Friday, May 31, 2013

Create Easy Owl Gift Bags with CTMH and Pinterest!

Yes, I was "Pinspired" again!

Grab you Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge for a quick easy way to make the eyes!  I added liquid glass to the small black whole punched eyes to give it the look of brads! 


Thinking about a way to support your love for creating? Join the Paper Cupcakes for only $49!

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Join the Pajama Party Tonight!!! CTMH & Big Picture Classes!

It's not too late to join in!  Get in on the fun tonight, May 30th!  Click {HERE} for the details!

Read more about it {HERE} on my previous post!!!

EDITED~Added comment 7:30pm...
     That was a lot of fun! Thank you Stacy Julian and Big Picture Classes for a fun evening!
Here are the creative prompts Stacy shared with can cut and paste this into a doc!

Use crayons today write a note or color in a coloring book.
Make 5 cards from your scraps only.
Journal on this topic: What do I LOVE, today. . . right now?
Journal on this topic: If there were a book about my life, the title would be. . . (Use Scholastic to create a layout on this topic.)

Go to and recreate the first thing you see using what you have on hand.
Load paper in your Cricut and set the paper size to 4”. Close your eyes and hit any key. Then push cut. Make a card from whatever image come out!
Get a card from your stash and think of someone who could use the happy mail. Put a stamp on it and take it to the mailbox TODAY!
Journal on this topic: Do you know the reason you were given your name? If so, write about that and put it on a layout with a self-portrait.
Take a self-portrait right now by using the bathroom mirror and your camera. Document the moment good, bad or ugly. It is life.
Take a photo of your favorite snack.
Make a piece of jewelry using CTMH product. (ribbon, buttons, mini-medleys, etc.)
Journal on this topic: “I love to create because . . .”
Grab a pen or marker and DOODLE!
Perfect your signature write it 10 different ways.
Take a picture of or photocopy your calendar for today or this week. Create a layout about your daily to-dos.
Watch a video on for a project idea!
TODAY YOU. . . (use a photo of a family member and list something about TODAY, even if the picture is older. Note date of journaling.)
Today I want to remember. . . (snap a photo to document this journaling.)
My favorite moment of each morning is. . .
My favorite time of day is. . . (take a photo of the clock and the activity.)
Make a scrapbook page using a Cricut image background.
Make a card using ric rac ribbon and paper flowers.
Create a layout using a magazine ad or cover for inspiration.
Use a color scheme for a card or page taken from a Pinterest board about clothing.
Make a scrapbook page using the negative space of a title cut with the Cricut.
Create your own striped background paper using strips of cardstock or B&Ts mixed together.
Create a border on a layout with embellishments instead of paper. Cut a title from patterned paper.
Mat your photos on a page with a Polaroid-style mat. (Add an extra 1 1 1⁄4” vertically.)
Go to Cricut Craft Room and create a welded title.
Use a found object on a 3-D item or card.
Use Glitz Glitter Gel to highlight portions of a photo.
Create a layout with a photo from each day of one week.
Use the photo pocket pages to create a layout Add photos into some spaces and a decorative title/journaling into other spaces.
Make a layout using only scraps of paper that are less than 5” x 5” Use small scraps to make a home décor item.
Take a photo of what you see outside your window and write about it.

Use a Spray Pen and the negative space on a My Stickease or Dimensional Elements to create a unique background page.
Take a photo of your favorite pair of shoes.
Grab a product you’ve had for at least 3 years and work it into a current page.
Grab a needle and thread and stitch on something. It is actually very relaxing!
Cut a 3” circle from cardstock and layer with random embellishments to create an eclectic cluster to add to a page or the center of a card.
Use the Chalkboard Marker on a project.
Conduct an interview with someone important to you. Use a photo of them and their answers on a page.
Print the lyrics to your favorite song as journaling on your page.
Make a list of 10 words that describe you. Stamp them onto word strips and use as your journaling.
Write from the point of view of a child or pet in a photo.
Create a mini album using flip flaps.
Take a photo of your food and add it to a page.
Find a new free font to use as a title and page inspiration.
With your eyes closed, flip through the current Idea Book. When you stop on a page, use either the color scheme, kit or pattern to make your own project.
Create a page of WHY you are a CTMH Consultant! (or want to be one!) 

Thank you Close To My Heart and Big Picture Classes for this fun event!

Monday, May 27, 2013

Americana Patriotic Handmade Flag Card {CTMH} Close To My Heart

I have a room full of every possible artistic need!  
I felt the need to make a patriotic card for Memorial Day today.
I used old & new, borrowed & blue...

Retired CTMH stamps, a rusty star, one of my treasured heart buttons,
ribbons from my stash, and an old style clothespin.
Fun and Simple!

You can also show your patriotism by creating an Origami Owl living locket!

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Benefits to becoming a hostess or a consultant! Join the Close To My Heart Paper Cupcakes for only $49!

So many benefits when you host a gathering with Close To My Heart!!!

Earn these collections as your half off gift!

Do you crave creativity, relish warm relationships, or savor industry? We embrace all types whether you’re creative, community, or business minded. By becoming a Close To My Heart Consultant, you join an elite team that supports and honors what makes you exceptional.

It’s easy to join. Start by clicking on the “Let’s Get Started” link at the bottom of this page and completing the form. As part of your enrollment you will purchase the New Consultant Essentials Kit for only $49! You will receive the basic business and creative supplies you want most. All the supplies in the kit have a retail value of approximately $130!

If you'd like a leg up in your new business, we recommend the New Consultant Master Kit for just $99! With a retail value of approximately $280, the Master kit includes expanded business items, along with additional products and Studio J layouts, to help you organize your business and reach your creative and financial goals. It’s an investment that will reap big rewards!

Thursday, May 23, 2013

A True Thank You - Oklahoma Tornado Relief Campaign help from Close To My Heart

Every little bit helps!  Do your share to help!

This stamp set in the Autumn/Winter 2013 Idea Book is available for early purchase. One hundred percent of profits from sales of this stamp set from May 23 to June 30 will be donated to the American Red Cross to aid tornado victims in Oklahoma. Recommended My Acrylix® Blocks:
2" × 2" (Y1003)

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Heartfelt prayers sent to Oklahoma

My heart breaks for the families that have lost everything from the tornadoes in the MIDWEST...

To my fellow consultants, friends and family near Oklahoma City, and the town of Moore, OK, know that my thoughts and prayers are with you.

{Love} Bren

Big Picture Classes Pajama Party with Close To My Heart

Did you register yet for the FREE Pajama Party class?
Visit {HERE} to register...

Big Picture Classes and Close To My Heart are partnering for a fun time!

Featured teachers!

Make this cute container and more fun stuff...even prizes!

Love our products a lot?  Join the paper Cupcakes team for only $49!

Thursday, May 16, 2013

New Patriotic Stamp sets ~ proceeds go to support the military!

New Patriotic Stamp sets available this June 1st-pre-orders taken! a portion of the proceeds go to support the military! Way to go Close To My Heart!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Paper Cupcakes Close To My Heart (CTMH) Blog Hop~featuring the ARTISE Cricut Cartridge & the Happy Father's Day Key!



I created this fun Tuxedo Box using the "For Always" Paper Kit!
I cut the box & bow at 5",  the rose at 1 1/4" and I drew the pattern for the jacket flaps and shirt center.
The Happy Fathers Day was cut at 1/1/2".

You can still get these cute button brads for a limited time and on SALE {HERE}

There is still time to get in on our Stamp of the Month special!
Only available for May 2013!
$5 with your qualifying order!

Available May 1–31, 2013 only.
With a minimum qualifying purchase, get your D-size Stamp of the Month set for just $5.00! Add the stamp set to your cart on this page at full retail price or, with your qualifying order, add it at checkout for the promotional price.
No purchase req.
You pay only:
  $5.00 (72% Off!)  
  $17.95 (full retail)  

AND there's more!!!

and read more about the DREAM POP Special for this month only as well!

You get double savings this month
You can get this Special FREE when you sign up to be a Paper Cupcake for only $49!

OK, that was a lot to take in...but WAIT...there's more!


I really appreciate comments too!

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Sing Hallelujah, Come on Get Scrappy!

This is the fun container you can make at Stacy Julians FREE online Pajama party!

Here is Miss jill who created all these fun projects for
Close to My Heart's Album Retreat!
For consultants only, but you can join our fun
Paper Cupcakes Team for only $49!

Party on!  We will do this again in the fall!

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Big Picture Classes FREE Pajama Party {CTMH} style!

I was SO excited to spend time with my longtime friend, Stacy Julian at the CTMH Album Retreat last month...

and then she announced THIS!  
The Big Picture Pajama Party! {Online} Thursday, May 30th, featuring Close To My Heart products.
Need the supplies to get it done?

Go to {} to order your supplies today, then follow the link below to register for this FREE class!!

I set up an online party called Big Picture Pajama Party. Add your order to the party and when it qualifies for hostess rewards, I will draw names for FREE goodies!!!!

Here is your supply list...

My Acrylix® Frame Flair (D1546)
My Acrylix® Happy Thoughts (C1536)
2" x 3 1/2" My Acrylix® block (Y1009)
4" x 5" My Acrylix® block (Y1012)
My Acrylix® spritz cleaner (1778)
My Acrylix® stamp scrubber (Z1782)
Cricut® Art Philosophy collection (Z1686)
Whisper Exclusive Inks® pad (Z2172)
Lagoon Exclusive Inks® pad (Z2195)
micro-tip scissors (Z534)
corner rounder (Z578)
paper trimmer
My Creations® kraft container (Z1833)
one sheet of 12" x 12" Crème Brulee cardstock (comes with 24 sheets, X5754)
one sheet of 12" x 12" Lagoon cardstock (comes with 24 sheets, X5762)
one sheet of 12" x 12" White Daisy cardstock (comes with 24 sheets, 1385)
one sheet of 12" x 12" Whisper cardstock (comes with 24 sheets, X5929)
one sheet Pink B&T Duos® paper from Chantilly paper packet (comes with 6 sheets, X7163B)
two yards Grey Wool baker's twine from neutral assortment (comes with ten yards, Z1701)
three butterflies from Color-Ready Trinkets wooden shapes (comes with 57 shapes, Z1844)
three grey Sparkles from Sparkles black & grey assortment (comes with 108, Z1754)
3-D foam tape

Let's party in out PJ's!