Tuesday, August 30, 2016

The NEW Complements!

I've always loved how CTMH coordinates paper and embellishments. One of my favorite products has always been their Complements. Since adding the new Fundamentals Collections, CTMH has also updated (I'd say upGRADED) their Complements, including the trendiest materials and hot new colors. You'll be able to use more coordinating stickers, printed chipboard die-cuts and kraft die-cuts with white foil accents in the School 7-12 Complements, perfectly pairing with the Enchantment Fundamentals Paper Pack.

Here's what you get in your School 7-12 Complements

Here's everything cut apart and spread out...lots of stuff!

I love that there are many great titles.
Okay, so why did I cut apart the stickers and separate everything? Well, CTMH grouped the stickers and various die-cuts in ways that would coordinate as you're designing your layouts. Certainly, you can use them however you want, but they made some great recommendations.

Ready to start organizing!
In bags and ready to use!
 As you can see, I labeled each of the sections with a number (1-12, there are more on the back side!). Then, I labeled a clear plastic bag with the numbers, too. So, the stickers and die-cuts are ready for my layouts!

Then, I put them all of my smaller organized bags inside the Complements bag. And, guess what? I happened to have an extra My Acrylix Organizer and it fits perfectly! I've added all of my new Complements to the organizer and feel ready for a Scrappy marathon!

Everything's still in one place.

And now, all my Complements are together!

I hope you found this to be a helpful explanation of Close To My Heart's new Complements. BTW, my personal favorite is the All Together Complements or maybe, it's the Good Life Complements. With the new colors, vellum, gold accents and glitter die-cuts, it's too hard to choose!

What's your favorite new Complements?

Friday, August 12, 2016

The New Annual Inspirations is HERE!

It's here! It's here! Close To My Heart's new Annual Inspirations catalog is here! And guess what, there are a TON of new products in there that you are going to LOVE!

First of all, how gorgeous is that cover? It's a sneak peak into the new Cricut Flower Market Collection! And, one of my favorite things CTMH thought of is that you can now purchase it two different ways...by physical cartridge or through an online code (saving you $20!). This brand new Cricut collections features blooms and blossoms for every season of life, two gorgeous fonts and themed shapes perfect for holidays, cardmaking and scrapbooking...a total of 700 images!

Don't you just love CTMH's themed My Reflections papers? Me, too! But, guess what, they aren't in this catalog. Now, before you go freaking out, don't worry, they'll be plenty of those themed collections in all of our supplemental Holiday and Seasonal Expressions catalogs. So, CTMH  instead created three Fundamental Creative Collections and another four Basics Fundamentals Creative Collections. Each of the Fundamental Creative Collections (Whimsy, Adventure and Enchantment...to coordinate with our exclusive color palette) contain 24 - 12x12 sheets (2 of each 12 double-sided designs). They coordinate beautifully with ribbon and themed Complements that make completing cohesive projects easier than ever. You can use these paper collections to create layouts that coordinate with all of your photos and memory keeping projects!

Adventure Fundamentals Layout

Okay, I can't give away all of the Annual Inspirations secrets in one blog post. But, there's one more I just must share. It's the new Color of the Year...SEA GLASS! You're going to want to include this trendy color in all of your layouts this year. Luckily, you can get Sea Glass in a stamp pad, re-inker, cardstock, mini pigment pad and my favorite, glitter paper!

Check back often on my blog for artwork and information on specials and more new products!

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

March Stamp of the Month Blog Hop - Sunshine Birdies

Welcome to the 2016 March Stamp of the Month Blog Hop, featuring Sunshine Birdies. a set of 11 stamps. If you've come here from Jean McNulty's blog, you're on the right path. The hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and make your way around. If you get lost along the way, you'll find a complete list of participating consultants on Melinda's blog.


This month we have 39 participating consultants and I know you'll find tons of inspiration. Just click on the link at the end of the blog to go to the next post. It's simple!

I was really in the mood to create a simple, monochromatic card. I used Colonial White and Desert Sand and a piece of our Paper Fundamentals in Basic which I sponged to show the emboss resist on the paper.

I cut a small piece of Colonial White Cardstock and the Dot Embossing Folder to create some texture on the card. The scalloped circles were cut with our Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge.

Now, it's time to check out what the talented Traci Godbee has to show you! Be sure to visit all the Consultants' blogs to get some great crafting and other fun ideas! Remember, Sunshine Birdies SOTM is only available until March 31st!  Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here) to see how you can get this stamp set at a discount!

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Share the Love Blog Hop

Welcome to the Share the Love Blog Hop! Thanks for coming from Kirsten Jade's blog.

I have to start by saying how much I love Close To My Heart and the good work the company does. Not only do they provide the best products in the business, but they contribute so much to the world at large. This Share the Love promotion includes the swoon-worthy stamp set below with lovable sentiments and adorable icons. More importantly, $7 of each purchase of the Share the Love stamp set will go to Operation Smile, an amazing organization that provides surgeries to repair cleft lips and palates for children all over the world. That's a reason to make me smile!

Inspired by a card created by Sarah-Paige Gruber, I pulled out my CTMH embossing folders and my Cuttlebug to create the cute card below. 

Please leave me comment and "share the love" then head on over to Marie Flayer's blog to see her artwork. Lost? Click here for a complete list of all of the hoppers!

Monday, February 1, 2016

February Stamp of the Month - Balloon Animals

Welcome to the Balloon Animals Blog Hop! Thanks for hopping over from Haley Dyer's adorable blog! With 40 consultants sharing their artwork, there's sure to be some inspiration for everyone. If you get lost along the way, check here for the complete list.

Oh, how I wish my boys were little again! This is such a cute little stamp set. Who doesn't smile when they see balloon animals? Since I'm getting a puppy later this week (EEEK...I'm already in love with him!), I decided to use the dog balloon animal.

After stamping the dog in Pear Ink on White Daisy Cardstock, I fussy cut him with my Non-stick Micro-tip Scissors. Once you buy these, you'll never need another pair of craft scissors! Okay, maybe you'll want to buy a second pair for those times when you misplace the first pair, like when they're hiding under your pile of scrap paper. So I've heard anyhow.

It's hard to see in the photo, but I then applied another of my can't-live-without products, Liquid Glass, to the balloon animal. It gives the pup some dimension and shine...just like a real balloon animal! The inside needed another little sentiment, so I trimmed some scrap Kaleidoscope paper and added a few shapes cut from the Cricut Artristy Cartridge.

I really enjoyed making this card and hope you enjoy seeing it! Be sure to check out all of the hoppers and their amazing artwork!

List of the supplies I used:
  • Artistry Cricut Cartridge, Z3167
  • Balloon Animals Stamp Set, S1602
  • White Value Pack Cards & Envelopes, X254
  • Kaleidoscope Paper Packet, X7202B
  • Pixie Cardstock, X5773
  • White Daisy Cardstock, 1385
  • Sunset Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad, Z2105
  • Pear Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad, Z2197
  • Pixie Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad, Z2644
  • Canary Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad, Z2643
  • Gypsy Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad, Z2190
  • Mini Stapler, Z2027
  • Thistle Twine, Z3040
  • Liquid Glass, Z679
  • Non-stick Micro-tip Scissors, Z1836
  • 3-D Foam Tape, Z1151

Now, head over to see what the talented Alyson Mayo has in store for you!

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Stamping Techniques Blog Hop

Welcome to the CTMH Focus on Stamping Techniques Blog Hop. Thanks for coming from Catherine Nowak's blog.

We have 22 Independent Consultants participating in today's blog hop. I can't wait to hop through and learn a few new things myself! If you get lost along the way, you can find the entire blog hop list here.

Some people are trendsetters and others are late to the party. I'm showing you the Bokeh Effect today. In photography, it's the blurry photo quality that highlights out of focus points of light. If you're a trendsetter, you're going to say, "Oh, Michelle, bokeh is so last year!" But, I think it's a really unique stamping technique that's actually pretty easy to accomplish, but looks impressive.

To accomplish this effect, first emboss a sentiment on a card with a contrasting powder from the colors you want to ink. I used the Ranger White Super Fine embossing powder. Then, randomly sponge ink over the card (I used Peacock and Pomegranate). Next, cut out circles with using your Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge in various sizes (see below). Finally, dab White Daisy ink in circles over the card, layering some. 

I attached the card to another piece of White Daisy cardstock and that on a 5" x 7" Peacock cardstock card base. The final touch was adding a few silver sequins.

 Supplies used:

  • Ranger White Super Fine Embossing Powder, Z2068, $5.95
  • VersaMark Ink Pad Tsukineko, Z891, $9.95
  • Craft Heater, Z555, $34.95
  • All Purpose Mat, Z2045, $19.95
  • White Daisy Cardstock, 1385, $9.50
  • Peacock Cardstock, X5776, $14.50
  • White Daisy Pigment Ink Stamp Pad, Z2163, $8.50
  • Peacock Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad, Z2649, $6.95
  • Pomegranate Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad, Z2653
  • Sponge, Z697, $1.25
  • Cricut Art Philosophy Collection, Z3171, $99
  • Silver Sequins Assortment, Z2013. $2.95

My card was inspired by Stampinantics.

Now, head over to Jennifer Dykstra's blog.

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Cheers Layout

Cheers! It's the time of year for celebrating!

I created this stunning layout for a crop I was a vendor at in October. And, I'm treating my best customers to it this coming week when we meet to to enjoy the season by crafting together.

Using La Vie En Rose paper, a bit of Paper Fundamentals Glacier paper (from the Whimsy pack) and some cardstock, I was able to create a layout with tons of texture and interest. One of my favorite things about the Fundamentals is that they're embossed on one side. With just a bit of Peacock Ink sponging, that embossed quatrefoil pattern really pops!

I used the CTMH Cricut Artistry cartridge to cut out the Cheers and Pop Fizz Clink sentiments (p. 50 of the Artistry booklet). Those dots are from the Packages, Bows, & Tags Stamp Set, D1664, which is one of my favorites from the 2015 Annual Inspirations. Gold Glitter Paper, Gold Foil Tape and Gold Bling Gems as accents, and we're done!

Hope this season brings you lots of moments to Pop, Fizz and Clink!