Nevermore tags

Nevermore is a great set of papers to use for Halloween parties and making paper crafts for Halloween treats.  Get a jump start on your goodie bags with these cute tags.

Simple shapes such as the scalloped circle and the tag create easy foundations for stamped images.  And don't forget to stamp off set.  It makes the spider webs look ultra creepy, like they are hanging in the corners.

Each one of these examples uses one of my favorite products we carry, shimmer trim.  We have three new colors, Coral, Aqua, and the ones in these examples, Green.



Do you have a super hero in the family?  Nevermore is the new Halloween collection of papers from the Holiday Seasonal Expressions.   Create spooky new layouts and other projects in time for the ghostly season.  Celebrate Fall family gatherings with colors like eggplant, sunset, and whisper. 
As always with the Idea Book collections, I will feature a different paper kit each month. You can follow me and other CTMH paper crafters by using hashtags on social media.  This month's hashtag is #ctmhnevermore.

Nevermore Paper

Zoe Marlins

A few weeks ago, I mentioned the Zoe Workshop on the Go.  It's a new My Reflections kit in the Annual Inspirations.  I pulled out a few photos from a Florida Marlins game to use with this kit.  I really like the colors in this kit and how easy it was to include a few extra things to make it personalized.

I don't yet have the new CTMH Artistry Cricut Cartridge. Instead, I hand cut out the hexagons and repeated the heart element (above).  I also used stickers from the Zoe Complements, instead of Artistry cutouts, plus I'm not too keen on comic word bubbles.

When creating these layouts from the patterns, you don't always have to use photos everywhere the pattern says.  In the layout above, I used our two baseball tickets to help show the date and as memorabilia from the game.

Beyond the two layouts included with the kit, I had enough paper and doodads left over to make another layout.  These patterns came from the How-To book called Reflections.

Collections of elements make the layout look "scrappy".   Here, I added the stadium parking ticket, pieces of the Zoe Assortment and Complements to a Marlins sticker.

The zip strips can help add color and interest to your page.  I love how this zip strip said "one happy day" to  describe how I felt on that day.  It made a great addition to my journal box.

Don't forget to use inks to color the Dimensional Elements, and stamp tone-on-tone to create interest and texture to plain cardstock.


Rainbow Fundamentals


The Fundamentals line was expanded from paper to other coordinating items. The Fundamentals line already comes in double sided paper with a color/white design on one side and a glossy pattern on the other. Now, it has coordinating accessories! Fundamentals Sticker packs have four sheets of stickers, alphabets in several colors, titles, labels, and icons that are universal for many projects. The Fundamental Assortments include wooden stickers, paper bows, plastic clips, and a sheet of glitter stickers.




September is National Stamping Month, and this year Close To My Heart has something to help every kind of papercrafter say a big “hello” to life! Available only during the month of September, these exclusive C-size My Acrylix® Hello, Life! stamp sets can be purchased for $13.95 each! Or, for an even better deal, you can purchase all three for only $34.95 —a savings of $6.90! Each stamp set is designed to fit with a specific type of papercrafting, whether that’s scrapbooking, cardmaking, or pocket scrapbooking. However, all the stamp sets coordinate with each other and can be used together to create dynamic artwork.

These stamp sets also coordinate with shapes from the new Cricut® Artistry collection to help expand your artwork options even further. Remember, these stamp sets are available for one month only, so get your orders in for one stamp set—or all three—before these gorgeous stamps disappear! Make certain to follow Close To My Heart’s blog, Instagram, and Facebook page for artwork inspiration featuring these lively stamp sets all month long. You can post your own artwork to your social media channels using the hashtag #ctmhHelloLife.

Holiday Expressions

Holiday Expressions 2015
New this month is the Holiday Expressions book which focuses on Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the New Year holidays. In addition to all of the new goodies in the annual idea book, this smaller book has two more paper packs, more accessories, stamps, twine, Picture My Life, Base & Bling, more ideas, and more ways to earn hostess rewards. You'll also find the Stamp of the Month for September, October, November and December.  Contact me to get your hands on this today!

Annual Inspirations 2015-16

STOM: Paper Garden

My parents own a flower shop, and growing up, their motto was "Say it with Flowers". Nothing can say it louder than a homemade card with a beautiful bouquet of colorful flowers.

What would we do without flowers? They represent many parts of our lives, from blessing a new baby to expressing grief and remembrance of a loved one. They are used in religious ceremonies like Easter and for celebrations, like weddings.

Flowers can be found growing in the ground, as part of a boutonniere on a lapel, or in a fresh arrangement. No matter how you decide to appreciate flowers, life would be a dreary place without them.

Paper Garden
SOTM: Paper Garden