Good bye to some…

We’re coming up on another transition. For the past few months we’ve been playing with creative collections from the Seasonal Expressions 2 idea book. Those fun collections will be leaving us at the end of this month to make room for the new Holiday Expressions! 

Did you love Little Dreamer?

No Worries?

How about Prickly Pear?

Or my favorite Jack!

If you haven’t had your fill  of all this fun jump over to my CTMH website ( to order your happy mail!




NEW Product Fun!!

Sorry, I’ve been MIA for a few days! My boys went to Scout Camp last week & I spent the week trying to cram as many projects into those 7 days as possible, so I let this slip just a bit. Today I’m back with the new Annual Inspirations Idea Book and some artwork I’ve made with the new products.


First a couple of highlights – in this Idea Book you’ll find …

A new Cut Above Layout Kit “The Story Begins” – to tell your baby’s stories – this kit comes in either a boy or girl option plus – save 30% when you purchase an album to go with it!


Double Sided Cardstock – what? – yep – one side is the actual color and the reverse is a lighter version.  Check it out here – the Wild is cut from the lighter side and the rest from the front side of a sheet of Ruby cardstock. What an easy way to add some dimension to your projects!


Speaking of adding dimension – how about some new Cricut cartridges?  We have a new cartridge available in either physical or digital. Both options come with an exclusive stamp set bundle and an Enchantment combo cardstock pack. The You Are Here cartridge is great for all your travel projects – from a girls trip to National Parks – there’s lots of fun in these images.


And of course we have new Fundamentals with awesome patterns, colors & complements (including new ribbon packs!).


With all these fun new products – I’d love to see what you create!



Back From Convention

Good morning! I’m sitting here on my deck listening to the breeze whispering through the trees and the birds just singing away.  I have my new Annual Inspirations, a delicious cup of coffee and my convention notes.  It’s a calm morning (my boys are still asleep) so I thought I’d take a minute to share a few highlights from the Close To My Heart Convention.

First up is the new Annual Inspirations & Holiday Expressions! There are so many beautiful new things, I can’t possibly do them justice in a single blog post, so I’ll be sharing new product and artwork on my Facebook page over then next few weeks.

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But I’ll touch on just a few things here –

New Basics color palette! We have 10 new colors in the basics line from linen to charcoal! Black has moved over with White Daisy as a Neutral stand alone color.9CF665EF-29BC-4D13-B1DC-5625AEB91CE3

Double-sided cardstock! – yep – you can see it in the picture above – each 12×12 sheet of colored cardstock will have a lighter version on the back, so you’ll have double the creativity!

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New Cricut cartridge – You Are Here! This collection is a great way to start capturing your adventures whether they are all around the world or right in your back yard! It is available in both a physical and digital version. And there are also 3 new digital collections featuring the USA, Canada & Australia/New Zealand!!!




We also had wonderful speakers! From the amazingly talented Stacy Julian to the inspiring story of Stephanie Nielson (author of Heaven is Here), Chari Pack from Persnickety Prints  and of course our own fantastic consultants! (Apparently I was so engrossed in what they were saying, I didn’t get pictures!!)


The Home Office tour was great, too! We got to see where all the amazingly talented artists work and where Jeanette gives her stamp of approval to what’s coming our way!

There were so many great moments at convention – old friendships rekindled, new friendships forged! And I got to share it all with my mom.



I’ll finish off with a picture of the CTMH mission statement – it really says so much about what I love about this business and how it has helped me grow. I have so many relationships to celebrate (both new and old), I have definitely discovered my creativity, all while sharing and preserving the memories that matter most to me.


I hope you all enjoy your week! If you’re here in the US, have a safe and happy Independence Day!



Retiring Products

I can’t believe it – the Close to My Heart Convention is just around the corner and the CTMH Home Office just announced a list of products that will be retiring to make room for more new fun…

This list includes the current Fundamentals Creative Collections, Base & Bling pieces, all three colors of foil tape, several of our tools and lots of current stamp sets.  The easiest way to find them all is to go to the ‘Going Soon’ section at

We haven’t heard which colors will be retiring yet – but since it was the ‘Color of the Year’ – Seaglass will definitely be going.  If you like this color – you can get the ink stamp pad, reinker, pigment ink, cardstock, and glitter paper before they’re gone!

I know there are quite a few things on this list that I’m going to miss! The pictures below only show a small sampling.  But I know there will be so many new things rolling in that I’ll have lots of new favorites!


Saying Goodbye to Summer Products

I know we still have a few more weeks on the calendar of summer, but school’s back in session, the weather is getting cooler, and it’s time once again to say good bye to summer.  It’s also time to say good bye to the products in the CTMH Season Expressions II idea book.  We’ve had some fun papers and great stamp sets to play with this past summer – I’ve loved so many of them – I hate to see them go!  Here are a few of my favorites.

MAGICAL Workshop Your Way, Amusement Park and Beyond Awesome stamp sets.


CALYPSO Workshop Your Way, Tickled Pink, Safari Ballet, Wise-Guy Birthday stamp sets.


FLORENCE Workshop Your Way, A Bunch of Love and Smarty Pants stamp sets


These products will be available through 31 August – or while supplies last.  Check out all the retiring products on my web site

Contact me if you have any questions!


Retiring Colors

I had big plans to post about my vacation in FL and PA – but we were on the go most of the time and didn’t have a great internet connection. AND – it is much more tiring and time consuming to recover from vacation that it used to be!!!  Now I’m back in UT, getting ready to send all 3 boys to Scout Camp & soak in a week of solitude (except for when I have to go to work).  I have a vacation post in draft – so I’ll get back to that next week when the house is quiet.  In the mean time, I wanted to share some info about retiring product.  Previously, I posted about the 2016 Retiring Products….  But – with convention, comes the announcement of new colors and those that will be leaving.

This year we’re saying good bye to 7 colors from the Adventure color group, but we’re saying Hello to EIGHT new colors – 7 new colors for Adventure and a Color of the Year.  The Color of the Year will only be available between 1 August 2016 and 31 July 2017… check back for more details.

The 7 retiring colors are Gypsy, Topiary, Pear, Honey, Sunset, Cotton Candy and Hollyhock.


Don’t forget to stock up on these ink stamp pads and re-inkers so you have them available to use with papers you’ve already purchased.  Are you still playing with Calypso or Kaliedoscope – stock up on these retiring colors so you’ll have a perfect match!

Don’t worry, about filling the gap left by these retiring colors, because CTMH came through with some bold & beautiful replacements.  Watch for them on 1 August, or come check them out in person on 30 July at my New Product Reveal – contact me for details!


CTMH Convention Fun

The 2016 Close To My Heart Convention was a blast!  The amazing Home Office team used the theme from the movie Inside Out to present our new Fundamentals Paper Packs (because we all have a different mix of Whimsy, Adventure, Enchantment & Basic styles to our crafting)!  I just ordered my convention bundles (discounted groupings of new product offered to consultants attending convention) so they should arrive at my house just a few days after I do!

In addition to the new Fundamentals paper packs there are ribbon packs, more Thin Cuts, a beautiful Cricut Cartridge, new My Legacy album colors and embossing folders.  I’ve scheduled a product reveal party for July 30th so you can see some of the great new products that you’ll be able to order on August 1st!

The Convention wasn’t just about doing business, though.  I met amazing women, made new friends and got to know some others better.  The ladies who presented the business classes, creative sessions and those that shared their artwork are truly talented!!  Beyond that – they are so willing to share that those of us who are not creative can join in the fun! Although I like to create, I don’t consider myself creative – so they make it easier for me!

A few of my beautiful sister-consultants from the Sweethearts Team and the amazing Sheri Rottler, our wonderful team leader!

I have a few days of vacation left… visiting family and friends, enjoying the green, rolling hills of my home state – Pennsylvania.  I was really inspired at convention and am looking forward to playing in my craft room when we get back to UT.  In the mean time, I’ll take lots of pictures so I have lots more to scrap when I get home!