Tuesday, January 27, 2015

New CTMH Rolling Tote

Just thought I would share my video I just made of the new rolling tote from Close to my Heart. I love the versatility of the tote. You can put so many different items in the case. When you don't need you can easily take it apart and fold it up and stow it away - love it!

Cricut® Artfully Sent: Scene Function

There’s no reason to stick to the same old card style! Watch this video to learn how to use the Cricut® Artfully Sent cartridge to make your own dynamic scene, swing, and gatefold-style cards.

This cartridge has 700 designs! There is no end to how many different cards and projects you might be able to make with this bundle! I love this cartridge and is well worth the investment. I always like a product I can use in more than one way - this is one of those items - have fun!

One more thought - if you decide to get a cartridge you are almost there to have a party on your own, you may consider to let me know if you know a friend who may want to add a couple of items to help you get some free items - contact me now to find out how!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Cricut® Artfully Sent: Pop-Up Cards with Icons

Want to make your cards pop? Close To My Heart’s newest Cricut® cartridge, Artfully Sent, has the tools you’re looking for! Let us show you how to use the Pop-up and Icon functions to create delightfully interactive cards.

I love this cartridge! There are so many possibilities with this cartridge ... this video shows you just a few things you can do. Have fun playing and discovering just a few!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Retiring Items - January 2015

Retiring Items

 Here are the images of the upcoming retiring items - don't delay before they are gone at the end of January 2015!


  A1124 A Tree
A1124 $6.95
A1141 Be Still
A1141 $6.95
B1418 Love Doily
B1418 $9.95
B1423 Hoppy Easter
B1423 $9.95
B1439 Dreamer
B1439 $9.95
B1440 Fancy Fair
B1440 $9.95
B1441 Buggy Love
B1441 $9.95
B1444 Greatest Love
B1444 $9.95
B1445 Happy Hive
B1445 $9.95
B1450 Owls
B1450 $9.95
C1571 You're the Best
C1571 $13.95
C1573 Do Your Best
C1573 $13.95
C1577 Mother's Day
C1577 $13.95
C1579 Coming Up Roses
C1579 $13.95
C1583 Robot Family
C1583 $13.95
D1547 Paper Doll
D1547 $17.95
D1579 Windy Day
D1579 $17.95
M1035 Newlyweds
M1035 $2.95
M1037 Balloons
M1037 $2.95
M1038 Shooting Star
M1038 $2.95
M1040 Parasol
M1040 $2.95
M1041 Hi
M1041 $2.95
M1042 Colored Egg
M1042 $2.95

Monday, January 12, 2015

Express Yourself

For a limited time only, you have access to a special new Express Collection in Studio J® using the Yuletide Carol paper kit.

Now is the time to capture all your recent holiday memories! Express Collections make documenting your memories even easier by doing most of the creation for you. Just drop in your photos, add some journaling and personalized personalised titles, and order your layouts. Using this Express Collection, you will have your recent holiday photos scrapbooked before you know it! The Express Collection will be available only from January 1 to February 28, so make certain to place your orders before the deadline.
Contact me for more information and visit StudioJ.com to start creating today!
*Offer valid January 1–February 28, 2015. 
I love Studio J! I have used for the traditional purpose with my regular pictures. But I have also used it to preserve documents in the past. Here are some ways you can preserve items you may not may not have thought of:
  • Documents
    Take pictures of baby bracelets along with those other precious memories of those first days :)
    All those bulky items, you just don't know what to do with, take pictures and add them to your pages that way
    Your children's artwork - from kindergarten. Now, you can discard them guiltfree. But you will always have them preserved!
    Newspaper articles - scan them and add them into your pages here.
    There are so many other ways you can utilize Studio J - you can make invitations, make your graduation pictures to hand out. Once your imagination gets going, it will take flight ... :)

    I will be more than happy to work with you one on one and help you to get going. If you are local, lets make a date. If you are long distance, we can chat.

    Don't let your memories get lost, let me help you show you how easy it can be.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Cricut® Artfully Sent: The Basics

Artfully Sent is Close To My Heart’s newest Cricut® collection, and it’s packed with endless creative possibilities for you to explore. Let us show you some simple tips and tricks to help you get the most out of your Artfully Sent experience.

If you have been following my blog until now, you will have noticed how much I love our cricut collection. I love the versatility. Let me know if you have any question about any of our cartridges - I would love to help you get started :)

Saturday, January 3, 2015

January CTMH News 2015

January 2015 
Annual Idea book good from August 2014 to July 2015
Dear Margit,

Hi there,

Can you believe it is already 2015 - time just flies!
As the new year begins it seems many people try to make new resolutions or set goals. For myself, I always reflect over the last year and see how much of what I wanted to accomplish has been done and try build on that. Goals work much better for me than anything else. I have to commit them to paper. I am still working on mine.

Over the next little bit, I will share some of my goals with you in my blog and on my facebook page. So, stay tuned.

In the meantime ... 

Here are some great links for you to check out at any time to see some great tutorials, videos and other hints and tips!

I keep updating it on a regular basis, follow me, share it with your friends! My life is still going nuts, but I have figured out - being creative helps :)

If you like facebook more, you may want to consider checking my facebook page on

facebook business page

I am starting to add some of the images here under "Virtual Yard Sale" of the items I have available for sale in my facebook page! So, keep checking!

Like my page, share it, pin what you like - you may even want to check out my Pinterest page.

Hope to see you around!


Seasonal Expressions 1 Is Here!
Enjoy four months of fabulous product.
Seasonal Expressions idea book
It's finally here, the idea book you've been waiting for! Full of unique ideas and bright, detailed photos, this themed seasonal book is sure to delight! From now through March, you can order some of the most charming Valentine's- and spring-inspired papers, stamps, and embellishments you've ever seen. The vivid colors and patterns will give your layouts and cards a fresh look and plenty of pizazz. See the contents for yourself now in Seasonal Expressions 1!

With this issue we also have two new consultant kits - one for cardmakers and one for scrapbookers.  
Introducing - Seasonal Expressions 
Enter a new world of crafting possibilities with the launch of our latest idea book.
Annual Inspirations idea book
After months of anticipation, Annual Inspirations has arrived at last. The art-filled pages are now available for your viewing pleasure! Peruse the gold mine of new products, ranging from the new Cut Above™ line to the ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Markers, and admire the gorgeous artwork that dances across the pages. With additions such as 5 new colors and 9 new My Reflections™ paper packets, this idea book is overflowing with artistic inspiration and surging with products fit to make any crafter's heart swoon. So go ahead, fall in love with the new idea book. We promise the plunge will be well worth your time.

Do you need your own copy? Contact me now to get it! Or you can add it when you place an order. 


Operation Smile Stamp Set

You can change the life of a child with just one stamp set.   

When you purchase the C-size You're the Bomb stamp set at full retail price, $13.95, anytime between now through March 2015, Close To My Heart will donate $3 of the proceeds to Operation Smile.  
Operation Smile was founded in 1982 and has performed over 220,000 surgical procedures to correct facial deformities in children.  It only takes an hour for volunteer medical teams to perform these life altering surgeries that will give children confidence for a lifetime.

Editor's Note

Just to sum up the savings over the next month:
  • Save $7 when you get both the Annual Inspiration and Season Expression book for free!
  • Additional savings on all of that because you do not pay tax on your saved amount!
  • SOM is normally $17.95, but get it for only $5 when your purchase is $50
  • Get the National Paper crafting kit for only $5 with a $50 purchase (does not have to be separate from above) that is a $20 savings
  • Get the little album for only $5 - another $5 savings, when you qualify for the kit

January is the time of savings! Get together with a few friends and designate one for the hostess - get to $350 and divide the extra free hostess gifts! I always try to help my customers and hostesses to get more. Contact me now to help you how. Studio J purchases and other online purchases can be combined. It is easy to have an online party, you don't even have to clean your house!

Have a great January! 

Margit McCabe
Close to my Heart

Celebrate National Papercrafting Month

Get the Year >> Noted paper kit and embark on a yearlong scrapbooking adventure!

January 2015: Year >> Noted

In celebration of National Papercrafting Month, Close To My Heart invites you to reflect on the things that make you who you are and on what you want to accomplish in the coming months. Then, with the help of the Year >> Noted paper kit, record your experiences and goals!

During the month of January, with a qualifying purchase of $50, you are eligible to purchase the exclusive Year >> Noted paper kit (which has a retail value of over $24 USD / $27 CAD for only $5-that's over 80% off retail! Or, for an additional $5, you can order the Year >> Noted paper kit with an accompanying My Creations™ kraft mini book. The paper kit for both options includes a C-size stamp set, stickers, cardstocks, and B&T Duos™ papers, all specially designed to coordinate with the My Creations™ kraft mini book so you can have a yearlong scrapbooking experience. This means you will receive over $34 USD / $37 CAD worth of product for only $10 if you purchase the kit with the accompanying mini book! But the fun doesn't end there-included on the sticker sheet, you will find a large golden seal. Once the year is done and all the pages are filled, seal up your book and create a mini time capsule that you can open years from now. Remember, this deal is only available for January, so make sure to get your own Year >> Noted paper kit today for the perfect start to a crafty year!
Watch the campaign video, then contact me for more details.
*Offer valid January 1, 2014 (9:00 am MST)-January 31, 2014 (11:59 pm MST). Shipping/handling is calculated based on the full retail price of the discounted items (without My Creations™ kraft mini book: $24.56 USD / $27.02 CAD; including My Creations™ kraft mini book: $34.51 USD / $37.97 CAD).

In This Issue
Seasonal Expressions 1
Operation Smile Stamp
Editor's Note
Deal of the Decade
Stamp of the Month
Upcoming Events
Do you like FREE?

Extra! Extra! Hostess Rewards

In January, receive up to 50% more Hostess Rewards

Hostess Rewards
During the month of January, all Gatherings that reach $350 USD/CAD or higher, will be eligible to receive up to 50% more Hostess Rewards! This means an additional $30 USD/CAD, giving you the opportunity to earn up to $230 USD/CAD or more in select free products. This offer is only available during January and is the ideal pairing for your National Papercrafting Month Gatherings, so join in the celebration and watching your earnings grow!
Contact me for more details.
*Offer valid January 1-31, 2015. All Hostess Rewards items will be shipped FREE to qualifying hostesses. However, the hostess will be charged shipping on any amount they go over the Hostess Rewards amount. In Canada, free items are not taxable. In the US, tax will be based on the full retail amount of the free item(s) in these 11 states: Arizona, Arkansas, California, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Minnesota, New York, North Carolina, Texas, and Utah. If you live somewhere other than one of these states, no sales tax will be assessed on free Hostess Rewards items. For Hostess Collections and 50% off items, tax is only charged on the discounted amount paid, not full retail value. Tax is charged on the full overage amounts.

Stamp of the Month

January 2015: This Moment

S1501 This Moment , set of 12

Recommended Blocks:
1" × 1" (Y1002)
2" × 2" (Y1003)
3" × 3" (Y1006)
2" × 3 1/2" (Y1009)

Beautiful Stamps, Amazing Discounts

Each month you can purchase a new D-size stamp set, available for one month only, for just $5 - that's over 70% off retail! When you place an order of $50 or more in Close To My Heart products (excluding purchases made in Studio J®), you qualify for this special Stamp of the Month pricing.

January 2015: This Moment (S1501)

Spend $50 and get this Stamp of the Month set for just $5.

Follow-up Links
Margit's Facebook

Upcoming Events


These were a couple of projects we made at my last workshop.  We had a wonderful time making Christmas cards again. We even had visitors from out of town who joined in on the card workshop - I always welcome visitors!  

At our next workshop we will be making Valentine projects! Yeah! I have already ordered the materials. I will be using the Heartstrings Cardmaking Kit. If you cannot make it - you can always order it on your own and still join us long distance! We are having fun! 

Check out my blog for the details about the cards and the class.

We will have our next class on January 16. If you live close by me, we would love to have you join us!  Keep checking my blog and facebook page for updates!

Right now I have my classes in the evening, but I already have requests for classes in the morning. So, I will schedule one in the morning.

Do you like to scrapbook and would like to me add a night or day  for scrapbooking? Please let me know with your preference. This way I can start putting that in my calendar as well. If you have friends who would like to get together - I would love to schedule a class for you!

If you miss one, but would love to make them at home or you live too far - its as easy as ordering the kits. Just go to my blog and order the kit!

Contact me if you should have any questions

Do you like FREE?
That is great - I do too, ha!
Every month I have several Mystery hostess parties open now. When you log onto my website look for"Mystery Hostess party 1" or "Mystery Hostess Party 2". The first one will run from the 1st through the 15th and the second one from the 16th through the rest of the month. If the total of the party gets to $150 everyone who placed an order during that time period will go into a drawing for the $25 free products! So, have your list ready - share the good news!

If you are part of my workshop group - join my "workshop"party and you may qualify for some free goodies. There are all kinds of ways to get some free goodies!I

Log onto my website and join my online party and you are set! If you have some friends you want to order - let me know and I will set you up with your own online party and you can get some free product of your own!

Express Yourself!

Try out the new, limited edition Express Collection
in Studio J®

Express Yourself

For a limited time only, you have access to a special new Express Collection in Studio J® using the Yuletide Carol paper kit.

Now is the time to capture all your recent holiday memories! Express Collections make documenting your memories even easier by doing most of the creation for you. Just drop in your photos, add some journaling and personalized personalised titles, and order your layouts. Using this Express Collection, you will have your recent holiday photos scrapbooked before you know it! The Express Collection will be available only from January 1 to February 28, so make certain to place your orders before the deadline.
Contact me for more information and visit StudioJ.com to start creating today!

 If you have have worked with Studio J before CTMH has provided you with loads of great tutorials.
Go to StudioJ.com and click on the "Videos" link at the top to view these helpful tips. I will create another post in my blog to talk a bit more about Studio J.   

One great way to use Studio J is preserve documents. They cannot be passed on, but they can be preserved in this medium. Stay tuned! 
*Offer valid January 1-February 28, 2015.

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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!