January 4, 2019

ABC Stamp Sets on Sale

Close to My Heart is celebrating 35 Years this year and there are so many specials on the way. We are starting the celebration today with a 35% off on our “Alphabet Stamp Sets”

You can find all sets that are on sale right HERE.

January 2, 2019

Welcome to 2019

I wish all of you a Happy and Healthy New Year 2019. Can you believe we are already two day into the new year? Well, I can since so many ideas and craft projects are piling up.

So where to start? Let's begin with the brand new Close to My Heart Seasonal Expressions book 1. This book is valid from January until April 2019.
You will find the book online by clicking HERE. 
For a personal copy of this new Idea Book feel free to contact me.

While I am sorting through all my things here I will change the appearance of this blog side a bit. Starting February 1st you will find all new projects, ideas and more right here. Up until then I will give you a few sneak peeks so check back often...

Starting February 1st this is my new schedule for blog posts:

Special Offers on Monday             - Sales, monthly specials and more
My Card Design! Wednesday        -  New card designs, ideas, projects and more
Scrap It! Friday          -  Scrapbooking, Page Layouts, Memory Making and more

While I will try my very best to stick with these days …. well sometimes life happens and things might come a day or two later, so please stay with me :-)
If you ever have questions to projects, products or techniques or anything else in this matter, please feel free to contact me any time.

Looking forward to seeing you back here in 2019. To make sure you don't miss out on any new posts, feel free to subscribe to my blog. Thank you so much and let's get 2019 started..... shall we?

December 24, 2018

Merry Christmas and A Happy and Healthy New Year

I like to wish all of you a

Merry Christmas
A Happy and Healthy New Year.

Starting in January, all new blogposts and many new topics. I am so sorry about having neglected this side for a while, but time this year was way to short. I do hope to see you all back here in 2019. It will be a new start with card ideas, techniques and a weekly scrapbook page tutorial. Looking forward to seeing you here. Thanks you all for your support throughout the year and for being such loyal readers. 

Make sure to visit my Close to My Heart website after Christmas to find daily specials up to 50% off . Everyday new up until the end of the month.....yes, new everyday

October 26, 2018

Super Flash Sale on Friday

Close to My Heart - Flash Sale Coming Friday, October 26
Celebrate the changing seasons with a 24-hour flash sale on my  Consultant website! The sale will begin at 5:00 pm (EST) on Friday, October 26, and end at 5:00 pm (EST) on Saturday, October 27! As with previous flash sales: 
- you need to order from my website
- products while supplies last
- no grace period 

Here is my website....make sure to join the Fall Collective Order https://claudiahenderson.closetomyheart.com/

October 10, 2018

Create Your Own Shaker Cards

 Shaker cards are really not that difficult to make, but they do need a little work. If you are new to this type of card I really suggest you try the "Cut Above Card Kit - Holiday Sparkle" (CC10189) from Close to My Heart. It has everything you need in it plus all things are cut and ready to go.

For those of you that plan on making a lot shaker cards, here is the basic product to start with:

"Thin Cuts - Shaker Window & Confetti" (Z4309):
These dies will cut the circle for the shaker window and the frame to go on the out side. The outside frame will have cut stitching on it too. The stars and hearts can be used as shaker elements.

Next, you need the acetate and foam to raise and seal your shaker part. CTMH made it really easy for you. You can order both items cut to size to fit the circle dies above. You will even get extra foam spacers to use on your card (these are the pieces from the inside of the foam circle.

"Shaker Window - Foam & Acetate" (Z4310):

The package contains 6 acetate circles and 6 foam circles.

 "Loose Sequins - silver or gold" (Z4304) or (Z4235):

Every shaker card needs something to shake right? So CTMH has a nice mixture of different size sequins and other embellishments. All you have to do is pick between the silver/blue or the golden/white.

You would also need a card base and envelope (X254), which CTMH has in a bulk package of 50 and design papers or cardstock. Well we have plenty of those in the Idea Book.

So you see, no matter if you are a beginner or pro we have you covert. If you like to know how to make a shaker card feel free to contact me. Stay tuned more to come....

October 9, 2018

Add Some Holiday Sparkle With A Shaker Card Set

I know it has been quite here in September, but honestly I don't know where this month went. On top I had some post prepared to go only, but it doesn't do you any good if you forget to hit the publish button, right?

Well back on track I want to show you this absolutely super cute shaker card kit we have in stock for the month of October. Taking about making shaker cards easy, this is it. Everything in this kit is precut and stamped.

But we can always put our own special spin on it can't we? This kit will make 12 festive shaker cards and like I set with a few extras you might have in your stack or things you can order with it, you can create some really cute Christmas Cards.

Right now you can order the Holiday Sparkle Bundle (CC101810) including the acetate, foam, embellishments, shaker sparkles, card bases and a D-sized stamp set for just $38.95. That's only around $3 per card plus you keep this stamp set for future projects:

In case you would like just the stamp set, well we have you covered too. You can order the stamp set "Love with All the Trimmings" (CC10188) for $18.95.

Last but not least, if you don't need the stamp set or the bundle for that matter, here is an option for you too:

You can order just the kit "Cut Above Card Kit - Holiday Sparkle" (CC10189) for only $29.95. Yes that is $ 2.50 per card...wooooowwwwww

I hope you will try this new set since it is only available from October 1st - October 31st and like always while supplies last!

Check back tomorrow to see how you can create your own designed shaker cards with brand new products that make it super easy. 

Shipping and taxes are not included in the prices mentioned above. If you are planning on visiting the Oakland Fair Fall Camp Scrap next weekend make sure to stop by my booth and you can make one of these little cuties....with a special twist to it :-)

September 1, 2018

The Brand New Close to My Heart Holiday Expressions Book

It is here! The brand new Close to My Heart Holiday Expressions book in available online for you.

Have fun checking out all the new items and papers. Don't miss out on a free copy of the Idea Book when you order from my website during the month of September. Yes, no matter how small or big your order is, you will get a Free Book as long as you place it in your basket before checking out.

Let me know if you have questions and enjoy the book!

August 31, 2018

Sneak Peek 4 - CTMH Holiday Expressions Book

Here we are on the final day of the old Idea Book. Tomorrow you will be able to see the brand new Holiday Expressions Book life. Make sure to check my blog post from tomorrow and click on the link to see the new book online.
Place an order from my website in the month of September and you can add a free copy of the new Idea Book to your order!

So what is so special this time, well all book are special in their own way. Each book has new papers and stamp sets, inks and embellishments and so much more. But this one is not only the Holiday Season one, it is also the beginning of a new Idea Book area.

In the past Close to My Heart published an annual book and three smaller Expressions books during the year. Well this is a lot of printing etc and it made it sometimes hard to remember all the good things in the annual book. So starting with the new Holiday Expressions book, CTMH will start a new area of books. No more annual Idea Book....yeah..... I know, but therefore we will get three Expressions books per year. This means 160 pages x3 filled with products, ideas and inspirations.

Each book will be around for four months and all paper collections and stamps in it will retire to make room for the new book. January 1st, May 1st and September 1st will be the new dates when the Expressions book go life. So more information and inspiration three times a year....Love it!

I hope you are as excited to see the new Holiday Expressions Book as I was. Have fun browsing the online version and remember....
If you place an order (no matter how small or big) on my website in September you can add a free copy of the new book to your order!

Please let me know if you have any questions I love to hear from you.

August 24, 2018

Sneak Peek 3 - CTMH Holiday Expressions Book

Here we are 8 days away from the launch of the brand new Close to My Heart "Holiday Expressions Book". So let's see if we can find out a few more things coming your way:

Paper Collections
The new book will contain beside five special paper collections one extra neutral pack of papers to go with all sets from this book. Yes, this is a new approach to bring neutral design papers and your paper collection together.
But let's not get ahead of ourselves:
The new paper collections are called:
- Boutique (late summer/ fall/ early spring)
- Hello Pumpkin (Halloween/ neutral) 
- Grateful Heart (Fall / Thanksgiving)
- 'Tis the Season (Christmas traditional)
- Oh What Fun (pastel Christmas, winter)
- Seasons Mix-In (neutrals)

While the paper packs stay in the same configuration with 10 x double sided design sheets and 2 x PML sheets with 3x4 and 4x6 cards to cut from.
The "Seasons Mix-In" will contain only 6 sheets of 12x12 double sided papers that can be mixed with either collection in the book.

So more paper choices and combinations, just what we are looking for.

Cardstock Packages
In the past our cardstocks were divided between 4 seasonal groups, which will be eliminated in the new book. No more groups, just a rainbow list of colors. This is also the reason why we no longer offer the color combos in the new book. I know, they always came in use, but this might make up for it: the new cardstock packs will be available now in smaller size packages. Instead of 24 per pack, all pack will now contain 12 sheets of one color of cardstock. So half the size of the old packs. I think it is a great idea, because with the combo packs sometime you ended up with colors you didn't need and with the smaller size pack you can now pick and choose exactly the colors you want without having to many left.

So what are our new colors called: 
Candy Apple, Peach, Ballerina, Lilac, Carolina, Bluebird, Mint, Sage, Clover, Nectarine and the annual color is ….. Sugarplum!

And as always...matching ink pads, re-inkers and some pigment inks will be available too.