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Saturday, January 31, 2015

Stamp of the Month Blog Hop - February: A Happy Hello


Welcome to the February Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! This month’s set is A Happy Hello, a set of 15 stamps.

If you have come here from {Cat Nowak’s blog}, you’re in the right place! There are more than 60 independent Close to My Heart consultants participating. Click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move through the Hop.

The Blog Hop is a great big circle. Start here and work your way around. If you get lost along the way you’ll find a complete list of participating consultants here. You can use this list to pick up where you left off.

Let’s see some artwork!



When it came to creating the swap assignments for our current round, we decided to do away with creating a 3-D Cricut item for a while. It’s been on our list for at least a couple years, so we’ve accumulated quite a few things that are harder to find a place for. That being said, one member suggested creating Picture My Life pages instead. We all agreed that this is a great idea!

Wouldn't you know that I was the first one to be assigned the Picture My Life cards? I was actually really happy about it because this stamp set is so perfect for PML cards! The paper packet we had to use was Hopscotch. It has such a pretty color palette that’s ideal for flowers and spring.

For my page I did a mixture of stamping techniques and embellished patterned paper. I also used Artfully Sent to cut one of the cards. 



Here is what I used. All products are Close to My Heart:

S1502 A Happy Hello stamp set
X7194B Hopscotch Paper Packet
1276 Ponderosa Pine Cardstock
1388 Colonial White Cardstock
Z2642 Flaxen Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad
Z2641 Glacier Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad
Z2130 Indian Corn Blue Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad
Z2196 Smoothie Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad
Z2191 Sunset Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad
Z1986 Pink Shimmer Trim
Z1918 Teal Shimmer Trim
Z3016 Hopscotch Assortment
Z3012 Pathfinding Assortment
Z3038 Junebug Puffies
Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape
Z1912 Corner Rounder
Z1836 Non-Stick Micro-Tip Scissors
Z3017 Cricut® Artfully Sent Collection


Now “Hop” on over to {Lela Norris’ blog} to see her work, and be sure to visit each consultant’s site to get some great crafting inspiration and other fun ideas! Don’t forget, this exclusive stamp set is only available through February 28th. Click here to order yours today!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Cricut® Artfully Sent: Scene Function


Close To My Heart’s Cricut® Artfully Sent cartridge is packed with beautiful and inspirational card concepts, including the “scene” function.

For more information on Artfully Sent, click here.


Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Cricut® Artfully Sent: Pop-Up Cards with Icons


Take a look at some eye-popping cards made with the Pop-up and Icon functions of Close To My Heart’s Cricut® Artfully Sent collection.

Want more details on the Artfully Sent bundle? Click here.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Special Edition Blog Hop: Year >> Noted



As you may know, January is National Papercrafting Month, and once again Close to My Heart has an exclusive kit for you! This means a special edition Blog Hop, too! This year we’re offering the Year >> Noted Paper Kit, which features a C-size stamp set, stickers, cardstocks, and B&T Duos™ papers.
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The Hop features more than 20 independent Close to My Heart consultants and showcases how they chose to work with this fun kit. If you have come here from Chris Lothian’s blog, you’re in the right place! 

The Blog Hop is a great big circle. Start here and work your way around. If you get lost along the way you’ll find a complete list of participating consultants here. You can use this list to pick up where you left off.

Let’s begin!




While this kit was designed to coordinate with the My Creations™ kraft mini book, I decided to turn it into Picture My Life pages instead. I removed the zip strip and cut the B&T Duos and cardstock into 4x6 pieces, and then I used pieces from some of them to create pennant strips or to stamp on. I have my first page ready for photos and journaling and will continue to add more cards.

Click on image to view larger.

I used Desert Sand ink for all the stamping on this page.

Now “Hop” on over to Jacquelin Green's blog to see her work, and be sure to visit each consultant’s blog to get some great crafting inspiration and other unique ideas! 

Here are the campaign details:
In celebration of National Papercrafting Month, Close To My Heart invites you to reflect on the things that make you who you are and on what you want to accomplish in the coming months. Then, with the help of the Year >> Noted paper kit, record your experiences and goals! During the month of January, with a qualifying purchase of $50, you are eligible to purchase the exclusive Year >> Noted paper kit (which has a retail value of over $24 USD / $27 CAD) for only $5—that’s over 80% off retail! Or, for an additional $5, you can order the Year >> Noted paper kit with an accompanying My Creations™ kraft mini book. The paper kit for both options includes a C-size stamp set, stickers, cardstocks, and B&T Duos™ papers, all specially designed to coordinate with the My Creations™ kraft mini book so you can have a yearlong scrapbooking experience. This means you will receive over $34 USD / $37 CAD worth of product for only $10 if you purchase the kit with the accompanying mini book! But the fun doesn’t end there—included on the sticker sheet, you will find a large golden seal. Once the year is done and all the pages are filled, seal up your book and create a mini time capsule that you can open years from now. Remember, this deal is only available for January, so make sure to get your own Year >> Noted paper kit today for the perfect start to a crafty year!

Offer valid January 1, 2015–January 31, 2015. Click here to order yours today!

Here is a list of suggested materials that you may want to order to compliment your kit:
CC1032 Year >> Noted Paper Kit
Z3044 My Creations™ Kraft Mini Book
Z2174 Champagne Exclusive Inks™ Pad
Z2118 Desert Sand Exclusive Inks™ Pad
Z2642 Flaxen Exclusive Inks™ Pad
Z2641 Glacier Exclusive Inks™ Pad
Z2164 Sorbet Exclusive Inks™ Pad
Z2173 Slate Exclusive Inks™ Pad
Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Christmas Gifts

Happy New Year!

Now that Christmas has come and gone I can share a couple of the gifts I made for my family. I tried a new technique/product that I hadn't used before, but I was also able to use some things that I've had lying around for more than a year.

First up are these chalkboard mason jars. I received a lot of emails over several months with ideas for crafting with them. I didn't have time to try even a fraction of them, of course, but since I liked the chalkboard idea the most, it's the one I did.


Before I got started I used some blue painter's tape and wrapped it around the threaded part of the jars so that the lids would still screw on like they're supposed to. I covered my work area (outside) with a large piece of plastic, and then I found a box that I could stand on end and stand the jars in. Following the directions on the can of spray paint, I applied my first layer of chalkboard paint making sure to rotate each jar to cover the whole thing. Once the paint had dried for the appropriate amount of time, I added a second coat.

When everything was really dry I used a chalkboard marker to decorate the outside. I thought about cutting some tags or letters or something to hang from the twine but decided I liked the simple, rustic look of just using the twine.

Here is what I used:
  • mason jars, twine and Krylon Chalkboard Paint all purchased at Michael's
  • Chalk Marker from Close to My Heart


Next up are these chalkboard signs. I'd started working on them ages ago but couldn't get my idea to come together enough to get them done in the timeframe I was working with. A few months later this stamp of the month came along and I created a card with these houses and the sentiment. I knew then that I'd come up with the design for these signs.

Because I was using a design I'd already worked with, I still had the Cricut Craft Room file that I'd use to cut out the houses. All I had to do was choose my colors and cut! The embossing folders work so well that you can easily run 3 pieces of cardstock through at once, so I stacked the houses and did one run through with each of the folders I needed. I swiped two of the white houses across the Honey ink pad to add another color.


Cranberry, Olive, and White Daisy cardstock with brown stripe ribbon.



Slate, Whisper, and White Daisy cardstock with black stripe ribbon.



Cranberry, Olive and White Daisy cardstock with burlap ribbon.

Here is what I used:


Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Stamp of the Month Blog Hop - January: This Moment


Welcome to the January Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! This month’s set is This Moment, a set of 12 stamps.

If you have come here from {Jilena Paskett’s blog}, you’re in the right place! There are more than 60 independent Close to My Heart consultants participating. Click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move through the Hop.

The Blog Hop is a great big circle. Start here and work your way around. If you get lost along the way you’ll find a complete list of participating consultants here. You can use this list to pick up where you left off.

Let’s get started!


My swap group decided to use one of the papers from Seasonal Expressions 1 for this month’s assignment, so I had the Heartstrings paper to use with this valentine-themed stamp set. I knew right away I wanted to do something that didn’t look like a valentine.

I thought it might be nice to have a card for any occasion so I went with the “Hello” sentiment as the focal point for my card. I stamped it in Lagoon ink near the right edge, and then stamped the arrows in Whisper. I added the Hollyhock cardstock for a little pop of color, and I edge-distressed it with scissors to add some other texture. I did the same to the edges of the B&T above and below the sentiment.


I love the Teal Shimmer Trim and thought it was a great way to add a bolder shade of the Lagoon. I pulled the metallic string out of the Slate Baker’s Twine and tied the arrow from the Base & Bling Charms into the knot in the twine.

Here is what I used. All products are Close to My Heart:

S1501 This Moment stamp set
X7193B Heartstrings Paper Packet
Z2195 Lagoon Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad
Z2172 Whisper Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad
Z1918 Teal Shimmer Trim
Z1921 Baker's Twine Neutral Metallic Assortment
Z2024 Base & Bling Signature Charms
Z534 Micro-tip Scissors

Now “Hop” on over to {Lori Brown’s blog} to see her work, and be sure to visit each consultant’s site to get some great crafting inspiration and other fun ideas! Don’t forget, this exclusive stamp set is only available through January 31st. Click here to order yours today!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

New Albums Available!

Have you seen our new My Legacy™ albums? Read on to learn more about them! 

My Legacy™ Post-Bound Albums

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Trendy canvas album with 1½" bindings for holding 12" x 12" projects. Ideal for showcasing classic 12" x 12" scrapbook layouts side by side in Memory Protectors featuring lay-flat seam. Sturdy binding ideal for securing thicker layouts. Memory Protector capacity varies depending on thickness and weight of layouts. Non-expandable. Available in Ruby Floral, Lagoon Chevron, and Black.


My Legacy™ D-Ring Albums


Trendy canvas album with 1½" bindings for holding 12" x 12" projects. Perfect for using divided Memory Protectors™ such as Picture My Life™ layouts. Memory Protector capacity varies depending on thickness and weight of layouts. Non-expandable. Available in Lagoon Chevron, Ruby Floral, and Black.

Click here to order or for additional information.



Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Totes To Go

Our new rolling tote and shoulder tote are now available to order! Watch this video to learn about all the fantastic features, and then contact me or shop here to get yours today!



Make your life faster, simpler, and easier with Close To My Heart’s rolling tote. Simply pack it and go to any crafting event, knowing that all the right tools and tricks are stored safely inside.