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Saturday, December 26, 2015

White Pines Christmas Cards!

I haven't posted much lately because I haven't created much original artwork since going back to work full time. This month my club was using our White Pines Christmas papers to create layouts and cards. And this is the last month you can order this gorgeous paper!!

For the cards, we used our Workshop on the Go Card Kit which comes with everything you need to create 15 cards! All you need are basic supplies and ink!
Here is a photo of the cards as they are designed in the kit:

I made a simple change of using Colonial white cards and cardstock instead of the White and like it much better. Either combination will work beautifully!

On this card I substituted some Red Shimmer trim for the strip of Cranberry Cardstock. Everything is better with bling!

For this card, I simply turned over the pattern paper to show the Cranberry floral pattern instead of the trees. I also used New England Ivy ink for the tree and star outline instead of black.

And lastly, I used November's stamp of the month to create a few New Year's cards with this pattern, adding a little Gold Shimmer Trim for fun!

Christmas may be over....but you can order your kit NOW to make during the year so that you will be prepared for NEXT year! OR you can use this kit to create cards with any sentiment you desire - New Years, Birthday, Thank You, etc.

Click HERE to order any of our White Pines products before midnight on December 31st. After then, they will be gone!

Merry Christmas 2015!

Wishing you and your family a very Merry and Blessed Christmas!

Thursday, December 17, 2015

How To: Brush Calligraphy with Watercolors!

Have you seen this tutorial on how easy it is to create simple personalized cards, scrapbook titles, and framed artwork? Check it out! Jill does a great job at simplifying this technique!

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

The Everyday Life™ Line Has Arrived!

The moment you’ve all been waiting can now place your order for our planner system!Create a beautiful planner with our Everyday Life™ line! #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmheverdaylife #planner #organized
Isn’t it beautiful? I love the vibrant colors of this planner, and all that space to write down those oh-so-important lists and reminders. And because we just can’t help ourselves, we’re also going to give you a deal on an exclusive planner bundle! From now until December 31, you can order a special planner bundle that gives you everything you need to create a planner at a 15% discount! You’ll get the Everyday Life™ black album with trendy gold foil designs, the Everyday Life™ 2016 planner pages, including stickers for color coordinating your planner, and the Everyday Life™ Perfect Plan roller stamp, which works hand-in-hand with the stickers.
But that’s not all.
For anyone who hasn’t seen our Planners Gotta Plan video yet, we have an extra surprise: There are more items in the Everyday Life™ line, and they’re ALL available as of today! Let us show you the whole system!Create a beautiful planner with our Everyday Life™ line! #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmheverdaylife #planner #organized
First up, we've created two new Memory Protectors™ that are sized especially for the Everyday Life™ album—one with four 4" x 3" side-loading pockets and one with two 4" x 6" side-loading pockets. You can create a mini Picture My Life™ album, like you see here, or you can add some photos and Picture My Life™ cards to your planner. What better way to add a smile to your day than to turn to your to-do list and see pictures of those you love?Create a beautiful planner with our Everyday Life™ line! #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmheverdaylife #planner #organized
Next, we've got something really exciting—our My Crush® Everyday Life pages. These loose, 3-ring hole punched pages come in a variety of playful patterns, and some have sayings that will lift your spirits and encourage you to seize the day! Did you notice the washi tape used to hold these precious photos and memorabilia in place? That's our Everyday Life™ washi tape, which coordinates with the colors of the planner pages and the My Crush pages. We're all about preserving the little moments in life, and these My Crush® pages and washi tape make memory keeping on-the-go easy, cute, and fun!Create a beautiful planner with our Everyday Life™ line! #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmheverdaylife #planner #organized
Here our artist combined the planner pages with the Memory Protectors, the My Crush® pages, and the washi tape. Now you can see just how many amazing possibilities there are with our Everyday Life products. You'll be able to preserve your favorite moments in the same place that you plan them!  We're excited to help you enjoy your memories the same way you live your life: one day at a time. :)
Ready to place your order? To purchase the Everyday Life planner bundle*, which includes the album, planner pages, and roller stamp, head on over to my website, and select "Special Promotions" on the left-hand side of the page. To order additional Everyday Life™ items, like the My Crush® pages, select "Everyday Life" on my website.
*To receive the 15% discount, you must purchase the planner bundle found under "Special Promotions." Adding the items separately will not trigger the discount. You must use the campaign item number provided for the bundle. 

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Cyber Week Sale - 5 Days Only!

For five days only, a selection of 39 items from Close To My Heart’s current product inventory can be yours for 25% off retail price! Get supplies you’ll need to make handcrafted gifts and cards for the holidays, including our Cricut® Artfully Sent Collection, at an amazing discount! 

 Choose from:
Z3111 Base & Bling Snowflake Charm—Faux Gold 
Z3112 Base & Bling Jingle Bell—Faux Gold 
Z3135 Base & Bling Snowflake Charm—Faux Silver 
Z3136 Base & Bling Jingle Bell—Faux Silver 
Z3138 Base & Bling Red Bead Charm—Faux Gold 
Z3139 Base & Bling Red Bead Charm—Faux Silver 

Z3180 Picture My Life™ Going Places Scrapbooking Program 

Z3147 Cut Above™ Dapper Giraffe Card Kit 

Z2028 Designer Creations Short Stack Album 
Z2036 Designer Creations Slate Paper Bags 
Z2037 Designer Creations Lagoon Paper Bags 
Z2038 Designer Creations Ruby Paper Bags 
Z2039 Designer Creations Honey Paper Bags 
Z2049 Designer Creations Cupcake Box 
Z2050 Designer Creations Takeout Box 
Z2053 Designer Creations Buttoned Bag 

Z1838 5" x 7" Hinged Display Tray 
Z1750 Designed Décor Display Tray 
Z2006 Designed Décor Red Magnetic Chalkboard 
Z2015 Designed Décor Black Shadow Box 
Z2016 Designed Décor Colonial White Shadow Box 

Z1833 My Creations™ Kraft Container 
Z1871 My Creations™ Kraft 3-Ring Album 
Z1953 My Creations™ Journaling Cards Box 
Z1956 My Creations™ Hip Pics Album 
Z3043 My Creations™ Black Mini Book
Z3044 My Creations™ Kraft Mini Book 
Z3069 My Creations™ Mini Mix Album 
Z3137 My Creations™ Pint-Sized Container 

Z3168 Cricut® Artfully Sent Collection 

Z1476 4 ¼" x 5 ½" White Daisy Envelopes 
Z1477 5" x 7" White Daisy Envelopes 
Z1478 6" x 6" White Daisy Envelopes 
Z1756 3" x 3" Colonial White Envelopes 
Z1757 4 ¼" x 5 ½" Colonial White Envelopes 
Z1758 5" x 7" Colonial White Envelopes 
Z1759 6" x 6" Colonial White Envelopes 

Z1851 Scallop Border Punch 
Z1997 Triangle Border Punch

This offer is available for a limited time only, so starting Monday at 8:00 am (PST), head on over to my website to see all of the great deals, and make the most of your holiday preparations! 

* Offer valid Monday, November 30, 2015 (8:00 am PST) through Friday, December 4, 2015 (3:00 pm PST) while supplies last. Shipping/handling is calculated based on the full retail price of any discounted items.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Planners Gonna Plan: The Everyday Life™ Planner System from Close To My ...

I am SO EXCITED about our NEW Everyday Life Planner Album that works as a calendar/planner, Picture My Life book, and My Crush book all in one! Take a look at this sneak peak video.

These planners will be available December 1st with a special bundle deal from December 1st-31st! Check back for more information as we get closer to December!

Stonewall Resort Crop Update!

This weekend I met with my fabulous planning committee to go over some final details and look over workshops! We are getting excited already and hope you are too!!

I forgot to get a picture of us, so here is a picture of our breakfast! I love egg and cheese casseroles and this one was pretty good! It's called Sunday Brunch Casserole and you can find the recipe here. The only thing I did differently is bake the hasbrowns first. Simply toss the hashbrowns with a little olive oil, salt and pepper, spread in the bottom of the 9x13 dish and bake for about 20-30 minutes. The add the egg mixture and bake another 45 minutes. Sprinkle a little more cheese on top and broil for about 10 minutes to finish off! 

Back to the crop -- we've designed and scheduled our workshops for this year. Erin Vriendt and Angie Kincaid have designed some wonderful workshops for you this year!!! I'll be posting them in December/January for you to sign up in advance.

I've also been able to rent another room for us to hold workshops in which has allowed me to add almost everyone from the waiting list!!

Which brings me to my next point, if you haven't paid for your spot, you need to do so by the end of November, otherwise I will have to open it up for someone else. If you want to pay online, simply go to my blog: and click on the Stonewall Resort Winter Crop tab at the top, scroll down to the bottom and pay via PayPal. If you'd rather make payment arrangements with me just contact me!

I'm really looking forward to our getaway! Be sure to book your hotel room at Stonewall! And don't forget that we receive a 20% discount at the spa but you must reserve ahead of time! Click here to visit Stonewall's website, peruse the resort, check out the list of spa services, food options, grounds, etc.

DON'T FORGET TO PAY FOR YOUR SPOT BY THE END OF NOVEMBER IF YOU HAVEN'T YET! And stay tuned for information on workshops in December!

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Simply Fundamental Scrapbooking Special!

Experience the beautiful Simply Fundamental Scrapbooking workshop—available only during November! This workshop has been created using all the items featured in our campaign exclusive My Legacy™ album bundles, available during November for $71.80 USD each! 

When you purchase the album bundle, you will also qualify to receive a value pack of side load or top load Memory Protectors™ FREE—a savings of $19.95 USD! Along with the album style and design of your choice, each bundle includes 
  • one Paper Fundamentals Enchantment pack, 
  • one Fundamental stickers Enchantment pack, 
  • one Peacock Fundamental assortment, 
  • and three sheets of White Daisy cardstock. 
You will then be set to turn these beautiful products into fabulous layouts using the new Simply Fundamental Scrapbooking workshop featuring five layouts you can make using all the supplies in your bundle.

Click here to choose which album you would like in your bundle. 

 *Offer valid November 1, 2015 (9:00 am MST)–November 30, 2015 (11:59 pm MST) while supplies last. No tax will be charged on the free items. Shipping/handling rates are based on the full retail price of any free items, including the sheets of White Daisy cardstock (three sheets: $1.19 USD).

November Stamp of the Month - Cheers, 2016!

Can't you just image the fun cards and layouts and party favors you can make with this stamp set?

With a minimum qualifying purchase, get this D-sized Stamp of the Month set for just $5! Or add the stamp set to your cart here at full retail price ($17.95) or, with your qualifying order of $50, get it for just $5!

Set of 17 
Recommended My Acrylix® Blocks: 
1" × 1" (Y1000), 1" × 3 ½" (Y1002), 2" × 2" (Y1003), 2" × 3 ½" (Y1009) 
Click here or on the image below to order your Stamp of the Month.

CreativeLive and a sneak peek!

You’re invited to a free 2-day Close To My Heart workshop hosted on

Want in? Here’s what to do: 
Go to the Creative Live website
Sign up for a free account. 
Search for the class: “Scrapbooking, Paper Crafts, Stamping and More!” under “upcoming free broadcasts.” 
RSVP to the free live class. 
On November 20th and 21st between 9 am – 4 pm log into to access the workshop broadcast. Spend time creating while you watch! 

And guess what else? 
You could win a free Close To My Heart Everyday Life™ Planner! 

This fabulous new product won't be available until December 1st, but you could win one FREE before they are even available!

Between now and 3 pm MDT on Thursday November 19, 2015 create a piece of artwork inspired by the theme “Create Together.” Take a picture of your artwork and submit it via Twitter, Instagram or Facebook using #ctmhcreatetogether. 
We’ll randomly select winners and announce them during the November 20th CreativeLive workshop broadcast—watch to see if you’re a winner! 

For a chance to win more prizes be sure to tune into both days of our workshop broadcast! We will be asking and answering live questions streaming in from social media with #ctmhcreativelive. Every comment is entered to win prizes!

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Cut Above Christmas Cards!

I can't believe we are working on Christmas already!! BUT here we are!

There are so many options when you decide to make your own Christmas Cards. We have incredible Cricut images to choose from and fabulous embossing folders! As well as a Workshop On The Go card kit using our White Pines Christmas paper.

But you just can't beat the ease and simplicity of our Cut Above Card Kits! The are pre-printed, pre-cut and include embellishments!

The first one is called Deck the Halls!

It includes pre-printed card bases and pre-cut ornaments, white twine and red gems. I used silver embossing powder on the sentiment, but could use black or blue or red!

The next one is called Boughs and Berries. 

This one includes pre-printed card bases, white circles for the sentiment, red glitter strips, pre-printed flowers and gems. I used gold embossing powder for the sentiment on this one. And as a bonus, I added a mat of gold glitter paper under the sentiment and white frosty branches tucked under the flowers. (Kind of hard to see in the picture.)

The gold glitter paper comes in a pack with 3 12x12 sheets in 3 shades for $5.95. LOVE this new combo!

If you are looking for easy-peasy Christmas Cards to make this year, you want THESE Cut Above cards! We are making these in my club next month if you want to join us! Or click the gold glitter below to order online and select the sentiment of your choice or use one you have already!

Sunday, October 4, 2015

October Stamp of the Month - Twinkle!

Get this festive stamp set for only $5 this month only!

With a minimum qualifying purchase, get your D-sized Stamp of the Month set for just $5! Add the stamp set to your cart here at full retail price ($17.95) or, with your qualifying order of $50, get it for just $5!

Set of 15 images
Recommended My Acrylix® Blocks:
1" × 1" (Y1000), 1" × 3 ½" (Y1002), 2" × 2" (Y1003), 2" × 3 ½" (Y1009), 2" × 6 ½" (Y1010)

Stamp images outlined in red coordinate with the new Cricut® Artiste Cartridge (Z3170).

Click here or on the image below to order your Stamp of the Month. 

October Special - It's in the Bag!

If you have ever thought about turning your hobby into a lucrative business, now is the time! Join my Team during October, and receive the SUPER cute 2015 Close To My Heart Convention bag FREE in your New Consultant Kit!* Travel in style with this trendy and eye-catching cross body bag, perfectly sized for carrying layouts, paper packets, and projects that are in-progress. Along with all of the incredible items found in the newly revamped New Consultant Kit, this bag will help you start your business with confidence and flair!

PLUS, with our new Straight to the Top Program, you can earn everything below for FREE!

PLUS, if you meet all three Straight to the Top levels, I will personally give you a Workshop on the Go Kit of your choice for free!

There are so many reasons to join the CTMH family! If you have questions about becoming a CTMH Consultant, feel free to contact me. I would love to chat with you about it. And I'd love to have you attend my team training this month!!

Are you ready to sign up now? Click here for the online application.

*Offer valid while supplies last October 1–31, 2015. No tax will be charged on the free item. The Convention bag will ship with the New Consultant Kit. For more information on shipping/handling options for the New Consultant Kit, please contact me.

Tips and Techniques with ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Markers

My last post, I mentioned that we are coloring the white enamel stars with our alcohol markers. These markers are amazing. Watch this video to be inspired then grab your markers and start creating!

If you can't see the video above, click here to view it on YouTube.
Ready to add markers to your collection or organize the ones you have? Click below to get started.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Nevermore Treat Bags!

I have to start by saying that I haven't really been a fan of Halloween in the past....(GASP!)....I know. But, if you know me, you know I love any excuse to celebrate!!! So, let's celebrate with some simple treat bags!!

My club members are making these in October! They are simply 3x3 cards - featuring our new Silver Foil Tape! - attached to one of our Slate Paper Bags! I've added a couple of spider web borders (from the Artiste Cricut Cartridge) and inserted a plastic bag with a tag for goodies!

When I saw the new Steampunk Scoundrels stamp set in the Idea Book I thought "I've got to use that for something!" So here it is!

Another cool trick is coloring our white enamel stars with our alcohol markers! SO DANG COOL!!

Of course my club members will have several stamp sets to choose from to make it more cute and kid-friendly or creepy! Whatever their heart desires!

I'd love to have you join the club! We meet in Cross Lanes, WV on the 4th Friday and Saturday of every month! Let me know if you are interested!