Tuesday, September 30, 2014

CTMH Stamp of the Month Blog Hop- Home for the Holidays

Welcome to our October Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! If you came here from

Mary’s Blog then you are on the right path! Grab a cup of your favorite drink and get ready to be inspired! We have over 70 consultants sharing their artwork as they get you in the mood for the upcoming holiday season!  If you want to see a complete list of hoppers, click here.
Home for the Holidays is a set of 7 stamps that lends itself well to the Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge.  The stamps that are outlined coordinate perfectly!


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The Project: A Really Sweet Gift Tag/Decoration

I made a special gift tag that is sure to put a smile on anyone’s face.  Picture this wrapped around a gift, a candle, a mason jar. I can’t wait to do that!

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List of Materials Used:

-White Daisy Cardstock

-Tag shape from the Art Philosophy Cartridge

(Tag function is perfect for these stamped images.There are so many choices.)

-Lagoon (Teal) and Silver shimmer tape

-Base Ornament shape from AP and layered ornament shape.

-Stamped in Archival Black, Glacier and Cranberry

-Candy cane and candy to make a little embellishment. I also used the candy stamp to stamp the tag as well.

-Snowhaven Paper Pack- used a strip of the Glacier and black paper in the middle.

-Ruby Chevron Ribbon- (which you can get for FREE this month) CLICK HERE to find out how!

Thanks for stopping by! Now you are off to

DANA’S BLOG for some more holiday hoopla!!

Don’t forget to add this stamp of the month to your club or party order this month for only $5 when you spend $50!

Until Next Time-

                                                  Capture Life!





Sunday, August 31, 2014

CTMH September Stamp of the Month, Family is Forever


Welcome to our September Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! If you came here from

Maureen’s Blog then you are on the right path! Grab a cup of your favorite drink and get ready to be inspired! We have 80 consultants sharing their artwork.  If you want to see a complete list, click here.  Family is Forever is a set of 7 stamps that includes graphics and words that are perfect sized for scrapbooking, card making or any other crafty endeavor!

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The Project: My Crush Pages

I made a quick couple of My Crush pages of one of the most special moments my family celebrated this summer!  We were all baptized together.  It was a renewed commitment and statement as to where our family stands.  This stamp set could not have been more perfect! I stamped directly on to the already pre-printed pages.  I also stamped directly on to the journaling box, which was already printed with “THE STORY GOES.”


I also stamped and trimmed a few of the images and used them as embellishments in my book.


List of Materials Used:

My Crush Book

Best Day Ever Assortment

Pathfinding Paper Pack

Seaside Paper Pack


 Now you are off to

Katy’s Blog

 for much more inspiration.

Until Next Time-

Capture Life!


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

CTMH New Annual Inspirations Idea Book Event


Yep! you read it right! An ANNUAL IDEA BOOK! So, that means you can make a spending plan and stick with it.  You will KNOW all of the Stamps of the Month thru July 2015! Don’t take my word for it.  Be sure to stop by Friday Aug. 15 or Sat. Aug.16 from {10-3} and get your own copy!


Pop on by


Trust me when I say you will want to pace yourself! We even have 2 mini Seasonal Expressions Catalogs that will give you some creative juice just about the time you need it.

Coming around Dec. 1 and April 1st!

This is a great time to join a club! New ones will be starting in September!! If you aren’t local you can join a virtual club.  Email me for more information!

Hope to see you or hear from you soon and we can chat about it Smile


Until Next Time-

Capture Life!


Wednesday, August 06, 2014

CTMH New Annual Inspirations Fall Product Blog Hop


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Welcome to our CTMH New Product Blog Hop! If you have come here from Krista’s Blog you are on the right path! We have over 50 consultants eager to show you their artwork. So make sure you keep hopping! 

The release of our new Annual Inspirations Catalog has brought us 250 NEW Products! It’s hard to pick just one.  So, I will be showcasing a few things that I have already fallen in love with.

Just in time for back to school, I made a pencil holder.  This is also one of the projects I offer at my “Craft Happy Birthday Parties” for kids!



I covered the My Creations Kraft Container, which is not new but it is sticking around in the new Annual Inspirations Catalog.  I used the Chalk it Up paper pack cut in strips and had fun layering it.  Wait till you see all the cute doodles and sayings on it! plus, you can’t go wrong when it all coordinates right?  The owl’s eyes were made using hearts from the adorable Chalk It Up Assortment, which is an 8” x 4” sheet of puffy stickers. I LOVED puffy stickers when I was a kid.  I also used the “zip strip” border of sorbet swirls.

The owl is from the August Stamp of the Month. I honestly can’t stop paper piecing that owl. It is so fun!

I stamped the LOL and the speech bubble from “LOL” a set of 18 stamps that go perfectly with this paper. It’s only $6.95! Love it!!

I used pigment inks, Lagoon and Sorbet to color the rim of the container and on the lid.

There is so much for you to see!  So, keep on hopping over to Lauren’s Blog for much more inspiration and fun!

Until Next Time-

Capture Life!


Sunday, August 03, 2014

A One of a Kind Birthday Party for Your Child Ages 8 and Up!


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Over the past several years I have conducted birthday parties for my friend’s children.  I did my very first one for a girl who is a SENIOR in high school now!  While I have only done a few and they came by referral, it has been a highlight of my business.  I have really enjoyed making a special birthday experience for each child.

I have received such positive feedback from the parents and kids themselves, that I have decided to expand this service to the public!

It is pretty simple! You choose which project your guests will make and I supply the materials needed, all pre cut and measured.  Here are a few we have done.


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Projects are based on season and materials available.  There is always a chance to embellish, bling out or stamp yourself silly!!

Each guest also participates in creating a special album for the birthday child!

  From what I have observed, it is the quietest birthday party around! 


 That is until we start playing the music and they get going.  They get to visit the stamping station and learn different techniques and use fun tools.  It is such a special way to celebrate your child’s special day.  These are memories that they won’t soon forget! 


After the projects are complete, we move on to opening presents and eating birthday cake that you provide.

You can put together little party favor bags or order them from me.  I can provide all those details when we schedule your child’s party!

Add Ons are Available!

For an additional charge you can order handmade invitations.


Or a handmade personalized banner, like this one.   It was great to see the look of surprise on the the birthday girl’s face when she saw it.


Parties are typically held on a Friday night or Saturday afternoon and last for 2 hours.

Contact me for complete details and to schedule your child’s party! Dates are filling up fast!

Find me on Facebook: www.facebook.com/CreativeCottageDesigns

Until Next Time!

Capture Life!


Thursday, July 31, 2014

CTMH August Stamp of the Month- What a Hoot!


Welcome to August with CTMH! Check out this super fun stamp set!

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I have been having a lot of fun hosting birthday parties at my cottage.  I wanted to make a special little gift for the birthday girl.  She loves owls!
Inspired by the artwork shown in the New Annual Inspirations book on page 143, I made a little purse bag.
I had to use the new Confetti Wishes paper now available in the New Annual Inspirations Idea Book. I used the flowers from the stamp set for the eyes. I also random stamped the purse handle on white daisy cardstock.
I stamped the owl on White Daisy Cardstock as well as the striped piece of paper.  I cut out a few pieces and layered them to add dimension and FUN to the owl itself and her birthday hat. I also cut out the “Happy Birthday” from another piece of paper from Confetti Wishes that is bold and whimsical.


This purse gift bag was made using:
X7189B     NEW Confetti Wishes Paper Packet
Artiste Cartridge for purse shape
NEW Shin Han Touch Twin Markers {Alcohol Based}
Z2462 Peony Purple
Z2458  Marine Blue
Capture Life!

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

2 NEW CTMH Consultant Kits to Choose From- Still Just $99!

We are offering a really great opportunity right now! Once again our starter consultant kit is only $99, BUT! now you have 2 options!! A kit geared towards Memory Making or Card Making?

Either way you are getting off on the right foot and you will have the materials you need to start creating gorgeous artwork and conduct classes, workshops and gatherings!


  SEE Scrapbooking Consultant Kit FLYER Here

Click here to sign up!

Or a Card Makers Haven?
You can see the flyer here! It is valued at $370!!
Sign up Here

So, how do you picture Close to my Heart Fitting into Your Life?

What I have learned is the best way to look at an opportunity like this is to examine where it fits into your life already.

  • Do you lead a Brownie or Girl Scout Troop?
  • Do you plan activities for youth?
  • Do you capture a lot of photos?
  • Do you make handmade gifts?
  • Do you sell arts and crafts?
  • Do you create handmade cards?
  • Do you attend crops regularly?
  • Do you teach classes of any sort?
  • Do you organize retreats or events already?
  • Do you already LOVE CTMH and want all of our stuff?

Do you see where I am going with this?


I am sure there are things you are already involved in that you could use

CTMH product for.

  • Do you have any events that need party favors and decorations.

  • Does your group need a Historian or a Memory Keeper.  PTA? Choir? Sports?

  • Save yourself money,time,pain and anguish of wandering around the Big Box Stores not knowing what supplies to buy or how to use them!

So, can you see how having Close to my Heart products at your fingertips would be a handy thing? (no pun intended.) 

Once you’ve figured that out then it’s my job to SHOW YOU HOW!  Together will we will work on your individual plan.

So What Else Do I Get? (I’m glad you asked!)

1.  The backing of a solid, debt free, smart and innovative company with amazing leaders!


2.  Instant 22% commission (discount) on product orders! YES! That includes our fabulous Cricut Cartridges Collections! PLUS you earn FREE Select Product Credit based on your sales!

3. FREE Online Business Address- which means people can shop on your site and you will get a FREE MONTHLY EMAIL NEWSLETTER to send to your customers, family and friends!  This is a HUGE Value!

4. Turn-key workshops on the go! You have everything you need to start running your own monthly clubs, teaching classes or just get your own crafting done at a discount!


5. Tons of FREE Training Business, Creative, and Personal. There is no better FREE on the job training!


6.  A sisterhood to support you through our own private Team Facebook Group.

7. Monthly meetings and swaps.

8. Convention in Disneyland June 2015! You won't want to miss it!

YOU CAN EVEN Earn Your Kit Price Back!

When you reach your qualifying sales for Straight to the Top program the price of your Consultant Kit (minus shipping and handling) will be refunded to you and given to you on your Commissions!!

I’m Ready! What Do I do?


Click here to view the application and decide which kit is right for you!

It should only take about 5 minutes to complete the application. If you run into any problems while filling out the application, just give me a call and I can walk you through it.

I know first hand how hard it is to take that leap! You can read  MY STORY HERE


Then What Happens?

Once you have clicked submit and your tummy stops doing flips, you’ll receive a confirmation e-mail from CTMH.  It usually is within hours, but at times it may take a little longer. This email will hold the magic key, your user name and password to the Consultant Front Office.   You will receive your kit in about 1 week! Then the real fun will begin!

More questions? Feel free to contact me!

Until Next Time-

Capture Life!



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