257 Stamp Sets are Retiring

Audrey Hepburn Surprise ExpressionI can’t believe it either but I just counted the long long list!

The reason the list of retiring sets is so long this year is because:

CTMH  has continued to offer stamp sets from prior Seasonal Expressions catalog as long as supplies were in stock.

And even though they weren’t printed in the current Annual Inspirations catalog CTMH maintained online availability of stamp sets from prior Annual Inspirations catalogs IF they contained images compatible with CTMH Cricut Cartridges.

So in the attached listing** 16-retiring-stamp-sets (1) you’ll find the stamp sets in page order as they appeared in the most recent catalogs:

  1. the sets from the current 2015-2016 Annual Inspirations Catalog
  2. then the sets from the most recent Holiday Expressions Catalog (2015-2016)
  3. then the sets from last Spring’s (2015) Seasonal Expressions 2 Catalog
  4. then the sets from last Winter’s (2014-2015) Seasonal Expressions 1 Catalog, and
  5. finally the sets from older publications that were compatible with Cricut Cartridge


**it’s a PDF document, click on the file name two times and then you’ll be able to see it on your screen, save to your files, and/or print it out)

The 257 Stamp Sets on this Retiring List will be available until July 31st or while supplies last.  

You can shop online for them right here.

CTMH – Retiring Product Lists

Carol Burnett croppedIt’s so nice we’ve had this time together…

So many CTMH products are being retired as of July 31st (or while supplies last).  I have to admit the lists are a bit shocking and I’m sorry to see many of these items go.  Just to name a few — 3 of the Cricut Cartridge bundles, the Rolling Tote Suitcase, all of our current 12×12 Photo Albums, all of the border punches, almost all of the embossing folders….and more.  (sob!)

Here are lists of all the retiring products… sorted in the order they appear on in our catalogs for easy reference:

  1. Here’s a list of all retiring stamps:  16-retiring-stamp-sets (1)

  2. Here’s a list of all other retiring items:  16-ai-retiring-items-list

Unavailable List as of 6-15-16


>>  And then these are the retiring items which are no longer available at all because supplies have already been exhausted!  Yikes!

You can click here to go to my online store where you can shop 24/7

(and you don’t even need to dress up as if you were going to Wal-Mart or something)

FOOTNOTE:  If there’s something you’ve had on your wishlist, don’t wait to order it!

Retiring Cricut Cartridges

Retirement Just Ahead

We are winding down to the end of the current Annual Inspirations catalog year and Close to my Heart has announced which products are being retired.

One of the most surprising (to me) is the retirement of

THREE Cricut Collections:

They are all amazing collections with each cartridge having over 700 images to use in any kind of paper crafting project.   But here’s more information on what each bundle offers that sets them apart.

Click to play this Smilebox slideshow
Create your own slideshow - Powered by Smilebox
Create your own free digital slideshow

Art Philosophy was CTMH’s first Cricut cartridge and it’s just packed with basic shapes, 2 fonts, intricate backgrounds, borders and multi-dimensional flowers!  Here’s a little slideshow highlighting the types of images and the stamp sets included in the ART PHILOSOPHY bundle and you’ll also see some sample artwork.  Click here to go to my online store where you can see more information about Art Philosophy including all of the other stamp sets that feature coordinating images in this collections cricut cartridge.


Click to play this Smilebox slideshow
Create your own slideshow - Powered by Smilebox
Digital slideshow personalized with Smilebox

Artiste was CTMH’s second Cricut cartridge.  It’s packed with any-season, any occasion icons, greetings, and a font but where it really shines is in the huge variety of 3D gift packaging images including bags, boxes, cupcake liners and more.  This is the go-to cartridge for making event favors and small gifts!  Here’s a little slideshow highlighting the types of images and stamp sets included in the ARTISTE bundle and you’ll see some sample artwork here too.  Click here to go to my online store when you can see more information about the Artiste bundle including the other stamp sets featuring coordinating images in this collections cricut cartridge.



Click to play this Smilebox slideshow
Create your own slideshow - Powered by Smilebox
Customize a photo slideshow

Artfully Sent is one of the more recent releases of Cricut cartridges from CTMH.  Like it’s predecessors, it contains images for many seasons, holidays and occasions but this cartridge was all about skyrocketing card making to another level.  Here’s a little slideshow highlighting the types of images and stamp sets included in the ARTFULLY SENT bundle and you’ll see lots of sample artwork.  Click here to go to my online store where you can see more information about the Artfully sent bundle.  This cartridge is tailor made for making spectacular greeting cards but the images and icons here can also be used beautifully in scrapbook pages, for gifts and in pocket scrapbook pages.



HAPPY JUNE 15th!  That means it’s time for another

RB Blog Hop Banner

Tonight the Rose Blossoms will be doing a blog hop featuring art made with images from these retiring cartridges.  I wasn’t able to participate in this hop myself but here’s a link to Lynn Darda’s Bungalow — she’s the leader of today’s Blog Hop and it will go “live” at 7pm Central Time.  I’m sure you’ll enjoy and be inspired by the artwork you will see.

For easy reference:

  1. Here’s a list of all retiring stamps:  16-retiring-stamp-sets (1)
  2. Here’s a list of all other retiring items:  16-ai-retiring-items-list

Thanks so much for visiting my Blog today!

Wishing you happiness and sunshine and I hope we’ll be able to craft together soon!

Want to send an encouraging word?

June2016 - The Long Way Home - Bicycle You Got This Card 2

The June Stamp Set of the Month is so much fun!  

On initial glance THE LONG WAY HOME stamp set might seem like it’s just for travel and vacation themed scrapbook pages and albums.  But here I focused on one of the transportation vehicles (they bike) and paired it up with an encouragement sentiment from the CRAZY GOOD stamp set.  I also had fun incorporating some of the accessories which will be retiring soon:  Aqua Dots, Teal Glitter Paper, and Extra Thick Glacier Twine.  I’ll be sorry to part with all of them… sob!

Retiring Embellishments CollageHere’s a graphic of most of the accessory items being retired — so they’re only available through July or while supplies last and some are already sold out!  

If you want to snag any of these fun items, you can click right here to shop online.  Personally…

I know I need to stock up on some more of those Aqua Dots — love that they’re self-adhesive and they seem to coordinate with so many patterned paper collections!  

I also need to get some more of the purple glitter paper pack — the darkest shade is just the most gorgeous color of a plum/purple… it reminds me of Beaujolais Nouveau wine.

What about you?  What are your favorite accessory items from Close to my Heart?

Here are images of both complete stamp sets.

June2016 - The Long Way HomeTHE LONG WAY HOME — is the Stamp of the Month Set.  This is only available this month and with a $50 order, it can be yours for $5.  That’s a great value for a stamp set with 15 images!

D1661 - Crazy GoodCRAZY GOOD (D1661)- is being retired at the end of the current Annual Inspirations catalog year (July 31st).  It’s chock full of so many encouraging and upbeat sentiments for cards, gifts and scrapbook layouts so it’s a great one for anyone’s collection!  Any of these sentiments would have been cute with the trio of bicycles on this card!

Thanks so much for visiting my blog today!  Feel free to comment if you have any questions about products being retired or supplies used to create the card above.

Be the Hostess who GETs the mostest!

Birthday Funnies – my favorite “hostess” set this year

If you’ve leafed through the Annual Inspirations catalog, you’ve probably noticed the super darling stamp sets at the beginning (on pages 4-11).  And you might have noticed their discounted pricing!  

These darling sets are available exclusively to our party hostesses — if you host a gathering in your home OR if you pull some orders together for an online or “catalog” Party.

Once order totals reach $150 (before Tax and S&H), our hostesses are eligible for hostess rewards!  And the higher the order total, the more hostess benefits you can earn.  The chart below has all the different hostess reward levels.

With the Select Product Credit earned, hostesses may purchase a variety of products from the catalogs (stamp sets, paper packs & complements, cardstocks, ink pads, and more).  And to make those dollars go further, CTMHs creates a special collection of stamp sets that hostesses can buy at discounted prices!

We cherish our gathering hostesses so this is how we can show you a little extra CTMH-love!  

Here you can see all of the hostess sets to choose from — in this current Annual Inspirations catalog year.  Aren’t they fun?!  And there’s two more months to be able to earn these cuties!

Hostess Sets - Levels A and BA1183 – Little Things – $4

B1487 – Perfect Pear – $6

B1490 – Happy Hooray – $6

B1491 – Birthday Funnies – $6


Hostess Sets - Levels C and DC1624 – Birthday Wish – $8

C1632 – Say it All – $8

D1658 – #makesmehappy – $10

D1659 – Mini Messages – $10


Retiring - Hostess Set 1aRetiring - Hostess Set 1bBIRTHDAY FUNNIES is one of my very favorites from this catalog year!  I love birthday cards that make the recipient chuckle and this stamp set has a sentiment that will bring a smile or laugh to birthday boys and birthday girls at any age!  Here you can see how I added one of the sentiments to the inside of one of the cards from the Kaleidoscope Workshop on the Go Card Making Kit.  I think it ties in perfectly to the cake design on the front of the card!!!

Which hostess sets are your favorite(s)?  Leave a comment to this Blog Post with your favorite(s) and I’ll enter you in a drawing at the end of this month for a fun accessory item.

But in the mean time — if you’d like to earn these sets for yourself:

  1. Email me if you’re interested in having a home party in June or July so we can pick a date and get the ball rolling to make it great!
  2. You can also do a catalog/online show.  Email me if you’re interested in doing a catalog party and I can set it up online so you can share the link to your online party with friends near and far.  They can place their orders online and their items will be shipped directly to them within a few days!  Email me if you’re interested in doing an online catalog party in June or July so I can get the online party set up for you and to provide you with any hostess supplies you may need.
  3. And of course if you have a big wish list your own order might hit the hostess benefit levels in the chart below!  You can have your own catalog show all to yourself and you can click here to get the shopping party started!!!

Hostess Benefits Chart


Thanks for visiting my blog today!  I can’t wait to read about your favorite hostess reward sets in the comments!!!