June is STAMP-endous

Stampaganza is back! During July, buy any two My Acrylix® stamp sets at the full retail price and get a third stamp set of equal or lesser value free! Choose from stamp sets in the current Annual Inspirations or Seasonal Expressions 2, plus the popular Solos number and letter stamp sets that we’ve brought back just for July!


I am so excited that Close to My Heart has brought back their popular Solos stamp sets which can also be purchased in two different bundles, one for letters and one for numbers.  I will be creating a few projects with these sets during the month of July,  but while you wait, you can find a plethora of inspiration on Pinterest using these adorable stamps.


There are so many amazingly talented crafters out there who have used these stamp sets to create layouts, cards, gifts boxes and more.  If you are a lover of our Idea Books, you will also find quite a few ideas using these stamps in our “older” idea books or past catalogs.

To learn more about the Stampaganza Special and Bundles and how you can get THREE FREE solo stamp sets, visit my FAQ page or come talk with me at one of my July events. There are no limits to how many special items can be ordered, and there are no limits to the numbers of stamp sets you can purchase. All items in the monthly special are only available through July 31st, 2018. Because stamp sets are made in-house, this special is not considered “while supplies last.”

I can’t wait to see what you create!



Convention Bound

I am  excited, nervous, and all aflutter to be headed to the North American Close to My Heart Convention.  As an Extravaganza Creative Presenter, I have already had a chance to view some of the stunning products that will be arriving in the fall, and I can’t wait to see what else Close to My Heart has to offer you.


I am always fascinated how their Design Team is in sync with the current trends and fashions.  Each season is full of incredible paper crafting products that reflect the current styles.  I can’t wait to be able to show you what the future holds for Close to My Heart!

If you are as excited as I am about these products, you should consider joining my team as a Close to My Heart Consultant. The HeARTfully Blessed Creations Team is supportive, creative, and small.  I have enjoyed getting to know each of the women on my team and would love for you to join us.

Continue to watch my blog, Facebook page, and Instagram for updates on the upcoming products.  I will be posting little teasers over the next few months, and some of the artwork I created for the Convention.  I can’t wait to see what you create!


Final Week to Stock Up & Save

Summer is flying by and many of you have become so busy that you forgot all about our amazing June specials.  If you haven’t had a chance to take advantage of our Create the Rainbow or Dad is Rad specials, make sure you visit my website before June 30th to check out the savings. Stock up on your favorite cardstock, embellishments, stamps, and kits while you can, because, once the summer ends, you will be wishing you had stocked up and saved while you had a chance.

Create the Rainbow

I would hate for you to miss out on saving 25% off custom cardstock bundles, individual spools of ribbon, and select accessories! This is a great time to purchase cardstock bundles, ribbons, and embellishments so that you are all stocked up and ready for crafting once the business of summer subsides.  Along with our discounted products, we are also offering an exclusive Be A Rainbow stamp set  with adorable sentiments, quotes, and images that will coordinate perfectly with all your beautiful artwork!

product imageDon’t forget that if you sign up as a new Consultant in June you will receive your choice of Create the Rainbow cardstock bundle for FREE! I would love for you to join our HeARTfully Blessed Creations Team.  We are small, but we full of inspiration and excitement for the Close to My Heart company.


This is also the final week to purchase the Dad is Rad Workshop Kit.  You will be able to create some of the delightful artwork shown here using the exclusive My Acrylix® Rad Dad stamp set and the Dad is Rad project bundle.   This kit is also perfect for creating Heritage pages, layout featuring the men in your life, and masculine cards.

Dad Is Rad

While you are viewing these products, make sure to take the time to download the FREE Workshop Guide.  These Dad is Rad items and Create the Rainbow discounts are only available until the end of June, so get them now before they are gone for good!  Have a wonderfully blessed summer, my friends!



Top Secret Packages

I would love to say that this week I have an phenomenal Tuesday Tutorial for you, but I do not.  Don’t panic, my paper crafting, Cricut® addicts.  I will have more in the future. While you wait, I encourage you to spend this week looking up some of the past Tuesday Tutorials that you may have missed. So, why no tutorial?? Well, a few weeks back I received this “Top Secret” package in the mail full of unseen, soon to be released, amazingly wonderful Close to My Heart products.


Along with these paper lovelies came a prior email requesting that I accept the assignment to be a Creative Presenter at the upcoming Close to My Heart Convention. First response…this has to be a spam email.  Have you seen my out-of-the-box oddities made of paper?  Well, I guess they had and decided to choose my “weirdness” to be represented in front of a boat-load of amazingly talented ladies across the world. (insert panic attack here.)

So here I am sitting in my partly finished, newly designed, crafty space, full of stickiness and ink reveling in all that is to come.   Who knew that an oddity like me who is full of “weirdness” and a passion for paper would be chosen? Lesson of the day: if like this can happen to me, well it surely can happen to someone like you, my paper crafting, Cricut® addict.  I would love to see your name on the list of next year’s Creative Presenters.

As a Close to My Heart Consultant, you have an amazing opportunity to share your love of paper (and your weirdness) with others as well as earn a discount on supplies, free products, and the chance to show off your love of paper and all you can create. PLUS during the month of June, you will receive your choice of Create the Rainbow cardstock bundle for FREE!


Hey, if I can be chosen, so can you.  I would love to see you at the 2019 Close to My Heart Convention sitting next to me and the HeARTfully Blessed Creation team members.  God has truly blessed me with the opportunity to work in a business I love, and He has blessed me even more with some amazingly talented team members.  I would love for you to be a part of this team and share in our love of paper crafting. I can’t wait to see what you create!


Seasonal Expressions 2 Blog Hop

Welcome to the Seasonal Expressions 2 Blog Hop,where we will be featuring products from our amazing Seasonal Expressions 2 catalog . 31919520_10155617744822686_2034753619907051520_n If you haven’t had a chance to view this catalog, you can do so online or receive one free when you place an online order in May.  If you have come here from Krista Hershberger’s blog, you are on the right path! When you are finished here, you can click on the link at the end to move to the next blog.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog.

For this Blog Hop, I was able to do three things I love: Join a blog hop full of talented ladies, create some cards for my wonderful downline, and join in a Color My Heart Dare challenge.  I just love the Sapphire, Smoothie, and Heather combination in our Beautiful Friendship collection. I have been seeing this color combination everywhere lately.  How awesome is it that Close to My Heart is “in the know” when it comes to seasonal color combinations?!


And those tea cups….oh, my gosh!  I have fallen in love with the Beautiful Friendship Cardmaking set.  I just love those little flowers that you can add to the Cup and Teapot, not to mention that adorable little Teabag.

Here are a few techniques I used on this card:

  • The Sapphire background was created using one of the PML cards from the Beautiful Friendship Paper Packet.  I always end of with a few of these leftover and they make great backgrounds for cards.
  • The “Create” sentiment is from another one of my favorite stamp sets – We Are Makers.  I just love all these crafty sentiments that can be used on cards, scrapbook pages, or in a frame with Cricut® flowers.
  • The “Steam” was stamped with Heather Ink using the second-generation stamping technique. This prevented it from competing with the sentiment, yet still gave another layer of depth to the card.
  • The “Teacup” was stamped in Black Ink, then I added the Flower design with Smoothie ink.  I wanted to add a little blue, but I was too lazy to color the flowers, so I added some dots with a ShinHan™ Twin Touch™ Marine Blue Marker.
  • Both the Teabag and the Teacup were cut-out using our matching Thin Cuts. You can purchase the Beautiful Friendship Cardmaking stamp set as a bundle with these Thin Cuts dies.
  • For another layer of texture, I stitched the “Banners” along the right side of the card using a Ruler and Piercing & Embossing Tool.

Just in case you wanted to re-create this card, I have included a complete list of the supplies I used at the very bottom of this post. You can continue through the blog hop and see more ideas from almost twenty other Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using our products from the Seasonal Expressions 2 catalog on their blogs.

Now “Hop” on over to Alayne Fleming’s blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting tips and other fun ideas! If you would like a free Seasonal Expressions 2 catalog, contact your CTMH Consultant, or send me a message on my website. I can’t wait to see what you create!


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Beautiful Friendship Cardmaking Stamp + Thin Cuts

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Beautiful Friendship Paper Packet

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12 x 12 Sapphire Cardstock

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We Are the Makers Stamp Set

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White Twine

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Smoothie Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad

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Black Memento Ink Pad

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Heather Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad

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My Acrylix® Block Starter Kit

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ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Marine Blue Marker

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White Cards & Envelopes Value Pack

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Thin 3D Foam Tape

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Bonding Memories Glue Pen

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3D Foam Dots

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Adhesive Runner

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SureCut™ Deluxe Craft Paper Trimmer

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Non-Stick MicroTip Scissors

Happy National Scrapbooking Day!

May is National Scrapbooking Month and a time to celebrate your love of memory keeping. To celebrate, Close to My Heart has created a special paper packetcoordinating cardstock packet, a stamp setand a Cut Above® layout kit to highlight all of your Postcard Perfect moments!  Throughout the month of May, I will be celebrating by sharing artwork and workshops using this wonderful collection of products.


If you haven’t had a chance to visit my website, I want you to make sure you take a look at these completed layouts from the Postcard Perfect Cut Above® Layout Kit.

Pair this kit with an album, a journaling pen, and adhesive, and you have a “Postcard Perfect” way to document some of your favorite memories.  The Postcard Perfect Cut Above® Layout Kit.comes with beautiful base pages, stickers and die-cuts (cut paper shapes), photo placeholders, four Memory Protectors™, and a set of instructions showing you how to piece everything together.

Remember, this kit and the other Postcard Perfect Products are only available during the month of May, while supplies last, so don’t miss out and get it while you can! If you want to get this kit FREE, become a Close To My Heart Consultant or host a qualifying party any time this month.


Have a wonderfully, happy, National Scrapbooking Day! I can’t wait to see what you create!


Beautiful Friendship Workshop

Aren’t these layouts just absolutely beautiful?! Our New Expressions Two catalog has arrived filled with wonderfully designed products you will adore such our Beautiful Friendship papers.  At my Beautiful Friendship Workshop, on May 19th, you will have the opportunity to create three gorgeous layouts for displaying your family memories. Please make sure to RSVP before May 13th to reserve a kit for this workshop. 


The Beautiful Friendship paper was fun to play with making it easy to create such amazing page layouts.  I have made a few changes to the kit options available this month, since, as you can see, there are many more layouts for you to create. Please visit my Beautiful Friendship Workshop page to view all of your kit options.




I hope to see you at my upcoming workshop! Don’t forget to RSVP before May 13th, and while you are at it, make sure to also reserve your kit(s) for my Postcard Perfect Workshop. Everyone who attends will receive a NEW Seasonal Expressions Two catalog as well as be entered into a drawing for some amazing prizes*.  I can’t wait to see what you create at my upcoming workshops!



*Limit one catalog per customer. Drawing will only take place with five or more attendees.