Monday, May 3, 2010

Close to my Heart Summer Product

It's May and that means a new catalog! Here are a few of the new things. You can view the full catalog at under Products or click on the "Shop CTMH 24/7" button on the side bar.
I was so inspired by the new product, I changed my blog to match one of the new paper packs, "Cherry-O".

This is not my usual style but I love it! 
2 ea. of 6 patterns, 10 sheets of Cardstock for $15.50
There is a lot of new product that matches this pack. I will show some of it here. Not pictured is a chipboard file box (for recipes, $8.25) and a kit with 6 file cards for dividers, 32 recipe cards and 3 sheets of My Stickease to jazz up your box ($15.50). Perfect to get Grandma or Mum to write down all the recipes that are in their head or as a Bridal Shower gift.

Creative Basics kit that coordinates with the Cherry-O paper pack. 6 ea. of 2 designs and 4 yards of Cranberry Velvet Ribbon, $9.25.

Cherry-O Rhinestones (top) $5.75
Cherry-O My Stickease (bottom) $5.75

You're Sweet Stamp Set $16.50

An exclusive stamp set that comes in the Cherry-O workshop pack (not pictured in the catalog).
It includes the Cherry-O Level 2 paper pack, stamp set, Tulip mini-medley embellies (see next photo) and a Workshop guide with instructions to make 2-2 pg. layouts or 6 cards. All for just $35.50.

Tulip Mini-Medley Embellishments $5.75

Glitz Glitter Glue $3.50 for 1 oz.
Stardust (Iridescent)

1 1/4 in Circle Punch $15.50

Irresistibles Pizzazz Chipboard $5.75

These are like the Lots O` Dots Alphas. Once these are colored with ink, markers, chalk etc. a pattern emerges. I apologize for the picture. I know it is hard to see the patterns. They are very hard to photograph!

Connection Club Reward FREE!

Once your frequent purchase card is filled up, this is your reward.

A Little Buzz Stamp Set $16.50

Again, not my usual style, but oh, so cute!

Clear Cards $10.50

I looove these! You get 4 of each plus clear envelopes. I am going to use a few of these as cards and a few, I will punch holes in and use in our Clear Acrylic Album ($17.50).

6 x 6 White Chipboard Board Book $8.25

10 pages plus covers. Goes great with...

A-door-ables $4.75

Includes 10 chipboard doors and windows. 1.5 to 6 in.
These can also be used on pages as well as the board book above.

Whew! That was a long post! And that is just a few of the new product! I will post more as I receive it.

Friday, April 16, 2010

National Scrapbook Month:Miracle Kit

May is National Scrapbook Month. Starting April 15, Close to my Heart has a promo called the Miracle Kit.

The kit includes:
1 Floral Patterned Paper
1 Striped Patterned Paper
5 sheets Colonial White Cardstock
1 Bamboo Cardstock
1 sheet of My Stickease

1 Half Bracket Die-Cut
1 1/4 Circle Die-Cut
1 Colonial White Mini-Medleys
12' Colonial White Waxy Flax
2 Sponges
3 Flip Flaps
1 Instruction Brochure

1 Irresistibles Chipboard Shapes

This last item is my favorite! Like our Lot's O' Dots alpha, once these are colored a pattern immerges! It's like magic.

You can purchase this kit for $23.50. But why not get it at a discount or even FREE? When you purchase $47 in product (before shipping and tax) it is only $10 or spend $70 and it is $5. You can earn it for FREE by having a party (or cataloge party) with $375 in sales or when you sign up as a consultant. This promo is while supplies last or May 31st. You can order online at my website. All you have to do is click on the button above, marked "Shop CTMH 24/7". You can sign up to be a consultant there too. Or if you are in Manitoba, you can email me at

Friday, April 9, 2010

Majestic Blue Journal

My family and I recently got into geocaching. Geocaching is a modern day "treasure hunt" using a GPS unit. (You can find out more about geocaching at We needed to document our adventures, so I chose Close to my Heart's My Creations Journal. You may remember my post back in October using this journal. It is a 7x5 white chipboard journal with a clear pocket in the front with 75 unlined pages. It is only $9.25!

Close to my Heart Suppllies used:
Majestic Blue Level 2 Paper Pack, Desert Sand and Crystal Blue Cardstock, Outdoor Denim and Desert Sand Stamp Pads, Boutique Borders Stamp Set (Frame), With Love Stamp Set (floral branch), Treasure Life Stamp Set (Sentiment), Outdoor Denim Ribbon Collection, Pewter Designer Brads, All-Out Adventure Rub-ons, Journey Journaling Tags, Sanding Kit

Inside Covers

I achieved the colored edges by taking the front and back covers off. This is easily done by temporarily bending back the spiral binding. I then inked the edges with my Sponge Dauber in Desert Sand ink. You could also paint it. I didn't have the patience to let me dry ;)

It is hard to read, but I used a "X marks the spot" stamp from Classmate Alpha Stamp Set.


Frame is from Priceless Love Stamp Set and Sentiment is from Enjoy the Journey Stamp Set.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

You Rock Card

A made a card for my son's hockey team's manager. He is really into music, so I used the You Rock paper pack and stamps. Including an itunes gift card would be great way to continue the theme.

Close to my Heart Supplies used:
You Rock Level 2 Paper Pack, White Daisy Cardstock, Live in the Moment Stamp Set (from Workshop pack), Smokey Plum, Sunflower, and Outdoor Denim Stamp Pads, Corner Rounder
Other Supplies:
atyou Spica (Copic) Clear gel pen

It is hard to see, but I used the Spica pen on some of the notes and the star. This is a clear pen that leaves teeny, tiny bits of glass. It is great for details as the nib is very small.

I used my new Macro lens (thanks, Laura) for this pic. I see I need to play with it a bit more to get the right area highlighted. 

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Spring Product Releases for Close to my Heart

Here are a few more new products:

You Rock Paper Pack

Top Coats: Rockin': These are a pack of 14 die-cut transparencies made to go with You Rock $5.75. I used 3 on my "Fab Four" layout. (see post below). Two on the front and the swirl inside the flap.

Caboodle Paper Pack

Topstitch Paper Pack

You can view or purchase these items and soooo many more at my website,

I will post more new product as I purchase it. LOL!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

You Rock Layout (Rockband)

It's the new year and we have some new product! (More on new product in a few days) I got so fired up when I saw the You Rock paper pack. I knew exactly what I wanted to do. I waited ever so impatiently for my product to arrive and spent New Year's Eve (and a few days after) knocking out this baby!

All paper, stamps, ink, transparencies, alpha stickers, and adhesive is Close to my Heart except fun foam and black gel pen. I also used a Fisker's wave ruler and BoBunny's flex ruler.

Here is the close up of the photo. I used City Lights Urban Rainbow filter by Faith True to get the rainbow effect.
 This was applied in Photoshop Elements 5.

Angled view to show depth.

This is going to be wall art. I wasn't getting the depth I wanted with regular pop dots so I used fun foam. It looks great but at it's thickest point it measures 3/4 in! It will not fit in a regular page protector. If anyone has ideas on how to hang it, please email me.
The "black" rays for the background were made by making a mask and brushing Liquid Glass ( a dimensional adhesive) over the open areas.

This is a flap to hide my journaling. Alpha stickers are Lots O' Dots. These start off white. When you color or dye them with ink etc. the almost invisible dots resist the ink and stay white! Loooove these! Two sheets are only $5.75.

Velcro dot to hold flap shut.

Journaling reads:
Santa brought us Rockband for Christmas 2008.Since then we have been having regular jam sessions. Santa then gave us Beatles Rockband for Christmas 2009 and found it was our favorite. We all knew the songs and it made it easier. L discovered she loves to drum. Thank goodness for no fail mode! Dec. 31/09

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Studio J

What is Studio J?

It is a FREE, yes FREE, online scrapbooking design software brought to you by Close to my Heart. It will help you easily create 2 page layouts using our paper packs, embellishments, and our scrapbook patterns. When you are done designing, you have two options: contact me so you can order physical product to reproduce your page OR have your layouts printed and shipped to your door. This will be available early 2010.

I got to see this program in action at Regionals! It will be so easy to use, your kids will be able to design their own layouts! You will be able to change your cardstock color, patterned paper, or embellishment in seconds. You can also change your color photos to black and white or sepia, or write text on your photos. At the moment, this is still being tested within the office, but will soon be available for consultants to use. This way we will be well informed when it goes "live" in 2010. From listening to Jeanette, this looks like the start of something much larger. When we start, we will have 25 scrapbook patterns to choose from. It sounds like they will be adding more over time. We will have exclusive paper packs just for Studio J. She also talked about a possible card version and maybe taking this international.

For a video, and FAQ go to You can sign up for the mail list and get updates.

This digiscrapper can't wait!