Friday, December 23, 2016

50% OFF - Dec. 26-31, 2016!

We're celebrating Boxing Week with four days of different deals where you'll save 50% on select items. The fun starts at 3:00 pm (MST) on Monday, December 26, with a selection of deals that will last until 2:59 pm (MST) on Tuesday. Then, a whole new set of deals will begin!

Check every day from Monday through Thursday at 3:00 pm (MST) to get a jump start on each day's sale ! These deals are only available on my website, while supplies last, so be sure to shop early!

*As a thank you for taking advantage of these deals, and helping me reach a sales goal for the month, I will send you a FREE STAMP SET when you place an order through my website any of these days. Once you have placed an order, I will contact you with at least three stamp sets you can choose from and then will send it in the mail to you with an exclusive handmade card made with new products! Contact me with any questions you may have. This offer is only available through me.

At the beginning of the sale, visit my website and click on Promotions to see each day's deals. Happy shopping!


Thursday, December 15, 2016

CTMH Technique Blog Hop - Thrilled About Thin Cuts

Welcome to this month's Technique Blog Hop where we are focusing on one of our newest product lines called "Thin Cuts". If you don't know what Thin Cuts are, let me explain...

But first...if you are coming from Terrie's Blog, you are on the right track. You can find a complete list of participants at the bottom of this blog post.

Thin Cuts are Close To My Heart's thin metal dies that can be used with your favorite die-cutting machine (I use the Cuttlebug) to quickly and easily cut shapes that coordinate with designated stamp sets. The images shown here, in blue, are the Sweet Birthday Thin Cuts that coordinate with the stamp set of the same name. They are packed on their own magnetic sheet and work well with most die-cutting machines.

What is the purpose of Thin Cuts? Well, if you look at this CA-UTE card below (I am totally proud of it because it makes me happy LOL) I used the Thin Cuts to cut out TWO of the cupcake images out of the Lagoon (turquoise) and Chocolate (brown) cardstock. I then used the stamp set to stamp the images, in their respective colors, and cut out the chocolate frosting and then layered it on top. I did the same thing with the candle image, on White Daisy cardstock. This is so I do not have to fussy-cut the image each time. Isn't that cool?! We have other Die Cuts currently available (with more to be released soon - WOOHOO)!
To create the texture on the Sorbet piece of patterned paper (that has a sponged look), I repeatedly stamped the sentiment in Chocolate ink. A few Dots, to serve as sprinkles, and some Whimsy Ribbon finished it off in a sweet way (pun intended LOL). I also colored in the polka dots on the cupcake wrapper with a marker

I would LOVE to hear what you think about this card, and the Thin Cuts, before you head on over to Darlys's Blog to see what she has to share with you. I am so excited to see the other artwork and hope you are too!

Happy hoppin'!

Blog Hop Participants:
1. Melissa Robinson *YOU ARE HERE*

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Friends Who Were Fellow Papercrafters, First

I have shared, many times, how blessed I am to have such a wonderful team within Close To My Heart. My Heartfelt Sentiments team is a blessing to me as I met all of these wonderful ladies because of our love of papercrafting.
I enjoy any chance I get to spend time with them and we are always sure to have loads of fun. We were provided the opportunity to gather in Grapevine, TX a little over a week ago when Close To My Heart visited for a "new product launch" event. That's right! We got a sneak preview of the awesome new products that are to be released to the public on January 1, 2017; that is [just] one of the perks of being a Close To My Heart Consultant.

There is a story "behind" [no pun intended] this photo...
After taking this photo, the night before the event, we made a run to a nearby store. As we were getting out of the car we noticed something on the back of Michelle. It was hilarious as we realized that one of the decorations from the Christmas tree above, had stuck to her sweater! She had walked through the hotel, spoken to the concierge, and left out the front doors and nobody noticed nor said a thing. LOL We were hysterical and I crack up every time I see this photo! FUN TIMES!
We closed out the training day with a delicious lunch at Uncle Buck's, shared with a great Consultant-friend, Roberta Stafford, who joined us from Reno, NV. And...the CTMH employee who conducted our event was Yvonne Drake. She did a fabulous job. We were thrilled that both of them joined us for lunch. It was a fabulous weekend and went by way too fast.
If you would like to join my team and the Close To My Heart fun, we would love to have you. There is a fabulous new Consultant kit that is now available. I am always happy to answer questions!


Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Joy to the World!

Christmas is just 12 days away. Hard to believe? It is for me. Time just continues to pass so quickly and we near the end of 2016.

I had an order placed for some cards last week and one of them was to be a Christmas card. This what I designed. (Sometimes it is a challenge to photograph bling and so the gold accents are not reflected very well but hopefully you can somewhat appreciate them.)

The polka dotted vellum paper, striped banner, and ornament shape behind the sentiment all have gold accents. Cranberry (red) and Emerald (green) cardstock were used to add color to the card which coordinated with the design of the ornament.

"World Joy" is the stamp I used for the ornament and colored in the images with markers. I felt it necessary to use Clear Sparkles in order to provide some dimension and add the much-needed color to the holly. CLEAR sparkles? COLOR? Yes! I took my red marker and colored the cear sparkles. Cool, huh?! I love being able to do so. Here is a closer view. Isn't it pretty?
I really love how this card turned out and the recipient was pleased. If you are ever in need of a greeting card for any occasion, consider ordering a handmade one from me. I would be honored.

"Joy to the world...the Lord has come..."

Have a blessed day!

Monday, December 12, 2016

Inexpensive Gifts for Anyone!

I am excited to have joined a group called "Blog with Friends". Each month we agree on a theme and design blog posts to align with it, or varying topics. Links to their associated posts are at the bottom of this feed. I hope you take a moment to check them out.
This month's theme is "Warm and Cozy" and I had fun creating some fun, inexpensive and last-minute Christmas gifts that I hope you can use as you finish checking names off your list.
These are the fun items I created and I hope you love them as much as I do. I am mindful of giving gifts that serve a purpose and I think these totally fit these requirement. They work great for co-workers, neighbors, your child's teacher...anyone who would enjoy chocolate; be it in candy or cocoa.

 Joy to the World Bottle
The bottle is simply a Starbucks Frappuccino Bottle. I had the pleasure of emptying it (and did wash it LOL) and then altered it with some scrapbooking paper.

The sentiment is a stamp image. I added a bit of bling for some visual appeal, including gold ribbon and some clear sparkles. I colored the sparkles with a red marker to serves as the berries on the holly.

Filled with green and red M&Ms...we have a great gift that was cost-effective and served dual purpose.

Monogram Ornament
These PLASTIC ornaments were purchased at Michael's. They can be purchased individually or in packages of four.

Using one of our exclusive Cricut Collections, I cut monograms out of black vinyl (also purchased at Michael's) and placed them as shown. 

M&Ms fit nicely in the neck of the ornament and a bow was added as the finishing touch.

Mug with Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix
You can purchase an inexpensive coffee mug at various stores. Then, make some homemade hot cocoa mix (recipe provided below), place in the mug (in a plastic bag LOL) and include a festive tag. Talk about a purposeful gift!

I handmade the tag using a stamp set and colored in 'snow' with the same marker as referenced above. guessed it...another bow! It always makes for the perfect finishing touch, don't you think?!

This recipe was shared by friend and fellow CTMH Consultant, Tricia Leahy.

Hot Cocoa Mix

  • 4 cups powdered milk
  • 21.8 oz box Nestle Nesquik
  • 16 oz instance coffee creamer
  • 1 cup powdered sugar (you can adjust this to taste)

Mix all of this together in a big bowl. Pour into a storage jar or canister.

To make a cup of hot cocoa, fill must with water or mil and heat in the microwave. Add 3-5 heaping tablespoons of mix (adjusted to taste) and stir well. Then...enjoy!

THANK YOU so much for stopping by! I hope you found some inspiration from what I shared with you. Let me know if you have any questions or need any other altered and handmade gift ideas. Be sure to follow me on social media (links provided below) because I would love that! You can VISIT MY WEBSITE at Now...

Grab your favorite drink and check out these fun blogs, aligned with the "Warm and Cozy" theme, and HAVE A BLESSED DAY!
  • Karen, at "Baking In A Tornado", for "Sweet Potato Pecan Cake with Maple Glaze". Doesn't that sound (and look) delish?
  • Kia, at "Think in English", where she shares ingenious ways people "stay warm around the world".
  • Kayla, at "That One Birch", shares a recipe for "A Very Merry Fruit Pizza"; a great alternative for something sweet for the holidays.

Heart 2 Heart Challenge - Oh Deer!

For our last Heart 2 Heart Challenge of 2016, we are showcasing the Oh Deer! product line from Close To My Heart! I have fallen in love with it and am sad to see it retire at the end of this month (or while supplies last, whichever comes first on December 31, 2016 at midnight MST).

To keep the focus on Oh Deer!, I incorporated some of the paper, Complements, Gold Shimmer Trim and Gold Sequins. It was totally simple to put together but is beautiful with the gold accents. (The photo does not do it justice.)
Check out this beautiful artwork that showcases Oh Deer! and the Stamp of the Month, "Thoughtful Flowers". I love the pink that was added to it, making it more versatile than I would have ever guessed!
Click for enlarged view.
Thank you so much for stopping by my blog. It has been a pleasure serving on the Heart 2 Heart Design Team this year and I am looking forward to 2017. I hope you are too!

Consider linking up to us at Heart 2 Heart. I can't wait to see your artwork there! MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!


Sunday, December 11, 2016

Creating Memories Anytime Soon?

Check out these fun layouts made with the retiring, City Sidewalks product line, perfect for preserving those Christmas memories of 2016 (or any year up to now). I love the fun whimsical colors that make these layouts fun and festive. (I have used 'fun' in these first few sentences quite a bit. That word describes them perfectly. LOL)

While the above layouts were designed by the Close To My Heart Art Department, I used the pattern from CTMH's Blog to create this additional layout.
You can create these layouts, too, in the comfort of your own home (I do provide to-go kits) or you are invited to join me for my physical event on Monday, December 19, 2016. This event will be held in Mansfield, TX.

Click HERE for details on the event or you are always welcome to contact me for more information.

I hope you have enjoyed a wonderful weekend and that your week starts out in a great way!


Saturday, December 10, 2016

While Supplies Last...

We have quite a few products that will retiring at the end of the month (or until they last - and some have already been retired). If there is anything on your list from the Holiday Expressions there is an urgency for you to get it NOW! I am really sad to see some of these things go but with retiring items comes new products and they are just around the corner! WOOHOO!

Some of the retiring products include the Halloween, Fall, Christmas and Winter-themed product lines which are totally awesome! (The only items NOT retiring are the Black Shimmer Trim (Z4012) and White & Gold Twine (Z4014).)

This is a card I made with the City Sidewalks paper pack. I LOVE its festive colors! The Merry & Bright sentiment comes from a well-loved stamp, "Perfect Presents". 
I hope your night is merry & bright! I am nice and cozy, in TX, where I am papercrafting! Stay warm if you are experienced some chilly temperatures like we are! It's a great excuse to stay inside!


Wednesday, December 7, 2016

It's the Little Things... (A great stocking stuffer)

So often it's the little things that matter most (and oftentimes what is most overlooked...) - and what better way to celebrate the little things in life than with adorable mini albums? Whether looking for a meaningful gift idea or a treasured keepsake, these mini albums are a fast and easy option, and this month you will save 30% off the retail price of the products you need!

You don't even have to be a scrapbooker to appreciate these mini albums while preserving those treasured moments. The pre-designed pocket cards can simply be inserted into the photo protectors, along with your photos, with little effort and great impact.

The photo slots are perfect for either 4" x 6", 2" x 2", 4" x 3", or 4" x 4" photos, depending upon which mini album you select. AND, Persnickety Prints is working alongside Close To My Heart to make the printing of these photo sizes easier than ever!
 Blush Mini Album Bundle | CC1198 
(Retail Value: $27.75 Your Price: $18.95)
Instalife™ Album—Blush 
#Life™ Cards—Hello Gorgeous 
#Life™ Overlays—Gold 
Memory Protectors™ Mini 4" x 4"
Memory Protectors™ Mini 2" x 2"
Blue Jean Mini Album Bundle | CC1197 
(Retail Value: $27.75 Your Price: $18.95)
Instalife™ Album—Blue Jean 
#Life™ Cards—Enjoy 
#Life™ Overlays—Black 
Memory Protectors™ Mini 4" x 4"
Memory Protectors™ Mini 2" x 2"

 Adventure Mini Album Bundles | CC1200 
Retail Value: $29.85 Your Price: $19.95
Everyday Life™ Album—Stripes 
My Crush® Adventure Calls 
Memory Protectors™ (Choose 6" x 8" (CC1199), 4" x 6" (CC1200), or 3" x 4" (CC1021)) 
You can find details regarding this campaign, and place your order, by clicking HERE

Have a blessed day!

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Stamp of the Month Blog Hop - Thoughtful Flowers

Thank you for joining us for this month's Stamp of the Month Blog Hop featuring "Thoughtful Flowers". It is available this monthly only for $5, with a qualifying purchase. You can find those details here or let me know if you have any questions on how to get a set of your own.
If you are coming from Michele Rowley's Blog, you are on the right track. You can find a complete list of participants here, if you were to get lost along the way.

I kept this card simple (totally inspired by a card created by @justdandystudio) and I love the result. The polka dot background was created using the Peacock ink pad and a brand new pencil eraser. I inked up the eraser and then "stamped" it repeatedly on a piece of White Daisy cardstock. Doing so allows you to create a pattern with any color of your choice! Isn't that awesome?!
Three flowers, from the stamp set, were cut out and Enamel Blue Dots were added as their centers. "Thanks" was cut from our Thin Cuts, using a Cuttlebug, and the additional sentiment was inked in Lagoon (which matches the thin strips of colored cardstock).

I would love to know what you think about my card. Please consider leaving a comment before hopping on over to Cat Nowak's Blog. I am really excited to see what the other Bloggers have to share. I hope you are too!

Happy hoppin'!

Monday, November 28, 2016

Cricut Collection (30% OFF) Purchase = FREE GIFT

Have you heard?! Our Cricut Collections are on sale - TODAY ONLY - at 30% off with a qualifying purchase of $30 in regularly priced items. This makes for a great gift for yourself or that Cricut-lover on your gift list!

As a thank you gift, I will mail you a Bonding Memories Glue Pen that is perfect for assembling those Cricut images!

You can find more details about the "craze" by visiting my website or refer to yesterday's blog post with additional information about each cartridge.

Happy Cyber Monday!

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Cricut Flower Market Blog Hop

Thank you for joining us for our Blog Hop where we are featuring the Flower Market Cricut Collection from Close To My Heart. 

If you haven't already heard, we have a fabulous sale taking place tomorrow (Cyber Monday 2016) where you can save 30% off of our exclusive cartridges. You can click here for further details.
If you are coming from Cat's Blog, you are on the right track. You can find a complete list of participants by clicking here. 

I decide to keep my artwork pretty simple, using only cardstock and a little bit of Washi Tape, in an effort to really focus on the pointsettias and layout title created with cuts from the Flower Market Cricut Collection
This was super simple to put together and I am looking forward to creating some fun Christmas photos on them this year. (I do notice my Clear Sparkle fell off the 'i' from Christmas. Imagine it is there.) 

Here is a close-up of the largest pointsettia. I did not do any texturing, other than crinkling the leaves up a bit, and lifted up the edge of the flower petals because with it going in a scrapbook album I knew it would not be retained.
Thank you for stopping by my blog and viewing my artwork. Now head on over to Wendy's Blog to see what she has created and to continue the hop. We appreciate you joining us.

Have a wonderful week!

Cyber Monday Cricut Crazy with Close To My Heart!

Are you CRICUT CRAZY and lacking in one of our fabulous and exclusive Cricut® Collections? You can buy one of four of our Collections at 30% off with a $30 purchase on Cyber Monday (11.28.16)! 

The sale begins at 12:00 am (MST) on Monday, November 28, and will last until 11:59 that same day. You can place your order at:

We have a variety of Collections to choose from as detailed below. I have all of the Collections and love every single one of them!

Physical Cartridge - $67.30 (originally $99)
The designs in this collection are staples for any crafter, spanning a wide variety of themes,holidays, and seasons. Get back to the basics with font, banners, layered shapes, borders, backgrounds, and other fun icons that can be used for any and every occasion. Collection includes the following:

Digital Collection - $55.30 (originally $79)

Contains the same shapes, stamp sets, and cardstock as the cartridge collection (detailed above). The only difference is the 700 images are accessed using an online code rather than a physical cartridge. *Only available for use with Cricut Explore™ and Cricut Explore Air™


Physical Cartridge (only) - $67.30 (originally $99)
Take your scrapbooking to new heights with the Cricut® Artbooking collection! With its various layout motifs and coordinating images, you can easily create several themed, cohesive pages. Images include accents, borders, titles, overlays, photo mats—in standard photo sizes—and more! The Cricut® keys are optimized for creating 12" × 12" pages in a jiffy. You'll also love creating themed mini books to celebrate birthdays, holidays, and more. 
Collection includes the following:


Physical Cartridge - $67.30 (originally $99)
This Cricut® collection features blooms and blossoms for every season of life. All of the designs feature botanical details of some kind, from flowers and leaves to branches and wreaths. Designed to span an entire year's worth of themes and occasions, this collection features shapes for holidays, cardmaking, and everyday scrapbooking. We know this collection will really grow on you!
Collection includes the following:
  • 1 – cartridge (700 images: shapes, layers, banners, borders, titles, and font)
  • 3 – My Acrylix® D-size stamp sets
  • 1 – Adventure cardstock combo pack

Digital Collection - $55.30 (originally $79)
Contains the same shapes, stamp sets, and cardstock as the cartridge collection (detailed above). The only difference is that the 700 images are accessed using an online code rather than a physical cartridge.*
*Only available for use with Cricut Explore™ and Cricut Explore Air™

ARTFULLY SENT (This is cartridge has been discontinued for reproduction so get it while it lasts)
Physical Cartridge - $67.30 (originally $99)
Cardmaking has never been easier or more fun! With this Cricut®collection, you can make handmade masterpieces in no time at all. Choose from cards with sentiments cut directly into them, or combine several cutouts to create your own pop-up scenes. Featuring more than 25 different card themes and 5 different card formats including dynamic interactive designs, this cartridge has a card for any and all occasions—even if the occasion is "just because!" Card styles include pop-ups, scenes, sentiments, sleeves, and pocket cards.
Collection includes:
Let me know if you have any questions on the cartridges. They are exclusive to Close To My Heart and are great for your papercrafting projects. WATCH TOMORROW MORNING'S POST WHICH WILL HAVE INFORMATION REGARDING A THANK YOU GIFT YOU WILL RECEIVE IF YOU TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS SPECIAL!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!