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Saturday, April 30, 2022

Birthday Party Crop & Workshop!

Join me in celebrating my belated birthday on June 4th! Not only will you get to eat cake and ice cream, YOU will receive gifts, play games, eat lunch and create 14 scrapbook pages with my Cake Day Scrapbooking Workshop!*
RESERVE YOUR SPOT TODAY! Space is limited to the first 10 people. If you cannot attend, but would like a kit, just let me know!
The cost to attend in person is $85 and includes:
1) Scrapbooking workshop kit
2) Lunch, snacks, drinks
3) Cake & Ice Cream!
4) Gifts & Games
5) LOTS of FUN!
The kit alone is $70 and includes:
Cake Day Scrapbooking Kit
Cake Day PML Cards
Black & White Dots
2 - 4x6 flip flaps
Additional Cardstock needed
Cricut Cut pieces
Optional supplies to bring or add on include:
Black Shimmer Brush (Z4224)
Stencil Pack #2 (Z4339)
Glacier, Green Apple Ink pads (Z2841, Z6513)
Mini Ink Blending Tool (Z3886)
Tweezers (Z5006)
Tri-Blend Markers (Bright Pink Shades, Dull Green Blend, Light Yellow Blend) to color white dots
Check out the workshop kit in the video below:

RSVP to - Bring your party hat and let's CELEBRATE!
*Special Thanks to Jennifer Smith for her design on the first 5 layouts in this workshop!*


Sunday, April 17, 2022

Many Wishes NSD Card Kit!

National Scrapbooking Day is right around the corner, and Close To My Heart has several workshop kits to choose from AND a two day event to help you celebrate with live classes walking you through the creation of each of our NSD kits!

Not only do we offer 12x12 layout kits, but also a mini album and card kits!! This one is called Many Wishes and features Distress Oxide inks and stencils. You will create 16 cards, and I promise you will LOVE this project! It is super easy, and so quick and beautiful!!

This first card uses all 4 of the colors - overlapping and blending the 3 flower colors to create a gorgeous background!

Don't forget to coordinate your envelopes to match your cards!

On this card, I used a much lighter touch and only two of the pink shades of ink. This gives a completely different, soft and subtle effect.

Here is another with the flowers clustered at the bottom of the card.

This one uses only one color on the flower, which I felt provided the perfect, peaceful, gentle image for a condolences card.

You can order this and all other kits for our National Scrapbooking Day event here:
Save a whopping 30% when you purchase the bundle of all 5 kits!! 
Plus an additional savings of 15% if you are a VIP!

Join us for a Facebook Live virtual event on May 6 & 7, 11:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m. MDT and create the artwork from these workshops along with us! See you there!

In Full Bloom Card Kit

Our In Full Bloom Card kit creates 16 gorgeous cards and features timeless sentiments, fonts and images!
In addition, you will learn a few fun techniques with a few add on products that you may already own!

Use our Avocado ink and our Mini Ink Blending Tool to add a shadow/glow behind the butterfly!
Use our Tri-Blend markers to shade or color in the different images, as well as using 1st, 2nd and 3rd generation stamping on the butterfly images on this card!
Use the Tri-Blend markers to highlight the sentiments!
At the moment, this kit is sold out, but more kits are expected to arrive this month! I knew this would be a big seller! You will find the kit featured on pages 22-23 in our March-April Catalog. Additional supplies are also listed below.

You can order this kit (once it is restocked) and all your crafting needs on my website here.
Happy Creating!!

Saturday, April 2, 2022

Cake Day Cardmaking Workshop

Who doesn't need an ample supply of birthday cards throughout the year? Our Cake Day cardmaking workshop is all you need to be ready to celebrate friends and family throughout the year with 16 interactive birthday cards!!
This kit includes an exclusive stamp set and coordinating thin cuts to create bright, fun, and interactive elements on your cards. You can use this stamp set and thin cuts on future projects with any color theme or paper pack you choose! And the interactive cake doesn't have to be birthday related, it can be for any occasion there is cake! Wait, you mean like every day? YES, I could eat cake every day! LOL!

The workshop, as designed by Close To My Heart features the use of our water color pencils to color in elements on t
he cards. I cut all of my papers and pieces the same, but used markers, liquid pearls, shimmer brushes and texture paste to play around with a few alternative cake decorating methods! I have added notes to each image to show what I did different. Feel free to use my ideas or come up with even better alternatives! 

Here are the extra supplies I used on my card: White Opal and Bisque liquid pearls and Pimary Sprinkles (for cake frosting), Sundance Shimmer brush (on candle flames).

I used the Sundance, Lemonade, and Clear Shimmer Brushes on the pennants and images. (I would have used the Wild Berry shimmer brush, but I didn't have one on hand.) You can also add individual sprinkles to the card with a tiny dab of Liquid Glass.

I tried a different method of "frosting" my cake with texture paste colored with Distress Oxide Ink and accented with Bisque and Rose Gold Liquid Pearls and Primary Sprinkles. I would recommend the gloss texture paste colored with Mocha or Espresso re-inker for a more glossy effect. Or just the Liquid Pearls, they make great frosting!

On the fourth card, I used our Tri-Blend markers to "frost" the cake and accented with the Sundance Shimmer Brush.

Order your Cake Day Cardmaking Workshop HERE! You can also join Close To My Heart for a live Facebook workshop on their page, April 5th at 4:00pm eastern time, to cut and assemble the cards as they designed - they always offer great tips and tricks in each demonstration! Happy Cake Day!!

Sunday, March 27, 2022

Stonewall Resort 2023 Crop is FULL!

 As of today, the Stonewall Resort 2023 Crop is officially FULL! 

I always run through my waiting list.

If you missed the opportunity to register, please contact me to be put on a waiting list.

I hope you can join us in January 2023!
Click here for all of the details.

Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Cardstock Carnival

Our Cardstock Carnival is a fan favorite every year. You can't ever have enough of this consumable commodity! Now is the time to stock up with a discount!

You can choose from single color packs of 24 sheets with a discount of 15%!

Or choose from color bundles of 24 sheets at a 20% discount

Or choose the BIG KAHUNA - 301 sheets of cardstock, 7 each of each color:  Wild Berry, Capri, Rosemary, Shortbread, Mocha, Mulberry, Harbour, Papaya, Black, Sapphire, Candy Apple, Bluebird, Charcoal, Clover, Carolina, Sangria, Glacier, Raspberry, Green Apple, Desert Rose, Wisteria, Lemonade, Peach, Sage, Scarlet, Ballerina, Lagoon, Flamingo, Pewter, New England Ivy, Cinnamon, Avocado, Linen, Evergreen, Espresso, Sundance, Mint, Grape, Mink, French Vanilla, Toffee, Paprika, and Nectarine. 

And just to sweeten the deal, we have an exclusive bundle of cardstock with one side flooded with a special UV coating! The shine is so gorgeous!

I can't wait to duplicate the Australian postage stamp into a card and/or layout with my coated cardstock once it arrives!

You can view the bundles and discounts and stock up on cardstock by clicking here.

Happy Creating!

Monday, February 28, 2022

Love Story Card Workshop - modified!

This month's special features our beautiful Love Story papers! I've used the Love Story card workshop that Close To My Heart designed, but tweaked it just a little. Below are the cards designed by CTMH:

I decided to only use peach, rosemary, black and white cardstock, with a hint of silver foil paper. I also used our Layered Flowers thin cuts for the first time! I'm surprised how much I love these!

The first card maintained the same layout, I just added a flower and leaves from our Layered Flowers thin cuts. I also used a retired stamp set on a couple so that I have two engagement cards and two happily ever after cards. I added a silver foil paper medium stitched rectangle frame to highlight the sentiment.

Card two also uses the same basic layout, but I used silver foil paper in the background, embossed with our Stitched Circles embossing folder. It really give the foil paper some added character. And of course added a different flower and leaf branch. I love the versatile "best wishes" sentiment! It can apply to almost anything!

Card three follows the basic layout, but tweaked just a little. I used a silver foil large stitched rectangle mat under the pattern paper, and added another flower and leaf branch from the Layered Flowers thin cuts.

Card four features roughly the same format as the original, with the addition of a different flower/leaf combo from the Layered Flowers thin cuts. I embossed the white cardstock with the Stitched Circles embossing folder, and framed the outside with the large silver foil stitched rectangle frame. (I ran out of the silver foil paper, but will frame the last two cards once my order arrives!) 
I also used a stamp set on two of the cards that was given to us at convention in 2016 - the sentiment spoke to my heart at the time and still does today - 
be gentle with yourself, you're doing the best you can. 
That's a message for today, right?

I even used the embossing folder on the envelope flaps!

I had so much fun making these cards and can't wait to send them out! If you have joined the VIP program, I will be posting a supply list, cutting guide and assembly instructions in my VIP's ONLY group.

If you are looking for time efficiencies you can order a kit with all paper pre-cut and ready to assemble. Contact me for more details.

Pre-cut Kit $55 includes:
Love Story Paper - black & white
Black, white, peach, rosemary cardstock
Silver Foil Paper
Black Acrylic Hearts
16 cards/envelopes
Love Story Cardmaking stamp and thin cuts

Other supplies needed:
Black ink
3-D Foam Tape
Small Glue Dots
Embossing folder

Sunday, February 13, 2022

New VIP Perk!

Just when you thought the VIP Program couldn't get any better????? Beginning this month, VIPs will be able to add the new book for FREE to their cart on the 15th of the month before it goes live! Making it that much easier to pour over new products and make your shopping list well in advance!

Not a VIP member yet? You should be! Click here to read about even MORE perks with this program, including a 15% credit on every purchase and exclusive product bundles and workshops! JOIN today for special access to my VIP's Only Facebook Group for even more fun and rewards!

Thursday, January 13, 2022

Sweet Little Things Cards


Our January stamp of the month, Sweet Little Things, is so stinkin' adorable! In fact, these precious critters seem to shine the most with a clean and simple background, like the one to the far right! (Which also features a sentiment from our Operation Smile stamp set shown on the back of our catalog.)

This little mouse is so precious! I wanted to give him a little dimension so I stamped the image directly on the base, then again on scrap paper and cut out only the mouse without the tail, flower, or whiskers (those show through on the back) and added some thin 3-D foam tape and layered him right on top of the base image!

Although these are cards, these images and sentiments would work beautifully on layouts too!
I'd love to see what you come up with!

Remember, VIP's can get this stamp set for FREE this month only! Find out how here:

You can order the stamp of the month here:

Wednesday, January 5, 2022

January Kit of the Month - Sending Hugs Card Kit

Virtual Workshop - 
Saturday 1/22 - 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

I have a simple, but fun project to start off the New Year! It is a set of 12 cards featuring a new thin cut - Sending Hugs.

The inspiration for this project was a card from our Craft With Heart subscription card program. I loved the simple background featuring the front and lighter back side of cardstock that had random tone on tone background stamping. Instead of the JOY sentiment, I added the sending hugs thin cut sentiment with a wooden heart sponged with Scarlet ink. I simply had to make more!

In order to keep this kit affordable and easy for VIP's to order, I'm using a 12 pack of custom cardstock, which will allow me to make 6 with a white stitched rectangle thin cut and black mat and 6 with a black stitched rectangle thin cut and white mat. I also chose to use the black and white acrylic hearts which are thinner than the wooden hearts and more conducive to mailing. These cards are a perfect all occasion card - they can be a get well, or sympathy, thinking of you, or just because. Any excuse to send someone a hug!

I created one card with tone on tone stamping using the Perfectly Imperfect Patterns (D2051), but found that I preferred embossing with the Cascading Dot Embossing Folder (Z3695). I even used the embossing folder on the envelope flaps - I love adding a hint of "happy" to the envelope! You can choose whether you want to stamp, emboss, ink distress, or do nothing at all to your papers! You will find each variation has its own appeal. Mix and match! You may also want to mix and match how you place the colored triangles.

While this project is very simple, and the instructions will make it easy to complete on your own, if you purchase the products or kit from me, I will add you to a private FB group where I will be posting cutting videos and hosting a live assembly in a virtual workshop! You can join live or watch the replay. I will be sharing tips and tricks about my favorite adhesives and uses for each, easy cutting and precision placement. I hope you can join me!

If you are one of my VIP's, be sure to check the VIP Group for more information - you may be able to join this workshop for FREE!

VIP Kit Supply List
*Custom12 - custom pack of cardstock (2 white, 2 black, 2 Scarlet, 2 Sundance, 2 Avocado, 2 Glacier)
*X254 - White Value Pack Cards and Envelopes
*Z6013 - White Acrylic Hearts
*Z6014 - Black Acrylic Hearts
*Z3314 - Black and White Dots
*Z4332 - Sending Hugs Thin Cut

Other tools/supplies:
Z1783 - SureCut Deluxe Paper Trimmer
Z3441 - Tombow Dual-Tip Multi-bond Glue Pen
Z1151/Z2060 - 3-D Foam Tape (reg or thin)
Z2089 - Micro Glue Dots
Z1512 - Quickie Glue Pen
Z5006 - Tweezers
Z1279 - Versa Mat
Z4260 - Stitched Rectangle Frames Thin Cuts (optional)
Z3563 - Stickles Diamond (optional)
Z3695 - Cascading Dots Embossing Folder (optional)
D2051 - Perfectly Imperfect Patterns stamp set (optional)
Inks: Sundance, Scarlet, Avocado, Glacier (optional)

Pre-Cut Kit Option
If you are not one of my VIPs, (you should be! Ask me how!), you can order a pre-cut kit - $45 plus shipping. Kit includes:
*Pre-cut cardstock, plus left over pieces to make more
*12 Cards/Envelopes
*1 Sending Hugs Thin Cut
*1 package White Acrylic Hearts
*1 package Black Acrylic Hearts
*1 package Black & White Dots

Use this link to order a pre-cut kit using PayPal:

Sunday, January 2, 2022

True Story - National Papercrafting Month Special!

I am so excited about our National Papercrafting Month Special!

True Story - Papercrafting meets memory keeping in this incredibly interactive mini-ablum project!

Perfect for National Papercrafting Month, the True Story album kit includes pre-printed base pages, die-cuts, stickers, acrylic shapes, Flip Flaps™ and Memory Protectors™, for creating a delightful mini album with surprises on every page! This album has room for an amazing number of photos and stories thanks to the innovative Flip Flaps, making this album a keepsake you will love paging through time and time again!
This kit is available in two discounted bundle options—one with just the album kit, and one that also includes a Black 6" × 8" Everyday Life™ Album for holding your completed pages! This project is incredibly easy to create on your own.

But it's more fun to create with a group! Join me for a virtual workshop, where I can share plenty of tips and tricks as we assemble this project together. There will also be some prizes included just for fun! Be sure to order your kit this month so you will have it in time for our workshop on Saturday, February 12th. Once you order your kit from me I can add you to a private facebook group for the workshop! Why not invite a friend, neighbor, mom, aunt, sister to join you!

See the kit options and order your kit from the link below.

Get a sneak peek at the project in the video below!

Saturday, January 1, 2022

Pajama Party Crop!

Are you looking for a laid back, chill kind of day? One that is all about comfy, cozy, creative time? Join me on Saturday, 1/29 from 10am to 9pm for an all day Pajama Party Crop at my house!

Crop Fee is $20 and includes lunch and dinner, use of my stamps, inks, tools - plus a little gift from me. YOU bring your favorite snacks to share!

Bring your own projects that you want to finish or need help with. OR let me know if you needs something to work on. I have several pre-cut kits ready to make and a whole store of items to shop from!

Space is VERY limited in order to provide proper social distancing so RSVP right away! Hope to see you soon - in your PJs and bunny slippers!

January Stamp of the Month!

Our January Stamp of the Month, Sweet Little Things, is so adorable - I just can't stop smiling when I see it! I can't wait to create with this set.

It's only available this month. You can get it at full price for $18.95, or with a $50 order you can get it for only $5! AND if you are a VIP, you can get it for FREE!

HELLO 2022!

We have an amazing sign up special this month! Join for $20 and instantly receive $22 in CTMH CASH to spend on products of your choice PLUS get an instant 25% off of all purchases! Say WHAT??? YES, you read that right!

The earning potential for Close To My Heart Makers starts at 25% commission on product orders, in addition to our exciting incentive programs, trips, free products, Makers-only events and training, and of course, the incredible crafting community found here at Close To My Heart!
There is NO downside to this opportunity! We are actually GIVING you $ to give it a try and earn that discount for yourself or actual income as a business! You decide!
Or contact me if you have any questions at all! And join us for this month's virtual team meeting!

New Year! New You! HELLO 2022!!!