Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Last Day of August!

Today is the last day of August, which means it's the last day to order some great product from Close To My Heart!

Seasonal Expressions Retiring!
The current Seasonal Expressions idea book retires after today, so be sure to get your orders in ASAP. I have loved using the papers from this idea book, and I will be sad to see them go. I have created some really fun stuff over the past four months!

I think my favorite paper packet was Florence. The colors are just so rich and pretty, and I love the layouts and cards I was able to create with it.

You can find all the retiring product at the link below:


Purr-fect Halloween Stamp of the Month
I have also really enjoyed playing with the August stamp of the month set, Purr-fect Halloween.

This set is great for fun Halloween cards, but it's also perfect for some everyday, cheer-you-up cards!

To get your own, click on the link below!


Basically the Best!
The special campaign for August will also end today, and it's a good one! I love our brand-new Fundamentals papers, and this campaign is a great way to try them out - and get some for FREE!

When you purchase the Whimsy, Adventure, and Enchantment Fundamentals paper packets, you can choose to receive either the Rustic Home or Uptown Fundamentals paper packet for FREE!

Here's a picture of each of the paper packets.




Rustic Home:

Uptown Fundamentals:

I hope you take advantage of this great special before it's gone! You can find more information and order yours at the link below:

I hope you have a great last day of the month!

Bethany Rielage


Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Save the Dates!

I'm working on several workshops for the fall, and although I don't have all the details ready to share with you yet, here are the dates for many of them.
  • Saturday, September 17 - National Cardmaking Day Crop (9:00-4:00)
  • Saturday, September 24 - Jeepers Creepers Scrapbooking and/or Cardmaking Workshop
  • Thursday, September 29 - Jeepers Creepers Scrapbooking and/or Cardmaking Workshop*
  • Friday, September 30 - Party Time Cardmaking Workshop
  • Saturday, October 15 - Rustic Home Cardmaking Workshop
  • Friday, October 21 - Just to Say Cardmaking Workshop
  • Sunday, October 30 - Swan Lake Scrapbooking and/or Cardmaking Workshop
  • Saturday, November 5 - Christmas Cardmaking Workshop
  • Saturday, November 12 - Christmas Cardmaking Workshop*
*location to be determined

Unless otherwise indicated, all workshops will take place at my house. If you need directions or have any questions, please contact me at or 765-635-4884.

Keep an eye out for more details, and I hope to see you at some of these!

Bethany Rielage


Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Florence Video and Card

Florence is the featured paper collection for August, and it's beautiful! I loved this paper the first time I saw it, and I've already bought two packets for myself :-)

The colors are so rich, and the patterns are gorgeous. There are plenty of small, subtle patterns to offset the larger patterns, and so many of these papers are versatile enough to be used for many different projects.

Check out this video to learn more about the collection and to see some projects made with it:

Here are some pictures of some of the products mentioned in the video:

Florence Complements:

Florence Sequins:

Rose Gold Foil Tape:

Here's a card I made using my scraps from the Florence Workshops Your Way kit, the Florence Complements, and the Florence sequins. I also used a sentiment from the new Cricut Flower Market collection.

Thanks for stopping by today! Be sure to purchase the Florence collection before it retires at the end of this month!

Bethany Rielage

Monday, August 22, 2016

August Stamp of the Month Cards

Today I want to share some cards with you that I made with the August Stamp of the Month set, Purr-fect Halloween.

The first card I made is a fun Halloween card!

I used the Enchantment Fundamentals papers, and then I stamped the images in Saffron, Sapphire, and Eggplant. I also added some Bitty Sparkles on the banner.

The next two cards I made are just fun cards that could be used throughout the year.

Again, I used the Enchantment Fundamentals papers and some Sea Glass cardstock. I stamped the cat and the sentiment using the Tuxedo Black Memento ink pad, and then I colored the cat with some Shinhan Markers (Marigold and Golden Yellow). I added some Clear Sparkles to finish it off!

Here's my last card:

I used the Enchantment Fundamentals papers, and I again colored in the cat with our Shinhan Markers (Warm Grey 4 and Warm Grey 7). I stamped the sentiment with Fern ink, and then I added some Fern Thick Twine and Enamel Green Triangles.

This stamp is only available until the end of August, and it's only $5 with any $50 purchase. Be sure to get yours before it's gone!

Bethany Rielage


Monday, August 1, 2016

August = New Goodies!

August is finally here, which means it's time for the new 2016-2017 Annual Inspirations Idea Book from Close To My Heart!

You can look through the idea book from cover to cover here, or contact me to get one of your very own. It's full of beautiful new papers, stamp sets, inks, and even a new Cricut cartridge! I'm looking forward to sharing many of these new products with you over the coming year.


A new month also means a new special from Close To My Heart! This month the brand-new Fundamentals papers are being featured.

During the month of August, when you order our Whimsy, Adventure, and Enchantment Fundamental papers, you can choose to get either the Rustic Home or Uptown Fundamentals for FREE! Both of these Basics packets feature foil designs and specialty materials, such as kraft and vellum. You can find out more and place your order at the link below:


I'm also excited to share with you the adorable new stamp of the month for August, Purr-fect Halloween!

This stamp set is perfect for any Halloween cards or scrapbooking layouts, but it's also great for a fun greeting or birthday card. I can't wait to get started playing with this set!


I hope you're excited about the 2016-2017 year with Close To My Heart; I know there are lots of great things in store! If you have any questions about anything or would like to know more about hosting a party or even becoming a consultant yourself, please let me know. I look forward to hearing from you!

Bethany Rielage