A Simple Thinking of You Card

Thinking of You Thoughtful Flowers Card

  Today I’m sharing a quick and easy card created with Close To My Heart’s December Stamp of the Month.  This stamp set–Thoughtful Flowers–is only available through tomorrow! For this card, I embossed the Poppies using Black Pigment ink and Clear Embossing Powder. Then I colored them in using our ShinHan Touch Twin Markers in … Read more A Simple Thinking of You Card

Tips for Coloring Your CTMH Planner

2017 CTMH Planner Pages

  We’ve got a brand new planner system for 2017, and it’s sure to amaze! With fun graphics you can color with a variety of tools, like watercolor pencils, alcohol markers, and ink, this planner will help you stay organized AND creative! In this short video, you’ll get a closer look at the Close To … Read more Tips for Coloring Your CTMH Planner

12 Days of CTMH Deals Day #4

CTMH Daily Deal #4

Day 4 of my 12 Days of Close To My Heart Deals is here and it’s a fun one! Today only when you EMAIL ME with an order totaling $35 in any CTMH product, you will receive a FREE ShinHan Alcohol Marker in your choice of color!  Spend $70, get 2 FREE and so on! … Read more 12 Days of CTMH Deals Day #4

Halloween Candy Kabob

Closeup Halloween Candy Kabob

Monstrous Halloween Candy Kabob

Today’s project is a fun one–a Halloween Candy Kabob I created using small sour cream containers.  If you’d like to create your own, you only need a few simple items.

  • patterned paper
  • bamboo skewers
  • adhesive
  • hole punch
  • stamps, embellishments and ribbon of choice

First thing you’ll do is create 3 sour cream containers in the size of your choosing.  If you’ve never made a sour cream container before, they are super easy!  Here is a video I made a few years back on how to make one to help get you started.

Before you seal up the ends of your sour cream containers, you’ll want to punch a hole through the center of each (to allow you to easily slide the skewer through them.)  Once you seal one end, be sure to fill it up with candy before sealing the other side.

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Happy National Stamping Day!

Create Kindness Friend Cards

  Did you celebrate National Stamping Day by stamping up some beautiful creations?  Perhaps you used Close To My Heart’s adorable Create Kindness Kit they are offering this month only. These are the latest cards I created with the kit.  I added in Shimmer Trim–the perfect complement for sure!  Don’t forget–you can create any color … Read more Happy National Stamping Day!

Purr-fect Halloween

Purrfect Halloween Card

Purrfect Halloween Card

We’re on the tail end of August now and I just realized I haven’t shared any projects with this month’s Stamp of the MonthPurr-fect Halloween (gasp!)

Purrfect Halloween August Stamp of the Month

This truly is a super cute stamp set. And if you like cats (like my daughter!) you will no doubt love this set.

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Paper Hug Card

True Love Operation Smile Card

True Love Operation Smile Stamp Set

Did you know that Close To My Heart supports Operation Smile?  They even offer an exclusive stamp set that donates $7–yep, $7 of the purchase price to Operation Smile to help children have surgeries to correct cleft palate and cleft lip (children who might otherwise never have access to this common service we each can unknowingly take for granted.)  

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You are My Sunshine Card

You are My Sunshine Card

It’s the final few days to get your hands on this month’s Stamp of the Month—Sunshine Birdies. This sweet little stamp set has such a fun whimsical feel to it–from the font of the sentiments to the cheerful birds and butterflies. I used CTMH’s Cricut Art Philosophy to create the base to my card–I thought … Read more You are My Sunshine Card

Cute Easter Basket

Spring Critters Easter Baskets

Spring Critters Easter Baskets

Happy Easter!  Before the day was over, I wanted to share the cute little Easter baskets I made for my kids this year.  They are a twist on one I’ve created before but they turned out so super cute with this year’s *NEW* Spring Critters Stamp Set and coordinating Thin Cuts dies.

Closeup Spring Critter Easter Basket


Look at how easy it is to get a nice image with the coordinating die for this stamp set–I’m so in love with these sets and can’t wait to see what new ones CTMH releases in their May Seasonal Expressions 2!

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Supporting Operation Smile at Scrapbook Expo

Paper Fundamentals Happy Bee Card

Animal Greetings Card

This past weekend was the Scrapbook Expo in Pleasanton.  We offered a free Make-n-Take and wanted to showcase the oh-so-adorable Animal Greetings Stamp Set that benefits Operation Smile.  With each stamp set sold, $7 goes to Operation Smile forever changing the life of a child with a cleft palate or cleft lip.

Animal Greetings Operation Smile Stamp Set

It’s such a cute stamp set that we sold out of what we had in stock within just a few hours on the first day!  

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Spring Themed Self Closing Box

Spring-themed Self Closing Box

Here in Northern California it is feeling a lot like Spring!  What better way to celebrate these warm days than to create some amazing Spring-themed projects!!

I love these Self Closing Boxes! We’ll be making one at my Technique Time on March 8th if you’re interested in learning how to make one.  You can EMAIL ME for details or you can RSVP through MY CLASS CALENDAR.  We’d love to have you join us!

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A Halloween Box Who’s ‘Trick’ is a Treat!

Cricut Artiste Hallowen Box

Cricut Artiste Hallowen Box

This darling little Halloween Box is so quick and easy to put together with the help of Close To My Heart’s Cricut Artiste Collection.  It’s the perfect little box to put a little treat in for your special trick or treaters this Halloween.   Making fun little treats for those special people couldn’t be easier since the Cricut does all the work.  Simply select the size you want (a recommended size is given in the Cricut handbook) and then fold all the score lines, sponge the edges if you’d like–for a little more spooky look–and then glue the tabs together and voila, you have an amazing Halloween Box for giving treats in.

Cricut Artiste Spooky Cute Box

We used the Little Monsters Stamp Set  which is so adorable with it’s spooky cute characters that can be colored in using our ShinHan Alcohol Markers or our Watercolor Pencils.  I don’t think you could create a bad project using this stamp set!  It’s just so cute!  I would recommend prepping all your pieces for the box and adhering them before putting the box all together.  It’ll just make it easier to have nice contact when adhering the spooky creatures to the box.

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CTMH Cricut Artistry–It’s Here!

Framed SOTM Cricut Artistry Card

CTMH Cricut Artistry Collection

It’s here!  Close To My Heart’s *NEW* Cricut Collection–Cricut Artistry. And guess what?  You can purchase the collection in it’s traditional format with a cartridge and booklet OR you can choose the Cricut Artistry Digital Download option.  Both options contain:

  • 700 images
  • 3 coordinating stamp sets
  • a pack of 20 sheets of cardstock (2 sheets each of 10 different colors!)

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How to Make a 4th of July Pinwheel

Exotic Flower Pinwheel

Happy 4th of July!  How about making a fun and festive pinwheel?!?  The perfect DIY project for the 4th of July (or an average summer day!)

Exotic Flower Pinwheel

The key is to always start with a square.  I used Close To My Heart’s Exotic Flower Hostess Stamp Set (B1477) since it is a perfect square.  To make this project interesting, I decided to use a piece of transparency rather than cardstock.  I stamped the image using Black StazOn ink (Z888.)  Then I flipped the piece over and colored in the image using ShinHan’s Warm Grey (Z2468), Carmine (Z2448) and Marine Blue (Z2458) Markers.

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My #1 Paper Crafting Time-Saving Tip!

3 Happy Birds Embossed Cards

Happy Birds Embossed Card We are all short on time, right?  And for many of us with school out for the summer, we have even less time!  Our schedules become tighter than usual.  So how can we still create fabulous things with less time?  Here’s my great time-saving tip…

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