Monday, December 19, 2011

CTMH Sneak Peak

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Saturday, December 10, 2011

Mini Accordion Album Gift

I didn't have time to take good pictures of the mini accordion album gift I made before I mailed it to the recipient.  However, I did want to share it here.  I used the Sonoma papers and several images from the exclusive CTMH AP Cricut cartridge.

This is the album cover page.  I added several mocha opaques.

The center of the accordion album.

 This is the back page of the album when it is folded shut.

This is the opposite side when the album is open.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

A Thank You

Over the weekend I was super excited to have my very first outside sale for Close to My Heart product.  As a thank you for the order, I am mailing Lesley an idea book, this thank you card, and something to be determined.

I used the sketch challenge from Heart-2-Heart and then intentionally cut some images from the amazing AP Cricut cartridge, which is exclusive to CTMH.  The papers are from the Sonoma paper pack--just gorgeous.  The only non-CTMH items are the button and string.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011


As I wrote in an earlier post, I've been struggling with time management and just how I am using my time.  While nothing that I am doing is wrong in and of itself, I have been feeling led by the Holy Spirit to move from so much time on the internet visiting fun papercrafting sites to fulfilling a greater call--ACTION.  While I am still not sure what all that will entail, I do know that there are better ways for me to use my time.

I've just finished reading The Power of Simple Prayer by Joyce Meyers.  As I've read and studied, I am coming to realize that I am being called to be a blessing to others.  I cannot do that if I am sitting behind a computer looking at all the beautiful projects everyone else is creating.  I desire to share the blessing of creating with those that God lays on my heart.  Being able to craft and create is a blessing to me.  Cards and gifts I create can be a blessing to others.

Another avenue that God has been speaking to me through is Ann Voskamp's blog. Today I was moved to tears as I read her post and think about all that God has blessed us with and how little we really give.  Yes, we tithe faithfully.  Yes, we give to various needs.  But, do we ever hurt in our giving?  Do we truly reach out across barriers and share the love of Christ in tangible ways?  I desire to allow God to work in and through me to touch the lives of others--to bring light and love.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Combined Challenges

When creating a card, one of my favorite things to do it to combine challenges.  Heart-2-Heart and Mojo Monday Sketches are my favorite challenges, so when I can combine the two I have lots of fun.  This was one of those weeks when the challenges worked well together (color challenge--Autumn Terracota, Juniper, Bamboo--from H2H and fun sketch from Mojo Monday).  Plus, I had a little time to make a card.

I used a couple of retired CTMH stamp sets, Aspiration and Intrinsic Backgrounds, as well as a Verve Plain Jane Scripture stamp.  All the paper is from CTMH, mostly cardstock.  The button and fiber is from my stash.  I used a Cuttlebug folder and Nestabilities as well.  

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Birthdays Galore

In our family, there are seven birthdays to celebrate in the month of October.  The last three fall on two days, so I had three cards to make and get in the mail in a short time.  I'm a procrastinator and thought I was going to be seeing all three family members only to have things happen to prevent getting together.  Therefore, in the mail the cards needed to go and I had waited until the last minute to start them.  With that in mind, I knew the cards had to be relatively embellish free to go in the mail with a standard stamp. I'm not sure how all the stunning cards I see in the blogging world ever make it through the mail.  Hand delivery I guess...

Our oldest niece is in the "tween" stage and just moved into a new bedroom with pink, purple and turquoise colors.  Her card was kept simple and just utilized layers and textures in addition to images from CTMH stamps.
Our only nephew is one, so this is the cute little card I made for him using some scraps of paper and an adorable monkey from a retired CTMH stamp set.
Last, but not least, is a card for my dad.  He is an avid pheasant hunter, so I gave the card a "hunting" spin with another retired CTMH stamp set.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Holiday Wishes

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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Cleaned Up the Posts

Earlier this year I had switched emails associated with this blog and in the process I lost over a year's worth of pictures.  That meant I had over a year's worth of posts without pictures--just a black image with an exclamation point.  I hated seeing them, so I finally just went through all my posts and deleted the ones with missing pictures. There were soooo many posts that I deleted.  Bummer!

I've been mulling over the idea of creating a new blog and also the idea of just eliminating this blog altogether as it zaps a lot of my time.  The time zap is not with posting, but perusing all the great ideas out in blog-land.  I find that I spend so much time getting ideas I don't have nearly enough time to create.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Final Inspiration Card... for now

I've sold all the retired CTMH stamp sets that I originally pulled from my collection.  While I really need to go through them again and part with a few more, it's such a difficult decision.  Some stamp sets hold sentimental value, some I've purchased with ideas for how to use them (even though it's not happened yet), and others are favorites that I won't part with.

Anyway, here is the card I made for the buyer of a former SOTM called Heartthrob (D1309).  While I did use this stamp set on occasion, I now have a newer stamp set that has hearts for all those "love" projects.  The color combination came about by accident using scraps I had on my table.  It was one of those happy discoveries as I like the way the card came together with these colors.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Floral Thank You Inspiration

Here is another example of a super simple card using all scraps and a retired CTMH stamp set called Floral Thank You (B1124).

Monday, October 24, 2011

A couple of retired stamp sets that I parted with...

The retired stamp sets used for this card are Whimsy Garden (B1072) and Special Friendship (C1092).  I used scraps and miscellaneous embellishments for this bright and cheery card.  In hindsight, I would have used a larger card base to spread out the stamped images and embellishments.  

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Brilliant Bookplates Inspiration

So I went through my collection of CTMH stamps and picked out several sets that I haven't used in years, so I could sell them.  I like to make a card for each of the stamp sets I sell and give to the buyer as inspiration for their own use of the stamp set.  As I created this card using the retired CTMH set, Brilliant Bookplates, I kept thinking, "Why haven't I done this before?"  I really like the look of the patterned paper I created using this stamp set.  The sentiment is from the current set, Say It In Style.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

turning 6

A special little boy we know recently turned 6, so this is the card I made for him.  It also fits the Heart-2-Heart challenge this week--use a number in your creation.  The papers are retired papers from CTMH called Goodtimes.  I used the January 2012 SOTM, Little Reminder.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Birthday Gift for a Friend

A good friend of mine celebrated a birthday recently, so as part of her gift I gave her a set of all-occasion cards in a cute little magazine holder.  The papers are from K&Company.  All the stamp sets used are from CTMH.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Happy Birthday Little Brother!

My one and only sibling celebrates a birthday soon, so one of our daughters and I made this card for him using the Mojo Sketch (#210) for this week.  The papers are from a long ago retired pack called, "It's a Guy Thing," by CTMH.  The sentiment is from the current CTMH set called, For Every Occasion.  I used Cuttlebug dies to cut the leaf shapes--such a great masculine accent this time of year!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Curly Sentiments

I have sold my friend the only copy I had of the retired CTMH stamp set, Curly Sentiments.  While I had gotten good use out of it, I just didn't use it any longer.  She has grade school age girls that like to stamp and make cards, so this set is perfect for their family.

Anyway, I made this simple card for them so they could stamp one of the sentiments on the inside before sending it to someone.  I also used one of the exclusive AP Cricut cartridge stamp sets for the flowers and the May promotional stamp set From Me to You for the ticket.  Each of these stamped images was cut using the cricut!  I only have the baby bug, so I couldn't get the exact size for the flowers.  If you ask me, they still look great and I didn't have to fussy cut anything.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Alphabet Favorite

The CTMH stamp set, Doodle Alphabet, is one of my all time favorite CTMH alphabet sets!  Unfortunately it is retired, but you can use any alphabet stamp set to create a card like this.

I also used one of the exclusive AP cartridge stamp sets for the heart.  The butterfly is a MS punch and the button, ribbon and thread are all from my stash.

This is just a cute, super simple card that could be used for a child's birthday or a just for fun card.  I was in a hurry or I would have done a better job getting my letters lined up.  :)

Monday, October 10, 2011

More Treasures of the Heart

A friend of mine purchased three retired CTMH stamp sets from me.  I have duplicates of two of the three sets, so I decided to make inspiration cards for her using the sets I have.  She had specifically asked about how to use the stamp set, Treasures of the Heart (C1271), so I made this inspiration card for her as an example of how she might use one of the sentiments with the flower.  This card could be used as a thank you or a friendship card.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Friendship Alphabet Inspiration

With the Typeset promo in August, I saw several cards using that stamp set to create a "word find."  Well, you can do that with any alphabet stamp set you have.  I used the small Friendship Alphabet set (C1401) to create this inspiration card for a lady who purchased it from me.  In addition, I used a stamp set the comes exclusively with the Cricut package from CTMH (Z1686) and the stamp set Say it in Style (D1283), along with the Fanfare papers (X7138B) that are still available.  From start to photograph, this card took me 30 minutes.  Having the Mojo Monday Sketch 209 sitting out was a big help.  I was literally needing to run out the door to deliver the card and stamp set.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Beautiful Fall Day

For the past several days we have been enjoying absolutely gorgeous fall weather--it's been in the low 70's.  The turning of the leaves on the trees and the crunch of fallen leaves beneath my feet were the inspiration for my card.  I used the Mojo Monday 209 sketch and some DCWV papers I've had for far too long.  The leaves were cut using my Cuttlebug and the sentiment is from a retired CTMH stamp set.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Sketchy with a 6"x6" piece of paper

The first challenge over at Heart-2-Heart is a sketch challenge.

I love sketch challenges!  For my card, I used the 6"x6" piece of Typeset patterned paper that was in my consultant idea book, a card base, and a few colonial white cardstock scraps.  The largest star image and the sentiment image are found on one of the exclusive AP Cricut cartridge package stamp sets from CTMH.  Love, love, love that I can use the Cricut to cut images and then stamp them with a CTMH stamp set.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Quick Test

I received my exclusive AP Cricut cartridge, available ONLY through CTMH, at the end of last week.  YAH!!!  Oh my, there are so many options and so little time to play.  Anyway, I wanted to quickly test out the cartridge, so I cut images that can be stamped with one of three stamp sets that come in the bundle you can purchase here.

We had a beautiful fall weekend in Wisconsin, which came after many days of gloomy weather.  Therefore, I didn't spend time in my craft corner, but outside enjoying the beautiful weather and God's amazing creation.  This is a super quick card that I put together using two of those images and some very old fall papers that I have in my stash.  Add a little ribbon and a couple of brads and there you have it.

It's expected to be nice all week long, so I don't know how much time I'll be taking to craft.  However, it's time to begin a whole new month of Heart-2-Heart challenges, beginning with a sketch challenge.  I've also not submitted anything for the Mojo Monday challenges in ages, so I think it's about time I did that as well.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Special Days Inspiration

The retired, CTMH stamp set, Special Days, is sooo versatile.  There are lots of "special day" stamps to choose from, but I opted to keep it simple and use the "birthday" stamp that comes in the set.  I was also guessing the lady that purchased this stamp set would have a use for a birthday card.  This card uses the Fanfare paperpack and some buttons from my stash.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Tiny Feet Inspiration

In the last month I have sold a few of my older, retired CTMH stamp sets that I no longer use.  My tastes have changed as I continue to stamp and develop my paper-crafting style.  To help with ideas for use of the stamp sets and as a thank you for the purchase, I have included cards using the stamps they purchase.

For this card, I used the stamp set Tiny Feet and the current Mayberry papers.  I love the use of the Mayberry papers for a baby card--it would work for a boy or a girl!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

5 for 5 this month

Yah!  I did it!  I participated in all 5 of the challenges at Heart-2-Heart this month.

The final challenge was to use a sentiment stamped image only.  Since I already had the February 2011 SOTM set out for the last challenge, I opted to use the sentiment from that set as my focal point.  I then used some scraps of paper from the Sophia paperpack and punched some circles from a ruined New Testament I have saved.  I inked the edges of the 6 circles and stuck a brad through the center of each, before shaping the paper into a flower.  After I had the flower the way I wanted it, I spritzed a little water on it and let it dry.  This helps it to hold its shape a bit better.

This was a super easy card to make, but the bright cheery colors from Sophia just make me smile when I look at this card.  Now to decide who to give it to...

Tuesday, September 27, 2011


I have to admit, I hold onto paper.  You know, I just might need that piece for a special project or a scrapbook page, etc.  The crystal blue textured cardstock is one such piece that has a lighter shade on the reverse side.  I used both sides--the crystal blue for the square and the lighter side for the scalloped circle.  I also used twilight cardstock, which I ran through a cuddlebug folder.   The black cardstock was stamped with a damask image from the February 2011 SOTM.  I used other retired stamp sets for the sentiment and dress form (this came from the January 2011 promotional stamp set for Wings).  To add some sparkle to the card, I first stamped the dress form image using embossing ink and then I heat set the silver embossing powder.  The ribbon and blue gems are from my stash of embellishments.

It was fun to create a card using all cardstock.  I've been inspired by the beautiful artwork for this challenge at Heart-2-Heart.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Treasures Inspiration

Yesterday I shared that I made a couple of cards for a lady that purchased several of the CTMH stamp sets I had available for sale.  Here is the second card that I made using the retired stamp set, Treasures of the Heart, and papers from the Sophia kit.  I really like this card and plan to make a few more similar to it.  Once I get the new AP cartridge, I can just imagine the possibilities...  No more cutting out stamped images by hand!  At least not as many as I do now.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Blog Award

To be nominated for a blog award by such a FANTASTIC blogger is very humbling.  I want to thank Marie with a Smile for thinking of me for this blog award.  You can visit her blog here.

I've copied the "rules" directly from Marie's blog:

The goal of the award is to spotlight up and coming bloggers who currently have less than 200 followers. 
The rules of the award are:
1. Thank the giver and link back to the blogger who gave it to you.
2. Reveal your top 5 picks and let them know by leaving a comment on their blog.
3. Copy and paste the award on your blog.
4. Have faith that your followers will spread the love to other bloggers.
5. And most of all - have fun!

There are many fantastic up and coming bloggers that I have visited, but here are 5 of my favorites--if Marie hadn't been the one to nominate me, I would have definitely put her blog on my list:
1)Aaron B at  I wouldn't call her an up and coming blogger, but she doesn't have 200 followers yet.  She brings wonderful inspiration on a regular basis, with videos thrown in here and there.
2)Shirley at  This lady shares many great techniques with pictures and written instruction.  Lots of great things to try can be found here.  
3)Casandra at  Casandra is a new CTMH consultant  just like I am; however, she has jumped in with both feet and is off and running with her business.  You can find lots of new projects with current papers on her blog.
4)Carol at  Carol is another blogger I wouldn't call up and coming, but she still qualifies for this award.  Carol's creations are beautiful.  She often has scrapbook inspiration to share, which I just love!
5)Karen at  She has a lovely blog and I LOVE the style of her cards.  She does beautiful work and you are sure to find great inspiration here. Again, I wouldn't call her blog up and coming either, but she doesn't have the 200 followers yet.

Fishing Inspiration Card

I've accumulated several CTMH stamp sets, so I decided to sell all my duplicate sets and several of the sets I no longer use.  My goal is to reinvest in more current CTMH product.  Anyway, I had a lady by 6 new stamp sets from me, so I made a couple of cards as inspiration for her using duplicate sets I have.  The first card I will share is using the retired stamp set, World's Best Dad, and papers from the Lucky kit.  It is a simple card with limited embellishments, so it came together rather quickly.  I left the inside blank, so the sentiment "celebrate" can be used for a few different occasions.  

Monday, September 19, 2011

3 for 3 so far this month!

It is my goal to submit an entry for each of the challenges at Heart-2-Heart for the month of September.  Here is my entry for the die cut challenge.  I used my cuttlebug for the leaf shapes as I will be placing an order later this week with the new exclusive CRICIT cartridge on the order. I'll get to play with that in October.  I used the Lucky papers and the stamp set Enjoy Life for the bike.

The new challenge for this week is to use 3 different colored cardstock papers on a project--no patterned papers.  I'd best get to thinking on that one...

Monday, September 12, 2011

Birthday Girl

Here is a quick card I made up for our youngest daughter's birthday.  My color combination came from the small piece of ribbon I wanted to use on the card.  Because the buttercup piece of cardstock was too plain on it's own, I used a background stamp to give it some dimension.  This particular stamp set is no longer available, but you can create a background with any of your stamps.

I didn't have any little colored flowers other than the green one, so I inked some white daisy flowers from CTMH.  They are a fantastic deal and so versatile.  Buy them here.  Not much else to tell except that she loved all the pretty colors.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Italy Anyone?

Early in the summer when I had my first CTMH open house, I had cut several cards using some of the new papers from the Spring and Summer Idea Book.  This card was what I recently ended up creating with the last of the card pieces using the Fanfare papers.  I inked up my Ciao stamp for the first time, too.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Sweet Leaf and ???

 The challenge this week at Heart-2-Heart is to share your favorite color combination.  Well, I can't say that I have a go-to color combination.  There are so many wonderful combinations that you can create using Close to my Heart's exclusive color palette.  For this challenge I knew I wanted to use sweet leaf--it works with so many colors.  Then I just decided to see what scraps I had to use.  

For the first card, I used barn red and chocolate with the sweet leaf.  The stamp set is called Remarkable Wreath.  

The next card uses hollyhock and indian corn blue with sweet leaf.  I came up with the combination by looking through my stash of precut stamped flowers left from previous projects.  The stamp sets used for the tag are the September SOTM and the National Stamping Month promotional Pair-a-Phrase.  Both of these sets are available THIS MONTH ONLY.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Enjoy the Ride

A sweet friend from church is celebrating a birthday today, so I wanted to make a card for her.  I began with two things in mind--Heart-2-Heart color challenge (pear, sorbet, cocoa) and using the special National Stamping Month promotional stamp set from Close to my Heart.

I knew right away where to get the pear paper--the Sophia collection!  As for the sorbet paper, that was another story.  When I was searching through my CTMH paper stash, I came across the Evensong (retired) paper and found the perfect compliment for the pear paper.   To finish off the color challenge, I used cocoa cardstock for my base.  As for the stamps, I used C1439 Enjoy Life and FREE PROMO Pair-a-Phrase.

Wouldn't you love to be able to stamp this adorable bicycle for yourself?  This month ONLY, you can get this stamp set for FREE with a $75 qualifying purchase.  Did you know this is a super special stamp set?  It is a Double-D stamp set--that's right, you get two D size stamp sets for FREE!  Just visit the side of my blog and look for the Celebrate National Stamping Month image for all the details and to shop with me to get your own FREE Pair-a-Phrase stamp set.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Birthday and "Birth" Celebration Cards

Heart-2-Heart had a challenge this month to make a birthday card for a child, so my first cards were made rather quickly as I needed them to put with birthday gifts for two of our nieces.  I used the Sophia papers and the stamp set from the WOTG for it--all from CTMH.  While they are cute and there is nothing wrong with them, I just didn't love them.

Now I also needed to create a card for a baby shower for a couple at church.  I had a little more time to pull this one together.  It uses the Fanfare paper from CTMH and the September SOTM along with a couple of retired CTMH alphabet stamp sets.  I like the bright colors and fun patterned paper for this card.

Monday, August 15, 2011

August SOTM Card

I created this card using the August SOTM and the Mayberry papers.  So fun!!!

Take advantage of this month's fantastic deal--place a $50 order, get the August SOTM and Typeset for only $5 more.  See the side bar for more details.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Extra! Extra!

It's time to celebrate the newly updated Stamp of the Month program that CTMH offers!  In August, when you place an order of $50 or more in products and purchase the SOTM "Wicked" for just $5 you will received the My Acrylix A Typeface bonus A-size set FREE (retail value of $6.95)!

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