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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

Never Stop Dreaming Card

Never Stop Dreaming Card

Today’s card mixes a fun criss-cross pocket card with shadow stamping.  I created this card for a  card swap I was participating in.  It required that I use a technique (something simple that could be easily duplicated) as well as to use the Keep Dreaming Stamp Set.

Keep Dreaming Stamp Set

The Keep Dreaming Stamp Set is really pretty with the variety of flowers and of course the beautiful, positive sentiment.

When creating my swap card, I wanted to go a different direction than using the flowers, hence the polka dots!

Closeup Never Stop Dreaming Card

It also inspired me to incorporate shadow stamping!  Shadow stamping is super simple to do and adds a really nice visual touch to your project.  You’ll stamp as usual.  Then ink up your image in a different color–it could be lighter like I did here, or if your first color is light, you could do a darker color.   Then stamp that image the same way you did the first time, only shift it over just a tiny bit so it’s not entirely lined up.  This creates the illusion of a shadow to that stamped image.  Easy, right?

Here’s the list of supplies I used to create this card:

  • Keep Dreaming Stamp Set (D1720)
  • Black Stamp Pad (Z2805)
  • Lemon Stamp Pad (Z2808)
  • Little Dreamer Paper Pack (X7219B)
  • Lemon Cardstock (X5785)
  • Black Cardstock (1386)
  • White Daisy Cardstock (1385)
  • Gold Sequins (Z2012)
  • White Twine (Z3216)

To purchase any of these items or any other CTMH product, please visit MY ONLINE CTMH STORE.

Easter Bunny Treat Container

Easter Bunny SOTM Treat Container

It’s the final 2 days to get Close To My Heart’s February Stamp of the MonthEaster Bunny.

I made this fun little treat container using this set–it could be used for Easter but it could also be a little surprise for any day!

February CTMH Stamp of the Month Easter Bunny

This stamp set is so adorable with it’s family of bunnies and sweet sentiments and accessories.

I’ve made these fun triangle containers in different sizes and in different styles.  They are SUPER easy to make and always turn out cute.

Reindeer Food Triangle Container

I have one made into a Santa Hat , Candy Corn as well as a Christmas-themed one–complete with step-by-step instructions so you can make your own!

Give this fun container a try!  And be sure to grab your Easter Bunny Stamp Set before it’s gone!

DIY Paper Flowers

CTMH Paper Flowers

Paper flowers are awesome and definitely trendy right now.  But the best part is, they are SUPER easy to create. While this video features holiday papers, the concept and method for creating a paper flower, holds true for any time of the year.

It’s a quick 3-minute video.  Give it a watch and be inspired to go create your own paper flowers!

And if you wish to create a paper flower the same size as in this video, she uses CTMH’s Cricut Artistry Collection and the dimensions for her petal/leaf cutouts are:

2 3/4″
4 1/4″
5 3/4″


Holiday Wrapping Ideas

Wine Bottle Tags

It’s Christmas Eve eve and maybe you need a few quick, last-minute gift wrap ideas?!  Here are a couple of simple ideas that you could easily duplicate in no time at all.

I Ruff Christmas Wine Bottle Tag

First up, are some Wine Bottle Tags.  These were super easy to come together as I decided to use Close To My Heart’s Picture My Life Cards contained in the City Sidewalks Paper Collection.

CTMH City Sidewalks Paper Pack

Not only do you receive beautiful patterned papers, but you also get a sheet of the 2 sizes of Picture My Life cards (“PML”)–in both vertical orientation and horizontal orientation–making them easy to use no matter what the project!

Home for the Holidays Wine Bottle Tag

Simply start by cutting a piece of cardstock to 10″ x 3″ and then score at 3″.  I chose to add a scallop circle to the center of the square before punching out my circle (1-1/2″) to help reinforce the opening as well as to add a little more fun detail.  You could leave it as a simple rectangle or you could round the corners with a Corner Rounder or you could create a pennant by dovetailing the end as I’ve done here. Then decorate as much or as little as you desire.  I took some cardstock and created a mat behind the PML Card I selected and then adhered it to the center of the tag.  I finished it off with some Bitty Sparkles–these are awesome no matter what the project.  Be sure to have a pair of Tweezers or Non-Stick Micro-Tip Scissors on hand when working with them though–they are so tiny!

Santa Bags

Next up, an adorable Santa Bag! I created these particular bags using a die I borrowed from a friend, but these could easily be made by using any size red bag or tote.  You could even cover lunch sacks with Red Cardstock to create these.  Then all you need to do is add a thin strip of Black Cardstock for Santa’s belt along with a square of Gold Glitter Paper for his buckle.

Fill your darling handmade Santa bags with some tasty homemade treats or even a fun little gift.  No matter what, this cute bag will be a hit and it’s so quick and easy to create!

To purchase any of these supplies or any other CTMH products, visit MY ONLINE CTMH STORE.


Another FREE Scrapbook Layout

Oh Deer Scrapbook Layout

With less than a week until Christmas, it seemed like the right time for another FREE Scrapbook Layout/Pattern courtesy of Close To My Heart!

Close To My Heart has amazing How-To Books that take all the guess work out of creating handmade cards and scrapbook layouts.  Plus, they offer kits called Workshops on the Go (“WOTG”) that offer additional templates not found in these books.

Surf's Up Layout Design using Oh Deer!

Recently, they’ve begun sharing some of these exclusive templates found in past WOTG kits–exciting, right?  This particular one is from our Surf’s Up Collection.  The beauty of these templates is all you do is change up the paper/theme and you have an entirely new look without any of the hard work!

If you missed the last one, you can find it HERE.

And to get the full details/instructions for this layout, you can DOWNLOAD THE SCRAPBOOK TEMPLATE and use it to create beautiful layouts (whether it’s for this Christmas’s photos or for an everyday moment you’ve been waiting to scrapbook.)  Enjoy!

How to Make Confetti Party Crackers


Time is flying by and before you know it, it’ll be time to celebrate the New Year! With Close To My Heart’s November Stamp of the Month, New Year’s Cheer, you will be ready!

New Years Cheer November Stamp of the Month

This stamp set is perfect for creating a Confetti Party Cracker and today I’m going to walk you through the process.

Confetti Party Cracker Supplies

Supplies to gather:

  • Toilet Paper Rolls
  • Tissue Paper
  • Confetti
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Additional supplies for decoration

Cut Confetti Party Cracker



Acting as if you are going to cut a toilet paper roll in half, cut almost entirely across–just leave a small amount uncut.  This will assist with splitting open your cracker when you’re ready once it’s all decorated. Continue reading

FREE Scrapbook Layout Pattern

Sample Scholastic Pattern Layout

It’s Thanksgiving Eve and I’m thinking about all the things I’m thankful for–one of which is all the wonderful people who support me in my CTMH business.  So I thought, what better time than now to share a FREE scrapbook layout pattern for you to use for your upcoming Christmas memories!

Reflections Scrapbook Layout Templates

Close To My Heart offers amazing books full of patterns/templates for both cards and scrapbook layouts.  If you’ve never used them before, you’re in for a real treat!  It definitely takes the guesswork out of the process–especially when you are feeling creatively challenged!

Originals Card Making Templates

And like I said, there are books for both scrapbookers and card makers alike!

Scholastic Layout Pattern Template

These guide books give you a template like pictured here.  Also included are cutting dimensions for the various pieces you’ll need along with step-by-step instructions and full color photos.

Click HERE to make your own scrapbook layout using this layout–whether in a Christmas holiday theme or in another, it’s guaranteed to turn out amazing.