Wednesday, December 31, 2014

January Stamp of the Month - This Moment

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! This month we are featuring This Moment, a set of 12 fun stamps. If you have come here from Teresa Scriven's Blog you are on the right path! The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way around. If you get lost along the way, you'll find the complete list of participating consultant's HERE.

I created a card for my next Technique Tuesday class using this set using one of our new embossing the folders - Heart (Z3018) and a fun technqiue called Inked Embossing.

I felt like my card had too much 'white space' even with the inked embossed hearts so I stamped a black arrow in between the embossed hearts.  Another technique I used on this card is the masking technique.  I tried stamping the sentiment on top of the multiple circles but I didn't like the way it looked.  That is where the masking came in.   I used the technique on the sentiment so that the lines of the circle stops at the sentiment.   

If you are local to me, and want to come and make this card, be sure to check out the class details on my Upcoming Events tab and email me to reserve your spot!

Remember!  You can get this stamp during the month of January for just $5 with a $50 purchase! Contact your consultant to order your stamp today!  If you don't have a consultant you can order directly from my website at  

Now it is time to hop on over to Alyson Mayo's blog and see what she has created!

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Hopscotch with Compliments

I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas!  I can't believe how fast this year went.  My December was so busy I hardly had any time to do anything fun in my scrap room! Well now that Christmas is over and I have a few days off from work, I'm trying to do a little creating.

In February my Hostess Clubs will be creating this layout from the Hopscotch WOTG kit.  The feature layout is so cute and it uses the Artbooking cartridge.  There were only TWO cuts with the paper trimmer for this layout!

With the leftover papers from the kit and the Hopscotch Compliments that I added, I created a second layout.  This layout has no stamping.

If you are interested in joining my Hostess Clubs or starting a club of your own, contact me for more details today!  My new session of clubs will begin in February and run through July.   These are the 2 layouts we will be doing in February.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Crafting on the Go with CTMH's New Rolling Tote

Close To My Heart really hit it out of the park on this one!  I'm so excited about our new rolling tote! This has been a long awaited product by many consultants and customers alike.

There is nothing that wasn't considered when designing this tote for crafters that love to go on retreats and crops.  Check out all of this organization!

This tote is PERFECT for holding those fabulous organizers that we sell!  (Organizers are sold separate).  When you are ready to go to a crop or weekend retreat, all you need to do is drop in your organizers!  The above tote shows one Large Organizer, a Medium Organizer and three Small Organizers.  The Large Organizer is great for storing our stamps but can also store the embossing folders too. The Medium Organizer has removable sections to configure different ways. I use one for storing my ribbon rounds, bakers twine etc. you can also store stamp pads (laid horizontally) picture my life cards, embellishments etc. The small organizers have optional inserts for - one for our blocks, one for our mini pigment inks, one that has holds for 60 sponge daubers and an insert for our craft boxes that are also sold separately. All of these organizers and the inserts and craft boxes are shown on page 186 of Annual Inspirations.   

Each zippered side has two mesh pockets.  The one on the bottom is perfect for your Idea books, paper trimmer, score board, Rulers, etc.  The mesh pocket on the top is shorter and great for your glue dots, journaling pens, bonding memories glue pens and more!

Check out the front pocket! - Perfect for your 12x12 paper packs and kits!

And finally, the thing that I just ABSOLUTELY LOVE about this tote is that is collapses when not in use for easy storage!  How awesome is that???  

Picture Credit - Krista Hershberger

And one final touch.....  A cute little CTMH charm.  LOVE IT!

For more details on this rolling tote watch this video!  
Order your rolling tote today at 

Monday, December 15, 2014

Deal of the Decade and December Stamp of the Month

Wow!!!  Where is December going?  I looked up and it is suddenly 1/2 over?  I'm no where NEAR done with my Christmas shopping!  You might have thought with my blog being a little dormant that I have been busy with decorating and shopping.  But, no.... I have no excuse.  My crafting has taken a little hiatus.  I think I became so overwhelmed with everything going on with day to day that the crafty side of my brain has taken a break.  I have gone and sat in my craft room but haven't really done much and I have a box of new product just waiting to be used!

Even though I don't have any new creations that I have done lately to share I DO have a really cute card that was created by my fellow CTMH consultant and spa girlfriend Kristina Livingstone.   I'm participating in a Stamp of the Month Swap with several gals and Kristina had the Cutie Pie December Stamp of the Month to share.  This card is so cute I just had to share it!

How could you not want this stamp?  Isn't this adorable?   Kristina used liquid glass on the cupcake's blue icing and also on the hearts in the banner.  The picture kind of shows the shine.  (Sorry, I'm not the best photographer.)  I love how she cut a bow from the Artiste Cricut Cartridge. The bright and cheerful colors from the Confetti Wishes paper pack just make me smile every time I look at this card.

Thank you Kristina for letting me share your card!

Just a reminder! During the month of December we are having the Deal of the Decade.  When you spend $50 you can choose any (and as MANY) "C" and "D" size stamps for just $10!  These are stamps that are regularly priced at $13.95 and $17.95!  That is a HUGE savings!  So if you have had a few of these on your wish list, get them now!  Now is the time to stock up!

And while you are at it, you can throw in this Cutie Pie December Stamp of the Month for only $5!

Shop my website today!   

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Seasonal Expressions Blog Hop!

Welcome to our Seasonal Expressions Blog Hop!  Today we are featuring artwork created with products from Close To My Heart's new Seasonal Expressions Book.   We have over 30 Consultants participating in this circular hop so when you get back to me, you will know you have visited all of the blogs!  Be sure to leave comments!  We LOVE reading comments.  If you came from Haley Dyer's blog you are on the right track!  If you get lost along the way you can find the entire participating hoppers HERE.

I love the Picture My Life cards because you can do so many different things with them!  And even better - now you can purchase the cards A La Carte' without the protector pages and the cover page. Recently I created a Display Tray and mini book using the For Always PML cards as a wedding gift for my nephew and his new bride.  If you missed seeing the Display Tray, you can see it here.

I couldn't wait to use the new mini book for an additional gift. These spiral My Creations Mini Books come in Black or Kraft. They have a sturdy chipboard cover and include 10 mini page protectors (5 each of 2 designs) that hold either one 4" x 6" or two 3" x 4" Picture My Life™ cards or photos.  I used the black album to go along with the Display Tray.

I designed the cover using PML cards and our Black Glitter Paper.   I used the Art Philosophy cartridge to cut the flourish and the Artbooking cartridge to cut "Always and Forever".  The accent color in the wedding was a peach color.

I wanted to add a touch of peach so I used 3 silver hearts from our new Stuck On You Puffies and colored them with the ShinHan Touch Twin Light Orange Marker.   This was perfect!

For my cover page inside I used two different PML cards.  The shape in the middle is cut from a different card and layered on top of the base PML card.  I stamped Jeremy and Sarah and the wedding date with the stamp set that comes with the Artfully Sent Cricut Collection.  The little flowers at the top are from the stamp set that is included in the Heartstrings Cardmaking WOTG kit.  I stamped the image first in Black and again in Sorbet.  I cut out and layered the Sorbet flowers.

Here are just a few more pages.  I only added a few pictures because I wanted to Sarah to add her own favorites and journal her special memories from that day.

Products used:

Do you have a Seasonal Inspirations?  If not, you can see it now on my website at   When you place an order in December you can add the Seasonal Inspirations for FREE!  This new book will be available until March 31st.

Now it is time to hop on over to Wendy Kessler's blog and see what she has created!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Picture My Life in a Display Tray

Today I want share a wedding gift that I created for my nephew and his wife.   I wanted to create something very special for them so what better way to give them a remembrance of their big day than something they can display!

I just love it when I get a chance to create with Close To My Heart's Display Trays and when using our Picture My Life Cards, it just doesn't get any better!   I chose to use the For Always Picture My Life Cards for the tray.

I chose to print the pictures in black and white and only use accents of color which were the same colors they had in their wedding.   I was able to keep my nephew's tie the true color by using   It's a free and easy to use photo editing site.  The hardest thing about putting together this tray was choosing WHICH cards to use!  They are all great!  I had so much fun cutting apart cards and putting them with other cards.   Here are few close up shots and what I did:

For the main focus, I chose this beautiful shot of the bride and groom for one of the 4x6 cards. I mounted the card onto a piece of chipboard for more stability in mounting to front of the tray. Since you get 2 of each design of the 4x6 cards, I cut the vine out of the other card and mounted it with foam tape to give this some dimension.  My flower accents are all retired CTMH embellishments that I had been hoarding in my stash.  They turned out to be perfect colors!

For this next picture, I used two different 3 x 4 cards to layer and then used foam tape to pop up the picture even more.  I love the swirling butterfly across the picture.  The paper butterfly was another stash I had but it was a white butterfly.  I used my Light Orange ShinHan Touch Twin marker to add color to the butterfly.  Since it is just a bit bright, I was about to tone it down with the ShinHan Touch Twin Colorless Blender Marker.

I thought this next picture was just adorable and it HAD to be included it in the tray.  My nephew was a baseball player and spent several years in Phillies organization. They met while he was playing ball.  Both Jeremy and Sarah have a strong Christian faith so she had both of these on the bottom of her wedding shoes.  The phrase "This Made Me Smile" was perfect.  I cut it from one of the 3x4 cards and mounted it on top of the picture.

The card beside this picture is made up of two 4x6 cards.  The first card I cut in half to use in together in the two spaces.  "Dream do come true" was on another 4x6 card and I cut out the shape and then cut it in half to put inside the frame of the base card.   You will notice that I used another 4x6 card cut in half in the top section of the tray.

I was very happy with how this turned out and I think they loved it.  The next time you need to give a gift - make it special and use Close To My Heart's Display Tray with Picture My Lift cards!  There are so many to choose from! 

Products Used:
Display Tray - Z1750
A La Carte Picture My Life - For Always - Z3065
Sparkles Clear Flourishes - Small  Z1812
Various Retired Embellishments

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