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Salt Watercolor Technique Tutorial

Salt Watercolor Einstein Card

Today we are going to learn how to do a fun (and beautiful!) Salt Watercolor Technique.

Salt Watercolor Technique Supplies

First, let’s start with the supplies you’ll need:

  • All-purpose Mat (Z2045)
  • Watercolor Paints (Z3132)
  • Paintbrush Set–Flat Brush (Z3188)
  • Watercolor Paper (Z3146)
  • Cup of water
  • Kosher Salt

Step 1 for Wetwash Watercolor

STEP 1:

You will want to start by doing a wet wash on your watercolor paper.  Simply wet your paintbrush and apply a coat of water to your paper. Continue reading

Cricut Flower Market Honey Bee Treat Bag

Cricut Flower Market Bee Bag Topper

Here’s a cute (and quick!) idea for creating a bag topper using images from Close To My Heart’s Cricut Flower Market Collection.

This Cricut Collection can be purchased with a physical cartridge or as a digital collection (for the Cricut Explore.)  To see the Cricut Flower Market Collection as well as the CTMH Stamp Sets that coordinate with this collection, visit my ONLINE CTMH STORE.

Close To My Heart’s Art Studio

CTMH Office Tour Ticket

Last week while at CTMH’s Annual Convention, Consultants got the exciting opportunity to visit the CTMH Office for a tour.  Apparently, they recently just did a makeover to the office.  While I never saw the office before this revamp, I must say it looked spectacular!  I have a bunch of photos to share.

CTMH flag

Just look at the scenery from their building.  Simply breathtaking.

Heart Lawn

And then for a bit of cuteness and true creativity, look at how they spray painted hearts on the lawn outside the building.  Okay, now it’s time to go inside!

CTMH's Mission Statement

First off, when you enter the building, they have their mission statement on the wall.

CTMH's Office Wallpaper

You then notice the very striking wallpaper behind the staircase that leads upstairs.  It’s breathtaking in person!  I couldn’t resist getting a photo taken!

CTMH Cricut Heart Mobile

In the lobby, you’ll see another breathtaking item–a heart mobile.  If I remember correctly, there are 770 hearts cut from one of our Cricut Collections to create this masterpiece. Beautiful, right?!?

Wooden Art Display

As you’d expect, they had many masterpieces displayed throughout the office.  These two are my favorites.  I love the creative spin on displaying the artwork.  This wooden one with the clips screams a fairly simple DIY project, right?

Scrapbook Layout Art Wall

And how about this stunningly simple idea for displaying 12 x12 scrapbook layouts?  I loved it the instant I saw it!

Art Studio Welcome Sign

Want to see the Art Studio at CTMH?

CTMH Art Studio

Art Studio Close-up

Art Studio Paper Supply

Art Studio Supply Wall

I was surprised at how simple and clean the area of the Art Studio was.  Of course, I do realize that they probably did a major clean up knowing this tour of Consultant was going to be happening!

Art Studio quote

I especially loved the quote they had on the back wall of the Art Studio.

We found out that the artists are given one of each new product from an upcoming catalog to create artwork samples.  Can you imagine how awesome that would be?!

Jeanette's Office Sign

Once you step around the corner of the Art Studio, there is this cute sign leading you to Jeanette’s office.

Jeanette's Creative Space

Just outside Jeanette’s office is her creative station. Of course, I had to get a photo here, too (please excuse the knobs that look like little antennae from my head!)

You are Welcome Here Sign

Right next to the creative station is a door with another chalk masterpiece. It’s so true–everyone is welcome.  The CTMH Community is so awesome.  If you’ve ever thought about becoming a CTMH Consultant, you should!  I’d be happy to talk more with you about it and answer any questions you might have.  Plus, I just have to say, July is a GREAT time to become a CTMH Consultant.  You can get an additional 12 pack of stamp sets (as part of our Stampaganza promotion) which are valued at over $215!  Wow, huh?

CTMH Tour Guide

So last, but not least, I need to give props to our amazing tour guide, Jose.  He actually works in their IT department so he didn’t really have a lot of firsthand knowledge of the products (although he did say he was a master with the item numbers!)  He said a lot of his paycheck goes back to the company when they host their company store on pay day.  He said he’ll FaceTime with his wife and she’ll tell him what to buy her.  Such a good husband, right?!?

I hope you enjoyed getting a glimpse into the CTMH office.  I know I really loved being able to take this tour.  It was a special experience.  And that is what life is all about–our experiences!

Quick & Easy Goody Bags

 

CTMH Convention 2017

Today marks the start of CTMH’s Annual Convention–well, actually, today is Leadership Day and Day 1 of Convention begins tomorrow.  But even if you’re not attending Leadership (which I am & am so excited to be doing so!), you’re traveling to get to Convention and the excitement is surely building.  Many CTMH Consultants will tell you that this occasion is definitely a holiday in their books. An event NOT to be missed.

And this year is even more exciting because Convention is back in Salt Lake City (it hasn’t been there for 10 years!) so they will be offering a Home Office tour to all attendees.  A behind the scenes tour. How exciting!

Single CTMH Convention Goody Bag

There are many standard activities that occur while at Convention aside from the regularly scheduled activities.  Card swapping, Team Meetings/Celebrations, Roomie Gifts, etc.

CTMH Convention Goody Bags

I’m excited to have several of my team members joining me at Convention this year–the most so far!  These are just part of the gifts that I will be giving to each of them.  I wanted to share these today because they were easy to put together, but look super cute!

Closeup Convention Goody Bag

I started with some fun foil star bags I found in Target’s Dollar Spot (that place gets so much of my money; there is always something cute in that section!)  The stars seemed perfect to go with CTMH’s Little Dreamer Collection so I used CTMH’s Retired Cricut Art Philosophy Collection to cut some tags and then stamped and cut out images with the Little Dreamer Cardmaking Stamp Set + Thin Cuts die set.

To close it up, I used scraps of the Little Dreamer Paper glued to some basic clothespins with Liquid Glass. Then I added some stars I cut with the *NEW* Stars Basic Shapes Thin Cuts dies using Silver Glitter Paper.  Crazy easy to do and completes the look nicely.  And even better is it doesn’t take any hard to find items to make.  Just some cute bags (you could even make some out of paper you have at home if you liked!) and clothespins (Don’t have any?  Check your local Dollar Store.)

Vacation Scrapbooking with Cricut

Close To My Heart’s exclusive Cricut Flower Market Collection has an amazing assortment of images.  Today, we’re going to explore one of the keys in this collection that is perfect for creating tropical vacation scrapbook layouts or even fun mini albums to document those vacations.

Father’s Day Card

Father's Day Card

Father’s Day is right around the corner.  Honestly, I can’t believe today is June 1st!  How did that happen?!?

So if you are looking for a quick and easy (and great looking!) card to use for Father’s Day, look no further than Close To My Heart’s Father’s Day Cardmaking Kit!

Awesome Father's Day Kit Card

Now don’t let the name of this kit fool you.  It has much more to offer than just making Father’s Day cards.  I mean how many of those do you really need, right?  The kit comes with 2 different card designs that you can make 2 different ways–meaning you have a total of 4 options if you wanted!  You receive enough supplies to create 12 cards which is pretty awesome.

Father's Day Card Kit

These first 2 pictures are of the 2 layout designs for this kit.  The first picture is what I created.  You’ll notice that I tweaked it a bit from the original designed one.

Closeup Father's Day Card

I kept a white border around the entire card.  This allowed me to raise up the layers with some 3-D Foam Tape and wrap the twine around without creating a bulky bulge to my card.  I also decided that a bow didn’t seem as manly to me so I did a couple of knots instead.  The final difference was that I used less of the Black Dots.  I really like how it turned out.  But I also really like the original, too!

CTMH Father's Day Cardmaking Kit

So if you’d like a fun card kit that has wonderful interchangeable designs perfect for Father’s Day and beyond, grab yourself a Father’s Day Cardmaking Kit on MY ONLINE CTMH STORE.  There’s still time to make a homemade Father’s Day card!

Oh, and if you don’t have inks on hand, you might want to grab a Black Stamp Pad and a Lagoon Stamp Pad to create the Father’s Day Card (and a Ruby Stamp Pad for the other design!)

FREE Pattern for Scrapbook Layout

May 2017 CTMH Scrapbook Pattern

What better way to celebrate National Scrapbooking Month than with a free pattern for a scrapbook layout?!?

DOWNLOAD PATTERN

Close To My Heart has several books containing amazing layouts just like this one.  The sad news though is that these are retiring come July 31!  There are four different ones to choose from.

CTMH Reflections Scrapbook Layouts

Reflections (1-page layouts with guidance on accompanying layouts to create a 2-page layout)  This book contains 100 patterns!  Wow!

CTMH's Cherish Scrapbook Patterns

Cherish (2-page layouts; 50 total)

CTMH's Imagine Scrapbook Patterns

Imagine (2-page layouts; 50 new layouts)

CTMH's Magic Interactive Scrapbook Patterns

and Magic (2-page interactive layouts; 35 layouts to create traditional layouts or add in interactive elements for more fun!)

Not a scrapbooker?  Don’t worry!  Close To My Heart has also created 2 of these amazing books specifically for cardmakers.

CTMH's Wishes Cardmaking Patterns

You can choose from Wishes which has 100 patterns for card designs.  Or choose their original cardmaking book, Originals, which has 100 different patterns for cards.  That’s a lot of ideas, right?!?

CTMH's Originals Cardmaking Patterns

While it’s the last 2 days of National Scrapbooking Month, there’s still time to grab additional inspiration for the other 11 months of the year.

If you’d like to see how CTMH used this FREE scrapbook pattern to create a gorgeous layout be sure to check out their blog post about it.

National Scrapbooking Month-Live Beautifully

Celebrate National Scrapbooking Month with the Live Beautifully collection from Close To My Heart. This month only, get your hands on the Live Beautifully paper packet with gold foil accents and lush floral designs, the coordinating Live Beautifully stamp set, and a Cut Above® layout kit for quickly and easily creating five incredible 2-page layouts.