Friday, May 4, 2018

Classic Summer Bash

The Stamp of the Month for May is a super cute set featuring a ball/mason jar and some lemonade images. At first I was challenged with how exactly to use it and which techniques would work the best. As I started to play with it I realized that several techniques will work and I haven't even stamped all the images yet. Take a look at some of the creations~

This first card is a festive way to greet the summer season. I used a patterned paper to represent the pink lemonade in the jar. The lemons and ice were separately stamped, cut out, then added. You could just stamp the banner pieces which is included in the set, but I chose to cut them out from colored cardstock to make them stand out.

How about a sign posted near your jar of refreshing lemonade at your next summer bash. That is the name of the stamp after all!

For this jar I did lots of masking and watercoloring. It gives a much more mellow effect than the first card.

Finally, I stamped the jar image on a piece of paper with an ombre blue color. All three the exact same, then cut them out. Then I created 3 totally different cards with them.

I think its awesome to find so many uses for one stamp set or even one image alone! You can get this stamp set this month at a discounted price. Go to my website to find out more!

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

New in May

Hello, welcome to a new month and a new quarter. Today is the start of a brand new Seasonal Expressions Idea Book. There are new collections of papers, fabulous stamps and a new Story!

I think that you will see from just the cover of the new idea book that it holds a summery surprise for your crafting needs these upcoming months. It has paper collections with flowers, balloons, outdoor scenery, tea cups, bicycles, homes and maps. I will show you more on each of the 4 new paper collections soon.

You will see a new way to preserve and document your memories called Story by Stacy. The talented Stacy Julian will share some simple, colorful, happy ways to document those stories that mean so much to you. Find starter kits with 4x4 albums, quote cards, story cards, photo trimmer and stamps that will make your documenting super easy.

A new month is not complete without a Stamp of the Month that you can get for only $5! This is called Classic Summer Bash and features a large mason jar, straw, citrus and all the sentiments you need for a summer-time BBQ or setting up a neighborhood lemonade stand! This is a cute one!

Last, but certainly not least, it's National Scrapbooking Month! You are going to love the variety of products offered this month with the Postcard Perfect papercrafting suite of products. Please check out my website for all the details and offerings for this collection. I gave you a sneak peek of this collection earlier. Just a small photo of a scrapbook layout I created with these beautiful papers. Want to see more?

I love these floral papers and the fun tropical images. My pictures don't really do it much justice.

The collection contains 4 sheets (2 patterns) of vellum papers. The dot pattern is laid on top of the floral on this layout giving it a more subtle appearance. It is so pretty!

Just think of scrapbooking your tropical or summery related photo's on these papers. Plus, if you order the bundles there is a discounted price. Come back soon and I'll show you some more projects using this collection.

Please check out all the new products and browse through the Idea Book online here.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Good things happening now and to come!

I realize that I have been horrible at updating here on my Blog. I have been crafting and you can find my most recent artwork over on Instagram. I did want to check in though to let you know what is happening now and give you a sneak peek into what is coming next month!

Each Friday in April we’ll discount a new selection of favorite items and exclusive product bundles for just 24 hours! Save 25% on a wide variety of crafting essentials each weekend and discover some new faves of your own!


Coming in May ~ Celebrate National Scrapbooking Month ~

Get ready to celebrate National Scrapbooking Month with the Postcard Perfect special! This special features a collection of coordinating products, including an exclusive paper packet, stamp set, cardstock combo pack, and Cut Above® layout kit. Save 20% when you purchase the Postcard Perfect product bundle, which includes all of this month’s featured items in one convenient bundle. 

Want a sneak peek of a layout I created at my Open House Event!?

 Come back soon for more projects and details using this exclusive paper. Plus, in May you will get to view all the latest products in the new Seasonal Expressions 2 Idea Book!

Friday, February 16, 2018

Step Right Up!

It's showtime!

Step Right Up and take advantage of an exclusive, limited-time offer that is sure to delight crafters of all ages! Introducing the limited-time My Acrylix® Showtime stamp set, featuring fun, playful, circus-themed icons and sentiments that will be the perfect fit for birthday celebrations, theme park visits, or any fun-filled adventure. This stamp is available on its own or as part of the Step Right Up bundle that pairs the stamp with 12 paper sheets—including 10 cardstock sheets in 5 colors and gold foil paper — gold pearls, and red shimmer trim. Best of all, this bundle is available at a sensational discount! Order yours today before this deal leaves town!

Product Description

Includes the following:
1 – My Acrylix® Showtime stamp set
2 – gold foil paper sheets
2 – White Daisy cardstock sheets
2 – Sapphire cardstock sheets
2 – Black cardstock sheets
2 – Saffron cardstock sheets
2 – Cranberry cardstock sheets
1 – gold pearls
1 – red shimmer trim
 Purchase the entire bundle for only $28.95

While online check out the Pretty in Pink deals too!

Monday, January 1, 2018

Welcome 2018

What better way to ring in the New Year than with a brand new Seasonal Expressions Idea Book. You will find all the products to craft for your gardener, baker, stargazers and those that want to be a mermaid! This Idea Book has 4 unique, creative collections for you. It also contains some innovative tools, a new how-to program and an entire travel organization system.

You can view the new book online, by clicking the image on the right column. You won't want to miss the stamp of the month and definitely not the monthly promotion of Love Letters!

For National Papercrafting Month, we’ve designed a set of beautiful papercrafted monograms. Each comes as part of a kit containing the sturdy chipboard letter base, rose gold accents, die-cut floral embellishments, and letter stickers for customizing your final artwork piece. The finished letters are the perfect size for adorning any wall in your home.

These versatile letters can also be used together to spell out a whole name or word, which is why if you buy five letter kits, you can choose a sixth kit FREE!

Bloom & Grow


As always there is a beautiful stamp of the month that you can get at a discounted price with a qualifying purchase.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Boxing Week and More

The sales begin today and last all week to celebrate Boxing week!

  Close To My Heart is ending 2017 with a bang, bringing you even more deals on their high quality crafting products! Every day between Tuesday, December 26, and Friday, December 29 you’ll be introducing savings on selected products.

For example you can save 30% on the individual items and album bundles or save 40% on stamp pad + reinker bundles! The deals will only be available for a limited time while supplies last, so check online every day at 12:00 am (MST) to see the newest deals!

This is also your last chance to order products from the 2017 Holiday Expressions Idea Book. If you need any of those seasonal papers and stamps to complete your memory books or projects, you will want to order them before they retire!

Lastly, while your shopping online, don't forget to add the promotion this month. Through the Year Calendar Kit will make a great item for you this coming new year or as a gift for someone else. Everything you will need to make next year's calendar is included in the kit. Shop online to choose your kit.

Friday, December 1, 2017

December Specials

Its December already! Just a few more weeks to make some memories in 2017. I hope your year has been blessed!

December also brings the holiday hustle! I hope that you can find some great products that will make your crafting faster and easier. This month Close To My Heart is offering an amazing calendar kit that will prepare you for the upcoming year and could also make a perfectly, personalized gift this Christmas.

Through the Year Calendar Kit~

As 2017 comes to a close, you can be ready for 2018 by creating a beautiful photo calendar. The Through the Year calendar kit includes everything you need to create a 12-month photo calendar for the year ahead. Save 20% on this exclusive bundle of products, that includes custom gold glitter die-cuts, glitter gems, Complements, papers, and a blank calendar.

The November Stamp of the Month, Through the Year, makes an excellent companion to this project, too. If you didn’t get this limited-time stamp set last month, never fear — you can get a calendar kit that includes this set!

There are two purchasing options. You can get the kit with or without the November Stamp of the Month.
Price without the stamp set: $38.95
Price with the stamp set: $56.90

Here is what you get when you purchase this kit.

Through the Year Calendar Kit

Kit contents:
1—My Creations™ calendar
1—Basic Fundamental custom paper packet
9—cardstock sheets (1 Bashful, 1 Cranberry, 1 Goldrush, 1 Lagoon, 1 Lemon, 1 Pansy, 1 Sweet Leaf, 1 White Daisy, 1 Willow)
1—Happy Moments Complements
1—gold glitter gems
gold glitter die-cuts
photo placeholders
cutting diagrams
printed instructions

Use the materials in this kit to create a customized 12 month calendar.

My Acrylix® Through the Year Stamp Set (S1711) if you choose it to be included .

As always there is a Stamp of the Month available this December at a discounted price.

A Little Bit of Pun

Beautiful Stamps, Amazing Discounts

Each month you can purchase a new D-size stamp set, available for one month only, for just $5. When you place an order of $50 or more in Close To My Heart products, you qualify for this special Stamp of the Month pricing.

Please check out all of these specials on my website. Happy holiday crafting!

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Box on a Card

Is it a box on a card or a card with a mini box? Who cares, it's cute! This little project has been around the internet for awhile now. I will be teaching a Christmas version of it with the Beary Christmas paper and stamp collection. It comes with some funny little gift tags that fit perfectly inside the mini box.

You can finish this project in a variation of themes, not just Christmas. You can make them for Valentine's Day, Easter, and even makes a cool gift for someone's Birthday! At Thanksgiving I made a slightly different shape to accommodate the grateful wreath stamp. You can see that it is slightly more narrow and taller. The box is more centered, but is the same size.

These boxes contained a personal note to my family of reasons that I am thankful for them. Isn't it wonderful how one kind word can change your entire day!

Hope you are having a fun, crafty, Holiday season! Don't forget to go online to see the monthly specials. December is almost here, so that means the savings will change and the Stamp of the Month. Hint, hint....if you want the special in December, you'll want the November stamp at the $5 dollar price! Oh! and December is the last month to purchase from the Holiday Expressions Idea Book!

Friday, November 24, 2017

Cut Above® Layout Kit—The Story Begins

Cut Above Layout Kits on Sale today only! 50% off

Including some retired kits!!

Happy Black Friday!

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Holiday Card Buffet Continued

I shared with you some of the cards from my annual Holiday Card Buffet. Those were the cards that offered a raffle prize. Here are some of the other cards that guests got to create~

As you can see I had just a couple of Fall/Thanksgiving themed cards. These used the gorgeous Falling For You papers, some new stamp sets and watercolors that allowed the participants a few moments of relaxing coloring!

As you can see, I always try to provide a mix of colors and themes. This was a really fun buffet!

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Holiday Card Buffet 2017

Recently I held my annual Holiday Card Buffet. This event has become one that the ladies anxiously, but patiently wait for each year! I knew I had to really bring the fun this year. I did that by first, making 14 different card designs and a little over 100 card kits in total! Second, I threw in a little twist that involved raffle tickets and prizes!!

Here is my table full of cards. (both sides)

In the red baskets are the card kits and the items needed to complete the card. This may have included stamps, inks, embossing powder with heat tool, embossing folders, thin cuts, watercolors and embellishments. The wooden crate in the center of the table contained a card kit that only required assembly as it was cut on the Cricut and had no further stamping involved.

Here are the ladies hard at work. They are very focused!

I announced at the beginning of the workshop that inside some of the card kits they will find a raffle ticket with a number on it. If they find it, they were to put their name on it and drop it in the corresponding pail on the counter top. I had a total of 5 prizes that coincidentally matched the card that they found the ticket in! This became somewhat of a scavenger hunt to find the tickets!!

Here are just a few of the prizes~

For those that made the pop&twist Beary Christmas card, they had the chance to win a boxed set of cards featuring the Beary Christmas PML cards. It was a set of 5 cards in an altered, decorated box.

This next one was my favorite card and prize. I didn't get enough of that darling Llama from this summer, so he came to visit again for the Holiday!

Ladies who made the Fa la la la Llama card, found the ticket to win a matching chipboard banner. It was even packaged up so cute with a little funny tag.

Who needs a little caffeine pick-me-up during the hectic holidays? I do! This card featured a Cricut cut coffee cup on a pocket card where a tag and gift card could be neatly tucked away. The prize for this card was a K-cup holder using that same Cricut coffee cup.

Some of the other prizes included an ink pad with mini thank you stamp and a set of snowflake ornament gift tags.

In the next few days I will share some of the cards that the ladies created from the delicious buffet!