Monday, February 3, 2020

CELEBRATE TODAY PML Card Class Tuesday, February 25th!

I love to take our Picture My Life pocket scrapbooking cards and turn them into greeting cards.  Add some coordinating patterned paper and cardstock and you've got the recipe for fun and EASY cards!  I just finished creating my cards with the Celebrate Today PML Cards and coordinating paper, and I like the happy colors in this collection!  If you'd like to join me for this class on Tuesday, February 25th, let me know!  Class starts at 6 p.m.  Cost is $20 for 12 cards.  

Saturday, February 1, 2020


Close to My Heart is running a PHENOMENAL stamp sale during the month of February.  You'll find fantastic discounts on NEW and retired stamp sets AND stamp sets with DIE CUTS!  You can find the deals at  If you're local, you can also place your order with me in person.  

Here's a sampling of the amazing deals!!

Thursday, January 9, 2020

It's All Around Creativity in 2020

We have a wonderful special for January--National Papercrafting Month.  Close to My Heart is offering a wreath kit that you can customize to suit your style and design preferences.  This is such a pretty piece that you can hang on your wall or door.  Each kit comes with several background paper choices as well as PLENTY of punch-out flowers, leaves, bows and branches that you can add to your wreath.  You can use the wood wreaths in their natural wood tone, or you can stain or paint them. . .you can even use our Shimmer Brushes on them to add color!

There are four different sayings available (see photos below).  These kits are $34.95 each. . .or, if you order four or more, they're only $24.95.  So, it helps to order multiples (think AWESOME gifts) or pair up with a friend who also wants to order them.  

If you live in the Springfield area, I'm offering a wreath workshop on Monday, January 27th, 6 p.m.  If you'd like to attend, you need to let me know which wreath you'd like to make (or if you'd like to make more than one).  I'll have materials there in case you want to paint your wreath, and I'll be there to help you with assembly.  This is a fun project with instant gratification!!

If you're not local, hop over to to purchase your kits before they're gone.  I recommend using Liquid Glass or hot glue to attach the leaves and flowers to your wreath.  

Here's a photo of the one I made for my house:  I painted the wood with black craft paint and left the paper background off so that I could see my wall color behind the wreath.

Thursday, December 26, 2019


Close to My Heart will be running online specials all week long to end the year with a bang!  Sales start today, December 26, and run through the end of the year.  New items are added each day, so check back each day to see what deals you can snag!  To shop, visit and click on the "Boxing Week" logo.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Pet-themed papers are HERE!!

Pets have always been a HUGE part of our family, and I'm so excited to see that we have a new paper pack that highlights our furry friends!  The Best Friends Furever special runs now through the end of December, so be sure you grab it before it's gone.  You have several purchasing options:

1)  Get the Cut Above Kit to create a complete 6 x 8 album.  I've put this album together, and it was so easy and fun!  You can choose dog or cat-themed options. . .or, mix in a little of each.

2)  Get the Best Friends Furever Paper Pack with stickers and have fun creating pages of your own design.

3)  Get the Best Friends Furever Workshop Kit and download the free instructions for creating a set of adorable layouts and cards.  You can purchase the kit with or without the stamp sets.

4)  Get the dog- or cat-themed stamp sets and have a blast with these cute images and sayings.  I know you're going to LOVE these stamp sets!  

To order, visit

Monday, September 16, 2019


This 12-card workshop features our Every Little Thing Paper Pack, the Every Little Thing Vellum Die-cuts and the new Sentiments by Melissa Esplin stamp set.  Put all three of these things together, and magical things happen!!  I'm offering this workshop on Monday, September 23rd, with a possible second round on Tuesday, September 24th.  If you're interested, let me know!  

Tuesday, September 10, 2019


I am so excited to announce the launch of our TWO new catalogs!  That's right. . .TWO!  We now have a single core catalog that will be good for an entire year as well as a seasonal catalog that changes every two months!  This means that you'll have an exciting new catalog with awesome new products every TWO MONTHS!!  You can view both of these catalogs on my website at  Remember that the items in the September/October catalog are only available for two months, so if you see something you like, you might want to snag it before it's gone!  Two months goes by REALLY FAST!

You may notice that we are not featuring a Halloween paper pack in our September/October catalog.  That's because we have a Halloween special running now through the end of October.  Spooktacular has to be one of the CUTEST Halloween collections we've had in a long time.  You have several purchasing options:  the paper pack with the stickers, the paper pack w/o the stickers, the stamp set with the die cuts or w/o the die cuts. . .or a whole bundle of cute products that you can use to make the projects shown (using the free downloadable guide) or creations of your choice. 

A new month also means a new Stamp of the Month, and this is just one of those great sentiment stamp sets that's good to have in your stash.  As always, you can get this stamp set for only $5 with a $50 purchase in September.  Also, stay tuned because I have a class coming in October featuring this stamp set. . .but you'll need to sign up in September so I get the right number of stamp sets ordered.