Here’s the latest… from Night Owl Scrappers & CTMH

It’s September 1st!  I am so ready for days that are a little more “crisp” and nights that are cool enough to cuddle up by a fire.  Here’s a summary of what’s new and coming up from Close to  my Heart AND from Margot’s Mix:  Night Owl Scrappers.

CTMH Catalogs & New Release

16 Holiday Expressions Catalog Cover

Annual Inspirations Catalog Cover - 2016-2017

Today CTMH has released this beauty!  It’s the  Holiday Expressions Catalog.  Get your post-its handy because there is SOOO much to love for fall, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and into Winter!!!  The sales period for this catalog is September through December.

Last month CTMH released the new Annual Inspirations Catalog (see image below) and the sales period for this catalog is August 2016 through July 2017.  It’s also amazing with cardstock, patterned papers, stamps, accessories, photo albums, and organization products you can use all year long and for any occasion!

♥  Click here to see both catalogs online.

 Here you can download the whole Annual Inspirations Catalog:  16-17 – Annual Inspirations Catalog PDF.

 Here you can download the whole Holiday Expressions Catalog:  16 – Holiday Expressions Catalog PDF

♥  And if you don’t have time for that AND just need to shop online right away (I get that), click right  here.


CTMH Constant Campaign

1609-cc-create-kindnessThis special promotion from Close to my Heart is all about “Random Acts of Kindness”.  This month you can buy this adorable kit that has everything you need to make 24 darling cards sure to brighten anyone’s day; all you’ll need is some adhesive.  The stamps that come with the set invite coloring any way you choose… colored pencils, alcohol blending markers, and/or water colors… or you can leave them uncolored.  There are 8 stamps in total and  I adore the sentiment stamps;  I love what they say AND the mix of fonts on each one.

 Click here to get a better look at what all is included in the kit.  By ordering the whole kit you’ll save 15% off the retail price!

 I will be hosting an Art Party  on Saturday September 17th where you’ll be able to make these cards as shown, or use additional supplies to jazz them up a little more.  Stay tuned for more details soon… I am having so much fun in the creative process right now and I’ll share the variations (and a few kit “options”) I’ve come up with soon!

The open house is this Saturday to celebrate National Cardmaking day.  We’ll have some drinks, snacks and lots of fun stuff to look at.  Free Make N Take, new catalogs.  If you want to take advantage of the fun Kindness Changes Everything Campaign, here are a few “kit” options for you:   layout-notes-for-create-kindness-kits   

Consider scheduling an Art Party with your friends with any of the kit options.  

Another idea is to do a Mommy & Me Art Party but depending on the age of the kids, I’d recommend sticking with the mini cards.

If you’re an experienced paper crafter or brand new, this is a perfect (i.e. fast & easy) way to release your inner artist!


Stamp of the Month

1609 SOTM Set Info

Just look at this GORGEOUS fall stamp set!!!  It is called Blessed Beyond Measure and it has a whopping 19 stamps in the set!  The beautiful sentiments in the  set can be used on cards, gifts, home decor, and even scrapbook pages all year round.  The pumpkin and some leaf image stamps have compatible Cricut images on the CTMH Artbooking cartridge;  this is awesome if you’re not into fussy cutting.

Click here to get more information on the SOTM promotion.  As always you can buy the set this month for $17.95 OR (and better yet), get it for $5 with any $50 order!  The Blessed Beyond Measure set is only available in this month of September 2016.

♥  Did you catch the pretty home decor piece shown on my online store.  Here’s the link again in case you missed it.  I just might have to copy this idea to make one for myself in our home… but I think I’d use the “Gratitude turns what we have into enough” sentiment instead;  it’s nice to have options.   If you like that home decor piece as much as I do, email me… we can make that project the center piece of an Art Party with your friends this month!

 Tonight several of the lovely & talented Consultants in the Rose Blossoms group will be doing a “blog hop” for this stamp set.  Feel free to check out the hop on/after 7pm  and get ready to be inspired!  P.S.  You might want to get yourself a pumpkin-spice snicky snack before you start hopping.

Night Owl Scrappers – Art Parties and Scrapbooking Mix Crops

Once my kids started school I started to dig in to many of Close to my Heart’s exciting new crafting products.  The expression “there appears to have been a struggle” could be used to describe the appearance of my craft space right now.  But it’s all good.  I’m creating sample artwork for these events in the months ahead.

Rustic Home Basic Fundamentals

Rustic Home Basic Fundamentals

Saturday 9-17-16 from 3pm-5pm - Art Party + Post Convention Open House.  The Art Party will featuring the Creating Kindness special this month and you’ll be able to make a stash of cute little cards to cheer up your friends, family members, teachers…etc.  The Open House will be to show off the fun new products and catalogs in person;  I attended the CTMH convention this summer and there is so much to share! 

Friday 10-21-16 starting at 7pm - Scrapbooking Mix Crop featuring the Fundamentals Rustic Home collection that I can’t get enough of.  It is SO SO SO yummy… especially if you mix in CTMH’s “color of the year”:  Sea Glass.

November 18th-20th:  An  a la carte marathon crop all weekend long.  You choose which events you’d like to be a part of:

  • Uptown Basic Fundamentals

    Uptown Basic Fundamentals

    Friday Evening:  Scrapbooking Mix Crop featuring the Uptown Fundamentals collection.

  • On Saturday from approximately 10am-10pm, there will be BYO-stash crop!  Bring your own supplies and craft on whatever you want to make for yourself or as gifts for the holidays ahead.  We’ll have music, snacks, prizes and great company!
  • Sunday 10am-2pm: A Tags Buffet where you can create as many gift tags as you wish.  We’ll set up sample tags and supplies for each one and you pay ~$1 per tag for the tags you made.
Oh Deer! collection

Oh Deer! collection

Friday 12-9-19 starting at 7pm - Scrapbooking Mix Crop featuring the Oh Deer! collection.  You’re going to LOVE this one!!!

Consider yourself invited to any (and all) of these Art Parties and Crops!!!  

Send me an email or message through Facebook to let me know which Art Parties and Scrapbook Crops you’re interested in.   That way I’ll be sure to keep you in the loop once the sample artwork is done and you can choose the kit you’d like to buy for the crop.  

And if you want to create your own Art Party, I’d LOVE to collaborate with you on the project to be made by you and your guests.  As a bonus, we’ll schedule this at your convenience AND you’ll be able to earn FREE products from Close to my Heart!

September 2016 Featured Paper Pack

1609 Feature - Jeepers CreepersThis month you’ll be able to find all sorts of art from Close to my Heart, Consultants, and crafters all around the world featuring the Jeepers Creepers collection shown on pages 5-12 on the Holiday Expressions catalog.

The color palette for this collection is Black, Emerald, Lagoon, Lemon, Pansy, Rasberry, Tangerine, White Daisy, and Willow.  It’s bright and fun and about half of the papers feature subdued colors & patterns — like a white with gray polka dots and another sheet that has a gray monochromatic basket weave pattern — that definitely go beyond the Halloween season.

The Jeepers Creepers 12×12 Paper Pack has ten  (2 each of 5 double sided designs) with 10 different patterns to choose from.  There are also two sheets of paper with 3×4 and 4×6 size “cards” that you can cut apart to use in pocket scrapbooking program sleeves or as journaling spaces or design elements on cards and traditional scrapbook pages.  And each sheet of B&T paper has a coordinating zip strip to make your creative options go even further!

 The Paper Pack does not include any solid colored cardstock but CTMH is offering a special assortment pack with three 12×12 sheets of each of these colors:   Black, Lagoon, Pansy and Tangerine.

Jeepers Creepers Embellishments?  You bet!

  1. A complements pack featuring stickers and black glitter die cuts.  These are so glam!
  2. An embellishment assortment of puffy stickers in assorted shapes, colors and sizes.
  3. A pack with 2 rolls of coordinating washi tape in two different widths!

♥ But the coolest thing about the featured paper pack of the month is that there’s a special hash tag for it.  To find cards, scrapbook pages, gifts & gift packaging,  home decor and more created with this collection, search with the #ctmhjeeperscreepers on the CTMH Website, CTMH Blog and on Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter.  If you create something that you want to share online, tag your post with that hash tag so other people can find your work of art too!

If you can’t get over how cute and fun it all is, buy it all together with the Workshop Your Way Kit.  When you do, I’ll show you how to download instructions to complete  three 12×12 scrapbook layouts AND 9 greeting cards with that kit and just a few extra supplies for the cards.  You can also buy the Jeepers Creepers products separately

Wow!  Here you are at the end of my very long update for September.  There should be a prize or something, right?!  Thanks for reading all the way through!  I hope to craft with your soon and in the mean time wish you a very happy fall season!

Happy Fall and Happy Crafting!!!



Happy Summer and Happy New Catalog Year!

Annual Inspirations Catalog Cover - 2016-2017The wait is over….

Here’s our brand new Annual Inspirations Catalog and it’s fantastic!!!

I am so excited about this year’s core product line that offers gorgeous papers, stamp sets, and embellishments for every time of memory keeper and paper crafter that are versatile enough to use all year long!

Click here to view the catalog online.

(If you’re interested in having a hard-copy of the catalog, email me or leave a message in the comments)

Click here to shop online from this new catalog.




August 2016 SOTM Here you can see the August Stamp of the Month set.  How cute is this?!  

  • I’m so excited to start crafting with it… showing the cat with all of those different sets of eyes, Cat with the hat or hat(s) stand-alone, love all the sentiment combination possibilities too… so many ideas come to mind!
  • Yesterday my fellow Rose Blossoms did a Blog Hop featuring this stamp set.  Click here if you’d like to be inspired by their creations.
  • As always, you can only get the SOTM set in this month… and with a $50 order, it can be yours for $5!

Click here for more details on this special.

August Constant Campaign


As you page through the new Annual Inspirations Catalog you’ll notice some big changes to the Paper Fundamentals line.  For each Close To My Heart color family there’s a whole new set of beautiful papers — with a mix of small, medium and large scale patterns — that are designed to mix together within each color family BUT also designed to coordinate with the themed paper collections to be featured in the Seasonal and Holiday Expressions Mini Catalogs.    Within each color family you’ll also notice beefed up packs of complements AND a ribbon pack!   And the color palette that got the biggest boost is Basics… which now are anything BUT Basic!    In fact there are two “basic” categories:

  • RUSTIC HOME Fundamentals:  think wood grains, kraft paper, vellup papers and copper foil accents.  AND
  • UPTOWN Fundamentals:  think bold Black & White with some vellum and gold foil accents.

And August is a great time to stock up on all paper packs for the other color palettes (Whimsy, Adventure, and Enchantment).  And when you do, you’ll be able to choose one of the Basic collections (Rustic Home OR Uptown) for free!  Click here for more details on this great promotion!

Now that I have seen the new catalog….


There are some exciting changes ahead.  I can’t show you new products but to make sure you don’t miss out on stocking up on any current favorites, here’s what’s going away or changing:

imagePHOTO ALBUMS:  The new 12×12 photo albums have solid color covers SO  the albums with patterned covers are only available while supplies last or until July 30th.  I love love love the cocoa damask pattern because it’s a bit of chameleon.  It’s the perfect color of a grayish brown so it will look as at home among warm/brown albums (and room furnishings for that matter) as it will among cool/black/gray colors.

7 COLORS… riding off into the sunset

The Adventure color palette is getting some updates.  If you want to stock up on ink pads, card stocks, ink refills, or embellishments in GYPSY, TOPIARY, PEAR, HONEY, SUNSET, COTTON CANDY, or HOLLYHOCK don’t delay.  Double click on any of the above images to see what is still available (as of yesterday) in these colors!














imageBig changes coming!  The card stocks with the glossy resist patterns on one side and the same pattern in color+white on the other side… Get ‘em now while you still can!  That goes for all the coordinating sticker assortment packs and glitter embellishment assortment packs too.








The pink, teal, and purple glitter paper assortments were on the list of retiring accessories I shared a few weeks ago and this is still true.  But even with the remaining colors, the glitter paper packs in the new catalog will have 3 sheets in the same color.  So if you want to stock up on any packs with the 3 sheets of assorted shades of any color, act now.  Don’t wait!

Retiring My Creations Products 1MyCreations and Home Decor

When I saw the patterned paper bags on the list of retiring accessories I was sure there’d be a new set in different colors in the new catalog.  But I was wrong.  If you like any of the products to stamp on for gifts or home decor, get ‘em while you still can!

Retiring My Creations Products 2









Right now you can still buy an assortment pack of the small size flip flaps.  These sizes will still be available in the new catalog but each size will be sold separately rather than being combined in an assortment pack.  But the 6-inch square size  won’t be available in the new catalog.






If you want to snag any of these before they’re gone, go to my website where you shop 24/7.

You don’t even have to dress up!

Jun 23, 2016 - Cricut, Margots Mix Blog    No Comments

Home of the Free….

Patriotic Card - Artfully Sent and Salute our Heroes

Thanks for visiting my blog today!  I am in Orlando at Close to my Heart’s convention but I wanted to write briefly to share a card I made with a few of my favorite things…

I used the retiring Cricut Artfully Sent cartridge to cut my card base with the array of patriotic sentiments from White Daisy Cardstock.

I used the retiring SALUTE OUR HEROES stamp set to heat emboss the “Home of the FREE because of the BRAVE” sentiment with Versamark Ink and White Super Fine Embossing Powder.

The other cardstock colors on this card are Pomegranate, Sapphire and Whisper.  And I added a couple silver sequins to add a little touch of sparkle.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  I hope you like this card!