Thursday, October 2, 2014

Throwback Thursday Goes to Disney!

Oh my goodness, I just could not help it!  Sorry for the teaser in the title--there is no Mickey in my project!  It really is a throwback to Disneyland though--and the Close to My Heart Convention I attended this June.  We made this absolutely fun little card designed by Brenda Rose that features the Scaredy Cat Paper Packet...


The sentiment is found on the Halloween Greetings My Acrylix stamp set, and coordinates with cuts from the Artiste Cartridge.  I really like the enamel stars she added from the Scaredy Cat Assortment.  It is definitely time to start cracking the whip for those Halloween projects!  Did you hear it is OCTOBER already!  I KNOW!!!!  ;)

Time to plan ahead for Christmas as well (WHAAAAAT!?), so check out the new October Stamp of the Month...



Wednesday, October 1, 2014

New Month, New Close to My Heart Specials!

Happy October!

I am just popping in to show you the BRAND NEW specials on my website this month...

First of all, if you make Christmas tags for your gifts each year, you are going to want to pick this Stamp of the Month up pronto to get started!  ;)  I just love making all kinds of tags, so these are going to be a great addition to my collection. Here is Home for the Holidays...


Also, when you spend $50 on my website, not only will you be able to get that Stamp of the Month for just $5, you will ALSO receive one of these super chevron ribbons absolutely FREE!  I can't wait to use them on my tags!  :)







Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Damask Divas Pathfinding Blog Hop!

It is already that time of the month, so why not JUMP into fall with us over at the Damask Divas  Blog Hop!  This month we are featuring the delightful autumn shades of the Pathfinding Paper Packet.



If you came from Kelly's Blog, you are on the right path!  You can also find the entire line-up of talented consultants participating in this hop over on the Damask Divas Blog.

To bring you all up to date with me, I just started working full-time outside the house, and I don't have nearly as much time for my craftiness as I did before.  It sure is a good thing that Close to My Heart just introduced an entire line of products JUST for people like me who WANT to craft and do it quickly!  The Cut Above line is an entirely pre-cut, pre-designed line that gives you all the fun of homemade without the time commitment.   I used the Happy Birthday Card Kit...




...and threw in some Pathfinding Paper to make it over!  I LOVE the woodsy feel of this one.


I chose this sentiment from the You Mean the World to Me My Acrylix...


AND, it was even QUICK and EASY to pop some of the paper into my Cricut E2 and cut this envelope liner using the NEW Cricut Artfully Sent Cartridge!  It matched the envelope perfectly!  :)


I hope you liked my quick craft ideas today on the hop.  They really do help me to stay crafty with almost no time to spare!

Your next stop on the hop is Stephanie's Blog!  Happy fall crafting!  :)




Monday, September 29, 2014

Makeover Monday Halloween Treat Bags! :)

Hi everyone!  Have you ever been to the pumpkin patch in 80 degree weather?  Me either until yesterday, lol!  We went to see my dad's pumpkin weigh in at the local Giant Pumpkin Contest...


The biggest pumpkin was 1692 lbs.!!!  My dad's was bigger and came in a better standing than last year, so he was super-pumped!  :)

Anyway, speaking of pumpkins and fall, today is Makeover Monday, and I promised to be back with a solution for the Halloween Treat Bags for those of us parents and friends who cannot send candy treats to school.  The first thing I tried was this...


The Post-It Note pad just fit perfectly into the clear bag.  I was so excited!  I used the Sweet Salutations My Acrylix Stamp set to make the seal and backed it with a 2 inch scalloped circle of black glitter paper...



The second idea I had just came to me when I looked at the kit.  AND the best part is that it actually comes WITH THE KIT!!! 


Who needs candy?  Just give them the stickers to play with!!! 


It was super-simple to trim the stickers apart to fit in the treat bag, so I used the Frightfully Fun stamp set to add this little fella...


I could not resist adding JUST a bit more fun to this package...so I popped in a spider ring too!  


So, do you have any other non-candy filled ideas?  Please share them! 

If you want to make these super-cute bags for some kiddos in YOUR life, you can find the Close to My Heart Cut Above Halloween Kits HERE on my website.  Add the two stamp sets I used here, plus one more size C or D stamp set that you like and guess what?  You will qualify to get this little mini-stamp set (a $13.95 value) for FREE in September...

































IF you also add the glitter paper to your order, you will also qualify to get the Stamp of the Month (a $17.95 value) for just $5 as well!!!  Bonus!


Time is running out to take advantage of these offers AND get your treats made in time, so better decide soon!  Just two days left! :)

Friday, September 26, 2014

A Cut Above for Halloween!

Are you busy making your Halloween treats?  I am!

This time, Close to My Heart has come out with the PERFECT line of products for the uncrafty crafter!  The best part is that even if you are a SUPER crafty crafter, these Cut Above kits are awesome for you too!

Here's what you get in the NEW Cut Above Halloween Treat Bag Kits...


While the candy is not included (more on this later) you DO get 10 pre-printed Treat Bag forms, 10 Treat Bags, 10 sets of 12 stickers that fit many round candies perfectly, 10 pre-cut circles for tags, and 12 foam squares.  The only tools you need to provide are the stapler and a bit of adhesive.

The stickers are simple for anyone to place on the candies--even little helpers can do this part with ease!


Then you fill the plastic treat bag with the candies and staple it to the paper treat bag form.  Guess what?


Close to My Heart has a tool for that!  YES!  The new Mini-Stapler comes filled with staples, and you can get 2000 more of these crafty-sized staples in a Refill for less than $3!


Your assembled bag could look like this...


I used my Scallop Circle Punch, #30yearsofhappy (FREE NOW!) My Acrylix, and the Sweet Salutations My Acrylix stamps to create this adorable tag.  Yep, you guessed it--I altered my stamps again with my scissors to remove the To: and Fr:!  ;)



The mini pumpkin is found in the Stamp of the Month from August, What a Hoot!.  You just never know when you might need last month's Stamp of the Month!  ;)  I colored him in with the new ShinHan Touch Twin Alcohol markers in Marigold and Golden Yellow.  The Silver Glitter Paper scallop sure adds just the right amount of sparkle!


So, what kinds of candy can you use to fill these?  I have used Kisses, Rolos, and Peanut Butter Cups in mine so far and they work out great!  You can fill 6-8 treat bags depending on how many candies you use. Here is a shot of the whole kit...



Now, I know that there are LOTS of people who can no longer bring candy into school for treat bags anymore, so I have a solution for you TOO!!!  Tune in to Makeover Monday in just three days to see my ideas!

Time is running out on this month's Stamp of the Month!  Get it before September is over for as little as $5!

Family is Forever

#30yearsofhappy

Thursday, September 25, 2014

An Autumn Themed Throwback!

Remember these cards from a couple of years ago when I first learned the Triple Stamp Technique? 



They are the perfect throwback to introduce you to my final Autumn workshop card...


I love the simple elegance of the black and white with a pop of fall color!   Would you believe I used the Pathfinding Workshop on the Go Scrapbooking Kit to create this card?  So versatile!


I used a very special Hostess ONLY My Acrylix set called Thanksgiving Wreath from Close to My Heart for the sentiment on this one.   I adore the flowing, swirly font.  You can only earn this stamp set as a hostess, but there is more than one way of doing that!  Did you know you can chose Hostess Rewards with any order starting at $150 if you contact me to place your order?  YEP!  I can also set up an online gathering link for you to share with your crafty friends so you can order the products you love AND earn free ones in the process.   You can even join my Rewards Club to earn $25 in free products as well with your monthly purchase!  Click HERE to read more about my easy-peasy Rewards Club and join today to start earning your FREE Close to My Heart products!

Family is Forever

#30yearsofhappy is Free in September!


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Pathfinding and Hello Birds For Autumn Workshop Card #3

Just a quickie today to show you!  I found THIS CARD on Pinterest and loved the idea of embossing in the background, so I designed a card for my Autumn themed workshop around the same idea.  I am soooooo happy that CTMH has embossing folders of their very own now!


I wanted it to feel clean, so I opted to not ink up the raised texture left by the Striped Embossing Folder.  The two CS panels are Colonial White and Champagne.  I did ink the edges of the zip strip for the flower and the matted sentiment box with Chocolate Exclusive Ink.  I also stamped the flower and sentiment from Happy Birds in the same color ink...


The Pathfinding Paper Packet is a great mixture of fall colors that can really be used any time!

Family is Forever

#30yearsofhappy is FREE in September!