September CTMH Promotions!

Our new Holiday Expressions catalog is NOW available and it is jam packed with tons of great new holiday themed products. You can view it online here or order your own copy here or get a free copy (add it at the bottom of your shopping cart as a freebie offer!)  with an online order. Here are a few fun projects made using some of the new CTMH products…I normally just think cardmaking or scrapbooking but these papercraft projects have me eager to craft!

And I love the silver and gold!

September’s Stamp of the Month – Feel So Blessed


With a minimum qualifying purchase, get your D-sized Stamp of the Month set for just $5! Add the stamp set to your cart here at full retail price ($17.95) or, with your qualifying order of $50, get it for just $5!

But wait! There’s more…

National Stamping Month—From the Heart Card Kit


Save 20% on this exclusive card kit! Celebrate National Stamping Month with the From the Heart card kit from Close To My Heart. This kit contains materials for creating 12 interactive cards, including foil-stamped card bases and an exclusive My Acrylix® stamp set. The stamp set is designed to make it easy to create beautiful, rich stamped artwork using three layers of stamp images and thoughtful sentiments. The card kit also includes envelopes and step-by-step instructions and is available at a 20% discount off the retail price! 

From the Heart Card Kit (CC1229)
12 – foil-stamped card bases with accompanying die-cut pieces
12 – 5 ½” x 4 ¼” white envelopes
1 – My Acrylix® From the Heart stamp set (E-size)
Retail Value: $43.90
Discounted Price: $34.95

Buy additional card bases & envelopes to make even more cards:
From the Heart Card Bases & Envelopes (CC1227) $13.95

Buy the From the Heart stamp set separately:
From the Heart Stamp Set (CC1228) $29.95

Get the kit for FREE

For Hostesses: Hostesses that host a Gathering in September that reaches the third level of hostess Rewards or higher can get the From the Heart card kit (CC1229) as a FREE item! That’s a $43.90 retail value! Contact me to schedule an online Gathering or in-home Gathering.

For New Consultants: New Consultants who sign up during September will receive the From the Heart card kit (CC1229) FREE in their New Consultant Kit—an added value of $43.90! 

* Offer available September 1–September 30, 2017 while supplies last. Shipping and handling assessed on retail value.

CTMH School Year and More Watercolored Backgrounds

CTMH Some Kinda Wonderful and School Year STOM. CAS card ideas. Watercolored background for a quick and easy card!
While I was making my Jack bear card yesterday, I was rummaging through my CTMH stamp sets to find the perfect sentiment. Well, I stumbled across my Some Kinda Wonderful stamp and thincut bundle and thought the fox would also be perfect with this sort of layout. I couldn’t wait to try it out and this card quickly came together after school yesterday. I think that’s what I love most about these watercolored background cards – how quick and easy they are but they are still good looking!  Perfect CAS (clean and simple) cardmaking.

I hadn’t used the speech bubble yet from CTMH’s School Year August Stamp of the Month so I wanted to include it.  The heart trio stamp filled in the extra space perfectly – but I like the larger sized speech bubble because it’s perfect for scrapbooking layouts too.

I was super surprised to see a new batch of Warehouse Specials pop up on Tuesday….there are some great deals in there, as usual.  This time though, everything ends TONIGHT (Aug 31st) at midnight!

Just a few of the items that caught my eye were:

These items are slashed to 50% off and there’s more! Be sure to check out the Going Soon! section to see all the CTMH Seasonal Expressions 2 products that retire tonight as well. You’ll see some items that I never even had a chance to feature! Last day to grab your STOM too. eeck!

CTMH Seasonal Expressions 2 – Final Days!

CTMH Jack cardmaking stamp set with a watercolor wash background. Flower Market Cricut bundle - stamp set used for "crazy for you" sentiment. CAS card design.

I feel like Cinderella at the ball and it’s about to turn midnight! It’s almost that same scenario at CTMH except for when it turns midnight on Aug 31st all of these will disappear!

Seasonal Expressions 2 catalog RETIRES!

Warehouse Sale ends!
(and new products just posted on Tuesday,
8/29 so hurry and check them out)

August STOM finished…

sigh…I am going to really, really miss this current Seasonal Expressions 2 catalog – especially my favorite little bear in there called, Jack!  I could not resist using him one more time.  I stumbled across Megan’s blog ( and was so inspired by her watercolored backgrounds, and she in turn was inspired by another blogger, Carly Tee (! TIP:  You can make this bear’s arms a little longer than the stamp by hand trimming out the paws and then just extending the “arms” with a black fine line marker!

What rubber stamping supplies do I need to make this card?

Let me share some lessons learned here…  Wait for your glue to dry before trying to outline your words with a black pen.  I almost ruined my pen, eeck!  And, I used some random watercolor paper that I had in my scrap pile and it clashes with the White Daisy base and bear.  I think you’d be happier with the CTMH watercolor paper.

To watercolor I first really wet the paper well where I wanted my paint to stay.  I helped it dry quicker with a heat gun and I liked how that also made the paint puddle and saturate some areas more than others.  And, while my paintbrush was wet with some extra paint, I splattered it across the watercolored piece.  I also managed to splatter the sink and wall surrounding my area…thankfully this watercolor paint by CTMH washes off easily (I haven’t had that luck with some sprays that tend to be permanent!)

CTMH Supply List


heARTful stamping challenge winners!

I can hardly believe there are just a few days left to get your favorite items from CTMH’s Seasonal Expressions 2 catty! Yikes…don’t miss out and be disappointed later. Im always seeing CTMH consultants looking for recently retired products because someone waited too long. 🙁

I’m off to work in just a few minutes…Monday morning came way too fast! ha ha…

I loved, loved, LOVED all the entries from this past week’s Anything Goes heARTful stamping challenge…wow!  So hard to pick just the Top 3 from such a talented pool.

 Billie A

5. Darlene Pavlick

9.  Deb’s Bat Cave


Congrats to the winners and I hope you will grab your blog badge!  Please come back for this week’s Anything Goes challenge – the fun continues.

I was remiss last week of not announcing my Virtual Open House blog prize winner here…for some reason I did the wrap up on my FB Blessings Ink pages.  Sorry!  

Congrats to Sharon S. for winning the prize raffle!  

Also a huge congrats to the 3 $25 shopping spree winners from that Open House (both virtual and local):

  1.  Chuck M
  2.  Jackie J
  3.  Niki W


heARTful stamping challenge – Anything Goes


This month’s theme and monthly prize

Anything Goes + a stamp

Aug 27 – Sep 3

I can hardly believe that it’s already the LAST week of August.  Sigh…BIG sigh…  That means it is officially an Anything Goes heARTful stamping challenge!    Normally throughout the month I have different sorts of challenges…”use it”, themes, sketch, etc.  There are weekly Top 3 winners and a random winner from all of the participants receives the monthly prize drawing.  This month’s prize winner will receive this package of CTMH grey gems from me.    

CTMH grey enamel gems

This Week’s Inspiration

Debi is back this month as a Guest Designer for me – she blogs at That Might Look Good on a Card.  I’m blessed that Debi finds (or makes!!) the time to inspire you and I with her work each month.  When she rattled off all that she did this week, well, I was amazed.  Debi also reminded me that this is the last week to get the Little Dreamer paper pack (and everything else in the CTMH Seasonal Expressions 2 catty).  The Some Kinda Wonderful stamp set is in the Going Soon section as well.

CTMH Some Kinda Wonderful stamp set and Little Dreamer paper pack. Handmade birthday card.

supplies:  Some Kinda Wonderful cardmaking stamp set, Little Dreamer paper pack, White Daisy cardbase and envelope


I’m really excited to share a sneak peek of Close To My Heart’s National Stamp Month celebration taking place in September!  These 2 and 3 step flowers are from a special release set called From the Heart.  I hope you’ll continue to follow my blog to stay tuned and see more of this AMAZING stamp set promotion…

Sneak Peek of CTMH National Stamping Month celebration with From the Heart flower stamp set. All the Thanks is from Close To My Heart too! CAS card design. Two and three step stamping.

 supplies:  All the Thanks stamp set, From the Heart stamp set (coming soon!), all inks are from CTMH, Fern cardstock


This week the teachers were busy setting up classrooms and preparing for the arrival of our new little ones.  Monday will be the First Day of school for both my Kindergarten class, as well as my own two children now in college.  I can hardly believe that Stephanie is starting her senior year and George Henry is beginning his Sophomore year.  wow!!  It seemed fitting to use CTMH’s Stamp of the Month, School Year.  I had an idea that I wanted to combine it with this bear from CTMH’s Jack cardmaking stamp set – wasn’t sure how it would turn out but I kinda like it!  Remember, after August 31st neither of these sets will be available…

CTMH School Year Stamp of the Month and Jack for cardmaking. First Day of school card - also perfect for scrapbooking and memory keeping.

supplies:  Jack cardmaking stamp set, School Year Stamp of the Month, Jack paper pack, Kraft cardstock, heart thincut dies, white embossing powder

 I hope you join us!

It’s simple to play along:

  • 2 entry limit 
  • no digis please! 
  • please link back to this heARTful stamping Challenge to be eligible for the monthly prize!