Monday, December 20, 2010

Christmas Cards

Just a few cards I made today during quiet time. I haven't had near as much time to craft as I would like...such is life! You have to squeeze it in when you get a chance!

Merry Christmas everyone!


Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Has it really been TWO months!

Wow! I guess it's been busy around here! I'll work on getting some recent artwork up but for now here's a little peak at one of the thank you cards I made for a very special 2 year old's birthday. I love, love, love the happy colors in the Animal Cookies paper packs!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Crafting away!

I've been wanting to update a few things recently. Unfortunately we are in the middle of photo storage issues on our computer so I don't have pictures to upload here...yet! I will soon though. School will be starting in a few weeks and I've been in a bit of a nesting mood, wanting to get organized and prepared. I've been working on chore charts for the big kids, labels, and a little bit of CTMH crafting fun, too!

I had scheduled a crop for yesterday for my hostess club. We worked on a few cards made with the Passages paper pack. I'll get pictures of those uploaded soon!

Happy Crafting!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Yowsers! Things are going fast!

If you wanted to take advantage of the sale, you may want to hop over to the website. Many of the items are already unavailable, but there are still plenty of great deals left!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

$2, $4, $6...for 8 It's You We Appreciate Sale

8 days only on my CTMH website! August 4-11th. Select Stickease and Level 1 and Level 2 Paper packs on sale 50% off or more, while supplies last.

These items are also to be retired and could sell out quickly so keep that in mind and shop early for those items you really want! It's your chance to stock up!! All purchases count towards the Stamp of the Month as well!

Select items only, while supplies last!

Sale runs August 4th - August 11th and items are only available to purchase from my website while supplies last!

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Retired list for 2010 Going...going...gone!

Wow!! There are big changes coming in the new year for Close to My Heart!

In order to prepare for all the new goodies and exciting happenings, Close to My Heart released the list of all items to be retired as of December 31, 2010. The items on the list are available only while supplies last - so please order what you want before it's gone!

Take note that every paper pack except the 4 new ones to be released in the new Idea Book on September 1st will be retired! That includes Cherry-O, Splendor, Zippidee and Passages! I love these papers and while it will be hard to see them go...I'm very excited to see what CTMH has in store for us!

You can view or print the Retired List here.

Shop online here.

Friday, July 30, 2010

What do I do with all these scraps?

Have scraps laying around? Well sit on down and see what you can come up with! I have a pile of scraps leftover from the Splendor paper pack and I wanted to make a few extra cards. This is what I created with some scraps and just a few extra embellishments.

When I first started using CTMH products, I wasn't sure how I should best store my paper and if I should keep scraps. I didn't want to part with them, but I also didn't want to continue having a large pile of scraps that never got used and were just in the way. My solution was to store my paper packs in vertical paper storage holders in their original bags. When I work with the paper, I put all my scraps in the bag, too. So, no more waste, it's easy to see if I have a piece that will work before cutting into a new sheet, and I can grab a bag and know that all the paper coordinates and challenge myself to see what I can create using up scraps.

Thursday, July 29, 2010


Love this little owl from the Hot Diggity stamp set (C1407)! He makes me smile :-)

The paper is from the Splendor level II and the hello stamp is from Say it in Style (D1283). It is probably one of my most used stamp sets! I also used Autumn Terracotta buttons & ribbon.

Boom Di Ada Calendars

I just finished up my first round of Hostess Club with some amazing ladies! I'm looking forward to continuing the club. It has been wonderful to get a little bit of scrapbooking done each month & to keep my card supply stocked as well! As a little thank you gift for each of them, I took created a new cover for some pocket calendars. They are perfect to keep in a purse!

I used the Boom Di Ada paper pack - it is one of my all time favorites! I also used some coordinating stickease, Be True Stamp set, garden green ribbon, hollyhock and autumn terracotta buttons, colonial white waxy flax & brads. I hope they like them!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Hostess Club Splendor Projects

Each month my hostess club meets to create either a two page layout or a set of three cards. We always have a fun time and enjoy a little crafty time together!

This month my hostess club created with the Splendor paper pack! This paper is so fresh and happy! It is perfect for all those summer photos.

The layout design is called Front & Center that is found in Reflections (9031). I have fallen in love with the Pizzazz Irresistibles (Z1307). You sponge on your ink and Ta-DA! - an adorable coordinating embellishment! I used the stamp set Hot Diggity (C1407) as well (isn't that little birdie the cutest ever!).

This first card I tweaked from the Splendor Workshop on the Go kit. Simple & easy to put together!

The last card was created by a fellow consultant, Jennifer Rubio, and I thought was adorable! It was the perfect card to finish out our trio.

Hope you are all enjoying your summertime activities! Happy Scrapping!

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Last day of Jackpot June!

See the last Jackpot June deal here at

I am impatiently awaiting the arrival of a goodie box I ordered last week! It was supposed to be delivered yesterday. I waited all day, listening for the tell tale sign of my favorite truck roaring down the road but it never came. I finally checked the status online and there was some type of transportation accident that slowed it's progress yesterday - I do hope everyone is okay! I expect it will arrive today. I cannot wait to see what surprises me when I open it up. It's like Christmas in June :)

Saturday, June 12, 2010


Today we worked with the Zippidee paper for Hostess Club. This paper is perfect for all those Disney, carnival or theme park pictures. But, I'm finding it to be even more versatile - think 4th of July, birthdays, graduation or as one of our gals planned to use them for - vintage car pictures! The bright colors pop and just make you happy while working with them!

I scraplifted this layout from a CTMH consultant, Vicki Wizniuk, check out her blog here. As soon as I saw it, I was delighted! I couldn't wait to get pictures onto it! I had been browsing online for inspiration but this was just perfect for what I needed! With a quick title change, it would be a perfect fit for 4th of July photos! The layout design is from the Cherry-O Workshop on the Go. Here is just the left hand page.

Happy Scrapping!

Friday, June 4, 2010

Goodie Box!!

Have you been checking out the Jackpot June daily deals? Todays is a goodie box at over 50% off retail. Check it out! Only available while supplies last and online, shop here. Happy Scrapping!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Jackpot June

Hit the jackpot and win free products! Grab loaded Goodie Boxes at 50% or more off retail value! Save money on favorite scrapbooking and stamping supplies by grabbing a different deal each day in June. Deals include discounted shipping/handling, too! Check out my website for the daily deal!

Saturday, May 1, 2010

The new Summer Idea Book is here!

Is it cute or what?!

Check out the new Cherry-O line! Isn't it incredibly sweet?

Have vacation photos to get into albums? Check out the new Zippidee set!

Please let me know if you would like a copy of the idea book or you can view it here. You can also browse and shop online on my website.

Check it out, see all the new paper, stamps and more and come back and tell us what you love!

Happy Scrapping!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Studio J has arrived!

You can start playing and get all the facts about it by clicking on the logo above or here. It's free to set up your account and create your projects! You only pay for the pages you wanted printed and sent to you.

I received my first Studio J layouts last week, and I was so impressed. They look awesome next to my other traditionally created Close to My Heart layouts.

From my website at you can create your own account, start your projects and come back to work on them whenever you'd like!

Active accounts are saved for 90 days. Each time you make a purchase, you extend your account for another 90 days. Purchased projects are archived for 1 year after purchase.

Check it out and come back and tell us what you think! There are so many possibilities with this amazing software. Imagine scrapbooking your vacation from your hotel room each day!

Happy Scrapbooking!

Monday, April 26, 2010

Miracle Kit!

Celebrate National Scrapbooking Month with Close to My Heart's adorable Miracle kit (available through May 31st while supplies last).

I can't tell you just how beautiful these papers & stickease are in person! This kit is so fun & easy to put together! No stamping required! You can change the look by the ink you use to sponge onto the new Irresistibles™ Die-Cuts chip board. This allows you to coordinate the kit with whatever photos you want, just use an ink that coordinates with the dominate color in your photos. Here I used Pansy purple to tie it all together.

And, check out how fun flip flaps are!

Flip Flaps attach right onto your layout or your page protector and allow you to stack several photos in one spot! The brochure that comes with the kit gives you step by step instructions.

Check out all the details here. If you would like to order the kit you can find it on my website at or contact me. Happy Scrapping!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Studio J will soon be here!

And, I can't wait for you to start playing! What an awesome tool!

Studio J is Close to My Hearts brand new online digital scrapbooking software that is going to be available soon! The best part is that you can play & design for free! You don't pay for anything until you are ready to purchase your pages. You can read all the details and frequently asked questions at Just scroll down and click on FAQ's to get the scoop!

I had a chance to play and order my first pages recently. And, I have to tell you that it was amazing to sit and work on my projects from the computer and if I needed to take a break, I just logged out and came back to it later!

How does it work?

You will be able to create a free account on my website at From there, you can start your projects. The program walks you through each step. You can choose your paper pack and then a pre-designed layout, upload your photos and then personalize your layout! It's fun and best of all, easy! Once you are ready to order, the program has you approve them one last time, CTMH prints them and ships them straight to your door. They are ready to slip right into your album and they fit right in next to your handcrafted pages. It's the best of both worlds!

Here are a few of my first layouts!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Easter cards & more with Caboodle!

The Caboodle paper pack is so versatile! This pack has a fun color scheme to use for all kinds of themes. Here are a few cards from our monthly hostess club and a few other cards that were sent off to a few special loved ones. I think I've fallen in love with Tiny Tabs! The are simply adorable! This was the first time I used the Booksmart dimensional elements on cards and it was so fun inking them & using them to highlight the images & sentiments!

This last card is from the Caboodle Workshop on the Go kit!

Booksmart Dimensional Elements, Sorbet brads, Sweet Leaf Ribbon Rounds, Tiny Tab, White Daisy Ricrac
Colors Used: Vanilla Cream, Sorbet, Sweet Leaf, Crystal Blue

Monday, February 22, 2010

Valentine's Day recap

A few little Valentines, a little late, but a few ideas you can easily use for other events or holidays. The first is a cover for a lollipop. My daughter had fun stamping these for her classmates. Hope you had a wonderful Valentine's Day!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Hearts for Haiti: February Special

During the month of February, if you purchase a 12X12 combo package of textured cardstock you will get one free! Plus, for every offer purchased Close to My Heart is donating $2 to their Operation Smile Haiti efforts. It's a great cause & a great deal! Textured cardstock is one of my favorite products and I'm always wishing I had more on hand! It's time to stock up and feel great about doing it! Happy scrappin'!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Somethin' Special birthday card!

I used a card on page 52 of the Spring 2010 Idea Book as inspiration for this fun birthday card I put together for a sweet birthday girl. Quick & easy and super cute card for a little princess!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

A few rockin' cards!

The You Rock paper pack is so fun! I made these first two cards for two very sweet & special girls who just celebrated their 8th birthday. The third was one I made from the scraps that I had leftover. Doesn't this set just have so much attitude and spunk!?