Saturday, April 1, 2017

April 2017 CTMH News

Hello! Close To My Heart has an exciting special this month, a fun SOTM and it is the last month to purchase from Seasonal Expressions 1. Below I have a preview of the May special. Grab your favorite beverage before sitting down to read what April has in store for us.

The April 2017 Stamp of the Month is Flock Together


Flock Together (S1704) is an exclusive D-size set of 11 stamps that is only available for purchase during the month of April 2017. 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 $17.95. Recommended CTMH My Acrylix® Blocks for this stamp set are: 1" x 1" (Y1000), 2" x 2" (Y1003), 1" x 6½" (Y1005), 3" x 3" (Y1006) and 2" x 6½" (Y1010).

CTMH Corporate Artists created this layout and card using the Flock Together stamp set.



If you would like a list of the products used to create the above items, you will find the information in the Recipes for Seasonal Expressions 1, a PDF file that lists the products used to make the samples in the Seasonal Expressions 1 so you may re-create projects at home. I am participating in a Flock Together blog hop this month; you will find my post here tomorrow. Please visit my CTMH 2017 04 Apr SOTM Flock Together Pinterest Board for additional ideas using the Flock Together stamp set.

The April 2017 Special is 15-Minute Memories


During the month of April 2017, the Cut Above™ layout kits that were introduced in Seasonal Expressions 1 (see pages 54 and 55) are available at 50% off the retail price with no qualifying purchase required! The Cut Above™ layout kits make memory keeping incredibly easy because all you have to add are your photos and adhesive. There are two designs to choose from—Little One and Forever & Always. You can capture even more memories by using the twelve coordinating pocket cards.

Cut Above™ Layout Kits
Little One
(Z3320)
Forever & Always
(Z3319)

The kit includes two 12" x 12" pages for the base of your two-page layout and die cuts and stickers to embellish the layout. Also included are twelve 4" x 6" pocket cards; the pattern is the same on both sides, but one side is landscape and the other is portrait. You will receive four page protectors to keep your finished kit neat; two Memory Protectors™ Top Load for the two-page layout, one Memory Protectors™ Design 1 (Z1324) and one Memory Protectors™ Design 2 (4113). There is a double-sided page with simple assembly tips and color photos to help you create a beautiful two-page layout in minutes. When you view a layout kit on my Online Business Address, under the product description is a quick video showing the kit being assembled. If you follow the suggestions you will have finished projects that look like this for the Little One kit:



Or this for the Forever & Always kit:



Of course, you can rearrange the pieces and/or use different embellishments to create your own one-of-a-kind layout and pocket pages.

There is no limit on the number of Cut Above™ kits you may purchase, but please remember that shipping is based on the full retail price of the kit and the kits are available while supplies last.

Seasonal Expressions 1 ends April 30, 2017


This is the last month to order products from Seasonal Expressions 1. As soon as Corporate publishes a retiring list I will share that information on my blog. As happened with Holiday Expressions 2016, I expect some items could sell out before the Idea Book ends on April 30. In addition, I expect very few products will be continued into the Seasonal Expressions 2; you may recall that only two products were continued from Holiday Expressions 2016. If there are any products you really want, I encourage you to place your orders sooner rather than later.

Unfortunately some of the items introduced in SE1 2017 have already sold out and are no longer available to order. Items no longer available are:

SE 1 - Items No Longer Available
Item # Product Name
G1118 WYW Sugar Rush Scrapbooking Kit
G1122 WYW Mother's Day Cardmaking Kit
Z3300 Sugar Rush Cardmaking Thin Cuts Bundle
Z3303 Dreamin’ Big Card Thin Cuts Bundle
Z3304 Happy Birthday Thin Cuts - temporarily unavailable; expected end of April
Z3305 XOXO Thin Cuts
Z3310 Sugar Rush Dots

As soon as a list of retiring products is published I will share it here on my blog.

Videos on the Close To My Heart Facebook Page WITHOUT a Facebook Account

I learned something new and thought those of you who do not have Facebook accounts would like to know how you too can see the videos that are posted on the CTMH Facebook Page. Start by visiting https://www.facebook.com/CloseToMyHeart/videos/. Your window will looks something like this:


Look below the buttons to "Sign Up" or "Log In" and choose "Not Now". The white box will get a bit smaller and move to the bottom of the screen:


You can then use the scroll bar to move the page to where you can see the videos:


Click on a video and it will play in a window that looks like this:


If you get a message about logging in, click on "Log In" and then you will get the window where you can click "Not Now". So far as I have only had this happen once, when I paused the video to do something else and went back to watch it.

If you visit the Videos page you will get a wonderful sneak peek at the National Scrapbooking Month—Live Beautifully Cut Above™ layout kit.

If you are ready to place an order or would like to read more about a product, the Shop Now button will take you there.


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

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