Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Get Organized with August's Special Deals!

During the month of August, get your hands on the latest and greatest in organization products from Close To My Heart—with a few perks thrown in!

Simply place an order for the new marker roll-up at full retail price and receive the new D-size stamp set Balloon Wishes FREE! The marker roll-up will be your new best friend, providing storage space for up to 25 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ markers. The Balloon Wishes stamp set is perfect for coloring, making them a practical pairing.

Or place an order for the new accessory roll-up at full retail price and receive two new Base & Bling style sheets, Affirmations and Lovely Blooms, FREE! The accessory roll-up is ideal for sorting and storing accessories, Base & Bling items, and embellishments, while the new Base & Bling style sheets are full of gorgeous floral designs and hip icons and sentiments perfectly suited for creating stunning jewelry pieces.

All of the items offered as part of this campaign are featured in the Annual Inspirations 2015–2016 idea book, but are available for early purchase during August only as part of this campaign. Place your order for one—or both—deals and get an exciting sneak peek at just a few of the many new products found within Annual Inspirations’ pages!

Contact me for more information or go to my website to place your order!

Bethany Rielage

Friday, August 14, 2015

Cricut Artistry Collection

Close to My Heart has done it again - they've released another excellent Cricut collection! The new Artistry cartridge is full of wonderful images that coordinate with many different stamp sets.

In addition to the 700 images found on the cartridge, the collection comes with three D-size stamp sets (retail value of $53.85) and an Enchantment cardstock combo pack (retail value of $14.50). The collection retails for $99, but when you factor in the value of the stamp sets and the cardstock, you're really only paying $30.65 for the cartridge - such a great deal!

The Artistry cartridge can also be purchased as a digital collection, which will save you $20. You still get the stamp sets and the cardstock, but you receive a code to download the cartridge to your computer. The digital collection only works with the Cricut Explore and Cricut Explore Air machines.

Here are pictures of the many images that you receive with the Artistry collection.

Thanks for stopping by today! If you have any questions, just let me know!

Bethany Rielage

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Chalk It Up and the August Stamp of the Month

Every month Close to My Heart releases an exclusive stamp set only available for that month. You can either purchase the stamp set at retail value - $17.95 - or get it for $5 with a qualifying order of $50. The stamp of the month set for August is Framed, and it's fabulous for making cards.

I decided to make a selection of cards using this stamp set and the leftovers from my Chalk It Up paper packet. Here's what I came up with!

In addition to the Chalk It Up paper packet, I also used some puffy stickers from the Chalk It Up Assortment and a few White Enamel Stars.

Thanks for taking a look!

Bethany Rielage

Friday, August 7, 2015

Flash Sale - This Weekend Only!

I've decided to have a flash sale this weekend in hopes of moving out some of my clearance stamp sets and paper packets. This sale is good from today, Friday, August 7 through Sunday, August 9. Here are the details:

  • All stamp sets on my clearance page are now 50% OFF the currently listed price.
  • Purchase one of the paper packets on my clearance page, and you can choose any clearance stamp set for FREE!

Please email me with your order, and as soon as I receive payment through Paypal (or in person if you're local), I will remove the item(s) from my clearance page. This is a first come, first served sale. I will not reserve or hold items without payment, and prices do not include shipping costs.

Have fun shopping!

Bethany Rielage


Studio J Updates

Close to My Heart is making some changes to Studio J to make it a better experience for customers. As part of those changes, they are retiring some of the lesser-used paper packets. Here's a list of the kits that have been used least in the last 12 months and will be retired as of September 1:

Blue Ribbon
Elegant Bouquet
Floral Tapestry
Ivy Lane
Life Delights
More To Adore
Paper Garden
Sweet Home
Sweet Pea
That's Amore
Wishes and Fishes Girl

Also, because Close to My Heart will be introducing new, limited edition Express Collections each month, the following Express Collections will also be retired:

Little Man
Little Miss
School Days
Year in Review
If you had planned on using any of these kits or collections for a particular project, now is the time to get those projects done! If you have any questions or concerns, please let me know.

Bethany Rielage

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

August Workshop - Zoe

I want to tell you a little about the workshops that I will be having each month.

Each month from August 2015 to August 2016, Close to My Heart is going to highlight one paper packet. I'm going to follow their schedule and have a workshop each month that features that specific paper packet. I will post the events and artwork we'll be making as I get them planned and created. For now, I have the information about August's workshop up and some information about September's. Everything will be posted on my Upcoming Events page.

I love scrapbooking with others and helping them be successful in preserving their memories in whatever way they choose. I want to provide time each month to get together, have fun, and actually make artwork with the products we buy! I am so excited about these new workshops, and I really hope you will join me this year!

So here's what you need to know about August's workshop! We will be using the Zoe Workshop on the Go Scrapbooking Kit to create four beautiful 12x12 layouts and a couple of cards. The workshop kit retails for $29.95 and includes over $40 worth of product! The workshop costs $35, which covers the cost of the kit, shipping, tax, and the use of my Cricut machine and stamp pads. I have three scheduled times for this workshop, but if there's enough interest, I can schedule additional times.

-Friday, August 28 from 1:30-4:30 or 6:30-9:30
-Saturday, August 29 from 1:30-4:30

Space is limited for workshop, so sign up soon. You must sign up by Monday, August 17th so I can order the kits in time for the workshop. You can call, text, email, or comment on this post to reserve your spot!

Here are some pictures of the layouts I created with this kit.

Later this week I'll share pictures of the cards we'll make during the workshop too!

Again, I'm really looking forward to these workshops and creating with you!

Bethany Rielage


Monday, August 3, 2015

Mojo Monday 409 - Zoe and August Stamp of the Month

It's been a long time since I've participated in the Mojo Monday card sketch challenge, but I'm hoping to get back on track as the "new year" begins. Back to school and the release of a new idea book always make it feel like the beginning of a new year for me!

Here's the sketch for this week:

I decided to use the brand-new Zoe paper packet from Close to My Heart and the August stamp of the month set, Framed.


I used leftovers from the Zoe Workshop on the Go scrapbooking kit - I love to find ways to use up my scraps!

Here's my card:

I love all the different patterns in this paper packet and - as always - how well they all go together! I stamped the image in Glacier ink and the sentiment in Slate. I also edged all the paper pieces with Slate ink.

Thanks for stopping by!

Bethany Rielage

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Lots of exciting news!

It's finally August and I have lots of new products, specials, and information to share with you!

New Product
Due to the new idea book starting in September instead of August this year, Close to My Heart has released some product early. Starting today, everyone can order the brand-new Cricut Artistry cartridge, the Zoe paper packet, the Zoe Workshop on the Go scrapbooking kit, assorted matching embellishments, and our new roll-up organizers! I'll post some pictures here, but you can check out my website for more information and to place an order. I'll be posting more information about them in the days to come.

New Embellishments


New Specials
Since it's a new month, there's a new stamp of the month set available for August - Framed.

This stamp set is only available during this month, so don't miss out. You can order the stamp set at full retail value ($17.95), or you can get it for only $5 with a qualifying order of $50. Get more information here:

There's also a new special for August featuring our new roll-up organizers. When you purchase one (or both) of them, you will get some new product for free! Check it out here:

New Workshop Information
This year (August 2015 - August 2016) Close to My Heart will be highlighting one paper packet each month, and I've decided to follow along by having monthly workshop at my home. Most months will feature one of the Workshop on the Go kits, but some months will simply be layouts and/or cards using the various paper packets, complements, stamp sets, and embellishments I've put together. I hope you will choose to join me each month, and there will be rewards for coming regularly! You will find all the information on my Upcoming Events page here on my blog, and I will be putting up separate blog posts with pictures of the layouts and cards we will be making.

I know this was a long post, but thanks for making it all the way to the end! If you have any questions about anything, please just ask!

Bethany Rielage