Punny Pals Halloween Boxes

Punny Pals Operation Smile Stamp Set

This month Close To My Heart is trying to give more to Operation Smile–the organization they’ve supported for nearly a decade.  In fact, just this weekend while I was at a scrapbooking retreat hosted by Close To My Heart, we raised nearly $10,000 through an auction.  It was enough to save a mission to Mexico to perform surgeries that was in jeopardy of being cancelled due to lack of funds.  It’s an amazing thing to know that so many children and their parents lives will be improved because of these small actions that together make a big impact.

Punny Pals Die Set

I was super excited when CTMH announced they were going to be offering a limited-edition die set to coordinate with their Operation Smile Punny Pals Stamp Set.  No more fussy cutting–yay!  But–it’s only available during the month of October AND it’s only available while supplies last!

Punny Pals Halloween Boxes

I decided to use the Punny Pals Stamp Set along with the coordinating dies to create a couple of Halloween-“ish” boxes.

Cats and Bats Paper Pack

I used a fun and simple technique of creating my own patterned paper simply by using some Alcohol Markers to color in the lines in between the black stripes.  For one, I did traditional colors (Marigold and Lavender Shin Han Markers) and for the other, I went for the trendy whimsical colors this season (Marigold, Lavender, Turquoise Blue and Tender Pink.)

Share a Smile Card Kit

This is a great month to support Operation Smile through purchasing some great CTMH products.  You could get the Punny Pals Stamp Set, the coordinating Punny Pals Thin Cuts dies, the Share a Smile Card Kit, a t-shirt or even do a direct donation to Operation Smile.

Giving someone the ability to live their lives like so many of us do–without any of the difficulties that having a cleft lip or cleft palate can bring–is a very powerful gift to give.  Help us change someone’s life this month!

Booo Box Card

Booo Box Card

As promised, here is another fun project using the Cats & Bats Scrapbooking Stamp Set + Thin Cuts dies.  This Booo Box Card is not only a card but a fun treat, too!

I had a lot of fun using both CTMH’s *NEW* Silver Foil Paper and Vellum Paper.  Each had a great effect when I embossed on them.  I chose to do a White Embossing for the spider web on the Vellum Paper and then I trimmed it up and selectively used a Glue Dot behind where I was going to place the spider (which I trimmed up after cutting out with the die.)  I added a little Cats & Bats Black Dot to create more dimension for the body of the spider–love it!

Closeup Booo Box Card

For the Booo sentiment, I stamped in Black pigment ink and then used the Clear Embossing Powder.  Instead of tapping away the excess powder, I left it and totally LOVE the look it achieved on the Foil Paper.  It’s sort of all bubbly and crackly looking which ties in beautifully with the design of the stamped image.

Also, check out how cute the bat looks–I used googley eyes on him.  I always love the look that achieves; makes it a cute but spooky bat! 🙂

Inside Booo Box Card

Finally, I followed the design of the outside in the inside for consistency.  I also couldn’t resist stamping the “Sugar High” sentiment from this set as it totally was spot on with the box of candy corn that’s attached!

This super fun card design is one we will be creating at our Holiday Extravaganza next weekend.  If you’re interested, you can sign up to get your very own kit of all 8 projects we’ll be creating.  Plus, it’ll be shipped directly to you complete with pictures and step-by-step instructions.  How fun, right?  To get your Holiday Extravaganza Kit, click HERE.

October 31st Halloween Card

Cats & Bats Halloween Card

Today’s card is a fun one.  It has just the right amount of technique to it as well as simplicity in it’s design.  This particular card is one I received from Jamie B. in our holiday card swap.

Closeup Cats & Bats Halloween Card

I love that she embossed the spider webs.  It gives it so much more dimension while still being subtle since it is tone on tone.

Here is a list of supplies she used to create this card:

  • Cats & Bats Scrapbooking Stamp Set + Thin Cuts dies (Z4045)
  • Cats & Bats Paper Packet (X7224B)
  • Cats & Bats Coordinating Cardstock (X7224D)
  • Pansy Cardstock (X5966)
  • White Daisy Cardstock (1385)
  • Versamark Ink Pad (Z891)
  • Memento Black Ink Pad (Z899)
  • White Embossing Powder (Z2068)
  • Craft Heater (Z555)
  • Cats & Bats Dots (Z4028)
  • 3-D Foam Tape (Z1151)

Be sure to check back tomorrow as I’ll be sharing another great project I created using this same Cats & Bats Scrapbooking Stamp Set + Thin Cuts dies.

Share a Smile Card Kit

Operation Smile

This month Close To My Heart is doing some AMAZING things to support Operation Smile.

Punny Pals Operation Smile Stamp Set

The last few years  (actually nearly a decade!) Close To My Heart has offered an exclusive stamp set to support this wonderful organization.  With the purchase of each of these stamp sets, $7 is given to help fund surgeries to correct cleft palate and cleft lip.  This year’s set is called Punny Pals.  Isn’t it super adorable?!?

During the month of October, Close To My Heart is offering the following:

  1. Punny Pals Thin Cuts diesonly for this month!  These coordinate beautifully with the Punny Pals Stamp Set.  Say good-bye to fussy cutting for this darling set!
  2. CTMH will match all rounding up on orders up to $10,000.  It’s such a simple thing.  Say your total comes to $36.55, round up to the next dollar amount and donate that $0.45 to Operation Smile.  This is something you can do anytime you place a Close To My Heart order.  Easy and a little really does help a lot!
  3. A special card kit just for this month called Share a Smile Card Kit. Be able to create 32 incredibly cute 3″ x 3″ cards with this fun card kit.  You receive the Punny Pals Thin Cuts, 32 card bases and envelopes along with 10 sheets of cardstock (including beautiful gold glitter paper!)  The Punny Pals Stamp Set is sold separately.

Share a Smile Card Kit Operation Smile Share a Smile Cards

In addition to these wonderful special offers just for October, Close To My Heart also introduced *NEW* Operation Smile T-shirts.

Grey Operation Smile T-shirt

Pink Operation Smile T-shirt

These t-shirts are available all year long.  Plus, $10 is donated to Operation Smile with the purchase of each of these t-shirts.

To support Operation Smile through some amazing CTMH items, please visit my ONLINE CTMH STORE.

Christmas Tunes Stamp of the Month

Christmas Tunes Projects

Halloween isn’t here yet, but you’re sure to find Christmas decorations and crafting supplies already in the stores.  So how would you feel about some Christmas Tunes?  Maybe a Christmas Tunes Stamp Set from Close To My Heart?

Christmas Tunes Stamp Set

You guessed it!  This month’s Close To My Heart Stamp of the Month is called Christmas Tunes.

The only thing you’ll love more than these stylized sentiments is getting this stamp set for only $5!  That’s right, $5.  That’s a savings of $12.95.

To get your $5 Christmas Tunes Stamp Set, simply place an order of $50 or more on my ONLINE CTMH STORE.

12 Weeks of Christmas Begins in 1 Hour!

1Hour Notice 12 Weeks of Christmas

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24 Hours Until the 12 Weeks of Christmas

12 Weeks of Christmas

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Physical Cricut Cartridges are Retiring!

CTMH Cricut Artbooking Collection

CTMH Cricut Artbooking Collection

 

Attention all Cricut lovers!  It was just announced that Cricut will no longer be making physical Cricut cartridges.  What does this mean for you?  Well, if you’ve been eyeing one of Close To My Heart’s exclusive Cricut Collections but haven’t yet pulled the trigger and purchased it, NOW is the time to act!

CTMH Cricut Artistry Collection

CTMH Cricut Artistry Collection

As a result of this decision by Cricut, CTMH’s Cricut Collections offered as a physical cartridge, will be available while supplies last!

CTMH Cricut Flower Market Collection

CTMH Cricut Flower Market Collection

If you’ve seen these exclusive Cricut Collections, you know they are worth the  cost!  Not only do you get 700 images (wow!), you get a full package of cardstock as well as 3 coordinating stamp sets.  Pretty impressive.

CTMH Cricut You Are Here Collection

CTMH Cricut You Are Here Collection

Even our *NEW* Cricut You Are Here Collection is in limited supply for the physical cartridge option.

To purchase the exclusive CTMH Cricut Collections in the physical cartridge format before they’re gone, please visit my ONLINE CTMH STORE.