Monday, August 30, 2010

A Poem for the Last Day of Summer Vacation...

The new clothes are purchased (my bank account's poor)
The back packs are ready and sitting at the door.
The alarm clocks are ticking away till the morning
When bleary-eyed children will look at them with scorning.

Today was the last day of summer,
The last time we could stay up late then slumber
Now we're ready for schedules, science and books
For reading, writing and mathematical-confused-by-this looks.

My children are growing up quickly it seems
To become the wonderful adults of my dreams.
While I know in my heart that school must come
I'll still miss my wonderful (times three) chums.

I'll miss waking up and chatting liesurely while we eat
I'll miss swimming in the pool to beat the sun's heat
I'll miss snuggling up at watching movies at 10 in the morn
I'll miss having my children to myself like when they were first born

While tomorrow they'll be off to school with bright eyes and happy heart
And I'll send them off with hugs and good cheer for a nice school year start,
I know I'll be sighing in my coffee all day
Waiting for my kids to come home to play...

Friday, August 27, 2010

Vintage Botanical Buttefly Card with CTMH Butterflies, Air Mail, Happy Journey, Cherish the Moment

I love soft vintage and pretty much anything botanical so this card is right up my alley.  I used Desert Sand to stamp the background text and then Cocoa to stamp the butterflies right on top.  Everything is distressed with Vineyard Berry ink - such a lovely color!

This close up shows the Vineyard Berry strip of CS that was stamped with a fancy border from the Happy Journey set in Vineyard Berry ink.  I'm really liking this particular card layout as well for large 5x7" card formats. 

Materials Used:
Stamps:  Butterflies (retired), Air Mail (retired), Happy Journey, Cherish the Moment (retired)

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Hey Chick card with CTMH Love Birds, Tiny Typewriter and Caboodle

I've been wanting to do a Hey Chick card for a while and really liked this one that I came up with for Stamp Camp.  I've combined two stamp sets to create the sentiment - it says "Hey Chick (from Tiny Typewriter) You're Somethin' Special (B1336 Somethin' Special).  The birds and background birdcages are from our Love Birds set.  The B&T (background and texture paper) is from Caboodle - another paper ruffle on this one - I love that technique for a mailable card!

Materials Used:
Paper:  Caboodle Level 2
Stamps:  Love Birds, Somethin' Special, Tiny Typewriter
Inks:  Sweet Leaf, Crystal Blue
Other:  Glitz, Watercolor Pencils

Monday, August 23, 2010

Belated Birthday Card with Fun Times, Make a Wish and Caboodle Stamp Set

I just love this belated birthday card with the adorable spotted turtle from the Fun Times stamp set.  Its kind of hard to see but the turtle's spots are dotted with our Glitz glitter gel for a little sparkle.
Materials Used:
Paper:  Sweet Leaf CS, Boom Di Ada Creative Basics, Back Country Level 2
Stamps:  Fun Times (turtle), Make a Wish (belated b'day sentiment) and the stamp from the Caboodle WOTG kit
Inks:  New England Ivy
Other:  Glitz, Sponge Daubers, Olive ribbon from Target wedding

Friday, August 20, 2010

My Heart Belongs to You with CTMH Free Spirit and Emporium Creative Basics

Here is a sweet card I made for a Stamp Camp request.  A friend asked me to include a card made with a specific stamp set, Free Spirit, and this is the result.

Materials Used:
Stamps:  Free Spirit
Other:  Silver Brad, Flower Punch, circle punch, cream colored satin ribbon

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Froggie Hello Friend Card with CTMH Splendor and Hot Diggity

Our super summery paper pack Splendor has been one of my absolute favorites to work with this summer.  The colors and patterns are just so darn cheery you can't help but smile when you see something made with this pack!  This card was inspired by a card posted on the CTMH consultant bulletin board.  I loved the embossed froggie from the Hot Diggity stamp set and just had to make one for our Stamp Camp class!

Here is a close up of the ruffled paper ribbon - I love this technique because it gives lots of texture to your work but also lies flat for mailing.  Here you can also see a cardstock button made with the Martha Stewart button punch - I love that I can punch out buttons from our cardstock to match any project using this punch but I do wish she had it in a smaller size as well as this is a fairly big button.

Materials Used:
Paper:  Splendor Level 2Moonstruck CS
Stamps:  Hot Diggity
Inks:  Moonstruck, Versamark
Other:  Clover Meadow Embossing Powder, MS Button Punch, ribbon from Michael's Crafts

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Passages Bookmark with Live Inspired

We made this bookmark at the June Stamp Camp (it coordinated with a Father's Day card).

Materials Used:
Stamps:  Live Inspired
Inks:  Archival Black, Cocoa (2nd Generation)
Other:  Black eyelet, Black Satin Ribbon (Michael's)

Thursday, August 12, 2010

And the winner is...

As promised, today my little minions (in this case my beautiful daughter Eliza) helped me draw the winner of the $2, $4, $6 for 8 sale prize!  Each person who purchased during the sale had their name on a slip of paper in this basket...

Eliza took her duties very seriously and impartially drew a name....

And the winner is Becca K.!  Becca will receive one brand new accessory from the Fall 2010 Idea Book before it goes live on September 1st!  Congratulations Becca - I know you are going to love the pack I have for you!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Happy Birthday Zoo Card with CTMH Safari, Adventure, Happy Birthday, Hodge Podge Alphabet, Ticket to Ride and Back Country

Happy Birthday to you, you live in a zoo...  Is that song stuck in your head now? 

Several of my friends and customers received one or more of the Safari / Zoo themed stamp sets in their Mystery Goodie Boxes so I wanted to make a Stamp Camp card to show how cute the images can be - and not just for a zoo layout!  I modified a card I saw in a very old Idea Book to create this one that just cracks me up.  I did check with my 8 year old to make sure that this card was funny and not rude for his age bracket and I got two thumbs up from him.

The last day of the $2, $4, $6 for 8 sale is Wednesday, 11th August and there are still some great Level 1 Kits and Level 2 kits available as well as lots of $2 stickease!  One of my little minions will be helping me on the 12th to draw for the PRIZE - one free, brand new accessory from the upcoming Idea Book that is going live on September 1st!  I'm drawing one prize for every 10 people who order and have a few more to go for two prizes to be drawn so if you are on the fence - don't wait!  Hurry on over to my site at and place an order today to get in on the drawing!

Card size:  5x7"
Materials Used:
Paper:  White Daisy, Back Country Level 2
Stamp Sets:  Safari, Adventure, Happy Birthday, Hodge Podge Alphabet, Ticket to Ride (B size from Zippidee Workshop for arrow)

Monday, August 9, 2010

Boy and Girl Birthday cards with CTMH Candlelight, Daydream and Stardust

This card set was inspired by a fellow CTMH consultant, Vickie Wiznuik - you can see her card HERE.  You can't see it very well in this photo but the flames on my candles have Glitz glitter gel on them with a top coat of Liquid Glass - very, very cool!

Materials Used:
Paper:  Daydream Level 2, Stardust Level 2, Black Cardstock, White Daisy Cardstock
Stamps:  Candlelight
Inks:  Archival Black, Blush, Spring Iris, Creme Brulee, Moonstruck, Topiary
Other:  Glitz Glitter Gel, Liquid Glass

Friday, August 6, 2010

CTMH Petite Perks - A little gift for my hostesses

I love the little Petite Perks sets that Close to my Heart has for us Consultants to give to our hostesses as a thank you for having a party with us! I also give them to my Playgroup ladies during their hostess month as a thank you for participating in our club. When I have a party I like to present the set in a little 4x4 mini pizza box and I include four 3x3 cards made with the set.  Above is a shot of the mini pizza box (sorry for the poor set up on the picture - I took a quick snap on my craft table before I gave this one away).

This is a better picture of the two cards I created with this set (I made two of each card) to put in the box.  Our watercolor pencils work beautifully with our Glitz glitter gel - I hope you can see the sparkle on the main image.  If YOU would like to get your hands on one of these adorable sets then contact me about my new online club!  You can send an e-mail to and I'll get back to you with full details on how you can budget your crafting supplies AND get tons of free rewards!

Don't forget our $2, $4, $6 for 8 sale is still going strong!  There are lots of paper packs left at just $6 for a Level 2 (you get $4 worth of cardstock in every set), Level 1 kits for $4 and Stickease for just $2.  To get in on the sale action visit my site and see why so many people are taking advantage of these great prices!  I'll be pulling names from a hat on the 12th - for every 10 people that order I'm giving away one of our brand new accessory packs from the Fall 2010 Idea Book!  You'll get your prize before the new Idea Book is even live to look at!

Materials Used:
Paper:  Zippidee Level 2 (Honey background paper), Daydream Level 2 (lilac colored paper) Colonial White and Black Cardstock
Stamps:  Petite Perks for Summer 2010
Inks:  CTMH Archival Black
Other:  Watercolor Pencils, Glitz Glitter Gel

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Birthday card with Emboss Resist and CTMH Treasures, Cherish the Moment

Another one of our Stamp Camp cards.  I really, really love this one!  We emobssed the giant puff ball from the Treasures stamp set and added the wording as the stem in White Daisy embossing powder.  After that we came back and added Indian Corn Blue ink with a sponge dauber all around the embossed image.  I really like using our former Stamp of the Month "Cherish the Moment" as a partial image - here you can see Happy Birthday sticking out behind our main image.

Size:  5x7"
Materials Used:
Paper:  Indian Corn Blue CS, Black CS, White Daisy CS
Stamps:  Treasures, Cherish the Moment
Ink:  Versamark, Black, Indian Corn Blue
Other:  White Daisy Embossing Powder, Sponge Dauber, Olive colored satin ribbon (I think from Target Wedding)

There are still tons of GREAT deals in our $2, $4, $6 for 8 sale going on now through the 11th of August!  Anything showing on the main sale page
is still available for purchase.  I was sad to miss out on Animal Cookies and Silhouette today BUT I did stock up on Twitterpated (my favorite fall paper EVER), Jingle (love it for Christmas AND birthday cards), Good Times (one of the best guy birthday card paper) and several other packs as well. 

With Level 2 paper packs at just $6 its just too good a deal to pass up - especially as each pack has $4 in cardstock alone - thats like paying $2 for 12 sheets of patterned paper!  Don't forget that all the packs there are retiring at the end of the year so when they run out at the sale - they are gone FOREVER!  Hope you have a chance to snag some of your favorites!

$2, $4, $6 for 8 - Its YOU we appreciate! CTMH Paper and Stickease Sale 8/4-8/11

(I'm moving this back up to the top to make the sale list easier for people to find - there are a couple of new posts just behind this one with some fresh artwork so please be sure to visit older posts as well!  Can't wait for Wed. 4th!)

Whoo-hoo!  For 8 days in August (starting August 4 at 12PM Pacific - Aug. 11)  Close to my Heart will be having a HUGE paper and stickease sale on our websites!  Supplies are while they last but there is a HUGE list of products to choose from PLUS you can combine sale and non-sale items (yipee!) AND all sale items count towards Stamp of the Month promotion too (YIPEE)!!! 

To get these great deals, just visit my website starting AUGUST 4th at 12PM Pacific!

$2 - Level 2 Stickease!

$4 - Level 1 Kits!

$6 - Level 2 Kits!

Without further ado...  HERE is your sale list so you can start planning your shopping! 

My Reflections Abundance Level 1 $4.00
My Reflections Abundance Level 2 Paper Packet $6.00

Abundance My Stickease $2.00

My Reflections Animal Cookies Level 1 $4.00

My Reflections Animal Cookies Level 2 Paper Packet $6.00

Animal Cookies My Stickease $2.00

My Reflections Aspen Level 1 $4.00

My Reflections Aspen Level 2 Paper Packet $6.00

Aspen My Stickease $2.00

My Reflections Back Country Level 1 $4.00

My Reflections Back Country Level 2 Paper Packet $6.00

Back Country My Stickease $2.00

My Reflections Bella Level 1 $4.00

My Reflections Bella Level 2 Paper Packet $6.00

Bella My Stickease $2.00

My Reflections Best Friends Forever Level 1 $4.00

My Reflections Blue Ribbon Level 1 $4.00

My Reflections Blue Ribbon Level 2 Paper Packet $6.00

Blue Ribbon My Stickease $2.00

My Reflections Boom-Di-Ada Level 1 $4.00

My Reflections Boom-Di-Ada Level 2 Paper Packet $6.00

Boom-Di-Ada My Stickease $2.00

My Reflections Caprice Level 1 $6.00

My Reflections Caprice Level 2 Paper Packet $6.00

Caprice My Stickease $2.00

My Reflections Cutie Pie Level 1 $6.00

Cutie Pie My Stickease $2.00

My Reflections Daydream Level 1 $4.00

My Reflections Daydream Level 2 Paper Packet $6.00

Daydream My Stickease $2.00

My Reflections Discovery Level 1 $4.00

My Reflection sEmporium Level 1 $4.00

My Reflections Emporium Level 2 Paper Packet $6.00

Emporium My Stickease $2.00

My Reflections Enchanted Level 1 $6.00

My Reflections Enchanted Level 2 Paper Packet $6.00

Enchanted My Stickease $2.00

My Reflections Evensong Level 1 $4.00

My Reflections Evensong Level 2 Paper Packet $6.00

Evensong My Stickease $2.00

My Reflections Everlasting Level 1 $6.00

My Reflections Everlasting Paper Packet $6.00

Everlasting My Stickease $2.00

My Reflections Expedition Level 1 $6.00

Expedition My Stickease $2.00

My Reflections Floral Impressions Level 1 $4.00

My Reflections Floral Impressions Level 2 Paper Packet $6.00

Floral Impressions My Stickease $2.00

My Reflections Floral Tapestry Level 1 $6.00

My Reflections Free Spirit Level 1 $4.00

My Reflections Free Spirit Level 2 Paper Packet $6.00

Free Spirit My Stickease $2.00

My Reflections Game On Level 1 Kit $4.00

My Reflections Game On Level 2 Paper Packet $6.00

Game On My Stickease $2.00

My Reflections Good Times Level 1 $4.00

My Reflections Good Times Level 2 Paper Packet $6.00

Good Times My Stickease $2.00

My Reflections Grace Level 1 $4.00

My Reflections Grace Level 2 Paper Packet $6.00

Grace My Stickease $2.00

My Reflections Heirloom Level 1 $4.00

My Reflections Heirloom Level 2 Paper Packet $6.00

My Reflections it’s a Guy Thing Level 1 $4.00

My Reflections it’s a Guy Thing Level 2 Paper Packet $6.00

it’s a Guy Thing My Stickease $2.00

My Reflections Jingle Level 1 $4.00

My Reflections Jingle Level 2 Paper Packet $6.00

Jingle My Stickease $2.00

My Reflections Just Chillin Level 1 $4.00

Just Chillin My Stickease $2.00

My Reflections Laid Back Level 1 $4.00

My Reflections Let's Get Together Level 1 $6.00

Life Delights My Stickease $2.00

My Reflections Lifes Delights Level 1 $4.00

My Reflections Magic Moments Level 1 $4.00

My Reflections Magic Moments Level 2 Paper Packet $6.00

Magic Moments My Stickease $2.00

My Reflections Majestic Blue Level 1 $4.00

My Reflections Majestic Blue Level 2 Paper Packet $6.00

Majestic Blue My Stickease $2.00

My Reflections Moon Doggie Level 1 $4.00

My Reflections Moon Doggie Level 2 Paper Packet $6.00

Moon Doggie My Stickease $2.00

My Reflections More To Adore Level 1 $4.00

My Reflections More To Adore Level 2 Paper Packet $6.00

More To Adore My Stickease $2.00

My Reflections Notebook Level 1 $4.00

My Reflections Notebook Paper Packet $6.00

Notebook My Stickease $2.00

My Reflections Paper Garden Level 1 $4.00

Paper Garden My Stickease $2.00

My Reflections Perfect Day Level 1 $4.00

My Reflections Perfect Day Level 2 Paper Packet $6.00

Perfect Day My Stickease $2.00

My Reflections Rough n Tumble Level 2 Paper Packet $6.00

Rough n Tumble My Stickease $2.00

My Reflections Route 66 Level 1 $6.00

Route 66 My Stickease $2.00

My Reflections Sarsaparilla Level 1 Kit $4.00

My Reflections Sarsaparilla Level 2 Paper Packet $6.00

Sarsaparilla My Stickease $2.00

School Zone My Stickease $2.00

My Reflections School Zone Level 1 $4.00

My Reflections Silhouette Level 1 $4.00

My Reflections Silhouette Level 2 Paper Packet $6.00

Silhouette My Stickease $2.00

My Reflections Simple Pleasure Level 1 $4.00

My Reflections Simple Pleasure Level 2 Paper Packet $6.00

Simple Pleasure My Stickease $2.00

My Reflections Sonata Level 1 $6.00

Sonata My Stickease $2.00

My Reflections Stardust Level 1 $4.00

My Reflections Stardust Level 2 Paper Packet $6.00

Stardust My Stickease $2.00

My Reflections Sweet Pea Level 1 $4.00

Sweet Harmony My Stickease $2.00

My Reflections Sweet Home Level 1 $4.00

My Reflections Sweet Home Level 2 Paper Packet $6.00

Sweet Home My Stickease $2.00

Sweet Pea My Stickease $2.00

My Reflections That’s Amore Level 1 $4.00

My Reflections That’s Amore Level 2 Paper Packet $6.00

That’s Amore My Stickease $2.00

My Reflections Tinkerin Level 1 $4.00

My Reflections Tinkerin Level 2 Paper Packet $6.00

Tinkerin My Stickease $2.00

My Reflections Twitterpated Level 1 $4.00

My Reflections Twitterpated Level 2 Paper Packet $6.00

Twitterpated My Stickease $2.00

My Reflections Unforgettable Level 1 $4.00

My Reflections Unforgettable Level 2 Paper Packet $6.00

Unforgettable My Stickease $2.00

VintageTravel My Stickease $2.00

My Reflections Vintage Travel Level 1 $4.00

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Smile card using CTMH Smiles and Thoughtful Seasons

This simple but sweet card was made during Stamp Camp a couple of months ago.  The ribbon is actually custom dyed with Crystal Blue re-inker.

Materials Used:
Paper:  White Daisy Cardstock, Desert Sand Cardstock
Stamps:  Thoughtful Seasons (the word Smile), Smiles
Other:  White Daisy grosgrain ribbon (this is the wide one that came with Animal Cookies Creative Basics), Crystal Blue re-inker, Outdoor Denim Button from the Autumn collection

Monday, August 2, 2010

Sweet Summer Watermelon Card with CTMH Animal Cookies Creative Basics, Alphabet Solos S, Argyle Backgrounds and Summer Sweetness

Mmmmm...doesn't this card just make you want to bite into a big juicy slice of watermelon???   This is my salute to some of the colors retiring as of September 2010.  Both Summer collections are changing with just Topiary, Dutch Blue, Holiday Red and Sunkiss Yellow staying.  While I loved the old, the new colors are drop-dead gorgeous and will mix so much better with the rest of our color palettes!  I love bright happy colors so I'm looking forward to seeing MUCH more of our new Summer collections being used in our upcoming paper collections!

Tomorrow (Wed. Aug 4th) starts our HUGE $2, $4, $6, for 8 days sale so make sure you visit my website at to get SUPER deals on Level 2 paper packs (just $6!!!), Level 1 kits ($4) and Stickease ($2).  These are some smokin' deals on all the papers released through the end of 2009 which are being retired at the end of this year!

Materials Used:
Paper:  Animal Cookies Creative Basics, Citrus Leaf Cardstock, Watermelon Cardstock, White Daisy Cardstock
Inks:  Watermelon, Clover Meadow, Citrus Leaf
Other:  Watercolor pencils, Summer Posey paper flowers, watermelon organdy ribbon, white daisy ricrac. liquid glass

Pattern is called Name Plate from our Wishes book which you can get for just $21.95 now!  I love our how-to pattern books - they make papercrafting so much easier!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Psst....Wanna know a secret?

See the HUGE list of paper packs and stickease that are going to be in the $2, $4, $6 for 8 sale starting Wednesday, August 4th-August 11 (see my post here)?  You might want to stock up on your favorites because they will ALL BE RETIRING at the end of this year - so from August 4th on, they are available WHILE THEY LAST and definitely GONE as of 12/31/2010.

If you do the math - each Level 2 paper pack contains about $4 in CARDSTOCK alone so getting a FULL LEVEL 2 paper pack for just $6 is a downright STEAL!

To sweeten the deal EVEN MORE - every person who purchases from my site ( during the sale will be entered into a drawing for one of the BRAND NEW ACCESSORY PACKS from the Fall 2010 Idea Book!  The lucky winner will get their prize EVEN BEFORE the Idea Book is available to view!  For every 10 people who order, I'll add another prize so tell your friends NOT to miss out!

I'll be picking up Twitterpated, Emporium, Bella, Silhouette and Jingle plus some others - what are YOU going to get???
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