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Punny Pals Halloween Boxes

Punny Pals Operation Smile Stamp Set

This month Close To My Heart is trying to give more to Operation Smile–the organization they’ve supported for nearly a decade.  In fact, just this weekend while I was at a scrapbooking retreat hosted by Close To My Heart, we raised nearly $10,000 through an auction.  It was enough to save a mission to Mexico to perform surgeries that was in jeopardy of being cancelled due to lack of funds.  It’s an amazing thing to know that so many children and their parents lives will be improved because of these small actions that together make a big impact.

Punny Pals Die Set

I was super excited when CTMH announced they were going to be offering a limited-edition die set to coordinate with their Operation Smile Punny Pals Stamp Set.  No more fussy cutting–yay!  But–it’s only available during the month of October AND it’s only available while supplies last!

Punny Pals Halloween Boxes

I decided to use the Punny Pals Stamp Set along with the coordinating dies to create a couple of Halloween-“ish” boxes.

Cats and Bats Paper Pack

I used a fun and simple technique of creating my own patterned paper simply by using some Alcohol Markers to color in the lines in between the black stripes.  For one, I did traditional colors (Marigold and Lavender Shin Han Markers) and for the other, I went for the trendy whimsical colors this season (Marigold, Lavender, Turquoise Blue and Tender Pink.)

Share a Smile Card Kit

This is a great month to support Operation Smile through purchasing some great CTMH products.  You could get the Punny Pals Stamp Set, the coordinating Punny Pals Thin Cuts dies, the Share a Smile Card Kit, a t-shirt or even do a direct donation to Operation Smile.

Giving someone the ability to live their lives like so many of us do–without any of the difficulties that having a cleft lip or cleft palate can bring–is a very powerful gift to give.  Help us change someone’s life this month!

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.

CTMH Holiday Collection

CTMH Holiday Expressions Catalog

It’s finally arrived!  Close To My Heart’s holiday collection is here!  The *NEW* Holiday Expressions Catalog is full of crafty goodness for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Fall, Christmas and more.

Santa Circle Accordion Card

I made this fun Santa Circle Accordion Card with the *NEW* Little Saint Nick Stamp and the *NEW* Ho, Ho, Ho Stamp.

Open Santa Circle Accordion Card

I kept mainly to 3 colors with this card–Ruby, Black and White Daisy.

Santa Circle Accordion Card Front


I did add in some additional colors with my ShinHan Markers: Carmine and Lavender blended together for Santa’s hat to match the Ruby color of the cardstock.  Plus, Barely Beige and Tender Pink for his cheeks.

Closeup Santa Circle Accordion Card

And my final touches were adding a large White Dot to the tip of his hat (from the Black & White Dots) and one of my favorite products–the Clear Shimmer Brush to the trim of his hat for some shine and sparkle!

To view and purchase the *NEW* holiday CTMH products, visit my ONLINE CTMH STORE.

First Day of School

First Day of School Card

It’s that time of year–time for back to school!  In fact, today was the first day of school for my kids!

Close To My Heart’s August Stamp of the Month, School Year,  is the perfect stamp set for the start of school, end of school and everything in between!

CTMH August Stamp of the Month School Year

For this card, I stamped the pencil image in between the stripes of the Basics Paper Fundamentals and colored them in–that was the longest part of this card! The best touch while coloring in the pencils was using our Metallic Markers to color in the metal rim of each pencil.  It really added a nice touch to it.

The rest of the card went together super quick.  Here are the supplies I used to create the card:

  • School Year August Stamp of the Month (S1708)
  • Black Stamp Pad (Z2805)
  • Cranberry Stamp Pad (Z2816)
  • Basics Paper Fundamentals (Z3353)
  • Goldrush Cardstock (X5962)
  • Cranberry Cardstock (X5975)
  • Sapphire Cardstock (X5957)
  • White Daisy Cardstock (1385)
  • White Twine (Z3216)
  • Metallic Markers (Z1768)
  • ShinHan Barely Beige Marker (Z2445)
  • ShinHan Marigold Marker (Z2457)
  • 3-D Foam Tape (Z1151)
  • Thin 3-D Foam Tape (Z2060)

To shop for these or any other CTMH products, please visit my ONLINE CTMH STORE.


Storybook Alphabet Dream Card

July CTMH Stamp of the Month Storybook Alphabet

Close To My Heart’s July Stamp of the MonthStorybook Alphabet is a fun, whimsical alphabet set.  It’s perfect to stamp and leave as is, or to grab your markers, colored pencils or even watercolor paints and have fun coloring the letters in for maximum impact!

Storybook Alpha Dream Card

My card today was quick and easy to put together–the longest part was coloring in the letters with my ShinHan Markers!

Closeup of Storybook Alpha Dream Card

And here’s a trick for you if you’re out of 3-D Foam Tape, layer your paper.  I cut out my cloud image 4 times using the Little Dreamer Scrapbooking Thin Cuts cloud die.   I glued them together using Bonding Memories adhesive.  I sponged some Glacier ink around the edges with a sponge dauber for added dimension.  Finally, I took the Clear Shimmer Brush and covered the entire cloud for some fun shimmer and sparkle.

Here’s a complete listing of the supplies I used to create this card:

  • Storybook Alphabet Stamp Set (July Stamp of the Month) (S1707)
  • Memento Black Ink Pad (Z899)
  • Glacier Stamp Pad (Z2841)
  • Little Dreamer Paper Pack (X7219B)
  • Little Dreamer Coordinating Cardstock (X7219D)
  • White Daisy Cardstock (1385)
  • Black Cardstock (1386)
  • Little Dreamer Scrapbooking Stamp Set + Thin Cuts (Z3334)
  • Clear Sparkles (Z3274)
  • Sponge Daubers (Z726)
  • Bonding Memories (1512)
  • Clear Shimmer Brush (Z3293)
  • Golden Yellow ShinHan Marker (Z2452)
  • Turquoise Blue ShinHan Marker (Z2465)
  • Tender Pink ShinHan Marker (Z2464)
  • Leaf Green ShinHan Marker (Z2454)
  • Vivid Green ShinHan Marker (Z2466)
  • Peony Purple ShinHan Marker (Z2462)

Remember, you can get the Storybook Alphabet Stamp Set for only $5 with a $50 qualifying purchase.  That’s an amazing savings; regular retail price for the stamp set is $17.95.  The Stamp of the Month is only available during the month it debuts.  If you like it, get it now!  Come next Tuesday, August 1st, there will be a brand new Stamp of the Month to enjoy.

To purchase the Storybook Alphabet Stamp Set or any other CTMH products, please visit my ONLINE CTMH STORE.

Thankful for You Card


Hello Foxy Thankful for You Card

Today’s card is another created with Close To My Heart’s June Stamp of the MonthHello Foxy. While a bit cutesy, this stamp set definitely is versatile!

Hello Foxy Stamp of the Month

A couple of fun things I really liked about this card and wanted to point out are:

1.) While the wreath in this stamp set isn’t specifically designed to go with our Wreath Thin Cut, I thought it wasn’t too shabby of a union.

Closeup of Hello Foxy Thankful Card

At first I was planning to fussy cut this image but right before I grabbed my scissors to do so, I remembered this die and wondered how closely it would match up.

Wood Slat Embossing of Thankful Card

2.) The second thing I did (which I really like how it turned out–even though it is super subtle) is to use our Wood Slats Embossing Folder with our Woodgrain Pattern (from our Rustic Home Fundamentals Paper Collection.)  It adds just a little more texture and a little more depth to the card.

Don’t forget, the Hello Foxy Stamp of the Month is only available through the end of June.  To get your own stamp set, please visit MY ONLINE CTMH STORE.

Masculine Treat Box

Masculine Treat Box

Father’s Day is rapidly approaching.  Today’s project is the perfect way to package a tasty treat for dad!

CTMH's Jack Paper Pack

Close To My Heart’s *NEW* Jack Paper Collection is perfect for masculine projects–I love it!

Jack Scrapbooking Stamp + Thin Cuts Dies

Plus, the fun coordinating Jack Scrapbooking Stamp Set + Thin Cuts dies is totally the icing on the cake!

In addition to being wonderful for masculine projects–like for Father’s Day!–these papers would be great for Fall projects, too.  Can’t you just see flannel projects with the one pattern?  And what about summer camping trips?  Some great project possibilities for sure.

Be sure to check out the whole Jack Collection as well as the other *NEW* CTMH products on MY ONLINE CTMH STORE.

Live. Laugh. Love. Card

CTMH Seasonal Expressions 2 Catalog

There is always a bunch of excitement when new product is released. Consultants look forward to it.  Customers look forward to it.  It’s always a super exciting time filled with lots of creativity.

CTMH SE2 2017 Card Swap

An additional element that I always love is participating in a card swap featuring these *NEW* CTMH products.  Truly, it’s like Christmas when you open the box of swapped cards and see tons of new ideas with all the new stamps sets, papers and embellishments.

CTMH Live Laugh Love Card

Today I’m going to share one of the cards I received that was created by Jennifer because the timing couldn’t be better as she used this month’s Stamp of the Month!  Plus, I really love how she incorporated additional words to it to create a longer sentiment.  I will definitely be doing this myself!

Live Laugh Love May Stamp of the Month

You might have a sense of familiarity with the May Stamp of the Month as the style is very similar to a popular stamp set offered in the Seasonal Expressions 1 Catalog.  Live, Laugh, Love is a stamp set with 9 images that are perfect for coloring!

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

  • Live, Laugh, Love May Stamp of the Month (S1705)
  • Sending Smiles Stamp Set (from Cricut Flower Market Collection Z3285)
  • Black Stamp Pad (Z2805)
  • Crystal Blue Stamp Pad (Z2817)
  • White Daisy Cardstock (1385)
  • Black Cardstock (1386)
  • Raspberry Cardstock (X5788)
  • Cherry Pink ShinHan Marker (Z2450)
  • Tender Pink ShinHan Marker (Z2464)
  • Turquoise Blue ShinHan Marker (Z2465)
  • Leaf Green ShinHan Marker (Z2454)
  • Clear Sparkles (Z3274)
  • 3-D Foam Tape (Z1151)

Remember, with any $50 CTMH purchase you can get the Live, Love, Laugh Stamp of the Month for only $5!  It’s a savings of nearly 70%!  But this set is only available through the end of May. Don’t miss your chance!  Get your own Live, Laugh, Love Stamp Set at MY ONLINE CTMH STORE.