June 25, 2016

Final Flash Sale

Last Chance for Flash Sale Bundles

You'll find a wide selection of top quality products at discounted prices in our final June Flash Sale. Because it's our final flash sale, we'll be extending this week's sale until Thursday, June 30 . See this week's offers! »


Kristina Byers 
Close To My Heart Independent Consultant

June 23, 2016

From CTMH - Pushing the Envelope

Looking for ways to switch up your cardmaking game? Well you’re in luck, because today we’ve got a couple tricks up our sleeves (or cards, in this instance!) to help you take things to the next level!

For starters, try decorating your envelopes so they coordinate with your cards.

It’s like creating your own stationery! Getting a beautiful handmade card is already a breath of fresh air, so imagine how much you’ll brighten someone’s day by giving a card with a beautiful, matching envelope.

You can also add stamping to your envelopes. This “Thinking of You” envelope communicates love and empathy before it’s even opened.

Embossing is another great way to make your cards extra special. It’s simple to do, but gives your cards a high-end look.

And while you have your embossing machine out, here’s another fun idea to try—embossing the flaps of your envelopes!


4 ¼" × 5 ½" Thanks Card & Envelope
CC1113 Ultimate Embellishments Bundle, CC1123 4 ¼" × 5 ½" Envelopes Bundle (2-pack), C1625 My Acrylix® A Thousand Thanks, 1386 Black Cardstock, X5762 Lagoon Cardstock, X5772 Canary Cardstock, X5931 Champagne Cardstock, X5758 Sunset Cardstock, 44751 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape

4 ¼" × 5 ½" Thinking of You Card, Thanks Card, & Envelope
CC1078 Stripe & Chevron Embossing Folders Bundle (2-pack), CC1113 Ultimate Embellishments Bundle, CC1123 4 ¼" × 5 ½" Envelopes Bundle (2-pack), C1605 My Acrylix® Happy to Be Friends, X5751 Sorbet Cardstock, X5776 Peacock Cardstock, X5770 Glacier Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, 1388 Colonial White Cardstock, 44751 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2864 Sorbet Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad

4 ¼" × 5 ½" So Sorry Card & Thinking of You Envelope
CC1078 Stripe & Chevron Embossing Folders Bundle (2-pack), CC1113 Ultimate Embellishments Bundle, CC1123 4 ¼" × 5 ½" Envelopes Bundle (2-pack), C1605 My Acrylix® Happy to Be Friends, X7203B Georgie Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5751 Sorbet Cardstock, X5929 Whisper Cardstock, Z2873 Slate Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, 44751 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad

4 ¼" × 5 ½" Happy Birthday Card & Envelope
CC1078 Stripe & Chevron Embossing Folders Bundle (2-pack), CC1113 Ultimate Embellishments Bundle, CC1123 4 ¼" × 5 ½" Envelopes Bundle (2-pack), C1605 My Acrylix® Happy to Be Friends, X5776 Peacock Cardstock, X5770 Glacier Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2849 Peacock Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2846 Pixie Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2840 Thistle Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad

4 ¼" × 5 ½" Happy Birthday Cheer Card & Envelope
CC1078 Stripe & Chevron Embossing Folders Bundle (2-pack), CC1113 Ultimate Embellishments Bundle, CC1123 4 ¼" × 5 ½" Envelopes Bundle (2-pack), B1504 My Acrylix® Sending Love, X5769 Thistle Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy, 44751 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad

April 3, 2016

Kaleidoscope Birthday Card

Do you ever go to your craft space with no particular plans in mind? You just know you want to use a certain product or stamp. That's how this card came to be.
I have a couple packages of the chevron sparkles that I bought because (a) they're sparkly and (b) they're on clearance. So they became the inspiration for this card. I used the kaleidoscope papers because I liked the geometric lines of the patterns with the chevron shapes of the sparkles. To further tie the colors together, I used pink shimmer trim (you can never have too much sparkle on a birthday card). 
•X7202B Kaleidoscope Paper Packet
•Z1968 Pink Shimmer Trim
•B1419 Joyful Birthday stamp set
•Z1909 Chevron Sparkle Shapes (on clearance while supplies last)
•Z2197 Pear Ink
•Z2644 Pixie Ink

March 25, 2016

Hello Paradise Inspirations

Remember that stamp set I shared with you last week? Well, Close to my Heart has put together a blog post for you showcasing artwork made with that stamp set. That's one more thing I love about CTMH, they never leave you hanging when it comes to inspiration. There's always plenty of ideas being shared.

Well Hello, Paradise!
by Close To My Heart
With the weekend still a day away, we’re going to whisk you off to paradise with a brand new stamp set called Hello Paradise!

Tropical flowers and leaves paired with stylized sentiments make this stamp set great for decorating scrapbook pages of your favorite getaways. But it also makes simply exotic cards:
Check out that colorful parrot hiding among the leaves below!

As you can see, this stamp set is perfect for scrapbooking AND cardmaking. And did we mention it is only available until March 31? Better act quickly before paradise slips out of reach!

Thankfully, now is the time perfect time to get it because Stampaganza is still going on—for every two stamp sets you purchase, you get one free! So, treat yourself to this exclusive stamp set, and then tell us in the comments below—where is YOUR paradise? :)


12″ x 12″ Hello Paradise Page
CC1065 My Acrylix® Hello Paradise, X7206B Regatta Paper Packet, X7207B Penelope Paper Packet, X5759 Pacifica Cardstock, X5762 Lagoon Cardstock, X5770 Glacier Cardstock, X5778 Saffron Cardstock, X5929 Whisper Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2195 Lagoon Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2648 Sapphire Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2641 Glacier Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2651 Saffron Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z1752 Sparkles Clear Assortment, Z3204 Maritime Puffies, Z1151 3-D Foam Tape

5 ½” x 4 ¼” Hello Card
CC1065 My Acrylix® Hello Paradise, X7206B Regatta Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5775 Sapphire Cardstock, Z2648 Sapphire Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2105 Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2643 Canary Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2197 Pear Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2164 Sorbet Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3024 White Shimmer Trim, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z1151 3-D Foam Tape

5 ½” x 4 ¼” Hello Card
CC1065 My Acrylix® Hello Paradise, X7207B Penelope Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z3146 Watercolor Paper, Z2640 Thistle Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2197 Pear Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, 44751 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z3188 Paintbrush Set, Z2012 Sequins Gold Assortment, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen

4 ¼” x 5 ½” Happy in Paradise Card
CC1065 My Acrylix® Hello Paradise, D1683 My Acrylix® Woodland Romance, X7207B Penelope Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5776 Peacock Cardstock, Z2641 Glacier Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2195 Lagoon Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2649 Peacock Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2197 Pear Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2640 Thistle Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2643 Canary Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles

Remember this stamp is only available until March 31st. You can purchase yours at yourmemorieshere.ctmh.com

March 17, 2016

Stampaganza Just Keeps Getting Better

Have you heard about the March special? Buy 2 stamp sets get one FREE! (The free stamp set is equal or lesser value of those purchased)
Well, just announced today, this stamp set is available as part of the stampaganza promotion.
This stamp was only available for consultants who earned the Caribbean cruise but lucky for us we can order it now until the end of March! I can't wait to use it for all my poolside scrapbook pages, pool party invites and maybe if I'm extra lucky one day I'll actually go on a cruise 😉 and have it for those scrapbook pages too. 

July 15, 2015

This Just In!

Copied from the CTMH blog...
New post on Make It from Your Heart

Studio J Flash Sale
Do you have an account full of Studio J® layouts waiting to be printed? How about a big photo order you keep meaning to make? Well, now is the time to log in to Studio J and order all your layouts and photos! From July 15, 2015, 9:00 am MDT to July 31, 2015, 5:00 pm MDT (16 July 2015, 1:00 am AEST to 1 August 2015, 9:00 am AEST), all layouts in Studio J are only $5 USD/$5.95 CAD/$7.50 AUD/$8.25 NZD each!
 Remember, this sale applies only to layouts ordered before the cutoff time on July 31 (August 1 for our friends in Australia and New Zealand), so get ‘em while they’re hot and start designing—and ordering—as soon as possible!
No grace period for orders
Layout credits are used first before the discounted price takes effect
Applies to SJ1001 (Hostess Rewards) layouts as well
Discounted amount is commissionable
Discounted amount counts toward earning Hostess Rewards and Gathering totals when connected to an EZ Invite™ published Gathering
Discounted amount does not count toward earning the discounted Stamp of the Month
Normal shipping/handling rates apply
There is a link to Studio J on my right sidebar

July 1, 2015

An Offer Too Good To Pass Up

A new month means new stamp set and a new special offer!
During the month of July, when you purchase $25 (USD & CAD) in current, retail priced stamps, you qualify to receive either the July Stamp of the Month, My Acrylix® Life Is Wonderful, FREE or any one of the Hostess Rewards stamp sets featured in Annual Inspirations 2014–2015 or Seasonal Expressions 2 for only $5 (USD & CAD)! That is a savings of up to $17.95 USD / $19.75 CAD! The July Stamp of the Month is a lovely, versatile stamp set that is a great match for your cards and layouts that celebrate all the wonderful things—big and small—that life has to offer.
A great stamp set with so many possibilities

Additionally, the Hostess Rewards stamp sets have previously only been available as part of the Hostess Rewards program, which means now is the perfect opportunity to get those special stamp sets you’ve had your eye on! To get your FREE stamp set or your $5 (USD & CAD) Hostess Rewards stamp set, simply place an order for $25 (USD & CAD) of any current, retail priced stamps. This offer is available only during the month of July and applies only to the July Stamp of the Month and current Hostess rewards stamp sets, so spring into action and jump on this deal before it’s gone!
Wouldn't these be some fun stamps to add to your projects?

These aren't even all of them! Check out the Annual Inspirations and Seasonal Expressions 2 Idea books for all sets available. Don't have a current idea book? Leave a comment here and I'll send you out one :)

June 30, 2015

Last Day of June

That means a new month long special is on the horizon. It also means it's your very last day to get the June SOTM. I've enjoyed creating with it. It's a perfect summer stamp set and also great for birthdays and other celebrations too. Here's a few projects I've pulled from the CTMH Pinterest page

I've also been working with the Blossom paper packet. This has been one of my favorite paper collections and I'll be so sad to see it go in August. I have a few cards to share with you using the Blossom paper packet and a few card stock scraps from my stash. The stamps I used are listed under each card.
Have a Happy Day stamp set and March SOTM Choose Happy for the frame
Have a Happy Day stamp set
Paper Bird Hostess Reward stamp set
Friendly Pets stampset
Have a Happy Day stamp set
You Mean the World to Me stamp set

Get these goodies before they are gone!

June 1, 2015

Love is in the Air at CTMH

(Shared from the Make it From Your Heart blog)
Now that it’s officially June, something’s in the air. Can you feel it? That’s what we call love, people! L-O-V-E. And it’s all because of this month’s deal on My Crush® books.

Prepare yourself for the twitterpation: For the whole month of June, when you purchase any My Crush book and its accompanying assortment pictured in the Annual Inspirations 2014–2015 idea book, you will receive the coordinating stamp set FREE!

Just admit it, you’re totally crushing on this deal.

Okay, so maybe you haven’t struck up a romance with a My Crush book before. (Gasp!) Take a look at these heartthrobs and consider the possibilities they could bring to your summer.

First, this blushing beauty: the My Crush In the Pink book. The designed pages are prime real estate for your photos and notes, and the coordinating assortments open your creative options even wider. You start with this:
My Crush™ Book

And end up with this:
My Crush™ Book

Feeling a little more adventurous than that? Try the Wildwood book and all its trimmings.
My Crush™ Book

Now, don’t be getting all swoony on us just yet; there’s still more to go. Dare we mention there are even more options beyond those we have pictured here? Because there are: five books, seven assortments, and four truly terrific stamp sets. Stamps that you can get for FREE. Oh, the love we feel for FREE—it’s inexpressible.

It’s time to stop dreaming of what could be and show the world how you really feel. Get your family reunions, summer vacations, and birthday parties into a My Crush book right away. It’s not too late to fall in love!

April 29, 2015

It's No Secret

When it comes to my love of Disney I don't hold back. It's no secret that I love taking trips to the most magical place on Earth as much as I possibly can (afford it).
So it brings me great joy to relive those trips and memories in my scrapbook pages.
I just completed this double page layout from our last trip. I'd like to point out that you can make some pretty amazing Disney pages without and specialty products. There are a lot of cute stickers, papers and embellishments  with the characters on them but sometimes that just doesn't match the theme you're going for.

I used the Jackson WOTG scrapbook kit for these pages of our resort. These patterns and colors lend themselves perfectly to the "rustic atmosphere" of the Wilderness lodge! Because I take so many photos, wanting to remember all the details, I added a flip flap to this layout.
Shown it the above photo is my layout with the 6"x12" flap open exposing more photo and embellishment opportunities. Now I didn't follow the instructional guidelines included in the kit, it's up to you if want to, but there are several different layout directions included.  Really everything on here except the glitter paper was from that kit. Plus I have so much more paper and embellishments left to create additional layouts or some cards. AND the awesome stamp set that I'll have forever.

If you head over to my shop to get this kit don't forget to grab some of the coordinating inks too. 
For my layout I used Cocoa (Z2114), Barn Red (Z2104), Juniper (Z2165) and Glacier (Z2641)

April 14, 2015

Illustrious Invitations: Inked to Impress - from the CTMH blog

Sharing this wonderful post from the Close to my Heart blog:
Spring always brings a rush of new joys! It seems that love, weddings, flowers, sunshine, and even babies come pouring into our hearts all at once during this season. It’s a beautiful and welcome renewal after a cold, dormant winter. 
With so many beautiful things blossoming all around us, it only makes sense to celebrate. Whether that’s through a bridal shower, a baby shower, a birthday party, a wedding reception, or simply an afternoon of crafting, we believe that everyone has something to celebrate this time of year.
And what’s a celebration without an invitation? Why, a very lonely celebration of course. You know what they say: the invitation sets the tone for the party! So we mined the Seasonal Expressions 2 idea book for invitation stamp sets just right for ringing in spring. Marvel at the jewels we discovered!
The flowers in this stamp set are to the Blossom paper packet as sunshine is to blue skies—they were made for each other! Use them in tandem to create an invitation that will have your guests rushing to your party so quickly they’ll blow the blossoms on the trees clean off!
The icy sparkles crystallized on these lemon slices look good enough to eat! We love the bright colors and shapes from this stamp set that make the invitation a party in itself. Can you imagine how happy you’d feel if this splash of life arrived in your mailbox?
If making your own invitations feels a little intimidating, just think of it as an alternative form of cardmaking! With one stamp set, you can create a collection of invitations that will make each of your guests feel special and appreciated—a little act of kindness that is well worth your creative efforts.
So open up the windows of your home (and heart) to spring! Let the fragrances, light, and even the occasional rain shower into your life. Breathe it all in. Even if your party is a long way off, today is always worth celebrating!
7″ x 5″ It’s a Shower Invitation
4 ¼” x 3 ¼” Time to Party Invitation

April 13, 2015

Since You Asked

I have received a few requests for some "in person" workshops. Since I love the opportunity to interact with you all in person I'm going to host my first workshop at my home and if we outgrow the space I have,(which would be awesome) then we will relocate to somewhere larger for the next one. So check your calendars, and pencil in Sunday May 16th for the Blossom Card Workshop.

When you order the Blossom Workshop on the go kit from my website your spot will automatically be reserved.  You don't need to purchase anything else for this, but if you would like to order additional supplies for your own personal stock the list is included on the above flyer. You are also welcome to bring your own tools and adhesives of choice (but I will have some available for use).

I hope you'll join me. I promise we will have a great time!

April 10, 2015

I Love a Good Deal

Ok seriously, who doesn't love to get something for free? I'm all about finding a bargain.
That's what these CTMH Deal of the Day grab bags are. Every day they offer a grab bag at certain price, it could be any where between $35 and $150. You chose if it's the right price point for you and if it is buy it (especially because you don't what the next days price will be and you don't want to miss out) What you will receive is all that and more - sometimes even more than DOUBLE the retail value!

Here's a short video I made showing the contents of my first grab bag. I paid $35 for this box of goodies and the value of the products inside exceeded $68! And not every $35 box is going to have these same items. Here's some of my friends $35 boxes:

I can't wait until my $150 box arrives, should be next week according to my shipping confirmation! Don't wait, get your box ordered. The sooner you do, the sooner it can be in your hands. When your box arrives I would LOVE if you would share a photo of the contents on the Your Memories Here facebook page!

April 5, 2015

Fresh New Ideas

Have you taken a look into the new Seasonal Expressions idea book from Close to my Heart?

Wow!! I'm just so excited for the bright pops of color, bold patterns, and all the projects I can envision making with them!
Let me share with you just a few examples to get your creative juices flowing.
 These two (the one above and one below) are made with the NEW Jackson collection.
 And then these two (above here and below here) are made using the NEW Blossom collection.
BUT there is so much more that you can do with these collections! How about some cards?

That's just a small sampling.  I don't want to overload you with too much awesomeness at once ;)

Lastly, please please please don't forget to check out the Deal of the Day grab bags. It's a really great way to get a whole lot of fantastic products for not a lot of money. So far CTMH has offered them at $35, $115 and $75. You never know what the next price point is going to be, so get the one you want right away on the day it's posted. They only stay up for 24 hours (hence the deal of the day). You simply add any one regular price item to your cart to purchase and then the option to purchase that day's deal will become available.

Until we chat again, go create yourself a wonderful day!