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 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 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!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

December Daily

Recently, I attended the Close To My Heart Making Connections Event. The night held so many great business ideas, inspirational vignettes, masterful storytelling by Chief Communications Officer, Monica Wihongi, and some fabulous creative time.

Have you ever created a December Daily project? Recording the days leading up to Christmas is the fun of a December Daily. The goal is to capture the spirit of December one day at a time. The project below was designed by the CTMH Corporate Art Department and was so fun to put together!

Join me on Monday, November 23rd at 9 am and 7 pm. We'll put together all twelve pages (a cover, five two-page layouts and a back) in just a couple of hours. You'll go home ready to add your December photo memories and journaling. Please RSVP by 11/10. Total cost is $36 and includes:

  • Picture My Life White Pines Scrapbooking Program, Z3176
  • White Pines Complements, X7200C
  • Red Enamel Gems, Z3090
  • White Pines Paper to complete the cover and back, X7200B
  • Poppy Thick Twine, Z3094
  • Five Design 4 Memory Protectors, Z1951
  • One Top Load Memory Protector, 4110

Please bring: adhesive, foam tape, liquid adhesive and craft scissors.