Sunday, April 30, 2017

Layout #2 - Live Beautifully

Here you go, layout #2 using the Live Beautifully paper pack and stamp set which are being offered by Close to My Heart as part of the May 2017 National Scrapbook Month Specials....

I wish you could see the amazing pink ombre and all the gold accents on these papers, they are really very striking.

I wanted to show how cute these little thin cut hearts are.  They come like these just the outlines of hearts as well as solid hearts which you also see on the layout.

I hope you enjoy this layout.  I have listed the supplies I used below.  You can find all of them at or by clicking the shopping button at the top of this blog.  Remember the papers and stamp set used here will only be available during the month of May 2017 so be sure to get yours now.  Happy Crafting!!!!

Supplies Used:
Inks:  Memento Black (Z899)

Papers:  Live Beautiful B&T Paper Packet (CC1212B)
Cardstock:  White Daisy (1385), Black (1386), and Pomegranate (X5780)
Gold Glitter Paper (Z3238)

Stamp Set - Live Beautifully (CC1212C)

Thin Cuts:
Hearts (Z3260) – this are the outlines of hearts
Basic Hearts (Z3317) – these are the solid hearts

3-D Foam Tape (Z2060)

Friday, April 28, 2017

Want some more Live Beautifully?

How about a preview of some cards that I will be showing you throughout the month of May?

Stay tuned to see each of these cards individually plus more during May. 

Now for the best part...  I will show you four (2 page layouts) and 20 cards I made with just one package of the Live Beautiful paper pack (well there maybe more than 20 cards because I have already done all this and still have a little paper left) over the next few weeks.  Why not get your paper pack and stamp as soon as they are available on May 1st so you can be ready to go.  Both can be purchased at or by clicking the shopping cart at the top of this blog.  Happy Crafting!!!

Papers:  Live Beautiful B&T Paper Packet (CC1212B) - available 5-1-2017

Stamp Set - Live Beautifully (CC1212C) - available 5-1-2017

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Live Beautifully

So for my first post about Close to My Hearts "Live Beautifully" National Scrapbook month Special for the month of May 2017 I created a scrapbook page that I think came out great.  I love this paper pack as well as the stamp set.  I tried to use different techniques and just have some fun.

I tried a whole new technique on this rose and I am thrilled with the outcome.  Wish you could see just how beautiful this rose really is.  I used the  Close to My Heart Flower Market Cricut cartridge to make the rose (which is two layers).  I then took the bottom layer which I cut from White Daisy cardstock and I painted it using the Close to My Heart watercolor paints.  It gave the rose this unique stained glass look that I am just in love with.  I will certainly be doing some more stuff using these amazing watercolor paints that is for sure.  

And of course I used my trusty daubers to ink the edges of my titles.  I always love the depth and interest inking gives to my projects. 

I hope you enjoy this layout and will follow along as I bring you more projects using the Close to My Heart Live Beautifully papers and stamp set over the next month.  I have listed all the supplies I used below (remember the papers and stamp will not be available for purchase before May 1st and will only be available while supplies last during the month of May 2017 only so get yours right away).  You can find all the supplies at or by clicking the shopping cart at the top of this blog.   Happy Crafting!!

Supplies Used:
Inks:  Memento Black (Z899), Pomegranate Ink (Z2653) and New England Ivy Ink (Z2135)

Papers:  Live Beautiful B&T Paper Packet (CC1212B)
Cardstock:  White Daisy (1385), Black (1386), and Pomegranate (X5780)

Stamp Set - Live Beautifully (CC1212C)
3-D Foam Tape (Z2060)
Water Color Paints (3132)
Daubers  (Z726)

Monday, April 24, 2017

May is National Scrapbooking Month

That's right May is National Scrapbooking Month and Close to My Heart has some amazing specials being offered for the month.  While these specials will not be available for purchase on my website until May 1st, but I wanted to give you a sneak peek at some of the amazing products being offered (be sure to stay tuned to see some of the beautiful projects I have made using these products).

First I just fell in love with the paper pack "Live Beautifully", I just can't tell you how beautiful this paper is.  The pictures just do not begin to do it justice.  The colors are vibrant and the patterns are amazing and of course anything with those great touches of gold is always wonderful.  

Live Beautifully paper packet 16 – 12” × 12” sheets 
(2 each of 6 double-sided designs and 2 each of 2 single-sided gold foil designs) 
Item Number: CC1212B priced at $14.95 

Then I saw the stamp set and my mind just started to race thinking of all the wonderful projects I could make with this beautiful stamp set (wait until you see some of the fun things I did with it).

My Acrylix® Live Beautifully stamp set 
Item Number: CC1212C, priced at $17.95

Now if that was not enough Close to My Heart is offering several bundles that are amazing values and the perfect addition to these items (or these items are the perfect addition to them).  The first is the Cut Above Bundle....  

Cut Above Layout Kit—Live Beautifully 
Item Number: CC1212A, priced at $44.95

This is such a new and easy way to make coordinating layouts to preserve your memories. The Live Beautifully Cut Above layout kit comes with everything you need to create five two-page layouts. With pre-printed base pages, die-cut paper pieces, stickers, and gold foil accents, this kit will help you preserve the moments that matter most in practically no time at all. 

This kit is only available this month, while supplies last. Buy the layout kit alone or get an even better discount by buying it as part of an album bundle (see those below). And if you love the look of these pages, be sure to check out the coordinating Live Beautifully paper packet and My Acrylix Live Beautifully stamp set (see above)!

The Black Legacy Post-bound album is item number: CC1212, priced at $68.95
and the Gray D-Ring album bundle is item number: CC1225, also $68.95
 (that is 20% off the normal retail prices for these items)

The Live Beautifully Album Bundles includes the Live Beautifully Cut Above layout kit, a gray (or black - your choice) My Legacy album (D-ring or post-bound), one Marvy Uchida LePen journaling pen, and one Tombow permanent adhesive. 

Now think about it, you can build an entire beautiful scrapbook using one or more of these bundles and everything matches perfectly.  

Sunday, April 23, 2017

April Special

This month Close to My Heart is offering our innovative new Cut Above layout kits are available at 50% off the retail price at just $7.48!  That’s an incredible deal on layout kits that make memory keeping incredibly easy.  Choose between two designs—Little One and Forever & Always—and then follow the simple assembly instructions to create your beautiful two-page layout in minutes.  The kit includes die-cuts, stickers, photo placeholders, Memory Protectors™, and instructions. Also includes 12 coordinating pocket cards and two divided Memory Protectors for adding more photos.  You’re going to love how quickly you can preserve your memories with Cut Above.  Likewise you can chose to use the items provided in the layout kits to make your own unique projects.  It is all your choice.  I will also post a video showing how easy these are to use.    

Get yours now at  I have listed the item numbers for each below.  If you love these kits be sure to watch for the new kits being offered beginning May 1st.  Happy Crafting

Forever & Always
Little One

Cut Above™ Layout Kit by Close To My Heart