5 More Days Celebration National Month & 1st Anniversary Special

You still have time to join CTMH National Scrapbooking Month and my 1st Anniversary Party until May, 31st, 2014! To join this special, you only need to Join Online Gathering on my website and put an order of $50 or more and you will qualify to get:

  • Free To be Me Paper Collection for only $5 (retail value $11.95)
  • Stamp of the Month for only $5 (retail value $17.97)
  • An entry to win a special prize value $20 from me (choose randomly with Random.org)

Visit my store today!

National Scrapbooking Month: Free To Be Me Paper Collections 

National Scrapbooking Month 2014. Get Free To Be Me Paper Collection for only $5 and Stamp of The Month for only $5 with your qualifying order $50 from May 1-31, 2014! Visit www.creatingjoyfully.ctmh.com

When you buy this kit, I will send you a FREE Workshop Guide to create these beautiful projects:

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Free To Be Me Paper Collection - www.creatingjoyfully.ctmh.com

Stamp of the Month: May 2014, You’ve Got A Friend

National Scrapbooking Month 2014. Get Free To Be Me Paper Collection for only $5 and Stamp of The Month for only $5 with your qualifying order $50 from May 1-31, 2014! Visit www.creatingjoyfully.ctmh.com

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Rediscover CTMH: Free Printable Download May 2014

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THANK YOU so much for stopping by today and have a fun crafty day!

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Creatively Redeeming Team May 2014 Blog Hop

Welcome to Creatively Redeeming Treasures Close To My Heart Team Blog Hop

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We are Creatively Redeeming Treasures CTMH Team would love to celebrate this special week with all the graduates! We have created graduation themed projects. You should come from Elizabeth’s blog. I hope you are inspired by her, she is very talented!

Today I made this second graduation card for a friend (to see my first card you can visit here):

It's A Celebration, A Graduation Card by Helen G. | http://wp.me/p1wKGj-1lm #handmadecards #closetomyheart #stamping #embossing #watercolor

I have been playing with my new embossing machine, Evolution Advanced. All Close To My Heart Embossing Folders fit perfectly on this machine.

I cut Black Cardstock (1386) to make 4.25″x5.5″ base card. Then I cut a piece of 4″x5.25″ of White Daisy Cardstock (1385) to emboss it using Quatrefoil Embossing Folder (Z1926).

After embossing the White Cardstock, I colored the quatrefoils with CTMH Watercolor Pencils, Basic colors (retired), and then I wet it lightly & quickly using CTMH brush (retired). Then I heated it to dry using CTMH craft heater (retired).

When the watercolor background dried completely, I stamped the banner from Banner Wishes (B1438) stamp set using Black Exclusive Inks Mini Pigment Pad and heat embossed it with glitter embossing powder. Then I stamped the sentiment from the same stamp set with Lagoon Exclusive Inks Mini Pigment Pad, heat embossed it with glitter embossing powder. After all dried up well with craft heater, I added the embossed & stamped White Daisy Cardstock on the card based using a lot of Tombow Adhesive so that the cardstock would lay flat on the card.

It's A Celebration, A Graduation Card by Helen G. | http://wp.me/p1wKGj-1lm #handmadecards #closetomyheart #stamping #embossing #watercolor

I finished my card with a banner and arrow border I cut out of Skylark Paper Packet (Z7177B) that I glued them using Glue Dots and then I added couple staples on them.

It's A Celebration, A Graduation Card by Helen G. | http://wp.me/p1wKGj-1lm #handmadecards #closetomyheart #stamping #embossing #watercolor

And the card is done. I hope you like my card today and your next hop is Elizabeth Cammack’s blog to see what she has created for you 🙂

Have a fun crafty day!

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I link up these cards at

Inspire Me Monday Week 124

Creative Spark Link Party #3

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New Blog Is In Process

My husband and I are working on merging my 2 blogs. So excited for this process!

This merging and transfering this craft blog to my main blog. I have this blog for a while, designed by my awesome husband!

I hope, with his help, this process will be done at the end of May. And starting June at least, all posts will be on just at 1 blog.

You can visit my “new” blog and look around. And you can start sign up for newsletter and update by email while you are there 🙂

I hope you will like the new look!

Would you please pray that we will have wisdom to choose the right name for my blog that will communicate my voice, purposes of my writings and ideas?

Thank You!

Congratulations Graduate!

This month is special for a High School Graduate I know from our church! What an achievement in his life and now he is moving forward to Collage. To celebrate this graduation week, I created couple cards and this is one of them:

Congratulations Graduate! | http://wp.me/p1wKGj-1lf #handmadecard #diy #cardmaking #closetomyheart #ctmh

I cut Black Cardstock (1386) to make 4.25″x5.5″ base card. Then I cut a piece of 4″x5.25″ of White Cardstock (1385) to emboss it using Quatrefoil Embossing Folder (Z1926) with my new WRMK Evolution Advanced embossing machine (also for diecutting and letterpressing!), a surprise gift from my amazing husband! CTMH has 5 kind of embossing folders: Dot, Chevron, Quatrefoil, Damask and Stripe. Check them out here. I added the embossed cardstock on the card base using Tombow Adhesive (1514).

For make the hat, I cut 2″x2″ Black Glitter Paper (Z1829) and I punched hole using WRMK Crop-A-Dile. I made the tassel following this tutorial, easy and simple. Then I added the tassel on the hat and fasten it with yellow brad I got from Michaels a while back. I used Mini Glue Dots (Z341) to hold the tassel at the back and front hat.

Next, I cut the stripe banner shape from one of the pattern papers from Skylark Paper Packet (Z7177B) and I cut arrow out of the border. I added the Lagoon stripe banner on the card using Glue Dots (1772) to give a little bit dimension. I cut a piece of 3/4″ x 2.5″ from the quatrefoil pattern paper and stamped it with the sentiment from Banner Wishes (B1438) using Black Exclusive Inks Mini Pigment Pad (Z2503). While the ink still wet, I added some glitter embossing powder I got from AC Moore and then I heated it up with my craft heater (retired). Check out the pop-up and glittered sentiment! I have been having fun playing with pigment inks and glitter embossing powder 🙂 Then I added this stamped banner on top of the Lagoon stripe banner using Glue Dots (1772). The arrow small border I added using 3D Foam Tape (Z1151) to give more dimension looking.

Last step I added the hat using 3D Foam Tape (Z1151) on top of the banners, overlapping them a bit and finished the card with some Aqua Dots (Z1853).

Congratulations Graduate! | http://wp.me/p1wKGj-1lf #handmadecard #diy #cardmaking #closetomyheart #ctmh

You still have time to join CTMH National Scrapbooking Month and my 1st Anniversary Party until May, 31st, 2014! You only need to put an order of $50 or more and you will qualify to get:

  • Free To be Me Paper Collection for only $5 (retail value $11.95)
  • Stamp of the Month for only $5 (retail value $17.97)
  • An entry to win a special prize value $20 from me (choose randomly with Random.org)

Visit my store today!

National Scrapbooking Month: Free To Be Me Paper Collections 

National Scrapbooking Month 2014. Get Free To Be Me Paper Collection for only $5 and Stamp of The Month for only $5 with your qualifying order $50 from May 1-31, 2014! Visit www.creatingjoyfully.ctmh.com

When you buy this kit, I will send you a FREE Workshop Guide to create these beautiful projects:

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Free To Be Me Paper Collection - www.creatingjoyfully.ctmh.com

Stamp of the Month: May 2014, You’ve Got A Friend

National Scrapbooking Month 2014. Get Free To Be Me Paper Collection for only $5 and Stamp of The Month for only $5 with your qualifying order $50 from May 1-31, 2014! Visit www.creatingjoyfully.ctmh.com

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Rediscover CTMH: Free Printable Download May 2014

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THANK YOU so much for stopping by today and have a fun crafty day!

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I link up these cards at

Inspire Me Monday Week 124

Creative Spark Link Party #2

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Frugal Crafty Home Blog Hop #76

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Some Mother’s Day Cards

I hope you all had fabulous Mother’s Day last week! I had a very special Mother’s Day this year. An Indonesian church in Columbus, OH, invited us and asked me to share God’s word with them on Saturday and Sunday of Mother’s Day. I am blessed beyond measure! We all felt His presence with us, blessing us with His love, grace, promises and power.

Moms, God is love and He loves us unconditionally! By His grace and love, He enables me to be the mom to my daughters and wife to my husband. I am thankful every single day I can be there for them, serve them and love them. They are the one who make me feel special every day!

Mother's Day 2014 (c) Creating Joyfully, Helen G.

Couple weeks ago I made some cards to send out to some family and friends. Here are some of the cards I made using Close To My Heart products I have:

Mother's Day Cards by Helen G. | http://wp.me/p1wKGj-1kN #handmadecard #cardmaking #diy #closetomyheart #ctmh

Mother's Day Cards by Helen G. | http://wp.me/p1wKGj-1kN #handmadecard #cardmaking #diy #closetomyheart #ctmh

Mother's Day Cards by Helen G. | http://wp.me/p1wKGj-1kN #handmadecard #cardmaking #diy #closetomyheart #ctmh

Mother's Day Cards by Helen G. | http://wp.me/p1wKGj-1kN #handmadecard #cardmaking #diy #closetomyheart #ctmh

Mother's Day Cards by Helen G. | http://wp.me/p1wKGj-1kN #handmadecard #cardmaking #diy #closetomyheart #ctmh

Mother's Day Cards by Helen G. | http://wp.me/p1wKGj-1kN #handmadecard #cardmaking #diy #closetomyheart #ctmh

Mother's Day Cards by Helen G. | http://wp.me/p1wKGj-1kN #handmadecard #cardmaking #diy #closetomyheart #ctmh

THANK YOU so much for stopping by today! Have a wonderful week!

Supply list:

White Daisy Cardstock (1385)

Dream Pop Paper Collection (retired)

Holiday Tags (D1560)

Remarkable Wreath (C1473)

A Mother’s Love (B1447, Hostess Reward Stamp Set, Spring/Summer Idea Book p.8)

Exclusive Inks Stamp Pads: Cotton Candy, Pear, Topiary, Gypsy, Smoothie, Hollyhock, Blush, Black, Dessert Sand

Exclusive Inks Markers: Pear

Sparkles Clear Assortment (Z1752)

Durable Triangle Studs (Z1928)

Pearl Assortment (retired)

Tombow Adhesive (1514)

3D Foam Tape (Z1151)

Scallop Border Punch (Z1851)

Corner Rounder (Z1912)

Hot Pink & Pink Baker’s Twine (Pick Your Plum)

Wink Of Stella Clear Glitter Brush (Amazon)

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I link up these cards at

Inspire Me Monday Week 124

Creative Spark Link Party #2

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Frugal Crafty Home Blog Hop #76

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