Saturday, December 29, 2012

Clearly the Best: How to Kiss--with stamps!

Today's video features a stamping technique called kissing for removing ink from a stamp to create a customized image.We all LOVE to kiss right, now you can do it with your stamps too, hee, hee!

Friday, December 28, 2012

Clearly the Best: The Magic of Monograms

This video shows you how to make personalized office supplies and household items with the My Acrylix® Monogram stamp sets and at only $2.95 each they are a great value!


Thursday, December 27, 2012

Clearly the Best: Revamping with Overstamping

"Re-vamping with Overstamping" features a stamping technique called overstamping for layering stamped images to create the illusion of depth, watch this quick video to learn how to do this fun technique.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Clearly the Best: Rock & Roll

This video shows you how to create one of my favorite stamping techniques called Rock & Roll which is a fun way to add multiple shades or colors to the same stamp image in one step.


Sunday, December 23, 2012

The Right Tools Make All the Difference

Have you ever wondered how to use all those tools you see in the back of the Idea book? Watch this How-to-video and learn to use a few of the NEW tools that can help you create some unique embellishments.

You will learn how to use the following tools:

If you are interested in ordering any of these products you can either contact me to place an order or shop online on my website.


Saturday, December 22, 2012

Framing Sweet Treats!

Check out this video to learn how you can use Close to My Heart's stamp sets and Cricut Cartridges to help embellish and decorate your fun treats this Christmas season!


Friday, December 21, 2012

Clearly the Best: Cluster Luster

Learn how to stamp multiple images at one time by "Cluster Stamping!" This simple stamping technique saves you time and adds some pop to your projects. You can also use the cluster technique when applying your embellishments to any of your projects.


Thursday, December 20, 2012

Clearly the Best: Basic Stamping Techniques

I have been a little behind in posting many of the latest Close to My Heart's Clearly the Best how-to-videos. So be sure to check back each day over the next week and we can all get caught up together.

Today's video shows you how to use some simple and basic stamping techniques to create wow results on all of your scrapbooking and crafting projects!


Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Everyday Embellishing

 It’s easy to incorporate chalk, metallics, and bling into your artwork with a few embellishments you can use on your everyday papercrafting projects. Let me show you how!

This Merry & Bright page uses dots created with the gold metallic marker to add extra sparkle around the edges of the page. Notice the scalloped accents with outlines in gold marker which adds dimension and draws your eye. Our metallics markers will make your artwork sparkle!

Add heart to your art with an extra touch of bling—cover your Dimensional Elements with silver Glitz™ glitter gel, a clear Sparkle or two, or a touch of silver from the metallics marker! Your heartfelt messages will bedazzle your loved ones.

The chalk marker and 12" × 12" chalkboard sheet are a perfect pair for creating a unique project. Journal and embellish your memories with the quaint look of a chalkboard—minus the dust—and a lot of freehand fun, perfect to display in your albums or on your walls!

If you haven’t had a chance to scrapbook your Halloween photos yet, here’s a great idea for a spooky page. The Haunted assortment with its cute skull brads, spider badge buttons, and more, is the perfect go-to for scary Halloween memories. It also coordinates nicely with the Moonlight paper packet and Moonlight Complements Dimensional Elements.

Tell your story with papers and accents that complement your unique tale. The Memo assortment’s little note tags are great for embellishing and journaling all in one, and the tiny epoxy numbers mimic old typewriter keys. Pair the Memo assortment with our Scholastic paper packet and My Stickease® assortment for your school-themed memories and more!

This elegant layout is tied together by antique elements from the Baroque assortment, Avonlea Complements canvas shapes, and the beautiful Avonlea papers. Add a timeless quality to your memories with graceful keys, broaches, and buttons from the Baroque assortment.

 Contact me today to get started on everyday embellishing of your scrapbook layouts, projects, and cards!


Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Whooo's Your Valentine Special!

To help celebrate National Papercrafting Month in January, Close to My Heart is offering an incredible deal and it so adorable! From December 13th-January 31st {while supplies last} you have the opportunity to order this darling kit to create Valentines or any type of treat containers using the fun Owl inspired stamp set.

This kit which would retail for $40 can be yours for only $10 when you spend $35 in CTMH products from the Autumn/Winter 2012 Idea book.

Your kit includes:
• 12 — Die-Cut Boxes
• 3 — 12" x 12" Cardstock Sheets
• 1 — Sheet Silver Glitter Paper
• 12 — Treat Tubes with Lids
• 1 —An exclusive Whooo’s Your Valentine Stamp Set (D-size) which is only available in this kit

Check out this informative video and see all the products that come in the kit and how they can all work together to create one-of-a-kind treats!


NEW Retirement List!

The retired list is here and I wanted to post it now, so you can all check it out and be sure order any products that are going away come January 31st.

Please keep in mind that all products are while supplies last and could run out anytime, so don't wait to order any items that you for sure want to add to your stash.

You can either email me with your order, or hop on over to my website and shop from the comfort of your own home {yes, even in your jammies}. While you are on my website be sure to check out the "While Supplies Last" collection and see what new items were added on Thursday for crazy low prices!
Item # Item Description Page # Autumn/Winter 2012 Idea Book
Z1349 Shimmer Designer Brads 127
Z1360 Rhinestone Designer Brads 127
Z1361 Brads Red Assortment  127
Z1362 Brads Pink Assortment 127
Z1363 Brads Blue Assortment 127
Z1364 Brads Green Assortment 127
Z1365 Brads Basic Assortment 127
Z1387 Wooden Designer Buttons 125
Z1391 Buttons Clear Assortment 125
Z1395 Irresistibles™ Eclectic Chipboard Die-Cuts (the alphabet) 130
Z1465 Irresistibles™ Make-It-Count Numbers 130
Z1681 Dimensional Elements  Numbers  131
Z1761 Dimensional Elements Ornaments 131
Z1762 Dimensional Elements Snowflakes 131
Z1765 Color-Ready Arbor Wooden Shapes 130
X7147C Stella Complements Canvas Shapes 68
X7148C My Stickease® Pemberley Assortment 68
X7150C My Stickease® Victory Assortment 69
X7153C My Stickease® Florentine Assortment 69
X7158C La Belle Vie My Stickease® Assortment 38
X7160C Flirty Complements Dimensional Elements 50
X7161C Moonlight Complements Dimensional Elements 56
X7162C Pear & Partridge Complements Glittery Rub-Ons 62
Z1464 Milepost Shapes 128
Z1466 Bling Assortment 128
Z1695 Urban Felt Alphabet  130
Z1696 Keepsake Felt Alphabet  130
Z1709 Just Blooms® Petals Paper Flowers 129
Z1460 Foundry® Ribbon Slides 126
Z1711 Foundry® Binder Clips 126
Z1712 Foundry® Number Plates  126
Z1461 D├ęcor Journaling Spots 129
Z1687 Bohemian Assortment  128
Z1689 Timeless Charms 128
Z1692 Tough Tags 128
Z1694 Bouquet Assortment 128
Z1741 Haunted Assortment 128
Z1749 Autumn Lane Assortment  128
Z1763 Boutique Assortment 128
Z1772 Dimensional Elements In Color—Holiday 128
Z1393 Mini-Medley Accents Black Collection  126
Z1316 Designer Ribbon Cocoa                                                                              124
Z1385 Designer Ribbon Blue Collection 124
Z1615 Designer Ribbon Red Collection 124
Z1616 Designer Ribbon Green Collection 124
Z1388 Newsprint Rub-Ons  130
Z1700 Dark Chocolate Tapestry Velvet Rub-Ons 126
Z1733 Black Tapestry Velvet Rub-Ons 126
Z1743 Festive Velvet Rub-Ons  126
Z1742 Parlor Velvet Rub-Ons 126
Z1407 6" x 6" Olive Quick Pic™ Album 122
Z1408 6" x 6" Pansy Purple Quick Pic™ Album 122

Z1054 My Creations® Display Album 132
Z1378 My Creations® Banner 132
Z1614 My Creations® Memory Game 132
Z188 Craft Jars 120
Z1352 4 1/2" Colonial White Circle Cards 123
Z1353 4 1/2" White Daisy Circle Cards 123
Z1731 My Originals® Sweet Surprises Card Kit 123
X7147B My Reflections® Stella Paper Packet 68
X7148B My Reflections® Pemberley Paper Packet 68
X7150B My Reflections® Victory Paper Packet 69
X7153B My Reflections® Florentine Paper Packet 69
X7158B La Belle Vie Paper Packet  38
X7160B Flirty Paper Packet 50
X7161B Moonlight Paper Packet 56
X7162B Pear & Partridge Paper Packet 62
Z1252 Cutting Knife 135
G1041 Workshops on the Go® Avonlea Cardmaking Kit 22
G1043 Workshops on the Go® Pear & Partridge Cardmaking Kit 66
G1040 Workshops on the Go® Spellbound Cricut® Kit 14
G1042 Workshops on the Go® Scroll Album Kit 23
G1044 Workshops on the Go® Advent Calendar Kit 67
G1045 Workshops on the Go® Avonlea Scrapbooking Kit 21
G1046 Workshops on the Go® Clementine Scrapbooking Kit 29
G1047 Workshops on the Go® Dakota Scrapbooking Kit 35
G1048 Workshops on the Go® La Belle Vie Scrapbooking Kit  41
G1049 Workshops on the Go® Scholastic Scrapbooking Kit 47
G1050 Workshops on the Go® Flirty Scrapbooking Kit 53
G1051 Workshops on the Go® Moonlight Scrapbooking Kit 59
G1052 Workshops on the Go® Pear & Partridge Scrapbooking Kit 65

Item # Item Description Page # Spring/Summer 2012 Idea Book
A1104 A Tweet 90
A1111 A Tulip 68
A1116 A Melody 94
A1122 Bravo 92
A1128 Quick Cards—Shell 80
A1129 A Rainbow 85
B1365 Spring Up 71
B1369 Rosy Regards 67
B1374 Bee Happy 83
B1397 He Is Risen 74
B1402 My Peeps 72
C1439 Enjoy Life 95
C1440 Take a Picture 93
C1442 Tailor-Made 94
C1450 Eclectic Edges 99
C1452 Delight 71
C1455 Aspire 96
C1456 Heartfelt Treasures 68
C1457 Happy Camper 84
C1458 Paper Lantern 90
C1473 Remarkable Wreath 70
C1474 10 Things 105
C1485 Super Powers 47
C1498 Country Life 82
C1499 Perfect Day 80
D1195 The Works Alphabet 117
D1222 Tiny Typewriter Alphabet 117
D1296 Chocolate Alphabet Small 114
D1301 Hodge Podge Alphabet 114
D1303 Classmate Alphabet 114
D1462 Splendid Day 77
D1464 Card Chatter—Love 106
D1467 Trees & Things 76
D1472 Simple Memories 66
D1478 Bingo Alphabet 113
D1505 Roar! 89
D1508 Diverse Backgrounds 102
D1509 Magic Adventures 78
D1511 Kick Back 81
E1013 Field Trip Alphabet 114


Monday, December 17, 2012

Clearly the Best: Pigment or Dye Inks?

Have you ever wondered the difference between Pigment or Dye inks and which inks are best for certain types of projects? Well you need to wonder no more, after you watch this informative video and learn which ink is the best for each of your projects.

PLUS you will see some fabulous artwork that was created to showcase each of these ink types and don't forget that Close to My Heart offers 40 different colors in each type of ink. I LOVE to have options don't you?


Scholastic Kit of the Month

The Scholastic kit is a great paper kit to use for you more masculine layouts and is perfect for all of those School photos you have. Thanks to Bren Yule for the inspiration on layout #1.

Layout #1
Layout #2
Layout #3
The Basic kit includes:
  • Scholastic paper kit-$9.95
  • Scholastic Stickease-$4.95
  • Memo Assortment-$4.95
  • Chalkboard Shapes-$3.95
  • (1) C. White CS, (2) Champagne CS-$2.00
  • Cutting diagram for all three layouts-FREE
 Total: $25.80 {plus tax and shipping}

The Deluxe kit includes the Basic products PLUS:
  • Scholastic C-Size stamp set-$13.95
  • Canvas Shapes-$3.95
  • Durable Square Studs-$3.95
Total: $45.30{plus tax and shipping}

Some additional products you can add to your order:
  • Burlap Ribbon {5 Yds}-$7.95
  • Canvas Shapes{ in Deluxe}-$3.95
  • Durable Square Studs {in Deluxe}-$3.95
  • Step-by-Step color guide{ in Deluxe}-$1.00
  • Cocoa Ink pad{ used to distress}-$5.25
  • Saddle Ink pad-$5.25

Please contact me to place your kit order and you can either put your Scholastic kit together on your own, or attend one of my 6 Cherish classes in January. If interested please contact me at and we'll see which class might work in your schedule, or if you are long distance we can order you a kit and I'll email you the cutting guide so you can create them on your own.


La Belle Vie Kit of the Month

 Layout  #1
 Layout #2
 Layout #3

The La Belle Vie kit is full of charm and elegance and also has some Paris inspired embellishments to add even more Oo La La to your layouts!

The Basic kit includes:
  •  La Belle Vie Paper pack-$9.95
  • La Belle Vie Stickease--$4.95
  • Black Sparkled Flourish--$4.95
  • (2) Colonial white CS, (2) Bamboo CS-$2.50
  • Various ribbons-$3.00
 Total: $25.35 {plus tax and shipping}

Deluxe kit includes Basic kit PLUS
  • La Belle Vie stamp set-$13.95
  • Boutique Assortment-$5.95
 Total: $44.35 {plus tax and shipping}

 Some additional products you can add to your order are:
  • Boutique Assortment(in Deluxe)-$5.95
  • Step by Step Guide (in Deluxe)-$1.00
  • Black ink pad (used to distress)-$5.25

Please contact me to place your kit order and you can either put your La Belle Vie kit together on your own, or attend one of my 6 Cherish classes in January. If interested please contact me at and we'll see which class might work in your schedule, or if you are long distance we can order you a kit and I'll email you the cutting guide so you can create them on your own.


Saturday, November 10, 2012

Clearly the Best: Swipe Hype

I LOVE this NEW technique called Swiping and had fun stamping and creating some new images using this fun technique.

Watch this video to learn how to do it and see some cute artwork using this fun swiping technique.


Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Clearly the Best: Spanning the Space

Learn how to stamp your images across multiple images in this fun Clearly the Best video installment!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Clearly the Best: Terrific Two-Tone

I love the simple look of Two-Tone stamping and use it a lot on my artwork. Watch this fun video to learn the technique of Two-Tone stamping using Close to My Heart's fabulous Exclusive Inks and Acrylix stamps.


Monday, November 5, 2012

Clearly the Best: The Stamp Behind the Mask

Have you ever wondered how to stamp just a few images from your stamp set, or a portion of a sentiment instead of the whole saying?

Watch this short video and learn how to Mask your stamps and begin impressing your crafty friends with your stamping Magic!


Friday, November 2, 2012

Studio J Express Collections

Studio J as some exciting changes that we added this Fall including the Fast and Easy Express Collections. They truly make Digital scrapbooking Faster, Simpler, Easier and I encourage you to try them out for yourself.

Just head over to my website and access Studio J and get started right away. Watch this quick video to learn about the Studio J enhancements and Express Collections.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Pear & Partridge Kit of the Month


 Layout #2

Layout #3

There is definitely a feeling of Christmas in the air around my house today. I just finished up my three layouts using CTMH's Pear and Partridge paper and embellishments. I love the little birds on the paper, rub-ons, and Dimensional Elements and I think this paper kit is my favorite Christmas one so far from Closet to My Heart.

The Basic Kit includes: 

• Pear and Partridge paper pack $9.95
• Pear and  Partridge Rub-ons $4.95
• Holiday Dimensional Elements $5.95
• 3 sheets C.White CS, 1 sheet Olive $3.00
• Cutting Diagram for all 3 layouts FREE
Total: $23.85

The Deluxe Kit: (Includes BASIC Plus)
• Pear and Partridge “C-Size” Stamp Set $13.95
• Pink/Red/Purple Sparkles $2.95
Total: $37.40  (savings of $3.35)

Some Add-ons you may want to include in your order are:
 • Pink/Red/Purple Sparkles (in Deluxe) $2.95
• Step-by-Step color Guide—(in Deluxe) $1.00
• Make It From You Heart book (Pg 11) $7.95
• Rub-on tool (Pg134) $9.95
• Desert Sand in pad (used to distress) $5.25
• Cranberry ink pad $5.25
• Cashmere ink pad $5.25

Card making Kit: $29.95 
Create 15 beautiful cards (5 each of 3 designs) Includes—1 exclusive Pear and Partridge card making stamp set, 2 Pear and Partridge papers, 4 sheets of cardstock, 15 cards and envelopes, 1 package Red Glitter gems, 5 yards of tan twill ribbon, 1 instructional brochure.

Please contact me to place your kit order and you can either put your Pear and partridge kit together on your own, or attend one of my 6 Cherish classes in December. If interested please contact me at and we'll see which class might work in your schedule, or if you are long distance we can order you a kit and I'll email you the cutting guide so you can create them on your own.

A Splash of Color

Watch this short video and learn all about our NEW Close to My Heart's color palettes, Exclusive Inks, Pigment inks, Alcohol Markers , and on-trend colors in our 8 NEW paper packs.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Christmas Gifts Workshop

Do you need to get some Christmas gifts created? Come to my house for a crafting Saturday in early December and create some fabulous Christmas gifts perfect for those special people on your list. You can make one of each or any combination of the projects.

***IF you are unable to attend the workshop, please contact me to order a kit(s) of any of these projects, or if we have enough participants we can schedule an alternate day.

Saturday, December 1st

 9:00 AM-3:00 PM

Beckie’s Home, 521 Mt Vernon St, Oshkosh

RSVP By Monday, November 19th

Bracket Frame—$15 Each
Create a beautiful one of a kind frame using CTMH’s My Creations Bracket Frame and Avonlea paper and embellishments. Inspired by the super creative Tresa Black.

Christmas Display Tray- $25 Each
Create a beautiful Christmas keepsake using CTMH’s Pear and  Partridge paper and embellishments—(Pear and  Partridge Complements Gliittery Rub-On's, Dimensional Elements In Color-Holiday, sparkles, & Rosette Ribbon). Inspired by the super crafy Lisa Stenz.

“My Family” Display Tray --$25 (photo coming soon)
Each Using CTMH’s Exclusive Avonlea paper pack and embellishments you will create a special Display Tray featuring the special people in your life. Includes—(Display tray, pre-cut papers from the Avonlea kit, Grey Satin ribbon, rosette ribbon, and Opaque pearls). Also inspired by fellow consultants Lisa Stenz and Karen Pederson.

Mini-Flip Book--$6 Each 
Using CTMH’s exclusive NEW Cricut Artiste Cartridge you will create a unique and fun mini-flip album. Choose from one of the new 8 paper packs available and then come to class to create your one of a kind mini-book! These are perfect to use a mini-brag book for a grandparent or friend.

Gift Card Holders (6 different kinds)--$10 for six
Create 6 different gift card holders that will be perfect to present that special someone a gift they can really use.

Contact me via email to sign-up for a spot in my workshop OR to order a kit(s) of any of the projects and create some really beautiful one-of-a kind Christmas gifts!


Ink It Up!

Yesterday, I posted a Clearly the Best video that highlighted our NEW Alcohol based marker sets. Today's video gives us some great tips on how to use the Exclusive Inks® marker sets and pigment pad sets from Close To My Heart to bring our artwork to life!


Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Clearly the Best: Alcohol Marker Madness

Have you tried the NEW Alcohol markers yet? They are so fun and easy to use and make coloring in your stamped images fun again! Watch this short How-to Video and learn  how to use them in a variety of ways and enjoy the beautiful artwork shown.


Monday, October 29, 2012

Clearly the Best: Dauber Dynamite

I love to use my Sponge Daubers to lightly distress the edges of my papers and color in my Dimensional Elements. But did you know that you can use Sponge Daubers to color in your stamps before you stamp with them to get a more precise image and even a rainbow affect?

Watch this short 4 minute video to learn some tips and tricks when using Sponge Daubers and Close to My Heart's Acrylix clear stamps and Ink pads.


Sunday, October 28, 2012

Clearly the Best: Coordinate With Cricut Cuts

I love my Cricut and especially love the two cartridges by Close to My Heart. In fact, I usually keep either the Art Philosophy or NEW Artiste Collection cartridges permanently in my Cricut because I use them so much.

 Watch this short 4 minute video to see how you can coordinate and use your CTMH stamp sets, Chipboard, and CTMH cricut cartridges together to create some spectacular pieces of artwork.

Then head over to my website to see everything that is included in the Cricut Collections and order your own. 

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Organize Your Craft Supplies

As many of you know I LOVE to organize and sometimes I think I may even love organizing more than creating :) Close to My Heart's newest organizers are truly one of the best ways to keep your crafting stash neat and organized.

 I adore how they are see-thru so you can see right away what you have and where it's at, plus the boxes are embellished with a subtle flourish on the sides. PLUS using these organizers will have your all your supplies packed and ready to go in a moment's notice when you plan to go away to a crop or weekend scrap retreat.

Take a look at this short video and see all the possibilities using the small and medium fabulous organizers. Once you are done watching head to my website to learn more or order your own. They would make a great Christmas present ;0

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