Wednesday, April 8, 2015

One of my new favorites!!

 My recent favorite stamp setI've had my eye on this stamp set for some time now and was very excited that Jeanette Lynton showcased it on her blog! I wanted to share the beauty and versatility of it with you!! This little beauty is one of the new stamps available in the Season Expressions 2 Catalogs. Combine this with the deal of the day and you're on your way to stunning projects and darling cards!

Check it out on my website where you can see all the new stamps, papers and accessories available in the New Seasonal Expressons 2 catalog! 

Thursday, April 2, 2015

What a Deal!!

 Deal of the Day

Love a great deal? How about 30 days of great deals? During the month of April, you have the opportunity to score a deal every day with Close To My Heart! What deals are we talking about? Each day during April, while supplies last, we’ll feature a random grab bag filled with current and retired Close To My Heart products available for purchase at a major discount. To grab your bag, simply place any current, full-priced item in your online shopping cart on my website and you will be eligible to purchase as many grab bags as you wish (while supplies last)! Grab bags will be featured at five different price points throughout the month, ranging from $35 USD / $55 CAD to $150 USD / $160 CAD. Some grab bags will contain product with more than DOUBLE the retail value of the price you pay! Grab bags will be available for 24 hours starting at 3 pm MDT each day and only while supplies last—so visit often and early! Remember that grab bag tiers will be featured on a random schedule throughout the month, so seize the opportunity to purchase from the grab bag tier you’re interested in when it becomes available because it might not come around again!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Thinking about joining Close To My Heart? March is the month to do it! During the month of March, new Consultants who enroll will receive a FREE shoulder tote (a retail value of over $26 USD / $29 CAD) in their New Consultant Kit. Our New Consultant Kit is just $99 USD / $109 CAD and includes nearly triple the retail value in products and supplies. Including your FREE shoulder tote, that is a savings of over $290 USD / $320 CAD! Additionally, new Consultants who remit $300 worth of commissionable sales in their first 40 days after their New Consultant Kit ships will receive the rolling tote (a retail value of $149.95 USD / $164.95 CAD) as a FREE bonus (not including shipping/handling)! These organization pieces are designed to help you get your business rolling, but they are only available while supplies last, so hurry on over and join today!

Head on over to my website to join!!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014


I've been a Close To My Heart consultant for over 7 years. You can imagine the collection of papers, stamps and accessories I have in my possession. I try to be logical when CTMH releases new products and just purchase what I need, rather than what I want. But that 'so called logic' fades fast. Which explains why I'm still trying to take off that extra weight I've put on.... Logic Shmogic ! ! !

I can't bring myself to ignore the pretty papers that once stole my heart. So now and again I challenge myself to blindly pick a pack and have some fun. You should try this sometime, although it's a challenge, it's releasing to just play, without a plan for how I'll use it in my business.

This pack is called Silhouette it was released in the Spring of 2008 and I have a lot of it in my stash. I must have had a plan for this right?
Everything on this card is CTMH with the exception of the small flower. 

So, my challenge to you is pick a pack and have some fun!!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

October Close To My Heart Special!

During the month of October, with each qualifying purchase of $50 USD / $55 CAD you are eligible to receive—as a special bonus—one of two chevron ribbons FREE! Each chevron ribbon—Ruby or Outdoor Denim—has an original retail value of $6.95 USD / $7.75 CAD. So which ribbon will you get? It’s a surprise! Quantities are limited, so place your orders as early in the month as possible. Be sure to take advantage of this fantastic offer so you can enjoy embellishing your creations with your own surprise roll of bonus ribbon!
Dates: Offer valid October 1, 2014–October 31, 2014.

Sunday, July 20, 2014


Our creative team challenge for July from Brenda Rose is to make a card with CTMH Indian Corn Blue, Honey, Cranberry and White Daisy.

This was my first card:
 But, when I re-read the challenge instructions it said no other colors, even the embellishments. So, the arrows are copper and the marker on the arrows is black, so a no-go for the challenge, but still worthy of a post!

This is my official card:

I inked up "Great Job" stamp set (available in August 2014) with White Daisy pigment ink and embossed it with clear embossing powder. Once I heat embossed, I sponged Honey ink over the top of that! It looks like suede up close.
Kinda fun!
Hope you have a great week, I hope to post again very soon!
Pat the Rat..

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Happy Post 4th of July!

Here is a small sample of what you can make with the July stamp of the month. As you can see, alphabets are so versatile.
Check out the goods on my website!

Thanks for stopping by!
Pat the Rat

Monday, December 31, 2012

Cut It Up Challenge

Woo Hoo! They liked my card!
Thanks to the team over at Cut It Up for picking my card for a top cut! It was fun to participate in the challenge, now on to the next one!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Perfect Hamburgers

I stopped in at my parent's house the other afternoon and my Step dad was preparing burgers to cook and freeze. With just the two of them, they don't need a ton of food for each meal so they freeze some up for another day.

I was thrilled to see how its all done!

Once you make your burger mixture pat it into a canning jar lid like this:
Once packed, remove the ring and pop the lid off. Using a knife to separate the beef from the lid is handy.

Now you have perfect sized burgers! 
Freeze in the amounts you need for your family. I wish I had done this years ago!
Makes grilling a breeze, with all the same size, none of them are over or under cooked!

Maybe this is something you've done all along, but it was new to me and I thought worthy of sharing.

Happy burgers to you!

Sunday, December 16, 2012

White Elegance

I love white on white cards, they make a statement all on their own. Cut It Up is challenging readers to make a white on white card with one other color so I decided to participate.

Here is my card:

I used Close To My Heart products. My favorite being the color ready ribbon. I sprayed it with Blush ink and distressed the edges of the 3D flower with it too.

I cut out the background and the flower with my Silhouette Cameo.