Wednesday, June 1, 2022

June 2022 Happenings

Today is June 1st and I plan to turn over a new leaf and start posting regularly again!

Here is what is going on for June.


Choose stamps and thin cuts at a significant savings all month long!  Be sure to check it out here.

Our featured papers this month is Tutti Frutti.  It combines cool colors and fun designs to add a hip, summery look to your scrapbook pages, cards and crafting projects!

Here are the stamp sets that will compliment your beautiful projects.

Tutti Frutti Stamping Set again, now on sale!
June Stamp of the Month I Heart Summer - Spend $50 and get this stamp set for $5 or become a VIP member and get it for FREE!


Watch this video to check out the amazing features that make our stamp pads the best you’ll ever use!

FROM Close to My Heart Blog:

Ever notice that trends tend to repeat themselves, every 20–30 years? Like a blast from the past, the Fresh Paint collection, one of our newest paper collections found in our current catalog, delivers nostalgic 90’s themes that have reclaimed a place in today’s world. As memory keepers, we know all about revisiting the past, so {...} <- click to continue

Happy Stamping!

Friday, January 7, 2022

Happy 2022!

Happy New Year everyone!  I have been working with the Candid Moments scrapbooking kit over the holidays trying to catch up on some of the pictures I've been saving.  This layout today is my granddaughter Emma.  We were getting ready for supper but things just quite weren't ready and Emma was getting "hangry" so I gave her my phone so she could see herself on the phone.  She started making faces at herself.  Zoe (her big sister) helped to capture a few of those faces.  It was such a joy to watch her.

This is what the Candid Moments scrapbooking kit which is still available looks like:

May our new year capture only our best faces!

Happy Stamping!

Sunday, October 17, 2021

October 21 Happenings

 October brings a some new Close To My Heart (CTMH) specials:


The new year will be here before you know it, but you can be ready for it with the Remember Today special! The exclusive Remember Today Cut Above® kit features 12″ × 12″ pre-cut layout kits for each month of the year. Coordinating sticker sheets and stamp set make it easy to embellish the pages of your calendar. With multiple purchase options to choose from, including two discounted calendar kit options, you can use this kit in a variety of ways! Whether you use the layouts to build a calendar or a scrapbook album, the Remember Today special is an excellent way to prepare to make and preserve wonderful memories in the year ahead!  This will be available until December 31, 2021 while supplies last.

This video will show you everything the kit contains and what it looks like:

Join us November 12 for a free virtual Facebook live crafting event featuring this project on the Close To My Heart Facebook page! Be sure you have your own calendar kit so you can craft along with us!  

VIP Hip Hip Hooray Workshop

We’re celebrating the first complete year of our VIP Customer program with an exclusive workshop featuring papers, stickers, and stamps designed JUST for you!  The Hip Hip Hooray Workshop which includes 3 layouts and 8 cards.  You must be a VIP member to add this to your cart.  Available thru December 31st while supplies last.

Learn more about becoming a VIP member HERE.  Take a look below at this exclusive Workshop:


Get a head start on your Christmas crafting with the rich, traditional designs of the Holly & Ivy paper collection. Create seasonal d├ęcor items, cards, scrapbook pages, and more with this collection’s coordinating die-cuts, stickers, stamp images, and pocket cards.

OCTOBER STAMP OF THE MONTH - Wildflower Friendship

Spend $50 and get this exclusive D-size stamp set for just $5 - Wildflower Friendship

These are the beautiful images:

I hope you are enjoying these beautiful fall days and harvest moons!  Hunting season is almost here (and that frees up some of us for more stamping and scrapbooking)!

Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Feast of the Arch Angels

 Today, I want to relate to you true story of St. Michael, the Arch Angel (patron saint of soldiers in battles) and how he saved the life of a young United States Marine, who prayed to him every morning.  It was during the Korean War when the young Marine got separated from his unit after a blizzard and was caught face to face with seven enemy soldiers who had guns drawn, ready to fire.  Navy Chaplain Father Walter Muldy received a copy of this letter and speaking to the soldier, his mother and the leader of his unit, confirmed the veracity of the  story.  Here is his tale as related to him in a letter to his Mother:

Dear Mom,

I wouldn’t dare write this letter to anyone but you because no one else would believe it. Maybe even you will find it hard but I have got to tell somebody. First off, I am in a hospital. Now don’t worry, ya hear me, don’t worry. I was wounded but I’m okay you understand. Okay. The doctor says that I will be up and around in a month.

But that’s not what I want to tell you.

Remember when I joined the Marines last year; remember when I left, how you told me to say a prayer to St. Michael every day. You really didn’t have to tell me that. Ever since I can remember you always told me to pray to St. Michael the Archangel. You even named me after him. Well I always have.

When I got to Korea, I prayed even harder. Remember the prayer that you taught me? “Michael, Michael of the morning, fresh chord of Heaven adorning,” you know the rest of it. Well I said it everyday. Sometimes when I was marching or sometimes resting. But always before I went to sleep. I even got some of the other fellas to say it.

Well, one day I was with an advance detail way up over the front lines. We were scouting for the Commies. I was plodding along in the bitter cold, my breath was like cigar smoke.

I thought I knew every guy in the patrol, when along side of me comes another Marine I never met before. He was bigger than any other Marine I’d ever seen. He must have been 6’4″ and built in proportion. It gave me a feeling of security to have such a body near.

Anyway, there we were trudging along. The rest of the patrol spread out. Just to start conversation I said, “Cold ain’t it.” And then I laughed. Here I was with a good chance of getting killed any minute and I am talking about the weather.

My companion seemed to understand. I heard him laugh softly. I looked at him, “I have never seen you before, I thought I knew every man in the outfit.”

“I just joined at the last minute”, he replied. “The name is Michael.”

“Is that so,” I said surprised. “That is my name too.”

“I know,” he said and then went on, “Michael, Michael of the morning …”

I was too amazed to say anything for a minute. How did he know my name, and a prayer that you had taught me? Then I smiled to myself, every guy in the outfit knew about me. Hadn’t I taught the prayer to anybody who would listen. Why now and then, they even referred to me as St. Michael. Neither of us spoke for a time and then he broke the silence.

“We are going to have some trouble up ahead.”

He must have been in fine physical shape or he was breathing so lightly I couldn’t see his breath. Mine poured out in great clouds. There was no smile on his face now. Trouble ahead, I thought to myself, well with the Commies all around us, that is no great revelation. Snow began to fall in great thick globs. In a brief moment the whole countryside was blotted out. And I was marching in a white fog of sticky particles. My companion disappeared.

“Michael,” I shouted in sudden alarm.

I felt his hand on my arm, his voice was rich and strong, “This will stop shortly.”

His prophecy proved to be correct. In a few minutes the snow stopped as abruptly as it had begun. The sun was a hard shining disc. I looked back for the rest of the patrol, there was no one in sight. We lost them in that heavy fall of snow. I looked ahead as we came over a little rise.

Mom, my heart stopped. There were seven of them. Seven Commies in their padded pants and jackets and their funny hats. Only there wasn’t anything funny about them now. Seven rifles were aimed at us.

“Down Michael,” I screamed and hit the frozen earth.

I heard those rifles fire almost as one. I heard the bullets. There was Michael still standing. Mom, those guys couldn’t have missed, not at that range. I expected to see him literally blown to bits. But there he stood, making no effort to fire himself. He was paralyzed with fear. It happens sometimes, Mom, even to the bravest. He was like a bird fascinated by a snake. At least, that was what I thought then. I jumped up to pull him down and that was when I got mine I felt a sudden flame in my chest. I often wondered what it felt like to be hit, now I know..

I remember feeling strong arms around me, arms that laid me ever so gently on a pillow of snow. I opened my eyes, for one last look. I was dying. Maybe I was even dead, I remember thinking well, this is not so bad. Maybe I was looking into the sun. Maybe I was in shock. But it seemed I saw Michael standing erect again only this time his face was shining with a terrible splendor. As I say, maybe it was the sun in my eyes, but he seemed to change as I watched him. He grew bigger, his arms stretched out wide, maybe it was the snow falling again, but there was a brightness around him like the wings of an angel. In his hands was a sword. A sword that flashed with a million lights. Well, that is the last thing I remember until the rest of the fellas came up and found me. I do not know how much time had passed. Now and then I had but a moment’s rest from the pain and fever. I remember telling them of the enemy just ahead.

“Where is Michael,” I asked.

I saw them look at one another. “Where’s who?” asked one.

“Michael, Michael the big Marine I was walking with just before the snow squall hit us.”

“Kid,” said the sergeant, “You weren’t walking with anyone. I had my eyes on you the whole time. You were getting too far out. I was just going to call you in when you disappeared in the snow.”

He looked at me, curiously. “How did you do it kid?”

“How’d I do what?” I asked half angry despite my wound. “This marine named Michael and I were just …”

“Son,” said the sergeant kindly, ” I picked out this outfit myself and there just ain’t another Michael in it. You are the only Mike in it.

He paused for a minute, “Just how did you do it kid? We heard shots. There hasn’t been a shot fired from your rifle. And there isn’t a bit of lead in them seven bodies over the hill there.”

I didn’t say anything, what could I say. I could only look open-mouthed with amazement.

It was then the sergeant spoke again, “Kid,” he said gently, “every one of those seven Commies was killed by a sword stroke.”

That is all I can tell you Mom. As I say, it may have been the sun in my eyes, it may have been the cold or the pain. But that is what happened.

Love, Michael

Monday, September 20, 2021

VIP Card Special

If you have been trying to decide whether to become a VIP customer, I have some great news for you!  Treat yourself to this one-of-a kind card kit available only to VIP Customers and Close To My Heart Makers:

As a VIP Customer, you can purchase this beautiful Flower Shop Card Kit. If you are not a VIP Customer yet, You can  earn $15 instant credit when you sign up and you will also get 15% credit back on all of your future purchases.  You can save those credits up or use them whenever you want.  To become a VIP member, go to my site (click this link).  Pay $35 and get $15 in VIP Credit when you sign up!

Create adorable cards for all occasions with the VIP Flower Shop Card Kit which includes 1 Card Storage Box, 15 pre-printed card bases, 3 exclusive die-cut sheets, envelopes, a mini stamping block and black ink pad, and 3 tabbed dividers for easy card storage and organization.  See below:

A closer look at the card box - click the picture for enlarged view:

Next, check out this video from Monica:

Be sure to check out some of the other promotions happening this month such as the Slimline Celebration (available while supplies last through 10/31/21:

This special features three exclusive stamp + Thin Cuts sets with a variety of adorable icons and sentiments, plus two slimline card front Thin Cuts dies and a stamp set loaded with sentiments sized perfectly for a slimline card!

Save 20% when you purchase the whole set in either the Slimline Celebration Product Bundle or the Slimline Celebration Workshop kit! The workshop kit also includes cardstock, sparkles, and cards and envelopes to give you supplies for creating a set of 12 slimline cards featuring these fun stamps and die-cuts. Complete the workshop together with us during a FREE virtual event that will be held on the Close To My Heart Facebook page on Friday, September 24.

For a better look you can download the Workshop Guide here:  Slimline Celebration Workshop Guide.

Prepare for extra fun this Halloween with an exclusive product collection featuring a new paper packet and coordinating items:  Boo Crew:

The Boo Crew special makes Halloween crafting more fun than ever with an exclusive collection of products, including a paper packet, sticker sheet, stamp set, sequins, and more!

Save 20% when you purchase these items as part of the Boo Crew Product Bundle or the Boo Crew Workshop Kit. Check out the Boo Crew Workshop Guide for instructions in using the materials in your workshop kit plus some additional supplies to create three 12″ × 12″ two-page layouts and a set of papercrafted treat holders!  Check out this look-see:

This will also be available while supplies last thru October 31, 2021.

Don't forget to download the new seasonal Idea Book and the new Core Idea Book.  Both can be downloaded from:  HERE.

Happy September everyone!

Saturday, August 14, 2021

Back to School 20-21

 It's been a long time since I posted some artwork mostly because of too much life going on, I think.  This is a page of my beautiful granddaughters on their first day of going back to school last September.  Here is the layout that I used from one of last year's Summer papers.  You can click photos to enlarge view.

Here is the first page:

And the second page.  My littlest grand daughter is going back to preschool so there was really no big change for her.

Papers:  Sapphire, White Daisy, Saffron (ret.) Cardstocks; I Heart Us B&T papers
Stamps:  Z3373 School Kids Stamp Set (still available online)
Ink:   Intense Black Exclusive Ink
Embellishments:   Various stickers from Hobby Lobby, Blue sparkle tape from Hobby Lobby
Other:  Z3386 Block Alphabet Thin Cuts (still available online)

Images for School Kids Stamp Set:

Just seems much too soon to be sending children back to school.  May this be a year of TRULY Normal for them!

Blessings and Happy Stamping!

Sunday, August 8, 2021

August '21 Musings

Has your summer been going by as quickly as my summer?  Whoosh, I can't believe it is August!  We just had our Close To My Heart Convention and as you know the color of the year -- Blue Bell comes to an end and a new color of the year debuts.  This year, we are retiring 7 color besides blue bell and my heart truly grieves for Lilac and Peacock!  But in truth I will miss all of these!!  Don't worry, though, you will also love the incoming colors which will be announced soon!

August 2021 Featured Paper - Isabella

Celebrating relationships through paper crafting is more beautiful than ever with this month’s featured paper collection - Isabella! This versatile collection of products will work wonders on cards, scrapbook layouts, and all kinds of crafts made for a variety of occasions.

Be sure to check out all the Featured Paper products here:

August '21 Stamp of the Month:  Tutti Fruitti Summer

Each month you can purchase a new D-size stamp set valued at $18.95 for just $5—or you can get it for FREE as a VIP Customer! Qualify for this special pricing by placing an order of $50 or more in Close To My Heart products. This month’s set is only available August 1-31st.

And here is a closer look at the individual images of Tutti Fruitti Summer stamp set:
Tutti Fruitti Summer gives you some really fun options!

Boo Crew Promotion

Prepare for extra fun this Halloween with an exclusive product collection Boo Crew featuring a new paper packet and coordinating items.  

Save 20% when you purchase these items as part of the Boo Crew Product Bundle or the Boo Crew Workshop Kit. Check out the Boo Crew Workshop Guide for instructions in using the materials in your workshop kit plus some additional supplies to create three 12″ × 12″ two-page layouts and a set of paper crafted treat holders!

Offer available through October 31, 2021, while supplies last. Shipping assessed on retail value of all items.  Here is a quick video on the contents of this promotion.

Holiday Stories Promotion

Everyone Loves Holiday Stories! Save on kits designed in collaboration with renowned storyteller Stacy Julian and tell the stories you love!

Telling stories is a fun part of any holiday celebration, and you will love having your own stories to tell with the Story by Stacy™ Holiday Stories I Love Workshop Kit. This kit guides you through the process of exploring the memories behind your most treasured photos and then writing detailed stories to go with them.

The Holiday Stories kit includes stickers designed especially for the holidays—including some shiny silver foil accents—while the traditional Stories I Love kit includes stickers designed for any other stories you have to tell. Both are available at discounted prices for a limited time during this sale, including bundled together in the Holiday Stories Bundle!

After picking out your Stories I Love kit, be sure to join us for a virtual crafting event hosted by Stacy Julian herself on August 17! Learn more about the event on our Facebook page.

Offer available through August 31, 2021, while supplies last. Shipping & handling based on full retail price of all items.

Technique Video Presentation

Finally be sure to check out the video of the month regarding Watercolor Pencil techniques:  

Happy stamping!

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