Saturday, October 24, 2015

November Creative Club - Sangria 10 Card Workshop

November is all about giving thanks so let's send some smiles across the miles and let someone special know that you care! Club night is scheduled for Friday, November 13th at 7 pm. The cost of this workshop is $15.00. 

In this month's club we will use the adorable Sangria paper and the new "A Thousand Thanks" stamp set to create 10 cards - 5 each of 2 designs. 

Each kit will include:
  • Pre-cut papers
  • 10 White Daisy Card Bases and Envelopes
  • 1 package Gold Foil Tape
  • 1 package Pink Gems
  • Use of my stamps, inks, blocks*
  • Full color instruction sheet
*If you prefer to have your own stamps and inks before class I will need to know no later than Saturday, October 31 to ensure timely delivery. 

To RSVP please message me or visit my Meetup Group, Manassas Papercrafters.

Hope you can make it!

~Michelle Battitori

Friday, October 23, 2015

7 Things You Can Do With Watercolor & A Free Stamp Set

Watercolors are quickly becoming one of my favorite techniques. If you aren't sure where to start or need a quick boost to your creative mojo make sure to check out the video below from CTMH for some great ideas and tips! (If you are unable to view the video try the link HERE.)

If you want to get started with watercolor here's a list of items you'll want to invest in (links to products in item numbers):

  1. Z2045 All Purpose Mat (this thing is my new fave) 
  2. Z3132 Watercolor Paints 
  3. Z3146 Watercolor Paper
  4. Z3188 Paintbrush Set
  5. 44751 Archival Black Exclusives Ink Pad or Z899 (Black Memento Ink Pad)

For those that purchase all 5 of the items I will throw in the October Stamp of the Month, Twinkle, for free! That's a savings of $17.95 and my way of saying thank you!

To qualify for this FREE stamp set you will need to email me your order BEFORE 10/31/15 at handmadefromtheheart @ (without spaces) and I will place it for you. All orders will be sent directly to you.  I will send you a PayPal invoice for your total and submit your order once payment is received. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Happy Shopping!

~Michelle Battitori

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Nevermore 3 Page Scrapbook Kit

Are you behind on Halloween scrapbook pages? Do you want to get ahead for 2015? Do you have multiple children and want different layouts for each? If you answered yes to any of these questions you'll want this take-home Nevermore Scrapbook Kit!

This take home kit features 3-two page, 12" x 12" scrapbook layouts. The featured paper pack is from the brand new Nevermore collection found in the 2015 Holiday Expressions Idea Book.
Scrapbook at you leisure with this adorable kit! You will receive:
  • 6 - 12″ x 12″ Cardstock Bases
  • pre-cut paper {B&T Duos® Paper & Cardstock plus Cricut® Artiste images}
  • pre-cut/pre-stamped images
  • 1- package of Nevermore Complements
  • 1- Aqua Shimmer Trim
  • 1- Silver Foil Tape
  • 1- Grey Gems
  •  assembly instructions. 
A few optional supplies are needed to complete projects as shown: Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Round Sponge & adhesive, Shin Han Markers or Watercolor Paints/Pencils. These products can be ordered through my CTMH website separately at

The cost of the kit is $38 (+ shipping for mailed kits).

Please allow approximately 3 weeks for kit delivery. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask! 

To order please click choose one of the links below:

Local VA (Northern) Pickup:

Shipped Kits (includes $8 shipping):

Have a scrappy day!


Monday, October 12, 2015

Watercolor Technique Class

This Friday, October 16, is all about watercolor techniques! We'll explore brushed backgrounds, using watercolor pencils and blended colors as we create three adorable cards perfect for cheering up someone's day! 

Class time is 7:00 pm and the cost is $5. If you are in the Northern VA area and would like to attend please RSVP at my meetup site, Manassas Papercrafters

See you Friday!


Friday, October 9, 2015

October Events & Specials

October sure is flying by. Pretty soon our little goblins will be gearing up for some trick-or-treating! If you like getting all dressed up and taking photos make sure to check out this month's scrapbooking kit. It's a take-home kit with everything you need to scrap your Halloween festivities this year or in years past. Here's what's coming up the rest of the month:

Monthly Creative Club:
Friday, October 16 at 7 pm
Cost is $5 and we will be working with watercolors
For more info and to RSVP please go HERE 

Twinkle Holiday Card Workshop
Saturday, October 24 at 10 am
Cost is $25 and includes supplies for 18 cards
For more info and to RSVP please go HERE

Nevermore Scrapbook Workshop
You will create three double page 12x12 scrapbook layouts in this kit style workshop.
Cost is $38 and includes pre-stamped, and pre-cut images. If you are not local to Northern VA I will gladly ship a kit to you. Please message me with your zip code and I'll send you a shipping quote and invoice. This kit is available thru 11/30/15.
To see pics or to purchase your kit (local VA) please go HERE

Now, on to October's specials!

Close To My Heart

Color Your World with Sangria
Vibrant, rich colors meet bold, dazzling patterns in the My Reflections
Sangria paper packet. »

Get Yourself a Merry Little Stamp Set
It's never too early to prepare for the holiday season. Getting October's Stamp of the Month for just $5  makes for a very merry beginning!  »

Life is Worth...
The heart of everything we do is celebrating relationships. Celebrate with us by watching this short video. »

Thanks for reading! If you have any questions, feel free to ask your Close To My Heart Consultant:

Michelle Battitori
Close To My Heart Independent Consultant
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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Spotlight on Holiday Expressions

Welcome to the Spotlight on Holiday Expressions blog hop! There are approximately 30 CTMH consultants featuring any item from the new Holiday Expressions Idea Book. If you've come from Jen Rubio's blog you are on the right track!

Today I'm featuring the Nevermore paper pack (p. 7) along with the adorable Little Monsters stamp set (p.8) to create this fun Halloween card!

The stamp set has 8 stamps with 5 "monsters" to choose from. I picked 3 of the 5 to stamp since I have three kids (two boys and a girl) and colored them with our new watercolor paints. I'm a new "painter" so to help me keep everything in place I first heat embossed the images with clear embossing powder and then mixed colors until I found a palette I was happy with.

The sentiment is stamped on one of the images from the Artistry cartridge. I finished off the card with some Black Shimmer Tape (since every card needs just a little sparkle) and some White Enamel Stars I colored black with my ShinHan Touch marker.

The Holiday Expressions Idea Book  is available now until December 31, 2015 and contains everything you need to craft for the upcoming holidays. You can view it online HERE or get a hard copy free with any online CTMH order. If you would like more information on the items featured in the Holiday Expressions Idea Book or this post please contact your CTMH consultant or visit my website HERE.

Thanks for checking out my project. Now please continue on to Michele Rowley's blog to see what she's created!

~Michelle Battitori

P.S. If for some reason you get lost along this hop please visit Melinda's page for a complete list of participating consultants.

Card Recipe:
C1630 Little Monsters Stamp Set
X7198B Nevermore Paper Pack
X5930 Slate Cardstock
X5764 Pear Cardstock
Z3132 Watercolor Paints
Z3146 Watercolor Paper
Z3188 Paintbrush Set
Z2010 White Enamel Star
Z1446 ShinHan Touch Twin Black Marker
Z2088 Ranger Clear Super Fine Embossing Powder
Z555 Craft Heater
Z891 VersaMark Ink Pad
Z2105 Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z1809 Black Shimmer Trim

Friday, October 2, 2015

Free Cross Body Bag!

It's in the Bag Promotion

Starting your business never looked so good!

If you have ever thought about turning your hobby into a lucrative business, now is the time! Join my Team during October, and receive the SUPER cute 2015 Close To My Heart Convention bag FREE in your New Consultant Kit!* Travel in style with this trendy and eye-catching cross body bag, perfectly sized for carrying layouts, paper packets, and projects that are in-progress. Along with all of the incredible items found in the newly revamped New Consultant Kit, this bag will help you start your business with confidence and flair!

PLUS, with our new Straight to the Top Program, you can earn everything below for FREE!

There are so many reasons to join the CTMH family! If you have questions about becoming a CTMH Consultant, feel free to visit my New Consultant FAQ page here or contact me. I would love to chat with you about it.

Are you ready to sign up now? Click here for the online application.

*Offer valid while supplies last October 1–31, 2015. No tax will be charged on the free item. The Convention bag will ship with the New Consultant Kit. For more information on shipping/handling options for the New Consultant Kit, please contact me.