Clearly the Best: Terrific Two-Tone

In this episode of Clearly The Best, discover how to create a terrific two-tone look with the base and shade stamping technique. Give your images more life and layers and watch them pop off the page!

My Creations Cubby

Close To My Heart has expanded its My Creations line to include many more 3-D items.  One of the most recent additions is the Cubby, shown above.  It is made from heavy chipboard display with 25 cubby holes (cubbies: 2½" × 2½", final size: 14" × 14" × 2¾").  The Cubby can be altered into many things.  Use the Artiste Cricut Cartridge to create a 25-day advent calendar for Christmas, shown below, or letters of the alphabet.  Remove some of the dividers for cubbies to hold larger items.  Use it as a way to showcase photos throughout the year.  Get this versatile item today!

Whoooo's Your Valentine?

Celebrate National Papercrafting Month with an incredible deal—our Whooo’s Your Valentine kit (CC1022) for only $10! Combine your love of papercrafting with the contents of this kit to create personalized valentines—perfect for classrooms and other group settings. 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 from the Autumn/Winter 2012 Idea Book. This kit offers you a sneak peek at two new Spring/Summer 2013 products: the treat tubes and the silver glitter paper! Decorate the die-cut boxes with the stamp images, cardstock, and glitter paper. Then attach the clear tube and fill with treats for valentines in a cinch!
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)

Shipping/handling may apply. Offer valid December 13, 2012—January 31, 2013. Maximum of one Whooo’s Your Valentine kit per qualifying order.

Retiring List

While most paper kits retire after the end of each Idea Book cycle, other things in the Idea Books can be retired at the end of the year.  Below you will find the list of scrappy stampy things that will soon be gone forever.

Shimmer Designer Brads
Rhinestone Designer Brads
Brads Red Assortment 
Brads Pink Assortment
Brads Blue Assortment
Brads Green Assortment
Brads Basic Assortment
Wooden Designer Buttons
Buttons Clear Assortment
Irresistibles™ Eclectic Chipboard Die-Cuts (the alphabet)
Irresistibles™ Make-It-Count Numbers
Dimensional Elements  Numbers 
Dimensional Elements Ornaments
Dimensional Elements Snowflakes
Color-Ready Arbor Wooden Shapes
Stella Complements Canvas Shapes
My Stickease® Pemberley Assortment
My Stickease® Victory Assortment
My Stickease® Florentine Assortment
La Belle Vie My Stickease® Assortment
Flirty Complements Dimensional Elements
Moonlight Complements Dimensional Elements
Pear & Partridge Complements Glittery Rub-Ons
Milepost Shapes
Bling Assortment
Urban Felt Alphabet 
Keepsake Felt Alphabet 
Just Blooms® Petals Paper Flowers
Foundry® Ribbon Slides
Foundry® Binder Clips
Foundry® Number Plates 
D├ęcor Journaling Spots
Bohemian Assortment 
Timeless Charms
Tough Tags
Bouquet Assortment
Haunted Assortment
Autumn Lane Assortment 
Boutique Assortment
Dimensional Elements In Color—Holiday
Mini-Medley Accents Black Collection 
Designer Ribbon Cocoa Collection
Designer Ribbon Blue Collection
Designer Ribbon Red Collection
Designer Ribbon Green Collection
Newsprint Rub-Ons 
Dark Chocolate Tapestry Velvet Rub-Ons
Black Tapestry Velvet Rub-Ons
Festive Velvet Rub-Ons 
Parlor Velvet Rub-Ons
6" x 6" Olive Quick Pic™ Album
6" x 6" Pansy Purple Quick Pic™ Album
Cranberry Brads
Black Button Brads
Bling Buttons
Milepost Shapes Corrugated Stars
Bling Gems
Pearl Badge Buttons 
My Creations® Display Album
My Creations® Banner
My Creations® Memory Game
Craft Jars
4 1/2" Colonial White Circle Cards
4 1/2" White Daisy Circle Cards
My Originals® Sweet Surprises Card Kit
My Reflections® Stella Paper Packet
My Reflections® Pemberley Paper Packet
My Reflections® Victory Paper Packet
My Reflections® Florentine Paper Packet
La Belle Vie Paper Packet 
Flirty Paper Packet
Moonlight Paper Packet
Pear & Partridge Paper Packet
Cutting Knife

Workshops on the Go® Avonlea Cardmaking Kit
Workshops on the Go® Pear & Partridge Cardmaking Kit
Workshops on the Go® Spellbound Cricut® Kit
Workshops on the Go® Scroll Album Kit
Workshops on the Go® Advent Calendar Kit
Workshops on the Go® Avonlea Scrapbooking Kit
Workshops on the Go® Clementine Scrapbooking Kit
Workshops on the Go® Dakota Scrapbooking Kit
Workshops on the Go® La Belle Vie Scrapbooking Kit 
Workshops on the Go® Scholastic Scrapbooking Kit
Workshops on the Go® Flirty Scrapbooking Kit
Workshops on the Go® Moonlight Scrapbooking Kit
Workshops on the Go® Pear & Partridge Scrapbooking Kit

A Tweet
A Tulip
A Melody
Quick Cards—Shell
A Rainbow
Spring Up
Rosy Regards
Bee Happy
He Is Risen
My Peeps
Enjoy Life
Take a Picture
Eclectic Edges
Heartfelt Treasures
Happy Camper
Paper Lantern
Remarkable Wreath
10 Things
Super Powers
Country Life
Perfect Day
The Works Alphabet
Tiny Typewriter Alphabet
Chocolate Alphabet Small
Hodge Podge Alphabet
Classmate Alphabet
Splendid Day
Card Chatter—Love
Trees & Things
Simple Memories
Bingo Alphabet
Diverse Backgrounds
Magic Adventures
Kick Back
Field Trip Alphabet

Free Glue Pen!

During the month of December when you place a minimum order of $50 or more on my website, you will receive a free Bonding Memories Glue Pen (Z553).

Clearly the Best: Spanning the Space

In this episode of Clearly The Best, check out these tips and tricks for spanning your image across several surfaces for more creative freedom and fun!

Year-Round Cheer

Cheer all year long with December's Stamp of the Month, Year-Round Cheer.  These 12 stamps will help you celebrate events throughout the year.

Available December 1-31, 2012

Clearly the Best: The Swipe Hype

In this episode of Clearly The Best, learn how to add texture, distressing, movement, and motion to your projects by stamp swiping—a technique that will change the way you stamp. 

Clearly the Best: Bend It, Curve It, Stamp It

Close To My Heart offers technique videos to learn more about our wonderful papercrafting products.  In this episode, "Bend It, Curve It, Stamp It" helps you discover the ease of creating new designs from stamp sets you already own. Personalize by using this new stamping technique. The versatility of clear My Acrylix® stamps makes it simple to bend, curve, and mix and match stamps to produce a completely unique design!

Capture the Date, Capture the Savings!

In November, you’ll get something extra when you buy the Stamp of the Month—50% off another stamp set! When you qualify for and buy the November Stamp of the Month set, Capture the Date, you’ll receive another stamp set* of your choice for 50% off—it’s like two promotions in one! The versatile Capture the Date stamp set is great for any layout, card, invitation, or calendar, and now you can choose another stamp set at half-off for more wonderful papercrafting. Get Capture the Date and then capture the savings today!
* Offer valid for A-E and M 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.

Pear and Partridge Card Workshop

November 18th we will work with the new Workshops on the Go® Pear & Partridge Cardmaking Kit.   Using the materials, kit-exclusive accessories, and instructions in this kit, we will create 15 beautiful cards from 3 designs inspired by Jeanette Lynton.

Velvet Rub-ons

In the Fall Idea Book, we offer four different velvet rub-ons.  Unfortunately, they will no longer be available to us from the vendor and will be discontinued when the stock is depleted. The Festive Velvet Rub-Ons are already sold out.  The Parlor, Dark Chocolate Tapestry, and Black Tapestry Velvet Rub-Ons are now available on a "while supplies last" basis.  Get them before they are gone!

Capture the Date

Count the days on the calendar with the November Stamp of the Month, Capture the Date.  These 72 stamps will help you keep track of your appointments for the next year.

Available November 1-30, 2012

You Rock!

The Dakota and La Belle Vie paper packs brings a rustic background to this card that reminds me of lunches at Cracker Barrel.  The stamp set with several images and sayings for cards is called Pun FunBaker's twine is wrapped around the card and coordinates with alcohol marker used to color in the rocking chair.

The three doilies were cut using the Artiste Cricut Cartridge
The doodads are from the new Slate Mini Medley, part of our new color selection.


The Dakota and La Belle Vie paper packs brings a subtle background to this happy card.  The stamped saying fits perfectly in the label from the Artiste Cricut Cartridge
  Baker's twine is wrapped around the card and coordinates with the Rose pin is from the new Slate Mini Medley, part of our new color selection.

Turtle Balloon

When you forget someone's birthday, it is easier to get away with it if you send a cute card like the one below.  The stamp set with several images and sayings for cards is called Pun Fun.  The paper kit used below is the Flirty pack.

The clouds and balloon were cut using the Artiste Cricut Cartridge; Baker's twine creates the balloon string.  Extra bling along the edge are from the new Slate Mini Medley, part of our new color selection.

The Silver Shimmer Trim ribbon is adhesive-backed, so it is easy to gather along the bottom.

Very Merry Christmas

Use your Cricut to cut out these Merry stamps from the October Stamp of the Month, Very Merry Christmas.  Decorate your presents with cute Merry tags with this set of eleven stamps.

Available October 1-31, 2012.

Birthday Bash Tags

In honor of the end of my birthday month, I am posting a host of cards and tags from a vintage CTMH kit from 2005, Birthday Bash.  Retired colors Holiday Red, Sunflower, and Clover Meadow were used to make the festive tags.  Tag base is stamped in Holiday Red ink with confetti and covered with striped B&T paper at the bottom.  The swirls, cake, cupcake, brads and stars are My Stickease.


Fall Favorites

Decorate your scrapbook pages or other fall projects with this month's Stamp of the Month called Fall Favorites.  Eleven stamps will help you celebrate the crunchy leaves and orange pumpkins.  Just $5 when you place a $50 order.

Available  September 1-30, 2012.

It's Your Day

To celebrate National Stamping Month in September, we are offering a new double stamp set! You can get the exclusive My Acrylix® It’s Your Day double stamp set for just $5 when you place a minimum order of $35 in full retail products from August 15 through September 30. You’ll love this double set—two D-size sets in one envelope—with trendy images that capture the flavor of your day-to-day activities, errands, and musings—the little things that make up who you are and are worth remembering and sharing! With a retail value of $35.90, this set drastically increases the value of your qualifying purchase. Have twice the fun stamping during National Stamping Month with our new It’s Your Day double stamp set!
Offer available August 15–September 30, 2012

Notes Box

One of the traditions of convention is to give each of your roommates gifts.  Gail Blask is my upline from California and one of my roomies from convention.  Check out the gift box.  "Notes" and the 3-D flowers were made using the Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge.

Pemberly Box 

 Inside, the box included set of cards and matching envelopes as well as a pen to sign the cards.  Gail used the My Reflections paper pack called Pemberly, available in the Autumn Idea Book.

Inside Pemberly Box

Mini Accordion Tag Album

One of the activities at Kimberly Moss's Stamp Camp was a Mini Accordion Tag Album created by Tera Boring.  Everything was cut using the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge.  The base tags are in Colonial White.  The customization was done using the Florentine paper pack, available in the Autumn CTMH Idea Book.


Cards from Convention

Two cards from 2012 Convention.  The cards are made from the Flirty and Dakota paper packs, Pun Fun stamp set, Mini-Medley Accents Slate, Baker's Twine, and the Artiste Cricut Cartridge, all new in the Autumn Idea Book!  Contact me to get your copy of the Idea Book today!

Exclusive Tote Bag!

Every year, consultants who attend convention receive a bag as a part of the convention registration.  This year's bag is beautiful and very functional as a shoulder bag or a backpack.  Join my team this month, and you will receive this exclusive Damask Tote Bag for FREE with the base consultant kit!
Hurry, this offer is only available August 1-31, 2012 or while supplies last.

Baroque Borders

This set of 5 stamps can help make any scrapbook page, card or project look elegantly baroque.  Get the Stamp of the Month set for just $5 (S1208A) when you place an order of $50 or more in products. Jump-start the fun by ordering the items from the list below to create this artwork! You’ll find helpful assembly tips at my Online Business Address under Promotions.
Available August 1–31, 2012

Unavailable List

We get updates regularly of items that are no longer available.  Around the time that items are retiring, the list grows quickly.  Below you will find a list of items that are retired and are no longer available.

5571 12" x 12" GREY WOOL CARDSTOCK
9029 Cherish ® Scrapbooking Program
9031 Reflections® Scrabpook Program
9032 Originals® Card Confidence Program
9033 Wishes Card Confidence Program™
9034 Magic® Scrapbooking Program
B1402 My Peeps stamp set
X5908 Bright Red & Pink Cardstock Shade Pack
X7143B Sonoma Paper Packet
Z1299 Distressing Kit
Z2200 Amethyst Exclusive Inks® Re-Inker
Z2219 Dutch Blue Exclusive Inks® Re-Inker
Z2220 Garden Green Exclusive Inks® Re-Inker
Z2221 Garnet Exclusive Inks® Re-Inker
Z2225 Grey Wool Exclusive Inks® Re-Inker
Z2233 Lilac Mist Exclusive Inks® Re-Inker
Z2248 Spring Iris Exclusive Inks® Re-Inker
Z2251 Sunkiss Yellow Exclusive Inks® Re-Inker
Z2252 Sunny Yellow Exclusive Inks® Re-Inker
Z2257 Vineyard Berry Exclusive Inks® Re-Inker
Z2266 Tulip Exclusive Inks® Re-Inker
Z4204 Shoulder Tote

Retiring Colors

Close To My Heart announced it is reducing the number of colors in our color palette and adding a few new ones.  The colors that are retiring are now on the while supplies last list and usually sell out quickly.  Don't forget to pick up the reinkers for your ink pads before they disappear!

Perfect Pairs

Place an online order of $75 or more in July and I’ll send you a popular paper packet and coordinating accessory—a Perfect Pair—for free! That’s a retail value of up to $17.90! Different Perfect Pairs are available on different dates throughout the month so you’ll want to place more than one qualifying order to snatch several Perfect Pairs. Place your order early in the availability
period, as the promotion is while supplies last.

Live Out Loud

Express yourself with this fun Stamp of the Month, Live Out Loud.  The variety of sayings make this set a perfect for any scrapbook pages or cards.  Available only July 1-31, 2012.


Purchase any two stamp sets (sizes A, B, C, D, or E) at full retail price and receive a third stamp set of your choice FREE (of equal or lesser value)—a savings of up to $29.95!
Stamp sets that count toward the qualifying purchase include full-priced A, B, C, D, and E sets only. Stamps that do not count toward a qualifying purchase include customizable (K), Workshops on the Go™, Cricut® collection, and Stamp of the Month (both discounted and full-priced) sets.
Offer valid June 1 (9:00 am MDT) – June 30 (11:59 pm MDT)

Life is Tweet

Try this whimsical Stamp of the Month set to celebrate your fun day.  Cute little birds,  balloons and a party hat, and tweet sayings make this a fun and versatile stamp set.  Available only June 1-30, 2012.

Dotty for You

When you place an order of $35 or more in products from the Spring/Summer 2012 Idea Book between April 17 and May 31, you may add the Dotty for You paper packet, valued at $19.95, for just $5. Dotty for You includes 24 specially designed, coordinating B&T Duos® sheets (2 each of 12 patterns) and an artwork idea insert to get your creative juices flowing. But that’s not all! There are two ways your can get this darling paper packet FREE!  
Hostesses will receive a free Dotty for You paper packet when Gathering sales total $400 or more (excluding tax, shipping/handling, and Operation Smile donations).
New Consultants who sign up between April 1 and May 31 will receive a free Dotty for You paper packet with the kit.
Celebrate National Scrapbooking Month with Dotty for You!

Friendship Bouquet

"Plant a seed of friendship; reap a bouquet of happiness" when you get this Stamp of the Month, Friendship Bouquet.  Gorgeous sunflowers complement the sayings included in this set to make any scrapbook page or card a real bouquet treat.  Available only May 1-31, 2012.

You Are ...

Celebrate who You Are, with this month's Stamp of the Month set.  You too can be Cool!, Fun!, and Original!.  Make fun back grounds with the pinstripes and hatched designs. Available only April 1-30, 2012.

The Philosphy of Fun

This month is a great time to join my team as a Close To My Heart Consultant.  In addition to the Consultant kit, you will receive a FREE Cricut Art Philosophy Collection.  The Art Philosophy Collection includes the Cricut cartridge, three coordinating CTMH My Acrylix stamp sets, and three CTMH Dimensional Elements.  Sign up today to receive all of the benefits of being a Close To My Heart Consultant.  Offer valid valid March 1 at 9:00 am (MST) – March 31 at 11:59 pm (MDT).

How-To Books Retiring!

Many of you have already gotten your hands on our great How-To books with exclusive designs by our founded, Jeanette Lynton.  Pretty soon, these Close To My Heart books will be unavailable.  All of the How-To books have been put on the retired list and are now While Supplies LastGet your copy today before they are sold out forever!


Anything is Possible with this new Stamp of the Month, Potential.  Use the medallions to decorate cards or special projects.  The flourishes add that special touch to any scrapbook page.  Get it before its gone.  Available only March 1-31, 2012.

Spring/Summer 2012 Idea Book

The Spring/Summer 2012 Idea Book is available with a whole new set of goodies.  Eight new sets of My Reflections Workshops on the Go and the My Acrylix stamps and Compliments to go with them.    Get your 2012 Spring/Summer Idea Book today!

Thoughtful Tidings

Looking for a special way to tell someone that you appreciate them?  Try this month's Stamp of the Month, Thoughtful Tidings.  Eleven stamps help you create cards, mini boxes, and bags to give that special someone a special treat.  Coordinates with the Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge.  Available only February 1-28, 2012.

A Perfect 10

January is free layout month for Studio J® members! For every 9 custom-printed Studio J layouts you buy, you’ll receive the 10th layout free. To receive the discount, just add 10 or more layouts to your cart. You’ll see a discount reflected in your order total. And you can totally take advantage of this promotion by ordering in multiples of 10. Buy 9, get 1 free. Buy 18, get 2 free. Buy 27, get 3 free. And so on! If you’re not a member yet, now’s a great time to join!


January's Card Workshop on the Go is using the kit Sonoma.  The beautiful purples and tans make this a versatile kit to make both Valentine's Cards and general cards.  We will be using the new 6" X 6" Kraft Die-Cut Cards and Envelopes.  Call today to register for the class.

Little Reminder

Celebrate the new year with the Little Reminder Stamp of the Month set for January.  Use this versatile set as invitations, or to mark the date on your scrapbook pages.