Monday, December 16, 2013

Personalized Photo - A Christmas Gift

This is a GREAT Christmas gift idea.  For my style of scrapbooking, it is a more than I'd want to do for a layout.  But for a personalized gift - I love this idea!

Just take a photo that will be special to the person you will be gifting......... and make it gorgeous.  Then frame it for a wonderfully personalized Christmas present!  Just watch and see . . .

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Virtual Classes for December

Place a $30 minimum order (before shipping/tax) by Dec. 20 through the link listed below, and receive FREE the Virtual Class for either 8 CARDS or 3 TWO-PAGE LAYOUTS. (See Oct.3 post for full program details: A SIMPLE New Way . . .)

How?  Choose the cards or the layouts below, email me for a convenient shopping list, and place your order through the December Virtual Class link(lower right of page)  Once you have done this,  let me know which of the following classes you'd like to receive, via email:

Sparkle & Shine Virtual Card Class - 8 Cards

Sparkle & Shine Virtual Layout Class - 3 Layouts

This month's artwork was created by Kimberly Ganiere
(Layouts 1 and 2 designed by Close To My Heart)

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Burlap Bags


Art by Beth Naumann

"I thought I'd share my final product (burlap bag project). Best part is, I brought them into the family room and my 7th grader (who will be giving them to his teachers tomorrow) said, "Hey! Those are really cool! Thanks mom!"

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Join Close To My Heart

Visit my Online Business Address: to see more, and to sign up!

Monday, November 18, 2013

Why Switch?

After 22 years with Close To My Heart, I can honestly say I have grown to love this company more and more every year. Close To My Heart VALUES their Consultants, gives their customers JUST what they need and want before they even know they need it! The corporate staff is just tremendous. I've had the honor of being on the Advisory Board twice over the years and can honestly say, from personal experience, that Jeanette Lynton (founder and CEO) and her Executive Team are people of great integrity.

If you are interested in learning more, please email me: I'd love to hear your questions and share more with you. It's a GREAT time to join us.

Holiday Kraft Pocket Album

Saturday, November 16, 2013

November Stamp of the Month Art # 5

Art by Shannon Law

It's a little hard to see in my photo, but a blue opaque dot is added to the top of this lantern, which is a great look!  The glow of the lantern is created using a piecing technique: Stamp the lantern in Outdoor Denim, on the Daisy cardstock.  Then on a piece of Honey cardstock, do the same thing, and cut out the globe.  Then glue this globe on top of the original image stamped on the Daisy cardstock.  Doesn't the BT paper from this Tommy paper pack work great for the background here, as its color echos the glow of the lantern?

Thursday, November 14, 2013

November Stamp of the Month Art # 4

Art by Tina Dupin

This hanging lantern is lifted with 3D Foam Tape, adding dimension to the focal point.  The polkadot background of "Babycakes" paper has a repeated motif, in the little bitty sparkles that are sprinkled here and there.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Holiday Papercrafting Classes

You Are Invited!
Holiday Crafting Classes

Holiday Tree
Cost: $20
Tuesday, Nov. 26, 4:00 – 6:30pm OR Saturday, Dec. 28, 10am – 12:30pm

  Create this gorgeous table-top tree from start to finish.  Class cost includes all materials, and you sill have some leftovers to take home.  Finished tree stands approx. 10” tall.
Wrap Music!
Cost: $12
Thursday, Dec.12, 10am – 11:30 OR Friday, Dec. 13, 6pm – 7:30


Enjoy Christmas music playing in the background, as you craft up some fun holiday gift-wrappings, including gift tags, bags and treats!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

November Stamp of the Month Art # 3

Art by Darlys Recker

The overlay here is cut from our Cricut Artbooking Cartridge.  Doesn't it give the perfect impression of light beaming through the darkness?

Sunday, November 10, 2013

November Stamp of the Month Art # 2

Art by Debi Gardner

Laughing Lola Papers are the background for this card.  Something I really love about this set is the different "glow" images that are provided.  Stamped in yellow here, they really brighten these garden-style lanterns.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Friday, November 8, 2013

November Stamp of the Month Art # 1

Art by Julie Reynolds

The word "light" brings so many different ideas to mind, and this stamp set gives us the opportunity to address some very special things.  Light . . . that something in a person that emanates from within.  Light . . . what it does to your life when someone special is in it.  Light . . . what faith brings to a life.

This card is a reminder to someone that their life serves as a beacon.  They "hang their lantern on a cord" to lead others toward better things.

Natural hemp is run through a hole punched in the lantern top, and a bitty sparkle is added for the flame.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

October Stamp of the Month Art # 15

Art by Sue Reitz

Red Shimmer Trim makes the hangers for these ornaments, which are cut on our Cricut Artist cartridge.  A clean Ruby and Daisy color scheme here brings you a chilly cheer!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Whoo's Bringing Holiday Cheer?

These stamp images come from the Season's Tweetings Gift Bag Kit, featured in our Holidays From the Heart Gift Guide.  I combined them here with Pear, Lagoon and Daisy cardstocks for a bright and cheery non-traditional color palette.  

Some Bitty Sparkles for the mistletoe berries and our fabulous Lagoon Houndstooth Washi Tape pair up for great embellishments.  Aqua Dots are the perfect eyes!

Monday, October 28, 2013

October Stamp of the Month Art # 14

Art by Tina Dupin

 I wanted to show you these two cards together.  Both artists chose a Kraft and Ruby color scheme.  But Tina's card emphasizes the Kraft, while Shannon's card brings out the red.  Note how the difference in Baker's Twine color makes a difference with these . . . soft or bright.  Gotta love them both!

Art by Shannon Law

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Here Comes Santa Claus .........

 Washi Tape . . . Zip Strip . . . more Washi Tape . . . Stamped images . . . More Washi Tape!
They all come from the Holidays From the Heart Gift Guide to make this fun card.

Here's an up-close look at Santa's "night sky" - I just added some Bitty Sparkles to the silvery Washi Tape to give the illusion of stars.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

October Stamp of the Month Art # 13

Art by Julie Reynolds

I stamped this darling little bird image twice; once in Honey and once in Ruby.  Then by cutting and layering the Ruby wing, this bird comes alive!  A grey pearl added for the eye gives it a nice finish.  Our Washi Tape running down the right side of this card is so much fun to use.

Friday, October 25, 2013

October Stamp of the Month Art # 12

 Art by Debi Gardner

See the velvet-looking background here?  That's created simply by swiping a Ruby ink pad across Ruby cardstock.  It adds such a rich texture to this card.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Virtual Card Class

You've asked for it . . . Now here it is.  A card class that comes TO YOU!

What if you were to receive everything you need, once each month, to make 8 lovely cards?  Project photos and full instructions included?  All delivered straight to your door so that you can create them on your own schedule? AND even have the opportunity to earn some FREE products?
If this sounds good to you, email me for more info!

I PROMISE that this is an easy solution for papercrafting in your VERY full life.

Here are the 8 cards YOU could make in November . . .

Season's Tweetings!

Create these little cuties with the "Season's Tweetings Gift Bag Kit."
Check out the link to see EVERYTHING you get to make these holiday gift bags.
I was VERY impressed with the quality of these fabric bags.  They are a stout material, with nicely finished seams on the inside.  Top Quality!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Holidays From the Heart

This card features items available in our new Holidays From the Heart Gift Guide!

Love the green pattern running down the left-hand side of this card?  It's Washi Tape!  It's one of 3 patterns that comes in our Sparkle & Shine Washi Tape 3-pack.  All of the stamps on this top card come in ONE set - plus 5 more images, for just $13.95: C1567 Santa Claus

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Still Time to Order "Artbooking" and Make Some Halloween Fun!

I had SO much fun making this cute little mini-album at my recent retreat.  Did it all in one afternoon, totally on our "Artbooking" Cricut Cartridge.  So simple!  If you order now, you can have yours in time to make a fun mini-book like this, or spooky decorations for your house . . . cards and party treats!

Add the Artbooking Cricut Collection to your basket today, and start Halloween crafting within days!


October Stamp of the Month Art # 11

Art by Maureen O'Sullivan

What a beautiful 12 x 12 layout, bringing back childhood Christmas memories with Maureen's siblings.  A big Sparkle Flourish brings your eye right to the "LOVE" title piece.

Monday, October 21, 2013

October Stamp of the Month Art # 10

Art by Kim Schnoor

Kraft Cardstock, added to red and green make a beautiful country look.  Bind it all together with our Baker's Twine Harvest Assortment, and you're ready for a handmade holiday!