Category Archives: CTMH Card Ideas

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.

Happy National Coffee Day

Coffee Card

Happy National Coffee Day!  In honor of the day, I made up this fun card to celebrate.

I love the combination of Glacier and Peacock together.  It went together pretty easy as I was able to cut out the darling coffee cup using CTMH’s Cricut Artistry Collection along with the *NEW* Block Alphabet Thin Cuts dies.

I cut each letter out twice, adhered them together with Bonding Memories Glue and then embossed them with CTMH’s *NEW* Rose Embossing Folder to give them more texture.

To purchase CTMH products, please visit my ONLINE CTMH STORE.

Stronger Together Slider Card

Stronger Together Slider Card

Since it is the final few days to order Close To My Heart’s From the Heart Slider Card Kit, I thought I’d share another sample card I created with this kit.

Stronger Together Disaster Relief Stamp Set

This time I used the newly released Stronger Together Stamp Set that helps support disaster relief; all proceeds from this stamp set go directly to the Red Cross.

Open Stronger Together Slider Card

To tie the sentiments into the beautiful gold foil slider card bases, I decided to wet emboss both the outside sentiment and inside sentiment in gold, too.

I added in a splash of our Color of the Year–Bashful–but otherwise kept it all to the gold foil and white color palette.

Stronger Together Slider Card Close-up

I even used our Gold Shimmer Brush to add sparkle to the White Daisy Pennant Banner behind the heart.  So super quick and easy!

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

  • Stronger Together Stamp Set (C1716)
  • Versamark Ink Pad (Z891)
  • From the Heart Card Bases & Envelopes (CC1227)
  • Gold Foil Paper (Z3365)
  • White Daisy Cardstock (1385)
  • Bashful Cardstock (X5941)
  • Silver & Gold Paper Pack (X7226)
  • Gold Shimmer Brush (Z3316)
  • White & Gold Ribbon (Z3189)
  • Piercing & Embossing Tool Kit (Z2046)
  • Glue Dots (1772)
  • Thin 3-D Foam Dots (Z3341)
  • 3-D Foam Dots (Z3342)
  • Gold Embossing Powder (Z2066)
  • Craft Heater (Z555)

To purchase these and other CTMH products, please visit my ONLINE CTMH STORE.

Three Tips For Getting Your Christmas Cards Done Early This Year!

Christmas Gift Card

Can you believe that Christmas is exactly 3 months from today?

If you plan on making handmade holiday cards this year, how would you like to get them done early so you can enjoy the holiday season to it’s fullest?

Here are 3 tips for getting your holiday cards done early this year…

  1. First set a date that you want to mail all your cards by.  This gives you a target or goal to work toward.  The USPS says you want to mail by December 19th to ensure delivery by December 24th (with first class domestic mail.)  This is pretty late and won’t give you time to enjoy the season.  How about a few weeks before that?  Maybe December 6th?
  2. If you are local, attend my monthly Card Buffet Classes.  Whether you want just a few handmade holiday cards or a lot, you can get them made at my regular Card Buffets for only $2 each!  And my last one for 2017 is being held on Wednesday, December 6th (the reason to set that as your deadline in Tip #1! 🙂 )
  3. Get on my Mailing List.  Starting on Wednesday, October 4th, I’ll be starting my Annual 12 Weeks of Christmas.  The 1st 5 weeks are dedicated to holiday card project tutorials.  This is a great way to get inspired plus you get the step-by-step instructions to complete them! It’s a win-win for sure!  And super easy.  Simply click on the yellow “Sign up for the newsletter” button and you’re all set.

 

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.