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!


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


Cricut Cuttlebug (HB1067)
Retail Price:  $79 (+ $7.95 shipping)
not available as a 50%-off item


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)
Retail Price: $79.95
Hostess 50%-off Price:  $39.98

Whimsy Apron (HB1066)
Retail Price: $49.95
Hostess 50%-off Price: $24.98


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
Hostess 50%-off price: $64.25

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

Live Your Life Beautifully…

How many of you know that May is designated National Scrapbooking Month? I’m sure many of you do and as such you would expect Close to my Heart to do something amazing.
Well, I wasn’t disappointed and I don’t think you will be either. On the first of May the perfect scrapbooking kit and album package that will allow you to
showcase how you live your life beautifully! The kit comes with EVERYTHING you need to create 10 beautiful
layouts. Record your memories living live beautifully

Do you notice that even the adhesive and journaling pen have been included? So when I say that the kit contains everything to create an album with 10 pages, I was not kidding … literally everything. To make it even better it is sold at a discount,
and you still get options! So let’s talk about what’s included in this album package.

  • 1  post bound grey or D-ring album of your choice
  • 1  permanent adhesive Tombow Marvy Uchida Journal Pen
  • 1  10 12×12 album pages already printed
  • Side protectors Accessories and embellishments
  • Color instructions guide

Normally all of this would cost you $87.10 but for you the cost is  $68.95 (this is a 20% savings!)

Can you imagine what it would feel like to create a 10-page kit in just a few hours with all the  products that come in the kit? If you are like me you are thinking of how awesome it would be! These layouts would also make a beautiful wedding album for a lucky bride. Before I show you all the beautiful pages you can create take a look at the beautiful scrapbook papers that are included in your kit.

and while this photo is good, the actual papers will take your breath away. If you follow me on Facebook you will see many projects using these beautiful papers.

Scrapbook Papers perfect for a wedding

Here are the layouts you will make with the full color instructions when you buy the entire Live Beautifully Scrapbooking Kit. Did you know you could buy the Live Beautifully Scrapbook Kit without the album for just $44.95

and since all the pieces come cut and ready even a beginning scrapbooker can put these layouts together! You can
















click on any of the pictures to reach the link to purchase them.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call or text me.  I am here to serve you!






Thin Cuts Cuttlebug Dies are 25% off during March

Thin Cuts at 25% offHave you had an opportunity to use any of Close To My Heart’s Thin Cuts with your Paper Crafting projects yet?  They are pretty nifty, if I do say so myself.  Super easy to use and they produce a clean-cut line every time!  While I really do love my non-stick Micro-Tip Scissors… it definitely beats the old way of fussy cutting for hours on end, in my opinion.

Thin Cuts are thin metal dies for cutting specific titles, sentiments, and a wide variety of shapes that match specific stamps set within the Close To My Heart line.  Each set of Thin Cuts are packaged on a magnetic sheet and work well with most die-cutting machines.  For a quick storage idea I store mine in our 4″ x 6″ protector sheets inside of one of our Everyday Life Albums.

All Thin Cuts on Sale – 25% off during the month of March!

Thin Cuts give you a fast and easy way to cut all kinds of shapes for your crafting, and this month they are all available at 25%-off! Choose from titles, sentiments, and a wide variety of shapes to stamp on, so you can get precise, dimensional shapes in no time!

Looking for the list of Thin Cuts on sale during the month of March?  Look no further…

Thin Cuts—Hearts (Z3260, $14.95, $11.21, Annual Inspirations p. 79)

Thin Cuts—Stars (Z3261, $14.95, $11.21, Annual Inspirations p. 79)

Thin Cuts—Happy (Z3258, $13.95, $10.46, Annual Inspirations p. 79)

Thin Cuts—Love (Z3257, $10.95, $8.21, Annual Inspirations p. 79)

Thin Cuts—Hello & Thanks (Z3259, $11.95, $8.96, Annual Inspirations p. 79)

Thin Cuts—Celebrate (Z3256, $13.95, $10.46, Annual Inspirations p. 79)

Thin Cuts—XOXO (Z3305, $10.95, $8.21, Seasonal Expressions 1 p. 51)

Thin Cuts—Happy Birthday (Z3304, $9.95, $7.46, Seasonal Expressions 1 p. 51)

Thin Cuts—Basic Hearts (Z3317, $12.95, $9.71, Seasonal Expressions 1 p. 52)

Thin Cuts—Basic Circles (Z3318, $12.95, $9.71, Seasonal Expressions 1 p. 52)

Hello Lovely Cardmaking  Thin Cuts Bundle  (Z3301,$28.95, $21.71, Seasonal Expressions 1 p. 10)

Sugar Rush Cardmaking  Thin Cuts Bundle (Z3300, $23.95, $17.96, Seasonal Expressions 1 p. 20)

Dreamin’ Big Cardmaking  Thin Cuts Bundle (Z3303, $23.95, $17.96, Seasonal Expressions 1 p. 30)

Some Kinda Wonderful Cardmaking  Thin Cuts Bundle (Z3302, $23.95, $17.96, Seasonal Expressions 1 p. 40)

Offer available March 1–March 31, 2017 while supplies last

Thin Cuts by Close to my Heart will make your life easier!







Floral Wreath for National Papercrafting Month

Order your Welcome Home Wreath Today!Every January, we celebrate National Papercrafting Month as a way of acknowledging the pure joy of playing with paper! We scrapbook with it, we make cards with it, we decorate with it—in short, we craft with it!

This year, we’re celebrating the joys of paper-crafted home décor with the beautiful Welcome Home wreath kit. This kit comes with pre-cut pieces you can simply pop out and attach to the sturdy chipboard wreath base, making a welcoming décor piece for your home.

There are four ways you can get the wreath kit:

  1. Buy it for $18.95—no qualifying purchase required!
  2. Get it for free with a qualifying $60 purchase!*
  3. Get it for free by hosting a party that reaches the second level of Hostess Rewards.
  4. Get it for free when you sign up to be a Consultant!

No matter how you get your Welcome Home wreath kit—or how many you get—you are going to love how easy this kit makes it to add a little more papercrafted beauty to your life.

*$60 qualifying purchase must be full-priced retail product not including tax and shipping.
Offer valid January 1 – January 31, 2017 while supplies last. Normal shipping/handling & tax apply.

The Perfect Gift for Mom, Friends and CoWorkers

The perfect gift for any occasion!

The perfect gift for any occasion!Whether you need a gift for your mom, your bestie or even your co-workers Close to my Heart has put together the perfect package because you know… it’s the little things that tug at your heart.

This month only, we are offering the Mini-Album Package and it is LESS THAN $20 bucks and you have options too! Whether you’re looking for a meaningful gift idea or a treasured keepsake, these mini albums are fast and easy . You can choose to fill it with pictures, or leave that to your recipient either way they are sure to be a winner.  I told you that this offer came with choices so let me tell you about them!

Blue Jean Mini-Album Bundle comes with Perfect for the Guys in your life!

  • 1 – Instalife™ Blue Jean Album
    1 – pack of #Life™ Enjoy cards (40 cards total)
    1 – pack of #Life™ Black overlays(16 overlays total)
    1 – pack of mini 4″ × 4″ Memory Protectors™ (10 protectors)
    1 – pack of mini 2″ × 2″ Memory Protectors™ (10 protectors)

This would normally cost you $27.75, but since that is over that $20 limit you set for yourself, we have reduced the price  to $18.95 through Dec 31, 2016.


Blush Mini Album BundlePerfect For the Girly Girls

1– Instalife™ Blush album
1 – pack of #Life™ Hello Gorgeous cards (40 cards total)
1 – pack of #Life™ gold overlays(16 overlays total)
1 – pack of mini 4″ × 4″ Memory Protectors™ (10 protectors)
1 – pack of mini  2″ × 2″ Memory Protectors™ (10 protectors)


Available in 3 sizesAdventure Mini Album Bundle (6″ × 8″ Memory Protectors™)

  • 1 – Everyday Life™ stripes mini album
  • 1 – pack of My Crush® Adventure Calls 3-ring hole-punched decorative pages (30 total)
  • 1 – pack of 6″ × 8″ mini Memory Protectors™ (10 total)

Adventure Mini Album Bundle (4″ × 6″ Memory Protectors™)

  • 1 – Everyday Life™ stripes mini album
  • 1 – pack of My Crush® Adventure Calls 3-ring hole-punched decorative pages (30 total)
  • 1 – pack of 4″ × 6″ mini Memory Protectors™ (10 total)

Adventure Mini Album Bundle (3″ × 4″ Memory Protectors™) works in all size mini-albums

  • 1 – Everyday Life™ stripes mini album
  • 1 – pack of My Crush® Adventure Calls 3-ring hole-punched decorative pages (30 total)
  • 1 – pack of 3″ × 4″ mini Memory Protectors™ (10 total)

****This size is perfect to put all the kids school pictures for grandma****

And to top off this great deal, Close to my Heart has found the perfect place to get your perfectly sized photos. Come back tomorrow and read all about Persnickety Prints.



The Most Important Scrapbook Tool

You have to have a good Paper Trimmer!

You have to have a good Paper Trimmer!If I can share with you one tip above all others, invest in a good paper trimmer! I am talking about a full 12 x 12 minimum size. Not something that only trims papers, or a paper cutter, but a normal paper trimmer like Fiskers SureCut Paper Trimmer (Z1783). While it seems like a hefty price at 34.95, you can take a craft store coupon and get one for less. You will find this tool indispensable. Did you know you can also use it to score your cardstock?
There are two ways to accomplish this, purchase the scoring blade (Z1785) or remove the blade and place your cardstock in as you would if you were cutting, then using your bone folder or a dry embossing tip, gently run down the cut line. This is a great tip when you want to score the entire 12 x 12 piece of cardstock.

The Versatility of City Sidewalks

The images can be used all year long!

The images can be used all year long!City Sidewalks can be a very versatile, Here is a card inspired by a snow globe. Using Cricut Design Space basic shapes to cut the snow globe (circle) and base (triangle). The remaining images are from City Sidewalks. To make the card more dimensional without getting too thick to mail, I used the thin 3D foam tape.

The City Sidewalks cartridge has lots of great Christmas images that mix tradition with whimsy. Over the next few days I’ll be sharing a few more projects using the City Sidewalks Paper Pack and Cricut Digital cartridge on my Facebook Page.  Here’s a look at everything you get on this “virtual” cartridge:

Here are the images on the City Sidewalks Digital Cartridge

Many of these images can really be used all year long,Also, keep in mind that this “cartridge” is only available through December 31 and you can buy yours here.

**Note that the City Sidewalks is a virtual cartridge and must be downloaded. This means it will only work machines that use Design Space (all variations of the Explore).

What Are You Crafting Today?

not just for Christmas Paper
not just for Christmas Paper
CTMH City Sidewalks Paper Pack

I love Saturdays… my husband has college football on the television and I am upstairs and working on the project for my Nov 30th workshop. I am making a Countdown to Christmas block calendar with our City Sidewalks paper from the Holiday Expressions Catalog. These papers are so versatile, yes they work great for Christmas but the other papers will work well for so may other pages. I will be using this paper pack all month to show you the variety of ways they can be used.

The blue and white paper with dots can be used for anything including baby boys or anyone that loves the Glacier color.

While the red crosshatch pattern is the perfect background for your Christmas cards, since it is a primary color it works great for young children’s birthday and the backside is a word search page!  If you start searching for words you will find snowflakes, city sidewalks, Rudolph and more but still a great background paper for anytime of year.

And while I would probably use the red chains paper for Christmas the reverse is dots in a chain of Peacock and Lagoon which are both blues on a Willow green background – another good paper for kids that like primary colors.

I think my personal favorite of these papers is the Peacock background with trees of Willow green, Glacier blue and Whisper grey. I love the contrast of these colors and will keep them in mind for their own scrapbook layout in the future.

I need to get back to creating this Countdown to Christmas project, but check my Facebook page later today to see the finished product.


Get Your Coloring Fix with Yuletide Joy

Christmas Coloring Stamp

Happy October!  While our minds are on scary things like costumes and candy it is also time to start thinking about those handmade cards and gifts for Christmas.  I know, I said the “C” word, but I would say it now, than have you regret it later.

Christmas Coloring Stamp
Yuletide Joy Stamp Set

Yuletide Joy is October 2016 Stamp of the Month. For 30 days only, you can see this stamp set up close and even purchase this stamp set for either $17.95 or $5.00 by clicking here.

Check out my Facebook Page for the artwork done with this beautiful stamp set. I look forward to sharing more with you through out the month.

Leave me a comment below and tell me if you like to make Christmas Cards and if you are planning to this year.

A Little Kindness Goes a Long Way

October is National Stamping Month and Close to my Heart have a wonderful promotion for you.  Here is a little video:

I know what you are thinking… but this kit comes with pre-printed bases and all the pieces are already cut for you so even if you think you can’t…think again!  I will even do a video to show you how easy it is.  I know you can do this, but it is only available for the month of September so don’t wait.

Visit my website to get your own Create Kindness card kit. The kit comes with everything you need to create a set of 24 adorable cards, including 8 exclusive stamp sets, a block, the ink, pre-printed card bases ( you can even order extra of these)! Even the circles are already cut out for you.

Top everything off at a 15% discount over the retail price at $46.95.  You’re thinking you don’t need the ink or the block, but look how this breaks down if you buy everything separately.

24 card bases, circles and envelopes                         $9.95

2″ x 2″ Acrylic Block                                                     $6.95

Ink Pad                                                                            $2.50 (if you could buy it)

Mini-Stamp Box                                                            $12.95

For a total of   $55.95   now take away the block and ink and you are still paying $46.50! Toss in an alcoholic marker for $5.95 and you qualify for the Blessed Beyond Measure for just $5.

Now you have saved yourself $19.99 and received 27 stamps, 24 bases, envelopes and circles, a 2″ x 2″ acrylic block, an archival black ink pad, and a nice box to keep things in!  An excellent deal for sure and just think of the smiles you can bring to your friends and family!

Here’s the link for the entire Creating Kindness Card Kit.  Create a little more kindness in the world, because kindness changes everything.

Blessed Beyond Measure

Close to my Heart Stamp of the Month

Gratitude Faithful Blessed StampsBlessed Beyond Measure is a beautiful stamp set as you can see by thiClose to my Heart Stamp of the Months artwork. You can see the outline of the leaves that can be cut with the Cricut® Artbooking collection (Z3196).   I love the sayings in this stamp set and having them being individual stamps makes them interchangeable. Why not add some depth by embossing the leaves before stamping them. Watch my Facebook page for more artwork through out the month.

Spend $50 and get this Stamp of the Month set for just $5. Each month you can purchase a new D-size stamp set, available for one month only, for just $5. When you place an order of $50 or more in Close To My Heart products, you qualify for this special Stamp of the Month pricing.

S1609, set of 19. Recommended Blocks:
1″ × 1″ (Y1000)
1″ × 3½” (Y1002)
2″ × 2″ (Y1003)
2″ × 3½” (Y1009)

You can order your own set here.



Motivational Monday Sketch for a 4 x 4 Photo

You can add more photos to this layout

You can add more photos to this layout

Whether your style is a one page layout or a two page layout, you will always find sketches here at Creatively Carol that you can use.  In this layout I have included the picture sizes, and you can add the extra size to the matte as your personal style dictates.  If you like to work with sketches, but prefer to have cutting directions. I would like to suggest “Cherish” by Jeanette Lynton and put out by CLOSE TO MY HEART.  As we start to think about Christmas, This awesome book makes a great gift and is available for just $14.95 in the soft cover form.  This is much better than hardbound because with a spiral edge you can flip the book and only see what you are working on.

Cherish Scrapbooking How to Book by Close to my HeartJust click here to order your copy of this book to order today!

You will be making beautiful scrapbook layouts in just a few minutes!


I offer a monthly drawing when you do the weekly sketch and send me a copy to post for others to derive inspiration. Please send your layouts to 801-597-4896 or

Time to get motivated and do the sketch!

Flash Sales for June!

Don't you love CTMH Sales!

NewDon't you love CTMH Sales!s Flash!

 During the month of June, we’re offering great deals on bundles of discounted Close To My Heart products every weekend! Click here to see bundles still available.  There is lots to choose from, but you’ll need to snatch them up quick, because they’re only available through the end of the month, while supplies last! Bundles are available at various discount levels and price points , so check often to see the new offerings. Remember, these discounts won’t last forever, and some will be gone in a flash, so act quickly to score the best deals!