Monday, December 31, 2012

January Stamp of the Month

Happy New Year!  Welcome to the January Stamp of the Month Blog hop.  A blog hop is a big loop of more than 45 blogs featuring this stamp set.  It’s a big loop and you can just keeping going in the circle.   So if you ever get lost along the way tonight, go to Kathleen’s blog for a complete list of all of the stops.    If you’re here from Wanda’s blog, you’re on the right track.

This month’s stamp set is a beautiful rose collection that’s just in time for Valentine’s Day. It’s available for just $5 with a $50 purchase.

My sister Jackie, a rose lover and card maker herself created this card for this month’s blog hop.  I spent time with her during the holidays and enticed her with “if you make me a card, you get to keep the stamp set.”  She was sold and set right to work!  This card was created with the Pear and Partridge paper pack, smoothie & olive inks, a bit of smoothie cardstock and clear sparkles. 

She stamped the main image in olive on the White Daisy Card stock and then again in Smoothie ink on a scrap of cardstock.  She carefully cut out the roses and placed them on the card.  She doesn’t care to fussy cut stamped images (she loves her Art Philosophy cartridge) but commented several times that they were super easy to cut out!  I hope you’ll give it a try yourself.

SOTM jan


Here’s a pic of what’s included in the whole stamp set.  For more inspiration, check out the Close to My Heart website



Now hop on over to Traci’s blog


Don’t forget about the “Whooo’s Your Valentine” promotion!  It’s just $10 with a $35 purchase and it counts towards the stamp of the month!  (So if you earn the Whooo’s Your Valentine set, you’ve already put $45+ in your cart to get the Stamp of the Month. 

Don’t delay in getting Whooo’s Your Valentine…. Supplies are currently at 46% of inventory.  That means that over half of the supply has been depleted in the first 3 weeks! It’s not going to last until Jan 31. 


Have a great day and a happy new year!

Friday, December 28, 2012

A Close to My Heart New Year’s Resolution

The best New Year’s resolution is one that you can stick to! 

Let’s save ourselves some money and bring in a little income on the side.   The new Consultant Kit is just $49 for the Essentials kit or $99 for the Master kit and is chocked full of items from the 2013 Spring and Summer Idea Book!  Wouldn’t you love the newest and freshest scrapbooking and card making products before anyone else?  And at a discount! 

Here’s how you can save:

The $49 Essentials starter kit contains $135 in product and supplies.

The $99 Master starter kit is approximately $355 in retail value! 

Future purchases as a consultant are 22% discount for yourself. 


Here’s how you can earn money

You will receive a 22% commission on all purchases made by others, even on discounted and promotional items.

You have the opportunity to earn free product.

Free website for online sales.

You can earn an additional $100 in product if you achieve Straight to the Top sales in the first 90 days. 


2013 CTMH spring summer Idea Book Chantilly

Click here to see a detailed list of what’s in the kit.  There wasn’t enough room in the pic to show everything! 


Are you ready?  Is it January 1, 2013?  Click here to see the details and to sign up.  If you sign up prior to January 1, 2013 9AM MST, you may receive the Avonlea consultant kit from the 2012 Autumn Winter Idea Book.

Are you interested or have questions?  Don’t hesitate to email me!  I’m here to help!


Have a Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

A Passion for Patterns

“A Passion for Patterns” features a stamping technique for creating your own tone-on-tone patterned paper. I love it when these gals teach us something using the products we already have and love!


Remarkable wreath was used in a couple of the projects shown in this episode.  Recognize the dots, flowers and the Life is Good stamps?  Don’t wait to get this set if you don’t already have it.  It’s being discontinued on January 31st. 



The sentiments from Hooray Bouquet was used on the banner.


The butterfly was from A Tree.



Don’t forget about the Whoo’s Your Valentine promotion.  The colors included in the kit are Ruby, Hollyhock and Blush.  You may want to grab one of the coordinating Exclusive Inks to try this technique with it.  It’s just $10 with a $35 purchase (and that includes our while supplies last items on our website)

Shop with me and don’t forget to pick up an ink that coordinates with our papers. I can’t wait to try this myself.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Marker madness!

It’s easy to incorporate chalk, metallics, and bling into your artwork with a few embellishments you can use on your everyday papercrafting projects. Let us show you how!

This Merry & Bright page uses dots created with the gold metallic marker to add extra sparkle around the edges of the page. Notice the scalloped accents with outlines in gold marker which adds dimension and draws your eye. Our metallics markers will make your artwork sparkle!

Add heart to your art with an extra touch of bling—cover your Dimensional Elements with silver Glitz™ glitter gel, a clear Sparkle or two, or a touch of silver from the metallics marker! Your heartfelt messages will bedazzle your loved ones.

The chalk marker and 12" × 12" chalkboard sheet are a perfect pair for creating a unique project. Journal and embellish your memories with the quaint look of a chalkboard—minus the dust—and a lot of freehand fun, perfect to display in your albums or on your walls!

These markers are available on my website or as hostess rewards.  Have you ever thought of having a gathering with me to receive free product while hosting a girls’ night out?  I would love to show you even more!

Contact me to schedule your gathering in the new year or shop with me now. 


click on either marker to see it on my website.


Thursday, December 13, 2012

Whooo’s Your Valentine?

Start celebrating National Papercrafting Month with Heart TODAY!

In the midst of one of the most festive times of the year, Close To My Heart is giving you one more thing to celebrate. January is National Papercrafting Month, and we want to get things started early with the special “Whooo’s Your Valentine” kit! This kit is especially designed for Valentine’s Day gift-giving in and out of the classroom, but of course can be used for any variety of occasions. The “Whooo’s Your Valentine” kit includes:

  • 12 – Die-Cut Boxes (3 each of 4 colors: White Daisy, Blush, Hollyhock, Ruby)
  • 3 – 12" × 12" Cardstock Sheets (White Daisy, Blush, Hollyhock)
  • 1 – Sheet Silver Glitter Paper — new product for Spring/Summer 2013!
  • 12 – Treat Tubes with Lids — new product for Spring/Summer 2013!
  • 1 – My Acrylix® Whooo’s Your Valentine Stamp Set (D-size)

Isn't the stamp set cute?  A sheet of silver shimmer paper?  I'm sold! 
This kit, featuring an adorable exclusive stamp set as well as two “sneak peak” items from the 2013 Spring/Summer Idea Book — the treat tubes and the silver glitter paper — has a full retail value of $40, but it can be yours for just $10 when you spend $35 on other Close To My Heart products from the Autumn/Winter 2012 Idea Book.

Speaking of sneak peak of the new Idea Book, the current Idea Book is coming to an end.  Here’s my posts about retiring products:

Retiring Embellishments & Tools

Retiring Stamps

Retiring Papers

Remember, everything I mentioned today is while supplies last!  Don’t wait until January 31st to order!

With any order over $50, a Bonding Memories Glue pen will be included in your order for free.  You’ll also be eligible for the Stamp of the Month for $5.  Are you excited?  Shop with me!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Retiring Stamps

Here is a list and pics of the retiring stamp sets...  If some of the retiring items are on your wish list, I recommend ordering them sooner than later!  Don’t wait until January 31st or they may be gone!

A1104 A Tweet

A1111 A Tulip

A1116 A Melody

A1122 Bravo

A1128 Quick Cards-Shell

A1129 A Rainbow

B1365 Spring Up

B1369 Rosy Regards

B1374 Bee Happy

B1397 He is Risen

C1439 Enjoy Life

C1440 Take a Picture

C1442 Tailor Made

C1450 Eclectic Edges

C1452 Delight

C1455 Aspire

C1456 Heartfelt Treasures

C1457 Happy Camper

C1458 Paper Lantern

C1473 Remarkable Wreath

C1474 10 Things

C1485 Super Powers

C1498 Country Life

C1499 Perfect Day

D1195 The Works Alphabet

D1222 Tiny Typewrite Alphabet

D1296 Chocolate Alphabet

D1301 Hodge Podge Alphabet

D1303 Classmate Alphabet

D1462 Splendid Day

D1464 Card Chatter-Love

D1467 Trees & Things

D1472 Simple Memories

D1478 Bingo Alphabet

D1505 Roar

D1508 Diverse Back grounds

D1511 Kick Back

E1013 Field Trip Alphabet

These stamps will be available until January 31, 2013!   Stamps aren’t while supplies last as CTMH makes them in house.  But after the clock strikes midnight on the 31st they’re gone for good!  I’ll be featuring some of these stamps at my Fun & Fabulous Workshop on January 25th at 6:30 pm.  Let me know if you want to come!

Retiring Embellishments & more!

Don’t wait, when they’re gone, they’re gone!  We’ve already sold out of a few items this month.

Z1349 Shimmer Designer Brads These look amazing on the Florentine papers!

Z1360 Rhinestone Designer Brads

Z1361 Brads-Red Assortment

Z1362 Brads-Pink Assortment

Z1363 Brads-Blue Assortment

Z1364 Brads-Green Assortment

Z1365 Brads-Basic Assortment

Z1387 Wooden Designer Buttons

Z1391 Buttons-Clear (not going to miss these, LOL)

Z1395 Irresistibles Eclectic Alphabet

Z1465 Irresistibles Make It Count Numbers

Z1681 Dimensional Elements-Numbers

Z1761 Dimensional Elements-Ornaments  Compatible with Art Philosophy

Z1762 Dimensional Elements-Snowflakes

Z1765 Arbor Wooden Shapes does anyone see chicken feet besides me?

X7147C Stella Canvas Shapes

X7148C Pemberley Stickease No… not Pemberley.  Sad smile

X7150C Victory Stickease

X7153C Florentine Stickease I put the shimmer brads in the middle of the round lacy stickers and it looks awesome!

X7158C La Belle Vie Stickease

X7160C Flirty Complements

X7161C Moonlight Complements

X7162 Pear & Partridge Complements (these are fabulous!)

Z1464 Milepost Shapes

Z1466 Bling Assortment

Z1695 Urban Felt Alphabet

Z1696 Keepsake Felt Alphabet

Z1709 Just Blooms Paper Flowers

Z1460 Foundry Ribbon Slides

Z1711 Foundry Binder Clips

Z1712 Foundry Number Plates

Z1461 Decor Journaling Spots

Z1687 Bohemian Assortment

Z1689 Timeless Charms

Z1692 Tough Tags

Z1694 Bouquet Assortment

Z1741 Haunted Assortment

Z1749 Autumn Lane Assortment coordinates with Flirty

Z1763 Boutique Assortment (I can’t believe this set is going.  I’m addicted to the small bling!)

Z1772 Dimensional Elements-Holiday

Z1393 Mini Medley Black Collection

Z1316 Designer Ribbon Cocoa Collection This makes me wonder what our new ribbons are going to be like!

Z1385 Designer Ribbon Blue Collection

Z1615 Designer Ribbon-Red Collection

Z1616 Designer Ribbon-Green Collection

Z1388 Newsprint Rub Ons

Z1700 Dark Chocolate Tapestry Velvet Rub Ons

Z1733 Black Tapestry Velvet Rub Ons

Z1742 Parlor Velvet Rub Ons

Z1407 Olive 6x6 Album

Z1408 Pansy Purple 6x6 Album

Z1054 My Creations Display Album

Z1378 My Creations Banner

Z1614 My Creations Memory Game

Z188 Craft Jars

Z1352 Colonial White Circle Cards No surprise here.  Art Philosophy can cut circle cards.  it’s on the 1st button!

Z1353 White Daisy Circle Cards

Z1731 Sweet Surprises Card Kit

Okay, now you have it!  Shop with me now!  Or wait until tomorrow and get the Whooo’s your Valentine kit for $10 with a $35 purchase!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Behind the Scenes

“Behind the Scenes” features the core basic stamping techniques to enhance your projects.


Retiring papers

In the beginning of December, CTMH announced everything that will be discontinued in the Spring/Summer Idea Book which starts Feb 1st.  The papers are always a given. (only 4 will stay from the current Idea Book)  But the embellishments and stamps are always an unknown until the next Idea Book & Catalog are released.  So make your list, and check it twice and order ASAP!  Now that the list is out, some items will not be reordered… So it’s “While Supplies Last” even for these current catalog items!    More blog posts are coming with retiring stamps & embellishments. 
7147B Stella Paper Packet

X7148B Pemberley Paper Packet

X7150B Victory Paper Packet

X7153B Florentine Paper Packet

X7158B La Belle Vie Paper Packet

X7160B Flirty Paper Packet

X7161B Moonlight Paper Packet

G1041 Avonlea Card making Kit

G1043 Pear & Partridge Cardmaking Kit

G1040 Spellbound Cricut Kit

G1042 Scroll Album Kit

G1045 Avonlea Scrapbooking Kit

G1046 Clementine Scrapbooking Kit

G1047 Dakota Scrapbooking Kit

G1048 La Belle Vie Scrapbooking Kit

G1049 Scholastic Scrapbooking Kit

G1050 Flirty Scrapbooking Kit

G1051 Moonlight Scrapbooking Kit

G1052 Pear & Partridge Scrapbooking Kit

G1044 Advent Calendar Kit … but don’t worry, my Advent Calendar kit will continue to be available!

Any order placed on my website in December over $50 will also include a free Bonding Memories Glue pen.  Shop with me

Monday, December 10, 2012

Who’s Your Valentine!?!?!

Yes, I know it’s 15 days before Christmas.  And you may not even done with Christmas shopping (like me) but I have a sweet treat for you!

Starting Thursday, December 13th, this very sweet (and versatile) kit can be yours for just $10 with a $35 purchase. 

Don’t do Valentine’s day?  Grab this kit for Easter or a birthday party.  Add a couple colors and make it your custom celebration. 



My favorite part?  The stamp set and the silver glitter paper!  Shimmer paper is just as shimmery as our Silver Shimmer Trim which is dazzling! 

who's your valentine stamp set


Featured Products: Whooo’s Your Valentine kit (CC1022)
12 – Die-Cut Boxes (3 each of 4 colors: Blush, Hollyhock, Ruby, White Daisy)
3 – 12" × 12" Cardstock Sheets (Blush, Hollyhock, White Daisy)
1 – Sheet Silver Glitter Paper – new product for Spring/Summer 2013!
12 – Treat Tubes with Lids – new product for Spring/Summer 2013!
1 – My Acrylix® Whooo’s Your Valentine Stamp Set (D-size)

When you place an order of $35 or more in Close To My Heart products, you’ll receive the Whooo’s Your Valentine kit for only $10. Qualifying purchases must come from Autumn/Winter 2012 Idea Book product (or products live on any OBA site through January).   This promotion is from December 13 thru January 31st or until supplies are gone.  I’ll keep you updated on the supply through my Facebook page

Shop with me

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Cluster Luster

See how to make this beautiful card in just a couple steps!

happy birthday card clustered by ctmh

Close to My Heart Stamps can be clustered! 


The stamp set shown is Card Chatter-BirthdayShop now to get your set!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Stocking stuffers for the Crafter

Don’t forget to add a little crafty sparkle inside the stocking of your favorite crafter this year!  Close to My Heart has tons of versatile products.  Here’s a few that coordinate with anything she already has in her stash! 







a scrappers design guide for cards & layout





or any other letter, we have all 26




Scrapbooking for everyone without the mess!  A wonderful way to try out or continue using our online scrapbooking studio.  The layouts look just like ones created with paper and all the goodies.  No scrapbooking experience needed.
5 double 12x12 layouts prepaid ready to come to the front door





Every girl loves bling!




Grey is is the new black, so they’re all good




Modern or vintage.  It’s a wonderful way to sparkle





This isn’t the grinch’s green, it’s close but so much better!





A sharp pair of scissors is as important as shoes




Our newest Cricut bundle loaded full of boxes, cupcake wrappers cards and so much more!




Last year’s model never looked so good!


Shop now!  With a $50 purchase you can earn the December Stamp of the Month for $5 and all orders over $50 will include a Bonding Memories Glue pen!  Don’t forget to click  “Join one of Lalia’s Gatherings” to get a free gift.   You’ll find it in the view Shopping Cart screen.