The new exclusive CTMH cartridge – Artistry

Artistry is a fun cartridge with many cute images to cut and use in cards, scrapbook layouts, home decor and more.  The set includes the cartridge, handbook, three coordinating stamp sets and a pack of paper to get you started.  Available in my CTMH online shop.  Click here: Shop with me at CTMH to go to the shopping website.  A gathering of $150 or more will give you the option of receiving hostess rewards ($25 of basic products for a $150 gathering).  If you are going to order the cartridge you are nearly there with the $99 purchase.  If you have other items on your wish list, order them together and get those rewards!  Let me know before you place your order so I can set up your own personal gathering online.  When you click join on your gathering before shopping,your order will be credited towards that gathering.  Ask your friends to order from your gathering, and get more rewards.   All of my contact information is available at the online shop.  My cell number is 760-220-926 and my email is – I hope to hear from you so I can help you receive free craft items!

The new Artistry Cricut Cartridge - exclusively from Close to my Heart

The new Artistry Cricut Cartridge – exclusively from Close to my Heart! 

Damask Divas Taste of Summer Blog Hop

Happy Spring!  Welcome to the Damask Divas’ Taste of Summer Blog Hop.  If you came to my page from Traci’s page, then you are in the right place.  You can always start at the beginning or navigate to the various participant’s pages by going to the Damask Divas team blog page at or click this link.

These papers with their juicy, colorful, fruity prints are so much fun. I made some simple and quick cards to share with you.

Taste of Summer Greeting Cards

Taste of Summer Greeting Cards

This Taste of Summer paper pack (Item # CC1038) and the coordinating stamp set (CC1039) are the Constant Campaign from Close to my Heart for May 2015.  You can only get these papers in May, so be sure to contact me or your own consultant to order.  My CTMH online store is located at or click this link.

The celebrate sentiment is from the Dizzy Circles stamp set (Item # C1610).  I used coordinating CTMH ink pads and colored the Thank You with a Shin-Han marker (P83 – Lavender).  I used CTMH archival ink for the black sentiments.  The card bases and envelopes are the White Daisy value pack (Item # X254).  Of course, I used my CTMH acrylic blocks to stamp with, and my Versamat to help get a nice clear imprint (Item # Z1279).  The Thank You stamp is retired, but still one of my favorites.

Your next stop on the hop is Felica’s page.  I hope you enjoy seeing all of creations and they inspire you to make your own.  Happy Crafting!





Snowflake Wall Hanging Using CTMH papers

I used my Cricut Explore and images from my subscription to make this snowflake wall hanging.  I used various colors of Close to my Heart papers and cut the snowflakes and the wall hanging.  If you have the subscription, just search snowflake and you will get an amazing variety to choose from.  Just thought I would share for some inspiration for your winter crafting.

If you are interested in purchasing Close to my Heart paper crafting supplies and tools, my online shop is  I would be happy to be your consultant and assist you with your paper crafting needs.

snowflake hanging pic

Yuletide Carol Paper Pack Blog Hop

Welcome to the November Damask Divas Blog Hop featuring the Close to my Heart Yuletide Carol paper pack.  If you got here from Lilian’s blog post, you are in the right place.  You can always go to the Damask Divas blog to start at the beginning by clicking here.

This paper pack is traditional with red, green and muted holiday themes.  To be honest, I don’t scrapbook nearly as much as I make cards and home décor items.  The patterns on this paper called out to be a scrapbook layout however.  I am very happy with the two page layout I made.  I hope it inspires you too!

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I like the designs printed on this paper, especially the birds and stockings.  It was easy to build a page around the design.  I added a small tree from the Artiste Close to my Heart Cricut cartridge just above the 25 that was already part of the page.  The negative cutout from the tree is to the right of the red bird in the lower left corner.  I added the four photo mats, the shimmer trim, the tree and the negative from the tree along with the sparkles and metal component from the Yuletide Carol assortment of embellishments.  The rest of the design you see is all part of the paper.

The other page was a more neutral design featuring the look of sheet music.  I cut the fancy border at the bottom of the page (also from the Artiste Close to my Heart cartridge) and the top Holly and Ivy border is the zip strip from the same page.  I added gold shimmer trim, stickers from the Yuletide Carol complements pack (the banners and holly) and more embellishments from the Yuletide Carol assortment pack.   The Noel decoration is a pocket card from the Artfully Sent Close to my Heart Cricut cartridge.  I cut it at about 3″ by 2 1/4″.

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Here is a photo of the two pages side-by-side.

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All that this two page layout needs are three 4×6 photos and three small images to complete it.  The photos can cover the colonial white “place holders”  or the photos can be cropped a little to achieve a double mat effect.  The photos do not do the shimmer trim and glittery bling gems justice. They add a nice sparkle to the layout without overwhelming the design.


Artiste Cricut Cartridge – Item #Z1790

Artfully Sent Cricut Cartridge – Item #Z3017

Yuletide Carol paper pack – Item # X7187B

Yuletide Carol Complements – Item # X7187C

Yuletide Carol Assortment – Item # Z3007

Gold Shimmer Trim – Item #Z1985

I cut the shapes from the exclusive Close to my Heart Cricut cartridges on my Cricut Explore.  For those of you using the Explore, here are the codes to make searching for these images easier.   Artiste – #S20E, Artfully Sent – #S124E3,  Tree – #M3EB1C, Pocket Card – #MCC236.  You can use these codes from “Search All Items”.  Be sure to enter the # sign to search.

To purchase any of the supplies for this project, you can visit my online CTMH shop at this link – or if you have your own consultant, visit their online business address.  I am happy to help in any way.  My contact information is available at my online CTMH shop.  Be sure to check out our monthly special and Stamp of the Month.

Looks like I am the last stop on this blog hop.  I hope you were inspired by all of our creations.  Be sure to visit our blog hop each month to see the new projects we have created.  Happy Crafting!

We hope you had as much fun browsing our creations as we had making them! Thanks so much for hopping with us–now go get your crafty on!








Snowhaven Workshop on the Go Cardmaking Set by CTMH

I got a jump start on the holidays by making fifteen holiday cards using the Close to my Heart Snowhaven Workshop on the Go (WOTG) card making set.  It comes with everything you need to make these beautiful cards – card bases, envelopes, stamps, trims and papers with complete instructions.  To buy this and other Workshop on the Go kits, visit my online shop at (you can click on the address to be directed to that website).  The item # for the Snowhaven WOTG is G1085.  At $24.95 it is a bargain and you will have the instructions and stamp set for later use.   Here is how my cards turned out:


I hope this inspires you to try a Workshop on the Go kit!  Happy Crafting!


Sixteen Cards Using One Sheet Wonder

I used the Brushed paper pack for one set of cards and the Pathfinding paper pack for the other.  These are both current Close to my Heart paper packs found in the Annual Inspirations Idea Book and Catalog.  Any of the beautifully coordinated CTMH paper packs work well for these cards.  I find the link to this one sheet wonder template and tutorial on Pinterest.  It is by Jessica and can be found at  There are many one sheet wonder templates to choose from on Pinterest.  This one caught my eye and I found it easy to follow and use.  I like the way the cards come out.  You only use one sheet of B&T duos patterned paper and four sheets of coordinating solid papers (two of each of two colors) plus one sheet of white for the sayings and images to be stamped on.  The template illustrates what sizes to cut the patterned paper and which cards they go with (A, B, C, D and E).  The tutorial explains how to cut the other pieces easily and how to put all of the cards together.    You need sixteen card bases.  I used the CTMH bulk card bases or you can make your own out of 8 1/2 by 11 inch paper.  Cut the 11 inch side of the paper into two 5 1/2 inch pieces and fold each of those in half to get two card bases per sheet of paper.  If you don’t have 8 1/2 by 11 paper, trim the 12 x 12 down – be sure to save the scraps for other uses like stamping phrases on for other cards or layouts.   I used a variety of stamps from my collection for the card sayings.

one sheet wonder with pathfinding pic

one sheet wonder with brushed pic

I enjoyed making these coordinated all occasion cards and will move on to some holiday cards next.  I also discovered a one sheet wonder set up in the Close to my Heart “Wishes” card confidence book and want to try that one too.  It looks similarly easy to put together 16 cards (two each of 8 designs).  The instructions and photos begin on page 110 of the Wishes book (Close to my Heart Item # 9041).


Brushed paper pack, Item # X7190B

Pathfinding paper pack, Item # X7186B

White Bulk Card Bases and Envelopes, Item # X254

White Daisy paper, Item # 1385

Coordinating solid papers are found in the paper packs

Stamp sets of your choice applicable to the occasions you want your cards for; smaller size stamps work best as the white pieces are small rectangles.

If you wish to purchase Close to my Heart supplies for this project, visit my online shop at and Happy Crafting!

Jingle All The Way

Here is a fun project I made inspired by a post on Pinterest.  I made two versions of the Jingle All The Way shadow box.  The paper inside is from Anna Griffin’s 6×6 paper pads I purchased on HSN.  I know, I know – it is not Close to my Heart – but I love Anna Griffin products too and the 6×6 papers were just the right size for the project.  I bought assorted jingle bells online and the 6×6 shadow boxes on sale at Michaels.  The vinyl is Cricut brand vinyl that I cut on my Cricut Explore.   I don’t “cheat” on CTMH very often, but I do make an exception once in a while, LOL.  I set a 5″ square canvas up in Design Space and added a text box where I typed Jingle All The Way.  I used the vinyl setting on the Explore and it does a perfect kiss cut.  I pulled the square away from the backing leaving just the letters.  I used clear contact paper as a carrier sheet to apply the saying to the glass on the front of the shadow box frame’s glass.  It is a little hard to see, but one is silver vinyl and the other is red.  I just saw another Pinterest post using the same idea but it said Let It Snow and had white Styrofoam pellets in place of the bells.  So cute!  Give it a try.

jingle all the way pic