Final Days for CTMH’s Summer Crush


CTMH's June Special Summer Crush It’s the final 2 days to take advantage of Close To My Heart’s June SpecialSummer Crush!  When you purchase any My Crush Book and its accompanying assortment, you will receive the coordinating stamp set FREE! That is a savings of at least $9.95!!

Here are the options you can choose from:


My Crush Wildwood Book

Purchase the My Crush Wildwood Book (Z2001) PLUS

My Crush Wildwood Assortment

the My Crush Wildwood Assortment (Z2040) and you get the Born to Roam Stamp Set (B1456) absolutely FREE!

Born to Roam Stamp Set



My Crush Holiday Happenings Book

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Crazy for Cards Inspiration


Blossom Make a Wish Card It’s hard to believe it’s been nearly 2 weeks since our Semi-Annual Crazy for Cards Event!  Shortly after the event I shared the cards I had designed, so how about we check out the other ones today!?!

These first 3 cards were designed by my teammate, Deb.  I love this first card!   The colors are so soft and inviting and the fun fold makes for a nice surprise!

Folded Blossom Make a Wish Card

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Ice Cream Dream


Ice Cream Dream Money Holder The Stamp of the MonthIce Cream Dream–from Close To My Heart is an absolute must-have!  This set is so adorable and just perfect for summer–whether making cards, layouts or even 3-D items.

June 2015 SOTM Ice Cream Dream

This style of card for holding money or a check was requested by one of my Stamp Club members so I designed it using this month’s Stamp of the Month. How perfect would it be to give this card with some cash in it for someone special to go and grab some ice cream on a hot day?!  Continue reading

My #1 Paper Crafting Time-Saving Tip!


Happy Birds Embossed Card We are all short on time, right?  And for many of us with school out for the summer, we have even less time!  Our schedules become tighter than usual.  So how can we still create fabulous things with less time?  Here’s my great time-saving tip… Continue reading

Father’s Day Card Ideas


Nautical Paper Weaved Father's Day Card

It’s only a few days until Father’s Day!  Have you made your Father’s Day card(s) yet?  Here are a couple of ideas to help boost your creativity.  Hopefully you find a little inspiration =)

This first card was paper weaved (a fairly easy technique, just a little time consuming) that I molded into a nautical theme using some retired papers (Tommy Paper Pack) and the coordinating Tommy embellishments. The Ruby Chevron Washi Tape is still available though!  You can find the Washi Tape through my ONLINE STORE.

Pocket Watch Father's Day Card

This second card is also created with some retired products.  CTMH’s Wonderful Friend Stamp Set is such an awesome vintage looking set.  I love it!  I’m always drawn to Cocoa–it’s my favorite CTMH color!  So it was a natural choice for creating this vintage feeling card.  Add in some layering and you have a stunning card.

For all you dads out there–Happy Father’s Day!

Wonderful Cards and Useful Card Techniques


Birthday Money Holder Card

On Saturday we held our semi-annual Crazy for Cards Event.  Guests came and made an assortment of 12 cards, complete with envelopes.  We had a variety of different styles–traditional cards, unique folds, money holders (like pictured above and below) and we sprinkled in a few useful techniques as well.  It’s always a fun event!

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His and Hers: A Book for Both


My Crush for Him Book

Close To My Heart’s My Crush™ books make great homes for your memorabilia! They come with a variety of beautifully designed papers and provide just the right backdrop for your keepsakes. Pictured above is CTMH’s latest one geared toward men–My Crush for Him and below is the new one for females–My Crush for Her!

My Crush for Her Book


These little brag books are so beautiful and easy to put together.  And with Father’s Day on the horizon, one of the My Crush for Him books could make a perfect gift.  But wait!  These books are so versatile that you can even use them to create traditional layouts and even cards!  That’s right.  Watch this short video Continue reading

Appreciation Cards for Coaches and Teachers


Thumbprint Teacher Appreciation Card

It’s that time of year when things get busy.  Sport seasons wrap up, Teacher Appreciation Week happens, the end of school draws near with all the many projects still to be completed and finally End-of-the-Year gifts for teachers.  It’s always good to have a few ideas for appreciation cards handy!

This card was a group/class card I helped create with my son and daughter’s classes.  I had each student do a maximum of 2 thumbprints (to conserve space!) and then let them use their imagination to create something with that thumbprint.  Some really cute creations were born! Continue reading