Thursday, February 14, 2019

Love Swiss Dots!

I am in love with the new Z4232 Swiss Dot embossing folder from Close To My Heart. The folder measures 5 1/4" x 7 1/4" so it's perfect for creating 5" x 7" cards as well as the standard size of 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" which seems to be the preferred size for cards. It may be a bit difficult to see the stitched line that separates the dotted area from the blank area but this feature makes this embossing folder even more versatile as you can adjust the size of each area by trimming one end of your cardstock or both.
 Here are three cards I recently made with this awesome folder.
Just above the striped b&w strip is where the stitched line is but I know you can't see it in the photo. You also probably can't tell but the sentiment is embossed in gold to coordinate with the ribbon. I also used the Z3316 Gold Shimmer Brush on the butterfly but I'm afraid that's not really visible either. Sorry!
Again the stitched line is just above the b&w striped piece and I think you can see it better in this photo. The sentiment is stamped on an oval cut with the Z4187 Stitched Ovals thin cuts dies. The strip of hearts is cut from a set of thin cuts dies no longer available and not wanting to waste the tiny hearts cut from it, I added them to the top part of the card.
This card, I think, is my favorite of the three. It's very simple but looks so elegant, don't you think? Just below the stitched line, I added a scalloped border made using a die from the Z4241 Decorative Borders thin cuts. The circles were cut with Z3318 Basic Circles and Z4181 Stitched Circles. The sentiment and the small leaf images, which were stamped with Z2825 Mink ink, are both from older stamp sets that are no longer available.

Thanks for stopping in today! I hope you like my cards. If you have any questions, please give me a shout. To shop for these and other great products from Close To My Heart, click here.

Happy scrampin'!


Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Sponging and Droplet Technique

Hello all!

Recently the Close To My Heart blog shared a sponging and droplet technique that I really liked so thought I'd try it for myself. You can see the blog post here. Here's a card I made using this technique. You may have to enlarge the photo to see the droplets but they are there.

The raised circles were created using the Z4245 Texture Paste through a stencil I made with one of the Cricut images from the Z3500 Artistry cartridge. The large stamped circles and small dots are from D1784 Colorful Texture stamp set, the smaller circles were created using the end of a waterbrush tapped onto an ink pad then pressed onto the card and the sentiments are from S1901 Card Captions, which was January's stamp of the month. Tied a pretty ribbon around it and it was done.
Hope you like my card and it inspires you to use the Sponging and Droplet technique for yourself.

Happy scrampin'!

Friday, February 1, 2019

CTMH February 2019 Specials


The February stamp of the month set is now available for purchase at $18.95 + shipping & tax OR for just $5.00 with your additional $50 order. This set is only available for the month of February. Remember, there are only 28 days this month and that time will go fast so get yours here before you forget!

There's another special available beginning today and is available until March 31, 2019..Love Blossoms Cardmaking Workshop.

What better way to express appreciation and love than with handmade cards? Create the beautiful cards shown here using the exclusive Love Blossoms stamp set and workshop bundle. Not only will you get a set of 12 cards, but you’ll also have fun using stamps and embossing folders to decorate them. Get a 20% discount when you purchase the Love Blossoms Workshop Kit or the Love Blossoms Workshop Kit + Embossing Folder. Earn a FREE Love Blossoms stamp set by hosting a qualifying party this month! Learn more »
And don't forget, the Heart Happy Special is still available until February 28, 2019 in two options - as a scrapbooking + card kit and as a 6x8 album workshop kit. Either one will be perfect for showcasing your life events.

Happy scrampin'!


Thursday, January 31, 2019

Birds in Winter scrapbook layout

My husband and I are huge bird lovers so we always provide various foods that they like in order to attract as many different species to our backyard as possible. And do we ever get a lot of wonderful birds to entertain us! They sure do help us survive cabin fever during long cold winters.

I printed a few photos of our Bluebirds, Red-bellied Woodpeckers and even a very unwelcome Cooper's Hawk hiding in the apple tree next door waiting to pounce on one of our little birds, a couple days ago after we'd received about an inch and a half of snow the previous night and I wanted to create a scrapbook layout while the moments were fresh in my mind.

I take tons of bird photos then never print them out to use on layouts and I need to stop that! I am lucky enough to have a pretty decent point & shoot camera that takes some really awesome photos of our birds. It also helps that the feeder station is not too far from the house so I can safely take photos from a warm spot inside during this brutal cold.

I used some currently available items as well as several older products from Close To My Heart on this layout and I'm so happy about that. I buy all this stuff then don't use it up so it's a wonderful feeling when it disappears from my stash. I'm sure some of you can relate, right?

Products used that are still available:
9043 Make It From Your Heart - Vol. 3 (I used pattern 24)
Z2823 Goldrush ink
Z2848 Sapphire ink
Z4182 Stitched Hearts thin cuts dies
Z4304 Silver Sequins

Products used that are no longer available but you may already have in your stash:
X9000 Seasons Mix-in papers
Z3254 Enchantment Fundamentals papers
D1772 Documented Scrapbooking stamp set
C1584 Feathers  stamp set
B1269 Journaling Jots stamp set
Z3377 Thoughtful Bird stamp set + thin cuts dies

That's it folks! Hope you enjoy my layout and that it inspires you to scrap the birds that visit your backyard in winter or just to scrapbook some favorite photos if you're stuck inside right now due to the cold weather.

Happy scrampin'!


Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Another January SOTM card

Hello, hello!

Sharing another card I made today for a friend's sister who is fighting cancer. So sad to hear! I hate hearing about anyone who has to fight this nasty health issue. It's not an easy fight to win and knowing how she is struggling, maybe a card can help cheer her up if only for a moment.

I love the D1815 Bunches of Love stamp set that was in the previous Close To My Heart catalog and have used it quite a bit on handmade cards. The watercolor effect is very trendy these days and I think that's why I love it so much. I also used the January stamp of the month S1901 Card Captions set (which is only available till January 31 so if you want one, get it now) for the "Get Well Soon" sentiment.

I stamped the flower image in black archival ink first then stamped the inside of the main flower in Raspberry ink. I then used watercolor pencils and a clear shimmer brush to color in the smaller flowers and the leaves. Pretty cool technique but unfortunately you really can't see the shimmer it creates in my photo. I then tied a piece of black shimmer ribbon around the white piece and added a bow then called it done. I hope my friend's sister likes my card and that it cheers her up for a moment or two. Prayers will help, too, so if you can, please say one for her.

Thanks for stopping by! Have a good day!


Sunday, January 27, 2019

Just A Note

I love how the acrylic stamp sets from Close To My Heart are flexible and can bend to fit where you want to stamp the image. Take this card for example...I wanted to use the phrase "Just A Note" on the white stitched oval sentiment piece but since it wouldn't fit as all one stamped image, I bent it around a clear acrylic block then stamped first the word 'just' then the words 'a note' and it worked perfectly!
The stamp set with that phrase, as well as all the others you see below, is the current stamp of the month set from Close To My Heart called S1901 Card Captions but it's only available until January 31 so get yours before you forget! You can purchase it for $18.95 (USD) + shipping & tax or get it for just $5.00 with an additional $50.00 purchase. Click here to shop.
Happy scrampin'!


Monday, January 21, 2019

Lots of retired stamp sets for sale!

Hey everyone!

So sorry I haven't updated my blog in awhile but I've been extremely busy purging and cleaning out and organizing my house all month and just haven't found the time to post. I hope to update you soon on all things Close To My Heart but in the meantime, while I've been in my cleaning mood, I found a ton of retired Close To My Heart stamp sets I decided to part with and thought I'd give you all a chance to grab some if you're interested.

A-size sets are $3, B - $5, C - $6, D - $8, E & double sets are $12. Shipping - US only - for one set starts at $4.00 and goes up depending on what state it's going to. For each additional set add $1. Most sets are lightly loved, some more so, but all sets work perfectly. They are also from a pet free/smoke free home. Please let me know if you're interested in any. I accept PayPal and money through Messenger.

Thanks and have a great day!


Sunday, December 2, 2018

December Specials from Close To My Heart

Hey, hey everyone! Happy December! I have a couple specials to share with you and maybe one will pique your interest so here goes.

Days of December is still available until December 31 and is a wonderful way to document your December activities and special holiday memories. Even though the month has already begun, you can still take daily photos and jot down a few lines of journaling to be ready for when your album arrives.
Here's a great list of ideas of what to take pictures of each day of the month to make it a bit easier for you to decide what to photograph. Awesome, right?
The second special available this month is the Story Starter Special. Get a jump start on preserving your memories with Story Starter — a fun 4″ × 4″ workshop kit that walks you through the steps of uncovering meaningful memories related to the people, places, and things you love!

Individual workshop kits and stamp sets are available at 20% off; buy the workshop kits and stamps bundled together to save 30%! You can also receive your choice of one of the featured stamp sets FREE when you sign up as a Consultant or host a qualifying party!Ask me for more details or go here to read all about it.
And don't forget about the wonderful Candy Cane Alphabet that is the featured stamp of the month during December. It's perfect for all those holiday projects you'll be working on.
 Here's how I used this awesome alphabet on one of my projects. Cool, huh?

Okay, folks! Need to get started on addressing some Christmas cards so I'll say goodbye for now. If you have any questions about anything Close To My Heart related, please give me a shout! Happy December and happy shopping!


Thursday, November 1, 2018

Upcoming Close To My Heart Specials!

Beginning today, there are two new specials available from Close To My Heart. One (or both) of them might just be something you'll love. Read on for more details...

Create two 12” x 12” single pages and 2 two-page 12” x 12” layouts using this exclusive workshop bundle. These layouts feature a unique crafting technique designed to add extra artistic flair and to boost your creativity. Choose between two kit options — no Workshop Your Way® kit needed! Plus, you’ll save 15% when you purchase the kit that includes the Colorful Texture stamp set and the Stitched Circles Thin Cuts! Be sure to click on the photo to see the other layouts you can create + the contents of the kits.
Offer valid November 1 – December 31 while supplies last. Standard tax and shipping and handling apply.

Capture memories for every day of this magical season with the Days of December workshop bundle. This project will provide you with a place for photos and storytelling for every day of December. Get a jump start on this busy time of year by completing your album ahead of time!
Offer valid November 1 – December 31 while supplies last. Standard tax and shipping and handling apply.
And don't forget this awesome special still available:   
You can never get enough Christmas. For a limited time, we are offering a discounted workshop bundle with an exclusive stamp set that gives you materials to create 12 cards that celebrate the heart of this special season.
Only available October 15–December 31 while supplies last. Shipping and handling will be assessed on the full retail value of your order.
Be sure to grab yours before you forget! These specials may quickly sell out since the holidays are fast-approaching. If you have any questions at all, please give me a shout!

Happy scrampin' and happy shopping!


Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Advent Calendar Project

Looking for a great project to do with your children to get ready for the Christmas season? Well, this may be it! Make this holiday season extra joyful with this enchanting advent calendar from the brand new Cricut® Season of Joy collection. You can now purchase a custom bundle of papers chosen especially for creating this project; pair this bundle with your Cricut® collection, a few accessories, and a My Acrylix® stamp set and you’ll have everything you need to create this festive papercrafting project!
The base kit below provides the basic materials you’ll need, but you’ll need a few additional items to complete the project. If you don’t have these items already, make sure to also add them to your order:
  • Cricut® Season of Joy Digital Collection (Z3296)
  • My Acrylix® Snug Background Stamp Set (B1634)
  • Clear Sparkles (Z3274)
  • New England Ivy Burlap Ribbon (Z4170)
Advent Calendar Bundle (CC101814) 
This would be an awesome creative Christmas project to do with your children. Click here to get everything you need to create it!

Happy scrampin'!

Holiday Sparkle

Quick and Easy Shaker Cards to Liven Up the Holiday!

Shake things up this holiday season with the Holiday Sparkle Cut Above® card kit! This kit contains materials for creating 12 festive shaker cards, including printed card bases, die-cut pieces, stickers, sparkly sequins, and simple assembly instructions.

Get a 20% discount when you get the Holiday Sparkle Bundle, which pairs the card kit with the My Acrylix® Love with All the Trimmings stamp set, specially designed to further customize the insides of your cards.

You can also receive this delightful card kit FREE when you sign up as a Consultant or host a qualifying party. Check out all the details here. Contact me if you have any questions.

Cut Above Card Kit - Holiday Sparkle - $29.95 + tax & shipping

Holiday Sparkle Bundle - $38.95 + tax and shipping

Love with All the Trimmings stamp set - $18.95 + tax & shipping

Happy scrampin'!

Sunday, September 2, 2018

There's a New Catty in Town!

It's time for a new idea book and catalog from Close To My Heart, folks! Click here to check out all the awesomeness it holds. It is full of tons of wonderful products to help you showcase all your upcoming Fall and Christmas projects and events. I think you're going to love it!! This book runs from September 1 - December 31 and you'll get a copy FREE when you place any size order on my website here.

Be sure to check out all the awesome specials going on this month as well while you're visiting my website. You've Got Class, More Magical and Memories in the Making along with the Stamp of the Month - Just Treats. All are fabulous collections and would keep you busy creating for awhile plus they'd also make wonderful gifts for your loved ones. So head on over to my website to check it all out! You'll be glad you did!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Happy scrampin' and Happy Labor Day!


Sunday, August 5, 2018

For the Love of Crafting

Hey Everyone!

I've been playing with the August stamp of the month set from Close To My Heart the past few days and thought I'd share a couple cards I created with it. If you'd like to see where else I used this stamp set, please follow me on Instagram @clabuski. I participated in the index-card-a-day challenge at and posted my daily creations on Instagram. It was so much fun but a bit challenging trying to post every single day for 61 days! Whoa! I did it, though, and am quite proud of myself for doing so!

Anyway, back to my cards.....

For this card, I printed out an art journal page I'd created some time ago onto a 90lb sheet of cardstock to use as the card base. Love doing that! It's a great way to use and share my artwork. I cut the card base out of an image from the CTMH Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge, which, unfortunately is no longer available. I also cut it out of black cardstock as well so I could use the cut out butterflies from both cards to use on opposite cards. Make sense?
Here's where you can see that the butterflies had been cut out. I then glued them to the inside of the card so that they'd show through on the outside of the card when completely folded. So cool!
And here's the black card created with the butterflies cut from the first card. LOVE it! I hate to waste any little pieces so any time I can use them on something else, I'm happy!
And once again, you can see through the butterfly cut outs when it's standing up. I also used a piece of my printed art journal page to back the phrase on this card which helped to make it stand out more. I filled in the "CRAFTINESS" letters using the Bashful Shimmer Brush. It added just the right touch to make them pop out.

Here's the stamp set used on both cards. If you're a crafter, you'll love this set!

Other supplies used from Close To My Heart:
Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge (no longer available)
Magical Sequins (no longer available)
Black Shimmer Trim
Z1809 Black Shimmer Trim $4.95
Black & Gold Ribbon
 Z3197 Black & Gold Ribbon $6.95
Gold Glitter Gems
 Z3312 Gold Glitter Gems $4.95
Bashful Shimmer Brush
 Z3400 Bashful Shimmer Brush $4.95

To get the For the Love of Crafting stamp set for just $5.00, place an order of at least $50.00.
FYI - The prices for these and many Close To My Heart products will be going up in the next catalog beginning September 1 so if there's anything you really want, get them now on my website.

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you have a lovely day!

Happy scramping!


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