Sunday, April 16, 2017

Dreamin Big Thanks

I found a few minutes to create this weekend....and had high hopes of entering the Mojo Monday #492 Challenge!  I missed the deadline by a mere minute.  If it were not for my slow internet connection out in the boonies, we might have made it!  I was able to enter my link, but at the very last click, it locked me out!  Bummer, it was still a nice sketch to play with, you just will not be seeing it in the gallery!  Here is a look at the sketch my card is based on,

My card is created with the Dreamin Big paper packet from the Seasonal Expressions catalog.  While I have used some of the floral prints on my card...there is a super cute bug side to the papers as well.  I love that this paper pack is universal for boy and or girl projects!  The Seasonal Expressions catalog is coming to a close at the end of this month.  If you have any items on your wish list, I would suggest getting them now, as items are starting to sell out.  Here is a peak of all of the papers included in the pack-

The thanks sentiment on my card, is actually a thin cut die, that I have cut multiple times.  I adhered three layers of cardstock together.  I then inked up the sentiment in Goldrush pigment ink and then clear embossed to give it a shiny raised image.  While I love the monochromatic look of my card, the thanks just blended into the background as plain cardstock. The glossy surface makes it pop! The decorative strip behind my panel is a piece of goldrush cardstock that I embossed with a chevron embossing folder for added texture.

All supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:

X7218B Dreamin Big Paper Packet
X7218D Dreamin Big Coordinating Cardstock
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
Z2505 Enchantment Pigment Inks
Z2088 Clear Embossing Powder
Z3312 Gold Glitter Gems
Z3259 Hello & Thanks Thin Cuts-Sold Out
Chevron Embossing Folder-Sold Out
Square & Rectangle Dies-Unbranded

I have entered my card into the following challenges:
Catch the Bug-Bingo (Die, Sentiment, Texture)
Crafting by Designs-Girls or Flowers
Creative Craft Cottage-Dies or Punches
Die Cuttin Divas-Easter or Springs
Polkadoodles-Anything Goes
Shopping our Stash-Dies or Punches

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Friday, April 7, 2017


WooHoo!  Close To My Heart is having a FLASH SALE, starting at 3:00 PM MDT today, April 7 and ending on Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 3:00 PM MDT!  Select items and bundles will be available for an awesome 30% off the regular price!  All items are while supplies last, so be there early for the best selection! Shop online here!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Monday, April 3, 2017

April Stamp of the Month- S1704 Flock Together

Introducing the April Stamp of the Month, S1704 Flock Together.  Super cute set, love the sentiments!  You can add this set to your collection for only $5 with a qualifying purchase in the month of April ONLY!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Hello Lovely

Super excited to announce that I am doing a Guest Designer spot over at Try Stampin on Tuesday!  I won their Birthday Challenge with my Moose card that was recently posted.  I have totally changed gears for this one and broke out the flowers!  My card is mostly created with supplies from the Hello Lovely line from Close to My Heart.  My card is based on the following sketch design:

My first thought when I saw this sketch was to create a wedding card with bells in place of the tags.  I was all set to complete my card with tons of layers and frilly lace.............until reality set in that I did not have any wedding bells stamps and the late hour meant that free handing was out of the question.  I am in serious withdrawal from my die collection.  Hand cutting banners is about my limit!  I decided to skip the wedding idea and do a fun spring card instead.

I created my flower cluster with the Hello Lovely Complements.  I added foam for dimension and layered multiple images together to create my cluster.  The details are hard to see in the photo...and we all know it is all about the details!  I added a bit of shimmer to my flower arrangement and to my embossed background with the new gold shimmer brush.

Another attempt to show you the depth and detail of my card.  I added lots of texture!  After embossing my fern cardstock, I used my shimmer brush on the raised image.....leaving a golden shimmer on the embossed image.  Sadly, you do not get the full effect with the photo! 

All Supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:

G1119 Hello Lovely Scrapbooking Kit
Timeless Tulips Stamp Set by Sunny Studios (hello sentiment)
Z3316 Gold Shimmer Brush
Z2850 Fern Exclusive Inks
Z1994 Floral Embossing Folder-Retired

I have also entered my card in the following challenges:
Craft for the Craic-Green & Glittery
Great Impressions-Spring or Easter
International Art & Soul-Embossing
Simon Says Stamp-Bit o Green
Simon Says Stamp-Layer It Up
Simply Create Too-Lots of Green
Southern Girls-Pop it up with Foam

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Monday, March 20, 2017

Masculine Deer Birthday Card

I have numerous guy birthdays in March.  I created another masculine birthday card with the Nature's Wish stamp set.  You will rarely see me create the exact same card.  All of my cards tend to be original.  The rare exception is gift sets and mass production of Christmas cards.  This card utilizes all of the same supplies as my Moose card shown here.

I added a scrap of burlap and more distressing to the inside.  The papers are once again White Daisy cardstock washed in watercolors.  I let dry and then stamped my sentiments in Cocoa pigment ink.

Supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:
D1703 Nature's Wish
B1535 Hooked on You
Z2503 Basics Pigment Ink Set
Z3132 Watercolor Paints
Z1375 Kraft Cardstock
Burlap Cardstock by DCWV
Plaid Paper, Boy Oh Boy by Carta Bella
Enamel Dots by Echo Park
My card is based on the sketch challenge at Hand Stamped Sentiments.

I have also entered my card in the following challenges:
Dream Valley Challenges-Lots of Layers 
Just For Fun-Happy Birthday

Friday, March 10, 2017

Nature's Wish Moose Birthday

My crafting time and crafting supplies have been very limited lately. Long story short in my roller coaster life, I have become separated from my crafting supplies. Crafting has kept me sane over the years, so I am slowly rebuilding.  For those of you who have known me for some know I could not live without burlap for long! I have been known to add burlap to any project...but it is the perfect texture for a masculine card. In the past I was the crafter with every color of cardstock and coordinating not so much!  So, you will be seeing a lot of improvising as I rebuild my craft room. My card was created with one of my favorite stamp sets from Close to My Heart, D1703 Nature's Wish.  This set features great outdoor life images and a selection of versatile sentiments.  Here is a look at the complete set-

My card is based on the sketch challenge this week at Try Stampin on Tuesday.

I wanted my card to have an earthy feel to it.  While the burlap was a great start....I only had bright pattern and White Daisy cardstock.  Watercolors to the rescue.  I simply diluted my watercolors and washed the White Daisy cardstock and the pattern paper with watercolors to remove the harsh white finish.  I love that my white panel has an almost wood look to it now.  I stamped my images and distressed the edges of all layers with Cocoa pigment ink.  I love the end result, though it did take some a little outside of the box thinking to accomplish it.  

Supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:

D1703 Nature's Wish
B1535 Hooked on You
Z2503 Basics Pigment Ink Set
Z3132 Watercolor Paints
Z1375 Kraft Cardstock
Burlap Cardstock by DCWV
Plaid Paper, Boy Oh Boy by Carta Bella
Enamel Dots by Echo Park

I have also entered my card in the following challenges:
Dream Valley Challenge-Lots of Layers 
Little Red Wagon-Plaids & Polka Dots
Simon Says Stamp-Make Your Own Background
Stamping Sensations-Close to Nature

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Cut it Out! All Dies 25% off in March!

March Madness is upon us!  All Thin Cut dies are 25% off this month!  This includes our fabulous stamp set/die bundles!  A great time to add to your collection!  You can view all of the current dies here!

March SOTM-Tea-rriffic

So hard to believe we are in yet another month of 2017!  This year seems to be flying by!  We have an adorable new Stamp of the Month for March, S1703 Tea-rriffic.  This set is perfect for Mother's Day or a quick pick me up card.  If tea is not your thing, you could easily use the mugs for coffee as well! You can add this stamp to a qualifying order for only $5 during the month of March.  All of our great Thin Cuts dies are 25% off this month as well!  A perfect time to add to your stash!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  New artwork is coming soon....

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Sweet Sale!

Get ready for our one-day Sweet Sale!

In celebration of the sweetest holiday of the year, Close To My Heart is holding a one-day flash sale—we’re calling it our Sweet Sale! The sale will give you a chance to get a 30% discount on selected products from Annual Inspirations and Seasonal Expressions 1.

This Sweet Sale starts February 14, 2017 at 3:00 pm MST (2:00 pm PST; 4:00 pm CST; 5:00 pm EST) and will end at that same time on February 15,2017 . As usual with discounted items, shipping and handling will be based on the full retail value of sale items.

To view the discounted items, simply stop by my online store during the sale hours!

All sale items are while supplies last!

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

February SOTM-Easter Bunny!

While spring is still months away in the mountains.....the adorable February Stamp of the Month will give you loads of springtime cuteness! You can add this stamp set to your collection for only $5 with a qualifying purchase.  You can see the complete Close To My Heart line of products here.

Thanks so much for stopping by!


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