Operation Smile: Share the Love

What a perfect time to SHARE the LOVE and SMILE!  During the month of February, when you purchase this stamp set, Share the Love …

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Close to my Heart will donate $7 to Operation Smile!  Look at the beautiful smile you can help to make happen with your purchase.  Not only that, when you check out to after making your purchase, why not ROUND UP and donate a little bit more.  Every cent counts towards the $250 it costs to change the life of one child and make them thrive and SMILE again!

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Here’s a quick video to view:


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Isn’t this an adorable card by Melanie Brown?  I thought I would share it with you.  Love the watercolor/paint look that she used to create the mass of color. So pretty!

Watercolor paint,paper and products can be found HERE on my website.  



This exclusive stamp set is only available during the month of February.  You can buy it outright for $17.95, or when you make a $50 purchase, you can get it heavily discounted for only $5.00!  The Share the Love Stamp set purchase counts towards your total, so it may be just the ticket for you!

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I love the artwork that I found created by a fellow CTMH consultant Julie Carriere and wanted to share the “Party Theme” idea.  Stinkin’ cute for sure!


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When I get some of my own artwork created (a little behind right now), I’ll post them too. Sock monkey 1But I thought I would share the some of the best ARTWORK and get the ball rolling for February.  I just love Margi Gilbertson’s fun idea with the sock monkey. The monkey is paper pieced with two monkey balloons stamped on Colonial White cardstock; one in Desert Sand ink and one in Chocolate ink.  She cut out the entire Chocolate monkey and just the feet and face of the Desert Sand image and attached the pieces with the fab CTMH Glue Pen!  Love that glue!  The hat is a 1/2″ circle out of Bamboo cardstock and trimmed.  She painted his mouth with red Watercolor Paint and his eyes are Bitty Sparkles colored with the ShinHan Touch Twin Black Marker.  All the outlining is done with the Journaling Pen.  The little Red Enamel Gems put the finishing touch on the monkey’s hat and scattered around the card!

Get Them While They’re Hot… and a Free Giveaway!

I’m loving summer, the beach, the swimming pools, naps… and crafting time!!  With the excitement builds with CTMH’s new Annual Inspirations catalog going live on August 1st, it is good to pause for a moment and review the items in the current catalog that are retiring (see the post) or being carried over with price increases. These are great items to buy in July while they are still available and at the lower price!  I’ve posted a table below of items which will be increasing in price:




While we await the new Annual Inspirations book, I am happy to announce a Free Giveaway in the Fundamental Crafts Contest! Watch this video to learn more and to see Monica introduce our new Paper Fundamentals product, an assortment of 20 double-sided 12” x 12” paper sheets (2 each of 10 designs) featuring the same design on both sides, with one side featuring a glossy-resist version of the design. They are just the ticket to add a little spice to any of your projects! Each of you always has such a beautiful way of transforming memories into keepsakes. I can only imagine what you can do with this!

For a chance to win your own Paper Fundamentals Basics Assortment, leave a comment telling us what your fundamental scrapbooking item is and why you just can’t live without it. To be eligible to win, be sure to leave a comment below, on Facebook, or on YouTube before July 31.

Good luck!

Carefree Crafting Contest

Watch the video and make a comment for your chance to win your favorite Workshop on the Go™ kit!


April showers bring May flowers—so what big surprise is left for June? A really great opportunity to win a Workshops on the Go™ scrapbooking kit from Close To My Heart!
Leave a comment telling everyone which Workshops on the Go™ scrapbooking kit of the Spring/Summer 2014 idea book is your favorite and why for a chance to win it. Make sure to comment on CTMH Founder Jeanette Lynton’s blog, on Facebook, or on YouTube before June 30 to be eligible. Good luck!

Crush Book Giveaway!

From Jeanette Lynton, CEO of Close To My Heart:



I’ve been told I’m a pack rat, but I know better—I’m a scrapbooker! There are so many precious little pieces of life that I want to hold onto for as long as I can, and all too easily those pieces get lost in the depths of a dresser drawer, between the pages of a thick novel, or (worst of all!) in the recesses of my memory. Life is so much easier to document if I do it as it takes place. I know many of you feel the same way.

With the My Crush™ books, new from Close To My Heart, I have a fantastic way to document those memories as they happen. Light enough to take with me anywhere I go, full of cute designs and with plenty of space for memorabilia and pictures, I know I’ll be keeping mine nearby.

If you feel as I do, and would like to win one of your very own My Crush™ books, tell me about the everyday memorabilia you want to save in a My Crush™ book. Post a comment here on Jeanette Lyntons blog, facebook or here on this YouTube video from now until Oct 31, 2013 to be one of 20 winners!

A Pajama Party!


Close To My Heart is teaming up with Big Picture Classes again to bring you a live webcast with step-by-step instructions for making this layout using the Cricut® Artbooking collection.

The Pajama Party class will be available for FREE at BigPictureClasses.com on Wednesday, July 31 at 7:00 pm (MDT). During the presentation, you’ll learn to make several projects from a variety of sponsors, including Close To My Heart’s Artbooking layout shown above.

If you would like to interact on the message board, participate in live chat, post to the gallery, download handouts, or enter any contests, you will need to log in to the Pajama Party “classroom” by creating a free account on the Big Picture Classes website. If you have already created an account or if you registered for the first Pajama Party in May, you are all set! You will not need to create another account or register again.

I hope you enjoy this sneak peek of the new Artbooking collection as the Big Picture Classes crew make the featured project and share their tips and tricks for using the collection. Watch the Pajama Party by yourself or invite friends over for a fun crafting evening with a bowl of popcorn, then be ready to spring into action August 1 when the Cricut Artbooking Collection from the new Fall/Winter catalog becomes available for purchase.  Create our own pages using the archived class video as a reference.  You’ll need the following supplies to create this layout:

Z1906 Cricut® Artbooking Collection*
1301 Bamboo Cardstock
1388 Colonial White Cardstock
X5668 Honey Cardstock
X5762 Lagoon Cardstock
X5930 Slate Cardstock
X5639 Sweet Leaf Cardstock
X5666 Twilight Cardstock
Z2160 Twilight Exclusive Inks® Pad
Z2173 Slate Exclusive Inks® Pad
Z1853 Aqua Dots*
Z1799 Silver Shimmer Trim
Z1151 3-D Foam Tape
Z1294 Sanding Kit
*These products will be available for customers to purchase beginning August 1, 2013.


Who is “one of a kind” in your life? Who will you feature on your new layout?

Better Blending

Alcohol markers rock!  I love shading and blending…  Bought my first copic markers, two by two: lighter shade, darker shade and I was hooked. But how best to use them??!?  Here’s a great video explaining some of the basic alcohol marker techniques…



My favorite is scribbling on a block and then using the blender to “pick up the colors” and color in an image watercolor style. What’s the coolest new technique you learned in the video?


Best thing is that CTMH markers come in 2 marker sets with a lighter and darker shade. What’s your favorite color pair? Write a comment about it and you could win a pair of CTMH alcohol markers yourself. I’ll select a winning comment on June 30th.

A Banner Month!

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Receive a free My Creations® mini banner in June! Make it a “banner” day by placing a $25 order that includes a qualifying stamp set to receive your free mini banner. The mini banner includes 10 chipboard pennants in 4 different shapes with 9 jump rings for hanging. Use the mini banner as a decoration for your parties and get-togethers this summer for many “banner” days!

One free mini banner will be automatically added to your cart for every $25 and at least one stamp set on the order. This means that if the order totals a minimum of $50 and has two stamp sets on the order, two mini banners will be added; $75 with three stamp sets will receive three mini banners, and so on. There is no limit to the number of mini banners eligible for each order, as long as minimum criteria are met and inventory remains.


Get your free banner here.


Dates: Offer valid June 1–30, 2013, while supplies last.



Whooo’s Your Valentine? National Papercrafting Month: January 2013

Here’s a cool video on how to assemble the Treat Tubes for Valentine’s Day.  What a fantastic idea for your child’s classroom valentines!  So quick and easy, yet awesome!



Bonus: the treat tubes and the glitter paper will be available in the new Spring/Summer Idea book, available February 1st, but this is an amazing bargain to get them NOW at only $10!

For more information, see my previous post and/or go to my website.

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.

Studio J Tricks to Add Flair to Your Layouts

Have you tried CTMH’s digital scrapbooking program, Studio J, yet? Even though Studio J is fast and easy to use, it is helpful to know some great tricks that can make customizing your layouts even more exciting. Here are some Studio J tricks straight from our professional Close To My Heart artists:

1. Customize your background and texture paper. You can change the color and intensity of the background and texture paper included in whichever kit you choose. Simply select the piece of background and texture paper, change the color in the color selection tool, and increase or decrease the intensity of the color in that same popup box.

2. Crop My Stickease® quotes, titles, and tags. The cropping feature on the My Stickease images allows you to select a section of a quote, title, or tag to use as a border or other embellishment.

3. Create a customized My Stickease image. If you have a specific image in mind to use as an embellishment on your page, you can create a customized My Stickease to fit your theme perfectly. Simply add a text box, photo hanger, ribbon, ribbon slides, and Stickease to create the little suitcase! So easy! Be sure to crop or send elements behind other elements when necessary, and add several elements together for a unique look!

4. Select more than one element at a time. If you want to move several elements of your layout at once, simply click and drag your mouse around the elements you would like to select. Let’s take buttons, for example. After the buttons have been selected, you can click the icons in the popup box to choose to align the buttons vertically or horizontally if you desire.

5. Make faux washi tape with vellum text boxes. To create the look of a piece of clear washi tape, make a small rectangular text box, filled with vellum background (this is the default color for text boxes). You can make the tape strips as large or small as you want, or even layer them for more emphasis.

6. Stretch one photo across multiple photo wells. If you have fewer photos than photo wells, instead of deleting the excess wells, try scaling the picture to a larger size and then copying the picture to other photo wells and matching the photos up until they align with an almost seamless image. This trick works best with photo wells that are adjacent to each other.

7. Create ruffled ribbon. Select “Ribbons” in the drop-down menu under the Embellishments toolset. Choose ribbon tab and rotate the tab so that it is vertical on the page. Then layer several tabs on top of one another, sending every other one to the back to create a ruffled look.

8. Create a jagged border with text boxes. You can create a jagged border simply by rotating multiple text boxes about 45 degrees and making them the same color as the background. Put these boxes on top of a long, rectangular box of another color, and you’ve got a jagged border!

9. Change the background of your layout. Sometimes you may like the photo and journal arrangement in a layout, and yet want to change the background colors. Because photos sit on top of everything else, this is easy to do. Simply pull a journaling box over the space you want for a different background and fill it with a color from the color selection tool or a patterned paper from the Papers toolset. Then, send it backwards until the photo wells are on top of your new background.

Bonus Trick! Use keyboard keys to make embellishments. Did you know that some of the best tools for creating custom embellishments are the basic keys on your keyboard? It’s as simple as typing into a journaling box with no background color. Use periods to make a polka dot pattern, angle brackets to create a trendy Chevron look, overlapping pound signs to make burlap, question marks to make rope, and so much more!

Go ahead and try these tricks on your own Studio J layouts here. It’s fun and it’s free to use!  You only need to pay if you decide to order a print of your layout. If you do want to print layouts you’ve created, October is the perfect month to give it a go because for every 9 layouts you purchase, you’ll get a 10th layout for FREE!

In addition to creating your own custom layouts from scratch, CTMH has just added the new Express Collections. Each themed Express Collection includes 10 two-page coordinating, fully embellished layouts, plus a front and back page for your album, that are professionally designed and nearly complete—you simply drag in your photos and add your title and journaling! You can choose to create all 10 layouts plus the covers, or create just a few of the layouts in the collection. It’s up to you. Express Collections makes getting your photos off your camera card or computer and into gorgeous layouts faster than ever!

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