Thursday, August 3, 2017

August is Bursting with Opportunities!

It's AUGUST and I am over the moon excited about the opportunities this month with CTMH!
There's something for EVERYONE!

Online Warehouse Sale!  Click HERE to see an awesome selection of 50% Products and Bundles!  
The products change each Tuesday morning at 12:01 am!  If you're a night owl like me, we can stay up and see what new choices at 50% off are!

Hostesses in August will be Happy, Happy, Happy with the additional Rewards that are available!  When party or workshop sales reach the 3rd level of rewards, they JUMP to the next level!  More FREE!  Joy, Joy, JOY!
Hostess Bonus from me, a little gift stamp set, CUTE as can be!  

Now until August 31st is the perfect time to join Close to My Heart as a consultant!  It was one of my best decisions ever back 22 years ago!  I would LOVE to help you get started with your own business!  

* It's only $75 for the value packed Consultant Kit
* You'll receive $50 Select Product Credit for you to add your favorite CTMH products!
* But, wait, there's MORE this month!  When you reach a sales goal, you can choose a Cricut Cartridge OR $99 more FREE product!  
* AND there's cool program called Straight to the Top where you will receive $30 in exclusive stamp sets, plus the opportunity to earn another $200 in rewards!
All totaled, that's about $530!  WOWZERS!
Hang on! There's even MORE.....I will reward you with free product along the way for meeting your Straight to the Top goals increasing the total you could receive to over $630!

I'd love to share the details with you!
Best email to use is

Thursday, July 27, 2017

The Stampaganza Special is Going Soon!

Where did this month go?  Seems like Stampaganza just started and now it's just days from being over! This is one of my favorite specials and it doesn't come around often!  

This year there are some new options!  Several hostess exclusive stamp sets are back!  15 of them!  Wow!
And 12 "Month Word Puzzles" are available for this special only!

See the 27 additional sets here!
Plus all the sets in the Annual Inspirations and Seasonal Expressions 2 catalogs qualify for Stampaganza! 

Stampaganza makes me HAPPY!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Jack the Wiggly Fishing Bear

        I like an Easel Card because it's easy to display and 
super easy to make!

I like this card because it makes me smile!

I like this bear because he's so CUTE and he wiggles!

What's not to like about all of that?
I hope you like it too!

3D Foam Tape under the sentiment square will raise it up enough 
to support the front of the card to stand up.

You might see just a touch of Gold Shimmer on the bear.  
If you're going to wiggle, 
you might as well sparkle while you're at it!

Side view showing how the easel card stands 
and the little spring behind the bear.

Unfortunately, these fun springs are retired.  Boo....
Happy I stocked up before they were gone.

CTMH Products used:
Juniper Stamp Pad and Tombow Blending
ShinHan Touch Twin Markers: 

Retired: Glacier Extra Thick Twine, Adhesive Springs

Friday, May 26, 2017

This Card is a Paper Hug AND it's a Twist and Pop card too!

This style of fancy fold card has been "popping up" lately on Facebook, Pinterest and YouTube. I've enjoyed the many variations I've seen, but I was looking for directions to make a standard size card (4.25" x 5.50") with the simplest steps and technique to use.  I liked Joy Tracey's YouTube video the best (thanks Joy!)  I changed the sizing a bit to create mine as the standard size I was looking for.  See instruction photos at the end of this post.

I used the bright and cheerful colored papers from Little Dreamer, plus a sheet of Thistle and Lagoon cardstock.

The "HUG" letters are from the word Laugh in the May Stamp of the Month Set ~ Live, Laugh, Love.  I just used the last three letters and spelled HUG.

"HUG" Flowers colored with Peony Purple, Pastel Green, Turquoise, Light Orange ShinHan Touch Twin markers.  

Leaves stamped on Lagoon cardstock, shade with 
For a touch of sparkle, add some Clear Shimmer Brush and a Little Dreamer Glitter Gem or two!

Isn't she the cutest?  I colored her hair with the Clay marker and heart with Peony Purple marker.
Skin is with a flesh colored pencil.  Dress and cheeks are with a Bubble Gum CTMH Watercolor pencil.  I added touches of shimmer to everything on the card with the Clear Shimmer Brush.  LOVE it!

 D1711 True Love - Operation Smile Stamp Set
$7 of every purchased stamp goes to Operation Smile!
This set retires July 31, 2017.  

Cut and score the pieces as shown.  You can skip the scoring on the 2nd piece by folding it in half, then opening it and folding each end in to meet the your first fold in the center.  Does the trick without the scoring time!

Use a bone folder to get good crisp folds. This will help the Twist and Pop mechanism to work smoothly.

NOTE: Adhere two patterned pieces 4" x 5 1/4" to the inside of your card base before attaching the pop out mechanism (house).  See my card opened up at the top of page.

Lay the 3" x 10" piece flat on top of the attached mechanism, lining up the center fold with the 2 1/8" markings.  Fold back the two ends and add adhesive as shown. Carefully close the card and rub over the top to reinforce the folds.  Open and close it a few times to ensure it works properly.  
Add 2 1/4" x 2 3/4" pieces of patterned paper to the 3" x 10" pop out piece.  
Decorate as desired.

Other CTMH supplies used:

Monday, May 22, 2017

Glitter and Rainbows and Unicorns, Oh My!

What's more fun than Shimmer (glitter) Trim?  Rainbow colored Shimmer Trim with a magical little Unicorn thrown in for even MORE fun!  
 Add color, any color you'd like on the White Shimmer Trim or even add it on White Glitter Paper!
It's so quick and easy to do with Sponge Daubers and CTMH Exclusive Stamp Pads.  Just tap the color onto the Shimmer Trim and watch the colors come to life!

Left to Right: Blossom, Tangerine, Canary, Glacier, Lagoon, Thistle
 I started on the ends and worked my way toward the middle.  This way I had room for all the colors!

Look at this adorable Unicorn magically prancing across the sky!  It's a fun card with lots of happy!  It's the Unicorn way!

Additional CTMH Supplies:

Sunday, May 21, 2017

More Forever & Always Cards

In my last post, I shared a masculine card with a Feather Overlay design.  I wrote about how I used the beautiful Forever & Always Cut Above Layout Kit and how versatile it is to make cards from the supplies!  

Here are 6 more of the 15 cards I made. 
I LOVE how pretty they are!

I spent a couple of days creating a document with cutting directions, assembly tips, and 35...YES, 35 photos!

Please let me know if you'd like more information on the 15 cards and how you can receive the document to create them for yourself!  Email me 

The Forever and Always Cut Above Layout Kit is available while supplies last!  Find it HERE on my website under Going Soon.  Hurry and order a kit or two before they run out!

Cardstock: Black, Fern, Peacock

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Feathers For You

This is feather design, which would make a great masculine card, is one of a variety of 15 cards in a kit I offered at my National Scrapbooking Day Crop last Saturday.  All 15 cards were cut from the Cut Above Forever and Always Layout Kit. 

I love SO many of the images on that awesome cartridge and this feather design is one of them!

The wood grain background paper is from the Cut Above Forever and Always kit.

CTMH Embellishments: Prickly Pear Sequins

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

A Fun Surprise!

I won a blog challenge award!  Woo hoo!

I recently shared my funny Graduation card on the 
What fun it was to discover I won an award!

I'm so happy my card made you smile!

CTMH Products: 
Some Kinda Wonderful Paper Pack 
Diploma Day Stamp Set
Sweet Birthday Stamp Set (faces)
Green Shimmer Trim
Bitty Sparkles
Mini Stapler

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Llama, Llama, a Piñata!

 Prickly Pear is a fun paper pack in the fabulous new 
CTMH Seasonal Expressions 2 catalog!
This window Birthday card was really came together without a plan other than I wanted to create a piñata with the llama design.  

I used the Prickly Pear Cardmaking Stamp Set and Thin Cuts to whip up 6 of these festive cards.  Besides loving the colorful papers, I dig the new matching Prickly Pear Sequins, Blue Burlap Ribbon, and Oval Thin Cuts!  

Additional CTMH products:
Sea Glass Cardstock
Stamp Pads: CTMH Emerald, Canary and Poppy
Watercolor Pencils (for coloring Happy Birthday)
Other: Wiggly Eyes

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