Thursday, September 26, 2013

Tools of the Trade

The right tool can make all the difference in your artistic scrapbooking. See what tools Close To My Heart has to offer to enhance your creative experience!

Please let me know if you have questions about any of these tools. If you are ready to shop, go to my Close To My Heart website,


Friday, September 20, 2013

Festive Friday Blog Hop: September Edition

Welcome once again to the Festive Friday blog hop! On one Friday each month through December, you can hop through our blogs to holiday cards, layouts or home decor items using the amazing new products in the Autumn/Winter 2013 Idea Book. I hope you enjoy this paper "eye candy"! Just one more reason to love Fridays!

If you missed my post for the August edition, you can find it HERE. If you came here from Diane's blog, The Happy Scrapbooker, then you are on the right track. Your hopping path is circular and you will visit each of us by following the links.

This month, I've got a fun Halloween mini-album to show you.

Everything in the album was cut using the Artbooking Cricut Cartridge (pages 54 and 55 of the handbook). I set the size dial to 5" and everything was cut in proportion which made putting it together a snap!

To speed things up, I loaded all of the images I was cutting out onto mats in Cricut Craft Room and I saved the file to share with you. You just need four sheets of cardstock for the entire album. 

Here's pictures of all of the pages:

Now it's your turn...use the CCR file to create your own album. Please share a link to pictures in the comments. I'd love to see what you come up with.

Be sure to check back on October 18 for our next installment of the Festive Friday Blog Hop. But for now hop on over to Michelle's Wandering Scissors blog, your next stop in today's hop.

Keep Creating!


Monday, September 16, 2013

New! Project Starter Bundle

A new product starter bundle (Z1972) is available at the discounted price of just $90. This bundle includes some basic tools and materials to help those who are new to crafting jump right in and start scrapbooking and creating other papercrafts.

The product bundle includes (retail prices shown):
  • SureCut™ Deluxe Craft Paper Trimmer (Z1783; $34.95)
  • Memory Protectors® Clear Value Pack (qty. 50) (Z4115; $22.95)
  • Outdoor Denim My Legacy® Faux Leather Album (Z1346; $24.95)
  • 3 album posts and screws, 1" (1011; $2.50)
  • White Daisy Cardstock 24-pack (1385; $9.50)
Total Retail Price: $94.85
Your Discount Offer: $90

So if you have been thinking about starting scrapbooking but don't know where to begin, this pack will give you a great start. You don't need a room full of supplies to preserve your memories. Let me know you how to use Close To My Heart's methods to create beautiful layouts simpler, easier and faster.

In September, this purchase will qualify you to add the following discounted stamp sets to your order:
  • Stamp of the Month, "Poster Tidings" for $5 (Learn More>)
  • National Stamping Month set, "You Are My Happy" for $10 (Learn More>)


Saturday, September 14, 2013

Poster Tidings Blog Hop

Welcome to our September Stamp of the month Blog Hop! This month's stamp from Close To My Heart is "Poster Tidings" and is available exclusively through your Close To My Heart consultant from September 1 - 30, 2013. This month, you can receive this stamp set for $5 with a qualifying purchase of $50.

If you don't already have a Consultant that you are currently working with, please contact one of the Consultants in our hop with any questions you have!

If you have just hopped onto my blog, please start at the beginning at Darla's blog - Crafting is Contagious. If you have come from Scraper's Therapy with Amber, then you are in the right place!

Now, without further's my project:

I have been wanting to get out my embossing powders and this large Christmas stamp gave me the perfect opportunity. If you have never worked with embossing powder, you are really missing out on some crafty fun! I like to think of it as grown-up glitter!

To emboss an image, first you stamp the image with Versamark ink which is colorless, but sticky. Can you see the faint outline of the stamped image in the lower right side of the picture below? That is what it looks like when you stamp with Versamark. Not too exciting, right?

But wait! Sprinkle on a little Silver Embossing Powder and shake it off -- just like you used to do with glitter. Viola! You now have a silver outline of the stamped image. 

But wait there's more! The final step is where the magic really happens. All those little specks of powder melt and merge together when you blow it with a craft heater. The grainy image becomes smooth and shiny. Isn't that fun?

I finished the card off with a flower and baker's twine from the Ruby Mini-Medley Assortment and a little Silver Shimmer Trim.

Your next stop on our "Poster Tidings" hop is 4 Hearts Scrapbooking with Jennifer.

Here's the entire lineup in case you get lost along the way:
  1. Darla at Crafting is Contagious
  2. Amber at Scrapper's Therapy 
  3. Rebecca at Show Me Scrapping (you are HERE)
  4. Jennifer at 4 Hearts Scrapbooking
  5. Janna at The Creative Princess
  6. Pam at Pam's Crafty Creations
  7. Michelle at My Creations With Michelle
Thanks for hopping along with us. We hope we were able to inspire you.

Keep Creating!

Thursday, September 12, 2013

You Are My Happy Card Set

Hello and Happy National Stamping Month! To celebrate this grand occasion, Close To My Heart released a brand-new, exclusive stamp set called "You Are My Happy". It is really three stamp sets in one: a font, a great set of cheerful sentiments and some fun images.

There are so many great images and sentiments in the set, I couldn't choose just one. So I decided to create a set of cards.

To make this set, I turned to Jeanette Lynton's book Wishes.

This book is fabulous! Similar to Jeanette's other How To books, Wishes contains full instructions for lots of cards plus lots of techniques to make your projects special. In addition, Wishes has instructions for three card workshops.

I choose the Celebration card workshop beginning on page 21 to make twelve 6" x 6" cards.

The workshop calls for 10 sheets of cardstock (6 are used for card bases). I added an extra sheet of Colonial White for stamping. My cards are made with the retired Pemberley paper.

It was easy to follow the cutting and assembly instructions. Then I got to do the fun part --- stamping and embellishing!

Here are pictures of each of my finished cards. (I actually made two of each of these for twelve total.)

Additional Supplies:
- Outdoor Denim & Desert Sand Ink Pads

I hope you've enjoyed seeing my cards. I'll close with a quick reminder that the exclusive "You Are My Happy" stamp set is only available during September. You can get yours for just $10 with a qualifying $50 purchase on my website (

And always, keep creating!


Thursday, September 5, 2013

New Creative Memory Style Page Protectors coming!

Close To My Heart just announced two different side-loading Memory Protectors® products for 12" x 12" scrapbook pages are being developed. These products will be formulated with our same quality PVC-free materials and are anticipated to be available with the release of the Spring/Summer 2014 Idea Book (available for purchase on February 1, 2014). 

The first product is intended to be compatible with Creative Memories-style strap albums without requiring modification to the album or protector. The protectors have seams on the top, bottom, and exterior side, with an open side for sliding in pages near the gutter seam. “Refill pages” are not required to use this product.

The second product is intended for use in post-bound or three-ring albums. Protectors are very similar to Close To My Heart’s existing Memory Protectors style, but instead of having an opening at the top for top loading, these will have the opening at the interior side near the gutter. 

These two additional formats of Memory Protectors will give you additional options in organizing your pages in albums. These protectors are not intended to replace our current style of Memory Protectors, but rather to offer more options and diversity in our top quality Memory Protectors.

If you have Creative Memory style albums and are having difficulty finding page protectors to complete them, please let me know. I will put you on my list of people to keep informed as more information about these pages becomes available.


Wednesday, September 4, 2013

New Sarita Card Kit

Sarita was my August Paper of the Month and I created this card kit exclusively for my customers. This kit features a stylish ikat design and includes all the paper and embellishments needed to make 12 cards - 4 each of the ones below. And you can only get it here!

You get all the following items for just $19.25!

Order your kit from the Exclusive Kits tab of this website.

Additional items needed (not included):

Local Workshops
Everyone who purchases a Sarita Card Kit, Workshop on the Go or Paper Pack is invited to a complementary workshop at my home in Arnold, MO. At the workshop, you will have access to my inks, stamps and basic tools.

There are two workshop dates in August:
  • NEW TIME! Wednesday, September 25, 9 am - noon
  • Friday, September 27, 6:30 - 11:30 PM
  • Sunday, September 29, 2:30 - 5:30
There is no additional charge to attend, but you must RSVP to reserve a spot. 


Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Free stamp set in September!

Do you love a great deal?

Last month, CTMH had one of the most popular deals ever. During August, you could receive the fun Chocolate Affair stamp set with a $50 purchase FREE! As you may be aware, Saturday was the last day it was available. BUT...

I'm giving you a second chance! 

During September, you can use that same $50 to join my team (actually just $49!) and I'll send you the Chocolate Affair stamp set!

There is a big difference between the August special and my September second chance deal. In August, you spent $50 and received $50 in product along with your free stamp set. Now, your $49 will stretch to purchase over $150 in products plus the free stamp set -- a total value of over $170!  You pay only $49!

Receive a box with over $150 in product, plus this size D stamp set for just $49!

So if you have been waiting for the right time to join CTMH or if you just like a really, really good deal, now is the time to act. Simply fill out an online application and your kit and stamp set will be on it's way to you!

Hurry - this offer is limited to the next 5 people who join my team.


Monday, September 2, 2013

You Are My Happy! National Stamping Month Special

See the playful alphabet, light-hearted sentiments, and fun images of Close To My Heart's You Are My Happy stamp set trio—exclusive for National Stamping Month! Use this set for a variety of occasions to give a cheerful touch to your projects!

Get an exclusive You Are My Happy stamp set trio in celebration of National Stamping Month! During the month of September, when you make a purchase of $50 or more, you qualify for this whimsical stamp set trio for only $10. You’ll love the whimsical alphabet, light-hearted sentiments, and fanciful images for a variety of occasions to give a cheerful touch to your projects, with a full retail value of $47.90.

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Sunday, September 1, 2013

Poster Tidings

Have you seen the trendy subway art technique? It is a fun way to put together several related words and phrases. You're going to love the September Stamp of the Month, Poster Tidings! It gives you a quick way to create Fall and Winter subway art.

Watch adorable pieces of art come to life with this unique stamp set and fun embellishments.

Here's a still shot of some of the projects featured in the video. You can find supply lists and helpful hints on my website under promotions (LINK).

Here's a pictures showing the two large stamps included in the set. As you saw in the video, you can either use all the words on your project or use a little creative cutting and pasting to show your favorites. Which words will you choose?

Remember this set is only available during September 2013. You can purchase it for $17.95 or with a $50 purchase, it is just $5!

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