Thursday, November 1, 2018

Holiday Specials

This month only and some throughout December you will find all sorts of specials being offered for all of your seasonal and non-seasonal crafting needs!

Here are just a few images of the specials being offered. Please log onto my website to get the full details on each of these deals!

Important Things

Advent Calendar

Christmas Blessings

The Great Outdoors

True North

Days of December

Fund Your Fun!

Hello Pumpkin Deluxe Workshop

As always you will also find a Stamp of the Month that can be purchased at a discounted price. This stamp is called Seasonal Trees and will be perfect for crafting cards, scrapbook pages and home decor pieces.

Please log onto my website for more information and tons of inspiration!

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Christmas Blessings

Sending Christmas Blessings


We are rapidly approaching the most wonderful time of the year, and we know how crafters like to plan ahead. That's why Close To My Heart has posted the new Christmas Blessings card workshop, featuring an exclusive My Acrylix® stamp set designed especially for the Christmas season. Create the set of 12 cards shown above using the materials in the discounted Christmas Blessings bundle plus a few additional supplies.

Get more details online here.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Hedge Hugs!

One of the cutest new stamp sets in the Holiday Expressions Idea Book has to be Hedge-hugs found on page 94. The artwork shown on this page using the stamp set features one of the shaker windows on a "thank you" card. It's so adorable! Here are a few more ideas using this little cutie!

I've used papers from the Grateful Heart collection and the Seasons Mix-in collection for these cards. I wasn't kidding that this hedge hog is adorable! Check out the artwork in the Idea Book too!

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

World Cardmaking Day October 6th

Did you know its World Cardmaking Day this Saturday, October 6th. I will be celebrating with my customers with a fun celebration filled with creativity and some seasonal sweets!

We are making Holiday Sparkle cards featuring the super fun shaker windows, some fall inspired cards using the Thanks & Giving Stamp of the Month and last a twisted pocket card with the 'Tis the Season papers and an exclusive stamp set! This is just a super fun collection of cards to celebrate this day! How will you celebrate World Cardmaking Day?

Monday, October 1, 2018

Hello October!

The newest Holiday Expressions 2018 Idea Book has been live for a full month already! I honestly can't even tell you where the month of September has gone. Here we are now in October already and this month has some amazing deals to launch your Holiday crafting!

First, there is an amazing card kit featuring the Oh What Fun collection and the Oh so trendy shaker windows!

Shake things up this holiday season with the Holiday Sparkle Cut Above® card kit! This kit contains materials for creating 12 festive shaker cards, including printed card bases, die-cut pieces, stickers, sparkly sequins, and simple assembly instructions. Get a 20% discount when you get the Holiday Sparkle Bundle, which pairs the card kit with the My Acrylix® Love with All the Trimmings stamp set, specially designed to further customize the insides of your cards.

I will have these shaker cards at my upcoming World Cardmaking Day Celebration for customers to create. They will get the chance to see how easily these cards come together for an impressive finish. I will have another card featuring the exclusive stamp set available with this kit to make as well as some fall themed cards. More on this event later and the kit details!

Important Things

The important things bundle started September 15th and will run until December 31st. Highlight the unique things that are important to you with The Important Things Everyday Life™ workshop. This workshop shows you how to create eight 6″ × 8″ layouts plus a title page and a closing page for an Everyday Life™ album. The generic theme of this album featuring the bright colors and patterns in the Perfectly Imperfect Picture My Life™ cards make this a versatile workshop to create for yourself, give as a gift, or even do both! Purchasing details can be found on my website.

Have you seen the Advent Calendar in the Holiday Expressions Idea Book? Would you like to make one for yourself? You can take advantage of the exclusive Advent Calendar bundle and workshop to create a lovely handmade d├ęcor piece that’s perfect for counting down the days until Christmas! This workshop uses the advent calendar 3-D item on new Cricut® Season of Joy digital collection together with the 'Tis the Season paper collection. Close To My Heart has made it easy to cut all the shapes needed with Cricut Design Space™ project files created just for this project. All the prep work for cutting is done for you!Purchasing details can be found online!

As always, there is a fabulous stamp of the month. Thanks & Giving will be the perfect stamp set for creating cards for the season or recording your Thanksgiving memories!

Stay tuned all month long for more ideas and inspiration!

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Welcome Fall!

This past weekend was officially Fall! What better way to welcome this lovely season than with a cheerful sign. All of the elements for this sign were cut on the Cricut, the You Are Here cartridge and the Flower Market cartridge. {The butterfly is from the new Grateful Heart Complements.} The idea for this sign came from a talented consultant that shared her sign at Convention back in June. {Lisa Stenz, thank you!}

With several layers used on this sign it makes it quite sturdy. It can be hung on a wall if you were to add some ribbon or you can center it in a beautiful fall wreath! It has just the right dimension and the faux wood paper gives it a bit of rustic quality.

Thanks for stopping by, enjoy the new season and cooler weather!

Friday, September 21, 2018

Tidings of Comfort and Joy

Here is another look at that cute Stamp of the Month! This time I've used the "tidings of comfort and joy" sentiment of the Just Treats stamp set. It looks great with the Oh What Fun papers and sweet little birdie complements.

I hope that you have found some inspiration for this Stamp of the Month. It will no longer be available after September so don't delay on getting this awesome stamp set!

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Warm Winter Wishes

Today I'm sharing a couple of cards that use the "warm winter wishes" sentiment found on the Just Treats Stamp of the Month. Both cards feature the darling little coffee/cocoa cup.

This first card uses the Seasons Mix-in paper with a cozy color combination of blue and pink, but is anchored down by a bold black and white polka dot.

This next card screams cozy Christmas wishes with the gorgeous 'Tis the Season papers and a pinecone stamp.

Did you know that you can search out more ideas using the stamp of the month on Pinterest and Instagram? Use #ctmhstampofthemonth, #ctmhsotm, or #ctmhjusttreats.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Memories in the Making ~ Happy Place layout

Are you celebrating National Stamping Month? Don't forget that Close To My Heart has an amazing special to celebrate this month called Memories in the Making. You can create a 12x12 calendar with this kit or use the Cut Above pages to fill your traditional 12x12 scrapbook. Either a completed calendar or a scrapbook album would make a wonderful gift for the upcoming holidays.

Here is a quick video to show just how easily a layout can be completed!

Shop online for all of your purchasing options. Here is a final look at all of my pages done.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Sweet Friends

I'm back with more cards featuring the Stamp of the Month, Just Treats. This time I focused on the sentiment that says; thankful for sweet friends like you.

On this first card I used the fall paper collections of Grateful Heart. I colored in the words to give more variation in the stamp itself. I threw in some Seasons Mix-in paper and a beautiful flower sticker from the Grateful Heart Complements.

For this second card I used the Boutique paper collection. The sentiment was stamped on half of a 4x6 PML card. I loved that the border had the leaves so I positioned it to the right side of the card. I used one of the decorative sticker strips from the Complements on the left. (charcoal with white dots) The card was finished with some sparkle gems and twine.

Come back soon as I will show you more cards using some of the different sentiments from this adorable set. Don't forget that you can get this stamp for only $5 with a qualifying purchase.

Monday, September 17, 2018

No Tricks Just Treats

Halloween will be here before we know it! Be sure to get the Stamp of the Month for September as it has a great sentiment that you can use on your Halloween cards. The Hello Pumpkin Paper collection works really well with the stamp set and can be combined with other spooky colors as you will see on these cards.

I used the same pattern for all 3 cards. {Make It from Your Heart Vol. 4, Pattern 10, page 24} You can simply leave your card colors as the traditional orange and black, or mix in some Lagoon and a purple (pansy or thistle works well) and you really get a pop!

Aren't those fun! Come back soon and I'll show you more cards I created with this special stamp set that you can get this month only at a discounted price of only $5!

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Boutique Cardmaking

I held a class Friday making a couple of cards using the Boutique Cardmaking stamp set and papers. In my post featuring those cards I promised that I would have more cards to show you using that stamp set. My ladies got the first look and I think they really liked all the ideas I presented them. To think that one stamp set can be used in so many variations is really nice and makes you feel that you are truly stretching your dollars. Here are the other cards I made using this stamp.

On these cards you will find how I have used this stamp set with the Boutique papers, some Boutique PML cards, complements from this collection and lots of new embellishments that can be found within the pages of this new Idea Book.

I hope that you have found some inspiration here today and wish to use this stamp set in your future projects. You can order this new stamp, papers and all the other new items shown on these cards online here.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Mix-in Everything

Today I am sharing a layout that features the Seasonal Mix-in Papers. These papers are designed to seamlessly blend with all of our other paper collections featured in the Holiday Expressions Idea Book.

Two of these patterned papers are from the Mix-in collection and the other papers are from almost every other collection. Hard to believe, but there are papers from the Boutique collection, the Fall papers (Grateful Heart), Halloween papers (Hello Pumpkin), and Christmas papers (Oh What Fun). Isn't that amazing!

I used complements from the Boutique collection, some older complements for the "love you" title and a variety of sequins.

Around the circle of patterned papers I also used a brand new Stitched Borders stamp. (page 92)

I have been mixing our patterned papers for years, but having an entire packet of paper to blend with all the collections is really proving to be a lot of fun! You can get this paper packet for $6.50. It includes 6 sheets of double-sided designs. You can also get a pack of coordinating cardstocks that will work well with all of these patterned papers. Find all of them on pages 74 & 75.

Pictured above is the Seasons Mix-ins paper collection. If you haven't seen all the new paper collections I recommend that you log onto my website and view the Holiday Expressions Idea Book. Better yet, if you place an order online you can add an Idea Book to you order for free!

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Boutique Card Class

This Friday I will be hosting a Boutique card class using the Boutique papers and the Boutique Cardmaking stamp set. I love the scripty sentiments, simple images and the thin border stamps contained in this set.

The cards we will be making have a clean design and will allow the participants to explore just enough of the sentiments and images that this set has to offer.

I will have more cards to show using this stamp set, but my class attendees will get the first look! Come back to see them here on my blog soon!