Wild About You!

If you’ve been following me for any amount of time you know that I love cards with a  wow factor – a fun fold, something that really makes your recipient know that they are special to you.

A few days ago I saw a video on the Jennifer McGuire Ink blog touting Off-The-Edge Die Cut Cards and I knew immediately I had to give it a try.  I’ve seen this technique before, but always struggled until I watched the video (several times) and even slowed it down step-by-step while I made this card.  Turns out it’s much easier than I thought it was going to be and I’ll be making this style of card again.

Do you have your Punny Pals stamp set yet?  It has definitely earned a front row on my desk – I’ve used it for so many cards and the fact that it benefits Operation Smile makes it that much sweeter.

Thank you so much for stopping by…I hope you’ll take a minute and leave me a little love!  I’m wild about your comments.




Monochromatic Valentines

Each of these valentines feature papers from the Adventure Fundamentals paper packets and matching cardstock.  Although I LOVE our seasonal paper packets I also love creating with each of the palettes available in the fundamental paper line.

Each paper packet has matching ribbon and complements so creating is limited only by your creativity.


This little piggy from the Punny Pals stamp set is delivering HOGS & Kisses with a Blossom color palette.  I used the large stripe paired with the small hearts for a spunky balance.  The little piggy was outlined with my black fine tip marker and the sentiment was highlighted with pink.



Next up is a cute dancing giraffe with Emerald Hearts.  I started by embossing the cardstock and then lightly sanding to show the white core of our cardstock.  I then layered on the Emerald Hearts B&T, wrapped my ribbon around and popped up the giraffe panel.  I accessorized my giraffe with a sparkly red glitter heart that I cut on the Cricut.




Last, but certainly not least is my favorite color palette Raspberry!  Would you ever guess that this valentine was made with a Thank You stamp set?  That’s right the Happy Heart stamp set features two thank you sentiments and this great You Make My Heart Happy sentiment along with two scribble hearts.  I accessorized the card with our white & gold ribbon and a single clear sparkle on the heart.


I hope you’ll give our Fundamental paper line a try – they coordinate nicely for monochromatic cards, but I’ll be back later this week showing how the papers work nicely together, too!

If you could take a minute and let me know which Valentine is your favorite I’d appreciate the comment.  I read them all and enjoy your thoughts.





Pizza My Heart

Today I decided to enter another card into the Three Amigos Blog Hop Nom, Nom Challenge.  My friend Susan posted the cutest pizza card using the We Belong Together Stamp Set (click here to see her card) I decided to give it a twist of my own.

Isn’t that little pizza guy just the cutest.  Although I’ve used this set for a Valentine it could really be used for any relationship reason.  I think my nieces and nephews would love this card just because it would arrive in the mail.

Thanks for stopping by today and take a minute to hop over to the Three Amigos Blog Hop and see the fun food challenge entries.


S’More Challenges

Welcome back…today I’m bringing you a card that will work for three, yes three challenges!!!


I have been working on Valentines for the past couple of days and knew that I wanted to incorporate the Color My Heart Color Dare challenge #278 Kraft, Bashful & Gold.   After looking at a couple of Sketch Challenges I dropped by the Heart To Heart blog when I found the Make It From Your Heart Challenge so I reached for Volume 4 and took off to making my card.

After seeing an adorable card by my friend and fellow consultant Susan on Instagram I learned that the  Three Amigo’s Blog Hop  is hosting a Nom, Nom Challenge – S’mores rate really high on my nom nom list!

So there you have it…three challenges in one card.  I hope you’ll take a minute and stop by each of the challenges (and maybe even enter).  Make sure you leave the DT members a comment because there are lots of work that goes into making these challenge happen.

I appreciate you stopping by…let me know if you are a traditional red/pink Valentine maker or if you stray towards anything sparkly by leaving me a comment.



#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.