Online Bargains – December 1st!

Everyone enjoys shopping the deals this time of year, and you’ll be tickled to learn that Close to my Heart is making more fabulous deals available! At 12:00 AM (MST) on December 1, LOTS of new items will be added to the “While Supplies Last” section of my website here. Among the new additions you will find a wide variety of paper and coordinating accessories, all with a substantial markdown. You will also find that most of the items that are currently available will also see a further markdown at that time.

To sweeten the deal even more, from December 1–31, all orders placed on my website that reach or exceed $50 will also include a free Bonding Memories® glue pen (Z553)—a $4.50 value! Make sure to shop early, because these deals are only available while supplies last.

Another Reason to Love the Cricut Artiste Collection!

Discover how combining stamps and dimensional elements with your Cricut® Artiste collection cut-outs can make your artwork stand out!

A Special You Can Feel Good About…

During November you can save 50% off any stamp set of your choice when you buy the November Stamp of the Month for $5:


To show our support of Red Cross relief efforts for those areas of the US severely affected by Hurricane Sandy, Close To My Heart will donate $1 for every Stamp of the Month set sold as a part of this promotion during November.


In celebration of our Stamp of the Month program, we’re throwing in a little something extra: a 50% off stamp set! In November, when you or your customers place an order of $50 or more in full retail products and purchase the November Stamp of the Month set, Capture the Date, for just $5, you can pick any stamp set* at 50% off!

Here’s a bonus video showing some cool masking techniques to try with your new stamp sets:

*Shipping/handling may apply. Offer valid November 1–30, 2012. Offer valid for A, B, C, D, and E size stamp sets only; K-size, Workshops on the Go®, Cricut® collection, and Stamp of the Month stamp sets are not eligible for this promotion. Maximum of one 50% off stamp set per order.

Christmas Advent Calendar

I love advent calendars! There’s something fun and special about opening each little door or window, counting down the days in anticipation of Christmas…

In our noisy, crazy house full of 5 kids, trying to keep track filling and opening 5 advent calendars each day is just not going to happen.  This new advent calendar from CTMH though has paper drawers big enough to leave 5 little goodies/notes of love and encouragement each day in one calendar!  Plus it’s just plain fun to make and decorate…  I’ve got plans to make up several and give them to extended family and friends as well.

You can purchase the Advent Calendar Workshop to make the calendar as shown above, directly from CTMH here.

Included in this kit:
1 – My Creations® Cubby
1 – My Acrylix® Advent Calendar Workshop Stamp Set (C-size)
15 – Cardstock Sheets (3 ea. of 5 kit-exclusive colors)
1 – Bitty Sparkles
2 – 12″ × 6″ Dimensional Elements In Color—Frames Sheets
1 – Instructional Brochure

Some basic tools you may already have, such as inks, stamp blocks, or tools are needed to complete this project. The Cricut® Artiste cartridge is also required (Cricut® Artiste Collection Z1790). This workshop is available on my CTMH website for $44.95 plus S&H and tax.

Or, I’ve put together a similar calendar using the same cubby, sparkles and stamp set, but with different papers and fun “lift the flap” doors on the drawer fronts, as shown below, for only $30, all inclusive.

You can join me for an Advent Calendar making workshop on Monday, November 13th or order a kit to make this yourself at home….

Workshop is limited to 8 participants. RSVP by November 5th to guarantee a spot.

♥   Come join us!

When: Tuesday November 13th at 9am
Where: 1832 Birch Rd, McLean VA 22101
Cost: $30

RSVP: 703-790-3497

You can purchase this kit to work on at home.  Everything will be pre-cut, necessary pieces will be stamped, and all accessories included.

Christmas Cards

November is the perfect time to get a jump on Christmas cards.  Come to my Workshop on November 15th and get all your Christmas cards done before Thanksgiving, ready to send out before the holiday crush is upon us.

We’ll make 5 each of the three designs shown below:

Join us on Thursday morning for some tea and coffee, cake and cookies and fellowship while we create these beautiful hand-crafted Christmas cards to send out to your friends and family. You can even make more than one set of 15 cards if you’d like.

Workshop is limited to 8 participants. RSVP by November 5th to guarantee a spot.

♥   Come join us!

When: Thursday November 15th at 9am
Where: 1832 Birch Rd, McLean VA 22101
Cost: $25 for 15 cards with envelopes
Bring your own adhesive for a $2 discount.
RSVP: 703-790-3497

You can purchase this kit to work on at home.  Everything will be pre-cut, necessary pieces will be stamped, and all accessories included.  I will provide you with a photocopy of the cards so that you can create them at home.  The prices are as follows:

  • $25.00 – you need to pick them up
  • $28.00 – mailed to you first class


Halloween was an iffy affair this year with Hurricane Sandy pummeling us right before the 31st. Power was restored to our neighborhood just in time though and out we went in full regalia for trick or treating. Despite having no fewer than a dozen perfectly acceptable costumes sized for our 5 year old, passed down from the 4 older siblings which preceded her, our youngest wanted nothing more than a black T-shirt pulled over her head and tied in back, to be a ninja like her older sister. sigh…. Did I mention that the perfectly acceptable collection of Halloween costumes from previous years were warm too? I made her wear a black unitard under her ninja T-shirt to keep warmer. …sure enough, blocks and blocks from home she announced she had to pee. Ever try wresting a unitard off from under a ninja costume behind some bushes on a child dancing on one leg, muttering, “I hafta pee… I hafta pee…” ? Note to self: no unitards next year.

We made it through the evening though and the candy haul was impressive. And I even remembered to take pictures of the kids in their costumes! So….. this month’s scrapbooking workshop includes the Halloween pages shown above.  We’ll use the Moonlight paper packet and die cut complements as well as several hauntingly beautiful stamp sets and the Haunted Assortment of skull brads, adhesive backed badge buttons and rhinestones.  Cost for the workshop is $25. The Moonlight paperpack, Haunted Assortment and Die Cut Embellishments can be part of the November order for  Scrapbook Club Members. If you’re not already a member, ask me how to join and earn free Hostess Rewards!

Workshop size is limited to the first 8 participants so sign up early to reserve your spot!

When: Saturday,November 17th
Time: 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Where: 1832 Birch Rd, McLean VA 22101
Cost: $25, includes the Moonlight paper pack and all embellishments

What to Bring: Paper cutter and adhesive
RSVP: 703-790-3497   or

Please reserve your spot by  November 5th
{so I can order the Moonlight paper pack and Embellishments}

If you are unable to attend on November 17th, you may order your complete “kit” to complete the pages above at home and pick it up in person or have it mailed to you.

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