I know I have shared this fabulous Close To My Heart “My Crush Book” Give-Away with many of you already, however there are still a couple of days left that you can get your name entered to receive a free “My Crush Book.”  You still have 3 days to enter. There will be 20 “My Crush Books” given away soon. Here’s the details.



I really like Close To My Heart “My Crush Books.” They are perfect for so many different themes and topics. It’s easy for life to get busy and we can miss scrapbooking the simple every day kinds of things. “My Crush Books” let you capture memories on the go and personal your story everywhere you go. They are available in two color schemes, and they have easy to use coordinating accessories. Click here to see the collection of CTMH “My Crush Books” and Assortments. 


My Crush Modville Beauty


All you have to do to win a one of these terrific albums is leave a comment on the Close To My Heart Facebook page or Jeanette Lynton’s blog by OCTOBER 31, 2013.


Click here to visit Jeanette Lynton’s blog and leave your comment to enter to win a “My Crush Book” today. Jeanette is the founder and CEO of Close To My Heart and she’s always glad to hear about how people are making and keeping memories.





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It’s time to announce the name of the person who will receive the Close To My Heart Cricut Artiste Collection from my birthday give-away. I am so excited to be able to give away such a fun collection of creative tools.

Congratulations, Cara Goedeking!  



You will be receiving the full collection with the Cricut Artiste cartridge, three coordinating Dimensional Element sets, and three coordinating stamp sets. The cartridge has 700 designs on it and with the combinations of stamp sets and chip board your creative possibilities are endless. Some serious creative fun is coming your way. Woohooooo!!!

Thank you to everyone who participated in the give-away challenge. Be sure to visit my Something About Sharing blog often where you will find new artwork, creative tips and techniques, workshop information, and more give-aways coming soon.

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It’s true…I am celebrating AND I am giving away a Close To My Heart Cricut Artiste Collection. Woohooooo!!!




I love this cartridge! With over 700 shapes that include a fabulous font, super cute 3-D pieces, and lots of great die-cut designs it is perfect for paper crafting, scrapbooking, party planning, card making….endless creative moments. The photo above and below show a scrapbook layout I did for my daughters birthday. I cut the “Birthday Girl” message, decorative borders, corners, and the cupcake from the Artiste cartridge. There are just so many terrific shapes to choose from.



My birthday is coming up on June 14th. As part of my celebrating I am going to give away one full collection to one lucky winner. I will draw a name from all the entries at the end of the day on June 14, 2013 and announce the lucky winner the next day. It could be you!  It’s easy to enter and there are several ways to get your name in more than once. So read the entry options and enter to win today.

There are only 10 days to get in on the give-away.


Here’s how you can enter the CTMH Cricut Artiste Give- Away…

  • Visit my blog, somethingaboutsharing.com, and register to receive instant updates. When you register your email address you will receive a message whenever I post new artwork, workshops, recipes, how-to-videos, specials and more. That way you won’t miss out on anything.  Just add your email address in the “Stay up to Date” box on my blog. You will receive an email asking you to confirm that your address is correct. This is an important step. You will not be registered if you have not confirmed that message. The message only last a couple of days, so keep an eye out for it.

(If you have already registered, encourage your friends to register and you’ll get a ticket for each referral.)


  • Visit my blog, somethingaboutsharing.com, and post a comment to any recent post. Below every message on my blog there is a place where you can post a comment. I always enjoy reading the ideas you share and your encouraging words. Other people get inspiration by some of the creative input you post there as well.


  • Visit my Something About Sharing Facebook page and “LIKE” my page. If you have already liked my page, “Thank you,” and you can still get a ticket here for each person that “LIKE”s my page who is referred by you. Just have them let me know you encouraged them to do that. I am trying to get to 400 “LIKE”s to be able to use some of the Facebook options for businesses. Thank you for helping me get to my goal.


  • Visit my Something About Sharing Facebook page and post a “COMMENT” or “SHARE” a post with your friends. Whenever you comment or share a post of Facebook it puts that information back in the newsfeed and shares that post where other people can see it and get in on all of our creative CTMH fun. Thank you for sharing.



You can enter in any or all of these areas to increase your chances of being the give-away winner. 



This is a birthday card that I made with Close To My Heart Cricut Artiste Collection. Not only does the collection come with an amazing Cricut cartridge, but it also includes three exclusive stamp sets and three sets of chipboard Dimensional Elements. Everything is sized and scaled to coordinate with the Cricut shapes you cut to make it easy to add stamped messages, details, and layer right on top of chipboard pieces for adding instant dimension to your projects.


Here are the items included in the Close To My Heart Cricut Artiste Collection. It’s a retail value of $125 and it could be your’s, FREE, if your name is drawn in the give-away on June 14th. 



Whether you would like to have this Close To My Heart Cricut Artiste Collection for yourself or to share as a gift to a friend, take a moment and enter today. I am excited to give the collection to someone on my birthday.

Let’s celebrate together!


How exciting to have so many of you participating in the Holiday Extravaganza $50 Give-Away on somethingaboutsharing.com. Thank you to everyone who visited the blog, posted a comment, shared it with a friend, liked the Something About Sharing Facebook page, and registered at the “Stay Up To Date” box on the blog to receive email updates. 

There were lots of tickets entered in the drawing and many of you were in the drawing with your name entered more than once because you earned so many bonus tickets. Way to go!

Three lucky names have been drawn…ARE YOU READY?…  Here they are….

Winner #1 – Rachel Gray

Winner #2 – Kalynn McLain

Winner #3 – Jen Meredith

You each have won a $50 Gift Certificate that you can use on any products in the Close To My Heart 2012 Autumn/Winter Idea Book.

How exciting is that? Have fun browsing through your Idea Book and let me know what I can order for you. 

Happy shopping…with a $50 Gift Certification…you can get a lot of great  items to help with your holiday preparations, or lots of great things that are just for fun. It’s all good so enjoy browsing and making your selections. 

Order selections need to be to me by Monday, November 5, 2012. You can email them to me a michelle@somethingaboutsharing.com. And if you have any questions, please ask.


I am extending the Holiday Extravaganza celebration excitement for one more week. Last nights big event was so much fun. Thank you to everyone who was able to attend and participate in the pre-holiday festivities. I hope you left with lots of inspiration to help you as you prepare for creating special holiday moments with your friends and family and as you preserve the memories, too.

To keep the merriment going I am giving away $50 gift certificates for Close To My Heart shopping sprees to THREE lucky winners. There are several ways to get tickets with your name on it entered in the drawing, so take a look at the entry options below.


Visit somethingaboutsharing.com and leave a comment on the Holiday Extravaganza post for October 20th. Share one project you especially liked at Holiday Extravaganza and how you might use it.Then get extra entries by using the “Bonus Entries” options below.

(If you missed Holiday Extravaganza you can still enter using the “Bonus Entries” below.)



  1. Enter your email address in the “Stay up to Date” section at somethingaboutsharing.com. This will let you receive email notices of the latest happenings on the blog so you don’t miss any specials, sales, classes, tips & techniques, etc.
  2. “Like” the Something About Sharing Facebook page or if you have already, then leave a comment on an October post.
  3. Share the blog with a friend. Receive one bonus ticket for each friend that visits somethingaboutsharing.com and enters to receive “Stay up to Date” notices. Email me your friends name and email so I can give you credit for connecting them to the blog and add extra tickets into the give-away drawing for you.


Contest will close at 11:59pm MST on 10/27/12. Winners will be announced on 10/28/12.


Your guests will be “Spellbound” with your amazing party planning and theme coordinating when you use the Close To My Heart Cricut Workshop on the Go to make a complete party for eight. Check it out.

* * * And don’t miss this week’s special treat from me listed below. * * *

When you order both the CTMH Cricut Artiste cartridge and a “Spellbound” Workshop on the Go Kit you can choose from one of the FREE gifts below as a special treat from me.

Special Treat Choices: One “Perfect Fit – Halloween” stamp set or Two Stamp Pads (Sunset and Slate) to use with the workshop.  

You can see some project ideas using the “Perfect Fit – Halloween” stamp set on my blog post on September 8.

NOTE: The special treats are available on orders placed by October 15, 2012. Once you have placed your order on my website, just email me at michelle@ somethingaboutsharing.com to let me know your choice of Special Treat. If you have questions let me know. I’m happy to help with your Halloween Party Planning.


The perfect party planning tools for your Halloween festivities are part of the Close To My Heart Workshop on the Go “Spellbound” Cricut Kit. With this kit and a CTMH Cricut Artiste cartridge you can create a Halloween party for 8, including treat bags, cupcake picks and liners, soda wraps, and a banner. The kit includes all of the coordinating accessories, an exclusive stamp set, and step-by-step instructions to make it easy to put your party together at home.

Here are some pictures from a Pre-Halloween get together I had with some of the CTMH Consultants on my team. The “Spellbound” kit really was easy to follow and added so much festive fun to the Halloween theme. It was kind of like having a party-in-a-bag. Just cut the shapes on a Cricut with the Artiste cartridge, glue, and go. It is awesome that it includes everything to make a party table look themed-out and fabulous and even treat bags to send home some goodies after the party.

If you are preparing for a spook-tacular Halloween party, order your “Spellbound” workshop kit today. And if you haven’t gotten the newest Close To My Heart Cricut cartridge, “Artiste,” you will want to order that, too. The cartridge has seasonal and themed keys to help with all of your party planning needs throughout the year. You can order your kit and the Cricut Artiste cartridge by clicking on the “Shop” tab or “Shop Close to my Heart Now” box and it will take you directly to my website to place your order.

What could be better? How about an extra special treat?

When you order both the CTMH Cricut Artiste cartridge and a “Spellbound” Workshop on the Go Kit you can choose from one of the FREE gifts below as a special treat from me.

Special Treat Choices: One “Perfect Fit – Halloween” stamp set or Two Stamp Pads (Sunset and Slate) to use with the workshop.  

You can see some project ideas using the “Perfect Fit – Halloween” stamp set on my blog post on September 8.

NOTE: The special treats are available on orders placed by October 15, 2012. Once you have placed your order on my website, just email me at michelle@ somethingaboutsharing.com to let me know your choice of Special Treat. If you have questions let me know. I’m happy to help with your Halloween Party Planning.


Good day, Friends. Fall is in the air today. This week the temperatures in Boise are getting down into the 30’s at night. While it does make things a little chilly in the morning, it makes me super excited because it means the little bit of fall color in the trees right now is going to turn into a LOT of fall color in the trees this week. One of my favorite things about Fall is all of the different colors of leaves and how they remind me there are some good things about change. It is a color-rich season so I thought I would share some tips with you for preserving the memories you’ll be making over the next couple of months.

With all the great photo opportunities this time of year it’s perfect for emphasizing natural colors and making scrapbook pages that let the pictures tell the story and speak for themselves. In the scrapbook layout shown below I used photos from a trip to Boston one October with my daughter. The trees in the Boston Commons and the Boston Public Garden were just beginning to change and the colors were absolutely amazing. Take a look.

To really make the colors pop I chose a black cardstock base and then used large color prints of more photos that I took at the park instead of using other Background and Texture papers. This technique adds a lot to the theme development of the layout, keeps the colors vibrant and consistent, and puts a lot of emphasis on the story I was telling with the pictures. I love these giant prints of the red and orange leaves.

And then there are the little accessory details that are so fun to add. I started embellishing with a couple of solid cardstocks that tied into the colors of leaves in the pictures. The cardstock colors are from the Close To My Heart “Flirty” paper pack. I also used these colors along with the Close To My Heart Cricut Artiste cartridge to cut out letters for a clean bold title that coordinates. The Artiste cartridge has a great font and by cutting two sets of the letters in the same size I could offset them to make a shadow effect.  So easy. If you don’t have that cartridge yet, stop by my website and pick one up today. It is incredible!

Creating some accent spots on the letters and around a couple of the photo mats with the new Green Glitz Glitter Gel helps to move your eyes around the pages with that little bit of shimmer. The chipboard tree, leaves, and message are also part of the “Flirty” Compliments. They add a little bit of depth and theme development without distracting from the photos.

Now for one of my favorite new things that’s perfect for little details…check out the Flip Flaps Small Assortment. The new Small Assortment Flip Flaps from Close To My Heart help me add some journaling details to the story without any distractions to the pictures. Remember I wanted the photos and the colors to really be the emphasis in telling the story of our day in the park. The Flip Flaps were the perfect combination, even on top of other pictures. Fabulous!

I put a photo in the front of the Flip Flap and then I put all of the journaling is on the inside. This way all you see when looking at the layout is the photos. Flip Flaps are a great way to add story extension spots to your projects for extra pictures or extra journaling. They come in a big variety of sizes and are super easy to use. I have used two or the four different sizes that come in the Small Assortment on this layout.

The journaling for these pages tells about the history of the parks and the story behind the children’s book “Make Way For Ducklings,” inspired by author Robert McCloskey’s visit to the same Boston Public Garden. Just some fun little details that we learned during our visit.


HERE’S A TIP: As you are taking pictures at the pumpkin patch or the park or on a hay ride this fall take pictures of the people you are sharing the moment with AND take pictures of the things you see around you that are part of the experience. Take some close up pictures of things like the bales of hay, the leaves in the trees and on the ground, the corn stalks, the piles of pumpkins…all of those things are memorable little details that you can use to make your own full-color photo backgrounds on your scrapbook pages and even other fall projects. Capture the texture and the color and have some fun letting your pictures tell more about the story of your fall adventures.



Would you like a set of Close To My Heart  Flip Flap to add to your projects? Everyone can be a winner this week and receive a free set of Small Assortment Flip Flaps from me this week only. Here’s how…

Simply go “Like” my Something About Sharing Facebook page and I will mail you a free package of the Small Assortment Flip  Flaps. Send an email to me at sharingmoments@msn.com with your address so I know where you want your Flip Flaps to go. That’s it. It’s so easy.

If you don’t have Facebook, now is a good time to join in and get connected.

I’m looking forward to mailing out a bunch of Flip Flaps this week and hearing from you on the Something About Sharing Facebook page.

Have a fabulous day. Enjoy the fall color and all the great details around you.


Congratulations to Bekkie Ritchie! You are the lucky winner from last weeks “Stamp Set Of The Week” Drawing featuring the “Love Blooms” stamp set. That means you are the final winner for the September give-away and you get to choose $25 in FREE Close To My Heart products from the Autumn/Winter Idea Book. Take a look at your Idea Book or browse through the Idea Book online and let me know what I can order for you. Very exciting! Have fun shopping!

Thank you everyone for posting to the blog and helping me celebrate my new blogging adventure. I’m so glad you enjoyed the September featured stamp sets and artwork. It has been so much fun to be able to give away lots of free Close To My Hear products along the way.

There will be more artwork, more give-aways, and more tips and techniques all the time so visit my blog often to see it all. I have a lot of things planned to share with you in October and wouldn’t want you to miss anything.

NOTE: The best way to stay in the know is to enter your email address in the “Stay up to Date” section on the right side of the blog page. By entering your email address there you will receive a notice when there is something posted to the blog. It only takes a moment, so enter your email address today. 

Have a fabulous day!


I was in visiting with a special friend and her family in Arizona over the weekend and thought often of the stamp set that I have chosen to feature this week. The “Stamp Set Of The Week” for this last week of September is called “So Grateful.”

Over the weekend we laughed, hiked, ate dark chocolate, and had a fabulous time sharing adventures. I am so grateful for the special friendships that I am blessed with. This weekend I was reminded of a message in this stamp set that says, “Harvest of Memories.” That’s so much a part of being in the moment and having shared experiences with people you care about. It’s creating and collecting a harvest of memories.  I hope as we move into this fall season with all of the great things that come this time of year that you will take time to enjoy making some memories and preserving them, too. (Guess what I’ll be working on in Studio J this week? Watch for the pages of this weekend’s adventure.)

The “So Grateful” stamp set  is so perfect as we head into fall. It has base and shade images similar to last week…but different at the same time. The base image of the pumpkin creates a fabulous solid stamped image that looks great by itself or combined with other images. There is also an overlay piece that is sized and shaped to stamp on top of the pumpkin and add some festive details, however the details are words that have to do with the fall season. Isn’t that fun? The pumpkin stem, leaf, and vines are all separate stamp images which works out fabulous for quick, easy stamping in different colors. No masking needed. Just ink and print. Love that simplicity.

The cute little fall box shown on the right is made from the Close To My Heart Cricut Artiste Collection. That means all I had to do is put the cartridge into my Cricut machine, select the box shape, and push the “cut” button. It is easy to fold and assemble. I especially like the shape and size of this box. It has terrific scallop detailing on the top flaps and handle. It’s too, too cute. Here’s a close up where you can see the different combinations of the stamp designs as well as the variety of accessories that I used to embellish the projects.

All of the project materials are from the Close To My Heart Autumn/Winter 2012 Idea Book. The colors used on both projects are Olive, Honey, Sunset, and Chocolate. The accessories are Bronze Glitz Glitter Gel, Mini-Medley Accents Collection in Olive, Burlap Ribbon, and Dark Chocolate Striped Grosgrain Ribbon. Close To My Heart makes it so easy to color coordinate everything, even the little details, and bring a variety of textures to projects. I love the natural fibers of the burlap ribbon, especially for fall, and the easy bling of the Glitz.

All of those products and so many other great things for fall projects are available to you on my website or through contacting me personally. If you have any questions, please post a comment or let me know. I’m happy to help you with all of your stamping, crafting, scrapbooking, and creative projects.

You can have a chance to get these things or other Close To My Heart products free by entering the drawing for this weeks $25 in FREE Close To My Heart products. Simply fill out the entry form below and you could be the winner for this week’s give-away drawing.

While you are visiting my blog, take a moment to post a comment below.  Share something you are “so grateful” for or other ideas you might have for this this week’s “Stamp Set Of The Week.” There are so many possibilities for these great designs. Enjoy your week and “Happy Fall!”

*This giveaway has ended.

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