Saturday, August 31, 2013

CTMH Fall Events

Sept 7, 2013  All Day Crop  10AM - 6PM       Cost $10.00
Bethel Hill United Methodist Church Hall
2000 Bethel Rd., Lansdale, PA, 19446
Bring your supplies and scrap the day away. Imagine - 8 hours of uninterrupted crafting time!  I will bring my Cricut machine and all three Close To My Heart cartridges.  There will be cash and carry items available to purchase. Bring your own lunch and we will provide drinks and snacks. 

Sept. 14, 2013      Annual Christmas Card Extravaganza   Cost $30
New Hanover Recreation Center,  2373 Hoffmansville Road
 9:30AM - 3:30PM  It will be a day of learning new tips and tricks, a delicious lunch and all the materials for 10 cards with envelopes.
New this year!!!!! * A Raffle with wonderful items made with CLOSE to MY Heart products. Tickets $1  or 6 for $5. 
Yard Sale:  A great way to sell your unused products.  Bring max of three zip lock bags priced at $5 or $10  when your items are sold 25% goes to Operation Smile. So for your $10 goodie bag you will receive $7.50 back and for the $5 goodie bag you will receive $3.50 back.  Remember only 3 bags per person, if your bag doesn’t sell, it will be returned to you.  You must be a paying customer to participate.

Sept 21, 2013   Crop for Hope   Cost $45 (includes breakfast, lunch and Dinner)
Aldine United Methodist Church, 780 Friesburg-Aldine Road, Elmer, NJ 08318
8AM to 8PM   There will be Door Prizes, Vendors, Chinese Auction and Massages
Contact me at to register or see form below:

Oct. 12 & 13, 2013        York Stamp Expo, York PA
Heirloom Productions
Betty and Joyce will have a Close To My Heart booth at the show.  Little Debi will be doing Make and Takes.

Nov. 2 & 3, 2013    Rubber Stamp Expo, Edison New Jersey
Stamp Scrap Art Tour
Betty and Joyce will have a Close To My Heart Booth at the show.  Little Debi will be doing Make and Takes.

Contact me at or by telephone 215-675-4910
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Sunday, August 25, 2013

Artbooking in August Blog Hop Week Four


Welcome to our fourth Artbooking in August Blog Hop.  I don't know about you, but I have so many ideas swimming around in my head from all the inspiration from this hop!  If you have arrived from Polly's Blog, you are on the right track.  If you ever get lost along the way, just go to Adeline's Blog where you will find the complete list of hoppers.  Today, I have a Holiday card for you.  It uses the Frosted Paper Pack, fabulous glitter paper and those cute little penguins.  Don't you just love how the patterns and colors are coordinated for you?  I used a pattern from the new "Make It From Your Heart", volume 2.  You can find it on page 45.
For added dimension, the penguin and snowflake are mounted on the front using mounting tape.  I used Liquid Applique on his hat and heat embossed the ornament with Silver Powder.  While "playing" with the papers and different cuts on the Artbooking Cartridge, I discovered that if you cut the envelope page (Photo Mat 2) for the baby mini album on page 51 at 4", it is the perfect size to hold a gift card!  So, I decided that I just had to incorporate it in my card.

Since it was meant to be inserted into a mini album, it has holes along the long edge.  I cut a 3/8" piece of the Silver Glitter Paper and adhered it to the bottom of the envelope and the bottom of the card to hide the holes.  I also cut two snowflakes (Border - Shift) at 1 1/4" from page 76 in the glitter paper.  One is on the envelope and one is on the card front.  Use care when removing them from your cricut mat because they are very delicate!  Then, add a sparkle to the center of the snowflake and insert your gift card.
I added a velcro dot to keep the envelope closed.

If you have any questions, just send me a note and I will be happy to help you.  Now it is off to Jean's Blog to see her fabulous creation.
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Sunday, August 18, 2013

Artbooking in August Blog Hop Week Three

Welcome to week three of our Artbooking in August Blog Hop.  If you are following the hop, you have just arrived from Polly's Blog.  All of the participants are listed in order on Adeline's Blog in case you get lost along the way.
This week, I have a mini album to show you.  It is not completely finished - it needs a few more photo mats and embellishments - but you will get the idea of what you can do with these mini books.  It is made with the Dream Pop Paper.  It measures 8 x 6 and the pages are a combination of the "Snapshots Mini-Album" (on pages 40 & 41) and the "Baby Mini-Album" (on pages 50 & 51).  I did not use the overlays because the papers are very busy and bright.
This is the cover of the mini book.  The colors are so bright and cheery- just like my niece!
 This is the second page.  I used various accents from the cartridge.  You can mix and match pieces from different layouts.
These are pages 3 and 4.    It is fun to mix and match the photo mats.  The Close To My Heart paper packs have coordinating cardstock and background and texture paper. so everything mixes and matches easily! 
The left page still needs photo mats.
The bright pink page is one from the "Love Mini Album".  It is the same height as the other album so the pages fit in the book however, they are not as wide.  The last page is one of the pocket pages with a few sheets of  paper so she can journal all about her special day.
Please feel free to contact me if you would like more details about the individual pages.  I would be happy to help you create your own mini album!  Also, you can check back in a day or so because I will post the completed pages with all the embellishments for you to see.
Next on your hop is Jean's Blog.  Hope you enjoy all the beautiful artwork along the way.
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Sunday, August 11, 2013

Artbooking in August Blog Hop Week Two


Welcome to week two of Artbooking in August.  I'm glad you decide to stop by - I'm sure you will be inspired by over 35 talented Close To My Heart Consultants.  If you have come from Polly's Blog, you are on the right track.  Remember this is a circular blog hop and if you get lost or confused along the way, the list is posted on Adeline's blog here.
 The Artbooking Cartridge has so many images that is is difficult to choose!  This week, I made a Christmas ornament.  It would look cute as a package tag too.  Now is the time to get a head start on your holiday projects!
Check out page 56 of the Artbooking Booklet.  The Icon image is a Christmas ball ornament. I cut that image in silver glitter paper at 4 1/4" (real dial size).  Then I cut Photo Mat 2 on page 80 at 3" (real dial size) in White Daisy cardstock.  The penguin is from the Hostess Rewards stamp set - C1560.  He is stamped using black ink and then again using Crystal Blue Ink.  The scarf and ear muffs are paper pieced and mounted onto the penguin using mounting tape, giving some dimension to the penguin.  I used the CTMH Silver Metallic Pen to accent the scarf and top band on the ear muffs. The snowball is covered in Prisma Glitter.  My original idea was to make a "shaker" type ornament so I punched a 2 1/2 circle from a piece of  transparency film and mounted it under the white doily piece.  Then I added a little prisma glitter to the inside before I completely sealed it with Liquid Glass.  However, the glitter paper is so "sparkly" that you can't really see the glitter on the inside.  So if you want to make something similar, you can easily skip that step or use regular cardstock so there is contrast between the cardstock and glitter.

I wanted to add a tag with a sentiment from the new Holiday Tags D1560 set on page 105 of the new Idea Book.   This set is perfect to add a sentiment to all those little gift bags or boxes.  The AP cartridge is usually my "go to cartridge" for tags, but I really wanted to find something I could use from the Artbooking cartridge.   Photo Mat 1 on page 83 is shaped like a tag and so I cut it at 1" (real dial size) in White Daisy and layered it onto Crystal Blue cut  about 1/8" larger all around.  The "Happy Holidays sentiment is heat embossed on the mini tag using silver powder.  The tag is tied onto the bow using Grey Baker's Twine. The bow is CTMH Color Ready Seam Binding colored with Crystal Blue Ink.  I "crumpled" the ribbon and let it dry before making the bow.  This product is so versatile - it will match every project because it can become any color ribbon.

Thank you for stopping by our blog hop. OK, now it is off to Jean's Blog, Stamping Maui, to see her beautiful creation for this week.  Happy Hopping!
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Friday, August 9, 2013

Joyful Stars August Blog Hop

 Welcome to the Joyful Stars Blog Hop and to the brand new products in the Fall & Winter Idea Book.   If you have just visited Elizabeth's Blog , then you are on the right track.
I have been having fun "playing" with the new Artbooking Cricut cartridge and have a card to show you.  This cartridge has so many possibilities it is mind boggling! It is a very simple card - the Artbooking Cartridge did all the work.

 I used the overlay (shift) on page 63 of the Artbooking Booklet cut at 4" in Colonial White.  Then I cut 2 strips of Goldrush and Outdoor Denim.  For the middle section, I cut Autumn Terracotta.  The overlay was mounted on Autumn Terracotta Cardstock.  The stamp is the new "Heartfelt Birthday Wish" on page 113 of the new Fall-Winter Idea Book using Black StazOn Ink.  The coloring was done using the Ombre technique.  Using the waterbrush or blending pen, pick up some ink (using the lightest color first) from the lid of the stamp pad.  Then color in the open letters gradually getting darker and darker.  I used Honey, Goldrush, Autumn Terracotta and Outdoor Denim Inks.
Now hop on over to Angelina's Blog to see her beautiful creation!
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Sunday, August 4, 2013

Artbooking in August Blog Hop Week One - Two Page Layout


 Welcome to the Artbooking in August Blog Hop! I'm so glad you decided to join us.  If you arrived from Polly's Blog, then you are on the right track.  With over 700 images on this cartridge you may find it hard to choose where to start!  This layout utilizes the Chantilly paper pack and uses the overlay and photo mat 1 on page 85 of the Artbooking Booklet.  They were cut two times - once in buttercup at the recommended 11" and then again in white daisy at 11.5".  The edges of the buttercup frames were sponged using Buttercup Ink.  The buttercup frames were stamped using images from "A Garden" A1119 in Buttercup Ink.  It does not show well in the photo, but it is very subtle and looks similar to a watermark.  The buttercup and white frames were layered using mounting tape.  Again, it is difficult to see in the photo, however the mounted frames have more depth in person.

 Page one uses the alphabet on the cartridge. The letters M and y were cut in Cotton Candy at 1.75" with the machine set at real dial size.  All of the elements on each page are linked - that means you set the machine at the recommended size and cut all the elements from the same page at that size.   The banner "sweet" is a title on page 49 and was cut in Cotton Candy at 11".

 Page 2 utilizes the title "XOXO" from page 48 in Cotton Candy, but I don't remember the size.  The "baby girl" was cut at 11" in Chantilly texture paper.  It is also a "title" and it is found on page 84 of the booklet.  I sponged the edges with Cotton Candy Ink.  I embellished the letter i using our bitty sparkles.  Additional embellishments include Creme Brulee Baker's Twine, Small Sparkle Flourishes and the metal heart that says love from the Base and Bling Word Accents.  For more depth and dimension, all the cut elements were mounted to the layout using mounting tape.  You may leave a comment if you have any questions and I will get right back to you.

This layout was very easy to put together using the Artbooking Cartridge!   Now hop on over to check out Jean's creation.

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Saturday, August 3, 2013

FREE All Day Crop Saturday August 24

It is hard to believe it is already August.  This summer is flying by.  Take time to scrapbook some of those summer memories or work on any project.  Imagine 10 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 three of the CTMH cartridges.  Please bring your own mat if you would like to cut anything.  There will be plenty of samples for inspiration.  Space is limited, so be sure to contact me  at to reserve your spot.
When: Saturday August 24, 2013
Where: Faith Reformed Presbyterian Church
326 Park Avenue
         Quarryville, PA 17566
Time: 9AM to 7PM
What to bring:   
1. Scrapbooking and Stamping Supplies - you may work on any projects you like

2. Your own lunch and money if you would like to order something for dinner.  There are a number of restaurants nearby, so you can order take out.

3. A snack or drink to share.

4. Samples of your projects to share ideas.

Looking forward to spending the day with you!
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