Wednesday, March 8, 2017

March Specials from Close To My Heart

Save 25% on all Thin Cuts this month!

Thin cuts give you a fast and easy way to cut all kinds of shapes for your crafting, and this month they are all available at 25% off! Choose from titles, sentiments, and a wide variety of shapes to stamp on, so you can get precise, dimensional cut shapes in no time!

Shop for your Thin Cuts and bundles Now! 

Here are enlargements of the thin cuts on sale:

These are all so useful for cardmaking or layout titles and this is a great deal! I bet you can figure out which thin cut is my fav!! ;-)

Thanks for shopping with me! 


It's Getting Close to Spring but It's First Happy St. Patrick's Day!

I have a console in my foyer, or maybe I should say, by my front door sits my mother-in-law's table-high curio cabinet that is filled with her beloved porcelain and glass birds, flowers, bunnies, vases, baskets and sweet little people, that you might expect a woman, who would have been 90 this year, to have in her home. All these delightful little things are there greet whomever comes in our home. They add warmth and personality in my home and it just so happens I love glass just as she did.  Back to the entryway table, of course, people don't know all the little critters are welcoming them, so I have a frame (12 x 12) sitting on the table that I change out, usually according to the season to do this for them. Last week, I had a Scrapbook group coming over for their monthly club, so I did a quickie for St. Patrick's Day, which isn't great, but got me going (translated off my butt). Oh, by the way, that magnolia sitting in the tall glass vase is from none other than Magnolia Market in Waco, Texas. That is the store belonging to Chip and Joanna Gaines from HGTV's Fixer Upper.

So here is the overall look of the console:


I love the font in the new Cricut cartridge Flower Market. There are very simple straight letters and also curly cue letters depending on whether you use the shift key. I cut the letters and shamrock from my glitter paper stash. I could have been trendy and used the Sea Glass glitter paper. For contrast I used a sheet of canary fundamental cardstock also from my older stash of fundamentals. This is to let you know you can use up your older discontinued papers but you can also adjust your own work to fit what you have. The little pot of gold at the end of the rainbow was taken from Google Images and printed on my HP printer just for fun.

Here is a close up:

The Cricut Flower Market cartridge for the  has so many beautiful flowers on it. I'm in the process of making my Spring Time welcome page. The flowers of the front cover of the Close To My Heart Annual Inspirations catalog to the right are cut from this cartridge. It even has a Texas Bluebonnet, the state flower of Texas.  

Here's a little piece of Texas from one of the many trips Jim and I make to take pictures of the bluebonnets. It's a "thing" in Texas.

You can purchase the  

This brand new Cricut® collection features blooms and blossoms for every season of life. All of the designs feature botanical details of some kind, from flowers and leaves to branches and wreaths. Designed to span an entire year's worth of themes and occasions, this collection features shapes for holidays, cardmaking, and everyday scrapbooking. We know this collection will really grow on you!
Collection includes the following:
1 – cartridge (700 images: shapes, layers, banners, borders, titles, and font)
3 – My Acrylix® D-size stamp sets
1 – Adventure cardstock combo pack
Recommended My Acrylix® blocks:
1" × 1" (Y1000), 1" × 3½" (Y1002), 3" × 3" (Y1006)
Cricut® is a registered trademark of Provo Craft & Novelty, Inc.
All rights reserved. Cricut® products available for retail purchase.

 or you can purchase the 

Contains the same shapes, stamp sets, and cardstock as the cartridge collection. The only difference is that the 700 images are accessed using an online code rather than a physical cartridge.*
*Only available for use with Cricut Explore™ and Cricut Explore Air™
Cricut® is a registered trademark of Provo Craft & Novelty, Inc.
All rights reserved. Cricut® products available for retail purchase.
This is a cartridge to be enjoyed for whatever your project is, layouts, cards, decorating. It's up to your imagination!

Thanks for coming by!


Friday, March 3, 2017

It's a Sunny Dandelion, and You Don't Have to Pull It!

I used the Close To My Heart newest Cricut cartridge called Flower Market to help create a card for the Mojo Monday 468 Challenge. The flowers on this cartridge are just beautiful. The cartridge even makes the lowly dandelion pretty! 

Here's my card:

And here's my muse:

I used the March Stamp of the Month called Tea-rrific. It is so cute!
It's a great stamp for a little pick-me-up card to a special someone.

In addition to the Stamp of the Month, the supplies I used for my card are:

1 Shin Han Markers: 

2 Cardstock

3 Paper

4 Embellishments

5 Ink Stamp Pads
6 White Daisy Value Pack 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 Cards and Envelopes 
7 Cricut Flower Market Collection (physical cartridge)
Thank you for stopping by. 
Happy Start of Spring!


Wednesday, March 1, 2017

A New Favorite Paper, Hello Lovely!

 Once again Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge gives me an opportunity to showcase a beautiful paper using one of their sketches.  This card was created using a new Close To My Heart paper collection called Hello Lovely. And these papers are truly lovely!! The papers would be perfect for weddings or even some of your old B&W pictures. The roses remind me of wallpapers in my grandmother's home.

Here is my card:

Atlantic Hearts Sketch 

The papers came from the Hello Lovely Workshop Your Way kit that contains the gold heart and gems embellishments. It also contains the sentiment label that is self-stick. I added the stamp from the A1192 stamp set called Heartfelt Thanks.

The bouquets on the card were fussy cut from the main paper. I took one full sheet and fussy caut all the bouquets from it while watching TV. Yu wouldn't believe how many beautiful pages I created with these beautiful flowers. The complements that come in the kit also have similar bouquets but have the advantage of being stickers! The hearts and arrows sheet are dimensional and self-stick. Did I say I love these papers?! I got an additional of Hello Lovely paper pack X7216B just to make sure I could make enough cards and layouts with it.

Thanks for stopping by!


Saturday, November 5, 2016

Christmas-It's Starting!

The Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge this week inspired a Christmas card from me using the City Sidewalks papers from Close To My Heart.

Using zip strips from the papers and washi tapes makes for an easy and festive background. 

Here are the City Sidewalks X7213B papers with the 1/2" zip strips and PML cards:
The City Sidewalks kit G1114 has the papers plus many embellishments including:  
  • Washi tape
  • Stickers
  • Die cuts
  • Red Gems
It's everything you need to make several layouts, cards or anything Christmas!
The sentiment is one of our M stamps that I just love. They are short and sweet and can go into your permanent collection of stamps that can be used for years on cards, tags, envelopes, presents, your name it! Merry Christmas M1148 The swirl is a separate stamp from the sentiment. I just happen to love swirls and curly cues!!


CTMH also has a Cricut City Sidewalks Digital Collection Z4017 that is available till December 31st. Get it while you can!

Here's a description:

  • Dress up your artwork in holiday style with the festive images from this mini digital Cricut® collection. We've designed this collection to work with our City Sidewalks paper packet (X7213B), so you can complete Christmas projects in less time. The fun and playful images are sure to have you singing your way through all your Christmas crafting!

30 complete images, including titles, photo frames, borders, card sentiments, card overlays, and other cheery Christmas designs.*
Only available for use with Cricut Explore™ and Cricut Explore Air™
We have many other wonderful Christmas papers, stamps, embossing folders, and thin cuts available for your enjoyment!!

You can look at all the wonderful ideas from the Holiday Expressions catalog that is here until December 31st.

Please stop by and shop.


Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Snowflakes for a Christmas Card

My Mojo Monday muse:

My Third Muse (definition:  a woman, or a force personified as a woman, who is the source of inspiration for a creative artist. noun: muse; plural noun: muses)

Here is My Card:

How I created this card:

My brain immediately went to my new Snowflake Thin Cuts for the circles on the sketch. So with snowflakes came the idea of having a a snowfall in the background. I pulled out my Confetti Embossing Folder. The whisper cardstock reminded me of the gray ski that happens when there is a heavy snow storm. The white daisy cardstock needed a little something against the whisper so I cut a snowflake shadow using Glacier cardstock. I also used Glacier for the sentiment "Let the magic of Christmas warm your heart." This stamp was a Stamp of the Month. The star was from the set also. I used Versamark and Silver embossing powder on the star, sentiment and the small snowflake. Of course the powder is melted using the craft heater. It's so fun to emboss and watch the image turn SHINY. I love shiny...just saying ;-) 

My Supply List:

The Woodland Wishes Thin Cuts bundle is a new item. You save yourself time from the "fussy cutting" and have a perfect stamp image for your oh so easy cuts. You do have to have a die cut press. I have a Cuttlebug which is a little workhorse. We have other bundles available. These can be found on the Tools portion of my website. 


A Drapery Fold Thanksgiving Card

Another muse for card making comes for the blog called:

My Second Muse (definition:  a woman, or a force personified as a woman, who is the source of inspiration for a creative artist. noun: muse; plural noun: muses)

They offer a new challenge every Tuesday and their new challenge is Nature or Fall Colors. How can you not love that. Those are my favorite colors and my favorite time of year. Of course, I live in Texas and the weather is not very cooperative. We've been at least 15 degrees above normal. Made for an easy Halloween for the little ones though.

Here is my card:

Here is my Supply List:

Here is a How To:

  • To make the drape I cut a 3" strip of the paper of my choice. 
  • I cut off 1/2" of the 12" side. 
  • On my cutting tool, I placed the paper long ways at the 3" mark and using the scoring tool, I made the first score. 
  • I then continued to score at 4'', 6", 7", 9", 10". 
  • I secured the folds with my bone folder and tape runner.

The Pumpkin was cut at 2" using the Artbooking Cricut cartridge and stamped with the Autumn Wishes stamp.

I'm excited about sending the cards to my family! The value pack of cards is $14.95 not including tax and shipping. With 50 each cards and envelopes making the cards is so inexpensive, ~$0.30, compared to the $6 cards I've seen.