to tell you about all of the incredible things happening with Close To My Heart! I had a fantastic time at our company convention in Dallas, Texas a few weeks ago (more later!), and since then, the excitment just keeps building! Are you ready?....Hang onto your's gonna be an amazing ride.....!

First, NOW is the time to sign up to be a Close To My Heart Consultant, and do what you LOVE....scrapbooking and stamping and paper crafting! Why? Well, becoming a consultant and joining my team just got SUPER affordable! Close To My Heart now has a GREAT Essentials New Consultant kit, and it's only $49!! Really!! Yes, $49 (plus tax & shipping) to start your own business!! That price is unheard of! You will receive all of the awesome new products you see in the photo below when you sign up for the Essentials kit! ($130 value!) The "regular" New Consultant kit, for $99, is still available as well...and you will get everything you see here in the Essentials kit, plus a few more tools & products, and more catalogs, brochures, etc! Also a fabulous deal!

When you sign up in August, you will ALSO receive the adorable Close To My Heart bag with your New Consultant kit....and it's FREE!! ($50 value!) (see photo below) We all received these cool bags at convention...and I LOVE can be a tote bag or a back pack...and how CUTE is that print on the bag?? Want one for yourself?? Well, just sign up to be a Close To My Heart consultant in August and it's yours...FREE! I would HIGHLY recommend that you sign up tomorrow, August 1st, starting at 8am PST, because these darling bags are "while supplies last"...and I'm thinkin' they MIGHT just go on my website tomorrow morning at 8am, & start your own business (or sign up to get the great discount for yourself and your family and friends)...either way you will still receive the bag!  Sign up here: and click on "Opportunities" at the top and in 5 minutes or so you will be headed on to your Close To My Heart adventure, AND you will be joining  my award-winning "Paper Daisies" team! I would LOVE to have you on my team! First 5 people to join my team in August will get a special goodie box filled with CTMH products from ME, just for signing up!

 Next up is the beautiful new August Stamp of the Month...Baroque Borders...(see the gorgeous artwork below.) This stamp set can be your for just $5 with a $50 purchase in August! Or, you can purchase it out-right for $17.95! Don't miss this great new stamp set!

Okay....can you feel the excitment building?....Close To My Heart introduced our brand new ARTISTE CRICUT CARTRIDGE COLLECTION at our recent company convention...and ladies, I just have say....this cartridge is gonna blow your socks off!! With 700 adorable images to choose from, your scrapbooking card-making and paper crafting projects will never be the same! It will be sooo much better! Some images included are on the cartridge are: cupcake wrappers (20!) tons of CUTE boxes and bags, cards, pop-up cards (squeal!), envelopes and fun tag shapes, mini album pages,( yes, you read that right!) new rolled flowers and pinwheels, themed shapes for holidays, birthdays, babies, etc....borders, banners, bracket shapes, a new font with numbers & upper and lower case letters....and so much more!! It truly is an amazing cartridge! And it's a GREAT deal as well....$99 for the cartridge, 3 D-sized stamp sets with images that can be cut out on the cartridge & then stamped, and 3 sheets of chipboard shapes...including one sheet of 6 mini album pages! (so you cut the coordinating paper shapes on the Cricut, then just glue the papers to the chipboard album pages....and VOILA! You have a darling mini album!!) Remember, regular Cricut cartridges come with approx. 40-80 images....Close To My Heart's exclusive cartridge has a whopping 700 images!(add that to our Art Philosophy cartridge with 700 images as well, that's 1,400 images on just TWO fabulous cartridges!)
 So, beginnging TOMORROW, August 1st, you can order your Artiste Cricut Cartridge Collection! Contact me email or phone to place your order, or shop on my website:!

Whew! I told you that we had LOTS of great things going on! To top it all off....the Autumn/Winter Close To My Heart Idea Book goes LIVE tomorrow as well....and you will be able to place orders then!! I LOVE this new catalog and you will too!  It is filled with....62 new stamp sets, 8 new paper packs, 13 new Workshops on the Go kits (including fabulous new "home decor" kits!!! Yay!), 5 new accessories and embellishments, a brand new publication called "Make It From Your Heart" (with scrapbooking & card-making patterns!), and of course, the amazing Artiste Cricut Cartridge! To get your copy of the catalog, just email or call and I'll get one to you right away!
I'll be back in a day or so to share with you some artwork that I'm working on, using the Artiste cartridge! So check back then! Are you excited?? I hope so....because I can't wait to share all that is new with Close To My Heart with you and your friends! Please feel free to pass my blog information along to your family and friends who might be interested! I'd appreciate it!

I would LOVE to hear from you! Let me know if you have any questions, or if I can help you in any way!

Happy Scrappin' & Stampin'!
Cindy Baker-Close To My Heart Independent Consultant/Director
email:   Phone: 951-679-8337

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Creative Journey Kits Available!

 Kit #1 above: Cruisin' Mini Album....this fun mini album is PERFECT for road trip/vacation photos,or even vintage photos, and uses Close To My Heart's awesome "Cruisin' " line of paper! It has a fun "retro" feel! The album has 6 pages (including the cover), and the kit comes with all of the papers and embellishments you need to create the album, and it also includes a package of the Cruisin' My Stickease foil stickers, ANd a package of the Cruisin' Bottle Cap embellishments to use on the project! (with TONS leftover to use on future projects!) It's a great value at just $28!! If you need the Display Stand to display your album, the cost is $60 for the kit and the stand.

Kit #2 above: 4th of July Tag Frame!  This fun, patriotic decoration will surely brighten up your home for the 4th of July! 10 darling tags hang for red and white baker's twine, in the center of a painted wood frame! The kit includes everything you need to create the tags and the background, and is available with the frame for just $25, or without the frame (in case you already have a frame) for $15.
 Kit #3 above: Bookmark Splendid Mini Album! This CUTE little album is 4" x 8" in size, and has 12 pages inside! The magnetic closure on the outside (shown on the right) is a fun little detail. along with the cute tags and shaped pages inside! Design with Close To My Heart's exclusive "Dotty For You" papers, this album would be great for all of your spring or summer photos, vacation photos, document a special birthday, it can be a baby or child's album...or a gift for your mom or a special friend! So many possibilities!  Everything you need to complete this album is included in the kit! (except glue and a hole punch...) This kit is $28.
And last but not least....Kit #4 is another Tag Frame, but this one can be displayed everytime there is a birthday in your home!  How fun is that? It will certainly make the birthday person feel extra special on their day! Again, the darling "Dotty For You" papers were used, and the Close To My Heart exclusive "Art Philosophy" Cricut cartridge was used to create the adorable tags, letters, borders and cupcakes! (if you don't have this cartridge, it's a "must have"!!) This kit is $25 with the cream-colored frame, or $15 without the frame.

Hi what you see in the photos above? Well, my Creative Journey all-day workshop was held recently, and it was a great success! We created all 4 of the projects shown above! I hold this fun workshop 3-4 times a year, with the next one coming up in early October, 2012. For more information, just shoot me a quick email and I'll be happy to let you in on the details!

Now for the good news....if you weren't able to attend this Creative Journey workshop, I do have exta project kits for sale! If you are interested in purchasing a kit, just email me to reserve your favorite! Kits are VERY limited in quantity at this email me today with your choice! (or choices!) Add $5 to the price for shipping, ($10 to ship the Tag project with the frames) if you are "long-distance".  Photos of the project will be emailed to  you within 3 days of purchase of the kit.

So....get crafty this summer with some ready-designed kits! All you have to do to is put them designing, cutting, etc!

And, watch for more kits to come....including 12x12 scrapbook page kits, and card-making kits!

First come, first served! Order your favorite kit today!

Be sure and sign up (top, right) to receive an email each time I post on this blog! As I mentioned, I will be offering lots of great paper crafting kits for sale, I'll announce fun, new, upcoming classes, I'll inform you of any special promotions that Close To My Heart is offering, and...there MAY even be some great giveaways....coming soon! So tell your friends about Polka Dots and Paper Daisies, and encourage them to sign up for the email alerts as well!

Thanks so much!

Cindy Baker -Independent Close To My Heart Consultant/Director
phone: 951-679-8337

Thursday, April 19, 2012

My Granddaughter's birthday party

Wow! Two posts in one day! What's going on here?! LOL!

I just wanted to share some photos from my granddaugther McKenna's 6th birthday party this past weekend. I created the dessert table in the "Lalaloopsy" theme (Lalaloopsies are dolls that are the "in" thing with 6 years olds right now! You can see two of them on the cupcakes above) and it was so much fun to put it all together!

Sources: Centerpiece (2nd photo) by SparklesCelebrations on Etsy
              Lalaloopsy printables by Brownstar Design on Etsy
              Clear Bottles & Yellow strip bags:
               Striped cupcake cups:

I made the banner with scrapbook paper and Close To My Heart's Art Philosophy cartridge (email me at cinbake@hotmail for more info on purchasing this great cartridge!)

The pink stripe popcorn boxes were found at Party City. I made the labels on the Cricut and stamped the words.
Plaid buckets and little pink lunch box from Target.

Cindy Baker -Independent Close To My Heart Consultant/Director   

Dotty For You!

Good morning! I'm so excited to share the "Dotty For You" special that Close To My Heart is offering between now and May 31st! What a fun way to Celebrate "National Scrapbooking Month" in May! This fun, versatile paper pack comes with 24 sheets of cardstock-weight papers, 12 darling designs, 2 of each sheet! And they are double-sided....the fun prints shown below on one side, and an adorable polka dot print on the other side! (and you all know how I LOVE me some polka dots!) The colors are: Creme Brulee, Lagoon, Smoothie, Sunset, Sweet Leaf and Grey Wool.

The best part? This amazing paper pack can be yours for just $5! Yep, just five buckaroos! Just place a $35 order (before tax & shipping), and you can purchase the Dotty For You paper pack for $5!! That is an absolute STEAL! (value: $19.95!)

To get your Dotty For You paper pack, just head to my website and place your order. Easy peasy! Or you can email me with your order if you'd like. Don't miss out on this paper pack that is perfect for your spring and summer scrapbooking, card-making and paper crafting projects!

I've included some photos below of a scrapbook layout and some cards and tags I created with the Dotty For You papers!

Make it a creative day!
Cindy Baker -Independent Close To My Heart Consultant/Director

Monday, March 12, 2012

Close To My Heart How-To Books...Retiring

Good Monday morning to you all! Hope you had a great weekend! I spent the weekend reorganizing and cleaning out my scrapbook room. (out with the old, in with the new! LOL!) More on that in another post...!

I wanted to let you all know that Close To My Heart's awesome"how-to" books, are being retired. Quantities on some issues are limited at this time, and I don't want you to miss out on any of these great books if you are be sure and head to my website: and order yours today! (you can also email me to place your order)

I have to say....I'm sad that these how-to books are retiring....I use them ALL the time! (of course I will continue using them for years to's just that we won't have the excitment of looking forward to a new how-to book in the future!) Those of you that are in my scrapbooking clubs know that I use these books to create the scrapbook layouts that we make at the clubs....and it makes my job of creating those fun layouts each month so much easier! I just skim through the scrapbooking guides, choose a layout that I like, and then create it using the wonderful cutting guide and instructions!

I also use the books in my personal scrapbooking, and for card-making! There are 4 scrapbooking guides, and two for card-making! Each book contains tons of ideas and inspiration with full-color artwork, specific layouts and the cutting dimensions and instructions for putting the layout together, photo layout options, and MORE! These how-to books make creating a layout or a card faster, simpler and easier! No more sitting for hours, trying to figure out where to put a photo or embellishment on a project! Just follow the cutting instructions and photo placement and you will be scrapbooking tons more pages!

"Magic" is the most recent how-to book....and it's one of my favorites! The layouts are fresh and updated...and the added bonus is that all the layouts have some sort of "movement"...they are interactive! From hidden journaling, to fold-out "mini-albums" (see the photo above!) that fit right on the page, to photos that flip up, fold in, etc....this how-to book is so much fun, and will make preserving your precious memories truly magical! "Magic" also comes with a DVD filled with patterns!
"Imagine" is another great how-to book, with approximately 50 layout ideas! BUT,, there are really many more layout possibilities than just 50! Just turn the layout idea 90 or 180 degrees, and you have a whole new look to a you actually have 100's of layout possibilities!
"Relflections" was actually the very first scrapbook how-to program that Close To My Heart released, but it was in a different format at first. That format was updated and improved into the current "Reflections" book, filled with fun, fast and easy layout ideas! You will love to mix and match your layouts with the ideas found in "Reflections"!
And "Cherish" is again, an amazing how-to guide to help you create beautiful pages that are amazing "works of art"! All of these scrapbooking how-to books will help you create awesome layouts that will truly showcase your life's story!

"Originals" (above) and "Wishes" (below) card-making programs are both jam-packed with ideas for any type of greeting card that you would ever need to create! These two books are formatted the same as the scrapbooking guides....with color photos for inspiration, cutting dimensions for creating the card, instructions for assembling your card, and a DVD filled with fun patterns to use on your cards! These how-to books are a "must-have" for any card-makers out there....from beginners to advanced!
The how-to books are a GREAT just $21.95 each! Again, quantities are limited on some of the books right now, and all of the books will be retired at the end of this current Spring/Summer catalog (Aug.), or while supplies last. So I say RUN, do not walk, to my website and complete your collection of Close To My Heart how-to books now!
Or email me with your order!
Contact me with any questions you might have...I'll be happy to help!
I'll be back in a day or so with more fun project kits for sale!
And, don't forget..,,you have 3 weeks left to take advantage of the AMAZING special for this month.....sign up as a Close To My Heart Consultant in March, and get our awesome Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge Bundle absolutely FREE! (the cartridge, 3 stamp sets and 3 sheets of chipboard shapes....valued at $124, retails for $99!) For just $99 (plus tax & shipping), you will get approximately $400 worth of great Close To My Heart products! Sign up today on my website:!!
Have a great Monday!
Cindy Baker
Independent Close To My Heart Consultant/Director