Paper and Fiber Arts

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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Fun, Cute Calendar With Artbooking

CTMH has a new video showing how to make a personalized calendar for the new year using the Cricut Artbooking cartridge.  Enjoy!

Here is the Designed Decor Flip Stand that was used in the video.
Please let me know if you have any questions about this or any other CTMH products.

Thanks for visiting!

Monday, October 14, 2013

Artbooking Made Easy - Fall Layout Ideas

The latest video from CTMH shows more ways to use the new Cricut Artbooking cartridge.  The real dial size is used to show a comparison of linked size versus real dial when using the Artbooking cartridge.

As always, please let me know if you have questions.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Artbooking Made Easy Series Paired With The Flip Stand Album

Using the new Artbooking cartridge, CTMH shows great ways to showcase your photos with the Designed Decor Flip Stand Album.

Please email me or leave a comment with any questions.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Win a CTMH Crush Book

CTMH is giving away 20 Crush Books.  Monica from CTMH explains the contest in this video:

Enter before October 31, 2013 on YouTube, Jeanette Lynton's blog or on CTMH's Facebook page for your chance to win!

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Halloween Mini Books Using Artbooking Cricut Cartridge

There are some fantastic ideas in the new Artbooking video series that CTMH is producing in order to help us make the most of this great cartridge.  I love the way they used the same images in different colors to make the mini-books more interesting.

As always, if you have any questions, please let me know.
Thank you for visiting.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

School Layouts with Cricut Artbooking

Here is another helpful video showing different ways to use overlays on layouts. The Artbooking cartridge makes scrapbooking very easy!

If you have any questions, please contact me.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Summer Mini-Album Ideas from CTMH

This video is part of the Artbooking Made Easy Series that Close to My Heart is producing.  I love the great ideas and tips that they are sharing.

Please let me know if you have any questions.
Thank you for visiting today!

Monday, September 30, 2013

How-To Patterns From Close To My Heart

Monica, from CTMH, does a fantastic job explaining the differences between the reference books listed on page 141 in the Autumn/Winter 2013 Idea Book.  Please let me know if you have any questions after watching this quick video.

Thank you for stopping by today!

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Simply Stitch It - Stitch Guide From Close To My Heart

Yesterday's video showed some of the new tools from CTMH, including a great stitch guide. Here is a video showing more detail and how to use it.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

New Tools From CTMH's Autumn/Winter Idea Book

Monica from Close To My Heart introduces some of the new items from the current Idea Book/Catalog.

Please let me know if you have any questions. Thank you for visiting today! Beverly

Friday, September 27, 2013

Great Halloween Layouts Made by CTMH Using Artbooking

I hope you enjoy the layouts showcased on this video that were created with the new Cricut/CTMH cartridge. This video also shows how to use overlays as templates for sponging background paper to create another dimension to your layouts.  It can be used for cards and any papercrafting project that you wish to add an additional layer of interest, but without the bulk.

Please let me know if you have any questions.
Thank you for stopping by today!

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Artbooking Made Easy: Getting Started Video

Close To My Heart is releasing a series of videos which show some fun and fabulous ways to use the new Artbooking Cricut Cartridge Collection.  Here is the first one.  There are some great ideas for using the cartridge to create your own albums.

Please let me know if you have any questions about this video or the Cricut cartridges designed by CTMH.
Thank you!

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Pocket Inspirations: Pocket Album Video

Monica from CTMH Corporate demonstrates one use for the Kraft Pocket Album in this video:

This album is available here for $6.95. If you have any questions, please email me at
Thank you for visiting!

Friday, September 6, 2013

Comparison of the Three Close To My Heart Cricut Cartridge Collections

Close to My Heart produced a video to help explain the unique offerings of each of the Cricut Cartridges.  If you have any questions, please email me at

 Thanks for stopping by today!

Saturday, August 24, 2013

You Are Welcome Here!

Close To My Heart recently expanded into Australia and acquired CM's database there.  This move has caused a lot of questions to be asked about the industry in general and more specifically, about CTMH's financial health and future plans.

I hope this video produced by CTMH helps to answer these questions.

If I can be of any assistance to former CM customers or consultants, please contact me at  Please visit this link if you would like further information about becoming a Consultant with Close to My Heart.

Thank you for visiting today!

Friday, August 9, 2013

Ombre Technique Using Reinkers

This video presented by Close To My Heart shows a fun and easy way to get beautiful colors using reinkers and Liquid Glass.

If you have any questions please leave me a comment or email me.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Exclusive Stamp Sets For Hostesses

Close To My Heart produced this video to show a few ways to use the new Washi Wonder stamp set. It is one of the new Hostess Only stamp sets.

 Please let me know if you have any questions or would like to earn this set.
Thank you for visiting!

Friday, August 2, 2013

Free Stamp of the Month With Qualifying Order

A delicious treat is in store for you! Place an order of $50 or more during August and receive the August Stamp of the Month set, A Chocolate Affair (S1308A), FREE! This D-size stamp set with a retail value of $17.95 includes 16 images and sentiments that will have your friends salivating over your chocolatey layouts and cards. Make every project a delight with this must-have set.

A Chocolate Affair SET OF 16 - S1308A

*No additional tax will be applied for the free stamp set. Shipping/handling is calculated based on the full retail price of the stamp set ($17.95). Offer valid August 1-31, 2013.

Please shop with me here.

Thank you for visiting!

Friday, July 5, 2013

Using Black & White Along With Color Photos

This will be the last Studio J video I post for awhile, but I wanted to share it with you because the information is really helpful for those who use Studio J and for those who are looking for scrapbooking ideas.

Please let me know if you have any questions about scrapbooking, Studio J or Close To My Heart.  I would love to help you by showing you how to showcase your memories.

Thank you for visiting!

Thursday, July 4, 2013

OWH Cards and Happy Fourth of July!

On Memorial Day I was going to post pictures of a few cards that I made for Operation Write Home.  But I didn't get a chance, so here they are now. :-)

Actually, I made and sent 70 cards to them but I didn't think to take any pictures until most of them were packed up and ready to go.  So this is a random sample of one of the stacks of cards.

All of these cards are standard sized and easy to mail.

Embossing Folders with a Variety of Techniques & CTMH Stamps
Stamped Images are from Stamper's Best
 I hope you have a fun and safe Independence Day!
Thank you for visiting today!

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Love Your Layout

Yesterday I shared a CTMH video showing how to use photo wells to customize your layouts and increase your photo processing options.  For people who are not familiar with Studio J, I thought today's video might be helpful in showing some easy and effective ways to use some of the built-in options for customization.

There are so many fabulous ways to make your layouts uniquely your own!  To check out Studio J, please click here.

Please let me know if you have any questions.  Let's get the photos off of our computers and into our albums!

Thank you for stopping by today!

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Awesome Photos in Unusual Sizes

If you have used Studio J to do digital scrapbooking then you know how good the print quality is for your photographs on your layouts.  This great video shows how to use Studio J's "No Limits" option to process your photos in whatever sizes you need to use for traditional layouts. I am so excited about doing this so I can load up my page with lots of square photos and not have to pay huge amounts for photo processing!

Please let me know if you have any questions.  To try Studio J for free please visit here.  You do need to set up an account but there is no cost to use the software.  The only cost to you is if you decide to purchase the two page layouts you create.

Here is some additional information about the photo processing aspect of  Studio J  taken from the FAQs (the numbers don't correspond correctly to the actual FAQ):

What kind of printing or processing is used when I purchase Studio J layouts?
  1. Studio J layouts are processed, not printed, using a silver-halide process considered the highest standard in the photo developing industry. Unlike printed papers or images you might print from a home photo printer, the silver-halide process yields “100-year+ quality” that has long been tested and used by the top photo labs in the world. We use the same papers and equipment used by leading labs to produce long-lasting photo prints, so you know your layout will be reproduced with high fidelity and will last throughout the years.

Can I print my layouts from a personal printer?
  1. Yes, you can purchase JPG files of your layouts, plus you receive a free JPG file with each custom-printed layout you purchase. These JPG files are provided in two resolutions: web-ready and high-resolution for self-printing. To print on your personal printer, you must have a large-format printer capable of printing on 12" × 12" paper.

    For superior quality, trust our custom printing services. When you purchase projects, Close To My Heart processes them using top-quality silver-halide processing and then mails them directly to you.
Please let me know if you need any further information about Studio J or how to do custom sized photos or layouts. I would love to help you get your pictures into your albums!

Monday, July 1, 2013

Canvas Art Kit - 50% Off!

Have you wanted to try one of Close To My Heart's Workshops On The Go?  Here is one of their fun home decor kits and it is half priced this month - while supplies last!

CTMH WOTG Canvas Art Kit Special

Use the materials and instructions in this kit to create a 12" × 12" canvas display. This kit comes with Dimensional Elements in two different color schemes to create a look that is uniquely yours. This workshop project is ideal for creating as a group or on your own and takes approximately 1 hour to complete.

Included in the kit:
1 – My Acrylix® Canvas Art Workshop Stamp Set (C-size)
1 – 12" × 12" Printed Canvas Display
1 – Cashmere Baker's Twine (1 yard)
10 – Clear Sparkles (10mm)
1 – Sparkles Flourish
2 – 12" × 6" Dimensional Elements In Color—Art Shapes
1 – Instructional Brochure

Some basic tools you may already have, such as inks, stamp blocks, or tools are needed to complete this project.

To view the contents or to order this kit please visit here.

Thank you!

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Free Shipping Pre-Order Special For CTMH's New Artbooking Cricut Collection!

Edited 7/31/2013 11:35 Mountain Time Zone Free Shipping Special is Over

Close To My Heart announced their new collaborative collection with Cricut will be available on August 1, 2013.  This new collection has over 700 images!  If you'd like to see them all please click here.  

CTMH - Cricut Artbooking Collection
There are mini-books, layout themes, overlays, titles, photo mats, borders, a fun new font and so much more on this cartridge.  The Artbooking Collection includes three My Acrylix D-size stamp sets and 3 Dimensional Elements sheets in coordinating shapes.  The retail value is approximately $125.

Artbooking Cartridge Minibook
I am offering Free Shipping for all Pre-orders placed prior to August 1, 2013 to show my appreciation to my wonderful customers and blog visitors.  The  Artbooking Collection will be drop shipped from CTMH in Utah beginning August 1st.  Sales tax is 8.55%.

A Chocolate Affair SOTM Artwork from CTMH

If you would like to receive the August Stamp of the Month for only $5 more, I will pay for the shipping as an extra 'thank you'! Please use the drop-down arrow to select that option if you would like to receive this 16 piece stamp set.

Please email me with any questions or if you would like to host an online party to receive Free Close To My Heart products.
Thank you for your business.  :-)

Monday, June 24, 2013

"Irresistibles" Projects from CTMH

This video, produced by CTMH, shows several ways to use their Irresistibles Embossed Chipboard.

The Irresistibles Frames are located here.  Houndstooth Alphabet and Persnickety Journaling Spots are additional Irresistibles shapes that are available for many more projects. (Click on the item name to see them.)

Thank you for stopping by!

Thursday, June 20, 2013

CTMH Announces Retiring Products

It is that time of year when Close to My Heart is gearing up for convention and the release of the new Autumn/Winter Idea book.  Which means that there are a lot of new products that will be introduced in August.  To make room for them in the catalog, some of the other items will be discontinued. Some items are being discounted and are already on sale here.

The following list includes items that are while supplies last and/or will automatically be discontinued July 31st.  Stamps are produced in house, so they will be available through July.  If you are interested in any of the following items, you will want to make your shopping list soon! :-)

Spring 2013 Retiring List

        Item #   Description

  • Z1366 Brads Metal Assortment Accessory brads 
  • Z1410 Antiqued Copper Designer Brads Accessory brads 
  • Z1704 Pewter Badge Buttons Accessory Buttons
  • Z1703 Wooden Badge Buttons Accessory Buttons
  • Z1821 Buttons Black Assortment Accessory Buttons
  • Z1371 Buttons Blue Assortment Accessory Buttons
  • Z1370 Buttons Pink Assortment Accessory Buttons
  • Z1358 Buttons Basic Assortment Accessory Buttons
  • Z1369 Buttons Red Assortment Accessory Buttons
  • Z1372 Buttons Green Assortment Accessory Buttons
  • Z1773 Color-Ready Noted Canvas Shapes Accessory Color Ready
  • Z1718 Color-Ready Garden Wooden Shapes Accessory Color Ready
  • Z1450 Cork Color-Ready Alphabet Accessory Color Ready
  • Z1719 Color-Ready Evergreen Cork Shapes Accessory Color Ready
  • X7164C Buzz and Bumble My Stickease® Assortment Accessory Complements
  • X7155C Avonlea Complements Canvas Shapes Accessory Complements
  • X7167C Later Sk8r My Stickease® Assortment Accessory Complements
  • X7166C Claire Complements Canvas Shapes Accessory Complements
  • X7156C Clementine Complements Canvas Shapes Accessory Complements
  • X7157C Dakota Complements Silver Foil Images Accessory Complements
  • X7159C Scholastic My Stickease® Assortment Accessory Complements
  • Z1326 Sparkles Red, Pink & Purple Assortment Accessory embellishment
  • Z1327 Sparkles Blue & Green Assortment Accessory embellishment
  • Z1710 Just Blooms® Paradise Paper Flowers Accessory Flowers
  • Z1612 Paper Clip Pins Accessory foundry
  • Z1755 Posh Journaling Spots Accessory Journaling
  • Z1734 Irresistibles™ Persnickety Journaling Spots Accessory Journaling
  • Z1831 Buzz and Bumble Assortment Accessory Level 2 
  • Z1813 Claire Assortment Accessory Level 2 
  • Z1810 Later Sk8r Assortment Accessory Level 2 
  • Z1748 Brocade Assortment Accessory Level 2
  • Z1794 Cottage Assortment Accessory Level 2
  • Z1766 Memo Assortment Accessory Level 2
  • Z1780 Wrangler Assortment Accessory Level 2
  • Z1487 Mini Medley Accents Pewter Collection Accessory mini medley
  • Z1697 Mini-Medley Accents Smoothie Collection Accessory mini medley
  • Z1489 Mini Medley Accents Olive Collection Accessory mini medley
  • Z1798 Black Tulle Ribbon Accessory Ribbon
  • Z1088 ChocolateWaxyFlax Accessory Ribbon
  • Z1089 BlackWaxyFlax Accessory Ribbon
  • Z906 BambooWaxyFlax Accessory Ribbon
  • Z1081 ColonialWhiteWaxyFlax Accessory Ribbon
  • Z1096 EmbroideryFlossNeutralAssortment Accessory Ribbon
  • Z1347 12 x 12 Post Bound Album- New England Ivy Album album
  • Z1827 My Creations™ Paper Pouch - Small Crafts gift 
  • Z1828 My Creations™ Paper Pouch - Large Crafts gift 
  • Z1740 My Creations® Bookmark Album Crafts My Creations
  • Z1739 My Creations® Milk Carton Crafts My Creations
  • Z1774 My Creations® Canvas Journal Crafts My Creations
  • Z1736 My Creations® Mini Banner Crafts My Creations
  • Z1267 Paper/StampOrganizer8.5x11(3) organization
  • Z4200 AccessoriesOrganizer Organization
  • Z4136 ExclusiveInksOrganizerCarryingCase Organization
  • Z1474 6" x 6" Kraft Die-Cut Cards & Envelopes Paper Product cards
  • Z1724 6” x 6” Kraft Envelopes Paper Product Cards
  • Z1412 10-Things Pocket Paper Product cards
  • Z1722 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" Kraft Envelopes Paper Product Cards
  • Z1723 5” x 7” Kraft Envelopes Paper Product Cards
  • Z1721 3” x 3” Kraft Envelopes Paper Product Cards
  • X7155B Avonlea Paper Packet Paper Product Level 2
  • X7157B Dakota Paper Packet Paper Product Level 2
  • X7156B Clementine Paper Packet Paper Product Level 2X7159B Scholastic Paper Packet Paper Product Level 2
  • X7167B Later Sk8r Paper Packet Paper Product Level 2
  • X7166B Claire Paper Packet Paper Product Level 2
  • X7164B Buzz and Bumble Paper Packet Paper Product Level 2
  • Z4134 Handle and Swivel Base organization
  • W1123 Spring Summer 2013 B&T Duo Sampler Supply Supply
  • Z724 EmbossingPen Tool coloring 
  • Z670 EmbPowderBlack Tool coloring 
  • Z673 EmbPowderWhite Tool coloring 
  • Z1246 EmbPowderCocoa Tool coloring 
  • Z672 EmbPowderRed Tool coloring 
  • Z1351 embossing powder dutch blue Tool coloring 
  • Z659 EmbPowderCranberry Tool coloring 
  • Z656 EmbPowderOutdoorDenim Tool coloring 
  • Z655 EmbPowderOlive Tool coloring 
  • 1771 WaterbrushMedium Tool coloring 
  • Z1350 embossing powder topiary Tool coloring 
  • Z1392 2" Scallop Circle Punch Tool cutting
  • Z578 Corner Rounder Tool cutting
  • Z608 EmbossingStylusMedium Tool
  • G1061 Workshops on the Go® Chantilly Cardmaking Kit WOTG Card 
  • G1060 Workshops on the Go® For Always Cardmaking Kit WOTG Card 
  • G1062 Workshops on the Go® Canvas Art Kit WOTG home décor 
  • G1053 Workshops on the Go® Chantilly Scrapbooking Kit WOTG Layout
  • G1054 Workshops on the Go® Buzz and Bumble Scrapbooking Kit WOTG Layout
  • G1057 Workshops on the Go® Later Sk8r Scrapbooking Kit WOTG Layout
  • G1055 Workshops on the Go® For Always Scrapbooking Kit WOTG Layout
  • G1059 Workshops on the Go® Surf's Up Scrapbooking Kit WOTG Layout
  • G1056 Workshops on the Go® Claire Scrapbooking Kit WOTG Layout
  • G1058 Workshops on the Go® Tommy Scrapbooking Kit WOTG Layout
         Stamp Sets
  • A1132 Family 
  • A1133 Festival of Lights
  • B1372 Circle Together 
  • B1395 So Grateful 
  • B1396 School Rocks 
  • B1405 Rugged Dude 
  • B1406 Blessings of Peace 
  • B1410 A Friend Like You 
  • B1414 Bonjour Stamp BC1438 Tea Time 
  • C1461 Salutation Seals 
  • C1466 Instant Memories 
  • C1505 Pun Fun 
  • C1507 Angelic Blessings 
  • C1508 Paisley Flair 
  • C1511 Love Blooms 
  • C1520 Christmas Joy 
  • D1187 For Every Occasion 
  • D1388 Card Chatter - Christmas 
  • D1399 Dream Big 
  • D1440 Everlasting Life 
  • D1444 A Little Thanks 
  • D1492 Christmas Love 
  • D1517 Game On 
  • D1519 Abundance 
  • D1521 Powder Heaven 
  • D1523 Sweet Music 
  • D1528 Jardin 
  • E1010 Chocolate Alphabet Large 
  • E1014 Posterboard Alphabet 
  • E1015 Cocktail Alphabet 
  • E1017 Old World Alphabet 
  • E1018 Pennant Alphabet 
  • E1019 Bohemian Alphabet 
  • E1020 Token Alphabet 
  • E1021 Trinity Alphabet 
  • E1022 Hero Alphabet 
  • E1023 Varsity Alphabet 
  • E1024 Keepsake Alphabet 
  • K900 Single Name Stamp Stamp Custom
  • K9012 Address Stamp w/o Icon 2 Lines Stamp Custom
  • K9013 Address Stamp w/o Icon 3 Lines Stamp Custom
  • K9014 Address Stamp w/o Icon 4 Lines Stamp Custom
  • K9022 Address Stamp with Icon 2 Lines Stamp Custom
  • K9023 Address Stamp with Icon 3 Lines Stamp Custom
  • K9024 Address Stamp with Icon 4 Lines Stamp Custom
  • W1600 Customized Set Stamp Custom

If you would like to purchase any of these items before they are gone, please visit my website here.  Thank you.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Scrapbooking Without Pictures

After taking a very long break, I am glad that the first blog post of my work includes an image of two of the biggest blessings in my life. Thanks for sticking it out with me and being here to share it.  I appreciate all the support that you all have shown me! Now on to the actual post...

At Disneyland there is a tiny shop on Main Street where silhouettes are made.  When we went in there last October, we were impressed by an amazing woman who could hand-cut a silhouette in just a few minutes.  She looks at the person and cuts with scissors.  All the while, she is carrying on a conversation!  I love how her artwork looks and wanted to keep it as part of our vacation memories in a scrapbook, even though it is not a photograph.

The silhouette is on a rectangular piece of cardstock.  I cut out the oval to mount it with foam tape on the double mat. Using a black paper as the background would give the best contrast, so that is what I chose. The For Always paper packet is classy and vintage-y feeling.  It seemed like a perfect choice for this silhouette of my two daughters. One was celebrating her 8th birthday and the other was 22 at the time.

Click on the picture to see more detail

Each piece of paper was ink distressed and all, except the oval, were edge distressed as well.

CTMH Black Tulle Ribbon made into Flowers and Bow-like Shapes
The black tulle comes on a wide roll.  It is easy to scrunch up into flower-like shapes.  I stapled the 'blossoms' and glued the top one in place and flattened it with a dictionary.  The two at the bottom of the page were attached to the page with brads.

CTMH Sparkles Black Flourishes
Usually, I do double layouts but since it has been such a long time (over six months!) since I have scrapbooked, I thought I would start with a single 12 x 12 page.

CTMH For Always B & T Papers
Initially, I was going to follow this sketch from Creating Keepsakes for a group of pictures that I wanted to scrap.  Rather than wait for the pictures to be printed, I decided to go ahead and modify the sketch to use it today.  It doesn't look a lot like the sketch, but it was the jumping off point for this layout.

All of the materials are CTMH except as noted:
For Always Paper Pack
Black and White Daisy cardstock
Black Tulle Ribbon
Sparkles: Black Flourishes and Black and Grey Assortment
Key from Brocade Assortment
Foundry Metal Pin Clip
Black staples/stapler
Black Soot Distress Ink - Ranger
Mickey Mouse paper clip - from stash
White lace ribbon - Martha Stewart
Grey ruffle ribbon - Pink Paislee House of Three
Washi Tape - Teresa Collins
Spellbinders ornate frame - this was a leftover piece that was in my stash so I don't remember which one it is.
Black thread and sewing machine
Black brads from stash

Thank you so much for stopping by today!

Friday, May 3, 2013

Cricut Craft Room Video

Last Autumn, I posted a tutorial that was produced by CTMH that showed pictures using the Cricut Craft Room.  CTMH recently made a video tutorial which shows this easy process using your cartridges with the Cricut Craft Room.

Discover how to use Cricut® Craft Room—the free online design software that makes it easier to create projects with your Cricut®machine—in this step-by-step tutorial.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Cricut Foldables

This week I am continuing sharing the CTMH video series that showcases ways to use the Cricut collections from CTMH.  At the end of this video there is a great tip showing how to easily align the petals of the 3-d flower.

Learn how to create foldable Cricut®-cut pieces that you can add to a scrapbook page, card, or home décor item for extra dimension!
From yo-yos to bows, embellishments cut with the Cricut® Art Philosophy and Artiste cartridges add something special to your artwork.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Mini Album Idea From CTMH

 I love this mini album!  It has a variety of fun page shapes which makes it really interesting.

For a fun way to use up an eclectic array of papers, stamped images, and Cricut® shapes, a mini album is the perfect choice! Learn how to make an 8" × 5" mini album from start to finish for a cute little scrapbook full of variety and personality!

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Fabric Basics

Here are some more beautiful ideas from CTMH using their new fabric collections.

Learn great tips and techniques for using fabric in your artwork—where to use it, how to adhere it, and how to create ruffles, flowers, and much more!

Monday, April 29, 2013

Glitter Glam

CTMH has produced several videos that provide viewers with tips and techniques for using their products in lots of great ways! I love the shimmer and bling on these projects.
It’s easy to add glitter glam to your projects with products like glitter paper, Shimmer trim, glitter gel, and more. Watch the video to learn how!

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Such A Treat!

This video from Close To My Heart shows some of the fun new products that are available in the new Idea Book and Catalog.  The online version of the catalog is here if you would like to take a look.

Give someone the treat of a homemade gift from the heart, personalized down to the very container itself. Watch the video to learn how to use some of our new gift giving products for your special treats.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

It's A Cricut Party!

Whether you use one Cricut®-cut piece or several, you can create cute party favors and decorations using your Artiste cartridge. Combine your Cricut® pieces with unique stamping techniques and you have projects that will knock your guests’ socks off! Want some recipes and tips for how to make this adorable artwork? Below are instructions for creating two pieces from the “Clearly the Best: How to kiss—with stamps” episode. Combine the Cricut®-cut pieces for these projects with the kissing stamping technique taught in the video, and you have a stellar 3-D item!  Want to learn more about the kissing stamping technique? Watch the video.

Recipes and Tips

Party Banner
Stamp set of your choice
X5668 Honey Cardstock
X5764 Pear Cardstock
1272 Cranberry Cardstock
Z2197 Pear Exclusive Inks® Pad
Z2163 White Daisy Exclusive Inks® Pad
Z1751 Baker’s Twine Harvest Assortment
Z1311 1¼" Circle Punch

Cricut® Shapes:
1" Shift+3D Object (cut 56, p. 57)

Art Tip! This banner only uses one type of Cricut® shape, but the finished product is still stunning. Use stamp kissing to randomly stamp across the pieces using the stamp set of your choice. Score with the help of the Cricut®-cut score lines on the shape and piece together to create little globes. Tie together with baker’s twine and voila!

Owl Miss You Bag
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
1292 Crystal Blue Cardstock
X5668 Honey Cardstock
X5930 Slate Cardstock
Z2162 Honey Exclusive Inks® Pad
Z2117 Crystal Blue Exclusive Inks® Pad
Z1349 Shimmer Designer Brads
Z1752 Sparkles Clear Assortment
Z1311 1¼" Circle Punch
Twist Ties

Cricut® Shapes:
4½" 3D Object (p. 77)
4½" Shift+3D Object (cut 2, p. 77)
1" Shift+Accent 2 (p. 51)

Art Tip! This project uses many Cricut® shapes and all the pieces coordinate so nicely for an adorable finished product. Use the
Artiste assembly booklet to put the bag together and then add the embellishments. The feathers are created with punched circles that are stamped using the kissing technique; however, if you don’t have the circle punch, you can easily make these using the Cricut as well. The eyes were created using Shimmer designer brads, but you can use any large brad or button to create the same look. Finish with the “owl miss you sentiment” for a special touch.

This post was reproduced with permission from CTMH.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Fabulous Fabrics

CTMH now has fabric to coordinate with two of the new paper packs.

Discover how to dress up a layout with fabric! The fabulous fabric designs in the Chantilly and For Always textile collections are easy to include and really punch up the pizzazz in your papercrafting projects!

This video produced by CTMH will give you a couple of ideas to get your creative juices flowing!

Monday, April 8, 2013

Creating With Canvas

This is a great way to use wrapped canvas to display photographs. CTMH produced a short video tutorial for the process:

Click here to see the canvas that was used in the video.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Digital Delights!

February is sure to be a month of digital delights because you can purchase any Studio J® layout for only $5—that’s a savings of $1.95 per layout! This is a great opportunity to try Studio J for the first time. Create adorable baby layouts with the Wishes and Fishes kit (shown), or use the new Express Collections with collections of 10 ready-made layouts plus a front and back cover that are easy to use and professionally designed. Preserve your memories at a low price for a truly digital delight!

*Shipping/handling applies. Studio J credits must be redeemed before this promotion can be applied. Offer valid February 1–28, 2013.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Fabric and Frame

Reprinted with permission from CTMH -

One way to add texture, color, and pattern to a piece of home décor is with fabric. The new Chantilly textiles make it easy to embellish with fabrics that include the beautiful colors and patterns that are typical of Close To My Heart. In the frame décor featured on page 16 of the Spring/Summer 2013 Idea Book, pieces of Pear damask and Buttercup polka-dot fabric from the Chantilly textiles, as well as burlap ribbon, add a little something extra to a standard white frame. Follow these simple steps to incorporate fabric into an embellished frame that you can hang anywhere.

1. Determine how long you’d like the finished ribbon and bow. This is based on the size of your frame and if you’ll be hanging it. If you are hanging it on a wall or door, you’ll need enough ribbon to wrap around the top of the frame a couple of times and still have a long strip coming out the back of the frame.
2. Cut enough strips of fabric to equal your desired length, making sure the strips are about 3½" wide to wrap around the burlap ribbon.
3. Sew the short ends of the strips together to create one long strip that equals the finished size you need for the project.
4. Fold the long fabric strip around a piece of burlap ribbon of the same size and secure temporarily with a straight pin.
5. With a sewing machine, carefully sew four straight lines down the length of the fabric-wrapped burlap ribbon. This will keep the burlap from moving around or bunching up inside the fabric.

6. Loop and hot glue the fabric-wrapped burlap ribbon around the top of the frame a couple of times so that it is nice and sturdy for handling and hanging.

7. Tie the remaining fabric-wrapped burlap ribbon into a large bow. Fold the tails of the bow into a wave and hot glue to the frame to secure the shape.

8. Embellish frame with accessories, as desired.

Easy, isn’t it? Now you have a beautiful piece of fabric-embellished home décor that you can show off to friends, family, and especially your customers! Check out the Chantilly and For Always textiles in the Spring/Summer 2013 Idea Book to get your creative juices flowing for more project ideas with fabric.