Sharing the Memory Keeping Vision

True North Workshop #ctmh #closetomyheart #TrueNorth #TrueNorthWorkshop #CelebrateCanada #Canada #fall #autumn #hockey #icehockeyWe love October at Close To My Heart, not only because of the beautiful weather changes and the fun holidays it contains, but also because it is the month that we celebrate our Canadian friends and our shared vision.

It was in October of 2003 that excited new Close To My Heart Consultants began holding the first-ever Canadian Home Gatherings where the art of memory keeping was shared and taught.

To celebrate this momentous 15-year anniversary with all of our cardmaking and scrapbooking friends, we’ve designed not one, but TWO exclusive stamp sets and workshop kits!

As you can see, both stamp sets illustrate a few of our favorite Canadianisms, but are so versatile that you don’t have to be Canadian to like them!

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The True North workshop kit comes with materials to make two 2-page scrapbook layouts, one stand-alone scrapbook page, and four cards. Follow the instructions to create the artwork exactly as seen here or use the included tips and techniques to change them up and make them all your own. (There is no wrong way to use these tools if they are preserving your memories!)

Are you the outdoorsy, camping, hunting, fishing, wilderness type? Perhaps you are the “memory keeper” of someone who is. Either way, the Great Outdoors stamp set and workshop were designed exactly with you in mind!

The Great Outdoors #ctmh #closetomyheart #thegreatoutdoors #scrapbooking #cardmaking #wildanimals #wild #wilderness #moose #fish #bear #duck

The beautiful, intricate details used to create each of the animal designs as well as the deliberate compass and arrow are a must have in any adventurous spirit’s crafting collection!

Celebrate this joyful Canadian anniversary with us and share the true art of memory keeping with those around you!

If you need help getting started, find a consultant in your area by visiting our website, clicking on the What We Do tab and selecting Find a Consultant.

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Cardmaking & Scrapbooking with Here’s to You

Here's to You #cmth #closetomyheart #ctmhhere'stoyou #here'stoyou #sale #campaign #constantcampaign #monthlyspecial #special #Junespecial #Julyspecial #cardmaking #scrapbooking

We are celebrating life’s special occasions with the Here’s to You special! Featuring four exclusive stamp sets and a workshop designed for making elegant cards and layouts, this special is the perfect way to get prepared for the happy events coming up on your calendar!

Exclusive Stamp Sets:

Not only are the sentiments on these stamp sets a must-have for celebrating relationships, but each set also coordinates with a shape from the Cricut® Artistry collection, giving you an easy way to add dimension and extra detail to your projects!

Workshop kit options:

We have two workshop kits available—one with a rose embossing folder and one without. Both kits include the four exclusive stamp sets and additional materials at a discounted price to create one 12″ x 12″ scrapbook page and seven standard size cards that can be used to celebrate friendships, anniversaries, weddings, and many other occasions.

Completed projects:

The designed workshop projects feature shapes cut with the Cricut® Artistry Collection. To keep things easy, we’ve compiled the necessary Cricut® shapes to complete the workshop as a project file in Cricut Design Space™, Here’s to You Workshop ( (If you don’t have a digital machine, specific Cricut® cut information is also provided in the included instructions.)

Celebrate life’s special occasions with us and don’t miss out on this special offer! Only available through the end of August, while supplies last, get your cardmaking and scrapbooking in motion to commemorate the moments that matter most.

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Winners of the Honoring Longevity Giveaway!

Thank you for helping us celebrate Karen Morris’s 25 years with Close To My Heart! Your heartfelt comments have touched us, and we’re sure they’ve touched Karen, too.

As promised, we have randomly selected 25 comments, one for each of Karen’s incredible years, and those who wrote these comments will receive a free Sangria paper packet! Here are the lucky recipients:

  1. Carol Welch (posted on Oct. 1 at 2:44pm)
  2. trishkj (posted on Oct. 1 at 2:46pm)
  3. Donna Nelson (posted on Oct. 1 at 3:11pm)
  4. Joyce Shiota-Katayama (posted on Oct. 1 at 3:36pm)
  5. Cindy Adams (posted on Oct. 1 at 3:52pm)
  6. Debbie Gauvin (posted on Oct. 1 at 4:04pm)
  7. Sue McLeely (posted on Oct. 1 at 4:32pm)
  8. Karen T (posted on Oct. 1 at 4:52pm)
  9. kmg2109 (posted on Oct. 1 at 4:53pm)
  10. Sharon Mikulecky (posted on Oct. 1 at 6:07pm)
  11. Vicky (posted on Oct. 1 at 6:10pm)
  12. Peggy Pfeiffer (posted on Oct. 1 at 7:12pm)
  13. Randall & Cheryl Scott (posted on Oct. 1 at 9:17pm)
  14. Kathleen R (posted on Oct. 1 at 10:12pm)
  15. Stefanie Haluk (posted on Oct. 2 at 1:31am)
  16. Tonya (aka: Ms Pooh) (posted on Oct. 2 at 2:45pm)
  17. Carolyn S (posted on Oct. 2 at 11:04pm)
  18. Tonya Stone (posted on Oct. 3 at 4:51 pm)
  19. Jenny Nunn (posted on Oct. 3 at 7:19pm)
  20. Nancy Stephan (posted on Oct. 5 at 3:09pm)
  21. Helena Voss (posted on Oct. 5 at 3:24pm)
  22. Candy Lander (posted on Oct. 5 at 5:55pm)
  23. Gina Frawley (posted on Oct. 5 at 6:06pm)
  24. Connie J Miller (posted on Oct. 5 at 8:19pm)
  25. Natalie Soderquist (posted on Oct. 6 at 9:15am)

If your name is on the list, please email your name and mailing address to Send the email from the same email address you used to comment and put “Honoring Longevity Giveaway” as your subject.

Again, thank you for your part in making this an extra special milestone for Karen. We’re grateful for all you do to make Close To My Heart a close-knit family.

Cherry on Top: Garnish Your Parties with Banners

As April continues to blossom, we continue to celebrate celebrations! Once you finish your invitations and get them in the mail, you can get to work planning party décor as you anxiously await your guests’ arrival.

And what better way to welcome them to the celebration than a lovely banner? A banner is something simple that packs a lot of punch and sets the overall mood for the party. It is a wonderful focal point that adds festivity to any gathering and makes everything more fun!

Today we bring you two banners that have been designed for either a wedding or a bridal shower, but both of them can be easily customized to suit whatever occasion you’re celebrating.


This two-toned banner achieves elegance with ease, making it a great piece of décor for even the classiest events. The artist used a single stamp and some gold embossing powder to create the shimmery cascade of gold that graces the tips of each of these panels. Scattered gold sequins add touches of dimensional texture and contrast. Hang this lovely creation on the table that holds the wedding cake, or on the wall above the pile of gifts. You could even use this banner at an anniversary party! Ah, sweet papercrafted bliss.

This second banner we bring you is all about layers and color. The artist used a variety of cardstock, extra thick twine, and stamps to create a lighthearted piece of décor that’s bursting with fun. You can easily switch out the word “Love” and the “XOXOXO” sentiment for words that suit your celebration, making this banner a chameleon for all occasions. Our favorite thing about this banner? The Glacier extra thick twine tassels that make this banner pop with life!

Try a banner at your next party! For even more party fun, get some ideas on how to package party goodies in papercrafted glamour from this blog post of a few months back. Or, for a Christmas twist on banners, read this post. (Yeah, we know it’s only April, but that doesn’t mean we can’t think about Christmas at least a little bit.)

Happy partying! You’ve got this celebration in the bag. 🙂

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