Saturday, December 17, 2016

Peacock --The amazing color!

Last year Close to My Heart introduced Peacock as a new color in the Enchantment pallet.  It has been a wonderful color!  It makes a great base for masculine cards and I know that so many of you struggle in making guy birthday card.  Please take note!  Peacock is your friend!

This card was created last spring.  (I know, I've been terrible about blogging this year).

I paired Peacock cardstock with Glacier, Teal Glitter paper (now retired), White Shimmer Trim and Whisper Extra Thick Twine.  

Here's a tip:  When you're laying rows of extra thick twine, use a bit of adhesive to hold the twine down, even if you're planning to staple it.  It's like having an extra hand to hold everything together.  
I also did this first, before adhering the cardstock to the card base.  

The shimmer trim spans all the way across the card so it's wider than the 4" wide cardstock.  It hides any differences in width and can be trimmed to fit after it's adhered to the card.  I'm all about simple and not fussy cardmaking!

Ink Pad & Cardstock are essential.  The Shin Han marker is one of my favorites too!

That's all for today!

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Dahlia Card from Flower Market

Here's a quick card using the dahlia bloom from the Flower Market Cricut Collection.
This flower is on page 33 of the handbook and is two layers.
I used our new Adventure Fundamentals paper collection.  The Pacifica bold stripe pairs beautifully with the Raspberry heart design.  The flower is cut from Raspberry and Pixie.  I also added some sparkle from our Shimmer Brush to the outline of the flower.  It's subtle this pic but leaves a lot of wow!

See the whole flower market collection here in its handbook.
Order the Flower Market here.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Wise Guy Birthday Card

Here's a fun birthday card I created using the new Wise Guy Birthday stamp.  I love this set because it's a little snarky and not the sweet and sappy birthday stamp set.

See my earlier card that read "Birthday Wishes to the smartest person I know.... BESIDES ME."

I paired it up with some of the retired Magical papers & sequins that we had this summer make a great card to give to a guy of any age.  

The party hat is on the Artistry Cricut cartridge and is also a stamp in this set. In this case, I just cut the shape from Sapphire and the Honey B&T paper.

Don't forget!  This stamp is also available in Spanish & French.  

If you love this card, let me know I've make up a few pre-stamped kits of this card to use up my scraps.  I'll be selling them in the coming months! 

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Adopt a stamp set

I'm cleaning out my stash and have so stamps that need to be re-homed so they don't live a neglected life.

Adoption fee  (assume they're lightly used, some SOTM are new)
A $3
B $4
C $5
D $6
E $10
S $5

Shipping is $3 for the first stamp and $1 for each additional when shipped in the US.  Purchase 5 or more stamps and I'll provide a shipping quote.  My stamps are very reasonably priced.  I would rather charge a bit extra on shipping the first one than to raise the price on every stamp $1.

I'll try to post photos on my FB page later but it's very easy to Google the set by searching for the item number + CTMH.

Payment via PayPal.  Please leave a comment below with the stamps your interested in, your zipcode and your email address (I will NOT publish your comment).  I will send you a PayPal invoice.

S1204    You Are 
S1208    August Stamp of the Month: Baroque Borders
S1210    October Stamp of the Month: Very Merry Christmas
S1211    November Stamp of the Month: Capture the Date
S1301    January Stamp of the Month: Happy Valentine's (3 available)
s1302     Home Sweet Home
s1303     Floral Happiness
s1305     Pinwheel
s1306     Flowering Bunch
s1307     Sweet Life (2 new)
s1310     October Stamp of the Month: Scandinavian Wishes
s1401     Cross Stitch Wishes 2 available
s1404     #N/A
s1406    #N/A
s1407    Circus Alphabet (4 new)
s1410     October Stamp of the Month: Home for the Holidays 4+ available
s1411     November Stamp of the Month: It's the Little Things
s1412     December Stamp of the Month: Cutie Pie
s1501     January Stamp of the Month: This Moment
s1502     February Stamp of the Month: A Happy Hello
s1503     March Stamp of the Month: Choose Happy
S1505    May Stamp of the Month: Just Sayin'
s1507     July Stamp of the Month: Life Is Wonderful
s1508     August SOTM: Framed
s1509     Paper Garden
s1510     Twinkle
S1511    Cheers, 2016!
W189     Friendship Alphabet
w190     Alphabet
a1084    sweet Friends
a1117    A typeface
a1124    A Tree
a1137    Card Chatter--Focus on the Little Things
a1158    Doodle Signs (Hostess Rewards Stamp Set)
a1170    Doodled Designs
b1230    Solo F
b1234    Solo J
b1243    Solo S
b1269    Journaling Jots
b1309    FUN TIMES
b1365    SPRING UP
b1380    Mayberry WOTG
B1398    Just for You
b1403    To You and Yours
B1430    Happiness Lives Here (Frame WOTG)
b1431    Reel Life
b1432    Love This
b1434    You Only Live Once (Hostess Rewards Stamp Set)
b1438    Banner Wishes
b1449    Oodles of Doodles
b1468    Merriest Christmas
Pending c1463     HARVEST HAPPINESS
c1486     Lucy WOTG
c1501     New Arrival
c1510     Merry & Bright
c1540     Hello Blooms
c1543     Perfect Fit--Mom
c1565     In the Moment
c1574     Believe in Yourself
c1581     Inspiration Flourishes
c1600     Happy Birds
c1614     Tagged With Love Hostess Exclusive
c1627     Reindeer Bells
c1637     Stamps of Approval
c1640     Friend in Me
c1641     Springtime Wishes
Pending cc1025   You Are My Happy  This is the only the alphabet set.  
cc1040   Hello Life Pocket scrapbooking
cc1041   Hello Life Cardmaking
cc1042   Hello Life Scrapbooking
d1110    Give Thanks
d1136    GIGGLE CAPS
d1169    Birthday Surprise
d1418    Felicity
d1497    Art Philosophy Cupcake set
d1506    Family Love
d1527    Perfect Fit--Frames
d1539    The Happy Couple
d1548    Whooo's Your Valentine
d1550    Happy Autumn
d1555    All the Details
d1559    Geometric Backgrounds
d1565    Laughing Lola Card WOTG
d1568    Sarita WOTG
PENDING d1578    Flight of the Arrows
d1585    Lollydoodle Card WOT
d1602    A Budding Friendship
d1609    Seaside Greetings
d1616    Have a Happy Day
d1627    Your Own Kind of Wonderful
d1635    Assorted Edges
d1649    Blossom Card WOTG
d1653    Happy Everything
d1663    Floral Banners
d1671    Sangria WOTG
e1025    Rock the Block Constant Campaign

This list was partially  updated 2/21/2017 by deleting the majority of the items that have been sold.

Payment via PayPal.  Please leave a comment below with the stamps your interested in, your zipcode and your email address (I will NOT publish your comment). I will send you a PayPal invoice.  

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Sparkle with JOY Banner

This weekend I noticed a LOT of my CTMH friends were using glitter paper.  I think we all needed a little extra sparkle.  I created this banner with a LOT of sparkle!

I love our new 3 packs of Glitter Paper that have all 1 color.  I'm using the super shimmery red and the icy white for this project.  And a little leftover Snowhaven that's been retired for a couple years.  I had been wondering how I could use up this paper with the bold Nordic striped pattern on the other side.  Now I know!

Every bit of this banner was created with the newest CTMH Cricut Cartridge Flower Market.  This is the SURPRISE banner on page 5.  In Design Space I used the contour button and hid the design at the bottom red banner pieces.

I have lots of layers here.  The only thing that I adhered with Bonding Memories are the holly berries to the Willow colored holly border.  Everything else is attached with the original 3D Foam tape for maximum lift.

Right now I have it attached to a closet door.  Here's a pic to give you an estimate of size.  Each piece is 5.5" tall and 4.15" wide.  I used just over a yard of ribbon.  I also have a LARGE version where each piece is 11.5" tall and about 8.5" wide.  Did I mention how I love that each pack of glitter paper now has 3 sheets of the same color?  It makes projects like this one so easy.

Materials List

How to get this banner
1.  Order a pre-cut version below for $7.  Need it shipped for $2?  No problem.
2.  Order the supplies from my website ($15 minimum) and I'll send you the Design Space File
3.  Join my team and receive all of my files to use for free!

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Orders placed by November 20th will ship by December 2nd.  It may take about 2 weeks to order and create kits. Kindly email me if you have questions about how long your order will take before you order it. Unless I have supplies on hand, I will not be able fill orders placed after December 10th.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

3 Christmas tag workshops

Tags, tags & more tags!  Here's 3 sets of tags you can order or complete at one of my holiday workshops!

First the workshop dates:  Both workshops are at my home in Everett, WA
Saturday, November 12, noon - 4pm
Saturday, December 1, 6:30pm - 9pm

Now the tags.

 Set #1 

This set I designed!  Last year's tags were so popular I wanted to do this again. You'll get 12 tags total, 2 of each design.  All it takes is a Bonding Memories glue pen and a few bits of 3D foam to assemble.  No stamping required.  Where else are you able to get cute little mason jar tags?  

Cost $8/dozen tags.
$2 will be added for shipping.  US addresses only.

If you'd like the Cricut Design Space file for the this tag set, you can place a $15 order on my website or PayPal me $5.  These tags were made using the CTMH Artistry & CTMH Flower Market Cricut Cartridges.  (The new City Sidewalks Christmas Cartridge wasn't used)
Just leave a note that you want my Christmas tag workshop.

Set #2 is this burlap bag & tag set 
The burlap bags are 5.5" x 4.  They'll hold a 3 x 3 x 1" box (or a 3" CTMH Acrylic block).  They're a perfect way to dress up a gift card with a few wrapped candies.

Make 3 sets for $5.  These bags are on clearance and may sell out.  
This bag tag was designed by CTMH for the Pinners Conference.

Set #3 is the shimmer of gold foil glitter & Kraft!  

The Cut Above kits are pre-cut kits that you just stamp and assemble.  
The kits are $9.50 with tax & shipping to my door.  You can also order them online here.  There's several individual stamps designed for this set that are available separately.

I have the Merry Christmas, Joy and Happiest Holidays available at my workshop or you can order your own.  There's Spanish & French versions too!

To request a kit, RSVP on Facebook or better yet, email me so I know when to look for your pre-payment.  I'll need your payment about 2 weeks prior to the workshop so I can order/pre-cut your kit.  I accept PayPal or you can mail a check.  

Don't forget about my card workshop too!  

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

2017 Planners now available!

I'm happy to announce our planners for next year are here!

They're available 3 different ways!
Stand-alone pages to add to your existing book or bundled with our newest faux leather binders!

Includes monthly and weekly calendars, designs you can color, pages for notes, a clear pencil bag, and three gold paperclips. Insert into the Everyday Life™ Sea Glass album (Z4027) or the Everyday Life stripes album (Z9979).

Available for a limited time, so get it while you can!

Don't forget this month's wonderful Stamp of the Month
Yuletide Joy stamp set

Just $5 with a $50 purchase or $17.95.  

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

City Sidewalks Holiday Card Workshop

The City Sidewalks 20 card workshop is ready to go!
Like my fall workshop with Swan Lake, it uses just a quarter of a pack of the X7213B City Sidewalks My Reflections paper pack plus cardstock, extending this beauty to up 80 cards if you cut up a whole paper pack.

How to get it

  • RSVP w/ payment to one of my Saturday workshops on October 8th, 10-3pm or November 12th, 12-4pm
  • Order a pre-cut kit to pick up or arrive via mail
  • Order the supplies on my website and get the instructions for free.  

Want just the cutting diagrams and the ability to use this with your own friends & customers?  Keep reading!  Then hop on over to my website.

This snowflake is 3" in diameter!  And the silver glitter paper cuts beautifully without a lot of glitter floating around the house. This workshop uses the brand new Snowflake Thin Cut dies from Close to My Heart and just a little M-sized stamp set!

Here's the second snowflake.  It's a bit smaller at 2" but just as beautiful.

Workshop Details:
  • 20 cards:  3 each of 6 designs plus 2 of design #7 
  • 20 card bases & envelopes
  • All papers pre-cut
  • Includes your choice of M-sized stamp set
  • 1 pack of red enamel gems included (tons left over)
  • Cranberry & Peacock inks needed, available at my workshops
  • Full color assembly guide included.
  • Bring your favorite paper adhesive & mini-glue does
  • Place your order by Friday, October 28 & receive your choice of a second mini-stamp set for free!

Here's the 5 recommended stamp sets for this kit.  They're also available in Spanish & French.
View them on my website here and let me know when you place your order.

20 card kit: October 8 or November 12 or local pick up in Everett, WA 

Kindly order your kit at least 10 days before a workshop if at all possible so I have time to order supplies and cut your kit.  Kits will be shipped just after the 15th or 30th of the month, depending on when I receive the supplies for your order.  I may need to order your stamps and or snowflake thin cuts.  This kit will only be available until December 10, 2016.

DIYer & Consultant Guide Available:
If you'd like to create this workshop for yourself or your customers, place a $25 order on my website or use this PayPal link to receive the cutting guide, photos for assembly and consultant release.  Files will be sent to the email address on your PayPal receipt within a day, usually in just a few hours.  No items will be shipped.

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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Sneak Peek of my Christmas Card Workshop

Here's a sneak peek of my next workshop!
Make 3 of each design except for the green one on the right, you'll make 2 for a total of 20 cards!

Pre-cut, U-Cut & Consultant ready-to-teach kits will be available to order on October 1st!

Our new snowflakes look amazing when cut with our silver glitter paper.  Each kit comes with a full 12x12 sheet of glitter paper!

Leave a comment below with your email address (I won't publish your comment) if you want more details when this kit is fully released!

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Leap Into the Holidays!

Every year, I say to myself, "I need to get a jump on the holidays."  This year, let's do it!

1st Leap Day:  Saturday October 8, 2016  10-3pm in Everett at Pinehurst Baptist Church.  
2nd Leap Day:  Saturday, November 12, 2016, noon-4pm at my home in Everett

If you want to attend the October leap, please RSVP by October 1, 2016.  There's no crop fee, but you will want to bring a snack and or potluck lunch item to share and your craft tools & supplies.  We'll be joining a few ladies from the Pinehurst Baptist Church crafting group.  

The plan is to bring or order kits to work on of your choice.  I won't be teaching a specific workshop.  I will have a small basket of adhesive & other items to buy.  Please plan & pre-order. 

The Close to My Heart Holiday Expression debuted last week and has some wonderful kits and of course I've cooked up a couple of my own.

Everyone can order these kits, even if you're not local or attending.  Shipping may vary and some items may actually be a little less if directly shipped to you if you have a lower sales tax.  

Fall Themed Workshops

Swan Lake 18 card kits (not pre-cut) includes stamp set.  I designed this kit and will email you the cutting and assembly guides (PDF).  You'll receive a cardstock pack, cards, envelopes, ribbon and stamp set.  
I posted them here on my blog last week.  
Includes Autumn Wishes stamp set $29.75

Includes Thankful for You stamp set $34.50, with dies $48.85
You'll need 3D Foam, Peacock, Goldrush, Poppy, & Saddle Inks for the Pumpkin set and Peacock, Goldrush, Poppy, Fern & Whisper Inks for the Swan Edition.

Create Kindness Card Kits (Only available in September)

Order the kit, cards or stamps now to have for next month.  Kindness never goes out of style.


Each stamp set is $2.95 for $3.50 with Tax & Shipping

You'll need 3D foam tape, black archival ink (included in the full kit), markers or colored pencils to complete this kit.

Workshop Your Way Kits from Close to My Heart

These two kits contain cardstock, embellishments, cards & envelopes for 10 cards along with supplies to make a few more.  You can see exactly what's in each kit on my shopping website.  

These kits are $19.95.  With shipping & tax they are $23.50 when shipped to me.
Workshop Your Way kit available on my website
You'll need Whisper, Raspberry & Blossom Inks to complete this kit.

Workshop Your Way kit available on my website
You'll need Emerald, Sea Glass, Raspberry & Whisper Inks to complete the cards as shown.

Workshop Your Way kit available on my website
You;ll need Fern & Cranberry inks to complete the inks as shown.

Cut Above™ 'Tis the Season Kits
Everything is pre-cut, coming from Close To My Heart.  M-sized stamp sets are designed for these kits and are sold separately.

Cut Above™ 'Tis the Season Card Kit  available on my website as well

Cut Above™ 'Tis the Season Tag Kit available on my website

These stamps available on my website in English, French and Spanish!

Custom Christmas kits (not available on my shopping website)

3 burlap bags & 3 tags with poinsettia  $5  These bags are on clearance and this kit is available for less than the original price of the bags.  Bags are 4" x 5.75"  Natural Color Muslin bags are also available.
This project was on the Make It From Your Heart blog earlier this week.  
Other flowers can be substituted for a non-holiday bag.  You can also the bags separately on my website

City Sidewalks 20 card workshop
Like the Swan Lake card workshop, I designed this kit and have it available as an un-cut kit.  I'll email you the cutting and assembly guides (PDF).  You'll receive all the paper, cardstock, glitter paper cards, envelopes, bling and your choice of Mini stamps shown above.   You can order additional stamps as well. If you're coming to my workshop, you can use my thin cut snowflake dies but I'm sure you'll want to order your own set to make more later.  

Materials to make 20 cards, 1 stamp (not pre-cut) $24, with Snowflake dies, $39.00
Extra stamps $3.50
Paper & cards to make 20 more cards $15 (additional gems and stamps not included)
These kits take about 30 minutes to cut if there's no distractions.  You can pick up your kit in advance to pre-cut or take your time at the 5 hour craft day.  

Keep reading to place your order for any of these kits

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Meet Swan Lake

Oh my goodness, are you ready for fall?

Meet Swan Lake.  It's GORGEOUS, elegant with a bit of whimsy.

Swan Lake paper with Thankful For You stamps & Thin Cuts


Swan Lake paper with Autumn Wishes stamps

Notice something wonderful about these two card workshops?  The cards are the same.  It's just the difference in the stamp sets.

Sometimes having a whole pack of paper is overwhelming.  Wouldn't it be wonderful to have just what you need?  This kit also includes cardstock that is now sold separately.  

What's not to love?
  • A full color instruction guide.
  • A full color cutting guide to make 18 cards (or 72 if you use the whole pack of paper)
  • My kits include embellishments and all extra cardstock needed to make the 18 cards, 6 designs, 3 each. 
  • Very few scraps left over!
Pumpkins (Autumn Wishes B1530) 
Swans (Thankful for You with Thin Cuts Z4007)
Or both!  Each kit make 3 of each card design. You can make both designs!

Have you noticed the new Black Shimmer Ribbon?  It's soft and so easy to work with.  It lays flat for cards too.  You'll get a full roll of this ribbon with each card kit.  

This quarter pack card kit includes
  • 5 sheets (6 x  12.5") of the Swan Lake paper pack. The extra 0.5" is for the zip strip at the top
  • 3 sheets of cardstock (6x12"), one each of Poppy, Peacock & Goldrush
  • 2+  sheets of White Daisy cardstock (6x12").  
  • Additional White Daisy Paper 24 pre-cut pumpkins for Autumn Wishes or 2 (6x12") sheets of White Daisy for stamping the swans and floral elements of Thankful For You (You will not receive pre-cut swans)
  • 1 roll of Black Shimmer Ribbon Z4012 (3 yards per roll)
  • 20 card bases & envelopes from X254 bulk card bases & envelopes.  I'm giving you a couple extra just in case.  
  • Electronic copy of the Cutting Guide for the 18 cards.  (This is NOT a pre-cut workshop)
  • Electronic copy of the Full Color Assembly Guide.
And your choice of one of these options:
  • Autumn Wishes B1530 (Pumpkin stamp set)
  • Thankful For You (Stamp set only C1655)
  • Thankful For You with Thin Cuts Z4007-This is what I used.  
  • Or both stamp sets (Swans & Pumpkins).  (This qualifies you for the GORGEOUS September Stamp of the Month for $5)
Here's a look at the stamps.  Aren't they all wonderful?  I love the September Stamp of the Month and I'm so happy to be able to offer it to you in this kit.  

Place your order now for kits to ship by 9/21.  
Orders after 9/15 will ship approximately 10 business days later.  

Select from the following options as noted above to order your kit.  Or shop my website to receive the electronic files for free.  Sister consultants, please keep reading!  There's a bit for you too!

Workshop kit pricing based on stamp set selection.  Kits will be shipped for $7
Pumpkin Edition

Autumn Wishes
Swan Edition

Thankful For You (stamps only)  
Thankful For You with thin cut dies
Both Swans & Pumpkins
Add on Stamp of the Month

*Ahh the joys of blogger.  This table cannot make up its mind if it's going to have lines or not.

Swan Lake Card Kits
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All orders placed by September 15th will ship around September 21.

Are you a Crafty DIYer or Consultant?

You can recreate this workshop with your friends and customers too!
Place a $25 order on my website and I'll email you the cutting diagram, assembly guide and consultant release (saying you can copy this workshop) for free!
Not up to ordering from my website?  You can order the guide for $20 USD through this PayPal button.

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Summer's End Blog hop

Hello friends!

Summer is winding down but I thought I'd leave you with a sweet taste of summer with these cards I created using the One in a Melon stamp set that's available for just a few more days.

If you're joining us from the Summer's End Blog Hop and came from Katy's blog, welcome!  Thank you for stopping by.

I love the cute little pineapples.  This is a Cricut shape on the Artistry Cricut Cartridge.  

Orange You Great! 
I used our now - retired Sunset Ink to make this simple yet wonderful card.  Our Rose Gold Foil Tape goes forever and ever and it's still available, for the next year at least!  I think you could make about 90 of these cards from 1 roll!  

Recognize the smaller melon?  It's really the orange slice!  

All of the watercolor backgrounds were made using our fabulous new medium round water brush and one shade of our watercolor paints.  It couldn't be easier and cleanup is super simple!  

Be sure to get your One In A Melon Stamp C1650 Set before the end of the month!

Thank you for stopping by, if you're hopping, your next stop is Amie's blog Mimi, Myself and I.