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Best Friends Furever Now Available!

CTMH Best Friends Furever Special

If you’re like me, you’ve been waiting for this ADORABLE Best Friends Furever Special from Close To My Heart to become available since you saw the sneak peek in the *NEW* November/December Catalog. Continue reading

Holiday Cheer is Here!

CTMH October Holiday Cheer Special

Dress your Christmas tree and presents to the nines this year with beautiful, handcrafted ornaments and gift tags available through this month’s Holiday Cheer Special! Continue reading

Winter Flurries Box

Winter Flurries Box

I love snow.  And snowflakes.  A lot actually.  I’m drawn to snowflake stamp sets, dies, wrapping paper–you name it.  If it has snowflakes, I most likely will love it!  So now that I no longer see it regularly like I did when I grew up in the Midwest, I relish the opportunity to use it in my crafting! 🙂

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Cat Right Angle Fold Over Card

Cat Right Angle Fold Over Card

Several weeks ago, I shared a tutorial on how to make a Right Angle Fold Over Card.  Today, I’m sharing another card I made in this style.  It’s a nice change of pace from the traditional style card for sure.

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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.