Monday, September 25, 2017

Marker Madness!

It is all about markers at Heart 2 Heart Challenges this week.  Now let me tell you, I have nothing but admiration for those that are talented and artistic with markers.  Unfortunately, that is just not me! I do occasionally enjoy some simple coloring and that is what I have to show you here.

CTMH products used:
Christmas Tunes S1710 (the October Stamp of the Month)
Gingerbread Friends D1743
Beary Christmas Paper Packet X7225B
White Daisy and Cranberry cardstocks.
Various Shinhan markers.
Thin Foam Tape
The twine is from my stash.

For more marker inspiration, please visit

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Cats and Bats

Hi!  Halloween is quickly approaching, so I thought I would share a layout I did highlighting my grandson's Trick or Treating experiences.  He is all grown up now and I am attempting to finish up the scrapbook that I prematurely gave him for high school graduation.  Instead of individual Halloween pages, I chose to make just one layout with special pictures from across the years.  Doing this can simplify your scrapbooking and the ever present problem of trying to "catch up"!

I love the Cats and Bats paper packet (X7224B) created this year by Close to My Heart!  The whimsical little critters are perfect for layouts and cards.

I am sharing this layout with the Color My heart Color Dare Challenge.  Please click on this link to see what the design team has created for your inpsiration!

Monday, September 11, 2017

It's all about the negative!

Ordinarily I do not not like to give importance to the negative, but when it comes to the negative space left by die cutting, I am all for it!  For my card created as a Design Team member at Heart 2 Heart Challenges, I used my Cricut to cut the maple leaf from the Art Philosophy cartridge.  I combined the yummy new color Espresso from the new Basics palette with Gold Rush and patterned paper from the Falling forYou paper pack. Some shiny accents are added with gold heat embossing and Gold Glitter Gems.

This is a new month for Heart 2 Heart.  You have until September 30 to create and link your "Negative Space" project.  Be sure to check in each Monday for more challenges!

Monday, August 28, 2017

Anything Goes!

"Anything Goes...CTMH Style" is the challenge this week at Heart 2 Heart.  Every once in awhile, I get in a real creative funk.  So even with all the liberty afforded by the challenge, I was still in a dilemma.  Finally, I decided to use the September Stamp of the Month and Nutmeg, my favorite color from the new Basics palette.  Also, metallic accents seem to be trendy now, so there you go...I had the elements for my card!

I used Colonial White cardstock for the card base, the panels and the feather.  (Yes, it is retired, but you know that you have some in your stash!) I stamped the background with Nutmeg Ink.  The sentiment and feather were heat embossed with gold powder.  The mats are Nutmeg cardstock and Gold Glitter paper. I bumped up the feather with Thin 3-D Foam Dots and added some bling with Gold Glitter Gems.

September Stamp of the Month Feel So Blessed S1709

I hope you are inspired by this card...for more inspiration, be sure to visit Heart 2 Heart Challenges. While you are there, why not link up your project...remember, this week, as long as you use at least one Close to My Heart product, Anything Goes!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Bear Hugs

It is sketch time at Heart 2 Heart.  Haley Bell Dyer designed a sketch that is just asking for your interpretation!  I love the Jack paper set and the cute little bear included in the Jack Cardmaking Stamp set and Thin Cuts, so I found a way to make them work.  This was a fun card to make.  I hope you are inspired to link up your own take on this sketch!

 Here is the have until the end of August to link your project.  Just click on this link to access the Heart 2 heart site.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Card Class!


Here is more information about the card class I have planned for Wednesday, August 16th.  As I mentioned, this class will be "come when you can" during the hours of 1:00 to 8:00 p.m.  We will be making 5 cards, so depending how quickly you work, you will want to allow around two hours to complete your projects.

For this class we will be using some papers and stamps from the new Annual Expressions catalog as well as some oldies, but goodies.  The class fee is $15.00.  I will furnish everything you will need except for tape runners.  You will need to bring one or two with you.  I will also provide beverages and a snack.

Something new...I will be offering a stamp set as a door prize. There will be several ways to enter:
      1 chance for coming to class
      1 chance for prepayment (check or Paypal)
      1 chance for bringing a friend
      1 chance for placing an order for Close to My Heart products the night of the class.

So what do you need to do?  For sure, I need an RSVP by Sunday, Aug 13th so I will have time to prepare the kits.  Please, also tell me if you are bringing a friend.  While it will be helpful to know what time you plan on coming, it is not necessary. Prepayment is also welcome, but payment will be accepted at class time.

I have missed seeing you for card class and look forward to our time together!


Monday, July 31, 2017

Celebrating Friendship!

Hello Friends,
National Friendship Day will be celebrated next Sunday, August 6th.  So It is appropriate that Heart 2 Heart is also celebrating by challenging you to create a card or other project mentioning friendship.  I have chosen to create a card for my dear friend from nursing school.  We do not see each other often, but we have that kind of bond that allows us to easily pick up where we left off as if only a few days had passed.  I will be adding a birthday message to the inside of this card.

This was one of the designs we worked on during the creative sessions at the CTMH convention.  I guess I am pokey because I started several projects there that are just now getting finished at home.  A couple things to point out:

The patterned paper is from the new Whimsy Fundamentals set.  The papers in this set have smaller and more subdued designs and will be perfect as backgrounds for your designs. For cardstock, I used Flaxen, White Daisy, Sorbet and Sapphire. Did you notice the two shades of Sorbet and Sapphire? Our cardstock is now double sided, providing you with more color choices.  It is like having 40 more colors of cardstock available to you! 

New products from the 2017-18 Annual Expressions can be seen online on August 1st. Go to and click on "products".

I will be on vacation this week and probably will not be posting, so to all of you...Happy Friendship Day!

Talk to you soon--

I will be unable to give you the direct link to this challenge until after vacation, but in the meantime please visit the main website: