Falling for You Wreath

Falling For You Wreath

Happy 1st day of Fall!  I’ve been wanting to share this adorable wreath I made, but figured it would be perfect to share now that the fall season is officially here.

I’m in love with the rich, warm hues of the *NEW* Falling for You Paper Collection.

If you are joining us at the Holiday Extravaganza next month, you’ll get to make your very own wreath!  Haven’t signed up yet?!  You still can.  You can attend in person or get a kit mailed to you with all the supplies you need–complete with step-by-step instructions and pictures.

Sign up for the Holiday Extravaganza!

Recessed Panel Cards

Rainbow Recessed Panel Card

I’ve been wanting to try out a Recessed Panel Card for some time.  My twins’ birthday was this past Friday so I took this opportunity to create 2 different styles of Recessed Panel Cards.  While the same technique, I love how unique each looks just by changing where I created the recessed panel at on the card.

Close-up Angled Recessed Panel Card

For this first one, I did the recessed panel at an angle.  Since my daughter is all about rainbows, unicorns and puffy clouds lately (it’s so on trend, right!?) I couldn’t resist using our now retired Little Dreamer Paper Pack as well as coordinating stamp set and die.

Plus, it just couldn’t be complete without some shimmer, right?  I did a fun technique where I applied a used dryer sheet to the cloud–to give it some added texture–then added some glitter (it gets trapped by the fibers in the dryer sheet.)  It looks really awesome in person.  And the little stars got a brushing of shine and shimmer from our Clear Shimmer Brush.

Outdoor Celebration Recessed Panel Card

For my son’s card, I also used a retired paper pack–our Back Country Paper Pack.  He’s into the outdoors, camping and trees (those which he can climb are of the most interest!) so I thought this paper pack worked best. Plus, since I was using the tree patterned paper, I felt have a straight recessed panel worked best–sort of like a tree trunk.

Close-up Pinecone Image

Since I had added in a fun technique to my daughter’s card, I felt I should do the same for my son’s.  I decided to stamp a pine tree branch and a pinecone on the inside of his card.  For the pine cone, I started by inking up the image in Chocolate ink (I’m so sad this color is now retired; love this color!) then I took a new Sponge Dauber (you don’t want any color to transfer with this process) and tapped it in my Versamark ink pad and randomly tapped spots already inked on the pine cone image, then stamped as usual.  I sprinkled some Gold Embossing Powder over the image and where the Versamark ink was, it stuck.  I heat embossed it with our Craft Heater to have a beautiful look with splatters of gold on the pine cone.  Easy and stunning.

To get your own supplies to try out these techniques, visit my ONLINE CTMH STORE.

Punny Pals Operation Smile Card

Punny Pals Operation Smile Stamp Set

Have you seen Close To My Heart’s special Operation Smile Stamp Set?  It’s called Punny Pals and is super adorable!  What’s even better though is that with each purchase of this stamp set, $7 is donated to Operation Smile to assist those with a cleft lip or cleft palate.  It really is a worthy cause.

Punny Pals Toadally Awesome Card

Want to hear some even more exciting news though?  Next month, Close To My Heart is going to release a set of Thin Cuts dies to fit all these adorable critters–only for the month of October!

That means this month is the perfect month to grab your Punny Pals Stamp Set to start playing around with it and get your creative juices flowing (a great way to space out your spending, too!)

The supplies I used to create this card are:

  • Punny Pals Operation Smile Stamp Set (D1751)
  • Memento Black Stamp Pad (Z899)
  • New England Ivy Reinker (Z2235)
  • Watercolor Pencils (3505)
  • White Daisy Cardstock (1385)
  • New England Ivy Cardstock (X5959)
  • Fern Cardstock (X5960)
  • Watercolor Paper (Z3146)
  • Bashful Glitter Paper (Z3360)
  • Spray Pen (Z1380)
  • Thin 3-D Foam Dots (Z3341)
  • Ribbon Border Thin Cuts (Z3349)–I love this die SO much!  I truly believe this is a MUST-HAVE! 🙂
  • Beary Christmas Dots (Z4038)

To purchase your Punny Pals Stamp Set and support Operation Smile (or to get any other CTMH products) please visit my ONLINE CTMH STORE.

Feel So Blessed Card

Grateful Feel So Blessed Card

September’s Stamp of the Month from Close To My Heart–Feel So Blessed— is the perfect set for creating thank you cards or even special Thanksgiving projects.

CTMH Stamp of the Month Feel So Blessed

As is the case each month, this set is only available during the month of September.

Grateful Card Closeup

Plus, if you spend $50 or more, you can get this special stamp set for only $5.  That’s a savings of $12.95!

Closeup Feel So Blessed Grateful Card

The supplies I used to create this card are:

  • Feel So Blessed Stamp Set (S1709)
  • Falling for You Paper Packet (X7223B)
  • Almond Cardstock (X5949)
  • Goldrush Cardstock (X5962)
  • Gold Foil Paper (Z3365)
  • White Value Pack Cards & Envelopes (X254)
  • Versamark Ink Pad (Z891)
  • Gold Embossing Powder (Z2066)
  • Craft Heater (Z555)
  • Non-Stick Micro-tip Scissors (Z1836)
  • Leaves Embossing Folder (Z4031)
  • White Burlap Ribbon (Z3323)
  • Gold Pearls (Z3371)
  • Gold Shimmer Brush (Z3316)

To purchase any of these CTMH products, please visit my ONLINE CTMH STORE.

From the Heart Christmas Card


Santa From the Heart Slider Card

Today on Close To My Heart’s blog, they talked about how the National Stamping Month Special–From the Heart–is designed to be versatile and let you be the artist.  While the From the Heart Stamp Set is definitely a beautiful set–and one which you would use over and over again–these cards can make some pretty amazing holiday cards, too!

Open Santa Slider Card

Here is my spin on these beautiful From the Heart Slider Cards using the *NEW* Little Saint Nick Stamp Set along with the *NEW* Ho, Ho, Ho Stamp.  I absolutely love the Little Saint Nick image.  You may recall I used him in a Circle Accordion Card I shared a few weeks ago.  He’s so cute and easy to and color.  I used our ShinHan Markers in Barely Beige, Tender Pink and Carmine.

Closeup Santa Slider Card

And of course, I couldn’t resist using our Clear Shimmer Brush on his hat trim for a little shine and sparkle!

To purchase your own From the Heart Card Kit or any other CTMH products, please visit my ONLINE CTMH STORE.

Stronger Together

Stronger Together Disaster Relief

Just a few hours ago Close To My Heart released a disaster relief stamp set called Stronger Together.  This set, perfect for comfort, encouragement and more, will benefit those who’ve recently been touched by the disasters in our nation.  All proceeds from sales of this stamp set will go directly to the Red Cross.

To purchase and support this effort, please visit my ONLINE CTMH STORE and purchase your very own Stronger Together Stamp Set.

National Stamping Month Celebration

From the Heart Card Kit

September is National Stamping Month and Close To My Heart is celebrating by offering a gorgeous Slider Card Kit.

CTMH From the Heart Card Kit

The From the Heart Card Kit includes the supplies to create 12 fabulous interactive cards.  Plus, when you purchase the kit, you save 20% off the retail price!

From the Heart Cards & Envelopes

Want more card bases? No problem, you can order separate card bases and envelopes to make even more beautiful cards!

From the Heart Stamp Set

Or maybe you just want the amazing stamp set perfect for beautiful layered looks?  You can purchase the From the Heart Stamp Set separately as well.

You’ll be amazed at the detail you can achieve with the layering process of this stamp set.  It is quite striking and professional looking when you finish!

From the Heart Card Samples

For more details on the From the Heart National Stamping Month promotion or to purchase them before they’re gone, please visit my ONLINE CTMH STORE.

12 Weeks of Christmas Coming Soon

Holiday Money Holder

My favorite time of year is almost upon us.  I love the start of autumn (even though here in California it is still hot, hot, HOT!) and all of the holiday crafting that ensues.  If you’ve followed me for a while, you know that each year I do a promotion called my 12 Weeks of Christmas.

Inside Holiday Money Holder

Each week for the 12 weeks leading up to Christmas, I send my mailing list subscribers a fun holiday project complete with step-by-step instructions.  It’s my way of saying thank you for choosing me as your CTMH Consultant and supporting my small business.  You’ll find projects ranging from cards, gifts and even holiday wrapping ideas.  It’s a lot of fun!

If you aren’t currently on my mailing list, I encourage you to consider signing up! Just click the yellow “newsletter” button on the top right column and you’ll be all set when I send out my first project idea the first week in October.