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,


Thursday, December 12, 2013

Snowman Kisses Tic Tac Holder

Welcome to our Festive Friday Blog Hop!  

If you have come here from Jamie's Blog you are on the right track!  This hop is circular so if you keep going around you'll eventually get back here.  If there are any links broken along the way, you can get the blog links by visiting Diane, our hop train conductor HERE.

For this month's hop I'm sharing one of the items I created for the Holiday Bazaars I was a vendor at this year.  These little cuties were one of the items that sold out for me.  I had SO much fun doing the holiday craft bazaars and meeting new ladies!  

This shot shows the dimension I created by using fabric puff paint for his eyes and belly.  Isn't he too cute?

Thanks for stopping by for our Festive Friday hop!  Now head on over to Mary Ellen's Blog and see what she has created to give you holiday inspiration! 

Hope your holiday season is off to a great start!


Video - Swirlin' Shapes - making a dynamic layout

Check out this video from Close to my Heart corporate that shows you how to create a fun dynamic layout using gradually increasing sized shapes using our Cricut cartridges!  This would be a great way to use up scraps of materials and add some pizzazz and movement at the same time!

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What a fun technique!  


Monday, December 9, 2013

Frosty Fun Winter Layouts with Artbooking

Here is another video in the Artbooking Made Easy series from CTMH corporate.  Love the beautiful winter layouts!

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 Pretty cool huh?  I love the ideas they give in the Artbooking Made Easy series.  It's so nice to see the layouts made up with our papers and accessories to compare with the drawings in the Cricut booklet!

This weekend was a fun finale to the craft fair season.  I had a great time at the North Bend Elementary Bazaar and the Si View Holiday Bazaar.  I was so pleased that my items were a hit and several of them sold out completely in the two days!  I'll definitely be scheduling more holiday fairs for next year and coming up with an even greater variety of projects - I didn't even have layouts or cards there!  It was gratifying that so many people liked my items and said they were beautiful.  I think the nicest compliment was the lady who said my table looked like a Pinterest board.  I wish I had taken pictures of the table before the sale - I always seem to think of that AFTER the event, sigh....

Stay crafty my friends!


Friday, December 6, 2013

Craft Shows this Weekend

Calling all holiday shoppers!  Still have a few elves on your list to buy for? Looking for  that perfect little teacher gift or stocking stuffer?  Visit my booths at the North Bend Elementary Holiday Bazaar and the Si View Holiday Bazaar this weekend and Santa will put YOU on the nice list!

Where and When:

Friday, 6th December - North Bend Elementary (by the North Bend Library) from 4-8PM

Saturday, 7th December - Si View Holiday Bazaar at the Si View Community Center in North Bend from 10AM-3PM

Hope to see you then!

Holiday Hugs,


Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Video - Making Subway Style Art

Here is a fun video from Close to my Heart showing how to use Modpodge and Cricut cuts to create custom home decor wall art in a subway tile style.  I think this would be a terrific and easy Christmas present to make for someone as long as you have a little time to let things dry between steps!

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Anyone going to give this a try?

Monday, December 2, 2013

Hello Card with Artbooking and Artiste

I made a trio of cards today for the Heart2Heart Challenges "Framed Up" challenge using one of the cute photo frames in Artbooking.  I customized some text to read hello and added the balloon and cloud images from Artiste.

Isn't if fun how making a few minor changes to the card - the color of the background, adding some faux stitching and putting on some glitz, changes the feel of the card?  

I hope you'll get into the right "frame" of mind and join us in our Framed Up challenge this week at Heart2Heart!

Did you have a nice holiday?  We had a lovely dinner followed by some online shopping and on Friday I hit the sales with all three of my kids - I know, super crazy but we all had a lot of fun.  Yesterday I took the kids to see Frozen along with a couple of my daughter's friends.  The teen girls really loved the movie and my boys thought it was okay.  If you've seen the movie then you'll get this comment from my youngest son "the movie is just like Diehard 1".  Comment if you've figured out why - I don't want to leave spoilers in my post! 

Thanks for stopping by my crafty peeps!


Monday, November 18, 2013

Game On Challenge for Heart2Heart Challenges

This week's challenge at Heart2Heart Challenges theme is "Game On".  I'm pretty sure most of you can figure out that I went with a Scrabble theme for my card!  Do the dashes and dots on the card edge remind you of morse code too?

I put a bit of Liquid Glass on the Santa tiles to pop them up and give them a bit more emphasis - its a clue to which word to read first.

I cut the tiles from an retired paper pack called Cruisin'.  I've been using our Metallic Markers a whole lot lately for Christmas projects and I LOVE them!  They give a nice thick shiny layer and don't smell bad like Sharpies do.  They come ins a silver/gold set perfect for adding a dash of shine to your holiday projects.

I hope you'll stop by Heart2Heart Challenges this week and joing the fun with our Game ON challenge!

Stay crafty my friends!


C1567 Santa Claus
Chocolate Ink
Metallic Markers
Red Glitz Glitter Gel
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