Sunday, August 24, 2014

First week of college Good Luck cards - WSU themed!

My darling girl has been off at college doing the WSU "Week of Welcome".  They have activities and events all week long to welcome the new kids on to campus and give them opportunities to learn how to get around, make friends and get settled in before classes actually start.  I think its an AWESOME program!  While I've missed my girl terribly (okay, I totally moped around the house for a good 5 days) she has been off having a blast, learning how to navigate at college on her own and making lots of friends.  Her roomie is such a sweetie and they hit it off right away so I know its going to be a good year for those two fabulous girls.

Since they've been there for a week but are just starting classes on Monday, I thought it would be a good time to send them some happy mail to wish them luck with their first academic week at school. I whipped up these two cards using the WSU colors (crimson and gray) and my Create a Critter 2 cartridge (one of the few non-CTMH carts that I use).  
I used our new Shinhan Twin Touch marker in Vivid Green to color in the clover on this plain Cricut cut.  Then I topped it with some Liquid Glass to set it apart a bit.  Can you tell I was impatient and took pictures before it had totally dried - LOL!
Can't wait to bring a smile to their faces by sending actual real snail mail to them.  Snail mail with googly eyes is good for 10 extra smiles!  E-mail, text and FaceChat are awesome but there is still something so special about seeing an envelope in your mail box that isn't junk mail or a bill!

Thanks for stopping by today!  And yeah, my kids don't read my blog so I'm safe posting this before I mail it tomorrow!


Saturday, August 9, 2014

WHY did it take me so long.... You are my Happy card with Chalk it Up

Have you ever had something in your crafting stash that you've meant to use but somehow just never got around to it?  This week I decided to use our Circle Spin Cards for one of my Chalk it Up samples.  All I can say is WHY did I wait so long to use these?!?!?!  

The spinning element is such a fun surprise for the receiver but on top of that, these cards are SUPER DUPER thick and luxurious.  This card feels like something you paid big bucks for because the base is so stable and heavy to keep the spinner going without ripping and it has a generous 5x7" size all for a whopping $.89 each!  Cheaper than the cheapest Hallmark!

I made this one with my daughter in mind.  She's off to college soon so I'm bulking up on my "just because" cards to send her happy mail each week.  Its going to be hard being apart from my girl - she's an awesome daughter and we pal around a lot - but I'm incredibly proud of her being one of only 200 incoming Freshmen in the WSU Honors College.  She's sweet, smart and beautiful all rolled into one and I'm going to miss her terribly!

The stamp is our new M sized My Happy stamp - just $2.95!  I used Chalk it Up paper, some Teal and Silver Shimmer Trim, a little bit of the versatile Slate Striped ribbon and on the inside, some of our Lagoon Heart Washi tape. I know she's going to love this one when she pulls it out of the envelope and it spins around telling her how happy she makes me!

I hope you'll give our Circle Spin cards a try - I think you'll be as impressed as I am with the fabulous quality and the fun interactive element is sure to delight!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

New Product - Chalk It Up Birthday Card

Whoo-hoo!  Loving the new Annual Inspirations book and all the gorgeous new paper in it!  This one is called Chalk it Up - the paper has neutral patterns and the stickease has a back to school theme.  Love the subtle black chalkboard paper included in the kit (black middle stripe) and the fun lagoon polka dot paper 'cause who doesn't love happy little polka dots?  BONUS TIME - there is even a new Picture My Life Kit for this paper theme!

I used our awesome Chevron embossing folder for the white piece and snuck some of the new narrow Slate Striped Ribbon (new fav!) on this card.  The sentiment is from our Joyful Birthday set and I paper pieced the present from our cutie-patootie M sized (read - super cheap $2.95 stamp) A Little Gift.  Almost forgot the lagoon colored enamel dots called Aqua Dots - the perfect little accent!

Today is the last day for entries into the NEW Product linky party so enjoy the HUGE amount of inspiration we've rounded up for you! 

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

August CTMH Special - Buy ANY Picture My Life Kit and get extra Page Protectors for $3

Our August Special is a GREAT time to check out our wonderful line of Picture My Life journaling cards.  For those of you who are new to this style of memory keeping, its a great way to inexpensively and quickly preserve your memories!  Simply slip the cards into the pockets of the page protectors, add your photos, add as much or as little journaling on the cards as you'd like and you are DONE!

Each one of our themed kits comes with:
44 - 4x6" Cards (2 each of 22 designs)
78 - 3x4" Cards (3 each of 26 designs)
1- 12x12" Designed Cover Sheet (front and back)
10-12x12" Memory Protectors
all for just $24.95!

While you are ordering, pick up these great accessories to go with your Picture My Life Kits (click on the line to see):

1.  Flexibility!  You can use these on all sorts of projects from cards to memory keeping, home decor, gift tags, mini books and more!
2.  Lots of designs with low repetition of cards!
3.  Unique 12x12" cover page gives you more of an album feel.
4.  Endless mix and match possibilites with multiple kits
5.  Use the cards as a base and add bling, washi tape, stamped images or other embellishments to make it uniquely yours
6.  Let the deigns speak for themselves and leave them plain for a simple flat design
7.  Variety of designs in the page protectors gives you multiple looks (you get three each of 3 different types of journal card pages and one full 12x12" for the cover sheet)
8.  You can store them in our Medium Organizer - multiple sets fit for easy, organized and on-the-go memory keeping
9.  We have a new corner rounder that matches the corners of the cards!
10.  Themed kits!  13 different themes to choose from but each kit contains plenty of generic patterns to give you lots of flexibility.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

New Annual Inspirations Book is Here!

Close to my Heart's NEW Annual Inspirations book is now live! 

How can you get a FREE hard copy?
- Join my 6 month budget club!
- Host a party!

- Local customers can purchase one during class events!

Check out the adorable August Stamp of the Month that you can get for just $5 with a $50 order - wouldn't this make cutie-patootie birthday cards too?

You can order directly online OR give me a call! 

Paige Dolecki, CTMH Consultant and Stampologist
425-260-6965 (Cell/Text)

NEW Idea Book - Brushed Hugs Card

The new Brushed paper pack has lots of bright beautiful colors that pop wonderfully against black.  Don't you just love the fun Polka Dot alphabet stamp with these papers?  I was inspired by the polka dot butterfly stamp in the Brushed WOTG kit to dig up this alphabet.  

While Thistle isn't a color in the set, the new skinny Thistle ribbon was the perfect mini accent on this card taken from our Make it From Your Heart 2 pattern book!
The stamping is done in our beautiful new Pixie pink color and edged with our new Canary yellow ink!

For more inspiration, visit the links on the thumbnails below to see other hoppers playing with new CTMH product!  New projects are added daily through August 7th so be sure to stop by each day!

Friday, August 1, 2014

NEW Idea Book Hop - Brushed Thinking of You Card

Welcome to my first post celebrating the NEW Close to my Heart 2014 Idea Book!  This new annual book is jam packed with 9 new paper packs, lots of new accessories, new tools and fabulous artwork by the Close to my Heart art department to inspire us all!

This card was made with our new Brushed paper pack and features stamping from our A1146 Sincere Expressions set as well as one of our new Gold Bling Gems - love these!

For even more inspiration to use the new CTMH products, click on the thumbnail links below to visit the Blog Hop participants!  New items will be added daily through August 7th so be sure to check back daily!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Retiring List - Gone by the end of this month!

Our next Idea Book is just around the corner - it goes live on August 1st!  Seeing the new goodies is always exciting but saying goodbye to old favorites is bitter sweet.  Here is the list of goodies that are on the retiring list and will be gone by the end of the month.  Often the paper and matching compliments are the first to go along with retiring colors (Buttercup, Skye, Twilight, Creme Brulee and Blush)

So, if you see something you love - order it now as all these items are WHILE SUPPLIES LAST!

These are some of my favorites that are retiring:

Teddy Bear Birthday

Item Number: A1143

Words Of Comfort

Item Number: C1524

Color-Ready Trinkets Wooden Shapes

Item Number: Z1844

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

July 2014 Stamp of the Month - Circus Alphabet

Here is a short video CTMH Corporate put together showing some crafty projects you can create with the July Stamp of the Month "Circus Alphabet".  Love the card with the spiral letters!  You can get this fun D size ($17.95 value) stamp for just $5 with any $50 purchase!  To place your order, visit my online shopping site from now until July 31st to get this big top value!


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Monday, April 14, 2014

Snapshot Mini Album in Artbooking - Video

Hi All -

Here is a fun video CTMH corporate put together showing the Snapshot mini album from our Artbooking cartridge.  I really like how they use pigment inks and one of the overlays as a stencil to get a couple of different looks throughout the book from graduated colors to full intense colors.  You can also use the overlays for spray stencils - way cheaper than the ones you see in the stores!

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Thanks for stopping by today!


Monday, March 31, 2014

Where the heck have I been?

You know you haven't posted to your blog in a while when you start getting notes from blogging buddies asking if everything is okay. Yes, I am still alive and kicking its just home life that has been so crazy busy.  My oldest kiddo is getting ready to graduate from High School this year and we've been busy doing college selection, applications, scholarships, college visits and helping to guide our girl through all the paper work and processes.  All this while she's been maintaining an incredibly difficult senior year with four Advanced Placement classes (Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science and Language Arts) along with Pre-Calc, Psychology and Art.  Yeah, she's a busy girl!

We're so proud of her because she's been accepted to all the school's she applied to and was accepted into the Honor's colleges at two of her selections so far (still waiting on one college).  After a very fun weekend college visit she's made her decision so now some of the college pressure is off and she can focus on studying for her AP exams and finishing up the school year.  I have to admit I won't miss getting up at 5:30AM to get her to zero period AP classes (they start at a sickening 6:30AM sharp every school day) but I will miss having her home.  We are very close and I'm just not ready to really think about the concept of not being with her every day.  Next year our second kiddo is going to take just one of the AP zero period classes so we'll only have to get up at 5:30 AM three days a week - LOL!  I wonder if by kid #3 getting through high school if I'll just become an early morning person???  Somehow I think once I don't HAVE to get up that early anymore that I'll go back to getting up at 7AM.

So, getting back into the swing of things on the crafting front guess what I just bought this weekend?  My very own Cricut Explore!  Yep, I just couldn't take watching all the videos and seeing projects done by other peeps PLUS I still had money on a gift card my husband gave me for Christmas to Michaels.  My take on it so far?  The machine is quiet, has AMAZING precision in its cutting ability and the free two weeks of half the library is cool.  I love that it will separate out all your layers for a cut for push and go project making.  On the down side, the Design Space isn't as flexible as CCR for altering your images.  I know they'll be adding features to this program over the next few months but right now its a bit of a PITA learning a new program that doesn't operate the same as CCR, has a few more limits in certain things and you can't change the files from a Design Space file to a CCR file - meaning I'll still have to design in CCR as well for doing cut-your-own classes.

My first project was helping my youngest with a science fair project - cutting out the title on some mirrored cardstock that I had from a Christmas package.  I used the poster board cut and let me tell you, that sucker cut like BUTTER in the new machine with the regular blade.  I used the Art Philosophy font with the circles on each letter and every single circle was perfectly round - LOVE IT!  So for me, the upgrade was about two things - fast and easy mat layers for doing card classes that I pre-cut for people and the increase in precision cutting.  The increase in precision does come at a cost though, the machine varies its speed to keep the material from ripping and getting precise cuts which means more intricate things cut a little slower than on the E2.  All in all I'm okay with that as I'd much rather have it take a few more seconds and have the cut be perfect.  

Looking forward to sharing projects soon but in the mean time I have a fun Artbooking video to share.  If you don't see the video directly below and are receiving this via e-mail, click out to my blog via the link above to watch a Sprintime layout video!

Thanks for stopping by today!


Wednesday, January 15, 2014

ProPlayer 9 Layout Class - Friday, 31 January 6:30-10PM

Join me on Friday, 31 January for our ProPlayer 9 Layout Class (four doubles and a cover page)!  If you place your order through me I will pre-cut and bag your kit so you are ready to assemble during the class.   If you are a fellow CTMH Consultant, please see the Consultant Kit Page for information on ordering a Conultant Kit that includes the CCR file to re-create for your customers.

Local Pre-Cut Class Kit Price: $30
- Includes ProPlayer Paper, ProPlayer Stickease, Slate Twist Ties, 2 Pacifica Cardstock, 3 White Daisy Cardstock and each layout pre-cut and individually bagged.
- You'll need to bring adhesive, pop dots, sanding kit and non-stick micro-tip scissors to the class (see below to add them to your order. 
- If you are unable to make the class date you can pick up your kit at your convenience.

Long-Distance Pre-Cut Class Kit: $30 Plus Shipping
- Shipped via Priority USPS weighed shipping (usually around $5-7 to ship in the USA).
- E-mail me with your class choices and zip code to for an exact shipping quote.

(inspired by Sue Nielsen at

To make these Layouts order the following materials:
Product Name
Product Number
ProPlayer Paper Pack
ProPlayer My Stickease Assortment
Slate Striped Twist Ties
2 Sheets Pacifica Cardstock
Can be purchased from me during class
3 Sheets White Daisy Cardstock
Can be purchased from me during class

Consumables you’ll need during the class:
3-D Foam tape (Z1151/$5.95) or equivalent pop dots
Tombow Mono Adhesive (1514/$8.95) or equivalent adhesive of your choice

Tools I’ll have available during the class - optional order:
-        Sanding Kit (Z1294/$3.50) or Sandpaper
-        Non-Stick Microtip Scissors (Z1836/$13.95) or equivalent scissors
-        Art Philosophy and Artbooking Cricut Cartridges

You can place your order by contacting me at or at 
(425) 260-6965  and letting me know you are interested in either a local or long distance ProPlayer kit.  If you prefer to cut your workshop on your own (using the Art Philosophy and Artbooking cartridges with my exclusive Cricut Craft Room file, simply place the order for the paper pack, stickease and striped twist ties on my shopping site at and I'll e-mail you the file to the e-mail listed in your shipping information.  If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask! 

Thanks for stopping by today!


Friday, January 3, 2014

Video - Cloud 9 Kit - see what's included in the January National Papercrafting Kit!

Here is a quick video from CTMH corporate showing the January Cloud 9 special for National Papercrafting Month.  Love this kit with its super trendy stamps and fun colors!

Exclusively through me, if you purchase the Cloud 9 Kit ($15 with a $35 order, available only in January) I'll send you the CCR file using Artiste to cut ALL your pieces!  You won't have to cut anything by hand - simply place the indicated papers on your mat and let your Cricut do the work.  Not only that, you'll be able to use the file to cut extra cards using the fun stamp and new papers! Don't have a Cricut?  then simply use the directions that come with the kit to cut the indicated pieces.  CTMH provides one set of stampable Cricut cuts with each kit.

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Thanks for visiting me today!  I know I've been a bit absent on my blog lately, time always gets away from me when my kids are home.  We all love hanging out together and the time I usually spend in my craft room during the day gets taken up by having fun with the kiddos!  They go back to school on Monday and I'll be back in the swing of things then!



Tuesday, December 17, 2013

The latest video in Artbooking Made Easy shows two adorable mini albums using the elegance keys.  Love the 8.5x11" album - what a fun book to put together!

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Just finished the last of my Christmas shopping today (I thought I was done but then I thought of a few more items).  I haven't wrapped anything yet though.  I wonder if Santa will lend me an elf or two for a couple of days.....

Holiday hugs,


Monday, December 16, 2013

3-D Ornament Christmas Card for Heart2Heart Sparkle and Shine Challenge

Hello my crafty friends!

Today I'm sharing my last post for the Heart2Heart Challenges Design Team this season.  We were challenged to make a project using the colors from our Sparkle and Shine paper pack - Ruby, Juniper, Slate  and White Daisy - such fun Christmas colors I knew I'd have to finish up my term by filling up my Christmas card stash!

This fun 3-D card was created by cutting out 4 of the ornament image, folding down the middle and gluing them back to back.  It will fold down for mailing and pop back up when its pulled from the envelope.  What a fun surprise for the person who gets this for Christmas!

Top view to show the dimension on this one.

This card is also a "Sneak Peek" at an upcoming special workshop kit in January - the kit will be called Cloud 9 and comes with washi tape, glitter tape, some fun embellishments, a super trendy stamp set and 5 awesome card patterns.  I took the card patterns and put them all into CCR and cut the workshop featuring different papers and accessories.  I just LOVE how beautiful and classy our patterns are - if you change up the papers and embellishments you get a whole new feel!  

I'll be sharing the rest of the cards over the next week or so and then show you a picture of the Cloud 9 kit - you're going to LOVE it!  It will be available for $15 with a $35 purchase as of January 1 - so worth it as you get a full D size stamp and THREE full accessory packs!

*If you order the kit through me, I'll send you the CCR file so you can cut the entire Cloud 9 kit without having to hassle with a paper trimmer!  My exclusive file uses our Artiste cartridge and I have a bonus layer for the 5 Christmas cards I'll be sharing over the next week as well.  If you love using CCR, consider joining my Hostess Club as I add new files to my exclusive Hostess Club CCR file drive every month! 

So are you ready to get your Sparkle and Shine on and join us in this color challenge?  Simply make a project using the color combination of Ruby, Juniper, Slate and White Daisy and link it to Heart2Heart Challenges and you'll sparkle and shine right up through the New Year!

Holiday hugs,


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