Stampaganza at

Stampaganza at
During July, buy any two My Acrylix® stamp sets at the full retail price and get a third stamp set of equal or lesser value free! Choose from stamp sets in the current Annual Inspirations or Seasonal Expressions 2, plus the popular Solos number and letter stamp sets that we've brought back just for July! Solos stamp sets can also be purchased in two different bundles, one for letters and one for numbers, for even more savings!

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

FREE Cricut Artbooking Class, and project directions for Big Picture Classes WEDNESDAY 7pm MST!!!


It’s a Scrapbooking Pajama Party!
newcricut® artbooking
exclusive cartridge
Close To My Heart is teaming up with Big Picture Classes to bring
you a live webcast about the Cricut® Artbooking collection. Purchase
the collection beginning August 1, 2013 and revolutionize the way
you scrapbook!

Tune in for the FREE webcast on Wednesday, July 31 at 7:00 pm
(MDT) at During the presentation, you’ll
learn to make several projects from a variety of sponsors, including
Close To My Heart’s Artbooking “2 of a Kind” layout.

If you’d like to interact on the message board, participate in live
chat, post to the gallery, download handouts, or enter any contests, you
will need to log in to the Pajama Party “classroom” by creating a FREE
account on the Big Picture Classes website.

We hope you enjoy this sneak peek of the new Artbooking collection
as Kristine Widtfeldt and the Big Picture Classes crew make the
featured project and share their tips and tricks. We know you will
be chomping at the bit to make the Artbooking layout, so take this
opportunity to sit back, relax, and drool over the items, then be ready to
spring into action August 1 when you can buy the collection. Then tune
in to the archived event for step-by-step details on how to make the
project. To make the project, you will need the following items—
or similar products—on hand:

Z1906 Cricut® Artbooking Collection*
1301 Bamboo Cardstock
1388 Colonial White Cardstock
X5668 Honey Cardstock
X5762 Lagoon Cardstock

X5930 Slate Cardstock
X5639 Sweet Leaf Cardstock
X5666 Twilight Cardstock
Z2160 Twilight Exclusive Inks® Pad
Z2173 Slate Exclusive Inks® Pad
Z1853 Aqua Dots*
Z1799 Silver Shimmer Trim
Z1151 3-D Foam Tape
Z1294 Sanding Kit

*These products will be available for purchase beginning August 1, 2013.

ContaCt me:
Heather Plotzke
let me show you how®

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Slide show highlights from Disneyworld CTMH style 2013 Convention

OMG, $49!!!! That's all it takes to join my team and become apart of the best, most fun group of Papercrafters around.  For only $49, you get tons and tons of product, you can earn lots of money to support your crafting habit, AND the best part for me....YOU get to join some of my favorite people in the whole wide world!  I love my Girls!!!!!!!!

Here is a slide show of some of my favorite moments together from this past convention in Orlando at Walt Disney World.  Join my team by clicking here and  YOU could be having a blast with us too!!

Be sure to like my video and leave a comment if you find yourself or if you find yourself wishing you were with us.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Workshop on the GO for HALF PRICE!!!! Only $19.95

REMINDER: Supplies Limited!!!!
Get this AWESOME Workshop On the Go set for a crazy reduced price of $19.95 ONLY while supplies last AND only in JULY. Hurry to TODAY to get yours.

That's the 12x12 Canvas, the stamp set, the accessories, AND the direction guide!!!! 

What a GREAT Holiday gift for someone.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Artbooking featured on FREE Online PAJAMA PARTY 7/31/13 Register today

Below is an article from Big Picture Classes website about the new Pajama Party 7/31/13  Register today for free you won't want to miss out!!!!!!!

Our newest, free-est online event yet!
(And you don't even have to get dressed up.) Stacy Julian, Wendy Smedley, and Angie Lucas have something FUN up their pajama sleeves, and YOU are invited to join the party. Start by watching Stacy's video, then check out the links to the right, say hi to our wonderful sponsor, Close to My Heart, and most importantly, make sure you register today.
How to Party With Us
Visit this page on Pajama Party night to watch for free, and we'll keep you company while you work on your latest projects from whatever class you're currently taking. You can also complete our Featured Project, chat with us live, complete fun creative challenges, and enter to win prizes-but only if you register for our private Pajama Party classroom and community. Register now for free!

What's in a Pajama Party?
Six fun-filled, inspiration-filled, and prize-filled segments:
  • Popcorn Bowl + Popcorn Poll
  • Teachers' Tip Trio
  • Partner Project
  • Guest Pajamas
  • Under the Covers
  • Partner Project Finale

During our Pajama Party, Close to My Heart is providing an exclusive project taught by Stacy Julian along with amazing prizes and giveaways offered throughout the evening. 

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Get Organized! with CTMH

I am so excited about these new organizers....the small version now has insert I can order for holding all my sponge daubers!!!! I can't wait.  No more chasing daubers and sponges.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

153 days!

Okay people...its coming we can't stop it.  153 days until Christmas, which means ONLY 120ish days until you need to have your holiday cards ready to go!  So here is Christmas in July sale for you:

  • For every $35 you spend before July 31st with me, I will give you $5 in hostess rewards credit BACK to spend from the new products out August 1st.  Hostess rewards can be used towards ink pads, paper packs, card stock, and stamp sets.  That's FREE money for you to shop with me with.  Who's ready to get your Christmas gift early?!?!?!  CLICK HEATHERPLOTZKE.CTMH.COM, and JOIN the my open gathering and start shopping and earning today!

Monday, July 22, 2013

You Are Welcome Here - join me at CTMH now

Excited to have you join me whether on my team, at a workshop, or just to scrap with!

CTMH Autumn/Winter Idea Book Kick-off Party - RSVP today

  • It's that time again! Time to get your FREE copy of the new CTMH Idea Book, did I mention for FREE! You and all your friends are super, super welcome to come and check out my array of new scrapbooking, stamping, home decor, and even handmade jewelry goodies and samples.

    This time I am offering a mini-workshop that evening too. We will be making a fun 2 page summer layout featuring Surf's Up. The layout is totally optional and costs $10 (I will need pre-registration for the layout no later than August 1st in order to get the kits ready).

    If you aren't available to attend I know my NC and TN girls probably can't make it, we will miss you. If you'd like a copy of the Idea Book shipped out to you (still FREE), let me know and yours will be on its way. The workshop layout is also available as a mailable kit!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Canvas Journal Featuring Studio J Art

Continuing my post series from July 9th, here is the next project in my Convention Series that I made featuring my CREATE Studio J layout.

 To create the photo, I printed my Studio J layout on tissue paper and applied that to the canvas journal (which is retiring July 31st) using modge podge (click for full detailed instructions on this technique see my post from April 2013).

I used our pigment ink cube and rubbed them directly onto the canvas book, rbbon and the tags to get the rich colors. I left those dry overnight and then finished up by gluing on some embellishments with liquid glass.  Note the flowers in the corner, I colored those wood pieces with pigment ink to alter them and then heat embossed with clear powder over them to seal in color.  Last touch was simply wrapping some of CTMH's baker's twine/hemp combo around the binding.  The lip of the binding held it on quite nicely.
What do you think?????  I'd love to answer your questions and here your thoughts on my journal.

#CTMH, #StudioJ

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Studio J art - from special guest designer

I wanted to share some fun and fab Studio J layouts from my friend and customer - Rose (who made them as a gift but said I could share because you won't tell her Mom so shhhh LOL)!  If you'd like to be featured as a guest designer, just send me your CTMH art via email at OR BETTER YET share it on my facebook page

CTMH Retired items list - Get yours before they are sold out!

Here is the list everyone, these items are going, going, gone!  July 31st is the last day to order these favorites and SOME won't last until then.  They are officially now only available while current supplies last.  Get yours today at  AND remember to JOIN a gathering when you shop to help earn someone hostess rewards!

Retiring List:  LAST DAY TO ORDER 7/31/13
(or while supplies last)

Part Description

Z1347 12 x 12 Post Bound Album- New England Ivy

Z1366 Brads Metal Assortment

Z1410 Antiqued Copper Designer Brads

Z1358 Buttons Basic Assortment 

Z1369 Buttons Red Assortment 

Z1370 Buttons Pink Assortment

Z1371 Buttons Blue Assortment

Z1372 Buttons Green Assortment 

Z1703 Wooden Badge Buttons

Z1704 Pewter Badge Buttons

Z1821 Buttons Black Assortment

Bulk212 Chocolate Buttons

Bulk273 Grey Sparkle Badge Buttons

BULK297 Black Button

G1060 Workshops on the Go® For Always Cardmaking Kit

G1061 Workshops on the Go® Chantilly Cardmaking Kit

Z1412 10-Things Pocket

Z1474 6" x 6" Kraft Die-Cut Cards & Envelopes

Z1721 3” x 3” Kraft Envelopes

Z1722 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" Kraft Envelopes

Z1723 5” x 7” Kraft Envelopes

Z1724 6” x 6” Kraft Envelopes

Z1450 Cork Color-Ready Alphabet

Z1718 Color-Ready Garden Wooden Shapes

Z1719 Color-Ready Evergreen Cork Shapes

Z1773 Color-Ready Noted Canvas Shapes

1771 WaterbrushMedium

Z1246 EmbPowderCocoa

Z1350 embossing powder topiary

Z1351 embossing powder dutch blue

Z655 EmbPowderOlive

Z656 EmbPowderOutdoorDenim

Z659 EmbPowderCranberry

Z670 EmbPowderBlack

Z672 EmbPowderRed

Z673 EmbPowderWhite

Z724 EmbossingPen

X7155C Avonlea Complements Canvas Shapes

X7156C Clementine Complements Canvas Shapes

X7157C Dakota Complements Silver Foil Images

X7159C Scholastic My Stickease® Assortment 

X7164C Buzz and Bumble My Stickease® Assortment 

X7166C Claire Complements Canvas Shapes

X7167C Later Sk8r My Stickease® Assortment 

Z1392 2" Scallop Circle Punch 

Z578 Corner Rounder

Z1326 Sparkles Red, Pink & Purple Assortment

Z1327 Sparkles Blue & Green Assortment

Z1710 Just Blooms® Paradise Paper Flowers

BULK233 Just Blooms® Flutter Paper Shapes (1" with script)

Z1612 Paper Clip Pins

Z1827 My Creations™ Paper Pouch - Small 

Z1828 My Creations™ Paper Pouch - Large

G1062 Workshops on the Go® Canvas Art Kit 

Z1734 Irresistibles™ Persnickety Journaling Spots

Z1755 Posh Journaling Spots

G1053 Workshops on the Go® Chantilly Scrapbooking Kit

G1054 Workshops on the Go® Buzz and Bumble Scrapbooking Kit

G1055 Workshops on the Go® For Always Scrapbooking Kit

G1056 Workshops on the Go® Claire Scrapbooking Kit

G1057 Workshops on the Go® Later Sk8r Scrapbooking Kit

G1058 Workshops on the Go® Tommy Scrapbooking Kit

G1059 Workshops on the Go® Surf's Up Scrapbooking Kit

Z1748 Brocade Assortment

Z1766 Memo Assortment

Z1780 Wrangler Assortment

Z1794 Cottage Assortment

Z1810 Later Sk8r Assortment 

Z1813 Claire Assortment 

Z1831 Buzz and Bumble Assortment 

X7155B Avonlea Paper Packet

X7156B Clementine Paper Packet

X7157B Dakota Paper Packet

X7159B Scholastic Paper Packet

X7164B Buzz and Bumble Paper Packet

X7166B Claire Paper Packet

X7167B Later Sk8r Paper Packet 

Z1487 Mini Medley Accents Pewter Collection

Z1489 Mini Medley Accents Olive Collection

Z1697 Mini-Medley Accents Smoothie Collection

Z1736 My Creations® Mini Banner

Z1739 My Creations® Milk Carton

Z1740 My Creations® Bookmark Album 

Z1774 My Creations® Canvas Journal

Z1081 ColonialWhiteWaxyFlax

Z1088 ChocolateWaxyFlax

Z1089 BlackWaxyFlax

Z1096 EmbroideryFlossNeutralAssortment

Z1798 Black Tulle Ribbon

Z906 BambooWaxyFlax

W1123 Spring Summer 2013 B&T Duo Sampler

Z1267 Paper/StampOrganizer8.5x11(3)

Z4134 Handle and Swivel Base

Z4136 ExclusiveInksOrganizerCarryingCase

Z4200 AccessoriesOrganizer

Z608 EmbossingStylusMedium

A1132 Family

A1133 Festival of Lights

B1372 Circle Together

B1395 So Grateful

B1396 School Rocks

B1405 Rugged Dude

B1406 Blessings of Peace

B1410 A Friend Like You

B1414 Bonjour

C1438 Tea Time

C1461 Salutation Seals

C1466 Instant Memories

C1505 Pun Fun

C1507 Angelic Blessings

C1508 Paisley Flair

C1511 Love Blooms

C1520 Christmas Joy

D1187 For Every Occasion

D1388 Card Chatter - Christmas

D1399 Dream Big

D1440 Everlasting Life

D1444 A Little Thanks

D1492 Christmas Love

D1517 Game On

D1519 Abundance

D1521 Powder Heaven

D1523 Sweet Music

D1528 Jardin

E1010 Chocolate Alphabet Large

E1014 Posterboard Alphabet

E1015 Cocktail Alphabet

E1017 Old World Alphabet

E1018 Pennant Alphabet

E1019 Bohemian Alphabet

E1020 Token Alphabet

E1021 Trinity Alphabet

E1022 Hero Alphabet

E1023 Varsity Alphabet

E1024 Keepsake Alphabet

K900 Single Name Stamp

K9012 Address Stamp w/o Icon 2 Lines

K9013 Address Stamp w/o Icon 3 Lines

K9014 Address Stamp w/o Icon 4 Lines

K9022 Address Stamp with Icon 2 Lines

K9023 Address Stamp with Icon 3 Lines

K9024 Address Stamp with Icon 4 Lines

W1600 Customized Set

Monday, July 15, 2013

Sneak Peak at Autumn/Winter 2013 CTMH Idea Book

WOW -- IT'S HERE!!!!  Art samples from the new Close To My Heart's brand new Idea Book (LIVE August 1st).  Start your wish list today.  Contact me to get your very own copy of the new book!  Booking parties now for the August/September.

#CTMH, #Scrapbooking,

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Convention 2013 Swap Cards

Okay you asked for them and here they are -- my Swap cards from this years #CTMHVIVA Convention in Orlando.  Thanks to everyone who swapped with me, I hope you all had a much fun as I did.  I am thankful for all this new inspiration.  Hopefully you all will be too!

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Studio J Hobo bag - Convention gift

Here we are again checking out the next project I made using my Studio J Jpgs.  This time I wanted something fashionable but functional.  After a lot of searching I found these cute Hobo Bags at Michaels.  Using "Dark material transfers" which you run right through my home printer.  I ironed it onto the bags and my gifts were ready.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Convention 2013 Swap card - MINE

I showed you yesterday the Create layout I made.  For me the GEM to this project was the Jpgs that came FREE when I purchased my layout.  Let's Free those Jpgs!!!!!!

Here are the cards that I created to swap with my friends at convention this year.  I created the card base using the Cricut Artiste tag card and added Baker's twine, and wood creations for accents.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

My Convention Studio J Artwork

Okay so I wanted to create something for convention to showcase what we do as Close To My Heart Consultants.  So I decided to made a Studio J layout so I could use the Jpg's to create a variety of different crafts.  Over the next few days I will show you a few of the items I've made so far!!!

Here is the original layout.  The photos are from the Disney Coronado (the resort where convention was held).  The paper pack used is Surf's up.

Some of the tips I used on this layout are:
  • On the right had page the VIVA logo from Convention was a shade to bright to match the altered paper colors and My Stickease I was planning to use.  To change the tone to better coordinate I put a journalling box directly overtop of the photo well and clicked the Vellum button.
  • The swirls around the flower shapes on both pages were individual Stickers used to cover the existing papers.  
  • I also stitched around the flowers by placing stitched circles, which I cropped easily with the crop tool.  Then copying and pasting around the flowers.
  • My favorite techinique here is the wooden papers that I journalled on.  To create that effect, I simply dragged My Stickease journal tab to the right page, sized it appropriately and then copy/pasted over the complete journal area.
  • The wording is done in individual journal blocks, example "Let Me Show you how" is three separate journal blocks.

Monday, July 8, 2013

USA Banner

I wanted to surprise my Mom with a little USA Love.  This is the banner that I made while everyone else was working on their cards at my June workshop.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

50% off this month while supplies last Canvas WOTG

Get the gorgeous Workshops on the Go® 12 x 12 canvas art kit for half price in July — no qualifying purchase required! From July 1– July 31 you can get this trendy kit to create your own canvas art to hang in your home, regularly priced at $39.95, now discounted to $19.95 — more than 50% off! Take papercrafting to the next level with this adorable home d├ęcor piece that you can display for all to see.
Shop online or contact me to place your qualifying order and take advantage of the savings today!
*Offer valid July 1–31, 2013 while supplies last. No qualifying purchase needed. No limit per order. No refunds or adjustments on product already purchased.
See what I did with MY Canvas WOTG when I posted about it in March - Click here!

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Patriotic Card from Studio J

Earlier this week I showed you all my layout from Studio J that I made without photos for the express reason of cardmaking and crafting.  Now I wanted to show you what I made with the free JPGs that came with my purchased layout.

This card was cut out of outdoor denim cardstock with my Cricut Artiste.  Its meant to tri-fold out, but I glued the front piece down after the hand-stitching to hide the ends.  
 I stamped the Antique white pigment ink on cranberry cardstock. I heat set the stamping so the pigment ink so it wouldn't smear.  I printed the Studio J Jpgs on photo paper at 3x3 and glued them back to back on the card.
I'd LOVE to hear from you, leave a comment and tell me what you think.  Happy and Safe holiday weekend.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Happy 4th of July Layout

I made this Layout using Studio J so I could make some Patriotic cards and art decor.  I will show you the card I made later this week.
I wanted to show this off to you, so you can see that Studio J can be used as art, WITHOUT photos!

Note how I carried the stitching technique through both pages.

What do you think????

Happy Independence Day!!!!!!!

Monday, July 1, 2013

Ribbons and Trims - CTMH Way

Absent against my will - CTMH Convention update

Hi everyone, sorry my blogging has been slim lately.  I wrote super funny blog posts, with great photos from convention and somewhere they were lost in cyberspace!  I promise to get you some updates out soon.  It literally took me 29 hours to get home form Orlando from convention so although I planned on working this afternoon I found that after initial kiddo hugs I fell asleep and woke up tonight, oops.

Just got the word my luggage is in a van about 15 mins away, hurray!!!!!!!  It was one of those kind of travel experiences.

I had a great week in Disney World and at the CTMH Convention.  I can't wait to share, okay reshare lol, the experience!