Monday, October 17, 2016

Nothing says Christmas like a Poinsettia right?

I just love the holidays, all the beautiful decorations and sparkle but one of my favorite things to decorate with is Poinsettia's, to me they just say Christmas.  I not only love to use them in my holiday decor I also use them in a lot of my holiday crafting to include cards and tags.  I especially like this card because of that.  I used the new Close to My Heart Flower Market Cartridge to make this Poinsettia.  I did however alter it a little, the one on the cartridge is much more three dimensional (beautiful but hard to use on the front of a card) so I used one of the pieces and simply cut it in different sizes and layered it for a nice affect.  I did shape the flower petals and leaves a little with my flower shaping tool just to give them a little more depth.  Here is the finished project...

I started by making an A2 card base by cutting a piece of craft paper to 5 1/2 x 8 1/2" and then folding it into a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2" card.  I added a piece of the birch bark paper from the Oh Deer paper packet that measures 4 x 5 1/4".  I then put my flower together (in this picture I had put in a bitty sparkle in the center but ended up removing it because it was too small and adding in a 4 mm sparkle instead.  As I said previously I cut the flower from the Close to My Heart Flower Market cartridge.  I cut one set of petals from Fern cardstock that measure 2 1/4", one set of petals from Cranberry cardstock at each 2 1/4", 2" and 1 3/4" (just shape a little bit and stack together).  I stamped Merry Christmas in the top right corner and added a strip of bronze glitter paper that is 1 x 4" and a strip of the star patterned paper from the Oh Deer paper packet that is 3/4 x 4".  

I hope you enjoy this card.  I have listed all the supplies at the bottom of this blog and most can be purchased on my OBA at or by clicking the shopping cart at the top of this blog.  Happy Crafting!!!

Supply List:  
Papers:  Oh Deer Paper Packet (X7214B) 
Cardstock: Craft (Z1375), Cranberry (1272), Fern (X5777)
Misc:  Clear Sparkles (Z3274)
Merry Christmas Stamp Set (M1148)
(Bronze glitter paper is from my stash but CTMH does have other colors available)

Friday, October 14, 2016

Glittered Reindeer how wonderful!!!

I really love the holidays and one of the things I love most about them is that you get the opportunity to use glitter and bling everywhere and that is something I love to do.  So today I was cleaning my craft room and discovered an old reindeer punch I have not used in ages.  I got to thinking about the Oh Deer paper packet and what I could do with that punch.  Well I had a scrap of silver glitter paper and a piece of gold glitter paper from another project laying on the corner of my work table and that was all it took.  Here is what I came up with...

While blue is not a traditional Christmas color I am really loving this Sea Glass cardstock and the Oh Deer paper packet that use it so beautifully.  For this card I made the base using the Sea Glass cardstock and I just cut it to 4 1/4 x 11" and scored it in half and folded it to make an A2 card base that measures 4 1/4 x 5 1/2".  I cut a piece of the Oh Deer paper to 4 x 5 1/4, added a strip of gold glitter paper that is 1 1/2 x 4" and a strip of Sea Glass that is 1 x 4" and is stamped with Merry Christmas from the Merry Christmas stamp set using Memento ink.  Finally, I punched out a reindeer from the silver glitter paper and used 3-D foam tape to give it dimension.  So simple yet it looks very elegant.  

Below is a list of the supplies I used for this project.  As always most of them can be purchased from my OBA at or by clicking the shopping cart at the top of this blog.  Happy Crafting!!!!

Supplies Used:
Paper Packet: Oh Deer (X7214B)
Cardstock:  Sea Glass (X5789) , Gold Glitter (Z3238), Silver Glitter (Z2329)
Ink: Black Memento (Z899)
Stamp Set:  Merry Christmas (D1694)
3-D Foam Tape (Z2060)
Misc: Deer punch (you can use any punch or cut something using your cricut, just be creative)

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

How about a little "City Sidewalks" for Christmas

So I am just starting to play around with the new City Sidewalks paper packet and it is pretty cute.  Here is a picture of it.

So I also decided it would be fun to use it to make my next card and here it is.  This is another of those rather simple cards that I really enjoy making and sharing during the holidays.

This card was very quick and easy.  I started with a pre-cut white card base that is 4 1/4 x 5 1/2".  I stamped the pine trees from the Nature's Wish stamp set (this is a great stamp set for masculine cards including father's day, birthdays, etc.) using the new Willow ink.  I then stamped the sentiment onto a piece of white daisy cardstock that was 2 1/2 x 2 1/2" using Peackock ink (the sentiment is from the Very Merry stamp set).  I mounted that onto a piece of peacock cardstock that measured 2 3/4 x 2 3/4".  The strip on the left is 2 x 5 1/2" and from the City Sidewalks paper packet.

Below is a list of supplies I used to make this card.  They can be purchased from my OBA at or by clicking the shopping cart at the top of this blog.  As always, happy crafting!!!

Supplies Used:
Cardstock:  White Daisy (1385), Peacock (X5776)
Paper Packet:  City Sidewalks (X7213B)
Ink:  Willow (Z2807) Peacock (Z2849)
Stamp Sets:  Very Merry (D1694), Nature's Wish (D1703) 

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Slowed down by Hurricane Matthew but not stopped!!!

Hello all my crafty friends.  I have to tell you I have discovered that while I can dress for church via lantern light I can not craft by it.  LOL.  Well, all is good here in Pinehurst, North Carolina, we did lose power for a few days but that is nothing compared to what so many others have been through.  I decided that I would use today to get back into my craft room and have some fun.  So I am continuing to work with the beautiful Oh Deer paper packet and there is another of my makes.

So this is a pretty straight forward card.  I made a card base using kraft cardstock that is an A-2 (4 1/4 x 5 1/2).  I then cut the white daisy to 4 x 5 1/4" and stamped the little stars using cashmere ink on both corners.  The circles are 2 3/4" (white daisy) and 3 1/4" (sea glass) and this shape can be found on several of the Close to My Heart Cricut cartridges.  I stamped the sentiment with the new Sea Glass ink (I just love this color).  The strips of paper are from the Oh Deer paper packet and cut 1 x 3" and 1 x 3 1/2".  I punched one star out of the gold glitter paper using a punch I have in my craftroom.  

Below is a list of the supplies I used to make this card and as always most of them can be purchased from my OBA at or by clicking on the shopping cart at the top of this blog.  Happy Crafting!!!

Supplies Used:

Cardstock:  Kraft (Z1375), White Daisy (1385), Sea Glass (X5789) and Gold Glitter (Z3238)
Ink:  Sea Glass (Z2813), Cashmere (Z2785)
Paper Packet:  Oh Deer (X7214B)
Stamp Set: All is Bright (A1190)
Misc:  star punch and glue dots

Friday, October 7, 2016

Snowflakes keep falling!!

I admit it I love these snowflake thin cuts.  I also love anything I can make that sparkles so glitter paper and embossing powder are two of my favorite things.  What did Burl Ives sing??  Silver and Gold, Silver and Gold these are two of my favorite things.  I am really ready to get going on my Christmas crafting.  Christmas is one of my favorite times of the year so it is natural that I love making Christmas paper projects.  

This card once again features the Oh Deer Paper Packet (you are going to be seeing a lot of that paper on my blog because I love, love, love it!!!  This card is another simple one using basic techniques like the use of embossing powder to raise those sentiments up and make them special.  I have also used several of the mini stamps (at $2.95 they are such a great investment).  I also used the Sea Glass Cardstock here again because it is such a perfect match for this paper.  I did put more emphasis on the silver in this card and could have even used the Ranger Silver Super Fine Embossing Powder but I do think the combination of the silver and gold is what makes this work.  

Here are a list of the supplies I used on this card.  They are available on my OBA at or you can click the shopping button at the top of this blog.  As always, Have a wonderful day and Happy Crafting!!!


Oh Deer Paper Packet (X7214B)
Silver Glitter Paper (Z3239)
Sea Glass Cardstock (X5789)
Snowflake Thin Cuts (Z4003)
Merry Christmas stamp (M1148)
Ranger Princess Gold Embossing Powder (Z2066)
VersaMark Ink (Z891)
Craft Heater (555)

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Oh Deer I couldn't wait

I just could not wait to show case one of the cards I will be teaching during my upcoming Christmas Card Club Workshop (we will be making 4 each of 6 different cards, or maybe 3 each of 8 different cards since there are sooo many that I just want to make, LOL).  

This was another great and simple card.  I used some gold metallic paper from my stash but I think the card would be even more beautiful with some gold glitter paper (I did use the silver glitter paper for the small star which was punched from a punch I have in my stash).  I love the gold, silver and white stars on the Oh Deer paper and it coordinates so perfectly with the new Sea Glass Cardstock.  I was concerned about the snowflake cutting since it was so intricate but the new thin cuts are amazing and cut through it like it was butter.  

Below is a list of the supplies I used on this project (most can be located on my OBA at  or by clicking the shopping button at the top of this blog)  As always have a wonderful day and Happy Crafting!!!

Supply List - 
Oh Deer Paper Packet (X7214B)
Glitter paper (gold or silver)  silver (Z3239) gold (3238) - I used a gold metallic on this card
White Value Pack Cards and Envelopes (X254)
Snowflake Thin Cut (Z4003)
Mini Joy stamp (M1154)
Sea Glass Cardstock (X5789)  (as you can see I am using a lot of this cardstock this year, love this color)
Black Memento Ink (Z899)

Monday, October 3, 2016

October 2016 - Yuletide Joy Stamp of the Month

Don't miss out on this months Stamp of the Month selection - Yuletide Joy.  I posted some very simple Christmas Cards I made on Saturday using this stamp and they were not only super easy they look elegant.  Here is an example of some beautiful artwork from our corporate office using this same stamp set on a scrapbook page.  I also love the winter thin cut they used here.  There are some really cute holiday thin cuts as well as embossing folders in the new Holiday Expressions, check them out at  I am especially loving the snowflakes and will be back soon with some projects that showcase them.  I am also already designing pages in my head with this stamp set in mind. It is never too early to get started on those Christmas Cards, Holiday scrapbook pages or how about using this stamp set to make wrapping paper.  Think of it, you could take some simple white freezer paper and stamp it all over with these stamps.  Give it to your children/grandchildren and let them go to town making their very own wrapping paper.  What a gift that would make right?  Stay tuned I will be back with lots more exciting projects.  

Here is the Christmas Thin Cut - wouldn't that be cute on a scrapbook page or a card?

How about adding a gift to a page or card, think of all the things you could use this thin cut for.

I admit it I am in love with these thin cuts.  The snowflakes turn out amazing and they cut so clean.  Love them, watch for a project within the next few days using them.  

Have a great day, a wonderful week and Happy Crafting!!!  

Saturday, October 1, 2016

National Card Making Day

Well hello and happy National Card Making Day.  Now I really don't need a day dedicated to card making to give me the excuse to spend the day doing what I love to do but it worked today so I am just going to be happy about that.  Here are two very simple cards I made using this months Stamp of the Month.  Don't forget this $17.95 stamp set can be yours for just $5 with a qualifying $50 purchase during the month of October.  This set is a great way to get started on those Christmas Cards and scrapbook pages we want to get done.

So here is the stamp set.  The star and stocking can be cut using the Close to My Heart Art Philosophy Cartridge (it has retired but many of my customers already own it) or you can cut all of them out by hand (I did this one one project because it was faster and easier than getting out my cricut and it was no problem).

This first card was simple.  I cut a piece of Pacifica Cardstock to 4 x 5 1/4" and stamped the star and sentiment using VersaMark ink and then embossed using the Ranger Princess Gold embossing powder.  I love how the gold pops off this shade of blue.  Very simple yet elegant at the same time.  I mounted the whole thing on a White pre-cut A-2 (4 1/4 x 5 1/2") card base.

For this second card I did the same thing but used the new Sea Glass cardstock (isn't that beautiful) and I changed up the sentiment.  Such simple yet elegant cards, you could even add a nice white or gold ribbon if you wanted.  

Here is a list of supplies I used to make these cards.  As always you can find these supplies and more on my OBA at or by clicking the shop button at the top of this blog.  Happy Crafting!!!!

Supply List:

White Value Pack of Cards and Envelopes (X254)
VersaMark Ink Pad (Z891)
Ranger Princess Gold Embossing Powder (Z2066)
Craft Heater (to activate the embossing powder) (Z555)
Pacifica Cardstock (X5759) 
Sea Glass Cardstock (X5789)
Yuletide Joy Stamp Set (S1610) (remember it is just $5 with a $50 qualifying purchase)

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Thursday, September 1, 2016

Close to My Heart introduces their Holiday Expressions Idea Book

Just go to my OBA at and check out all the wonderful seasonal items available in the new Holiday Expressions...

It is packed full of great new products for the fall, Halloween and the Holiday Season.  Check out these paper packets...

Be sure to follow along this month and over the next few months as I use these beautiful new papers to make projects.

Come Celebrate National Stamping Month with Close to My Heart

Dates: September 1, 2016 (9:00 am MDT) – September 30, 2016 (11:59 pm MDT)

Featured Product(s): Create Kindness card kit, which includes (1) My Acrylix® mini stamp organizer, (8) exclusive M-size stamp sets, (24) 3" × 3" pre-printed card bases with envelopes, (24) pre-cut 1 ¾" white circles, (1) 2" × 2" My Acrylix® block, and (1) mini Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ stamp pad.  In other words it contains everything you need to make 24 cute cards.

Product Item Numbers: CC1145 Create Kindness Card Kit

In addition to being included in the Create Kindness card kit, these products will also be available for purchase separately:

CC1146 (24) pre-printed card bases, envelopes, and circles
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Thanks to the pre-printed card bases, these cards come together in no time, which makes it even easier to find time to do an act of kindness. Watch Close To My Heart’s blog, Instagram account, and Facebook page throughout the month of September to see what we’ve created with this card kit, as well as the acts of kindness it has inspired!

This exclusive kit will only be available in the month of September while supplies last, so make sure to get your order in early. As a special bonus, the exclusive stamp sets and pre-printed card bases with envelopes can also be purchased separately so you can make as many cards as you’d like—but just like the card kit, they’re only available in the month of September while supplies last, so make sure to grab yours fast!

The only block required to make these cards is the 2" × 2" My Acrylix® block (Y1003), which is already included in the kit!  Of course you could also choose to purchase some of the ShinHan markers or the great CTMH water color pencils or paints to add some more color to these cute cards.

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Monday, August 15, 2016

Hello Crafters

Hello my crafty friends.  I would like to apologize for not posting much lately.  I am afraid I am experiencing some issues with my back and it is just impossible to spend time crafting right now.  Please check back though as I have some new meds and hope to be back crafting soon.  Thanks for understanding and Happy Crafting!!!

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

How about a wreath for every occassion

So this card was inspired by this cute wreath stamp that is new.  I decided I was going to find a way to use it today and here it is.

I really like this wreath and I just stamped it and cut it out by hand (it was really easy just don't cut a straight line, LOL).  I added a sentiment that is from the Sending Smiles stamp set that is one of the three new stamp sets that come free with the new Flower Market Cricut Collection shown here...

As you can see there is one whole set of stamps that are nothing but sentiments, actually there are 28 in total on that one sheet.  Everything from hugs and kisses, sending smiles, lets celebrate, happy wishes on your day, hi there, way to go, and lots more.  

Cut Thistle cardstock to 8 1/2 x 5 1/2" and score and fold to create an A-2 card that is 4 1/4 x 5 1/2", cut a piece to 1/4 x 5 1/4" and a piece to 3 1/4 x 3 1/4", Cut two pieces (your choice) of the Whimsey Fundamentals to 2 x 5 1/2".  Cut White Daisy to 3 x 3" to stamp wreath and sentiment on to.

So once everything was cut I stamped the wreath using Black Memento (my choice of ink when I am going to color with markers), stamped the sentiment into the center using Thistle ink and then colored the leaves in using the Leaf Green ShinHan marker.  I cut it out using my Micro Tip scissors because they are the sharpest scissors I own plus they are small and make it easy to make these kind of cuts.  Then I punched out three flowers using a small punch I have in my stash (there are flowers in the Flower Market cartridge that could be sized to work great for this as well) out of a piece of scrap Thistle cardstock.  I did ink the edges of the flowers and then shaped them using a flower shaping tool.  I added bling to the center of the flowers and added them to the wreath using glue dots (remember uneven numbers look best)  Then assembled the whole card.  This one was pretty easy.  

I have listed all the supplies I used below and as always they and other products you see here can be purchased at or by clicking on the shopping cart at the top of this blog.  Happy Crafting!!!


Cardstock:  Thistle (X5789) and White Daisy (1385)
Whimsey Fundamentals (Z3255)
Stamps:  Wreath (A1193) and Sentiment was from Sending Smiles stamp set from the Flower Market Cricut cartridge (Z3285 physical cartridge or Z3290 for the Digital cartridge / both come with three stamp sets and a package of cardstock) or you can use the Thinking of You stamp from the So Many Smiles set (C1619)
Ink: Thistle (Z2640) and Black Memento (Z899)
Misc: ShinHan Leaf Green marker (Z2454), Bitty Sparkles (Z1263), Glue Dots (1772) and Micro Tip Scissors (Z534)

Monday, August 8, 2016

Whimsey Fundamentals meet Flower Market

A few days ago I showed everyone some of the beautiful flowers I had made using the new Flower Market Cricut Cartridge Collection from Close to My Heart.  I was especially pleased with how this daisy turned out and wanted to make sure I found the perfect project to use it on.

I think you can catch that I used the new Shimmer brush on it to add some beautiful sparkle to the flower.  It almost reminds me of the morning dew.  Well I decided I wanted to make a card and use this daisy as my focal point, so here is how that worked out.  

Cut: Glacier Cardstock to 8 1/2 x 5" and score and fold to a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 A-2 size card, cut second piece at 1 x 5 1/2".  Cut Whimsey Fundamentals (you chose the two you want to use) to 2 x 5 1/2" each.  Cut White Daisy 2 1/2 x 3/4" for sentiment and the remainder of the sheet can be used to cut out the Daisy from the Flower Market Cricut Cartridge.  The center of the flower can be cut from a scrap of Canary Cardstock or you could cut it using the White Daisy and ink it or you could use bling (your choice).  The leaf was cut from the cartridge as well from Fern cardstock.  

I used a shaping tool (I found mine at Walmart) and shaped my flower petals and leaf to give them a more realistic look.  I also inked my leaf a little using fern ink just to add some depth.  I then layered the flower using the glue pen.  I did brush the daisy with the Shimmer Brush after I assembled it but before I added it to the card using several glue dots.  Finally I stamped my sentiment and added it.

I have listed all the supplies I used below and as always they and other products you see here can be purchased at or by clicking on the shopping cart at the top of this blog.  Happy Crafting!!!

Supplies Used:  
Cardstock:  Glacier (X5770), White Daisy (1385), Scrap of Canary (X5772), Fern (X5777 but two sheets of this color does come with the Flower Market Cartridge)
Whimsey Fundamentals (Z3255)
Flower Market Cricut Cartridge and coordinating Sending Smiles stamp set that comes with the cartridge (Z3285 for physical cartridge and Z3290 for the digital cartridge / both include 3 stamp sets and a package of cardstock)
Misc.:  Glacier Ink (Z2641), Fern ink ( Z2850), Glue Pen (Z553), Glue Dots (1772) and Shimmer Brush - Clear (Z3293)

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Well Hello Enchantment

Still playing with the new Enchantment Fundamental papers.  I love the vibrant colors of this particular pack and I just seem drawn to it every time I sit down at my craft table.  Love how these colors all work together...

I think I am going to have to make a whole set of these little note cards, some hello, some thinking of you, some happy birthday, some get well, some sympathy, you get the idea, it is a pretty flexible design.  

I started with a pre-made card base that measures 4 1/4 x 5 1/2".  I then added the strip of sapphire with white swiss dots (cut to 1/2" x 5 1/2") and then the piece of the saffron with white swiss dots (cut to 3 x 5 1/2").

I used scrap pieces of White Daisy cardstock and stamped various flowers and leaves from the Shower Flowers stamp set using Eggplant, Fern, Saffron, Poppy and Pomegranate inks (or you can purchase the Enchantment Exclusive Inks mini pigment pad set which has all 10 of the enchantment colors to use).  I cut them out with scissors and laid them out on the card.  I used 3-D foam tape behind some to add interest, I added gold sequins to others to add interest.  I did add three (you always want an odd number) of gold sequins in the upper right corner to help balance the card.  Finally, I stamped the hello sentiment from the A Penned Hello stamp (retiring at the end of this month) using Memento Black ink.

So pretty simple as you can see but it makes a great impact I think.  I will list the supplies used below and you can purchase the products used here and on many of my projects from my OBA at or by clicking on the shopping cart at the top of this blog. Happy Crafting!!!

Paper - Enchantment Fundamentals (Z3254) and White Daisy (1385)
Stamp Sets - Shower Flowers (C1612) and A Penned Hello (M1130)
Inks - Eggplant (Z2487), Fern (Z2850), Saffron (Z2851), Poppy (Z2852) and Pomegranate (Z2852) or you can purchase the Enchantment Exclusive Inks mini pigment pad set which has all 10 of the enchantment colors) and don't forget the Black Memento (Z899)
Misc.: 3-D Foam Tape (Z2060) and Gold Assortment Sequins (Z2012)