Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Don't wait . . . .

Oooh lots of goodies in the clearance section of my online store - embossing folders, frames, albums, embellishments and more - and while you are there don't forget to check out the 'Going Soon" section !!
http://sarabatkin.closetomyheart.com/Retail/Products.aspx?CatalogID=159

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

'Tis the Season Card Kit


I had so much fun crafting these cards so I hope you like them too :O)

Wednesday, November 09, 2016

Winter Wonderland Banner

Okay technology is not my friend today as this is the third attempt to post this so hopefully it will work!




I made this gorgeous banner from the Gift Tags from the Seasonal Expressions booklet. Hope it will inspire you to make one of your own :O)
Visit my website at SaraBatkin.ctmh.com to order your supplies today x

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Beautiful new CTMH limited edition 2017 Planner

Here is the new CTMH limited edition planner and it's adorable - make sure you have yours 💖

Monday, October 17, 2016

Wooohooo - the new CTMH 2017 planner has arrived <3 span="">
The dividers for each month of this planner feature beautiful, intricate coloring-page style designs which are carried through in smaller details on the following pages. 
You can see the month at a glance and weekly pages with daily lined boxes to 
allow you more room for details, appointments and journalling.

These planner pages also include a plastic zipper pouch for storing your markers, 
coloring pencils, pen, and other writing and decorating instruments.

The Planner pages can be purchased in three different ways:

1) ~ Bundled together with the Everyday Life Album—Stripes (CC1178 - $31.90)



2) ~ Bundled together with the Everyday Life Album—Seaglass (CC1177 - $31.90)



3) ~ Buy the planner pages without an Album (CC2017 - $16.95)


It is perfect for anyone with a small business who needs to keep track of appointments, 
for moms with families & their busy schedules, 
or as a journal for your daily thoughts & musings & a way of keeping a record of life blessings.

Visit my website at http://sarabatkin.closetomyheart.com/Retail/Product.aspx?ItemID=9760&ci=7768 and add it to your cart to have it shipped directly to you :O)

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Look at this cute ornament - using the October SOTM - embossed in silver on 5 Cricut cutouts then added more sparkle with the shimmer brush - then I used liquid glass to attach them together. I added the new blue and white twine and used a blue marker to colour clear sparkles which China I then liquid glasses to the ends of the twine. Hope you like it :0)

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Swan Lake pumpkin Card

Here I used Swan Lake paper with Goldrush ink which used the rolling technique and then shaded with the watercolor pencils
Hope you like it X

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Pumpkin card

A pretty fall card using the Jeepers Creepers paper and September  Stamp Of The Month. I embossed the Whisper Grey Cardstock using the new Woodslat folder then inked the surface of the cardstock. I used the green Touch market to color the white shimmer trim.
Hope you like it X

Monday, September 12, 2016

Creating Kindness Card Kit

Hello everyone
Here is the link to the video of the Creting Kindness Crd Kit.

This is the only way for me to do this as the video is too long for Blogger if I upload from my phone :O(

But I hope you enjoy it and it ignores you to make some fun artwork too :O)

https://www.facebook.com/SaraBatkinCTMHLegaciesOfLove/

Friday, September 09, 2016

Trick or Treat Scrapbook Layout

Love this fun Halloween layout featuring the new Jeepers Creepers Workshop and the fabulous Green shimmer trim for even more sparkle 💖🎃
I did two versions - one with the Sugar Skull stamp set and one with the cobweb. This would also make a fabulous birthday layout - just don't stamp the cobweb on the Pansy cardstock and change the title 😃
Hope you like it and let me know if you would like to make it x


Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Here is a fun card which was inspired by Karen Leavh . She had decorated a cute jar but I thought it would make a cute card.
It features the new Jeepers Creepers Paper Workshop items along with the stamped sentiment from the Sugar Skull Stamp Set.
Visit my blog to get your supplies at sarabatkin.ctmh.com

Hope it inspires you too - Love Sara xxx

Thursday, September 01, 2016

Blessed Scrapbook Layout

Love this layout of Rich and I which I made to teach at Extravaganza. I used the new Memo fundamentals paper as I loved the map background and it was perfect to showcase photos of us from around the world.  I added the wood grain embossed Kraft cardstock from the Rustic Fundamentals and the new SeaGlass cardstock and SeaGlass glitter paper. The hearts and Kraft embellishments were from the Rustic Compliments and I add a little of the matching Rustic ribbon - hope you like it :0)

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Free paper Pack - Last Day to get yours x

Last day to order the 3 fabulous new fundamental paper collections - Whimsey Z3255, Adventure Z3253 and Enchantment Z3254  and choose either of these two following paper packs for FREE - Rustic Z3262 (value $13.95) OR Uptown Z3263 (value $14.95)
Visit my website at sarabatkin.ctmh.com X

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Cute New Ribbons and the Mini Stamp Organizer

Oh I have been trying for a week to upload a video to this and it just won't let me 
so instead here is the link to my Facebook bag which DOES let me upload the video - Enjoy xxx
https://www.facebook.com/SaraBatkinCTMHLegaciesOfLove/videos/1136391826398329/

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Enjoy Summer Scrapbook Layout

I love this fun summery layout - those adorable ice-creams, the fun flamingos.
It would be perfect for a beach day layout or a birthday layout - just change the background paper base pieces to make it perfect for boys or girls.
Hope you like it - Love Sara xxx

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

"My Story" Scrapbook Layout - Extravaganza 2016

Here is a single layout featuring the Uptown Basics Fundamental paper and combined with Sea Glass Cardstock and Desert Sand Cardstock.
I heavily distressed the paper with its beautiful grey script using the colonial white pigment ink pad and then over the top of that with desert sand ink.

I embossed the Sea Glass cardstock using the new Chevron embossing folder and again - ink distressed it in the matching ink.

I love these photos of Elliott - my youngest son - on this and hope you love it too - Love Sara xxx

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Cute 'Harry Potter' themed card

OMG !!! 
These adorable 'Sorting Hats' are from this months SUPER CUTE August Stamp of the month 
and I am totally in love with them.
I used the Magical Paper pack, yes you know, that cute Mickey mouse paper !!
And doesn't it look different !! 
I used the Black paper with the stars then added the PLM card black and white diagonal striped piece which I had used the ShinHan leaf green marker to shed the white areas.
I also used the ShinHan Clay (brown) marker for the hats and the ShinHan Marigold marker for the flags and also colored the clear sparkles.
Green and Coral Shimmer trim finished it off and I'm so geeked.
Hope you like it as much as I do - Love Sara xxx

Friday, July 29, 2016

Family Banner - Base & Bling

Yet another use for the Base and Bling jewelry line.

This time a fun banner which could be hung anywhere. I used the Pendant pieces and added Black cardstock. I cut the letters using the Cricut cartridge and then flooded the front with Liquid Glass as it is lighter in weight than the glass covers.

I cut the flowers using the Cricut and added a tiny purple gem to the centers. I embossed the cream cardstock frame shapes in Gold embossing powder and then hand cut each one.

I thought it looked really pretty and hope you like it as much as I do  Love Sara xxx

Thursday, July 28, 2016

CTMH goes 'mobile'

Thank you Close To My Heart - my website is now available on your mobile device 💖
This means that my website address has changed just a little to sarabatkin.closetomyheart.com
Take a look and see what you think 😃
In the photo below you can see the details of our amazing new consultant offer with its added July bonus PLUS get an extra gift from me when you join my wonderful Legacies of Love team 💖
In this photo you can also see the fun July Stamp of the Month limited edition Stamp Set with its cool journaling area stamps and fun emoji style images. It's available for just three more days so don't miss out X

Luggage Tags - Base and Bling Style - Extravaganza 2014

How adorable are these. Fun luggage bag tags for your purse. I made them as a cute gift for my friends.

I used the Base and Bling pendant pieces with the alphabet stickers to personalize each one.

Instead of using the glass covers I flooded the front of each piece with Liquid glass so that i was able to set the different gems and sparkles directly into it. I then added a charm across the front - again sunk into the Liquid Glass to keep it secure.

I made the paper beads from the Seaside paper - I took a 0.5" x 3" piece and wrapped it around a wooden skewer and lots of liquid glass sealed it and stopped it from unrolling. I then sandwiched the ribbon between 2 gems for added shine and sparkle.

I hope you love them as much as my friends did and that they inspire you to create - Love Sara xxx

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Tic Tac Toe - CTMH style - Extravaganza 2014

How fun is this :O)

I took a 6" canvas frame and added the Seaside paper to the front of it and used lots of Liquid Glass to attach it. I added Gold glitter paper to the sides and edged it with the Base and Bling chain. I cut thin strips of paper to make the squares and added the Gold Bling Gems.

The playing pieces are the Oval Glass Base and Bling covers with gold glitter cardstock which I had stamped the Xs and Os in Black Stazon ink. using the Glamour Uppercase stamp set (it will retire July 21st 2016 so don't wait)  I then used liquid glass to attach them to the the glass pieces. I used the same ink and the state stamp set to stamp on the cream Muslin Bag to hold all of the paying pieces.

Hope you like it and that it inspires you to create - Love Sara xxx

Monday, July 25, 2016

Fun Scrapbook Mini Album in a Box - Extravaganza 2014







Love, Love, LOVE this mini album in the CTMH Journalling Cards Box. Its is the perfect size for so many things and can be decorated in so many ways - I am so sad to see it retire at the end on July :O(

Here I added this fun flowered paper and added an adorable mini album inside it.
On the outside of the box I took one of the Base and Bling bracelets which i flattened out and added ribbon which I wove in and out of the bangle part.  I was still able to add the charms by looping them into the ribbon.

I hope you love it as much as I do & that it inspires you to create - Love Sara xxx

Thursday, July 21, 2016

All Grown Up - 'Graduation' Scrapbook Layout

Who knew that the Seaside paper was so versatile !!!
Here I have used it on a graduation layout of Leo.

I used the 'Timeline" pattern from the Imagine How To Scrapbook Program. These book make it so quick and simple to make a stunning layout very easily. I use them all of the time and highly recommend them x

The Base and Bling alphabet stickers formed the title - these will be retiring so stock up while you can !! I love the finished result along with the stars which I cut from Black glitter paper on the Cricut.

Hope you like it and it inspire you to create - Love Sara xxx

Monday, July 18, 2016

Smile - Scrapbook Layout - Extravaganza 2014

This is such a great day - out for the day on a Catamaran boat with CTMH when we were in Costa Rica on the CTMH Incentive Trip. It was a beautiful day and a beautiful boat values at $500,000!!!

Here the Base and Bling charms and pendant pieces were mixed with the metal Seaside compliments - a perfect pairing.

The Desert sand cardstock was scored both horizontally and vertically to give the illusion of wooden planks and then heavily distressed with the White Daisy pigment ink pad. Loved the finished result. Gold bling gems (which will soon retire) formed the centers of the flowers. I use so many of these gems are they really do seem to co-ordinate with everything. Make sure you stock up before they go as it is while supplies last

Hope you like it and it inspires you to create - Love Sara xxx

Thursday, July 14, 2016

You & Me Scrapbook Layout - Extravaganza 2014


This is one of my favorite layouts from CTMH - and is made using the Make it from your Heart Vol. 1 of the 'How To' programs. These programs are great as they give you a blueprint, a cutting guide and then finished artwork examples as inspiration. Brilliant !

Here is another way you can add the Base and Bling jewelry to your pages - on the left hand page I have added a pendant and on the right hand page I added the charms - the Eiffel Tower at the bottom and the '&' on the title is another charm where I cut the loop off it. I colored the now retired clear sparkle flourishes with the brown ShinHan alcohol marker.

Hope you like it & it inspires you to create - Love Sara xxx



Monday, July 11, 2016

Base & Bling Cards - Extravaganza 2014



Here are 3 more cards decorated with the Base and Bling line of jewelry products.

The top card has a pendant piece on it and again I have cut off the hanging loop to make it more of a statement piece. The border is cut on the Cricut in the gold shimmer cardstock.

The middle card was embossed in a diamond pattern and then heavily inked using Colonial White ink to give it a Shabby Chic look and again I used the chain as a ribbon and added the bird charm which i had cut off the hanging loop with an old pair of scissors.

The final card features a sticker on its own and the mustache charm again with the loop cut off it.

Even though they all have the same color combination there are 3 very different styles.

Hope you like them & it inspires you to create - Love Sara xxx

Thursday, July 07, 2016

Extravaganza 2014 cards with Base and Bling



Here are 3 of the cards which I made using the Base and Bling jewelry line. It is very versatile.
The top one has a pendant piece with just a sticker in it but no glass, the middle one has the pendant with the sticker and the glass added, and the bottom card shows the sticker on its own - not inside the pendant but then using the chain as ribbon.

I also used the Floral Embossing folder on the colonial white cardstock which I then distressed heavily with Desert Sand ink. This folder is available on its own or as part o a 2 design or 3 design discount pack as it will retire shortly. Hop on over to my website to check out the other patterns and get them while supplies last

Hope you like what I made & that it inspires you to create - Love Sara xxx 

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Time Passes . . . . Scrapbook layout

This was my competition layout piece which I made for Convention.
The fence and the gate are comprised of 49 pieces of cardstock, inked distressed and ink edged, interwoven and with 3D foam tape between to make it dimensional. The grass is hand it with scissors, the flowers are cut using the CTMH Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge. The Daffodil leave are free hand cut and the clock time is set to 11.11 my dads time. The camera is tucked in the flowers at the bottom.

The gate opens to reveal 2 photos and under the top photo is the journaling.
 The theme was the movie Inside Out and I chose a core memory to scrapbook - 
not necessarily the individual character emotions.
I was absolutely thrilled with the end result (30 hrs to complete) and would not change anything about it.
Hope you like it and that it inspires you to create - Love Sara xxx

Monday, July 04, 2016

Beach Baby Colonial White Display Tray


This is one of my favorite layouts which used the base and bling in a different way. I used the chain instead of ribbon underneath the 3 horizontal pieces. This is probably one of my favorite paper packs ever - Seaside - wish it was still available.  I used the Cricut cartridge on the Sorbet cardstock to make the swirls for seaweed and I just tucked the metal compliments in there too.

The Colonial White Display frame is still available for just a few more weeks so make sure you get it while you can.

Hope you like it - Love Sara xxx

Friday, July 01, 2016

I am so excited to share the opportunity to join CTMH. I love my Legacies of Love team and we support each other and share so many ideas with each other. The friendships I have made during my 13 years with CTMH are so precious to me. I love the discount I get on my own scrapbooking products and the commission I earn while sharing the excitement of Close To My Heart with others.
Our new Idea Book goes live to my customers in August with even more new products coming in September. 
But...YOU don't have to wait until August to get yours. If you would like to join my amazing Legacies of Love team in July you will also get TWO additional perks....a free NEW Fundamentals Creative Collection including a 24 sheet paper pack and coordinating Complements from Close To My Heart PLUS an additional Fundamentals Creative Collection of 24 papers of your choice Free from ME.

Our new consultant kit is just $75.00 and contains the fabulous core tools shown in the photo below PLUS it has great marketing supplies PLUS an instant $50 Select Product Credit which means you get to choose the additional items that you want. 
The kit is valued at over $200 not including the additional bonus items from CTMH and me. If you have any questions I would love to chat with you and discuss more of the perks offered to you when you take advantage of this great opportunity. Offer valid July 1st through July 31st 2016 ‪#‎LOLteamrocks‬
visit my website at 
http://sarabatkin.ctmh.com/ctmh/what-we-do/be-a-consultant.aspx
to join my team today 

Love bugs Colonial White Decor. Frame - Extravangza 2014

Here is a different aspect of layout - something very different for me.
I love the soon to be retired Colonial White Decor Display Frame

I used the Base and Bling bracelet oval piece which I took off the band - then I put resin piece in to it.

The Black shimmer trim added some sparkle and the arrow washi tape is fabulous on this project.
Make sure you don't miss out on getting this before supplies last.

Hope you like it - Love Sara xxx

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Colonial White Frame - Home Decor - Extravaganza 2014

Here is another of my favorite pieces of artwork with my lovely son Leo.
I used the Scholastic paper pack with lots of Lagoon cardstock which I scored and then heavily ink distressed the front - which gives you the 2 shades of color. Love it.

I attached the paper to the chicken wire with liquid glass on the back of the artwork, It held it on beautifully.

I know the frame is no longer available but I know that many of you have this item so I thought it would give you some inspiration.

Hope you like it - Love Sara xxx

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

DAD - 3 Ring Mini Album

I so love this piece from the Extravaganza class of 2014.

I used the Kraft 3 Ring binder from CTMH and have used it to keep all of the cards which I received when he passed away.

I used the Alphabet sticker sheet to spell DAD and then added the glass pieces on top.

I used Liquid Glass to glue two '&' pieces together to give the impression of a metal boat fitting and added an anchor charm to the ribbon on the spine.

I love looking at this and at the cards which I was sent - it is a perfect memory keeper and I will be sorry to see this mini album retire in just a couple of days - make sure you don't miss out

Love Sara xxx

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Display Tray - Extravaganza 2014

Yes I know - this is from 2014 but I have a whole month to fill up before you can even begin to see the Artwork from this years Creative Session at Convention.

So here you go - a cute  5' x 7' Hinged Display Tray  Z1838 which I have decorate with fun Base and Bling items - I used the pendant piece as a mini photo frame and lots of ribbon. I used the mustache and the owl charms and just used a pair of old scissors to cut off the hanging loop.

I love this little display frame as it doesn't take up much room and is easy to store when you want to change out your decor.
This item is going to retire so click on the purple words and it will take you directly to my website so that you can get yours while supplies last.

Hope you like it - Love Sara xxx
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Monday, June 27, 2016

Sticky Boy & Girl Love with the Legacies of Love Team

Look who came home with me . . . . . Sticky Girl
💖
Look at my lovely Sticky Family.  

So I thought I would share the love, and Biggest Sticky Boy at the end has decided he wants to branch out and live somewhere else in the USA. So I thought I would help him to go on his travels and we know that Convention 2017 is in beautiful Salt Lake City this time next year. 

When my LOL team members register for Convention 2017, their names will go into a hat and one person will have a new member of the family - Biggest Sticky Boy ( and who knows - maybe another Sticky Brother will want to leave home too !!!!!!!) and you can bring him with you to Convention (a single sticky girl auctioned for over $600 at Convention!! The set of Sticky boys went for over $1000!!!)
If you saved $2 a day from now on you would have convention paid for, plus over $400 spending money for your hotel or anything else you want to put it to. Get an airline based credit card and earn a year of points to pay for your flight 😀
Who is coming to Convention with my LOL team next year ??????

If you are interested in joining my Legacies of Love Team and getting your supplies at a discount, earning money, making new friends & having the love and support of my LOL TeamClick on the link below - you are welcome here xxxhttp://sarabatkin.ctmh.com/ctmh/what-we-do/be-a-consultant.aspx

Friday, June 10, 2016

Scrapbook Layouts - Cars - Kaleidoscope paper


Here is a layout which I made with the SOTM and the Kaleidoscope paper pack. The pattern is from the Reflections scrapbook blueprints (page 158 of the idea book) 
I embossed the car with White Embossing powder and again with Silver and used just the wheels from the silver image. Lots of liquid glass on the complements add shine - hope you like it X

Friday, June 03, 2016

Flash Sale !!!

Woohooo - Flash sale on my website - check out these cool deals!!!!!
They are only available until Monday 6th June - IF stocks last till then !!! 
Click on the link below

The importance of Scrapbooking x

This is why Scrapbooking is so important

Don't wait until the only thing you have left is Photos x

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Georgie WOTG - Baby Scrapbook Layout

I don't think it gets any cuter than this xx An adorable Baby layout using the 
Georgie Workshop on the Go and its matching compliments.
I used the White Daisy Pigment ink to distress the cardstock to soften the bright yellow 
and give it a more Shabby Chic look.
I used the CTMH Edge Distresser on the edges of the Juniper Cardstock so 
that it - again- had that Shabby Chic style.
Lots of 3D foam tape under the embellishments and White Shimmer Trim 
adds a little sparkle and shine.
This would be a perfect layout for a little girl or a little boy.
Hope you like it - Love Sara xxx

Monday, May 16, 2016

Happy Times Promotional Items

Watch below, as Jill from the Close To My Heart Corporate office shares the details of this gorgeous limited edition paper pack and stamp set. 
Don't forget to contact me if you would like your owns paper and co-ordinating stamp set.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Celebrate with Cake 6x6 card.

This would make a lovely card for an Engagement celebration, a Wedding or a Wedding Anniversary.
I used La Vie En Rose paper and Poppy cardstock which I dry embossed and then inked.
I also used Pixie (pink) and Fern (green) ink to color the black and white paper.
The cake was colored with the Shinhan Markers
Hope you like it - Love Sara xxx

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