Monday, March 20, 2017

Close to My Heart Planner Coloring Pages: February and March

It's the last Monday before spring break here, so that calls for another blog post to get us through!  Today I wanted to show you my Close to My Heart Planner pages that I colored for February and March.  Did you know you can still pick up this planner in three different bundles at a CLEARANCE price??? 

February is just BEAUTIFUL!  I love the colors on a Peacock...so stuck pretty much to God's natural palette.


These are the ShinHan alcohol ink marker colors that I used...


March was filled with birds of all kinds!  What a great way to get ready for spring!  I dug out some of our bird identification books and used the ShinHan markers again to create my favorites...


How many can you name?  :)

Wait, what?!?!?  Yep, ALL of them!

Get this tea-rrific stamp in March!


Saturday, March 11, 2017

Happy CTMH Anniversary!

Today is my 5th anniversary with Close to My Heart!!! 

I need to give a HUGE shout out to all of my amazing customers who have ever placed an order with me or attended one of my workshops--you are the reason I have been able to continue doing what I love for so long, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart!


I am especially grateful that being a consultant for Close to My Heart allows me the flexibility I need to run my business in a way that suits my family's needs too.  My life has changed SO much over the past 5 years, and each time it has I just tweaked my business to roll with the changing needs of my family.  Whether it was sending a kid off to college, changing my job to work full time outside the home, or even moving the entire fam to a new house...I have been able to work my business to make it fit. And for that I am ever so thankful!

This card I made with the Sugar Rush papers and Cardmaking My Acrylix Stamp and Thin Cuts sure sums up how I feel about it...


Cut it out!!!  This super-sweet set of donut stamps and dies is 25% off during March or until they run out of stock, so scoop it up soon!  :)

The Dreamin' Big sequins coordinate perfectly! 


I feel like they had this sale on Thin Cuts JUST for my celebration--they are one of my FAVORITE products to use for easy button papercrafting!  :)

ALL Thin Cuts are on sale NOW!!!


Everyone who places an order in March during my Anniversary Celebration will receive a special surprise delivery of happy mail from ME!  It will arrive separately from your order, so you get to look forward to TWO special deliveries!  Be sure to link your order to my Anniversary Giveaway!  :)

Have a wonderful weekend!!!
Only in March!


Wednesday, March 8, 2017

I Heart Thin Cuts (and Florida)

Soooooo with the amazing 25% off sale on Close to My Heart's Thin Cuts, let me show you some of my creations with them for inspiration.

I made this card for a customer with a specific sentiment need...and I'm pretty sure it worked out perfectly.  I used the Fundamentals Whimsy papers, Florida My Acrylix (did you know we have ALL 50 states?) and the Hearts Thin Cuts (on SALE now!) for this one, as well as a cut from the Cricut Artbooking Cartridge


I added this little flag from the Hello Lovely Complements and some Dreamin' Big Sequins.

Sometimes the perfect sentiment is from a completely random stamp set...this one is now retired.


Be sure to pick up any of our amazing CTMH Thin Cuts (even the sets with stamps!) this month while the sale is on!  When they are gone, they are GONE and will not be put on back order, so don't hesitate.  ;)


Only in March!



Monday, March 6, 2017

Die Cuts on Gift Bags

Sooooooo...back to that baby shower around Thanksgiving (yeah, lol, I know.)  I posted a little bitty preview of this project on my Facebook Page, so if you want to see what I'm working on in the moment, head on over and follow me there...


I was able to snag some plain white and kraft gift bags on clearance once, so any time I have a gift to wrap, those are what I grab for first.  Then I figure out a way to embellish it!

This one was super easy to transform for two of the biggest Cubbies fans (with a new one on the way) I know!  I die cut some baby onesies with a die from MFT and used some circle punches to create the Cubs logo...DON"T forget the shimmer trim on those cute clothespins!  ;)

Isn't the heart ribbon just the PERFECT addition?
Close to My Heart has a sale going on all month while supplies last on their line of  Thin Cuts Dies so check them out over on my website soon!  They are the perfect addition to any project!  :)

And, yes, I did get that baby his very own Cubs merch, lol!  ;)

Only during March

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Marching On with This and That

Oh My.  March.  Soooooo much going on!  Where do I start?

Let's start with ART! 

I had the absolutely BEST time making this card way back at Thanksgiving for my cousin who was expecting at the time.  Well, fast forward a bit and the baby is here!  I used a new stamp set from Close to My Heart called This and That and a die from MFT to create a little bit of a different baby card sentiment for the shower. 


Mmmmmm...love all those blues together!  I blended Peacock, Glacier, Sea Glass, and Sapphire Exclusive Inks together with my daubers...and followed it up with some beautiful streamers from Way to Go across the negative image...


I bet I can find a way to use the onesie die cut now too!  ;)


OK, while we are on the topic of die cuts...this month we have quite the celebration going on with a sale on the Close to My Heart Thin Cuts!  CUT IT OUT!!!


Follow the links in my post to see which ones are still available!!!

MY Close to My Heart WEBSITE

Tea-rrific for March!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Happy Belated Valentine's Day!

So that's a card you probably haven't sent before!  Neither have I actually...I just can't seem to have an internet connection around here when I want one.  Grrrrr....but I have one NOW, so here we go!

I wanted to post this one up on Valentine's Day for you because it has hearts (of course!) AND features the Operation Smile True Love My Acrylix currently available...


I used several different embellishments from the Close to My Heart Hello Lovely Paper Suite.  You can see the gold foil accents from the Complements as well as some Gold Glitter Gems.
I confess that gorgeous heart image with the flowers is found on the January 2017 Stamp of the month which is no longer available.  I stamped it on one of the PML cards included in the Hello Lovely Papers...

Oh, that sentiment!!!  Swoon!

This beautiful Blush Shimmer Ribbon has flecks of gold throughout...


These are the ShinHan Touch Twin colors I used to fill in the little flower images...


These markers are the PERFECT thing to use for coloring the little Easter bunnies in the February Stamp of the Month...Easter Bunny!  Get it before the month is over!  :)


Monday, February 13, 2017

A Sweet Sale for Valentine's Day!

I just love making Valentines for people, and I sure love a sweet sale too!  Today I get to tell you about BOTH! 

First off, I just got word that there will be a 30% off sale on select amazing and wonderful current products over on my Close to My Heart website starting on Valentine's Day!


The sale starts at 4pm CST on February 14th and runs for a full 24 hours or while supplies last, so hurry on over to get the best selection! 

Next up, let me show you how I made these SWEET little valentines for my kiddos at school...


Can you believe I WROTE and CUT them out on my Cricut Explore machine using the heart image and written font on the CTMH Flower Market Cartridge?  YEP!  It is really pretty easy to design your own incredible projects in the Cricut Design Space software.  I have a little animal eraser in each of the goodie bags for the kids at school.  I also put some ADORABLE little Minion Dry Erase Board erasers in the rest of the bags I made up for my colleagues!  I can't wait to give them out!

What did YOU do for your valentines this year?

Are you ready for Easter?  ;)