Sunday, July 10, 2016

Seasonal Expressions 2 Product Highlights & All the Albums Promotion

I don't think there is anything I don't love in the 2016 Seasonal Expressions 2, but I must admit I'm especially partial to the flamingo themed items. They are so fun! You can check the entire book online at my online business address or email me if you'd like me to get a copy to you. The video below also gives some great highlights of what's inside. With a few exceptions the products in this book will only be available through August 31, 2016.

Close to My Heart has extended the All the Albums 25% off promotion through July 31, 2016. Get your favorite while they last!

What I've been working on . . .

Hey Crafters! I know it's been a while. Computer issues combined with life in general have kept me from posting lately.  Here are just a few cards I've made over the last five or six months.

More to come soon! Happy crafting!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Life Happens/Where I've Been

You may (or may not) have noticed that I haven't added anything new here in about seven or eight months and wondered what is up with that. I'm not going to share excessively, but I lost a close family member very unexpectedly in January. My dear younger brother. There are days when I still can't believe it.

As you can imagine, I haven't felt really creative in quite some time. We've all been there because well . . . life happens. If you live long enough, there will be seasons of joy and seasons of sorrow. This season of grief I've been in has sent my creativity into hiding. So, without going into a crazy amount of detail I just wanted to let you know why I have seemingly disappeared off the face of the planet for a while. For those of you who have prayed for my mom and her battle with cancer in the past I can give you the happy news that we are closing in on a year and a half cancer free! The joys and sorrows of life - the last couple of years have taught me to live in the moment and be thankful for each day.

I hope to be sharing more creative projects in the coming weeks. Below is a "craft-lift" project that I copied from fellow consultant Bobbi Dailey. It features one of my favorite products shimmer trim. It is currently available in 10 colors. If you've been to any of my classes in the last year or two you know I have a fondness for the stuff LOL! I can never resist a little sparkle and this was perfect for a fun Independence Day wreath. I've been wanting to try the clothes pin wreath trend for quite some time. When I saw a picture of Bobbi's wreath I knew this was the perfect pairing! The shimmer trim already has adhesive on the back, so peel and stick, oh yeah! The width is the same as the width of the clothes pins, so very little measuring. I used some of my Dimensional Elements Stars that I had in my stash with some added Glitter Glitz to keep the sparkle going. The wreath base is a 12" wire wreath base from the floral department at Michael's that I spray painted white. Spray painting the wreath base and waiting for the glue to dry when I attached the Dimensional Elements Stars was probably the most time consuming part of the whole project. 

Hope you've been inspired! I look forward to sharing more Close to My Heart news soon.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Seasonal Expressions 1 Live 12/01/14

Head on over to my personal business address: to view our supplement to Annual Inspirations - - Seasonal Expressions 1 online. I will have physical copies available later in the week. Just contact me if you'd like one.

Announcing Close to My Heart's first ever Cyber Monday Sale!

You heard me right - - our first every Cyber Monday Deal. Are you ready for this?

20% off All CTMH Cricut Collections!
December 1st, 2014 only from 12:00 midnight Mountain Standard Time to 11:59 pm Mountain Standard Time. (that's a 2 hour delay for all my local customers)

This is an item that is normally never discounted, so if you have been wanting to add one (or more) of our amazing collections to your Cricut collection - now is a great opportunity.

Head on over to my personal business address to start shopping: or send me an email or call if you'd prefer to order over the phone.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Artfully Sent Love Bug

This is my last share for the night I promise. My cousin has always driven a VW Bug, so when I saw this card design on the cartridge I knew just who I wanted to use it for.

With the pop up cards I will confess I have struggled a little with designing the front of the card as it is usually plain since the focus is on the inside. Another type of card on the cartridge is the pocket card. It works with the pocket scrapbooking programs and is usually 4x6 or 3x4. This type of card can also make great card fronts as you'll see here.

This was my first Artfully Sent project that I tweaked in the Design Space program. The card and elements usually cuts for a 5 x 7 card, but I sized everything in Design Space to be used for a standard 4.25 x 5.5 card. I'm sure this could also be done by tweaking your settings directly on your Cricut, but it was much easier in Design space.

This may be my favorite design yet!