Archives for July 2015

Life is Wonderful 3

This is my last “Life is Wonderful Card” from S1507.  It’s truly a great stamp set.

Life Card wm

Using Chalk It Up papers, I made this for a graduation card.

Life Card c

The White Daisy Pigment Ink Pad looks fantastic on the black cardstock creating the chalkboard effect.

Life Card b wm

Don’t you just love those cute foam stickers from Chalk It Up?  They are the perfect embellishments as they are add the blink without the bulk which is great for mailing!!

S1507 Life is Wonderful

The extra thick twine in flax adds a great finishing touch along with distressing with our sponge daubers (get the value pack – it really does save you money).

S1507 Life is Wonderful, Bokeh Technique, Close to My Heart, Linda Creates ~ Linda Caler

Today is your last day to get this great set for FREE with a $25.00 order of other stamp sets so don’t miss out and shop now!! 


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Challenge: RS 174 and SIP 7

This card is a combo of the Retro Sketches 174 and the Stamps Ink Paper Color Challenge #7.  I’m still over in MT and working with limited supplies.

rs 174 sip #7 wm

When the SIP challenge posted up, I loved the colors so much I ran down to Micheal’s to pick up 3 sheets of cardstock!


Then Retro Sketches came around and I got really excited!  rs174

I found this retired CTMH stamp set from June 2015  Ice Cream Dream S1506.

rs 174 sip #7 wm 3

You have to love how the colors scream “summer” and “summer” means ice cream (at least for our family).  Added a few of my foamy bling and some Wink of Stella to finish it off.

rs 174 sip #7 wm 2

Last but not least, Simon Says Stamp posted an “Anything Goes” challenge!   Gotta love it!!

rs 174 sip #7 wm Collage wm

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Operation Smile

I’m not the best about sharing Operation Smile and I need to be better.  Operation Smile is a wonderful organization who’s focused on providing children with cleft palette defects with operations to fix this.  It’s truly amazing what $240.00 can provide for a child!

  This video is amazing to show you how important Operation Smile is:

Close to My Heart has been teamed up with Operation Smile for as long as I can remember. When you purchase stamp sets designated for Operation Smile, like this one below, $7.00 is donated:D1653 Happy Everything WM

We are now selling T-Shirts to support Operation Smile and $10.00 of every shirt will be donated!

Linda OS Collage

Aren’t they super cute??  Get yours today ~ They are $25.00 and $10.00 of this goes to Operation Smile! My goal this year is to raise $500.00 – enough money to provide 2 children with a life changing surgery.   I personally can’t imagine being a parent and not being able to get a surgery for my child because either I could not afford it or the current health care system can’t provide it.  When I see the groups of parents and children waiting for assessments to see if they qualify for the surgery, it breaks my heart.

So thanks for helping me reach my goal of raising $500.00 and supporting Operation Smile.  2 children, somewhere, will appreciate being able to eat, breath, talk, and smile because of your generosity.

Mojo 404 and SIP Challenge

I created this card for the Mojo Monday 404 sketch and combined with the SIP Challenge.

SIP MM404 wmThe sketch and challenge:


When I saw the colors from SIP Challenge, I instantly thought of Christmas!  When looking at MM404, I was like – “the Circle can be a snowflake” and thus this card was born.

SIP2 MM404 3 wm

I did a variety of different textures in the card with stencil sponging the ruby cardstock, dry embossing the slate cardstock, and Versamark with PearlEx for both the juniper cardstock and the sentiment.

SIP3 MM404 2 wm

The snowflake is cut out from the Cricut Art Philosophy.  I love the ease of cutting the two pieces and putting them together.  Added some prisma glitter and wahla  – the card is done.  Definitely a card for the Come and Play Card Buffet!!

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Grad Cards

Here are some super cute grad cards I did last month and realized that I had not shared them!  So here they are:

Grad card 1 wm

I used B1480 Diploma Day and the Basic Fundamental Paper pack from our Speciality Paper Collection.  I love the neutral colors of this pack and how I could use the school colors as the accent colors as well as the shimmer trim. Be sure to check out our Fundamental Paper packs because they are so very useful.  Themes are nice to have but it’s nice to have papers you can mix and match to make your own theme without purchasing paper specifically for a theme.

Grad card close up wm

I heat embossed the sentiment in silver.  I really like our new heat tool for this.  Check out our embossing supplies here.

Grad cards wm

These were fairly quick and easy to do grad cards.  Allowed me to get several done for all of the graduates.  =)

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Life Is Wonderful Card 2

Life is Wonderful and I can’t agree more as I sit up here watching Butler Creek from the deck!  It’s truly wonderful right now in Missoula, Montana.  The days are warm and nights are cool.  Here is my second card with the “Life Is Wonderful” SOM for July!

Wonderful2 wm

This set is either FREE with a $25.00 purchase or $5.00 with a $50.00 purchase.

July SOM, S1507 Life is Wonderful, Linda Creates ~ Linda Caler

Free happens because of the Jump On It special from CTMH this month (July 2015).  You can get the SOM for FREE or any of the hostess sets in the current Annual Inspirations and Seasonal Expressions for $5.00!

Jump On It Close To My Heart July 2015 Special Linda Create ~ Linda Caler

I used CTMH Z3073 Brave Shapes for embellishing as well as the Arrow Washi Tape Z2003.


Wonderful2 a wm

I think my favorite look for this stamp set is chalkboard.  I do this by using our white pigment ink on black or a dark colored paper (like dark green similar to the old chalkboards).

Wonderful 2 b

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FMS 196

Here’s my takes on FMS 196!  I’m over in MT and working with very limited supplies!  It was very interesting to have only 2 or 3 ink colors along with white, black, and chocolate cardstock!  Thank goodness for washi tape, shimmer trim, ShinHan markers, and Wink of Stella!  I ended up making two cards with the sketch:

FMS 196 C2 WM

FMS 196 C1 wm

I had Whisper, Black, and Pacifica inks and a few stamp sets here.  Here’s the sketch:FMS196

The backgrounds were created by random stamping in first and second generation:

FMS 196 C1 WM 2FMS 196 C2 WM 3

I really love coloring with alcohol markers – blending and transitioning between colors is great.

FMS 196 C2 WM 2

Shimmer, washi tape, and some fun puffy glitter stickers really add to these cards and both in color and bling.

FMS 196 C1 WM 3

Thanks so much for stopping by to see my cards!  Have a great day!





This is a past sketch for Cardabilities Sketch 126 that I’m just getting around to sharing.  I created a file on Design Space to cut the images from the Cricut.  I used the Cricut Art Philosphy Cartridge to get all the images from.

Cardabilities 126, Linda Creates ~ Linda Caler

I used Z192 Dot Embossing Folder for the base of the card after I did some random stamping in Z2179 Pear. I spritzed the white dot background with my home-made glimmer mist.    Z1375 Kraft cardstock for some of the elements on the card.  Scrap paper from some of the other elements.

C126 4 wm I dug the flowers out of my stash.

C126 5 wm

I found some old wood embellishment as well.   Some Sunset buttons really added to the layered flowers.

C126 2 wm

I found the dragonfly and had it coming to visit the flowers.

C126 3 wm

A final spritz with the pearl glimmer mist to give the card a touch of sparkle finishes it off.  Just love this bright, colorful, happy card!

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Last Chance for $99.00 Consultant Kit

Just a heads up, this is your last chance to get the new consultant kit for $99.00 as Close To My Heart has revamped the new Consultant kit effective August 2015!! You save 72% on the retail cost as the value of the kits are over $350.00.  There are plenty of supplies in both kits to get your business started with a few home gatherings or to get your crafting on if you are supporting your hobby.

There are two kits:

Scrapbooker’s New Consultant Kit

The Scrapbooker’s New Consultant Kit includes a huge supply of Close To My Heart products, perfect for creating beautiful scrapbook layouts and pages, all for only $99 USD / $109 CAD! With a retail value over $355 USD / $395 CAD, this kit is a fantastic deal! Join us and discover all the wonderful rewards of being a Close To My Heart Independent Consultant.1504-se-consultant-kit-scrapbooker-md

Cardmaker’s New Consultant Kit

The Cardmaker’s New Consultant Kit contains a wide selection of Close To My Heart products, ideal for creating stunning cards, all for only $99 USD / $109 CAD! With a retail value over $360 USD / $400 CAD, this kit is a fantastic deal! Join us and discover all the wonderful rewards of being a Close To My Heart Independent Consultant.1504-se-consultant-kit-cardmaker-md

To see the contents of the kits, click “Kit Contents”. 

Don’t wait too long as you only have a few days left in July to join.  Here are some other thoughts to consider:

 Here are some thoughts for your consideration!!

  • Close to My Heart is a debt-free company with a sound business plan.  They have been in business for 35 years.  CTMH is in the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand!
  • Close to My Heart is an industry leader in the crafting community.  They provide an Annual Idea Book with 2 supplements throughout the year so they stay abreast of the trends and changes!  As a consultant, you get new product 1 month before our customers do.
  • Close to My Heart provides a diverse product line: acrlix stamps, papers, inks, cards, scrapbooking, paper crafting, home decor, and jewelry for a wide audience appeal.
  • You will be able to order new product one month before it comes out. This is truly the best! I can’t tell you how exciting it is to see that box delivered!!
  • The World Wide Stampettes is a long standing team in Close to My Heart. We have a Team group where we support, encourage, share, and help each other on a regular basis through Facebook. I enjoy each of my team members as each are unique and special whether they are supporting their crafting through the discount, being a Hobbiest, or a Business Builder. All are welcome!!
  • There is a huge community of paper crafting paper crafting buddies that are willing to share ideas! I have made friendships which are beyond measure through Close To My Heart.
  • Close To My Heart offers a generous commission along with monthly product rewards according to sales.  Your base commission is always 22% and you get this upfront.  Based on your monthly sales you can earn over-rides up to 13% – allowing you to earn 35% on your base sales.  Build a team and the plan is even more generous!!
  • Close To My Heart offers loads of training and support through an online academy, videos, and MP3 listening library. You can find answers and support for business, creative, and personal development. It’s awesome! Training is updated all the time, allowing us to be on top of the industry.  I offer team events in my home.
  • Rediscover Events and Yearly Conventions. This year’s National Convention will be at Disneyland in July and we’ll be celebrating 31 years with CTMH!  I can’t wait!  The Rediscover Events are all around providing consultants from all areas the opportunity to participate in a training event for an evening at an affordable rate ($30). There are Album Retreats to help keep us trained on the latest techniques and tools and Team Builder events for those focused on growing their team!
  • Opportunity to earn Incentive Trips! I have earned one cruise back in 2004 and 2015 Hawaii trip!
  • Tax deductible crafting! Everything you buy to make samples is tax deductible.  Everything you make is a sample for your business.  Have another business?  I have an in-home family child care. I try to purchase as much of the craft materials for this business through CTMH.
  • And finally – the opportunity to have a home-based business where you are in control, running your business the way that you choose! I love this because it allows me to put things in the correct perspective: God, my family, then my business. This perspective has blessed me beyond measure.jointoday

Spray Pens….

One of my most favorite accessories to use from CTMH is our Spray Pens.  Spray Pen picThey are inexpensive and easy to use.   Are you familiar with the Glimmer Mist from Tattered Angels?  Ever looked at cards or scrapbook pages which have “splatter patterns” or “spray patterns” on them?    It’s so easy to create that effect with these pens.

SP and Masking 1 wm

You need to have a dye based reinker for an stamp pad. While I’m using CTMH reinkers, any dye base reinker will work.


The spray pens have lines on the side to measure the amount of reinker you add.  I normally put 2 lines worth in there.  If you want a darker spray, add more reinker and less of the medium.  Add either water, reinker, or irridensent effects medium.    On my sample, I’m actually doing some masking as well.  For spray masking, I like to use Masking Paper from Inkadinkado because it complete sticks down allowing area to be protected from the spray.

SP and masking 4

You can see the star shape (which I cut out using the Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge).  With the pens, you’ll never get the same pattern twice.  Each card or page will be unique.

SP and Masking 3 wm

The cost of these pens is $3.95 and a reinker for $4.95.   Each pen is about $1.32. The reinkers will last forever between reinking the pads or making spray pens.  It’s less than $0.25 per each use of reinker.  Your cost for each pen: $$1.55 vs $6.95 for a bottle of Glimmer Mist!  Great savings!!  Thanks for stopping by!