Saturday, October 1, 2022

October 2022 CTMH News

Happy World Card Making Day! From what I've been able to learn, World Card Making Day (→) was created in 2006 by Paper Crafts magazine. The event was designed for magazine subscribers, but ended up going viral. Unfortunately I am unable to find a website for Paper Crafts magazine, but I was able to find some sneak peeks of their past issues at issuu (→).

It does feel odd to be writing about something celebratory when so many of our fellow USA residents are facing difficulty from the aftermath of Hurricane Ian. If you have family in the hurricane's path, I hope they were not injured and have someplace safe to go.

October 2022 Stamp Of The Month Blessings of the First Noel

Blessings of the First Noel—October Stamp of the Month (S2210)
Blessings of the First Noel—October Stamp of the Month (S2210)

Blessings of the First Noel (S2210) is an exclusive D-Size set of 4 stamps. Blessings of the First Noel is available only during the month of October 2022. The stamp set can be free for CTMH VIP Customers who place a qualifying order during October. Those who are not CTMH VIP Customers can place a qualifying order then purchase the stamp set for only $5. Everyone qualifies for additional sets at $5 for each additional $50 spent on the same order. October is also available for $18.95 with no other purchase required. The recommended CTMH My Acrylix® Blocks for this stamp set are: 2" × 3½" (Y1009) (→) and 4" × 4" (Y1017) (→).

 The CTMH Art Department created cards with Blessings of the First Noel:

card created with Blessings of the First Noel—October Stamp of the Month (S2210)
card created with Blessings of the First Noel—October Stamp of the Month (S2210)

card created with Blessings of the First Noel—October Stamp of the Month (S2210)
card created with Blessings of the First Noel—October Stamp of the Month (S2210)

Visit Melinda Everitt's CTMH Artwork Showcase (→) to see other art work created with Blessings of the First Noel.

Picture This Christmas

Picture This Christmas Cut Above®-style cards
Picture This Christmas

Picture This Christmas is a Cut Above®-style card kit that lets you quickly create holiday cards with a personal touch.There are a variety of options, from a stamp set with sentiments perfect for the inside of the cards, to Thin Cuts to make the flap of your envelope a little more special to the materials to make the cards to shaker cards.

Picture This Christmas flyer
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Picture This Christmas flyer
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Picture This Christmas flyer
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If you would like a PDF version of the Picture This Christmas flyer pictured above, you can download it here (→). Picture This Christmas is available until December 31 while supplies last.

National Stamping Month: Card Creativity

National Stamping Month: Card Creativity
National Stamping Month: Card Creativity

Continuing this month is the National Stamping Month special Card Creativity. If you did not get a chance to check out the options available, you are really missing something fabulous IMHO. There are stamps the coordinate with Thin Cuts that coordinate with Thin Cut backgrounds that coordinate with stencils. They all come together to create one-of-a kind cards for many occasions.

Card Creativity flyer
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Card Creativity flyer
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Card Creativity flyer
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You can download the Card Creativity flyer here (→) or click on any of the images above for a better look. Card Creativity is available until October 31 while supplies last.

Fa-BOO-lous!

Fa-BOO-lous! Halloween Special
Fa-BOO-lous! Halloween Special

Another special continuing through October 31 (while supplies last) is Fa-BOO-lous! (→) Close To My Heart introduced it in August. My theory is to give everyone an opportunity to create (of find) a Halloween costume to coordinate with the collection. The featured colors are Peach, Melon, Paprika, Seabrook, Linen and Black.

There are several Fa-BOO-lous! items to choose from: a paper packet + sticker sheet, paper packet, coordinating cardstock, Fa-BOO-lous! stamp with or without coordinating Thin Cuts and new Melon Dots from the 2022-2023 Core Catalog. All are pictured in the flyer below. Also available are a Fa-BOO-lous Product Bundle and a Fa-BOO-lous Workshop Kit; both are at a 20% savings off the retail value.

Fa-BOO-lous! flyer
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Fa-BOO-lous! flyer
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Fa-BOO-lous! flyer
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The flyer is also available to download (PDF format) here (→).  Fa-BOO-lous! is available until October 31, 2022 while supplies last.

Workshop Wow: Flower Shoppe

Workshop Wow: Flower Shoppe
Workshop Wow: Flower Shoppe

In mid-September CTMH introduced the Workshop Wow (→) bundles featuring the Flower Shoppe papers, embellishments and a stamp sets from the Core Catalog. There is a scrapbooking and a card making option with or without the

Workshop Wow: Flower Shoppe flyer
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Workshop Wow: Flower Shoppe flyer
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Workshop Wow: Flower Shoppe flyer
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You can download the flyer shown above (PDF format) here (→). The Flower Shoppe Workshop Wow is available until October 31.

October–December 2022 Catalog

October–December 2022 Catalog
October–December 2022 Catalog

Items in the latest Close To My Heart catalog are available to order today. I have to admit that my wish list from this catalog includes almost every product available between the covers. It is going to be very hard for me to stay within my budget with this catalog. It does not help that I love floral and traditional Christmas. You will find the catalog here (→).

November 2022 Album Retreat

Coming in November 2022 is a virtual Album Retreat. The November 2022 Album Retreat Bundle (→) is available now. Visit the product page to see photos for the 11 two-page 12" x 12" scrapbook layouts that will be created November 2nd, 3rd and 4th. The deadline to order is October 15.

It seems like I had another bit of news to share, but what it could be is escaping me right now. 

Take care, stay safe and have a wonderful October. I hope you get to see many beautiful fall colors.

Wednesday, September 14, 2022

CTMH SOTM September 2022 - Enjoy These Moments

I did not think I would get a chance to share something created with the September 2022 Stamp Of The Month. I received my package, promptly put the stamps that arrived in a bag and headed out to a few appointments (I wanted to be able to fawn over my new supplies while sitting in the waiting room). Then, I could not find my stamp set. I was so sad I was afraid I lost it somewhere. Fortunately I found it under a chair in the living room. It must have slid under there when I emptied my bag to look at my purchases again.

September 2022 SOTM Enjoy These Moments Artwork Showcase Badge
September 2022 SOTM Enjoy These Moments Artwork Showcase Badge

I hope you like the card I created. It has been sitting in my mind's eye for a couple of weeks.

card created with Enjoy These Moments (CTMH September 2022 SOTM)
card created with Enjoy These Moments (CTMH September 2022 SOTM)

I started by cutting a piece of White Daisy 3¾" × 5¼". I randomly inked it with several colors of Distress Oxide™ Inks. I spritzed with water then used a flat paper towel to absorb the droplets. I let the piece dry overnight.

I cut another piece of White Daisy 1¾" × 2¼" and stamped the sentiment with Intense Black ink. I layered the sentiment piece onto a 2" × 2½" piece of Pine cardstock.

To create the fussy cut embellishing leaves, I gutted the card front about ⅛" smaller than the Pine piece behind where I planned to attach the sentiment. After cutting the window, I used Intense Black to stamp the heart shaped stamp randomly on the card front and the to stamp five leaves on the piece I gutted from the front. I attached the random stamped card front to Pine cardstock before adding to the card front. After fussy cutting the leaves, I used Thin 3-D Foam Tape to attach the sentiment and the leaves.

All supplies are from Close To My Heart except where noted:

Be sure to visit Melinda Everitt's CTMH Artwork Showcase to see other art work created with Enjoy These Moments.

Thank you for visiting today.

#enjoythesemoments #sept2022stampofthemonth #ctmhmakershowcase 

Friday, September 2, 2022

Labor Day Weekend - Close To My Heart Flash Sale

Close To My Heart is having a Flash Sale this Labor Day weekend.

September 2022 Flash Sale
September 2022 Flash Sale

The sale begins Friday, September 2 at 3:00 pm MDT; that's 5:00 pm EDT. There are discounts of up 60%-off! The discounts are available though 11:59 pm MDT on Monday,September 5, which is 1:59 am EDT on Tuesday, September 6. All offers are while supplies last.

If you are a subscriber to the CTMH Newsletter, you will be receiving an email reminder when the sale begins this afternoon.

As with previous flash sales, discounted prices for this sale are only available on orders placed through my Maker website for the duration of the sale.

All discounted items ordered as part of the sale count toward earning VIP Credit and the Stamp of the Month at the discounted price. Shipping and handling will be based on the full retail value of sale items.

Any items purchased using VIP Credit will be redeemed at the full retail price, so I suggest saving your VIP Credit for a later purchase.

To see which items will be discounted during the flash sale, visit the promotions page on my Maker website at any time during the sale. All offers are only available while supplies last. As a reminder, any current item that goes unavailable during the sale will return to availability at its normal price when the sale ends.

I have not read anything about items exclusive to this Flash Sale.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend and are able to take some time off to spend however you would like. Thank you for visiting today.

Thursday, September 1, 2022

September 2022 CTMH News

I know I say this often, but it seems like the past month flew by. I hope this is not happening to you and that you are feeling like you are having carefree, lingering summer days.

The Close To My Heart Stamp Of The Month is sure to give you autumn ideas.

September 2022 Stamp Of The Month Enjoy These Moments

Enjoy These Moments—September Stamp of the Month (S2209)
Enjoy These Moments—September Stamp of the Month (S2209)

Enjoy These Moments (S2209) is an exclusive D-Size set of 14 stamps. Enjoy These Moments is available only during the month of September 2022. The stamp set can be free for CTMH VIP Customers who place a qualifying order during September. Those who are not CTMH VIP Customers can place a qualifying order then purchase the stamp set for only $5. Everyone qualifies for additional sets at $5 for each additional $50 spent on the same order. September  is also available for $18.95 with no other purchase required. The recommended CTMH My Acrylix® Blocks for this stamp set are: 1" × 1" (Y1000), 1" × 1½" (Y1016), 1" × 3½" (Y1002), 2" × 3½" (Y1009), 3" × 3" (Y1006), and 4" × 4" (Y1017).

 The CTMH Art Department created this layout with Enjoy These Moments:

layout created with Enjoy These Moments
layout created with Enjoy These Moments
Visit Melinda Everitt's CTMH Artwork Showcase to see other art work created with Enjoy These Moments.

National Stamping Month: Card Creativity

National Stamping Month: Card Creativity
National Stamping Month: Card Creativity

September is National Stamping Month and Close To My Heart knocked it out of the park with the Card Creativity selection they brought us. I love all of it!

You can download the Card Creativity flyer here. Card Creativity is available until October 31 while supplies last.

Workshop Wow: Celebrating You

Workshop Wow: Celebrating You
Workshop Wow: Celebrating You

Choose between a scrapbooking workshop or a cardmaking workshop or choose both. Workshop Wow is the first workshop to highlight a paper collection from the 2022-23 Core Products catalog.

Fa-BOO-lous!

Fa-BOO-lous! Halloween Special
Fa-BOO-lous! Halloween Special

With Fa-BOO-lous! Close To My Heart is getting you ready to document your Halloween memories. The featured colors are Peach, Melon, Paprika, Seabrook, Linen and Black.

There are several Fa-BOO-lous! items to choose from: a paper packet + sticker sheet, paper packet, coordinating cardstock, Fa-BOO-lous! stamp with or without coordinating Thin Cuts and new Melon Dots from the 2022-2023 Core Catalog. All are pictured in the flyer below. Also available are a Fa-BOO-lous Product Bundle and a Fa-BOO-lous Workshop Kit; both are at a 20% savings off the retail value.

Fa-BOO-lous! flyerpage 1
Fa-BOO-lous! flyerpage 2
Fa-BOO-lous! flyerpage 3

You can also download the flyer here. Fa-BOO-lous! is available until October 31 while supplies last.

Visit the product page to download the Fa-BOO-lous Workshop Guide, Included in the Guide are instructions to cut and assemble a single 12"×12" page, 2 12"×12"layouts and 12 treat pockets.

VIP Refer a Friend Promotion

CTMH VIP Referral image
CTMH VIP Referral

Close To My Heart is giving VIP Customers the opportunity to earn bonus VIP Credit when you share your referral code with your family friends and they use your referral code when they sign up to become a VIP by September 30. CTMH even provides this image that you can use when sharing your referral code. You will find all of the details, including a FAQ, on my eCommerce website here. The image can be found at the bottom of the page. Close To My Heart send you your referral code via email a couple of weeks ago. If you no longer have the message, but have now decided to share your code, you will find your referral code under "Account" > "VIP Membership" (look under your name in the upper right corner).

When you share your VIP Referral Code I would really appreciate if you recommend me to your friends.

November 2022 Album Retreat

Coming in November 2022 is a virtual Album Retreat. The November 2022 Album Retreat Bundle is available now. Visit the product page to see photos for the 11 two-page 12" x 12" scrapbook layouts that will be created November 2nd, 3rd and 4th. The deadline to order is October 15.

Have a great September!

Sunday, August 28, 2022

More Cards from a Startup Special Cut Above® Card Kit

Around other commitments, I am still working on UFO Cut Above® Card Kits that are part of the Startup Special Cut Above® promotion from Close To My Heart. Startup Special ends on August 31.

Startup Special
Startup Special

I recently worked on cards 5 through 8 in the Sep–Dec 2019 Cut Above® Card Kit (CHC4201). You might remember I have a extra of each card from attending the 2019 CTMH Convention in 2019. This group of cards are 4¼"×5½".

card 5 - Sep–Dec 2019 Cut Above® Card Kit (CHC4201)
card 5 - Sep–Dec 2019 Cut Above® Card Kit (CHC4201)

The card in the upper left was created as suggested in the worksheet included in the Sep–Dec 2019 Cut Above® Card Kit. On the other two cards I used a technique from the Jingle Joy Cardmaking Workshop (November-December 2020 catalog) and covered the snowflake die cuts with Icicle (Z3785) and Silver (Z3562) Stickles™ Glitter Glue.

close up - card 5 - Sep–Dec 2019 Cut Above® Card Kit (CHC4201)
close up - card 5 - Sep–Dec 2019 Cut Above® Card Kit (CHC4201)

The above photo shows a closer look at the snowflake die cuts. As the ribbon in the Sep–Dec 2019 Cut Above® Card Kit, I shopped my stash for a silver ribbon to use on the card with Silver Stickles™ Glitter Glue.

card 6 - Sep–Dec 2019 Cut Above® Card Kit (CHC4201)
card 6 - Sep–Dec 2019 Cut Above® Card Kit (CHC4201)

As before, the card in the upper left was created as suggested in the sheet included in the Sep–Dec 2019 Cut Above® Card Kit. On the other two cards I used a technique we were taught at a CTMH launch event when the Shimmer Brush was introduced. I used the Clear Shimmer Brush (Z3293) on the die cut banner piece. Once they were dry, I stamped the sentiment.

close up - card 6 - Sep–Dec 2019 Cut Above® Card Kit (CHC4201)
close up - card 6 - Sep–Dec 2019 Cut Above® Card Kit (CHC4201)

After I assembled the cards, I used Icicle Stickles™ Glitter Glue (Z3785) on the card in the upper right to highlight some of the flowers, the hearts and dots around the floral focal and around the sentiment.

card 7 - Sep–Dec 2019 Cut Above® Card Kit (CHC4201)
card 7 - Sep–Dec 2019 Cut Above® Card Kit (CHC4201)

I stayed (mostly) true to the worksheet for card 7. I added Icicle Stickles™ Glitter Glue (Z3785) to the ornaments on two of the cards.

card 8 - Sep–Dec 2019 Cut Above® Card Kit (CHC4201)
card 8 - Sep–Dec 2019 Cut Above® Card Kit (CHC4201)

I made a few changes to card 8. On the card in the upper right I added Clear Shimmer Brush (Z3293) to some of the poinsettia and I mirrored the pattern. The card on the bottom has Diamond Stickles™ Glitter Glue (Z3563) in the card center. I also shopped my stash for a wider red ribbon to create a fuller embellishment. The "Merry Christmas" sentiment comes from one of the other Cut Above® Card Kits (Sep–Dec 2021 Cut Above® Card Kit (CHC4221)).

While most of the cards stayed true to the cards shown on the worksheet, I hope you like the little touches I added to make each card a little more unique.

Have a great week and enjoy the last few days of August.

Monday, August 22, 2022

Cards from a Startup Special Cut Above® Card Kit

The Startup Special Cut Above® promotion from Close To My Heart motivated me to work on some UFOs. If you have not heard the term UFO related to crafting, it stands for Unfinished Objects.

Startup Special
Startup Special

The Cut Above® Card Kits were introduced during the 2019 Close To My Heart Convention. CTMH Makers who attended that convention received some cards from the kit to create with to introduce us to the subscription, that's why you see three cards rather than two of each design that come in the subscription.

I pulled out the cards from Convention and the first Cut Above® Card Kit Subscription and made the first four cards. I tried to make each card a little different. Sometimes I used a stamp from one of the other Cut Above® Card Kit Subscriptions or another stamp set I had not put away yet.

Since I rarely use 3" × 3" cards, I created the first four cards with a local Senior Citizens group in mind. I know the member who makes sure each of the other members receives a card on their birthday and I hope she will be able to put a smile on someone's face with the cards.

card 1 - Sep–Dec 2019 Cut Above® Card Kit (CHC4201)
card 1 - Sep–Dec 2019 Cut Above® Card Kit (CHC4201)

On the first card from the Sep–Dec 2019 Cut Above® Card Kit (CHC4201) I used a mix of adhesives. All cards have "Happy Birthday" inside and I tried to use a different version in each. I was not trilled with my stamping on one of the cards so I stamped on White Daisy cardstock then hand cut an arched dove-tailed banner. I also distressed the edges.

card 2 - Sep–Dec 2019 Cut Above® Card Kit (CHC4201)
card 2 - Sep–Dec 2019 Cut Above® Card Kit (CHC4201)

On the second card I used stamps from other Cut Above® Card Kits. The card with "Happy Birthday" on the front has "You Take the Cake" inside, while the other cards have "Happy Birthday" inside.

card 3 - Sep–Dec 2019 Cut Above® Card Kit (CHC4201)
card 3 - Sep–Dec 2019 Cut Above® Card Kit (CHC4201)

The top card was created with the stamp set from the Sep–Dec 2019 Cut Above® Card Kit, but the bottom two cards were stamped with sets you will find in the new Core Products catalog. The card on the left was from Flourished Greetings (B1806), while the card on the right was from Shooting Stars (B1813). The sentiments inside are "Sprinkled with lots of fun", "You Take the Cake" and "Time to Celebrate You". All of the inside sentiments are from a Cut Above® Card Kit.

card 4 - Sep–Dec 2019 Cut Above® Card Kit (CHC4201)
card 4 - Sep–Dec 2019 Cut Above® Card Kit (CHC4201)

This group of cards was difficult to vary the front due to the banner die cut. The only change I did was to move the flower cluster to the top so you could see the sequins better when the card is standing up on display. The inside sentiments are stamped with stamps that came with a Cut Above® Card Kit: "Time to Celebrate You", "Oh Happy Day" and "Sprinkled with lot of fun".

Please be sure to have a cup of coffee for me if you are reading this on Tuesday, August 23. My alarm is scheduled to go off at 3:45am so I can pack my lunch and get to the polls on time to greet voters at 6am.

Have a great day!

Sunday, August 21, 2022

VIP Referral Program

Attention all VIP Customers... Close To My Heart is giving you the opportunity to earn bonus VIP Credit when you share your referral code with your family friends and they use your referral code when they sign up to become a VIP. CTMH even provides this image that you can use when sharing your referral code.

CTMH VIP Referral image
CTMH VIP Referral

You will find all of the details, including a FAQ, on my eCommerce website here. The image can be found at the bottom of the page. Close To My Heart send you your referral code via email last week. If you no longer have the message, but have now choose to share your code, you will find your referral code under "Account" > "VIP Membership" (look under your name in the upper right corner).

When you share your VIP Referral Code I would really appreciate if you recommend me to your friends.

If you just happened upon today's post, you can use my Referral Code, M866Q8, to sign up to be a CTMH VIP.

CTMH VIP Referral - Brenda's Code
CTMH VIP Referral - Brenda's Code

If the FAQ does not answer all of your questions, please reach out to me via the Contact Form to the right and I will do my best to quickly find an answer for you.

No matter whose code you use when signing up to be a CTMH VIP, to receive the extra $10 in credit, you must sign up by September 30, 2022.

If you are in New York State and did not vote during early voting, do not forget that there are Primary elections on Tuesday, August 23. Check your County Board of Elections for more information about voting in your area.

Have a great week

Thursday, August 18, 2022

Core Catalog 2022-23 New Projects Artwork Showcase

As you are likely aware, Close To My Heart released a new Core Products 2022-2023 catalog on August 1. Today's post features new items you will find in the new catalog.

CTMH Artwork Showcase Core Products (August 2022 – July 2023) Catalog
CTMH Artwork Showcase Core Products (August 2022 – July 2023) Catalog

My cards were inspired by creative classes I attended at the Close To My Heart Virtual Convention in June.

cards created with new CTMH Colors
cards created with new CTMH Colors

The cards we created at Virtual Convention were Slimline, but I thought it would be fun to create A2-sized cards with some of the same products.

I cut ¼" strips from each of the new cardstock colors, then cut them to 4". I layered the cardstock with the true color side followed by the lighter color side.

I stamped with a mix of first and second generation, and, on the card shown on the right, I used the back of the "to the happy couple" stamp to create a background for the sentiment stamp. I completed the cards by embellishing with Woodgrain Die-cut Flowers.

All supplies are from Close To My Heart except where noted:

I really enjoyed creating with Floral Sentiments. I think this will be a stamp set that I keep on my desk for months to come.

Visit Melinda Everitt's CTMH Artwork Showcase to see what other folks created with items from the new CTMH Core Products Catalog.

#august2022coreideabook

Sunday, August 7, 2022

CTMH SOTM August 2022 - Teach Love Inspire

Hello from what feels like one of the hottest places on earth (though I am certain there are hotter, more humid and less desirable places that I could find myself). If it also hot where you are, I hope that you have a great way to keep cool. Today is one of the days I wish I lived near the beach and could get some cool breezes while sitting under a beach umbrella.

While enjoying the cave that my house becomes when it is hot enough that running the air conditioners is the only option, I got an opportunity to create with the August Stamp of the Month Teach Love Inspire.

August 2022 SOTM Teach Love Inspire Artwork Showcase Badge
August 2022 SOTM Teach Love Inspire Artwork Showcase Badge

I thought the Teach Love Inspire stamp set would be fantastic for creating a bookmark, so that is what I came up with. I started by cutting White Daisy cardstock with the inner die from the Slimline Shaker Window Thin Cuts.

bookmark created with Teach Love Inspire (CTMH August 2022 SOTM) front view
bookmark created with Teach Love Inspire (CTMH August 2022 SOTM)
front view

I created a few vignettes on the bookmark front, using masking to group stamped images together. I did not mask the glasses, I just stamped the frame against the cup lid. Since the lens of glasses are clear, you would be able to see the cup though the lens and masking the frame would have gotten tricky due to their size. I colored the stamped images with TriBlend™ Markers.

bookmark created with Teach Love Inspire (CTMH August 2022 SOTM) back view
bookmark created with Teach Love Inspire (CTMH August 2022 SOTM)
back view

Since I used Tri-Blend Markers on the front, the back of the White Daisy cardstock did not remain pretty, so I cut a piece of Capri cardstock (cut from the lighter side) to back the bookmark. Not only did it cover where the markers bled through, but made the bookmark sturdier and provided another canvas to decorate.

All supplies are from Close To My Heart except where noted:

In addition to creating something for those in education, I think this stamp set will work beautifully for some quick Thank You cards. A few of the stamps would also work with many of the card blanks in the Craft with Heart™—Cardmaking Subscription (The May through August 2022 kit is still available even though the September through December 2022 subscription is pictured. Plus there several previous Cut Above® Card Kits available via the Buy 2, Get 1 Free! Startup Savings promotion valid through the end of August while supplies last. To make it easier to compare the Startup Savings card kits, I posted images of the completed cards last month.

If you are not previously working with a CTMH Maker, you may purchase the supplies I used at my eCommerce website.

Be sure to visit Melinda Everitt's CTMH Artwork Showcase to see other art work created with Teach Love Inspire.

Enjoy the last few hours of our sizzling hot weekend. The good news is the temps are supposed to be a little lower starting on Tuesday. Hopefully you can be in an air conditioned space doing some crafting. Please wish for rain so we do not have to carry water for my mother's plants.

#ctmhaugust2022stampofthemonth #teachloveinspire #ctmhmakershowcase