Thursday, December 1, 2016

It's the Little Things

Get a 30% discount on mini album products!! 

Close To My Heart is teaming up with Persnickety Prints during the month of December to make your memory-keeping a snap!  

In the month of December, save 30% on the supplies you need to make fun and easy mini albums that make perfect gifts! Here are three easy gifting ideas for these albums:
  • Complete an album for your bestie including some pictures of the fun times you’ve shared.
  • Give the supplies themselves as a gift, letting the recipient determine what photos and memories they will preserve.
  • Give yourself the gift of beautifully preserved photos by printing out your favorite photos from your phone and making an album for yourself!
Choose your album bundles below:

Don't forget to order your prints from Persnickety Prints to complete your project!  These would make the perfect gift for someone to complete or you can gift it already made and they can just add their own photos!  How is that for a Gift Giving Album Made Easy?

Get yours here... remember this deal is only good through December 31, 2016!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Florence Meets Flower Market

The workshop for September was inspired by a few things.  First and foremost, all my friends are posting photos of sunflowers from the Sunflower Maze here in Upstate New York.  It prompted me to look on our new CTMH Flower Market Cricut Collection for a sunflower... and the rest is history! When it came to paper choice, I was drawn to the yellows in the Florence paper, so that made my decision easy!

Here are the details of the workshop and dates it will be offered:

Let's take a close look!

Layout 1: Summer Days

Layout 2 - Beautiful Life

Email me at if you are interested in attending one of the dates or if you would like to order a kit.  Thanks, Deb

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

I'm Tickled Pink with Twine!

This project was inspired by our challenge on Between The Folds, which is a Close To My Heart Blog meant to challenge your creativity!  We hope you play along!

The current challenge is "Thick Twine"... and we had to select from our amazing CTMH Twine line, which is chalk full of adorable colors!  Most recently we were happy to get White Twine, which is still thicker than the typical thread, but not quite as thick as the really thick colored twine we carry!  I love them all!

I chose to use the new "Tickled Pink" Thin Cuts with the coordinating "Tickled Pink" Stamp Set!  To say I am tickled pink is an understatement!  I love these so much... and I had a blast making them!! The white twine provided the perfect little accent across the bottom of my card!  I topped it off with an adorable retired glitter button and some sparkles!  Did you know that you can take one of our ShinHanart Touch Alcohol markers and color the clear sparkles and even the little glitter button that used to be silver... I love that little trick!

I was having so much fun, I decided to create another card!  I used the artwork in the Seasonal Expressions Idea Book as my inspiration for both cards!  Check it out!  If you find you would like to get your hands on one of the current idea books or any of the product used on these cards, please stop on over to my website!  NOTE: Black Glitter buttons are retired ad Tickled Pink Thin Cuts are currently on back order, but will be available June 10th!

Don't forget to check out the inspiration from the other designers over at Between The Folds Weekly Challenge... we hope you will play along!

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Get them before they are gone... Retiring Items - while supplies last!

I am so sad to see some of these items go... but I am excited to see what will fill the pages of the new Idea Book that will be released August 1st!  

To honor the outgoing product and celebrate the incoming product, I am offering you a chance to win $25 in Hostess Rewards that you can use in June, July or August!  That's right... if you choose to save your Gift Certificate for $25 in Hostess Rewards, you can use it on the new product in August!!! 
  1. Go to my website:
  2. Click on the JOIN Celebrate Retiring Items & Flash Sale
  3. Submit an order of $25 or more
  4. Drawing will be on June 27th - there will be 2 winners!
As a special bonus... June is going to be the month of FLASH SALES!  Current and Retired Item Bundles every weekend (Friday-Monday)!  If you JOIN the gathering above and purchase any of the Flash Sale Bundles over $25, you will be qualified for the drawing!  

Check out the lists below (click on them for a larger view)!!!  Did you notice that 3 Cricut Collections are retiring?  Art Philosophy, Artiste and Artfully Sent are going, going, gone as of July 31st!  Get them while you can! 

Don't forget to check out the Clearance section while you are there!  Clearance purchases also count toward your $25 minimum purchase requirement for this drawing!

Please email me with any questions,

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

The time to be "HAPPY" is now...

Scrapbooking all of my memories makes me HAPPY!  I absolutely love the May promotion from Close To My Heart in honor of National Scrapbooking Month!  It's called Happy Times!!! Click the photo to get your hands on this amazing paper pack and coordinating stamp set while supplies last!  It is only available during the month of May! 

In honor of National Scrapbooking Month, the designers over at Between the Folds Blog decided to feature the beautiful Happy Times collection.  We hope you stop over and check out the amazing artwork the designers have prepared.  Don't forget to submit your own beautiful artwork featuring the The Happy Times Paper.  You may also use the featured colors if you do not have this amazing paper pack!  Here is the layout I created using this amazing paper pack! It was so much fun to make and it truly made me happy!!

Here is another layout I created using the adorable coloring style background page!  You can leave it blank like I did, or actually add pops of color to match your project! 

The top FIVE Things that make me so HAPPY about this Paper Pack...
  1. You can earn this beautiful paper pack for FREE with a qualifying $60 order of CTMH Product
  2. If you don't want to spend $60, you can purchase this paper pack for $14.95
  3. It has an adorable coordinating D-size stamp set, My Acrylix® Happy Times, for $17.95
  4. It features so many amazing papers, including gold foil, whitewash woodgrain, floral, polka dots, ombre and even a coloring style floral page so you can create your own background... it it just jam packed with today's latest paper crafting trends!!!
  5. CTMH has provided the directions for a 6 page Scrapbook Workshop using the Happy Times Paper Pack.  Once you have ordered your paper pack, email me at with Happy Times in the subject line and I will send you the directions to complete this 6 page workshop (shown below).

What are you waiting for... get your Happy Times now... after all... the time to be HAPPY is NOW!! 

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

You've gotta Regatta!!!

I think you will agree that You've Gotta Regatta once you see this amazing paper pack and these adorable layouts.  This collection just screams SUMMER!!  In an effort to keep these layouts versatile, I concentrated on the Explore and Adventure compliments so really any photos can be used.  I finished this workshop off with the leftover Lobsters to make the adorable card (also included).  Does everyone know where the "You are my Lobster" saying comes from??


Let's take a closer look: 

LAYOUT 1 - Dream, Explore, Discover
This beautiful layout combines the coordinating floral complements with some cricut cuts to complete the title.  You can fit four 4x6 and two 3x4 photos on this layout!  **Click the photos below for a Close Up View of the details. 

LAYOUT 2 - Adventure/Happy Place
On this layout, I wanted to concentrate on the more traditional beach colors, using Glacier, Flaxen, Desert Sand and Sapphire. We add just a little bit of stamping to complete this layout using the My Anchor Stamp Set, perfect for these pages! You can fit four 4x6 and two 3x3 photos on this layout!  **Click the photos below for a Close Up View of the details.

The Card: You Are My Lobster

Very simple and really the idea came to me when trying to use up the last of the compliments.  Any Friends fans here???  If so, you will know exactly what this card means!

What is included:
For only $25, you will get to complete 2 two-page layouts (that's 4 pages total) and a greeting card. If you would like the coordinating BONUS ADD ON - Maritime Puffies for an additional $4, please let me know at the time you sign up for the workshop.

All pieces are pre-cut and ready to assemble. All you need is your basic tool kit, including scissors, adhesive, glue dots, pop or foam dots and a ruler is always helpful.

DATES this workshop will be offered are:
Tuesday, April 12, 2016 @ 5:30 pm
Thursday, April 21, 2016 @ 5:30 pm
Tuesday, April 26, 2016 @ 5:30 pm
Thursday, April 28, 2016 @ 5:30 pm

If you are interested in attending one of my workshops, or if you would like to order a kit, please contact me at

Embellishing with Close To My Heart

This project was inspired by our challenge on Between The Folds, which is a Close To My Heart Blog meant to challenge your creativity!  We hope you play along!

The current challenge was "CTMH Embellishments"... and we had to use any type of CTMH embellishments on our project!  This is such a fun challenge because an embellishment is really just a decorative detail or feature added to something to make it more attractive... so the possibilities are endless!  Let your creativity flow and see what you can come up with!!

I chose to make a simple card, which literally took me about 10 minutes.  Using two of our Picture My Life cards from the "Beautiful You" collection, I stamped the HI from one of our retired M-sized mini stamps.  I chose to fill the HI with the Flamingo Dots so it really pops in color and brings out the pink on the PML card.  I love how these cards already include the gold accents, creating a very modern look.  I decided to add a little color on the bottom of the stamped image, so I used our Blending Pen, along with our Hollyhock and Pixie Ink to add just a bit of coordinating color.

Don't forget to check out the inspiration from the other designers over at Between The Folds Weekly Challenge... we hope you will play along!

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Embossing with Pretty Penelope

Let me introduce you to Penelope.  This paper collection is just beautiful.  It just screams Spring and Easter.  This workshop was inspired by the Penelope Challenge over at Between The Folds Blog.

I saw this layout a long time ago while browsing google for Spring Layouts and I just knew I had to make it.  I love how it turned out.  I think I may use black and white photos on this layout!

Here is a closer look!

This newest challenge at Between the Folds Blog is an Embossing Challenge!  Check out how I embossed the tree trunk with our CTMH Woodgrain Embossing folder.  I also embossed the trees and the leaves, but used non-CTMH folders that I had on hand!

Here is a closer look!

Stop on over to Between The Folds Blog and submit your own beautiful artwork featuring the Embossing Folders!