Beautiful BRUSHED is April’s Kit of the Month

Many of you have been dying to see this Kit of the Month and I hope I do not disappoint you!  It’s BRUSHED for Spring and of course can be used for any springtime photos … Easter, Mother’s Day, Prom and much more.  I want to share some of the details as well as the ordering information below.  So here we go …

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The above layout is stunning!  You’ll love the technique of creating a ‘stencil’ using a lattice cut from our ARTBooking Cricut Cartridge.  Then you’ll enjoy using sponge daubers to add only two colors (Canary yellow and Pixie Pink) to create the two tone soft lattice look on your base pages.  If you buy the Workshop on the Go which includes the stamp set, you’ll be able to use the same daubers and inks to create the soft butterflies (you sponge the stamp in the two colors then stamp it on the cricut cut butterflies).

Brushed 1bJust look at the beautiful details.  We stamped OH SO in Pixie ink; then “happy” in black ink.

The striped green is washi tape and the Z3013 flowers (back ordered right now) are the metal assortment that you can use.

The leaves though … I really enjoyed using our Shin Han LEAF marker to color one leaf again and again.  I have a tutorial on it HERE.  But you can forego the markers and just stamp the leaves on green paper and cut them out.  It’s your call ….

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This layout is another stunning piece!  I loved using our ARTBooking Cartridge to cut the lattice for both pages and then used the green polka dot paper under it to give it depth.  But what really makes these pages stand out are the VELLUM STICKERS.  OK .. so I know it’s a little more work, but you will want to place your stickers on white daisy cardstock to ‘back them’ and then cut them out to POP UP on this layout. It truly is worth the effort!  You can change the title from Easter to anything you want … it’s cricut cut so you are open to what works for you.

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This layout above was FUN to create by using only two cricut cuts (the brackets).  You could always cut a 9×9 square or 4×4 square instead to duplicate a similar look.  I placed the vellum stickers strategically on the papers so you wouldn’t have to cut a thing! Adding the pink gems to all the pages really adds a little more sparkle to them for added texture.

If you love these pages, when you purchase $30 or more for these products  on my website, I automatically send you the cutting guide with photos and directions,  This will help get you started:

Many of you keep wondering what is the Kit of the Month Club?  What is the Monthly Rewards Club that I offer?  It’s FREE to JOIN and you earn free product for your monthly commitment of only 5 months and you can be the hostess and earn FREE REWARDS and 1/2 price items.  READ all about it a new group will start up in May and run through September.

Make your purchase today HERE on my WEBSITE and enjoy duplicating my artwork.

Oh and with the leftovers, you can create this Oh So Happy CARD:

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How do I stay motivated?

question markThat was a question asked of me recently when I had the pleasure of joining 3 consultants for dinner over the weekend. Barbara Rowand of NJ had asked, “What keeps you motivated?” … Hmmm… great question!  Of course, Judy Larsen jumped in and said “Money!” Well, that is true too … because my Close To My Heart business affords us to pay a lot of bills and live each month.  Cindi Buckless (been with CTMH for only 3 years) was quite surprised!

However, when I got to thinking about this and answered Barbara with a heartfelt reply  … YOU came to mind. Thank you noteAll of YOU wonderful followers who compliment my artwork; or tell me how much they love the kits I create.  Kathy Miller (MA) is one gal I’ve seen recently who consistently thanks me and lets me know how much she appreciates the time and effort I put into each creation. I was recently on the phone with Donna Davis (NY) who praised my classes on flip flaps and how much she learned. She felt truly inspired and was in awe of all the things you can do with flip flaps! (She had me smiling because “You know, I’ve been around the block a few times and still continue to learn from you!”)  LOVE when that happens!

Or when Christine Fitch (MA) & Tiffany Appleton (MA) are excited about a product and can’t wait to see what I do with it (and many more of you peeps out there!).  There are times, I’m not in love with a product line and I have to create with it and I surprise myself.  (Lollydoodle was one of them and then I created 10 pages!) So, when you set me to task, oh boy watch out!


Or Jennifer DeRenzy (NJ) has told me, “I do not like (fill in the blank) Product line.”  That is the ultimate THROW DOWN CHALLENGE of motivating me to create something so awesome, so special …  that I get Jennifer to purchase it!  YES! SCORE for me!  Ha … ha … ha 

These past few weeks when I’ve had no weekend events, I’ve been super busy creating artwork so I can show it to the crop attendees in Cromwell.  I hate to miss out on any opportunity to share new creations, new artwork, new products that help to INSPIRE YOU! It is a challenge to me … to see if what I can create offers variety, classiness, style and gives you lot of bang for your buck! I think Lori Lentini has said it best … “When you’ve done one of Lynn’s Kit of the Month workshops, you have nothing left but confetti!”  Thank you for your testimonial Lori!

fb-cover-you-meSo, even though your name may not have been mentioned above, please know that as I write this I see your faces and smiles.  Your words of encouragement and your enthusiasm for my artwork is really what INSPIRES ME!

heartfelt thank youYou have no idea how I truly appreciate each and every one of YOU that have sent me emails or vocalized your appreciation.  You continue to MOTIVATE me through your thoughts and comments as I endeavor to share almost 20 years of experience with Close To My Heart.  THANK you from the bottom of my heart.

If you have been following my blog posts, you’ve already seen many new items featuring Blossom Card Kit; Mother’s Day Cards; Blog Hop showcasing Summer Treats using Blossom paper and stamps … plus Brushed Kit of the Month artwork.  If I could calculate how much I’ve created since the last week in March … it would be 20 two page layouts (various kits) and at least 15 or more cards!  That’s a lot of creating ….

Coming Soon
Here’s a few sneak peeks to keep you INSPIRED  … enjoy!

A Taste of Summer for National Scrapbooking Month

 I may be offering a workshop for 2 layouts & cards.  Would you be interested?


 Taste of Summer CARDS:


 Jackson Kit of the Month … featuring 4 flip flaps to create 8 pages in all! 

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 Father’s Day Cards using Jackson Line:


 Feeling Inspired?  GREAT!

 It’s been a pleasure to share Close To My Heart with you!


Simply Inspired Blog Hop for Seasonal Expressions 2!

Simply InspiredWelcome to the Simply Inspired Blog Hop featuring products from our newest publication, Seasonal Expressions 2!  The consultants participating have created all new ideas to inspire and delight you!  You’re on the right track if you came here from Bren Yule’s Blog. The blog hop is a big circle, so if you get lost along the way, please click here for a complete list of participating consultants. Let’s get started!

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I really, really love the popsicle in this stamp set which is included in the Blossom Workshop on the Go Cardmaking kit. With so many colors of ink, you can have any flavor you want! YUM!

The set contains useful celebration sentiments; 4th of July (stars, candle can be a firecracker and the ’round sprays’ the bursts); plus flowers and washi tape stamps … an excellent variety to play with!


I just couldn’t wait to try my hand at creating a layout using the popsicle stamps.  One of the things I changed up is stamping the ”stick” in canary and then using sunset ink to stamp over it with the “striped candle.”  It was fun and easy to do.  Yes I did cut out all my popsicles by hand but that was really easy!  I tied a few glacier twine knots and glue dotted them to add a little texture to the “sticks.”

I started my layout off with using 2 sheets of Sunset Cardstock as the bases:


I then cut down two white daisy cardstocks into 10 x 11′s.  I then applied the Boardwalk Washi Tape (blue strips) and laid them on top of the white cardstock along the edges so it gives off the appearance of  crystal blue cardstock underneath (but my gals know I’m a paper saver!).   I used Artbooking to cut the letters for Summer, the circles and the ‘pointy’ circles too.  Wowza and My Fave are from the Boardwalk washi tape (you cut the variety of sayings apart and I placed my labels on white daisy cardstock for extra strength).  I love the new Coral Reef sequins too and used the deep coral, soft coral and white from this embellishment.  I think that covers it!

Here are the ingredients I used to create the two page layout if you want a close up look:

Now you are on your way over to Blythe Shupe’s Blog to view her creation.  You’re going to get excited about the variety of new products being featured this month!  Enjoy!

Mother’s Day Card Ideas

With SPRING comes a new round of delightful holidays to celebrate.  I’ll be showcasing beautiful card ideas using our ARTFULLY SENT Cricut Cartridge.

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As a reminder, the cartridge comes with 3 stamp sets, 24 pack of white daisy cardstock and has 700 images to create many types of beautiful and interactive cards … all for only $99.  The stamp sets value alone are worth over $50; the cardstock pack is worth $10 … so the cartridge has a value of $40.  Well worth it!

Mother’s Day 5 x 7 Card Ideas (two shown):

For these cards, I used Cardstock in Canary (yellow); Crystal Blue; Sweet Leaf (green) and the polka dot is from pattern paper out of Wanderful paper packet.  


The Red Ring below shows you the page of the cut to create the front of the card (above) found under the SENTIMENT Key.  It will cut a complete 5×7 card, but I chose to cut down the right side (which is the card front) and layered it on another piece of Crystal Blue Cardstock with pieces of scraps underneath.


 The inside of the card is actually a POP UP.

20150409_142749-1Here’s the page in the booklet that shows you where and the sizes to create the card in the RED RING.  I actually used a few keys to create the inside of this card (POP UP and ICON Keys):


Below, the extra Artfully Sent Cricut booklet shows you exactly how to put the card together for the POP UP.  In order to get the colors to appear behind the leaves and the blue flowers is to take scraps and glue them to the back of the card before adhering to the base card.  It doesn’t look so pretty from the back, but who is going to know?  Just you!


Now the YELLOW RING (2nd photo above) showcases this beautiful 5×7 card that is called a ‘swing’ card with a scallop cutout.  It is on the SCENE Key and I used Canary Cardstock and White Daisy for the sentiment.

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After I cricut cut the inside message of this card, I used the Damask Embossing Folder to change the flat look to damask and glued to the inside of the card.

question markThe question was posed to me from a fellow consultant about how did I get the beautiful pattern paper (from Brushed paper pack) to fit perfectly around the scallop cut out?  Well, it is “old school” … and after I adhered it to the card, I turned it over and carefully exacto knifed along the scallop edges.  Adding sheer yellow ribbon, gold sequin and pearl to complete the beautiful look of this card.  As in the 1st card idea, I used the same papers and scraps to fill in the leaf under the flower.  Then I punched a 2″ scallop to cover behind it in white paper.  Who’s going to know?  Just you.

If you enjoyed these ideas, please post any comments here.  I would love to read them!

If you would like to purchase any of the above products, you can SHOP ONLINE HERE on my WEBSITE.


The DEAL you have been waiting for … is HERE

That’s right!  PURCHASE any current item and ADD it to your Shopping Cart and you can have the $150 Deal today! grab bag

  • It has an approximate value of $325 of current and retired products!  It runs until 5:00 pm tomorrow (April 9th) OR .. while supplies last!  
  • When you add any current product to your shopping cart, there is a LINK at the top for you to click on that says, “Congratulations!  You qualify for the Deal of the Day!”  … just click on the link and it will show you this page below:

Deal A Day

Spring 2015 Idea Book CoverDon’t forget to add your FREE COPY of Seasonal Expressions 2 when you do!  Filled with new stamps, papers, accessories, artwork and much, much more!


Fun Card Workshop is here!

BLOSSOM … *new* Card Workshop on the Go has all you need to create 15 cards that are colorful and delightful for the spring/summer season!  Just check out the stamp set that is included in the kit:

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I can definitely see using some of these stamps for scrapbooking.  I love the popsicle and stick (so many colors for summer can be done on a layout).  You can also use the ‘sprays’ for fireworks along with the candle and the stars (boom! 4th of July ideas!)  I also like the font “FUN” is in and the Make a … WISH … too!  You’ll enjoy creating your very own ‘washi tape’ look with inks and stamps!  This stamp set is very useful for a variety of themes or ideas.

Here’s card #1 as duplicated via the color brochure:

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Here’s card #2 … same as brochure:

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Here’s card #3 … same as brochure:

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However, you can change it up and play around using the same cuts but different stamps. Here’s one of my favorites:

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Blossom cards 7I have a few more ideas on the Slideshow you can click HERE to view. I did use Pear, Smoothie & Honey inks to create the cards shown.

Workshops on the Go™ Blossom Cardmaking Kit Contents:

1 – My Acrylix® Blossom Workshop Stamp Set (D-size)
2 – Blossom B&T Duos™ Papers
4 – Cardstock Sheets (1 Pear, 1 White Daisy, 2 Kraft)
15 – White Daisy Cards & Envelopes
1 – Coral Reef Sequins (Z3042) (4 sheets of sequins in 4 colors)
1 – Glacier Extra Thick Twine (Z3039)
1 – Instructional Brochure
Featured Colors: Glacier, Lagoon, Pear, Smoothie, Sunset, White Daisy

Use the materials, accessories, exclusive D-size stamp set, and instructions in this kit to create 15 beautiful cards (5 each of 3 designs) inspired by Jeanette Lynton!

Ready to go shopping?  Click HERE to get started!

$240 value for today’s Grab Bag Deal A Day

grab bagI thought you may have some questions, so here you go…

  • The Grab Bag Deals change daily @ 5:00 pm eastern on my website HERE.
  • All you need to do is purchase anything current and place it in your cart
  • The Deal A Day will be available to you to purchase and it’s a great surprise
  • You can purchase as many grab bags as you want with your one current product purchase!

There are the 5 different price tiers available randomly throughout the month!

  • $35Grab Bags … average of $70 value
  • $50 Grab Bags … average of $90 value
  • $75 Grab Bags … average of $140 value
  • $115 Grab Bags … average of $240 value
  • $150 Grab Bags … average of $325 value

Today’s deal is $115 worth around $240 in value!  

You can make your purchase here today up until 5:00 pm before the Grab Bag changes to a new deal.  Oh .. and it is while supplies last!


1504-cc-deal-of-the-dayEveryone’s excited about the Deal A Day and great savings Close To My Heart will be offering during the whole month of April!  And below the DEAL … check out the adorable April Stamp of the Month and a few creations to show you how much fun this stamp set can

Would you enjoy 30 days of great deals? During the month of April, you have the opportunity to score a deal every day with Close To My Heart! What deals are we talking about?

  • Every day during April (while supplies last), we’ll feature a random grab bag filled with current and retired Close To My Heart products available for purchase at a major discount.
  • To grab your bag, simply place any current, full-priced item in your online shopping cart on my website
  • Once you do, you’ll be eligible to purchase as many grab bags as you wish (while supplies last)!
  • Grab bags will be featured at five different price points throughout the month, ranging from $35 to $150.
  • Some grab bags will contain product with more than DOUBLE the retail value of the price you pay!
  • Grab bags will be available for 24 hours starting at 5:00 pm each day and only while supplies last—so visit often and early!
  • Remember … grab bag tiers will be featured on a random schedule throughout the month, so seize the opportunity to purchase from the grab bag tier you’re interested in when it becomes available because it might not come around again!
  • If you would like to review the FLYER, click HERE.

APRIL Stamp of the Month:  Typed Note

Typed Note SOTM

Do you love having a variety of sentiments that can be used for many occasions?  Or a stamp set that works for both genders, young or old … or always looking for unique ways to send special cards?  Well this stamp set will not disappoint you!

During April, you can purchase this exclusive stamp set for $17.95 or only $5.00 with a $50 purchase!  

Need artwork for inspiration?  Glad to help …  and you can SHOP HERE.





Don’t miss out on these ….

Good morning!  Tomorrow is the last day of March and there are a few things that you may want to know more about BEFORE it’s too LATE.  You know the old saying … “Day late, a dollar short!” …



Hopscotch is a stunning kit with lots of versatility for many types of themes, layouts, cards and home decor.  The paper pack, Workshop on the Go, complements & assortment are being retired.  

You can view the HOPSCOTCH LINE HERE on my Website.

If you would like to duplicate my artwork, you can view the 6 pages of artwork HERE and complete Shopping list HERE.

Trio of Cards

I also used Hopscotch papers to create this beautiful Card kit, using Happy to be Friends stamp set (Item #C1605).


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Now this is one of those paper packs you will be sorry not to own!  You can use these layouts for baby (or the in loves of your life), anniversary, wedding, valentine/romance and even PETS.  The Heartstring paper pack, complements & assortment are being retired.

You can view the HEARTSTRING LINE HERE. 

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If you would like to duplicate my artwork, you can view the 7 pages of artwork HERE and complete Shopping list HERE.  To the right is the Bonus Page which I really enjoyed creating using the Picture My Life Cards.

The Heartstring Workshop on the Go for Cards is also retiring.  Here’s the slideshow to the Artwork.

DSC_0040I also used the Heartstring Product Line to create a beautiful black mini album of my son’s wedding as a lovely keepsake.  If you missed this post, click HERE.

1406-rediscover-ctmh-fb-coverA great opportunity to JOIN MY TEAM and own brand new products and a free shoulder tote for $99 will be coming to an end tomorrow!

I invite YOU to JOIN in the FUN!  For only a $99 investment, you would receive over $375 in products (no cats/dogs/geese… I promise!)  and a FREE Shoulder Tote.


You could earn this great Rolling Tote for FREE (value of $150) with a little bit of effort!

Rolling tote

And for your $99 investment, receive close to $600 in product and commissions. You can read all about it HERE from this BLOG POST.

Spring 2015 Idea Book CoverYou can VIEW the Scrapbooking Kit ($350+ value) and the Cardmaking Kit ($360+ value) HERE on my WEBSITE. You can sign up by Tuesday, March 31st for this incredible value!

Another great resource is the FAQ’s on Becoming a Consultant.  You can VIEW it HERE. I would love to have you join one of the TOP 25 TEAMS in the Company for Sales: Coastal Stars!

Mini Album Post 2: Heartstrings

DSC_0040If you missed yesterday’s post, you can find it HERE on the Kraft Family Album.  Today, I’m sharing the Black Mini Album using Heartstring papers and Picture My Life Cards.  In order to create this beautiful album, I added some patterns from the Heartstring Paper Pack (this paper retires in a few days, March 31st!).  I used it to create the front and back of the album as well as some photo mats in the book.

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Below is the Heartstring Picture My Life sampling.  I took the other 1/2 of cards that I did not use when I created the Heartstring 7 page Kit of the Month and used them for this book!  I love making the most out of my purchases and being creative in ways to change the look of a card.

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Now, let’s get into a sampling of what I was able to accomplish.


First off, please let me share the fact that I used our STUDIO J Digital program to develop all the photos in exactly the sizes I wanted (either 3×4 or 4×6).  I was able to change some to black and white with a click of a button. Here’s a sample of the Studio J layout that was delivered to me once I uploaded my photos.  All I had to do was cut them apart to use in the book.

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I just adore the colors and mixing and matching black and white photos along with color. If you would like more information, please click HERE for Studio J previous blog posts. Now, back to the mini album …


“Nothing Warms the Heart Like a Good Friend” was on a 4×6 card and I cut the wording apart to create this above.  I also used the 3×4 flip flap to add even more photos.


Did you note the Flip Flap Tab/lifter?  I used the My Crush In the  Pink tabs; a silver sequin and bling.  Use mini glue dots under the ‘tip’ and the ‘tongue’ of this ‘clip’ and attach to create a tab/lifter.


On the above page, I cut out the Just Be You balloon/heart from another 4×6 card and placed it on this 3×4 card.  On the right, I used the Zip Strips from the papers to add “You & Me” and “Sweetheart.”  Love the silver sequins and bling!


Now, it looks like it’s three pages, but I used a 4×6 flip flap and attached it to the church scene on the left.  I enjoyed using Daria and Nick’s photo as if they are looking at each other into the 3×4 photo area.  They were actually looking at the priest.DSC_0068

“So Dear” is a 4×6 card that I added sequins and bling to.  The tab/lifter is on the other side, top corner.


The last photo detail I want to share is the last page of the book is actually on the inside of the back cover.  I had this one photo I wanted to add and decided to mat it, corner round it (like I did all the other photos/mats) and I slipped it into the 4×6 flip flap.  I then adhered it to the back cover just by adding more adhesive to the flip flap to hold it in place.

I hope you enjoyed the little tips and these few samples of this book. You can view the complete slideshow of Artwork HERE.  There are no instructions because you need to use the cards that ‘speak’ to you and your photos as you place them in the book.  There is no right or wrong. The slideshow will give you a detailed idea of what cards I used.

  • I have put a few kits together which includes the chevron ribbon, 1/2 pack Heartstring Paper pack; 1/2 pack of silver sequins;1/2 pack of Heartstring Picture My Life cards; a 2″ white glitter scallop punch (I used on the front of the book)  … all of this for only $27.50 (My Crush tabs and flip flaps not included … many of you already own them).  You can email me directly for the KIT @

If you would prefer to purchase your items A La Carte, here are the links to the items I used:

Other Picture My Life Cards (found HERE) that I think work well with the Black Mini Album would be: For Always (wedding); Laughing Lola (everyday life); Chalk It Up (school); Later Sk8r (boys/sports); Chantilly (girls) and Wanderful (travel).

The items above can be found HERE on my WEBSITE.