Monday, January 25, 2021

A Card Challenge That is Easy to Create with Picture My Life Cards

It's been a long time since I've done a card challenge from Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #405. I also included the Color My Heart Color Dare Challenge #427. 
It's so fun to put the challenges together to get you color palette and your sketch to create. 

The sketch I worked with was #405:

My interpretation of the sketch:

Here are the "tools" I worked with:

Here is the video on my YouTube channel that shows you how I made it:


Thanks for watching!!!


Sunday, January 24, 2021

Happiness Lives Here Scrapbooking Workshop Kit - Perfect for You At Home!

Bring a ray of sunshine to scrapbook pages, cards, and any other paper crafts when you work with this cheerful paper collection and its coordinating products.

Happiness Lives Here

I've made 3 videos showing the cutting and assembling of the 3 projects in the Happiness Lives Here Scrapbooking Workshop. The layouts are beautiful for so many situations but they do work perfectly for any stay at home activities that are going on in your home or around your home, like bike rides for instance. There are a lot of floral clusters in accompaniment with antique-like elements, typewriter, bike, and pocket watch. The die cuts for each of the 2 page layouts make creating colorful, fun, and interesting layouts that are timeless.

Happiness Lives Here Papers and Sticker Sheet


Happiness Lives Here Scrapbooking Workshop Kit

Happiness Lives Here Collection

Happiness Lives Here Stamp Set

The following pictures are the layouts I made with some of my own elements using the Blue Belle Shimmer Brush and the Stickles Waterfall glitter glue.

Happiness Lives Here Project 1 

Happiness Lives Here Project 2

Happiness Lives Here Project 3

I'm adding the videos from my YouTube channel:

I recorded these 3 videos while working on the entire workshop from cutting to assembly:




Tuesday, January 19, 2021

100% Cricut Cuts Scrapbook Layout from Close To My Heart Happiness Lives Here Collection

100% Cricut from the Happiness Lives Here Collection

This is a beautiful layout that is created entirely with the Cricut.

This is just one of the many exclusive Close To My Heart Cricut collections. 

Digital Image Set, Close To My Heart - Happiness Lives Here

The backgrounds are amazingly intricate. What an outstanding layout. This is truly a layout you will be so proud to show others. The detailed cutouts on the scalloped backgrounds for your pictures are gorgeous. The Beautiful title is a layered 2 piece Cricut cut. The background is white daisy cardstock while the top piece is Blue Belle with "Beautiful" cut out thinly. The flowers coordinate with the Happiness Lives Here papers. The bike is also a classic element on the sticker sheet. With the collection you can make as many bikes as you want in any colors that suit your project. You can even make lovely floral cards with the collection.

I enjoyed putting this layout together. You can put it together as you wish. I followed the picture for the most part but I do have differences. The order of my flowers is different and I made white flowers. Do it however you want to do it. You can certainly use a different color palette. This is the Happiness palette, mostly. The cardstock I used: White Daisy (3) Blue Belle (3) Smoothie (2) Peach (2) Sage (1) New England Ivy (1) Avocado (1) Canary (1) 

Here is my video showing you how I put it together: 

  1. Happiness Lives Here Digital Collection
  2. Happiness Lives Here Scrapbook Kit
  3. Happiness Lives Here Papers and Sticker Sheet
  4. Happiness Lives Here Coordinating Cardstock
  5. All Cardstock
  6. Adhesives

I loved making this layout with my Cricut Explore 2. You will need Cricut Explore or Cricut Maker and Design Space to make this and use our digital collections. I hope you are using your Cricut to a good extent. It's an amazing machine that is meant to be used. My Original Cricut sat in a box in the closet unused for 2 years ten years ago. It was fear. Get over any fear because you can do this. Remember it is only paper and you aren't breaking anything!

Thanks for watching!



Friday, January 15, 2021

Subscription Scrapbooking and Cardmaking - Craft With Heart

 Craft 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.

Cost of the subscription:

  • Monthly subscription: $17.95, plus $7.95 shipping, delivered monthly
  • 4-month subscription: $64.60 after 10% discount, plus $7.95 shipping, delivered three times a year
  • 12-month subscription: $172.32 after 20% discount, FREE shipping, delivered three times a year!


  • Monthly subscriptions: on the first of each month
  • 4-month subscriptions: on the first of January, May, and September
  • 12-month subscriptions: on the first of January, May, or September, depending on when you originally subscribed
    • Subscribe from January to April, billing occurs on January 1
    • Subscribe from May to August, billing occurs on May 1
    • Subscribe from September to December, billing occurs on September 1

Your subscriptions come to you looking like this:

  • The pink box is scrapbooking
  • The aqua box is cardmaking

January 2021 Layout 1

January 2021 Layout 2

The first video shows the January - April kits 

The second video shows me putting the 2 layouts together. It takes me about 35 minutes to put the 2 layouts (4 pages) together. The layouts can be enhanced as much as you want, I'm showing the basic pages. 




Thanks for watching!!


Monday, January 11, 2021

Happiness Lives Here - Alternate Scrapbook Layouts & Cards w/o Workshops

 Happy New Year! Wishing everyone a Healthy 2021!!!

I'm beginning this year with the first of the new papers from the New Close To My Heart catalog. This collection is Happiness Lives Here. What a great way to start a new year with the words Happiness Live Here. It's a good thought to keep in your head considering the trying times we've been going through. 

I've created several videos showing you layouts and cards that are not using the scrapbook and card workshops we offer. The first video is a cutting guide that is in real time, meaning after you purchase the papers, cardstock, you can cut along with me! The second video shows the scrapbook layouts being put together. In the third video I put together 10 cards for various situations. 

Here is the list of all the essential products I purchased for the projects:

  1. Happiness Lives Here papers and Sticker Sheet
  2. Happiness Lives Here Coordinating Cardstock
  3. Happiness Lives Here Wood Shapes
  4. White Daisy Cardstock
  5. Happiness Lives Here Cardmaking Stamps and Thin Cuts
  6. Blue Bell Ink Pad
  7. Intense Black Ink Pad
  8. Peach Ink Pad
  9. Sage Ink Pad
  10. White Cards and Envelopes
Here is the list of items needed that were in my tool stash:
Here is the list of the optional products is used for my layouts:
  1. Blue Bell Shimmer Brush
  2. Clear Shimmer Brush
  3. Peach Shimmer Brush
  4. Blue Bell Glitter Gems
  5. Blue Bell Pearls

Happiness Lives Here Collection

Happiness Lives Here Papers and Stickers

Happiness Lives Here Coordinating Cardstock
Happiness Lives Here Layout 1

Happiness Lives Here Layout 2

Happiness Lives Here Layout 3

Happiness Lives Here Cardmaking Stamp Set & Thin Cuts

1.  Cutting Video

2.  Layout Video

3.  Card Video

Thanks for stopping by! Please shop with me and start creating for the New Year! It will make you feel good and it's good for your brain!