A Potpourri of Cards

Welcome back from summer!

September’s cardmaking class includes two each of the five cards shown here plus two bonus gift tags.


This class uses each of the new papers in the Fall/Winter Idea Book and many of the new accessories. The cost is $20 and I’ll be holding the class on Thurs, Sept 19th, 9am at my house and again on Sunday, Sept 22nd at 2pm.  Class size limited to 8. RSVP by Sept 12th to reserve your spot. Bring a friend for half off on your workshop fee.  Hope you can make it!

Later in September I’ll hold the first of 6 scrapbooking workshops, making 8-10 pages from each of the 6 new paper packs. September’s paper is Babycakes, but the layouts are not limited to baby photos! Stay tuned for more info on the September Babycakes Scrapbooking Workshop.

Would you like to earn $24, $40, $60 or more in CTMH products, plus a half price item? Then join one of my Hostess Clubs forming now. There is no information to actually host an event at your house, instead you are invited to my house for fun, food and cameraderie during any of my workshops (not required though) and all orders placed that month will earn you Hostess Credits for free Close To My Heart papers, inks, blocks, stamp sets, cardstock or even digital layouts as well as potentially a half price item (great for that new Cricut Cartridge!). In return you agree to place a $25 order yourself each month.

See you soon!

Potpourri Card Workshop

When: Thursday September 19th at 9am

or Sunday, September 22nd at 2pm

Where: 1832 Birch Rd, McLean VA 22101
Cost: $20 for 10 cards with envelopes plus 2 gift tags

RSVP: mariefarson@juno.com or 571-276-5405 by Sept 12th

You can purchase this kit to work on at home.  Everything will be pre-cut, necessary pieces will be stamped, and all accessories included.  I will provide you with a photocopy of the cards so that you can create them at home.  The prices are as follows:

  • $20.00 – you need to pick them up
  • $23.00 – mailed to you first class

Open House and Idea Book Reveal Party



When:  SUNDAY, August 25th from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. (post-party on Monday, Aug 26th 9am to noon as well)

Where: My Home, 1832 Birch Rd, McLean

Come Enjoy the Fun, Food and FREEBIES!!

I’m so very excited about this new idea book and can’t wait to share it with you!  I am officially kicking off the release of the new Autumn/Winter 2013 Idea Book at my Semi-Annual Open House & Idea Book Reveal Party on Sunday, August 25th from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. (post-party Monday August 26th 9am to noon for those who can’t make the weekend)  by giving each attendee their own personal copy of the Autumn/Winter 2013 Idea Book….for FREE!  In addition, I will be displaying some of the latest products CTMH has to offer, including new stamp sets and paper packs, embellishments, and more!  There will also be completed samples for upcoming workshops and classes,  two “Creation Stations” for you to complete projects FREE of charge, including an “Artbooking” project using our exclusive Cricut cartridge!  There will also be refreshments and prizes, including a special Grand Prize!

Increase your chances to win a prize by collecting tickets.  You will automatically receive a ticket simply for attending.  The other ways to earn tickets include….

  • 1 entry when you RSVP “Yes” by Tuesday, August 20th

  • 1 entry for every $10 you spend.

  • 3 entries for each friend you bring (or referred) to the Open House Party.

  • 5 entries when you complete the Open House scavenger hunt.

  • 5 entries for each class you sign up for (prepayment is required).

  • 5 entries for rounding your order up to the next dollar (or making a donation of any amount) to Operation Smile.

  • 10 entries…a FREE gift#…and a FREE SOTM# (of your choice) when you book and host your own Home Gathering.

  • 10 entries when you join a monthly club.

  • 15 entries when you join CTMH, as well as over $290 of products for only $99!

#Received at your Home Gathering.
You will place your tickets into any or all of the prize drawings.  After names have been drawn for all prizes, all tickets will be entered into a special Grand Prize drawing.  I will notify all the winners within the following 24 hours to make arrangements for delivery.

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RSVP by:

Email me at mariefarson@juno.com 
Call me at 703-790-3497 or cell #571-276-5405

It’s Here! The Fall/Winter 2013 Idea Book is live!!


Are you as excited as I am !!?! Today is the unveiling of the new Fall/Winter Idea Book with six new papers, the new Artbooking Cricut cartridge, Crush Books and many new stamps and accessories.

Click here to check them out and order from my website.

If you do order off my website, be sure to click to join my “Open House” gathering. I”ll be giving out FREE GIFTS to all orders placed August 1st to August 31st in that gathering.


$25 Purchase:  FREE 12×12 Artbooking Overlay
$50 Purchase:  FREE 12×12 Artbooking Overlay, FREE August Stamp of the Month
$75 Purchase:  FREE 12×12 Artbooking Overlay, FREE August Stamp of the Month, FREE Chocolate Ink Pad
$100 Purchase:  FREE 12×12 Artbooking Overlay, FREE August Stamp of the Month, FREE Chocolate Ink Pad, FREE 12 Sheets  Cardstock
$125 Purchase:  FREE 12×12 Artbooking Overlay, FREE August Stamp of the Month, FREE Chocolate Ink Pad, FREE 12 Sheets Cardstock, FREE 2×2 Acrylic Block
$150 Purchase:  $25 in Hostess Rewards PLUS FREE 12×12 Artbooking Overlay, FREE August Stamp of the Month, FREE Chocolate Ink Pad, FREE 12 Sheets Cardstock, FREE 2×2 Acrylic Block
Stamp of the Month - FREE with a $50 purchase

Stamp of the Month – FREE with a $50 purchase


Watch this spot for more information about my upcoming Open House and Idea Book Reveal Party on August 25th as well as more information on upcoming classes and Workshops.

My First Creation from the New Catalog


The new Fall/Winter Catalog is available now!  Contact me for your free copy or view it online here.

I received my first box of goodies from the new catty and started creating.  There are so many awesome new products in this catalog, it was hard to know where to start! So, I joined the Close To My Heart New Product Blog Hop and dug in.

This card uses the first new paper pack in the catalog, Laughing Lola, along with the Lola Cardmaking WOTG stamp set, the new Sparkle and Shine textiles, Base and Bling Floral Accents, and Aqua Dots.  I used Vineyard Berry and Black cardstock mats under the Laughing Lola papers, and created a twisted rope out of two of the Sparkle and Shine textiles, adding a self-adhesive metal flower from the Base and Bling collection. The self-adhesive aqua pearls or Aqua Dots were also used to spice up the right panel of the card as well.

To see more of the fun new products in this catalog, created by my fellow CTMH consultants, click on the thumbnail pictures in the linky blog hop below:

This blog hop is open for members of the CTMH Blog Boosters. Please do not enter if you are not a member of the group.

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Click here to view thumbnails of all the blog post entries…

Stay tuned for more info on my upcoming Open House, where you can see many of the new items in person and try them out on a couple of free projects.


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