Wednesday, July 5, 2017

All CTMH Stamps: Buy 2 Get 1 Free!

Stampaganza 2017 has begun! In July only, when you buy any two My Acrylix® stamp sets at full retail price, you'll get a third stamp set of equal or lesser value FREE!

You get to choose from any current stamp set, plus CTMH brought back a collection of popular sets that just for Stampaganza! Check them out >

When you add three sets to your order, the least expensive set will automatically show up FREE in your shopping cart.

Here are just a few of the many sets you can choose from. See them all > 
Birthday Princess 
Happy Hexagons

School Kids

Sing Glory

Shop all stamps @ Buy 2 Get 1 FREE >

Also in July only, you can snag this cute alphabet stamp set for only $5 when you spend $50 on my website! Alpha stamps are always handy and this one is super cute. Shop now >

Thanks for supporting my Close to my Heart business! :)

Friday, June 23, 2017

Using Your Stash: Use It or Lose It Blog Hop

Hello crafty friends,

I am so excited for today's blog's all about using your stash! I hoard collect a LOT of papercrafting supplies. I am sure you can relate! "Oooooh, this paper is so pretty, I must have it, even though I have no use for it right this moment." Amiright?!

Well, us ladies in this blog hop would like to encourage you to dig deep into your stash and pull out some pretty paper, embellishments, inks, or anything else you haven't used in a while...or ever...and PLAY! We had a lot of fun. Grab a cuppa coffee and hop along with us. I am so honored to be among these talented will not be disappointed by their work.

Here's what I came up with...

In my layout I used a little new and a lot of old. I bought that adorable woodgrain chevron paper last year because I *had* to have it. And the white embellishments are from Close to my Heart's Dreamin' Big Complements, which I also *had* to have but hadn't used them yet. They worked perfectly with this layout. (They are officially retired but still available HERE while supplies last!)

The "new" in this layout is that die-cut transparency with the trees on it. I recently went on a scrapbooking retreat in Estes Park, CO, and we always stop at the biggest, best scrapbooking store on our way from the Denver airport to Mountains & Memories in Estes. Seriously, if you are ever in the Broomfield/Denver area, you HAVE to check out the Scrap Shack. It will blow your mind. (Anyone reading ever been there?) I took the photo below while we were there and this is only about half of the store. There's more retail space and a ton of "crop" room.
The Scrapbook Shack, Broomfield, CO

Anyway, I digress... I got that transparency there and knew immediately that I wanted to use it with these hiking photos. I backed it with white paper and let that be the focal point...I wanted to use pretty plain embellishments so the Dreamin' Big Complements fit the bill. They are plastic and add some fun dimension. I tried to get some shots of the dimension...

How cute is my little dude? He was in the stroller for most of the hike but was *just* starting to stand/walk when we went.

I had some woodgrain Thickers in my stash as well. They don't stand out super well but I was ok with that.

Here are full shots of each side of the layout...

I hope you enjoyed!

Next up is Amie >

Here is a list of all of the participants...check them all out!

Jayma Malme <-- me!

Dreamin' Big Complements
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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Watercolor and Heat Embossed Card

I have been playing with watercolors lately, having fun exploring a medium that I haven't played with much before. I still have more learning to do, but I love that the more imperfect the outcome, the better! It's been a fun journey. 

This is one of the first cards I made. I used a very inexpensive watercolor paper and only partially colored the background. I used CTMH's watercolor paints with a large round brush (middle brush in the photo...I think equivalent to a #8 brush). I let it dry overnight (but you could use a heat tool to speed up the process), then stamped the (retired) sentiment stamp in Versamark ink and heat embossed with black embossing powder. Make sure your background is completely dry before using embossing powder.

Here are some tips I've learned recently for watercoloring card backgrounds:

  • If you tape around the very edges of your watercolor paper to a board with painter's tape, then the paper will dry flatter instead of warping.
  • Start with a watercolor paper sized slightly larger than you need. Then trim off the edges to size after you're finished.
  • Keep practicing. There's nothing like experiencing firsthand how different paints react (each type is very different) and how much water to use, etc. My first attempts were AWFUL! But with each attempt, I learned and the next try was a little better. 
  • Try different paints. CTMH watercolor paints are pretty chalky. It makes for a more chalky background, which is an "in" look right now. They are more pigmented than other chalk watercolor paints on the market (Michaels carries some but they are much less pigmented.) 
  • Watch YouTube videos. Kristina Werner is an amazing watercolor artist and card maker. She inspired me to dive into watercoloring and I've learned a lot by watching her videos.
  • Have fun!

I hope you enjoyed my card. Let me know if you have any questions.

Happy watercoloring!

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

May Special: Live Beautifully Collections

Close to my Heart has a stunning special for National Scrapbooking month: the Live Beautifully collection.

This collection includes the Live Beautifully paper packet, the Live Beautifully stamp set, and the Cut Above Live Beautifully layout kit, which includes materials for creating five 2-page scrapbooking layouts in half the time. Save 20% off the Cut Above kit when you buy it as part of an album bundle that also includes an album, adhesive, and journaling pen.

View all Live Beautifully products >

Here is a look at the paper packet and stamp set. (Click to view larger.) Aren't they beautiful? They're so versatile, too. I just love all of the black-and-white patterns.

Close-up of stamp set:

Here's all that's included in the Cut Above layout kit, which includes all of the pre-printed pages and pre-cut elements you'll need to create the pre-planned layouts. Easy peasy and so fast to put together!
Here's a look at all of the finished layouts (click for larger view).

You can also get this bundle which includes the Cut Above layout kit with adhesive, a journaling pen, and your choice of D-ring or post-bound album at 20% off.

May Stamp of the Month for $5
You can also get this adorable stamp of the month for only $5 when you place an order of $50 or more on my website! I absolutely love the May SOTM, Live, Laugh, Love. Shop now >

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

New Seasonal Expressions 2 Catalog Now Available!

Hello, Friends,

I am so excited to share CTMH's brand new Seasonal Expressions 2 with you! You are now able to view it and order the beautiful new products. View it here >

Here are just a few of the awesome new stamps, die cut sets, paper and more...

Jack Scrapbooking stamp & die set

Little Dreamer Cardmaking stamp set(Also available with matching dies)

Little Dreamer Scrapbooking Stamp set

Little Dreamer Complements
Prickly Pear Workshop Your Way kit
(Items also available individually)

Beautiful Moments Stamp 
Keep Dreaming stamp set

You can view all of the new items in one handy spot RIGHT HERE >

Let me know if you have any questions, I'm here to help.

Have a great day!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Blog Hops With Heart: Rustic Inspiration Photo

Hello! It's time for another Blog Hops With Heart Blog Hop! I just love this group of gals that I hop with each month...they are all so very talented, so be sure to check out all of their projects!

This month we used the photo below as inspiration for our projects....
I was inspired by the rustic wood fence, so for my scrapbook page I used a background paper that has a woodgrain pattern. I love these photos of when my parents first met Tyler. They were taken just about a year ago! 

I can't tell you where most of the paper came from. I know the mint one is by Jen Hadfield, the rest was a mix from my stash. I used Thickers for the canvas title and the rest of the embellishments are CTMH. The white enamel shapes add a nice touch, as do the stickers from the You & Me Complements....unfortunately they're both retired now. I also added some white sequins and clear sparkles to finish it off.

I'll leave you with some detail shots...

You've reached the end of the blog hop for this month, but if you started here, head over to the Amie's blog to catch the beginning. Thanks for stopping by!

Get 50% off Your Scrapbook Layouts
CTMH's special for April is 50% off of our two Cut Above layout kits. They are literally SO FAST to put together...everything is pre-cut and designed for you. All you have to do is put it together and add photos. Check it out >

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Thursday, April 6, 2017

50% Off Scrapbook Kits - April Specials from Close to my Heart

I'm so excited about this promo...Close To My Heart is offering their Cut Above layout kits for 50% off!!! 

They literally take minutes to put together and are designed to make memory keeping easier than ever. Each layout kit includes:

  • Two 12" × 12" printed base pages
  • Die-cut paper pieces
  • Title and embellishment stickers
  • 12 coordinating pocket cards
  • Two 12" × 12" Memory Protectors™
  • Two pocket-style Memory Protectors™

All you need to do is follow the simple assembly instructions to create your beautiful two-page layout in minutes. Preserve even more memories using the coordinating pocket cards. The page protectors and pocket Memory Protectors are included in the kit!! 

Only $7.48 for FOUR Scrapbook Pages!
You get to choose between two designs at 50% off—Little One and Forever & Always. 

You guys, that's $7.48 for four fully designed and prepped pagesplus some extras to create more on your own if you want! You can't go wrong! Shop now > 

Watch this super quick video to see quickly these layouts come together!

Anyone who joins my CTMH team as a Consultant in April will receive their choice of either the Little One or the Forever & Always Cut Above™ Layout Kit in their New Consultant Kit at no additional cost! 

You can join just for the kit (it's a super awesome dealonly $75 for the kit full of stuff, including $50 in product credit to CHOOSE what you want! WHAAAT?!) Or you can decide to sell our products. Either way you get to keep all the goodies that you get in the kit! Learn more >

April Stamp of the Month
I also have to share this adorable CTMH April Stamp of the Month set, Flock Together. You can snag this set for only $5 ($17.95 value) when you spend $50 on my website. Here are a couple of samples that the talented Close to my Heart Art Department put together...

Last Chance for Seasonal Expressions Catalog!
This is the last month that you can order out of the Seasonal Expressions 1 catalog. Be sure to order the items you want from it soon, as most of it is while supplies last. You can shop on my website.

Clearance Up To 80% Off

Be sure to check out the Clearance page on my website for some seriously great deals. They're all while supplies last and are going fast! Lots of great embellishments, Picture my life, mini albums, and more to stock up on. Shop Clearance >

Shop Close to my Heart >

Shop Layout Kits at 50% off >

Happy creating!

P.S. Don't forget to snag your layout kits for 50% offthat's only $7.48 per kit for four fully prepped and designed scrapbook pages! Shop now >

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Scripty & Sparkly Die Cut Thanks Card

Hi there,
I made this card to send to my friend Stephanie a few months ago. The paper is retired now, but still available while supplies last! I used two packs - Swan Lake and Jeepers Creepers. I love mixing paper collections :)

I used a Thin Cut die for the "thanks" sentiment. And it's on sale for just a couple more days for 25% off! It comes as a set with "Hello," and both die cuts are sized perfectly for cards. Shop Die Cuts >

See that lovely sparkle on the die cut? It's from the Shimmer brush in clear. I am obsessed with it! It's very similar to the Wink of Stella shimmer brush if you're familiar with that, but CTMH's is less expensive and has more product in it! Plus it comes in gold and clear (like silver). The gold is a clear base with gold shimmer, whereas the Wink of Stella is a gold base and gold shimmer. I like CTMH's better :)

While this seasonal paper is retired now, it's still available while supplies last. So if you like it, you'd better grab it! There are matching Complements (cardstock stickers), washi, etc as well! Shop While Supplies Last >

Be sure to also check out the Clearance Page. (Not to be confused with While Supplies Last.) The clearance section has incredible deals and really cute stuff at up to 80% off! Shop Clearance >

Thanks for visiting! My supply list is below if you're interested in what I used.
Hello & Thanks Thin Cuts
Jeepers Creepers Paper Pack

Swan Lake Paper Pack 
Swan Lake Coordinating Cardstock
Shimmer Brush (clear/silver)

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Clearance Deals Up to 80% Off


I thought I'd show you a sampling of the great deals that are on my Clearance Page right now. There's some really cute stuff, and it's on clearance at up to 80% off. There's even more on my website. Shop Clearance >
La Vie En Rose Complements - $1.75 (was $6.95!)

Georgie Complements - $1.75 (was $6.95!)
Matching Georgie Picture My Life cards also available for only $3!

Damask & Chevron 5"x7" Embossing Folders - $5.40 (was $17.90. Other styles available)
Everyday Life Washi Tape - $1.25 (was $3.95)

Maritime Puffy Stickers - $1.00 (was $3.95)
"Our Story" Picture My Life Cards - $3.00 (was $8.95)

Good stuff and great deals, right?! There's even more to choose from on my site. Shop Clearance >

P.P.S. Get FREE goodies plus entered to win a Cricut cartridge! Check out THIS POST to see all the goodies I'm giving away if you place an order by March 31. I'm REALLY, REALLY close to hitting my goal now and would love your help to reach it!

Thanks for visiting :)