Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Joyful Stars Blog Hop

Oh my….what a day I’ve had.  In the near future I will share what has gone on with me (I’m fine…just busy.)  But, it is now time for the Joyful Stars Blog Hop.

If you’ve come here from Meg’s Blog you are on the right track.  This month, I am featuring Sky Lark in my classes.  This card is made using that paper packet and a stamp set called Love This.  It is continued in the new Idea Book and is a terrific stamp set for coloring.  While we are all eagerly awaiting the new CTMH markers, my classes are working with Prisma Pencils and Gamsol.


It’s time to hop on over to Elizabeth’s Blog and see what she has created for us.  I can’t wait for the new CTMH Idea Book.  For Now, Happy Crafting!

Monday, June 9, 2014

Joyful Stars Blog Hop

I can not believe how time marches on.  I’ve been so busy that I just haven’t had a chance to post to my blog.  But that doesn’t mean that I haven’t been creating. 
For this month’s hop, I thought I would feature some cards that I made using the stamp set called Banner Wishes (B1438).  If you came here from Nancy’s Blog you are on the right track.  For this first card, I used Banner Wishes and Ivy Lane paper packet (X7178B).
Card 1
The second card uses Balloon Ride (X7180B) and Banner Wishes.
Card 7
I love Banner Wishes.  The set has the banner image and 6 different sentiments that fit inside.  The sentiments can also be used alone.
Since I haven’t posted much in the last few weeks, I thought I would also share some of the things that I have been doing recently…working in my garden..
photo 2rsphotors
Well, it is time to head off to Lori’s Blog to see what she has created for us.  If you get lost along the way, head off to Joyce’s Blog for a full list of participants.  For Now, Happy Crafting.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Joyful Stars Blog Hop

Time just marches on!  It is our Joyful Stars Blog Hop time.  I just love the current CTMH Idea Book.  The papers, the stamps the embellishments are all so much fun to use to create great projects.  And, I love seeing all the wonderful projects that can be made with the goodies.
If you have arrived here from Lori’s Blog, you are on the right track.  For my project, I used Balloon Ride (X7180B) and Banner Wishes (B1438.)  The Hot Air Balloon is from a retired stamp set.
Card 1
I used the balloon from this set rather than the beautiful Hot Air Balloon in the current Idea Book because I wanted to use a coloring technique that is not often used anymore.  I used my Prisma Wax Based Pencils.  Because of the wax in the “lead” the technique used to blend the colors is totally different.  This is one of cards and the technique I will be teaching in May.  I shall share more about the technique as I develop the class.
It is time to head over to Andrea’s Blog to see what she has created for us.  As always, should you get lost along the way, you can always return to Joyce’s Blog to find a list of all the participants.  Enjoy the Hop.  For Now, Happy Crafting!

Thursday, May 8, 2014

CTMH … You’re The Best

Yes, I know that it has been a while since I posted.  The truth is I was out of town for several days and did not have the ability to post.  I have to admit that I did have a post ready to go the morning that I left…all I had to do was hit “send.”  Ugh…I overslept and did not want to miss my plane.  So, the post never happened.  Here we are and I am back creating again.
This is a card that I made yesterday for my upcoming card workshop.  It is the warm up card and features the CTMH Stamp Set called Banner Wishes (B1438) and the paper packet called Balloon Ride. 
Warm Up Card May 2004
I love Banner Wishes because it contains the frame along with 6 very useful sentiments for cards and scrapbooking.
Now, on to my trip…where did I go?  Sunny Florida!  A dear friend has recently moved there and after all I’ve been through in the past few months I figured I owed it to myself to go for a visit.  Those of you that know me well are aware of my love of birds.  So, I had to share some of the winged friends I saw.
Birds 2
Birds 3
And, last but not least…The Gulf of Mexico.
Florida Gulf Shot
For Now, Happy Crafting!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

A CTMH Happy Easter

I don’t know about you, but once Easter is here, so is Spring.  My heater just kicked on BUT tomorrow is Easter so it really is Spring.  Keep repeating it to yourself if you live in one of these areas where it is still chilly.
I haven’t had a chance to post must recently but I wanted to share a project we made in our April Workshops.  I have to admit that I got the idea from the recent Joyful Stars Blog Hop.  Krista is so talented and creates such wonderful projects.  Anyway, I modified her idea and made it work as a “bonus” project for my workshops.
The gals all loved making this little Easter Hanger.  Well, time for me to run off to work.  For Now, Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Joyful Stars Blog Hop

It’s time again for our Joyful Stars Blog Hop.  This is a fun hop that includes many talented Close To My Heart Consultants.  This month our theme is “Easter.”
If you’ve arrived here from Andrea's Blog, you are on the right track.  Now without further ado, here is my project for the month.
Blog Hop April
Blog Hop April upclose
That sweet Momma Bunny is from one of my all time favorite CTMH Stamps called Sensational Season.  It is a retired Stamp of the Month from a couple years ago.  I love using it every year.  Many of the other goodies on my project are new.  The pattern paper is from the Skylark paper packet.  I added the teal shimmer tape and embossed and sanded the Lagoon base mat using the new CTMH Quarterfoil embossing folder.  By the way, the image is colored with my CTMH alcohol markers.
It is time to hop on over to Stephanie’s Blog.  If you get lost along the way, head back to Joyce’s Blog for a full list of participants.  For Now, Happy Crafting!

Monday, April 7, 2014

CTMH Lollydoodle Handmade Card

I’m still busy working on my April Workshops.  I’m using the Close To My Heart paper packet called Lollydoodle and it is just perfect for spring.  What do you think?
Last Card
This is a fun card that features an image from the Lollydoodle Workshop on the Go and one of the new CTMH Embossing Folders.  I really like the new embossing folders.  Yes, we all have a ton of them already, but the CTMH ones are 5 x 7 inches and have a slit that allows you to slid paper through them in order to emboss a 12 inch sheet.  How great is that?!?  
Time to head back to class prep…I just wanted to share my latest creation.  Stop on by my website to check out the embossing folders.  Oh by the way, don’t forget the great CTMH deal running this month.  If you sign up as a Memory Saver’s Team Member (i.e., become a CTMH Consultant for $99, you will also receive a free Cricut Cartridge of your choice.  You can visit my website for those details, too.  For Now, Happy Crafting!

Saturday, April 5, 2014

CTMH Lollydoodle Workshop On The Go

I think I mentioned before, but I am really liking the CTMH Workshops on the Go.  In the current Idea Book, there are several and two created especially for cardmaking.  Lollydoodle is one of them and I have to use it for class because it is such a great deal.
By now, you know me…I have to change things up just a tad but this card is very similar to one of the cards that comes in the kit.  Each WTOG contains several sheets of pattern paper and card stock, embellishments, a D sized stamp set and an instruction guide.  For $24.95 they are a terrific deal.
This is one of the cards that we will be making at my April Workshops.  Nice and spring like…what do you think?  Check out my website to see the full like of CTMH workshops on the Go.  For Now, Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

The Art of Doing Business–Close To My Heart

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

CTMH Lollydoodle Handmade Card

It is the time again for me to begin preparing for my April round of card classes.  This month I’ve chosen the CTMH Lollydoodle Card Workshop On The Go.  As time has gone on, I’ve really begun to like the Card Workshops On The Go.  The kits include papers, card blanks, embellishments, instructions and a “D” size stamp set all for $24.95!  Lollydoodle (G1080) is no exception.  The stamp set has fun sentiments and even one of the most trendy images out there…an Owl.

I wanted to enhance the kit even further so I created a card using the Hostess Reward Stamp Set called Doodle Signs (A1158.)  This stamp set can be yours for $4.00 when you have a CTMH party with sales of $150.00.
Card 1
Lollydoodle is such a fun paper packet…SPRING colors.  Oh how I can’t wait for spring.  Pear, Sorbet, Sky, Hollyhock are just a few of the great colors that coordinate with the cheery patterns.

If you are interested in seeing more of the Lollydoodle paper, WTOG or the Hostess Rewards Stamp Set or would like to Hostess a party, please stop by my website.  For Now, Happy Crafting!

Monday, March 24, 2014

CTMH Ariana

Finally, I’ve gotten this card done.  The components have been sitting on my desk for a week.  Last week was nuts, I worked almost 30 hours at Mike’s and then had 4 classes in 7 days.  Can you say pooped?!?

Anyway, this card features Ariana…one of the new CTMH paper packets.  I love it as it is so “spring.”  It has such muted but pastel colors.  By the way, if you live in the Mid-Atlantic States or the Northeast, are you ready for MORE snow tomorrow???

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Like I mentioned, the paper is totally from the Ariana paper packet (X7179B.)  The focal stamp is one of my all time favorites called Fabulous You (C1533) and the sentiment is another one of those hidden treasure Cricut Compatible Stamps called Created With Love (B1399.) 

One of the main reasons I love Fabulous You is that it has so many creative options.  You can stamp it and sponge around the edges for a great antique look.  You can color it with your water color pencils or as I did in this case, color it with your CTMH markers.

I also wanted to mention that I appreciate everyone’s patience with my lack of recent posts.  In February, I experienced an unexpected life altering event.  I am OK and slowly returning to a “new” normal.  I am going to work very hard at resuming my creating and posting.  Don’t forget to stop by my website to check out some of the great CTMH products.  For Now, Happy Crafting!

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Joyful Stars Blog Hop

It is that time of the month again…it is the Joyful Stars Blog Hop.  I wanted to share a project that I’ve been working on that combines CTMH papers, traditional scrapbooking and the new CTMH Picture My Life Scrapbooking program. By the way, the cards are from the Balloon Ride PML program and the title and overlay are cut with the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge.   This is a picture of my Mom and I in the late 1990’s on one of our cross country trips.  If you gotten here from Jean’s Blog, you are on the right track.
blog hop march
I love how you can combine traditional scrapbooking with the Picture My Life Cards.  It is now time to head over to Crystal’s Blog to see what she has created for us.  For Now, Happy Crafting!

Saturday, February 15, 2014

CTMH Altered Bird Cage

Yesterday was a snowy cold day so I decided to work on something that was bright and cheery.  Because of the color coordinating system, matching stamps, great embellishments and quality products, Close To My Heart makes creating so easy! 
I set out to create something different…a 3D item that would utilize all kinds of products.  I had this metal bird cage that was just screaming for some decoration.
Bird Cage 1
Bird Cage 2
Bird Cage 4
Bird Cage 5
There are so many different techniques and fun embellishments packed into this one bird cage.  Let me share a few…  the rolled flower at the top, matching “leaves” and base the bird is sitting on is from the For Always Textile set (Z1820.)  But those textiles are black and white you say…yes they are.  I dyed the pieces using Pear and Crystal Blue re-inker.  Speaking of the bird, he was cut twice using the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge.  I glued the pieces together so that he was 2 sided.  I added a tooth pick in the middle so that I could stabilize it in a piece of foam that was wrapped in the dyed fabric and hot glued to the bottom of the cage.

There are also cuts from each of the 3 CTMH cartridges.  There are so many different and creative elements that can be used on different projects.  If you consider all of the different elements in the 3, the total is over 2100 different images!

By the way, the bird cage is done entirely in CTMH products (except for the shred in the bottom of the cage.)  The burlap is product number (Z1760,) the ribbon is the Topiary Mini Chevron Ribbon (Z1929,) the badge button in the center of the flower is a retired item (but available on my website (Z1704,) and the spiral embellishments are the Slate Striped Twist Ties (Z1864) that have been twisted around a pencil.

Let your imagination run wild with all the creative possibilities that Close To My Heart has to offer.  For Now, Happy Crafting!

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Joyful Stars Blog Hop

It is the 9th of the month, so that means it is time for the Joyful Stars Blog Hop!  Our theme this month is to use something from the new Idea Book.  What a decision…there are so many wonderful things in the catalogue and I feel quite certain that you are seeing all kinds of goodies in the new book.

So, if you’ve arrived here from Helen’s Blog you are on the right track.  This month I decided, after long mental debate, to use the Ivy Lane (X7178B) paper packet for my projects. 

02-09-14 Blog Hop

02-09-14 Blog Hop upclose

This card is made using a sketch from the Make It From The Heart Vol. 2 Pattern Book.  Besides the Ivy Lane paper, I also used the new Ruby Chevron Washi Tape (Z1933) and the Flamingo Dots (Z1934.)

This is a basic scrapbook layout that I designed to make in an upcoming Scrapbooking class.  Several of the gals coming to this class have never made a Layout so I thought the Ivy Lane papers and the Ivy Lane Complements (X7178C) were perfect. 

Ivy Lane Layout

It is time to head over to Nancy’s Blog to see what she has completed for us.  Remember, this is a circular hop so if you get lost along the way, you can always go back to Joyce’s Blog to find everyone.  For Now, Happy Crafting!

Saturday, February 8, 2014

CTMH 3D Project–A Tea Bag Holder

This is just a quick post today before I head out to work.  So many of us are suffering with the cold, snow and ice.  So, I thought it would be fun to make a project that we could use to help us stay warm.
This is a matchbook style tea bag holder.  It works up quickly and is fun to make.
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This is the inside with the tea bags inserted.  The pockets are also the perfect size for chocolate square too.  Think of this decorated for Easter or Halloween.  It would be perfect to give as a treat to neighbors or school children.  The directions to make this holder can be found here.
Well, it is off to work for me.  As you are trying to stay warm, give this cute little tea bag holder a try.  BTW, mine is made with all CTMH products.  Guess you’re not surprised about that.  For Now, Happy Crafting!

Thursday, February 6, 2014

CTMH Picture My Life (PML)

Leave it to Close To My Heart to come up with yet another product that lives up to their mission statement, “…..preserve and share the moments that matter most.”  CTMH has developed a scrapbooking program called “Picture My Life.”

Picture My Life, or PML, is a program design to help you easily and creatively get those treasured photos off the phone or out of the box and onto pages that everyone can enjoy.  I’ve got to tell you, I hate when someone says to me “Here look at the pictures” and they had me their phone.  I can’t see it well and what the heck do you do if it rings?  Surprised smile

At first, I was a skeptic.  I don’t want to just shove pictures in pockets and intermix a few hokey pre-printed cards.  Then, I received the CTMH Balloon Ride (Z1948) Program.  OMG…I was enthralled, mesmerized and ecstatic.  The cards are high quality, varied and offer an opportunity to embellish and journal.  Here is what you will get in any of the 8 theme styled programs…
44 -  4 x 6 cards (portrait and landscape)
78 – 3 x 4 cards (portrait and landscape)
1 – 12 x 12 cover sheet to personalize (exclusive to CTMH)
10 – 12 x 12 Memory Protectors (styles include pocket sheets that have room for both landscape and portrait photos and cards.
And, the best part is you get all this for $24.99!  Wow…

So, if you are around my age, you have box after box of photos taken over the years.  In all reality, it is a pipe dream to think that you will ever get them scrapbooked.  Upon receiving my kit, I immediately set out to find a box to work with.  I knew what I wanted…those pictures taken in the “90’s” of trips taken with my Mom.  Several years in a row, we left the “boys” at home and headed out on a Mother Daughter adventure.  We saw such wonderful things and the pictures are just sitting in a box. Sad smile
I am having such a wonderful time reliving those trips.  I was working with pictures that I hadn’t seen in years!
Here we are at the Grand Canyon.  Wow…  What is really nice about the program is that you are not trapped by just putting photos into pockets.  If you look closely at the middle row, the pictures on either end is actually one photo.  I cropped it down the middle to fit with the pockets and cards!
Here is another one…It is recommended that you use a 50/50 mix of photos and cards.  See how easily you eye moves around the page?  The possibilities are endless.  You could add embellishments on the cards, add a full page or do whatever you would like to create your book.

Now, many of us also have photos “stuck” on their phones and tablets.  Ugh, like I said earlier…how do you share them and is it really fun to just scroll on a tiny little screen?  There are several programs out there that you can use to print those memories.  I spent a little time researching the possibilities.

1.  There are apps that allow you send the photos to a printing site and they will send them to your doorstep.  There are even apps out there that for a small monthly fee, will allow you to mark a photo as a favorite and once a month you are sent printed copies.  No more excuses that you are too busy or you forgot!  Take a look at something called Picture Postie or Print Free.  I’ve not used them so I don’t know about the service but it is worth further investigation.

2.  Several Drug Stores and Big Box stores also have apps and programs that allow you to send the pictures to the selected store and then in an hour go pick them up.

3.  Or, you can do it the “old fashioned” way…the way I’ve done it.  I email the picture to my self, edit as I want and then print from my computer or take a thumb drive to the drug store.

So, if you’ve got this…
or this…
or so many pictures on your phone, take a look at CTMH’s Picture My Life Scrapbooking Program.  I am completely blown away by the possibilities and looking forward to doing so much more with my old photos.  Think about it, do you have photos “wasting” away?  Stop by my website to look at the other themes available.  For Now, Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

CTMH Lollydoodle

Lollydoodle is one of the fun new CTMH paper packets just released in the Spring/Summer Idea Book.  It is bright, cheery and features Pear, Lagoon, Sky, Cotton Candy, Sorbet and Slate.  With all of the nasty winter weather so many of us have been experiencing, you just have to love the spring colors.
I think I’ve mentioned before that I love the Jeanette Archive stamps.  This adorable little girl is from the Winter book but is still available.  I stamped her using my Archival Black ink, colored her with my CTMH alcohol markers and then cut her out.  I stamped the flowers that are included in the set along the bottom of the focal mat, colored them with the markers and sponged the background in sky to give the impression of sky and clouds.  The sentiment is from one of the stamp sets included with the Artiste Cricut Cartridge.  By the way, the centers of the flowers are the new Flamingo Dots….love them!
For those of you stuck in the awful winter weather pattern, please be safe.  I have a suggestion, spend you time at home being warm and creative.  For Now, Happy Crafting!

Saturday, February 1, 2014

The CTMH Spring Summer 2014 Idea Book is Here!



Click on the picture to see all the new Close To My Heart products.  For Now, Happy Crafting!

Friday, January 31, 2014

Introducing CTMH Ariana

Tomorrow is February 1st, and we all know what that means…the CTMH Spring/Summer 2014 Idea Book is released to the public.  The papers in this IB are beautiful.  Today, I thought I would make something using one of the new packets called Ariana (X7179B.)

I will let the papers speak for themselves.  Ariana is a vintage look collection that features Crystal Blue, Outdoor Denim and White Daisy.  It also features Ariana Green, Ariana Gray and a beautiful color called Ariana Coral. 
For me, cameo’s have always screamed vintage so I thought that a cameo image would be perfect to introduce this paper packet.

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I used my CTMH Artiste Cartridge to make the cameo.  First I cut the frame in Outdoor Denim.  You can find it on the “W” key using the Accent 2 feature. I cut it at 2 1/4 inches.  Next I cut out the same image but 1/4 inch larger and in White Daisy.  I did this because I wanted the an oval that would be a tad easier to work with for my background.  Then, with the “W” key, Accent 2 feature and shift, I cut the cameo face back on 2 1/4 inches.  I positioned the cameo on the White Daisy oval and began to sponge around the cameo…I used it as a mask.  I sponged heavily with Crystal Blue and then lightly with Outdoor Denim.  If you try this, make sure that you do not move the cameo face or your image will be fuzzy.  Lastly I very lightly sponged the white daisy cameo face with Whisper ink for a little depth.  Then just adhere your oval inside the frame.  There you go…your cameo is done! 

Just a few more things about this card.  The sparkle flourish is from the Sparkles Clear Flourishes – Small pack (Z1812) and the sentiment is from a set called Sincere Expressions (A1146.)  Oh...almost forgot...that is Silver Shimmer tape (Z1799) across the tops. So, tomorrow, don’t forget to visit my website to see all the new goodies CTMH has to offer.  For Now, Happy Crafting!

Thursday, January 30, 2014

CTMH ProPlayer and Liquid Glass

In between getting ready for the upcoming release of the CTMH Spring/Summer 2014 Idea Book, I’m busy working on my February workshops.  I think I mentioned before, how I was using ProPlayer.  When you first look at ProPlayer, you assume that it is meant for young boys.  And, yes, it is perfect for that type of project; but, this is what I love about CTMH, the versatility.  I am using a stamp set called “Cup of Cheer” (B1404.)  I think it is working well.  What do you think?
The faux ceramic tile is a really fun technique using Liquid Glass (Z679.)  Here is how you  make one yourself.
1.  Start with a square piece of paper.  I like to use nothing smaller than 3 x 3 inches.  It will make the “math” easier and you will see why soon.
2.  Stamp your image.  In this case, I used the border from the mentioned stamp set and the coffee pot.  I stamped them with the Black Archival Ink (44751.)  When it was dry, I colored with my water color pencils (3505) and blended with a blending pen (3174.)
3.  Now is the fun part…be brave…cut your finished square in equal pieces.  This is why I start with the 3 x 3 inch square.  I cut at the 1 inch and 2 inch marks and wind up with 9 inch pieces of the “puzzle.”  I sponge around the edges of all the pieces (I like to use Whisper, because it gives a ceramic look.) 
4.  Next, coat each piece in Liquid Glass.  I just put a dollop on each small square and smooth with my finger.  Set aside to dry.
5.  Once dry, it is time to reassemble the tile.  I usually use a piece of Slate cardstock because the gray gives the appearance of “grout.”  I cut the Slate square 1/8 of an inch larger than my original image square.  Put the “puzzle” back together and attach each square using your favorite adhesive.  Sometimes a corner might stick up a bit….just hold it down with Liquid Glass.
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This is a really fun technique.  I think it is fun, too, to be creative and find alternate themes for the very versatile CTMH papers.  If you need any of the products I’ve mentioned, drop by my website to place an order.  For Now, Happy Crafting!

Sunday, January 26, 2014

The CTMH Spring Summer 2014 Idea Book is Coming Soon!

Bombay in Boxwm

The CTMH Spring Summer 2014 Idea Book will be released in just 5 days.  I can hardly wait.  Bombay asks what about you?  For Now, Happy Crafting!

Friday, January 24, 2014

CTMH Handmade Card With ProPlayer

No sooner do I finish one series of classes and it is time to start another round.  The month of February we will be using the CTMH paper packet called ProPlayer (X7172B.)  At first, I wasn’t sure about ProPlayer, but the more I studies it, the more I realized that it is a very useable pattern for many styles of cards.  So, here is the first in the group of my projects for the workshops.

The stamp set is another one of the “hidden” treasure Cricut Compatible stamps.  These are stamps that have not appeared recently in an Idea Book, but contain images that work with one of the CTMH Cartridges.  This stamp is called “A Cup of Cheer” (B1404) and has a sentiment image that uses the Art Philosophy cartridge.  By the way, the stamps are very usable even if you don’t have the cartridge.My workshops are all about techniques.  This card features sanding, coloring with watercolor pencils and washi tape.

Since I’ve often mentioned my workshops, I thought it would be fun to share a few pictures…
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Some of the gals sharing their projects at Crafting in the City…sorry the exposure isn’t better.
City 1 pix
Dottie and Teresa busy working

Country 1
Here is Pam sharing an organization system for all of our class materials with Sue at a Crafting in the Country class.
Country 2
Here are the gals busy concentrating on their projects at a Country Class.

I love working with everyone.  So, don’t forget if you live in the Philadelphia area, contact me to join one of the classes.  There is also room for one more.  If you have ever thought about, or enjoy sharing the joy of paper crafting, think about joining the growing Saving Memories CTMH Team.  We have a blast!  For Now, Happy Crafting!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

CTMH Spring Summer 2014 Idea Book Sneak Peek

 I am so excited about the upcoming CTMH Spring Summer Idea Book.  My supplies are beginning to arrive at my doorstep and you will be able to begin to order the goodies beginning February 1st.

One of the wonderful features that is continuing in this IB called Jeanette’s Stamp Archive.  This is a collection of stamps created over the past 30 years by CTMH’s founder, Jeanette Lynton.  This Idea Book has 4 new stamps.  Each of them is cuter than the next.
I’ve chosen one to complete a Valentine Card and that will give you a sneak peek at one of the many new items.


The stamp is called “Coming Up Roses” (C1579.)  While it does have the sentiment “Happy Valentine’s Day,” I think the cute cherubs and roses work year round for both scrapbook layouts and cards.  I’ve colored them with my CTMH Alcohol Markers and used paper from the Chantilly (Z1814) paper packet.

Chantilly will be retired effective January 31…right as the new IB becomes available.  It is a terrific paper packet featuring bright and springy colors.  Coming Up Roses is available February 1st.  Stop by my website if you would like to order Chantilly before it’s gone.  And, mark your calendar to stop by on February 1st to see the new CTMH Idea Book.  For Now, Happy Crafting!

Friday, January 17, 2014

CTMH Sarita Handmade Card

Are you stuck in the winter doldrums?  The Close To My Heart Sarita paper packet (X7171B) is the perfect combination of bright and cheery colors to lift your spirits.  That is why I saved it for all of my January Workshops.  The combination of Lagoon, Gypsy and Cotton Candy along with the terrific patterns is just what we need to chase the cold.  This is another card in a series of 6 completed for my Crafting In The Country workshop.
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This card has just a little strip of Sarita but it works perfectly with stamp.  The Hot Air Balloon and sentiment are from a set called “Lifting Spirits” and was in the Holiday Gift Guide.  In addition to featuring Sarita this month, I also worked with a great deal of Baker’s Twine.  I love the CTMH Baker’s Twine.  It is more substantial that many of the other brands out there so it added a strong accent to your projects.  It comes in a variety of coordinating colors and is a bargain for $4.95.  By the way….  how do you like the angled embossed mat behind the balloon?  The CTMH Spring Summer Idea Book is set to be released on February 1st.  Hint, Hint, Hint… 
Now that the flurry of Holiday activity is over, I find that it is fun to get back on track by creating something special.  CTMH has all the perfect supplies you need to make something special.  Stop by my website if you would like to check out more of the goodies.  For Now, Happy Crafting!