Sunday, December 1, 2013

December Stamp of the Month

Happy December!!!! Here's to many blessings to you and yours!

Suzy Toronto does it again with her calendar!  Here are some December thoughts….

"In a world where bigger is always better…think small!  Sometimes I think big way too much.  Don't get me wrong ~ thinking up really big, wild and crazy ideas is one of my favorite things to do.  But life is also about finding the simple things that take our breath away and illuminate our tiny corner of the world.  These tender moments give our lives deeper meaning and sometimes become our most treasured memories.  Quit simply…they make our hearts tingle.

Moments like nuzzling a newborn baby's cheek and vowing never to forget that sweet smell.  Or sitting on a porch swing with your grandmother and praying you'll always remember her voice.  It's laughing at a silly joke between friends and hearing the echo of your own childhood giggles.  It's watching a parade with a lump in your throat and your hand on your heart when the vets go by.  It's waking up in the morning and really feeling grateful for one more day.

It's easy to get caught up in the rapture of life's brilliant, amazing, and spectacular things.  But in the end, we must always remember that life is really no big thing…it's a zillion little things, just waiting to be cherished.  Now…take a deep breath…and feel the tingle!"

Take special care of your zillion treasured moments this holiday season and remember the best things in life are the people we love…the places we've been…and the memories we've made along the way.  Thank you for taking the journey with me!

Close To My Heart December stamp of the month is perfect 
to recognize those special moments and people in your life! 
And it coordinates with the Cricut Art Philosophy collection!

Set of 6
Recommended My Acrylix Blocks:  1"x3 1/2" (Y1002), 3"x3" (Y1006, 2"x3 1/2" (Y1009)
Stamp images outlined in red coordinate with the Cricut Art Philosophy collection!

With a minimum qualifying purchase of $50,
 get this Stamp of the Month set for ONLY $5! 
Add the stamp set to your order HERE

You might also like these products...
2" x 3 1/2" My Acrylix Block  $8.50 Y1009
3" x 3" My Acrylix Block  $8.50 (Y1006)
1" x 3 1/2" My Acrylix Block (Y1002)
Cricut Art Philosophy Collection $99.00 (Z1686)

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Cyber Thanksgiving Specials

Cyber Thanksgiving Specials!

My cyber Thanksgiving sale is like Black Friday’s civilized cousin. All the deals, none of the injuries (well, maybe a cramp in your index finger from clicking on all those great offers).

Now through November 29th at 11:59PM (MT time) take advantage of my exclusive Close to My Heart product offers and save BIG!

Purchase 2 stamp sets, inkpads and/or level 2 paper or shade pack, 
and get the third one free!
Mix and match, your choice! No limit!

Offer applies to all stamp setsinkpads and paper packs or card stock packs. Free item will be of equal or lesser value than the least expensive item.
  • Buy 2 stamp sets, get the third one free! 
  • Buy one paper pack and one stamp set and get an inkpad free! 
  • Buy 6 inkpads and get 3 inkpads free! 
  • Mix it up, match it up, enjoy the savings of free products!

This offer is only available through me.  

Place your order on my website at  In the bottom right corner of the page you will see a section that says "Join one of Diana's gatherings."  Click "Join" next to "Cyber Thanksgiving."  DO NOT add your Free items to this order! 

1.  Place your order...Your order will be shipped directly to you from Close To My Heart.

2.  Email me at with your list of FREE items and include your MAILING ADDRESS. Your free items will be shipped to you from me (free shipping to you!)

This sale will only be available until midnight mountain time, November 29th.

Remember – DO NOT add your free items to your me directly with those items!

BONUS #1! When you order a minimum of $50 in stamp sets, you can add the exclusive Illuminate stamp set (below) for just $5 additional ($17.95 value).  That's over 70% off retail!
You will be prompted to add this stamp set before you check out.

BONUS #2! There is also a special right now that if you spend $100 on products in the current Autumn/Winter Catalog or the Holiday Gift Guide, or a combination of the two, you will also get a FREE item from the Gift Guide.  You will be given a list of those items and will be prompted to choose which one(s) you want before you check out.
Click HERE to see the Holidays from the Heart Gift Guide!
Have a WONDERFUL blessed Thanksgiving!!!!!!  I'm so grateful for all of you who support me and my business by loving the art of paper-crafting as much as I do!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Retiring List Announced


This is just a sampling of what is going away.

Wonderful Time of Year

It's a wonderful time of year!!!!

Check this out!........

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Holiday Wishes from the Heart

Holiday From the Heart Gift Guide!  AVAILABLE OCTOBER 15TH ~ DECEMBER 31ST ONLY!

'Tis the season for hot cocoa and cider, gatherings and giving, naughty or nice!  The 2013 Holidays from the Heart Gift Guide is perfect for helping you ad those special details and some extra flair to gift-giving, as well as preserving the memories of those closest to your heart.  And this year, even Santa can't bring you a better deal than the one in store for you with this guide:

*Choose one "star" product FREE for every $100 of retail-priced items in your order from the gift guide or the Autumn/Winter 2013 Idea Book. (Look for the starred items throughout the pages of the Holiday Guide.)  It's a shining deal to save you more this holiday season!

So while the little ones are nestled all snug in their beds, with visions of sugar-plums dancing in their heads, grab your tools and get ready to tinker, as you prepare masterful creations with hook, twine, and inker!!!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Simply Stitch It

The new stitch guide from Close To My Heart makes stitching on your papercrafts simple to do—and the look it gives is simply stunning! See it for yourself in this video.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Jump In!

(Borrowed from my Suzy Toronto 2013 Calendar)

Follow your dreams...
with your arms flailing, hair flying, 
and screaming at the TOP of your lungs!!!
Do not take the advice of those old sages and wait until you can "walk confidently in the direction of your dreams."  If you do, you'll never take the first step.  Instead, leap and learn to fly on the way down.  (And for heaven's sake, don't wait until you lose ten pounds!)
NOW is the time to jump in with both feet...
arms flailing, hair flying, and screaming at the top of your lungs,
You don't have to believe it...
you just have to do it.
Start now!

So...with that being said...I jumped in with both feet...or, errrr, fingers, :-)
I wanted to make something NEW with CTMH's new Laughing Lola paper. 
(I LOVE the name...just makes me smile!) :-)
I started by digging through some old patterns that I had stashed away.  When I originally found it years ago, it seemed very overwhelming, but kept it in my stash because it was SO cute!  
So, the cutting and pasting and mistake making and correcting and re-measuring and screaming "I CAN DO THIS!" and oh, so, lovely satisfaction commenced! 

Here is the end project...and I LOOOOOOVE it!!!!  Hope you do to!

Now...jump in with both feet!  
Happy creating!

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Sit at my table...

 "Today may there be peace within. May you trust that you are exactly where you are meant to be. May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith in yourself and others. May you use the gifts that you have received and pass on the love that has been given to you. May you be content with yourself just the way you are. Let this knowledge settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love. It is there for each and every one of us.”

There comes a time in your life, when you walk away from all the drama and people who create it. You surround yourself with people who make you laugh. Forget the bad, and focus on the good. Love the people who treat you right, pray for the ones who don't. Life is too short to be anything but happy. Falling down is a part of life, getting back up is living.

Enjoy your days and love your life, because life is a journey to be savored!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

National Stamping Month: September 2013

September Specials


How would you like to receive over $115 in products just by spending $65 (before shipping and tax)????  Silly question!!!  Who wouldn't LOVE that!??!!  There are 2 specials this month that help you do just that and you can take advantage of either or BOTH of them on my website this month.  You'll be prompted to add the special(s) before checkout if you want them.

1.  National Stamping Month Special: "You Are My Happy"  Have THREE times the fun with our TRIPLE stamp set ($47.90 value), which is yours for ONLY $10! (with a $50 purchase before shipping and tax) in September.  This whimsical triple stamp set includes a playful alphabet, light-hearted sentiments, and fun images for a variety of occasions to give a cheerful touch to your projects!
"You Are My Happy" triple stamp set: alphabet (carrier sheet actual size is 6" x 6")

"You Are My Happy" triple stamp set icons (carrier sheet actual size is 6" x 6")

"You Are My Happy" triple stamp set sentiments (carrier sheet actual size is 6" x 6")
2.  September Stamp of the Month: "Poster Tidings"  Subway art is the "thang" these days.  Leave it to CTMH to come up with some cool subway art of their own.  September's SOTM, "Poster Tidings" ($17.95 value) is yours for ONLY $5 (with a $50 purchase before shipping and tax) in September ONLY!  
"September Stamp of the Month: Poster Tidings" (carrier sheet actual size is 6" x 6")
How cool is it that if you spend $50 this month, you can then get the "You Are My Happy" stamp set for $10 AND the "Poster Tidings" set for only $5?!!!  Woot-woot!!!
That's $115.85 in products for ONLY $65!!!  

Happy Creating!!!

Monday, August 12, 2013

Designed Decor Frame Kit

Don't let your frame of mind,
frame you in!
Designed Decor Frame Kit ~ Click here to order today!

"Have you ever felt like dancing in a fountain?  Fully clothed?  In the middle of the day?  With people everywhere?  I've seen someone do it, and the laughter and smiles tell you in a minute that the scene has just made everyone's day.

Most of us have crazy thoughts like that, but we don't act on them.  Our frame of mind frames us in.  It dampens our growth, stamps out our creativity, and wreaks havoc with our imagination.  Daring to be wacky means stepping out of our comfort zones, taking a chance, and creating a life with loving. 

Sure, it's risky ~ but so what?  Being wacky means following your heart.  You don't have to be obnoxious or extreme:  just be willing to step outside the box, let go of your doubts, and grab hold of the first opportunity that comes your way."

Learn to scrapbook.  "Take music lessons.  Go back to school.  Make friends with an old rival.  Volunteer for charity.  Run a race.  Adopt a mutt.  Try out for a play.  Join a yoga class."  Take random pictures.  "The results will amaze you.  You're never too old, too young, too rich, or too poor to just do it." (Suzy Toronto)

Ready?  Set GO!

Start today by creating a stylish decorative art piece to display those wacky moments you're creating!  Display in your home using the items in this kit and your ingenuity.
Contents:  Designed Decor Colonial White Frame, My Acrylix Frame Kit Stamp Set, Kraft Paper Die-Cut Shapes, Mini Wooden clothespins and Baker's Twine Hemp  $35.95 Z1911

You might also be interested in the Designed Decor Black Frame!
Designed Decor Black Frame ~ Click HERE to order today!
Wood frame with decorative clothesline wires for hanging photos, memorabilia  and artwork.  Sawtooth hanger on back.  Interior dimensions: 13½" × 12"


Wednesday, August 7, 2013

NEW Autumn/Winter Idea Book

The brand NEW Autumn/Winter Idea Book is FINALLY LIVE!!! 
Click HERE to see every inspirational page and start making your wish list!

August is an especially sweet time to shop — when you place an order of $50 or more during August, you’ll receive the August Stamp of the Month set, A Chocolate Affair, FREE! This D-size stamp set with a retail value of $17.95 includes 16 images and sentiments that will have your friends salivating over your chocolatey layouts and cards. Make every project a treat with this must-have set.

Exclusive Artbooking Cricut Cartridge is HERE!

This purchase will qualify you for the FREE stamp set!!!!

Take your scrapbooking to never-before-seen levels with the new Cricut® Artbooking collection! With oodles of images in each of 15 layout themes, you can create several coordinating pages for each theme using just two keys and one dial size. Images include accents, borders, titles, overlays, photo mats—in standard photo sizes!—and more. The Cricut® keys are optimized for creating 12" × 12" pages in a jiffy. You'll also love creating 10 themed mini books, also optimized for several different sizes using just two keys and one dial size. When you're finished cutting, use the coordinating stamp sets and Dimensional Elements shapes to add even more pizzazz!
Collection includes:
1 – Cartridge (700 images: Font, Mini Books, Layouts)
3 – My Acrylix® D-size stamp sets
3 – 12" × 9" Dimensional Elements (3 sheets of different shapes)
Creative Feature Keys: Title, Photo Mat 1, Photo Mat 2, Icon, Border, Overlay.
Recommended blocks for included stamp sets: 1" × 1" (Y1000), 1" × 3½" (Y1002), 2" × 2" (Y1003), 3" × 3" (Y1006), 2" x 3½" (Y1009), 4" × 5" (Y1012).
Cricut® is a registered trademark of Provo Craft & Novelty, Inc. All rights reserved.


Thursday, July 25, 2013

July Stamp of the Month

JULY Stamp of the Month

"Love is to the heart what summer is to the farmer's orchards;
it brings a harvest to one's soul."

Here are the cards I made using the Sweet Life stamp set!

CLICK HERE to order this set before they are gone!  You have until August 31st ONLY!

When you place an order of $50 or more in CTMH products, you get this set for just $5!
That's 72% off the full retail price!!!

If you would like the instructions for these cards after you make your order, just shoot me an email and I will get them out to you!

Remember, the Stamp of the Month set is available for ONLY ONE MONTH, so plan to grab it before the end of the month!!!

Happy Creating!!!


Wednesday, July 24, 2013

I am LOVING the NEW exclusive CTMH Artbooking Cricut Cartridge!!!!  
(Available to order August 1st)
This is the mini-book we learned to make at convention...isn't it adorable!

It is 5" x 7" and there are 18 pages to fill with memories, 19 places for photos of various sizes, 3 pull out tags and numerous places for journaling!

The colors are: Whisper, Black, Lagoon, Topiary and Laughing Lola purple
It was made with just TWO...yes 2...cricut keys and ONE...yes 1...dial size!!!  AWESOME!

If you are interested in the Exclusive Artbooking Cricut Cartridge you can find it beginning August 1st by CLICKING HERE!