Monday, September 7, 2015

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #124

Thanks to the inspiration from Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge my Halloween cards are done a little early this year! I was getting ready to do some Halloween crafting when I saw the new sketch! I love when my cards combine lots of different elements but are still simple. The pumpkin is a free download in Cricut Craft Room. The ghost was stamped and cut out. The strip of orange / black paper is from the Nevermore paper collection. The black sparkles are actually shimmer trim that I punched with a regular hole punch!
TIP: Anytime you are adding a plain shape like the pumpkin be sure you add a little shading by sponging the edges of the shape. And to give a little more dimension use foam tape to mount the shape on your card or layout.
Here is the link to the AHSC Blog and week #124 sketch.

Friday, September 4, 2015

AHSC #123

School picture time..........
 The accent on the right of my layout was inspired by this week's Atlantic Heart's Sketch Challenge. I knew I wanted to scrapbook this picture of Lili and use the Paper Garden stamp set. I decided to use the sketch to create an accent on the page. 

Here's this week's sketch for AHSC... click here to visit their blog

Thursday, September 3, 2015

My 2015 - 2016 business planner

Are you wondering, "did she make that"? Yes I did! You've watched me cover journals for years, some I sell at craft shows some I give as gifts. But this one I made for me! Every year when CTMH releases the new Annual Inspirations catalog I grab a spiral notebook to start keeping track of ideas I want to try, blog posts, Facebook posts, business info and monthly campaigns.
Last week in Walmart I saw a notebook for $1.98 very similar to one of the new paper collections, I was almost ready to pay $1.98 when I saw a plain black notebook for 17 cents! So of course I bought the one for 17 cents!
With 2 sheets of paper from the La Vie En Rose collection, the end of a roll of black shimmer trim, a few pink Flamingo dots, and a couple cuts on the Cricut using the new Artistry cartridge I've got myself a pretty classy looking notebook! 

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Mixing the old and the NEW!

If you're thinking you've seen this somewhere you have! This is my version of the wreath on the cover of the New CTMH Annual Inspirations!
Four different flower petal cuts are used to create this project, 3 from the Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge, and one from the New Artistry cartridge. The leaves are from the Artiste cartridge.
The base of the wreath is just a paper ring, you can buy chipboard rings but I just cut 2 rings out of White Daisy cardstock and glued them together.
For my flowers I cut some of the petals from the old Smokey Plum color CS and some from the new Eggplant color CS. I did all of the sponging with Eggplant Ink.
I recommend using Liquid Glass for this project.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

New Colors!

Close to My Heart has updated their color pallet with 7 new colors!


 You can find them all in the Enchantment Cardstock Combo Pack 
And of course there is a new stamp pad available for each new color too.
Close to My Heart inks are available as water base dye inks with matching re-inkers and also in sets of Mini Pigment Pads

Zoe & National Stamping Month

Before I get too excited telling you about all the new things I want to be sure and say "Thank You" to all my wonderful customers who continue to support my Close to My Heart business! so THANKS! The card you see here is made with the new Cardmakers Stamp Set celebrating National Stamping Month and the Zoe paper collection.

In the new catalogs there are a total of 8 new paper collections. This month Close to My Heart will be highlighting 2 of the collections, Zoe, that I introduced you to last month, and Nevermore, a fun new Halloween collection that you'll see isn't just for Halloween!
I've created some artwork with Nevermore that I'll be sharing in a few days so be sure you check back!
Here's a picture of the Nevermore papers...

Sept is National Stamping Month!

CTMH is celebrating National Stamping Month with 3 new stamp sets - but these are only available during the month of September. All the details are on my website.

Look what's new - not one, but two!

Today is your lucky day! CTMH has just released 2 new catalogs! The Annual Inspirations and the Holiday Expressions!
You can see them both on my website NOW!
And if you'd like a FREE copy of the Holiday Expressions just send me an email at