Happy Birthday to Me & You!

One in a Minion Birthday Card

Today is my birthday.  I’ve been thinking that I’d like to share some birthday card inspiration as well as give YOU a gift in celebration of the day!  So let’s start out with the card inspiration with some amazing birthday cards from some very creative ladies!  (I apologize for the shadows–was in a bit of a rush to snap the pics of these!)

One in a Million Stamp Set

This first card from Debbi F. is super adorable, don’t you think?  And the best part is she is doing a word play as she used our *NEW* One in a Million Stamp Set but crossed out “million” and replaced it with “minion.”  Too cute!

Sugar Rush Celebrate Card

Next up is a cheerful card from Ramona C.  I love the bright colors she used–makes you feel happy just looking at it, right?

Sugar Rush Celebrate Card

Plus, in true creative fashion, she used the ice cream cone images from the Sugar Rush Scrapbooking Stamp Set to create a fun pennant banner.  Clever!

Some Kinda Wonderful Fox Card

The final two I have to share with you are so fun because they are from the same stamp set–Some Kinda Wonderful Cardmaking Bundle–but with a little different twist to them.

Some Kinda Wonderful Stamp Set

The fox card from Mary T. uses the stamp set with it’s coordinating themed Some Kinda Wonderful Paper Pack.    Simple.  Clean.  Cute.

Some Kinda Wonderful Turtle Card

This next one from Betsy G. might just be my favorite–I absolutely LOVE these turtles!!  So adorable.

Now, onto the gift for you part!  If you place a CTMH order with me anytime before the end of this Friday, January 20th–any size order–I’ll send you a little surprise! Who doesn’t enjoy receiving some “happy mail?!”

To claim your surprise gift, visit MY ONLINE CTMH STORE and check some items off your wish list!

Start the New Year as a CTMH Consultant

CTMH Consultant Welcome Pack

January is the time of resolutions.  A few common resolutions are to exercise more, eat less sweets, spend less money, or to spend more time with family. Basically, something to make their life better in the new year.

2017 Seasonal Expressions 1 CTMH Consultant Kit

Deciding to become a Close To My Heart Consultant could be the solution to your resolution!  Maybe you just need to earn a little more money to pay off some bills after the holiday season?  Or maybe there’s a special vacation you are trying to save money to go on?  Or maybe you’d like to have more control over the hours you work so that you can spend time with family when you want to?

Bonus CTMH Tote with Supplies

These are all benefits of being a CTMH Consultant.  Plus, there are some other great creative perks, too! Discounts on product or even FREE product (check out the awesome goodies in our Large Organizer!) as well as earning fabulous trips.

If any of what I’ve said strikes a chord with you, I’d love the opportunity to chat with you and answer any questions you may have.  For additional information, be sure to check out my CTMH CONSULTANT FAQS.

FREE Wreath Kit for National Papercrafting Month

CTMH Welcome Home Wreath

Have you grabbed your FREE Welcome Home Wreath Kit from Close To My Heart in celebration of National Papercrafting Month yet?  What are you waiting for?  They are simply gorgeous!!

Angled Welcome Home Wreath

These kits are quick and easy.  Simply punch out the die cuts, use the gold stickers to create your title for your banner and then glue the succulents and flowers together and onto the super sturdy wreath base.

Closeup of Welcome Home Wreath

I spent a little extra time on mine by inking all the pieces as well as adding extra dimension by curling the petals.

Closeup of Welcome Home Succulent

I especially love the patterned paper included for some of the succulents.  It adds some extra texture!

This quick 1-minute video shows you how easy it is to create a stunning wreath with this kit.  To get your very own Welcome Home Wreath Kit, be sure to visit MY ONLINE CTMH STORE before the end of the month.  These kits are only available while supplies last!

How to Organize Your Craft Supplies

CTMH's Workspace Wonder

Start 2017 off right by organizing your craft stash!  With Close To My Heart’s *NEW* Workspace Wonder system you have the flexibility to choose which of the components will work best for your situation.

This short video will show you a few different ways you can utilize the organizers. It’s all up to you!

To see all the options, visit MY ONLINE CTMH STORE.

Congrats Double Dutch Fold Card

2017 CTMH Seasonal Expressions 1 Mini Catalog

The *NEW* Seasonal Expressions Mini Catalog is here–and it’s amazing (of course!)  I created today’s card using the *NEW* Leafy Congrats Stamp Set.

Leafy Congrats Stamp Set

Do you see that blue circle around the stamp image?  That means there’s a die for the shape.  Yep, there are *NEW* Basic Shape Thin Cuts in the Seasonal Expression Mini Catalog!  Yay!!


Congrats Double Dutch Card

Okay on to the card…I loved the look of this *NEW* Leafy Congrats Stamp Set.  It’s perfect for coloring with our ShinHan Markers!  Plus, I was excited to try out our *NEW* Gold Shimmer Brush and this seemed like the perfect set.  (I can’t get over what a great deal our Shimmer Brushes are!  At only $4.95 each that’s nearly half the price of comparable ones. Don’t you just love a great deal on an awesome product?!)

Gold Shimmer Brush

Here are the supplies I used to create this Congrats Double Dutch Fold Card:

  • Leafy Congrats Stamp Set (A1203)
  • Black Pigment Ink (Z2503)
  • Clear Embossing Powder (Z2088)
  • Pastel Green ShinHan Marker (Z2459)
  • Vivid Green ShinHan Marker (Z2466)
  • Sap Green ShinHan Marker (Z2463)
  • Turquoise Blue ShinHan Marker (Z2465)
  • Gold Shimmer Brush (Z3316)
  • Kraft Cardstock (Z1375)
  • New England Ivy Cardstock (1282)
  • Fern Cardstock (X5777)
  • Hello Lovely Paper Pack (X7216B)
  • Gold Foil (Z3129)
  • 3-D Foam Tape (Z1151)


Congrats Double Dutch Congrats Card Pocket

On the back of the card I decided to create a pocket that could hold a gift card. I’ve been toying with adding some patterned paper or something to jazz up the pocket.  However, I don’t want that to take away from the front Double Dutch Fold design of the card so I haven’t embellished or decorated the pocket at all (yet!)

Closeup Congrats Double Dutch Fold Card

A few final pictures of the card front to show off the beautiful Gold Shimmer!

Angled View of Congrats Double Dutch Fold Card

If you are interested in purchasing any of the CTMH products I’ve referenced or any other CTMH products, be sure to visit MY ONLINE CTMH STORE.

Welcome Home National Papercrafting Month

Welcome Home January CTMH Special

Did you know that January is National Papercrafting Month?

Every January, we at Close To My Heart celebrate National Papercrafting Month as a way of acknowledging the pure joy of playing with paper! We scrapbook with it, we make cards with it, we decorate with it—in short, we craft with it!

CTMH Welcome Home Wreath Kit Contents

CTMH Welcome Home Wreath Kit Contents

This year, we’re celebrating the joys of paper-crafted home décor with the beautiful Welcome Home Wreath Kit. This kit comes with pre-cut pieces you can simply pop out and attach to the sturdy chipboard wreath base (it’s like 2 layers of chipboard securely adhered together!), making a welcoming décor piece for your home.

There are four ways you can get the wreath kit: Continue reading

A Simple Thinking of You Card


Thinking of You Thoughtful Flowers Card

Today I’m sharing a quick and easy card created with Close To My Heart’s December Stamp of the Month.  This stamp set–Thoughtful Flowers–is only available through tomorrow!

ShinHan Marker

For this card, I embossed the Poppies using Black Pigment ink and Clear Embossing Powder. Then I colored them in using our ShinHan Touch Twin Markers in Vivid Green (for the stem) and Golden Yellow with Marigold for the flowers.

Thoughtful Flowers CTMH Dec Stamp of the Month

This stamp set is perfect for coloring.  And with our ShinHan Markers, it’s so easy–especially when you emboss your image(s) first.  That helps keep all your colors inside the lines without much effort.

Here’s to lots of happy coloring–true therapy!  To get your Thoughtful Flowers Stamp Set or other CTMH products, please visit MY ONLINE CTMH STORE.

Thoughtful Flowers Thank You Card

Thoughtful Flowers CTMH Dec Stamp of the Month

We’re in the final days of December which means it’s the last few days to get your December Stamp of the Month from Close To My Heart!  Thoughtful Flowers is a beautiful floral stamp set with sentiments you’ll use over and over again.

Thoughtful Flowers Thank You Card

I made this beautiful thank you card using this stamp set along with the Swan Lake Paper Pack.

Swan Lake Paper Pack

While this particular paper pack has a bit of a fall feel to it (one pattern has fall-themed sentiment, acorns, etc.), you can also achieve other looks, too.

And as luck would have it, today during CTMH’s Boxing Week Special, there is a Swan Lake Bundle at 50% off. Continue reading