Friday, February 26, 2016

Kaleidoscope Card Kit Class coming March 15th!

Close to My Heart really has created some great card kits, and the Kaleidoscope Card Kit is no exception.  When you order this kit (G1101) for $24.95, you get everything you need to make 15 adorable cards--cards that I KNOW you will use!!  You also get an exclusive stamp set in your kit. . .you can't purchase this stamp set anywhere else!  Your kit also includes a full roll of green Shimmer Trim and a full package of the Pink Enamel Gems--once you've made your 15 cards in the kit, you'll have extras to use on other projects.  If you're in the Springfield area, sign up to join me on Tuesday, March 15th, 6 p.m. for this fun card class.  If you're not in the area, you can order the card kit and use the full-color, step-by-step guide to put the cards together.  If you're doing the kit on your own, you will need Canary, Pixie, Pear and Slate inks. 

Note:  the softer colors didn't want to photograph well for me, but know that they are much more vibrant in real life!

Thursday, February 18, 2016

La Vie En Rose Layout and Card Kit Now Available

It's been a while since I posted a new kit for sale, but I think it's time!  I designed this two-page layout and card kit with the La Vie En Rose paper packet.  When you purchase the kit for $18 (plus shipping), you'll receive all of the pieces pre-cut and pre-stamped along with a color handout with basic instructions for assembling the projects as shown.  You'll also get a package of the La Vie En Rose Complements, which you'll use on the layout and two of the cards.  You'll have plenty of Complements left over to use on other projects!  

This is a gate fold card that opens up in the middle.  It's still the basic 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 card size, but it just opens up in a more eye-catching way!

I'll include the square with "happy wedding day" stamped on it, but feel free to change the message for whatever occasion YOU need.  

Also, I do still have some Sangria kits left in stock.  These kits, also $18, include pre-cut, pre-stamped pieces for the two-page layout and four cards shown below.  You'll also get a package of the Sangria Complements.   If you want BOTH kits, I can ship them both to you for $5. . .just message me and we'll work it out so you don't have to pay shipping twice!

Here's a close-up of some of the stamping and details on this layout.  I used a cluster of stamped images and Complements to give this layout a rich look.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Just "Sharing the Love"

Thought I'd share a few cards I've made with the "Share the Love" stamp set--only available in February.  When you purchase this stamp set for $17.95, Close to My Heart will donate $7 to Operation Smile.  Visit my website,, to order online.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016


We have a new kind of workshop kit now available for our three newest paper packs featured in the Seasonal Expressions catalog.  These new "Workshops Your Way" kits come with a paper pack, the Complements, accessories and additional cardstock needed to complete THREE two-page layouts, a Picture My Life pocket page layout AND cards.   The kits retail for only $26.95, and they show you how to get the MAXIMUM bang for your buck!  Once you've purchased the kits, you can visit my website and access the instructions for making the projects.  You can print them off or just work off of your computer screen.

This is the Charlotte Workshops Your Way Kit:

Here are the layouts you can create with this kit:

These layouts use ONLY the products that come in your kit--no stamping necessary!!  You will also have all the materials you need to create a pocket page layout like this one:

If you like to make cards, the cutting guide also includes pieces for making these three beautiful card designs (three of each design).  Note that the stamp set is NOT included with the kit.   So, if you're interested in doing the cards, add the stamp set along with it.  We also have new THIN CUTS die cuts that can use with this stamp set.  It's totally optional (you can still hand trim your stamped pieces), but I know you're going to love how crisp you can cut out these images on your die-cutting machine (like a Cuttlebug).

Here's the Springtime Wishes (C1641 $13.95) stamp set used on the cards.  All of the images with a blue line around them have a coordinating "Thin Cut" die to match.  The Thin Cuts (Z3201, $13.95) are shown below.  

On the cards shown above, they used our Watercolor Paints (Z3132, $11.95) to color the flowers.  You can also use markers or colored pencils.  I've also seen these flowers stamped on patterned paper for a neat effect, so you might see what scraps of patterned paper you have left to work with!

I encourage you to give our new Workshops Your Way kits a try!  I think you'll be impressed with the number of projects that you can get from this one kit!    

You can order the Charlotte WYW Kit on my website at  Check out our two additional WYW Kits (Penelope and Regatta) while you're there!

Monday, February 1, 2016


February is the month to get your hands on some wonderful new stamp sets.  The first one is our February Stamp of the Month, Balloon Animals.  If this set doesn't make you smile, I don't know what will!  You can purchase this stamp set for only $5 with a $50 order in February OR you can buy it at regular retail price ($17.95).  Either way, it's only available for this VERY SHORT month!

The second exclusive stamp set available this month is our Share the Love stamp set.  When you purchase this stamp set at $17.95, Close to My Heart will donate $7 to Operation Smile.   Help me sell a BUNCH of these stamp sets this month so that we can make a big impact for Operation Smile!  If you don't know, Operation Smile is an organization that performs surgeries on children in third world countries who have cleft palates, etc.  These surgeries are LIFE-CHANGING for these children!  If you'd like to find out more about Operation Smile, visit their website at