Why I’m Thankful For My Stamping Business!

Always Grateful Watercolor Cards

In honor of Thanksgiving, I thought it was the perfect time to reflect on why I’m thankful to be a Close To My Heart Consultant and have my own stamping business.

School Thanksgiving Feast

1.  The flexibility.  On Monday, I spent nearly the whole school day in my children’s classroom.  I was able to help organize and cook dishes with both 3rd grade classes in order for them to come together and celebrate a Thanksgiving Feast.  After cooking with the students, I then helped serve at the feast and then after they had recess and lunch (even though lunch was no longer needed–there was so much food!!), I returned to the classroom to watch the students give their presentations on the endangered animals they’ve been researching the last few weeks.   There aren’t too many traditional jobs that allow you to choose when you’ll work!

Stacy Julian at CTMH Album Retreat

2.  The relationships.  I’ve said it before and I have no doubt that I’ll continue to say it, but the friendships and relationships I have built by becoming a CTMH Consultant are amazing. Continue reading

Thanksgiving Place Cards

Thanksgiving Treat Place Cards

Want a fun way to create place cards for Thanksgiving dinner this year?  Why not try one of these adorable (and easy!) treat containers that would be perfect for a place card.  They can be as simple or as elaborate as you want.

Turkey Hershey Kiss Treat

This one we created in my Stamp Club this month.  I loved using our beautiful Fundamentals Papers–they make it look so elegant without any extra work! Continue reading

CreativeLive with Close To My Heart


Are you familiar with CreativeLive?  It’s a wonderful resource of online broadcasts about a variety of interesting creative topics.  You’ll find anything from photography, music to crafting to making money.

CreativeLive Studio

If you’re local to the Seattle or San Francisco area, you can even be a live guest! How cool is that?!?  You’d get the opportunity to be in the trenches–ask questions and learn first-hand from experts on the topic.  Nice, right?

CreativeLive with Close To My Heart

Now you can have the opportunity to learn more about Close To My Heart–who we are and what we do.  You can register for FREE to join the event live.  This will give you the ability to engage with them through social media, asking questions and even participating in giveaways.  Plus, there’s a rumor that Stacy Julian may even be joining in on the fun!  Watch this short video to get the scoop…

Ready to register?  Visit CreativeLive’s Registration Page now to secure your spot.


Cheers, 2016!

Cheers 2016 Card

Yes, you read that right!  Close To My Heart’s November Stamp of the Month is geared toward preparing for the New Year–2016!

November 2015 Cheers 2016 Stamp Set

While the stamp set definitely is designed for using in celebration of the new year, you can utilize it in other ways, too. It’d be great for layouts (nice little journaling lines!) or for party celebrations (look at the darling pennant banner.)

With my card, I tried to keep it a little more neutral so it could have a few different uses.  Inside I created a little pocket with a card that has the journaling lines stamped on it.  You could also move the pocket a little lower in the card and use it to insert a gift card!

Inside Cheers 2016 Card

This is one of the projects that my Stamp Club will be making this month.  We’ll be trying out the Shaving Cream Technique as well as using a few *NEW* products–the Thumb Notch Punch (quite handy!) and the Confetti Stars Embossing Folder (looks amazing sanded with our Sanding Block on the Black Cardstock!)

To get your own Cheers, 2016 Stamp Set, be sure to visit MY ONLINE STORE before the month is over.  And don’t forget, if you spend $50 or more, you can get this stamp set for only $5!  Now, that’s something to celebrate.

How to Create Dixie Cup Party Lights

Dixie Cup Party Lights

If you stopped by our Close To My Heart Scrapbook Expo booth in Santa Clara, CA this past August, you would have seen these Dixie Cup Party Lights I made and strung across our booth.  I had every intention of posting instructions (they are really quite simple!) shortly after the event, but life somehow always gets in the way! But I decided it’s better late than never, right?!

Dixie Cup

STEP 1: Gather enough Dixie Cups to cover your strand of lights–plus 1 extra (for the template!)

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3 Reasons You Should Send Out Halloween Cards!

It’s 1 week until Halloween–the perfect time to send out some Halloween cards.  Do you send out Halloween cards?  You should!  Here are 3 reasons you should send them out.

Artiste Jack o Lantern Circle Card

  1. Halloween lends itself to creating some fun & unique cards.  Look at this adorable Jack-o-Lantern Card I created using a basic circle card as my base.  I then used CTMH’s Cricut Artiste to cut out this Jack-0-Lantern face (there’s a fabulous Frankenstein face, too!)  This card really was quick and easy to put together.  But with the added touches of embossing it, sanding the embossing followed by sponging the edges, it adds a lot to the visual appeal of the card.  The final touch was to use Thin 3-D Foam Tape to give the face a little “pop.”

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The Perfect Card For Mother-In-Law Day!!!

Blossoming Expressions Card

This Sunday, October 25th, is Mother-In-Law Day and what better way to celebrate the occasion than to make and send her a handmade card!  Mother-in-Laws tend to get a bad reputation so this seems like a great “unofficial” holiday to celebrate, don’t you think?

For this card, I decided to use our *NEW* Square Diffuser so that I could make the sentiment stand out a little more.  The Diffusers are so fun (and easy!) to use.

Diffused Sentiment for Blossoming Expressions Card

Another fun technique to try with the Blossoming Expressions Stamp Set I used on this card is Second Generation Stamping.  It’s the perfect way to get the most out of your stamp pads. Continue reading

Introducing the CTMH 2016 Planner!

So no joke, just the other day I was telling my husband I needed to purchase my next planner to prepare for 2016.  Then what does CTMH announce at the Australasia Convention?  They are introducing *NEW* Planners beginning December 1st!  I’m so excited.  I mean really excited.  I am a huge planner.  As in every weekend I sit down and map out my next week.  It may be that I just have way too much on my plate and need to organize it.  Or maybe it’s simply my Type A personality!

CTMH Planner

Let’s take a peek at this new planner.   Continue reading