3 Reasons to Attend the November Album Retreat

CTMH Spreading Cheer Album Retreat Layout

Today I want to share 3 Reasons to Attend the November Album Retreat. Truthfully, there are many more reasons to attend any one of Close To My Heart’s Album Retreats. But these 3 are especially key to all of them–no matter the theme. 1. Everything is Pre-cut and Prepped for You As a crafter, I … Read more 3 Reasons to Attend the November Album Retreat

Techniques for Scrapbooking & Cardmaking

CTMH Tutti Frutti Here's the Scoop Layout

Last week Close to My Heart shared a blog post that I feel shows perfectly how intertwined techniques for scrapbooking & cardmaking can truly be. While they were sharing the techniques for scrapbooking, I have no doubt you’ll see just how great these are on a smaller scale–for cardmaking, too! That’s why I’m sharing it … Read more Techniques for Scrapbooking & Cardmaking

Fresh Paint Shaker Card

CTMH Fresh Paint Shaker Card

Today’s Fresh Paint Shaker Card was SO easy to put together. I started with the fun Fresh Paint Picture My Life Cards. It’s always fun to create cards using these because they come with the perfect sized pieces. You can layer together the cards or simply use just one like I did here. When I … Read more Fresh Paint Shaker Card

Duplicate Techniques You See

CTMH May-June Catalog Cover Techniques

About a week ago Close To My Heart shared a blog post about how to duplicate techniques you see. They broke down the techniques they used on the cover of the *NEW* May-June Catalog. It’s interesting to get a look behind it all. I wanted to share it with you today to give you a … Read more Duplicate Techniques You See

Hope & Kindness You’re the Best Card

CTMH You're the Best Card

Today I have this beautiful Hope & Kindness You’re the Best Card to share. This *NEW* Collection really is a must have. The papers are so, so pretty. And the doily die-cuts are ah-mazing! I can’t stop creating with them! This was the first time I had used the smaller doily though. And while I … Read more Hope & Kindness You’re the Best Card

A Virtual Class Celebrating Papercrafting

Crafty Celebration Virtual Class

How would you like to attend a Virtual Class celebrating papercrafting? So fun, right? When I looked at the calendar and saw that May begins on a weekend (and I have that weekend free), I knew it was a sign. That same weekend, the Close To My Heart May-June Catalog will be released. It actually … Read more A Virtual Class Celebrating Papercrafting

Handmade Celebrate Gift Bag

CTMH Many Wishes Gift Bag Closeup

Today I’m sharing my handmade Celebrate Gift Bag. I wanted to use the Floral Layered Stencils in the Many Wishes Cardmaking Kit in another way. Creating a custom gift bag is a fun way to make someone feel special. And it uses the same techniques and principles that creating a handmade card does. So while … Read more Handmade Celebrate Gift Bag

A Geometric Birthday Card

A Geometric Birthday Card

Today I have a geometric birthday card to share with you. I created it with the fabulous *NEW* Cake Day Collection. The papers and patterns are so delightful. This technique is perfect for showcasing double-sided papers. It’s a technique that I’ll be teaching in next week’s tutorial in our Creative Community. Are you a part … Read more A Geometric Birthday Card

An Exclusive Gift for YOU

Exclusive CTMH Slimline Stencils

Today I have an exclusive gift for YOU! Well, not just for today. It’s through Monday, February 28th. I’m currently away enjoying the Hawaii Incentive Trip that YOU helped me earn. Since I won’t be available to answer questions, ship out kits, etc. like I normally would, I wanted to do something to make up … Read more An Exclusive Gift for YOU

How To Create Custom Embellishments

How to Create Custom Embellishments

Who wouldn’t want to know how to create custom embellishments, right? If you’ve taken a class with me or you are on my newsletter list, you likely already know some of these tricks (because I love sharing them!) But if you haven’t heard or seen these before, these ideas might just blow your mind! They … Read more How To Create Custom Embellishments

Be Mine Koala Valentine Card

CTMH Be Mine Koala Valentine Card

How adorable is today’s Be Mine Koala Valentine Card? Seriously, the koala is so cute! Today, I wanted to share a more traditional take on the *NEW* Close To My Heart Smitten Collection. Yesterday’s projects focused in on some of the accent colors of this paper collection. Whereas today, I leaned more into the pink … Read more Be Mine Koala Valentine Card

Numerous Creative Opportunities

CTMH Candid Moments Buildable Tags

Close To My Heart’s Buildable Tags Thin Cuts provide numerous creative opportunities. I wanted to share some of those possibilities. So my October 2021 Mystery Project Kit included several of the die-cuts from this *NEW* die set. In addition to the Buildable Tags Thin Cuts I also wanted to showcase our fun Candid Moments Paper … Read more Numerous Creative Opportunities

Registration is Open for the Fall Edition of Crazy for Cards

{Fall Edition} Crazy for Cards

It’s time to get excited because registration is open for the Fall Edition of Crazy for Cards! We had such a fun time this past Saturday during our Spring Edition. We created 8 handmade cards full of fun folds, techniques and tips. And for those who joined us for the Crop portion, we created a … Read more Registration is Open for the Fall Edition of Crazy for Cards

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

How To Mail a Handmade Pinwheel Card

CTMH Handmade Pinwheel Card

Everyone is in love with our *NEW* Pinwheel Thin Cuts die but the question still remains: how do I mail a handmade pinwheel card? Initially, I thought these pinwheel cards would require hand-delivering. Something that isn’t super easy right now with social-distancing, right? But then I received this one in the mail yesterday from Linda … Read more How To Mail a Handmade Pinwheel Card

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