Tool Time: CTMH’s Sponge & Sponge Dauber

CTMH's Sponge Daubers

This week’s Tool Time is discussing the great looks you can achieve with your project using either CTMH’s Round Sponge or Sponge Daubers.  To learn more about the differences between these two tools, watch this short video.

Birthday Wishes Card

Birthday Wishes Card

Here is another project my Stamp Club did this month.  The focus of this card was to show how to create custom Shimmer Trim to match any project as well as how to get a great assortment of patterned paper at a phenomenal price.  Have you seen CTMH’s My Crush books?  These books contain 60 sheets (yep, 60!) of various patterns for only $12.95.  You can leave them in the book as intended OR you can tear them out of the spiral binding as we did and use on your next project.

This particular pattern (the floral one in the vertical position) is from the My Crush Bluebird Book.

CTMH My Crush Bluebird Book

To see all the My Crush options, click HERE.

Scrapbook Albums for All

CTMH Lagoon Chevron D-Ring Album

Close To My Heart has some beautiful *NEW* scrapbook albums–in both D-ring and Post-bound styles.  The colors and designs are simply breathtaking. Watch this short video to learn more about each style.

Seaside Birthday Wishes

Seaside Birthday Wishes Card

Need a gender-neutral birthday card that is simple in design yet stunning?  Look no further!  Pairing CTMH’s Seaside Greetings Stamp Set with their Seaside Paper Pack makes for a winning combination.

CTMH's Seaside Greetings Stamp Set

CTMH's Seaside Paper Pack

Additional supplies used:

  • Desert Sand Stamp Pad (Z2118)
  • Cashmere Cardstock (X5932)
  • Kraft Cardstock (Z1375)
  • Gold Embossing Powder (Z2066)
  • Gold Shimmer Trim (Z1985)

To shop for CTMH product, click HERE.

Tool Time: CTMH’s Punches & Corner Rounder

CTMH's Triangle Border Punch

This week’s Tool Time is all about Close To My Heart’s variety of punches–including the Corner Rounder.  Watch this short video to learn about the benefits of the punches as well as some unique ways to use them on your projects.

This Moment Valentine Card

This Moment Valentine Card

Using CTMH’s January Stamp of the MonthThis Moment and the Heartstrings Paper Collection, my Stamp Club made this beautiful Valentine’s Day card.

We added in some embossing with the *NEW* Arrow Embossing Folder and finished it off with a Red Enamel Heart.  It makes for a wonderful card full of texture and color!

To get your January Stamp of the Month, This Moment, click HERE.

Hello Weekend!

Cricut Artiste Hello Card


A super cheerful card created with the help of CTMH’s Cricut Artiste Collection. This is one of the many cards we will be creating next weekend at our Annual Crazy for Cards Event.

Supplies used:

  • Cricut Artiste Exclusive Stamp Set
  • Honey Stamp Pad (Z2162)
  • Scaredy Cat Paper Pack (X7185B)
  • Honey Cardstock (X5668)
  • White Daisy Cardstock (1385)
  • Honey Triangles Washi Tape (Z1931)
  • Teal Shimmer Trim (Z1918)
  • Aqua Dots (Z1853)
  • 3-D Foam Tape (Z1151)
  • Triangle Border Punch (Z1997)
  • White Daisy Cards & Envelope Value Pack (X254)
  • Cricut Artiste Collection (Z1790)

If you need any supplies to make your own bright and cheery card, click HERE. Have a wonderful weekend!

National Papercrafting Special

This year celebrate National Papercrafting Month with an exclusive *NEW* Kit from Close To My Heart!  You can learn more about this month-long special as well as get some inspiration for projects to create with this kit (make a mini album, traditional scrapbook layouts or even create cards!) in this 5-minute video.

Let’s celebrate!

Operation Smile Stamp Set

You're the Bomb Operation Smile Card

New from Close To My Heart is a special stamp set to support Operation Smile.  While a portion of every stamp set sold from CTMH already goes to Operation Smile, with the purchase of You’re the Bomb at full retail price, CTMH will donate $3.

So now you can truly change the life of a child with just one stamp set!  This set is only available through March 2015.

You're the Bomb Operation Smile Stamp Set

To get your own You’re the Bomb Stamp Set, click HERE.

Tool Time: CTMH’s Versamat & All-Purpose Mat

This week’s Tool Time video is all about CTMH’s Versamat and All-Purpose Mat.  These 2 tools–while somewhat similar in appearance–are definitely unique in their benefits and uses.  However, they both are must haves in your tool arsenal.

Watch this short video to learn more about each of these mats.

Extra! Extra! Hostess Rewards

CTMH January Hostess Special

The month of January is the time to gather your friends and place a CTMH order!  A single order or combined orders of $350 or more qualify for 50% more in FREE rewards.  That’s a pretty great start to the New Year!

Order Totals FREE Rewards
$150 – $249 $25
$250 – $349  $40
$350 – $449  $60   $90
$450 – $549 $80   $110
 $550 – $649  $100   $130
 $650 – $749  $120   $150
 $750 – $849  $140   $170
$850 – $949  $160   $190
 $950 – $1049  $180   $210
 $1050 or more  $200   $230*
 *for every additional $100, add $20 in Rewards

To earn more FREE rewards this month, CONTACT ME today!

How To Begin Organizing Your Christmas Photos For The Scrapbook!

For a limited time, CTMH has a *NEW* Express Collection in Studio J called Yuletide Carol.  From now through February 28th, you can utilize this paper kit to quickly load all your Christmas photos and then create layouts in no time at all.

These pre-designed layouts are perfect for quick layouts that still look stunning. You get amazing results with all the embellishments–you just drag and drop your photos into the photo wells , add in your journaling and you’re done.

To get started, click HERE.

Retiring CTMH Stamp Sets

CTMH's Buggy Love Stamp Set

It’s time to retire more Close To My Heart stamp sets.  It’s sad, I know!  Be sure you don’t miss out on any of your favorites that have been on your wishlist.  Come February 1st, these sets will no longer be available.  Click HERE to check out the retiring stamp sets.

Confetti Wishes Birthday Present Card

Confetti Wishes Birthday Gifts Card


Today’s card shows how stunning the overlays on CTMH’s Cricut Artbooking Collection can be.   I love that I was able to use scrap pieces of the various patterns in the Confetti Wishes Paper Packet to complete my stack of presents.

This card design is one that will be made at our upcoming Crazy for Cards Event.  Although, I tweaked my version of it a bit as shown here.

Tool Time: CTMH Embossing Tools

Today’s Tool Time is about learning to put your embossing tools to the test and getting amazing results.  While you can either dry emboss using embossing folders or do wet embossing using powders, today we will be focusing on the latter.  Plus, you’ll even see how you can emboss with any of the 40 colors Close To My Heart offers.  Watch this short video to learn more.

Crazy for Cards Event

Love Ya Silly Valentine Card

If you are local to the San Francisco Bay Area, you don’t want to miss our Annual Crazy for Cards Event!  There is still 1 week left to register for the event.  You’ll get the opportunity to make 12 different cards along with a few extra surprises.  You’ll learn tips and techniques and also be served lunch.  It’s the perfect time to stock up on your cards so you’re ready for any occasion this year!

Inside Love Ya Silly Valentine Card

To learn more and to register, click HERE.

January Stamp of the Month

January’s Stamp of the Month from Close To My Heart is perfect for getting ready for Valentine’s Day. This Moment Stamp Set includes 12 images that coordinate with CTMH’s Cricut Artbooking Collection.  And it can be yours for just $5 with a minimum $50 purchase.


To start shopping, click HERE.

Cityscape New Year Card

Cityscape New Year Card

Happy 2015!  It’s hard to believe it’s already the start of another new year.  That just means you have a clean slate to tackle new crafting projects, complete more scrapbook layouts or whatever your crafting goals are for the year.  I shared this quote this morning on my Facebook Page as I think it’s definitely appropriate as we enter the new year…”You can, you should, and if you are brave enough to start, you will.” -Stephen King.  I love it.  But then again, I love quotes!

Inside Cityscape New Year Card

Cutie Pie Cricut Artiste Cupcake Card

Cutie Pie Cricut Artiste Cupcake Card

Today’s card is one that my Stamp Club made this month with the current Stamp of the MonthCutie Pie.  The card base is cut from CTMH’s Cricut Artiste Collection.  Then we did some paper layering behind the cutout cupcake using the *NEW* Heartstrings Paper Collection as well as the Lagoon Hearts Washi Tape.  We finished it off by stamping the sentiment and adding a Red Enamel Heart along with a little doodling around the edge of the card.  Cute card, right?

Today is the last day you can get the Cutie Pie Stamp Set for only $5.


It’s also the last day for the Deal of the Decade Special.

To begin shopping, click HERE.

Tool Time: CTMH’s Inks

Today’s Tool Time will share the differences between dye-based inks and pigment inks.  With the 40 different colors that Close To My Heart offers, you’re sure to find the right color and right type of ink for the project you are working on!