Sunday, March 27, 2016

Be Your Beautiful Self

The Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge inspired me to make this card.

I love these sketch challenges in case you didn't notice. The shiny embellishments came out of my stash box labelled "Embellishments that Sparkle".

Here's the original sketch from the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge:

It's a lovely idea for a card. 

Supplies used:



A Cheery Hello!

The Penelope Workshop Your Way has various ways of making your life easier. From the Picture My Life cards to the self-stick and vellum complements. You can add touches to your creations that are so easy and effective. Here is a happy little frog saying hello.

The design idea came from the ever creative {MOJO} Monday Card Sketch Challenge Design group.

The supplies I used for this card are:

The pink outlined card that is the background for the frog is one of the PML cards cut in half. It is already decorated with the flowers. Like I said-it's easy!!

One of the big necessities in my stash of stuff is the Value pack of 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 cards and envelopes. 50 of each for $14.95-can't beat it!

Thanks for looking at my card. 


Saturday, March 26, 2016

For My Sister

You've Got A Friend In Me

As I was moseying through Pinterest yesterday, I found a card I liked and decided to create a card for my sister Lorraine. It happens to be a "step" card and is EASY to make. WooHoo!! Since Lagoon is one of my very favorite color, using the colors from the #186 Color My Heart Color Dare challenge made sense to me. This week the colors are Gypsy, Lagoon and White Daisy. Perfect!  

It just so happens that Close To My Heart has a stamp set called "Friend In Me" which is perfect for Lorraine. The set is cheery, springy and just sweet so off I go to create something just for her that speaks to our relationship. Of course, she is my sister but this could also be used for a friendship card for those friends that are so special, they feel like your sisters.

So, without further ado, here is my card for Lorraine that I can't wait to send to her-from Texas to  New York with Love!

Hope you like my card, now I'll send it and wait to hear from my sister! ;-)


Saturday, March 19, 2016

You Make Me Happy!

The Stamp of the Month for March is so sweet. Did you or do you sing "You are my sunshine my only sunshine. You make me happy when skies are gray." to you kids? Well I sang that to Phillip many years ago and this stamp goes with that sweet little song.

March 2016: Sunshine Birdies

Here is the card I made. It's not as pretty as CTMH's card, but I had fun making it. I didn't think about singing to Phillip when I saw the CTMH card because I wasn't vested in it. Making this card brought memories back to me that are so sweet and so deep in the heart of the "Mom" part of me.

Supplies used:
How nice would it be to receive a card like this in the mail? 

Have a Great Day!!


Friday, March 18, 2016

An Easter Card using the Kaleidoscope Papers

The Kaleidoscope papers from Close To My Heart sing Spring to me. So how perfect is it to use them for an Easter card. Easter is only around a week away.

Here is the card I created with the help of my Artfully Sent Cricut cartridge:

and the inside...

 The kaleidoscope papers are so pretty and so perfect for Easter. It just brings back memories for Easter hats and dresses so cheerful and so happy. 

On page 41 of the Artfully Sent book is the beautifully cut Easter egg card that I choose to use making this card crazy easy to make.

Cricut® Artfully Sent Collection


Cardmaking has never been easier or more fun! With our newest Cricut® collection, you can make handmade masterpieces in no time at all. Choose from cards with sentiments cut directly into them, or combine several cutouts to create your own pop-up scenes. Featuring more than 25 different card themes and 5 different card formats including dynamic interactive designs, this cartridge has a card for any and all occasions—even if the occasion is "just because!" Card styles include pop-ups, scenes, sentiments, sleeves, and pocket cards.
Collection includes:
1 – Cartridge (700 Images: Cards and Font)
3 – My Acrylix® D-size Stamp Sets
1 – Whimsy Cardstock Combo Pack
Recommended blocks for included stamp sets: 1" × 1" (Y1000), 1" × 3½" (Y1002), 3" × 3" (Y1006), 2" × 3½" (Y1009).
Cricut® is a registered trademark of Provo Craft & Novelty, Inc. All rights reserved.

The branches were cut in different sizes using the Art Philosophy cartridge. 

Cricut® Art Philosophy Collection


Cutting versatile, foundational shapes is a breeze with the Art Philosophy Collection. The basic brackets, frames, flowers, and font included are perfect for any project, any time of the year. Use your cuts from this cartridge as embellishments on cards and layouts to make your artwork shine. And don't forget to use the coordinating stamps for more creative fun!
Collection includes:
1 – Cartridge (700 Images: Basic Shapes, Gift Items, and Font)
3 – My Acrylix® D-size Stamp Sets
1 – Enchantment Cardstock Combo Pack

Recommended blocks for included stamp sets: 1" × 1" (Y1000), 2" × 2" (Y1003), 2" × 3½" (Y1009), 3" × 3" (Y1006).

And the Happy Easter was cut using the Artbooking cartridge. 

As you can see, the cartridges work well with each other and lets you create things you didn't know you could do.

Cricut® Artbooking Collection


Take your scrapbooking to never-before-seen levels with the new Cricut® Artbooking Collection! With oodles of coordinating images in each of 15 layout motifs, you can create several themed pages that complement each other. Images include accents, borders, titles, overlays, photo mats—in standard photo sizes—and more! The Cricut®keys are optimized for creating 12" × 12" pages in a jiffy. You'll love creating 10 themed mini books, optimized for several different sizes, and packed with loads of coordinating pieces. Celebrate birthdays, new babies, vacations, friends, sports, Halloween, Christmas, and more. When you're finished cutting, use the coordinating stamp sets to add even more pizzazz!
Collection includes:
1 – Cartridge (700 Images: Minibooks, Layouts, and Font)
3 – My Acrylix® D-size Stamp Sets
1 – Adventure Cardstock Combo Pack
Recommended blocks for included stamp sets: 1" × 1" (Y1000), 1" × 3½" (Y1002), 2" × 2" (Y1003), 3" × 3" (Y1006), 2" x 3½" (Y1009), 4" × 5" (Y1012).

The flowers and butterflies were an older stamp set that is tiny and NLA.

The ink colors I used are:
Thanks for stopping by!! Hope Spring is springing your way!!


A Special March Special

This just in-

Close To My Heart is offering a special stamp that is only available from now till March 31st.

Hello Paradise CC1065

For those of you who had a tropical Spring Break, or are planning a cruise or trip to the Islands this is for you!!


To purchase Hello Paradise, click here:


Thursday, March 17, 2016

March Madness uh, Specials!!

Happy St. Patrick's Day :-)

Today is all about the Close To My Heart specials for March.

First is the March 2016 Stampaganza:

The wait is over! Who is ready for Stampaganza 2016? 
  1. Buy any two My Acrylix® stamp sets (M-, A-, B-, C-, D-, or E-size) at full retail price and get a third stamp set of equal or lesser value FREE! That is a savings of up to $29.95 USD! 
  2. This offer is only available during March, so start submitting your stamp orders as soon as possible, and let the Stampaganza begin! *Offer valid March 1, 2016 (9:00 am MST)–March 31, 2016 (11:59 pm MDT) while supplies last. 
  3. No tax will be charged on the free item(s). 
  4. Shipping/handling is calculated based on the full retail price of all items, including the free item(s). 
If the lower priced stamp is               Choose this size stamp to receive it for free 
M size                                              M size
A size                                              M or A size
B size                                              M or A or B size
C size                                              M or A or B or C size
D size                                              M or A or B or C or D size
E size                                              M or A or B or C or D or E size

The next special is the March Stamp of the Month.

Each month Close To My Heart offers a special stamp set available that month only

  • You can purchase the Stamp of the Month at full retail price ($17.95) 
  • Or, you can get it at a discount with your purchase of $50 
  • You get the Stamp of the Month for only $5.00 USD/$6.00 CAD.

Here is the adorable March SOM:

How can I use this stamp? Here's a cute idea from CTMH:

Have a Great St. Paddy's Day! 

Beware of Green Beer ;-)

Thanks for stopping by!!

Monday, March 14, 2016

Spring Colors-Bring on the Flowers!!

The Color My Heart Color Dare gave us a springy color palatte this week.

Maybe it's the Sweet Leaf that just screams spring green. It's the new, tender, first green of the coming warm season. Of course in Texas, it's just plain scary that it was 80 in mid March. What will the summer have in store of us?

So here's my card to usher in Spring: 

The supplies I used to create this card are:

Here is the Springtime Wishes stamp set:

If you would like to shop for any of these supplies (or more), you can shop with me here:

Thanks for stopping by!



Sunday, March 13, 2016

The Penelope Papers are Too Cute!

The Penelope Workshops Your Way papers are just screaming It's Spring!! to me. I've been making some cards because the papers are cheery and sweet and make me smile. And who can't use a smile :-) !

The sketch I used to help me create this card came from Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.


Once again, I'm using the