Wednesday, October 4, 2017

October Stamp of the Month

Close to My Heart produces some of the cutes and most usable Stamp of the Month sets and this month is no different.  What a great deal, just $5 (a $17.95 value) with any qualifying purchase of $50 or more.  Check out this months stamp set, just what you need to get a jump start on those Christmas cards.

Just imagine everything you can do with these stamps.  Here are a few examples from the amazing artist at Close to My Heart (I am planning to post some of my projects at a later date as well).

Aren't this cards just adorable?  Anyone would be thrilled to receive one of these.  Don't miss out on this stamp set which is available for the month of October only.  Just a reminder, if you start now you can enjoy making those handmade Christmas cards everyone loves to receive instead of scurrying at the last minute and not getting them finished in time.  To see this stamp set plus lots of other great products for making your Christmas cards, plus a whole lot more visit my website at or click the shopping button at the top of this blog. 

Happy Crafting!!!!

Monday, October 2, 2017

Close to My Heart Cricut Cartridges

Close to My Heart will be discontinuing physical Cricut cartridges. Provo Craft has recently made the decision to discontinue production of physical Cricut cartridges. So effective immediately, all Cricut Collections that include a physical cartridge are available while supplies last.

I understand that some of you prefer to have physical cartridges (I use both the expressions and the explore so I understand).  Often, when I attend crops I find that internet service is not available and love to pull out my Cricut Expressions and my cartridges so work can go on.  So please be sure to order any of our four cartridge collections you may be considering while the physical format is still available.  

Here are the four current collections available while supplies last:  (see additional information including everything that is available in the collection at or click on the shopping tab at the top of this blog)



Flower Market

You are Here (our newest collection)

Though Close to My Heart has made every effort to preserve this product offering for as long as possible, they have known that eventually physical cartridges would be phased out in favor of the digital business model, and have been taking steps to make the transition easier. 

They have introduced digital-only collections as a way to encourage our customer base to make the switch; we have also introduced a Cricut Explore Air 2 hostess bundle as an incentive to upgrade Cricut machines. Recently, they have even started to include image numbers in our artwork recipes to make it easier to locate images in Design Space.
Tutorial videos are in the works that will help our customers learn more about how to use Design Space and the newer Cricut machines. Close to My Heart understands it can be challenging to learn a new system, but they also recognize the benefits that come from using the newer machines, including greater control over the creative process and increased flexibility in working Cricut shapes into your artwork. 

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Share a Smile October 2017 Monthly Special

Share a Smile...

Check out this adorable project that will make 32 cards, it is called the Share a Smile Constant Campaign and will be available for the month of October only.  During the month of October with the purchase of every Punny Pals stamp set, Close To My Heart is donating $7 of the proceeds to Operation Smile.  And, for this month only and while supplies last, you can get a coordinating set of Thin Cuts for cutting out the adorable animal shapes. Even better, we’ve built an exclusive card kit that includes the Thin Cuts along with card bases, envelopes, paper pieces, and instructions that you can use to create endearing cards that will sure enough bring a smile to anyone’s day!

There are several options available including:  

The Share a Smile Card Kit (CC1342) which will include (stamp set sold separately) :

1 – Thin Cuts—Punny Pals (set of 13) 
32 – 3" x 3" white card bases and  32 – 3" x 3" white envelopes 
10 – cardstock sheets (Bashful, Eggplant, Glacier, Lagoon, New England Ivy, Smoothie, Sweet Leaf, Thistle, White Daisy, Gold Glitter) 
A cutting guide and assembly instructions Retail Value: $48.69 Discounted Price: $39.95

You may chose to purchase the different elements separately and that is fine as well, see those options here:

Thin Cuts—Punny Pals (CC1340) 13 metal dies (coordinates with My Acrylix® Punny Pals stamp set (D1751) (Stamp set sold separately). $28.95

Share a Smile Card Bases & Envelopes (CC1343) 32 – 3" x 3" white card bases 32 – 3" x 3" white envelopes $9.95

You can purchase this adorable stamp set "Punny Pals" D1751 separetly for just $17.95.  It can be used for many projects.  When you purchase this stamp set, Close to My Heart will donate $7 of the proceeds to Operation Smile, a non-profit organization that provides surgeries to repair cleft lips and palates for children around the world.  

But wait there are more great opportunities:  

For Hostess: Hosting a Close To My Heart event is even more rewarding in October! When you host a party that reaches the third level of Hostess Rewards or higher (submitting your party order no later than November 5, 2017), you’ll receive a FREE Share a Smile Card Kit (CC1342) — that’s a $48.69 value, totally free!  Contact me to learn how at
For New Consultants: Anyone who becomes a Close To My Heart Consultant in October will receive a FREE Share a Smile Card Kit (CC1342) in their New Consultant Kit — that’s a $48.69 value, totally free!
Round-up Matching: Every time you place an order, you can round your order up to the nearest dollar, giving the extra as a donation to Operation Smile. During October, your round-up donation will go even further, because Close To My Heart will be matching all round-up donations, up to $10,000!

Lucky Winners: When you participate in our Share a Smile promotion by purchasing any of these special items or rounding up your order in support of Operation Smile you will automatically qualify for a chance to win a not-yet-released stamp set from our upcoming 2018 Seasonal Expressions 1 idea book! We’ll be choosing winners throughout the month of October, so any time you place an order, you can be a winner!

Friday, September 1, 2017

September Constant Campaign National Stamping Month—From the Heart

Dates: September 1, 2017 (12:01 am MDT) - September 30, 2017 (11:59 pm MDT) while supplies last.

Just look at these beautiful interactive cards you can make with this kit.  I am loving mine!!!

Featured Products:

CC1227 From the Heart Card Bases & Envelopes 12 – foil-stamped card bases with accompanying die-cut pieces 12 – 5½" x 4¼" white envelopes Price: $13.95

CC1228 My Acrylix® From the Heart Stamp Set E-size stamp set containing 35 stamp images, including stamp sentiments for the inside and outside of your cards, as well as coordinating images for stamping floral scenes on cards and envelopes. Price: $29.95

CC1229 From the Heart Card Kit Materials for creating 12 interactive cards, including the following: 12 – foil-stamped card bases with accompanying die-cut pieces 12 – 5½" x 4¼" white envelopes 1 – My Acrylix® From the Heart stamp set Retail Value: $43.90 USD Discounted Price: $34.95 USD
Celebrate National Stamping Month with our beautiful From the Heart collection! Get the exclusive stamp set, card bases, and envelopes all together by purchasing the From the Heart Card Kit (CC1229) at a discounted price!

For Hostesses: Host a gathering in September that reaches the third level of Hostess Rewards or higher and receive a From the Heart Card Kit (CC1229) for FREE! That’s a $43.90 retail value, FREE!

For New Consultants: Become a Close To My Heart Consultant in September and receive a From the Heart Card Kit (CC1229) for FREE! That’s a $43.90 FREE!

Where can I find instructions to assemble the From the Heart cards? Printed step-by-step assembly instructions are included with the From the Heart Card Bases & Envelopes. These same instructions are also included in the From the Heart Card Kit.

What colors should I use to stamp my From the Heart cards? The beautiful thing about hand-stamped artwork is that you get to determine your own color scheme! In our sample artwork we used Slate, Fern, New England Ivy, Thistle, Blossom, Pomegranate, Pixie, Saffron, Canary, and Eggplant.

To find this special offer you can visit the “Promotions” tab of my website at to see the items included in this campaign and to add them to your cart. These will also be found under the “Monthly Specials” shopping menu.

There is no limit to how many campaign items you can purchase; just remember that these items are only available while supplies last.

Shipping & Handling will be charged on this promotion.  Normal shipping/handling rates will apply and are calculated on the full retail price of any item.  No additional shipping/handling will be assessed on free items earned by hostesses and New Consultants.

Tax will be assessed on the actual amount the customer pays for the item.

Monday, August 14, 2017

More Fun with Jack

As I promised I am going to show you another project I made using the Jack paper pack and this one is not going to be masculine.  So a reminder of the paper pack...

And now on to my project:

I decided this red and black checked paper was the prefect background for a fun Christmas layout.  The wreath, bow, flowers and title were all cut from the Close to My Heart Flower Market cartridge (I use this one a bunch).  I added some cute little Christmas Bears made from an SVG I found at KaDoodleBug Designs (I love them).  I also added some red glitter trim and some black dots to the flowers to add a bit of a pop.  On the bow I simply cut out a 1 inch circle and added it to the bow with a Thin 3-D foam dot for more dimension.

These beautiful 3 dimensional poinsettia's were made from the Close to My Heart Flower Market cartridge.  I love this cartridge for making flowers, they are all so beautiful.

He's a cutie isn't he?

And who wouldn't love him?

I hope you enjoyed this project as much as I did.  All of the products used on this project (except for the svg file for the bears) including all the papers are Close to My Heart products and can be found on my website at or by clicking the link on the top left of this blog.  

As always, have a great day and Happy Crafting!!!

Fun with Jack

You know how sometimes you look at a paper pack and you think, I like that but I am not sure what I would make with it?  Well, that is what happened to me with this paper.  I liked it, was drawn to it but was having trouble seeing where I wanted to go with it.  Well, I just took it out and started and boy what fun that journey has been.

So here is the paper:

Hop over to my website at for a better picture of this paper.  Remember, this paper retires at the end of this month so don't wait and miss out.  I decided that this paper was very masculine and I had some pictures (from 20 years ago, I know, no excuse) that still needed to be put on pages.  These pictures was from a family trip (three generations) to June Lake California back in 1997 when our boys were still young.  They always loved it there, so much for a boy to do and oh that trout fishing was just great.  So I got to work, and here are the results...

I did use a cut file for the lake that I had from another cartridge, not sure which one it was.

These mountains and this title are from the Close to My Heart Flower Market Cartridge.  

I just love these trees (also from the Flower Market Cartridge).  I used three of them on the layout and put them all on Thin 3-D Foam Dots to give my pages some dimension.  I also inked all of them using foam daubers.  Be sure to watch for tomorrows post using the Jack paper, and big surprise, it will not be masculine...

All the supplies for this project can be found on my website at or by clicking the button at the top left of this blog.  

Monday, August 7, 2017

Basics Funadmentals

On to the fourth and final new fundamental collection for the new catalog period.  This is collection features neutral tones and timeless designs.  It offers patterns and colors that can anchor any other patterned papers - or stand all on their own!

So these are the basics patterned papers.  

And this is the Basics palette, isn't it so beautifully neutral?

Now here are the five cards I made using the Basics Fundamentals, I am pretty pleased with how they came out...

This card used one of the small M sized stamp sets appropriately called "Thinking of You", these stamps are perfect sentiment stamps (they include this one, Happy Birthday, Thank You and Celebrate) for card making.  Just the right size and at only $2.95 they are a perfect addition to any collection, plus they are small and easy to store.  And as an extra bonus they work beautifully with the Go-To Cards and Tags kits being offered in the new Annual Inspirations Idea Book (see page 31).  I liked that this was made using the nice neutral gray tones and the silver shimmer trim really adds.

This card again used different shades of gray and a retired flower stamp set (but you could use pretty much any stamp set you wanted).  The sentiment is from the Happy Heart stamp set and again I found the shimmer trim, this time black to be the perfect addition.  

On to some brown, this is the beautiful new Nutmeg and it is just beautiful  I added a little of this years "Color of the Year" our beautiful new Bashful and some cute little pearls.  The sentiment is from the Birthday Sparkles stamp set (this one has four great birthday sentiments and I use it all the time).  

I became so inspired by how the Bashful (pink) cardstock went with the Nutmeg in the previous card I just could not wait to pair it with the beautiful grays from the Basics fundamentals.  I was right it is beautiful.  The simple addition of a little piece of the silver foil paper and a couple of clear sparkles really make this card.  The sentiment was stamped from the Sending Prayers stamp set.

And as I have explained before I am the mother of two sons so I am always looking to make masculine cards.  Well this paper packet is perfect for that.  Here a little addition of gold shimmer trim and some gold foil paper just make this card pop.  I will admit I do love this nutmeg color and I really love the Nature's Wish stamp set (I use it all the time, but just hang in there I have another new one called "Hunting for Words" on its way to me and you will be seeing a lot of it as well).  

I hope you enjoyed these cards.  Here is some of the beautiful artwork produced by the talented designers from Close to My Heart using the Basics Fundamentals...

Scrapbook page


 And another...

Picture My Life using Basics

I hope you have enjoyed these products as much as I have enjoyed bringing them to you.  All the products featured here can be found at or by clicking the button at the top left of this blog.  As always, have a great day and Happy Crafting!!!

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Stamp of the Month Reminder

Just a reminder about the Stamp of the Month program from Close to My Heart.  Just make $50 worth of qualifying purchases and you will be eligible to purchase the Stamp of the Month for just $5 (that is a $17.95 value).  Here is the stamp of the month for August 2017...

 And here are some products that the amazing designers at Close to My Heart have created using this stamp...

Here is another cute scrapbook layout using the same stamp set...

So don't miss out, place your qualifying order at or by clicking the shop with me button at the top of this blog and take advantage of this great deal today.  As always, have a wonderful day and Happy Crafting!!!

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Now onto Adventure

Just as the name suggests this new Adventure Fundamental paper pack turned out to be a real adventure to create with.  I just love the patterns on this paper, they work great for cards and scrapbook pages.  Here are the papers...

These are bright colors with brushed watercolor designs and offers an artistic, playful feel.  And here are the featured colors for this collection...

Now onto the projects made from this paper packet.  I have made five cards utilizing these papers but I see many more projects in my future.  So here are my cards...

This card was made utilizing the adventure papers and the new Silver Foil paper.  I also used silver shimmer trim and the new Bashful pearls embellishments.  The stamp set is Birthday Sparkles, which I just love.  

This card also utilized the Adventure paper pack (the blue in the background is an watercolor paper and just beautiful in person).  I also added some lagoon cardstock, white and gold ribbon and I used the Sending Prayers stamp set and the Beautiful You Stamp and Thin Cuts (which I am just loving). 

This cute little card was made using another sheet of the watercolor paper (sure wish you could see it better in the photos) along with this cute little heart paper (there are four different colors of this).  I added a bow made from the white and gold ribbon and a couple of the clear sparkles.  I really wanted pink shimmer trim on this card so I just made my own.  I used the white shimmer trim and my Tender Pink ShinHan marker (you can make the white trim any color you want using a marker or watercolors).

I love how this card turned out.  I used a piece of the striped adventure fundamentals and added a piece of Pansy cardstock that I had embossed with the new Rose Embossing Folder (it is a beautiful folder).  I added the sentiment from the Many Congratulations stamp set and the flowers are once again from the Beautiful You Stamp and Thin Cuts.  I just added a piece of the Silver Foil paper behind the sentiment to set it off and a couple of clear sparkles and there you have it.

Ok, so as the mother of two sons I am always looking for something masculine in every paper packet and guess what these stripes are just the ticket.  I decided to stick very monochromatic on this project. The adventure paper with stripes is the perfect backdrop for this project (oh and it comes in this color, green, purple and blossom), I decided to use a non traditional color (Raspberry) for a masculine card and I am pretty happy with the results.  I just added some raspberry cardstock to back my stamped pieces, which are from the Nature's Wish stamp set (I have had this set for a while now and use it all the time, the trees are great on Christmas cards also).

I hope you enjoyed my cards.  Now lets take a look at some of the beautiful projects that were made by the talented designers at Close to My Heart.


Home Decor

Scrapbook Pages

I hope you have enjoyed these projects.  All the supplies used here can be found on my website at or by clicking the shop now tab on the top left of this blog.  As always, have a wonderful day and Happy Crafting!!!