Sunday, December 29, 2013

January Events

Happy New Year!  Here are the scheduled events in January:

6th 9-11 am Free Crop @ Harrisonville Library
6th @ 5 pm Card-Making @ Garden City Library (3 cards for $5)
9th @ 6 pm 4H Card-Making
17th 6-11 pm Free Crop Night & Cloud 9 Card-Making @ My Craft Room
20th 9-11 am Free Crop @ Harrisonville Library
20th @ 6 pm 4H Scrapbooking

Would you like to host a private event for your friends? Email me for more info!

Mark your calendar for the Spring/Summer Open House on February 1st!  More details coming soon!

Sunday, December 1, 2013

December Events

Frosted Cardmaking Kit $20 for 15 cards
Merry Christmas!  I hope that you have a wonderful holiday season with your loved ones!  Here are the events I will be hosting this month:

  • December 2nd 9-11:30 am Free Crop at Harrisonville Library (bring your projects to work on)
  • December 4th 4:30 pm Teen Cookie Box Project at Garden City Library
  • December 13th 6-11 pm Free Crop Night in my craft room (bring your own project or purchase the Frosted Cardmaking Kit)
  • December 16th 9-11:30 am Free Crop at Harrisonville Library (bring your projects to work on or purchase the Frosted Cardmaking Kit)
  • December 18th 5:00 pm Christmas Gift Tags Project at Garden City Library
I want to let you know a couple of things waaaay ahead of time (because times flies)...

The new idea book will be available February 1st.  During the month of January, I will be giving every hostess a free gift from the new Idea Book before anyone even gets to see the book!  This includes any ladies who want to host a book party or online party.  At the moment, I have January 18th, 19th, 24th and 25th available for parties.


Also, I will be hosting an Open House on February 1st with projects, giveaways and demos from the new Idea Book.

Lastly, there is a wonderful promo going on right now at Close To My Heart!  Anyone who joins my team through December 15th and submits qualifying sales gets a free Picture My Life scrapbooking kit.  More details on this are available at

Do you know anyone in Cass County 4H?  I lead card-making and scrapbooking projects and we still have a couple of spaces available.  Are you looking for something for your group to do?  I'd be happy to lead a card-making, scrapbooking or paper-crafting workshop for you!

Friday, November 22, 2013

Cricut Bundles for $100

Wal*Mart is offering the Cricut Expression for only $129! The best part is you also receive a $100 content card for the Cricut Craft Room! This is an amazing deal for anyone who loves a crafter.  But what if she already has a Cricut or you just want to completely wow her with a second gift?  I have a deal for you!  Buy any of the three exclusive Close To My Heart Cricut bundles for $100 (including tax & shipping) and get a bonus free stamp set!  With this deal, you get:
  • Cricut cartridge, book, & overlay
  • 3 coordinating stamp sets
  • 3 coordinating sheets of chipboard
  • and a bonus FREE stamp set

This is a bundle valued over $150 for only $100!  You can only get this deal by ordering below by November 30th.

Choose Your Bundle

Friday, November 1, 2013

November Events

November is a busy month in my craft room!

November 4th 9-11:30 am Free Crop at Harrisonville Library
November 15th 6-11 pm Free Crop in my craft room
November 18th 9-11:30 am Free Crop at Harrisonville Library
November 19th 6:30 pm Christmas Card Workshop (3 cards for $5) at Harrisonville Library
November 22nd 11 am-11 pm Holiday Crop & Party (projects, prizes and food)
November 23rd 10 am-3 pm Christmas Card Workshop (20 cards for $25) at Garden City Library

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

5th Annual Christmas Card Workshop

It's time for the 5th annual Christmas Card Workshop!  The 2013 cards will feature the fabulous Sparkle & Shine papers and coordinating embellishments from Close To My Heart.  I provide everything you need to make your cards, but you are welcome to bring inks, blocks and any extras that you may want to use.  This is my most popular event of the year and sells out quickly, so reserve your space now.  You can click on the link below and pay via Paypal, or I can take checks or cash to hold your space.  There are a few options, so be sure to choose the workshop that you'd like to attend.  If you'd like to avoid the crowd and book a private party for you and your friends, I have a few dates left on my calendar.  Just call or text me at (816)226-8406.

This year you have five choices for the workshop:

  • November 23rd @ Garden City Library (10 am - 2 pm)    We will complete 20 cards for $25 (five each of four designs).  You can work on your own or follow along with the group.
  • November 22nd @ My Craft Room (any time between 10 am and 11 pm)  You will complete 20 cards for $25 (five each of four designs).  You can work on your own and I will be available to help you.
  • November 19th @ Harrisonville Library (6:30 - 7:30 pm)  We will complete 3 cards for $5 (one each of three designs).  You can work on your own or follow along with the group.
  • On Your Own Kit - You will get a complete kit to make 20 cards for $25 (five each of four designs), including photos and instructions to create your cards.
  • Private Party - You invite your friends and I will bring kits to create either 3 or 20 cards.  Your party can be at your home or in my craft room.  Please call or text me at (816)226-8406 for this option.


Friday, October 4, 2013

October's My Cricut Craft Room's Blog Hop

October's My Cricut Craft Room's Blog Hop 

Welcome!  If you are here from then you are in the right place!  If you'd like to start at the beginning, head to

Welcome to My Cricut Craft Room's October's Blog Hop 
Collectively the design team and guest designers have made some amazing and special projects to share with you... over 60 projects are on this hop, but it is in less than 20 stops. .  

My first project is a simple photo holder.   The frame was made using the Artiste cartridge and the embellishments were cut using the Art Philosophy cartridge.  I attached a magnet on the back for hanging.

My second project is a baby album.  Everything in the album was cut using one key on the Artbooking cartridge.  The papers and coordinating Stickease are from the Babycakes collection by Close To My Heart.


All of these cartridges and supplies are available at  A portion of every sale at my site this weekend will be donated to Operation Write Home, a non-profit organization that sends handmade cards to troops overseas. 

Thank you for passing through! 
Your next stop is 
Have a lovely day!

If you get lost along the way here is the entire line up

1. Start

2.  Vivi J

3.  Cindy M

4. Shawn Mosch -

5. Liliana Umpierre -

6. Leslie Wrege McGrath -

7. Roberta Swisher -

8.  April Nourse

9. Brenda Knapik -

10. Lourdes - 

11. Vicki Glenn -      

12. Erica

13. Connie Walsh -

14. Tracey

15. Oh Kissa

16. Sandy-

17. Kris Dietz -- http://

18. Mayra-

19. Cheryl

20. Crafting Blog Events

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

October Events

5th 10 am - 1 pm Operation Write Home: Christmas Edition - Our heroes overseas need Christmas cards to send to their loved ones at home! Please join us for an hour or two to make cards for them. Even if you don't want to make cards, you can stuff envelopes, stop by to sign our Christmas card to them or make a donation to cover postage. There will be door prizes and refreshments to get your creativity flowing! Please invite your friends!

7th 9 - 11:30 am Crop & Chat @ Harrisonville Library  - Bring your crafty projects to work.  I will bring my idea books and supplies to help you create lovely works of art.  If there's something specific you'd like, please let me know by commenting below.

7th 5:30 pm Card-Making @ Garden City Library - We will create 2  Halloween cards and 1 goody box for $5.  They're a perfect treat for anyone!

16th 5 pm Teen Craft @ Garden City Library - We will create a treat box full of Halloween candy.

18th 6:30 - 11 pm Free Crop Night & Huntington Card Workshop @ My Craft Room -  Bring your crafty projects to work and a snack to share.  All of my supplies and tools are available for you to use, including my Cricut.  The Huntington Card Workshop is $20 for 15 cards (does not include a stamp set).  Friends are always welcome!

21st 9 - 11:30 am Crop & Chat @ Harrisonville Library  - Bring your crafty projects to work.  I will bring my idea books and supplies to help you create lovely works of art.  If there's something specific you'd like, please let me know by commenting below.

21st 5:30 pm Necklace-Making @ Garden City Library - Make a teal, purple, pink, red or black necklace using fabric and embellishments for $15.

28th  9 - 11:30 am Crop & Chat @ Creighton Methodist Church  - Bring your crafty projects to work.  I will bring my idea books and supplies to help you create lovely works of art.  If there's something specific you'd like, please let me know by commenting below.


Monday, September 2, 2013

September Events

These are the scheduled events in September:

 9th - Fall Cards at Garden City Library ($5 for 3 cards) 5:30 pm
16th - Crop & Chat at Harrisonville Library (FREE) 9-11:30 am
20th - Ladies Crop Night (FREE) & Laughing Lola Workshop on the Go ($30) 6-11 pm
23rd - Crop & Chat at Creighton Methodist Church (FREE) 8:30-11:30 am
28th - Teen Takeover ($2) 7-9 pm

Each person who hosts a gathering or workshop in September with at least 4 attendees will receive a stamp set from me in addition to any earned hostess rewards!  My dates are limited, so call me today at (816) 226-8406 to lock in your date!

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Back to School Facebook Party

Tonight we're talking about celebrating memories at  Close To My Heart's My Crush books and Workshops on the Go offer something for everyone celebrating your memories.  We also offer Studio J, a digital scrapbooking system. This month, you can get a FREE stamp set ($17.95 value) with any $50 purchase at  Be sure to order through the Mystery Hostess link near the bottom for your chance to win the rewards for the month of August.  Last, but definitely not least, tell me which is your favorite My Crush Assortment for your chance to win it!


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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

August Events & Specials

Free Ladies Crop Night - Bring your projects and a snack to share.  You'll have full access to all of my tools & supplies (including my Cricut & the latest cartridges). August 16th 6-11 pm @ My Craft Room

Back 2 School Crop - Bring your projects and a snack to share.  You'll have full access to all of my tools & supplies (including my Cricut & the latest cartridges). August 19th 8:30-11:30 am @ My Craft Room

Card Workshop - Make 3 cards for $5 August 19th 5:30 pm @ Garden City Library

Teen Takeover - Mini Memo Books & Matching Pen August 23rd 7-9 pm @ My Craft Room $2 (or bring a friend and each of you pay $1)

Make & Take - Make 3 cards for $5 August 24th 10:00 am @ My Craft Room

Make & Take - Make 3 cards for $5 August 26th 5:30 pm @ My Craft Room

Please RSVP for any of these events by clicking on the events tab at

Friday, August 2, 2013

Friday with Friends - Lynda Jeffs

With the new Close To My Heart Idea Book coming out yesterday, I'm adding a new feature to the Curls & Grins blog - Friday with Friends.  Each Friday will feature a member or friend of the Curls & Grins Design Team.  We're kicking it off with Lynda Jeffs who happens to be celebrating a birthday today!  Please take a moment to stop by her blog (linked at the bottom) and tell her happy birthday!

Well, hello to all the Curls and Grins peeps, I am excited to bring you my very first project today! A little about me first - and then on to my fun projects! My name is Lynda Jeffs, born and raised in the Salt Lake City, Utah area 49 years ago today - but have lived in 4 different states in 5 years now! I am a mom of 3, step mom to 5 - and step grandma to 7 almost 8 awesome kids! I have stamped for 22 years now, and scrapbooked for about 14 years! I also love to alter - A LOT!!! So, now that you know a bit about me - lets get started on today's project!

One thing I like is two sided cardstock - THIS paper is absolutely everything I could ask for and more! With this first card above - I used two different patterned papers, for the background's - added the saying, matted twice - and the same color of balloons for the top of the card! Love how this one turned out! Supplies used: CTMH patterned paper, paper trimmer, rub ons (for the saying) - can use stamps instead..., die cut balloons (which can be from any die cut machine you have), and basic adhesive.
With this next card - again I used different CTMH patterned papers which makes it very easy to coordinate your cards, scrapbook layouts and other projects you might be doing! I love the two sided papers - being able to make a card look totally different just because of the papers you select - or the side you happen to use! This card was matted three times to create visual interest - with the second and third layers being used for the die cuts on the page. Should you run out of paper, especially a specific color or brand - and you are matting them, you can always use the paper underneath for die cut shapes!
Supplies used: CTMH patterned paper, die cut shapes, trimmer, adhesive, and saying stamp or rub ons.
The examples here are very easy for you to start out with, using different techniques as you are learning more! Plus I happened to have moved recently - most of my stuff is sitting in storage - so I apologize for the lack of stamping techniques shown here! I like to show people who scrapbook how easy it is to create cards - with what you have available to you! I challenge you to try to do the same - use only 5 supplies on your card or layouts - what would you use? I would love to see your creations this week - what packs of paper did you use - what stamps did you use - or what die cut cartridge did you use? Have fun - and make sure you show me what you have created!
Lynda Jeffs

Monday, July 29, 2013

They're Retiring Soon!

Many items are retiring this Wednesday from the Close To My Heart product family!  Get them before they're gone at

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Announcing the Curls & Grins Design Team

Congratulations to the first members of the Curls & Grins Design Team!  Please welcome

Lynda Jeffs
Kathy Foster
Rose Wade
Annie Nourse
We look forward to seeing great things from all of you!

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Pre-Order the New Cricut® Artbooking Collection Today!

Order your Cricut® Artbooking Collection here for only $99 through July 31, 2013 and pay no shipping!  The August Stamp of the Month is also included free!  Orders will ship directly from Close To My Heart beginning August 1, 2013.

The new Cricut® Artbooking collection will take your scrapbooking to levels you never imagined with over 700 images including15 layout themes, accents, borders, titles, overlays, photo mats and more! Using just two keys and one dial size, you will be able to create several coordinating pages for each theme. Creating 12″ x 12″ pages will be fast and simple! This cartridge  is perfect for birthdays, new baby, vacations, friends, sports, Halloween, Christmas, and more. Send your projects over the top with 3 coordinating stamp sets and chipboard elements!


Priced at just $99, the Cricut Artbooking Collection has a retail value of nearly $125 and includes:
  • CTMH Exclusive Artbooking Cartridge (Over 700 images - Fonts, Mini Books, & Layouts)
  • 3-My Acrylix stamp sets
  • 3-Coordinating chipboard Dimensional Elements sheets
As a bonus, you will receive:
  • FREE August Stamp of the Month, “A Chocolate Affair” — A $17.95 value! (pictured at left)
  • FREE shipping on your entire order!
This offer is available only through April Nourse. Orders will begin shipping August 1, 2013.

What if you have to be the first on your block to get your own Cricut® Artbooking Collection?  Sign up for the no-obligation consultant kit and you can order the Cricut® Artbooking Collection at a discounted price today! Click here to get started!

Design Team Call!

How would you like to receive FREE Close To My Heart product?  Here's your chance!  I will be choosing several ladies to be part of my design team for the Autumn/Winter season.

Here's the low down:
  • Your commitment is from August 1, 2013 to January 31, 2014.
  • You agree to promote,, and via Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, your blog and any other social media platform you access.  You may not be a Close To My Heart consultant at the time of committing to the Design Team.  If you choose to become a consultant during your time on the design team, you agree to sign up as my direct downline.  During your time on the Design Team, you will not promote any other Close To My Heart Consultant. 
  • You agree to belong to a Design Team group on Facebook.
  • You agree to provide a photo and write up for one project of your choice per month using Close To My Heart materials to post at and your blog (if applicable). 
  • If you have a blog, I agree to link your post to your blog. 
If you are chosen for the Design Team and agree to the above terms, you will receive a selection of papers from the Autumn/Winter Idea Book to use for your projects.  You will also receive a 10% discount on all orders during your time on the Design Team.  If all six of your projects are submitted in a timely manner, you will also receive free product at the end of your term.

Here's how to apply:

Email me at curlsngrins {at} yahoo {dot} com using subject line Design Team Autum/Winter 2013.  Please include links to any sites that include samples of your work such as your blog, Facebook page, Pinterest, etc.  Please include your name and a few sentences about yourself.  This Design Team call is open to anyone with a United States address.  Applications are due July 6th.  Design Team members will be contacted by July 8th.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Be the First to Get the New Autumn Products!

How would you like to be one of the first people with a collection of papers, stamps, embellishments and supplies from the Autumn/Winter Idea Book?  The book doesn't come out until August 1st, but during the month of July, you can purchase this collection at the discounted price of $49!  If that's not enough, once you purchase this kit, you have the opportunity to purchase anything else from the new book (including Artbooking - the newest Cricut Cartridge) at a 20% discount!  What are you waiting for!  Get it now at!

*By purchasing this kit, you are signing up to become a Close To My Heart Consultant.  There is no obligation to purchase anything more at any time.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Get Your Art on with the July Constant Campaign

Who doesn't love a girls' night out?!  July's Constant Campaign is perfect for a night of fun with your favorite friends!  For only $19.95, you get everything you need (including a teacher to walk you through step-by-step) to create this lovely piece of art to hang on your wall or give as a gift.  All you have to provide are the friends and I will bring the rest!  You can even bring your friends to my craft room if you don't want to clean off your kitchen table!

I have the following dates available:

July 17th evening
July 18th evening
July 19th morning or afternoon
July 20th morning or evening
July 21st evening
July 28th evening
July 29th evening
July 30th evening
July 31st morning, afternoon or evening

Also, anyone who books a party with at least 4 guests will receive a free gift! 

To reserve your session, either comment on this blog post with the date and time you'd like or comment on the canvas picture at

Thursday, May 9, 2013

May/June Events

May 17th 6-11 pm - Later Sk8r Workshop & Free Crop Night
June 5th 4 pm - Cupcake & a Craft (Teen Event)
June 7th 6 pm - Dream Pop Crop (Dream Pop paper pack is $10 with a $35 purchase in May)
June 12th 5 pm - Father's Day card trio
June 17th 5 pm - Studio J Demo
June 19th 4 pm - Cupcake & a Craft (Teen Event)
June 21st 6-11 pm - Surf's Up Workshop & Free Crop Night

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

I Got the Box! Create & Take

During the month of April, everyone who purchases the "try-me" box for $49 gets 4 free stamp sets! That's $230 of product for $49! In addition, I'm inviting all of my customers who purchase the "try-me" box to join me for a create & take using some of those fabulous new products! Orders must be placed by April 30th to receive your box in time.

To order your box, go to and order online.  This is a new consultant kit, however there is no obligation to ever buy another thing or to ever sell Close To My Heart products.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

The Best Deal Around

TODAY IS YOUR BEST DAY!! can get all of this for just $49...3 stamp sets, a paper pack, ink pads, embellishments, 2 how-to books, a project guide, and more! PLUS you will get FOUR adorable upcoming stamps of the month for FREE. That's an additional $70 value added to your kit. It is the paper crafter's dream come true. Think Mother's Day or graduation gift! Please feel free to contact me NOW with any questions you may have. I'd LOVE to hear from you, whether you just want a good deal or you're looking to start your own business! Order your kit today at

As a bonus, I will be hosting an invitation-only crop night for anyone who orders this kit.

Friday, March 29, 2013

April Stamp of the Month

Here are three cards using the April Stamp of the Month:
Materials: For Always papers, Cotton Candy, Hollyhock, White Daisy & Whisper cardstock, Black & Hollyhock ink, Silver & Black embossing powder, ribbon, Liquid Applique and gems.  Shapes were cut using the Cricut Artiste cartridge.  "Cheer Up" is from the 4 My Friend stamp set.  Clouds are from a retired stamp set.
We will be making these cards at the April 8th class at Garden City Library for $5.  If you can't make it, kits are available for purchase by sending $6 to ajandapril{at}aol{dot}com via paypal.  Please put "April Stamp of the Month Cards" in the notes.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Card/Layout/Project Challenge

Show off your creativity!  Winner gets bragging rights AND Close To My Heart credit!
  • One design in each category will be posted by the 1st of each month at
  • Each challenge will be based on a theme, design or component.  Be sure to create accordingly!
  • Only Close To My Heart products may be used unless specified otherwise for that challenge.
  • Unless specified in the challenge, additional embellishments, techniques and flair are encouraged.
  • Submissions are due by the 15th of each month and will be posted at You may bring your submissions to me and I will photograph and post them on Facebook or you may photograph and post them.
  • Each person may submit two projects in each category.
  • Winner will receive a $5 gift certificate redeemable on a Close To My Heart order with April Nourse.
  • Winners cannot win two consecutive months in the same category, nor can one person win in more than one category in the same month.
  • One winner from each category will be chosen by the 20th of each month and posted at and decisions are final.

February Layout Challenge

Here is the layout challenge for February.  You can get all of the details here.

Below is a layout that I started using this design.  At the end of the month I will post my completed layout.

Don't forget to embellish and make it your own!

February Card Challenge

The February Card Challenge features a design found in the Make It From Your Heart book from Close To My Heart. Your card needs to use the sketch to the right:

Below are three different cards I created using this sketch and the Later Sk8r papers. On Monday, February 11th, we will be creating these three cards at Garden City Library for $5. If you'd like to participate, please RSVP here. You can check out all of the challenge rules here.

Happy crafting!

February Project Challenge

This month's project challenge is to create a recipe box or book.  Let your imagination soar!  Post your completed project in the February 2013 project album at by February 15th!  For rules, click here.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

February Events

February 4th Valentine's Project
February 15th Free Monthly Crop Night
February 15th Challenge Cards, Layouts and Projects Due

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

January News & Events

La Belle Vie Workshop on the Go
January is packed full of exciting news and events! 

January 7th Card-Making at Garden City Library
January 16th Scrapbooking at Garden CIty Library
January 18th Free Crop Night & Dakota/La Belle Vie Workshop on the Go
January 26th Open House & Spring/Summer Product Preview - Get your free Idea Book and try out some of the new products!

Stamp of the Month Only $5 with a $50 purchase