Last call....


Last call to get your favorites from the Seasonal Expressions catalog....this beauty ends at midnight, MT!  You can view the retiring products here!

Check back tomorrow for the new catalog releases!

Inspire. Create. Challenge #050


I had a recent request for a sports themed birthday card....so I dug deep into the stash to come up with sports related items.  The reason I love hand made cards...you can make them to fit your needs! I created my card based on the sketch challenge at Inspire. Create. Stamping Challenges-

I let the pattern papers from the Work Hard, Play Hard series by Carta Bella do most of the work.  I have a long retired All Star stamp set by Close To My Heart that helped finish off the card. I inked up my ball player and stamped him directly onto pattern paper as well.  I stamped my own background on the gray panel.


My sports theme was carried over to the inside of the card as well.  I created this card with bits and pieces from the scrap drawer.  The inside panel is an off white flecked cardstock....no clue where it originated from!  I wanted to stay away from bright white as my card is created with more muted colors.

All supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:
D1256 All Star (Sports related stamps)-Retired
D1475 Card Chatter Birthday (inside sentiment)-Retired
Best Ever Stamp Set by Simon Says Stamp
Outdoor Denim Cardstock-Retired
Work Hard Play Hard Paper Pad by Carta Bella
Z2832 Petwer Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z2140 Outdoor Denim Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad-Retired
Autumn Enamel Dots by Carta Bella
Gray Cardstock-Unknown
Flecked Cardstock-Unknown
Circle Dies-MFT

I have also entered my card in the following challenges:
Seize the Birthday-Anything Goes

Simon Says Wednesday-Anything Goes

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Don't forget....the current Close To My Heart catalog retires August 31...only ONE more day to get your favorites before they retire.  You can see the retiring items here!

CAS(E) this Sketch, Take 2


I loved the sketch so much at CAS(E) this Sketch, that I am back with Take 2! This time around, I created my card with the Into the Wild Collection.  I love the masculine feel of these papers.  I feel like I need to make my own sentiment, that says You Move Mountains!  But for now, You Rock will have to do!  Here is a look at the original sketch design-


I kept is clean and simple, with just a little added twine for interest.  My mountains are mounted with 3-D foam tape for more dimension.

Design Tip: I stamped my sentiment in Sapphire Ink and then added color to the inside with a Copic marker.

All supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:
G1184 Into the Wild You're Awesome Cardmaking Kit (Sold out as I wrote this!)
X7247D Into the Wild Coordinating Cardstock
X6027 White Daisy Cardstock
Z2848 Sapphire Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z2866 Heather Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z4221 Mink Twine
Z3318 Basic Circles Thin Cuts
Z4181 Stitched Circles Thin Cuts
Scallop Border Die-Retired
W5 Copic Marker

I have also entered my card in the following challenges:
Crafting Happiness-Outdoors
Creative with Stamps-Masculine

Heart 2 Heart Challenges-From Me to You
Lets Craft and Create-Anything Goes w/option of Entwined
Penny Black & More-For Boys and Men
Simon Says Wednesday-CAS

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Rise Strong


Close To My Heart just released a limited edition stamp set, Rise Strong.  When, I say limited...as in only available to order until August 31, 2019.  This set is a must have for creating uplifting cards! The set is available to order here!

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CAS(E) this Sketch #336


Ok, it is not every day that you see a pink dino baby card....but I think it works!  One of the great things about the Close to My Heart paper collections is the coordinating colors.  While I knew I wanted to create with the Sweet Girl collection, I was unsure of my focal point.  The retired Something Fierce line features the same Ballerina Pink as the Sweet Girl Collection.  Done!  A pink dino card it is!  I think it turned out really cute, and I am sure to be the only dino themed card at the party!  The Close To My Heart paper collections list the colors that are featured on the zip strip at the top of the papers, easy peasy to mix and match papers and complements!

My card is based on the sketch challenge this week at CAS(E) this Sketch-


Super fun sketch that you can easily change out the elements to create a card for any occasion!  I very well might be back with a Take 2!

The Sweet Girl Collection is retiring as of August 31, 20129.  If you would like to add a set to your collection, now is the time.....only have a few days left!

All supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:
X7246B Sweet Girl Paper Packet
X7246D Sweet Girl Coordinating Cardstock
X7240B Something Fierce Paper Packet-Retired
C1790 Sweet Girl Cardmaking Stamp Set
Z2831 Charcoal Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z4213 Silver Embellishing Thread
Sequins-Unknown

I have also entered my card in the following challenges:
Crafty Animals-Anything Goes
Crafty Sentiments-Animal Challenge
Creations in Pink-Anything Goes in Mainly Pink
Happy Little Stampers-CAS-Only One Third
Heart 2 Heart-Pink, Gray, Black & White Color Challenge
Simon Says Stamp-Clean and Simple

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Rainbow Bridge


Sympathy cards are always the hardest to make. I am always on the lookout for stamp sets that make it a little bit easier.  Rainbow Bridge is one of those set. The sentiments and images are perfect to help you in creating pet sympathy cards.

This set is retiring as of August 31, 2019.  You can purchase just the stamp set or as a bundle with Thin Cuts as shown. If you would like to add this set to your collection, now is the time!

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Sneak Peek...


Say Hello to Hawthorn....one of the new Fall Collections that is being introduced in the new Close To My Heart Line up!  Consider this a sneak peek, as this collection is not available to order until September 1!  I knew this set was a perfect match for the sketch challenge this week at Freshly Made Sketches!


I love this fall cluster image that is exclusive to the Hawthorn Cardmaking Workshop.  The set comes comes complete with coordinating Thin Cut dies,  including the super cute banner die!  Here is a look at the complete workshop kit-

You have endless possibilities for coloring this cute image or not coloring at all!  I added color to my image with Prismacolor pencils, shaded with Gamsol.  I love this technique, I just scribble on some color and blend them all together effortlessly with the Gamsol.

All supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:
G1190 Hawthorn Cardmaking Workshop (Available September 1, 2019)
X7249B Hawthorn Paper Pack (Available September 1, 2019)
X6020 Saffron Cardstock
Z2831 Charcoal Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z4235 Gold Loose Sequins
Prismacolor Pencils

I have also entered my card in the following challenges:
Countryview Challenges-Texture
Digi Doodles Studios Challenge-Spot/Stripes w/Colored Image
The Sisterhood of Crafters-Use Die as Focus

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Be sure and check out the current Close To My Heart products before they are gone!  The current catalog retires August 31, 2019.  You can view all available products here!

Atlantic Hearts Sketch #330


A sweet Thank You card featuring the Sweet Girl Collection!  I have a huge love for plaids...so the plaid paper was perfect for the background of my card.  The background is just light enough for my sentiment to not get lost in the pattern.  My card is based on the sketch challenge this week at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge-


Once again I have used the awesome papers to create the focal point on my card.  I have to admit cutting out a design, is much quicker than stamping and masking a large focal point. I did make it my own, by added in shimmer pen detailing to the flowers. If you are just starting out paper crafting, the paper packs make it super easy for your to create with minimal products.  Here is a look at the Sweet Girl Paper Pack-


All supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:
S1908 From Me to You (August SOTM, only $5 w/qualifying purchase!)
X7246B Sweet Girl Paper Packet (Retiring August 31, 2019!)
X7246D Sweet Girl Coordinating Cardstock
Z2831 Charcoal Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z3293 Clear Shimmer Brush
Sequins-Unknown
Banner Dies-MFT

I have also entered my card in the following challenges:
As You Like It Challenges-Favorite Color Combo-Pink & Green, perfect colors in nature!
Crafting by Designs-Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge-CAS

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Sketch Saturday #577


The fun, bright colors of the Craft On Collection are perfect for a quick pick me up card!  A handmade card is sure to brighten someone's day.  It is such a nice surprise to get one in the mail!  They always make you smile.  I created my card based on the sketch challenge this week at Sketch Saturday-

Don't have the perfect stamp for your creations? Try looking to your pattern papers.  I simply cut my flower cluster from the same pattern paper as my background paper.  The designs and colors are sure to match!  Here is a look at the variety of papers included in the Craft On Paper Packet-



We only have a few days left in the current catalog cycle, all of the pattern papers and majority of stamps are retiring as of August 31, 2019.  If you would like them in your collection, now is the time to get your order in!

All supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:
Z4086 Where Happiness Blooms
B1652 Wordfetti-Retired
X7245B Craft On Paper Packet
X6027 White Daisy Cardstock
X6018 Raspberry Cardstock
Z2812 Raspberry Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z4189 Intense Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Sequins-Unknown

I have also entered my card in the following challenges:
A Bit More Time to Craft-Anything Goes
Creations in Pink-Anything Goes in Mainly Pink
Imagine That Creative Playground-Anything Goes

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Special Day Duo


I love the mix of fonts in the Special Day Duo stamp set.  Sometimes, the simple sets get passed over in the catalog excitement.  I wanted to showcase this cute little set before it retires August 31, 2019.

This set is sure to see lots of ink in the future! You can add one to your collection here, the set is a bargain at $7.95.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Mojo Monday #521


August is such a month of change...the kids are back in school (whatever happened to that being in September?), the temps are changing.....and a new catalog line is on the horizon at Close To My Heart.  Our new Fall catalog is being released September 1, 2019.  While there will be tons of great new products, you have little time left to purchase your retiring favorites!  I created my card with the Zoe Collection, which is almost sold out!  The fun colors are going to make me miss summer....but I am so ready for cooler temps!  I based my card on the sketch challenge this week at Mojo Monday-



Julee makes creating so easy.  All I had to do was pick a few coordinating prints to create my card!  Here is a look at the complete Zoe line up-


I added a little shimmer brush to my flower design and a sentiment from the August Stamp of the Month, From Me to You.


All supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:
CC41910 Zoe Workshop Kit
S1908 From Me To You (Only $5 w/qualifying purchase!)
Z2896 Smoothie Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z3293 Clear Shimmer Brush
Z3318 Thin Cuts-Basic Circles
Z4181 Thin Cuts-Stitched Circles
Fishtail Banner Die-MFT
Flourish Die-MFT

I have also entered my card in the following challenges:
Catch the Bug-Anything Goes
Di's Digi Challenge-Circles
Double Trouble Challenge-Round & Round
Love to Craft-Anything Goes

Thanks so much for stopping by!  You can see all of the retiring Close To My Heart products here!

So long, Seaside...


Have you gotten your Seaside fix? This stunning paper pack and stamp set are retiring once again on August 31, 2019.  The gorgeous prints and colors are perfect for your papercrafting projects!  Here is a look at the Workshop Kit, though you can purchase individual components.

You can view all of the Seaside options here!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Freshly Made Sketches 400th Celebration


I am back for week 2 of the 400th Sketch Celebration at Freshly Made Sketches!  This is obviously my week for purple cards....I just can't seem to put the Eggplant ink pad away!  Freshly Made Sketches is creating with their previous Sketch #200 this week-


I took the liberty of curving my panel vs. going straight across. Along with the curved panel, I curved my sentiment as well.  One of the many great things about Close To My Heart stamps, you can curve them to your liking.  Just apply gentle pressure to the stamp when adhering to your stamp block.  No worries, your stamp will return to the original form after you remove it from the block.  Here is the complete stamp set and the sentiment in it's straight form-

All supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:
Z4086 Where Happiness Blooms Stamp Set/Thin Cuts Bundle
X7244B True Love Paper Packet
X6000 Eggplant Cardstock
X6027 White Daisy Cardstock
Z2833 Pebble Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z2847 Eggplant Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z6504 Sage Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z4221 Mink Twine
Z3293 Clear Shimmer Brush
Prismacolor Pencils
Border Die-MFT

I have also entered my card in the following challenges:
Alphabet Challenge Blog-K is for Kind Thoughts
Let's Create Challenge-Anything Goes with the Option of Entwined
The Flower Challenge-Use your Favorite Flower

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Thinking of You


Close To My Heart offers a variety of Workshop Kits for cardmaking and scrapbooking.  I love the stamps that are included in the Thinking of You Cardmaking Kit.  The kit has papers from the True Love Collection.  Card bases and envelopes are included!

Instructions and supplies are included to create twelve cards.  As an added bonus, Workshops Your Way Kits are Buy One Get One at 35% Off for the month of August!  It is a win win! You can view the current kits here.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Atlantic Hearts Sketch #329


The color scheme of the True Love papers is certainly a favorite of mine.  I can't get enough of the combo of Eggplant, Sage and Sapphire!  The purple family has always been my favorite color. Being a mom of all boys.....cards and my craft room are about the only place I can express it!  I can't even wear it!  Purple just does not work for me in clothes, either!  So cards, it is!  I created my card based on the sketch challenge at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenges.


My lovely watering can of flowers is from the Where Happiness Blooms stamp set.  This set has been wildly popular and has sold out previously.  The set is in stock as I write this, but is due to be retired August 31, 2019.  If you would like a set for your collection, now is the time to order! You can order just the stamp set or a bundle with Thin Cuts dies.  I personally love the cut out features of the dies.


Design Tip: After inking up the multiple layers on my stamp set, I went back in and added a little shading with pencils for added depth.  I also went over the flowers with the Clear Shimmer Brush for some added bling.

All supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:
Z4086 Where Happiness Blooms Stamp Set/Thin Cuts Bundle
S1908 From Me To You (August Stamp of the Month)
X7244B True Love Paper Packet
X5993 Sage Cardstock
X6000 Eggplant Cardstock
X6027 White Daisy Cardstock
Z2826 Heather Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z2847 Eggplant Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z6504 Sage Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z4221 Mink Twine
Z4191 Silver Glitter Gems
Prismacolor Pencils
Banner Die-MFT

I have also entered my card in the following challenges:
As You Like It Challenges-Favorite Colour Combo and Why
Crafting by Designs-Anything Goes
Crafting Happiness-Flowers
Creative Knockouts-Sparkle & Shine
Simply Create Too-Anything Goes

Thanks so much for stopping by!

You're Awesome!



The You're Awesome Cardmaking Workshop features the Into the Wild papers and an exclusive stamp set.  I just love the rustic style. The kit includes supplies to create twelve cards.

This kit is scheduled to be retired August 31 and did I mention it is currently part of the BOGO 35% off sale?


You can view all of the available Workshop Kits here!  The sale runs til August 31 or while supplies last.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Mojo Monday, Take 2!


Ok, I had so much fun creating my last card for the Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge, that I am back with take 2!  This is such a super fun sketch and it really showcases the versatility of the Close To My Heart papers!  My card is created with the True Love Paper Collection.  All of the fun elements on my card (minus the bling) are also from the same paper pack!  Here is the original sketch, which I have added to slightly-


Do you fear mixing pattern papers?  Close To My Heart can totally alleviate that for you!  All of the patterns in the paper collections mix together beautifully.  The papers work great for all paper crafting! Scrapbooking, cardmaking, home decor...you name it!  I applied my elements in layers and added a tiny bit of bling-


If you  have yet to check out the True Love Paper Collection, don't wait....it is due to be retired as of August 31, 2019!  Here is a look at the beautiful designs that are included-

Design Tip: My elements are applied in layers with 3-D foam tape.  I applied a little bling with a clear shimmer brush to my flowers and small heart.  A few bitty sparkles finishes the design!

All supplies by Close To My Heart:
S1908 From Me To You (August Stamp of the Month)
X7244B True Love Paper Packet
X6000 Eggplant Cardstock
X6021 Sapphire Cardstock
X6027 White Daisy Cardstock
Z2847 Eggplant Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z1263 Bitty Sparkles
Z3293 Clear Shimmer Brush
Z3318 Thin Cuts-Basic Circles
Z4181 Thin Cuts-Stitched Circles

I have also entered my card in the following challenges:
Always Fun Challenges-Circles
Crafting Happiness-Flowers
Crafty Sentiments Designs-Anything Goes
Di's Digi Challenge-Circles
Simon Says Stamp-Add a Die Cut

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Mojo Monday #520


I had so much fun creating this card!  A great sketch combined with great papers equals easy peasy!  My card is created with the Into the Wild Paper Collection by Close To My Heart.  The coordination of colors means you can't go wrong.  I paired the gorgeous papers with the Sketch Challenge at Mojo Monday. Julee is so awesome, she even gives you  measurements for her sketches!  You can easily add or subtract items to make the sketch your own.  Here is the original sketch design-


I love the fun mix of elements on my card....and they all came from one paper pack!  Into the Wild is one of my current favorite paper packs.  As a mom of three boys....I know it will get a lot of use.  I know I just mentioned yesterday that I was going to stop hoarding paper.....but I simply must put a few packs of this one away for future scrapbook pages!  Here is a look at the full paper pack-

I paired the paper collection with the August Stamp of the Month, From Me to You, for my sentiment.

Did you know that you can add the Stamp of the Month to your collection for only $5 with a qualifying purchase!  This set has 38 stamps....what a bargain!

Design Tip: My trees and tag are cut from the Into the Wild papers and used as embellishments.  I first inked my Happy Stamp in New England Ivy ink and then faded into Sapphire ink.  You can easily add multiple colors of ink to one stamp, just start with the lighter shade first!

All supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:
S1908 From Me to You
X7247B Into the Wild Paper Packet
X7247D Into the Wild Coordinating Cardstock
X6027 White Daisy Cardstock
Z2831 Charcoal Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z2835 New England Ivy Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z2848 Sapphire Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z3318 Thin Cuts-Basic Circles
Z4181 Thin Cuts-Stitched Circles
Banner Dies-MFT

I have also entered my card in the following challenges:
A2ZScrapbooking Challenge-Birthday
A Gem of a Challenge-Anything Goes
Allsorts Challenge-Sun, Moon, Stars or Something for Baby (Stars here!)
Creative with Stamps-Dad or Masculine

Heart 2 Heart Challenges-Adventure Awaits
Penny Black and More-Boys & Men
Simon Says Wednesday-Use a Die Cut
Southern Girls Challenge-Father's Day/Masculine
The Male Room-Birthday


Thanks so much for stopping by!