Close To My Heart with Michelle Auten (the Paper Princess)

Gift card holder and cupcake box made with the Cricut Artiste cartridge. I love my Cricut so much, and am so excited tha...
07/08/2013

Gift card holder and cupcake box made with the Cricut Artiste cartridge. I love my Cricut so much, and am so excited that beginning August 1st, Close To My Heart is releasing ANOTHER awesome exclusive cartridge. Let me know if you'd like more details! Don't know how to use your Cricut? Let me teach you!

Diaper card made with Cricut Artiste.
07/07/2013

Diaper card made with Cricut Artiste.

Family Display Tray (inspired by the fabulous Lisa Stenz).  Tuesday, April 2, 7-9:30pm.  $40.  RSVP no later than Tuesda...
03/11/2013

Family Display Tray (inspired by the fabulous Lisa Stenz). Tuesday, April 2, 7-9:30pm. $40. RSVP no later than Tuesday, March 19. Payment due when registering, please.

Spring 3-D Bracket Frame.  Sunday, March 24, 3-5:30pm.  $18.  RSVP no later than Thursday, March 14.  Payment due when r...
03/11/2013

Spring 3-D Bracket Frame. Sunday, March 24, 3-5:30pm. $18. RSVP no later than Thursday, March 14. Payment due when registering, please.

03/11/2013

New classes coming....look for pictures/details shortly!!

Interested in preserving your precious memories, but don't have the time or tools to put together a scrapbook? Take adva...
03/02/2013

Interested in preserving your precious memories, but don't have the time or tools to put together a scrapbook? Take advantage of Close To My Heart's digital scrapbooks...purchase digital layouts for only $5, until March 15. This is a great opportunity to try Studio J for the first time. Create adorable baby layouts with the Wishes and Fishes kit (shown), or use the new Express Collections with collections of 10 ready-made layouts plus a front and back cover that are easy to use and professionally designed. Preserve your memories at a low price for a truly digital delight!

09/12/2012
Clearly the Best: The Swipe Hype (S01E02)

Crazy to think that after so many years stamping, I still learn something new! On my up to my craft room to try this cool technique right now. :-)

Clearly the Best, Stamping with Close To My Heart: "The Swipe Hype" features the swiping stamping technique. With stamp swiping, you can add texture, distres...

It's About Time!!
09/10/2012
It's About Time!!

It's About Time!!

So this is a non-CTMH post, but it's the easiest way to share a whole lot of pictures, so I'm going with it. :-) It's a very long post, with lots of pix, so you might want to grab your coffee and settle in for awhile. :-) Right before Labor Day weekend, my husband says to me "Hey, We've got a lon

Today is the day!!  The brand new Fall/Winter Idea Book goes live!  Message me if you'd like your very own copy.  :-)  T...
08/01/2012

Today is the day!! The brand new Fall/Winter Idea Book goes live! Message me if you'd like your very own copy. :-) Today also marks the first day new consultants can sign up for just $49! That's right, almost $150 of product for just $49. PLUS, during the month of August, new consultants will receive this gorgeous bag for FREE! We got one at Convention, and believe me, it is sweet! Interested? Contact me for all the deets!

Ever thought about joining Close To My Heart (for whatever reason...friends to crop with, discount on your products, ear...
07/15/2012

Ever thought about joining Close To My Heart (for whatever reason...friends to crop with, discount on your products, earn a little money)? NOW is the time!! Only $49 for a consultant kit! Wow!

Anything but a card or layout!
04/30/2012

Anything but a card or layout!

I had the privelege of being asked to donate an item for a charity auction sponsored by Close To My Heart this past week...
04/30/2012

I had the privelege of being asked to donate an item for a charity auction sponsored by Close To My Heart this past weekend at our Leadershare training in New Jersey. Here is what I made. It is a piece of canvas that can be used as a wall hanging.

Operation Smile Auction....
04/30/2012
Operation Smile Auction....

Operation Smile Auction....

This past weekend I had the amazing opportunity to spend time with some other Close To My Heart Consultants in New Jersey, at a training conference called Leadershare. What a fantastic trip! We were lucky enough to have three of the Corporate Vice-Presidents there with us which

Layouts made using Close To My Heart's digital scrapboking product, Studio J...try it out for yourself!  Go to my websit...
04/15/2012

Layouts made using Close To My Heart's digital scrapboking product, Studio J...try it out for yourself! Go to my website (www.thepaperprincess2.ctmh.com), click on Products, then click on Studio J. Create an account (it's FREE!), and then play to your heart's content (also FREE!). Grab a cup of coffee, upload some of your favorite pics and start creating!

Layouts made using Close To My Heart's digital scrapboking product, Studio J...try it out for yourself! Go to my website (www.thepaperprincess2.ctmh.com), click on Products, then click on Studio J. Create an account (it's FREE!), and then play to your heart's content (also FREE!). Grab a cup of coffee, upload some of your favorite pics and start creating!

New items added to the "While Supplies Last" section of my website!  Check it out at: www.ctmh.com/thepaperprincess2  Th...
04/13/2012
Close To My Heart

New items added to the "While Supplies Last" section of my website! Check it out at: www.ctmh.com/thepaperprincess2 There are some GREAT deals! If you see something you like, there is an ongoing party on the front page of the website. Just click the "Join" button to place your order. Orders will be shipped directly to you, and will be processed shortly after your order is placed (you don't have to wait until the party is closed out). Happy Shopping!

We show you how to celebrate relationships through discovering your creativity, to preserve and share the moments that matter most.

03/22/2012
Close To My Heart

Corporate CTMH has updated our shopping websites! Come check out the fabulous deals at www.thepaperpincess2.ctmh.com. Should you decide there is something you just can't live without, please order through the open party on the homepage of the website. Unless your order totals $150 or more...then contact me directly, because you qualify for hostess rewards!

We show you how to celebrate relationships through discovering your creativity, to preserve and share the moments that matter most.

Close up of one of the banner letters.....
03/07/2012

Close up of one of the banner letters.....

Timeline Photos
03/07/2012

Timeline Photos

I'm baaaaaaack!!!!
03/02/2012
I'm baaaaaaack!!!!

I'm baaaaaaack!!!!

Wow! Has it really been almost 3 months since I've posted? Time sure goes fast. And a big huge apology to my followers. My life has been so very crazy for the past 3 months, and that's all I'm going to say about that. Let's just say everything is good now!I had to come out o

So long, farewell.....
12/12/2011
So long, farewell.....

So long, farewell.....

This is a sad post for me this week.....this post marks my last project and blog post as a member of the Heart2Heart Challenges design team. I have had such a great time the past six months, using the challenges to really stretch my creative borders. The other design team membe

Photo inspiration week!
12/05/2011
Photo inspiration week!

Photo inspiration week!

This week we have an inspiration challenge for you at H2H. Here is the inspiration photo: One of the things that jumped out at me when I saw this photo was the glittery lime green ornament. I love to make these myself, and they

Sketch time!!
11/28/2011
Sketch time!!

Sketch time!!

My post this week is going to be very, very brief. Many of you know that I have had back issues, and had surgery in February. I've recovered well, but I twisted wrong or something a few days ago, and it really really hurts to sit at a computer (don't know what I'm going to do a

In Time....
11/21/2011
In Time....

In Time....

Last week I saw the movie "In Time", starring Justin Timberlake (man, I love him!). The premise of the movie is that everyone stops aging at the age of 25, and only have one more year to live, unless they can "buy" more time. It was an interesting concept, and I enjoyed the mov

I am so grateful....
11/14/2011
I am so grateful....

I am so grateful....

Thanksgiving is coming up, and this week for H2H Challenges we are asked to create a project for someone we are thankful for. Knowing that shortly behind Thanksgiving comes Christmas, I decided to create a gift to give away. The recipient of this gift is not on the internet all

Cookie Sheet Advent Calendar
11/07/2011
Cookie Sheet Advent Calendar

Cookie Sheet Advent Calendar

This week's challenge over at H2H is to add some metal to your project. Aren't the design team creations gorgeous?? Debi and Haley's jewelry is beautiful, and Jody and Pam's cards are simply stunning. And then there is my project. Hmmmm.... one of these things is not like the

Color challenge....
10/31/2011
Color challenge....

Color challenge....

So last week I said that Fall had finally arrived here in Virginia. Well, this week, I think Old Man Winter wanted to join the party. We had a whole heck of a lot of that white stuff on Saturday. Yes, folks, it SNOWED in Virginia...in October! What in the the world is happeni

Paper, Projects, and Pizzazz
10/24/2011
Paper, Projects, and Pizzazz

Paper, Projects, and Pizzazz

Fall is finally here in Virgina....the leaves are turning glorious shades of red, oranges, and yellows, and there is a bit of a cool nip in the air. My very FAVORITE time of year!! Plus, it means the arrival of one of my very favorite holidays (second only to Christmas!)....Hal

1,2,3,4.....
10/17/2011
1,2,3,4.....

1,2,3,4.....

This week at H2H, the challenge is to use a number on your project. I was surprised to find how many of my stamp sets have numbers on them!! Anything from "You're #1", to Bingo cards with numbers, to Christmas sets. Wow! I love when we can look at our stamp sets with a new pe

Oh, no!  A scrapbook page!
10/10/2011
Oh, no! A scrapbook page!

Oh, no! A scrapbook page!

I am going to let you all in on a little secret... I am a really slow scrapbooker. And by slow, I mean go-to-a-weekend-crop-and-maybe-get-three-or-four-layouts-done kind of slow. You know what I'm talking about. I mean, you have to pick the pictures. Print the pictures. Dec

It's sketch time!
10/03/2011
It's sketch time!

It's sketch time!

We have a sketch for you this week at H2H Challenges...won't you play along with us? Here is the sketch:And here is my simple interpretation:I had a tough time with this one this week. Not sure why. Just wasn't feeling it, I guess. But that's the fun thing about challenges...

Just one stamp???
09/26/2011
Just one stamp???

Just one stamp???

Out challenge for you this week at Heart2Heart is to make something using only one sentiment stamp...not one stamp SET, one stamp. Huh. I was originally stumped, because I normally use at least 3-4 stamps on any given project. But then I realized that I needed to make a congra

Base and shade stamping.....
09/23/2011
Base and shade stamping.....

Base and shade stamping.....

Watch this video to see just how easy it is to use a simple technique that will make your images POP! Book a party in October, and we can make this card as a make-n-take!! Contact me for more info....

Cardstock, cardstock, only cardstock....
09/19/2011
Cardstock, cardstock, only cardstock....

Cardstock, cardstock, only cardstock....

This week at H2H, the challenge is to create a project sans patterned paper, using at least 3 colors of cardstock....what????!!! I love my patterned paper so much, and it's almost painful to make something without it. Now don't get me wrong, I love cardstock too, and with 60 di

H2H Challenge with shapes!
09/12/2011
H2H Challenge with shapes!

H2H Challenge with shapes!

For the challenge this week over at Heart2Heart Challenges, we were asked to make a projcet using die-cut shapes. Well, since my new Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge has been in almost constant use since the end of July, this was an easy week! :-)One of the things I absolutely a

My customers ROCK!!
09/09/2011
My customers ROCK!!

My customers ROCK!!

I have to admit, I have some pretty fantastic customers. Wonderful ladies, extremely talented and creative. I'm very lucky to have them in my life, and I truly like and appreciate every single one of them. But I especially love when they share with me what they have created wi

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