How To Use My Acrylix Stamps

How to use My Acrylic StampsClose to my Heart My Acrylix Stamp Sets can be confusing for some so I wanted to share the step by step tutorial from the inside of each stamp set. Earlier stamp sets may not have had this insert.

I am sorry there are no pictures… I am in Arizona until February 3rd and will find the pictures when I return and I will add them then ~ Carol

Step One

Using the side of your forefinger, loosen the image on all sides then peel the stamp from its carrier sheet. (If image bases are connected, carefully lift one side and separate with scissors.)

Step Two

Center the image on an appropriate sized My Acrylix block. There is a guide line across the bottom of the block to use for accurate spacing and alignment,

Step Three

Ink the stamp with your preferred Exclusive Ink pad, checking the top of the block to verify even coverage on the stamp. You would be looking through the block to check the ink coverage. If this is the first time you have used your stamps you will want to stamp off a few images on scrap paper to make sure the stamp is accepting all the ink.

Step Four

Place the image in your preferred area then apply even downward pressure. (Watch the transfer of ink to paper to determine necessary changes in pressure when stamping.)

Here’s an additional tip: On occasion you will find that stamping on a padded surface will ensure your images are crisp and the ink is evenly distributed. When stamping large or multiple images, or designs with large blocks of color, use the 6″ x 6″ foam pad included to cushion your card or layout.

Happy 2018 365 Opportunities for a Fresh Start

A New Year..what is your goal?As my husband and I sat here last night we were thinking how it wasn’t so very long ago everyone was worried about the Y2k which the turn of the century was called. As a kid born in the late 50’s, I didn’t really think much about the passing of one year into the next – that was reserved for birthdays back then.  Then as I reached “the age of maturity” (whoever coined that term for turning 18 or 21 had obviously never dealt with an 18 or 21-year-old – because mature we were NOT) when writing checks was the only way besides cash of trading money, you had to think about the year changing because you had to have it correct on your checks. By 1999 there was a massive scare about the world coming crashing down – computers wouldn’t handle the changing of 1999 to 2000. People stored up all sorts of disaster materials, underground shelters were being built by the radical doomsday sayers. We just thought it was cool. We bought a special ornament – a champagne bottle with the year 2000 draped across it. I hadn’t even heard of scrapbooking!  This year, 2017-2018, we waited to see if there was going to be a terror attack somewhere.  I was happy to see that as of 1 am here in Utah, nothing had been reported.

One thing that usually doesn’t change is our need for resolutions. There are always things we want to change and New Years gives us a fresh start. While I have learned that in some cases it is better to keep those resolutions to yourself – something about actions speaking louder than words – I do believe you need to write them down. Someone once said, “A goal is just a wish until you write it down”.  So here is my challenge to you. Make a scrapbook page with YOUR picture on it and write down your 2018 resolutions (or goals if you prefer). You may choose to do with this with hidden journaling, or out for all to see.  Send a photo to me either at or just text me at 801-597-4896. You will be entered into a drawing for a free stamp set.

If you need some help on a layout to make for this scrapbook page, check out this link.

Black Friday Flash Sale – A Cut Above

Get them before they are gone!

Get them before they are gone!Close to my Heart is holding a one-day flash sale on to celebrate one of the busiest shopping days of the year! The sale will give you a chance to get a 50% discount on all of our currently available Cut Above® Layout Kits. This includes our current kits as well as a selection of layout kits that were previously available. Some of these kits are only available in low quantities, so be sure to place your orders early!

This sale starts at 12:00 am (MST) on November 24 and will end at 11:59 pm on that same day. All discounted items ordered as part of this sale count towards Stamp of the Month and Hostess Rewards qualifying order totals.

As an additional bonus, when you buy the Cut Above Layout Kit—The Story Begins kits (Baby Boy or Baby Girl), you are eligible for additional savings. As shown in the Annual Inspirations Idea Book, when you purchase one of these kits, you can purchase a My Legacy™ album of your choice at 30% off! That means that during this 1-day only sale, you can purchase these Cut Above Layout Kits at 50% off AND purchase a My Legacy album at 30% off—Talk about incredible savings!

Here is a link to all of the Cut Above kits involved in this sale:

If you know someone that is expecting this would make an awesome Baby Shower or Christmas Gift!

And to sweeten the deal, for anyone local who purchases a kit I will host a free workshop to put them all together!


Thanksgiving Napkin Rings

Placecards & Napkin Rings for ThanksgivingWhether you are setting a table with place cards like we talked about yesterday, or serving buffet style and want to add a creative touch these napkin rings with do the trick.  Whether you like cute papers to make your rings from or just basic colors your napkin rings will be beautiful.

  1. 1.  Cut 1 strip of paper at 1½” x 8″ for base
  2. 2.  Cut 1 strip of contrasting paper at  ¾” x 8 and attach it to the center of the first strip using CTMH Bonding Memories Glue.
  3. 3.  Cut a square of colored cardstock 2½” x 2½”, round corners if desired
  4. 4.  Cut neutral colored paper to stamp your sentiment on at 2″ x 2″ and attach it to the piece of colored cardstock with your Bonding Memories Glue.
  5. 5.  Using glue dots or a strong adhesive like Close to my Heart permanent dot roller attach the square to the band, and then close the band and glue with strong adhesive. *
  • You can use your bonding memories glue for the heavy gluing, but be prepared to hold a minute or so to make sure it holds.

Now tell me, will  you make things to decorate your Thanksgiving table?



Are You Ready for Thanksgiving?

I'm the baby in the back Are you all prepared for Thanksgiving?  I know I’m close, but there are still things to be done – like buy the turkey!  Actually this was planned – I don’t have a lot of room to thaw it out, so buying it at the last minute (but with still enough time to thaw) makes sense. Are you cooking this year?

I would really love to know more about YOUR Thanksgiving traditions. Do you set a table or a buffet? Do you like to have specific seating for everyone. I remember when I was little, my Nonnie (grandmother on mother’s side) had assigned seats every holiday. They were always in the same places. I don’t know if she did this out of a sense of tradition or out of necessity as my father was the only one left-handed and needed to be put in the corner where his elbow was not hitting anyone else.  In this photo my father must be taking the photo because my grandfather is in dad’s spot. (I am the baby in the back right side.) I am getting off track… here is an idea for your Thanksgiving table.

Make Place cards for your Thanksgiving table. These could even be madeSet your Thanksgiving table with Placecards

by the children if you wanted.  Just take a 3″ x 4″ piece of cardstock and fold it in half on the 4″ side.  You can then take a piece of patterned paper cut at #’ x 2″ to go in front. Then cut a piece of plain cardstock  2 ¾” x 1″ and either write or stamp the name of the guest.  This place card holder is embellished with the pumpkin stamps on the left.

Please leave a comment below and tell me about  your Thanksgiving traditions.

Tomorrow we will talk about napkin rings


Are You One Dimension?

Are you one dimension? It sounds like a loaded question doesn’t it? As crafters we usually don’t stop at just one craft in our lives. We have periods of time where we concentrate on one type of craft more than the others but within us we usually have in our knowledge possession the ability to do many things. This is where I am in my life, so many passions and not enough time. So I have decided to change up this blog to include sharing with you whatever I am working on, not just papercrafting. I am hoping by doing this, I can share more of my passions with you on a more regular basis and maybe even inspire you to give something new a try.  This being said, I would like to share my newest challenge – furniture refinishing.

I had not planned on this but found a hutch on one of the many local “garage sale” groups where I am a member of the group. It may be due to my age, but I always wanted a hutch to put things on, but I didn’t’ want one of the modern ones they make today. I wanted something that was a bit more unique and the other day I found it!  Looking at the picture I didn’t think it needed much, a new coat of paint, door knobs that sort of thing – not much at all. “I can do this” I thought. So I bought it, even paying an extra $20 to have it delivered. Here is a picture of the hutch on the day it was delivered:

Hutch I bought to refinishFrom the photo don’t you agree – looks pretty easy to just add some hardware and I was good to go… but when it arrived I took one look at how think that white paint looked and thought – it HAS TO COME OFF!

Tomorrow I will tell you what I decided about refinishing the hutch and what I did next. Here is a question for you.. Would you take on a project like this?   Leave a comment below and share your creative passions. We can all learn from each other if we are willing to share out thoughts.


Mojo Monday Inspirations – Basic Templates

Good Morning! Today’s Mojo Monday Inspirations is a very basic card that can be used for any occasion since you just need to put an image in the large box, sentiment in the small box and I will leave you to interpret the diamonds yourself.  You could even make up the cards without those additions so they at ready for whatever occasion you need a card.

I look forward to seeing what you create with this pattern, and I have a Halloween stamp set as this month’s prize. All you have to do to be entered into the drawing is to send me a picture of your card so I can post it here. You can also send me a text with your card picture ( don’t forget your name) to enter as well.


Mojo Monday Inspirations – Boxes and Butterflies

Mojo Monday Inspirations 08212017For so many parents out there this is the last day to have the children home for summer. Lots of places begin school tomorrow. I don’t remember school ever starting on a Monday. Maybe this is to give the teachers a head start on the new school year.  Speaking of head starts, here is a card that is sure to start your creative week off successfully. Today we have a quick and easy card you can do in under 30 minutes.

Start with a standard card base and cover the front with your favorite paper. Add 3 blocks about 1″ x 1″ to the top left as shown. I have chosen to put two blocks in each space, just dropping the base just a little bit to add dimension.  You can choose to just use the squares themselves as decoration or add something to the top of them. Completely up to you.

Next take a butterfly stamp or punch and stamp 3 times as if they are taking flight.

Now it is your turn. Create a card using this layout and send it to me either my text at 801-597-4896  or e-mail so it can be posted here and entered into this month’s contest.

Mojo Monday Inspirations is published each week to help you with card inspirations and ideas.

I Can’t Get Started

Bunny Berigan and his orchestra recorded “I Can’t Get Started” on August 7th, 1937. Do you ever feel like that with your crafting? You don’t do it for a while, then it is kind of stuck in the back of your mind with so many other things to do? We all do this, and while I am working out of my home office and am surrounded by beautiful papers, ribbons and cardstock there are days I just can’t get started too!

Mojo Monday Inspirational SketchesMojo Monday Inspirations is designed to help you with this issue. Every Monday I post a card sketch for you to create with your own interpretation. Everyone puts their own unique spin on the sketch and we share those cards here.   To the left is your sketch for Mojo Monday Inspirations.  I will tell you I only used the basic shapes in this card sketch because I wanted to see how it influenced your cards. Here are some pretty papers to consider when doing your card, however the card sketch is good for using your scraps too.   Do you think that is a flower? Could it be a sprocket?  I hope to see both women & men’s cards with this sketch.

Remember, to be entered into this month’s contest for a free stamp set, you will need to take a picture of your card and either email it to me at or snap a picture with your phone and text it to 801-597-4896.  You have until Saturday night August 12th at midnight to be entered into the contest, then we start all over on Monday Morning.

Please leave a comment below to tell me why YOU can’t get started and I may have the perfect solution for you.




Jumping for Joy ~ New Hostess-Only Rewards

Close to my Heart Cricut BundleAlong with the debut of the NEW Annual Expressions for August 2017 – July 2018, come some new, incredible hostess-only items.  When you host a crafting party with your friends you are given the opportunity to earn some amazing rewards, including free and discounted products and exclusive hostess offers!  Whether you hold your party online, at home, or in my classroom, the rewards can stack up to an incredible savings to your wallet.  Contact me to schedule your gathering today!


Now, Let’s take a look at the levels…

Level 1 – Receive a $25 Hostess Rewards credit, plus unlock this hostess-only item…
CTMH Hostess Gift Cricut Cuttlebug


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Level 2 – $40 in Hostess Rewards credit plus get 50% off any 1 item, including these exclusive, hostess-only items…

CTMH RoCTMH Hostess Gift Rolling Backpacklling Tote (HB1064)
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Level 3 – $60 in Hostess Rewards credit, plus unlock this two more exclusive hostess offers…
Workspace WonDesktop Craft Organizationder Bundle (HB1063)
Retail price: $128.50
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Hostess Cricut Bundle (HB1068)

Buy the Cricut Explore Air 2 and get the Cricut You are Here digital collection (Z3389) FREE

Retail Price $299 (+ $10 shipping)

(not available as a 50% off item)

Close to my Heart Cricut Bundle

Mojo Monday Inspirations – Squares on Squares

I have your Mojo Monday Inspiration for this week but first I have to tell you I can’t believe today is the last day of July! I keep thinking I can’t believe more than half this year is over but I think more Squares on Squares Card Sketchkids may be thinking “I can’t believe summer is almost over”. I can tell you as far as the weather in Utah is concerned, summer temperatures are in full swing. I look forward to heading down to the scrapbook room where it is about 10 degrees cooler than upstairs.

Mojo Monday Inspirations picks up where Mojo Monday left off. Today’s sketch is Squares on Squares and I am excited because I have a perfect idea in mind. What is nice about this sketch is it requires only a paper trimmer.  You may require more  depending on what you will put in the squares, but this card makes it easy for beginners as well as advanced card maker.

Since today is the last day of the month, I will start a new monthly drawing with any cards you create from this sketch. Please text me your card to 801-597-4896 or e-mail me at

Leave a comment below and tell me what you would like to win this month.   I am headed down to the scrapbook room to get this card done…  I have the perfect idea for this Mojo Monday Inspirational sketch!

Princess Diana of Wales

As I siLook at those camera pricest here and watch the HBO special about Lady Diana from the point of view of her sons and friends.  The story is very poignant  as you can imagine but we can take a lesson from Lady Diana, Princess of Wales. The show opens with Prince William and Prince Harry taking photos from a scrapbook. They showed pictures of Diana as a mother.  These are pieces of as Princess Lady Diana we as a public were not ever aware of, very private pictures.  As her father’s hobby was as an amateur photographer and as a result there was many clips of her as a girl doing the same things our daughters would do. Dancing as a ballerina and tumbling in the back yard to  holding bunnies with her brother.

Diana grew up in a time when pictures were taken and developed and often times put into albums. It is for this reason and this reason only that we are able to look back on her life growing up.

As of this moment, tell me where your children’s baby pictures are. Where are the baby pictures of you?  In the case of your own pictures, depending on your age, there is a good chance they are in a shoebox somewhere.  Your kid’s pictures are probably sitting on a hard drive somewhere.  So let me ask you this… does anyone ever get to look through those pictures?  What are you going to do when you go back to the hard drive and it is damaged or corrupted? You think it will never happen to you, but I can tell you from personal experience it does.  I never realized that these extra hard drives could even fail and I learned a very valuable lesson.

Now take a look at all the changes in media you have experienced in your life.  I remember when my grandfather would take 35mm movies (I still have them) and lots of slides. Film at this time was 35mm and had to be developed in a darkroom. If the back of the camera accidentally opened you lost all the pictures.   Later we had a cartridge to just drop into an Instamatic Camera, a Polaroid Camera for “Instant” photos that, if you left them in the heat would turn black. Now we have digital cameras in .jpg, .gif, .tif  and many more. How many will still be around in 50 years? Give that some thought and leave your thoughts below. Tomorrow I will talk about a solution to these problems. 

Mojo Monday Inspirations for July 10, 2017

Good Morning!  Are you ready for your Mojo Monday Inspirations? Today’s card has me going around and around… in circles. I am not a big fan of circle cards, but there is just something about the never-ending edge of a circle, maybe because there is no traditional end, no corners to get out of alignment. In today’s card sketch I have used a standard 4.25″ x 5.5″ card blank and a 1.5″ strip for grounding along with several circles. This card sketch gives you lots of Card sketches for the maker in all of us.places to put your sentiment or focal point. You can see that everywhere I have put words on the sketch would be appropriate.  Later today I will have a finished card to show you using this card sketch.

Do you like PRIZES?  Each month I have a drawing for a FREE STAMP SET all you have to do is

1.  Make a card using the sketch and send me a picture of the card or text your picture to 801-597-4896.  Don’t forget to include your name and phone number (only your name will be posted with your card photo) so I can get back to you when you win!

2.  Leave me a comment below.

So super easy… now go create something magical.



Mojo Monday Inspirations for July 3, 2017

Good morning, today’s sketch is going to look a little different because I’m traveling to Arizona and I forgot the power cord on my computer. Do you ever have one of those days where you’re rushing to get out and you forget things that are essential to Everyday Life? I know the rest of the day will get better as I’ll see my son and my granddaughter and have more things to scrap about. But for now I give you the very rudimentary card that I was able to create on my tablet. I look forward to seeing what you do with the sketch don’t forget to send me a copy either by text at 801-597-4896, or by emailing me at

Since it’s a new month I do have a new contest for anyone that sends me a copy of their card.

Hopefully by tomorrow’s post I will have a computer cord and be able to give you much better pictures.card sketch for 7-3-2017