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50% off Halloween Crafting Supplies

Monstrous Halloween Card

Today is Tuesday…which means it’s another new week of 50% off deals with CTMH’s Warehouse Sale!  The items this week are all perfect Halloween crafting companions.

Monstrous Halloween Stamp Set + Thin Cuts dies

There’s this super adorable Monstrous Halloween Stamp Set and coordinating die set for only $13.48!  Crazy!  I love this set and have used it so much.  And since it was one of the 50% off items this week, I whipped up this card using it along with our *NEW* Basics Fundamentals.

CTMH Basics Fundamentals Paper

It’s always fun to change up your patterned paper simply by stamping on it.  And that is exactly what I did here with the striped paper.  I used Goldrush ink to stamp the swirly border and Black ink to stamp “eek.”  I really like how it turned out.

Monstrous Halloween Card

For the “window”/shaker part of the card, I used our 3″ x 3″ Flip Flaps.  These work amazingly well for this purpose and are generally overlooked as they are most popular for using with scrapbooking and adding extra photos to layouts.

Side View Monstrous Halloween Card

The other fun tip I want to share with you is what I put inside the Flip Flap along with the monster and the sequins.  I lined the inside of the Flip Flap with a used dryer sheet to give it more texture–sort of a web look if you will.  It’s pretty subtle, but pretty fun, too!  You should never underestimate the things you have lying around your house!

The final touch that is a true “must” with this Monstrous Halloween Stamp Set is to add wiggly eyes.  It adds a whole new dimension to these monsters.  In a way, it brings them to life!

So remember, these Warehouse Deals are while supplies last.  And truthfully, these deals are so great, there’s the perfect timing with Halloween right around the corner AND this set is just too stinkin’ cute.  They’ll be gone before the week is over for sure.  To get your 50% off Halloween deals, visit my ONLINE CTMH STORE right away!

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

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.

Never Stop Dreaming Card

Never Stop Dreaming Card

Today’s card mixes a fun criss-cross pocket card with shadow stamping.  I created this card for a  card swap I was participating in.  It required that I use a technique (something simple that could be easily duplicated) as well as to use the Keep Dreaming Stamp Set.

Keep Dreaming Stamp Set

The Keep Dreaming Stamp Set is really pretty with the variety of flowers and of course the beautiful, positive sentiment.

When creating my swap card, I wanted to go a different direction than using the flowers, hence the polka dots!

Closeup Never Stop Dreaming Card

It also inspired me to incorporate shadow stamping!  Shadow stamping is super simple to do and adds a really nice visual touch to your project.  You’ll stamp as usual.  Then ink up your image in a different color–it could be lighter like I did here, or if your first color is light, you could do a darker color.   Then stamp that image the same way you did the first time, only shift it over just a tiny bit so it’s not entirely lined up.  This creates the illusion of a shadow to that stamped image.  Easy, right?

Here’s the list of supplies I used to create this card:

  • Keep Dreaming Stamp Set (D1720)
  • Black Stamp Pad (Z2805)
  • Lemon Stamp Pad (Z2808)
  • Little Dreamer Paper Pack (X7219B)
  • Lemon Cardstock (X5785)
  • Black Cardstock (1386)
  • White Daisy Cardstock (1385)
  • Gold Sequins (Z2012)
  • White Twine (Z3216)

To purchase any of these items or any other CTMH product, please visit MY ONLINE CTMH STORE.

Have a Magical Day Card

Magical Day Unicorn Card

In the latest Close To My Heart catalog–the Seasonal Expressions 2–you’ll see the first *NEW* collection is the Little Dreamer.  It’s soft, pastel colors and darling prints like unicorns, hearts and polka dots are so appealing for Spring.

CTMH Sponging Technique to Create Background

It’s also the perfect collection to try some fun sponge stencil techniques with!  In fact, yesterday Close To My Heart did a blog post on just this.

This first layout, they did a fun title using a Cricut cutout and sponging.  You can also use our Thin Cuts dies, too!

First, use a bit of adhesive to attach your title or shape to the page. Next use a sponge dauber or the round sponge to add ink over your title or shape, and then fade the ink into your paper. Once the ink is dry, carefully remove your stencil (if there is any adhesive residue, it’s a cinch to remove with our Rub & Remove™ eraser).

For our artwork, we found it worked best to use both the round sponge and sponge daubers. We used a sponge dauber for a more concentrated look, like you can see immediately around our title, and then the round sponge for fading the ink into the page.

Sponging Tip: If you haven’t used a round sponge before, you’ll want to cut out a pie-shaped wedge from the sponge rather than using the entire sponge. That way your sponging will be more precise, and you can get more use out of your sponge!

We recommend playing with the round sponge and sponge daubers, as well as various amounts of ink, on some scratch paper before sponging onto your artwork.

CTMH Background Sponging Technique

They then did a favorite stencil technique to create a beautiful background; one I love the effect of, but always forget to utilize!  Look at how beautiful those clouds are.  And the depth that is created through a simple technique–amazing!

This stenciling technique is a great way to create unique backgrounds for your artwork. For this page, we attached three clouds to the page and sponged around them. After allowing the ink to dry, carefully removing the clouds, and removing any adhesive, we cut three more clouds and sponged around the edges. Then we popped them up with 3-D tape to give the page dimension. The final look sure is dreamy!

CTMH Border Sponging Technique

Their final layout creates a stunning rainbow border. It’s breathtaking.

You can incorporate multiple colors into your stenciling! Here we used a scalloped piece for our stencil, and then sponged on a rainbow of colors. There are SO many possibilities!

We hope this post has inspired you to try stenciling on your artwork. It really is such a fun way to get in touch with your inner artist!

The supplies I used for my Unicorn Card are:

  • Little Dreamer Cardmaking Stamp Set + Thin Cuts dies (Z3335)
  • Black Stamp Pad (Z2805)
  • Thistle Stamp Pad (Z2840)
  • Glacier Stamp Pad (Z2841)
  • Pixie Stamp Pad (Z2844)
  • Little Dreamer Paper Pack (X7219B)
  • White Daisy Value Pack Cards & Envelopes (X254)
  • White Daisy Cardstock (1385)
  • Black & White Dots (Z3314)
  • Thin 3-D Foam Tape (Z2060)

And for a listing of the products and Cricut sizes used in CTMH’s beautiful scrapbook layouts, check out their blog post.

Tea-rrific Shared Times Card

Tea-rrific Shared Times Card

Happy Friday!  Today I thought I’d share another project created with our March Stamp of the MonthTea-rrific.

March Stamp of the Month Tea-rrific

For this card, I did a split stamping technique with the stack of teacups from this set.  It’s a fun twist having the stamped image go from a uncolored look on one color of cardstock to a vivid, colored image on the white cardstock.

Here’s a complete list of supplies I used to create this card:

  • Tea-rrific Stamp Set (S1703)
  • Black Memento Ink Pad (Z899)
  • Dreamin’ Big Paper Pack (X7218B)
  • Glacier Cardstock (X5770)
  • Black Cardstock (1386)
  • White Daisy Cardstock (1385)
  • Poppy Cardstock (X5779)
  • Pastel Green ShinHan Marker (Z2459)
  • Mahogany ShinHan Marker (Z2456)
  • Turquoise Blue ShinHan Marker (Z2465)
  • Marigold ShinHan Marker (Z2457)
  • Gold Shimmer Trim (Z1985)
  • Bitty Sparkles (Z1263)
  • Thin 3-D Foam Tape (Z2060)
  • Basic Circles Thin Cuts (Z3318)

There’s only 1 week left to get the Tea-rrific Stamp Set!  To purchase this stamp set or any other CTMH products, please visit MY ONLINE CTMH STORE.

Last Minute DIY Valentine’s Day Card

Die Cut Heart Cards

Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day!  Are you ready?  Do you still need to make up a special Valentine’s Day Card?  Here is a quick and really simple way to make a fun Valentine’s Day card.

Basic Hearts Thin Cuts dies

For this card design, I took a little different approach. Using Close To My Heart’s *NEW* Basic Hearts Thin Cuts, I cut out the largest size heart from my cardstock.  Instead of using the heart that was cut out, I’m using the negative space that remains (note: save that heart for another project!)

CTMH Adventure Fundamentals Paper

I took some of our beautiful Adventure Fundamentals that have tiny hearts and adhered it behind the open heart.

CTMH Baby Bundle Stamp Set

I then matted it onto Black Cardstock and onto a White Daisy Card base.  The final touch was a sweet sentiment from the Baby Bundle Stamp Set (a little unexpected, right?)

Cranberry Die Cut Heart Card

I created this design a few different ways.  Two are tone-on-tone.  This first one is done in Cranberry Cardstock with Cranberry Heart B&T Paper (“Background & Texture.”)

Blossom Die Cut Heart Card

This next one is the same idea but using Blossom Cardstock with the coordinating Blossom Heart B&T Paper.

Cranberry & Blossom Die Cut Heart Card

Finally, I decided to mix the two–I used Cranberry Cardstock with Blossom Heart B&T Paper.

Pink Felt Envelope

Rather than using a traditional envelope for my cards for my kids and husband, I found these adorable felt envelopes at Target–in their Dollar Spot (this section is so dangerous!!)

Backside of Pink Felt Envelope

On the back of this Pink Felt Envelope it has this adorable hashtag which I know my daughter will love!

Turquoise Felt Envelope

Then there was this turquoise one.  It sort of reminded me a little of Christmas rather than Valentines’s because of the color combination.

Grey Felt Envelope

But my favorite one was this grey one!  Plus, the other perk of these envelopes are that they are oversized so they fit a card and some fun treats in them perfectly.  A creative and cute packaging idea!

So if you are in a pinch and need a last minute card or envelope, try out this card design and head to Target’s Dollar Spot!



Xoxo Card

It’s time to be making those Valentine’s Cards!  Valentine’s Day will be here before you know it.

Close To My Heart’s *NEW* XOXO Thin Cuts die is the perfect way to make a quick and easy Valentine’s Card!

For this card, I simply cut out two pieces of cardstock and then created a shadow effect when I layered them.  An easy technique, right?

To get supplies to create your Valentine’s Cards, visit MY ONLINE CTMH STORE.