Thursday, July 2, 2015

July Stamp of the Month

Is it really July already? With July we change the Stamp of the Month, have a whole new campaign for you, I update the Color Club and will post samples as the month goes by. First, lets start with the July Stamp of the Month.

July Stamp of the Month- Click here to see more.

I made a couple cards using the Blossom paper pack and the July Stamp of the Month. I just love the colors in this pack.

This card was one I loosely made from the Mojo Monday card diagram below. I also used the My Stickease Blossom for the flowers and the new sequin colors in the Expression 2. I sprayed the base of the card with my Spray Pen. The My Stickease made the card go together really fast.
I made mine by the size in our own books- 8x3 1/2 finished size.
This card was based off the next card diagram below. Kinda. I used the Washi Tape from the Expressions 2 catalog, the new cute embellishment and some more of the sequins. I run the middle background piece through the embosser using the wood grain embossing folder.
Jump On It July- Click here to see all the info for July's campaign!
Retiring Product- Click here.You also have just 2 more months to get these items. Aug. 31 is the last day for these items and items in the Expression 2 and Annual Inspirations Book. Beginning Aug. 1,  you will be offered a new paper pack to purchase from the new Annual Inspirations Book and the chance to purchase the brand new Cricut Cartridge!!!!!!! How stinkin' exciting is that? Needless to say, I am looking forward to seeing the new items coming. Keep on crafting!

Thursday, June 25, 2015


June is almost gone, and we have been very busy! The first weekend was the weekend crop at the North Manchester University!  We get a 6 ft. table to spread out on, movie and popcorn on Saturday night, food, snacks, drinks, and making new friends and hanging with the old friends. Three different companies was represented this year, Stampin' Up, Close To My Heart (yours truly) and Creative Memories. I was working on the June project for the clubs and actually got it close to being done.

The next weekend was the Ohio Club/Workshop night. Everyone brought their own projects to do and I worked on the Blossom Workshop on the Go Card Kit.

The next weekend we left on Thursday and spent the weekend at Modesto, CA with my brother and his family. My niece was here from Brazil, two nephews from North Dakota, one nephew that lives there, our oldest daughter and her two boys and my hubs. Plus, their grandchildren. Was a very enjoyable time. Left Monday eve. and got to Indi about 5 ish Tues. morning.

Looking forward to a weekend with our other daughter. We will be listening to a Beth Moore seminar. Spending the weekend together in Cinncinati.

The month of June is also been a fun month at Close To My Heart! The campaign this month is about the My Crush Books called Summer Crush. A fun and easy way to scrapbook.

Also, another favorite thing of mine is when there is retired product added to the While Supplies Last at a discounted price.

For those of you making the Altered Album, they have a couple of the items that I added to mine.

Color Ready Wooden Pieces

Laughing Lola Assortment

There are a lot of things in there that would work for the front also. Don't forget buttons too. Below is the album we will be working on in July.


My Creations™ Kraft 3-Ring Album

The next Ohio Workshop/Club night is July 10 at 7pm.

at- Calvary Bible Church 9462 St. Rte. 571, Arcanum, OH 45304

Indiana Workshop/Club night is July 21 at 1 pm.
PO Box 151 / 115 E Market St, Pierceton, Indiana 46562
Come and join us at one or the other of these two places for an eve. of fun and getting your projects done!

Thursday, May 28, 2015


Way behind on emails and blogging! I was busy working on cleaning out my thousands of backlogged emails and ran across this inspiring little blog from Close To My Heart. Even though its behind times, I do not think the information is outdated. Enjoy!

Spice up your journaling!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Card Challenge

Yesterday, I reposted a challenge on Facebook by Close To My Heart to make something using embossing folders and embossing everything. Here is a card I made using the May National Scrapbook Month exclusive paper pack called Taste of Summer. Love the bright colors and patterns!

Everything is embossed except the first layer of black and the smoothie layer behind the number 6. Even the flower is embossed.

I laid several pieces on the shim we need to put inside our folders and embossed all of them at once. I used 3 of our folders and changed up the Stripe embossing folder by laying the black layer behind the number 6 in the opposite direction of the background. I added a piece of our self-adhesive glitter ribbon and a brad to give it more "Wowzer" appeal. Click on the links below to see the Embossing Folders and a few other items I used on the card.

Stripe Embossing Folder

Item Number: Z1960

Chevron Embossing Folder

Item Number: Z1925

Taste of Summer

White Shimmer Trim-# Z3024

I would love to hear what you think of this idea! Thankyou Denise Anderson-Turley for this wonderful idea. I love how it looks!

Monday, April 27, 2015

How to Use Flip Flaps in Scrapbooking

Memory Protectors™ Flip Flaps™ 12" Assortment

4" X 6" Memory Protectors™ Flip Flaps™

Memory Protectors™ 6" X 6" Flip Flaps

Memory Protectors™ Flip Flaps™ Small Assortment

I have been having fun using these items in a scrapbook I am making for a friend. I can't show those pages because the photos I already put on the pages are not mine so, I will share this video by a fellow consultant Lynn Como. Great variety of ways to use all the different sizes.

As we clean up our craft rooms, be sure and save those small pieces of papers and use them to cut small Cricut cuts, weaving, creating mixed stripes, designing a quilted look, making little banners or sunbursts for your cards or scrapbook layouts.

Check out this blog by Jeanette our CEO for more great ideas!!!

Paper Patchwork-Making your Scraps Work for You

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Spring Cleaning!

I just spent the weekend at my daughter's house helping her clean up and organize her Craft Room. Course, part of the time was spent in a rocking chair with our 2 month old grandson and reading a story or two to his older brother. I call that Grammie privileges!

Whenever I work on sorting papers, cardstock, stamp sets, etc. I get to thinking how can I use and organise these bits and pieces of papers or these retired paper sets. I will be attempting to show you some ideas in the next few weeks and hope this inspires you to start using up your own stash.

Let's start with this video showing some projects using the Close To My Heart's Artbooking Cricut Collection.

Great tutorial making the rolled flowers. I learned a couple tricks here.
I tend to save my scraps of paper from cutting projects. One thing I have done to organize them is to sort by colors ( blues, reds, neutrals, etc.) I use our
 Resealable Bags-Z329 (pg.187 Annual Inspirations)
 and then they will stand upright and ready to grab pieces out of it as needed. Also, easy to take to crops or retreats. These little pieces sure come in handy cutting smaller pieces with the Cricut, to stamp on and fussy cut, and to add color where needed. That's how I organize my bits and pieces, now please tell us how you organize yours by commenting below.
I would love to see pictures also. Feel free to post your photos in my Facebook Page.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Color Challenge

This post is a little late for this week, and I am sorry. I have been working on my Valentine Buffet Workshop and lots of running errands this week plus, getting food ready today for tomorrow's All Day Crop!!!!!
Here is another peek at a card you can make.

Parts of this super simple card is cut with both the Close To My Heart Art Phylosophy and the Artiste Cricut Cartridge. The Cashmere piece was cut using my Gypsy incorporating two different shapes from the Art Phylosophy. Using this little machine helped me be able to utilize the paper I cut it from also. You can do the same thing by cutting this piece at 5 1/2" x 3 1/2" then, using the Center Point Button on your Cricut Machine to cut the 2 1/4" circle about 1" down from the top.

Here is a close up of the flower. Rolled flower from the Art Phylosophy and 3 different sizes of the same die cut flower from the Artiste. Stamp with
 this background stamp D1637 Jumping Geometrics

The rest of the card was stamped with the January Stamp of the Month. The round stamp fits exactly inside the circle.

I used retired Baby Pink, Cashmere, Colonial White, Hollyhock, Pixie, Cotton Candy and Cocoa. Now, its your turn, make something with these colors or something similar and post it on my Facebook Page

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