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Friday, September 4, 2015

A Little "Hollah" for Watercolor!

Hollah!  I love our new watercolors.  Seriously, they are divine!  You may have seen some watercolors like this in your local craft store, and they do look the same as ours, but looks can be deceiving.  I have done a little checking, and all of the ones that I've seen that look like ours in the craft stores are a lower quality of paint. Ours are much creamier.  Creamy is important when it comes to soft, gorgeous, flowy, watercolor. The cool news is that our creamier paints are still very affordable!  I'll be sharing the supplies you need to watercolor (with links, here in the body of the post, as well as in a supply list at the end of the post) as well as a quick, easy tutorial below.

Close To My Heart Watercolor Paints

Along with your paints, you'll also want to pick up some paint brushes and watercolor paper.
Paint Brushes

12" x 12" Watercolor Paper

I used the awesome National Stamping Month exclusive card stamp set for these cards.   This set is only $13.95 this month (available only in September), or you can get the 3 set bundle for only $34.95. When ordering on my website, you'll be prompted to add your set(s) before you check out.

I personally think that's an awesome deal and would get all three (in fact, I did!).

Watercolor Tutorial:

  1. For these cards, I began with a 4" x 5 1/4" piece of watercolor paper (this is a must.  When using regular paper for watercoloring, you will get pilling and warping). I used a paintbrush and water to just "paint" the area of the paper with water that I was going to be watercoloring.  After that, I dipped my brush in water and then in my paint and, using a back and forth motion, painted over the wet area of my paper.  I started in the area I wanted darkest and worked my way up. I used a large brush because I kind of wanted a little bit of the brush marks to show. This created the bottom of the card.  I set this aside and let it dry for about 5-10 minutes.
  2. I then added a strip of Gold Shimmer Trim (love that bling!).
  3. I then stamped the large "Hello" or "Oh, Hey" in a stamp pad that coordinated with the watercolor that I used on that card.
  4. I added a bit of detail by embossing the smaller word and 3 stars with my Versamark pad, Gold Embossing Powder, and my Heat Gun.
  5. Lastly, I mounted this to a standard size White Daisy Cardstock top fold card (I just cut a piece of White Daisy Cardstock to 4 1/4" x 11" and then folded so the fold was on top).  Voila!  Pretty cute!
 Suggested Shopping List (get these puppies on my website):
Subtotal:   $64.65

Don't forget that when you spend $50, the September Stamp of the Month (Paper Garden) is only $5 ($12.95 savings), so you'll probably want to add that too! When ordering on my website, you'll be prompted to add this elegant set before you check out.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

New Catalogs and September Specials with Close To My Heart

Imagine me jumping up and down and screaming (in a good way). THAT, is exactly what I am doing as I write this. Luckily I am the only one home so no one is running up to my studio to make sure I haven't lost my mind. That's a good thing, because I just might have!  I have SO MANY EXCITING THINGS to share with you today.  September is here, and that means some REALLY GOOD STUFF with Close To My Heart.

1.  New Annual Inspirations Idea Book 
2.  New Holiday Expressions Mini-Catalog
3.  National Stamping Month ("Hello, Life!' special!)
4.  September Stamp of the Month (Paper Garden)

1. New Annual Inspirations Idea Book: Yep! It's here!  And, it's absolutely, unbelievably BEAUTIFUL!  Not only is it full of amazing new products, but it is full of over-the-top artwork, technique tips, and more!  You can begin ordering from this catty TODAY, September 1, on my website.  You can also browse through this delicious publication page-by-page here.

Order your copy of the new Idea Book TODAY, right here.

2. New Holiday Expressions Mini-Catalog:  As if the Annual Inspirations Idea Book weren't enough, we have ANOTHER awesome catalog debuting today...the Holiday Expressions Mini-Catalog.

It begins today, September 1 and goes through December 31.  The beautiful paper packets and holiday products will be going away with this publication at the end of 2015, so be sure to order your holiday goodies soon!  You can view this publication page-by-beautiful-page here.  When ordering on my website, you'll be prompted to add this publication to your order for FREE!

3.  National Stamping Month "Hello, Life!" Special:  September is National Stamping Month and this year Close To My Heart has something to help every kind of papercrafter say a big “hello” to life! Available only during the month of September, these exclusive  Hello, Life! stamp sets can be purchased in 2 ways:
  • for $13.95 each! 
  • Or, for an even better deal, you can purchase all three for only $34.95! 

See all three sets here.

Each stamp set is designed to fit with a specific type of papercrafting, whether that’s scrapbooking, cardmaking, or pocket scrapbooking. However, all the stamp sets coordinate with each other and can be used together to create dynamic artwork. These stamp sets also coordinate with shapes from the new Cricut® Artistry collection to help expand your artwork options even further. Remember, these stamp sets are available for one month only, so get your orders in for one stamp set—or all three—before these gorgeous stamps disappear! Make certain to follow Close To My Heart’s blog, Instagram (CTMHofficial), and Facebook page for artwork inspiration featuring these lively stamp sets all month long. You can post your own artwork to your social media channels using the hashtag #ctmhHelloLife.

This 3.5" x 3.5" card was made using the September Stamp of the Month (Paper Garden...see details in #4 below) and  one of the National Stamping Month sets.

When ordering on my website, you'll be prompted to add your set(s) before checking out. 

4.  September Stamp of the Month (Paper Garden):

September Stamp of the Month: Paper Garden (carrier sheet actual size is approximately 6" x 6")

This elegant stamp set is only available in September and is only $5 ($12.95 savings) with each $50 you spend (before shipping and tax). Spend $100, get 2...and so on!  When ordering on my website, you'll be prompted to add your set(s) before checking out.

Monday, August 31, 2015

The Last Day for August Specials, to Order from Current Catalog, and to get Retiring Items

Today, August 31, is the LAST DAY for many things:
  1. To take advantage of the August Get Organized special
  2. To take advantage of the Welcome Back special
  3. To get the August Stamp of the Month
  4. To order from the current Annual Inspirations Idea Book 
  5. To order from the current Summer Expressions mini-catalog
  6. To get retiring items
Read about each of these below, and be sure to check back on my blog tomorrow, September 1, for the debut of the brand new Annual Inspirations Idea Book, the brand new Holiday Expressions Mini-Catalog, the September "Hello, Life!" National Stamping Month specials, AND the September Stamp of the Month. Whew! 


1.  Get Organized:  During the month of August, get your hands on the latest and greatest in organization products from Close To My Heart—with a few perks thrown in!  To take advantage of either of both of these deals, click here.  Read on for details...

  • Simply place an order for the new marker roll-up and receive the new D-size stamp set My Acrylix® Balloon Wishes FREE! The marker roll-up will be your new best friend, providing storage space for up to 25 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ markers.  

  • Or place an order for the new accessory roll-up at full retail price and receive two new Base & Bling style sheets, Affirmations and Lovely Blooms, FREE! The My Acrylix® Balloon Wishes stamp set is perfect for coloring, making them a practical pairing. The accessory roll-up is ideal for sorting and storing accessories, Base & Bling items, and embellishments, while the new Base & Bling style sheets are full of gorgeous floral designs and hip icons and sentiments perfectly suited for creating stunning jewelry pieces.  I plan to get several and fill one with my papercrafting embellishments and one I'll save as my jewelry travel organizer.  Nice!

All of the items offered as part of this campaign are featured in the Annual Inspirations 2015–2016 idea book which debuts September 1, but are available for early purchase during August only as part of this campaign.   Place your order for one—or both—deals and get an exciting sneak peek at just a few of the many new products found within Annual Inspirations’ pages!

Bonus: There is no limit to how many of either you can purchase (and you'll get the freebie with each purchase), but this offer is only good while supplies last. So hurry and get yours today!

2.  Welcome Back special:  We are extending a special offer to our former Consultants in August, inviting them to come back to the Close To My Heart family.  If they sign up between August 1 and August 31, former Consultants will be given the choice between the regular New Consultant Kit and an Essentials New Consultant Kit, which they can order at the discounted price of $49. If you prefer to get the whole New Consultant Kit (see #3 below), you can do that as well.  You'll have the option when you are signing up.

The Essentials New Consultant Kit includes:

  • Zoe Workshops on the Go Scrapbooking Kit 
  • Order forms
  • Idea book postcards
  • 10-Annual Inspirations idea books
  • 10-Holiday Expressions idea books
  • Paper Fundamentals sampler
  • B&T Duos® sampler
  • Petite Perks incentive stamp set
In order to take advantage of this offer, former Consultants should be sure to use the email address that was associated with their former Consultant account when signing back up again.  If you are a former consultant and are not sure what email you used, just call or email me and I can get that information for you (801.360.9896,

It’s an exciting time to be a Consultant, and we look forward to welcoming back many of our former Consultants!  If you left Close To My Heart in January 2013 or after, you received an email from Close To My Heart inviting you back that included a link to sign up, or you can also click here.  Be sure to use the email you used when you were a Consultant before and it will give you the option of the $49 kit.

3. August Stamp of the Month: As always, Close To My Heart has created a beautiful stamp set that  is only available for one month. This month's set is called "Framed."  I have had fun making some gorgeous creations with this set. One is the card you see at the top of this post. You can also find a products used list at the bottom of this post.

This set is only $5 ($12.95 savings) with every $50 you spend (before shipping and tax).  Spend $100, get 2...and so on. When ordering on my website, you'll be prompted to add your set(s) before you check out.  If you are purchasing both of the organizational products for the Get Organized special this month (see #1 above), then you are already at $36.90 and only need just over $13 more to qualify.


4.  Annual Inspirations Idea Book: This beautiful book expires tonight, August 31 at 11:59 pm (MT).  Take some time to browse so you can get what you want.  You can order your picks on my website.  Click here to browse page by page.

5.  Summer Expressions Mini- Catalog: This book also expires tonight, August 31 at 11:59 pm (MT).  Take some time to browse so you can get what you want.  You can order your picks on my website.  Click here to browse page by page.

6.  Retiring Items:  Many items are already gone.  The retiring items that are left go good-bye for good tonight at 11:59 pm (MT). Here's a link to that list on my website.


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