Saturday, January 31, 2015

February Stamp of the Month - A Happy Hello

Welcome to the February  Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! This month we are featuring A Happy Hello, a set of 12 fun stamps. If you have come here from Nancy's Womersley'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.

Here is my card I created with this set.  I stamped some of the flowers directly onto the card and I also stamped flowers that I cut out and layered on the card.  The card is pretty simple so I added some detailing by using my embossing tool to emboss some lines around the card and also in the flowers.  Those might be harder to see in the picture.

For finishing touches I added the Flaxen Extra Thick Twine and sparkles.  This will be my next Technique Tuesday card for February so if you are local to me, contact me to sign up for this class!

Remember!  This stamp is ONLY available during the month of February!  
You can get it for the low price of $5 with a $50 purchase!  

Now it is time to hop over to Michelle Loncar's blog to see what she has created!

Friday, January 30, 2015

February Girls Night Out - She Art!

Last fall Close To My Heart held its annual Team Builders Event in Utah.  Attendees got to participate in an unique Create and Take project.  Each attendee was given a 6x6 Canvas, a print out of various words and a wide array of papers, embellishments and a few stamps to choose from.   There were only a few basic pointers given but no patterns or instructions.  They were supposed to create a representation of themselves through the use of mixed media.

It was amazing how each canvas became a work of art.  I wanted to create a canvas for each of my daughters.  At first I thought it was very daunting to get started with no pattern but once I started, it all began to come together so easily!

Here are the two canvas I created.

I decided to offer this as my February Girl's Night Out Event.   It will be so much fun to see the different creations that everyone comes up with!   I'll provide an ample selection of papers and embellishments along with some fun stamps that can be used.   Everyone will get a 6x6 canvas, a word sheet.  

Be watching for my email that is going out very soon!  You will be able to pay and reserve your spot for this very existing Girl's Night Out!  (Not on my email list?  Contact me today to sign up!)

DATE:  Friday, February 27th
TIME:  6:30 pm
LOCATION:  2722 Lascassas Pike 
Gateway Mechanical Office

COST:  $12

WHAT TO BRING:  Scissors, Adhesive and Journaling Pen

Class size is limited!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Love Ya Silly - Simple Valentines

Do you usually create valentine cards for your children's school party?   Here is a really quick, simple and inexpensive idea!   With this adorable Love Ya Silly stamp set and 4 sheets of cardstock, some scraps and embellishments you have on hand, you can create 18 VERY EASY Valentine cards in less than an hour!

These are just flat 4 x 4 cards.  They do not open - just like most of the Valentine Cards you purchase for school parties.  I cut my Black 12x12 cardstock into 4x4 squares.  Then I cut the White Daisy Cardstock into 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 squares.   I used my embossing tool to score 1/4" around the edge of the White Daisy piece to give it a little added dimension.   Next, I stamped the cute little monsters and the sentiment onto the White Daisy piece and added various embellishments.  SIMPLE!!   How quick was that??!  And they are sooo cute!

I used Pear, Lagoon and Sunset inks to get away from the traditional pink and red!  These make cute Valentine Cards that even your little guy would want to give!

Love Ya Silly - B1470   $9.95

Products used for these cards:
Black Cardstock - 1386
White Daisy Cardstock - 1385
Love Ya Silly - B1470
Pear Exclusive Ink - Z2197
Lagoon Exclusive Ink - Z2195
Sunset Exclusive Ink - Z2191
Teal Shimmer Trim - Z1918
Stuck on You Puffies - Z3037
Black and Grey Epoxy Bubbles - Z1935

These are so clean and simple, I'm going enter these into Heart 2Heart's Clean and Simple Challenge!

Hurry!  You still have time to get those cards made!  Order this adorable stamp today -

Friday, January 23, 2015

More Quick and Easy Valentine Cards!

 Happy Friday!  It's a cold, dreary rainy day here in Middle Tennessee.   The kind of day that makes you want to snuggle up on the couch under a warm blanket and watch a good movie.  I had to work today so maybe I'll get to do the snuggle thing tonight.

I wanted to take a moment and share some more quick Valentine Cards that I made.   I used the stamp set that is included in the Heartstrings Cardmaking Workshop on the Go kit for these little 3x3 cards.   I added the Stuck On You Puffies and my other favorite - Shimmer Trim!

The Heartstrings WOTG kit (G1090) includes a D-size stamp, Pixie Extra Thick Twine, Stuck on You Puffies, 4 sheets of cardstock and one sheet of Heartstrings B&T paper, 15 White Cards and Envelopes and an instruction guide to make 15 cards (shown on the instruction guide below). I purchased the kit mainly because I liked the stamp set and it is ONLY Available with kit!  Getting the puffies, cards and envelopes, and extra thick twine made it a great deal too since I didn't think I'd get around to actually making the cards in the kit!

OK.... now it's off to my craft room I go! I've got a little bit of time before I snuggle down for the night!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Brushstrokes Valentine

I was hoping to get alot of crafty things done over the long weekend but alas, I didn't make it into my craft room until about 8pm last night!  We spent the majority of the weekend in Kentucky packing some things to prepare for my MIL's mom to Tennessee.  It has been a long process and we still have a long way to go!  We left Kentucky before noon yesterday so got home at a decent time after unloading the things we brought back.  I was excited to find a little bit of creative time before heading back to another work week!

I have been wanting to use this new Brushstrokes stampset for some time now but it seemed like there was always something else I needed to do first!  I also used one of our little mini's - Mini Valentine. I used the sketch from CAS(E) This Sketch! for my card.  I love the way it turned out!  

I used Hollyhock and Pixie inks for my pinks.  I also incorporated two of my favorite new products - Pixie Extra Thick Twine and Stuck On You Puffies!  These Puffies will only be available through March 31st so I need to grab some more before they are gone!

Thanks for stopping by!   If you love seeing Valentine cards, I'll have more to share later this week!

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Simple 3x3 Valentines

Valentines Day is just around the corner!  But you still have time to order your supplies you'll need to create your own Valentine's Day Cards!

Here are just 2 of several 3x3 cards I created the other night while watching the news.  Simple and Quick - that is the way I like things to come together!

I used paper from the Heartstrings X7193B paper pack, Red (Z1848) and Silver (Z1799) Shimmer trim, the Xoxo Stamp (M1054) and the fun Stuck on You Puffies (Z3037)!

Find all of these  products on my website at 

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Thanks a Bunch!

It's been a very long time since I last participated in a challenge!  The last few months were busy and any free crafting time I had was devoted to class designs.  I've got my classes set through February so I thought I'd take a fun break and hit a challenge or two!

I created this simple card using the sketch from Case This Sketch and colors from The Paper Players.

I used Juniper, Flaxen and Sunset inks for this card.  The stamp is called A Bunch of Thanks.
A Bunch of Thanks (C1603)

                                          Case This Sketch                           The Paper Players

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

National Papercrafting Month Blog Hop - Year Noted

Welcome to a special Blog Hop presented to you by the Stamp Of the Month Blog Hoppers! January is National Papercrafting Month and some the SOTM Blog Hoppers are featuring Close To My Heart's special - Year > Noted.

This specially designed paper pack features 4 sheets of cardstock (2 White Daisy, 1 light blue and 1 light pink) and 2 sheets of exclusive Year > Noted B&T Duos. This kit aso has an exclusive stamp set and a gold foil sticker sheet! All of this for just $5*!  But wait! for $5* more you can add the new My Creations Kraft Mini Book!  (*$50 purchase of CTMH products required)

So, come on and follow the hop! You'll get 23 great ideas for ways to use this fun paper pack!  If you came from Julie Carriere's blog you are on the right track.  You will find the next blog to hop to at the end of my post.

The paper and stamp set were designed to help you reflect on the things you want to accomplish in 2015.  The two sheets of B&T Duos that is included in this kit can be cut to make pocket cards to fit the My Creations Mini Album.   This gave me an opportunity to use my new Artfully Sent Cricut Cartridge and it's pocket page feature.  

For the front of my mini album, I cut a pocket card in the White Daisy Cardstock and backed it with one of the 4x6 pieces cut from the B&T Duos sheet.  I did most of the stamping in Desert Sand ink.  I think this color resembles gold.  I also found that the Flaxen Extra Thick Twine (Z3036), Junebug Puffies (Z3038) and the Gold Marker from the Metallics Marker set (Z1768) are great compliments to this paper pack.

Here are some additional pages that I created for this mini album.

Remember! This special paper pack and mini album are only available during January (or While Supplies Last!)  Get it for $5 (paper pack with stamp and Gold foil stickers only) or $10 to include the My Creations Mini Alum when you spend $50!  Contact your Close To My Heart Consultant to order your kit today.  If you don't have a consultant, shop from my website - 

This was fun!  I can't wait to see the other creations on this blog hop!  Come along with me as we hop over to Lelia Norris' blog to see what she has to share!

Monday, January 5, 2015

Thinking of You

Well after a nice long break from work for the Holidays, its back to work I go.  Working in Finance means there is no 'easing' back into the grind but jumping in with both feet and then swimming like the sharks are following you in attack.  I did get to do some creating while I was off - some for fun, some for classes and some because I needed to.   The card I'm sharing today is one I created for a friend.   I hope it brought her just a little bit of love and heartfelt sympathy.   The stamp set that I used - Happy To Be Friends is becoming a favorite.

Hopscotch Paper 
Indian Corn Blue Cardstock
Quarterfoil Embossing Folder
Stamp:  Happy To Be Friends
Flaxen Ink
Indian Corn Blue Ink
Sunset Ink
Desert Sand Ink
Artiste Cricut Cartridge
Happy to be Friends - C1605

Friday, January 2, 2015

Looking Back at 2014

I can't believe how fast 2014 came and went!  I sat down to reflect at what kind of year 2014 was for me.   It sure had it's ups and downs but I would have to say for me personally there sure were alot of 'ups' and one big 'down' that was a good down!   I looked back at my business goals I set and I am happy to say that I accomplished meeting those goals.

Here were the goals I set:
1. Offer more workshops - I added a new Technique Tuesday class each month which has been full nearly each time!
2. Learn more techniques to show - Because of my Technique Tuesday class, I'm constantly searching and trying new techniques.
3. Increase my sales by gaining more customers - I gained a few new customers this year - thanks in part to our newest Cricut Collection  - Artfully Sent that came out in the fall.  This has lead to another new class for 2015!  An Artfully Sent Cricut Class starts this month!
4. Build my team by adding more members - I added more team members and was promoted to Manager!  But this is a continual work in progress because team members come and go.  With the beginning of the new year, my team will again be down in numbers but I won't let that stop me.  CTMH is such a wonderful company, I will always encourage those that are interested in signing up!

Best of all - and this wasn't even IN my goals for 2014...... I earned the trip to Hawaii!!  Near the end of the earning period, I was so close and the wonderful sisterhood of CTMH consultants and many friends came together to make sure that I got there!  I will be forever grateful!   This has encouraged me more than ever to keep doing what I am doing.   I love the consultant sisterhood, the friends and customers from near and far, and best of all the company - Close To My Heart.

So I bet you are wondering what the 'down' was.  Another goal I set for myself personally was to be a healthier ME.   I had reached THE age where I knew the longer I let things go, the harder it would be for me to get back on track.  So in January of 2014 I started looking at better ways to eat.  My always hectic lifestyle made it hard to eat healthy but I was determined.  I also needed to get in better shape and stop packing in the pounds.  By early February my husband and I both joined a gym.  I was determined not to let it be a 'thing' for 2-3 months and then fall off my schedule.  I have to admit.... it is VERY hard to make time for working out when you work 40 hours a week AND have my Close to My Heart business  that included 4 clubs and a monthly workshop.  In the beginning it was very stressful (sometimes I would be in tears) but I had the support and encouragement of my daughters and my husband.   I'll never forget the first time I got on the elliptical machine.  After 5 minutes I needed to rest! But after a month of going to the gym 5-6 times a week, I was doing the elliptical machine at a pretty good pace for 30 minutes and then I would hop onto the treadmill for 30 more minutes of walking at a fast pace.

Before long, I had worked my way up to running!  This was something that I thought I'd never be able to do!  I had a bum knee and was wearing a knee support to keep from injuring myself.  I was afraid if I hurt it, then I'd stray from my workouts.   Slowly, each month, I would see the pounds being shed.  In June I started an extensive Body Workout with my daughter.  We were dedicated to the workouts for the length of the program - 3 months and I really saw results.  
October 2013                                           August 2014
In the picture on the left above, this was taken in October of 2013.  My husband and I had gone to Ashville, North Carolina for a long weekend.  We walked up the stairs to the top of Chimney Rock.  It was long and hard and we stopped several times to catch our breath!  The picture on the right, was taken at Panama City Beach on one of my early morning runs.  What a difference.

In June I ran my very first 5k race at the Close To My Heart Convention.  This was a MAJOR milestone for me.  By August I was able to throw my knee support aside - I no longer needed it!    

October 2014 - My sister and I before going on a run
For 2015 I will strive to keep up the healthy eating and regular exercise.  I feel so much better!  I encourage anyone who is thinking about changing their lifestyle to DO IT!  It is hard but it is so worth it!

Again for 2015 I will continue to build my team, my sales and my friendships through new customers!

I'm looking forward 2015!
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