Jump On It July!

While you are waiting for the new Annual Inspirations book from CTMH, with all the new goodies, don’t forget to check out the “Retiring” and “While Supplies Last” items that are disappearing fast, as well as the FREE stamp set available only in July!


List of Retiring Items…

As you know, we always need to RETIRE some of our favorite products in order to make room for NEW items!  There are a lot of items on the list and a few are already sold out.  The list is good until the end of August, but it will be while supplies last. You can easily VIEW the RETIRING PRODUCT LINE here on my site.  Some items that are no longer available are the Chocolate and Outdoor Denim Faux Leather albums, Snowhaven Complements … and 1″ posts. However, the 1/2″ posts are still available for expanding our faux leather albums which can be found on this LINK.  Additionally, Brushed & Wanderful Workshops on the Go are SOLD OUT but the paper pack and complements can be purchased while supplies last.

I know many of you LOVE our color palette and will want to know what colors are retiring.

  • Outdoor Denim
  • Autumn Terracotta (great for fall)
  • Olive (green)
  • Indian Corn Blue (such a pretty hue)
  • Smokey Plum (victorian and lovely)
  • Ponderosa Pine (blue/green)
  • Barn Red (burnt red)

So, these are the products you would want to purchase NOW:

  • If a color is on your WISH LIST, purchase the INK PADS HERE.
  • If you have an INK PAD, you should juice it up and purchase the REINKERS HERE.
  • If you love the CARDSTOCK, purchase a PACK HERE.

Discounted products on Sale!

In addition, if you are looking for a some deals and savings, you may want to visit While Supplies Last section on my website HERE.  The list has recently been updated with new items to view and there are some great deals to be had there.

July’s $5 Hostess Stamp Set or Free SOTM Stamp set!

When you SHOP HERE for STAMP SETS (grab retiring ones before they are gone!), and purchase $25 worth, you’ll have the option of adding a Hostess stamp set (that were only available to Hostesses) to your cart:

Jump on Julyor grab the July Stamp of the Month for free!

Happy shopping!  I will have artwork to share soon using the July Stamp of the Month and Wanderful papers.  It’s an excellent stamp set for scrapbooking!

Take Note!

CTMH’s January special for National Papercrafting month includes the fun paperback “Year Noted”.  It has cheerful new colors that I love: one is a cantalopey peach color and the other is a sort of light mint green.  The paperback, card stock and trendy stamp set are only $5 with a $50 purchase this month – a screaming good deal!

I spent the last snow day putting together some fun and cheerful layouts with this paper…  What an awesome way to cheer up a drab winter day!

Love the touches of metallic gold in the stickers and sequins!

Love the touches of metallic gold in the stickers and sequins!

More sparkly gold and polka dots!  Love the trendy stamped images and script as well....

More sparkly gold and polka dots! Love the trendy stamped images and script as well….

Here’s the scoop on how to get your own set:

Click here to view flyer

The advertised special is showcased in this Kraft mini-book:

Click here to view directions on making a Kraft Mini-album

Contact me if you’d like a kit to play with yourself: mariefarson@juno.com or visit my website: mariefarson.ctmh.com….

and Happy Crafting!

Score Big with Embossing! Tricks of the Trade….

I’m not sure if you are aware that we have a great special this month … but we do!

When you purchase TWO packs of Cardstock … Single Colors or Combo pack @ $14.50 each, you’ll receive one CTMH’s EMBOSSING FOLDERS of your choice for FREE!




emboss folders


I am busy amassing all five of CTMH’s new embossing folders as we speak, and will be offering an embossing card class soon. Take advantage of this fantastic promotion to get your own embossing folders, along with the many gorgeous colors of card stock, and join in!

Textured paper at its finest! Check out our new, exclusive embossing folders and get some tips on the best ways to use them. Available in five trendy and classy patterns, the embossing folders will have you and your customers wanting to transform all your cardstock and patterned paper before you know it…

Watch the video below as it is extremely helpful in becoming an EMBOSSING FOLDER QUEEN!

You’ll love these Tips and Tricks of the Trade!

You can shop ONLINE 24/7/365 here on my WEBSITE.

You Are My Happy

You Are My Happy ad

You Are My Happy

Look at all these amazing stamp sets!  They are whimsical and fun and will stand the test of time in paper crafting.  I am still amazed at the value of this special!!  These three sets retail at $47.90, and they can be yours for just $10!
 This promotion only lasts until Sepember 30th though…
Click here to order yours today!
(When you have a $50 order in your cart, you will be prompted to add this set.)

A Banner Month!

banner promo


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.



A True Thank You

I love working with a company that is quick to respond to people’s needs in devastating situations and circumstances. The tornado in Oklahoma has had a devastating effect and Close To My Heart wants to help. To aid relief efforts, Close To My Heart is making a new Autumn/Winter 2013 stamp set, A True Thank You ($2.95 retail), available immediately and will donate 100% of the profits from sales of the set from May 23 through June 30 to the American Red Cross. Help us provide relief to those affected by the Oklahoma tornado by promoting the A True Thank You stamp set (M1029) and this relief effort to all your customers.


Click here to order one or more today and show your support!

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.

Whooo’s Your Valentine?

Spend $35 and get the exclusive Whooo’s Your Valentine kit for only $10!

In celebration of National Papercrafting Month, we’re offering a new product, available on my website through January — our Whooo’s Your Valentine kit! This darling kit, which retails for $40, can be yours for only $10 when you spend $35 or more in Close To My Heart product.

Kit includes:
• 12 — Die-Cut Boxes (3 each of 4 colors: Blush, Hollyhock, Ruby, White Daisy)
• 3 — 12″ x 12″ Cardstock Sheets (Blush, Hollyhock, White Daisy)
• 1 — Sheet Silver Glitter Paper—new product for Spring/Summer 2013!
• 12 — Treat Tubes with Lids—new product for Spring/Summer 2013!
• 1 —My Acrylix® Whooo’s Your Valentine Stamp Set (D-size)



In addition to the fun Valentines boxes shown above, take a look at what fellow consultant Jody Gustafson has created with her kit:

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Perfect for gifts and classroom projects, the Whooo’s Your Valentine kit will make Valentine’s Day a cinch!

Qualify and buy the Whooo’s Your Valentine kit today for only $10!

*Shipping and handling may apply. Offer valid November 15, 2012 – January 31, 2013. Maximum of one $10 Whooo’s Your Valentine kit per customer.

Kit includes:
• 12 — Die-Cut Boxes (3 each of 4 colors: Blush, Hollyhock, Ruby, White Daisy)
• 3 — 12″ x 12″ Cardstock Sheets (Blush, Hollyhock, White Daisy)
• 1 — Sheet Silver Glitter Paper—new product for Spring/Summer 2013!
• 12 — Treat Tubes with Lids—new product for Spring/Summer 2013!
• 1 —My Acrylix® Whooo’s Your Valentine Stamp Set (D-size)

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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