Monday, January 27, 2014

This week: Last chance for your CTMH orders from the Autumn/Winter Idea Book!

Hello, Friends!

Well, you'd think as the cold has set in here in the Northeast and we've been buried -- and I mean buried -- under snow, you'd think I'd be hibernating and perhaps catching up on long-overdue blog posts?  Ummm, well, yes and no.

As you may know, I've been busy building my Close To My Heart business, and have also had a class to teach at Kathy Davis Studios. More about that class another day -- first, let me tell you about what's up with CTMH.

The Autumn/Winter Idea Book is set to expire at the end of this week -- that's right, January 31.  Much of what is in it will be retiring!  Four of the paper packs are continuing over, and you can still order most of the stamp sets (not Stamps of the Month) BUT if you're interested in products from 2013, now is the time to get your order in. 

...because we're making way for the new Spring/Summer Idea Book and Catalog!  You'll find 8 new paper packs, some 70 or so new stamp sets, brand new embossing folders, and so much more. It's definitely one of the BEST Idea Books e-v-e-r!!

Have you gotten your Idea Book yet?  Yes, you can order one from me (see sidebar, at right). However, you can get a copy FREE for the asking, by leaving a comment to this post.  Then, send me an e-mail (
) to provide me with your mailing address.  Please don't leave it in your comments -- that's just not safe.  I'd appreciate an order to my Online Business Address ( to cover my mailing expenses -- but it is not required. I just appreciate YOU.
The card I've included at the top of this posting is a quickie that I made using the February Stamp of the Month, "Wild About Love." 

The sentiment is computer-generated and reflects that silly song that's so hot right now, "what would the fox say?"  Here is more information on the Stamp of the Month... watch for it soon!! 

CreAtiVeLy Yours,

Friday, January 17, 2014

Just Chillin' Blog Hop - January 18

Welcome to the Just Chillin' Blog Hop

Join us as we celebrate National Penguin Awareness Day by showcasing projects featuring the fun black and white birds: penguins!!

A little business: You should have come from our hostess, Connie's blog at 
Connie Can Crop which is the first stop on this Chilly Willy Hop.

Here is my penguin-related Valentine's project I made for this hop: a card (at right) and a matching candy pillow box (at left). 

Both of these projects were made using files from Silhouette America, and were cut on my Silhouette Cameo. I used paper from Close To My Heart, as well as some scraps from my stash. The white hearts on the card were stamped using a Close To My Heart My Acrylix stamp and CTMH Daisy White Exclusive Inks ink pad. The stickers (including the cute I love you banner) are by Recollections, available at Michaels. And of course, the Hershey's Kisses are ... chocolate ... and therefore, are no longer available because, well, I ate them! :)

More Hop business: This is a one-day hop, though you will have until Sunday, 1/19 at midnight to leave comments for everyone to be eligible to win the blog candy.

The blog candy: We have a fabulous sponsor, which has provided this prize:

 Cheryl will be giving one lucky winner
a $10 shopping spree to her paper piecing store!

To win: We appreciate your becoming a follower for each of the fabulous blogs in this hop, and please leave each a comment letting them know what you like best about her project(s).  Then return to our hostess Connie at Connie Can Crop and post that you followed the rules.You will have until 12:00 am Sunday to finish the hop and leave your comments. Winners will be announced on Wednesday at Connie Can Crop

GOT IT?  I hope you enjoyed my card and candy box. Now it's time to move onto your next HopStop, which is with:

Here is our complete line up in case you get lost along the way:

Thank you again for stopping by.

CreAtiVeLy Yours,

Monday, January 6, 2014

I'm on Cloud Nine! It's National Papercrafting Month

Hi, all! Did you know that January is National Papercrafting Month?  So break out the scissors and glue -- and of course, paper -- and let's get started making all of those beautiful cards you'll use all year long.

Close To My Heart has a terrific special this month in honor the national celebration -- a "Cloud Nine Cardmakers' Kit" that is available for just $15 with a qualifying $35 purchase.

The Cloud Nine kit contains enough supplies to allow you to make two of each of the five designs shown above. You'll receive:

1 - My Acrylix™ Cloud Nine Stamp Set (D-size) (shown here, at right)
1 – Cloud Nine B&T Duos™ Paper
1 – Lagoon 12x12" Cardstock Sheet
1 – Honey 12x12" Cardstock Sheet
1 – 9"x9½" White Daisy Die-Cuts Sheet
1 Roll – Gold Polka-Dot Washi Tape*
1 Roll – Teal Shimmer Trim*
1 Package – Durables Triangle Studs*
10 – Card Bases & Envelopes
1 – Instructional Brochure

(*the items with the asterisk are sneak peeks at items available in CTMH's Spring/Summer Idea Book & Catalog!)

Watch the video below, where Christine from Close To My Heart will show you a bit more about this fantastic kit. If I can help you choose some fun items from the Autumn/Winter Idea Book (valued at $35 or more, to qualify to buy this great kit), please don't hesitate to contact me at ... or if you want to just shop on your own, visit my CTMH Online Business Address at

...and Happy National Papercrafting Month!