Thursday, October 1, 2015

October Stamp of the Month Blog Hop - Twinkle

Welcome to the October Stamp of the Month Blog Hop where we are featuring our Twinkle holiday themed stamp set.  If you've come here from Maureen's Blog you are on the right track. If you get lost along the way you can find the complete list of CTMH Consultants participating in the hop HERE.

I made a fun bright Christmas card using a cut from our Artbooking cartridge and watercolors.  
I started by watercoloring the tree and then embossed the light strings and big lightbulbs on top. I scattered a few of our Gold Sequins on the tree for ornaments and finished off by stamping the sentiment in Memento Tuxedo Black (so happy we are selling this ink now!) and framing a smaller panel with Blue Shimmer Trim.
  This card is a bit out of my normal style but I do like experimenting with more clean and simple designs. To purchase any of the products I've used and pick up your limited time Twinkle stamp set, visit my shopping site:

Products Used:

Now hop on over to my friend Darlys Recker's Blog and what she has created to share with us!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Using CTMH Shinhan Touchtwin Markers - quick video!

If you haven't had a chance to use our CTMH Shinhan Touchtwin Markers yet, here is a video showing how to use these beautiful juicy products!

Ready to start your marker collection? You can shop for this fun product at my website:

If you can't see the video below and you are receiving this via e-mail, click the title of this post above to watch the video!

Monday, September 21, 2015

Heart 2 Heart Challenges - Doodling!

Today we have a doodle challenge at Heart2Heart Challenges and I have a confession to make.  I'm really, really not good at drawing.  Yup, it's true.  I stink at drawing pictures which is why I love to stamp because then I can look like an artist!  So I came up with a way to FAKE doodle - you heard that right - I'm going to teach you how to FAKE doodle!

If you have a Cricut Explore machine you know that we can draw on our projects with the pen accessory.  I decided I'd use that feature to help me fake it.  First I picked an image from our new Artistry cartridge that was simple and felt kind of hand drawn.  I changed the image from cut to drawn and attached it to a 4x5.25" square. I used our watercolor paper as I wanted to play some more with that medium. This is what it looked like when it came out of my machine.

I used my new Watercolors and applied color within the drawn lines.  Then I added some background color and when it was dry some Silver Metallic Marker doddled stars (yeah, I can draw stars) and a doodled frame.  I then went over the machine drawn lines with my journaling pen to really give it a hand drawn look!
I totally adore our new Silver Foil Tape - so shiny and fun to use on projects.  For the life of me I couldn't find my silver sequins so I wound up using some gold sequins and coloring them in with our black Shinhan marker - I rubbed most of the color off which gave them a nice gray patina.
I hope you enjoyed my "fake" doodle tutorial!  I really like the way this one turned out and best of all it is one flat piece to pop into the mail!  

Now hop on over to the Heart2Heart Challenges blog and join us in some doodling or "fake" doodling this week!

Want to get the products I've used?  Visit my shopping site at 
or click the links to these specific products:

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Make it From Your Heart Volume 1 and 2 Recipes!

Edit:  I had to update the link to be publicly shared.  You can now access via the updated link below!

I had a question the other day about a layout in one of the Make it From Your Heart volumes.  These recipes are not online under my shopping site unlike the recipes for the Annual Inspirations books so I downloaded the PDFs to my google drive in order to share!

These recipes have the exact Cricut Cuts plus the sizes to cut them included so you can re-create the artwork easily!



Monday, September 14, 2015

National Stamping Month - Close ups and Videos of the Sets!

We are half way through September - have you picked up your National Stamping Month stamps sets yet?  Don't miss out on these fun sets - just $13.95 each or get all 3 and get a discount of $6.90!

Here's a little video to show them in action! If you are getting this via e-mail, you'll need to click the title of this post and visit my blog to see the video:

And don't forget to pick up the September Stamp of the Month while you are at it - this beautiful floral set is only available until the end of the month!

Shop Here:

Idea Book Recipes including Cricut Cuts!

Hey friends -

Did you know that you can find the recipes for all the gorgeous artwork in the Annual Inspirations and Holiday Inspirations Idea Books including the exact Cricut Cuts to use AND the size to cut them???

Yep! All you have to do is visit my shopping site at the link below and you'll see the new books and three links underneath - one to download the PDF of the book, one for the Recipes of all artwork in the book and one for the Product Index for that book!

Pretty darn cool huh? I love being able to find the exact cut and size that the amazing artists at CTMH Corporate used to create their artwork so I can quickly re-create if I choose!

Hope this little tip brightened your day!


Monday, September 7, 2015

Heart 2 Heart Challenges - Coloring Challenge

Today I'm sharing my first pan watercolor project that I made for the Coloring Challenge at Heart2Heart Challenges this week!  I was so excited at Convention this year when I saw we were getting pans of watercolors along with our watercolor pencils.  I've always loved using the pencils but I definitely wanted to experiment with some of the wonderful watercolor techniques I've seen lately!
I chose our new Operation Smile stamp set called Animal Greetings because the critters are just too cute and call out for soft watercolor washes!  
I stamped the image and sentiment on a 2x3" piece of our new smooth surface Watercolor Paper (a must for being able to smooth colors around without risking paper pilling) using Memento Tuxedo Black.
Some of the things I learned in doing my first project:
- if you go directly from the pan to the project you get a chalky look and not a soft wash
- if you let an area dry you can go in with new colors on top (the antlers)
- you can remove an excess of paint by lifting with a damp brush
- use the lid of your paints as a palette to add more water and soften to a wash
-tiny pointed tip brushes are your friend for this size image
-you can use watercolor paints to color regular cardstock too (bottom yellow flower) but you won't be able to move the paint around like you can on watercolor paper
I am definitely looking forward to playing with and learning this new medium! I hope you'll grab your inks, markers, paints, colored pencils, chalks or anything else you like to use and join us at Heart2Heart Challenges this week for our Coloring Challenge! 

If you would like to purchase any of the items I've used in my project or other Close to my Heart goodies, you can visit my shopping site!  We have two brand new Idea Books available now chock full of fun and fab goodies!

Stay crafty my friends!


Sunday, September 6, 2015

National Stamping Month Blog Hop - Hello Life!

Welcome to the National Stamping Month Hello Life Blog Hop! If you've come from Michele's Blog then you are on the right track! 

Today we are showcasing the THREE stamps Close to my Heart has created for this very special month - one for scrappers, one for pocket scrappers and one for cardmakers!  I'll let you in on a secret - they are all so fabulous you'll want to get all three and when you do CTMH will give you a discount! Each set is $13.95 but you can get all three for just $34.95—a savings of $6.90! I'll show you each set at the end of this post.
I used a little something from each stamp set to create this custom sentiment watercolored birthday card!
The new foil tape is so cool!  It adds a dash of shimmer and glitter to the edge and compliments the silver glitter paper sentiment cuts. I love the eclectic look to this card with the watercolored background, popped watercolored pieces and stamping directly onto the card base.

Ready to add these cuties to your stamp stash?  Visit my shopping site and grab these plus other goodies from the brand new Annual Inspirations and Holiday Expressions Idea Books!

Now hop on over to Angela's Blog and see what she has created for us!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Nevermore 7 Project Class - Friday, 11th September 7-9PM

Come join me on Friday, 11th September and make these 7 adorable Nevermore projects featuring the September SOTM!  

This class has 6 standard cards (4.25x5.5") and one beautiful gift bag (5"hx3.5"w) perfect for any small gift!  All projects will be cut and individually bagged just waiting for you to stamp and assemble.  All inks and tools are provided you just bring your favorite adhesives!

When:  Friday, 11th September 7-9PM
Where:  Paige's House in Snoqualmie 
Cost:  $15 
Bring:  Adhesive for card making and pop dots.  
RSVP:  to

Class Description:
Each person will receive a kit that contains each of the 7 projects individually bagged up and ready to assemble.  There is no cutting required!  Simply stamp and assemble for a night full of crafty fun!  
If you can't make the local class, you can pick up your pre-paid kit at your convenience or I can ship pre-cut kits long distance for $6.  

Explore Users and CTMH Consultants:  You can purchase the 7 project Nevermore DS Cut file from me for $5 (Uses Artiste Cartridge). I accept payment through PayPal - just contact me at for payment instructions.  

Here are close ups of this lovely sparkly set!

Optional:  I'm hosting the Zoe 10 page layout class that night as well so double the fun and add an extra class!  Click HERE to see what you'll need to purchase for this class! 
This is also a great time to do the Zoe 7 Card Class if you missed that one in August during Summer Vacation!

September Stamp of the Month Blog Hop - Paper Garden

Welcome to the September SOTM Blog Hop featuring our beautiful Paper Garden stamp set!  If you've come here from Michele's Blog you are on the right track! 

I've been having fun creating with the delicate flowery image stamps in Paper Garden and using our brand new Nevermore paper!  I wouldn't have thought that Halloween paper would go so well with these images but I've created 7 projects with it that showcase the prettier side of Nevermore! 
Today is such a special day because it launches TWO new Idea Books - our Annual Inspirations and a brand new Holiday Expressions went live this morning!  To start purchasing your goodies from these wonderful new books, get your Nevermore paper pack and your September SOTM for just $5, visit my shopping site at:

Now hop on over to Lela's Blog and see what she has created to share with us today!

Thanks for stopping by today!


Brand New Annual Inspirations AND Holiday Expressions Books Launch TODAY!

Are you ready for AWESOME? The brand spanking new Annual Inspirations Idea Book is LIVE today!  This book is full of wonderful new general themed paper packs, stamps, new tools, organizational items and sweet accessories! Click HERE to see the book!
You may have noticed I said general themed - that's because CTMH is once more shaking things up and giving us a Holiday Expression BONUS book that covers the fall and winter holidays! This one is full of holiday themed papers, stamps, accessories PLUS the Stamp of the Month! Click HERE to see the book!
So many wonderful things to see!  If you are like me and you want it all but your bank account is wagging it's finger at your budget line, then you'll be super happy with a new program I'm starting with this Idea Book!

Each month I'll be focusing on ONE or TWO paper lines and the accessory products that go with that particular set.  That means each month I'll be putting together a card class, a layout class and sometimes bonus project classes using that particular set of papers and accessories.  I'll even tell you in advance what papers I'm using to help you budget which months you want to go crazy!

Would you like to make your bank account even happier?  Join my Monthly Rewards Club!  It's a 5 month / $30 min each month program and YOU get to be a hostess during one of the months and get $25 in REWARDS!  For more information Click HERE!

Paper Pack Schedule:
• September: Zoe & Nevermore
See Zoe 10 page Kit HERE

See Zoe 7 Card Kit HERE

Nevermore 6 Card / Gift Bag Class HERE
(Coming 9/1 at 6PM)

• October: Sangria
• November: Urban & White Pines
• December: White Pines & Kaleidoscope
• January: La Vie En Rose
• February: Seasonal Expressions 1 Paper Collection
• March: Seasonal Expressions 1 Paper Collection
• April: Seasonal Expressions 1 Paper Collection
• May: Georgie and National Scrapbooking Month
• June: Seasonal Expressions 2 Paper Collection
• July: Seasonal Expressions 2 Paper Collection
• August: Seasonal Expressions 2 Paper Collection

Monday, August 31, 2015

Monthly Rewards Club!

Join my Monthly Rewards Club!  Receive FREE Products and Perks!

Thank you for your interest in my Monthly Rewards Club!  Each member of the Rewards Club commits for a 5 month period to make a minimum purchase of $30 in any product (plus tax/shipping) each month and during one month of club gets FREE product rewards!  You can be long distance or local as items will be shipped to your house!  You can join alone or with a group of friends! 

-        Each person will be Hostess once during each club session!
-        You will get a minimum of $25 in free products!
-        When sales hit $250 or more, you get a half off item AND $40 in rewards!

-        5 months with 5 people
-        $30 purchase each month (plus tax/shipping – generally $4.95)

-        Each month you’ll receive for FREE the layout instructions and Cricut Explore Files I’ve created to make my Layout Class!
-        Kits are announced in advance and the coordinated items will save you time and money with a complete shopping list to make it easy!
-        You’ll USE what you buy each month – no more stash to hide or store!
-        All orders are placed online and shipped directly to you for just $4.95 (up to 10lb)!
-        Not a scrapper?  No worries!  You can purchase ANY of our products and create your own artwork while STILL getting rewards!

Q:  What if I don’t like the kit of the month?
A:  Then pick any other product that tickles your fancy!  We have lots of cardstock, stamps, accessories, inks, tools and more to order.  You can also get any of my previous kits as long as the papers are still available!
Q:  What if I’m not a scrapper?
A:  I love making cards so you’ll get lots of inspiration from my blog throughout the month for that too!  You are welcome to get just the monthly Cricut Explore cardmaking file instead of the layout files too!
We also have a big line of home d├ęcor and even jewelry Base and Bling that you can get plus still get rewarded by being in a club!

This club is all about buying on a budget and getting FREE rewards for your consistency and loyalty!  I love Close to my Heart products, creating beautiful artwork and maximizing every crafty dollar you spend!

Join Today! 
-        You can contact me by phone at (425) 260-6965
-        E-mail me at

-        PM me at

Monday, August 24, 2015

Artistry Octopus Card - Getting Ready for Senior Year with Heart2Heart Challenges!

This week I'm the Hostess with the Most-est over at Heart2Heart Challenges for the "Working 9-5" challenge!  It's always a blast getting a sneak preview of what the Design Team has created for the week's challenge!

I'm sharing a fun octopus card I made for my son who is starting his senior year or high school in less that two weeks!  He is looking at studying Marine Biology when he goes to college so I immediately thought of the ADORABLE octopus on our new CTMH Artistry cartridge!

Once I got him on the paper I just had to give him some school appropriate things to hold - can you believe how tiny I was able to get the letter on the notebook? The tiny smart phone totally cracks me up too!  All his little accessories with the exception of the notebook (Artbooking I think) come from our new Artistry cartridge.  If you don't have this one yet you NEED to get it - it is just too cool!  I can't wait to give this to him right before school starts!

Stay crafty my friends and make something beautiful today!


Friday, August 14, 2015

Zoe 10 Page Scrap Class - Friday, 11th September - Long Distance Explore and Consultant Files available!

When:  Friday, 11th September 7-9:30PM
Cost:  FREE with materials purchase 
Where:  Paige's House in Snoqualmie, WA
Please purchase your materials by August 31 to ensure your order arrives in time for class!
Questions?  Send me a note at

Materials to purchase for class - click these links to purchase:

All inks and tools will be provided during local class for stamping and assembly.  Bring your own adhesives, foam tape and basic tool kit with scissors.

Come join me for a fabulous and fun Zoe 10 Layout class!  This will be one of the easiest 10 layout classes we've ever done - you cut 6 sheets of patterned paper while my Cricut Explore does the bulk of the work cutting 11 sheets of cardstock to complete your layouts.  Simply stack your layout numbered pieces on the 12x12 bases and assemble!

The class is FREE with materials purchase! 
CTMH consultants can purchase class guides with Explore DS cutting files for just $10!  Contact me at for PayPal payment - word file and cutting file sent upon payment.

For Long Distance customers who own an Explore and the CTMH Artistry cartridge and for CTMH Consultants doing classes, this is how EASY it is to follow the instructions for this layout class!  Each of the patterned papers will have a full cutting diagram noting direction of papers if necessary as well as first cut and second cuts if necessary.  You'll get access to a Design Space file which has each of the 11 sheets of cardstock  - simply load each piece as indicated and as the Explore finishes the cuts, follow the numbered sheets to separate each cut into its layout group!  Easy as can be!  Simple instructions for assembly are also included in your word file.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Ticket to Ride - Heart 2 Heart Challenges

This week's challenge at Heart2Heart Challenges is called "Ticket to Ride". When I started thinking about this challenge I focused on a big drive we have coming up - taking my daughter back to college. After an incredibly fun and enjoyable summer home the time has come for me to take my girl back to school (giant Mommy tears being wiped off my keyboard). 
With the exception of the curvy arrow and the school house, all other pieces were cut from our new Artistry cartridge!  The font on this cartridge is just AWESOME for cutting tiny little letters into things - some of the letters in the word Sophomore are an eighth of an inch!
This card is kind of a map from our house to Pullman going through the Cascade Mountains and driving the curvy roads in the palouse. I'll give it to her just before as I say goodbye at the dorms so we can tell her one more time how proud we are of the amazing young woman she is and that we are looking forward to a fabulous Sophomore year for her at Washing State!  Go Cougs!

I hope you'll join us at Heart2Heart Challenges this week and create your own interpretation of "Ticket to Ride"!

Stay crafty my friends!


Products Used in this Card:
Wanderful Paper Pack (Blue mountains)
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