Sunday, August 31, 2014

September Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!  We will be featuring September's SOTM, which is Family is Forever, a set of seven stamps.  If you have come here from Mary Eisen's Blog, you are on the right path! The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way all around.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog:

This month we have 80 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this month's SOTM and other great CTMH products on their blogs. This is simple to do - just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next one! Here we go!

I was inspired to use the new CTMH Designed Decor Shadow Box Z2015 on a collage wall my husband and I are creating. My plan is to change out the layout for each season. I love how this Fall layout turned out using the Family is Forever stamp set. A special thanks to Sarah Paige-Gruber for the inspiration for the top right corner design.

List of supplies used:
  • Designed Decor Shadow Box, Z2015
  • Pathfinding Paper Packet, X7186B
  • Brown & Tan Sparkles, Z1753
  • Exclusive Inks Chocolate Stamp Pad, Z2111
  • Exclusive Inks Barn Red Stamp Pad, Z2104
  • Exclusive Inks Olive Stamp Pad, Z2137
  • Cricut Art Philosophy Collection, Z1686
  • Colonial White Cardstock, Z2168
  • Non-stick Micro-tip Scissors, Z1836
  • Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Z2060
Now "Hop" on over to Kami Welter's Blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting and other fun ideas! Remember, the September SOTM is only available until the 30th!  Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here) to see how you can get this stamp set at a discount!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Stitch Guide, Rule & Foam Mat

Have you ever wondered how scrapbookers get those perfectly straight stitched lines and cool stitched shapes? Watch this video from CTMH and you'll be a stitching on your layouts in no time!


  • Stitch Guide, Z1852
  • Ruler, Z1471
  • Foam Mat, Z1859
  • Piercing & Embossing Tool Kit, Z2046

To order, click here.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

New Product Blog Hop

Thanks for hopping over from the fabulously talented Dana Kessler's blog.

It's the most wonderful time of the year! No silly, not Christmas, it's time for the new Annual Inspirations Idea Book and Catalog from Close To My Heart! And, as 50+ consultants are participating in this New Product Blog Hop, you'll find an art explosion sure to satisfy your creative sweet tooth.

I'm always surprised at how few decorations I have for Thanksgiving. So, I decided to create this Give Thanks box to display between my favorite holidays (Halloween and Christmas). It's filled with little cards to be sent to people I'm especially thankful for and I can't wait to share my appreciation for them in November.

Give Thanks Card Box

I used the new Score Board (LOVE IT!) from Close To My Heart to score my paper to fit around the box. Cut a strip at the desired width. Then, score at 1", 2 5/8", 9 1/8" and 10 3/4". Then, you just need a strip about 6" to cover the back of the box. Bonding Memories Glue is by far the best adhesive to get your paper to adhere to the box!

Card 1

Card 2

Cards 3 and 4

Did you recognize some new products? A few of my favorites are the Paper Fundamentals in the Adventure Assortment (see the texture of the Sunset paper in Card 2!) and the Teal Glitter Paper in Card 1. Here's a complete supply list:

The new Score Board also scores paper on an angle!!!

Now, hop over to see the fun creations in store for you at Dawn Ross's blog! If you got lost along the way, Melinda has a complete list of participating consultants.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Happy Little Life Giveaway: Win a FREE paper pack!

It's my "Happy Little Life" Giveaway!

I love this sweet layout I made at CTMH Convention in June. My favorite thing about it is all of the different elements and products used. What NEW stamp sets, paper or embellishments can you identify? Leave your guess/guesses in the comments section below for a chance to win your choice of one of the nine new CTMH paper packs, delivered right to your door (US residents only). I will select one lucky winner on Monday, August 11, 2014.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

2014 Annual Inspirations Idea Book and Catalog

Have you taken time to look through the new 2014 Annual Inspirations Idea Book and Catalog from Close To My Heart yet?

You are going to love the layout of this catalog. It's so easy to navigate with the colored tabs on the top right side indicating sections of the book. There's (finally!) a Table of Contents on the first page to guide if you won't be pouring over the entire book numerous times anyhow!

The catalog starts with yellow tabs the CTMH Opportunity, Hostess Rewards and Stamp of the Month sets.

The green tabs indicate the bulk of the CTMH product. All of the products you love and yearn to see each new catalog: the NINE new paper packs, coordinating stamp sets, alphabet stamp sets, mini stamp sets and our fabulous CRICUT collections. There's a NEW Cricut Collection: Artfully Sent that helps you make card masterpieces quickly and beautifully (p. 141). It will be available in early September!

Blue tabs show you some of the newer and most exciting products! Here, you'll find Picture My Life, My Crush, Cut Above, Designed D├ęcor and Base & Bling collections. Those Cut Above cards are some of my favorite new products; check them out on p. 158.

Finally, you'll take comfort knowing that CTMH has continued to provide the best tools and accessories looking through the orange section. Accessories & Tools, Exclusive Color Palette (with five new colors, Glacier is my fave!), How-To Patterns and Studio J can also be found here.

Last but not least, you'll find an awesome Index on the back cover to help you quickly locate a stamp set, paper pack or product that you need to find NOW.

Ready for your own Annual Inspirations Idea Book and Catalog? Order one from my Shop Online Site or contact me to see how you can get your own for FREE!