Monday, October 15, 2018

Paste-fully Creative - CTMH Technique Blog Hop


Today I am participating in a fun blog hop showcasing one of CTMH's newest products: texture paste! I also played with our new shaker windows and shaker window thin cuts dies, which are equally as exciting!

You should have come from Vandra's blog, but if not, this hop goes in a circle and there are lots of Consultants participating with great ideas! So get comfy and ready to scroll, pin, and hop! :)

Halloween Cards Using a Cricut-Cut Stencil 3 Ways!

I had so much fun making these cards. I don't usually make Halloween cards but all the products are so cute and the shakers add such a fun element, so I thought it would be fun to make Halloween themed shaker cards for my kids' teachers.

This is the stencil I used for all 3 cards. I cut it just with plain cardstock using the Artbooking Cricut cartridge. CTMH also now has stencil sheets that you can use to make stencils with your Cricut, but I had already cut this a while ago. It lasted well enough for these 3 cards but then I had to throw it away. A stencil sheet would last longer.

(This is a screenshot from my process video that I recorded, but didn't have a chance to edit it before the hop, so if you come back later I'll likely have it up!)

Card #1: Texture Paste Through a Stencil

This first card is probably my favorite and is the highlight for this hop! I followed this tutorial from Jennifer McGuire for the Double Z-fold card. I used the transparent gloss texture paste that comes in the texture paste trio. I love the shiny pattern it adds to the background.

To apply the texture paste, I put it on one side of the cardstock, then dried to the touch with my heat gun. Then I lined the stencil back up and applied the paste to the other side of the cardstock. Then I let it dry on its own for a couple of hours. It is white when applied, but dries to this fun glossy looks like clear embossing!

I decorated the inside of the shaker window with stickers from the Hello Pumpkin Complements, added some silver sequin mix, black sequins from my stash, and some tangerine stars that I cut with the Shaker Window and Confetti Thin Cuts (this is a MUST-HAVE!) I used the Simply Said alphabet stemps to spell "BOO!"

Card #2: Inking With a Sponge Dauber Through a Stencil

For this next card, I used a sponge dauber with Nectarine ink to apply ink through the stencil. This was super easy, especially since the dauber is the same circle shape as the stencil I was using :) I like the tone-on-tone look of ink on cardstock. 

I used more stickers from the Hello Pumpkin complements, the same sequin mix, some scraps from the Hello Pumpkin paper packet, and black shimmer trim for some extra sparkle!

Card #3: Paint or Re-inker Splatters Through a Stencil

For this next card, I wanted to try splattering color through the stencil. This technique didn't produce as pronounced a circle pattern as the last two, but it still looks cool! It is good for those who like the look of splatters but want some control over how it looks.

I used black re-inker plus some of the liquid from a clear shimmer brush (because I love me some shine!) to create a shimmery dark gray splattered background. I again decorated with Hello Pumpkin complements and added "BOO!" from the Simply Said alphabet stamp set. I added more shimmer brush to the cat's eyes to make them glow.

Aren't the shaker cards fun? I hope you enjoyed...let me know if you have any questions.

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Thursday, October 11, 2018

Process Video: Turn a 1-Page Pre-cut Scrapbook Layout into 2 Pages | CTMH Memories in the Making


Today I am sharing a 2-page scrapbook layout I made using a pre-cut 1-page kit. I only added minimal supplies to stretch the kit to work for 2 pages.

I used Layout 12 from Close to my Heart's Memories in the Making Calendar Kit, which is no longer available, but I wanted to still share this video as it has some helpful tips whether you already have this kit or not. You can use the ideas to turn any single-page kit to a 2-page layout or just as a way to make your supplies stretch further.

View the process video below or on YouTube. The first part of the video shows just the layout, then the 2nd part of the video shows how I added more photos using Pocket Plus page inserts - and some paper from the Central Park collection.

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Here are some still shots without the Pocket Plus Page Protectors...

And here's what the layout looks like with the Pocket Plus pages in, which help to add so many more photos!

Here's the original layout and my layout together...

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 Fiskars Photo Trimmer - CTMH CTMH Pocket Plus Memory Protector Design 3

 CTMH Shimmer Brush - Sugarplum CTMH Central Park Paper Packet

All Pocket Plus options

Make it From Your Heart Vol. 3 (Scrapbook sketches/cutting guides)

Fiskars Photo Trimmer

All Shimmer Brushes

White cardstock

All current Complements embellishments (some great clearance deals!)

Blank calendar

My fave journaling pen - Marvy Uchida LePen

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Monday, October 8, 2018

Hostess-Only Exclusive Stamp Sets

Did you know that Close to my Heart has stamp sets that you can ONLY redeem through Hostess Rewards? As a special thank-you to our hostesses, below is a collection of stamp sets that can only be purchased using the Hostess Rewards credit that is earned from hosting a party. 

Spoiler: They are SUPER CUTE!!!!

It's easy to be a hostess!! And there are a few ways to earn rewards. You need to be sure to contact me first, though, so I can set up your party. 
  1. You can place your own order of $150+ through me and get at least $25 in Hostess Rewards! It goes up from there for every $100 spent.
  2. You can host an online party and invite your friends to order through your party link. All of their orders go toward your party and you reap the Hostess Rewards!
  3. Join my Hostess Club! There is no commitment and you only need to spend $25/month and alternate receiving the Hostess Rewards! Details here >

(See some BONUSES below)

Here are the Hostess-Only stamp sets in the current Holiday Expressions Idea Book. They are available through December 2018.




BONUS! I truly appreciate my hostesses and I love to always send them extra happy mail. You never know what you'll get but I guarantee you'll love it - it might be stamps or ink pads or embellishments and of course a handmade card! The more you and/or your friends spend, the more happy mail you'll get from me in addition to your Hostess Rewards!

DOUBLE BONUS! If your party reaches at least $350 you'll get a bonus gift from CTMH. Right now in October you'll get the Holiday Sparkle Shaker Card Kit for free as a bonus Hostess Reward!

If you have any questions or would like to be your own hostess or host an online party, please let me know! You can...

View all these sets and more in the Idea Book >

Thursday, October 4, 2018

October Monthly CTMH Specials


October is filled with some wonderful specials. But as we learned last month when the awesome calendar kit sold out, if you like what you see, get it before it is sold out! These specials (except for the Stamp of the Month) are available while supplies last.

1. October Stamp of the Month

Here is the adorable and useful October Stamp of the Month, Thanks & Giving. As always, it's only $5 with any $50 on my website, or you can buy it at the regular price of $18.95. Here is what it looks like, along with some beautiful artwork inspiration from CTMH.

2. The Important Things

Next up is this adorable Important Things Album. There was an Important Things Album offered in the spring and it was so popular that CTMH created a new version using the Hello Pumpkin paper and pocket cards. But it's not Halloween-themed at all! I just love these bright, happy colors. This bundle is available while supplies last. There's a workshop guide available a kit made up of the consumable supplies, and a list of a few other non-consumable supplies you'll need to in order to make this project. You can see the kit, the list of extra supplies, and download the guide HERE. Remember this kit is while supplies last!

3. Holiday Sparkle Shaker Cards

How adorable are these shaker cards?! And they are SO. EASY. to assemble. They come as a kit with all of the pieces pre-cut and ready to assemble. Who wouldn't be impressed to receive this in the mail from you this year? If you like to send photo cards for the holidays (like me), you can add your photo in the shaker window or add it to the inside panel of the card - these cards are 5x7 size so there's plenty of space! (I will be doing one of those options once I make mine!) I received my kit last week, with the coordinating stamp set (available on its own or as part of the kit at a discount) - I can't wait to play with it this weekend! I'll be sharing more on this soon. Shop here >

How adorable is this Love With all the Trimmings stamp set?!

4. Advent Calendar Bundle

Finally, Close to My Heart is offering an Advent Calendar Bundle and free workshop instructions. You will need the new Season of Joy Digital Cricut Cartridge and a few extra supplies to create this beautiful masterpiece. This project does take a bit of time, but all of the Design Space files are provided (links in the workshop guide)...which will save you tons of time! You are sure to impress anyone who sees it displayed in your house. Find the Kit and workshop instructions HERE >

That wraps up this installment of "Monthly CTMH Specials" - let me know if you have any questions! I'll post my projects and more details on these in the coming weeks.

Have a wonderful day and happy crafting!

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Look Through The New Close to my Heart Idea Book & Catalog

Have you had a chance to look through the new Holiday Expressions Idea Book yet?


You'll want to be sure to set some "me" time aside ASAP and turn the pages of this brand-new idea book! Not only is the artwork phenomenal and inspiring...the new products are amazing!

Here is some of the artwork featuring some of my favorite products. But don't just take my word for it...check it out yourself. View the idea book or go straight to the new products.

What are some of your favorite new products?