Thursday, October 31, 2013

CTMH November SOTM Blog Hop-- Illuminate

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!  We will be featuring November's SOTM, which is called Illuminate, a shining set of 15 stamps.  If you have come here from Katy's Blog, you are on the right path!  Should you get lost along the way, click HERE for a list of hoppers.

This month we over 50 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this month's SOTM (and other great CTMH products) on their blogs. Hopping 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!

For this stamp set I created a LO which documented my daughter's summer trip to Martha's Vineyard, which is located off of Cape Cod.  She was very lucky to spend a week there with a close friend and her family! 

I have many pictures of her trip, but I just love this one.  To me looking out at the wide, open Atlantic Ocean, it represents all that is possible.  The sentiments of the Illuminate stamp set are so motivational-- Let your shine shine through, you light up my life, and if there is light in the soul there will be beauty in the person.  Beautiful words for a beautiful picture and story!

To cut the sunburst, I used CTMH's Artbooking Cartridge and cut out a 10 inch sun overlay.

On the sentiment, I random stamped the little suns in Honey and stamped the sentiment in Sorbet. Like all of CTMH's products, the products are color coordinated. The Sorbet ink matches the cardstock. By taking out the guess work, it just makes scrapbooking easier! I used CTMH's Keyboard Kraft Alphabet for the subtitle-- Martha's Vineyard.

I hope you are enjoying the blog so far. If you are be sure to leave a comment or follow my blog.

And, if you don't have a consultant and you would like to order the November stamp of the month or any other CTMH products, please see my store: Maureen's Store.

Please be sure to complete the entire blog hop to see all of the consultant's art.  Next up is Kathleen and you will love her work:  Kathleen's Blog.
Thanks for stopping by, Maureen

CTMH Supplies:
Inks:  Desert Sand (Z2118); Sorbet (Z2164); and Honey (Z2162)
Paper: Surf's Up (X7168B); Surf's Up Assortment (Z1841)
Other:  Paradise Twine (Z1702); Keyboard Kraft Alphabet (Z1825); Sparkle Clear Flourishes (Z1812); Bitty Sparkles (Z1263); Silver and Bronze Shimmer Tape (Z1849 and Z1799) and Artbooking (Z1906)
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World Series Champs-- Boston Red Soxs!

Love that dirty water, Boston your my home!  Great job Red Soxs.  So proud and happy to have witnessed 3 world series wins!
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Saturday, October 26, 2013

CTMH Sparkle and Shine Holiday Cards

Hello, wow two posts in one day!  Well it's that time of year for cards:  Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Lot's to do.

Here are 3 cards that I created using CTMH's Sparkle and Shine paper pack and cards.  Unlike the 'Angel Friends' card, the Sparkle and Shine paper and holiday stamps will only be available until the end of January.  Because this paper line is so popular, it could sell out.  So, if you like it as much as I do, be sure to order it soon!

Typically I design my own cards.  However, once I saw two of my fellow consultant's techniques, I couldn't resist using them in my design.  The tree design was inspired by Karen Peterson and the tumbling Santa's by Jackie Bluhm.

 For the trees, I stamped them first in Slate and then one on white card stock.  The tree shape is on CTMH's Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge.  By using the coordinating bling and foam tape, I made the ruby inked tree stand out.


Here is a closer look at the tumbling Santa's. I have to admit, I have loads of Washi tape, but don't use them often. This all changed once CTMH expanding their line because it is coordinated to match CTMH's colors: Ruby, Juniper, Slate, and Lagoon.  Please note the Sparkle and Shine Washi tap is only available through January 2014.  It could sell out beforehand.

Here is an even closer look at the Washi Tape.

If you would like a free copy of CTMH's mini-catalog, then email me at Again, first time customers receive 10% off.

So, go get yourself some presents! After all, wouldn't you rather scrapbooking supplies versus an ugly holiday sweater:)
Thanks, Maureen

CTMH Supplies:
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CTMH Angel Friends Card with Sarita Paper

Hi, as you know CTMH came out with a mini-holiday catalog.  The first half of the mini highlights holiday stamps and paper.  The second half previews items that will carry onto the 2014 Spring and Summer catalog. 

I have some friends that are in need of prayers and thoughts.  The Angel Friends stamp is perfect for lifting their spirits.  Here, I used the colorful CTMH Sarita paper pack.  I paper pieced the Angel's dress and used a combination of CTMH alcohol based markers and Copics.  To make the wings transparent, CTMH Liquid Glass did the trick.

If you'd like a copy of the CTMH mini-catalog for free, please email me at  All new customers receive 10% off their first order!

Listed below were the CTMH supplies used.
Thanks, Maureen:)

The items outlined in red indicate that they can be cut using CTMH's Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge.  Cutting the shapes out on the Cricut saves so much time.
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Sunday, October 20, 2013

CTMH -- Card Kit Workshop on the Go (WOTG); Frosted

Hi, wonderful Sunday here.  The Red Sox won last night and we are off to the World Series!!  So proud because I lived through the 'curse' as a kid, teen and adult.  It seemed as though we'd never win. Then we reversed the curse and won in 2004 and 2007!!  Maybe 2013 will be a year for us again?  We'll see.

Okay, onto Christmas/Holiday cards... I made my first set using the CTMH WOTG Card-Making Kit.  The cost is only $24.95 and includes a D-size stamp, 15 cards/envelopes, bling, twine, paper and instructions.  This set is valued at $36.78-- savings of $11.83. 

I loved the designs in the WOTG.  I just changed things up a bit and added some of CTMH's washi tape.  I riped off a piece of washi tape and cut a banner edge-- sooo  easy!

The Ruby strip looked a little plain to me. So, I just randomly stamped snow flakes on it. Have to love CTMH's stamps because they are clear, which means you can see where you are stamping.   To get the shading on the trees, I stamped the first image in Cocoa and then stamped it a second time without re-inking. 

I love this card because I love the Polaroid look. I followed the directions here and just added a large bling button.

Below are the CTMH supplies. Thanks for stopping by and go Soxs!!!

WOTG Frosted Card-Making Kit (G1063)
Washi Tape Sparkle & Shine (Z1907); Washi Tape Lagoon Houndstooth (Z1850)
Inks:  Cocoa, Crystal Blue, Twilight, Ruby, Olive and Desert Sand
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Monday, October 14, 2013

Blog Hop: CTMH Holiday from the Heart

Hello, thanks for joining our Holiday from the Heart blog hop!  If you've come here from Heather's Blog, then you are on the right path.  Should you get lost through-out the way, then go to Melinda's Blog.  Melinda has a list of hoppers.

To get us ready for the Winter Holidays, CTMH has come out with a mini-catalog.  In it you'll find 24 pages of new ideas which include "Sparkle and Shine" Workshop On The Go Kit, Christmas and Holiday Stamp Sets, exclusive sparkle shapes, Washi tape sets, gift bags, and more!
For the hop, I created two 2-page LO's using the Sparkle & Shine Workshop on the Go (WOTG).  For $29.95, the kit comes with a D-size stamp, a paper pack, 2 additional pieces of card-stock, Sparkle & Shine Assortment (flags, etc), pack of Bling Flourishes and those ever important instructions!  You will also have some left over supplies and the stamp set that you can use year after year!

I did tweak the LOs a bit by changing them up and adding some silver trim and the Sparkle/Shine Dimensional (chipboard) shapes.

Look closely at these photos-- the Car and Christmas Tree are made of LEGOs!


CTMH always sweetens the deal too!  When you place an order of $100 or more (retail price) between October 15 and December 31 from the Holidays from the Heart Gift Guide and/or the Autumn/Winter 2013 Idea Book, you qualify for one free star item from the Holidays from the Heart Gift Guide. So, if you've been waiting to buy one of CTMH's Cricut cartridges, now is the time to get yourself a present, plus another little present free!

Please be sure to visit all of the consultants blogs.  Next up is Michelle.  Please go to Michelle's Blog  and you will not be disappointed. Thanks, Maureen:)

CTMH Supplies:
Paper:  Sparkle and Shine WOTG
Inks:  Black, Slate, and Juniper
Other:  Silver Trim; Cranberry Twine; Sparkle & Shine Dimensional Shapes
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Saturday, October 12, 2013

October CROP and Workshops

Our next crop is Sunday, October 27th from 12-5:30 in Randolph; $20.50.  Please sign under the 'Workshop' tab if you are interested in attending.  We have a couple of projects for you to do at the crop.  (Please note you can just come to crop and do no special projects.  It's up to you:)

1. Huntington Thanksgiving Day Cards and Tags: $18.00
We'll make 5 cards and 2 tags. 

2. Huntington Two 2-page LO's; $15.00

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CTMH Huntington Workshop on the Go (WOTG)

Hi,  it's certainly feeling and looking like fall.  The leaves are changing colors and are beginning to fall off the trees.  It's still warm during the day, but chilly in the mornings and at night. 

A couple of weeks ago, my oldest daughter attended a Homecoming Dance at her school.  Being in 10th grade, this is a big deal.  So, first we got the dress, then the shoes and then the accessories.  On the day of the dance, our dear friend Julie came over and did Shaelin's hair and make-up.  Per usual, Julie did a spectacular job!

Regarding the LO, the WOTG kits come with directions on how to cut everything!  I followed the directions exactly on these LOs and it was easy!  The LOs can be used for documenting Thanksgiving, Pumkin Patches or Corn Maze-- all things fall!

Have too many pictures, then use a Flip Flap!

If you can't resist this paper line, then come join us on October 27th in Randolph.  We'll be making cards and LOs using this line.  If you don't live locally, then visit my store.
Thanks, Maureen

CTMH Supplies:
Paper: Huntington Workshop on the Go (G1069)-- set includes Paper, Stamp, bling and canvas shapes.
Inks: Barn Red, Cocoa, Desert Sand, Olive, Honey, and Sunset
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Friday, October 11, 2013

CTMH Sarita Layout

Hi, this past weekend I attended an all day Breast Cancer crop in Dartmouth Mass.  The event was successful and I was also successful in creating a three 2 page LOs!  Here is the first one I did using the CTMH Sarita paper line. 

Don't be scared off by the bold colors of Sarita b/c the paper is extremely easy to work with.  Pair the orange with the dark blues, add some pink and voila a nice color combo!

Sarita is my oldest daughter's favorite line.  This could be because her bedroom is painted in a color similar to Lagoon and she has orange accents-- an orange comforter and even orange chandeliers! 

My daughter is also one of a kind.  She is not afraid to take a stand and express her opinions.  She also has the ability to make those around her laugh and smile!  For me, this LO captured the essence of Shaelin!

Don't you just love round view finder (reel). This stamp set is only $9.95. It's compatible with the Art Philosophy cartridge, so just use the Cricut to cut the circle and stamp right on it!

Having so many pictures, I used a flip flap here. Love CTMH's flip flaps! And, what a bargain at $3.95 for 15 4X6s!

Listed below are the supplies I used. If you are still nervous about stamping on Scrapbooking pages, then come to one of my crops and use my inks and stamps. I'll show you how easy it is to make embellishments!

Thanks for stopping by,

CTMH Supplies:
Paper: Sarita (X7171B); Sarita Stickers (X7171C)
Inks: Outdoor Denim; Cotton Candy
Stamps: Reel Life (B1431); Laughing Lola WOTG Stamp Set (G1065)
Other: Sarita Assortment- wooden (Z1873); Twine-- Harvest Assortment (Z1751); Flip/Flaps (Z4114)
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