Choose Happy Stamp of the Month

Choose Happy March SOTM Mini Album

I absolutely love the name of this month’s CTMH Stamp of the MonthChoose Happy.  It’s just so positive and perfect!  And so is this amazing mini album created with CTMH’s Cricut Artbooking Collection!

Choose Happy March CTMH SOTM

The Choose Happy Stamp Set comes with 14 images–adorable frames, borders and sentiments.  It can be yours for only $5 with any $50 purchase of Close To My Heart products.  Otherwise, you can purchase it for it’s retail cost of $17.95.

Choose Happy March SOTM Layout

As you can see, this stamp set is perfect for scrapbook layouts, mini albums and even cards.  Be sure to grab your Choose Happy Stamp Set before it’s gone!

March CTMH Special: Become a CTMH Consultant

CTMH March 2015 Special

I am SO excited to share this great opportunity to become a CTMH Consultant with you!

Scrapbooker's CTMH Consultant Kit (March - July)

If you’ve ever thought about becoming a Close To My Heart Consultant, March is the month to do it!  When you sign up this month, you not only get *NEW* product yet to debut from our upcoming Seasonal Expressions 2, you ALSO get one of our *NEW* Shoulder Totes absolutely FREE!

CTMH Cardmaker's Consultant Kit (March-July)


The cost to sign up as a CTMH Consultant is only $99, but the kit itself includes nearly triple in retail products and supplies!  So all-in-all, it’s a savings to you of over $290!

PLUS, (if all that wasn’t enough!) you can also earn our *NEW* Rolling Tote absolutely FREE when you submit $300 in orders within your first 40 days as a Consultant.  That’s an additional savings of $149.95!

CTMH Rolling Tote

Interested in becoming a CTMH Consultant, but have some questions?  You can review my FAQS about becoming a CTMH Consultant and then if you still have questions, feel free to CONTACT ME.

Tool Time: CTMH’s Cricut Artfully Sent

Cricut Artfully Sent Collection

This past weekend at the Pleasanton Scrapbook Expo our sample cards created with CTMH’s exclusive Cricut Artfully Sent Collection were so popular!  The intricate cuts, the amazing popups and the beautiful folds are just some of the wonderful aspects of this particular cartridge.  With nearly 700 more  images from Close To My Heart, you will  have lots of possibilities at your fingertips!

Cricut Artfully Sent Sample Card

Here’s a quick overview  video to show you what this Cricut Artfully Sent cartridge has to offer.  And be sure to check back over the coming weeks as I’ll be posting additional videos that go into detail about the different functions on this cartridge to help you create beautiful cards–faster and simpler.

You can also check out some of my other Cricut Projects.

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

World Traveler Dr. Seuss Card

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss! Dr. Seuss would be 111 years old today.

This particular sentiment from Close To My Heart’s World Traveler Stamp Set reminds me so much of the book “Oh, Baby, the Places You’ll Go!” I read to my twins while I was pregnant.  That makes this the perfect card to share today on Dr. Seuss’s birthday, don’t you think?

Supplies used:

  • World Traveler Stamp Set (C1592)
  • Archival Black Stamp Pad (44751)
  • Flaxen Stamp Pad (Z2642)
  • Crystal Blue Stamp Pad (Z2117)
  • Gypsy Stamp Pad (Z2190)
  • Smoothie Stamp Pad (Z2196)
  • Wanderful Paper Packet (X7191B)
  • Black Cardstock (1386)
  • Chalk It Up Assortment (Z3009)
  • Wanderful Assortment (Z3010)
  • 3-D Foam Tape (Z1151)

Be sure to check out all of our wonderful Close To My Heart products.

Bokeh Technique Cards

Bokeh Make a Wish Card

Don’t you just love the look of the Bokeh Technique?  It’s not only pretty to look at, but fun to do!

Bokeh Make a Wish Closeup

What is the Bokeh Technique? In photography, it’s when the lens blurs the background. For card making, we can mimic that blurry background look to add the illusion of depth.

Bokeh You're the Bomb CardEven my 8-year-old daughter wanted to make one.  So if she can do it, you know you can, too!  Here’s what she came up with using the technique.

She used the current Operation Smile Stamp SetYou’re the Bomb. Every time you purchase this set, $3 is donated to Operation Smile.  Pretty awesome, right?  But remember, this set is available only through March 31!

This is a technique I will be teaching at this month’s Stamp Club as well as Stamping on Saturday.  If you’d like to come learn how to do this Bokeh Technique, be sure to RSVP today.

A Final Happy Hello Card

Feb SOTM A Happy Hello Card

With only a few days left that you can purchase Close To My Heart’s Stamp of the MonthA Happy Hello, I thought I’d share another sample!  This card is one I received from a swap.  I love the clean appearance of the white background–the embossing adds a nice depth detail.  Plus, the sponging around the word “hello” is a nice touch to draw your eye to it.

Remember, A Happy Hello can only be purchased through Saturday–then it’s gone!  Get your own Stamp of the Month now.

Tool Time: CTMH’s Picture My Life

Surf's Up Picture My Life Cards

This week’s Tool Time is about Close To My Heart’s scrapbooking program called Picture My Life.  These delightful cards come in an array of themes and colors and are not only great for quick scrapbooking, but easy card making, too!  Watch this video to learn more about the Picture My Life Program.

Thank You Chocolates in Small Metal Gift Tins

tin conainers filled with thank you chocolates

Looking for thoughtful Thank You gift ideas but short on time?  These little Thank You Chocolate Candy Tins are quick and easy to make.  My son had his Destination Imagination Competition on Saturday.  It takes a lot of volunteers to make it happen–both from the schools and other dedicated adults!  He had 2 Team Managers, an Appraiser for another team as well as a parent volunteer to assist where needed during the day that we wanted to thank.  They each gave up time from their busy lives to help his team participate in this event.  Without them this wouldn’t be possible for them.

Small gift boxes - A Candy Tin with Brushed Belly Band and filled with chocolate

In addition to making up a thank you card for each of the families to sign, we put together these small metal tins.  We put some See’s chocolate candy into these window tins I had on hand and then I created little belly bands for each using Brushed Paper, our *NEW* Pixie Extra Thick Twine and the now retired Tag the Occasion Stamp Set.

CTMH product is available at the online shop.

FREE Shoulder Tote & Rolling Tote from CTMH

CTMH Tote and CTMH Shoulder Tote


I just found out some exciting news–too exciting to not share a little early–so you can be ready, of course!  During the month of March, when you sign up to become a CTMH Consultant, you will not only receive a wonderful Consultant Kit–but you’ll also get a FREE Shoulder Tote.  PLUS, you will also qualify to get a FREE Rolling Tote, too!  These totes are so awesome and stunning–they coordinate beautifully.  But there’s one thing to keep in mind with this amazing special–it’s while supplies last!  So if you are interested, be ready to act quickly!

I’d love to have you join my team and the CTMH family!  To see additional information about becoming a Close To My Heart Consultant, click HERE.

Spring Fling

Thing Well Done Butterfly Card

Registration is open for our Annual Spring Fling Event.  If you are local to the San Francisco Bay Area this is a super fun event where you get the opportunity to create amazing 3-D projects AND beautiful cards.  The event is technique driven and you will definitely leave feeling inspired!  To learn more and to register, click HERE.

A Cheery Artfully Sent Happy Hello Card

Cheery Artfully Sent A Happy Hello CardOccasionally, when time permits, I participate in a team swap using the current Stamp of the Month from Close To My Heart.  This is one of the swaps I received for this month’s A Happy Hello Stamp Set.  I love the cheery colors used and how perfect it is with CTMH’s Cricut Artfully Sent card base.

Open Cheery Artfully Sent A Happy Hello Card

You can get your own A Happy Hello Stamp Set all month long–and for only $5 with a qualifying $50 order.  Here’s the complete set of Happy Hello stamp images.

Can’t get enough of this stamp set? Check out these posts:
-A Happy Hello card using the Cricut Artfully Sent cartridge
-A Happy Hello card featuring Yellow Flowers


Tool Time: CTMH’s Flip Flaps

CTMH's Flip Flaps

This week’s Tool Time is about a gem of a product–CTMH’s Memory Protector Flip Flaps!  These amazing tools helps you add extra photos onto a scrapbook layout or even some other keepsake like a child’s artwork or similar.  They are so easy to use and often times are overlooked–because they are clear! Watch this short 1-minute video to learn more about Flip Flaps.

Limited-time CTMH Product

CTMH Seasonal Expressions Jan-Mar 2015


Did you know that there are products in Close To My Heart’s Seasonal Expressions that are only available through the end of March?  That’s right–if you love something in there, check for the clock icon and get it before it’s gone!

Need to take a peek at the Seasonal Expressions, click HERE.

Valentine’s Diaper Fold Treat Container

Diaper Fold Valentine's Treat Container

Short on time for creating a special Valentine’s treat?  Use the Diaper Fold Technique and create any size container/pouch to stuff with some yummy chocolates like Hershey Kisses & Hugs!

Supplies used:

  • Heartstrings Paper Packet (X7193B)
  • Heartstrings Workshop Stamp Set (G1090)
  • Whisper Ink Pad (Z2172)
  • Pink Shimmer Trim (Z1986)
  • Sanding Kit (Z1294)
  • Cranberry Striped Twill Ribbon (Z1987)
  • Cricut Art Philosophy (Z1686)

To shop for CTMH product, click HERE.

Cricut Artfully Sent: A Happy Hello Card

Cricut Artfully Sent A Happy Hello CardWhen I sat down to create a card for my monthly Stamp Club using this month’s Stamp of the MonthA Happy Hello, this card from CTMH’s Cricut Artfully Sent seemed perfect.

Close-up Cricut Artfully Sent A Happy Hello

Step 1 was to stamp the sentiment “A happy hello” in second generation Desert Sand ink to cover the entire front of the card.  Next I had them back the inside of the card with a piece of Kraft Cardstock–that way the color would show through the cut out.  I saved the cutout leaves and had them color them using our *NEW* Vivid Green Shin Han Alcohol Marker and attach them with our Micro Glue Dots (LOVE these!)

Now for some stamping and fussy cutting!  I had them stamp their choice of a variety of the floral images from the set in:

  • Indian Corn Blue ink (Z2130)
  • Smoothie ink (Z2196)
  • Flaxen ink (Z2642)
  • Glacier ink (Z2641)

Feb 2015 A Happy Hello SOTM

After cutting the images out, they chose how to layer them and then we finished them off by adding our Green & Blue Epoxy Bubbles to the center of the flowers.

Like this card? Find out more about my other Cricut Projects.

Tool Time: CTMH’s Workshops on the Go

CTMH Valentine's Workshop on the Go

This week’s Tool Time is about Close To My Heart’s amazing Workshops on the Go.  These kits not only save you time, but money too!  You can find scrapbooking kits as well as card making kits–they’re the perfect “tools” to get you done in no time at all.  Watch this short 3-minute video to learn all about these kits and what is contained in them.

Valentine’s Hugs and Kisses Treat Bag

Hugs & Kisses Treat Bag

Need a quick Valentine’s treat idea?  Fill a cellophane bag with Hershey’s Hugs and Kisses and make a cute topper using Kraft Cardstock and CTMH’s Xoxo Stamp Set.  I finished it off with a little border doodling using a journaling pen, added a darling puffy heart from the Chalk It Up Assortment then sealed it closed by making small x’s using CTMH’s *NEW* Mini Stapler.

Closeup of Hugs & Kisses Treat Bag

To purchase supplies, click HERE.

Stamped Valentine Sugar Cookies

Core Kitchen Stamped Valentine Sugar Cookies

Aren’t these the most adorable stamped sugar cookies you’ve seen?!?  My mother-in-law gave me these fabulous Core Cookie Stamps for Christmas…

Cookie Stampers

Now of course I’ve stamped cookies, candies and such before being an avid stamper, but I really loved these ones from Core Kitchen.  First of all, I didn’t have to have two separate stamp sets–one for food and one for my inks!  More importantly,  they are great quality, stamped easily and cleaned up quick with no real scrubbing necessary.

So after falling in love with these particular designs, I did a quick online search–I need more of course!  They are difficult to find…oh no!  I found this particular set at Bed, Bath & Beyond, but couldn’t locate any others.  Then I discovered their site that showed many wonderful designs…

Cookie Recipe

In particular, I’m dying to get my hands on their Winter Wonderland Collection:

Winter Wonderland Cookie Stampers

and their Gratitude Collection:

gratitude cookie stamper

So. if you’ve seen them or know where I can get my hands on them, leave me a comment and let me know.  I’d be so grateful and happy!


A Happy Hello Card

A Happy Hello Feb SOTM Card


Today’s share is a card made with CTMH’s February Stamp of the MonthA Happy Hello.  I used my Spray Pen and some Desert Sand Re-inker before stamping.  Then I used sponge daubers with my Topiary and Desert Sand inks to create the branch and leaves.

Closeup CTMH Feb SOTM A Happy Hello Card

Additional supplies used:

  • Kraft Cardstock (Z1375)
  • Honey Stamp Pad (Z2162)
  • Brown & Tan Sparkles Assortment (Z1753)
  • Topiary Mini Chevron Ribbon (Z1929)

To shop for supplies, click HERE.



Album Allure: February CTMH Special

CTMH's February Album Special

During the month of February, when you purchase one of Close To My Heart’s alluring coated canvas albums you will be eligible to receive a second album of your choice at half price. That is a savings of over $17! These albums are available in a gorgeous variety of colors and patterns in both post-bound and D-ring styles—perfect to pair with traditional, Studio J®, or pocket scrapbook layouts.

CTMH's Lagoon Chevron Scrapbook Album

CTMH's Ruby Floral Scrapbook Album

CTMH's Black Scrapbook Album

CTMH's Faux Leather Navy Scrapbook Album

CTMH's Faux Leather Brown Scrapbook Album

This offer is only available while supplies last, so make certain to get your order in early to ensure you can choose the styles and colors you love. They’re going fast and are built to last; so don’t delay—click HERE to place your order today!