Thursday, 8 August 2019

35 Years of Creativity

For the past year we have been celebrating Jeanette Lynton, CEO & Founder of Close to My Heart, 35th Anniversary in the crafting industry. 

When I celebrated my 35th anniversary in the insurance industry, I promptly retired - - good thing Jeanette hasn't.  She is going strong and as always is leading the crafting world with innovative designs, partnerships with other craft leaders and the sky isn't even her limit..

Let's take a look at what is awesome in August - -

Yep that's right!!!  For only $35.00 you can join the CTMH community and start earning 22% commission on all your crafty goodies.  Even better, you will receive a $35.00 CTMH cash credit for you to spend on select products.

You will receive a free website, free training, access to exclusive consultant facebook pages, early preview of new idea books and the joy of a community of wonderful ladies (and a few gents) who enjoy crafting as much as you do. 

You can also choose the new $95.00 consultant kit with a $60.00 product credit and awesome business tools to get you started on your journey.

 From Me to You is August's exclusive Stamp of the Month.  The only time to purchase this set is during this month.  You can receive this set for only $6.00 with a qualifying purchase of $50.00.

This is a fabulous monthly special with great savings. 

How about all those sentiments?  The possibilities are endless.

 Workshop Your Way are BOGO this moth - When you purchase one kit you can choose another for 35% off!!

Combine this with a friend and both save or keep it all to yourself.

There is no limit on how many BOGO you can choose - - it's a great time to get your kits before they are gone!!

Bring Back My Pack has been a consultant & customer favourite.  This time around the very popular Seaside is the chosen bring back my pack.

Even better we've got workshops ready for you to complete your scrapbook pages and cards!!

Purchase with or without the stamp set.

Get it before it goes back into the vaults.

Phew - last but certainly not least is the awesome Craft on Everyday Life Workshop.

This one is a winner!!  I have completed mine and just love the way it comes together.  This kit uses the popular 3,2,1 method of cutting your paper to maximize choice, plus get your project completed quickly.

Wowzers, there is something for everyone in August.  Remember the Seasonal Expressions May - August 2019 idea book and all the wonderful products it contains are headed to the vault August 31st.  Story by Stacy, Workspace Wonder, and core products will continue to the new idea books coming September 1st.

Remember to come find me on instagram @paper_traditions and on facebook Paper Traditions - Jennifer Kelly.  You can shop 24 hours online

Monday, 22 July 2019

Bear Hugs

Bear Hugs is a super cute set of 17 images only available during the month of July 2019.  

The big beautiful bear and baby image will form the focal point of your card or scrapbook layout.  You have lots of options on colour of the bear and cub simply by the ink you choose to stamp in.  Use your colouring tools on the cub or simply leave the colour of cardstock you stamped on.

The comforting sentiments, flowers, butterfly and hearts are beary sweet, and provide lots of variety. I love the bold and whimsical font choices.

 I stamped my bear and sentiment in charcoal, adding some green burlap ribbon (retired) and trees cut from the cricut. 

The rectangle stitched die was used to frame the bear and is matted on new england ivy cardstock with foam tape. 

Beary cute.

Additional artwork created by home office shows additional ideas.  Their colour scheme is toffee, saffron and ballerina inks and the wee cub has been shaded with watercolour paints. 

The artwork is so cute it's unbearable!!

This stamp set is one you are going to want to add to your collection - don't wait it's only available until July 31st.  You can purchase the stamp set at a discount of only $6.00 with a qualifying purchase.

Sunday, 21 July 2019

I'm coming back...

You might notice some changes happening on the blog, and that means, I'm coming back.

I am in the process of completing some changes to my branding - a refresh to get things going again.  I've missed blogging and sharing more about my paper passion and all things Close to my Heart. 

I'm happy you've stayed with me and would love if you let your friends know about the blog.  You can also find me on facebook, instagram and pinterest.  I may even pop up on youtube. 

So stay tuned, great things are coming.


Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Make Waves

Hey all - - - welcome to this weeks sketch at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge Blog. 

I happened to have a little Make Waves paper on my scrap desk this week and that's where this weeks inspiration came from.

 The striped background paper is so much fun - you could choose several colours to complement.  I used lagoon cardstock, with the pansy and blush from the patterned papers for the banner.  The sentiment "Happy Birthday" is stamped using Pebble ink.

The pretty mermaid and flowers are cut from the patterned paper and popped up with thin foam tape for added dimension.

To finish I added some sparkle bling to the flowers and tah dah - all done.

I hope you'll join us at Atlantic Hearts this week and link up your project by clicking here



Monday, 12 March 2018

Free Cake

I'm back - wow February passed by in a blur - - time certainly does fly by when you're having fun.  I was having fun travelling but now back to business!!!

Michelle has a great sketch for us this week at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.  It's right up my alley - clean & simple.

 I wanted to ink up the cute M size stamp set Free Cake - this little cutie is perfect for a focal image.  I coloured the cake with shin han markers and the new Bashful glitter brush. 

The patterned paper is actually from a holiday collection - Silver & Gold.  I backed with raspberry to provide that perfect pop of colour. 

I love ribbon and had hoarded the grey & white polka dot (now retired).  It worked perfectly on this card.  The border is simple white daisy cardstock with a punched scallop edge. 

I hope you'll join us at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge this week.  Simply click on this link and add your project.



Monday, 15 January 2018


Another wonderful paper collection from the new Seasonal Expressions 1 is Stargazer.  This collection is so much fun.  The patterns and colours are vibrant and, of course, a joy to work with.

The fun astronaut characters, telescopes, stars, and rocket ships come alive when paired with canary, goldrush, pacifica, pewter, ruby or sapphire cardstock. 

Imagine all the paper projects... the possibilities are endless.

Michelle provided the perfect sketch for Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge this week for this fun card.

I used the astronaut and pebble patterned paper and backed with pacifica and cranberry cardstock for my card.  The panels seem to fly off the card to wish a little guy a Happy Birthday.

The sentiment is from the Stargazer cardmaking stamp set shown below.  The ribbon is the new light grey grosgrain which was lovely to tie into a bow.  Add a few of the new Stargazer enamel dots in blue to finish off the card.

I do hope you'll join us at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge this week and add your project by following this link.



Monday, 1 January 2018

Chelsea Gardens

Happy New Year!!!! 

I'm excited to share a card with you created with the new paper collection Chelsea Gardens.  This collection is so pretty - It's featured on the front cover of the new Seasonal Expressions 1. 

Michelle at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge provided the perfect sketch to get things rolling for 2018.

I used the beautiful foliage patterned paper along with charcoal cardstock as the focal squares, inking the edges with pewter ink.  Complimenting cardstock is heather and twine from whimsy fundamental ribbon pack.

The sentiment is stamped in pewter ink using the new Chelsea Gardens cardmaking stamp set.

I hope everyone has a wonderful 2018.  Cheers to new artwork and crafty fun.



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I am a wife, proud mom of 2, mother-in-law, Close to My Heart Consultant, and amateur photographer. I love paper crafting whether it is scrapbooking, cards, or 3-D items, and enjoy enabling - uh I mean teaching, others.