Friday, January 31, 2014

Simply Inspired CTMH New Idea Book Blog Hop

I am excited to be participating in another Simply Inspired blog hop. All of the projects featured in this hop are made using new products from the fabulous new 2014 Spring/Summer Close to my Heart Idea Book. If you arrived here from Lynn Como's blog, you are on the right path. Welcome!

I fell in love with the new Balloon Ride paper and couldn’t wait to make a project using the products from this Collection. I created this 6" x 6" canvas using the Balloon Ride Paper Packet and Dimensional Elements Compliments in addition to a coordinating stamp set called Dreamer. I used a couple of the cards from the Balloon Ride Picture My Life Scrapbooking program as well. (This is a super fun new product that I have fallen in love with. You will most certainly be seeming more projects using this line on my blog in the future!)

I used Mod Podge to adhere all of the elements to the canvas. Stamping on tissue paper with StazOn ink made it easy to add the stamped images to the canvas. After adhering the stamped butterfly to the top of the canvas, I also added an additional butterfly that was stamped onto a piece of Colonial White cardstock. I rolled the wings a bit and added more Mod Podge to give it some dimension. The flower below was created with the Artiste Cricut cartridge by cutting the 3rd flower image (on page 54 of the booklet) at 2".

Now hop on over to see Michelle Snyder’s beautiful creation. If you get lost along the way, you can find a full list of participating Consultants here. Be sure to visit everyone’s blog. You will definitely be inspired by the amazing artwork! *Ü*

All supplies used are from Close to my Heart unless otherwise noted:
Paper: Balloon Ride
Stamps: Dreamer
Ink: Timber Brown StazOn
Other: Canvas, Balloon Ride Compliments, Balloon Ride Picture My Life, Brown & Tan Sparkle Assortment, Mod Podge, Artiste Cricut cartridge, white tissue paper

Monday, January 27, 2014

Special Card from CTMH

I know I have mentioned it many times, but I really do have the BEST job in the world, with the BEST company in the world! I celebrated my 9th anniversary with Close to my Heart last week. The Corporate Office sent me this beautiful handmade card congratulating me on my anniversary and thanking me for my “contributions” over the years. It was signed by everyone on the Executive Team.

What a special surprise it was to receive this little beauty in my mailbox last week. Thank you Jeanette, Kristine, Monica, Brian, and the rest of the CTMH team. You made my day and reminded me why I love being part of the CTMH family so much! xoxo

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Valentine-Themed Papercrafting Pajama Party!

Close To My Heart is teaming up with Big Picture Classes again to bring you a live webcast with step-by-step instructions for making this Valentine’s Day scrapbook page. It’s the perfect way to showcase your precious photos of that special someone.

The free webcast will air Thursday, January 30 at 6:00 pm (PST). The Pajama Party will be available for FREE at on January 30, and will be archived after the event for future viewing.
If you would like to interact on the message board, participate in live chat, post to the gallery, download handouts, or enter any contests, you will need to log in to the Pajama Party “classroom” by creating a free account on the Big Picture Class website.

To make our “Lucky in Love” scrapbook page, you will want to have the following items—or similar products—on hand:

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Quick and Easy Mini Gift Bag

Close to my Heart’s Holiday Tags stamp set is so versatile. In addition to the cards here, it can be used on so many different projects including this simple mini gift bag. 

I cut out the scallop circle shape from the Artiste Cricut cartridge and then stamped the coordinating starburst scallop image with Cotton Candy ink. I stamped the Happy Birthday sentiment onto a 1" cardstock circle and adhered it to the center with some 3-D Foam Tape. I adhered the whole thing to the center of a mini gift bag with more Foam Tape and was able to wrap my gift in about 3 minutes! (You’ll have to wait to see what’s inside the bag until the new catalog comes out on February 1st. It’s a fun new product that makes a GREAT gift!! wink-wink!)

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Cross-Stitch Wishes Valentine's Day Card

Close to my Heart’s January Stamp of the Month is called Cross-Stitch Wishes. It such a fun stamp set and is perfect for any occasion, especially Valentine’s Day. I cut some White Daisy cardstock mini hearts at 1/4" using the Artiste Cricut cartridge. Then I used the 1" stitched heart image to stamp them with Cranberry, Cotton Candy, and 2nd generation Cotton Candy ink. I popped them up with a small piece of 3-D Foam Tape. (The tape was so easy to cut with my non-stick micro-tip scissors!) The sentiment is actually a combination of two different sentiments that come in the set. I masked them to create the “You are special” wording in Cocoa and Cranberry ink.

Isn’t the stamp set cute?

You can purchase the stamp set at full price for $17.95, but did you know that you can get the set for just $5 with a $50 qualifying order? Click on the image below to order your own Cross-Stitch Wishes stamp set, but hurry. It is only available through January 31st.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Artbooking Mini Albums and Layouts

With the inspiration-themed keys on Close to my Heat’s amazing Artbooking Cricut cartridge, your scrapbooking pages and mini albums will say the things that you can’t put into words yourself. Watch these two great videos for some fun ideas on combining your most treasured memories with borders, overlays, and other complementary shapes from the cartridge to make inspiring artwork of your own.

Would you like more information about the Artbooking cartridge? Click here to see all of the images and coordinating stamp sets that are included in this great Collection.

You can order your own Artbooking Cricut Collection here.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

January Creative Club Kit - All Occasion Card Kit

January’s Creative Club will be held on Thursday, January 23 at 7pm. We will be making a collection of all-occasion greeting cards so you will always have a card ready to send throughout the new year. We will be making 15 cards—(3) sets of 5 colors and you can choose which sentiments you would like to put on your cards. Because your kit includes the versatile Holiday Tags stamp set, you will have numerous sentiments to choose from for every holiday, including: birthday, Valentine's Day, Halloween, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Christmas, Hanukkah, St. Patrick’s Day, Thanksgiving, and a generic “Happy Holidays.” There are even (2) To/From options if you want to make matching gift tags.

 The basic project kit is $30 and includes the following:
  • (15) White Daisy 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" Cards
  • (15) White Daisy Envelopes
  • (3) Clear Acetate Gift Boxes
  • 90" Chocolate Striped Ribbon
  • (15) Pre-cut brackets/shapes to stamp your sentiments
  • Holiday Tags Stamp Set
  • Pre-cut Cotton Candy, Cranberry, Créme Brulee, Sweet Leaf, and Crystal Blue cardstock
  • Long distance kits also come with step-by-step instructions
You can add the Scallop Border Punch to your kit for just $17 extra! (You will need this if you don’t already own one.)

You can also add an additional set of (15) extra cards/envelopes, (15) pre-cut bracket shapes, 90" ribbon, (3) Acetate Boxes , and (5) 12" x 12" cardstock for just $12 more.
Additional products needed to complete this project:
Scallop Border Punch
Ink Pads: Cotton Candy, Cranberry, Créme Brulee, Sweet Leaf, Crystal Blue, Cocoa
3-D Foam Tape

Because you will also be receiving (3) Clear Acetate Boxes, you can choose to give a set of your cards as a gift! You will make enough to create (3) sets of (5) cards. Give them as gifts or save them for yourself.


 Choose your own sentiments from the large variety in the Holiday Tags stamp set.

Your cards will have a fun color on the inside with the scallop border peeking through on the outside.

 Make sure to add on the Scallop Border Punch if you don’t already have one. If you don’t use it, your cards will have a straight line of color peeking through instead of the scallop shape.
Thank you for the great response.
Kits are now sold out.

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

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

January Specials Galore!

Happy New Year! Happy January! Happy National Papercrafting Month! There are so many reasons to celebrate! I am excited to share with you lots of fun specials that start today!


 January Stamp of the Month

With a minimum qualifying purchase, get your D-size Stamp of the Month set for just $5.00 US / $5.50 CAN! Add the stamp set to your cart on this page at full retail price or, with your qualifying order, add it at checkout for the promotional price.

Spend:   $50.00  No purchase required
You pay only:   $5.00    $17.95 (full retail) 

Set of 13
Recommended My Acrylix® Blocks:
2" × 2" (Y1003), 3" × 3" (Y1006), 2" × 3½" (Y1009), 2" × 6½" (Y1010) 
Stamp images outlined in red coordinate with the Cricut® Artiste collection.

Click here to order your own Stamp of the Month.
Available January 1-31, 2013 only.



 National Papercrafting Month Promotion

Get the Cloud Nine cardmaking kit for just $15 
with a $35 order or even for FREE!* 

There are two ways to get the adorable Cloud Nine cardmaking kit: Purchase it for just $15 (retail value $46) with a minimum qualifying order of $35 during January in celebration of National Papercrafting Month. Or get it FREE when you enroll as a new Consultant in January and submit total personal sales of $300 or more*. Create 10 cute cards (2 each of 5 designs) using three sneak-peek accessories from the upcoming Idea Book, a new D-size stamp set, and exclusive papers. 
Cloud Nine Card Kit Contents:
  • 1 – My Acrylix™ Cloud Nine Stamp Set (D-size)
  • 1 – Cloud Nine B&T Duos™ Paper
  • 1 – Lagoon Cardstock Sheet
  • 1 – Honey Cardstock Sheet
  • 1 – 9" μ 9½" White Daisy Die-Cuts Sheet
  • 1 Roll – Gold Polka-Dot Washi Tape†
  • 1 Roll – Teal Shimmer Trim†
  • 1 Package – Durables Triangle Studs†
  • 10 – Card Bases & Envelopes
  • 1 – Instructional Brochure
Featured colors: Lagoon, Sunset, Honey, White Daisy

Watch this great video for more information on this fun kit...

 Click here to place an order online to get your Cloud Nine Kit.

† New product in Spring/Summer 2014 Idea Book.

* New Consultant’s total qualifying sales must be remitted no later than June 30, 2014, and the free kit will automatically ship with the Consultant’s order that achieves the minimum sales, or, if that order is a customer’s OBA order, it will ship with the next order going to the Consultant’s address. Orders must be Consultant-placed and the listed shipping address must correspond to an address listed on the Consultant’s profile in their online Personal Business Assistant.

Offer valid January 1–31, 2014. Additional criteria may apply. Tax is based on the price paid for the promotional item. Shipping/ handling based on the full retail price of the card kit ($46).


  New Consultant Kit is now available!


The new 2014 Spring/Summer Consultant Kit is available now. It is jam packed with brand spankin’ new products from the upcoming 2014 Spring/Summer Idea Book! The kit is $99 and contains approximately $309 worth of CTMH goodies. The good news is that you can earn that $99 back with our Straight to the Top Program! If you have $1,200 in orders (including your own orders) within your first 90 days as a Consultant, you will receive your $99 back and the adorable Cloud Nine Kit (see above) for FREE! PLUS, if you meet the Straight to the Top Goal, I will also personally give you a FREE Workshop on the Go Kit of your choice! That is a value of $385!!

If you have any questions about becoming a CTMH Consultant, feel free to contact me or visit my New Consultant FAQ page here.

Are you ready to sign up now? Click here for the online application.