Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Planner Time

During the month of December, Close To My Heart is having a special on their brand new planners.  For $29.95, you can get the planner, pages, and a rolling stamp.  This is the perfect way to stay organized and capture memories at the same time.  They make fabulous gifts!

To find out more or purchase, visit my site

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Cyber Week Sale

Close To My Heart is offering the following items for 25% when you order online.  Sale ends Friday, December 4th at 4PM MST. To order, please visit my site, here.  For more great deals, click on the clearance section, while you are there.

Here are the items on sale:

  1. Z3168 Cricut® Artfully Sent Collection
    Z3111 Base & Bling Snowflake Charm—Faux Gold              
    Z3112 Base & Bling Jingle Bell—Faux Gold                           
    Z3135 Base & Bling Snowflake Charm—Faux Silver             
    Z3136 Base & Bling Jingle Bell—Faux Silver                       
    Z3138 Base & Bling Red Bead Charm—Faux Gold                
    Z3139 Base & Bling Red Bead Charm—Faux Silver             
    Z3180 Picture My Life™ Going Places Scrapbooking Program        
    Z3147 Cut Above™ Dapper Giraffe Card Kit                            
    Z2028 Designer Creations Short Stack Album
    Z2036 Designer Creations Slate Paper Bags
    Z2037 Designer Creations Lagoon Paper Bags 
    Z2038 Designer Creations Ruby Paper Bags 
    Z2039 Designer Creations Honey Paper Bags
    Z2049 Designer Creations Cupcake Box    
    Z2050 Designer Creations Takeout Box       
    Z2053 Designer Creations Buttoned Bag  
    Z1838 5" x 7" Hinged Display Tray 
    Z1750 Designed Décor Display Tray                                       
    Z2006 Designed Décor Red Magnetic Chalkboard                
    Z2015 Designed Décor Black Shadow Box
    Z2016 Designed Décor Colonial White Shadow Box
    Z1833 My Creations™ Kraft Container
    Z1871 My Creations™ Kraft 3-Ring Album                            
    Z1953 My Creations™ Journaling Cards Box
    Z1956 My Creations™ Hip Pics Album 
    Z3043 My Creations™ Black Mini Book                                
    Z3044 My Creations™ Kraft Mini Book
    Z3069 My Creations™ Mini Mix Album                                  
    Z3137 My Creations™ Pint-Sized Container
    Z1476 4 ¼" x 5 ½" White Daisy Envelopes                             
    Z1477 5" x 7" White Daisy Envelopes                                 
    Z1478 6" x 6" White Daisy Envelopes                       

Friday, November 20, 2015

Use Your Stash Blog Hop--Colors of Thanksgiving

Welcome!  You should have arrived from Anna's blog.

This month we are using up our fall colors.  I LOVE fall colors, so this is perfect.  I used several retired papers, as well as the brand new Sangria.

 This first one uses Huntington papers and Stickease and the stamp set You Mean the World to Me.

This one uses the new Sangria papers and Beyond Measure stamp.

The last two use papers from a few years ago, Dreamin'.

Sheila's blog is next on the list.  Happy Hopping!

Friday, August 21, 2015

Use Your Stash National Poet's Day


You should have arrived from Pricilla's blog.

This month we are celebrating poetry.  I decided to use a quote from one of my favorite poets, Maya Angelou.  It is so perfect for thank you cards.  I also have this beautiful quote up in my classroom.
If you can't read the card, it says, "People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."

In true using up my stash form, I used up some of our old paper flowers, sparkles, and retiring Paper Fundamentals.  The shaped card was a little hard to photograph well. 
Time got away from me these last two weeks.  I wanted to create more cards for this theme, since I have lots of quote and poem stamps, but back to school is overwhelming.  We started Tuesday, so I've pretty much been living at the school!  Hopefully this weekend I'll be able to make a few more.
Next stop is Shirley's blog.  

Monday, July 20, 2015

Use Your Stash Red White and Blue

Welcome!  You should have arrived from Marie's blog. 

This month's theme was to use three colors on a project.  In keeping with the Use Your Stash idea, I pulled out some older papers and stamps for the challenge.

 Card #1 uses Surf's Up papers and Under the Sea stamps

 Card #2 Is a really old pack, Magnifique and the stamp set from the Avonlea card kit.  It's still one of my favorite thank you stamps.

Card #3 Uses Chalk it Up papers and Picture My Life card. These are from the current catalog and are available while supplies last. 

Card #4 Uses Heartstrings paper and Stickease also about to retire.

I hope you enjoyed the cards.  

From here, head to Pricilla's blog.  If you get lost along the way, you can go to Shirley's blog for the whole list.  

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Use Your Stash Blog hop--Water(color) Fun

Thanks for joining us on the Use Your Stash Blog Hop! If you are hopping along with us, you should be coming from Janet's blog

This month's theme was to color.  Love the look of coloring, but don't take the time to do it as often as I should.  It worked out perfectly that this month's Stamp of the Month, Ice Cream Dream, was an outline set.  I love the set and used this opportunity to color with my Copics and Shinhan markers. 

For these first two, I used the stamp set along with the SOTM. 

Colors: Pear, Sunset, and Star Spangled Blue (retired)

This one used Pixie, Glacier, and Thistle.

For the last two cards, I used the Paper Fundamentals papers in Whimsy palette.

Ice Cream Dream: 
I still haven't had a chance to make a card with the adorable dog or sundae. Soon!

It's just $17.95 or $5 with a $50 order.  To order, click here

The next stop is Wendy's blog.  

If you get lost along the way, you can view the full list on Paige's blog. 

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Summer Fun

The boys and I were talking about making sure we didn't waste our summer, so we decided to make lists of what we wanted to do.  I was feeling creative, so I got out my art pens and colored pencils.  This was my result.  I may not have advanced art skills, but I do love to doodle.  Reminds me of the elaborate notes I used to create for my friends back in the days before email, social media, and texting ;)

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Blossom Layouts

Blossom layouts from May Club.  We used Blossom papers, Stickease, and embellishments. I love the bright summer colors.  I'm sorry for the poor lighting.  It was storming when I took this, so natural light was not there.

I actually borrowed this layout from my uplink, Michelle Snyder.  She's awesome, and I just fell in love with the layout! 

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Blossom Cards

These are a few cards I made using Blossom papers and Stickease, along with various stamp sets.  

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Teacher Gifts Inspired by Taste of Summer

 I wanted to do something special for the boys' teachers this year, and I found the idea for "Orange you glad it's summer" on Pinterest.  It worked perfectly with CTMH's June special, Taste of Summer. I found the gift buckets and a few items at Dollar Tree.  The rest I made or purchased at various stores.

For each basket, I made a set of 5 cards and the big card using Taste of Summer papers and stamps. 

Here's an up close shot of some of the goodies. Each one had a cup, orange slices, Trident, bubbles, a popsicle notepad, a Reese's, cards, a gift card, and beverages. Of course, I added an orange lei for fun.  

A picture of all five completed baskets.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

If You Stamp It Use Your Stash Blog Hop

If you are joining us for the "Use Your Stash Blog Hop," you are right on track. WELCOME! 

You should be coming from Cassandra's blog

If you get lost along the way you can see the entire list of hoppers on Shirley's blog

This month we are showcasing stamp sets we haven't used.  I have a few projects with a combination of old and new stamps. The first card uses the new Blossom papers.  It was inspired by a card I saw from Patricia 

I used a brand new stamp set I just bought, the new Operation Smile stamp set, Happy Everything.  When you purchase this set, Close To My Heart will donate $3 to Operation Smile. I have a feeling this is going to be one of my go-to sets! 

I also used a really old stamp set, A Posey. I've had this stamp set forever and never used it.  I thought it worked perfectly with the Blossom paper.   

For my second project I wanted to do some random stamping for background paper.  I started with one sheet, and cut it up.

I made the cards using the Chalk It Up Picture My Life cards.  

The stamp sets I used were Geek is Chic and LOL.  I bought these stamps when the Annual Inspirations book came out, but hadn't used them.  As a teacher, I thought I'd get a lot of use out of them, but they've sat there collecting dust.  The "Happy Birthday" is from the Operation Smile set.

Thanks for visiting!  Now hop on over to Heather's Blog for more ideas of using up your stash.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Monday, April 6, 2015

April Scrap Club--Brushed Layouts and Cards

This month we are using Brushed papers, Stickease, and embellishments.  I love the fun, happy spring colors! Choose from three layouts or a set of cards.


Cards: We will make 12-14

Friday, January 2, 2015

Snowhaven--34 Thank You Cards From One Pack of Paper

I needed to make a bunch of thank you cards for all my wonderful students, as well as my family.  I wanted them to have a wintery, but not Christmasy feel, so I turned to the Snowhaven papers.  I love that these papers just feel like a crazy sweater to me.  I also wanted to keep it simple so I used two image stamps (polar bears) and two thank you sentiments.  The polar bears were from the October SOTM, Home For the Holidays and Polar Bear Holiday.

I did use white card bases to make my paper stretch further.  They were 4x51/2, which allowed me to use more B & T on each card. I kept them to a couple of designs, only changing up the papers. There is an awesome striped sheet that I cut up and used. I didn't show all 34 because I had a lot of multiples.

I loved the results.  Even more I loved that I could have so much variety and still keep it simple.