Alcohol Marker Madness

This episode of Clearly The Best focuses on Close To My Heart’s new alcohol based markers. These markers make it so fun and easy to create stunning results in your artwork. The colors blend beautifully, creating lovely shaded images. Take a look at the video to see what I mean….

The markers come in a set of 2 complementary colors for only $5.95/set. Check out the entire color pallet here.

Happy Crafting,



My Craft Channel…..

Check it out….Close To My Heart is now on My Craft Channel! How cool is that?

Watch the first episode  below.

Day 9 of Artiste in August

Hey there, and welcome back! You should have just come from Adeline’s blog, but if not don’t worry, this is a circular hop. Just keep following the links till you end up where you started.

Today’s cut is the flower top box on page 36 of the handbook. The doily inside is also from Artiste.


This one seems more like a card to me, so that’s the direction I went. I used some Dotty For You paper(retired), Just Blooms Flutters, Adhesive Springs, Sparkles and Create a Shade Pearl Paint. The Stamp sets used are #C1511 Love Blooms and #D1455 Blessed (retired)

This folded up really easily. I wasn’t sure how to embellish it, so I just started and this is how it turned out. I usually start out with a plan, but sometimes it’s fun to just jump in and see what happens.

Now, hop over and see what Amy has to offer today.

Happy Crafting,


Gloria Rogers –
Tricia Rathke –
Lalia Harris –
Rebecca Kings –
Adeline Brill –
Kathy Johnson –
Amy Edwards –
Jen Patrick –
Pamela O’Connor –
Melinda Everitt –
Michele Eickholt –
Tina Gale Husong –
Denise Hobbs –

Pre-Buy Close To My Heart Cricut Artiste collection NOW!

I just received my Cricut Artiste collection (consultants can order 1 to preview before they are actually released) and I have to tell you I LOVE it! I am going to have so much fun with it! This cartridge has it all….

  • 700 NEW images. The only ones repeated from Art Philosophy are the square and circle….because you always need a square or circle.
  • cards with matching envelopes.
  • Lots of new boxes.
  • Adorable purses.
  • mini albums.
  • pleated rosettes.
  • 4 new spiral 3D flowers.
  • Welded sentiments for many occasions.
  • Party hats, favors and decorations….all on one key!
  • And sooo much more!Want to get yours before everyone else? Want to save some $$ as well? Pre-buy before August 1st by clicking on the buy now link below, I’ll pay your shipping and your Artiste Collection will be on its way to you on August 1st! Want to save even more? Sign up to be a Close To My Heart consultant. Get your consultant kit (worth $130) for only $49 and use your 22% discount to save on Artiste! Join in August and you will also receive this beautiful CTMH tote bag that only consultants who attended convention received. These bags are only available while supplies last.

NEW!!! Cricut Artiste Collection from Close To My Heart.

I can hardly wait to get my hands on this new Cricut cartridge. At convention there was LOTS of amazing artwork displayed that was created using Artiste, and I’m looking forward to making some of my own to share with you.

This new collection includes the Cricut cartridge which is loaded with 700 all new unique images including a complete font, tons of different cute, fun, beautiful, useful items as well as lots more boxes, bags, purses, party favors, and other 3D items (even an adorable baby shoe!). You’ll also find cupcake wrappers, and themed items. You can make everything you need for a party from the invites to the decorations and party favors and more using just this cartridge!!! Can you tell how excited I am?!!

Also included  are 3 all new exclusive stamp sets (D size) that are only available as part of the Artiste collection.

And 3 sheets of coordinating Dimensional Elements chipboard shapes, Album Pages, Awards and Quotes. With the Album Pages DE you can make an adorable, complete mini album!

The stamp sets and Dimensional Elements all have coordinating cuts on the cartridge that fit them perfectly. The handbook page number and size are listed right on the carrier sheet and packaging! How easy is that? No more searching the handbook for the right shape to cut!

Want to see all the images on the cartridge? Click here to view the complete handbook.

Artiste will be available beginning August 1st for $99. (The retail value is $125)

The stamp sets and Dimensional Elements alone would sell for nearly $69.

That means you are only paying $30 for this fabulous cartridge….that’s value!!

Tomorrow we’ll take a closer look at the exciting changes in Studio J!

Till then, Happy crafting!


Another versatile CTMH product.

I just love the Color Ready Seam Binding Ribbon from Close To My Heart! Now I always have ribbon in just the right color, simply by coloring it with my ink pads or re-inkers. No more frustration because I don’t have the right color to match my project.  Check out this video for some great tips and ideas.

Here’s a card that I made using ink pads and sponges with the Color Ready Seam Binding.

Happy Crafting!


It’s Stampaganza time!

Buy 2 get one Free!

Fabulous stamp images for your cards , scrapbook pages, banners, and more can be yours free in June! for every two my acrylix® stamp sets* (sizes a, b, c, d, or e) you purchase at full retail price, you’ll receive a third stamp set of your choice free* (of equal or lesser value)—a savings of up to $29.95 per set!

*Stamp sets that count toward the qualifying purchase and available for free include full-priced A, B, C, D, and E-sized sets only. The following do not count as a qualifying purchase and are not available as a free set: customizable (K-size), Workshops on the Go™, Cricut® collection, and Stamp of the Month sets. Offer
valid June 1–30, 2012. Tax and shipping/handling may apply. The lowest priced set(s) in the entire order will be the free set(s).


So, get out your Close To My Heart Idea Book and sticky notes and start making your list!

Don’t have an Idea Book? No problem, simply email me and I’ll make sure you get one ASAP. You can also click here to see the Idea Book online.

Ready to place your order? Email me or click here to order online.

Happy Stamping!



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