Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Parisian Birthday

Hi everyone! Im catching up my last few months of projects! Enjoy!

In late November, I finally ordered the Artfully Sent Cricut cartridge and had a chance to play with it for my sister-in-law's birthday. She loves all things Paris, and this design fit perfectly. 

I cut the card design from the retired "For Always" and combined it with Slate. On the Artfully Sent cartridge, I used the "sleeve" setting, then hand cut it to size for the card. 

For a little texture interest, I dry-embossed the slate layer using the new CTMH Damask embossing folder. Black cardstock is the background layer.

The tag is from the For Always My Stickease and I used a stamp from the Artfully Sent Bundle,  {Just to Say...}, with Slate ink.

A strip of glitter tape (For Always Workshop on the Go) and a couple of flower accents made it shine!

Inside I used a belated birthday sentiment from the Belated Birthday stamp set (which I find very useful).

I was pleased to create a completely CTMH card using a wide variety of products.

For Always paper (retired)
For Always My Stickease (retired)
Just to Say... stamp set (Artfully Sent bundle)

Fast and Furious Baby Shower

I've been absent from blogging again, so I'll be catching up on my projects today! 

I've been busy crafting but not blogging and I've missed y'all!

In September, before our friend's baby shower I was fast and furiously making cupcake decorations and invitations. The final invitation is here. 

I used Fast and Furious stamps and cut the gear using the Artiste cartridge.  It really is my favorite Cricut cartridge.

I was inspired by the gears to make cupcake decor. I cut some additional gears and used a non-CTMH stamp [TPC Studio,  Beautiful Baby Boy]. 

The stamp was on Outdoor Denim on Pear cardstock, but it looked so plain I punched some stars out of White Daisy and added them on top which really made them pop. 

I punched out the circles from Outdoor Denim in 2 sizes and then found the perfect use for my heretofore unused 2.5" Xyron. Running all the little pieces through to add adhesive helped streamline assembly so much! 

The finished cupcake display was so adorable! And the shower welcomed a new baby to our friend's family.

Monday, December 1, 2014


Deal of the Decade

 $10 Size D Stamps 

This year marks the 10-year anniversary of Close To My Heart’s revolutionary My Acrylix® clear polymer stamps—and it's time to celebrate! 

With a qualifying purchase of $50 during the month of December, you will be eligible to purchase ANY C- or D-size stamps from the Annual Inspirations 2014–2015 idea book for only $10. 

That’s up to $7.95 USD of savings on a single stamp set! 

Plus, once you achieve the qualifying order total, there is no limit to the number of eligible stamp sets you can purchase at this discounted price. 

Remember, a purchase of $50 will also qualify you to receive the December Stamp of the Month for only $5, so if you purchase both the discounted Stamp of the Month and additional stamps at this special campaign pricing your savings will compound! It is truly the deal of the decade.


Seasonal Supplement is released!

Seasonal Expressions Catalog 


The new supplement to the Annual Inspirations Catalog, Seasonal Expressions,  is here! 

Please note on the bottom of page 1,  the seasonal product icon identifies items that will only be available for the live dates of Seasonal Expressions  — December 1, 2014 through March 31, 2015.

The items flagged with this icon include the new My Reflections™ paper packets and their coordinating accessories, as well as the new Cut Above™ kits.

Contact me for your very own copy!

Sunday, November 30, 2014


NEW!  Artfully Sent Collection


Cyber Monday Only: 20% Off All Cricut® Collections!

Artbooking Collection

For the first time ever, Close To My Heart is offering a Cyber Monday Sale ONLY on Monday, December 1, 2014.

It's the best time to buy Close To My Heart’s exclusive Cricut® Collections for 20% off the retail price.

These exclusive Cricut® collections make the perfect addition to any craft room because they are so versatile and work for scrapbooks and cardmaking alike! 

Each Collection contains the Cricut Cartridge and Cutting layouts, 3 stamp sets and accessories such as chipboard shapes!

The sale starts at MIDNIGHT (MST) on December 1 and ends at 11:59 pm Monday night. 

Share the news about this sale with all your crafty friends and family, too!

Enjoy extra savings on Close To My Heart's exclusive Cricut® collections this Cyber Monday!

Art Philosophy Collection

I have all 4 sets, and just started playing with Artfully Sent last week, and recipient hasn't received the card it will be posted soon...but a lot of my cards in this blog use shapes cut from CTMH cartridges.  

Artiste Collection
I absolutely love them all! 

Look through the blog to see perfect examples like below.

This cute owl card is using the shapes cut from Lollydoodle paper.

 The gears are cut from the Artiste cartridge and the  LaterSk8tr paper.

These shapes were both cut for a matching stamp.

With over 700 shapes on each cartridge there are also plenty of extra projects, including 3-D cards and scrapbooking overlays to keep you busy crafting for a looonnnnng time!

So take advantage of this terrific Cyber Sale!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

MOJO363...Miles Traveled

I put together this very masculine card for my first Mojo Monday in several months!!! 

Mojo363.  I needed a card for my Father's Birthday. It's already in the mail for tomorrow!

I saw the sketch and instantly thought of a round I headed out to make the card. I have a few round map stamps but the design muse took me in a completely different direction.

This isn't all CTMH, but I did use an image from the
30 yrs of Happy on the directional arrow, which is also CTMH, so it qualifies, right? 

The arrow is from one of the Stamp Sets in the Cricut Artbooking bundle, My Life.

I think it's a great illustration how CTMH products can be used with other products and take your art to a new level!

CTMH Artbooking bundle - My Life stamp set on the left.
The papers are DCWV from The Guy Stack. Several of the papers are raised embossed with enamel-like accents. The dial stamp is Tim Holtz Road Trip and the car is Tim Holtz Here and There.

 The gear is from my stash. I think I picked it up at a stamping convention...but I can't remember...LOL. (I've been to a few)

The Mojo363 sketch used flowers, but in using it for inspiration, I selected a gear embellishment instead.  I think it worked out well. Some additional details:

If you haven't checked out the MojoMonday blog, do so!  The wonderful artists on the blog hop make some gorgeous cards!!!

Princess Wishes

Princess Cards

   I posted this on my non-CTMH page, Dawn's Cards and Crafts Garden, but it does use a retired CTMH stamp set, Princess Wishes, the Artiste cartridge and Gypsy Exclusive Ink, so I will double-up and share here.  I see a lot of people selling older stamps, but I don't know  if I could do that -- I just repurpose them. I think that over the past 7 or so years, I have gathered enough coordinating supplies that allow me to do just that!
I made these butterfly beauties just for our "adopted" nieces!

   The (non-CTMH) paper is Butterfly Kisses by Paper Studio. The stack includes matching cardstock which is handy. I used my Cricut and the CTMH Artiste cartridge to cut the butterflies.  

On the first one, I heat-embossed the princess crown, tag, and wings with (non-CTMH) Amethyst embossing powder. I over-stamped the word Princess in black after it dried sufficiently. 

On the other card I stamped the oval tag with CTMH Gypsy ink and heat-embossed the word Princess in black. That is 2 different looks with one stamp.
 A little ribbon and bows are the finishing touches,  along with a dab of iridescent glitter on the little butterflies - also cut on my Cricut.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

WOYWW276 - Cloud Nine Birthdays

Hi! At last I'm joining What's on Your Work Desk Wednesday again! It's been a long time, but I was sitting here making cards and realized it was Wednesday, so I wanted to post. I started these lovely cards the other day hoping to get them out for birthdays tomorrow but ran out of time (darn job). So here I am and they're going to be belated birthday cards. :)

These cards are based on the Cloud Nine Card Making Workshop from Close to My Heart. They are really going together well and I must say that following the cardmaking workshop instructions is a lot of fun!

I hope you enjoy looking and thanks for stopping by! Check out everyone else's Workdesks, too!  Happy Wednesday!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Fast and Furious Baby Shower

The final design...drum roll please...

The invitation that Grandma and I selected uses CTMH cardstock in Outdoor Denim, White Daisy,  and Pear, as well as some DCWV "Baby Boy" patterned paper. 

We stamped the truck (Fast and Furious set) in Outdoor Denim ink, heat-embossed them with clear powder, and I fussy-cut them. Then Grandma stamped the tire tread in Outdoor Denim ink on the patterned paper. We heat-embossed "shower" in Outdoor Denim also using clear embossing powder. In the meantime, I dry-embossed the pear cardstock with a steel plate embossing folder and trimmed them to size. We cut the baby boy from Outdoor Denim cardstock on the Cricut. 

To get 50 cards made, Aunt & Gma also joined our assembly line! Auntie started the layers with Outdoor Denim. We cut the White Daisy and Pear gears using the Artiste cartridge. The Outdoor Denim 2"circle was hand-punched and G-G assembled them with the gears and a brad as an accent!

We are a great team! The invitations came out great!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Baby Shower Samples

Little Boy Baby Shower Invitations!

This past couple of weeks I designed and created baby shower invitations with one of my friends for her daughter-in-law's baby shower. Everyone shares their adorable projects, but this time, I'd like to share with you a little bit of my process of developing a card. Despite how easy it looks, there is often quite a bit of playing with products to develop a final pleasing design. I told my friends if its not "OMG that's cute!" then I'm not happy with it.

The thinking...
  • they are expecting a boy, so I was thinking trucks and cars.
  • for 40 cards, having enough paper is important. I had a pack of Outdoor Denim and Pear cardstock, and a lot of the  Later Sk8r B&T paper. I decided that the Later Sk8r design is too old-ish for a newborn, so I combined it with Die Cuts with a View (DCWV) papers in the Baby Boy Stack. 
  • I checked with the mom-to-be and she wanted the colors to be Navy and almost Lime Green and she was thinking cars and trucks. So we started out on the same wavelength. 
  • perusing Pinterest for a couple of designs helped in my design concepts

First Sample

I had such a great time using the Later Sk8r papers and stamps last year that I thought I would start with die-cut gears using the Artiste Cricut cartridge. My first attempt used Outdoor Denim for the card enclosure and Later Sk8r paper as a pullout with a gear on top (Artiste).

I cut the Baby Boy lettering using Plantin Schoolbook, using patterned paper and backed it with White Daisy cardstock. I heat embossed a farm truck from the Fast and Furious stamp set and fussycut it.  And I used a gear cut using the Artiste cartridge.

Because I was just playing with examples, I wasn't putting the elements down especially carefully, but even if they were perfect, turns out that I didn't care for the results at all. The pullout card was not wide enough for the enclosure and if I made it any wider, it would be too tall to fit in a standard envelope. 

For my second attempt, I stamped and heat embossed the farm truck. You can see that I lightly stamped the Fast and Furious tire track under the ribbon. I used a non-CTMH sentiment,  which I am embossed with white embossing powder.  

The gears were cut from Outdoor Denim and Later Sk8r on my Cricut with the Artiste cartridge.

Again, I was not satisfied with the result.

On my third attempt, I tried to isolate another Fast and Furious truck and the tire tread in a frame by stamping on White Daisy, which I layered on Outdoor Denim. 

I cut an arrow from the Artbooking Cricut cartridge and used a steel tread dry-embossing folder on Pear backed on Outdoor Denim.  Even with the cute little gears again, I still did not like this card.  It was a "No go!"

Why was this so difficult? I needed some mojo!

Design #4 - I layered the background with the same DCWV paper. I tried stacking the cars and trucks. 

They looked pretty good with heat-embossing, but the left side of the card didn't work out. I didn't have any stamps that would fit, and the shower invitation wording was on the inside.

Try #5 - I did like the steelplate tread look. So I tried it vertically. 

I made a little tag using the Artiste Cartridge and the gear tag. The sentiment was stamped with Outdoor Denim ink and heat-embossed with detailed Clear embossing powder.

I stamped the truck and then fussy-cut it and laid it on top of large gear in Later Sk8r B&T.

Better, but still not great...maybe too frilly for a boy card.

6th Attempt
Moving along - at last I was starting to get into it. I mixed 2 of the papers from the Baby Boy Stack, and used large white ric-rack where the edges met. A large gear cut from Outdoor Denim using Artiste made a good layer.  The truck was heat-embossed on White Daisy and fussy cut.  I used Versamark ink and a non-CTMH powder.

The 7th attempt was uses a lot of the same elements, layered on Outdoor Denim, and the Boy stack paper, along with the steeltread. I finally got the tire tread in there. But I didn't like the truck embossed in that color of blue, and it didn't go well with the lime green on the bottom.

Thanks for looking at my "failures".  I hope it helps in understanding that an adorable card doesn't happen the first time.  For me, the development of the design is half the fun.  The non-perfect examples were part of getting to a really cute invitation design, and we made 40+ invitations shortly after.



Monday, August 4, 2014

New Annual Catalog!

The new year round, Annual Inspirations catalog is here!

This book is packed full of all of the fabulous CTMH products you are used to seeing  including paper packs and accessories, inks, home decor items, Cricut bundles, Picture My Life and more.  

The Annual catalog will be supplemented with 2 Seasonal Expressions catalogs coming in December 1, 2014 and April 1, 2015.

Contact me for more information on HOW YOU CAN GET YOUR OWN COPY!!!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Last Chance!

 With the new Annual Inspirations catalog coming out on 1 August, the items in the old catalog will be retiring.  All paper packs in the Spring 2014 catalog will be retiring, as well as several stamp sets. This is to make room for over 250 new items in the new Annual Inspirations catalog.


 With any order I will send along your choice of a stamp of the month. Pick from the following, but first come, first served! 

I  have 
  • 1 Cross-stitch Wishes [January 2013]
  • 2 A Chocolate Affair  [August 2013]
  • 2 My sunshine [April 2013]
  • 3 Sweet Life [July 2013]
  • 2 A Flowering Bunch [June 2013]
  • 2 Scandinavian Wishes from [October 2013]

Cross-Stitch Wishes
Sweet Life
A Flowering Bunch
My Sunshine
A Chocolate Affair

Lollydoodle Owls and more

I made these cards on February 9th. I was having a blast with my Lollydoodle paper. But 12 weeks on a real-life job OT project interrupted my fun, so you get to see them now!

I really had a great time making these. The photos do not do them justice. The browns and grays and pink and greens go so well together!

The first card uses Banner Wishes, which will still be available in the new catalog.  I stamped it with Versamark and used Brown Embossing Powder.

I also used the Chevron Embossing Folder on Slate paper behind the sentiment.

I used Embossing Folders in an ancient Sizzix, and had to cut 1/4" off each side. But they work great!

The Ribbon is contrabrand Stampin'Up, but the color worked well, so, it made a cute card!

Lollydoodle with SU (gasp) owl!!! SO CUTE!
I used the Lollydoodle paper with a little punched SU owl sent by a good stamping friend, and this card also came out fabulously!

I used the zip strip with leaves on the card, and a white gel pen to accent the layer I cut from slate paper using my Artiste Cricut Cartridge. I LOVE that cartridge!!!

The sentiment is from the June13 SOTM, A Flowering Bunch. I tend to use it a lot. I think it's just the right size.  

After all of that fun, I started cutting owls from my Lollydoodle paper using the exclusive CTMH Artiste Cricut cartridge. I made several parts and pieces and laid out a few different adorable owls for future cards.
Lollydoodle Owls using the exclusive CTMH Artiste cartridge!
Lollydoodle Owl Card
Here is ONE of the cards.  And after that, my friends, is when REAL LIFE stepped in and I worked 80 hours a week for the next 12 weeks.  

Since then, I have been catching up on life events, you know, like cleaning, yardwork, and paying the taxes - YES, we filed an extension...and just trying to recuperate in general.  I have one more little project this summer, and then I am taking a FULL week off to STAMP MY HEART out.  

It's great that it will happen when the new Annual Inspirations catalog is out!

Until then, I will be playing with limited time, so, thank for looking and see you soon!