Monday, October 6, 2014

Guilty Pleasures

Good Morning Crafters!

This morning I come to you from Heart 2 Heart Challenges Blog where we have weekly challenges for you!

This week's challenge is all about our "Guilty Pleasures".  

One of my guilty pleasures is ... GAMES!!  I don't know if it's because I was an only child or what but I just LOVE playing games.   Below is a pic of one of my favorite games -- Scramble with Friends (one of many by the way!):

Thinking about what to do for this challenge made me realize that I have never scrapped about this guilty pleasure of mine. 

The timing was perfect though because we have family visiting from Canada (my in-laws) and whenever we visit with them, we ALWAYS end up playing card games!  I can't wait to get together with them because I love playing card games and we play tons of them - Frustration, Oh Hell, Shanghai ...

What's funny is that I just took a picture over the weekend of them playing cards -- now I need to take more especially before they leave.  

I am going to incorporate my 6" x 6" layout above into the layouts I will make from their visit.  Now, I just need to take more pictures -- they are worse than I am about having their picture taken! 

Artiste Cricut cartridge (Z1790)
Tech Speak stamp set (C1566)
Chalk it Up paper packet (X7184B)
Lagoon Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad (Z2195)
Sorbet Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad (Z2164)
Sponge Daubers (Z1938)

Don't forget to stop by my fellow Design Team member's blogs to see what THEIR guilty pleasures are!  

Link up your OWN guilty pleasure projects at our blog - Heart 2 Heart Challenge Blog to be entered into this week's blog - can't wait to see what you come up with.

Have a wonderfully crafty day!


Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Home for the Holidays

Good Morning Crafters!

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!  This month's stamp set from Close to My Heart is "Home for the Holidays" and is available exclusively through your Close to My Heart consultant from October 1 - 31, 2014.  You can purchase this stamp set for only $5 with a qualifying purchase!!

For this blog hop, we have approximately 72 Close to My Heart consultants sharing their creations using this month's Stamp of the Month 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!

If you came here from Donna's blog at Dat's My Style, then you're in the right place!

To see the full of participants, please click here.

For my post today, I created the cute little treat box on page 14 of our Annual Inspirations book AND a video showing you the stamp set set and how to make the treat box.

First, pictures of my project:

Here is the video I created showing you the October Stamp of the Month - Home for the Holidays AND demonstrating how you can make the treat box on page 14 of our Annual Inspirations Idea Book.

If you can't see the video above, just click here for the link to my YouTube video tutorial that shows you how to make the project above.

Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge (Z1686)

Artiste Cricut cartridge (Z1790)
Snowhaven paper pack (X7188B)
Yuletide Carol paper pack (X7187B)
Champagne Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad (Z2174)
Cranberry Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad (Z2116)
Archival Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad (44751)
Home for the Holidays Stamp of the Month (S1410)
Silver Shimmer Trim (Z1799)
Sponge Daubers (Z1938)
3" x 3" My Acrylix Block (Y1006)

You can purchase any of the products I have used listed above by clicking on the above links or by clicking here to go to my online store.  If you have any questions, please email me by clicking here.

Now "hop" on over to Michelle's blog at Show and Tell with Michelle. Be sure to visit all of our Consultants at their blogs to get some great crafting ideas and other fun ideas!

Hope you enjoyed my project and video - have a wonderfully crafty day!


Friday, September 26, 2014

Fall is in the Air

Happy Saturday
Welcome to this months Blog Hop
The Creating Blog Hops Cafe'
This month we have made some wonderful Fall projects to share with you. If you have just stopped by to visit with me, thank you and welcome, but please start at the beginning of the hop with our Hostess, Robin Lane with
 Create-A-LatteWe would not want you to miss any of these wonderful projects.
So, grab yourself a Latte', sit back and hop along with us as we share our projects with you.

Fall always makes me think of Thanksgiving!  So check out the cute card I made above!  I love using up scraps so the paper that I used for my card is definitely retired from Close to My Heart.  I made the turkey using a Sizzix die cut.

This month we have a wonderful Sponsor, Lucy Kelleher with Close To My Heart, and she has a fantastic giveaway to share with you today. Lucy is giving away a $10 Gift Certificate to her store.

Close To My Heart

Your next stop will be with...

Alicia -  Golden Goddess Designs

If you get lost along the way here is the entire 

line-up of today's hop for you to get back on track and not miss a single project.

1 - Robin L. with...

2 - Amy E. with...

3 - An'Jenic G. with...

4 - Lucy with...

5 - Alicia with...

6 - Eva Scraps with...

7 - Nana's Scrap Spot with ...

8 - Lori with...

9 - Connie with ... 

10 - Jessica Douglass Wilson with ...

Thank you for hoping along with us today and I hope that we have inspired you to get your craft on.

Monday, September 22, 2014

It's a Score Board!

Good Morning Crafters!

This morning I come to you again from Heart 2 Heart Challenges Blog!  

Our challenge was to use our favorite Close to My Heart tool.  I thought long and hard about it and I have to say my "new" favorite tool is our Score Board!

Here is what I made:

Now I did use our Score Board in the "traditional" way by using it to crease my card base.

But then I used it to "frame" the base of the card.  If you closely look at the picture below you will see that:

I then used the Score Board again to "frame" the October 31 sentiment on my card:

For this project I used our Scaredy Cat paper pack.  I used Thistle and Sunset ink pads to stamp out the Halloween images.  I used Archival black ink to stamp the "BOO" sentiments.

I used our Sunset Chevron Washi Tape on a piece of White Daisy cardstock.

I used our new Thin 3-D Foam Tape to pop up the middle ghost as well as the "October 31" image.

The "October 31" image comes from the "Halloween Greetings" stamp set. This set coordinates with our exclusive Artiste Cricut cartridge.  

The ghosts and the "boo" sentiment comes from our "Frightfully Fun" stamp set.

I edged the frame for the "October 31" image with Thistle ink using a sponge dauber.


Scaredy Cat paper pack (X7185B)
Thistle Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad (Z2640)
Halloween Greetings stamp set (D1605)
Frightfully Fun stamp set (B1453)
Sunset Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad (Z2191)
Thin 3-D Foam Tape (Z2060)
Score Board (Z1937)
Archival Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad (44751)
Sponge Daubers (Z1938)
Sunset Chevron Washi Tape (Z2005)

I hope you enjoyed today's project.  Can't wait to see YOUR project using YOUR favorite Close to My Heart tool!  Link up your projects directly at our Heart 2 Heart Challenges blog by clicking here.

Don't forget to check out my fellow Design Team Members' creations as well to see what they created!

Have a wonderfully crafty day!!


Saturday, September 20, 2014

The Barnyard Bash Blog Hop

Welcome to the Barnyard Bash Blog Hop Day #1

 here's the button!!

Old Mac Donald had a farm E..I..E..I..O
With lots of barnyard critters and tons of fabulous inspiration!
We are so glad you could join us for our Barnyard Bash.
Connie Can Crop is playing Old Mac Donald for this hop and is the first stop on this super fun Blog hop. 

This is a two day blog hop and we appreciate your leaving a comment for all of these talented friends who are here sharing their ideas and creations. Be sure to come back tomorrow to see all the new and amazing projects we have in store for you as well!!

We have two awesome sponsors and giveaways for this hop!
Connie Wallenbrock
You could win an awesome package of  Prima Goodies from Connie's Crafty Cart. 

is giving away a $10 gift certificate to CTMH

What do you need to do to win? Easy... become a follower of each of the fabulous blogs in this hop and leave each of them a comment letting them know what you like best about their projects.

You will have until 12:00 am Monday to finish the hop and leave your comments.

Winners will be announced on Wednesday at Connie Can Crop.

Be sure to follow everyone and leave a comment along the way!

 Grab your pitchforks and your overalls because this hoedown is about to begin!!

I made this A2 size card measuring 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" using a retired paper from Close to My Heart called "Jubilee".  I had some paper left over and love using up scraps.  

For the cute little cow on the front and the sentiment inside "Udderly Fun", I used the County Fair Cricut cartridge cutting the cow at 3" and the sentiment at 1 1/2".

For the letters "U" and "R" on the front of the card, I used our exclusive Cricut cartridge "Artiste" and cut the letters at 1 1/2"/

Up next is Beth of The Crafty Scrapyard,

Here is our complete line up for Day #1 in case you get lost along the way:

1. Connie ~ Connie Can Crop
2. Denise ~ Craft Confectionery
3. Anna ~ Stamp Anna Designs
4. Julie (Cricut Chick) ~ Simply Silhouette
5. Lucy ~ Love 2 Create
6. Beth ~ The Crafty Scrapyard
7.Holli ~ Sunflower Holli Scrapbooking
8. Miranda ~ Nana's Scrap Spot
9. Sarah ~ Crazy About Cards
10. Angela ~ 3 Crazy Monkeys
11.Theresa ~ The Scrapbooking Queen

Thanks so much for joining us for such a fun day!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

It's Here! It's Here!

Hello Crafters!

Yup, that's right, IT'S FINALLY HERE!!!  AND I HAVE ALREADY ORDERED MINE!!  And guess what?!?!? You're next!!

WOOHOO!!, Our exclusive Artfully Sent Cricut Cartridge is NOW available to order.  My order has already been placed.  I have been waiting patiently .. okay IMpatiently for the release of our new cartridge and now mine is on its way to my hot little hands.

This exclusive cartridge can help you create CUSTOM cards in minutes with 25 themes!  What?!?!?

It has interactive designs for 250 high-end cards PLUS 150 other projects!  You heard me!!

You can actually create a total of 400 papercrafts from just this one cartridge!  No way!!  Yes way!!

You can make a pop-up card, icon card, a scene card, a sentiment card, a sleeve card, AND, wait for it ... even a pocket card!  Yoohoo!!

This collection includes one cartridge (with 700 images: Cards AND Font!!), three (3) My Acrylix D--Size Stamp Sets, AND a 12" x 12" White Daisy Cardstock pack!  SUCH A DEAL!!!

As Oprah would say, YOU get a cartridge, YOU get a cartridge, YOU get a cartridge!  All you have to do is click here to place your order.

Not only will you get the entire collection for one low price, you will also get a FREE gift from me for placing your order!

Check out this video that tells you ALL about the features of our cartridge!!

Contact me for more details by clicking here.

If you place your order by the end of September, be sure to join my September Mystery Hostess Online Party for a chance to win some FREE product from me!

Can't wait to start sharing my new creations using this collection!

Have a wonderfully crafty day!!


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

How Do You Use It?

Good Morning Crafters!

I have had a number of questions asked about how to use our Versamat as well as our new All Purpose Mat.  Above our pictures of each product.

Now, I was going to create a video for you to demonstrate what these products are and how you can use them BUT I saw that Close to My Heart has ALREADY created one for us!  Why reinvent the wheel I asked myself ????

Soooo, without further ado, please view the video below to see how to use these really awesome products exclusively available through Close to My Heart:

Doesn't that just explain it perfectly?

If you have any questions, please post a comment below or send me an email by clicking here.


I am having a September Mystery Hostess Party - so don't forget to "join" the party when you place your order!  YOU could be the next crafter to win some FREE Close to My Heart products!

Thank you for stopping by -- have a wonderfully crafty day!


Monday, September 8, 2014

Favorite Stamp Set ... For Now

Good Morning Crafters!!

This morning I come to you again from Heart 2 Heart Challenge Blog!  This week our challenge was ... wait for it ... USE YOUR FAVORITE STAMP SET!  What ???  You would think that would be easy - it was not.  SOOOO, I chose my favorite stamp set ... right now:

Here is what I made:

Aren't they cute???  I just love these little treat bags that I made.  Here are close ups of the bags:

I thought these would be fun to give out at Halloween to the kids in our children's class at the dojo (school) where I teach Aikido (Aikido of Escondido).  I will probably put some candy inside for them with a note.

I also thought they would be perfect for gift cards as well - just a fun way to say "thank you" or "thinking of you" at Halloween, you know?

I used some white treat bags that we used to sell -- I bought a TON of them before they were permanently retired and plan on using them for many different holidays.  They measure a little over 3" x 4".

I used our Scaredy Cat paper on the bags as well as the Frightfully Fun stamp set I mentioned earlier.

Now though the stamp set does not "officially" coordinate with our exclusive Artiste Cricut cartridge, I did use that cartridge to cut out the shapes I stamped on.  You can find the image on page 77, E7, Card, < Hallween > cut at 1 1/2" and 1 3/4".


I hope you enjoyed today's project.  Please check out my fellow Design Team Members' creations as well by clicking here.  Can't wait to see what YOU create wirh YOUR favorite Close to My Heart stamp set.

Have a wonderfully crafty day!