Thursday, November 10, 2011

Here is a simple card using the New Holiday Wishes stamp set. This set is only available during the month of November. Purchase $25 worth of stamp sets and get this set for just $5. Here is the ornament stamp on the coordinating Cricut image from the Art Philosophy cartridge. I used Olive and Smokey Plum with a little piece of silver ribbon. The bird has Stardust Glitter Glue on it. The ornament has a pop dot underneath. The design for the card came from Kim Hughes.

Thank-you Card Workshop

Here are the cards we are making Saturday at the workshop. Two each of the five designs. I have used various papers and stampsets. It's so much fun to have a variety to choose from.

Who doesn't need thank you cards this time of year? We all have so much to be thankful for!

Monday, October 31, 2011

This week's Heart2Heart Challenge

This week's challenge is a color one. Use Autumn Terracotta, Bamboo and Juniper in your project. That was a little bit harder for me. I tend to take the "safe" route when it comes to colors and I usually go to the same ones over and over. This is great, gets me out of my rut. In this standard sized card, I used two stamp sets: D1191 Friendship Blessings and D1306 Treasure Life. I used Autumn Terracota and Juniper Ink and Juniper Card Stock. I had some retired Bamboo Brads I used in the middle of the flowers. The leaves are cut with the Art Philosophy Cartridge. It's different, but it's growning on me. Go on over to Heart2Heart
to see more projects using this color combination.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

November Special starts NOW!

Get this fantastic stamp set for just $5 when you purchase $25 worth of stamps. This offer starts now and goes till the end of November. Notice the images can be used with the Art Philosophy cartridge also. Contact me now so schedule a gathering or to place an order.

Just in time for holiday pages and cards. You don't have to wait for November!


I get my inspiration for cards from a lot of places. The Close To My Heart Consultants that have blogs out there and share their artwork on our Bulletin Board are fantastic artists. Magazines and even cards that people send me can inspire. CTMH sells books with wonderful card patterns to get you going. And there are so many challenges on the internet, I can't keep up with all of them. Over at Heart2Heart, Mary has challenged us to use a halloween or autumn theme. The inspiration for this card came from an old magazine that I found in my closet. You never know what you might find.

I used fall colors : Autumn Terracotta, Sunflower, Goldrush, Chocolate and Desert Sand. There is a Filigree Charm in the center of the flower and the sentiment is from D1283 Say it in Style. The petals and leaves are cut using the Art Philosophy cartridge and the Cricut.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Something for My Ghoul Fiends

I made this 5x7 card last night using the September Stamp of the Month. I haven't made a 5x7 for a long time, but it's fun to do. It works so well with bigger images. And this witch from that set is to die for. She is intricate and quite sophisticated. I don't know what that has to do with 5x7, I'm just sayin'. I used the card pattern from Wishes called Bullseye found on page 33. It's a very simple card, really: Mischief Paper Pack, Colonial White and Sunset Cardstock, Black and Honey Ink and Black Brads. I hope to make more.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Have you been following Jeanette Lynton's blog this month? She is doing a "Shape a Day" and featuring the Cricut and Art Philosophy. Here is an example of today's post. Isn't that cute? Go check out her blog for all of the shapes she has posted so far. So many ideas and possiblities.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Again with the Blue?

Ok, this will be the last one for a while. Wonderland Paper Pack, Grey Flannel, White Daisy and Crystal Blue cardstock and a button from the Bling Assortment make this card. I used Chocolate and Crystal Blue ink and a retired stampset for the saying. The Cricut and Art Philosophy cartridge created the snowflake. The design is Gallery from Wishes, page 119. Thanks for looking.

Monday, October 17, 2011

I've Got the Blues

I can't get enought of the new Wonderland Paper Pack. Here are a couple of cards using that pack with Crystal Blue, Heavenly Blue, Chocolate and Grey Flannel cardstock. The card base is White Daisy as well as the piece I stamped the images on. I used the "joy" from Christmas Love D1492 and the ornament and words from the Holiday Cheer stamp set, B1381. I ran the Crystal Blue cardstock through my Cuttlebug. Silver Brads and a Sparkle finish the cards. The design came from Wishes, Collage, page 97.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

The Other Two

Here are the other two cards from the card workshop I held Sunday. These were made using the Wonderland Paper Pack.

Colors used are Crystal Blue, Heavenly Blue, White Daisy and Grey Flannel. I ran the Grey Flannel through the Cuttlebug first. I used the Stamp of the Month, Holiday Magic for the stocking and a Pop Dot underneath. I used Chocolate and Crystal Blue ink. There are Mocha Opaques on the Heavenly Blue cardstock. The design is from the Wishes Card Confidence Program. It's called Sentiment Secured, page 78.

This card is from Wishes also. On the Edge, page 53. The paper is from Wonderland, the snowman is from All Decked Out D1308 and Happy Holidays is Say it in Style D1283. Colors used are Grey Flannel, White Daisy and Crystal Blue. Inks are Black, Twilight and Grey Wool. There is a Bling Button and a piece of White Daisy Waxy Flax.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Christmas Card Workshop

Here are three of the five cards we made today at my 20 card workshop. The ladies each made 4 cards of the five designs. I hope they enjoyed themselves!

The design for this card is straight out of the Fall/Winter Catalog. The stamp sets used were Holiday Cheer, B1381 and A Holiday A1115. The colors here are Cranberry, Olive, Chocolate and White Daisy. Happy Holiday and the holly pieces were cut using the Cricut. I also cut the card bases with the Cricut. How easy was that! I added a Clear Sparkle and a piece of ribbon and voila....a card to send this December.

The inspiration for this card is from a very talented consultant, Vicki Wizniuk. She is so creative and has such a good eye for design. I used the Believe Paper Pack, Sky and White Daisy Cardstock, Garden Green and Black ink, a Clear Button and Black Waxy Flax. I used D1492 Christmas Love to stamp the tree. The circle and scalloped circle were cut using the Cricut. I put a little Glitz Glitter Gel on the tree.

This card is one I created using the Heart 2 Heart Challenge a couple of weeks ago. I used the current stamp of the month Holiday Magic, Believe Paper Pack, Black, Topiary, Sweet Leaf and White Daisy card stock. There is a little bling in the corner of this card. I will post the other two cards tomorrow.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Holiday Magic with Heavenly Blue and Amethyst

I'm a little stuck on the style of cards I am making lately, but here is one made with a round card cut from Art Philosophy. I cut the Heavenly Blue and Amethyst with the Cricut and the black circle with my Coluzzle. The stocking is stamped with Heavenly Blue and Stardust Glitz Glitter
Gel is on the cuff to give it a bit of sparkle. I found a "very" retired piece of B&T to add to the card front as well as White Daisy Grosgrain Ribbon. A couple of Clear Sparkles finish the card. This card is a 4.5 inch circle. It fits nicely in a invitation size envelope. Try a circle card, a little bit of the unexpected.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Bring on the Bling!

Watch this video and get inspired with Close To My Heart products!

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Art Philosopy and Dreamin

I think I am getting the hang of the Cricut and using Art Philosophy. As you know the Cricut is new to me, I always considered myself the Cutting Queen. See how you can stamp on the leaves? I might just become the Cricut Queen, wait and see.

This is an 8x3.5 card I made using the Dreamin Paper Pack, Heavenly Blue, Chocolate, Colonial White and Goldrush cardstock and ribbon from the Cocoa Collection. Inks used were Honey, Chocolate and Goldrush. I added a Wooden Button and a little piece of Hemp. The stamp set used for the words and leaves came from the Art Philosophy Collection. Aren't those great colors together?

Friday, October 7, 2011

October Stamp of the Month

I really love the new October Stamp of the Month, Holiday Magic S1110. So festive. I'm a sucker for print on solid stamps. Here I used Holiday Red, Topiary, Black and Sweet Leaf cardstock. It almost looks pink in this picture. I used the plaid from the Believe paper pack and black button brads. This is another Mojo Monday design. It came out awhile ago, #133. Does this get you in the mood to make Christmas cards?

Thursday, October 6, 2011

So Grateful

This little card was made using B1395 So Grateful along with a few other stampsets. The clock is from the September Stamp of the Month, the October words are from the November Stamp of the Month, the top words are from Par-a-Phrase, and the sun is from C1454 Horizon. Inks used are black, Autumn Terracotta, Olive, Barn Red and Goldrush. I used Colonial White, Autumn Terracotta and Black cardstock. The technique is Retiform and the pumpkin is pop dotted.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Heart 2 Heart Challenge with Believe

Here is my attempt at the Heart2Heart challenge for this week. I used Holiday Magic, with Black, Topiary, Sweet Leaf and White Daisy cardstock. The stripe is from the Believe paper pack. I added a little bling in the corner of the card. Go on over to for more inspiration.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Wow, I got an award!

This is absolutely wonderful. What an honor. I received this award from Krista over at Simply Creating. Be sure to check out her blog.

This is a different kind of blog award in the respect that it recognizes inspiring blogs with less than 200 followers. This way some very worthy, but often over looked blogs benefit from some extra exposure...which is something every blogger can use!

Liebster is the German word for "beloved" or "favorite". So it is now my turn to give this award to 5 of my favorite blogs who have less than 200 followers. So be sure to check out the blogs listed below and congratulate them by leaving them some blog love in the form of a comment and becoming a Follower if you find them to be as inspiring as I do!

Karen at

Jen at

These ladies are so willing to share their ideas and talent. I really appreciate that so much!

As you all know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Katie and I attended the Survivor Island Brunch on Saturday and had a wonderful time. It was the 17th annual and there were hundreds of women there. It was my first one of course, so it was a little emotional for me, but I can't wait to do it again next year. The entertainment was super, even had prizes (and very, very nice ones too) and a great meal. It was put on by Special Friends Celebrations and they did a great job. One of my doctors was the MC and several doctors have outstanding singing voices. So glad I was invited.

Friday, September 30, 2011

A Mojo Monday Design

This is actually Design 207 from last week, I am just a bit late on this. It is a standard sized card using: Typeset Paper Pack, Colonial White and Kraft CS, C1473 Remarkable Wreath and the star from Milepost Shapes. I cut the oval with my Cuttlebug and a Nesties stencil. I really like the designs that they come up with at Mojo Monday. What do you think?

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Cool Tools

Do you have a great pair of scissors? I invested in a pair of CTMH Micro Tip Scissors several years ago and have never regretted it. I even panic when I can't find them. And you know that can happen if you have ever seen my desk. I now have two, but of course they can both be lost at the same time. These scissors are just wonderful for any intricate cutting, always stay sharp and fit in your hand just right. Makes papercrafting so enjoyable. Oh, btw, the scissor charm is not included. A wonderful, creative lady made this for me so I could keep better track of them. I love it. It says "I Love to Scrap" and has a tiny pair of scissors on the end.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

This Weeks H2H Challenge

I thought I would try this week's challenge. I usually don't do these, but thought I would give it a whirl. This challenge was to use only card stock, no printed papers and use at least 3 colors. I picked Dutch Blue, Goldrush and Black. The stamp set is Adorn-able and I added blue and clear sparkles for shine. Really simple, but those kind are ok too. What do you think?

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Par-A-Phrase:about to be history

Don't miss out on the Par-A-Phrase stamp set. The offer ends September 30th. Order $75 worth of products now and get the double set FREE. Tax and S/H apply.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Three Cards From Par-a-Phrase

See how great this stamp set it? I used the same colors: Creme Brulee, Chocolate, Colonial White and Juniper, the same card pattern (From Wishes, the Delightful Dots pattern on page 53) colored a bit with colored pencils and came up with 3 different cards. The butterfly card says:

All You Need is Love, the rocket cards says: Follow your dreams, for as you dream you shall become. The owl card says: Believe in Whoooo you are. Three easy cards from one stamp set, the same colors and the same pattern. Easy, peasy! :)

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Had a Little Card Workshop

I had a little card workshop last night using our new paperpack Typset. The colors here are Bamboo, Creme Brulee, Juniper, Vineyard Berry and a little Cocoa. I also used the new Kraft Cardstock on the cards.

This is an 8 1/2 X 3 card using the National Stamping Month stamp set Par-a-Phrase. See the star on the bottom of the card? That is from the Milepost Shapes pack.

This card is standard size using C1473 Remarkable Wreath and a wooden button.

This card was designed by a talented consultant named Mandy Leahy. I just loved the look, so I copied it and I think it turned out just great. There are so many talented ladies out there! This stamp set is D1481 Vintage Type and the "Happy Day" is from C1464 Blue Ribbon.

These 3x3 cards slip into the matchbook holder and are secured by Waxy Flax. I used Blue Ribbon and Vintage Type for the stamp sets. This idea came from a Regional Celebration I attended in Phoenix.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

I Can't Help It

I am still in love with the stamps in the Spring/Summer Catalog. Because I didn't get to play with them when they first came out, I have been using them now to make a few cards. Here is a card that I made using those cute little lanterns in the C1458 Paper Lantern set. I had a lot of strips of Colonial White paper left from cutting out 3 1/2 x 8 card bases. They measured 5x8 so I made a few 4x5 cards. They fit in the standard envie, so I thought that would be a good use for those leftover strips. In this card I used Crystal Blue, Cranberry, Creme Brulee, and Colonial White. I used Pop Dots to pop up the lanterns.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Don't Miss Out On This Great Deal

Purchase $75 of our great CTMH products and get this two part stamp set FREE! Think about this: Spend $50 on our products, get the August or September Stamp of the Month(depending on which month you order) for $5. If you order in August you will get the Free A size Alpha set too!! Then spend $20 more and get the Par-a -Phrase stamp sets for Free. Two D size sets in one envelope which includes lots of clever phrases and coordinating images you'll use many, many times. Celebrate National Stamping Month with Par-a-Phrase!

I Said I Never Would....

But I did it anyway. Anyone who knows me knows that I am the paper cutting queen. My customers shudder when we have a card class because we cut out little stamped images to go on our cards. I just love to cut paper. I never needed a Cricut, never wanted one and NEVER thought I would go out and buy one. But I did it, and I love it! And you will never guess where I got it. MENARDS. Not only can you buy home improvement supplies there, (along with groceries ??) once and a while you can get scrapbooking items. Who knew! They had green, purple and aqua. Came with two cartridges and the mat. Can't beat that.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Digital Scrapbooking

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to do scrapbooking online? We have a wonderful program called Studio J that walks you through the steps to creating a wonderful two page layout. Close To My Heart has a blog that will give you an idea on whether you would like to try a little scrapping on line. Check it out and see what you think.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

A Layout Using Mayberry

I made this layout the other evening using the Cherish layout Simple Contrast. This is the second page of the two page layout. I only had two pictures for this event, but I think it turned out just right with this layout. I used:

Mayberry Level 2 Paper Pack, Cocoa, Olive, Colonial White and Heavenly Blue Cardstock, Olive and Cocoa Ink, D1462 Spendid Day and E1019 Bohemian Alphabet Stamp Sets, Wooden Buttons, Waxy Flax and Pop Dots. All these items are available in the new Fall/Winter Idea Book.

Friday, August 5, 2011

What I Have Been Doing While Waiting for My New CTMH Goodies to Arrive.....

I have been playing with the Mayberry Paper Packet from the Spring/Summer Catalog. Actually, it is in the Fall/Winter Catalog too. I didn't get to use my new products this spring, so now is my chance! This is a standard sized card I made using:

My Reflections Mayberry Paper Pack
Honey & Cocoa Ink

My Acrylix Stamp Set D1462 Spendid Day

Designer Ribbon Pink Collection Smoothie
Glue Dots

This card is also standard size and uses the same supplies as the above card, except no ribbon and I added Pewter Brads and Pop Dots. The ink was Smoothie

This is a 4 1/2 by 4 1/2 card using the:

Mayberry Paper Pack

Pewter Brads

D1476 Card Chatter-Sympathy

D1465 Fill in The Blank
Cocoa Ink

Scalloped Scissors, Pop Dots

Thursday, August 4, 2011

"Enjoy" Scrapbook Page Pops with Flowers: Project Inspiration Autumn/Win...

Can't get enough of that Cricut? Here's more info on our new cartridge!

Saturday, July 30, 2011

CTMH Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge Review

A very kind and talented consultant has made a video showing the many options available on the new Cricut cartridge found only at CTMH. Enjoy another preview.

Add Cricut® Flair to Any Workshop

Another little preview of the Cricut!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

A Sneak Peak at Cricut Art Philosophy

CTMH is introducing a Cricut cartridge beginning August 1 that you can now use with our exclusive Acrylix stamps! Cut any of the 700 shapes with the touch of a button. Numerous stamp images in the new Idea Book pair wonderfully with images on the Art Philosophy cartridge. Along with the cartridge you will receive 3 D-size stamp sets and 3 sheets of Dimensional Elements.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Creativity with Trees & Things Stamp Set

My Acrylix® Trees & Things is the perfect stamp set for showing off lots of neat techniques, including rock 'n' roll, second generation, masking, and more! In this short video, take these stamping methods to the next level of creativity on cards, a scrapbook page, and even a journal. Easy and fun for all you stamp-crazy ladies and gents or for those just learning!

Friday, May 6, 2011

Scallop Borders with Mayberry Workshops on the Go™ Stamp Set

How clever is that? I hope you enjoyed these great tips. Enjoy your Mayberry Kit!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

You & Me

Our National Scrapbooking Month promotion in May is an incredible deal. When you order a minimum of $50 in Close To My Heart products in May, you qualify to purchase this exclusive You & Me scrapbooking kit for just $15—that’s more than half off the retail value! You get enough cardstock, B&T Duos papers, ribbon, Mocha gems, and Irresistibles™ die-cuts, plus a wonderful D-size stamp set, to create two fully embellished layouts. And you get a full-color instruction brochure to guide you step-by-step. The You & Me kit is also available at full retail price, $34.95. If you’ve been thinking about becoming a Close To My Heart Consultant, you can get a FREE kit by joining my Team in May! Celebrating National Scrapbooking Month is more fun and affordable than ever with our You & Me scrapbooking kit!”

Friday, April 15, 2011

My Acrylix® On This Day Inspiration & Tutorial

Check out this tutorial using the On This Day stamp set. Perfect for journaling!

Let your Studio J layouts shine!

Now through April 30, 2011, Studio J members! When you purchase 10 or more custom-printed Studio J layouts in a single order you will receive a free package of clear Sparkles and a free package of Opaques Pearl adhesive gems

Hope for Japan

Here is an exclusive My Acrylix® Hope for Japan stamp set (A1118), beautifully designed with hearts, wings, and butterflies expressing our love and hope for the people of Japan. Buy the My Acrylix Hope for Japan stamp set for only $5 (US and CAN) and 100% of the profits will be donated to the American Red Cross in support of those in Japan. Available now till the end of April!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

A little under the Weather

Don't give up on me. LOL Been just a bit under the weather and when I do feel good, I have to work at my other job. You know, the one that pays the bills. I haven't been too creative lately, but hopefully, that will change soon. Hope to see you then!
Happy scrapping!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Paper Piecing (again)

As most everyone knows by now, that I love to cut and paste. So, I did a little paper piecing on these two cards. I am sending these with Katie too, to show what can be created with this great stamp set. I just love to use this stamp set.

I used Piece of Cake and a couple of our new colors: Lagoon and Cotton Candy. I also used a piece of B&T from the Sophia paper pack. Notice the polkadots on the White Daisy. That's the old "eraser dipped in ink" trick. Pretty festive if I do say so myself.

I also used the crocheted ribbon from the NEW pink ribbon set and a few pink sparkles as well. Enjoy!