Monday, March 31, 2014

Faux 12X12 Leather Albums Retiring

Faux 12X12 Leather Albums Retiring

I wanted to let you know that our  12x12 Faux Leather Albums will be retiring at the end of our current catalog, July 2014, and are now available only while supplies last!  Close To My Heart will be introducing new albums that will be available in Post Bound and D-Ring with a coated canvas finish.  The new albums will not be in Faux Leather or Expandable. The black album is already sold out. All the accessories, like extender posts and spines will also be retired. So if you like these albums - act now! We will replace them with another product, but you will not be able to get the accessories anymore!

I want to make sure that you have the opportunity to stock up on these items.  They are only available while supplies last so you may want to stock up now on your favorite albums and accessories .

Please contact me now to get your supplies now at or

Have fun!


Join Close To My Heart

In April you will have a great chance to get a taste of Close to my Heart with a free cartridge of your choice and you can earn the price of your kit. Contact me and I will explain the details to you. Just to my website and your journey can begin right now!

Discover the art of business during April

Discover the art of business during April
Dive into an incredible business opportunity and reap artistic rewards
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Use your artistic and business abilities in the greatest business venture of your life by joining Close To My Heart! When you sign up as an Independent Consultant during the month of April, you’ll not only start out on your artistic journey, but you’ll also be given the right artistic tools to help you on your way: you’ll receive a FREE Close To My Heart Cricut® collection* with your New Consultant Kit! Each collection is extremely “art-full” and makes for hours of artistic scrapbooking. Join Close To My Heart and start your journey today!

*New Consultants will have their choice of Close To My Heart Cricut® collections currently in stock. There is no guarantee that any certain collection will be available, and new Consultants may choose only from what is available.

Check out the Discover the Art of Business campaign »

April Stamp of the Month: Balloon Talk
A stamp set worth a thousand words!
April 2014 Stamp of the Month: Balloon Talk (S1404); 2014 Spring Summer Idea Book, p. 13
Looking for the right thing to say? Catch a balloon from the April Stamp of the Month and set your message afloat! During April only, you can purchase a bubbly assortment of sentiments in the Balloon Talk stamp set for just $5 when you place a qualifying order of $50. Whether you want to send a thank you, a compliment, or a simple hello, this set of 24 will help you find just the right words. It’s a deal that will leave you speechless!

See the April Stamp of the Month »

My Creations™ Journaling Cards Box
Keep your cards all in one (very adorable) place.
2014 Spring Summer Idea Book, p. 129
With so many scrapbooking elements at your fingertips, it’s important to have a good way to keep them organized! Items from our My Creations™ line can be just the ticket, and the new journaling cards box is no exception. This 4½" × 6¼" × 1⅜" box with magnetic closure and a tiered bottom is the ideal place to store your Picture My Life™ cards, and also makes a perfect gift for cards and notes. The white chipboard surface leaves plenty of room for you to add your own creative touch, making it both extremely handy and extremely cute!

Get your own Journaling Cards Box »

Monday, March 24, 2014

Artbooking Made Easy: All-Star Scrapbooking

Put your team spirit on paper with the sports-themed keys on the Artbooking cartridge. With footballs, basketballs, soccer balls, and teamwork sentiments, these cutouts are the perfect accent to any team photos, whether it be sports, dance, or other activities. Yet the pennant banner, chevron overlays, and star border are just the thing for any theme! The sports-themed keys will leave you and your customers wanting to do a victory dance.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

New Heights Abound

Sometimes it’s the details of a page that makes it really shine. But adding some glitter paper, Shimmer Trim, and glitter gems doesn’t hurt, either! Learn how to make a sparkly bouquet of balloons by combining embellishments, Cricut® cutouts, and specialty paper. You and your customers will get carried away by these glitzy decorations.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Pure Joy of Washi Tape

You already know that we are silly for stamps, passionate for papercrafting, and mad for memory keeping, but do you know that we are wild for washi tape? With eight different colors and fun patterns like stripes, polka dots, chevron, and houndstooth, how could we resist? You and your customers won’t be able to resist this latest craze, either! Watch the video to discover tips, tricks, and the pure joy of washi tape.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Artbooking Made Easy: Fab Frames

Decorate your walls, tables, mantles, and more with these picture-perfect pennant frames, adorned with shapes and cutouts from the Cricut® Artbooking cartridge. From flowers to snowflakes to titles, you and your customers will love the versatility, ease, and look of these artistic embellishments.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Base & Bling Style

With so many Base & Bling options, including metallic charms, adhesive images, patterned fabrics, and resin and acrylic flowers, gems, and jewels, you can be confident that your one-of-a-kind jewelry fits your unique personality! Learn how to create an elegant necklace in just minutes, and then show your customers how simple and fun it is to create custom-made wearable crafts! 

Monday, March 3, 2014

March Close To My Heart Specials

Hello, March! Hello, sunshine (I hope)! Although I can't guarantee the sunshine, I CAN guarantee some great deals and beautiful specials this month. 

Here's what you'll find in today's post:
1.  Studio Savings
2.  March Stamp of the Month


1. Studio Savings:  During the month of March, order your Studio J™(CTMH's digital scrapbooking program) 2-page  layouts—including ones using our new Photo Express Collection—for only $5 each! That's only $2.50 per page!!!!

Quickly create gorgeous, personalized studio layouts using our wide selection of papers, collections, patterns, and embellishments. And don’t forget to check out the templates in our new Photo Express Collection, which allow you to design layouts entirely comprised of photos in minutes. You’ve taken the photos. Now keep the memories™.
Begin your Studio J adventure on my website today. It's absolutely free to sign up and play. You don't pay a penny until you order the layouts you've created!  I'll be sharing Studio J layouts I've created throughout the month. Stay tuned...

Wait, maybe I'll share one now to start things off. This little layout is of Daci (Karen's

oldest granddaughter, who is now 5)  when she was just over a year old.  Those cheeks!

Here is a great Disney layout - it is so easy to create!

*Offer valid March 1–31, 2014. Studio J layouts ship in a protected box that can hold from 4 to 50 two-page layouts.

2.  March Stamp of the Month (Happy Place)This "happy" little set comes complete with 3 Russian Nesting Dolls (in graduating sizes), a fun folksy looking heart, and 3 sentiment stamps. It's valued at $17.95 but is yours in March for $5 with a $50 qualifying order.  Get yours on my website. You'll be asked if you want to add it to your order before you check out.

 Karen created this 5" x 5" card you see at the top of this post (inspired by Chris Lothian, an amazingly talented Australian CTMH Consultant) using the products you'll see at the bottom of this post.  How about that? Top to bottom!   Here are a detail shot of the card as well as a photo of the stamp set.  I had fun doing a bit of paper piecing with this stamp set.

Technique Tip:  See how she has a patterned dress and patterned scarf?  To get this look, stamp your doll on your cardstock, then stamp her again on 2 more patterned pieces of paper, cut out the pieces you want from each and adhere them to the main image. Voila...patterned clothing!

March Stamp of the Month: Carrier Sheet Actual Size is 6" x 6"

Hello and thank you for stopping by!

This is my first attempt on a blog - can you tell? I am sure you can. From what I have learned about blogs they are like an online journal and you are getting a peak into my soul ...

At this time I am trying to learn how to post my artwork with watermark and copyright and all that jazz -but I a, learning. My plan is to post my work and along with it I will explain what I used and how I made the project.

As we go along, I will also give you a peak into my life. I will share some pictures of my family, places we have been, places we have visited. So, please come back and visit often. Just know, that I am very new to this blogging thing! So, at this time - any help you can give me is highly appreciated in growing my skills in "blogging".

If you live close to me and you would like to join me in my craft place or one my crops please, check my calendar for any upcoming workshops!

A scrapbooker's quilting bee!