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 -

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

August Stamp of the Month - School Year

Welcome to the August Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! This month we are featuring School Year. This set has 9 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.

 Every August I see everyone posting their children's First Day of school on Facebook.  Then come May, here we go again!  Last Day of School!  My children are grown.... so no First and Last day pictures are going on in this house anymore!  But I LOVE seeing everyone else's photos and how much the children change in less than a year!  I sure hope they are scrapbooking those pictures.  This month's Stamp of the Month is PERFECT for it.  I really wanted to create a layout so I 'borrowed' some pictures from my friend who was GLAD to let me use them.  She is a little behind on her scrapbooking.  

I used our brand new Enchantment Fundamental papers with a bit of Basic Fundamental.  The pattern is from our new Make It From the Heart 3 book.  I love the Saffron diagonal print pages that I used for my base pages.  It's subtle but just enough.  

For the Chalkboards, I stamped the chalkboard image onto Ruby Cardstock.  Then I cut out a piece of black cardstock to fit inside the frame of the chalkboard.  I used Versamark ink and White embossing powder to emboss the "First / Last Day of School".  

Check out the arrows.... these were stamped on the Peacock cardstock but one of the arrows I stamped on the back of the cardstock using the lighter shade.  I'm going to LOVE our new two toned cardstock!!

Products Used:
Enchantment Fundamental Paper Packet Z3352
Basic Fundamental Paper Pack Z3353
Ruby Cardstock X5965
Peacock Cardstock X5958
Linen Cardstock X5946
New England Ivy Cardstock X5959
Enchantment Ribbon Pack Z3363
Charcoal Exclusive Ink Z2831
Ruby Exclusive Ink Z2870

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

Next up on the hop is Ellen Jarivs. Let's see what she has created!

2017-2018 Annual Inspirations has Arrived!!


Check it out today on my website at:  2017-2018 Annual Inspirations 

There are SO many great things going on during the month of August!  Not only do we have a BRAND NEW BOOK with BRAND NEW PRODUCTS, we also have a Warehouse Sale going on!

Every Tuesday, new products bundles will be put on my website at 50% off!  These will go fast, so don't wait to order.  Be sure to check it out every Tuesday during the month of August!

Also - When you host a party in August and your sales reach $350, you will get an EXTRA $20 in FREE Hostess Products!  That is a total of $80 in FREE stuff AND a 1/2 price item!  If your sales increase, so do your rewards!!

But wait!!  That's not all!  We have a REALLY special deal for those joining my team in August!!
Submit qualifying sales of $300 by September 30 and you get to choose your rewards!


Sunday, July 16, 2017

Stampaganza Still Going On!

July is a great month to stock up on your favorite Close To My Heart Stamps!  Our Stampaganza special is still going on.  During this month only (July) you can purchase 2 stamps and get a third stamp for FREE!!

To sweeten the deal Close To My Heart even brought back some retired favorites PLUS a collection of stamps that at one time were available ONLY to our Hostess!  If weren't able to get one during that time, you can get it now!!

I looked back through the Hostess only stamps that are now available to see which ones I had.  I immediately remembered the Paper Birds set (C1613).  I thought it would be fun to create something new with this stamp.

For this card I used the papers and ribbon from Rustic Home Fundamentals.  I have really loved using these papers this past year. These will be retiring at the end of this month!!  I stamped the bird and butterfly onto Cashmere cardstock with Cocoa Ink.  (Also retiring!!).   I added a piece of our Color Of the Year - Sea Glass just behind the ribbon to peek through with a bit of color.  

Products Used:
White Cards & Envelopes Value Pack (X254)
Paper Birds (C1613)
Rustic Home Fundamentals (Z3262)*
Rustic Home Ribbon (Z3292)*
Sea Glass Cardstock (X5789)*
Gold Sequins (Z2012)*
Cocoa Ink (Z2814)*

* Retires July 31, 2017

To see ALL of the special stamps brought back for our Stampaganza celebration go to my website:

Check out my Taste of Summer Pinterest Board!

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