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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

It's a magical time of year. A time for family and friends, a time of being grateful and for being reflective, and a time to create lifetime memories.

I want to wish each of you a very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!

Nancy K.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Studio J TM Layouts - Yahh!

Good evening!

I am so excited to share with you some fantastic, quick 12x12 layouts I have created using Close to My Heart's new Studio J TM online program! And it's FREE! Be sure to give it a try on my website at


Wednesday, November 24, 2010

It's Beginning to Feel a Lot Like Christmas!

I hope everyone is keeping warm! Brrr.... it sure has been cold in Alberta the last couple days - 38 degrees Celsius with wind chill. But we are hardy people - the kids still went to school and I went to work. 2 1/2 hour commute each way but it could be worse. Now the chinook wind has picked up and we are expecting a high of -3 degrees Celsius tomorrow!

Here is a Christmas card we made at Convention - don't you love it! It's gorgeous! All product is Close to My Heart product. Call me today to order the supplies to make your own beautiful, unique Christmas cards!


Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Fall Layouts from Fall Scrap 'n Stamp Retreat

Good evening!

We had a blast at the Fall 2010 Scrap 'n Stamp Retreat at the Blackstone Mountain Lodge in Canmore a couple weekends ago! Again, thank you to everyone who attended! I hope you will join me at the Winter 2011 Scrap 'n Stamp Retreat at the Best Western Pocaterra Inn from February 11 - 13, 2010. Email me for more details.

Here are the pics of the the layouts we made! As you can see on the last 2 pictures we used the new 12" Flip Flaps! They are so much fun and a great way to add additional photos and/or journaling to your pages. They are also great to make mini scrapbooks.

Fall Layout with New Flip Flaps!
Inside of Fall Layout with Flip Flaps

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween everyone!

It's a fantastic day in Cochrane for Trick or Treating! It's 11degrees C! Yahoo! Great for the kids to have lots of fun! Be safe!

Nancy K.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

It's beginning to look a lot like Fall!

It's beginning to look a lot like Fall here in Cochrane.

Here are some pictures of our house and our neighborhood. I love decorating our house for holidays - whether it be for Fall, Halloween, Christmas, Summer.

Have a fabulous day!
Nancy K.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Calgary Creative Stitches and Crafting Alive Show - Scrapbook Carnival!

Thank you to everyone who came by our Close to My Heart booth at the Calgary Creative Stitches and Crafting Alive Show! Also, thank you to my team members, Kathy, Deb and Rachel! It was a fantastic couple days!


Nancy K.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Inside of Olivia Fall Card

This is the inside of the Olivia Fall Card. (Sorry it's on it's side but you'll get the idea.)

Olivia Fall Clear Card

Hi everyone!

I had a great day and I hope you did too! This morning I meet with a fantastic group of ladies (Hi to those of you who are reading my blog! :) Thank you for reading!) and we made this card and it got great reviews. I hope you all like it too!

Nancy K.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Calgary Creative Stitches and Crafting Alive Show

All Paper Enthusiasts!  Come by our booth at the Calgary Creative Stitches and Crafting Alive Show on Friday or Saturday to see all the latest and greatest Close to My Heart scrapbooking, stamping, cardmaking and paper crafting products.You won't want to miss it! We will be doing Make and Takes too!

I hope to see you there!

Close to My Heart Advisory Board Retreat

It is beautiful here in Park City, Utah! I am here for the Advisory Board Retreat. I arrived on Tuesday and leave today. The trees are turning orange and red - we don't get that where I live, usually it snows first and the leaves get wet, they dry up and get crunchy and then the wind picks up and the leaves are gone - so this is a real treat! I promise to post some scenery pics when I get home.


Monday, September 6, 2010

Hooligans Workshop on the Go - Right Page

More Hooligans Workshops on the Go - Left Page

Hooligans Workshop on the Go Scrapbook Pages

Who loves Halloween! I do and I know you do too!

Close to My Heart has the perfect Workshops on the Go kit for you to scrapbook those pics OR you can use it for Monsters Inc. like I did with mine for our trip to Disneyland last year! If you love this kit, let me know! I'd love to hear from you!


Hooligans Workshop on the Go Kit

and more landscaping pics...

and more photos

More landscaping photos from the work we did this weekend

More pics of landscaping


Where have I been?

Well.... my family and I have been landscaping our hearts out the last few weeks to try and get as much of our yard complete as possible... in between rain that is. Here are some current pictures of our landscape project!


Nancy K.

The NEW Autumn/Winter 2010 Idea Book is here!

Happy Labor Day everyone!

I hope everyone had a fantastic day!

The NEW Autumn/Winter 2010 Idea Book is here and it is full of brand new products and ideas! Be one of the first to get your copy! Just contact me via email or phone and I'd be happy to send it to you. You'll love it! You can also go through the Idea Book on my website at

Be sure to book your own gathering where you can choose the project you, your family and friends create!


Monday, August 23, 2010

And more landscaping pics...

More landscaping pics


Good evening everyone!

It's been a while since I've blogged! Life has been extremely busy but good.

The last few weekends have been filled with weddings, my 20th year High School Reunion, birthdays and landscaping. We moved in our house just over 2 years ago and I really miss having a yard. We have been busy landscaping our yard using the fantastic plan that OnGrowing Works did for us! It's looking great - I love our trees! And now hopefully Mother Nature will cooperate and we can sod either this weekend or next weekend!

Nancy K.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

New Olivia Card from the Autumn/Winter 2010 Close to My Heart Idea Book!

Good morning!

I had great fun last night creating this beautiful card with the Olivia Workshops on the Go kit I received at Close to My Heart's Convention. This gorgeous kit will be available starting September 1st! Be sure to get yours - you will love it!


Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Last Convention Card!

Convention Cards...continued again...

Convention Cards...continued

Close to My Heart Convention 2010 Cards!

Hi again everyone!

Finally, we have my hard drive back! (Thank you to the computer techies who retrieved the info!) And I am happily posting tonight! :)

Here are 3 cards we made at Close to My Heart's Convention in Washington, DC a month ago.

Nancy K.

$2, $4, $6 for 8...It's YOU We Appreciate sale!

Good evening everyone!

The $2, $4, $6 for 8...It's YOU We Appreciate sale started today! Visit my website today to get the best selection!

My Stickease R Assortments only $2!
My Reflections R Level 1 Kits only $4!
My Reflections R Level 2 Paper Packets only $6!


Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Fall 2010 Scrap 'n Stamp Retreat

Hi everyone!

In response to many of your inquiries, I have been working with the Blackstone Mountain Lodge in Canmore for our next Scrap 'n Stamp Retreat. I have tentatively booked this beautiful lodge for our retreat from October 22 - 24, 2010. In order to make this happen, I need to fill 30 spots! This is an exclusive event since space is very limited and will fill quickly.

From their website: "Blackstone is an elegant mountain retreat highlighted by a decidedly urban feel. With contemporary design, upscale amenities and spacious, beautifully appointed guest suites, this Canmore accommodation offers an elevated mountain getaway. Blackstone resort welcomes guests with a grand entrance and lobby and a breathtaking central courtyard with a pool and hot tubs looking out onto the majestic Rocky Mountains. With inviting gathering spaces perfect for families and group getaways or your next meeting, event or reception."

Visit their website at for pictures of this gorgeous lodge!

The total cost for the weekend is $250 based on double occupancy. You will have a 2 bedroom condo. The total cost for the weekend is $350 based on single occupancy. You will have a 1 bedroom condo.

A light breakfast and lunch will be provided on Saturday and Sunday. The prices also includes a surprise scrapbooking project and your own beautiful scrapbooking space which has fantastic natural light. There is also a kitchen just off the meeting room that can be used. It includes a fridge and microwave. This is a great value!

Please contact me via email at if you are interested. Come and pamper yourself!


Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Fun! Close to My Heart Convention Product arrived today!

Yahoo! My Convention bundles arrived today! It's like Christmas around here!

All brand new product from the Autumn/Winter 2010 Idea Book! You are going to love all these products! If you want to be one of the first to get your hands on the Autumn/Winter 2010 Idea Book, please send me an email to and I will send it to you when it is realeased.

As soon as I have created some artwork and my hard drive is reinstalled into our computer, I will post some pics.


Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Close to My Heart Convention 2010

Good evening everyone!

I am finally getting caught up at home after being in Washington, DC for almost a week for Close to My Heart's Convention! It was an amazing time filled with great product reveals, information on new programs, laughing with friends and a bit of time to tour the area! I wish I'd had more time to explore this fantastic area!

So.....some new products coming to you starting September 1st include:
- a new How-To book called "Magic" - I am super excited about this!
- new My Reflections Kits: Magnifique, Olivia, Hooligans, and Mistletoe! These will also be available in the Workshops on the Go Kits for only $35.50! Be sure to get yours! You will love them!
- of course, fantastic new acrylic stamp sets! :)
- fantastic new My Legacy Faux Leather Albums at a great price
- vertical page protectors
- the Work in Progress Album is back!
- a new Festive Memories card kit
- Creative Basics Mistletoe Collection
- Sparkles in Blue & Green, Red, Pink & Purple
- Shimmer Designer Brads
- New bling for the Mistletoe and Hooligans kits
- Opaques! Love these!
- New colors: Pear, Sunset, Lagoon, Pacifica, Gypsy, Cotton Candy, Sky and Smoothie in the Summer Collection
- New mini-medleys in Sunset, Pear and Lagoon
- Flourishes Foundry Metal Accessories
- Ornaments Dimensional Elements
- Mix & Mingle Album
- Miracle Irresistibles
- and of course fantastic Stamp of the Month sets!

Also, it's even more REWARDING to be a Hostess - you receive free product when sales only reach $175! Yahoo!

And, our Consultant Kit which is available August 1st is only $149 and includes great product collections of your choice! Call or email me today to receive a flyer with all the details and photos!


Thursday, July 1, 2010

Happy Canada Day!

Happy Canada Day everyone!

I am so thankful to live in a country where we have freedom. Thank you to our troops for all you have done!

Have a spectacular day!

Sunday, June 27, 2010


Good evening everyone,

Tomorrow is my daughters' last day of school! Today I made each of them this Congratulations card and I will be putting a Chapters/Indigo gift card in there for them to congratulate them on passing on to the next grade.

I used Close to My Heart Cherry-O paper, the new Clear Cards, "C" Dimensional Element, Liquid Glass, and the super cute Irrestibles Pizzazz Dimensional Elements. Love it!

Have a fantastic summer evening!



Hello Friend

Good morning,

It's a beautiful sunny morning here in Cochrane! I hope you are enjoying the sunshine as much as me!

I want to Thank You for reading my blog and ask you to please share my blog and MyCTMH website with everyone you know. I really value and appreciate your support!

Here is a new card I created using the Cherry-O Creative Basics kit and Hot Diggity stamp set. Isn't it super cute? And it was super easy to make!

Also, don't forget there are only 4 more days of Jackpot June on my website so be sure to visit everyday to take advantage of the smokin' deals!

Have a fantastic Sunday!



Wednesday, June 23, 2010


Good evening,

I apologize for not blogging earlier. Life has been very busy for the last couple weeks.

For those of you following my blog, thank you for your thoughts and prayers for my dear uncle during the last several months.

Uncle Mark passed away on Thursday, June 10th at 10:30 pm. I was blessed to have been there. My Dad had called me at work that morning and by his broken voice I knew it was time. I was able to hold my uncle's strong hand and he let me know that he knew I was there by squeezing my hand. He is and will continue to be missed. He is now with our Heavenly Father and I am glad that he is no longer suffering.

I want to share with you the poem we put on Uncle Mark's memorial service folder at the funeral.

"Do not stand at my grave and weep,
I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on the snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn's rain.
When you waken in the morning's hush,
I am the gentle uplifting rush
of quiet birds in circled flight,
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there, I did not die."


Wednesday, June 9, 2010

"Gentle Closings" by Ted Menten

Good evening,

As I write this I am thinking about how to say goodbye to my uncle who is dying of cancer. It has been an emotional roller coaster over the last several months. He knows we love him dearly and we know he loves us dearly. It's still hard to let go. But we have to. As my dad said, "It's time to let go."

I am reading a book called, "Gentle Closings - How to Say Goodbye to Someone You Love". It has reassured me that I have already let my uncle know that I love him and that he will be remembered.

As the book says about spending time with your loved ones: "Memorize the moment."

All the best to you and your families,

Monday, May 31, 2010

June Jackpot Constant Campaign!

Hi again!

I am so excited to let you know that Close to My Heart's Jackpot June starts tomorrow at 9 am MDT!

Hit the jackpot and win free products or grab loaded goodie boxes at 50% off or more! Visit my website tomorrow to see what it is! And visit each day of June for more specials!

Happy shopping!


Those of you who know me well know that I like to read... a lot. All types of books and magazines and blogs.

I was perusing the Canadian Homemakers magazine (June 2010) and came across this:

"3 reasons to love your thighs by Janet Rowe
Carbs going straight to your hips? Great! Scientists in the U.K. say a big behind is so protective against heart troubles and diabetes that they envision doctors one day helping people deliberately redistribute fat from their waists to their derrieres. The type of fat that collects on the thighs and bum burns slowly (a fact dieters know well), but that also means it doesn't release inflmmatory chemicals the way stomach fat does. Instead, it produces appetite- and metabolism-regulating hormones."

hhuummmm... I will appreciate my derriere... well, at least for a few minutes...


Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Where does the time go?

My apologizes for not blogging regularily these days. It has been a sad, busy month. My uncle, who is a second dad to my sisters and I has cancer and I have been spending as much time as possible with him and my family in Medicine Hat. We are a very close family and one of our mottos is "no regrets". Our family has been reminiscing and sharing stories from the "good old days". We have shared many smiles and many tears. I encourage all of you to also live with no regrets and to journal those special phrases, words and stories so that you will never forget those who mean so much to you.


Friday, April 30, 2010

Cochrane Trade Show

Hi everyone!

I am super excited about tomorrow and Sunday's Cochrane Trade Show at the Cochrane Spray Lakes Arena! Come visit Lara & I - we'd love to see you! It is open tomorrow from 10 am - 5 pm and Sunday from 10 am - 4 pm! Come see the New Summer 2010 Idea Book, the Newest and Greatest products and Studio J!


Thursday, April 29, 2010

Studio J TM is here!

Good morning again!

Second post of the day - I'm on a roll! :)

Studio J TM launched this week! Yahoo! I am super excited for all of you to see it!

Visit my website at and choose "Studio J Online Scrapbooking". You are going to LOVE it! Play and play - it's FREE! You don't pay for software - it's all online. The only time you pay is when you order your pages. Try it today and let me know what you think!


It's a Snow Day!

Hi everyone!

It's a Snow Day here in Cochrane, Alberta! Leaving downtown Calgary yesterday it was raining and the wind was picking up. By the time I picked my girls up from the after school program it was getting nasty and a severe winter weather warning was issued. I told my husband that I thought the schools would be closed tomorrow. He said that they only close when the temperatures are too low (about -35 degrees Celsuis). Well, low and behold, they are closed today. Many of the roads in our area are closed. Many, many vehicles are in the ditches. And we are still under the severe winter weather warning. Here are some pics!

I'm off to tidy up my scrapbook supplies and get ready for the Cochrane Trade Show on May 1 - 2, 2010 at the Spray Lakes Sports Center. I hope you will come! Please let me know if you will be coming!