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Snipits for Journaling

Creatively Carol Snippets               I would like to introduce a NEW SEGMENT in the  Creatively Carol Blog. I call it Snippets. Here I will share little bits of information including journaling helpers, Quotes, helpful hints and more… I hope you enjoy this new part of Creatively Carol !

Do you ever struggle for single words or short phrases to compliment your scrapbook pages ?  Here is a list of some good discriptive words and phrases to consider:

                    So Proud                                 B e l i e v e                                      Mr Right

                    Playing for Keeps                    practice makes perfect                    Sun kisssed!

                     Trust                                       so in love                                          Celebrate in Style

Great ways to incorporate these types of journaling words.. you can use an dymo labeler, the tape comes in many colors… put the journaling in strips… or even the new labelers that come in clear or colors…

Have fun and share with us YOUR favorite way to journal!

Creatively, Carol


The Perfect Pair… 5 days left!

The Perfect Pair
During July, get a free paper packet and coordinating accessory—a Perfect
Pair— with every qualifying online purchase.

Sophia is featured as the Perfect Pair from July 26-29

  • Sophia Paper Pack (X7131B)
  • Sophia My Stickese (X7131C


Close to my Heart Sophia Paperpack  Close to my Heart Sophia

Place an online order of $75 or more in July and we’ll send you a popular paper packet and coordinating accessory—a Perfect Pair—for free! That’s a retail value of up to $17.90!

 Place your order early in the availability period, as the promotion is while supplies last. Offer valid July 1–31, 2012. While supplies last.

    Here is a few pieces of artwork using Sophia…

2012 Close to my Heart Retired List

The following products are scheduled to be retired from the CTMH product line and are not pictured in the Autumn/Winter 2012 Idea Book. I have linked each item to the shopping page so you can see what the item looks like.

Paper Packs/Stickease/Complements
·        Cruisin’ Paper Pack                                           X7154B
·        Cruisin’ Complements Foil Images                     X7154C
·        Elemental Paper Pack                                       X7141B
·        Elemental Complements Dimensional Elements X7141C
·        Footloose Paper Pack                                      X7151B
·        Footloose Complements Dimensional Elements X7151C
·        Lucy Paper Pack                                               X7149B
·        Lucy Complements Glittery Rub-Ons                  X7149C
·        Roxie Paper Pack                                             X7140B
·        Roxie My Stickease Assortment                         X7140C
·        Sonoma Paper Pack                                         X7143B  >sold out
·        Sonoma My Stickease Assortment                     X7143C
·        Superhero Paper Pack                                      X7152B
·        Superhero Complements Rub-Ons                     X7152C
·        Typeset Paper Pack                                          X7139B
·        Typeset Complements Canvas Shapes              X7139C  >sold out

Workshops on the Go

·        WOTG Cruisin’ Kit              G1039
·        WOTG Florentine Kit          G1038
·        WOTG Footloose Kit           G1036
·        WOTG Lucy Kit                   G1034
·        WOTG Pemberley Kit          G1033
·        WOTG Stella Kit                  G1032
·        WOTG Superhero Kit          G1037
·        WOTG Victory Kit                G1035  

Stamp Sets:
A1095 Always Remember
A1099 Angel Sent
A1107 A Twinkle
A1108 A Flitter
A1109 A Sip
A1110 A Timber
A1113 A Game
A1115 A Holiday
B1356 St. Nick
B1359 Fright Night
B1361 Tannenbaum
B1362 Tag The Occasion
B1381 Holiday Cheer
B1393 Joyful Jar
B1394 John 3:16
C1379 Holiday Commentary
C1382 Holiday Commentary – Spanish
C1383 Holiday Commentary – French
C1401 Friendship Alphabet Small
C1408 Live Inspired
C1419 Harvest Home
C1420 Snow Days
C1423 Captured Moments
C1424 Nature’s Gift
C1425 Month By Month
C1426 Thanksgiving
C1427 I Believe
C1429 Party Pennants
C1465 Unscripted
C1468 Winter Joy
C1470 Gnome Garden
C1471 Happy Clusters
C1472 Bundled Buddies
D1136 Giggle Caps
D1137 Giggle Lowercase
D1267 Rustic Numbers
D1306 Treasure Life
D1308 All Decked Out
D1373 Childhood Portrait
D1384 Snow Flurries
D1386 Save The Date
D1387 Made With Love
D1397 Save The Date – French
D1398 Save The Date – Spanish
D1401 Authentic
D1436 The Present
D1437 Party Animal
D1446 Adorn-able
D1449 Father Christmas
D1493 Fill In The Blank – Holiday
D1499 Live Your Style
E1002 Rustic Alphabet
E1006 Baroque Alphabet
E1011 Headline Alphabet Large
E1016 Friendship Alphabet Large

(Cardstock, inkpads, and reinkers are all included. Check your Idea Book for part numbers.)
Some re-inkers and papers are already gone!

·        Amethyst              
·        Baby Pink
·        Brown Bag
·        Dutch Blue
·        Garden Green
·        Garnet
·        Grey Flannel
·        Grey Wool
·        Heavenly Blue
·        Holiday Red
·        Key Lime
·        Lilac Mist
·        Moonstruck
·        Pansy Purple
·        Parchment
·        Petal
·        Spring Iris
·        Sunflower
·        Sunkiss Yellow
·        Sunny Yellow
·        Taffy
·        Tulip
·        Vanilla Cream
·        Vineyard Berry

Other Cardstock
·        Colonial White 6-pack    X5901
·        White Daisy 6-pack        X5900

·        Clear Cards 4-1/4” x 5-1/2”
·        Clear Cards 4-1/2”

·        Quick Pic Album-Dark Chocolate            Z1406
·        Quick Pic Album-Dark Cranberry            Z1405
·        Quick Pic Album-Outdoor Denim            Z1404
·        Snapease Album System 12×12             Z4110            

·        Bitty Brads Basic Assortment                 Z1367
·        Bitty Brads Metal Assortment                 Z1368
·        Bitty Buds Assorment                            Z1690
·        Bottle Caps                                           Z1691
·        Canvas Badge Buttons                          Z1397
·        Clear Sparkles                                      Z1104
·        Color Ready Irresistibles- Lots of Dots    Z1261
·        Comic Badge Buttons                            Z1688   > sold out
·        Dimensional Elements-Ornaments          Z1337
·        Heirloom Assorment                              Z1635
·        Hinges                                                  Z1402
·        Mini-Medley Accents-Honey                  Z1488
·        Mini-Medley Accents-Pacifica                Z1698
·        Mini-Medley Accents-Sunset                  Z1338
·        Mini-Medley-Tulip                                  Z1320

·        Photo Hangers                                      Z1403
·        Ribbon-Designer Pink Collection            Z1384
·        Ribbon-Sw. Lf. Stitched Grosgrain (bulk) Z1383
·        Seaside Wooden Shapes                     Z1693   >sold out

My Creations Products
·        My Creations A-Door-Ables                   Z1321
·        My Creations All Sorts Mini Album          Z1224
·        My Creations Cube                                Z1152
·        My Creations Mix & Mingle Album          Z1334

·        Craft Tray                                              1764
·        Distressing Kit                                       Z1299   >sold out

·        Dotto Dots Dispenser                            1766
·        Dotto Dots Dispenser-Refill                    1767    >sold out
·        Double Scrubber                                   Z1163
·        Euro Personal Paper Trimmer                Z338
·        Euro Replacement Blades                     Z339
·        Euro Replacement Blade/Scoring          Z340
·        Microfiber Cloth                                     Z1006
·        My Legacy Writer Black Pen Set            4275
·        Shoulder Tote                                       Z4204 (sold out)

Things are going away!

With every new Close to my Heart Idea Book debut, a retired list is published.  Here is a list of the retired product that is no longer available.  Tomorrow I will publish the retired list with links to the products on my website for easy ordering.

These products are no longer available:

The Unavailable List provides a comprehensive record of all items that are out of stock and permanently unavailable.

  • 9029     Cherish ® Scrapbooking Program
  • 9031      Reflections® Scrapook Program
  • 9032     Originals® Card Confidence Program
  • 9033      Wishes Card Confidence Program™
  • 9034      Magic® Scrapbooking Program
  • B1402    My Peeps stamp set
  • X5908      Bright Red & Pink Cardstock Shade Pack
  • Z1299      Distressing Kit
  • Z2200      Amethyst Exclusive Inks® Re-Inker
  • Z2219      Dutch Blue Exclusive Inks® Re-Inker
  • Z2220      Garden Green Exclusive Inks® Re-Inker
  • Z2221      Garnet Exclusive Inks® Re-Inker
  • Z2225      Grey Wool Exclusive Inks® Re-Inker
  • Z2233      Lilac Mist Exclusive Inks® Re-Inker
  • Z2248      Spring Iris Exclusive Inks® Re-Inker
  • Z2251      Sunkiss Yellow Exclusive Inks® Re-Inker
  • Z2257      Vineyard Berry Exclusive Inks® Re-Inker
  • Z2266      Tulip Exclusive Inks® Re-Inker
  • Z4204     Shoulder Tote

Have a Creative Day!


Do you ever feel like you are just lost?

Do you ever feel like you lost your way?  I have been like that for several months now.  Now we have moved to Las Vegas, and I am diving in with both feet.  Count on more blog posts, more tutorials, more You Tube videos and artwork, artwork, artwork.

I discovered today that my shopping link is broken. I will fix it tomorrow when the corporate office opens. In the mean time, I wanted to share with you a couple thoughts.                                                                                                Convention has ended and I can tell you, we have a beautiful Idea Book coming out for the Autumn – Winter season.  I am looking forward to sharing so much with you.  Remember, when a new Idea Book season starts, the last issue of the season ie: Autumn – Winter 2011 Idea Book, goes away. The products won’t be back. So if there is anything you were thinking about buying, now would be a good time to grab it!



Happy April Fool’s Day!

Happy April 1st!

I love April, I am ready for all the spring flowers, I love the bulb flowers most of all, With the mild winter we have had here in the bay area of Northern California we have already started seeing daffodils popping up, and a few tulips and Iris.  It is also Palm Sunday for those who celebrate this day.

On the Sunday before Easter, many Christians celebrate Palm Sunday. Recalling the entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem, churches distribute palm leaves in remembrance of people who waved them and carpeted his path with them. One of the things you can do with these palm leaves is to fold them into crosses. These are great to give out as little gifts or hide as secret presents! You can get directions on how to make this palm cross here.

Today is also April Fool’s Day and whether you have a propensity for playing tricks on people or not, here are some thoughts about this day.  Today is the day for pranks of all kinds, whether they come from friends and family or they’re an online, TV or radio prank. There will definitely be some merriment and foolishness about, so put your sense of humor into gear and be prepared!

Click here to read more about April Fool’s Day

But I especially love April 1st for today is my grandson Ryan’s birthday and while when he gets into mischief we say that we KNOW why he was born on April Fools Day, he is one of the sweetest little boys you could ever meet and he is going to break hearts with those brown eyes.

Have a Creative Day and don’t get fooled!     My gift to you this April Fool’s Day is a free stamp set with any order placed on my website today. This will not show in your order, but will be sent directly from me!… so click h ere  to place your order now…..NO FOOLING!


Create background paper using tissue paper for a unique look

In this card I want to talk about the background.  You can easily create your own background using various techniques. In this card the background was made by using tissue paper to transfer the color from your stamp pad to the paper. You can get a nice varied look by mixing the depth of color based on how much you load onto the tissue.  Just wad up the tissue and use it like a sponge.   Try your hand at this technique and let me know what you think!

Happy Birthday Michangelo

Do you ever feel like it takes forever to finish a scrapbook page?   Great creations take time. Michangelo took 4 years to complete the LiSistine Chapel. I am sure the italians thought it was worth the wait.

What causes you to not be able to finish a scrapbook page or give you a block on getting it done?  Leave a comment and share with us. To read more about Michangelo click here.

Single Scrapbook Page Sketch for Sketch Monday

Single Page Scrapbook Sketch

Since it is the first Monday in March, I have chosen a single page layout for you to try.  This layout features one large photo for your focal picture and a tall skinny photo to compliment.  Journaling  goes in the left corner and title on top.  Embellishments can be added .  Give this a try, and send it to so I can post it here.

Single Page Scrapbook Sketch

Recipe card project – Corn Pudding

Today’s recipe card follows the same formatas last week’s card.

Recipe Card Project - Corn Pudding

Today’s recipe is Corn Pudding

  • 1 can creamed corn
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 can evaporated milk
  • ¾ sugar
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • salt to taste

Beats eggs until frothy, add sugar, oil, and salt and continue to blend.  Add cornstarch to milk and beat well.  Mix all together with corn mixture. Place in glass dish (approx 8 x 8) sprayed with cooking spray. Bake in low oven at 325° for about an hour or until set. Do not rush .


Have a Creative Day!


FREE Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge…. join my team

Join my team and receive Free Cricut Cartridge or $100 in product creditMarch is a GREAT time to embrace the philosophy of fun because anyone that joins Close To My Heart and my Memory Makers Team in March will receive this FABULOUS Cricut® Art Philosophy collection for FREE!  WOWZA!!!  This is a hot Hot HOT item – scorchin’ HOT even and just look at this BEAUTIFUL artwork (above) that you can create with the FABULOUS Art Philosophy collection…

If you have any questions about this promotion, just call me at 925-822-7097 

I am here to answer all your questions!

If you are ready to sign up, please click here

Carol Gomes

Independent Consultant with Close to my Heart

Covering My Creations Display Albums

Covering My Creations Display Album step 2

Yesterday we showcased the My Creations Display Album so today I will tell you how to cover your album.

Step 1 – Take your My Creations Display Album and disassemble album by gently pulling wire binding apart and removing covers.





Covering My Creations Display AlbumStep 2 – Cut B & T patterned paper one inch larger that the item that is being covered. Center cover on B & T paper. Fold and adhere corners first, then edges.



Covering My Creations Display Album Step 3





Step 3 -With piercing tool, punch hole in center of binding openings and press B & T paper to edges of binding openings. Adhere cover lining and repeat steps to open holes.  Reassemble album


When you create your own My Creations Display Album, please send me a picture so I can feature it here for everyone to ohhh and ahhhh . Just send your pictures to me by clicking here.

Z1054 My Creations™ Display Album

My Creations Display Album Z1054

Today I would like to tell you about one of the great products we have for making your own album to display. My Creations Display Album Z1054  This incredibly versatile chipboard album can stand to display photos or layouts or be used as a book. Get creative and use it as a desktop monthly calendar, a photo flip frame, and more! (Includes chipboard covers with 12 spiral-bound 6″ × 6″ page protectors).  The cost of this album is $7.95

Come back tomorrow and learn how to cover this album.

Have a creative day!