en-us My Passion for Scrapbooking http://www.mypassionforscrapbooking.com/ Share A Smile with Punny Pals http://www.mypassionforscrapbooking.com/blogpost-113075/Punny-Pals.html Happy October! I can't believe how fast this year is flying by. The holidays are my absolute favorite time of year. I wanted to share with you the Close To My Heart October Promo. You're going to love these cute Punny Pals.


Let's team up with the Punny Pals stamp set to make a difference! With the purchase of every Punny Pals stamp set, Close To My Heart donates $7 USD of the proceeds to Operation Smile™, an organization that provides surgeries to repair cleft lips and palates for children around the world. To bring these stamp images to life, we've made a coordinating set of Thin Cuts dies and an exclusive card kit! The card kit includes the dies, card bases, envelopes, paper, and step-by-step instructions for creating 32 cards, and it is available at a discounted price! Create these delightful cards and use them to share smiles all around!

There are a few options available:

Share a Smile Card Kit (CC1342) includes: 1 - Thin Cuts-Punny Pals (set of 13) 32 - 3" x 3" white card bases 32 - 3" x 3" white envelopes 10 - cardstock sheets (Bashful, Eggplant, Glacier, Lagoon, New England Ivy, Smoothie, Sweet Leaf, Thistle, White Daisy, Gold Glitter) Cutting guide and assembly instructions. The Retail Value is $48.69 and the Discounted OCTOBER Price is $39.95. Click HERE to get yours!

Share a Smile Card Bases & Envelopes (CC1343) includes:  32 - 3" x 3" white card bases 32 - 3" x 3" white envelopes. Price for this is $9.95.

Thin Cuts-Punny Pals (CC1340) includes: 13 metal dies; coordinates with My Acrylix® Punny Pals stamp set (D1751) Stamp set sold separately. Price for this is $28.95.

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Mandy Leahy Wed, 11 Oct 2017 12:00:00 PST
3 August Specials You Don't Want To Miss http://www.mypassionforscrapbooking.com/blogpost-112549/Ctmh-August-Specials.html Oh My Goodness... I'm so excited to share not 1 or 2 but 3 amazing August Specials with you! This is in additional to the new product release from out Close To My Heart Annual Inspirations Idea Book and New Cricut Collections!!!

August Online Warehouse Sale

During the month of August, you'll be able to take advantage of an online Warehouse Sale on my website: www.Mandy.CTMH.com. It's starting on August 1 and every Tuesday there will be different items posted up. Get this... there will be product bundles and retired sets at a 50% discount! Eeek. This is so exciting. They are While Supplies Last so be sure to check every Tuesday and snag what you want. I can imagine things will go quickly. Something super awesome to go along with this is we'll only be charging shipping on the price paid instead of on the retail value. This is an awesome savings for sure! Head on over and get your shop on at www.Mandy.CTMH.com

Rewards Your Way Team-Building Special

Want to join my team this month and earn yourself a Cricut collections, the brand new Thin Cuts Block Alphabet with the In the Background stamp set, or an additional $99 in Select Product Credit?! Well you CAN! To be eligible to pick one of these fabulous rewards, you will need to submit $300 before September 30. Totally doable and totally awesome you'll get a sweet rewards for doing so! If you're ready to join, CLICK HERE!!

Jump for Joy Hostess Special

And we haven't forgotten our hostesses either! For August we are bringing back an exciting special just for hostesses: when a "party" (this can be done all online) reaches the third level of Hostess Rewards ($350) or higher, the rewards will "jump up" a level, which means you'll earn EXTRA Hostess Rewards and maybe even an extra 50%-off item! If you plan on placing a $350 order or more or want to gather some friends orders together so you can earn the rewards, please reach out to me. I can set up a party link for you to place your orders through and earn FREE PRODUCTS!!!

 

If you have any questions at all, please reach out to me. I'm here to help! HAPPY SHOPPING!!! Enjoy all the amazing deals and perks going on this month!

 

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Mandy Leahy Mon, 31 Jul 2017 12:00:00 PST
Brand New Close To My Heart Cricut Cartridges http://www.mypassionforscrapbooking.com/blogpost-112252/New-Ctmh-Cricut-Cartridges.html

Hi everyone!

I'm currently at the Close To My Heart Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah... wahoo!!! I'm so in aww of all the amazing new products. I can't wait to update you all on all the new releases. If you follow me on Instagram @MandyLeahy, you may have already seen them. One of the big announcements that I'm super duper excited about is the NEW Cricut Cartridges. Yes, that is plural. There are TWO new Cricut Cartridges available. Ahhhhhh! Yay! I've already been receiving some messages from my awesome customers wanting to know if they can pre-order this. You all know the drill from years ago when I would offer that as an option. Sooooo... lets do it again!!!!

Beginning August 1st, you can order the NEW Close To My Heart You Are Here Cricut Collection and the Close To My Heart Hello USA Digital Cartridge on my CTMH website. However, for those of you who are interested in pre-ordering either one or both of these cartridges, then I have an AWESOME offer for ya between now and July 31st. Everyone who pre-orders this will receive the BRAND NEW CTMH Annual Inspirations Idea Book, plus FREE SHIPPING!!! Woot woot!!! Just like with our other Close To My Heart Cricut Collections, the You Are Here Cartridge has 700 images! Whether you're taking a road trip, camping, having a fun staycation, wine tasting or even traveling abroad... this You Are Here Collection will feature loads of images to help you document the memories. It has images that will even work for family reunions and spa retreats to holiday trips and other outdoor adventures. You'll absolutely love all the shapes, phrases, titles and the super cute font. This collection includes the You Are Here Cartridge, 3 My Acrylix Clear Stamp Sets and a pack of the Enchantment cardstock combo pack. The Collection cost for You Are Here is $99 if you'd like the physical cartridge or $79 if you'd like the digital cartridge.

We also have a new DIGITAL Cricut Cartridge called Hello USA. So if you have a Cricut Explore, Cricut Explore Air or a Cricut Explore Air 2 then this one works for you. It includes 60 layered images from state shapes, overlays and even the names of all 50 states, plus the local flowers, state icon and slogans. There is an additional 10 images about the United States, the different regions and American Flag. I have no doubt this one is going to pair up really nicely with the You Are Here Cartridge too. The cost of this Hello US Digital Cartridge is $49.95.

If you'd like to place a PRE-ORDER, you can make your selection from the following options using the drop down menu below. Keep in mind there are two cricut cartridges available and the You Are Here Collection comes in both a digital and a physical cartridge. While the Hello USA is only available in the Digital option. You'll be able to pick 1 or both and have the option to add on this super cute School Year Stamp Set which is the August Stamp of the Month. It is so cute! It's only $5 if you'd like to add that.

August Stamp of the Month

 

CTMH Cricut Cartridge Pre-Order

Please note: All Pre-Orders will be placed on August 1st as soon as products are live. The Idea Books will be sent from me as soon as I receive my shipment which should arrive within the next week or two. Products featured in the Idea Book are not available for purchase until August 1st. There is loads of inspiration and ideas that I know you will absolutely love!

If you want these Cartridges sooner than August 1st, you can become a Close To My Heart Consultant and as a Consultant Perk you'd be able to order them starting July 1st. If you're interested, check out my Join CTMH page! It's just $75 to join and you receive a $50 Select Product Credit (can't be applied towards a cartridge).

If you have any questions, please let me know. I'm here to help!

Mandy Leahy

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Mandy Leahy Fri, 30 Jun 2017 12:00:00 PST
Damask Divas Team Blog Hop Featuring Hello Lovely http://www.mypassionforscrapbooking.com/blogpost-110888/Hello-Lovely-Weekly-Planner-Setup.html I was a busy bee crafting away this weekend. I've been having so much fun making things for my planner. I decided for this months Blog Hop with my Damask Divas Team featuring Hello Lovely, that I'd make some more goodies using this adorable Hello Lovely paper pack.

I ended up making A5 sized dividers, matching clips, a charm using our Base & Bling Jewelry and some page markers. Then I grabbed the Hello Lovely Scrapbooking Stamp Set and random stamped the top section of the Inkwell Press Planner Pages. I'm so obsessed with this weeks setup in my planner and how it's all so Hello Lovely. ;) For the stamping I used the Plan On It Stamp Set.... I love it!!! What do you think?

 

To make the dividers I used Cricut Design Space. It was super easy to make. I just used a square and unlocked it to make it a rectangle shape in the dimensions of my planner and then searched images for "bracket" and located one that was with Cricut Access. I divided the length of the dividers by how many tabs I wanted which was 5 and then copied and pasted 5 of them in the size needed. I also copied and pasted 5 of the rectangles and then 1 by 1 I welded the bracket with a rectangle. It's really easy but if this is going way over your head and you would like the link to the ones I created, well... you're in luck. :) I'm happy to share. Here you go: LINK TO MY CRICUT DESIGN SPACE DIVIDERS. If you pay for Cricut Access, the bracket will not cost you anything. If you don't have a subscription it will probably ask you to pay 99 cents for the use of the bracket.

The laminator I use is the Scotch Thermal Laminator. I've been really happy with it. It's heats up quickly and easy to run my projects through. I used our Liquid Glass adhesive to attach the laminated pieces (which were from the Hello Lovely Complements) and then just attached them to paper clips. I love having the pieces stick up the top of my planner.

For the planner charm I used the Base & Bling Rectangle Pendant, the bow, the rhinestone and the glass cover. I cut a piece of the Hello Lovely paper to fit inside it. You can check out the Base & Bling items, HERE.

I hope you'll HOP with us and check out some of my fabulous team members Hello Lovey Projects as well. CLICK HERE to visit Jessica's project. If you get lost along the way, you can visit our team blog by clicking HERE.

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Mandy Leahy Tue, 31 Jan 2017 12:00:00 PST
Valentines Tree http://www.mypassionforscrapbooking.com/blogpost-110640/Valentines-Tree.html I've always wanted a Valentine's tree but have never got around to doing one.... but NOW I have one. Yay, I'm so excited and wanted to share...


The idea popped up again after the kids and I had taken all the Christmas décor down and put it away but were waiting on my hubby to put up the tree. After it sat a couple days with the lights still on, I mentioned how pretty it still looked and I was sad to take it down. Then I said to my husband, "would you care if I did a Valentine's Day themed tree?". Of course this prompted the kids to chant "VALENTINES TREE, VALENTINES TREE". And well the hubby can't say no to that. haha! So here it is, my Valentine's Day tree. I went to several stores trying to find Christmas stuff on clearance but most were cleared out already (Jan 3rd). I called around and Kmart still had a small selection so I went and bought all the pink and red things I could find that would work. Then ventured to Hobby Lobby to buy up a bunch of Valentine's items that could work on the tree. Surprisingly they had Valentine's ornaments and garland. I ended up adding to the tree after taking this picture. I felt there were a few bare spots so I went back to Hobby Lobby and bought another pack of heart ornaments and a bouquet of pink fake roses. I cut them all apart and placed them in the bare areas... just haven't gotten around to taking more pics. :)

Now the kids and I are making a list of all the holidays we can decorate for. I have a feeling some will be challenging to find ornaments and things for certain themes but challenge accepted. I'll gladly craft some up. :) It's going to be a fun year of decorating with our tree.

 

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Mandy Leahy Wed, 4 Jan 2017 12:00:00 PST
CTMH Sugar Rush Blog Hop http://www.mypassionforscrapbooking.com/blogpost-110613/Sugar-Rush-Blog-Hop.html Happy New Year!

Guess what time it is? It's blog hop time! A few of my Damask Divas (team) and I wanted to show off the awesome new paper pack called Sugar Rush! It's so cute. I hope you'll get some inspiration by checking out what we've done with the paper.

I have been planner happy lately and usually make stickers but I decided to try something different and use the Sugar Rush paper and coordinating Sugar Rush Complements.


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I had fun cutting the strips and making it work for my new planner inserts. My favorite was of course adding on all those cute Sugar Rush Complements (stickers). Pretty cute, huh? This paper is just adorable. Who doesn't love donuts, popsicles and these awesome colors?

Next up on the hop list is Jennifer ---> CLICK HERE.... Have fun HOPPING!

If you get lost along the way you can always refer back to our team website at www.DamaskDivas.com.

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Mandy Leahy Sun, 1 Jan 2017 12:00:00 PST
Thank You Goodie Basket for Mail Carriers http://www.mypassionforscrapbooking.com/blogpost-110521/Mail-Carrier-Thank-You.html Happy Holiday!

I just wanted to share with you what I am doing to say thank you to our hardworking mail carriers. I don't know about you but I do a lot of online shopping and just wanted to do a little something this holiday season to show my appreciation. We have several different mail carriers that come by (seems to be always someone different) so it's hard to give individual gifts to each of them but THIS idea is totally perfect....



There are so many different goodies you could put out for them, even homemade treats. I went with some waters which I just wrapped with washi tape and then added a variety of snack foods and some peppermint candies. Just some little things they could enjoy while doing their route. 

If you'd like to use the letter shown above that I made, I'll put the printable image right below for you. I left our name off so you can add in your own between the cute little Santa and elf. You'll just open it up, print it, add your name and fold it over the box or basket. Easy peasy!

PRINTABLE MAIL CARRIER LETTER

And a big thank you to Lisa Gwin. I came across her post while scrolling through Facebook. I knew I had to do something for my mail carriers as well and share with others so they can do the same.

Happy Holidays!

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Mandy Leahy Thu, 15 Dec 2016 12:00:00 PST
How To Make Planner Stickers using Cricut Design Space http://www.mypassionforscrapbooking.com/blogpost-110136/Making-Planner-Stickers-In-Cricut-Design-Space.html Do you love using a paper planner? I do! I also still use the calendar on my iPhone/computer(s) but there is nothing like having it on paper. :) I love making lists, planning ahead and of course, since I love paper crafting I want my planner to look cute too. After having an Erin Condren, a Happy Planner, a Day Planner, an ARC planner I still wasn't feeling plannerfied <<< totally just made that word up. LOL! I loved the inserts for many of them but was wanting a different look of the actual planner, so I bit the bullet and "invested" in my dream planner. Ahhhh, I'm absolutely loving it!!! However, it comes empty and you have to purchase the inserts separately. There are tons of A5 size inserts out there to choose from. I have done a lot of research looking into a bunch of them to see which ones I wanted to go with. I'm still narrowing it down between a few companies for the 2017 inserts, for this agenda. Yes, I use 2. (I'm crazy like that) I plan on using my Close To My Heart 2017 planner for my businesses and this one for a little of everything. In the meantime, I found printable ones I liked on Etsy and have been printing them out myself. They are very much like the Erin Condren layouts, except the Saturday and Sunday boxes are stacked to accommodate the A5 size (as shown in the pic below).

I love the look of planners with stickers on them but couldn't see myself actually ordering tons and tons of stickers on Etsy. Well actually, I totally CAN see myself doing that but since I'm pretty crafty I decided to figure out how to do it on my own so I could create what I wanted, whenever I need them and not have to purchase any. I played around with Cricut Design Space a bunch to figure things out and finally have it down where I can get all my stickers designed out for the following week, printed, cut and on my planner in about 30 minutes. Sometime it takes longer if I am having a hard time deciding on which designs to go with but the process doesn't take too long. Well, I figured I'd share how easy it is so you can jazz up your planners if you'd like too. :)

 Here is a video I made to walk you through how I make them...

  

Hope this was helpful. Let me know if you have questions.

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Mandy Leahy Wed, 2 Nov 2016 12:00:00 PST
Get Ready for this Awesome Offer in July http://www.mypassionforscrapbooking.com/blogpost-108494/Become-A-Ctmh-Consultant-In-July.html If you love paper crafting, this is for YOU!!! Seriously, it's a deal you don't want to miss. Starting July 1st when you join my team with Close To My Heart you'll receive the awesome kit (pictured at the top, which includes a medium organizer filled with goodies), plus a $50 product credit to order what you'd like and the icing on the cake is one of these awesome paper packs and compliment sets (3 to choose from). OMG.. that's A LOT for just $75. So if you'd like to be a "hobbyist" cause you love crafting and would like a discount or you'd like to start a business ... I'd LOVE to have you join my Damask Divas Team!

Who is ready to join on Friday, July 1st? I wish I could join all over again for this deal.

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Mandy Leahy Mon, 27 Jun 2016 12:00:00 PST
Damask Divas Blog Hop Featuring Happy Times http://www.mypassionforscrapbooking.com/blogpost-107666/Damask-Divas-Happy-Times-Blog-Hop.html Hello, Hello!

Are you ready to check out some fabulous Happy Times projects?! Well get ready cause our Close To My Heart National Scrapbooking promo is this awesome Happy Times paper pack and some of my Damask Divas team and I are going to be sharing our projects with you.

Here is the quick & easy project I made...

I used a glass mason jar and coated the bottom of the jar with liquid glass. I just used my finger to smear it all in and a paper towel to get the line straight all the way around. Then sprinkled pink glitter all over the jar until the liquid glass area was completely covered. I let that dry then just cut a strip of the Happy Times floral print paper and adhered the strip around the jar. Super easy! To jazz it up and a little sentiment I used the Artistry Cricut Cartridge from Close To My Heart and cut out the tag, stamped the banner portion of the tag with "you are fabulous", added some sequins and attached it with some white twine..... viola. It was so easy. Then I wanted another little giftie to go with the flowers so I jazzed up this little tin filled with chocolates. Nothing fancy... just some paper adhered to the inside and tied some orange tulle in a bow. Easy but cute, don't you think?  

You know I'm all about quick & easy these days. It's all I've really had time for lately with the little ones.

To check out more fab projects, please HOP on over to Cheri's blog HERE.

If you'd like to order this Happy Times paper pack you may order here or from the consultant who sent you here. It's actually FREE with a $60 order and we are also offering an exclusive D-sized coordinating stamp set for $17.95.

 

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Mandy Leahy Sun, 1 May 2016 12:00:00 PST