01 December 2014

Cyber Monday Deals!


I'm making shopping for stamping and paper crafts supplies super easy.

1.  Email me an order ($25 or more) ** See NOTE below***
2.  Get FREE stuff

$25.00 - $39.99:  Choose ONE item from pages 170 or 171 FREE
$40.00 - $59.99:  Choose an A-size stamp set OR an ink pad OR any ONE item from page 172 or 173 FREE
$60.00 - $79.99:  Choose a B-size stamp set OR a paper pack OR an embossing folder FREE
$80.00 - $99.99:  Choose a C-size stamp set OR a card stock pack  FREE
$100 +:  Choose a D-size stamp set OR the Medium Organizer OR 2 embossing folders FREE

This offer is ONLY available for emailed orders.  It is NOT available through my shopping site.

EMAIL ME with your list of items to order and the FREE item you would like.  Include your mailing address.  I will contact you with your total owing and with instructions to pay by Credit Card, eTransfer, or PayPal.

This sale is ONE DAY ONLY.  It begins now and ends at midnight (PST) tonight.
NOTE:  Order requirements for FREE items are BEFORE shipping and taxes)

(Available to Canadian residents only.)

***NOTE***:  If you are taking advantage of CTMH's offer below DO NOT email me your order. DO place it on my business site!  I will contact you once I receive notification of your order on what FREE item(s)s you would like.  DO NOT add the FREE items to your online order or you will be charged for it.

For Cyber Monday ONLY, CTMH is selling their Cricut Collections for 20% OFF!!!!!


Close To My Heart is offering a Cyber Monday Sale on Monday, December 1, 2014. There has never been a better time to buy Close To My Heart’s exclusive Cricut® Collections for 20% off the retail price. Whether you love scrapbooking, cardmaking, or creating 3-D projects, our four exclusive Cricut® collections make the perfect addition to any craft room! Sale starts at midnight (MST) on December 1 and ends at 11:59 pm Monday night.

You can take advantage of this special deal on my Online Business Address - Orders placed on my business site must be submitted between 12:00 am and 11:59 pm (MST) on Monday, December 1 in order to get the discount on your selected Cricut® collections. Enjoy extra savings on Close To My Heart's exclusive Cricut® collections this Cyber Monday!

Cricut Collections are $109.00 before shipping and taxes. On Cyber Monday ONLY, they will be $21.80 off ($87.20 before shipping and taxes)! That is HUGE!!! savings.

Don't forget to click JOIN on the December Mystery Hostess button BEFORE completing your order and you'll be eligible for the random draw to be December's Hostess and receive the Hostess Rewards for December. Minimum $25 FREE stuff!

The Collections contain:

1 – Cartridge (700 images: Cards and Font)
3 – My Acrylix® D-size stamp sets
3 – 9" × 12" Dimensional Elements (3 sheets of different shapes) - except the Artfully Sent collection which has: 1 – 12" × 12" White Daisy Cardstock Pack

Check them out HERE

27 November 2014

BLACK FRIDAY - All weekend long!

It's Black Friday!!!

I've never done anything for Black Friday before so since November is my  Month Long Fun month, I thought I'd cap it off with something really special.

BUY TWO GET ONE FREE!!!!  Yep, you read that right. 

This offer applies to all stamp sets, ink pads, paper packs and cardstock packs.  Free item will be of equal or lesser value than the least expensive item.

You are welcome to mix and match as well. 

Choose 3 items from the above categories and the least expensive one will be FREE!
Choose 6 items from the above categories and TWO of the least expensive items will be FREE!
Choose 9 items from the above categories and THREE of the least expensive items will be FREE!

This offer is only available for orders that are emailed to me.  It is NOT available through my Close To My Heart shopping website.    EMAIL me with the list of items you want ordered.  Include your mailing address.  I will contact you with your order total and instructions on how to pay by credit card, eTransfer, or PayPal.

This sale begins Friday, November 28 and ends at midnight (Pacific Time) on November 30th.

REMEMBER - This offer is for emailed orders  only and is not available on my shopping site.  Clicking on the product links above will take you to my shopping website and is only for  your information.  DO NOT proceed to the checkout on the site.

*Offer available only to Canadian addresses.

08 November 2014

Month Long Fun! (Leading up to Black Friday and Cyber Monday)

I decided to have a little fun leading up to Black Friday and Cyber Monday and figured giving away FREE stuff all month long would be just the ticket.  

All during November YOU can get FREE stuff.  See? Fun!
Spend $50 or more from right now until November 27th and receive 2 FREE items from me (one you choose and one I choose). 
        November 8 – 11:  Receive a B-size stamp set of your choice -  ($10.95 value)
                         12 – 15:  Receive an Embossing Folder of your choice - ($9.75 value)
                        16 – 19:    Receive an Ink Pad of your choice – ($6.50 value)
                        20 – 23:  Receive one of our Glitter Paper packs of your choice - ($6.50 value)
                        24 – 27:  Receive one of our Shimmer Trims of your choice - ($5.50 value)
Yes, I know there are a few days missing at the end of that list that are on the calendar for November but I will tell you more about those later in the month.  Those days coincide exactly with Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday.  I have other plans for those days and you’re just going to have to wait and see what’s up.  Mwa ha ha ha!
In order to take advantage during the above days, email me your $50 (or more) order during the time frame of the free item you want, along with which set/color you would like free.  For example, if you are wanting a free embossing folder, email me your order between the 12th and 15th of the month.  Payment can be made by PayPal, eTransfer, Visa, Mastercard, or Amex.
Want more than one free item?  Order $100 or more ($50x2 equals two free items) during the above times and choose two of the free choices.  Example:  Want the glitter paper and an embossing folder?  Place your $100  or more order between November 20 and 23 and let me know what set/color you want for the two free items.
Planning on spending $150 or more?  You can also get $25 in Hostess Rewards (more free stuff!!!) plus the three free items of your choice from the list. (Orders over $150 must be placed through me to get the Hostess Rewards as my website will not automatically recognize the order as a Hostess Rewards order)
Don’t want to spend $50?  Any order you place during this promo that is over $25 will still receive the one free item from me. 
If you have any questions, please feel free to EMAIL me and I'll get back to you.  
If ordering on my website, DO NOT add the free items to your order or you will be charged for them as this is my own promotion and not through CTMH.  If you order through my website, email me with your choice of your free item or items and it/they will be sent separately.

(NOTE:  All order totals quoted are before shipping and taxes.)

PLUS!!!  Orders over $50 qualify for the Stamp of the Month for only $5 (before shipping and taxes).  Let me know if you want it added to your order when you email me.  

Have a wonderful day!

****  This promotion is through Lisa Padley, Independant Close To My Heart Consultant and is separate from any Corporate CTMH or other consultant offers.****

12 October 2014

First Birthday Card

I had given my grandson a store-bought card for the actual day of his First Birthday but when it came to party time, I just had to make it from scratch.  

Most of his room and many of his clothes are monkey themed so, of course, monkeys had to be a big part of the card.  

I cut the 1 and the # piece with our Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge using our Chocolate and Sky cardstock. The banners I just did by hand.  Those adorable little monkeys are from our (C1558) Wild Wonders stamp set, using Chocolate and Sky ink - an easy way to get just the right background for the card.  All edges have been inked with Chocolate ink, as well, just to give the card a little more dimension.

I also popped up the #1 with 3-D Foam Tape for a little more ooomph.  

Happy Birthday in Chocolate is from our (D1560) Holiday Tags stamp set.  

Just LOVE how the whole card came out .... and I didn't even use any bling!  Totally out of character for me.  Bling usually finds it's way onto my cards.  :-)

Thanks for looking!!!!

Happy Anniversary to Me!!! (and a winner!!!!)

Congratulations to Lisa I. who won September Mystery Hostess!!!!  Will send you an email and you can let me know how you want to spend your $25 in FREE products.

The October Mystery Hostess is set up on my business site if you want to get in on the October one.  $25 (or more) in FREE product could be yours!!!  Either order from MY SITE or send me an EMAIL with your order for your chance to enter the random drawing.

Speaking of October ..... The end of this month marks my 6th year as a Close To My Heart Consultant.  Happy Anniversary to me!!!!!  :-)

It's my anniversary, but YOU are going to receive the gifts. Send me your order for $55 or more and not only will you receive this month's promotion from CTMH for FREE but I will also send you October's Stamp of the Month for FREE (normally would cost you $7.80 (with shipping and taxes included). 

This month's campaign from Close To My Heart is a FREE roll of one of our Chevron Ribbons.  You will receive either a roll of Ruby or Outdoor Denim Chevron Ribbon with a retail value of  $7.75.  The fun part is - you won't know which you are getting.

Regardless of which color you receive, it's beautiful stuff!

I LOVE the October Stamp of the Month. It is super cute and just in time to make some lovely Christmas cards and/or gift tags.  That's my plan, at least.  :-)

My offer is only good until the end of this month so don't wait too long!  The ribbon promotion is only while supplies last.

Happy Fall!!!!

30 August 2014

First Birthday Party Favor

Our grandson turned one in the middle of August and I wanted to add a little something to his party on top of everything his parents already had planned. 

The party theme was Monkey as it is their pet name for him so I went with the theme and did this ......

They turned out better than I anticipated.  

The 250ml chocolate milk is from our local dairy, Blackwell Dairy, and were  the perfect size for what I wanted to do.  

I removed the label and wrapped the container with our Babycakes patterned paper and then on regular Colonial White cardstock, I stamped the monkeys using C1558 - Wild Wonders stamp set, and the sentiment using D1407 - Piece of Cake stamp set (retired).  I used Chocolate Ink since it was the perfect Monkey color and went with the chocolate milk, too!

For the lid I just punched some circles into the Babycakes paper and then overlapped that with a monkey stamped circle. Fit perfectly.

Thanks for looking!

24 August 2014

Make and Take card directions from Open House

For all you lovely ladies who were not able to make it to my Open House, here are the directions to put your card together.

1.  Make sure you have all the pieces. (Somehow I forgot to put some pieces in some of the envelopes so hopefully you got a complete one LOL)  The card base is cut from Champagne cardstock, the reds are Ruby cardstock and the patterned papers are from the NEW Yuletide Carol paper pack which I am finding VERY versatile and not just for Christmas papercrafts.

2.  Attach the sentiment to its base so that it is centered.  The sentiment is D1542 - For a Friend.  This stamp set coordinates with the CTMH Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge.  I stamped the sentiment in Ruby Ink.

3.  Attach large banner to it's corresponding base so that the top of the two pieces line up - as shown in picture.  

4.  Do the same with the small banners.  The small banners you will need to start at the pointy ends to have a little space showing - as in picture - as there may be some trimming needed  at the top in some of the kits.

5.  Emboss your rectangle of Colonial White cardstock with your favorite embossing folder.  I used the CTMH Floral one.  I am LOVING our embossing folders.  They get a really deep impression and the folders are larger than what I've found with other manufacturers.  LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!!

6.  Attached embossed piece to the Ruby cardstock rectangle.  

7.  Attach that piece to the card base.  

8,  Attach large banner to the card.  The top of the banner should line up with the TOP of the embossed piece and be centered between the two sides.

9.  Attach the two small banners.  Attach them so they are about 1 inch from the bottom of the big banner, lining up the patterned papers of the small banners with the patterned paper of the large banner as shown in picture.  

10.  Attach sentiment over the two smaller banners so that the top of the sentiment is approx 3/4 of an inch from the top of the card.  

11.  Add one gem ( Z1752 - Sparkles Clear Assortment ) to each of the four "corners" of the sentiment - on the Ruby one - and you are DONE!

I have an extra seven card kits left if anyone wants to put one of their own together. The price includes the card kit - pre-cut and pre-stamped - plus an envelope for mailing out to whomever you want.  :-)

There are two options available - one if you want to pick the kit up, the other if you are from out of town and want it mailed to you.

Card Kit

04 August 2014

Picture My Life™ scrapbooking programs

Aside from being a quick, functional way to preserve your memories (I am making TWO albums for my grandson's great-grandmothers), the cards from the Picture My Life sets make amazing cards and traditional scrapbook pages.  Embellish them or use them as is.

The best part is that each Picture My Life kit comes with the divided page protectors and they ALL coordinate with our patterned papers and cardstock!  I LOVE these kits.

Watch the video .... you won't regret it.  I will try and get some of my projects, that I made for my Open House, posted in the next couple of days.

Contact me or go to my website, to order your own Picture My Life collection

07 May 2014

Let's Get Ready to Bundle!!!!

Yep, you read that right! CTMH has put together FIVE bundle packages.  There is something in there for everyone.  :-)

Each of these bundles puts you over the $50 qualifying purchase to be able to get the National Scrapbooking Paper Packet for only $5 ($11.95 value) and the May Stamp of the Month ($17.95 value) at $5.

Check them out at your leisure HERE

Read on and see what each one contains - then read on about my personal special for the month of May!!!!

#1 - STAMPING BASICS COLLECTION - $65.30 (Retails for $70.30):

Outdoor Denim Exclusive Inks™ Pad (Z2140)
New England Ivy Exclusive Inks™ Pad (Z2135)
Ruby Exclusive Inks™ Pad (Z2170)
Honey Exclusive Inks™ Pad (Z2162)
Smokey Plum Exclusive Inks™ Pad (Z2147)
My Acrylix™ Quick Cards—Japanese Blossom (A1155)
My Acrylix™ Quick Cards—Island Greetings (A1157)
My Acrylix™ Spritz Cleaner (1778)
My Acrylix™ Stamp Scrubber (Z1782)
My Acrylix™ Organizer (Z1038)

#2 - CARDMAKER'S QUICK START $72.35 (Retails for $78.25):

Cotton Candy Exclusive Inks™ Pad (Z2193)
Lagoon Exclusive Inks™ Pad (Z2195)
My Acrylix™ Belated Birthday (B1442)
My Acrylix™ Big Hug (D1584)
2" x 2" My Acrylix™ Block (Y1003)
2" x 3 1/2" My Acrylix™ Block (Y1009)
White Card and Envelopes Value Pack (X254)
Pink Glitter Paper (Z1922)
Baker’s Twine Paradise Assortment (Z1702)

#3 - STAMPING SCRAPBOOKER'S DELIGHT $$132.10 (Retails for $142.10):

Slate Exclusive Inks™ Pad (Z2173)
Desert Sand Exclusive Inks™ Pad (Z2118)
My Acrylix™ Believe in Yourself (C1574)
My Acrylix™ Hopscotch Alphabet (E1028)
My Acrylix™ LOL (A1159)
3" x 3" My Acrylix™ Block (Y1006)
Bonding Memories™ Glue (1512)
Liquid Glass (Z679)
VersaMat™ (Z1279)
Memory Protectors™ Side Load Value Pack (Z1977)
Memory Protectors™ 4" x 6" Flip Flaps™ (Z4114)
Paper Fundamentals Basics Assortment (Z1939)

#4 - MEMORY KEEPING FUNDAMENTALS $133.40 (Retails for $143.40:

Timberline Paper Packet (X7182B)
Timberline Complements (X7182C)
Timberline Assortment (Z3005)
Skylark Paper Packet (X7177B)
Skylark Complements (X7177C)
Skylark Assortment (Z3000)
Bonding Memories™ Glue (1512)
Memory Protectors™ Side Load Value Pack (Z1977)
Cherish™ Scrapbook Program (9038)
3-D Foam Tape (Z1151)
Scallop Border Punch (Z1851)
Corner Rounder (Z1912)
Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen (Z1979)
Metallics Markers (Z1768)
Sparkles Flourishes (Z1708)
Teal Shimmer Trim (Z1918)
Chocolate Woodgrain Washi Tape (Z1930)
Keyboard Kraft Alphabet (Z1825)

#5 - ESSENTIAL TOOL KIT $71.05 (Retails for $76.05):

Medium Organizer (Z4139)
Craft Boxes (Z4137)
Dot Embossing Folder (Z1924)
Chevron Embossing Folder (Z1925)
Stitch Guide (Z1852)
Piercing Tool Kit (Z1114)
Sanding Kit (Z1294)
Bone Folder (Z1204)
Spray Pens (Z1380)
Create-a-Shade™ Pearl Paint (Z1039)


Purchase the "You've Got A Friend"  D-size stamp set, available for one month only, for just $5 (that’s over 70% off retail!) when you place an order of $50 or more in Close To My Heart products.


During National Scrapbooking Month in May, you can get the Free to Be Me paper collection for just $5 with your qualifying purchase of $50. The paper collection features exclusive printed cardstocks, vellums, and B&T Duos™ and, with a retail value of $11.95, is a fantastic deal for products you can’t get anywhere else. Plus, with your $50 qualifying purchase, you will also qualify for the May Stamp of the Month for an additional $5 (retail value $17.95)! This means May is the perfect month to double up on promotions, getting the paper collection for $5 and the May Stamp of the Month for $5—that is a savings of nearly $20! So make sure to get your Free to Be Me paper collection in May for just $5 and let your creativity take flight!


May is Mystery Hostess Month!

Place an order of $30 or more (before shipping and taxes) and have your name entered into the random draw to be the lucky recipient of the FREE Hostess Rewards of your choice ($25 or more, depending on total sales).  Everyone who makes a qualifying purchase will have their name put into the drawing and, on May 30, I will draw ONE name to be the "Hostess" for the month.

For every $30 you spend (before shipping and taxes), your name will be put in.  For example:  place an order of $60 and your name goes in twice and etc.  (Psst!!  Any one of the kits above would qualify you for at least two entries - Just sayin')

Go to MY WEBSITE to place your order - or - CONTACT ME to place your order.

Are you on my email list?  Lucky you!  I have another promotion just for you.  (Newsletter to follow).  Not on the list?  CONTACT ME to be added!!

05 April 2014

One Heck of an Amazingly Great Deal!!!!

How would you like $300 worth of Close To My Heart products for only $99???

New Consultant Kit.  Click HERE to see a list of contents.

How would you like to get one of our Cricut Cartridge collections absolutely FREE???

Artbooking Collection
Art Philosophy Collection

Artiste Collection

Usually when something sounds too good to be true, it is.  In this case, however, it IS true!  It's the best deal from Close To My Heart that I have seen in  years!

Join my team in the month of April and not only will you receive the New Consultant Kit for only $99 (retail value of $300+) but you can choose from one of our Cricut Collections for FREE (another $99 value - retail value of nearly $125)

So you are getting over $400 worth of product for only $99 (plus shipping and taxes) so you are saving 75% off the retail price of everything you are getting !!!!

Each Cricut Collection comes with a Cricut cartridge with over 700 images. three co-ordinating D-size stamp sets, and three co-ordinating 12"x9" Dimensional Elements sheets.

The hardest part will be choosing which collection you want.  :-)

To take advantage of this amazing offer, visit my site and sign up.  Go! Now! Hurry before April is over!

30 March 2014

Heartified: Christmas in March? Why not!

Have I ever mentioned I LOVE Christmas?  Especially making Christmas cards?

Well, this one by Barbara Anders caught my eye on Pinterest and since I still have some scraps of the Sparkle and Shine patterned paper, this seemed like the ideal card to use some of those up.  :-)

Supplies (all CTMH unless specified):
Stamp Sets: D1562 Frosted Card Making Workshop
Patterned Paper: Sparkle and Shine
Cardstock: Ruby, Colonial White
Inks:  Ruby
Embellishments: Z1330 Mistletoe Assortment, Z1104 Sparkles

Heartified: Spiders to Snowflakes

I absolutely loved this card by Melinda Spinks when I found it on Pinterest!  Simple but lots of character.  I'm not much for Halloween but I definitely love Christmas so I turned it into a Christmas card.  Getting a very early head start to my Christmas card making.  :-)

The patterned paper I chose for the square had a lot of white in it so it didn't really pop off the white card base I used so I  distressed the edges using the ruby ink.

The snowflakes were muted a bit by stamping of on a scrap paper before stamping on the cardstock so they wouldn't overpower the rest of the card.  The snowflake piece and the round "flakes" were all popped up using dimensional adhesive.

And, of course, a little bling one each of the round "flakes".  I drew dotted lines to show the path of the falling "flake" since they really don't fall straight down.

I don't normally, but decided to dress up the inside of the card a little, too.  Trying to use up ALL the scraps that are left over after making a layout or card, so this was one way to do that.  :-)

Supplies (all CTMH unless specified):
Stamp Sets: D1480 Snowflakes ; 
Patterned Paper: Sparkle and Shine
Cardstock: White Daisy
Inks:  Ruby

17 February 2014

Frosted Scapbooking Workshop on the Go

I know it's not fair to be posting WOTG that are no longer available but I am trying to use up retired papers before I dig into my newer ones.  Plus, it was one of the page kits I had put together for the crop I couldn't go to.  Glad I didn't save this one for the next crop.  I made a few Ooopsies that needed some creative fixing and I wouldn't have had the tools there that I have here at my disposal.

15 February 2014

Babycakes featuring my handsome grandson

Today was supposed to be filled with meeting new people, eating pizza and a whole lot of cropping.  Did you notice the 'supposed'???

Instead of having a fun-filled day at an all-day crop, I am home with one doozy of a chest cold.  A hurts-too-much-to-cough kind of chest cold.

So, I am spending my day in the warmest room in my house - my craft room - courtesy of my dish heater.  I'm not getting as much done as I MAY have at the crop, but I am getting some crafting done.

Did this layout this morning and am working on another one but got tired of poking pieces out of Cricut cut snowflakes.  Took five minutes for one 6 inch piece and still have two to go.  LOL

Supplies (all CTMH unless specified):
Stamp Sets: D1569 Babycakes Scrapbooking Workshop
Patterned Paper:  Babycakes
Cardstock:  Colonial White, Slate, Lagoon, Sunset, Kraft
Inks:  Slate, Lagoon, Sunset
Embellishments: Babycakes Assortment, Bronze Shimmer Trim

05 January 2014

2013's Xmas Cards

I did five different cards this year to send out.  Here are four of the five.  I procrastinated big time this year so they are all CASEd cards.

Normally I start making my Christmas cards the day after Remembrance Day but this year I put it off until the end of November.  Bad Lisa!

I wasn't feeling overly inspired this time around so CASEing seemed the way to go and with the wonderfulness that is Pinterest, I found some that I loved. 

Of course, once I had them all addressed and mailed out - all 50 of them - I just couldn't stop making Christmas cards.  They area one of my favorite to do.  Oh well.  At least I have a jump on next years cards.  LOL

So .... without further adieu, here they are (only showing four as the fifth is using non-CTMH products).

This card was CASEd from Nancy and the original can be found on her blog HERE.  The only difference is the sentiment.
Supplies (all CTMH unless specified):
Stamp Sets: S1310 Scandinavian Wishes
Patterned Paper:  Sparkle and Shine
Cardstock:  Colonial White
Inks:  Ruby
EmbellishmentsBase and Bling Red Jewels, Sparkle and Shine Washi tape
This one is from Blythe and the original card can be found HERE.    Her card was square, which I personally don't like doing.  I made it a standard size card but found that it had a lot of empty space since the card was now bigger and I didn't want to have just the numbers filling it, so I added snowflakes in between. Like the look much better.
Supplies (all CTMH unless specified):
Stamp SetsD1552 Magical Days
Patterned Paper: Sparkle and Shine 
Cardstock:  White Daisy, Ruby, Silver Glitter
Inks:  Black, Ruby
Other:  Scallop circle punches (SU) 

This one was from Lorrinda.  It was a card she did in 2012.  You can view the original HERE.  The fun part is that she CASEd the card from Lisa Stenz, one of my fave CTMH Consultants.  Lisa's blog can be found HERE.
Supplies (all CTMH unless specified):
Stamp Sets: don't remember
Patterned PaperFrosted
Cardstock:  White Daisy, Frosted Turquoise
Inks:  Black
Other: Art Philosophy  and Artiste Cricut cartridges

Another fave CTMH Consultant with big talent is Vicki and this card is CASEd from here.  The original card is HERE.  I didn't have the right border punch for the card so just used my scallop border punch instead.
Supplies (all CTMH unless specified):
Stamp Sets: C1560 Wintry Wishes
Patterned PaperFrosted 
Cardstock:  White Daisy, Crystal Blue
Inks:  Black, Crystal Blue
Markers:  Crystal Blue
Embellishments:  Bling Buttons, Silver Glitter Gel
Other:  Branch punch (Martha Stewart), Scallop border punch