Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Pathfinding Fall Workshop on the Go- This Month’s Featured Scrapbooking Class


There are so many things I like about this scrapbooking kit! 

The value for one! If you were to buy these as individual items you would pay $42.29!

However! when you purchase this kit you only pay $29.95!


 Click here to see the full list of kit contents.

(Additional ink pads are necessary to complete.  I will have  a set to use , but if you have any of these colors, bring them along too!

Autumn Terracotta, Chocolate, Goldrush and Olive.)


That’s a great savings! Now here is the best part! You get a full instructional guide on how to cut the paper, stamp and put it all together. This workshop utilizes the Cricut Artbooking Cartridge.  I will be pre-cutting the title and accents for you.  I will also be telling you all about the fantastic features of this cartridge!  So, if it’s on your wish list, you’ll want to attend this class.


Pathfinding Graphic

You will also have enough product left over to create a BONUS layout.  When you attend my class you will get the additional cutting guide and instructions and we will create it together. If you want the kit but can’t make the class you will find supporting instructions, cutting guide, tips and tricks on my website.

Thursday October 23, 2014 @ 6 pm

Class Cost: You only pay for the kit, $32 (incl. tax and shipping.) Otherwise the class itself is free.

What to Bring:

Basic Tools: Trimmer, scissors, adhesive, blocks etc..

How to Register:

Email me and let me know you will attend and how you will pay.

Check can be accepted in person or mailed.


Pay securely through Pay Pal.  (You don’t even need a Pay Pal account.) You will receive confirmation immediately and so will I. It’s that easy, just click the button below.

Class Registration Deadline: Wednesday Oct. 15

Classes are held at Creative Cottage Designs and space is limited! 

So, be sure to register early to reserve your spot in the class.  If you have trouble registering, just give me a call or text. 262-813-0118.


Until Next Time-

Capture Life!





Monday, October 06, 2014

Shin Han Marker Blog Hop with CTMH


Welcome to a special Blog Hop featuring our New Shin Han Markers.


If you came here from Haley Dyer’s Blog, you are on the right path!


Close To My Heart is excited to introduce our new line of ShinHan™

Touch Twin™ markers! ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ markers are one

of the highest quality, dependable and trusted art-quality alcohol-

based markers on the market today. These markers have been

redesigned, refined, and perfected for over twenty years!


The ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Markers:

• Are ergonomic

• Won’t roll away!

• Are dual-tipped: one fine tip and one broad tip

• Are easy to blend

• Come in 24 dynamic colors


Project #1

Colored Chalk Art

A1162 Joyful Wishes Stamp Set


I started out with stamping in White Daisy pigment ink.  After making sure it was completely dry I added color by going over the white with markers.  The color builds up so you can make it as deep and rich as you want.  You can also mix colors.  Always start with the light color first.  The end result was a colored chalk look.

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Supplies Used

I chose colors that would coordinate with our Confetti Wishes Paper.

I also used a small strip from the Seaside Polka Dot Paper as well.

Marker Colors:

Z2458 Marine Blue

Z2449 Cerulean Blue Light

Z2466 Vivid Green

Z2455 Light Orange

Z2464 Tender Pink

Z2462 Peony Purple

Project #2 I Think You’re Perfect Card

I made another card, but it is a more traditional coloring job.  I LOVE the fine point end of the marker.  It really comes in handy for those tight spaces, like the details of earrings, bracelets, etc.. The good thing is we also have a Colorless Blender that can remove color where needed.

Perfect Card

I made this card for a friend a few weeks ago.  She was having a difficult time with gossip, so I wanted to set the record straight.  This is an exclusive Hostess Stamp Set, “Better With a Friend” that I adore! I used the used the same paper and basic color palette, but added a few more colors:

I also used the Colorless Blender Marker to add some interest to the blue jean pants. 

Pastel Peach Marker was perfect for the skin tone.

I stamped on a shape from Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge. With so much white showing I had to do something, so I grabbed a sponge dauber and filled in the background. The final touch was highlighting the word “Pefect” with the Peony Purple Marker.  Be sure that you always stamp in pigment ink. Here I used our Black Archival Ink otherwise it will smear. 

I hope you enjoyed a small sampling of what you can do with these fun markers.

Now you are off to Kelly Jane’s Blog for more Marker Madness!

Until Next Time-

Capture Life!


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!



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