Sunday, November 29, 2015

Cyberweek Sale Starts Tomorrow!!

Don't forget! The Close To My Heart Cyberweek Sale begins tomorrow, November 30 at 11:00 am EST and runs till December 4 at 6:00 pm EST. Read all the juicy details and see the list of sale items by clicking here. Then be sure to go to my website tomorrow to place your order. Supplies may be limited so don't hesitate to make your purchase if there's something you really want!

Have a great day and happy Cyberweek shopping!!


Friday, November 27, 2015

Close To My Heart Cyberweek Sale!!

Hey everyone!

I hope your Thanksgiving was a good one spent with family and/or friends! I don't know about you but I'm still stuffed from all the yummy food and actually even looking forward to the leftovers, aren't you?

Anyway, the reason for this post is announce the first ever CYBERWEEK SALE at Close To My Heart!!! YAY!! It looks to be an exciting one with all kinds of great products on sale at 25% off the retail price! The sale begins November 30 at 11:00 am EST and ends December 4 at 6:00 pm EST. See below for a list of all the sale items and be sure to mark your calendars so you don't miss out on this chance to grab some awesome deals. 

Some of the items would be perfect for giving as gifts or even making as gifts to give to family & friends. If you or someone you know enjoys making handmade cards, the Z3168 Artfully Sent Cricut cartridge collection is on sale! How cool is that? There are plenty of envelope sizes to choose from to fit all those handmade cards you'll make with the cartridge as well as 2 pretty cool border punches that can be used for all types of paper crafting! 

There are some great home decor items available as well as mini albums and boxes and bags for holiday parties and decorating, too! There are even some cute little charms!

There are thirty-nine products included in this sale, which come from our current idea books. Their item numbers are listed below. Additionally, all items will be shown in a special shopping menu entitled “Cyberweek Sale!” on my website! **VERY IMPORTANT - YOU MUST PLACE YOUR ORDER THROUGH THE CYBERWEEK SALE MENU TO GET THE SALE PRICES!!**

So print this list out, go check the items out ahead of time by entering in the item numbers in the search box on my website and have your list ready to place your order beginning at 11:00 am EST on Monday, November 30. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask!! 

Happy Black Friday to those of you brave enough to go out and fight the crowds today. But don't spend all your money yet! You have this great sale to attend on Cyber Monday!!! ;) 

Have a great day!

Z3111 Base & Bling Snowflake Charm—Faux Gold 
Z3112 Base & Bling Jingle Bell—Faux Gold 
Z3135 Base & Bling Snowflake Charm—Faux Silver 
Z3136 Base & Bling Jingle Bell—Faux Silver 
Z3138 Base & Bling Red Bead Charm—Faux Gold 
Z3139 Base & Bling Red Bead Charm—Faux Silver 

Z3180 Picture My Life™ Going Places Scrapbooking Program 

Z3147 Cut Above™ Dapper Giraffe Card Kit 

Z2028 Designer Creations Short Stack Album 
Z2036 Designer Creations Slate Paper Bags 
Z2037 Designer Creations Lagoon Paper Bags 
Z2038 Designer Creations Ruby Paper Bags 
Z2039 Designer Creations Honey Paper Bags 
Z2049 Designer Creations Cupcake Box 
Z2050 Designer Creations Takeout Box 
Z2053 Designer Creations Buttoned Bag 

Z1838 5" x 7" Hinged Display Tray 
Z1750 Designed Décor Display Tray 
Z2006 Designed Décor Red Magnetic Chalkboard 
Z2015 Designed Décor Black Shadow Box 
Z2016 Designed Décor Colonial White Shadow Box 

Z1833 My Creations™ Kraft Container 
Z1871 My Creations™ Kraft 3-Ring Album 
Z1953 My Creations™ Journaling Cards Box 
Z1956 My Creations™ Hip Pics Album 
Z3043 My Creations™ Black Mini Book 
Z3044 My Creations™ Kraft Mini Book 
Z3069 My Creations™ Mini Mix Album 
Z3137 My Creations™ Pint-Sized Container 

Z3168 Cricut® Artfully Sent Collection 
Z1476 4 ¼" x 5 ½" White Daisy Envelopes 
Z1477 5" x 7" White Daisy Envelopes 
Z1478 6" x 6" White Daisy Envelopes 
Z1756 3" x 3" Colonial White Envelopes 
Z1757 4 ¼" x 5 ½" Colonial White Envelopes 
Z1758 5" x 7" Colonial White Envelopes 
Z1759 6" x 6" Colonial White Envelopes 

Z1851 Scallop Border Punch 
Z1997 Triangle Border Punch 

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

SPECIAL OFFER you don't want to miss!!!

HELLO!!! I've got a great deal for you so pay attention!!! If you place an online order* through my website for the new planner special bundle - Planners Gonna Plan at the discounted price of $29.95 + shipping & tax - beginning December 1st, I will throw in one roll of coordinating washi tape for FREE when it becomes available mid-December.

*Be one of the FIRST 5 PEOPLE to order to be eligible for the FREE item. This offer is only good when you purchase the planner bundle. And it is not being offered by CTMH, just little old me!
Mark your calendar for December 1st to be ready! Then head to my website at to place an order for this awesome new product!

If you're not a planner person or don't know anyone who would love this as a gift (hint, hint), here's another offer for you. Spend at least $30 on other fabulous Close To My Heart products on my website either in November or December and I'll enter you into a drawing for a bundle (10) of my lovely handmade cards.

Happy shopping and most of all, Happy Thanksgiving to each and every one of you wonderful customers of mine! I am so very grateful to you all for keeping me active with such a fabulous company and allowing me to share it all with you! You are awesome! Thank you!!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

A New Planner Is Coming Your Way!

Getting excited for this new planner that will be arriving soon. It's so versatile that it can be used as a planner, a photo album, a scrapbook or all three! And the accessories, like stickers, washi tape and a rolling stamp, make it even more fun!

Make your list and check it twice to be sure you don't forget anyone who would LOVE to find one of these beautiful planners under their Christmas tree. Be sure to get your orders in early for delivery by Christmas!

Check out the video below for all the juicy details. Then go to my website at beginning December 1st to place your order. As always, please let me know if you have any questions!

Happy planning!

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

It's Simply FUNdamental!

Hello everyone! It's a new month and that means a NEW SPECIAL from Close To My Heart! Yay! Are you ready for this one? I sure hope so because it's a good one!

Experience the “Fun” of Fundamentals!

Purchase an album bundle and you get:
  • Album of your choice (D-ring or Post-bound)
  • Paper Fundamentals Enchantment (1 pack)
  • Fundamental Stickers Enchantment Pack (1 pack)
  • Fundamental Assortment Peacock (1 pack)
  • White Daisy Cardstock (3 sheets)
  • Memory Protectors™ Value Pack (1 pack Side Load or 1 pack Top Load)
Experience the beautiful Simply Fundamental Scrapbooking workshop—available only during November! This workshop has been created using all the items featured in our campaign exclusive My Legacy™ album bundles, available during November for $71.80 each! When you purchase the album bundle, you will also qualify to receive a value pack of side load or top load Memory Protectors™ FREE—a savings of $19.95! FREE is good, right?

Along with the album style and design of your choice, each bundle includes one Paper Fundamentals Enchantment pack, one Fundamental stickers Enchantment pack, one Peacock Fundamental assortment, and three sheets of White Daisy cardstock. 

You will then be set to turn these beautiful products into fabulous layouts using the new Simply Fundamental Scrapbooking workshop** featuring five layouts you can make using all the supplies in your bundle. These instructions are available now on the Promotions page of my website right here so after you purchase the bundle of your choice, come back and print out the instructions to create these wonderful layouts at home at a time that is convenient for you. 

**If you would like to attend a workshop here in my home using this bundle of goodies, please give me a shout. I'd be happy to offer one so you can be sure to get these layouts made and into an album soon!

Choose your bundle.

Contact me for more details.

*Offer valid November 1, 2015 (9:00 am MST)–November 30, 2015 (11:59 pm MST) while supplies last. No tax will be charged on the free items. Shipping/handling rates are based on the full retail price of any free items, including the sheets of White Daisy cardstock (three sheets: $1.19)

Purchasing this awesome deal also gives you the option to get the November Stamp of the Month - Cheers! 2016 - for just $5.00! A new year will be arriving sooner than we think and this would be so perfect for all those celebratory cards and layouts you're planning. 

Don't forget! A new planner is on the way, too! Yay! I am excited about this new product and if you love planners like I do, you're going to LOVE this, too! Look for another post coming soon (maybe later today) with more exciting details about this new product!

Let me know if you have any questions! I'm here to help YOU get those special memories into beautiful scrapbook albums for your family to treasure for many years to come!

Happy scrampin'!


Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Some Recent Artwork to Share

HELLO!!! Have you missed me? I've been MIA again for a while, haven't I? I am getting worse instead of better about posting here. I think about it every few days but just never get to it. Don't know why but maybe it's because I spend so much time playing and creating in my craft room, which really is what I'd rather be doing, that I run out of time & energy to post any of that artwork I create. Well, I am taking some time right now to share some recent artwork so grab a cup of coffee or your favorite beverage, sit back and enjoy some awesomeness - in my opinion anyway! ;)

an art journal page created in an old dictionary
 a Fall art journal page created for a challenge
an art journal page created with spray inks and stencils
an art journal page with distress inks on the background. 
 another art journal page created in that same old dictionary
 an art journal page for a challenge
another art journal page for a challenge
just playing around with a new stencil and an Elegant Writer pen

 not sure what to do with this one yet. is it an art journal page or is it perfect for cutting up to make into cards or ATC's or even framed just the way it is! well, not just the way it is because I did end up adding some silver Inka Gold paint on it as you can see in the photo below. now tell me, which one do you like the best - with the silver paint or without?

 moving right along to some Gelli printing fun now.....
prints made with real leaves
lots of stencil fun here!
 real leaves used again on these prints and love how they turned out!
some clean up papers as well as other prints. Gelli printing is so much fun! if you haven't tried it yet, you really should! do a search on YouTube and all kinds of tutorials come up! 

Okay, I think I've probably overwhelmed you enough for one day so I'll close for now but stay tuned for more artwork coming your way soon. I hope to share some handmade cards and scrapbook layouts soon. If you have any questions about any products I used here, don't hesitate to ask! 

Thanks for stopping by! Have an artsy day!


Thursday, October 8, 2015

More Art Journaling Fun

Let me first say that I am no expert at the art form of art journaling but I am having tons of fun playing and learning as I go. Playing with inks and paints and watercolors and stamps and everything messy takes me back to my childhood.

I remember those days when I looked forward to art class although at that time I never thought I was any good at this artsy stuff. I just knew it was lots of fun! And maybe I'm still not any good but I'm sure having fun and that's what it's all about! So without further ado, here's my next 2 art journal pages for the Fall in Love with Art Journaling Art Challenge.

 Prompt #2 | Flattering Fabric.

I am very happy with how this turned out. The whole page feels like fabric and it's so cool! I keep picking it up and feeling it - it's just so cool! I covered the page with strips of muslin then glued more smaller strips crosswise here & there. I gessoed over top then just started stenciling with various paints and inks. I used Ferro gold and modeling paste through some of the stencils for a different effect.

I freehand cut 3 hearts out of the muslin fabric, painted them with a small amount of pink paint then tried to emboss them with gold embossing powder which didn't work so I brushed as much of it off as I could and let it go. I'm happy with the overall result.

Prompt #3 | Irresistible

I started out using gel medium through several Stencil Girl stencils to get the designs around the edges of my page then added the flowers with a Joggles stencil in the same manner. I then painted the page yellow, added a bit of Dylusions Postbox Red spray on the left side and didn't like it so I covered it with some Dylusions Turquoise spray with a baby wipe and love the effect!

Now what to do next? I'm not sure so it's going to sit while I ponder that thought. I'm open for suggestions! After all, I'm surely no expert at art journaling and welcome any & all suggestions. Be nice though! ;)

Hope you've enjoyed my pages! If you'd like to join in this fun challenge, click here to read all the details or to sign up. It's not too late!

Have an artsy day!


Thursday, October 1, 2015

Some art journaling fun!

It's time once again to have some art journaling fun with Susan over at Irreversibly Moi. I participated in my first challenge a couple months ago and had so much fun that when I heard there was going to be a second one, I got very excited.

If you're interested in joining in, here's the details in a nutshell: every Monday & Thursday for 10 weeks, there's a new prompt as a jumping off point for creating an art journal page and you just start creating! That's all there is to it! Susan shares links to websites, blogs and videos to give you ideas and get you inspired to create something all your own. And the best part??? It's FREE!

It's a whole lotta fun and I think you'll like it whether you're new to art journaling or have been doing it for a while. Here's my page for today's prompt - Initial Here. It was so much fun to do!

I started with a clean off page that happened to have some Fall colors on it and built it from there with a napkin that had leaves on it and a couple pieces of deli paper - both of which were perfect for my page.

I stamped my initials in several different fonts in archival ink, added some white circles, some stamped hearts, a few white splashes and a bit of tracing around some of the leaves and along the edges then called it done.

Be sure to click on the link above to join in on the fun! Thanks for stopping by today and happy art journaling!


At Close To My Heart, It's in the Bag!

Join my 'Scrampers with Heart' Team during October, and receive the 2015 Close To My Heart Convention bag FREE* in your New Consultant Kit! Travel in style with this trendy and eye-catching cross body bag, perfectly sized for carrying layouts, paper packets, and projects that are in-progress. 

Along with the items found in the newly revamped New Consultant Kit, this bag will help you start your business with confidence and flair! 

Give me a shout if you have any questions. I'm here to help you with your new career with Close To My Heart.

*Offer valid while supplies last October 1–31, 2015. No tax will be charged on the free item. The Convention bag will ship with the New Consultant Kit. For more information on shipping/handling options for the New Consultant Kit, please contact me. 

Thanks and have a great day!


Wednesday, September 30, 2015

September 30 Days of Lists | Days 18-30

Okay, I'm a little late again! Someday maybe I'll get it together and post on time, regularly but please don't hold your breath waiting for that to happen! Anyway, here's the past 13 days worth of my lists. Enjoy!

And that's a  wrap, folks! Another fun, successful and rewarding listing challenge has ended. So until next time....

Happy listing!!!


Tuesday, September 29, 2015


Urban Scrapbook Layout Workshop with FREE Greeting Card  
October 18, 1:00-4:00PM OR October 19 & 20, 6:30-9:30PM
RSVP with payment is due October 4.

Cost is $30 and includes:
·         X7204B - Urban paper pack
·         X7204C - Urban Complements
·         Z3089 – Grey Enamel Gems
·         Z3122 – Blue Enamel & Glitter Duos
·         Z3095 – Whisper Twine – 24”

Create 2 double page layouts and 1 FREE greeting card. You will have some leftover papers and plenty of embellishments to create more layouts/cards at home. Urban is a perfect paper pack for travel and outdoor adventures as well as for everyday memories.

And remember, you can always change out the title to go with the photos you choose to use on your layout. If you know ahead of time what you’d like your title to be, I’d be more than happy to cut it for you with my Cricut machine.

Other products used for this workshop and which you may wish to purchase to create more awesome artwork at home:
1.       D1660 – Ink Blots stamp set - $17.95*
2.       Z2168 – Colonial White ink - $8.50*
3.       Z2651 – Saffron ink (new color) - $6.95*
4.      Z2173 – Slate ink - $6.95*
5.       Z1294 – Sanding Kit - $4.95*

Please let me know if you’d like to add any of these items to your class fee and I will give you a new total. *Remember, tax & shipping will be added to these items but not to the class fee itself.

If you wish to have this workshop shipped to you, add $5 for shipping. If you are purchasing or already own the stamp set and/or any of the inks to do the stamping yourself, there is no additional charge but if you need me to do the stamping for you, please add an additional $5 to the total. All cutting of papers is done by me before shipping to you.

All stamping on the card except for the Ink Blots, was made with one of the September special stamp sets – Hello Life! – which is only available until September 30. See my blog post here or go to my website for more details.

If you have any questions at all, please let me know! Have a great day!


Urban Scrapbook Workshop

Last Days for Hello Life!

The end is near for you to get September's fantastic special - Hello Life! There are only 2 days left so if you don't want to lose out on this awesome deal, head on over to my website and grab yours now. Read below for all the details.

September is National Stamping Month, and this year Close To My Heart has something to help every kind of papercrafter say a big “hello” to life! Hello Life! Available only during the month of September, these exclusive C-size My Acrylix® Hello, Life! stamp sets can be purchased for $13.95 USD each! Or, for an even better deal, you can purchase all three for only $34.95 USD—a savings of $6.90 USD!

Each stamp set is designed to fit with a specific type of papercrafting, whether that’s traditional scrapbooking, cardmaking, or pocket scrapbooking. However, all the stamp sets coordinate with each other and can be used together to create dynamic artwork.

These stamp sets also coordinate with shapes from the new Cricut® Artistry collection to help expand your artwork options even further. Remember, these stamp sets are available for one month only, so get your orders in for one stamp set—or all three—before these gorgeous stamps disappear!

Make certain to follow Close To My Heart’s blog, Instagram, and Facebook page for artwork inspiration featuring these lively stamp sets all month long. You can post your own artwork to your social media channels using the hashtag #ctmhHelloLife. Contact me for more details.

Here's a card I made with one of the stamp sets and the Urban paper pack. Hmmm, for some reason, the direct link to the Urban papers isn't working at this time so I linked it to my website where you can do a search for it instead.

Have a great day!


Thursday, September 17, 2015

Getting Messy Again!

I took a bit of a break from the Get Messy challenges - actually quite a long break after checking back to see which ones I'd skipped - and really missed it so I am very excited to get back to it! The next season - the Season of Words - started today and runs till the end of October and I am ready!

I think when I heard that we were going to complete the challenges inside of an altered book, I really got excited!! I have never altered a book before and since it's something I've always wanted to do, I jumped right on it and started searching through my books to see what would work.

Well, I don't own many hardcover books and those I do I didn't want to alter. So I had to look through the paperback books on the bookshelves in our basement and was able to find an old book that my children left behind when they moved out. It's some kind of prequel to a certain very old video game that they no longer play and probably doesn't even exist anymore so I don't think they'll miss it! It's just perfect for this challenge!

I had a couple sheets of deli paper prints from playing with my Gelli plate recently that I thought would work good for covering my book so I adhered them with mod podge to the front and back of the book. I then mod podged a piece of newspaper that also had been printed with my Gelli plate to the front cover then added a bit of gesso over it to give me some white space for stamping the book title "Season of Words" and the dates. The leaves were left over from an earlier project and I thought they'd be perfect to add to the cover as it will be Fall any day now. Black lines drawn with a FudeBall pen around the edges of the book finished it off and I am ready! Bring it on!

Hmmm, maybe I shouldn't be so excited about this because I almost always never finish these challenges. Something always gets in the way and I don't get very far before having to drop behind. I am hoping to stick to it this time though and will give it my best shot! Wish me luck!

If you'd like to join in, head on over here to sign up. It's not too late! The first prompts don't come out till September 23rd but you may want to check out the blog beforehand so you can be ready.

Get messy and have a great day!


September 30 Days of Lists | Days 10 - 17

So sorry folks! I was out of town for a few days and got very behind on my listing but I am happy to say I'm all caught up now! Yay! So here's my lists for the past 8 days.....
 And since there's so many of them, I'm not going to type out all the lists this time. It'll take me all night so I'm going to pass on that task. I think you can see them well enough to read if you click on them but if not, please leave me a message and I will type out the one(s) you can't read. Going forward, I will do my best to type out the remaining lists in this challenge as I did for the first nine. I hope you understand!
 There are only 5 items on this list, not 6. I accidentally put a #2 next to the second line of the first item. Duh! That's what happens when you get so far behind and scramble to get caught up!
The prompt for day 17 should have been "If my pet ruled the world" but since I have no pets, I substituted "I".

Thanks for stopping by! Happy listing!


Wednesday, September 9, 2015

September 30 Days of Lists | Days 4-9

Whoa, am I ever behind in posting these! Too much to do and never enough time!
 Prompt #4 | What keeps me up at night

  1. a really good book
  2. watching art journaling You Tube videos
  3. thinking of my mom
  4. next day's to-do list
  5. planning workshops
Prompt #5 | Movies that make me laugh
  1. Elf
  2. Christmas Vacation
  3. How the Grinch Stole Christmas
  4. Lethal Weapon  (1, 2 & 3)
Prompt #6 | Favorite things to eat for breakfast
  1. oatmeal
  2. greek yogurt
  3. toast w/peanut butter
  4. granola w/fruit
  5. bagel sandwich
  6. english muffins
  7. eggs over easy
Prompt #7 | What I would do if I knew I couldn't fail
Still thinking about this one!

 Prompt #8 - My Pinterest Boards
    Too numerous to list!

Prompt #9 - On my Fall list

  1. sweats
  2. sneakers
  3. pumpkin everything!
  4. bread baking
  5. Lancaster County trips
  6. more crafting!

 And because there were so many Pinterest boards, I added some flip outs with washi tape in order to fit them all in.
That's it for now! I'll be too busy the next few days to post or even complete the lists but will return as soon as I can.

Thanks for looking! Happy listing!

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