Sunday, December 30, 2012

Last Christmas Card for 2012

Here is a card using Pear & Partridge again along with D1520 Ornamental Cheer found on page 75 of the Idea Book.  I used the Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge for the ornament and a piece of retired Cranberry Grosgrain Ribbon on top.  Easy Peasy!  Happy New Year to all!

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Another Card From the Christmas Class

Here is another card we made in class.  Notice the patterned paper.  I made that using two stamps from the set called Merry & Bright.  The colors are New England Ivy and Whisper.  I also stamped the bow and wreath from that set.  The bow is stamped in Cranberry and cut out.  A piece of Shimmer Trim crosses the front.
Merry & Bright  C1510
Christmas Love D1492
Cranberry, White Daisy and New England Ivy Card Stock
Cranberry, New England Ivy, Black and Whisper Ink
Pear & Partridge Paper Pack
Silver Brad and Shimmer Trim

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you had a wonderful holiday!

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Before It's Too Late

Here is one of the Christmas cards that we made at the card workshop.  Don't you just love the Pear and Partridge paper?  I know I have probably said it before.  I cut the scalloped circle with the Cricut.  I added a star from the Milepost Shapes Collection found on page 128 of the catalog.  With a bit of Bakers Twine and a Cranberry Brad on top, it makes a fun and easy little card to make.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

November Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

So glad to have you stop by for the November SOTM Blog Hop!  Hope you have enjoyed the trip so far!  If you are coming from Angela's blog you are on the right track.  Or you can just start here and work your way around this big circle of artwork.
Capture the Date is a stamp set with endless possibilities.  I took my inspiration for this card from Pinterest.  Can you just imagine all of the birthday cards you can make with this example?  And the scraps you can use up for this simple design?  That is not taking into account the wonderful scrapbook pages and calendars you can make with this stamp set.  Four sets of numbers and two different month fonts!

I used the Pear and Partridge Paper pack along with ribbon and the jewel from the Pear and Partridge Workshop on the Go.  The "25" is popped up and stamped with Chocolate Ink.  Cranberry ink is used for the "december".  
Now hop on over to Kristine's blog and check out her wonderful work.  Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Fangs for the Memories

Have you seen this little guy?  He comes with a skeleton, ghost and a few other little creepy critters.  You can find him on page 58 of the Fall/Winter Idea Book.  The web and spider are from All Hallows Eve on page 71.  Check out all of the Halloween goodies we have for you!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Eye of Owl

Just a little card I made this afternoon. The weather is rainy and very windy.  Just a very unpleasant day.  So....what better place to be but in the scrap room.  Enjoy!
Supplies used:
Moonlight Paper Pack
Goldrush, Smokey Plum and Colonial White Card Stock
Magic Potions (C1509) & All Hallows Eve (C1462)
Smokey Plum Ink
Black Sparkles , Waxy Flax and Tulle Ribbon
Cricut Artiste

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Love Blooms

This little round card has me stumped.  I know it should have something else on it, but I can't figure out how to do it.  It needs a sentiment, but I am not sure where to put it.  A little bare....don't you think?  If anyone has suggestions, I am all ears.  I really love this stamp set, so pretty.  It's a two step set.  See how I used the shaded stamp on the leaves?  Maybe this card will have to go back to the drawing board, or in this case the stamping desk.  Have a great day today!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

More Abundance

I thought this was an appropriate stamp set for me to purchase beings it had a corn stalk on it.  I work with corn all day long.  Not actually handling it, but telling the guys to go haul it.  I have corn fields all around my house.  Now I have a stamp set to celebrate that fact!

The card is made with Kraft Card stock and I used Antiqued Copper Brads with a little strip of Clementine across the top.  The card pattern is from our book, Make It From Your Heart.

Monday, October 15, 2012


Wow, somehow I let a whole week get away from me.  Sometimes the days just get out of control.  Do you have those days?  Yesterday we traveled to Winterset to go to the Madison County Covered Bridge Festival.  What a great day!  It started out gloomy, but the sun came out and really was beautiful. 

Just a little card I made the other day.  So simple, just cut out an image from the Flirty Paper Pack.
Add it to my card as the main focus and I am done.  These colors are so vibrant, but also work nicely as fall colors.  The mat color is black and there are three little sparkles in front of "happiness".  Hope your weekend was a great one!

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Just a little bit of scenery from my front door.
That little wheel barrow has flowers in it during the summer, but in the's pumpkin time.  Now I just need a bale of straw or two.  Happy Sunday!

Saturday, October 6, 2012


Fall is surely in the air around here.  I don't think I have seen the trees looking so beautiful.  After the harsh summer we had here in SW Iowa, they are in all of their glory now.

It makes me want to get out and enjoy the crisp, sunny days.  Hope I get a chance to do that before snow!
Abundance  D1519
Make It From Your Heart  page 44
Flirty Paper Pack X7160B
Creme Brulee, Goldrush and White Daisy Cardstock
Chocolate Ink
Goldrush & Autumn Terracotta Markers
Burlap Ribbon, Antique Copper Brads and Pop Dots 

Have a great weekend!

Friday, October 5, 2012

Creepy Creatures

I just love this guy.  Doesn't he just make you smile when you look at him?  
I had no plan when I started this card.  I just knew I wanted to use Mr Skeleton here.  I looked for a card pattern that would accommodate his size and went forward.  I inked up the back side of a Milepost Shape to make the black pennant.  Hope you like him!
Creepy Creatures  (C1522)
White Daisy, Black and Smokey Plum Cardstock
Moonlight Paper Pack (X7161B)
Black and Honey Inks
Black Brads, Bakers Twine, and Milepost Shapes
Ribbon (retired)

Thursday, October 4, 2012

One More Christmas Card

I just had to make one more card with the October Stamp of the Month before I got back to the business of fall and October.  I have never been one to do Christmas cards early, but it makes so much sense to have them done.  I'll be working on the Pear & Partridge Card Workshop soon.  This is very unusual for me.  I might have cards actually done before December.
Very Merry Christmas  S1210
White Daisy and Cranberry Card Stock
Cranberry, New England Ivy and Black Ink
Red Sparkles
Cricut Art Philosophy and the Cuttlebug

Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Bountiful Season

Don't you just love our Quick Card Stamps?  One stop stamping.  Sentiment and image in one!

Here I used our 4 1/2 inch Circle Cards in Colonial White ( Z1352)  So handy to have a pack of cards with the envelopes right with them.  The technique used is Stamp Rolling.  I rolled the stamp in Goldrush first, then back in Autumn Terracotta, and finally in New England Ivy.  I decided to use this card for the H2H Challenge over at Heart2Heart.
Bountiful Harvest A1130
Goldrush, Autumn Terracotta, and New England Ivy Cardstock
Moonlight Paper Pack X7161B
Goldrush, Autumn Terracotta and New England Ivy Inks
Burlap Ribbon & Stardust Glitter Gel  

Thanks for looking!  Come back soon.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Warmest Wishes

Here is another card I made using the October Stamp of the Month.  I just love our blues....  I just painted my kitchen blue again.  Can't get enough of the color.

Here I used the mittens from the set.  I am not ready for the real things yet, but these are pretty cute.  I sanded the Outdoor Denim card stock and dry embossed lines to give it a little bit of texture.
Supplies used:
Outdoor Denim, Whisper and White Daisy Card stock
Slate and Indian Corn Blue Inks
Very Merry Christmas  S1210
Outdoor Denim Button, Grey Baker's Twine

Check out how you can get this Stamp of the Month for only $5.00.  Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, September 30, 2012

October Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

Welcome to my blog and the October Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!  If you have come from Angela's blog, you are on the right track.  The October Stamp of the Month, Very Merry Christmas  (S1210) is a set of 11 stamps.  See the red outlines around some of the stamps?  That means you can cut images for these stamps from the Cricut Artiste Cartridge!  How cool is that!
 I created a standard sized card using the ornament stamp.  I can't wait to make more with this great set.
Supplies used:
Very Merry Christmas S1210
Pear & Partridge Paper Pack X7162B
Smoothie and Colonial White Card Stock
Cranberry and Chocolate Ink
Tan Twill Ribbon (from the Workshop on the Go Pear & Partridge Card Kit G1043)
Red Sparkles  Z1326
Make It From Your Heart 9035  page 43

Now hop on over to Kristine's blog.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

Friday, September 21, 2012

The Avonlea Card Workshop

 We will be making this workshop this week.  The kit includes supplies to make 5 each of these designs.  And it's so easy to put together.  And when you are done with the workshop, there is still paper and embellishments to use for more.  The gorgeous stamp set is one I will use over and over
I added 3 card bases and this is what I made with some of the leftovers.  There is paper left to make more, but right now I'm off to play with the Christmas Card Kit.  So much to do and so little time to do it!
I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Clearly the Best: Bend It, Curve It, Stamp It (S01E01)

Check out this video showing how many more stamping options you have with our clear, acrylic stamps.

Friday, August 31, 2012

September Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

Welcome to my little crafting space.  If you have come from Amy's blog, you are on the right track.  This month we are showcasing the September Stamp of the Month, Fall Favorites (S1209A).  Don't you love that cute scarecrow!  This is a set of 11 stamps and is $17.95.  But you can get this stamp set for only $5 when you spend $50 on our wonderful products!

I made a card with this set.  It is a standard sized card, with a little different look.  The center is 4.25 x 5.5 inches, but the flaps are 3 inches and over lap the front.
Here is the front of the card.  I used paper from the Moonlight Paper Pack.  There is also a band that wraps around the card to keep it closed.
Here is the inside of the card.  I used the lightest piece of paper on the inside of the flaps so you can put your message there.
Here's a little closer look at the center of the card.  The scarecrow is colored with Watercolor Pencils and the word "fall" is popped up" with Pop Dots.  I hope you have enjoyed looking at my card.  To make this card, I used:
Moonlight Paper Pack
Black, Goldrush, Colonial White and Smokey Plum Card Stock
Black Ink
Wooden Buttons, Watercolor Pencils and Pop Dots

Now hop on over to Diann's blog and check out more fantastic artwork!  Thanks for stopping by!!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Cards from the Avonlea WOTG

With a few of the pieces I had left from the Avonlea WOTG, I made these cards.  Just three simple little cards, fast and easy to put together.  I just love adding the Opaques to them.  I still have a bit of paper left to make more cards, or another layout.  And I have that great stamp set to use over and over again.  What a good value!

Friday, August 17, 2012

Avonlea and the Kids

I've been playing with the Avonlea Workshop on the Go in the last couple of days.  Oh....I just love those colors and that paper!  I made the two 2-page layouts featured on the How To Brochure.  I  love the simplicity and how I was able to use these pictures.  Here is the main layout that has the instructions included.     The Parlor Velvet Rub-Ons included in the WOTG are beautiful and add so much to a page.   I  have to do my journaling and I am finished. 
I also made this layout with the left over papers.  This pattern is from Imagine, Grand Finale.  I am not sure I'm done with embellishments yet, but I will add my journaling down the right side of the page.  What do you think?  Need more? Or is it just fine the way it is?  

I'm off to make cards now.  And of course to think about this page.  Have a wonderful (crafty) weekend.

Last of the Clementine Cards

 Here are the last two cards we made at the Clementine Card Class.  Isn't that turtle cute?  He is from the Pun Fun Set (C1505)  I used Watercolor Pencils on him.
This stamp set is Cup of Cheer (B1404)  The sentiment reads: Your friendship is like coffee, it helps me get through the day.  Isn't that the truth!  I also used a bit of Liquid Glass on the steam from the pot.  Hope you enjoy looking at these.  I would love to have you in one of my classes.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

National Stamping Month Blog Hop

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today.  If you have come here from Sheri's Blog  you have come to the right place.  A Blog Hop is just a big circle, start here or anywhere along the way and see all of the artwork that was made using this great stamp set called It's Your Day (CC1020)

This double stamp set is just $5 when you place a minimum order of just $35 in full retail products from August 15 through September 30.  Two D-sized sets in one envelope!  Use this for those simple, everyday moments worth preserving, by the day, week, or month.

I made a card with the stamp set.  If you know me at all, you know my love of butterflies.  And with this set, I now have two more to choose from!  The pattern for this card came from our newest How To Book, Make It From Your Heart (9035).
I used:
It's Your Day  (CC1020)
Flirty Paper Pack (X7160B)
Hollyhock, Goldrush, Black and White Daisy CS
Hollyhock, Goldrush and Black Ink
Paradise Assortment (Z1702) Baker's Twine
Brown & Tan Assortment (Z1753) and 
Red, Pink & Purple Assortment (Z1326)  Sparkles
3-D Foam Tape

Be sure to look around at my blog before you leave.  If you are interested in ordering, please contact me or your own consultant for this fantastic deal.  Don't miss out on a great stamp set!  Now hop on over to Heather's Blog to see more artwork using the National Stamping Month Special.  Hope you can stop back by again sometime.

More Class Cards with Clementine

Here are two more cards we made at class the other night.  I used the Cricut to cut out the flower and "thanks" medallion, along with the Creme Brulee piece on the right card.  That machine comes in so handy when cutting out certain pieces.  Makes cardmaking and scrapbooking a snap.  I can't wait to get the new Artist!  Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Clementine Card

Here's a card we are doing at the Clementine Card Workshop tonight.  Don't you just love that new Burlap Ribbon?  I will post the rest of the cards in the next few days.  Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, August 5, 2012

New Products Blog Hop

So glad you could stop by to see my artwork for the New Product Blog Hop.  Hope you can take a little time to look around my blog.  We have so many talented consultants showing off the great New products in the Fall/Winter CTMH Idea Book!  If you are coming from Haley's blog, you are on the right track.

There are so many wonderful new products, I had a hard time deciding what to show.  My first example is a one page layout using the Clementine Paper Pack.  Great colors of Cashmere, Champagne, Colonial White, Creme Brulee, New England Ivy, Saddle, Sorbet, and Twilight.  I used:
Clementine Paper Pack (X7156B)
Twilight CS 
Approved (C1521)
Cottage Collection (Z1794)
Metal Assortment Brads (Z1366)
Art Philosophy

A close up view of a button from the Cottage Assortment. 

I also made two cards using the New Moonlight Paper Pack. Patterns for these cards can be found in our New How To Book- Make It From Your Heart, Volumn 1 (9035)   Colors in Moonlight are Autumn Terracotta, Black, Colonial White, Goldrush, Slate, Smokey Plum and Sweet Leaf.  This paper pack can be used for any season, not just Halloween or Fall artwork. The leaves were inked using the Stamp Rolling Technique.   I used:
Moonlight Paper Pack (X7161B)
Sweet Leaf Cardstock
Fall Harvest (C1504)
Black, Sweet Leaf, Autumn Terracotta, and Smokey Plum Ink  
Durables Studs (Z1706)

Now hop on over to Krista's Blog and see more new products from our New Idea Book.  Thanks so much for stopping by.  

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

August Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

Welcome to my blog.  So nice of you to stop by.  If you have come from Vicki's blog, you are on the right path.  Along with a fantastic new Fall/Winter Catalog from Close To My Heart, we have six new Stamp of the Month stamp sets.  The first is Baroque Borders (S1208).  Don't you just love this?  Beautiful images that work great for pages or cards.

 My first example is a standard sized card using our New Cashmere Ink.  I also used Twilight Ink to lightly stamp the Twilight piece of card stock.  I used Colonial White, Desert Sand and Twilight card stock.  The buttons are from the New Antiqued Gold Mini-Medley Accents with a little bit of Waxy Flax in the centers.
 This card is a 5x5.  I used:
Outdoor Denim, Desert Sand and Colonial White CS
(the CW card stock is inked with Desert Sand)
Outdoor Denim and Desert Sand Ink
Antiqued Gold Brads
D1474 Card Chatter Birthday

Now hop over to Judy Faye's blog to see her wonderful artwork.  Hope you came back here again to see me sometime.  

Monday, July 30, 2012

New Consultant Kits

 The Essentials Kit is just $49.  Everything to meet your crafting and career needs.  Approximately $130 retail value.  Signing up is so easy with our online applications.  The Essentials Kit comes with the basic supplies and brand-new products you want most.  Go to to sign up!
The Master Kit is just $99.  With a retail value of approximately $280, the Master Kit includes expanded business items, along with additional products and Studio J layouts.  Check out the new Fall/Winter Catalog on pages 4-5 for all of the details.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Join My Team In August

Become a Close To My Heart Consultant in August and receive a FREE Damask Tote Bag (retail $50) while supplies last.  Choose the $49 NEW Consultant Essentials Kit or the $99 Master Kit which includes more supplies and tools and get the bag free.

Bag Features:
Large exterior pocket for 12x12 paper packs
Huge interior can hold a 12x12 album and more
Small zippered interior pocket
Fabric coated canvas
2 water bottle pockets 
Use the shoulder strap or use as backpack
Large flap snaps closed

Offer is for August only and while supplies last.  Call or email me.  I would love to have you on my TEAM!

Friday, July 27, 2012

Sofia is a Perfect Pair

Sophia is the current FREE paper pack and Stickese set you can receive when you order $75 worth of products from my website.  But don't wait too long, this offer ends the 29th.  And it is only while supplies last.  Coming up will be Believe and Wonderland!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Mayberry...A Perfect Pair

You can get this paper pack FREE with your order of $75 or more placed on my website till July 25.  This is a "while supplies last" promotion, so don't miss out.  Beginning July 26, Sophia will be Free with a $75 purchase.  What a great deal.

Monday, July 23, 2012

A Sneak Peek

Here is a card we made at Convention with some new products.  This paper is called Flirty and we also got to use a few new embellishments.  Hope you are as excited as I am about the new catalog.  Please let me know if you are interested in getting the Fall/Winter catalog.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Lucky...Free till the 20th of July

With the Perfect Pairs, a $75 order on my website will get you the Lucky Paper Pack and Lucky Stickese Free!  Check out all of the great products still available.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

24 Retiring Colors

Trends come and go, and Close To My Heart is keeping up with those trends.  We are saying good-bye to 24 colors:
So if there are colors here that you just can't live without, now is the time to stock up on the cardstock, ink pads and reinkers.  Beginning August 1, when the NEW Fall/Winter catalog is introduced, these colors will be gone!

Sunday, July 15, 2012

We are on our way home from Convention!  Chris picked us up and took us to a cute place for breakfast and then back to his apartment.  So glad he was there to drive us around.  We saw a few sights and some pretty swanky neighborhoods!  Thanks Chris.  Tonight it is Wichita and then home sweet home.  See you soon!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

On Our Way to Dallas

 Katie, Eva and I are on our way.  We have been at the lake for a week, and this morning we left for the CTMH Convention in Dallas!  Tonight we stopped in Oklahoma City.  When you travel with a 3 month old, you are on THEIR time.  Had a great supper at Mutts.  Can't wait to start scrapping 9 to 5!!!!!