Friday, December 21, 2012

Artiste- Anything Goes Blog Hop

Welcome to our "Anything Goes with the Artiste" Blog Hop where we are showcasing  the exclusive Artiste Cricut cartridge which can be purchased exclusively through a Close to My Heart Independent Consultant. This will be our last Artiste blog hop for 2012.

Our "theme" for this hop was to create anything we wanted with the Artiste Cricut cartridge. And honestly, you can pretty much create anything and everything with the Artiste so this was not a difficult thing to do.

If you just happened to come to this blog, you should start at the beginning at Lucy's blog Love to Create
  If you came here from Jennifer's blog, 4 Hearts Scrapbookingnk then you're in the right place!
 My project is a cute little reindeer gift bag. Now, I did NOT come up with this idea on my own. I have not had the time to be really creative but when I saw this I knew it was perfect for a little gift for my little cousin. I got this idea from Rachel Loesch at Cricut with Heart. She has some very good instructions and pictures listed on her blog for her post so I encourage you to take a peek and leave her some love too.

Here is a picture of my reindeer girl bag
I used the Artiste cartridge to cut the bag on pg. 77 at 4-1/2". I used the leaves for the ears found on pg. 54 at 1" and 1/2" for the inside (use the shift key for the inside cut). Then I cut the antlers from pg. 43 at 2". I used the art philosophy cartridge to cut a 1" nose which I then glittered. I made her "cute" with some green googly eyes that I got from Wal-mart. I used chocolate and desert sand ink to finish it off. I added a zip strip from one of the CTMH papers and a little red polka dot bow.. I think she turned out really cute and I hope you enjoy her! 

  The next stop on your blog hop fun is Penny from It Makes Total Cents.

 Here's the entire blog hop lineup in case you get lost along the way:

  1. Lucy ~ Love 2 Create
  2. Darla ~ Caution:  Crafting is Contagious 
  3. Diana ~ Diana's Free Moments
  4. Jennifer ~ 4 Hearts Scrapboooking
  5. Laura ~ Scrappinsweetie's Escape
  6. Penny ~ It Makes Total Cents
  7. Theodora ~ Celebrate Crafts

Friday, December 14, 2012

Family and Friend Blog Hop

Welcome to our "Family and Friends" Blog Hop where we are showcasing  the exclusive Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge which can be purchased exclusively through a Close to My Heart Independent Consultant. This will be our last Art Philosophy blog hop for 2012.

We will be showing you creations made using the Art Philosophy cartridge for our family and friends.

If you just happened to come to this blog, you should start at the beginning at Lucy's blog - Love 2 Create
 If you came here from Jennifer's blog, 4 Hearts Scrapbooking, then you're in the right place!

 My project is a fun little present that one of my family member is going to be happy to get. I altered a 6x6 white tile that I bought at Lowes with some vinyl. I used both the Art Philosophy cartridge and the Artiste cartridge to make it. Here are some pictures showing how I did this.

 I used the Artiste cartridge for this Merry Christmas saying. It is found on pg. 80 of the handbook. I cut it out of red vinyl at 5.25".
 I use clear contact paper as my transfer paper. It is much cheaper than the actual vinyl transfer paper and much easier for me to find locally.
 Next I added the Holly Leaves cut from the Art Philosophy cartridge found on pg. 46. I cut them at 1.5" and put them on the tile. I also cut the holly berried but I didn't like the look of them so I added some bling to jazz it up just a bit. Here is the final product. I hope that the recipient is happy with it when they open the package!

 The next stop on your blog hop fun is Priscilla at Priscilla's Paperie. Thank you for hopping along with us and I want to wish each of you a very Merry Christmas!

 Here's the entire blog hop lineup in case you get lost along the way:

  1. Lucy ~ Love 2 Create
  2. Darla ~ Caution: Stamping is Contagious
  3. Diana ~ Dian's Free Moments
  4. Jennifer ~ 4 Hearts Scrapbooking
  5. Laura ~ Scrappinsweetie's Escape
  6. Priscilla ~ Priscilla's Paperie
  7. Stephanie ~ The Quilted Scrapper
  8. Kindred Hearts ~ It Makes Total Cents

Friday, November 2, 2012

Bears...Teddy Bears Parade!

Good Morning Everyone!

Welcome to our 3-day hop showcasing, you guessed it, bears!  Well, Teddy Bears to be precise.  Teddy Bears from Cricut's Teddy Bear Parade!

"A Teddy bear is a faithful friend
You can pick him up at either end.
His fur is the colour of breakfast toast,
And he's always there when you need him most."

We hope you will be inspired by our teddy bear creations.  As you hop along from blog to blog, you may see some blog candy being offered.  Please follow the blogger's instructions to enter and be eligible to win.

If you just happened on my blog, please start at the beginning of our hop with Janis of Pause Dream Enjoy

If you came here from Sheree of Boots and Bling Time, you're in the right place!
I have created this fun Turkey Bear for the hop. I have put him on a 12x12 tile that I got from Lowes. I used several different colors of adhesive backed vinyl and cut it with my mini cricut at 6". The setting I used were blade depth 3, blade pressure 3, and the speed to 4. Vinyl cuts as smooth as butter with my mini. I use clear contact paper as my transfer instead of spending money on real transfer vinyl. I also used the CTMH Artiste cartridge for the "give Thanks" phrase that was cut at 8.5 inches. I layered it all together and this is what you get. I think he is gobbleish-ish. 

The next step on your Teddy Bear trail is, Tara of Craftin Desert Diva's 

Here's the entire lineup in case you get lost along the way:

1. Janis ~
2. Lucy ~
3. Sheree ~
4. Laura W.~
5. Tara Barnes Bruening ~
6. Tracy Matos ~
7.Sharon ~
8. Kathi ~
9. Mary ~
10.Michelle -
11. Elaine -

Thanks for stopping by! Don't forget to stop by tomorrow for another day of teddy bear creations!

Saturday, October 27, 2012

The Artiste in 3D Blog Hop

Welcome to our The Artiste in 3D Blog Hop!  There are so many fun features  in our Artiste Cricut cartridge that we decided to showcase many of the 3D Objects

Take a closer look or to place your order for this Artiste Cartridge please click on the link that says Artiste Cartridge.

In this hop, you will see a variety of projects featuring the 3D Object key of the Artiste but don’t worry, you won’t need special glasses to see them!  (But we do hope our projects will “stand out” to you.)

If you have just hopped onto my blog, please start at the beginning at Lucy's blog –Love to Create  If you came from " Wendy Kessler " My Scrapbooking Blog "

I needed to make a quick wedding gift and this little box had been calling my name. It is from page 71 under the 3D object tab. I used some special black and white paper and cut it like the instructions suggested. It is perfect for a gift card and some candy for the new couple. Thanks for checking it out and I hope you enjoyed looking at my quick project. 
Your next stop on the Artiste in 3D blog hop is Kindred Hearts of That makes Total Cents

Here is the complete lineup in case you get lost along the way:

1. Lucy ~ Love 2 Create
2. Darla ~ Caution: Crafting is Contagious
3. Stephanie ~ The Quilted Scrapper
4. Wendy Kessler ~ My Scrapbooking Blog
5. Laura Wolff- ~ Scrappinsweetie’s Escape
6. Kindred Hearts ~ That Makes Total Cents
7. Theodora Stacey ~ Celebrate Crafts
8. Priscilla ~ Priscilla’s Paperie
10. Michelle ~ My Flights of Fancy

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Frosted Glass

I am doing this project now in July because I have a bunch of these hurricanes left and the itch for snowflakes and winter hit me. I am setting it to post later in October or November though because I know I will be busy then and not have a lot of time to create. So here is a frosted glass hurricane that I made.
Frosted Glass spray paint
snowflakes cut from Art philosophy cut on vinyl 2.5"
You cut the snowflakes out and create your pattern around the hurricane. The you spray the glass with frosted glass. Let it dry for a bit and then peel off the snowflakes. It is very simple to do and the results are stunning. The picture does not do it justice. So there you have it, my project in July!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Message Board

Hello everyone. It looks like fall is here and they are talking maybe a chance for snow this weekend??? Doesn't surprise me. I just hope we get a lot of snow this winter :) I couldn't sleep a couple of nights ago so I created this. I am making them for the craft fair in Kinsley on November 17. If you don't have anything planned you might jot it down and come check out all the goodies there. This is not that hard of a project, especially if you have the Art Philosophy cartridge from Close to My Heart (CTMH) and a cricut. I cut my rectangle out using that cartridge which saves a TON of time. I found these trays and they are the perfect size for this.
Supplies Needed:
Metal tray
Scrapbook paper (I used Florentine from CTMH)
clear glass pebbles
stamp (optional)
Magnets (got mine at walmart)

Here are the basic directions:
1. Use large clear pebbles and coordinating paper for your magnets. I used clear glass available through CTMH to glue down the pebbles to the paper. Let dry and then cut out around the pebbles. Next glue magnets (got mine at wally world) to the back of the pebbles creating your hand made magnets.

2. While your pebbles are drying measure and cut out your paper of choice. Glue it down to the tray you are using.
 3. Add your magnets to the tray and you are good to go! quick and easy.
4. If you want to hang your tray you can drill some holes in the top and add ribbon to it or use magnetic tape to the back. I haven't added ribbon to this one yet, but I plan to.

Thanks for checking out this fun and cute project. If you have any questions please let me know.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Western Thanks

Today I was up early so I finished up these cute thank you cards. I love the western feel of them. I used the new Rugged Dude pocket stamp, the Artiste sentiment stamp set and cartridge for the "thanks", and the daisy was cut at 1.5,1.25, and 1 " then inked with creme brulee, chocolate, and sweet leaf inks. I added a little green gem to the center to finish them off. The picture does not do this card justice. I hope you enjoy this post and have a great day!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Candy Pocket

Today I am using some new stamps that I have been wanting to use for a while. The pocket is from the Rugged Dude stamp set. I used sweet leaf and olive ink colors for it. The candy is cute from the Mini Monsters Cricut cartridge. The sentiment is the new October Stamp of the Month that you can get for $5.00 with a $50.00 purchase this month only. The inside sentiment says  Wishing you a season filled with sweetness. The paper is from Martha Stewart.

Peace on Earth

Good morning! Today I am sharing a dozen shimmery Christmas Tree cards. I used the art philosophy cartridge to cut all the shapes.The tree is cut from a shimmery green. I used the Glory to God stamp set from CTMH for the Peace on Earth and on the inside I used Merry and Bright stamp set from CTMH.  Then I added glitter and some ink to the edges. Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Poinsetta Card

Hello everyone. Today, while listening to some homework, I created my favorite Christmas cards of the season so far. I first saw these snowflake poinsettas in the current Idea book by Close to my Heart. I knew I wanted to make them, and finally had time to. I did not take pics as I went and now I wish I would have but here is how you do it.  You use the CTMH art philosophy cartridge and cut 3¼" Shift <Snwflke1> (p. 22), 1¾" Shift <Snwflke2> (p. 27), 1½" and 2" Shift <Leaf3> (p. 46). After you have them cut out you use the Snowflake Stamps (D1480  $17.95) to stamp your "flower" petals. Once you have them stamped  I used stickles glittler glue to add some shimmer and shine to them. After they dried I used a glue dot to put them together. You can sand and ink the edges of the leaves which I did but then did not use on my card.  The sentiment is from the Merry and Bright ( C1510 $13.95) stamped in Slate ink. The colors of paper and ink that I used are Cranberry, Smoothie, and Slate. Thank you for looking and if you have questions please let me know!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

A couple of new things

Hi everyone, I hope you all had a wonderful day. I created a couple of new things yesterday. I will be posting directions later but I wanted to share today. The first one is a little holder for 3 chocolate nuggets and is perfect for stocking stuffers. The 2nd is a set of 6 3x3 cards that are great for a little pick me up or to go along with some hand made gifts for someone special. I hope you enjoy these 2 things.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

A Piece of my Life

Today I feel like I need to put this out here in writing. It has been a hard day to handle. This is why I am back to paper crafting and stamping after 5 years. To help with the stress and find myself again. It is therapy for me. So here is a peek into my life. It is personal and a bit brutal and something that you may not wish to read. If you do read it, thank you.

Five years ago today I had no idea that my life would be changed forever when I woke up that morning. I had no idea that the day would be one of the worst days in our lives. I laughed and happily sent the kids off to school. Cassandra to 3rd grade and Gabe to kindergarten. Aaron had changed his plans to stay and work on the studio and sub part of the day at Larned instead of going to a meeting. We were all excited about the new studio and the possibilities it brought for us. I was looking forward to babysitting and a first birthday session that night. The day was looking pretty good. Before Aaron left that morning, the lights dimmed in the house and we had low voltage. We did not know that there was a wreck and a pole had been snapped in half, we just thought it was due to the irrigation and pump jacks since it had been happening all summer and the electric company had been out several times. We didn’t think anything about it. Our cat, Mouse was very clingy that morning and wouldn’t leave me alone. He wanted held. The last thing I said to him was that he was being a pain in the butt baby and I would cuddly with him when I got home. Aaron left, and headed to town to work. I started to leave but spent a few minutes petting Mouse before heading out. I had left my camera and stuff I needed for that night on the couch and headed out the door. I got to the mailbox and had the strong feeling that I needed to go back and get it and the cat. I turned around and got the camera, but left the cat. We never took him with us and I was going to babysit so it was an absurd idea, had I only known the next part of the story. That was the last time I saw him.
I got to my friends house and she headed off to the dentist. Things were going well and it was almost time for one of them to get on the bus for preschool. I was just getting ready to start lunch for them when I got the phone call from Aaron. All he said was to take the kids somewhere and get home as soon as I could, our house was on fire.  I remember telling them to get in my car now that we had to go because my house was on fire. I took them up the street to the school where Cassandra was and said that I had to leave them there and to call their dad who worked there. My house was on fire and their mom was at the dentist and I had to go. I ran out the door. The poor kids didn’t even have shoes on! I remember the panic and the shock that I felt driving home. Half way home I got another phone call saying that Mouse was gone and that the fire was bad. I about lost it then. Honestly I should not have been driving but by God’s grace I made it to the yard where I saw our home engulfed in flames. I knew there was no saving it. There were no fire trucks on the scene although several had been called. I stood there for over 45 minutes before the first one showed up. During that time I watched as the living room, Gabe’s bedroom, and Cassandra’s rooms burn to a pile of rubble before me as I could do nothing to save it.
There were lots of thoughts and tears at that time. Then the realization that we had to go and tell our kids that we were homeless and had nothing left hit me. I pray that none of you reading this EVER have to have that meeting. To tell them that their favorite pet was gone. It is a feeling that I can not describe other than total devastation. The looks on their faces as realization and understanding came across. To hold them while they cried. I still see it today if I think about it, which I try very hard not to do. There are many things that day that I am not writing about, but on this day I feel it is important to write this and get it out there.
You can’t go through something like this without it effecting you. The pieces of life that you have to pick up and go on with. The feeling of hopelessness and emptiness can overcome you. It has changed every single one of us. It is a part of who we are and we can not change that, we can only change how we let it control us. There are many other pains and trials that come with this story and I wish I could say that they don’t matter because we are all together and have each other, but I would be lying if I wrote that. Yes, being together and having family is all that matters, but learning to live together again with the way it effects each one of us is something new. It is not easy, nor fun, but a process that we are on. Unfortunately for some of us we now have a built in defense mechanism from the harsh words that some said afterwards. There are scars there that are extremely deep, especially for Cassandra. Kids can be so very mean. A devastation like this changes you in ways that you may not even know or realize. It can turn you into a person that you no longer recognize nor want to be. It allows the devil to slip in and take almost literally everything from you if you are not aware of it including your soul. The fight is hard and exhausting. I can literally tell you that stress can and will kill you if you don’t learn to handle it, one of which I am still in the process of doing. Yes, through it all God has been with us, but that does not mean it has been easy or joyful. Five years seems like such a long time in some ways but in others there are scabs there that are not completely healed yet. We are very thankful for God being with us and staying with us through it all and we are thankful that we are all still alive . I will be honest that in the past 3 years I have had times where I have been angry that I am still alive because of the pain I have felt and been through. I can now see that it was a process that I had to go through for myself to be who God wants me to be. I have been angry with God and have questioned and if that makes me a bad Christian, then so be it, but it is the honest truth and something that God knows already. I know that I am very blessed to be alive and that God saved me for a purpose. If I would have been home we are 98% sure I would not be here today. There was a fireball that blew out of the wall directly across from where my computer was. If I would have been home I can almost guarantee you that I would have been sitting there working. If Aaron would not have changed his mind and decided to sub that day I would have been left to deal with this all on my own. Looking back you can see the different ways that God was there, although at the time there was too much pain and shock to see that. Perhaps one of the biggest pieces of evidence that he was there and has a bigger plan for us is this, the bible that my mother gave to me for my 20th birthday. It was laying where everything else around it was disenigrated. I don’t know how was saved and more amazing is that you can ready every single page of it. Evidence was there that God was with us that day, but somehow we missed it. It is now 5 years later and we are doing well. The kids are happy and we are all doing fine. There are still struggles and days like today are one of them, but we persist through them and try to do our best. Things can either break you or make you they say, but I disagree with that. They can break you, and for us they did, and then remake you. I ask that you remember that everyone has a struggle. You don’t know what a person has been through so treat them with kindness. You may see a strong person on the outside, but on the inside they may be dying and lonely. You may see someone act out of self-defense and have guards up, but they have been so hurt in the past and don’t want to be hurt again, be nice to them. We are all called to be loving humans, so I encourage each one of you that read this, whether you are Christian or not, to be nice and smile to every person you see. You don’t know how far that smile will go in someone’s life. For some, it may just be the smile that saves their life. Spread seeds of kindness knowing that you may never see them bloom but be assured that you have at least planted them. Thank you for reading this little piece of our background and some of the struggles we have been through. It may help you to understand us better. There are always people there at the beginning of the crisis, but please do not forget about them in the middle and the end. The struggles and pain of a devastation lasts lots longer than just a couple of months, in fact it can call many years. 

Friday, September 7, 2012

CTMH Consultants September SOTM Blog Hop

Welcome to our September Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! This month Close to My Heart is offering a stamp set called "Fall Favorites". This set can be purchased exclusively through a Close to My Heart Independent Consultant for only $5 with a qualifying purchase of $50.

In this hop, you will see projects featuring this fun stamp set from many talented crafty ladies! We hope you enjoy our blog hop today!

If you have just hopped onto my blog, please start at the beginning at Lucy's blog:   If you came from Theodora's Celebrate Crafts Blog then you are in the right place!

For my project I created an altered mini comp notebook for my purse. Fall is the perfect time to start compiling lists of recipes for the holidays, favorite things that fall brings, and other fun ideas. I bought my composition book at Staples on sale. 

 Then I covered it with our new Flirty paper. I used the September SOTM set to create the tag. I stamped out cut out other images from the stamp set and used our Liquid Glass to cover them. I cut some strips and placed them randomly in the notebook for tagged sections.
 I used the new alcohol markers to color the tag.

 I hope you enjoyed my project and I hope you have been inspired to create your own. If you do please link to yours so I can leave you some love!

Your next stop on the Fall Favorites Stamp Set Blog Hop is Michelle Stewart's Blog

Here is a complete list of the blog hop in case you get lost along the way:

  1. Lucy ~
  2. Darla ~
  3. Shelly Mendenhall
  4. Eva Friesen ~
  5. Judith Ashmore~
  6. Stephanie-
  7. TinaGale -
  8. Maria Woodworth ~
  9. Jennifer Kramer ~ 
  10. Carolyn ~
  11. Madeline Morcelo ~
  12. Theodora
  13. Laura W. -
  14. Michelle Stewart 

Thanks for hopping along with us - we hope we were able to inspire you to create your own "Fall Favorites" projects.

Monday, September 3, 2012


I went to check my links tonight and found that someone had changed my shop with me link to their website. Please make sure that if you place an online order that is says Laura Wolff as your consultant. It should take you to   I am very upset about this and will be checking into it. I now have this fixed.  Please let me know if you have placed an online order in the last month. Thank you.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

A very merry Christmas

Good Sunday morning everyone. This week I spent some time with a friend just hanging out and creating. It was a very relaxing and much needed break from the homework. One of the things I created was this Christmas card. Looking through the
Artiste and Art Philosophy cartridges all of the Christmas bulbs kept calling my name. I then looked at my holiday stamps and came across this one and knew I just had to make something with it. This is what I ended up with and I really like how it turned out. You can be sure that more Christmas bulb cards are on their way!

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Fall is in the air!

Today I took a bit of time just for myself. I love fall, although I do not like the memories associated with it anymore, it is still one of my favorite seasons to take part in. I love the warm colors, the leaves changing, hot cocoa, sweatshirts, pumpkins, and apple cider. I love the smell of wood fire places starting up. Yes, fall is one of my favorites!
With that being said, I decided to start decorating today. I pulled out some goodies I had bought at Dollar Tree and decided to try my hand at making my own fall vase for our kitchen table. I would have taken a picture of it sitting there but you can't see the table now because of this project...LOL. This project was pretty cheap as everything I found from my Dollar Tree stash was used, now that's a project I like, cheap!

Supplies used were as follows:
vase, foam, moss, plants, and burlap were all from Dollar Tree
The tag was made using CTMH products: 
Harvest Happiness Seasons and Nature Stamps
cocoa, goldrush, new england ivy, and cranberry stamp pads
Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge

Thank you for stopping by to look today. I hope I have inspired you to get in the fall mood and try your hand at your own home decor! Have a great day everyone.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012


Yep, I am starting some Christmas projects already. I have 2 craft fairs that I am planning on doing so I need to start on things now. These are the first cards I am making. This set takes a lot of work so they will be a little more expensive. They are very stunning if you ask me, and to be able to tell you really need to see them in person. The cardstock is shimmery. These will come in a set of a dozen and will be in several colors. If you want a specific color contact me to see if I have it.

As you can tell when you open it, if you set it at an angle you can see the whole scene which is how the card is made to show off. They are 4x6 when folded together for mailing. So for now, this is the start of many Christmas projects to come. If you would like to order just leave me a comment. Have a great day!

Friday, August 24, 2012

Art Philosophy Blog Hop

Welcome to our August ARTISTE Blog Hop! Each month we will showcase a feature of the amazing ARTISTE Cricut cartridge which can be purchased exclusively through a Close to My Heart Independent Consultant.

We're so excited to be doing this hop and we have a fabulous lineup with some very talented ladies. There will be lots of fun projects!!!

This month we will be showcasing a different page from the Artiste cartridge! Did you know there were 700 images on this cartridge?? That's right -- 700!!!

If you just happened to come to this blog, you should start at the beginning at Lucy's blog -

My project is a Bat Invitation and 3D coffin box, and the spider web. For the bat invitation I also cut a belly band for keep the wings closed which is also found on Artiste. I used the perfect fit halloween stamps for the center of it. I also used slate pigment ink, all hallows eve stamp, clear and irradescent embossing powder for the 3D coffin box.

The card, coffin, and spider web can be found on pg. 76 of the Artiste book.

The next stop on your blog hop fun is Rebecca's Blog

Here is the list of all the talented consultants who are participating in this months blog hop:

  1. Lucy ~
  2. Darla ~
  3. Julia
  4. Theo
  5. Tina Gale
  6. Stephanie
  7. Mandy
  8. Joanne
  9. Laura W
  10. Rebecca
  11. Maria Woodworth -
  12. Judith Ashmore-
  13. Lisa Woodward~
  14. Laura Charko
  15. Jennifer Kramer-
  16. Eva Friesen~

Thanks so much for stopping by and hopping with us - we hope you LOVE all the projects we created!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Project Inspiration 2012 Autumn/Winter Idea Book: Harvest Banner

Hello everyone. I wanted to post this nice video to show you how easy it is to use our new markers. I have mine ordered and they should be here later this week. I can't wait to play with them :)

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Back to School Treats

Yesterday afternoon Gabe wanted to play with the cricut. He loves messing with machines and building things so I guess it would just be natural for him to love the cricut. We decided to make some back to school treat boxes for is classroom teacher and the fabulous school nurse, Becky, who he adores and loves since she gives him his allergy shots every week. So he looked through the Artiste book and picked out these two boxes. We figured out what size to cut them by using the Gypsy. We decided on using the Footloose paper from CTMH.
The flower container has the new Hershey's cream chocolate candy in it. The other little bag has M&Ms in it. Teachers always need chocolate to start the year off right!! I hope they enjoy their treats and have a great school year!

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Art Philosophy Blog Hop

Welcome to our August Art Philosophy Blog Hop! Each month we will showcase a feature of the amazing Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge which can be purchased exclusively through a Close to My Heart Independent Consultant.

We're so excited to be doing this hop and we have a fabulous lineup with some very talented ladies. There will be lots of fun projects.So be sure to check out the whole list and follow along. We all love praise and support along the way!

This month we will be showcasing the "Decorative Layer" (shift or no shift) feature of the cartridge.

If you just happened to come to this blog, you should start at the beginning at Lucy's blog -

My project is a fern sympathy card that I made for one of my husband's coworkers who's father passed away this week.
 I used the Fern Image from pg. 43 of the Art Philosophy booklet. I actually used both parts of this cut out. I used the CTMH Stella paper pack for this and just flipped the fern cut out over to showcase the backside of the paper. I used some pop dots to pop the green fern off the cut out a bit and finished it off using the color-ready ribbon tied in a knot. I then added a Timeless Charms plaque for my sentiment. The only thing that I used that is not from CTMH is the Tim Holtz honeycomb embossing folder for overall texture and appearance of the card. Thank you so much for checking out my project! I think it showcases how simple can be stunning and more at times!

The next stop on your blog hop fun is Penny (Kindred Hearts)

Here's the entire blog hop lineup in case you get lost along the way:

  1. Lucy ~
  2. Darla ~
  3. Diana ~ )
  4. Wendy Kessler ~
  5. Eva~
  6. Carolyn ~
  7. Stephanie-
  8. Joanne -
  9. Laura W. 
  10. Kindred Hearts -
  11. Pam Stewart -
  12. Carolyn Mendoza ~

Thanks so much for stopping by! We hope you have enjoyed all of our projects!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Artiste Rosette card

Ok, I have to say that this sweet card is on it's way to a very special Great-Aunt but they turned out to be some of my favorites I have made so far. At first I was not liking it but I kept with it and I am so glad that I did because I love how they turned out!
CTMH products used were: Elemental teal paper (retired), Artiste Cartridge for the rosette (which are SO easy to make with this cartridge), and the saying (retired).
Non-CTMH: cardstock, background paper, teal bead, and lace.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012


I had just a little bit of time to create today so I made 3 sets of cards. You can check out the details on my facebook page found here Scrappinsweetie's Escape I hope you enjoy the eye candy and will be back tomorrow with more :)

Catalog and Idea Book Online

Here in our little part of the world we finally got some much needed rain last night! What a blessing it was. It has made for a nice day so far. I wanted to remind you all that the new Idea book is online. You can view it here Online Idea Book where you can also order through the website if you choose. Please just make sure that I am listed as your consultant. I am also looking at September 9th for the open house showcasing some of the new products Close To My Heart has to offer. So pencil that in on your calendar and I will let you know the location and time at a later date. I hope you have a great day.  

Monday, August 6, 2012

August Stamp of the Month

Good morning! I started my morning off bright and early and have made this set of 3 Thank you cards to share with you. It was a lot of fun creating them but a bit of a challenge. I am happy with how they turned out, let me know what you think.
Supplies used were:
CTMH August SOTM- Baroque Borders
CTMH Pemberly and Artiste stamp sets
CTMH inks: chocolate, sweet leaf, sunny yellow, blush
CTMH bitty sparkles
The cream border is non CTMH paper but was cut with the Artiste Cricut Cartridge from CTMH
non CTMH things- fabric flowers, green ribbon, the thank you is a retired ctmh stamp that I can not locate the name of, and paper studio wood embossing folder.
Thanks for looking and I hope you have a great day!

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Poll Question about Workshop on FB

Hello everyone. I have posted a poll this morning on Facebook that I REALLY need your input on. I am working on my first of many workshops coming up and need to get dates scheduled but I want your opinion on what works best for you. So please check out the post and let me know!! If you haven't liked the fb page yet, please take this opportunity to do so. Hope you all have a wonderful day! Poll for Class dates and times

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

New Artiste Cartridge AVAILABLE NOW!

I am SO very excited to be sharing this new cartridge for you. It went on sale today and it is one that you will want to have in your collection. Let me tell you it has saved me a LOT of money on cartridges that I had on my Christmas list. I have marked 4 off my list now just because of this cartridge. I will be posting a lot of ideas that are cut from this cart in the coming days. I am offering FREE SHIPPING on it during the month of August. I know that some of you are not stampers, but the stamps coordinate so well with this cart that I really think you will want to keep them and use them. I have to say that I am VERY impressed with this cartridge and that is not because I am selling it. Here is a quick preview of it. Be on the lookout for coming projects using it.

Anniversary #14

Today is our anniversary. We have been married for 14 years and along with it are highs and lows. We have had some of the hardest lows imaginable, but we made it through and are still together. I love him with all of my heart. Now, they say that they to a man's heart is through his stomach and with my man it is with CHOCOLATE!!! Now normally I try to make my own truffles or chocolate surprises for him but to be honest I just didn't have the energy to be creative and make a fancy desert/candy this year, so I cheated a bit and bought some fancy truffles for him. I DID however get creative with the box and made this one with the new Artiste Cartridge from Close to my Heart that went on sale today!!! I think the box turned out very very pretty. The paper and ribbon are not CTMH, but sometimes you have to make due with what you have :) I hope you enjoy looking at this little special box as much as I enjoyed making it for him.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Liebster Blog Award

I want to say a HUGE thank you to Amy McVey who awarded me with this great blog award for the gift card holder I posted below for the Art Philosophy Blog Hop. It was a great surprise to wake up to this morning :) Be sure to click on her name to visit her blog for more inspiration! Here is a bit of information about the blog award itself.

Liebster is a German word meaning "Beloved," "Favorite," or "Dearest." This award is a peer to peer award in which fellow bloggers present the award to their favorite bloggers with less than 200 followers. The origins of this award is unclear, but is believed to have originated by a German blogger. This award was designed to be a blog award in the pay it forward fashion to share your dearest and most beloved blogs that have less than 200 followers.

Thank the person who gave you the award and link back to their blog.Post the award onto your blog.Give the award to five bloggers who you appreciate that have less than 200 followers.Leave a comment on their blog letting them know that you have given them this awesome award!

I am off to start my day by looking for the 5 people that I will award this too and be back to post their names later today with links to their blogs. 

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Art Philosophy Blog Hop!

Welcome to our July Art Philosophy Blog Hop! Each month we will showcase a feature of the amazing Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge which can be purchased exclusively through a Close to My Heart Independent Consultant.

We're so excited to be doing this hop and we have a fabulous lineup with some very talented ladies. There will be lots of fun projects AND some blog candy!!!

Lucy Kelleher, our hostess and fellow CTMH Consultant, will be giving away a stamp set! She is giving away a prior Stamp of the Month set that can no longer be purchased called "You Are ...". (This stamp set has a $17.95 retail value). You will find a picture of the stamp set on her blog. To enter to win, you will need to leave a comment on her blog and on every stop of the blog hop. If you also become a follower of Lucy's blog, she will give you another entry .

This month we will be showcasing the "Card" feature of the cartridge. Did you know there are 100 different card shapes you can make with this cartridge? You heard me correctly -- 100!!! Now we won't be able to show you ALL 100 card options, but we will show you as many as we can.

If you just happened to come to this blog, you should start at the beginning at Lucy's blog -

My project is a card turned into a gift card holder and card in one! I used the Tag Card on Pg. 60 with NO shift. You will cut 2 of these at 4 3/4".

You will them cut a slit in one of them big enough to insert your gift card into. Next you will glue them together to make your pocket card for the gift certificate. MAKE SURE YOU MEASURE AND LEAVE ENOUGH ROOM FOR THE GIFT CARD TO SLIDE INTO!!!!  You will also fold down the two corners as shown in the pictures below.

In the middle of the card you will want to decorate it with a To: and From: on it for the person receiving this special gift. Next you can make a "belly band" to wrap around the card to keep it closed.  I just used a zip strip from the Pear and Partridge line that you can order through me from Close to My Heart. I simply LOVE this kit for Christmas!

Once you have this done you are done with the actual card, but I went a step further and made a holder for it because I wanted to add some candy to it. I used the Door Hanger from Art Philosophy pg.25 at 10"  which holds a candy bar or in this case bag of M&Ms perfectly to finish off this gift. I decorated the box with the stamp set from the Workshop on the Go from Pear and Partridge line again. This whole project actually uses the one workshop package where you will have plenty of paper left for more or other projects.  
I thought I was a genius when I made this project but then I came across this blog:  where she had made the same exact thing. My bubble was bursted :(  But even though my bubble was bursted I wanted to go ahead and share with you all just in case you had not seen this before. Thank you for stopping by and I look forward to reading your comments. The next stop on your blog hop fun is  Eva's Blog  Here is the list of all the talented consultants who are participating in this months blog hop:
  1. Lucy ~
  2. Darla ~
  3. Gloria Shirr -
  4. Laura Wolff-
  5. Eva-
  6.  Danielle ~
  7. Connie ~
  8. Wendy ~
  9. Joanne -
  10. Laura Charko - 
  11. Carolyn Heniges -
  12. Kindred Hearts (Penny) -
  13. Stephanie Feist-
  14. Julia Hammond

Friday, July 20, 2012

Retiring Kits

Hello again :)  Here is a list of the kits that will be retiring VERY soon. With the retirement you will no longer be able to order paper packs of these either, so if you are in love with one, like I am with Lucy, you might want to place an order before it is gone!


Retiring Ink Colors

These colors are retiring so you will want to make sure that you get your re-inkers ordered VERY soon! Once they are gone, they are gone for good!!

Grey Wool
Grey Flannel
Vanilla Cream
Borwn Bag
Baby Pink
Sunkiss yellow
Key Lime
Heavenly Blue
Lilac Mist
Holiday Red
Sunny yellow
Dutch Blue
Vineyard Berry 
Garden Green
Spring Iris
Pansy Purple 

Thursday, July 19, 2012

New Stuff Ordered

Hi everyone, I just wanted to update you and let you know that I am placing my order to get the new stuff to start putting together pictures of the new workshops and make and takes I will be offering. I am so excited!

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Scroll Album Workshop
This is one of the new workshops that I will be holding in September/October. This would make a great Christmas, wedding, or anniversary gift. Just check soon to see more upcoming workshops that I will be holding!