Friday, May 22, 2015

Happy as a Bee in a Hive

Today I am sharing a card I created for the Freshly Made Sketches Blog. It features the Operation Smiles stamp, Happy Everything and this month's special paper collection, Taste of Summer. The embossed honey comb background in bright yellow makes this card really stand out and I love that little bumble bee!

The frame on the label was stamped from the Curlicue Frames stamp set only available in the Artfully Sent Cricut Collection. {Z3017}

Taste of Summer paper collection will only be available to purchase until May 31. You can order online here.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Tall and Happy

So I had a few pieces of cardstock and papers left over from a recent card exchange. A tall template design that I featured the Typewriter SOTM, Typed Note. Not to let these pieces or card bases go to waste I created a few cards with the Operation Smile stamp set, Happy Everything. (back cover of the Annual Expressions 2 book) It is a great stamp set that offers ideas for so many occasions and fun events. Plus, a portion of proceeds goes to Operation Smiles. Take a look at what I created!

You can learn more about Operation Smile through this great story on the Make it from your Heart Blog.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Inspired by: Patches of papers and "fabulous" pops!

I was finding myself in need of some de-stressing craft time this weekend. Surfing through some pins and blogs I found inspiration from separate sources that I incorporated together.

The patchwork of patterned paper idea came from a post on the Make it from your Heart, Close To My Heart Blog. I used some left over pieces from the new Blossom papers with some Fundamentals flat and glossy sided patterned paper.

The sentiment for the card stayed in the same place too, but I wanted to use the current Operation Smile stamp set Happy Everything. This sentiment is fabulous on it's own, but when I saw how Wendy Coffman used it I fell in love! You can see her creation on her Blog Stamping Rules! Cutting out the "fabulous" script is tedious, but the result is well worth it!

I hope you are all having a one-of-a-kind fabulous day!

Saturday, May 16, 2015

When Life Gives You Lemons!

This Taste of Summer tag sums up how I've been feeling lately. My long absence will tell you that I have been extremely busy. With all of the challenges, tasks and decisions that have presented themselves to me lately, I remain positive......and make lemon bars!

I used the sketch at Freshly Made Sketches to make this colorfully sweet tag. I love the bright purple with green and pop of lemon yellow. With the Taste of Summer papers you can't help but be cheerful when your creating!

Taste of Summer paper collection and special stamp set are only available this month. You can order online here!

Thank you for visiting. Come back soon as I will reveal some of the projects that I've been working on!

Monday, May 4, 2015

Exclusive Taste of Summer Stamp Set

During this month of National Scrapbooking, you can take advantage of an exclusive paper pack and stamp set called Taste of Summer!

  Only in the month of May you can purchase the exclusive Taste of Summer D-size stamp set for $17.95 USD / $19.75 CAD. Think of it as an added bonus to the awesome paper pack!

Make sure to follow along with the Close To My Heart blog, Instagram account, and Facebook page throughout the month and check out the hashtag #CTMHTOS to see this stamp set in action!

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Taste of Summer Workshop

Hey there!

Happy National Scrapbooking Day!

Later this month I will be hosting a Taste of Summer Workshop in conjunction with my Crate Card Club. This month is a celebration of scrapbooking our memories. With this gorgeous collection of papers being offered this month you will surely be inspired to scrapbook.

For this workshop I am offering a two-page layout and 2 fun summer cards.

For the layout and cards you will be using the new Taste of Summer papers, a brand new stamp set from the Seasonal Expressions 2 book, a Cricut cut title and some liquid glass with a bit of glitter sprinkled on. Take a closer look at the cards....mmmmm.....Juicy!!

 This workshop is only $15. If you are interested in attending please contact me. For more information please click on the Current Specials tab at the top of this page or go online here.

Be sure to follow me on Instagram and Pinterest for tons more inspiration using the Taste of Summer papers!

Friday, May 1, 2015

Hello May

Today is the first of May and the first day to take advantage of the new specials!
May is also National Scrapbooking Month, Yippee!

With a fabulous promotion of juicy sweet summer papers and a cute new stamp set, you should be inspired to scrap your summer time or anytime memories! Please click on the Current Specials tab at the top of this page for more information.

I will be back tomorrow, National Scrapbooking Day, to share a workshop I am hosting later this month!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Latte To Go!

I have shown you lots of ideas using the new Treats of Friendship stamp set from the Seasonal Expressions 2 book.

All the previous ideas I shared were cards. With a little Pinterest inspiration and a super cute card from Brenda Rose at Rose Blossom Legacies, I have created a 3D project. A great little gift idea for those coffee lover's in your life, especially those that are Keurig users!

This is a K-Cup Caddy, perfect for 2 of the Keurig cups. However, you can adhere 2 of the caddy's back to back and it becomes a holder for 4 cups! You can find the template here by Lori Tecler.

I was inspired by Brenda's card with her use of the Jackson papers and colors. It was so stunning and was perfect for this little project!

You can order this awesome stamp set now and you can still grab your Deal of the Day!! Order online here.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Typed Note Surprise

Time is running out to get the fabulous Typed Note Stamp of the Month! I had so much fun playing with this stamp all month long. One final project I made is a creative card for my son's Birthday. This was an idea that I talked about at the Crate Card Club, but had not tried it yet. I wanted to take the paper in the typewriter and make it a functional message that would be revealed when pulled out of the typewriter. It was super easy to create.

I used paper left over from my Crate Cards. The card was left basically with the same template, I just added some extra stamping, distressing and embellishments. Then I altered the typewriter to accommodate the pull-up message.

To achieve this effect I bubble cut the typewriter making sure to cut off the paper at the top. Then I cut a smaller strip of white cardstock {1x 2.75} to stamp the messages. I made certain that this piece would slide between some 3D foam tape that was mounted underneath the typewriter. The puffy star makes it easier to pull out the paper.

With just a few tweaks this card goes from flat, to fun and interactive!! Be sure to get this stamp set before it's no longer available!

Just a few more days to grab your Deal of the Day too! Order online here.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Blossom Delight

Earlier this week I shared a layout I did using the new Blossom papers and complements. These products showcased my pictures of the tulip festival beautifully. I had a few more favorite pictures from the same event that I wanted to scrapbook. I carried over the same papers and embellishments, but this layout looks so different from the first. Check it out!

 In this layout I wanted to leave a cleaner, brighter base to allow the photo's to really be the center of attention. I pulled in some orange B&T papers, a fun section of zip strip, and a few more complements that were remaining on the sheet.

On this page I used a piece of the new Carnival Washi tape to add a sentiment to the left of the picture. Not to leave too much white space I created a stamped cluster of Shower Flowers in the upper corner and then lower corner on the adjacent page.

Just a few colorful sequins and a metal butterfly finish the pages wonderfully. I absolutely love this picture of my mom, she looks so beautiful. I also treasure this picture of my "little" brother and I. We aren't able to spend time together often, so I truly cherish these moments! {A great big thank you to my husband for thinking to snap our picture together!}

You can order all of these brand new products from the Seasonal Expressions 2 book online here.
Time is running out to get your Deal of the Day and the awesome Typed Note Stamp of the Month!
In just 6 days there will no longer be a deal so don't delay!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Blossom Gardens Layout

I recently scrapbooked some pictures from our Spring Break travels. We had the opportunity to visit some beautiful gardens during their tulip festival. The Blossom papers and complements were the perfect choice for my photographs. With these gorgeous products I was able to create a couple layouts quickly and easily.

Here is the first layout I created. I will share the other pages with you later.

Monday, April 20, 2015

April Crate Card Club

This past weekend I held my April Crate Card Club. There were 5 of us total participating this month. As always we had a nice mix of cards with different themes and ideas! Let me share what we created.

First up is my card. I knew that I would showcase this month's Stamp of the Month, Typed Note. I also knew that I wanted a taller card for something that we haven't done yet and I figured the larger typewriter image would work great on tall, skinny base card.

Here are the other cards. You will see a great mix of papers, sentiments and styles. The ladies do great work and we enjoy each others ideas. If you like their creations, please leave a comment and let them know!

Sunday, April 19, 2015

My Deal of the Day

It's reveal time. I shared the grab bag I received this week with my Crate Card Club ladies. It was so much fun revealing what I received and I am excited over the value that was inside!

I chose to grab the deal of the day when it was $50. I figured this was a nice price point. Here's what I got!

It arrived in a good sized box with a couple of regular priced items I added to the order first!

I first opened some Holiday and Halloween Treat bags. A fun product that can be used easily and quickly for a gift.

The next item were these Season's Tweetings fabric gift bags. They come in a red and green combination, but you can easily pair them with other colors to use for other Holiday's.

Look how cool these items are. A MyAcrylix bumble bee stamp set, a 2x2 block, which is always useful and a mini pigment ink set in the rich Enchantment colors.

Lastly, I revealed the Balloon Ride PML kit. I was super excited about this, because it was a collection I did not have yet. It will be perfect to showcase a balloon festival we recently attended. Plus the cards are great for making greeting cards or even a mini album.

Grab your Deal of the Day before the month is over. You will be pleasantly surprised with your purchase!!

Friday, April 17, 2015

Time for Tea!

I hope you have been enjoying my creations using the Treats of Friendship stamp set. I shared some coffee cards and some delicious donut cards. Today I will share the final image and sentiment on this stamp set. It is a sweet little tea cup with a heart-warming sentiment.

This first card uses just a bit of the new Blossom paper and I incorporated the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches this week. Simple, clean and cute!

Here is a card using more of the blossom paper and I used the treat tag image to actually create a tag for a gift.

You can purchase this stamp set online here. You will also be qualified to get the Deal of the Day.
Speaking of deal....I received my $50 grab bag yesterday. I will show you what I got, but first I have to share it with my Crate Card Club ladies tomorrow then I'll give you a look at all the fun stuff!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Do You Ever Crave a Donut?

Every once in awhile I absolutely crave a donut. Thank goodness this craving does not happen often! Too many calories and fat, but I have a much healthier option for you! Keep your hands busy and your creativity flowing by stamping an adorable donut on your projects.

As promised, here is a look at some cards using the new Treats of Friendship stamp set.

This first card uses the sketch on Heart 2 Heart Challenges Blog this week. Thanks for the inspiration H2H design team!

Be sure to check out what the artists on Heart 2 Heart Blog designed using the sketch!

The pink on both of these cards reminds me of the little doughnut shops in Vegas called Pink Box. If your ever in the area check them out and try a few, they are fantabulous!! {yes, that is a real mother says it all the time!} My favorite is the sweet potato cake, sounds crazy, but it's amazingly moist and just the right amount of sweet!

Be sure to get this stamp set to cure all of your cravings and don't forget to grab your Deal of the Day!