Thursday, December 27, 2012

Spring Catalog Coming Soon!

I'm so excited the new Close to my Heart Idea book is about to be released!

On February 1st you will be able to order from this catalog. Here is a sneak peak of the cover.

Ideas books are available for $3.00 or with an order of $25.00 you can have it for FREE.
Contact me if interested at

Monday, December 10, 2012


(This special is only available through Brenda Olson)

REINDEER BUCKS! This is a special available only through me in December! For every $10 you spend with me in December, I will give you $1 back in the form of a gift certificate. So, if you spend $50, you get $5 in Reindeer Bucks! Spend your Reindeer Bucks starting with the new Spring/Summer Idea Book on February 1, 2013.   Reindeer Bucks are good till the end of March. 

If you would like to Pre-Order your new Spring/Summer Idea Book you can do so now.  If you are a long distance customer send me a check for $8.00 to cover to cost of the book and the shipping.  If you are a local customer, just send me a check for $4.00 for the cost of the book and I will drop it off.  I will ship them out to you middle January.  

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Christmas Scrapbook Page with 3-D Tree Video

Really enjoyed making this page using CTMH Pear and Partridge Paper Packet.

Here's how it's done!

Base is using (2) 12 x 12 Colonial White pieces of Cardstock

Also the window panes are (4) Colonial White 3 x 5 pieces

Cranberry Cardstock:
6 1/2 x 11 1/4
3/4 x 12
4 1/4 x 6 x 1 1/4

Olive Cardstock:
3 3/4 x 12
2 3/4 x 2 3/4

Pear & Partridge Paper - 2 pieces

Piece 1:
8 x 12 and should leave you a 4 x 12 left which you will use

Piece 2:
7 x 12

Also a 3 x 12 which then is cut down to 4 pieces.
3 x 3
2 1/2 x 2 1/2
2 x 2
1 1/2 x 1 1/2

Also will need (2) 3/4 x 2 1/4 pieces that you will cut one end at a V

Wreath's are cut using the Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge and are 2 1/2"

Bow's are using the Cricut Artise Cartridge
and are 3/4" and 1" in size

Brown Tree stump is 1 x 1 1/2"

and the numbers are 1 1/2" in size.

Here is a video demonstating how to make the tree.

Hope you enjoyed!

Happy Scrapbooking!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Christmas Cards!

These are the cards that were made by 4 different Close to my Heart consultants for our Christmas stamp camp. Thought you all might enjoy seeing them and maybe it would give you some ideas for making your own cards this year!

Monday, November 5, 2012

November Specials

Capture the Date, Capture the Savings!
November 2012 Constant Campaign
To show our support of Red Cross relief efforts for those areas of the US severely affected by Hurricane Sandy, Close To My Heart will donate $1 for every Stamp of the Month set sold as a part of this promotion during November.
In November, you’ll get something extra when you buy the Stamp of the Month—50% off another stamp set! When you qualify for and buy the November Stamp of the Month set, Capture the Date, you’ll receive another stamp set* of your choice for 50% off—it’s like two promotions in one! The versatile Capture the Date stamp set is great for any layout, card, invitation, or calendar, and now you can choose another stamp set at half-off for more wonderful papercrafting. Get Capture the Date and then capture the savings today!

* Offer valid for A-E and M size stamp sets only; K-size, Workshops on the Go®, Cricut® collection, and Stamp of the Month stamp sets are not eligible for this promotion. Maximum of one 50% off stamp set per order.
Dates: Offer valid November 1–30, 2012

November Stamp of the Month

Capture the Date SET OF  72
Available November 1–30, 2012
Get the Stamp of the Month set for just $5 
(S1211A) when you place an order of $50 or 
more in products.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Clearly the Best: The Magic of Monograms (S01E09)

The Magic of Monograms shows you how to make personalized office supplies and household items with the My Acrylix® Monogram stamp sets. 

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Hall-Zoo-Ween at the Zoo!

We took the kids and grandkids to Hall-zoo-ween! Had a great time at the Peoria Zoo.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Adorable Purse Video!

Hi Everyone,
Been away for awhile as I have not been feeling real well, but I'm feeling much better and decided to make a video showing you how to make these adorable purses! They really are fun and easy.

Happy Purse Making!

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Save with Sudio J

Get a free Studio J® layout in October! In this special promotion, you will receive a free custom-printed layout when you buy 9 custom-printed Studio J layouts. To receive the discount, just add 10 or more layouts to your cart. You’ll see a discount reflected in your order total. And you can totally take advantage of this promotion by ordering in multiples of 10. Buy 9, get 1 free. Buy 18, get 2 free. Buy 27, get 3 free. Up to 4 free layouts! It’s a great time to use any Member Bonus layouts you may have. If you haven’t tried Studio J yet, now is the time to start! Log into and get started!

Dates: October 1–31, 2012


October 27th, 2012
9 a.m. - 3 p.m
First Christen Church next to Peoria University post office

If you enjoying making your Christmas cards then this event is for you. You can make 25 cards for $20.00 or 50 cards for $35.00. 

Great way to get those Christmas cards out of the way.


Wednesday, September 12, 2012


If you enjoy scrapbooking join us on Tuesday, September 18th at 6:00 p.m. We will be making a 2 page fall layout using the new moonlight paper 
packet. Contact me if you are interest in joing us for this event! All you need to bring is your fall photos, adhesive, paper cutter and scissors.Inline image 2


October 13, 2012
10:30 a.m. - Noon
First Christen Church next to the post office on University in Peoria
Cost- $12.00 
RSVP: SEPTEMBER 27th-Please pay at the time of RSVP

Cost is less vs. previous classes because we will not be ordering the stickease this time. We will actually be having the children do some stamping on their pages instead. 

We will be using the Moonlight Paper Packet. Have your children bring Fall photos, adhesive, cutters, and scissors. 

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October 27th, 2012
9 a.m. - 3 p.m
First Christen Church next to Peoria University post office

If you enjoying making your christmas cards then this event is for you. You can make 25 cards for $20.00 or 50 cards for $35.00. 
Great way to get those christmas cards out of the way.


Tuesday, September 11, 2012

CTMH and My Craft Channel

Close to my heart is now on My Craft Channel. They are having a giveaway!
Head on over to for My Craft Channel's giveaway of the My Acrylix® Trinity Alphabet stamp set, as featured in the latest episode of our online series “Clearly the Best.”

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Circus Party ~ Using the Cricut

My Grandson just turned 2 and we had a circus party. Of course my mind went crazy with ideas for this. Here are just a few of the items I made for his party using the cricut.

and of course here's the birthday boy himself with his sweet sister who's trying to show him how to do it.

Thanks for looking!


Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Cricut® Artiste Easy Instruction

Discover how to make accents, cards, and 3-D projects with the Close To My Heart Cricut® Artiste cartridge. It's easy to learn with the simple instructional booklet and assembly booklet!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

3 Reasons to like CTMH in August

That's Right - 3 Great things Close to my Heart is offering in August!

Free Exclusive Tote Bag!
August 2012 Constant Campaign
When a new Consultant joins Close To My Heart in August they will receive an exclusive Damask Tote Bag for FREE (retail value $50)! This offer has limited availability.  This offer is good for both the $49 and $99 New Consultant Kits (while supplies last). Sign Up Here!
Dates: Offer valid August 1, 2012 (9:00 am MDT) – August 31, 2012 (11:59 pm MDT)

Close to my Heart Fall / Winter Idea book is available.
Great New Products including a New Cricut Artise Cartridge.
Don't miss out on getting your copy today.
It's easy place a $25.00 order and you can have one for FREE.

National Stamping Month
September 2012 Constant Campaign
To celebrate National Stamping Month in September, we are bringing back our popular double stamp set promotion! You can get the exclusive, new My Acrylix® It’s Your Day double stamp set for just $5 when you place a minimum order of $35 in full retail products from August 15 through September 30, 2012. You’ll love this double set—two D-size sets in one envelope—which includes nearly 50 trendy images that makes it easy to capture the everyday moments in your life. The double set has a retail value of $35.90, which drastically increases the value of your qualifying purchase! Have twice the fun stamping during National Stamping Month with our new, exclusive It’s Your Day double stamp set!
Dates: Offer valid August 15 (9:00 am MDT) – September 30, 2012 (11:59 pm MDT)

Oh Yeah! Don't forget about the Stamp of the Month.....

Baroque Borders:
August 1 - 31, 2012
Get this stamp set for $5.00 with any order of $50.00 or more

Contact me for any of these 1, 2, 3 Reasons to Love Close to My Heart

Saturday, August 11, 2012

2nd Kids Scrapbooking Club!

We had our 2nd kids scrapbooking club. If you are interested or know someone who would like to joing contact me for more details. Check out there great creations!

Look who won the CTMH shopping spree!

CTMH Shopping Spree with Noreen:

I thought this was so cute I had to post it on my blog. Check out Noreen's shopping spree with CTMH!

Have you ever watched Supermarket Sweep? Oh, I so loved that show and just knew I would rock and roll it if ever given the chance to run through a store grabbing anything I could!!

Can you believe that Close to My Heart gave me an opportunity to run through the CTMH Warehouse to do exactly that!! Those were 3 of the most chaotic minutes I've ever experienced and you truly don't even realize what you're're just trying to grab, and grab, and grab!!!

I worked closely with my "advisory team" (my daughter Mandy and wonderful friend Lorri) to design the best possible attire for my shopping spree!!!

We bought some clothesline hangar wire, but I was concerned it might be a little too flexible, so we added a little "braiding" to give it more stability!
We found the largest sweatpants Walmart had in stock and wove the wire through to provide me a "hula-hoop" type structure (but flexible so I could stuff it into a suitcase! (So surprised I wasn't given any issues getting through airport security!!)
We added suspenders so I could have plenty of "hands-free" shopping...can you envision the old-fashioned clown costumes...but of course mine is wayyyy cuter!
A little bling and CTMH lettering to add that special "uniform" feel to it!
And finally some bubble paint to spruce it up (thanks Mandy!!)

Check out the fabulous "video" Close to My Heart put together to commemorate my wonderful experience!! It was such a whirlwind, but the funnest experience EVER!!! I totally went in with a strategy to get embellishments, embellishments and embellishments...I could grab handfuls, and they'd be "light" despite hundreds of them!! But then they gave me a pretty cart, so I felt compelled to go for some paper and such...oh the joy and chaos! It was a BLAST!!!!

I'll admit, when you're running around like have no clue what you're grabbing!!! Your hands are reaching into a box and about the time you register what it is you've grabbed, you've already grabbed it so might as well take it! (So I came home with 9 Snapease 12x12 Album Systems in my random!!) But you're not thinking, you're just grabbing!! I'm sure I ran past multiple Cricut Collections, but didn't see a thing...uggh!! But hmmmm, over $4,000 in embellishments, papers, Cricut mats, Desk Pads, and complaints!!!

Afterwards, I was taken up to the Executive Conference Room (yes, inside the walls of Close to My very exciting!! And created some layouts and cards designed for me by the Art lucky can a girl get?

Do you see all the beautiful Cricut shapes...cut and ready to in love with our products!!!

I was even given a CD of all the pictures taken of my Day O' Fun!!! And would that finish it off, uh uh...I was able to leave with 2 completed layouts (with pictures), 6 beautiful cards, AND a send-off wouldn't be complete without a fabulous dinner at the Cheesecake Factory...YUMMMY!!!