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Friday, August 1, 2014

What's New on August 1, 2014?

2014-15 Annual Idea Book

It's August 1st, and the new catalog is here.  It is filled with over 250 new products, including 5 new colors, new tools, stamps, accessories and more.  Click on the above link to go to the online version of the new book.  

There is another Cricut Cartridge that will be available in September.  This cartridge is a card maker's dream!  Can't wait to get my hands on it.  There will be 3-D images and more to wow your senses.  

Other new products include 9 new paper packets with accompanying accessories, new alcohol markers, a mini stapler, new punches, a scoring board and SO MUCH MORE!

Contact me to get your own copy of the catalog, or to see some of these product first hand.   I have a few things already and am enjoying cardmaking and scrapbooking with my new toys!!

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Autumn/Winter 2013 Catalog Unveiled

The new catalog was revealed last week, and I just received my shipment of new books.  Isn't that exciting?!?  Close-to-my-Heart never ceases to come up with fabulous new ideas and products to use as we do our card-making and scrapbooking.   This catalog is no exception.   Customers will be able to order on August 1st, so contact me and make arrangements to get your own book.
Here are three cards that I made with the WOTG cardmaking kit, "Laughing Lola".  Pictures do the papers no justice, but these purple hues are REALLY pretty!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

New Spring/Summer 2013 Catalog

The new catalog has arrived!  This is always an exciting time at my house.  I love to sit down with a cup of coffee and look through the new catalog again and again and again!  The Spring catalog is always a breath of fresh air during these cold winter days.  Love the Spring color palette.  Please feel free to contact me to make arrangements to get yours.  We cannot order until February 1st, but that doesn't mean you can make your "wish list".   

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Happy New Year

Happy 2013!! Just wanted to share the latest Close to My Heart Special for January.  It's entitled "Whooo's Your Valentine?"  A fun kit that is yours for $10.00 when you spend $35 of product from the Autumn/Winter 2012 catalog.  The kit includes 12 die cut boxes, scored, cut and ready to fold, 3 pieces of 12" x 12" cardstock,  one 12 " x 12" sheet of silver glitter paper (awesome new product for Spring/Summer 2013), 12 Treat Tubes with Lids (new product for Spring/Summer 2013), 1 "D" Size Stamp Set with 20 cute, valentine stamps including a couple of owls (...thus Who's Your Valentine?)  These are tons of fun to assemble, and will be great gifts to give.  All for $10 (with qualifying $35 order).
Die Cut Boxes 
Valentine Cards made with the Kit
Whooo's Your Valentine Stamp Set

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Merry Christmas 2012

It's time for Christmas!  Yesterday I finished my cards and thought I'd post just a few of them.  I wish you all a Blessed Christmas and a wonderful New Year.  Enjoy all the special times and special projects.  (Yes...even the shopping!)  

Love this Silver Shimmer Trim.  It has an adhesive back and is super easy to put on cards or scrapbook layouts.  Also, the bow is using the Slate Satin Polka-Dot Ribbon.....tops it off with bling.

This is actually  large bow made with the Cricut Artiste.  It measures  about 5" across .  I used plain white cardstock and then stamped in with Cranberry Ink Snowflakes.

This is my version of a Christmas Poinsettia. I'm using this tag on a gift  this weekend  for an early Christmas Party I'm attending

12" x 12" Christmas Layout, Page 1

12" x 12" Christmas Layout, Page 2 

Couldn't resist adding this picture.  This is Ladan, my youngest grandson who is adding  the star to my  family room tree.  Lots of responsibility!!  My son-in-law Matt is lifting him up, and my granddaughter Lexi is in the forefront enjoying it, too.

Monday, November 5, 2012

What's Happening???

I finally made the cards from the Avonlea Cardmaking Kit.  There are two of these kits in the Autumn/Winter Close to My Heart Catalog.  The other is a Christmas theme.  Each kit makes 15 beautiful cards, 5 each of 3 designs. It's really not difficult.  Complete instructions are included.  It took me around 2 hours to complete.  All embellishments are also included, so you can use the coordinating ribbon and bling.

The November Stamp of the Month is "Capture the Date".  When I looked at this set originally, I was not sure what I'd do with it, but once I started playing with it a bit, I came up with lots of ideas for it.  The other really neat thing about the November special set is that when spending $50, you not only get it for $5.00, but the company will be making a $1.00 donation to the Hurricane Sandy effort for each set sold!  Just another way to help those Americans along the East Coast who are in need.

It is so much fun to personalize a card for each special person on your birthday list.  

As I begin looking toward Christmas, I used the Cricut Artiste cartridge to create a Gift Card Holder.  It's quick and easy to make.  What a neat gift....who doesn't enjoy Gift Cards?!!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

It's Autumn!

After a long, hot's Autumn.  What a beautiful time of the year.  With this comes a new Close-to-My-Heart catalog.  It's another new idea book filled with new stamps sets, new markers, new papers and MUCH more.  It amazes me that with each new book comes so much new and innovative product.  The company does a great job of keeping up with the national trends in the stamping and scrapping industry.'s so hard to say.  I LOVE the new Cricut Cartridge, Artiste.  A year ago CTMH came out with the first cartridge, "Art Philosophy" and with its 700 images, it quickly became an important part of my card-making and scrapbooking.  Now, with the new cartridge, yes it also has another 700 images, it promises to be another "must have" product.  This cartridge has lots of 3-D projects, each one more fun that the other.  As with "Art Philosophy", the "Artiste" cartridge also coordinates with many of the stamp sets in the new catalog.  All I can say is "Awesome"! 

Close-to-My-Heart really sells itself.  With the help of another CTMH customer, I have started a Scrapbooking Club.  I also still have my original Card-Making Club.  The scrappers will make layout (2 pages) and one card when they get together.  The Card-Makers make four cards or projects at each meeting.  If you are interested in either of these groups, let me know, there is room in each group for more people!  

2-Page Layout

Card made with Cricut Artiste Cartridge......Swing Card

Another Cricut Cut Card.....Closed and Open