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Thursday, October 16, 2014

What is Level 2 Artwork?

Level 2 layouts include no stamping—just paper packets, Complements, and a few accessories. Here are a couple of examples from Close to My Heart.

You can check out more examples by visiting the brand new blog from Close to My Heart!

Then visit my website and join the Happy Fall Online Gathering to place your order so you can start creating today!!!!


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Pumpkin Carving......2013

I didn't realize that I was so far behind in my scrapping' until I looked through my albums a couple of weeks ago and realized that I had not made any pages for holidays from 2013 except for Easter! So I am working on getting caught up on 2013 holiday pages.  (Disclaimer: Holidays are the only thing I try to stay current on and that's because of Studio J!!!)

So here are my Pumpkin Carvin' Pages (figured I better get these posted since we will be carving pumpkins in less than 2 weeks for this year!)


Saturday, October 4, 2014

Artfully Sent!

Happy Fall Y'all!!! 

I am excited to announce the release of another amazing cricut cartridge from Close to My Heart.  This cartage is for all you card-makers out there (of course you can use for scrapbook pages and other creative projects as well!!!)  

Check out this video for details about this latest cartridge:

Anyone who orders the Artfully Sent cartridge before October 30 will also receive your choice of either a FREE paper pack or two FREE stamp pads. In addition, ordering the cartridge will also qualify you for the October stamp of the Month for only $5 as well as a FREE roll of chevron ribbon!!!!

Visit my website and join the Happy Fall Online Gathering today to place your order!!!!!


Sunday, September 28, 2014


I have not posted in a couple of weeks because I simply needed some down time! I am always overwhelmed with the start of a new school year and then this semester I agreed to teach 2 (yes I know I am crazy) education classes for our local university.  I really do enjoy teaching and absolutely love helping students become teachers! All of this along with the mundane of everyday life ... well I just needed to get some distractions cleared away so I could focus.  Please understand, I do not think keeping my blog up to date and even scrapping are bad things ---- it's just that at times I know I have to simplify and those were things I could step away from for a little while.

While doing this, I also signed up to do the new Proverbs 31 Online Bible Study, The Best Yes by Lysa TerKeurst. It amazes me at how God prepares us for things before we even realize what He is doing! This Bible study is all about figuring out what things in life do we need to say yes to, no to and what things are the most important things that becomes our BEST YES answers!!!!

Here is an image from The Best Yes website that shows a quote form the book that really spoke to my heart:

My prayer is to have an underwhelmed schedule so that I can have an overwhelmed soul!!!!! I want an unbroken companionship with my Savior and I know that I can't or won't be able to accomplish either of these with too many distractions in my life.  So for right now, I am focusing on listening to God's voice so that I will know exactly what to say yes to and what to say no to!

I still plan on taking some time to create and when I do you know I will share that with you.  I am also hoping to share some of the insights I gain from this study ... I'm just not promising how often I will post right now!

If you are feeling overwhelmed and rushed all the time, I encourage you to take a deep breath and call out to God asking Him to show you what to take off your plate so that you are better prepared to see and know what He wants you to say yes to!



Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Another Chalk It Up Project!!!!

I absolutely love the Chalk It Up paper pack!!!!  I have had the Hinged Display Tray for about a year now and have been wanting to do something with it, so recently I created a 'teacher' project for my office using it and the Chalk It Up paper packs and a few of the PML cards.  It was so easy and I can't wait to see it on my shelf at work:


  • 5x7 Hinged Display Tray
  • Chalk It Up Paper Pack
  • Chalk It Up PML
  • Chalk It Up Complements
  • Teacher Appreciation Stamp Set
  • ShinHan Touch Twin Markers

Visit my website today to take advantage of National Stamping Month #30yearsofhappy special.


Monday, September 8, 2014

National Stamping Month .... #30yearsofhappy

 National Stamping Month #30yearsofhappy

September is National Stamping Month, and Close To My Heart is ready to celebrate all month long! When you spend $30 on any current retail-priced stamps during the month of September, you qualify to receive the exclusive C-sized stamp set #30yearsofhappy for FREE! This special offer is part of our celebration of National Stamping Month and in honor of our ongoing celebration of our founder and CEO Jeanette Lynton’s 30-year anniversary in the scrapbooking and stamping industry. The exclusive stamp set features 30 mini images and sentiments perfectly suited for 30 days of happy stamping! Plus, make sure you check out Close To My Heart’s Facebook page and Instagram during September to follow all the ways we’re celebrating #30yearsofhappy for a full 30 days!

Visit my website today to place your order and get your #30yearsofhappy stamp set for FREE!!! Anyone who places a qualifying order for this stamp set will also receive a FREE 1"x1" block from me! When you visit my website join the National Stamping Month Online Gathering for a chance to win FREE products! 

I will have a random drawing for anyone who places a order this month. The amount of the FREE products will depend on the amount of orders submitted.

Happy National Stamping Month!!!!!!


Saturday, September 6, 2014

Time for A Challenge ... Color Dare #109

It's hard to believe that it has been 2 weeks since I posted anything and even harder to believe that we are already finished with 3 weeks of school.  Today was the first day in over a month that I did not leave my house at all and it has been wonderful!!! From sleeping in to not having to put make-up on and do my hair - I could get used to this!!! Best of all, I was able to enjoy a few hours of creativity with some scrappin' projects!

I will share some of what I did over the next few days, but tonight I want to share a card I made for the Color My Heart Color Dare #109 Challenge. This is my first time participating in this challenge and this week's color palette comes from CTMH's Confetti paper pack (I love these colors!)

Here is the card I made using the sunburst technique:


  • Confetti Paper Pack
  • Lagoon Shimmer Tape
  • Pear Cardstock (Cloud was cut with Cricut Artiste)
  • Black Cardstock
  • Just Because Sentiment is from a promotional stamp set 
  • Pear Brads
  • 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" Card Base

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Absolutely Blessed

I wanted to share another creation from the Scrappin' Retreat I was at last weekend.  This is a 12x12 layout that I created to go in a frame for my office. I love have pictures of my family and I desperately need to update my family frame.

I used some retired paper & stickease from one of my all-time favorites - Splendor. I also used our Artiste cartridge to cut the title. Very simple yet beautiful:


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Hostess Exclusive Stamps Blog Hop

Welcome to our brand new Hostess Exclusive Blog Hop! 

For this hop, the Heartfelt Sentiments team will be highlighting several of our Hostess Exclusive Stamp Sets. There are 11 stamp sets that can only be obtained if you host a Gathering (aka Party). What does it take to host a party? Just $150 in orders or $150 purchase if you want to treat yourself! These exclusive stamp sets are offered at a great savings, several dollars off their retail price. Check them out in our online catalog, "Annual Inspirations", beginning on page 5 and continuing through page 10. Click here for the online version.

If you are coming from Melissa's blog you are on the right track!!!

I am showcasing the Happy Hexagons stamp set as shown below:

Here is my creation using this stamp set:
Card using the masking tape technique (technique is explained below)

Here you can see the "oh so happy" hexagon is popped up a little higher than the other ones - I doubled the 3D tape on it.
Supplies used:
  • Thistle, Pacifica, Crystal Blue & Black Ink
  • Happy Hexagon Stamp Set
  • Black Waxy Flax (retired)
  • Card Base
  • Masking Tape
Continue reading for instructions on the masking tape technique or you can hop on over to Marianne's blog to see more creations!!!!

Step 1 : Ink up a piece of masking tape on the sticky side
Step 2: Place the tape on the card base and press down

Step 3: Remove the masking tape - continue with alternating colors until  desired area is covered!

 Contact me today if you would like to be a hostess for a gathering!!!!!!


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

More Retreat Items - Project My Life

One of my goals this past weekend was to get the photos scrapped from our 10th wedding anniversary.  I used our Seaside (for the most part) Picture My Life program to accomplish this task.  This is the first time I have ever done this type of pages --- I think it's growing on me and better yet was I had all this done in less than 2 hours!!!!!

First Page
Ruggles Mine
Boston - Freedom Trail / Landmarks
Red Sox Game
Coast & Lobster Day

NH & Vermont
Back page - Red Arrow Diner

Supplies Used:

  • Seaside PML Kit
  • Chalk It Up PML Kit (one card on back page, two cards on Coast & Lobster Day)
  • Game On (retired) paper pack to make cards on Red Sox day pages
Visit my website to get your very own PML kit - there are 12 different themes to choose from!!!!


Monday, August 18, 2014

Fall Scrappin' Retreat

This past weekend I took some much needed time for myself and went to a scrapping' retreat with a great group of ladies.  We had so much fun and I was able to complete several projects on my very long "To Create" list!!!!! I am not going to share it all today but keep close by as I will share some each day for the next few days!

One of the projects I created is this Names of God subway art for my mom.  Right now it is in a memory protector hanging with ribbon in her hospital room.  When she gets home, I will put it in a 12x12 frame!

Supplies Used:
  • Skylark Paper Pack (retired)
  • Lagoon, Pear & Chocolate cardstock
  • CTMH Artbooking, Art Philosophy, & Artiste Cricut Cartridge
  • Calligraphy Collection cricut cartridge (non-CTMH)
  • Wide chocolate striped ribbon (retired)
  • Contraband flowers
I absolutely love using my cartridges with Cricut Craft Room!

You can order one of the three CTMH Cricut cartridges today from my website --- when you do you will automatically qualify for the Stamp of the Month as well as be entered in a drawing for at least $15 in FREE products!


Friday, August 15, 2014

All Lit Up ... August Technique Blog Up

Welcome to the August edition of the CTMH Technique Blog Hop. This month we are featuring the technique, "All Lit Up" found on page 88 of the new Annual Inspirations.

If you are here from Haley's blog, then you are on the right track.

For my creation, I did a little bit of a different take on this technique.  Instead of using the glitter paper for the "All Lit Up" I chose to use two different colors, black & lagoon, of the shimmer trim (which looks just like strips of glitter paper).  I do have a confession that due to Open House and the first week of teachers being back at work, I did not get to completely finish my project.  But I am going to a scrapping; retreat this weekend and will be able to finish it and post the final product. Wooohoooo ---- I am at the retreat and I finished the card!!!!!!!

I saw this on Pinterest and have been wanting to try this technique for a while.

Simply take a 4 1/2" x 5 1/4" card base then using wash tape and shimmer trim place them in a diagonal manner.  You will see you don't have to worry about making it neat right now:

Then you simply fold all the edges under. You may need to trim around the corners.

Here is the base of the card after folding the edges in.

And here is the final product after adding the sentiment and a few licorice opaques for embellishments.

Supplies used: card base, Teal Shimmer Trim, Black Shimmer Trim, Lagoon Hearts Washi Tape, and Grey Polka Dot Washi Tape (retired), Cloud Nine Stamp Set (from a previous promotion)

Now you can hop on over to Debi's blog to see even more awesome All Lit Up creations!!!!!

Contact me today to get your own shimmer trim and glitter paper!


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Picture My Life...August Campaign!!!!

Picture My Life (PML) is not just for scrapbooking!!! There are many creative and unique ways to use the cute 4" x 6" and 3" x 4" cards that come with this program.  And you get 122 of them! Check out my previous post to see all the contents of the Chalk It Up PML by clicking here.

During the month of August, when you buy a Picture My Life Scrapbooking Program, for just $24.95, which includes 122 cards, 1 - 12" x 12" Designed Cover Sheet (could serve as your title page), and 10 - 12" x 12" Memory Protectors, you can get an additional set of Memory Protectors for just $3!  (They are regularly priced $9.95).

Check out this video to see all you can do with this amazing program! (By the way there are 13 different themes to choose from - how exciting is that!!!)

And remember you can shop online right now by visiting my website - join the New Product Online Gathering for a chance to win FREE goodies!!!!