First Day of School

First Day of School Card

It’s that time of year–time for back to school!  In fact, today was the first day of school for my kids!

Close To My Heart’s August Stamp of the Month, School Year,  is the perfect stamp set for the start of school, end of school and everything in between!

CTMH August Stamp of the Month School Year

For this card, I stamped the pencil image in between the stripes of the Basics Paper Fundamentals and colored them in–that was the longest part of this card! The best touch while coloring in the pencils was using our Metallic Markers to color in the metal rim of each pencil.  It really added a nice touch to it.

The rest of the card went together super quick.  Here are the supplies I used to create the card:

  • School Year August Stamp of the Month (S1708)
  • Black Stamp Pad (Z2805)
  • Cranberry Stamp Pad (Z2816)
  • Basics Paper Fundamentals (Z3353)
  • Goldrush Cardstock (X5962)
  • Cranberry Cardstock (X5975)
  • Sapphire Cardstock (X5957)
  • White Daisy Cardstock (1385)
  • White Twine (Z3216)
  • Metallic Markers (Z1768)
  • ShinHan Barely Beige Marker (Z2445)
  • ShinHan Marigold Marker (Z2457)
  • 3-D Foam Tape (Z1151)
  • Thin 3-D Foam Tape (Z2060)

To shop for these or any other CTMH products, please visit my ONLINE CTMH STORE.


50% off Halloween Crafting Supplies

Monstrous Halloween Card

Today is Tuesday…which means it’s another new week of 50% off deals with CTMH’s Warehouse Sale!  The items this week are all perfect Halloween crafting companions.

Monstrous Halloween Stamp Set + Thin Cuts dies

There’s this super adorable Monstrous Halloween Stamp Set and coordinating die set for only $13.48!  Crazy!  I love this set and have used it so much.  And since it was one of the 50% off items this week, I whipped up this card using it along with our *NEW* Basics Fundamentals.

CTMH Basics Fundamentals Paper

It’s always fun to change up your patterned paper simply by stamping on it.  And that is exactly what I did here with the striped paper.  I used Goldrush ink to stamp the swirly border and Black ink to stamp “eek.”  I really like how it turned out.

Monstrous Halloween Card

For the “window”/shaker part of the card, I used our 3″ x 3″ Flip Flaps.  These work amazingly well for this purpose and are generally overlooked as they are most popular for using with scrapbooking and adding extra photos to layouts.

Side View Monstrous Halloween Card

The other fun tip I want to share with you is what I put inside the Flip Flap along with the monster and the sequins.  I lined the inside of the Flip Flap with a used dryer sheet to give it more texture–sort of a web look if you will.  It’s pretty subtle, but pretty fun, too!  You should never underestimate the things you have lying around your house!

The final touch that is a true “must” with this Monstrous Halloween Stamp Set is to add wiggly eyes.  It adds a whole new dimension to these monsters.  In a way, it brings them to life!

So remember, these Warehouse Deals are while supplies last.  And truthfully, these deals are so great, there’s the perfect timing with Halloween right around the corner AND this set is just too stinkin’ cute.  They’ll be gone before the week is over for sure.  To get your 50% off Halloween deals, visit my ONLINE CTMH STORE right away!

Easy Handmade Cards with CTMH’s Complements

CTMH Inspire Complements

Making a handmade card doesn’t have to be hard or time-consuming.  Especially when you can utilize products that can make the process a whole lot faster and easier.  If you’re not familiar with Close To My Heart’s product line called Complements, let me introduce you to them today.

Closeup of Happy Moments Complements

Complements are a wonderful tool for cardmaking and scrapbooking.  Each package of Complements comes with a variety of stickers, die-cuts and chipboard elements.  Some contain foil and others contain glitter.  They are designed to “complement” a certain theme or color palette.  In my picture here, it’s a close-up of the gold glitter die-cuts contained in the Happy Moments Complements.  Look at how gorgeous that looks?!?  And it’s so super simple to add to the project!

My Friend Card

Here’s the card in it’s entirety.

CTMH Happy Moments Complements

You can see I also used some of the sticker borders to create another accent to my cluster focusing in on my sentiment.  The gold foil hearts coordinate beautifully with the gold glitter die-cut I used along the top of the card.  By adding a few elements from one of the Complements packages, you can create a card that is not only quick & easy, but beautifully coordinated, too!

Currently, CTMH has 14 different Complements to choose from.  To view all of the options, please visit my ONLINE CTMH STORE.

Close To My Heart Consultant Experience

CTMH Consultant Special

Happy Friday!  Since one of Close To My Heart’s Specials this month is for *NEW* Close To My Heart Consultants, I thought I’d share this fun video from this year’s Annual Convention so you could get a peek into the world of being a CTMH Consultant during one of the most exciting times–the release of *NEW* products!

If you’d like to learn more about becoming a CTMH Consultant you can visit my CTMH Consultant FAQs page.  And if you want to see more about this month’s specials for *NEW* CTMH Consultants, you can visit my Rewards Your Way page.

Salt Watercolor Technique Tutorial

Salt Watercolor Einstein Card

Today we are going to learn how to do a fun (and beautiful!) Salt Watercolor Technique.

Salt Watercolor Technique Supplies

First, let’s start with the supplies you’ll need:

  • All-purpose Mat (Z2045)
  • Watercolor Paints (Z3132)
  • Paintbrush Set–Flat Brush (Z3188)
  • Watercolor Paper (Z3146)
  • Cup of water
  • Kosher Salt

Step 1 for Wetwash Watercolor


You will want to start by doing a wet wash on your watercolor paper.  Simply wet your paintbrush and apply a coat of water to your paper. Continue reading

CTMH 2017-2018 Annual Inspirations

CTMH 2017-2018 Annual Inspirations

Have you had a chance to see Close To My Heart’s *NEW* 2017-2018 Annual Inspirations yet?  If not, there are a couple of options for you.  First, you can check out the online version of the book.

Or you could check out this awesome close-up video tour of the catalog!

August CTMH Specials

CTMH Warehouse Sale

August is a very special month with Close To My Heart.  Not only is there the exciting release of the *NEW* 2017-2018 Annual Inspirations Book, BUT they are also offering special deals to suit anyone’s interests.

Like deals on stamping and scrapbooking products?  How about 50% off ?!?!  Yep, *NEW* 50% deals will be loaded onto my ONLINE CTMH STORE every Tuesday during the month of August.  These items will be while supplies last.  So that means tomorrow, there will be a whole new set of deals available.


CTMH Consultant Special

Have you ever thought about becoming a CTMH Consultant?  August is definitely the month to do so.  New Consultants can choose items up to an extra $99  with their already amazing Consultant Kit. You could even get the *NEW* Cricut You are Here Collection!

You can learn all about this special, the benefits, what comes in the CTMH Consultant Kit and even become a CTMH Consultant HERE.

CTMH August Hostess Special

Like to get together with friends and host parties?  CTMH hostesses receive extra hostess rewards this month–whether you get together in person or you just pass around a catalog and collect orders, you score BIG!

No matter what your interests are, CTMH has a deal for you this month!  Be sure to take advantage of whichever deal(s) suits you before it’s too late.

Happy National Watermelon Day!

Cricut You Are Here Watermelon Card

Today is National Watermelon Day.  Did you know that?  I sure didn’t until I saw it listed in my planner for today.

It seemed like the perfect opportunity to create a card!  Plus, when I checked if I had any watermelon images on the Cricut cartridges I owned, this cute watermelon slice popped up in my *NEW* Cricut You Are Here collection. Serendipity, right?

I grabbed my *NEW* Whimsy Fundamentals and Basics Fundamentals along with some Raspberry Cardstock and got to work.  I then added some Black Shimmer Trim, Black & White Dots and some White Twine to finish off the card. All-in-all, it came together pretty quick.

If you’re a fan of watermelon, be sure to celebrate today.  Jamba Juice is even offering a special in honor of the day.  Time to go enjoy some watermelon!