October SOTM Blog Hop – Thanks & Giving

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Thanks & GivingWelcome to the October Stamp of the Month Blog Hop where we are full of Thanks & Giving!

I’m so inspired by this beautiful stamp set as it is a wonderful reminder to give thanks. I hope that you, too, will be inspired by all of the amazing artists along the Thanks & Giving blog hop.  Remember that blog hops are a big, fun circle and that you can hop on at any point.  If you are coming from Brenda Lapp’s blog, you are on the right track.  If you ever get lost, you will find the complete list of participants on Melinda’s blog.  Remember to give my fellow consultants some love along the way by leaving comments.

My Thanks & Giving Art

thanks & giving cardDid you know that CTMH has new Watercolor Pencils?  You can use them with or without water.  For this card, I colored directly on to Kraft paper.  I used pairs of watercolor pencils to give the leaves some dimension.  In addition to using the Stamp of the Month, I added the “for you” sentiment from the Just a Little Something (C1730) stamp set. 

thanks & giving cardThe stitched borders were added using a Thin Cut from the new Decorative Borders (Z4241) collection.  I’m pretty sure it is my favorite product from the new Idea Book!  I can’t stop using them…especially this stitched border.

So, here is a question for you…does this card seem complete?  thanks & giving cardI debated with myself about adding sequins or bling, but I was going for a clean and simple look with the leaves as the star of the show.  Once I added the white embossing, the leaves became a little muted and now I wonder.  Let me know in the comments if you would add some bling or leave it as it is.  While you are at it, let me know what you are thankful for at this very moment!

Shop & Hop

The Thanks & Giving Stamp of the Month is available October 1-31, 2018, only. The regular price is $18.95, or you can get it for only $5 with a $50 purchase. You may purchase this stamp set as well as any supplies you see listed above on my website.

Thank you for visiting my blog. After you leave a comment, it’s time to hop on over to Melissa Robinson‘s blog to see what she has made with this adorable stamp set.


Step Right Up!

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UPDATE:  The Step Right Up special has ended, but there are still a few options for getting this design space file.

  1. Join my team and I’ll send you any Design Space files or workshops that I create.
  2. Place a $20 order on my website and I’ll send you the Design Space file for FREE!  Just email me your order # and email address, and I’ll send the file right out to you.
  3. Send $5 to my PayPal account at amy @ shakespearehigh . com (remove the spaces).  Be sure to use the “Send to Friend” option so no fees are charged.  Add your email address to the comment section and I’ll send it right out to you.

In addition to the Design Space file, I’m including a handout with detailed photos and tips for cutting and assembling your layout.

For CTMH consultants, it also includes a consultant release so you can teach the layout at an in-home workshop!


Step Right Up Meets Cricut Design Space

I love designing layouts and cards in Cricut Design Space.  It gives me much more confidence when it comes to actually cutting into my paper.  LOL!  When Close To My Heart released the new Step Right Up special, I was inspired by the circus theme to create a layout celebrating my latest obsession, The Greatest Showman.  I used 6 Close To My Heart Cricut collections on this layout:  Artistry, Flower Market, Hello USA, Artbooking, Artiste, and You Are Here.  Whew!  There was a lot of slicing and welding going on for this one.

Layoyut created in Cricut Design Space

I finished the paper version of the layout today…just in time, because my friends and I are going to see the movie again on Tuesday!  I’ll be sure to take photos of our outing to use on this layout.

Paper version of the Cricut Design Space file

DIE-NAMITE! Thin Cut Special

Step Right Up is not the only special we are having this month.  You can also save 25-30% on Thin Cuts this month…including some that have been retired!  I’m excited to share some cards I created with these oldies but goodies…yet, that’s for another post.  🙂  If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you have seen me make a lot of cards recently using the Block Alphabet Thin Cuts.  I also used them to help create the title for this layout.

This is the Greatest Show title

The Showtime stamp set has so many cute images.  I used the harlequin pattern in 2nd generation Chrystal Blue behind the clouds for added texture.

2nd Generation Stamping

I really wanted to give my lion some character, so I added a hat and mustache, painted pink cheeks with the Bashful Shimmer Brush, and added highlights using a white gel pen.

Details of Lion Cricut Cut

Step Right Up SpecialMake Your Own Step Right Up Layout!

If you purchase the Step Right Up bundle from me in March, I’ll send you the Cricut Design Space file so you can make your own “This is the Greatest Show” layout!

Please leave a comment below and let me know if you have seen The Greatest Showman yet.  If so, what’s your favorite song from the movie?!


Make Waves Pinwheel Card Tutorial

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Pinwheel Card Tutorial

Pinwheel CardI love double-sided, patterned paper and have recently been on a quest to find fun fold cards that will showcase both sides of the paper.  The first I discovered was this adorable pinwheel card fold, so I thought I would make a quick tutorial.  I used the following CTMH products on my card:

X7227B Make Waves Paper 
S1802 Sunny Thoughts SOTM
X5941 Bashful Cardstock
X5984 Pixie Cardstock
Z2844 Pixie Ink Pad
Z534 Micro-tip Scissors

Pinwheel card without the belly bandBe sure to take advantage of the Pretty in Pink sale this month where you can save 25-30% on pink items including the cardstock and ink used on this card!

To create the card, you will need the following paper:

  • 8″ x 8″ double-sided paper
  • 4″ x 4″ cardstock or paper for inside
  • 7/8″ x 12″ paper or cardstock for belly band
  • 12″ Zip Strip for decorating the belly band
  • Additional paper/cardstock to decorate your card


Pinwheel card openedOne of my YouTube subscribers sent me a picture of the card she recreated from the video, and I’m thinking I may not have been entirely clear on the instructions, so read this prior to making the card!  Roughly 5 minutes into the video, I show you how to score on the inside of the card to the corner you just cut out.  Please note that you are only scoring on the left side of each flap so that, when folded, your paper looks like the image to the left.

I hope you enjoy this video, and please subscribe to my YouTube channel and share your cards with me in the comments below or on my StudioScrapping Facebook page!

Featured Paper Blog Hop–Chelsea Gardens

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Welcome to our Featured Paper Blog Hop!

We will be showcasing items from our Chelsea Gardens Paper Pack with various projects created by twelve talented Close To My Heart consultants. If you are visiting from Brittany Allred’s blog then you are on the right track.  If not, don’t worry as our blog hop will take you in a full circle.

Chelsea Gardens

I’ve had the good fortune of playing with the Chelsea Gardens paper since the CTMH Album Retreat in October.  Ah…the perks of being a consultant…getting to go to Album Retreat and playing with new product early!  Three months later, and I am still in love with this paper.

Chelsear Gardens Koala CardDon’t let the floral prints fool you, Chelsea Gardens has some incredible neutrals that will fit a variety of themes in scrapbooking and card making.  When I got home from Album Retreat, I created this card using a Chelsear Gardens PML CardsPML card from Chelsea Gardens and the Operation Smile™: Punny Pals stamp set. I love using the PML cards on my greeting cards because the patterns are so amazing.

Chelsea Gardens & Jan SOTMHere is my most recent Chelsea Gardens card paired with the January Stamp of the Month, Bloom & Grow, and the adorable Good Thymes Together stamp.  Some people take the time to mask off parts of the stamp they don’t want to show…not me!  I cut the stamp set apart to get the little jars alone.  That’s one of the things I love about clear stamps–they are easy to cut apart and easy to put back together on a block!  I colored the stamped images by squeezing my ink pads to get some color into the lid.  I then used a Blending Pen to pick up the color.

Chelsea Gardens with ColorOne last tip–Chelsea Gardens looks great with a variety of colors.  It is a fairly neutral palette, so it really helps colors to pop.  I heat embossed the butterflies on vellum using white embossing powder.  I then colored on the back of the image using ShinHan markers.  I love how this card turned out.  It is really beautiful in person.

Please leave a comment before continuing on with the hop and let me know which of these cards or tips was your favorite!

Next check out the great artwork by Cheryl Arbo!

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CTMH Technique Blog Hop – Blushing Backgrounds

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Backgrounds Stamp TechniquesCTMH Technique Blog Hop ~ Blushing Backgrounds

Welcome to the CTMH Technique Blog Hop!  This month, we are focusing on Blushing Backgrounds in the hope that you will find some new uses for your background stamps.  If you are joining me from Annemarie Julian Wetzel’s blog, you are on the right track!

M1179 Shells & Stars Backgrounds

One of the things I love best about background stamps is that they let me create my own patterned paper. For the Whale Done card, I stamped Shells & Stars onto ombré paper from the Adventure Fundamentals.  That paper would have been fine on its own, but I really like the added texture I get on my card with tone-on-tone stamping.  It adds just enough interest without taking away from the icon and sentiment from the Make Waves Cardmaking Stamp.

M1180 Paws BackgroundsKraft paper is such a fantastic neutral, and I use it in scrapbooking all the time.  It can look a little plain in cardmaking, so I jazz it up by adding background stamps!  The Paws stamp set is perfect for either cats or dogs, so I paired it with the Cat’s Meow stamp to create this simple yet adorable card.

Bonus TechniqueHere’s a quick bonus technique for you–I cut the “Nine Lives” stamp apart so that I could finish the sentiment on the inside of the card.  I added ellipses on both the front and inside with a Blending Pen and Toffee ink.  The Blending Pen is in the Going Soon section of my website, so get some while you still can.  I have one for every color family. 

Here are a few more examples of background stamps or small stamps used to create backgrounds.  Look at your stash of stamps and get creative.  I would love for you to share your creations in the comments below or on the StudioScrapping Facebook page.

M1178 Delicate Flower BackgroundsM1178 Delicate Flower BackgroundsM1178 Delicate Flower BackgroundsD1742 Constellations Backgrounds

December 2017 Stamp of the Month Backgrounds

The next stop on the hop is Melissa Robinson’s blog.

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I’m back with loads of CTMH goodness to share!

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Amy Ulen in the CTMH Art StudioI’ve been missing in action since April and have so much to share!  Since then, I submitted my National Boards, finished my first year of teaching AP Computer Science Principles, attended the CTMH Convention, saw a total solar eclipse, walked over 150 miles with my husband, worked on several online Web Design courses, took a tap dancing class, and made a lot of swap cards.  I probably should have taken some time to document all these adventures along the way, but I didn’t really come up for air.  Now the new school year has started and I’m really feeling the time crunch.  Even so, I got off to a great start blogging this year, and I really do want to continue that, so here goes.

September 2017 Stamp of the Month

I’m a fan of the September SOTM, Feel So Blessed.  Here is the first card I created with it.  I used the new color of the year, Bashful, along with the new Rose embossing folder. I have to admit that it has been awhile since I’ve done heat embossing, and I managed to run my finger through the letters before they were dry.  I’m sure I’ll do better next time.  LOL!

I can’t wait to see what you create with this awesome stamp set.  It will be perfect for my November gratitude journal!

New Cricut Collections

Calling all Cricut fans…CTMH knocked it out of the park with 4 new Cricut collections.  That’s right, four!  The You Are Here Cricut Collection contains everything from travel to staycation images.  It is really fun…and the stamp sets are fantastic!  Here are a couple swap cards I created with them.

The other three digital-only country collections are Hello USA, Hello Canada, and Hello AU/NZ!

Wow!  It is really late and I have so much to share.  Looks like I’ll have to make another post, so be sure to subscribe to my feed so you receive an email when I make the next post.















April 2017 Stamp of the Month

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April is here and that means a new Stamp of the Month!  This one is a throw back to growing up with the Partridge Family reruns. In fact, I saw another consultant create an adorable card using the blocks from the bus.  I need to find it again, because it was totally scraplift worthy!  🙂

SOTM Card Folio

I was inspired by another consultant, Cassie Ingersoll, who created a really cute card folio last month. I recently taught it at a workshop in my home.  Here is the folio that I created with papers from Some Kinda Wonderful. I did some paper piecing on the front cover, but everything else was stamped and colored with ShinHan Markers.

In addition to using the SOTM, I used a couple sentiments from the Flower Market stamp set. I kept the cards simple and easy for mailing, so only embellished with the Black & White Dots since they are nice and flat. 

I’ll link the rest of the cards below. I also took a photo during the construction of the pouches for the cards.  I used the Base & Bling Adhesive Strips which are currently on sale in the Clearance section of my website!  That adhesive is really strong and is perfect for 3D projects like this.

Don’t forget that you can get this stamp set for $5 with a $50 purchase or for $17.95, but it is only available in April.  If you purchase the set from me, I’ll send you the instructions for creating this folio with 6 cards!

Join My Team and Get a Seasonal Expressions 2 Idea Book

The new Idea Book doesn’t go live to customers until May 1st, but, if you join my team today, not only will I send you a copy of the Seasonal Expressions 2, you’ll also be able to order from it immediately!  Contact me for more details.









Pi Day & Mojo Monday 488

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Let’s Celebrate with a Card and Pie!

Okay, I’m not really going to eat pie tomorrow, but I am going to give this card to the math teacher at school who awarded me the Steed of Courage at our last staff meeting.  The math department is providing pie in celebration of Pi Day, so it’s the least I can do.  I would love to give this card to all my math teacher and geeky friends, so know that this virtual card is my way of wishing you a very Happy Pi Day!

I had two inspirations for this card.  The first was by a fellow consultant, Michele Rowley, who posted a fantastic Pi Day card on our team page.  Once I saw her card, I knew I had to make my own.  I used today’s Mojo Monday sketch 488 to complete my card.  I love how it turned out!  I used lots of foam tape on this one.

Would you like to make your own Happy Pi Day card?  Here’s a FREE Cricut Design Space file you can use.  Happy scrapping!

Happy Pi Day Card by Amy Ulen




Dreamin’ Big Blog Hop

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Welcome to our Dreamin’ Big Blog Hop!

Welcome to the Dreamin' Big Blog Hop!

I’m excited to be participating in my first blog hop in years!  We will be showcasing items from our new Seasonal Expressions Idea Book with various projects created by talented Close To My Heart consultants.  If you are visiting from Julie’s blog, then you are on the right track.  If you get lost along the way, feel free to start at the beginning with our hostess Carol

Dreamin’ Big Meets Thin Cuts

Dreamin' Big Blog Hop Card 1If you have been following my blog at all, you know that I’m in love with the adorable critters from the Some Kinda Wonderful Cardmaking set.  If you are new to my blog, welcome!  I’ll admit that my use of these critters has become a bit of an obsession.  😉  With that being said, how awesome is it that you can get the Some Kinda Wonderful Cardmaking Thin Cuts Bundle at a 25% discount this month!

On this card, I created the Dream Big banner by cutting it out of a 3×4 card on the PML sheet that comes in the Dreamin’ Big kit.  I also added enamel dots to the eyes of the fox!

Dreamin' Big Blog Hop Card 2Here is an example of the fox without the enamel dots.  On both cards, I colored the fox with Watercolor Pencils and went over it with the Blending Pen.

Next, check out Darlene’s blog or scroll down to see a Dreamin’ Big layout created with Flip Flaps!

Dreamin’ Big Meets Flip Flaps

Dreamin' Big Blog Hop Layout 1One of the great perks of being a CTMH consultant is attending workshops where we get to make art with sneak peeks of new product a month or more before it goes live to customers.  If you want to take advantage of this perk, I would love for you to join my team!  This layout is from our last Seasonal Expressions launch event in December.  I loved the layout that the CTMH art department created, so I didn’t modify it other than adding Flip Flaps.  Be sure to click on the images to see the full size versions.

Dreamin' Big Blog Hop Layout 2Dreamin' Big Blog Hop Layout 3Dreamin' Big Blog Hop Layout 5














Cricut Design Space + CTMH Thin Cuts!

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Free Cricut Design Space Files +
25% Savings on CTMH Thin Cuts

I have to admit that I designed these cards in Cricut Design Space at the end of January.  I cut out all the pieces on my Cricut and did manage to put a couple of the cards together.  Check out this post and this post for details and the free Cricut Design Space files.  The final three designs have been sitting on my craft table just waiting to be assembled.  Luckily, my crafting buddies came over last night, so it finally gave me an opportunity to finish these cards!

The good news is that the Some Kinda Wonderful Cardmaking Thin Cuts bundle I’ve been using on these cards is on sale for 25% off while supplies last!  This set is adorable, so I would order right away.  I also used the ladybug from the Dreamin’ Big Cardmaking Thin Cuts bundle and the Silly Sayings set which coordinates with the Artistry Cricut collection.

You're Weird card with Cricut Design Space fileAll of the cards use the following:

Happy Birthday Card with Cricut Design Space FileHere are the links to all of the free Cricut Design Space files for these cards:

You’re Weird Card

Happy Birthday Card

That Didn’t Just Happen Card

Critter Card with Free Cricut Design Space FileOn a final note, just want to mention that I used the Lawn Fawn stitched border die to create the borders on my cards, but each of the linked Design Space files includes a border that you could cut with your Cricut. 

Save 25% on Thin Cuts Today!









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