Saturday, July 7, 2018

Been Making Some Cards

Thought I'd share a few cards I made the past couple days. I seem to be in a slump as far as my scrapbooking these days, maybe because I just don't have many new photos to work with, so figured why not work on some cards instead. I took advantage of some recent free images from Cricut through Design Space and really went to town. Here's what I created.
For my first card, I used a circle die to cut a hole in the card base then used another circle die to cut the blue glitter paper for a border around the opening. The sentiment is one from Close To My Heart as well as the strip of black zig zag paper and the dotted vellum that the sentiment is stamped onto. The blue vellum which I attached to the inside of the card is a piece I've had forever so I was happy to use something from my stash. The dragonfly on the front was cut with my Cricut Maker out of foil acetate and added a nice little touch to the empty space on the top of the card. I stamped a butterfly image, also from Close To My Heart, on the inside so that it lined up with the opening. Added some gems and called it done!
 My second card was actually quite quick to make and I love it! The flowers frame as well as the 'hello' and butterfly were all cut with my Cricut. They were offered as free cuts this week so I took advantage and cut a whole bunch of them out along with several other designs and phrases. They make such nice cards without too much thought going into the process. I used a sheet of Close To My Heart pattern paper behind the frame and love how it turned out! All cardstock used is also from Close To My Heart. They have the best!
 Another free Cricut image this week was this Happy Birthday sentiment. Again all cardstock used is Close To My Heart. I embossed the white background piece with the stitched circles thin cuts dies from Close To My Heart. They make a pretty cool background, in my opinion. I know you may not be able to see them real well but if you click on the photo to make it bigger, you should be able to see them better. I added a small blue sparkle as the 'i' in birthday and called it done.
 Last card is one I plan to give to my hubby for our 42nd anniversary coming up next week. Again, the heart frame and sentiment were free images from Cricut this week. The striped background paper is from Close To My Heart. I cut the leaf sprig out of a piece of red glitter paper then added a small red heart for the 'i' in anniversary. I still have to decorate and add verses to the insides of all these cards yet but I'm happy with how the fronts all turned out.
 If you're a cardmaker, I hope I inspired you to make some of your own. Remember, if you have an account with Cricut Design Space, these Cricut images I used are free for your use too. To purchase  any of the Close To My Heart products, click here.

Thanks for stopping by today! Enjoy your day!

Happy scrampin'!


Friday, July 6, 2018

It's Stampaganza Time Again!

 During July, buy any two My Acrylix® stamp sets at the full retail price and get a third stamp set of equal or lesser value free! Choose from stamp sets in the current Annual Inspirations or Seasonal Expressions 2, plus the popular Solos number and letter stamp sets that we've brought back just for July! Solos stamp sets can also be purchased in two different bundles, one for letters and one for numbers, for even more savings!
 Join my Scrampers with Heart Team in July and receive three Numbers Solos for FREE!
Hold an online gathering for you and your friends and when your sales reach $350 or more, receive three sets of Numbers Solos for FREE along with $60 in Hostess Rewards! Contact me for more info.

Click here to start shopping for all those stamp sets that have been on your wish list.

Happy shopping!


Monday, June 4, 2018

Sharing a couple cards

I am really loving the June stamp of the month set - A Bushel & a Peck - from Close To My Heart. It's so cute, especially the little girl image. The past couple days I've been playing with it and here's the two cards I've created so far. I hope to use it on some scrapbook layouts as soon as I get more photos of my little girlies from my daughter-in-law. In the meantime, I'll just keep making cards and share them with you. Enjoy!

Some of the products I use in my artwork are no longer available to purchase as I seriously need to and try very hard to use up my stash but many of the products are so if you'd like to see which ones are, please go to And please don't hesitate to ask me any questions you might have about anything Close To My Heart.

Thanks for stopping by! Happy scrampin'!


Saturday, June 2, 2018

My Dad is Rad!

To celebrate the dads in your life, the Dad Is Rad exclusive product offering features the limited Rad Dad stamp set, and discounted Dad Is Rad Workshop Bundle. The products in this workshop include the stamp set and other items to create one 12" × 12" layout, one 12" × 12" page, and four cards that can be used both for Father’s Day, or to share with all the “rad” people you love!

This promotion is only good for the month of June so grab yours today right here!

Happy scrampin'!


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Friday, June 1, 2018

I love you a bushel & a peck!

Hey folks!
There's a new stamp of the month for June and it's awesome! This stamp set is so cute! I love it and know I'll be using it a lot for layouts of my grandchildren + for some handmade cards. It's available to purchase just for the month of June at a cost of $17.95 + shipping & tax OR for just $5.00 + shipping & tax with an additional $50 purchase. Just think of the awesome artwork you can create with this stamp set! So many possibilities! Click here to get yours!

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day!


Thursday, May 31, 2018

Create the Rainbow!

Create the Rainbow - June 2018 Monthly Special 
During the month of June, add color to your cardmaking and scrapbooking with the Create the Rainbow special! This special features exclusive cardstock bundles, individual spools of Fundamentals ribbon, and select embellishments at 25% off the retail price. You can pick and choose the colors that fit your projects best. As you create the rainbow yourself, add an extra splash of color with the special's exclusive Be a Rainbow stamp set (D1813).

For Hostesses: When you host a party that reaches the third level of Hostess Rewards or higher (submitting your party order no later than July 5, 2018), you can choose one Create the Rainbow cardstock bundle, FREE. That’s up to a $9.95 value, totally free!
For New Consultants: Anyone who becomes a Close To My Heart Consultant in June can choose one Create the Rainbow cardstock bundle, FREE. That’s up to a $9.95 value, totally free!
This Rainbow special is only good for the month of June so be sure to take advantage of the great discount on these fabulous products before you forget! Head over to my website beginning tomorrow, June 1, to get yours!

Happy shopping!


Monday, May 28, 2018

Postcard Perfect Deadline

Just a reminder, folks, that the Postcard Perfect special is winding down and will be gone in just 4 days. To take advantage of this fabulous paper collection that is perfect for all things tropical or just summer-related, hop on over to my website now before you forget.
And don't forget, with your $50 or more order, you can get the awesome May stamp of the month set - Classic Summer Bash - for just $5. It's a perfect set that can work seamlessly with the Postcard Perfect paper collection. Grab yours while it's here as it's only available till May 31.
Thanks for stopping by and have a great Memorial Day!

Happy scrampin'!


Monday, April 30, 2018

Love Me Some 'Fresh Air'

Hey all,

Been busy dealing with an ailing hubby - arthroscopic knee surgery - so haven't had much play time recently other than a couple cards I was able to squeak in. I am loving the new Fresh Air paper collection from Close To My Heart, which will be available beginning tomorrow, yay! If you're an outdoorsy kinda person, you are going to LOVE these papers for creating scrapbook layouts! Not only perfect for camping but for any outdoor activities really. For now, I have created two cards to share.
This card uses two different X7232B Fresh Air papers (available May 1), stamped images from D1717 Good Thymes, C1641 Springtime Wishes and D1476 Card Chatter - Sympathy. I cut the two oval shapes with the Z3328 Thin Cuts Basics Ovals then added a couple little Z3312 Gold Glitter Gems and it was finished. The stamp sets used are currently not available but if you own something similar, you can certainly substitute them and create something just as nice. Ink color used for the stamped images is Z2830 Nutmeg. I rubbed a little Z2865 Juniper ink on the flower using a cotton swab.
This card also uses the same patterned papers from X7232B Fresh Air. Stamped images are C1641 Springtime Wishes and Z4158 Chelsea Gardens - cardmaking. The 'hello' was made with a Thin Cuts die. Sorry, I don't have the item number on that one. I added a couple Z4155 Chelsea Gardens Dots & Gems and called it done! Ink used is Z2835 New England Ivy. I'm thinking this card is still missing something but not sure what yet so for now, it's good.

Sorry to say, unfortunately, that none of the items used on this card are available any longer except for the Fresh Air papers that will be available May 1. Again, if you already own these stamp sets or something similar, you can create a very nice card with your own supplies.

A new Seasonal Expressions catalog comes out tomorrow, May 1, so be sure to check it out on my website. It is chock full of some awesome new papers and other products. Thanks for stopping by today.

Happy scrampin'!


Sunday, April 8, 2018

Couple Cards to Share

JUST POPPING IN to share a couple cards I made recently using the lovely Chelsea Gardens paper collection from Close To My Heart. I just love this paper collection.

THE FIRST CARD unfortunately had to be made for a friend whose father recently passed away. I dislike having to make sympathy cards but as I get older, I find myself making more and more of them. It's so sad really but I know it's just a part of the whole 'life' process.

THIS CARD WAS quite quick and easy to create for those times when you need a card at a moment's notice. The stamp set used for the black stems is an older set and is no longer available but that cute little butterfly is part of this set. The sentiment image is also no longer available. I used a sponge to lightly rub some ink onto the black stems to make them pop a bit and this card was done! Quick and easy is my style!
THIS SECOND CARD was inspired by a sister consultant. You can find her card here. I loved how she used the oval thin cuts die to create a window in her card so I decided to do something similar and I love how it turned out.

I STARTED WITH a piece of Chelsea Gardens floral paper then I cut two layers of windows in different sizes, one in white and one in blue, then added a piece of dotted acrylic overlay between the layers. I then stamped the sentiment on another white piece of cardstock and put it underneath the cut out area.

I CUT OUT and stamped the two butterflies with the Z4158 Chelsea Gardens cardmaking stamp set - which I LOVE - then glued just the centers of them to the card and bent them up a little to give them some dimension. The bow strip at the top was cut with a die out of the blue cardstock and added just the right touch for the empty space. A couple sparkly gems and some black doodling lines along the edges and the card was finished.
If you have the set of oval thin cuts dies from Close To My Heart, give this technique a try and please share your creation. I'd love to see what you make.

Happy scrampin'!


Friday, March 30, 2018

Fab Four Sign-Up Special

IF YOU'VE BEEN ON THE FENCE about joining my Close To My Heart team, April is the time to do it! You receive the next four Stamp of the Month sets for FREE when you sign up! Can't beat that deal with a stick! Just imagine all the fabulous artwork you can create with these stamp sets to get your business off to a great start! There are many more perks for becoming a consultant so be sure to contact me or check out my website for more details.

IF YOU ARE A FORMER CONSULTANT, this is also a great time to re-join. You can sign up in April at a lower-priced, no-kit enrollment option for just $50. You will also receive these four awesome stamp sets for FREE along with all the usual perks.

IF YOU'D LIKE TO JOIN MY TEAM, go here beginning April 1 and get yourself signed up before it slips your mind. I'd love for you to take advantage of all the wonderfulness - is that a word? - that Close To My Heart offers and get you started on a rewarding career in papercrafting with a fabulous company.

HERE'S ANOTHER FABULOUS OFFER for you if you prefer to remain a loyal customer of mine. Each weekend during April, you can take advantage of the Fab Faves weekend sales. These online-only weekend sales last just 24 hours, while supplies last, and will feature different items and product bundles at 25% off the retail price. How awesome is that?

HERE'S A GREAT OFFER FOR HOSTESSES: Host a gathering in April and reach the third level of Hostess Rewards or higher and receive your choice of either the Cut Above Layout kit - This is Me (Z4166) or the Cut Above Golden Moments bundle (CC4190), FREE! The bundle includes both the Golden Moments Cut Above tag kit and the Golden Moments Cut Above card kit.

AND DON'T FORGET, when you place an order of $50 or higher, you can purchase the April Stamp of the Month set - Color Your Life (S1804) - for just $5. 

MARK YOUR CALENDAR for April 1 and plan to visit my website to sign up or visit on April 6, 13, 20 and 27 for the Fab Faves sale items. Either one gives you great products at even greater prices!

Have a great April and happy scrampin'!


Monday, March 26, 2018

Upcoming Card Workshop

If anyone local is in need of some beautiful handmade cards to give to the special people in your life, please let me know. I would love to hold a workshop for you! I will offer a total of 10 cards - 2 each of 5 different designs plus a bonus card OR you can choose to create 4 each of 5 designs for a total of 20 cards plus one bonus card. Cost is $20 for 10 cards or $35 for 20. Give me a shout if you're ready for this workshop and I'll select a date to hold it.
Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day!


Sunday, March 25, 2018

Postcard Perfect

Postcard Perfect is Close To My Heart's special paper collection in celebration of National Scrapbooking Month in May. I seriously believe you are going to love it even if you don't travel to any exotic places as I don't. This collection of fabulous papers and components would work great for backyard activities, themed birthday parties, public gardens, your own backyard gardening, Disney trips, flower shows, Palm/Easter Sunday, trips to the beach, girls' getaways, backyard luaus or cookouts, visits to aquariums or water parks. The possibilities are endless, don't you think?

The three layouts shown below can be created with the Cut Above Postcard Perfect kit from Close To My Heart - the other two photos show what comes in the kit - which is different from the Postcard Perfect paper pack itself. The Cut Above kit comes with die-cut pieces as well as stickers which do not come in the main Postcard Perfect paper collection.

This is the fabulous special for National Scrapbooking Month and will be available beginning May 1 if not before. If you travel to exotic places or just spend time in your own backyard paradise, this kit is for you. I am not a traveler but I will be including photos of our backyard activities on these layouts. 

I also plan to showcase photos of my trips to Longwood Gardens on them. Hint, hint! Pretty clever idea, huh? If you're interested in playing with this collection, let me know and I'll plan a workshop. If you prefer to create at home, mark your calendar for May 1 and head to my website to get yours, while supplies last, and have it shipped directly to you.

As always, if you have any questions, feel free to contact me.

Happy scrampin'!


Tuesday, March 20, 2018

The Important Things

Close To My Heart has a special campaign running until the end of April - The Important Things - and it is pretty cool. If you've been wanting to put together a mini album of what is important to you at this point in your life then this is the perfect time to do so. If you're not sure if it's a project that's right for you, consider giving it as a gift either partially put together or just as a kit for the recipient to create themselves. Either way, it's a wonderful little album to showcase the important things in life either for you or a friend or family member. Here's the details:

Create a meaningful Everyday Life™ Album using this limited-time product bundle. Based on a journaling model inspired by Margaret Wise Brown’s The Important Book, this workshop empowers crafters to create a custom album highlighting the important things in their lives! The bundle contains the paper, cardstock, Flip Flaps™, and Memory Protectors™ needed to assemble the album. To see all of the supplies needed for this workshop, click here. The bundle is only available through April 30, while supplies last, so order yours today!
Here's the very first page I've created for the album. I changed it up a bit from the instructions included in the kit and that's the beauty of this project or any project for that matter. You can tweak it to fit YOU!
Let me know if you have any questions or you can just head on over to my website at to check it out or to order yours while supplies last!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Happy scrampin'!


Hello, it's me!

Hi everyone!

So sorry I have not been keeping up with my blog these past few months. I really have no excuses except that life got in the way, I've been busy with other projects, I've been lazy and frustrated and seemed to have lost my creative mojo as well as my zest for a lot of things in my life. So on that note, I have decided to make some changes in how I communicate with all my wonderfully loyal peeps who may have been wondering where I've been lately.

I have frequently been frustrated with Facebook, Twitter and the like recently so I have decided to eventually leave them all one by one. First to go is Facebook as of Sunday, March 25. I think Facebook has become too big for it's britches and I can't handle the fact that they control too much of people's lives, publicly as well as privately. They try to silence anyone who doesn't agree with their political agenda, which I feel interferes with the First Amendment and that is so very wrong on many levels.

If we are friends on Facebook and you want to remain friends, you can follow me on Instagram and Twitter (for the time being) @clabuski. If you follow my Close To My Heart Facebook page and wish to stay informed of anything Close To My Heart related, please come right here to my blog for that. You can also message me through this blog if you ever have any questions, comments or concerns.

I also plan, or at least hope, to begin sending out an email newsletter again so if you're interested in that, please message me and I'll add you to my list. If we normally just connect through Messenger, I think you'd have to know my phone number for that to work, not 100% sure on that but will check. And I am also on Skype if anyone would like to see my smiling, wrinkled old face in real life!

I want to thank you all for listening to me today. I hope I didn't bore you but do hope that you can understand why I feel this is the best thing for me at this time. If you wish to remain in contact with me in some way, shape or form, please let me know soon before I sign off on most, if not all, social media sites. I am hoping to locate another site that I can trust more than Facebook and Twitter for keeping in contact online so if I find such a place, I will surely let you know! Or if you know of such a place, please let ME know! ;)

Thanks all! Have a great day!


Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Happy November!

Again, I must apologize for not posting a gosh darn thing last month. Still trying to get myself back together as far as my creativity. I seem to have lost all ambition these past couple months. Maybe I need to do some soul-searching and see if I can figure out what's going on with me. But in the meantime, here is what's going on with Close to my Heart for this month.

During November, save on crafting essentials like paper, ribbon, die cuts and stickers during our Just for FUN sale! Save 40% on bundles of coordinating Fundamentals products, or save 30% on individual items!

You can also choose a Fundamentals Bundle FREE when you become a Consultant in November or when you host a qualifying party.

Each month you can purchase a new D-size stamp set, available for one month only, for just $5. When you place an order of $50 or more in Close To My Heart products, you qualify for this special Stamp of the Month pricing.

There's an awesome calendar project coming up for the December special that features this stamp set so if you make a purchase of $50 or more in November, you can get this set for just $5.00 to take advantage of the discount. The stamp set WILL be available in December to purchase with the calendar kit but it will be at full retail price of $17.95.

Here's a sneak peek of the calendar. Let me know if you're interested in attending a workshop or would like to create this at home. It would make a lovely Christmas gift.
Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you are all well and doing better than I am! Keeping my fingers crossed that I can get my you-know-what together soon! ;)

Happy scrampin'!!!

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