A Sassy Card for Mom

Mother's Day Card

The stamp set Mother’s Day–with 8 different images–is a bit sassy with a retro feel to the images of the moms.  This card I received from Joy M. is a great example of incorporating many fun embellishments for a true “wow” factor to the card.

The supplies she used on this card are:

  • Mother’s Day Stamp Set (C1577)
  • Lollydoodle Paper Packet (X7183B)
  • Black Cardstock (1386)
  • Crystal Blue Cardstock (1292)
  • Black Stamp Pad (Z2105)
  • For Always Textiles (Z1820)
  • Base & Bling Adhesive Strips (Z1904)
  • Slate Striped Twist Ties (Z1864)
  • Silver Geometric Washi Tape (Z1932)
  • Black Buttons (retired)
  • Corner Rounder (Z1912)
  • Glue Dots (1772)


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Bonding Memories: The perfect 2-way glue

Glue or adhesive is one of the most personalized tool a crafter has.  There are so many choices out there–each having their own pros and cons. Close To My Heart has a wonderful 2-way glue called Bonding Memories.  It comes in both a broad tip as well as a small-tipped pen version (great for adding glitter to projects!)

Both are perfect for creating either a permanent bond or a temporary one.  When applied it is a blue color.  If you use it immediately it will create a permanent bond.  However, if you wait a few moments and let it get clear and tacky, it now becomes a temporary bond that you can reposition if necessary.

Another great perk of Bonding Memories–it’s perfect for adding stick to your Cricut mat!  When your mat loses its stickiness, simply clean off any stray paper pieces, rinse it off so that no extra dust or paper remains and let it air dry.  Then take your broad tip Bonding Memories and completely cover your mat.  Allow it to go from blue to clear.  It’s now ready to use again!

Hello Circus Alphabet Card

Hello Circus Alphabet Card

Need a quick and simple hello card to send to a friend?  Today’s card is just that!  The fun and whimsical letters contained in this month’s Stamp of the Month make it easy to create any sentiment you need for your cards (or perfect titles for scrapbook layouts!)  The longest part of making this card may be embossing the cardstock–and that’s not very long at all.

Supplies used:

  • Circus Alphabet Stamp set (S1407)
  • Lollydoodle Paper Packet (X7183B)
  • Juniper Cardstock (X5752)
  • Archival Black Stamp Pad (44751)
  • Cotton Candy Alcohol Marker Set (Z2417)
  • Chevron Embossing Folder (Z1925)
  • 3-D Foam Tape (Z1151)


To purchase CTMH products, click HERE.

Just Because Card

Balloon Ride Just Because Card

Today’s card is one of the projects my Stamp Club made this month. Everyone liked the unique spin on a traditional sized card.  With simple modifications you can change the look of a card dramatically.  I simply cut away the top third of the card and had them use a circle punch to draw the eye to the flower.

Top View Balloon Ride Just Because Card

I also showed them how you can make your own unique scalloped edge by using the corner rounder without it’s guide on.  Love when you can use a tool for more than one purpose!

Side View Balloon Ride Just Because Card

Supplies used include:

  • Big Hug Stamp Set (D1584)
  • Hooray Bouquet Stamp Set (D1491)
  • Balloon Ride Paper Pack (X7180B)
  • Sorbet Stamp Pad (Z2164)
  • Chocolate Stamp Pad (Z2111)
  • Bronze Shimmer Trim (Z1849)
  • Triangle Studs (Z1928)
  • 3-D Foam Tape (Z1151)
  • Corner Rounder (Z1912)
  • Sponge (Z697)


To shop for these or any CTMH products, click HERE.

Dreamer Easel Card


Dreamer Easel Card

This Dream Easel card made by Nicole B. makes me think of being a Close To My Heart Consultant.  As a Consultant, you get the opportunity to have sneak peeks into new products on a regular basis.  And who doesn’t love to play with new stamping and scrapbooking products before anyone else?!?  A dream come true, right?!  In fact, I’ve been playing with new products from the Annual Inspirations that will debut next month.  It has been so much fun!  But it’s also difficult, too.  Difficult to not share the projects I’ve been making!  But I’ll have them ready to share come August 1st.

Dreamer Easel Card Side View

Products used on this card include:

  • Dreamer Stamp Set (B1439)
  • Balloon Ride Paper Pack (X7180B)
  • Saddle Stamp Pad (Z2171)
  • Cocoa Stamp Pad (Z2114)
  • Bronze shimmer Trim (Z1849)
  • Bronze Glitz Glitter Gel (retired)


If you’d like more information about becoming a Close To My Heart Consultant, click HERE.

Book of Inspiration

Make It From Your Heart CTMH Book

Looking for inspiration for cards or scrapbook layouts?  Look no further than the Make It From Your Heart books from Close To My Heart. There are two books currently–Volume 1 and Volume 2.  Each softbound book contains 16 two-page layout patterns, 2 single-page patterns and 12 different card patterns. You just can’t beat the price of them either–only $7.95 each.  Many magazines (if still published in hard copy) cost more than that!

Be sure to grab a copy and be inspired.

Circus Alphabet Birthday Card

Cricut Artiste Circus Alphabet Birthday Card

The fun and artsy font of CTMH’s July Stamp of the MonthCircus Alphabet–is perfect for a birthday card.  This birthday card is so quick to put together with the help of the Cricut Artiste Collection.  Using the bright and cheerful papers from the Lollydoodle Paper Pack along with some Flamingo Dots and Bitty Sparkles makes for a cheerful card for that special birthday girl in your life.

To see the entire alphabet from the Circus Alphabet Stamp set–both lower and upper case–click HERE.

End of First Grade Teacher Gifts

Another-Pencil-Teacher-Vase Pencil Teacher Vase

I coordinated class gifts for the teachers in both my son and daughter’s classes again this year.  Since I’m always short on time, I tried to keep the ideas similar enough that I wouldn’t be stressed out more than I needed to be at the end of the school year.

First, I started by making each of them a Pencil Vase.  If you have a glue gun, this is a relatively simple project to do–get yourself a cylinder vase, a bunch of pencils (or colored pencils–I did colored pencils last year) and some ribbon and you’re good to go.  Simply glue each pencil to the vase, going one-by-one until you make it all around the vase.  I even use the glue gun to secure the ribbon so that it doesn’t slide around.  Find some pretty flowers and voila!


Hand print teacher appreciation art piece

For my daughter’s teacher, I provided each student a piece of red paper (one of her favorite colors) and asked them to trace their hand and cut it out. Additionally, they were asked to give an adjective to describe the teacher.  I pieced the hand prints together surrounding all the sweet adjectives the kids came up with.  So precious!

Doodle Teacher Appreciation Frame

For my son’s teacher, I took a picture of the class in the last month of school (maybe 2 weeks before school got out?!?) and had the kids sign the matting as well as add a little doodle if they chose to.  The photo was so special because 1.) she didn’t see it after I took it and 2.) it truly represented the kids personalities…it was very freestyle…not a “cheese” pose.  And even though my daughter wasn’t in her class, she wanted to draw an owl on the mat since the teacher LOVES owls.  It was perfect.

Artwork Teacher Soap

We try to do something really personable for our gifts and this was a hit last year so we did it again.  Last year, I put a class photo in the soap, but this year the kids chose to draw a picture for their teacher.  I like this Teacher Artwork Soap idea because it is useful and a bit sentimental, too.

Teacher Appreciation Letters

I also typed up a Fill-in-the-blank Teacher Appreciation Letter.  It was awesome seeing what my kids wrote to their teachers.  I gave them the option to doodle or color around the margins of the letters–to personalize it a bit more.  Then they chose a color paper to mat the letter on (they each chose their teacher’s favorite color–so sweet!)

Soon it will be time to think up ideas again.  Time goes by way too fast!

End of the Year Teacher Appreciation Cards

Space-themed Thank You Card

With our End-of-the-Year party theme centered around space, I figured doing the Teacher Thank You Card in that same theme was only fitting.  I made it in a 5″ x 7″ size so there was a little more room than the standard 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ card for families to sign it.  We passed it around to all the families in the class so that everyone could write a little sentiment to our teacher for all her hard work.

Laughing Lola Thank You card

Since my son’s teacher wasn’t doing a theme for their End-of-the-Year party, per se, I decided to stick with the same card design but use Laughing Lola paper since purple is her favorite color and this paper has a couple of purple tones in it.  Again, I kept it a 5″ x 7″ size and passed it around to all the families to express their thanks.

Tomorrow I’ll share the Teacher Gifts–both from the class and from my kids.


Retiring Product from CTMH

Close To My Heart’s *NEW* Annual Inspirations is going to make its big debut on August 1st.  This means there are several items that we must say good-bye to in order to make room for brand *NEW* products to fall in love with.  You have until July 31st (or while supplies last!) to get your favorites before they are gone.

ALL of the current Workshops on the Go are retiring–whether for cards or scrapbooking.  The above pictured one is for the Balloon Ride Scrapbooking Kit.

There are 5 colors retiring: Buttercup, Twilight, Creme Brulee, Sky and Blush.  This means ink pads and papers in these colors will be gone soon.

ALL the current My Reflections Paper Packets and coordinating My Stickease and Complements will soon be gone, too.

ALL the Marker Sets

Many accessories, ribbons and Washi Tapes…

And, of course, several stamp sets are also retiring.  To see a complete retiring list (with pictures), click HERE.

Circus Alphabet Stamp of the Month Card

Circus Alphabet Stamp of the Month Card

Here’s a July Stamp of the Month card (Circus Alphabet) made using the lower case font to create a patterned paper done with the tone-on-tone technique. It also uses the negative piece from a heart shape cut from the Cricut Artiste Collection.  Add in some fun embellishments (Aqua Dots, Washi Tape and separated Burlap Ribbon) and you have a quick and easy card with a lot of visual appeal.

Here is the entire font you get with this month’s Stamp of the Month–Circus Alphabet Stamp set:

To get your own Circus Alphabet Stamp set, click HERE.

Blast Off to 2nd Grade Party


Smarties Rocket Candies

I love party themes.  It was so fun to collaborate with my daughter’s 1st grade teacher this year to come up with a party theme for the end of their school year last month.  Because all the kids in the class were so fascinated with space this year (we even had my husband come in and talk to them about the planets and their general questions about space.) I pitched the idea of a space theme…”Blasting off to 2nd grade!

Space Party Table Settings

We started with the basics…plates, cups and napkins all in a space theme. Then we added in some fun astronaut ice cream (1 package per 2 students–just in case some didn’t care for it; which actually did happen!), Tang and other foods families provided that fit the space theme or could travel easily into space.

Space Party Foods

And how cute (and perfect!) are these *NEW* Swirl Trix Cereal?!? Awesome tie in for sure.  And the kids loved their tasty goodness :)

Meteorites (Swirl Trix Cereal)

And of course I wanted to make some sort of treat for the kids.  I had the idea to make them little candy rockets and was hoping to use a package of Rolos–thinking I could maybe find them in bulk at Costco–but no such luck.  Given that I had to make over 40 of them (I wanted to make them for my son’s class, too) I didn’t want to spend a fortune in time and money on them.  This meant I had to change strategy.  Mmmh, another candy that could work??  Then while at Target, I saw Smarties.  This could work.  People use Smarties all the time for graduation things, plus it had the right shape to it–only smaller.  So I went with it and hoped for the best.  After all, the kids would just rip into them within seconds to eat them so as long as the general idea came across, I was happy!

Close-up of Smarties Rocket Candies

I used strips of paper that were 3-1/4″ x 2″ to cover the Smarties along with a 1-1/8″ Circle with a slit to overlap to form the tip of the rocket (plus LOTS of Glue Dots!)  I added a little banner on each with “Hey Smartie, it’s time to blast off to 2nd grade!”  The idea came across so in my mind it was a success  :)

Next week, I’ll share the teacher gifts (slowly, but surely, I’ll get caught up with all that happened last month!)

Happy Flash Mob at CTMH’s Convention

I loved Pharrell Williams song Happy as soon as I heard it in Despicable Me 2. Funny how the song took awhile to hit mainstream and gain in popularity, isn’t it? Well, as soon as I saw that Tresa, another CTMH Consultant, was organizing a Flash Mob to Happy at CTMH’s Convention in honor of it being our 30th Anniversary–I was in! Now don’t get me wrong, I would not describe myself as a dancer or coordinated at all.  But that being said–Tresa made the dance moves SUPER SIMPLE!  I can’t even begin to imagine the time she put into doing this for all of us and Jeanette, our founder and CEO of CTMH.

Happy Badge Button

This was all super hush-hush!  It was meant to be a surprise for the Corporate staff as well as Jeanette.  Tresa had coordinated with just one person from the Corporate staff to ensure the surprise was pulled off without any glitches.  Even other Consultants at Convention who weren’t a part of the Flash Mob had no idea.  To help identify who was a part of the big surprise while attending Convention, Tresa made up some fun “Happy” buttons that had adjectives that coordinated with which group we were a part of (group A, group B and group C.)  And…in my crazy state of too much going on in June, I completely missed this component of our surprise until Monday before I left for Convention.  I saw people on our secret group site sharing their decorated buttons and was completely confused.  To my surprise, I was able to whip a button up for me and my roomie just hours before my flight left.  Talk about last minute!

Even though the month of June is a blur to me, I did find time to practice–my kids even joined in the on fun.  They know the moves as well as me (maybe even better!) It’s actually quite cute because anytime the song comes on the radio, we sound off on which group needs to be dancing and they are all over it.  I’m so glad that someone made a video of us doing this.  Of the 1,000 Consultants in attendance at Convention, 400 Consultants participated (or signed up to!) in the Flash Mob.  Wanna see it?  Of course you do!  Here you go…

Cricut Artiste Purse

Cricut Artiste Purse

As I look back on the month of June, I realize just how busy I was!  I can’t believe I posted so little.  Wait, thinking back on how much I did last month, I guess I can see why I hardly posted.  So I vow to be WAY better this month; at least I know there isn’t the craziness of finishing the school year, preparing for CTMH’s Annual Convention plus 2 trips squished into 4 short weeks!

In looking back over the few posts I did make, I found that I neglected to post one of the projects my monthly Stamp Club made.  This adorable purse is compliments of the Cricut Artiste cartridge.  Add-in a fun flower you can roll up with our quilling tool and then finish it off with a Hook & Loop Dot to close it along with an Antique Copper Stud and you have the perfect–and simple–project!

Want to see all the images you can create with the Cricut Artiste Collection?  Click HERE to check them out for yourself.

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