15 Minute Memories, 50% off and it’s not an April Fool joke!

15 Minute Memories, 50% off and it’s not an April Fool’s joke!

April 2017 Constant Campaign

It’s April 1 and I’ve had a few April Fool’s jokes already this am courtesy of SG!  She brought me a bowl of yogurt and granola….it was really white paint and whatever she put in it!  What’s not an April Fool’s joke is the 50% off the two Cut-Above Layout Kits in the Annual Inspiration!  You can create this mix and match of traditional layouts and pocket scrapbooking in 15 minutes.  Sweet!

This month our innovative new Cut Above™ layout kits are available at 50% off the retail price! That’s an incredible deal on layout kits that make memory keeping incredibly easy. Choose between two designs—Little One and Forever & Always—and then follow the simple assembly instructions to create your beautiful two-page layout in minutes. Add even more memories using the coordinating pocket cards and pocket Memory Protectors included in the kit. You’re going to love how quickly you can preserve your memories with Cut Above.

New Consultants: Anyone who signs up in April will receive their choice of either the Little One or the Forever & Always Cut Above™ Layout Kit in their New Consultant Kit at no additional cost to them!  Join Today!

Campaign Dates: April 1, 2017 (12:00 amMDT) – April 30, 2017 (11:59 pm MDT)


Stamp of the Month – S1704 Flock Together

Celebrate relationships with this cute quail family!!  Get this D-size Stamp of the Month set for a deal with a minimum qualifying purchase! Add the stamp set to your cart on this page at full retail price or, with your qualifying order, add it at checkout for the promotional price.

Set of 11
Recommended My Acrylix® blocks:
1″ × 1″ (Y1000), 2″ × 2″ (Y1003), 1″ × 6½” (Y1005), 3″ × 3″ (Y1006), 2″ × 6½” (Y1010)


Paper of the Month – Some Kinda of Wonderful

This bright, happy paper pack is the last featured paper pack of the Seasonal Expressions 1.  The colors have moved from “springy” to more bright with the hopes that summer is around the corner.



April 6-9Canaan Valley Crop (now at Alpine Lakes)

April 20-23Harbor Scrapbooking Crop (Camp Hill, PA)

April 30 – CropTastic (my house) 12-8pm



Come and Play Card Buffet – All 3 Events

Shaker Party Buffet – Harbor Scrapbooking Crop/CropTastic


Shaker Card Class – Harbor Scrapbooking – Sold Out

Some Kinda of Wonderful Workshop Your Way – April 30th, 2017 – 12-8pm – My House


Last but not least – The Great Cricut Giveaway:


We are slowly working our way towards the having a Cricut Air2 up for giveaway!  Our $100 Hostess Credit shopping Spree is #9 Kathy Sasaki!!  Kathy, contact me through email to claim your prize!!  =)  We may continue to do this until we reach the goal.  For more details, check out the Giveaway Page.

Thanks for checking out the April specials through CTMH and myself.  Have a wonderful day!






Washi Tape Storage Idea

Washi Tape Storage

I came across this great idea, especially after Christmas and all the gift wrapping for storing washi tape:

Talk about a great idea to reuse an old tape dispenser and have a great place for the washi tape.  Plus with the tape dispenser, you get the tear edge for easy tearing.  I can’t take the credit for this idea.  I picked it up off of one of the FB boards.  Another idea I’ll share quickly is this: Save all those Aluminum Foil and Saran Wrap boxes.  The washi tape fits right in and you have the metal tear strip for easy tearing.  Another great way to reuse or repurpose trash.  This also packs well for crops.  Hope you can make use of these great ideas.

Boxing Week Sale:

The new items today are:


It’s The Little Things:

Don’t for get “It’s The Little Things” special – these are great deals to stock up on for mini album projects or presents for folks.  These bundles are discounted so another great thing to get on sale!!

Mystery Hostess:

Every $25.00 you order online gets you in to the drawing for the Mystery Hostess.  We have 2 – 50% off items and $80 off hostess credit! Make sure your order is part of the Dec/Jan Online Orders Gathering.

Enjoy the washi tape holder ideas.  Have a great day!



It’s the Little Things

It’s the Little Things


December 2016 Constant Campaign

For You:
So often it’s the little things that matter most—and what better way to celebrate the little things in life than with adorable mini albums? Whether looking for a meaningful gift idea or a treasured keepsake, these mini albums are a fast and easy option.  This month, save 30% on the supplies you need to make fun and easy mini albums that make perfect gifts! Here are three easy gifting ideas for these albums:

  • Complete an album for your bestie including some pictures of the fun times you’ve shared.
  • Give the supplies themselves as a gift, letting the recipient determine what photos and memories they will preserve.
  • Give yourself the gift of beautifully preserved photos by printing out your favorite photos from your phone and making an album for yourself!
  • There are 5 different bundles:




blush-mini-album-picAs a special feature of this promotion, we’ll also be teaming up with online photo processors Persnickety Prints to give you a simple solution for printing your photos for the featured mini albums. Persnickety Prints has a page set up especially for you and your customers to visit with easy links to their printing options, which include 4″ x 6″, 3″ x 4″, 4″ x 4″, and 2″ x 2″. As an added benefit, Persnickety Prints will be featuring our album bundles on their page, so that their customers can then visit Closetomyheart.com where they can order products and affiliate with a Consultant in their area as part of the check-out process.

Campaign Dates: December 1, 2016 (12:00 am MST) – December 31, 2016 (11:59 pm MDT)


December Stamp of the Month – S1612 – Thoughtful Flowers


Product Description

Get this D-size Stamp of the Month set for a deal with a minimum qualifying purchase! Add the stamp set to your cart on this page at full retail price or, with your qualifying order, add it at checkout for the promotional price.

Set of 14
Recommended My Acrylix® blocks:
1″ × 3½” (Y1002), 2″ × 2″ (Y1003)

Featured Paper Pack for December: Oh Deer


What’s not to love with this subtle winter paper pack?  The versatility of this paper is limitless.  You can celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, snow days, hiking, boy events, girl events, a holiday wedding, and more!




Thanks for stopping by to check out the CTMH specials for December.  I hope you all have a wonderful Holiday Season.  Try and take the time to savor these special moments.  If the Holidays are stressful for you and you are close, CropTastic is on Dec 18th from 12-8.  It’s free and we’d love to have you join us – it’s the little things.



Happy Happy Christmas Bundle and Projects

Happy, Happy Christmas

November 2016 Constant Campaign


The Happy, Happy Christmas Campaign features a workshop designed to help you  have a happy, happy Christmas! We have made this workshop to help you create not only a beautiful Christmas album, just in time for the holiday season, but also to give you the materials to create four additional items that would make beautiful holiday gifts! It’s like getting five amazing projects all in one workshop!


During November, save over 10% off the retail value when you purchase one of the 12″ × 12″ album bundles (CC1179 and CC1180) for only $69.95 each! This bundle includes an exclusive guide to walk you through the steps of assembling five beautiful 2-page layouts. Add on additional items to make additional projects with your leftover materials, too! Review the campaign materials below for complete campaign details!

D-Ring Red Album Bundle


  • Z2505 My Legacy™ D-Ring Album—Red
  • 4110 Memory Protectors™—Top Load (10 Pack)
  • Z4020 My Crush® Happy, Happy Christmas
  • Z4019 Picture My Life™ Happy, Happy Christmas Cards
  • X7213C City Sidewalks Complements
  • X7214C Oh Deer! Assortment
  • White Daisy Cardstock (12 sheets)

Retail Value: $83.65

Your Price: $69.95

Post-bound Red Album Bundle


  • Z3505 My Legacy™ Post-bound Album—Red
  • 4110 Memory Protectors™—Top Load (10 Pack)
  • Z4020 My Crush® Happy, Happy Christmas
  • Z4019 Picture My Life™ Happy, Happy Christmas Cards
  • X7213C City Sidewalks Complements
  • X7214C Oh Deer! Assortment
  • White Daisy Cardstock (12 sheets)

Retail Value: $83.65

Your Price: $69.95

Everyday Life™ Album—Sea Glass Bundle


  • Z4027 Everyday Life™ Album—Sea Glass
  • Z3252 Memory Protectors™ 8″ × 6″
  • Z3192 Memory Protectors™ 4″ × 6″
  • Z3191 Memory Protectors™ 4″ × 3″


Designed Décor Red Magnetic Chalkboard


Framed chalkboard with magnetic surface. Sawtooth hangers on back. Interior dimensions: 14½″ × 12″.

Retail Value: $28.95

Your Price: $17.40

Display Tray


Unique display for a favorite 12″ × 12″ cut-up scrapbook page. Wooden, includes hangers; 13″ × 13¼″ × 1″; Black.

Retail Value: $19.95

Your Price: $14

5″ × 7″ Hinged Display Tray


5″ × 7″ fold-out wood tray with divided sections.

Retail Value: $18.95

Your Price: $12.35

Here’s a great way to get a head start on your Christmas Scrapbooking.  In addition to them you can create 5 gifts for the Holidays (or keep them yourselves). Get yours today and join the fun!! Order between Nov 1 and 15, get Free Shipping!  You place the order through my website and I will send the shipping back to you through PayPal or you can email me to place the order, info@lindacreates.com.   This special ends November 1, 2016 (12:00 am MDT) – November 30, 2016 (11:59 pm MDT)

New Thin Cuts


Limited-time Constant Campaign

Love our Thin Cuts? Then you’re going to love this special, limited-time offer! We now have coordinating Thin Cuts for the following stamps sets found in our Annual Inspirations idea book: My Acrylix® Swirly Seashells (C1664), My Acrylix® Sweet Birthday (B1532), My Acrylix® Wreath (A1193), and My Acrylix® School Kids (D1706). These Thin Cuts are sure to go fast, so place your order today!

Dates: Thin Cuts offer for customers (separate sets) valid through July 2017, while supplies last.

Paper Pack featured in November:  City Side Walks


This paper is dressed in holiday style

Ready for the holiday season?  City Side Walks will take you there!  The bright colors make the paper festive and fun.  The compliments add another level of versatility.  And look at this awesome Cricut Digital Pack you can get for $ and it goes with the paper pack.  Another way to get your cards, scrapbooks, and paper crafting done!



November Stamp of the Month – S1611 – New Year’s Cheer



Set of 13 for $17.95 or $5.00 with a $50.00 purchase

Get ready to toast in the New Year with this stamp set.  Because there is not a date in this set, you’ll be able to use it over and over again.  The champagne glass and martini glass lend to any celebration, girls’ night out, or other events, like a retirement.  The “You’re Invited” stamp is basic and goes with everything.  This is a great, all-purpose stamp set.

Get this D-size Stamp of the Month set for a deal with a minimum qualifying purchase! Add the stamp set to your cart on this page at full retail price or, with your qualifying order, add it at checkout for the promotional price.


Set of 13
Recommended My Acrylix® blocks:
1″ × 1″ (Y1000), 1″ × 3½” (Y1002), 2″ × 2″ (Y1003), 2″ × 3½” (Y1009)

Stamp images outlined in red coordinate with the Cricut® Flower Market collection (Z3285).


Be sure to check out my calendar for the upcoming events – Harbor Scrapbooking Crop, CropTastic, a Last Minute Stop and Shop (Dec 3), and Holiday Card Buffet! Join my Facebook Group to get updates as well:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/LindaCreatesSpecialPeeps/

Thanks for stopping by!







Create Kindness in September

Celebrate National Stamping Month with Create Kindness!

create kindness FB wm cover

Celebrate National Stamping Month this September with hand stamped cards designed to help create a little more kindness in the world. The Create Kindness card kit contains all of the supplies needed to create 24 beautiful handmade cards that you can use to brighten someone’s day! The kit can be yours for only $46.95—a 15% savings off the retail value!

Thanks to the pre-printed card bases, these cards come together in no time, leaving you more time to do something thoughtful for someone. Watch Close To My Heart’s blog, Instagram account, and Facebook page throughout the month of September to see what we’ve created with this card kit as well as the acts of kindness it has inspired! This exclusive kit will only be available in the month of September while supplies last, so make sure to get your order in early.

As a special bonus, the exclusive stamp sets and pre-printed card bases with envelopes are also available for separate purchase, but only in the month of September while supplies last!   I made my cards a little differently by adding a black mat to the circle and coloring them in.  Now with the new coloring fad, sending them to a friend how LOVES to color would make that person’s day, right?!

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When you purchase your kit/class through me, you’ll get 24 black circles for mats FREE.  Don’t live close?  No worries, I’ll mail them to you.  I used watercolor pencils and paints to doing my coloring.  I used our wonderful new Shimmer Brush (think Wink of Stella but a better price point of $4.95!) over the top of the watercolor pencils and I love the look!

Two Classes:

CK Monica Collage

September 10, 2016 – 12-3pm at my house

Create Kindness 9/10/16

September 24, 2016 at the Harbor Scrapbooking PA Weekend Crop!

Create Kindness HS 9/22-25/16

Gratitude Layout Class for Harbor Scrapbooking  PA Crop – September 22-25, 2016

I’ve provided you an elegant layout to celebrate the things in your life for which you feel grateful for.  This is the first layout I made:

Be Happy mw

I created this layout for the class (designed for mass production).

IMG_5174 wmThis layout features of September Stamp of the Month – SOM S1609 Blessed Beyond Measure.  I love it!!   You have four different options for this class.  You can add additional product to your class and this will determine what your layout will look like.  The base layout look will change for the background and texture papers as they are the Enchanted Fundamental Paper Packs (I love them!) when you purchase the first three options.  Purchase the last option and your layout can look like my first layout.  All the papers are cut for you and all the images are stamped.  You distress and assemble.

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September 7th is the last day to order this kit for the Harbor Scrapbooking Crop.  Live afar or just want to get this layout, you are welcome to order your kit and we’ll get it cut for you.  Additional costs apply for shipping

Gratitude Layout Class

September Stamp of the Month (SOM) – S1609 Blessed Beyond Measure


This stamp set is super cute and carries an important message usable year round.  This is a set of 19 stamps celebrating fall with the leaves and pumpkins.  The message is letting those you value and are blessed with, just how important they are.  You can use these stamps to celebrate your own reasons for being blessed or having an attitude of gratitude or you can pass the message forward.  Don’t miss out on this awesome stamp set!


S1609 Blessed Beyond Measure, set of 19

Recommended Blocks:
1″ × 1″ (Y1000)
1″ × 3½” (Y1002)
2″ × 2″ (Y1003)
2″ × 3½” (Y1009)

Each month you can purchase a new D-size stamp set that is exclusive and available for one month only, for $17.95.  Better yet, you can get it for just $5 when you place an order of $50 or more in Close To My Heart products. Just think, you qualify for this special Stamp of the Month pricing saving $12.95 with your $50.00 purchase.

Paper Kit of the Month:  Jeeper Creepers


Next month is my child’s favorite event – Halloween – because it means dress up time!  This paper can be used for Halloween, Autumn, Fall, and more.  I love that CTMH creates paper that has multiple uses!

JC wm Image

Open House Chocolate Party – September 17, 2016 – 12-6pm

RSVP NOW to get your Free Annual Inspiration and Holiday Expressions and Special Create and Take Kit which will include a card, base and bling project, and Flower Market Poppy!!  Last day to RSVP is September 10, 2016.  RSVP NOW

DROP IN and check out all the new product from the Annual Inspirations and Holiday Expressions!  Crop Season starts the next weekend and I’m fully stocked.  Check out the new albums, Flip Flaps, Memory Protectors, Paper Kits, Ink Pads and more!

  • Free Create and Take – try out making a Cut Above Tag or Card and a 3×3 Create Kindness Card
  • Cash and Carry Shopping (cash, check, and credit accepted)
  • Door Prizes – earn tickets into the door prizes by RSVPing, bringing friends, coming, purchasing, doing the create and take, and more!
  • Bring a canned good for the Bowie Pantry – help a family feed their family – get a ticket for each item you bring
  • Check out the chocolate!  Need I say more?
  • Free Annual Inspiration with a $75.00 cash and carry purchase (or it’s FREE with your RSVP)

Now available!

The new colors in the Adventure Palette are available in the new stamp pads (which are amazing) along with the color of the year, Sea Glass.  I did a Facebook live in my VIP Customer Group showing them off.  Be sure to check it out.  I love the new magnetic lids and how easy they are to open.

ink pads and sea glassnew ink pads

Our amazing faux leather albums are back in wonderful colors and the price point is awesome – $29.95 when you order!!  I love that you can get them in both post bound and D-Ring to match your scrapbooking style.  What a great solution for having a quality product to display the amazing layouts or pocket scrapbook pages you create to tell your story or document your family events!

albums post bound

All albums

Thanks for stopping by my corner of the internet.




Here comes December and it’s time to plan…

December is here and it’s really hard to believe that Christmas is around the corner along with the end of 2015! How strange is that? Well, there is never a better time than now to get ready for 2016 and get organized.
CTMH is here to help you with that with the launch of “Every Day Life”, a new calendar system. I’m super excited about this.


Planners Gonna Plan – December Constant Campaign


Attention all planner addicts! During December, you can get your hands on the new, gorgeous Everyday Life™ album from Close To My Heart, the accompanying Everyday Life 2016 planner pages, and the coordinating Everyday Life Perfect Plan roller stamp in an exclusive product bundle for only $29.95 USD / $35.95 CAD. That’s over 15% off the retail price!

With the new Everyday Life line, you’ll experience “memory keeping on the go” as you track your menus and shopping lists, stamp reminders, keep appointments, and tuck away precious memories—plus much more—all at once! This offer is only available while supplies last, so plan to place your order early in the month and start 2016 off right.

Size: Everyday Life Planners: size is 9 3/8” x 8 ¼” x 1 ½” 3-ring

What’s included in the $29.95 Planner Special for Dec?

Everyday Life Album – Black Z3208 $10.95

Everyday Life 2016 Planner pages (154 pages including 1 pocket folder page, 12 monthly dividers with tabs, 1 designed page finder and 4 sheets of stickers) Z3209 $15.95

Everyday Life Roller Stamp -12 option choices (To Do, Due Date, Shopping List, Menu, Pay Day, Don’t Forget, No School, Birthday, Party, Vacation, boxes, hearts) Z3212 $8.95


Also available at an additional cost is:
My Crush Everyday Life Pages – 60 double sided, loose My Crush pages, 3-ring punched Z3210 $7.95

Washi Tape – Arrow design 5 yards ½” wide Z3211 $3.95  (this may not be in until mid-December)

4 x 6 Memory Protectors (10 side loading pockets, Z3192 $6.95

4 x 3 Memory Protectors (10 side load pockets) Z3191 $6.95



4×6 page protector on the left side. 3×4 page protector on the right side.


Showing how you can journal and scrap in the planner!!


Inserting the 4×6 page protector on the left side; Journaling, memory keeping, memorabilia, and picture on the right side.

Dates: Offer valid December 1, 2015 (9:00 am MDT)–December 31, 2015 (11:59 pm MDT).

December Stamp of the Month: Candlelight Gardens – $17.95 or $5.00 with a $50.00 purchase!

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2015_12 Dec GiveawayQuarterly Drawing.  December is the last month to get your name in the quarterly drawing for $100 in FREE product of your choice.  Everyone who orders over $100 in product, online, between October – December 2015, hosted a Gathering (book or home) over $450.00, or joins my team, will be entered to win!  Winner is announced by the 3rd of January!  Winner has one week to claim their prize.

Upcoming Events:

Cyber-Week Sale from CTMH.  For more information, you can see this blog post as to what’s on sale or click the link below and see:  shopnow2015_12 Dec Giveaway

Dec 5: Stop and Shop: 12pm to 4pm at my house:  15003 Newcomb Lane, Bowie, MD  20716. We’ll have vendors from Posh, Magnolia and Vine, Wildtree, and 31.   We’ll have door prizes and you can earn tickets by RSVPing and more!  RSVP NOW

Dec 12 is CropTastic/Come and Play Card Buffet/White Pines Card or Scrapbooking WOTG.  You can RSVP this this link:  RSVP NOW

October Giveways!!

Well, October is ushered in here in MD with cool rains and Hurricane watches!  Nice, right?  Not!  Best of all for me, I’m headed to Camp Hill, PA for a weekend crop with some of my favorite peeps and Harbor Scrapbooking!  If you’ve not come to these events, be sure to check them out!  Monica does a fantastic job and every scrapper gets a 6′ table!!

Vendor WM Collage

So looking forward to seeing all 160 ladies in a day!

For October, there are a few things going on.   First let’s talk about give-aways!  October’s give-away with a $25.00 online order attached to the October Online Order gathering is A1149 Trim the Tree:A1149This set goes well with the October Stamp of the Month (SOM), S1510 Twinkle, which you can purchase for $17.95 or get it for $5.00 with a $50.00 order.  This is a great deal where you’d get two Christmas sets with your $50.00 for $5.00.  Amazing savings!  And both sets work with our exclusive Cricut Cartridges: Art Philosophy for A1149 Trim the Tree and S1510 works with Cricut Artiste!

S1510 Linda Creates Collage

Next is “It’s in the Bag” – Join CTMH today as a consultant and get this great bag added to your kit for free!  It’s really a nice bag and has lots of good use as it fits the 12×12 albums (post) and paper.  Everyone needs a nice roomy bag, right?  Especially one designed for our crafting materials!!1510-maincarousel-cc-usMore to come on this later!  Last, CropTastic is October 24, 2015!  We will have an all new Come and Play Card Buffet line up along with doing the Nevermore Workshop on the Go that I personally created!  Cropping is free!!!   Food is potluck – theme – Pumpkins – Bring something “pumpkin” to share!!

Nevermore Workshop

Thanks for stopping by!!

Jump On It July

Jump On It Close To My Heart July 2015 Special Linda Create ~ Linda Caler

Jump on It July

July Constant Campaign

During the month of July, when you purchase $25 USD in current, retail priced stamps, you qualify to receive either the July Stamp of the Month, My Acrylix® Life Is Wonderful, FREE or any one of the Hostess Rewards stamp sets featured in Annual Inspirations 2014–2015 or Seasonal Expressions 2 for only $5 USD! That is a savings of up to $17.95 USD! The July Stamp of the Month is a lovely, versatile stamp set that is a great match for your cards and layouts that celebrate all the wonderful things—big and small—that life has to offer. Additionally, the Hostess Rewards stamp sets have previously only been available as part of the Hostess Rewards program, which means now is the perfect opportunity to get those special stamp sets you’ve had your eye on! To get your FREE stamp set or your $5 USD Hostess Rewards stamp set, simply place an order for $25 USD of any current, retail priced stamps. This offer is available only during the month of July and applies only to the July Stamp of the Month and current Hostess rewards stamp sets, so spring into action and jump on this deal before it’s gone!

Dates: Offer valid July 1, 2015(9:00 am MDT)–July 31, 2015(11:59 pm MDT).

Orange You Sweet!

My friend Di brought over a card sample and I took the design of the card and created “Orange You Sweet”.  The cards are totally different.  It’s really amazing to me how different people can interpret a design and come up with totally different cards!

TOS Card 1 wm

Anyway, this card features the Taste Of Summer Papers and Stamp Set, both of which I love!!

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I embossed the white cardstock with a Versamark pad and white embossing powder.  I used various reinkers and my water pen (which CTMH no longer sells but I still love) to create a water color background.  I did not leave the paper under a heavy book long enough for it to dry flat, which I should have done.

TOS Card 1 WM CollageI stamped using a “rock and roll technique” to get the different colors on the fruit (always start with your lighter ink first).

TOS Card 1a wmI covered the inside of the fruit with a lot of liquid glass.  I let them dry overnight to be sure they were dry before I added them to the card.  I liked how the card opens up.  It’s different and fun.  I had some lime colored bakers twine in my stash which I used to finish it off.

Hugs and Happy Creating!

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