Tuesday, October 7, 2014


During the month of October, with each qualifying purchase of $50 USD / $55 CAD, you are eligible to receive—as a special bonus—one of two chevron ribbons FREE! Each chevron ribbon—Ruby or Outdoor Denim—has an original retail value of $6.95 USD / $7.75 CAD. So which ribbon will you get? It’s a surprise! Quantities are limited, so make sure to place your orders as early in the month as possible. Be sure to take advantage of this fantastic offer so you can enjoy embellishing your creations with your own surprise roll of bonus ribbon!

Beautiful Stamps, Amazing Discounts

Each month you can purchase a new D-size stamp set, available for one month only, for just $5 — that’s over 70% off retail! When you place an order of $50 or more in Close To My Heart products, you qualify for this special Stamp of the Month pricing.  October's Stamp of the Month coordinates with the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge.

Don't miss out on these awesome specials. 
With the Holidays around the corner, wouldn't it be fun to have your home decorated with beautiful Home Décor you have created yourself? 
Host a Gathering  - Online or in your Home

A night with friends, fun projects, and a chance to earn free products — get all that and more for hosting a Close To My Heart Home Gathering! You’ll have a chance to earn discounted or free products — the higher your Gathering sales, the greater your rewards. And, we’ll pay shipping and handling on all of your Hostess Rewards. Sign up to host a Home Gathering or EZ Invite Online Gathering and your rewards are on their way! 

Contact me HERE to find out more details on how to earn FREE product and learn new techniques.

Thanks for stopping by the Playground.  Have a wonderful evening!


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

My Co-Worker Belinda!

What can I say about Belinda??  She is full of life...has a great sense of humor...such a hard worker and most of all a great friend.  She recently celebrated her 60th Birthday.  Her 3 daughters planned a great party for her.  Her oldest daughter emailed me a few pictures of her with her Mom and I started creating. This is her gift. 

The retired Ariana Paper Pack was one of my favorites and the colors matched so well with her colors at home. The roses were cut from the Cricut and inked with matching colors.  One thing I love about Close To My Heart paper packs is that every paper matches perfectly together.  Another plus is on the very top of the patterned papers, there is an added sentiment that you can use with your projects. 
Supplies Used are all CTMH:
Ariana Paper Pack & Complements (Retired)
Artbooking Cartridge (frame cut out)
Lot's of love was packed into this little gift.  I hope she will enjoy it for a long time.
Check out MY WEBSITE to see all the ways you can create some beautiful cards, scrapbook layouts and home décor.
Thanks for stopping by the Playground today.  Hope it's been a great day for you!


Sunday, September 14, 2014

#30yearsofhappy BLOG HOP!

Hi Hoppers!  If you've come from our totally talented Morgan's Blog you are hopping along beautifully!  I'm sure you have enjoyed our Team's beautiful work.  We have such a great team..alot of talent and everyone loves to share ideas and techniques.

This Blog Hop is displaying Close To My Heart's Special for the month of September...a stamp set called #30yearsofhappy.  These little stamps are so adorable and can fit in perfectly on a card or layout.  I've decided to use them on a Mini Album of some of our fun times with our Grandkids this summer. 




Supplies used:

Artbooking Cartridge for the Mini Album
Picture My Life Surf's Up
Seaside Paper Pack
Inks - Lagoon, Sorbet, Hollyhock
The Adorable #30yearsofhappy Stamp Set! 

Don't miss out...check out my website.  https://marynewman.ctmh.com.

Thanks for stopping by the Playground.  You can circle around again to our Awesome Team Leaders Blog.  Brenda is such a breath of fresh air and such a talented crafter. 

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Don't Miss Out!

 National Stamping Month #30yearsofhappy

September is National Stamping Month, and Close To My Heart is ready to celebrate all month long! When you spend $30 on any current retail-priced stamps during the month of September, you qualify to receive the exclusive C-sized stamp set #30yearsofhappy for FREE! This special offer is part of our celebration of National Stamping Month and in honor of our ongoing celebration of our founder and CEO Jeanette Lynton’s 30-year anniversary in the scrapbooking and stamping industry. The exclusive stamp set features 30 mini images and sentiments perfectly suited for 30 days of happy stamping! Plus, make sure you check out Close To My Heart’s Facebook page and Instagram during September to follow all the ways we’re celebrating #30yearsofhappy for a full 30 days!
Dates: Offer valid September 1, 2014–September 30, 2014.

September 2014: Family Is Forever (S1409)

Spend $50 and get this Stamp of the Month set for just $5.

Each month you can purchase a new D-size stamp set, available for one month only, for just $5 — that’s over 70% off retail! When you place an order of $50 or more in Close To My Heart products, you qualify for this special Stamp of the Month pricing.

Check out the September Stamp of the Month HERE.


Thursday, August 21, 2014

August Color Challenge

Our Close To My Heart team has color challenges each month.  For the month of August, we were challenged to use these four colors ONLY!

White Daisy
This is what I came up with using these four colors. 
First I cut White Daisy cardstock to an A2 card size and scored it to fold. 
Using the
I stamped the background on White Daisy Cardstock with Thistle Ink and backed it with Thistle Cardstock.
Cutting out the flowers using the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge
made it super easy to stamp with Canary Ink using the
The leaves are stamped with
using Pear Ink.  The sentiment was made using the
You can see the all the ink colors HERE
& the cardstock colors HERE
Using these colors together would not have been my first choice, but after I made this card for the challenge, it really goes great together.  Thinking outside the box and stretching your imagination can bring out a whole new creative idea.
Thanks for stopping by again today!
See you soon on the Playground!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

It's Raining & Pouring Specials on the Playground Today!

Picture Perfection!

During the month of August, purchase 1 of 13 Picture My Life™ scrapbooking programs and receive your choice of 1 of 8 of our Memory Protectors™ 10-packs for only $3.00.  You can see them all HERE.  A quick and easy way to capture and scrap your favorite memories.  These darling cards are also perfect for using on a card or as a title for a layout.  There are so many ways to use them.


What A Hoot – August 2014 Stamp of the Month

Item Number: S1408


With a $50 order you can purchase this adorable stamp set for only $5.00. 

4 1/2" Treat Bag
Made with the Cricut Artiste

12 x 12 Layout using the Cricut
Artiste and Artbooking
Check out the paper used for these two projects.
See all the Cricut Cartridges HERE
 Ask me how to get one of these
versatile cartridges for 1/2 price.
Thanks for stopping by and checking out the Playground!  See you next time.  

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Annual Inspirations Blog Hop

Welcome to the Rose Blossom Blog Hop featuring some fabulous paper crafting projects and ideas from the Annual Inspirations Idea Book.

If you've hopped over here from Crystal's Blog you are on the right track! 

This Blog Hop was especially exciting because we all used new and available items from the Annual Inspirations Idea Book.

My project is a two page layout featuring the new paper pack
Brushed along with the coordinating
 assortment & compliments packs.  It's such a beautiful mix of patterned papers and cardstock.

This is our #3 Grandaughter out of 4 and she loves Dancing. When I saw the Brushed Paper Pack, these pictures immediately came to mind.   The stamp set A Budding Friendship was a great combination for this layout.

The flowers are stamped in new ink colors of Canary, Pixie and Flaxen along with Cranberry and Black. You can see all the ink colors HERE. The leaves are stamped in Pear and Topiary ink.  I stamped these colors on the Canary and Pixie Cardstock that is included in the paper pack.  I love the look of Flaxen ink on Canary & Pixie cardstock.

 The photo mats with the little banners and Bloom were cut on the Cricut using the Artbooking Cartridge .  This cartridge is so versatile and has a ton of designs and overlays that add so much to your projects.  The Dream, Believe and Do What You Love banners were made using one of the strips that is a bonus on the top of each piece of patterned paper.  Using the Thin 3-D Foam Tape to pop up the flowers and Bloom along with Liquid Glass it made it easy to put it all together.

You can see all the latest and greatest scrapbook and paper crafting supplies you will ever need right here on my website! 

Thanks so much for stopping by the Playground.  Your next hop is over to  Amy's Blog.  You will love her creations!


Friday, July 25, 2014

Retirement Party!!

Don't miss out on the items you really need in your life that will be retiring July 31st.

Click here for Retiring Items .

My favorite paper pack in the Spring/Summer Idea book is Jubilee . I participated in the Pacemakers Flip Flop Challenge at Convention which was to decorate a pair of Flip Flops with Close To My Heart items.  This was made with the Jubilee Textiles cut in strips and tied around the straps. The center was cut from the Artiste Cartridge . These other items are included in the collection:
  • 1 – Cartridge (700 images: themed projects, cards, fonts, shapes, and 3-D items)
  • 3 – My Acrylix™ D-size stamp sets
  • 3 – 12" × 9" Dimensional Elements (3 sheets of different shapes)
I attached the center cuts with Liquid Glass and with some coordinating inks and stamping, this project turned out to be so fun!  I was so happy and proud when the judging was finished and these funky Flip Flops won Most Pretty!


There are so many possibilities with Close To My Heart.  It's not just for scrapbooking.  It's Paper Crafting Art!

Check out my website http://marynewman.ctmh.com/ to see ideas and projects that are so fun to create.  You don't want to miss out on the Retiring Items.

Thanks for stopping into the Playground.  See you around!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

July Color Challenge for The Rose Blossom Team

So love a challenge and this one was to use ONLY.....Indian Corn Blue, Honey, Cranberry & White Daisy.  It was certainly a challenge but with a couple stamp sets and the Cricut it was a breeze.

I used the new stamp available in August called A Budding Friendship and the sentiment was a new stamp as well...Happy Birds.  The flowers were cut on the Cricut using the Artiste Cartridge. You will love the new Annual Inspirations Idea Book.  So many beautiful layouts and projects.  Watch for all the new things coming out....you can order beginning in August!
Thanks for stopping by the Playground.  See you soon!

Friday, July 11, 2014

July Stamp of the Month!

Don't miss out on the July Stamp of the Month.  So many cute ideas with this adorable stamp set. 


Each month you can purchase a new D-size stamp set, available for one month only, for just $5 — that’s over 70% off retail! When you place an order of $50 or more in Close To My Heart products, you qualify for this special Stamp of the Month pricing.

Incredibly Cool Crafts

In love with the artwork created with this stamp set? Get ready to make it yourself! Purchase the materials listed here along with your deeply discounted Stamp of the Month set to get started!

Materials Needed
  1. My Acrylix™ Circus Alphabet
  2. Ivy Lane Paper Packet
  3. Ariana Assortment
  4. Chocolate Woodgrain Washi Tape
  5. My Creations™ Hip Pics Album
  6. Lagoon Cardstock
  7. Lagoon Exclusive Inks™ Marker Set
  8. Olive Exclusive Inks™ Marker Set

Required Tools
  1. White Daisy Cardstock
  2. Cashmere Cardstock
  3. Basics Exclusive Inks™ Mini Pigment Pads Set
  4. Lagoon Exclusive Inks™ Re-inker
  5. My Creations™ Hip Pics Album
  6. Aqua Dots
  7. Thread

Check out my website https://marynewman.ctmh.com for details! 

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Free To Be Me Mini Album

I've been playing around with the Free to be Me paper pack and decided to make a mini album.  The paper is just adorable and can be used for so many things.  These album pages are little pieces of my heart put on paper. Some of the pictures are from this Easter and some are random pictures of our family.  Grandkids and grown kids. We are so blessed with a close family.

Supplies Used:
Free To Be Me paper pack
Ariana paper pack & complements
Picture My Life - Avonlea & Surf's Up
You've Got a Friend, Feathers & True to Life Stamp Sets
Artbooking & Art Philosophy CTMH Cricut Cartridges
Miscellaneous on hand ribbon...
Check out my website http://marynewman.ctmh.com for more details.....but HURRY...this is the May special and will end on Saturday.
Thanks so much for stopping by the Playground.  Have a wonderful day~

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Close To My Heart May Fun!

During National Scrapbooking Month in May, you can get the Free to Be Me paper collection for just $5 with your qualifying purchase of $50. The paper collection features exclusive printed cardstocks, vellums, and B&T Duos™ and, with a retail value of $11.95, is a fantastic deal for products you can’t get anywhere else. Plus, with your $50 qualifying purchase, you will also qualify for the May Stamp of the Month for an additional $5 (retail value $17.95)! This means May is the perfect month to double up on promotions, getting the paper collection for $5 and the May Stamp of the Month for $5—that is a savings of nearly $20! So make sure to get your Free to Be Me paper collection in May for just $5 and let your creativity take flight!

The Free To Be Me paper pack can be used for so many projects or layouts.  Check out my website http://marynewman.ctmh.com to take advantage of these specials.

See you next time on the Playground!

Monday, May 5, 2014

For my Mom!

Mother's Day is right around the corner and I wanted to create something that my Mom could keep rather than a card.  She has the perfect spot on her fireplace mantle for her new gift.  Plan to get an easel more suited to the size of the canvas....but this will do for now.


Our CTMH team had a color challenge for May and the colors were Colonial White, Lagoon, Goldrush and Ponderosa Pine.  I would not have thought of putting these colors together, but with the challenge, it stretched my comfort zone and now I love it. 

Supplies used:  (All CTMH)
Inks - Lagoon, Goldrush and Ponderosa Pine
Paper - Colonial White
Stamp set is the Cricut Artiste Collection Kudos set.....comes with your cartridge
Artiste Cartridge
Lagoon Twine
Aqua Dots
Teal Shimmer Trim

Visit my website to see all of the wonderful projects and pages you can create.  I would totally say that creating is like therapy....does the heart good!  http://marynewman.ctmh.com

Happy Mother's Day to all you Mom's...you have earned a special day...that is for sure!

See you soon on the Playground!


Friday, April 18, 2014

Rose Blossom Blog Hop


Welcome to the Rose Blossom Blog Hop! If Lynn Darda sent you here, you are on the right path.  Lynn's work is absolutely gorgeous. 

There is a first for everything and this is my first "Hop".  So excited to participate with some very talented Rose Blossoms.  Our theme is Skylark.  My choice for this Hop is a cute gift box cut from the Cricut.

Supplies Used: (all CTMH)

Artiste Cricut Cartridge for the box and rosette
Skylark Paper Pack, Complements & Assortment packs
Ariana Assortment pack
Bakers Twine
Ivy Lane Scrapbooking Workshop On The Go Stamp Set
Lagoon and Chocolate Inks

This little gift box will be filled with a traveler size Bath & Body Lotion and some k-cups.  It already has a destination.

Also wanted to share with you, that during the month of April, there is an awesome special for new consultants.  Join Close To My Heart as an Independent Consultant April 1–30, 2014, and receive your favorite "art-full" Close To My Heart Cricut® collection FREE! Our New Consultant Kit is just $99 and comes packed with nearly triple the retail value in products and supplies to help you succeed. Plus, when you qualify for the Straight To The Top program, you will be refunded the price of your New Consultant Kit. Select your FREE Cricut® collection—retail priced at $99—when you order your New Consultant Kit and watch your new business soar!  Click HERE to check it out!

Thanks for stopping by The Pixie Dust Playground!  Stop over to Brenda Rose's Blog to see what she has created. You will love her fantastic work.