Saturday, April 8, 2017


Close to My Heart  is hosting a 24 Hour Flash Sale on my website HERE.  It started 5:00 p.m. (eastern standard time) yesterday and runs until this afternoon at 5:00.  This is just a sampling of the see of the fabulous deals you can take advantage of!  Products and bundles are available only while supplies last so don't delay!

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

A Grand Opportunity!

There are so many wonderful things happening with Close to My Heart during this month of April.  Rather than share it all with you in the same email, I thought it would be more exciting to sprinkle the goodness to you one morsel at a time!

So here's my next tidbit of info for you:

- Everyone who signs up in April will be a consultant receiving a minimum of a 22% discount at least until the end of September (the usual 6 months). Of course you will want to stay past that (and it's easy to do!), but that much is guaranteed.
- Anyone who signs up in April can order from FIVE different idea books in that time frame. There will be two annual catalogs and three seasonal mini-catalogs available from April to September (last month of Expressions 1, Expressions 2, Holiday Expressions, 2016-17 Annual Idea Book and 2017-18 Annual Idea Book!).
- New consultants get to start ordering from the new product in Expressions 2 at a discount in April vs. waiting until May and paying full price as a customer.
-New consultants get to start ordering Live Beautifully items NOW.
- Consultants who sign up in April get a FREE Cut Above kit of their choice.  This product is the PERFECT KIT to use when introdicing CTMH to your potential customers.  It's Fast. It's Easy. It's super affordable.  It's Fabulous. It's FUN!
- Consultants who sign up in April still have an opportunity to sign up for convention (registration closes April 30).
- Consultants who sign up in April get Seasonal Expressions 2 catalogs in their kit. This gives them an opportunity to get people excited about the May product release...BECAUSE, in May, when a hostess submits $350 in orders she gets a FREE Live Beautifully Cut Above kit. More FREEEEEEEEE stuff. Not to mention that at that level of sales there's one half priced item and $60 in FREE product. There's also $5 put in the New Consultant's SPC "bank account" when you reach $350 in sales (and it goes up to $25 at $400!). Did you know that Consultants can also be hostesses? SCORE!
-Consultants who sign up in April give themselves the BEST chance at a really strong start with many excited hostesses for gatherings in May because of the May specials! You have April to book up that calendar for May and insure GREAT sales, which equals a GREAT start!

Are you intrigued?  Interested?  Do you have any questions?  Reach out to me so we can chat!  It would be a true honor if you would join my Close To My Heart Family!


Monday, April 3, 2017

15 Minute Memories!

April Greetings!
I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and your week is off to a great start!
The other day I sent out information about my all day "LIVE BEAUTIFULLY" event I am hosting here at my studio on May 21st. I hope y'all had a chance to read the details and will plan to participate. Register early to hold your spot!
To all those unable to attend the event, I am offering Kits To Go!
This evening I am sharing information about a super cool special that is happening during the month of April. It's called "15-MINUTE MEMORIES"...and it's perfect for the seasoned memory keeper, as well as, the beginner scrapbookers and those wanting to get started on preserving some special memories. It's also spot on for card makers and paper crafters of all levels. This special is also for ALL AGES! 

Back in January Close To My Heart introduced a fabulous new kit. The CUT ABOVE layout kits make it super easy to document the moments in life that you always want to remember. Easy-to-follow instructions guide you in using pre-cut pieces to assemble pages as beautiful as your memories. Slide additional photos into pocket pages alongside coordinating cards to keep the story going. Preserving your memories can be easy and beautiful at the same time with Cut Above!

There are currently 2 Cut Above Kits to purchase. And BOTH kits are on sale 50% off the entire month of April! The "Little One" Cut Above Kit has a baby boy look and feel to it. However, I used this kit to document some photos of my teenager ballerina! I love how truly versatile CTMH products are!
The second kit available is called "Forever & Always" . This has a wedding theme to it. But it is also very apprpriate for prom, dance recital/competition, Easter, Mother's Day, Birthday, Family photo shoot, sorority function, First Communion, Confirmation. picnic and so much more!
The pieces you receive in these kits will also allow you to create one-of-a-kind cards! The possibilities are endless!
Each Kit Includes:
*2 12 x 12 printed base pages
*Die-Cut Paper Pieces
*Title and Embellishment stickers
*12 Coordinating pocket cards
*2 12 x 12 Memory Protectors
*2 Pocket-Style Memory Protector
You get all of this for just $7.48 (plus s/t)!!!!! These kits are normally priced at $14.95.
Choose you kit (why not get BOTH kits since they are 50% off this month) and then follow the simple assembly instructions to create your beautiful two-age layout in minutes. Add even more memories using the coordinating pocket cards and pocket memory protectors included in the kit. You are going to LOVE how quickly you can preserve your memories with Cut Above!
Here is the layout I created using dance photos of my daughter.
Your name will go into a drawing for a NEW CUT ABOVE KIT that is coming out in MAY for each kit you purchase this month. There are two new kits coming in May that you can choose from if your name it drawn (must have a minimum of 10 kits sold for the drawing to take place). Drawing will take place on May 1st. Winner will be notified via email. 
You can order your kit(s) on my website ( Be sure to click on the box "JOIN" when you get to my website. This enters you into the Mystery Hostess Drawing! Please send me an email when you do so I can put your name into the drawing (your name will go in for every kit your purchase). If you would like me to place your order for you, just let me know. 
Here is a quick video showing you how quickly and beautifully the Cut Above Kits come together.

Saturday, April 1, 2017


Happy April Friends!

It's a new month and with that comes fun things to share with you.  I will be doing that soon but today I want to invite you to a fun all day event I am hosting on SUNDAY, MAY 21st. It will feature a very special limited time only paper pack, stamp set and kit.   There are several classes to choose from.  You can participate in one, two or why not all three?!  All the details are below.  Please contact me if you have any questions and to register.  Have a friend I do not know register and BOTH of you will receive a FREE GIFT from me!
I apologize for several photos being sideways!

TIME: 12:30-5:00
PLACE: Amy’s Studio
843-207-8698 or

Your life is full of everyday beauty that deserves to be remembered.  During the month of May celebrate the beauty of YOUR life with the exclusive “Live Beautifully” paper packet and stamp set Close To My Heart has created for the month of May only.  This paper pack features rich floral patterns, gold floral designs and more!

I will be offering 3 classes on this Live Beautifully Day.  

12:30-2:30 Live Beautifully Card Class

Cost: $32.00
(that’s jut $1.60 per card!)
*1/2 pack Live Beautifully Paper Pack
*3 additional sheets card stock
*20 Cards/20 Envelopes
*White & Gold Twine Pack
*Gold Glitter Gems Pack
*Black & White Dots Pack

Please add $5.00 if I am doing all of your stamping for you.

Optional Add On Product:
Live Beautifully Stamp Set (#CC1212C):  $21.00
Happy Heart Stamp Set (#A1192): $8.00
3-D Foam Tape: $6.90

Join me as I guide you in creating 20 cards (2 each of 10 designs)using the limited time only Live Beautifully paper pack and stamp set.  All papers will be pre-cut for you.  Bring your basic took kit with plenty of adhesives (including 3-D foam tape) to bring your cards to life.  


2:30-5:00 Live Beautifully Memory Keeper Classes
Join me for 1 or both!
These papers are perfect for prom, graduation dance, mother’s day, wedding, birthday, recitals, Easter, springtime or summertime occasions, Christening, anniversary, family, every day life, etc,

In honor of National Scrapbooking Month, CTMH is offering you a new and easy way to make coordinating layouts to preserve your memories.  
The Live Beautifully Cut Above layout kit: $52.00 

comes with EVERYTHING you need to create 5 2-page layouts.  With pre-printed base pages, die-cut paper pieces, stickers, and gold foil accents, this kit will help you preserve the moments that matter most in practically no time at all.  
If you are new to scrapbooking or want to preserve some memories faster.simpler.easier.
COST: $52.00 (shipping/tax included)
You can purchase the 
The bundle comes with the Cut Above Kit listed above, a black My Legacy Album (you can choose a post bound album or the D-Ring Style album), a journaling pen and a TOMBOW permanent adhesive.
This bundle is discounted at 20% making it a fantastic deal!
You get all of this for just $82.45

I am also offering a 6 page 12 x 12 layout kit (3- 2page layouts).
This kit will come pre-cut and I will pre-stamp your images for you if you choose not to purchase the exclusive stamp set.
These pages will go beautifully with the pages your create with the Cut Above Kit I described above.  Choose to purchase both kits and you will have a gorgeous 16 page album ready to preserve your precious memories in!
Make one for yourself and one to give to a loved one!
What a lovely wedding gift, graduation gift, birthday gift or even save to present to a loved one at holiday time!

The Live Beautifully 6 page Workshop Kit:  $25.00
*Live Beautifully Paper Pack
*You & Me Complements
I do recommend the add-on products but most importantly the 10 pack page protectors so your layouts are protected, as well as, an album for your beautiful protected pages.

Optional Add-On Products:
Live Beautifully Stamp set:  $21.00
2 x 6 1/2 Block: $16.00
3-D Thin Foam Tape:  $6.90
10-Pack Page Protectors: $11.50
12 x 12 Album:  $35 
(if you do not get the bundle mentioned above)

and tell me if you want to partake in all three classes or 2 or 1and if you would like the discounted bundle or any optional add-on products.


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

My Boy 8 Page Scrapbook Class & Kit To Go

MY BOY 8 Page Scrapbook Class/Kit To Go

Date:  Wednesday. April 26th
Time:  6:00-8:30 p.m.


Please join me as we create 8 scrapbook pages with a “BOY” theme.  These pages are perfect for that special guy in your life- any age preserving any memories!
These pages are perfect for a graduate, to celebrate a special person over the years, a retirement or any theme imageable!
All papers will come pre-cut.  No need to bring photos to class.  You can add those to your layouts whenever you wish…or you can bring photos-the choice is yours!

Have a friend I do not know register with you and you both will receive a free gift!

Schedule your own private workshop and you could qualify to earn your kit for FREE!

BASIC KIT:  $40.00
Basic Kit Contents:

*1/2 Pack of Enchantment Fundamental Paper Pack
*1/2 Pack of Rustic Home Fundamental Paper Pack
*7 1/2 Sheets of card stock in various colors
*#Z3306 My Boy Complements
(this product will retire on April 30th)
*#Z3314 Black & White Dots

Optional Add On Products:

I used the following products.  If you do not own the 3-D Foam Tape or the Skinny Glue Pen I do recommend them!

Optional Add-On Products:

#Z2060 Thin 3D Foam Tape: $6.90
#Z553 Mini Glue Pen: $5.20
#C1667 “This & That” Stamp Set: $16.20
A Black Ink Pad

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

One Awesome Stamp Set, 4 Incredible Looks!

This is one of my most favorite stamp sets in the current CTMH Annual Inspirations Idea Book.  I love the versatility it allows when adding color, yet it also looks classic just stamping it and not adding colors!  
This article is taken from the CTMH Blog. 
When you find a stamp you love, you tend to use it over and over (and over) again—we get it! 😉Today we’re sharing some fun ideas to showcase one stamp in four different ways so it’s not the exact same every time. To show you what we mean, we’re going to use the darling “HELLO” stamp from our Dreamin’ Big—Scrapbooking stamp set.
The following stamping techniques range in skill levels—try them all to find your favorite!
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When going for a saturated and vibrant look, especially in small details, ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ markers are an excellent choice. They are bright, smudge-proof, and, because they are alcohol-based, they are easy to blend. The fine tip on each marker is ideal for coloring intricate images, like those flowers and leaves in our stamp. To ensure a crisp outline of your stamped image, use our permanent Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ stamp pad. Unlike other inks, Archival Black won’t smear or smudge when you apply color.
4 awesome stamping techniques #ctmh #closetomyheart #stamping #scrapbooking #embossing #how #diy #tips #tricks
For a softer  look, use watercolors! Once again, stamp your image using Archival Black ink. Because this ink is waterproof, it won’t run when you apply your paint. In this example, we used a fine tip brush to color the small details.
4 awesome stamping techniques #ctmh #closetomyheart #stamping #scrapbooking #embossing #how #diy #tips #tricks
Ready to add some texture? Try embossing! For those of you who are new to this technique, embossing powder is a special powder that, when heated, melts to form a raised surface. To start, stamp your image using the VersaMark™ ink pad (embossing ink), which will create a clear, wet-looking print of your stamp. While the ink is still wet, cover it with embossing powder and carefully shake off any excess. In our example, we used white embossing powder to make our image pop on the colored cardstock. Use a craft heater to dry and seal your design. Craft heaters blow extremely hot air with a low air current, which keeps the powder from blowing right off—hair dryers are not a good substitute!
After your powder is set, add some shimmer using our gold and clear shimmer brushes. When you use these, prep your brush before you do! You want to squeeze your brush over scrap paper until the shimmery liquid comes out. Keep brushing it on the paper until you get the consistency you want on your brush before coloring in those details.
4 awesome stamping techniques #ctmh #closetomyheart #stamping #scrapbooking #embossing #how #diy #tips #tricks
Okay, here’s technique we’re really excited to share! Did you know that you can pair our Exclusive Inks™ mini pigment pads with clear embossing powder to emboss in any color you want? Yes, really! Stamp an image with your choice of pigment ink, cover it with clear embossing powder, and then set it with your craft heater! It’s that simple! You can match all of our exclusive colors perfectly using this last technique!
Of course there are many more ways to customize a stamp. That’s the best thing about finding a great stamp—you can use it again and again without it being identical each time. Give these techniques a try and have fun dolling up your current fave. 🙂

Thursday, March 2, 2017

March CTMH News, Specials and Deals!


I am so excited about the March Stamp of the Month!  
It is called "Tea-rrific" and has 11 images.  This stamp set has so many possibilities...layouts, mini albums, cards, bookmarks, pace cards, gift enclosure cards, bag toppers, wrapping paper, and so much more!

​Like all Stamp of the Month stamp sets, this set is available only during the month of March. You can purchase it for the low, low price of $5.00 with a minimum $50 order.  Or you can purchase it at full retail price of $17.95 plus shipping and tax.
This set is tons of fun to color using the CTMH Shin Han Touch Markers, the watercolor pencils, the water color paint set and brushes  and also the water bushes!  Another fun way to use this stamp set is to do the paper piecing technique where you can stamp say the large teacup image onto your favorite pattern paper.  Cut the image out and adhere to your card or layout.  
On this card  I used the Shin Han Touch Markers (I always use the Momento Black Ink Pad (#z899) to stamp images that I am then coloring rusing the Shin Han Touch Markers- this ink pad does not bleed). Once I finished coloring I added several layers of the Liquid Glass (#Z679) which gives the image a nice epoxy look.  I added a small piece of twine to connect the tea bag to the cup.  So Fun!  The creative possibilities are endless!!!

Close To My Heart is also hosting another fab special doing this merry month of March.
The promotion is called "CUT IT OUT! and it features the "Thin Cut"  product line.  Thin Cuts give you a fast and easy way to cut all kinds of shapes for your crafting and this month they are ALL available at 25%-off!  Choose from titles, sentiments, and a wide variety of shapes to stamp on, so you can get precise, dimensional shapes in no time!

....AND....all those who sign up to be a consultant during March will receive a set of Thin Cuts in their Consultant Kit at no extra cost!  Please reach out to me if you would like to learn more about the consultant opportunity and/or to help you get signed up!

​I do still have plenty of room in my March Card Class, the Hello Lovely Boxed Note Card Class and my March Scrapbook Class.  If you would like to join in the fun PLEASE let me know no later than TOMORROW, FRIDAY, MARCH 3rd so I can get your products ordered.  All classes are FREE-you only pay for the products you will be using.

​ Make it a wonderful month Everyone!