Friday, January 23, 2015

Cricut Artfully Sent Class in February

Well, I am having my first Cricut Artfully Sent Class tomorrow and can’t wait to start sharing this great cartridge with friends. 

The new Cricut Artfully Sent Collection is perfect to make any card you need.  This cartridge features pop-up, scene, sentiment, sleeve, pocket cards, and so much more.  Here is a look at the Cartridge Bundle and what comes with it.


Cricut® Artfully Sent Collection (Z3017)

$99 USD / $109 CAD
(retail value of nearly $125 USD / $135 CAD)

1 – Cartridge (700 Images: Cards and Font)
3 – My Acrylix™ D-size Stamp Sets*
1 – 12" × 12" White Daisy Cardstock Pack

*Recommended Blocks:

  • 1" × 1" (Y1000)
  • 1" × 3½ (Y1002)
  • 3" × 3" (Y1006)
  • 2" × 3½ (Y1009)


Today, I am here to share with you the projects that we will make in February for this class, 2 cards and an envelope. 

Artfully Sent Class 02 (1)

This month we are going to focus on the sentiment key cards. First, I’ll start with the “Hello Sunshine” card.  This was actually designed by CTMH as a make-n-take at last year’s Convention.

Artfully Sent Class 02 (4)

It is so simple.  I cut the card from Kraft cardstock and then just backed the “openings” with various other colors of paper.

Artfully Sent Class 02 (2)

This is the 2nd card that we will make.  Again just cut the card (I chose Canary cardstock) and back the “opening” with paper of your choice (I chose a sheet from the Paper Fundamentals pack).  This key also features an image of a bunny, so I had to add that to the card front as well. 

Artfully Sent Class 02 (3)

The Cricut Artfully Sent Collection comes with 3 great stamp sets.  Here I used the Just to Say (D1629) and Curlicue Frames (D1631) stamp sets on the inside of the card.

You can create these 2 cards and envelope by joining me at my next Cricut Class, Saturday, February 28 at 9am in my studio in Amelia, VA.

Cost is $12 if you own the Artfully Sent Cartridge. Simply bring your Cricut, Artfully Sent Cartridge Bundle, and I'll supply the rest and walk you through the cuts.

Cost is $24 if you don't own the Artfully Sent Cartridge, because I'll cut all of your pieces for you ahead of time.

Leave a comment or contact me to attend.

Thanks for stopping by.


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Card Club–Brushed

Have you ever wondered how I design for my classes?  Well, last August when we came out with a year-long Idea Book I was overwhelmed.  There were so many great paper packs, stamps, techniques, tools, and projects that I decided I needed to narrow it down.  So I decided that I would focus on one section of the book each month and design all of my classes around that section.

So starting in February we are using the Brushed paper collection and stamp sets within that section of the Annual Inspirations Idea Book.

Cards 02 - CTMH Brushed (1)

Above are the 4 card designs that we will be creating at my next Card Class.  This section of the book had so many great stamp sets that it was really hard to narrow it down.  So each card uses a different stamp set.

Cards 02 - CTMH Brushed (7)

This first one is probably my favorite.  My good friend Gina Brandstetter created this card using the Rainy Day stamp set (C1597).

Cards 02 - CTMH Brushed (8)

I had a lot of fun coloring on this one with our ShinHan Touch Twin Markers.  It’s so much easier than you think. 

Cards 02 - CTMH Brushed (2)

This card also uses the ShinHan Touch Twin Markers.  I learned a lot from coloring this one. 

Cards 02 - CTMH Brushed (3)

Start with the darkest color as a highlight on the base of the petals, then use a lighter color to color the entire petal, then use the Blender marker just on the tip of each petal, and last color the entire petal again with the lightest marker.  I can’t wait to share more about these techniques in my class.

Cards 02 - CTMH Brushed (4)

This card was created using the Celebrate Love stamp set (B1459) because one of my regular card club members requested we use this. 

Cards 02 - CTMH Brushed (5)

I used the same card design featured in the Annual Inspirations Idea Book, just with Brushed paper.

Cards 02 - CTMH Brushed (6)

This last card features one of my favorite stamp sets, Your Own Kind of Wonderful (D1627), simply because I love butterflies.

You too can join me in creating these cards.  We will make 12 cards in total (3 each of the 4 designs shown above). Even if you aren’t local, I can put together a kit for you and mail it directly to you.

So who wants to join in the fun?

Thursday, February 26 at 6:30pm

Sunday, March 1 at 2pm

Cost is just $25 to make 12 cards (3 each of 4 designs)

Register by Wednesday, February 11

If you can't make it to the workshop, I can put a kit together for you.  Add $5 if shipping applies, and $5 if you want it stamped.
Mark your Calendar for upcoming Card Club Dates:

March 26 & 29

April 23

May 28 & 31

June 25 & 28

Thanks for stopping by.


Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Scrapbook Club–Wanderful and Heartstrings

February’s Scrapbook Club is so big we are doing 2 collections.  This means you have a choice of doing both collections or just one.

The first collection is Wanderful, which is perfect for all of your travel photos.

Wanderful Pgs 1&2

I personally have a lot of travel photos and really enjoyed this kit, especially the stamp set that comes in the Workshop On The Go kit.  Here is a closer look at some of the images that are stamped (“Explore”, arrows, and the journaling spot).

Wanderful  (1)

The Wanderful Workshop on the Go kit comes with a roll of the Arrow Washi Tape and the Wanderful Assortment

Wanderful Pgs 3&4

I also added the the Wanderful Complements.  Here’s a closer look.

Wanderful  (2)


Now on to your 2nd choice, Heartstrings.  This collection screams LOVE, hearts, and roses.

Heartstrings Pgs 1&2This particular collection was not designed with a Workshop On The Go Kit, so I created my own pages.  I actually used the same pattern as the first Wanderful layout shown above.  Then I just added the Heartstrings Complements, Heartstrings Assortment, and White Shimmer Trim.

Heartstrings  (1)

Heartstrings  (2)

Again for the 2nd layout I simply used the same pattern as the 2nd layout of the Wanderful collection.

Heartstrings Pgs 3&4

There is no stamping on any of the Heartstrings pages.

Heartstrings  (3)


Like what you see?  You too can create these pages.  Simply purchase the Workshop on the Go Kit or if you are local to Amelia, VA simply join us at the date below.

Come and create with us?

Sunday, February 8 at 2pm

Thursday, February 12 at 6:30pm

Cost starts at just $32 and includes a full paper packet (you'll have leftovers) and all of the embellishments needed to complete the pages.
But, remember you choose how much you want to spend and purchase only the embellishments and tools that you want.

Register by Thursday, January 22 to reserve your seat

If you can't make it to the workshop, simply purchase a kit and I'll include my instructions for both layouts for free.

Mark you Calendar for upcoming Scrapbook Club Dates:

March 12 & 15

April 9 & 12

May 14 & 17


Thanks for stopping by.


Monday, January 12, 2015

Kid’s Klub–Mini Album

For over a year now I have wanted to start a Kid’s Klub and I am finally making it happen.  We will meet every other month to make scrapbook pages, mini albums, cards, or home d├ęcor projects.  Whatever I come up with (and the attendees want to make).

So if you are local to Amelia, VA and have a child that is at least in the 3rd grade and/or over 9 years of age I hope you will join us Friday, February 6 at 6pm in my studio.

PML Mini Album (1)

Our first project will be a Christmas Mini Album using the Pear & Partridge Picture My Life (PML) cards.

PML Mini Album (2)

There is no stamping.  Kid’s will learn to use a paper trimmer and read the measurements along the ruler.

PML Mini Album (4)

It will hold 17 photos and there’s lots of room to share all your memories from the holidays.

PML Mini Album (15)

Cost is $25 and includes all materials to make this adorable Christmas Mini Album.

Please email me or leave a comment if you know a child that would like to attend.  (Kits for adults are also available.)

Thanks for stopping by.


Friday, January 9, 2015

Stamp Designs Retiring January 31

The following stamp designs, last featured in the Spring/Summer 2014 idea book, are being retired on January 31, 2015. These sets can be viewed in the “Retiring Items” category of my website, click here.  Get them before they are gone.

A1124 A Tree
A1139 Congrats Graduate
A1141 Be Still (I love this one!)
A1154 Friendly Thoughts
A1156 Flower Confetti
B1418 Love Doily
B1423 Hoppy Easter
B1439 Dreamer
B1440 Fancy Fair
B1441 Buggy Love
B1444 Greatest Love (great sentiments)
B1445 Happy Hive
B1450 Owls
C1571 You're the Best (great for Father’s Day)
C1573 Do Your Best
C1574 Believe in Yourself
C1577 Mother's Day
C1579 Coming Up Roses
C1583 Robot Family
D1547 Paper Doll
D1579 Windy Day
M1035 Newlyweds
M1036 Perfect Polka-Dot Day
M1037 Balloons
M1038 Shooting Star
M1039 Good Job Stencil
M1040 Parasol
M1041 Hi (very popular)
M1042 Colored Egg

Thanks for stopping by!


Sunday, January 4, 2015

Extra! Extra! Hostess Rewards

In January receive up to 50% more hostess rewards

During the month of January, all Gatherings that reach $350 USD/CAD or higher, will be eligible to receive up to 50% more Hostess Rewards!  This means an additional $30 USD/CAD, giving you the opportunity to earn up to $230 USD/CAD or more in select free products.  This offer is only available during January and is the ideal pairing for your National Papercrafting Month Gatherings, so join in the celebration and watching your earnings grow!

Email me ( for more details and to schedule your January Gathering.

*Offer valid January 1-31, 2015. All Hostess Rewards items will be shipped FREE to qualifying hostesses.  However, the hostess will be charged shipping on any amount they go over the Hostess Rewards amount.  In Canada, free items are not taxable.  In the US, tax will be based on the full retail amount of the free item(s) in these 11 states: Arizona, Arkansas, California, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Minnesota, New York, North Carolina, Texas, and Utah.  If you live somewhere other than one of these states, no sales tax will be assessed on free Hostess Rewards items. For Hostess Collections and 50% off items, tax is only charged on the discounted amount paid, not full retail value.  Tax is charged on the full overage amounts.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Celebrate National Papercrafting Month

Get the Year>>Noted paper kit and embark on a yearlong scrapbooking adventure!

In celebration of National Papercrafting Month, Close To My Heart invites you to reflect on the things that make you who you are and on what you want to accomplish in the coming months. Then, with the help of the Year >> Noted paper kit, record your experiences and goals!

During the month of January, with a qualifying purchase of $50, you are eligible to purchase the exclusive Year >> Noted paper kit (which has a retail value of over $24 USD/$27 CAD) for only $5—that’s over 80% off retail! Or, for an additional $5, you can order the Year >> Noted paper kit with an accompanying My Creations™ kraft mini book.

The paper kit for both options includes a C-size stamp set, stickers, cardstocks, and B&T Duos™ papers, all specially designed to coordinate with the My Creations™ kraft mini book so you can have a yearlong scrapbooking experience. This means you will receive over $34 USD/$37 CAD worth of product for only $10 if you purchase the kit with the accompanying mini book! But the fun doesn’t end there—included on the sticker sheet, you will find a large golden seal. Once the year is done and all the pages are filled, seal up your book and create a mini time capsule that you can open years from now. Remember, this deal is only available for January, so make sure to get your own Year >> Noted paper kit today for the perfect start to a crafty year!  Watch the campaign video below then click here to get yours.



*Offer valid January 1, 2015-January 31, 2015 (11:59 MST).  Shipping/handling is calculated based on the full retail price of the discounted items (without My Creations kraft mini book: $24.56 USD/$27.02 CAD; including My Creations kraft mini book: $34.51 USD/$37.97 CAD).

Thanks for stopping by.


Friday, January 2, 2015

10th Slumber Party Retreat

My 10th Slumber Party Retreat is on, January 31-February 1, 2015.

Join us for 32 hours of uninterrupted time to scrapbook, make cards, or work on any of your latest projects. Spend the night at my house in one of my 2 guest bedrooms, or travel home to sleep in your own bed, or stay at the hotel less than 10 minutes away.


Festivities start at 9am on Saturday (Jan. 31) and end at 5pm on Sunday (Feb. 1). There will be a goodie bag waiting for you when you arrive.


Plus, brand new product in prizes given away all weekend long.


Plus, fun, fellowship, and friendships!


Retreat Fee of $95 includes:

  • All meals (Sat. lunch and dinner, Sun. breakfast and lunch)
  • Goodie Bag filled with new product from the just released Seasonal Expressions Book
  • TONS of new product giveaways from the just released Seasonal Expressions Book
  • Snacks and drinks available all day long
  • Your own 5' hardwood table and comfortable task chair

Cost is $95

$25 Deposit will reserve your seat.  All money is due January 15th.

Thanks for stopping by.