If the Broom Fits Witch Card

Halloween Greetings Witch Card

Today’s fabulous Halloween card is compliments of Terry M.  The stamp set she used, Halloween Greetings is a real fun one.  You’ll notice that it coordinates beautifully with images from the CTMH Cricut Artiste Collection.

The other supplies used to create this card are:

  • Archival Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad (44751)
  • Scaredy Cat Paper Packet (X7185B)
  • White Daisy Cardstock (1385)
  • Pear Cardstock (X5764)
  • Purple Shimmer Trim (Z1919)
  • ShinHan Pastel Green Marker (Z2459)
  • ShinHan Light Orange Marker (Z2455)
  • ShinHan Pastel Peach Marker (Z2460)
  • 3-D Foam Tape (Z1151)

To shop for supplies, click HERE.

How I Make a Difference as a Stamping Business Owner!

Tomorrow is ‘Make a Difference’ Day so I thought it was the perfect opportunity to talk about the partnership Close To My Heart has with Operation Smile–an organization that provides free, life-changing surgeries to repair cleft lip, cleft palate and other facial deformities.

It only costs about $240 and 45 minutes of time to change the life of a child forever.  And CTMH donates a percentage of every stamp sale to Operation Smile.

As a CTMH Consultant, I get to help make a difference every day.  If you attend any of my classes or place orders directly with me, I’ll ask you if you want to round up your order total and donate that spare change to Operation Smile–every little bit helps!

And starting next month, CTMH will be offering a special You’re the Bomb Stamp Set where $3 from each set sold will go to Operation Smile.  The set comes with 18 images (sentiments and images) and will only cost $13.95.  It’s a win-win!  But it’ll only be available through March 2015–so be sure to order it early and help make a difference in the life of a child!

Frightfully Fun Halloween Card

Frightfully Fun Halloween Card

It’s only a little over a week until Halloween so I thought I’d share some fun Halloween cards I received from a swap I participate in.  Today’s card was made by Terry M.  I love how the design of this card allows you to use up those small scraps you have left over from other projects.  Also, the outlining with our *NEW* ShinHan Markers of the ghost, mummy and skull is such a great idea–it works perfectly!  Here are the supplies needed to make this card:

  • Frightfully Fun Stamp Set (B1453)
  • Creepy Creatures Stamp Set (C1522)
  • Archival Black Stamp Pad (44751)
  • Pastel Green ShinHan Marker (Z2459)
  • Light Orange ShinHan Marker (Z2455)
  • Warm Grey ShinHan Marker (Z2467)
  • Clay ShinHan Marker (Z2451)
  • Scaredy Cat Paper Packet (X7185B)
  • Kraft Cardstock (Z1375)
  • 3-D Foam Tape (Z1151)

To shop for supplies, click HERE.

Get Ready for November: Lucky 5! Special

I know we still have a few weeks of October, but I can’t help but share the upcoming November CTMH Special–Lucky 5! so you can be prepared (I know I want to be!)

It’s the 5-Year Anniversary of Studio J–our amazing online digital scrapbooking and there are A LOT of great ways we are celebrating (5 actually!)

  • First and foremost, all layouts will cost only $5 (that’s a savings of over 25% off!)
  • Plus, every 5th order placed in Studio J during the month will receive a FREE surprise CTMH accessory (how fun!)
  • 5 “Golden Tickets” will be sent out in Studio J boxes during the month.  If you are lucky enough to get one of these tickets, you’ve scored yourself one of CTMH’s *NEW* D-ring Albums for FREE (see picture above for a sample.)
  • Share your completed Studio J layouts on CTMH’s Facebook Page during November…5 lucky winners will be selected for a FREE D-ring Album (use hashtag #ctmhlucky5)
  • Share your completed Studio J layouts on Instagram (hashtag #ctmhlucky5) during November…another 5 lucky winners will be selected for a FREE D-ring Album


See why you want to be prepared?  So many wonderful ways to celebrate this 5th Anniversary of Studio J!  Start creating your layouts (or use the custom layout option to do photo printing of unique sized photos!) now so they are ready come November.  Click HERE to get started.

Cut Above Halloween Treat Bags

Cut Above Halloween Treat Bag

Close To My Heart has a *NEW* collection of quick and easy kits designed to make darling projects in no time at all.  We made these Cut Above Halloween Treat Bags at my Stamp Club this month.  We took the kit up a notch by simply adding an additional black circle to mat the sentiment and then put a black resin star from the Scaredy Cat Assortment below the sentiment.

Side View Cut Above Halloween Treat Bag

Otherwise, these kits come with everything you need–just add stamps, ink and candy!


There are also several card kits as well as a Holiday Treat Bag kit.  To see all the Cut Above Kits, click HERE.


Polar Bear Home for the Holidays Card

Polar Bear Home for the Holidays Card

Each month with my Stamp Club I always create a project using the current Stamp of the Month.  Here is the card we created this month using the Home for the Holidays Stamp Set (this set coordinates with our Cricut Art Philosophy Collection.)  It was fun showing off the ease and beauty of using 2 separate Embossing Folders (Stripe and Dot) on the card front.  We did several steps of layering with the Polar Bear focal point (layering always adds a nice touch to projects!)  Add in the Ruby Chevron Washi Tape and our *NEW* Thin 3-D Foam Tape (I love, love, love this stuff!) and you have a nice clean and spectacular looking card.

To get your own Home for the Holidays Stamp Set, click HERE.

3 Reasons I Love Being My Own Boss!


Happy Boss’s Day!  To mark the occasion, I thought I would share 3 reasons I love being my own boss as a Close To My Heart Consultant.

1. Choose when you work!  Setting your own hours around your other commitments (family time, another job, etc.) is such a wonderful perk.

2. Love what you do!  It is so much fun creating, teaching and sharing projects and techniques with others.  It’s truly heartwarming when you witness someone find a new passion with this hobby.  I’ll never forget when I taught someone how to create a scrapbook page and several months later she shared the beginnings of an album she started for her daughter.  So precious!

3. Choose how you do your “job”!  In a traditional work setting, there are certain protocols in place on how things should happen.  If something isn’t working, you need to go through the chain of command about a possibility of changing it.  But if something isn’t working with your CTMH business, you simply change it.  You do it how you think it should be done.  If that still doesn’t work, change it again.  It’s up to you!

Of course, you can enjoy these same benefits by becoming your own boss as a CTMH Consultant.  Contact me for more information about this great opportunity!

Tool Time: Adhesives

Today’s Tool Time is all about adhesives.  This is something I’m sure that’s near and dear to your heart–everyone is looking for that perfect adhesive!  In this 4-minute video we’ll explore the many choices CTMH offers in adhesives and what the best uses are for each of them.

October Stamp of the Month: Home for the Holidays

Close To My Heart’s October Stamp of the MonthHome for the Holidays–coordinates beautifully with the Cricut Art Philosophy Collection.  This stamp set makes festive holiday tags, darling handmade cards as well as the perfect accents for your scrapbook pages.  You can purchase this stamp set all month long for it’s regular retail value of $17.95 OR with a qualifying purchase of $50, it can be yours for only $5.00.

PLUS, if you spend $50 this month, you also get a FREE spool of ribbon from Close To My Heart. So in total, your savings are $19.90!

To get your Home for the Holidays Stamp Set, click HERE.

My Favorite Paper Crafts Halloween Decoration!

Cricut Artiste Jack-o-lantern

This Jack-o-lantern created with Close To My Heart’s Cricut Artiste Collection along with the Frankenstein pictured below (also made with the Cricut Artiste) are my favorite paper craft decorations for Halloween.  I made these a few years ago when I was teaching at Convention–showing off the soon to be released Cricut Artiste.

Cricut Artiste Frankenstein

Not only do I think they are the cutest things ever, but they are SO super simple to create with the Artiste cartridge.  These faces also make some darling cards, but there’s something about the 3-D effect that just makes them extra special.

If you don’t already own CTMH’s Cricut Artiste Collection, I highly recommend it!  You can see it HERE.

October Special: Ribbon Revelry

Don’t miss your opportunity to get FREE ribbon from Close To My Heart this month!  With any $50 purchase, you will receive either a spool of Outdoor Denim or Ruby Chevron Ribbon.  It’s a surprise what color you’ll receive—how fun!  But make sure you order early as this special is while supplies last!  To start shopping, click HERE.

Best Homemade Salad Dressing

DIY Salad Dressing

Last week, I hosted some friends over at my home for our monthly Mahjong night.  We rotate homes each month and delight in socializing, eating yummy food and playing Mahjong.  Because it’s been so hot here (90’s in October!), I decided to make a salad.  Everyone loved my dressing and asked for the recipe.  I thought why not share it here!


  • 1/3 C. Cider Vinegar
  • 1 t. Dry Mustard
  • 1 t. Grated Onion
  • 1 T. Celery Seed
  • 1/3 C. Sugar
  • 1 t. Salt


Combine ingredients then add 1 C. Vegetable Oil.


Gooey Pumpkin Cake

My dessert was also a hit.  Since it’s October, it felt only fitting to bake a pumpkin dessert for the evening.  I told the gals they could find the recipe here on my website.  I thought it was only a few years ago that I posted it.  However, when I went back to look for it, I found that I posted it back in 2009…yikes!  I can’t believe it!  So here it is again.  If you haven’t tried it–it’s a must–really!


Cake Ingredients:
  • 1 pkg yellow cake mix
  • 1 egg
  • 8 T. melted butter


Mix these ingredients together.  And be forewarned it will take some work as it’s gonna be quite crumbly!  Then pat this into the bottom of a greased 9″ x 13″ pan.

 Filling Ingredients:
  • 8 oz. soft cream cheese
  • 15 oz can of pumpkin
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 t. vanilla
  • 8 T. melted butter
  • 16 oz powdered sugar
  • 1 t. cinnamon
  • 1 t. nutmeg
Start by blending the cream cheese and pumpkin until smooth and creamy.  Add eggs, vanilla and butter until blended.  Then mix in the powdered sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg.  Pour filling on top of cake mix.  Then bake for 40-50 minutes at 350 degrees.  Do NOT overbake this.  It will have a gooey center–you want this!
Serve warm with fresh whipped cream or Cool Whip works just fine too :)

24 Hours Until 12 Weeks of Christmas!

SunnyDay Memories 12 Weeks of Christmas

There are only 24 hours remaining until I start my 12 Weeks of Christmas campaign–my FREE gift for my mailing list subscribers.  Each week, subscribers will receive an email containing a project idea for a holiday card, tag or wrapping, along with steps necessary to assemble it!

This is ONLY for mailing list subscribers so you’ll want to subscribe if you haven’t yet.  You have 24 hours until the first email goes out (Wednesday at 1:00 pm).

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