Chipboard Monogram Sale!


Have you been checking out the Boxing Sale?  New items are listed each day at midnight (MT). Part of the sale offering today is the Chipboard Monogram Letters, which is the basis for my project.  Close To My Heart often offers home decor pieces in their product offerings.  The Monogram Letters are a great way to utilize your crafting supplies to create a unique home decor piece.

The chipboard letters are sturdy enough to be hung by themselves. For added protection, you can easily add your project to a frame.  The letters are 11 1/2" in size.  I placed my completed project in a shallow 12x12" shadow box. With the current sale, you can pick up the letters for only $2.70 each!


The flowers on this project were created with the retired Love Letters collection. I rolled the edges of all the flowers to give them more dimension and added gems to the centers. Everything was adhered with Liquid Glass adhesive.  If you  have yet to try Liquid Glass, it is an awesome liquid adhesive and works great for glossy accents as well!  It is my go to liquid adhesive.  I can not live without my ATG gun and my bottle of Liquid Glass! Close To My Heart often offers home decor projects for you to complete.  We have super cute wreath projects coming in January!

All supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:
Z3435 W Chipboard Monograms
Embellishments-Retired Love Letter Collection
Burlap Shadow Box Frame-Hobby Lobby
Z679 Liquid Glass

I have entered my project in the following challenges:
Allsorts Challenge-Anything Goes
Crafter's Castle-Anything Goes
Love to Craft Challenge-Anything Goes
Moving Along with the Times-Anything But a Card
Not Just Cards Challenge-Anything Goes
Through the Craft Room Door-Anything Goes
Watercooler Wednesday-Anything Goes

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Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #348


Creating a quick Christmas card with the soon to be retired, Reindeer Crossing, stamp set.  I so love the December Stamp of the Month.  I know many of you are super organized and already had your Christmas cards created by the time this set was released.  Now is the time to snag it for your holiday scrapbook pages and to get a head start on next year's cards.  I always create Christmas cards all year long, so that I have a ready stash of unique cards to send out. I created this card based on the sketch challenge at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge-


All of my images were stamped with Espresso Ink and then color was added with Copic markers.  After coloring my pine boughs, I added a little bit of Diamond Stickles for some added shimmer. If you have yet to see the December Stamp of the Month, here is the complete set-


You can add this set to a qualifying order for only $5!  The set retires at the end of the month, so don't delay!  Don't forget to check out the great deals during our Boxing Week Sale!  New items are added at midnight (MT) each day!  Great deals to be had!


All supplies by Close To My Heart,except where noted:
S1912 Reindeer Crossing, December Stamp of the Month
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
X6038 Candy Apple Cardstock
X9009 Mix In Paper Packet
Z2829 Espresso Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Copics E23, E25-Pinecones
Copics G24, G43-Pine Boughs
Copics R24, R27, E31, E33-Sleigh
Z3563 Diamond Stickles
Circle Dies-MFT
Banner Dies-MFT

I have also entered my card in the following challenges:
A Place to Start-Happy Holidays
As You Like It Challenge-Favorite Die and Why (Basic Circles and Banners are my favorite, because of their versatility!)
CHNC Challenge-Anything Christmas Goes
Crafty Gals Corner-Tis the Season
Heart 2 Heart Challenges-Anything Goes, Holiday Edition

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Boxing Week Sale


Get ready for the amazing deals during Boxing Week with Close To My Heart! We’re keeping the festive fun alive with a flash sale every day of the week, featuring current and retired products! Quantities will be limited, so be sure to place your orders early!

The Boxing Week sale starts at 12:00 am (MST) on December 26 and will end at 11:59 pm (MST) on December 31. Each day will feature a different selection of sales items which will be available for 24 hours.  You can view all of the available items here.

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Oh My Heart!


Show some Valentine’s Day love with the Oh My Heart special! This special is featured in our January/February catalog and includes a brand-new paper packet, sticker sheet, and stamp set. With the fun patterns, colors, and stamps included in this special, it’s sure to capture your heart and is an absolute must-have! Along with the Oh My Heart paper suite itself, we’ve also created a workshop kit with the materials to help you create 40 cards and beautiful scrapbook layouts! No matter who you share the Oh My Heart special with, there’s sure to be something everyone will love! The full workshop kit, which includes the My Acrylix® Oh My Heart stamp set, is available at a 25%-discount! This special is available from December 15 to February 29.  You can view all of the details here.

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Freshly Made Sketches #415


I just received some fun, new to me, papers from Doodlebug Designs.  I say new to me, because I have no idea when they were released.  A fellow cardmaker was cleaning out her stash and I decided I "needed" them!  I love the fun bright colors, which are perfect for a birthday card! The moment I saw the the sketch at Freshly Made Sketches, I knew it was a birthday card in the making!  Here is the original sketch design-

My card is super simple and includes a fun mix of manufacturers! My candles are die cut from the Hello pattern paper with My Favorite Things dies.  My "celebrate" sentiment is cut from the Close To My Heart Artbooking Cricut Collection.  While, I am a huge fan of metal dies.....the Cricut is sooo versatile!  The ability to be able to re-size my images is priceless!  If you are in the market for any Cricut items, you can purchase them all through my affiliate link. I cut my Celebrate image sentiment three times and layered them together for more dimension. Added a little bling and called it done! Super simple and easy to mail!

All supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:
Cricut Artbooking Collection
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
X5957 Sapphire Cardstock
Hello Paper Pad-Doodlebug Designs (Background, Candles)
Dotty For You Paper-Retired (Flames)
Make a Wish Dies-MFT
Stitched Frame Die-Gina Marie Designs
Z4304 Silver Loose Sequins

I have also entered my card in the following challenges:
Crafty Creations-Anything Goes
The Paper Shelter-Birthdays/Celebrations
Watercooler Wednesday-All About Occasions

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CAS(E) this Sketch #350


I decided to keep it super simple for the CAS(E) this Sketch Challenge. I so  love the adorable papers in the Best Friends Furever promotion, that I decided to let them stand alone. If you have yet to view the promotion, it is super cute!  The papers work for dog or cat lovers...or in my case, both!  The papers are double sided, they feature a dog theme on one side and a cat theme on the other! Here is the original sketch design-


I simply matted my pattern paper and cut a couple of banner dies.  I stamped my stay pawsitive sentiment and added in a few faux stitches. If you have yet to see the Collection, here is a look at the bundle of products that is available at 20% off-


If you don't want or need it ALL, you can purchase the items individually as well.  You can find all the details here. This promotion ends December 31 or while supplies last!

All supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted
CC11197 Best Friends Furever Bundle
Z4189 Intense Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z4151 Title Banners Thin Cuts
Micron 08 Pen-Sakura

I have also entered my card in the following challenges:
2 Crafty Critter Crazies-Anything Goes w/a critter
A Bit More Time to Craft-Anything Goes
Art Impressions-Animal Cards
Crafty Animals-Anything Goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Pattern Paper Challenge-Anything Goes w/pattern paper
Crafty Sentiments-Anything Goes
Ellibelle's Corner-All Creatures Great and Small

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Sketch Saturday #592


I finally made it back to the craft room, just in time to enter the Sketch Challenge at Sketch Saturday!  They have a super easy challenge this week, you get to pick any previous sketch!  I went with Sketch #326-

The sketch was a perfect fit for my Custom Ornament Thin Cuts!  I decided to mix things up and go with a fun shaker card!  Shaker cards are soo unexpected and really come together quickly! I might have slightly overfilled this one, but it has plenty of bling for the holidays! To create my card, I first die cut the stitched panel and then die cut the ornament shape out of the same panel.  I cut the ornament topper out of Evergreen cardstock, and "hung" the ornament with Silver Embellishing Thread. I then inked up my sentiment from the Stamp of the Month-Reindeer Crossing-


After my top panel was complete, I flipped it over and applied acetate to cover the window.  A quick tip-you can really use just about anything clear for your windows.  You know those clamshell cases that you purchase products in that everyone hates?  Those can easily have a second life in your craft room!  I keep a small stash of empty cases and just cut the acetate to fit.  I would much rather spend my money on stamps and dies, vs buying pristine acetate sheets. After applying the acetate, I adhere 3-D foam around the shape.  Then you can add a little or a lot of sequins and then adhere your bottom layer. Honestly, it took me way  longer to type this than it did to complete the card!

All supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:
S1912 December Stamp of the Month-Reindeer Crossing (Only $5 with qualifying purchase)
Z3533 Custom Ornament Thin Cuts
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
X6030 Evergreen Cardstock
Z6512 Evergreen Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z3566 Julep Loose Sequins
Dark Green Sequins-Unknown
Z4213 Silver Embellishing Thread
Stitched Frame Die- Gina Marie Designs

I have also entered my card in the following challenges:
A Place to Start-Happy Holidays
Aud Sentiments Challenge-Christmas or Winter Sentiment
Creative Knockouts-Christmas Delight
Cuttlebug Mania-Christmastime
Heart 2 Heart Challenges-Evergreen
Shopping Our Stash-Happy Holidays
Simon Says Stamp-Traditional Christmas
Time Out Challenges-Merry & Cheerful
Winter Wonderland Challenge-Anything Christmas Goes

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Cyber Monday 24 Hour Sale!


Come check out the Cyber Monday Sale!  There will be a selection of new, current and retired items at up to a 50% discount!  The sale starts Monday, December 2 at 3:00 PM MST and ends on December 3, at 2:59 PM MST.  You can view all of the sale items here.

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Bring Back My Pack-Urban


I can never have enough masculine supplies.  Having three boys, I am always in need of masculine cards or working on boy themed scrapbook pages.  I love that Close To My Heart has decided to feature a masculine set for their Bring Back My Pack promotion. Urban has been revamped with a new sticker sheet and a new stamp set.  You can purchase the items indivdually or purchase in a bundle and save 25%!  You know which one I am getting, the bundle for sure!  Here is a look at the bundle contents-

Urban is available until January 31, or while supplies last!  You can view the full collection here.

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Freshly Made Sketches #413


I couldn't wait to ink up the December, Stamp of the Month, Reindeer Crossing.  I just love the images and sentiments in this set! I decided my Caribou would be the perfect stand in for the big squiggly design in this week's Freshly Made Sketches Challenge-

I dry embossed my background panel and added in a few sequins for more snowflakes.  I colored my Caribou with Copics.  I don't have Caribou in my area, so had to research their shading.  It was only after I colored my image that I saw that they actually change colors! Even their eyes change colors! So I might have ended up with a summer Caribou in my winter scene. Let's just say it is the first snowfall of the season and this guy has not changed colors yet!


I added in a pair of reindeer to the inside of my card as well.  I love how the texture of this stamp make them appear as if they were sketched in. If you have yet to see the full stamp set, here it is-

The Stamp of the Month can be added to a qualifying order for only $5.  You can check out all the details here.  The set is only available until December 31, 2019.

All supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:
S1912 Reindeer Crossing, December Stamp of the Month
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
X5951 Espresso Cardstock
Z2829 Espresso Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z4189 Intense Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Snowflakes Embossing Folder-Retired
Stitched Square Frame Die-Gina Marie Designs
Z4235 Gold Loose Sequins
Copics-E31, E35, E37, E81

I have also entered my card in the following challenges:
As You Like It Challenges-Favorite Way to Add Snow (Dry Embossing because of the added texture)
Cardz 4 Guys-Icy Cold
Little Red Wagon-Snow Much Fun

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December Stamp of the Month-Reindeer Crossing


I am so excited about the December Stamp of the Month, Reindeer Crossing!  This set of ten stamps includes some awesome images.  If you have already completed your Christmas cards for this year, you still need it for next year!  Here is a look at the complete set-

You can add the Stamp of the Month to a qualifying order for only $5!  Want just the stamp set, you can also order the stamp set alone for $18.95.  The images and sentiments are a must have for your collection! You can view all of the Close To My Heart products here.

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Christmas Nutcracker


Are you a Nutcracker fan?  I know so many people have vast collections of them! Close To My Heart has just the stamp set for you!  The Cedar & Pine Cardmaking Stamp Set w/ Thin Cuts is super cute!  You can easily embellish your Nutcrackers with the various stamps included in the set.

You can find the set here.  It is due to retire on December 31!

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Black Friday 24 Hour Sale!


Come check out the selection of new, current and retired items in the 24 hour Black Friday Sale! The sale starts Friday, 11/29/19 at 3:00 PM MST and ends on Saturday 11/30/19 at 2:59 PM MST.  All items are while supplies last.  You can view the sale here!

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Black Friday Sale!


Check out the exclusive new products that will be part of the Black Friday Sale!  Wooden banner kits, that are perfect for your holiday projects!  There will be a selection of new, current and retired items in the sale!  Discounts up to 50% off!  The sale starts Friday, 11/29/19 at 3:00 PM MST.  You can view all the sale items here when the sale starts!

Happy Shopping!

Happy Thanksgiving


Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  I hope you are enjoying the day with friends and family and possibly  your craft supplies! It looks like it will be tomorrow before I can ink up some stamps, so I am sharing a card that I created back in 2012!  My card was created with the Cricut Artiste Collection, which has been brought back in digital form.  Cricut will be having some awesome sales this weekend, be sure and check them out from my affiliate link.  If you would like to see the card details, you can check them out on this post.

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Last Call...

 I know things get hectic during the holiday season!  This is just a reminder that many specials are coming to an end on November 30!  First on the list is the November Stamp of the Month, Family Time. This set of 18 stamps is available for only $5, with a qualifying purchase.
 Next up is the Days of December Album Special. With this project you can complete a unique Everyday Life album, featuring a page for every day in December. The bundle is available with or without the stamps/Thin Cuts bundle.



Lastly, the Holiday Cheer tag and ornament kit! Dress up your holiday tree and gifts with your own custom ornaments and tags!


Have questions?  Need assistance with your order?  You can contact me here.

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Holiday Sale Alert!


Are you planning your holiday shopping?  Close To My Heart will be having a Black Friday Sale, starting at 3:00 PM MST on Friday, November 29.  There will be a selection of current and retired items at up to 50% off!  This is a great time to do some crafty shopping for the holidays!  The Black Friday Sale, will be followed with the Cyber Monday Sale. The Cyber Monday Sale will start at 3:00 PM MST on Monday, December 2.


All sale items are while supplies last, be there at 3:00 PM MST for the best selection.  You can find all of the sales here!

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Sketch Saturday #591



This card was a little bit of a stretch for me, but it is truly personal!  My main love of stamping, is because I am challenged at drawing stick figures!  I love to create things with paper.....but being artistic at drawing does not seem to be in my DNA!  Another reason that I so love creating cards....you can make them with the recipient in mind! This card was created for my future daughter in law, with a very slim resemblance of her three kitties, one of whom is no longer with us.  I so wish I had the artistic talent of some of you in blog land!  While by no means perfect, I think the card is perfect for the recipient!  Thankfully the images are on the cutesy side, so I think I can get away with cutesy coloring to match!  I created my card based on the sketch challenge this week at Sketch Saturday-


To create my card, I stamped my kitties and balloons in Intense Black ink and colored them with Copics.  I added in some details to my tabby cat with a Black Multi-Liner. I fussy cut the images and popped up the kitties with 3-D foam for added dimension.  My sentiment was actually created in Word, in Century Gothic font, and printed out.  I seem to have sentiment strip envy, but do not yet have any tiny sentiment strips in my stamp collection.  I created my own background paper by stamping random paws for my background panel.  My kitty themed stamps are from the Kitty Cuddles stamp set, which is only available through December 31.


All supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:
CC11197 Best Friends Furever Bundle
Adorable Elephants Stamp Set-MFT (Balloons)
Z2844 Pixie Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z4189 Intense Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Copic Markers-E81, E84, RV10, RV11, W1, W3, W5, 100, Multiliner

I have also entered my card in the following challenges:
A Gem of a Challenge-Anything Goes
Heart 2 Heart Challenges-Black Friday (Does a black cat count?)
Seize the Birthday-Anything Goes


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Eat, Play, Love


I so love these cute little doggies that are featured in the Best Friends Furever promotion! I am pretty certain the Eat, Play, Love is my dog's motto...possibly in that order!  I created my card based on the sketch challenge at CAS(E) this Sketch-


My card is super simple, though I did a little surgery on my stamp set. Eat, Play, Love comes together as one stamp.  I cut them apart.  I just find it easier to cut my stamps apart, vs masking off part of the image.  Certainly a personal preference.  I am just the worst at getting stray ink transfer while masking!  Once you start cutting your stamps to meet your needs, there is no turning back!  You just have to get past the first cut!  Here is a look at the complete stamp set-


I colored my pup with Copics and popped him up with 3-D foam tape for some added dimension, he is seriously flying to catch the Frisbee!

All supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:
CC11197 Best Friends Furever Bundle
Z4189 Intense Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z6508 Bluebird Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z6509 Candy Apple Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Copic Markers-B24, B26, C1, E31, E33, R11, R17, R27

I have also entered my card in the following challenges:
Addicted to Stamps-Anything Goes
Colour Crazy Challenge-Anything Goes
Cutie Pie Challenge-Add an Animal
Gem of a Challenge-Anything Goes
Sweet Stampin-Add a Pop of Red

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Who Rescued Who?


I am a huge advocate for animal rescue. My house is currently past capacity for four legged critters....I think we have taken the just one more a little too far.  In lieu of adopting another, I provide transport to help get critters to a better life.  Wyoming is a huge open space, and many pets need help getting across it to more populated areas to find their forever homes.  There is a huge need for animal transport volunteers.  It only takes a few hours of your time and you can help save numerous lives!  Chances are there is a volunteer transport Facebook group in your area!  Many of the animals travel hundreds if not thousands of miles for the chance at a better life.  If you live anywhere near a major highway, your help is surely needed!  Please consider adopting, fostering, transporting....it all  helps save a life!  Stepping off my soapbox now, I created my card based on the sketch challenge at Freshly Made Sketches-

I so love the Best Friends Furever promotion!  Regardless of whether you might be a dog person or a cat person, you are covered!  There is a dog stamp set and a cat stamp set.  The papers are REVERSIBLE!  Dog themed on one side, cat themed on the other!  Too cute!  Love them all?  Purchase the bundle of products and save 20%!


I kept my card clean and simple.  The super cute doggie totally stands alone!  I popped up my dog image and my resuce heart with 3-D foam for added dimension.  I added a touch of Liquid Glass to the dog's eyes and nose! Liquid Glass is not only an awesome adhesive, it works great for glossy accents as well.

All supplies by Close To My Heart:
CC11197 Best Friends Furever Bundle
Z6509 Candy Apple Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z679 Liquid Glass
Z3342 3-D Foam Dots

I have also entered my card in the following challenges:
Art Impressions-Anything Goes
CAS on Friday-Use a Frame
Heart 2 Heart-An Attitude of Gratitude

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Sketch Saturday #590


If I could be half the person my dog thinks I am, pretty certain I could create World Peace!  Dogs are pretty awesome creatures.  I am fairly certain my dog thinks he is human though, he just might be offended if you called him a dog!  I created my card based on the sketch challenge at Sketch Saturday, and considering it is Friday, I am sneaking in with moments to spare!


My card was created with the super cute Best Friends Furever promotion!  This super cute set works for dogs and cats!  Because I am owned by both, I had to have the bundle....but you can purchase items separate as well!


My card is pretty simple.  I colored my pup with Copics and fussy cut him.  He is popped  up for more dimension.  I stamped and fussy cut a bone to add to my bow embellishment.

All supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:
CC11197 Best Friends Furever Bundle
Z4189 Intense Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z6509 Candy Apple Red Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z4187 Stitched Ovals Thin Cuts
Scallop Border Thin Cuts-Retired
Red Baker's Twine-American Crafts
Copic Markers-E51, E53, R17, R27, C1, C3

I have also entered my card in the following challenges:
Cuttlebug Mania-Animals
Ike's World-K is for Kindness
Watercooler Wednesday-Masculine

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