Thursday, August 29, 2013

Video How To use new Base and Bling CTMH Jewelry

Right before my open house I made the Base and Bling necklace kit.  It was so fast to put together (under 1 hour) and a blast to make and wear.  Its a fun statement piece and I get compliments on whenever I wear it.  Ladies can't believe it was just $14.95 for the kit!

I bought a couple more bases in my last order and will be putting together some fun rings and clips soon.  If you haven't had a chance to check out the base and bling line yet - watch this video for some fabulous samples of the things you can make with this new line.  How about a fun clip to add to a hat or scarf for fall?  Headbands for back to school?  Decorative flower clip for your purse or bag?  Looking for a project to make with your girl or teen?  How about an inexpensive birthday party project/gift all in one? The possibilites are endless!

*If you are receiving this via e-mail you'll need to click out to my blog by the link at the top to see the video.


Are you ready to make something fun, cute and wearable?  Visit my shopping site at and order your Base and Bling materials today!

Stay crafty my friends,


Sunday, August 25, 2013

Artbooking in August - Fast and Easy Stash Busting Birthday Layout

Welcome to our final week of our Artbooking in August blog hop!  If you came here from Terry's Blog you are on the right track.  This hop is a cricular hop so if you go all the way through you will come back here but if you get lost along the way, you can visit Adeline's blog HERE.  She was our fantastic and fearless organizer for this four week hop and I'm giving her a big round of applause for all her hard work!

Over the past few weeks I've done a whole lot of projects while playing around with my new Cricut Artbooking Cartridge.  I love how the three Close to my Heart cartridges work together to give you 2,100 different images that you can combine, resize and re-shape (using CCR) to give you limitless possibilities to create.  Sometimes though, you just want a quick and easy project.  The kind you don't have to think about but just pop some paper through and have your project done in a flash. When you need that kind of thing, Artbooking has you covered!  

I turned to pages 86 of the Artbooking handbook and followed the recipe there to create the layout shown.  I made one change to the layout by switching out the numbers for the word celebrate from the coordinating layout on page 87.  Other than that, the most difficult decision was what colors of paper to cut each element from.
These fast and easy layouts are great for STASH BUSTING because they are perfect for digging around in your embellishments and finding just a few pieces to color coordinate with your layouts and tie them all together.  I used some long ago retired badges and yellow buttons for embellishment and a bit of white gel pen to define the star overlay.

Now, hop on over to Pam's blog and see what she created for us this week!

If you'd like to do some stash busting of your own, visit my shopping site at and pick up your Artbooking Cartridge today!  If you haven't picked up your FREE August Stamp of the Month with a $50 purchase yet, time is running out for the limited edition A Chocolate Affair set which is too cute to miss!

Thanks for joining us in our month long Artbooking in August blog hop!  If you had fun visiting me, follow my blog by e-mail in the upper right corner or stay on top of my happenings by following on facebook.  Stay crafty my friends!


Monday, August 19, 2013

FREE CCR File offer! Artbooking You are my Sunshine Home Decor for Heart2Heart Challenges

As part of my efforts to bring the best customer service and support to all who order through me and support my business, each month I will be offering a FREE CCR file exclusive to those who place an order with me that month!  This cutie-patootie 12x12 frameable home decor file will be sent by e-mail to all those who order through me in the month of August!  Simply place ANY size order through me or directly on my website at and I'll e-mail this file as a thank you for your patronage!

This week's "Song in your Heart" challenge at Heart2Heart Challenges had me stumped for a bit until I started flipping through Artbooking and the sunburst overlay popped out at me. You are my Sunshine has always been a bit of a family song for us so this one came together for me in a burst of sudden creativity (maybe a looming deadline played a part in it as well - LOL!).

Here it is framed and ready to put in my front room.  I love using these 12x12 shadow frames from craft stores for single page home decor layouts.  Its so much fun creating a seasonal picture to display for a month or two.  After you are done, simply put it in a page protector and store it in one of our Work in Progress 3 Ring Binders for the next time that holiday/seaon rolls around!

Here are a few detail shots.  The little wooden hear is from our Wooden Trinkets collection that I purchased a while back.  These pieces are my new go-to resource for adding just a little sweet touch to a project!

I sanded the edges of the Laughing Lola paper to get that nice white edge and help set it off from the light tan Glitter Paper.  A selection of retired (flowers, buttons) combined with newer accessories (chevron ribbon, wooden Trinkets butterflies) finishes up this project nicely!

I hope you'll join us at Heart2Heart Challenges this week and share the song in YOUR heart!  To play along simply use some Close to my Heart products in your project and link your photo thumbnail to the hop (very easy to do)!

Click on the links below to purchase the products used in this project:
Art Philosophy Cricut Collection (for the glitter circle and heart)
Frame (Michael's)
Flowers, buttons, brads, safety pin (retired CTMH)

Thanks for the space in your e-mail or for stopping by today!  I truly love sharing my artwork with you all and hope I've inspired you to get crafty this week!


Sunday, August 18, 2013

Teacher Welcome Gift for Artbooking in August Blog Hop

*Edit:  This file is part of my Hostess Club files.  To see more information about how you can have exclusive access to my CCR library, click HERE.

Welcome to week #3 of Artbooking in August!  This is a circular hop so if you keep hopping through you'll wind up back here.  If you came from Terry's Blog you are on the right track. We have a group of almost 40 CTMH consultants showcasing how the new CTMH Cricut Artbooking cartridge can be used for layouts, cards, home decor/gift items and mini books - so much inspiration its crazy!

I have a friend who was just offered a full time job next year teaching first grade.  She is such a positive, patient and kind person that I just know all her students and their parents are going to love having her.  I made this little box to give her a present for her first week back to full time work. The box is from Artiste but all the elements on top were cut with the new Artbooking cartridge.  I love the Silver Glitter Paper word "inspire" - I'm sure that is what all teachers aspire to do!

This box is about 4" inches tall and 5" wide so it will be perfect for a few chocolates, maybe a small notebook or a bag of cookies.  I'll wrap some goodies up and add a jar of homemade Blackberry Jam for a breakfast treat.

Click on the links below to shop for the products used in this project:
Paper:  Typeset (retired)

==> Now hop on over to Pam's Blog and see what she has in store for you! <== 

Thanks for stopping by today! Stay crafty my friends!


Saturday, August 17, 2013

And the winner is....

Open House orders are in and the winner of the Grand Prize $25 in free Hostess Rewards goes to ..........................Becca!  

Congratulations Becca!  Have fun shopping!



Thursday, August 15, 2013

Penguin and Artbooking Card for Festive Friday Blog Hop

Welcome to our Festive Friday Blog Hop!  If you came here from Jamie's Blog you are on the right track!

This hop is devoted to sharing holiday themed Close to my Heart cards and projects with you for the next 6 months.  Any holiday is game for this hop so you can see everything from New Year's to Christmas and everything in between featured on this circular hop!  If you keep hopping through eventually you'll wind up back here but if there is a broken link or you get lost along the way, just come back here for the full listing at the bottom of this post.

My first month' entry features one of the adorable penguins from the new C1560 Wintry Wishes Hostess Rewards sets.  I loved the Artbooking overlay used on the catalog sample so I lifted that element and paired it up with our Frosted paper pack.  His sweet little scarf and hat are paper pieced.
This shot is all about the wonderful texture these overlays add to your artwork.  His skates shine with a bit of metallic silver marker!

Click on the links below to purchase the products used in this project:
Wintery Wishes Stamp Set (Hostess Rewards only so set up an online party with me to get this!)

 Now hop on over to Mary Ellen's Blog to see what she's created! 

Thanks for stopping by today my creative and crafty chicks!


Here is the blog hop list in case you need it!

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Artbooking in August Babycakes Giraffe Card

Welcome to the second week of our 4 week blog hop, Artbooking in August!  Its a celebration of the many creative ways you can use the new Artbooking Cricut Collection - mini books, layouts, cards and home decor/gift items!

Last week was a BLAST celebrating with so many consultants the amazing things this cartridge can create!  I know this week is going to be just as much fun!  This hop is a circular hop so if you go all the way around, you'll wind up back here.

This week I am sharing an adorable baby card made with our cutie patootie new Babycakes paper pack!  (Click here to see last week's Love Mini Album video)  The giraffe paper in Babycakes is so sweet but being able to cut as many giraffes in any size with Artbooking?  Priceless!  Can't you just see this guy done in vinyl on a nursery wall or on top of a baby keepsake box with matching mini album?

Here is a close up of the ribbon treatment under the mat - a little Slate CS shaped with a corner rounder and then Washi tape added down the middle.  The wooden shape is from our Trinkets collection - totally kicking myself for not getting these sooner!  They come in a package of 57 assorted shapes and sizes and work perfectly for adding a little umph to your project!

Click here to purchase the following products used in this project:

If you would like to purchase the Artbooking Cricut Collection or any other product, you can visit my online shopping area by clicking this link:

If you like what you've seen, you can stay up to date with all I do by following me on Facebook at or by following this blog by e-mail in the upper right corner.  Thanks for stopping by today!

==>Now let's go see what Pam has to share with us! <==

Welcome to My Creative Space!

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Open House Virtual Tour Fall/Winter 2013

As promised, here is my Virtual Open House tour!  We'll see upcoming card classes, layout classes, our new necklace kit class plus lots of artwork.  Be sure to send me a note at if you would like to signup for one of these classes.

We have 4 or 5 people signed up for the next round of Hostess Club and we're looking for one or two more members.  You can be local or long distance - simply purchase $30/month (5 person club) or $25/month (6 person club) for 5 or 6 months respectively and during one of the months you'll be a hostess and guaranteed $25 in hostess rewards to start.  You can always hold an online party to collect more orders or bump your own order to easily get to the $250 level where you can get Artbooking as a half off Hostess Rewards item not to mention all the lovely new Hostess Rewards stamps!

Watch the video and see how YOU can be entered for a $25 Hostess Rewards shopping spree through me at  Be sure to place your orders through me by Thursday, 15th August to enter the Grand Prize drawing!

***Click HERE to visit my website and shop:***


Recap of Dates and Times for the upcoming classes:
Friday, 23 August 7-9PM:  All Boy Card Class $15/6 cards - everything prepped just come and put these cards together!

Friday, 30th August:  Tommy AND/OR Surf's Up Layout Class (see materials list below)

Friday, 6th September:  Fabric Necklace Kit - purchase kit for $14.95

Friday, 20th September:  Laughing Lola Card Kit - purchase kit for $24.95 see video HERE.

Saturday, 28th September:  Laughing Lola Layout Class - stand along class AND Super Saturday - Layouts to come.  Super Saturday is a chance to do any and all of the classes from the past two months - bring your kits, order anything you missed and get it done in one day!  Will run approximately 12-8PM.  Meals might be included for a fee, details coming.

Tommy Layout Class
Order These Materials:

Product Number
Product Name
Tommy Paper Pack
Tommy Canvas Compliments
Tommy Assortment (cork pieces and flags) – optional but adds to the layouts
Dimensional Elements Stars (chipboard) – optional but adds to the layout
4x6” Flip Flaps

Additional Items Needed:
6 Sheets of White Daisy Cardstock - $2.78
Yellow Baker’s Twine – Free from Paige
Total Extra (includes tax and shipping) to be paid at registration: $2.78
Note:  If you have any of these extras in your stock, simply calculate which items you still need.

Cut Fee:  If you would like me to cut, dry fit and individually bag your layouts for you, please include a $10 cut fee.  You can then either attend the workshop to assemble or assemble at home at your convenience.

Surf's Up Layout Class:

Order These Materials:

Product Number
Product Name
Surf’s Up Paper Pack
Surf’s Up Stickease

Additional Items Needed:
12” Burlap Ribbon - $.62
4 Colonial White Cardstock - $1.86
1 Kraft Cardstock - $.46
2 Crystal Blue Cardstock - $1.42
1 Black Cardstock - $.71
Total Extra (includes tax and shipping) to be paid at registration: $5.07
Note:  If you have any of these extras in your stock, simply calculate which items you still need.

Cut Fee:  If you would like me to cut, dry fit and individually bag your layouts for you, please include a $10 cut fee.  You can then either attend the workshop to assemble or assemble at home at your convenience.

How to Earn Tickets for the Grand Prize Drawing:
Purchase $50 from the Idea Book and get the SOTM Free!
2 tickets
Purchase $100 from the Idea Book and get FREE Shipping!
4 tickets
Signup for a $25/6 month Hostess Rewards Club
6 tickets
Signup and purchase materials for any of my August and September Classes
2 tickets PER class
“Like” my Facebook business page –
1 ticket
Follow my blog by e-mail at
1 ticket

I'll be picking a winner for the Grand Prize drawing of a $25 Hostess Rewards shopping spree after orders close out on August 15th! Good luck and please let me know if you have any questions!

***Click HERE to visit my website and shop:***

Paige, Stampologist
Phone:  (425) 260-6965
Online Shopping:

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Video Explaing new CTMH Hostess Rewards Sets and a Club Membership so YOU can get in on the action!

With this Idea Book, CTMH has created a new way to get EVEN MORE from your Hostess Rewards by creating special sets you can only get with Hostess Rewards but the best part?  The special sets are also at a STEEP discount!  Steep as in $10 bucks for a D size $17.95 stamp set! Your Hostess Rewards will stretch even further than ever before with this new program and you are going to LOVE the rewards sets!

Check out this awesome video corporate put together that showcases the new Washi Wonder D size $10 Hostess Rewards stamp.  Now is a GREAT time to host an online party (no cleaning, all the fun!) or join a Hostess Club so you can get in on the action!  I'm starting signups now for the next 6 month $25 Hostess Club - perfect for those of you who want to do my monthly workshops where you USE the product you buy and get the perks of Hostess Rewards once during your 6 month committment!  Long Distance members are WELCOME, you'll simply place your order on my online shopping site and have the products delivered straight to your door.  If its a scrapping class product I've put together, your order will also get you the free cutting files so you can recreate at home at your convenience.

If you want more details or are ready to signup for a club, simply e-mail me at and we'll get started!

Monday, August 5, 2013

Customer Appreciation Night FREE ARTBOOKING Project - Friday, 9th August 7PM

Hi All -

Here is the FREE Artbooking project I created to celebrate our Customer Appreciation and Open House night!  I adore the way this one came out and hope you'll be able to join me so YOU can make this project for FREE!

If you aren't local to me or you have vacation plans and just can't make it, I'll be doing a virtual Customer Appreciation and Open House online after the 9th.  I'll do a video run down of workshops coming up and do a quick scan of some of the artwork shown.  Best part?  You will be eligible for all the Customer Appreciation and Open House specials that I have going on for the party!  Click HERE to read all about the Customer Appreciation specials.
I'll extend the order deadline until the 19th of August for online viewers.  That gives you about a week to ask questions and shop after I get the Virtual Customer Appreciation and Open House party up on You Tube.  In order to get your FREE SHIPPING on orders of $100 or more, you'll need to place the order directly through me by calling me or e-mailing me at  The order system will charge you for shipping so I'll need to place the order for you.  You can place your order any time between now and the 19th to get in on the specials.

I hope you'll be able to make in on the 9th but if not, be sure to follow this blog by e-mail or Like me on Facebook by clicking HERE in order to get notification of the Virtual Open House going live!

Stay crafty my friends!


Mixed Media Canvas for H2H Challenges Bon Voyage Challenge

Today I have the great honor of being the writer for the Bon Voyage challenge at Heart2Heart Challenges so I'll copy what I wrote on proverbial challenge wall!

I've always loved the phrase bon voyage or good journey because it's full of the promise of adventure, fresh starts and exploration. Today we are dedicating this challenge to our newest members of the Close to my Heart sisterhood, the new consultants in Australia and New Zealand. We wish you all buckets of creativity and a joyous start on your new adventure as Close to my Heart consultants and want to give you a warm welcome and invitation to participate in our challenges!

My personal project today is all about my own good journey - being wife to my hubby for the last 22 years.  We've definitely had our fair share of squalls hit us but as a couple we've always grown stronger and closer through the challenges.  I love this guy to pieces for his dedication to our family, keeping me laughing all these years and his support and unconditional love.  I've always said he was the North Star to my wayward journey and this little project captures what he means to me.

Our Tommy paper pack was perfect for this project!  I used the WOTG stamp set for the waves, ship and tag.  The sentiment on top of the Artiste rosette is from the Sail Away stamp set.

The background was colored with Gelatos.  On the water part, I stamped the waves with Outdoor Denim pigment ink and then embossed it with Clear Detail embossing powder.  The boat was embossed with White Daisy powder on the yellow Tommy paper and pieced with some of the blue paper.  I wrapped the frame with some Cranberry CS to give it a finished look.  This baby is going to be displayed downstairs for a while and will probably wind up decorating my craft room eventually.

I hope you'll join us at Heart2Heart Challenges this week with your own interpretation our Bon Voyage challenge!  Be sure to use some CTMH product so your linky stays live!

Click on the links below to shop for the products used:
Tommy Paper Pack
Tommy WOTG Stamp Set
Sail Away Stamp Set
Outdoor Denim Pigment Ink
White Daisy Embossing Powder
Clear Detail Embossing Powder
Artiste Cartridge (rosette)
Art Philosophy Cartridge (tag, banner pieces)
Outdoor Denim Chevron Ribbon
Neutral Baker's Twine Collection

Stay crafty my friends,


Sunday, August 4, 2013

Artbooking Card What lies within us Teen Girl Card with CTMH Sarita, Scrapbook Statements and Sightseer

This is my final entry in the New Product Blog Hop!  To see the complete hop, click on my post HERE.  I've had lots of posts over the last few days so be sure to visit my blog to make sure you don't miss one.  If you are here for the Artbooking in August hop, its just below so click HERE.

I made this card with my darling daughter in mind.  She is just about to start her senior year in high school and is feeling a bit overwhelmed with the changes in her life that are coming up fast.  I remember being that age and feeling both excited and scared about joining the big wide world.  This card is all about her trusting the power she has within to take on the new challenges. 
I'm loving our new Sarita paper pack with the gorgeous colors and ikat textures.  It really does look like fabric when you see it in person and is a great foil for graphics.
Click the links below to shop for these products used:

 Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you are enjoying all the artwork with new product!  If you have any questions just contact me at  If you are ready to place an order, visit my online shopping site at   If you want to keep up with what I have going on, Like me on Facebook or sign up for e-mail delivery of this blog in the upper right hand corner. Thanks for making me your Close to my Heart Consultant!


Artbooking in August Blog Hop!

You may be able to tell by now that I am completely in love with our new Artbooking Cartridge! So much so I've joined in a weekly hop throughout August to showcase some of the awesome things you can do with it!  Over the next four Mondays we'll be hopping along as a group of 40 consultants share their creations in four different categories - two page layout, cards, mini books and home decor/gift items.  Lots of inspiration to be had!

If for any reason you get lost along the way or a link is broken, just come back here and you can pick back up by using the hop listing I've published just before this post.  If you've come here from Terry's Blog then you are on the right track.
This week I am sharing just one of the TEN albums that are included in the Artbooking cartridge. I've chosen the 8x3.5" Love Mini Album for this week's project.  Each mini album contains 8 different base page cuts.  I've done a quick video below to show you how the albums size and coordinate for cutting as well as detailed shots of the album pages.

If you would like to purchase the Artbooking Cricut Collection, you can visit my online shopping area by clicking this link:

If you like what you've seen, you can stay up to date with all I do by following me on Facebook at or by following this blog by e-mail in the upper right corner.  Thanks for stopping by today!

==>  Now let's go see what Pam has to share with us!  <==

Welcome to My Creative Space!

Artbooking in August Blog Hop List

Artbooking in August Blog Hop List

This hop is a circular hop, if you start here you'll be able to go all the way around BUT, if for some reason you get lost along the way, you can come back here and use this list to get back to the hop!


Saturday, August 3, 2013

Cheer Up Card with Washi Wonder and Lola Cardmaking Stamps

Here is a quick cutie I'm entering into the New Product Blog Hop (Click here to link you to the full hop on a post below) as an extra entry.  I made this sweet little card using our new Washi Wonder stamp set along with the Laughing Lola Cardmaking WOTG stamp set.  I've added some of our darling Wooden Trinket shapes and one of our new Aqua Dots as a flower center.

Click the links below to shop for the following products used:

Friday, August 2, 2013

ARTBOOKING Video Tutorial: How to make a layout with the new Artbooking Cartridge!

Here is a fabulous video created by Close to my Heart for the Big Picture Class pajama party that was held on July 31st. Watch it for a great tutorial on how to use the new cartridge and create this terrific layout!

***If you are getting this delivered via e-mail you will need to click out to my blog using the title of the post above in order to view the video!***
Isn't that fabulous? Artbooking is such an easy tool to use to create fun and fast layouts and when you want to bump up the art factor you just add some stamping or some accessories! If you are ready to get this cartridge (and you won't regret it!) visit my website here: 

Let me know if you have any questions!


ARTBOOKING Snowman card with Frosted

Welcome to the Close to My Heart new product blog hop! The new Fall/Winter 2013 Idea Book and Catalog is finally released on our sites for you to shop and view!  My favorite part of the product extravaganza we get twice a year is creating artwork to share with you.  This time around I got to play with our ground breaking Artbooking cartridge - a product that will create double layouts and mini books with literally a touch of a button!

I'll be showcasing some of the mini books and layouts on my blog over the next few weeks.  What about all you cardmakers out there?  Are you limited to just Art Philosophy and Artiste?  NO WAY!  This cartridge works GREAT for making cards!  It has so many fun shapes, titles, overlays, frames and script font that cardmakers are going to LOVE using this one too!  All you need to do is touch the "Real Size" button and all the images can be cut at any size you need!
This adorable snowman and the title phrase are from the Artbooking cartridge sized down to fit on a standard size card!

I backed the title block with some of our silver glitter paper and added a few Licorice Opaques (our awesome self-adhesive pearls) to give this guy dimension and texture.  I adore how he came out and paired him up with the soft vintage-vibe Frosted paper!

To head directly to my shopping area and pick up some of the awesome products showcased CLICK HERE!

New Product blog hop logo
For more inspiration and ideas, visit my fellow CTMH consultants participating in this New Product Blog Hop! Just click any of the photos below to continue.

This blog hop is open for members of the CTMH Blog Boosters. Please do not enter if you are not a member of the group. If you are a consultant and would like to join our group for the next blog hop, please visit us on facebook.

Stay crafty my friends,


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