#CTMHSharetheLove Card Kits

February CTMH Special #SharetheLove

This month, Close To My Heart is offering a special stamp set dedicated to providing additional support to Operation Smile, an amazing organization that provides surgeries to repair cleft lips and palates for children all over the world!

If you are familiar with CTMH, you know that a percentage of every stamp set sale goes to support Operation Smile.  We also offer the ability to round up your order totals to donate that change to them as well.  There’s even an exclusive stamp set each year dedicated to supporting Operation Smile.  This year that stamp set is called Animal Greetings and it is SUPER adorable!

Animal Greetings Operation Smile Stamp Set

CTMH donates $7 from each sale of this stamp set to Operation Smile.

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Balloon Animals Pinwheel Card

February Stamp of the Month Card

It’s a new month–time for another new Stamp of the Month from Close To My Heart!  This month’s Balloon Animals Stamp Set is an adorable one.  You get 13 images perfect for a fun celebration.

CTMH's February Stamp of the Month

I was so excited to use this stamp set because of it’s playful nature.  It seemed perfect for using googly eyes–and who doesn’t love a pair of googly eyes!  Continue reading

Make a Cricut Valentine’s Mailbox

It’s time to start getting ready for Valentine’s Day!  And what better way to get ready than to create a super adorable Valentine’s Mailbox that you can stuff with cherished notes or yummy treats!

This video will show you step-by-step how you can create this amazing 3-D project using our exclusive Cricut Art Philosophy and Artiste Collections.

In addition to these Cricut Collections, these other wonderful CTMH products were also used:

  • La Vie En Rose Paper Pack (X7201B)
  • Ruby Cardstock (X5927)
  • Clear Assortment Sparkles (Z1752)
  • Silver Shimmer Trim (Z1799)
  • 3-D Foam Tape (Z1151)
  • Adhesive (Z3022)
  • Mini Glue Dots (Z341)
  • Mini Stapler (Z2027)
  • Tweezers (Z1382)
  • All-Purpose Mat (Z2045)
  • Non-Stick Micro-Tip Scissors (Z1836)


If you’d like to purchase any of these or other CTMH products to create your own Valentine’s Day Mailbox, please visit my ONLINE CTMH STORE.

Happy National Peanut Butter Day!

Beloved Bouquet Valentine's Heart Card

Do you love peanut butter?  Then today is your day!  Today is National Peanut Butter Day!

In honor of the day, I thought I’d share this lovely card created by Deb for our Annual Crazy for Cards Event we hosted yesterday.  I suggested she stuff Dove Chocolate Hearts into her heart “envelope.” But you know what?  Reese’s Peanut Butter Hearts work just as well!

The supplies used to create this beautiful & vibrant card are:

  • Beloved Bouquet January Stamp of the Month (S1601)
  • Eggplant Stamp Pad (Z2647)
  • Sangria Paper Pack (X7199B)
  • White Daisy Cardstock (1385)
  • Pink Glitter Paper (Z1922)
  • Heart Embossing Folder (Z3018)
  • Poppy Thick Twine (Z3094)
  • Clear Sparkles Assortment (Z1752)
  • Cricut Art Philosophy Collection (Z3171)


To purchase these and other CTMH products, please visit my CTMH ONLINE STORE.

Brush Calligraphy with Watercolor Paints

Jill, from Close To My Heart, is an amazing artist!  Now you can watch her show you how to combine the expressive medium of watercolor with the elegant form of calligraphy.

The video is a little long but you’ll definitely be inspired and be eager to try the technique yourself.  Give it a watch and then let us know how your experience of trying it out goes.

Get ‘Em Before They’re Gone!

D1658 #makesmehappy CTMH Stamp Set

This just in–2 truly fun stamp sets from Close To My Heart will no longer be available come February 1st.

In response to inquiries CTMH has received from Instagram, they will be discontinuing both #makesmehappy (D1658–a Hostess Rewards Stamp Set) –a stamp set that coordinates with the Cricut Artistry Collection and Instalife (C1615) from the Annual Inspirations Idea Book.

Instalife Stamp Set C1615

Thankfully they are giving us all a few weeks to snatch them up before they are gone forever!  If you’d like to get the Instalife Stamp Set, you can purchase it on my ONLINE CTMH STORE before January 31st comes and goes.

If you are interested in the #makesmehappy Hostess Rewards Stamp Set, EMAIL ME and I’ll let you know how you can get this exclusive & discounted stamp set before it’s gone.

Close To My Heart January Specials

January 2016 Special Live Your Day

January is an exciting month with Close To My Heart.  There are many *NEW* and exciting things happening.  First of all, January is National Papercrafting Month.  To celebrate, CTMH is offering an exclusive Picture My Life (CTMH’s version of pocket scrapbooking) kit called Live Your Day–and it’s only $8.95!

CTMH Live Your Day Picture My Life Cards

This Live Your Day Collection coordinates beautifully with our *NEW* Everyday Life Planners that were just released last month.   Continue reading

Watercolor Paints are Wonderful

To the Moon Watercolor Card

Playing with watercolor paints is awesome–it’s like you can’t mess it up!  Need a little more color, add it. Need less color, add some water. Plus, there are fun techniques you can do with the paints.  The one I’ve done here–a Salt Watercolor Technique–uses Kosher salt.  It’s super simple and just requires a little patience (or a craft heater works, too!)

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