Monday, August 27, 2018

Sunburst and Cricut-Cut Card | CTMH You Are The Sunshine In My Pocket

I was going through some artwork and realized I never shared this card here! There are some soon-to-retire and some retired products here.

You could use so many different stamps with this design! I used the Feb. 2018 stamp of the month, Sunny Thoughts, which is now retired, but I am sure you can find something that you already have that would work!

I used a few fun techniques and mixed a lot of different paper kits and products. Here is a breakdown...

  • To make the rays I cut 1-1/4” x 6” strips and then cut at a diagonal.
  • Embellishments are gold glitter gems and gold shimmer brush on rays (although you can’t tell in photo, it’s such a pretty, perfect shimmer in real life)! 
  • The blue paper is Pacifica from the Adventure Fundamentals paper pack. (Central Park also has a great Pacifica pattern. (Side note: Pacifica is retiring on Aug. 31 so if you love it like I do, be sure to snag the inks!
  • Yellow papers are from Whimsy fundamentals and Stargazer (retired). There's a great yellow sunburst pattern in the Central Park paper packet that would work well for this design!
  • Clouds are from the Artiste Cricut cartridge. It’s now retired, but Artistry has a few cloud cuts.
  • I inked the yellow edges with canary ink and blue with Broken China Distress Oxide ink (it was a closer match to the lighter shade of Pacifica). 
Central Park Paper Pack
(retires Aug. 31)

Adventure Fundamentals Paper Pack
(retires Aug. 31)

Whimsy Fundamentals paper pack(retires Aug. 31)

All of the colors below will retire on Aug. 31 - just a few days away!! If you love any of them, be sure to stock up on inks & cardstock

You can see EVERYTHING that is "GOING SOON" in one convenient spot HERE.

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Tribute to my Fur-Baby in Doggy Heaven: Story by Stacy + CTMH Short Story Memory Album

Happy weekend!

This past week marked one year since my fur-baby, Oslo, went to doggy heaven. 🌈

My husband and I shed quite a few tears as we reminisced our sweet boy. Isn't it amazing how much a part of the family our fur-babies are?! 🐾

To commemorate, I finally finished his memory album and created this walkthrough video to share with you. I added some still shots below.

I love that his memory will live on and we can look back on these memories anytime. The journaling throughout will not only help us to never forget the important details, but our kids and generations to come can pick up this book in the future and see how special this crazy dog was to us!

I am in LOVE with the new Short Story kit! I love the concept - it really did make this come together quick and easy. I had wanted to do an album for Oslo for months but was overwhelmed and undecided on how to go about it. This was the perfect platform.

I shed quite a few tears as I looked through my photos, journaled, and put this album together. But making and then especially finishing the memory album was therapeutic! It's amazing how this sort of accomplishment helps bring peace and closure.

I added extra pages and a few extra supplies - the coordinating Simply Said alpha stamps, four 6x6 page protectors, 2 sheets of White Daisy cardstock, red gems, silver glitter gems (swoon!), a 3x4 flip flap, and some Central Park alpha stickers. Enjoy the photos! 😊

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Here is a close-up of the journaling if you'd like to read it. My husband and I each wrote our own perspective of our story. I used a 3" x 4" flip flap (and small text!) to be able to fit it all on the page.

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This really was a fun mini album to put together! Kudos to Stacy Julian and CTMH for introducing such an amazing product!

If you are a scrapbooker:
You will love how easy and approachable this kit makes putting your "Short Story" together.

If you are NOT a scrapbooker:
You will love how easy and approachable this kit makes putting your "Short Story" together!!!

Who is this kit for?
This kit is designed for ANYONE to tell the story of a special person, place, or event in your life, and feel creatively confident! It was perfect for me to tell the story of my one-of-a-kind special dog. But you could tell the story about a loved one who has passed away OR is still alive. A family vacation or multiple trips over the years to the same special location. An event such as a family reunion, wedding, graduation, or baby's first year. You could even document a series of smaller events, like accomplishing bucket list items or a child's birthday over the years. The options are endless.

The concept is designed to get your photos off of your phone/computer and into a book. It's not about making it perfect or having the photos in the perfect order (something that always hangs me up). It helps you to stop THINKING about getting your story down and actually DOING IT!

It is not your typical scrapbook - there is actually a method to doing it - and doing it quickly and more simplified. It is suggested that you start with 25-35 photos (or more - I started with 75 but ended up with fewer than that!). Then you crop your photos, adhere them to your pages in an unconventional way, and embellish!

I am hooked and can't wait to do my next one!

How Do I Get This Kit That Makes Memory-Keeping EASY?!
Beginning Sept. 1, you will be able to purchase this kit for yourself and tell your own "Short Story" through photos, journaling, and a unique method to assembling that makes it approachable for anyone!

Story by Stacy Short Story Kit
(Coming Sept. 1)
The kit includes a workbook that provides step-by-step instructions to create an album, plus the following materials:

  • 10 –6" x 6" Memory Protectors™ (extras available separately)
  • 12 –patterned paper sheets (6" x 6")
  • 20 –White Daisy cardstock sheets (6" x 6")
  • 4–sticker and die-cut sheets (6" x 6")
  • 1 –Black & White Dots1 –white twine (1 yd.)
  • 1 –black & white gingham ribbon (3 yds.)

You'll also need a photo trimmer, journaling pen, and adhesive. This workshop includes trimming 4"x 6" photos into a variety of smaller sizes. I highly recommend our small guillotine-style photo trimmer - it's my favorite tool right now. Seriously, where has it been all my life?! And our journaling pen is also a favorite of mine. I love that it isn't a really harsh black - it's a soft black, almost charcoal color so it still stands out but doesn't take away from your artistry :)


Stay tuned for online class opportunities.

I can't wait to see what you come up with!

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Friday, August 24, 2018

Short on Time + Beautiful Scrapbooks = Possible!

 If you are like me and any of these ring true...

  • You have lots of memories waiting to be documented
  • You love to play with paper and want to preserve those memories in a scrapbook
  • You often think, "if only there were more hours in the day..."
  • You long to play with your craft supplies and stay up-to-date on your family's scrapbooks!
  • It would be ever-so-helpful to be able to create an extra 48 layouts per year in a FLASH 💥

Then, my friends, Close to My Heart’s new Craft with Heart subscription may just be for you! You will receive regular deliveries of project kits that will help you get those memories into scrapbooks!!! 🙌 

The Craft with Heart 💓 subscription sends you a pre-cut layout kit for every month. Each kit comes with all you need to make (2) two-page scrapbook layouts:
  • Pre-printed base pages
  • Pre-cut paper pieces
  • Die-cuts
  • Stickers
  • Three 12" x 12" Memory Protectors! 

Take a look at the layouts included in the upcoming months. So stinkin' cute, right?! You can see more info or subscribe HERE.

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You have 3 Craft with Heart subscription options depending on how often you want to receive your deliveries. The 12-month option is definitely the best deal and also includes free 4x6 prints from Persnickety Prints! (The 12-Month option is the only option right now - the monthly and 4-month options will be available beginning Sept. 1.)

Note that the Craft With Heart subscription does not work in conjunction with the stamp of the month or Hostess Rewards. In order to give you these awesome discounts and free shipping, it is its own stand-alone program. But instead, you get discounted pricing and free shipping with the 12-month subscription!

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Order New CTMH Products EARLY!

Did you know that CTMH Consultants get to order NEW products a month before everyone else? That would be NOW! And you can get in on it!

Here's the new Holiday Idea Book. It's packed with some really awesome new products. I already received my new goodies and am having so much fun playing with all of the great new products!!! 

Want to order early, too?

Well you can! And it's super easy!

For only $75, you not only get to join and reap all the goodies that come in the kit - you ALSO get to CHOOSE $50 in products with CTMH Cash that you get right away!

As a Consultant, you'll be able to purchase your own products at a 22% discount - including the items in the upcoming Holiday Expressions Idea Book.

There are so many perks and benefits that I'd love to share with you. Email me or message me on Facebook if you would like to learn more about joining my team (HINT: all good things!).

Monday, August 6, 2018

11 CTMH Colors That Are Retiring This Month


Just popping in quickly today to let you know that come Aug. 31, we are saying goodbye to 11 faithful friends, the CTMH colors you see below: Bashful (color of the year), Blossom, Cranberry, Crystal Blue, Flaxen, Juniper, Nutmeg, Pacifica, Poppy, Sorbet, and Tangerine.

This means we are also saying hello to NEW colors on Sept. 1 (some really great ones!). But if you need more cardstock, re-inkers, or ink pads in these retiring colors, be sure to snag some before they sell out.

Happy crafting!

Friday, August 3, 2018

The Crafter's DREAM Stamp Set!

Can you even stand how cute the August stamp of the month is?! *SWOON!*

I mean, seriously...these sayings are hilariously perfect for us:





This stamp set is called For the Love of Crafting, and it's only $5 with any $50 order on my CTMH website! Bonus: The "craft today, do housework tomorrow" stamp coordinates with the Cricut You Are Here cartridge!

Here is a beautiful card and scrapbook layout that CTMH created using this amazing crafter's dream stamp set. 

I love the random-stamped background on this scrapbook page. This is such a great way to make your own patterned paper in the perfect colors for your project. You can do this for scrapbook layouts, cards, and many other paper projects, with just about any stamp set you own.

I'll be sharing more of my own artwork soon!! I haven't finished my projects yet but didn't want to wait any longer to share this goodness with you.

P.S. Don't forget you can get this crafty stamp set for only $5 with any $50 purchase on my CTMH website - but only in August 2018!

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

What's New with Close to my Heart - August Specials

Hello, and happy August!

There are several awesome specials going on right now through Close to my Heart! Here are all the details. (Bear with me, this is long, but it's packed with some good info!)

1. Bring Back My Pack - More Magical Kit!
 Available through Sept. 30, 2018.

The popular Magical Paper Pack is back for a limited time - revamped with current CTMH colors! The More Magical paper packet and coordinating products (including an awesome stamp set!), are suited for all-purpose crafting, including and especially your visits to amusement parks (ahem - Disneyland and Disney World), 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! See details >

More Magical Kit

Dreams stamp set 

2. You've Got Class - K-12 Keepsake Album Kit
Availble through Sept. 30, 2018.

Preserve the best of your child’s school years with the You’ve Got Class collection of products. This unique kit includes patterned papers, coordinating cardstock, stamp sets, die cuts, and a set of True Fit Folios (love these!) to create an album of 14 single page layouts (an entire album!) to preserve photos and memorabilia from a child's K-12 school years. (The True Fit Folios are basically 12x12 size file folders so they fit in the page protector to house your child's special art, schoolwork, etc.)

Whether you have children just starting out on their educational journey (like me!) or a senior on the verge of graduating, this kit will help you preserve the memories! 

You've Got Class exclusive stamp set

School Kids Stamps + Thin Cuts dies

Sample layout on the True Fit Folio!

 Learn more about You've Got Class >

3. Here's to You - Card & Layout Kit!

The Here’s to You special features a workshop kit with 4 exclusive stamp sets designed for celebrating friendships, weddings, anniversaries, and many other occasions. You can purchase the items individually or bundled in a creative kit. The products and workshop guide are designed to create one 12″ × 12″ scrapbook page and seven cards!

The Here's to You workshop uses the Cricut Artistry collection. The necessary Cricut shapes to complete this workshop are available as a project file in Cricut Design Space, Here’s to You Workshop: (Note that you need to own this cartridge to cut the images.) If you do not have this cartridge, it is an awesome one and you can purchase it HERE, or contact me to see about alternative options to create these cards. If you are not using a digital machine, specific Cricut cut information can also be found in the included instructions.

Here's to You Kit

4. Stamp of the Month - For the Love of Crafting
Available through August 31, 2018

Could this stamp set be any cuter or more perfect for us crafters? This is definitely a must-have in August - and it's ONLY available in August. You can get it for only $5 with any $50 purchase on my website (not including Craft With Heart subscription...more on that in a minute). Or you can purchase it at full price for $17.95.

5. Craft With Heart Subscription

Keep your creativity flowing with Close to My Heart’s new Craft with Heart subscription, where you receive regular deliveries of project kits that will keep you connected with your passion.  

The Craft with Heart subscription sends you a Cut Above layout kit for every month. Each kit comes with pre-printed base pages, paper pieces, die-cuts, and stickers to make (2) two-page scrapbook layouts, plus includes three 12" x 12" Memory Protectors! Take a look at the layouts included in the upcoming box. So stinkin' cute, right?! You can see bigger photos and more info HERE.

You have 3 Craft with Heart subscription options depending on how often you want to receive your deliveries. Note that only the 1-year subscription is available for pre-order now. The other options will be available on Sept. 1, with the release of the new Idea Book (eek!!). The 12-month option is definitely the best deal and also includes free 4x6 prints from Persnickety Prints!

Note that the Craft With Heart subscription does not work in conjunction with the stamp of the month or Hostess Rewards. In order to give you these awesome discounts and free shipping, it is its own stand-alone program.

Whew! If you've made it this far, thank you for your time and attention. :) That covers all the August specials. So many awesome options to choose from. I'll be sharing more details and artwork for each one in the coming weeks so stay tuned.

Let me know if you have any questions.

Happy crafting!