Happy September!

Whew! What a month, it has been a busy one. Still trying to find that balance between creating crafty projects and getting them up on the blog and then you throw a Curio conference (more on that later) in there… time just gets away….. and I’m back….
I have my monthly card kit ready to order and want to put it up here before something else grabs my attention.

I created this using the Falling for You Paper pack and the Falling for You Cardmaking stamp set.

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It has gotten cooler here and seems like Fall is upon us, so this was a fun set to put together.

There are 2 options to order this kit – with or without the Thin Cuts:
– $30 includes the stamp set only
– $44 includes the Stamp set & Thin Cut bundle
**Thin cuts can only be purchased in the bundle & not sold alone.


Please let me know by September 20th if you would like to order this kit.
Card Club members will receive their kits automatically, no need to order again. Please let me know if you would like more information on becoming a Card Club Member!!!

When you receive my monthly card kit, you get:
– Instructions to create 4 different card designs featuring Close to My Heart product
– Supplies to create 1 each of the 4 designs
– Supply list to re-create each design
– Stamp set (and thin cuts by choice) used to create monthly kit
– Flat rate priority shipping
Invoices will be sent to your email from Square.com.
*CTMH consultants are welcome to purchase the monthly card kit instructions as well. Cost is $10.00 and a digital copy of the instructions will be emailed to you, no physical product will be sent.

I hope you have a chance to get crafty sometime this weekend.

Please let me know by September 20th if you would like to order a card kit!


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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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Classroom decor

One thing I love about having my Silhouette Cameo is being able to help out my kid’s teacher’s with bulletin boards and other projects they have in the classroom.

I feel out teacher’s could use all the help they can get in the classroom and since I have little ones at home, I am unable to be in the classroom and volunteer, so I want to offer my help in other ways.

This year I have made a few things for my son’s Pre-K classroom including these decorations for the Dad’s Sports Night.

My love for the Silhouette started with paper crafts and has expanded to so much more, but I have not let the paper crafting go. I recommend having a separate blade for each type of medium you cut, such as vinyl, card stock, fabric, etc. I start my blade when it’s brand new as a vinyl blade and when it gets to where it’s not cutting as crisp, I graduate it into a card stock blade and just rotate it to a new job. When it gets to the point it’s not cutting well at all, then it’s time for a new one.


I found a couple sports related images in the Silhouette Design store and just click buy and start cutting.

One thing that helps when cutting paper is having the right adhesive to glue things down. I love this Dual Action Glue Pen from Close to My Heart when I’m working with small detailed images.


When working will really small details such as the baseball stitches I love the Xyron sticker maker. As you can see I don’t even use the little “X” part of the machine any longer… I just stick my object in the adhesive roll and pull it out the other end and use scissors to cut it off.


For all the larger paper areas my favorite adhesive is this tape runner by Scrapbook Adhesive 3L.  It has been my go to for as long as I can remember and I’ve found a great online store to stock up on this as I go through it quickly when making cards. I highly recommend Scrapbookpal.com and order from them when I need to replenish my supplies. They even have free shipping over $25 and it’s quick.


Here is the titles I made for the classroom door.

I typed out my title and then created an offset around it and welded that offset, so I would be able to cut the outline in black.


Owning a Silhouette Cameo allows me to be creative and help out in so many ways and I enjoy every minute of it.

What are our working on today?

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Dreamin Big… Retiring 4/30

Close to My Heart has another paper pack that is retiring is called Dreamin’ Big. This pack of coordinating papers is very versatile for any occasion.


X7218B Dreamin Big paper $9.95

This is such a cool paper pack and stamps to coordinate with it.
Grab it while supplies last!
Find these and many other great things at


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Some Kind of Wonderful – Retiring 4/30

This has been one of my favorite paper packs out of the Seasonal Expression 1 catalog. Some Kind of Wonderful papers and stamp set are retiring on 4/30, so grab it quick before it’s gone.



Here are a couple cards I created for a card class I held while visiting friends in Kansas. We had a lot of fun creating cards & catching up.

This paper pack and stamp set are so fun & exciting, I hope they inspire you to create today.

Find all these great items on my website at


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April card kit

This is not a topic that anyone really wants to send cards out for but it is a part of life. Lately, it seems like I need several of these cards a week but I know that the recipient greatly appreciates them.

The April card kit is $30 to order and the deadline to order is March 20th.

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The kit includes:
– Instructions to create 4 different card designs featuring Close to My Heart product
– Supplies to create 1 each of the 4 designs
– Supply list to re-create each design
– Stamp set used to create monthly kit (Retail value $13.95)
– Flat rate priority shipping
Invoices will be sent to your email from Square.com.

I used the Hello Lovely paper packs, Coordinating Cardstock and Heartfelt Thoughts stamp set to create this kit.
April card kit
*CTMH consultants are welcome to purchase the monthly card kit instructions as well. The cost is $10.00 and a digital copy of the instructions will be emailed to you, no physical product will be sent.

Please email me at silhouettesecretsplus@gmail.com by March 20, 2017 if you would like to order.


Happy March!!

Bye, Bye February – wait were you even here?
I feel as though February passed by in the blink of an eye.

What does March bring? Will it be more winter or are we well on our way to Spring?


As you can see, I didn’t even get my March cover page in my planner finished….. It’s not my favorite anyhow, so I may end up just covering it.


Did you know you could do that? You are not going to like everything 100% but you can change it if you like. Find a paper that you really love and cover it up or create a pocket to store stuff along the way.

Now on to some even better news!
This month Close to My Heart has a 25% off all Thin Cuts AND they have even bundled some of the stamp sets & Thin Cuts that weren’t previously released together……


Thin Cuts give you a fast and easy way to cut all kinds of shapes for your crafting, and this month they are all available at 25% off retail price! Choose from titles, sentiments, and a wide variety of other metal dies to get precise shapes without any fussy cutting! This sale also includes four Thin Cuts bundles not previously offered—the Swirly Seashells, Sweet Birthday, Wreath, and School Kids Thin Cuts are now available in bundles with their coordinating stamp sets! This special pricing is only available during the month of March while supplies last, so get your orders in early!

And each  month they offer a Stamp of the Month that you can add on to any order over $50. This month it is called Tea-rrific.


I hope to get a chance to play with this stamp set and come back to show you later this month!!!

You can find all kinds of fun things to play with on my website at EllyMae.ctmh.com.




Paper flowers

After seeing so many neat ideas using the center of the wreath provided in the January wreath kit, I knew I wanted to create something with it.
I was browsing on Pinterest & came across another consultant (Create by Jennifer) who had made a frame decorated with flowers created with the CTMH Flower Market cartridge. She even had the cut file and directions and it didn’t take me long to click Buy.
You can find her post & information to buy the instructions HERE.
FYI: you will need to have purchased the CTMH Flower Market Cricut cartridge in order to cut these files.


But then that forced me into another issue…. I needed to pull out my Cricut Air and try to get it to play nice. See I’ve had a rough relationship with this machine….. I purchased it thinking I wanted to have it so I could do a good comparison on it versus the Silhouette Cameo. Well, after opening it and trying to create a simple project and the program just spinning on me…. I stuffed it in a corner & covered it up. Anyhow, look for a future post on my Pros and Cons of the Cricut Air machine.

This time when I pulled my machine out, I was a bit surprised that it worked. Once the software updated, I was able to open the file that was sent to me and get my papers prepped for cutting.


I organized all my papers according to the colors she had on the list of supplies and lined them up, then using 2 mats, I rotated them in and out of the machine and just started a pile of cut pieces. It took me about an hour to get them all cut out. But, that is much less time than if I used my Expression machine and punched in each button. The file was all lined out with the pieces on each mat by color and 12 mats later, all the pieces were cut.


The next morning I sat down to sort all the flowers and to assemble them. While my finished project isn’t exactly how I imagined it…. it still shows a great selection of the different flowers you can make using the CTMH Flower Market Cartridge.


The supplies used to create this are:

CTMH Flower Market Cricut Cartridge
CTMH colored card stock
CTMH Liquid Glass adhesive
CTMH wreath center from January Paper wreath kit
CTMH Rustic Homes paper
CTMH White Enamael gems
CTMH Clear Sparkles
CTMH Gold Glitter Paper

The wreath kit is available until January 31, 2017 and is FREE with a $60 purchase or can be purchased for $18.95.
Here is my original wreath that I created and I fell in love with it, even though it’s not something I would typically create.


Find this Wreath kit and so many more awesome supplies on my site:


February card kit – Love Your Face

Now you may ask yourself “What is this card kit thing?”

Well, here’s the details…. each month I create a card kit featuring one of our current paper packs & stamp sets.

Each card kit includes:
– Instructions to create 4 different card designs featuring Close to My Heart product
– Supplies to create 1 each of the 4 designs
– Supply list to re-create each design
– Stamp set used to create monthly kit (Retail value $9.95)
– Flat rate priority shipping
Invoices are sent to your email from Square.com.
*CTMH consultants are welcome to purchase the monthly card kit as well. Cost is $15.00 and includes my card kit instructions & supplies to create each of the 4 designs with permission to reproduce – Stamp set is not included, so you can purchase towards your goals.

I have to say I love these cards…. they were finished a few days ago but I needed space to take photos…. so they were set aside & when I pulled them out to photograph them, I realized I love them even more than when I first created them.
Who else has those moments?
It feels great right?

So here they are:

These are the 4 designs that you would get the instructions to recreate & the supplies to make 1 of each.

Can you think of someone in your friends list that it would make their day better to receive one of these?

The February kit is available to order for $25.
The kit will be available to order while the supplies are a current product…. meaning…. the paper pack retires at the end of April, so while it is available I will be able to create the kits & mail them out to you.

After January 22nd, click HERE to order your Love Your Face card kit.

Or you can order the supplies listed below from my website HERE & I will mail you the instruction sheets & supplies to make 1 each of these 4 cards…..

Supplies used to create cards:
Some Kind of Wonderful Paper Pack X7217B $9.95
Some Kind of Wonderful Coordinating Cardstock X7217D $9.95
Love Your Face stamp set B1541 $9.95
White Shimmer Trim Z3024 $4.95
Silver Foil Tape Z3130 $4.95
Black & White Dots Z3314 $3.95

I hope you enjoy these as much as I do!
I encourage you to “Do Something Creative Everyday”!


National Papercrafting month

January is National Papercrafting Month and to celebrate Close to My Heart has this amazing wreath kit as a special FREE item when you purchase $60 or more in January.
Or you can purchase for $18.95 each
Or…. by hosting a party that reaches the 2nd tier of Hostess credits ($250 party)
Or…. sign on as a new consultant and it will be included with your new consultant kit.

I was so excited to play with mine… as a consultant we can preview & purchase new items 1 month in advance…. but even though I had this kit in December, I just didn’t have time with the holidays to sit and create it. Last Saturday, I finally took the time and it was so much fun….
Step 1 – get your NEW wreath kit HERE
Step 2 – gather your supplies
Step 3 – start creating.

Here are my roses…. I sponged on Blossom ink before I punched them out and then used my new Quilling tool to roll the flowers – oh so easy!
And then used a good large daub of Liquid Glass to hold it all together.

I used New England Ivy and Lagoon ink on the rest of the flowers.
And here they are all ink sponged, punched out and glued together.

The only time I have a green thumb is when inking something up.

Then it was time to add some sparkle. I used the Clear Shimmer Brush on my roses and the New! Gold Shimmer brush on my other flowers.

I used my bone folders to curl up the edges of the flowers by holding the centers and just rolling it along the edge of the folder until the desired effect was achieved.

Then I painted my flowers with the Gold Shimmer brush…. once I started, I couldn’t stop… they all needed to be blinged up.

And now assembly!!!

I pretty much used the instructions included and followed the image provided as best I could…. now, my next wreath I can think outside the box and play with the placement.

Here are a few close ups of the completed flowers. I used the gold dot provided in the kit and since it was a flat sticker, I glued it in the center and then put a big dot of Liquid Glass in the Center. once it dried, it looked very sparkly and shimmered. It was the perfect touch for dimension.

Here are a few items that I would recommend using with this kit:
#1 – Liquid Glass – this is a wonderful liquid adhesive that works wonders in holding the flowers together & drying fairly quickly
#2 – Quilling tool – I was skeptical if I would use this one, but after my first rolled flower, it quickly became apparent that it was an awesome tool. I even used it to roll up the edges of the other flower shapes, especially the smaller ones that I cold not get my bone folder in under.
#3 – Shimmer brushes – Gold & Clear – these add an amazing sparkle to any project. Once you start it’s hard to stop.
#4 – Gold Glitter gems – NEW! if it would have had some, they would have been the flower centers. They are on my next order!

This is a great project from beginner to advanced paper crafting. You can create the kit as is with a minimal amount of tools or you can bling it up, however you want to create it.

This kit is only available during the month of January or while supplies last!
So hurry over HERE and grab it today!

Off to create something else fabulous!