Cricut Inspirational Shadowbox Workshop

Whether you plan to inspire others or need a little inspiration yourself, this Inspirational Shadowbox will make the perfect gift for Graduation, Mother’s Day, Grandparents Day, or for your craft room. In May, I will be teaching a Cricut® workshop where you will learn many of the techniques used to create this Inspirational Shadowbox.


I enjoy teaching people how to use their Explore Cricut® Machines with Design Space to create various paper crafting and home decor projects.  In my opinion, if you have invested the money into such an amazing tool, you might as well invest some time into learning how to use it.

This class will be an intermediate level class for those who have some knowledge of Design Space or for those who have taken a Basics Class from me.  Here are a few of the techniques I will be teaching in May:

  • Creating a three-dimensional Crocus Flower using various images from our Flower Market Collection
  • How to take an image from the internet and upload it into Design Space, then turn it into a cut image for your project
  • How to cut and apply Vinyl to a project as well as how to reverse certain images
  • Adding depth to shadow box images using sponging techniques with ink

I would love for you to attend one of my Cricut® Workshops.  I always have fun teaching these classes and truly enjoy seeing people learn something new.  I do have workshop guides available for purchase in my online store for my long distance crafters.  I would love to see what you are creating with your Cricut® machine and  I can’t wait to see what you create in this workshop!


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Spring Banner (Workshop)

I truly enjoy joining weekly challenges, and I love decorating my home for each season. This month, Heart2Heart Challenge is offering a Seasonal Expressions One Cover Challenge to inspire and encourage us to use the cover of the Seasonal Expressions One catalog to create something for Spring. What inspired me most was all of the amazing home decorations that the CTMH Creative Team created, and, since I love to decorate my home, I was inspired to create this adorable Spring Banner to hang on my wall.


My Spring Banner uses designer pattern papers from our Gimme Some Sugar collection, as well as images from our Flower Market collection.  Once I created this Spring Banner, I realized how fun this project would be to create in my monthly workshop.  I haven’t hosted a home decor workshop in a while, so I will be offering this bright, cheerful banner as a workshop in April to all of my customers. You can visit the Spring Banner Workshop page here on my blog to learn more about this workshop.  I also have kits and workshop guides available for sale in my online Holiday Store.

I would love for you to join me in the Heart2Heart Challenge and be inspired by the cover of the Seasonal Expressions One catalog to create something for Spring.  There are so many amazing products in this catalog and I can’t wait to see what you create!



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* The links provided to the Cricut® website are through the ShareASale affiliate program and are posted as an endorsement. ShareASale compensates me a small portion of sales made through these advertisement links.

Happy Crafty New Year!

It’s that time again when we let go of the old to bring in the new and Close to My Heart has truly outdone themselves with our NEW Seasonal Expressions One products. 07314fd5-9851-47ae-ada4-92b2f6bd6631Let us welcome the beautiful, floral Chelsea Gardens, whimsical Make Waves, adventurous Stargazer, and yummy Gimme Some Sugar products.  These products in this catalog are sure to please and the artwork created by the amazing CTMH Creative team is awe inspiring.  Did you know that you can get recipes for each project created in this catalog?  Here is a direct link that will give you the recipe for each project featured.   You can also receive a FREE COPY of the Seasonal Expressions One when you attend one of my January events or when you place an order on my website.

Did you know that January is also National Papercrafting Month?  Close to My Heart have created a gorgeous paper crafting kit featuring monogrammed letters  that is perfect for adorning any wall in your home. Our Love Letters comes as part of a kit containing the sturdy chipboard letter base, rose gold accents, die-cut floral embellishments, and letter stickers for customizing your final artwork piece. These versatile letters can also be used together to spell out a whole name or word, which is why if you buy five letter kits, you can choose a sixth kit FREE


You can also receive your choice of letter kit free by hosting a qualifying party in January or by signing up to be a Consultant! Close to My Heart has even created a wonderful video showing you how to assemble this kit.  It is so simple and easy to make.  Visit my blog throughout the month or the CTMH NPM Love Letters page for more ideas using this kit.

I am extremely excited about my upcoming workshops and kits that will feature these amazingly beautiful Seasonal Expressions One products.  Make sure to visit my EVENTS CALENDAR to view my upcoming workshops.   As always, I have created kits and guides that you can also purchase.  Visit my KITS & GUIDES tab above to see what I have available for purchase this month, or choose a FREE GUIDE when you make a $30.00 purchase from my website.

Don’t forget to check our our fabulous Bloom and Grow stamp of the month which you can get for only $5.00 with any qualifying purchase. I will be creating projects each week using this stamp set, so make sure to visit often for more ideas.

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and that your New Year is full of blessings.  I can’t wait to see what you create!



New Annual Inspirations Blog Hop

2017AnnualBadge.jpgWelcome to the New Annual Inspirations Blog Hop where we will be featuring products from our New Annual Inspirations idea book.  If you have come here from Lucy Marino’s blog, you are on the right path! When you are finished reading my post, you can click on the link at the end to move to the next blog.  This blog hop is designed to allow you to start here and work your way around. It’s simple, fun, and full of ideas.

If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog:

There are so many amazing new products in our Annual Inspirations that it made it difficult to choose which ones to feature in this blog hop, so I chose just a few of my favorites and created this inspirational wall hanging for my home.


  • New Basic Fundamentals – Each year, Close to My Heart creates a new set of beautiful fundamentals papers, and this year they also introduced a New Basics color palette with Basics Fundamentals papers that are absolutely breathtaking. The new basics color palette is one that you will defiantly want to purchase in the inks, cardstock, and papers.
  • Step-by-Step Stamp Sets – Our Thoughtful Bird acrylic stamp set is designed to allow you to layer three different stamps together to create this beautiful detailed bird.  Close to My Heart has created a few of these step-by-step stamp sets that I will be using in my future projects. Watch my blog for more project ideas.
  • Color of the Year – This year’s Bashful can be used in so many projects even when you don’t think “pink” is a color you will use. Bashful is a shade that I will surely be using in my fall and winter scrapbook pages (hint hint).
  • Two-Toned Cardstock – Did you know that all of our Cardstock is now dual toned? One side is the original shade and the back is a shade lighter.  This leads to so many more creative possibilities. I am so excited!!
  • Specialty Papers – The Specialty Papers are my absolute favorite – vellum, gold & silver papers, glitter cardstock, and watercolor paper. We have just about everything to make your projects shine.

As always, I’ve included a list of the products I used to create this project at the very bottom of this post. Please feel free to contact me with any questions about this inspirational wall hanging project or the products used to create it.

Now “Hop” on over to Kathy Burrows’s blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting tips and other fun ideas!  Contact your CTMH Consultant, or visit the Products tab my website to view the New Annual Inspirations idea book.


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Thoughtful Bird Stamps + Thin Cuts

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Basics Fundamentals Paper Packet

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Basics Cardstock Combo Pack

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Vellum Paper

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Bashful Glitter Paper

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Basics Ribbon Pack

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3D Foam Dots

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Clear Sparkles

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3D Foam Tape

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Inspire Stamp Set

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Nutmeg Exclusives Inks Stamp Pad

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Tombow Permanent Adhesive

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4″ x 5″ My Acrylix Block

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2″ x 2″ My Acrylix Block

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1″ x 1″ My Acrylix Block

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Bonding Memories Dual Action Glue Pen

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Aluminum Cut Rail Paper Trimmer