Friday, December 28, 2012

New CTMH Catalogue Preview

Here's a sneak peek of the new cover for the upcoming 2013 Spring/Summer catalogue which goes 'live' on February 1st!  

If you'd like your very own copy of this wonderful catalogue, let me know.

If you are a current customer, it will be free!  If you'd like your own free copy, simply place an order with me either at my online site (24/7) or send me an email with your order.

If you do place an order, keep in mind that if you order $35, for only an additional $10, you can get the wonderful Whooos Your Valentine kit which you can only get through Jan 31/13.  I've received my kit and look forward to creating some lovelies with it and the wonderful stamp set that comes with it.

If you place an order for $50, you can also pick up the Stamp of the Month for an additional $5.  For December 1-31, it's Year Round Cheer.  For January 1-31st, it is Happy Valentine's.

Remember, there is no price differences for Canadians!  All the wonderful products you see in the catalogue are the same prices you'd pay if you were a U.S. customer.  

Hope you had a wonderful Christmas!  I am finally starting to feel a bit better from this flu/cold but it's slow ... hopefully tomorrow I will feel more human and wanting to do more than be a lump on the couch!  

I received some lovely things for Christmas and haven't really even investigated anything yet!  The one thing I can't wait to fill up is the stamp pad/marker organizer (Exclusive Inks Organizer, Z4131) I received!  It is the beginning of my organizational goal to get my craft room organized to a useable state.


Sunday, December 23, 2012



I am so sorry, I have been missing in action ... I was busy getting ready for a craft fair and then finishing up work and then was planning to get everything ready for Christmas ... well I've been foiled and have gotten the flu instead so am struggling just to get things ready for the big day.

So I will wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas (or whatever you are celebrating) and all the very best for the new year, now that we know for sure there will be a new year (since it didn't end on the 21st as prophesized!)

I will try to catch things up next week when I will be feeling better and ready to tackle life again!


Saturday, December 1, 2012

December Stamp of the Month set and a Sneak Peak!

Happy December!

Where has the year gone??  Anyway, today is the 1st of December which means that there is a new Stamp of the Month set - it looks adorable and very versatile ... looking forward to trying it out!  If you are interested in this set, just remember that for each $50 you order, you can get this for just an additional $5 or you can simply just order this set for $17.95!  A 2x2 acrylic block is recommended for this set. 

And there's more!  If you can manage to wait until December 13th to place your order, you can get a little more bang for your buck ... here's a sneak peak at what you can get for each $35 you order ...  

Whooo’s Your Valentine
Celebrate National Papercrafting Month with an incredible deal—our Whooo’s Your Valentine kit (CC1022) for only $10!  Combine your love of papercrafting with the contents of this kit to create personalized valentines—perfect for classrooms and other group settings. This darling kit, which retails for $40, can be yours for only $10 when you spend $35 or more in Close To My Heart product from the Autumn/ Winter 2012 Idea Book. You’ll receive 12 die-cut boxes, 3 cardstock sheets, 1 sheet of silver glitter paper,  12 treat tubes, and an exclusive D-size stamp set created specifically for the kit. This kit offers you a sneak peek at two new Spring/Summer 2013 products: the treat tubes and the silver glitter paper! Decorate the die-cut boxes with the stamp images, cardstock, and glitter paper. Then attach the clear tube and fill with treats for valentines in a cinch!
Shipping/handling may apply. Offer valid December 13, 2012— January 31, 2013.
Maximum of one Whooo’s Your Valentine kit per qualifying order.
Kit includes:
• 12—Die-Cut Boxes (3 each of 4 colors: Blush, Hollyhock, Ruby, White Daisy)
• 3—12" x 12" Cardstock Sheets (Blush, Hollyhock, White Daisy)
• 1—Sheet Silver Glitter Paper—new product for Spring/Summer 2013!
• 12—Treat Tubes with Lids—new product for Spring/Summer 2013!
• 1—My Acrylix® Whooo’s Your Valentine Stamp Set (D-size)

So if you place a $50 order, you can get the Stamp of the Month AND the Valentine kit for only $15 more!

Have a great day!

Friday, November 30, 2012

Stop the Presses!

Just got this note from CTMH Corporate office:

"Everyone enjoys shopping the deals this time of year, and you’ll be tickled to learn that we are making more fabulous deals available to you and your customers. At 12:00 AM (MST) on December 1, we will add new items to the “While Supplies Last” section of your OBA’s shopping page. Among the new additions you will find a wide variety of paper and coordinating accessories, all with a substantial markdown. You will also find that most of the items that are currently available will also see a further markdown at that time. To sweeten the deal even more, from December 1–31, all orders placed on your OBA that reach or exceed $50 will also include a free Bonding Memories® glue pen (Z553)—a $4.50 value! Encourage your customers to shop early, because these deals are only available while supplies last."

Just click on my online shopping link at the side of this page and stock up while the prices are good!

Have a great day!  

ps: don't forget, today is the last day to get the November Stamp of the Month, if you have been wanting to get that.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Re-vamping with Overstamping

New video!


Can't wait to try this out!

Have a great day!

ps, not to cause panic but only one month till Christmas Day!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Get Well Soon!

This is a card I made for my dear cousin who underwent surgery this past week - will pop this in the mail to her and hope that it brings a smile to her face.

Used the SU! set Blooming with Kindness, with Desert Sand ink.  Also an antique copper brad and misc ribbon.

Have a great day!

Friday, November 23, 2012

Swing Card

This is a swing card made, of course, with the Artiste cartridge and the Pear & Partridge Paper pack and stamp set from the Cardmaking Workshop on the Go.  I believe the ink is chocolate but it might be cocoa.
The accent pieces were cut from the Art Philosophy cartridge at 2.5 and 2.75.
Have a great day!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Warmest Wishes

This was made using the Very Merry Christmas SOTM set from October - hope you managed to get it!  I cut the outline using the Artiste cartridge, pg 79 at 2.5.  The banner was cut from pg 66, shift-Accent 3 at 0.75.  The ink used was Cranberry -love this colour!
Have a great day!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Rosette Snowman

This idea came from Dawn and I couldn't wait to try it with the Artiste cart!


Rosettes, Pg 50, Accent 4, cut 4 at 1".

Tag, pg 37, cut at 5", shift-Accent 3

Hat, pg 36, Accent 2, cut at 2.25" - the hat was made using 1/2 of an oval and a banner, pg 58, shift-Accent 3 but I didn't write down what size I cut it at (sorry, I really must start getting better at this!).  Then I glued them together and ran them through the Big Shot in the SU! square lattice embossing folder.

I found some gold ric-rac and used that as an accent on the hat.

Have a great day!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Movin' On

Made this card for a colleague who has since moved on to another job using the It's Your Day stamp set which was the constant campaign set that was only available in September.  Used a masking technique which I saw somewhere online but can't find the link - will update when I find it again!
Have a great day!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Merry Little Christmas

This is a card I did up using the Pear & Partridge card workshop stamp set.  The background is embossed with the Cuttlebug Swiss Dots folder.  The main sentiment is stamped with, I think, Desert Sand (sorry, forgot to write it down!) and the black label is outlined with a white gel pen.  I used the Artiste cartridge for the labels, pg 61, Accent 3 but forget to write the measurements (gee, I forgot to write a lot down for this card which is too bad, 'cause I really like it!  I'll try to do better in the future!)  The snowflake is just a punch.

Have a great day!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Happy Holidays

Good morning!

The sleigh is from last year's SOTM Holiday Magic and stamped in Holiday Red ink (retired) and the blade is done in Versamark and then embossed with silver embossing powder.  I really like how moist the Close to My Heart ink pads are.

Have a great day!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Gift Tag

Here's a cute little gift tag I made up - the wee mouse is from the Cricut Cartridge Winter Frolic, pg 56, cut at 2.25 and the tag is from Artiste, pg 37, cut at 4.5.


Have a great day!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Cards for Sunday


These are the cards 3 brave ladies will be making on Sunday at my first ever card class - we'll be using the Pear & Partridge Cardmaking Workshop on the Go - I really like how they turned out and I LOVE the stamp set that comes with it!  {Sorry the scans are crooked, new scanner and new operating system - haven't figured out where everything is hiding yet!}

Have a great day!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Cricut Cards & Envelopes

This is a great video highlighting some of the card features on the Artiste cartridge - enjoy!

If you'd like your very own copy of the Artiste cartridge to use with your Cricut, just let me know - I can order it for you or you can click on the link on my right sidebar and order it directly online.

Have a great day!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

My Other Creative Life

Occasionally, I'll post some stitching that I've managed to do in between card-making/papercrafting ... like many of you I suspect, you do more than one thing!

Here are some recent finishes ... I find I do tend to start stitching once Christmas is on the horizon ... nothing like a time challenge, lol!  It's always a race to see if things actually get finished up!


Have a great day!


Here is a card that was inspired from this recent purchase I made for my Kindle ... it is on sale right now still for 99 cents!  (

Anyway, here is the card and my take on it, using the Artiste cartridge!

Recipe is:
from Artiste
pg 48
1 - 1-3/4" circle - black
1 - 1" circle - black
6 - 1/4" circles (I just used a regular hand-held hole punch) - black
1 - 1-3/4" circle - red
the letter 'J' was cut at 1" x 2 (used the shift key and it is on pg 57) and then I just curled the ends a bit with my quilling tool)
Banner, Accent 4 - red - 3/4"
Banner, Accent 4 - white - 1/2"
also used:
Birds & Swirls cuttlebug folder
Hello! is from Say it in Style (retired)

Have a great day!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Gift Card Holder


Made a few of these gift card holders ... the hats were a bit labour intensive in that I had to wait in between glue dryings but putting it all together happened quickly once all the pieces were ready :)

The Santa Hat is from the Cricut cartridge Joys of the Season (pg 26 and cut at 2.25"), the gift card holder is from Artiste and cut at 4.75".  The glitter is Prisma Glitter.  The sentiment is from Christmas Joy.

I really like how it turned out!

Have a great day!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Capture the Date, Capture the Savings!

November 2012 Constant Campaign
To show our support of Red Cross relief efforts for those areas of the US severely affected by Hurricane Sandy, Close To My Heart will donate $1 for every Stamp of the Month set sold as a part of this promotion during November.
In November, you’ll get something extra when you buy the Stamp of the Month—50% off another stamp set! When you qualify for and buy the November Stamp of the Month set, Capture the Date, you’ll receive another stamp set* of your choice for 50% off—it’s like two promotions in one! The versatile Capture the Date stamp set is great for any layout, card, invitation, or calendar, and now you can choose another stamp set at half-off for more wonderful papercrafting. Get Capture the Date and then capture the savings today!
* Offer valid for A-E and M size stamp sets only; K-size, Workshops on the Go®, Cricut®collection, and Stamp of the Month stamp sets are not eligible for this promotion. Maximum of one 50% off stamp set per order.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Christmas Tree Gate Fold


Today's card is a gate-fold card ... card is 11x5.5, scored at 2.75 and 8.25; red panel behind tree is 2.75x2.75; black panel is 3x3.   I also used the Merry Christmas embossing folder for the background panels.

The tree is cut from the Art Philosophy cartridge, pg 31, shift <tree1> and Layer shift.  I think they were cut at 3.5 and 3.75 but I'm not sure as I forgot to write it down ... my bad!

Then once it was all put together, I used crystal stickles glue to add some bling.

Have a great day!

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Merry & Bright

Got me a new stamp set and had to ink it up!

Sorry the photo quality is so bad - it's not very bright here today given that it's rained all the day long!

I used the Merry & Bright stamp set, with Bamboo and Cocoa inks.  I ran a glue pen around the ribbon on the wreath and then sprinkled it with Prisma Glitter.

Easy, peasy ... the hardest part was the corner rounder which was hard to do today because my hands are so sore.

I really like how this turned out!

Have a great day!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012


Some poinsettia cards I had to make ... I just had to ...

I used CTMH Burlap ribbon behind the poinsettia - love this stuff!
Have a great day!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Remarkable Wreath

I seem to be really liking this set lately (as well as the colour combination ... might be time to shake things up!) ... anyway, here is today's card ...

ink:  Cocoa, Cranberry

Have a great day!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

A few cards ...


Here are a few cards that I've been playing with ...

inks:  Cranberry, Olive

stamps:  Snowflakes
(I love that the stamp set coordinates with the Art Philosophy cart!)

Have a great day!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Tea Light Snowman

Saw this on youtube this weekend so thought I'd give it a try - I love it!

Made it using the Artiste cartridge and it was so fun to make!  I used White Daisy cardstock and other miscellaneous supplies to finish him off - can't wait to pop in some battery operated tea lights in the bottom 2 layers - he's going to look so cute all lit up!

Update, here are some instructions: 

  • In white, cut from Pg 56, 3 boxes sized 2.5", 2", and 1.5"
  • In black, cut from Pg 56, 1 box at 1".
  • Cut one 2.5" circle, in black, for the base of the hat.
  • Cut one 1.25" circle for the nose and then roll it up.
  • Scrap of ribbon or material for the scarf.

Have a lovely day!

Saturday, October 13, 2012


I needed a sympathy card for a friend who lost her mother recently and came up with this - inspired by something I saw while surfing the 'net ... I used the Art Philosophy cart for the sentiment shape (pg 62, <Oval5>, cut at 3.5 for the grey and 3.25 for the white), SU! Close as a Memory stamp set, miscellaneous markers to colour the flowers, Memento black ink for the sentiment, Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder, CTMH Slate ink for the edge distressing ... R.I.P. Audrey

Clearly the Best - new episode!

This is a card from Jeanette's website which is described in the video below - I love how the Cricut carts coordinate with the stamp sets and chipboard which comes with the carts ... and other stamp sets in the Idea Books coordinate as well.  Love it!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

October Stamp of the Month

I really like this set ... think it will make a lot of really great things.  If you'd like it for yourself, you can order it for $17.95 or if you place an order for $50, you can get it for just $5!  

And if you have the Artiste cartridge, it coordinates beautifully with it!

Don't miss out - it's only available until Oct 31st!

Not feeling it ...

I'm simply not feeling the Christmas feeling yet this year at all so I'm looking for inspiration ... I found this card online and thought it looked simple enough that it might be easy to replicate if making several at a time or if only making a few, easy to bling it up ... here is my interpretation ...

To bling it up, you can use Harvest Twine for a bow, and sparkles or as I did here, simple jute tied into a bow.

Stamp sets: Fill in the Blank - Holiday, Remarkable Wreath
Inks:  Cranberry, Olive, Memento Black
Art Philosophy cartridge, pg 53 (base <card> cut @ 4.25", black <square4> cut @ 4", white <square4> cut @ 3.75")

Have a great day!

Monday, October 8, 2012

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Flakey Friends

Happy Thanksgiving!

In Canada, it is our Thanksgiving Day long weekend but the weather has been so phenomenal and it sure doesn't feel like Thanksgiving!  It doesn't help that we just got back from Kaua'i either - still in summer mode!

But the turkey is cooking and filling the house with delicious smells and everything else is prepped and ready to go!  Missing my daughter but thankful she is in such a good place at school.

Got into the craft room finally and worked with a new set that I hadn't used before - Flakey Friends.  I've loved snow people forever so when I saw this set, it had to join my collection.

I stamped the snowman with Versamark and then embossed with black embossing powder (note to self, remember to use the embossing buddy first - I always forget!!).  

I coloured the scarf and nose with Outdoor Denim and Autumn Terracotta markers and a Copic colour for the main body.  

The background circle was cut with the Artiste cartridge (pg 31, Accent 2, cut at 2-1/2").  

The background snowflakes were stamped with Indian Corn Blue, Twilight and Pacifica inks.  

The background embossing is from a Tim Holz embossing folder and the blue paper is miscellaneous paper I'm trying to use up!

Have a great day!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Artiste Cartridge & Art Philosophy Cartridge Overviews

I love these two cartridges - they are so full of different ideas.  I'm loving trying different things - there are over 700 images to cut on each cartridge.

Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Clearly the Best - Close to My Heart Craft Channel Show

Just wanted to let you all know about this video series that Close to My Heart is currently producing - they are very informative - here is the link to the site ... the links to all of their videos are there. 

Here is their latest video ...

Happy crafting :)

Where'd she go??


Took a little vacation to Kaua'i with my hubby to celebrate 20 years of marriage ... oh my gosh, it's lovely there! I could definitely live there - it was so lovely, warm and relaxing! 

No card making while I was away but I did make a couple of cards when I got back.

I used the Life is a Beach Cricut cartridge, a new embossing folder from Darice that I got at Ben Franklin Crafts and some miscellaneous paper.

It's a nice long weekend coming up this weekend for our Thanksgiving so hopefully will get to spend some time in the craft room and get over this jet lag - it wasn't bad when we went there but coming back seems to be tougher to shake!

Have a great day!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Crop-o-dile ... paid in full!

Just a quick note to say that my crop-o-dile finally came in handy outside of the craft room - had to punch a new hole in a belt (saved son $$ to get it done) and it did that beautifully! 

Have a great day!

Bountiful Season

Hello, just playing around and came up with this ... 

Inks used were Desert Sand, Champagne and Cashmere.  Stamp set is Quick Cards - Bountiful Season and SOTM Baroque Borders for the background.

Have a great day!