Thursday, September 13, 2018

CTMH Grateful Heart PML Shaker Card

Oh my goodness!  There are so many other paper suites to play with, but I am stuck on Grateful Heart still!  It’s just too beautiful to stop.

I might need an intervention.

And here is a video that I made to show how I put my card together.

Sunday, September 9, 2018

CTMH Grateful Heart Complements Cards for Joyful Stars September 2018

Hi!  Welcome to my blog, and my entry for the Joyful Stars September 2018 blog hop.  
If you have arrived here from Joyce's blog, Joyful Creations, you are on the correct track.

I would like to share a set of three Grateful Heart cards that are made with beautiful stickers from our Grateful Heart Complements.

 You might notice that the round wreath is made by curving one of the Stitched Border stamps on the block.  Don't you just love the My Acrylix stamps and their ability to change shapes?
I hope that you have enjoyed your stop here on the Joyful Stars blog hop.  Please hop along to see what the very talented Debi Brile has created for you over on her blog, That Might Look Good on a Card.

Saturday, September 1, 2018

CTMH Just Treats Halloween Card

Welcome to September!  It is an exciting month for me, the kids go back to school, the cooler, drier air will be arriving shortly (so bye bye frizzy hair) and Close To My Heart has released a brand new Holiday Expressions catalog with exciting products!

This month, we are featuring the cutest stamp of the month set, Just Treats.  It spans the holiday seasons, but I decided that I needed to start with a little Halloween card.

The card features many of our new products, including:

and our fairly new:
along with our Clear Shimmer Brush 
(to watercolor the candies with)
And, don't forget, Just Treats can be yours for only $5 during September 2018, with a qualifying purchase of $50 or more!  

CTMH More Magical Cards

Do you remember the More Magical Toy Story themed layout that I made a week or so ago?  
Well, did you also know that there was a CTMH workshop to go along with it?  It makes 4 double layouts and 8 cards!  I made the layouts, and set to work on the cards.  I was supposed to create 4 of each of two designs.  But, you probably know me well enough to know that isn't how it went!
Instead, I used my scraps to create 8 different cards.  The only thing that I added was a few clouds cut out of our CTMH Artistry Cricut Cartridge.
Oh, and the clouds on this one got a little bit of hard to see Clear Shimmer Brush glitter.  Funny, I did not notice the word dream all over the card above until just now.  Didn't see it when I made the card, and not when I photographed it.  I like it though!

This card, shown above, is one of the two CTMH designs.  I loved it, but wanted to see how it looked with other little bits of paper.  So the card below was created.

This card, shown above, was also one of the original designs.  I went a little crazy with the Journaling Pen accents though.  It might not have needed quite as much as I added lol!  The card below is a simple variation of this pattern too.

Want to create your own CTMH More Magical cards?
Here are the links to the products that I used.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

CTMH Grateful Heart - FREE - Workshop Guide Layouts 4-6

How do you make the three layouts featured in the graphic above?  Well, you start by downloading this FREE workshop guide!  

Remember, you can find the Cricut Design Space file in each layout post here on the blog.  Each of the links is listed here:

Sunday, August 26, 2018

CTMH Grateful Heart Gather at the Pumpkin Patch Layout

Welcome to my post for the last of my CTMH Grateful Heart layouts.  This layout is another of my favorites.  It grew out of the pumpkins from both the Grateful Heart Complements and from the pumpkin Picture My Life card from the Grateful Heart paper pack.  
I knew I wanted it to be a curly mess of vines, and I wanted it to have tall, skinny pumpkins as well as shorter, chubby pumpkins.  All pumpkins can't be the same size, right, or the patch would be a boring place!  I loved the pumpkin on the CTMH You Are Here Cricut Cartridge, but it only came in one size.  To fix this issue, I unlocked the proportions of the image in Cricut Design Space and created the pumpkin of my dreams.
The vines were cuts from our CTMH Flower Market Cricut cartridge.  I love how you can play with all of the CTMH Cricut cartridges at once in CDS.
My next design road block came in the form of which papers would work for the pumpkins.  I wanted variety.  I decided not to go with solid cardstock, and instead went with three of the patterned cardstocks in the Grateful Heart paper pack.  I manipulated their colors by dabbing with some of our soon to be retired, small pigment ink pads.  I also added a little gold shimmer with the help of our Shimmer Brush-Gold.
"Patch" from the title was cut from Gold Glitter Paper using the Block Alphabet Thin Cuts.  The little words "at the" were stamped using the cute little Modern Type Alphabet stamp set.The wooden looking hearts are also from the Grateful Heart Complements, and I added some little cork leaves, which are from the Grateful Heart Cork Shapes.

All of the new products will be available on September 1, 2018, at which time I will update the links.

Finally, let me share with you the Cricut Design Space file for this layout.  Here is the link:

CTMH Grateful Heart Gather Together Layout

This Grateful Heart layout is among my favorite creations.  When I saw that pretty Sapphire lattice paper from the Grateful Heart paper pack, I knew that it needed some pretty flowers and a layout idea was born.  
I drew two points of inspiration from our new CTMH Love of Color book.  First, the circular arrangement of the flowers on the left page was taken from a layout with the occasional hearts placed in the manner, from the book.  Second, the colors were also suggestions to pull together from CMTH Love of Color.  It is a priceless reference book, and should be on the top of your wish list from the new Holiday Expressions 2018.  

 Did you happen to notice the "floral tiles" that are stamped in White Daisy Ink?  Those are from the awesome new Snug Backgrounds stamp set.  I love how they anchor the asters (I call them daisies) from the CTMH Flower Market Cricut Cartridge, to the page.  Just the perfect addition of texture in my opinion.  I relied heavily on the butterflies and little chipboard flowers from the CTMH Complements to round out the layout embellishments.

Some Silver Glitter Gems add just a little more sparkle to the layout, don't you agree?

All of these products will be available on September 1, 2018, when the Holiday Expressions catalog goes live.  I will be back to link to all of the products used at that time.  Thanks for looking!

And here is the link to the Cricut Design Space file:

Saturday, August 25, 2018

CTMH Grateful Heart Freedom Layout

CTMH Grateful Heart has just got to be the most versatile paper suite ever!  With its pomegranate and sapphire papers, I immediately thought of a patriotic themed layout.  I thought that I could use it for some of our military photos, but it could easily be used for Memorial Day or 4th of July photos too.
Remember that Grateful Heart will be available beginning on September 1st, at which time I will update all of the links to the products that you will need.  You will need ownership of our CTMH Artbooking Cricut cartridge to make the cuts in the file listed below.  Here is a list of some of the other products used:
Stitched Borders Stamp Set
Snug Borders Stamp Set
Grateful Heart Paper Pack

Here is the Cricut Design Space file link for this Grateful Heart Freedom layout:

Thursday, August 23, 2018

CTMH More Magical Layout Toy Story Style

Do you have a backlog of Disney vacation photos to scrapbook?  I certainly do!  Years and years worth!!!

Or maybe you just returned from a magical adventure?

In any event, here’s a great product suite to get them all scrapbooked.  It is called CTMH More Magical, and it will be gone by September 2018, at the very latest.  The More Magical vibrant color palette will make easy work of your task.

Although there is a great set of directions for you to download right on my CTMH website, I decided to use my Toy Story Cricut cartridge, along with several off palette colors of cardstock to document these particular photos.  The official CTMH directions give you a 4 double layout / 8 card option.  I plan on making those too!  I think that if you click here, you should see the download guide below where you add the workshop to the cart.

You might have noticed that little note card above.  I used a CTMH Artiste Cartridge cut, to replicate one of the signs in one of my photos.  I even tore off two of the little notches to make it match more closely.  Yup, I wanted this to be perfect!

Additionally, I used CTMH Thin Cuts Basic Stars for all 4 sizes of stars that you see.  The Willow Green loopy stamp that runs behind Slinky is actually part of a Christmas themed stamp set that will be available as of September 1st.  I will update the link at that time.

Thank you for looking at my CTMH More Magical layout!

Monday, August 20, 2018

CTMH Cut Above Holiday Kitchen Layout

Sometimes, I like to do something completely unexpected.
This layout is one of those unexpected creations.
I used pieces from a new (available on September 1st) recipe book kit by CTMH called Holiday Kitchen.  I used the title pages and some recipe cards as photo mats.  A new falala Thin Cuts for the title, and a border stamp from the new Holiday Borders stamp set add to the holiday feel.  The embellishments are poinsettias cut from our CTMH Cricut cartridges.
So, without further ado, here is the layout.

  Remember, all of the supplies needed to make these layouts will be available for purchase on September 1st.

CTMH For the Love of Crafting Gift Tag

This morning I decided to start planning for one of my upcoming scrapbooks retreat.  My November event is going to be themed after our CTMH Convention "Create".

I want to give each attendee a little stamp set that they can use to create with, and I wanted it to look cute.

I pulled out my August Stamp of the Month, For the Love of Crafting, and made some little tags to top my bag.  I love that there is a coordinating CTMH Cricut cut on our You Are Here cartridge. This stamp set is only available during August 2018, and then it is gone forever!

Be sure to grab yours today for only $5 with a qualifying purchase.

Sunday, August 19, 2018

CTMH Grateful Heart Butterfly Card Using Watercolor Pencils

Want a sneak peek at the new CTMH Watercolor Pencils and CTMH Grateful Heart Cardmaking stamp set?  

Both will be available on September 1st by shopping with me on

Here is one of the cards that I made as part of my CTMH Extravaganza Presentation while at our annual CTMH Convention.  I was among the very first to play with this new Grateful Hearts paper suite.

Below this photo of the card, you will find my YouTube video that will show you my techniques for using the CTMH Watercolor Pencils and Watercolor Paper to create the results that I achieved in my card.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Joyful Stars August 2018 Blog Hop

Hi!  Welcome to my very quick entry for the Joyful Stars August 2018 blog hop.  If you have arrived here from the blog of our host, Joyce, you are on the right track!

Today I am sharing a page that I made with the September National Stamping Month promotion, called Memories In The Making.  It will be available on September 1st.  It is a Cut Above Calendar kit.  Since I don't handle calendars well, I always turn my pages into layouts. 

Here is one layout that I put together with a very old photo of my daughter in Disney.

Thanks for visiting!  Now. Please hop along to see what the talented Debi's blog, That Might Look Good on a Card.