Surprise Giveaway from Stacy Julian!

Stacy Julian wants to make your weekend with a surprise giveaway!!! Find out how to win a new Story by Stacy™ Short Story workshop kit below!

You have until 11 a.m. (MDT) Sunday, September 9, to enter the giveaway. Winners will be notified by email on Monday.

Good luck! 😉

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Memories from the Kitchen and Giveaway

You may have heard it said that the kitchen is the most important room in a home. It is where you go to gather with your family and guests to cook, eat, socialize, do homework, craft, play games, and, on occasion, even scrapbook 😉 . With so much of our day-to-day happening around the kitchen, we are experiencing moments that are inevitably turning into nostalgic memories that we long to hold onto.

Naturally, because of our whole-hearted belief that everyone should be memory keepers, we came up with a system to help you preserve those precious memories from the kitchen.

Memories from the Kitchen #ctmh #closetomyheart #kitchentraditions #memorykeeping #kitchen #recipe #kit #memories #nostalgia #nostalgic #food #ctmhkitchentraditions #ctmhgimmesomesugar #giveaway #free #gimmesomesugar #everydaylife #EverydayLife #album

Designed for so much more than to hold recipes, the Cut Above® Kitchen Traditions recipe kit is a collection of materials you can use to create a unique keepsake. It comes with recipe cards for those memorable meals that you yearn for, while also providing a place for photos and journaling to share why the recipes mean something to you.

We offer the kit in three configurations, so you can choose what fits your needs best. The first is the basic Cut Above® Kitchen Traditions recipe kit, which comes with 60 4″ x 6″ cards (including recipe, title, journaling, and pattern cards), six 6″ x 8″ divider pages, two sticker sheets, and a helpful guide containing tips and ideas on how to use the kit. The second option is the Cut Above® Kitchen Traditions recipe kit with Memory Protectors™. This option includes all the same materials as the first but also comes with 6 Memory Protectors™ to hold your cards and pages. The last option is the Cut Above® Kitchen Traditions Bundle, which is an all-inclusive bundle that comes with the basic kit, the Memory Protectors, and a Bashful Everyday Life™ album and the coordinating My Acrylix® Kitchen Traditions stamp set (D1770).

We want to give all memory keepers—and aspiring memory keepers—the tools you need to beautifully document those special moments from your kitchen. That is why we are giving away 5 (!!!) Kitchen Traditions bundles to 5 lucky winners! For a chance to win, you will have to do a little bit more than what we’ve done in the past. First, you must be a subscriber to this blog. (If you aren’t yet, just push that big blue “Subscribe to list” button on the sidebar!) Second, you must leave a recipe you love in the comments below with a short explanation of why you love it. The drawing will take place Monday, April 30, at 2 p.m. MDT and winners will be notified via e-mail, as usual.

To kick things off, here’s a recipe from Close To My Heart President Monica Wihongi:

Frijoles a la Charra (Bean Soup)

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro
  • 1 diced white onion
  • 6 strips cut bacon cut into 1 inch pieces (raw)
  • 4 cans La Constena pinto beans
  • 1 can Rotel Mexican Festival tomatoes
  • 3 cans petite diced tomato
  • ¼ cup mild Herdez Salsa Casera
Directions:

In a large pot, boil the beans. While you wait for the beans to boil, fry the bacon in a separate large pan. Once the bacon is soft, add the onion and sauté it in the bacon grease. Add one can of diced tomatoes at a time and bring to a boil each time. Add the Rotel tomatoes and bring to a boil again. Add Herdez Salsa and cilantro and bring to a boil one last time. Combine your mixture with beans in the large pot and bring to a boil then simmer for 10 minutes.

Now, it’s your turn. Can’t wait to see what’s cooking in your kitchen!

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Be Brave, Be Bold, Be You…Giveaway!

A wise person once said, “People will always remember how they felt around you. Build people up.” That thoughtful person was none other than our beloved founder and CEO Jeanette Lynton.

Today happens to be Jeanette’s birthday and to celebrate we are giving away an inspiring stamp from our upcoming Seasonal Expressions 2 catalog! (That’s right, this stamp is not available for purchase until May!)

Be Brave Be Bold Be You Giveaway #ctmh #closetomyheart #be #brave #bold #you #birthday #jeanette #lynton #myacrylix #stamp #giveaway #free #contest #win #pink #bashful

We are giving away five Be You stamp sets here on the blog, another five on our Facebook page, and another five on Instagram. Follow us on those other platforms to learn how to increase your chances to win!

To enter the drawing on the blog, it’s an easy two-step entry. First, make sure you are a subscriber! If you are not, simply push the blue “Subscribe to list” button on the sidebar. Second, and this is important, leave a comment below with a small birthday message for Jeanette. That’s it! Winners will be selected at noon (MDT) tomorrow.

For those of you who have been fortunate enough to meet Jeanette, or even hear her speak, you know she lives her life just as she encourages. The way she builds up the people around her is memorable, and her example reminds others to spread that same care and compassion. When you’re around this incredible person, you can’t help but feel an instant uplifting connection. We would love to hear some of your experiences below, so please share!

Be brave. Be bold. Be you.

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Complement Day!!! (AND GIVEAWAY!!)

Did you know that we have over 1,500 national (unofficial 😉 ) holidays here in the United States? Observed annually on January 24th is compliment day—a day specifically set aside to pay attention, acknowledge something nice about someone, and to then share your sincere observations with that person. What an easy way to brighten someone’s day and spread joy!

Since it would be near impossible to sincerely share a compliment with each and every one of you, we thought we’d put our own Close To My Heart spin on things and celebrate this holiday by sharing our Complements instead! We can think of no better way to do this than by showing you how easy it is to use them and by giving some away to our loyal blog readers!

For those of you new to the lingo, Complements are stickers and die-cuts designed to complement, or complete, our creative collections. Each of our collections features a coordinating paper packet and other embellishments, like sequins, gems, and trims, all following the same color scheme and design esthetic. This makes it easy for you to find coordinating products for any given papercrafting project.

With the launch of our newest catalog, Seasonal Expressions 1, we have four new creative collections for you to pick from. Take a look at how we made use of each collection’s complements in the artwork below. Then, decide which one is your favorite for a chance to win it, FREE!

Chelsea Gardens

Complement Day #ctmh #closetomyheart #diy #card #cardmaking #complements #compliments #stickers #embellishment #embellish #accent #accessory #accessories #flowers #floral #inthistogether #together #Chelsea #gardens #feminine

Complement Day #ctmh #closetomyheart #diy #page #scrapbook #scrapbooking #complements #compliments #stickers #flowers #floral #butterflies #butterfly #layout #today #Chelsea #gardens #memorykeeping #memory #keeping #photos #album #feminine

Make Waves

Complement Day #ctmh #closetomyheart #complement #compliment #sticker #embellish #embellishment #accessories #accessory #make #waves #floral #flowers #bashful #glacier #lagoon #pansy #something #beautiful #every #day #polkadots #dot #diy #card #cardmaking Complement Day #ctmh #closetomyheart #complement #compliment #sticker #embellish #embellishment #accessories #accessory #make #waves #floral #flowers #bashful #glacier #lagoon #pansy #shine #mermaid #girl #girly #fish #sea #ocean #water #polkadots #dot #diy #card #cardmaking

You’ll notice that each card and scrapbook page was made without any stamping, using only our Complements for titles and embellishments. Cardmaking and scrapping can really be that easy!

Stargazer

Complement Day #ctmh #closetomyheart #complement #compliment #sticker #accessory #embellish #embellishment #stargazer #star #gazer #space #galaxy #diy #card #cardmaking #oneofakind #kind #blue #sapphire #boy

Complement Day #ctmh #closetomyheart #complement #compliment #sticker #accessory #embellish #embellishment #stargazer #star #gazer #space #galaxy #diy #page #layout #scrapbooking #scrapbook #photo #memorykeeping #memory #keeping #oneofakind #kind #blue #sapphire #red #yellow #lemon #primarycolors #primary #album #boy #girl

Gimme Some Sugar

complement day #ctmh #closetomyheart #diy #card #cardmaking #friends #gimmesomesugar #gimme #some #sugar #kitchen #pink #flowers #floral #rustic #hearts #embellishment #embellish #complement #compliment #stickers #accessories #accessory #bashful #peacock #woodgrain #wood

complement day #ctmh #closetomyheart #diy #page #layout #album #scrapbooking #scrapbook #photo #memory #keeping #girls #girly #friends #gimmesomesugar #gimme #some #sugar #kitchen #pink #flowers #floral #rustic #hearts #embellishment #embellish #complement #compliment #stickers #accessories #accessory #bashful #peacock #woodgrain #wood

Now that we’ve got your attention with our complements, it’s your turn to acknowledge something nice about them! In the comments below, tell us which collection is your favorite and why. For a chance to win it free, make sure you are also subscribed to this blog. It’s super easy—just push the blue “Subscribe to list” button on the sidebar! 🙂 After you’ve complimented us, we’ll select 12 lucky winners to receive their choice of Complements, FREE! We’re giving away three sets of Complements from each new collection and you can only win one, so make sure to share this giveaway with your friends! Don’t delay, all qualifying entries must be submitted by 11 a.m. (MST) tomorrow, January 24.

We believe that compliments should be given away freely every day, so make the extra effort today and really spread that love and admiration you have for the people in your life by sharing some sincere praise.

Can’t wait to hear from you!


Recipes

4¼” x 5½” We’re In This Together Card (Horizontal)
X7230B Chelsea Gardens Paper Packet, X7230C Chelsea Gardens Complements, Z4155 Chelsea Gardens Dots & Gems, Z1151 3-D Foam Tape

12″ × 12″ Today Page
X7230B Chelsea Gardens Paper Packet, X7230D Chelsea Gardens Coordinating Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X7230C Chelsea Gardens Complements, Z4155 Chelsea Gardens Dots & Gems, Z4154 Cream Ribbon, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape

4¼” x 5½” There Is Something Beautiful Card (Vertical)
X7227B Make Waves Paper Packet, X7227C Make Waves Complements, Z4142 Make Waves Sequins & Gems, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z4146 Make Waves Shimmer Trim

12″ × 12″ Shine Page
X7227B Make Waves Paper Packet, X7227D Make Waves Coordinating Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X7227C Make Waves Complements, Z4142 Make Waves Sequins & Gems, Z4146 Make Waves Shimmer Trim, Z1151 3-D Foam Tape

4¼” x 5½” One of a Kind Card (Vertical)
X7229B Stargazer Paper Packet, X7229C Stargazer Complements, Z4143 Stargazer Dots

12″ × 12″ One of a Kind Page
X7229B Stargazer Paper Packet, X7229D Stargazer Coordinating Cardstock, X7229C Stargazer Complements, Z4143 Stargazer Dots, Z4145 Light Grey RibbonZ1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen, Z1151 3-D Foam Tape

4¼” x 5½” Friends Card (Vertical)
X7228B Gimme Some Sugar Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X7228C Gimme Some Sugar Complements, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z1151 3-D Foam Tape

12″ × 12″ Fine & Dandy Page
X7228B Gimme Some Sugar Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X7228C Gimme Some Sugar Complements, Z4153 Gimme Some Sugar Cork Shapes, Z4144 Peacock-stitched Ribbon, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape

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Love Letters Giveaway!

Love Letters #closetomyheart #ctmh #love #letters #monogram #chipboard #paper #crafting #national #month #January #create

As we welcome a new year, we are also celebrating National Papercrafting Month! And, to help you celebrate with us, we created a beautiful letter kit for you to assemble, customize, and display using your own personal flair. What’s more, WE ARE GIVING AWAY THREE OF THESE LOVE LETTERS KITS in the next 72 hours!

Love Letters #closetomyheart #ctmh #love #letters #monogram #chipboard #paper #crafting #national #month #January

All you have to do to enter into the drawing is subscribe to our blog, if you aren’t already, and leave a comment below letting us know how you would display your Love Letter(s). It’s that easy! Three lucky winners will be chosen by 11:00 a.m. (MST) Friday, January 5th, and will be notified by email to choose their letter.

Now, let us tell you a little more about these Love Letters!Love Letters #closetomyheart #ctmh #love #letters #monogram #chipboard #paper #crafting #national #month #January
Each kit comes with one sturdy chipboard letter base, one paper and rose gold overlay piece, die-cut banners and floral embellishments, and rose gold foil alphabet stickers to create the word or name of your choice.

As you assemble these letters, here are a few tips to keep in mind.

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1. The first thing is that you don’t have to use all of the pieces included in the letter kit. Depending on how you plan to use the letter, you might opt out of the banner or some of the flowers and succulents. The number of die-cuts you want to use will depend on the shape of your letter and the length of the word you’ve chosen. Remember, sometimes less is more.

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2. If you are using the banner for a word or a name, add the alphabet stickers to the banner before attaching it to the letter. It’s also easier if you begin your word in the middle and work your way out. This way, you can make sure your word is centered and you have enough room for all of your letters prior to attaching any additional embellishments.

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3. As you assemble the flowers, consider using your finger, a pencil, or any soft round edge to help shape some of the petals. (Not all of your flowers have to have curved petals). Also, when arranging them on your letter, do so before attaching them. Try arranging your flowers in triangles of color. If you’re not quite sure how to do that, look at the instructions insert including in your kit. There, you will find a completed example for each letter and the ampersand. (It’s okay to copy. We won’t tell!)

Love Letters #closetomyheart #ctmh #love #letters #monogram #chipboard #paper #crafting #national #month #January

4. For those of you who want to take this project up a notch, there’s always some wiggle room. Look how we used a handful of additional products (not included in the kit) to quickly and easily embellish the flowers. The petals edges were given a pop of color with a sponge and some ink. We added sparkles and pearls to the flowers’ centers, and used the brand-new Bashful shimmer brush for a touch of extra shine on the green succulent petals.

These Love Letters are so versatile. Put them in frame, a wreath, or hang them on their own. Create words, names, or initials. They work in your living room, a bedroom, a nursery—really anywhere!

We hope you are as excited about National Papercrafting Month as we are. Don’t forget to subscribe and leave us a comment below telling us how you would use your Love Letter for a chance to win one letter of your choice FREE!!

For even MORE CHANCES TO WIN, visit us on Instagram and Facebook where we are giving even more of these away! (What?!) Make sure to follow us for details on how to enter these separate drawings!!

Can’t wait to hear from you!

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From Jeanette: Celebrate With Me

As I’m turning one year older today, the importance of memory keeping is readily on my mind. Time really does fly by (and it seems to accelerate with each passing year!), which is why it’s so important to tell our stories and preserve them in albums so they live forever.

If you’ve been following this blog, you’ll know that memory keeping is at the heart of everything I do. I feel like it’s my mission in life to help others realize the importance of preserving memories—and to show them how to do it in a fun and fulfilling way! From sharing this company’s message about memory keeping with our “Life Is Worth” video and telling the story of how I started this company in my basement, to talking about the importance of documenting the little things that make us unique (like my love of “I Love Lucy”) and inviting you to submit your scrapbook stories through Stories from the Heart, this blog is such a wonderful place to get inspired and connect with others who share your passion. It’s where I can share with you my thoughts and feelings about memory keeping, and it’s where you can see beautiful artwork and learn techniques and strategies to make memory keeping a reality in your life.

Exclusive stamps from Close To My Heart Founder & CEO Jeanette Lynton #ctmh #closetomyheart #jeanettelynton #myacrylix #convention

To celebrate my birthday and the importance of memory keeping, I want to give away some of the exclusive mini stamps we give to Consultants who ask a question during the Q&A session at Convention. On the blog, I’m going to give away 25 of the Make It from Your Heart stamp you see here. To enter to win, please leave a comment below explaining why memory keeping is important to you and subscribe to this blog to receive inspiration and tutorials straight to your inbox. To subscribe, click on the blue button that says “Subscribe to list” on the right-hand side of this page.

At 11 am (MDT) tomorrow, I’ll select 25 random commenters (who must also be subscribed to the blog) to receive this fun stamp. And for a chance to win the other two exclusive Jeanette stamp sets you see below, head on over to our Facebook and Instagram accounts—I’m giving away a grand total of 75 stamps!

Exclusive stamps from Close To My Heart Founder & CEO Jeanette Lynton #ctmh #closetomyheart #jeanettelynton #myacrylix #convention

I just want to finish by saying how much each of you mean to me. I am so grateful for all the years of friendship and for the years of friendship to come. You have truly made my life a beautiful one, and I’m so grateful to have you in my story.

Sending you all my love,

Jeanette

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Magical Consultant Artwork

There are few things we like better than giving away free products, and one of them is looking at amazing artwork created by our Consultants! Today’s our lucky day because we get to do both. 🙂

We challenged our Convention attendees to create a scrapbook layout with Convention photos using our Magical paper packet and then to share their layout on social media using the hashtag #magicalconvention—and boy did they deliver!

Here are our five random winners, who will each receive a brand new My Legacy™ scrapbooking album of her choice:

 

If you see your artwork here, that means you’re a winner! Please send an email to ctmhblog@closetomyheart.com with your name, shipping address, and preferred My Legacy™ album (remember, choose a NEW one!) using the subject line “Magical Convention.”

There’s more beautiful artwork where this came from, so be sure to search #magicalconvention on Facebook and Instagram to see even more beautiful layouts!

Congrats to our winners! We hope this makes your day a little more magical. 🙂

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Another 25-Year Champ!

We’re in a celebratory mood. 🙂 Why? Because today is the 25-year anniversary of another of our fabulous Consultants: Debbi Fournier! It was Debbi’s passion for stamping that led her to D.O.T.S., the precursor to Close To My Heart, as a way of earning a little extra money for her family. 25 years later, we are honored to have her as part of this company; she is an extraordinary example of friendship, integrity, and loyalty, values we cherish here at Close To My Heart.

Debbi Fournier: Another 25-Year Champ! #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhgiveaway #scrapbooking #stamping

We recognized Debbi’s 25-year anniversary this year at Convention by inviting her to the stage and presenting her with a scrapbook filled with pictures from her many experiences, friendships, and achievements. You can look at some pages from this scrapbook here, and see for yourself what a lovely person she is.

Debbi Fournier: Another 25-Year Champ! #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhgiveaway #scrapbooking #stamping

In addition to achieving the esteemed title of Senior Executive Director in her time as a Consultant, Debbi has also earned two incentive trip cruises through her hard work and dedication—one to the Western Caribbean and the other to the Southern Caribbean.

Debbi Fournier: Another 25-Year Champ! #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhgiveaway #scrapbooking #stamping

Executive Director Joanne Walton, who has known Debbi for over 20 years, considers Debbi one of her closest friends, affirming that Debbi is the epitome of loyalty and personal integrity. When Joanne joined D.O.T.S. as a brand new Consultant, Debbi became a mentor to her, showing her how to run her business, even though Debbi was not her official Upline. According to Joanne, Debbi has never seen Team divisions but rather helps anyone and everyone who needs it. Over the years, Debbi, has continued helping Joanne with expo booths just for the sake of their friendship and from the goodness in her heart.

Debbi Fournier: Another 25-Year Champ! #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhgiveaway #scrapbooking #stamping

Debbi’s genuine care for others also makes her an incredible wife and mother. Her husband, Gary, has been by her side through her entire Close To My Heart journey. She has been a loving mother to her two sons, Garrett and Richard, and stepson, Bo. While she has helped support her family with her Close To My Heart business, her family has similarly supported her passion since day one, and even included a crafting studio in their home addition—what a lucky lady!

Debbi Fournier: Another 25-Year Champ! #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhgiveaway #scrapbooking #stamping

We’re so grateful to have Debbi as part of our Close To My Heart family, and we want your help celebrating Debbi’s special anniversary. She is such a sweet woman, and we want her to know just how amazing she is! If you know Debbi, please share a brief memory or story about how she has influenced you in your Close To My Heart business or personal life in the comments section. For those who don’t know Debbi personally, feel free to simply congratulate her on her 25 years with us. Next week, we’ll randomly select 25 comments—one for each of Debbi’s incredible 25 years—and send those individuals the Urban paper packet, which is one of our featured paper collections for November!

Thank you, Debbi, for your dedication and loyalty over the past 25 years! We appreciate all you do!

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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 ctmhblog@closetomyheart.com. 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.