See New CTMH Product First!

2016-2017 CTMH Catalogs

Plan now to join me for my Open House on Saturday, August 13th to celebrate Close To My Heart’s *NEW* 2016-2017 Annual Inspirations Catalog.  It’s the perfect opportunity for you to see & touch *NEW* product and see what you like!

AI Sneak Peek Layout

You’ll get to create 4 FREE projects using *NEW* papers, stamps and accessories.

AI Fundamentals Card Sneak Peek

There are so many amazing *NEW* products you definitely won’t want to miss this event!  Since this is an Open House style event, you are welcome to stop by anytime between 10 am and 2 pm.

Watercolor Card Sneak Peek

RSVPs are appreciated so enough supplies are prepared.  I hope you can join us!  EMAIL ME if you’d like additional details or are interested in attending.


Explore CTMH’s Magical Paper Collection

CTMH's Magical Paper Collection

Magical, is one of Close To My Heart’s latest paper collections–and one that is super popular with summer amusement park trips!  If you haven’t checked it out yet, here is a great video showcasing the wonderful patterns you’ll find in the collection as well as the amazing products that compliment the collection.

Plus, you’ll get a fun DIY Card Box idea to create using this Magical Paper Collection.  This simple box is perfect for storing your finished cards or other precious mementos (tickets from events, photos for your next scrapbook layout and more!)

Be sure to check out this fun paper collection and accessories as well as the other *NEW* items from the Seasonal Expressions 2 Catalog on MY ONLINE CTMH STORE.

Celebrate with Ice Cream

Carnival Fun Ice Cream Card

Did you know that the third Sunday of July is National Ice Cream Day?  Yep, that was yesterday!  Did you celebrate?  I not only celebrated with ice cream with my kids, but also played with this awesome Carnival Fun Stamp Set from Close To My Heart, along with the coordinating Carnival Fun Thin Cuts dies, to create this darling card.

Carnival Fun Stamp Set

Not only does talking about National Ice Cream Day allow me to share this adorable stamp set, but it also gives me the chance to showcase a super cool trick you can do with this particular set of Thin Cuts that you might not have thought to do before. Continue reading

From the Notebook Card

From the Notebook July SOTM Card

This card not only uses this month’s Close To My Heart Stamp of the MonthFrom the Notebook, but also several items that will be retiring at the end of this month.  It’s a great time to snatch up these items before they are discontinued!

July 2016 From the Notebook Stamp Set

The first thing I did was cut out the notebook paper from the Cricut Artbooking Collection–I mean how could you pass up pairing the stamp set with this awesome cut!?!

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How to Create a Chalkboard Work of Art

CTMH Magnetic Chalkboard

Have you admired beautiful chalkboards but always felt a little nervous about trying it out yourself?  This quick 2-minute video will show you how to turn Close To My Heart’s Red Magnetic Chalkboard into a work of art!

CTMH's Chalk Marker

Even I learned a new trick!  One thing she doesn’t mention in this video is if you don’t like or want a red chalkboard, it’s easy to spray paint the frame to any color you like!

If you are interested in purchasing your own Chalk Marker or Magnetic Chalkboard, please visit MY ONLINE CTMH STORE.

4th of July Banner

Star Banner

Happy 4th of July!!  This Stars & Stripes Banner is a direct result of my daughter telling me that we hadn’t decorated enough for Independence Day this year. An easy fix–create a quick banner using the Cricut!

Grab a few simple supplies…

Supplies for Stars & Stripes Banner

  • Stars cut in both White Daisy CS (1385) and Sapphire CS (X5775)
  • Sapphire Stamp Pad (Z2648)
  • Cranberry Stamp Pad (Z2116)
  • Pennants cut in Cranberry CS (1272)
  • White Shimmer Trim (Z3024)
  • 3-D Foam Tape (Z1151)
  • Base & Bling Adhesive Strips (Z1904)
  • Sponge Daubers (Z726)
  • Twine
  • Confetti Stars
  • Transparencies or page protectors (cut into squares)
  • 1/8″ Circle Punch

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Why July Is The Perfect Time To Start Your Own Stamping Business!

CTMH July Consultant Special

July is the perfect time to start your own stamping business and become a Close To My Heart Consultant.

During the month of July, not only will you receive a brand *NEW* Consultant Kit full of product not yet released…

CTMH Consultant Kit

BUT…you also get to select your choice of a *NEW* Fundamental Paper Pack (Whimsy, Adventure or Enchantment) bundled together with its coordinating Complements FREE–and that’s in addition to the $50 in Select Product Credit you get with your *NEW* Consultant Kit!  Wow!

This Early Bird Special is an excellent opportunity for those that simply can’t wait to get their hands on the exciting *NEW* products coming in the Annual Inspirations 2016-2017 Idea Book (which will debut August 1.)  And really, who can wait?!?

And if you’re thinking, “I could never be a Consultant”, why not?  Do you love to create?  Do you love sharing your creations with others?  Do you enjoy teaching someone a new technique or design you just tried?  Do you love a guaranteed discount on all your craft supplies?  Well then, you COULD be a Consultant!

There’s nothing to lose in trying it out.  I have a feeling once you do, you’ll be glad you did!  Have a few initial questions?  Check out my FAQ section on becoming a CTMH Consultant.  Still have more questions?  EMAIL ME!  I’d love to help you out.

Beyond Awesome Artistry Card

You are Awesome Card

Close To My Heart’s *NEW* Beyond Awesome Stamp Set is the perfect partner to the exclusive CTMH Cricut Artistry Collection.

I love the powerful positive statements in the Beyond Awesome Set.

Beyond Awesome Stamp Set C1644

And then you pair it with the cool ‘awesome frame’ from the Cricut Artistry Collection, and you have an amazing card!

Inside Beyond Awesome Card

For this particular card I did a bunch of sponging.  In fact, I think every piece has been sponged in Saddle ink!  It’s a great distressing ink color and helps continue that grungy look from the Urban Paper I used to create the card.

Here is a listing of all the products I used to create this card:

  • Beyond Awesome Stamp Set (C1644)
  • Saddle Stamp Pad (Z2171)
  • Peacock Stamp Pad (Z2649)
  • Urban Paper Packet (X7204B)
  • Antiqued Gold Triangle Studs (BULK337–clearanced: 100 for only $1.75!  While supplies last!)
  • Sponge Dauber (Z726)
  • Non-Stick Micro-Tip Scissors (Z1836)
  • 3-D Foam Tape (Z1151)
  • Micro Glue Dots (Z2089)
  • Cricut Artistry Collection (Z3167)

If you’d like to purchase some of the items listed or any other CTMH product, please visit MY ONLINE CTMH STORE.