Thursday, March 31, 2011

FREE! Petite Perks Stamp Set! My gift to you for.....

placing an order for $100 in April, May or June 2011.

The stamped images on this card are made with the Petite Perks Affectionate stamp set that is only available from your consultant. This free stamp set is my gift to you and is not a CTMH promotion. 
If you place an order in April you will also receive 2 FREE items from Close To My Heart! The April SOTM, Blessed and a FREE Level 1 Scrapbooking Kit! You will be able to choose from the Sweet Home, Passages, Topstitch, Perfect Day, Veranda, Splendor or Zippidee patterns. The Level 1 kit has 4 pre-printed cardstock pages, 2 patterened papers, 2 sheets of cardstock and 2 sheets of stickers. 
The Total Value of these FREE items available in April is $36.85! 
Colors in the card above are White Daisy, Pear, Tulip and Creme Brulee. The paper is from the Sophia Level 2 paperpack.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Life is good! H2H Sketch Challenge

The challenge on the H2H blog this week is a sketch challenge. 
This card was fun to make, probably because it has so many of my favorite products!
I started with the new Kraft CS as the base of my card. The B&T papers are from the Lucky paperpack. The tree is from the Life is Good stamp set and has been stamped twice, once in cocoa and then in olive. I cut out the olive tree top and adhered on top of the cocoa stamping.
I used a short piece of crochet ribbon and Opaque Gems from the mocha collection.
There is a piece of olive B&T adhered to the card base before the Kraft Color-Ready borders were applied. These are so fun and easy to use and really add a nice finishing touch.
Now it's your turn to try the sketch! Have fun! 

Saturday, March 26, 2011


Saw this today and thought I would share it with you. Sometimes when I see a quote I get curious about the author. Turns out Mr. Butterworth was born in Winnipeg Canada in 1916 and served as Senior Minister of The Unity Center of New York City from 1961 to 2003.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Hope for Japan

Hope for Japan a new Stamp set from Close to My Heart - Only $5.00 !!! and all proceeds go to the American Red Cross to benefit relief efforts in Japan.
CTMH has created this special stamp set (A1118) to recognize the tragedy in Japan and support the survivors.
This stamp set will only be available until 4/30/11 and can be ordered on my website or contact me at 

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Oh Baby! H2H Challenge

This week's theme is babies. I've made this quick card by stamping letters from the Posterboard Alphabet stamp set on B&T from the Sweetheart paperpack and cutting them out. The cute images at the top of the card are from the Happy Holidays stamp set. They are stamped on White Daisy CS and punched out and mounted on Cotton Candy CS that was also punched out.
Anyone who uses CTMH products is welcome to join this challenge and there is even a monthly prize! So visit every week and join in!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

I have made 2 cards using the same stamp set and the same paper pack! St. Patrick's Day may be just one day of the year but Love should be celebrated Everyday! Close to My Heart products are so versatile, making them a great value.
Colors: Pear, Hollyhock, White Daisy
Stamp Set: So Lucky (C1390)
Paper pack: Sophia (X7131B)

Monday, March 14, 2011

H2H Challenge - From Our Heart to Yours - Home Decor

Isn't it fun when it turns out you are a little ahead of the game! This is a re-post of a collage I made and posted a couple weeks ago. I really love putting together bits of this and that to create something with personal meaning. In high school I took French with is not really anything special but when you consider I grew up on the central California coast in a community that was supported  by agriculture and went to school with classmates who spoke Spanish you have to realize it would have made a lot more sense to be taking Spanish classes! But French it was! On my list of things to do someday is visit Paris. But until I can make that journey I will just dream about it. A long time ago a good friend told me the only two things in life that are really free are smiling and dreaming. We need our dreams to keep us smiling, so keep dreaming.
All of the stamps used in this 5x7 collage are from Close to My Heart. The stamp with the Eiffel Tower is from the new Caio set. I inked the stamp in gray then sponged black on the Eiffel Tower and on the word romance. The Paris postmark is from a retired set called Air Mail and was stamped on a piece of B&T from the Wings paperpack to add a little background interest to the stamping.
The colors are Black, Colonial White, Olive and Vineyard Berry.
The metal accents are from various Tim Holtz collections.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Times 3 - H2H Challenge

The H2H Challenge this week is to use 3 stamps and create a card with a scene. I have used the Daydream stamp set. Everything is stamped with Desert Sand ink. The ocean is colored with the blending pen and the Lagoon and Pacifica inks. The beach and sky are sponged with Desert Sand and Sky.The foam on the wave is Create-A-Shade paint with a little Prisma Glitter mixed in, this was applied with a toothpick! I also sponged a little bit of the paint over the sky, ocean and beach. Then I added Pacifica re-inker to the paint and applied it to the umbrella stripes. The sentiment comes from the TLC stamp set.
note: this card was inspired by the artwork on page 62 of the Spring/Summer 2011 Idea Book

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Operation Write Home - Happy Spring Bunny Hop!

Hope you're looking for the OWH Spring Bunny Hop because that's where you are! Aren't the bright colors in this spring card pretty!
Now is a great time to make some cards for OWH. The deadline for Easter cards is March 18th and the deadline for Mother's Day cards is March 31st. For more information please click on this Operation Write Home link.
And be sure to continue on the Bunny Hop to Jenn's blog:
Thanks for hopping by!
3/6/11 - Thank you everyone for the wonderful comments! Some of you have asked about the stamps used on this card. All stamps are CTMH, "spring" is stamped with the Bohemian Alphabet, the butterfly is from an exclusive consultant gift set received at the CTMH annual 2010 convention.