Thinking Outside the Book

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Are you a cardmaker, or do you like making papercrafted projects? Don’t overlook the CTMH My Crush line of products!

My Crush books are perfect for scrapbooking in a quick and fun way, with their preprinted pages and spiral bound format, you can save your memories, photos and collectibles with nothing more than adhesive and a pen!

I created a fun interactive scrapbook of a trip with my husband using the My Crush Wildwood book and accessories.

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You can see more of the book here.

One of my favorite things about the My Crush book is the huge variety of patterned papers. Unlike a traditional paper pack with a few coordinating papers and solid colored cardstocks, the My Crush books have 60 pages with very few repeating patterns, and they are all designed to coordinate beautifully!

If you’re a cardmaker or papercrafter, you can ignore the cover and ring binding, it’s just a fancy wrapper for all those yummy heavy-weight patterned papers!

Tear out the papers, or pull the binding apart and remove the pages individually. Then get creative!


Since most cards and many papercrafting projects don’t need large 12x12 sheets of cardstock, the handy 7x10 size pages in the My Crush books is not a problem. Cut, layer, stamp and embellish with this amazing line of products!


Check out the My Crush products by Close to My Heart on my shopping website.

See more ideas for My Crush scrapbooking in this short video from Close to My Heart.

Retiring Items for March

Saturday, March 7, 2015

All good things must come to an end. March 31 will be the last day you can order some of the items shown in the Close to My Heart Seasonal Expressions 1 book.

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Many of the items will still be available, but papers and accessories will be discontinued April 1 to make room for the 2nd Seasonal Expressions, so make sure to place an order to guarantee you’ll get any of the items below.*

I’ve listed them all here, so just click to shop!


Heartstrings Paper Packet ($9.95)
Heartstrings Complements ($4.95)
Heartstrings Assortment ($5.95)

Heartstrings WOTG cardmaking kit ($24.95)


Hopscotch Paper Packet ($9.95)
Hopscotch Complements ($4.95)
Hopscotch Assortment ($5.95)

Hopscotch WOTG scrapbooking kit ($29.95)

Cut Above Valentine Treat Bag Kit ($14.95)


Cut Above Birthday Treat Bag Kit ($14.95)

Mini Clothespins – Lovestruck ($4.95)

Mini Clothespins – Happy Day ($4.95)

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Puffies – Stuck on You ($4.95)

Puffies – Junebug ($4.95)

You’re the Bomb Operation Smile stamp set ($13.95)

*Items available while supplies last. Shop early for best selection!

March Special: Join Close to My Heart!

Monday, March 2, 2015

Thinking about joining Close To My Heart? March is the month to get your business rolling!


During the month of March, new Consultants who join my team will receive a FREE shoulder tote (a retail value of over $26) with their New Consultant Kit.

Just $99
Our New Consultant Kit is just $99 and includes nearly triple the retail value in products and supplies. Including your FREE shoulder tote, that is a savings of over $290!

Look at all the products you’ll receive when you join my team!

Choose the Scrapbookers’ kit:


Or select the Cardmakers’ new consultant kit:


Plus, you’ll get the shoulder tote with your new kit, for free!

Earn a $150 rolling tote!
Additionally, new Consultants who remit $300 worth of commissionable sales in their first 40 days will receive the rolling tote (a retail value of $149.95 as a FREE bonus! (shipping & handling extra)

shoulder tote

These organization pieces are designed to help you get your business rolling, but they are only available while supplies last, so hurry on over and join today!

Free Training and Workshop Guides
When you join my Stamp Goddess team with Close to My Heart, you’ll have my experience and guidance to help you start your business and keep it going in a way that works FOR YOU!

My team members receive my support, as well as access to any of my Fabulously Artsy Workshop guides for no charge, so you can host your own classes and workshops.

Whether you want to get a discount on products and sell just to friends and family, or build a thriving business that can replace your regular income, there’s a place for you with Close to My Heart!

Join my team now!

Questions? Contact me!

Fabulously Artsy Wanderful Workshop

Monday, February 23, 2015

I’m thrilled to finally release my latest Fabulously Artsy Workshop! This workshop uses the Close to My Heart “Wanderful” workshop on the go plus additional supplies, and includes my exclusive 10 page instruction guide.

Read on for more details, how you can get the instructions for FREE, and why my Fabulously Artsy workshops save you time and money!

Close to My Heart’s Wanderful paper pack features travel-themed patterns and a neutral color palette of softened blues, tans and creams, with pops of honey yellow and gypsy purple.

With the arrow accents and sophisticated sparkle of metallic embellishments, the pages are perfect for urban escapes or global jaunts. But don’t feel limited by the theme, these pages can easily be adapted for graduation, teens and masculine pages, or more!

Why Fabulously Artsy Workshops?
This kit uses the Wanderful Workshop on the Go (WOTG), which when purchased alone allows you to create a two page layout, with online instructions to create two additional pages.

I’ve taken this WOTG and taken it a step further, with nothing more than an an additional packet of sequins and a few extra sheets of cardstock. You’ll create 8 pages instead of four, and you’ll cut all of your paper and stamp your embellishments quickly using my step-by-step guide. Save time, save money without wasting cardstock, and double your pages!

Have you seen my Fabulously Artsy instructional guides?
Full color with photos and instructions, they are so much more than a simple cutting chart.

From the easy-to-follow cuts that are planned to minimize mistakes and speed your cutting time, to the fully illustrated prep page that allows you to pre-stamp most of your embellishments, to the detailed step-by-step assembly guides, you’ll have your pages done in record time with no guesswork!

This 10 page Workshop Guide is FREE with any $25 purchase on my shopping website, or you can purchase the guide alone for just $9.99.

You can also join my CTMH team and get this and all my Fabulously Artsy workshops for free as long as you remain a team member!

How to Get the Workshop FREE! 
Visit my website and join the “Wanderful Workshop” by clicking the button on the right side of the page. Shop for Workshop supplies listed below. (Click on any of the links below to bring up items).

Any order over $25 will automatically qualify you to receive the Fabulously Artsy Wanderful Workshop Guide. You can order any products, even if they are not the supplies listed below.

Your shopping profile must have a current email address so I can send you the files after purchase.

Supply List
Wanderful Workshop on the Go (includes stamps, Washi tape, embellishments, cardstock and patterned paper)
Colonial White Cardstock (need additional 5 sheets - a full pack contains 24, or you can substitute any brand off-white)
Silver Assortment Sequins

Stamp Pads needed:
stamp pads do not come with WOTG 
Black Stamp Pad
Crystal Blue Stamp Pad
Gypsy Stamp Pad
Honey Stamp Pad
Desert Sand Stamp pad for distressing (optional)

How To Purchase the Workshop Guide 
Don’t want to shop for new products, but just want the guide? You can buy it!

This is a great option if you already own some or all of the products, if you have a CTMH consultant that you would rather shop with.

CTMH Consultants: Two Ways to Buy
If you’d like to host your own Fabulously Artsy workshop for your customers, you can receive the workshop instructions for free when you place an order of $25 or more on my website, OR you can buy the guide alone (includes consultant guide). Just follow the instructions above to order, or use the button above to purchase.

Contact me after placing your order to receive a two page consultant guide with tips and instructions to host your own workshop, plus a promotional image to send to your customers and post online.

You’ll also receive the NEW updated consultant release that allows you to hold workshops in person AND sell online! You’ll love my generous release that allows you to build your business with Fabulously Artsy Workshops that your customers will love!

Join my Team! Become a Close to My Heart consultant in March and receive a FREE shoulder tote, plus you can earn a CTMH rolling tote ($149.95 retail value) for FREE with qualifying sales. By joining my team, you’ll also receive any future Fabulously Artsy Workshop guides for free! More details about the March Special coming to my blog and facebook page soon, or contact me for more details now!

February Stamp of the Month

Friday, February 13, 2015


If you like a bargain, you probably already know about the Close to My Heart stamp of the month program. Every month we make available an exclusive set, at a very special price with a qualifying order, for just $5.

FebSOMa happy hello

During the month of February, you can purchase “A Happy Hello” for just $5 when you order $50 or more on my shopping website.

Love the set but don’t want to purchase any other products? You can also purchase the set at full retail, $17.95 with no additional purchase required.

Either price is a bargain, but you must purchase in February because this set is only available until Feb. 28, then it’s gone forever!


Don’t forget about the other February special, buy one album get the second one for half price! Save over $17 with every album purchased!

Wise Words–Make lots of Pots

Sunday, February 8, 2015


I often have people ask me how I learned so much about papercrafting. I credit my father, who was a professional artist and he encouraged creativity for all his children, I credit my education in art and graphic design, and my years of working in the printing and publishing industry.

However, I was a total newbie when I first discovered stamping and scrapbooking.

I bought some stamps, inks and papers, and I sat down and made stuff. Lots and lots of stuff. Some of my projects turned out lovely, lots of them were so-so, and lots ended up in the trash.

If you’re looking to improve your skills, do some research and learn from others, but don’t spend all your time on Pinterest and youtube… get your hands inky and don’t be afraid to make a mess!


I recently ran across this story, which sums up my beliefs perfectly….

A pottery teacher split her class into two halves.

To the first half, she said, “You will spend the semester studying pottery, planning, designing, and creating your perfect pot. At the end of the semester, there will be a competition to see whose pot is the best.”

To the other half she said, “You will spend your semester making lots of pots. Your grade will be based on the number of completed pots you finish. At the end of the semester, you’ll also have the opportunity to enter your best pot into a competition.”

The first half of the class threw themselves into their research, planning, and design. Then they set about creating their one, perfect pot for the competition.

The second half of the class immediately grabbed fistfulls of clay and started churning out pots. They made big ones, small ones, simple ones and intricate ones. Their muscles ached for weeks as they gained the strength needed to throw so many pots.

At the end of the class, both halves were invited to enter their most perfect pot into the competition. Once the votes were counted, all of the best pots came from the students that were tasked with quantity. The practice they gained made them significantly better potters than the planners on a quest for a single, perfect pot.

In life, the best way to learn a skill, is to make lots of pots.

Album Special for February

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Make this year your best scrapbooking year ever! It all starts with the album so make sure yours are the best. Stock up now and you can save 50% off Close to My Heart 12x12 albums! 1502-cc-album-allure

These new 12 x 12 albums are available in two styles, post-bound or D-Ring. They come in your choice of two patterns or solid black. You’ll love these all new albums packed with upgraded features.

  • Canvas covers with a protective coating for easy cleaning.
  • MDF covers instead of cardboard for superb strength.
  • Upgraded post-bound screws require no tools.
  • Albums hold 25 to 50 pages, depending on page thickness.

There is no limit on the half-price albums, so stock up while you can! For every album you purchase at full price, you may purchase one album for half-off, a savings of $17!

Albums are available while supplies last, so make sure you order soon to get the pattern and style you like best.

Watch the video for more information, and get a gander at how substantial and sturdy these albums are!

Click here to shop for albums.