Thursday, December 1, 2016

Meaningful Gifts

This month, save 30% on the supplies you need to make fun and easy mini albums that make perfect gifts!

Here are three easy gifting ideas for these albums:
  • Complete an album for your bestie including some pictures of the fun times you’ve shared.
  • Give the supplies themselves as a gift, letting the recipient determine what photos and memories they will preserve.
  • Give yourself the gift of beautifully preserved photos by printing out your favorite photos from your phone and making an album for yourself!
Take a look at all the bundles you can purchase~

Blue Jean Mini Album Bundle

Blush Mini Album Bundle

Adventure Mini Album Bundle

(choose 6x8, 4x6, or 3x4 memory protectors)

Shop online for full details and pricing! Happy gifting!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

City Sidewalks Cricut Christmas Cards

The City Sidewalks Cricut Collection has some really cute images on it. I already showed you the little neighborhood of houses in the 3D frame. I wanted to also showcase more of these images in some cards that I displayed at a recent class. Here is a close up of the cards featuring a decorated mailbox, a cute pup,  a charming Santa, and a festive wreath!

You can cut these images to any size you wish, so think outside the standard card and go big! All of these cards feature the City Sidewalks paper making everything blend perfectly.

Get this collection before its gone. Items available until the end of December!

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

City Sidewalks Christmas Frame

Recently I held a City Sidewalks Christmas inspired class. I focused on the entire City Sidewalks collection from the whimsical papers to the super fun Cricut collection! I showcased a range of projects using all of these products and our class project was a 3D frame with a snowy Christmas neighborhood scene.

Here is just one of the tables all set up for class~

No party is complete without some yummy treats to snack on while we create!

Here is the main table I had set up to show all of the projects I created. It's full of inspiring ideas; scrapbook layouts, picture my life layout, mini scrapbook, and cards using stamped images as well as Cricut cut images. All of the projects featured some embellishments to coordinate from ribbon to Washi tape to sparkly chipboard complements! I will give you a closer look at these projects in the coming days.

Here is a close-up of the frame we made. These are 5x7 shadow box frames that I found at Ikea. The snowflakes and car are popped up from the background giving the scene more dimension. The Winter Wonderland tag is from the City Sidewalks Cricut collection.

I am entering the frame in the Anything BUT a card challenge over on Heart 2 Heart Challenges this week. I think I must create a new home decor item every Christmas and this one will forever make me smile! {I just like to smile, smiling is my favorite! ~ Buddy the Elf}

Monday, November 7, 2016

Golden Pine Cones

I just returned my spooky Halloween decor to the storage boxes and yet I found myself shopping over the weekend listening to Christmas music playing throughout the store! What? I still have Halloween candy in a bowl on my kitchen counter and we haven't eaten any turkey yet! Then again, I do realize the time it takes to prepare for Christmas~ all those handmade cards, projects and scrapbook pages waiting to be filled with memories. That is why you will find Christmas papers and stamps filling every inch of my desk.

Today I'm sharing one of the cards I made with a sketch in mind from Freshly Made Sketches Blog. I wanted to submit it, but simply ran out of time to photograph and post it earlier before the deadline. I used the lovely Oh Deer papers and some of the complements. I used the Perfectly Pine stamp with those sea glass branches, but instead of just stamping the pine cones I opted for some golden kraft complements. I also used a bit of some Uptown gold embossed polka dot paper layered on some sea glass Oh Deer papers. The shiny gold is just lovely and makes me warm up to the idea of Christmas music playing in the stores already!

I hope you are inspired to use some of these paper collections and the Perfectly Pine stamp set. These products will only be available until the end of December. Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

November will make you Happy, Happy!

Not only do you have a festive Stamp of the Month to choose in November, but you can also get a head start on your Christmas projects with a very merry bundle.

 Get into the holiday spirit with several holiday crafting projects featuring our Happy, Happy Christmas products. It all starts with one of our featured album bundles, which saves you 10% off the retail price of a collection of awesome crafting supplies. These bundles contain everything you need to create five 2-page scrapbooking layouts, with enough left over to keep your holiday crafting going! Start by choosing your album bundle:D-Ring or Post Bound

Your Price: $69.95

Here are all the layouts you can create with this bundle~

Talk about getting your entire Holiday season scrapbooked! Plus, the workshop includes all sorts of home decor projects as well. You will have the option to add the Everyday Life Album, Magnetic Chalkboard, 13x13 Display Tray and the 5x7 Hinged Display Tray. All of these items are at a discounted price to add on to your bundle. You can also download a complete guide to make all of these projects. These will make incredible Christmas gifts too!

See a sample of all these projects online here. Be sure to check out the Stamp of the Month while your there.

This Stamp of the Month is ready for any celebration you plan on throwing! Get more details on the Current Specials tab at the top.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Halloween Step Cards

I like the center and side step card design, because they are like displays of art. They are not your ordinary card and they easily set up on a shelf to become a work of art and not just a card. Here are a couple I created for Halloween.

Do you remember the Purrfect Halloween stamp of the month? I'm still putting it to good use!

Not just a card anymore, little works of art to decorate for the holiday! I hope you found some inspiration here today! Have a safe and happy Halloween!

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Twist and Pop Halloween Cards

I love interactive or moving cards. They are fun to make and I think that the recipient enjoys the surprise within them! When I first saw a Twist and Pop card on Instagram, I wanted to give it a try!

I made a few of them recently with different Halloween themes. I enjoyed mixing old papers and stamps to make each one unique.

This one has some adorable little creatures and an unexpected, non~Halloween paper mix!

Here is the card popped open~

and a close up on those silly skeletons~

This one has an old Scaredy Cat Halloween paper collection and a Spooky Night scene!

A haunted house popping out at you~

A close up~

Finally, there's nothing like a punny witch card!

Don't you just love this little witch and that sentiment is sweet!

A close up on that cuteness~

I'm done twisting and popping for now, but I'll return with a few more Halloween cards to inspire you just in time for tricks and treats!

Friday, October 21, 2016

New Items Available

Close To My Heart has some new items available now that are not in the Annual or Holiday Idea Books. I'm also happy to tell you that all of the exclusive ink colors are now available to order in the new magnetic packaging. Check out all the new products online.

Are you a planner? Brand new coloring planner pages are here! The Stripe or Sea Glass album with planner pages bundle is $31.90. You can get just get the pages for $16.95/

Bundle includes the Everyday Life™ stripes album (Z9979) and the 2017 planner pages (CC2017), which come with a clear pencil bag and three gold paperclips.

Available for a limited time, so get it while you can!

 Do you love Thin Cuts? Do you wish we had more of them? Wish granted! There are four new Thin Cuts that coordinate with stamps sets from the Annual Inspirations. Check them all out online!

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Halloween Witch Hats

Are you creating your Halloween cards yet? The spookiest holiday is just around the corner, how exciting! I have a not-so-spooky card to share with you today. You may remember the August Stamp of the Month, Purr-fect Halloween set. That is where you can find this witch hat and the bat too. I simply stamped them, colored and laid them evenly on the card front. The bats were stamped once on the reverse side of the stamp, then on the correct side showing the outlined image. Then the strip was placed at the bottom of the card front over some fundamental papers. A little sentiment and free hand outline and this card is complete!

If you missed out on this Stamp of the Month, be sure to check out the other Halloween inspired stamp sets available online. Some of these sets are also limited, so don't miss out!
Shop online here.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Yuletide Joy

Welcome to October! September seems like a blur, where did the time go? In an effort to stay on track the Stamp of the Month will have us well prepared for the Holidays. Take a look at the beautiful Yuletide Joy stamp set, available this month only at a discount.

I can imagine stamping these images on white cardstock and coloring them in with marker or colored pencil. You could also stamp them on colored cardstock for a tone-on-tone technique.

Order online for a special discounted price only in October!

Friday, September 23, 2016

Halloween or Harvest? Jeepers Creepers Does Both!

Watch this video from Close To My Heart to see the versatility that the Jeepers Creepers paper collection has. There are also several projects included in this video using the beautiful Blessed Beyond Measure Stamp of the Month.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Thankful Fox

Time for a little thanks from another Woodland Critter. This time its a cute little fox! Again I've used the Swan Lake papers and stamped a few of the leaf images from the Stamp of the Month, Blessed Beyond Measure.

All of these products are available to order now. Some are limited though so don't wait too long!

Thursday, September 15, 2016

A Taste of Fall

Recently I attended the annual Harvest Festival where I found lots of mixes for soups, stews and cobblers. Our weather briefly cooled down enough to open up the windows at night and I'm already pouring pumpkin creamer in my coffee. It was just a little taste of Fall, because sadly its still summer around here. However, that doesn't mean I can't wish for Fall to come soon!

I gave you a little look at the Woodland Critters stamp set and some of the Autumn themed Swan Lake papers earlier this week. Today I have another look for you of the cute owl and some random stamped acorn paper. The focus of this card is actually a Swan Lake PML card.

All of these lovely Fall products are available now. You can shop online here. Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, September 12, 2016

Thanks Little Critter

Heart 2 Heart Challenges Blog {and any stamping enthusiast} is celebrating Stamping Month all of September. With the newest Annual and Holiday Idea Books just having been released, there are all sorts of new My Acrylix stamp sets to play with this month. One of the stamp sets that caught my interest in the Holiday Expressions book was the Woodland Critters. The animals are adorable and the sentiment bubbles are cute for any occasion. It was really that raccoon that stole my heart though!

I am entering this card in the H2H challenge for that stamped raccoon. I did choose to use the "thanks" thin cut instead of one of the sentiments on the stamp set. {Don't worry I'll be showing more of these critters with the talk bubbles soon!} I chose the Swan Lake papers in a variety of colors and patterns to be the backdrop for Mr. raccoon.

Get more details on these products or order online here.

Stay tuned for more fall inspired cards featuring some more of these adorable critters!

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Blessed Beyond Measure

Today I am sharing a card created with this month's beautiful stamp set Blessed Beyond Measure. I used the sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches. It was the perfect design to showcase that layered pumpkin front and center. The sentiment stands out nicely in the water color splashes and stamped leaves.

The Rustic Home and Swan Lake papers blend so nicely for this card. You can get all of these products now online or through me directly, however the stamp of the month will only be available until September 30th.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Welcome to September

September is National Stamping Month. Close To My Heart is celebrating with a special Create Kindness Stamp Kit.

 Find more details on the Current Specials tab.

You can also find more details about the Stamp of the Month on the Current Specials tab. The Stamp of the Month is a beautiful set that will allow you to show gratitude as well. It's called Blessed Beyond Measure and features some autumn images and sweet sentiments.

Lastly, the newest Holiday Expressions Idea Book goes live today! In this book you will find all those familiar paper collections in various holiday themes. You can view the book online or contact me if you would like one for yourself. All products are available to order now!

Take a look at the four paper collections being offered in this new book.

 Jeepers Creepers

City Sidewalks

 Oh Deer!

Swan Lake 

I've heard the month of September referred to as "Stamptember"! That seems fitting for this month considering all of the new Holiday products and specials happening this month. Happy creating friends!