Sunday, November 19, 2017

Mixing Fundamental Papers

Today is my youngest daughter's birthday so of course I created her birthday card!   I wanted to use a mix of fundamentals so chose papers from Whimsy and Basics papers.  I based my card design off a design I found on Pinterest created by Denise Tarlington. 

It's really a simple design which made the card very easy!  I used the Thistle and Crystal Blue papers from Whismy and Charcoal designs from Basics.  Basic papers really do go with ANY of our paper packs.  It's my favorite pack out of the four (Whimsy, Adventure, Enchantment and Basics).  I cut a few succulents, my daughter's favorite, from our Flower Market Cricut cartrigde.  I used the lighter tone of Thistle for the base and Charcoal cardstock for the outline.  

Since this is a BIRTHDAY card of course I had to add sparkle so I used our Clear Shimmer pen on the succulents.  I can't believe that my camera actually picked up the sparkles!  

I know the sentiment on the front is not really a birthday sentiment but I thought it was perfect for Kayli.   This is from the stamp set - Inspire C1685.

This month you can get a wonderful deal on our Fundamental products!  The paper packs, complements, and ribbon packs are all 30% off.  That is a VERY NICE savings!  Even better, you can save 40% on BUNDLES!  This has been such a huge hit with our customers. There are only two bundles remaining - Enchantment and Basics.  Don't wait!  This is WHILE SUPPLIES LAST or through November 30th!  Shop today!

White Daisy Cardstock - 1385
Whimsy Fundamentals Paper Pack- Z3350
Basic Fundamentals Paper Pack - Z3353
Thistle Cardstock - X5976
Crystal Blue Cardstock - X5977
Charcoal Cardstock - X5953
Black Exclusive Ink - Z2805
Stamp - Inspire - C1685
Clear Sparkles - Z3274
Clear Shimmer Pen - Z3293

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Just for Fun Blog Hop

November is Just for FUN and Close To My Heart has a special on all of our Fundamental papers, complements, and ribbons!!  Save 30% on the individual items or save 40% on these items when bundled together!  Our Fundamental paper packs feature 24 sheets of beautiful 2 sided designs (2 each of 12 designs).  Do you get overwhelmed by so much beauty and not sure what to do?  I hope this special blog hop inspires you and gives you some ideas!

We have 19 participants in this blog hop.  If you came here from Jennifer Dykstra's blog you are on the right track!  This hop is a big circle so when you get back to me, you will know you have completed the hop! 

I wanted to create a Birthday Layout for my great nieces' birthday.  I love the layout shown on page 36 of our Annual Inspirations so I used that as my starting point and created a 2nd page to go with it.  I used the Pansy and Lagoon papers from the Adventure paper pack to create the pages and added cuts from our Artbooking Cricut Cartridge.

Products Used;
Adventure Fundamental Paper Pack - Z3351
Happy Moments Complements - Z3355 
White Daisy Cardstock - 1385
Pansy Cardstock - X5966
Lagoon Cardstock - X5968
Silver Glitter Paper - Z3239
Silver Shimmer Trim - Z1799
Artbooking Cricut Cartridge- Z3169

This special is ONLY through November and 
WHILE SUPPLIES LAST at this price!

Contact your consultant or you can order at

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

Friday, November 10, 2017

Close to My Heart Christmas Card Blog Hop

We've got a special blog hop for all the cardmakers out there!  Today we are featuring Christmas cards!  On this hop you will see cards created with our beautiful papers, stamps and more!  If you came from Jennifer Dykstra's blog you are on the right track!  This hop is big circle so when you get back to me you will know you completed the hop!  If you get lost along the way, you can get back on track HERE.

If you have followed me for very long, you know I love creating cards with Picture My Life Cards.  It's a great jump start for creating a card and you can create alot in a short amount of time!  In fact, my annual Christmas Card Workshop features the Picture My Life Beary Christmas cards!  Today, I'm sharing three cards I created using another set of Picture My Life cards - Silver & Gold.

I accented the cards with Red Glitter paper. This first card was very simple to create.  I cut down two of the cards and layered on a piece of gold heart B&T paper from the Silver & Gold Paper pack.  The White and Gold Ribbon was perfect for this card.

On the next two cards I used the Silver & Gold cardmaking stamp and thin cuts with gold embossing powder to add ornaments to the card.  I used the Ribbon Thin Cut with red glitter paper to accent.  The ribbon on the top of the ornaments is from the same thin cut.  I just cut it down to just the ribbon.

On this next card, I used the White and Gold twine to hang my ornaments.  I also used Gold Glitter Gems as accents on both cards.  

White Cards and Envelopes Value Pack
Picture My Life Cards - Silver & Gold
Silver & Gold Paper Pack
Silver & Gold Cardmaking Stamp & Thin Cuts
Ribbon Thin Cut
Red Glitter Paper
Gold Embossing Powder
Gold Glitter Gems
White & Gold Twine
White & Gold Ribbon
Versa Mark Ink
Craft Heater

I hope these cards inspire you to create cards with your Picture My Life Cards!

Now it's time to hop over to Michelle Loncar's blog.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Through the Year - November Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

Welcome to the November Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! This month we are featuring Through the Year This set has 24 stamps!  If you have come here from Krista Hershberger'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.

Since Fall is finally arriving here in Middle Tennessee and Thanksgiving right around the corner I thought I would do a "November" page!  I used our beautiful Falling For You paper.  I created a journaling spot using one of the Picture My Life cards that is included on a page in the paper pack.  I stamped "November" and a few leaves.  I stamped the leaves on a piece of B&T paper and cut them out.   The turkey, pumpkins and the word "Thankful" are all from our new You Are Here Cricut Cartridge!  Below is a little closer look!

I used a bit of watercolor paint to paint shadows on the pumpkins and added more leaves from the stamp set.  I think those really added to the pumpkins!  I love this stamp set.  It has so many possibilities for scrapbooking Through The Year!

You will especially want to get this stampset THIS month because it will be used in our Through The Year Calendar kit coming up next month!!  Save BIG buy purchasing it now!  You will get it for $5 with a $50 purchase!  (Regular price is $17.950)

Shop from my website - www.stampinheaven.ctmh
or contact your consultant to order!

Now it is time to hop over to Michelle Loncar's Blog and see what she has to share!

Monday, October 16, 2017

Share a Smile Blog Hop

Welcome to this very special Blog Hop!!  Today were are sharing artwork created with this month's special - Share A Smile!   Close to My Heart has a special stamp set that is available all year long called Punny Pals.   When you purchase this stamp set, $7 is donated to Operation Smile!   If you came from Michelle Rowley's blog, you are on the right track!!  This hop is a big circle so if you just joined us, when you get back to me you will have completed the hop.  If you get lost, you can find the complete list of hoppers HERE.

During the month of October, Close To My Heart is offering a special Share A Smile Card Kit that coordinates with this stamp.  The kit includes 10 sheets of cardstock, 32 3x3 cards & Envelopes and Thin Cuts that coordinate with our Punny Pals stamp!  All this for just $39.95.  The Punny Pals stamp set is NOT included with the kit so be sure to add it to your order!

I just got my Punny Pals stamp set and couldn't wait to play with it.  These little stamps are just adorable!  I created two cards using inspiration from a recent post by Jennifer McGuire.  I stamped the Punny Pal and then cut the front of the card to create a flap.

Here is a little closer view of each card.   I used watercolor pencils and our waterbrush to color this frog. Then I went over the frog with our Clear Shimmer Brush to give it a bit of shimmer.  I used the silver dots from the Bear Christmas Dots for accents.

On this card, I used the ShinHan Touch Twin markers to color the bear.   Because the marker will bleed through the back of the cardstock, my Lagoon liner covers the back side of the bear also.  (That was not needed when I used the watercolor pencils and waterbrush on the frog card).  I used our new Bashful Pearls to accent the card.

If you love these little Punny Pals, be sure to get the stamp and add the Punny Pals Thin Cuts THIS MONTH!  While the stamp is available through the Annual Inspirations book period (retires July 31), the Punny Pals Thin Cuts are ONLY Available during the month of October or While Supplies Last!

If you purchase the Share a Smile card kit be sure to add the Punny Pals stampset (D1751) to your order!  (stamp is not included with the kit)

Order Today!

Let's hop over to Kathy Burrows' blog and see what she has created!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Birthday Layout with Punny Pals

My great nephew is turning ONE this month!  When he was born I created an album for him that had a layout for every month of his first year.   So, I wanted to create a special layout for his 1st birthday!  I found out he was having a Clifford themed birthday party.  Since I don't have a Clifford stamp, I grabbed my Punny Pals stamp set which has a cute little dog on it for a good substitute!

I had fun putting this layout together!  I used the Poppy color B&T papers from the Enchantment Fundamentals paper pack and mixed in a little Grey from Basic Fundamentals Paper pack to tone down the brightness of the layout.  I based my layout off of Pattern #36 in the Make It From Your Heart Vol. 3.  I just rearranged the photos differently than the layout in the book.

For my title I cut the font from our new You Are Here cricut Cartridge.  Upper and lower case letters creates a layer.  The bottom layer (typed in ALL CAPS) is cut from Poppy Cardstock.  The top layer (lower case) was cut in White Daisy.  I then stamped the white letter in Poppy Ink with the In The Background stamp set creating diagnonal stripes.   The balloons were also cut from the You Are Here cricut cartridge.   The "EAT CAKE" was cut from the Artistry Cricut Catridge.  Here is a closer look at the letters, dog and Balloons!

In The Background - D1750

Punny Pals - D1751
The Punny Pals stamp set is a special stamp. When you purchase Punny Pals, $7 is donated to Operation Smile! This stamp will be available during the Annual Inspirations 2017-2018 book period (retires July 31).

During the month of October we have a special Punny Pals Thin Cut set that coordinates with this stamp for just $28.95.  It is ONLY available during October! 
Punny Pals Thin Cuts - CC1340
Enchantment Fundamentals Paper Pack - Z3352
Basics Fundamentals Paper Pack - Z3353
You can purchase all of these products on my website at:

Sunday, October 1, 2017

October Stamp of the Month - Christmas Tunes

Welcome to the October Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! This month we are featuring Christmas Tunes. This set has 4 stamps. If you have come here from Wendy Coffman'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.

Oh what a fun stamp set this is!!  I had a retreat a few weeks ago and at the last minute I grabbed this stamp and a leftover pack of the Beary Christmas WYW kit.  I never have time to craft my own things when I have retreats but I thought "just in case.... I'll create something with this!".   When I found some crafting time I pulled out the pack of paper and I realized I only had 2 pieces of paper to work with!!  I found some gold foil leftover from a class I was teaching at the retreat to use.  I was able to create this card with the little bit of supplies I brought.  I really like the way it turned out!

Now that I'm home I'm trying to find time to create some more cards. I can't wait to see what everyone else in the hop will inspire me with!  I've got the link to the next blog at the bottom of this post.

Here are the products I used on this card:
October Stamp of the Month - Christmas Tunes
White Cards & Envelopes Value Pack (X254)
Beary Christmas Paper Pack (X7225B)
White & Gold Twine (Z4014)
Beary Christmas Dots (Z4038)
New England Ivy Cardstock (X5959)
Gold Foil (Z3365)
White Daisy Cardstock (1385)
Cranberry Ink (Z2816)
New England Ivy Ink (Z2835)
Carmine ShinHan Touch Twin Marker (Z2448)
Sap Green ShinHan Touch Twin Marker (Z2463)

Remember!! You can get this stamp for just $5 with a $50 purchase during the month of October!
Contact your consultant or shop from my website at:

Now it is time to hop over to Vickie ODell's Blog!

Friday, September 22, 2017

Holiday Expressions Blog Hop

Welcome to our Holiday Expressions New Product Blog Hop! We are showcasing many of the new products in our Holiday Expressions that was just released this month! If you have come here from Haley Dyer'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.

Today I'm sharing a card I created for my Thin Cut Swap Group that I'm in.  I chose the Silver & Gold Scrapbooking Stamp and Thin Cut bundle for this swap.  Instead of going with the traditional Christmas colors I decided to use our new color of the year - Bashful with silver embossing.

I used silver embossing everywhere on this card!  Trees, deer, sentiment....  It's almost to hard to see in this picture but I used the border stamp and Bashful pigment ink with Clear embossing powder to create the little border just above the Bashful Glitter paper.  The finishing touch is Bashful pearls!

Here are the products I used for this card:

Silver & Gold Scrapbooking Stamp + Thin Cuts (Z4043)
White Cards & Envelopes Value Pack
Silver Embossing Powder
Clear Embossing Powder
VersaMark Ink
Bashful Glitter Paper
Bashful Pigment Ink
Pewter Exclusive Ink
Bashful Cardstock
White Daisy Cardstock
Silver & Gold Paper Pack
Bashful Dots

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

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

National Stamping Month Blog Hop

Welcome to our National Stamping Month Blog Hop! We are showcasing this month's special - From The Heart card kit! If you have come here from Haley Dyer'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 kit contains materials for creating 12 interactive cards, including foil-stamped card bases and an exclusive My Acrylix® stamp set. The stamp set is designed to make it easy to create beautiful, rich stamped artwork using three layers of stamp images and thoughtful sentiments.  The card kit also includes envelopes and step-by-step instructions and is available at a 20% discount off the retail price!  

Even though this kit comes with a beautiful stamp set (which I've already used ALOT) I wanted to showcase this kit in a different way!  Not only can you purchase the kit with everything you need, you can ALSO purchase extra cards!  These gold foil lined cards would make beautiful Christmas cards!  I used the Silver & Gold Cardmaking Stamping for my card.

I heat embossed the ornaments in Gold and Silver Embossing.  Since the heat warped the card base that I embossed on, I trimmed it down 1/4" on top and bottom and mounted it on Black cardstock.  I added gold shimmer trim to the piece that supports the slide at the bottom along with black/gold ribbon.

Inside the card, I stamped "Have a Wonderful Christmas".  I love the silver and gold and these card bases are just perfect for it!

Products Used:
From The Heart Card Kit - SEPTEMBER SPECIAL!
Silver & Gold Cardmaking Stamp - C1689
VersaMark Ink - Z891
Silver Ranger Embossing Powder - Z2067
Gold Ranger Embossing Powder - Z2066
Gold Shimmer Trim - Z1985
Black and Gold Ribbon - Z3197
Black Exclusive Ink - Z2805

Remember!!  This kit is ONLY Available during the month of September (or while supplies last!)
Contact your consultant to order your kit or you can order from my website at:

I can't wait to see what everyone else has created with their kit!  Come on and let's hop over to Jennifer Dykstra's Blog!

Friday, September 1, 2017

September Stamp of the Month - Feel So Blessed

Welcome to the September Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! This month we are featuring Feel So Blessed. This set has 26 stamps. If you have come here from Haley Dyer'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.

I used the new Falling For You paper pack with this stamp.  The fall theme of the paper fit right in!
I stamped the feathers onto B&T papers and cut them out.  I used the new Nutmeg ink for the sentiments and also for the feathers.  I used the border stamp along the edges of the paper and stamped it in Goldrush.  I accented the card with Bronze Sequins and also used green twine from the new Enchantment Ribbon Pack.

Products Used:
White Daisy Cards & Envelopes Value Pack - X254
Falling For You Paper Pack - X7223B
Nutmeg Exclusive Ink - Z2830
Goldrush Exclusive Ink - Z2823
Bronze Sequins - Z4029
Enchantment Ribbon Pack Z3363

Remember!!  This stamp is ONLY available during the month of September!!
Get it for just $5 with a $50 purchase!

Contact your consultant or shop here: 

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

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Annual Inspirations New Product Blog Hop

I am SO excited about our new Annual Inspirations catalog which was released on August 1st! Today our SOTM Blog Hoppers are hosting a New Product Blog Hop. This blog hop will showcase some of the new products that have just been released! If you came from Wendy Coffman's blog you are on the right track! Look for the next blog link at the bottom of my post. Keep hopping and when you get back to me you will know you completed the hop!

Today I am showcasing some of the new Fundamental papers, thin cuts and layout from our new Make It From Your Heart Vol. 3!  This has been a long awaited book by many customers AND consultants!  This how to book includes 36 two-page layout patterns for standard photo sizes, as well as artwork inspiration demonstrating how to incorporate additional photos using our Pocket Plus™ and pocket scrapbooking Memory Protectors™.

For this layout I chose the Willow and Raspberry papers from the Adventure Fundamental Paper Pack.  The colors were just right for my little grand-nieces dresses.  (Adorable!!!)  Notice the subtle print background behind the pictures on the layout.  This paper is actually from the Whimsy Fundamentals.  I felt that just plain white cardstock was too stark and I found that the Sweet Leaf dotted paper was just the right amount of subtleness.  This is a good example of mixing in papers from different packets!

Another new product that I super excited about was our new Alphabet Thin Cuts!  These letters are about 2" in height which make great titles!!  I used the "In the Background" stamp to stamp the dots on the letters with Raspberry ink.  To make them pop from the layout just a little bit more I layered them with foam tape on top of Raspberry cardstock.

Next I used the Thin Cuts Heart Border with Raspberry cardstock to make a border across the bottom.  This is thin cut has layers!! Here is close up view of the border where you can see the layer a little more in detail.  I had so much fun creating this layout. I hope you enjoyed it.

Products Used:
White Daisy Cardstock - 1385 
Adventure Fundamentals Paper Packet – Z3351
Whimsy Fundamentals Paper Packet – Z3350
Raspberry Cardstock – X5974
Willow Cardstock – X5970
Block Alphabet Thin Cuts - Z3386
Ribbon Border Thin Cuts - Z3349
In the Background Stamp – D1750
Raspberry Ink – Z2812
White Twine – Z3216
Make It From Your Heart Vol. 3 – 9043
(Pattern #22)

Now it is time to hop over to Krista Hershberger's blog.  I can't WAIT to see what she is sharing!

You can find all of these products on my website at 
or contact your consultant for ordering!

Monday, August 14, 2017

New Annual Inspirations Open House Kick Off

This past weekend was a busy one for me!  Saturday I held my first Open House since I have moved. It was a great turn out and I really appreciate everyone coming out (even if it WAS just to see where I moved to.  haha).  But, seriously, I had a good time talking to everyone and getting a chance to catch up.  Some ladies I had not seen in a while.  :)

If you missed getting to come by,  I'll give you a little recap of what you missed!  There was alot to see!   I had a lot of new products on display as well as a few current products that will be going SOON!

Top Left - Current Workshop Your Way Kits displayed (on shelf). These will retiring August 31! 
On Table I had retired cardstock colors (for sale by the sheet, Retired Paper packs & kits, and pre-made layouts.
Top Right - Our Workspace Wonder and new ink carousel.
Bottom Left - Current Cut Above Kit samples
Bottom Right - School Year Stamp of the Month artwork

Everyone could shop my stash.... lots of stamps, paper (by the sheet) misc items and more!

New Product from the Annual Inspiration book displayed.  Bottom Right are my prize buckets.  Everyone earned tickets for chances to win prizes.
My lucky Prize winners were:
Sue Nundahl - Gold and Bashful Pearls
Janice Benson - New Bashful Ink Pad
Alison Plageman - Collapsible Trash Can
Jean Heid - Storybook Alphabet Stamp set
Sandie Scott - Scrap Caddy

Congratulations Ladies!

 Artwork samples with the new and current Thin Cuts and Thin Cut Stamp Sets.  (on the left of the shelfs) plus additional product for sale.  I was so happy to display the Thin Cut Artwork!  I'm participated in 2 different swaps and received some really nice card samples to show off!

Everyone also got to create page with an option to purchase the 2nd page.
They got to choose either Peacock or Fern

The Layout uses the Enchantment Fundamental paper.  We random stamped ink blotches on the bases pages with the new Splash Of Color stamp and Expresso ink.  The images were cut from the You Are Here Cricut Cartridge.  Their camera was actually cut from SILVER FOIL cardstock.  (I did not have that at the time I made the layout samples).  They looked so cute with the silver camera!  For the final touch they added Gold Pearls.  If they purchased the Right page, they also received a Pocket Plus Page to add to their layout for more pictures!

Even though Saturday has come and gone, I'm still celebrating with my Open House On-line Party.  I'm going to have a drawing for MORE THAN one Mystery Hostess!  For every $25 you spend shopping on  my website, you will be entered into my drawing for Mystery Hostess.  So far I'm up to two winners who will get $40 in FREE product AND a 1/2 price item!  The drawing will take place on September 1.  You have all month to shop!   You MUST join the Open House On-line Party to be entered into the drawing!

Don't forget to check out the Warehouse Sale!!  A New sale starts every Tuesday!

Monday, August 7, 2017

NEW!! You Are Here - Close To My Heart's News Exclusive Cricut Cartridge!

Welcome to our Scattered Hearts Cricut Collections Blog Hop!!  This hop features Close To My Heart's Cricut Collections.  If you came here from Tina Sutton's Blog, you are on the right track!  This hop is a circle so when you get back to me, you will know you have completed the hop.  This one will be so much fun, I can't wait to visit the blogs to see what everyone has created.

I wanted to introduce you to our newest Exclusive Cricut Cartridge - You Are Here!!  This cartridge include THREE D-sized stamps and a package of Adventure Cardstock!  What a deal!  I'm so excited about this cartridge!  There are so many different themes I had a difficult time choosing what to do!  I needed to create a layout that I will be using for my Open House so I thought it was fitting that I used the actual name of the cartridge on my layout to celebrate!

For this layout, I used paper from the new Enchantment Fundaments and Basic Fundamentals.  For my images I used Saffron, Fern, Pebble and Pomegranate cardstock.   My photo mats are the new Expresso Cardstock.   I think I have found a new FAVORITE stamp set already.  It's the Splash of Color.   It is great for taking away all that 'white space' in a layout.

Here is a complete list of products used on this layout:
You Are Here Cricut Cartridge (Z3389 -Physical cartridge, or Z3387 Digital cartridge)
White Daisy Cardstock - 1385
Enchantment Fundamental Paper Packet - Z3352
Basics Fundamental Paper Packet - Z3353
Splash of Color Stamp - D1733
Saffron Cardstock - X5961
Fern Cardstock - X5960
Pomegranate Cardstock - X5964
Expresso Cardstock - X5951
Pebble Cardstock - X5955
Expresso Exclusive Ink - Z2829
Gold Pearls - Z3371

To order the You Are Here Cricut Collection, contact your Close To My Heart Consulatant.  
If you don't have one, you can order it from my website here:

Now it is time to hop over to Jean McNulty's blog and see what she has created for us!

If you get lost, here is a complete list of hoppers:

1.       Gina Brandstetter -
2.      Jean McNulty -
3.      Lori Allen - -
4.      Lori Williams-
5.      Rebecca Brown - Show Me Scrapping
6.      Heather Hicks -
7.      Andrea Sherman -

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