Scrapbooking Crop

Scrap Garden Crops

May is National Scrapbooking Month.  The perfect time to either host or attend a scrapbooking crop!  For the last several years, I’ve hosted a crop with some other CTMH Consultants both in November (a great time to prepare holiday cards and/or get a jump start on your holiday layouts) and one in May.  This May was no different.

Cricut Artistry Straw Cup

While our group was smaller this time, we had an amazing time together.  I think it may have been one of my favorites to date in fact!  I found some fun glitter straw cups at my local Dollar Tree (pretty much bought them out!) and thought these would be perfect to decorate with some vinyl and give to each attendee.  I used CTMH’s Cricut Artistry Collection for this fun “Scrap Happy” sentiment.  I cut it out in both a Teal and Silver Metallic Vinyl.  I really love how they turned out; so did the attendees!  It was awesome seeing the ladies use their cups all day. =)

Scrapbooking Crop Bingo

I also made up some Bingo cards for those who wanted to give themselves a focus/challenge throughout the day.  It was completely optional, but I think everyone played in some capacity.

Scrapbook Crop Bingo Containers

And to help everyone out, I gave each attendee a little container full of most of the items that they needed for their Bingo card.  All they needed to do was figure out how they could use the items on their projects to mark off that square!

If you missed joining us this past weekend, never fear, another Crop will be coming your way in November!

And if you can’t wait for a fun event, join us for our Paper Party next month–Saturday, June 10th!   We’ll be creating cards, boxes and gift card holders all with the *NEW* CTMH Papers from the recently released Seasonal Expressions 2 Catalog.

For more information about our Paper Party, see my list of CTMH Events.

Live. Laugh. Love. Card

CTMH Seasonal Expressions 2 Catalog

There is always a bunch of excitement when new product is released. Consultants look forward to it.  Customers look forward to it.  It’s always a super exciting time filled with lots of creativity.

CTMH SE2 2017 Card Swap

An additional element that I always love is participating in a card swap featuring these *NEW* CTMH products.  Truly, it’s like Christmas when you open the box of swapped cards and see tons of new ideas with all the new stamps sets, papers and embellishments.

CTMH Live Laugh Love Card

Today I’m going to share one of the cards I received that was created by Jennifer because the timing couldn’t be better as she used this month’s Stamp of the Month!  Plus, I really love how she incorporated additional words to it to create a longer sentiment.  I will definitely be doing this myself!

Live Laugh Love May Stamp of the Month

You might have a sense of familiarity with the May Stamp of the Month as the style is very similar to a popular stamp set offered in the Seasonal Expressions 1 Catalog.  Live, Laugh, Love is a stamp set with 9 images that are perfect for coloring!

Here is a listing of the supplies used to create this card:

  • Live, Laugh, Love May Stamp of the Month (S1705)
  • Sending Smiles Stamp Set (from Cricut Flower Market Collection Z3285)
  • Black Stamp Pad (Z2805)
  • Crystal Blue Stamp Pad (Z2817)
  • White Daisy Cardstock (1385)
  • Black Cardstock (1386)
  • Raspberry Cardstock (X5788)
  • Cherry Pink ShinHan Marker (Z2450)
  • Tender Pink ShinHan Marker (Z2464)
  • Turquoise Blue ShinHan Marker (Z2465)
  • Leaf Green ShinHan Marker (Z2454)
  • Clear Sparkles (Z3274)
  • 3-D Foam Tape (Z1151)

Remember, with any $50 CTMH purchase you can get the Live, Love, Laugh Stamp of the Month for only $5!  It’s a savings of nearly 70%!  But this set is only available through the end of May. Don’t miss your chance!  Get your own Live, Laugh, Love Stamp Set at MY ONLINE CTMH STORE.

Live Beautifully Smile Card

Live Beautifully Smile Card

Just because Close To My Heart is offering gorgeous exclusive papers in honor of National Scrapbooking Month doesn’t mean you can’t use these papers to create cards instead of  scrapbook layouts!

Live Beautifully Paper Pack

I created this “smile” card using 2 of the 14 patterned papers contained in the Live Beautifully Paper Collection.  Each one of the designs in this paper pack are so beautiful.  Plus, as usual with CTMH paper packs, they all coordinate so beautifully together.

Live Beautifully Stamp Set

I also used the “smile” sentiment contained in the coordinating Live Beautifully Stamp Set.  Since I was using the Gold Foil Polka Dot paper, I decided to emboss the sentiment in gold.  I love the font and the sentiments contained in this set!

Gold Foil Tape

The final touch–to tie it all together–was to add our Gold Foil Tape.  This stuff is amazingly easy to use and so inexpensive for the amount of it you receive.  Plus, it not only comes in gold, but silver and rose gold, too!

To purchase these or other CTMH products, please visit MY ONLINE CTMH STORE.

National Scrapbooking Month-Live Beautifully

Celebrate National Scrapbooking Month with the Live Beautifully collection from Close To My Heart. This month only, get your hands on the Live Beautifully paper packet with gold foil accents and lush floral designs, the coordinating Live Beautifully stamp set, and a Cut Above® layout kit for quickly and easily creating five incredible 2-page layouts.

Have a Magical Day Card

Magical Day Unicorn Card

In the latest Close To My Heart catalog–the Seasonal Expressions 2–you’ll see the first *NEW* collection is the Little Dreamer.  It’s soft, pastel colors and darling prints like unicorns, hearts and polka dots are so appealing for Spring.

CTMH Sponging Technique to Create Background

It’s also the perfect collection to try some fun sponge stencil techniques with!  In fact, yesterday Close To My Heart did a blog post on just this.

This first layout, they did a fun title using a Cricut cutout and sponging.  You can also use our Thin Cuts dies, too!

First, use a bit of adhesive to attach your title or shape to the page. Next use a sponge dauber or the round sponge to add ink over your title or shape, and then fade the ink into your paper. Once the ink is dry, carefully remove your stencil (if there is any adhesive residue, it’s a cinch to remove with our Rub & Remove™ eraser).

For our artwork, we found it worked best to use both the round sponge and sponge daubers. We used a sponge dauber for a more concentrated look, like you can see immediately around our title, and then the round sponge for fading the ink into the page.

Sponging Tip: If you haven’t used a round sponge before, you’ll want to cut out a pie-shaped wedge from the sponge rather than using the entire sponge. That way your sponging will be more precise, and you can get more use out of your sponge!

We recommend playing with the round sponge and sponge daubers, as well as various amounts of ink, on some scratch paper before sponging onto your artwork.

CTMH Background Sponging Technique

They then did a favorite stencil technique to create a beautiful background; one I love the effect of, but always forget to utilize!  Look at how beautiful those clouds are.  And the depth that is created through a simple technique–amazing!

This stenciling technique is a great way to create unique backgrounds for your artwork. For this page, we attached three clouds to the page and sponged around them. After allowing the ink to dry, carefully removing the clouds, and removing any adhesive, we cut three more clouds and sponged around the edges. Then we popped them up with 3-D tape to give the page dimension. The final look sure is dreamy!

CTMH Border Sponging Technique

Their final layout creates a stunning rainbow border. It’s breathtaking.

You can incorporate multiple colors into your stenciling! Here we used a scalloped piece for our stencil, and then sponged on a rainbow of colors. There are SO many possibilities!

We hope this post has inspired you to try stenciling on your artwork. It really is such a fun way to get in touch with your inner artist!

The supplies I used for my Unicorn Card are:

  • Little Dreamer Cardmaking Stamp Set + Thin Cuts dies (Z3335)
  • Black Stamp Pad (Z2805)
  • Thistle Stamp Pad (Z2840)
  • Glacier Stamp Pad (Z2841)
  • Pixie Stamp Pad (Z2844)
  • Little Dreamer Paper Pack (X7219B)
  • White Daisy Value Pack Cards & Envelopes (X254)
  • White Daisy Cardstock (1385)
  • Black & White Dots (Z3314)
  • Thin 3-D Foam Tape (Z2060)

And for a listing of the products and Cricut sizes used in CTMH’s beautiful scrapbook layouts, check out their blog post.

Celebrate Mom with CTMH’s Cricut Flower Market

Mother’s Day is this coming weekend and CTMH has a beautiful layout and coordinating card you can create for your mom using their exclusive Cricut Flower Market Collection.  Watch this short 3-minute video and be inspired!

Close To My Heart’s Retiring List!

2017 CTMH Retirement

It’s that time of year–the time when Close To My Heart announces their Retiring List.  It’s always sad to discover which of their products will be retiring to make room for *NEW* products in the upcoming 2017-2018 Annual Inspirations Catalog (coming August 1st.)  But it’s also a little exciting to know we are that close to some exciting *NEW* products, too!

Friendly Wishes Stamp Set

As usual, you’ll find retiring stamp sets.

Adventure Fundamentals Paper

And papers.

Coral Shimmer Trim


Cricut Artfully Sent Collection

Cricut Collections.

Base & Bling Rhinestones

Jewelry Elements.

Sanding Kit


Rustic Home Ribbons

Ribbons, How-to Books and more!

Be sure to check out the “Going Soon!” section of MY ONLINE CTMH STORE to see all of the items that will be retiring on July 31st.

These items are all while supplies last so some may sell out much sooner than that retiring date.  Get your favorites before they’re gone!

CTMH’s Live Beautifully Special

CTMH National Scrapbooking Special 2017

May is National Scrapbooking Month and this Saturday, May 6th, is National Scrapbooking Day.  Do you have plans to celebrate?  Maybe you’re looking forward to spending some time on projects you’ve wanted to get caught up on?  Maybe it’s just about having some fun with friends doing what you love.

May CTMH National Scrapbooking Month Special

Well, Close To My Heart loves scrapbooking!  We love being able to preserve those moments you never want to forget.  And what better way to preserve them than with some gorgeous papers!  CTMH not only has some exclusive papers to celebrate with, but a beautiful stamp set and a scrapbooking kit, too!  There’s many options so let me break it down for you.

Live Beautifully Paper Pack

Live Beautifully Paper Pack (16 sheets of gorgeous paper; 12 are double-sided and the other 4 are gold foiled single-sided.)

Live Beautifully Stamp Set

Live Beautifully Stamp Set (set of 8 lovely images including empowering sentiments.)

Live Beautifully Cut Above Scrapbooking Kit

Live Beautifully Cut Above Kit (materials to make five coordinating 2-page layouts, including die-cuts, stickers, photo placeholders, and instructions. Plus, it includes six 12″ x 12″ Memory Protectors™!)

D-ring Live Beautifully Album Bundle

Post Bound Live Beautifully Album Bundle

Live Beautifully Album Bundle (choose a post-bound or a D-ring album, plus get the complete Live Beautifully Cut Above Kit, adhesive and a journaling pen.)  And the best part about this Album Bundle? You save 20%!  Yep, gotta love that!

CTMH Gathering Party

And if you love a deal, you’ll love hearing these additional details.  First, if you host a party or submit an order totaling $350 or more, you’ll get the Live Beautifully Cut Above Scrapbooking Kit for FREE! Yep, that’s $44.95 additional you’ll earn for FREE.  So in total, you’d receive $104.95 + any CTMH item for 50% off for submitting a $350 order.  Pretty amazing.

Become a CTMH Consultant

Or maybe you’ve been thinking about becoming a CTMH Consultant.  If that’s the case, May is a great month.  When you sign up, you’ll also receive the Live Beautifully Cut Above Scrapbooking Kit for FREE.

CTMH Consultant Kit

The Consultant Kit is already valued at over $200, so adding in this additional $44.95 kit, makes it a phenomenal deal.  The best part though is getting the $50 Select Product Credit to choose items YOU want and that YOU will use.  =)

As you can see, May is a great time to celebrate your passion for scrapbooking. With several options of exclusive products just for this holiday, there’s no wrong choice!  Be sure to check out all of CTMH’s National Scrapbooking Month specials on MY ONLINE CTMH STORE.