Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Spruced Up!

It has been a little while since I have posted on my blog...busy with the holidays and life in general.  Today, I am happy to introduce you to one of the two new paper packets in the January-February Close to My Heart catalog.  Spruced Up is so pretty and perfect for your winter cards and layouts.  Here are some examples of artwork done with these papers:

And here are the products I used to create them!

In addition to what you see, there are also card and scrapbooking kits and additional coordinating stamps and Thin Cut dies.  To see all this goodness, please visit my blog at www.suebruch.ctmh.com. Search for Spruced Up  or click on "More" to view the entire catalog.

It is good to be finding time for my paper crafts...I have done several layouts and many cards in the last couple weeks.  Something about the process brings me peace and we all need more of that.

Until next time,

Monday, December 9, 2019

Anything Goes..Holiday Style

I mentioned in my Dec 2 post that I created several different cards in multiples of six this year.  Well, this one takes the prize for taking the most patience and time. 

I cut this with a file from Complete Creativity, the newest Close to My Heart Digital Cricut Cartridge.  The file has all the components included.  You just need to cut everything out and assemble. I will warn you that the card size is 5 x 7.  Assembly was a little challenging.  I did find that a product called Dry Bond helped with the sentiment and Joseph and Mary.  I found it at Dick Blick the last time I bought it, but that was a few years ago.

So this is the last Heart to Heart Challenge of the year and a good time to tell you that I have decided to leave the team, at least for awhile.  However, I intend to keep this blog going, so please do check back now and then to see what I have been doing.  You may may even see me linking up to H2H and maybe some other challenges.

Thanks for being with me--

Merry Christmas,

Monday, December 2, 2019


Evergreen is one of my favorite new colors in the Close to My Heart Exclusive Color Palette. I love the richness of this green and decided to feature it in this week's Heart 2 Heart Challenge, Evergreen.

Design Inspiration is Pattern 15 in Make it from Your Heart Vol.4

To create the card, I used Evergreen, Clover, Candy Apple, and White Daisy cardstock, patterned paper from the Every Little Thing paper packet and White Glitter Paper (hard to see in the picture. the sentiment is stamped with a stamp from Holiday Trimmings C1810. The holly was cut on the Cricut with a file from the City Sidewalks cartridge from CTMH.
This year, in order to use up some papers and to try new designs, I created Christmas cards in multiples of six .  I think this design is my very favorite of all I made.  But then, my favorite color is green, so there you go.

I hope you enjoy this card...thanks for joining me today.  Please visit Heart 2 Heart Challenges to see what the design team has to show you!


Monday, November 18, 2019

An Attitude of Gratitude

An Attitude of Gratitude...a good policy all year long, but especially now at Thanksgiving.  I don't know about you, but I am tiring of the autumn leaves that we have all been using for our Fall creations.  So I decided to use one of the Sep-Oct Mix-In papers and the November Stamp of the Month to create this nontraditional Thanksgiving card.  I also used the Stitched Hearts Thin Cuts and the Heart Patterns stamp set which is found in the 2019-2020 core catalog. I was inspired by a technique from Chris Robertson to create this 3-D heart.  What fun!

Thanks for joining me today.  For more inspiration, please visit Heart 2 Heart Challenges.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 4, 2019

Full Circle!

It is always easy and fun to create with circles.  I chose to use the Every Little Thing paper pack to create this card.  The Wisteria polka dot and the grid papers are from the Sep-Oct mix-in pack. The stamps are from Family Time--November Stamp of the Month.  I think the flower is probably intended to be a sunflower, but I think it looks wonderful stamped with Wisteria!

Inspired by Page Maps October 2018
Thank you for visiting my blog today.  I hope this gets you thinking about using your stamps in ways beyond their original intention.  For more inspiration, please visit Heart 2 Heart Challenges.

Talk with you soon,

Monday, October 21, 2019

Pumpkin Spice!

Heart 2 Heart is celebrating Pumpkin Spice this week.  To create my pumpkin inspired design team project, I chose to use both sides of the beautiful Paprika cardstock (X6033) from Close to My Heart.  I used the Multi Square Windows Thin Cut (Z4023) for the frame.  I embossed the pumpkins and leaves with gold embossing powder. Sorry, but the stamps and the "clip" embellishment were from a September special.  There are other options though.  Look through your stamps for small designs that will work in a 1" square or use the die to cut patterned papers and fill the windows.  For the embellishment, choose a shape and size that pleases you and substitute it for the "clip".

Inspiration from Gina Brandstetter
Thank you for joining me today.  For more inspiration, please visit the Heart 2 Heart Pumpkin Spice Challenge.

Happy fall crafting,

Monday, October 7, 2019


The hardest thing about creating this Fall project was coming up with something at least a little bit original.  It seems that this topic is popular among paper crafters...just take a look at Pinterest...you will  see what I mean.

I found my inspiration in Pattern 17 in the instruction book Make it from Your Heart, Volume 4.  It is dedicated to card making and has easy to create patterns to make beautiful cards.  I used patterned paper from the Hawthorn packet which is available until the end of October and Sapphire, Paprika, Saffron and White Daisy cardstock.

Assembly is pretty straight forward.  I did use the stitched circle Thin Cuts and did emboss the pumpkin cardstock.  Gold Glitter Gems provide the bling and the twine is from my stash.

For more Fall inspiration, be sure to visit Heart 2 Heart Challenges.  We will love it if you link your project there.  Just remember to use at least one Close to My Heart product

Happy Fall crafting,