Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Feels Like Home WYW Cards for the Joyful Stars January Blog Hop

 Happy New Year!  Thank you for joining us today.  If you have come from Michelle's Blog, then you are on the right track.  You can find a list of participants on Joyce Houck's Blog.   Close To My Heart has a brand new Idea Book!  Click on the link if you would like to look through the new book.  With every paper pack in the book, you will find both a Scrapbooking Workshop Your Way and a Cardmaking Workshop Your Way.  Today, I am using the G1176 Feels Like Home Cardmaking Workshop Your Way called Love at First Sight. Our card workshops include all of the components (except for inks and glue) you need to make 12 beautiful cards, and include an exclusive stamp set.  These are the cards from the kit.

The first card, is made following the instructions included in the kit.

This card would make a beautiful Valentine, Wedding or Anniversary card.

With the second card, I used the pieces from the kit and an additional stamp set - C1752 Know That I Care instead of the stamp set that comes with the kit.  I love the watercolor look of this stamp set.


Close To My Heart stamps are paper packs are so versatile!  The charcoal gray paper is the reverse side of the large floral paper on the first card. I used the large floral image in Know That I Care and stamped it on White Daisy Cardstock to make my own background paper to coordinate with the Feels Like Home Paper.

One of my favorite components of this kit Z4213 Silver Embellishing Thread.  It is so beautiful and delicate and adds just the right touch under the flower.  The card also uses one of our fabulous Decorative Border Dies Z4241 and the Stitched and Basic Oval Dies.  The stitched dies really add texture to the cards.

Now it is time to hop on over to Joyce Gough's Blog to see her creation for this month.
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Sunday, December 9, 2018

Season of Joy Treat Holders for Joyful Stars December Blog Hop

 Welcome to the Joyful Stars December Blog Hop.  Here we are, at the end of another year and this is our last hop for 2018.  Thanks so much for joining us on our creative journey.  If you have come from Michelle's Blog, then you are on the right track.  If you get lost along the way, you will find a complete list of participants on Joyce's Blog.  Today, I have a Christmas treat holder to show you.  I used the Season of Joy Cricut Cartridge to cut the elf feet, sentiment and costume.  The cartridge has a lot of must have Christmas images.  Since Elf is our favorite family movie, I  especially wanted to use the elf images.  The "elf" legs are candy in long bags. 

Here are the basic images in this fabulous cartridge.  It also contains a 3-D Christmas Village and adorable 3-D treat holders.

Here you can see that I cut two shoes.  I tried to make it free standing, however the "costume" was top heavy so it is leaning on the green branches.  I'm sure some "paper engineers" could figure out how to make it stand alone.

My inspiration for the treat holder was another talented Close To My Heart Consultant, Kelly Fitzgerald.  She shared a treat bag on one of our consultant groups.  Here are two similar bags - these are bags with a handle.  They are large enough to hold a small gift.

 The first one uses paper from "Tis The Season -  this packet has traditional Christmas colors.

This bag uses paper from the Oh What Fun collection.  The colors are bright and cheerful - they are perfect for scrapbooking your snow photos.
I would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!  Be sure to come back and join us on January 10, 2019.

Now it is time to hop on over to Joyce Gough's Blog to see her creation.

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Thursday, November 22, 2018

Black Friday Sale

Exciting news - there will be a Black Friday and Cyber Monday sale on my website!  The Black Friday sale starts at 12:00 am (MST) on November 23 and will end at 11:59 pm the same day. The Cyber Monday sale will begin at 12:00 am (MST) on Monday, November 26, and end at 11:59 pm the same day.  All sales are "While Supplies Last so be sure to shop early for the best selection.
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Friday, November 9, 2018

Oh What Fun Layout for The Joyful Hearts November Blog Hop

 Hello and welcome to the Joyful Stars November Blog Hop.  If you have come from Michelle's Blog then you are on the right track.  If you get lost along the way, you can find a complete list of participants on Joyce's Blog.  Today I have a scrapbook page made using the Oh What Fun (X7238B) paper pack.  The papers are so bright and colorful!  The base pages are Glacier cardstock - I wanted it to look like a snowy sky.

Then, I cut snowflake stencils on my Explore Cricut machine using the new Stencil Sheets (Z4244). After taping them down with washi tape, I applied the new Texture Paste (Z4245) using the Palette Knives (Z4247).  This was my first attempt and you can see that the paste is not very thick in some places.  The next time, I will make it a bit thicker and add glitter to the paste so the snowflakes would sparkle.   Overall, the texture paste gives the pages some dimension.  The accents for journaling on the left page were stamped using  D1786 Quotable Words.

This photo shows a close up of some of the snowflakes.

The right page also has a flip flap and incorporates one of the Picture My Life cards included in the paper packet.  The banner and mittens are from the Artistry Cricut Collection.  There are also a few snowflakes for embellishment that were cut using White Glitter Paper.

I would like to wish you  a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family and friends!
Now it is time to hop on over to Joyce Gough's Blog to see her fabulous creation.
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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

November All Day Crop is Cancelled

Happy November everyone!  The fall colors have been beautiful here in the east.  I just wanted to let you know that the November all day crop scheduled for Saturday November 17 has been cancelled. I will be on vacation that week.
The next crop will be held on January 19 at Bethel Hill United Methodist Church.

  January All Day Crop
January 19, 2019

Mark your calendar and RSVP to secure a spot.  Come take time to scrapbook your photos or work on any project.  Imagine 7 hours of uninterrupted crafting!  You can bring along any type of project - cards to make, scrapbooking, quilting, sewing, beading or whatever you are working on right now.  I will bring my Cricut machine and all six of the CTMH cartridges.  Please bring your own mats (if you have them)  if you would like to cut anything.  There will be plenty of samples for inspiration including the CTMH Idea Books.
Space is limited, so be sure to contact me at to reserve your spot.

Bethel Hill United Methodist Church
2000 Bethel Road
Lansdale, PA 19446
10AM to 5PM
Drinks and snacks will be provided
Bring a bag lunch and a snack if you like
Looking forward to seeing you!

Cost is only $15
that includes a $5 product credit 

There have been a few requests so we will have a card class that will focus on new products and techniques at the January Crop.  The cost will be $10 - you can use your $5 product credit for the class.
Please RSVP for the crop and if you would like to attend the card class so I can prepare for the class.
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Thursday, October 25, 2018

CLose To My Heart Flash Sale

Here is some exciting news - Close To My Heart is having a Flash Sale starting Friday October 26 at 5PM and ending at 3PM on Saturday October 27.  Al items are while supplies last so be sure to shop early for the best selection.  This sale is only available beginning at 5PM Friday on my website.
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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Grateful Hearts Cards for the Joyful Stars October Blog Hop

 Welcome to the Joyful Stars October Blog Hop.  Thank you for joining us today.  If you have come from Michelle's Blog, then you are on the right track.  If you get lost along the way, you can find a complete list of participants on Joyce's Blog.  Today, I have cards made with the Grateful Heart Paper Pack.  Of course, this is my favorite paper pack since fall is my favorite season!  Each of the Close To My Heart Paper Packs has a cards workshop kit.  This card uses one of the patterns from the kit. The butterfly and sentiment are from the Grateful Heart Cardmaking set.
The butterfly was heat embossed and I used the Clear Shimmer Pen to pick up ink from the lid of the coordinating stamp pads.  It is so pretty and it sparkles in person.  The shimmer pen is a great option to add color with ink or the watercolor pencils.

This card uses a wreath from the Flower Market cartridge.  All of the leaves and greens are cut with the Flower Market Cartridge as well.

I hope you enjoy all of beautiful artwork on our hop!
Now it is time to hop on over to Joyce Gough's Blog.
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