Wednesday, July 2, 2014


What's on my work desk this Wednesday? Stuff that needs to be put away from last week's Close To My Heart convention...

I'm currently planning what I'd like to do with this blog and am making some goals and schedules so that I can become active again. It's been just about one year (July 3, 2013 was my last post) since I last blogged - YIKES!

What would you like to see in future posts? Layouts, cards, techniques? Is anyone out there? LOL

Wednesday, July 3, 2013


Unbelievably, I cleaned off my work desk as I finished up my layouts for the album contest last Tuesday night. Then as I unpacked from Convention, I continued to put things away so that I could leave out the crop projects that I didn't complete. I wanted to have some samples to show for the new Close To My Heart Idea Book.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

My 2013 CTMH Album Contest Entry was in the Top 10!

Last week I attended the 2013 Close To My Heart convention at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. This was my second time attending Convention but my first time entering the album contest. Last year one of my new friends and fellow Fancy team member Amy entered her beautiful album (and won!) and I was inspired to try my hand.

I was stressed over how to make the pages connect with the theme and with each other, but one night the idea came to me and I went with it. But no matter how much I tried to get done in the weeks leading up to the convention dates I just couldn't pull it together. Finally on Tuesday night, at literally the 11th hour, I put the finishing touches on and called it done!

Here are the pages. I was very proud to have finished this project and so relieved to turn it in. When I saw that I had made the top 10 out of 34 entries, I was super surprised and excited!! I would have loved to have won a prize but as my sister teased, it was an honor just being nominated. The encouragement I received from my team members was also a huge boost.

If you'd like more information about Close To My Heart product or becoming a consultant, you can visit my website at or email me!

Happy scrapping!

Thursday, April 11, 2013

It’s a Cricut® Party!

Whether you use one Cricut®-cut piece or several, you can create cute party favors and decorations using your Artiste cartridge. Combine your Cricut® pieces with unique stamping techniques and you have projects that will knock your guests’ socks off! Want some recipes and tips for how to make this adorable artwork? Below are instructions for creating two pieces from the “Clearly the Best: How to kiss—with stamps” episode. Combine the Cricut®-cut pieces for these projects with the kissing stamping technique taught in the video, and you have a stellar 3-D item! Want to learn more about the kissing stamping technique? Click here to watch the video.

Recipes and Tips

Party Banner
Stamp set of your choice
X5668 Honey Cardstock
X5764 Pear Cardstock
1272 Cranberry Cardstock
Z2197 Pear Exclusive Inks® Pad
Z2163 White Daisy Exclusive Inks® Pad
Z1751 Baker’s Twine Harvest Assortment
Z1311 1¼" Circle Punch
Cricut® Shapes:
1" Shift+3D Object (cut 56, p. 57)

Art Tip! This banner only uses one type of Cricut® shape, but the finished product is still stunning. Use stamp kissing to randomly stamp across the pieces using the stamp set of your choice. Score with the help of the Cricut®-cut score lines on the shape and piece together to create little globes. Tie together with baker’s twine and voila!
Owl Miss You Bag
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
1292 Crystal Blue Cardstock
X5668 Honey Cardstock
X5930 Slate Cardstock
Z2162 Honey Exclusive Inks® Pad
Z2117 Crystal Blue Exclusive Inks® Pad
Z1349 Shimmer Designer Brads
Z1752 Sparkles Clear Assortment
Z1311 1¼" Circle Punch
Twist Ties
Cricut® Shapes:
4½" 3D Object (p. 77)
4½" Shift+3D Object (cut 2, p. 77)
1" Shift+Accent 2 (p. 51)

Art Tip! This project uses many Cricut® shapes and all the pieces coordinate so nicely for an adorable finished product. Use the Artiste assembly booklet to put the bag together and then add the embellishments. The feathers are created with punched circles that are stamped using the kissing technique; however, if you don’t have the circle punch, you can easily make these using the Cricut as well. The eyes were created using Shimmer designer brads, but you can use any large brad or button to create the same look. Finish with the “owl miss you sentiment” for a special touch.
Be sure to share these tips with your customers! The owl bag and party banner are great projects to create at a workshop or club. Share just how wonderful Cricut® shapes can be by showing off these 3-D items with customers at Gatherings or other events. It’s a Cricut® party!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

On my scrap table

I've been scrapbooking lately, trying to use up kits that I've subscribed to in the past few months. I told myself that if I didn't make time to do the layouts I wasn't going to buy any more kits. Well, I'm not one to deny myself scrapbooking supplies...

This is what my table looks like today as I try to finish off the last layout in the kit and move onto March's kit. The other layouts have photos but need journaling so that I can put them in albums.

I tried my panorama setting on my phone the other day and was able to get a full view of my scrap room in one shot. I'm trying to de-clutter in here.

Happy scrapping!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

"Love Me Do" Blog Hop Layout

Welcome to the “Love Me Do” Valentine’s Blog Hop!  This week, January 16th-20th, we have a group of 5 talented designers sharing projects with you on their blogs to get you prepared for the upcoming season of love!  Whether you use these designs to create something for your loved ones or spring-board off the inspirations given, we would love to see your work as well, so leave a comment on the blogs as you go through.

On January 24th, we will be giving away a collection of goodies from the group to one lucky participant.  The giveaway will be hosted through filling out a Google Docs form, on Live.Teach.Create on January 20th, asking various questions about the posts throughout the week.  All those who enter with the correct answers will have a chance to win!


I am a Close To My Heart independent consultant. The products I used for today's project include the Roxie kit, Bling Assortment, Designer Brads Rhinestone, Designer Ribbon, and Cricut Art Philosphy set. The only non-CTMH product was the foam letter stickers from American Crafts. (Hey, we all have an assortment of scrapbooking products, right?)

I love how I was able to use the Cricut designs to cut out the hearts in different sizes and also the fancy overlay design. I also used one of the stamps that comes with the collection to stamp on the inside of the smaller hearts.

The layout is super simple - obviously. I kept wavering from adding a little more text, or a tag, but ultimately decided I really just wanted the photo to stand on its own. I guess if it bothers me later down the road I can add some journaling on the bottom half or tuck a tag behind the photo. For now, I like the simplicity of it.

I don't have a technique to show with this project. I did want to let you know that the design was inspired by a page I found on Pinterest. You can find inspiration many places on the web, and I hope that you've found something you like from this page.

Thanks for joining me today for the “Love Me Do” Valentine’s Blog Hop!  Next person in the hop is Jayma.  Check back again with me tomorrow as well for another new idea.