#True Love

If you are familiar with social media – you know that hashtags are a big deal, so I couldn’t resist using the #true love sentiment on this cute 4X4 card perfect for Valentine’s Day.
  1.  (on social media sites such as Twitter) a word or phrase preceded by a hash or pound sign (#) and used to identify messages on a specific topic.


There is no doubt that I have fallen in love with the True Love Operation Smile stamp set.  If you have not added this set to your collection, I really encourage you to – not just because it’s adorable, but because it benefits Operation Smile.  Close To My Heart is donating seven dollars from the purchase of each True Love stamp set to Operation Smile.

I chose to start with a base of Raspberry which I embossed with the heart embossing folder (now retired) layered a piece of black cardstock and the image stamped on white daisy which I colored in with my ShinHan markers.  I then stamped a scrap of white daisy with raspberry ink and used the new circle thin-cuts to cut it.  I sponged the edges and popped it up with some 3D foam tape.  Cute Valentine complete in less time than it took for you to read my blog today!

Since August 1st, 2016 – YOU, my customers have donated over $130 to help change the life of a child in personal donations and the purchase of this stamp set.  I’ve decided to sweeten the pot a little further.  When you purchase the True Love stamp set through my website from today thru February 13th I will match that $7 donation to Operation Smile.  For as little as $240 you can provide a life changing smile in the life of a child.



Joyful Stars Blog Hop – Sugar Rush

joyful-stars-blog-hop-badgeWelcome to January’s Joyful Stars blog hop.  If you’ve arrived here from Nickie’s blog you are on the right path.  If you started here, that’s fine too – we’re a circular hop so if you follow the links at the end of each post you’ll end up right back where you started.

I am in love, love, love with the new Sugar Rush paper packet.  It has the perfect blends of brights and pastels.

I also love finding a card for inspiration and then giving it some twists and turns and making it my own.  This card was inspired by one from consultant Karen Pedersen (you can see her card here).  The January stamp of the month, Adore You, has the perfect blend of hearts, flowers and the absolute best choices of sentiments all for just $5 US with a qualifying purchase.

If you’d like to purchase any of the Close to My Heart items I’ve featured I’d be happy to help (you can click here to go to my business page) or you can contact your own Close to My Heart Consultant.

I’d love it if you’d take a minute to leave me a comment and then hop on over to Michelle’s blog where I’m sure you’ll find delightful artwork.

Thanks again for stopping by.



Last of the Love

These are the last two cards from my weekend card making frenzy…I’m still finding a little time to craft, but figured it was time to move onto something besides Valentines.



Don’t you just love the Love Ya Silly monsters?  I can see lots of uses for this set.  I stamped the monsters in the different colors of the Heartstrings Paper.  Have you seen the “Puffies”…self adhesive, puffy stickers, the bow and heart are both from the Stuck on You collection.  Super cute!!!


The second card was inspired by a card on page 13 of Seasonal Expressions 1.  I just love that the Doodled Designs stamp is good for the front or inside of a card.  Sometimes Simple Love is all you have to give.

Thanks for stopping by…I hope you’ve had a chance to get inspired to spread some love with a home made card.


Love Squared

Here’s a few more of my weekend card craziness!  I love brightening mailboxes and who couldn’t use a little love?  These two mini cards pack a big ‘pun’ch!  They measure just 4 1/2 X 4 1/2 (I love square cards).


Both cards were stamped using the retired “Pun Fun” stamp set which reminds me of the goofy sayings that came on Valentines when I was a kid instead of the Barbie, Sponge Bob and Disney Princess of today.

For my first card, I started by running Lagoon cardstock through my Big Shot with the Heart Embossing Folder.  One of the greatest things about our white core cardstock is that you can sand it and get just a touch of a distressed look.  To finish I added a strip of Heartstrings B & T and a square of Cranberry to mount my image which I had colored with the ShinHan markers.   The Aqua Dots seemed like a simple accent to give it a little bling.


My second card was made with the retired Lollydoodle papers (have I ever mentioned that I have a paper hording problem?) and instead of hearts I used the Dots Embossing Folder to match the dots of the paper.  I once again colored the image with the ShinHan markers and topped the cupcake with a sprinkle of Red & Pink Sparkles (retired).

The inside of both cards was finished with one of my favorite stamp sets Doodled Designs which is perfect to enhance one of our M-sized stamps.


Thank you for stopping by…I hope it’s encouraged you to think outside the box when it comes to Valentines!

Old Fashioned Love

I reached for a stamp set from Jeanette’s Archive (I had this one in wood way back when) to make a couple of Valentine cards.

My first card is taken from a pattern in the Make It From Your Heart Vol. 2 I used some miscellaneous scraps of cardstock (my best guess is Pixie, Hollyhock & Cranberry) paired with the large floral pattern from Heartstrings (this paper is only available until March 31 so order yours soon) I then stamped the heart and colored each of those little roses with the Shin Han markers, the little cupids are also colored and then fussy cut and layered with Thin 3-D Foam Tape (have I mentioned I love this stuff).


My second card is made from the Flirty Paper Pack (retired) with the same stamp set.  This little card is a 3X6 with the front cut with the Scallop Border Punch (notice the little sparkle?  It’s Gold Shimmer Trim mounted on the bottom of the inside of the card.) the frame is cut from the Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge.  The heart and cupid are again colored, fussy cut and mounted with Thin 3D Foam Tape.


I hope you’ve enjoyed stopping by today…show me a little love by leaving a comment.

Mojo Monday Tugs at Heartstrings

I disappeared in the craft room today to make a birthday card…then my Valentine stamps started calling my name and since the Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge was printed I decided I could probably steal enough time to get a second card made.

This is sketch #378 from Mojo Monday

and this is my interpretation


My card started with a base of Whisper and then I pulled a couple of B & T’s from the Heartstrings paper packet to make the pennants.  The band across the middle was embossed with the new Heart embossing folder…I think it’s my new favorite.  I stamped the circle from Doodled Designs in Pixie and the Happy Valentines Day sentiment in Cranberry.  The silver heart is from the Stuck on You Puffies.

Thanks for stopping by!

What To Do On A Snowy Day?

It is rare that snow happens in Western Washington, but when it does you don’t want to be outside.  What to do?  I’m not much of a TV person and my Kindle just wasn’t calling my name.  Create came to mind, of course!

I have been waiting for a good reason to use the new Kraft Die Cut Cards from Close to My Heart and since I had Roxie paper at my fingertips from making things for my Valentine class I paired them up and am very happy with the results.

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I kinda hope it snows again so I can keep creating!