Monday, July 27, 2015

Life is GOOD - Heart 2 Heart Challenges

Heart2Heart Challenges has a Life is Good theme challenge going on this week that I hope you'll join in!  Anyone can enter by adding their picture as a thumbnail to the challenge blog - the only requirement is to have some CTMH product in your project!  

Today I wanted to showcase the retiring colors from our Enchanted color palette in using our theme.  I pulled up Design Space and found an everday life PML card in our Artfully Sent cartridge.  I deleted the word everyday and added text in our Art Philosophy font.  I think the happy couple is from our Artbooking cartridge and the Smokey Plum circle may be from Artiste. This may be a record for the most number of cartridges used on a single card for me! 

The retiring colors used on this card are Indian Corn Blue, Outdoor Denim, Olive, Barn Red and Smokey Plum.  The darker green is New England Ivy which IS staying (I meant to pull a sheet of Ponderosa Pine which is on the retiring list!).
Check your CTMH paper pack stash and be sure to stock up on retiring cardstock that you need to finish layouts or re-inkers to keep your ink pads juicy for years to come!  Those sell out very quickly and almost always before the retirement date (August 31).  

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Enchantment Palette Changes:

Retiring - Smokey Plum, Outdoor Denim, Indian Corn Blue, Ponderosa Pine, Olive, Autumn Terracotta, Barn Red

Staying - New England Ivy, Goldrush, Ruby

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you'll join us at Heart2Heart Challenges this week!


Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Red, White and Blue - Use Your Stash Blog Hop!

Today at Use Your Stash Blog Hops we have a three color challenge - use any 3 colors plus the addition of Black and/or White to create your item. If you are coming here from Shirley's blog you are on the right track! 

The colors I chose are Smoothie, Crystal Blue and Gold with a wee dash of black and white. I wanted to make a card to use this awesome sentiment from our Operation Smile Happy Everything stamp set.

Triangles are a hot trend right now so I decided to add some glitter tape triangle confetti to give this card a bit more dash. I had to watch my fingers when trimming as our MicroTip Scissors are SHARP but I love the non-stick surface for cutting sticky items!
Now hop on over to my friend and Convention buddy Sheila's blog and see what she has created for us today from her stash!  I had so much fun hanging out with Sheila during Convention and playing at Disneyland with her my last morning there!

Shop for these products used on this project by clicking the links

Stay crafty my friends!


Sunday, July 19, 2015

RETIRING COLORS - Grab your re-inkers and cardstock before they are gone!

Hello my crafty friends! I just returned from Convention last week and my mind and soul are filled with creativity, connection with fellow CTMH sisters and lots of business information!

One of the BIG things I want to give you a heads up on is RETIRING COLORS because we all know how fast the re-inkers and cardstock go once they are announced!

Check your paper packs to see if you'll need more CS in any of the retiring colors for future layouts and grab re-inkers to keep those pads juicy for years to come!  Don't delay as they sell out quickly - click this link to grab them before they are gone!  

Staying - New England Ivy, Goldrush, Ruby

Retiring - Smokey Plum, Outdoor Denim, Indian Corn Blue, Ponderosa Pine, Olive, Autumn Terracotta, Barn Red

Stay crafty my friends!


Wednesday, July 15, 2015

July Jump on It Blog Hop

Welcome to the Jump on It Blog Hop!  Today we are showcasing stamps from the July Jump on It promotion including the Hostess Rewards Stamp Sets from the Annual Inspirations book as well as the Seasonal Expressions 2 book which you can get for just $5 with a $25 order.  For more information about the July Special - read the info at the bottom of this post!  If you've come here from my friend and Convention buddy Tracey's Blog you are on the right track!  This hop is one big circle so if you keep going you'll eventually come back here but if you get lost along the way you can find the complete list of all participating CTMH Consultants by clicking HERE.

This project was inspired by some of the new products in the upcoming Annual Inspirations book I received during the CTMH Convention last week in Disneyland.  I'll have updates and some sneak peeks coming over the next few weeks but I just have to say I'm VERY excited for the coming year!
This card is 3.5"x6" - not a size I normally work in but I wanted to do the Zig Zag folder with embossed foil and then color with Shinhan markers so I knew I didn't want a huge area to color.
I used the Happy Hexagons stamp set for the center sentiment as well as to stamp the heart border using Gypsy ink on Gypsy Cardstock.  I added a few Gold Sequins, a knot of Glacier Thick Twine and a scattering of Black Enamel Stars and a folded rosette heart. 

Ready for the awesomeness that is the Jump on It July Promotion?  During July when you purchase $25 in current, retail priced stamps you can get the July SOTM for FREE or you can get ANY of the Hostess Rewards stamps from Annual Inspirations or Expressions 2 for just $5!  Best part - you can do that for EACH $25 you order in stamps so if you order $50 in stamps you can get the FREE SOTM and a $5 Hostess Rewards exclusive stamp!  The selected stamps will automatically pop up when you place your qualifying stamp order.  For more information click HERE.

Ready to "JUMP ON IT" and get in on the action?  Place your order on my website at:

I had the opportunity to meet the next hopper at Convention last week so hop on over to Terrie's Blog and see what she has created for us!

Monday, July 13, 2015

Life is a Beach - Heart 2 Heart Challenges

Today is my first post for my new role in the Slate Design Team at Heart 2 Heart Challenges!  Our theme of the week is Life is a Beach so get out the sunscreen and join me by surfing through all our beachy themed projects today at the Heart 2 Heart Challenges Blog!  I hope you'll join the fun by posting your beach themed project (must contain some CTMH product) on our linky at the H2H Challenges Blog!

I made this card for my beach loving 17 year old's birthday. One of his gifts will be a day trip to the ocean when I get back from Convention. There is nothing he likes better than spending the day checking out the critters in tide pools and the sand!

This card uses lots of bits from different paper packs - so fun pulling colors to make my scene come alive!

Sand - Champagne CS
Sun and Paradise sign - Honey CS
Surf Boards - Scaredy Cat and Wanderful

If you'd like to purchase any of these materials you can visit my shopping site at:

If you have an Explore and the Artbooking Cartridge and would like to duplicate this card, here is the Design Space file for you to use:

This is posting while I'm away to CTMH Convention in Disneyland.  I'll be home soon and I'm sure just bursting with excitement over what is coming this year from CTMH! I already know there is a new Cricut cartridge on the way and you KNOW how much I love those!  Thanks for stopping by today and come back soon!

Stay crafty my friends,


Monday, July 6, 2015

Happy Everything Blog Hop - Operation Smile Stamp!

Welcome to the Happy Everything Blog Hop!  Today we are showcasing our new Operation Smile stamp set Happy Everything.  If you've come here from Angela's Blog you are on the right track.  This hop is one big circle so eventually you'll come back here but if you do get lost along the way, the full listing of participating CTMH Consultants can be found HERE.

This stamp set is so versatile and fun that I had a hard time picking what kind of card I wanted to make!  In the end I decided to create a bright and cheery birthday card using our Shinhan Touch Twin markers.
I used the fine tip end to color in my balloons and some of our white enamel stars to match my color scheme.  I *love* that you can use our alcohol markers to color match accessories perfectly!  The balloon shine was created by using the Colorless Blender marker to remove just a bit of color from each balloon.
 I think this sweet sentiment will work great for teen cards and adult cards too!
I used the thicker end of the markers to color diagonal stripes of each color overlapping to make a rainbow.  A dash of Black Shimmer Trim behind it finishes off my Art Philosophy Cricut Cut shape.

Operation Smile is a wonderful charity you can read about HERE.  I'm so proud to work for a company that supports this group and directly impacts the life of so many children each year.  Each time you purchase one of our exclusive and adorable Operation Smile stamp sets $3 is given to this cause! 

 If you are ready to get this fab set for your own stash or any of the other fun products I've shown today, you can visit my shopping site at:

Now hop on over to my friend Darlys Recker's Blog and see what she has created to share!  Thanks for stopping by today!

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Heart 2 Heart Challenges Design Team!

Just popping in to say how excited I am to once again be part of the wonderful Design Team at Heart 2 Heart Challenges! Each week H2H posts fun challenges for CTMH fans to participate in and share the love of Close to my Heart products.  I've had the honor of being on the Design Team before and I'm pleased as punch to be back with them and sharing the inspiration and the fun! I'm on the Slate Team so I'll be posting every other week with wild and crazy things I've created in my Cave of Wonders (aka my craft room)! It's a messy Cave but full of fun! 

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