Monday, February 28, 2011

H2H Challenge

This challenge is for anyone who stamps with Close to My Heart stamps and cardstock. The challenge changes every week. This week the challenge is a color challenge using Gypsy, Creme' Brulee and black.
The CTMH items used for this card are:White Daisy CS, Black CS, Creme Brulee Ribbon Collection, Black Mini Medley Collection, Just Blooms, Thank You Stamp set & Token Alphabet Stamp set.


Journaling is such an important part of our scrapbooks. On this page I have used a combination of journaling styles that include handwriting, printed information from a travel brochure and a title created with 2 stamp sets, the Token Alphabet and the Post Card Travel Series. When you stamp large letters and punch them out it's really quick and easy to create a great looking title for your page. 
You can click directly on the photos in my posts for an enlarged view, then just click the back button to return to my blog.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011


This is the February Stamp of the Month from CTMH. The butterfly and the sentiment are mounted with foam tape for added dimension. This stamp set is available through the end of the month.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Operation Write Home....

I started making cards for Operation Write Home a year ago. This non-profit organization sends handmade cards to our service personnel all over the world so they can write home and send cards for all occasions to their family and friends. If you'd like to know more about Operation Write Home visit their website

Friday, February 11, 2011

Clear Cards!

This card will have a gift card hidden inside! If you haven't tried making a clear card - you should!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Valentine's Day!

Are you getting your valentine's cards ready? Well don't forget to make a pretty envelope to match. Here is one of mine to inspire you.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Papercrafting - just my thoughts.....

Did you like paper dolls and puzzles when you were a kid? I know I did and I think that may be why I love paper crafts so much. Some creations surprise us and some don't turn out at all like we thought they would. But it's only paper so the cost and time usually aren't much.
I used to stand in a card shop for the longest time trying to choose cards for friends and family, now I make my own! and it is so easy! and fun!
I have been making scrapbooks since I was a kid traveling every summer on vacation with my family. I loved saving bits of this and that and taking pictures with the anticipation of building my scrapbook when we got home. I still have a couple of those childhood scrapbooks and they still bring pleasure to look at now.
My favorite scrapbooks are still my travel logs with the story and pictures of vacations my husband and I take together. Sometimes it's a 10 day trip that makes a whole album and sometimes its just a couple days away someplace we both enjoy. The photo above is actually a Studio J layout I created digitally! So if you prefer a digital experience with no software to purchase give Studio J a try at
Our scrapbooks tell who we are, what we love, what is important to us.
When we make a handmade card for someone it says you are special to me.
So take time to make a card or start a scrapbook. It will bring enjoyment to you and those you love.

Thursday, February 3, 2011


Well it is 2011 and I have decided it's time to join the blogging world. Some of you may wonder about my online name, pssmitty, so here's the story. When my husband and I got our first computer many years ago and set up our first email account his nickname Smitty was already taken as an email address so we added my initials to the front of smitty and pssmitty came to be!
Since I still use that email account for my Close To My Heart Scrapbooking and Stamping business I have decided to make it easy for all of us and stick with the pssmitty name! So there you have it.
Welcome to my blog, I hope you visit often and enjoy your time here.