Friday, December 5, 2014

Seasonal Expressions is Available NOW!

Seasonal Expressions is HERE and waiting for you to take a peek.  Full of wonderful new products, artwork and more!!  This supplement to the Annual Inspirations is good from now to March 31, 2015.  Be sure to take note of the icon legend at the bottom of page 1.  The "Seasonal Product" icon marks products that will only be available for the live dates!  Some new items include:  Heartstrings and Hopscotch Paper Packs, as well as the Picture My Life Collections, New Cut Above Kits and New Embellishments.  All ready for your New Year creations.

 To order your new goodies go HERE or just give me a call!


Wednesday, December 3, 2014

A Deal of the Decade

This year marks the 10-year anniversary of Close To My Heart's revolutionary My Acrylix stamps.  Please come celebrate with us!  With a qualifying purchase of $50 during the month of December, you will be eligible to purchase ANY C or D-size stamps from the Annual Inspirations 2014-2015 idea book for only $10.  And remember with you $50 purchase you are eligible to purchase the December stamp of the month for just $5.
Click HERE to start checking out the great stamps we have to offer!


Sunday, November 30, 2014

December Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog to view my artwork for the December Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!   If you have come from Brenda's blog, you are on the right track.  You can also just start at my blog or check out all of the hoppers HERE.
 Cutie Pie (S1412) is a set of 11 stamps that you can purchase for $17.95 or get for $5 with a qualifying purchase.

I used patterned paper from two different paper packs to make this 5x7 card.  I also used the Foam Mat (Z1859) and the Ruler (Z1471) to make small holes in the Crystal Blue and Chevron Paper with my piercing tool.  Just around the outer edge for a little something extra.

Chalk It Up Paper Pack, Wanderful Paper Pack, Champagne, Black, Sorbet and Crystal Blue Cardstock, Neutral Baker's Twine, Sorbet and Black Ink

Now hop on over to Pam's blog to see what she has created.  Enjoy the hop and I hope this holiday season is your best one yet!


Friday, November 28, 2014

The Rest of the Story

Here are the rest of the cards made using the card workshop found in the Wishes Card Making Book  The first post can be found HERE

 Enjoy looking and I hope you make a few cards using this pattern.  
 We are needing some bright festive colors around here lately.  Too much cold and snow too early, don't you think?
Stay warm and craft on!


Monday, November 24, 2014

It's the Little Things

The Stamp of the Month for November is It's The Little Things (S1411).  A set of 15 stamps just for you!  Don't miss out on getting your very own.  It will only be around till the end of November.  Just $5 with qualifying purchase.


Thursday, November 20, 2014

Peace and Joy

A little sampling of things I have been making.  I used the Snowhaven Paper Pack along with Best Christmas (D1613) stamp set.  And have you seen our new BAGS?  They are so cute and versatile.  There are four colors to pick from:  Lagoon, Slate, Ruby and Honey.  What a great bag to slip a little goodie in.  Check out the Designer Creations Paper Bags HERE
Enjoy your day!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

At Grandma and Grandpa's

More paper from the Yuletide Carol Paper Pack  Isn't it pretty?  And more Yuletide Carol Complements and pieces from the Assortment.  There is some Shimmer Trim on the second page
as well as a stamped snowman from the Christmas Past (D1610) Stamp Set.  I will add my journaling to this layout and be all done.  Memories perserved!


Thursday, November 13, 2014

Oldies but Goodies

Do you remember when you purchased the Wishes Card Making Book?  How great it was to have all of those patterns at your disposal?  I hope you have been using it all of the time.  It's a great resource!
 My mom has been making cards from the Greetings Card Workshop in Wishes, and I thought I would share them here.
 There are sixteen cards that you can make with one piece of B&T and two pieces of Cardstock.  She used a retired paper pack with various stamp sets and embellishments.
 The cards go together really quickly and as you can see, they can be jazzed up anyway you want.
As easy or as detailed as you desire.  Here are eleven of the cards and I will share the rest later in the month.  If you are looking for fast and easy way to make your Christmas cards this year, this is a great way to do it.  Happy Creating,


Tuesday, November 11, 2014


These are last year's Christmas pictures at the in-laws.  I always enjoy seeing pictures of the kids and how they have changed from last year.  We had such a wonderful time, laughing, visiting and enjoying time spent together.
This is a two page layout using the Yuletide Carol Paper Pack.  The colors of this pack are Ruby and New England Ivy, with a little Champagne and Black thrown in.  With just some journaling added, my layouts will be done.
I add some of the embellishments from the Yuletide Carol Compliments.  The girl carrying the tree, a bunch of ivy and the banner are all from the set.  I stamped JOY from the Noel Stamp Set (C1598) and also used Gold Metal Shapes and Glitter Gems from the Yuletide Carol Assortment.  All coordinated to make assembly easy.


Friday, November 7, 2014

Thanks So Very Much

We all need thank-you cards.  Here's one using the Pathfinding Paper Pack and my go-to books Make It From Your Heart.  

Supplies:  Pathfinding Paper Pack, For A Friend Stamp Set , Glacier and Barn Red Cardstock, Barn Red Ink, Bronze Shimmer Trim and Sparkles

We have so much to be thankful for!


Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Christmas Morning

Just trying to catch up with last year's holiday photos.  This is Snowhaven with the Cricut Artbooking Cartridge.
I love how easy pages go together when you have overlays like this.  We had so much fun watching the paper fly as the packages were opened.


Sunday, November 2, 2014

Lucky 5

That's this month's Constant Campaign!  November marks the 5 year anniversary of Studio J!  There are 5 ways to win through Studio J and Close To My Heart social media

1:  Through the month of November, all layouts purchased through Studio J are $5

2: Every fifth order placed in Studio J during November recieves a FREE surprise CTMH accessory in the shipping box!  A value of $5 or more.

3:  Five "golden tickets" will be randomly sent out in print orders.  This ticket is redeemable for one of CTMH's new D-ring albums loaded with 10 top load protectors.  (pattern and color based on availability)

4: Simply create new, gorgeous layouts in Studio J, select your favorites and post them to the CTMH Facebook page.  Five winners will be selected and will receive their very own D-ring album with protectors!

5: Last but not least, post your favorites to Instagram using the hashtag #ctmhlucky5.  And as with Facebook, there will be 5 winner picked and will receive a D-ring album with 10 protectors

Don't miss out on this great promo!!


Friday, October 31, 2014

November Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

Welcome to my blog and the November Stamp of the Month Blog Hop.  If you have come from Pam's blog, you are on the right track.  If you get lost along the way, please check HERE for the complete list of hoppers.

This month's stamp set is called It's The Little Things (S1411)

My first two cards were made using the colors of the Pathfinder Paper Pack: Goldrush, Lagoon, Glacier, Autumn Terracotta, Olive and Chocolate.  I have fallen in love with this set.  Layering the flowers really makes them really pop.  And did you notice the white on white card?  The top piece is popped up a bit.  The card on the right is a 3x3 card.  Just a small little gift card.

These little cards are just 3x3s also.  Quick and simple with three colors of ink to add dimension.  We all need that fast little card to add to a gift or to slip onto someones desk or in a bag.

This is a set of 15 stamps I think you will really love.  Ask me how you can get yours for just $5. 

 Now hop on over to Brenda's Blog to see what she has created.  Enjoy the journey.  I hope it inspires you to think about the "little things"


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Time is Running Out for the October Stamp of the Month

Don't miss out on your chance to get this great stamp set.  It will be gone at the end of the month.  Home for the Holidays (S1410) is a set of 7 very festive stamps you will want to add to your collection.

Supplies: Home for the Holidays, Black, Cranberry and Whisper Cardstock, Glacier, Black and Cranberry Inks, Snowhave Paper Pack and Silver Sequins


Sunday, October 26, 2014


Well, after a few weeks of trauma without a working computer, I am back up and running.  There are still a few things I haven't figured out here, but for the most part, things are good.

This card was made using the Pathfinding Paper Pack.  Don't you just love these colors.  ( you might notice I say that alot)  This card pattern is from the Make It From The Heart Books, and was so easy to put together.

Supplies used:
Pathfinding Paper Pack, Feathers Stamp Set, For A Friend Stamp Set, Barn Red and Gold Rush Cardstock, Barn Red and Goldrush Inks, and Gold Shimmer Trim

How is your creating coming along?


Friday, October 10, 2014

One Last Look at Scaredy Cat

It's not just for Halloween, you know.  The card above is for Halloween,
but this one is not.  Same paper pack, different occasions.  Our papers can be used for so many different projects.  Don't let "themed" paper hold you back!

What have you created today?


Wednesday, October 8, 2014

A Day at Mom's

Usually, around the first week of October, I go to my mom's to attend the Breast Cancer Survivors Brunch with her.  This year, we decided to have our own party at home, just the two of us.  
 We scrapped and made cards the whole day and got quite a few things done.  Here is a layout that I made while I was at her house.  I used the Pathfinding Paper Pack with these fall pictures.  I love how I can cut out shapes and words with our Cricut Cartridges.  I tied Baker's Twine on the branches and added Gold Sequins for a little shine.
I hope your Fall is going well.  Get out and enjoy the colors of Autumn with family.   Before you know it, the snow will be falling.


Monday, October 6, 2014

Check out this new blog!

CTMH has launched a new blog.  Go check it out; it's called Make It From Your Heart.   Scroll down a bit to see what the contest is all about.  If you click on t;he title of the actual blog post, the comment section will show up at the bottom.  Check back often or follow our blog for great ideas, photos, inspiration and more.


Friday, October 3, 2014

The October Constant Campaign Ribbon Revelry

Do you love ribbon?  Now is your chance during the month of October.  With each quailifying purchase of $50, you are eligible to receive one of two chevron ribbons FREE!  Ruby or Outdoor Denim!  The ribbon has a retail value of $6.95, but it's a surprise!  Put in your order today.....and don't forget when you spend $50 you also qualify for the discounted Stamp of the Month!

Happy October!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

October Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

Welcome to my blog!  My name is Katie and this is the October Stamp of the Month Blog Hop.  If you have come from Allisa's blog, you are on the right track.  If you get lost along the way, here is a link to the whole list to get you back on the right path.

Home for the Holidays (S1410) is a set of 7 stamps out just in time for your holiday creating.  I took my inspiration for this card from the Make It From Your Heart Vol. 2 Card Pattern #25.  The house is popped up with Foam Tape and paper pieced.

Supplies:  Snowhaven Paper Pack (X7188B), Cranberry, Glacier and Black Ink, Glacier and Cranberry Cardstock, Silver Shimmer Trim and Black Sparkles.

 This card is a 5x7 and is made on Colonial White Cardstock.  I made the little gold bow by cutting the Gold Shimmer Trim in half and folding it for the loops, then adding the knot and tail over top.

Supplies:  Yuletide Paper Pack (X7187B), New England Ivy and Ruby Cardstock,  Ruby and New England Ivy Ink, Gold Shimmer Trim and Gold Bling Gems. 

Now hop on over to Morgan's Blog to see what she has created.  Thanks for stopping by!


Monday, September 29, 2014

Frightfully Fun and friends

A couple of quick cards made from one of the CTMH How To Books.  They are such life savers when making cards.  Just open, pick a pattern and start creating.  I look at my stamp, find a pattern that is a good fit for my image and go from there.  Just that easy.  You can find these books on page 190 of the Annual Inspirations Idea Book.  Books for both cards and scrapbooking pages.

Start your creations today!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

A Jump on the Holidays

The Cardmaking Workshops on the Go for Snowhaven is the perfect way to spread good cheer during the holiday season.  I love, love, love the stamp set that goes with this set.  Make 15 cards in a flash.  Just cut, stamp and assemble.  You are ready to bring in the jolly holidays.
Get a jump on your holiday cards.  Grab a Workshop on the Go Snowhaven Cardmaking Kit and start crafting!  


Monday, September 22, 2014

If the Broom Fits....

I love the saying included in the stamp set Halloween Greetings (D1605)  And the witch is a cutie too.  This card was made with several new items.  The new color Thistle is in the Scaredy Cat Paper Pack.  You can get this color in ink or cardstock too.  Halloween Greetings is new, a set of 10 stamps for those spookier stampers out there.  The White Enamel Stars (z2010) come in a pack of 72 with two sizes in the pack.  


The Glitter Paper (Z1992) in Purple and the Triangle Border Punch (Z1997) give the card a little glitz.
I just ran the piece of Thistle card stock through the punch and cut a strip of Glitter Paper to adhere to the back.  Just an easy way to add something different.  Here are just a few of the new items in the Annual Inspirations book. Have you tried out your new goodies yet?


Friday, September 19, 2014

Don't miss out on National Stamping Month

Remember:  This set is FREE with a purchase of $30 worth of stamps from the Annual Inspirations Catalog.  Time is running out!  Click HERE to go to my online shopping site!


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

A Cut Above

Did you know we had these Card Kits available?  Just for and easy.  A Cut Above Kit comes with almost everything you need to create 10 beautiful cards.  Just add ink and the coordinating stamp set to personalize and embellish your creation.  
 This Happy Birthday Card Kit comes with 10 printed Card Bases, Green and Blue Printed Strips, Printed Brackets, Silver Triangle Studs, 3-D Foam Squares and coordinating Envies.  Just add your stamp or any of the stamps shown on pages 159-161 in the catalog.

This Cut Above Holiday Card Kit comes with all you see here to make 10 cute snowman cards.  The snowman and bird are stickers, and the tags are all cut and ready to go.  It even comes with buttons and Baker's Twine.  Easy Peasy!

Enjoy the day!


Monday, September 8, 2014

Jack's Birthday is coming up!

It has almost been a year already.  So hard to believe that Jack will be turning one soon.  We love the Little Blue Truck books by Alice Schertle.  So.... the theme for his party is Little Blue Truck.  And I just happened to have the perfect stamp set for the occasion.  Fast and Furious (D1541) has two trucks, two cars, words and a tire track.  Couldn't have worked out better.  Now, on to finish up the rest of the party plans.



Friday, September 5, 2014

Freshly Made Sketches

I thought I would give this a try.  Using the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches, I made a card using the Fall Harvest stamp set.  
 All supplies used to make this card are from Close To My Heart.  Hope you enjoy the upcoming autumn weather.  Football, cooler weather and raking leaves.......
Fall Harvest (C1504), Chocolate, Autumn Terracota, Glacier and White Daisy Cardstock, Chocolate, Autumn Terracota and Barn Red Inks, Bronze Sparkle and Shimmer Trim, Bone Folder and Sandpaper

Thanks for looking,


Thursday, September 4, 2014

September Stamp of the Month

Family is Forever (S1409) is available now through the end of the month of September.  This set of seven stamps can be yours for just $5 with a purchase of $50 in products from the Annual Inspirations book.  If you would like inspiration on how to use this stamp set, please check out the 
September Stamp of the Month Blog Hop by clicking HERE.  
Happy Hopping!

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