Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Get Your 2015 Cover Page Done!

I am happy to say I am caught up on my 2015 album!  LOL  Oh wait..I haven't taken any pictures yet!  LOL

If you came to my open house in November, you made your cover page.  If you didn't, then you are going to have to make your own or Scraplift!  It's ok...you can do that!  

So get out your supplies and get that first page made!  My husband and I always go out on January 1st and take our picture.  It has become a tradition.  Then we are ready for a New Year full of memories!!

Monday, December 29, 2014

Organize it!

January is usually the month to get organized! And I want to tell you about our NEW organizing system!!  This is our NEW Rolling Tote!  It is amazing!  It fits all of our hard case organizing totes.  And the thing I LOVE about it is that you can put whatever size organizers in it!   YEA!!

This case is padded and has 2 side panels to fit your trimmer, catalog and all your scrapbooking supplies.  The front also have a zipper panel.  See the picture all the way at the bottom.  It has wheels and a pull out handle for easy hauling!!  This has definitely been made BY A SCRAPBOOKER!!  It unzips all the way down for easy access.

If you would like to get yours, you can either call or email me or order it online from my website.  see also have a matching shoulder tote too!   It is time to get organized with Close to my Heart!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014


 I wish you and your family a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS.  
And, remember the reason for the season!

Friday, December 19, 2014

New Close to my Heart Albums

Our new albums are amazing and they are not available for order.  Check out this video for all the info on the construction and styles

Contact me to get yours ordered or go to my website and order there!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Cute Table Decorations

So I was planning my unit Christmas party and wanted to have something at each persons seat at our table...and I was going through my closet and found these cute little jars.  Yes, I had about 20 of them.  DANG!  lol  So in an effort to use what I have, I pulled them out, added a little ribbon around the lid, put a Cricut shape on it with a cute little stamped snowman (C1506 Flakey Friends).  TADA!  Not only did I use what I have, but they are STINKIN CUTE!!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Make Your Own Place Cards

Want to put a personal touch on your Christmas table?  Get out your supplies and start making them.

I cut the Cranberry and White cardstock out using our Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge, grabbed my stamps and done.  I also took those big binder clips and put washi tape and a zip strip and DONE!

The color of the washi tape not the right didn't come out that great.  It is clear with gold dots on it.  It looks orange here!  LOL

I LOVE being able to go to my supplies and make it homemade!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

New Rolling Tote from Close to my Heart!

OH MY GOSH!  I just LOVE THIS!  Hot off the press...or should I say, just off the ship...is our NEW Rolling Tote and coordinating Shoulder Tote!   Check out this video!!!

Now you have the perfect way to carry all of your stamps and accessories!

The Rolling Tote is $149.95 and the Shoulder Tote is $26.95.  Get yours NOW!  You can call/email me or place the order on my website.

This would make a GREAT Christmas present!!!

How Many Days Until Christmas?

Here is a fun little sign you can make with your current craft supplies!

I just took a piece of New England Ivy & Cranberry cardstock, stamped "days until Christmas" in white ink.  Added a stamped tree and santa and put it on an easel.  Oh and I cut a piece of black cardstock and wrote with chalk on the cardstock.

Easy!!  And yes, the 31 days is wrong...there are only 15 days!  EEK!  Time to get crafting!!!

Friday, December 5, 2014

Make Your Own tags

It's that time of the year when we need to start wrapping our presents and why not make your own tags?  
I was doing that last week and couldn't find my store bought tags...you know the semi cute ones that are self adhesive.  So I thought...oh darn!  I need to run to the store.  BUT, then it came to me...just make some!!  
I was going to cute some out with the Cricut cartridge, but decided I wanted these.  So I stamped the rectangle in Cranberry all over a sheet of white cardstock.  Then I took this cute santa (D1494 Christmas Cheer) There is also a cute elf, trees, present, snowflakes and a tag (that I didn't use)  lol.  Love this set.

I took a post it note and covered the bottom of the tag and stamped it. 

Here they are all stamped

I grabbed our markers and off I went...coloring!  Now this whole process took about 30 - 45 minutes, however, I cut them all out when I was on hold and talking to people on the phone...YEA!  

And here is the finished tag.  I attached them to the packages with red washi tape!  So fun and SO CUTE!
So remember, get your scrapbooking & stamping supplies out and make your own!  

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

December Group Layouts

If you are ready to get some Christmas layouts done BEFORE Christmas, then you will want to get ready!  I have several groups making these 4 layouts.  BUT, you need to act fast.  My groups all meet in the beginning of this month to avoid some holiday stress.  
Check out my "upcoming events" tab here on my blog. 

 RSVP if you want to come and make these layouts!

Sunday, November 30, 2014


Close to my Heart has never had a sale like this!!  ONLY ON CYBER MONDAY from 12:00 am Monday (that is mountain time, so 1:00 am Central time) until 11:59 pm Monday night, you can get any of our 4 Cricut Cartridges for 20% off!!  WOWSA!!

You can order them on my website OR call me 402-334-5615 before 6:00 pm Monday (so I have time to get them in)

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!  
We have our 
Art Philosophy Cartridge that has 700 images of basic shapes, 3 D items and font also comes with 3 D size stamp sets and 3 dimensional elements (chipboard) in coordinating shapes.  

Artfully Sent - Our newest cartridge is a creative card makers dream!  It also have 700 images (in fact all of our cartridges have 700 images), 3 D size stamp sets that coordinate perfectly with this cartridge and a 24 pack of white cardstock.

We also have our Artbooking Cartridge, which I have to say is my favorite.  It contains 700 images, to create layouts & mini books.  And a font.  3 D size stamp sets and  3 dimensional elements (chipboard) in coordinating shapes.  

Then our last Cartridge is our Artiste cartridge.  ONE of my favorites.  It also has 700 images themes project based, cards, shapes 3 D items and font.  3 D size stamp sets and 3 dimensional elements (chipboard) in coordinating shapes.  

They all list at $99, but this Cyber Monday, they are 20% off...so get your savings NOW!!  Remember, if you want it for Christmas, why not get it at 20% off!  

Friday, November 28, 2014

Cute & Quick Gifts!

It's the season for needing quick and easy gifts for those teachers, co-workers, neighbors etc.  So I created a few quick gifts.  This one is so cute...I took a cleaned out peanut butter jar and I put licorice in it, wrapped the purple lid with washi tape, added a black circle out of cardstock. 

Then I took some black and white cardstock wrapped the jar and added a "buckle".  Added a tag and some bakers twine that I had left over from a project (wanting to use it all!), stamped a tag and I am good to go!!  YEA!!  

How cute is this jar!!  

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

Have a GREAT Thanksgiving!!  
From my house to yours!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Santa Chocolate

I thought these Santa chocolate bars were fun and easy.  I just took a flat candy bar, wrapped Cranberry cardstock around them, embossed on the "trim", added a belt and good to go.

The ones standing up are done with a smaller candy bar.  The ones on the bottom are done with a bigger candy bar.  I think I like those better.  LOL

These make GREAT gifts for co workers, teachers, neighbors or friends.  Give them a try!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Close to my Heart Artfully Sent Cricut Cartridge

Do you love crafting?  Do you have a Friend who is "over the hill"?  LOL
I created this card for one of my "over the hill" friends!  

I used our Artfully Sent Cartridge.  These cards are so much fun!  

 I even cut the 50 out with the cartridge!

Then to add to the card I even decorated the envelope!  How fun would this be to see in your mailbox?  LOL

Now is the time to get your Cartridge!  Or if you have it, get it out and PLAY!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

November Monthly Group Layouts

Fall is here...and it is a great time to take pictures (or get out the ones from years past) and get them scrapbooked!  Here are the layouts my groups will be making in November. 

Here is an enlarged section of the above layout.  Isn't that owl so cute!  

If you are interested in making these layouts, check out the upcoming tab on this blog for times.  Then call or email me and I will reserve a spot for you!

Friday, October 24, 2014


If you are short on time, but still like to make some cards...we have 2 great card kits for you!
This one is our Pathfinding Cardmaking Kit
It includes an exclusive stamp set, pattern paper, 15 cards (scored), envelopes, Gold sequins assortment, bronze shimmer trim and the instructional brochure.  These are only $24.95!

'This one is our Snowhaven Cardmaking Kit.  It too has the exclusive stamp set, pattern paper, 15 cards (scored), envelopes, red enamel hearts, silver shimmer trim and the instructional brochure.

These make card making FAST and EASY!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Life Going Too Fast?

Does it seem like life is going to fast to scrapbook?  We have filled our life with so many things that it is important to make sure that we have documented our important events in our life.  
So last week, I jumped on Studioj.com and created some layouts.  

These layouts go FAST!  You can add as much or as little as you want.  You can choose from our Express Collection or Customize your Own layouts.
Then you just upload your photos, pick a paper pack (kit), pick a pattern and start creating!  It's that easy!  
What I REALLY love about this is that you don't have to print your pictures or even have the correct size.  You simply drop it in the photo area and then you can resize it or move the photo to get just the right shot.  LOVE IT!

And now the pictures are DONE!  I double checked everything and clicked purchase and DONE!  Within 5 minutes the jpegs arrived in my in box and I can now put them on my blog...like this.  The actual layouts come in the mail within 10 days, but I can share these with anyone NOW.  

If you would like to check these out, simply go to my website and click on the Studio J tab.  You will need to set up an account (if you don't have one) and go play!  It doesn't cost you anything unless you want to purchase the layouts.  Check it out!  I think you are going to like what you see!

Friday, October 17, 2014

More Halloween Ideas

I have been busy creating fun things for Halloween.  Here is our (Close to my Heart) cupcake box.  I saw this one at our convention and had to recreate it and make it my own.  I put a battery operated candle in it.  Too cute!

Then this is a box of chocolate covered raisins...and I made a BIG bat card from the Artiste cartridge...and I made it "hug" the box.  I love this idea.  It came from Michelle Snyder.  

So get creating and using your supplies!!!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Close to my Heart's NEW Artfully Sent Cricut Cartridge

I have finally had a chance to play with our NEW Artfully Sent Cricut Cartridge!  It is soooo fun!  
I recently held a 3 day weekend with my downline and thanks to one of them (Brenda Thacker) I was able to stamp lift and learn a little more about using it!!  HOW FUN ARE THESE!!

This haunted house is on page 44.  I also added the ghost to the font and honey cardstock behind the windows and tada!  I am also going to make this into a scrapbook layout...stay tuned!

Here's another card.  It is on page 43.  Then look below...that is the inside!  

WOWSA...All these cards are in layers.  So I cut out the tree, cut out the purple piece and then cut out the haunted house.  This is a pop up card.  Very fun!

Then this card page 44. It cuts out the bags..and I then backed that piece with black to make them stand out, added a spider web from page 43...then the Eat, Drink And be Scary is from page 44.  I backed it with our Purple shimmer trim. 

Here is an EASY one.  It is from page 44.  It cuts out the candy corn kissed and then I just backed it with colors of a candy corn.  AND, I also colored our black ribbon on these too.  I am LOVING our markers to color our ribbon!!  It gives me the ribbon color I want, without having to purchase a TON or ribbon.  YEA!

It's time to get your cartridge and start creating!!!

Friday, October 10, 2014

More October Stamp of the Month Samples

Here are some more samples using our October Stamp of the Month Home For the Holidays.
  It's not to late to get yours!!  You can purchase it for $17.95 OR, spend $50 and get it for just $5 PLUS this month you will also get one of our ribbons FREE!...See earlier post regarding our ribbon special.

Go to my website  or call/email me to get yours today!