Hello Swan Lake – Color Dare #216

Happy Friday and welcome to another week of the Color My Heart Color Dare.  This week we are featuring  the colors of Swan Lake:

Now that’s a stack of colors…I will admit I’ve had a hard time falling in love with this paper packet, but as the month has progressed and our summer weather has turned to fall and my thoughts have turned to Thanksgiving planning it’s begun to grow on me.

I decided that I wanted to play with the Picture My Life Cards that come with this paper packet and I didn’t quite get all the colors of the challenge included (I’m sure you’ll do better.)  I love the bold hello with the subtle leaves.  I trimmed the PML card from it’s 4X6 size so that it would fit on a standard card base.  The PML card was mounted a little off center on a piece of the Glacier B&T from Swan Lake…I’m going to force myself to use those swan papers, but I’m not quite there yet.  I trimmed a couple of zip strips into banners and mounted them along with some gold foil tape.  I love finishing things off with our sequins – they are flat and mail nicely.

OK, now it’s YOUR turn!  The full details on how to join the fun is in the sidebar of our homepage.  Each color dare is open until 9:00 CDT on Thursday!  While at the homepage – check out what the other design team members have created and leave them a little love (comments make our day)!

Have you ever used Picture My Life Cards on your cards ? Thank you for stopping by see you soon!




With Love

It seems like FOREVER since I’ve been in the Craft Coop.  A busy week at work (3 PT days) and a long weekend at our cabin meant NO crafty time, but I’m back with a vengeance today.

I decided to stop by and visit an old friend, the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.  I can always count on Michelle for a good sketch.  Then I decided to stop byBetween the Folds and Just Us Girls where I found a little color inspiration.



My card combines papers from both Rustic Home Fundamentals and Swan Lake for a bit of glitz I added a couple of strips of Sea Glass Glitter Paper.  The banner and flowers were cut from the Flower Market cartridge.  I love how you can layer all the blossoms for different looks – I used four colors; fern, saffron, goldrush and poppy.

One card…three challenges, not bad!  Thanks for stopping by…make sure you visit the different challenge blogs and also take a minute to participate in the Color My Heart Color Dare where it’s all about PINK this week.





PINK! – Color Dare #215

Happy Friday and welcome to another week of the Color My Heart Color Dare.  This week we are featuring  the colors: Cotton Candy, Pixie and White Daisy.

Pink is definitely my color!  I had thought about going with a floral theme so I started by pulling out the Flower Market Cricut Cartridge.

I ended up with an elephant!  The polka-dot patterned paper is from the new Whimsy Paper Fundamentals, I layered it with Pixie cardstock and a white daisy panel which I stamped with a B&T stamp from the Flower Market coordinating stamp set.  I then layered my little elephant cut from Pixie and Cotton Candy papers.  The entire panel is then popped up with some 3D foam tape.  I finished off the card with some bakers twine from the new Adventure pallete.  Since we all know I’m a bit bow challenged I just tied it in a knot and split the ends.

OK, now it’s YOUR turn!  The full details on how to join the fun is in the sidebar of our homepage.  Each color dare is open until 9:00 CDT on Thursday!

While at the homepage – check out what the other design team members have created and leave them a little love (comments make our day)!

Leave me a message telling me what your favorite image from the Flower Market cartridge is.  Thanks for taking the time to stop by.


No Tricks Just Treats

That’s what you’ll find today when you stop by the Clearance section of my business page.  Four fun Halloween treats priced under $5.00 and purchasing the treat bags will save you more than $10 and they even come with the cellophane bags – now that’s what I call a treat.

There’s nothing more fun that dressing up your Halloween with a bargain so make sure you take a minute to see what you can scare up today.  You can click on each of the pictures above to be taken right to the clearance page of my website.  You’ll need to place your order online and it will ship right to your door.

Thanks for stopping by…happy haunting, I mean shopping!




All Shapes and Sizes

Scrapbooks are like people – they come in all shapes and sizes, but the one thing they have in common is the ability to tell your story.

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Our Instalife Albums hold our mini 4X4 and 2X2 mini protectors in a 1/2 inch ring binder.  This chip board album is the perfect size for a birthday celebration, vacation or even a grandma brag book.




This Everyday Life 3-ring Album is just a bit bigger at 9⅜” × 8¼” × 1½”; 1″.    You can easily combine our My Crush Pages and Picture My Life Cards for a fun mini-album.

The Everyday Life Album is available in both this classic black and white stripe and our trendy Sea Glass.



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Our 12 X 12 Faux Leather albums come in both a post bound and D-ring option perfect to hold your traditional or pocket scrapbooking pages.

Pick an album and get started today…no one else is going to tell your story the way you can.

A Little Birthday – Color Dare #214

Welcome back to another Color My Heart Color Dare challenge.  This week we are challenging you to use Black, Thistle, Pear and White Daisy in your creations.


I think I’m stuck on Halloween this year – those cute little monsters really grabbed my heart, but since my birthday card stash is a bit low I decided to reach for birthday stamps instead.

My card makes use of the new Uptown Fundamental and Whimsy Fundamental paper packets.  I found some new sketches to try over on Pinterest, I usually stick to our pattern books, but this pattern looked fun. If you’ve followed me for any length of time you know that I’m bow challenged so I want to again share a “stamping technique” that I learned from The Wizards Hangout.  You see that bow is actually formed from the button and piece of twine – Vicki has complete instructions on her blog if you click on the link to The Wizards Hangout you’ll be taken right to the instructions and of course an adorable card.

I’m going to link up to the following challenges:

Do you have any fun challenges that you participate in?  Leave me a comment with the link to the challenge blog and I’ll come check it out.

Thanks for stopping by remember to link up your creations at Color My Heart Color Dare before Thursday.



Spread the Love – Operation Smile Blog Hop


Welcome to our Operation Smile Blog Hop!  We are featuring the True Love stamp set, a special set of 9 stamps.  When you purchase the True Love Stamp set $7.00 of your purchase is donated to Operation Smile by Close to My Heart.  If you have come here from Gina’s Blog, you are on the right path! The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way all around.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants here.

This month we have seventeen Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this Operation Smile stamp set and other great CTMH products on their blogs. Blog hopping is simple to do – just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next one! Here we go!

This stamp set can be used for so many occasions and combined with our other stamps it seems as though it has endless possibilities.  For this card I stamped the hugs and kisses (XOXO) stamp repeatedly to form my own B&T in Pixie and Glacier.  I then layered two different patterns of B&T on a small square of Pixie CS, I stamped my favorite saying and popped it up along with the girl holding the heart which I colored with my Shin Han markers.


Operation Smile is an organization that provides free, life-changing surgeries that repairs smiles and changes lives one child at a time.  A single surgery costs just $240, the sale of the special Operation Smile stamp set and other special merchandise along with rounding up your order are just a few ways that you can help make a difference.  I’m proud to say that since June 2016 my customers have raised $138.33 towards a smile.

Now “Hop” on over to Melinda’s Blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting ideas and other fun ideas!   Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here) to order your True Love stamp set and support Operation Smile!