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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.


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


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

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CTMH Stampaganza Special

It’s the final days of Close To My Heart’s Stampaganza.  Don’t miss out on this spectacular deal!  To shop the selection of CTMH’s Stamp Sets, visit my ONLINE CTMH STORE.

Summer Twist Fold Gift Card Holder

Summer Twist Fold Gift Card Holder

Today’s card is one from our Spring Fling Event.  It’s a fun way to present a gift card. Plus, it has a fun look with the twist fold!

We used a couple of techniques with this card aside from the fun fold.  I took 3 sponge daubers to apply the ink to create the multi-colored beach umbrella.  Also, I added some beautiful shine and sparkle to the starfish images with our Gold Shimmer Brush (hard to tell in the photo!)  The Scallop Border (Scallop Punch is now retired) adds a nice feel of ocean waves to the pocket.  The other touch I added to the card that fits in nicely with a worn beach look is to distress the edges of some of the papers.  I used the blade of my scissors, but to be safer, you should use our Edge Distresser to achieve this look.  Plus, with so many blade edges on this tool, it’ll last you a long time! Perfect for distressing many, many projects =)

Inside Summer Twist Fold Gift Card Holder

I kept the look going on the inside of the card, which has another pocket perfect for a gift card, a little note card or both!

CTMH No Worries Paper Pack

Close To My Heart’s No Worries Paper Pack and

No Worries Cardmaking Stamp Set + Thin Cuts dies

No Worries Cardmaking Stamp Set + Thin Cuts dies makes this card come together easily.

To create your own fun summer-themed projects, be sure to grab CTMH’s No Worries Papers before they are gone (items from the Seasonal Expressions 2 Mini Catalog are good through August 31st or while supplies last.)  You can get these and other CTMH products on my ONLINE CTMH STORE.

CTMH Special for Canada’s 150th Anniversary

Canada 150 Stamp

This year Canada celebrated their 150th Anniversary on July 1st.  And as luck would have it, CTMH is introducing a *NEW* exclusive Cricut Collection called Hello Canada.  So…in celebration of this special anniversary, CTMH is offering this Cricut Collection PLUS a special celebration stamp PLUS a paper bundle (which includes *NEW* paper colors!) at a discount only for the month of July.

Canada Cricut Celebration Bundle

If you purchase this Canadian Celebration Bundle this month, you’ll not only be saving some money, you’ll also be getting exclusive *NEW* product early!  These items are all set to release on August 1st. But you can get them NOW. =)

Cricut Hello Canada Images

This *NEW* Hello Canada Cricut Collection is a digital download only.  There will not be a physical cartridge only a code that you will enter into your Cricut Explore machine to access the images.

To purchase this exclusive Canadian Celebration Bundle, visit my ONLINE CTMH STORE.

Happy 4th of July!

4th of July Card

In celebration of today, I wanted to share this 4th of July card I created.  I combined patterned papers from CTMH’s No Worries and Jack Paper Collections and used the Fourth of July Stamp.

Closeup 4th of July Card

I really like how it turned out!

Layered Star on 4th of July Card

I especially like my layered star I created with the Basic Star Thin Cuts and White Burlap Ribbon (I cut the strands apart in order to make a more delicate look.)

I hope you enjoy your 4th of July!


Stampaganza is Back!

CTMH Stampaganza

Let Stampaganza 2017 begin! Buy any two My Acrylix® stamp sets at full retail price and get a third stamp set of equal or lesser value FREE! Choose from any stamp set in the current idea book, plus a collection of popular sets that we have brought back just for Stampaganza!

CTMH Word Puzzle Sets

We’ve brought back our popular Word Puzzle Stamp Sets–you can purchase them either individually or as a whole set during this special promotion.

Like these stamps?  How does getting them for FREE sound? Pretty good, right?  That’s a savings of over $200!  During the month of July, you can get this bundle of stamp sets FREE by becoming a CTMH Consultant OR by hosting a $450 CTMH Gathering.

Popular CTMH Stamp Sets for Stampaganza

Additionally, CTMH is bringing back several other popular stamp sets just for Stampaganza.

Don’t let Stampaganza pass you by. It’s been several years since CTMH offered this amazing deal.  Check out all the stamp set offerings on MY ONLINE CTMH STORE.

Let’s Fiesta Shaker Card

Let's Fiesta Shaker Card

It’s here–CTMH’s Annual Convention!  In celebration of all the excitement of today, I wanted to share this fun shaker card I created using one of the Pocket Cards in the Prickly Pear Paper Pack.

CTMH's Prickly Pear Paper Pack

It’s totally the right sentiment for today! And I love the different look I created with the shaker component–I used some white tulle instead of some clear plastic.

Open Let's Fiesta Shaker Card

It still allows the items sandwiched between to move about, but it gives a lighter, softer look to it.

Here’s the supply list for my card:

  • Fiesta Time Stamp Set (C1681)
  • Tangerine Stamp Pad (Z2809)
  • Emerald Stamp Pad (Z2806)
  • Prickly Pear Paper Pack (X7221B)
  • Prickly Pear Coordinating Cardstock (X7221D)
  • White Value Pack Cards & Envelopes (X254)
  • Basic Circles Thin Cuts dies (Z3318)
  • 3-D Foam Tape (Z1151)
  • Party Confetti
  • White Tulle

If you’d like to purchase some of the items listed or any other CTMH product, please visit MY ONLINE CTMH STORE.