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2019 CTMH Seasonal Expressions 1 Catalog

2019 CTMH Seasonal Expressions Catalog

It’s a fresh new year with fresh *NEW* Close To My Heart products!  Have you seen this amazing *NEW* catalog yet?  You can check out all the wonderfulness it contains right HERE.

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Interactive Scrapbook Layout


Close To My Heart has a fun *NEW* interactive embellishment–perfect for a scrapbook layout.  The *NEW* Spinner is a stampable white chipboard piece complete with a removable moving arrow.  Plus, if that wasn’t cool enough, there’s also a fabulous coordinating stamp set; the Wheel of Life Stamp Set helps make this new embellishment have even more potential!




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Want to give the *NEW* Spinner a try?  Click HERE to get your own set of 3!


Merry & Bright Layout

Sometimes the simplest embellishments are the ones we overlook!  This is true in this layout…the only embellishment used is the Gold Metallic Marker. But boy does it pop, right?

If you look closely, this Merry & Bright page uses dots created with the gold metallic marker to add extra sparkle around the edges of the page. Notice the scalloped accents with outlines in gold marker which adds dimension and draws your eye. Our Metallics Markers (they come in a pair–one gold & one silver!) will make your artwork simply sparkle!  Want to get this effect on your own projects?  Click HERE to get your Metallics Markers.

Making Embellishments Stand Out

Add a bit of white, solid space behind decorative elements, such as this baker’s twine bow, to help them stand out on busy B&T Duos papers, like this chevron pattern from CTMH’s Dotty for You Collection.

To get your Dotty for You Collection before it’s gone, click HERE.

How To Create Pin Flags Technique

I’m just loving Close To My Heart’s Dotty for You Collection especially for National Scrapbooking Month.  Here’s another technique that you could incorporate into your layouts, cards and more…a Pin Flag!

You can make this darling accent from your paper scraps simply by trimming a complementary banner and wrapping it around a pin (like those found in the CTMH’s Bling Assortment) to form a small pin flag.  Cute, right!?

Stars Shine Bright Layout

This year CTMH‘s Annual Convention is going to be held in Dallas, TX with the theme “Stars Shine Bright.”  As part of their marketing for it, they sent Consultants a die-cut postcard a few months ago telling of all the fun to be had.  Instantly I thought, I need to save this and use it in a layout post-Convention!  So I set it aside thinking I would go back to it around August after Convention was over.

Closeup Stars Shine Bright Layout

Then weeks after they mailed these out, they announced they were going to be having a layout contest utilizing this die-cut postcard.  Contest?  You bet!  Time to find that postcard!!

I had the perfect pictures to create a layout using this postcard.  Last summer while at our local county fair, we decided to sit and rest–thinking we would be watching a fun kids’ show.  But it turns out–the kids were the show!  And how darn cute it was!  They had a basic theme to what they were doing, but for a big part it allowed the kids to interact, ad-lib and just have fun.

Stars Shine Bright Layout

The colors of the postcard were perfect for using our *NEW* Dotty for You papers so I couldn’t resist!

Left Stars Shine Bright Page

Right Stars Shine Bright Page

Threading Hemp Thru Buttons

Aren’t you inspired to get your own Dotty for You Paper Pack?  These are only a couple of the patterns that come in it.  To see more of the paper, click HERE.

St. Patrick’s Day: Make Your Own Button Bowl

I got this idea a month or so ago from Pinterest (isn’t that site so addicting!?!?)  Thought it made for a cute and unique bowl–entirely made out of buttons!

Green Button Bowl

To create it, I grabbed a balloon I had on hand–one left over from my kids birthday party a couple years ago (note: try not to use a printed balloon as some of the print can come off when you remove the balloon–a lesson I learned!), some Liquid Glass and 2 bags of Green Assorted Buttons.  I also grabbed a bowl to help hold the balloon in place as I added the buttons with Liquid Glass.

Button Bowl Process

It definitely is a good idea to do this project in stages.  Adding a few buttons with Liquid Glass at a time.  Add too many buttons and you’ll start getting them sliding all over the place!

Once you’ve added as many buttons as you’d like, you can gently peel away the balloon (or pop it then peel it).  After you’ve removed the balloon, apply another coat of Liquid Glass on the inside of the bowl to really strengthen it and then let it dry.  And that’s it.  Now you have a completely unique button bowl that you can either keep for yourself or give away as a gift.  Plus, you can alter the color scheme to work with the various holidays!  How’s that for a fabulous DIY project?!?

Don’t miss these other St. Patrick’s Day posts:
A St. Patrick’s Day Woven Heart Basket
Leprechaun Tricks
Leprechaun Traps
St. Patrick’s Day Wreath


In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb


Are you familiar with the idiom “If March comes in like a lion, it goes out like a lamb” and vice versa?  I remember this from my childhood while growing up in North Dakota (and…I can already hear it…things like “wow, North Dakota?”, “I’ve never known anyone from North Dakota”, “North Dakota?”)  Just the other day I realized, I don’t think I’ve ever heard anyone mention this while living in California.  Could it be that we really don’t experience that cold, unpleasant early March weather and hope for the days of warm, pleasant ones?? I’m really not sure.


One thing is for sure, March is always a fun month for pastel colors and preparations for Easter.  And now with CTMH‘s *NEW* Adhesive Springs, you can create some positively darling projects for the season!  Leave us a comment and let us know how your March came in.  Was it like a lion?  Or maybe a lamb?