Thursday, December 31, 2015

Happy New Year! Layout

Happy New Year's Eve!!

I am here to share a layout with you today that you could create and put your favorite pictures from your New Year's Eve celebrations as you count down to 2016.  It could also be used to highlight your favorites from this last year.  It could be a place for your family's new year resolutions or goals.  It would look great displayed in your home in a Designed Decor frame or placed at the beginning of your 2016 Family Album.  The possibilities are endless!! :)

As I played with the paper pack of the month this month, La Vie En Rose, I quickly loved all the the black and white patterns!! Each of these pattern pieces are from the La Vie En Rose paper pack.  The 6th pattern that belongs to the paper pack is a colorful rose pattern.

"Pop, Fizz, Clink" is a cricut cut from the new Artistry CTMH Cricut Collection.  The other embellishments on this layout include: Bodacious Banners stamping, In Review stamping, Watercolor, Gold glitter paper, Gold Fundamental Assortments, Pomegranate Fundamental Assortments, Gold foil tape and Itty Bitty Sparkles.

Do you have any crafting goals for the new year?  One of mine is to keep my Designed Decor frame full all year.  Ideally, I'd love to add a new layout or piece of art each month!  Not only will this layout be out for my family and I to enjoy but it will be a layout that I can quickly and easily add to our family scrapbook. Who wants to join me??  I know YOU do so keep on reading to see how I'm going to help make getting started easy for you!! :)

I'll keep you posted with upcoming workshops and classes!

Stop back this week for new product reveals and January steals and deals!


Tuesday, December 29, 2015

La Vie En Rose Shaker Card

I have loved crafting away with La Vie En Rose papers!  All of the black and white patterns make creating a layout for almost anything possible and fun.  Adding a color or group of colors of any kind can transform this paper from elegant to playful and fun.

Shaker Card featuring La Vie En Rose papers and Finding the Words stamps.

I created this shaker card using La Vie En Rose paper, Cricut Artbooking and Finding the Words stamp set.  I created the shaker part of the card with a frame cute from my Artbooking cartridge and used a 4x6 Flip Flap to create the window.  I filled the frame with sequins and glitter and used foam tape to seal the edges, containing all the fun stuff! :) I embellished with Poppy stamped images and Poppy Thick Twine.

Shaker Card featuring La Vie En Rose papers and Finding the Words stamps.

Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Everything!

Sunday, December 6, 2015


Do you follow me on Instagram?  If so, you have noticed that I've been a hashtaggin' fool this last week! :) Here's what's going on...

Follow Close to My Heart on Instagram, take pictures daily during December using their Christmas Countdown Challenge prompts, post them to Instagram or Facebook for a chance to win CTMH products!

How to win:

Each week, CTMH will draw a winner from those who have shared their photos on Instagram and send them their very own Picture My Life White Pines scrapbooking program.

Then, on December 29th, CTMH will select five winners from thos who have posted every day on either Instagram or Facebook.  The prize for these five winners will be a My Legacy Cocoa Damask D-Ring album, a Picture My Life White Pines scrapbooking program, and a Memory Protectors variety pack!

Here's the schedule so you know what's coming:

No crafting required just taking in the bits and pieces of the Christmas season.  Take a picture and post it using the hastag #ctmhcountdown

Good luck and enJOY!!

Friday, November 27, 2015

Cyber Week!!!

Who's ready for some deals on the good stuff??

For five days only, a selection of items from Close to My Heart's current product inventory can be yours for 25% off retail price!  Get supplies you'll need to make handcrafted gifts and cards for the holidays, including our Cricut Artfully Sent Collection, at an amazing discount!

Cyber Week Sales are good from: Monday, November 30, 2015 (10:00am CST) - Friday, December 4, 2015 (5:00pm CST).  

Shop at

All of these products are part of the Cyber Week sale.  You will find them on my online site under a special shopping section titled "Cyberweek Sale!"

Z3111  Base & Bling Snowflake Charm—Faux Gold
Z3112  Base & Bling Jingle Bell—Faux GoldZ3135  Base & Bling Snowflake Charm—Faux Silver
Z3136  Base & Bling Jingle Bell—Faux Silver
Z3138  Base & Bling Red Bead Charm—Faux Gold
Z3139  Base & Bling Red Bead Charm—Faux Silver
Z3180 Picture My LifeTM Going Places Scrapbooking Program 
Z3147 Cut AboveTM Dapper Giraffe Card Kit
Z2028 Designer Creations Short Stack Album
Z2036  Designer Creations Slate Paper Bags
Z2037  Designer Creations Lagoon Paper Bags
Z2038  Designer Creations Ruby Paper Bags
Z2039  Designer Creations Honey Paper Bags
Z2049  Designer Creations Cupcake Box
Z2050  Designer Creations Takeout Box
Z2053 Designer Creations Buttoned Bag
Z1838 5" x 7" Hinged Display Tray
Z1750 Designed Décor Display Tray
Z2006 Designed Décor Red Magnetic Chalkboard
Z2015  Designed Décor Black Shadow Box
Z2016  Designed Décor Colonial White Shadow Box
Z1833 My CreationsTM Kraft Container 
Z1871 My CreationsTM Kraft 3-Ring Album 
Z1953 My CreationsTM Journaling Cards Box Z1956 My CreationsTM Hip Pics Album 
Z3043 My CreationsTM Black Mini Book
Z3044 My CreationsTM Kraft Mini Book 
Z3069 My CreationsTM Mini Mix Album 
Z3137 My CreationsTM Pint-Sized Container 
Z3168 Cricut® Artfully Sent Collection
Z1476  4 1⁄4" x 5 1⁄2" White Daisy Envelopes
Z1477  5" x 7" White Daisy Envelopes
Z1478  6" x 6" White Daisy Envelopes
Z1756  3" x 3" Colonial White Envelopes
Z1757  4 1⁄4" x 5 1⁄2" Colonial White Envelopes
Z1758  5" x 7" Colonial White Envelopes
Z1759  6" x 6" Colonial White Envelopes
Z1851 Scallop Border Punch
Z1997 Triangle Border Punch 

Remember, to take advantage of the November promotions while you can!!

Shop at

Simply Fundamental Scrapbooking bundle!! I LOVE our Fundamentals!  Remember you can qualify for a FREE value pack of page protectors ($19.95 value) when you order the Fundamentals Bundle!

This awesome deal is available ONLY in November so be sure to scoop yours up while you can - available on my online site!!

PLUS!  When you purchase the Fundamental Scrapbooking bundle during November you also qualify for my piggyback promotion of a FREE PAPER PACK of your choice!! This deal is only good through me with this promotion.

Planners Gonna Plan!
Beginning December 1st you can get your hands on the new, gorgeous Everyday Life album from Close to My Heart, the accompanying Everyday Life 2016 planner pages, and the coordinating Everyday Life Perfect Plan roller stamp in an exclusive product bundle for only $29.95.  That's over 15% off the retail price!

With the new Everyday Life line, you'll experience "memory keeping on the go" as you track your menus and shopping lists, stamp reminders, keep appointments, and tuck away precious memories - plus much more - all at once!

Shop at

This offer is only available while supplies last, so plan to place your order early in the month and start 2016 off right!

What a week, huh? If you need any help figuring out how to get the best deal please do not hesitate to contact me!  I love a good deal and especially a good crafty deal!! :)

Happy Crafting!

Sunday, November 22, 2015

White Pines Layout

So, this is Christmas...

You know I was singing this song in my head for hours after I created the title on this layout!  Sometimes songs just get stuck in your head! :)

Have you had a chance to check out the beautiful CTMH White Pines collection? It's available in the Holiday Expressions Idea Book but ONLY until December 31st!  It's gorgeous and perfect for a variety of creating.  The soft creams and browns pair beautifully for more natural scrapbook layouts and projects and the greens and reds scream "This is Christmas"!

At my last Layout Workshop all three layouts we created used this paper collection.  This layout was one of the layouts!  I'd love to have you join me next time and if you're too far to stop in and attend purchasing a kit on the go is also an option (please let me know if that is something you're interested in)!

In addition to the White Pines paper this layout also features an overlay cut from the new Cricut Artistry collection and embellished just enough with gold sequins for a clean look.  

Christmas layout featuring White Pines paper and Cricut Artistry overlay.

What have you been creating lately?  Are you planning on a crafty Christmas?  Remember to fill our your Santa wish lists and get them to me so I can help you out! If you would like a Santa list, contact me today!

Happy Crafting!

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Falalalala Christmas Card

Anyone in the Christmas mood yet?  I so am!  I think it's because I've been preparing Christmas cards for my Christmas card buffet last month and have been playing with my papers of my upcoming layout workshop.  I certainly don't have my holiday shopping done! :)  Although, I have ideas swirling around... so I've got a start! :)

This Falalalala Christmas card was one of the cards that was available at my buffet in October.  

I have to say I love the simplicity of these trees and sentiment.  This card features 5 of 7 of the new CTMH colors that were introduced in September (saffron, fern, peacock, poppy and pomegranate). I have found myself creating a lot with these new rich colors.  They just look great, complementing each other well in multiple combinations and for many different projects!  

All the stamped images and sentiments come from a hostess rewards set available in Holiday Expressions, Festive Trees.  

Falalalala Christmas card featuring new CTMH colors!

 If you missed my workshop or are interested in hosting your own workshop contact me today.  I'd love to bring my workshop to you and a group of crafty friend or family members for a girls night out! 

All supplies used to create this card are available on my online site.  

Happy Crafting!

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Sangria Layout

I LOVE the Sangria paper collection.  The mix of colors pared with this time of year puts a smile on my face!

When I saw this layout posted on CTMHs Blog I new I wanted to recreated it.  I love the mixture of stamped pieces that were incorporated from the September promotion Hello, Life and the strokes of water color.  I really like the look of water color and need to experiment this was a great place to begin!

Close to My Heart artwork from Make It from Your Heart.

This is how I recreated this layout with Sangria papers, Hello Life and watercolors.  I also used liquid glass to create epoxy bubbles on my layout and added to the lens of the camera.  

Layout featuring CTMH Sangria paper collection.
Layout featuring CTMH Sangria paper collection.

Aren't the colors in this paper great?  Love it!!

Shop my online site to get your own Sangria papers, complements and assortments!

Happy Crafting!!

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

November News!

Hello!  Thanks for stopping by my little space to check out what I've got going on here and there. Today I've got the details of all the November CTMH (and Ellie) deals for you - check it out!

Scrapbookers, CTMHs November Constant Campaign has the perfect deal for you!!

Fundamental Scrapbooking Bundle!

Experience the beautiful Simply Fundamental Scrapbooking workshop - available only during November!  This workshop has been created using all the items featured in our campaign exclusive My Legacy album bundles, available this month only for $71.80 each

When you purchase the album bundle, you will also qualify to receive a value pack (25 memory protectors) of side load or top load Memory Protectors FREE -- a savings of $19.95! 

Each bundle includes: 
1) One My Legacy Album (style and design of your choice) 
2) One Paper Fundamentals Enchantment pack
3) One Fundamental stickers Enchantment pack
4) One Peacock Fundamental assortment
5) Three sheets of White Daisy cardstock
** And Your FREE Memory Protectors!

You will then be set to turn these beautiful products into fabulous layouts using the new Simply Fundamental Scrapbooking workshop featuring five layouts you can make using all the supplies in your bundle.  The layouts are fun, versitile and available to you electronically upon purchase of this bundle!!

The gift giving season is upon us: This bundle could be just the perfect gift to yourself, for yourself or from Santa! It would also make a pretty swell gift for a crafty friend or relative!  

Shop for your Simply Fundamental Bundle anytime this month and get ready to have some FUN with FUNdamentals!

Piggyback Promotion: FREE Paper Pack of your Choice!
When you purchase your Simply Fundamental Bundle from me this month you'll also score your favorite paper pack from me for FREE!!!

More great paper = more great layouts for that new album your getting!! You can choose from any of the paper packs in Annual Inspirations (Zoe, Sangria, La Vie En Rose, Kaleidoscope, Georgie, Urban) or Holiday Expressions (Nevermore, White Pines).  
Sangria is my featured paper pack of the month.  Check back this month for artwork ideas
using these beautiful papers!
Stamp of the Month: Cheers
"Cheers" is available during November only - for just $5 with a purchase of $50 or more. Grab yours today! 

Holiday Wish List!!
With November here and December well... that'll be here before we know it!  It's holiday shopping time!  Keep me in mind for those crafty friends, family members, teachers, secret santas, etc. you're shopping for.  CTMH has many crafty gifts that are very reasonably priced.  I'd love to help you find what you're looking for.

But most of all....  I'm ready to help YOU get all the CTMH goodies you're hoping for!!!  :) I've got a Santa letter ready for you to fill out! Leave your information in the newsletter section of my blog and I'll get you a copy ASAP!  You can leave your list out for Santa to see - or better yet... email me/give me your list and your Santa(s) you'd like me to contact and I'll make sure you're on the nice list!! :)

I would like to place all holiday orders by Sunday, December 6th to be sure everything makes it here and under the trees in time!! So, get busy!  Fill out your list and send it my way so I can contact those husbands, parents, friends or family members for you!! :) 

Coming Soon!!!

If you're following me or CTMH on social media (Facebook Business Page) you've seen the sneak peek of the new Planner System CTMH is releasing December 1st!  There are multiple products releasing with this system from the Everyday Life binder to planner pages and a new roller stamp to washi tape.  I will post more details here my blog and will be sending emails as it gets closer to releasing so be sure you're on my newsletter list! 

The need-to-know is this... it's adorbs.  And, all the products will be available individually but also in a bundle deal. Perfecto! If you're planning on planning this next year plan on checking this out December 1st!

Upcoming Workshops:
Tuesday, November 17th, 6pm-9pm:  White Pines Layout Workshop at my house.
-- RSVP by Tuesday, November 10th please. 

Friday, November 20th and Saturday, November 21st: CTMH Live Creative Broadcast on
-- Join the event for giveaways and inspiration anytime during these two days.  CTMH has an event set up on their Facebook page with more details in you're interested!

Host a Gathering or Workshop!

Is your wish list getting long?  Host a party and get some of that for FREE or 1/2 off!!  If you're not on my calendar to host a party yet and would love to be let's get that planned!  I'm ready whenever you are!! :) 
Happy Crafting!

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Halloween Layout!

Halloween is just around the corner. It's time to 'eat, drink and be scary'! I hope you all have spooky, fun plans with your ghouls and goblins!! 

Halloween layout featuring Nevermore and Cricut Artfully Sent.

This layout was created with Nevermore papers, Cricut Artfully Sent and Cricut Artbooking. I used a new favorite flair stamp of my mine from the new Annual Inspirations, Ink Blot, in the background.  Check out those cute green eyes. You can easily create any color sparkle you are looking for - those are clear sparkles colored with my ShinHan alcohol markers!

You can find all the supplies to recreate this layout on my online shopping site.

Happy Halloween!
Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Hello, Life!

Oh, hey! Today's your last chance to get your hands on National Stamping Month exclusive stamps Hello, Life! 

How about that brush stroke?  How'd I get it so perfect and so similar in each card? It's a stamp!! :) So is the "Hello"! Hello, Life! exclusive stamp sets are packed full of images and sentiments to help you awe-some artwork!  These little cards were quick and easy to make and are great for having on hand when you need to send someone a smile.

Hello, Life! cards featuring new colors eggplant, pomegranate and poppy.

Hello, Life! cards featuring new peacock color as well as a couple good standbys lagoon and glacier.

I am loving working with our new enchantment color palette!  The next two cards feature pomegranate and poppy colors while using the September stamp of the month, Paper Garden, as well as Hello, Life! stamps.  How about that beautiful paper?  Sangria!  Love!!
"Hello" card featuring September SOTM and Hello, Life!

"Happy Birthday" card featuring September SOTM and Hello, Life!

I was inspired by the artwork in the Hello, Life! flyer on these last two cards.  Watercolor is SO fun!! My husband was super impressed with how my stamp colors matched my painting - that's CTMH! Coordinating colors! :)
"Happy" card featuring Hello, Life! and watercolor.

And... if you missed it.  Check out how I used Hello, Life! and the Paper Garden, September SOTM on my layout here:
Sangria layout featuring Hello, Life! and September SOTM.

I just can't get enough! Today is your last chance to get your hands on these fun stamp sets!

Hello, Life! Exclusive Stamps available only during September 2015.

September Stamp of the Month

Happy Crafting!!

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Sunday Paper: Sangria Scrapbooking Layout

This last week was the official beginning of fall!  One of my favorite things about fall are the gorgeous fall colors.  It's still pretty green around here but the leaves are starting to change and anticipating the beautiful colors inspired my artwork this week.

This layout was created using Sangria papers.  Aren't they beautiful??  Using kraft paper as the background the Sangria papers really pop and get me in the fall mood!  I used September SOTM: Paper Garden and Antiqued Gold Mini-Medley Accents to embellish and finished the layout off with a small title fit in by the flowers "Autumn Memories".  This stamped title was created using the exclusive Hello, Life! stamp sets (only available this month).

Autumn Memories Layout featuring Sangria papers, September SOTM: Paper
Garden and Hello, Life! stamp set. 

I hope you get a chance to enjoy the great weather - get out and make some great 'Autumn Memories'!

Autumn Memories Layout featuring Sangria papers, September SOTM: Paper
Garden and Hello, Life! stamp set. 

Remember, September SOTM and the Hello, Life! stamp sets are only available during September so hop on over to my online shopping site and scoop yours up while they're available!

Hello, Life! Pocket Scrapbooking Set,  CC1042

Hello, Life! Cardmaking Set, CC1041

Hello, Life! Scrapbooking Set, CC1040

Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Halloween Layout

Things are getting spooky around here!

This layout was created using Nevermore paper, black glitter paper, my new favorite stamp set Ink Blot and Artiste Cricut cartridge

Layouts like this one can be created with me at my Layout Workshops! My next scheduled Layout Workshop is Tuesday, November 17th at 6pm. Mark your calendars! 

Happy Crafting!

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Sunday Paper: Nevermore Layout with Flip Flaps

Where will you put all those cute pictures you take on Halloween?

I think I'll put mine here...

Guess what? I certainly WILL take more than 3 pictures ...and this layout will still work because of flip flaps!! There are 10 photo mats on this layout and I'm confident I could squeeze a few more flip flaps on if needed! :)

Here's the layout with the flip flaps 'opened' up.

I found inspiration for this page from Dana Kessler on Pinterest and made it my own. I also gained a lot of flip flap inspiration from many consultants at Convention this summer.  To create this layout I used Nevermore paper pack, Nevermore complements, Artbooking Cricut cartridge and Flip Flaps.  The complements in the new Annual Inspirations are a home run - seriously cute!

Remember, when you purchase your Nevermore paper this month I you will receive instructions to make this "Spooky Fun " layout and receive a cute Halloween card to add to your stash! 

Happy Crafting!

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Sunday Paper: Artfully Sent Halloween Card

The days of September are cruising by and before we know it Halloween will be here!  True Story. Just like that we'll have little goblins and ghosts at our doorsteps trick-or-treating.

This card was created using the Artfully Sent Cricut cartridge.  "Candy Corn Kisses" cuts directly into the card so all I had to do was put some backing (retired Scardey Cat paper) behind the image.  Finally, paper fundamental scraps worked perfectly to decorate the candy corn - voila!  Truly a card made in minutes!

CTMH Artfully Sent Halloween Card

Are you wondering if Artfully Sent is the next Cricut cartridge for you?  Watch this quick video from Close to My Heart to see more of the functions Artfully Sent offers up close.

You can find Artfully Sent and the rest of CTMHs Cricut Collections on my online shopping site. Let me know if you have any questions!

Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Happy National Stamping Month!

September is off to an exciting start!  The new Annual Inspirations Idea Book and the first Holiday Expressions Book are now live.  If you are still in need of your own copies of these Idea Books let me know and I can get a copy sent your way!

National Stamping Month Promotion: Hello, Life!
September is also National Stamping Month! To celebrate CTMH has release 3 exclusive stamps, available only during the month of September, to help every kind of papercrafter say a big "hello" to life!  These C-size My Acrylix Hello, Life! stamp sets can be purchased for $13.95 each!  Or, for an even better deal, you can purchase all three for only $34.95 - a savings of $6.90! 

Each stamp set is designed to fit with a specific type of papercrafting, whether that's scrapbooking, cardmaking, or pocket scrapbooking.  However, all the stamp sets coordinate with each other and can be used together to create dynamic artwork.  These stamp sets also coordinate with shapes from the new Cricut Artistry collection to help expand your artwork options even further. 

Remember, these stamp sets are available for one month only, so get your orders in for one stamp set - or all three - before these gorgeous stamps disappear!  Make certain to follow Close To My Heart's blog, Instagram, and Facebook page for artwork inspiration featuring these lively stamp sets all month long.  You can post your own artwork to your social media channels using the hashtag #ctmhHelloLife

CTMH Artwork created using exclusive National Stamping Month stamp sets, "Hello, Life!".

Stamp of the Month: Paper Garden
During the month of September you can purchase this exclusive D-Sized stamp set,Paper Garden, for only $5 with an order of $50 or more!

Paper Pack of the Month: Nevermore
Stay tuned to my blog, Facebook page and Instagram for Nevermore inspiration this month.  Nevermore will be featured in my artwork and at workshops this month.

Nevermore Paper Pack: X7198B

Nevermore Assortment (adhesive-backed, printed, faceted gems): Z3083

Nevermore Complements (coordinating stickers, Kraft Di-Cuts & Plastic Die-Cuts): X7198C 

I'd love for you to play with this paper collection along with me!  When you order your Nevermore paper pack during September you'll receive a fun Halloween card as well as instructions to create this exclusive scrapbooking layout.

Upcoming Workshops
Paper play dates are even more fun when spent with friends!  Be sure to mark these dates on your calendar!

September 20th2:00-4:00pm Kid's Club
September 22nd6:00-9:00pm Layout Workshop
October 10th9am-Midnight CROPTOBER FEST Crop
October 20th6:00-8:00pm Christmas Card Buffet

These upcoming workshops and classes are ones that I'm hosting at my house.  You are all welcome and invited to come!  Please call, email or text with your RSVP and I'll get you on the VIP list! :)

Finally, I am still take reservations for gatherings this fall!  As my calendar fills I want to make sure you are on it!  You can pick the type of party you want.  Just for hosting YOU get free product in addition to all the hostess rewards you will earn and EVERY party will have a free make-and-take project for you and your guests.

It's National Stamping Month! Keep Calm and Stamp On!
Happy Crafting!