Thursday, December 31, 2009

January Blog Hop is Here!

I'm so excited to be part of this great blog hop! This is a great way to see lots and lots of fantastic art using the new January Stamp of the Month! The hop is all Close To My Heart Consultants who are all so creative! If you have arrived here from Melissa Burch's blog you're on the right track!

I've made this note card box with about 110 stamped note cards inside. It's for a friend and fellow CTMH consultant whom I appreciate so much. I can't wait to see what she thinks of it!

Here is a cutting diagram for how to make the box. I've had many people asking me how to make it. I got the idea from a box I received from another consultant (JuliAnn Diesch, Thanks JuliAnn!) as a christmas swap gift. I altered it and added another box to make this one two sided to how notecards. I forgot to include in the instructions that the hatched areas are scrap.

Now hop on over to Michelle Bourlet's blog to continue the hop. To see a list of all the consultants click here. It's one big loop so just keep hopping to see all the great art.

Felicity Layouts

Here are a couple of layouts that I used with the January special, Felicity. The papers were just perfect for a pumpkin patch layout and a snow layout. The die cut was a great accent for a larger photo and took no time at all!

For the snow layout I used dimensional elements, sponged them with twlight ink and then covered them in prisma glitter. It really adds a lot to the page...very sparkly

Hostess Gift for Spring 2010

Here are the hostess gifts I'm featuring for the spring quarter. January is a box with lots of tools inside to help with organization and layouts. February is a mini album that says LOVE and is decorated with Topstitch paper. March is a squash book decorated with You Rock. April is a box and set of cards and envelopes decorated with Caboodle.

To book a party please email me today! You can see my calendar and email me from my website.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

National Papercrafting Month

January is National Papercrafting Month and to celebrate Close To My Heart is offering an exclusive paper pack with special die cut shapes and a stamp set with birds, argyle and a complete alphabet set! The paper features autumn terracotta, twlight, cocoa and sorbet and is absolutely beautiful! I'm currently working on putting together a couple of different layouts and cards and will be posting them after the holidays!

You can purchase the entire set for $39.95 or you can earn it FREE with a purchase of $60 in My Acrylic stamps or a purchase of $125 in any merchandise or by hosting a party that reaches $400. You are not going to want to miss out on this opportunity to get this fabulous paper! Check out my website for more details!

Merry Christmas

I wanted to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! I hope you enjoy the special family time during this special season. May all your dreams come true in 2010!

On New Year's Day stop here to peruse the January Stamp of the Month Blog Hop. There are over 80 consultants who are participating so you get the chance to see lots and lots of great art.

Happy Holidays to All!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Altered Cans

I made up some Christmas yummies to take to a few of our neighbors and needed something to put them in. My friend and fellow CTMH consultant Barbra Otten altered some paint cans so I took her inspiration and did the same thing. Check out her blog she's got great art and lots of instruction.

I was short on time (I only had a couple of hours) so mine are a bit more simplistic than her's are but I thought they turned out nice none-the-less.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Gift card envelope and gift tags

Here is the gift I made for my son's teacher this year. The envelope is a sheet of 12x12 background and texture paper folded. It's folded a few times to get some pockets. We put a gift card on one side and a note on the other. The second box is a box with a clear top that has gift tags on the inside. All the gifts were much appreciated and the decorating was so much fun.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Cards with Box

Here's a box of 4x4 cards I made as a gift. This was the first time I'd tried making cards with transparencies and it was so much fun! You have to use Staz-On ink and remember it can be a slippery surface to work on, but the results were worth it. Four of the cards were made of acetate and the other 4 standard white cardstock. The box has a clear cover that slides one and off.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Winter Clearance with Pictures!

Winter Clearance Items

I was just informed that it is Close to My Heart company policy that I am not allowed to post the pictures of the products because they are copywrite material. I'm sorry posting and now having to remove. Please visit my website on the clearance section to view the items!

Gear up for some new art work with NEW SPRING catalog items in the upcoming weeks. I will be posting beginning toward the middle of the month. There are tons of new and GREAT items and I can't wait to share them with all of you!

Monday, November 30, 2009

Online Clearance Sale!

Below is a list of clearance items that will be available during the December "Holiday Heyday" sale. Log in on December 2nd after 11:00 a.m. EST to purchase from a special clearance section. Sale has quantities restricted to FIVE per item to provide a smooth shopping experience for all customers. Serious shipping savings apply with $100 orders. Orders under $100 have shipping cost based on weight. Clearance items may not be combined with regular-priced items in a single shopping cart, and clearance purchases are not eligible for Stamp of the Month. If you have any questions or problems ordering, please give me a call at (734) 417-8661.

Here is a link to the website. This is a great way to get all the scrapbookers and cardmakers on your holiday gift list wonderful presents they’ll love at super prices. Happy Shopping!!!

CC1008 Grab Bag $30.00
Z9990 Key to My Heart Paper Pack $5.00
Z9991 Just Because Card Base $2.00
Z9992 Life Delights Pack $4.00
Z9993 Promise of Spring Pack $5.00
Z9994 Magic Moments Pack $10.00

Z464 Sassy Strands® Summer Carnival Collection $1.00
Z400 Sassy Strands® White Daisy Collection $1.00
Z467 Sassy Strands® Spring Blossom Collection $1.00
Z401 Sassy Strands® Autumn Harvest Collection $1.00
Z402 Sassy Strands® Winter Classic Collection $1.00
Z463 Sassy Strands® Spring Harmony Collection $1.00
Z466 Sassy Strands® Autumn Garden Collection $1.00
Z465 Sassy Strands® Winter Cozy Collection $1.00
Z468 Sassy Strands® Summer Celebration Collection $1.00

Z1108 Chocolate Brads $3.00
1759 Silver Brads $3.00
Z1105 White Daisy Brads $3.00
Z1107 Black Brads $3.00
Z1111 Brads Summer Carnival Assortment $3.00
Z1137 Brads Spring Harmony Assortment $3.00
Z297 Bigger Brads Autumn Harvest Assortment $7.00
Z298 Bigger Brads Winter Classic Assortment $7.00
Z1051 Bitty Brads $3.00

Z288 My Accents® Topiary Accessories $6.00
Z285 My Accents® Garden Green Accessories $6.00
Z286 My Accents® Outdoor Denim Accessories $6.00
Z284 My Accents® Cranberry Accessories $6.00
Z290 My Accents® Autumn Terracotta Accessories $6.00
Z196 My Accents® Baby Pink Accessories $6.00

Z1015 Clear Inspirations Believe Ribbon Slides $1.00
Z1013 Clear Inspirations Precious Ribbon Slides $1.00

Z1133 3/8" White Daisy Ricrac Ribbon (bulk) $4.00
Z803 Organdy Ribbon Rounds™ Spring Blossom Collection $4.00
Z807 Organdy Ribbon Rounds™ Autumn Garden Collection $4.00
Z802 Organdy Ribbon Rounds™ Spring Harmony Collection $4.00
Z808 Organdy Ribbon Rounds™ Winter Classic Collection $4.00
Z804 Organdy Ribbon Rounds™ Summer Carnival Collection $4.00
Z805 Organdy Ribbon Rounds™ Summer Celebration Coll. $4.00
Z1301 Designer Ribbon Rounds™ Chocolate Collection $4.00
Z823 Designer Ribbon Rounds™ Autumn Terracotta Coll. $4.00
Z1306 Designer Ribbon Rounds™ Heartfelt Collection $4.00
Z1305 Designer Ribbon Rounds™ Holiday Collection $4.00
Z816 Ribbon Rounds™ White Daisy Collection $4.00
Z814 Designer Ribbon Rounds™ Cocoa Collection $4.00
Z812 Designer Ribbon Rounds™ Hollyhock Collection $4.00
Z1303 Designer Ribbon Rounds™ Outdoor Denim Collection $4.00
Z815 Designer Ribbon Rounds™ Twilight Collection $4.00

Z331 Eyelet Mat $2.00
Z169 Black Eyelets $2.00
Z159 Buttercup Eyelets $2.00
Z136 Heavenly Blue Eyelets $2.00
Z171 Pewter Eyelets $2.00
Z149 Garden Green Eyelets $2.00
Z165 New England Ivy Eyelets $2.00
Z153 Indian Corn Blue Eyelets $2.00
Z150 Autumn Terracotta Eyelets $2.00
Z179 Chocolate Eyelets $2.00

Z1012 Braggin’ Tags™ Mini Album $3.00
Z1017 My Creations™ Circle Album $3.00

1776 1/8" Long Reach Punch $7.00
1762 Write ‘n’ Rub™ Pen $6.00
X1401 StickStock® Linen $6.00
X1400 StickStock® Twill $6.00
Z820 Window Charms™ Squares $5.00
Z922 Pastel Coloring Pencils $4.00
Z920 Earth Coloring Pencils $4.00
X8701 Floral Impressions Embossed Photo Mats $4.00
Z1044 Dimensional Elements Basic Shapes $3.00
Z4128 Foundry® Frames $3.00
Z1134 Holiday Fabric Tags $3.00
Z309 Sculpting™ Foam $2.00
Z657 Vineyard Berry Embossing Powder $2.00
Z1010 Colored Staples $2.00
X277 5" x 5 1/2" Clear Cello Envelopes $2.00
4109 6" x 6" Matte Memory Protectors® (15) $2.00
X143 Door Hangers with Pouch (10) $1.00

X8519 My Child's Reflections™ All About My Family $4.00

X5802 Creative Basics® Everlasting Collection $5.00
X5803 Creative Basics® Silhouette Collection $5.00
X5804 Creative Basics® Boom-Di-Ada Collection $5.00

X7045A My Reflections® Vintage Travel Level 1 Kit $5.00
X7045C My Reflections® Vintage Travel My Stickease® $4.00
X7056A My Reflections® Discovery Level 1 Kit $5.00
X7060A My Reflections® Heirloom Level 1 Kit $5.00
X7060B My Reflections® Heirloom Level 2 Paper Packet $6.50
X7061A My Reflections® Floral Impressions Level 1 Kit $5.00
X7061B My Reflections® Floral Impressions Lev.2 Paper Packet $6.50
X7061C My Reflections® Floral Impressions My Stickease® $4.00
X7062A My Reflections® Laid Back Level 1 Kit $5.00
X7069A My Reflections® Just Chillin' Level 1 Kit $5.00
X7069C My Reflections® Just Chillin' My Stickease® $4.00
X7071A My Reflections® Best Friends Forever Level 1 Kit $5.00
X7072A My Reflections® School Zone Level 1 Kit $5.00
X7072B My Reflections® School Zone Level 2 Paper Packet $6.50
X7072C My Reflections® School Zone Level 2 My Stickease® $4.00
X7073A My Reflections® Abundance Level 1 Kit $5.00
X7073B My Reflections® Abundance Level 2 Paper Packet $6.50
X7073C My Reflections® Abundance Level 2 My Stickease® $4.00
X7076A My Reflections® Sonata Level 1 Kit $5.00
X7076C My Reflections® Sonata Level 2 My Stickease® $4.00
X7077C My Reflections® Sweet Harmony My Stickease® $4.00
X7078A My Reflections® Cutie Pie Level 1 Kit $5.00
X7078C My Reflections® Cutie Pie Level 2 My Stickease® $4.00
X7079A My Reflections® Rough n Tumble Level 1 Kit $5.00
X7079B My Reflections® Rough 'N Tumble Lev. 2 Paper Packet $6.50
X7079C My Reflections® Rough 'N Tumble My Stickease® $4.00
X7080A My Reflections® Route 66 Level 1 Kit $5.00
X7080C My Reflections® Route 66 Level 2 My Stickease® $4.00
X7082A My Reflections® Expedition Level 1 Kit $5.00
X7082C My Reflections® Expedition Level 2 My Stickease® $4.00
X7083A My Reflections® Let's Get Together Level 1 Kit $5.00
X7084A My Reflections® Floral Tapestry Level 1 Kit $5.00
X7085A My Reflections® Everlasting Level 1 Kit $5.00
X7085B My Reflections® Everlasting Level 2 Paper Packet $6.50
X7085C My Reflections® Everlasting Level 2 My Stickease® $4.00
X7086A My Reflections® Caprice Level 1 Kit $5.00
X7086B My Reflections® Caprice Level 2 Paper Packet $6.50
X7086C My Reflections® Caprice Level 2 My Stickease® $4.00
X7087A My Reflections® Enchanted Level 1 Kit $5.00
X7087B My Reflections® Enchanted Level 2 Paper Packet $6.50
X7087C My Reflections® Enchanted Level 2 My Stickease® $4.00
X7088A My Reflections® Free Spirit Level 1 Kit $5.00
X7088B My Reflections® Free Spirit Level 2 Paper Packet $6.50
X7088C My Reflections® Free Spirit Level 2 My Stickease® $4.00
X7089A My Reflections® Life Delights Level 1 Kit $5.00
X7089C My Reflections® Life Delights Level 2 My Stickease® $4.00
X7093A My Reflections® Sweet Pea Level 1 Kit $5.00
X7093B My Reflections® Sweet Pea Level 2 Paper Packet $6.50
X7093C My Reflections® Sweet Pea Level 2 My Stickease® $4.00
X7094A My Reflections® Paper Garden Level 1 Kit $5.00
X7094C My Reflections® Paper Garden Level 2 My Stickease® $4.00
X7099A My Reflections® Whoops-A-Daisy Level 1 Kit $5.00

X8524 Simply Snapshots® Rough 'N Tumble Album Pages $4.00
X8525 Simply Snapshots® Lets Get Together Album Pages $4.00
X8526 Simply Snapshots® Floral Tapestry Album Pages $4.00
X8528 Simply Snapshots® Everlasting Album Pages $4.00
X8529 Simply Snapshots® Silhouette Album Pages $4.00
X8530 Simply Snapshots® Sweet Pea Album Pages $4.00
X8531 Simply Snapshots® Boom-Di-Ada Album Pages $4.00
X8532 Simply Snapshots® Perfect Day Album Pages $4.00

X8608 My Originals® Groovy Blossoms Card Kit $6.50
X8611 My Originals® Pretty Purses Card Kit $6.50
X8613 My Originals® Peaceful Season Card Kit $6.50
X8614 My Originals® Holiday Photo Greetings Card Kit $6.50
X8615 My Originals® From The Heart Card Kit $6.50
X8617 My Originals® Holiday Wishes Card Kit $6.50
X8620 My Originals® Merry & Bright Card Kit $6.50

Stamp Sets
A1084 My Acrylix® Sweet Flowers (Set Of 6) $2.00
A1092 My Acrylix® Simple Invites (Set Of 16) $2.00
A1093 My Acrylix® Genuine Fun (Set Of 4) $2.00
B1071 My Acrylix® Playful Numbers (Set Of 20) $4.00
B1167 My Acrylix® Thinking Of You (Set Of 6) $4.00
B1182 My Acrylix® Let It Snow (Set Of 6) $4.00
B1215 My Acrylix® Life Is (Set Of 16) $4.00
B1258 My Acrylix® Merry Little Christmas (Set Of 7) $4.00
B1260 My Acrylix® Let Us Adore Him (Set Of 5) $4.00
B1262 My Acrylix® Celebration Labels (Set Of 34) $4.00
B1277 My Acrylix® Hello Friend (Set Of 13) $4.00
C1079 My Acrylix® Playful Lowercase (Set Of 52) $6.00
C1198 My Acrylix® Let's Play Ball (Set Of 8) $6.00
C1209 My Acrylix® Christmas Scripts (Set Of 13 $6.00
C1221 My Acrylix® Choo Choo Train (Set Of 8) $6.00
C1222 My Acrylix® Seasonal Thoughts (Set Of 39) $6.00
C1226 My Acrylix® Floral Charms (Set Of 12) $6.00
C1227 My Acrylix® Our Wedding Day (Set Of 13) $6.00
C1244 My Acrylix® Glistening Snow (Set Of 11) $6.00
C1245 My Acrylix® O Christmas Tree (Set Of 26) $6.00
C1252 My Acrylix® Abundance Borders (Set Of 4) $6.00
D1013 My Acrylix® Playful Caps (Set Of 57) $8.00
D1111 My Acrylix® Card Sentiments (Set Of 10) $8.00
D1115 My Acrylix® Princess (Set Of 17) $8.00
D1211 My Acrylix® First Class (Set Of 10) $8.00
D1126 My Acrylix® Precious Alphabet (Set Of 52) $8.00
D1140 My Acrylix® Miracle (Set Of 9) $8.00
D1146 My Acrylix® Back To Nature (Set Of 7) $8.00
D1152 My Acrylix® Follow Your Dreams (Set Of 15) $8.00
D1153 My Acrylix® Because Of You (Set Of 16) $8.00
D1165 My Acrylix® Bundled Up (Set Of 10) $8.00
D1175 My Acrylix® Steep And Deep (Set Of 12) $8.00
D1176 My Acrylix® Youthful Heart (Set Of 13) $8.00
D1179 My Acrylix® Festive Thoughts (Set Of 14) $8.00
D1086 My Acrylix® Birthday Bash (Set Of 16) $8.00
D1197 My Acrylix® My One & Only (Set Of 11) $8.00

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Gift Tags and Recycled Holder

Here are several gift tags I made as a gift for a friend. Something fun to help adorn the tops of the holiday packages.

I found a great idea for "recycling" milk containers into something useful so I gave it a go. Thought it was cute way to package up gift tags. It was super quick and easy. Here's the link if you want to give it a go too. Milk Container Instructions

Monday, November 9, 2009

Christmas Card

Every year I spend weeks trying to pick out the perfect card to create and send to family and friends. This year I fell in love with the Stocking Style and had to use it to create the card. After many trials here's what I came up with.

As usual I will have cutting out to do between now and sending time. I have tried some new techniques including coloring ribbon with ink pads. It's been a fun card and I hope you all enjoy it.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Has it Been Long Enough?

Ok so I think it's about time I got back to posting on a regular basis! I'm sorry it's been so long I guess time kind of got away from me. Things have been busy around our house as I'm sure they have around yours.

I had a great early fall doing several workshops and an all day crop. It was fun for all involved. I am now concentrating on getting ready for the holidays. For me that means getting my Christmas cards started. I generally settle on a card that is way more time consuming that I like but just can't figure out a way to make it easier. I am also working on getting some of my own scrapbooking done.

I'm holding an open crop (FREE) on November 20 from 7-11pm. Bring a snack to share and come and get some scrapping (or at least some socialization) in. Email me to reserve your spot, spaces are limited.

I'll be posting some more pictures soon.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Christmas Cards Galore

I love to make Christmas cards! This year I've assembled a group of 30 cards each one being different. All have the same general design but with different stamps and mixture of paper. These went together very quickly and were lots of fun.

Take time out of your busy schedule to join me for an afternoon of card making. November 8 from 11-4 you can make these cards, enjoy some great company, have an afternoon out and get lunch too! All card materials are precut to make assembly quick and easy for you!

Cards are $20 for 30 cards. If you want to make more than one set of 30 just let me know. If you want a printed greeting inside I am offering that as well. You let me know what you want and I'll have them all ready for when you get here! To cover printing costs it will be $3 per set of 30 for the greeting addition.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Mother/Daughter Event

Bring your daughter out to have a great time! We are going to make the 6x6 album and 4 cards pictured here. All projects are beginner level and both mother and daughter will get to make each of them. You get to do some great bonding with your daughter and make some fun projects too. The 6x6 album can be used to display birthday or Christmas or other celebratory pictures and the cards are fun for different occasions.

The event is Saturday Oct 3rd, 11-3pm. Lunch is included!
Cost is $25 (you get to make 2 6x6 albums and a total of 8 cards and lunch!)
Space is limited. RSVP by Sept 19th to attend.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

New Art Coming Soon!

I have one very busy person preparing lots and lots of new and fun things. I am loving the layouts and cards and can't wait to share them all with you. I will be posting new art work this weekend. I know I've been absent for a while but will do better in the upcoming weeks.

I have several scheduled workshops in the next couple of months. You can join me for the mother/daughter event Oct 3, an all day crop (9am-midnight) in Brighton on Oct 17, a Christmas card workshop in early November and my monthly layout and techniques classes. Check back here and on my website for all the details. Things will all be up to date at the end of the holiday weekend. I will be doing lots of crafting this weekend which I can't wait for!

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Card making Birthday Party

I'm doing a birthday party for 7-9 year olds and we're making 4 cards. The girls are super excited about stamping and can't wait to get creating. I am excited too!

Let me know if there is a special event you'd like me to plan for you. What about a mini scrapbook for a bride to be or a mother to be at a shower. All the attendees can be participants. How about a Christmas card workshop for all of your friends and family. The possibilities are really endless. You could even earn FREE stuff!

Monday, August 3, 2009

Fun Placements

Here are a couple of placemats I made for a friend. She just recently had a second baby and I wanted to do something unique. When I found these on Jeanette's website I thought it would be a perfect gift for the baby (obviously when he's older) and his big sister. They were fun and easy to make. It take one and a half 12x12 page protectors. The best part is that the individual 6x6 sections can be taken out and replaced with new ones for different holidays, seasons, events, etc.! As soon as I finished my son saw them and asked where his was...guess I better get working on that!

Monday, July 27, 2009

Here's a birthday card I made for my niece. It's another Wishes template...can you tell I love that book? I made the edge scalloped which is fast becoming one of my favorite new tricks to change things up a bit. The birthday cake is the August Stamp of the Month (SOM) and it's so fun! To get your copy email me to place an order or schedule a party.

August is going to be a great month of specials! For the first half of the month if you spend $100 you get the August SOM free PLUS a current hand picked level two paper pack FREE! They are also going to pay for the tax and shipping so it's an even better deal. From August 16th and into September you can purchase or earn for free a great new card kit that will make 16 cards! This special is in honor of National Stamping Month. I will post pictures of the card kit once I get to preview it. The kit is $39.95 or you can earn it for free by purchasing $60 in stamp sets. I have loved the past two years of card kits and can't wait to get this one! Last year they sold out in 3 weeks so don't delay ordering to ensure you can get yours.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

3 Cards - 1 Pattern

Here are three cards with totally differnts looks and themes and each uses the same template. I used the Wishes How To book. It always amazes me how different things can look by changing the paper or turning the design 90 degrees.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Card Workshop

I'm having a card workshop July 11th and these are the cards you'll be making. In total you'll make 16 cards, including envelopes. There will be 2 of each of the cards shown. They are so versatile and can be used for males or females, birthdays or thank yous. The featured stamp set is Treetops and paper is from Moon Doogie. Come join us for fun and inspiration! Email for more information.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

20 Card Workshop

I am really loving the new WISHES how to book. There are card workshops where you can make 12, 16 or 20 cards complete with cutting diagrams! It's a fast and fun way to get several cards made quickly. For end of the year gifts for my son's teachers I made the 20 card workshop and split it in half (10 for each person). I put them in a decorated box with envelopes. They were very much appreciated. Here's the picture of them. I'm having a 16 card workshop at my house in July. If you're interested email for all the details!

Monday, June 22, 2009

I'm almost done with the Back Country layouts but need to get the photos printed and mounted. Hopefully sometime soon!

In the mean time I made two graduation cards for some friends. Hard to believe but these are for a set of twins that I used to babysit about making you feel old!! I wanted to cards to be complimentary but not identical. I found two great cards in the new Wishes book. I love all the cards and have been playing with if a lot!

Saturday, June 13, 2009

I'm Officially Blogging

Well I've finally figured out this blog thing! It's taken me a few weeks to get it the way I wanted but I've finally done! For me this is no small accomplishment. I am excited to have an outlet that I can easily share the papercrafting hobby I love so much. My plan is to post ideas, techniques, thoughts and some how to projects.

I'm currently working on putting together the Back Country Workshops on the Go. This paper is one of my favorite because I have lots and lots of great outdoor pictures to scrapbook. If you aren't familiar with Workshops on the Go let me quickly explain.

This is a great program that will help you get your scrapbooking moving in a direction. With a level 2 paper pack, My Stickease, a few embellishments and an instruction booklet you will complete 6 layouts with enough paper left over to at least 4-6 more layouts and some cards.

Each month I hold a workshop where you will put together these layouts. The workshop is $25 for the basic kit (this kit can be upgraded to include extra emblishments or coordinating stmap sets).

Just think 6 layouts complete each month for you to just add pictures to!! What a great way to get your scrapbooking moving. I'll post pictures of my completed layouts soon.
Check out my website for more artwork and inspiration!