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a-MAY-zing Month with CTMH

1705-se-cover (1)There’s a new catalog — Seasonal Expressions 2:

  • 4 new paper collections:  Little Dreamer, No Worries, Prickly Pear and Jack
  • 4 new card kits:  Miss You/Love You, Happy Anniversary/Thanks, Happy Birthday/Let’s Party, and Father’s Day/Awesome
  • new stamp sets — several with coordinating die sets
  • new embellishments to add dimension, texture, sparkle and shine to all that you make
  • new tools, thin cut dies, and more…

Click here to start enjoying all the fun by browsing the catalog online.

SE2 Collections - Sample Artwork

 Here’s some sample artwork for each new paper collection!!

LITTLE DREAMER features Unicorns, glittery die cuts and adhesive gems, hearts, polka dots and fresh springy colors.

♥ NO WORRIES is the collection that is giving me the ‘calgon take me away’ feels.  Laid back, beachy, casual bliss.  I’ll take some of that every day!

♥ PRICKLY PEAR is festive with warm. bright colors from the southwest banners, cactuses, llamas, and margaritas.  Mmmmm …Margaritas.

You know JACK — rugged, cozy, loveable…. and just a little wild.  Just in time for camping season — yippee!

1705-sotm and there’s a brand new Stamp Set of the Month.

It’s called LIVE LOVE LAUGH and the bold words are paired (in the stamp set) with some flowers and a cursive stretched out “together” sentiment for endless combinations of using the bold words together or separately.  It’s an amazing value for this 9-piece stamp set.    As always, get the set this month for $17.95… or better yet, it’s yours for $5 with a $50 order.

Click here for more information on the Stamp Set of the month.



Oh Deer! scrapbooking Mix Crop

Here are the sample layouts for my Mix Crop featuring the YUMMY Oh Deer! collection featured on pages 45-49 of Close to my Heart’s Holiday Expressions 2016 Mini Catalog.  You’ll see I used this versatile collection for a variety of photo subjects in fall and winter months.

Layout #1 – pictures from an out of town visit during a dance performance of my daughters

Oh Deer! Layout #1

Oh Deer! Layout #1

Close Up on left page

Close Up on left page

Close up on right page

Close up on right page

The almost all white base of this layout was inspired by a JOY card made by a fellow Close to my Heart consultant.  And I just adore all the sparkly goodness of our White Glitter Paper used in the title and snowflakes, our self-adhesive silver sequins and sparkle gems!

Layout #2 – pictures from a roadtrip to Wisconsin’s Door County over a Thanksgiving weekend

Oh Deer! Layout #2

Oh Deer! Layout #2

close up on left page

close up on left page

close up on right page

close up on right page

And then just by changing the base pages to Whisper and using more of the green and kraft patterned papers and accents and all of sudden Oh Deer gets warm & cozy!  The design of this layout was very much based on a layout I saw on Pinterest by Dana Kessler.

Layout #3 – pictures from the celebration of my 50th birthday

Oh Deer! Layout #3

Oh Deer! Layout #3

close up on left page -- check out the sparkly birthday hat!

close up on left page — check out the sparkly birthday hat!

close up on right page

close up on right page


And this layout design came right from Close to my Heart — you can find it on page 48 in the Holiday Expressions Catalog.  A few tweaks to make it fit my photo subject a little better.

I will schedule a crop in my home so you can make these layouts among fun company later this month or early January — or you can order to kit to make them at your own convenience.  In any event I’ll need to order the supplies for all kits no later than December 15, 2016.

There are three kit options to choose from:

  1. GOOD @ $31 includes the Oh Deer! Paper pack, Oh Deer! Complements, White & Gold Twine and assorted additional layout elements I’ll add to the kit.
  2. BETTER @$53 includes everything in the GOOD Kit + lots of fun goodies (Silver Sequins Assortment, Clear 4mm Sparkles, Grey Enamel Gems, 4×6 Red Glitter Paper, & Red Enamel Gems), AND a pack of Tabbed Journaling Cards.
  3. BEST @ $82 includes everything in the BETTER Kit + two Thin Cut Dies:  “Winter” and “Celebrate”.

These prices assume you will pick up your kit from me at my home.  If you prefer to have me ship your kit to you, the cost for shipment will be added to your total cost.

Email Me if you want “in” (by Thursday December 15th).♥

Close to my Heart – March 2016 “NEWS”… all in one place

 ♥ CTMH Special #1 – Stamp of the Month set:  SUNSHINE BIRDIES

MAR 2016 SOTM - Sunshine BirdiesHow cheerful is this stamp set?!  I just adore the sentiments that you can color in (or not) OR that you can ink up with markers to have the words in different colors.  Cute tree branch to “anchor” any of the 3 birdies and then some other fun accents — butterflies, musical notes, sunshine.

These little guys do beg to be colored in — but even if you aren’t a fan of “coloring”, cute art can be created with this set.  In fact — in the March 1st Rose Blossom blog hop, my friend Shelly Nemitz, shows 5 different ways to stamp with this set without coloring!

As always, you can get this 11-piece stamp set for $5.00 with a $50 order!

>>> Click here to tour the March 1st Rose Blossom Blog Hop featuring scrapbook pages, gifts, and cards made with this fun stamp set created by my CTMH consultant friends in the Rose Blossom group.

>>> Click here to go to my online store .

 ♥ CTMH Special #2 – Constant Campaign:  STAMPAGANZA

stampaganza - ctmh graphicMarch is a great time to stock up on Close to my Heart stamp sets!!!  

Buy any two My Acrylix stamp sets at full retail price and get a third set of equal or lesser value FREE.  This even includes the E-size stamp sets which retail at $29.95!!!!

Pick up the Annual Inspirations Catalog or the Seasonal Expressions #1 Catalog and a big pack of post it flags OR Click here to browse both of them online.

>>> Click here to start shopping for stamp sets.

(And don’t forget… once your order hits $50, you’ll be able to add the Sunshine Birdies SOTM set for $5)

 ♥ CTMH Featured Paper Pack of the Month:  PENELOPE

playful penelope - ctmh artPenelope is such a fun collection from the Seasonal Expressions #1 Catalog (on pages 14-17)!!!  The color palette of Crystal Blue, Honey, Pear, Pixie, Thistle, and White Daisy is so yummy!!!

  • It includes five double-sided 12×12 sheets of Background & Texture (B&T) paper and you get two sheets of each
  • It also includes two 12×12 sheets of assorted size cards (3×4 and 4×6) that you can cut apart to use as accents on any paper crafted project AND in any pocket scrapbooking program!

Fun optional add-ons are available too:  a set of coordinating Complements, a pack of washi tape rolls, and a sheet of glittery puffy stickers

Penelope Papers CollagePenelope BnT 6

Penelope Extras Collage

>>> use  #ctmhpenelope in your favorite social networking sites to share (or search for) papercrafted art featuring this collection.

>>> Click here to shop online for this collection bundled in a Workshop Your Way kit or here to shop for the elements sold separately.

>>> My next Margot’s Mix Crop scrapbooking workshop will feature this collection so check back to my blog in the weeks ahead to see the sample layouts.  If you want to “save the date” I am hosting this on Friday April 15th and the RSVP deadline will be on Tuesday April 5th.

 Thanks for visiting my Blog today!  I hope we’ll be able to paper craft together soon!

Do bold prints intimidate you?….

JAN - La Vie En RoseSo lets say you like that gorgeous La Vie en Rose collection from Close to my Heart but you’re just not sure what to do with that beautiful but oh-so-bold roses patterned paper.  Go ahead and indulge yourself… because that stunning paper can hold it’s own as the focal point of a project!

For example — take a look at these birthday cards…

La Vie en Rose cards


The card base is White Daisy cardstock, there’s a piece of the La Vie en Rose B&W patterned paper, and then the main design element on the cards is a piece of the bold roses paper matted on black cardstock.  For the sentiments I used two of our hostess exclusive stamp sets – in case you haven’t noticed each catalog showcases a few sets which can be purchased by our gathering hostesses for a discounted price… they’re an extra perk for hosting a Close to my Heart party or an online/catalog gathering –  how fun, rightt?!

  • For the card fronts I chose from C1632 SAY IT ALL.  This 19 stamp set can be purchased by hostesses for just $8.
  • For the insides of the cards I chose from b1491 BIRTHDAY FUNNIES.   I love this set for birthday cards because there’s something for any age recipient!  This B-level set can be purchased by hostesses for just $6 and the set has 5 different laugh-out-loud funny birthday sentiments.  They’d be a great addition to a birthday themed scrapbook page too.

La Vie En Rose - specifications for birthday cards

I hope you like these cards and stamp sets!  For full details on the supplies used to make these cards, here’s a summary.

If you’re interested in hosting a party or online gathering because you want to take advantage of the hostess set perk, call or write so we get something on the calendar soon!

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Cards for Men (or anyone who doesn’t like “girly” stuff)

… from the La Vie en Rose paper collection of all things!  Behold!

 Love and Encouragement Cards

These love/encouragement cards could be given to anyone — women, men, boys, girls.  I guess it would help if they have an appreciation for science puns but it’s not because the cards are too flowery or anything.

The La Vie en Rose paper pack features 6 patterns of paper and only one of them is flowery.  It is a stunning deluge of roses but the rest of the patterns are all gender neutral and all-occasion black & white patterns.  And any of them would look great on this card design.  I used Poppy cardstock as my card bases but Black or White Daisy would look sharp too.

I think the Positive Chemistry stamp set is adorable (because my husband and I are kinda geeky that way) but if science puns aren’t your thing, you could use so many other stamp sets instead… like

  • D1612 Teacher Appreciation,
  • C1623 Loads of Fun (great for boys who like trucks),
  • C1616 – Treats of Friendship (tea, coffee, donut theme), or
  • B1481 – Friendly Pets…

just to name a few.  You could use this super simple card design with any stamp set that has images and coordinating sentiment(s).  But valentine’s day is just around the corner and I think I might just be giving the card with the beaker to my beloved.  If you learned something new from this post, I’d be tickled if you left a comment.  Have a great day!!!

Here’s a summary of all the supplies I used for these cards.

La Vie En Rose - specifications for love-encouragement cards