Sunday, September 13, 2015

Zoe Pocket Scrapbooking Kit ~ Welcome Guest Designer, Kathy Piere

I have a treat for you today!

I occasionally invite people to design projects for me to share using CTMH product.  I have invited Kathy Piere to design projects for me before.  See those projects here.

Today Kathy used my Zoe Pocket Scrapbooking Kit and came up with this gorgeous layout.

I just love how she designs her pages!
Thanks again Kathy for sharing this page with us!
You can find more from Kathy on her blog.
Be sure to check it out.

I have one more kit available for the Zoe Pocket Scrapbooking kit.  If you are interested, please contact me.  This kit contains Zoe papers, a full Zoe Complements pack, die cuts with stamped images and an assortment of product from the Zoe Assortment and Green Triangle Gems, as well as 12 inches of Coral Glimmer Trim.
See full contents here.
The kit is available for only $18 plus shipping.  And it is only available through me.

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, September 5, 2015

National Stamping Month—Hello, Life!

This is a fabulous offer...available in September!  Shop my website now!

Thanks for stopping by and have a crafty day!


Tuesday, August 11, 2015

For Pocket Scrapbooking: Getting Crafty with the NEW Zoe Collection

Hello everyone!

I've been getting crafty and creating kits!
Today, I am glad to announce my Zoe Pocket Scrapbooking Kit!

First, let me introduce the Zoe papers

and the Zoe WOTG

And now the kit that I created for my Zoe Pocket Scrapbooking Kit

This kit costs $19 plus shipping and includes the following:

13  6x6 papers (including each pattern for Zoe and coordinating cardstock)
1 package of Zoe Complements
1/2 package of Green Enamel and Glitter Duos
12 inches of Coral Trim
Partial Assortment of Zoe Assortment (selection will vary)
Partial Assortment of Zoe Paper Zip Strips (selection will vary)
Assortment of pre-stamped die cuts
 (cut with NEW Artistry Cricut Cartridge and include stamped images from the NEW Artistry Cricut Collection, the Zoe WOTG stamp and August Stamp of the Month: Framed.  Inks used include Slate, Whisper, Sorbet, Sweet Leaf and Glacier)
6x6 Paper/Stamp Organizer

I made up 4 kits, 3 to sell and one to create with.
2 kits are already spoken for!  1 kit available.
Be sure to contact me now to claim your kit.
It is only available thru me, not found on my website as a kit.

Introducing the NEW Artistry Cricut Collection!

Available NOW for purchase on my website:

$99 for cartridge, 3 D-sized stamp sets and cardstock combo pack (featuring our brand new colors!)
$79 for digital collection, 3 D-sized  stamp sets and cardstock combo pack
 (available for Cricut Explore and Cricut Explore Air)

And don't forget to shop my website for our fabulous monthly specials!

During August, buy the NEW Marker Roll-Up and receive the NEW Balloon Wishes D-Sized Stamp Set for FREE 


Buy the NEW Accessory Roll-Up and receive the 2 of the NEW Base and Bling Style Sheets for FREE
(the Accessory Roll-Up is also great for embellishments too!)

and don't forget the August Stamp of the Month: Framed!

Available only in August.  Buy Framed outright for $17.95 or spend $50 and get it for only $5.

Such a darling stamp set!
Don't miss out on it!  Available only in the month of August!

Shop my website at

Thanks for stopping by and have a crafty day!

Monday, June 8, 2015

Glad to Be Crafty Again...

Sorry it's been awhile since my last post, but I had shoulder surgery recently.
But now I'm back and slowly getting crafty.

Last night, I pulled out my distress inks and played with some backgrounds for some 3x4 pocket scrapbooking cards.

I had to pull out this month's Stamp of the Month, Ice Cream Dreams.
I LOVE this stamp set.

Completely adorable!

When making backgrounds, I combined Mermaid Lagoon, Abandoned Coral and Twisted Citron distress inks and it kind of reminded me of a snow cone, so I just had to use the Ice Cream Dream stamp set!

I went on to combine Fired Brick and Fossilized Amber distress inks and came up with the background for this card.

I used the Instalife and Documenting Moments stamp sets for this card.

I will be linking this post up to the Daily Marker for the 30 Day Coloring Challenge 2.
I started this challenge late, but am happy to now be able to join in.
The idea is coloring a project each day.
Be sure to check it out and join in.

Don't forget June is the month for Summer Crush.
Buy a Crush book and assortment pack and get a free coordinating stamp set.

What a fabulous deal, only in the month of June!
And don't forget to pick up your Stamp of the Month, Ice Cream Dreams for only $5 with a $50 purchase or $17.95.

While shopping, be sure to also check out the RETIRING ITEMS on my website.
When they are gone, they are GONE!

Thanks for stopping by and have a crafty day!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Typed Note and Just Sayin'

While looking at Typed Note and Just Sayin', I decided to take the shapes on the May 2015 SOTM: Just Sayin' and make an ice cream cone.  Yum!
And the perfect saying was found on Typed Note, the April 2015 SOTM.

To make the ice cream cone, I used the Cashmere and Saddle ink pads to make the cone out of the triangle by using the rock and roll technique.
For the ice cream, I stamped the circle in Lagoon ink and cut it in half.  I attached both on the white cardstock (cut 2.5x3.5).
I then added the sentiment which was found on this month's SOTM, Typed Note in Black ink.
I then matted in on a background cut from paper from the Blossom Paper Pack.
My final touch was sequins from the Oceanside and Coral Reef Sequins, as well as Black and Grey Epoxy Bubbles.

Hope you enjoyed this quick PL card created with 2 SOTMs: Typed Note (April) and Just Sayin' (May)!

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Guest Designer for Sweet Stamp Shop for their Grand Re-Opening

The Sweet Stamp Shop is having a grand re-opening going on now.
They asked for Guest Designers and I volunteered.

I created a PL card with the new Oolong stamp set image.
I used a retired paper pack and the Make It From Your Heart Vol. 1 for the card design.
I often use the How To card designs and adapt them for my pocket scrapbooking cards.
I then colored the image with my Copics.
I then added the sequins from the Oceanside Sequins.

I loved how it turned it and just want to thank Nicole Rixon once again for the opportunity to be a guest designer for Sweet Stamp Shop.

Be sure to check out the Sweet Stamp Shop at


Friday, April 3, 2015

So Much to Share....

 Yes!  Seasonal Expressions 2 is live!
You can shop it on my website anytime.

And don't forget these two gorgeous new Consultant kits.
I would love to have you join my team.
You get to chose from two fabulous kits when you sign up.

The Cardmakers Kit
The Scrapbookers Kit
Contact me for more info on becoming a Close to My Heart Consultant today or check it out on my website.

Check out the Deal of the Day promotion, running in the month of April on my website.
There's a different grab bag at a different price points each day, some with a value that is double what the grab bag costs, containing retired and current product.  In order to grab a grab bag, place one regular priced item in your cart and you are eligible for the Deal of the Day!
Check it out today!

And we can't forget our darling April Stamp of the Month: Typed Note.
This is one of my favorite Stamp of the Months this Idea Book!
Be sure to check it out!
Either buy it for $17.95 or buy it for only $5 with a $50 purchase (including grab bags)!

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Watercoloring for the 30 Day Coloring Challenge

Today I am going to share a cute little pocket scrapbooking card that I watercolored with my distress inks.  And yes, it is another sneak peek of what is coming in Seasonal Expressions 2!

I really love this darling little dog found on the Friendly Pets stamp set (available April 1st).

I started by stamping my image in Black Soot Distress Ink (after stamping off on scrap paper twice so that I could just see the outline) onto Watercolor Paper.  I used a variety of browns for the dog body.  I also used some Spun Sugar in there to add a little pink to the light browns for the belly of the dog.
See that tail.  It was added due to some of the ink running as I watercolored.  So he has a little tail added.  The heart balloon was colored using Seedless Preserves, mixed with Shaded Lilac and Dusty Concord.  I then used a Copic Black Multiliner Pen (0.1) to outline the whole image.
Finally I added the grass with a combination of Cracked Pistachio, Iced Spruce and Shabby Shutters Distress Inks.

To watercolor with my Distress Inks, I apply some ink to my craft mat and pick it up with a damp/wet watercolor brush.

This is just one of many ways that I have used my distress inks to watercolor.

I am going to link this up to Kathy Racoosin's Blog, The Daily Marker, for her 30 Day Coloring Challenge.

Thanks for stopping by!


Saturday, March 21, 2015

30 Day Coloring Challenge and Another Sneak Peek

I got to enjoy the company of some good friends today and spent my time making some projects with the new product coming on April 1st.

For this project, I worked with a hostess stamp.  I absolutely love the images on this stamp, but chose to try this out with the simple heart shape, as I would have to fussy cut the shape.

I colored with my pigment inks once again.
For this pocket card, I used twilight and lagoon for the blue hearts and gypsy and thistle for the purple heart.  
The shapes on this stamp set are formed with words, which adds to the beauty of this set.

Supplies used (all CTMH except Versafine ink):
Versafine ink
Whimsy Mini Pigment Pads Pack (Twilight is retired, but there are other blues to use in it's place)
Paper Bird Stamp Set (available 4-1-15 as a hostess reward)

I hope you enjoyed this quick little pocket scrapbooking card!

Be sure to check out all my sneak peeks this week!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Catch Up with Picture My Life Pocket Scrapbooking

I thought I would show you how easy it is to catch up on some scrapbooking with our Picture My Life Pocket Scrapbooking system.

I love pocket scrapbooking and aside from an occassional layout, it is the only way I scrapbook anymore.  I get more done and in albums for my family and friends to enjoy and ultimately, that is what is important to me.

In these examples from my scrapbook of my childrens' early years (yes, these photos are from 2001), I used the Heartstrings Picture My Life cards.
These cards are only available (along with the Hopscotch cards) until the end of the month, so be sure to pick you set up today.

I still need to add a little journaling and dates to these layouts, but they are essentially done.  I did these and 4 other 2 page layouts while watching Downton Abbey one night.

I love how much I can get done, in such a short amount of time.

Other then a pen to add journaling and my album, that's all I needed to preserve these memories for my family.

Be sure to check the Picture My Life Scrapbooking system out today.
It was a definite game changer for my scrapbooking style.
I can't say enough about it.

Have questions about pocket scrapbooking or in the Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA area and interested in holding or attending a workshop for pocket scrapbooking?  Be sure to contact me for more details.

Thanks for stopping by!