Saturday, August 1, 2015

MEGA PARTY--get your cartridge and free products, too!!!

Every year, when Close to My Heart releases a new Cricut Collection, I host a Mega Party, which is a fun way to get your Cricut Collection AND some free products to go along with it.  Here's how it works:

Each participant places a $99 or higher order.  Most people are purchasing the Cricut Collection, but your order can consist of other items--as long as it totals $99 or more before tax/shipping.   All of the orders get put onto the same party order, and we collect the FREE Hostess Rewards from that party order.  Each participant is guaranteed to get $20 in free Hostess Rewards (note that Hostess Rewards are limited to certain products---paper packs, Complements, stamp pads, stamp sets, Workshops on the Go kits, Picture My Life cards, etc.).  Our party order will also earn a certain number of half-price items (determined by the number of participants).  I draw out names to determine who gets to select a half-price item.  If you don't get one of the half-price items, then I'll give you a free stamp pad or Complements pack instead (you get to pick which one) as an extra gift from me!

Here's the fun part:  you can go ahead and place your order through my website (be sure you "JOIN" the Mega Party).  The order will ship directly to you right away (select Fed Ex Smart Post for $4.95 shipping--that's a good deal).  Then, we'll close the party out and pick out freebies the first week of September when the full new Annual Inspirations catalog goes live. . .so, you get to pick your freebies out of a brand new catalog!!!    I have to ship all of the Hostess Rewards in one order to me.  So, if you're long-distance, I ask that you pay shipping for me to send your free products and/or half-price items to you.  That should run around $5 (unless you picked the giant Rolling Tote as your half-price item--that will cost you quite a bit more)! 

So, if you want to participate in the Mega Party, here's what you do:

1)  E-mail me at and let me know you want to participate.

2)  Go to my website at and place your $99 minimum order during the month of August 2015.  Click to JOIN the Mega Party order (I hope to have it posted by August 2nd--if you don't see it, wait another day).  The order will ship directly to you right away.

3)  On September 1st, I'll close out the party order and let you select your free hostess gifts.  I will e-mail you directly with information on how to do this!

4)  When I get the order with the free Hostess Rewards, I will contact you about shipping or delivering those items to you.


Be sure to check out our other specials going on in August!  

Cricut Artistry is HERE!

I'm delighted to announce to you the newest Close to My Heart Cricut Collection. . .ARTISTRY!  This cartridge is chock-full of 700 new images for you to use on ANY projects--scrapbooking, card making. . .anything you like!  I'm finding that this cartridge is more along the lines of our first cartridge, Art Philosophy, in that it has images that will work for anything and everything.  I know it will be another staple cartridge for me--one that I keep coming back to again and again!  The Artistry Cricut Collection retails for $99 and includes THREE coordinating stamp sets plus an entire package of cardstock.  You'll be ready to start cutting as soon as you get it!  We also have a digital version available for Cricut Explore and Explore Air users, only $79.  It includes the stamp sets and cardstock, but you'll get a digital code for your cartridge instead of a physical cartridge and keypad overlay.   You can order the Cricut Artistry Collection NOW through my website at   If you'd like to know how to get some extra free products along with your cartridge, be sure to read my post about the Mega Party (only applies to orders placed in August 2015).

Here's a look at the different images on Artistry:

Is anyone else as excited as I am about all these cute animals on this cartridge???

If you're a teacher who does bulletin boards, snatch this cartridge up NOW!!!


You can cut these incredible backgrounds at any size--large enough for your 12 x 12 layout page and small enough to put on the front of the card. . .LOVE THIS!!!

Thursday, July 30, 2015


WOO HOO!!!  Close to My Heart's new Artistry Cricut Collection (as well as several other new products) will be available to purchase starting August 1st.  Be sure you check my blog after August 1st to get photos and details on what's available and how to order!  You can also get updated on my Facebook page, www.facebook/christinactmh

Monday, June 22, 2015

Blossom Kit Now Ready for Order!!

I'm so excited to release my next Kit of the Month, the Blossom Kit!!   I'm really fond of this paper pack--I love the soft colors running through. . .so easy on the eyes!  The Blossom Project Kit includes a two-page layout and four different cards, a pack of the Blossom Complements (stickers) and any twine/sequins (accessories) shown on the layout.  Pieces are pre-cut and ready to assemble.  I will include a handout with photos of the projects and general assembly instructions.  Items will also be pre-stamped.  To purchase, you can use the "Buy Now" button below and order through PayPal. . .I will ship it directly to you!

I learned this fun technique from Consultant Margi Gilbertson (thanks, Margi, for sharing the measurements). . .the flower is made out of 1 1/4" circles that have been folded on each side.   

The butterfly stamp on this card comes from one of our Exclusive Hostess Rewards Stamp Sets--one of the great perks available to those who earn hostess rewards.   I first inked the butterfly up in Pear ink and then rolled the edges of the inked stamp image in Lagoon ink.  I cut the butterfly out and sponged the edges with Lagoon ink to give it a more defined shape.
  Did you know that you only need $150 in orders from one or more persons to qualify for FREE HOSTESS REWARDS and you can use some of your Hostess Rewards to get this awesome stamp set before it's gone!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

You Scream, I Scream, We All Scream for Ice Cream!!!

I've been waiting for June to get here so my customers can get their hands on this adorable Stamp of the Month!! I love ice cream. . .in fact, I have a whole family full of ice cream addicts (except for my poor husband who has brain freeze issues)!! Anyway, you'll love playing with the fun stamp images in the "Ice Cream Dream" stamp set.  They're great to use with our Shin Han Touch Twin alcohol markers.  This stamp set is only available for purchase during the month of June.  You can get it for only $5 with a $50 purchase, or you can buy it at the regular retail price of $17.95. . .either way, get it before it's gone! To order, visit my website at

Here are some fun cards I made with this stamp set.   Some of these cards were inspired by others that I've seen on Pinterest.

I got this card design idea from Brenda Rose (love her artwork) and just changed it up a bit.  The background is embossed with one of our CTMH embossing folders, and the birthday message comes from one of the stamp sets in the Artiste Cricut Collection.

Not sure that you can see it in the caption, but I put Liquid Glass on the cherry and on the bowl for the sundae--it gives it a nifty shiny look.

For this card, I mixed pattern papers from the Confetti Wishes and Blossom paper packs.  

This is my version of one of the cards shown in our Close to My Heart catalog.  It's a pocket card and the message slides out from the top.  If you enjoy pocket cards, then you MUST get the Artfully Sent Cricut cartridge--it has tons of pocket cards to choose from!

For this card, I masked off part of the saying to put some if on front and some of it on back.   Just stamp the entire message on regular copy paper, then cut it off under the word "happiness."  Then, just use the "mask" to cover up whichever part of the message you DON'T want to stamp.


Monday, June 1, 2015

June Special--My Crush Books!!

I'm delighted to announce Close to My Heart's June Campaign!  During the month of June, when you purchase any My Crush™ book and its accompanying assortment pictured in Annual Inspirations 2014–2015, you will receive the coordinating stamp set FREE! That is a savings of at least $9.95 USD / $10.95 CAD!   We've got five different designs to offer in a variety of styles. 
My Crush books lend themselves to a less formal style of "everyday scrapbooking."  They're so easy to use, and they're also PERFECT for kids!  To place an order, visit my website