Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Tips For Using and Caring For Your Acrylix Stamps.

Close To My Heart put together this great video
to share some tips and care information. 
I hope you find it helpful.

Please leave me a comment and let me know if this was helpful. 

Friday, September 7, 2018

Story By Stacy Albums

Close To My Heart
is now offering this adorable 6X6 album
by Stacy Julian.

It is called Story By Stacy!!

These are the cutest and easiest albums.  They come with a guide to help walk you through the setup and journaling, so that when you are done, you have a completed story with pictures and journaling.

Check it out:

The adorable kits come in two different album colors....

Buffalo Plaid (black and white)

or Lagoon.

I think this album would make a great fundraiser for school sports teams or clubs as well.
I would love to work with you and see if this might work for your organization too.  Leave a comment if you would like more information.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Memories In The Making Calendar Kit Video

This is the cutes calendar kit, and SO simple to put together.  I wanted to show you this
Memory In The Making Calendar Kit Video so you can see how adorable it is. 

Monday, September 3, 2018

September News Letter - New Holiday Expressions

It's September, and that means a lot of things.  For many it is back to school time.  It also means the New Close To My Heart Holiday Expression Catalog is here!!  You will want to get a cup of coffee, or your favorite beverage, and settle into a cozy chair to spend some time looking through this exciting catalog. 

One of my personal favorites is The Color Of The Year - Sugarplum!!  It comes in cardstock, ink, dots, shimmer pen and glitter paper.  It's beautiful

If you haven't received the catalog yet, please let me know and I will be sure you get one.  Or, you can see the Online Catalog now and start preparing your wish list today. 

National Stamping Month — Memories in the Making

September 2018 Monthly Special


This year’s National Stamping Month special features the Memories in the Making Cut Above® layout kit. With this kit, you can create 13 single pages, or add a few additional products to turn this layout kit into a calendar!

This special includes two exclusive stamp sets: Memories in the Making — Days, and Memories in the Making — Months. Use these stamp sets to add months, date numbers, and other details to your calendar.

There are different sets available in this collection.  This is perfect for those who want to make several calendars for family, but only need one set of stamps, or for those who only want the layout and no calendar.

National Stamping Day: National Stamping Day is celebrated on the third Saturday in September. This year it falls on September 15, 2018 .

Bring Back My Pack - More Magical

We’ve brought back the popular Magical paper packet with updated colors and some coordinating products! You can also get a workshop kit that includes the updated paper packet together with materials to create 4 two-page layouts and 8 cards!

You've Got Class

Preserve your child’s K–12 school progress with this unique project, which includes instructions and materials for 14 single-page scrapbook layouts. This album also includes special folders made for preserving standout schoolwork and other memorabilia, making it the perfect way to preserve your memories of these formative years.

Boutique - Paper Collection of the Month

Each month, Close To My Heart will be promoting a different collection from the new Holiday Expression Catalog.  September is the beautiful new Boutique collection.  And.... Boutique coordinates beautifully with the Color of The Year - Sugarplum

September Stamp Of The Month

And who could forget there is always a great Stamp of The Month available for only $5 USD with any $50 USD purchase.   September's Stamp is the great Just Treats set.  It is just in time for all the holidays that will be upon us soon.

That are a lot of great deals in September, so be sure and check them all out.  These great products will only be available through September and while supplies last.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Time Is Running Out....

The countdown has started!

You only have until Friday 8/31 to order from the current Annual Inspirations Catalog and the Seasonal Expressions 2 Catalog.  

You don't want to miss out on the goodness that these catalogs brought us because on September 1st they are gone.

Also, take advantage of the pricing because on Sept 1st prices go up on many items!

Monday, August 6, 2018

August Close To My Heart News

As we start into August, I realized there is a lot to share with you this month.  Grab your favorite beverage and settle in to a cozy spot.  Ready?  Ok, let's get started.

Your current catalog says it ends July 31st, but it's not.  It will still be good through August and end the same time as the Seasonal Expression 2 catalog.  Why is this important?  Starting in September, we will no longer have an Annual Catalog with additional Seasonal Expression.  We will have now have the big catalog that comes out tri-annually!  This means 3 times a year you will receive a new big catalog from me.

Our current catalog and Season Expression 2 catalog are while supplies last, so if you want something... don't wait.  It might sell out before the month is over and we won't be getting more in.

You can shop the current catalogs on my website at  There a so many great things available, you won't want to miss out.

For The Love Of Crafting.

You can get this whole stamp set for only $5 USD with any $50 USD order.  The stamp set retails for $17.95 USD and is only available in August.


A Subscription with Heart!

Creativity is more than something you do -- it's who you are.  Keep your creativity flowing with Close To My Heart's Craft with Heart club, where you receive regular deliveries of project kits that will keep you connected with your passion.  
Here's how it works:

Subscribe for 1-Year and Save

During the month of August, get a
12-month subscription and save 20%!

With the 12-month subscription you get:

Free Shipping
Pay once, create all year long
Save $102.48 USD over the whole year
30 Free prints from Persnickety Prints
Receive 4-kits, 3-times a year

You are already familiar with our Cut Above Kits, 
so you know these are great items.



Going... Going... Gone...

With the new catalog comes new colors!!!
I can't tell you what those are just yet, but I can tell you what colors
are going away to make room for them. 
If you don't have these ink pads, re-inkers or cardstocks,
you will want to hurry and order them 
before they are gone.  Every year the 
re-inkers sell out and people are sad they 
did not get theirs.

and of course the 2017-18 color of the year

Another item that is not moving forward
into the new catalog is our
Most of them are on sale right now, so grab the ones you still need 
before they are gone!



The August collection of the month is
Documented.  Below you will find a
collection of projects made with this paper
pack and embellishments.


Fun-Filled Papercrafting
Awaits with the Popular
Paper Kit!

We've brought back this popular Magical
Paper Pack for a limited time!

Now through September 30, get the
More Magical Paper Packet and 
products, which are suited for all-purpose  
crafting, including and specially your 
visits to amusement parks, parties, and
other adventures! 

Save 25% when you 
purchase the More Magical Workshop kit,
which includes the More Magical paper
packet and a selection of other products
you can use to create four 2-page
scrapbook layouts and eight cards!



Earn an A+ in Memory-
Keeping with this Exclusive

Preserve the best of your child's school
years with the You've Got Class collection
of products. 

This special features a paper
collection, exclusive stamp set, and
workshop kit all designed to 
commemorate the passage of those
formative years.  But act quickly, these
products are only available through
September 30th!

The unique You've Got Class workshop
contains a set of materials that you can
use to create 14 single page scrapbook
layouts - an entire album with one page
for each school year.  The workshop kit
also includes our True Fit Folios, giving 
you a place to preserve precious
keepsakes and mementos for each

the link to the project instructions!

July 15 - August 31
Exclusive Product Offering

The Here's To You special features a
workshop kit inspired by life's special

To celebrate these moments,
the Here's To You workshop kit features
four exclusive stamp sets designed for
making elegant cards and layouts. 

The products in this workshop include four
stamp sets and other items to create one
12" X 12" page and seven cards that can
be used for weddings and many other

Friday, August 3, 2018

Lia Griffith Crepe Paper Flowers

Have you seen the AMAZING Crepe Paper Flowers that you can make with your Cricut Maker? Lia Griffith can show you how.

First you need to have a Cricut Maker! The rotary blade will cut the crepe paper smoothly and will not rip it.

Of course you need Crepe Paper. I purchased the Lia Griffith Crepe Paper.

For the leaves, I also chose Lia Griffith Crepe Paper.

When you cut your leaves and flower petals, make sure the line on your crepe paper go up
and down on your mat instead of side to side.

 Once you have your petals cut, I colored mine with PanPastel using a Sponge that is cut into triangles.  

Using White Floral Wire (cut into 3rds) - roughly measure how much of the wire needs to be glued by holding it next to the outside edge of the petals.

Dip that portion of the wire into your Glue and squeeze the glue up onto it, so that it is covered.  Now lay the glued wire along the the top outside edge of your petal.  Place the second half of the petal on top of it to create your full petal.

Repeat this process for the leaves, only use Green Floral Wire.

Now using a full size piece of the Green Floral Wire place some Glue on the tip and wrap your flower stamen (cut from cardstock of your choice) around it.  Next place the 3 smaller flower petals around the tip and wrap with Floral Tape to hold in place.  Add the larger petals and repeat the process of wrapping.  Lastly, add the leaves to your stem and wrap as well.  Bend and adjust your flower to your liking.  

Get full instructions and svg files when you purchase Lia Griffith's book on how to create tons of beautiful flowers.  

Happy Crafting!!