How Do You Spread Love?

I needed a quick little gift for a girlfriend that I was meeting for lunch so I reached for the bright cheery Some Kinda Wonderful paper packet and coordinating card-making stamp set.

These papers are sure to cheer you as you create with them – even on the rainiest of PNW days!  I stamped each of the animals with the Memento Black Tuxedo Ink and then colored them in with Shin Han Markers thin cut them and mounted in place with a little thin 3D foam tape.  I had three cards finished and bundled in less than 30 minutes.

Do you ever bundle your cards as a gift?  Close to My Heart makes it so easy with our easy to follow directions in our Workshops Your Way kits.  Each scrapbook kit contains enough supplies to make 9 cards, 3 of each design.  I’ll be holding my first Workshop Your Way class in March…hop on over to my Facebook page and learn more.

Thanks for stopping by!


Stars Shine Bright – Mojo Monday #485

I haven’t taken a lot of time lately to play along with many challenges, but when I saw the Mojo Monday Sketch today I knew exactly what I wanted to do.

Several months ago I had picked up some shaker components from Queen & Company  – they just happened to be a star shape, so I immediately reached for them, unfortunately the seed beads and my acetate have a little static attraction.  The B&T paper is from the Dreamin’ Big Paper Packet from Close to My Heart when I was creating with it the other day it reminded me of constellations.  I wanted one last star effect for this card so I reached for the Star Confetti Embossing Folder.

I had a great time playing with an old challenge.  Take a minute and leave me a comment and why not step outside your box and play along with a challenge today!


Fundamentals Creative Collection Blog Hop


Welcome to the Fundamentals Creative Collection Blog Hop!  We are featuring items from our Fundamentals Collection located in our Annual Inspirations.  If you have come here from Maureen’s Something to Scrap About 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 on Melinda’s Blog:

This month we have over 20 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this fantastic collection and other great CTMH products on their blogs. This 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!

I am sharing a gate-fold card that I made using the Whimsy Fundamentals Collection and the Some Kinda Wonderful stamp and thin cut bundle.  This paper collection features fun stripes, dots and words in the beautiful watercolors of the whimsy color family. Each paper has different colors front and back and although not specifically themed which makes it great for year round use, it matches terrifically with the baby girl, baby boy and spring time complements along with the Whimsy Ribbon Pack.

Leave me a comment and let me know which Fundamentals paper collection is your favorite of course I’d also like it if you left a comment about my card.

Now “Hop” on over to my friend Michelle’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 learn more about our coordinating products.






It’s the Sweetest Day

Happy Valentine’s Day!

I wanted to let you in on a little of what happened in my life preparing for Valentine’s Day!

This is my grandma’s rolling pin, it’s been missing a handle for as long as I can remember.  I think it makes my hubby a little nervous that someday it might come up missing both handles.  I combined it with my mom’s sugar cookie recipe to spread a little love.  I took some to two of the guys my hubby has coffee with daily – one’s a widow and one’s single!  I’m pretty sure they liked them.  I also took a couple to my son along with 3 dozen chocolate chip cookies to share with his work buddies.  They were definitely a hit!


This is the Valentine that I made for my son…it’s a quick 3X3 using the Emojis set.  Super cute in my opinion with the fundamentals heart paper perfect for someone that cares much more about the cookies than the card 🙂  I get it!


This card for my boss is stamped using a retired stamp set.  I even think she’ll like the punny Valentine wish.


This card is going to my sweet co-worker.  She is definitely the sprinkles on my ice-cream!  I topped the cute cone with some of the coordinating Sugar Rush Dots, you can barely see them in the photo.  That little row of hearts at the bottom of the white panel is the Sugar Rush Washi tape…sweet huh?  LOVE this Sugar Rush paper, I’m on my second pack already!!!

One of my favorite things about card making is being able to customize my cards.  This last Valentine is going to my sweetheart.  He is the best Valentine a girl could ask for.  If you see me in person ask about our first Valentine’s Day Date – I knew up front what I was cut out for and decided he was a KEEPER!!!  This stamp set is from My Favorite Things a new to me company (like I needed another stamp company in my life).  I fell in love with this girl and her dog and knew I needed to get it to make my Valentine card for him.  The papers are from the Close to My Heart Fundamental line mixed with a little black cardstock, everything was colored with the Shin Han markers.  I hid it on his dash board so he found it on his way to work this morning.  LOVE that guy!

I just got notice that Close to My Heart is having a surprise SWEET SALE this afternoon – it’s start at 2:00 PST so hop on my OBA and see what you can find.  You can click this link or visit my page at  Don’t forget my personal promotion this month – for every $50 order you will be entered into a drawing for a free complements pack.  It’s a great time to stock up on card bases and envelopes and check out the amazing discounts on our clearance page.

Thanks for stopping by…I wish you a very fabulous Valentine’s Day filled with lots of love!


Coming Up Roses – Color Dare #230

Happy Friday!  It’s time for another challenge from the Color My Heart Color Dare.  This week we are featuring the colors Whisper, Pixie, Saffron & White Daisy.

I like to keep a stash of thank you cards on hand and I loved the Happy Birthday card on p 45 of the Annual Inspirations so I changed it up and made it my own.  I started with a base of Saffron, layered a piece of the Rustic Home Fundamentals Wood Grain paper and then got busy cutting my flower, leaves and banner from the Flower Market Cricut Cartridge.  My flower base was cut from the pixie B&T from the Sugar Rush papers.   I finished off my card by adding a couple of the new Gold Glitter Gems my sentiment is from the Short & Sweet set and fit just perfectly on my banner.  In my humble opinion it’s a set that should be on everyone’s “must have” list.

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

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

Thanks again for stopping by…I hope you have a great weekend!



Joyful Stars Blog Hop – No Bunny


joyful-stars-blog-hop-badgeWelcome to the Joyful Stars February Blog Hop.  If you’ve come here from Nickie’s blog you are on the right path, but if you’re starting here that’s fine, too.  We’re a circular hop so keep clicking on the links at the end of each post and eventually you’ll end up right where you started.

This month I’m featuring a card using the February Stamp of the Month – Easter Bunny.  This set includes a bunny family, a basket and some adorable sentiments all for just $5 US with a qualifying purchase.

My card was inspired by one from my friend Debi – we exchange Stamp of the Month cards and I loved the one she made me so once again I copied selectively (mostly the dots paper from the Dreamin’ Big paper packet).

I decided that I would do a swing card cut from the Cricut Artistry cartridge – there’s a selection of swing cards and using the Cricut makes it so easy!  I have a list of the coordinating shapes so layered up a few papers and as Mumfred the Magician from Sesame Street would say “a la peanut butter sandwich” I had a cute card with wow factor.

The fun thing about the swing card is when you open it the image changes – in this case to the sentiment.

If you’d like to purchase any of the Close to My Heart product I have used, please feel free to visit my webpage by clicking here or contact your own Close to My Heart consultant.

I’d love to hear where you get your inspiration.  Leave me a comment before you hop on over to Michelle’s blog where I’m sure you’ll find some great art.




Sending You Smiles

The Hello Lovely papers are filled with delightful florals and geometric prints in Colonial White, Desert Sand, Fern, New England Ivy, Sea Glass, Sorbet, Whisper and White Daisy.

On this card I chose to use one of the floral papers as my focal point and just adding a simple sentiment from the Flower Market Cricut collection on a banner.  Card making can be as simple or advanced as you want it.  I find myself jumping all over the place with my card making these days, but still think the CAS (clean and simple) style tends to be one of my favorites.

Who would you send a smile to today?  Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate you sharing a little part of your day with me.