Sunday, November 29, 2015

Cyber Week Sale!

For five days only, a selection of items from Close To My Heart’s current product inventory can be yours for 25% off retail price! Get supplies you’ll need to make handcrafted gifts and cards for the holidays, including our Cricut® Artfully Sent Collection, at an amazing discount! 

Offer valid Monday, November 30, 2015 (9:00 am MST) through Friday, December 4, 2015 (4:00 pm MST).

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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Christmas Cards with Fundamentals

How very Merry are these Christmas cards I created using some Fundamental papers! In person they have a fantastic shimmer in an eye catching design. I mixed them with some patterned papers, fresh new stamps and some embellishments from the Fundamental Assortments.

You have until November 30th to take advantage of this month's Simply Fundamental Scrapbooking bundle and receive a pack of memory protectors free!

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Feeling of Christmas

Thanksgiving is less than a week away, but I am preparing for Christmas. Once the turkey and pumpkin pie are eaten its practically time to mail out Christmas cards. If you make your cards by hand the process takes some time. However, with the beautiful White Pines paper and Close To My Heart stamps its simple and lots of fun. I like to turn on some Christmas music, make a cup of hot chocolate and just craft! Here are a few simple cards I created to get started.

Don't forget that the White Pines paper collection will only be available until December 31st!
Order with me or online here.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Holiday Pals

White Pines Picture My Life Cards are not just for your pocket pages! They also make adorable additions to your Christmas cards. On this card I trimmed down one of the PML cards with these cute caroling critters, mounted it on some glacier cardstock and then onto a card base that I dry embossed with the confetti folder making it look like snow. Some Fern Twine and a Happy Holidays sentiment completes this card.

The White Pines Picture My Life collection can be found in the Holiday Expressions book and is only available until the end of December. Use them for pocket scrapbooking or on a card like I did!

{56 cards for only $8.95 Item #Z3176}

Monday, November 16, 2015

Christmas Card Exchange 2015

This past weekend I held my annual Christmas card exchange. The ladies made some beautiful cards and I even added in a special project for them! These gals always inspire me, I hope you are inspired as well!

First up is the card and stamped bag I created using the White Pines paper, WOTG stamp set and Fern Twine and gold glitter paper.

 The little bag holds a couple of tea bags perfectly. This would be a great gift attached to a tea cup or mug.

This card uses some older papers in a design that reminds me of a quilt or stained glass window, so elegant!

This card uses the adorable Christmas tree print White Pines paper and some glittery & gold snowflakes!

What I love about this card is that the holly on the ornament was cleverly cut out from some older papers. Plus, there is just enough bling and sparkle making this a pretty, festive card!

After creating all the cards I surprised the ladies with a special Christmas project. 'Tis the season for hot cocoa and giving unique handmade gifts! I used some older plastic treat tubes and filled them with cocoa mix and chocolate dipped candy canes. I then created and decorated a little box to contain them. I dressed up the box with a Cricut cut Hot Cocoa Cup {purchased from Miss Kate Cuttables} and a sentiment I downloaded online and printed.

I'm so grateful for my customers! Hanging out with them on the weekend, creating projects and laughing is always the best therapy!

Thursday, November 12, 2015

White Pines Wreath Card

White Pines is such a beautiful paper collection. You can use the red, brown and green papers to create a very traditional card. You can also use the cooler blue and beige colors to make a gorgeous Christmas card. Here I used the wreath from the stamp set in the WOTG collection. I added just a bit of glacier twine and some blue embellishments to decorate the wreath.

You can purchase the White Pines paper collection from the Holiday Expressions book until December 31st.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Sweet and Studly Georgie

I just received some of the new Georgie papers and I'm already in love with its color scheme and patterns. Here is a little card I did for a birthday that can be for someone younger. The elephants are adorable are work perfectly for an infant or small child.

The other patterns in the pack are well suited for someone older, maybe even a teen would love the colors and chevron pattern! {This was proven when my teenage daughter entered my craft room and immediately saw it on my desk and said "Oooh! This is a cool card, who is it for?"} ;)

A simple white and gray color combo makes this paper collection great for a masculine card. Even a little bit of a deep gray glitter paper and metal triangles looks stunning with it! Plus the sentiment is funny and we can all use more humor in our lives! {Laughing makes you live longer too!}

I hope that you will look at the Georgie paper for much more than just baby showers, it really is a great collection!

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Grateful for ... you.

I pulled out some Sangria paper and decided to make a Fall/gratitude inspired card for the Freshly Made Sketches challenge this week.

I love the pop of gold glitter paper and those delicately cut leaves from the Artistry cartridge!

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

"Fun" damental!

November is a great time to get your pictures off of your computer or out of those storage boxes and onto beautifully organized pages and into a gorgeous, high quality album! For $71.80 you can get a bundle with everything you need to make multiple two-page layouts.

Purchase the album bundle and you get:

  • Album of your choice (D-ring or Post-bound)
  • Paper Fundamentals Enchantment (1 pack)
  • Fundamental Stickers Enchantment Pack (1 pack)
  • Fundamental Assortment Peacock (1 pack)
  • White Daisy Cardstock (3 sheets)
  • Memory Protectors™ Value Pack (1 pack Side Load or 1 pack Top Load)

Plus you get access to the Simply Fundamental Scrapbooking Workshop where you will be guided to make 5 beautiful layouts.

Order your bundle today online or with me personally!

Sunday, November 1, 2015

'No' Stress Scrapbooking in 'No'vember!

Looking for an easier, simpler way to get your scrapbooking completed? November has the solution for you!

Experience the beautiful Simply Fundamental Scrapbooking workshop—available only during November! This workshop has been created using all the items featured in our campaign exclusive My Legacy™ album bundles, available during November for $71.80 each! When you purchase the album bundle, you will also qualify to receive a value pack of side load or top load Memory Protectors™ FREE—a savings of $19.95! Along with the album style and design of your choice, each bundle includes one Paper Fundamentals Enchantment pack, one Fundamental stickers Enchantment pack, one Peacock Fundamental assortment, and three sheets of White Daisy cardstock. You will then be set to turn these beautiful products into fabulous layouts using the new Simply Fundamental Scrapbooking workshop featuring five layouts you can make using all the supplies in your bundle.

Contact me for more details.
*Offer valid November 1, 2015 (9:00 am MST)–November 30, 2015 (11:59 pm MST) while supplies last. No tax will be charged on the free items. Shipping/handling rates are based on the full retail price of any free items, including the sheets of White Daisy cardstock (three sheets: $1.19 USD / $1.41 CAD). 

November's Stamp of the Month will have you saying CHEERS! to 2016!

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Happy November!!

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Halloween Past

Looking through my Blog I have found all sorts of projects that I designed specifically for Halloween. Most of these items still decorate my house today! I invite you to take a look back at some of my posts for inspiration. Have a fun...not so spooky...

Happy Halloween

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Nightmare Before Christmas?

Today I am sharing two versions of this week's Freshly Made Sketch! I feel like I didn't create enough Halloween cards this year, so I wanted to make just one more fun skull card. After seeing all the wonderful inspiration from the design team, I wanted to create a Christmas card too. Aren't you so lucky to get two versions, one to use now for Halloween and another to use later for the Holidays!

Yummy, Yummy! Look at those colorful skulls and that awesome Cricut cut sentiment from the Artistry cartridge.

What a happy and festive snowman, looking so dapper in his top hat and scarf!

Be sure to check out Freshly Made Sketches for more inspiration or to play along!

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Artistry Pumpkin Patch

If anything is popping up this Fall, it's pumpkins!! I have already had a couple of pumpkin latte's and frappuccino's, made some pumpkin bread, pumpkin spiced pancakes and the pumpkin chocolate cookies did not even last for 3 days in the house! You can say I go a little crazy about pumpkin this time of year, Yum! Yum!

I ought to incorporate some pumpkins in my artwork then also. A pop-up box card full of Cricut cut pumpkins is perfect! This project is also perfect for the Heart 2 Heart "Cricut Capers" challenge.

{On the back of the card is where I left an open area to write a message to the recipient.}

I used the Artistry cartridge and Sangria papers to create the box. Hope this inspires you to add some pumpkins to your artwork, get your Cricut chirping, or at least run to get a pumpkin latte! ;)

Friday, October 23, 2015

She Is Extraordinary!

I made this "She Art" inspired card for my big Sis! She is officially retired today and I am so happy for her! She has put in years of dedication to her profession and I admire her strength and commitment. As this chapter in her life closes, I'm convinced that the next chapter for her will be extraordinary.

My older sister enjoys my handmade cards and especially cherishes the scrapbook pages I have created for her. My medium is definitely paper, but her craft is undoubtedly with fabrics. She is an extremely talented quilter and experiments with all sorts of fabric crafts. We love comparing how much the paper arts and fabric arts transition into each other often. Recently she shared a magazine with me that featured She Art using fabric and stitching. I showed her the canvas and paper She Art that I have created. So when I was making a card to congratulate her on retirement, I thought it would be fun to incorporate some She Art.

I used a Julie Nutting stamp to create the "She". Then I pulled in all sorts of mixed papers, washi tape, vellum and chipboard complements. I hope she likes her She Art card! I also wish her all the best in her future. I hope she gets to do something she truly loves and finds rewarding, especially since now she won't have such a highly demanding full-time job! Yeah Sis!!

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Trick or Treat Cutie

I saw this idea from another consultant Jennifer Bennett. I thought it was a darling card and using the Artbooking images in a mini version was such a great idea! I never would have thought to scale down an image for what is intended to be a page of a mini album. How cute!

Monday, October 19, 2015

Fall Themed Crate Card Club

This month's card club had a Fall theme. It was so nice to see everyone's ideas for Fall, my favorite season. Take a look at the lovely creations this month.

I love the change of season, the colors, pumpkins and yes even some sweet chocolate! What a fun card exchange!

Saturday, October 17, 2015

White Pines; Warm Coffee

It's never too soon to think of Christmas card ideas! I used the sketch this week on Freshly Made Sketches and the new White Pines paper to create this fun coffee card. Warm Wishes of seasonal coffee is what I think of on a chilly Christmas day! The White Pines paper complimented the coffee cup stamp perfectly!

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Homecoming with Beautiful You

My daughter just celebrated Homecoming this past weekend. In our small town we have only one beautiful golf course that makes the perfect back drop for photographs. She invited her group of friends and their dates for a photo session before the dance. I am entering my pocket pages in the Heart 2 Heart Home Is..... Challenge, because for my daughter right now home is enjoying all the High School events, celebrations and sports games. That's what you do as a teenager in a small town!

With the long three day weekend I had extra time to actually get the pictures in my scrapbook! One of my earlier purchases from the new Idea Book was the Beautiful You Picture My Life collection. I knew that these cards were going to be perfect for my daughter and her Homecoming event was the best fit! The black & white cards are neutral enough to blend with anything, but it just so happened that the Homecoming theme was Burton's in Tim Burton movies. {Beetle Juice, Alice in Wonderland, Corpse Bride and Nightmare Before Christmas} The gold foil finish of the cards blended beautifully with a couple of the dresses and gentleman's vest. Lastly, the bits of floral complemented my daughter's dress.

I filled a total of 3 pages. The first page is an introduction to the event with some hand written journaling from my daughter. Then you open to pages 2 &3 that contain more couple pictures and some group pictures that were just for fun!

I love that I was able to talk my daughter into doing the journaling. It's like injecting her personality directly into these pages. I would never think to write the year like her, 2K15!!

These group photo's are my favorite. The upper left is what the kids call a squad pic! The lower right photo was an on the spot idea seeing that one of the dates was actually on crutches. That's a memory they will never forget!

Some of my favorite cards in the pages and collection. I love the script, colors and design. You can see more of these cards online.

This is why I scrapbook...she is making memories and I am recording them for us! I will forever enjoy looking back at these times and she's so busy living right now, that when she finally slows down she will enjoy looking back also.

Thank you for stopping by. If your interested in the pocket scrapbooking style and not sure where to start I can help you! Contact me if you would like more information or to attend a workshop.