Monday, December 08, 2014

CTMH NEW Rolling Organizer Available Now!

It is finally here! Close to my Heart has designed a new rolling tote that centers around our hard case organization.  Isn’t she so pretty? I love the chevron and the inside has polka dots- my favorite!

Here it is opened up.  Another consultant took this photo and said we could share it.
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(Z3032) is $149.95 (Finished size 25½” × 16″ ×17½”)

Watch the video below to see all of the great features it has like additional  pockets for storing tools like your scoring board, trimmer and of course your Annual Inspirations Idea Book.
PLUS! there is a matching shoulder tote!

 Shoulder bag with snap closure. Comfortably fits our 12" × 12" paper organizers. Perfect for carrying projects in progress, idea books, papers, small tools, and embellishments. Z3031 (26.95)

 Here is the thing, both of these are going to go fast and we do not have a date for the next shipment.  So, if you want one, be sure to order yours right away. It could even be here in time for Christmas!!

Monday, December 01, 2014

20% off CTMH Cricut Collections Say What???


Cricut Graphic_sale


YES! It’s true! TODAY ONLY! Get any CTMH Cricut Collection for only $79.20!

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Plus then you can get the Cutie Pie, Stamp of the Month for only $5

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AND the DEAL OF THE DECADE, which is a C or D stamp set for only $10! 

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So there is a WHOLE LOT of SAVINGS THERE!!


SO, if you don’t know which one you want for sure, CLICK HERE for a complete rundown, project samples AND the index of shapes! DID I mention there are 700 images on each cartridge?????  I love these cartridges, like they were my own babies. I know it’s weird. Don’t judge! Winking smile So, I will BE THRILLED for you when you get your own! 

As a BONUS you will get a FREE CLASS in which I will teach you all about the FUNctions and Creative Features that it has!! Classes are available in person at my cottage or virtual by Google Hang Out! I might even wear my cape! LOL!



Until Next Time-

Capture Life!



Thursday, November 06, 2014

CTMH Artfully Sent Blog Hop- Celebrate!


Welcome from Brenda’s Blog!

If you are looking for the CTMH Artfully Sent Blog Hop you are in the right place.  This month we are showcasing artwork created using this fabulous cartridge that can only  be purchased through Close to my Heart.

To really get the most out of this cartridge, the collection includes 3 coordinating stamp sets and a whole pack of White Daisy Cardstock so you can start playing right away SmileWhat I have found most exciting about this cartridge is that you can create very impressive projects in just a few steps.  How you embellish or add to it is completely up to you. It could take you 10 minutes or 10 hours! My customers are LOVING this cartridge and so am I!


 02 – Sarita L3 


This was easy and fun to make (with this cartridge of course). 

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If you want to find out how I made this, keep scrolling, but if you are ready to move on then you are off to

Nikka’s Blog

  to see what wonder she has created with this amazing cartridge!


The Instructions:


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So I have to say it is a little less intimidating when the projects are color coded like this.  If I want to make the pink pop up card I follow those colors and then I know I have the pieces I need.   Those are the ones I circled at the top.

I cut the card base and the inside layer using the “pop up” feature.  The BEST part is that the marks are already there for scoring and folding the card, including the pop out pieces!  The word celebrate is also on the cut for the inside.

Now on to the cupcakes!

Now, I am kickin’ it “Old School”by using the Expression and the Cricut Craft Room. You don’t have to. I did to make layering easy and I like to have the file on hand.


Here I created a second layer so I wouldn’t have to repeat the process. That’s why it’s blue.

Solid cupcakes

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So you can see how adding some layering to the cupcake cut outs makes it even more fun and interesting.

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For the front of the card I used the 3 Key and the pocket card feature.  The banner in the frame reads HAPPY.

I cut that frame at 4” in canary and I stamped it with the “It’s time to celebrate” sentiment from 1 of the 3 sets of stamps that are also included with this collection! I also backed the pennants with small white triangles to make the word “HAPPY” pop!

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Then to get the word birthday I turned to the oh so delicious font that is also included on this cartridge.


I cut the letters at 3/4” twice. Once in white and once in Indian Corn Blue. I used my FAVORITE cheat ever! That is to cut them at the same size and then just off set one color to make it look like it is layered.


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So, I finished the front off with a couple little bows using the thistle ribbon and Liquid Glass to attach.  I just love how this all came together. Trust me, I NEVER would have made a card like this without the simplicity of the

Artfully Sent Cricut Cartridge!

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Now in case you are still with me on the hop, you are off to Nikka’s Blog!


Until Next Time-

Capture Life!


Friday, October 31, 2014

CTMH November SOTM Blog Hop- “It’s the Little Things”- Congratulations Card

Welcome to the Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! If you came here from
Donna’s Blog  you are on the right track!
We are featuring the bold  and graphic stamp set, “It’s the Little Things.”  This is a set of 15 stamps that has fun flowers and great sayings.  I was so excited when I saw the sentiment “Congratulations on your exciting news. This set is versatile and I can see using it for years to come.

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I made card for a god friend of mine who just got engaged to her college sweetheart.  She had a rough first marriage and I couldn’t be happier for her
This card was designed as I went along. I knew I wanted something bold, colorful and some dimension and texture, but I wasn’t sure what it would look like. 
Step #1.) I chose the heart flower and stamped several of them in a chain.
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Step #2.) Colored flowers  in with our Shin Han Twin Markers.  The alcohol markers made such a bold rich tone.
Step #3.) I trimmed around just the bottom of the flowers.  This is when you want to use your micro tip scissors!
Step #4.) Used the little polka dot cluster stamp to add a background to the top of the flower border.
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Step #5 I attached the cut out border to a card base that I had embossed with the chevron embossing folder.
Step #6 Cut around the embossing pattern and attached that.
Added black cardstock, black shimmer tape and the sentiment.
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The finishing touches were the red enamel hearts, perfect for the occasion.
Just think! I have 12 more stamps I haven’t even used yet!  Make sure you add this set for just $5 when you spend $50 this month.
Hope you enjoyed!
Keep hopping on over to Kelly Janes’ Blog to see what she has crafted up!

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Pathfinding Fall Workshop on the Go- This Month’s Featured Scrapbooking Class


There are so many things I like about this scrapbooking kit! 

The value for one! If you were to buy these as individual items you would pay $42.29!

However! when you purchase this kit you only pay $29.95!


 Click here to see the full list of kit contents.

(Additional ink pads are necessary to complete.  I will have  a set to use , but if you have any of these colors, bring them along too!

Autumn Terracotta, Chocolate, Goldrush and Olive.)


That’s a great savings! Now here is the best part! You get a full instructional guide on how to cut the paper, stamp and put it all together. This workshop utilizes the Cricut Artbooking Cartridge.  I will be pre-cutting the title and accents for you.  I will also be telling you all about the fantastic features of this cartridge!  So, if it’s on your wish list, you’ll want to attend this class.


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You will also have enough product left over to create a BONUS layout.  When you attend my class you will get the additional cutting guide and instructions and we will create it together. If you want the kit but can’t make the class you will find supporting instructions, cutting guide, tips and tricks on my website.

Thursday October 23, 2014 @ 6 pm

Class Cost: You only pay for the kit, $32 (incl. tax and shipping.) Otherwise the class itself is free.

What to Bring:

Basic Tools: Trimmer, scissors, adhesive, blocks etc..

How to Register:

Email me and let me know you will attend and how you will pay.

Check can be accepted in person or mailed.


Pay securely through Pay Pal.  (You don’t even need a Pay Pal account.) You will receive confirmation immediately and so will I. It’s that easy, just click the button below.

Class Registration Deadline: Wednesday Oct. 15

Classes are held at Creative Cottage Designs and space is limited! 

So, be sure to register early to reserve your spot in the class.  If you have trouble registering, just give me a call or text. 262-813-0118.


Until Next Time-

Capture Life!





Monday, October 06, 2014

Shin Han Marker Blog Hop with CTMH


Welcome to a special Blog Hop featuring our New Shin Han Markers.


If you came here from Haley Dyer’s Blog, you are on the right path!


Close To My Heart is excited to introduce our new line of ShinHan™

Touch Twin™ markers! ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ markers are one

of the highest quality, dependable and trusted art-quality alcohol-

based markers on the market today. These markers have been

redesigned, refined, and perfected for over twenty years!


The ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Markers:

• Are ergonomic

• Won’t roll away!

• Are dual-tipped: one fine tip and one broad tip

• Are easy to blend

• Come in 24 dynamic colors


Project #1

Colored Chalk Art

A1162 Joyful Wishes Stamp Set


I started out with stamping in White Daisy pigment ink.  After making sure it was completely dry I added color by going over the white with markers.  The color builds up so you can make it as deep and rich as you want.  You can also mix colors.  Always start with the light color first.  The end result was a colored chalk look.

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Supplies Used

I chose colors that would coordinate with our Confetti Wishes Paper.

I also used a small strip from the Seaside Polka Dot Paper as well.

Marker Colors:

Z2458 Marine Blue

Z2449 Cerulean Blue Light

Z2466 Vivid Green

Z2455 Light Orange

Z2464 Tender Pink

Z2462 Peony Purple

Project #2 I Think You’re Perfect Card

I made another card, but it is a more traditional coloring job.  I LOVE the fine point end of the marker.  It really comes in handy for those tight spaces, like the details of earrings, bracelets, etc.. The good thing is we also have a Colorless Blender that can remove color where needed.

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I made this card for a friend a few weeks ago.  She was having a difficult time with gossip, so I wanted to set the record straight.  This is an exclusive Hostess Stamp Set, “Better With a Friend” that I adore! I used the used the same paper and basic color palette, but added a few more colors:

I also used the Colorless Blender Marker to add some interest to the blue jean pants. 

Pastel Peach Marker was perfect for the skin tone.

I stamped on a shape from Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge. With so much white showing I had to do something, so I grabbed a sponge dauber and filled in the background. The final touch was highlighting the word “Pefect” with the Peony Purple Marker.  Be sure that you always stamp in pigment ink. Here I used our Black Archival Ink otherwise it will smear. 

I hope you enjoyed a small sampling of what you can do with these fun markers.

Now you are off to Kelly Jane’s Blog for more Marker Madness!

Until Next Time-

Capture Life!


Tuesday, September 30, 2014

CTMH Stamp of the Month Blog Hop- Home for the Holidays

Welcome to our October Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! If you came here from

Mary’s Blog then you are on the right path! Grab a cup of your favorite drink and get ready to be inspired! We have over 70 consultants sharing their artwork as they get you in the mood for the upcoming holiday season!  If you want to see a complete list of hoppers, click here.
Home for the Holidays is a set of 7 stamps that lends itself well to the Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge.  The stamps that are outlined coordinate perfectly!


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The Project: A Really Sweet Gift Tag/Decoration

I made a special gift tag that is sure to put a smile on anyone’s face.  Picture this wrapped around a gift, a candle, a mason jar. I can’t wait to do that!

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List of Materials Used:

-White Daisy Cardstock

-Tag shape from the Art Philosophy Cartridge

(Tag function is perfect for these stamped images.There are so many choices.)

-Lagoon (Teal) and Silver shimmer tape

-Base Ornament shape from AP and layered ornament shape.

-Stamped in Archival Black, Glacier and Cranberry

-Candy cane and candy to make a little embellishment. I also used the candy stamp to stamp the tag as well.

-Snowhaven Paper Pack- used a strip of the Glacier and black paper in the middle.

-Ruby Chevron Ribbon- (which you can get for FREE this month) CLICK HERE to find out how!

Thanks for stopping by! Now you are off to

DANA’S BLOG for some more holiday hoopla!!

Don’t forget to add this stamp of the month to your club or party order this month for only $5 when you spend $50!

Until Next Time-

                                                  Capture Life!






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