Unboxing My New Spring Supplies

Spring is one of my favorite seasons and I can’t wait to show you all of my new supplies from the March/April catalog. Since the beginning of February, I have had these gorgeous spring papers, stamps, and thin cuts sitting in my craft space just waiting to be used on my spring projects. Once you take a look at these new paper crafting goodies, you will understand why I can’t wait to start creating.


Each season, we have two new paper collections, some Mix-in papers, stamps, and thin cut dies. When I first opened the catalog, I immediately started making a wishlist and it just kept growing.

First on my list were the new paper collections and matching Cricut collections. Daisy Meadows and Eat Play Love are filled with bright, springtime shades and designs. Each of these collections also has a matching Cricut collection that coordinates perfectly with the paper pack, pocket cards, and stickers.

After adding the papers, stickers, and Cricut Collections to my carts, I grabbed a few packs of Mix-In papers. Many of you know that these are some of my favorite patterns to use on my projects. Our Mix-Ins are designed to coordinate with our current paper packs, but I love using them on all of my projects. The subtle designs and clean patterns are perfect for cards, scrapbooks, and home décor.

Next on my list — KITS. These scrapbook and card kits are designed with you in mind. Each kit includes the supplies you need to make the project and they each teach you a new paper crafting technique you can use on your future projects.

In my Facebook group, I stream each of the Live events showing you how to make each of these kits. You can join me at the online events and create these kits with me during the workshop.

Each kit includes items that you cannot get anywhere else in the catalog. The stamps and dies in the card kits are only available with the kit, so, if you love those little cherries as much as I do, you will need to grab the kit. For those who are in my Facebook group, I offer the option to purchase more of the bulk papers that come in card kit. These are only available to consultants, but I know that many of you may want to make more cards – so I add this little perk for all my members.

After adding papers, stickers, pocket cards, and kits, I grabbed a few stamps and dies. There were two must-have sets on my wishlist, but I know that there will be a few on yours after you watch my catalog walkthrough video.

I also grabbed the two stamp of the month stamp sets. As a Maker, I can order these three months ahead of time which allows me to plan a few projects for you. Our stamp of the month sets are only available for one month. If you are a VIP, you can get these stamps FREE! Learn how to become a VIP.


Are you as excited as I am about all these new spring products? I bet the wheels are starting to turn and you just can’t wait to make something new. All of the items I shared with you are available in the March/April catalog while supplies last. If you would like a copy of the catalog, you can get one free with your order OR contact me and I can mail one to you. (I do ask that you pay the shipping costs to mail the catalogs.)

I hope you have a wonderful week and I look forward to seeing your spring projects.

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Stock Up & Save at the Cardstock Carnival

During March, you can enjoy amazing deals and save up to 30% on all your favorite cardstock colors with the Cardstock Carnival special! Cardstock is an essential crafting staple in my craft space and a must-have for any avid crafter. Now is the time to take advantage of this awesome opportunity to save big during Cardstock Carnival.

The crowning jewel of the Cardstock Carnival is the Cardstock Carnival Bundle, which includes multiple sheets of every exclusive cardstock color Close To My Heart has to offer. This massive bundle is available at a 30% discount and VIPs get additional rewards with each order. Learn more about becoming a VIP.

Along with this amazing, all-inclusive bundle, the Cardstock Carnival also includes several smaller bundles, all of which include 24 sheets of cardstock and also available at discounted prices!

I love that our cardstock is two-toned, has a unique white core, and is designed to match our paper packets. Having two shades on one sheet of cardstock gives me more designing options and I know that any paper I pick in my stack will match the cardstock color pallette.

Stock up on all your favorite single cardstock colors, too. This amazing cardstock sale allows you to enjoy incredible discounts on exclusive cardstock bundles and all individual colors.

Our cardstock is a solid staple and is a must-have in my craft space, so I plan on stocking up on a few of my favorite colors this month. This sale will end on March 31st so make sure to stock up and save on your favorite colors before the sale ends.

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Welcome to the Winged Masterpiece Blog Hop

Our team of Makers has some wonderful projects to inspire you using the Winged Masterpiece stamp of the month. Each month, we show you a variety of ways to use these exclusive stamp sets, and, this month, we are showing you how to use these beautiful floral butterfly and dragonfly images on your projects.

What is a blog hop? 151413618_10158228879417686_332923833687185585_nWell, if you are just starting out here or have come from Kristine Ponte’s blog, then you are in the right place.  As you travel from project to project, you will be inspired by our talented team.  When you are finished viewing my Simple Watercolor Dragonfly Card tutorial, you can click the link at the end to “hop” on over to the next creation.  If you get lost along the way, you will find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog.


Dragonflies are my favorite creatures, so when I saw the Winged Masterpiece stamp set, I knew that I wanted to use that image. As you can see, it is filled with detailed flowers and leaves, so I had to be careful how I used the image. To prevent your eyes from being overwhelmed, I kept the project simple, used watercolors to shade the images, and added a little texture with bricks and hexagon shapes.

These Simple Watercolor Dragonfly cards are easy to make following my video tutorial. Before I show that video to you, I want to share a few of the details on each of these cards.

To create the brick background, I used Opaque Texture paste with a stencil I created on my Cricut Maker with our stencil sheets. I wanted the base of the card to have some texture and very little color so that the dragonfly stood out.

The colors on the dragonflies match the colors on the hexagons. I was inspired by a zip-strip on one of the March/April Mix-In papers with had floral patterns in Peacock, Glacier, and Sundance. I created a watercolor background using those same colors onto some distressed watercolor cardstock, then heat embossed the dragonfly images in black.

After the dragonflies were cut from the cardstock – fussy cut not die cut – I added them onto some hexagon shapes cut from those Mix-In papers. This is the first time I have used the Stitched Hexagon thin cut dies and I am loving how easily they can create a background.


Before I continue to explain how I made these cards and share the second card with you, I want you to have a chance to watch the video tutorial. You will learn how I created the watercolor and texture paste background and, hopefully, be inspired to use the Winged Masterpiece stamp set on a few cards of your own.

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As you saw in the video, both cards were created in much the same manner with a few little changes. On the first card, I added a stamped sentiment on the front. On the second, I chose to add a wooden sentiment instead.

These wooden sentiments are a must-have in my embellishment collection. I had added them to cards, scrapbook pages, and home décor pieces. They add just the right amount of texture and a natural element to your projects.

I also changed the color of the hexagons on the second card to match the yellow wing on the dragonfly. This image was also darker than the first, so I chose a lighter blue hexagon behind it.

The hexagons were adhered to the card using liquid adhesive and foam tape. I have found that this MonoGlue works much better to adhere elements to texture paste than a tape runner does.

Both of these cards were very simple to make – I just had to be patient and wait for all the elements to dry before I could put them together. I hope that this project inspired you to try something new and create a few Simple Watercolor Dragonfly cards of your own.  Now head on over to Darlys Recker’s blog to see her work!  Be sure to visit all of the blogs to get some great crafting tips and other fun ideas. 

Don’t forget! The Winged Masterpiece stamp set is only available until March 31st. Contact your CTMH Consultant, or visit the my website to learn how you can get this stamp set for FREE as a VIP or for only $5.00  with a qualifying purchase.

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here is a list of the supplies I used today (View All My Supplies Here)