Pop-up Gift Card Holder

Great Job Pop-up Gift Card Holder

Today’s card is one of the projects my Stamp Club made this month.  It’s a fun pop-up gift card holder card without any fussy cutting.

Open Great Job Pop-up Gift Card Holder

We used the *NEW* Chalk It Up Paper Collection, the *NEW* Great Job Stamp Set, several *NEW* ShinHan Alcohol markers and the *NEW* Slate Diagonal Striped Ribbon.  There are lots of wonderful new products in the Annual Inspirations Book.  To see all the *NEW* products, click HERE.

Frightfully Fun Halloween Tag

Frightfully Fun Halloween Tag

This Frightfully Fun Halloween Black Cat Tag is one we created as one of our three projects at last Saturday’s Creative Connections Event.  It showed off several *NEW* products from the Annual Inspirations Book.

The supplies used to create this tag are:

  • *NEW* Frightfully Fun Stamp Set (B1453)
  • *NEW* Trick or Treat Sweets Stamp Set (B1460)
  • Black Stamp Pad (Z2105)
  • *NEW* ShinHan Touch Twin Warm Grey 4 Marker (Z2467)
  • *NEW* Scaredy Cat Paper Packet (X7185B)
  • White Daisy Cardstock (1385)
  • Black Shimmer Trim (Z1809)
  • Flamingo Dots (Z1934)
  • *NEW* Slate Diagonal Striped Ribbon (Z1989)
  • *NEW* Sunset Chevron Washi Tape (Z2005)
  • *NEW* Thin 3-D Foam Tape (Z2060)
  • Round Sponge (Z697)
  • *NEW* Mini Stapler (Z2027)
  • *NEW* Chevron Border Punch (Z1998)
  • Corner Rounder (Z1912)
  • Journaling Pen (Z1979)


To shop for supplies, click HERE.

Happy ‘Owl’oween Card

Picture My Life Happy Owloween Card

Today’s card not only shows off CTMH’s August Stamp of the MonthWhat a Hoot (which I absolutely adore!!) but also the BabyCakes Picture My Life Collection as well.  When I saw this adorable owl card in the Babycakes PML I knew it would pair well with this stamp set.  I embossed the Sunset CS to tie in with the polka dot head of the owl.  I stamped and cut out the fun mask–although it was a shame covering the darling eyes on this owl!  I finished the card off with the Chocolate Woodgrain Washi Tape (retired) and added a couple of the *NEW* Gold Sequins–they are already adhesive-backed which makes them so super easy to use.

Don’t forget that this month’s CTMH special allows you to get your choice of a 10-pack of page protectors for only $3 when you purchase any of our Picture My Life Scrapbooking Collections.  To see all of the collections, click HERE.

Scrapbooking the Start of School

Start School Poem

Today was the day to go to school and find out who your teacher will be for the year.  There was also the opportunity to visit your classroom and meet your teacher before school officially begins tomorrow.  I had to share this darling poem my son’s teacher gave each of her students–it is so sweet!

So to set the stage properly, we walk into the classroom and she has each child’s “station” set up with their name, a letter about her along with a sealed envelope.  Every child had a different colored envelope, but they were all the same.  The deal was that they were to take the envelope home with them and then open it & read it once they were there.

Inside was a little note along with a Ziploc bag of confetti stars.  Here is what the note says:

The night before school is exciting and fun.

There are always so many things to be done.

Your clothes are ready, your backpack is, too.

Your classroom is full of fun things you will do.

Lots of questions go through your mind,

All types of thoughts of every kind.

But sometimes we all get the jitters down deep

And that makes it hard to fall fast asleep.

So I’ve made this magic confetti for you,

Full of promises for the whole year through.

On Tuesday night when you lay down your head,

Just sprinkle some under your pillow in bed.

The confetti will help you sleep through the night

And wake up in the morning fresh and bright.

I’ll sprinkle the confetti under my pillow, too

Because I am so super excited to see you!

Sweet dreams Second Grader!


Ms. Sander

So adorable, right?!?  Definitely a memory to scrapbook.  My son smiled so big and said, “I knew my teacher was nice.”  Here’s to another great year of school!

Robot Birthday Card

Robot Family Birthday Card

It’s birthday week around here…Wednesday marks the birthday of my husband, his sister, my aunt as well as 2 friends.  Whoa, that’s a lot of birthdays for 1 day, huh?!?

I really like this birthday card as it’s pretty straight forward but looks great. Plus, you get the bonus of coloring it–coloring in images can be such therapy (that is if you aren’t rushed for time!)  I received this card in a swap from Kandi G.  If you look closely at the birthday cake, you’ll see she used Washi Tape to paper piece it–clever, right?!?

Robot Family Birthday Card Close-up

Here are the supplies used to create this card:

  • Robot Family Stamp Set (C1583)
  • Whisper Cardstock (X5929)
  • Gypsy Cardstock (X5757)
  • Pear Cardstock (X5764)
  • White Daisy Cardstock (1385)
  • Archival Black Stamp Pad (44751)
  • Pear, Gypsy & Lagoon Alcohol Marker Sets (retired)
  • Teal Shimmer Trim (Z1918)
  • Lagoon Houndstooth Washi Tape (retired)
  • Black & Grey Expoxy Bubbles
  • Purple Glitter Gems (Z1936)
  • Bitty Sparkles (Z1263)
  • Clear Sparkles (Z1752)


To shop for supplies, click HERE.

Cut Above Kits from CTMH

While at Close To My Heart’s Annual Convention this summer, we got the opportunity to try out 2 of the *NEW* Cut Above Kits.  These new kits allow you to make wonderful projects in little time.  This birthday card is one of the ones we made from the Happy Birthday Card Kit.  I must say these kits are SO easy and look so fabulous once complete.  It’s a win-win, especially when you’re short on time.  They come with all the supplies you need (even envelopes!)–you just add the stamping component.

The second one we made was from the Holiday Card Kit.  The little snowman is super cute!


Watch this short 3-1/2 minute video to learn more about these fun kits available now in the *NEW* Annual Inspirations.

Just Be You Owl Card

Just Be You Owl Stamp of the Month Card

CTMH’s Stamp of the Month is so cute for August!  I love both owls and the fun add-ons to the stamp set.  For this card I used papers from the My Crush Bluebird Book.  These books are an AWESOME value for what you get in them–60 different double-sided papers!  There’s no reason you have to keep them as a book–tear out the pages and use them for cards, scrapbook layouts or even papercraft projects!

Close-up Just Be You Stamp of the Month Card

I used the *NEW* Chalk It Up Assortment to give the owl some glasses.  Once the glasses were on, I couldn’t resist adding in some googly eyes.  So cute!!  Here are all the supplies I used to create the card:

  • What a Hoot (S1408)
  • My Crush Bluebird Book (Z1856)
  • Twilight Cardstock (retired)
  • Cashmere Cardstock (X5932)
  • Champagne Cardstock (X5931)
  • Archival Black Stamp Pad (44751)
  • ShinHan Clay Marker (Z2451)
  • Chalk It Up Assortment (Z3009)
  • Bling Gems Gold Assortment (Z2023)
  • Thin 3-D Foam Tape (Z2060)
  • Wiggly Eyes


To get your own What a Hoot Stamp Set, click HERE.

Join the Fun–Become a CTMH Consultant

I wanted to share this video recap of our CTMH Convention this year to show you just how much fun and creative inspiration you receive being a CTMH Consultant.  (And if you are watching closely, you’ll get to see some of the amazing cards that can be made with our *NEW* Cricut Artfully Sent!)  It really is a highlight to attend Convention each year. Plus, now when you sign up to become a Consultant, YOU get to select the kit you will receive.  How fun, right?!? To learn more about becoming a CTMH Consultant, click HERE.

Mini Album with Picture My Life

Picture My Life Mini Album

With Picture My Life Scrapbooking Programs being the focus of this month’s special with Close To My Heart, I thought it would be fun to show you some other ideas throughout the month that you can do with these pocket scrapbooking programs aside from their intended use.

This first idea is compliments of my roomie at Convention this summer. Cindy made this adorable Mini Scrapbook Album in a tin for me with the Laughing Lola theme.

What a quick and easy way to decorate the tin with our Lagoon Houndstooth Washi Tape (now retired)!

Picture My Life Mini Album Cover

And look how she bound the Mini Album together–with our Slate Striped Twist Ties!  Clever.

Picture My Life Album inside

Just vary the size of the cards you use, add in some embellishments and you have a quick and cute Mini Album!

To shop for supplies, click HERE.

Like FREE Project Ideas?

If you’re not on our mailing list, you recently missed a fabulous project idea with our *NEW* Designer Creations Slate Paper Bags.  Each month, our newsletter shares project ideas complete with step-by-step instructions, tips and techniques as well as answers to common stamping & scrapbooking questions. It’s easy to signup.  Simply fill out the form in the upper right-hand side of our site to join our mailing list.

Picture Perfection with Picture My Life Special

During the month of August, when you purchase any of the 13 available Picture My Life Scrapbooking Programs featured in the *NEW* Annual Inspirations Idea Book at their full retail price of $24.95, you are eligible to add your choice of 1 of 8 qualifying Memory Protectors 10-packs for just $3!

Each Picture My Life Scrapbooking Program already includes a coordinating 10-pack of Memory Protectors, so when you add your additional 10-pack for only $3, you will be well on your way to your own picture-perfect pocket scrapbooking adventure.  You’ll be able to preserve double the memories in half the time!

With 5 *NEW* themes and the existing 8, there is sure to be a theme to fit your style.  To check out the Picture My Life Program, click HERE.

What a Hoot Tree Card

Aug SOTM What a Hoot Card

This is the first project I made with Close To My Heart’s August Stamp of the MonthWhat a Hoot.  It uses the *NEW* Woodgrain Embossing Folder (which I then inked after I embossed it for additional depth and texture) and our *NEW* ShinHan Alcohol Markers.  This fun card will be one of the projects my Stamp Club makes this month.

What a Hoot Tree Card

Closeup What a Hoot Tree Card

If you like this Stamp of the Month set (and most of CTMH’s Stamp of the Month sets), you might be interested in knowing that one of the perks of becoming a CTMH Consultant is that you can get your hands on Stamp of the Month sets months ahead of time.  That’s right if you were a CTMH Consultant and loved the June 2015 Stamp of the Month, you could get it NOW!  Want to learn more about becoming a CTMH Consultant? Click HERE for additional information.

What a Hoot August Stamp of the Month

Fall will be swooping in before we know it, and there is no better way to welcome in crispy breezes and falling leaves than with the August Stamp of the Month, What a Hoot!

When you place an order of $50 or more, these festive fowls can join your aviary for only $5!

The quirky owls in this adorable stamp set will add an endearing element to any craft.  You can even dress them up in costumes and wish your friends a “Happy ‘Owl’oween!”  Whatever the occasion, these feathered friends are sure to make a hoot in your neck of the woods.

Be sure to stop by tomorrow as I’ll be sharing my first project made with this adorable Stamp of the Month set.


Cricut Artiste Present Gift Card Holder

Cricut Artiste Present Gift Card Holder

This is a second project we did at my Custom Cricut Class.  I altered the Cricut Artiste Present Card to hold a gift card by adding one of our now retired small paper bags.  Recently, these were on the while supplies last list but have since sold out.  I love how the pinked edges create the look of some tissue paper popping out!

Inside Cricut Artiste Present Gift Card Holder

This project was super simple to come together, but was definitely favored by the group!  Everyone loved how the Metallic Gold Marker really made a difference on the bow.

Supplies used:

  • Big Hug Stamp Set (D1584)
  • Jubilee Paper Packet (X7181B)
  • Topiary Cardstock (X5635)
  • Cocoa Cardstock (X5642)
  • White Daisy Cardstock (1385)
  • Cocoa Stamp Pad (Z2114)
  • Metallic Markers (Z1768)
  • Small Paper Bags (retired)
  • Gold Shimmer Trim (Z1985)
  • Rosewood Mini-medley (Z1857)
  • Cricut Artiste Collection (Z1790)


And don’t forget, today is the final day to grab the items on the Retiring List.  Get ‘em before they’re gone!  Click HERE to see the Retiring List.

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