23 December 2013

Sparkle & Shine

So, I may have made another Christmas card.  I keep getting inspired by the products that I'm using (which is never a bad thing, as far as I'm concerned)!

I wanted to create a card that was super quick to assemble.  So, I pulled out my Sparkle & Shine washi tape and created a card using this Retro Sketch:


This card could not have been simpler to make!  I used five strips of washi tape on the bottom half of the card.  I stamped the "Sparkle & Shine" sentiment in black ink.  Then, I wrapped some black bakers twine around the base and tied it into a small bow.  Oh, and the base of this card is Whisper card stock (underneath the White Daisy card stock).

This template could easily be switched around with various washi tape designs for a different occasion!  Instead of using all washi tape, you may also consider using some glitter tape for extra embellishment.  :)

Thanks for stopping by!

CTMH Products Used:
Paper: Whisper, White Daisy
Embellishments: Sparkle & Shine washi tape, black bakers twine

21 December 2013

Holiday Cheer!

Can you believe that Christmas is only four days away.  Four. 


Where has time gone?  Somehow, this holiday season has flown right past me.  I'm trying to catch up!  However, I have pretty much finished all of my shopping and today, I did mail out my Christmas cards.  So, now it's just the matter of enjoying these few days before December 25th.

I was inspired by the sketch at Freshly Made Sketches this week.  Have you seen it yet?


Super simple, and crazy intimidating to me!  There is something about a simple card that makes me nervous.  I want to add embellishments, paper layers, etc.  And yet, challenges such as these allow me to stretch my creative muscles, if you will.  So...

I pulled out my CTMH Sparkle & Shine Washi Tape assortment and created the pennant banner.  I stamped the "Holiday Cheer" sentiment in Ruby ink inside of a stamped banner from the Season's Tweetings stamp set.

I used Whisper card stock as my base.  I used Whisper ink to stamp the assortment of snowflakes in the background.  I may have also sanded the card... just a little bit, I promise!  I added a few bitty sparkles, as well.

The only problem?  I don't think I need any more Christmas cards for this season.  Into the stash for next year it goes!

Thanks for stopping by!  If you're interested in learning any further about the products used on this card, feel free to visit my website or leave a comment below! :)

Close to My Heart Products Used:
Card Stock: Whisper
Ink: Ruby, Archival Black, Whisper
Stamps: Season's Tweetings
Embellishments: Sparkle & Shine Washi Tape Assortment, Bitty Sparkles

10 December 2013


This week at Heart 2 Heart Challenges, we're asking that everyone creates a piece of artwork that involves some sort of movement.  This was tricky for me!  I always make art that doesn't move.  Hah!  So, I decided to create a card that also provided a pocket for a gift tag.

I used my favorite Christmas paper, Sparkle and Shine, for the base of my card.  I created the pocket using a My Creations Small Paper Pouch.  I covered the pocket with Juniper card stock.  Then, I created the silver and red stripe design using our Sparkle and Shine Washi Tape.  (Love, love these tapes!) 

I stamped some snowflakes in Juniper ink onto the card stock.  I also stamped the sentiment "Greetings" in Whisper ink.  To top it off, I added bitty sparkles at the top of the pocket.  I wrapped Grey Wool bakers twine around the pocket and knotted the ends into a bow.  I adhered a sparkled button on top of the bow, as well.  Phew!  Lots of extra embellishments!

Inside of the pocket, you'll find the following: a chipboard tag (covered with the Sparkle and Shine patterned paper) and adorned with the "Holly Jolly" sentiment.

How will you interpret the "moving on" challenge?  I can't wait to see!

Thank you for stopping by!

11 November 2013

Season's Tweetings

This week at Heart 2 Heart Challenges, we are asking everyone to "see double" in your project.  You can interpret this challenge any way you like!  On my end, I decided to use the same stamp of a bird twice on my card.  Take a peek:

I used CTMH's Sparkle & Shine patterned paper as the base of this card.  Then, I stamped the birds, pennant, and flower from the Season's Tweetings stamp set.  The images are colored in using Juniper, Ruby, Whisper, and Black ink.  I embellished the card using Grey Wool bakers twine.

Thank you for stopping by! 

02 November 2013

Five Layer Paper Challenge

This week at Heart 2 Heart Challenges, we're asking all of you to use at least five different layers of paper in your project.  It's much easier than it sounds!  Using our new Sparkle and Shine papers, I created the following holiday card:

The sentiment comes from the stamp set that is included in the Sparkle and Shine Card Workshop on the Go (WOTG).  This is an excellent stamp set to have for your holiday cards; the images are very versatile!  I used the sparkle gems from the WOTG to embellish the card, as well.

While I'm not quite ready for Christmas yet (there's some yummy food waiting to be prepared for Thanksgiving, first!), I've certainly started preparing my stash of Christmas cards for this year!

I hope you have fun with this challenge!

19 October 2013

Lifting Spirits


Have you had the opportunity to peek at Close to My Heart's Holidays From the Heart Gift Guide?  The products in this mini catalog are awesome!  The products range from Christmas to every day themed stamps, paper, accessories, and 3D gift & decor items.

Since I've been posting quite a few Christmas themed projects lately, I thought I would post a birthday card today instead.  I was inspired by a card in the gift guide using the Lifting Spirits stamp set to create this:

There are so many new products found on this card from the gift guide!

I used Kraft card stock as the base of my card.  I used the CTMH Spray Pen to spritz white ink onto the base.  I cut Smokey Plum card stock into a Polaroid pennant using my exacto knife.

In the gift guide, you will find our great new Washi Tapes!  There are two different sets (with three rolls in each set - 15 yards on each roll!)  I used the Sparkle and Shine washi in Juniper and Shiny Silver to cover the card in vertical strips.  I embellished this card element using White bakers twine and a sparkle gem.  You'll also notice that I frayed the Juniper washi tape with my micro tip scissors to add extra dimension.

I used the Lifting Spirits set to stamp the airplane, pennant, and clouds.  I colored the plane using my Blending Pen with CTMH colors Juniper, Gypsy, and Creme Brulee.  The "Happy Birthday" sentiment is from the new set, Banner Wishes

Look for more posts soon providing additional projects made from items in the CTMH gift guide.  Happy crafting!

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14 October 2013

Winter Wonderland

Have you been able to get your hands on the Frosted paper pack yet?  The papers are beautiful and can really be used in a variety of ways! 

A couple of years ago, I received a Christmas card from my up-line, Lisa Stenz.  Isn't the card pretty?  I have always hung onto it in hopes of recreating it.  Well, I finally pulled it out today and used it to inspire my card that I was making for the Merry Monday challenge.

We were asked to use Blue, Grey/Silver, and White in our card.  This is what I created:

I used the snowflake patterned paper from the Frosted paper pack on the bottom of the card.  I used White Daisy and Twilight card stock as my base.  I stamped the snowflake outline and "Winter Wonderland" sentiment in Slate ink.  I embellished the card using our CTMH silver shimmer tape and shimmer gem.

It's a very simple card, but the snowflake really makes a statement!  Thanks for visiting!

CTMH Items Used:
Paper Packet: Frosted
Card Stock: White Daisy and Twilight
Stamp Set: Snowflakes
Embellishments: Silver Shimmer Tape and Shimmer Gem

07 October 2013


Heart 2 Heart Challenges this week is asking everyone to create a project that is inspired by a little black dress.  I decided to create a Bachelorette party invitation since you often will wear a LBD to such an event!

I kept the design pretty simple by using Tulip and Black card stock as my base.  Then, I added a zebra print from our retired CTMH Roxie paper pack.  I stamped the 'Celebrate' sentiment on a chipboard pennant.  To embellish the card, I used Black Bakers Twine and a faux-crystal button.

Peeking inside the card, you'll notice I used a retired CTMH stamp in Tulip ink as a "display box" for the bride's name.  Then, I stamped the invitation notes in black ink.

How will you interpret our challenge this week?

Thanks for stopping by!

06 October 2013

Happy Birthday!

Don't you love when a challenge allows you to think outside of the box?  That's what happened to me this weekend for RetroSketches challenge:


Looking at this sketch, I knew right away that I wanted to use our CTMH Slate Washi tape.  This card was calling its name!  Searching through my B&T papers, I decided that I would use my CTMH Sarita paper pack for this challenge.  Take a look:

CTMH Colors Used: Lagoon, Outdoor Denim, Slate

I changed up the design just a bit in order to incorporate the additional embellishments I wanted on my card.  On the top half of the card, I added a row of Bitty Sparkles.  I just love how much that little touch adds to the card. 

On the bottom of the card, I added a dovetail chipboard pennant, which I stamped "Happy Birthday" on with Outdoor Denim ink.  I also created a rose with Sarita patterned paper.  I placed a pearl pin behind the flower, as well.

Thanks for stopping by!  Have fun designing this week!


29 September 2013

Oh, Snap! Happy Birthday!

This week at Freshly Made Sketches, we had a great sketch to play with:

Using the CTMH Sarita paper pack, I created this card:

Check back tomorrow for a more detailed post and a link back to Freshly Made Sketches.  My internet has been down all day and I can only type using my phone.  Eek!

27 September 2013

Have a Holly, Jolly Christmas!

RetroSketches provided a very simple sketch for their challenge this week.  Somehow, I was inspired to create yet another Christmas card!  The weather is still 80 degrees (thank goodness!), but the CTMH Frosted paper packet has been calling my name lately.

Let's take a peek at the sketch:


I decided to turn the sketch upside down and then created this card:

(sorry about the picture quality - I had to take the picture without natural light!)

I created this card using the current CTMH Frosted paper pack and retired CTMH mistletoe paper pack.  Even though they're from different collections, they compliment each other perfectly!

The "Holly, Jolly" sentiment comes from the stamp set that is included in the Frosted card making kit.  I embellished the card using Chocolate bakers twine and glitter gems.

Thank you for visiting!

22 September 2013

Keeping You in My Prayers

Do you remember eating Campbell's Alphabet soup when you were younger?  It usually hit the spot!  Well this week at Heart 2 Heart Challenges, we are asking everyone to play around with the alphabet.  Whether you use different stamp sets, texts, stickers, or Cricut cut-outs, we want you to use two different sets of alphabets in your project.

I was also inspired for this challenge by the sketch at Freshly Made Sketches:


Outside of the card:

 Inside of the card:

For this card, I used our beautiful, new CTMH Huntington paper pack.  I embellished the card using a wooden button, Kraft stickease borders, burlap ribbon, and bitty sparkles.  I also used two different stamp sets for this card: Look to the Light and Card Chatter-Sympathy.

I look forward to seeing what you create this week!

15 September 2013

Babycakes Card

Just a quick post this evening as it is getting late!

Using this sketch from Freshly Made Sketches:

I created this card for someone who is expecting a baby:

I used Close to My Heart's new Babycakes paper packet to create this card.  The background and texture paper in this pack is very versatile!  While it's presented as a baby paper, the options really are endless!

To embellish the card, I adhered our Slate washi tape to a piece of Colonial White card stock.  Then, I cut out the strip and glued it on top of the card design.  Additional embellishments are provided by Chocolate bakers twine (to pull in the brown from the polka dot paper) and a brown wooden button.

The stamp set that I used for the sentiment is called B is for Baby.

Thank you for visiting!

08 September 2013

Merry & Bright

Christmas always tends to sneak up on me; I never have enough time to finish any of the projects I begin!  So, why not get an early start, right?  I was inspired by this week's challenge at Freshly Made Sketches.
I used CTMH's new Frosted paper packet and coordinating stamp set to create the following card:

I created the green textured paper by using Olive card stock and then repeatedly stamping a border stamp from the Frosted kit.  I also stamped a light snow flake image on the Kraft paper.

I embellished the card by using CTMH's Ruby chevron ribbon and champagne bakers twine.  I also placed sparkle gems alongside my Olive textured card stock.

I've gotta admit, making this card put me into the holiday spirit.  Then, I stepped outside where it's warm and sunny.  I think I'll take summer a bit longer!

CTMH Items Used:

Hello There

I think Sarita may be my favorite paper pack from the 2013 Fall/Winter CTMH Idea Book.  It is beautiful paper!  The colors are rich and the patterns really work well together.

This week, I participated in the Mojo Monday challenge using Sarita.  Let's peek at the sketch I used:


This is the card I made that was inspired by this challenge:

As you can see, I used three different textured papers from Sarita to create this card.  I also used one of the zip strips to embellish the dove-tail banner behind the "Hello There" sentiment.

I used a scalloped chipboard circle as the base for my sentiment.  I stamped a pinwheel/gradient image in lagoon on the chipboard.  (Clearly, describing that image is easier said than done!)  Then, I stamped a circular border and my sentiment "Hello There" on an additional circle in Colonial White card stock.

I embellished the card using Outdoor Denim bakers twine and bitty sparkles.  I also distressed the edges of the card stock and textured paper.  I thought it would definitely fit the Sarita paper!

Thank you for visiting!

CTMH Items Used:
Paper: Sarita paper pack, Lagoon card stock
Ink: Lagoon, Goldrush, Gypsy
Embellishments: Outdoor Denim bakers twine, bitty sparkles

25 August 2013

Thinking of You

This week at Heart 2 Heart Challenges, we are asking that you create an art project that reflects a scene.  Using one of my favorite stamp sets "Perfect Day", I created the following card:

I stamped the image using Chocolate ink on our Colonial White card stock.  I also stamped the same image on another sheet of paper and then cut the image out.  Using the masking technique, I used our sponge and stipple brushes to create the sky.  I used Crystal Blue, Whisper, Moonstruck, and Slate inks.

Then, I dabbed my Blending Pen in Honey, Ruby, Bamboo, Desert Sand, and Olive inks to color my lighthouse.

I finished the coloring of the image by covering the lighthouse with the masked image and then using Moonstruck and Slate to create the water's edge.

The textured base paper of the card is from the new paper pack, Huntington.  It's such a beautiful paper pack!  I also used hemp string and a cocoa button to embellish the card.

The last touch?  A small sentiment of "thinking of you".

What kind of scene will you create using your stamps?  I look forward to seeing what you create!

12 August 2013

Sentimentally Yours

This week at Heart 2 Heart Challenges, we are asking all of you to create a piece of artwork where the sentiment is the focus of your creation.  There are so many great sentiment stamps from CTMH; it was hard to pick the one I wanted to use.  Alas, I chose the simple phrase "hello there".  Let's take a peek at what I created:

I created this card by stamping "hello there" over and over... and over again on the bottom half of the card.  Some of the lines may not be exactly straight, but are close enough, I think! ;) I stamped the sentiment in whisper ink.  Then, I stamped "hello" in black. 


I embellished the card by using Smoothie Bakers Twine, Slate Washi tape, a wooden flower, and mini sparkles.  While this card is very simple, I love the finished look.

As you think about the endless possibilities for this challenge, I encourage you to look at the CTMH Autumn/Winter idea book for inspiration.  This is my go-to to help my creativity flow!  In fact, the embellishments on the right side of my card were inspired by the photo on pg. 8!

Have fun creating your artwork!  Which sentiment are you going to choose? :)

28 July 2013

Ombré Card Challenge

This week at Heart 2 Heart Challenges, we are asking everyone to create a piece of artwork that uses the ombré/gradient technique.  This is a very popular trend right now! You'll notice this on clothing, in hair, and in artwork.  This was my creation for this week:

This 3x3 card was created with the intention of hanging it off of a matching gift bag.
Before we get into some close ups of the finished product, let's look at how you can use the ombré technique in your artwork:

First, I sponged Sky ink across the entire base of the card.

Second, I sponged Lagoon ink across 2/3 of the base of the card.

Third, I sponged Pacifica ink across 1/3 of the base of the card.

To soften the look, I finished by sponging Sky ink across the entire base of the card.

After stamping the gift package stamp, I embellished the card using our CTMH Silver sparkle trim and bitty sparkles.  I also used our blending marker to add black stripes on the gift package.

I stamped the "Happy Birthday" sentiment on the inside of the card using Black ink.
I attached the card to the bag using Black Bakers Twine.

All ready to be given to someone!
 Good luck with your artwork!  I am excited to see what you will create!

CTMH Items Used:
Ink: Sky, Lagoon, and Pacifica
Stamp: "Gift" stamp coming soon (in Fall/Winter 2013 idea book)
Accessories: Silver Trim and Bitty Sparkles

15 July 2013

Heart 2 Heart Challenge: Ice Cream

Doesn't everyone like ice cream?  I know I do!  I enjoy this tasty dessert especially in the warm summer months.  This week at Heart 2 Heart Challenges, we are asking everyone to create a piece of artwork that incorporates ice cream.

I interpreted this challenge a bit differently.  I decided to create my card using Neapolitan ice cream colors: chocolate/brown, vanilla/white (yellow and beige...hehe), and strawberry/pink.

I used a retired paper pack called "Dotty for You" on the base of this card.  It's so bright; I love it!

I embellished the card using Chocolate Bakers Twine, Bitty Sparkles, and a wooden flower.  I also added a small peek of burlap ribbon on the left hand side of the card.

I hope you have fun this week at Heart 2 Heart Challenges.  This challenge can certainly be interpreted in many different ways!

02 July 2013

Let's Celebrate!

This week at Seize the Birthday, they provided this sketch for card makers to use:


Using a variety of Close to My Heart products, I created this birthday card:

The base of my card uses two B&T papers from the Claire paper packet.  I used my Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge to cut out the fancy scalloped circle.  The stamped calendar wheel and sentiment is from a retired stamp of the month set.  I embellished the card with bitty sparkles, burlap ribbon, and wooden trinket shapes.

I still haven't decided who I will send this card to... when I do, I will circle the month and number.  

I look forward to seeing your card!  Thank you for visiting!

CTMH Items Used:
Paper: Claire
Card Stock: Colonial White, Sunset, and Outdoor Denim
Stamp: November 2011 Stamp of the Month
Embellishments: Burlap Ribbon, Bitty Sparkles, and Wooden Trinket Shapes

30 June 2013

Hello Treat Pouch

Our Heart 2 Heart Challenge this week asks you to use the masking technique in your artwork.  Masking is a great way to add interest to your card.  As you can see by the projects created by our design team, this technique can be used in many different ways!

This is the project that I created for this week:

In order to understand the masking technique, I created a quick picture tutorial to show you the steps I took to create my treat pouch:

Once you've decided what you would like to mask, stamp that image on a piece of post-it paper.  Then, cut out the design.

Place your post-it paper in the spot on your pouch that you would like to mask.  Stamp the design around and on top of your post-it paper.

After stamping, lift off your post-it paper and voila!  You have a masked image.  In my case, I have a frame that I masked.

Then, I stamped the frame image onto my bag.
I look forward to seeing the projects that you create using this technique.  Have fun!

CTMH Items Used:
Colors: Whisper, Lagoon, Black
Stamps: Frame Flair and Patterned Pennants
Embellishments: Large Paper Pouch, Silver Shimmer Trim, and Black Ribbon