Saturday, February 6, 2016

Share the Love Blog Hop

Welcome to the Share the Love Blog Hop! Today, approximately 27 CTMH consultants will be showcasing projects made with the Share the Love stamp set! If you've arrived from Melinda Everitt's blog you are on the right track. Melinda's post also contains a list of all participants so if you get lost on the hop make sure to go back to her post.

I was very inspired by the "share the love" sentiment and decided to create a set of 12 note cards and box holder! These cards are perfect to add sweet little notes and encouraging words to my kids and husband's lunch boxes.

The project was created in Cricut Design Space using images from the Artiste and Artbooking Cartridges. I resized them to be 4" x 5" and stamped them using a variety of techniques such as masking and rock-n-roll. I also used the backside of the heart balloon image to create a fun and different look!

Aside from the awesome projects you'll see with this stamp set you should note it's also pretty special to CTMH. Not only is it  filled with adorable icons and lovable sentiments perfect for your stamp collection, but CTMH will also donate $7 USD of the proceeds from each set sold to Operation Smile, an amazing organization that provides surgeries to repair cleft lips and palates for children all over the world! If that's not "sharing the love" I'm not sure what is!

This stamp set is only available until February 29th. To order yours please contact your CTMH Consultant or visit my webpage, Thank you for checking out my project. Now it's time to hop to Brenda Lapp's blog to see what's she's created!

~Michelle Battitori

Project Recipe
Stamps:Share the Love Stamp Set (CC1060)
Ink: Bamboo Ink (Z2103), Pomegranate Ink (Z2653), Poppy Ink (Z2652), Eggplant Ink (Z2647), Black Ink (Z2105)
Paper: Sangria Paper Packet (X7199B), Colonial White Cardstock (1388), Chocolate Cardstock (X5643)
Other: Red Enamel Heart (Z2009), Shimmer Trim-Coral (Z3088) Cricut Artiste Cartridge (Z3170), Cricut Artbooking Cartridge (Z3169)

Sweet & Simple Friendship Card

Sometimes a quick and easy handmade card is all it takes to add a little smile to someone's day and let them know you care! I'm hoping this little beauty does the trick.

I let the Cricut Artistry cartridge do most of the work with the adorable flower and jar combo on pg2. Stamping was kept to a minimum on this one.

The sketch is based on Freshly Made Sketch #222 (great sketch Narelle!). The color combo was inspired by Color My Heart Color Dare combo #179.

Hope your day is full of laughs and love!

~Michelle Battitori

Project Recipe:
Paper: Charlotte Paper Pack, (X7205B), Whisper Cardstock (X5929), White Daisy Cardstock (1385), Sorbet Cardstock (X5751), Blush Cardstock
Stamps: Share the Love (CC1060), Woodland Romance (D1683)
Ink: Black (Z2105), Z2164 (Sorbet), Slate (Z2173)
Other: Artisty Cricut Cartridge (Z3167) Black & Gold Ribbon (Z3197), Thin 3-D Foam Tape (Z2060)

Monday, February 1, 2016

SOTM Blog Hop - Balloon Animals

Welcome to the Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! Today, approximately 40 CTMH consultants will be showcasing new and creative ways to use the February Stamp of the Month (SOTM), Balloon Animals, a set of 13 stamps.

If you've arrived from Priscilla Gotham's blog you are on the right track! For a complete of participants please visit Melinda's blog.

This set is so sweet and fun and I was totally inspired by the CTMH artwork for this set to create this two-page layout of my son's 6th birthday! I changed it up a bit by using the Urban paper pack and layout 9 from Make it From Your Heart V1.

The "balloons" were popped up using both Thin 3D Foam tape and regular 3D Foam tape. The varying dimension really adds a special touch to the layout.

I continued the stamping on the right side of the page by creating a journal card on the lower right corner. I had a few more things to share on this layout so I included two 3x4 flip flaps to create a little mini. The stamped monkey in the corner was added to the top of the flip flap to help keep the album closed. Once it's in the page protector I'll add a little velcro dot to keep it closed.

I hope you enjoyed the layout as much as I did! It was so fun to create and I hope it inspired you to create something new!

Balloon Animals SOTM is only availabe for the month of February. To purchase a set for yourself please contact your CTMH consultant or feel free to visit my webpage { HERE }

Please continue to Terrie Shortsleeve's blog to see what she's created!


Project Recipe:
Balloon Animals Stamp Set (S1602), Urban Paper Packet (X7204B), Colonial White Cardstock (1388), Pomegranate Cardstock (X5780), Make It From Your Heart Volume 1 (9035), Cricut Artistry (Z3167), Fundamentals Stickers-Enchantment (Z3164), Fundamentals Assortment-Peacock (Z3098), Thin 3D Foam Tape (Z2060), 3D Foam Tape (Z1151), 3x4 Flip Flaps (Z3027), Neutral Metallic Baker's Twine (Z1921), Whisper Ink Pad (Z2172), Saffron Ink Pad (Z2651), Peacock Ink Pad (Z2649), Pomegranate Ink Pad (Z2653), Black Ink Pad (Z2105), Saddle Ink Pad (Z2171)

Friday, January 29, 2016

Last Call For January Specials

January 31 is the last day to order the Live Your Day and Beloved Bouquet Stamp of the Month! 

Live Your Day

Celebrate National Papercrafting Month with the exclusive Picture My Life™ Live Your Day scrapbooking program—available for one month only! This collection was designed to coordinate perfectly with the sensational Everyday Life™ 2016 Planner Pages and My Crush® Everyday Life Pages, so you can seamlessly integrate pocket scrapbooking into your 2016 planner. Whether in the planner or on their own, these cards make it easy to preserve your everyday moments all year long. Get yours today for only $8.95 before this offer is gone!

Beloved Bouquet SOTM


Each month you can purchase a new D-size stamp set, available for one month only, for just $5. When you place an order of $50 or more in Close To My Heart products, you qualify for this special Stamp of the Month pricing.

I would hate for you to miss these beautiful products! To order yours please visit my website,

All orders of $25 or more will automatically be entered into January's Mystery Hostess Giveaway!

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

February Creative Club

February's Creative Club is all about random stamping! We'll make two love themed cards just in times for Valentine's Day! Here are the details:

When - Friday, 2/12 at 7pm
What - Create two cards featuring random stamped backgrounds!
Where - my house in Northern VA*
Cost - $5

I'd love to have you join this month! If you are local please visit my meetup group HERE to RSVP.

*If you are not in the Northern VA area or cannot attend class I will be offering take-home kits. Please contact me for details at handmadefromtheheart @ gmail . com (no spaces).

Hope to see you on the 12th!


Friday, January 22, 2016

Scrapbooking a Conversation

If you've read the page title you may be wondering why a kid in a towel is the "Best Day of My Life." Well, it's not about me. It's a quote from my dear sweet little boy!

About a week ago my 5 year old (now 6 year old) decided it was time to take on big boy tasks and start taking his own showers. If you know my boy you'd know he HATES getting his head wet. No pool. No bath. Must have washcloth covering his entire face if water comes near him kind of hate. So when he declared it was time to shower on his own we were a little skeptical.
Title Details
My husband stayed in the bathroom to supervise. While he was standing under the water sans washcloth he shouted, "Daddy, this is the BEST thing that's EVER happened to me in my whole life!" I'm pretty sure he didn't mean the act of showering was awesome but who knows. To a 5 year old maybe that's the truth. I'd like to think it's more about conquering his fear and figuring out that standing under a gentle flow of warm water is a pretty awesome feeling...especially when your mom and dad aren't watching and moving your body parts around to wash!

Stamping Details
Whatever the case it made me smile and still makes me smile when I think about it. It's a story I always want to remember and one I'm sure my little guy will deny ever happened. But, now that's it's documented in this scrapbook page it will never be forgotten!

The point of this very long, wordy post is a reminder to document the conversation! Whether it's funny, sweet or serious document it! Sadly one day you will forget. We are all busy and something that made you smile today will be replaced with something else that has to be remembered tomorrow.

So what if you don't have photos of the event? Who cares! Pick a photo of the person you are writing about. Or find a photo on the internet of something that is key to the conversation. The photo really doesn't matter when you are focusing on the conversation. These photos weren't taken the day of the event. It was two days ago when it was my turn to supervise the shower. I wrote the story down on a post it and stuck it in my planner as a reminder. And today I felt inclined to scrap about it.

Close to my  Heart made documenting a conversation a journaling prompt last week and today I'm encouraging you to do the same. Turn it into a scrapbook page or just write it down in a journal. Either way cherish it because memory keeping matters!

Project Recipe
all from Close To My Heart unless otherwise noted. To order products please visit my website HERE.

Penelope Paper Packet (X7207B), Sweet Leaf Cardstock (X5639), Woodland Romance Stamp Set (D1683), Playful Puffies (Z3205), Limeade Washi Pack (Z3198), Fundamentals Enchantment Pack Stickers (Z3164),Mini Pigment Pad Ink Set-Basic (Z2503), Ranger Super Fine Embossing Powder (Z2088), Craft Heater (Z555), Slate Ink (Z2173), Whisper Ink (Z2172), Pear Ink (Z2197), Pixie Ink (Z2644), Thistle Ink (Z2640), Think 3D Foam Tape (Z2060), layout sketch based on Scrapbook Generations free sketch

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

3 Scrapbook Layouts + 9 Card Workshop!

Do you want to start scrapbooking or cardmaking but not sure where to start? Have you ever felt like you were behind in getting your photos scrapbooked and into albums? Do you feel like you are a collector of supplies?

 If you answered yes to any of these questions then I invite you to attend the Charolotte Workshop Your Way event on February 21 from 1-4 pm! Cost of this workshop is $45 and includes all the things you need to make 3 double page layouts, a double page picture my life layout and 9 cards*!!

  • (1) Paper Packet - 12 sheets of background and texture paper (B&T), 2 each of 6 designs
  • (1) Coordinating Complements
  • (1) Pack of Embellishments
  • (1) Pack of Trim
  • (9) Card bases & envelopes
  • (2) Picture My Life Memory Protectors
  • Instruction Sheet
Workshop attendees will have use of my inks, stamps, and thin cuts to complete your cards. Basic crafting supplies are needed (adhesive, paper trimmer, etc). Pre-payment is required at time of RSVP as I will I need to order and prepare the kits. If you are in Northern VA and would like to partipacte please RSVP at my meetup group HERE or on my Facebook event page HERE.

You do not have to be local to me to participate! Take home kits are available for purchase. For more information or to order your kit please contact me via email handmadefromtheheart @ gmail . com (no spaces).