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Christmas in July!

I love to make my own Christmas Cards but from October on my life is insane….so this year I saw a Christmas in July Swap that I decided to join and I am so pleased that I did….here are the cards I made using CTMH papers from the past two years and the Cricut Artiste Cartridge from Close to my Heart!


This swing card was made with Cricut Artiste and the shape inside with Art Philosophy both Cricut cartridges from Close to my Heart!





This card also with Artiste and papers from Pear and Partridge:


The wreath is embossed using our CTMH embossing powders and pigment inks!


Cutting diagonal is a great way to use both sides of our CTMH papers for a great effect!


Who doesn’t love a Jolly Little Santa!



Take a look at my post below for an insane special on pre-order for the new Cricut Artbooking from Close to My Heart!  

Click HERE to see the pages in the Artbooking manual….and check out what a great cartridge it is

If you pre-order Artbooking with me by end of day July 31st, I will give you….

- a 10% discount making it $89.10

- Free shipping

- August Stamp of the Month for free!

- a Free Fall/Winter 2013 idea book which I will ship out once I receive payment…..and if you do this early and buy more from the idea book before August 1st, I will extend the free shipping and 10% discount to that order as well!

Email me at for more details on this offer….



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Flirty Birthday Card

I’m doing a card swap so I have a few different cards to post over the next couple of days but this one is hands down my favorite :)

I love this paper pack called Flirty!  The colors are so vibrant and the pattern is so pretty.  So I paired it with stamp set Love Blooms (C1511 $13.95) which is a two layer stamp.  It came out so pretty and was very easy to do.  Reminds me of watercolors.

I stamped the inside of the card and the envelope.

In the middle of the card I used the zip strip from the paper to set it off then used the flip side to mat the Happy Birthday cutout.


Want to make this card yourself?  Email me at to ask how to order or go to  to order online.  New customers who order through me directly in September will get a 10% discount.  Email me if you are interested!

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Generational Stamping

Playing around some more last night I used one stamp with a few colors to make a very simple, yet cute card with the generational stamping technique.  I did the blue stamp first.  Loaded up the stamp and stamped three times in a row, giving me the dark blue in the upper left corner, then medium, then light.  I repeated with the pink color and the last one was just a little too light to see, so I attempted to go over it again (this is the top pink in the middle of the top of the card). This was a different technique that gave me a slightly mottled effect.  I repeated the generational stamping with green then orange, but only trying two times since they were too light.


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Simple Cards with Watercolor pencils

I made a few very simple cards tonight using Close to My Heart Stamps and some watercolor pencils.  This was my first attempt at watercolor pencils and I am very happy with the results!


For the first card I used Archival Black ink pad with the Happy Camper stamp set.  I used my watercolor pencils to color in the images and then a water brush to blend the color in so that it was soft and even.



For the second card I tried something new.  I stamped the images that had houndstooth in them using Archival Black ink pad again.  This time I colored each image in a different watercolor pencil to ‘colorize’ the image.   Not sure the picture does this justice but the effect is pretty cool.  I get a washed out look for the color.  This could be done with other color stamp pad to have more of a tone on tone look (which I may just try tomorrow night!).


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