Saturday, October 21, 2017

Featured Paper Blog Hop-Beary Christmas

Welcome to our Close To My Heart Featured Paper Collection Blog Hop!

We will be showcasing October's featured Beary Christmas Paper Pack through AWESOME artwork shared by our talented Close to my Heart consultants.

If you are visiting from Brenda’s blog then you are on the right track, if not or if you would like to start from the beginning, please start at the beginning with our hostess, Carol.

Please enjoy my project before heading on to Haley’s blog.

A friend shared her version of a rocker card and I fell in love. A rocker card starts with circles. The base 5 1/2" circle cut from New England Ivy cardstock. A second 5" circle is cut from pattern paper, here I am using the New England Ivy pattern paper. 

The next pieces are the circles creating a place for the sentiment and embellishments. Here I changed it up a little. The original circles would be 3 3/4" cut from White Daisy covered by a 3 1/2" circle cut from the Beary Christmas poinsettia pattern paper. 

My version uses a scalloped 3 3/4" White Daisy cut on the Cricut with a 3 1/2" circle cut from the Beary Christmas poinsettia pattern paper.

And to finish, I added a poinsettia cut from the Flower Market Cricut collection with a stamped banner. I used the 'happy holiday' image from October's Stamp of the Month, Christmas Tunes (S1710).

Did you know you can get this stamp set for only $5? A qualifying $50 order is all you need -- ready to SHOP for some Beary Christmas products? Don't have a consultant? I would love to be able to serve you, just click HERE!!

Friday, October 20, 2017

Design Space Friday Welding and Slice

In today's Design Space Friday video, learn how to slice out sections of text using weld and slice.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Design Space Friday Overlay Mashup

What would we get if we mashup a Mickey glove and a spiderweb. A great layout embellishment just waiting for those Halloween Disney photos!! Here is your Design Space Friday FUN!!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

December Mini Ideas

Wouldn't a CLEARANCE album for only $3.50 make the great start to a December daily style album or just a cute Christmas mini album or even an elegant Christmas themed album.

Using the Kraft Mini Book, it is on CLEARANCE combined with the Beary Christmas Picture My Life cards and the Beary Christmas Complements and you are well on your way to an EASY PEASY December mini album!

Or use the Silver & Gold Picture My Life cards and the Silver & Gold Complements in the My Creations Black Mini book for a more elegant Christmas mini album

START SHOPPING NOW so you will be read in December!!

Friday, October 6, 2017

Design Space Friday Adding Texture to Text

Welcome back to Design Space Friday. Today I am sharing how to put pattern inside text using a layered font and a spider web.

There were a few more additions to this possible scrapbook layout title.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Partial Die Cut Technique

Do you love to learn new techniques? There are so many videos showcasing new techniques, old technique, and old techniques revamped.

Jennifer McGuire recently shared a partial die cut technique featuring a sketch of Karen Werner. That got the ideas flowing.

Here you will see my versions - the Merry Christmas uses a Cricut Design Space 3 version created using free shapes and the Cricut Flower Market collection. Love that Slice and Dice!!

The second uses the Falling For Your Scrapbook Stamp set and coordinating Thin Cut flower image colored using the ShinHan markers Marigold and Golden Yellow. Add the stamp set Happy Day image So Grateful from the Happy Day Cardmaking Workshop Your Way and the card is almost complete.

Finish both cards with coordinating cardstock and embellishments.

I would love to hear from you, so please leave a comment.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Falling For You October's featured Paper Collection

This month, I am featuring Close To My Heart's Falling For You paper collection. It is perfect for those Fall and Thanksgiving projects.

The layout is for the last Scrap It Southern Style event of 2017. These events are so much FUN!

I am using what is called the Creative Insider recipe. These are recipes created by the Close To My Heart department for us, as consultants, to use making our job EASY PEASY!! Join my Rockin' heART team, a team on the RISE!! 

The title is stamped using the Falling For You Scrapbook Stamp set! This is one of the stamp set that also comes in a Thin Cuts bundle option. Love those little thin dies!!

And don't forget the Share A Smile special this month!! 

Sunday, October 1, 2017

October is All About the SMILES!

Operation Smile has been a big part of the Close To My Heart family for so long! And it takes so little to change someone's life with a new SMILE!!

This month, Close To My Heart's Share A Smile is all about the SMILES -- 

Our Punny Pals are on a mission to share as many smiles as possible this month! With the purchase of every Punny Pals stamp set ($17.95), Close To My Heart is donating $7 of the proceeds to Operation Smile™. 

And, for this month only and while supplies last, you can get a coordinating set of Thin Cuts ($28.95) for cutting out the adorable animal shapes. 

Even better, we’ve built an exclusive card kit that includes the Thin Cuts along with card bases, envelopes, paper pieces, and instructions ($39.95) that you can use to create endearing cards that will sure enough bring a smile to anyone’s day! 

Want to make more cards -- add another set of card bases and envelopes.

But there are more ways you can help share smiles this month, too. Every time you place an order, you can round your order up to the nearest dollar, giving the extra as a donation to Operation Smile™. During October, your round-up donation will go even further, because Close To My Heart will be matching all round-up donations, up to $10,000 USD! Finally, we’ve thought of one more way that is guaranteed to bring in a lot of smiles: When you participate in our Share a Smile promotion by purchasing any of these special items or rounding up your order in support of Operation Smile™ you will automatically qualify for a chance to win a not-yet-released stamp set from our upcoming 2018 Seasonal Expressions 1 idea book! We’ll be choosing winners throughout the month of October, so any time you place an order, you can be a winner! 

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Ready for Some Crop FuN

I love preparing FUN for my cropping people. This month is a football theme which meant a Bashful glitter football topper for one of the many goodies each attendee will receive.

Another FUN project is the recipe cards. I share a 4" x 6" recipe card featuring our lunch recipe. We are having Tacos in a Cup so I cut a taco and vellum cup to visualize this recipe.

Now to start on next month's Operation Smile Halloween Party Crop!! What Halloween fun ideas can you share?

Please leave a comment, I love to hear from you.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Design Space Friday creating Monograms Two Ways

Do you love to monogram everything you own? Today you will learn how to create a monogram for each project.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Faux Shaker Card

In October, I will be featuring the Falling for You paper collection, so here is a little sneak peek.

This card is inspired by the Happy Day Cardmaking Workshop Your Way! I love the Workshop Your Ways because they include all you need to create your projects.

This is a faux shaker card created by taking a chipboard frame, I cut on my Cricut Air 2, and our NEW Vellum paper (love it is back) cut into a circle to capture Close To My Heart sequins minus there little glue dot backs.

Because the shaker box is thin, the sequins do not move as much so it looks like a shaker box!

Please enjoy, leave a comment as I do so love hearing from you.

And don't forget to add some love to the envelope. I added a sentiment to the inside too.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Design Space Friday using Contour to Create a Base

Last week I shared how to use the Design Space contour tool. Today's video will show you how to create the base for the rose card.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Fall Inspired Clean and Simple Card

I love how easy peasy it can be to create cards. I always need a thank you card to share with my Close To My Heart customers and friends.

Here is a simple card (three versions) created using painters tape, sponge, inks, and two stamp sets - National Stamping Month stamp set  From the Heart (CC1228) and the Stamp of the Month, Feel So Blessed (S1709).

Check out the video below to see how I made this card and the other three versions shared below.

In this version, I used Espresso, one of the nex basic colors for the flowers and sentiment.

To add a little texture, I dry embossed two lines above and below the stamped sentiment.

In this final version, I used Nutmeg, another of our new Basic palette colors, for the sentiment.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Design Space Friday - Contour Tool

There was a request for how the contour worked in Design Space so today's video will share how to remove contours.

The contours of an image are the cut lines. Using the contour tool allows you to remove cut lines from an image.

This card shows how the rose overlay was duplicated and the contours of the flower removed to create a solid rose image (dark pink) for the background (light pink).

And remember the inside and envelope.

The video will share how to use the contour with a honeycomb image. I will share how to create the rose in a future video.

Enjoy and please leave a comment, I love to hear from you.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Tip and Technique Tuesday

Okay it is technically Wednesday! There is so much inspiration shared by Close To My Heart consultants and here is my version of a card shared by Karen Barlow, a sister consultant.

I used the Merry Christmas (M1184), Gold Foil paper (new), and Fern, Ruby, and New England Ivy ink. I added some gold embossing for the berries to tie in the gold foil paper.

For the video to share the technique, I used Fall colors, Ruby, Poppy, Saffron, Fern, and Nutmeg.

And don't forget the inside and the envelope.

Enjoy and if you don't have a consultant and would like any othe products seen here, please click SHOP NOW!

Friday, September 8, 2017

My Acrylix® Stronger Together (C1716)

I love how Close To My Heart is always there for community! We believe in the good that comes when we work together as a community. As the stamp set name states WE TRULY STRONGER TOGETHER!

Stronger Together C1716

In order to be able to support multiple needs, Close To My Heart has determined that proceeds from the sale of the Stronger Together stamp set will be donated to the Red Cross, which provides relief efforts to multiple disasters, and which will allocate the funds to where they are needed most.

All the proceeds - including the amount that would normally go toward paying commissions - from this stamp set will be donated to the Red Cross.

Our hearts go out to all.

Design Space Friday Templates

We now have an option for set canvas in the use of templates. The set canvas shapes have been added to Design Space 3 in the Template option found on the tool bar to the left of the canvas.

In my tutorial today I am sharing how to use the Cricut Explore template to customize my new Explore Air 2 -- Did you know you can host a party and purchase a Cricut Explore Air 2 through Close To My Heart? It comes with the new You Are Here digital cartridge!

Host a party with sales of $450 (so doable) and it opens the option to purchase a mint colored Cricut Explore Air 2 for only $299 with the digital cartridge FREE which means you are saving $79.99 on the machine!!

Here is my new mint green Cricut Air 2 with the first of the personalization!

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Cats & Bats Oh My

I am loving the Cats & Bats paper collection. And it is not just for Halloween, look for some cool artwork sharing how to change things up!!

Let's look at the Cats & Bats Workshop Your Way - the best value!!

Kit contents:
1 – Cats & Bats paper packet (X7224B)
1 – Cats & Bats Complements (X7224C)
6 – cardstock sheets (2 Black, 1 Emerald, 3 Pebble)
1 – Cats & Bats dots (Z4028)
1 – black shimmer trim (Z1809)

Use the materials in this kit and the online instructions found below to create three coordinating scrapbook layouts.

Here is a video sharing the beauty of this collection

Monday, September 4, 2017

Start Your Adventure

Did you know
 that you only need 3 friends 
who will to spend $25 a month 
and you have the perfect start to your Close To My Heart adventure. 

Three friends + YOU = $100 a month! 

And with the new Holiday Expressions catalog it will be EASY PEASY! 

Let me show you how!!

For more information, email me at



Friday, September 1, 2017

2017 Holiday Expression is LIVE

So many good things in September!! Fall is in the air, a great National Stamping Month special


the 2017 Holiday Expression is LIVE!!

You can start perusing the pages and making your wishlist! I have LOL

I am having so much FUN creating artwork, making videos, sharing tips and techniques.

Ready to see what is inside?



September is National Stamping Month

This month's special is really special!! 

September is National Stamping Month 
and what is better for a stamping special than an awesome stamp set 

an easel card kit 


, you can purchase just the stamp set or just the card kit or both!!

 From the Heart because that is where art comes from -- host a party or join my team this month and this can be yours for FREE 

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Stamping Platform and Thin Cuts

While I wait for the Close To My Heart stamping platform (I know we will have one someday), I purchased the Tim Holtz version. I love how you can use any size paper with one platform and the price which is very important to me, so I can have more money for the new Close To My Heart Holiday Expression stamp sets on my wishlist!!

 Here is a card I crteated with the Prickly Pear Scrapbook stamp set and thin cut bundle (Z3338). It retires on September 1st so if you like it grab it soon!

I used the recipe from the Workshop Your Way Kind Thoughts Cardmaking Kit coming in the new Holiday Expression catalog (goes live September 1st)!

Basic Fundamentals and Bashful cardstock all NEW in the Annual Inpsiration catalog. I love the new Charcoal color!!

Because I used the template idea shared by Gina K in one of her videos, I was able to create several cards in record time!!

Easy Peasy.

I love to use products Close To My Heart does not carry that make my life easier. CTMH plays well with others!!

And don't forget the inside and envelope!!


Friday, August 25, 2017

Design Space Friday Slicing Layout Images

Today's Design Space Friday is all about scrapbook layouts. Do you want to create a large image that you can spread across a two page layout? Here is a quick video.


Friday, August 18, 2017

Design Space Friday Off the Mat

Today I will share how to create an image that is bigger than the 12" x 24" mat. I personally do not own a 12" x 24" so this video will show you how to create the image to cut on several 12" x 12" mats.


Friday, August 11, 2017

Design Space Friday is BACK

Lesson learned, creating videos while traveling not so easy -- Hi, I am back with another edition of Design Space Friday.

Today I will be sharing how to add text to an uploaded image. In the last video, I uploaded a Close To My Heart logo and this week we will add more text.


Monday, August 7, 2017

It's Adventure Time

Good Monday morning! Today it is all about Adventure. Are you the adventuring type?

Check out the rest of the Adventure products HERE!

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Jack Card Making Workshop Your Way

 Do you love to make cards? The Jack Card Making Workshop Your Way is a great way to make 12 cards EASY PEASY. All products except the ink is included.

Make the kit even better by using stamps from your stash or add a few of the NEW 2017-18 Annual Inspirations stamp sets.

Sending Prayers (B1563)
Flourishes (D1749)

Southern Sass (C1687)