Monday, December 9, 2013

Santa Baby......

Ooh Santa Baby! I made this card for my BFF today using the St Nick stamp set and had fun with the banner from the new Sparkle and Shine assortment (Z1860) and used the Chevron ribbon (Z1846). Shhh...don't tell her the card is for her!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

What Joy.......a Christmas Tree brings!

This card was stamped in 1st and 2nd generations for the trees, using the Always Grateful Stamp set (C1559). I punched the branches using a Martha Stewart retired punch set, and added a little bow and some gold embellishments for ornaments!

Snowflakes Are Like Kisses From Heaven

I LOVE this sentiment....and it makes for a sweet card. I used the ever so popular Shimmer Tape in silver (Z1799) and added some snowflakes and bling! The red made it POP! I am ready for the holiday season!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Witchy Night Layout

My parents sent me this witch card for Halloween. They bought the card at Papyrus, and she has brad rivets to move her in different positions. I thought she would be perfect to add to my Halloween layout I made for an upcoming Halloween party this month. All I need is the photos now.....and that's the EASY part!

Snow Much Fun!

The frosted paper pack (X7175B) has such pretty muted, vintage colors. This card was stamped with the Flakey Friends stamp set (C1506). The button dots on the snowflakes are the new Aqua Dots (Z1853).

Ho Ho Ho card

I made this card with the Santa's Greeting Holiday mini stamp (M1028)! This stamp is only $2.95! The background is stamped using the rope in the Sail Away stamp set (C1530). This rope is so versatile! I added some red bling from the new Base and Bling jewel set (Z1893). Simple but festive card!

Colorful FALL card

This was a fun card to make. Not the typical fall colors. I used paper from multiple paper packs, and stamped the FALL image from Sept 2012 SOTM.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Entire Layout using Glitter Tape!

I really love the self adhesive tape we now have at Close to My Heart in 3 colors! I hope they come out with more. This layout was really simple to make, and it sure POPS! I plan to use this layout for New Years Eve!

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Idea Book Launch Party!

The Autumn/Winter Close To My Heart Idea Book launched August 1st, and my dear friend Becky is hosting a party tonight! Come by and see the new goodies! I will have plenty of project samples to inspire you, and it is sure to be a fun evening with the ladies. Contact me at for directions. Party starts at 6:30 in Lincoln, CA. Here's a sneak peak at the treat bags you ladies will get with your FREE IDEA BOOK for attending!

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Another WASHI WONDER card

Can you tell I am obsessed with this new Hostess Stamp Set? So...I simply created the card on the left by stamping random washi stamps in Honey, Clover Green and Twilight. I used some old Dotty paper for the card on the right with a irresistable chipboard and a few buttons.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Project Inspirations: A Different Spin

I'm in love with these spinners for either cards or layouts, they are so fun! Check out how easy it is to stamp them or cut paper to fit the wheel!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Washi Wonder- Rainbow Card

This WASHI WONDER stamp set was my favorite stamp set in the new Idea Book! So fun and easy to create the look of tape on a project. I cut the clouds from the Cricut Artiste cartridge at 2" and 1-1/4" on page 70. I cannot wait to use this washi stamp on a layout!

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Distressed Thank You Card

Today I was playing with stamps and since I am waiting on my new paper packs to arrive, I decided to use the new distressed Backgrounds stamp set (D1544) instead of B&T papers. The stamp set used for the Seeds is from the Buzz and Bumble Workshop on the Go stamp set. Colors used were Outdoor Denim, Honey,Olive and Terracota.

Vintage Christmas......OOOH!

Well it is Christmas in July in my studio..for sure! I had fun with this one, using scraps from an old paper pile, and adding buttons, tags and a brad.

Yuletide Greetings

So I just have been in the mood to make Christmas/Holiday cards lately! I love pine trees and pine needle cards. Since CTMH doesn't currently have a pine tree stamp, I took the pine needle wreath with bow in the new Yuletide Greetings stamp set (D1553) and masked the corners to get a dropping type spray. To mask, you simply place scotch tape over the area you don't want to show when you stamp and ink the stamp, peel the tape and stamp image. I stamped the corner of the pine wreath 4 times to get this effect.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Monochromatic Card- LOVE LIFE

LOVED this idea from fellow consultant, Shirley Ross. Monochromatic card with one of my favorite stamp sets LOVE LIFE (D1482). I used Sweet Leaf ink for the green card, Cotton Candy for the pink and Sunflower for the yellow. The tags are cut from Art Philosophy at 1-3/4' and 1-1/2" respectively.

Flower Pot card

This card was easy to make. I stamped the leaves with A GARDEN stamp set (A1119 and only $6.95). The flowers are from Stampin' Up and really set this off. Its a very "happy" card!

July Stamp Of The Month

You're a Peach! What a fun stamp set. I have been on a roll making SIMPLE cards (not a lot of embellies) which is so hard for me to do. I always want to add a ribbon, or buttons or something. BUT..this card is better left alone. This stamp set is only $5 with any $50 purchase from CTMH for the month of July! GO GET IT!!

Friday, July 5, 2013

Another Christmas Card!

Today I went through my old scraps of paper and dug up a few treasured pieces of Avonlea, and made this Christmas card. The wreath is just a M Stewart branch punch that I glued down with liguid glass.

Sympathy Card

I used the CTMH Love Blooms stamp set (C1511)on this simple sympathy card to make the background paper.

Sail Away With Me

I am LOVING the Sail Away stamp set (C1530)! I used the rope in the set to make the background paper, and added some twine and durables Artisan Studs (Z1816) for the center of the anchors.


Well, I am waiting on my CTMH order to arrive, so I decided since we have had 7 straight days of OVER 100 degree weather, that I would make a SNOW card. This snowman is stacked with pop dots, and I used Flakey Friends (C1506) Stamp set and his arms are from the Arbor Wooden Shapes.

They should just call it CRACK

I dusted off an old stamp set to make this silly coffee card! The inside reads, "I wanted to espresso my appreciation"!

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Chantilly Cards

I have been on a roll lately in my studio, and was inspired by fellow consultant, Julie Carriere with a Chantilly card she made for her roomies at convention, so I pulled out my Chantilly paper and started creating! The card on the left is stamped with the Country Born stamp set (so stinkin' cute that set is!- D1543) and the other card is stamped with the sentiment from Fabulous You (C1533).

Monday, July 1, 2013

Wheel of Life- "Spinner Cards"

I LOVE this "Wheel of Life" stamp set (D1545). I placed an order for the spinner chip boards with removable arrows (Z1832), but couldn't wait to post a pic of this because they don't arrive until later this week- (So I used some spinner arrow stash). BUT you get the idea, these cards are so fun and I love that they are interactive! I used the Tommy paper pack (X7169B) for the 4th of July card and used the Dream Pop paper pack with irresistible letters for the "girlie" card.

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Get Well Soon- Tea Bag card

I saw this idea in a magazine, and had to make a card like this with a real tea bag. SO very simple. I used some scraps from the Scholastic paper pack and the red tag is from the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge (page 26) cut at 1-1/2".

Saturday, June 29, 2013


I sent out all my 4th of July cards a week ago, and realized I missed one of my good friends. SO....I created this card with the Honeycomb Flair (C1537) stamp set. Cardstock used was Cranberry and Outdoor denim. The sentiment was from the old retired July Word Puzzle.

Summer Cards

It is SO hot today in Roseville, so I decided to stay in where the fans and air conditioning is and make a few cards to replenish my "stash". The card on the left is made with a washi tape combo pack I purchased on HSN a while ago, and love how easy it is to make background paper with it. The card on the right is made with the CTMH Later Sk8r paper pack (X7167B) and the Life is Good stamp set.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

AMAZING CARD............!

I was inspired by a card from this months Paper Crafts Magazine, and decided to pull out some older stamps and made this "Amazing" card in about 5 minutes. I used the "Life is Good" promo stamp CC1020 and "You Are" S1024 stamp set for the Amazing sentiment. I also stamped the "Every Day is an Adventure" on the corresponding chip board shape. WAH LAH!!

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Happy Easter...Bunny!

I found a card like this one on Pinterest, and found it very easy to make using my Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge. The face is a round circle that I trimmed to fit the corner. Cut this at 3 1/2". The ears are an oval cut at 1 3/4" and the pink card stock is cut at 1 1/2" to fit inside. The nose is a 1/2" heart shape. I drew the whiskers and eyes. Happy Easter everyone!

St Patricks Day card...a little late!

Okay- I am a bit late this year, so will have to place in my stash for next year! I punched these shamrocks out and used the CTMH Epoxy Bubbles on them. The stamp set is retired (March Word Puzzle). The concept is what I was going for, a heart of shamrocks....

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Let's Hang Out- Hot Air Balloon Card

This card was made with the Avonlea paper pack from CTMH. The hot air balloons and clouds were cut from the Cricut Artiste cartridge. The sentiment is from "Pun Fun Occasions" C1505.

Happily Ever After Card

I LOVE anything with owls, and this card was a fun one to make. I used the retired stamp set Soul Mates for the sentiment, and the Whoo's your Valentine owl stamp for the owls. The glitter paper is from the Whoo's your Valentine set as well.

Easter Layout

Yes, I am all ready to pop my Easter photos into this layout using Claire paper pack. The butterflies were cut out from the Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge, and the font and navy flowers were cut from Cricut Artiste.

Pocket Card

This pocket card is perfect to house a tag with your sentiment and another tag for a gift card. I used the Buzz and Bumble paper pack (can you tell I love this set?) and embellished with buttons and the burlap ribbon. The pinwheel was made with the Cricut Artiste. The card is 5x7 in size and the tags are cut from Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge. The larger Happy Birthday tag ivory colored base is 5" then I layered the brown paper at 4 3/4" and honeycomb yellow is cut at 4 1/2". The smaller bee tag brown base color is 4 1/4" and layered with the bee paper cut at 4".

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Buzz and Bumble Workshop Layout

I created this Buzz and Bumble layout with elements in the new Workshop On The Go (G1054). The stamp set you see here is an exclusive to this kit, (not sold separately in the CTMH Spring catalog). It is darling...and features the BEE and the "Wonderful Beautiful You" sentiment. It also has "You are My Happy" stamp set. So cute! I used the Enjoy Life (C1439) stamp set for the vintage-y looking edges. Ink used was Saddle, Honey and Chocolate. Other accessories used were Foundry pins (Z1612), antiqued Gold buttons (Z1786), burlap ribbon ((Z1760) and Brown and Tan assortment bling (Z1753).

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Claire Swing front card

I had fun making this front "swing" card. Just stamp a sentiment under the front cut out greeting, and attach with a brad. I think it's always great to send a card that creates interaction.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Claire Birthday Card

I created this card with the new CLAIRE paper pack- worked great with the balloons.

Bee Yourself Card

This paper has got to be my favorite from the new catalog! I made my first card today using Buzz and Bumble. Can't wait to make a layout with it as well!

Monday, March 11, 2013

Camoflauge Masculine Birthday Card

I am in need of a few masculine birthday cards...and this one does the trick.

Rainbow Chevron Birthday Card

I was in the COLOR mood when I looked outside and saw the beautiful sunshine here in Northern California this morning. I stamped this card with the chevron Close to My Heart stamp and added a quick tag.

Monday, February 18, 2013

My New Spring Fever....CARDS!

I had a bit of spring fever this morning, and had fun in the studio creating these quick cards. Enjoy!

Tuesday, February 5, 2013


I haven't posted in a LONG time here....and am excited to be back! I plan to do a few more Valentines and post them before I pop them in the mail. I really enjoy sending Valentines out. This one is the first one I made this year with rhinestone scraps. I used the stamp from the CTMH YOU ROCK stamp set.


I love this happy OWL card made with the owl punch from Stampin' up. Its the only product I have ever bought from SU, as it was hard to resist. Love the fun colors on this one.

Golf Birthday card

My Aunt is a serious golfer, and her birthday is on February 13th. I found this card idea on pinterest, and HAD to make it for her. Super easy card.