Stronger Together

When you purchase the Stronger Together stamp set from my webpage by September 30th you will be entered into a drawing for a Basic Stamping Kit.


Another Three Amigos

As you know I was asked to be a guest designer for the month of September over at the Three Amigo’s Blog Hop.  When I found out I was to be creating with the Falling for You papers I wasn’t exactly sure what I wanted to create.  I had a whole gamut of Halloween ideas, but I hadn’t quite wrapped my head around fall.

Once I opened the paper pack I knew there were some masculine cards in my future.  I love the neutral colors and how they blend with the new basics line.  My picture is not the best for showing the details of the B&T papers that I chose to use with the Hunting for Words Stamp set.  I also decided to make this a top fold card so I could add rounded corners to the bottom of the card for a little detail.  I kept my embellishments to a minimum using a piece of burlap ribbon and just two of the sequins from the Falling for You set.

I hope you’ll take a minute and link up with the Three Amigo’s Blog Hop.  It’s a month long swap so you still have plenty of time to join.

Thanks for stopping by…leave me a comment and let me know what your favorite fall holiday to make cards for.


September’s Stamp of the Month

September’s stamp of the month is a versatile set that will carry your gratitude throughout the fall.  This special D sized stamp set is only available during the month of September and is just $5 with a qualifying purchase.


My card features a base of the new Color of the Year Bashful which looks so striking against the Charcoal dot of the Basic Fundamentals.  I then embossed the thanks and feathers on Eggplant with silver embossing powder.  If you know me you know that fussy cutting is not my thing, but I will admit, the feathers were not too bad to cut out.  Although it looks like the twine is holding them together it is actually just attached with a mini glue dot.

I hope you’ll consider adding the September Stamp of the Month to your shopping cart this month, you’ll find it perfect for everything from cards, scrapbook pages and maybe you’ll even consider a gratitude book.

Take a minute and leave me a comment and let me know what you think of my card.



Falling for You – Three Amigos Guest Artist

I was asked and very honored by my friend Susan Fogle at Paper Menagerie to be a guest designer over on the Three Amigos Blog Hop.  The Falling for You papers are such a great way to start September so of course I jumped at the chance to start creating with them.

These fall colors work so perfectly with our Basics Palette and Color of the Year Bashful.  I used Toffee as my base and Espresso to highlight the Bashful.  The Thankful was cut using one of the new thin cuts dies.  I also used a retired die to cut the heart outline in Bashful Glitter Paper.  A sprinkling of Falling for You sequins bring a little balance to the card.

I hope you’ll hop on over to the Three Amigos Blog Hop to see what the wonderful ladies there have created, you will be falling for them in no time.  I’ll be sharing some more projects this month using these papers so please make sure you click the button on my sidebar to follow my blog.

Thanks so much for stopping by I hope you’ll take some time to leave me a comment and then start creating with the Falling for You papers and link up at The Three Amigos.


Cats and Bats

Looking for a fun way to spook up a good time? Join me for the Cats and Bats Card Workshop on September 21.  This new Halloween card workshop will sweeten anyone’s day.

You’ll need the following supplies:

  • Adhesive
  • 3D Foam Tape – think or thick
  • Shin Han Markers in Marigold and Vivid Green

I think you’ll find this workshop lots of fun.  Please RSVP no later than September 5th.


September Specials with Close to My Heart

Welcome to September…can you believe that fall is just around the corner?  Officially September 22nd.

Fall is probably my favorite time of year…the weather is starting to cool, fall colors are starting to show, hot cocoa, pumpkin carving, football games and of course most importantly it’s National Stamping Month!

Let’s visit the Close to My Heart Specials:

  • September Stamp of the Month – Feel So Blessed
  • National Stamping Month – From the Heart Card Kit
  • Classes

Feel So Blessed – This set of 26 stamps will help you express your thanks and gratitude all month long.  The exclusive “D” sized stamp set is yours for just $5 with a qualifying purchase during the month of September.

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From the Heart Card Kit – Celebrate National Stamping Month with the From the Heart card kit from Close To My Heart. This kit contains materials for creating 12 interactive cards, including foil-stamped card bases and an exclusive My Acrylix® stamp set. The stamp set is designed to make it easy to create beautiful, rich stamped artwork using three layers of stamp images and thoughtful sentiments. The card kit also includes envelopes and step-by-step instructions and is available at a 20% discount off the retail price! Brighten someone’s day with a hand-stamped card From the Heart.


Just the Basics:  Thursday, September 7th 10am or 6pm  – This class is designed for the new to seasoned stamper.  We’ll touch on some techniques and fancy folds.  Cards will include birthday, thank you, thinking of you themes.  Papers will focus on using the fundamental line.  RSVP today!  $15

Cats & Bats:  Thursday, September 21st 10am or 6pm  Come get spooky with this Cats & Bats class featuring cards for Halloween.  You’ll brighten a mailbox with these fun designs.  You will need to bring the following supplies:  ShinHan Touch Twin Markers in Marigold and Vivid Green along with your favorite adhesives.  Must RSVP by September 5th.  $15







Fall – Color Dare # 259

Happy Friday and welcome to another week of the Color My Heart Color Dare.  This week we are featuring  the colors: Emerald, Pansy, Gold Rush, Black, White and optional Gold

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I kept thinking how this would be a great FALL kickoff color dare.  I also wanted to highlight Close to My Hearts new 2-sided cardstock.

I tried to stick with the CAS look for this card – I started with layering my white panel (just 1/8th of an inch smaller) on a black card base.  The white card was stamped with the ink blot stamp set and then I layered leaves from the Artiste Cricut cartridge.  The leaves are cut out of Emerald, Goldrush and Pansy – the reverse side is a bit lighter so it really shows the texture when layering leaves and flowers without having to use multiple colors of cardstock.  The sentiment stamped in black is from the All the Thanks Stamp set.  I finished the card with a few Gold Glitter Gems.

OK, now it’s YOUR turn!  The full details on how to join the fun is in the sidebar of our homepage.  We have made a slight change to our Color Dare rules and each challenge will now be open for two weeks – so you have until September 14th to create for this challenge.  We’re hoping this extension will give more people time to create and submit entries.  There will still be a new Color Dare each Friday – they will just overlap.  Make sure you get your artwork submitted as soon as you can and linked up to the correct challenge.

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