Category Archives: Tutorial

DIY Magnolia Frame Kit

CTMH National Papercrafting Month Frame It Up Special

Earlier this month I shared with you how January is National Papercrafting Month.  In celebration of the occasion, Close To My Heart is offering a gorgeous Magnolia Frame Kit.

CTMH Magnolia Frame Kit Contents

To help you see what’s included in the kit as well as see it being put together, here is a short video (only 2 minutes long!) showing just how easy it is to create this stunning piece.

To get your Magnolia Frame Kit, visit my ONLINE CTMH STORE today!

Dandelion Birthday Wish

Dandelion Wishes Stamp Set

Want a stamp set that is so simple in beauty but makes such a big impact on your projects?  Close To My Heart’s *NEW* Dandelion Wishes Stamp Set is the answer!

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Heart Happy Turkish Fold Card

Heart Happy Paper Collection

Have you ordered your Heart Happy Paper yet?  I am in LOVE with all the designs in this paper pack!  It’s actually sad that these papers are only going to be available through February (or while supplies last!)

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Merry Everything Card

Merry Everything Card

Today’s card is another quick card design with a simple technique to add a special touch to it.  To achieve the Ombre Effect, ink up your stamp image as usual and then stamp it on a piece of scratch paper (this would become Second Generation Stamping if you then stamped the lighter tone on your project.)  Before stamping it on your project, re-ink the bottom portion of your sentiment.  Then stamp it as desired on your project.  Simple, right?

The nice thing about this technique is that you don’t need to limit yourself to one color as I did in this card.  You could use 2 similar shades to get another fun effect.  And with 40 colors offered by Close To My Heart, you’re sure to find the perfect shades for your project.  To see all 40 colors offered, visit my ONLINE CTMH STORE.

Last Minute Handmade Christmas Cards

Good Tidings Christmas Card

It’s less than 2 weeks until Christmas and you haven’t started your Christmas cards yet.  Not to fret!  Here’s a super quick and easy card design that will have you ready to mail your cards in no time.

All you need are 4 pieces:

  • 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ (scored at 4-1/4″) card base
  • 5-1/4″ x 4″ pattered paper
  • 1-1/4″ x 4″ patterned paper (or solid cardstock)
  • 3-1/4″ x 2-1/4″ White Daisy Cardstock

Stamp and embellish card as desired.  Done!  Need some supplies to get started?  Visit my ONLINE CTMH STORE to find all your favorite crafting supplies.

Thanksgiving Treats

So Thankful for You Treat

Happy Thanksgiving!  I hope whether you spend your day with friends or family (or both!) that your soul is filled with joy and gratitude.

Thankful Treat Box

I made these fun treat holders for my kids as well as my niece and nephews.  They are always fun to make.  Plus, they work for any occasion and are quite simple to make.  I did a Triangle Treat Box tutorial that takes you through the process of creating one step-by-step that you can reference to create your own.

Seasonal Trees Bokeh Technique Card

Seasonal Trees November Stamp of the Month

This month’s Close To My Heart Stamp of the Month, Seasonal Trees, offers the chance to try out some really fun techniques with it.  For this month’s Technique Time Class, I taught the ladies the Bokeh technique using the stamp set.  Even though we all had the same supplies, each of our cards turned out a little different–so awesome!

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Festive Popcorn Ornament

Popcorn Ornament

It’s been a pretty busy week for me as I’ve been preparing for a school craft fair today.   I made a bunch of these popcorn ornaments as I love the creative look to them.  I haven’t made them in years.  In fact, if you want to make some of your own, I did a popcorn ornament tutorial 8 years ago (wow, 8 years! )

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