Monday, August 24, 2015

Artistry Octopus Card - Getting Ready for Senior Year with Heart2Heart Challenges!

This week I'm the Hostess with the Most-est over at Heart2Heart Challenges for the "Working 9-5" challenge!  It's always a blast getting a sneak preview of what the Design Team has created for the week's challenge!

I'm sharing a fun octopus card I made for my son who is starting his senior year or high school in less that two weeks!  He is looking at studying Marine Biology when he goes to college so I immediately thought of the ADORABLE octopus on our new CTMH Artistry cartridge!

Once I got him on the paper I just had to give him some school appropriate things to hold - can you believe how tiny I was able to get the letter on the notebook? The tiny smart phone totally cracks me up too!  All his little accessories with the exception of the notebook (Artbooking I think) come from our new Artistry cartridge.  If you don't have this one yet you NEED to get it - it is just too cool!  I can't wait to give this to him right before school starts!

Stay crafty my friends and make something beautiful today!


Friday, August 14, 2015

Zoe 10 Page Scrap Class - Friday, 11th September - Long Distance Explore and Consultant Files available!

When:  Friday, 11th September 7-9:30PM
Cost:  FREE with materials purchase 
Where:  Paige's House in Snoqualmie, WA
Please purchase your materials by August 31 to ensure your order arrives in time for class!
Questions?  Send me a note at

Materials to purchase for class - click these links to purchase:

All inks and tools will be provided during local class for stamping and assembly.  Bring your own adhesives, foam tape and basic tool kit with scissors.

Come join me for a fabulous and fun Zoe 10 Layout class!  This will be one of the easiest 10 layout classes we've ever done - you cut 6 sheets of patterned paper while my Cricut Explore does the bulk of the work cutting 11 sheets of cardstock to complete your layouts.  Simply stack your layout numbered pieces on the 12x12 bases and assemble!

The class is FREE with materials purchase! 
CTMH consultants can purchase class guides with Explore DS cutting files for just $10!  Contact me at for PayPal payment - word file and cutting file sent upon payment.

For Long Distance customers who own an Explore and the CTMH Artistry cartridge and for CTMH Consultants doing classes, this is how EASY it is to follow the instructions for this layout class!  Each of the patterned papers will have a full cutting diagram noting direction of papers if necessary as well as first cut and second cuts if necessary.  You'll get access to a Design Space file which has each of the 11 sheets of cardstock  - simply load each piece as indicated and as the Explore finishes the cuts, follow the numbered sheets to separate each cut into its layout group!  Easy as can be!  Simple instructions for assembly are also included in your word file.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Ticket to Ride - Heart 2 Heart Challenges

This week's challenge at Heart2Heart Challenges is called "Ticket to Ride". When I started thinking about this challenge I focused on a big drive we have coming up - taking my daughter back to college. After an incredibly fun and enjoyable summer home the time has come for me to take my girl back to school (giant Mommy tears being wiped off my keyboard). 
With the exception of the curvy arrow and the school house, all other pieces were cut from our new Artistry cartridge!  The font on this cartridge is just AWESOME for cutting tiny little letters into things - some of the letters in the word Sophomore are an eighth of an inch!
This card is kind of a map from our house to Pullman going through the Cascade Mountains and driving the curvy roads in the palouse. I'll give it to her just before as I say goodbye at the dorms so we can tell her one more time how proud we are of the amazing young woman she is and that we are looking forward to a fabulous Sophomore year for her at Washing State!  Go Cougs!

I hope you'll join us at Heart2Heart Challenges this week and create your own interpretation of "Ticket to Ride"!

Stay crafty my friends!


Products Used in this Card:
Wanderful Paper Pack (Blue mountains)

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Zoe 7 Card Class - Thursday, 7th August

Come join me and make 7 beautiful shimmery cards with our new Zoe paper pack and our Framed August Stamp of the Month!

When:  Thursday, 20th August 7-9PM
Where:  Paige's House in Snoqualmie 
Cost:  $15 
Bring:  Adhesive for card making and pop dots.  If you have a .5 Journaling Pen bring it too!
RSVP:  to

Class Description:
Each person will receive a kit that contains each of the 7 cards individually bagged up and ready to assemble.  There is no cutting required!  Simply stamp and assemble for a night full of crafty fun!  

If you can't make the local class, you can pick up your pre-paid kit at your convenience or I can ship pre-cut and pre-stamped kits long distance for $6 USPS Flat Rate.  

Explore Users and CTMH Consultants:  You can purchase the 7 card Zoe DS Cut file from me for $5 (Uses Artistry and Artfully Sent).  This file uses Zoe Bulk for all cards except the bonus card.  I'll send separate instructions for how to create the starburst card using a paper trimmer.  To purchase this option send a note to

Here are close ups of this lovely sparkly set!

Bonus Card!

I hope you'll be able to join me for a wonderful fun night of card making!  


Thursday, August 6, 2015

Artistry Cricut Cartridge Blog Hop - BRAND NEW CTMH CARTRIDGE!

Welcome to the Artistry Blog Hop!  I am THRILLED to introduce you to the newest CTMH cart called Artistry which is filled to the brim with icons, banners, detailed sentiments, overlays and more! If you've come here from Melinda's Blog you are on the right track! 

Today I'm sharing something a little bit different and hopefully as funny to you all as my family found it.  My college girl had a cruddy start to her day today so when I sat down to create for this blog hop I decided to make her a card to cheer her up.  Let's face it, not every day is sunshine and roses and sometimes we need cards for those rough days too!
I've used the font from the new Artistry cartridge as well as the topping to this coffee image. I'm not sure if its because it's sparkly or because of the eyes but I just can't help laughing at this one.
The font on this new cartridge is AWESOME for making cards and layouts with negative cuts.  It is designed to have open holes in the letters so you don't have to save little bits and pieces from your mats to insert back into your letters. The font alone on the Artistry cartridge makes it a must have to me!
Remember, now with Artistry you can order the physical cartridge through me for $99 OR you can get a Digital Download code bundle for just $79!  Both bundles come with the same 3 fabulous D size stamp sets PLUS a package of our new Enchantment Palette Cardstock  - $68.35 in total of add ons!  That is like getting the digital cartridge for as low as $10.35!!!  If you mainly use CCR or DS then this is a great way to go!  You can see all the fun images on a blog post and video I made by clicking here.

Ready to order your copy?  I know you'll love it! Shop my store here:

Other CTMH products used on this card:

Now hop on over to my sweet friend Darlys Recker's Blog and see what she has created for us!

Thanks so much for stopping by today and for supporting my Close to my Heart business!  Your sweet comments and product orders are what keep me creating!


Saturday, August 1, 2015

August Stamp of the Month Blog Hop - Framed

Welcome to the August SOTM Blog Hop!  Today we are featuring the extremely useful Framed stamp set.  This set has three fab frames and 9 different sentiments. If you've come here from Jilena's blog you are on the right track.  This hop is one big circle so eventually you'll come back here but if you happen to get lost along the way the complete listing of participating CTMH Consultant bloggers is available HERE.

Both the beautiful frame shape and the sweet mason jar filled with flowers are on our latest CTMH Cricut Cartridge - Artistry!  This wonderful cartridge is full of icons, sentiments, banners, frames and overlays - almost like an Art Philosophy 2.0! You can see the images on the cart by clicking HERE.

 If the papers look new too it's because they are!  Our Zoe paper pack will bridge August until the new Idea Book is released in September.  The cartridge and papers JUST became available to order today August 1 so you can check them out on my website:

When you purchase the new cartridge you'll also be able to get the August SOTM for just $5!  While the shapes aren't circled on the set it DOES coordinate with Artistry cuts at the following sizes:
Now hop on over to Carol's blog and see what she has created to share with us today!

Thanks for stopping by today!  Stay crafty my friends!


Artistry - Brand New CTMH Cartridge - see the images HERE!

CTMH just unveiled their latest Cricut offering at the 2015 Convention and I was THRILLED to get my hands on it!  This cartridge is full of icons, detailed sentiment cuts, banners, shapes and more!  It's almost like an Art Philosophy 2.0 cartridge - chock full of all kinds of useful shapes, icons, banners and phrases!
Shop NOW at:

What's New with this Cartridge:
1.  The physical cartridge comes with the brand new Enchantment Palette Color cardstock (we used to do White Daisy) plus three awesome D size stamp sets for $99!
2.  You can now do a DOWNLOAD CODE bundle for just $79!  You'll get a code for the cart PLUS the Enchantment Cardstock and the same D size sets but save $20!  Ladies - the stamps and cardstock ALONE are worth $68.35 so its like you are paying $10.65 for this cartridge!
3.  The August SOTM does coordinate with the cartridge!  In my video I'll show you the sizes and the page numbers for each cut PLUS I'll post a photo in a blog post later today featuring the August SOTM with the stamp cuts.

If you are like me, the black and white images of the handbook just don't do it justice so here is a quick video I did showing the handbook page by page.  Don't worry, if you like just the black and white images you can see that too at the bottom of the post!  

If you are receiving this via e-mail you won't see the video unless you click out to the title of this post and visit my blog.  It's worth it so come visit!

Here is the link to the handbook so you can see the images and fall in love! 

Are you as excited as I am?  YAY!  If you have any questions you can contact me at  If you'd like to set up a party ($150 level gets rewards and $250 gets a half off item) let me know as I'm happy to help get you going with that too!

Shop today at:

Thanks so much for supporting my business!  I hope you enjoyed the video!


Monday, July 27, 2015

Life is GOOD - Heart 2 Heart Challenges

Heart2Heart Challenges has a Life is Good theme challenge going on this week that I hope you'll join in!  Anyone can enter by adding their picture as a thumbnail to the challenge blog - the only requirement is to have some CTMH product in your project!  

Today I wanted to showcase the retiring colors from our Enchanted color palette in using our theme.  I pulled up Design Space and found an everday life PML card in our Artfully Sent cartridge.  I deleted the word everyday and added text in our Art Philosophy font.  I think the happy couple is from our Artbooking cartridge and the Smokey Plum circle may be from Artiste. This may be a record for the most number of cartridges used on a single card for me! 

The retiring colors used on this card are Indian Corn Blue, Outdoor Denim, Olive, Barn Red and Smokey Plum.  The darker green is New England Ivy which IS staying (I meant to pull a sheet of Ponderosa Pine which is on the retiring list!).
Check your CTMH paper pack stash and be sure to stock up on retiring cardstock that you need to finish layouts or re-inkers to keep your ink pads juicy for years to come!  Those sell out very quickly and almost always before the retirement date (August 31).  

Shop at:

Enchantment Palette Changes:

Retiring - Smokey Plum, Outdoor Denim, Indian Corn Blue, Ponderosa Pine, Olive, Autumn Terracotta, Barn Red

Staying - New England Ivy, Goldrush, Ruby

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you'll join us at Heart2Heart Challenges this week!


Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Red, White and Blue - Use Your Stash Blog Hop!

Today at Use Your Stash Blog Hops we have a three color challenge - use any 3 colors plus the addition of Black and/or White to create your item. If you are coming here from Shirley's blog you are on the right track! 

The colors I chose are Smoothie, Crystal Blue and Gold with a wee dash of black and white. I wanted to make a card to use this awesome sentiment from our Operation Smile Happy Everything stamp set.

Triangles are a hot trend right now so I decided to add some glitter tape triangle confetti to give this card a bit more dash. I had to watch my fingers when trimming as our MicroTip Scissors are SHARP but I love the non-stick surface for cutting sticky items!
Now hop on over to my friend and Convention buddy Sheila's blog and see what she has created for us today from her stash!  I had so much fun hanging out with Sheila during Convention and playing at Disneyland with her my last morning there!

Shop for these products used on this project by clicking the links

Stay crafty my friends!


Sunday, July 19, 2015

RETIRING COLORS - Grab your re-inkers and cardstock before they are gone!

Hello my crafty friends! I just returned from Convention last week and my mind and soul are filled with creativity, connection with fellow CTMH sisters and lots of business information!

One of the BIG things I want to give you a heads up on is RETIRING COLORS because we all know how fast the re-inkers and cardstock go once they are announced!

Check your paper packs to see if you'll need more CS in any of the retiring colors for future layouts and grab re-inkers to keep those pads juicy for years to come!  Don't delay as they sell out quickly - click this link to grab them before they are gone!  

Staying - New England Ivy, Goldrush, Ruby

Retiring - Smokey Plum, Outdoor Denim, Indian Corn Blue, Ponderosa Pine, Olive, Autumn Terracotta, Barn Red

Stay crafty my friends!


Wednesday, July 15, 2015

July Jump on It Blog Hop

Welcome to the Jump on It Blog Hop!  Today we are showcasing stamps from the July Jump on It promotion including the Hostess Rewards Stamp Sets from the Annual Inspirations book as well as the Seasonal Expressions 2 book which you can get for just $5 with a $25 order.  For more information about the July Special - read the info at the bottom of this post!  If you've come here from my friend and Convention buddy Tracey's Blog you are on the right track!  This hop is one big circle so if you keep going you'll eventually come back here but if you get lost along the way you can find the complete list of all participating CTMH Consultants by clicking HERE.

This project was inspired by some of the new products in the upcoming Annual Inspirations book I received during the CTMH Convention last week in Disneyland.  I'll have updates and some sneak peeks coming over the next few weeks but I just have to say I'm VERY excited for the coming year!
This card is 3.5"x6" - not a size I normally work in but I wanted to do the Zig Zag folder with embossed foil and then color with Shinhan markers so I knew I didn't want a huge area to color.
I used the Happy Hexagons stamp set for the center sentiment as well as to stamp the heart border using Gypsy ink on Gypsy Cardstock.  I added a few Gold Sequins, a knot of Glacier Thick Twine and a scattering of Black Enamel Stars and a folded rosette heart. 

Ready for the awesomeness that is the Jump on It July Promotion?  During July when you purchase $25 in current, retail priced stamps you can get the July SOTM for FREE or you can get ANY of the Hostess Rewards stamps from Annual Inspirations or Expressions 2 for just $5!  Best part - you can do that for EACH $25 you order in stamps so if you order $50 in stamps you can get the FREE SOTM and a $5 Hostess Rewards exclusive stamp!  The selected stamps will automatically pop up when you place your qualifying stamp order.  For more information click HERE.

Ready to "JUMP ON IT" and get in on the action?  Place your order on my website at:

I had the opportunity to meet the next hopper at Convention last week so hop on over to Terrie's Blog and see what she has created for us!

Monday, July 13, 2015

Life is a Beach - Heart 2 Heart Challenges

Today is my first post for my new role in the Slate Design Team at Heart 2 Heart Challenges!  Our theme of the week is Life is a Beach so get out the sunscreen and join me by surfing through all our beachy themed projects today at the Heart 2 Heart Challenges Blog!  I hope you'll join the fun by posting your beach themed project (must contain some CTMH product) on our linky at the H2H Challenges Blog!

I made this card for my beach loving 17 year old's birthday. One of his gifts will be a day trip to the ocean when I get back from Convention. There is nothing he likes better than spending the day checking out the critters in tide pools and the sand!

This card uses lots of bits from different paper packs - so fun pulling colors to make my scene come alive!

Sand - Champagne CS
Sun and Paradise sign - Honey CS
Surf Boards - Scaredy Cat and Wanderful

If you'd like to purchase any of these materials you can visit my shopping site at:

If you have an Explore and the Artbooking Cartridge and would like to duplicate this card, here is the Design Space file for you to use:

This is posting while I'm away to CTMH Convention in Disneyland.  I'll be home soon and I'm sure just bursting with excitement over what is coming this year from CTMH! I already know there is a new Cricut cartridge on the way and you KNOW how much I love those!  Thanks for stopping by today and come back soon!

Stay crafty my friends,


Monday, July 6, 2015

Happy Everything Blog Hop - Operation Smile Stamp!

Welcome to the Happy Everything Blog Hop!  Today we are showcasing our new Operation Smile stamp set Happy Everything.  If you've come here from Angela's Blog you are on the right track.  This hop is one big circle so eventually you'll come back here but if you do get lost along the way, the full listing of participating CTMH Consultants can be found HERE.

This stamp set is so versatile and fun that I had a hard time picking what kind of card I wanted to make!  In the end I decided to create a bright and cheery birthday card using our Shinhan Touch Twin markers.
I used the fine tip end to color in my balloons and some of our white enamel stars to match my color scheme.  I *love* that you can use our alcohol markers to color match accessories perfectly!  The balloon shine was created by using the Colorless Blender marker to remove just a bit of color from each balloon.
 I think this sweet sentiment will work great for teen cards and adult cards too!
I used the thicker end of the markers to color diagonal stripes of each color overlapping to make a rainbow.  A dash of Black Shimmer Trim behind it finishes off my Art Philosophy Cricut Cut shape.

Operation Smile is a wonderful charity you can read about HERE.  I'm so proud to work for a company that supports this group and directly impacts the life of so many children each year.  Each time you purchase one of our exclusive and adorable Operation Smile stamp sets $3 is given to this cause! 

 If you are ready to get this fab set for your own stash or any of the other fun products I've shown today, you can visit my shopping site at:

Now hop on over to my friend Darlys Recker's Blog and see what she has created to share!  Thanks for stopping by today!

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Heart 2 Heart Challenges Design Team!

Just popping in to say how excited I am to once again be part of the wonderful Design Team at Heart 2 Heart Challenges! Each week H2H posts fun challenges for CTMH fans to participate in and share the love of Close to my Heart products.  I've had the honor of being on the Design Team before and I'm pleased as punch to be back with them and sharing the inspiration and the fun! I'm on the Slate Team so I'll be posting every other week with wild and crazy things I've created in my Cave of Wonders (aka my craft room)! It's a messy Cave but full of fun! 

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

July Stamp of the Month Blog Hop - Life is Wonderful

Welcome to our July SOTM Blog Hop featuring our exclusive Life is Wonderful stamp set!  If you have come here from Terrie's blog you are on the right track.  This hop is one big circle so if you keep going you'll eventually head back here but if you get lost along the way, you can find the complete listing of participating CTMH Consultants by clicking HERE.

I wanted to create a birthday surprise card with this set so I used a bit of masking technique to make my sentiment read "something wonderful is about to happen".  
The smaller words on the right side are actually snipped from the Zip Strip and mounted on some coordinating CS.
On the inside I created a pop up surprise by mounting some Artiste cut balloons on strips of transparency.  
Our Confetti Wishes Paper Pack perfect for bright fun birthday cards!  The balloons and the Happy Birthday were cut with our Artiste cartridge and use a bit of retired Dream Pop CS.

If you'd like to order any of the products used to make this card and get your July SOTM for just $5 with a $50 order, visit my shopping site at:

Now hop on over to Nikka's blog and see what she has created for us!
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