How to Create a Handmade Card in Minutes

CTMH A Simple Thanks Card

Do you know how to create a handmade card in minutes? Sometimes we feel creatively blocked or we become too elaborate with our cards. We finish a card and realize we’ve spent an hour working on it! Sound familiar? Well, today I needed a quick thank you card so I grabbed my Craft with Heart … Read more How to Create a Handmade Card in Minutes

How to Personalize a Gift

CTMH Layered Butterflies Bag Closeup

Today I wanted to share how to personalize a gift by decorating your own gift bag. If you are a card maker or scrapbooker, you already have all the supplies you need to create a beautifully personalized wrapping for a gift. Close To My Heart’s *NEW* Layered Butterflies Thin Cuts makes a wonderful addition to … Read more How to Personalize a Gift

50 Summer Photo Ideas

Picture My Life Summer Photo Layouts

It’s officially summer so there’s no better time than now to share 50 summer photo ideas with you! This was actually a wonderful blog post shared by CTMH last week. It’s the perfect thing to share on this Make It Monday (66th edition.) We will be rolling out those hazy, lazy, crazy days of summer … Read more 50 Summer Photo Ideas

CTMH Weekend Workshop Sale

CTMH Weekend Workshop Layout Samples

Are you ready for a CTMH Weekend Workshop Sale? Starting later today, you’ll find amazing savings on select scrapbooking and cardmaking workshop kits with our Weekend Workshop Sale! This sale will offer incredible deals starting at 2:00 pm (PDT) today, June 18 and ending at 10:59 pm (PDT) on Sunday, June 20. You will love … Read more CTMH Weekend Workshop Sale

How to Shadow Paint with Watercolor Paints

Shadow Painted Ice Cream Cone

Ready to learn how to Shadow Paint with Watercolor Paints? Today I’m sharing video 2 of our 4-part Watercolor Techniques series. Last week we learned about swashing and if you look at the card sample above, it’s used here, too. Additionally, this card uses Shadow Painting. Jill breaks down how easy this is to do … Read more How to Shadow Paint with Watercolor Paints

Hillside Cottage Howdy Friend Card

CTMH Hillside Cottage Howdy Friend Card

Isn’t this Hillside Cottage Howdy Friend Card so cheerful? I love the playful design of this patterned paper from the Hillside Cottage Paper Collection. Since I was already working with the Hillside Cottage Collection, it felt right to go ahead and use the coordinating Hillside Cottage Cardmaking Stamp Set. While all the animals in this … Read more Hillside Cottage Howdy Friend Card

Outdoor Borders Thank You Card

CTMH Outdoor Borders Thank You Card

Today I’m sharing the Outdoor Borders Thank You Card I created. It’s another fun way to use this month’s Stamp of the Month. You can add a little bit of pattern to any project simply by using these border images. It’s fun and so easy to do. I used both the true Desert Rose as … Read more Outdoor Borders Thank You Card

A Sweet Happy Bird-day Card

CTMH Bird-day Card

For this week’s Make It Monday (65th edition), I’m sharing this incredibly sweet Happy Bird-day Card. As soon as I saw this adorable So Tweet Stamp Set in the Close To My Heart May-June Catalog, I was in love. It’s just such a cute set with so much possibility. You might remember another fun card … Read more A Sweet Happy Bird-day Card

The Basics of Watercolor Paints

You're Beautiful Watercolor Card

Today we are going to explore the basics of watercolor paints. Just like our 4-week series on Stamping Techniques, our *NEW* 4-week series is going to focus on Watercolor Techniques. For some, watercolor paints can feel a little intimidating. But the beauty of watercolor is that it’s so organic. You’ll never get the exact same … Read more The Basics of Watercolor Paints

Last Minute Graduation Gift Ideas

Graduation Cap Card

Are you in need of some last minute graduation gift ideas? Graduation season is in full swing. I just attended one yesterday. A unique, socially-distanced graduation. Graduates could only have 2 guests in attendance. It was outdoors with pairs of chairs set up on the football field–each pair 6 feet apart. The graduates sat on … Read more Last Minute Graduation Gift Ideas

A Father’s Day Mini Album

CTMH Father's Day Mini Album

Last week, Close To My Heart shared a Father’s Day Mini Album on their blog. It included photos, a supply list, as well as the cutting diagrams and patterns for creating this fun album. With Father’s Day coming up, there is no better time than now to make a meaningful gift from your heart. And … Read more A Father’s Day Mini Album

Back to Nature Card

CTMH Back to Nature Card

Today’s Back to Nature Card makes the perfect masculine card. Over the weekend I had a team meeting where I taught this fun distress technique. It’s a great way to add some texture through a distressed look but still maintain a clean appearance. I love how my card turned out. I previously taught this technique … Read more Back to Nature Card

A Little Creative Inspiration

SunnyDay Memories Creative Session

Who’s ready for a little creative inspiration? We all can use some, right? As a special gift from me to you each month, when you place an order with a subtotal of at least $50 or more, you’ll receive an exclusive PDF file containing 3 project tutorials. While the projects will feature the current Stamp … Read more A Little Creative Inspiration

Best Dad Ever Card

CTMH Best Dad Ever Card

Ready to be inspired with today’s Best Dad Ever Card? Now is the perfect time to create your handmade Father’s Day cards. And with Close To My Heart’s No Ordinary Dad Special, you have 3 fabulous stamp sets to choose from. Or if you like all 3 of them, you can get the Stamp Set … Read more Best Dad Ever Card