Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas to you and yours!

Just a quick note to wish you all a very Merry Christmas :)  Thanks for sharing my small little corner of the web and see you in the new year!

Have a wonderful day!

Monday, December 21, 2015

Window Sitting

Another fun card we made at a recent gathering.  Inspired from here.

Products Used:

One of the ladies preferred a dog, rather than a cat, so I was able to quickly cut one with my Cricut, using Artistry.  Another one wanted a darker background so I cut her a piece from last year's paper, Yuletide Carol (retired).  Forgot to get photos however!

Have a wonderful day! 

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Shaker Card

This is one of the cards the ladies made at a recent gathering.  I'm falling in love with shaker cards and it was fun introducing the ladies to them too!  Inspired from here.

Products Used: 

Cranberry ink
Sunset ink
Gold embossing powder
plastic page protector
reflections metallic iridescent glitter shapes
C1591 Merry, Merry
D1678 White Pines Scrapbooking workshop stamps
Foam tape
Liquid glass
Art philosophy cartridge
design space

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Stitched Cards

Hello, thought I'd share some cross-stitched cards I made up recently for a craft fair I was participating in.  I stitch in the evenings sometimes, otherwise I tend to fall asleep while watching tv so it keeps me engaged.  I'm also working on a 12 days of Christmas sampler from Plum Street Samplers.  Love how it's coming together!

Have a great day!

Friday, December 18, 2015

Sleigh Card

Loved how this card turned out ... yup you guessed it, from a recent gathering!

Products Used: 

Martha Stewart leaf punch

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Meowy Christmas

Another fun card, using a new stamp set I found miraculously at our Michaels store!  

Products Used:

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Tree Tag Card

I love this card!  

Inspired from Pinterest but can't find the original card at the moment, will update when I find it again.

Products Used:

Confetti Wishes embossing folder - background (stamp sentiment first!)
crochet thread for tag
candycane stripes embossing folder for banner
Ruby ink
Pear ink
Desert Sand ink
gold dots washi
D1678 White Pines Scrapbooking workshop - snowflake (desert sand)
C1591 Merry, Merry - sentiment (ruby)
D1660 Ink Blot - tree (pear)
foam tape
design space file

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Happy December!

Specials for the month of December!

First up, new Stamp of the Month, Candlelight Garden

Next, Planners Gotta Plan!  If you are looking for a planner for the new year, CTMH has a great promotion to get you started.  Check it out!

Don't forget also, this is the last month for our Holiday Expressions catalogue, so don't wait too long if you were wanting anything. 

You can order online 24/7 in your jammies.

Ok, back to the races!  Working on cards for my Card Buffet this weekend.

Have a great day!

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Catching Up!

I seem to have pulled another disappearing act - time is going too quickly and I'm struggling to keep up!  I promise to get it all going again in a couple of days!

In the meantime, a couple of things - our stamp of the month for November is Cheers, 2016 and will no longer be available to order after the end of the month so if you want it, order it now!

Also, next week Close to My Heart is having a Cyber Week which you don't want to miss out on, particularly if you have been eyeing the Artfully Sent Cricut cartridge - it will be on sale, along with other items.

There are thirty-nine products included in this sale, which come from our current idea books. Their item numbers are listed below. Additionally, all items will be shown in a special shopping menu entitled “Cyberweek Sale!” on my Online Business Address.

Z3111 Base & Bling Snowflake Charm—Faux Gold
Z3112 Base & Bling Jingle Bell—Faux Gold
Z3135 Base & Bling Snowflake Charm—Faux Silver
Z3136 Base & Bling Jingle Bell—Faux Silver
Z3138 Base & Bling Red Bead Charm—Faux Gold
Z3139 Base & Bling Red Bead Charm—Faux Silver
Z3180 Picture My Life™ Going Places Scrapbooking Program
Z3147 Cut Above™ Dapper Giraffe Card Kit
Z2028 Designer Creations Short Stack Album
Z2036 Designer Creations Slate Paper Bags
Z2037 Designer Creations Lagoon Paper Bags
Z2038 Designer Creations Ruby Paper Bags
Z2039 Designer Creations Honey Paper Bags
Z2049 Designer Creations Cupcake Box
Z2050 Designer Creations Takeout Box
Z2053 Designer Creations Buttoned Bag
Z1838 5" x 7" Hinged Display Tray
Z1750 Designed Décor Display Tray
Z2006 Designed Décor Red Magnetic Chalkboard
Z2015 Designed Décor Black Shadow Box
Z2016 Designed Décor Colonial White Shadow Box
Z1833 My Creations™ Kraft Container
Z1871 My Creations™ Kraft 3-Ring Album
Z1953 My Creations™ Journaling Cards Box
Z1956 My Creations™ Hip Pics Album
Z3043 My Creations™ Black Mini Book
Z3044 My Creations™ Kraft Mini Book
Z3069 My Creations™ Mini Mix Album
Z3137 My Creations™ Pint-Sized Container
Z3168 Cricut® Artfully Sent Collection
Z1476 4 ¼" x 5 ½" White Daisy Envelopes
Z1477 5" x 7" White Daisy Envelopes
Z1478 6" x 6" White Daisy Envelopes
Z1756 3" x 3" Colonial White Envelopes
Z1757 4 ¼" x 5 ½" Colonial White Envelopes
Z1758 5" x 7" Colonial White Envelopes
Z1759 6" x 6" Colonial White Envelopes
Z1851 Scallop Border Punch
Z1997 Triangle Border Punch

Have a great day!

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

A Tag and a Card

I bought a Christmas Card magazine recently from the UK and here are a couple of items made with the cute stamps that came with the magazine.

I seem to be drawn to Penguins and Polar Bears this year!  Cute little tag cut from one of our cartridges that I had on my table so am not sure which one!

This one I inked up the embossing folder, put the paper in the folder and then ran it through the Big Shot.  Then I took the paper and put it in the Confetti embossing folder and ran it through again.  The snowflakes became a background - very cool!  Joy is from our October SOTM Twinkle - love this set, hope you got it in time! - as are the snowflakes on the sentiment piece, stamped in Glacier ink.

Enjoy your day!

Monday, November 2, 2015

Stocking Style

This is a new to me stamp set that I just love!

Inspired from here and carried on ... I used the Stocking Style set, Cranberry ink, Slate inkD1657 Holly Jolly Christmas, miscellaneous bling and a snowflake punch.

Have a happy day :)

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Off Kilter Snowflakes

This card was a case of this card using CTMH stamps but of course I didn't write anything down!  I did stamp in versamark and emboss the snowflakes in Gold embossing powder and I haven't used that technique in a long while so am out of practice.  The sentiment I believe was stamped in Cranberry ink.

Have a wonderful day!

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Happy 80th Birthday

Recently my mom celebrated her 80th birthday with friends and family and this is the card I ended up making for the occasion.

I loved making it - I got the cutting file from here.

I also created a sunflower Happy Birthday banner using my handy dandy Cricut - pretty sure the banner flags were from Art Philosophy.  The sunflowers were definitely made from Art Philosophy.  I can't recall where I saw them initially but they were fun to make.  The centres of the flowers were embossed with the Dot embossing folder.  Everything was glued on using Liquid Glass and I used yellow yarn to tie it all together.

A fun time was had by all - it was so great re-connecting with folks :)

Enjoy your day!

Friday, October 30, 2015


Nice card that came together quite quickly ... I used D1554 Christmas Village (retired), Gold embossing powder, S1510 Twinkle, Versamark, White Pines Paper, 3 D foam tape, Corner Rounder, mini glue dots and misc ribbon I had.

Don't forget the Stamp of the Month, Twinkle is only around until Oct 31st and then it's gone!  

Enjoy your day!

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Warm Christmas Wishes

Well here I am again wondering where the time is going?!   October is flying by so quickly!

Here is a card I made recently using Season's Greetings, Cranberry ink, R11 ShinHan marker, Memento Black ink, Glacier ink, glitter glue, Copic C1

Enjoy your day!

Wednesday, October 28, 2015


I don't recall where I saw the inspiration for this card but I just love it (will link to it when I find it again; UPDATE, found it here!)!  So colourful!

It is made using the White Pines paper, and the October SOTM Twinkle.

I also did not make any notes while making the card but it looks like I edged all the pieces with Cocoa ink and the lightbulbs were likely done in Fern and Cranberry inks.

Have a twinkle-y day!

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

White Pines Cardmaking Workshop on the Go - Part One

Recently, I held a White Pines cardmaking workshop and all in all 34 cards were made that day with even more finished at home later!

I'll post the ladies cards once I get their permission but in the meantime, here are my mine:

Have a good day!

Monday, October 26, 2015

Christmas Love

Hello, I'm back!  A fun little card ... I used the October SOTM Twinkle here, the stars in Fern and the Christmas Love in Cranberry.  Background is the Confetti embossing folder and I used our new Circle Diffuser set with it to leave a blank space to stamp in.  I attached the bow with our mini-glue dots.  Also used our Corner Rounder on the card base and the card front.

Have a great day!

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Cricut Artistry Cartridge Collection

Here is a video showcasing this wonderful cartridge, Artistry.

Enjoy the show and if you decide you just have to have it too, let me know!

Don't forget, it comes as a digital pkg as well so you get the stamps and the paper, just no physical cartridge or booklet

Have a fabulous day!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015



I just love the words that go with this month's SOTM, Twinkle.

Here I used a retired stamp set, I Believe, with Black pigment ink and then embossed with Clear embossing powder for the Santa image.  On a piece of vellum, I stamped the word Believe with Versamark, and then used Gold embossing powder.  I also used the star from the White Pines Scrapbooking Workshop kit stamp set, used Versamark and Gold Embossing powder. Attached with Mini Gluedots.

Have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Happy Birthday Shaker Card

Had some fun using stuff that I have but hadn't used yet and thanks to Melody Lane.

Used Liquid Glass to attach the Happy Birthday to the card and 'celebrate' came from a retired CTMH stamp set called Say It With Style, still one of my favourites, stamped in Black ink!

I used the Project Life Fuse Tool to create the shaker part of the card and some assorted sequins I had.

The inside is stamped in Black ink, using a sentiment from the stamp set from the Artfully Sent Collection.

Gonna have some fun making more of these cards!

Have a wonderful day!

Monday, October 12, 2015

Holiday Wishes

Hi there, playing around with the Believe in Christmas set from the new Holiday Expressions catty ... also used the Diamond embossing folder, our retired red glitter glitz, Cranberry ink and the Artistry cartridge to cut the banner for the front of the card.  Coloured Santa with our ShinHan marker R11.

Have a lovely day!

Saturday, October 10, 2015

A Belated Birthday

This is a belated birthday card I made for a friend - the design is from I think our Cut Above card in last year's catalogue - I did it with the Heartstrings paper pack (retired), White Daisy pigment ink, Clear embossing powder, our thick twine, 3D foam tape.  Sentiment is from Belated Birthday (retired).

Have a wonderful day!

Friday, October 9, 2015


Hi all, sorry I have been absent for a bit ... still fighting off this bug which has had me for going on 3 weeks ... hoping my energy comes back soon ... simply way too much to do these days!

October has a wonderful new Stamp of the Month, Twinkle - if you want it, remember it's only available until Oct 31st.  $21.25 plus shipping/taxes or only $6 if you place a minimum $50 qualifying order.

Anyway, just wanted to let you know I'm still here and posts will be starting up again shortly :)

Take your vitamins and have a marvelous day!

Monday, September 14, 2015

CTMH Watercolours!

Hello!  I finally cracked open our new watercolour paints with our watercolour paper and all I can say is wow!  So smooth and fun!

Here is today's card,

Have a marvelous day!

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Open House Make 'n Takes

Well if you'd come to my open house, you'd have been able to make these fun cards ... let me know if you'd like to know any upcoming workshop dates or host your own party - you could have some fun, just sayin' ;-)

Saturday, September 12, 2015

1st Christmas Card of the Year!

Well I sat down to do a totally different card, not even Christmas related, but this is what I ended up with!  I fussycut the reindeer's head and propped him up with 3-D foam tape.  The diagonal design was inspired from here.

Products used:

Memento black ink (YES, it's true, we're selling this wonderful ink now!!!)
Confetti embossing folder
Joyful Garland - hostess
Gold glitter glitz - retired

Have a fabulous day and hope it takes you somewhere amazing!

Friday, September 11, 2015

Cool Tip!

Take the length of shimmer trim that you'd like to use and attach it to a piece of printer paper along the edge.  Once that is done, it is stabilized and easier to deal with if you'd like to punch it with a border punch.  Once punched, you can cut it with your trimmer and attach to your project with liquid glass or adhesive of your choice.

Have a lovely day!

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Thanks - Framed

A bit late in posting this one but it used the August Stamp of the Month set, Framed and our retired washi tape for a quick and easy thank you card.

Products Used:

Gold Dots washi tape - retired
S1508 framed - retired
Gold embossing powder
Versamark (did you know that we sell refills for this here!)

Craft Heater
Slate ink

Have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, September 8, 2015


Totally inspired/CASED from here and love how it turned out!

Used Heartstrings paper, Black hemp cord, glue pen, and Design Space using the Artistry cartridge.  (Don't forget you can get the digital version here.)

Have a wonderful day!

Sunday, September 6, 2015

"That" Folder

One of my facebook groups simply exploded recently when folks started discovering this embossing folder that came with Issue No. 122 of the UK magazine, Paper Essentials.  It became known as "That Folder".  Of course I too HAD to HAVE it so managed to track it down.

Here's what I managed with my first attempt using it after it arrived.

Products Used:

watercolour paints
sanding block
D1667 Balloon Wishes
'That Folder' from Papercraft Essentials Magazine No 122
Black ink
Black stickles
Watercolour Paper
Foam tape

Have a colourful day!

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Safari Ballet

This stamp set is so stinking cute!  And it's only $8.25!

Here is the card I made using it.

Products Used:
Foam tape

Have a fabulous day!

Friday, September 4, 2015

Happy National Stamping Month, a new Stamp of the Month, and 2 new catalogues!

Now that's an exciting month!

Not only is our new Annual Inspirations out now but we've also got a new Holiday Expressions catalogue full of holiday goodies for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas as well as being the new home for our Stamp of the Month stamp sets.  Let me know if you'd like a ocpy of either or both!

I'm in love with our new Stamp of the Month for September - Paper Garden.  So much possibility!  Be sure to check out my Pinterest group for inspiration to use this set!  I'll have some posts coming shortly which use it as well.

And of course it's also National Stamping Month so Close to My Heart has created 3 unique stamp sets that you can purchase, one, two or all 3.

Have a happy Labour Day weekend and I'll be back next week with some wonderful creations for you all to take a gander at.