Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Family Name Wall Hanging

I thought I would share what I've been creating in Studio J this week. I plan on putting this on a 12x24 canvas & using it as a wallhanging instead of a layout in an album. I'm just waiting on it to arrive in the mail. If you would like to create one of your own, just ask me how!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

September Stamp of the Month Mini Blog Hop

Welcome to our inspirational blog hop, where we are sharing creative ideas with you showcasing Close To My Heart's September Stamp of the Month.  It's called "Limited Edition" and it contains 21 images. This fabulous set is available for just $5 with a $50 purchase on my website!

I have some wonderful Consultants joining me in this hop which works as a circle. So begin "hopping" and feel free to leave comments along the way, please!

You should have arrived here from Tawnya's Blog.

My creation is a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 card. I've been playing with Close To My Heart's new, exclusive Art Philosophy cartridge and I had cut out a small version of a card with a bracket cutout in the front section. Then I had cut out the tag with the Cricut in the right size to use with the Limited Edition stamp set. So, I decided to use the small card as a holder for the tag. Well, it was a little stark since I had cut it out of Colonial White cardstock. So, I ran the Desert Sand stamp pad over it to give it some color. Then I inked the edges in black & fastened the tag holder with some antique copper mini brads. Then, I went in search of a pattern that would look good with those elements. I found On the Edge in Wishes card confidence book & decided that would look good. I changed it up by turning it horizontally and instead of cutting the plaid B&T into a circle, I kept it as a square. Then, I punched out a scalloped circle out of the same paper but flipped it over so that the rose pattern on the reverse side would be seen. As a finishing touch, I added a small piece of the zip strip that all the newest B&T papers have. Doesn't it look cute with the scallops across the top?

The card as it will come out of the envelope. I like the hand holding a pen in the bottom left corner.
With the tag pulled out.

Thank you for stopping by. Now hop on over to Melissa's Blog where she will show you her creative use of this stamp set! Happy Hoppin'!

If you all have any questions, let me know!  Otherwise, I look forward to hoppin' with ya!  :0)

Monday, August 15, 2011

Glossy Dimensions

Welcome to our Technique Blog Hop!  This month there are 13 of us highlighting the Glossy Dimensions Technique as shown on page 23 in the Autumn/Winter 2011 Idea Book!  This blog hop is a great big circle so you can start wherever you want and continue through to see all the fabulous artwork incorporating this technique.  If you would like to start from the beginning, please visit this link Debi's Blog.  While there you will also find a listing of all participants and their blog addresses if you should get lost or want to reference a blog along the way.  Let’s get started!

If you are coming from Judy Faye's Blog, you are on the right track!

This is the first page of the layout featuring the Glossy Dimensions Technique.
The second page of the layout featuring flowers made with Close To My Heart's new Cricut cartridge.

I wanted to add some Sparkles to the shiny dimensional elements.

See how it shines!

And, here's how it looks all put together!
Thanks for stopping by!  Please continue onto Melissa's Blog where you will find some additional artwork highlighting this technique!  Be sure to leave a comment and let me know what you thought of my variation and happy hopping!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

August Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!

Welcome to our inspirational blog hop, where we are sharing creative ideas with you showcasing this month's Stamp of the Month.  This month's Stamp of the Month is called "Wicked".  It contains 9 images.  It is available for just $5 with a $50 purchase or you can purchase it alone for $17.95!   

I have some wonderful Consultants joining me in this hop which works as a circle.  So begin "hopping" and feel free to leave comments along the way.

You should have arrived here from Sheila's Blog

8x3.5 card

Inside of card with Desert Sand insert.
Thank you for stopping by.  Now, hop on over to Lisa's Blog where she will show you her creative use of this stamp set!  Happy hoppin'!

Monday, August 1, 2011

It's Here!!!

The new Autumn/Winter 2011 Close To My Heart Idea Book is officially open for business!

Contact me for your very own personal copy. In the meantime, you can go to my website to view it online. Once on my website click on Products/then Autumn/Winter Idea Book.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Retiring Items!!!

I really wanted to be sure that you knew there are many items that are being retired by Close To My Heart at midnight on July 31. Below you'll see a list and a few links to help you quickly make your purchases for anything that is going, going, almost gone that you just MUST have before it's gone. You can order them 24/7, until midnight on July 31, on my website. I promise you that as you say goodbye to these items, we have many amazing new products and programs that will blow you away August 1st!


Z1289 Block Buddy
Z185 Block Organizer
    Y1001  1" x 1 1/2"
    Y1005  1" x 6 1/2"
    Y1007  2" x 11"
    Y1004  2 1/2" x 2 1/2"
    Y1011  4 1/2" x 6 1/2"
    Y1500  MyAcrylix Block Starter Kit

Ribbon Rounds Collections: 
    Z1125 Sweet Leaf
    Z1154 Buttercup
    Z1209 Cranberry
    Z1265 Primavera 
    Z1231 Across the Board
Dimensional Elements: 
    All Dimensional Element Monograms
    Z1156  Borders
    Z1140  Framed Fun
    Z1223 Booksmart
    Z1312 Stars

    Z1243 Pewter
    Z1277 Outdoor Denim
    Z1339 Pear
    Z1340 Lagoon
    Z1354 Miracle
    Z1390 Villa
Embossing Powder:
    Z647 Heavenly Blue
    Z648 Baby Pink
    Z664 Pansy Purple
    Z671 Clear
    Z678 Silver Pearl
Z1211 Top Coats Framed In
Z1357 Sophia Journaling Spots
Z1377 Kraft Color Ready Borders
Z1141 My Creations 3-Ring Binder
Z1166 3"x3" Cream Mini Album
3501 Red Eye Pen
Z1009 Pivot Point Stapler
Z1090 Foam Brushes
Z263 Fun Flock White

All Ink Pad Sets (individual still available)
All Marker Sets (individual still available)


All Level One Kits

Bliss Level 1 Scrapbook Kit
Bliss Level 2 Paper Pack
Bliss MyStickease
Miracle Level 1 Scrapbook Kit
Miracle Level 2 Paper Pack
Miracle MyStickease
Sweetheart Level 1 Scrapbook Kit
Sweetheart Level 2 Paper Pack
Sweetheart MyStickease
Wings Level 1 Scrapbook Kit
Wings Level 2 Paper Pack
Wings MyStickease
Magnifique Level 1 Scrapbook Kit
Magnifique Level 2 Paper Pack
Magnifique MyStickease
Olivia Level 1 Scrapbook Kit
Olivia Level 2 Paper Pack
Olivia MyStickease
Hooligans Level 1 Scrapbook Kit
Hooligans Level 2 Paper Pack
Hooligans MyStickease
Mistletoe Level 1 Scrapbook Kit
Mistletoe Level 2 Paper Pack
Mistletoe MyStickease

8 1/2" x 11" Vellum Paper


Close To My Heart will not be discontinuing any colors of cardstock, but they will be selling only select colors in individual color packs. All colors will still be available in combo packs.

The colors that will continue to be sold in 24 sheet packs of one individual color are:
Black, White Daisy, Colonial White, Vanilla Cream, Chocolate, Cocoa, Desert Sand, Bamboo, Sweet Leaf, Pacifica, Smoothie, Creme Brulee, Olive, Cranberry, and Outdoor Denim. All other colors will now only be sold in combo packs. Cardstock prices are also going up so order your bulk cardstock today!

Envelope Flats:

2 1/2" x 3 1/2"
3" x 3"
3" x 4 3/4"
4" x 4"
4 1/2" x 4 1/2"
5" x 5"
5" x 7"
5 1/2" x 4 3/4"
6" x 6"
8" x 3 1/2"

STAMP SETS:  There are about 100 sets being retired.  Instead of listing them here, email me for a pdf of the complete list. They will be missed but will remain in our hearts forever.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Studio J Free-For-All

Free is good. You’ll pay absolutely nothing to receive a free JPG file of your own creation using Close to My Heart’s Studio J online scrapbooking program.
There’s nothing to buy and nothing to download. The program is so easy to use, if you can send an email with photos attached, you can use Studio J
If you already have an account with Close to My Heart on my website, you can just log in and start creating. If you haven’t created an account yet, it’s quick and painless. (And don’t worry, your information is completely safe, you won’t be added to any mailing lists.)
After you’ve created your layout, you can download and save your JPG file. Post it to your blog or facebook, email it to friends and family, or send it out for printing. If you have a 12x12 printer, you can print it at home.
If you’d like to have the best quality printing with 100+ year processing, order your print through Close to My Heart. That’s totally optional though, the JPG is completely free with no strings attached.
This offer is good for the entire month of June, limit one JPG per customer. To get started, visit my website!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Getting Started With Studio J

Here's a how-to video to get you started creating beautiful scrapbook pages with Close To My Heart's easy online scrapbooking. It costs nothing to try! Just create an account and start putting those pictures that are stuck on your computer into scrapbook pages that you will treasure for a lifetime! Of course, I know you will want to order them once you see how beautiful they turn out! If you have any questions, I'll be happy to answer them for you! Click here to get started!

Monday, January 3, 2011

What's NEW at CTMH this month?

Special offers and big savings during January when you buy this month's Workshops on the Go™ kit!
products - including amazing deals on new stamp sets and the January Stamp of the Month when you buy the new Wings Workshops on the Go™ kit!
All of our Workshops on the Go kits come with paper, accessories, and an exclusive stamp set designed specifically for the workshop projects. A new workshop kit is available each month at a discount off of the full retail value.
During the month of January, when you purchase a Wings Workshops on the Go kit, you can get:
· The stamp sets featured in the Inspirations brochure at a deep discount
· The January Stamp of the Month set at a substantial discount or even FREE!
Get your hands on an Inspiration brochure to find out all the details about these spectacular savings by contacting me today!  Go to my website see it in PDF form (Click on the link in the lower right-hand side)

BUY THE WINGS WORKSHOPS ON THE GO™ KIT and mix and match the new products found throughout the pages of the Inspiration brochure to earn the My Acrylix® Find Your Style January Stamp of the Month at a discount or even free!

You can also purchase products from the Autumn/Winter 2010 Idea Book and earn the January Stamp of the Month at a discount or free.  Click here for a full color flyer of the stamp set and this beautiful artwork.