Cut Above Halloween Treat Bags

Cut Above Halloween Treat Bag

Close To My Heart has a *NEW* collection of quick and easy kits designed to make darling projects in no time at all.  We made these Cut Above Halloween Treat Bags at my Stamp Club this month.  We took the kit up a notch by simply adding an additional black circle to mat the sentiment and then put a black resin star from the Scaredy Cat Assortment below the sentiment.

Side View Cut Above Halloween Treat Bag

Otherwise, these kits come with everything you need–just add stamps, ink and candy!


There are also several card kits as well as a Holiday Treat Bag kit.  To see all the Cut Above Kits, click HERE.


Polar Bear Home for the Holidays Card

Polar Bear Home for the Holidays Card

Each month with my Stamp Club I always create a project using the current Stamp of the Month.  Here is the card we created this month using the Home for the Holidays Stamp Set (this set coordinates with our Cricut Art Philosophy Collection.)  It was fun showing off the ease and beauty of using 2 separate Embossing Folders (Stripe and Dot) on the card front.  We did several steps of layering with the Polar Bear focal point (layering always adds a nice touch to projects!)  Add in the Ruby Chevron Washi Tape and our *NEW* Thin 3-D Foam Tape (I love, love, love this stuff!) and you have a nice clean and spectacular looking card.

To get your own Home for the Holidays Stamp Set, click HERE.

3 Reasons I Love Being My Own Boss!


Happy Boss’s Day!  To mark the occasion, I thought I would share 3 reasons I love being my own boss as a Close To My Heart Consultant.

1. Choose when you work!  Setting your own hours around your other commitments (family time, another job, etc.) is such a wonderful perk.

2. Love what you do!  It is so much fun creating, teaching and sharing projects and techniques with others.  It’s truly heartwarming when you witness someone find a new passion with this hobby.  I’ll never forget when I taught someone how to create a scrapbook page and several months later she shared the beginnings of an album she started for her daughter.  So precious!

3. Choose how you do your “job”!  In a traditional work setting, there are certain protocols in place on how things should happen.  If something isn’t working, you need to go through the chain of command about a possibility of changing it.  But if something isn’t working with your CTMH business, you simply change it.  You do it how you think it should be done.  If that still doesn’t work, change it again.  It’s up to you!

Of course, you can enjoy these same benefits by becoming your own boss as a CTMH Consultant.  Contact me for more information about this great opportunity!

Tool Time: Adhesives

Today’s Tool Time is all about adhesives.  This is something I’m sure that’s near and dear to your heart–everyone is looking for that perfect adhesive!  In this 4-minute video we’ll explore the many choices CTMH offers in adhesives and what the best uses are for each of them.

October Stamp of the Month: Home for the Holidays

Close To My Heart’s October Stamp of the MonthHome for the Holidays–coordinates beautifully with the Cricut Art Philosophy Collection.  This stamp set makes festive holiday tags, darling handmade cards as well as the perfect accents for your scrapbook pages.  You can purchase this stamp set all month long for it’s regular retail value of $17.95 OR with a qualifying purchase of $50, it can be yours for only $5.00.

PLUS, if you spend $50 this month, you also get a FREE spool of ribbon from Close To My Heart. So in total, your savings are $19.90!

To get your Home for the Holidays Stamp Set, click HERE.

My Favorite Paper Crafts Halloween Decoration!

Cricut Artiste Jack-o-lantern

This Jack-o-lantern created with Close To My Heart’s Cricut Artiste Collection along with the Frankenstein pictured below (also made with the Cricut Artiste) are my favorite paper craft decorations for Halloween.  I made these a few years ago when I was teaching at Convention–showing off the soon to be released Cricut Artiste.

Cricut Artiste Frankenstein

Not only do I think they are the cutest things ever, but they are SO super simple to create with the Artiste cartridge.  These faces also make some darling cards, but there’s something about the 3-D effect that just makes them extra special.

If you don’t already own CTMH’s Cricut Artiste Collection, I highly recommend it!  You can see it HERE.

October Special: Ribbon Revelry

Don’t miss your opportunity to get FREE ribbon from Close To My Heart this month!  With any $50 purchase, you will receive either a spool of Outdoor Denim or Ruby Chevron Ribbon.  It’s a surprise what color you’ll receive—how fun!  But make sure you order early as this special is while supplies last!  To start shopping, click HERE.

Best Homemade Salad Dressing

DIY Salad Dressing

Last week, I hosted some friends over at my home for our monthly Mahjong night.  We rotate homes each month and delight in socializing, eating yummy food and playing Mahjong.  Because it’s been so hot here (90’s in October!), I decided to make a salad.  Everyone loved my dressing and asked for the recipe.  I thought why not share it here!


  • 1/3 C. Cider Vinegar
  • 1 t. Dry Mustard
  • 1 t. Grated Onion
  • 1 T. Celery Seed
  • 1/3 C. Sugar
  • 1 t. Salt


Combine ingredients then add 1 C. Vegetable Oil.


Gooey Pumpkin Cake

My dessert was also a hit.  Since it’s October, it felt only fitting to bake a pumpkin dessert for the evening.  I told the gals they could find the recipe here on my website.  I thought it was only a few years ago that I posted it.  However, when I went back to look for it, I found that I posted it back in 2009…yikes!  I can’t believe it!  So here it is again.  If you haven’t tried it–it’s a must–really!


Cake Ingredients:
  • 1 pkg yellow cake mix
  • 1 egg
  • 8 T. melted butter


Mix these ingredients together.  And be forewarned it will take some work as it’s gonna be quite crumbly!  Then pat this into the bottom of a greased 9″ x 13″ pan.

 Filling Ingredients:
  • 8 oz. soft cream cheese
  • 15 oz can of pumpkin
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 t. vanilla
  • 8 T. melted butter
  • 16 oz powdered sugar
  • 1 t. cinnamon
  • 1 t. nutmeg
Start by blending the cream cheese and pumpkin until smooth and creamy.  Add eggs, vanilla and butter until blended.  Then mix in the powdered sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg.  Pour filling on top of cake mix.  Then bake for 40-50 minutes at 350 degrees.  Do NOT overbake this.  It will have a gooey center–you want this!
Serve warm with fresh whipped cream or Cool Whip works just fine too :)

24 Hours Until 12 Weeks of Christmas!

SunnyDay Memories 12 Weeks of Christmas

There are only 24 hours remaining until I start my 12 Weeks of Christmas campaign–my FREE gift for my mailing list subscribers.  Each week, subscribers will receive an email containing a project idea for a holiday card, tag or wrapping, along with steps necessary to assemble it!

This is ONLY for mailing list subscribers so you’ll want to subscribe if you haven’t yet.  You have 24 hours until the first email goes out (Wednesday at 1:00 pm).

Cricut Artiste Witches Hat

Have you been loving the Witches Hat featured on page 38 of Close To My Heart’s Annual Inspirations Book?  If so, I have great news for you!  There is a step-by-step tutorial that you can follow to create your very own Witches Hat.  Step 1–grab your Cricut Artiste cartridge!  Don’t have one yet, click HERE to purchase one.

Once you have your Artiste cartridge ready, click HERE for your tutorial.

1 Week Until 12 Weeks of Christmas

SunnyDay Memories 12 Weeks of Christmas

It’s only 1 week until the anticipated weekly 12 Weeks of Christmas tutorials start.  If you are not on our mailing list yet, don’t delay!  The email tutorials will begin next Wednesday and continue each Wednesday for 12 weeks.  You’ll receive card ideas, gift ideas and wrapping ideas all complete with pictures, supply lists and step-by-step instructions—all FREE!  It’s our annual gift to our mailing list subscribers.

To sign up for the mailing list, simply fill in the boxes in the upper right-hand side of our site.

Family is Forever Basket

When I created today’s project share, I wanted to do something a little different with this month’s Stamp of the MonthFamily is Forever.  I’ve seen lots of projects created using the beautiful tree (which seems like a great choice given it’s beauty and size.)  My project (which is one of the ones my Stamp Club created this month) has more of a Valentine’s Day feel to it.  It’s a little basket/caddy perfect for stuffing fun treats in for that someone special.

Family is Forever Basket

Family is Forever Basket side view

Family is Forever Basket top view


To get your own Family is Forever Stamp Set, click HERE.

Holiday Extravaganza

Hershey Kiss Halloween Treats

If you are local to the San Francisco Bay Area, you won’t want to miss out on our Annual Holiday Extravaganza.  This annual favorite features holiday crafts ranging from cards, tags to gift ideas.  You’ll make a mix of projects for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas.  We provide all the supplies and inspiration, you just bring your favorite adhesive(s).  We even feed you snacks and lunch!

Registration closes September 27, so don’t delay.  To learn more and/or register, click HERE.

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