Live Beautifully

Yesterday brought lots of new things in my Close to My Heart world. One of these new things is the exclusive Live Beautifully collection. There are so many options I didn’t think I could really do it justice – so I thought I’d link to this video by CTMH.  It shows the paper packet, stamp set, and Cut Above Layout kit.

CTMH Live Beautifully Video

These products are all in celebration of National Scrapbooking Month – but don’t be fooled by the name – these are great for all you papercrafting fun.

live beautifully paper

The paper packet comes with 16 sheets – 6 of them double sided.

live beautifully stamp

While the stamp set has large, beautiful words that work for layout titles – there is plenty of love here for cardmakers also!

live beautifully cut above

Last – but DEFINITELY not least! – is the Cut Above Layout Kit.  This kit comes with pre-printed pages & photo mats, stickers and die cuts and 12 X 12 Memory Protectors for 5 double page layouts!  You can literally have all 5 double pages completed in 2 hours! These layouts are great for telling your stories of weddings, engagements, prom, family, that inspirational person in your life – so versatile!

To see the whole collection including the album bundles (available at a 20% discount!) – check out

For more info on the workshop I’ll be hosting (June 2nd, 5:30 PM in Roy) go here.

Want to see more great artwork with these products? – Search on #CTMHLiveBeautifully!

Since these are exclusive for National Scrapbooking Month – they are only available in May and only while supplies last!

Would you like to get the Cut Above Layout Kit for free?!

  • Host a gathering in May that reaches the 3rd Hostess Reward Level and receive the Cut Above set in addition to $60 of free hostess product and any item for 1/2 price (yes, even Cricut Cartridges!)


  • Become a consultant – in addition to the other fun products in your consultant kit, you’ll get this layout kit for free!







April is Upon Us!

April is almost here! With it comes the last of our Seasonal Expressions 1 paper suites  – Some Kinda Wonderful.  (I was just at the consultant launch for the new Seasonal Expressions & got to see all the amazing new papers coming your way!) Some Kinda Wonderful is full of bright colors – big dots, gumdrops (?), stripes, and eyes (yep, you read that right – eyes! – check out the pink paper)


Along with the paper we have two Workshops Your Way – Scrapbooking


And Cardmaking (which includes an exclusive stamp set)


Here’s a peek at what we’ll be making for the April Classes:

Layouts using the Scrapbooking WYW – First we have the awesome CTMH designed layouts – these don’t have any stamping & the cutting guide has directions for making 9 additional cards.


These next three I put together from the Make It From Your Heart Vol 1 pattern book – it includes stamping with the Some Kinda Wonderful Scrapbooking Stamp Set (D1716).



and here are the cards – I didn’t plan for them to be animal themed – but the animals just worked so well with these colorful papers.


Watch for more details in next month’s class page & blog posts.



An Easy Card

Here’s another quick & easy card using Close to My Heart Blossom B&T IMG_0810Duo’s paper, Happy to be Friends My Acrylix ® stamp set, and cardstock in lagoon and white. These are so easy, you could make several in one sitting and stamp different sentiments on them and they’ll be ready for your upcoming card giving occasions.


Supplies (assuming you have no scraps & are using a full 12 X 12 inch sheet for each):

  • 1 – sheet of Blossom B&T Duos paper  – these are double-sided, so you get 2 patterns on each sheet
  • 1 – card base or cut the cardstock to 11 X 4 1/4
  • 1 – sheet of white cardstock
  • 1 – sheet of lagoon cardstock
  • Happy to Be Friends My Acrylix Stamp Set
  • 1 X 1” My Acrylix Block
  • 2 X 2″ My Acrylix Block
  • Black Ink
  • Smoothie Ink
  • Pear Ink
  • Glacier Ink

Cutting Directions

Piece A – cut a 1 inch strip from your B&T Duo’s Blossom paper. Use the flowered side as the front. Then cut this into 5 inch pieces (you’ll have two 1 X 5 inch pieces and a 2 inch piece left over)

Piece B – cut a 3 inch strip from your B&T Duo’s Blossom paper. Then cut this into 4 inch pieces (you’ll have three 3 X 4 inch pieces). Use the patterned side up.

Piece C – Cut a 2 inch strip from the white cardstock, then cut this into 3 inch sections (you’ll have four 2 X 3 inch pieces)

Piece D – Cut a 2 ½ inch strip from the lagoon cardstock, then cut the strip into 3 ½ inch pieces (you’ll have three 2 ½ X 3 ½ inch pieces)

Assembly Instructions

Stamp your desired sentiment on Piece C.  Sponge some Glacier ink around the edges to add depth. Center Piece C onto Piece D with your preferred adhesive.

Apply adhesive to the front of Piece B along the 4 inch side. Lining up the left edges, center Piece A (flowered side up) on top of Piece B and secure. Apply adhesive to the back of the combined A & B and attach to the card.

Attach the layered C & D pieces (centered or offset – however looks best to you) Quick – Easy – You’re Done!

If you’re interested in any of these products or the other fabulous paper crafting supplies from Close to My Heart – please check out my web site –