Tuesday, July 28, 2015

American Star - Creating on a Budget



I love decorating my home but I hate spending money on items that will only be out a few months each year. So, in my attempts to be frugal I tend to make items here and there. I was browsing the While Supplies Section of my website recently and came across the My Creations Star. I loved it when it was introduced and gladly snagged a few once I saw the price was reduced!

This project came together very quickly (like under an hour) and was a great way to use up pieces of leftover cardstock. Less than a half sheet of each color was used. The white stars are self adhesive enamel and give a nice dimension to the piece. Each package of White Enamel Stars comes with 72 pieces in two different sizes. I used the larger stars so needed 2 packages (you could easily make this project using one package if you don't mind mixing sizes). I finished it off by sealing with Mod Podge for extra stability.

I'm pretty pleased with how this project turned out and super happy it cost less than $15 to make! I'd say that's a win!

Supplies Used (all CTMH Unless Otherwise Noted):
Paper: Holiday Red Cardstock (retired), Outdoor Denim Cardstock (1275), White Daisy Cardstock (1385)
Stamps: None
Ink: None
Other: MyCreations Star, White Enamel Stars (Z2010)

I'd be happy to help you make this project! If you purchase the My Creations Star from my website I will gladly email you a template to cut each piece of the star. I'm not sure how long the star will be available so don't wait!

~Michelle

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Retiring Colors


CTMH Convention was last week and it was announced that the following colors are being retired:
  • Smokey Plum
  • Outdoor Denim
  • Indian Corn Blue
  • Ponderosa Pine
  • Olive
  • Autumn Terracotta
  • Barn Red
This includes inks, cardstock, reinkers and the Enchantment Pigment inks so if any of these items have been on your wish list now is the time to get them! 

To order your favorite items before they are gone please visit my website or contact your local CTMH consultant.

Have a crafty day!

~Michelle Battitori

P.S. New colors will be introduced shortly though so no need to panic! 

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Free Stamp Set in July!


During the month of July, when you purchase $25 (USD & CAD) in current, retail priced stamps, you qualify to receive either the July Stamp of the Month, My Acrylix® Life Is Wonderful, FREE or any one of the Hostess Rewards stamp sets featured in Annual Inspirations 2014–2015 or Seasonal Expressions 2 for only $5 (USD & CAD)! That is a savings of up to $17.95 USD / $19.75 CAD! The July Stamp of the Month is a lovely, versatile stamp set that is a great match for your cards and layouts that celebrate all the wonderful things—big and small—that life has to offer.

Additionally, the Hostess Rewards stamp sets have previously only been available as part of the Hostess Rewards program, which means now is the perfect opportunity to get those special stamp sets you’ve had your eye on! To get your FREE stamp set or your $5 (USD & CAD) Hostess Rewards stamp set, simply place an order for $25 (USD & CAD) of any current, retail priced stamps. This offer is available only during the month of July and applies only to the July Stamp of the Month and current Hostess rewards stamp sets, so spring into action and jump on this deal before it’s gone!

Contact me for more details.


*Offer valid July 1, 2015 (9:00 am MDT)–July 31, 2015 (11:59 pm MDT). No tax will be charged on the free item(s). Shipping/handling is calculated based on the full retail price of the free or discounted item(s).

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

July SOTM Blog Hop - Life Is Wonderful

Welcome to the Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! This month CTMH consultants will be featuring the July Stamp of the Month, Life is Wonderful. If you are coming from Maureen's blog you are on the right track! If for some reason you get lost along the hop please visit Melinda's blog for a list of participating consultants.




Unfortunately life has taken hold of me this month and I was unable to complete my project for this hop. Please check back though as I'm excited to get it finished and posted! Thanks for your patience.

If you would like to order this stamp set please talk to your CTMH consultant or visit my blog HERE. Now please continue on to the Wendy's blog to see what she's created!

~Michelle Battitori


Monday, June 8, 2015

Follow me on Bloglovin!

Did you know Bloglovin' is a fantastic and easy way to keep up with your favorite blogs? It's a simple way to manage all your feeds so you'll never miss one! When you create an account you can follow any blogger on any platform, whether or not they're also signed up.

It's also a great way to explore other blogs you might be interested in. It's kind of like pinterest...but for blogs!


I'd love for you to follow me! Simply click on this link and you're done: Follow my blog with Bloglovin

Thanks a bunch and have a great Monday!

~Michelle Battitori

Saturday, June 6, 2015

My Crush Blog Hop

Welcome to the CTMH MyCrush Blog hop! This hop focuses on the creative ways to use the MyCrush albums...just in time for this month's special (click HERE for more info). If you are joining me from Vicki's blog you are on the right track.

My Crush Holiday Happenings Book
My Crush Holiday Happenings Assortment
 If you have followed my blog for awhile you'll know I'm a HUGE fan of mini-albums. They are quick, easy and a great way to record a specific time period or event with many photos. My project focuses on The My Crush Holiday Happenings Book and Holiday Happening Assortment to record our past Christmas adventures in a December Daily style album.
Cover (stickers from Assortment on the spine)

Inside Cover & Page 1

Page 2 & 3

Page 3 (with pull out tag) & 4 

Page 3 (Tag)

Page 4 &5 (includes photo sleeves for 4x6 photos)

Page 5 Photo Sleeve converted into a flip up mini

Page 5 Photo Sleeve converted into a flip up mini #2

Page 5 Mini Envelope with Note

Page 6 & & (vellum page was too pretty to alter)

Page 8 & 9 (with pull out journal tag)

Page 9 Pull out Tag Detail

Page 10 & 11 (another photo sleeve for 2x2 photos or cards)

Page 12 & 13

Page 14 (uses Picture My Life cards to embellish)

Last Page (all white but I colored with Shin Han markers)
 Products Used (all CTMH Unless Otherwise Noted):
Paper: White Daisy Cardstock, Olive Cardstock
Stamps: n/a
Ink: n/a
Other: My Crush Holiday Happenings Book, Holiday Happenings Assortment, Picture My Life Cards, Stuck on You Puffies (Z3037), Holiday Happenings Buttons, Jornaling Pen, Red/Pink Sparkle Gems

I have a few pages left to finish still. This was such a fun project to make! Thanks for checking out my project! I'd love to hear what you think of my mini so please consider leaving a comment (I'm not going to lie I like reading comments). Now, hop on to Traci's blog to see what she's created!

~Michelle Battitori



Wednesday, June 3, 2015

June News & Specials: Crushing on Memory Keeping


Want to see some creative uses for the MyCrush albums? If so make sure to check out the MyCrush blog hop on Sunday, 6/7 for lots of fantastic ideas!

Have a crafty day my friends!


Close To My Heart

JUNE 2015


We All Dream of Ice Cream
Perfect for ice cream lovers, June's Stamp of the Month can be yours for just $5. Find out how »

Putting the FUN in Functional
The mini stapler makes a great companion for any My Crush® book, giving you a simple way to add memorabilia on the go. Get yours now »

Thank you for reading. If you have questions about anything in this email, feel free to contact your Consultant.

Michelle Battitori
Close To My Heart Independent Consultant
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