Wednesday, September 15, 2021

An Autumn Card for the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge 438

 Autumn is close and I am ready for pumpkin pie! I use the new Pumpkin Spice papers from Close To My Heart to create it for the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge 438. To add interest I used a wood slate embossing folder, distressed the edges with Toffee ink, then sanded over the raised areas. I used stickers for the sentiment (so easy) and a sticker pumpkin pie. The challenges are fun to do and give you ideas for other cards and other papers. You can see the process video below.

Here's my card:

Here are the Pumpkin Spice papers:

Pumpkin Spice Scrapbooking Workshop Kit

Pumpkin Spice Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet

Pumpkin Spice Coordinating Cardstock

Pumpkin Spice Digital Art Collection

Pumpkin Spice Picture My Life™ Cards

Pumpkin Spice Wood Stickers

Here's the process video:

Shop for These Supplies to create this card:

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Using Your Old Stash and New Stuff for a Color Dare 461 Challenge

 I used a lot of discontinued products to make the card. The sunburst die cut has been sitting on my work area waiting for the perfect place. When I went to find my watercolor paper I found a pack of Picture My Life cards cut from watercolor cardstock with resistance patterns on them. Going through them I found hearts to go with the hearts on the sunburst paper. This is too perfect! I picked 4 Distress Oxide colors to go with the Color My Heart Color Dare 461 color wheel challenge. This is #2 of the Double Complementary Rectangle combinations that you can form. You must use the four corner colors of the rectangle. The stamp is from one of the Craft With heart Card Subscriptions. It was also perfect! Sometimes the planets align!!! Hope you enjoy my video. The Oxide goes on watercolor paper like "Butta".

Here is the card:

Here is the Video:

Supplies Used to Create the card:

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A Beautiful Santa Card Stamp & Thin Cut Set is Available NOW!!!

 I am soooo excited!!! the Holly & Ivy Cardmaking Stamp & Thin Cut set is now available!!! WooHoo!!!

Here it is:

2 Cards made with this stamp and thin cut set.

This set will make beautiful Christmas cards with the help of our Watercolor Pencils or Tri Blend Markers! 

FYI-When you view the catalogs online there are 3 pdfs below the catalog, the middle on is recipes. If you want the items used for a page, card, etc, click on the recipes and look for the page number of the picture. You will find a list of all the products used to create the artwork.

You can shop for the Stamp and Thin Cut set (#1)  here along with all the other items used to make these cards:

  1. Holly & Ivy Cardmaking Stamp & Thin Cut set
  2. Holly & Ivy Paper Pack
  3. Holly & Ivy Coordinating Cardstock
  4. White Cards & Envelopes Value Pack
  5. Intense Black Ink Pad
  6. Candy Apple Ink Pad
  7. Harbour Ink Pad
  8. Evergreen Ink Pad
  9. Candy Apple Shimmer Trim
  10. Watercolor Pencils
  11. Tri Blend Markers Markers can be purchased as a set or individually, you choose the colors.
  12. Bitty Sparkles
Be looking for my own cards as soon as I get my set. I can't wait!!!



Sunday, September 12, 2021

Holly & Ivy Workshop Our New Christmas Paper Layouts

I'm getting ready for the Christmas Holidays with our new workshop Holly & Ivy. (I've also started on cards with the most recent Craft With Heart card subscription. I'll probably still be doing last minute stuff!) I love the foliage that is used on the layouts. The deer are beautiful and I love the die cut compliments (see below) of red glitter paper bows and pointsettias, deep green textured holly leaves, and the thick textured kraft-like paper deer and pointsettias. I had not yet received the white gel pen so I'm substituting a gold marker. 

Here is the process video for the first layout:

Here is the process video for the second layout:

Here is the process video for the third layout:


Holly & Ivy papers, Picture My Life Cards, Card Stamp set

Holly & Ivy Scrapbook Workshop Kit

Layout 1

Layout 2

Layout 3

Holly & Ivy Compliments

Stamps Sets for Holly & Ivy Cardmaking and Scrapbooking 

Holly & Ivy Cardmaking set

Holly & Ivy Scrapbooking set

Gloss Gilt Spray

Note-The stamp sets are available now but the thin cuts won't be available until later September.
White Gel Pens

I'll be making a video of  the second and third layouts and adding them here. So keep coming back to see the entire Holly & Ivy Collection. As soon as the cardmaking stamp and thin cut set is available, I'll be getting that! The Santa is beautiful, and I will be making cards with him. I do like Santas!!! I can't wait!

Holly & Ivy Cardmaking Workshop (Avail later Sept)
Holly & Ivy Cardmaking Stamp (only) set Thin cuts Stamp and  set later Sept

I will update this blog with the 2 additional layouts very soon!



Saturday, September 11, 2021

Subscription Cards from Craft With Heart

Craft with Heart™—Subscriptions with Heart!

Keep your creativity flowing with Close to My Heart’s Craft with Heart™ subscriptions, where you receive regular deliveries of Cut Above® card or layout kits that will keep you connected with your passion. Cut Above kits give you a shortcut to beautiful artwork since they include pre-printed bases that you complete with die-cut shapes and stickers. Cardmaking kits also include exclusive stamp sets and mini ink pads you can use for a truly personal look.

Here is my video:

Free stamp with a 12 month subscription

Here are the cards I put together from the box I received this week. These are the first 4 months of my subscription. There are 2 ea of 11 designs. It took me 1 hour and 50 minutes. You can probably do this quicker if you watch where I stumbled. You can learn from my oopsies and so a better job! This is a combination of birthday, Christmas, thank you cards. You can use other stamps and make several of them what fits an occasion for you. Since I got the year subscription, I received a FREE stamp set perfect for cards.

You can ALWAYS have cards on hand for your convenience. You save gas and trips to the stores to pick up a card. It's great (from personal experience) to thumb through your cards and not spend $5-10 for a card! 

Here's the info: Craft With Heart

Here's info on adhesives, the only extra you will need:  Adhesives

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Wednesday, September 1, 2021

The Two New 2021-2022 Close To My Heart Catalogs Are Now Available

 Our new Annual 2021-2022 catalog along with the new seasonal Sept-Oct 2021 catalog are now available for online shopping. There are so many new items it's hard to know where to begin!!! You just HAVE to see for yourself!

The new catalogs come with a new Mani-Pedi from Signature Nail Salon in Plano, my first since Covid. WooHoo, I feel pampered again!!!

Here is the walk-through for the 2021-2022 Annual Idea Book and the Sept-Oct 2021 Seasonal Catalog:

Just a peek for what is to come:

Holly & Ivy Papers

Holly & Ivy Scrapbook Workshop

Pumpkin Spice Papers

The Boo Crew Special Available NOW!!! 

Boo Crew Papers & Stickers

Boo Crew Sequins

Boo Crew Stamp and Thin Cuts set

Get ahead of Halloween and make these adorable pages! I LOVE the sequins-so cute!!!

Click here to get the workshop guide.

There will be more to come!!!


Thursday, August 19, 2021

An Isabella Card for A Sketch and Color Challenge

 I combined two challenges, the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge 434 and the Color My Heart Color Dare 457, to make a card using the Isabella papers and the Isabella Scrapbooking Stamp and Thincuts set. 

Here are the challenges:  (for this card I used the last column)

Here's My Card:


Sunday, August 15, 2021

Isabella Workshop Kit - Close To My Heart

 Celebrating relationships through papercrafting is more beautiful than ever with this month’s featured paper collection! This versatile collection of products will work wonders on cards, scrapbook layouts, and all kinds of crafts made for a variety of occasions.

The papers from the Isabella collection are summer ready with yellows and blues, lemon flowers and lovely tiles. The colors are bright and the patterns busy and interesting. 

The Isabella Scrapbooking Workshop Kit contains the supplies you need to create the pages. Additional supplies are a cutting implement, adhesives, and a Flamingo stamp pad. I've made all the projects from this kit. The videos I created while making each project are in real time so you can see how long it took and see each detail.

Project 1

Project 2

Project 3

The diecuts add so much detail to the layouts without adding much work. I love the lemons on the 2nd project. The are put together to add dimension and the title "Sunshine" is layered for definition. "BEST" is dimensional by using acyrlic shapes with flowered stickers inside the Letters. Flamingo ink is used for highlighting and is so simple to do!

To see any of my videos you can go to:  

Here are the 3 Isabella videos: 

Project 1-
Project 2-
Project 3-

Supply List for the Isabella Collection:

Additional Supplies:

Cutting tools (I.E. versamat, scissors, paper trimmer)
Papercrafting Tools (i.e. sponges, tweezers, daubers)

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Monday, August 9, 2021

Scrapbook Subscription Layouts from Close To My Heart

 I LOVE the Craft with Heart Scrapbook Subscription from Close To My Heart!

I order the Year Subscription since it gives me the best deal and because very 4 months I automatically receive a lovely pink box with 4 months of separated layouts that I can put together monthly or all at once. 

Each layout takes me 30-40 minutes to put together. All you need is your adhesive of choice. You do not have to measure and cut pieces for the two 2-page layouts for each month. I use a Close To My Heart Versamat for "Measuring" (mostly eyeballing) and lining up the pieces. Page protectors are included in each package, making the pages album ready. You supply the album!

Most every month I make a video for my YouTube channel:

showing just how easy it is to create the layouts. The easiest way to keep up with your scrapbooking is to take your pictures and put them on your pages month by month. The layouts are generally themed according to the time of year or season. There are celebration pages for family events. Of course, you can use the pages as you want! Close To My Heart just tries to make it as easy as possible for you. You can also change, glam up or embellish the pages as much as you want!

Here are my layouts from July and August. Click on the month and see the video:


Here is some info about the Craft With Heart Subscription:

Craft with Heart™—Subscriptions with Heart!

Scrapbook Subscription-Be ready to preserve memories as you make them with a Craft with Heart™ Scrapbooking subscription. As a subscriber, you’ll receive regular deliveries of Cut Above® layout kits, each kit featuring two beautifully designed two-page layouts. Your layouts come together in minutes thanks to pre-printed base pages, with complementary die-cuts and stickers to help you preserve your memories in style.” SUBSCRIBE

Cardmaking Subscription-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. These are super fun cards to make including shaker cards! And YES you CAN make them!!! Envelopes are included and are color coordinated! SUBSCRIBE

1 Decide

Choose what type of products you want to receive in your Craft with Heart™ deliveries: cardmaking or scrapbooking—or subscribe to both!

2 Deliver

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

3 Done

Follow the simple assembly instructions to complete your Cut Above® cards and layouts in no time.

Free Stamp Set with 12-Month Subscriptions!

Sign up for a new 12-month subscription or renew an existing one to receive an exclusive stamp set FREE in your next shipment! That’s a $14.95 retail value!

If you are already signed up for a 12-month subscription, your next renewal will automatically earn you the free stamp set! If you are not, then follow the steps below to set up your 12-month subscription for either cardmaking or scrapbooking—or do one of each! This free stamp set offer starts with the September 2021 round of subscriptions and expires August 31, 2022. Manage existing subscriptions at any time by signing in, visiting the account page, and then clicking “Subscriptions.”

Here's a peek at the upcoming pages for the fall:





Cards from the Cardmaking Subscription


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