Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Close To My Heart Aurora Papers 1 Sketch 2 Layouts

The Aurora collection is so special. The Aurora Borealis is shown on 2 papers, a starry night filled with constellations is on 2 more, and a gradation of mountains on the next 2. They are wonderful!! I decided to take my "Make It From Your Heart" vol 3 sketch book and pack of Aurora papers into my video room and make something happen. The sketch I chose could be used vertically or horizontally. I cut the papers (paying attention to the orientation of the design) 6 x 12, 4 x 12, 1/2x12, and 1 1/2 x 12. You could just make the cuts 2, 4, 6 for ease. The number of pictures are up to you. I used the suggested picture layout from the book on the 1st layout and put fewer pictures on the 2nd. Once again, it's up to you. Then embellish away! I used the Julep shimmer tape which worked beautifully. These specific items are available until June 30th but any papers can be used and the "Make It From Your Heart" vol 3 sketch book will continue to be available.

Aurora Paper & Sticker Sheet

Make It From Your Heart Vol 3 

Process Video-Creating 2 Layouts from 1 Sketch


My First Layout-horizontal-

My Second Layout-Vertical-

  1. Make It From Your Heart
  2. Aurora Paper & Sticker Sheet
  3. Aurora Scrapbooking Workshop Kit
  4. Aurora Picture My Life Cards
  5. All Adhesives
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Monday, June 22, 2020

With Sympathy-Cards That Are Sad To Create

There are cards that are for birthday's, weddings, holidays, thank you, congratulations, ... you get the idea. The one event in life that is so difficult is the loss of a loved one. I was recently very grateful for a couple of Close To My Heart stamps sets that helped me make a cards for friends that lost their son rather unexpectedly. It's so hard for me to come up with the words to say, so the sentiments from the ""With Heartfelt Sympathy" is a stamp set that will help me now and in the future with this emotionally difficult task. Colors are your choice. We are coming to the end of our catalogs, so this set may not be available after August 2020.

Here are the stamp sets I used:


Yesterday & Today Cardmaking Stamp Set

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Sunday, June 21, 2020

Embossing Adds Dimension To Your Cards

I've used Heat and dry embossing to add interest and dimension to this Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge card. The stamp set is the July Stamp of the Month. This set has sweet images that are perfect for coloring. I decided to play with heat embossing on vellum then coloring the vellum with our Tri-Blend markers. The coloring was very easy and gave a different look than cardstock. The dry embossing folder I used is from my stash but you could use a lot of different ones. I love this little girl with a great big bouquet of flowers!

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge 

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Easy, Fast, & Low-Cost Cardmaking

This is a Craft With Heart subscription cardmaking kit. There is no cutting. All the pieces are die cut and very easy to put together. There are minimal instructions needed to assemble the cards.

Here are the cards included in the May-Aug Card kit:

Keep up with all the occasions in your life with a Craft with Heart™ Cardmaking subscription. Each delivery includes materials to create a set of beautiful, handmade cards, that will come together in a snap thanks to pre-printed card bases, die-cut shapes, and more. Each delivery also includes an exclusive My Acrylix® stamp set, complete with stamping block and mini ink pads, so you’ll have the tools you need to create your cards just the way you want them.
Looking at the contents of the Craft with Heart Subscription kit:


Here is my Process Video showing 1 ea of all 12 designs:






Sunday, May 31, 2020

Using the New Close To My Heart Watercolor Pencils

I wanted to "play" with the new color pencils to get a better feel for them. I did learn if you want to add more color don't press harder, just add more layers of the same color in a different direction, ie. sideways, up & down, diagonally. Try to soften a color by using the white pencil over the color. It's fun to get back into coloring after a very long hiatus.

Here is my process video showing the watercolor pencils:

My projects


  1. Watercolor Pencils
  2. Watercolor paper
  3. Archival Black Ink Pad
  4. Various Stamp sets
  5. Water color brush 
  6. Microfiber Shammy

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Garage Project Sketchy Challenge

I'm continuing Jim's plane building project with a Sketchy challenge from Creative Scrapbooker Magazine. The sketches are easy to work with, not so much detail that you have to have a cutting diagram, yet they are still interesting. This is a one page layout for the most recent work he's completed on the plane. He hasn't given me the pix yet so my photos spots are empty. Sorry about that!

Here's the sketch for the May 2020 Sketchy Challenge
This is my layout for the challenge. I'm using the very manly papers, Urban. They are perfect for hubby's project!! The letters were cut out with the Art Philosophy cartridge on Saffron cardstock. The cork embellishments were from my stash of Grateful. The papers were the Urban collection and the backgroud is Sapphire.

The process video is on my YouTube page:


  1. Cutting tools
  2. All adhesives
  3. Papers and Cardstock
  4. All Purpose Mat
  5. Cricut Collections

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Friday, May 29, 2020

Using Our New Watercolor Pencils for a Sweet Card

I needed a card for a very dear friend. The upcoming July Stamp of the Month has the perfect images and sentiments for this card so I'm giving you a preview of this sweet stamp set. I used mix-in papers with subtle designs so as to not detract from the main stamp of a girl carrying a bouquet of flowers. I decided I had to use this stamp and I decided it was perfect to showcase our new watercolor pencils. I love our new pencils!!

The Finished Card

CTMH's New Watercolor Pencil Set

July 2020 Stamp of the Month


  1. Mix-in Papers
  2. July Stamp of the Month
  3. Watercolor Pencils
  4. Cards and Envelopes Value Pack
  5. All Types of Adhesives
  6. Aluminum Cut Rail Trimmer
  7. Peach Ink Pad
  8. Sweet Leaf Ink Pad
  9. All Shimmer Brushes
  10. Water Brush Medium round

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