Friday, December 7, 2012

Monograms for All Occasions

Add a hand-stamped look to your gift and goody giving

One of the best things about this time of year
is sharing goodies with neighbors and friends. Whether you make your own fudge or buy a box of candy canes, adding a personal touch to your gifts is easier than ever thanks to the affordable My Acrylix® Monogram stamp sets in the Autumn/Winter 2012 Idea Book.

These elegantly designed letter stamps are ideal for adding a hand-stamped, personalized tag to each gift you give. Using them can be as simple as inking and stamping! Anyone on the receiving end of one of your gifts will feel special because of the hand-stamped look, but you can make dozens of tags in just minutes.

At just $2.95 per monogram, you can get one for each member of your family, each of your initials, or even one for stamping your recipient’s initials! Your personal touch will look super classy and it’s so simple to do.

Pick out your monogram stamps »

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Whooo’s Your Valentine?

Celebrate National Papercrafting Month with Heart

In the midst of one of the most festive times of the year, Close To My Heart is giving you one more thing to celebrate. January is National Papercrafting Month, and we want to get things started early with the special “Whooo’s Your Valentine” kit! This kit is especially designed for Valentine’s Day gift-giving in and out of the classroom, but of course can be used for any variety of occasions.

The “Whooo’s Your Valentine” kit includes:
•12 – Die-Cut Boxes (3 each of 4 colors: White Daisy, Blush, Hollyhock, Ruby)
•3 – 12" × 12" Cardstock Sheets (White Daisy, Blush, Hollyhock)
•1 – Sheet Silver Glitter Paper — new product for Spring/Summer 2013!
•12 – Treat Tubes with Lids — new product for Spring/Summer 2013!
•1 – My Acrylix® Whooo’s Your Valentine Stamp Set (D-size)

This kit, featuring an adorable exclusive stamp set as well as two “sneak peak” items from the 2013 Spring/Summer Idea Book — the treat tubes and the silver glitter paper — has a full retail value of $40, but it can be yours for just $10 when you spend $35 on other Close To My Heart products from the Autumn/Winter 2012 Idea Book. I know now you’re just wondering when you can get your hands on one — well, you can order yours beginning December 13, 2012.

Learn more about the Whooo’s Your Valentine promotion »

Monday, December 3, 2012

Stamp of the Month: Year-Round Cheer

Iconic images for a year’s worth of fun

The My Acrylix® Year-Round Cheer stamp set definitely lives up to its name.
This cheerful D-size stamp set includes month after month of fresh, whimsical images for your seasonal and holiday projects all year. From Father’s Day to Thanksgiving, there is an image in the Year-Round Cheer stamp set that is perfect for the occasion you want to celebrate. You can snatch this treasure up for a mere $5 with your qualifying $50 order this month only, so be sure to get your order in!

See the December Stamp of the Month »

Friday, November 30, 2012

Divas Blog Hop - Pear & Partridge Paper Pack

Hi Everyone! Welcome to my Blog! If you came from Amie Kiger, you are in the right place. If you have jumped here and just discovered our blog hop, feel free to check the list at Damask Divas blog to find the complete list of blog hop participants.

I decided to make a simple Holiday Card using my Cricut machine. To make the card I used the following:

  • Pear & Partridge Paper Packet (Product# X7162B)
  • My Acrylix Pear & Partridge Workshop Stamp Set (C-size) (Product# G1052)
  • Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge (Product# Z1686)
  • Olive Inks Stamp Pad (Product# Z2137)
  • Cranberry Inks Stamp Pad (Product# Z2116)
  • Sparkles - Clear Assortment (Product# Z1752)
  • Sponge Daubers (Product# Z1726)

  • Thanks for stopping by my site.  Feel free to browse around. If you'd like to purchase this Pear & Partridge Paper Pack or any of the other new products head over to and click SHOP!

    The next blog on the list is Tiffany Simmons. Hope you have a great time on our hop and checking out all the creations using Pear & Partridge Paper Pack. If you get lost, just hop on over to Damask Divas Blog for the full list. Be sure to make your way back to the Damask Divas Blog after hopping with us so you can enter the GIVEAWAY to win an awesome stamp set from this months sponsor, Amie Kiger.

    Wednesday, September 5, 2012

    Cricut Artiste - It's a Party in a Box!

    Artiste jump-starts your party preparations

    The brand-new Cricut® Artiste cartridge knows how to party! Fifty themed keys with over 700 shapes including cute cards and 3-D projects galore add up to a staggering number of party favors, invitations, and decorations, all at your fingertips when you have the Cricut® Artiste cartridge!

    As one example, take a look at the coffin-shaped treat boxes above. If you’re planning a Halloween party—or if you just want to make Halloween treats with a spooky flair—these coffin boxes are a snap! Here’s how to do it:

    First, gather these materials:
    Z1790 Cricut® Artiste Collection
    C1462 My Acrylix® All Hallows Eve Stamp Set
    Z1375 Kraft Cardstock
    1243 Goldrush Cardstock
    Z2118 Desert Sand Exclusive Inks® Stamp Pad
    Z2105 Black Exclusive Inks® Stamp Pad
    Z1701 Baker’s Twine Neutral Assortment
    Z1754 Sparkles Black & Grey Assortment
    Z1151 3-D Foam Tape

    With your Artiste cartridge in place, load your Cricut® machine with kraft cardstock and cut the coffin by setting the size dial to 5 1/2" and pressing the “3D Object” feature key, then press the “Eek” key, which is the sixth key in on the bottom row. At this size, you can fit two coffins per 12" × 12" sheet of kraft cardstock.

    Thanks to the brilliant coordination of elements on the Artiste cartridge, you’ll cut the lid to the box at the same size setting for a perfectly coordinating size and fabulous fit! Press the “Shift,” “3D Object” and “Eek” keys. Two coffin lids will fit on a 12" × 12" sheet of kraft cardstock at this size.

    Next, before folding the coffin, stamp the diamond pattern image from the All Hallows Eve stamp set several times with Desert Sand ink on the coffin lid. Stamp the cobweb and spider images in Black ink. Follow the easy instructions on page 58 of the assembly booklet to put the box together.

    Next, cut a 1/2" × 2 1/2" strip of Goldrush cardstock for each coffin and stamp the “Beware” sentiment on the strips. Trim a pennant edge on each strip and then attach it to the lid of your coffin using 3-D foam tape.

    Finish your coffin by attaching a Black Sparkle over the spider’s body. Ooo! After filling the box with your treats, wrap the coffin lid to the base using a few inches of Black baker’s twine. Give to your favorite goblin or ghoul!

    This is just one example of how the Cricut® Artiste cartridge can help make preparing for all of your parties and celebrations even easier! Check out the brand new Workshops on the Go® Spellbound Cricut® Kit (page 14 in the Autumn / Winter 2012 Idea Book) for another great Halloween-themed party idea using this fabulous cartridge.

    Buy supplies for your party essentials »

    Monday, September 3, 2012

    Stamp of the Month: Fall Favorites

    The best pick of the patch!

    Find some of your favorite fall images in this adorable new stamp set. With a fun-loving scarecrow, plump pumpkins, and a Cricut®-compatible tag, you’ll find plenty of uses for this month’s Stamp of the Month set. Remember that it can be yours for just $5 with a qualifying $50 purchase. This is a pick of the patch that you'll want to take home!

    See the September Stamp of the Month »

    Saturday, September 1, 2012

    National Stamping Month

    Every day is cause for celebration!

    September marks the official end of the golden days of summer and the beginning of autumn, with little golden treasures of its own. Whether it’s enjoying the turning of the leaves or the crisp fall breezes, autumn seems to bring with it countless opportunities for relishing the everyday moments that make life wonderful.

    This year, the National Stamping Month stamp set gives you the images you need to do just that. The aptly named It’s Your Day stamp set is a double set of D-size stamp sets—two sets in one envelope—that helps you commemorate those simple, everyday moments. It includes 48 images, consisting of phrases, borders, and more.

    You’ll also be delighted to know that many of the images coordinate perfectly with our new Cricut® Artiste cartridge for even easier stamping, cutting, and layering! At the start of a season that marks the beginning of school, holiday celebrations, and family time, the It’s Your Day stamp set is a must-have to document the wonderful autumn days.

    The It’s Your Day double stamp set has a retail value of $35.90, but between now and September 30, the It’s Your Day set can be yours for just $5 when you place an order of $35 in full retail products. Our National Stamping Month double-stamp set offer is for a limited time, so act now to make sure you get a set of your own to celebrate every wonderful day of autumn and beyond!

    Start shopping »

    Friday, August 31, 2012

    Divas Blog Hop - Clementine Paper Pack

    Hi Everyone! Welcome to my Blog! If you came from Sheri Ann Henderson, you are in the right place. If you have jumped here and just discovered our blog hop, feel free to check the list at Damask Divas blog to find the complete list of blog hop participants.

    The below card I made was inspired by a pattern from our newest how to publication: Make It from Your Heart by Jeanette Lynton. To make the card I used the following:
  • Clementine Paper Packet (Product# X7156B)

  • Happy Birthday! Stamp that is included in the Cricut Art Philosophy Collection (Product# Z1686)

  • Hope Your Birthday's As Sweet As You Stamp that is included in the Cricut Artiste Collection (Product# Z1790)

  • Cottage Assortment (layered fabric flower with button) (Product# Z1794)

  • Saddle exclusive inks stamp pad (Product# Z2171)

  • Sorbet exclusive inks stamp pad (Product# Z2164)

  • Make It from Your Heart Volume 1 (Product# 9035)

  • Thanks for stopping by my site. Feel free to browse around. If you'd like to purchase this Clementine Paper Pack or any of the other new products head over to and click SHOP!

    The next blog on the list is Ashley Greaux. Hope you have a great time on our hop and checking out all the creations using Clementine Paper Pack. If you get lost, just hop on over to Damask Divas Blog for the full list.

    I am entering this card in the following chanllenges:
    Make It Monday - MIM 104
    My Mums Craft Shop - Challenge # 72 - All The Three's
    Paper Shelter Challenge - Challenge # 79 - Layers On Layers
    Ruby's Rainbow - Challenge # 36 - No image, Just Words
    Scrapalicious - Anything Goes
    Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes
    The Perfect Sentiment - PSC 47 - Anything Goes With A Sentiment
    Whimsy Inspiration - Challenge #50 - Lots of Layers
    Through The Craftroom Door - Challenge # 33 - Diva or Anything Goes
    Eureka Stamps - Challenge # 3 - Anything Goes
    Totally Stampalicious - Anything Goes
    The Crazy Challenge - CCH # 127 - Anything Goes
    Tammy's Scrapin Corner - Challenge # 25 - Lots of Layers
    Inspire Me Fridays - Challenge # 74 - Anything Goes
    ATC's and Cards With Attitude - Anything Goes
    Fat Pages and Cards With Attitude - Anything Goes

    Don't Miss It...

    Hi Everyone, Just a reminder Starting Sept 1st the Damask Divas will be having another Blog Hop. We will featuring a new Close To My Heart Clementine paper pack and share with you our creations. You’ll be able to see a variety of scrapbook layouts, cards, 3D items, etc. from several us Damask Divas.

    We are looking forward to it and hope you will visit us on the 1st as we start off our Blog Hop. There will be a list of blogs to follow and it all starts here

    Friday, August 17, 2012

    Scrapbooking: A Passion. A Lifestyle. An Art

    A fellow CTMH Consultant, Sharon Chapman found this on YouTube & I thought it was quite interesting. So I thought of sharing it with you all. You will be surprised with the stats, fun facts & information about this awesome craft.

    Sunday, August 12, 2012

    Summer Vacation 2012

    Hi Everyone, I am finally back home from my week road trip vacation up to Virginia. My family & I had a fantastic time up there. As much as I really didn't want to come back, I am happy to be home.

    "There is no place like home. There is no place like home."

    Wow, don't know why I have that line in my head. Isn't that the line from Wizard of Oz. Lol. Anyway, Now it's time for me to get rolling with scrapbooking all the wonderful photos I took. The hard part is deciding whether to use Studio J to drop my photos in the layouts online or make my own layouts with the awesome pattern paper CTMH has to offer.

    Well, while I try to decide on how I'm going to do my layout, below you will find a couple of photos I wanted to share from my trip.

    Saturday, August 4, 2012

    Our August 2012 Promotion Is In the Bag!

    Join my Team in August and receive an adorable Close To My Heart bag for free! August is a great month to join my Team because if you sign up to be a Close To My Heart Independent Consultant during August, you will get a tote bag like the one pictured above for free (a $50 retail value)! You'll want to be one of the first to sign up because there is a limited number available ad they will be given away on a first-come, first-served basis.

    If you need a little more incentive, Close To My Heart has introduced a super-affordable $49 New Consultant Essentials Kit, containing over $125 worth of products and business supplies to get your new business started on the right foot. You also have the option of ordering a more comprehensive $99 New Conultant Master Kit, which contains everything in the Essentials kit plus additional business supplies and products, including credits for 5 Studio J layouts, totaling over $270 in retail value! Whichever kit you choose, you will get this fabulous tote bag at no additional cost, while supplies last!

    You'll love how versatile the bag is with a shoulder strap long enough to go over your head as well as shorter straps for wearing as a backpack. It boasts pockets large enough to hold 12"x12" paper packets or an album, and has a smaller interior zipper pocket for pens, accessories, or smaller items. This will be your new favorite bag for taking to crops, overnighters, or even on longer trips as an airplane carry-on.

    I'd be glad to answer your questions about becoming a Close To My Heart Independent Consultant and tell you the things I love about my crafting career. Remember, the cute bags are only available while supplies last, so you'll want to sign up right away. I'd love to have you on my Team!

    Friday, August 3, 2012

    Stamp of the Month: Baroque Borders

    Add elegance, class, and style to your artwork... This set of 5 baroque designs will add class to your pages, cards, mini albums, wall hangings, and anything else you might be making. Use the larger images to create unique backgrounds or adorn the corner of a page or large photo; the smaller images will add flair to accent pieces, titles, and more. Get this set for just $5 with your $50 qualifying purchase and bring a touch of classic elegance to your stamping.

    See the August Stamp of the Month.

    Wednesday, August 1, 2012

    New Idea Book Now Available!

    Check out new products, new artwork, new projects, and more!

    Nearly 150 pages of inspiring artwork, top quality products, thrilling project ideas, and innovative techniques - that's what you'll find when you open up the brand new Autmn/Winter 2012 Idea Book. True to its name, page after page is filled with new ideas you'll be dying to try!

    Watch for these debuting items and more:

    **The Cricut Artiste collection: a brand new, project-centric cartridge loaded with themed shapes and 3D items galore, grouped by key for fast and simple creations.

    **13 new Workshops on the Go kits, including 2 cardmaking kits, 2 unique home decor kits, and 1 fun-filled Halloween party Cricut kit.

    **New marker sets with alcohol-based ink, each featuring an Exclusive Inks marker accompanied by a coordinating lighter or darker shade marker for gorgeous shading, blending, and coloring.

    **A preview of 6 new Express Collections now available in our Studio J online design software.

    **A wooden Display Tray with hangers and a My Creations Star - just a sampling of lots of new home decor offerings.

    Ask me how you can get a copy of the beautiful new Idea Book and start ordering the latest products for all your crafting needs.

    Browse the new Idea Book online.

    Tuesday, July 31, 2012

    Mom's Altered Pieces...

    So, as many of you know, I just love all creative ideas. Below I wanted to show you some altered hair accessories & flip flopes My Mom made for my 5 year old daughter. Hope you all enjoy!

    Monday, July 23, 2012

    Super Easy Paper Bows

    Hi, Everybody! Today I would like to show you how to make a Super Easy Paper Bow to decorate any of your gifts with a little of your own personal style.

    Step 1:

    Gather the following items:

    -Your favorite pattern 12"x12" paper. (I chose Florentine (Product# X7153B) B&T Duos Paper from CTMH)

    -Paper Trimmer (Product# Z1783)

    -Tombo Mono Adhesive (Product# 1514)


    -Glue Dots (Product# 1772)

    Step 2:

    Once you have gathered everything that you need, cut your paper into 3/4 inch strips. Leave 6 of the strips full size. Cut 1 inch off 4 of the strips. Cut 2 inches off 1 of the strips. And lastly cut 1 strip down to 5 inches. The remaining strips put aside as backup fillers.

    Step 3:

    Twist each strip with loose loops on each side (except for the 5inch strip). Secure the ends to the center with the double sided tape. Then take the 5 inch strip & form it into a circle & secure it with a glue dot.

    Step 4:

    Take 3 of the larger pieces & layer them on top of each other. Make sure to space them evenly & secure the center with a staple. Repeat process with remaining 3 large pieces. Then stack & secure the 2 pieces with a glue dot.

    Step 5:

    Take 4 of the 11 inch pieces & layer them on top of each other. Make sure to space them evenly & secure the center with a staple. Then stack & secure it to the center of the bow with a glue dot.

    Step 6:

    Take the 10 inch piece & secure it to the center of the bow with a glue dot.

    Step 7:

    Finally, take the 5 inch loop & place it into the center before securing it. If it looks like the bow may need some extra loops then take one of your extra strips & cut it down to 10 inches. Twist the strip with 2 loops on each side, secure it the center of bow & then secure the 5 inch loop. If it doesn't need the extra loop then secure the 5 inch loop to the center.

    That's it, Your Done! Get busy making your bows today as the Holiday's are rapidly approaching us.

    Sunday, July 22, 2012

    Award Blog Nomination 2012!

    WOW!!! Today I just realized that my Blog was nominated for it's first award! I would like to say Thank You to Ashley Greaux for nominating me for the "Liebster Award"! It really made my day! Be sure to check out her awesome Liebster blog at

    It's full of great stuff.

    Liebster is a German word meaning "Beloved," "Favorite," or "Dearest." This award is a peer to peer award in which fellow bloggers present the award to their favorite bloggers with less than 200 followers. The origins of this award is unclear, but is believed to have originated by a German blogger. This award was designed to be a blog award in the pay it forward fashion to share your dearest and most beloved blogs that have less than 200 followers.

    Thank the person who gave you the award and link back to their blog.Post the award onto your blog.Give the award to five bloggers who you appreciate that have less than 200 followers.Leave a comment on their blog letting them know that you have given them this awesome award!

    My 5 nominations are...
    Diana Mejia:

    Cathy Derouche:

    Amie Kiger:

    Tiffany Simmons:

    Stacy Burch:

    You ladies are great crafters! Thanks your creative inspiration! Now it's your turn! Choose one of the following to post on your blog and then choose your five to share the with.

    Wednesday, July 4, 2012

    The Perfect Pair...

    During July, get a free paper packet and coordinating accessory—a PerfectPair— with every qualifying online purchase thru my website.

    Place an online order of $75 or more in July on my website and we’ll send you a popular paper packet and coordinating accessory—a Perfect Pair—for free! That’s a retail value of up to $17.90! Different Perfect Pairs are available on different dates throughout the month so you’ll want to place more than one qualifying order to snatch several Perfect Pairs.

    Place your
    order early in the availability period, as the promotion is while supplies last. Offer valid July 1–31, 2012. While supplies last. Additional shipping/handling and tax may apply. Discounted products to not count toward a qualifying purchase.

    Below you will find the Order Dates, Perfect Pair, & it's Retail Value:
    July 1–5 Mischief Paper Packet (X7144B) and Midnight Felt Shapes (Z1462) $15.90

    July 6–10 Dreamin' Paper Packet (X7142B) and Harvest Charms (Z1633) $14.90

    July 11–15 Fanfare Paper Packet (X7138B) and Fanfare Level 2 Assortment (Z1400) $17.90

    July 16–20 Lucky Paper Packet (X7137B) and Lucky My Stickease® Assortment
    (X7137C) $17.90

    July 21–25 Mayberry Paper Packet (X7136B) and Mayberry My Stickease® Assortment (X7136C) $17.90

    July 26–29 Sophia Paper Packet (X7131B) and Sophia My Stickease® Assortment (X7131C) $17.90

    July 30–31 Believe Paper Packet (X7145B) and Holiday Pockets (Z1486) OR
    Wonderland Paper Packet (X7146B) and Wonderland My Stickease® Assortment (X7146C) $14.90

    Friday, June 29, 2012


    Don't miss out... Next 2 days get your FREE Stamp Set! Buy 2 and you get 1 FREE.... Awesome deal! I wouldn't want any of you to miss it!! Shop at

    Friday, April 6, 2012

    Nifty Neighbor Gifts Project Inspiration Spring/Summer 2012 Idea Book

    Check out this awesome video on doing Nifty Projects to give your Neighbor's, Family & Friends. You can find all the supplies you need on my website . Also, at my site you will find additional video's to help inspire your creativity.

    Dotty For You!!!

    Hi Everyone!!! I'm so excited with our NEW promotion. CELEBRATE NATIONAL SCRAPBOOKING MONTH IN MAY with the oh-so-cute Dotty for You paper packet. There are three ways to get this exclusive Dotty for You paper packet, valued at $19.95*:

    • Place an order of $35 or more in products from the Spring/Summer 2012 Idea Book between April 17 and May 31, and add the Dotty for You paper packet for just $5.

    • Host a Gathering with a sales total of $400 or more (excludingtax, shipping/handling, and Operation Smile® donations) between April 17 and May 31 and receive a Dotty for You paper packet FREE.

    • Join Close To My Heart as a new Consultant between April 1and May 31 and receive a Dotty for You paper packet FREE.

    Get your Dotty for You paper packet today by visiting my website ! Look at all you get in the Packet:

    Dotty for You Paper Packet (CC1017) $5 with a qualifying purchase

    • 24 Coordinating B&T Duos® Sheets (2 each of 12 patterns)
    • 1 Artwork Idea Insert

    Saturday, March 31, 2012

    Baby Shower Thank You Card & Favor

    Below is a picture of the Thank You card I made & gave everyone that came to the Baby Shower. Also, there is a picture of one of the favors that I also made, that was given out at the shower.

    Baby Shower Invitation

    So my Sister & Mom gave me a baby shower last year August. They were going to order some invitations for the shower but what's the fun in that. Of course I ended up making my cards since I wanted something different. Below is the pic of the front & inside of the card.


    Here is a sample of a simple Happy Birthday card. Reminder that the sentiment can be changed to something else, example: get well, best wishes, etc.


    Below is a Daisy Card that can be used for any occasion by changing the sentiment. I had chosen the Thank You stamp.

    Place Card/PillowBox

    For my Sister's Wedding instead of using seating tent cards we decided to use pillow boxes filled with her husbands favorite candy. The boxes were cut out & embossed using the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge. Then decorated with a ribbon & a seating card. The card was embellished with a diamond accent in different locations to advise the waiters what they will be having for dinner. Example: if placed on top of name means person had chosen steak, if placed below name person chosen chicken, & so forth...


    Below are Daisy Gift Tags I made for my Sister who wanted to tie onto the goodie bags she was going to hand out to the out of towners that were attending her wedding.


    Below is a card & project I did for a friend of mine that needed something for Father's Day. But can be used for any holiday for guys just by changing the sentiment.

    The Orgami Shirt that was added to the Tin Can Project was created by following the instructions on a youtube video. All you have to do is enter "orgami shirt" in the search field and a numerous amount of videos will pop up showing you how to do one.

    The Shirt Card was cased from Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, Sylvia Kipnes. Click following link for the instructional video: