Thursday, April 20, 2017

Happy Graduation Card

A card sure to make a graduate smile, especially if it contains some cash!  

This is one of my favorite patterned papers from the Seasonal Expressions 1 catalog, which happens to be retiring April 30th.  Grab a pack or two soon!  It's a print from Some Kinda Wonderful and it became a favorite when I saw the idea of adding fun faces on it.  Then I pictured those funny faces with graduation caps!
One thing led to another and this Grad card was born!



The faces are stamped directly on the patterned paper with the Sweet Birthday Stamp Set and a black CTMH stamp pad.
Stamp some graduation caps on scraps of white cardstock, cut them out, and attach them with some foam tape


Joining some fun design challenges:







Addition CTMH Supplies used:
Retired: Stuck on You Puffies (pink sparkly arrow)
Happy Graduation sentiment - C1649 Smarty Pants stamp set


Monday, March 27, 2017

Who knew? Seashells are Carrots!



It was fun putting a different spin on one of the Swirly Seashells Thin Cuts!  Who knew a shell double as a carrot? There are some tomatoes and sweet potatoes hiding with the shells too! You just need to look for them.  Actually, this die cut could also be an icicle or a tree ornament or more? 

For the the carrots, I cut them from Tangerine cardstock and painted them with a bit of darker orange Watercolor Paints, then added gold highlights with a Shimmer Brush.  To top them off, I cut strips of Willow cardstock and snipped the ends to be sort of fringy.  A little staple holds them in place on the carrots and looks super cute too! 





The month long 25% off sale on all CTMH Thin Cuts and Thin Cuts/Stamp Sets Bundles is nearly over.  Hurry and take advantage of great prices on some of Close to My Heart's most popular products! 


Lot of choices! Check them all out HERE!


Supplies Used:
Tangerine, Willow and Black Cardstock 
Retired: CTMH Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge - Flower

Friday, March 17, 2017

Hello Weekend!

Quick. Easy. Cute!

This card can be made in record time with a fast and fun way to add color without taking time with markers, color pencils, paints, etc.

The Heartfelt Hello stamp from the Seasonal Expressions 1 is a sweet design for many occasions or just a simple "hello" card.

I stamped it in CTMH Exclusive Black ink and quickly added some soft Pixie hearts to add a bit of color.  I dabbed a little of my favorite Shimmer Brush in Clear here and there around the hearts.


I used a bit of Some Kind of Wonderful patterned paper and a fun little set called Way to Go which had the heart border and the tiny heart stamps.

Add a little Pixie Baker's Twine and Black Enamel Dots to jazz it up a bit.

See what I mean?  Quick. Easy. Cute!



Can you see the pretty shimmer on the flowers?  Love the Shimmer Brushes, and they're available in Clear and Gold!  





I always use CTMH Bulk White Daisy Cards and Envelopes.  50 cards and envys for only $14.95!  With ship/tax they come out to .35 each!  What a deal!








Enjoy your weekend!  I hope you have time for a little artsy creativity!








Monday, March 6, 2017

A Sweet Time to Join!

It's a sweet time to join CTMH and my team!
Not only will you receive a value packed consultant kit, but there's even MORE in March!


Bonus in March for joining Close to My Heart and my Team is this Sweet Birthday Stamp set and Thin Cuts bundle FREE!

I can't wait to help YOU get your CTMH business off the ground!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Made with Love for My Little Sweeties

Just a quick picture to share the Valentines I made for my favorite little sweethearts, Miss O and Miss M.  


The cards I made were fast and fun with my trusty Cricut Explore!

The owl is from CTMH Artbooking Cricut Cartridge.  
The cat is a mystery.  I think the shape is one which came preloaded in one of my previous Cricut machines.  

Hope your Valentine's Day was filled with sweet cards made with love!


CTMH Products used:

Retired CTMH Products:
Stamp Sets: S1701Adore You, B1458 Cuddly Salutations
Heart Embossing Folder
Pink Carnation and Baby Pink cardstock
Baby Pink patterned paper (way back!)
Pink Glitter paper
Baby Pink Rick Rack trim

Rubber Duckies: Harmon's, Downtown SLC




Friday, February 10, 2017

Easter Bunny Turned Valentine Bunny!

There is so much more than meets the eye with this adorable and versatile February Stamp of the Month!  This "Easter Bunny" set could be used for Valentine's Day, New Baby, Spring, Birthday, and more!


What happens when I can't design whether the circle should be outlined or not?  I make one of each and I still can't decide!   

I added some pretty Red Shimmer Trim and White Hearts Red Ribbon from the Adventure Ribbon Pack along with the simple dovetailed strips of CTMH Sweetheart Background and Texture papers.  These darling prints are retired but work perfectly for Valentine's Day!  I couldn't resist using them for this card.


How sweet is this girl bunny holding her little red sparkly Valentine heart? So cute!
I colored her with the CTMH Watercolor Pencils with the Tombow Blending Pen to soften the pencils.  I wish my photos would show the pretty shimmer from the Clear Shimmer Brush.  It's the "Oh, I love this!" factor!

S1702 Easter Bunny Stamp of the Month
Watercolor Pencils, Momento Black Stamp Pad
Tombow Blending Pen
Red Shimmer Trim, Clear Shimmer Brush
Adventure Ribbon Pack
Black Cardstock 

Retired products:
CTMH Sweetheart Paper Pack
Z3037 Stuck on You Puffies
Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge - Scalloped Circle shape

Friday, February 3, 2017

He's Here! Mr. Mixed Media Snowman!


This charming little Snowman is ready to come play at your house!  He's made with patterned papers, glitter papers, cardstock, stamps, ink pads, paint, glitter, buttons, and lots of sparkle! 
It's been fun creating him, taking his picture, editing photos, writing directions, editing, and more editing.
The Snowman Project Guide is now complete and ready to send to you so you can make him in your own happy creative space!  


 The project size is 8" x 10" to fit into a standard frame of your choice.


The Snowman Guide consists of 10 pages including:

* 9 photos - Several showing close up detail
* Step by step directions
* 2 pages of pattern pieces for 2 size versions of this project
*See the BONUS option below!  

There are two ways to receive the guide!

* Get it FREE! Place an order of $25 in CTMH product (before ship/tax) HERE on my CTMH website.
You may need a few supplies listed below to complete the project.
When I receive confirmation of your purchase, I will email 
you the Guide.

OR

* Click the Buy Now Button at the bottom of this page 
and purchase the complete Snowman Guide for just $10.
When I receive confirmation of your purchase, I will email 
you the Guide.



There are several close up photos like this one to help you 
create your snowman.
It will be so much fun and you will love him!


Bonus! YAY!
You will also receive patterns to create this smaller version which is 5 3/8" x 7 3/8".
(7" x 8" outside frame dimensions)



Supplies Include:

White and Sea Glass Glitter Paper
ShinHan Touch Twin Markers - Turquoise Blue, Peacock Green, Colorless Blender
Optional marker colors: Vivid Green, WG7 Warm Grey
Pen Pal Alphabet Stamp Set, Archival Black Stamp Pad
CTMH Exclusive Stamp Pads: Chocolate and Black
Journaling Pen, Bonding Memories, Liquid Glass
White Paint, Medium Prisma Glitter, Assorted Buttons and Sparkles


To purchase Snowman Guide for $10, click Buy Now.