March 11, 2015

Bursting with Excitement!

I have SO MUCH to share I don't know where I should begin!
I think first I should show you the awesome SOTM (Stamp of the Month) set for March.

 I know, we're already 11 days into March but that just means you still have 20 days left to get this set! Just like all of Close to my Heart's SOTM you can get this set for only $5 with your qualifying $50 order all month long.

Also this month Close to my Heart is offering a "sign on bonus" if you will. This is the BEST time for you to join my team. Not only do you get over $300 worth of products for only $99, but during March, you also get the tote bag INCLUDED with your consultant kit! AND it gets better, if you have $300 in comisionable sales in your first 40 days you get the rolling tote too! 
Now this offer is only good while supplies last, so don't hesitate to join my team!

So next month the new CTMH Seasonal Expressions are available to order. I just happen to have a few advance copies in my hands at this very moment.

Let me tell you how much I LOVE the new products in this catalog. Better yet, let me show you with this little sneak peek video I made

 Did you catch that special offer just from me?
It may have flashed by too quickly, or maybe you were so mesmerized with all the sneak peeks you didn't catch it. No worries, I'm going to remind you - Any YMH Close to my Heart orders placed or gatherings booked during the month of March  will receive a free advanced copy of the new Seasonal Expressions catalog. Not to mention all the other free bonus goodies you receive when you host a gathering or the special discounted promotional pricing on items when you place an order.

So what are you waiting for? Get on over to my website, join my team for the BEST offer or at least get your request in for the Seasonal Expressions catalog by placing an order or hosting a gathering.

January 20, 2015

Do You Love a Good Deal?

I sure love a good deal. The only thing better than that is getting something for FREE!
Well, what if I told you I could offer you both?
Do I have your interest now? What do you want to hear about first, the good deal or the something that's FREE?

Shown here (that's the picture above this sentence) is the January Paper Crafting Month exclusive paper kit Year>>Noted. You can get this $24 value kit for only $5 when you order $50 in CTMH merchandise. However, if you place an order with me before January 30th I will enter you in a drawing to win this paper kit FREE! AND with the free kit I'll also include the $10 kraft album (shown in the photo also) too- so that's $34 in FREE stuff!

So do you still want to hear what the good deal is?

How about a $17 stamp set for only $5? Yep, the January Stamp of the month set is only $5 with your $50 CTMH order. And you were going to order $5o worth of product anyway so you can get in on the Year>>Noted drawing, right?
So what does a $50 order look like? Let me suggest for you these really great products-

Workshops on the Go® Heartstrings Cardmaking Kit Contents:
1 – My Acrylix® Heartstrings Workshop Stamp Set (D-size)
1 – Heartstrings B&T Duos™ Paper
4 – Cardstock Sheets (1 Glacier, 1 Pixie, 1 Whisper, 1 White Daisy)
15 – White Daisy Cards & Envelopes
1 – Pixie Extra Thick Twine (Z3035)
1 – Stuck on You Puffies (Z3037)
1 – Instructional Brochure
Use the material and instructions in this kit to create 15 beautiful cards (5 each of 3 designs)!
only $24.95  the included stamp set alone is a $17 value (and only available in the kit)

Add to that 3 of the coordinating Exclusive ink colors,  Pixie, Lagoon and Slate at $5.95each
and a 3"x3" My Acrylix stamp block
Don't need another My Acrylix block? OK how about the new tiny hearts embossing folder instead?

 Then you're going to want a pack of the Heartstrings paper collection so you can make even more projects with your new stamp set and inks. That includes 6 of the B&T Duos and 6 solid cardstocks in Lagoon, Cranberry, Hollyhock and Whisper.

So ALL of that that I just listed - INCLUDING the Stamp of the Month set and tax and shipping, that gets you entered into the drawing for an additional $34 in products, is only $65.
You can make all these gorgeous cards -
and even a few scrapbook layouts, plus have two large $17 sets of stamps and 3 Exclusive ink colors left over after all your projects are done! AND be entered to win the $34 Year>>Noted kit.

Just send me an email saying "YES! Krissy I want that deal!" and I'll take care of placing the order and invoice you the total. OR If you want to shop on your own, go to and I'll make sureto enter you in the drawing ;)

January 12, 2015

Are Your Supplies Versatile?

If you read my last post, you already know that I bought myself a "little gift". I got the Close to my Heart Artbooking cartridge for the Cricut. I can't say enough good things about the catalog of images on this cartridge. It has more useful cuts than I have ever seen on any single Cricut cartridge (and I have quite a large collection). Infact, I have another Close to my Heart cartridge on order and can't wait for it's arrival too!

Ok I've talked enough, now it's time to show some of what I've been up to.

Your Memories Here
I made this card with papers from the Chalk it Up collection (who says they are only for "school" themed projects?) The base of the card is Flaxen cardstock, then I adhered a piece of Whisper white cardstock that I had stamped arrows all over. For that design, I used the arrows from the January Stamp of the Month set (From this Moment) using coordinating ink colors Sorbet, Flaxen and Lagoon. *side note - I love the CTMH prints the coordinating color information on the edge of all their B&T Duos papers, there's no guessing what coordinating cardstock and inks match best!
 I added a piece of the Chalk it Up B&T Duos arrow patterned paper and on top of that placed a cut from the Artbooking cartridge in Glacier blue. Next I stamped the sentiment, also from the January SOTM set and embellished with a small heart cut and puffy heart sticker (part of the Chalk it Up collection accents).

Your Memories Here
My next card here is a base of Lagoon cardstock, layered with a piece of Chalk it Up B&T Duos paper with the star pattern. I used the same cut on this card from the Artbooking cartridge, this time in Sorbet cardstock and then cut it twice and adhered the cuts to mirror each other in a starburst design. I banded the middle with teal adhesive shimmer trim. Last, I added the stamped "Hello" banner in black ink on Lagoon cardstock - this stamp is also from the January SOTM set.

So hows that for versatility? I used a "school" themed paper collection along with a "Valentine" theme stamp set to create two unique and original, all occasion cards.

I hope I've helped you look at paper crafting supplies in a new way.

January 6, 2015

Don't You Just Love it When....

So I decided to buy myself something I had been wanting for awhile. When it comes to my craft supplies I'm pretty sure none of my family has a clue what I would want or need (or what I already have for that matter). So hoping to receive a new Cricut cartridge as a Christmas gift was not going to cut it. I took matters into my own hands and just placed the order myself.

I ordered the Close to my Heart Exclusive Artbooking cartridge. Let me tell you, it has way more than what I was expecting! There's a font, Scrapbook page layouts, Whole and half page overlays, mini album pages, page titles and card sentiments, icons, borders and so much more!
Click HERE to see the shapes index
I can't wait to start creating with it and share those projects with you!

January is a special month for papercrafting,

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!

>>>>>>>>Extra Extra Rewards!
There has never been a better time to book a gathering, during the month of January all hostesses with a minimum of $350 in sales gets an additional 50% in hostess credits - that means even more opportunity for all the items on your CTMH wish list.

And last, but not least I want to share with you my "word for the new year" it has become a tradition (for me the past 3 years) to select a word to represent your goal for the new year. You may have seen this around facebook, you may even do this yourself?!
So my word - gratitude
I'm keeping a gratitude art journal and I'm sharing my joy all over social media when I can. You'll see my Twitter, facebook and Instagram posts with the Hashtag #ArtitudeofGratitude
I believe changing your outlook will change your quality of life.

Do you choose a word for the new year? If so I'd love you to share it in the comments :)

November 30, 2014

December is HOT! (for deals anyway)

It's time for the.....
This year marks the 10-year anniversary of Close To My Heart's revolutionary My Acrylix®
clear polymer stamps-and we can't wait for you to celebrate with us! 

With a qualifying 
purchase of JUST
$50 during the month of December, you will be eligible to purchase ANY C- or 
D-size stamps from the Annual Inspirations 2014-2015 idea book
for only $10.

That's up to 
$7.95 USD/$9.75 CAD of savings on a single stamp set! Plus, once you achieve the qualifying order total, there is 
no limit
 to the number of eligible stamp sets you can purchase at this 
discounted price. 

A purchase of $50 will also qualify you to receive the December Stamp 
of the Month for only $5, so if you purchase both the discounted Stamp of the Month and 
additional stamps at this special campaign pricing your savings will compound! 

*Offer valid December 1, 2014 (9:00 am MST)-December 31, 2014 (11:59 pm MST). Shipping/handling is 
calculated based on the full retail price of the discounted items (C-size stamp set: $13.95 USD/$15.25 CAD; 
D-size stamp set: $17.95 USD/$19.75 CAD).


But it gets even better because on December 1st, our new Seasonal Expressions catalog goeslive!  It contains ALL NEW PRODUCTS and you're going to love it!!!

The other cool thing is that the cutest stamp of the month comes out in December too.  When you spend $50 you get it for just $5.00!!!  It's called Cutie Pie and it's so adorable!!

Wow!! CTMH is offering a Cyber Monday Sale!!
20% Off All Cricut® Collections on Monday!
For the first time ever, Close To My Heart is offering a Cyber Monday Sale on Monday, December 1, 2014. There has never been a better time to buy Close To My Heart's exclusive Cricut® Collections for 20% off the retail price. Whether you love scrapbooking, cardmaking, or creating 3-D projects, our four exclusive Cricut® collections make the perfect addition to any craft room! Sale starts at midnight (MST) on December 1 and ends at 11:59 pm Monday night. Make sure to share the news!! Here's the link to the 4 collections:


So there you have it, FOUR great reasons to visit my website throughout the month of December!   Have fun and Merry Christmas!

September 11, 2014

Finally Available!

The highly anticipated NEW Cricut  'Artfully Sent' exclusive CTMH cartridge is now available! What I love most about the Close to My Heart Cricut collections are the "extras" that are included. The perfectly matched stamps, the awesome sentiments and high quality cardstock. Grab you're favorite stamp pad (or order some new colors) and you're all set to create right out of the box!

Many have been waiting since this cartridge was announced to get their hands on it, so now is the time to get yours before they sell out and you're waiting even longer to get yours!

Cardmaking has never been easier or more fun! With our newest Cricut® collection, you can make handmade masterpieces in no time at all. Choose from cards with sentiments cut directly into them, or combine several cutouts to create your own pop-up scenes. Featuring more than 25 different card themes and 5 different card formats including dynamic interactive designs, this cartridge has a card for any and all occasions—even if the occasion is "just because"! Card styles include pop-ups, scenes, sentiments, sleeves, and pocket cards.

Collection includes:

1 – Cartridge (700 images: Cards and Font)

3 – My Acrylix® D-size stamp sets

1 – 12" × 12" White Daisy Cardstock Pack

September 3, 2014

September is Stamping Month!

All month long we are celebrating with cards and projects using stamps. Check back all month for stamping projects and ideas.  I'll be posting a video later this week on how to use your stamps in projects other than card making.

Close to my Heart is also ready to celebrate all month long! When you spend $30 on any current retail-priced stamps during the month of September, you qualify to receive the exclusive C-sized stamp set #30yearsofhappy for FREE!

That's not all! You can get the CTMH stamp of the month set for only $5 with your qualifying order of $50 or just get the September stamp of the month set for $17.95.
Check out these beautiful projects made utilizing the September Family is Forever SOTM set!

Thanks for stopping by!

June 8, 2014

What's on my desk...

Good afternoon, another busy weekend here. Who am I kidding, everyday seems quite busy anymore. So much for "summer break". My kids still have plenty to do in place of going to school and that means my husband and I have plenty to do as well. But here on Sunday, we do have a lull in activity which means I've snuck off to my studio for a little bit of crafting (until someone decides it's time to eat again).

I'm sharing an unfinished project that is sitting on my workspace. I can't quite seem to make myself move forward on this project. I'm afraid to commit on embellishments to place on this 8"x10" canvas that I started.
I created the background with some fabulous Faber-Castell Gelatos in colors that should be described as delicious - Watermelon pink, Snow Cone teal, and Margarita Mix lime (all Gelato color names are food related, which is how I relate to colors too!)
The stars border is a paper punch and I sprayed over the entire canvas in Dark Denim mist  (which is basically black ;) )  that I was able to wipe off of my colored stars for a chalky look.
Speaking of chalky, I lettered the words "REACH FOR THE STARS" first with a pencil and then permanently with my Faber-Castell PITT artist pen in white 101. This in my opinion, is the BEST opaque white pen for dark surfaces.

So now I sit staring at this canvas wondering what I will do next. You'll know as soon as I know, and I guess you'll have to visit our Facebook Page for the end results, which is where I'll be posting the final pictures.

June 4, 2014

6 Months! Seriously?!

Wow! its been roughly 6 months since we last posted something on the blog! Yikes! Talk about neglect.
Well you may have noticed (if you are reading this on blogger) that we have a new look. We are implementing this change though out all of or media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and of course the Web Store :)
We've given everything a fresh look because we are ready for a fresh start. Things have been pretty stale for oh say the last 6 months ;) If it weren't for Nancy still posting projects to our Facebook page, we have virtually nothing going on!
I'm getting ready to do a major overhaul on products in the store. We all know what we love to use and of course I'll be keeping the necessities (like Prima flowers) But we will be sharing more projects and tutorials and focusing on what goes into making those.
I also hope to have some input from you all too - we want to see what you've been up to.

So, please go check out the new look, let us know what you think and what kinds of things you would like to see more of. This is after all YOUR Memories Here


January 22, 2014

Prima Optimist - On Trend

Hi everyone, Nancy here and today I want to share with you a project I made using the Optimist Collection from Prima.  You know, chalkboard seems to be all the rage right now and so you know Prima was right on it with this collection.  Which, of course, Kristina at Your Memories Here had to have!  lol

I really love the chalkboard look with the bright colors.  Just so fun to play with.

Be sure to check out all the great goodies in the Your Memories Here store.



Optimist Papers
Optimist Flowers
Optimist Embellishments
Optimist Paper Embellishment

November 13, 2013

Pumpkin Queen - Prima Zephyr

Hi everyone!  Today I want to share with you a page I made using some of the older, but still awesome papers in the Your Memories Here store.

I used the gorgeous Zephyr papers and lots of inks, a bit of mist, some bead medium and a few favorite stencils and masks and topped it all off with a few gorgeous flowers from my Prima Grab Bag.

Thanks for stopping by today.



November 6, 2013


Hi everyone!  Nancy here.  Today I wanted to share with you a project I made using the beautiful  Lyric papers from Prima and my gorgeous Prima flower grab bag.

This photo is from the Musee D"Orsay in Paris.  Unfortunately you are unable to use flash photography in the museum and being that my family is a bunch of rule followers (lol) the photo is really dark.  sigh

Thanks for stopping by today.



October 31, 2013

Remember Fun Times

Hi everyone!  Nancy here today to share with you a project I made using the gorgeous Lyric collection from Prima Marketing and the gorgeous sketch from their Build A Page.  Love, love, love this collection and the sketch.
 Of course, I used lots of my gorgeous flowers from my Prima Flower Grab Bag,
 and a few wood icons.

Thanks for stopping by today.



October 23, 2013

The View

Hi everyone!  Today I want to share with you a project made with lots of yummy Pink Paislee and Prima Goodies.

Hope Chest and Mistables from Pink Paislee come together with lots of beautiful Prima flowers from my grab bag.
 Highlighted with some of my favorite Distress Inks I created this layout (which I promise is straight in real life) to showcase this photo from the top of the Arc de Trimophe in Paris.

Thanks for stopping by.



October 17, 2013

London Bridge...and all that

Hi everyone!  Nancy here today to share a few of the inside pages of my London mini album.  Love, love, love the Vintedge kit from Your Memories Here.

There is such an incredible variety of embellishments in this kit that I couldn't help but add quite a few to each and every page.

Be sure and grab your Vintedge kit from Your Memories Here today!  At less that $20 you can't go wrong.