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:

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Rose for an Anniversary!

Time again for the Color My Heart Color Dare challenge!  This week we are challenged to use Poppy, Tangerine, Willow, Glacier, Slate and White Daisy with gold being an option.  The rose on this card is kind of a sneak peek of a new set that will be available in the 2017-18 Annual Expressions.  This catalog will go live on August 1st and you will be able to see it on my website

The rose from the Beautiful You set is stamped in three layers.  In order to stay with the assigned colors, I stamped the first layer with second generation Tangerine, the second with first generation Tangerine and the final layer with Poppy.  The leaves were stamped with Willow and the veins with Slate.  The sentiment from the Workshops Your Way Anniversary Cardmaking Kit is stamped with Slate. I used Gold Glitter Gems for the bling.  The Glacier patterned paper from the Prickly Pear set was die cut with a die from Lawn Fawn.

This card turned out clean and classy...and that makes me happy!

Be sure to visit the Color Dare site for more beautiful cards created with this color combination!


Wednesday, July 19, 2017

So Lovely!

I'll make this post short and sweet.  I was so happy with this layout I did today that I just had to share.  I think, mostly I am happy with the subject granddaughter's first prom and how beautiful she looked.  Her dress, her hair, flowers...everything was perfect for her.

A few design details:
Design credit to Cheryl Even
Used the Hello Lovely paper packet (retired)
Journaling block is a Picture my Life card
Used floral zip strips as accent
While not seen on the photo, I used the Shimmer Pen to accent the title
I had intended to use some Complements, but they would have made the layout too busy; used Gold Glitter Gems instead


I will am posting this at Heart 2 Heart Challenges

Monday, July 17, 2017

In Stitches...Old and New!

When I saw that our Heart 2 Heart challenge was In Stitches,  I  could not get the Stitched Together stamp set out of my mind. Because it is long retired, I combined it with current product to demonstrate how the old and new work together..  This pattern is from the Workshops Your Way Anniversary Cardmaking Kit (G1131). The sentiment is, strangely enough, from the Race Car Birthday Set (B1531). I used patterned paper from the Adventure Fundamentals set along with White Daisy and Sea Glass cardstock.  The stamping was done with Memento Black and Raspberry inks. The bling additions are Silver Shimmer Trim and Silver Sequins.

This is the card as created from the kit.  I love the Sorbet and Sea Glass together!

And this is the same card done with papers from the No Worries collection.  I love them all!

Be sure to visit Heart 2 Heart to see what the Design Team has created for you.

This card was also submitted to the Color My Heart Color Dare challenge.  You will also love the inspiration found there!

Monday, July 3, 2017

Heart 2 Heart...No Worries

The entire Design Team at Heart 2 Heart Challenges is coming together this week to challenge you with interpretations of No Worries. This may mean using the papers and/or the colors from the paper pack with the same name or it may mean creating a layout or card that reflects that feeling.  I can picture beach or picnic layouts, kids enjoying summer vacation or maybe just a floral card that invokes feelings of joy or peace.

I chose to use No Worries papers and the No Worries--Scrapbooking stamp set to create my card. This is the card I will be using as a swap at the Close to My Heart convention.  Actually, when you read this, I will already be home from Salt Lake City loaded with new ideas and projects that I will be able to share with you.  I am getting so excited!

So, keeping this short, I hope you are inspired by this card and will visit the Heart 2 Heart Challenge site to see what else the Design Team has created for you.  While you are there, why not link your project?  We love to be inspired!


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Color Dare #248

This week Color Dare is inspiring us with some of the colors from the No Worries packet.  I chose to use a couple patterned papers from that set as well as Desert Sand, Sapphire, Glacier and White Daisy cardstock.  I stamped the sentiment with New England Ivy and added more green by using some bling from the retired Blue and Green Epoxy Gems.

This is the sketch that inspired me:


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Monday, June 19, 2017

Hugs and Kisses!

Our Heart 2 Heart Challenge this week finds us using Emojis as our theme.  How fun is that?  While Close to My Heart offers a darling Emoji stamp set, I chose to use a purchased cutting file to create my little guy.  My patterned papers are retired CTMH, the colors being Lagoon, Honey and Cranberry.  The cardstock used is White Daisy, Black and Cranberry...all current. The embellishments are from the Black and White Dots assortment. Enjoy!

Here is the Close to My Heart Emoji stamp set...

Emojis (C1669)

For More Fun Emoji ideas, please visit:
Heart 2 Heart Emoji

Monday, June 12, 2017


Here I layout closer to getting my riverboat cruise album done!  I had these pictures printed and the layout selected when I saw the palette designated for this weeks Color My Heart Color Dare Challenge.  I love the combination of Slate, Whisper, Pomegranate, Fern, White Daisy and Black. These colors are just perfect for these pictures!

Design credit goes to Donna Cosgrove
In addition to White Daisy, Black and Slate cardstock, I used the following patterned papers:
  • The weathered wood is from the No Worries packet--Seasonal Expressions 2
  • The Pomegranate dot is from the Enchantment Fundamental pack--2016-2017 Annual Expressions
  • The Fern patterned paper is from the Hello Lovely packet--retired.
The challenge also used silver as an option. The Silver Sequins from CTMH have a matte finish that were perfect for this more rustic look.

The gals on the Design Team really outdid themselves this time...each of their projects are beautiful!  I really encourage you to click on the link and check out their artwork!

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Just Dandy!

This week's Color My Heart Color Dare Challenge features the Close to My Heart exclusive colors Cocoa, Smoothie, Lemon, Sea Glass, Cashmere and White Daisy.  It seems like such a long time since I have seen Cocoa featured anywhere so I decided to give it some attention as the background. (the Cocoa looks black in the picture, but it is a dark brown...really!) The stamping was done with Sea Glass and the Dandy and Little Leaves stamps.  Each of these are M size stamps and are only a "dandy" $2.95!  They are perfect for background stamping and also can be trimmed out as I did for the leaves behind the hearts.  The hearts were cut from Smoothie with the smallest of the Hearts Thin Cuts. Matting was done with Cashmere.  That left me with Lemon...look closely...I used a yellow sequin from the Prickly Pear Sequin Set and topped it off with a Bitty Sparkle.

All the products used on this card are from the 2016-2017 Annual Expressions catalog, except for the sequins which are in the Seasonal Expressions 2.

For more colorful inspiration, please visit:

Monday, June 5, 2017


It is Fiesta Time at Heart 2 Heart Challenges and Team Ruby is all set to inspire you!  For my card, I immediately thought of the Prickly Pear paper packet from the Close to My Heart Seasonal Expressions 2 catalog.  In addition, I used Sapphire and Tangerine cardstock.  The stamping was done with the Fiesta Time stamp set. The little party-loving cactus cutting file was found on Cricut Design Space.  The Prickly Pear Sequins provide the bling.

This was one of the more fun cards I have made recently.  I hope you enjoy it and are inspired to create your own fiesta themed art!  And then...I hope you will submit to the Heart 2 Heart challenge. Just follow the link at the bottom of this post!

Prickly Pear Paper Packet X7221B
Fiesta Time C1681

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Thursday, June 1, 2017

Life is Good!

The challenge from Color My Heart Color Dare this week is to create art using the colors from the Little Dreamer  packet.  Such happy colors!  So I chose to create a layout using photos of our favorite people from the riverboat trip we took last summer. These people also make me happy!

In addition to the Little Dreamer paper, I used White Daisy and Glacier cardstock.  The embellishments other than the "friends" stamped image are from the Good Life Complements. Bling is provided with Little Dreamer Glitter Gems. Design credit goes to Donna Cosgrove. 



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Color Dare #245

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Happy Wedding!

The first of our great nephews and nieces will be married this weekend and we are honored to be invited!  So, needing a card for the bride and groom, I decided to use the colors in the Color My Heart Color Dare challenge to make my creation.

The background is two different patterned papers from the Whimsey Fundamental paper packet.  The sentiment box is White Daisy, matted with Glacier. The stamping is done with Glacier, Juniper, Thistle and Canary inks. The stamp is Happy to be Friends.  Silver Foil Tape and silver Sugar Rush Dots add the bling.
Be sure to visit the Color Dare Challenge for more inspiration

Monday, May 22, 2017

Celebrating Ribbon!

Hello!  It is Team Ruby's turn again at Heart 2 Heart Challenges and this week we are Celebrating Ribbon!  For my ribbon choices, I selected the Blue Burlap Ribbon (Z3325) and the White Burlap Ribbon (Z3323) along with the Red Shimmer Trim (Z1848).  While Shimmer Trim is not technically a ribbon, it can certainly be used it its place. The burlap ribbons are new in the Seasonal Expressions 2 catalog and will be available through the end of August.

 I used my die cutter and the largest of the Star Dies (Z3261) to cut the star from a 4 x 5 1/4 inch piece of White Daisy.  I applied adhesive to my card base and then applied the ribbon and Shimmer Trim at a 45 Degree angle.  I used the Thin 3-D Foam tape to adhere the top piece to the card base.  Liquid Glass was used to adhere the die cut. The stamping was done with an old stamp set called Kaboom  in Cranberry and Sapphire ink.  Silver sequins finished it off.

This is a design that came to me at some odd moment...I really like how it turned out.  I hope you like it too.

For more "ribbon" inspiration, please visit:

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Double the Fun!

I created this card to submit to both the Color My Heart Color Dare and the Atlantic Sketch Challenges. I really like the color combination of Raspberry, Blossom, Lagoon, White Daisy, Black and Silver.  The paneled layout was easy to execute using the three main colors.  The flower and leaf were stamped with the Live Beautifully stamp set and Raspberry and Lagoon inks. Silver Shimmer Trim and a little bit of Silver Stickles provide the bling.

For more inspiration, please visit:

Monday, May 8, 2017

Coming up Roses

The challenge at Heart 2 Heart Challenges this week is to create a project using roses or whatever your favorite flower may be.  I chose to use the lovely Live Beautifully  paper packet.  This limited collection is available until the end of May (or until supplies are depleted).  In addition to the paper packet, there are other related products...album bundles, a Cut Above Layout Kit and a stamp set that I have used on this card.  The Live Beautifully collection celebrates the National Scrapbooking Month.

Paper:  Live Beautifully paper packet, White Daisy and Whisper cardstock
Stamps:  Live Beautifully Stamp Set and Happy to Be Friends Stamp Set
Inks:  Eggplant, New England Ivy and Slate.
Other:  White Shimmer Trim from CTMH, Stitched rectangle die from Lawn Fawn and Platinum Stickles from Ranger.

Live Beautifully paper packet CC1212B


For more inspiration please visit:
Heart 2 Heart Challenges--Coming Up Roses

This has also been shared at Color My Heart Color Dare
Color My Heart Color Dare Live Beautifully

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Color My Heart Color Dare Challenge (literally)!

OK, I was really stumped with this challenge.  I could not figure out how to take these colors and create a project that was balanced and pleasing to the eye.  After several trips through my CTMH catalogs and more than a little Pinterest browsing, I finally decided on a design. I used the pattern for one of the cards in the Jack Cardmaking Workshops Your Way from the CTMH Seasonal Expressions 2 catalog.

Here are the colors assigned in the challenge:

While most colors are apparent, you may have to search for the Tangerine.  It, along with Blossom, is one of the colors in the lightest banner.  The White and Gold Twine fills the gold requirement.

The papers shown are from various paper packs, some new and some old.  Feel free to contact me for more information.  To see more inspiring projects using these colors, please visit:

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Some Kinda Wonderful!

This week  Color My Heart Color Dare is challenging us to use at least four of the colors in the Some Kinda Wonderful paper packet. By using three of the patterned papers and a pair of the zip strips, I was able to use all the colors listed.  I used the Some Kinda Wonderful--Scrapbooking stamp set for all the stamping on the bottom, the title and the embellishments.  The sequins are from the retired Magical set...they made me "a whole lot of happy"!  The paper packet and stamp set will also be retiring on April 30th...I hate to see them go!

Design Credit--Pattern 09 Make it From Your Heart,Volume 1

To find more inspiration using these fun colors please visit:

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Monday, April 24, 2017

All Creatures Great and Small

I love the theme for this week's Heart 2 Heart Challenge...All Creatures Great and Small.  I chose to highlight one of the smaller creations in our world when I created this layout.  I really like these little partridges.  This Stamp of the Month features all five of these little loves along with the hearts and sentiments used.

Because this layout features a picture of my husband and myself along with our children and families at Christmas, I chose to use retired White Pines on the side border.  The background paper is the ombre pattern from Sugar Rush.  I added strips of Sweet Leaf and Saddle cardstock as well as Poppy Shimmer Trim. The stamping was done with Saddle and Poppy inks.

Flock Together, the April Stamp of the Month, is available for $17.95 or only $5.00 with a $50.00 purchase.  Contact me to order or visit my website,, to order online.

For more "Creature" inspiration, please visit:
Heart 2 Heart Challenges--All Things Great and Small

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Eggplant, Canary and Slate

I love when I find inspiration in two different challenges.  I was again able to create a card that meets the requirments for Mojo Monday and the Color My Heart Color Dare Challenges.  I love the fun sketch and colors. I really think this card has a masculine feel and would work well for the men in your lives.

The products used are all from Close to My Heart.  The Canary patterned paper is from the Whimsy packet.  Cardstock used was Canary, Eggplant, Slate and White Daisy.  The sentiment was stamped with a stamp from the Birthday Sparkles Set (B1537) and Slate Ink. The stars were cut with the Stars Thin Cuts (Z3261). The sequins are from the retired Magical Sequin Set.

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