Sunday, May 19, 2024

Sympathy Card created with Thoughtful Expressions

A former co-worker of my mother's recently passed. She was part of the unofficial retirees group that got together for coffee or lunch. I created this card for my mother to give to her husband.

card created with Thoughtful Expressions Stamp Set and Dies
card created with Thoughtful Expressions Stamp Set and Dies
To create this card I used the Thoughtful Expressions Stamp Set (162815) and Thoughtful Expressions Dies (162821). I stamped the floral spray and hummingbird with Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad on Pool Party cardstock then die cut. I die cut a rectangle for the sentiment from Pool Party cardstock with a die from my stash (the die is square, but I used a technique I shared a few months ago to partially cut then realign the die and complete the cutting). I stamped with a sentiment I've had in my stash for awhile. One of the Thoughtful Expressions decorative dies was used to cut Black cardstock and I splattered it with Gold Shimmer Brush. The Zinnia 3D Embossing Folder created a nice background on the Lost Lagoon cardstock. To assemble the card I used a combination of liquid glue, flat adhesive and foam tape to assemble the card.

By the way, the first card I shared this month, now has a sentiment and a home. A birthday snuck up on us. I die cut a cardstock "banner" with a die from my stash then added a sentiment from one of the Craft with Heart™ Cardmaking Subscription Kits previously available from Close to My Heart.

card created with Thoughtful Expressions Stamp Set and Dies
card created with Thoughtful Expressions Stamp Set and Dies
I rarely create cards without a sentiment, but this time I am very happy I did. It saved me a late night. I think I will try to make more cards that just need a sentiment and addressing for the next time special occasions arrive quicker than expected.

I hope you have a wonderful week ahead. It looks like the weather is going to be nice though maybe a little to warmer than I would prefer.

Thursday, May 16, 2024

Save The Date - Free Shipping - Tuesday, May 21

On May 21, 2024, Stampin' Up! is offering FREE SHIPPING on orders of $75 or more! This deal is for one day only, so you’ll have to act quickly.


Here are the details:

All order types qualify for this promotion. Free shipping is for 24 hours only. Orders must be opened and closed on May 21, 2024.

Ordering Deadlines

  • Phone: 21 May 2024 at 6:59 p.m. (MT)
  • Online: 21 May 2024 at 11:59 p.m. (MT)

Free shipping automatically applies to your cart after the qualifying amount has been met, which is $75 USD (before tax).

Coupon codes and product credits are non-commissionable and will lower your order’s retail amount. Orders must meet the qualifying amount to be eligible for free shipping.

The additional cost for expedited shipping is not covered by this promotion.

Prepaid 3-, 6-, or 12-month Paper Pumpkin subscriptions can contribute to the qualifying amount for free shipping (Month-to-month subscriptions do not qualify). Subscriptions billed and shipped this month will be charged for the normal amount ($24.50 USD shipping included) + tax.

As a reminder, former Close To My Heart VIPs will receive a free Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog with their first purchase (use the same email address with Stampin' Up! that you used with Close To My Heart). You do not need to add a catalog to your cart prior to checking out, a catalog will be added based on matching your email address to a list of CTMH VIPs.

You can browse the Stampin' Up! website here or download a PDF of the catalog here.

TGIF. Have a great weekend!

Mother's Day Card created with Flowing Zinnias

I recently received the Flowering Zinnias Suite Collection (163485) from Stampin' Up! and I love it. When I needed to be able to quickly create a Mother's Day card, I selected the Simply Zinnia Dies (163479) and Zinnia 3D Embossing Folder (163337). You may have seen this card on my Facebook Page, Brenda's Paper Crafts, this past Sunday. 

card created with Flowering Zinnias
card created with Flowering Zinnias
In addition to the Simply Zinnia Dies and Zinnia 3D Embossing Folder, I used Ballerina, Flamingo, Raspberry, Honey Butter, Pumpkin, Limeade, Jade and Pine cardstock from Close To My Heart. The sentiment is from one of the Craft with Heart™ Cardmaking Subscription Kits that Close to My Heart previously offered.

If you have any questions about the Flowering Zinnias Suite Collection, do not hesitate to contact me by using the Contact Form to the right.

I hope you have a great Thursday!

Friday, May 3, 2024

CTMH Closeout Sale

Hello crafty friends.

If you are subscribed to receive emails from Close To My Heart, you probably received a message Thursday evening about the CTMH Closeout Sale that begins later today, Friday, May 3, 2024 at 5:00pm EDT.

CTMH Closeout Sale
CTMH Closeout Sale

The CTMH closeout sale to clear out all remaining inventory will start later today at 5:00pm EDT. Take advantage of incredible discounts on everything from papers and stamps to embellishments, Thin Cuts, organization products, and more!

Be ready to shop early to get the best deals! All items will be available while supplies last, and all sales are final.

Go directly to the Close To My Heart website to shop. The same username and password you used to shop with me works on the Corporate website.

If you are a former VIP Customer, remember that you will still be able to redeem any VIP Credit that you had saved up (VIP Credit must be used by 1:59am EDT on June 1 (that's 11:59pm MDT on May 31) or it is lost). Shop during the closeout sale to make your credit go even farther during this incredible clearance sale!

Please be patient with regard to shipping. The folks in the shipping department have been working very hard to keep up with the larger than usual order volume.

If you have previous orders that you would like to check the status of, go to the CTMH website, getting there is similar to finding your Digital Library (this is a good time to remind you to download any digital files that are in your library - remember some of the monthly specials and Black Friday/Cyber Monday items included digital files), and sign in. Click on your name in the upper right and choose Account. Then select Order History on the left. Click on an order (you may need to disable pop-up blockers) to open a new window that provides order details. You will be provided a list of what was ordered, and, if the order shipped, a tracking number will be listed under the Shipped To block.

When you are checking those orders, if you purchased any cardmaking or scrapbooking workshop kits, there will be a link under the product item number/name to the workshop instructions. Alternatively, all guides released since January 2020 can be found on the website under More > Workshop Guides. Please be sure to download the workshop guides and digital files by June 15, 2024.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Wednesday, May 1, 2024

Starting a New Chapter

Beginning May 1, 2024 I am now an Independent Stampin' Up! demonstrator. I am still trying to learn all of the terminology and policies, so I am a bit nervous, but also excited.

When we learned that former Close To My Heart Makers would have the opportunity to become demonstrators with Stampin' Up! someone suggested that we purchase a few products so we could become familiar with them. I was lucky enough to choose stamp sets that are making an encore! appearance in the Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog May 2024–April 2025.

card created with Thoughtful Expressions Stamp Set and Dies
card created with Thoughtful Expressions Stamp Set and Dies
To create this card I used the Thoughtful Expressions Stamp Set (162815) and Thoughtful Expressions Dies (162821). I cut the floral spray and hummingbird from White Daisy and the leaf dies from Evergreen (from my CTMH stash). I colored with Colorista by Spectrum Noir™ pencils. I used the Thoughtful Expressions Dies to cut labels from Bubble Bath and Soft Sea Foam from the Subtles 12" × 12" Cardstock Assortment (161714). I used second generation stamping with Pear Stamp Pad (from my CTMH stash) to create a background paper. I used a combination of liquid glue, flat adhesive and foam tape to assemble the card. I have not decided the occasion for sending the card, so I have not selected a sentiment yet.

As I hinted at earlier, a new catalog with new products are available from Stampin' Up! on May 1. If you were a VIP Customer with Close To My Heart, you will receive a free Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog May 2024–April 2025 when you place an order.

In addition, there is a May 2024 Product Release of Exclusive CTMH™ Products.

Cover May 2024 Exclusive CTMH™ Products
Cover May 2024 Product Release Exclusive CTMH™ Products

The collection for May 2024 is Enjoy the Ride and the featured colors are Rosy, Pumpkin, Honey Butter, Limeade, Jade, Harbour, Bluebird and French Vanilla. There is a paper packet, enamel dots, paper with sticker sheet, coordinating two-tone cardstock, cardmaking and scrapbooking stamp sets with Thin Cuts, and scrapbooking and cardmaking workshops. In addition there is a Baseline Alphabet Thin Cuts and cardstock and stamp pads in the featured colors. All items are very limited and are likely to sell out quickly, so be sure to shop early. This brochure/flyer (in PDF format) provides all of the product details. 

The products are only available to CTMH Makers and Customers who had an email address "on file" with CTMH. The products will be available at 12:01am MDT on May 1; you will find the items on the Stampin’ Up! website. Go to menu > Shop Products > CTMH™ Product. Please also go to Find a Demonstrator (in the upper left) and search for my name.

I hope you will join me on this new creative journey. Until next time.

Tuesday, April 30, 2024

My Journey with CTMH is Coming to an End

Hello everyone. I hope you are enjoying the unseasonably warm weather we have been having.

Today is the last day of my journey with Close To My Heart. I really appreciate the experiences I've had and everyone I've met during my last twelve years as an Independent Consultant/Maker. I've made memories that I will treasure forever. Thank you to everyone I've gotten to know on this path. All of you have had a positive impact on my life.

I also want to share my latest card with the April 2024 Stamp Of The Month Little Hedgehogs.

Little Hedgehogs Birthday Card
Little Hedgehogs Birthday Card
This card was created for my great-niece. In addition to the April 2024 SOTM (S2024), I used paper from the Storybook collection (JanuaryMarch 2023 catalog), Seabrook cardstock and ink, Blending Brushes and Julip Shimmer Brush. The stamped images were colored with Colorista by Spectrum Noir™ pencils. I mixed and matched stamp sets for the sentiment, but unfortunately I do not remember which sets I used.

If you are a CTMH VIP customer, today is your last day to earn VIP Credits on your orders placed before 11:59pm MDT. Any VIP Credit in your account needs to be spent by end of day (11:59pm MDT) on May 31, 2024.

Also, if you need any Workshop Guides, either for scrapbooking or cardmaking workshop kits featured in catalogs, or from many of the promotions Close To My Heart has offered since January 2020, please visit Workshop Guides and download any instructions you may need by June 15, 2024.

If you purchased any SVG files, they too need to be download by June 15, 2024. If you need help downloading the files, I posted some information about accessing you Digital Library on March 25, 2024.

Thanks again for being part of my CTMH journey. I appreciate each and every one of you.

Tuesday, April 2, 2024

Little Hedgehogs Birthday Card

Hello crafty friends!

I thought I would share this birthday card I created a couple of weeks ago.

Little Hedgehogs Birthday Card (Front)
Little Hedgehogs Birthday Card (Front)
This card was inspired by project 3 from the Love Notes Card Workshop. Rather than using a square near the card center, I sized a rectangle behind the hedgehog. I used an older paper I have been hoarding Craft On (from the Seasonal Expressions 2 2019 catalog). I love black backgrounds where the colors pop.

Little Hedgehogs Birthday Card (Inside)
Little Hedgehogs Birthday Card (Inside)
The stamped images hidden inside behind the hedgehog are from previous (retired) Craft with Heart™ Cardmaking subscriptions. I think I've told you before that I keep the stamp sets from the subscriptions nearby at all times because I like to have a variety of sizes and fonts of the sentiments I use most when cardmaking.

I used Carolina, Clover and White Daisy cardstock in addition to the Craft On patterned paper and I colored with the Colorista by Spectrum Noir pencils.

Little Hedgehogs is the April 2024 Stamp Of The Month and it is available with or without Thin Cuts.

Thank you for visiting today! Have a great rest of your week.

Monday, April 1, 2024

April 2024 CTMH News

Happy April Fools! What a month March 2024 was! Despite the big announcement at the end of February, CTMH continues to bring us some wonderful new items to spark our creativity! First up is the new stamp of the month. Isn't this an adorable set?

Little Hedgehogs—April Stamp of the Month

Little Hedgehogs—April Stamp of the Month (S2404)
Little Hedgehogs—April Stamp of the Month (S2404)
Little Hedgehogs (S2404) is an exclusive D-Size set of 15 stamps. Little Hedgehogs is available only during the month of April 2024. The stamp set can be free for CTMH VIP Customers who place a qualifying order during April 2024. Those who are not CTMH VIP Customers can place a qualifying order and purchase the stamp set on the same order for only $5. Everyone qualifies for additional sets at $5 for each additional $50 spent on the same order. The April 2024 SOTM is also available for $19.95 with no other purchase required. The recommended CTMH My Acrylix® Blocks for this stamp set are: 1" × 1" (Y1000), 2" × 2" (Y1003), 3" × 3" (Y1006), and 4" × 4" (Y1017).

Little Hedgehogs—April Stamp of the Month + Thin Cuts (Z7148)
Little Hedgehogs—April Stamp of the Month + Thin Cuts (Z7148)

If you select the Little Hedgehogs—April Stamp of the Month + Thin Cuts (Z7116), you receive the same D-Size set of 13 stamps plus 10 metal dies to cut the shapes shown. The Stamp of the Month + Thin Cuts is only $19.95 with a qualifying order; the Little Hedgehogs—April Stamp of the Month + Thin Cuts is also available for $34.95 with no other purchase required.

The CTMH Art Department created cards using Little Hedgehogs:

cards created with Little Hedgehogs
cards created with Little Hedgehogs

Little Hedgehogs is available only during the month of April 2024.

Joy in the Journey

Joy in the Journey
Joy in the Journey

Introduced a little early (this past Friday, March 29), is the April special Joy in the Journey. The special features exclusive products, Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet and coordinating cardstock (some with resist and foil) featuring the Color of the Year Journey and a stamp set. There will also be discounts on existing Journey products. For your planning purposes, you should know there is a limited number of bundles available at the beginning of the sale, but CTMH will be making more available as soon as possible.

Joy in the Journey Flyer - page 1
Joy in the Journey Flyer - page 1
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Joy in the Journey Flyer - page 2
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Joy in the Journey Flyer - page 3
Joy in the Journey Flyer - page 4
Joy in the Journey Flyer - page 4

The Joy in the Journey flyer (PDF format) can be found here. Joy in the Journey will remain available through April 30, while supplies last. 

April 2024 Supplement

At 5pm EDT Friday, March 29 the new products pictured below were made available on my eCommerce site

April 2024 Stamps + Thin Cuts Flyer Flyer - page 1
April 2024 Stamps + Thin Cuts Flyer Flyer - page 1
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The products would have been in the May-June 2024 Catalog if CTMH were not closing later this year. Soak Up the Sun (May 2024 SOTM) appears to be held until May, but that may change after the Corporate Office opens later today. It is my understanding that Summertime Borders would have been the June 2024 Stamp Of The Month; instead it available now with Thin Cuts without a qualifying purchase. Click on any of the images above for a better look; the same eleven page flyer (PDF Format) with the new products can be found here.

With the announcement the Close To My Heart is closing, be sure to check the Clearance section of my eCommerce website regularly. Who knows when a new group of products will be reduced and posted in the Clearance section?

VIP Customers, please keep in mind that April 2024 is the last month to earn VIP Credit and you will need to redeem any VIP Credit in your account by May 31, 2024 at 11:59 pm MDT. Any unused credit will expire on June 1, 2024.

All customers, please download any Workshop Guides you may need by June 15. Also, you should check your Digital Library for any Digital Art (SVG files) that were added to your account. I wrote a post about how to check your library and download the files about a week ago. Please download Digital Art as soon as you can so you have time to verify you are able unzip the zipped file and view the SVG file(s).

Thank you for your support over the past twelve years. Also, thank you for your patience while the shipping department catches up on the increased number of orders that the closing announcement prompted. 

Have a fabulous April!

Sunday, March 31, 2024

Last Day for March Specials & Systems Maintenance April 1

Good morning! If you are celebrating Easter today, Happy Easter, and I don't want to take up too much of your time. 

Today is the last day for Cardstock Carnival.

Cardstock Carnival
Cardstock Carnival

Cardstock Carnival was one of the specials I always looked forward to. As of Saturday evening, all of the colors are available to purchase including the die cut strips.

If you were waiting for the Just Chicken In SOTM + Thin Cuts to be restocked, they were back as of Friday, March 29 and are still available as of Saturday evening,

Just Chicken In—March Stamp of the Month + Thin Cuts (Z7141)
Just Chicken In—March Stamp of the Month + Thin Cuts (Z7141)

If you are planning to purchase the SOTM or the SOTM + Thin Cuts, be sure to be logged in and add your selection from the green area of your shopping cart to get the correct pricing. Be sure to purchase by 11:59 pm MDT on March 31 to be sure to receive SOTM pricing ($5 stamp set when you make a qualifying purchase or free (stamp only) if you are a VIP, make a qualifying purchase and have not received taken advantage of the SOTM pricing before).

A Gnome for All Seasons—Spring

A Gnome for All Seasons—Spring
A Gnome for All Seasons—Spring

The Spring Gnome special is ending. If you are interested in any of the Gnomes for Spring options, be sure to purchase by 11:59 pm MDT on March 31 to receive the promotional pricing (please see my March 1 post to view the flyer).

Systems Maintenance Scheduled for April 1

The next CTMH systems maintenance window is scheduled for Monday, April 1, from 12:00–4:00 am MDT (that's 2:00 am to 6:00 am on the East Coast). During this maintenance period, some of online systems, including ordering on my Maker website, may be unavailable. Many product images and links on my blog will not display or redirect you correctly during this time.

If you are celebrating, have a Blessed Easter with your family and friends.

Friday, March 29, 2024

March 29 CTMH News

Buckle up!

At 5pm EDT today (Friday, March 29) new products will be available on my eCommerce site. To prevent early product outages, the items will be limited to 1 per person for the first 24 hours of ordering.

April 2024 Stamps + Thin Cuts Flyer Flyer - page 1
April 2024 Stamps + Thin Cuts Flyer Flyer - page 1
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Click on any of the images above for a better look; the same eleven page flyer (PDF Format) with the new products can be found here.

Joy in the Journey

Joy in the Journey
Joy in the Journey

Also available at 5pm EDT is Joy in the Journey. This special features a variety of exclusive products featuring the Color of the Year Journey. There will also be discounts on existing Journey products. These special offers will remain available through April 30, while supplies last. We have been warned that "due to some interruptions in the production process, we will have a limited number of bundles available at the beginning of the sale, but we will be making more available as soon as possible".

Joy in the Journey Flyer - page 1
Joy in the Journey Flyer - page 1
Joy in the Journey Flyer - page 2
Joy in the Journey Flyer - page 2
Joy in the Journey Flyer - page 3
Joy in the Journey Flyer - page 3
Joy in the Journey Flyer - page 4
Joy in the Journey Flyer - page 4

The Joy in the Journey flyer (PDF format) can be found here.

Finally, additional inventory for several items in the March-April 2024 Catalog (and some from the Core Products catalog) are back in stock. They will orderable at 5pm EST as well.

I will post photos and flyers as soon as I can.