Close To My Heart Cyber Week

Close To My Heart Cyber Week 2015 | Save 25% on selected items at my CTMH Store --> | Check the list of items on my blog --> | #ctmhcyberweek #cybermonday #craftingsupplies #papercrafting #scrapbooking #cardmaking #cricut #diecutting #diy #savemoneyoncraftingsupplies

For five days only, a selection of items from Close To My Heart’s current product inventory can be yours for 25% off retail price!

Get supplies you’ll need to make handcrafted gifts and cards for the holidays at an amazing discount!

These are included in the 25% Off selected items:

  • Cricut® Artfully Sent Collection (Z3168)
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  • Picture My LifeTM Going Places Scrapbooking Program (Z3180)
  • Designer Creations Buttoned Bag (Z2053)
  • Designer Creations Short Stack Album (Z2028)
  • Designer Creations Ruby Paper Bags (Z2038)
  • Cut AboveTM Dapper Giraffe Card Kit (Z3147)
  • My CreationsTM Pint-Sized Container (Z3137)
  • Scallop Border Punch (Z1851)
  • Triangle Border Punch (Z1997)
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Read more in the FAQ for a complete list of eligible items.

Mark your calendar and set a reminder for you for this special deal!

CTMH Special Cyber Week starts on Monday, November 30, 2015 (9:00 am MST) through Friday, December 4, 2015 (4:00 pm MST).

You do not want to miss it and Thank You So Much for shopping with me at Close To My Heart!

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving Day from our family to yours. May this season will brings glory and honor to God through our thanksgiving.


“Then I will praise God’s name with singing,

and I will honor him with thanksgiving.”
‭‭(Psalms‬ ‭69:30‬ ‭NLT‬‬)

First Mixed Media Project: Thank You Gift Tag

Mixed Media is something new that I discovered among papercrafters. It is a new technique that I would like to explore and learn.

According to Wikipedia, Mixed Media is a work of visual art that combines various traditionally distinct visual art media. In other word, mixed media is an art work that made by more than one medium.

But Mixed Media Artwork is not the same with Multimedia Art. For example, a work on canvas that combines paint, ink, and collage could properly be called a “mixed media art, but not multimedia art.

I watched some tutorials on YouTube and I think it is something that I will enjoy creating. In those videos, I found out two of the main supplies are Gesso and Modeling Paste. Honestly, I still do not know yet the different betweet them since I have not yet seen them or used them in any of my projects in the past. Next time I make a trip to a craft store, I will get them just  to make sure I know the different :)

But for a start, I found couple tutorial how to make homemade Gesso and Modeling Paste.

My first mixed media project: Thank You Gift Tag. More about it on my blog: | #mixedmedia #stamplorations #artplorations #fabercastell #gelatos #ctmh #cansonwatercolorpaper #watercoloring #stamping #coloring #gifttag #thankyoutag #thanksgiving #handmadE #diy #coffeelovingpapercrafters #coffeelovingcardmakers #homemadegesso #homemademodelingpaste

I tried this tutorial that using baby powder and this tutorial that using baking soda for my first homemade gesso and modeling paste. My oldest daughter was at home for Thanksgiving break and she helped me with mixing them. We had fun doing it together.

The best way to store the oaste is in an air-tight container and according to them, one batch can last for 6-10 months.

My first mixed media project: Thank You Gift Tag. More about it on my blog: | #mixedmedia #stamplorations #artplorations #fabercastell #gelatos #ctmh #cansonwatercolorpaper #watercoloring #stamping #coloring #gifttag #thankyoutag #thanksgiving #handmadE #diy #coffeelovingpapercrafters #coffeelovingcardmakers #homemadegesso #homemademodelingpaste

I did a test right away. So, I cut a tag out of Canson watercolor paper (140 lbs). To create the background, I added some Gelatos on it and blended them with my finger and then using baby wipe I blended them more to give the watercoloring look. I speeded the drying with Craft Heater.

When the background tag dry completely, I added the modeling paste on it using a palete knife over Retro Circles – ARTplorations Stencil. It took a while to dry.

My first mixed media project: Thank You Gift Tag. More about it on my blog: | #mixedmedia #stamplorations #artplorations #fabercastell #gelatos #ctmh #cansonwatercolorpaper #watercoloring #stamping #coloring #gifttag #thankyoutag #thanksgiving #handmadE #diy #coffeelovingpapercrafters #coffeelovingcardmakers #homemadegesso #homemademodelingpaste

I stamped the stacking cups (Sketchy Coffee Cups – STAMPlorations) and sentiment (Literary Caffeine-anations – Big Grind by Becca Cruger, STAMPlorations) when the background completly dry.

My first mixed media project: Thank You Gift Tag. More about it on my blog: | #mixedmedia #stamplorations #artplorations #fabercastell #gelatos #ctmh #cansonwatercolorpaper #watercoloring #stamping #coloring #gifttag #thankyoutag #thanksgiving #handmadE #diy #coffeelovingpapercrafters #coffeelovingcardmakers #homemadegesso #homemademodelingpaste

I colored and added some shadow to the cups using the Mix & Match Stamper’s Big Brushes. I love the finished tag and really enjoy the process of making it.

I still have a lot to learn but this is a fun technique, making pretty mess for sure.

This tag I link up at:

Thank You for visiting and have a FABULOUS THANKSGIVING EVE!

Merry Wreath Tags

Today I am working on more Holiday tags. I saw lots of inspirations of wreath on tags and I love it. So I tried to make some, too.

Merry Wreath Tags | by Helen Gullett #25daysofchristmastags2015 #holidaytag #christmastag #ctmh #mymonthlyhero #heroarts #tag

The process is simple: stamping, fussy cutting, and putting together. My tag size is 2.5 inche x 4.5 inch.

I link up at these challenges:


  • Merry, Merry Stamp Set (CTMH)
  • My Monthly Hero – October Kit (Hero Arts)
  • White Daisy Cardstock (CTMH)
  • DCWV Glitter Cardstock
  • Inks (CTMH): Topiary, Cranberry
  • Non-Stick Micro-tip Scissors
  • Tombow Mono Liquid Glue, 3D tape

Stay Warm With A Cup Of Hot Drink

We got our first snow flurries this morning and the girls were super excited that it finally snowed. They love snow for sure. I my self love snow but not the cold :)

In the winter season, I keep myself warm enough. My favorite hot drinks are coffee, hot chocolate and green chinese tea. And it is the time to have them.

Today I like to share some cards I made in cold morning :)


This first card I created to enter:

On a piece of watercolor paper, I stamped the mugs from Mugs & Mittens stamp set (Concord & 9th) using Peacock Feather Mini Distress Ink. Then using slightly wet brush, I pulled the color from the lines. When they all dry completely, I stamped the decor on the mugs and sentiment from the same stamp set using Black Archival Ink.


I added Snowhaven paper for the background card and then added the stamped watercolor paper on it. Then I thought it still needed something, so I heat embossed the heart with Ranger™ White Super Fine Embossing Powder and fussy cut them. I added them on the mugs with 3D foam tape.


And the second card is pretty simple to make. I used the printable from Paper Issues. The pattern paper is from a fall team pad I found at Walmart. Then I added some twine with mini wooden clothespin.

I give thanks for hot drinks for sure! This card I link up at Paper Issues Link & Win – Let Me Espresso My Gratitude.

I hope you like my cards today and thank you for visiting :)

So, So, So, Blessed

I ❤️ Saturday! It is a day when my whole family member is at home and hang out, also a day when I can catch up with crafting projects.

We are so grateful for all of pur friends who have blessed us in so many ways this year. And

Thanksgiving is less than a week from today and we still need more Thanksgiving cards to send out and this one is one of my favorite.

So, So, So Blessed by Helen Gullett |

Feather diecuts are from The Cut Shoppe. There are lots of pretty and cool cutting files there! Check them out 💕

I cut the feathers using my Silhouette Cameo. Then I dap some VersaMark ink on them and dipped them in the mix of Ranger Gold Embosing Powder, Ranger Silver Embossing Powder and Clear Glitter Embossing Powder (Darice).

So, So, So Blessed by Helen Gullett |

Tree Ring background stamp set I used is from Concord and 9th, a new comer in the stamping world. I stamped the tree ring using Chocolate Exclusive Ink Pad with my MISTI stamping tool (love it!)

Sentiment stamp set is one of my Fall favorite sets from CTMH, Harvest Wreath. I stamped them using MISTI with VersaMark ink pad and added some Ranger White Embossing powder, then heat set it using my Craft Heater.

I finished it with twine from American Crafts.

Today, I link up my card at:

Thank You for stopping by today and have a fantastic weekend!

More Merry Christmas Cards

Today I am sharing more Christmas cards I made today catching up with my Christmas projects :)

First card is a one-layer card with only white heat-embossed images with some white paint splatter on it. I keep it clean and simple. The one-layer and CAS technique is one of the ways to mass-produce cards, especially during the Holiday.

Wishing You Peace, Love and Joy

I CASE-ing one of Amy Tsuruta’s Christmas Cards she made for Hero Arts recent blog hop. Check out her cards on her blog.

Second card is also a clean and simple card that I had so much fun making it. First I stamped the images with Black Archival Ink Pad and then colored them using Watercolor Pencils. Then, using Aquash Watercolor Brush, I wet them to give the watercolor effect. Let them dry and I though it will be fun to add some Liquid Glue on them to give some epoxy glass look :)

Merry Christmas Ornament Card

Check this out…. Fun isn’t it? :)

These two cards have no stamping on them. The backgrounds and sentiments are embossed using We R Memory Keepers Next Lever embossing folders and Word Strip embossing folders.

Merry Christmas Tree Card

I love the Next Level folders! They give deeper impression on the card. And the embossing strips are fabulous! Quick but cool way to add sentiment on the card.

Embossed Merry Christmas

I link up the cards at

Thank you for visiting and I hope you like them, too :)