You've Been Framed!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

 Just a few more days to purchase the August Stamp of the Month, Framed. This super versatile stamp set is a must-have for cardmakers. With nine sayings and three frames, you'll never run out of options for mixing and matching.


What's a STAMP OF THE MONTH?
Each month Close to My Heart has one stamp set that is only available for that month. You can purchase it for full price at $17.95, or save over 70% and get it for just $5 when you place an order of $50 or more on my shopping website. Stamp of the Months are only available during their assigned month, once they're gone, they're gone! To find the current Stamp of the Month on my shopping website, go to the "promotions" tab in the top bar and pull down to Stamp of the Month.

Cricut Artistry Collection Now Available

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Time to celebrate! Close to My Heart's newest Cricut cartridge is now available to order on my shopping website!

This new cartridge is called Artistry, and it's packed with over 700 images (shapes, layers, banners, borders, backgrounds and a font). It's back to basics with updated and creative shapes and images that will fit your scrapbooking, cardmaking and crafting needs.

Check out all the images here.

Did you know? Close to My Heart Cricut collections are more than just a cartridge! You'll also receive three stamp sets designed specifically to coordinate with the cartridge, retail value $17.95 EACH. Plus you receive an Enchantment cardstock combo pack, with 20 sheets of cardstock (2 each of 10 colors), retail value $14.50. So add that up.... you get $68.35 in products PLUS the Cricut Artistry cartridge! All for just $99 for the Cartridge collection, or $79 for the digital collection.

The new Artistry collection is already my new favorite. I love the modern shapes, the funky font, and the variety of backgrounds, shapes and words. I like to use my Cricut cuts for embellishing my pages, cards and projects without relying too heavily on pre-made images. This cartridge fits the bill perfectly!

BONUS: Purchase any Cricut collection from my CTMH shopping website and receive two new catalogs for FREE!  Be one of the first to get your hands on the 2015/2016 Annual Inspirations and the Holiday Expressions 2015 when you order your Cricut collection. See all the new products set to unveil on September 1st!

Whatever Wednesday

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

I feel like this post should be about balance. Something profound, about how we all need to strive for balance in our lives. In our hearts, in our homes, and in our artwork.

But guess what? I'm not going to go there. I struggle with achieving a balanced life, and I usually go with my gut. Which means sometimes I'm throwing myself into a new project without a clue as to how I'm going to get it all done, or other times I might take it slow and careful. Life can be chaotic in my house, but it's always interesting and there's always something new to learn.

So what's with the rocks?


I may lack balance in my everyday life, but I discovered I have a hidden talent. I can balance rocks, and I'm pretty good at it. (Although not as good as this guy).

I'd never tried it before, but last weekend our family was enjoying a lazy summer day at the river and I wasn't ready to get into the chilly water just yet. I was doing that "mom" thing, wading around up to my kneecaps, but not daring to go any deeper. I picked up a rock and tried balancing it on another rock that was protruding from the water.

Then I added another. And another.


It takes patience and focus, and I love the artistic side of choosing just the perfect rock to include in the stack. I'd search the shallows for a rock that would speak to me, one that had just the right contrast of color and shape to add to my sculpture. It's addicting and relaxing at the same time, and I spent the rest of the weekend gazing longingly at rocks that were just begging to be stacked.


Balance in my life? Probably never going to happen. But I CAN tell you - you'll never know what hidden talents you have until you try. So pick up that paintbrush, or take ballroom dancing lessons, or stack some rocks. Who knows, you might be the next rock whisperer!

Do you have a hidden talent? I'd love to hear about it! Leave me a comment and tell me what you can do, and how you discovered your secret ability. Was it hard work or are you a natural?

New Organization Products

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

During the month of August, get your hands on the latest and greatest in organization products from Close To My Heart—with a few perks thrown in!



Simply place an order for the new marker roll-up at full retail price and receive the new D-size stamp set My Acrylix® Balloon Wishes FREE! Or place an order for the new accessory roll-up at full retail price and receive two new Base & Bling style sheets FREE!

All of the items offered as part of this campaign are featured in the Annual Inspirations 2015–2016 idea book, but are available for early purchase during August only as part of this campaign.


The marker roll-up will be your new best friend, providing storage space for up to 25 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ markers. The My Acrylix® Balloon Wishes stamp set (retail value $17.95) is perfect for coloring, making them a practical pairing.


The accessory roll-up is ideal for sorting and storing accessories, Base & Bling items, and embellishments, while the new Base & Bling style sheets, Lovely Blooms and Affirmations, are full of gorgeous floral designs and hip icons and sentiments perfectly suited for creating stunning jewelry pieces.

Place your order for one—or both—deals and get an exciting sneak peek at just a few of the many new products found within Annual Inspirations’ pages!

 Dates: Offer valid August 1, 2015 (9:00 am MDT)–August 31, 2015 (11:59 pm MDT).
Click here to shop my website!

Whatever Wednesday

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

stubborn men

Sounds about right.

Goodbye Old Favorites

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

retiring colors2015

With the new Close to My Heart catalog release approaching on September 1, it’s time to say goodbye to some old favorites to make room for new friends!

Seven colors from the Enchantment color palette are retiring and will be replaced by new cardstocks, stamp pads and re-inkers. The new colors will not be a color-for-color replacement (blue for a blue, green for a green) but it will refresh and modernize this rich color palette with a whole new look.

retiring INK colors2015

That means you still have time to snap up your faves before they go away forever. Stock up now while supplies last, because the won’t be around for long! Official date for retirement is August 31, but inventory on popular colors may run out much sooner.

The following colors from the Close to My Heart Enchantment color palette will be retired on August 31, 2015. Click on the links to shop.
Barn Red cardstock, stamp pad, re-inker
Indian Corn Blue cardstock, stamp pad
Olive cardstock, stamp pad
Outdoor Denim cardstock, stamp pad
Autumn Terracotta cardstock, stamp pad
Ponderosa Pine cardstock, stamp pad, re-inker
Smokey Plum cardstock, stamp pad

SAVE before September 1st!

stamp pad price increase

Prices on ALL inkpads and re-inkers will be going up by $1 each on September 1. The current price applies to all retiring products as well as those colors that are sticking around, so save a few bucks and stock up on your favorite colors now!

Whatever Wednesday

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

interesting man scrapbook

I admit it, I’m a slow scrapbooker. How about you? Are you slow or speedy? Leave a comment and let me know!