Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Close To My Heart : This Moment (January Stamp of the Month)


I'm so glad you've joined us on this month's stamp of the month blog hop with nearly 60 CTMH consultants.

If you've found my page by way of Melissa's blog- you're heading in the right direction.  If you're just starting the hop here on my page- that's ok too.  You should be able to circle around the entire hop no matter where you start (next link is at the bottom of this post.)

Here's the fun part:

This month's set can be yours for only $5!  Just place an order of $50 or more in retail product and you'll be prompted to add the set.  Don't need to spend $50?  The set can be purchased individually for $17.95.

Isn't it soooo fun?  I love this month's set.  I know it would be awesome for a layout or cards.  I decided however, that I wanted to create some custom Picture My Life "style" cards.  Last month I created a lot of artwork with the Heartstring PML cards and thought this set would make some great accessory cards.  Here's 4 to get your creative juices flowing.
my favorite of course is the bottom left glittery card.  All of these would be great additions to your pocket layouts, traditional layout or even cards.
Check back soon to see a layout I've created using some of these (just waiting on my photos to add)
Now head over to Michelle's page to see what she's whipped up for us to see!

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

February Kit of the Month: Confetti Wishes {CTMH in SW Michigan}


I've got some exciting artwork posts coming up over the next few weeks... super fun stuff!

In the meantime, here's my NEXT kit of the month.  This is a new project for me as next week is the first shipment of my "kit of the month" project.  I posted the January kit of the month in early December and was very excited that it was well received.

Today I'm posting the February kit of the month.

That means that the kit I'm posting, ships the first week of February.

My kit of the months are typically cards, treat bags and papercrafting in general.  I release page kits Separately and they will NOT be a part of my kit of the month project.

Details for February kit of the Month:
Cost:  $25- add $4 for shipping
It makes:  3 pillow box treat containers, 1 die-cut standard size card, 2- 3x3 cards with envelopes.

3 clear pillow boxes
B1462 Lovely Birthday stamp set
Full package of Aquadots, self adhesive gems
Die cut card and envelope
full roll purple shimmer trim
 6 inches gold polka dot washi tape
pre-cut papers and envelopes
Full color assembly guide.

NEEDED BUT NOT INCLUDED:  Thistle ink pad, lagoon ink pad, pacifica ink pad, and pear ink pad.  These retail for $5.95 plus shipping and tax.  Contact me to add one or all of these to your kit order and I will waive the shipping/tax on these items ONLY if ordered/paid for with February kit purchase.  Blocks also not included.  If clear stamps are new to you, please note that you need a block.

Contact me here to place your order if adding inks or blocks.  Do not use paypal link below.

Have you done the math?  THAT'S a fantastic value for $25!!!

PRE-ORDER by January 12th for shipping first week of February.  (no orders accepted after January 12th.  At that point I'm moving on to the following month's kit design and prepping this kit for shipping)

If you KNOW you want to order click the "buy now" link below: 

delivery options

Here is the stamp set included in this kit. 


Monday, December 22, 2014

CTMH color chart... new series.


I'm so glad you stopped by.  I'm sharing some news!  I'll be starting a new "color chart" series weekly in the new year.

It'll look something like this:

I LOVE to play around with color and try new palettes.  I hope you'll check back soon.  It'll probably be a weekend post- I'll see how the timing goes and try to stick to ABOUT the same time each week. 

The reason I've decided to do this is because sometimes, the lighting I have available is a little off and my colors don't show true to form (working on that too).  The color chart will give you a better idea of how they should look ;)

I've posted the card above before... so if it looks familiar that's why.  I was just testing it out with this template I found on the web.  (If I remember where- I'll post the link :) )

Supplies used:  CTMH Cricut Artbooking, cardstock in various colors listed, glitter paper, red shimmer trim

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Elf on a Shelf

I have THREE of these kits left.

$9 each plus a total of $4.50 shipping no matter how many you purchase.
Email me if interested with "elf on a shelf" in the subject line.

email -> click here.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

NEW Rolling tote and shoulder bag

Did you hear the news?
We have FABULOUS new rolling tote and shoulder bag organization.  The rolling tote holds our small, medium and large organizers.  It's too late to receive by Christmas, but for those that buy for themselves, celebrate later, or just plain WANT one...  click here to go to my page.
Place your order in my Mystery Hostess party and anyone that orders the tote is GUARANTEED a minimum $20 in free product. 
DON'T forget to add the $5 stamp of the month:
Deal of the decade:
Once you spend $50 or more, you qualify for buying as many "c" and "d" size stamp sets as you want at only $10 each (savings of $3.95-7.95 on each set)
All orders totaling $150+ qualify for hostess rewards.  I will contact you separately OR email me before placing your order and I will help you place the order to ensure your rewards arrive WITH your order instead of at a later date.

Friday, December 19, 2014

A quick how to of reinkers and the spray pen

This short video by CTMH explains how best to use our reinkers and spray pen.

For your info:  I fill the spray pen to line 2 with reinker and line 7 with water/ rubbing alcohol.  I find that gives me the closest color match to the cardstock.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Snowhaven CTMH page kit

This month my classes featured the Snowhaven Paper pack and complements.  This simple layout goes together so fast and simple!
If you'd like to create this layout, all you need is the Snowhaven paper , Snowhaven complements, twine and black ink.  Also, I like to adhere my complements with liquid glass as tape adhesive doesn't tend to hold chipboard forever.
If you're interested in purchasing this page kit and having it shipped to you... $13.00 would cover the cost of precut papers, full complement pack, a foot of twine and shipping to you.  Email me here to order.

Monday, December 15, 2014

one month later...

wow! the last month has flown by... I can't believe I missed a month of posting.

I thought I'd pop in and share a photo of recent card class projects:
I created about 12 card designs total (or more?)  so I'll share more photos this week.
I just love creating handmade cards and gifts for the holidays (which is why I've been MISSING) for the past month ;)
Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, November 17, 2014

School page kits { close To My Heart Chalk It Up}

I released these kits in September and still have a few of each left.  I really love the color scheme of the Chalk It Up papers and embellishments.

These page kits come completely pre-cut and ready to assemble.  If you have trouble working with chipboard (i.e.. it fall off the page after a while) you really need to use our liquid glass to stick it down.  Liquid glass is a pretty strong glue and will give a nice permanent bond to these projects.

Kit prices:  $9 each for either layout.  $5.50 if it needs to be shipped.
Liquid glass (if you wish to add it to your order) is $6.95 with no additional shipping cost if you add it to your page kit purchase.  E-mail me here to order.

If you like the projects but don't like page kits (you prefer to design your own...) here's a link to the Chalk it up line of products.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Thankful...for you!

Thanks so much for supporting my business and stopping by.
Here are a few fun designs just in time for Thanksgiving.
  This banner is so simple.  Just some cricut-cut banners using cricut.  Some fun natural colored letters.  Add some hole punched circles and twine and you have a fantastic display.
 This Thankful themed card kit is great for more than just Thanksgiving.  The kit comes with instructions to cut and assemble 5 each of all 3 cards.  I really loved the card on the left though and I made 15 from one kit of just that one design.  I gave them to each of my retreat attendees in October.  Each card had some fun embellishment as a thank you gift.  So even if you only like 1-2 designs, this kit is a faster way to say thanks! 
Click here for a photo of the kit contents (awesome stamp set!)

Monday, November 10, 2014

Page kits!

 I love designing page kits and come up with fun new designs each month.  This particular kit was designed using a die-cut I purchased from a local shop.  The owner gave me permission to use her pre-cut die cuts in my own kits.

Kit cost:  $9 .  Shipping is $4.50 for one kit or $5.50 for 2-5 kits.  I have other kits in stock/ ready to ship.  Simply visit my facebook page at and go through the photos looking for "page kit release" in the first line.  I always mark when kits are sold out.  Just comment on one if you are interested and i'll verify availability.

This kit is down to the final 3 kits available.  If you don't use facebook send me an e-mail if you'd like to purchase one. IF you do use facebook just comment on the photo that was posted November 1.  It's much easier to keep track that way.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Tis the Season... plan ahead!

If you're planning a family gathering for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, consider making these cute place markers for your table.  
 The cute pumpkin stamp is sold individually for $6.95 and can be found by clicking here.               
And you KNOW what comes after Thanksgiving ...right?
This gorgeous card is made with a hostess only set.  Don't forget that any order placed on my site enters you into the Mystery Hostess drawing... and hostess credit can go towards our exclusive hostess sets.  Don't want to chance a drawing to get this set?  Gather $150 in orders from you, your family and friends- and automatically earn $25 in hostess credit.  That's plenty to get this set, some paper and even a stamp pad or two.

Need something that requires a little less time?  Try our new "cut above" card kits.  Everything is pre-cut (LOVE!) and ready to stamp and assemble.  feel free to use stamps you have on hand, or pick up our exclusive set designed to coordinate with both card kits. 
Click here for the reindeer card kit details

Click here for the snowman card kit details.
See the coordinating stamps when you click here.
Ready to order?  Each person that places an order this month is entered into my Mystery Hostess online party drawing!  If you win you'll be contacted.  Most mystery hostesses win $40-80 free and 1-2 half price items!  Just a simple order is all that is needed.    Make sure at checkout the "mystery hostess" party shows up as an option and is checked off.
If you use facebook:  please visit and "like" my page.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Studio J for $5... it's more than just layouts.

When you think of Studio J, our online scrapbooking program, you might think it's not for you.  You love traditional scrapbooking, right?  Well you are in for a surprise because it's MORE than just an online scrapbooking program.

Studio J is GREAT for cards.  Using the "no limits" template with a paper kit of your choice, you can create some fun cards.  Create either a holiday photo card or a full card front (that needs to be attached to a card base) OR do what I did and just create card FRONTS.

This option is perfect for those of you that love handmade but don't have time to stamp enough images for all of your  Christmas cards. I did most of my design work in studio J.  Then, when they arrive I'll cut them apart and add some hand crafting to complete them.  I could have fit more card fronts on the first layout, but chose to add some 1x1 designs that will work perfectly on holiday gifts using our base and bling pendants.

Watch for some finished projects as soon as these studio j layouts arrive!

The designs on the second page are about 3.5x3.5.  This leaves plenty of space on a 4.25x5.5 card front to add some extra detail/ embellishments.

So... how do you get started?
1.  Go to my website at
2.  Click the "products" link
3. Click studio J
4.  Open an account (you need to do this so that it saves your progress to a folder.)
5.  Follow the prompts.  choose a paper pack (I used Sparkle and Shine under the holiday link)
6.  Choose a template.  If you are scrapbooking use any of the provided options.  If you are making cards choose the "no limits" which shows two blank pages.
7.  To create cards, drag a text/journal block over to the layout.  Use the Height/width measurements to change the size. 
8.  double click the text wording and hit space.  this deletes the words from the block.
9.  Drag your paper selection over to the box.
10.  From the sticker selection- drag your choice of images over to your designed block. Resize as needed.  add text if you wish.  Play with ribbons and embellishments. 
11.  When completely happy you can add a new layout, order etc.  Minimum order of 4- 2 page layouts required.
E-mail me here with questions.
More interested in scrapbooking than cards?  Here's a fun layout using a Halloween kit from Studio J.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

New albums and updated website clearance

I don't know about you, but I've been piling up completed layouts, just waiting for a better option to store my layouts.  I am HAPPY to report that new options are NOW available.  These 3 designs shown below are the new CTMH albums available in both d-ring  and post bound.
If you love pocket style scrapbooking then the d-ring is definitely the way to go.  It's actually what I've been WAITING for.  I love the ease of scrapbooking your photos in any order, by any method (traditional, digital, pocket style etc) and then inserting them wherever/ whenever you want.
SO:  the fine print is this:  Today the Lagoon chevron d-ring, black d-ring and black post bound all arrived to the warehouse.  The other options should be in soon but aren't yet in stock at the warehouse so those 3 aren't orderable yet.
To see ALL of our current album options click here.  To see all of our page protector options (that work in ANY of our albums)... click here.  And finally, If you choose to place an order on my website you'll be eligible to win my mystery hostess drawing taking place later this month. 
If you are more interested in a good deal than new albums... click here to see all of the "while supplies last" just listed earlier this week on my site.
Here's just a small assortment of items posted right now ;)
If you need any help ordering any items... just send me an e-mail here.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Studio J: $5 deal and chances at great prizes

November marks the five-year anniversary of Studio J®, and that means it’s your lucky month, with five amazing ways to win through Studio J and Close To My Heart social media!

1.First, throughout the month of November,  all layouts purchased in Studio J are $5!  That is a savings of over 25% off of retail!

 2 Your second chance to win big must come by sheer luck: every fifth order placed in Studio J during November  receives a FREE surprise Close To My Heart  accessory in its shipping box! The accessory has a retail value of $5 or more.

3 If luck doesn’t smile on you in that way, you might stumble upon it by finding a little extra something in your Studio J box. Five “golden tickets” will be sent out during the month of November with randomly selected Studio J print orders. This “golden ticket” is redeemable for one of Close To My Heart’s new D-ring albums* loaded with 10 Top Load Memory Protectors™. 

4 For a fourth way to win, simply create new, gorgeous layouts in  Studio J, select your favorites, and then post pictures of them  on Close To My Heart’s Facebook page using the hashtag  #ctmhlucky5. After November 30, five lucky winners will be selected from the entries based on their artistry and creativity and each of these winners will receive their own D-ring album loaded with 10 Top Load Memory Protectors!

5 And there is one last way to win: take your new Studio J artwork and post a picture of it on Instagram using the hashtag  #ctmhlucky5. Just as it is with Facebook, after November 30,   
five lucky winners will be selected from the entries to receive their own D-ring album loaded with 10 Top Load Memory Protectors!

To make things even more exciting, starting November 1, five brand  new kits from the Annual Inspirations idea book will be made available in Studio J, so you can create new artwork using the latest papers and embellishments from Close To My Heart. With so many ways to win,  five may be new your new lucky number! Log in to Studio J and start creating today.

*Offer valid November 1–30, 2014. Pattern and color of new D-ring album to be given  to winners will be at Close To My Heart’s discretion based upon availability. New kits available in Studio J® on November 1 include Confetti Wishes, Snowhaven, Seaside,  Pathfinding, and Scaredy Cat. No tax or shipping will be charged on the free item(s). Studio J layouts ship in a protected box that can hold from 4 to 50 two-page layouts.  For additional information about shipping/handling, please visit > Products and Pricing > Shipping Options.

Friday, October 31, 2014

November: It's the Little Things

WElcome to a new month... and a new STAMP OF THE MONTH SET.

This month we are previewing It's The Little Things- the November Set. As always, you can grab this set for $17.95 or get a GREAT deal:  only $5 with a $50 purchase.

If you're coming from Jen's blog you're heading in the right direction.  If you're just joining the hop here then no problem- the hop should make a circle and take you around (the next hop is at the bottom of this post ;)
Now... here's the stamp set for November.
Isn't it so fun?
Here's my project: (I'll be inserting a better photo this weekend... this was just a cell phone photo )
{supplies:  Pathfinding paper, gold sequins, gold glitter paper, crystal blue/ Autumn Terracotta and chocolate ink pads}
Now head on over to Maria's blog to check out her work!
Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Free Halloween printable

Hi there!

I just finished a whirlwind couple of weeks where I hopped around from Fort Wayne, IN to home to Seattle, WA to home to Lansing MI.

So happy to be home to stay for a while.

I just happened to be perusing the new CTMH Make it from your Heart blog and came across a free printable for Halloween that I thought was SOOOO cute!

Click here to see for yourself!

Here's a cool photo from my trip to Seattle.  The Fremont Troll:

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Home for the HOlidays ( CTMH Stamp of the Month hop)


I am so excited about this month's stamp of the month- Home for the Holidays.  I am glad you've stopped because you're sure to find TONS of great ideas for holiday projects, gifts and pages.

Are you coming from Cat's Blog?  I'm happy to have you!
If you are just joining the hop here on my page then you'll find the next link at the bottom of the page.
First up:  a photo of the set and a reminder that you can purchase it for $17.95 OR ONLY $5 with a purchase of $50 or more before shipping and tax.
I created two different projects this month. 
First:  This card.  I used some of our Fundamentals paper from the Whimsy collection.  Our Fundamentals paper is super cool because it has a UV embossed coating.  It's so easy to create different looks by sponging ink to help the design "pop".  Click here to see the different varieties of Fundamentals ( I used the whimsy asst.) that we carry.  Black stars are from the Scaredy CAt assortment.
Second:  These cute treat bags.  They come in packs of 10 for $3.95.  I'm planning to wrap some homemade cookies in saran wrap and slide them in the bag.  It'll make a great co-worker gift, or even just a little extra something to finish off a gift basket for someone special.  These treat bags come in a multitude of colors.  Supply list:  click the links to see all of your options:  treat bags     shimmer trim      twine

Hope you love my ideas-  up next hop on over to Michelle's blog to see what she's created.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Yuletide Carol- November class {Close To My Heart Yuletide}

I am SUPER excited about my November card class {no stamping }
If you are interested in creating 10 fun cards using the Yuletide paper and stickers, plus a few odd embellishments- stay tuned for the big release this weekend.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Studio J Blog Hop

{updated links 9/20/2014}


I'm so excited to have joined a new monthly blog hop that will bring you some GREAT ideas for using Studio J- our online scrapbooking program.

If you've never used it- you are missing out!

It's FREE to use
FREE content additions
NOTHING to download (except your files ;)
No purchase of software!!

You only pay when you create something you love.
$6.95 for a 2-page 12x12 layout
$2.95 for a digital download of both high and low resolution files of both pages of each layout.
Shipping is a flat fee for tons of layouts.

Minimum requirement of 4 2page layouts for printing.

If you are coming from Jen Patrick's blog then you are headed in the right direction.
There are 7 blogs in the hop so to hit the next one in the loop just find the link at the end of this post.
IF you are a regular visitor to this site you may have seen this page in the past.  BUT- with this posting I am including step by step directions to create a layout like this one.
I just LOVE the new Wanderful paper and stickers and I was so happy to finally scrapbook a few more photos from a day trip to London when we spent a week in England in 2010.  The travel theme was perfect for these!
For directions click here  {feel free to use these instructions on your own consultant's website.  No consultan?  click here to use them on my site.}
Next- head on over to see what Adeline has created.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

September card kits


This month I'm offering a card kit of fun designs using Chalk it up.  Kit includes pre-stamped pieces.  I have not colored the shopper image- you can choose to color with your own markers or colored pencils, or just leave her as a black/white stamped image.

Cost:  2 each of 2 designs for $8 includes shipping.  Kits will be ready to ship Monday as I'm currently prepping for this class that takes place at my home next weekend.

you'll need a journaling pen to add the line detail to the "friend" card. You will also need 3-d foam tape or pop dots along with standard adhesive for assembly.  all other supplies included.  If you are local and do not need to pay shipping, please contact me directly to order.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

National Stamping Month- 30 year celebration

This month is National Stamping Month. 

In honor of our CEO Jeanette Lynton's 30th year in the business of selling stamps- we have an AWESOME special!

When you spend $30 (before shipping and tax) on stamps, you'll receive a FREE exclusive limited edition stamp set! 
Now is a great time to stock up on the stamps you'll need for fall and winter card and gift making sessions!
Click here to see our currently available stamp sets.
If you place an order while you're there consider clicking "join" at checkout to join the Mystery Hostess party and be entered to win all of the hostess rewards!  My mystery hostess rewards in the past have ranged from $25 free to $100 free and several half price items.  It's an awesome deal!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Family is Forever {CTMH Stamp of the Month Blog Hop}


Welcome to this month's blog hop celebrating a Brand NEW stamp of the month set by Close To My Heart.  If you've come from Brae's blog- WELCOME.  If you're just starting the hop here with mine... no problem!  Simply find the next blog link at the bottom of this post and you'll continue on through the hop.

This month's set is GREAT for scrapbooking family photos.
But alas... I have not had family photos taken in FOREVER... so I made a card instead:
I used the fun masking tape technique with Olive, Autumn Terracotta and Crystal BLue inks.  It creates such a fun background look... Now I need to try this on a layout!
To continue through the hop- click over to Michelle's Blog and see what she's done with this set. 


Saturday, August 30, 2014

Labor Day Weekend Page Kit Sale { SW Michigan Scrapbooking and Stamping}

{If you subscribe to my blog- please forgive me this weekend but I will be updating this post as things sell out}


Two days ago I posted a few of my recent page kits... then I thought... Hey I have a LOT of different designs right now!

I'm offering a sale for the holiday weekend {US shipping is priced but if you need shipping to Canada or elsewhere please let me know by e-mail here }

You must e-mail me your order by 10pm Monday night to qualify for any discounted shipping and kit pricing. 

I charge $4.50 to ship ONE kit, $5.95 to ship 2-5 kits.  THIS WEEKEND:  Ship one kit for $3.00; 2 for $4.50 OR 3+ kits is FREE SHIPPING. 

Page Kit 1:

New RELEASE(10 avail):  School #1: $9 Includes all pre-cut papers, one 6x12 sheet chipboard, half sheet of aquadots, color photo of the completed layout, heart stickers.
Page Kit 2(New Release- 10 available): School #2   $9  Includes pre-cut papers, 1- 6x12 sheet chipboard, 1/2 sheet aqua dots. color photo of completed layout.

Page Kit #3:  New Release in August(5 avail):  $9  Getaway Travel Layout:  Includes pre-cut papers, full pack coordinating stickers, sheet silver self adhesive sequins.  Full color photo of completed layout.

Page Kit #4:  NOW SOLD OUT
Page Kit #4:  In His Element(boy themed) Regular $9  SALE $8  3 kits left:  Includes pre-cut paper, Full Sticker pack.  Full color photo of completed layout.

Page Kit 5:  Was $9  Sale $8  3 left:  Includes pre-cut papers, full sticker pack, natural hemp, full color photo of completed layout. 

Page Kit #6 Autumn (1 avail) Was $9 SALE $7-  Includes pre-cut papers, 2 - 6x12 sheets chipboard. Full color picture of completed layout. 
Page Kit #7  SOLD OUT.

Page kIt #8  Sold OUT

Page Kit #9  Team Player (1 avail)  Was $9 Now $8.  Includes pre-cut papers and die cuts, pack of Milepost shapes, colonial white brads and full color picture of completed layout.

Page Kit # 10  NOW SOLD OUT


Page Kit #11- Grade school(1 available)  was $9 Now $7 (NOTE:  includes numbers to do almost any grade... not just 2nd)
Includes pre-cut papers, canvas stickers, die cut numbers and "grade" full color picture of completed layout and some basic instructions.

Page Kit #12  Epic (1 Available)  Was $9 Now $8. Includes pre-cut papers, full pack chipboard and aquadots.  Full color picture of completed layouts.

  •  List your kit #'s and shipping address and if you have a discount code.  I will send you a paypal invoice. 
  • Please pay that right away for me to hold your kit purchase for you.  You do not need a paypal account- it will allow you to pay by debit/credit as well
  •  I will mark SOLD on anything that sells out before the sale ends.  check the "comments" before ordering- If I am out of town and unable to change the post... I will leave a comment on "sold out" items.