Monday, December 12, 2016

Cookie Swap Year 14!

WOW..... As I type this I can't believe it's been 14 years.... 14 years of long standing friendships.  I love it that in our busy lives we have this one standing tradition that does not change - our annual Cookie Swap!!  

There are 13 ladies in the swap.  The group started 14 years ago and although a few of the original members have moved on, there are about 6 or 7 of us that have continued this traditional from Year 1.  I look forward to this every year!  We each make enough cookies for everyone to take home 6 of each kind of cookie and we usually bring a few to sample.  That's alot of cookies!!  (A minimum of 78 cookies to include samples are needed to be exact!)

After finding the perfect recipe (which means you need to find a recipe that makes PLENTY  - only doubling it one time if needed) the next thing to find is the container to put them in.  12 containers!
Some years I've been creative, and then some years I just find a nice Christmas looking bag to put them in.  This year I decided to be creative.  It's the least I could do since MY recipe only needed 4 ingredients!  Almond Joy Cookies - WAY to easy but OH SO GOOD!

I found my cookie boxes in Close To My Heart's Clearance Sale on my website!!  They are Designer Creations Take Out Boxes  - Two boxes in a set for just $2!!  So I ordered 6 sets!  What a deal!  

I dressed up my take out boxes using leftover scraps from last year's Christmas paper from Close To My Heart - White Pines.  (I KNEW there was a reason to save all of those 2x12 strips!)  I made the bows with the Artiste Cricut Cartridge and wrapped shimmer trim around it.

Check out my recipe card!!  Yep, it's a PML card from Oh Deer!.  (Another great use for those Picture My Life Cards!).  I actually had 12 of the same cards from leftovers from my recent Christmas Card Workshop.  

Look at all of these yummy cookies!!  
I think we quite outdid ourselves this year.

So... now before they are all gone... go grab yourself some of these Take Out boxes for YOUR next cookie swap!  Too late for this year?  Save them for next year! 

Signing out now.... going to sample a few more cookies before I go to bed!  (shhhhh......)

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Oh Deer! A 5 Picture Layout

I created this layout with leftover papers and compliments from the Oh Deer! WYW kit (G1116).   I used two Picture My Life cards on this layout.  I accented the PML card on the left page with additional pine cones from the compliments.  I used a kraft shape to create a dish and placed the other pine cones around it.  The other PML card on the right page is my journaling block.   Here are some close up of my compliment placements.

Remember, the Oh Deer! WYW kit will only be available through the end of December!

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Thursday, December 1, 2016

December Stamp of the Month Blog Hop - Thoughtful Flowers

Welcome to the December Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! This month we are featuring Thoughtful Flowers. This set of 14 stamps, which coordinates with the Flower Market cricut cartridge. If you have come here from Marie Flayer'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.

This stamp is great for Sympathy cards.   I had a hard time choosing which flowers to color first so I stamped them ALL out and started with these small flowers.   I used my ShinHan Touch Twin markers to color and then I cut them out and layered the small grouping of flowers on top of the small flowers on the stem. I combined Oh Deer! paper and Whimsy paper for this card - a very nice combination.

Remember! You can get this stamp for just $5 during the month of December when you purchase $50 in Close To My Heart Products!

Now it is time to hop on over to Kirsten Desorcy's Blog and see what she has created!

Products Used:
White Cards & Envelopes Value Pack - x254
Oh Deer Paper Pack - X7214B
Whimsy Paper Pack - Z3255
Gold Glitter Paper - Z3238
Black Memento Ink - Z899
ShinHan Touch Twin Marker Peony Purple - Z2462
ShinHan Touch Twin Marker Leaf Green - Z2454
Sequins Assortment - Gold  - Z2012

It's the Little Things - December Special!

Adorable mini albums for celebrating the little things you love! So often it’s the little things that matter most—and what better way to celebrate the little things in life than with adorable mini albums? Whether looking for a meaningful gift idea or a treasured keepsake, these mini albums are a fast and easy option, and this month you save 30%-off the retail price of the products you need!

The bundles are specifically designed to give you everything you need to preserve your memories in a flash. Whether you are just getting started with papercrafting or you are a seasoned scrapbooker, these mini album bundles can help you create quick and easy albums. These albums make great gift items in part because of their smaller sizes, and also because of their low price!

There are three different options:

If you are brand new to scrapbooking, the Blue Jean mini-album bundle and Blush mini-album bundle are great options! The smaller size of the album, cards, and overlays make this system extremely user friendly. Simply trim your photos to size, insert them into the Memory Protectors™, and then fill in additional spots with cards and overlays. These albums are a perfect sized and are designed for anyone who wants to create a handcrafted album in a flash!

The Everyday Life™ album bundles (shown below) are another great option for new and seasoned scrapbookers alike. The printed pages in this album allow for quickly created projects, but also give the crafter more space for creativity. You can customize the pages by adding things like mementos, photos, embellishments, and journaling. The larger size of this album provides space not only for more photos, but also for standard sized 4" x 6" photos. Note: There are different Memory Protectors available to them with either one 8" x 6" pocket, two 4" x 6" pockets, or four 4" x 3" pockets. All of these bundles are designed to help everyone from novice to expert create beautifully designed, fast & easy scrapbooks to document everything from everyday antics to vacations. 

HINT:  To make printing these custom photo sizes even more convenient for you, try out Persnickety Prints. They have tools that make it easy to print 2" x 2" and 4" x 4" sizes, as well as more traditional sizes.

Get your bundle or today!  
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Sunday, November 27, 2016

Flower Market Blog Hop

Welcome to our Flower Market Blog Hop! Today we are showcasing artwork created with Close to My Heart's newest Cricut cartridge - Flower Market!  If you came from Melinda Everitt's Blog you are on the right track!  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.

I wanted to document my daughter's first home purchase so I chose to use Key #19.

I love the pansies!  I used our new color Pansy (of course) and Thistle to create the layered flower. The center is Lemon.  I decided to use the flower container as my journaling anchor and this time I used alternate colored layers for the Pansies.  My journaling card is from the set of Picture My Life Tabbed Journaling Cards.

I wanted the door of the house to be New England Ivy.  I know I could have traced and hand cut the door but I thought this would be good practice to use the slice and contour features in Explore to get it to cut just a solid door.

I used some of the background stamps that are included with the Flower Market Cricut Colllection to stamp on the flowers.  Here is a closer look -

Here is an AWESOME CYBER MONDAY DEAL for you!  You can get the Flower Market Cricut Collection (or any other exclusive Close to My Heart Cricut Collection) for 30% off with a $30 purchase!!!   Get this special deal ONLY on Monday, November 28th!!   
Contact your consultant!  
If you do not have a consultant, shop my website at to order yours!

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

Product List:
Rustic Home Fundamentals - Z3262
Rustic Home Ribbon Collection - Z3292
Pansy Cardstock - Z5782
Thistle Cardstock - Z5769
Lemon Cardstock - Z5785
New England Ive Cardstock
Flaxen Cardstock - Z5771
Bamboo Cardstock - 1301
Cocoa Cardstock - Z5642
Pansy Ink - Z2804
Thistle Ink - Z2840
Flaxen Ink - Z2842
New England Ivy - Z2835
Picture My Life Tabbed Journaling Cards - Z3278
Enamel & Glitter Duos Green Triangles - Z3123
Bonding Memories Glue Pen - Z553

Friday, November 25, 2016


Close To My Heart is having a 

What's in the boxes?? It’s a big surprise, but we will tell you that the mystery boxes will be filled with retired products grouped together purposefully for certain types of crafters. 

SCRAPBOOKING BUNDLES will contain products like retired My Legacy™ albums, papers, Complements, Instalife™ mini albums and cards, Picture My Life™ pocket scrapbooking cards, and assorted embellishments like mini-medley accents, washi tape, and stickers!
CARDMAKING BUNDLES will contain things like retired Cut Above™ card kits, envelopes in assorted sizes, papers, and assorted embellishments. 

COMBINATION BUNDLES will contain a combination of products for those who love it all! 

The mystery boxes will be made available in five tiers.  Some boxes may contain items included in other mystery boxes, at other price points. The price tiers are as follows:

• $35 mystery boxes (on average, a $70 value!)
• $50 mystery boxes (on average, a $90 value!)
• $75 mystery boxes (on average, a $140 value!)
• $115 mystery boxes (on average, a $235 value!)
• $150 mystery boxes (on average, a $335 value!)

These boxes are WHILE SUPPLIES LAST!!

PLUS when you order from my website and JOIN my Black Friday/Cyber Monday party you will be entered into my Mystery Hostess drawing for EVERY $25 you spend!
(All sale or regular priced items total $25 (before tax & shipping) qualify to be entered!)

Winner will be announced on Tuesday, November 29.
You MUST join my Black Friday/Cyber Monday party to be entered.

to purchase your Mystery Box!

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

City Sidewalks - Turn PML Cards into Christmas Cards

If you have followed me long enough, you know how much I love to turn the Picture My Life cards into cards!  This time I used two of my leftover PML cards from the City Sidewalks Paper Pack into Christmas Cards.  I combined these with leftover compliments to create some great 5x7 cards!

This one was a plain framed PML card.  I matted it onto Willow and Cranberry cardstock. Next, I added the glitter "Jolly" and two presents that I had leftover from my City Sidewalks Compliments.

I love this PML card with the houses on it.   All I added here was red shimmer trim and glittery silver stars.  The stars are also from leftover compliments.


You get 2 sheets of PML cards in the City Sidewalks Paper pack (X7213B)
It has the same image on both sides but one side is vertical and one side is horizontal!

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Sweet Birthday

I'm going to step away from all the Holiday posts for today.  Don't worry - there is still alot more to come!  Yesterday was my youngest daughter's birthday.   She turned 22!  I have no idea how that happened because I don't think I've gotten any older.  HA!

I wanted to create a fun card for her with the new Thin Cuts and stamp set I got - Sweet Birthday. At first glance, one might think this would lean to the juvenile side of birthday stamps.  I know that is what I thought when I first saw it in the book.  I didn't order it in the beginning because I felt I had plenty juvenile birthday stamps.  When Close To My Heart released the Thin Cut for this stamp I decided to purchase it.  You know.... sometimes all we need is one small reason to justify our purchases.

Yesterday, I decided to use this stamp for Kayli's birthday card and wanted to challenge myself to create a card that could be used for anyone of any age!  I really like how it turned out.  This is 5x7 card.

I paired paper from the Basic Fundamental pack with our color of the year - Sea Glass and even added a bit of Sea Glass Glitter paper.  (I can't never get enough of that glitter paper!).   I stamped the cupcake with Memento Black Ink and then colored my cupcake paper to match the Sea Glass color!
(HINT:  To get the Sea Glass color with your ShinHan markers use these colors in this order - Pastel Green, Turquoise Blue (3 times) and then use your Blender Pen going over your image TWO times!)
To color my flame I used Marigold and then Pastel Green at the bottom of the flame (this create the color Tangerine) and then I colored the top of the flame with my Golden Yellow and used the Blender pen.

I used my Shimmer Brush to paint over the icing area of the cupcake.  It which doesn't show up here but looks pretty cool in real life!  Instead of stamping the sprinkles on the cupcake I stamped them around the cupcake and sentiment with Sea Glass ink.

I just love the 'wordy' paper from the Basic Pack!  I was a nice break from all the Christmas cards and pages I've been creating lately.  

Products Used:
White Daisy Cardstock - 1385
Sea Glass Cardstock - X5789
Black Cardstock - 1386
Sea Glass Glitter Paper - Z3240
Memento Black Ink - Z899
Sea Glass Ink - Z2813
Sweet Birthday Stamp - B1532
Sweet Birthday Thin Cuts - CC1156
Shimmer Brush—Clear - Z3293
ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Black Marker - Z2446
ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Turquoise Blue Marker - Z2465
ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Leaf Green Marker - Z2454
ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Marigold Marker - Z2457
ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Pastel Green Marker - Z2459
ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Colorless Blender Marker - Z2469
ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Golden Yellow Marker - Z2452

Monday, November 14, 2016

Happy, Happy Christmas Cards

Today I wanted to share some cards I created with the Happy, Happy Christmas Bundle leftovers.   In case you don't know what the Happy, Happy Christmas Bundle is, it is Close To My Heart's November special.  You get a wonderful bundle of supplies to create a beautiful Christmas Album with 5 layouts and enough left to create additional projects.  To see all the details on this special, check out my earlier blog post HERE.

After I finished all the layouts and projects with the Happy, Happy Christmas Bundle, I still had several PML cards and a few My Crush Pages left.  So I decided to create a few Christmas Cards!   I love using Picture My Life cards to create cards because they are quick and easy!

Here are some of the cards I created.  I still have a few more to finish and when I do, I'll share those later.

This one was so simple!  This was a 4x6 PML card so I created a 5x7 card so that I would not have to trim off any of the buildings.  I layered it onto Slate Cardstock and added some sparkles.

For this card I used a leftover My Crush pages (upper and lower portions) and trimmed down the sentiment from a 3x4 PML card.  The pennants were scraps from My Crush pages.  I added Red Enamel Gems to finish the card.

I think this one is my favorite.  The Saffron color background and the green trees paper are both from My Crush pages.  Again, I trimmed out the sentiment "Joy to the World" from PML card and layered it onto another PML card that I cut down.  My accents are Fern Twine and Clear Sparkles.

This was a fun one.  I love the stockings!  This PML card is again layered on top of My Crush pages.  The "Merry Christmas" was trimmed from a PML card.  I added Red Enamel Gems.

Weren't these fun? Using Picture My Life cards is a great way to create a variety of cards!

Friday, November 11, 2016

City Sidewalks Candy Dish Decoration

I usually place small bowls of Christmas Candy on the tables at my Christmas Card workshop to get everyone in the spirit and also to provide a little extra energy to crank out those cards!  This year I decided to use my City Sidewalks Digital cartridge to create my center pieces of candy!

I purchased red plastic rectangle boxes at the Dollar Tree and then set to work to create a little table village. 

I glued two 2" x 12" pieces of Glacier cardstock together and adhered my houses, trees and car to it.  This made for easy transport because I could fold them flat and then when I set up the tables I just opened them up and slipped them around the dish.

Here is a side view so you can see how the band wraps around the dish.

Near the end of the workshop, I drew 8 names and people got to take them home.  They can use them like I did - as a decoration or they can use it on their scrapbook page!   

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

2017 Annual Christmas Card Workshop Wrap Up

Last Saturday I held my Annual Christmas Card Workshop.  Instead of having 2 different dates, this year I rented one big room my workshop on one day.  I also added an extra option - a Card Dessert Buffet!  After the attendees were finished with their card workshop- 10 Cards created with the Oh Deer! paper and Compliments, they could then add some desserts!
These were the cards created in the Oh Deer! Card workshop:

I had 14 different card designs to choose from for my buffet so there were plenty of choices! Here are my dessert cards they got to choose from:


Christmas Throwback!
I brought these cards back from the 2015 White Pines Cardmaking Kit

I have one more card that I don't have a picture of at the moment but I'll be sharing that one soon.

It was definitely a fun day and I think the desserts were an extra special treat.  I'm already looking forward to planning next year's workshop!

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Happy, Happy Christmas Blog Hop

Welcome to our Happy, Happy Christmas Blog Hop!  This special hop features Close To My Heart's November special - Happy, Happy Christmas bundle!  The consultants participating in this blog hop will be sharing ADDITIONAL things you can create with this awesome bundle.  If you came here from Melinda Everitt's Blog you are on the right track!  When you get to the bottom of my post look for the next blog link to hop to the next blog!  If you get lost, you can see the entire blog list HERE.

I created all five layouts AND the additional projects with my bundle and I STILL had several My Crush pages and Picture My Life cards left.   After placing the layouts in my beautiful red Legacy Album that came in the bundle, I realized that I really needed a cover page for the beginning of my album.  So I went back to my leftovers to see what I could come up with.

I think it turned out quite lovely for a cover page and it was so easy!

I used two of the My Crush pages.  The green page says "Merry Christmas".   When I discovered I had a red 4x6 PML card, I decided that it was perfect for placing right over the page.  I popped it up with 3D Foam tape.  I added banners and tabs from leftover scraps.   Next I cut out the Christmas tree from a 3x4 PML journaling card and added to the 3x4 PML card with the deer.  I still had a couple of glitter die-cut stars left from the City Sidewalks Compliments so I added those to my page as well. I wrote the year on the "Merry Christmas" card with my silver Metallic Marker (Z1768).
Now my album is all ready for my pictures!!

I had several PML cards left that I made into Christmas cards!  Please come back to visit as I will be sharing those through out the month too!

Remember!  This specially priced Happy, Happy Christmas Bundle will be available ONLY through November 30th.  Get it now and be AHEAD of the Christmas rush with your completed layouts!
Contact your consultant to order yours or if you don't have one, order from my website today at:

Now it is time to hop over to  Jennifer Dykstra's blog and see what she has created!

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

November Stamp of the Month - New Year's Cheer

Welcome to the November Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! This month we are featuring the New Year's Cheer stamp. This set of 12 stamps, which coordinates with the Flower Market cricut cartridge. If you have come here from Darlys Recker'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.

This is a fun stamp to have if you are having a party!  I love the champagne glasses and bubbles!  This stamp set just said "GOLD" to me so I created my card with alot of gold embossing!

I used the Dot Overlay from the All About the Gold Fundamentals (Z3246) for the top of my card.  To adhere this piece to the card, I used little squirts of Liquid glass behind each dot.  Next, I stamped "Cheers" and the sentiment with Versa Mark Ink directly on the card and used the Ranger Gold Embossing powder to heat emboss.   I  used the same stamping/embossing method for the champagne glass and the pennants on White Daisy Cardstock and cut those out separately to adhere to the card.  I used Thin Foam tape to pop the champagne glass up just a bit.  The gold-edged black ribbon is from the Uptown Ribbon Pack (Z3289).  

Remember! You can get this stamp for just $5 during the month of October when you purchase $50 in Close To My Heart Products!

Now it is time to hop on over to Jacquelin Green's Blog and see what she has created!

Happy Happy Christmas!

I am so excited about Close To My Heart's November special!  Happy, Happy Christmas is a wonder workshop bundle that you are going to love!

Choose Red Post Bound Album Bundle - CC1180
Red D Ring Album Bundle - CC1179
The Happy, Happy Christmas is a workshop designed to help you have a happy, happy Christmas! You will create not only a beautiful Christmas album in preparation for the holiday season, but you will also have plenty of materials to create four additional projects that would make beautiful holiday gifts! It’s like getting five amazing projects all in one workshop!

Let's take a look at the layouts.  These layouts are created with My Crush pages and the Happy, Happy Christmas Picture My Life Cards!  Everything you need to create these layouts are included in your bundle - even page protectors and a beautiful red Album!  No need to add any additional items to your shopping cart!

When you finish the layouts you can create even more!  Check out these projects!

You can use the left over My Crush Pages and Picture My Life cards in this Sea Glass My Crush Album to create a mini Christmas album!  Purchase the Sea Glass Mini Album bundle (CC1181) which includes Z4027 Everyday Life ™ Album—Sea Glass, Z3252 Memory Protectors ™ 6" × 8", Z3192 Memory Protectors ™ 4" × 6", and Z3191 Memory Protectors ™ 3" × 4".

Or use your left over materials to create one or ALL THREE of these projects!

5" × 7" Hinged Display Tray (Z1838) - $12.35 (35% off retail value!)

Designed D├ęcor Red Magnetic Chalkboard (Z2006) - $17.40 (40% off retail value)
Display Tray (Z1750) - $14 (30% off retail Value) 

Don't wait to purchase these Designed Decor items! They are While Supplies Last!
Cutting guides and assembly instructions for the layouts AND projects can be downloaded when you add the bundle to your cart!

I will be offering 2 different workshop dates (November 19th and December 3rd) for my customers that purchase the Happy, Happy Christmas bundle so that they can complete the 5 Layouts with help from me!  Order your bundle today!  PLUS - I will have a special cover page to create for your Christmas Album if you purchase the bundle and attend my workshop!

Order today!

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