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a-MAY-zing Month with CTMH

1705-se-cover (1)There’s a new catalog — Seasonal Expressions 2:

  • 4 new paper collections:  Little Dreamer, No Worries, Prickly Pear and Jack
  • 4 new card kits:  Miss You/Love You, Happy Anniversary/Thanks, Happy Birthday/Let’s Party, and Father’s Day/Awesome
  • new stamp sets — several with coordinating die sets
  • new embellishments to add dimension, texture, sparkle and shine to all that you make
  • new tools, thin cut dies, and more…

Click here to start enjoying all the fun by browsing the catalog online.

SE2 Collections - Sample Artwork

 Here’s some sample artwork for each new paper collection!!

LITTLE DREAMER features Unicorns, glittery die cuts and adhesive gems, hearts, polka dots and fresh springy colors.

♥ NO WORRIES is the collection that is giving me the ‘calgon take me away’ feels.  Laid back, beachy, casual bliss.  I’ll take some of that every day!

♥ PRICKLY PEAR is festive with warm. bright colors from the southwest banners, cactuses, llamas, and margaritas.  Mmmmm …Margaritas.

You know JACK — rugged, cozy, loveable…. and just a little wild.  Just in time for camping season — yippee!

1705-sotm and there’s a brand new Stamp Set of the Month.

It’s called LIVE LOVE LAUGH and the bold words are paired (in the stamp set) with some flowers and a cursive stretched out “together” sentiment for endless combinations of using the bold words together or separately.  It’s an amazing value for this 9-piece stamp set.    As always, get the set this month for $17.95… or better yet, it’s yours for $5 with a $50 order.

Click here for more information on the Stamp Set of the month.



Are you ready for some Enchantment?!

Enchantment L3 - detail on left 1 It’s all beauty… no beast!

rich vibrant colors:  eggplant, peacock, pomegranate, and poppy to name a few.

bold large scale patterns: big monochromatic spots, wide beachy/cabana stripes, AND

 several patterned papers in small-scale patterns to coordinate and keep it all balanced.


The March mix crop features 2-page scrapbook layouts with the gorgeous Enchantment Fundamentals, coordinating “My Boy” Complements, Enchantment Ribbon Pack and various enamel and glittered adhesive gems.  Attend the crop (Thursday March 23rd) or order the kit “to go” and you’ll be able to make all of these layouts for your own albums!  When you RSVP by March 14th, I’ll pre-order the kit you choose (see options here:   Scrapbooking Mix Crop – Kit Options for Enchantment) to have everything ready for you by next Thursday at the Mix Crop.  

Here are the three scrapbook layout samples 

Learn how to work with bold stripes.

Learn how to work with bold stripes.

Layout #1 – bold stripes — beyond the beach

I chose the bold striped patterned paper in Pomegranate and paired it up with the swiss dot patterned paper in the same Pomegranate color.  I can’t get enought of that deep red color!  For the most part I wanted to keep the whole layout monochromatic so my photos wouldn’t get lost on the page.

My photo subject for this layout was a Cubs Game outing …. when my oldest was just a baby and when winning the world series seemed like an impossibility…. so I did work in little bits of blue.  You can see it in the bakers twine from the ribbon kit, a banner and complement sticker, and the blue enamel dots.

Here are some extra photos zooming in on some of the layout details.  Thin cuts are all on sale this month so I added some glittery stars too.

Sentiment from the March Stamp Set of the Month -  Tea-rrific.

Sentiment from the March Stamp Set of the Month: Tea-rrific.

The Complement assortment included the "Picture Perfect" layout title.

The Complement assortment included the “Picture Perfect” layout title.








learn how to keep bold paper patterns from overwhelming everything else on your layout

Learn how to keep bold paper patterns from overwhelming everything else on your layout

Layout #2 – seeing spots

Disclaimer – everyone in my family thinks I have gone bananas to do a whole scrapbook layout about my car.  But I  was really, really excited to move beyond my years as part of the (mini)Van-Clan.  If you laugh at me about this layout, know that you’re not alone.  :-)


With the exception of an embellishment cluster in the lower right corner and the XOXO element on the right side of the layout, I am letting the peacock colored spotted paper have the bottom portion of the layout all to itself — and then I’m adding all of my photos and most embellishments above that on some more subtle background paper.  I added a swath of the New England Ivy grid patterned paper in the center and then a swath of Memo Fundamentals patterned paper across the top.  Most of the kraft & black accents around the photos are from the Complement assortment but I also added in some satin ribbon from the ribbon assortment and some black enamel dots.  Here are some extra close up photos.

Enchantment L2 - detail on right sideEnchantment L2 - detail on left sideP.S.  The XOXO element was cut from another one of our on-sale this month Thin Cuts.  Love them!!!





everything but the kitchen sink

everything but the kitchen sink

Layout #3 – lovin’ the leftovers…

This layout with a basic grid of 3×3 photos will probably look a little bit different for each person who makes it and I know they’ll all be awesome!!!

  •  You choose which ever patterned papers you wish for the 3×3 squares between and around the photos.
  • And then what sentiments and accents you use and stamp around those pictures is also totally up to you.  I used a couple fun new stamp sets:  Silly Sayings from the Seasonal Expressions catalog AND This & That from the Annual Inspirations catalog.
  • You’ll have a lot of complements to choose from!  I also added some glittery black stars (Thin Cut) and lots of enamel gems in black, white, blue, green and purple.

I also just adore the bigger sentiment stamped on to the fern spotted square.  It says:  “Live in the moments and make it so beautiful that it will be worth remembering.”  Good advice if you read it in a card, on a home decor piece, or on a scrapbook layout!  Don’t you agree?

Enchantment L3 - detail on left 1Enchantment L3 - detail on right 2Enchantment L3 - detail on right 4Here are a few close ups:




If you’d like to get a kit to make all these layouts for yourself, here are the options:

  1. Plan to attend my March 23rd Mix Crop by signing up (send me an email with your kit choice) by March 14th.
  2. If you can’t make it to the mix crop, you can order a Kit “to go”.  There may be an extra charge if you want me to do any of the stamping before you pick up the kit.

Thanks so much for visiting my blog.  I hope you like what you saw!  

Feel free to leave a comment (especially if it’s a compliment) by clicking on the comments link at the top of this post.


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!