Love – May SOTM Blog Hop

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!  We will be featuring May’s SOTM, which is Live, Laugh, Love , a set of 9 stamps.  If you have come here from Crafty Carol Taggio’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:


This month we have over 25 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!


I have several anniversary cards that I need to prepare for my stash and I thought this bold LOVE stamp was the perfect choice to reach for.  I embossed it in Princess Gold Embossing Powder and then mounted it on a piece of Gold Glitter Paper.  The B&T papers are from the exclusive Live Beautifully paper packet which is only available during the month of May.

Now “Hop” on over to Gina Brandstetter’s Blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting ideas and other fun ideas! Remember, the May 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!


May Specials with Close to My Heart

May has so many terrific things to offer I’m not going to waste any time and get straight to the details.

It’s time for a brand new Seasonal Expressions and this one is NOT going to disappoint.  If you were at my open house on Saturday you should have your new catalog full of dog-eared pages, if you weren’t able to join us – you can find it online here!

Let’s visit the Close to My Heart May Specials:

  1. May Stamp of the Month – Live Love Laugh
  2. May Campaign – Live Beautifully

LIVE LOVE LAUGH:   Each month Close to My Heart issues an exclusive D-sized stamp of the month which you can purchase for just $5 US with a qualifying purchase.  They are only available for one month and are always a popular choice.  The Live, Love, Laugh stamp set includes big bold words and some cute flowers.


LIVE BEAUTIFULLY:  Your life is full of everyday beauty that deserves to be remembered. This National Scrapbooking Month, celebrate the beauty of your life with our exclusive, Live Beautifully paper packet and stamp set. Featuring rich floral patterns, gold foil designs, and more, this paper collection is only available for a limited time. Order yours and start preserving your memories today.  You will also have the opportunity to purchase a special coordinating stamp set.


Since our focus is National Scrapbook Month we also have a Live Beautifully Cut Above Kit.  You have the option of purchasing it as an album bundle or a stand alone kit.  This kit is hands-down gorgeous!

I’ll be sharing lots of artwork throughout the month including a post later this evening in the Stamp of the Month Blog Hop.  Make sure you sign up to follow my blog so you don’t miss anything.

If you have any questions about any of the specials this month please feel free to stop by my Facebook page where you can send me a message including your contact information and I will respond as soon as possible.




Smile – A Special Color Dare

Color Dare on a Monday – you bet!  During the month of May we will be celebrating National Scrapbooking Month – Live Beautifully all month long.

The featured colors for this challenge are:  New England Ivy, Eggplant, Pixie, Lemon, Sea Glass, Juniper, Whisper, White Daisy and Black.

I chose several of the B&T papers from the Live Beautifully Paper Packet and layered them in strips.  I then reached for the special stamp set designed for this campaign and embossed the word smile in gold.

There are no limits to the number of entries into the Live Beautifully Special Challenge, however you will also want to participate in each of our weekly challenges as well to be eligible for a special prize in a random draw.  A package of Close to My Heart Glitter Paper.

Thanks for stopping by….Live Beautifully through the month of May and all year through!



Bright Birthday – Color Dare # 241

Happy Friday…I’ve been MIA from the Color My Heart Color Dare Blog for a few weeks, but I’m back with some bright cheery colors.  This week we are featuring the colors Lemon, Raspberry, Willow and White Daisy.

I embossed each of my cardstock panels and then layered a strip of white daisy stamped in Lemon.  I love the bright yellow, but it can be hard to see if you don’t use a bold stamp.  My hibiscus is made with the Flower Market cartridge and cut at 1.75.

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 until 9:00 CDT on Thursday!

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



A Boy with Whimsy

I love this sweet baby elephant…I’ve used it for several cards since the Flower Market cartridge was released last year, but this by far is my favorite!  I think it might be because it’s all BLUE!!!

I reached for my Whimsy Fundamentals and grabbed the Glacier and Crystal Blue papers and ribbon to put together this layered collage card from the Wishes How To Book.  I like all the patterns giving the card lots of texture.

The Fundamentals papers are so versatile without a specific theme they are a great addition to your card making supplies and come in our Whimsy, Adventure & Enchantment color palettes.

Thanks for stopping by…I hope you’ll take a minute and leave me a comment about your favorite Fundamentals collection.


A Gift For Little One

During the month of April the adorable and time saving Cut Above layout kits are on sale at 50% off.  There are two kits to choose from Forever & Always and Little One.

I have a sweet friend having her first baby boy in a couple of weeks and I thought the Little One Kit would be the perfect addition to her baby gift and since I wanted to have first hand knowledge of how quick and easy they are to put together I set out for a little crafting fun on Saturday afternoon.

Each kit comes with:

  • Two 12″ × 12″ printed base pages
  • Die-cut paper pieces
  • Title and embellishment stickers
  • 12 coordinating pocket cards
  • Two 12″ × 12″ Memory Protectors™
  • Two pocket-style Memory Protectors™

From start to finish it took me 32 minutes to put assemble the two-page layout and insert the pocket cards in the memory protectors, that included opening the zip lock bag, reading the instructions and punching out all the Die Cut Papers.

I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of the stickers and die cuts and the cute factor is unbeatable.  I think I’ll pick up a few more while they are on sale so I have some cute gifts on hand.

Thanks for stopping by…I’ll see you soon.





Swinging Easter

I love sending Easter cards and this year with a little help from my Artfully Sent Cricut Cartridge my cards are simple yet whimsical.

I used Pansy & Canary for my card bases and a scrap of the Kaleidoscope papers from my scrap bin.  All the little colors have always reminded me of jelly beans and it’s just such happy colors.

I decided to link up with the Heart to Heart Challenge – Whims-ical, because afterall I’ve never really seen any bunny hopping around the yard wearing a jelly bean fur coat and hiding eggs.

Thanks for stopping by and spending some time with me today, I’d love it if you’d take a minute and leave me a comment.