Monday, May 20, 2019

For the Love of Pets!

We love animals...we really do.  We have a grand bulldog named Sophie and a great-grand mix named Bailey.  They are both sweet girls and we enjoy them.  For now, we have chosen to not have pets.  But a long time ago, we had a wonderful golden retriever named Rusty.  He was the best gentle with the kids.  When he tired of playing with them, he simply walked away.

Now Rusty had a very strange it an addiction if you will.  When he was a puppy we gave him water in a galvanized bucket.  He started working his way into the handle and carrying the bucket around his neck.  I need to say that we monitored this situation and he was never in any danger by doing this. Rusty had several adventures with his bucket.  The funniest came about when he decided to make a trip to town from our farm home.  He obviously left with his bucket as I never saw it again.  However, when our cousin saw him and brought him home, Rusty now had two buckets around his neck...neither of them ours.  To the unknown owners of the pails, I send apologies!

So this week at Heart 2 Heart, we are celebrating the love of pets.  I have been wanting to scrap this story about Rusty for while, so it was the perfect opportunity to do so.

Design credit to Susan Stringfellow
For my layout, I used Into the Wild, a new paper packet from the Close to My heart Seasonal Expressions 2 catalog.  I love the muted colors and the outdoor look.  I also used the light side of Sapphire cardstock as well as Heather and Mink cardstock.  The dog was stamped with Espresso onto Almond cardstock.  The dog is from the Faithful Friend set which is retired.  The wood embellishments are from the Into the Wild Wood Shapes and are new in this catalog.  The title was cut on the Cricut.

I hope you enjoyed this layout and hearing about Rusty.  For more inspiration for creating projects honoring your pets, please visit Heart 2 Heart Challenges 

Until next time,

Monday, May 6, 2019

National Scrapbooking Month!

I love that May is National Scrapbooking Month!  I often say that I am mainly a scrapper and just make cards to justify my stash.  Now that is not entirely true as I really do like creating cards, but scrapping may be my first love.  May also means we have a new catalog at Close to My Heart.  It is called Seasonal Expressions 2 and is filled with wonderful products and ideas for your paper crafting. I will give you the link to the book at the end of this post.

But for now, here is the layout I created for you.  I was inspired by one of the layouts included in the Expressions 2 consultant launch kit.  Because the wood look reminded me of a gym floor, I decided to do a layout about my granddaughter's basketball team.

So is the herringbone pattern created with strips of the woodgrain paper from the Sweet Girl packet awesome or what?  It was a little challenging and time consuming, but I love the results.  If you want to create this look for yourself, I will be happy to show you how!

Other papers used include Heather, Black and retired Sunflower cardstock.  I happened to spy the checked paper in my stash and decided it was perfect for the layout.  It was from an old Western look paper suite...I don't even remember the name!  This is one of the beauties of CTMH...years may pass and the papers still blend very well!

I hope you will visit Heart 2 Heart Challenges to see what else the design team has created for your inspiration.  I also invite you to click here to view the Seasonal Expressions 2 Catalog and Idea Book. I have some other projects from the book completed and will be posting some of them soon.

Until next time,

Monday, April 22, 2019

Happy Times!

Happy Times...this Heart 2 Heart Challenge theme can be interpreted so many ways! Choosing to use all CTMH products, I selected the So Much Happy paper packet and the Years of Sweetness stamp set to create my bright and happy birthday card.

Design credit to Jodi Collins of MFT

The white strip with the tiny hearts is from the I Heart Us packet and I used White Daisy, Pacifica and Willow cardstock.  I love the fringe cut with a Thin Cut as well as the white enamel dots and the little strip of Washi tape.

I hope you will join us at Heart 2 Heart by creating and linking your own happy project! Just remember to use at least one Close to My Heart product.

Until next time,

Monday, April 8, 2019

Favorite Sketch!

I had no problem creating a project for this week's challenge.  Pattern 14 in Make It from Your Heart, Volume 3 from Close to My Heart has been a favorite of mine for a few years.  It was first used in a Workshop your Way kit and was then included in the above mentioned instruction book.

For today's layout, I used paper, Complements and Washi Tape from the So Much Happy WYW kit.  I also used Linen and Sapphire carstock.  The enamel dots are from the retired Stargazer suite. The title was cut on the Cricut. This layout is easy and quick to put together.

Just for fun, here are some of the other layouts I have done with this layout. What a difference different papers and embellishments make!

Thanks for joining me today.  For more inspiration for both scrapbook and card layouts, please visit Heart 2 Heart Challenges.

Talk with you soon,

Monday, March 25, 2019

Seasons Change!

Have you heard?  It is officially Spring!  Here in Illinois it is probably wise not to take that too much for granted, as we have had absolutely dillies of snowstorms well into April. But for now, the days are getting warmer, the sun has been shining and my dear hubby has been in the mood to work at picking up the fallen branches in the yard.

So here I was with this "Seasons Change" challenge.  Not really sure what to do, I decided to create a card with spring flowers. I love these papers from the So Much Happy paper packet.  The vase with flowers is actually a sticker in the Complements pack.  I rubbed the back with a anti static pouch to remove the stickiness and then bumped it with Thin 3-D Tape.  The sentiment stamp is retired, but the card will be perfect with a sentiment of your choice.  A few Bitty Sparkles on the flower centers finished the card off.

Design credit goes to
For more seasonal inspiration, including an absolutely beautiful wreath for the wall or door, please visit Heart 2 Heart Challenges.

Wishing you a lovely spring--

Monday, March 11, 2019

By the Numbers!

This week, Heart 2 Heart is challenging us to use numbers in our project. You can accomplish this by using patterned paper with numbers or stamping your numbers. You can use stickers or chipboard embellishments, or cut your own numbers using dies or an electronic cutting machine.

Design credit to SQSC 15

To create my numbers, I used the CTMH Cricut Artiste cartridge.  I cut 3 of each number from White Daisy and 1 from the patterned paper.  I then glued the layers together to create a dimensional emellishment that coordinates perfectly with my paper choices.  This can be seen in the photo below.

All the products used are from CTMH, most from the current Seasonal Expressions 1.  For questions about this card or how to order product, feel free to contact me or click here to visit my website. For more number inspiration, please visit  Heart 2 Heart Challenges I have also submitted this to the Color my Heart Color Dare Challenge.  For this challenge, I have used all the colors shown.

Til next time,

Monday, February 25, 2019


I love it when the Heart 2 Heart Challenge is to copy something from the current catalog/idea book.  This time, we are challenging you to copy something from the CTMH Seasonal Expressions, only giving it your own twist.  I copied the card at the bottom of page 85, but gave each card a twist using various papers from the Something Fierce paper packet.  This was a lot of fun and a great way to use up scraps!

The stamps are all from the Years of Sweetness set (D1827), also on page 85.  The circle was cut with a die from the Stitched Circle Thin Cut set (Z4181) and the cupcake and candle were cut on the Cricut, but would also be easy to fussy cut.

So please select a favorite card or layout from the can see it here...and then giving it your own twist, copy away.  We will love it if you link your project to the Heart 2 Heart post...we love being inspired by you.  Please remember to use at least one CTMH product.

Happy Casing!