Friday, May 24, 2019

You're the Best!


Celebrate Dads, Grandpas and more with the You're the Best Mini Album Workshop Kit.  This project guides you in creating a thoughtful mini album using the exclusive For My Father stamp set paired with the Into the Wild paper designs, cardstock in coordinating colors and an exclusive wood mini-album cover.  Save 25% by purchasing the kit, which includes the stamp set.  Here is a look at the kit contents:


And a close up of the stamp set, which can be purchased separately-


This special is available until June 30, 2019 or while supplies last.  You can view the full details here!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Friday, May 10, 2019

Flash Sale Alert!


Close To My Heart is offering some great deals, for 24 hours only or while supplies last!  The sale starts May 10 at 3:00 PM MDT.  You can check out all the great saving HERE! Don't forget about the super cute May Stamp of the Month-For My Bestie!  You can add the Stamp of the Month to your qualifying order for only $5.00!



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Monday, May 6, 2019

Mojo Monday Sketch 515


I am back with another new paper pack by Close To My Heart, Sweet Girl. Don't let the name fool you, you can easily use these papers for boys as well! You can expect to see alot of Mother's Day cards this week, as I get down to the wire on completing them.  I am planning to showcase all of the new paper packs in the process.  I created this card based on the sketch challenge at Mojo Monday this week.  Here is the original sketch design, so you can join in on the fun!


The Sweet Girl paper pack has great muted colors that would be perfect for your baby albums or cards....and I think you can easily create boy projects with it as well.  Here is a look at the papers included:

https://rockymtnpapercrafts.closetomyheart.com/retail/Product.aspx?ItemID=12270&ci=13413

Design Tip: I layered my Happy die with three layers of cardstock to give it more depth.  My Mother's Day banner is popped up with 3-D Foam Dots.  My flowers are from the Sweet Girl Complements pack.

All supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:
Happy, Happy, Happy Stamp Set-Lawn Fawn
X7246B Sweet Girl Paper Pack
X7246C Sweet Girl Complements
X7246D Sweet Girl Coordinating Cardstock
X6027 White Daisy Cardstock
Z2850 Fern Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z4235 Loose Gold Sequins
Z4152 Party Banners Thin Cuts (On the Clearance!)

I have also entered my card in the following challenges:
Always Fun Challenges-Female or Mom
Aud Sentiments Challenge-Feminine & a sentiment
Cuttlebug Mania-For Mum
Mod Squad Challenge-Mother's Day
Simon Says Stamp-Add Something Metallic (Gold Sequins)


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Saturday, May 4, 2019

The World is Yours


May is National Scrapbooking Month.  In celebration, Close To My Heart has released The World is Yours Kit. There is a kit for all crafting styles: traditional scrapbooking, project life style scrapbooking and a cardmaking kit.  I am in LOVE with the stamp set and color scheme!  Look how cute the stamp set is-


And a look at the color scheme-


This kit is so fun!  I will be creating scrapbook pages and cards with it!  New projects will be posted throughout the month.  You can view all of the kit options here.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Friday, May 3, 2019

The Paper Players #439 Sketch Challenge


My last minute entry for The Paper Players Sketch Challenge this week! I soo missed out last week on the paper piecing challenge!  I had the perfect stamp set....but not the perfect craft time!  I had new papers calling my name, so I made some time to craft this morning!  My card is created with the freshly released True Love paper pack.  I am a huge fan of purple, so these papers caught my eye!  I love the bold bright colors!  Here is a look at the complete paper pack-

https://rockymtnpapercrafts.closetomyheart.com/retail/Product.aspx?ItemID=12119

I went with Eggplant as my main color, and Sugarplum as my accent color. I have a very limited selection of Mother's Day stamps and a large number of cards to create.  I wanted my sentiment to stand out a little more, so I framed it with coordinating flowers.  My flower border was created with the small accent flower in the May Stamp of the Month, To My Bestie. I stamped the flower in Sugarplum ink and then added Eggplant to the center with my ink pad and a waterbrush.  I just barely moistened my waterbrush.  I then picked up ink from the lid of my ink pad to color in the centers of the flowers.  If you have yet to see the May Stamp of the Month, it is totally a must have-

https://rockymtnpapercrafts.closetomyheart.com/retail/Product.aspx?ItemID=12303

I popped up my sentiment panel with 3-D foam dots.  I finished my card off with some twine and sequins for a little bling!

All supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:
S1905 May Stamp of the Month, To My Bestie
D1560 Holiday Tags Stamp Set-Retired
X7244B True Love Paper Packet
X6027 White Daisy Cardstock
X6000 Eggplant Cardstock
Z2847 Eggplant Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z6500 Sugarplum Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z4235 Gold Sequins
Z3318 Basic Circle Thin Cuts Dies
Z4181 Stitched Circle Thin Cut Dies
Fishtail Dies-MFT
Z3342 3-D Foam Dots
Navy Twine-American Crafts

I have also entered my card in the following challenges:
Cuttlebug Mania-For Mum
Heart 2 Heart Challenges-Florals
Modsquad Challenge-Mother's Day

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

New Seasonal Expressions


I am so in love with the New Seasonal Expressions catalog!  Loads of new goodness! I am in awe of the new stamp and thin cut designs! You can view the catalog online here. Would you like your very own hard copy to view at your leisure? You can get a copy for free with any order from my website.  There is a limit of one free catalog per customer, per catalog period.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

May Stamp of the Month-To My Bestie


Oh my goodness, what a day it is!  May brings in an awesome new Stamp of the Month, To My Bestie, AND the New Seasonal Expressions catalog filled with new stamps and papers!  Pull up a chair, you are going to need to some time to take in all the goodness!  For starters, how cute is the New Stamp of the Month? This is such a versatile set...now if only I could manage to pull off the messy hair bun!  Here is a look at the complete set-


This set can be yours for only $5 with a qualifying order! This set is only available from May 1-May 31, 2019.  You can view all of the awesome new products online here!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Check back soon for new projects.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

H2H Color Challenge


My goal for this month was to complete a card for all of the challenges at Heart 2 Heart Challenges.  This is my final project, mission completed!  This one was certainly a challenge for me!  The last challenge I  needed to complete was the color challenge. I searched through papers, thought of making my own....then I came across the Feels Like Home Watercolor Die Cuts!  It was a lightbulb moment.....I gathered my inks and proceeded to color in the die cut with  my ink pads and a waterbrush.  Here are the colors that are included-


After coloring my flowers, they seemed a little lonely on my card front.  I added some ink splatters in Smoothie ink by adding more water to my ink. I then added some thicker splotches with a stamp from the Birthday in Watercolor Stamp set. I finished the card off with some Canary twine and a few bits of bling.  I am about to start a marathon stamping session of Mother's Day cards, so this is the first of many...


All supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:
C1771 A Birthday in Watercolor
C1632 Say It All-Retired
Z4257 Feels Like Home Watercolor Die-cuts
X6027 White Daisy Cardstock
X7241B So Much Happy Paper Pack
Z2806 Emerald Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z2896 Smoothie Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z2843 Canary Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z2841 Glacier Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z6502 Peach Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z4189 Intense Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z3225 Waterbrush
Z1263 Bitty Sparkles
Z3342 3-D Foam Dots
Canary Twine-American Crafts

I have also entered my card in the following challenges:
Allsorts-Mother's Day
Die Cuttin Divas-Anything Goes
Little Red Wagon-Floral
Moving Along with the Times-Floral
Papercraft Challenges-For Women & Girls

Thanks so much for stopping by!  FYI: The current Seasonal Expressions catalog retires tonight at 11:59 PM MT.  The new Seasonal Expressions Catalog goes live on May 1, with all new products!  You can check out my online store here!

Monday, April 22, 2019

Mint Dandelion Wishes


I created my card based on the Sketch Challenge at Inspire.Create. Challenges.  The moment I saw the sketch, I knew exactly what elements I wanted to use.  My favorite mint gingham paper from the Mix Ins paper pack and the Dandelion Wishes stamp set! I love the soft feel this card has in person....which is so hard for my non-photography skills, with no natural light, to capture! Here is a look at the original sketch design-


All supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:
B1653 Dandelion Wishes (Retiring soon!)
X6027 White Daisy Cardstock
X5986 Mint Cardstock
X9003 Mix Ins Paper Pack (Retiring soon!)
Z6503 Mint Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z1263 Bitty Sparkles
Z3274 Clear Sparkles
Ribbon-Holiday Traditions by Jo-anns

I have also entered my card in the following challenges:
Day of the Month Card Club-National Dandelion Day
Heart 2 Heart Challenges-Happy
Pile it On-Lots of Layers

Thanks so much for stopping by!  In case you have not heard the new, the current Seasonal Expressions catalog is retiring April 30, 2019.  Almost all stamp sets and paper packs will be retiring to make room for new!  Now is the time to order your favorites before they are gone!  You can view all the available products here

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Purple Sympathy

I have used the Budding Peony stamp set for just about every occasion possible.  I think the only exception would be a baby card...which I truly think I could pull off with no problem!  Which probably means you will see one coming soon! In attempt to lean down the craftroom, I came across a pack of Plum Pudding cardstock, yes cardstock, not pudding....by Papertrey Ink.  It has a really nice feel to it.  Turns out this is some strange paper! The cutting and stamping went totally as expected...then came the heat embossing.  The paper turned pink!  As in the paper turned pink before the powder even set, so it was totally not a case of scorching the paper.  In the end, I decided to run with it, and heated the whole top panel, so at least I would have a uniform pink panel to work with.  As the paper cooled....guess what happened???  It turned back to purple!  It is like the paper is made with heat sensitive ink?  After my embossing fiasco, I stamped the outer panel with Pansy Ink by Close To My Heart with no issues. Any Papertrey Ink cardstock fans out there that can shed some light?


I finished off the inside with a large sentiment from Unity.  I really like large sympathy sentiments.  I often struggle with what to say in a sympathy card, especially if I was not close to the deceased. The large sentiments make filling out the cards so much easier.

Supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:
D1831 Budding Peony Stamp Set
Beautiful Life, Blessed Memories Stamp Set by Unity
Plum Pudding Cardstock by Papertrey Ink
X6027 White Daisy Cardstock
Z2804 Pansy Exclusive Inks
Z891 Versamark Ink Pad
Z2067 Silver Embossing Powder
Stitched Die by MFT

I have entered my card in the following challenges:
Allsorts-Blossoms, Butterflies or Bugs
Catch the Bug-Bingo (Sentiment, Players Choice and Stitching)
Creative Craft Cottage-No Pattern Papers
Creative Fingers Challenge-Anything Goes
Word Art Wednesday-Anything Goes

Thanks so much for stopping by!

A Birthday in Watercolor


This card took a couple of turns before it came to the finished project.  I hate it when the card you design in your head, just does not look the same when you actually make it.  My card is based on the sketch challenge at CAS(E) this Sketch.  I honestly think that the simpler the sketch is, the more I struggle.  Give me twenty layers, and I am good to go! I am not one to toss a project though, I just keep adding to it, until it works for me.  My first take did look exactly like the sketch design, but the elements just were not working for me.  In the end, those layers are just buried under the top layer!  Here is a look at the original sketch....which I have strayed from slightly...


Hopefully I can be forgiven for my sentiment placement!  The banner sentiment was just not meant to be tonight!  My twine is doing a stand in!

All supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:
C1771 A Birthday in Watercolor
X7240B Something Fierce Paper Pack
X5987 Bluebird Cardstock
X6027 White Daisy Cardstock
Z6508 Bluebird Exclusive Ink
Twine-Target $1 Spot

I have also entered my card in the following challenges:
Aud Sentiments Challenge-Happy Birthday
Crafty Sentiments-Just for the Boys
Seize the Birthday-Anything Goes
The Paper Shelter-Happy Birthday

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Friday, April 19, 2019

Shine Bright


I am back with another quick and simple card created with the Zoe paper pack.  Fairly certain that this is one paper pack that I will completely use up within a month of receiving it.  The included fun elements are a perfect addition for your cards or scrapbook pages.  Speaking of scrapbook pages, I actually managed to get some photos printed...so scrapbook layouts will be coming soon!  I created my card based on the sketch challenge at Freshly Made Sketches-

 All supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:
CC4195 Zoe Paper Pack
CC4196 Zoe Coordinating Cardstock Pack
Chelsea Garden Gems-Retired
Rectangle Stitched Die-MFT
Fishtail Dies-MFT

I have also entered my card in the following challenges:
Little Red Wagon-Things in the Sky
Simply Create Too-Anything Goes
Time Out Challenges-Two or More Embellishments

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Budding Peony Sympathy Card


A totally different take on the Budding Peony stamp set.  To date, my cards with this set have been bright and cheerful.  The Budding Peony set works as simply elegance as well.  I seem to never have Sympathy cards in my stash when needed.  Sadly, this one is going in the mail as soon as the ink dries!  My card follows the same design as yesterday.  A stitched die cut panel popped up with foam tape.  I stamped my Budding Peony images in Versamark ink and embossed in silver embossing powder.  A few sequins and the card is ready to go.

All supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:
D1831 Budding Peony Stamp Set (retiring on 4/30/19)
Beautiful Life, Blessed Memories Stamp Set by Unity
X6021 Sapphire Cardstock
Z891 Versamark Ink Pad
Z2067 Silver Embossing Powder
Z2304 Silver Sequins
Stitched Die by MFT

I have entered my card in the following challenges:
A Bit More Time to Craft-Anything Goes
Creative Craft Cottage-No Pattern Paper
Daring Cardmakers-Bingo (Sequins, Stamping, CAS)
Sparkle N Sprinkle Challenge-Anything Goes with EP
Sparkles Forum Challenges-Flowers or Religion

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

PP437 Color Challenge


The moment I saw the Color Challenge at The Paper Players, I  knew Zoe ( a limited release paper pack from Close To My Heart) would be a perfect fit! Little did I know, just  how perfect!  The colorful rainbow was a near perfect match! My day has been a bit of a drama....so keeping it simple was the plan! I created my card with ONE paper pack and ONE die!  Wow, you will never see a supply list so short for me.  I love the end result, simply and sweet!  Here is a look at the Challenge, if you would like to play along.


My card is pretty self explanatory.  I popped up my white die cut panel with foam tape and popped up the rainbow image with pop dots to add some dimension. I am a huge fan of layers and dimension...but like to keep my cards mailing friendly as well!  I am actually mailing cards this year vs. hoarding them!  Everyone needs a little bit of sunshine in their mailbox!

All supplies by Close To My Heart,except where noted:
CC4195 Zoe Paper Pack
CC4196 Zoe Coordinating Cardstock Pack
Stitched Die by MFT

I have also entered my card in the following challenges:
Heart 2 Heart Challenges-Weather or Not
Path of Positivity-Happiness
(PIN)spirational Challenge-Create Your Own Sunshine (After the rain, comes the sun and rainbows...along with your own kind of beautiful)

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Monday, April 15, 2019

Seasonal Expressions Retiring


The Seasonal Expressions catalog is retiring on 4/30/19.  The vast majority of items in the current catalog with the exception of inks, cardstock and tools will retire to make way for new items!  If there are paper packs or stamps on your wish list, the time is now!  Many of my favorites will no longer be available after April 30, 2019.  All retiring items are available on a while supplies last availability.  Here is just a sampling of the stamp sets that will no longer be available after April:

My absolute fav-D1831 Budding Peony
For the cat lovers-C1769 Purrrrific
For the dog lovers-C1770 Paw Prints on My Heart
A Must Have-B1653 Dandelion Wishes

 And don't forget the awesome April Stamp of the Month-Love So Sweet
I have listed just a few of my favs.  Seriously, if there is a stamp set or paper pack that you wish to add to your collection from the current catalog, I would order it now.  You can view all of the currently available items in my online store

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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