Thursday, September 14, 2017

Watercolor & Heat Embossed Feathers Card + Process Video

I am sure I'm not the only one who is not ready to let go of summer. Here in the PNW, our summer didn't come until July and I am just not ready for fall yet! But, with kids back in school, back-to-school colds cycling through our family, and the sun setting earlier, fall is slowly creeping into my summer mindset :)

So for this card I wanted to use bright and cheery colors that had just a *hint* of fall. I think this does the trick.

Here's my process video, and more still shots and descriptions are below. (If you like this video, be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel!)

I can't get enough of this September stamp of the month from Close to my Heart. That feather makes me swoon! I'm also really digging the black Nuvo drops.
I have been having so much fun with watercoloring lately, as you may have noticed. I love that it doesn't have to be perfect to look amazing. I watercolored first with my Gansai Tambi watercolors, then stamped the feathers with Versamark Ink and embossed with silver embossing powder.

I cut the Thanks die-cut 3 times and glued them all together with Ranger Multi Medium Matte for a more 3D look. Then I coated it with CTMH's shimmer brush (like Wink of Stella). Isn't that sparkle amazing? It shows up really well on black. The Thanks die I used from CTMH is retired now, but I also like Lawn Fawn's Scripty Thanks die.

Here's a look at the Stamp of the month set. The best part is it's only $5 with a $50 purchase!

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

My Daughter's Trolls 4th Birthday Party


My daughter's Trolls party was a few weeks ago and I made most everything, so I thought I would share with you in case any of you are planning a Trolls party - it seems to be a popular theme!

This was so much fun to plan and decorate - there's so much you can do with rainbows without spending a lot of money. I found a lot of inspiration on Pinterest and put my own spin on it. Here's my Trolls Party Ideas Pinterest Board if you'd like to take a look.

Kailyn's Rainbow Tutu was only $10 on Amazon, and I found the t-shirt at Target. One thing to note about the tutu is that each color of fabric is a separate piece, it's not a solid skirt. Plus it's see-thru. So my daughter had to wear another tutu under this (or your child could wear shorts, but my DD refuses to wear anything but skirts and dresses!). But she loved it! She wore this exact outfit, troll hair and all, to Costco the other day. She got quite a bit of attention.

I made her Princess Poppy headband as well as a headband for every child. The kids LOVED them. I made a plain black one (Branch) for the only boy (besides my tike) and he was just tickled to have a boy one.

TROLL HAIR HEADBAND TIPS: I watched a few tutorials on YouTube but found that if I tied 2 pieces of tulle per knot onto the headband alternated with 1 piece of tulle, it was nice and full. (Tying 2 strands across the whole thing was too full and tying just one strand per knot was not full enough.) I tied 9-10 knots per headband. Each strand was 20". I cut the flowers from felt with a Sizzix die I already had (similar to this), hot glued them together and added a flower or rhinestone in the middle, then hot glued them onto the tulle. I found the colorful fabric-covered headbands at Dollar Tree, 6 for $1. 

The rainbow backdrop was made with $1 plastic tablecloths from Walmart. Dollar Tree also had some tablecloths but I didn't like the color selection - and Walmart was the same price. I hung white balloons at the top as clouds. I used push pins to hold everything up - bunched up the tablecloths and held them up with 3 push pins each. This was so easy and I feel it was the most impactful decor. It looked nice behind the snack table and also made a great photo backdrop.

I used my Cricut Explore to make the "HUGTIME" banner; the Bubblegum font was free on I cut out letters using my Cricut machine, each in a different color, and glued them to ribbon. The cardstock I used was from Close to my Heart in the Adventure color palette - Raspberry, Lemon, Willow, and Pacifica. I really like how CTMH cardstock cuts on the Cricut.

With the felt that I already had out for the Troll Hair headbands, I also made Hug Timers for each child. These were easy and a huge hit for all ages - even my little dude pictured below. He loved having a bracelet like the big kids :) I used the same felt flowers and hot glued them onto a strip of felt and added a velcro closure.

For the cupcakes, I found some inspiration options on Pinterest and my daughter chose this one. My mom made them and they were fairly easy. The toppings were light blue frosting, white frosting, and Airheads Extreme rainbow (found this at Walmart or available on Amazon). My mom noted that it was troublesome to keep the rainbow licorice arched...the frosting was pretty runny and it would slide flat. So either make sure you have a frosting that has some stability or you may need to cut the rainbows shorter than you think, like we did. But they still looked adorable!

Last but not least, I made shirts for my hubby and me. If you haven't seen Trolls, you may not get my shirt, but having seen the movie more than I'd like to admit, I thought it was hilarious and my daughter thought it was funny. I also used my Cricut to cut iron-on vinyl (HTV) onto inexpensive shirts I got at Walmart. The Cyan and Gold Glitter HTV are Cricut brand Iron-On, the pink holographic is Siser Easyweed. I *think* THIS is the same one on Amazon.

CRICUT FILES: If you would like the Design Space files, here are the links:



Most importantly, my daughter and her friends had a BLAST!! (So did the adults, especially my hubby!) Since it was hot out, we had lots of water activities: slip-n-slide that went into a kiddie pool, squirt guns, a Little Tikes slide that went into the kiddie pool (my kids LOVE this slide and use it with the pool all summer long). It was so much fun and all of the bright decor made it that much happier. I know it made for one excited little 4-year-old. :)

Please leave a comment to let me know what you think and let me know if you have any questions!

I also made her a Trolls birthday card. You can see that post and process video HERE.

Thanks for visiting today!

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Crafty Products I've Been Loving Lately + Card Share

Today I have a bit of a different video to share. I wanted to do somewhat of a crafty things haul but I'm also sharing some products I've been loving that are not necessarily new.

I am sharing lots of different brands plus several cards I've made lately with these products.


Favorite Crafty Products Video:


Kuretake Gansai Tambi 36-color watercolor set
Glass Eye Dropper
Prismacolor Pencils (24 colors)
Sand Eraser (1-pk)
Sand Eraser (5-pk)
Distress Oxide Bundle Release 1
Distress Oxide Bundle Release 2
Lawn Fawn "Sweet Smiles" Gumball Stamp Set

Close to my Heart
September Stamp of the Month (Note this is only available Sept. 2017 - this link will take you to current SOTM)
From The Heart Stamp Set/Card Kit (Note this is only available Sept. 2017 - this link will take you to current specials)
Shimmer Brush - Clear
Shimmer Brush - Gold
Heart border die
Rose Embossing Folder
Stamp Scrubber
Stamp spritz cleaner
All-Purpose Non-Stick/Non-Slip Mat
Large Organizer
Medium Organizer
Small Organizer
Mini Inks Foam Insert
Daubers Foam Insert
Mini Stamp/Embellishment Organizer
All Close to my Heart Products

Swimming By Stamp Set (Hallmark Scrapbooks)
Swimming By Stamp Set (Simon Says Stamp)
Dauber Storage (
Dauber Storage (Simon Says Stamp)
Lawn Fawn "Sweet Smiles" Gumball stamp set (Hallmark)
Lawn Farn "Sweet Smiles" Gumball Dies

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Saturday, September 2, 2017

Masculine Card: University of Oregon - Go Ducks!

Since today is the official start of Oregon football, I thought I'd share this card I made for my hubby. It was actually his Father's Day card, but I forgot to share it until now :)

It was super simple to make. I used CTMH's Artfully Sent Cricut Collection (which is retired, but still available HERE while supplies last). The entire 5"x7" base of the card was cut with this cartridge. So it's actually 10" x 7" because it cuts the front/back and does the score line. I lined the inside of the lattice with white paper for a simple black/white base. I got this "O" sticker from a local craft store - I put it on foam dots to give it some dimension then stuck it right on the card. That's it - easy peasy and he appreciated it :)

I just love this Artfully Sent Cricut cartridge. It's one of my very favorites because it makes cards so easy yet impressive. It wasn't one of the more popular Cricut collections for some reason but I highly recommend it! 

Thanks for visiting.

Go Ducks!

Friday, September 1, 2017

Holiday Expressions Catalog is Here!!! + September Specials

YES!!! It's one of my favorite times of the year...

The new CTMH Holiday Expressions Catalog is now available!!! Check it out >

(Click to view)

From the Heart Card Kit - 20% Off!
In addition, September is National Stamping Month, and Close to my Heart as a special card kit available only this month. The From the Heart card kit comes with 12 gold-foiled interactive card bases, envelopes, and a double stamp set! 

Below are the finished cards, and below that is a photo of what the card bases and stamp set look like stand-alone. You save 20% when you purchase the kit, and you can also buy just the stamp set or just the cards bases/envelopes. You can also get this kit for free when you sign up to be a Consultant during September or if you have a qualifying party. Let me know if you have questions! Learn more >

Stamp of the Month for $5
Last but not least, there's a new Stamp of the Month for September. I just love the mix of sentiments and images in this set. It's perfect for fall and Thanksgiving. It's only $5 with a $50 purchase!

Here's a cute little mini-album that CTMH created with this set. I have some cards to share soon that I made with this set! (Just need to edit the videos - yes I created more videos!)

 Thanks for visiting! Let me know if you have questions.

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Free Scrapbook Layout Pattern + Warehouse Sale

Close to my Heart shared this awesome scrapbook pattern, so I wanted to share it here. It's free to download and use as a blueprint for your own page!
Download PDF of Pattern
Here's a back to school scrapbook page that CTMH created by following the pattern. They even used the August stamp of the month for the cute pencils, word bubble, "back to school" info square and "school is" square.

Close to my Heart has a few "how to" pattern books. Some have card and scrapbook patterns in them. This new one below has all scrapbook patterns. It's a smaller size and is 3-hole punched instead of in a bound book so that you can simply pull the page out that you want to use and keep it by your scrapbook area while you craft. You can even get a killer deal on an adorable 3-ring binder for it in our Warehouse Sale right now!
Make it from Your Heart Scrapbook pattern book

$5 Stamp of the Month!
The August stamp of the month is almost history. If you'd like this stamp for only $5, be sure to place an order by Aug. 31. It's only $5 with any $50 order. Be sure to check out this week's Warehouse Sale to combine it with more great deals!

Warehouse Sale
Here are the Warehouse Sale deals for this week. The Warehouse sale also ends on Aug. 31 so you have a couple of days to snag these deals (plus more), along with the stamp of the month.

Shop all Warehouse Sale deals >

Don't forget to download the free scrapbook pattern PDF!

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, August 24, 2017

School Photos Scrapbook Layout: End of Summer Blog Hop

Welcome to another Blog Hops with Heart blog hop! This month's theme is "End of Summer" but it's open for interpretation for end of summer, back to school, or anything in between. You may have come from Wendy's blog...welcome! If you're starting here, that's OK too - you'll make your way in a circle.

I decided to do a scrapbook page of my kids' school photos from last year. My kids are both at the same "school" for daycare and preschool, and I love that they do "school pictures" even for the babies!
This was Kailyn's first year of preschool and Tyler was only 7 months old. I love his little button-down shirt. I think this was the only time he wore it. LOL!
Kailyn wore a cast for only 3 weeks (amazing how resilient kids are!), but I'm kinda glad she had it on for her school pictures so we'll always remember it. She was a good sport, especially for having just turned 3!
I love that the photographer posed her with Belle. She didn't bring Belle to school for the photos but I am so glad she made it in this captures so much of her personality. Her cowgirl boots...I can't even! She loved those things! I think we need another pair for this winter. I love how her little foot is kicked out.
These chipboard stickers were perfect - they are from a Project Life sticker pack that I believe is retired now (I can't find it on Becky Higgins' site). I wish I could tell you where the paper is from but I did not save the zip strips! But I believe it was a couple manufacturers that I mixed. I love mixing kits :)

Thanks for visiting today. Next up is Becca.

Be sure to keep on will not be disappointed. This group of ladies ONLY puts out the BEST work! They are so inspiring!

We'd love for you to play along, too! If you create a project with our theme leave a comment so we can see!

Have a great day!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Trolls/Poppy Watercolor Birthday Card + Process Video


Today I'm sharing the card I made for my daughter's 4th birthday. My daughter is having a Trolls party next weekend so I bought some images on Etsy and had fun playing with lots of techniques - watercoloring, stamping, heat embossing and more! I am playing along with this week's Muse challenge #229...I was inspired by Tracey's blue watercolor background and the black background for the sentiment.

Here is the card, and be sure to check out the process video below.

I am still pretty new to watercoloring but have been addicted to it lately! I love playing with various effects and backgrounds for my handmade cards.

My daughter has shown a lot of interest in crafting lately and started making cards and scrapbook pages with me, so this is the first year I wanted to really take the time to make her card special. She saves her cards so I know she will want this displayed on her bookshelf!

Here is my process video. Enjoy, and please let me know what you think!

Thanks for watching and visiting my blog today! Go check out the Muse challenge and play along. There's a new challenge every Monday morning.

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I purchase a lot of my supplies that are not CTMH from Amazon because they have really good prices and fast/free shipping. I recently became an affiliate with Amazon, which means if you use my links to purchase, I will be compensated at no additional cost to you! I am also a Close to my Heart Consultant so any purchases you make for your CTMH supplies through me helps support my small business. I appreciate your support!

August Stamp of the Month (note this is only available Aug. 2017 - but there's a new one every month for $5 with a $50 purchase.)
Shimmer Brush
Heart border die
Black cardstock
White superfine embossing powder
Stamp scrubber
Stamp spritz cleaner
All-Purpose Mat
Glue pen
VersaMark Ink Pad
VersaMark Reinker
Archival Black Ink
Raspberry Ink
Micro-tip scissors
2"x2" acrylic block
All Acrylic blocks

Kuretake Gansai Tambai 36-color watercolor set
Canson Watercolor Pad, Top Wire
Glass Eye Dropper
EK Success Powder Tool (forgot to use but highly recommend!)
Cuttlebug Die-Cut Machine (newer model)
Black Tombow Marker
Scotch ATG adhesive
Fiskars Paper Trimmer

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Friday, August 4, 2017

Watercolor Galaxy Shaker Card + Process Video


I am so excited that I've had some time to play in my craft room and made some videos for you! Today I have a fun card to share, complete with a process video. I don't necessarily love the outcome - there are a lot of things I'd do differently - but I had fun playing and experimenting.

I used my Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors which are pretty new to me, along with some products from My Favorite Things that I recently picked up from their Retirement Sale. And the cute little critters are from CTMH's soon-to-retire Some Kinda Wonderful stamp + die set.

Here's the video (I'm sorry, it got cut off at the end because my battery died!) Keep scrolling to see some still shots.

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*Close to my Heart*
Some Kinda Wonderful Stamps + Dies (only available as a set, not individually):
All-Purpose Mat:
CTMH Watercolor Paper:
Flip Flaps:
Black Shimmer Trim:
VersaMark Ink Pad:
VersaMark Reinker:
Archival Black Ink:
Micro-tip scissors:

Kuretake Gansai Tambai 36-color watercolor set:
Glass Eye Dropper I ordered after video:
Mini Misters:
EK Success Powder Tool:
Cuttlebug Die-Cut Machine (newer model):
Black Tombow Marker:
Scotch ATG adhesive:

MFT Retirement Sale:

CTMH Retiring Soon Items:

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

50% Off Warehouse Sale + August Specials!

Today is a big day. In addition to the brand new Annual Inspirations Idea Book going live today (including new Cricut Collections!), there are FOUR new specials starting in August. 

I know you love a good deal as much as I do, and you're in luck! This month CTMH is having an online warehouse sale! FIVE sales, actually - one for every week in August! 

Every Tuesday at 12:00 am (MDT) during the month of August, a whole new set of retired products will be posted online at 50% off the retail price! As a bonus, CTMH will only charge shipping on the discounted price, not the full retail price like usual! Woohoo!

Here's a sampling of what's available RIGHT NOW. See it all HERE, and check back each week.

Embossing Folders Bundle

Stamp Pad Bundle

Mini Book Bundle

Swan Lake Bundle

Thankful For You + Thin Cuts dies

2. Rewards Your Way

When you sign up as a CTMH Consultant in August and meet certain sales goals, you’ll receive any one of these items for FREE:

To qualify, just submit $300 in commissionable sales by September 30. Enroll now >

The New Consultant Kit is only $75 - and get this - no matter what, you receive $50 in product credit when you enroll! So you're only paying $25 for a bunch of awesome essential supplies (everything you see below) plus choose what else you want!! Enroll now >


When you host an online party in August that reaches at least the third level of Hostess Rewards, your rewards will “jump up” to the next level—which means extra rewards and even extra 50%-off items! You'll earn discounted or free products based on the total of all orders collected as part of your party. Orders can be placed online at different times. Shipping is free on all of your Hostess Rewards.

Contact me today to set up an online party for you. You can earn reward even if you're the only one ordering, starting at just $150.

This month's stamp of the month is perfect for back to school. And it's only $5 with any purchase of $50 or more on my website. Even with 50%-off Warehouse Sale items!
August Stamp of the Month, School Year
Only $5 with a $50+ purchase

Whew! That's a lot of awesome deals going on! Check out all of the NEW PRODUCTS, including the new Cricut Collections, which launched today. You can view the new Idea Book HERE.

Happy shopping!

Monday, July 31, 2017

Retiring TODAY! CTMH Fundamentals, Stamps & More


Today is the day that CTMH's Annual Inspirations 2016-17 Idea Book/Catalog retires (view it here). The new one comes out tomorrow, but there is some great product retiring and today is your last chance to snag it. Plus today is the last day of the July stamp of the month and the Stampaganza Sale!

The color of the year, Sea Glass (a beautiful sea green, samples labeled below), plus several Thin Cuts dies, stamp sets, Fundamental paper packs, and more are retiring. Some items are already out of stock so hurry and grab what you love. View all that's retiring >

First up is a close-up look at the Fundamentals paper packs, featuring artwork from CTMH's amazing Art Department. These packs and the matching Complements are very versatile and feature all of CTMH's exclusive colors.


My Girl Complements (Adventure)
Good Life Complements (Adventure)


School K-6 Complements (Enchantment)

School 7-12 Complements (Enchantment)


Springtime Complements (Whimsy)
Baby Boy Complements (Whimsy)

Baby Girl Complements (Whimsy)

*SPOILER* The entire Basics color palette is changing in the new Idea Book, so if you love these Basics colors be sure to grab the Uptown Fundamentals pack (has some gold foil), Rustic Home Fundamentals pack, All About the Gold Fundamentals pack, and any Ink Pads or Cardstock you don't already have. I absolutely love the designs in these packs.
Uptown Fundamentals & Sea Glass

Rustic Fundamentals & Sea Glass

Rustic Fundamentals & Sea Glass

All About the Gold Fundamentals & Sea Glass
Snapshot Complements (Basics)
Rustic Home Complements (Basics)

Here are just some of the stamp sets that are retiring. You can see everything that's retiring HERE.

Birthday Princess stamp set

Charming Cascades stamp set

Circus Birthday stamp set

Let's Go stamp set

True Love stamp set

ALL of the states have their own stamp set for only $2.95. They are all retiring!

Here are some Thin Cuts dies that are retiring. There aren't as many scripty words in the new catalog so be sure to snag these if you love them as much as I do! Some of my faves have already sold out (not shown) so hurry before these are gone!
Celebrate thin cuts (Perfect size to span across a 5.5" width card!)

Happy thin cuts

Happy Birthday thin cuts

Love thin cuts

Stars thin cuts

This is just a sampling of the products that are retiring. You can see everything HERE.

July Stamp of the Month
Only $5 with a $50+ order!

Stampaganza ends today! Buy 2 stamp seta and get 1 free. Add 3 to your cart and one will automatically show up free!

Thanks for visiting! Let me know if you have any questions.

See you soon with some NEW product artwork + videos I've been working on!