September 25, 2019

Every Little Thing Card Making Kit - Happy Birthday

In my September cardmaking class we used the Close To My Heart Cardmaking Kit "Every Little Thing" (G1189) and the beautiful paper from the same series.

Love the purple/ lavender colors with the nice settle green. So, what is so special about this cardmaking set you might ask? How does design papers, cardstock, envelops and card bases and stamp set with matching die sound to you? Yes, you heart right, the new kits we offer include an exclusive stamp set with matching die and this one is to cute to pass on.

I decided to use one of the cards for the class as shown in the set. For the other three I changed the design up a bit and added a few more stamps I have. If you need to make more cards than the set calls for, well, just add cardstock and design paper and make more. The stamp set and dies are yours so be creative ;-) I also used the current Stamp of the Month for September. Great phrases for so many occasions. The set is called "Random Act of Cardness"(S1909) and you can still order it until the end of this month.

Here is the first card from the kit:

"Thinking of you" is always a great card to have in your stack. Regular 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" card base. Wisteria cardstock stamped with the little dot stamp from the kit.
The "Every Little Thing" design paper was cut with the bigger butterfly dies in the lower right corner. (Keep the cut out since we are using it in another card later on).

Adhere the papers to the front of the card base, then stamp the big butterfly into the opening. I used the matching Wisteria Ink Pad for it.
 The inside of the card is stamped with the "Stamp of the Month" and half of another of the big butterflies of the kit.

Use coloring pencils to make the stamp on the inside pop.

Like I said, this is only one of four designs which will come with full instruction to you if you order the set.

Stay tuned for more design ideas with this paper pack.

September 18, 2019

Every Little Thing Class Projects for September

Yeah, the Card Making Classes are back and this month we were working with the beautiful "Every Little Thing" paper pack from Close to My Heart and the Stamp of the Month for September.

I really love this paper and the colors. Our new "Wisteria" and "Julep" inks are so pretty. Don't know which one is which? Well, the "Wisteria" is a nice purple/lilac color which you can see best on the cardstock samples on the two cards on the right. The "Julep" is a wonderful green and it is our color of the year, so only available until next August!

This month we created the four cards you see in the picture above. Many of the phrases on the outside and this inside of the cards came from the Stamp of the Month set "Random Act Of Kindness" (S1909). Oh this set has so many wonderful phrases you don't want to miss it. You can buy the set individually or with a qualifying order you can get it for just $5.

Believe me, you can never ever have to many stamp sets with phrases! These are the ones I hang on to as long as I have room in my office LOL.

There are so many different products going along with the "Every Little Thing" set that I can't list them all here. So if you like to see the other papers from the set and all the beautiful embellishments, click on the "Every Little Thing" phrase and you can find them all together. I will introduce you to each of the cards individually during the next 4 Wednesdays so you can see more of the paper collection. For those who love to make cards the new Idea Book valid until October 31st has a beautiful card making kit included with the "every Little Thing" papers. Stamp set and die included. I just say butterflies....stay tuned to see the kit next week and more cards to come.

Last but not least a big "Thank You" to Kristine Tanase who's card creations were an inspiration to these ones I made. I tweaked them a little bit but never-the-less some of these were her idea.

September 11, 2019

Spooktacular Special

Spooktacular Special

When it comes to celebrating Halloween, don’t settle for simply spooky when you can make it truly Spooktacular! From now through October 31, Close To My Heart is celebrating with a special you won’t want to miss! The Spooktacular special features the Spooktacular Paper Packet and sticker sheet, with coordinating cardstock, and the delightfully spooky Frightful Friends Stamp and Thin Cuts set. There is also a special Spooktacular Workshop Kit available, which comes in two purchasing options—one with the Frightful Friends Stamp Set and Thin Cuts, and the other without. These exclusive items have been designed specifically for this special and won’t be available anywhere else!

Not a Halloween fan? Don’t worry, we have you covered as well. The paper pack is neutral in design when it comes to the colors and designs. While one side has typical Halloween images on it, the back side is of a more neutral design so are all the other papers in the pack. Cute colors for vibrant layouts or fall related activities. In this case, just order the paper pack without the sticker sheet and add the matching cardstock pack to it.

Between September 9 and October 31, you can order any of the exclusive items. As an added perk, the full Spooktacular workshop kit—which includes the My Acrylix® Frightful Friends Stamp + Thin Cuts set—at a 20% discount! With the exception of the stamp set, these special items are only available while supplies last. Capture all your favorite Autumn and Halloween moments with the items in the Spooktacular special!

You can find all items for this special on my website or contact me for more information. 

September 9, 2019

Share the Seasons Special

Share the Seasons

In celebration of National Stamping Month Close to My Heart is introducing exclusive stamp sets and Thin Cuts metal dies to help you prepare for the festive seasons ahead. Fall, Thanksgiving, Advent or Christmas and New Year they have you covered.

Be prepared to share love, appreciation, and holiday cheer with this exclusive "Share the Seasons special". Only this month you will be able to purchase two exclusive stamp sets designed with the upcoming seasons in mind.
Both stamp sets work seamlessly with the exclusive "Multi Square Windows Thin Cuts" die and the cute binder clip label. The die is such a great tool and I am sure you will find a use for it all throughout the year. I have seen so many pretty cards created with this die and a few layouts believe it or not. I have to play with it myself, stay tuned and see what I will come up with :-)

You can buy the stamps sets individually and/ or the die with it. I think the stamp sets are so stinking cute might want to get them both and when you add the die to it you can get the whole bundle for 30% off. Doesn't that sound great? You can make a lot of Christmas cards with the set and Thanksgiving and so much more....

Would you like both stamp sets for FREE?
You can receive both of the Share the Seasons stamp sets for FREE when you sign up as a Consultants (and there are way more perks in it for you) or you can host a qualifying party this month! I am sure you like to know more about these options. If you have questions about this special or anything else you contact me.

September 4, 2019

New and exciting Close to My Heart Cricut News

Finally a few words about our new Cricut corporation. 
Yes, Cricut and Close to My Heart joining the forces. 

Cricut started to discontinue making physical cartridges this year and this would also involve our Close to My Heart cartridges. While we still have a few in stock, all others will now be available only online, meaning digital. (You will need a Cricut Explore or newer!)
All new cartridges that will be released in the future will also be only available as a digital version. As you might have seen already, neither the new "Core Idea Book" nor the "Seasonal Book Sep-Oct" contain any new cartridges. The reason being, Close to My Heart and Cricut started a new affiliation program which allows our Close to My Heart customers to order the new cartridges direct at Cricut including all other tools and products you might need. Yes, the new cartridges are only available through a special link from us consultants. 

 So how do you order these now?
All exclusive cartridges from Close To My Heart will only be available through a special link! The link will transfer you directly to the Cricut shop. If you already have logged in before at the Cricut shop, use your login info otherwise sign up and start shopping. Yes, you can shop everything else in the shop including the exclusive cartridges, but you will only be able to see the CTMH cartridges by using the special link! Sounds complicated but actually it isn't and here is why:

While you are at my Close To My Heart website browsing through all the new and exciting products :-), go to the main page, scroll down to the bottom and click on the little Green Cricut icon right next to the Facebook symbol. 
Log in and look for the CTMH cartridges. While you are there, add some matts or pens and anything else you might need too. ;-)

If this is still to complicated, click on the Cricut section here on the left side in the blog or click HERE.

I think the easiest way is here at the blog or anytime you are on my CTMH website and you see the little Green Cricut icon click on it. If you have questions, please let me know I am happy to help.

September 2, 2019

The new Idea Books are here! - Craft with Heart

Subscription programs are a wonderful tool to keep up with life. Close To My Heart now offers two different programs, one is a scrapbooking subscription and the other one is for you card makers.

Card Making Subscription Kit

You can sign up for 4-month or 12-month. Every 4-month you will get a box containing everything you need to create ca. 24 cards. It even comes with a small ink pad and blog for your exclusive stamp set. This stamp set is made just for the subscription kits and covers all year long occasions. You get to explore different techniques like shaker cards or special folds. I think it make a great gift for a special crafter friend, don't you think so? This is what the first kit looks like:

Scrapbooking Subscription Kit

This subscription is already running very successfully since last year. You can sign up monthly, 4-months or 12-months which means you will receive your package either every month or every 4-months. The box contains everything you need to create double page layouts including page protectors. This set keeps up with you all year long :-). It's a wonderful tool to continue to create pages throughout the year.
Here are some examples of upcoming subscriptions...

If you like to find out more about these great subscription programs contact me or go to my website to sign up.

September 1, 2019

The new Idea Books are here! - Part 2

Yesterday I showed you a few things included in the new "Core Idea Book" and today we will look into the Seasonal Book which is starting today and running until October 31st. Yes, this means you will get to enjoy a new seasonal book every two month. Wow!
First I thought "g" that's a lot of books but lets face it, if you are like me, you love to see new products now and then. Having a book that covers 6 month, well that gets boring after a while. I think it is going to be exciting to see fresh products every two months. What do you think of it?

As exciting as this is remember, this also means all items in the book will retire after two months.  The new book schedule will make it easier for you to plan. Each book has two paper packs with embellishments, new stamps and workshops. What you would love should be easy to pick out since  you have a small product pallet to choose from. Yes I know we want it all, we can dream right? ;-). But a shorter season also means many things will go fast so don't wait to long.
So what is so new and different about the seasonal book?

The book includes two different paper packs with matching embellishments, Picture-My-Life cards, etc. Each paper pack has one scrapbooking and one cardmaking workshop. Yes, only one of each and they are packed with all sorts of goodies.
- The cardmaking workshop contains all materials including bases, envelopes papers, embellishments and an exclusive stamp set with matching dies.
- The scrapbooking workshop on the other hand contains a lot of special die-cuts and embellishments and has a unique layout guide to work with.
Both workshop kits are really amazing and they create wonderful projects. Try them to see for yourself. Don't take my word for it.

All paper packs have been re-designed. Each paper pack now contains 6 sheets of double sided design paper. Our old packages contained 12 sheets two of each design so if you like more papers, then just order two packs ;-).
Beside the "normal" package with 6 sheets you can get the paper pack with a matching sticker sheet. These stickers are so worth it. If you think about getting a paper pack, make sure to order the one with the sticker included. Let's have a look what two design paper packs are in this seasonal book.

Every Little Thing

 On the left is the paper pack with sticker sheet (X7248S).

On the right is the cardmaking workshop kit including the stamp set and dies (G1189)

Here is the scrapbooking workshop kit which includes the paper pack, embellishments, die cuts, page protectors etc (G1185)
On the right you can get an idea what the finished pages look like.

I love these colors and like many of our paper packs, you can used them for female or male projects. I think each workshop kit contains a lot of great products. An excellent value for your money.


On the left you can see the Hawthorn paper pack with sticker sheet. (X7429S) Rich fall colors and ideal for masculine projects.

The right picture shows you the cardmaking workshop kit. Again including a stamp set and die. (G1190)

An this is the amazing scrapbooking workshop kit (G1186). I love the details in this one and can you see some of the techniques taught in this one? Check the picture on the right.

These are the September and October papers and I think they both hit the ball out of the park. I have both workshop kits here and I am currently working with them. I can't tell they are so much fun. The "Every Little Thing" will be part of our cardmaking class this month so tune in to see those cards and many more with this paper.

All workshops contain instructions on how to cut and ensemble each project. Don't be afraid to change them up to match your pictures. Often you have enough pieces left to create another layout or set of cards by just adding a little bit of cardstock. If you need help, please feel free to contact me.
If you buy a workshop kit from me, you can contact me to schedule a free get together so we can work on your projects together. I would love to help you or give you some pointers :-)

Beside all these wonderful papers, the book further contains brand new stamps and dies. Check them out and have a look at the matching embellishments. Don't forget, the complete content of the seasonal book Sep-Oct will retire on October 31st.

If you order in September you will receive the "Core Idea Book" and the " Seasonal Book" with your order for free.

Stay tuned for more to come.....