Archives for July 2016

Magical Accordion Card and Last Chance

Here’s a fun accordion card with Magical:

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I made this card with left over parts of the Magical WYW:

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Cut the zip strip from one of the papers off to add to the side of the card on the far right.  Used the embellishments to add the cameras, arrow, and pennants!

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Stamp set is C1644 Beyond Awesome.  Love this set and the sentiments are good for so many other things.

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I made another version using the April Stamp of the Month (retired) because the cameras were so great.  This one will be on the Card Buffet:

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Here’s the card unfolded:


Today is the last day of the 2015-16 Annual Inspirations – be sure to check the Going Soon list:

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And the final chance to join CTMH with the Early Bird Special for $75.00 (value of $246) where you get $50.00 to pick products you want as well as picking one of the new Fundamental Collection (paper and compliments):

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Don’t forget the awesome From The Notebook S1707 – $5.00 with a $50.00 purchase:

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Hope you enjoyed this Accordion Card.  Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!



Say it isn’t so…last chance

Say it isn’t so!

Summer is more than half way over.  July 31 is a few days away.  Jeff has retired from the USCG after 23 yrs and 11 months of service!

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Courtesy of Cindy Forney

The 2015-16 Annual Inspiration retires along with the majority of the stamps, all the papers, 3 of the Cricut Cartridges Art Philosophy (sold out), Artiste (50 left), Artfully Sent, and the rolling tote!

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Not to mention, the Early Bird Special for new consultants is over. =(

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Don’t miss out on getting this great kit for $75.00 of which you use $50.00 to pick your own products out AND get to pick one of the new Fundamental Paper Packs along with the accompanying compliments!  This is a value of $246.00 for $75.00!  Amazing deal and one I don’t think we will see for a long time!!

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Tonight, we have one more Opportunity webinar hosted by Kristina Livingstone. The webinar will be held Saturday, July 30, 10:00 am MDT. During the webinar, Kristina walks through the contents of the New Consultant Kit, talks about the Consultant discount, explains how new Consultants can earn free products, and answers the most frequently asked questions. Those who join the webinar will come away understanding what an incredible opportunity it is to join Close To My Heart.

Join the Opportunity webinar via phone by calling 1-201-479-4595. To join online, go to a few minutes before the scheduled webinar time. You can also simply go to or open the Fuze app and enter the meeting ID: 32980098. If you wish to participate online, we encourage you to download the Fuze application beforehand so you can be all set up to enjoy the webinar when it’s time to join.

It’s a “Say it isn’t so” moment as we have some big changes.  Take care,


Magical Mini-Album

CTMH offers a few mini-albums and here is a “Magical Book”, using one of the minis and the Magical paper pack.

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Its made using the  My Createsion Black mini-album which makes for a great memory book for a gift, desk display, or to carry in your purse.  There are watercolor Picture My Life cards, Cranberry Fundamentals, and Red shimmer tape! (Side note – we have several great options and tools for watercolor.) This will be SG’s summer album to share her adventures with her friends when she returns to school because it’s so easy for her to do!

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When you open the album up, there are pockets on the inside covers for her to put memorabilia in.  Never leave unused real estate in a project.

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This project is also great for left over scraps of your paper pack.  You’ll see how you can use 3″x4″ inch squares as mats for pictures, to decorate, or for journal block mats.

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Did you know most of the paper packs come with a Picture My Life (PML) sheet?  Cut it up into the 4″x6″ and 3″x4″ blocks and it works fantastically with this project.

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Super cute, right?  Fun and easy.   One PML card is the cute camera on the left and a journal block on the right side.

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I wanted to draw your attention to the front of the album which features one of the Picture My Life Gold Watercolor cards, water colored with our watercolor paints, the Fundamental Cranberry , and Red Shimmer Trim.  Several items used in this project are scheduled to retire on July 31, a few days from now.  Be sure to check out the “Going Soon” List out.

These mini albums make great gifts, super purse mementos, and great projects for kids to do.  Thanks to April Smith for the inspiration for this!  =)










Today You are Awesome!

Everyone needs to know they are awesome.  I was inspired to create this card from the stamp set, S1607 From the Notebook (supplies at end of post) because it’s got a file folder tab to cut from the Cricut Artisty.

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The file folder is the card and when you untie the twine (which is on sale btw for $2.70), you are opening up the card.  I stamped images from “From the Notebook” on the top of the file tab in colors from the Magical papers.

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I cut the “file” out of the Magical papers, rounded the corners, and adhered the file tab to the top.  I like the two-sided background and papers because the different pattern shows up on the inside.

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I cut another piece of white cardstock to be in the inside of the file so I could stamp the messages in it.

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I used a combination of the stamps from both sets for the message inside.  A different look for a card to have it be a file that you can open.   “From the Notebook” is available through July 31!  Both of these sets are awesome!

Thanks for stopping by!


Get Discounted Product – All the Time

This is the last 9 days of the Early Bird Special where you get discounted product all the time.  But, there really is so much more with Close To My Heart!  I’ve been with the company for 16 years and been so blessed.

Let’s talk about the value of this current offering – over $265.00 for $75.00!  The new consultant kit looks like this:

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Contents of the New Consultant Kit Include:

  • Medium Organizer (Z4139, qty 1)
  • My Acrylix® Block 2″ × 6½” (Y1010, qty 1)
  • My Acrylix® Block 1″ × 3½” (Y1002, qty 1)
  • My Acrylix® Block 2″ × 2″ (Y1003, qty 1)
  • Non-Stick Microtip Scissors (Z1836, qty 1)
  • My Acrylix® Stamp Scrubber (Z1782, qty 1)
  • My Acrylix® Spritz Cleaner (1778, qty 1)
  • Bonding Memories™ Glue (1512, qty 1)
  • 3-D Foam Tape (Z1151, qty 1)
  • Sponge (Z697, qty 1)
  • Customer Order Forms (W101, qty 1 pack of 25)
  • Annual Inspirations Idea Book (WC1171, qty 5)
  • Seasonal Expressions 2 (WCS1163, qty 5)
  • Cardstock Sampler (W1167, qty1)
  • Fundamentals Sampler (W1170, qty 1)
  • Seasonal Expressions 2 B&T Duos™ Sampler (W1144, qty 1)
  • A Little Love – Petite Perks Incentive Stamp Set (W2035, qty 3)
  • Gathering Invitations (W1129, qty 1 pack of 25)
  • Desk Pad (W1140, qty 1 pack of 50)

You get will get a $50.00 of SPC (Select Product Credit which is like Hostess Credits) to pick your favorites from the Idea Book!  You create YOUR own kit which I think is awesome!  Then, you get awesomeness to pick one of the brand spanking new paper packs and compliments before anyone can order them! You pick your choice of a FREE Whimsy, Adventure, or Enchantment Fundamentals paper packet bundled together with its coordinating Complements. These brand new products won’t be released to the public until August, so joining today is your chance to get them first!

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What CTMH has been for me,  so many things.  As we’ve moved around for my husband’s career, I’ve changed jobs, homes, friends, become a mom, the one constant for the past 16 years has been CTMH.   CTMH has helped me to create a community in each of the duty stations. I’ve developed friendships which have spanned distance and time.  I am inspired daily, by other amazing consultants and their creativity both in the World Wide Stampettes (WWStampettes) and CTMH as a whole.  The group of ladies who are in my team are simply amazing.  To say CTMH has been a blessing does not even give it justice.

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The relationships is followed by the excitement of new products every 4 months!  The new Annual Inspiration brings new papers, a new Cricut collections (Flower Market and so MUCH fun!!), and new embellishments/albums/flip flaps…oh my goodness, the wonderful new products to do not end.  This releases August 1 to our customers but now to consultants!!  This is followed by our Holiday Expressions which is released September 1. It has 4 more new paper packs, another Cricut collection, new embellishments and more.  Consultants get to purchase them in August.  It’s simply Christmas in July/August!  Come January and May, we have 2 more Seasonal Expressions.  It’s wonderful.  I love that CTMH strives to bring us wonderful products for our paper crafting and memory keeping!

If you are interested in the benefits of being a consultant on my team, I’d love to chat with you about my amazing journey with CTMH.  Please feel free to email me ( or through the contact form.



Creating Session!!

I’m working on getting some new samples done for the upcoming Open House in August so I had a creative session to get something done!   Bless the sketches and challenges. I’m so appreciative and glad of those who create these challenges for us.

The first challenge is from Mojo Monday 457. I used a pumpkin instead of a square for the sketch.

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Here are some sneak peaks to new products.  I’m enjoying working with them. The next one is for the Atlantic Hearts Sketches Challenges 169:

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For the Muse, I created this card from it:

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Then, last but not least, I create a variation of the above card using the Color My Heart Dare 202:

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That’s all now for catching up on some challenges.  These cards will be featured with more information in future posts!

Thanks for stopping by,




Let’s Ride

The second Workshop Your Way (WYW) layout is “Let’s Ride”

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It’s a simple layout where you can put plenty of pictures, especially when I add the flip flaps.  I have some pictures of SG and her Dad headed out on a bike ride that I plan to use on this one.

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“Let’s ride” is from the Compliments.  I have to say, if you are not in the mood to stamp, the Compliments make your life 100% easier.  Add your title and a few other things from the packet and it times it all together.

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On the right side, the journal block comes from the Picture My Life page.  Just cut it up and you have mats for pictures, journal blocks, and embellishments!  So easy.

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Love this little banner!  The sequins and white twine are all a part of the WYW.  The Magical Sequins are great because the colors are primary and have some many different uses.  Remember, you can download the layouts and cutting instructions HERE.   While I like to be creative, sometimes I really like the ease and simplicity of the WYW.

Thanks for stopping by!



It’s a Party!

It’s a Party and this card says it all!.  It’s a pocket card with a pull out.  I love interactive cards and you can make this with the Cricut.IMG_3080 wm

Features the Magical Paper packs and and “Carnival Time” C1648.  It’s a combination of the cut font and the stamping.

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What fun to pull out the card to get the invite information.  I think it’s a fun way to do the invites.   You could use this design for a movie night with the girls, an ice cream making party, or more.  It doesn’t just have to just be kid’s birthday party.

IMG_3084 wmI thank my friend DeAnn Buser for the inspiration for this card!  It’s just awesome to have her part of my swapping team!

Thanks for stopping by!






Note to self – Join the fun!

I created this card to remind us not to forget to join the fun!  This is a combination of the July Stamp of the Month, S1607 From the Notebook and C1648 Carnival Fun.I’m entering this card into the Heart 2 Heart challenge! 

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Speaking of the fun, this card looks like a lot of work but it’s not, which makes it nice.  “From the Notebook” images are cut out with the Cricut Cartridge Artistry Collection and “Carnival Fun” has a matching thin cut!   “Easy peasy lemon squeezy” as my daughter likes to say.

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I used a mix of thin 3D foam tape and regular 3D foam tape to create different layers in the card.  This allowed me to overlap the images and create the clustering.

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I used my Ranger Liquid Pearls to add color and dimension to the popcorn and mustard on the corn dog here.  I also used them to put the chocolate on the ice cream.

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I added some of the yellow to the popcorn to make it look like it was buttered.  This would be a great card for the foodie who loves the movie or carnival foods!

Thanks for stopping by and have a creative day,






Let’s Have some fun

Let’s have some fun with Carnival Fun, a stamp and thincut combo!  I love anything I don’t have to fussy cut.

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Using the Magical Paper Pack (all supplies below), C1648 Carnival Fun and the matching thincut dies, Z3229, you can create this fun card.  I prefer to stamp my image first and then use the thincuts.  I purchased a magnetic platform for my Cuttlebug from Simon Says Stamps which holds the thincut in place when cutting.  I find this much easier than trying to stamp on the cut out image.

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Use the different colored inks to do your stamping.  I love how clean the edges are from the thincuts.  Never in a million years, would my fussy cutting look this good.  The film strip is created by cutting a strip of the black background and texture paper (B&T) and then cutting out squares of the blue B&T.  Add a little dimension by using the thin 3D foam tape under the squares and stamped images.

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Stamp “party” and “join in the fun” in Cranberry ink.  Distress the edges of the card and the yellow B&T.  Use a few sequins from the Magical collection to finish the card off.  Super fun and super easy.

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Huge thanks to DeAnn B, one of my swappers, for the inspiration of this card!  Thanks for stopping by and have a fun day!