Monday, May 23, 2016

Heart2Heart Challenges - Fun Folds!

Today we have a FUN Folds challenge at Heart2Heart!  I created a bendy card using our tropical Calypso paper pack and our adorable C1651 Tickled Pink flamingo stamp set.
I couldn't resist adding some googly eyes to my beach loving birds and some liquid glass on the CTMH cricut cut sun shape.  For the cricut cut palm tree, I used our Bronze alcohol marker to add cross hatching on the trunk for some dimension.
I had so much fun creating this beach scene card!  I love that it folds flat for mailing but with the help of slots and tabs easily creates a 3-D scene.  I hope you'll join us at Heart2Heart this week and get your Fun Fold on!  All you need to enter is to have some CTMH product on your project and add your photo to the Linky!

Stay crafty my friends!


Monday, May 9, 2016

Heart2Heart Challenges - Baby Love

Heart2Heart Challenge has a "Baby Love" theme this week so I decided to turn mine into a Mother's Day card because you can't have a baby without a mom!  This is the card I sent out to my Mom and MIL this year.  I used some retired Balloon Ride paper mixed with some Sorbet, Colonial White and White Daisy Cardstock.
 I used our CTMH cartridges to cut all the images for this shadow box card.  I water colored the individual images on the bouquet and then pop dotted some of the flowers to give them dimension.

This shows how the card folds down for mailing.
The cream colored panels are embossed with our Hearts folder for a little extra love!
Here is the card all folded up and also at an angle so you can see the depth of the shadow box frame.
I hope all you Moms out there had a wonderful Mother's Day this year!  I drove out to get my daughter from college for the summer on Friday so I have all three of my kids under my roof again and that makes me VERY happy!  

I hope you'll join our challenge at Heart2Heart and share your "Baby Love" or mother's day projects with us!  As long as you have some CTMH product on your project you can link up and share the love! 


Friday, May 6, 2016

National Scrapbooking Day - Happy Time Blog Hop

Welcome to the National Scrapbooking Day Happy Times Blog Hop!  If you've come from Brenda's blog you are on the right track. The complete list of all participating CTMH bloggers can be found HERE

I decided to make a card featuring some of the cheery yellow flower paper in the Happy Times pack along with the sweet little girl from our new B1526 Lovely Garden stamp set.  I stamped her in Memento ink and colored her in with our Shinhan markers.  I love how the polka dots and stripes came out on her dress made by removing ink with our colorless blending pen.
I add a splash of sparkles for water and some shine.
The Happy Times National Scrapbook special is good through the month of May.  You can get the paper pack for FREE with a $60 order and the stamp set is a D size priced at $17.95.  I love the variety of papers in this kit - especially the beautiful gold foil papers!  To get your set, visit my shopping site at:

Now hop on over to my friend Haley's blog and see what wonderful creation she is sharing with us today!

Thanks for stopping by today!  Stay crafty my friends!


Thursday, May 5, 2016

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Happy Cinco de Mayo to all my friends!  This little guy would like to help you party the night away - he may have already had a margarita or two as he seems to be spilling some of his booty already!
Love this adorable pinata stamp in our new Seasonal 2 book!  He's just $2.95 and makes such a fun birthday card!  
I paired him up with our Sangria Paper Pack because I thought the colors were perfect for him!  Here is the back side of this fun flip card:
And that is another M size $2.95 cutie right there - called Happy, Happy Birthday!
These line stamps are perfect for coloring in with our Shinhan Markers!  You can get all these items right from my shopping site and delivered to your house - when that white CTMH box hits your front door it's like a craft party in a box!

Thanks for stopping by today!  Stay crafty my friends!


Sunday, May 1, 2016

May Stamp of the Month Blog Hop - Celebrate with Cake!

Welcome to the May Stamp of the Month Blog Hop where we are featuring the limited edition Celebrate with Cake stamp set!  If you have come here from Michelle's Blog you are on the right track.  If you get lost along the way you can see the full list of participating CTMH bloggers HERE.

Today's card features our brand new Magical Paper Pack from our Seasonal Expressions 2 Idea Book!  This paper is a fun nod to Disney with its bright cheery colors and patterns but also perfect for general celebration projects.  I decided to make a shadow box pop up display card to focus on the awesome build-a-cake aspect of the May SOTM.
Completely open, this card will stand on its own but the magical part (see why I chose this paper - LOL) is that it folds down flat into a standard sized envelope! Here is it closing down...
...and fully closed flat and ready to slip into an envelope.
This shows the depth of the shadow box - and the cute watercolored cake!  The white twine on the Glitter Paper balloons is another new product from the Seasonal Expression 2 book - its nice and thin so it ties easily with no extra bulk.
I used some CTMH cricut cuts to decorate the front of the card and added a bit of liquid glass to the sentiment to keep it stiff.  

If you are ready to go shopping and check out the brand new Seasonal Expression 2 and get your Celebrate with Cake set for just $5 with a $50 order then hop on over to my shopping site at:

Let's go see what wonderful creation Gina has to share today!

Thanks for stopping by and stay crafty my friends!


Friday, April 29, 2016

Pivot Slider Card with Zoe

I stumbled across a picture of a pivot slider card this morning (see Paula Knall's card here) and thought it was such a cute idea I had to make one today!  I pulled out my Zoe paper pack and had some fun putting this new-to-me style card together.  The butterfly and flowers are all cut from our Cricut carts.  I used some retired Prisma glitter on the butterfly - then I remembered why I don't use it so much - it is now all over my craft area!
You can see the pivot post the butterfly is attached to - there is an a semi-circle cut out of the card front so the butterfly can swoop through the flowers!
 The sentiment is a sneak peek from an upcoming set called "A Bunch of Love" that I'll link after it goes live on Monday!
Zoe is one of the packs from the annual book so it's still orderable through July.  April 30th is the last day for Regatta, Penelope or Charlotte so don't delay if you want any of those!  I loved them all but I'm very excited to get 3 new paper packs to show you starting on Monday!

Stay crafty my friends!


Monday, April 25, 2016

Heart2Heart Challenges - Regatta

Heart2Heart Challenges is hosting a Regatta paper challenge this week which gave me a chance to get my D1684 Beach Days stamp set inky!  My high school senior is going into Marine Biology at Western Washington University in the fall so this stamp set was a must purchase for me.  

I've stamped my crab in Pomegranate ink and my octopus in Glacier with the edges rolled in Sapphire.  I couldn't resist adding some googly eyes to these guys.  Flaxen ink gives a great sandy feel to the star fish and banner piece.

The card above shows the very nautical side of Regatta but there are also pieces that work great for less theme specific cards too!  This quick card was made with a piece of the PML card that comes with the paper pack and a few scraps!
The sentiment is from a Hostess Rewards set called Little Things stamped in Sapphire ink.  A few strip of our Gold Foil tape and a few Gold Sequins ties this one up!
I hope you'll hop on over to Heart2Heart Challenges and create something with the nautical and nice Regatta paper pack!

Stay crafty my friends!


Monday, April 18, 2016

5 Minute Card with Regatta Paper Pack - Get the pattern and instructions here!

Sometimes all you have is a few minutes in your craft room to whip together a card.  The pattern below is a quickie that can help you put together a card in 5 minutes or less! 

I made this one with our nautically themed Regatta Paper Pack and our C1642 My Anchor stamp set.  Both of these beauties are retiring at the end of April - just 12 more days to order these and other products from our Season Expression 1 book!  The White with Gold Ribbon I used on this one WILL be available after this Idea Book. It has such a nice feel to it, very soft and easy to tie a bow or knot.

To Make Your 5 Minute Card
1. Cut one 2x2" square and then cut it diagonally for 2 corners.
2. Cut two .5"x5" strips in coordinating paper.
3.  Adhere the two pieces to the corners and optionally add ribbon to cover the joining or a .25" width piece of coordinating paper.
4. Stamp a sentiment and a cluster of images in the center of the card using colors from the papers.
5. Pat yourself on the back for being a clever girl who makes cute creations with your CTMH products!  ;-)

Thanks for stopping by today!  Stay crafty my friends!


Monday, April 11, 2016

Heart2Heart Challenges - Sketch Challenge

Today at Heart2Heart we are having a sketch challenge!  I love sketch challenges because it always amazes me how one pattern can look so different depending on the papers, stamps and embellishments that you use.  Our sketch today is brought to us by Brandi Robinson - a fellow DT member and all around fabulous sketch creator! 

Here is the sketch we were given to inspire us.  This one is so cute I know it will become a go-to pattern for me!
I used a piece of Zoe paper and embossed it with our Hearts Embossing folder.  I then colored the raised hearts in with Shinhan marker to customize the paper. 
The rosette is from our Artiste cartridge.  I added a line of Limeaid washi tape to it before I glued the two pieces together and then highlighted the edges with marker to give it some pop.
Here is a close up of the darling frog from the Spring Critters stamp set.  This stamp set is retiring on April 31st so if you haven't picked this one up yet you should hurry!  I colored him with our Shinhan Markers and used the colorless blending pen to remove some color and create spots.
Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you'll "hop" on over to Heart2Heart Challenges and create something fun with this adorable sketch!  Remember you have all month to play along and you just have to use some CTMH product on your finished project!

Stay crafty my friends!


Saturday, April 9, 2016

How you doin' card with Spring Critters - get these cuties before April 31st!

Did you know that when this Seasonal Expressions retires on April 31st all the stamps and papers in it will retire too?  CTMH is focusing on always bringing fresh and new with each catalog cycle (our main one which lasts a full year plus the three seasonal supplements) which means that from now on, when an Idea Book retires all the stamps and papers will now retire too making way for brand new on-trend items!
That brings me to this cutie pattootie stamp set that I hadn't had the chance to play with yet.  Isn't this Spring Critter set the cutest?  I'm totally kicking myself for not getting this set inky earlier so I could show you just how adorable Spring Critters is but there are still a few weeks left for you to order this one!
I matched this set up with some Penelope paper and made a sweet little rosette from our Artiste cartridge to showcase the bird image.  Love the foil tape and the Limeade washi tape accents on the rosette!
Time is really flying by this year - my college girl has about 4 more weeks of her Sophomore year before she is home for the summer and my high school senior has just 9-10 weeks left of high school forever!  It hardly seems real that I'm about to have 2 college kids and just one left in the nest but I am also so proud and excited to see my older two taking wing (get the pun here? - LOL) and moving on to new adventures in their life.  I'm also working part time outside the house now too as an office manager at a physical therapy place.  So many changes but one of the things that is staying the same is my love for Close to my Heart products and sharing my crafty time here with you!

Stay crafty my friends!


Friday, April 1, 2016

April Stamp of the Month Blog Hop - Life in Pictures!

Welcome to the April Stamp of the Month Blog Hop featuring our limited edition Life in Pictures stamp set!  If you've come here from Tammy's Blog you are on the right track.  If you get lost along the way, the complete listing of participating Consultant bloggers can be found here.

I used our sweet Penelope paper pack to make this simple card. The Slate film strip image is from Artistry and the heart shape is from Art Philosophy.  I scattered a few of our Gold Sequins and our Enamel and Glitter Hearts across the front along with a side tie of our White and Gold Ribbon to accent the Whisper stamped images.
The card base is our lovely Cashmere color cardstock - such a beautiful neutral! It lends a softness to any project.
When you are ready to pick up this photo shoot ready set, visit my shopping site at and get it for just $5 with a $50 order!  You can also click on any of the linked products above to start your shopping list!

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

Monday, March 28, 2016

Heart2Heart Challenges - The Birds and the Bees

This week at Heart2Heart Challenges we are celebrating Spring with a Birds and Bees challenge!  I decided to combine old and new by grabbing a long retired but absolutely adorable bee themed stamp set and combine it with Cricut cut shapes (taken from Artfully Sent) and our Honeycomb Embossing Folder.

My images were colored in with a combination of marker (on the bees) and watercolor pencils.  You can see a bit of retired Stardust Glitz Glitter Gel on the wings too.

Thanks for stopping by today and I'll hope you head on over to Heart2Heart Challenges and get your Spring on with our Birds and Bees challenge!


Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Urban and Stamps of Approval Center Stair Step Card

This card features our awesome Urban paper pack mixed with our C1637 Stamps of Approval stamp set (coordinates with Artistry) with a scattering of Artbooking images to create fireworks. 
Our foil tapes have become one of my go-to products lately because they add so much shine but don't make a card feel too girly.  They come on 15 yard rolls for $4.95 and are self-adhesive so they are easy to add, economical and they mail flat!
 I really love the way the stars hang over the side steps on this card to enhance the 3-D effect.  I've been on a fancy fold kick lately having lots of fun with my Explore!

If you'd like to order any of the products mentioned in this post you can click on they links or visit my shopping site at:

Thanks for stopping by today and for your continued support of my business!  Stay crafty my friends!


Monday, March 14, 2016

Heart2Heart Challenges - Fern Color Challenge!

This week at Heart2Heart Challenges we are hosting a Fern Color challenge in honor of March and St. Patrick's Day.  I decided to have some fun with my new C1643 Stuck on You stamp set, our Charlotte Papers and our adhesive springs to make a fun motion card today.
I decided to try three different techniques to make my cacti each look different while still using the same Fern ink color.

1.  Cactus on the left -Stamped the outline in Fern then reversed the stamp on the block, inked and stamped off for Second Generation Fern and then rolled the edges in Fern before stamping the back of the stamp onto the outline.
2.  Middle cactus - Stamped the outline in Fern ink and then using a Waterbrush filled in with Fern ink directly from my inkpad.  Then I stamped the outline a second time to give it a darker look.
3. Cactus on the right - Stamped the outline in Fern, used the back of the stamp and inked up in Fern but stamped off twice to get Third Generation Fern ink before stamping over the outline stamp.
I used an Adhesive Spring (you get 6 in a package for $2.95) to give my center cactus movement. I like the way it seems to pop off the card and wobble around ready to stick you with a prickly.  I also used some of our Silver Sequins to mimic a gravel bed and a touch of Fern Thick Twine on the stamped sentiment.

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you'll grab some Fern green and have some fun with us this week at Heart2Heart Challenges!  Stay crafty my friends!


Monday, March 7, 2016

Heart2Heart Challenges - Retired Products Challenge!

Today at Heart2Heart Challenges we are hosting a "Retired Product" challenge and even though it wasn't my DT group I just had to play along!  After so many years of being a CTMH consultant I have a considerable amount of retired product hanging around my craft room!
One of the things I like using retired product on is experimenting with new styles of cards.  This one is called a Side Stair step card that I found on Pinterest and played around with it in Design Space until I could get it right for my size card.
The papers I've used are from Roxie (probably about 3 years ago) and two different stamp sets - the Brushed WOTG stamp set for the butterfly image that I stamped in Slate and Smoothie and B1400 Beautiful Friendship which is actually still available until 8/1/16! 
I had a blast creating this 3-D card!  Can you tell I'm gearing up to offer a fun fold class?  I'm starting a new job this week so I'm not quite ready yet but I'll be posting information soon!

Don't forget that this month is STAMPGANZA our fabulous Buy 2 Get 1 FREE stamp sale!  You just keep adding stamps to your shopping cart and for every 2 you have they'll give you a third for free! So if you get 6 stamps then the 2 lowest priced sets will be the freebies.  

You can expand your dollars by setting up a party through me and getting Hostess Rewards on your order too!  Just send me a note at or give me a call at (425) 260-6965 if you'd like me to help you do that!

Thanks for stopping by and stay crafty my friends!


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