So long, Seaside...


Have you gotten your Seaside fix? This stunning paper pack and stamp set are retiring once again on August 31, 2019.  The gorgeous prints and colors are perfect for your papercrafting projects!  Here is a look at the Workshop Kit, though you can purchase individual components.

You can view all of the Seaside options here!

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Freshly Made Sketches 400th Celebration


I am back for week 2 of the 400th Sketch Celebration at Freshly Made Sketches!  This is obviously my week for purple cards....I just can't seem to put the Eggplant ink pad away!  Freshly Made Sketches is creating with their previous Sketch #200 this week-


I took the liberty of curving my panel vs. going straight across. Along with the curved panel, I curved my sentiment as well.  One of the many great things about Close To My Heart stamps, you can curve them to your liking.  Just apply gentle pressure to the stamp when adhering to your stamp block.  No worries, your stamp will return to the original form after you remove it from the block.  Here is the complete stamp set and the sentiment in it's straight form-

All supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:
Z4086 Where Happiness Blooms Stamp Set/Thin Cuts Bundle
X7244B True Love Paper Packet
X6000 Eggplant Cardstock
X6027 White Daisy Cardstock
Z2833 Pebble Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z2847 Eggplant Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z6504 Sage Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z4221 Mink Twine
Z3293 Clear Shimmer Brush
Prismacolor Pencils
Border Die-MFT

I have also entered my card in the following challenges:
Alphabet Challenge Blog-K is for Kind Thoughts
Let's Create Challenge-Anything Goes with the Option of Entwined
The Flower Challenge-Use your Favorite Flower

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Thinking of You


Close To My Heart offers a variety of Workshop Kits for cardmaking and scrapbooking.  I love the stamps that are included in the Thinking of You Cardmaking Kit.  The kit has papers from the True Love Collection.  Card bases and envelopes are included!

Instructions and supplies are included to create twelve cards.  As an added bonus, Workshops Your Way Kits are Buy One Get One at 35% Off for the month of August!  It is a win win! You can view the current kits here.

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Atlantic Hearts Sketch #329


The color scheme of the True Love papers is certainly a favorite of mine.  I can't get enough of the combo of Eggplant, Sage and Sapphire!  The purple family has always been my favorite color. Being a mom of all boys.....cards and my craft room are about the only place I can express it!  I can't even wear it!  Purple just does not work for me in clothes, either!  So cards, it is!  I created my card based on the sketch challenge at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenges.


My lovely watering can of flowers is from the Where Happiness Blooms stamp set.  This set has been wildly popular and has sold out previously.  The set is in stock as I write this, but is due to be retired August 31, 2019.  If you would like a set for your collection, now is the time to order! You can order just the stamp set or a bundle with Thin Cuts dies.  I personally love the cut out features of the dies.


Design Tip: After inking up the multiple layers on my stamp set, I went back in and added a little shading with pencils for added depth.  I also went over the flowers with the Clear Shimmer Brush for some added bling.

All supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:
Z4086 Where Happiness Blooms Stamp Set/Thin Cuts Bundle
S1908 From Me To You (August Stamp of the Month)
X7244B True Love Paper Packet
X5993 Sage Cardstock
X6000 Eggplant Cardstock
X6027 White Daisy Cardstock
Z2826 Heather Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z2847 Eggplant Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z6504 Sage Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z4221 Mink Twine
Z4191 Silver Glitter Gems
Prismacolor Pencils
Banner Die-MFT

I have also entered my card in the following challenges:
As You Like It Challenges-Favorite Colour Combo and Why
Crafting by Designs-Anything Goes
Crafting Happiness-Flowers
Creative Knockouts-Sparkle & Shine
Simply Create Too-Anything Goes

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You're Awesome!



The You're Awesome Cardmaking Workshop features the Into the Wild papers and an exclusive stamp set.  I just love the rustic style. The kit includes supplies to create twelve cards.

This kit is scheduled to be retired August 31 and did I mention it is currently part of the BOGO 35% off sale?


You can view all of the available Workshop Kits here!  The sale runs til August 31 or while supplies last.

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Mojo Monday, Take 2!


Ok, I had so much fun creating my last card for the Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge, that I am back with take 2!  This is such a super fun sketch and it really showcases the versatility of the Close To My Heart papers!  My card is created with the True Love Paper Collection.  All of the fun elements on my card (minus the bling) are also from the same paper pack!  Here is the original sketch, which I have added to slightly-


Do you fear mixing pattern papers?  Close To My Heart can totally alleviate that for you!  All of the patterns in the paper collections mix together beautifully.  The papers work great for all paper crafting! Scrapbooking, cardmaking, home decor...you name it!  I applied my elements in layers and added a tiny bit of bling-


If you  have yet to check out the True Love Paper Collection, don't wait....it is due to be retired as of August 31, 2019!  Here is a look at the beautiful designs that are included-

Design Tip: My elements are applied in layers with 3-D foam tape.  I applied a little bling with a clear shimmer brush to my flowers and small heart.  A few bitty sparkles finishes the design!

All supplies by Close To My Heart:
S1908 From Me To You (August Stamp of the Month)
X7244B True Love Paper Packet
X6000 Eggplant Cardstock
X6021 Sapphire Cardstock
X6027 White Daisy Cardstock
Z2847 Eggplant Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z1263 Bitty Sparkles
Z3293 Clear Shimmer Brush
Z3318 Thin Cuts-Basic Circles
Z4181 Thin Cuts-Stitched Circles

I have also entered my card in the following challenges:
Always Fun Challenges-Circles
Crafting Happiness-Flowers
Crafty Sentiments Designs-Anything Goes
Di's Digi Challenge-Circles
Simon Says Stamp-Add a Die Cut

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Mojo Monday #520


I had so much fun creating this card!  A great sketch combined with great papers equals easy peasy!  My card is created with the Into the Wild Paper Collection by Close To My Heart.  The coordination of colors means you can't go wrong.  I paired the gorgeous papers with the Sketch Challenge at Mojo Monday. Julee is so awesome, she even gives you  measurements for her sketches!  You can easily add or subtract items to make the sketch your own.  Here is the original sketch design-


I love the fun mix of elements on my card....and they all came from one paper pack!  Into the Wild is one of my current favorite paper packs.  As a mom of three boys....I know it will get a lot of use.  I know I just mentioned yesterday that I was going to stop hoarding paper.....but I simply must put a few packs of this one away for future scrapbook pages!  Here is a look at the full paper pack-

I paired the paper collection with the August Stamp of the Month, From Me to You, for my sentiment.

Did you know that you can add the Stamp of the Month to your collection for only $5 with a qualifying purchase!  This set has 38 stamps....what a bargain!

Design Tip: My trees and tag are cut from the Into the Wild papers and used as embellishments.  I first inked my Happy Stamp in New England Ivy ink and then faded into Sapphire ink.  You can easily add multiple colors of ink to one stamp, just start with the lighter shade first!

All supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:
S1908 From Me to You
X7247B Into the Wild Paper Packet
X7247D Into the Wild Coordinating Cardstock
X6027 White Daisy Cardstock
Z2831 Charcoal Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z2835 New England Ivy Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z2848 Sapphire Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z3318 Thin Cuts-Basic Circles
Z4181 Thin Cuts-Stitched Circles
Banner Dies-MFT

I have also entered my card in the following challenges:
A2ZScrapbooking Challenge-Birthday
A Gem of a Challenge-Anything Goes
Allsorts Challenge-Sun, Moon, Stars or Something for Baby (Stars here!)
Creative with Stamps-Dad or Masculine

Heart 2 Heart Challenges-Adventure Awaits
Penny Black and More-Boys & Men
Simon Says Wednesday-Use a Die Cut
Southern Girls Challenge-Father's Day/Masculine
The Male Room-Birthday


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Sketch Saturday #576


Have I mentioned how much I love the fun, bright colors of the Craft On Collection?  Part of me really wants to hoard this paper.....but I am on a mission to actually USE my supplies!  I seem to have a paper collecting problem, it is actually much more fun to create something with the papers vs keeping them for eternity!  My card is based on the sketch challenge this week at Sketch Saturday.  Here is a look at the sketch if you would like to come play along-

My card is really pretty basic today.  I mixed some fun papers and a few die cuts together to create my card.  Here is a look at the complete Craft On Paper Packet-

All supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:
X7245B Craft On Paper Packet (Retiring August 31, 2019)
X7245D Craft On Coordinating Cardstock
Z3314 Black & White Enamel Dots
Circle Dies-MFT
Banner Dies-MFT
Black Twine-American Crafts

I have also entered my card in the following challenges:
Just Us Girls-Circles

Simon Says Wednesday-Use a Die Cut

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Wild & Punny

The Wild & Punny Stamp Set is super cute and comes with adorable sentiments.  You can purchase just the stamp set or bundle with coordinating Thin Cuts.  This set is scheduled to retire August 31!

You can view the bundle here or just the stamp set here!

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Atlantic Hearts Sketch #328


Back in June, Close To My Heart did a limited release stamp collection.  And, when I say limited, I mean really limited....as in a two day sale and then gone! I keep expecting the stamp sets to make a come back...but I have yet to see them resurface! Follow my page on Facebook,  to keep up on the current specials and flash sales!   My flower pot stamp is from the limited release, which I combined with the a sentiment from the current Stamp of the Month, From Me to You.



My card is based on the sketch challenge at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.



I combined the sketch challenge with the Colour Challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches-



All supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:
CC61934 Growing Through It-Retired
S1908 From Me to You-August Stamp of the Month-Only $5 w/qualifying purchase!
Z6027 White Daisy Cardstock
X6011 New England Ivy Cardstock
X7247B Into the Wild Paper Packet
Z4189 Intense Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z2835 New England Ivy Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z4065 Rose Gold Loose Sequins
Prismacolor Pencils (Shaded w/Gamsol)
Stitched Border Die-MFT

I have also entered my card in the following challenges:
AAA Cards CAS Challenges-Made in Minutes

Heart 2 Heart Challenges-Color It
Simon Says Wednesday-Use a Die Cut

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New Clearance Selection!


New items have been added to the Clearance section!  There are numerous Halloween themed items available.  Now is a great time to stock up for your Holiday projects.  All items are while supplies last.  You can view the current inventory here.

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Elegant Peacock



Peacocks are such gorgeous creatures!  I am always in awe of their span of feathers.  Just in case you missed it, I wanted to highlight the Elegant Peacock Stamp Set by Close To My Heart.  This gorgeous layered stamp set is set to retire on August 31.  The possibilities are endless with the many layers of feathers. Here is a look at the complete set-


If you would like to add the set to your collection, you can purchase it here!

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Sketch Saturday #575


I was so excited to see my card picked as a Winner last week at Sketch Saturday! The sketches at Sketch Saturday are always a great way to start a card.  As an added bonus, they usually tend to follow my style of lots of layers with clean stamping.  My craft room might stay a mess, but I prefer my cards clean!  Here is a look at the sketch if you would like to play along-


My card was created with the Sweet Girl papers and complements by Close To My Heart.  Most of my creations with this paper pack have been pink themed.....but no pink in sight today!  The papers are double sided, so you usually just need to flip the paper over to get a new look!  My Thank You sentiment is from one of my favorite past sets, that is making a come back!  Say It in Style has to be one of the most versatile sentiment stamp sets! I don't recall when it first came out, but it is coming back on September 1!  Here is the complete set, 41 stamps in all!

I love the variety of fonts and they are the perfect size for card making!  You will be available to order the set on my website September 1, with the upcoming new catalog release!

Design Tip:  I adhered my complements with 3-D foam to add more dimension to my card.  My bow is tied with Sapphire Crochet Thread and adhered with Liquid Glass.  Liquid Glass is a must have in your crafting tool box!  It dries super strong and clear.  The majority of my cards are mailed and I never skimp on adhesives....I want them to arrive as they left!

All supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:
D1283 Say It in Style (Available to order September 1)
X7246B Sweet Girl Paper Pack (Retiring August 31)
X7246C Sweet Girl Complements (Almost sold out!)
X6027 White Daisy Cardstock
X6003 Fern Cardstock
X6021 Sapphire Cardstock
Z2848 Sapphire Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z4058 Sapphire Crochet Thread
Z4191 Silver Glitter Gems
Z679 Liquid Glass
Oval Dies by MFT

I have also entered my card in the following challenges:
A Bit More Time to Craft-Anything Goes
As You Like It-Favorite Flower & Why? (I love all flowers, my favorite are those that are stamped...no worries about keeping them alive)
Craft-Dee BowZ-Anything Goes
Simon Says Wednesday-Use a Die Cut

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Freshly Made Sketches #400


It is a milestone event over at Freshly Made Sketches, they are celebrating their 400th sketch! They have been creating fabulous sketches for eight years! Many of my favorite cards have been created with FMS Sketches.  I took a walk down memory lane and I joined in on the challenges starting with Sketch #4!


The sketch this week was also Sketch #1 and #100.   I missed out on Sketch #1, but I was there for Sketch #100 as a Design Team Member.  Here is a look back at the card I created back in 2013-


I love the bold colors of my previous creation...I went with a softer version this go around.  My card is created with the Sweet Girl papers and the Where Happiness Blooms stamp set by Close To My Heart.  Both of these products are set to retire August 31.  The stamp set is super fun and would be a great addition to your collection.  Here is a look at the complete set-
Design Tip: I added a touch of pink to my silver gems with a Copic Sketch marker.  I added shimmer to my floral complements with a Shimmer Brush Pen.  My Thinking of You sentiment was previously square, I cut the sentiment apart to stamp it in a straight line.  I cut my stamps apart often, as they easily piece back together on your stamp block.

All supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:
Z4086 Where Happiness Blooms, Retiring August 31, 2019
D1283 Say It In Style (Coming back on September 1, 2019)
X7246B Sweet Girl Paper Packet
X7246C Sweet Girl Complements
X6027 White Daisy Cardstock
X5994 Ballerina Pink Cardstock
Z6501 Ballerina Pink Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z2826 Heather Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z4191 Silver Glitter Gems
Z4304 Silver Loose Sequins
Z3293 Clear Shimmer Brush
RV11 Copic Sketch Marker
Banner Die-MFT

I have also entered my card in the following challenges:
Crafty Gals Corner-3 Plus Layers
Simon Says Stamp-Add a Die Cut
Watercooler Wednesday-Anything Feminine Goes

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Want a Sneak Peek of New Products?

Would you like to see the upcoming catalog now?  How about a great discount on the Close To My Heart products you love? During the month of August, any new Consultants who enroll, or any former Consultants who re-enroll, can do so for just $35 with a No-Kit Enrollment option! You will also receive $35 in CTMH Cash, absolutely free, just for signing up! You can also choose to enroll with our normal New Consultant Kit during this month if you prefer. We’ve revamped this kit to include business essentials, and we’ve included shipping in the total cost of the kit. Sign up and thrive for $35 with our No-Kit Enrollment option or order the regular New Consultant Kit and start your Close To My Heart journey today! 

You can view all the details here!  Feel free to contact me with any questions!

BOGO 35% Workshop Kits

Our Workshops Your Way® and Deluxe workshop kits are on sale all month long! These kits offer a convenient way to get the items you need for both scrapbooking and cardmaking projects, and during August when you buy select kits , you can choose a second for 35% off (discounts applied in cart)! All of these kits are going away after August 31, so be sure to get these amazing project kits before they are gone for good! You can view the collection of kits here!

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Mojo Monday Sketch #519


The Craft On Paper Collection is one of my favs. While the majority of the collection is bright and bold, there is a lighter side as well.  I chose to make my card in a monochrome Pixie Pink with the crafty print!  I think the crafty prints are perfect for my Close To My Heart Thank You's.  My card is based on the Sketch Challenge at Mojo Monday by Julee Tilman. I am a huge layers fan, and Julee never disappoints in her sketches!


I wanted to keep my card in the pink theme as well as make it a crafty Thank You.  I stamped my own Thanks background paper for the top right section of the sketch.  My Smile & Craft On sentiment is from a sheet of Craft On paper.  I simply aligned a circle die around the sentiment.  I then popped up the panel with foam dots for extra dimension.  I added a touch of color to the sentiment and my white enamel dots with a Copic marker.  Alcohol markers are perfect for custom coloring your own embellishments.  A strip of grosgrain ribbon finishes off the sketch.

The Craft On Collection retires at the end of this month.  If you want to add a set to your collection, now is the time!

All supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:
B1652 Wordfetti-Retired
X7245B Craft On Paper Packet
X6027 White Daisy Cardstock
X6016 Pixie Cardstock
Z2844 Pixie Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z3314 Black & White Dots
Z4181 Thin Cuts-Stitched Circles
Z3318 Thin Cuts-Basics Circles
White Grosgrain Ribbon by Offray
Copic Sketch RV11

I have entered my card in the following challenges:
BBBChallenges-Off the Edge Stamping
CCEE Stampers-Die Cut and a Ribbon
Creations in Pink-Anything Goes in Mainly Pink
Internation Art & Soul-Monochromatic
Love to Craft-Anything Goes
Papercraft Business Challenge-Anything Goes w/Bonus Entry using a circle
Polkadoodles Craft Challenge-Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp-Anything Goes

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Sketch Saturday #574


I am so glad to be back in the craft room and applying ink to paper!  I have a couple of cards in the works...but decided to jump in the sketch challenge at Sketch Saturday, which ends in just a few short hours!   This is such a retro sketch to me...which also means it comes together quickly!  Here is a look at the original sketch design-


I created my card with the True Love papers by Close To My Heart.  All of the prints coordinate together, so you can not go wrong in your creations!  I added in a little bit of bling with Silver Gems, Silver Thread and a Silver spica pen.  Here is a look at all of the patterns included in the True Love Paper Packet-


All supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:
B1613 You Got This Stamp Set-Retired
X7244B True Love Paper Packet
X6027 White Daisy Cardstock
X6000 Eggplant Cardstock
Z2847 Eggplant Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z4191 Silver Glitter Gems
Z4213 Silver Embellishing Thread
Clear Spica Pen

I have also entered my card in the following challenges:
A Bit More Time to Craft-Anything Goes
Crafty Gals Corner-3+ Layers
Crafty Hazelnut's Pattern Paper Challenge-Anything Goes w/Pattern Paper
Heart 2 Heart Challenges-On the Border
Watercooler Wednesday-Anything Goes

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