Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Welcome to our monthly  
 Joyful Stars Blog Hop!!!!

We're excited to share our creativity with you using PRODUCTS from Close To My Heart!!

Come on in and see what BEAUTIFUL projects my fellow consultants have creating using the AMAZING products from Close To My Heart!!

 This blog hop is easy to do…just click on the link at the end of the post to go to the next creation!!  
If you get lost along the way, CLICK HERE to see the list of this month’s hoppers! 

If you have arrived from Joyce's blog you are right on track.

Today I wanted to share a card I created using the "Share the Love" stamp set that's from Close To My Heart February 2016 special.  

Take a look!! J

I used the soft colors of our Georgie paper pack to create this card.

Take a look at the camera...

Did you notice the "shiny" lens? Liquid glass helps to create a "lens" and give it a dimensional look! 

I also chose to use the stamp set called "Ink Blot".  This stamp set is a FAVORITE....and I LOVE the extra texture it brings to any creation!! 

*****Here's a close up view of this ADORABLE stamp set. ****

So....what's so special about this stamp set? 

There are TWO reasons it's so special!! 

1. This "Share the Love" stamp set is ONLY available during February 2016. 

2. ***The most important reason**** $7 of the purchase price of this stamp set goes DIRECTLY to the Operation Smile kids!!   

 Operation Smile is an AMAZING organization that provides surgeries to repair cleft lips and palates for CHILDREN all over the world!!

Close To My Heart is partnered with Operation Smile, an organization that provides, FREE, life-changing surgery that repairs smiles and reshapes lives, one child at a time.  Since 2008, Close To My Heart has provided support to change the lives of over 1,500 children and their families.  Buy with pride - your business with Close To My Heart makes a BIG difference in the life of a child. 

*****There are actually THREE WAYS you can ALWAYS help the kids at Operation Smile beyond February 2016! 

1. For EVERY Close To My Heart order that you place, there is ALWAYS an area online or in person, for you to donate directly to Operation Smile.  You can do this by rounding up your order OR by giving a donation of any amount.  

2. We also have another stamp set available, that the same monetary amount apply!!  $7 of the purchase price of $17.95, will go DIRECTLY to Operation Smile! This stamp set is called "Animal Critters" and how CUTE this stamp set is!!!  Perfect for birthday, baby, or just a thinking of you card!!  

3. If stamping is not your thing - you can support Operation Smile in a non-crafty way! J

Purchase 1 or more of these EXCLUSIVE t-shirts, created exclusively for Close To My Heart . 

Wear one of our "Make Someone Smile" t-shirts with pride, knowing that $10 of every shirt purchase is DONATED toward Operation Smile!!  Show your support for Operation Smile & order yours today!  J

Your donation WILL HELP change the lives of children all over the world - one smile at a time. 
CLICK HERE to support Operation Smile kids today.     

Here's another card I created using this "Share the Love" stamp set too!!  Click on the picture to see details about creating this card.

Thanks for stopping by, and make sure you contact YOUR Close To My Heart  consultant to get this EXCLUSIVE, Operation Smile stamp set this month! J


Now it’s time to Hop on over to my fellow consultant and check out  Nancy's blog and see what beautiful, crafty item she has to share with us! J 

Happy Hopping and we’ll see you on the 9th next month, when the Joyful Stars team members will be sharing more artwork using Close To My Heart products!    

Blessings to you for BEAUTIFUL day!!!

Krista Hershberger J

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Share the Love - Blog Hop

Welcome to this 
Special Blog Hop!

Today we will be featuring February's special the Share the Love stamp set!   

If you have come here from Terrie's Blog, you are on the right path!

The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way all around. If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants by clicking HERE

This month we have over  25 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing items they created using items from this mini book.

 This hop is simple to do - just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next one! Wahoo!! 

Here we go!

Let's take a look at this FUN LOVING stamp set - that's ONLY available this month...

Has your mind started churning as you looked at this stamp set???  So many creating possibilities!!!  

Well, I chose to create a card today - and I used NON-TRADITIONAL "love" colors to make it...check it out. 

I LOVE the soft colors of the Georgie paper collection from Close To My Heart, and that is what I chose to use today.  

This paper pack has 6 different designs to chose from, and can be used for SO much MORE than the baby theme! 

In addition to the "Share the Love" stamp set, you may have noticed my splotches of ink. J

I used the "ink blot" stamp set.  I must encourage you to add this stamp set to your collection!! J It's one of those go-to stamp sets that is something you can always pull out to use and it never goes out of style. 

Here's a close up shot....

I used a lot of our 3D foam tape to create dimension, and my handy exacto knife helped me to "fussy cut" the telephone out to mount on top of the Artiste Cricut cut heart. I used two of the flamingo dots as a finishing touch.

Ink colors used: Whisper, Juniper & Pixie

Before you go - PLEASE NOTE:

Not only will you get this loveable stamp set by taking part in this promotion, but Close To My Heart will DONATE $7 of the proceeds from this stamp set to Operation Smile, an AMAZING organization that provides surgeries to repair cleft lips and palates for CHILDREN all over the world!!!

Is that AMAZING or what??? J 

There are 3 OTHER ways YOU can also help donate to Operation Smile kids!  Take a moment to CLICK HERE to learn how a "little donation" can go a LONG way !! 


I hope you enjoyed this card design J...and now it's time to    "Hop" on over to Michelle's  Blogto see what she has created!

Be sure to visit ALL the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting ideas and other fun ideas!   We LOVE to hear any feedback you’d like to share as well, so feel free to take a moment & leave a comment. J

Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here if you need a consultant J) 
so that you can get in on the FUN and get your OWN copy of this ADORABLE, exclusive stamp set this month!! 

Blessings to you for a WONDERFUL day!!!

Krista J

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Open House - SPRING 2016 Re-cap

to EACH OF YOU that were apart of my Spring Open House!!! J

It's so much fun to be able to share all that Close To My Heart has created this 2016 Spring season  for you and me!!!

Come on in as I’ll share with you a little bit about what Open House time is like with Krista. 

You will see NEW PRODUCT, Artwork & the WINNERS of my door prize drawings! J

Here we go – as you walk into the front door of our home, you will first see my display of Cash & Carry items!!


This is a highlight for many of you, as you enjoy looking for those retired items that you wanted just “one more” item of. 

This time at Spring Open House, I also had a special sale on my used stamp sets!  What a pleasant surprise for so many of you. 


Take a peek at these NEW goodies….J

3 NEW Paper packs in our newest Seasonal Expression #1!! 

 Charlotte, Penelope & Regatta collections.  This includes the NEW paper pack designs, complements (stickers, etc) and the coordinating embellishments too!! 

January & February Stamp of the Month & the National Papercrafting Month Special.  

It was a JOY to be able to show you the artwork for my next 3 months of workshop classes!!!

If you have been following my email updates or facebook, you may remember that I was so honored to win a challenge event from this past CTMH Convention.  

All of the ladies who reached this challenge name was put into a drawing, and I was the winner!!!  I WON all 3 of the Workshop Your Way kits, completly crafted, & put together!!!  WOW!!!!  So....I had an entire table to display these beautiful goodies! 

I was also VERY EXCITED to have in hand – a Consultant Kit that you could check it out in person & see what is all included in this AMAZING kit!! 

I had these beautiful packets ready for anyone to take along, so that they could learn MORE about what it means to be apart of my CTMH family. 

If you'd like to learn more, please  CLICK HERE and you can see the many benefits & fun incentives YOU could earn as a CTMH consultant.  J

I also had an area to learn more about the AMAZING benefits of having a Close To My Heart gathering!!  While having a home gathering is more fun....any party that reaches the sales of $150 or more, qualifies as a party!!!   

CLICK HERE to learn more about the FABULOUS products you can EARN as a Close To My Heart hostess! J

Most of you look forward to creating a Make n Take card at my Open House too!!  Of course, I do my best to use ALL new products. 

We used the NEW paper pack Charlotte, and we showcased our ShinHan Alcohol markers.  While these markers aren't new, I haven't had many times where I showcased these....so by using our NEW stamp set "Take Heart", we were able to create this simple, yet beautiful card. 

I had pre-embossed the Whisper gray cardstock with one of our BEAUTIFUL 5x7 Embossing folders.  (LOVE how unique our embossing folders are!J

For our embellishments we used the NEW gold & black ribbon and a few of our grey enamel dots. 

and of course…DOOR PRIZES!!J

to each of YOU who were the winners at this Open House!!
 Wahoo!!! J

Take a PEEK to see if YOU were one of the DOOR PRIZE Winners!!  J

Door Prize #1 – A-size Butterfly stamp set & a pack of Neutral Twine~ Helen German

Door Prize #2- Collection of some sheets of the NEW Regatta paper, cardstock, ribbon & buttons~ Knicki Knickerbocker

Door Prize #3- "So Many Smiles" stamp set ~Carol Churns

Door Prize #4-Photo "Scroll Kit" ~Terry Marxen

Door Prize #5- Chipboard "bookmark" album ~Cora Ford

Door Prize #6- Blossom paper pack ~Thelma Nolt

Congratulations to EACH one of you!!!

We also had 2 more SPECIAL door prizes & those winners are…

RSVP Drawing 
~even if you weren't able to attend this event, you could STILL join in on this door prize winning!!  By contacting me & say "yes" or "no" you were coming, your name was entered in this drawing.  My dear friend that won - was actually on the beach in Florida & couldn't attend my Open House! Congrats!!

 Ethel Esworthy

Attending my Actual Open House Drawing ~ Mary Lou Nolt

Wahoo ladies!!!  
So excited for EACH of you!!

*** I will include your door prize items with the order that you placed.
Please get in touch with me to let me know when you will be able to get your order.

Even though everyone wasn't able to win a door prize..... EVERYONE was a winner at my Open House , whether you were here in person...or placed an order online!  When you placed a $30, $50 or $80 order, you received THE following items for FREE!!!  

When you purchased $30 you received ....

When you purchased $50 you received your choice.... 

and when purchasing $80  you received ....

I hope you were just as Excited about the FUN extras that my Open House brought to you as I was....it's a joy to be able to bless you in this way! J

***If you would like to stay up to date with what is takingplace with CTMH & me by receiving updates
CLICK HERE to sign up to join my email mailing list!****

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Feel free to check out my BLOG (
click here) for samples of NEW ARTWORK and creations (and some updates too!) 

If you still haven’t had a chance to look through this BEAUTIFUL  NEW Idea Book...feel free to click on the book below to go check it out!

This book is NOW available in a PDF file download!!  Save this Idea Book to your phone or laptop to have it available at a moment’s notice!!

Make sure to check out the details on this months February Specials by CLICKING HERE!!   J

Blessings to EACH of you for a WONDERFUL day & thanks again for each of you that joined in this celebration! 

Krista J