For the Tree


I am so not ready for Christmas!  I used to create Christmas cards all year.....but have been severely lacking in the Christmas spirit this year!  It is now or never, if Christmas cards are going to be mailed this year!  The new Holiday Expressions release is at least helping me get into the holiday spirit!  I created my card with the For the Tree stamp set that was just released and the sketch over at Mojo Monday-


I had ever intention of putting a bow on this card, in place of the flower on the sketch.  Couple of bows in and it just was not working for me!  I really needed some soft crinkly ribbon, which I seemed to have run out of! Sequins to the rescue!  My card is created with minimal supplies!  I often change up my stamp sets to suite my needs and this time was no different, here is the actual stamp set-



I used the original plaid stamp (who doesn't love plaid)....but in keeping with the sketch design, I changed up my other ornaments to circles!  I stamped my images as usual and then used a circle die to create the circle ornaments!  This stamp set has a set of dies that are sold separate.  The die set, Custom Ornament,  was used to cut my main ornament and the topper for all three of my ornaments. Here is the complete die set-


The dies are sold separate, so  you can purchase both or pick and choose to suit your needs!  You will be seeing lots more ornament creations in the near future!

All supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:
D1891 For the Tree Stamp Set
Z3533 Custom Ornament Thin Cuts
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
X6038 Candy Apple Red Cardstock
Z6509 Candy Apple Red Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z3519 Stitched Circles Embossing Folder-Almost Sold Out!
Z3318 Basic Circles Thin Cuts
Circle Stax Dies-MFT
Z4213 Silver Embellishing Thread
Cranberry Grosgrain Ribbon-Retired
Silver Sequins-Ms. Sparkle & Co.

I have entered my card in the following challenges:
Addicted to Stamps-Holiday
Always Fun Challenges-Monochrome
As You Like It Challenge-Favorite Stitching Style (Anything Stamp or Die related....as I can not sew!)
Art Impressions-Tags or Ornaments
Crafty Friends Challenge-Christmas
Crimbo Crackers-Anything Christmas Goes
Southern Girls-Anything Goes
The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge-Anything Christmas Goes

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Holly Jolly Cardmaking Kit


Christmas will be here before you know it!  I love the super cute Holly Jolly Cardmaking Kit!  The stamp set and coordinating Thin Cuts are adorable!  The kit comes with supplies and envelopes to create 16 cards.  Here is a look at the kit contents-


You can check out all of the great new holiday products in my online store!  From traditional to cute, we have you covered!

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Days of December


Commemorate your sweetest holiday moments with this year’s Days of December bundle and workshop! We’ve revamped this popular special from last year with new paper, cardstock, and embellishments, so you can create an all-new Everyday Life™ album with one page for each magical day in December. To review all the details about the Days of December bundle and workshop, take a look at the Days of December overview here!


The Days of December bundle is available with or without the stamp set and Thin Cuts.  This special bundle is only available until November 30, 2019 or while supplies last!

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CAS(E) this Sketch #343


I have been so wanting to create with this striped pattern paper from the Mix In Paper Collection!  I have been submersed in  making Fall cards, and have just not had the occasion to create with it. Then I saw the sketch at CAS(E) this Sketch...


The moment I saw the sketch, I instantly thought of candles!  I knew my striped paper would be perfect for the background! I inked up my candles with the same colors from the striped paper.  I cut my Celebrate sentiment from the Cricut Artbooking Collection.  I cut the image out three times and adhered them together for more dimension.  A few Julep sequins finish out the card!

All supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:
Cricut Artbooking Collection (celebrate)
Make a Wish Stamp Set/Dies-MFT (candles)
X9007 Mix In Paper Packet
X5957 Sapphire Cardstock
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
Z2841 Glacier Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z2843 Canary Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z2851 Saffron Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z6511 Julep Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z6514 Wisteria Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z3566 Julep Loose Sequins
Stitched Frame Die-Simon Says Stamp

I have also entered my card in the following challenges:
Allsorts Challenge-Spots and or Stripes
Heart 2 Heart Challenges-Julep
Seize the Birthday-Anything Goes
The Paper Girls-Birthday

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Early Holiday Release!


Great news....Close To My Heart is releasing the Holiday Expressions catalog early!  All items will be on my website starting October 15!  This will give you extra time to create your holiday projects!  You can view all of the products here!

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Freshly Made Sketches #406


I hope everyone is getting to enjoy at least a little bit of Fall.  I am already in the single digits at night, so my fall is quickly fading to Winter! I created this fun Fall card with the Autumn Air Stamp of the Month and the sketch at Freshly Made Sketches-

My card is created with a combo of Goldrush and Sangria.  I dug deep into the stash to come up with the Goldrush plaid paper!  Willing to bet that paper is pushing twenty years old!  I love paper....problem is I seem to just collect it!  I have decided to share the love and start using it!  My sentiment and leaves are from the current Stamp of the Month, Autumn Air....great for scrapbooks and cards alike! You can add the Stamp of the Month to a qualifying order for only $5!


My sentiment was first inked into Goldrush Ink and then rolled into Sangria Ink.  For my leaves, I sponged Goldrush and Sangria Ink onto cardstock and then stamped my  leaf image with Sangria Ink.  Super quick way to get a multi tone image. I popped up the sentiment panel with foam tape for added dimension.

All supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:
S1910 Autumn Air Stamp of the Month (Only available in October)
X5962 Goldrush Cardstock
X6034 Sangria Cardstock
Colonial White Cardstock-Retired
Goldrush B&T Paper-Retired
Z2823 Goldrush Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z6516 Sangria Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Sequins-Unknown

I have also entered my card in the following challenges:
Addicted to CAS-Plaid

Little Red Wagon-Cut it Out
Sweet Stampin-Autumn Colors

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Inspire. Create. Challenge #053


My burlap is going uptown!  The moment I saw the sketch at Inspire. Create. Challenges, I knew what I wanted to create!  The only problem is...this card has only been made in my head all week.  I have finally made it back to the craft room, just in time to enter the challenge!  Here is the original sketch design:

The moment I saw those little strips, I knew I wanted to add some gold embossing on the sides of my cardstock panel!  I inked up the stamp set from the Hawthorn Cardmaking Workshop and heat embossed in gold.  I then added a a little color to the image with Copics.  I will list the colors I used....but it is pretty random!  I figure fall leaves are very random in their colors....so I tried to mimic the same.  For my gold embossed sides,  I ran a piece of painter's tape 1/4" from the outside of the panel on each side.  I then applied Versamark directly to the paper and then applied my embossing powder.  I removed the painter tape before heat embossing.  My image was die cut and popped up with 3-D foam tape.  My panel was then mounted onto a panel of burlap!

All supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:
G1190 Hawthorn Cardmaking Workshop Kit (retiring 10/31/2019)
Burlap cardstock-DCWV
Colonial White Cardstock-Retired
Z891 Versamark Embossing Pad
Z2066 Gold Embossing Powder
Z1151 3-D Foam Tape
Copics-YR16, YR18, YR21, Y26, YG91, YG95,E30, E31,E59

I have also entered my card in the following challenges:
Heart 2 Heart Challenges-Fall
Simon Says Stamp-Fall/Autumn

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Stitched Circles


Stitched Circles is my new all time favorite embossing folder!  The texture it adds to your projects is amazing! Close To My Heart embossing folders give you a full 5" x 7" coverage of embossing.  They also feature an open slit at the top, so you can easily make your embossing panels longer for your scrapbook pages!  Here is a look at the full pattern-

I so love the design and it will work for any project....masculine cards too!  You can pick one up in my online store here!

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Hawthorn Cardmaking Workshop Kit


I love the Cardmaking Workshop Kits.  The kits include materials and instructions to complete 15 cards, along with an exclusive stamp set with coordinating Thin Cuts.  The fall spray in the Hawthorn Cardmaking Workshop Kit, made it a must have for me!  Here is a look at the contents of the kit-


Instructions are included to make the three cards shown (five of each) or you can easily use the supplies to branch out on your own!  This kit is only available until October 31, or while supplies last.  You can purchase your kit here

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Birthday Recipe


Check out these super cute projects from Close To My Heart, featuring the Birthday Recipe stamp set!  When my boys were little, I would stamp literally everything for their parties....from the wrapping paper, the cards, the favors....you name it, it was stamped!  I even stamped my curtains once!  The great thing about creating your own, is you can pick the colors and themes that are just right for your project! The stamps in the Birthday Recipe set are perfect for your birthday projects, here is the complete set-

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Happy World Card Making Day!


Happy World Card Making Day!  I hope you are finding some crafting time this weekend!  Have you heard about the new Craft with Heart-Cardmaking Subscription?  Sign up and receive a kit of goodies to create handmade cards shipped direct to you every four months.  The kits include an exclusive stamp set as well as mini ink pads to complete your projects.  You can sign up for a one time shipment or sign up for the yearly subscription and receive 20% off and free shipping!  You can view all of the details here.  Kits are available for scrapbook layouts too!

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Freshly Made Sketches #405


These cute little monsters are perfect for Halloween projects.  I have created cute birthday cards with them in the past as well.  My card is based on the sketch challenge this week at Freshly Made Sketches-


This card is super simple.  I stamped my monster images in a single ink color and then die cut them out.  I applied them to the card with 3-D foam for added dimension.  The  best part is the addition of the googly eyes!  Super cute card for any age!  You might recognize this stamp set, Monstrous Halloween,  from years past, it has been brought back for the Halloween season.  You can find it in the Online Only section of my website.  Here is a look at the complete set-


All supplies by Close To My Heart,except where noted:
Z4006 Monstrous Halloween Stamp Set & Thin Cuts Bundle
X6047 Black Cardstock
X6012 Pansy Cardstock
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
Z2807 Willow Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z6510 Nectarine Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z4189 Intense Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Pansy Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad-Retired
Googly Eyes-Unknown

I have also entered my card in the following challenges:
Aud Sentiments Challenge-Halloween/Fall + a sentiment
Paper Funday Challenges-Anything Goes w/option of Halloween
Pattie's Creations-Autumn/Halloween

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Holiday Cheer


Dress your Christmas tree and presents to the nines this year with some beautiful, handcrafted ornaments and tags from the Holiday Cheer special! These gorgeous chipboard gift tags and ornaments are not only a great decoration for your tree and Christmas presents, but a great way to make some holiday memories with your loved ones!

The ornament and tag sets each come with the chipboard bases and a White Daisy die-cut sheet to help you create the perfect ornament or gift tag quickly and easily! These kits are available for individual purchase and will be available while supplies last. To help you maximize your ornament and tag-making fun, we’ve also created coordinating stamp sets that are a perfect fit for the ornament and gift tag sets, and a special Digital Art File for even more customizable options! These digital art files allow you cut your own ornament or tag pieces from papers of your choice. 

With the exception of the digital art files, all items in this special are available for individual sale. We’re also offering these adorable ornament and gift tag kits at a special 30% discount when you buy them both together! These kits are designed to coordinate with the Thin Cuts—Shaker Window & Confetti set. You will need this Thin Cuts set to fully complete these projects.

You can view all the details here!

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CAS(E) this Sketch #341


Well, my Autumn is quickly passing through....snow today.  I figured I had better get to stamping pumpkins before I move on to snowflakes!  I created this CAS card for the CAS(E) this Sketch Challenge-


This card is totally not my usual layers, but I did manage to add a few and keep it CAS.  The great thing about CAS cards is they are easy to mail! All of my images are created on Colonial White Cardstock, no special papers involved.  I cut my center panel to 4" x 3" and stamped my sentiment and swirly border with Espresso Ink.  I then embossed the panel with the Stitched Circles Embossing Folder.  My pumpkins were stamped with Intense Black Ink and colored with Copics.  I then die cut the image and popped it up with 3-D foam for added dimension.


All supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:
Z3532 Autumn Blessings Stamp Set w/ Thin Cuts (expected back in stock mid-October)
Colonial White Cardstock-Retired
Z2829 Espresso Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z4189 Intense Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z3519 Stitched Circles Embossing Folder
Copics YR02, YR04, YR07, YG95

I have also entered my card in the following challenges:
Addicted to Stamps-Anything Goes
Crafting Happiness-Orange
Die Cut Divas-Fall Colors
Fab n Funky Challenges-Autumn Colors
Ike's World-J is for Jaffa Color Challenge
Little Red Wagon-Pumpkins

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Mojo Monday #524


I can't get enough of these sunflowers!  Sunflower Sympathy is by far my current favorite stamp set! With the new catalog cycles at Close To My Heart, this set is retiring this month!  I created my card based on the sketch challenge at Mojo Monday-



My card is created with a mix of Hawthorn and the Mix In paper packets.  For my sunflower, I stamped my images with Espresso Pigment ink and clear embossed.  My sunflower is stamped onto Gold Rush cardstock and my leaves are stamped onto New England Ivy cardstock.  The images are both then cut with their respective Thin Cuts dies. I of course, could not resist adding in a strip of burlap!

All supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:
Z3544 Sunflower Sympathy
X7249B Hawthorn Paper Packet
X9007 Mix In Paper Packet
Burlap Cardstock-DCWV
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
X6034 Sangria Cardstock
Z2848 Sapphire Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z8003 Espresso Pigment Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z2088 Clear Embossing Powder
Z4235 Gold Loose Sequins

I have entered my card in the following challenges:
Always Fun Challenges-Anything Goes
Craftyhazelnut's Pattern Paper Challenge-Anything Goes
Die Cut Divas-Fall Colors
Just Us Girls-Photo Inspiration

Make My Monday-Autumn Colors

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October Stamp of the Month-Autumn Air

My favorite part of Fall is the changing colors.  The new October Stamp of the Month, Autumn Air is perfect for documenting the season.  I so love the fonts and the versatile leaves that are included in the set.  Autumn Air is a set of 14 stamps, here is a look at the complete set-

The Stamp of the Month is an awesome value at only $5 with a qualifying order.  The set is only available from October 1 through October 31.  You can view all of the Close To My Heart products here. Feel free to contact me with any questions.