Friday, July 6, 2018

Be a VIP!

Calling all artsy paper crafters!

There's a NEW Facebook Group just for YOU!

 I am SO excited to share that I recently created a special VIP Facebook group called Margi's Artsy VIPS! ! 
The group is for my customers and their friends only! 
I will share:
* creative ideas
*tips & techniques
* how to videos, specials and promotions 
*fun virtual classes!
The virtual classes will allow you to take part wherever you're from and from the comfort of your home! AND, they will be recorded so you can take part when it fits your schedule best! 

* I will also have awesome giveaways! 
The first one will be soon on Monday, July 9th. Join the NEW VIP Group before Monday and I will enter your name in a drawing for a mini stamp set!

While I have many people who have "liked" my CTMH Facebook page, I know that most of them don't see many of my posts. I will continue to post on that page, but you'll get even more inspiration and have even more fun in this new Group!

Because you enjoy cardmaking, scrapbooking, or any type of papercrafting, you will love this new VIP group! Feel free to invite your friends who might be interested as well. When you invite someone to join my Artsy ViP group, you will receive a ticket for an upcoming drawing!

(I love all my CTMH Consultant sisters and Hearts and Pines team members, but this VIP group is specifically for my customers and their friends. Thank you for understanding.)
Contact me with your email address or click the link below and I will be happy to send you an invitation to the group. 

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

A Happy Day to YOU too!

It's my Birthday today and
I'd love to send YOU a card and a gift!

How you ask? 
It's so Easy! Place an order on my website today through 6 pm CDT Tuesday, June 20th.

I'll send you a card with a $30 order (before ship/tax). 
I'll send you a card AND a gift with a $50 purchase (before ship/tax). 

Which of these two fun cards would you choose?

Submit your order here 
then comment below and I'll send you that card!

They both feature the cute little girl from the June 

Bright, colorful and full of HAPPY! 
The fun argyle is stamped with one little stamp from 
the June CTMH exclusive stamp set - 

 I love this fancy fold card style using the Fresh Air papers.
She makes me want to pick apples!

Thanks for stopping by! 
I hope to be sending you some Happy Mail soon!

Have a great day!

Monday, June 18, 2018

One Little Stamp, So Much Happy Color!

So....I had this idea.  
I thought, what if I took that cute little argyle stamp from the 
D1811 Dad is Rad stamp set (see the whole set below) and used 
rainbow colors stamp pads for a background? 
I gave it a try with ten pretty CTMH Stamp Pads and Ta-Da, 
an amazingly colorful argyle rainbow background was born!
So bright, so colorful, so pretty! 

I dug right in creating these four cards!  
I hope you like them as much as I do!

 Surprisingly, it didn't take that long to stamp the background on White Daisy cardstock. Plus, it was easy to line up each section because of the beauty of CTMH Acrylix Stamps and Blocks! I used my favorite rainbow colors of CTMH Stamp Pads and did some stamp rolling. This inking technique is simple to do by stamping the whole stamp in the lighter color and rolling one end in the darker value of the same color.  
For example: Ink the whole stamp in Blossom, then ink just half of the diamond shape Cranberry.

I made larger cards and had a couple of tiny scraps left. Believe me, I was not about to let them go to waste, so I made a 3 x 3 gift card. See the last thin strip of stamped paper I put inside the 
little card? It adds just a touch of rainbow "happy"! 

Do you remember the doll called Rainbow Brite? My daughters had one and here's my version with this little cutie! The June Stamp of the Month "A Bushel & a Peck" girl stamp is adorable!

Like these cards? I'd love for you to visit my website for all these wonderful Close To My Heart products! 

Available through June 30th.

S1806 A Bushel & a Peck June Stamp of the Month
Available through June 30th.  Don't delay getting yours!

Additional CTMH Products used: 
or get
CTMH Exclusive Stamp Pads in your favorite rainbow colors
Cardstock: Blossom, Canary, Willow, Sweet Leaf, Crystal Blue, Thistle, Black
ShinHan Touch Twin Markers
Retired: CTMH Watercolor Pencils
Thankful for You Thin Cuts
Chelsea Gardens Cardmaking stamp set 
C1660 Happy For You - balloon string stamp

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

A Bushel & a Peck Meets Dad is Rad

Let me introduce you to this adorable little gal! I call her Apple Girl and I love her! She's part of our super cute June Stamp of the Month - A Bushel & a Peck.

I thought it would be fun to make a Father's Day card with Apple Girl, so I paired her with the Dad is Rad stamp set.  Both are June exclusive sets, which means June is the only month you can get them!  So don't delay! 

Sadly, I don't have my dad to give a card to anymore. I was thinking back about all the cards I gave him over the 37 years I had with him. I probably hand made his Father's Day and Birthday cards for at least 30 of those years. The early ones were likely a simple piece of construction paper folded in half and decorated with some crayon art, but no matter how they may have looked, I know he loved them. I think he would've liked this one too.

I made two versions of the card. Here's the horizontal version. The background was created using a couple little stamps with two diamond shapes creating a surprisingly quick and easy argyle design.  

Would you like me to send this card to YOU?  
I'd love to!
Simply place a $20 order (before ship/tax) on my website: 
When I receive notice that your order has been placed, I will pop one in the mail to you.  You can even let me which version you'd like, horizontal or vertical, AND if you'd like the sentiment in side to be for Father's Day or Birthday. (See the following photos)
While at my website, be sure to check out the Create the Rainbow promotion with 25% off cardstock, ribbon, and lots of accents! Save $ and get a cute card! Win - Win!

Available June 1 - 30.  $17.95 OR only $5 on a $50 order.
D1811 Dad is Rad stamp set $17.95.  Available through June 30th.

Dad is Rad is also part of a Workshop Kit: 11 sheets of cardstock including Gold Glitter Paper, White Burlap Ribbon, Gold Bow Accents and a downloadable instruction guide.  All that for only $29.95.  Use number CC51810

This set has LOTS of versatility! 
* Put a G in front of Rad and it becomes a Grad card.
* #1 could be for any celebration or achievement.  Even a 1st Birthday!
* Omit the word Dad and stamp Pal, Friend, Mom, Sister, Brother, Daughter, Son, get the idea.  Use an Alphabet stamp set to create any option! 
* The diamond background stamps would be adorable in pastel baby colors, holiday colors, even black and white would be striking. So easy to line up and stamp a great background!

A close up look at this little lady shows just how adorable she is all colored in! 
I used both ShinHan Touch Twin Markers and CTMH Watercolor Pencils.  

Being this card is for a guy, I didn't add any bling. I think since it's a girl giving her dad a card, I thought the Raspberry accents and hearts were just fine. Don't you?  

This vertical version had a bit more room for a larger Raspberry stitched heart. Did you notice I divided the sentiment with half of it above the heart and half below? Here's how: I covered the stamp with tape in the areas I didn't want to ink. I inked the areas I did want, then removed the tape and stamped it on the paper as normal. Works like a charm! 

The inside has Happy Father's Day, but could easily say Happy Birthday!

In this photo, you can see a comparison of the two cards. Which one do you like best? 

CTMH Supplies:
Stamp Pads: Crystal Blue, Sapphire, Raspberry 
ShinHan Touch Twin Markers: Pastel Peach, Clay, Cherry Pink, Marine Blue
CTMH Watercolor Pencils: Dutch Blue, Bubblegum

Saturday, May 12, 2018

A Classic Summer Bash

Can we all agree that we love canning jars? 
They never really go out of style and they are so versatile!

We can drink from them, arrange flowers in them, store food in them and buttons and marbles and nuts/bolts/nails and more!  

They can be candle holders, snow globes, lamp bases and lamp shades, temporary homes to caterpillars, fire flies, and frogs!

 I could go on and on, but what I really want to do right now is share some of the fun I've had lately with this cute little jar. It's in the May Stamp of the Month called a Classic Summer Bash.
The more I play with this delightful set, the more I want to try new things. The ideas will not stop!  I'll post more samples before the month is over.

For now, I'll start with the three cards I recently designed.
Please don't ask me to pick my favorite, I can't do it! 

If you have a favorite, I'd love to send you that card!  Just place a qualifying order on my website of $25 (before ship/tax) and as a thank you, I'll send you a completed card or if you'd prefer that card as a kit ready for assembly, I'll get it in the mail to you! 

Hydrangeas in a pretty blue jar.  How can you go wrong, right?
That pretty pink striped paper is from the Beautiful Friendship pack.
The sentiment is from my favorite stamp set in the new Seasonal Expressions 2. It's called Fresh Air - Cardmaking.  Comes as a stand alone stamp set or bundled with coordinating Thin Cuts.

I discovered the White Ribbon looks really cool fringed! 

Here's some fresh lemonade and a cute pink and white straw.  
This card is sweet and summery with more of those lovely Beautiful Friendship papers!

Wait! Don't forget the guys!   
No matter how you roll the dice, 
Dad deserves a relaxing day!
A bit of Documented and Fresh Air papers are the perfect 
papers for this Father's Day greeting!  

Who knew a little ice cube stamp could double as dice? 
A win with a full house! 
Can you spot the straw?

I hope you've enjoyed these cards.  If you did, leave me a comment with which card is your favorite!

Close To My Heart Supplies:
Honey Watercolor Pencil, Clear Shimmer Brush
CTMH Cricut Cartridge: Flower Market.  Retired: From Artiste (Happy Father's Day)

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Now You Can Create This Project!

Thank you to everyone who contacted me about my 
Humble and Kind Decor Project.
That first version was a bit smaller and needed a custom
 frame size.

Since I've had a number of inquiries on making the piece, I decided to create a slightly larger size to fit a standard 8" x 10" frame and a guide/file with step by step directions and five photos so you can create your own!  

I'm excited to offer TWO options for you to create this project!

1. Purchase the $5 Project Guide/File.  See Add to Cart button

2. Place a $25 order on my website and I'll send you the Project Guide/File FREE!

* With both options, you will receive the Project Guide/File emailed to you.

The PDF guide/file includes 3 pages of directions and photos with close up detail for ease of coloring and assembly.

The PDF has a link to my Design Space file for the Cricut Cuts.  You must own the Close To My Heart Flower Market and Artistry Cartridges to be able to use the file, as well as the Cricut Explore or Maker machine.  The PDF also has the shapes and sizes if you prefer to use your physical Flower Market and Artistry cartridges.

CTMH Supplies Used:  
Stamp Sets: Love Your Life, Jennifer's Hand
Cardstock: White Daisy, Canary, Sweet Leaf, Bashful, Glacier, Fern
Patterned Paper: Chelsea Garden
Accents: Gold Glitter Gems, Clear Sparkles
Supplies: Black Memento stamp pad, CTMH stamp pads: Canary, Bashful, Glacier,
Watercolor Paint set, Medium Waterbrush, Watercolor Pencils, Clear Shimmerbrush, 
3D Foam Tape, Adhesive.

Thank you!  I hope you enjoy creating this project!

$5 Humble & Kind Guide

Monday, April 16, 2018

Always Stay Humble and Kind

 Hi there!  When my Stamp Club met last week, we made this!  
I always love creating our projects together whether they are cards, scrapbook layouts, gift boxes, or tags, but I really LOVE doing home decor projects best!  

Humble and Kind is a great Tim McGraw song and I especially like the line I used on this project. When I saw the April Stamp of the Month set Color Your Life, I instantly thought of 
Always Stay Humble and Kind!

When designing this project, I drew some inspiration from a recent blog post on Make It From Your Heart. Take a look at their beautiful scrapbook page here!

A big thank you to my artsy woodman/hubby for building the frames for us!  They measure 6" x 8.5" inside, 7.5" x 10" outside.  After a good coat of white paint, I sanded them for a lightly distressed look.   

Here's a close up of the pretty flowers made with the 
CTMH Artistry Cricut Cartridge 
and the leaves with the CTMH Flower Market Cartridge. 
The letters for Humble were were cut with the Block Alphabet Thin Cuts which are becoming a fast favorite of mine!

Take a close look at this April Stamp of the Month set and 
it's potential!  
Only available for 2 weeks more weeks!  

Here's a card I shared earlier this month with  
 S1804 Color Your Life   The border stamps in the set are FUN!

Products used:
CTMH Artistry and Flower Market Cricut Cartridges
Cardstock: White Daisy, Bashful, Canary, Glacier, Sweet Leaf, Fern
Patterned Paper: Chelsea Garden
Watercolor Paints and Brushes for splattered background
Watercolor Pencils
Celebrate Card: See April 6th Post