NEW! New Annual Inspirations

Are you using the CTMH Annual Inspirations to the fullest potential?
Instead of just a catalog it is an Inspiration book as well & features lots of great ideas & artwork.

Each time I look through the book, I see something new & a new idea I want to try. You can view the new catalog HERE and see what great ideas you keep turning back to.

The We Are Makers stamp set on pg 66 of the Annual Inspirations book has been my favorite and I was able to sit down & play with it this past weekend.



We Are Makers D1732 $17.95

Not only do we have a whole new book loaded with fun exciting products, but we also have a new Stamp of the Month. The set this month is called School Year.

With any $50 purchase you can add this stamp set to your order for only $5.


As I look at this beautiful artwork done by CTMH, it reminds me that I should get working on books for my 3 kids with layouts for school like this one.
I switched to digital scrapbooking several years ago due to space, but I still love to work with paper & I could reasonably have 3 scrapbook albums with a double page layout for each school year for my children. It would still allow me to play with paper & create physical layouts and having a single book for each of them is do-able.
Why did I just tell you that? Well, down the road you can ask me how that’s coming and hopefully I will be able to say I’m caught up.

What is your new favorite product from the new Annual Inspirations catalog?

I hope you enjoy looking through it as much as I do!
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Friendly Flamingos

A friend had a birthday coming up and I thought it was a perfect time to pull these guys out.
I love these card in a box cards!
I found my box template at HERE and cut it with my Silhouette Cameo.
The box cut file cuts out the box to assemble, the pieces of paper that will fit in the spaces of the box and the inner brace parts. I then just added all the embellishments to the card all over.


These flamingos and papers are retired from Close to My Heart, but they are always coming out with new & fresh ideas and supplies.
Grab them before they retire too on my CTMH website:

One of my Facebook groups has a challenge for the month of February…. finish projects!
And that is what I’m focusing on…. making a list of what I want to do and getting it done.
What are you getting done?


Sweet Birthday

I have wanted to play with this set for awhile & it seemed perfect for my niece who is turning 3.

It is called Sweet Birthday & can be found in the current CTMH catalog. I also purchased the Sweet Birthday Thin Cuts and let me tell you, this is so handy for whipping up a quick card or two.

Sweet Birthday stamp & Thin Cuts by Close to My Heart


I stamped these using Black Memento ink since I knew I would be coloring them in & I didn’t want the ink to bleed. I love the little faces that you can add to the cupcake or you can just add sprinkles or nothing at all.

I used a combination of sponging on ink & coloring with my Shin Han markers. Then I added clear sparkles to everything with my CTMH Shimmer brush.

I took several different Happy Birthday sentiments & added them to my card.

I enjoy making these card in a boxes and love that I found a cut file so all I need to do is decide what papers I want to use & load my mat in my Silhouette machine.

You can find the file at and it’s on sale for $1.00 right now.


I hope you enjoy this idea!!