Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Florence Video and Card

Florence is the featured paper collection for August, and it's beautiful! I loved this paper the first time I saw it, and I've already bought two packets for myself :-)

The colors are so rich, and the patterns are gorgeous. There are plenty of small, subtle patterns to offset the larger patterns, and so many of these papers are versatile enough to be used for many different projects.

Check out this video to learn more about the collection and to see some projects made with it:

Here are some pictures of some of the products mentioned in the video:

Florence Complements:

Florence Sequins:

Rose Gold Foil Tape:

Here's a card I made using my scraps from the Florence Workshops Your Way kit, the Florence Complements, and the Florence sequins. I also used a sentiment from the new Cricut Flower Market collection.

Thanks for stopping by today! Be sure to purchase the Florence collection before it retires at the end of this month!

Bethany Rielage

Monday, August 22, 2016

August Stamp of the Month Cards

Today I want to share some cards with you that I made with the August Stamp of the Month set, Purr-fect Halloween.

The first card I made is a fun Halloween card!

I used the Enchantment Fundamentals papers, and then I stamped the images in Saffron, Sapphire, and Eggplant. I also added some Bitty Sparkles on the banner.

The next two cards I made are just fun cards that could be used throughout the year.

Again, I used the Enchantment Fundamentals papers and some Sea Glass cardstock. I stamped the cat and the sentiment using the Tuxedo Black Memento ink pad, and then I colored the cat with some Shinhan Markers (Marigold and Golden Yellow). I added some Clear Sparkles to finish it off!

Here's my last card:

I used the Enchantment Fundamentals papers, and I again colored in the cat with our Shinhan Markers (Warm Grey 4 and Warm Grey 7). I stamped the sentiment with Fern ink, and then I added some Fern Thick Twine and Enamel Green Triangles.

This stamp is only available until the end of August, and it's only $5 with any $50 purchase. Be sure to get yours before it's gone!

Bethany Rielage


Monday, August 1, 2016

August = New Goodies!

August is finally here, which means it's time for the new 2016-2017 Annual Inspirations Idea Book from Close To My Heart!

You can look through the idea book from cover to cover here, or contact me to get one of your very own. It's full of beautiful new papers, stamp sets, inks, and even a new Cricut cartridge! I'm looking forward to sharing many of these new products with you over the coming year.


A new month also means a new special from Close To My Heart! This month the brand-new Fundamentals papers are being featured.

During the month of August, when you order our Whimsy, Adventure, and Enchantment Fundamental papers, you can choose to get either the Rustic Home or Uptown Fundamentals for FREE! Both of these Basics packets feature foil designs and specialty materials, such as kraft and vellum. You can find out more and place your order at the link below:


I'm also excited to share with you the adorable new stamp of the month for August, Purr-fect Halloween!

This stamp set is perfect for any Halloween cards or scrapbooking layouts, but it's also great for a fun greeting or birthday card. I can't wait to get started playing with this set!


I hope you're excited about the 2016-2017 year with Close To My Heart; I know there are lots of great things in store! If you have any questions about anything or would like to know more about hosting a party or even becoming a consultant yourself, please let me know. I look forward to hearing from you!

Bethany Rielage


Monday, July 25, 2016

Being a Consultant with Close To My Heart

In May of this year, I marked my five-year anniversary as a consultant with Close To My Heart. I absolutely love this company, and I have had a great time over the past five years. I initially signed up mostly to get the discount for myself, but I have really enjoyed turning it into a successful business over the past year or so. I have met some great friends, learned so much, and been able to make beautiful cards and scrapbook layouts with CTMH's fabulous product lines. I now have a monthly hostess club running, and I have ladies who get together every month to preserve their memories and make cards to send to loved ones.

I also want to start building my team. In the past I haven't been very bold about sharing the CTMH opportunity because I didn't want to bother people, but I am realizing that I'm not bothering people if I'm sharing something with them that they may love! I want to get better at sharing this opportunity because it's so wonderful! Close To My Heart is a great company that really supports their consultants, and I think anyone who joins them as a consultant will really benefit from and love the experience.

If you love scrapbooking, cardmaking, or any other type of paper crafting, you should really consider signing up with Close To My Heart. As I've said before, they are very supportive and helpful to their consultants, and this company really tries to make a difference with their Operation Smile donations and support. They sell high-quality products, and we have the best acrylic stamps in the industry! They are always on-trend and are constantly requesting feedback from consultants and willing to change things to meet our needs. In addition to all that, we get lots of free product! And as a new consultant, you'll get a great starter kit to get you going!

The kit for new consultants is only $75, but you will receive over $200 in product! Plus, you will get an additional $50 in product credit to spend on new products of your choice!

But wait - it gets better! If you sign up in July, Close To My Heart is throwing in another $30+ in free product!

When you sign up in July, you will receive your choice of a new Fundamentals paper packet bundled with its coordinating complements for FREE! This is a great way to get your business started!

If you are interested in learning more or are wanting to sign up right away, click here or contact me. I would love to talk to you more about the opportunities you can have with Close To My Heart!

Bethany Rielage

Friday, July 15, 2016

July Scrapbooking Workshop - Magical

For my July scrapbooking workshop, we will be using the Workshops Your Way Magical Scrapbooking Kit.

This workshop kit retails for $26.95 and provides you with enough materials to create three 12x12 two-page layouts and one two-page pocket page layout. It also provides you with the paper and embellishments for 9 cards! With this kit you receive a full Magical Paper Packet, 1 pack of Magical Complements, one roll of White Twine, one pack of Magical Sequins, and four sheets of cardstock (3 White Daisy and 1 Sapphire).

Here are the layouts we'll be creating:

In order to participate in the workshop, you will simply need to purchase the Magical workshop ahead of time and bring any necessary tools and adhesive with you. If you would like me to purchase the kit for you, the cost is $35, which covers shipping and tax.

Date and Time:
This workshop is scheduled for Friday, July 29th, and I have two workshop times available that day. You can come from 1:00-3:00 in the afternoon or from 6:30-8:30 in the evening.

Sign-up Deadline:
The deadline for signing up for this workshop is Wednesday, July 27, but you will need to order your kit no later than July 20 in order for it to arrive in time. Space is limited so sign up soon. You can email, call, or text me to sign up.

Optional Additional Services:
$5 - I will provide any adhesive you need, including foam tape.
$5 - I will cut all of your paper ahead of time so you can just assemble and decorate the layouts the day of the workshop. If you would like this option, I need to have your kit by Tuesday, July 26.

This workshop will take place at my home; if you need my address or directions, please contact me.

I will also have information out in the next few days about the additional cards you can make with this kit!

Let me know if you have any questions, and I hope to see you later this month!

Bethany Rielage

Thursday, July 14, 2016

July Specials from Close To My Heart

Sorry for the absence from my blog - we moved and then I had a procedure on my eyes, which has left my vision blurry for about two weeks. Hopefully it'll clear up soon, but in the meantime, I'm determined to post something!

July is an exciting month for Close To My Heart. It's the last month for the current Annual Inspirations Idea Book, the July stamp of the month is great, and there's a fabulous special for new consultants!


Retiring Items!

Many stamp sets, paper packets, and accessories are all retiring at the end of July. You can check them all out at the link below. But don't wait too long! All these items are only available while supplies last!


July Stamp of the Month - From the Notebook

Each month you can purchase a new D-size stamp set, available for one month only, for just $5.00! When you place an order of $50 or more in Close To My Heart products, you qualify for this special Stamp of the Month pricing.

This month's stamp of the month is awesome for scrapbooking, but it could also be used on cards. Hopefully I'll be able to post a few ideas later this month!


Early Bird Sign-Up Special!

Join the Close To My Heart family of Consultants this month to get your choice of a FREE Fundamentals paper packet bundled together with its coordinating Complements. These brand new products won’t be released to the public until August, so joining today is your chance to get them first! When you sign up, you also get $50 in Select Product Credit to spend on more new products, including the newest stamps, paper packs, and cardstock colors!

If you have any questions about anything I've mentioned above, or if you would like to sign up as a consultant this month and get the great new free products, please contact me! You can email, call, or text me.

Bethany Rielage


Thursday, June 2, 2016

June Deals from Close To My Heart

I can't believe June is already here! There's lots of fun stuff happening this month, including Close To My Heart's annual convention! I'll be posting more information about that later, but for now I want to share with you the specials for June.

June Flash Sale!

During the month of June, Close To My Heart is offering great deals on bundles of discounted products every weekend! Check my website ( each Friday during June to find a new set of bundles. There will be lots to choose from, but you’ll need to snatch them up quickly, because they’re only available through the following Monday while supplies last! Bundles will be available at various discount levels and price points throughout the month, so check every weekend to see the new offerings. Remember, these discounts won’t last forever, and some will be gone in a flash, so act quickly to score the best deals!

Friday, June 3, 2016 at 3:00 pm (MDT) – Monday, June 6, 2016 at 3:00 pm (MDT)
Friday, June 10, 2016 at 3:00 pm (MDT) – Monday, June 13, 2016 at 3:00 pm (MDT)
Friday, June 17, 2016 at 3:00 pm (MDT) – Monday, June 20, 2016 at 3:00 pm (MDT)
Friday, June 24, 2016 at 3:00 pm (MDT) – Monday, June 27, 2016 at 3:00 pm (MDT)


June Stamp of the Month - The Long Way Home

Each month you can purchase a new D-size stamp set, available for one month only, for just $5.00! When you place an order of $50 or more in Close To My Heart products, you qualify for this special Stamp of the Month pricing.

This stamp set is perfect for scrapbooking all those fun summer vacations!


Retiring Items
The Annual Inspirations idea book is only good until the end of July, and many items will be retiring. All of the items on the retiring list are now only available while supplies, so be sure to get your favorites soon!
  • G1096 Workshops on the Go® Zoe Scrapbooking Kit
  • G1097 Workshops on the Go® Sangria Scrapbooking Kit
  • G1100 Workshops on the Go® La Vie En Rose Scrapbooking Kit
  • G1101 Workshops on the Go® Kaleidoscope Cardmaking Kit
  • G1102 Workshops on the Go® Georgie Scrapbooking Kit
  • G1103 Workshops on the Go® Urban Scrapbooking Kit
  • X7197B My Reflections™ Zoe Paper Packet
  • X7197C Zoe Complements
  • X7199B My Reflections™ Sangria Paper Packet
  • X7199C Sangria Complements
  • X7201B My Reflections™ La Vie En Rose Paper Packet
  • X7201C La Vie En Rose Complements
  • X7202B My Reflections™ Kaleidoscope Paper Packet
  • X7202C Kaleidoscope Complements
  • X7203B My Reflections™ Georgie Paper Packet
  • X7203C Georgie Complements
  • X7204B My Reflections™ Urban Paper Packet
  • X7204C Urban Complements
  • Z1475 3" x 3" White Daisy Envelopes
  • Z1476 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" White Daisy Envelopes
  • Z1477 5" x 7" White Daisy Envelopes
  • Z1478 6" x 6" White Daisy Envelopes
  • Z1725 Adhesive Springs
  • Z1750 Display Tray
  • Z1752 Sparkles Clear Assortment
  • Z1756 3" x 3" Colonial White Envelopes
  • Z1757 4.25 x 5.5 Colonial White Envelopes
  • Z1758 5" x 7" Colonial White Envelopes
  • Z1759 6" x 6" Colonial White Envelopes
  • Z1816 Durables Artisan Studs
  • Z1833 My Creations® Kraft Container
  • Z1838 5 x 7 Hinged Display Tray
  • Z1849 Bronze Shimmer Trim
  • Z1851 Scallop Border Punch
  • Z1853 Aqua Dots
  • Z1871 My Creations® Kraft 3-Ring Album
  • Z1903 Base & Bling Adhesive Dots
  • Z1904 Base & Bling Adhesive Strips
  • Z1918 Teal Shimmer Trim
  • Z1919 Purple Shimmer Trim
  • Z1922 Pink Glitter Paper
  • Z1924 Dot Embossing Folder
  • Z1925 Chevron Embossing Folder
  • Z1926 Quatrefoil Embossing Folder
  • Z1927 Damask Embossing Folder
  • Z1928 Durables Triangle Studs
  • Z1934 Flamingo Dots
  • Z1953 My Creations® Journaling Cards Box
  • Z1956 Hip Pics Album
  • Z1960 Stripe Embossing Folder
  • Z1980 My Legacy Cocoa Damask D-Ring Album
  • Z1981 My Legacy Slate Circles D-Ring Album
  • Z1982 My Legacy Cocoa Damask Post Bound Album
  • Z1983 My Legacy Slate Cirlces Post Bound Album
  • Z1986 Pink Shimmer Trim
  • Z1991 Teal Glitter Paper
  • Z1992 Purple Glitter Paper
  • Z1993 Arrow Embossing Folder
  • Z1994 Floral Embossing Folder
  • Z1995 Honeycomb Embossing Folder
  • Z1996 Woodgrain Embossing Folder
  • Z1997 Triangle Border Punch
  • Z1998 Chevron Border Punch
  • Z2006 Designed Décor Red Magnetic Chalkboard
  • Z2009 Red Enamel Hearts
  • Z2010 White Enamel Stars
  • Z2015 Designed Décor Black Shadow Box
  • Z2016 Designed Décor Colonial White Shadow Box
  • Z2023 Bling Gems Gold Assortment
  • Z2028 Designer Creations Short Stack Album
  • Z2036 Designer Creations Slate Paper Bags
  • Z2037 Designer Creations Lagoon Paper Bags
  • Z2038 Designer Creations Ruby Paper Bags
  • Z2039 Designer Creations Honey Paper Bags
  • Z2049 Designer Creations Cupcake Box
  • Z2050 Designer Creations Takeout Box
  • Z2053 Designer Creations Buttoned Bag
  • Z2054 Base & Bling Journey Style Sheet
  • Z2055 Base & Bling Signature Style Sheet
  • Z2090 My Legacy Lagoon Chevron D-Ring Album
  • Z2091 My Legacy Ruby Floral D-Ring Album
  • Z2092 My Legacy Lagoon Chevron Post Bound Album
  • Z2093 My Legacy Ruby Floral Post Bound Album
  • Z3018 Heart Embossing Folder
  • Z3019 Vine Embossing Folder
  • Z3020 Diamond Embossing Folder
  • Z3021 Scallop Embossing Folder
  • Z3025 Blue Shimmer Trim
  • Z3032 Rolling Tote
  • Z3034 My Legacy Black D-Ring Album
  • Z3035 Pixie Extra Thick Twine
  • Z3036 Flaxen Extra Thick Twine
  • Z3039 Glacier Extra Thick Twine
  • Z3040 Thistle Extra Thick Twine
  • Z3043 My Creations™ Black Mini Book
  • Z3044 My Creations™ Kraft Mini Book
  • Z3069 My Creations™ Mini Mix Album
  • Z3070 My Creations™ Mini Folio
  • Z3078 La Vie En Rose Assortment
  • Z3079 Urban Assortment
  • Z3082 Zoe Assortment
  • Z3084 Sangria Assortment
  • Z3085 Kaleidoscope Assortment
  • Z3092 Georgie Assortment
  • Z3114 Roller Stamp This Happened
  • Z3115 Roller Stamp Day-to-Day
  • Z3137 My Creations™ Pint-Sized Container
  • Z3145 Picture My Life Overlay Black
  • Z3147 Cut Above™ Dapper Giraffe Card Kit
  • Z3148 Cut Above™ Beautiful Blossoms Card Kit
  • Z3168 Cricut® Artfully Sent Collection
  • Z3170 Cricut® Artiste Collection
  • Z3171 Cricut® Art Philosophy Collection
  • Z3173 Base & Bling Affirmations Style Sheet
  • Z3174 Base & Bling Lovely Blooms Style Sheet
  • Z3177 Picture My Life™ Through the Year Scrapbooking Program
  • Z3178 Picture My Life™ Childhood Scrapbooking Program
  • Z3179 Picture My Life™ Georgie Scrapbooking Program
  • Z3180 Picture My Life™ Going Places Scrapbooking Program
  • Z3181 Picture My Life™ Beautiful You Scrapbooking Program
  • Z3182 Instalife™ Album–Berry
  • Z3183 Instalife™ Album–Teal
  • Z3186 Instalife™ Cards–Colorful Me
  • Z3187 Instalife™ Cards–The Bright Side

The list of stamp sets that are retiring can be found at the link below. Just scroll down to find the list retiring on July 31.

If you have any questions about anything, please let me know! You can email, call, or text me.

Bethany Rielage