Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Christmas Tags

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I made this box and tags for this Christmas season.  No supply list was made for these but I hope you will enjoy them and maybe get some inspiration from them too! 

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May you have a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year and we will be back again in January for some regular posts! 


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Saturday, December 17, 2011

Gift Card Holders


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I made these gift card holders to use this Christmas.  I never kept track of all the supplies I used (there were too many) but I wanted to show you anyways.  Happy Holidays!

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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

December Blog Hop - Stickease

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Welcome! If you have come from  Jennifer’s blog you are on the right track. 
It has been awhile since I participated in a blog hop!  I so miss doing them.  I hope to get back to participating each month for the winter at least.  This month we are featuring My Stickease.  These are heavy weight stickers that coordinate with the my reflections Paper Packet from Close To My Heart. 
I have to admit that I was not really a fan of stickers.  When i first started scrapbooking many years ago, a consultant from another company encouraged me to place stickers randomly around my cropped and cut up photos. And these stickers had nothing to do with the theme of the page either.  But that was how she taught her classes.  Needless to say I only took ONE class like that.  But it turned me off of stickers for years.  It is only in the last couple of years that I started looking at the My Stickease that coordinated with the papers from Close To My Heart.  They match the papers, they coordinate with the papers and theme of the layout and there are so many things you can do to the stickers to “dress them up”. 
On this layout:
I placed the sticker directly onto my base page.
I layered them onto cardstock
I placed baby powder on the backing to eliminate the stickiness and then popped them up with foam dots
I placed brads through them
I used a fine tip glue pen to trace the lettering or design then applied prisma glitter
I cut a scalloped circle on one side to have one flat edge to place against my photo mat
So as you can see there are many ways you can dress them up to suit your taste or design. 
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All supplies are from Close To My Heart unless otherwise noted:
Magic – Juggling Act Sketch
X7146B Wonderland Paper
X7146C Wonderland My Stickease
Z2124 Grey Flannel Ink
Colors are Chocolate, Grey Flannel, twilight, Spring Iris and White Daisy
Amethyst Bigger Brad
Foam Dots
Quickie Glue pen
Paper Shapers corner rounder,1 inch and 11/4 inch circle punch
Prisma Glitter
Finger dauber
Now you can continue on your hop by going to Luisa’s Blog!

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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Using Postcards on Layouts

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Do you ever take photos of places you seen on a holiday only to get home and find out that they did not turn out? That is what happened to me when I went to Washington in 2010. It was a good thing I bought a packet of postcards, so that is what I scrapbooked this page with.

While I was in Washington I also picked up a couple of brochures of the places that we seen. So I made the left hand page into a pocket page. That way I can store the brochures and extra postcards with the pages.

To do that all I did was make the layout as I normally do then cut the top off just above the striped piece. Then I glued that onto another 12x12 base page and only glued the sides and the bottom leaving the top with no adhesive so I can tuck my brochures in. So my title is actually on the back base page and the rest is on the front of the pocket.

All supplies are from Close To My Heart unless otherwise noted:

Passages Paper Packet X7126B

Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge

Passages Epoxy Clips Z1318

Mocha Opaque's Z1333

Olive Mini Medley Z1489

Chocolate Waxy Flax Z1088

Cocoa Ribbon

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Friday, December 9, 2011

Making a Bracket using Art Philosophy

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This was a fun and easy layout to make. I made the Bracket shape on my Cricut with the exclusive to Close To My Heart Cricut cartridge Art Philosophy.

To Make the bracket I used a sheet of 12x12 Pacifica cardstock and punched in the Square 3 shape on page 43 of the booklet or (C3…third image on the third row) and cut it at 10 ¾ . I then used the same image but cut it at 9 ¼ for the Colonial White bracket. I cut off the right side of the image and placed it onto my layout. Fairly simple, but yet makes an impact on the layout.

I also used up some of my older nail heads that have been in my stash for 4 or 5 years. It is time to use them up! I challenge you to make a layout and use something that has been in your stash for years too, be it paper or flowers or eyelets!

All supplies are from Close To My Heart unless otherwise noted:

X7141B Elemental Paper Packet

Colors are Pacifica, Desert Sand, Cranberry and Colonial White

D1159 Coffee Shop Stamp Set

Z2192 Pacifica Ink

Z2118 Desert Sand Ink

Cranberry Nail Heads

Z1686 Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge


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Saturday, December 3, 2011

Gift certificate Holders

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When I give a gift certificate, I like to decorate a cute little card to put it in. These are really simple to make. My gift certificates are 3 ½ x 6 1/4.

I took crystal Blue cardstock cut to 10 x 7 ¼

Scored it at 4 inches and 8 inches

I folded up the 2 inch strip and glued down just the sides with very thin adhesive.

Then I decorated it.

One of the other things I did to these is colored my sparkles brown. I took the regular clear sparkles and colored them in with my Copic Marker E47. I set them aside to dry only a minute and then placed them on the tree on the front of my card and on the holly Berries on the inside of the card. Since I bought my Copic markers I buy a lot of embellishments in clear or white and color them with my Copics to match whatever I am working with. This saves a lot of money as I don’t need sparkles in every color now.

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All supplies are from Close To My Heart unless otherwise noted:

X7146B Wonderland Paper

Crystal Blue and Chocolate Cardstock

Z2111 Chocolate Ink

Z2117 Crystal Blue Ink

D1492 Christmas Love Stamp Set

D1243 Peace on Earth Stamp Set

Chocolate Polka Dot Ribbon

Z1104 Clear Sparkles

Z1263 Bitty Sparkles Clear

Finger Daubers

E47 Copic Marker

Martha Stewart Cherish Border Punch


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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

The Greatest Gift Is Family

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The Sonoma paper packet makes lovely layouts. I just love working with it.

This is a layout made from a design in the Magic How To Book, Disappearing Act. Using these sketches are so easy. Follow the paper cutting directions, and placement of them on your layout, then attach a few embellishments, your photos and you are done. For embellishments I used my cuttlebug and cut out the large circle and used my Smokey Plum cardstock to cut out a lacy circle for a mat. I also used some crystal flowers I got from Michaels.

All Supplies are from Close To My Heart

Magic, Disappearing Act Sketch

Sonoma Paper Packet X7143B

Colors are Bamboo, Smokey Plum, Cocoa and Olive.

Sonoma Stamp Set C1476

Pewter Mini Medley Accents Z1487

Large Circle Spellbinders

Lacy Circle Spellbinders

Crystal flowers Michaels

Glue dots

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Monday, November 28, 2011

Art Philosophy and Typeset = One Fine Day

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I had fun making this layout because I got to play a little bit with the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge Exclusive to Close To My Heart. I cut out the Fancy Square focal point in the center of the layout using the green patterned paper and I cut it at 10 ¾ inches. Then with the numbered patterned paper I cut the same image only a little smaller at 9 inches to make it fit perfectly inside the first one. I also cut 3 stars at 1 ¾, one at 2 and the other one at 2 ¼ inches. But one of my favorite things I cut was the fancy square shape at 1 ¼ inches then I stamped perfectly inside with the UR Special image from the Typeset stamp set. How cool is that?

Another thing I did on this layout was to paint pearl paint on some of the milepost shapes and right on the base pages to add a little highlighting.

All supplies are from Close To My Heart unless otherwise noted:

X7139B Typeset Level 2 Paper Packet

Typeset Stamp Set

D1220 Typewriter Keys

D1420 A Little Everything

E1019 Bohemian Alphabet

X2105 Black Ink Pad

Z2165 JUNIPER Ink Pad

Z1686 Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge

Z1464 Milepost Shapes

Z1039 Create a shade Pearl Paint

Z1298 Texture tools

Z1151 3D Foam Tape


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Thursday, November 24, 2011

Using Mischief Paper on non Halloween Layout

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Do you know which paper packet I used on this layout? I used the Mischief My Reflections Kit, primarily a Halloween or Fall kit but it can be used for so many other layouts as shown here. That is what I love about the Close To My Heart Paper kits, they are so versatile you can use them for just about any layout, all you need is a little imagination to look “outside of the box”.

All supplies are from Close To My Heart unless otherwise noted:

Magic Performance Sketch

X7144B Mischief Paper Packet

4475 Archival True Black Ink

Z2104 Barn Red Ink

Z2191 Sunset Ink

C1477 Mischief Stamp Set

Z1393 Black Mini Medley

Z1335 Licorice Opaque's

Z1278 Hearts Dimensional Elements

Z1089 Black Waxy Flax

Black Ribbon

Barn Red Metal Accessories

Bazzill Paper Flowers

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Monday, November 21, 2011

Time to Celebrate


This is a layout of my precious granddaughter Maddison.  I made this layout shortly after her birth in March of 2011 but I didn’t keep a list of items I used.  I still wanted to share it with you so…enjoy, 

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Friday, November 18, 2011

Scrapbooking with the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge


For this layout I used the Final Act Sketch from the Magic book. I did quite a few changes to the sketch as it didn’t fit my photos, but that is what I like about the sketches, they are adaptable to the way you want to use them. They are just like a starting point, A little inspiration.

I also used the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge to cut out the large mat on the left page. I cut this out at 10 inches (on the size dial) and it cut it in a rectangle, 10 long and 8 or so wide. For the patterned piece on the right page I wanted the same look but I didn’t want a huge rectangle I only wanted a one inch border. So I cut my paper at one inch wide and temporarily glued it to the mat I cut out on the cricut lining up the outer edge, turned it over so I could see the half circles then took my one inch circle punch and cut. I hope that makes sense.

All supplies are from Close To My Heart unless otherwise noted:

Magic – Final Act sketch

Typeset paper packet

Desert Sand Ink

Finger dauber

Milepost shapes

Typeset stamp set

Art Philosophy cricut cartridge

One inch circle punch EK Success

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Monday, November 14, 2011

Quick layout


Are you finding that you don’t have time to scrapbook but would really like to get some pages done quickly?  Well, I have the answer for you!

Just order one of our paper packets, and our Matching Stickease, everything coordinates for you so you save time trying to match up everything.  Throw in a sketch from one of our How To Books like Magic, Cherish, Imagine or Reflections and you can get layouts done in no time! 

All supplies are from Close To My Heart

Lucky Paper X7137B

Lucky Stickease X7137C

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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Pleats and Pinwheels


I really like the Roxie papers, and when I seen the plaid paper in the kit I knew I wanted to make pleats with it. This is a fairly easy thing to do. I took 2 strips 12 inches long and 1 inch wide each. I then scored the strips at 3/4 ‘’, 1”, 1 ¾”, 2”, 2 ¾”, 3” and so on down the length of the strip. I repeated this for the second strip as well. Then I just folded along the score marks alternating direction. Then I glued it down on my layout.


These pinwheels were also easy to make. You need to start with your paper being square. So for the small ones I used 2 inch square paper and the larger one I used 3 inch square paper. I found the center of the square then cut the corners into the square about half way to the center. I did this for all four corners. Then I used a glue dot in the center and folded one side of the corner into the center on the glue dot to hold it down. I repeated this for all the corners then placed an adhesive sparkle in the center to finish it off.

All supplies are from Close To My Heart unless otherwise noted:

X7140B Roxie Paper packet

D1452 Find your style stamp set

D1339 Moments in Time stamp set

4475 Black Archival Ink

Z1377 Color ready kraft borders

Z1104 Sparkles

Glue Dots

Storybook Cricut Cartridge

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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Christmas Card Workshop


I am hosting a Christmas Card Workshop on Saturday  November 26th at 1pm

We will be making the 10 cards shown (2each of 5 different designs).  Cost is $12OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I will also be hosting the Card Box immediately following the card class.  The card box is OPTIONAL. 

Cost for the box AND the cards is $25. 

Space is limited and prepayment is required by November 16th. 

Call to book your spot today! 


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Friday, October 28, 2011

2 Spooky for Halloween


I just love these little characters. They are so fun to work with. I stamped them with Black archival ink and heat set it so it would not run when I was coloring them. I squeezed my closed ink pad to get some ink on the lid of the pad. Then I took my blending pen and gathered a small amount of ink onto the tip of my blending pen and colored these little cuties in. I used 2 of them in place of the “o’s” in the word spooky. I stamped the rest of the letters onto white cardstock then cut them out leaving a little of the white for a border.

Hooligans paper packet X7129B

D1437 Party Animal stamp set

C1477 Mischief stamp set

E1016 Friendship Alphabet

Solo 2 stamp set

Gypsy Ink

Pear Ink

Black Archival Ink

Heat gun

Blending pen

Gypsy marker

Finger dauber

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Monday, October 24, 2011

Pumpkin Patch


Warning: This is not a 15 minute layout!

I seen another Close To My Heart consultant (sorry cannot find it again) made a layout similar to this one and I just had to scrap lift it. I used a lot of the same things she did but I did make quite a few changes to mine.

I used the Dreamin paper packet for this layout but I did not have any of the blue patterned paper left so I made my own. To do this I used plain Pacifica cardstock and the square dotted stamp that came with the Dreamin Workshop on the go stamp set. I inked up the stamp with colonial white pigment ink and randomly stamped onto the cardstock. I then took my Clear embossing powder and sprinkled it all over the piece. Heat set it with my heat gun, and my very own patterned paper was created.


For the title “pumpkin patch” I used the art philosophy cricut cartridge exclusive to Close To My Heart and cut out the letters onto desert sand cardstock. I wanted them to have some texture so I used the same stamp as I did on the blue background piece and stamped onto the letters with chocolate ink. I then placed my brads into the holes that were automatically cut with the cricut. (This was very time consuming but made the letters stand out so much) I then took my Desert sand marker and traced around the letter edges to define them.

I also used the Art Philosophy cartridge to cut out the leaves then used the stamp from Harvest happiness, to stamp directly onto them.

The bracket around my little pumpkin Novalee was also cut with Art Philosophy.

The pumpkins and attached leaves were stamped with the Harvest Memories stamp set and cut out by hand.

All papers were distressed with Chocolate Ink and a finger dauber.

All supplies are from Close To My Heart unless otherwise noted:

Dreamin Paper packet

Stamps: Harvest Memories, Harvest Happiness, and Dreamin

Inks: Chocolate, Colonial White, Olive and Goldrush

Desert sand marker

Clear Embossing powder

Embellishments: Designer buttons, Antique Copper Brads, Milepost shapes, chocolate waxy flax,

Other: adhesive, glue dots, foam dots, piercing tool, heat gun, craft tray, finger dauber, and tweezers.

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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Autumn Days


It seemed like forever since I had the time to scrapbooks so really enjoyed making this page. I really enjoyed making the folded paper banners. It was something simple but yet a little different. To do this I took my 6 inch paper strip and stamped a border stamp on it. Then I scored it as follows: 1 ¼, 1 ½, 2 ¼, 2 ½, 3 ½, 3 ¾, 4 ½, and 4 ¾. Then I folded on the score lines to resemble the banner. I glued the folds down with mini glue dots and then placed a Shimmer brad in the center. I then placed it on the border strip of the same color. It is hard to see in the photo but it stands out nicely on the layout in person. Also done was some distressing…Edge distressing on both the photos and sponged Chocolate Ink on all the papers. I finished the layout off with some Bronze glitter gel on the centers of the fluff flower.


All supplies are from Close To My Heart unless otherwise noted:

X7142B Dreamin Level 2 paper packet

Dreamin Stamp Set

D1490 Backdrop Charmed

Z2111 Chocolate Ink

Z2123 Goldrush Ink

Z2192 Pacifica Ink

Z1349 Shimmer Designer Brads

Z1483 Bronze Glitter Gel

Z1297 Edge Distresser

Z697 Sponge

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Thursday, October 13, 2011

A Christmas Layout

This layout has a few of the Dimensional Elements On Target circles. These Circles just make the layout.  They are really to use too.  First, decide which size you would like and punch it out from the backing.  Take the finishing files and file down any little tabs that were holding it onto the backing.  Next I took my finger dauber and inked it up with the Tulip ink and using little circles rubbed the chipboard circles to transfer the ink. Repeat this process. The more you do this the darker the ink will transfer.  I stamped my letters using the Posterboard Stamp set and Creme Brulee Ink and cut them out leaving a little white border around the letter.  I stamped some of the presents right onto the base pages and I also stamped some of them on extra cardstock and cut them out to layer them.  Added some ribbon and the layout was complete. 

All supplies are from Close To My Heart
Jingle Paper Packet
Something special stamp set
Posterboard stamp set
Creme Brulee ink
Tulip Ink
twinkle brads jolly assortment
Cranberry designer ribbon rounds
Dimensional elements On Target
Finger daubers
Finishing files
Glue dots
Piercing tool

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Monday, October 10, 2011

Christmas is coming!

Here is a Christmas card I made a while ago.  I misplaced the list of all the items I used but I still wanted you to see it.  Hope you enjoy it.

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Thursday, October 6, 2011 and everyday

For this layout I used the Dreamin papers. These papers now come double sided and cardstock weight and it was so hard to choose which side I wanted to use. So after much flipping of the papers I decided that this combination looked best. I paired this paper with the coordinating My Stickease and the Harvest Charms. Close To My Heart makes it so easy to do this when they make embellishments to match. The only stamping done on this layout was the date.

All supplies are from Close To My Heart unless otherwise noted:
Colors are Bamboo, Goldrush, Chocolate and Pacifica
Dreamin Paper Packet X7142B
Dreaming My Stickease X7142C
Harvest Charms Z1633
Save The Date Stamp Set D1386
EK Success Double Embossed Dotted Lace Border Punch

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Monday, October 3, 2011

one page layout

This is a layout we made at a gathering a little while ago. One of the benefits of hosting and attending a gathering is being able to make a FREE layout or card. I know the gals really enjoyed making this one. We used the Kraft Color Ready Borders that are self adhesive making them easy to place anywhere on your layout. We did some distressing with the finger daubers (this is a little time consuming but it is well worth the effort and time). We stamped some flourishes right on the layout then placed some stamped and cut out flowers around them. Finally we added some of the Opaques pearls (which are adhesive backed) on the flowers.

All supplies are from Close To My Heart:
Miracle papers X7133B
Colors are Bamboo, Crystal Blue, Heavenly Blue and Sweet Leaf
Kraft Color ready borders Z1377
Sofia Stamp Set B1379
Polka Dot Alphabet Stamp Set D1469
Opaques Pearl adhesive gems Z1336

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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

This was another layout I made a while ago where I never wrote down the supplies I used but I still wanted to show you .  Enjoy

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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Good Times

I made this layout a while ago and I never wrote down what supplies I used but I still wanted to post it for you.  So here it is...enjoy.

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Friday, September 16, 2011

Bliss Paper equals beautiful layouts

This is another quick and easy layout.  I feel like a broken record sometimes but it is true.  15 minutes and you are done.  That is the way it is with Close To My Heart products.  They make everything coordinate so it is quick and easy for us to get some scrapbooking done. 

All supplies are from Close To My Heart
Bliss Paper Packet X7132B
Bliss My Stickease X7132C
Bliss Level 2 Assortment Z1355
EK Success Scallop Punch

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Set of Masculine Cards

Sometimes it is hard to make masculine cards without looking too girly. With the You and Me Stamp set Masculine cards are a breeze! This is a versatile set that can be used for any occasion, from Baby to Father’s day to your most precious wedding photos! All you have to do is change the colors you are using!

All supplies are from Close To My heart unless otherwise noted:
Colors are Olive, Bamboo, Kraft and Colonial White
Exclusive inks Desert sand and Olive
Stamp sets: You and Me D1495
Jubilation D1457
Card Chatter Birthday D1475
Say it in Style D1283
Beautiful things D1298
Basic Buttons Z1358
Bamboo Bigger Brads (retired)
Antique Copper Bitty Brads Z1368
Waxy Flax Green
Paper Shapers 1 ¼ inch circle punch

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Monday, September 5, 2011


Wow! Awesome, awesome, awesome is all I can say about Roxie! This paper rocks! There are so many things done to this layout. Let me see…first off the 10 thinks pocket is a premade embellishment from Close To My Heart. It is blank on the front so you can decorate it how you wish and the ten strips come pre-numbered for you to journal on and embellish. The Red ribbon comes pleated so all you have to do is attach it to your layout. The Scalloped Circles, the fancy bookplate with I Love about you stamped on it and the hearts were all cut out using the New Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge. All done with Close To My Heart’s motto in mind…faster, simpler, easier.

All supplies are form Close To My Heart:
Roxie Paper Packet X7140B
Colors are Black, Smoothie, Desert Sand, Tulip and Colonial White
My Acrylix 10 Things stamp set C1474
10 Things Pocket Z1412
Bling Assortment Z1466
Designer red Ribbon Collection Z1615
Colonial White Waxy Flax Z1081

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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

With Photos or Without?

 Someone told me that they prefer to look at artwork without the photos attached.  The photos are too distracting when browsing.  What do you think?  When you look at the layouts on my blog and on other blogs, do you prefer to see the artwork without the photos or with them?  I am undecided about this.   My blog was created to show off all the great things that Close To My Heart sells and things you can make with that stuff.  It wasn't created so I can show you my life and family.  Ok, so that doesn't sound right but you know what I mean.  My family is important to me but not necessarily to you.  So what do you prefer when you are looking at others blogs?  With photos on the layouts or without?  Let me know.  You can send me a private message or you can comment below.  I would like to hear your opinion. 
There is a lot going on with this layout. I loved making the banner for my title. To do that I took a 1 ¼ inch square and cut it from corner to corner. Then I sponged some of them with baby pink ink and the other ones with cotton candy ink. Then with Archival Black ink. I also used some of the black Epoxy Stickers and layers them with some stamped images. I also did some stamping right on the layout in a few places.

All supplies are from Close To MY Heart unless otherwise noted:
Sweetheart Papers X7134B
Colors are Black, Cotton Candy, Tulip and Baby Pink
Sweetheart Level 2 Assortment Epoxy Stickers Z1386
Sweetheart Stamp Set B1370
Friendship Alphabet

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Saturday, August 27, 2011

A Layout made with the New Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge!

This was a really fun layout to make. I got to play with the new Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge. This cartridge is exclusive to Close To My Heart, you won't find it at any other store for purchase. 

I cut out the leaves on colonial white cardstock and then I stamped the coordinating leaves using a variation of the rock and roll technique. To do this I inked up the leaf stamp in goldrush ink. Then I dabbed on some color using Autumn Terracotta and Chocolate. I even used a bit on Olive too son a few of the stamps. This gives you a one of a kind look to the ink and leaves.

I also cut out the Blue patterned paper from the Art Philosophy Cartridge. So fun…

All supplies are from Close to My Heart unless otherwise noted:

Grace Paper Packet X7117B
Colors are Twilight, Goldrush, Autumn terracotta, Bamboo and Chocolate.
Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge Z1686
Happy Harvest Stamp Set C1436 (coordinates with Art Philosophy)
Color ready Cork Alphabet Z1450
Clear Buttons Z1391
Goldrush Waxy Flax (retired)
Corner Rounder Z578
Harvest Charms Z1633

To cut from Art Philosophy:
Leaf 2 B4 size 2”
Leaf 4 D6 size 1 ½”
Leaf 1 E2 size 2 ½”
Shape 8 C7 size 11”

One the keyboard I have named each key separate. What I did was name each row A, B, C, D and E starting at the top going down. Then I named each one across from 1-10. So 4 down and 6 across is D6. I hope that makes sense to you.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Happy Retirement Card

For this card I wanted to make it a “Use It Up” card. Which means going into my stash and using up some of the things that have been retired or I have had for ages. You know what I mean, we all have it…stuff we have bought years ago and have not used. I challenge you to “use it up” this week as well.

For the leaves I inked them up in Honey Ink and then dabbed random spots with autumn terracotta and Olive ink. I then stamped them onto Colonial white textured cardstock and cut them out.

All supplies are from Close to My Heart unless otherwise noted:
Black cardstock
Bamboo and Colonial White textured cardstock
Autumn terracotta B&T papers
Autumn Terracotta brads (unknown…they were a gift)
Party Pennants C1429
Natures Vein D1232
Autumn Terracotta Ink Z1201
Olive Ink Z2137
Honey Ink Z2162
Foam Tape Z268

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Friday, August 19, 2011

Quick and Easy Layouts

These are very simple pages to do. The sketch is from the Magic book…magician’s choice. It uses very little patterned paper so leftovers from some other pages would do. Throw in a couple of cardstock and you have your layout!

All supplies are from Close To My Heart unless otherwise noted:
Sketch from the Magic Book…Magician’s Choice
Lucky Paper Packet X7137B
Colors are Olive, Outdoor Denim, Desert Sand and Colonial White
Ribbon, Green Collection (retired)
Buttons Green Assortment Z1372
Colonial White Waxy Flax Z1081
EK Success Bracket Border Punch

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Monday, August 15, 2011

It has been a while...

I used to play a lot of Bingo a few years ago. It was sort of a family tradition in our family. So when the Lucky Papers came out I was really excited! They would go perfect with my Bingo photos. I really like the Lucky Level 2 Assortment Chipboard Accents. They are lightweight, thick chipboard with a shiny finish.

Again, Close To My Heart has a winner here with these coordinating accents.

All supplies are form Close To My Heart unless otherwise noted:
Sketch…Magic…Parlor Trick
Lucky Paper Packet X7137B
Colors are Desert Sand, Bamboo, Olive, Sunset, Outdoor Denim and Colonial White
Lucky My Stickease X7137C
Lucky Level 2 Assortment Z1356
Outdoor Denim Exclusive Inks Z2140
Moments in Time Stamp Set D1339

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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Exciting News!!!!

I have got some exciting new to share today!  Close To My Heart has teamed up with the makers of the Cricut machine and we now have our own exclusive cartridge!  It is called Art Philosophy and it is paired up with 3 of our My Acrylix Stamp Sets and 3 Dimensional Elements Sheets to make some awesome artwork.  On top of that, numerous other My Acrylix Stamp Sets in the Idea Book pair wonderfully with images on the cricut Cartridge. 
There are 700 different shapes on the Cricut cartridge, ranging from elegant rosettes and lace to trendy gift boxes and banners. Oh, and there is an alphabet too! 
 This is a photo of the CTMH Cricut Bundle Art Philosophy with the 3 exclusive stamp sets and the Dimensional Elements. 
 This is a picture on the back of the Cricut Box.  This is just some of the images you will be able to cut. 
 This is the overlay Keypad that shows the functions. 

And the best news is that you get the Cricut Art Philosophy Collection for only $109.95. 
It includes:
1 Cartridge (700 images, font, Shapes and 3-D items)
3 Coordinating My Acrylix D Size Stamp Sets
3 Coordinating 9x12" Dimensional Elements Sheets (tags, mixed shapes, banners)
This collection along with all the other NEW Close To My Heart items unveiled in our New Fall/Winter 2011 Idea Book starts on Monday, August 1st. 
You can see all the current Idea Books here.  Note: the New fall/winter idea book will not be live until Monday August 1st so be sure to stop by on Monday to check out the link then. 

Just ask me how you can get this collection for 50% off! 

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Monday, July 11, 2011

A Christmas Layout in July!

A Christmas Layout in July.  As you can see, I do not scrapbook in order.  Whatever inspires me is what I use.  This time I was going through some old pictures and these just junped out at me. 

All supplies are from Close To My Heart unless otherwise noted:

Imagine…Double Take
Mistletoe Paper Packet X7130B
Colors are Cranberry, New England Ivy, and Colonial White
New England Ivy Exclusive Inks Z2135
Stamps: Notice the Details D1378
No Peeking D1177
Share the Magic D1443
Sparkles Z1326
EK Success Dotted Scallop Border Punch
Copic Markers
Prisma Colored Pencils
Lyra Metallic Pencils

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Monday, July 4, 2011


I have to admit that this paper Packet…Fanfare… was not my favorite. In fact I really did not care for it at all. But, I bought it anyways to see if I can make some layouts with it. And it was not even a challenge at all. Once I pulled it out of the package and seen it in person and started working with it things just went together quickly. I really like this layout. This is a Magic layout…Hocus Pocus. Nice, Clean and simple. I hope you like it too!

Supplies used are from Close To My Heart
Magic - Hocus Pocus
Colors are White daisy, Cranberry, Pacifica, Sky, and Sunny Yellow.
X7138B Fanfare Paper Packet
X7138C Fanfare My Stickease

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Monday, June 27, 2011

Quick and Easy Layouts

Here is a quick and easy page with not too many supplies.  I think it only took me 15 minutes to make.  When I use the coordinating My Stickease there are sample layouts on the backside.  If I like them then I can just copy the layout, place the stickases on and Wa - La my layout is done!  Simple.  It just cannot get any better than that! 

All supplies are from Close To My heart unless otherwise noted. 
Magnifique paper packet X7127B
Magnifique Stickease X7127A
Unity Stamp set C1422

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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Use up that Stash

For this layout I wanted to use some of my stash up, so almost everything that I used is retired. I hope you don’t mind. I would like to challenge you to “use Up” some of your stash too.

All supplies are from Close To My Heart
Majestic Blue Paper Packet X7081B
Textured Cardstock Crystal Blue and Outdoor Denim
Bamboo cardstock
Stamps: Solo I
Solo L
Pewter Brads
Pewter Photo clips

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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Scrapbooking with not so great pictures

These pictures are not perfect. Many years ago I scanned in some old Polaroid photos into my computer to make sure the memories were preserved. My scanner at the time was an old one. Long story short, when I printed them off they were all pixilated. I was so disappointed, so I filed them away not wanting to scrapbook them. But the reason I scrapbook is to tell the stories and memories with pictures and text. So, although the pictures are not perfect they still tell a story. And here they are.

All supplies are from Close To My Heart unless otherwise noted:
Magic…Mesmerize Sketch
Jingle paper Packet X7115B
Colors are Olive, Tulip and White Daisy
Stamp Sets: Peace on Earth D1243
Tiny Typewriter Alphabet D1222
A Timber A1110
Sparkles Red Collection Z1326
EK Success Scalloped Scallop Border Punch
Martha Stewart Himalayan Snowflake Large

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