I am so excited to be celebrating my 20th Annual Holiday Extravaganza in just three days. I am busy creating, baking Candy Cane Cookies, and putting together the final details for this special day. This is one of my favorite events each year as I get to share oodles of  project ideas, party tips, and creative inspiration for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years memory making. It’s so much fun. I love helping to create magical moments and shared experiences.

Here is a peek at one of the projects I’ll be sharing. Who doesn’t like a cup of Hot Chocolate on a chilly winter’s day. I’ll be showing how to create your own Hot Chocolate Buffet and lots of other festive ideas for fall and winter gatherings.

 

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HOLIDAY EXTRAVAGANZA

Saturday, October 18

2:00 PM  -or-  6:30 PM

LOCATION: The Hampton Inn in Meridian, Idaho

 

If you are in the Boise Area, there still a couple of seats available at both sessions.

 

Contact me at Michelle@SomethingAboutSharing.com if you would like to come join in the festivities at this year’s Holiday Extravaganza.

 

If you are not able to join in Holiday Extravaganza in person, stay tuned. I’ll be sharing holiday project ideas here on my blog, too. You can add your email address in the “Stay Up To Date” Box to subscribe to my blog and be sure to catch all of the new project posts and specials.

 

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So thankful for the wedding workshop team. Awesome job creating magical moments. #clarkweddingoctober2014

 

 

wedding cheesecake jars

 

Last weekend we celebrated my niece’s wedding. It was the perfect outdoor, country wedding and I am glad I could be there to share in her special day. It was terrific to be able to help in the preparations, and I am so thankful for the “wedding workshop helpers” who came together from three different states to be sure this wedding day was everything the bride was hoping it would be …and it was. We painted signs, made arrangements, table centerpieces, banners, a guest book album, wedding favors, cooked individual cheesecake desserts in canning jars, and just enjoying being together with family.  There was love and laughter as we shared lots of memory making fun. Awesome job everyone in creating magical moments for the bride and groom. This is what “Something About Sharing” is all about…doing life together, sharing the journey, and celebrating the people in our lives as we make and keep memories.  #clarkweddingoctober2014

 

 

 

 

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Welcome to the Simply Inspired CTMH Blog Hop featuring the newly released Artfully Sent Cricut Collection. This amazing new Cricut Cartridge from Close To My Heart helps you create personalize cards for holidays, special occasions, and those just because moments in no time at all. I am so excited to share it with you today. You are going to love it.

If you have come here from Debbi Fournier’s Blog you are on the right path for more handmade masterpieces. This blog hop is one big circle, so you can start here and work your way around to see all of the fantastic project ideas. If you get lost along the way, you will find the complete list of participating Consultants here.

It’s easy to hop along with us. Just click the link at the end of each blog post to move to the next one.

 

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The “Celebrate” card I chose to share with you today was so quick and easy. The Cricut Artfully Sent Cartridge is scaled to make this 5″ x 7″ card so you do not have to figure out any dial sizing. I cut the sentiments overlay out of Silver Glitter Paper, and I layered scraps of Paper Fundamentals Adventure Assortment behind each letter for a bold pop of color and texture. So simple, yet great color, shimmer, and a festive finished project in minutes.

 

Here are the steps.

 1. Cut the overlay as shown on page 7 of the Artfully Sent booklet. (NOTE: When you cut this card as it is shown, the cartridge is designed to cut the whole card shape out for you. By doing this all you have to do is fold the card in half to have a finished project. I chose to cut the “Celebrate” section off to layer on a separate white base later.)

 

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2. Choose a variety of colors to layer behind the letters. These are small pieces of the Paper Fundamentals Adventure Assortment that I had left after created some scrapbook pages for fall. I really like texture on the Paper Fundamentals. One side of each paper has a resist type texture and the other a contrast printed texture. I used the resist side for this project. Doing this type of layer is a great way to use up your scraps of paper.

 

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3. Glue colored papers behind the sentiments overlay. Glue those small pieces of cardstock to the back of the overlay. If you are using the card as it was cut, be sure to layer a piece of cardstock over the small cardstock color strips so that they do not show when you open the card.

I chose to cut the overlay down by 1/4″ so that I could layer the overlay piece on the front of a solid white card base. This also created a border to frame the “Celebrate” message.

 

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As you can see, using the Cricut Artfully Sent Cartridge from Close To My Heart let me a put together a cute, handmade card in a snap. The Collection even comes with three exclusive stamp sets and a package of White Daisy Cardstock. It is a great way to have beautiful cards at your fingertips. I am excited to for more creative time to try out some of the other 700 designs on this cartridge. There are pop-up cards, pocket cards, and so many more great projects on this cartridge.

Are you ready to see more fabulous ideas on how Artfully Sent can help you with your creative projects? Click this link to hop over to Blythe Shupe’s Blog and enjoy the fantastic project ideas she has created to share with you. Be sure to visit all of the Consultant blogs in the Simply Inspired CTMH Blog Hop. There are just so many possibilities with this latest addition to the CTMH Cricut Cartridge Collections.

Thank you for visiting my blog and have a fabulously creative day. Michelle Snyder

 

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It is amazing that this year is the 20th Holiday Extravaganza. I held the first Holiday Extravaganza in Medford, Oregon in 1994 and a tradition began. This is my favorite Close To My Heart event and I am so excited to celebrate this anniversary year with you.

Holiday Extravaganza is held every year in October to kick off the the fall and winter holidays and help us all get ready for lots of memory making and memory keeping with friends and families. At this event I will be sharing with you project ideas for party invitations, decorations, table settings, gift giving, with creative inspiration and time saving tips for making all of your holiday gatherings magical this year. There will be everything you need for fun Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve festivities.

 

Holiday Project Collage

 

The inspiration for many of this year’s Christmas projects came from several classic Christmas movies like “Miracle On 34th Street,” “White Christmas,” and even “Elf.” I have so many fun things to share, including new products from Close To My Heart that will make preparing for the holidays faster, simpler, and easier. Here are a few of the new items that will be featured at this year’s event.

 

Holiday CTMH Products

I will also displays and sign-up sheets available for all of the workshops and workshop kits that I will be sharing for the rest of this year. You will also have opportunity to view all of the fall and holiday workshops that I will be hosting over the next few months and even sign-up for classes or workshop kits to get your holiday projects prepared early.

Keeping with tradition, there will be Christmas Trees, Lights, Music, Cookies (yes, I am making our traditional Candy Cane Cookies), Free Create & Take Projects, Specials, and lots of Give-Aways. Are you ready to celebrate?

 

HOLIDAY EXTRAVAGANZA

Saturday, October 18

2:00 PM   -or-   6:30 PM

* * *  RSVP by October 10  * * *

Seating is limited in each session, so be sure to RSVP as soon as possible. 

 

LOCATION: The Hampton Inn in Meridian, Idaho

875 South Allen Street, Meridian (on the north side of I-84 at the Eagle Exit)

CLICK HERE FOR MAP

 

 

There are two sessions of Holiday Extravaganza to choose from so that you and your friends can gather together at the time that best fits your schedule. You can also request to host a table for your and your friends to all sit together. As a table hostess you can qualify for FREE CTMH shopping spree, too. Ask me how.

 

To reserve a seat at

Holiday Extravaganza,

contact Michelle Snyder at

Michelle@SomethingAboutSharing.com

 or, (208) 713-2940

 

 

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What happens when an amazing group of Close To My Heart Consultants come together with a common purpose, an “I know we can do it” attitude, and loads of encouragement to help each other reach a goal? Well…that is a special kind of teamwork which resulted in a huge success for the Creative Hearts Team that was followed by a really BIG celebration.

If you visit my blog very often, you know that sharing moments with the people in my life, making memories together, and preserving those memories are very important to me. As a Close To My Heart Consultant, I have the opportunity to serve an amazing group of Consultants from around the country as the leader of the Creative Hearts Team. This is truly one of the things I enjoy most about my job. The Close To My Heart Consultants on the Creative Hearts Team are just incredible to work with. I recently had the privilege of sharing a very special celebration with my Creative Hearts Team right here in Boise, Idaho and making some great memories together.

 

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Last October Close To My Heart extended a Thriving 30 Challenge to Teams in the company. After several months of working together to meet all of the Challenge requirements, the Creative Hearts Team successfully reached their Thriving 30 goal. It was so exciting!

In honor of their accomplishment Close To My Heart sent a team from the corporate office to bring an evening of festivities, training, and fun to a Creative Hearts Team Thriving 30 Celebration. Of course, as the host for this special event I wanted to share as many magical moments with my Team as possible so I extended the celebrating to weekend event. Oh, my goodness. We had so much fun. We laughed, created, celebrated both personal and individual accomplishments, and just enjoyed being together. It was awesome!

Our Team theme this year is “Showing Our Disney Side.” It has been so fantastic to incorporate some of the magic of Disney into our businesses and see success along the way. Each month we have a Disney movie of the month and this month it was Disney’s “High School Musical.” It was perfect for our Thriving 30 Celebration. The movie celebrates how each person is different and special in their own way, but when we use those things together we make each other strong. It celebrates that we are all in this journey together and working as a team can make our dreams come true. That’s exactly what the Creative Hearts Team does together. At the end of the movie the team signs the game ball when they win the championship. The scrapbook pages I designed for my team in honor of this event included a basketball. We had a big autograph moment and everyone who came to share in the Thriving 30 Celebration signed the basketball on each Consultants scrapbook page. We are all in this together, and it is such a fabulous thing.

 

Here are a few snapshots of our Thriving 30 Celebration.

 

Creative Hearts Team sharing lots of smiles and happy moments.

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 A little glimpse of some of the workshop projects we created.

T30 Project Collage

 

 

Showing our Disney Side on our Hidden Mickey Scavenger Hunt.

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Clearly the moments we shared together over the two days of our Thriving 30 Celebration were memories in the making that will bring smiles of happy thoughts, a job well done, and the joy of being part of something that is bigger than just ourselves for a long time to come. I love being a part of this team. Together we are accomplishing great things and having a whole lot fun in the process.

Thank you, Creative Hearts Team, for the privilege to serve as your Team leader. Thank you for all you put into your businesses each month, for the way you build each other up and encourage each other in the journey, and for creating magical moments as a Team.

 

 

T30 Monica and Tiffany Collage

And a very big thank you Close To My Heart for providing an opportunity for the Creative Hearts Team to accomplish goals together and celebrate them with you, too. Thank you Monica and Tiffany for coming all the way to Boise to share in our Thriving 30 Celebration. The training, Create & Take, and Team recognitions were so special and very much appreciated. Close To My Heart is a so wonderful to work with.

 

 

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It’s officially fall and I’m having so much fun designing scrapbook pages and projects for all of the memory making festivities coming up over the next couple of months. Today I am sharing the October Scrapbook Workshops and Kits with you and I’ll be posting party supplies, decorations, and favors soon to help you with getting ready for your Halloween treats.

Close To My Heart has new Halloween themed paper packets, stamp sets, and accessories that have been terrific for creating Halloween goodies.  The scrapbook pages for October Workshops and Kits use the Scaredy Cat Paper Packet, Halloween Greetings Stamp Set, CTMH Cricut Cartridges, and Purple Shimmer Trim, along with adhesive-backed Silver Sequins and Black Enamel Stars. As I blended all of those things together, these are the pages I came up with.

 

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The Scaredy Cat Paper Packet and Halloween Greetings Stamp Set paired so well together. Here is a picture of the stamp designs that are included in the stamp set. If you look at the close up pictures below, you can see where some of the pre-printed images on the background papers tie in fantastic with some of the stamp design images. I used this stamp set for party favors and decorations that I will share later on. It really is quite versatile and would be a terrific resource for your Halloween projects. The 10 designs that come in the set like this.

 

Halloween Greetings

 

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For the titles I combined alphabet fonts, icon images, and title pieces cut from the CTMH Artbooking and Artiste Cricut Cartridges with the stamp designs to blend all of those spooky elements together for some frightfully fun pages that will be great for your Halloween photos.

You can order Workshop Kits or sign up to attend a Scrapbook Workshop in the Boise Area and have your Halloween scrapbook pages ready in advance. In additions, all of the supplies used to create these scrapbook layouts are also available individually on my website. Just click here to shop online and enjoy even more Close To My Heart products for your creative inspirations. You can order extra paper packets and accessories to make your Halloween decoration to coordinate.

 

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Halloween Scrapbook Workshop Kits – $45.00

(plus tax and shipping)

 

Workshop Kits Include:

  • X7185B Scaredy Cat Paper Packet
  • D1605 Halloween Greetings
  • Z1919 Purple Shimmer Trim
  • Z2013 Silver Sequins Assortment
  • Pre-cut Cricut Shapes, Black Enamel Stars, Additional Cardstock and Supplies

 

Other Items Used On Pages:

  • Z1851 Scallop Border Punch
  • Z2640 Thistle Ink Pad
  • Z2105 Slate Ink Pad
  • Z2105 Black Ink Pad
  • Z1151 3-D Foam Tape
  • Z1836 Non-Stick Micro-Tip Scissors

 

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Workshop Dates:

  • Friday, October 3 at 6:30 PM
  • Saturday, October 25 at 1:00 PM
  • Tuesday, October 28 at 6:30 PM

 

 

To Sign Up For A Workshop or to Order A Workshop Kit, contact me at Michelle@SomethingAboutSharing.com  or  (208) 713-2940.

 

 

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“Chalk It Up” is a new collection of Close To My Heart products featuring great new paper patterns, stamps, accessories and even an awesome new Picture My Life Package. I decided to design this month’s Scrapbook Workshop pages from the Close To My Heart “Chalk It Up” Workshop On The Go Kit because you get some of all of these fantastic new pieces to work with. I had so much fun creating with all of these coordinating materials. The “Chalk It Up” Workshop On The Go Kit includes a fantastic stamp set with great journal boxes, a full set of number, cool titles, and fun accent images in addition to the terrific paper, accessories, and ribbon.

 

Chalk It Up WOG

 

Here are the pages I designed with the Chalk It Up Workshop On The Go Kit. The first layout is actually made from the instruction guide that comes with the Kit. I made a couple of modifications, but the base is from the layout shown in the package.

 

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With a new color combination, including the new color Flaxen, “Chalk It Up” is ideal for many different types of photo ops and storytelling. It has a school theme emphasis, however you can see in my scrapbook pages I did not do anything with school. If you have back-to-school photographs you are ready to scrapbook, “Chalk It Up” is perfect for those pictures. My kids are grown, but I love the colors, patterns, and accessories, so I just scrapbooked a fun day with Sophie, my Yellow Lab, and my daughter’s birthday. There is so much you can do with “Chalk It Up.”

 

These were fun pages to embellish along the way, too. I really like the new Striped Twill Ribbon and the fantastic accessories that come in the Kit. The Chalk It Up Accessories are puffy adhesive-backed stickers with all four colors of designs to choose from. With a sort of whimsical, sketchy feel to it, embellishing kind of felt like when you used to doodle on your Pee Chee folders and book covers. I really like the journal box stamp that looks like a composition book, as well. To tie it all together, I used a Black Journaling Pen to add some squiggly borders, doodles, and journaling throughout the layouts. So much fun.

 

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The way Close To My Heart is able to package these Workshop On The Go Kits you not only get a bunch of great products, you also get a really great value. The cost of the Kit is only $29.95, however it comes with over $41 is products. That’s awesome!

 

You can make all three of these scrapbook layouts by attending one of my September Scrapbook Workshops or by ordering a Workshop Kit To Go. If you are in the Boise Area, check your calendar and reserve a date to come enjoy some create time. If you are not in the area, or the dates are not good for you, I am happy to put a Workshop Kit together and mail it to you.

 

 

Workshop Packages – $29.95

(plus tax and shipping)

The workshop package includes everything you see in the picture above, plus a little more paper to complete all of the pages.

If you are ordering a Workshop Kit To Go and plan to create your pages at home, you would also need blocks for your stamps and ink pads in Black, Flaxen, and Sorbet for the stamping.

 

 

Workshop Dates: 

  • Friday, September 19 at 6:30 PM

  • Saturday, September 20 at 1:00 PM

 

 

Contact me at

Michelle@SomethingAboutSharing.com

or (208) 713-2940

to reserve a workshop spot

or to purchase a Workshop Kit To Go.

 

 

You can also see all the complete “Chalk It Up” Collection and order items directly from my website. Just click here to shop and enjoy all of the possibilities.

 

Here’s a peek at the “Chalk It Up Picture” My Life Package. It is AWESOME! Whether you have children back in school, have photos of your children in school 20 years ago, or just enjoy creating with fantastic ready-made cards, this in one of my new favorites. Happy creating!

Chalk PML

 

 

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