Sunday, July 31, 2016

Stock up Sale and Save Big

Brand new scrapbooking papers are here, and you can get some FREE!* What could be better than treating yourself to brand new scrapbooking paper? How about getting even MORE paper for free! During the month of August, when you order our Whimsy, Adventure, and Enchantment Fundamentals papers, you can choose to get either the Rustic Home or Uptown Fundamentals for FREE! Both of these Basics packs feature foil designs and specialty materials for making your artwork unique. Yep, this deal is basically the best!

So you buy these three for $19.5 each for a a total of $59.85(before shipping and handling)

And you get to select one of these (either a $14.95 value or a $13.95 value based on which you select) for free...

Now if that is not enough value for you just remember purchasing these three fundamental paper packets also qualifies you to purchase the stamp of the month for just $5 (a $17.95 value) and isn't it cute?

So when it is all done and said you will spend $64.85 (before shipping and handling) to take home products valued at $91.75 or $92.75 depending on which free paper packet you choose.  Wow that is an amazing deal.

* With qualifying purchase. Offer valid August 1, 2016 (9:00 am MDT) – August 31, 2016 (11:59 pm MDT) while supplies last. Shipping/handling rates are based on the full retail price of free items. Tax is not charged for free items.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Another Florence Wow Card

Just a reminder this paper packet and many of the items I am using to make these projects will be retiring at the end of August so hurry and order yours today so you don't miss out.  So this card is very interesting.  The Close to My Heart paper packs have started coming with one sheet that can be cut down for Picture My Life (Project Life) kind of scrapbooking but in the time honored tradition of being a crafter I decided I was going to do something different with them (I am not alone many of the consultants use them to make cards or journal cards for scrapbook pages).  So here is my use of one of the:

So I picked this cute floral card to play with.  I cut it out and it was a 4" x 6" card so I cut it down to 4" x 5 1/4" and cut the scrap piece to 3/4" x 4".  I cut a piece of white daisy cardstock to 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" then I scored it down the center of the 8 1/2" side and folded it to make a standard A-2 card base that measures 4 1/4 x 5 1/2".  Now I did a little more cutting, next was the poppy cardstock which was cut to 3" x 4 1/2", and then the Florence Paper (I used the blue with diagonal white lines) which I cut to 2 3/4" x 4" and finally I cut a piece of white daisy cardstock to 3" x 2".

I stamped the sentiment onto the white daisy cardstock using poppy ink.  Then I assembled the card. I just layered it as shown and added a flower from the coordinating complements and for the final touch I added a sequin from the Florence Sequins and it turned out super cute.  

I hope you enjoyed this post, I will list the supplies I used below and as always you can purchase them and more on my OBA at or by clicking the shopping cart at the top of this blog.  Happy Crafting!!! 

(SAVINGS ALERT:  You can purchase the Workshops Your Way Florence Scrapbooking Kit which includes the Florence Paper Packet, the complements, three sheets of White Daisy Cardstock, Rose Gold Foil Tape and the Florence Sequins all for one low price (G1107), it is all you will need for many of the projects I show on these posts).

Florence Paper Packet (X7208B)
Florence Complements (X7208C)
Florence Sequins (Z3213)
Bitty Birthday stamp set (M1144) - available until the end of August only
White Daisy Cardstock (1385) and Poppy Cardstock (X5779)
Poppy Ink (Z2852)

Friday, July 29, 2016

For my Adult Coloring Fans

I know many of us have been bitten by the Adult Coloring bug right?  Why not?  It transports us to a simpler time in our lives, it is relaxing, it is creative, not too much thought or work involved.  Well I have been trying to figure out how to incorporate my love for the coloring in with my love of card making.  Well, let me tell you this stamp set is the perfect solution.  It is called Ornate Blossoms and I have used it in several previous posts because it is really beautiful and easy to work with.  

For this project I started with a card base cut from Poppy cardstock to 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", scored and folded to make a standard A-2 card that is 4 1/4 x 5 1/2" (if you want to save on cardstock you could use one of the pre-made card bases and add a piece of the poppy that is 4 1/4 x 5 1/2").  Next I added the black mat which measures 4 x 5 1/4" and I cut a piece of White Daisy to 3 3/4 x 5".  I used Memento ink (as I have said several times on here I love the crisp result and it doesn't bleed when I color in my stamp) and I randomly stamped all of the stamps from the set (some I just did half on and half off, just remember to put a piece of scrap paper under the cardstock so you don't stamp on your table, yes, I speak from experience, LOL).  Then color in using your favorite coloring tools.  I used the ShinHan markers here and I love how beautiful and vibrant they are (but I think it would also be beautiful colored in with our beautiful watercolor pencils as well).

Remember this is your project so use what makes you the happiest, it may be the same stamp over and over, colored differently or maybe all colored the same.  You could (I am planning to for my daughter in law) make up a bunch of cards and not color them but give them as a gift and let the recipient color them in and send them off).  There are tons of possibilities with this one for sure.

I will list the supplies I used below, they, along with other products are available for purchase on my OBA at or by clicking the shopping cart at the top of this blog.  As always, Have a great day and Happy Crafting!!!

Supplies Used:
Cardstock:  Poppy (X5779), White Daisy (1385) and Black (1386)
Stamp Set: Ornate Blossoms (D1687)
Misc. ShinHan Markers (I used a bunch of them and you can see what colors you might like on the OBA and decide for yourself) or you can use the watercolor pencils (3505)

Thursday, July 28, 2016

More with Florence

So how about this beauty.  I am really pleased with how it came out and the fact that it was super easy to make is even better.  I do want to remind everyone that most of the products being shown here including the Florence Paper Packet, stamp set, thin cuts and sequins are all retiring at the end of August so get yours before they are gone forever.  

So I started with a white daisy base cut to 5 1/2 x 8 1/2" scored at 4 1/4' on the 8 1/2" side and folded to make the standard A-2 card that measures 4 1/4 x 5 1/2" (or you can purchase the pre-made cards and envelopes which is what I often do (White Value Pack X254).  I used a piece of the scrap white daisy and stamped it with the A Bunch of Love stamp set using Memento Black ink (because I don't have issues with it smearing when I use my markers to color my image in).  I also stamped the sentiment best wishes in the center from the same set (it also has thanks a bunch, happy birthday and special friend all of which can be stamped into the center of the banner).  I cut it out using the coordinating thin cuts and colored it in using the ShinHan markers.  

So I used a piece of the pacifica cardstock that I cut to 4 x 5 1/4" which I centered and mounted on the card base.  I then added a piece of the Florence Background and Texture (B&T) paper that was cut to 3 3/4 x 5" and centered and mounted on the pacifica cardstock.  I took my stamped image and using some 3-D foam tape I centered it onto the card.  Finally three (because odd numbers look most appealing) of the Florence Sequins with bitty sparkles in the centers were added.

All in all it is a pretty cute card if I don't say so myself and it was really pretty simple.  I will post the supply list below and as always you can purchase the supplies for this project and many more on my OBA at or by clicking the shopping cart at the top of this blog.  Happy Crafting!!!!

(SAVINGS ALERT: If you purchase the Workshop Your Way Florence Scrapbooking Kit you will receive the paper packet, complements, cardstock sheets, three sheets of White Daisy cardstock, Rose Gold Foil Tape and the Florence Sequins all for one low price it is G1107)

Supply List:
Florence Paper Packet ( X7208B)
White Daisy Cardstock (1385) and Pacifica Cardstock (X5759)
Florence Sequins (Z3213)
A Bunch of Love Stamp set (C1647) and A Bunch of Love Thin Cuts (Z3251)
Black Memento Ink (Z899)
ShinHan Markers:  Carmine (Z2448), Tender Pink (Z26464), Marine Blue (Z2458), Cerulean Blue (Z2449), Golden Yellow (Z2452) and Vivid Green (Z2466)
Misc.: Bitty Sparkles (Z1263), 3-D Foam Tape (Z2060)

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Florence 2 Page Layout

I have to admit I always struggle more with scrapbook pages than with cards.  Maybe it is because they are a larger piece or maybe it is because they  are more permanent so I think they need to be more perfect.  Whatever the reason it is something I do struggle with so I look at the art work of other consultants often for inspiration.  One lady who always inspires me is Christina Eisenhour, her work is always beautiful.  So one of her pages was the inspiration for this one.

I knew I wanted to showcase the paper but I also wanted to use the embellishments and more importantly I wanted to make some of my own embellishments for this project to show you could do that if you were not the sticker kind of crafter.  I wanted to use cardstock as my base so I could stretch my Florence paper packet to the max.  I have to admit I learned a trick from a lady at a crop a few months ago when it comes to layering paper.  (She showed us it saves paper plus it makes the pages less bulky).  

So what I did here was I used white daisy cardstock for my base, I then added a piece of pacifica cardstock that I cut two pieces to 10 1/2 x 10" (now here is the trick she taught me) when I got the first piece cut I cut in 1" down from the top and 1" down from the left side leaving me an L shape that I adhered to the page as shown and then covered with the next color.  I then did the same thing with the second piece only I left the 1" margin on the top and right side this time.  I used the paper I had left over from the cuts to make my photo mats and to cut the 2 strips of peacock used at the bottom to 1/2" x 10 1/4" .  I then cut I piece of honey cardstock to 10 1/4 x 9 3/4" and mounted that on top of the peacock.  I came up 1/2" from the bottom of the page and added my 1/2" x 10 1/4" strip of peacock and then added two of the Zip Strips cut to 10 1/4" (these are the little strips on the tops of each piece of B&T paper in the paper pack, they have the paper pack name and some other stuff on one side but then they have a coordinating design to go with the papers on the other side).  I love to use these zip strips in lots of projects, they always add so much interest.  

So I then added the photo mats as listed (the white daisy represents the picture and states the photo size):
3 x 3 photo is pacifica 3 1/4 x 3 1/4" 
4 x 6 photo is pacifica 4 1/2 x 6 1/2" and cranberry at 4 1/4 x 6 1/4 
4 x 4 photo is pacifica 4 1/4 x 4 1/4" (cut 2), cranberry at 4 1/2 x 4 1/2" (cut 2) 
I also added a piece of white daisy cardstock cut to 3 1/2 x 3 1/2" to use for journaling.  

Here are some more pics of the pages -

Now lets talk about embellishments, as you can see I put a bunch on the page.  Some are from the Complement set that goes with the Florence paper packet and others are ones I made myself.  I used the Ornate Blossoms stamp set and thin cuts and I made them in a couple different ways.  I used VersaMark ink and stamped several onto white daisy cardstock and embossed them using Ranger Princess Gold embossing powder and others I stamped onto kraft paper using the VersaMark ink and embossed using the Ranger White Super Fine embossing powder.  I then colored them in using my ShinHan Markers.  Can you tell which ones I made??

In this picture it is the larger one in the center (although the very center is a small piece from the complement set and the two to the left (red and blue).  

In this picture it is the one in the center with all the colors (because I really do like to color even as an adult).  

So that about does it, the only other thing I did was to add some 3-D foam tape under some of the pieces for a more layered affect and more interest and I also added some of the beautiful Florence sequins to the mix as well.  

I hope you like this project, as I said before I do struggle with scrapbook pages so I once again want to thank Christina Eisenhour for the inspiration.  As always I will include a list of the products used to create this project below and a reminder that are available on my OBA (remember a good many of them will all be retiring at the end of August so hurry and get yours) at or by clicking the shopping cart at the top of this blog. Have a great day and Happy Crafting!!!!

Supplies Used:  
Savings Alert:  If you purchase the Florence Workshop your Way Scrapbooking Kit it includes the Florence Paper, the complements, white daisy cardstock, the Florence Sequins and the Rose Gold foil tape (which I did not use on this project but it is beautiful) all for one low price.  (G1107) You can also purchase the Adventure combo cardstock package which has 2 sheets of each the pacifica, cranberry and honey along with other colors rather than purchasing large packages of each color. (X5935)

Florence Paper Packet (X7208B) 
Cardstock: White Daisy (1385), Pacifica (X5759), Cranberry (1272), Honey (X5668) and Kraft paper (Z1375)
Misc.: Florence Complements (X7208C), Florence Sequins (Z3213), VersaMark ink (Z891), Ranger Princes Gold embossing powder (Z2066), Ranger White Super Fine embossing powder (Z2068) and 3-D Foam Tape ( Z1151)
Ornate Blossoms stamp set (D1687) and Ornate Blossoms thin cuts (Z3227)
ShinHan markers: Carmine (Z2448), Cerulean Blue (Z2449) and Leaf Green (Z2454)

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Another Florence Card

So here is card #3, (tomorrow I hope to post a couple scrapbook pages using this amazing paper).  I am really enjoying this paper and the flexibility it gives me in designing.

Now this little card is super flexible and super easy.  I started with a pre-made card base (which I often do because it is easy, fast and economical).  I added the two strips of diagonal colors you see here (guess what that is what we consultants call the Zip Strip).  The Zip Strip is an added bonus you recieve with your papers.  Each of the B&T (background and texture or papers with a printed design) have one of these.  On one side it has the name of the paper packet and some other information but on one side it has a cute design that is 1/2" x 12" and works great as an embellishment on scrapbook pages or cards.  I cut this one off the paper and then cut two pieces 4 1/4" long to use on my card.  I cut the blue piece of patterned paper to 4 1/4 x 4" and centered it on the card base, I then added one of the zip strip pieces to the top and bottom of that leaving a 1/4" white reveal on both the top and bottom.  

Next I used the Bunch of Love stamp set and stamped this design (I use Memento Black for this since it doesn't smear when I color things in with the markers) which I then colored in using ShinHan markers and cut out using the coordinating Bunch of Love Thin Cuts.  I used 3-D foam tape and popped it up in the center of the card and added a red sequin with a bitty gem in the center down on the lower right corner.

I want to say here that this stamp and thin cut set are pretty neat because they have two different bouquets and four different sentiments (happy birthday, best wishes, special friend and thanks a bunch) which can be put into the center of either of the bouquets ( I used the special friend one on mine).  It also has a sentiment for the inside of the card that says "THE BEST THING ABOUT THIS CARD IS THE PERSON HOLDING IT" and I just love that.  

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

Supplies Used:
White cards and envelopes Value Pack (X254)
Florence Paper Packet (X7208B)
Bunch of Love Stamp Set (C1647) and Bunch of Love Thin Cuts (Z3251)
Memento Black Ink (Z899)
Florence Sequins (Z3213) and Bitty Sparkles (Z1263)
ShinHan Markers:  Cherry Pink (Z2450), Carmine (Z2448), Vivid Green (Z2466), Golden Yellow (Z2452), Marine Blue (Z2458) and Turquoise Blue (Z2465)

Monday, July 25, 2016

More from Florence

As I promised I have another adorable card made with the Florence paper packet (this may be my all time favorite, I know I say that a lot, LOL).

This card is even more brilliant in person.  Best part, it was easy to make and it included something that I find relaxing and very popular right now and that is some adult coloring.

So I started with the stamp set Ornate Blossoms and stamped the design using VersaMark ink and then used the Ranger Princess Gold Embossing powder and heat set it.  The gold really pops and it also believe it or not helps you stay inside the lines when you are coloring.  I used the coordinating thin cut dies and cut the design out.  I colored it using the ShinHan makers which have some amazing brilliant colors and are some of the smoothest markers I have ever used.  

So I started with a card base made from Peacock cardstock which was cut to 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" and scored and folded in half to make the card an A-2 size of 4 1/4 x 5 1/2".  I added a piece of the Florence paper packet that was cut to 4 x 5 1/4".  I did add a piece of gold shimmer trim at the center before securing the red designed paper to the cardstock card (for a finished look I just cut it a hair longer than needed and tucked the ends under the paper before attaching to the base).  I added three sequins with three bitty bling centers on the bottom right.  Then I colored and centered my main element from the Ornate Blossoms on the card and secured it with 3-D foam tape just to add some further dimension.  This card would be perfect for any occasion and it is bright and fun.  

I have listed all the supplies I used on this card below.  As always they can be found on my OBA at or by clicking the shopping cart at the top of this blog.  As always I hope you enjoyed this post and Happy Crafting!!!


Paper:  Florence Paper Packet (X7208B) and Peacock Cardstock (X5776)
Stamp and Die Sets: Ornate Blossoms Stamp Set (D1687) and Ornate Blossoms Thin Cuts (Z3227)
Ink: VersaMark Ink Pad (Z891)
Embossing Powder: Ranger Princess Gold (Z2066)
ShinHan Markers:  Carmine (Z2448), Golden Yellow (Z2452), Leaf Green (Z2454), 
and Marine Blue (Z2458)
Embellishments: Gold Shimmer Trim (Z1985), Florence Sequins (Z3213) and 
Bitty Sparkles (Z1263)

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Introducing Florence isn't she beautiful?

First I want to apologize for being away from the blog for so long.  I have some issues with arthritis and once in a while it flares up really bad.  This time it was in my back for over a week (some days I feared I would die and other days I feared I would not, LOL).  It is doing a little better so I am going to take it slow and try not to irritate it by spending too much time on the computer or crafting (I know what a punishment for me).  But enough of that.

As many of you know Close to My Heart features a paper packet each month and encourages us consultants to use it and post on our social media projects using that paper pack.  Well this months was called Magical.  Now while I like the paper it is very Disney inspired and I have only been to Disneyland one time and never to Disney World.  Since my sons are grown and I don't yet have Grandchildren I figure it is someplace I won't be for some time.  I just couldn't figure out a group of projects to use it on (I have friends that are using it like crazy because they are Disney addicts and yes, that would be you Susie, LOL).  It is available, along with lots of complements and complimentary stamp sets on my OBA (it is item #X7209B), and here is what it looks like (you can see it better on my site at ) ...

So since I was down so much of the month I have decided to move on to next months featured paper (yeah, I get to do more with it and I am thrilled because this may be one of my most favorite paper packets of all times), I am really fighting the urge to hoard it.  You can see why I love this paper right?  It is super versatile and I will be showing you some great ways to use it over the next few weeks.  I do want to point out though that both these paper packets will be retiring on August 30th and are available only as supplies last, so don't miss out.  If you want either of them you should order them before they sell out or retire.  So here is the first thing I made with this paper...

I thought this particular paper was gorgeous and I loved the coordinating stamp set (and the fact that it had a die cut set as well so I didn't have to fussy cut these just made them more appealing).  So here is how it was made.  I started with a pre-made white A-2 card base (I buy these in bulk since I use so many of them and I find it a very affordable way to make cards).  I added a piece of the Florence paper (I love this one with all the ornate blossoms so lightly printed on it in all these beautiful colors, you really need to see it to appreciate how beautiful it is) that I had cut to 4 x 5 1/4".  Next I cut a strip of Peacock cardstock that measured 1 x 5 1/4" along the bottom and then I cut another piece of the Florence paper (this time a saffron colored paper with chevrons) to 1/2 x 5 1/4" and centered it on top of the peacock cardstock (this is where I would stamp my sentiment, which I decided to wait to do until I knew what I was going to use the card for).  I also stamped three images from the Ornate Blossoms stamp set and cut them out using the Ornate Blossoms Thin Cuts (you will be seeing a lot more of this stamp and die set over the next month, but remember they also retire at the end of August so get them quick before they sell out).  I stamped one on Saffron cardstock using poppy ink and one on Poppy cardstock using peacock ink, I then used clear embossing powder on both of them.  I then stamped the third one on Peacock cardstock using VersaMark clear ink and embossed it using Princess Gold embossing Powder.  You could just stamp them and skip the embossing but I was really happy with the affect and dimension it gave me. I used 3-D foam tape and popped up the Peacock and Poppy ornate blossoms and put the Saffron one straight down on the card.  I always like to add dimension any where I can and this is a great way to do that.  

I have listed all the supplies I used below and as always you can find them and lots of other great stuff on my OBA at or by clicking the shopping cart at the top of this blog.  As always, have a great day and Happy Crafting!!!!


White Value Pack of cards and envelopes (X254)
Paper:  Florence Paper Packet (X7208B), Enchantment Cardstock Combo Pack (X5781)
Ornate Blossoms Stamp Set (D1687) and Ornate Blossoms Thin Cuts (Z3227)
Inks: Poppy (Z2652), Peacock (Z2649) and VersaMark (Z891)
Embossing Powder: Ranger Princess Gold (Z2066) and Ranger Clear Super Fine (Z2088)
Misc:  Thin 3-D Foam Tape (Z2060)

Monday, July 11, 2016

Is it really July?

Wow, where is the time going?  I want to apologize for not posting like I should be but I have been super busy trying to get my husbands parents relocated from Arkansas to here in Pinehurst, North Carolina with us.  We had all the inspections on the new property last week and that went well so it looks like the worst part of it is over.  They have cleared the inspection process on their home there as well so now it is just a packing and moving game.  We did get some more big news this last week as well.  My husbands brother (who lives outside of Seattle) is retiring at the end of the month so he has decided to look for a home here when he helps us move Mom and Dad in September.  For a military family who have never lived near their parents (well we did live 6.5 hours from his parents for a few years, but I have never been within a days drive of mine) to have the joy of having that much family this close is amazing.

I did have some fun this weekend finally and attended a crop that was a charity fund raiser for the Clair McLean House here in Pinehurst.  It is our communities equivalent to a Ronald McDonald house.  It is a beautiful old historic place and is very impressive.  We did not pay to attend instead we donated supplies they needed.  I was amazed with the generosity of these women.

Here is a picture of the beautiful house that is a not for profit, community supported hospitality house for out of town patients and families receiving care at Moore Regional Hospital, FirstHealth Hospice House and the Surgery Center of Pinehurst.

Here are the supplies the crafty ladies donated to the house, you have never met such generous ladies, especially those who organize all these wonderful fund raisers ....

And of course, here we are getting our crafty on....

As always, have a great day and Happy Crafting!!!!

Friday, July 1, 2016

July Stamp of the Month

Good morning everyone, well it is a new month already.  Where does the time go?  I wanted to take a minute this morning to share the new Stamp of the Month and some cute artwork made by the amazing staff at Close to My Heart using it.

This scrapbook page is just beautiful and I love how they used the stamp of the tag to journal the page.  Or how about the cute little cover on a mini album, these are cute little albums and make great gifts.

For those of you who don't know how the Stamp of the Month program works here is a quick overview.  You can purchase this stamp (for the month of July 2016 only) for just $5 with a $50 qualifying purchase (stamp set can be purchased at full price of $17.95 without a qualifying purchase).  So here we go, introducing, "From the Notebook" the July 2016 Stamp of the Month....

Isn't it cute, I can see lots of possibilities for this one including using it in my planner, love the little icons for that.  To get your stamp set right away just click on the shopping at the top of this blog or log into my website at

As always, Happy Crafting!!!