Birthday Time – March SOTM Blog Hop

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!  We will be featuring the March SOTM, which is Birthday Time a fantastic set of 26 stamps.  If you have come here from Stefani Ewing’s blog, you are on the right path! The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way all around.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog:

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This month we have 26 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this month’s SOTM and other great CTMH products on their blogs. This is simple to do – just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next one! Here we go!

This is one of my favorite patterns from the new Make It From Your Heart Vol 4.  You can choose any scraps and still come up with a delightful card.  It almost seemed to me that this Happy Birthday stamp was made just for this card.

Now “Hop” on over to Vickie ODells  blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting and other fun ideas!

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Remember, the March SOTM is only available until 31st!  Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here) to see how you can get this stamp set at a discount!


Just Peacock

Do you have a favorite color from the Close to My Heart palette? Mine (today anyway) has got to be Peacock.

It’s a great blue/green that mixes nicely with other colors (especially Bashful) but in the case of this card stands nicely all alone.

I hope you’ll take a minute to leave me a comment with your favorite color.

A Magical Wish

I’ve loved unicorns since I was a child and I’m not embarrassed to admit that I still have a fascination for the magical creatures.

I have a special little girl’s birthday coming up and I started with just making a gift card holder for her, but when I was researching ideas  wasting time on Pinterest I found the cutest idea to add the Artiste Gift Card Holder to the inside of a card base – simply brillant!

I was quite pleased how my card came together and it even inspired me to decorate the inside of my card, which I’ve been fairly lax at lately.

Thanks for stopping by!


Joyful Stars – Just the Basics


Welcome to the October Joyful Stars Blog Hop!  If you are arriving here from Lucy’s Blog you are on the right path…if you’ve started here that’s ok too, we are a small circular hop and if you follow the links you’ll eventually end up right back where you started.


I have a new love in my life…the Basics Fundamentals Creative Collection.  I have always been a “color girl” and have strayed away from the Basics and Whimsy color families – oh I’ve used them…just in small doses, however with the release of a revamped Basics Palette last August my shift has changed.  The warm browns and grays are a magnificent match to the Color of the Year Bashful.

My card design comes directly from our Make It From Your Heart Idea book and instead of stamping I added a die cut Happy Birthday, although retired you can still find it in the Going Soon section of my website, of Bashful Glitter Paper.  A wrap of Whisper Thick Twine and Bashful Pearls finished things off.

Don’t forget when you’re placing your order this month to round up for Operation Smile – Close to My Heart is matching donations up to $10,000.  When you participate in our Share a Smile promotion by purchasing any of the special items or rounding up your order in support of Operation Smile™ you will automatically qualify for a chance to win a not-yet-released stamp set from our upcoming 2018 Seasonal Expressions 1 idea book! Close to My Heart will be choosing winners throughout the month of October, so any time you place an order, you can be a winner!

I hope you’ll take a minute to leave me a comment before hopping over to Debi’s blog – I’m sure she’ll have something fun to share.


Don’t Be Blue – Color Dare #264


Happy Friday and welcome to another week of the Color My Heart Color Dare.  This week we are featuring  the colors: Crystal Blue, Pacifica, Sapphire, White Daisy & Black

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I was really excited when I saw that Color Dare #264 was a monochromatic (for the most part) color scheme.  Then all I could think of was the Wayne Newton song “Red Roses for a Blue Lady” – where do things like that come from?  I wondered if I should make blue roses – then I started thinking about a sweater I had in college that was red with large blue roses on it…good grief will I ever get my card made?

I finally headed to my Pinterest boards where I found some inspiration here.  I really had to search the perfect Happy Birthday stamp and found it in a retired set (that is why I keep almost ALL of the stamps I buy) I also used the Short & Sweet stamp set one of my favorite sentiment sets and if it’s not in your collection it should be!


I cut my white card front 1/4 inch smaller than my card base.  I love the look that added layer gives to a card especially when it’s popped up with some Thin 3D Foam Tape.  When I started my card I initially thought I needed to draw lines to keep my sentiment straight, but then I had another idea…I took a thin strip (1/4 inch) of Washi Tape and taped my card down to my Versa Mat and started my first line of Happy Birthday in Crystal Blue, then I turned my mat and stamped in Pacifica and then turned it again and stamped it in Sapphire.  My sentiment was stamped in black and I sponged the edges of the banner with Crystal Blue ink.  I wrapped a piece of white twine twice and tied it in a knot under the Crystal Blue star which I cut from the Art Philosophy cartridge.  A scattering of black dots finished it off.

OK, now it’s YOUR turn!  The full details on how to join the fun is in the sidebar of our homepage.  Each color dare is open for two weeks to give you plenty of time to link up!

While at the homepage – check out what the other design team members have created and leave them a little love (comments make our day)!