Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Happy at Home

With the launch of the new Annual Inspirations Idea Book this summer I was excited to order new products and play with them all! One of the first projects I wanted to create was a single page layout that immediately caught my eye on page 29. In the midst of these fantastic new items arriving and waiting to be opened up, my husband and I were diving into a big flooring makeover in our home. While waiting for mortar to set for a day, I took that opportunity to play with some of the new Rustic Home papers and the "happy" thin cuts. I figured that once our home renovation was complete this would be a great page to record the memories of our labor intensive, yet rewarding work. Here is what I came up with.

You can see that the inspiration from the Idea Book was simply a jumping off point, not an exact copy. I flipped the page to create horizontal photo wells instead of vertical. I kept most of the embellishments and the paper of course. I changed up the ribbon a bit and kept a more neutral palette rather than using the new Sea Glass as it would not blend with the colors of the photographs to come.

I am entering this page in the "Copy That" challenge on Heart 2 Heart Challenges Blog.

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Showing Sympathy with Flower Market

The newest Cricut Cartridge, Flower Market, has been very useful lately. I've had to make a few sympathy cards in the last couple of weeks and the detailed flowers and sentiments on this cartridge have worked beautifully. Take a look at two of the designs I've created.

I've used a similar color scheme on both as well as the same sentiment cut. However with some different patterned/embossed papers and two very different layered flowers they are uniquely not identical!

The Flower Market Cricut cartridge is available to order now in the traditional physical cartridge or a digital version. Get more details on my website here.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Hello with Whimsy and Rustic Home

My card today showcases some of the new beautiful prints in the Whimsy Fundamentals paper and some earthy Rustic Home kraft paper. The finishing touches to this card are definitely the Hello Thin Cut, Rustic twine looking ribbon and those itty bitty staples in the center of the heart.

Not visible in the photo is a piece of vellum over the top of the diagonal striped flaxen paper. It just lightly mutes the color and gives the entire card some softness. I originally made this card as a congrats/welcome card to my nephew and his wife who just had their third baby, but you could use this style card for many more occasions.

All of these new products are available now in the 2016-17 Annual Inspiration Idea Book. Find all of these goodies online here and don't forget that you can get that Rustic Home paper free this month with a qualifying order.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Flowers in a Boot

Hello! I have a sweet card to share with you today! I held an Open House this morning to celebrate the new 2016-17 Annual Inspirations Idea Book. We looked at some fabulous new products and flipped through the pages of inspiration. Then we really had some fun by playing with a few of the new items. My card design was inspired by the Freshly Made Sketches this week, however the flowers and colors were inspired by some Sea Glass iced cupcakes and Ikea napkins! {what?}

Here is one of the cupcakes on a napkin, do you see my inspiration?

Here is the sketch on FMS~

Curious about the new products we got to work with? We had fun trying out some flower cuts from the newest Cricut cartridge Flower Market. They looked adorable in that Sea Glass rain boot also from the Flower Market cartridge. We used some older, almost retired Calypso paper and some new Rustic Home Fundamentals paper. For our sentiment we quickly and easily added a Thin Cuts thanks and simple stamped sentiment from one of the stamps included in the Cricut Flower Market collection.

Remember that you can get the Rustic Home collection for free with the Basically the Best promotion going on this month only. More details can be found in the Current Specials tab at the top.

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, August 4, 2016

I Love You to the Moon

Have you ever overlooked a stamp set in the Idea Book thinking that you don't need it? On a second look I realized that I had to have a stamp set and I was lucky that it was a set that will continue in the new Idea Book! It's called Charming Cascades and its a fun and versatile stamp set. Take a look at the card I made using it.

This stamp set has cascading stars, hearts and dots. On this card the stars are simply floating down through the sky with the "I love you to the moon and back" sentiment. You will see later how I used this same stamp set on a 12x12 layout, making it perfect for cards and scrapbooking. I'll share that page soon!

Be sure not to overlook some of the stamps and products in the Idea Book, especially when they have the potential to retire!

Monday, August 1, 2016

New Annual Inspirations Book

Its that time of year when Close To My Heart introduces you to the brand new Idea Book. This year you will find a fresh new take on products being offered that are beyond basic!

The Annual Inspirations offers fundamental paper collections for all of your crafting needs, beautifully designed stamps, a new Cricut collection filled with hundreds of images, fresh new colors including a color of the year and so much more. Look at the cover of the Idea Book~ {so pretty!}

You can browse through the pages of the new book by clicking on the book cover in the right hand column of this Blog. You can also begin placing orders today online here. Be sure to check out this months promotions and of course the stamp of the month being offered for August.

You can get all the details by clicking on the Current Specials tab at the top.

Be sure to check back here all month long for reveals of new products and project inspiration.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Oh Hello!

With only 2 days until the newest Annual Inspiration book release, this card is a little sneaky! A sneak peek that is! Feast you eyes on some new items coming very, very soon as I play along with the sketch on Freshly Made Sketches this week!

I can't tell you about all the new stuff yet, but get ready for some crafty goodness coming to my updated website on Monday morning. Log on at

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Center Step Giraffe Birthday Card

I have a happy card for you today! Its a center step card featuring a dapper giraffe.

The giraffe is from a birthday card kit so he was super easy to add to the center of the card. Isn't he so cute! Who wouldn't love a Birthday wish from this guy?

Friday, July 22, 2016

New Home Calypso Cards

I love making card ensembles and packaging them up in a coordinating box. This ensemble is a gift for some friends that recently moved into a new home. I decided to use the Calypso paper with the pineapple image as it is a symbol of hospitality and welcoming. The couple can use these cards to send their new address to friends and family.

The pineapple on the front of the box is a Stickease from the Calypso collection, but the pineapples on the cards were cut from the Cricut Artistry collection. The sentiments are from an older stamp set no longer available.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Pop Art Birthday Card

Some time ago the Make It from Your Heart Blog posted some beautiful cards with matching envelopes. One of the cards really caught my eye and I wanted to recreate it with just some slight differences. I discovered that this card is a great design for using up some older scrap pieces of paper and to use those bits of embellishments that are left over from precious projects.

Isn't that fun! I used my paper trimmer to cut the triangles, but you could easily use a Cricut machine for mass production. Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Hello with Feathers and Wood Grain

The sketch on Freshly Made Sketches is very clean and simple this week. I immediately saw a space on this card to use some leftover Charlotte feather stickers I had in my stash. I also wanted to add some wood grain texture for interest. It all came together in a very trendy, beautiful card.

Friday, July 1, 2016

Jumping into July

This month has some fun specials for you, plus you get a sneak peek of what's to come for Close To My Heart!

First up, become a consultant this month and get some brand new free stuff! {Are you ready for that sneak peek?}

Join the Close To My Heart family of Consultants this month to get your choice of a FREE Fundamentals* paper packet bundled together with its coordinating Complements. These brand new products won’t be released to the public until August, so joining today is your chance to get them first! When you sign up, you also get $50 in Select Product Credit to spend on more new products, including the newest stamps, paper packs, and cardstock colors.

Join Today!
*Choose from Whimsy, Adventure, and Enchantment Fundamentals. No tax is charged for free items. Standard New Consultant Kit shipping rates will apply. No additional shipping/handling will be charged for this promotion. Offer valid July 1, 2016 (9:00 am MDT) – July 31, 2016 (11:59 pm MDT).
 New Consultant Kit

Contents of the New Consultant Kit Include:

  • Medium Organizer (Z4139, qty 1)
  • My Acrylix® Block 2" × 6½" (Y1010, qty 1)
  • My Acrylix® Block 1" × 3½" (Y1002, qty 1)
  • My Acrylix® Block 2" × 2" (Y1003, qty 1)
  • Non-Stick Microtip Scissors (Z1836, qty 1)
  • My Acrylix® Stamp Scrubber (Z1782, qty 1)
  • My Acrylix® Spritz Cleaner (1778, qty 1)
  • Bonding Memories™ Glue (1512, qty 1)
  • 3-D Foam Tape (Z1151, qty 1)
  • Sponge (Z697, qty 1)
  • Customer Order Forms (W101, qty 1 pack of 25)
  • Annual Inspirations Idea Book (WC1171, qty 5)
  • Seasonal Expressions 2 (WCS1163, qty 5)
  • Cardstock Sampler (W1167, qty1)
  • Fundamentals Sampler (W1170, qty 1)
  • Seasonal Expressions 2 B&T Duos™ Sampler (W1144, qty 1)
  • A Little Love – Petite Perks Incentive Stamp Set (W2035, qty 3)
  • Gathering Invitations (W1129, qty 1 pack of 25)
  • Desk Pad (W1140, qty 1 pack of 50)
Items shown represent contents of New Consultant Kits ordered between July 1, 2016 and July 31, 2016. Some items may not be shown. Contents are subject to change without notice, and change regularly based on product and collateral availability. Shipping and handling and applicable taxes apply.
*Choose from Whimsy, Adventure, and Enchantment Fundamentals. No tax is charged for free items. Standard New Consultant Kit shipping rates will apply. No additional shipping/handling will be charged for this promotion.

 From the Notebook

The July Stamp of the Month will be perfect for adding journaling to your scrapbook pages, notebooks or Everyday Life Planners. How cute are those little icons for reminders, ideas or shopping lists!

Beautiful Stamps, Amazing Discounts

Each month you can purchase a new D-size stamp set, available for one month only, for just $5. When you place an order of $50 or more in Close To My Heart products, you qualify for this special Stamp of the Month pricing.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Manly Thank You Box

Not too long ago I shared with you some cards I created with the guys in mind. The cards were masculine and would be great for a husband, brother or father. Shortly after my man themed card workshop, I was preparing for my nephew's graduation. I'm not a fan of just giving cash, although it is always well received,  I like to give a little gift that was handmade by me.

I decided to make a box full of some Thank You cards for my nephew to give to those in attendance at his graduation party or gave him a graduation gift. He could also use them to write a note to a teacher or mentor that was a great influence to him through his schooling years. Either way, I felt the cards needed to be simple and masculine.

The cards and box were decorated with the Urban paper collection. I used a couple of distressing techniques and adorned the box with some triangle studs. What's more manly than diamond plate and messy ink blots?!

Since I decorated a box to hold the cards I am entering this project in Heart 2 Heart's 3D challenge this week. The studs and chipboard "J" are also 3D on the cover of the box. {The J is for my nephew's name. He can store other trinkets in the box when all the cards have been mailed out.}

The card itself is a simple design with the center focus on a Cricut cut "thanks". I used just a bit of decoration on the envelope as well.

The Urban papers are essential for those manly cards or projects. Be sure to get them before they retire at the end of July!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Magical Universal Studios

I had a post before on my Blog about how the Magical papers are great for more than just your Disney vacations. Here is a layout I finally got around to creating with the iconic Universal Studios globe and some pics from the entry gate. As you will see, these papers and complements worked perfectly for this theme park, no mouse required! {Check out my post with more Universal Studios pictures and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter here.}

On the left side of the layout I chose some nice big block letters for my title. I used the globe from the new Smarty Pants stamp set to replicate the photo background. I decided to emboss it in a little bit of silver and gold like the big one. It also complemented the arrow from the Magical accessories. You will see I added lots of the little embellishments from that collection with the banners, arrows, hearts, stars and camera. However, the blue picks with the Universal Studios emblem on it came from some sandwiches we had at lunch! ;)

A closer look at the embossed globe and the hint of color in the block letters of the title.

On the right side of the layout I showcased some great pictures of my kids at the entry gates. I wanted to focus on our passes to get in the front of the line. The journaling at the bottom tells the story of how we were treated like celebrities with our passes and never had to wait in line all day! I also kept the passes and displayed them in a 4x6 flip flap.

Under the flip flap of passes is a fun Magical PML card dressed up with some embellishments and under that is a photo of my daughter trying out a director's chair. *ACTION* Those flip flaps are such a magical surprise on any layout!

You can order the Magical papers and complements online here. Don't wait too long, they will be magically disappearing at the end of July!

Monday, June 20, 2016

Enjoy the Ride {in a cute two-toned van!}

Today I have a card using the stamp of the month and the sketch at Freshly Made Sketches. I just can't get enough of this stamp set. I have done some random stamping in colors, but fell in love with just the gray tones. A neutral background really let my two-toned van stand out on this card. I used some fun star paper from Magical and some yellow twine looks like the lines on the road.

I used some liquid glass on the blue portion of the van to make it look like a nice new paint job!

Get The Long Way Home stamp of the month before the end of June. You can order online here.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

For the Fellas

Recently I held a card class with the focus on masculine cards. I made sure to keep them manly, but colorful still! The Magical and Urban papers were perfect for achieving this as well as the Stamp of the Month, The Long Way Home. I am also entering the last card pictured in Heart 2 Heart challenges this week for their theme, "the ties that bind", you'll see why. Take a look~

Some other stamp sets that were really handy for these cards were A Day for Dad and Beyond Awesome. Father's Day is coming fast, I hope some of these cards inspired you to create the perfect "manly" card!

Monday, June 13, 2016

Congrats Smarty Pants!

The theme last week on Heart 2 Heart Challenges is a "congratulations" theme! Perfect timing for all those High School and college grads! I just celebrated my nephew's graduation this past weekend. While celebrating with him and his family, we came to the realization that several of the cousins were going to be graduating back to back for at least the next 4 years! So why not make a few graduation cards to prepare and since my own daughter will be one of the graduates next year, she was my inspiration for these cards. I like to call them the Smarty Pants Series!

I made a total of 4 cards that all vary in size, but carry the same theme by using the papers from the Magical collection, the eye glasses cut on the Cricut Artistry cartridge and images stamped from the new Smarty Pants MyAcrylix stamp set.

Pretty cute collection of cards to celebrate that super smart graduate on their success! Be sure to visit the Heart 2 Heart Blog to see how others celebrated this theme!

You can order the Cricut cartridges, Magical papers and the Smarty Pants stamp set online here.