Last Minute Graduation Gift Ideas

Graduation Cap Card

Are you in need of some last minute graduation gift ideas? Graduation season is in full swing. I just attended one yesterday. A unique, socially-distanced graduation. Graduates could only have 2 guests in attendance. It was outdoors with pairs of chairs set up on the football field–each pair 6 feet apart. The graduates sat on … Read more Last Minute Graduation Gift Ideas

Tone on Tone, Kissing & No-line Watercolor Stamping

Tone on Tone Stamping Technique Sample

Ready to learn how to do Tone on Tone, Kissing & No-line Watercolor Stamping? These are the 3 techniques that we are going to explore in this week’s stamping video. It’s the final video to the 4-part series on stamping with Close To My Heart. If you’ve missed any of the other ones you can … Read more Tone on Tone, Kissing & No-line Watercolor Stamping

How To Create a Floating Box Card

CTMH You Are Enough Floating Box Card

For this week’s Make It Monday (62nd edition), I’m going to share how to create a Floating Box Card. I had created one of these box cards last month with our April Stamp of the Month. It was a huge hit. I’ve had many requests on how to make it. And friends, it’s SO easy! … Read more How To Create a Floating Box Card

How To Do Masking, Base & Shade and Backside Stamping

Stamp Masking Technique Card Sample

Today we are going to learn how to do Masking, Base & Shade and Backside Stamping. It’s the 3rd how-to video in the 4-part series I shared with you over the last 2 weeks. As was true with last week’s video, you’ll continue to build on the same techniques you’ve learned previously. The first technique … Read more How To Do Masking, Base & Shade and Backside Stamping

How-to Do Rock & Roll, Ombre & Shadow Stamping

Rock & Roll Stamping Technique

Today we are going to learn how-to do Rock & Roll, Ombre & Shadow Stamping. It’s the 2nd how-to video in the 4-part series I shared with you last week. As you’ll see in this video, these stamping techniques build on the techniques learned last week. This card sample here shows off the Rock & … Read more How-to Do Rock & Roll, Ombre & Shadow Stamping

12 Stamping Techniques to Try

12 Stamping Techniques to Try

Close To My Heart is releasing a *NEW* 4-part series with 12 stamping techniques to try. In this short 10 minute video we’ll explore the first 3 techniques. We’ll be learning about Solid Stamping, Second Generation Stamping and Random Stamping in this week’s video. Over the years I’ve explored many of these techniques in blog … Read more 12 Stamping Techniques to Try

Techniques Using Oxide Inks

Projects Created with Oxide Ink Techniques

Today I wanted to share some fun techniques using oxide inks with you. You’ll not only learn some great techniques to try but you’ll see some stunning artwork using these techniques, too. I especially love the trick about using our Shimmer Brushes with the Oxide inks. Such a pretty (and easy!) effect. You’ll have to … Read more Techniques Using Oxide Inks

The Easiest Handmade Cards Ever!

CTMH Craft with Heart Card Subscription Box

Today I want to introduce you to the easiest handmade cards ever. The Craft with Heart Card Subscription Box from Close To My Heart is hands down the fastest way to create a bunch of handmade cards that look so beautiful. It really doesn’t get any easier than these kits. Here’s a short video to … Read more The Easiest Handmade Cards Ever!

How to Use the Close To My Heart Die Cutting Machine

Close To My Heart Die Cutting Machine

Have you been wondering how to use the Close To My Heart Die Cutting Machine? Well, if you have, you’re in luck! Today I’m going to share a video overview of this wildly popular die cutting machine. As you heard in the video, this die-cutting machine is currently only available as a hostess reward. They … Read more How to Use the Close To My Heart Die Cutting Machine

How To Create Your Own Ink Pad

CTMH Sapphire Ink Pad

Today I’m going to share with you how to create your own ink pad. With the current pandemic Close To My Heart’s ink pad manufacturer had to stop production for some time. This left the supply of several of our popular colors of ink pads at a very limited number. Since there was no ETA … Read more How To Create Your Own Ink Pad

Tips & Techniques While Documenting Coronavirus

CTMH Let's Stay Home Stamp Set

CTMH Let's Stay Home Stamp Set

Today I thought I’d share this great video showcasing artwork with tips & techniques while documenting Coronavirus by Close To My Heart.  You’ll find a bunch of beautiful artwork from layouts to cards.  And in the second half of the video you’ll learn some easy techniques to add to your own artwork.

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Simple Techniques to Try Today!

CTMH Watercolor Paints

CTMH April Cardstock Carnival Special

Last week, I shared information about Close To My Heart’s April Special–Cardstock Carnival.  Today, I wanted to share this 15-minute video that showcases the artwork shown above and walks you through creating the cheerful yellow card.  You’ll learn some quick & easy techniques that I know you’ll want to try out on your own projects.

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DIY Easter Projects for You & Your Kids!

Celebrate Easter Basket

Angle View My Peeps Easter Treat Holder

Today’s inspiration is all about preparing for Easter.  This morning my daughter asked me if we would be doing anything for Easter since we didn’t really do much for St. Patrick’s Day.  (I generally try to decorate our home, even if it’s only a tiny amount, as well as to do or make something a little extra special for that particular holiday to make it more memorable.)  Well, with all that is going on around the world with COVID-19, I admit our St. Patrick’s Day didn’t quite live up to past ones.

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Virtual Classes & Craft Tutorials

SunnyDay Sessions Project Samples

SunnyDay Sessions Project Samples

We all are spending a little more time at home these days with the coronavirus/COVID-19 situation.  As crafters, we’ve been preparing for this day.  If you’re like me, you have tons of supplies just waiting to be used.  Now is the perfect time to look through that stash of craft supplies and put them to good use!  And we want to help you do that!

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