Sunday, August 30, 2015

Sunday Paper: August Stamp of the Month

Have you had a chance to create with August Stamp of the Month, Framed?  It's a really versatile stamp set that offers many sentiments to last the whole year. 

Take a look at a couple cards I created using sentiments from the SOTM, Framed.  This first card was created with Zoe papers, Framed, August Stamp of the Month, Artiste Cricut cartridge (those cute bows!) and embellished with gold sequins.

Happy Birthday card created using Zoe paper and Framed stamp set.

This card was created using Zoe papers, Framed, Artistry Cricut cartridge and embellished with clear sparkles.

Thinking of You card created using Zoe paper and Framed stamp set.

Be sure to get your Framed stamp set while you can - it's only available this August!

Happy Crafting!

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Sunday Paper: Zoe Artwork

I am loving the Zoe paper pack, the color palette and time to play with paper.

Zoe is one of the paper packs in the new Annual Inspirations Idea Book that will be released in September.  Zoe was released early! Have you had a chance to get your hands on it yet? You're going to LOVE all the pieces to this paper line! 

Zoe is the my paper pack of the month! It's featured in my workshops and artwork most this month.  This card was the free make-and-take at my Preview Party.  It was created using Zoe paper and August Stamp of the Month, Framed, stamped in Topiary and Sweet Leaf.  Remember, the August SOTM is a Cricut compatible stamp set and it coordinates with our newest member of the CTMH Cricut family, Artistry! I used coral shimmer trim and Coral Reef Sequins to embellish.

Zoe card featuring August SOTM, Framed.

And a close variation... adding some ink distressing to the paper pieces and changing up the embellishment to green enamel triangles instead of coral shimmer trim and sequins.

Zoe card featuring August SOTM, Framed.

This is one the layouts created at my Scrapbook Layout Workshop this month using pieces from the Zoe Workshop on the Go Kit. The exclusive stamp set that comes in the Zoe WOTG kit is also compatible with the new Artistry Cricut cartridge. 

Scrapbook Layout featuring Zoe Workshop on the Go

How about those little bows made from coral shimmer trim - cute, huh?  I love cute embellishments and is a bonus when they are easy to make! 

To create a faux bow like this you'll need 2 pieces of your favorite shimmer trim (or ribbon, paper, etc.).  I used one piece that was 2 3/4 inches long, left the backing of the shimmer trim on, looped the end around to the back so they meet in the middle and adhered them.  Then I used a smaller piece, about 1 inch, of shimmer trim, removed the backing exposing the adhesive, looped it around the middle of the circle and again attaching the ends in the back creating a bow. 

All of the products I used in my artwork today are available now on my Online Shopping Site! Let me know if you have any questions! 

Happy Crafting!

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Sunday Paper: Scrapbook Layouts

Hey there!

I've been playing with my CTMH Cricut cartridges and my paper stash from the October Afternoon Warehouse Sale I went to this spring.  Ahhh... paper therapy!

I used CTMH Artfully Sent Cricut cartridge to cut the "Everyday Life" pocket card for my layout.  "Captured" is cut in the the CTMH Artistry Cricut cartridge font. 

I used the new CTMH Artistry Cricut cartridge to cut out the circular arrow overlay.  I trimmed up the left over insides to create the green starburst on the left side of the layout.  Love using up paper scraps!

Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Crafting!

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Sunday Paper: Wanderful Artwork

Wanderful is the perfect paper collection to complement your travels.  I have been busy creating layouts with my Wanderful Workshop On the Go kit and still have paper left!  I decided to store a little away until all my vacation photos arrive and then use it up.

These first two layouts are the layouts that are showcased in the WOTG.  They were quick to put together.  Remember, one of the benefits of the WOTG kits is that CTMH provides an instructional brochure with each kit.  The instructional brochure helps you put together two layouts: there is always a main layout and an additional layout.

The main layout included an Artbooking overlay.  I altered my layout and the pattern papers a little from the original to fit my taste more but the basic design is the same.  By the way, even though many of the main WOTG layouts include Cricut cuts you do not need a Cricut to be able to complete the layouts in the WOTG.  CTMH provides alternative directions for completing the layout without Cricut cuts!

I also adjust the papers on the additional layout to my taste and pictures I know will find a home here soon.  I love how well all the CTMH products coordinate!  The arrow washi tape is so fun to work with! I was putting little arrows everywhere.  Once the washi tape is down the arrow pops so well.  Can you find all the arrows I added to my layouts?

I found a scrapbook sketch on Pinterest from Scrapbook Generation that inspired my work on this next layout.  Shifting the focus and creating my layout at an angle was fun and not nearly as challenging as it may look. I started with 4x6 photo mats.  I lined the photo mats where I wanted them then snipped excess paper and adhered zip strips and other papers to create the look I was going for.

The Wanderful collection has a coordinating Picture My Life collection.  I used three Wandeful PML cards on this layout as well. That's right!  Picture My Life cards don't have to only be used in pocket scrapbooking.  They often fit well on traditional layouts. If you haven't used a PML card on a traditional layout before I challenge you to do that soon!

The Wanderful paper pack is one of the paper packs that is available while supplies last and will be retiring at the end of the month.  Unfortunately, the WOTG kits are already sold out but the following Wanderful pieces are still available:  Wanderful Paper Pack, Wanderful Complements, Wanderful Picture My Life cards, Black Arrow Washi Tape.

Remember! August is Mystery Hostess month!  Place an order with me during August and you will earn tickets into the drawing for the hostess rewards.  For every $5.00 that you spend in product, you will have your name entered into the drawing for free product! If you have any questions or need help with your order, please let me know!

Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Crafting!

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Sunday Paper: Artistry Cards

Ahh... time for our favorite Sunday Paper!

This weekend I decided to get punny with my Cricut Artistry cartridge.  I giggled a bit so maybe you'll also get a little endorphin lift while you're here too! :)

I was inspired to check out all the little creatures on the Artistry cartridge while listening to our Product Premiere presenters at Convention in July. Naturally, I took it a little further than just checking them out.  I cut them out!  Whale, whoo's ready to get googley-eyed and giggly?

"Hey lil' Squirt!" is my favorite! The phrase inspiration for this totally came from one of my favorite little whale outfits my kiddos have worn.  This whale image is from the new CTMH Cricut Artistry cartridge and the sentiment is stamped from the CTMH Cricut Artfully Sent alphabet stamp set.  I got a couple cuts into my new Zoe paper pack and was able to coordinate with some grey baker's twine and glacier washi tape.  I can't wait to send this off!

"Hey lil' Squirt" CTMH Artistry card featuring Zoe paper. 

I couldn't just make one whale card so I decided "Get Whale Soon" would be a punny card to send someone who could use a pick me up!  I have a pack of teal glitter paper that has been begging to be used.  This card was perfect!  Glittery waves coming on up.  The waves were made using CTMH Cricut Artbooking cartridge.  The raindrops from Junebug Puffies matched perfectly (I love when that happens!) and looked way cuter than cardstock for this card.  As with all of Close to My Heart's Cricut cartridges Artistry also has its own unique font.  The "whale" is the font from Artistry and the stamped words again are from the Artfully Sent collection.

"Get Whale Soon" CTMH Artistry card.

Whaley cute, right?  What other "whale" sentiments can you come up with? 

I'm not done yet!  You see there is also this cute little crab that I cut out and got creative with too!

"Oh Crab! This wish is late..."  In a perfect world I would get all my cards and wishes sent out on time.  Well, that's doesn't eggs-actly (I means exactly) happen all the time.   I obviously know this about myself because the Belated Birthday stamp set was one of the first sets I purchased from the current Idea Book.  I purchased the Belated Birthday stamp set but haven't really made Belated Birthday cards until it's belated, of course, and then it's even more belated because I didn't have it ready.  So, I figured it was time... time to be on time with my belated wishes.  "Oh Crab! This wish is late..." and the sentiment on the inside "wishing you a belated birthday!"  Now, I'm ready to be late.  Make's sense, huh?!

This cute little crab can be cut from the Artistry cartridge.  I used some Fundamental scraps for the image, it added nice texture without being too much.  You can actually see more of the embossed image on the Fundamentals from the light in the photo than in person.  A little liquid glass to adhere his googley eyes.  Side note: I'm noticing I used all-caps when I cut out "OH CRAB!" as I did above with "WHALE" and you should know there is a lowercase alphabet on this cartridge also! :)

"Oh Crab! This wish is late..." CTMH Artistry belated birthday card.

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One more! So I have to say this card actually turned out better than planned because I didn't even realize I was attaching everything on the card upside down until I was all done.  Man!  Have you ever done that?  Well, in this case it worked out just fine and gave me a good giggle! 

"Oh Snap!"
"Oh Snap" CTMH Artistry card.

Whale, thanks for stopping by!  If you are ready to get your hands on CTMHs newest Cricut family member the Artistry Collection or are interested in any of the Cricut Collections they are available on my Online Site.  Let me know if you have any questions I'm happy to help! 

Later gator!
Happy Crafting!

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Arriving in August!

Hello friends! Welcome back!

As if July wasn't an exciting month as a CTMH Consultant here comes August with some new product arrivals available to you!!  I'm really excited there are a few products from the new Annual Inspirations releasing early.  There is so much AWESOME product in the new book it's hard to sit on and keep the secret! :)

Here's what is in store for you today:
1) New Products Arriving in August - TODAY!
2) August Stamp of the Month: Framed
3) August Constant Campaign: Get Organized!
4) Opportunity! New Consultant Kit
5) Piggyback Promotion: Win Mystery Hostess Rewards!
6) Upcoming Workshops

You are going to LOVE these new products! I know I do!! :) You can order any of these products through me or my Online Site today!

New Products Arriving in August - TODAY!

Cricut Artistry Collection:  Close To My Heart's newest Cricut Collection has a variety of basic shapes, banners, borders, great overlays, its own unique font and other fun icons.  There is something for everyone in this cartridge - it's loaded with 700 images!

The Cricut Artistry Collection includes: Artistry Cartridge, 3 My Acrylix D-sized Stamp Sets and the new Enchantment Cardstock Combo Pack which features 7 new colors.

Cricut Artistry Collection

My Reflections Zoe Paper Pack, Zoe Complements, Zoe Assortment and additional coordinating embellishments (Coral Shimmer Trim and Enamel & Glitter Duos Green Triangles) are now available to you! The Zoe color palette is gorgeous and so on trend.

Zoe Paper Pack: Canary, Glacier, Slate, Sorbet, Sweet Leaf, Whisper and White Daisy

The new sets of Complements in the new Annual Inspirations will not disappoint.  The Zoe Complements come with 2 sticker sheets, assorted Kraft Die-Cuts and assorted Vellum Die-Cuts.  These embellishments are perfect for clustering and layering on your projects.

Zoe Complements

The Zoe Scrapbooking Workshop on the Go Contains: Zoe Paper Pack, Exclusive D-Sized Zoe Workshop Stamp Set, 3 Additional Cardstock Sheets, Zoe Assortment, Coral Shimmer Trim and an Instructional Brochure with cutting instructions for 2 two-page layouts.  If you are loving this Zoe line as much as me purchasing the WOTG is always a great deal!

Zoe Workshop on the Go

Just when you're looking for a few accessories to jazz up your project CMTH thought of that too!

The two CTMH Accessories are also available beginning today: The Coral Shimmer Trim is adhesive-backed and ready to use.  The Enamel & Glitter Duos Green Triangles are also adhesive-backed and come in a package of 120 triangles offering 3 shades of green in solid and glitter options.

August Stamp of the Month: Framed
During the month of August you can purchase this exclusive D-Sized stamp set, Framed, for only $5 with an order of $50 or more!  

This stamp set has sentiments for almost every occasion throughout the year.  In addition to having sentiments to carry you through the year adding these tags to your project will be a cinch as this stamp set is also compatible with the new Cricut Artistry Collection!  Whoop! Whoop!

August Stamp of the Month just $5 with qualifying purchase - that's
over 70% off retail price!

August Constant Campaign: Get Organized! 
More NEW PRODUCTS available in August and they are part of the August Promotion!! 

During the month of August, get your hands on the latest and greatest in organization products from CTMH!  The marker roll-up and the accessories roll-up are featured in the 2015-2016 Annual Inspirations and are available this month for purchase with perks!

The marker roll-up will be your new best friend, providing storage space for up to 25 ShinHan Touch Twin markers.  The accessory roll-up is ideal for sorting and storing accessories, Base & Bling items, and embellishments.

Simply place an order through me or on my Online Site for the new marker roll-up at full retail price and receive the new D-size stamp set My Acrylix Balloon Wishes FREE!  Or place an order for the new accessory roll-up at full retail price and receive two new Base & Bling style sheets, Affirmations and Lovely Blooms, FREE!

Get this My Acrylix Balloon Wishes stamp set FREE with your purchase
of the new marker roll-up.  This stamp set is perfect for coloring!

The new Base & Bling style sheets, Affirmations and Lovely Blooms, are full of
gorgeous floral designs and hip icons and sentiments perfectly suited
for creating stunning jewelry pieces. Get yours  FREE during the month of August
with your purchase of an accessory roll-up.

Place your order for one - or both - deals and get organized!

Opportunity! New Consultant Kit
Beginning today, August 1st, anyone who joins my Close to My Heart team will receive this brand new CTMH Consultant Kit!  

The New Consultant Kit has what you need to hit the ground running, including a HUGE supply of Close To My Heart products!  Whether you are a hobbyist, love crafting with your friends, ready to start a business or all three, you are welcome!  

The cost to sign up is only $129, which will get you a kit that is a treasure chest overflowing with beautiful products and essential business supplies to start your creative journey.  The kit has a retail value of $445 - HUGE savings!!  

You can join me today!!  To sign up, visit my Online Site ( and click on the "What We Do" tab.  Next, complete the online form under "Be a Consultant," and then eagerly await the New Consultants Kit's arrival on your doorstep!

Becoming part of the Close to My Heart family comes with many wonderful rewards.  I would love to share more about this opportunity with you.  If you have any questions or need more information about this opportunity please contact me!

If you are a former CTMH Consultant looking to sign back up August is the best month to do that!  During the month of August, former consultants can re-sign with the option to the Business Building Essentials Kit for just $49 or the regular New Consultant Kit for $129.

The Essentials Kit includes: New Zoe WOTG Kit, New Paper Fundamentals Sampler, New B&T Duos Sampler, NEW Petite Perks Incentive Stamp Set, Order Forms & Idea Book Postcards, 10 Annual Inspirations Idea Books and 10 Seasonal Expressions Idea Books.

Piggyback Promotion: Win Mystery Hostess Rewards!
With all these new products ready to be scooped up and 2014-2015 Annual Inspirations product retiring August 31st I would like to give you the opportunity to win FREE NEW Close to My Heart product!!!

When you place an order with me this month you will earn tickets into the drawing to win hostess rewards!  It's that simple and you are free to participate all month long! The winner has the potential to win $25.00 or more in free CTMH product!  The winner will be able to choose their free product from either the New 2015-2016 Annual Inspirations, the New Seasonal Expressions or both at the end of the month.

Here is how you enter:
1) Go to my Online Site (
2) Scroll down to the bottom and click "Join" next to the Mystery Hostess online gathering.
3) Shop and make your purchase. 

For every $5.00 that you spend in product, you will have your name entered into the drawing for free product.  For example if you spend $25.00, you will have your name entered 5 times! 

Place an order of $150 or more and you automatically qualify for hostess rewards and a free gift from me! 

If you have any questions or need help with your order, please let me know!  Enjoy shopping through the New Product that has arrived for you in August and don't forget to stop by the While Supplies Last for clearance-priced product and the Retiring List for product that will soon be gone.

Upcoming Workshops
     12:00-2:00pm: New Product Preview Party (RSVP by Sat., Aug. 8th)
      4:00-6:00pm:  New Product Preview Party (RSVP by Sat., Aug. 8th)
      6:00-9:00pm:  Scrapbook Layout Workshop (RSVP by Tues., Aug 4th)

August 27th6:00-8:00pm Card Workshop (RSVP by Thur., Aug. 20th)
September 22nd6:00-9:00pm Layout Workshop
October 10th9am-Midnight CROPTOBER FEST Crop
October 20th6:00-8:00pm Christmas Card Buffet

These upcoming workshops and classes are ones that I'm hosting at my house in Hastings.  You are all welcome and invited to come!  Please call, email or text with your RSVP and I'll get you on the VIP list! :)

Finally, I am still take reservations for gatherings this fall!  As my calendar fill I want to make sure you are on it!  You can pick the type of party you want.  Just for hosting YOU get free product in addition to all the hostess rewards you will earn and EVERY party will have a free make-and-take project for you and your guests.  Call (651-319-3610) or email ( me to reserve a party for you and your friends!

Until Next Time ~
Happy Crafting!