Sunday, September 30, 2018

Boutique Workshop with added Deluxe Additions

I am combining the Boutique Workshop Your Way with the deluxe version of the workshop. I decided to use the cutting guidelines and layouts from the regular workshop so that my club ladies that want to put together those layouts have the pages they can examine closely. I have other ladies that are anxious to learn more techniques and want a more complicated, detailed scrapbook page. This also pushes me to use things that are new to me, like the texture paste, and increase my skills. I've actually discovered I enjoy using the texture paste and now we can make our own stencils that can be saved and reused. Very Cool!!

1.  Sweet Moments layout uses the Sugarplum shimmer brush to add a color wash for the title. Upper right corner is a cutout stencil of an Artistry cartridge heart cluster (p. 5, 4") with the texture paste colorized with the Sugarplum shimmer brush squeezed into the paste and mixed. I also added sparkle and pop to the flat black "sweet moments" words with the black shimmer brush. 

2.  Love layout also has the word Love enhanced by brushing it with the black shimmer brush. Along both outside edges of each layout, is the texture paste on the directly on the background pages. The stencil was also made using the Artistry cartridge (p.46, 5 1/2"). 

3.  The Beautiful layout is a simple addition of a Sugarplum shimmer brush wash behind the title "Beautiful" along with the addition of the black shimmer brush on the punch out letters from the complement package included in the workshop kit.

My YouTube video shows how I put these pages together. I have to say I enjoyed adding dimension to my pages. I'll add more to layout #3 because it still looks a little simple to me. 

Here is my Supply List:

  1. G1159 Boutique Workshops Your Way kit
  2. Deluxe Bundle
  3. All Purpose Mat
  4. Shimmer Brush Black
  5. Shimmer Brush Sugarplum

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Sunday, September 23, 2018

Boutique Workshop with a Deluxe Touch of Texture Paste

I've never used texture paste even tough it's been around for a number of years. Close To My Heart has just begun to carry Ranger Texture Paste in our new Holiday Expressions catalog. We also are carrying the Palette knives and blank Stencil sheets. The paste is not hard to use but I will say I don't jump into new things right off the bat. It's out of my comfort zone. So, here I go. Where? On to YouTube, of course! My video below is my first attempt to use the paste. I did not play with it before I did the video. We can make our own stencils using the blank sheets and our Cricut cartridges. I used the Artistry cartridge. The first 2 stencils I made were with my Cricut Expression at the second to highest pressure. Wrong! Use the MAXIMUM Pressure to cut the stencils. I spent a lot of time trying to pick out the extraneous pieces and ended up with somewhat rough edges. The Max cut, easy and smooth. 

I purchased the Boutique Workshop You Way and the Deluxe Bundle. The cuts and layouts I used were from the original workshop kit not the Deluxe workshop kit. That way I can show my ladies, who are inclined to do the easier layouts, what they look like but then the ladies that like to do the more complicated, detailed layouts get to see how easily you can add fun elements to a simple layout.

Then voila, here is how it came out!:

The heart group on the left is my very first try at texture paste. The one on the right is my 2nd attempt and I think is much better. I've decided to level the paste as much as possible and pick up the stencil gently and quickly once you are have with the coverage and evenness of the paste. Clean up your stencil and knife quickly either with a baby wipe or water. When it dries and hardens it is more difficult to remove. 

Here is my YouTube video. Please consider subscribing to my page!

Supply List:
Please feel free to leave a comment about texture paste. I've just started and can see there are many interesting things that can be accomplished with it.



Sunday, September 9, 2018

Retired Colors Inspire a Card

At the suggestion of Color My Heart Color Dare Challenge I am using some of my favorite colors that have recently been retired by Close To My Heart. The colors I chose are Pacifica, Juniper, Bashful and Poppy. To create the card I went to the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.


Here is my supply list:
  1. Stitched heart thin cut  
  2. Documented Cardmaking stamp set and thin cuts
  3. Black Ink Stamp Pad Pigment  
Here's a critique on our new Black pigment ink pad. I LOVE IT!!!!!!!

I heard good things about it but had no idea just how great it was. It stamps crisp and clean and BLACK and it cleans up better than our water based stamp pad. This will be my go to black from now on.




How I Organized My New Close To My Heart Colors

Close To My Heart totally reorganized the way they organize their color chart. Previously, for years, the colors were presented in four different color families, Whimsey, Adventure, Enchantment and Basics. These groups had all the colors but were in pastel, bright, and darker shades, that could mix together and trust we could that it would look great. Then CTMH started mixing families and the combos still looked great. Now they are organizing according to like colors. I organized my cardstock and inks according to the CTMH families. Since they are no longer using the original color family's names, it made no sense for me to continue that method. On top of that CTMH retired 11 colors and brought in 11 new colors and a New Intense Black.

So I spent a couple of days making a mess in hopes of more organization, and really, isn't that what we all want?!

The most useful thing I did was enlarge the color list 250% on my printer. I love the large letters because of my eyesight. You may not need that much of an enlargement. I used that size for the cardstock organization in my Stamp n Storage 12 x 12 paper holder.

This is my reorganized stamp pad carousel: 

  1. Workspace Wonder Carousel Base and Top
  2. Workspace Wonder Stamp Pad Stack

I have file folder hanging racks that I purchased from Stamp n Storage that I use in my Club Room. I reorganized these to go with stamp pads. I put several 
sheets of each color of cardstock in each folder so if any of my ladies need a sheet they can grab it easily.

Daisy is my helper.

Here's my cardstock in my Stamp n Storage boxes:

Stamp n Storage description of their holders.

Keep your collections of your favorite card-stock and paper organized in a Stamp-n-Storage Paper Holder. Instead of feeling like you're drowning in a sea of paper, you'll be able to store yours horizontally or vertically in the 12 slots(1" tall) per Holder. They're sturdy enough to be stacked into a colorful tower of creativity, or you can put one right on your desk. Each slot can be removed, except for the center one, to make room for larger stacks of paper. There's even an arc cut in the slots to make it easier for you to remove the sheets you'll need next. 
We’ve also designed a Paper Holder that will perfectly fit inside of the square IKEA® shelving openings like a hand in a glove.

As you can see, I continued to use the 250% enlargement of the color list. I can see the color dot easily and the name size is big enough for me to read. 

I did make a video that is a little noisy because it is handheld and I'm walking around, so please forgive the fluctuation in my voice and the weird noises.

I hope you find this informative and helpful in your own organization!



Saturday, September 8, 2018

Close To My Heart Subscription

Close To My Heart has a new way of scrapbooking available now.

A Subscription with Heart!

Creativity is more than something you do — it’s who you are. Keep your creativity flowing with Close To My Heart’s Craft with Heart™ club, where you receive regular deliveries of project kits that will keep you connected with your passion. Here’s how it works:
1.  Decide how often you’d like to receive your Craft with Heart™ deliveries; you can choose to receive monthly deliveries or once every 4 months.

2. We’ll deliver your creative projects to your doorstep on the schedule that you decide.

3.  Completing the Cut Above® layout kits that come in your delivery is a snap — you’ll be done in no time!

Click here to read all the details:  

This is a video of the September layouts:

This is a great way to start a tradition for your family that is easy to do, takes about 30 minutes a month to put together and at the end of a year you have 24 2 page layouts for an album. The layouts will represent the time of year and all you do is add the adhesive and the pictures!

If you sign up for a year, the shipping is FREE!!!

Thanks for looking!



Sunday, September 2, 2018

Close To My Heart New Holiday Expressions Catalog is Live!

Our new Holiday Expressions catalog went live September 1. There are so many new items and of course beautiful kits for the fall and winter seasons. We have some new concepts for our workshops that brings another layer of beauty to our pages. You now have a choice of a Deluxe version of the Workshops Your Way that adds depth and intricacy to your pages. For those of you that like the easier and quicker Workshop Your Way, that is still in place. For those of you that enjoy venturing into the world of new techniques and challenges, we hear you and finding ways to meet those requests. 

Here is a layout using the Workshop Your Way Boutique kit:

Here is a layout with the Workshop Your Way Boutique kit Deluxe version:

The deluxe version was created using a stencil sheet cut with our Artbooking Cricut cartridge and texture paste that was smeared over the stencil adding texture and depth to the layout. This is clearly a more complicated layout.

Both are beautiful and are wonderful backgrounds for your pictures. It is a personal choice that can be used as you choose.

It's exciting and fun to bring you these new ideas from Close To My Heart. The texture paste, which, I admit, I've never used, will be fun to experiment with using re-inkers to tint it. 

There's lots more to tell you about. 

Feel free to "page" through the Holiday Expressions digital catalog in the right navigation bar and see all there is to see. I'll get a video out about it as soon as I get back from a scrap retreat.



Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Documented Card Challenge

Today I created a card using some of the documented colors with the help of the Atlantic Hearts Card Challenge #279 and Color My Heart Color Challenge #306.

This is the starting point and here is where I ended up:

The brick pattern and background of the sentiment are background and texture papers from the Workshops Your Way Documented kit. The Think Happy Be Happy paper is one of the Picture My Life 3 x 4 cards cut down and stamped with New England Ivy ink using one of the stamps from the August Stamp of the Month stamps. Lastly, the gem embellishments in the upper right corner are Grey Gems.

Supply List:

  1. August Stamp of the Month
  2. Workshop Your Way Documented kit
  3. New England Ivy Stamp Pad
  4. Documented Paper Pack
  5. Grey Gems
Thanks for stopping by!


Monday, August 27, 2018

New! Close To My Heart Subscription

Close To My Heart has a NEW exciting product called:

Craft With Heart

Creativity is more than something you do — it’s who you are. Keep your creativity flowing with Close To My Heart’s Craft with Heart™ club, where you receive regular deliveries of project kits that will keep you connected with your passion. 

  1. Decide how often you’d like to receive your Craft with Heart™ deliveries; you can choose to receive monthly deliveries or once every 4 months. See details below.
  2. We’ll deliver your creative projects to your doorstep on the schedule that you decide.
  3. Completing the Cut Above® layout kits that come in your delivery is a snap — you’ll be done in no time!
Video of me opening my Craft with Heart:

Here's a peek at the projects:





During the month of August get a 12-month subscription and save 20%!

You have three Craft with Heart™ subscription options depending on how often you want to receive your Craft with Heart™ deliveries.
  • Monthly subscription: $17.95, plus $4.95 shipping, delivered monthly
  • 4-month subscription: $64.60 after 10% discount, plus $4.95 shipping, delivered three times a year
  • 12-month subscription: $172.32 after 20% discount, FREE shipping, delivered three times a year! That's only $14.36/kit!! Order now before August 31 and receive a free order of 30 prints from Persnickety Prints!!!

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Friday, August 24, 2018

Cleaning My Cricut Cutting Mats

It's laundry day at the Smith's, even for my Cricut cutting mats!

Cricut mats aren't particularly cheap. So when they get full of paper lint, glitter or anything else that makes them less sticky, it's good to remedy the situation. The last thing you want is for paper slippage to occur while you are cutting. (Been there done that) I've washed my mats with soap and warm water with a small degree of success. My upline put a note out on her consultant Facebook page that she heard the Dollar Tree's cleaner "Totally Awesome" brand does a good job of removing the unwanted debris. So I decided to try it.

Mat and Totally Awesome Cleaner

Mat with lots of glitter

I sprayed the orange cleaner and scrubbed the mats with a wet Handi Wipe (lintfree) and a very abrasive pot scrubber, Scotch Brite. I used the pot scrubber on my oldest mat in case I did any damage. It worked very well and I was pretty aggressive. I let the mats air dry on all sides by standing them up. 

Laundry Day!!

I am very pleased with the results and all my mats are back to being sticky so my papers won't slip in the Cricut. 

If your mats are in need of a stickier surface after they've been cleaned, you can use the Bonding Memories Glue stick to extend the life of your mat.

I'm happy. If you need any more Cricut cutting mats, you can order them on my website here:

We offer a variety of Cricut tools also.

Now you are set! Have a laundry day on your Cricut mats!!


Thursday, August 9, 2018

Card Challenge with Central Park Papers

Here is another Color My Heart Color Dare Challenge as well as Atlantic Hearts Challenge. This time I am using the Central Park papers from Close To My Heart.

Here are the challenges:

The Central Park papers are fun, colorful, cheery and whimsical. Perfect for summer fun and festivities. 

The supplies I used are:

  1. Workshops Your Way Central Park Scrapbooking kit 
  2. Central Park Paper Packet
  3. Pacifica Stamp Pad
  4. Gold Fleck Gems
  5. Silver Shimmer Trim

I have made a lot of cards through the years and I do enjoy doing it. I'm not an artist or designer so I love these challenges to help me come up with these cards or pages. I'm also not great at sending cards so I have quite an accumulation. Lucky for me I do have scrapbook clubs with lots of very nice ladies. 

One of them came over this week and started telling me about a friend of hers who makes trips to nursing homes. She brings cards to the people in the home, especially the ones that don't get mail or many visitors. The old folks love these cards. One of the stories this lady shared with my friend hit me hard. A woman was left in the home by her son and daughter (lawyer and dentist). They never visit her and her robe was so tattered that this woman went out and bought her a new one. This made my heart hurt. I told my friend, Mary, that I want to give her friend a pile of my cards. Having these cards get used in such a beautiful way by such a beautiful woman gave meaning and purpose to them. 

As I make more cards, I will have this thought in mind. I will also try to send out more cards myself, because how nice would it be to receive something other than junk mail! I feel inspired by this woman I've only heard about.

Thanks for stopping by!



Sunday, August 5, 2018

A Short Story by Stacy

A new product coming September 1, 2018 is our 6 x 6 Story by Stacy. This is Stacy Julian walking us through how to tell an effective story without taking a long time to do it. She prompts us how to think about the important points of the story in order to help write a summary of it. There are instructions for color balance, embellishment balance, ordering the pages, and a great "how-to" that are useful in on our other scrapbooking layouts. 

I am very excited about this new product and the other Stacy Julian products we carry in a smaller format (4x4). They make great gifts for family and are a terrific learning tool for our younger story tellers.

My video is a diary of an unplanned trip to NYC in May 2018 when we flew to Long Island to attend my nieces's wedding reception. My son was tired of sitting around the dining room table and talking "family stuff". He wanted to see the city so we took the train into the city early Sunday morning. I gave him the book for his birthday in July.

Hope you enjoy it. The Story by Stacy kit will be available on my website September 1, 2018.

Thanks for stopping by!



Monday, July 30, 2018

A Fresh Air Challenge for Heart 2 Heart

I love the Fresh Air papers from Close To My Heart, so doing a Fresh Air challenge was a no-brainer for me. I'm liking the starburst pattern that has been around for many years and for some reason it passed me by. Now that I know how to do it, I love it!

Here is my card using the starburst pattern with the Fresh Air papers:

Supply List:

  1. Mink Cardstock
  2. White Daisy card Value Pack
  3. Fresh Air Workshop Your Way
  4. Juniper cardstock
  5. Espresso stamp pad
  6. Bonding Memories Glue Pen
  7. 3D Foam Dots
  8. Tombow Permanent Adhesive
  9. Acyrlic Blocks
  10. My Acyrlic Stamp Scrubber
  11. My Acyrlic Spritz Cleaner
Thanks to the Heart 2 Heart consultants for the challenges. 

Thanks for stopping by!


A Card Challenge for July

This challenge is for two challenges. 
Sketch #274 for the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge. 
It's also using the colors from the Color my Heart Color Dare Challenge.

It's been awhile since I've done any challenges and miss the meaning and purpose they give me. Thank you to all the consultants that take their time to put these together and go over the entries. Time is time and nobody has a lot of it. So, again, thank you!!!

Here is my entry:

Supply List:
  1. Mink Cardstock
  2. White Daisy card Value Pack
  3. Bashful stripped paper from the Beautiful Friendship Workshop Your Way
  4. Bashful glitter paper
  5. Glacier cardstock
  6. Glacier stamp pad
  7. Documented Cardmaking Sentiments C1719 Stamp Set
  8. Thin Cuts-Scallop Border
  9. Thin Cuts-Basic Ovals
  10. Bonding Memories Glue Pen
  11. 3D Foam Dots
  12. Tombow Permanent Adhesive
  13. Acyrlic Blocks
  14. My Acyrlic Stamp Scrubber
  15. My Acyrlic Spritz Cleaner
FYI-Item #4 is the Bashful glitter paper. That is our Color of the Year. Our year starts September 1st so this gorgeous color will be replaced by a different color of the year. The ink, cardstock and glitter paper will disappear as the end of the year approaches. 

One thing I don't appreciate until I do a challenge and document all the items I use to do what I think is fairly simple is that I have everything at my fingertips from accumulating items over a period of time (10 years as a consultant and  more as a scrapper). I love that and I can do everything I want or need to do and never have to run out to the store that wastes so much time. WooHoo!

Thank You for Stopping by!


Friday, July 27, 2018

Starburst Pattern using Documented Papers and Cut Above Family Ties

This is my first starburst pattern layout. It's way easier than I thought it would be. Thanks to all the consultants and scrappers that preceded me for paving the way! I'm using the rich colors of the Documented kit from Close To My Heart. These papers are available until Aug. 31, 2018 or until they are sold out. 

Here is my how-to video: 

Supplies List:

  1. Documented Workshop Your Way kit
  2. Documented Paper pack
  3. Documented Coordinated Cardstock
  4. Aluminum Cut Rail Paper Trimmer
  5. Cut Rail Replacement Blades
  6. Tombow Adhesive
  7. Tombow refill
  8. 3-D Foam Dots
Documented Paper pack and Workshop Your Way kit contents

 The next 3 layouts coordinate with the Documented papers and are the VERY easy to put together Cut Above Layout Kit-Family Ties.
These 3 layouts take about 30 minutes to create. 30 minutes for 6 pages, all 3 layouts!! What a great way to start a family album!

Cut Above Layout kit-Family Ties

Cut Above Layout Kit- Family Ties Contents

Here is the how-to video for the 3 layouts:

Thanks for visiting!