Saturday, August 31, 2013

Base and Bling Workshop and Video

This month I am hosting a workshop to make our new Base and Bling necklace! This kit comes with everything you need - the necklace, fabric, jewels, charms, bling and adhesive - all for only $14.95! You will learn how to make two different fabric flowers in this class AND you will have plenty of fabric left over to make more flowers for other projects or another necklace!

Join me on Friday, September 20 at 1:00pm or 6:00pm. 
The project will take less than an hour to complete! 
You will be amazed at how easy it is!

RSVP by September 6th so I can order your kit for you!


CLICK HERE to watch the video above that shows our complete line of Base and Bling wearable crafts!


CLICK HERE to see the full line of products in my online store!

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Dotty For You Cards

I just made 32 cards for a friend using my scraps from the Dotty For You paper. Remember that special paper packet? LOTS of fun patterns and colors! Here are a few of the designs:

I love the simplicity of these cards. I used a music background stamp from Universal Backgrounds on the white cardstock base with Whisper ink. I used the Vintage Type alphabet stamp for the "happy" and the Just A Number stamp for the "birthday" and inside sentiment. Throw in some baker's twine and various sparkles and you're done!


This one features a stamp from Scrapbook Statements - Women - a quote from Mae West "Too much of a good thing is wonderful"! In keeping with that quote, I had to include lots of sparkle and shine - while still trying to keep it conservative! This card is found on the Cricut Artiste cartridge pg. 43.

I also made several of these cards with various sentiments to add to the face of the card as desired or leave it blank. My favorite pattern in this paper pack is the polka dots!!!





So those are just a few of the cards I made with my scraps. If you don't have this paper or want an extra I just happen to have TWO packs left. You can see them here

For all other current supplies, you can find them on my website here.
Have a Happy Day!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Easy Monogram Cards


My aunt and uncle came to town recently and I met them for lunch. I wanted to have a simple little something to give to them, so I put a set of note cards together using scraps from my For Always papers!


I matted the monogram letter with a 1 1/2" cricut shape, then stamped the envelope flaps and included a coordinating pen! It was a perfect "little something"!


These For Always papers are timeless! Do you still have some? Need more? Click here to add some to your stash to have on hand the next time YOU get invited to lunch!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

What's New in Stamp Sets?


We've got some exciting additions to our stamp sets - including the new E sized double stamp sets that actually fit in our organizer, the adorable and affordable M sized stamp sets and a few of Jeanette's classic designs now available in My Acrylix for the first time!

Click here to watch this quick video to see a few of the new additions to our stamps in the NEW Idea Book!

Click here to browse all new stamp sets online!


Monday, August 19, 2013

NEW Hostess Rewards Exclusive Stamps!

So what else is new in our latest Idea Book?

NOW, as a hostess you can use your FREE product credit to receive exclusive stamp sets at reduced prices! Here are a couple of projects made with two of my favorites - there are 7 stamp sets to choose from! You can find them on pg. 6-9 in the new book.



Here is a quick video showing you some creative projects using these exclusive stamps.


Click HERE to watch the video. Then contact me to set up your online gathering or join one of my hostess clubs so you can get these exclusive stamps before they're gone. They are only available through January and then they are gone!

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Base and Bling Alternatives Part 2


Back today with another alternative to using the Base and Bling as wearable art. How about using the necklace base as part of your title on a layout or in a frame?

That's exactly what I did below! The word "sweet" is mounted on the necklace base!



The metal accents are sprinkled throughout this frame to help it sparkle and shine!



There are so many new and fun accessories to play with! Click below to browse the new products and let me know if you have any questions! And have fun create IN and OUT of the "box"!

Friday, August 16, 2013

Base and Bling Alternatives!


Yesterday I showed you how you can easily use the Base and Bling Ring on a napkin instead of your finger! Today I'd like to show you how you can use the new Cuff on a gift bag instead of your wrist!

The cuff fits perfectly on one of our new Burlap Bags. I added some of our new Lola Dimensional Elements, metal flower, and a black resin flower from the black jewels. Then I added some black shimmer trim to the cuff band!

How about an alternative use for the headband? Here I used it as a handle on the strawberry basket from the Artiste Cartridge. I added our new Jute Ribbon to the handle and wove it through the basket.


How about an alternative use for the hair clip? Lisa Stenz had a great idea to use them as clips on a board! Isn't this adorable?

Back with more ideas tomorrow...

Thursday, August 15, 2013

NEW Base and Bling!


Our NEW Base and Bling Collection is so much more than wearable art! It can adorn gift boxes, bags, and napkins as well as lapels, hair, neck, wrist, and fingers!


Choose your base - our necklace, hair clip, head band, wrist cuff, or ring. (These are plated steel - acid free and lead free, but not nickel free.) Then add fabric, ribbon, jewels and other accessories to BLING it up! We even have new adhesive circles and strips designed especially for this product!

The possibilities are endless with this new product!

Click here to see all of the base pieces and the accessories!

Would you like to see some ideas of how to use these products other than as jewelry?

How about using the ring as a napkin ring!

Here I used a Cricut Art Philosophy snowflake, covered with Liquid Applique and Prisma Glitter, topped with a corduroy flower from the Mini Medley Collection with a sparkly glitter gem in the center from the Black Jewel Collection.



Here is simply the ring with one of the new Metal Flowers placed on top! That's it!

You could also add the ring to a decorative scarf! These rings are adjustable, making it easy to adapt to and size finger, napkin or scarf!

I'll be back tomorrow with more alternative ideas for the Base and Bling products!!

A Patriotic Success!


A BIG thank you goes out to all of you that helped make this summer’s Let’s Get Patriotic campaign a great success! Many of you purchased the exclusive Patriotic stamp sets that will help you honor and celebrate those who serve in North American armed forces. Because of those purchases, Close To My Heart was able to donate more than $35,000 combined to the USO and Canadian Hero Fund, two acclaimed military-services non-profits. 

Thank you for your effort in making this meaningful donation possible!

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

A Quick Intro to the New Artbooking Cricut Cartridge


A while back I shared all of the images on the new Artbooking Cricut Cartridge. (If you missed it, you can find it here.) Today, I want to share a quick video about how this cartridge works. It's only 5 minutes long, but it will give you a general overview. Let me know if you have any questions. 

Click here to watch the video now.


Click here to order your cartridge today!


Only 4 Spots Left!


Hurry!! There are only 4 spots open at my Fall Crop and you don't want to miss out on the fun!! 

I am meeting with my helpers this weekend to put together some fun games, prizes, workshops - everything you need to be spoiled during your weekend getaway!

Click here to get all of the details or contact me to reserve a spot for you and a friend today!

PS - if you are already registered, be sure to reserve your hotel room before they release my room block to the public! You can find all the info and the number to call here.

Friday, August 2, 2013

New Close To My Heart Idea Book!

Today is the day!!! Our new Autumn/Winter Idea Book is available! I mailed out a bunch yesterday. If you don't have yours yet, you can view it online here

There are so many wonderful new products in here, it would make your eyes roll for me to list them all. So I'd like to highlight just a few of my favorites each day....

Workshop On The Go Kits
There are 6 new scrapbooking kits - each discounted at $29.95 each. They include paper, stamps, accessories, and instructions!

There are 2 new card kits - each discounted at ONLY $24.95 each! They include paper, cards/envelopes, stamps, accessories, and instructions!

And there is 1 new fabulous new Designed Decor Frame Kit - discounted at only $35.95! I love how you can easily update this frame with new photos as often as you want!

I'll be back with more of my favorites soon! If you have any questions about any of our new products don't hesitate to contact me!

One more note! This month we are Sweetening The Deal with a FREE Stamp of the Month!

The August Stamp of the Month is a must-have! Just think of the fun cards, layouts and gift items you can decorate with these delicious images and sentiments! This stamp is $17.95 this month only, BUT with a $50 order you can have it for FREE! In fact, with every $50 you spend you can get another one FREE!

There is so much excitement over new products, complete projects, and all kinds of possibilities! Click below to start shopping - it's not too early to start thinking of Christmas gifts!