Friday, May 31, 2013

Stamp Scrubber

Discover how the My Acrylix® stamp scrubber can keep your stamps in tip-top shape! By following these simple tips for using and caring for the stamp scrubber, your stamps will be clean in no time!


Featured items in this video:  My Acrylix Stamp Scrubber (Z1782) and My Acrylix Spritz Cleaner (1778).  To purchase these products Click Here

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Project Inspiration: A Different Spin

Enjoy this short how-to video spotlighting artwork projects featured in Close To My Heart’s Idea Book. You’ll learn exciting techniques for added sparkle and pizzazz to all of your projects. Click on a video and be inspired!

Close To My Heart's chipboard spinner is ideal for incorporating in scrapbook layouts for an interactive element. Stamp, cover with paper, or attach as is for a different spin!

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Pajama Party! CTMH and Big Picture Classes

Close To My Heart is teaming up with Big Picture Classes to bring you a live webcast with step-by-step instructions for making this Happy Thoughts kraft container. The FREE webcast will air Thursday, May 30 from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm (MDT). During the presentation, you’ll learn to make several projects from a variety of sponsors, including Close To My Heart’s Happy Thoughts kraft container, as the presenter walks you through the steps. Watch the Pajama Party by yourself, with other Consultants, or with your customers for a fun crafting pajama party. Anyone with an Internet connection can watch, so be sure to tell your customers to order their project supplies in advance and then tune in!

The Pajama Party class will be available for FREE at on May 30. If you would like to interact on the message board, participate in live chat, post to the gallery, download handouts, or enter any contests, you will need to log in to the Pajama Party “classroom” by creating a free account on the Big Picture Classes website.

To make our Happy Thoughts kraft container, you will want to have the following items—or similar products—on hand:
  • My Acrylix® Frame Flair Stamp Set (D1546)
  • My Acrylix® Happy Thoughts Stamp Set (C1536)
  • Chantilly Paper Packet (need 1 sheet of B&T, X7163B)
  • Crème Brulee Cardstock (need 1 sheet, X5754)
  • Lagoon Cardstock (need 1 sheet, X5762)
  • White Daisy Cardstock (need 1 sheet, 1385)
  • Whisper Cardstock (need 1 sheet, X5929)
  • Whisper Exclusive Inks® Pad (Z2172)
  • Lagoon Exclusive Inks® Pad (Z2195)
  • My Creations® Kraft Container (Z1833)
  • Baker’s Twine Neutral Assortment (need 3 yards, Z1701)
  • Color-Ready Trinkets Wooden Shapes (Z1844)
  • Sparkles Black & Grey Assortment (Z1754)
  • 3-D Foam Tape (Z1151)
  • Micro-Tip Scissors (Z534)
  • Corner Rounder (Z578)
  • Paper Trimmer (Z1783)
  • My Acrylix® Spritz Cleaner (1778)
  • My Acrylix® Stamp Scrubber (Z1782)
  • 2" × 3½" My Acrylix® Block (Y1009)
  • 4" × 5" My Acrylix® Block (Y1012)
  • Cricut® Art Philosophy Collection (Z1686)
To purchase these items Click here

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Love Your Layout: Surf's Up Kit: Black & White Photos, Borders, and Layered My Stickease®

Learn creative techniques on how to layer My Stickease® images, use black and white photos, and add borders for a summery layout in the Surf’s Up kit.

Use Studio J®, Close To My Heart's online scrapbooking software, to create a beautiful layout in just minutes by watching this month's Love Your Layout(sm) video. You'll learn creative techniques on how to layer My Stickease® images, use black and white photos, and add borders for a summery layout in the Surf's Up kit. Log in to Studio J to create it yourself while you watch!


Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Project Inspiration: A Day for Dad

Enjoy this short how-to video spotlighting artwork projects featured in Close To My Heart’s Idea Book. You’ll learn exciting techniques for added sparkle and pizzazz to all of your projects. Click on a video and be inspired!

Learn how to use the My Acrylix® Perfect Fit—Dad stamp set from Close To My Heart to create personalized cards, gifts, and party decorations for father's day!


Friday, May 17, 2013

Happy 50th Wedding Anniversary!

HAPPY 50TH ANNIVERSARY Aunt Peg & Uncle Norm!

Monday, May 13, 2013

Playing Around Cricut Style!

Here are a few items I made using the Artiste Cricut cartridge just playing around and making random things.  

This idea came from a popcorn treat cup I saw in the catalog, when I made it I realized it doesn't have a bottom to it.  My husband actually saw a shape on the cartridge that would fit in the bottom and the design around the edge could be folded to glue to the inside of the cup. Pretty clever I must say!

I thought this was very cute and had to try it.  This is a 4 piece cut out all layered on top of each other, pretty neat!

I saw this on the CTMH consultant website and couldn't pass it up.  I made it a little differently but I still think it's adorable.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Studio J: For Always Kit: Stitching on My Stickease®, Accenting,and Borders

Check out this Studio J video to learn how to stitch on My Stickease; accent with B&T tape and create slanted borders.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Cricut Workshop!

Here is one of the projects we made during my Cricut Workshop using the May Stamp of the Month "Pinwheel".  I love the fun pinwheels on this stamp set and the great ideas they have for layering them.  I used the Claire paper packet for the front, layered in Lagoon cardstock, then Pear cardstock then Cocoa cardstock and White Daisy cardstock for the final layer of this project.  The sentiment is stamped in Cocoa ink and the embellishments are the Green & Blue Epoxy Bubbles.  This was a very fun card to make!

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Such a Treat!

Give someone the treat of a homemade gift from the heart, personalized down to the very container itself. Watch the video to learn how to use some of our new gift giving products for your special treats.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Creatively Cricut®

Discover tips and tricks for using your Cricut® machine to get the most out of your die-cutting. Stamp on Cricut®-cut pieces, change the size using special features, and more!

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Birthday Wishes!

This card was made for my Step-Father, wanted to keep it simple and caring but not to girly.  I hope I kept it manly enough but still showed my love! 

Monday, May 6, 2013

I'm on a Roll with Birthday Cards!

The Dotty For You paper packet came in very handy for this card, I mixed the stripes and dots from four different colors and put them together to create these fun Happy Birthday cards.  I used the Artiste Cricut cartridge to make the fun Banner and Balloon.

The pattern comes from the Card Confidence Program "Originals" from the layout "Log Cabin".

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Friday, May 3, 2013

Happy Birthday Cards

These cards were created from the Card Confidence Program "Originals" from the layout "Traingle Down" except I didn't use the triangle.

I used the Cricut Artiste cartridge to create the flower embellishment on this card.

I like the simplicity of this card so I found this dainty pink ribbon that seemed to fit perfectly for the look I was creating.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

May Stamp of the Month - Pinwheel

May 2013 Pinwheel

(See this Idea Book)

Spring/Summer 2013 Idea Book

Pinwheel, set of 10
Recommended Blocks
1" × 3 1/2" (Y1002)
2" × 2" (Y1003)
3" × 3" (Y1006)

Beautiful Stamps, Amazing Discounts

Each month you can enjoy a new D-size stamp set, available for one month only, for just $5—that’s over 70% off retail! When you place an order of $50 or more in Close To My Heart products, you qualify for this special Stamp of the Month pricing.

May 2013: Pinwheel (S1305A)

Spend $50 and get this Stamp of the Month set for just $5.

Incredibly Cool Crafts

In love with the artwork we created with this stamp set? Get ready to make it yourself! Purchase the materials listed here along with your deeply discounted Stamp of the Month set to get started!
Materials Needed
  1. My Acrylix® Pinwheel
  2. Claire Paper Packet
  3. Honey Cardstock
  4. Lagoon Exclusive Inks® Pad
  5. Pear Exclusive Inks® Pad
  6. Sparkles Clear Flourishes—Small
  7. Pink Glitter Gems
  8. Cricut® Artiste Collection

Required Tools
  1. Cricut® Art Philosophy Collection
  2. Cocoa Cardstock
  3. Lagoon Cardstock
  4. Pear Cardstock
  5. White Daisy Cardstock
  6. Cocoa Exclusive Inks® Pad
  7. Hollyhock Exclusive Inks® Pad
  8. Honey Exclusive Inks® Pad
  9. Desert Sand Exclusive Inks® Pad
  10. Sunset Exclusive Inks® Pad
  11. White Daisy Exclusive Inks® Re-inker
  12. Baker’s Twine Paradise Assortment
  13. Dimensional Elements Monograms “W”
  14. Dimensional Elements Monograms “O”
  15. Dimensional Elements Monograms “R”
  16. Dimensional Elements Monograms “L”
  17. Dimensional Elements Monograms “D”
  18. My Creations® Kraft Container

4 1/4" × 5 1/2" Have a Nice Day Card

12" × 12" You Make My World Go Round Page

Let’s Celebrate Container

Pinwheel Yo-Yos




Helpful Hints

To create the techniques featured in this artwork, follow the helpful hints outlined below.
  • Cut the following Cricut® Artiste shapes using papers of choice, if desired:
    • 2" Accent 1 <p> (cut 2, p. 50)
    • 2 3/4" Accent 1 <p> (p. 50)
    • 2 1/4" Shift+Card <G> (p. 55)
  • To create the Lagoon yo-yo, cut two 4 1/4" × 11" pieces of cardstock; score and fold each piece every 1/2"; attach the two together to create the pinwheel; reinforce the back of the yo-yo with a scrap piece of paper to keep the pinwheel in place.
  • Embellish with paper accents and accessories, adding dimension with 3-D foam tape as desired.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Celebrate National Scrapbooking Month with Dream Pop!

 Dream Pop and May's Stamp of the Month  - Pinwheel - joined together for fabulous artwork!

April-May 2013 National Scrapbooking Month Constant Campaign
Get the exclusive paper packet for only $10 when you spend $35!
In honor of National Scrapbooking Month, you can get the yummy Dream Pop paper packet for only $10 when you spend $35 in May (valued at $19.95 retail)! This exclusive paper packet includes 12 cardstock sheets as well as 12 B&T Duos® papers that were specifically designed for this promotion only—you can’t get these sweet colors and patterns anywhere else! Start National Scrapbooking Month off right with a unique paper packet at a bargain price and get your creative juices flowing!
Also, consider hosting this month: Hostesses receive one paper packet free with qualifying May Gathering sales totals of $400 or more.
*Shipping/handling and tax apply. Not available for purchase at full retail. Offer valid May 1–31, 2013, while supplies last. Qualifying purchases must be current, retail-priced product.
Dates: Offer valid May 1–31, 2013.