Rain or Shine Card

Rain or Shine Card

With today’s big rainstorm warnings here in the SF Bay Area, I thought sharing this rain-themed card today was appropriate.  I received this card from Rita P.  Isn’t it great?  I love the color choice as well as the layout of it.  Here are the supplies she used to make it:

  • Rain or Shine Stamp Set (D1634)
  • Lagoon Stamp Pad (Z2195)
  • Pear Stamp Pad (Z2197)
  • Desert Sand Stamp Pad (Z2118)
  • Seaside Paper Packet (X7192B)
  • Pear Cardstock (X5764)
  • Sponge Daubers (Z726)
  • 3-D Foam Tape (Z1151)
  • Micro-Tip Scissors (Z534)

Here is what the whole Rain or Shine Stamp Set looks like:

Adorable, isn’t it?  The images outlined  in red coordinate with CTMH’s Cricut Artiste Collection.  To shop for supplies, click HERE.

*NEW* CTMH Crafting Tote and Shoulder Bag

Just in time for the holidays, Close To My Heart has a *NEW* Rolling Tote and Shoulder Bag.  They are amazing!  Check out the inside of this Rolling Tote:

You can mix and match the organizers to fit your needs or simply place items in the tote without the organizers.  It’s up to you!  Then there is the fabulous, coordinating Shoulder Bag

To learn more about all the features of both (you’ll be wow’d by the thought that went into the design process!), watch this informative video.

Make it Merry Card

Make it Merry Scooter Card

The Make It Merry Stamp Set from Close To My Heart is such a fun one!  It comes with 8 different images–2 of which that coordinate with the Cricut Artbooking Collection.

I love the scooter in this set.  Plus, doing paper piecing with our different shades of Glitter Paper as well as Shimmer Trim really kicks it up a notch.  If you are still working on your holiday cards and need some extra stamps, click HERE to see our wide selection of holiday stamps.

Deal of the Decade

Celebrate the 10-year anniversary of Close To My Heart’s revolutionary My Acrylix clear stamps with us! With a qualifying purchase of $50 during the month of December, you are eligible to purchase ANY C- or D-size stamp sets from the Annual Inspirations 2014–2015 idea book for only $10. That’s up to $7.95 of savings on a single stamp set—and there is no limit to the number of eligible stamp sets you can purchase at this discounted rate. Remember, a purchase of $50 will also qualify you to receive the December Stamp of the Month for only $5 (Cutie Pie!), so if you purchase both the discounted Stamp of the Month and additional stamps at this special campaign pricing, your savings will compound! It is truly the deal of the decade.

*Offer valid December 1, 2014 (9:00 am MST)–December 31, 2014 (11:59 pm MST). Shipping/handling is calculated based on the full retail price of the discounted items (C-size stamp set: $13.95; D-size stamp set: $17.95).

In love with CTMH’s Hopscotch Paper

Embossed Hopscotch Card

Hopscotch is one of the two *NEW* paper packs in CTMH’s Seasonal Expressions 1.  It’s bright and vivid color combination is so delightful…I just love it!  This card was created by Linda C. and showcases several new products from the Seasonal Expressions.  At it’s core, it was created using the Hopscotch Workshop on the Go Scrapbooking Kit which contains the exclusive stamp set, the *NEW* Flaxen Extra Thick Twine and the Hopscotch papers.

Additional supplies include:

  • Indian Corn Blue Cardstock (1284)
  • Pixie Stamp Pad (Z2644)
  • Archival Black Stamp Pad (44751)
  • *NEW* Junebug Puffies (Z3038)
  • *NEW* Diamond Embossing Folder (Z3020)
  • Scallop Border Punch (Z1851)
  • 3-D Foam Tape (Z1151)
  • Cricut Artbooking Collection (Z1906)

To shop for supplies, click HERE.

*NEW* CTMH Products

It’s finally here, the idea book you’ve been waiting for–CTMH’s Seasonal Expressions 1!  Full of unique ideas and bright detailed photos, this themed seasonal book from Close To My Heart is sure to delight.  From now until March, you can order some of the most charming Valentine’s-and Spring-inspired papers, stamps and embellishments you’ve ever seen.  The vivid colors and patterns will give your layouts and cards a fresh look and plenty of pizzazz.

Click HERE to see the contents of the Seasonal Expressions 1.

Cyber Monday & Crazy for Cards

Today is the final day for my special on Close To My Heart Gift Certificates.  You can purchase a $25 certificate for only $20!  There is no limit on how many you can purchase at this price–they are perfect for gift giving (or saving for yourself!)  EMAIL me to reserve yours.

Thanks a Bunch Cards

Plus, today is the final day to get a FREE gift for registering for our Crazy for Cards Event next month.  If you live in the San Francisco Bay Area, this is a must-attend card class!  You’ll create 12 unique cards while learning tricks and even techniques along the way.  To learn more or to register, click HERE.

CTMH Cricut Collections 20% Off–1 Day Only!

Have you been dying to get the latest Close To My Heart Cricut Artfully Sent Collection?  Well, wait no longer.  All day Monday, December 1st–for Cyber Monday–you can get ANY CTMH Cricut Collection for 20% off.  Yep, you read that right–20% off!!

You can choose the *NEW* Cricut Artfully Sent OR

Cricut Artbooking

OR Cricut Artiste

OR the Cricut Art Philosophy

Don’t forget–this is a ONE DAY ONLY SPECIAL!  Be sure to shop early.  To get 20% off your CTMH Cricut Collections, click HERE.


Black Friday 2014 Special

For my Black Friday-Small Business Saturday-Cyber Monday Special, I am offering you the opportunity to purchase $25 Close To My Heart Gift Certificates for only $20 each!

It’s just in time for the holidays!  For these 4 days only–Friday, November 28 through Monday, December 1, 2014, you can purchase an unlimited number of certificates for only $20 each.  Get them as gifts, get them for yourself!  Use them for products or even classes–it’s up to you!

EMAIL me with the number of $25 certificates you’d like, I’ll confirm and then once I receive your payment (cash or check, please), I’ll get you your certificate(s).

Exciting, right?!?  Remember, it starts today and goes through Monday.  Don’t miss out.


My favorite Thanksgiving side dish recipe!

Cranberry Salad

Thanksgiving is all about family (and food!)  This Cranberry Salad is something my grandma made every year for Thanksgiving.  I love making it now with my kids (who call it “pink marshmallows”).  It’s become a tradition and aren’t traditions fun to pass on.  So if you are looking for a new recipe to try out this Thanksgiving, this is an easy one–plus kids eat it!

Cranberry Salad

  • 1 lb. cranberries chopped
  • 1 C. crushed pineapple
  • 1 C. sugar
  • 1/2 lb. miniature marshmallows
  • 1/2 C. whipped cream
  • 1/2 C. nuts (optional)

Mix cranberries, pineapple, marshmallows and sugar together.  Let sit overnight in the refrigerator.  An hour before serving, add whipped cream and nuts.  Enjoy!

Cricut Art Philosophy Thanksgiving Place Setting

Art Philosophy Turkey Fry Box

It’s just one week until Thanksgiving.  Are you ready?  Here’s a creative idea for place settings using CTMH’s Cricut Art Philosophy Collection.  We made this project at this month’s Stamp Club.  We started with the Fry Box cut from the Cricut Art Philosophy in Saddle Cardstock.  We then added a Saddle Fundamentals Cardstock piece for the head (love the beautiful glossy embossed look of these papers–but what’s even better is that it’s still 2-sided giving you twice the creativity!)  We did a little free-hand cutting for the beak and gobble.  We used the Chalk Marker for the eyes (simple and cute!)

The feathers were created by cutting out leaves from the Cricut Art Philosophy and then we did a watercolor technique using ink pads and our *NEW* All-Purpose Mat.  We finished by embossing them with the Quatrefoil Embossing Folder to give them more texture.

For the final touch–add in a fun treat.

Join us at this weekend’s Stamp Convention!

If you are local to the San Francisco Bay Area, you should plan to attend Saturday’s Stamp Convention at the Newark Pavilion from 9 am – 4pm.  There will be several stamping/scrapbooking vendor booths at the event including a Close To My Heart one.   They’ll be plenty of shopping and Make-n-Takes (we’re offering a FREE one!)  Be sure to come and see the latest designs and learn new techniques.  For more details, click HERE.

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