Who doesn’t love a flasher?

Valentine's DayI mean a flash sale.  Who doesn’t love a flash sale?!

♥ Close To My Heart is having a one-day Flash Sale starting at 4:00 pm CST today — February 14th — and it will last for 24 hours! ♥

I don’t know what will be on the sale, but I do know it will be 30% off select items from the Annual Inspirations and Seasonal Expressions Idea Book and those are just both chock full of fun and beautiful paper crafting supplies!

♥ When you go to my online shopping website today at 4:00 pm, click on the Shopping Cart to find out what items are on sale!

(Just to put a bug in your ear…if you are a consultant, you will get an additional 22% off those sale prices for a total of 52% off!)

MIX CROP for FEB – Sugar Rush (calorie & cavity free)

Sugar Rush 3a

The Sugar Rush collection from Close to my Heart is so yummy!!!  

And to scrapbook with it — is calorie free and won’t put you at risk for a painful trip to the dentist!  

Consider yourself invited!!!

  • WHAT:  Mix Scrapbooking Crop to create three 12×12 Scrapbook Layouts like those shown below
  • WHEN:  Friday, February 17, 2017 – 7pm to midnight.
  • WHERE:  My craft space;

(address will be provided to guests who’ve RSVPd upon payment for the Crop)

  • COST:  You choose your supplies kit:  $35 for the “Good” kit, $60 for the “Better” kit, or $80 for the “Best” kit.  To see what each kit includes, click Scrapbooking Mix Crop – Sugar Rush Kit Options or scroll down to the bottom of this blog post.

(At the crop I’ll make ink pads, acrylic blocks, and the other tools and accessories you’ll need — available so you’ll be able to make the layouts)

  • RSVP:  by email and send payment (VIA paypal) by February 10, 2017.

If you can’t make it to the crop I’m hosting, you can order a kit “to go” OR if you want to get a couple friends together to make the layouts, I can bring the crop to you!

1701-se-coverThe Sugar Rush collection is featured in Close to my Heart’s Seasonal Expressions catalog for the period of January-April 2017 (pages 14-19);  these items are available while supplies last during this catalog period — so I won’t be able to offer these kits beyond April 2017.

Would you like to see my sample layouts?

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Close to my Heart – the scoop for February


Way cuter than a ground hog predicting 6 more weeks of winter, don’t you think?!

This spring-y card features the Hello Lovely collection of papers and coordinating embellishments from the Seasonal Expressions catalog.  It also shows off some images from the February Stamp Set of the Month called Easter Bunny.

Winter, Schminter.  Spring’s a coming.  I can feel it!



I can’t even get over how fun this set is to work with — especially coloring with so many different mediums… alcohol blending markers, watercolor paints, watercolor pencils, chalks….etc.  I’m sure you’re going to love it too… working with it AND all the gorgeous are you’ll create with it!

This beautiful set — called Easter Bunny — includes 12 stamps in the set AND it is only available during this short month of February.  You can order it for $17.95.  Or with a qualifying $50 order, you can have one of these sets “hop” into your CTMH Shopping Cart for $5 instead of the full retail price.

Click here for more information on the SOTM promotion and to shop online.



  • This month’s constant campaign is a special for anyone joining Close to my Heart this month.  The New Consultant kit is $75 and includes $50 in Select Product Credit so you can choose the creative products you want.  And you’ll also get the next the month’s SOTM sets for free too!


  • If you have been thinking about coming back to CTMH, the special for you is even better.  Your sign up fee is just $50 and you’ll get the starter kit, the $50 product credit AND the 3 SOTM stamp sets.  If you’ve been reading my blog for a while I’m sure you’ve seen many posts about how much fun our team has together.

Click here for more information on being a consultant and you’ll see a link to start your online sign up right away.  If you have any questions about being a consultant and part of the Night Owl Scrappers, please feel free to give me a call or send me an email.

Huge Clearance Graphic


 The Clearance section of my online store got a HUGE inventory boost this morning.  Wowie!!!   So many new items for sale there and the prices are awesome!!!  

Everything that’s on here is only available while supplies last so check it early and often.

Click here to see what’s available now!



Here For You - Always Know card - close up

You’ll make 6 of these…

Is it just me or do we all need these types of cards more and more these days?….

I’d rather not need to have these cards on hand…. but if I do, I’m so glad Close to my Heart created a kit that puts it all together to make a stash of beautiful ones!  This is one of the card designs and you can see the other card to the right below.  

Who wouldn’t feel supported and loved by receiving one of these sweet cards?! 

The card design is clean and the strip of white shimmer trim and white enamel gems just finish them off so nicely.

Here For You - Not Alone card - close up

…and 6 of these!

The Workshops Your Way “Here For You” Cardmaking Kit includes the cardstock, patterned papers, embellishments AND the awesome stamp set you’ll get to keep to use on other projects.  This kit is featured in the Seasonal Expressions #1 Catalog and you can order the kit directly until April 2017.


BUT — If you come to my

♥ Art Party on Saturday February 11th from 1-4pm♥,

I will pre-cut the papers for you, I’ll demonstrate the stamping techniques featured on the cards, AND I’ll have the ink pads and other crafting supplies available for you to use to make your cards.  You’ll go home with 12 gorgeous cards & envelopes to send encouragement to the people you care about.  It will be a fun afternoon too!

I LOVE this stamp set!!!  This is the one that's in the kit!

I LOVE this stamp set!!! This is the one that’s in the kit!

♥  I have just a couple spots open for that Art Party date so send me an email by Wednesday February 1st if you’d like to join in.  For all guests who’ve RSVP’d, I’ll place the orders for the card kits from Close to my Heart on February 2nd so I can have everything ready for you on the 11th.

Here For You Workshop Your Way KitHere to the right you can see everything that will be included in your kit AND below you can see the full set of 12 cards.

Here For You - all cards

→  The only other supplies you’ll need to bring with you to the art party are an adhesive runner and some 3D Foam Tape or Dimensionals.  If you scroll down you’ll see photos of each of these items.  If you want me to order any of those items for you when I place the order for the card kits, let me know when you RSVP.

3L Dots Adhesive Runner

Thin 3D Foam Tape Rolls



3D Foam Tape



The Scoop – January 2017


Happy Happy New Year!  And Happy exciting news from Close to my Heart!

The picture above shows the gorgeous cover of our new Seasonal Expressions #1 catalog and there is so much excitement packed inside!  

  • 4 Brand New Paper Collections
  • 4 Brand New Card Making Kits and 2 Cut-Above Scrapbooking Kits — great for new crafters but gorgeous enough to be loved by all
  • 4 additional Complements Assortments for the Fundamentals line of patttered papers — one for each collection
  • 12×12 Albums available in 3 new colors — white, pink and seaglass.  they are stunning!
  • AND a whole bunch of fun seasonal stamp sets to inspire great cards, scrapbook pages and gifts for the months ahead as winter turns to spring,

and much more!  To check it out page by page online, click here.

S1701 Adore You

S1701 Adore You

There’s a new Stamp Set of the Month for January!

It’s called ADORE YOU and it’s perfect for sharing how you feel about the people who mean the most to you.

  • The stamp set includes 12 images and sentiments.
  • It’s only available this month — January 2017.
  • You can buy it for $17.95…. or — better yet — you can get this beauty for $5 with a $50 order.

Click here to see all the details of this January Stamp of the Month Set.


But wait — there’s more…..

If you are working on earning the January Stamp of the Month set for $5, then you’ll also want to know about the Welcome Home wreath!  This is so cool and you’ll be able to get it for FREE with a $60 qualifying purchase!  The kit includes die-cut paper pieces with gold foil accents and enough alphabet stickers so you can add your name or any welcoming message you choose.  It’s simple and fun to put together too!

This wreath is available while supplies last in the month of January and you can click here for more details


Finally I have planned out my spring schedule of Mix Crops and Art Parties for the Month ahead.

Card Making Club 2017 Jan-AprNew to papercrafting AND or interested in having a stash of awesome greeting cards?  Join my Cardmaking Club which will meet on the weekend afternoons of February 11th, March 12th and April 9th!  If those dates don’t work for you, we can take this art party “to go” for you and a few friends!

Sugar Rush WYWIf you want to make 12×12 scrapbook layoutsI’d love to have you join us at my Friday evening Mix Crops featuring various collections from the Annual Inspirations catalog AND from the Seasonal Expressions Catalog.  The first crop will feature the awesome Sugar Rush collection that you can see here to the right.

For more info on the events I have planned in the months ahead, click right here.