Saturday, July 30, 2011

Last Chance!

It’s the last 2 days of July which means…
Last 2 days of this Idea Book 
Last 2 Days of the July Stamp of the Month
Last 2 Days of the Christmas in July Contest!
Last 2 Days of the Bang for Your Buck promotion
Last 2 days for these 8 paper packs:
Bliss, Miracle, Wings, Sweetheart,
Hooligans, Magnifique, Hooligans Olivia & Mistletoe
blissmiraclewings workshopsweetheart workshophooligansMagnifiquemistletoeolivia

Friday, July 29, 2011

Get ready for August & it’s going to be fun!

With every Close to My Heart catalog release there’s some exciting changes.  Here’s the scoop on the Fall/Winter 2011 changes.

An Exclusive CTMH Cricut Cartridge called Art Philosophy
See all my posts for the Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge by clicking here.  You'll have to keep scrolling!

New stamp pricing that’s significantly lower!!!  It’s the same size of stamp before, even the same stamps but lower prices.  Some have dropped a whole price level, i.e. A D-Size is less than the old C-Size! 
Stamp size New Price
Old Price
A Size $6.95
B Size $9.95
C Size $13.95
D Size
(our most popular)
E Size for alphabets $29.95

8 new paper packs with card-stock weight papers!  The price of the paper pack has been reduced from $12.95 to $9.99.  The weight has been increased so they’ll be great for using as card bases and 3-D projects such as flowers & boxes.  I will not be shy about saying that the number of sheets of the paper has dropped.  CTMH’s intent is that we’ll use up the paper pack, not collect it. 

Stamp of the Month (SOTM) changes.  If you’re order is over $50, the SOTM is $5.  Period. Simple. No more 25%, 50%, 75% or 100% discounting. It will be much easier for everyone participate in the program.

August SOTM is a double
double stamp of the month
When you buy the one that’s listed in the catalog “Wicked” you’ll get a free alphabet called “A Typset.” There’s no mention of it in the catalog. Online ordering will automatically suggest this when you order.

stamp of the month double image

National Stamping Month Celebration Starts August 15th
TO CELEBRATE NATIONAL STAMPING MONTH IN September, we are offering our first-ever double stamp set! You can get the exclusive My Acrylix® Pair-a-Phrase double stamp set FREE when you place an order of $75 from August 15 through September 30, 2011. You’ll love this “double D” set—two D-size sets in one envelope—which includes lots of clever phrases and coordinating images you’ll use in your handmade cards all year. And with a retail value of $35.90, this set drastically increases the value of your qualifying purchase! Have double the fun stamping during National Stamping Month with our new Pair-a-Phrase double stamp set!
para phrase pic
click on images for a better view. 
para phrase stamps

Good things come to those who wait a couple weeks…
Place a $75 order from Aug. 15th - Aug. 31st and you receive:
-Two D-size stamp sets in the "Pair-a-Phrase" campaign - FREE (retail $35.90)
-August SOM 'Wicked' - $5.00 (retail $17.95)
-Bonus stamp set "A Typeface" with $5.00 SOM purchase - FREE (retail $6.95)
That's FOUR stamp sets for just $5.00 (plus ship/tax) instead of $60.80 retail.  INCREDIBLE.
Make your own online party!  If your order for yourself or between you & friends is greater than $150, it will automatically generate hostess rewards of a minimum of $25.  Hostess rewards are listed on page 2 of the catalog.  (Sorry the link to the catalog isn’t live yet so I can’t post it)

The catalog will be online August 1st via!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

In Search for the Red Line… Cricut Compatible My Acrylix ® Stamps

cricut compatible
There are two ways to identify the stamps that are compatible with the Close to My Heart Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge.  One is by the red line around the stamp image, the other is the little curly, scalloped C down by the price & item number. 
Today I found 20 My Acrylix Stamp Sets featuring the red line! 
4 are Stamp of the Month:  September, November, December & January
16 are in the main catalog. 
Here’s a sneak peek!
Can you tell I’m very excited about this new Cricut release?  Nah…It’s only 5 days away!
Which also means 5 more days left to enter the contest!

If you order your Art Philosophy Cricut bundle through this link (Art Philosophy Kick-Off), I'll give you the new Close to My Heart Idea Book for free. This is up to a $9 value $3.95 for the Idea Book & $5.15 for shipping. Just leave me a comment saying you want it, & I'll send it!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Fanfare Inspiration


Fun summertime colors using Fanfare products


Pennant Alphabet E1018
Paper Lantern C1458

fanfare pennant

Fanfare Workshop on the Go Stamp set G1021
Natural Hemp Z280
Scallop Punch Z1392

fanfare_3x6 extra wotg1

Fanfare Workshop on the Go Stamp set G1021
Buttons, Blue Assortment Z1371

fanfare fire up the grill

Stamps:  Summer Days B1375
This is the same paper, it’s the flipside of the blue paper with the + design.


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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Cricut & CTMH: A Wonderful Combination!

Calling all those who are CRAZY FOR CRICUT!!!  This is for you!
cricut cart easier to see
Close to My Heart has taken it to a whole new level! We are the first to come out with a Cricut Cartridge that pairs with clear acrylic stamps and dimensional chipboard. Simply plug the cartridge into your Cricut®* Personal Electronic Cutter machine and you’re ready to cut any of the 700 shapes, ranging from elegant rosettes and lace to trendy gift boxes and banners! You’ll also receive three stamp sets as well as three sets of 9" × 12" Dimensional Elements that work in tandem with the cartridge. On top of that, numerous My Acrylix stamp sets in our new Idea Book pair wonderfully with images on the Cricut® cartridge. They made it SOOO easy…if you look closely at the sets you’ll see that they’ve put lines around the images that coordinate and marked the size setting right on the acetate sheet.

The chipboard sheets are available to purchase separately.  However, the 3 Acrylix stamps sets are only available with this cartridge bundle.
cricut elemental
The bag, star, circle and tickets were all cut on the Cricut. Scissors were only required to cut the ribbon!
Check out this video from Close to My Heart to see what it’s all about:
click on video or YouTube logo to view larger version
There are a couple of different ways you can get this amazing new kit:
1) The collection is available August 1 for $99.00. You can email your pre-order Just order online as of 8/1. (when you include your address I’ll send you a copy of the new Idea Book). And we now can offer Hostess Rewards for every order over $150. So if you add a few other items, you can also get at least $25 in rewards plus the Stamp of the Month for $5 (actually you'll get two stamp sets in August--A Halloween one & "A Typset" which is an alphabet. 
2) Host a party! When your party total reaches $250 or more, you will be able to get the bundle as a half price item – so you can get the Cricut Cartridge for less than $50!!!! Plus you’ll get at least $40 in Hostess Rewards.
3) OR you can join Close to My Heart as a consultant for only $99, get this amazing kit of products & supplies, and then order the Cricut Cartridge from yourself at a great discount. I’d love to have you join my team. Email me for more details!
I can’t wait to share with you the amazing artwork the CTMH art department has created with this bundle.  Love love love it!  Stay tuned to see more artwork! 
So give me a call to preview a catalog (if you're local) or pre-order today.  425-353-6879.

P.S.  Don't forget about entering my contest on this post!

If you order your Art Philosophy Cricut bundle through this link (Art Philosophy Kick-Off), I'll give you the new Close to My Heart Idea Book for free. This is up to a $9 value $3.95 for the Idea Book & $5.15 for shipping. Just leave me a comment saying you want it, & I'll send it!

More details about stamps that are Cricut Compatible are on this post...

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Mayberry Inspiration


No Andy Griffith but some very sweet, versatile summer time papers! 

Find the whole line of Mayberry products HERE

mayberry bless this next

Stamps:  Bless this Nest C1445 & Say it in Style D128
Pearls on the roof:  Mocha Opaques Adhesive Gems Z1333

mayberry butterfly

Stamps:  Say It in Style D1283
Butterfly:  Irresistibles Miracle Chipboard Die Cuts Z1354
Kraft Color-Ready Borders Z1377

Mayberry enjoy the ride

Stamps: Enjoy Life C1439
Distressing with Sponge Daubers Z726

mayberry salutations border

Stamps:  Salutation Seals C1461
Kraft Color-Ready Borders Z1377 (Inked the white side with Garden Green Exclusive Inks)

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