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Bee Mine Pleated Card

Bee Mine Pleated Card

It’s a little less than a month until Valentine’s Day.  It’s the perfect time to start making those handmade cards for your sweetheart!   Continue reading

Let Love Grow Card

Let Love Grow Card

Today I have another project to share that uses the January Stamp of the Month–Bloom & Grow. Continue reading

Last Call for CTMH October Specials!

Christmas Tunes Stamp Set

It’s the final 2 days to take advantage of CTMH’s October Specials.  First, there is the October Stamp of the Month: Christmas Tunes.  You can get this stamp set for only $5 with a qualifying $50 order.  That’s a savings of $12.95!

Christmas Tunes Card

Here’s a cute card created with this set.  I received this card from Linda C.  I like how she incorporated embossing–both wet and dry!

Share a Smile Card Kit

Contents of Share a Smile Card Kit

Second, we have the awesome card kit in support of Operation Smile.  You can purchase the whole Share a Smile Card Kit or the items separately.  I highly recommend the Punny Pals Thin Cuts!  It’ll be sad to see them go in a few days.  It’s super awesome to not have to fussy cut out the darling critters from the Punny Pals Stamp Set!

To grab these deals before they are gone, visit my ONLINE CTMH STORE.

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.

From the Heart Christmas Card


Santa From the Heart Slider Card

Today on Close To My Heart’s blog, they talked about how the National Stamping Month Special–From the Heart–is designed to be versatile and let you be the artist.  While the From the Heart Stamp Set is definitely a beautiful set–and one which you would use over and over again–these cards can make some pretty amazing holiday cards, too!

Open Santa Slider Card

Here is my spin on these beautiful From the Heart Slider Cards using the *NEW* Little Saint Nick Stamp Set along with the *NEW* Ho, Ho, Ho Stamp.  I absolutely love the Little Saint Nick image.  You may recall I used him in a Circle Accordion Card I shared a few weeks ago.  He’s so cute and easy to and color.  I used our ShinHan Markers in Barely Beige, Tender Pink and Carmine.

Closeup Santa Slider Card

And of course, I couldn’t resist using our Clear Shimmer Brush on his hat trim for a little shine and sparkle!

To purchase your own From the Heart Card Kit or any other CTMH products, please visit my ONLINE CTMH STORE.

Happy 4th of July!

4th of July Card

In celebration of today, I wanted to share this 4th of July card I created.  I combined patterned papers from CTMH’s No Worries and Jack Paper Collections and used the Fourth of July Stamp.

Closeup 4th of July Card

I really like how it turned out!

Layered Star on 4th of July Card

I especially like my layered star I created with the Basic Star Thin Cuts and White Burlap Ribbon (I cut the strands apart in order to make a more delicate look.)

I hope you enjoy your 4th of July!


Close To My Heart’s Retiring List!

2017 CTMH Retirement

It’s that time of year–the time when Close To My Heart announces their Retiring List.  It’s always sad to discover which of their products will be retiring to make room for *NEW* products in the upcoming 2017-2018 Annual Inspirations Catalog (coming August 1st.)  But it’s also a little exciting to know we are that close to some exciting *NEW* products, too!

Friendly Wishes Stamp Set

As usual, you’ll find retiring stamp sets.

Adventure Fundamentals Paper

And papers.

Coral Shimmer Trim


Cricut Artfully Sent Collection

Cricut Collections.

Base & Bling Rhinestones

Jewelry Elements.

Sanding Kit


Rustic Home Ribbons

Ribbons, How-to Books and more!

Be sure to check out the “Going Soon!” section of MY ONLINE CTMH STORE to see all of the items that will be retiring on July 31st.

These items are all while supplies last so some may sell out much sooner than that retiring date.  Get your favorites before they’re gone!

CTMH’s Live Beautifully Special

CTMH National Scrapbooking Special 2017

May is National Scrapbooking Month and this Saturday, May 6th, is National Scrapbooking Day.  Do you have plans to celebrate?  Maybe you’re looking forward to spending some time on projects you’ve wanted to get caught up on?  Maybe it’s just about having some fun with friends doing what you love.

May CTMH National Scrapbooking Month Special

Well, Close To My Heart loves scrapbooking!  We love being able to preserve those moments you never want to forget.  And what better way to preserve them than with some gorgeous papers!  CTMH not only has some exclusive papers to celebrate with, but a beautiful stamp set and a scrapbooking kit, too!  There’s many options so let me break it down for you.

Live Beautifully Paper Pack

Live Beautifully Paper Pack (16 sheets of gorgeous paper; 12 are double-sided and the other 4 are gold foiled single-sided.)

Live Beautifully Stamp Set

Live Beautifully Stamp Set (set of 8 lovely images including empowering sentiments.)

Live Beautifully Cut Above Scrapbooking Kit

Live Beautifully Cut Above Kit (materials to make five coordinating 2-page layouts, including die-cuts, stickers, photo placeholders, and instructions. Plus, it includes six 12″ x 12″ Memory Protectors™!)

D-ring Live Beautifully Album Bundle

Post Bound Live Beautifully Album Bundle

Live Beautifully Album Bundle (choose a post-bound or a D-ring album, plus get the complete Live Beautifully Cut Above Kit, adhesive and a journaling pen.)  And the best part about this Album Bundle? You save 20%!  Yep, gotta love that!

CTMH Gathering Party

And if you love a deal, you’ll love hearing these additional details.  First, if you host a party or submit an order totaling $350 or more, you’ll get the Live Beautifully Cut Above Scrapbooking Kit for FREE! Yep, that’s $44.95 additional you’ll earn for FREE.  So in total, you’d receive $104.95 + any CTMH item for 50% off for submitting a $350 order.  Pretty amazing.

Become a CTMH Consultant

Or maybe you’ve been thinking about becoming a CTMH Consultant.  If that’s the case, May is a great month.  When you sign up, you’ll also receive the Live Beautifully Cut Above Scrapbooking Kit for FREE.

CTMH Consultant Kit

The Consultant Kit is already valued at over $200, so adding in this additional $44.95 kit, makes it a phenomenal deal.  The best part though is getting the $50 Select Product Credit to choose items YOU want and that YOU will use.  =)

As you can see, May is a great time to celebrate your passion for scrapbooking. With several options of exclusive products just for this holiday, there’s no wrong choice!  Be sure to check out all of CTMH’s National Scrapbooking Month specials on MY ONLINE CTMH STORE.