Friday, January 31, 2014

Wild About Love - February Stamp of the Month

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! This month we are featuring Wild About Love, a set of 9 stamps. If you have come here from Katy Taylor's blog you are on the right path! The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way around. If you get lost along the way, you'll find the complete list of participating consultant's HERE.

We have over 40 consultants participating in the blog. Following the hop is easy- just click on the link at the bottom of each post and it will take you to the next blog!

Everyone was talking about this stamp when they first saw it.  I'm a little behind the times I guess.... or maybe it is because I don't listen to pop radio so much - I had not hear of the "What does the fox say" song.   But it is all the rage right now with the kids because of it's catchy tune.  (another reason I wasn't aware - I no longer have little kids!)   No matter what - whether you've heard the song or not, this was such a fun little stamp to play with!  Check out what I created!

The stamp has a Valentine theme to it but I wanted to get away from the usual red, pink and white Valentine colors.   So I chose Desert Sand, Sunset and Juniper.  Following are pictures of each individual card with a little more detail.

This card is 5x7.  I also used a few new products here!  First, the most noticeable new product would be the Desert Sand cardstock from the Paper Fundamentals Basics Assortment (Z1939).  This fun pack of 20 double-sided 12x12 sheets (2 each of 10 design) has the same design on both sides of the cardstock - one side with a glossy resist pattern!  I'm going to love adding pieces of this pack to many of my projects!  You can see the glossy resist hearts on my card.  Then I flipped it over and used the Desert Sand and White Hearts!  The Juniper dotted pattern piece is from the Lollydoodle paper pack (Z7183B).   One more new product - my Baker's Twine bow.  It's from the new Neutral Metallic Assortment (Z1921)

My next card is a regular 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 card.  I used the same papers and colors for this card also.  I used our Scallop Punch (Z1851) to create a scalloped edge.  Can you guess where the little 'ribbon' of hearts came from? It's from the Desert Sand Paper Fundamentals piece!  I trimmed it just small enough to capture a row of hearts.   On this card you can get a better glimpse of the Metallic Baker's Twine!   Just when we thought we had all the twine we needed - they go and add Metallic to it!  GOT TO HAVE IT!!  The large heart on this card coordinates with the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge so I was able to cut that out and stamp it with ease!  The "WILD THING" stamp also coordinates with the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge.

I hope you enjoyed my FOXY cards and that they inspire you to grab this set during February for the low price of $5 when you purchase $50 in Close To My Heart products!  You can get yours on my website at  

Ok!  Now it is time to move on and see what 'foxy' creation that Haley Dyer's has created for us!  I can't wait!! This is going to be fun!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

So.... You've got all these pictures.....

You've got tons of pictures in boxes or maybe old photo albums.   You've always loved the 'idea' of one day scrapbooking them but that seems so overwhelming. Plus, you'd need all those supplies to even get started - Adhesive, paper trimmer, embellishments, paper, cardstock.  Heck, you don't even know what some of those things are!  But you sure would like to have your pictures in an album instead of a box.  Or if they are in an album, at least make them fun to look at and read about! 

Close to My Heart has come up with an EASY and BEAUTIFUL solution to this!  No need for all those tools, what-nots and must-haves that empty out your pocket book quicker than you can snap a picture.  (Yes scrapbooking is addictive!).  Coiming in February, you can find 8 beautiful Picture My Life programs that will make help you create beautiful albums without all the fuss!  Each program comes with 122 double-sided cards in 3x4 and 4x6 horizontal and vertical designs. It also includes a 12x12 cover page to bring it all together.  You will also get 10 Memory Protects with various-sized pockets to hold your cards, photos and cover page!

Take a look at this Babycakes Themed program:

Go from this (above) to this (below) in minutes!

I started scrapbooking in 2004 when my girls were older.  I feel like I've got so many pictures still in boxes of their younger years that I'll never get caught up on!  Now I've got an easy answer!  I can use these new Picture My Life programs to get those old pictures in an album to be enjoyed right along with my scrapbooks!   

Want to see how it all works? 
Come by my Open House on February 8th! 
I will have the Babycakes and Laughing Lola Picture My Life programs for you to actually see! 
Bring a friend!

Come see ALL the new 2014 Spring Summer Products 
at my Open House!

FREE Make & Take with the new LOLLYDOODLE paper!

LOTS of Sales and Clearance items!

Purchase a card for Operation Smile!
(all money for cards are donated to Operation Smile)



FREE IDEA BOOK just for coming!!
Stop by anytime between 9am and noon
2722 Lascassas Pike - Gateway Mechanical Office
Murfreesboro, TN  37130

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

B is For Baby

It feels nice to get back in the crafting groove and nothing is more inspiring to see a sketch that I can't wait to try out.   That's what happened yesterday when I saw the sketch over at Seize the Sketch.  Anything with banners will inspire me.

I needed to create a card for a baby shower and this was perfect.

For this 5x7 card, I used the colors of Outdoor Denim, Sky and Whisper. You can see a sneak peek of some fun new cardstock coming in February! It's the Whisper (grey) cardstock with an embossed design on it. This Whisper color is one of the 10 colors in the new Paper Fundamental Basic Assortment pack.  Each color has a different glossy resist design on one side and the other side is the same design in white.  I was looking for something with just a little more texture than plan cardstock and remembered I had this new pack!  I know that I'm going to just love this new Paper Fundamentals pack!

The little banners are from the stamp set All The Details (D1555).  The other stamps are from B is For Baby (D1561).   Both sets coordinates with the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge, except the rocking horse and rattle I cut by hand.  I stamped both with Outdoor Denim ink and then colored them with my Outdoor Denim, Sky and Whisper Alcohol Markers.   Fussy cutting was tedious but I think it really added to the card!  I gave the little rocking horse a cute bow of Outdoor Denim Baker's twine which was also used for my banners.

I don't make baby cards too often so this was nice little change and fun card to create!

Here is the Seize the Sketch challenge I used:

I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:
Less Is More  - Baby Theme
Timeless Tuesday - In with the New Theme

Thank you for stopping by!!

Monday, January 20, 2014

Hearts and Arrows

Valentines day is just around the corner.  Yesterday I made my first Valentines card!  This was a quick one with help of my cricut!   I used sketch #98 from Retro Sketches for this card for this Friday Mashup Challenge Card.

I stamped the background with a stamp from last year's special, Whoo's Your Valentine with Juniper Ink.  The arrow and hearts were cut using the Artbooking Cricut Cartridge.  

  • Create a project using the Colors "Coastal Cabana, Real Red & Crumb Cake." (I used Juniper, Cranberry & Kraft)
  • Create a project using "Hearts & Arrows. "
  • Or Mash it Up and create a project using "the above colors along with Hearts & Arrows."

  • Retro Sketches #98

    I'm also entering this into Curtain Call's Love Letter Challenge

    Thank you for stopping by today!!!

    Only 2 weeks left to get the National Papercrafting Month Special! Get the Cloud Nine Cardmaking Kit for just $15 
    with the $35 purchase!  

    Start shopping HERE!

    Sunday, January 19, 2014

    MORE - My Word for 2014

    Last year I had a word when I didn't even realize that having a word was the 'in' thing to do.  It was INSPIRE.   I even bought an necklace tag to wear to remind myself that I wanted to Inspire.

    New Year's Day comes around and I suddenly noticed that there was all this talk about having a 'word' instead of making New Year's Resolutions.   Maybe I'm a little behind the times on things or maybe I was just too busy trying to INSPIRE that I didn't notice this cool new trend taking place.

    I've spent the last couple of weeks trying to figure out what my word for 2014 should be!  I didn't feel like I could reuse my word from last year.  That would be cheating wouldn't it?  So, now that I feel like I should follow trend and come up with a word, I've had the hardest time!  I sat down and made a list of the things I wanted to accomplish for 2014.   Here is a snippet of some of the things I listed:

    For my business I want to:
    1.  Offer more workshops
    2.  Learn more techniques to show
    3.  Increase my sales by gaining more customers
    4.  Build my team by adding more members

    For my personal life I want to:
    1.  Spend more time in personal devotion with God
    2.  Spend more time in prayer
    3.  Call my dear Grandma more often
    4.  Eat more nutritional healthy foods.

    I looked back over the list and one word seemed to stand out.  "MORE"  But, I kept thinking surely I could come up with something better than that!  I wanted a pretty word. A word I could do something fun with.  A word that didn't sound so greedy!  In this day and time it's all about LESS isn't it?  But MORE has prevailed.  This will be my word this year.    I made it pretty for me.

    Friday, January 17, 2014

    Believe in Yourself with Skylark

    I'm back!!  I've got lots of new product and I'm ready to play.   Over the next couple of weeks I'll start giving you sneak peeks of things to come in February!

    Last night I finished up the Skylark Workshop on the Go Kit that my StampinHeaven Hostess Clubs will be creating in February.  It is so pretty!!  You can get a glimpe of these layouts on my "StampinHeaven Hostess Club" tab.  Currently all my Hostess Clubs are full but I have plenty of room to add one or two more.  If you have 4 or 5 friends that would love to put together 1-2 layouts each month AND get rewards, contact me!

    After I finished the two layouts from the kit I created this card. The sketch is from Mojo Monday. Oh how I've missed participating in challenges the last couple of weeks.

    I want to just squeal when I look at this card because I love this paper so much!!  What is it about Close To My Heart paper that just makes you fall in love with it more and more when you work with it?  Someone asked the other day, "What is your favorite paper pack in new book?"  I replied, "Well at the moment its Skylark but I'm sure the next pack I start playing with I'll fall in love with it too!"

    You can see a couple of new products on this card.   The stamp is in the new book - Believe in Yourself (C1574).   Also new on this card is the Lagoon Zipper Lace (Z1917) - LOVE THIS and the little bird up in the corner is part of the Skylark Assortments (Z3000).  These are 9 adhesive backed resin flowers and birds. SO PRETTY!   Then I added some Aqua Dots from our current line that coordinate so well (these will carry over into the new book)!

    Here is the Mojo Monday Sketch I used for this card:

    I hope you've enjoyed this little sneak peek!  I can't wait to start sharing more!

    But, in the meantime, don't forget the current product that is available now!  Many things are retiring and you will want to be sure to get your favorites before they are gone for good!  Also, the Cloud 9 Papercrafting Month is still going on!  When you purchase $35 in current product (While Supplies Last does not qualify) you can add the Cloud 9 Cardmaking Kit for just $15!   Read all about it on my January National Paper Crafting Month Special tab.

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

    11 Things on My Birthday

    My scrap room has grown cold.  My creative brain has shut down.  This is all just temporary though.   I hate leaving my blog unattended for those that like to check it periodically.  (Hopefully I have a couple of loyal followers.)

    On Saturday, I was supposed to get a shipment of brand new Close To My Heart product being released in February. All day long, every time I heard what sounded like a big truck coming down the street, I'd stop and jerk my head to a tilt to listen for the sound of a big heave and then a door bell ring.  But alas, that never happened.  (BTW- back in my younger days when I worked in a mall retail store, I amazed my co-workers because I always heard the delivery truck arrive - they never did).  I live in a quiet neighborhood and for some reason that day, it sounded like at least 10 big trucks were going down the street.  Usually my dog hears a car door shut as far as the neighbors and he's up wagging his tail waiting for someone to come in.  I was jerking my head more than he was up wagging his tail so I probably imagined about 1/2 of those big truck sounds. 

    I checked my tracking notice this morning and see that the shipment will finally be here today!   

    Soo.... while I am waiting to begin my creative processes again, I came across a blog I follow - The Paper Mama and she gave a list 11 questions meme to answer.   So here are Chelsey's questions and my go at it... lets see what I came up with!
    1. Are you a cat or dog person? Or, bird person? 
    I'm definitely a dog person.  I've never cared for cats. When I was young I had a piano teacher that had a cat that stared at me the entire time I was at my lesson. CREEPY.... I didn't trust it.  I have a Chesapeake Bay Retriever that does not know he is a dog - party because we probably made him that way.  See picture to the right - He's 'helping' fix the dishwasher.

    2. What was your favorite food as a kid? Is it the same, or has it changed as an adult?
    Wow, as a kid - that seems ages ago.  First thing that comes to mind is Homemade Ice Cream. That's a food right?  I have wonderful memories of having the 'honor' of sitting on top of the Ice Cream maker as my granddaddy turned the crank.  (yes - this was BEFORE the electric kind!)  I STILL love homemade ice cream.  Even it is made with the new electric buckets.
    3. What is your favorite hobby?
    This one is EASY!  Papercrafting!  I started out as a scrapbooker but when I became a Close To My Heart Consultant I discovered many different types of papercrafting.  My favorite right now is making cards!To the left - this is one of my Favorite cards I have made.  It was a Mother's Day card to my mom.

    4. If you HAD to move to a different state (or country) where would it be?
    If I HAD to move to a different state maybe I'd choose Arizona.  I went there once for vacation and loved it.  But I hope to never have to move that far away (I'm in Tennessee) and that is just too far from my family.  

    5. Are you a winter or summer person?
    Definately a summer person.  Which is not compatible to my husband.  He would love to move somewhere COLD!  Not me!  If the temp in the house gets below 67 I need a blanket and a sweatshirt!  Not sure what we'll do if we decide to move when we retire.  
    6. What makes you happy?
    What makes me the most happy is being with my husband and my two daughters and of course my dog.
    7. What is the weirdest question you've ever been asked?
    This one.... no.... I can't really think of a weird question.  
    8. 2. If you had to go on an adventure, with elves, dwarves, or hobbits, who would you take and why (question found here)?
    Probably a hobbit.  There is something sort of scary to me about Elves and Dwarves  The hobbits in the Lord of the Rings movie seemed to be loyal.  If I go on an adventure I'd want someone loyal to go with me to watch out for me.
    9. 3. You are at a rural retreat lodge somewhere deep in Wisconsin or Canada. You are approached by a taxidermist who hands you a stuffed badger and asks you to put it in your lap. What do you do next (question found here)?
    I'm no stranger to taximdermy.  I used to have a menagrie of animals hanging on the walls in my house. Now.... this was at a time when I was still newly married and we had no other means of wall decorations.  As my decorating style changed (THANK GOODNESS!) - the animals were moved out.  Now they reside at my husband's office.  So sitting with a stuffed badger in my lap wouldn't scare me - it would probably just annoy me.
    10. What was your first job?
    My first job was working in a concession stand at the Paducah International Speedway - a dirt car racing track. WOW now that I think about that, I'm surprised that my parents let me do this!  But they were friends with owners and my other sisters worked there too.  I hated it.   After work, I'd come home exhausted and dream of totaling orders in my head and hiding under the counters so I wouldn't have to wait on the loud screaming people.  To this day I detest auto racing of any kind.
    11. What is your favorite utensil?
    Go back to # 7.  Now THIS is a weird question. Ok, at first I was thinking - spoon? fork? what???) haha... After further thought, I would have to say - it would have to be my food chopper.  (you know... those you get from Pampered Chef).  Great for chopping nuts, onions, pickles...... I love it!     It the question was regarding a papercrafting tool/utensil then this post would be much longer!

    If you have stuck with me though this entire post I commend you!  Thank you!!  I promise soon, I'll have something creative to share.  Tonight I'll be celebrating my Birthday so no creating even though I"ll have an entire box of goodies to drool over!  Soon...... See you soon!

    Friday, January 10, 2014

    January Girl's Night Out Event

    I've been lazy..... I've had good intentions but by the time I get home from work those good intentions just get thrown out the window.   Maybe it's the weather.  On Monday when I went to work it was a great big 1 degree.  But thank goodness we are now in a heat wave.  I think it might get up to 50 this weekend.  But it's rainy.

    Since I haven't created anything in several days I thought I would share the cards I created for my January Girl's Night Out Event coming up January 24th.   I sent out the email yesterday and by the afternoon, this event had filled up.  I was able to add 4 more spots for some gals on a waiting list though so that was good.

    Sympathy and Thinking of You cards are usually cards that I don't create alot of.  Only when I need them, then I'll create one.  So I decided that for January, we would start the year with a supply of Sympathy and Thinking of You cards.

    I used the retired Avonlea paper and Brocade assortment for these cards along with some additional ribbons and embellishments.  Most of the stamping is done in either Chocolate or Slate ink.

    Check out this little butterfly embellishment.  I inked the butterfly with Juniper ink but it seemed to be a little bright for the paper.  So I toned down the color by sponging on a little bit of Slate ink over the Juniper.   I think it turned out perfect!

    The Avonlea Brocade Assortments are all adhesive backed so adding them to the cards is easy!

    I used two different sentiment stamps for these cards.   The Card Chatter - Sympathy stamp set will retire at January 31st.  If you like this stamp, you will need to order it THIS month!

    Card Chatter - Sympathy  D1476
    Words of Comfort C1524 
    If you missed signing up for this event, be watching your email for more events coming!  Not on my email list?  If you are local to me and would love to be notified of my events, please send me an email and I will add you!   Send request to

    Be sure to add February 8 to your calendar!  This is the date of my Spring Summer Open House and I will have LOTS of new goodies to share!   Pick up your FREE 2014 Spring Summer Open House just for coming!  More details to come!

    Sunday, January 5, 2014

    A Cloud Nine Happy Birthday

    Here is another card I made with my left over scraps from the Cloud Nine Cardmaking Kit!

    I used the sketch from Clean & Simple Stamping for this card.  The sketch intrigued me because of the cut out spots in the main portion of the card.  

    I used the Cloud Nine B&T piece for the background cutting the Lagoon cardstock a little smaller.   Then I stamped the Happy Birthday image on the Lagoon cardstock.  I cut out the image that I stamped leaving a good width around.

    Next I stamped the Happy Birthday Cloud onto White Daisy cardstock using the two tone inking method with Sunset and Lagoon Ink.   This stamp coordinates with the Artiste cricut cartridge so stamping on the pre-cut clouds was easy!  

    I used foam tape to adhere the clouds onto my card in the cut out areas of the Lagoon cardstock.

    To make my card a little more festive, I added strips of the Teal Shimmer Trim (included in the Cloud Nine kit) and clear sparkles.

    Be sure to order your very own Cloud Nine Cardmaking kit this month!   

    Start shopping here!

    Friday, January 3, 2014

    National Paper Crafting Month - Cloud 9

    Welcome to our National Paper Crafting Month Blog Hop!  If you have come from Adeline Brill's Blog you are on the right track!

    This month's special is the Cloud 9 Cardmaking Kit!  When you spend $35 you can add this Cloud 9 Cardmaking Kit for just $15! (retail value $46).  It's an awesome deal because you get everything you need to create 10 cards (2 each of 5 designs).  This kit comes with cards and envelopes, instruction brochure, a sheet of Lagoon and Honey cardstock, a sheet of beautiful B&T paper, a stamp set that coordinates with the Artiste Cartridge, die-cuts that match the stamp images, AND you also get 3 brand new yet to be released FULL products - Teal Shimmer Trim, Triangle Studs and Gold Polka Dot Washi Tape!  HOW EXCITING!!

    Each consultant participating in this hop has taken this kit to the next level and created something unique from the kit!   Instead of making 2 of each of the cards, I made one of each design and then I used the leftover paper and supplies to create 5 additional cards of my own!   I'll share each of these here and will also provide the cutting dimensions in case you'd like to recreate them too!

    First up -  Thanks

    Sketch - Freshly Made Sketches Challenge Blog  
    Shimmer Trim - 4 1/4 and 1
    Lagoon CS - 1 3/4 x 3/4
    Honey CS - 1 3/4 x 1
    B&T Paper  2 1/2 x 1
    B&T Paper (sunset side) - 2 x 1/2
    Stamp Thanks in Sunset Ink
    Add 2 small Silver Trianagle Studs

    Next - Just Because 

    Sketch 28 - Make It From Your Heart Vol 2 
    Lagoon CS base - 4 1/4 x 5 1/2
    B&T Paper - 4 x 1 3/4 (cut 2) 
    B&T Paper (sunset side) - 4 x 1 1/2
    Honey CS - 2 1/2 x 2 1/2
    Lagoon CS - 2 1/4 x 2 1/4
    Teal Shimmer Trim - 5 1/2
    Stamp "Just Because" on large cloud in Sunset Ink
    Add 3 small silver Triangle Studs
    Card #3 - Love You

    I used Card 1 sketch from the Instruction Brochure for this card
    Lagoon Cardstock - 4 1/4 x 2
    B&T Paper (sunset side) - 4 1/4 x 1
    Honey CS - 4 1/4 x 1
    Teal Shimmer Trim - 5"
    Stamp Medium Heart with Sunset Ink
    Cover Large Heart with the Gold Polka Dot Washi (overlap so that dots match up)
    Ink small hearts with Sunset Ink

    Card #4 - Hip Hip Hooray!

    This sketch was based loosely on a sketch I saw at Clean & Simple Stamping
    B&T Pattern - 5 1/2 x 1
    B&T Pattern (sunset side) - 5 1/2 x 1/2 (cut 2)
    Use the Scallop Border Punch to add scallop to edge of Sunset B&T paper.
    Team Shimmer Trim - 5 1/2 (cut 2)
    Stamp Hip Hip Hooray in Lagoon Ink onto Mustache Die-cut
    Add 3 large silver Triangle Studs

    Last card - Happy Birthday!

    Loosely based on Sketch #27 from Make It From the Heart Vol 2
    Add Gold Polka Dot Washi Tape to left and right edges of the card
    Team Shimmer Trim - 4 1/4 (cut 2)
    B&T Paper (sunset side) - 4 1/4 x 2 3/4
    Stamp "Happy Birthday) in Lagoon Ink onto the large cloud
    Add 3 smaller stars randomly
    Add two large gold Triangle Studs

    That's my 5 unique cards!  I still have a bit of Honey and Lagoon cardstock left and also a small piece of pattern paper.   LOTS of Teal Shimmer Trim and Gold Polka Dot Washi tape left too!  This kit is a great deal just for the 3 new products alone!   

    To get your Cloud 9 Cardmaking Kit, visit my website today! 
    (or contact me to place an order for you!)

    Now it's time to hop over to Nikka Geer's blog to see what she created with the Cloud 9 kit!
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