Thursday, January 24, 2013


Here are some of the gifts that will be given out at
 Stamp & Scrap this Saturday!  This is your last chance
 to get the "Whooo's Your Valentine" offer as there are only 10% left and this sale is only until supplies last.  So click on the shopping cart and head on over to my CTMH website to place your order.

Every one is slightly different.



Star Photo Calendar ***********************

 My upline, Angela Tutton, showed us how to make this Star Photo Calendar at our January Unit Meeting. She originally saw this cute idea on Pinterest and had to give it a try. It took her a while to create the calendar on MS Publisher, but I think it turned out beautiful. Thank you Angela, we loved the project!  


12 of your favorite photos or pictures representing different months of the year. We will cut these to approx 2 ½” x 2 ½”.
(3) 6” x 12” pieces of Chocolate Cardstock
From the Chantilly Packet (X7163B): (or you can use other papers that go with Twilight)
(2) 2 3/4" x 5 3/4" Buttercup Cardstock
(2) 2 1/2" x 5 1/2" B&T Large Design Paper from Chantilly
Paper Trimmer
Scoring tools (Paper trimmer with scoring blades, Scor-It, ScorPal, etc)
Bone Folder
18" Ribbon (or other coordinating ribbon)
LOTS of Tombow Adhesive
Rhinestone Designer Brads (or other coordinating bling)
Paper Flowers
Slate Ink Pad
Bamboo Ink Pad
Foam Tape
12 Printed Calendars on retired papers that co-ordinate with the front cover papers
2013 cut on Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge
Take 3 6"x 6" pieces of cardstock and score them every 3 inches
Accordion fold the pieces
Place all three pieces in front of you so they resemble three "M's" and glue together like this  .
The ribbon is secured under the layers of cardstock that are on the front and back.  Decorate front and back as shown. 
Print the calendar on Backround and texture papers.  I used a variety of retired papers, a great way to use up older papers. Place calendars on inside so months follow one another. You can find the link to the  CALENDAR. here.
I have not attached pictures as yet, but they will adhere directly above the calendars on the pages.


Tuesday, January 22, 2013


Thanks 3”x 3”Card ***********************

·         Stamps:  CTMH Casual Expressions Occasions (D 1525)
·         Inks:      CTMH Pear, Sorbet, Juniper
·         Paper:    CTMH Colonial White, Pear, Sorbet, Juniper
·         Accessories:    Clear Sparkles (Z1752)
·         CTMH Cricut Cartridges:  Artiste, Art Philosophy
·         Paper Cutter, Tombow Glue, 3-D Tape

·         Colonial White CS: (3) 3”x 6” pieces folded in half to form a 3”x6” card, (1) 1½” shift > accent 3> b cut with Artiste page 65
·         Pear CS: (1) ¾”x 3”, (1) butterfly cut with Art Philosophy page 55
·         Sorbet CS: (1) ¾”x 3”, (1) butterfly cut with Art Philosophy page 55
·         Juniper CS: (1) ¾”x 3”, (1) butterfly cut with Art Philosophy page 55

·         Stamp sentiment on Colonial CS with all three inks.
·         Layer ¾” strips on cards ½” from bottom of card as shown in the picture above..
·         Apply two small pieces of 3-D tape to back of stamped items, center on strip.
·         Fold butterfly wings up leaving center flat.  Apply tombow to center and attach.
·         Place sparkles as desired.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013


I had two lovely young ladies help me make the Whooo's Your Valentine Treat  Containers.  Time is running out, so don't miss out on this great Constant Campaign promo.


This month at our unit meeting we brought a decorated
 Treat Holder using any new product.

.  Here is the project I did.  I used the Cricut Art Philosopy cartridge to cut the fold over flap at 4".  Next I cut the patterned piece using CTMH's NEW Chantilly papers ( X7163B) at 3 1/2", then cut in half.  I also used the Silver Shimmer Trim ( Z1799).  The scallop circle was cut with the CTMH 2" Scallop Circle Punch.  The circle was cut on the Cricut at 1 1/2".  The stamp is from the Whooo's Your Valentine Constant Campaign (CC1022) that is good through the end of this month or until quanities are gone.

        See earlier post for more information on this campaign.

Here are some of the other swap Treat Containers from our unit.


Dee                   Cindy

Linda               Debbie



These were fun to make, why don't you give them a try?


Friday, January 11, 2013


If you live in the beautiful Puget Sound area of Washington state, I would like to invite you to join us for our annual
Stamp N’ ~ Scrap Day
A  Fundraiser for Operation Smile®
Saturday, January 26,    
9:30 AM – 4 PM
Port Orchard United Methodist Church
725 Kitsap Street, Port Orchard, WA 98366
Directions: From Highway 16 take the Tremont Exit toward Port Orchard. At Sidney take a left (the fourth light)
toward town. The church is on the corner of Kitsap and Sidney.

Don’t Forget !  * Dress comfortably  * Camera for Scrapbooking moments
             * Projects and supplies to work on  * Necessities—i.e. scissors & adhesives
It is important for you to bring all items necessary  to work with.
  No vendors will be selling supplies.

Let The fun Begin ...Do you  need some well deserved “me” time?  Then come enjoy a relaxing day doing what you enjoy the most... Stamping and Scrapbooking!  Work on current projects, make cards, start a scrapbook.
Demos! Will be held throughout the day. These are included as part of the registration. Learn some new techniques, or how to use your Cricut.
Prizes ! In addition to your registration gifts, you could also win other fun door prizes throughout the day!
Silent Auction ! Will close at 2:00 pm. Get your bids in early and check them often!
Includes ! Lunch, yummy snacks , beverages, demonstrations, registration gift bag and door prizes throughout the day.  

    Judith Craig  ~  360-876-5520    Annette Kingsbury  ~  360-871-4125          
 Sharon Esau   ~  360-830-3630 
Operation Smile
Together we create smiles, change lives, and heal humanity. Did you know it only costs $240 to help a child? Operation Smile’s volunteer medical professionals travel around the world to treat children suffering from facial deformities. Their efforts mean new smiles for thousands of children. Your money and time help sustain a charity that has helped over 100,000 children in the past 25 years. With your help, even more children can be helped.    Additional Donations Accepted!


Text Box: Please mail this form along with your registration Fee to: 

Stamp N’ Scrap Day
Sonia Preston
6337 SE Heather Lane . 
Port Orchard, WA 98366

~  Checks payable to Beta Zeta Master  ~

Registration Form !

 NAME:      _____________________

ADDRESS:     _______________________

Please feel free to make copies of this form  to share  with friends.
Registrations are due by January 15, 2012 or when the last seat is filled.
There is limited space available so register now!

No cancellations after
January 21, 2014
Thank You.

PHONE:  Home ______________________
               Cell  _______________________
E-MAIL      __________________________
                    $30.00 Registration Form
                                   Tax Deductable
Sponsored by Beta Zeta Master
Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi

Please join us.  100% of all funds go to Operation Smile.  Last year we were able to raise $1000 and change the lives of four children.  Your donations are greatly appreciated.

Thank You!

Thursday, January 10, 2013


I wanted to share with you the beautiful slipper one of the members of our unit made recently.  Isn't it just spectacular?  I can't remember who did it, but she gave me permission to post this.
 I will get her name at our meeting next week so
 I can give her credit.
  It was cut on the Artiste Cricut cartridge.
More to follow on how she made this.


My sister-in-law was here over Christmas
 and wanted to learn how to use her new Cricut she got for Christmas along with the new Close to My Heart Cricut Cartridges.  We had a lot of fun
 creating new items
 and learning
 all of the features on her Cricut.

The box was created using the
 Close to My Heart's Artiste Cricut Cartridge.

The flowers were made using the
 Close to My Heart's Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge.

We also used a stamp on the side and some of the
 Sparkles Flourishes ( Z1708) on the top.  We folded the bottom and top, taped, then sponged some ink on the edges.  These are so quick to make and would be beautiful when several are
 put together in a circle for a bridal shower.



This card was created using the papers and stamp set from Close to My Heart's  La Belle Vie Workshop on the Go (G1048). 

 It is actually a Valentine Invitation to a dance
 I'm helping to put on with my sorority
 chapter  for Valentine's Day.
  The hearts and tower were all cut on the
 Art Philosopy Cricut Cartridge according to
 the directions on the My Acrylix Stamp Set carrier sheet.
For those of you that may not be familiar with
 the CTMH Cricut Cartridges, each image that is circled in red on the My Acrylix carrier sheet ( the sheet that the My Acrylix pieces come on when you purchase them) all have  corresponding shapes that can be cut on the cartridge. 
 Such a deal! 
 It makes everything  much easier with so much less cutting by hand.



La Belle Vie Monogram Cards & Holder

This card set of 8 cards, 8 envelopes, and Card Box was our Creative Card Class project for January.  We made one of each design of the light and dark side of Close to My Heart's 
 La Belle Vie designer paper, making 8 cards total.

Supplies Used:  All Close to My Heart Products.
La Belle Vie Paper Pack (X7158B)
Colonial White Cards & Envelopes (X1410)
Perfect Fit Frames (D1527)
Monograms (D1003)
Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge ( Z1686)
Black Tulle Ribbon ( Z1798)
Circle Punch ( Z1311)
3-D Foam Tape ( Z1151)
Black Ink ( Z2105)
Tombow Adhesive ( 1514)

Instructions: Card
*  Layer 5" x 3 3/4" Backround & Texture paper to a 5 1/4" x 4" piece of Black CS. 
*   Layer a 1/2" x 5" piece of Colonial White CS onto a 3/4" x 
5 1/4" piece of Black CS. 
* Attach.
 *  Cut backround designs according to size on the My Acrylix carrier sheet using the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge. Stamp images.  Make enough for the envelpes and Card Holder.
*  Stamp monogram on Colonial White scrap.  Punch out.
*  Layer monogram onto 1 1/2" scalloped circle cut with the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge.  Attach with 3-D Foam Tape.
*  Repeat last two steps and attach 1/2 of circle to the envelope with tombow tape.
Card Holder:
*  Cut both base pieces and the scallop circle with the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge.  Fold.  Tape.
*  Tie tulle ribbon around bottom as shown.
*  Layer front pieces and attach using 3-D Foam tape.

Place your envelopes and cards in the Holder and they are ready to give as a gift or use yourself.  This set will be given to my friend as a thank you.  Give it a try, they are fun to make. 

Contact me if you need any more instructions or any of the items used.


Wednesday, January 2, 2013


Thanks to everyone who helped make my 2012
 such a great year!  I had an wonderful year with
 Close to my Heart.
  I am excited to see what 2013 has in store for me
 and can’t wait to share it with all of you!

Sending each of you

 Best Wishes for a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous 2013!




Close to my Heart is starting 2013 off with a bang!

 Here are some of  the wonderful specials this month.

First is this beautiful January Stamp of the Month.
 You can get this set for just $5.

January Stamp of the Month

Available January 1-31, 2013 only.

With a minimum qualifying purchase, get your D-size Stamp of the Month set for just $5.00 US / $5.50 CAN! Add the stamp set to your cart on this page at full retail price or, with your qualifying order, add it at checkout for the promotional price.

Spend:   $50.00  No purchase required
You pay only:   $5.00    $17.95 (full retail) 

Set of 7
Recommended My Acrylix® Blocks:
2" x 2" (Y1003), 2" x 3-1/2" (Y1009), 2" x 6-1/2" (Y1010), 4" x 5" (Y1012)

Next is the New Consultant Kit that is now available.
 The kit includes the new products for 2013.

If you would like to turn your hobby into a lucrative business or just get a  discount on your Close to my Heart products, now is the time to join my team.
 For a little as just $49,
 you can get all of these items
 in the photo above to start a new business,
 plus a bonus package from me!

E-mail me at for more information.

This cute Whooo’s Your Valentine Kit is still available for just $10 with a $35 order!
 But they are only available while supplies last and they are going fast.

Celebrate National Papercrafting Month with this incredible deal-our Whooo’s Your Valentine kit is only $10!  This great kit, that consists of 12 die-cut boxes, 3 cardstock sheets,
 1 sheet of silver glitter paper, 12 treat tubes, and an exclusive D-size stamp set created specifically for the kit and retails for $40, can be yours for only $10 when you spend $35 or more in Close To My Heart product from the Autumn/Winter 2012 Idea Book. 


This kit offers a sneak peek of two new Spring/Summer 2013 products: the treat tubes and the silver glitter paper!  Decorate the die-cut boxes with stamped images, cardstock, and glitter paper. Then use the clear tube filled with treats to finish off your Valentines!

Happy Creating!