Friday, May 24, 2013

CTMH Chantilly Scrapbook Layout

Close to My Hearts Chantilly papers are absolutely gorgeous!  Sadly, my photography does not do them justice...but hopefully this layout shows a little of the beauty in this collection!
Of course I had to play with my Flip them!!  The bottom right photo on the left page has a 4x6 Flip Flap allowing me to add 2 extra pictures to the layout!   
The photos worked great with this layout and captures a really fun, relaxing day we had on our "Graduation Cruise" last June.
Love the Chantilly Dimensional Elements chipboard!  It gives the extra texture and layers I love on my layouts and of course works beautifully with the papers! 
The Chantilly Assortment (fabric coated buttons) and Glitter Gems finish it off nicely!  I used some of our 3D Foam Tape to allow me to overlap the chipboard without it being all cattywonkas (however you spell that, lol)
 Check out some of my other Flip Flap projects!

Thursday, May 23, 2013

CTMH Dream Pop Scrapbook & Card Workshop

FIRST I want to share the Special Promotion Close to My Heart is sponsoring to support relief efforts for the Oklahoma Tornado.  Show your support and enjoy this be sure to be favorite stamp:  A True Thank You!  Pick up the NEW Oklahoma Tornado Relief Stamp Set:  A True Thank You for only $2.95!!   One hundred percent of profits from sales of this stamp set from May 23 to June 30 will be donated to the American Red Cross to aid tornado victims in Oklahoma. 


Not only did Close to My Heart design a BEAUTIFUL paper pack, loaded with delicious colors and delectable embossed card stock...but they also provided a fabulous workshop guide to help those of us who are creatively challenged with a little inspiration and guidance!

There's still time to get your own Dream Pop collection...while supplies last but no later than May don't delay, only 1 week remaining!

Below are the 2 two-page layouts, 3 cards and 6 treat tubes included in the workshop instructions!

You can download the Dream Pop Workshop Guide from my website at
 I'm really in love with the greys and pinks in this layout and on some of the papers!  As a little girl, grey and pink we're my two favorite colors, so these color combinations really bring back some old memories (not too old though, lol)
I'm not sure if it's the warmer weather, the pinwheels or that we've become regulars at the SnoCone Shack, but this layout really makes me think of summer days, no school, no homework and just loving the joys of summer vacation.  I know my boys are impatiently waiting for school to get out so they can officially begin Summer!

Fun treat tubes...the Pinwheel and Star stamps are from the May Stamp of the Month: Pinwheel!  Only $5 with a $50 purchase!  A customer suggested how adorable these same treats with stars done up in Red, White & Blue would be for a 4th of July treat!  These food-safe treat tubes are a great way to let someone know you're thinking of them and are perfect party favors!

The workshop can be created using only the papers in your Dream Pop Paper Collection, and you can embellish as you desire!  Use the embellishments in your stash, or pick up some new ones you've had your eye on!  Below is the "shopping list" of tools and embellishments referenced in the guide to help you decide what you'd like...either way, be sure to take advantage of our Dream Pop special and of course the A True Thank You stamp!!

Thursday, May 9, 2013

CTMH Dream Pop Pinwheel Card

Do you fear incorporating NEW things into your crafting?  Clueless on how to add fabric to paper crafting?  Let me confess...when CTMH introduced our new Chantilly and For Always Textiles...I was SUPER excited...but here's the confession, I've just learned to quilt and was thinking of some fun projects I could make...but had NO CLUE how to incorporate the fabrics into my scrapbooking and paper crafting!

Thankfully, we have so many talented consultants within CTMH who quickly jumped in and have shared with us the fabulously easy way to incorporate these beautiful textiles into our projects!  And if you know me...I LOVE having different "textures" on all my layouts and creations...I always try for 3, for some reason that helps me feel "rounded out"! LOL

So now with our fabulous textiles, I have another option for my texture-fetish!

This beautiful pinwheel card was designed for me by Susan Williams and she's used our For Always Textiles (Z1820) to make the pinwheel!  Super cute!!  She has fabulous tutorials and artwork being added to her blog regularly, so be sure to follow it to stay up to date on the latest and greatest!  

The newest tutorial focuses on the textiles and shows a super simple way to create ruffles on your projects!

I love the cricut cut flowers using the Dream Pop embossed card stock (more texture for me!)  The layering combined with the bakers twine, just gives that extra "something"!  Isn't it great how she's taken the time to make the inside of the card just as pretty as the outside!  Hmmm, thinking all my stash of cards are going to seem so plain on the inside now!

Make sure you get your Dream Pop collection in your hands soon before time or quantities run out!  Available only through May 31st (or while supplies last) for $10 ($19.95 retail value!)  So many beautiful creations already made with this paper to inspire you in your crafts!

Inspired to play with our textiles?  We have two options:  For Always (Z1820) and Chantilly (Z1819), each collection includes 3 designs at 14"x24" for only $8.95!  They coordinate beautifully with our collections and truly add that extra pop to your projects!

Monday, May 6, 2013

CTMH Dream Pop Sunburst Card

With the crazy weather moving throughout the United States, I'm certain many of us are longing for a little sunshine!  If you're not seeing it outside today, this card will give you that little burst of spring we've all been looking for!

Below is 1 of the 4 cards Susan Williams created and sent to me!  Keeping with the sunburst theme, this card really showcases some of the 12 patterns included in the Dream Pop paper packet!  Remember, this collection is ONLY available in May and while supplies last, so don't delay so you'll have plenty of time to play with this variety of yumminess!

If you haven't seen her tutorial yet, she does a fabulous job showing you how to create your own sunburst in a quick and easy check out her tutorial!!  You'll want to follow her blog to stay inspired with all the beautiful artwork she creates!

 She used the CTMH Exclusive Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge to create these beautiful flowers, then added dimension by stacking them and folding the petals up slightly!  Flourishes from our Mini-Medley Wooden Accents (Z1837) gives a little pop without taking away from the vibrant colors on this card!  I love the combination of neutrals and color to really make this card sing!

A great way to add neutral color AND texture is by using our Kraft Cardstock (Z1375), just something about it that no other "brown" cardstock can produce!

Some extra rays of sunshine inside the card to keep the theme going and share a bit of extra Spring that we're all in need of!  Loving it!!

Shop today to get Dream Pop into your hands and help fight off these blustery days we're having!

Friday, May 3, 2013

CTMH Dream Pop Scrapbook Layout

Close to My Heart is celebration National Scrapbooking Month in HUGE surprise there!  They always WOW us with a beautiful new special for this wonderful month, and this year is no exception!  You're going to really want to get your hands on this beautiful Dream Pop paper packet, especially when you see the beautiful artwork below!  I was so blessed to receive this layout from fellow consultant, Susan Williams!  She is so talented and I'm so excited to share this layout and the 4 gorgeous cards she sent me!

One of the things I truly love about this layout is that you can really see the collection of embossed cardstock in the Dream Pop paper packet!  Look at the beautiful detail on each sheet, all done in exclusive colors for Dream Pop...flavors like Banana, Tangerine, Raspberry and Mint!

Susan added this fabulous sunburst to the layout, and posted a tutorial on her blog to show you how to create your own sunburst!  Be sure to check it out...she makes it super simple!
Love, love, love the banner and pennants!  With a little black shimmer tape (Z1829), clothespins (Z1815) and waxy flax (Z1089), stunning!
Best of all, this beautiful collection of 24 sheets valued at $19.95, can be yours for ONLY $10 when you place a $35 order!  PLUS, Close to My Heart designed a beautiful workshop with step-by-step instructions, making is super easy for you to create your own gorgeous layouts!

Shop online today and get Dream Pop into your hands...remember, this collection is only available in May and while supplies last!!