Tuesday, October 11, 2016

October Cards and Layouts (and one bonus card) featuring Swan Lake!!

 THANK YOU to my lovely creative friends
who joined us for card class on Saturday evening 10/8!
(Sandra, Gloria, Jackie, Debbie, and Carolyn)!
As usual, I had a great time with you ladies!

These are the four new card designs I'm offering for the
making during October (plus one bonus card I just added)!
There are still two more dates this month to join us to make
any of these cards (or others from my pre-cut card buffet).

Upcoming October dates still include...
an all-day CREATE DATE and potluck
on Saturday 10/15 (10am-5pm)
and an afternoon CREATE DATE 
on Sunday 10/23 (1pm-5pm).

Swan Lake Scrapbooking workshop participants
will also be joining our card-makers 
to create their pages on these dates, so I expect a full
house, bustling with fun and laughter, on each date!
It's not too late to plan to join us if you want to
(please contact me to RSVP ASAP
though, as space is limited)!!

The bonus card (above), I designed for my friend Gloria, since she is in need of a "Retirement Card" soon. The "Happy For You" stamp set (C1660) shown here, includes a great variety of congratulatory sentiments that might be useful to you if you know anyone who has retired, been promoted or taken on a new job, graduated, adopted a child, welcomed a new baby, and/or moved into a new home. This stamp set is also available to purchase with sentiments in Spanish and/or French if you'd prefer! Gloria, you can expect to get one of these cards in your mailbox from me very soon! Enjoy!!

Lastly, here are the Swan Lake Scrapbooking layouts (below) that my scrapbooking workshop participants will be making with me this month as well! It's not too late for me to order additional kits (for the 23rd) if anyone else wants to join us!! Just $30 per kit (pre-cut for you by me) to create the three lovely Fall 12x12 layouts shown here!

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Spread the Love Operation Smile Blog Hop! (featuring the "True Love" stamp set - D1711)

THANK YOU for stopping by to enjoy our
Spread the Love
Operation Smile Blog Hop!

Today, 15 consultant artists are sharing
artwork they've created using this stamp set
available NOW through the end of July 2017
only from Close to my Heart!
When you purchase this stamp set 
(True Love - D1711) for $17.95,
a $7.00 donation will be given to
Operation Smile, our affiliated charity!
(Learn more at OperationSmile.org).

If you've just arrived here from

then you are on the correct path.

I just adore this stamp set! It inspires so many creative possibilities, but I'll start by sharing just one card I've designed with it for now. This Standard-size card features the Swan Lake papers (X7212B). All images are stamped with a Black memento ink pad (Z899) and colored in with Shin Han Touch Twin Markers (Barely Beige for skin, Golden Yellow girls hair, Marigold boys hair, Turquoise Blue dress, Warm Grey 4 on the heart & boys shirt). SPECIAL TIP:  To achieve the "Peacock" color on the small balloon & boys shorts I simply colored them in with a Marine Blue marker first, then colored a second layer on top of that color with Peacock Green!...Super easy!!

Finally, I couldn't decide which side of the Poppy B&T duos paper I liked the best, so here's a view of the card (below) shown both ways. I love that it's so easy to simply flip our patterned papers over for another option whenever we want to change the design up just a little bit. The top card is perfect for giving in the Summer/Fall, while the bottom card looks more appropriate for Valentine's Day.

Now you can continue on with hop...
and be inspired by more creativity
using this stamp set by visiting
GINA's BLOG next!
Enjoy the hop!!

Saturday, October 1, 2016

October Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!

THANK YOU for stopping by to enjoy our
October Stamp of the Month Blog Hop
featuring this month's SOTM:
Yuletide Joy S1610

If you've just arrived here from 
then you are on the correct path.

This month I created a variety of three different cards with the City Sidewalks paper pack (X7213B) that features the following colors: Black, Cranberry, Lagoon, Peacock, White Daisy, and Willow. All images are stamped with a Black Memento ink pad (Z899) and colored in with Shin Han Touch Twin Markers (Leaf Green, Peacock Green, and Carmine). Cards are embellished with Black Shimmer Ribbon (Z4012), Black Shimmer Trim (Z1809), and green and blue Epoxy Bubbles (Z1806 retired).
Now you can continue on with the hop...
and be inspired by more creativity
using this stamp set by visiting
MELISSA's BLOG next! Enjoy the hop!!

The "All About Me" Album Opportunity!

Did you miss out on the
"All About Me" album classes
(for adults and kids/tweens/teens!)
that I offered this past August?

I only promoted this class through Facebook,
so if you're not connected with me there,
you might have missed it.

Well, I still have a few extra kits and materials
available for anyone who might be interested!
Read on to learn more...

It is so important to scrapbook about YOU and tell YOUR story!! We know this, but even so, most of the time WE (the moms, dads, aunts, uncles, grandmas, and grandpas), are behind the camera instead of in front of it. We take lots of pictures that document our family and friends, the special days, events, and holidays…and that's ALL good…so very good…and sometimes we even end up in a photo or two…sometimes…BUT all too often we don’t take enough pictures that include ourselves and we neglect to put the focus on “us” to really tell OUR story, so that our kids and future generations can really know us, know who we are, what we loved, what we did, and what we valued! THIS new class I’m offering is the PERFECT opportunity to get started telling your story now! THIS little album we’re making will become a treasured keepsake for generations to come (and in the process, this project will remind us that WE really matter! WE are just as wonderful, unique, and important as all of the cherished loved ones we’ve been photographing and scrapbooking about already)!

Life is not remembered one day at a time, but by small moments at a time. Preserving those little "memory moments" is what it’s all about. Our Everyday Life albums, 6” x 8” page inserts, pocket pages, and memory protectors offer a fast and easy way to save our favorite photos, PLUS lots of little things like ticket stubs, post cards, a napkin from a favorite restaurant, grocery lists, receipts, favorite stamps/stickers, quotes you love, little notes from your kids/friends, pictures they’ve drawn for you, greeting cards, favorite thoughts and scriptures and creative ideas that inspire you, goals you’ve set for yourself, and so much MORE! If any of the memorabilia you want to include is too large or not practical to include in the book (things like a trophy, your craziest socks, a quilt/craft you made, or something that you grew in your garden), then just take a photo of it!! Then, at class you’ll grab your adhesive and/or some washi tape to attach your mementos on the colorful pages, and there’s no real "designing" or “organizing skills” required either! This album can be a scrapbook in the truest sense of the word…little “scraps” and “bits & pieces” of your life, along with any photos that document who you are and what your life is like.

START NOW by collecting little “bits and pieces” of YOU…YOUR favorite memories and things! Over the next few weeks collect, find, gather, and save anything that makes you happy…AND take some current photos IF you need to! Cut photos of your favorite things from a magazine or print some off from the internet (don't forget to take and print photos of your current home/car/school/workplace, and especially take photos of YOU and your favorite people/pets too!!) The photos can "go with" your memorabilia, or NOT...let go of that perfectionism…your album CAN always be just random photos and stuff in no particular order! Simply grab a box or a large envelope and start adding your goodies into it NOW and every day until we meet!

In order to prepare for these classes, I began by creating my own pages for an "All About Me" album. I decided that I wanted my album to focus on my childhood memories and who I was while growing up (because these are photos and memorabilia I have procrastinated saving for a long time). Like mine, your album can include older photos and memories you have, of course, but don't be afraid to use only current and new photos and memories of yourself instead, if childhood photos and memorabilia are difficult for you to get access to or get copies of. Start with what you have and what is easiest for you right now, as this will ensure that you succeed from the start! (then you can go back and preserve older photos when you are a more experienced and confident scrapper). Our children and grandchildren will want to know who we are NOW, just as much as who we were long ago.

Here are a few of my favorite pages (so far)
that I hope might inspire you:

Would you like to start an
album project similar to this?!

I'm happy to help you get started now! The kit options I have to offer for this project start at just $50 (or less!) Each kit purchased from me includes all of the materials you will need to create your own album (plus my expert help/assistance if you want and need it!)...which makes my kits such a great bargain!! Please contact me now if you'd like to get started...
and Let me show you how!!

Call or email or text message me today!

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Holiday Expressions New Product Blog Hop!

for stopping by to enjoy
our Holiday Expressions
New Product Blog Hop!

If you've just arrived here

then you are on the correct path.

Today, 25 consultant artists are sharing artwork
they've created using all-new products from our 
NEW Holiday Expressions Catalog!

Today, I'm sharing SIX
Harry Potter-themed cards I designed
using paper and embellishments
left-over after I created just the scrapbook 
pages using the Jeepers Creepers
Workshops Your Way Scrapbooking Kit 
(Item #G1110):
Start by cutting all of the layout pieces ONLY shown in the Jeepers Creepers WYW instruction guide (do NOT cut the darker-shaded card pieces labeled 4, 5, and 6!!). Then, using the scraps that are left over, you should have enough paper to cut pieces to create TWO of each card design shown here. The key is to cut each of the papers one sheet at a time (starting with Card #1 first, then Card #2, and so on). ALWAYS cut the smaller measurement first (that's how I got it to work out). Also, when you're cutting the smaller measurements first, make sure you are paying attention to which way the stripes and zig zags are going! If you keep the stripes pointing the same directions as my card samples show, you should have just enough paper. Make sure you cut the second (duplicate piece for each card) right away from the same strip you cut the first one, before moving on to cutting the next pieces.

In addition to 12 standard-size card bases and envelopes (item #X254), you will also need one sheet of Black 12x12 cardstock and some clear Sparkles ((item #Z3274). You will also need some very minimal scraps of Black, Lemon, and Tangerine cardstocks to make your Cricut Artistry cuts. The only stamped and colored-in image is the sorting hat on Card #2, so unlike most of the creations I share on my blog, these cards require very minimal stamping!

Leave your email address in the comments below (or email me!) if you want to request that I send you a copy of the full instructions (an MSword document). This file will also include a page that you will print two of (in black and white) on White Daisy cardstock to create your sentiments for each card. Enjoy!!

CARD #1 (above)
Sentiment – cropped to 3” x 2.75” tall
Pansy CS – 3.25” x 3”
Eyeballs B&T – 1.5” x 5.5”
Lagoon stripe B&T – 2.75” x 5.5”
5.5” of black stripe washi tape
Cut lightbulb using Cricut Artistry (p. 33)
1.5 “ on Canary and Tangerine cardstocks.
Mount lightbulb with 3-D foam tape.

CARD #2 (above)
Sentiment – cropped to 2.75” x  3.75” tall
Pansy CS – 3” x 4”
Lightning Bolt B&T – 4” x 5.25”
Black cardstock – 4.25” x 5.5”
Stamp sorting hat from “Purr-fect Halloween” set (S1608)
with Black Memento ink on White Daisy CS scrap.
Color with Warm Grey 4, Warm Grey 7, and 
Colorless Blender 0 markers, and cut it out.
Mount sorting hat with 3-D foam tape.

CARD #3 (above)
Sentiment – cropped to 1.5” x 3” wide
Black CS – 1.75” x 3.25”
Lightning Bolt B&T – 1.5” x 5.5”
Tangerine stripe B&T – 2.75” x 5.5”
Polka Dot Zip Strip – 5.5
(adhere and layer on top of the stripe B&T)
Cut the glasses using Cricut Artistry (p.22)
1" on Black cardstock, adhere w/ fine glue pen.

CARD #4 (above)
Sentiment – cropped to 1.5” x 2.25” wide
Black CS – 1.75” x 2.5”
Zig Zag B&T – 4” x 5.25”
Lagoon stripe B&T – 2.25” x 3” and .75” x 3”
Cloud & Moon Zip Strip – 3” cut from left side.

CARD #5 (above)
Sentiment – cropped to 2.5” x 3” tall
Black CS – 2.75” x 3.25”
Tangerine stripe B&T – 1.5” x 4.25”
Lagoon stripe B&T – 3” x 4.25”
Pansy CS - .75” x 3” (wrapped with stripe washi tape)
4.25” of willow washi tape
Tangerine CS heart cut w/ smallest of Hearts thin cuts.

CARD #6 (above)
Sentiment – cropped to 1.5” x 3”
Black CS – 1.75” x 3.25”
Sentiment outlined w/ fine black pen (hand-drawn)
Zig Zag B&T – 4” x 5.25”
Tangerine stripe B&T - .75” x 3.5”
Tangerine CS heart cut w/smallest of Hearts thin cuts.

Now you can continue on with the hop
and be inspired by more creativity
using more all-new Holiday
Expressions products by visiting
Enjoy the hop!!

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

National Stamping Month (Create Kindness) Blog Hop!

THANK YOU for stopping by to enjoy our
National Stamping Month Blog Hop!

If you've just arrived here from
then you are on the correct path.

Today, 21 consultant artists are sharing
artwork created using the special 
limited edition "Create Kindness"
National Stamping Month Kit 
that is available for purchase
during September 2016 only.

3x3" LOVE card - 2" scalloped circle punched from RASPBERRY cardstock.
Colored with Cherry Pink, Tender Pink, and Leaf Green markers.

3x3" SMILE card - 2" scalloped circle punched from LAGOON cardstock.

Colored with Peacock Green, Turquoise Blue, and Leaf Green makers.

3x3" HELLO card - 2" scalloped circle punched from PANSY cardstock.

Colored with Lavender, Peony Purple, and Leaf Green Markers.

3x3" FRIEND card - 2" scalloped circle punched from WILLOW cardstock.

Colored with Golden Yellow, Marigold, and Leaf Green Markers.


for stamping on the envelopes:
Cut a 3x6" scrap of white daisy cardstock.
Insert it inside the envelope before stamping
and coloring your flowers on the outside. 
This will prevent ink and color from bleeding 
through to the inside/backside of your envelope.

Now you can continue on with hop...
and be inspired by more creativity
using these products by visiting
next! Enjoy the hop!!

Thursday, September 1, 2016

September Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!

THANK YOU for stopping by to enjoy our
September Stamp of the Month Blog Hop
featuring this month's SOTM:
Blessed Beyond Measure S1609

If you've just arrived here from 
then you are on the correct path.

Today I'm sharing this simple standard-size card I created
featuring the Rustic Home and Jeepers Creepers papers.
You can see the Rustic Home paper collection on page 28 of
the Annual Inspirations Idea Book and Jeepers Creepers can be found 
in our NEW Holiday Expressions Idea Book shown on pages 6-7
...click HERE to see them in the new Idea Books online now!

Here's my trick for making the bow: First, cut 7" of twine ribbon from the spool (Rustic Home Ribbon Pack). Then cut the ribbon in half down the center, so there are just three strands on each side. This will allow you to create TWO bows from one piece of ribbon and stretch your ribbon even farther. Tie the pieces into bows and attach with a mini glue dot.

Now you can continue on with hop...
and be inspired by more creativity
using this stamp set by visiting
next! Enjoy the hop!!

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Annual Inspirations 2016 New Product Blog Hop!!

THANK YOU for stopping by to enjoy our
Annual Inspirations 2016
New Product Blog Hop!!

Today, 25 consultant artists are sharing artwork
they've created using NEW products
featured in the Annual Inspirations 2016 catalog
from Close to my Heart!

If you've just arrived here from BRENDA's BLOG
then you are on the correct path. 


For me, one of the most exciting new additions
to our basic CTMH product line, was the
NEW Color of the year!...SEA GLASS!!

It's a beautiful shade of light teal that I
immediately fell in love with and couldn't
wait to use. I also joined a team card swap
this month, so I needed to come up with a
card design to duplicate (16 times) and 
mail to my fellow consultant swappers.

First, I gathered a few materials I knew I wanted 
to use (including SEA GLASS glitter paper Z3240
and a SEA GLASS mini pigment ink pad Z2507)
and then began experimenting. I colored the sea shells 
above and below with watercolor paints and let dry.
(NEW stamp sets I used are 
Swirly Seashells C1664,
and Way to Go D1700).

As you can see, this project involved A LOT of watercoloring and hours of 
detailed cutting!! BUT it was a labor of love and I was really pleased with
the end result...a lovely card I was proud to send/share with my
fellow consultant artists. I hope it inspires you too! Enjoy!!

Now you can continue on with the hop
and be inspired by more creative artwork
and ideas by visiting KRISTA's BLOG next.
Enjoy the hop!!