Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Video ~ Background Stamps ~ Super Easy! Super Fun!

I thought today I would share a video that Close To My Heart put on youtube called "Background Stamps". I thought I would share this video because it shows you some fun techniques that you can use on your cards or turn cardstock into designer paper. Super easy! So, take a few minutes and check out the video!

Friday, July 26, 2013

Sneak Peek ~ Base & Bling ~ Wearable Crafts ~ Check Out This Kit!

SNEAK PEEK: I thought today I'd share another photo of something you can make. Yep, we're going to have wearable crafts (available August 1st). The products are called "Base & Bling". You'll be able to make this great necklace (it's the Fabric Necklace Kit, for just $14.95). Plus you'll be able to make headbands, rings, hair clips, and wrist cuffs. Pretty fabulous if you ask me! So, check back on the 1st to order your kit!

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Quote Book ~ A Poem To Add To Your Book ~ A Smile

Today I'm sharing a poem for our "Quote Books".

A Smile

It costs nothing, but creates much
It enriches those who receive,
Without impoverishing those who give.
It happens in a flash and the memory of it lasts forever.
None are so rich they can get along without it
And none so poor but are richer for its benefits.
It creates happiness in the home,
Fosters good will in a business,
And is the countersign of friends.
It is rest to the weary, daylight to the discouraged,
Sunshine to the sad, and nature's best antidote for trouble.
Yet it cannot be bought, begged, borrowed, or stolen,
For it is something that is no earthly good to anybody
Till it is given away.
If someone is too tired to give you a smile,
Leave one of yours.
For, nobody needs a smile so much
As those who have none to give.

I thought I would share this poem today because it kind-of reminds me of my son...he has a new line he says all the time "Smile On". He even wrote it in all his friend's year books at the end of school (he was finishing 2nd grade). Anyway, don't forget to stop back again for more quotes or poems next week. Hope you enjoy this poem!  (Ps. I found this poem at

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Video ~ Spray Pen Unplugged ~ Check Out This Fun Technique!

I thought today I would share a video that Close To My Heart put on youtube called "Spray Pen Unplugged". I thought I would share this video because (it's an oldie but a goodie) it shows you some fun techniques that you can use on your cards or layouts. I love the look for snow / winter time designs. So, take a few minutes and check out the video!

Monday, July 22, 2013

Sneak Peek ~ Cricut Artbooking Mini Album You Can Make!

SNEAK PEEK: I thought today I'd share a photo of something you can make when you buy the Cricut collection "Artbooking". This collection will be available August 1st (when the new catalog is available...filled with all kinds of amazing Close To My Heart products!). How adorable is this mini album?!

Ps. If you want to get the collection before August 1st...become a consultant! I would love for you to join in on the fun! Join my team today (Click HERE!)...and not only will you receive the Essentials Kit (packed with a ton of fun products) for $49 but you can purchase products at a discount, get training to start an amazing business, and meet so many new friends (other consultants from all across the USA, Canada, and now Australia too!) If you have any questions contact me...I'm here for you.  

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Quote Book ~ A Poem To Add To Your Book ~ A Hundred Years

Today I'm sharing a poem for our "Quote Books".

                                     A Hundred Years

A hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was,
the sort of house I lived in,
or the kind of car I drove.
But the world may be different,
because I was important in the life of a child.

I thought I would share this poem today because I just started (last week) caring for a 10 week old baby in my daycare. I like to take photos of them while they are in my care (showing them growing up while they are with me). So when they get older and go on to new adventures I can give them a mini album. Anyway, don't forget to stop back again for more quotes or poems next week. Hope you enjoy this poem! (Ps. I don't know where I found this poem...I've had it for years.)

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Organizers ~ Need Help Staying Organized With All Your Craft Items?

I thought I would share today a picture of the small (Z4138) and medium (Z4139) organizers...since I shared a video yesterday about the large (Z1834) storage organizer. Close To My Heart also has cute craft boxes (Z4137) and a foam insert (Z4140) to hold the craft boxes in place (and a form insert to hold your blocks in place Z4141) both of them fit into the small organizers. So, if you need to get organized...check out these items. They are really pretty great to keep it all together.


Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Video ~ Get Organized! ~ Makes Getting Crafty (Scrapbooking, Card Making, Paper Crafts, Home Decor) Easy And Fun!

I thought today I would share a video that Close To My Heart put on youtube called "Get Organized!". I thought I would share this video because it shows you a great product CTMH sells (there are also small and medium size organizers too). Part of being crafty is being makes doing projects so much easier (and faster) if I can find what I need to make my projects. I love that everything I need is in a spot, and I can go right to get right to work. It not only keeps it organized but it protects my supplies too. I love that the containers have handles so I can take them with me to a crop if I want...and I love that they all stack together and look great in my craft space. So, take a few minutes and check out the video!

Monday, July 15, 2013

Cricut Tips, Tricks, and Cartridge Shapes ~ For The Artiste and Art Philosophy!

I thought I would share a link that's on my website...that you might not know about. It has (near the bottom) links to Cricut machine tips and tricks and also shapes that are on the "Artiste" (Z1790) and "Art Philosophy" (Z1686). If you are thinking of ordering either cartridge'll be able to see all the shapes on each of them. Click HERE to check it out!

Ps. Close To My Heart is bringing another collection out in the new catalog (available August 1st!) check out my website on that day to see that cartridge, "Artbooking" too!

Friday, July 12, 2013

Mid Month Reminder ~ July's SOTM "Sweet Life" (S1307A) and 2 Great Special Deals!

I just wanted to remind everyone that we are at the middle of the month...incase you want to buy the Stamp Of The Month ("Sweet Life" ~ S1307A). This set is only available during the month of July! So, you don't want to forget...because once the month is is being able to buy this fruity delight! Also, there are a few specials this month: "Work The Workshop" and "Let's Get Patriotic"...both are pretty great! So don't wait...go to my website right now and order your stamp set and get in on all the amazing deals!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Looking To Make A Customize Stamp? Check This Out!

I thought I'd share something cool with's only available until the end of July (it's going to be retired). It's CTMH's "K" size stamp set. It's a customized stamp. (There are a few sizes.)

~You can get a name stamp (great to stamp kid's name inside clothing for school / camp).
~You can get 2, 3, or 4 lines (up to 32 characters per line).
~You can also get a cute icon on them too if you want (there are a few choices).

What I love is you can get anything you want on the stamp...your information to stamp on catalogs, your website, email, blog, a cute long as it's up to 32 characters per're good. If you make items (cards, tags, gifts, etc.) you can customize the items with your information...for pretty cheap...stamps are only $9.95. (you'll need a block to use the stamp...and ink ~ whatever color works for you, we have 40 colors to pick from!) Click HERE to check them out!
 Ps. The photo shows you the stamp I bought. The note is what CTMH sent with it (gives you a clear idea of what I ordered). The last line I cut off so I can use it depending on what I'm using it for or I can put it aside and not use it. I love my stamp...and I might order another one with all my links.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Video ~ Love Your Layout: June 2013 ~ Tips To Use On Studio J ~ Digital Scrapbooking

I thought today I would share a video that Close To My Heart put on youtube called "Love Your Layout: June 2013". I thought I would share this video because they use the paper pack "Tommy" to show you a great layout. They also share a few fun tips when using Studio J. So, take a few minutes and check out the video!

Monday, July 8, 2013

Need A Thank You Card Idea?

I thought I'd share a "Thank You" card I made for someone who put an order in. I used the paper pack "Buzz and Bumble" (X7164B). I also used the new stamp set (which will be available August 1st in the new catalog). We had a special during the month of June...if you bought this stamp set CTMH donated 100% of the profit to the Red Cross to help the people in Oklahoma. If you missed buying the stamp set in will be available soon. It's a great set if you like to make and send "Thank You" cards!

Friday, July 5, 2013

Hinged Display Tray With Tommy Paper Pack ~ Would Look Great In A Beach House!

I thought I'd share this 5" X 7" Hinged Display Tray (Z1838) that the Art Dept. at Close To My Heart made using the Tommy paper pack (X7169B), the Tommy Assortment (Z1824), Outdoor Denim Chevron Ribbon (Z1808), Artisan Studs (Z1816), and 2 stamp sets (Keyboard Uppercase B1416 and Sail Away C1530). All the items (plus ink and blocks) are available on my website. I think this would look great in a beach house!  

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Tommy ~ Workshop On The Go ~ Scrapbooking Kit ~ Cards

I thought I would share the paper pack "Tommy" with you today. You can buy the Workshop On The Go (G1058). It comes with: "Tommy" paper pack, a special stamp set (can only get this set if you buy the wotg kit), Tommy Assortment, Dimensional Elements Stars, and an Instructional Brochure (directions to make some scrapbook layouts). 

If your not really into stamping you can buy the paper pack (X7169B) and Tommy Complements Canvas Shapes (X7169C) and make your own designs up. Or, try out one of the How-To Publications: "Make It From The Heart" (9035), "Reflections" (9037), or "Orginals Card Confidence" (9036) to get ideas. 

And, if you are into stamping...we have 2 sets that go great with this paper..."Keyboard Uppercase" (B1416) and "Sail Away" (C1530). 

No matter which way you want to're going to want to order this paper. So, check it out and get to work!

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Video ~ Better Blending ~ Need Tips Using CTMH's Markers And Blending Pen?

I thought today I would share a video that Close To My Heart put on youtube called "Better Blending". I thought I would share this video because there are a few cool techniques using the markers and blending pen. So, take a few minutes and check out the video!

Monday, July 1, 2013

SOTM For July 2013 ~ Sweet Life ~ S1307A ~ Who Doesn't Love Fruit For Summer?

Today I wanted to share this month's SOTM. Check out the Stamp of the Month for July. The set is called "Sweet Life" (S1307A). It comes with fruit and some sweet sayings...great for cards, scrapbook layouts, tags or just about any project. Check out the photo for some great ideas. To get this stamp set...that is only available during the month of July...just spend $50.00 and you can get it for $5.00! Check out my website and find a few goodies!