Wednesday, April 1, 2020

CTMH O-fish-ally Awesome SOTM Blog Hop - April 2020

Welcome to the April 2020 SOTM Blog Hop featuring the stamp set O-fish-ally Awesome. This month there are just over 20 Consultants sharing projects created with the CTMH Stamp Of The Month O-fish-ally Awesome. Our blog hop is a circle; visiting the next blog (typically via a link near the bottom of their post) will take you back to where you started.

O-fish-ally Awesome Blog Hop Badge
You should have arrived here from ***Valerie Kapsha's Sure Scraps A Lot***. If you get lost along the way, Melinda Everitt also keeps a list of all participants on her blog at If You Bling It.

O-fish-ally Awesome Stamp Set
While I love this set, I had some trouble focusing on what I wanted to create with it. Maybe it has to do with everything happening in our world right now. I also saw so many shaker cards created with this set. They were all wonderful, but I wanted to create something different. I thought about using the Stitched Rectangle Frames Thin Cuts (Z4260), but unfortunately I have misplaced them in my crafty mess. I was thinking of cutting the largest size from Silver Foil Paper (Z3366) to create the illusion of a large fish tank. As time ticked away, I ended up creating something a little simpler.

card created for O-fish-ally Awesome Blog Hop
I used the Watercolor Pencils to color, but I used them dry; I did not add water.

Before you head to ***Gina Brandstetter's Gina's Little Corner of StampinHeaven***, 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 few moments, please leave a comment letting me know what you think of my card. I hope you are enjoying the projects created with O-fish-ally Awesome. Thanks for hopping with us!

So you do not have to scroll back up, the next stop on the hop is ***Gina Brandstetter's Gina's Little Corner of StampinHeaven***.

April 2020 CTMH News

Hello! Happy April Fools. I bet with all of our social distancing it was harder for someone to play a trick on you. Also, Happy Spring. I hope that you and your family are staying healthy and are finding fun ways to stay busy during this time of social distancing. I have to admit that wish I had a lot of time on my hands to be creative, but I am working from home. The only extra time I have is what I save from commuting. Unfortunately that doesn't add up to a lot of extra crafty time.

April 2020 Stamp Of The Month O-fish-ally Awesome

O-fish-ally Awesome (S2004) - CTMH SOTM April 2020
O-fish-ally Awesome (S2004) is an exclusive D-size set of 37 stamps that is only available for purchase during the month of April 2020. 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" × 3½" (Y1002), 2" × 2" (Y1003) and 5" × 6" (Y1015).

CTMH Corporate Artists created two cards below using the O-fish-ally Awesome stamp set.

cards created with O-fish-ally Awesome
If you would like a list of the products used to create the above cards, you will find the information in the Recipes, a PDF file that lists the products used to make the samples in the March–April 2020 Catalog. I am participating in a O-fish-ally Awesome blog hop this month; you will find my post here tomorrow. Please visit my April SOTM (S2004) O-fish-ally Awesome Pinterest Board for other ideas to use the O-fish-ally Awesome stamp set.

Cardstock Carnival

Cardstock Carnival
April's special is all about the beautiful CTMH cardstock.

There are several options: you can select the Cardstock Carnival Bundle (CC42012) which includes one each of the color-family Cardstock Bundles. There are eleven color-family Cardstock Bundles (there are a total of 24 sheets in each bundle) or you can choose single-color Cardstock Packs.

The bundle options are (I will update the photos as soon as I get an opportunity - the images were not available when I was writing this post):


Cardstock Carnival Bundle (CC42012)
1 – Red Cardstock Bundle (CC4201)
1 – Pink Cardstock Bundle (CC4202)
1 – Purple Cardstock Bundle (CC4203)
1 – Blue Cardstock Bundle (CC4204)
1 – Green-blue Cardstock Bundle (CC4205)
1 – Green Cardstock Bundle (CC4206)
1 – Yellow-green Cardstock Bundle (CC4207)
1 – Yellow Cardstock Bundle (CC4208)
1 – Orange Cardstock Bundle (CC4209)
1 – Brown Cardstock Bundle (CC4210)
1 – Grey Cardstock Bundle (CC4211)

Red Cardstock Bundle (CC4201)
6 sheets Ruby Cardstock
6 sheets Candy Apply Cardstock
6 sheets Smoothie Cardstock
6 sheets Peach Cardstock

Pink Cardstock Bundle (CC4202)
6 sheets Ballerina Cardstock
6 sheets Pixie Cardstock
6 sheets Raspberry Cardstock
6 sheets Sangria Cardstock

Purple Cardstock Bundle (CC4203)
6 sheets Thistle Cardstock
6 sheets Eggplant Cardstock
6 sheets Lilac Cardstock
6 sheets Wisteria Cardstock

Blue Cardstock Bundle (CC4204)
8 sheets Carolina Cardstock
8 sheets Bluebird Cardstock
8 sheets Sapphire Cardstock

Green-blue Cardstock Bundle (CC4205)
6 sheets Peacock Cardstock
6 sheets Glacier Cardstock
6 sheets Lagoon Cardstock
6 sheets Mint Cardstock

Green Cardstock Bundle (CC4206)
6 sheets Julep Cardstock
6 sheets Evergreen Cardstock
6 sheets Sage Cardstock
6 sheets Clover Cardstock

Yellow-green Cardstock Bundle (CC4207)
6 sheets Green Apple Cardstock
6 sheets Sweet Leaf Cardstock
6 sheets New England Ivy Cardstock
6 sheet Fern Cardstock

Yellow Cardstock Bundle (CC4208)
8 sheets Lemonade Cardstock
8 sheets Canary Cardstock
8 sheets Saffron Cardstock

Orange Cardstock Bundle (CC4209)
8 sheets Goldrush Cardstock
8 sheets Nectarine Cardstock
8 sheets Paprika Cardstock

Brown Cardstock Bundle (CC4210)
6 sheets Almond Cardstock
6 sheets Toffee Cardstock
6 sheets Espresso Cardstock
6 sheets Mink Cardstock

Grey Cardstock Bundle (CC4211)
6 sheets Linen Cardstock
6 sheets Pebble Cardstock
6 sheets Pewter Cardstock
6 sheets Charcoal Cardstock

The single color packs include the color of the year, Julep, and White Daisy. You will find all of the options on the Promotions page of my Consultant Website.

The Cardstock Carnival flyer contained three pages; click on any image for a better look.


Cardstock Carnival Flyer 1

Cardstock Carnival Flyer2

Cardstock Carnival Flyer3

A PDF of the Cardstock Carnival flyer can be downloaded here.

Let’s Stay Home



Let's Stay Home (CC3212) - set of 28
Last week CTMH introduced Let’s Stay Home. It is a fun D-size stamp set designed to make it easier to create cards, scrapbook pages, and other crafts about what we are all going through right now with social distancing and a focus on staying home.
Be sure to check out this video (you do not need to have a Facebook account to view it) on the CTMH Facebook Page to get a better look at all of the stamps and to see a fantastic page. Just substitute the photo and alter the journaling a bit and it could be my experience the past week or two.

These Are My People

These Are My People
The These Are My People collection released last month (I introduced it in this post), continues through the end of April while supplies last. My purchase just arrived today and it is gorgeous. I will be participating in a These Are My People blog hop on April 10.

Easter Traditions


Easter Traditions
Easter Traditions was announced in mid-March; I shared details on this post. You can choose the adorable Easter bunnies, the Easter eggs that spell out "Easter" or you can purchase a bundled that includes one of each. Each banner comes with a digital art file to make it easy for you to embellish the shapes using papers of your choice.
March–April 2020 Catalog


cover March–April 2020 Catalog
The March–April catalog is in its final month. I love the anique feel of Yesterday & Today and those who love to visit the beach or go boating will love Seas the Day. You can view this catalog online or download a PDF to view anytime you have your device, but no Internet.

Stay safe during this unique time in our history. I hope as we approach the end of April that the most difficult part of COVID-19 will be in our past, but I fear that may be the optimist in me. I wish you and your family good health and many creative hours ahead.

Friday, March 27, 2020

Everyday Life™ Album Sale Announcement

This weekend only! Enjoy 20% discounts on your favorite Everyday Life™ albums during the CTMH Everyday Life™ Album Sale.

Everyday Life™ Album Sale
The Everyday Life™ Album Sale will begin on Friday, March 27 at 5:00pm EDT and runs through the end of March (prices expire in the early morning hours of Wednesday, April 1, 2020 at 1:59am EDT).

Prices for this sale are only available on orders placed through my Consultant website. All discounted albums ordered count toward earning the Stamp of the Month and Hostess Rewards qualifying order totals. Shipping and handling will be based on the full retail value of the albums.

I saw a sneak peek of an upcoming special and I have to say the Candy Apple color will coordinate very well.

I hope that you have a fabulously crafty weekend. Since we are still practicing social distancing here in New York State (and beyond), I hope to get some crafting completed as well.

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Let's Stay Home

Close To My Heart just released this new My Acrylix® Let’s Stay Home stamp set (CC3212).

Let's Stay Home (CC3212) - set of 28
Let’s Stay Home is a fun D-size stamp set. It is very timely and made to make it easier to create cards, scrapbook pages, and other crafts about what we are all going through right now with social distancing and a focus on staying home.

Be sure to check out this video (you do not need to have a Facebook account to view it) on the CTMH Facebook Page to get a better look at all of the stamps and to see a fantastic page. Just substitute the photo and alter the journaling a bit and it could be my experience the past week or two.

Here's hoping that by staying home we can really flatten the curve. Take care. Be safe.

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Cricut® Everyday Moments Collection

Introduced in the CTMH March—April 2020 catalog is the Cricut® Everyday Moments collection. 

Cricut® Everyday Moments Collection
This collection includes fully-designed projects for everyday occasions in a variety of sizes and styles. You can get even more creative by mixing and matching individual elements from different projects to create your own unique cards or pages. Some projects created with the Everyday Moments collection are this page and card.

created using the Cricut® Everyday Moments Collection

created using the Cricut® Everyday Moments Collection
When you are browsing the March—April 2020 catalog, you will find the Cricut® Everyday Moments Collection on pages 42–43.


CTMH March—April 2020 page 42

CTMH March—April 2020 page 43

This collection is available exclusively through my Consultant website; click the green Cricut® icon that you will find in the footer of every page.

Stay safe and I hope you are finding a chance to get creative during this challenging time.

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Easter Traditions Wood Banners

CTMH just introduced two great banners for Easter.

Easter Traditions Wood Banners
The shapes are cut from wood so they are very durable. There are two options; one featuring adorable Easter bunnies and the other Easter eggs that spell out Easter or you can purchase one each in a bundle. Each banner comes with a digital art file to make it easy for you to embellish the shapes using papers of your choice. The Mix-in Paper Packet (X9013) was used on the completed samples. It looks like White Ribbon (Z4196) was used to hang the bunnies and the Easter eggs were strung on Mink Twine (Z4221). Save 20% when you purchase the bundle that includes both banner designs!

Here are the options available on my Consultant Website.


Bunny Wood Banner CC3209

Easter Egg Wood Banner CC3210

Easter Traditions Wood Banners CC3211

Completed Easter Traditions Wood Banners

CTMH created a flyer with all of the Easter Traditions details:

Easter Traditions Flyer
A PDF of the flyer can be downloaded here.

I think this is such an adorable banner bundle. This offer is available through April 30 while supplies last.

Friday, March 13, 2020

Australian Wildfire Relief Stamp Set Announcement

The Keep Your Head Up stamp set Close To My Heart designed for Australian Wildfire Relief will retire on March 31, 2020.

Keep Your Head Up (W1202) - set of 8
This stamp set will no longer be available for purchase after 11:59pm MDT on March 31st.

So far proceeds of this stamp set have allowed CTMH to donate over $43,000 AUD to the relief efforts in Australia. Thank you for your generosity.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

March–April 2020 New Product Blog Hop

Welcome to the Close to My Heart New Product Blog Hop. Today we are featuring items created with products from the new CTMH March–April 2020 catalog. This Blog Hop is brought to you from same the group who bring you the SOTM Blog Hop.

On this hop we have just over 20 CTMH Independent Consultants sharing their creations. If you happened upon my post, clicking the link to the next blog (often found near the bottom of the page) will take you full circle.

Cover March–April 2020 Catalog
You should have arrived here from ***Haley Dyer***. If you get lost along the way, Melinda keeps a list of all blog hop participants on her blog at If You Bling It.

For this hop I created a Seas the Day Cardmaking Workshop card and a second card which is a hybrid of two cards (on pages 45 and 21) in the March–April 2020 catalog.

This card is one of the four cards from the  Seas the Day Cardmaking Workshop.

CTMH March–April 2020 New Product Blog Hop - Seas the Day Cardmaking Workshop
I drafted the card I had in mind using Cricut® Deign Space; this is the pattern I came up with. The four-patch (four White Daisy pieces) was inspired by a card on page 45 and layering into Mint cardstock was inspired by a different card pattern in the Seas the Day Cardmaking Workshop.

card sketch created in Cricut® Design Space
My completed card using the above pattern:

CTMH March–April 2020 New Product Blog Hop - Just Because card
I did not stamp the whale and crab because I thought the shape was easy to identify and I thought it make the die cuts a little more "sophisticated". I used the Under the Sea Embossing Folder to add some dimension to the Mint cardstock and the sentiment was stamped on the striped Seas the Day paper.

Before you head to where ***Michelle Loncar***, the supplies I used to create my project are listed below.

All supplies are from Close To My Heart except where noted:
If you do not have a CTMH Independent Consultant, the supplies I used are available at my Consultant website.

If you have a moment, please let me know what you think of my cards. I hope you are enjoying the projects created with the new products from CTMH. Thank you for hopping with us!

So you do not have to scroll back up, the next stop on the hop is ***Michelle Loncar***.

Friday, March 6, 2020

Hostess Rewards in Mar–Apr 2020 Catalog

There are some new stamp sets available exclusively with Hostess Rewards for the life-cycle of the new March–April 2020 Catalog.

Cover March–April 2020 Catalog
In case you missed it, the March–April 2020 Catalog was introduced on March 1. This new catalog and the Core Products Idea Book may be viewed on my Consultant Website (under More > View Catalog). Under the page turner version of the March–April 2020 Book are links to download PDFs of the Catalog, the Recipes and the Product Index. The Product Index is a fantastic way to keep track of your wish list and inventory. The March–April 2020 catalog is valid until April 30, 2020.

The three stamp sets available with Hostess Rewards while the March–April 2020 Catalog is valid are:

Hostess Rewards Exclusive Speech Bubbles (B1708)

Hostess Rewards Exclusive Wildlife Puns (C1849)

Hostess Rewards Exclusive Bloom with Grace (D1928)
The Hostess Rewards stamp sets are not shown in the March–April 2020 Book, but you can download a flyer here.

The Hostess Rewards in the Core Products catalog (shown on pages 4 and 5) continue to be available. Please visit my September 9 blog post or the Core Products page turner for information about the rewards shown in Core Products.

Hostess Rewards Chart
In addition to the Hostess Rewards stamp sets shown above, which are only available until April 30, 2020, many other CTMH products are available with Rewards. When you look at the Product Index lists (Core Products Product Index or Mar–Apr 2020 Product Index) the far right column shows if an item is available with Hostess Rewards.

If you would like to host a gathering (in home or online) to earn Hostess Rewards, please reach me via the Contact Form to the right so we can schedule your party. Any time you have questions about CTMH products or promotions or the crafts I share, do not hesitate to use the Contact Form to reach me.

Have a start to your weekend!

Thursday, March 5, 2020

These Are My People Exclusive Collection

Hello there! No, I have not fallen off the face of the Earth, I have just been a bit busy. I am sorry I am a bit behind sharing full details of the These Are My People special that started on March 1st.

These Are My People
One of the options is a These Are My People Cut Above® kit. This kit features 6″ × 8″ pre-printed base pages that can be decorated with die-cuts and stickers to create an entire album focused on the people who bring joy to your life. It also includes a custom SVG file you can use to decorate the cover of your album when you’re done with it! Here are the details of the Cut Above® kit:

These Are My People Cut Above® Kit (CC3201)

These Are My People Cut Above® Kit (CC3201)

BONUS downloadable SVG

These Are My People Cut Above® Kit

These Are My People Cut Above® Kit

These Are My People Cut Above® Kit

These Are My People Cut Above® Kit

These Are My People Cut Above® Kit

These Are My People Cut Above® Kit

These Are My People Cut Above® Kit

These Are My People Cut Above® Kit

These Are My People Cut Above® Kit

These Are My People Cut Above® Kit

Also available are a paper packet (with or without a Sticker Sheet), coordinating cardstock, coordinating stamp set, a workshop kit (with or without the stamp set) and, available individually–separate from the Cut Above® Kit and Workshops, Digital Art (downloadable SVG). When you purchase the Workshop and stamp set, use a few additional supplies and download and follow the Workshop Guide directions, you can create two 2-page layouts, two single pages and five cards.

These Are My People–other items available
Featured colors: Black, Carolina, Green Apple, Linen, Peach, Pixie, Saffron, Sapphire, Smoothie.

These Are My People Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet
(CC3202)

These Are My People Paper Packet
(CC3203)

this paper included in both the
Packet + Sticker Sheet
and Paper Packet

this paper included in both the
Packet + Sticker Sheet
and Paper Packet

this paper included in both the
Packet + Sticker Sheet
and Paper Packet

sticker sheet
only available in
These Are My People Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet

These Are My People Coordinating Cardstock (CC3204)

Love These People (CC3205)

These Are My People Workshop Kit
(CC3206)

These Are My People Workshop Kit without Stamp Set
(CC3207)


These Are My People Workshop Kit


These Are My People Workshop Kit


These Are My People Workshop Kit


These Are My People Workshop Kit

These Are My People Workshop Kit

These Are My People Workshop Kit

These Are My People Workshop Kit

These Are My People Workshop Kit

These Are My People Workshop Kit

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These Are My People Digital Art (CC3208)

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CTMH created a flyer with details of the These Are My People Cut Above® special:



These Are My People Cut Above® Kit
Flyer page 1

These Are My People Cut Above® Kit
Flyer page 2

A PDF of the These Are My People Cut Above® flyer can be downloaded here.

CTMH also created a These Are My People Workshop flyer:


These Are My People Workshop Flyer page 1

These Are My People Workshop Flyer page 2

A PDF of the These Are My People Workshop flyer can be downloaded here.
All options are also shown on my Consultant Website. These Are My People is available until April 30, 2020 while supplies last.