Monday, January 21, 2019

Frame It Up Kit - Personalized Frame


I am loving Close to my Heart’s January special Frame It Up kit! I was inspired by fellow Consultant Jennifer Smith to personalize one of my kits by adding the chipboard initial and est. date. I love how it turned out and think I will be buying more to make as gifts.


The flowers and leaves were so easy to put together because they come already die cut in the kit. I simply curled the edges with my fingernail (you could use a bone folder if you have one) and adhered the layers together with w little bit of Liquid Glass. I inked the edges of the leaves with a sponge dauber and New England Ivy ink to add a little extra depth.


I covered the chipboard “S” with a piece of Silver Foil paper and then trimmed it out with an X-acto knife. (I used Bonding Memories Glue to adhere the Foil Paper.) I used the Block Alphabet Thin Cuts to die cut our name and “EST.” from a piece of black cardstock. Then I adhered everything to the frame popping up some of the pieces with 2-3 layers of Foam Tape.


These kits are only available through the end of January while supplies last so if you think you might like one, hop on over to my website and place your order before they're gone. Plus, the more you order, the more you will save. Buy 1 at $29.95, buy 2 at $24.99 each (15% discount), or buy 3 for $19.99 each (30% off.)

Saturday, January 5, 2019

January Project Kit - Budding Peony Boxed Card Kit


This month's project kit is a boxed card kit using the new Budding Peony stamp set and Feels Like Home paper. You will create 6 cards (2 each of 3 designs) with mix and match sentiments and a box to store them. This month’s local class will be Tuesday, January 29th at 7pm. If you are not local, you may order kits to be shipped directly to you by selecting the shipping option below.*

This month’s Basic Kit is $35 and includes the following:
  • Budding Peony stamp set
  • Sugar Plum Shimmer Brush
  • (1) Gold Bow Clip
  • (6) 5½" x 4¼" White Cards and Envelopes
  • Pre-cut and pre-scored cardstock and patterned paper
  • Link to Design Space file for the box. (All Cricut images will be pre-cut for you in the kit, but you will also have a link to the file in case you’d like to make more in the future. You will need an Explore or Maker machine to access and use the DS file.)
  • Step-by-step instruction guide

Add on extra kits with no stamp set for just $18 each.

Additional supplies needed:


Kit includes the Budding Peony stamp set shown below. Images outlined in blue coordinate with the Thin Cuts metal dies that can be included in your kit for an extra cost.



Add on the Budding Peony Thin Cuts for an extra $21.


Make 6 cards (2 each of 3 designs) and a matching box to store them. You may choose to color in the stamped images, leave them uncolored, or a combination of the two as shown in the samples.


Slip the box flap into the top of the Gold Bow Clip to hold box closed.



Card #1



 Card #2



Card #3



Use the Sugar Plum Shimmer Brush to and color and shimmer to the flowers and use the Clear Shimmer Brush to blend the green Watercolor Pencils on the leaves. (It’s hard to see in the photos but all of the sample cards are super glittery.)


Contact me for more information or to order a kit. All kits need to be paid for in advance. Thank you for your understanding.

Kits ordered by January 12th will be mailed by January 30th.
Kits ordered after January 12, will be mailed within two weeks.


To order a kit(s), you may either send me cash or a check, or pay securely online with a credit card or your PayPal account by using the “Add to Cart” buttons below. If you would like your kit(s) shipped, please choose the shipped option. $6 will be added for shipping. (Kits can only be shipped to U.S. addresses per CTMH policy. I apologize for the inconvenience.)


Budding Peony Boxed Card Kit - local


Budding Peony Boxed Card Kit - shipped
*$6 will be added for shipping


Add Ons
Choose your add ons from the drop down menu below.

To find out more about my monthly “no-commitment” Creative Club, click here.
You do not need to be local to participate. 

Friday, January 4, 2019

January Specials and Promotions

New Seasonal Expressions Catalog

Tons of new products and inspiring artwork 



The new Seasonal Expressions catalog is here and it is AWESOME! It's filled with 152 pages of pure creative happiness! You will get a free copy with your next online order. Or you can view and download a pdf version of the catalog here.

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Frame It Up — National Papercrafting Month Special

Create beautiful décor in January
PLUS save when you buy two or more kits



The Magnolia Frame Kit gives you the materials to create beautiful papercrafted décor. There are so many different ways to use this versatile kit, which is why you’ll get special pricing when you buy more than one! Save 15% when you buy two, or save 30% when you buy three! Plus, you can get one FREE by signing up as a Close To My Heart Consultant in January or hosting a qualifying party!

Watch the video below for more information...

Magnolia Frame Kit includes:
• Sturdy chipboard frame (including backing) 
• Double-sided frame overlay 
• “love” and “home” sentiments 
• Shiplap-printed backing sheet 
• 3 sheets of die-cut leaves and flowers 
• 1 sheet of gold foil die-cuts 

Buy 1: $29.95
Buy 2: $24.95 each—15% off!
Buy 3: $19.95 each—30% off!

For Hostesses: When you host a party that reaches the third level of Hostess Rewards or higher (order dated for January and submitting your party order no later than February 5th, 2019), you will receive a Magnolia Frame Kit for FREE! Contact me to set up an online or in home party.

For New Consultants
: When you join my team and become a Close To My Heart Consultant in January, you will receive a Magnolia Frame Kit for FREE with your New Consultant Kit. That’s an added value of $29.95! Visit my New Consultant FAQ page or contact me for more information on becoming a Consultant.


Only available January 1 - 31, 2019 while supplies last.
Standard tax and shipping and handling apply.


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January Stamp of the Month

Card Captions Stamp Set



With a minimum qualifying purchase, get your D-sized Stamp of the Month set for just $5! Add the stamp set to your cart here at full retail price ($18.95) or, with your qualifying order of $50, get it for just $5!




Set of 26
Recommended My Acrylix® blocks:
1" × 1" (Y1000), 1" x 3½" (Y1002), 1" × 6½" (Y1005)

Click here or on the image below to order your Stamp of the Month.



Stamp of the Month is only available January 1– 31, 2019.

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Celebrate 35 years!

Get 35% off all alphabet stamp sets in January



2019 marks 35 years since Founder & CEO Jeanette Lynton first started selling stamps, and CTMH has big plans for celebrating all year long. They’re kicking off the celebrations with special savings on all of the alphabet My Acrylix® stamp sets! Now through January 31, you can save 35% on alphabet stamp sets! 

Visit my website here to see all of the alphabet options.

Discount only available January 1– 31, 2019.
Shipping and handling will be assessed on the full retail value of your order.


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Happy Heart Special

Show your love with this special Collection



The Heart Happy collection includes an exclusive paper packet, stamp set, and sticker sheet that you can use to show your love in all kinds of crafts! The Heart Happy workshop guide provides instructions for using these items together with a few other products to create two single-page 12″ × 12″ layouts, one two-page 12″ × 12″ layout, 10 cards, and five tags. Save 25% when you purchase the workshop kit that includes the My Acrylix® A Piece of My Heart stamp set!


Be sure to check out the Everyday Life™ album made using this same paper collection, too!

Click here to see all Happy Heart options and to place an order.

Offers available through February 28, 2019 while supplies last. Shipping & handling assessed on retail value of all items.

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Christmas Joy Layout using Zip Strips


Did you know that all of Close to my Heart’s patterned paper comes with ½" strips on the top with a different pattern? They are called “zip strips.” Sometimes we cut them off and set them aside and forget about them or even (gasp) toss them in the trash, but they can be used for so many different things. I used them on this layout to create the Christmas tree. I used a few of the patterns from the ‘Tis the Season Collection and the Seasons Mix-Ins on this layout a well. 


I also used some of the pieces from the ‘Tis the Season Complements pack to embellish the layout. The ornaments, title, snowflakes, stars, and pinecones are all from the Complements pack. The Red Glitter banner was cut from a left over piece of the die cuts that come in the pack.   


It’s hard to see in the photo, but I also used some Thin Embellishing Thread on the top of the die cut ornaments. I also added a few of the self-adhesive Red Pearls which I love.


The title is from the ‘Tis the Season Complements pack as well. I cut the “s” off the word “holidays” and paired it with Glitter die cut “JOY” that comes in the ‘Tis the Season Complements pack. The fern is cut from a piece of New England Ivy cardstock using an image form the Flower Market Cricut cartridge. If you like these products be sure to order them soon. They are all retiring next week on December 31st.

So don’t forget about those fun zip strips. You can always trim them off and save them for projects later. After all, isn’t that what we crafters do best? Save everything to use on future projects? LOL! 

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Story by Stacy Gift/Storage Box with Design Space Link


The Story by Stacy kits that are on sale this month are a quick and easy way to document your sweet memories. They also make great gifts! Embellishing the front cover of the album is easy with a die cut cardstock flower. This flower was created using the Flower Market Cricut cartridge. (Click here for the Design Space file.)


When you are done with your album, you can create a cute gift box to hold it. I created the black cardstock base of my box in Design Space (click here for the link) and then created a wrap to go around the box. After cutting, folding, and adhering the black cardstock base, I added a piece of 5¼" x 5¼" Polka Dot paper inside.

To create the wrap, start with with a piece of 11¾" x 5⅝" piece of White Daisy cardstock and adhere it to a piece of Ballerina Polka Dot paper (from the Seasons Mix-Ins) on one side. Then score and fold it at 5¼" and 6¼". I created the top flap of my wrap from a piece of 11" x 5" piece of Ballerina cardstock and then die cut one side with the large stitched scallop die from the Thin Cuts—Decorative Borders set. (You will need to cut it a bit at an angle in order to fit it through a standard sized Cuttlebug.) Score the Ballerina cardstock at 5⅜" and 6⅜" then adhere it to the Polka Dot paper/cardstock to create the full wrap.


You can then adhere the bottom of the box base to the center of the wrap if you like or simply leave the wrap unattached to the base. 


Your Story by Stacy album will fit inside perfectly.


After placing the album inside, I closed up the box and tied a piece of White Ribbon around it to keep it closed. Then I created the tassels by using another one of the dies from the Thin Cuts—Decorative Borders set. After die cutting the tassels I added some adhesive to the top of the die cut cardstock and then tightly rolled it. (If you have a quilling tool, it makes it much easier.) I added a small strip of Ballerina cardstock and a piece of White Gold Ribbon around the top of each tassel. Then I “fluffed” the tassels at the bottom with my fingers.


Click here for the Design Space link to create the flower and the base of the box.

How will you use your Story by Stacy mini albums this holiday season? Give them as gifts or keep them for yourself? Or both?

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

December Project Kit - Oh What Fun Interactive Flip Flap Layout


This month’s project kit is a Christmas themed Flip Flap scrapbook layout using the adorable Oh What Fun paper collection. You will create an interactive 12" x 12" double page spread that opens up to fit 34 photos or Picture My Life pocket scrapbooking cards. This layout is perfect for scrapbooking your holiday memories.

The local class this month will be held on Tuesday, December 18th at my house at 7pm. (If you are unable to attend but would still like a kit, you can either choose the “shipped” option at checkout and I will mail the kit to you or if you are local, you may choose the “local” option and I will drop it off or you can pick it up.)

The basic project kit is $40 and includes all of the following:
Additional supplies needed to complete the project:
Watch this short video to see the interactive layout in action...


Both pages closed...


Right page open...


Left page open...


Both pages open together...


Use the chipboard or sticker words and images from the Oh What Fun Compliments to embellish your layout... 


Use the Holiday Style PML Cards or photos to fill each of the 34 spots on your layout. 







Kits are now sold out. 
Thank you for the great response.


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You do not need to be local to participate. *Ü*