Friday, June 21, 2019

Flash Sale Starts Now

The Close To My Heart 35th Anniversary Flash Sale starts now!

35th Anniversary Flash Sale
The CTMH 24-hour 35th Anniversary flash sale on my Consultant website right now! The sale runs for 24 hours only until 4:59pm EDT on Saturday, June 22 (that's 2:59pm MDT at Corporate Headquarters in Utah).

Please keep this in mind while shopping; considerations that applied to previous flash sales that also apply today:
  • Sale prices are only available on orders placed on my Consultant website.
  • The sale features a selection of current products at 35% discounted prices. There is a limited number of these items set aside for the sale; the Corporate Office expects to completely sell through several of the items because the deals are that good. Once CTMH sells through the allowed amount, those items will no longer be available, so shop early!
  • Any items that sell out during the sale will return to availability at their normal price once the sale has ended.
  • All discounted items count towards Stamp of the Month qualification.
  • Shipping and handling is based on the full retail value of the sale items.
Please shop early for the best selection. Some of the items are so "hot" they are likely to sell out in minutes. I can say that without knowing what they are as it has happened during previous Flash Sales.

Happy shopping!

CTMH Flash Sale Late this Afternoon

Starting at 5pm EDT Close To My Heart is having at 35th Anniversary Flash Sale.


35th Anniversary Flash Sale
CTMH is having a 24-hour 35th Anniversary flash sale on my Consultant website! The sale will begin at 5pm EDT today and end at 4:59pm EDT on Saturday, June 22 (that's 2:59pm MDT at Corporate Headquarters in Utah).

Many of the same considerations that applied to previous flash sales also apply today:

  • Sale prices are only available on orders placed on my Consultant website.
  • The sale features a selection of current products at 35% discounted prices. There is a limited number of these items set aside for the sale; the Corporate Office expects to completely sell through several of the items because the deals are that good. Once CTMH sells through the allowed amount, those items will no longer be available, so shop early!
  • Any items that sell out during the sale will return to availability at their normal price once the sale has ended.
  • All discounted items count towards Stamp of the Month qualification.
  • Shipping and handling is based on the full retail value of the sale items.
Please shop early for the best selection; I have seen some items sell out in minutes during previous Flash Sales.

Happy shopping!

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Share the Joy

A new CTMH special started today – Share the Joy.


Share the Joy features two exclusive My Acrylix® stamp sets and one set of exclusive Thin Cuts metal dies.

This flyer shows all of the items and bundles available through the Share the Joy promotion.


The second page of the flyer includes many project ideas for using the Share the Joy Stamps and Thin Cuts.


If you would like to download the flyer to your computer, click here. The full Share the Joy selection can be found on my Consultant Website.

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Crafting with the June SOTM and True Love

It's Your Day to Sparkle is the June 2019 CTMH Stamp of the Month and, wow, it is versatile. With it you can create birthday, wedding, anniversary cards and more. We use the #ctmhtruelove hashtag to make it easier to search for inspiration on social media for ideas using the True Love collection.


With the True Love Collection and the June SOTM, the Corporate artists created this 12″ × 12″ page, two cards and an anniversary tag.

The following supplies were used to create the projects in the above photo:

12″ × 12″ Just Married Page
S1906My Acrylix® It’s Your Day to Sparkle — June Stamp of the Month
X7244BTrue Love Paper Packet
X6027White Daisy Cardstock
X5999Charcoal Cardstock
X5989Sugarplum Cardstock
Z2847Eggplant Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad
Z2805Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad
Z6500Sugarplum Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad
Z2831Charcoal Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad
Z6501Ballerina Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad
Z3370Adhesive Pearls—White
Z4054Gold Embellishing Thread
Z4242Watercolor Pencils
4¼″ × 5½″ Sparkle card
S1906My Acrylix® It’s Your Day to Sparkle — June Stamp of the Month
X7244BTrue Love Paper Packet
X7244CTrue Love Complements
X6027White Daisy Cardstock
X5989Sugarplum Cardstock
X5993Sage Cardstock
Z2847Eggplant Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad
Z3370Adhesive Pearls—White
Z4054Gold Embellishing Thread
Z4249Ranger™ Gold Tinsel Embossing Powder
Z891VersaMark® Ink Pad
Z4220Ranger™ Anti-static Pouch
4¼″ × 5½″ 21st Birthday card
S1906My Acrylix® It’s Your Day to Sparkle — June Stamp of the Month
X7244BTrue Love Paper Packet
X7244CTrue Love Complements
X6027White Daisy Cardstock
X5989Sugarplum Cardstock
Z2847Eggplant Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad
Z3370Adhesive Pearls—White
Z4054Gold Embellishing Thread
Z4249Ranger™ Gold Tinsel Embossing Powder
Z891VersaMark® Ink Pad
Z4220Ranger™ Anti-static Pouch
Z4181Thin Cuts — Stitched Circles
Z11513-D Foam Tape
Happy Anniversary Tag
S1906My Acrylix® It’s Your Day to Sparkle — June Stamp of the Month
X7244BTrue Love Paper Packet
X7244CTrue Love Complements
Z2847Eggplant Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad
Z3370Adhesive Pearls—White
Z4054Gold Embellishing Thread

You will find the PDF file of recipes here.

The June SOTM, It's Your Day to Sparkle, is only available during June; the True Love collection (Paper Packet, Compliments, etc.) will retire on August 31st; items from the collections in Seasonal Expressions 2 are available while supplies last.

If you are looking for other project ideas for using True Love, CTMH created Scrapbooking and Cardmaking Workshops Your Way® and Deluxe Scrapbooking Kits (available with both stamp and Thin Cuts, without either the stamp or Thin Cuts or with the stamp, but without the Thin Cuts). Here's what you could create (click on any image for a better view):

Workshops Your Way® True Love Scrapbooking Kit (G1177)
Workshops Your Way® Thinking of You Cardmaking Kit (G1181)
True Love Deluxe Scrapbooking Workshop Kit (Z4510 or Z4514 or Z4518)

Please visit my Consultant Website to find everything in the True Love collection. I hope you are inspired. Thank you for visiting today.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

The Best Moments Are Free

During the month of June The Best Moments Are Free special helps us document the important moments in our lives.

The Best Moments Are Free
Celebrate the best moments during June with four My Acrylix® stamp sets and coordinating layout kits designed to preserve some of your favorite memories. This special features three stamp sets from the Seasonal Expressions idea book and one exclusive set, Then & Now, designed just for this special. Each stamp set has been paired with materials for creating a 2-page scrapbooking layout at no additional cost—you pay the price of the stamp set and get the layout materials FREE!

Happy Trails Scrapbooking Workshop Kit (CC6191)
Happy Trails Scrapbooking Workshop Kit
completed layout
Escape to Paradise Scrapbooking Workshop Kit (CC6192)
Escape to Paradise Scrapbooking Workshop Kit
completed layout
Grillin' & Chillin' Scrapbooking Workshop Kit (CC6193)
Grillin' & Chillin' Scrapbooking Workshop Kit
completed layout
Then and Now Scrapbooking Workshop Kit (CC6194)
Then and Now Scrapbooking Workshop Kit
completed layout
Then and Now (CC6195)
The Best Moments Are Free Scrapbooking Workshop Kits Bundle (CC61910)

There is an opportunity for even more savings – get the special The Best Moments Are Free bundle, which includes all four layout kits, at an additional 25% discounted price! Become a new Consultant in June or host a qualifying event to receive one of these four featured workshop kits FREE as an added reward through the duration of this special.

When you are viewing the Product Description, please be sure to look at the "Additional supplies needed" – usually only inks and adhesives – to be certain you have everything you need to start creating when your order arrives. Also be sure to download the Workshop Guides when you place your order. You will find links for the Guide under the "Add to Cart" button or under the Product Description; there will also be a link on your order receipt.

Please note: Since the flyer below was created there has been a slight change with the contents of two of the scrapbooking bundles in this special. Instead of offering complete spools of the Candy Apple Striped Ribbon and Silver Shimmer Trim used in the Escape to Paradise and the Grillin’ & Chillin’ Scrapbooking Workshop Kits, the kits will now include 1 yard lengths. This change effective June 6, 2019.

This flyer has all of the details above in a compact two page format:

The Best Moments Are Free flyer - front
The Best Moments Are Free flyer - back

Download a PDF copy of The Best Moments Are Free flyer here.

The Shop Now button will also take you to my Consultant Website where you will find all of the Close To My Heart products and Workshop Instructions.


Do not hesitate to email me if you have any product or promotion questions. You will also find me on Facebook at Brenda's Paper Crafts. Thank you for stopping by today.

Saturday, June 1, 2019

CTMH It's Your Day to Sparkle SOTM Blog Hop - June 2019

Welcome to the June 2019 SOTM Blog Hop featuring the stamp set It's Your Day to Sparkle. This month there are almost 20 Consultants sharing projects they created with It's Your Day to Sparkle. Our blog hop is circular so visiting the next blog will take you back to where you started.


You should have arrived here from ***Melissa Robinson's My Heartfelt Sentiments***. If you get lost along the way, Melinda Everitt keeps a list of participants on her blog at If You Bling It.


From the moment I saw the cake I knew I wanted to do something special with it and the flowers decorating it. I even thought about stamping and fussy cutting some of the smaller flowers, but I decided to use the small stamp to create my background.

It’s Your Day to Sparkle - card front

I had a happy accident while creating my card. I hope you think of it as a happy accident too. Since I was fussy cutting the cake, I did not ink all of the stamp. I stamped the cake first in Sugarplum since I was still deciding between clear and white embossing. When I lifted my stamp from the paper, it shifted a bit so when I stamped with VersaMark it ended up being slightly above the Sugarplum. Personally I like it and think it creates a nice shadow. It is too bad that when I try to do this technique "on purpose", it will probably be a little more difficult.

It’s Your Day to Sparkle - card open

I used banners and a PML-like image from the cut apart sheet for my sentiments.

Before you head to ***Terry L Metzger's Creative Imaginations***, the supplies I used to create my project are listed below.

All supplies are from Close To My Heart except where noted:
If you are not already working with a CTMH Independent Consultant, you may purchase all of the supplies I used at my Consultant website.

If you have a little time, please leave a comment letting me know what you think of my card. I hope you are enjoying the projects created with It's Your Day to Sparkle — the June Stamp of the Month. Thank you for hopping with us!

So you do not have to scroll back up, the next stop on the hop is ***Terry L Metzger's Creative Imaginations***.

June 2019 CTMH News

Greetings! I hope you are enjoying the early summer-like (mostly) weather we have begun to have. The weather has been good, not too hot too soon, but a little wet. Unfortunately while we are at beginning of construction season, it is already getting old for me. Once I get used to the detours, I'm sure I will have a different perspective. I hope the construction has not been too disruptive to your daily activities.

The June 2019 Stamp of the Month is It's Your Day to Sparkle

It's Your Day to Sparkle (S1906) - CTMH SOTM June 2019

It's Your Day to Sparkle (S1906) is an exclusive D-size set of 39 stamps that is only available for purchase during the month of June 2019. The stamp set can be yours for $5 when you place an order of $50 or more in qualifying Close To My Heart products (and you qualify for additional sets at $5 for each $50 you spend). Alternatively it is available at $18.95. Recommended CTMH My Acrylix® Blocks for this stamp set are: 1" × 1" (Y1000), 1" x 3½" (Y1002), 1" x 6½" (Y1005) and 5" x 6" (Y1015).

CTMH Corporate Artists created this two-page layout using the It's Your Day to Sparkle stamp set.

layout created with It's Your Day to Sparkle

If you would like a list of the products used to create the above items, you will find the information in the Recipes, a PDF file that lists the products used to make the samples in the Seasonal Expressions 2 so you may re-create projects at home. I am participating in a It's Your Day to Sparkle blog hop this month; you will find my post here tomorrow. Please visit my June SOTM (S1906) It's Your Day to Sparkle Pinterest Board for additional ideas using the It's Your Day to Sparkle stamp set.


June 2019 – The Best Moments Are Free

The Best Moments Are Free

Celebrate the best moments during June with four My Acrylix® stamp sets and coordinating layout kits designed to preserve some of your favorite memories. This special features three stamp sets from the Seasonal Expressions idea book and one exclusive set, Then & Now, designed just for this special. Each stamp set has been paired with materials for creating a 2-page scrapbooking layout at no additional cost—you pay the price of the stamp set and get the layout materials FREE!

There is an opportunity for even more savings – get the special The Best Moments Are Free bundle, which includes all four layout kits, at an additional 25% discounted price! Become a new Consultant in June or host a qualifying event to receive one of these four featured workshop kits FREE as an added reward through the duration of this special.

The Best Moments Are Free flyer - front
The Best Moments Are Free flyer - back

Download a PDF copy of The Best Moments Are Free flyer here.


You're the Best

You're the Best
Continuing until June 30, while supplies last, is the You're the Best mini album. The You're the Best project guide takes you through creating a special mini album using the The Wild paper packet, coordinating cardstock, Cricut® Artbooking collection, and an exclusive wood mini-album cover. Save 25% on the workshop kit that includes the My Acrylix® For My Father stamp set; the papers, stamp set and album cover are also available individually. The purchase options and items created with the workshop kit are pictured on this blog post.


Seasonal Expressions 2

Seasonal Expressions 2 (2019)
It's so hard to believe that the Seasonal Expressions 2 has already been valid for a month; it will continue be valid for June, July and August. There are a couple of tools that have become back-ordered. Please watch my CTMH Idea Book page for corrections, unavailable items and, when the time comes, a list of retiring items.

Have a fabulous June. June will be another busy month with the end of the school year, high school graduations, class reunions and getting ready for Independence Day. Buckle up!

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Flash Sale Later Today

Starting at 5pm EDT Close To My Heart is having at 35th Anniversary Flash Sale.

35th Anniversary Flash Sale
CTMH is having a 35th Anniversary flash sale on my Consultant website and this time it is going to last for more than 3 days! The sale will begin at 5pm EDT today and end at 1:59am EDT on Saturday, June 1 (that's 11:59 pm MDT on Friday, May 31 - CTMH is headquartered in Utah).

While this sale will last longer than typical CTMH flash sales, many of the same considerations apply:
  • Sale prices are only available on orders placed on my Consultant website.
  • The sale features a selection of current products at 35% discounted prices. There is a limited number of these items set aside for the sale; the Corporate Office expects to completely sell through several of the items because of how great the deals are. Once CTMH sells through the allowed amount, those items will no longer be available, so shop early!
  • Any items that sell out during the sale will return to availability at their normal price once the sale has ended.
  • All discounted items count towards Stamp of the Month qualification.
  • Shipping and handling is based on the full retail value of the sale items.
  • Systems maintenance is scheduled for later this evening, for four hours beginning at 10pm EDT, so please avoid shopping at that time. 
Please shop early for the best selection; unfortunately during previous Flash Sales I have seen some items sell out in minutes.

Happy Shopping!

Monday, May 27, 2019

Seasonal Expressions 2 - Hostess Rewards

Happy Memorial Day! If you are veteran or part of a current or former servicemembers's family, thank you for your service to our country.

On May 1, Close To My Heart introduced Seasonal Expressions 2. In SE2 there are many fun new products. Today I will focus on the new Hostess Rewards stamps sets and touch on the other HR available when you host a Gathering (in home or online).

cover of Seasonal Expressions 2
valid May 1 to August 31, 2019
Holiday Expressions 2 may be viewed on my Consultant Website. Click here to download a PDF copy of the Idea Book.

When you host an in home or online Gathering you can earn free and half price Close To My Heart products. Rewards are determined by the chart on page 2 of Seasonal Expressions 2, shown in the image below:

Seasonal Expressions 2 - page 2
Seasonal Expressions 2 - page 3

Hostess Rewards are featured on pages 2 to 7 of Seasonal Expressions 2. Use can use your Hostess Rewards credit to get products like these:
  • Paper packets
  • Complements
  • Cardstock packs
  • Workshops Your Way®
  • ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ markers
  • Cut Above® kits
  • Picture My Life™ cards
  • Exclusive Inks™
  • My Acrylix® stamp sets
  • My Acrylix® blocks
In addition to choosing from most current My Acrylix® stamp sets – the Stamp Of The Month and Operation Smile™ stamp set are excluded – Hostess Rewards may also be used for the following stamps available exclusively to Hostesses:

Hostess Rewards Stamp Sets Flyer - front
Hostess Rewards Stamp Sets Flyer - back

The CTMH Corporate Artists made the following crafty items using the Hostess Rewards stamp sets:

Hippo-partymus (C1784)
page 4
All Is Well (D1855)
page 5
She’s a Wildflower (D1851)
page 6
Say Cheese (B1674)
page 7
The Smile You Gave Me (B1677)
page 7
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If, after learning about the Hostess Rewards you could earn when you host a Gathering, you would like to host a Gathering, in-home or on-line, please reach me using the contact form to the right.

The Shop Now button will take you to my Consultant website where you can see the other products that were introduced, read full products descriptions and place orders.


If you have any product questions, do not hesitate to email me. You will also find me on Facebook at Brenda's Paper Crafts. Thanks for visiting today.

Sunday, May 26, 2019

May's SOTM and Sweet Girl

May brings us a new SOTM To My Bestie and a new featured paper Sweet Girl in a recently introduced Idea Book: Seasonal Expressions 2. We use the #ctmhsweetgirl hash tag to make it easier to search for inspiration on social media for ideas using the Sweet Girl collection.


Using the May SOTM and the Sweet Girl Paper Collection, Corporate artists created this 12″ × 12″ page, two cards and tag on a basket.

The following supplies were used to create the paper crafts in the above photo.

12″ × 12″ Birthday Girl Page
S1905My Acrylix® To My Bestie — May Stamp of the Month
X7246BSweet Girl Paper Packet
X7246DSweet Girl Coordinating Cardstock
X6027White Daisy Cardstock
Z2826Heather Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad
Z2848Sapphire Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad
Z3271Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad
X7246CSweet Girl Complements
Z4058Sapphire Crochet Thread
Z3132Watercolor Paints
4¼″ × 5½″ It's Your Day Card
S1905My Acrylix® To My Bestie — May Stamp of the Month
X7246BSweet Girl Paper Packet
X6027White Daisy Cardstock
Z3271Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad
X7246CSweet Girl Complements
Z3132Watercolor Paints
4¼″ × 5½″ Happy Birthday Card
S1905My Acrylix® To My Bestie — May Stamp of the Month
X7246BSweet Girl Paper Packet
X7246DSweet Girl Coordinating Cardstock
X6027White Daisy Cardstock
Z2826Heather Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad
Z2850Fern Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad
Z6502Peach Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad
X7246CSweet Girl Complements
Z4058Sapphire Crochet Thread
Basket with Tag
S1905My Acrylix® To My Bestie — May Stamp of the Month
Z2826Heather Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad
X7246CSweet Girl Complements
Z4058Sapphire Crochet Thread

You will find the PDF file of recipes here.

The To My Bestie SOTM is only available during May; the Sweet Girl collection (Paper Packet, Compliments, etc.) will retire on August 31st; items from the collections in Seasonal Expressions 2 are available while supplies last.

If you are looking for other project ideas for using Sweet Girl, CTMH created Workshops Your Way® and Deluxe Scrapbooking Kits. Here's what you could create (click on any image for a better view):

Workshops Your Way® Sweet Girl Scrapbooking Kit (G1179)

Workshops Your Way® Grateful for You Cardmaking Kit (G1183)

Sweet Girl Deluxe Scrapbooking Workshop Kit (Z4512 or Z4516)

Please visit my Consultant Website to find everything in the Sweet Girl collection. I hope you found a paper creation that inspired you today. Thank you for stopping by.