Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas!

Hello friends! May you have a safe, relaxing holiday filled with love from family and friends. 

Here's quick and simple card for you:

Artiste Pop Up Merry Christmas card: Ruby, White & Topiary cardstock, Gold Dot Washi Tape,
Gold Glitter Paper, Gold Bling Gems

This card was made with the new Artiste Cricut cartridge. To make the card, I first cut the base out of Ruby cardstock, then the inside liner out of white. I love how the sentiment looks so crisp and clean as the white shows through the cut out.

The inside is where this card really shines, or I should say "pops"! I cut the liner twice -- once in white and once in Topiary green. Then I trimmed the green liner down to only include the tree branches and attached them to the white liner. I then added some Ruby circles I made with a hole punch with the left over paper from the base.

The tree was screaming for a glitter star, so I cut one out of our gold glitter paper. Then I finished the card off with some hand cut banners, Wsahi tape and gold bling gems.

Merry Christmas,

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Christmas Time is Finally Here!

We just made the final (fingers crossed!) run to Target and the grocery store. The gifts are nearly wrapped and we are getting ready to head to our church for the Christmas Eve service. We are packing our car so that we can leave directly from there to go to our extended family Christmas celebration.

Warm Wishes Card: Yuletide Cardstock, D1613 Best Christmas stamp set, Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge,
gold shimmer trim, gold bling gems, 

Peace & Joy Card: Yuletide Cardstock, D1613 Best Christmas stamp set, Art Philosophy
Cricut cartridge, 
gold shimmer trim, gold bling gems, 

Winter Cheer Card: Yuletide Cardstock, D1613 Best Christmas stamp set, Art Philosophy
Cricut cartridge, 
gold shimmer trim, gold bling gems, 
It is now time to relax and enjoy time with family and friends. May you feel at peace and blessed this Christmas Eve.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Totes Adorable Cropping Organization is HERE! (Limited shipment has arrived)

I'm so excited to announce that we have a brand new rolling tote and matching shoulder bag. These new additions to Close To My Heart's storag line are not only functional but fashionable!

The rolling tote has multiple pockets designed to store your score board, paper trimmer, adhesives and more. The spacious center compartment is a perfect fit for our organizers!

These totes are designed to hold everything you need to take to your next cropping event! 

These are now available to order on my shopping website. However, only a small shipment has arrived, so we expect these to sell out soon. More are on their way, but if you want to be one of the first to have one of these deluxe bags, get your order in quickly!

Friday, December 5, 2014

$10 Stamps in December, including pictures

Earlier this week, I announced our Deal of the Decade. To celebrate 10 years of our amazing clear My Acrylix stamp sets, size C & D stamps from the Annual Inspirations Idea Book are just $10 with a qualifying purchase!

I thought it would help to see pictures of all of the stamps available at this price.

You can add as many of these stamps as you want for just $10 each! Since this Idea Book covers a whole year of seasons and occasions, there are stamps for every type of project!

To get the discounted price, go to my website and add regular retail priced items to your cart totalling $50 or more. When you scroll to the bottom of your screen, you will see this link that will pull up the list of stamps to choose from:

Before you check out, I'd suggest you do two more things.

1. Through January 31, you can add a free copy of both the Annual Inspirations and Seasonal Expressions Idea Books! That's a $7 dollar value at no charge. However you do have to WORK to get them -- click these buttons at the bottom of your cart to add the free catalogs:

Already have copies? Add them anyway and find a crafty friend who would enjoy them.

2. Join my New Products Mystery Hostess Gathering to enter a drawing to win all of the Hostess Goodies that come with the party. Currently, someone will get to choose $40 in free product plus one 50% off item! To join the gathering click JOIN next to "New Product Mystery Hostess".  You will find this on my home page or at the TOP of your shopping cart.

To learn more ways to earn tickets to the drawing, click here to enter my online gathering.

The $10 stamp sets are available through January, but the Mystery Hostess gathering will end Sunday, December 7. So get your order in early!

In the mean time, keep creating,

Monday, December 1, 2014

December Deal of the Decade -- Select Stamp sets just $10!

This year marks the 10-year anniversary of Close To My Heart’s revolutionary My Acrylix®
clear polymer stamps—and I can’t wait for you to celebrate with me!

With a qualifying purchase of $50 during the month of December, you will be eligible to purchase ANY C- or D-size stamps from the Annual Inspirations 2014–2015 idea book for only $10. Plus, once you achieve the qualifying order total, there is no limit to the number of eligible stamp sets you can purchase at this discounted price.

Order an unlimited number of  $10 stamp sets!

A purchase of $50 will also qualify you to receive the December Stamp of the Month, Cutie Pie, for only $5.  This "sweet" stamp set includes all of the images shown below.

Here's a couple projects created by the artists at Close To My Heart.

So if you purchase both the discounted Stamp of the Month and additional stamps at this special campaign pricing your savings will compound! It is truly the deal of the decade.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Cyber Monday Cricut Sale!!

For the first time ever, Close To My Heart is offering a Cyber Monday Sale. There has never been a better time to buy Close To My Heart’s exclusive Cricut® Collections for 20% off the retail price. Whether you love scrapbooking, cardmaking, or creating 3-D projects, our four exclusive Cricut® collections make the perfect addition to any craft room! Sale starts at midnight (MST) on December 1 and ends at 11:59 pm Monday night.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Layers of Flowers and Fundaments Paper Layout

Are you looking for a simple way to add texture to your layouts? Close To My Heart's Fundamentals paper are the key to this simple layout.

Fundamentals paper comes in each of the 40 colors in our color pallete and each sheet is double-sided. Once side is has glossy resist pattern while the other has the same pattern in white. In my layout, I choose the glossy resist for the New England Ivy and Smoothy papers for subtle texture while the white honeycomb pattern pops off the Honey paper.

The Chevron Border punch was a quick way to add additional detail. It has a tray to catch all those tiny pieces of paper and keep things nice and tidy.

The layers of flowers come from the November Stamp of the Month, It's the Little Things.

The stamp set is only available through November 30. The full retail price is $17.95, but you can get yours for just $5; that's over 70% savings. When you place an order of $50 or more in Close To My Heart products, you qualify for this special Stamp of the Month pricing. 

Just $5 with a $50 purchase!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

You're Invited! Warm up to the new Seasonal Expressions Catalog.

It may be cold outside, but on December 2 we will be warm and toasty! 

Mark your Calendar!

Date: Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Time: 6:30 PM
Place: 124 Lamp Post Lane, Arnold, MO
This brand new catalog will go live on December 3. It is full of new papers, stamps, embellishments and tools. The lovely spring products will provide an escape from the cold of winter. For a warm-weather girl like me, it is a breath of fresh air.

Please grab a girlfrind and come join me for this fun day.

RSVP: Rebecca Brown at 314-495-7958 or

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Creatively Expressing Gratitude

I love that we as a nation have a holiday called Thanksgiving. Although the meaning is often lost in today's hectic pace and other things like shopping and football may overshadow the historical significance, it remains on our calendar as a reminder that we are blessed. 

As we lead up to Thanksgiving, I'm reminded of all the people that I'm thankful for. I was blessed to grow up in a loving home, community and church. My family remains important to me to this day, but I have faded memories of teachers, grocers, softball coaches, church leaders, friends' parents and neighbors who took the time to show interest in a little girl. Although most of these people are no longer in my life, they are a part of who I am and for that I am thankful. Who do you have in your life -- past or present -- who you are thankful for? 

Today, I'm sharing a couple of layouts using the Pathfinding collection that focus on being thankful for the special people in our lives. 

I can not take the credit for these beautiful pages. The layouts were designed by the amazing Close To My Heart artists, but they didn't fit into the catalog. You can recreate these pages quick and simply with the Pathfinding Products including the Paper, Complements and Assortment. By using coordinating products and basic patterns, they achieved remarkable results without any fancy tools or techniques.

I hope these pages inspire you to get creative in the way you show your gratitude for the people God has placed in your life. Whether it is making cards, scrapbooking or other projects, Close To My Heart remains focused on celebrating special relationships. 

Feeling Blessed,

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Getting Started Video for Studio J Digital Scrapbooking!

Are you interested in digital scrapbooking, but not sure where to start? This video will take you from setting up your account through creating your first layout! Remember this is a TRY before you BUY program.

Be sure you read my Lucky 6 post about how you can get your pages for as little as $2.15 this month. Hurry, this special is only good through Black Friday.

Click here to get started in Studio J>>

Want to learn more? Go to the Studio J Video page>>

Happy creating!

Friday, November 7, 2014

Studio J Lucky 6! Even more luck with Free Layouts!!

I have an amazing deal for you ---  Close To My Heart is offering 5 ways to be lucky in November with Studio J. You can read more about these in yesterday's post.  With my special, there are now 6 ways that you can be lucky in November with Studio J!

Have I told you that I LOVE Studio J? When I joined Close To My Heart almost 5 years ago, I was not interested in learning this digital scrapbooking system. But, I decided I ought to at least check it out so I'd be ready if someone asked me about it. One morning, I had an extra half hour before work and decided to log on to create my that short 30 minutes, I had created two full layouts!! 

My First Studio J Layout!
From that point on, I was hooked. Studio J is now my go to when I'm feeling behind or have a special event that I want to get scrapped quickly. I now use Studio J for over half of my scrapbooking!

I love showing people how easy the program is to use and how lovely the layouts are. The November special gave me a great opportunity to invite everyone to give it a try!

My favorite things about Studio J layouts:

#5 The Price - Seriously, by the time you print pictures and buy your scrapbook supplies $3.50 per page is a pretty good price. How does $2.50 per page sound? How about $2.15 per page?

#4 The Format - Studio J layouts are made digitally. This means that you can order multiples of a layout with a click of the mouse. Want to make pages for each child's album? No problem. Have heritage pages you'd like to copy for members of the family? No problem. Also, everytime you order a layout, you get a high quality jpg of the layout for free. Archieve these images just like you would back up your photos in case the album is destroyed and you need to reprint.

#3 The Photos - With Studio J, you never wish you had printed your pictures different sizes or had zoomed or cropped differently. Your layouts can have one large focal picture or many small pictures or anywhere in between. Customize the zoom and crop after you have the picture in place on your layout.

#2 The Quality - Studio J layouts are printed on high quality photo paper.  The images pop out of the page. Add them to you scrapbooks and on one will even notice that some pages are "flat".


#1 The Ease - I love simple! Creating layouts in Studio J means no set up, no mess and no packing. Just open your computer and log on to work on your pages anytime, anywhere. When you need to stop, simply save them to work on later. With 104 beautiful paper collections and100 layout patterns, the possibilities are endless. Over 100 ready-made Express  layouts make creating even faster!

Now, here's the deal:

I told you I would add to the Lucky 5 Studio J special. In addition, to the $5 layouts and the posibility of winning an accessory or an album (see details), I will send credit for a free layout to everyone who orders 6 or more layouts. That's right, order 6 layouts for $5 each, and I'll send you a credit for another layout. So you are getting 7 layouts total for $30!  That comes out to $4.29 per layout or $2.15 per page

While the Lucky 5 special is for all the month of November, to get the the free layout, you must submit your order before midnight on Black Friday, November 28

So what are you waiting for? Start creating today!

Studio J is a try before you buy program. You can create an account and start designing layouts for free. as many You only pay when you order prints!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Lucky 5! Celebrate the fifth anniversary of Studio J with five lucky ways to win!

As a huge Studio J fan, I am very excited about this month's special. Studio J is an easy to use online program that turns your pictures into beautiful layouts. As always it is FREE TO TRY: simply set up an account on my Studio J website and start creating. You only pay when you are ready to order prints. 

I challenge you to give it a try this month --- you have nothing to lose and lots to win! 

November marks the five-year anniversary of Studio J®, and that means it’s your lucky month. There are FIVE ways you can win with Studio J in November.

#1 - Take advantage of five amazing ways to win through Studio J and Close To My Heart social media by creating and ordering your Studio J print layouts at the outstanding price of just $5—then hope for luck to visit! 

#2 - Every fifth print order in Studio J will include one FREE accessory retailing $5 or more. But that’s not all! 

#3 - Five lucky winners will receive a “golden ticket” redeemable for a brand new D-ring album* loaded with 10 Memory Protectors™ hidden in their Studio J print orders! 

#4 & 5 - If luck is not your lot, then you can earn your prize through raw talent. Those who post photos or JPEGs of their newly printed layouts on Facebook or Instagram, marked with the hashtag #ctmhlucky5, will enter the contest for layouts featuring the best artistry and creativity. Five winners will be chosen from each site, notified after November 30, and will then receive their own D-ring album with 10 Memory Protectors. The luck is abounding—come and get your fill!

*Offer valid November 1–30, 2014. Pattern and color of new D-ring album to be given to winners will be at Close To My Heart’s discretion based upon availability. No tax or shipping will be charged on the free item(s). Studio J layouts ship in a protected box that can hold 4 to 50 two-page layouts. For additional information about shipping/handling, please visit > Products and Pricing > Shipping Options

Learn more »

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Two Great New Consultant Kits! (Plus sneak peek at new products)

In December, the first ever Seasonal Expressions mini Idea Book will go live. I've seen the preview and I must say there are some really awesome new products including two new paper collections and lots of new accessories. My favorite so far: White Shimmer Trim!

So as it starts getting chilly here in the mid-west, this catelog will help you dream of spring and love in the air. BUT, you have to WAIT until December to see them!

Unless, you order one of two great new consultant kits. You will absolutely love this box of creativity waiting to happen.

Each of these kits is packed full of fabulous new products --- over $370 in retail value --- but you pay just $99 when you join my Treasure Keepers team. Click HERE for an itemized list of the contents of the kit. 

Once you join, I'll help you use the products from your kit for your launch gathering and get your business off to a strong start. 

Please call or email me with any questions you have about becoming a consultant or being on my team. I can't wait to talk with you!


Saturday, November 1, 2014

It's the Little Things - November Stamp of the Month - Just $5

This new stamp set is loaded with flowers and sweet sentiments. The blooms can be stamped, colored and layered up to create dimensional artwork. 

The November Stamp of the Month, "It's the Little Things" includes all of these stamps:

This stamp set is only available through November 30. The full retail price is $17.95, but you can get yours for just $5; that's over 70% savings. When you place an order of $50 or more in Close To My Heart products, you qualify for this special Stamp of the Month pricing.

Just $5 with a $50 purchase!

Start shopping>>

Here are a few fun projects the creative folks at Close To My Heart dreamed up:

If you love the artwork in this picture, you are in luck. You can find supply lists and helpful hints on my Close To My Heart website --> LINK

Friday, October 3, 2014

A Couple Fun Halloween Layouts!

Halloween is just 4 weeks away! It's time to get those costumes out and see who is going to wear what this year. It is so much fun to see the little princesses, super heros and annimals each year. Be sure to take lots of pictures so you can remember these times years from now.

Once you have your pictures, Close To My Heart complements with coordinating paper will help you quickly put those photos into beautiful layouts. The Scaredy Cat complements are Kraft colored cardstock weight stickers that add a lot of punch.

Get ready to be inspired by these two layouts created by the corporate artists.

Don't you love how this little guy got into character. I can almost hear his ROAR!

What a cutie!! What are your kids/grandkids? Wouldn't their pictures be adorable on these layouts. Don't forget to take pictures in several different poses. I love looking back at the precious expressions on the faces of my little girl who isn't so little anymore. The time flies by so fast!

Happy haunting,

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Home for the Holidays - October Stamp of the Month - Just $5

Want to get a head start on your Christmas cards, tags and other projects? This adorable stamp set will speed things up because most five of the shapes can be cut with the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge.

The October Stamp of the Month, "Home for the Holidays" includes all of these stamps:

This stamp set is only available through October 31. The full retail price is $17.95, but you can get yours for just $5; that's over 70% savings. When you place an order of $50 or more in Close To My Heart products, you qualify for this special Stamp of the Month pricing.

Just $5 with a $50 purchase!

Start shopping>>

Here are a few fun projects the creative folks at Close To My Heart dreamed up:

If you love the artwork in this picture, you are in luck. You can find supply lists and helpful hints on my Close To My Heart website --> LINK

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

#30yearsofhappy - Day 30

We made it!! It's day 30 of our of our #30yearsofhappy challenge. Did you miss any of the projects? You can view them all by clicking on this link. If you want to see even more projects made with this stamp set, you can visit my #30yearsofhappy Pinterest board by clicking on this link.

Don't forget today is also the last day to get your set of these stamps! Scroll down to see how to place a qualifying order to get yours free.

You Are My Number 1 Treat Tube

You can never have too many ideas for giving treats to people you care about. This treat tube was decorated by Julia at Such a sweet gift and a lovely way to end this month long challenge. Click on this LINK to Julia's blog post for more information about this project.

Be sure to check back tomorrow to see the next project in our #30yearsofhappy challenge.

Hurry! Today is the last day to get your own #30yearsofhappy stamp set? Click this link to go my CTMH website. Pick our ANY of our stamp sets with total retail of $30 or more and you will be prompted to add this set for FREE!

I hope you will join us on this 30 day challenge. How many projects can you make with this set in September? Add your projects using the link invitation below.

Make some time for creating today!