Cricut Artbooking Episode 2

Hi Scrappinistas – ready for the latest episode of Artbooking Made Easy?  I know I am…the layouts in this video are SO CUTE!  And so EASY with this cartridge.  Get yours from me today at!

Cricut Artbooking Made Easy!

Hey Scrappinistas! In case I haven’t told you lately, I truly believe the Close to My Heart exclusive Cricut bundles are some of the best products in the industry today. Not only do you get the great cartridge, but you get three sheets of coordinating chipboard AND three coordinating full-size stamp sets. And the latest release, Artbooking, is the best yet. It has been getting a LOT of use at my house lately and I’ll have artwork to show you soon. In the meantime, Corporate is going to be releasing weekly videos giving you a tour through the cartridge and how to maximize the potential in your projects. Here is the first installment and I will keep bringing them to you for the next several months.

Dying to get your own Artbooking collection?  Click the Shop With Me button on my website or visit and place your order today.  In fact, purchasing any of the Cricut bundles automatically qualifies you for the September-exclusive TRIPLE stamp set for only $10, as well as the super cute Stamp of the Month for the discounted price of $5.  What a great deal!  Happy Scrapping!


Martini Card

I’m hoping to use the next several posts to get caught up on all the little projects I have done over the last several months – although not necessarily in order. Today I’m featuring a card I made for a friend of mine for his 50th birthday back in November. The party was a Mad Men theme, and he also enjoys a good martini, so of course I had to use my Cricut (with the Jubilee cartridge) to cut out this super cute martini glass!

I cut the glass out of Grey Wool (retired color) cardstock and glued the negative space to a white card base. Since this was meant to be a masculine card, I wanted to make it more simple and elegant but with just a bit of sparkle. The Silver Shimmer Trim (one of my fave products) was absolutely perfect for this, and one red glitter gem as the pimento for the olive helped balance the sparkle across the card. I also used this card as an opportunity to try a new technique with the sentiment.

I stamped the sentiment (from the Card Chatter – Birthday stamp set) using the new Mini Pigment Inks. Since the ink is pigment-based, it doesn’t soak into the cardstock but stays wet for a bit and has a really deep, true color. While the ink was still wet, I sprinkled it with clear embossing powder and used my craft heater to set it. The result is those beautiful glossy letters you see – LOVE!

This card only took me about 30 minutes to make but was a nice personal touch for my friend. It also complemented the accompanying gift – gourmet martini olives – quite nicely!

Happy Anniversary!

Hi there scrappinistas! Wow, life has been super busy lately. I’ve been keeping up with my 3 beautiful kiddos (and trying to take an occasional picture of them!), had a business trip to Paris (awesome!), and ran my first ever half-marathon! So sorry for the lack of action here on the blog. The big news is that it is my first anniversary with Close to My Heart! That means I’m offering some great deals, so contact me to learn more!

In the coming weeks, I hope to be posting some of the artwork I have been creating over the last several months. In the meantime, enjoy this cool video from Corporate showing how to add a little sparkle to your layouts and cards. I am a big fan of the Shimmer Trim and Glitz Glitter Gel featured in the videos and would be happy to show you how to make the most of these products on your creations. Best of all, these are both embellishments that are very cost-effective! Enjoy!

Super Sponge Daubers!

Hello Scrappinistas!  I just came across this great video from Corporate Office that showcases one of the least expensive, but most useful, tools available from Close to My Heart – Sponge Daubers!  These fit right on your finger and are a great way to make some interesting effects with your inks while keeping your fingers clean.  Check out this video, and if you are feeling inspired head on over to to pick up your own sponge daubers – only $3.95 for a set of 3! PS – love what you are seeing with the great Cricut Artiste cartridge? Add that to your order too and I will gift you your choice of any paper pack to enjoy with your cartridge! Just send me an email with the name of the paper pack you want.

Don’t forget about the Christmas Card workshops coming up in October – RSVP today!

Pear & Partridge Card Workshops

In October, I will be hosting card workshops featuring Close to My Heart’s beautiful holiday-themed paper, Pear and Partridge. The workshop flyer is below that details the contents of the kit and shows the three different styles of cards we will be making – five of each for a total of FIFTEEN beautiful cards!

Your workshop fee of $35 includes the following:

  • Workshop Kit as pictured
  • Applicable tax and shipping
  • Use of my supplies during the workshop
You have your choice of two different workshop dates:  Monday, October 22 at 6:30pm or Sunday, October 28 at 1:00pm.  Plus, you will be entered in the Mystery Hostess drawing – one lucky Scrappinista will win the workshop Hostess Rewards!  Receive an extra entry into the drawing for every $30 you spend – preorder or the day of the workshop!
Want to join in the fun?  It’s easy – just email me with the following information:
  • Date you plan to attend
  • Number of additional cards (if any) that you would like to make – $1 each or $10 per dozen
  • Any additional supplies you would like to add to your preorder (see suggestions below)
In order for me to get all the supplies ordered in time, please RSVP by October 9.
Suggested additional supplies (I will have these available for use but you may choose to add any of these to your order if you don’t want to share!):
Z2114 Cocoa Exclusive Inks® Pad
Z2116 Cranberry Exclusive Inks® Pad
Z2137 Olive Exclusive Inks® Pad
Z697 Sponge
Z1151 3-D Foam Tape
Z341 Memory Book Mini Glue Dots®
Y1000 1″ × 1″ My Acrylix® Block
Y1002 1″ × 3 1/2″ My Acrylix® Block
Y1006 3″ × 3″ My Acrylix® Block

If you plan on assembling additional cards later on your own, I would recommend adding the 3-D Foam Tape and the Mini Glue Dots to your order.  I can’t wait to spend time with you making these cards!  What are you waiting for – RSVP today!

Exclusive Color Palettes from CTMH

Hi Scrappinistas!  For long-time Close to My Heart fans, you may have noticed several changes recently in the color palette lineup – both in the colors available and in the types of products available.  If you are new to the wonderful world of Close to My Heart, you might be wondering about all the options available, as they can seem overwhelming.  I encourage all of you to check out the video from Corporate Office below explaining the changes in our color palettes.

As usual, please give me a shout with any questions.  And if this video has inspired you to want to expand your collection of colors, you can shop online at or contact me to host a fun evening with friends in your home where you can earn any of the products mentioned in this video for FREE!

Clementine Layout Featuring It’s Your Day

Hello Scrappinistas!  Since starting this blog I have been overrun with events that required cards.  Today – FINALLY – I am posting a layout I made recently that highlights many of the great products available right now.  More importantly, it highlights a truly fun day with my girls…especially one chocolate-lover in particular :)

This layout features the Clementine paper pack.  In the Idea Book this one has a very Country/Western feel to it but I love how versatile all the CTMH paper packs are – by using only certain patterned paper and embellishments, the paper gives a whimsical feel while still showing off the pictures.  The Saddle cardstock (one of our new exclusive colors) really shows off that chocolate ice cream, don’t you think?  And I love how this layout allows you to really focus on the pictures.  I took this layout (and modified it a bit to fit my photos)from the new Make It From Your Heart book.  This book is super-fabulous, featuring blueprints for both layouts and cards and is an absolute steal at only $7.95.  It’s a must-have.  Literally, this entire layout took me only an hour to do, and anyone who has scrapbooked with me before knows that I am typically a 3+ hour-per-layout type of person.

Speaking of must-have, do you see the cute little circles I used for my title, plus the “Enjoy the Ride” sentiment on the right page?  All those came from the double-D stamp set It’s Your Day – available exclusively in September in honor of National Stamping Month.  You get 2 D-sized stamp sets (total retail value $35.90) for only $5 with a $35 purchase!  Deal of the century!  If you are a traditional scrapbooker, this stamp set is for you.  If you are a cardmaker,  this stamp set is for you.  If you are doing Stacy Higgins’ Project Life, this stamp set is for you.  Seriously, run – don’t walk – to (or click on Shop With Me on my blog homepage) and get yours today!  It’s only available until September 30.

I hope this layout inspires you to create something of your own to showcase your memories too.  I’ll include my supply list here in case you are interested in recreating (minus the chocolately smile of my youngest kiddo of course!) and picking up some of these products toward your qualifying purchase for the It’s Your Day double stamp set.

Supply List:

  • 9035 Make It From Your Heart Volume 1
  • X7156B Clementine Paper Pack
  • Z1794 Cottage Assortment (the dimensional flowers with buttons)
  • Z1753 Sparkles Brown & Tan Assortment
  • Z1702 Baker’s Twine Paradise Assortment (Creme Brulee)
  • Z1686 Cricut Art Philosophy Collection (arrow, circles, and scalloped circles)
  • Z2171 Saddle Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
  • My Acrylix blocks
  • It’s Your Day promotional stamp set

Until next time – keep creating!

Wedding Card

Hi everyone!  I just had to share a card I made recently for a co-worker’s wedding.  Isn’t it cute?


One of the things I love most about Close to My Heart products is that there is a palette of colors that coordinates across all their paper packs.  That means I can take paper scraps left over from other projects, jazz it up with a scalloped edge courtesy of my Cricut, stamp a couple of sentiments (from an oldie-but-goodie retired stamp set), and use some current embellishments and a trendy ink color to tie it all together!  In this case, I used Lagoon ink and a matching flower from the Paradise Just Blooms Paper Flowers.  The larger one is from the same flower pack in Smoothie.  A little bling from the Sparkles Brown and Tan Assortment and it’s done!  Well, almost…check out my new “signature” on the backs of my homemade cards:


I used my E Monogram Stamp (seriously, at $2.95 everyone needs to pick up a Monogram of their own!) and 2nd generation stamping with Lagoon ink.  Second generation stamping is where you stamp on a piece of scrap paper first to get some of the ink off.  This leads to a nice, pale shade of the original color.  It’s like having twice as many inkpads – sweet!

Remember, if you found my blog from the local United Way auction, make sure you place your bid before the end of the auction on Monday afternoon!  And even if you don’t win the auction, you’re still a winner in my eyes and will get a special gift from me just for bidding – click HERE for more details!

Support for a Great Cause

I am so excited to get to be a part of supporting a wonderful cause this month.  Several local organizations rally together this time of year in a community fundraising campaign for United Way.  One local company is hosting an online auction to raise funds, and I have included a gift certificate to Close to My Heart as a prize!  If you have made it to this page via the online auction, welcome!  I wanted to let you know that I consider each person that bids on this item to be a winner as you are desiring to support such an important organization to our community.  Therefore, I will be offering anyone who bids on the gift certificate a special offer as well – place a $25 order by October 31 and receive your choice of an inkpad or a 2-pack of our new alcohol-based markers FREE!  So even if you don’t win the grand prize, you are still a winner with The Scrappinista!  Happy bidding!