Get These Items Before Prices Go Up!

I wanted to be sure to let you know that there will be a few price increases going into effect with the new Idea Book on August 1st.  So if you need any of these items you will want to place your order now.   Also keep in mind there are a lot of items retiring on July 31st you can find those items HERE.

Item                                             Item#                Current Price        New Price        Increase
All Colored Stamp Pads           various                     $5.25                 $5.95                $0.70
All Colored Reinkers                various                      $4.25                $4.95                $0.70
White Daisy Stamp Pad            Z2163                       $6.95                $7.50                $0.55
Colonial White Stamp Pad       Z2168                       $6.95                $7.50                $0.55
White Daisy Reinker                 Z2263                       $4.95                $5.50                $0.55
Colonial White Reinker            Z2268                       $4.95                $5.50                $0.55
Archival Black Stamp Pad        44751                       $5.95                 $7.50                $1.55
Bonding Memories Glue           1512                         $6.95                 $7.95                 $1.00
My Acrylix Spritz Cleaner         1778                         $4.25                $4.95                 $0.70
Blending Pen                                 3174                         $3.95                $4.50                 $0.55
Watercolor Pencils                     3505                        $22.95              $26.95               $4.00
Sanding Kit                                    Z1294                      $3.50                $4.95                 $1.45
Edge Distresser                           Z1297                      $2.50                $3.95                $1.45
Ruler                                               Z1471                       $9.95                $11.95               $2.00
Stitch Guide                                  Z1852                      $12.95              $13.95               $1.00
Sponge Daubers (3 pack)          Z726                        $3.95                $4.50                $0.55
Sponge Daubers Value Pack     Z1938                     $14.95              $16.95               $2.00
My Acrylix Organizer                 Z1038                     $12.95              $14.95               $2.00
Small Organizer                          Z4138                     $12.95               $14.95               $2.00
Medium Organzier                     Z4139                     $16.95               $19.95               $3.00
Large Organizer                          Z1834                     $22.95              $24.95               $2.00
12×12 My Legacy Faux               Z1342                      $24.95             $29.95              $5.00
Leather Album – Dark Chocolate
12×12 My Legacy Faux               Z1346                     $24.95              $29.95               $5.00
Leather Album – Outdoor Denim

Happy Crafting!


Convention is Over, Now Back to Reality

Wow – Awesome -Inspiring – Exciting – Fun – Magical – Okay I am sure you are getting the picture now.  I am still on my Disneyland high.  It was such a wonderful experience going to the Close to My Heart convention this year.

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I learned so much and was inspired by all the many talented consultants out there.  But one of the best things was getting to see the new Annual Inspirations Idea Book for  2014-2015.  There are so many awesome new products that I will not be able to cover them all.  I will give you a taste of what to come with the following highlights.

  • 9 new paper packs including a Halloween one which I am super excited about.  I really love then all!
  • Workshops on the go – 7 scrapbook and 2 cards
  • Tons of new stamp sets
  • Artfully Sent – the new Cricut cartridge which focus is card making but can do so much more!
  • 5 new Picture My Life kits which can be used for so much more so stayed tune.
  • 3 new My Crush albums
  • Quick kits which are so super – these kits will simplify your card making by making all the cuts for you all you need to do is stamp and assemble.  Now if you to do more than the kit has you can order more of the pre-cut paper and cards.
  • Awesome new Home Decor items
  • New styles of the base and bling
  • New embellishments – stars, hearts, washi, and ribbon just to name a few.
  • Fundamentals papers in all the color assortments
  • Designer Creations for party/gifts
  • 4 new embossing folders
  • The return of heat embossing
  • New ShinHan Touch Twin markers in 24 colors
  • new boarder punches

Whew – I am exhausted just thinking about all this awesomeness! If you want an idea book before August 1st.  Be sure you place an order with me for $30 or more and I will send or deliver you your new Annual Inspirations.


Happy  Crafting!


Retiring items

Wow can you believe it that time again when items will start to be retiring form the current idea book??? Well it is here…. I am posting the items which will be retiring and will be on a while supplies last basis, but once July 31 rolls around they will be gone. I do want to point out a couple of things

1) all the paper packs will be retiring with Spring/Summer Idea Book – that is right the new idea book will have all new papers

2) A couple of the stamp colors are being retired – Blush, Sky, Twilight, Creme Brulee and Buttercup

3) Only a few stamp sets are being retired

Here is the complete list:

Item  #                                                                          Description

Z1789                                       Chalkboard  12″  x  12″  Sheet,  Adhesive-­‐backed
Z1832                                       Spinner
Z1843                                       Irresistibles™  Frames
Z1844                                       Color-­‐Ready  Trinkets  Wooden  Shapes
Z1858                                       Irresistibles™  Hexagons
Z1863                                       Color-­‐Ready  Midtown  Cork  Shapes
X7170C                                    Laughing  Lola  Complements  Dimensional  Elements
X7171C                                    Sarita  My  Stickease®  Assortment
X7172C                                    ProPlayer  My  Stickease®  Assortment
X7173C                                    Babycakes  Complements  Canvas  Shapes
X7177C                                    Skylark  Dimensional  Elements  Complements
X7178C                                    Ivy  Lane  My  Stickease®  Assortment
X7179C                                    Ariana  Dimensional  Elements  Complements
X7180C                                    Balloon  Ride  Dimensional  Elements  Complements
X7181C                                    Jubilee  Dimensional  Elements  Complements
X7182C                                    Timberline  My  Stickease®  Assortment
X7183C                                    Lollydoodle  My  Stickease®  Assortment
Z1039                                       Create  A  Shade  Pearl  Paint
Z1825                                       Keyboard  Kraft  Alphabet
Z1835                                       Tiny  Type  Epoxy  Alphabet
Z1961                                       Marquee  Enamel  Shapes–White
Z1891                                       Base  &  Bling  Teal  Jewels
Z1892                                       Base  &  Bling  Black  Jewels
Z1893                                       Base  &  Bling  Red  Jewels
Z1894                                       Base  &  Bling  Pink  Jewels
Z1895                                       Base  &  Bling  Purple  Jewels
Z1854                                       Laughing  Lola  Assortment
Z1869                                       Babycakes  Assortment
Z1873                                       Sarita  Assortment
Z1879                                       ProPlayer  Assortment
Z3000                                       Skylark  Assortment
Z3001                                       Ivy  Lane  Assortment
Z3002                                       Ariana  Assortment
Z3003                                       Balloon  Ride  Assortment
Z3004                                       Jubilee  Assortment
Z3005                                       Timberline  Assortment
Z3006                                       Lollydoodle  Assortment
Z1837                                       Mini-­‐Medley  Accents  Wooden  Collection
Z1702                                       Baker’s  Twine  Paradise  Assortment
Z1751                                       Harvest  Baker’s  Twine
Z1760                                       Burlap  Ribbon
Z1808                                       Outdoor  Denim  Chevron  Ribbon
Z1817                                       Slate  Polka-­‐Dot  Washi  Tape
Z1826                                       Hollyhock  Zipper  Lace
Z1846                                       Ruby  Chevron  Ribbon
Z1850                                       Lagoon  Houndstooth  Washi  Tape
Z1867                                       Jute  Ribbon
Z1917                                       Lagoon  Zipper  Lace
Z1930                                       Chocolate  Woodgrain  Washi  Tape
Z1343                                       12  x  12  Post  Bound  Album-­‐  Cranberry
Z1344                                       12  x  12  Post  Bound  Album-­‐  Hollyhock
Z1345                                       12  x  12  Post  Bound  Album-­‐  Black
Z1348                                       WIP  12×12  Album-­‐  Chocolate
Z1911                                       Designed  Décor  Frame  Kit
Z1874                                       Base  &  Bling  Necklace
Z1875                                       Base  &  Bling  Cuff
Z1876                                       Base  &  Bling  Hair  Clips
Z1877                                       Base  &  Bling  Rings
Z1878                                       Base  &  Bling  Headband
Z1195                                       My  Creations  Memory  Showcase  6×6
Z1647                                       My  Creations®  Card  Box
Z1797                                       My  Creations®  Bracket  Frame
Z1868                                       My  Creations®  Kraft  Ring  Box
Z1870                                       My  Creations®  Kraft  Pocket  Album
X1404                                       TrueFitFolios(5)
Z1820                                       For  Always  Textiles
Z1885                                       Sarita  Textiles
Z1970                                       Skylark  Textiles
Z1971                                       Jubilee  Textiles
Z1801                                       Alcohol  Blending  Marker
Z2400                                       Marker  Set:  Twilight
Z2401                                       Marker  Set:  Crystal  Blue
Z2402                                       Marker  Set:  Sky
Z2403                                       Marker  Set:  Juniper
Z2404                                       Marker  Set:  Sweet  Leaf
Z2405                                       Marker  Set:  Buttercup
Z2406                                       Marker  Set:  Creme  Brulee
Z2407                                       Marker  Set:  Sorbet
Z2408                                       Marker  Set:  Blush
Z2409                                       Marker  Set:  Smoothie
Z2410                                       Marker  Set:  Gypsy
Z2411                                       Marker  Set:  Pacifica
Z2412                                       Marker  Set:  Lagoon
Z2413                                       Marker  Set:  Topiary
Z2414                                       Marker  Set:  Pear
Z2415                                       Marker  Set:  Honey
Z2416                                       Marker  Set:  Sunset
Z2417                                       Marker  Set:  Cotton  Candy
Z2418                                       Marker  Set:  Hollyhock
Z2419                                       Marker  Set:  Cranberry
Z2420                                       Marker  Set:  Smokey  Plum
Z2421                                       Marker  Set:  Outdoor  Denim
Z2422                                       Marker  Set:  Indian  Corn  Blue
Z2423                                       Marker  Set:  Ponderosa  Pine
Z2424                                       Marker  Set:  New  England  Ivy
Z2425                                       Marker  Set:  Olive
Z2426                                       Marker  Set:  Goldrush
Z2427                                       Marker  Set:  Autumn  Terracotta
Z2428                                       Marker  Set:  Barn  Red
Z2429                                       Marker  Set:  Ruby
Z2430                                       Marker  Set:  Black
Z2431                                       Marker  Set:  Slate
Z2432                                       Marker  Set:  Whisper
Z2206                                       Reinker  Blush
Z2210                                       Reinker  Buttercup
Z2260                                       Reinker  Twilight
Z2267                                       Reinker  Crème  Brulee
Z2294                                       Reinker  Sky
Z2106                                       Stamp  Pad  Blush
Z2110                                       Stamp  Pad  .Buttercup
Z2160                                       Stamp  Pad  Twilight
Z2167                                       Stamp  Pad  Crème  Brulee
Z2194                                       Stamp  Pad  Sky
Z2500                                       Whimsy  Mini  Pigment  Set
Z4133                                       Marker  Tower
1271                                          Cardstock12x12Buttercup
X5640                                       Cardstock12x12Blush
X5666                                       Cardstock12x12Twilight
X5754                                       Cardstock12x12CremeBrulee
X5761                                       Cardstock  12×12  Sky
X5936                                       Whimsy  Cardstock  Combo
X7170B                                    Laughing  Lola  Paper  Packet
X7171B                                    Sarita  Paper  Packet
X7172B                                    ProPlayer  Paper  Packet
X7173B                                    Babycakes  Paper  Packet
X7177B                                    Skylark  Paper  Packet
X7178B                                    Ivy  Lane  Paper  Packet
X7179B                                    Ariana  Paper  Packet
X7180B                                    Balloon  Ride  Paper  Packet
X7181B                                    Jubilee  Paper  Packet
X7182B                                    Timberline  Paper  Packet
X7183B                                    Lollydoodle  Paper  Packet
1514                                          Tombow  Adhesive
1515                                          Tombow  Adhesive  Refill
Z1311                                        Circle  Punch  1  1/4
Z338                                          Euro  Personal  Paper  Trimmer
Z1114                                       Piercing  Tool  Kit
A1130                                       Quick  Cards-­‐Bountiful  Season
A1143                                       Teddy  Bear  Birthday
A1144                                       Birthday  Cheer
A1145                                       Flowering  Thanks
A1158                                       Doodle  Signs
A1160                                       This  Is  Good
B1407                                       School  Is  Here
B1411                                       Greek  Alphabet
B1425                                       Stitched  with  Love
B1426                                       Pick  a  Posy
B1446                                       Some  Bunny
B1447                                       A  Mother’s  Love
B1448                                       My  Hero
B1451                                       Enjoy  the  Little  Things
C1473                                       Remarkable  Wreath
C1510                                       Merry  &  Bright
C1524                                       Words  of  Comfort
C1555                                       Count  Your  Blessings
C1563                                       Cityscape
C1572                                       On  Holiday  (Australia  Only)
D1483                                       Glory  To  God
D1514                                       Just  a  Number
D1551                                       Swirls  Around
D1557                                       Candyland
D1564                                       Maximum  Power
D1583                                       Unicorn  Dreams

Be sure you don’t miss out on these products go to my website now and order them now!

Happy Crafting!


Countdown to Spring/Summer Idea Book ~2

We are so close… only two more days and then you can order some of these new products I have been showcasing the past 10 days.

Today I am featuring one of my favorite stamps.  As you may know animals have always been a big part of my life and so I gravitate to most animals but dogs, foxes, moose and wolves are my favorite.  So I was really excited to see the Do Your Best C1573 stamp set….


I look forward to using it in some scrapbook layouts particularly of photos I have from Wolf Haven and when I went on the Wolf Discovory tour in Yellow Stone a couple of years ago. (yes, I am years behind in scrapbooking but I keep plugging hoping that one day I can catch up ~in my dreams 😉 )  Since I am not ready to do those scrapbook pages yet but now I have motivation. I started with a card for now to get your interest up.

CTMH Do Your Best ~ birthday card

To create this great masculine birthday card I used Chocolate and Colonial White Cardstock with the new Timberline paper pack.  The sentiment shape was cut using my Silhouette.  I used the Chocolate bakers twine from the neutral assortment which will be retiring Z1701 and the antiqued copper studs are from the Mini-Melody Accents Rosewood Collection Z1857.  The happy birthday sentiment is from Joyful Birthdays B1419.

Happy Crafting!

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Countdown to Spring/Summer Idea Book~ 3

We are getting so close…. There are only three days left to order the retiring items and take advantage of the Cloud Nine promotion.  Be sure to take a look here.

Today I will be showcasing on of the new stamp sets from the new idea book ~ Owls B1450


Isn’t this a fun stamp set?  It can be used for so many craft projects.  I designed two cards to give you an idea.

Owls ~ Tree

For this card I created the background by a dauber to apply the ink to the card base and cloud cut outs as a mask.  For the tree I used our Chocolate Woodgrain Washi tape Z1930 over a rectangle of Saddle cardstock.  I then cut the tree shape and punched a circle in the center of the tree.  I also used one other new product the Black & Grey Epoxy Bubbles Z1935 for the eyes. The leaves were cut on my Silhouette in Topiary and New England Ivy cardstock

Owls ~ Hoot Hoot Horray

For this card I used Kraft, Topiary, Indian Corn Blue and Honey cardstock.  I used the Geometric Background  D1553 and the Chocolate Woodgrain Washi tape Z 1930.

The possibilities are endless with this stamp set.  It will also be cute in scrapbook layouts too.

Happy Crafting!

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Countdown to Spring/Summer Idea Book ~ 4

Welcome back to my countdown to the Spring/Summer Idea Book.  We are only 4 days away until you can order the new products.

Today I will be showcasing two new products Lagoon Zipper Lace Z1917 and White Marquee Enamel Shapes Z1961.

Lagoon Zipper Lace White Marquee Enamel Shapes

I have been doing a one page scrapbook page representing each of my son’s first 12  months.  On each month I choose one 5 X 7 photo and highlight the milestones from that month.  Since I have started designing my layouts and having my photos printed using Studio J, my layouts are finished before I get my photos.  I really like doing it this way so when I am designing the layout if I need a photo that is smaller or larger then I just pick the size using the no limits layout in Studio J.  Before I would pick mostly 4 X 6 photos and then realize I wanted it in a different size like 3 x 3 or 2 x 2 and the photo would not work so I would have to have it reprinted anyway.  Now I don’t waste with printing photos I don’t use.

11 months using zipper lace

With this layout I used several paper packs – Later Sk8er, Surfs Up, Footloose and Chantilly.  I also used the stamp set One-Way Border stamp set C1561.  To create the splatter I used Lagoon, Sweet Leaf and Outdoor Denim re-inkers.  I used the techniques that are described at the end of the Artbooking Made Easy video ~ Love, Love, Love which I posted on my blog here.  Instead of using a dauber I used Q-tips so the dots could be smaller and then use a little flick to the Q-tip which was heavily soaked to create the smaller splatters.

Happy Crafting!

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Countdown to Spring/Summer Idea book ~ 8

Are you ready to see another creation using new items for the Spring/Summer 2014 Idea Book?   Well here we go.

I did design a couple items using the Skylark Paper pack X7177B which I really love, don’t you?

Skylark Paper Pack

The colors are so wonderful and happy.  For my next  creation I used the Believe in Yourself Stamp Set C1574 and the Skylark WOTG Stamp Set

Believe in Yourself  Skylark WOTG D1591wm

I think I am hooked on the Pop-up Box cards I designed this one first.  The second one I designed one for my husband’s birthday and you can check out that post here.

Skylark pop up box

Be sure to keep checking back each day for new creations and to see some of the new product.

Happy Crafting!

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Retiring in 2014

Well with everyone gearing up for their Black Friday deals I thought I would let you know that Close to My Heart has put out their retiring list.  As you know with every new idea book we must say goodbye to some of the products we love to make way for the new ones.  This year CTMH has added a link on our websites which show you all the items which will retire with the launch of the Spring/Sumer 2014 idea book.  Take a look and make a list to give to your love ones as ideas to purchase for you for Christmas.  Just click on this LINK to go directly to that list.


Happy Crafting!

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Close to My Heart Cricut Collections

Have you wanted to purchase one of the exclusive Close to My Heart Cricut cartridge – Art Philosophy, Artise and/or Artbooking?   Not sure which one would be best for your paper crafting needs?  Each of these exclusive cartridges contain 700 images which are unique to each cartridge.  Each Close to My Heart Collection comes with three exclusive “D” sized stamp sets and three dimensional elements which also coordinate.

Since there are now three exclusive cartridges it can be a bit confusing when you want to start adding to your collection.  Here is a quick breakdown of the three cartridges and the video below also shows you some of the wonderful projects you can create.

Art Philosophy – This is the perfect collection for all you foundational basic and iconic shapes, tags and card bases.  It is a super versatile cartridge which is chock full of images that cover the range of your papercrafting needs.

Artiste – This collection take the foundational elements to the next level.  If you are a party planner or love three dimensional elements then this is the perfect cartridge for you, it takes papercrafting to the next level.

Artbooking – If you are a scrapbooker than this is your cartridge.  With this cartridge you can create both traditional 12×12 pages as well as themed mini-books.  You will love the versatility of this cartridge to adding borders, fonts, overlays, elements etc.

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What’s New in Stamps

Have you seen all the new stamps sets available in the new idea book?  There are now Hostess exclusive stamps, M size stamps, re-packaging of E size stamp sets, and Jeanette’s archives.

Check out this quick video which high lights all the cool new features.


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