Be an Alpha! Contest

Close To My Heart’s E-size alphabet stamp sets are great for artwork titles, journaling, and sentiments. In our Alpha Contest, tell us what your wish would be if you were the top chief in charge in a comment on Facebook, Jeanette Lynton’s blog, or YouTube before August 31, 2013, for your chance to be one of 20 winners of a My Acrylix® E-size stamp set!

Introducing the New 2013 Fall/Winter Close to My Heart Idea Book!

Shop online at WendyKessler.CTMH.comThe time is finally here!  Check out all that the new 2013 Fall/Winter Idea Book has to offer on my CTMH Website!

The Idea Book has changed slightly and new things have been added so here is a breakdown for you to find things easily:
Consultant Kit (p.3)
Hostess Rewards & Stamp sets (p. 4-9)
Stamp of the Month (p. 10-16)
My Reflection Kits (p. 11-55)
Cricut Collections (p. 56-61)
My Crush (p.62-67)
Workshop on the Go Cardmaking Kits (p. 68-69)
Designed Decor (p.70-73)
Base & Bling (p.74-77)
Stamp Sets:
Holidays (p. 78-85)
Seasons & Nature (p. 86-91)
Flair (p. 92-97)
Everyday Life (p. 98-102)
Occasions (p.103-108)
Alphabets (p. 109-111)
Minis (p. 112-113)
Jeanette’s Stamp Archive (p. 114-115)
Accessories (p.116-137
Exclusive Color Palette (p. 138-139)
How-To Patterns (p.140-141)
Studio J (p. 142-143)
Index (p.144-145)

CTMH New Product Blog Hop

Necklace Kit by Wendy Kessler

Supplies used: Fabric Necklace Kit (includes everything you need except a pair of scissors!)

I just love all the Workshop on the Go Kits and now Close to My Heart has added a line of wearable art called Base & Bling which includes this Necklace Kit.  The kit includes:
1 – Sheet of Outdoor Denim/Twilight Dots fabric (from Sarita Textiles)
1 – Base & Bling Necklace
10 – Base & Bling Adhesive Dots; (4 sizes)
5 – Base & Bling Adhesive Strips
1 – Pack of selected Base & Bling Teal & Black Jewels
3 – Base & Bling Floral Accents (1 each of 3 sizes)
1 – Base & Bling Word Accent

You will have extras, including lots of extra fabric.  It is a great kit at an affordable price.

In addition to this Necklace Kit, there are many other wearable options, including Hair Clips, a Cuff, and a Headband, as well as accessories to go with them.  But don’t limit yourself to the obvious.  There are many other uses for these items besides jewelry.  I plan to make napkin rings with the Rings.  You can add use velcro (like the Hook & Loop Dots) when you create your accessories so they can be interchangeable!  And you can use all the accessories as scrapbooking embellishments.  Let your creativity soar!

Please come back and visit my blog again as I will be sharing many new product projects throughout the next couple months, including an entire series on the new Cricut Artbooking Collection!

“This blog hop is open for members of the CTMH Blog Boosters. Please do not enter if you are not a member of the group.”

August 2013 Stamp of the Month & Special – A Chocolate Affair

A Chocolate Affair SOTM - Shop at

The Close to My Heart August Stamp of the Month is A Chocolate Affair.  During the month of August when you spend $50, you can get this sweet stamp set for FREE!  Shop now.


These projects were all created with this month’s Stamp of the Month set.  Tips for these projects will be available on my CTMH website for one year from the date the stamp set is available.
Supply list:
X7173B Babycakes Paper Packet
Z1846 Ruby Chevron Ribbon
Z1880 Designed Decore Black Frame
Z1807 Pink Glitter Gems
Z1863 Color-Ready Midtown Cork Shapes
Z1686 Art Philosophy Collection

Background Stamps (video)

Background stamps are among my favorites because there are so many things you can do with them.  Watch this video to learn tips and tricks for using Close To My Heart’s versatile background stamp sets to create continuous images, personalized patterned papers, and nested designs.

Featured items used in this video:
D1540 In the Background stamp set
D1544 Distressed Backgrounds stamp set