Monday, November 26, 2012

Christmas Ordering Deadline

imageAs November winds down, I want to remind you to leave plenty of time for your Christmas gifts to arrive at your doorstep. The Close To My Heart warehouse is located in Utah and it typically takes about a week for packages to arrive to the midwest. With the holidays, we probably should allow a little extra time.

Due to the volume of holiday deliveries, I recommend that you place your Christmas orders no later than December 9. I will be placing on order that day. If you are able to do pick up in Arnold, you can to email your shopping list to me by that date. To have your order delivered to your home, place your order directly on my CTMH website.

Note, ordering by this date is not a guarentee of delivery, but my best estimate with a little padding.


Sunday, November 25, 2012

November Workshop Pictures

I’m just a couple weeks behind, but here’s some pictures from our November workshop.

As you can see we are always focused and work hard...

Sue & Judy
Laura S.
...but at some point in the evening, we sometimes get a little silly!

It is so exciting to see the finished projects!!!
Laura S. and some of her finished cards!

Laura B.
Always the over-achiever, Laura finished her Pear & Partridge layouts and moved on to Dakota! I'm always excited to see her creative artwork.


Thank you ladies for a fun evening!

Would you like to join us? Here's the details for December:

Date/Time: Friday, December 14 from 6:30 - 11:30 pm
Kit: Avonlea

Choose to make some cards or layouts. Prices vary starting at $9.95 for a paper pack. Due date for orders is November 30.

Follow this link to a post with complete kit information.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Black Friday Deals

Today is that special holiday that we affectionately call Black Friday. Like every nearly other retailer in America, I will also be offering special pricing for this time immediately after Thanksgiving. This is your chance to start your Christmas shopping or get a few special things for yourself.

However for my Close To My Heart and Clever Container specials there is no need to...
...miss out on family time
...deprive yourself of sleep
...bundle up in layers and layers of clothings
...fill your thermos with anything hot
...push & shove yourself through the crowds
...hope and pray that you will get there before everything is gone

My sales are online and available through December 2!

So curl up on your couch with in your pjs and slippers and browse the Online Vendor Fair at At this site, you will find items from 18 different vendors. You will be able to purchase items from all of the vendors using a single Shopping Bag. How convenient is that?

Be sure to sign up for the door prizes being offered by each vendor. I'll be giving away 50% off a Workshop On The Go of your choice.

If you'd like to combine the cyber sale with other Close To My Heart items, simple drop me an email with your complete list.

A word about how the fair will work: While the actual price is contained in each product listing, you will quickly notice that all products will add $0 to your shopping bag. This is due to differences in sales tax, shipping rates, etc. between the vendors. After you check out, each vendor will send you an invoice for the actual price plus shipping and tax for your purchases.


Thursday, November 22, 2012

Cyber Week Details

Below is a sample of my cyber specials available through December 2. You can see the complete list of items, pictures and details at on the Online Vendor Fair at

Be sure to sign up for my door prize while you are at the fair!

You can shop conveniently at the Vendor Fair or just drop me an email of the items you'd like to order. These specials are NOT available on my Close To My Heart shopping website. However, you can combine these specials with regularly priced items by emailing me your list.

Don't forget that orders of $50 qualify for the Stamp of the Month, plus through November 30 you can add on any stamp set for 50% off! Email me to take advantage of this special.

Purchase Artiste or Art Philosophy Cricut Collection and receive Make It From Your Heart - Volume 1 free!
Make It From Your Heart is our newest how-to publication featuring 16 two-page layout patterns, two single page patterns and 12 card patterns. Retail value is $7.95!

Add on the second Cricut collection for just $80 more --- that's a savings of $19!

Stamping Starter Set for just $34.95!

This kit is great for a new stamper, but is also perfect for an experienced stamper who is ready to make a move from wooden blocks to acrylic.

My Acrylix Block Starter Set (2x2, 3x3, 2x3.5)
New! My Acrylix Stamp Scrubber
My Acrylix Spritz Cleaner

Paper Crafter's Dream Kit for just $59.75!

Everything is easier when you have the right tools. I've selected all my favorites for this kit! Save $10 off the retail price of the combined retail price of thes items.

SureCut Deluxe Craft Paper Trimmer by Fiskars
14" Clear Ruller with guide holes for stitching
Micro-Tip Scissors
Piercing Tool Kit
Bone Folder

Distressing Kit - Just $24.95
Nothing finished your paper artwork better than a little distressing. This kit includes all the tools you need for various edge treatments.

Distressing Inks
Finishing Files
Sanding Kit
Edge Distresser
Texture Tools

Free Stamp Pad with Scroll Album Kit!
You will be proud to add this album to your home decor. Purchase the Workshop on the Go Scroll Album Kit and receive a free Chocolate stamp pad!

I have also pulled together a couple of embellishment packs, a heat embossing kit, a creative card pack, an album special andmuch more. To see a complete list of my specials plus pictures and details, go to

Happy Shopping!


Cyber Week Specials

Forget about Black Friday and Cyber Monday. This year, my pre-holiday specials are not just here for a day or a weekend. You can shop 24/7 from today (Thanksgiving) through Decmeber 2.

So after you have eaten your turkey, shop hassle free from the comfort of your home. Just pull out your shopping list and come visit my virtual booth at the Online Vendor Fair at or www.facebook/sassystitchboutique. At this site, you will also find all your favorite vendors. Shop them all and pay securely with a single check out!


Thursday, November 15, 2012

New Discounted Items!

New discontinued sale items were just added to my website this week! This is your last chance to get these fabulous products! Click HERE to start shopping.

$5.95 $1.50 X7139C

$9.95 $2.50 X7139B

$4.95 $1.25 Z1488

$4.95 $1.50 X7152C

$12.95 $3.50 BULK248

4.95 $1.25 Z1338

$8.95 $5.00 Z1334

$4.95 $1.50 X7140C

$4.95 $2.00 Z1690

For best results – SHOP EARLY. These are all WHILE SUPPLIES LAST so once they run out, the items will be gone forever. These must be ordered through the website. I can’t place the order for you.

To start shopping, click HERE and select WHILE SUPPLIES LAST from the menu on the left. When it asks you if you want to join a gathering, please click on the “September” button.

Happy shopping!

Black Friday (Week) Specials Coming Soon...

I'll be announcing my Black Friday specials soon. These discounts will be available starting Thanksgiving Day through December 2. You will be able to take advantage of them from the comfort of your home!

I will be posting them on an Online Vendor Fair along with many other local vendors. You will be able to buy everything on your list with a single check out. I'm so excited to be a part of this.

The Vendor Fair will be located at or

Happy Shopping!


Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Ready to Get Organized?

Since leaving my job in May, I've been working hard to organizing my home and life. In my quest for good storage solutions, I ran across a relatively new company called Clever Container. I liked the products so much, I decided to purchase the consultant kit.

Here's a few of my favorites:


Want to see more? Go to my website:

Monday, November 12, 2012

Avonlea Workshop - December 14

My December workshop will feature the Avonlea papers. This paper is oh so classy and elegant!
The workshop is free to anyone who purchases an Avonlea paper pack or Workshop on the Go from me. It is at my home in Arnold, MO on Friday, December 14 at 6:30 - 11:30 pm. Orders are due by November 30. Click here to access the order form. You can place your order on my CTMH website or email me a list of what you would like.
If you are not local to the Arnold/St. Louis area, you can still purchase these kits and complete your projects using the included instructional booklet. I'm just a phone call or away if you have any questions along the way.
This month you have three kit choices:
1) Card-making Workshop On The Go - This kit includes the cards/envelopes, paper stamp set, and accessories needed to make 15 beautiful cards. I will also provide directions for creating five additional cards. The only additional supply you need is five card bases and envelopes.

The full kit (including stamp set and all accessories) is $29.95.
You can also purchase a mini-kit that includes everything except the stamp set and ribbon for $12.00. The Bubbles in the WOTG will also be replaced by Pearl Opaques. This mini-kit is perfect if you are planning to finish your cards here using my stamp set or for an add-on if you want more than 15 (or 20) cards.

2) Scrapbooking Workshop On The Go - This kit includes all the papers and accessories you need to make four scrapbook pages. You also receive a full pack of paper, two additional sheets of card stock, an exclusive stamp set, Parlor Velvet Rub-Ons, Opaques Mocha Adhesive Gems, plus a full-color instructional booklet.

You will have papers and other supplies left over for additional projects. All this for just $29.95!

3) Create your own kit! Purchase the Avonlea paper pack plus any accessories to make your own project. The Idea Book has lots of great ideas or maybe you have something else in mind. That is fine! You will still have access to the stamp sets and inks as described below.
During the workshop, you will have access to all of the stamp sets and stamp pads needed to complete your kits. I'll also have some of the tools available on a first come basis. Please bring your own paper cutter and adhesives.
Click here to access the order form with these options plus ideas of coordinating items you may be interested in. You can place your order on my CTMH website or email me a list of what you would like.


Monday, November 5, 2012

Why Handmade Means More

 My newsletter is the best way for you to keep up with current specials and receive inspiration for your projects. You can join my newsletter distribution list by emailing me or clicking the link in the right column of this blog.

The November newsletter article below discusses how handmade gifts can mean more. Plus it is a whole lot of fun creating them :)  Happy Crafting!
Why Handmade Means More
Gifts from the Heart
Creating dimensional projects with My Acrylix and 3-D Foam Tape

The holiday season is coming up fast — have you started your shopping yet? And what are you going to get for those few people on your list who are impossible to shop for? What do you give to that person that seems to have everything? If you’ve got some question marks on your list this year, try giving something handmade.
Why handmade? There are many reasons that a gift you make yourself is more meaningful than what you can get off the shelf:
  • Time — is there anything more valuable? Once you’ve given your time to something, you can never get it back. When you put your valuable time into making something personal and unique, you are giving one of the most valuable things you have.
  • Personal Touch — everything you create is infused with a part of you. A gift that you created is much more likely to remind the recipient of you simply because it carries the signature of your creativity.
  • Customizable — don’t spend hours in stores looking in vain for just the right thing. With a handmade gift, you can make something just right by tailoring it to what you know about the person you are giving it to.
  • Rarity — when you make something handmade, you are creating an item that is unique. That uniqueness adds value to the gift because there is nothing else like it. It is a gift that only you can give.
There is no limit to the handmade gifts you can give this year. A beautiful card or scrapbook page may be just the right thing, or a decorated picture frame, jewelry box, or wall art. Let your creativity shine this holiday season and give something that means a little more — give something handmade.

Personalized Tumblers

Christmas gift idea!

I've been seeing lots of great uses for vinyl on Pinterest and have been very intrigued. But I have to admit I was a little nervous about giving it a try. Until now! Last week, I found a great price on vinyl and decided to try it out on some tumblers from the dollar store.

My daughter and I had a great time making one for each family member. These cups are for our "home all day" days. So instead of having a counter full of empty glasses, I'm hoping that there will just be these three to wash at the end of the day.

All of the letters and designs are from the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge. The letters were cut at 1.25" and the designs are 2".

I found the vinyl much easier to work with than I expected. We did not change any of the settings on the Cricut from what I use for cardstock. We also chose designs that were fairly simple. After cutting out Emily's name, we elected to not use the font with the little cut outs on the others since those sticky little circles were tricky to separate from the rest of the letter.

We did not use transfer paper for this project because we were not that worried about making them perfect. We just eyeballed the alignment and called it good enough. If needed, you can gently pull them up and reposition.

I was a little worried about how they would hold up to washing. We've hand washed them a few times and so far the vinyl is sticking tight. 

This was a great starter vinyl project and we have definitely caught the vinyl bug. We are looking around for other things to decorate! I'll post pictures if we do.

Hope this has inspired you to take the leap into vinyl!


Friday, November 2, 2012

Coordinating Cricut Stamps

Since the November Special allows you to purchase a stamp set for half price (details below), it is a great time to review your wish list and purchase your favorite sets.

Since many of my stamping projects now use the CTMH Cricut cartridges, Artiste and Art Philosophy, I'm posting a list of the stamp sets that coordinate with these cartridges. I simply love that there are so many great stamp sets that coordinate with the cut images perfectly.

In addition to the November Stamp of the Month, Capture the Date, there are seven stamp sets currently available that coodinate with the Artiste Cartridge. In addition, there are a whopping 36 that coordinate with Art Philosophy! There are also five Workshops On The Go that coordinate with one of the two cartridges. I've put together a list of all of these products to share with you.

During November, when you qualify for and purchase the November Stamp of the Month set, Capture the Date, you get an additional bonus of 50% off any other stamp set in the Idea Book! This deal excludes those sets sold as part of Workshops on the Go® kits or our Cricut® collections, but that still leaves you over one hundred options to choose from!

Teaser: If you have not yet purchased both Cricut Collections, I am planning to include them in my Black Friday specials! Keep your eyes open for how you can get these must-have cartridges.


Update: Relief for Sandy Victims

Hurricane Sandy has had a devastating effect on the Eastern United States and Close To My Heart wants to help. Through the November Constant Campaign, which starts today, you can offer relief to the victims!

In my Novembr sales announcement, I explained that when you place an order of $50 or more in full retail products and purchase the November Stamp of the Month set, Capture the Date, for just $5, you can receive a stamp set of your choice (size A–E or M) for 50% off! To help with relief efforts, Close To My Heart will donate $1 to the American Red Cross for each November Stamp of the Month set that is sold in conjunction with this campaign. 


Thursday, November 1, 2012

Capture the Date - November Stamp of the Month

The November Stamp of the Month is all about the dates. Record the “when” of your memories and do so much more with November’s Stamp of the Month set, Capture the Date. This stamp set’s striking versatility will add pizazz to dozens of projects: calendars, layouts, cards, birthdays, games, as well as anything that calls for a numbered list.

Capture this set of 72 stamps for just $5 with a qualifying $50 purchase! And when you do, remember to take advantage of this month’s special by picking an additional stamp set from the Idea Book for 50% off!

Would you like to make the projects pictured above? Follow this link to the supply lists and directions.

Here's a close of of all the images on this stamp set.


This stamp set is only available during the month of November 2012. Order yours today for $17.95 or just $5 with an order of $50.

I used this stamp set and Flirty paper to make this birthday card. The Happy Birthday sentiment is from the For All Occasions stamp set.

Capture the Savings

Get a stamp set of your choice 50% off with a qualifying purchase!


Don't you just love a good deal? Especially on quality products like Close To My Heart’s My Acrylix® stamp sets. If you’ve been keeping your eye on a particular set or two, then now is the perfect time to act! During November, you can get 50% off your favorite stamp set in the Idea Book. Here’s how:

You already know about the Stamp of the Month program, where you can buy an exclusive D-size stamp set for just $5 with your $50 qualifying order. During November, when you qualify for and purchase the November Stamp of the Month set, Capture the Date, you get an additional bonus of 50% off any other stamp set in the Idea Book! This deal excludes those sets sold as part of Workshops on the Go® kits or our Cricut® collections, but that still leaves you over one hundred options to choose from!

When you see how versatile and exciting the November Stamp of the Month set is, you will see how this offer rewards you for getting something you already know you want! So head over to my CTMH web site to read more about this deal and start shopping.