Friday, January 31, 2014

February Stamp of the Month: Wild About Love

Available in the month of February only: Wild About Love.

Stamp Price: $17.95


With purchase of $50 or more of Close to my Heart product, for only $5!

New Close to my Heart products starting February 1, 2014!

The new Spring/Summer 2014 Idea Book for Close to my Heart begins tomorrow February 1, 2014.

The Idea Book features some great new products:

1) Embossing Folders -These can create texture in your cards and scrapbooking layouts. (If you buy two packages of cardstock in February, get one embossing folder free).

2) Picture My Life - A pocket scrapbooking style product for those who are short on time or who enjoy the look of non-traditional scrapbooking.

3) Base & Bling -Base & Bling is wearable crafts or make it yourself jewelry.

4) Workshops on the Go -There are seven new scrapbooking and two new card workshops available.
The Workshops on the Go are a great deal! You get a D sized stamp set ($17.95 value), a full paper packet ($9.95 value) and a variety of accessories to complement the layout.  You also get an instruction booklet to create the featured two page scrapbook layout or four featured cards. Purchasing one of these kits is like getting free product! For the scrapbooking kits, it is like getting the paper pack for free. Also, you get stamp sets that are not available for general purchases. So many positives! Also, don't feel restricted to only creating the layout featured in the instruction book, you can use your imagination to make these products into whatever design best suits your needs.

5) New paper lines - This idea book features seven new paper lines including: Skylark, Ivy Lane, Ariana, Balloon Ride, Jubilee, Timberline and Lollydoodle.

You are still able to buy the paper and accessories (but not the Workshops on the Go) for Laughing Lola, Sarita, ProPlayer and Babycakes.

6) New stamps -There are many new stamps designs that meet your ongoing needs.  Stamps that accessorize beautifully with the new paper lines, as well as stamps to meet all your seasonal, holiday, nature, flair, everyday life, occassions and alphabet needs.

7) Hostess Rewards - The new Idea Book features three new Hostess Collections (product available at 50% off retail price), as well as seven new Hostess only stamp sets at reduced costs.

8) New Stamps of the Month - Six new stamps of the month that are only available in the month designated.  If you purchased $50 of product (or more) that month the stamp is available to you for only $5.  Otherwise, it is available for purchase, in that month only, for $17.95.

As always, you can buy the great exclusive colours of paper, ink, markers etc.  Other products available include three CTMH exclusive Cricut cartridges, My Crush books, Design Decor, accessories and storage.

For more information, contact me at  or check out my online site and the new Idea Book at:

Scrapboking Trend: Scribbles

New scrapbooking and design trend: scribbles.

See how with this video and the new products from Close to my Heart's Spring/Summer 2014 Catalog which starts tomorrow (February 1, 2014).

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Online scrapbooking

Studio J, the online scrapbooking program, from Close to my Heart is so easy to use!

I finished and ordered these five double page layouts today and can't wait to get the printed copies.

With my order, I also get the JPEG files so I can share them with others.

This first one was part of the Year in Review Express Collection.  The layout is done for you, you just need to upload your photos, place them, add text as desired and you're done!  Super easy for someone who's new to scrapbooking or who's in a hurry.

The rest are all are a part of the Custom Layout option.
Step 1 - Choose the paper kit you want to use.  Options include current and previous paper series from CTMH.

Step 2 - Choose from nearly 80 layout designs (including 1 - 16 photos per spread).

Step 3 - Upload your photos.

Step 4 - Customize the spread.
a) Add embellishments
b) Change paper combinations
c) Add alpha, titles, tags, quotes, accent images or borders
d) Choose and apply a distressing option.

Step 5 - Add your photos and text.

Step 6 - Order JPEG files or printed & JPEG files and you're done!

Sparkle & Shine kit  (Fall/Winter 2013)

Claire kit

Boo! kit

Boo! kit

For more information on Studio J, contact me at:

Email - 

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Host a gathering, get FREE STUFF!!!!!

The new Spring/Summer hostess rewards will be available in February.

If you host a party, you can get Hostess only stamps for greatly reduced prices.  The images below are all made with Hostess exclusive stamps.



You can also get Hostess Collections (or other product) for 50%.

Features new Lollydoodle paper

Features new Base & Bling items plus new Arianna paper 

Features new Timberline paper
Book a CTMH party for February or March now by contacting me at

Something for the crafter in everyone.... countdown to the Spring/Summer 2014 catalogue

Beginning February 1, the Close to my Heart Spring/Summer 2014 product will be available.

As always there's exciting new stamps, papers and tools.  However, new to this catalog are some exciting new products or product expansions.

1) Picture My Life - Inspired by the photo album sleeve craze (think Project Life), these six fantastic collections can be used with existing paper lines, Studio J layouts and more.  They are made for people who love the scrapbook look but don't have the time for full on scrapbooking.

Unlike other products of this sort from other companies, these packages come with the protector sleeves, a 12x12 cover page and a great assortment (without much duplication) of the great journaling and image cards.

The Picture My Life series includes: Avonlea, Babycakes, Chantilly, Laughing Lola, Later SK8R, and Surf's Up (which coordinate with previous/existing paper lines) and the new Balloon Ride and Skylark.

2) Base & Bling - Create your own jewelry combinations with the exciting additions to the Base & Bling line.

To order check out my online site:

Or to book a party with many hostess benefits, email me at

Monday, January 13, 2014

January specials

January is National Scrapbooking Month. 

This month only if you order $35 worth of Close to my Heart product, you can purchase the Cloud 9 cardmaking kit for only $15!  This kit contains a D size stamp set (worth $17.95), plus the instructions, paper and supplies to make the cards. If you are not a cardmaker, you can use the supplies to make scrapbook pages or other paper crafts.

To see more of this kit, check out:

If you order $50 worth of product, you qualify to purchase the Stamp of the Month for only $5! (normally $17.95)  If you purchased the $35 worth of product plus the $15 card kit, you will qualify for the $5 Stamp of the Month as well since your total order is $50.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

A Scrapbooking Pajama Party!!!!!

What fun and all from the comfort of your own home - an online scrapbooking pajama party.  Here are the details:

Close To My Heart is teaming up with Big Picture Classes again to bring you a live webcast with step-by-step instructions for making this Valentine’s Day scrapbook page. It’s the perfect way to showcase your precious photos of that special someone.

The free webcast will air Thursday, January 30 at 7:00 pm (MST). The Pajama Party will be available for FREE at on January 30, and will be archived after the event for future viewing.

If you would like to interact on the message board, participate in live chat, post to the gallery, download handouts, or enter any contests, you will need to log in to the Pajama Party “classroom” by creating a free account on the Big Picture Class website.

To make our “Lucky in Love” scrapbook page, you will want to have the following items—or similar products—on hand:
  • G1066 Workshops on the Go™ Sarita Scrapbooking Kit
  • X5935 Adventure Cardstock Combo Pack
  • 1385 White Daisy Cardstock
  • Z2106 Blush Exclusive Inks™ Pad
  • Z2170 Ruby Exclusive Inks™ Pad
  • Z1826 Hollyhock Zipper Lace
  • Z1807 Pink Glitter Gems
  • Z1850 Lagoon Houndstooth Washi Tape
  • Z1294 Sanding Kit
  • Z1151 3-D Foam Tape

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

A crafty New Year!

Happy New Year fellow crafters!

The holidays can be such a busy time but it is a time filled with so many moments and memories that cry out to be scrapbooked, SMASHED, or captured in a permanent record of some sort.

The new Spring/Summer Close to my Heart catalogue begins in February and let me tell you, there are some exciting new products to help you capture those holiday moments and memories in months to come.  Most notable is the Picture My Life series.  Inspired by the photo album and Project Life style of memory capturing, the Picture My Life series provides users with a quick and beautiful way to capture memories. 

Some advantages of the Picture My Life:
- fast
- easy
- customizable
- can be as creative as you desire
- coordinates with existing papers/series from CTMH
- coordinates with CTMH exclusive colours
- coordinates with Studio J layouts
- can be used alone or in conjunction with other styles of memory preservation (eg: scrapbooking, Studio J layouts etc.)

While I don't have any of the Picture My Life products yet, I spent my holiday crafting time experimenting with creating and combining My Crush style (SMASHing), Picture My Life style and Artbooking pages.  So much fun and so many quick possibilities!

Embellished Burlap Bags