Monday, April 23, 2018

Family Love-Truly Close To My Heart

A new Color My Heart Color Dare challenge this week got me to try to make a heart that was an inspiration to me. The colors of cardstock I used for this project are Raspberry, Mink and Juniper.

One of the CTMH consultants created a lovely one page layout using four colors in a fallish color theme. I loved it! Sometimes I need a shove, so I decided to use these 3 colors to get me off of square one. Using a heart from one of our CTMH Cricut cartridges, Artistry, I sized it at 9 1/2" and cut a white cardstock heart. I then picked a sheet of each color and cut 1 heart from each color. Stacking the 3 colors and holding them tightly together, I made cuts with my paper cutter keeping the lowest point of the heart as the starting point cutting 1-1 1/2" around each side. I used our Flower Market cartridge and cut a rose at 2 1/2" using a white background and raspberry highlight. I also cut some leaves for a little added interest. I used on of my favorite stamps, What Matters Most D1728, and stamped "family" "love" in raspberry. Bitty sparkles Z1263, lots of them, and a liberal use of the clear shimmer brush over the rose and the seems along the color divides. The center of the rose has a gold glitter gem.

Here is my final product:

The upside to this project is if you are cutting 3 or 4 colors, you can put together 2 or 3 additional hearts. Very cool. One for you and others for friends or family. WooHoo!!!!

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Thursday, April 12, 2018

Card Challenge for April 12, 2018

I made a card for the Color My Heart Color Dare Challenge for April. 
Color Dare #286--Tic Tac Toe with Stargazer Color Palette
Color Dare #286 - Closes Thur Apr 12th

With that challenge, here is a card I made with my son  in mind (who has always been a fan of Astronomy and anything to do with space). 

Using the leftovers of the Stargazer kit, I put this together using the Make It From Your Heart vol. 4 card templates. The rocket is one of the PML cards that I cut down. Crazy easy to do!!

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Designer Travel Cases part 2

I did a quick video on the second part of the Designer Travel pieces I received from Close To My Heart recently. The Designer Travel series are cases and luggage that can be used for carrying your scrapbooking supplies to retreats or your friends home, or wherever you are travelling and want to bring all your scrapbooking materials. You don't want your papers to get wrinkled or dogeared so the cases were designed accordingly. You want all your like things, for instance inks, stamps, tools, to be in separate containers for organizational purposes and away from your papers. The Designer Travel system takes all of that in mind.

Here are pictures of all the Designer Travel pieces from CTMH:

Here is my crazy video about some of the pieces:

To order any or all of the pieces, here are the links:
Designer Travel Carry-all is temporarily sold out.

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Thursday, March 29, 2018

You Are More Cardmaking Kit

The Workshop Your Way Cardmaking Kit "You Are More" allows you to create 12 "just because"
cards. That is 6 of each design or you decide how many of each! These are cards that can be sent for any or no reason. They are "sweet" using the Gimme Some Sugar papers! Using the Bashful Shimmer Brush you can ice or frost any of the words that are stamped using the Archival Black Ink. I love the stamp set that has hearts and flowers that can be colored in with our Shin Han markers or Watercolor Pencils. The cuts are easy to do with one scallop cut using the Scallop Thin Cut.

I made a video putting together the 2 designs to show you that it is easy to create these cards.

Here are the cards:

Supplies needed to create this kit:

  1. G1146 You Are More Workshop your Way kit
  2. Z3348 Scallop Thin Cuts
  3. Z9977 Shin Han Markers
  4. Z3400 Bashful Shimmer Brush
  5. Z3271 Archival Black Ink pad
  6. Z2849 Peacock Ink Pad

Here is the kit showing all the items you receive when you purchase the kit:
Kit contents:

1 – exclusive workshop stamp set (B-size)
2 – Gimme Some Sugar sheets
5 – cardstock sheets (2 Bashful, 2 Peacock, 1 White Daisy)
1 – white twine (Z3216)
1 – Bashful pearls (Z3369)
12 – white card bases & envelopes
printed instructions

Additional items to create this kit:

Z3348 Scallop Thin Cuts

Z9977 Shin Han Markers

And here is my video:

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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

An Easy Gift Card Box

I used the Gimme Some Sugar paper to make a gift box for my club on Saturday. They were perfect for a handful of jelly beans as a little spring gift.

You can make these either with a window (oval or rectangle) or without.

Use these thin metal dies to quickly and easily cut the shapes for a 3½" × 2¼" × ¾" folded box and optional windows or tags.
Use with the My Acrylix® In the Background stamp set (D1750) to create patterned numbers.
Thin Cuts are packaged on their own magnetic sheet and work well with most die-cutting machines.

Supplies I used to create the box:

Thin Cuts—Gift Card Box
Gift Card Box Thin Cut Z4150
Gimme Some Sugar paper packet x7228B
Whimsey Ribbon Pack Z3361
Non-Stick Micro-tip Scissors Z1836
Adhesive Runner Z3372

Here's my box:

Here's CTMH's boxes showing the window options:

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3 Alternate Layouts for Gimme Some Sugar

I made a video that shows 3 layouts that I found on Pinterest. My inspiration is Jennifer Smith, a Close To My Heart consultant in Canada. Her layouts just speak to me so I love to figure out how to put them together and add my own touches. I hope you enjoy the video. Below you will find the suggested layouts from the workshop that contains a detailed easy to understand guide so you can create these layouts also. 

Gimme Some Sugar papers

I created the layouts from the guide for the Gimme Some Sugar Workshop Your Way G1145. 

The kit contains the following items:

1 – Gimme Some Sugar paper packet (X7228B)
1 – Gimme Some Sugar Complements (X7228C)
5 – cardstock sheets (1 Juniper, 2 Mink, 1 Peacock, 1 White Daisy)
1 – Gimme Some Sugar cork shapes (Z4153)
1 – Peacock-stitched ribbon (Z4144)
printed instructions

Use the materials in this kit to create three coordinating scrapbook layouts. 
  1. Gimme Some Sugar Workshops Your Way G1145
  2. Picture My Life Cards—Be-YOU-tiful Item Number: Z414
  3. Gimme Some Sugar Coordinating cardstock X7228D
  4. Gimme Some Sugar Paper Packet X7228B
  5. Gimme Some Sugar Complements X7228C
  6. Archival Black Ink Pad:
  7. Block set:
  8. Paper cutter:
  9. Microtip scissors:
  10. Versamat:
  11. Flower Market Cricut Cartridge (either a physical cartridge or digital cartridge is available).  https:

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Saturday, February 24, 2018

Six Scrapbook Pages Three 2-Page Layouts in Less Than 30 Minutes-Believe It!!

The new Cut Above Layout Kit is called This Is Me. It's an interesting idea to get someone else's view of you. You are prompted to ask questions about you to someone (or more than one) you care about. It reminds me of the the original Scottish poem, “O wad some Power the giftie gie us, to see oursels as ithers see us!" Or, in modern English, “Oh would some Power the gift give us, to see ourselves as others see us.” (copied from Google) Still it's a great idea and you would be brave to do this. 

Aside from all that, these are crazy easy layouts (3) to but together. I timed myself while I was making the video, about 26 minutes, and I was talking and thinking at the same time😉!!

The kit paper uses the same colors and patterns as the Chelsea Gardens papers, which are glorious, in my humble opinion.

Here is a description of the kit contents:

Materials to make 3 coordinating 2-page scrapbook layouts, 
  • including pre-printed base pages, 
  • die-cuts, stickers, 
  • photo placeholders, and 
  • instructions. 
  • Also includes 4 top load Memory Protectors™.
Here is my video putting the pages together:


Hope you enjoy the video and buy the kit!😊



Something Magical Cards

I love the colors in this Workshop Your Way Something Magical Cardmaking kit. It is as easy to create and put together kit. The stamp that comes with it is versatile but you can use other small size stamp sets to cover so many occasions. In my video I used one of the Punny Pals stamp sets. So Cute!!

Here is a picture of the kit with the contents to follow:
Kit contents:
1 – exclusive workshop stamp set (B-size)
2 – Make Waves sheets
3 – cardstock sheets (1 Bashful, 1 Peacock, 1 White Daisy)
1 – Peacock-stitched ribbon (Z4144)
1 – Make Waves sequins & gems (Z4142)
12 – white card bases & envelopes
printed instructions
Create 12 cards using the materials in this kit and easy-to-follow instructions (also found below). The interchangeable stamp images give you ultimate control over the creative process, so you can always make your cards your way.

Here are the cards: 

Supplies I used to create the cards:

Operation Smile Punny Pals

Product Description

Set of 36
Recommended My Acrylix® blocks:
1" × 1" (Y1000), 2" × 2" (Y1003)
When you purchase this stamp set, we will donate $7 USD of the proceeds to Operation Smile™, a non-profit organization that provides surgeries to repair cleft lips and palates for children around the world.
How Cute are these stamps!

Here is my video to put these cards together:

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Kitchen Traditions Recipe and Scrapbooking

A new turn of scrapbooking kits is coming your way. It's called Kitchen Traditions and it gives you the ability to build a recipe book to pass down to your children. It has the usual 4 x 6 recipe cards but in addition it has cards that you can add family stories, where the recipe came from, and any family traditions that revolve around the foods we love to eat with our family. You can also add pictures of Grandma who passed the recipe to  Mom. This is a wonderful idea that I am starting to work on for my son, Phillip. He spent the night with us after a dentist appointment. He started cooking us breakfast so I started talking pictures. This is giving me an opportunity to take pictures of the uneventful times. And, yes, the breakfast was yummy. I told him what a good job he did and he told me I taught him well. At 22 he has become an adult and it is wonderous to watch! Good reason to catch it and put it into a recipe scrapbook!

Here are some pictures of all the elements that come in the kits and bundle:

Recipe cards front and back
Cut Above Recipe Kit-Kitchen Traditions Z4168
Cut Above Recipe Kit-Kitchen Traditions Kit with memory protectors

Kitchen Traditions Bundle Z4167 Stamp set not shown
Kitchen Traditions stamp set D1770 comes with bundle or sold separately.
This is an idea of how your book can look!

4.  Kitchen Traditions Stamp Set D1770

Here is my video on my YouTube channel showing the unpacking of this wonderful kit:

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Monday, February 5, 2018

February's Special Pretty in Pink

Bashful is Close To My Heart's color of the year. I am partial to pink and have been forever. This color is beautiful!

We have specials of all things pink going on for the month of February. 

This is a great time to purchase these pink and gold inks, papers, embellishments, glitter papers, love and heart stamps and even an album! These prices are GREAT!! I'm stocking up on my pink supplies.

Here are the links for the items above in order left to right:

1.  Everyday Bashful Album Z9996
2.  Cut Above Layout Kit The Story Begins Baby Girl Z3383
3.  PML cards for Baby Girl Z3388
4.  What Matters Most D1728
5.  Banner Love B1572
6.  Bashful Ink Pad Z2819
7.  Bashful Cardstock X5941
8.  Bashful Mini Pigment Z2508
9.  Bashful Glitter Paper Z3360
10. Bashful Pearls Z3369
11. Raspberry Ink Pad Z2812
12. Raspberry Cardstock Z5974
13. Gold Foil Paper X3365
14. Gold Glitter Paper Z3238
15. Gold Glitter Gems Z3312
16. Pixie Ink Pad Z2844
17. Pixie Cardstock X5984
18. Blossom Ink Pad Z2810
19. Blossom Cardstock X5973
20. Heart Clips Z3381
We have a Color of the Year Bundle:
Bashful Cardstock Bashful Glitter Paper 
Bashful Pearls Bashful Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad 
Bashful Mini Pigment Pad 
Retail Value: $36.30 30% discount price: $25.41
You can also create a wonderful butterfly mobile.

Here is a list of the items in the bundle to create the mobile:

12 – paper sheets (5 Bashful cardstock, 2 Blossom cardstock, 2 Pixie cardstock, 2 Raspberry cardstock, 1 gold foil paper) 
1 – Bashful Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad 
1 – Blossom Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad 
1 – Pixie Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad 
1 – Raspberry Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad 
3 – White Twine 
Retail Value: $48.57 30% discount price: $34 

12 – paper sheets (5 Bashful cardstock, 2 Blossom cardstock, 2 Pixie cardstock, 2 Raspberry cardstock, 1 gold foil paper) 
1 – My Acrylix® Banner Love Stamp Set 
1 – Bashful Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad 
1 – Blossom Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad 
1 – Pixie Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad 
1 – Raspberry Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad 
3 – White Twine 
Retail Value: $58.52 30% discount price: $40.95 

Offer available February 1–28, 2018 while supplies last. Shipping and handling assessed on retail value

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February is Heart Month

February is Heart Month and I'm not just talking about 
Valentine's Day or Close To My Heart.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. Every year, 1 in 4 deaths are caused by heart disease.
The good news? Heart disease can often be prevented when people make healthy choices and manage their health conditions. Communities, health professionals, and families can work together to create opportunities for people to make healthier choices.
You can make healthy changes to lower your risk of developing heart disease. Controlling and preventing risk factors is also important for people who already have heart disease. To lower your risk:
  • Watch your weight.
  • Quit smoking and stay away from secondhand smoke.
  • Control your cholesterol and blood pressure.
  • If you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation.
  • Get active and eat healthy.
I don't want to preach, but I did heart research for close to 30 years. So much can be done with the fore knowledge of what is going on in your body and that of your loved ones. Pay attention to your body, know your history and see a doctor if something feels amiss. Check your blood pressure and your husband's blood pressure. NUMBERS MATTER!!

Both my husband and I are on blood pressure medication. We are also on Weight Watchers now and are trying to get healthier. I have a heart condition that arose suddenly and fortunately there is a wonderful medication that makes my racing heart act normal. (That was uncomfortable and scary). We've both lost weight and have more to go. We are trying to make better lifestyle changes to be around in a healthy way to enjoy retirement and our son and hopefully grandkids someday. 

I need to be around to Scrapbook their pages!!!



Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Love Letters Special for January's National Papercrafting Month

Love Letters

Kickstart the New Year with DIY monogram décor Create your own gorgeous monogram décor with our exclusive Love Letters kits, available only for National Papercrafting Month! These kits include everything you need to create a beautiful décor piece using the letter—or letters—of your choice! 

There are three ways you can earn a free letter kit:

  1. Buy 5 letter kits, get the sixth free  
  2. Sign up to become a Consultant and get a free letter kit of your choice  
  3. Host a qualifying party and get a free letter kit of your choice 

Ask me for more details! *Offer available January 1–January 31, 2018 while supplies last

You can affordably create stunning wall décor words or order letters to create as gifts for birthdays, weddings, and holidays like Valentine's Day or Mother’s Day.

Here is my D on the door of my "club" room.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

On-The-Go Crafting

Close To My Heart has developed a new line of crafting travel bags that will help keep you organized and neat. You will be able to find your crafting tools and materials and keep your papers crimp free. The cases are a hard-case bag with gold accents; attaches to trolley and fits paper insert or other Designer Travel storage cases. 

Carry-all Case. Hard-case bag with gold accents; attaches to trolley and fits paper insert or other Designer Travel storage cases.

Paper Insert. Six-pocket accordion-style insert sized to hold 12″ x 12″ paper; snaps into carry-all case, creating an additional two pockets.

Tool Case. Five internal mesh pockets sized to hold various tools and embellishments; zipper closure; fits inside carry-all case.

Block Case. Five internal mesh pockets sized to hold My Acrylix® blocks; zipper closure; fits inside carry-all case.

Marker Case. Holds up to 26 markers; zipper closure; fits inside carry-all case.

Ink Case. Holds 10 stamp pads with two movable dividers; zipper closure; fits inside carry-all case.

Stamp Case. Holds 15 stamp sets with two movable dividers; zipper closure; fits inside carry-all case.

Trolley. Foldable trolley holds two stacked carry-all cases; 360-degree wheels for easy rolling and pull-out foot for ultimate stability.

Trolley. Foldable trolley holds two stacked carry-all cases; 360-degree wheels for easy rolling and pull-out foot for ultimate stability.

Trolley. Foldable trolley holds two stacked carry-all cases. 360 degree wheels for easy rolling and pull-out foot for ultimate stability.

I haven't gotten all my pieces yet but I will soon have a better handle on our new traveling parts. I am excited! I love the paper holder and all the small pouches.