Retiring CTMH Product in 6 Days


Seasonal Expressions 1

It’s the final 6 days to get a variety of CTMH products that will retire come April 1st.  So that you don’t miss out on a favorite, let’s do a little recap of the items that are about to be gone.


SE1 Heartstrings Paper Pack

Heartstrings Paper Packet (X7193B)

SE1 Heartstrings Complements

Heartstrings Complements (X7193C)

SE1 Heartstrings Assortment

Heartstrings Assortment (Z3015)

SE1 Heartstrings WOTG

Heartstrings Workshop-on-the-Go Cardmaking Kit (G1090)



SE1 Hopscotch Paper Pack


Hopscotch Paper Pack (X7194B)

SE1 Hopscotch Complements

Hopscotch Complements (X7194C)

SE1 Hopscotch Assortment

Hopscotch Assortment (Z3016)

SE1 Hopscotch WOTG

Hopscotch Workshop-on-the-Go Scrapbooking Kit (G1091)



SE1 Cut Above Valentine Treat Bag Kit

Cut Above Valentine Treat Bag Kit (Z2056)

SE1 Cut Above Birthday Treat Bag Kit

Cut Above Birthday Treat Bag Kit (Z2059)



SE1 Lovestruck Mini Clothespins

Lovestruck Mini Clothespins (Z3028)

SE1 Happy Day Mini Clothespins

Happy Day Mini Clothespins (Z3029)

SE1 Stuck on You Puffies

Stuck on You Puffies (Z3037)

SE1 Junebug Puffies

Junebug Puffies (Z3038)



SE1 You're the Bomb Operation Smile Stamp Set


You’re the Bomb Stamp Set (C1617)


To purchase any of these Seasonal Expressions 1 items before they are gone, visit my ONLINE STORE.

Seasonal Expressions 2

And as a thank you for any online purchase before April 1st, I’ll mail you the *NEW* Seasonal Expressions 2 absolutely FREE–no minimum purchase requirement!

Tool Time: CTMH’s Cricut Artfully Sent Scene Function


This week’s Tool Time is going to explore the Scene Function of CTMH’s Cricut Artfully Sent cartridge.  The style of cards included are the Swing Card, the Gate Fold Card, and a variety of Layered Scene Cards.  You’ll be amazed at how quickly you can create stunning cards and how little you need to add to make them really pop!

Be inspired with this 6-1/2 minute video showing a wonderful variety of the cards you can create with CTMH’s Cricut Artfully Sent Collection.

Spring Banner Card


Spring Banner Card

Isn’t this card so cheery?  I love the colors used in it.  It is a swap card I received from Tara S.  She used the Brushed Paper Collection along with CTMH’s Spring Banner Stamp.  Here’s a complete listing of the supplies used on this card:

  • Spring Banner Stamp (M1044)
  • Pear Stamp Pad (Z2197)
  • Pixie Stamp Pad (Z2644)
  • Brushed Paper Pack (X7190B)
  • Lagoon Cardstock (X5762)
  • Pear Cardstock (X5764)
  • Green & Blue Epoxy Bubbles (Z1806)
  • 3-D Foam Tape (Z1151)

You can find the complete collection of CTMH products on my online shop.

Spring Cleaning! How I Sort and Organize My Paper Crafting Supplies


Have a Lovely Day Card

Today is the First Day of Spring.  What better time to think about Spring Cleaning your paper crafting supplies!  Here are a few ideas of how to organize and store your items–some with handy CTMH products and some with creative storage solutions.

First up…PAPER! We all have a lot of paper, right?!?!

Wire Basket Paper Pack Storage

Close To My Heart packages all their paper collections in nice ziploc bags.  I keep these collections together in the bag–even the paper scraps.  I found this amazing wire basket at TJMaxx in the Kitchen section–on clearance for only $10! Amazing, right?  The kitchen section is a phenomenal area to find creative storage solutions!

Paper Rack for Cardstock Storage

I separate out my cardstock and organize it all on a wire rack.  I punch a tag in the same color of cardstock–label it with both the name and order number (for when I am close to running out–speeds up the re-ordering process!) and Glue Dot it around the wire lip holding that color in place.

If you have a smaller collection of paper you are trying to store, CTMH offers 6″x6″ and 12″x12″ Paper Organizers--see through, sturdy plastic envelopes with a snap closure.


CTMH Large Organizer with Stamps

CTMH offers a variety of clear, sturdy plastic storage containers perfect for a variety of storage needs.  Their Large Organizer is perfect for holding up to 40 of their stamp sets in it.

CTMH Medium Organizer for PML or Project Life Cards

The Medium Organizer is awesome at holding Picture My Life (PML) or Project Life Cards.  The removable dividers make it a snap to organize a variety of shapes and sizes to your liking.

MARKER Storage

Marker Storage Solution

There are a variety of ways you can store your markers, but the best way is always flat!  Some people place them in a cup sitting on it’s side.  A friend had this amazing carrying case designed for Copic markers but the ShinHan Markers that CTMH offers fit perfectly, too!  I found this Marker Organizer on Amazon.


Revolving Utensil Caddy for Craft Storage

This is one of my favorite creative storage solutions I have found yet!  It was again in the clearance section (I love a good deal!)…this time at Cracker Barrel. I’ve seen many similar ones since finding this one.  They are designed and intended for utensils. It’s nice because it’s revolving and can hold those handy items like scissors, glue, embossing stylus, pencils, etc.


3-tier heart basket stand for embellishments

This lovely 3-tier heart stand is a recent purchase.  I love hearts and couldn’t resist getting it even if only for that reason!  It’s perfect for my stash of Washi Tape.  I used to store it all in a jar, but have found this new method makes them so much more accessible.

CTMH's Washi Tape Dispenser

If you only have a few rolls of Washi Tape, CTMH’s Washi Tape Dispenser is pretty awesome.  It’s magnetic so you can line up a couple next to each other and they will hold.  It’s also nice that depending on the width of your Washi Tape, you could house a couple rolls in just one dispenser!

I hope I’ve given you some inspiration for organizing your paper crafting supplies and you feel motivated to jump in and start some Spring Cleaning!

Become a CTMH Consultant


Cricut Gift Boxes with Bows

Have you ever thought about becoming a Close To My Heart Consultant? Now is the time to ACT!  When you sign up to become a CTMH Consultant during the month of March, you get an additional gift–a FREE Shoulder Tote (valued at $26.95!)

PLUS, you also have the ability to earn the coordinating Rolling Tote absolutely FREE, too (valued at $149.95!)

CTMH Rolling Tote

Need that extra nudge to pull the trigger and become a CTMH Consultant? Why not read this great article: 10 Reasons Why Close To My Heart Consultants Live the Dream.

Still have some questions?  Read my FAQs on Becoming a CTMH Consultant for more information.  And if you still have questions or need my assistance, feel free to CONTACT ME.

Tool Time: Cricut Artfully Sent Pop-up Cards with Icons


Cricut Artfully Sent Collection

Today’s Tool Time is going to focus on the Pop-up Cards with Icons function of the Cricut Artfully Sent Collection.  In this 6-minute video, you’ll see some beautiful examples of the styles of pop-up cards you can create with this cartridge–but you’ll also get some great tips, too!

3 Yummy St. Patrick’s Day projects, and 1 Leprechaun Trick


Leprechaun Loot Chest

Isn’t this chest of Leprechaun Loot super adorable?!?  My friend Jane made these up and gave them to my kiddos for St. Patrick’s Day.  Inside she had a wonderful assortment of green candies, Shamrocks, a necklace, and chocolate gold coins.  It was well thought out and well executed!

Leprechaun Loot

Need a yummy St. Patrick’s Day drink perfect for you and the kids?  Try some Leprechaun Juice!

Leprechaun Juice

I made this with the kids at school.  It’s equal parts pineapple juice, lemonade and sparkling white grape juice (they all thought I was serving them some wine!) Then you chop up some lime popsicles to add color and chill.  And if you want you can even add some food coloring to really kick up the color intensity.  I had them dip their cups in some lemonade and then rim their glasses with green sugar sprinkles.  They got a kick out of it!

Now, how about a yummy treat to eat?  I found a fun recipe for Pot ‘o Gold Cake on Pinterest.

Pot o Gold Cake

And a surprise inside…

Inside Pot o Gold Cake

And one final cute idea…a darling leprechaun letter to a child who tried to trap them.  I found the idea for it HERE.  I made mine using American Text.  I used an old corner punch I had and then outlined the paper in Metallic Gold Marker.  And finally, I rolled them up and tied them with green grosgrain ribbon and left them beside each of my kids’ traps.

Leprechaun Letter

Rolled Up Leprechaun Letter

I hope you had a fun St. Patrick’s Day!

Happy St. Patty’s Day Card


Happy St. Patrick's Day Card

Today you get a sneak peek of an upcoming *NEW* Close To My Heart stamp set that will be featured in the Seasonal Expressions 2.  Usually I don’t like to spill the beans, but when I saw this particular stamp set–I instantly saw it as a St. Patrick’s Day card! And, it’s so hard to find a good St. Patrick’s Day stamp–let alone many options!

This particular stamp set is called The Best Dad Ever.  I altered the sentiment on the stamp by using A Typeface Alphabet Stamp Set to spell out St. Patty’s (instead of Father’s.)

Close-up of St. Patty's Day Card

I did a bit of fussy cutting…I stamped the sentiment 3 different times so I could get the Autumn Terracotta mustache and the Topiary bowtie.

Supplies I used:

  • The Best Dad Ever (A1173)
  • A Typeface (A1117)
  • Black Stamp Pad (Z2105)
  • Autumn Terracotta Stamp Pad (Z2101)
  • Topiary Stamp Pad (Z2155)
  • Brushed Paper Packet (X7190B)
  • Black Cardstock (1386)
  • Pear Cardstock (X5764)
  • Topiary Cardstock (X5635)
  • Autumn Terracotta Cardstock (1270)
  • Leaf Green ShinHan Alcohol Marker (Z2454)
  • Dot Embossing Folder (Z1924)
  • Woodgrain Embossing Folder (Z1996)
  • Sanding Kit (Z1294)
  • Green & Blue Epoxy Bubbles (Z1806)
  • Thin 3-D Foam Tape (Z2060)

If you’d like to get a copy of CTMH’s Seasonal Expressions 2, CONTACT ME with your mailing information and I’ll get one in the mail to you.

And don’t miss my other St. Patrick’s Day posts:
St. Patrick’s Day Woven Heart Basket
How to make a Button Bowl
Leprechaun Traps
10 Leprechaun Tricks
St. Patrick’s Day Wreath