Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Joyful Hearts Blog Hop for December 2014

Welcome to my blog and the Joyful Stars blog hop for December 2014.  If you landed here from Cindy's blog, you are on the right path. 
This month I have a very easy layout to share with you.  My background papers are from a CTMH paper pack called Yuletide.  Do you see the cranberry garland element on the left side of the layout?  It is actually a card cut from our new CTMH Artfully Sent Cricut cartridge!  The inside of the card made a great spot to create a 5"x7" photo mat.  Clever, right???  I also created 2 - 4"x6" photo mats out of cranberry cardstock for the right side of my layout.  A little Cranberry Striped Twill Ribbon for the bows and a Gold Bling Gem on the little envelope on the right side of the layout add just the right embellishment.  And as for that little envelope and all of the other little pieces of artwork and saying cards are just a sampling of what you will receive inside a package of My Crush Holiday Happenings Assortment.  I love taking items, like the My Crush, and creating something unexpected with them, such as this traditional layout.


I hope that you have enjoyed your time at my blog for this month's hop.  Please hop on back to Joyce's blog to see her amazing artwork.  See you next month!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

CTMH Artfully Sent Candy Corn Kisses Layout

I had to come up with a quick and easy layout to teach at a crop on Saturday, and I really wanted to show my group of scrapbookers that the new CTMH Artfully Sent cartridge was for so much more than cardmaking.  I decided to include 3 different elements from the cartridge.  The "Candy Corn Kisses" element is actually made from a card, and I decided to use only the front of it as my title.  The "Eat, Drink and be Scary" element is actually a pocket card element that I decided to use other than in a PL or PML application.  Lastly, the spooky tree was just one of the countless images included on the new cartridge for our cutting enjoyment.  A little CTMH Silver Geometric Washi Tape and some Silver Sequins give some finishing touches. I should also mention that this layout features some long retired CTMH paper, as I have this in bulk and decided it would be a perfect background to the Artfully Sent elements.  Never stop looking at your images in different ways.  You never know what you might come up with!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Artfully Sent Baby Shower for the October Joyful Stars Blog Hop

Welcome to the Joyful Stars Blog Hop for October.  If you have come here from Jolene's blog, you are on the right track.  Today's projects are from the new CTMH Artfully sent cartridge.  I made these cards for my cousins' baby shower last weekend.  They are both expecting baby girls.  I started with the same card base, but made them a little different.  The flowers were cut from the original CTMH cartridge, Art Philosophy.  They were so fun to create, and they were a huge hit with all the ladies attending the baby shower. 
I hope you enjoy the cards.  Now it's time to hop along to the very talented Nancy's blog.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Joyful Stars Blog Hop - CTMH Pathfinding Pie Card

Welcome to the Joyful Stars Blog Hop for September.  If you have arrived here from Lori's blog, you are on the right path.  Today's project is a pie card made with CTMH Pathfinding paper.  Using the Cricut Craft Room and my CTMH Artbooking Cartridge, I was able to modify an overlay to create the lattice on top of my pie.  Some adorable flowers from my CTMH Art Philosophy completed the look. I love how the cards turned out, don't you? 
Thanks for stopping by.  Please hop over to see what the very talented Helen has in store. 

Saturday, August 9, 2014

CTMH Pathfinding 3 x 3 Card for the Joyful Stars August Blog Hop

Another month has passed, and it is now time for the August Joyful Stars Blog Hop already.  If you arrived here from my fellow hopper Jolene's blog, at Jolene's Paper Trail, you are on the right track. 
I would like to share one of my recent swap projects with you.  I needed to make a 3 x 3 card as one of my projects.  It features one of my favorite paper packs, Pathfinding.  I always tend to make very flowery type of projects, so I tried really hard to make a card that stayed away from any trace of a flower.  That is not an easy thing for me to do!  Anyway, this cute little card features Bronze Shimmer Trim, Scallop Border Punch, and the upcoming November Stamp of the Month called "It's the Little Things".  I really like the simplicity of this card.  It would be easy to reproduce with any CTMH paper pack.  I hope that you have enjoyed your stop here at GIRLplusPAPER, and if so, become one of my blog followers to keep up with all of my papercrafting adventures.
Now, hop on back to where all of the action starts by visiting the very talented Joyce at her Joyful Creations blog.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

CTMH What a Hoot, featuring Scaredy Cat and Yuletide paper

I have been having such a blast creating with just a handful of the brand new products in the new CTMH Annual Inspirations idea book and catalog.  The project that I am featuring today is made with the August Stamp of the Month, What a Hoot.  (With a retail value of $17.95, it can be yours for only $5 with a qualifying purchase of $50 during the month of August.)  I began stamping the owl and pumpkins on our brand new CTMH Scaredy Cat paper.  I did several layers for the owl which I then cut apart and pop dotted for more dimension.   I wanted a more muted background than Scaredy Cat provided, so I pulled out my Yuletide paper.  Yes, I added Christmas paper!  The champagne and ivy colored background layers are papers from our new CTMH Yuletide paper, but the really round out the card, don't you agree?  I stamped the sentiment from the What a Hoot SOTM set right onto the background, and then once again onto a scrap of ivy.  I fussy cut out the HOOT and layered them onto the background stamp to create the contrast.  I finished up the card with some Topiary Mini Chevron Ribbon and Gold Assortment Sequins.
Remember the August Stamp of the Month, What a Hoot, can only be purchased during the month of August, and then it is gone forever!  Be sure to get yours now!!!
Thanks for hopping with me today on the New Product Blog Hop.

Friday, August 1, 2014

CTMH Scaredy Cat Card - New Product Blog Hop

Thank you for visiting me on the New Product Blog Hop!  I would like to share a card that I made with Scaredy Cat, a brand new paper pack from CTMH. 

To create the card, I simply hand cut the spooky house right out of my patterned paper.  I then used the CTMH Art Philosophy cartridge to cut out the black image behind the house.  I simply layered the image and shape onto some more of the Scaredy Cat patterned paper.  For embellishment, I added a bow that I made out of brand new CTMH Black Striped Twill Ribbon and I finished it off with two bling accents from my most favorite embellishment pack, CTMH Bling Gems Gold Assortment.  They are so sparkly, and best of all, they come 72 to a pack for only $3.95!
 Thank you for visiting me on the blog hop!

What a Hoot - CTMH August 2014 Stamp of the Month

During the month of August, you can get your very own What a Hoot stamp set for only $5 with a qualifying purchase on my website.  I love these Halloween themed projects, but the stamp set can be so much more.  In fact, I think that I am going to turn it into a cute birthday project, so stay tuned!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Jubilee Triple Layout Kit for Customers and Consultants


Have you gotten enough Jubilee in your life yet?  As the days of CTMH offering Jubilee are coming to a close, I am super excited to be able to offer this latest kit to you. 
This kit includes all of the paper products needed to complete 3 - 2 page layouts featuring the amazing Jubilee patterns with a chalkboard twist.  That is 6 full pages that are meant to coordinate, but can also be used separately if that is what you desire.
Everything will be pre-cut and pre-stamped for your assembly pleasure, including those cheerful daisy embellishments, and you will only need to add glue.  You will receive complete digital instructions including full color photos and full color layout templates for each and every layout. 
Kits are in very, very limited supply, and when this paper is gone, it is gone forever!  (Shipping is only available within the US.)
Triple Jubilee Layout
I am also offering a FREE* CTMH Consultant workshop guide.  The guide includes 3 pages of color photos, 3 full page templates, a page of helpful hints, a complete breakdown of consultant cost per layout and a license allowing you to use  and reproduce my designs for your own class kits and advertising needs. 
*The consultant guide is FREE with a qualifying product order of $20 from my CTMH website.  (Might I suggest purchasing the Jubilee Scrapbooking WOTG, as this contains the stamp set used in the triple layout kit.  Or more Jubilee paper and Colonial White Ink?)   
Please click here to place your order.
Your digital workshop guide will be emailed to you within 24 hours of my receiving your order confirmation from Corporate.


You might be thinking, I will lose my 22% commission on that $20 order.  However, consider that you will in turn be investing in a workshop that could result in a nice return on investment.  I have taken all of the work out of holding a workshop for you.  The high quality PDFs you will receive will impress your customers, and make your job easy.  I have invested hours upon hours so that you do not have to!!!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Joyful Stars July Blog Hop - CTMH Jubilee Card

Thank you for hopping with the Joyful Stars!!!  If you arrived here from
Helen's blog, you are on the right track. 
As the month of July draws to a close, so does the Close To My Heart Spring/Summer Idea Book.  All of our lovely paper packs will be departing to make way for NINE, yes NINE new paper lines.  They are amazing, I promise you, but I will truly miss many that we have right now.  Here is a card that I made as we get ready to say goodbye to "Jubilee"... the quintessential summer paper if you ask me.  Here is a better view of all the Jubilee graphic papers.  (Six sheets of coordinating cardstock are also included for a total of 12 sheets.)
To make the card I used the stamp set from the Jubilee Workshop on the Go.  This kit includes not only a full paper packet, but also everything else you see below.
Additionally, I used the CTMH Artiste Cricut cartridge to make the daisies, and Colonial White ink on Black Cardstock to stamp the sentiment.
I hope that you enjoyed this stop on the Joyful Stars blog hop.  Please visit soon as I have a few AMAZING layouts featuring Jubilee in a way you have never seen it!  Up next on the hop is the very talented Krista Hershberger. See you next month!

Monday, July 7, 2014

New Consultant KITS!!!

Close To My Heart has really outdone itself.  When you choose to sign up as a consultant on my team, you will get to select either a scrapbooking or cardmaking consultant kit for only $99!  Either way, you will receive at least $365 in products and supplies.  You will not only be eligible for consultant discount, but you will also be given the ability to earn back your $99 investment.  Click here to get started!

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Camper Crazy Card - CTMH Babycakes

I decided to use up some of my Babycakes paper scraps that were just floating around my table and taking up valuable space.  I grabbed this adorable Camper Crazy stamp set and whipped up this cute little card. 
Don't you love this stamp set?  Camper Crazy can be yours for only $13.95 while it is still available.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Julie's Jubilee

As we approach July 4th, I wanted to share something special with you.  My dearest friend Julie, also a CTMH consultant, created these wonderful projects from our CTMH Jubilee paper packet and Jubilee Complements.  (They will only be available for a short time now, so be sure to order them while you can.)  These projects really feel like Americana to me!  And I was blessed when I received all of these projects in the mail back in January when I wasn't feeling so well, as a gift from Julie.  I have met many great friends through Close To My Heart, but Julie and I really got to bond during our time at CTMH's Disney World Convention last year.  Thanks, Julie, for letting me share your artwork!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

What to get the In-laws????

I have finally solved one of life's biggest mysteries!!!  What to get the in-laws that have everything.  They don't need any more silly clutter, and K Cups are kind of boring lol!  It couldn't be easier really.  Want in on my secret?  Here's the story..
My in-laws moved all the way to Florida nearly 10 years ago.  We don't get to see them that often, and our 4 kids are growing up so quickly.  At times, it can be nearly a year between visits.  So, from now on, I am providing them with a means to keep up with the kids while simultaneously providing them with something to brag about with their fellow Villagers.  My gift to them arrives on their doorstep, with $5.95 flat rate shipping. 
 Any guesses? 
I have decided to create Studio J layouts that they can put into the scrapbook that I bought for them.  They can show it off to their friends whenever they want.  This batch of layouts features our 2013 trip to Disney, where they spent some time with us. 
First up is a layout of my husband and his brother and some of the (grand)kids...

The second layout features my in-laws, Carol and Ed, along with my husband and four kids...
The last layout I will share with you is my favorite, and not because I am in it!  It is more the memory that it holds for our family.  You see, Carol and Ed aren't nearly the Disney Fanatics that we are.  They drove down to have dinner at O'Hana with us.  Guess what?  They loved the food, atmosphere, and family experience.  I won't say they caught the Disney bug, but I think they might now understand what brings us back year after year.
Would you like to create your own layouts?  Interested in giving some as gifts like I have done?  You can begin by going to my website and creating an absolutely free, no strings attached account.  There are countless CTMH paper packs and patterns to customize your own layouts.  Here is the link:
Each two paged layout is only $6.95 to purchase, and 4 to 50 of them ship for a flat rate of only $5.95.

Friday, June 27, 2014

A Dream Pop Luau Layout

 A few weeks ago, my youngest daughter was invited to her friend's luau themed birthday party.  The party was a little girl's dream.  The pictures that I was able to take with my silly little iphone were so vibrant!  I am planning on adding another layer of my favorite photos with Flip Flaps shortly.  Anyway, I finally broke down and opened up that gorgeous Dream Pop paper pack by CTMH that I have been have been hoarding for over a year!  The bright pink shiny embossed paper might be something that you will be seeing shortly in the new CTMH Idea Book (hint, hint!).  All of the flowers were made using the CTMH Artiste Cricut Cartridge.  So easy, with just the right amount of drama, wouldn't you agree?  Here is a close up.  
PS - The gems and sayings came from my stash!

Monday, June 9, 2014

Kaboom CTMH June Stamp of the Month

Welcome to my entry for the June Joyful Stars Blog Hop.  If you arrived here from Nickie's blog, you are on the right track.  I literally threw this card together just in time for tonight's hop...nothing like the last minute!  I wanted to feature this month's CTMH Stamp of the Month, Kaboom.  It has a great summertime, July 4th kind of vibe to it, but I wanted to use it to make a birthday card for my nephew, Ryan.  I used just some scraps from last month's Free To Be Me paper packet.  (Hope you were lucky enough to get one!)  If not, you could easily substitute the CTMH Jubilee paper pack.  The card is based upon the Mojo Monday Sketch 349, a great place for cardmaking inspiration.  I hope you enjoyed this simple card!  Now hop along to see what the talented Janice (The Craftin' Geek) has in store for you!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Proplayer Shadow Box

Today I am featuring this amazing shadowbox made by my mom, Elizabeth Recksiek.  She does not blog...yet!  Maybe I can get her to try someday.  Until that happens, I am more than happy to be able to share her projects with you here.  This shadowbox is made with CTMH Proplayer Stickease and paper.  The shadowbox is from Kohls.  It is going to be a prize at a Tricky Tray that my sister is hosting to raise money for Cub Scouts.  I will be honest, I am hoping to win this work of art because I don't know if others will realize how much of her heart she poured into making this.  I will keep you posted on whether I am successful!

Friday, May 9, 2014

CTMH Free To Be Me - Joyful Stars May Blog Hop

Welcome to the Joyful Stars blog hop for May!  If you have come here from
Cindy's blog, then you are on the right track. 
For this month's Joyful Stars blog hop I have decided to share a layout and a card made from the exclusive new paper packet from Close To My Heart called Free To Be Me.  It is available during the month of May, and it is only $5 with a qualifying purchase of $50. 

Here are some up close details of the layout:

I added some white cardstock as the base of my layout and card, and I still have the majority of my paper packet left for more projects!  Both projects were so easy to create, and I like how they turned out.  (I must admit, I was intimidated by this paper packet at first.)  I used my CTMH Art Philosophy cartridge to cut those vibrant flower embellishments out of the shiny, embossed solid cardstock contained in the FTBM paper pack.  The word Cherish was cut out of the CTMH Artbooking cartridge and the Happy Mother's Day on the card was from the CTMH Artiste cartridge.  See, I really do love and use all three of my CTMH cartridges!  I little bling and some Teal Shimmer Trim was the only additions to complete my projects.   I hope that you enjoy them.  Please feel free to pin away to your Pinterest boards. 

Now, please hop on to all of the other very talented bloggers, starting with Crystal Davis.

Here is a complete list of bloggers in case you loose your way on the hop!
    Krista Hershberger     Kristascraftycorner.blogspot.com
 Betty Locco             scrapbookgirl2.blogspot.com
    Helen Gullett            byheleng.wordpress.com

    Nancy Brown            creativelyartsygallery.blogspot.com

    Nickie Hoffer               nickiehoffer.blogspot.com

    Lori Meadows           CraftyMeadows.blogspot.com

     Cindy Leek                 savingmemorieswithcindy.com     
Andrea Sherman       girlspluspaper.blogspot.com

        Crystal Davis               craftingwithcrystal.blogspot.com 

        Janice Centritto          craftingeek.blogspot.com        

        Stephanie B                stephanielovesscrapbooking.blogspot.com



Friday, April 25, 2014

CTMH Base and Bling Customized Jewelry

I am madly in love with Close To My Heart's Base and Bling jewelry.  My favorite items are the adorable pendants that are fully customizable.  I love that I could add a photo of my four kids, slide on a little charm and add a flower embellishment.  The ensemble on the right was made from CTMH Skylark paper onto which I stamped the word love, and added a bow from the CTMH Arianna embellishments.  I will be featuring a jewelry bar tomorrow at the Scrapbooking Circle of Tuxedo crop.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

April 2014 Joyful Stars Blog Hop

Welcome to the Joyful Stars Blog Hop for April 2014. If you found your way here from Elizabeth's blog, you are on the right track.  Our theme for this month is Easter, so I thought that I would share a Studio J digitally scrapbooked layout that I just created last month.  I just found a disc with photos from all the way back in 2003, and wanted to get them scrapbooked.  Can you believe these babies are now 13 and almost 17?  Where did the years go?
I love Studio J for its ability to help me create layouts in a jiffy, allowing me to get caught up on my scrapping.  I also love that I can select "paper packs" that are retired.  I had selected the Chantilly kit for its Springtime feel.  I picked a layout template that worked best for the photos that I had, and I was able to customize the background "papers" and digital embellishments.  I was also able to journal and create titles as I desired.  I opted to print this two page layout for only $7.95, and it was delivered to my door. The pdf files were also included in that price, and I was able to download the layout to share with you, or to have reprints made.  If you would like to try Studio J for your own layouts, it is absolutely free to try, and you only pay if you would like to order your creations.  I hope that you enjoyed my little journey back in time!  Thank you for joining me.  

Next up, please visit the very talented Cindy Leek at                savingmemorieswithcindy.com
Remember to check back every month on the 10th to hop.
In case you get lost, here is the list of bloggers:

Joyce Houck            Joyce-joyfulcreations.blogspot.com

Betty Locco             scrapbookgirl2.blogspot.com

Crystal Davis               craftingwithcrystal.blogspot.com

Nancy Brown            creativelyartsygallery.blogspot.com
Nickie Hoffer               nickiehoffer.blogspot.com
Elizabeth M               ejoym.blogspot.com

 Cindy Leek                 savingmemorieswithcindy.com

Stephanie Huber         lavendersagedesigns.blogspot.com
Lori Meadows           CraftyMeadows.blogspot.com

Krista Hershberger     Kristascraftycorner.blogspot.com

Stephanie B             stephanielovesscrapbooking.blogspot.com

back to Joyce            Joyce-joyfulcreations.blogspot.com

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

FREE CTMH Cricut Collection during April 2014

Would you like a free Close To My Heart Cricut Collection?  During April 2014 you will get to pick from the following three CTMH Cricut collections when you join my team.  That's right - you choose - Artbooking, Artiste or Art Philosophy for FREE!

 In addition to your FREE CTMH Cricut Collection, a $99 value, you will also receive over $309 in CTMH products.  That is a $408 value for your investment of only $99! 
Whether you are looking to start your very own exciting business or just looking to receive a 22% instant discount on your own Close To My Heart products, I would LOVE to have you join my GIRLplusPAPERhearts team!!!

Balloon Talk - CTMH's April 2014 Stamp Of The Month

Introducing Balloon Talk, the April 2014 Stamp of the Month from Close To My Heart.  This fun stamp set can be yours for only $5 with a qualifying purchase of $50 in CTMH products.