Sunday, 30 November 2014

OMG- CTMH is having its First EVER Cyber Monday Sale!!

  That's right!  For the first time EVER Close To My Heart is having a Cyber Monday Sale!  What's the sale?  20% off each of the exclusive CTMH Cricut cartridges- Art Philosophy, Artiste, Artbooking and Artfully Sent.  Just submit your order between midnight MST Sunday and midnight MST Monday.  For those of you in Ontario, that's 2am to 2am.  Discount will be taken off at the checkout.

  Also, as this sale takes place on Dec 1st, you'll also be eligible for the December Constant Campaign- the Deal of the Decade.  To celebrate 10 years of My Acrylix stamps, CTMH is putting all C- and D- sized stamps in the Annual cattie on sale.  Just place a minimum order of $50- which you will have if you take advantage of the Cyber Monday Sale- and then choose an *unlimited*  number of stamps sets (c and d size) from the Annual for just $10 ea.  Now's the time to be your own Santa and get all those sets you wanted.

  And- yes there's more- by placing that $50 min order you are also eligible for the $5 Stamp of the Month and this month it sure is sweet- Cutie Pie!

You can place this order through my website-, or contact me with your credit card info.  Remember, the Cricut carts are on sale for ONLY 1 day but the Deal of the Decade lasts all month long.

Watch for another posting about important stuff in Dec, in a few days.  

* Shipping is calculated on the original retail price, tax is calculated on the purchase price.

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Just a Reminder- Get Your November Orders in NOW!

  Hi there, just a reminder to place your November time-sensitive orders now.  If you want to partake of the FABulous Studio J- Lucky 5 promotion, or if you want the November Stamp of the Month- It's the Little Things- you've only a few more days to do so. 

  I will be at Kars Krops this sat, Nov 22nd, if you want to place any orders, including Christmas orders.  Or just come out to crop and chat. We are now taking sign-ups for the new year, so if you like to have a place to go every month to crop/ scrap/ card make- sign up!  We get at least 1- 4x6 table each, access to the kitchen, ground level entry (no stairs) and great lighting.  Contact the Kars Krops FB page or for more info.  Next meeting, after this weekend, is Dec 13th.

  My order deadline for Christmas is Dec 14th.  I will try to get any Christmas gifts to you before the big day, but I cannot control the weather or courier delivery schedules, so Please, if you plan on making a Gifty order, give yourself lots of time!!  After the 14th, you can place an order thru my website- (FYI: shipping costs starts at $10 for any order under $100 and shipping on While Supplies Last items is calculated on the ORIGINAL price).

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Apparently, I've been a little busy...

  Here are a few more Christmas cards I've made recently.  After all the cards I designed for my card class, I wanted something a little different for my own card- giving.  So I did what all crafty people do- went to Pintrest!  There, I scrap- lifted 6 or 7 cards and sat down to make them.  Then I chose 2 finalists.  After that, I received a call to create a card class for a group of young ladies (11-14 yrs old), and it had to be fairly easy.  So I sat down again and came up with another 4 cards.  Here are a few pictures:

All 3 designs totally scraplifted from some very gifted people

Either end is mine but Santa card is someone else's design

mine:  think I'll bling the upper left corner

  BTW- the finalists this year were- top row, middle and right.  I love the simplicity of the middle one but can't seem to translate or duplicate what I see;  I'm pleased with this.  The one on the right uses a stamp I've tried for years to incorporate into my stamping but have been at a loss wrt design.  I think this card- at least the original- is stunning.  That lady breaks the scene into 3 separate pcs and incorporates a sentiment too.  Check out my Pintrest, you'll find the originals there.

  The girls will make my 3 designs plus another not shown.

Monday, 24 November 2014

Let Me Introduce You to- the NEW Seasonal Expressions Supplement!

  This is the cover of the new Close to My Heart Seasonal Expressions supplement.  It's just jam- packed with great new products!  But you've got to move fast, it's only active for a short time.  Unlike our Annual Inspirations cattie which is active for a full year- Aug 1st 2014 to July 31st 2015- the Seasonal Expressions is active from only Dec 1st 2014 to March 31st 2015.  I have them now, so let me know if you want a copy!

  Inside, you'll find new Hostess rewards stamps, 2 new paperpacks- Heartstrings and Hopscotch, 2 Workshops (1 scrapbooking and 1 cardmaking), new Cut Above Treat Bags, Embossing plates, Embellishments and lots of new stamp sets.  This cattie looks forward to Valentine's Day, Spring, Easter, Mother's day and so much more!

Along with all of this, with the release of the Seasonal Expressions selections, a pair of NEW Consultant kits have come into effect.  The new kits are based off of the Hopscotch paperpack- nice, bright Spring/ Summer colors for both the Scrapbooking and the Cardmaking Consultant kits.

If you like the Hopscotch kits and have been mulling over joining up with CTMH, you have only until the end of March to make your move!  As of April 1st, there will be another Seasonal Expressions supplement, with lots more goodies to crave, including new paperpacks. And one of these will become the basis of the next Consultant kits, which will change again Aug 1st 2015, with the release of the next Annual Inspirations cattie.

Here's a few teasers:


Hostess and My Acrylix Stamp sets              

New Consultant Kits: Cardmaking and Scrapbooking

Friday, 21 November 2014

My Christmas Card class- Nov/ Dec 2014

  Here are the pictures of my recent Christmas card class.  If you paid for the class and could not attend or finish, please find the directions on my Template/ Directions page.  Five were made with the Yuletide Carol Duo, 3 were made using the Snowhaven Duo, 1 used the retired Sparkle and Shine Duo and 2 were made using just cardstock.

  My class also included the Cut Above Christmas and Holiday cards, as well as the 3 cards made from the Snowhaven Cardmaking Workshop.


  A quick overview:
  In my classes, I provide all the pieces for the cards, pre-cut.  If there are any images to be stamped with Momento ink, I do it beforehand, so the ink is well- dried (BTW, 2 of the colored cards were stamped using just the normal water- based dye ink and there were no problems).  Some 'fussy- cutting' may be required.  Generally, my classes are 'stamp and stick'.  For this reason, I will not post the dimensions of the pieces, only the general steps to make the card from the pieces provided.  If you want a copy of my card class, I can provide you with dimensions for you to do the cutting at home or I can provide you with a kit to make the cards as shown.  The kit is $45, plus shipping (within reason).  The complete instructions, including cutting layouts, is $10 and can be emailed to you.

I hope you enjoy the cards!


Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Christmas and Winter Seasonal Blog Hop

   Welcome to the *Make it Crafty* Seasonal Blog Hop!  This time we're getting crafty with a Winter/ Christmas theme.  Although I went completely 'keener' in the previous Hop with 2 layouts, I'm one of those people who perpetually plans to have a Christmas Scrapbook- but I haven't started yet.  So, instead of layouts, I'll be showing off some of the cards I've made for my Christmas Card class.  If you've arrived from Natalie's -  you are on the right path!  The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way around.  If you get lost, you'll find the complete list here  with Julie, in The Scrap Zone.

    This month a number of us Close To My Heart Consultants are sharing their creations using various CTMH products to help you get in a Merry Little Christmas mood!


  List of Products Used:
Colonial White and Daisy White card bases (4 1/4x 5 1/2")
Yuletide Carol Duo, SnowHaven Duo, Sparkle and Shine Duo (retired)
Cardstock: NEI, Ruby, Glacier, Cranberry, Black, Crystal Blue, Whisper, Canary, Indian Corn Blue,                     Daisy Wht, Colonial Wht
Shinhan Twin Touch alcohol markers- various
Shimmer Trim- Silver, Red, Bronze
Bling Gems- Gold, Red, Mini Clear
Studs- Triangle
Sequins- Silver
Stamp sets- C1587, D1562, C1591, D1611, S1310 Ret, D1224, D1560, D1553, C1587, D1625,       C1557, C1560, B1455, D1629, D1557
CTMH/ Cricut cartridges- Art Philosophy, Artiste, Artbooking

   Thank you so much for following along on our Blog Hop today!   I hope you enjoyed all the beautifully inspiring artwork...Now it's time to head on over to  Diana's  and see her project!  Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting ideas!  Look for our next Blog Hop in January when we will feature Valentine/ Birthday  projects. See you back soon!

Friday, 14 November 2014

Let Me Introduce You to -SnowHaven & Yuletide Carol

  While you may not be ready to create your Christmas layouts (of this year ;) ), you're probably thinking about getting your beautifully handmade cards in the mail.  To help you in this, we have 2 lovely paperpacks to represent the coming Festive Season- SnowHaven and Yuletide Carol.

  The Snowhaven papers are reminiscent of active winter days and evenings curled up in front of the fire wearing your warm Nordic sweaters and maybe drinking hot chocolate (maybe with a 'kick' in it?).  The featured colors are Daisy wht, Black, Cranberry (red) and Glacier (blue), with a little discrete Whisper (grey).  IMO, this is a great 'winter' paper, good for cards and layouts all season long.  I can just see picts of the kids on the sled or skating at the outdoor rink, or maybe all bundled up and bringing home the Christmas tree.
  This pattern is available as a Paperpack (x7188b), Complements (x7188c), and an Assortment (z3008), and conveniently, also as a Cardmaking Workshop on the Go (WOTG/ G1085).

   Our other festive pattern is Yuletide Carol and if you love vintage designs then you'll LOVE this paperpack!  The whole pack has that 'slightly distressed' look, whether it's the faded music sheet paper or the 'stockings hung by the fire' paper.  I REALLY love the versatility of this paper, there's so much to use in different ways, I just can't say enough about this ppk.  I really want to use this for layouts of when I was a kid, with my family, waaay back when, but I know I'll love using it for my own kids Christmas antics- Santa photos, decorating the tree, setting out Santa's milk and cookies, putting up the stockings, or Christmas morning chaos, all traditions in my house.

  For me, this is the perfect 'Christmas' paper, bringing to mind all those traditions we all practice.  The featured colors are Colonial wht, black, New England Ivy, Ruby, Champagne and Desert Sand.  This pattern is available as a Paperpack (x7187b), Complements (x7187c), Assortment (z3007) and Scrapbooking Workshop (WOTG/ G1084).  Take a quick look at the following stamp sets- Christmas Post, Noel, Yuletide Greetings and Frosty Fun to complete those Christmas layouts and cards.

  For picts of my own super cute Yuletide and SnowHaven cards check out this blog on Nov 20th when the Make It Crafty Seasonal blog hop goes live!

Thursday, 6 November 2014

November News at CTMH- New Products NOW Available and Coming Soon!

 Here's a few tidbits of information:

 Five New Kits in Studio J
In conjunction with the November campaign- Lucky 5,  five more My Reflections kits from the Annual Inspirations idea book have been added to Studio J: Confetti Wishes, Snowhaven, Seaside, Pathfinding, and Scaredy Cat. These kits became available as of November 1. Please note that, unlike the other kits in Studio J, in order for these additions to take place at this time the 5 new kits will only be available without alphabet Stickease or the Quick-title tool.
A La Carte PML
 The A la Carte Picture My Life™ scrapbooking programs became available for customer purchase  November 1st. What is 'a la carte pml?'- you can now purchase just the cards from the PML programs, ie, no opening page and no page protectors.  The cost for the A La Carte selections is $16.50 versus the $27.50 for the full PML programs.
New My Legacy™ albums will be available in both post-bound and D-ring options this month.  Both album types will be available in three different cover designs: Lagoon Chevron, Ruby Floral, and classic Black.  The cost of the new albums is $38.50.
** The  Lagoon Chevron, and both the Classic Black D-ring and post bound options are NOW available!  The posts have been improved- much easier to remove- no keeping a dime or screwdriver handy!
TWO NEW TOTES Both items have been designed exclusively for Close To My Heart and feature eye-catching patterns, inside and out.  The Rolling tote is Slate with a Lagoon Chevron pattern on the outside and polka dot inside.  I believe the Shoulder tote is Lagoon with a Slate bottom (but don't quote me on that).
-The Rolling Tote  has been built to store or transport one small, two medium, and one large hard-case organizer, which gives you plenty of room! The side zipper pockets feature interior mesh pockets and pouches to hold a variety of tools, from your Micro-tip scissors to your paper trimmer! The front zip pocket is the perfect size for 12" x 12" papers. The tote measures  (outside dimensions, including the wheels and feet) 25" × 16 " × 17" with an expandable handle that extends 16¼" above the top of the bag. Also, The center section can be unzipped to give you access to organizers at the bottom of the bag without making you dig. Snaps keep zippers securely in place so that the tote does not accidentally open in transit.  And, the tote is shipped flat, which means it can be Stored flat when not in use!  The price for the rolling tote will be $164.95.  What a great item to get 1/2 price!  Or maybe ask Santa for?
-The Shoulder Tote is a multi-purpose companion product, with reinforced straps to keep your shoulder comfortable and a deep gusset for holding all your projects in progress. The shoulder tote measures 17" × 15" × 3", not including the handles. The handles have a 10½" drop.  It will cost $29.75.
Both the Rolling and Shoulder totes are expected to become available during November, but as of this evening- Nov 6th- they are not.  I will not be taking advance orders for them but will keep you informed when they become available!
Finally, new items have been added to the 'While Supplies Last' section of my website.  So, if you're needing more Stickease for Ariana or Ivy Lane, or you've been wanting a My Creations Cubby (remember the Advent Calendar kit a few years ago?), or a few other items, please have a look and don't wait to order because when these are gone, they're gone!  Please remember that all Shipping/ Handling charges are based on the original retail price but taxes are calculated on actual price. 


Saturday, 1 November 2014

Lucky 5- Studio J Sale

November 2014: Lucky 5

    November marks the five-year anniversary of Studio J®, and that means it’s your lucky month, with five ways to win through Studio J and Close To My Heart!
    1. During the month of November, all layouts purchased in Studio J are just $5! That is a savings of over 25% off of retail—an unprecedented deal!
    2. Every fifth order placed in Studio J during November receives a FREE surprise Close To My Heart accessory in its shipping box! The accessory has a retail value of $5 or more.
    3. You might find a little something extra in your Studio J box. Five “golden tickets” will be sent out during the month of November with randomly selected Studio J print orders! This “golden ticket” is redeemable for one of Close To My Heart’s new D-ring albums* loaded with 10 Top Load Memory Protectors™.
    4. Create new layouts in Studio J, select your favorites, and then post pictures of them on Close To My Heart’s Facebook page using the hashtag #ctmhlucky5. After November 30, five winners will be selected from the entries based on their artistry and creativity and each of these winners will receive their own D-ring album loaded with 10 Top Load Memory Protectors!
    & 5. Take your new Studio J artwork and post a picture of it on Instagram using the hashtag #ctmhlucky5. Just as with Facebook, after November 30, five lucky winners will be selected from the entries to receive their own D-ring album loaded with 10 Top Load Memory Protectors!
*Offer valid November 1–30, 2014. Pattern and color of new D-ring album to be given to winners will be at Close To My Heart’s discretion based upon availability. New kits available in Studio J® on November 1 include Confetti Wishes, Snowhaven, Seaside, Pathfinding, and Scaredy Cat. 
 Contact me for more details.