Monday, December 26, 2016

Close To My Heart has one more seasonal sale planned for this holiday season: a Boxing Week Celebration featuring four days of savings!

During this sale, daily deals will be featured consisting of 50% savings on a selection of current and retired products! The fun starts at 3:00 PM (MST) on Monday, December 26.  Visit the Promotions page on my website to see that day’s list of discounted items. These deals will be available while supplies last up to 24 hours when a whole new set of deals will begin! 

The final set of discounted items will be posted at 3:00 PM on Thursday, December 29, and will remain available until 2:59 PM (MST) on Friday, December 30, 2016.

Thank you so much for visiting!

I enjoy hearing from you!  Have a wonderful day!  

Happy Papercrafting,

Gayle Piron
Certified Scrapbook Instructor

"Without love, deeds, even the most brilliant, count as nothing."  
Story of a Soul, Chapter VIII

Monday, December 19, 2016

Get it While it Lasts!

Just a quick reminder that all of the beautiful papers and stamps available in the Holiday Expressions Idea Book retire December 31. The entire Idea Book is available for your viewing at A few favorites specific to this Idea Book include the Sea Glass Everyday Life Album along with the "Swan Lake" and "Oh Deer!" papers and complements. 

What are some of your favorites?  

Thank you so much for visiting!

I enjoy hearing from you!  Have a wonderful day!  

Happy Papercrafting,

Gayle Piron
Certified Scrapbook Instructor

Friday, December 9, 2016

Do You Want to Build a SNOWMAN?!?

These cute snowmen were so much fun to make!  No matter where you live, and whether it's below freezing or not, why not take a little bit of time and make a snowman, or two, three ....

Using my workhorse Cricut Artbooking cartridge, (page 77) I cut multiple snowmen to correspond in size with my candy canes for "sledding."  A favorite feature of this cartridge is that the image sizes are "linked" to cut in the size you select for layering and coordinating images.  Of course, you can turn this feature off and cut a variety of sizes.  
I used White Daisy cardstock for the snowmen and the tags, Black cardstock for the eyes and buttons, and Chocolate cardstock for the arms all from  For the nose, a piece of orange cardstock from a multi-pack of Hobby Lobby cardstock, and for the patterned papers I dipped into my miscellaneous Christmas paper stash.   

To accessorized my snowmen I used a Glue Pen and Foam Tape.

I love how the Shimmer Brush adds a touch of sparkle to his hat! This sweet patterned paper used for his scarf and hat decor was the lone piece of reindeer with hearts and holly paper remaining in my trusty miscellaneous Christmas box.  

The scarf and hat decor paper used here is from a Paper Pizzazz tablet a few years back.  

This fun pattern paper, is also from the few pages remaining in my Paper Pizzazz Christmas tablet.  Remember in papercrafting, decent sized "scraps" are just not tossed!  You never know when you'll need something!  

Because I really liked the look of the Clear Shimmer Brush on the hats of my snowmen, you guessed it, I added a touch of glistening sparkle to each of my snowmen as well!  Below, each snowman is shown with his "sled" and a cute little gift tag.  

The sweet "Let it Snow"  tags were previously discussed in my October 7, 2016 Blog The sentiment is from the Perfect Presents limited time stamp set. (It retires December 31, 2016.)  Sea Glass ink, Liquid Glass, and my Clear Shimmer Brush are used on the front of the tags.  On the back, which is not shown, I did stamp with Black ink, "Just for You" and "To" and "From" since these sledding snowmen were used as gifts. The recently retired, Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge was used to cut my tags.  I also used Baker's Twine on my tags.

 So, do you, fellow papercrafter, want to build a snowman?  Oh what fun!  Thank you so much for visiting! 

I enjoy hearing from you!  Have a wonderful day!  

Happy Papercrafting,

Gayle Piron
Certified Scrapbook Instructor

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Welcome December!

I love the "Little Things" special being offered this month by Close To My Heart.  These sweet albums are the perfect size to quickly capture your precious memories.  They are great to use for a new little one, an event, special occasion, or just because.  Along with the more traditional uses, I also use my mini Blush mini album to house one of my "Words of Wisdom" collections.  Just click on the Promotions tab for any of the December specials.  

The coordinating protectors, overlays, cards, and/or papers make completing these albums oh, so easy!  The Adventure Bundle is great for capturing your travels near and far! Add your favorite photos, and woo-hoo, you've created a beautiful masterpiece!

The Blue Jean and Blush mini album bundles are available for just $18.95 —that’s 30% off the retail value of $27.75.  The Adventure mini album bundle can be yours for just $19.95 —also a savings of 30% off the retail value of $29.85!  What a great idea for Christmas!

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This versatile Stamp of The Month set for December "Thoughtful Flowers" showcases beautiful blossoms, as well as lovely sentiments.  These can be used for multiple occasions in your papercrafting.  

Get this D-size Stamp of the Month set of 14 stamps for a deal of only $5 with a minimum qualifying purchase of $50! Add the stamp set, with your qualifying order, at checkout for the promotional price.  Of course, you can also order it at the full retail price of $17.95.  This stamp is a limited edition stamp, and only available while supplies last during the month of December 2016. 

Recommended My Acrylix® blocks:  1" × 3½" (Y1002), 2" × 2" (Y1003)

Thank you so much for visiting!  How will you use your albums and stamps?  I enjoy hearing from you!  Have a wonderful day!  

Happy Papercrafting,

Gayle Piron
Certified Scrapbook Instructor

Monday, November 28, 2016


When you spend $30 on Close To My Heart retail-priced product, you can buy one of our Cricut® collections at 30% off! The sale is Monday, November 28, 2016 only and ends at 11:59 PM (MST).  Enjoy!  

Thank you for visiting!  Have a wonderful day!

Happy Papercrafting!

Gayle Piron
Papercrafting With Gayle

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Black Friday: Surprise Stash

I am super excited to announce that Close to My Heart will be having a great Black Friday Promotion on November 25, 2016 from 12:01 am (MST) – 11:59 pm (MDT). Woo Hoo!

For 24 hours only, we’ll feature themed mystery boxes filled with retired Close To My Heart products, all at a major discount! These mystery boxes will have five different price points ranging from $35 to $150, averaging 50% off the retail value!

Remember, ALL mystery boxes will be available beginning November 25, 2016 at 12:00 am (MST) while supplies last—so grab a box for your stash before they’re gone! Now is the time to add to your stash! (And pick up some Christmas gifts at a great price!) Be sure to grab a box for your stash before they’re gone!

The scrapbooking bundles will contain products like retired My Legacy™ albums, papers, Complements, Instalife™ mini albums and cards, Picture My Life™ pocket scrapbooking cards, and assorted embellishments like mini-medley accents, washi tape, and stickers! 

The cardmaking bundles will contain things like retired Cut Above™ card kits, envelopes in assorted sizes, papers, and assorted embellishments.  Woo- Hoo!

Combination scrapbooking & cardmaking bundles are also available for those of us who love it all!  

Visit  early this Friday, November 25, 2016 for the most options!

Just think -- fun crafty items for yourself and your favorite crafters on your gift list at an incredible discount!  Time is of the essence!

Thank you so much for visiting!  I love hearing from you!  Don't forget the other November specials going on now, such as the Happy Happy Christmas Bundle and the fun Stamp of the Month!  Remember you can download complete crafting instructions coordinating with your Happy Happy Christmas purchase.  I will also be contacting all of you who live near me for an afternoon of crafting 5 Christmas layouts.  Oh, what fun!  

Have a wonderful day!  Happy Papercrafting!

Gayle Piron

Monday, November 21, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving!

The week of the great feast is here!  In the upcoming days and weeks, our homes will be filled with family and friends, along with all the wonderful aromas the Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year brings.  

I had fun making this "Happy Thanksgiving" banner!  I've woven natural twine through the individual tags to hang it over the fireplace.  

The letters and the acorns were cut with my Cricut, using the new Close To My Heart Flower Market Cricut Cartridge.  Colonial White Cardstock was used for the base of each of my tags with the cute acorns made with Goldrush and Chocolate Cardstock.  I also used some "White Pines" Pattern Paper as my tag borders.  Of course, my favorite new "tool" was used as well, the Shimmer Brush!  

This is the outside of one of the  sweet "Happy Thanksgiving" cards I made using my new Wreath Thin Cuts, Wreath Essentials My Acrylix Stamp, and  Happy Thanksgiving My Acrylix Stamp. On the inside, the  Blessed Beyond Measure My Acrylix Stamp set, and the Operation Smile True Love My Acrylix Stamp set were used as sentiments for the different cards.
Additional materials used include Cards and Envelope Value Pack, Poppy, English Ivy, and Chocolate My Exclusive Inks,Watercolor Pencils, My Acrylix Blocks, twine, foam tape, and, yes, my Shimmer Brush.  

These cards are not only great for mailing, but also if you are hosting Thanksgiving, as place cards. 

Enjoy!  Have a blessed Thanksgiving!  I count YOU as one of my blessings!  Thank you for visiting.  I look forward to hearing from you!  

Happy Papercrafting!
Gayle Piron

Wednesday, November 9, 2016


Woo Hoo!!! Close To My Heart has recently added a new collection of perfectly coordinating Thin Cuts for four of our popular My Acrylix®Stamp Sets found in our Annual Inspirations Idea Book! Each set of Thin Cuts is named after its coordinating stamp set.  Aren't they cute!  Love these!  Put together a coordinating Stamp/Thin Cut for an easy Christmas, Birthday, or even a Just Because gift!  Add your favorite inks, and voila! a great year round gift!  Fun!!!

See the Thanksgiving card I made featuring the Wreath Thin Cut and Stamp.  
stamp set on page 66 of our Annual Inspirations Idea Book

My Acrylix® Swirly Seashells (C1664) -- Thin Cuts 

What do you plan on doing with your set?  The possibilities are quite extensive!  I'm looking forward to creating with these over and over and over ... again!  

Thank you so much for stopping by!  Have a wonderful day!  I love hearing from you!

Happy Papercrafting!

Gayle Piron
Papercrafting With Gayle
Independent Consultant with Close To My Heart

Thursday, November 3, 2016

November 2016

One of the wonderful specials Close To My Heart offers each month is a unique Stamp of the Month.  As indicated by its name, it is only available for that particular month.  You can purchase this stamp set at the full retail price of $17.95 USD/$21.25 CAD or at a huge discount of only $5.00 with your $50 qualifying purchase!  This Stamp of the Month is also shown in the Holiday Expressions Idea Book. 

StampsThis D-size Stamp of the Month, New Year's Cheer, set of 13 stamps, is only available during November.  I love the versatility of this stamp set!  You can use many of its components well beyond New Year's for both card making and scrapbooking!  

Stamp images outlined in red on your sheet coordinate with the Cricut® Flower Market collection (Z3285).Note:  On some of  the November Stamp of the Month (S1611 New Year’s Cheer) carrier sheets, one of the coordinating Cricut® sizes lists the incorrect booklet page. The shape that coordinates with the bow shape references page 20 of the booklet, but it actually is on page 12. 

Innovative, creative, and always versatile—here’s just one example of these stamps in use.

Make sure you have your Inks and Acrylic Blocks to get your projects finished like a pro!  I look forward to seeing your projects!

Thank you so much for visiting!  

I love hearing from you!

Have a wonderful day!

Gayle Piron

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Welcome November!

It's a beautiful autumn day! It's November, and I'm outside writing this! November!!! Woo Hoo!!! It's great having a couple more days without the fleece jackets--since we've already been in the 30s!  Love how the tall ornamental grasses sway in the breeze!  Yes!  I am being a bit distracted! 

With the start of a new month, as a Close To My Heart Independent Consultant, I am thrilled to share with you the wonderful special being offered through November 30!  It is the Happy, Happy, Christmas Bundle!  This is sure to put you in the spirit of the upcoming holiday season!  

Get ready for the holiday season by creating a beautiful Christmas album especially designed to preserve your most cherished holiday memories.  With this Happy, Happy Christmas album bundle, you’ll not only get ahead on your holiday scrapbooking, but you’ll also save big! These bundles are only $69.95 USD/$89.95 CAD each, saving you over 10% off the retail value!  Great as Christmas gifts also! Choose from either the D-Ring or Post Bound Album.

CC1179 My Legacy™ Red D-Ring Album Bundle includes:

  • My Legacy ™ D-Ring Album—Red
  • Memory Protectors ™—Top Load (10 Pack)
  • My Crush® Happy, Happy Christmas
  • Picture My Life ™ Happy, Happy Christmas Cards
  • City Sidewalks Complements
  • Oh Deer! Coordinating Cardstock
  • White Daisy Cardstock (12 Sheets)
CC1180 My Legacy™ Red Post-bound Album Bundle includes:
  • My Legacy™ Post-bound Album—Red
  • Memory Protectors ™—Top Load (10 Pack)
  • My Crush® Happy, Happy Christmas
  • Picture My Life™ Happy, Happy Christmas Cards
  • City Sidewalks Complements
  • Oh Deer! Coordinating Cardstock
  • White Daisy Cardstock (12 Sheets)
A complete How To Guide is available for you to download with your order!  

For locals who like to scrap together, I will be offering an afternoon workshop in early December where we will prepare the five 2-page Happy, Happy Christmas layouts as shown in the download!  This workshop is for those who purchase the Happy, Happy Christmas bundle from me.  I will send an e-mail with workshop specifics for those with a nearby mailing address.  Just think how awesome it will be to have your pages ready for your Christmas memories!  Woo Hoo!  Remember, if you have an abundance of photos, as is the normal for me, Flip Flaps (truly one of my all time favorites) and additional Page Protectors are a sure way to take care of this!

Think outside the box using components from your bundle to showcase your treasured memories! The versatility of the Happy Happy Christmas bundle moves beyond the traditional 12 x 12 scrapbook.  Ideas shown here are also shown in your download instructions, included with your purchase.  Do I hear another Woo Hoo!  Components needed to make these additional items (gifts???) are listed below, and are available as a separate purchase.  

Oh what fun! Can't you just hear the Christmas music!

Z4027 Everyday Life™ Album—Sea Glass (love this!)  By clicking on this link, it will bring you to the Album Bundle, which includes the following Memory Protectors.  

  • Z3252 Memory Protectors™ 6" × 8"
  • Z3192 Memory Protectors™ 4" × 6"
  • Z3191 Memory Protectors™ 3" × 4"
Other items for the additional download instructions include:  (These three items are deeply discounted and available only while supplies last.)
  • Z2006 Designed D├ęcor Red Magnetic Chalkboard - Framed chalkboard with magnetic surface. Sawtooth hangers on back. Interior dimensions: 14½" × 12"
  • Z1750 Display Tray-Wooden, includes hangers; 13" × 13¼" × 1"; Black
  • Z1838 Hinged Display Tray - 5" × 7" fold-out wood tray with divided sections.

As you can see, the Happy Happy Christmas bundle and the associated components are great not only for you, but to use as gifts!  Remember, this special is through November 30, 2016 0nly, and some components are only available while supplies last. 

  Thank you so much for visiting!  I love hearing from you!
Have a wonderful day!

Gayle Piron