Thursday, December 11, 2014

Sing Glory

This is my absolute favorite Christmas stamp in the Annual Inspirations catalog.  It is a hostess rewards stamp set which means that with a qualifying gathering, you can purchase this set for only $8.00.  

Both card bases were made with black cardstock.  The glitter paper is from the DCWV glitter stack.  I stamped the focal images on White Daisy card stock.  The one on the left was stamped in Glacier and heat embossed with our silver embossing powder.  The one on the right was stamped in cashmere and embossed with our gold embossing powder.  The silver and gold cording is from Michaels.  The inside sentiment was stamped  in silver and gold and is also include with the stamp set.  The snowflake is a dollar bin stamp from Michaels from years ago.  I really enjoyed making these and I think this is going to be my Christmas card this year to send to family and friends.  I'm not 100% certain though as I don't want to pay the extra postage for the cording.  We'll see.  

Well, I hope you like my cards and until the next time, keep on crafting.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Yuletide Greetings

Well I guess I pretty much abandoned my poor blog for awhile.  I have been doing a little crafting though.  Since I last posted, I got the Artfully Sent Cricut cartridge and the Cricut Explore and I used neither on this card, lol.  Hopefully, I will post some things that I made using them soon though.  

I just love this stamp set from the current catalog.  It is the Yuletide Greetings set and I think it is probably one of the nicer Christmas stamps we offer this season.  I made the card base and the layers using Colonial White cardstock.  I stamped the focal image using New England Ivy and colored it with our ShinHan Touch Twin alcohol markers.  I used red Glitz (retired) on the holly berries and I used a glue pen to outline the pine branches and added glitter.   I stamped the sentiment using Chocolate ink.  Its a little crooked but, oh well.  I believe the embossing folder is a Cuttlebug folder.  I inked all the edges with the Chocolate ink as well.  I really like how this turned out.  I was inspired by a card I saw on Youtube last year.  I don't remember who posted it now but if it was your card, thanks for the inspiration.

We have some great specials going on right now.  In honor of ten years of making awesome acrylic stamps, you can purchase any stamp set in the Annual Inspirations for $10 with a $50 purchase.

Check out my CTMH website, to see what's going on.

Until next time, keep on crafting.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Cast Thy Burden...

Here is a card that I made today that I really like.  I typically only post projects that I make using Close to My Heart products only but I decided that I would post other projects that I make also.  I have a scrap room that is absolutely full of wonderful products and I need to start using them up so I can buy more :-).  I bought a Grand Calibur last week and since I had a 50% off Michael's coupon, I bought my first set of Grand dies.  I've made easel cards before but this is the first time I used dies to make the easel card base.  I really like the way it turned out and I think I will send it to a dear lady I have known for years who is currently hospitalized.  The products I used:

Cardstock: Close to My Heart White Daisy
Patterned paper: Ki Autumn Flowers
Stamps: CTMH Look to the Light B1428; My Sentiments Exactly
Dies: Spellbinders Grand Labels One, Fancy Tags Two, Foliage, Splendid Circles
Flowers and Bling: Recollections
Ribbon: Papertrey Ink

I should have my new CTMH Artfully Sent Cricut Cartridge on Tuesday, Woo Hoo!  I am so excited to get it.  If you would like to order this awesome cartridge, just click here.

Until next time, keep on crafting!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

It's Here! Artfully Sent!

Well, the CTMH world is all abuzz because the new Cricut cartridge, Artfully Sent, is finally available for order.  I have really been looking forward to getting this cartridge and if you know anything about CTMH Cricut cartridges, you know that you get your money's worth.  I personally own over 100 Cricut cartridges but since buying my CTMH cartridges, they are all I use.  I can't wait to get my hands on this one.  Here's a video that tells you all about it:

If you are ready to buy this exciting new cartridge, visit my online store.

Until next time, keep on crafting!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Oh Happy Day

I felt like making something fast and colorful and I saw this card posted on the Heart2Heart Challenge blog. I decided to "scraplift" it using the colors in the Whimsy color palette. For the washi strips I used the retired hostess stamp set, Washi Wonder. I hope you got it while it was available because it is now gone :-(. Maybe it will reappear in a later catalog, one can only hope. For the balloon and sentiment, I used one of the stamps sets in the Cricut Artiste bundle. The shapes were cut from the Artiste cartridge. The balloon string is our Diagonal Striped Ribbon in thistle. The washi was stamped in Thistle, Crystal Blue, Sweet Leaf, and Canary.

Here's the inside:

If you have never tried the PML cards, August is a great time to start.  In August, if you purchase a PML kit, you can also purchase a set of 10 memory protectors (page protectors) for only $3.

Also, with a $50 purchase you can purchase this darling stamp set for only $5.00.  Now how cute is that?

To purchase any of these items, go to my CTMH website,

Thanks for visiting and until next time, keep on crafting.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Thinking of You

I needed a little motivation to make something so I decided to play along with the Mojo Monday sketch challenge.  This is the first time I've participated and it is just what I need to give me a little push and inspiration.  After I made this card, I realized it was pretty similar to a card I posted last week.  Oh well, I guess it is just my style.  Anyway, here is the sketch for this week:

And here is my interpretation:

I used Skylark PML (Picture My Life) cards for the focal point.  I mounted them on a piece of pear cardstock and trimmed them down.  For the polka dot and herringbone strips, I placed washi tape on white cardstock to give it a bit more stiffness.  I flagged the ends of the herringbone washi and mounted it on foam tape.  I stamped a sentiment, tied a piece of jute around the card front, rounded the corners and, voila, you have a card--quick and easy.  All products from CTMH (except the jute, it was in my stash).

cardstock: daisy white, pear
ink: exclusive inks black
washi: gold polka dot (Z1920); lagoon herringbone (retired)
stamps: Have a happy day (D1616)
PML cards: Z1947

If you have never tried the PML cards, August is a great time to start.  In August, if you purchase a PML kit, you can also purchase a set of 10 memory protectors (page protectors) for only $3.

Also, with a $50 purchase you can purchase this darling stamp set for only $5.00.  Now how cute is that?

To purchase any of these items, go to my CTMH website,

Until next time, keep on crafting.

Friday, August 1, 2014

CTMH Blog Boosters New Product Blog Hop

Today's the day!  The new Annual Inspirations goes live today.  Annual Inspirations is our now yearly Idea Book and catalog.  Some of us are celebrating by participating in a new product blog hop which showcases products in the new catalog.  Today I am presenting a Christmas card gift set using the new Snowhaven paper collection.  This paper is absolutely gorgeous.  I created a a card holder from the Cricut Artiste cartridge and created a set of cards using the Make it Merry Stamp Set.  It is never too early to start making your Christmas cards and these beautiful papers make it very easy to do just that.

I hope you like and will continue "hopping" along to see all of the other fabulous creations by my fellow Close to My Heart consultants.

All products by CTMH:

Cardstock: glacier X5770, daisy white 1385
B&T Duos: Snowhaven X7188B
Stamps: Make it Merry D1617
Ink: cranberry Z2116
other: sparkle flourishes Z1708, red shimmer trim Z1848, black striped twill ribbon Z1988

Monday, July 28, 2014

Happy Birthday

I remembered at the last minute that I hadn't made a card for my friend's birthday.  It was really easy to put one together using a Picture My Life card (PML) as a focal point.  These cards are so versatile.  Not only can they be used in your PML albums, but they can also be used on layouts, cards, mini albums and anything else you can think of. I'm using Skylark paper here once again.  I really like that paper collection and will be sad to see it go.  I also used our new Chevron Punch which will be available in the new Annual Inspirations catalog on August 1st.  I created the banners using the reverse side of the paper I used on the card and teal shimmer trim.  I stamped the sentiment from one of the stamp sets that came with the Art Philosophy cartridge and finished it off with a sparkle.  I hope you like it.  Until next time, keep on crafting.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Merci Beaucoup Redux

I hope you are all enjoying this beautiful summer weather, not too hot nor too cold in my neck of the woods. 

I made this card awhile ago but I hadn't shared it so I thought that since this paper is leaving at the end of the month, I would go ahead and get it posted.  I created the card base and the mat using Spellbinders Labels Eight dies.  I cut two of the lagoon shapes and joined them together at the top with adhesive.  I cut the mat with a smaller die from that set.  The balloon is stamped on Skylark paper and paper pieced.  The basket of flowers was colored with our Exclusive Inks stamp pads and a blender pen.

Don't forget, the current Idea Book is ending on July 31st and the new Annual Inspirations debuts on August 1st.  None of the current papers are carrying over so you'd better grab anything you have been procrastinating about getting.

Until next time, keep on crafting.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Merci Beaucoup

I needed a quick Thank You card and I whipped one up using the Balloon Ride paper pack and the Give a Lift Stamp Set.  I thought the sentiment fit perfectly inside the little banner on the hot air balloon.  I used Saddle cardstock as my card base and both sides of the Balloon Ride B&T Duo for my panels.  The image is mounted on on Crystal Blue cardstock.  I finished it off with the Brown and Tan Sparkles Assortment.  If you like these papers and stamps, you'd better hurry and get them because they are being retired at the end of this month.  

Items used:

Paper: Balloon Ride Paper Pack X7180B, Saddle cardstock X5928, Crystal Blue cardstock 1292
Stamps: Give a Lift D1581
Ink: Saddle Z2171, Crystal Blue Z2117
Other: Brown and Tan Sparkles Assortment Z1743

Until next time, keep on crafting.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Let's Celebrate!

Well, it seems that most of my blog posts begin with an apology for not posting in a long time so I'll just skip that this time and say "Happy 4th of July!"

I created this card using June's Stamp of the Month, Kaboom (S1406).  I used Outdoor Denim and Cranberry for the card base and mats.  I also used White Daisy card stock and stamped the fireworks and tickets with Outdoor Denim and Cranberry Exclusive Inks.  I made two banners using the red Shimmer Trim.  

The SOTM for July is Circus Alphabet (S1407) and it can be yours for $5 with a $50.00 purchase.

The current catalog is coming to a close and there are only a few weeks left to get any retiring items so if there is something you've been wanting to get, you'd better hurry!

I hope you all have a safe and fun 4th of July and until next time, keep on crafting!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

This is the Perfect Time to Join Close to My Heart

Our April Sign-up special is fantastic!  if you have been wanting to join CTMH and you've been wanting one our Cricut bundles, the stars and moon have aligned!  Join my team this month and you will receive the Cricut bundle of your choice FREE!  In addition to that, if you meet your Straight to the Top goal, the cost of your consultant's kit ($99) will be refunded to you.

That means you receive approximately $300 worth of products plus the Cricut bundle ($99 value) at virtually no cost to you.  What a great way to start your CTMH business.

It is easy to join, just click here to get started.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

The Spring/Summer Idea Book and Catalog is Here!

Hi everyone,

I am super excited to announce the new Idea Book and Catalog.  It is always fun to see the new products, paper lines, and artwork created using the new products.  Here is a picture:

You can view it online by going to my website: and clicking on Products-->Idea Books.  I look forward to sharing new products and artwork with you.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

National Papercrafting Month Cloud Nine Cardmaking Kit

Hi everyone, long time, no post.  I hope you all had a great holiday season.   January is National Papercrafting Month and CTMH is celebrating with the Cloud Nine Cardmaking Kit.  The video gives you all the details.

Also, don't forget the January Stamp of the Month which you can purchase for $5 with a $50 purchase.

Until next time, keep on crafting.