Sunday, November 30, 2014

December Tradition

What are your Christmas traditions?  I remember how I couldn't wait to get my stocking, run back to mom and dads bed to dump out all the goodies.  And for some reason there was always an Almond Joy in there, which mom was very quick to take off my hands. Funny how Santa didn't know that I do not like Almond Joys..... Or did he?

Show off your traditions on these beautiful pages - there will be 4 gift card holders included, just not shown. :)

Saturday, November 29, 2014


20% Off All Cricut®Collections!

For the first time ever...
Close To My Heart is offering a Cyber Monday Sale on Monday, December 1, 2014. There has never been a better time to buy Close To My Heart’s exclusive Cricut® Collections for 20% off the retail price. Whether you love scrapbooking, cardmaking, or creating 3-D projects, our four exclusive Cricut® collections make the perfect addition to any craft room! Sale starts at midnight (MST) on December 1 and ends at 11:59 pm Monday night. 

Take advantage of this special deal at or contact me asap to get your order in. Remember, orders must be submitted between 12:00 am and 11:59 pm (MST) on Monday, December 1, 2014 to get the discount on your selected Cricut® collections.

Artfully Sent



Art Philosophy

No way! November is over?

Man, can you believe that November has just flown by like a leaf in the wind?   I guess its now time for the snowflakes to start flying by!  I had forgot to post my November Creative Class at the first of the month but I still can get you a kit if you would like. :)  I bet you took some fun pictures at Thanksgiving that would look great on these pages. Isn't the Give Thanks page with the animals perfect for pictures of kids at the "kids table"?

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Artistic U Scrapbooking Retreat

I am so excited that the ArtisticU Fall Scrapbook Retreat is FULL!  We are preparing for a wonderful weekend of creating and looking forward to seeing you all.  If you didn't make it in this fall, no worries!  Sign up for the Spring retreat now to guarantee your spot and take advantage of our early deposit/payment plan.  The retreat is a perfect Christmas Wish List item too!

Scaredy Cat Creative Class

Join me for class on October 16th or 17th.  Sign up here.  Kits available.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Come and learn Cricut Craft Room

I'm offering a FREE Cricut Craft Room Class
Get the most out of your Cricut cartridges and better yields from your paper. The best way to learn is on your own equipment so you need to bring your laptop, know your Craft Room logins and we'll walk thru all the basics together. You will be learning Shape Properties, Text, Layers, Welding, Dial Size, Linking and much more. I have 8 spots so contact me to join in.
Friday September 12th @ 10:00 am

Chalk It Up Creative Class

This is the start of Creative Classes out of the New Annual Inspirations Idea Book. This new book has great ideas, paper and stamp sets that you are gonna love. Join me for a class and get your FREE book. My next page layout class is Sept 18th, 19th and 20th.  Sign up today!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

July Creative Class - Jubilee

This is a summer-fun layout class that is very versatile. Add pics or journaling to any of the squares, or leave blank for color and pattern. It will be hard to choose!  A technique used for the titles is to sand our white core CTMH card stock where the title stamping will go. This gives a worn, distressed look and allows the titles to show up more. EASY!
Join me July 17th or 18th for the layout class, or you can order a Class Kit HERE.

Jubilee - 2014 Spring/Summer Idea Book

Monday, June 2, 2014

New Idea Book Coming Soon!

It's almost time! (just like Christmas, we like getting ready early) The new Idea Book will be debuting Aug 1st.  All papers in the current book will no longer be available other than the Skylark collection. If you have a favorite paper pack in the current book be sure to get it ordered soon. Once the current paper collections are gone, they're gone!  I do have an option that is pretty darn good though.  ALL papers, even the very old ones, are available on Studio J.  And if you look close there are some EXCLUSIVE papers on there too.  This is a great and quick option to scrap with papers you may have missed.

Every year I make layouts for my husband and his friends that are attending the Indy 500 race on Memorial weekend. These layouts pay tribute to the fallen family members, telling unimaginable stories of courage and sacrifice.  Here are a couple from this year...

Notice the old paper which is CLASSIC!  Every year I can add to the race book with the same papers. In this instance it's fantastic to have the pages consistent. When you place your Studio J order you get web ready jpgs to share on any social media along with hi-res jpgs to print on your own. Truly, taking advantage of the 12x12 prints from Studio J is the best. Quality is outstanding and you usually get the prints in 4-5 days.

Timberline Creative Class in June - $22.00

Make sure to sign up by Thurs June 12th - Kits available.
Class Times are:
Thursday June 19th @ 10:00 am & 6:30 pm
Friday June 20th @ 10:00 am & 6:30 pm

Please bring: scissors, adhesive, 3D foam/dots

Monday, May 5, 2014

Free Cricut Craft Room Class

Here it is again... I'm offering a FREE Cricut Craft Room Class
Get the most out of your Cricut cartridges and better yields from your paper. The best way to learn is on your own equipment so you need to bring your laptop, know your Craft Room logins and we'll walk thru all the basics together. You will be learning Shape Properties, Text, Layers, Welding, Dial Size, Linking and much more. I have 8 spots so contact me to join in.
Wednesday, May 21st @ 6:00 pm  Part 1
Wednesday, May 28th @ 6:00 pm  Part 2

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

"Free To Be Me" National Scrapbooking Month Special

During National Scrapbooking Month in May, you can get the Free to Be Me paper collection for just $5 with your qualifying purchase of $50. The paper collection features exclusive printed cardstocks, vellums, and B&T Duos™ and, with a retail value of $11.95, is a fantastic deal for products you can’t get anywhere else. Plus, with your $50 qualifying purchase, you will also qualify for the May Stamp of the Month for an additional $5 (retail value $17.95)! This means May is the perfect month to double up on promotions, getting the paper collection for $5 and the May Stamp of the Month for $5—that is a savings of nearly $20! So make sure to get your Free to Be Me paper collection in May for just $5 and let your creativity take flight!

Contact me to get this additional Card Kit.

May Creative Classes

Choose which layout or choose them both for the month of May.
Times for either class is:  (Please sign up or contact me by Friday May 9th)
Thursday May 15th @ 10:00 am  & 6:30 pm
Friday May 16th @ 10:00 am & 6:30 pm

Ivy Lane is $22.00         Balloon Ride is $23.00

The ArtisticU Fiesta was a blast!

We have such an awesome time at our ArtisticU Retreats.
I hope you can join us at the next Retreat.
Follow me on Facebook or visit for upcoming dates.

Decorate your piƱata - Sooo many creative entries. 

Look at all the cute yog-urts! :)   Cricut use and the best bean counter.

Ring the bell to wear the sombrero.             Buffet is open.

Photo session with the lovely ladies.

Pancake Breakfast                             Beautiful Venue

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Thanks for coming to the ScrapbookUSA Expo!

We love getting to visit with you and looking forward to next year. Too bad it has to be NEXT year.  Thats a long time away! If there is anything you need or anything I can help you with, please contact me.

We have our ArtisticU retreat THIS month, in just a few weeks, YAY!  We have so much fun sharing ideas and seeing what everyone is working on.  This is also a great time to dig into Cricut Craft Room and get some hands on help.  I'll be having mini sessions to help with your specific projects that you may have, plus giving you tips and tricks. Guaranteed you will learn A LOT.   Sign up TODAY!

If you can't make the Lolly Doodle Creative Class and are coming to the retreat, I will have your kit ready to assemble there. There will many other kits for purchase too.  Shoot, you could just show up with your adhesive and toothbrush. HeeHee, well maybe your pjs too! :)

Lolly Doodle Creative Class in April - $22.00

Join me this month scrapping this cute layout. The owls are adorable with the Flamingo Dots. It's birds of a feather, I guess. :)
Thursday, Apr. 17th - Class held @ 10:00 am & 6:30 pm
Friday, Apr. 18th - Class held @ 10:00 am & 6:30 pm

Lolly Doodle - 2014 Spring/Summer Catalog

Saturday, March 15, 2014


Attention my fellow Scrapbookers and Paper Crafters:

Guess What?  They just sent us the news! If you join Close To My Heart during the month of April ONLY you will receive your choice of one of our awesome Cricut Cartridges Free! The kit only costs $99 which comes with the latest selection of CTMH products including How To books for scrapbooking and card making. We even have a special program to earn the cost of the kit back which makes is ALL FREE! Seriously, this is an incredible deal.
Contact me if you have questions or would like a complete list of products that come in the kit. I would love to have you join my group.

Monday, March 3, 2014

ArtisticU Retreat: April 24th - 26th 2014

We are excited to reveal the theme for the ArtisticU spring retreat. Join us in celebrating Cinco De Mayo a tad bit early!  Food and projects will be outstanding, not to mention the venue in beautiful Heber, Utah.  We would like to get everyone registered by March 15th so we have plenty of time to prepare. Don't miss it - save your spot today!

Ariana Creative Class - $22.00

This paper is so beautiful! You will love creating paper bead butterflies adding that special touch to your layout and cards.

Wednesday Mar. 13th - Class held @ 6:30 pm
Thursday Mar. 14th - Class held @ 11:00 am
Wednesday Mar. 19th - Class held @ 10:00 am & 6:30 pm
Thursday Mar. 20th - Class held @ 10:00 am
Friday Mar. 21st - Class held @ 11:00 am & 6:30 pm
Ariana - 2014 Spring/Summer Catalog

Studio J - fast and easy layouts!

During the month of March, order your Studio JTM layouts—including ones using our new Photo Express Collection—for only $5 each! Quickly create gorgeous, personalized studio layouts using our wide selection of papers, collections, patterns, and embellishments. And don’t forget to check out the templates in our new Photo Express Collection, which allow you to design layouts entirely comprised of photos in minutes.**
*Offer valid March 1–31, 2014. Studio J layouts ship in a protected box that can hold from 4 to 50 two-page layouts. Minimum order of 4 layouts. Free JPEG of every printed layout. For additional information about shipping and handling, please visit > Products and Pricing > Shipping Options.
**It is recommended that the matting feature not be used with the photo-only templates, the Photo Express Collection, as matting may cause photos to appear misaligned. Close To My Heart does not assume any liability for photos and Photo Express Collection layouts that have been created using the matting option and will give no reprints or refunds in such cases. 

Here are some benefits that I enjoy with Studio J …

Because the software is online, you can scrapbook from anywhere. You can create to your hearts content for FREE! Only pay for what your purchase. Family members across the miles can contribute. How great is that?  Here is a layout my husband (YES! he did it on his own) put together of his Germany trip. 

There are preset EASY, "drop your photos in" layouts or there are layouts that you have full freedom to drop in your pics to size, rotate how you wish.

How about using the Open layout to drop in pics just for printing?  The quality is outstanding and for $5 you can have a nice selection of pics any size you want to put on traditional scrapbook layouts.
I am happy to help if you have any questions or want to get started. Check it out here and give it a try for FREE!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

February Special - Embossing is Boss!

For our Card Club this month we will be using the quatrefoil and chevron embossing folders. These folders are fun and easy to use with SOOO many creative possibilities. I'm looking forward to many future projects using these folders.

Receive a free embossing folder for every 2 packs of bulk single color or combo card stock you purchase*. Pick from our 5 new embossing folder designs—dot, chevron, quatrefoil, damask, or stripe—with your qualifying order. Every 2 packs of cardstock you purchase qualify you for an additional embossing folder. Make sure you act fast - offer good only until Feb. 28th.
*Paper Fundamentals, White Daisy, Colonial White, and kraft cardstock packs do not count toward a qualifying purchase.

February Special - Embossing is Boss!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

ScrapbookUSA Expo Classes

We are looking forward to the Scrapbook Expo March 28th and 29th. Sign up for our classes at

Friday Only - 6:30 pm

Friday and Saturday - 10:30 am

Friday and Saturday - 12:30 pm

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Valentine Cupcakes - Craft Room Class

Cricut Craft Room Class #2
For my second Craftroom class we discussed welding, hide contours, layers and cutting… while creating these CUTE cupcake toppers. There are unlimited possibilities!  This heart and wing image is from the Close To My Heart Artiste cartridge.  "Love" stamp is from C1540 - Hello Blooms.

Download the Cricut Craftroom Valentine Cupcake file.

Friday, January 24, 2014

14 Days of Valentines

My best friend Wendy came over with this idea from Pinterest.  How about giving that special someone a treat every day from February 1st until February 14th?  Why yes, we can whip this out quick. A fun way to treat your Valentine! 

Print the sayings from this PDF here. Cut sayings into 2" x 2" squares.
Add some fun pattern paper for a pop of color. 2.25" x 2.25" squares.
Cut tags from the Cricut Craft Room file here. Tags are 2.5" x approx 3" tall.
Glue the pieces together and add some curling ribbon. Done.
You will find dollar deals of all kinds with lots of options - so be creative! 

Import the following Cricut Craft Room file to see layers of different tags from all 3 of our Close To My Heart cartridges.  (there is also a layer of hearts from the Art Philosophy cartridge just for fun)

Importing/Exporting Instructions:
1- Click on the link above for the Cricut Craft Room file.(there will be a box that says "no preview", but you will click the "download" arrow)
2- Download the file to your computer, either to your desktop or make a folder to hold all your CCR files.
3- Open the Cricut Craftroom program. Go to the "MyProjects" folder icon. It will pop up a window with a list of existing projects and a button on the bottom to "Import".
4- Choose the file from your desktop or download folder.
5- Highlight the file you want to open and click "Open".
It's that easy - enjoy!  (need a visual? watch a YouTube video)

Friday, January 3, 2014

Cloud Nine Card Making Kit

Seriously, this Cloud Nine Card Kit is so great. Use the CTMH Artiste Cricut cartridge to cut, then lickety split, stamp the images….
Bold, colorful and FUN!
Includes: stamp set, glitter adhesive trim, wash tape, triangle studs, paper, env-ies and more.

Get an exclusive Cloud Nine cardmaking kit for $15 (retail value $46) with a qualifying purchase of $35 or more (excluding tax and shipping) during January in celebration of National Papercrafting Month. Make 10 adorable cards (2 each of 5 designs).  You can add one cardmaking kit for every $35 in your order*.  New Consultants who enroll in January will receive a FREE Cloud Nine cardmaking kit when they have submitted total personal sales of $300 or more*.                                                                 *rules apply

Beginning Cricut Craftroom - FREE

Many of you want to use Cricut Craftroom, but not sure on where to begin.  Let me help you get  started!  We begin with the basics for the first class then add to your skill level through the course of 3 classes.  It will be stress free and interactive.  Bring your laptop and have some fun. Contact me today!
1st Class is Wednesday Jan. 15th - Class @ 10:00 am & 6:30 pm