Friday, December 9, 2016

Oh Yes We Can "Stamp on tiles with CTMH inks"

Tiles, tiles and more tiles

My granddaughter wanted to try making some coasters using alcohol inks.  While I was recovering from a broken ankle and non-weight bearing, I was stir crazy and Megan's visits were a welcome. One day she shows up with some tiles and the fun began.  Being the Curious Crafter that I am, we tried alcohol inks, stencils, stamps, Stazon ink, scrapbook paper and CTMH exclusive Inks.

 We had many surprises, goof ups, messes and lots of fun.  So I will share with you what finally worked with the Close to my Heart Exclusive inks. I had just received an order from CTMH and fell in love with the Perfectly Pine stamp set.  So here is what I did that worked for me.
  1. Clean tiles with alcohol and dry.
  2. Mix Mod Podge and white paint (about a 50/50 mix)
  3. Apply to tiles with a foam brush. Let dry about 1 to 2 hrs.  Apply 2 coats
  4. Choose your stamps and inks.  I used the Misty stamping tool to stamp. I'm sure you could just use a block.  The Misty lets you stamp twice if you need to.
  5. Let dry for 12 hrs.
  6. Apply 2 coats of Mod Podge, allow to dry completely between coats.
  7. Place on an old baking pan lined with foil and put into a cold oven.  Set oven to 250 and bake 30 to 45 mins. Turn oven off and allow tiles to cool in the oven.
  8. In a well ventilated area spray with a protective sealer. I used Minwax Polycrylic clear satin. Let dry and add 2 more coats. If you are not using for coasters you could just do 2 coats.

I was a little impatient and mine smeared a little. You should wait until inks drys between stamping each color. You could use your heat gun to help with drying. I found it best to just let it dry and then add your next color.  

I hope this helps you guys. If you enjoyed this post please like and share.  All comments are welcome.  Stay Curious my Crafty friends! 

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Pretty Fall Wreath

I love Fall as you may know and I'm usually behind. So what am I going to do with all these things?  Everything on this table I already lets see what happens.
This water hose was green, I had made a wreath for July 4th and my daughters said "Mom, that's ugly  (what's with the water hose?) So I spray painted it with some off white paint.  I used zip ties to hook the hose together and form a wreath shape.  Then I searched through my fall stuff and found some things that I liked and started placing them on the hose.  I found this cute ribbon, I love Owls!
After adding all my fall goodies, this is what I ended up with. I love it! Even my daughters liked it .

Happy Fall Y'all  !

Be Crafty
Stay Curious

Sunday, June 5, 2016


I'm so excited the FLASH sales are here. During the month of June, every Friday at 3pm a new group of bundles will be on sale.  CTMH is bundling products at great prices.  The sale will only last from Friday @ 3pm until Monday @3pm.   The bundles are all different products and priced at huge discounts.  Some of the bundles this week include:
  • Party Treat Bundles  -  perfect for birthdays  -  $7.92 - 0riginal price $9.90
  • Emblishments Bundle 3 pk.-  add that extra to your cards/pages  -  $12.68  - original $15.85
  • Picture My Life & emblishment bundle  -- 56 PML cards 20 emblies - $15.12 original $18.90
Visit my website HERE  to see all the bundles available this week. You will also find twine, embossing folders, base & bling, shimmer trim all in bundles at great sale prices.

I'm having a give away! Here's how it works.  Visit my website during the month of June choose your favorite bundle....then come back to my blog or FB page Right Here and comment! Then like and share my blog or FB page.  At the end of June the person with the most comments, likes and shares will win a free stamp set.  The person with the highest order from my website will receive a great gift.  A beautiful CTMH tote bag.  Stay tuned for pictures of both prizes at the end of this week.

Stay Curious!
Stay Crafty!
Tell Your Stories!

Monday, May 23, 2016

Georgie Paper Collection - Welcome Baby

I just love the colors of this paper collection, the colors were just perfect for this baby book.  I made this for a customer, who's daughter was having her third baby.  She wanted something simple that she could add pictures and embellishments to.  I started out with a craft album that I had in my stash. I covered the front, back and insides with the Georgie papers.  To make things easy I also used the Georgie Picture My Life cards.  I just added them to give her some ideas of things she could do.  I also included the compliments and assortment packs.

Supply List
  • Z3044     My Creations Mini Book
  • X7203B  Georgie paper pack
  • X7203C  Georgie Complements
  • Z3092     Georgie Assortment
  • Z3086     Aqua Shimmer Trim
  • Z3179     PML Georgie scrapbooking program
  • Double sided tape

Hope you have enjoyed this post.  Baby Boys, Baby Girls and so much more.  Search #ctmhgeorgie  on facebook and Instigram to see all the projects others have created with this paper collection.
Check out my website HERE  for the supplies need to make this album. While you are there be sure to also check the Clearance and While they last categories under Shopping.  Lots of great prices and supplies that are retiring.

While you are here please like and comment if you enjoyed this post. Also join my blog so you won't miss future post.  Please feel free to share your creations using the Georgie paper collection in the comments below. I would love to see your work.

Stay Crafty!
Stay Curious!
Tell your Stories!


Life Happens!  Sorry it has taken me so long to get this posted. I have had the nasty bug, prom, graduation, 3 photo shoots, parties and everyday life.  Things have finally slowed down so here are the paper pansies I made from my inspiration.

I had such fun making these.  I used inks, water colors and color blast to color these. I also tried my trusty dryer sheets to make these.  Really didn't like the dryer sheets as much as the paper ones. I cut out hearts with my Art Philosophy cartridge, you can use any size. I cut mine at 1 and 1 1/2 inches. I used five hearts for each flower. Three whole ones and two half ones.  You will also need a circle to adhere them too. Size of circle depends on the size of hearts you use. You need to cut a little bit off of the tips of your hearts. I colored mine and then used a bone folder and stylus to shape each one.  You can use a quick dry paper glue, glue dots, or double sided tape to adhere the hearts to your circles.  I added the top two first and overlapped them, then I added the two halves next and the bottom one last.  I cut the leaves free handed.  You could use a punch, cricut, or dies to cut your shapes.  Then add a center...I used buttons, pearl brads, and a paper punched heart .

Add a little shading and vein lines with a marker and you are done.  I also shaped the leaves and added a little ink to add some texture to them.  I really like the way they turned out. I want to try some smaller ones . . . . think they would be cute.

These two are my favorite.

Card I made

I hope you liked this post and that you give them a try. Would love to see what you make.  Please post your "pretty pansies" in the comments below.  Please like, comment and share this post if you enjoyed it.

Hope you guys avoid the "bug" and enjoy the celebrations in your life. Here's a picture of my Beautiful granddaughter for Senior Prom and Graduation.  Seems like yesterday that we were having tea parties and playing dress up.

As the song says "Don't Blink" time passes faster than you think. Enjoy your moments!
Stay Crafty!
Stay Curious!
Tell your stories!

Monday, May 9, 2016

Happy Times National Scrapbooking Month

To celebrate National Scrapbooking Month Close To My Heart has this beautiful paper pack.
You can get this pack of wonderful paper FREE with a qualifying purchase. To Learn more visit my website Here

Motivation Mondays


Are Mondays hard for you?  Do you want to just snuggle in and not start the week just yet?
Me too.....sometimes, but Mondays are the beginnings of a fresh new week.  Mondays kind of set the tone for the rest of the week.  After a week of traveling and the busy weekend of Anniversaries, Mothers Day and Prom, I just want to chill.  I also know that if I do I will miss the opportunity to start my week in a fresh and positive way.  So I decided to go out....outside (nature always makes me feel energized and fresh) I love to just roam around and take pictures of anything I find inspiring. Today my pansies inspired me to get busy!  Checked my CTMH planner, updated To Do List and added my reward for the day!  Today my reward is to create something that has pansies...maybe a card ....or a scrapbook page! 

So go find something to motivate you today! Remember to give yourself a reward....even if it's only 30 mins. to play. (color, paint, dance, sing or soak in a bubble bath) Be good to yourself and have a great productive day!

Tomorrow I will post my creation for you guys to see and maybe share some of my To Do accomplishments.  Stay Curious and Crafty.  Here are a few more of my nature walk pictures from today. Enjoy


Friday, April 22, 2016

Seasonal Expressions 1

This is ALL that will be left after April 30th. Everything else is gone on April 30th. Hop on over to my website to see all the "goodies" that we are saying goodbye to. While you're there check out the clearance items.  Some Great Sales Items!

                Stay Curious!
        Don't forget to place your
         orders before April 30th! 

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Saint Patrick's Day

I decided I wanted a Saint Patrick's Day wreath for my door. Didn't want to spend a lot of time or money. So I went searching, first I found so ribbon, then as I was working on something for my daughter ( shamrocks ) I thought "make them bigger " for a wreath.  Then I need a base for my wreath so I found a piece of insulation used for water pipes and this is the results. I love it fast ( only took about 35 mins. & cost was (maybe $3.00) afordable.  What do you guys think?

         Stay Curious my Friends!
                Happy Crafting

Please like and share. Comments are always welcome.  I would love to see what you come up with.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Pocket Letters

I have become very Curious about the new (to me) craft known as pocket letters.  Hung out on You Tube and Pintrest.  Then I thought I'd give it a try. I made two for my daughter's and one for a friend.  Then I decided I wanted to do some swaps.  Now, I confess I am addicted!  

Let me tell you what they are. You use the plastic sleeves thecat baseball cards fit in. You decorate them using scrapbooking / card making supplies on the front side. Sometimes there is a theme and sometimes not.  Then this is the fun the back side you add goodies....washi tape, ribbon, buttons, die cuts, a tea bag, some chocolate most anything you can fit into the pockett. You get to get rid of some of your supplies. All us crafters know we have many to share.  Then you swap with someone else.

It's like getting a Christmas present every time you get yours in the mail.

This is one I recieved. Just this week!

                     STAY COURIOUS!

             TRY SOMETHING NEW

Spring Has Come

I don't know about you but I am tired of the cold and snow. I am all ready for Spring. I have been wanting to try this technique for awhile now and I love the way it turned out. I used CTMH paper pack Skylark ( just love this paper bought many of them ) I will admit it took me several times to get it right, so lucky I had all the extra paper. The dogwood flower was a stamp & die that a friend gave me, and I thought it went well with the paper. The hearts were cut with my Cricut from some glitter paper.  The wood pieces came from my stash. The Title I made in my word program on my computer.  Hope you guys like it as much as I do. This page was done in memory of my parents.

                STAY CURIOUS
         Who's telling you Stories?

Friday, January 8, 2016

New Plans for 2016

Inspiration Moments

As I was working on my new planner from Close to My Heart so many things were popping into my head. Projects and Ideas were husband said that I will have to live to 300 to get all that "stuff" done.  I sure hope not. I'm so excited about the New Year and new things to come. First I just want you to know that I love my new planner. I'm so excited about making the planner mine and will be posting as I go along.  This got me to thinking that I need a more planed organized approach to my blog.  So the first thing I plan to do is post some things I've working on the last part of the year. The second thing I plan to do is Update my blog.  So stay tuned for new and improved ! {I hope}

Stay Curious!
Happy Crafting

Christmas Memories

White Pines Christmas

These layouts are for our next scrapbooking class scheduled for January. The layouts use the White  Pines paper pack, embellishments, compliments, and Picture My Life cards.  I love to create layouts using the products. I can make traditional pages and embellish as much as I want, but using the Picture My Life products let me add more pictures quickly and matching products make it so easy.

I haven't added pictures yet waiting to have them printed. I have decided to scrapbook lots of the routine thing that happen in December. The preparations, shopping, cooking, decorations and of course my beautiful grandkids, family and friends.

Here are some pictures of my layouts so far. I will include a list of supplies I used at the end of the pictures.

I only used one sheet of paper for the main layouts and only one pocket page.  I did cut some paper to add to the pocket pages. (the white card stock was added only for the photos)

Supplies used

White Pines paper pack
White Pines compliments
White Pines embellishments
White Pines PML cards
Vertical page protector
CTMH inks  Fern, Pomegranate and black
Conner rounder, Wink of Stella {clear}

Check out my web site to see all the new products we have available.
Our new Planner......we now have dies to coordinate with our stamp sets! Yea!
Just click on Shop Now to check out all our new products, sales, special promotions and wonderful ideas.

Stay Curious!
Happy Crafting!

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Thursday, January 7, 2016

My Year In Review 2015

Oh What a year!

My year has been a busy one. So I decided to share some of the highlights with you guys.
We have finally put our old house on the Market. We have decided to try to sale ourselves for awhile before we give it to a realtor.  Kind of sad...of course I had to scrap it.

We added a crazy Dog to our family.  We enjoyed football, basketball, volleyball games, first time drivers, Halloween, and of course Home Coming, and the Prom.  We even had an Owl party.

Our grandson
 Our Granddaughter {the short one}
 Loki, Our Crazy dog
Our granddaughter and her date
 Our granddaughter, a new driver now!

 Two of my favorite Owls
 Our granddaughter on Home coming Court
 Our granddaughter, cute little kitty
Our granddaughter with her boy friend {who surprised her for home coming}

We celebrated Birthdays, special days with our grandchildren, and even managed a family vacation and a motorcycle trip with our friends.
 Our grandson on his Special Day {remind me to tell you about Special Days}
Long weekend trip to Myrtle Beach
My sweet Hubby at Stone Mt. in Georgia , on our family vacation

Our Motorcycle trip to Kentucky

Of course there was some work, some fun work and some crafting.
Crafting class made frame wreaths
 My son-in-law and I made snowmen and trees to sale. We made many...many trees!
 Gifts I made for my crafty friends
One of the Christmas crafts we made
 Some of the many trees we made
My booth at Craft Show
Then it was Christmas. My favorite time of the year. Although it seemed like summer here with the temperature around 70 degrees.  At our house we have a couple of traditions with our family that we try to do each year.  My husband and I take our grandkids to the lights at Bristol Speedway. We leave early and eat lunch then visit the light show. I think our favorite thing is the little market they have in the middle of the race track. Little shops, food, and rides for kids. Christmas for our family starts on a Friday and ends on Sunday.  It's not always on Christmas but our girls and their families spend the whole weekend together. We cook, eat, play games, exchange gifts, and sometimes take a nap or two.

Loki in his Christmas sweater
 Christmas Eve snack
Some of us at the end of our celebration. A strange group we are!

Well that's some of the things that have kept me busy this year. I have been truly blessed this year with my health, my Husband {who supports me and puts up with me}, my family and my home. God has blessed us with these gifts. I pray that he will bless us and guide us in the year to come.

I haven't been very good at posting on a regular schedule. That is one of my main projects this year, so.....stay tuned.