Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Close To My Heart~Cherry-O on Canvas with photos



Just thought I would share these pics of the canvas I made recently. I added the photos to it yesterday and LOVE how they really make this project pop! Of course, it also helps when you have photos of one of the cutest little girlies in the whole wide world that work just perfectly with the Cherry-O papers. Oh, I love everything about this canvas! Scarlet is just too precious, isn't she? She is my newest granddaughter and is about 4 months old in these photos. I am so sad that I still have not met her yet : ( Some day soon I hope!

Thanks for stopping by tonight!

~Carol~

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Close To My Heart~Jackpot June Deal


If you are a sticker-lover then you need to check out today's Jackpot June deal! Hurry on over to my website and place your order while supplies last!

If you order the mystery Jackpot item, you'll receive a My Acrylix® Flutter Stamp Set (retail value of $13.95 US/ $16.50 CAN) for FREE! Order one of each of the sale items to guarantee that you will hit the Jackpot!

Monday, June 28, 2010

Heart2Heart Challenges~H2H13~Patriotic

Good Monday morning to you!
It's time for week #13 of the Heart2Heart challenges. This week's challenge is to create something patriotic which means you MUST include stars and stripes! It can be a card, a layout or whatever your heart desires but it must be patriotic with stars and stripes!

Well, we don't usually go anywhere for the 4th of July to watch fireworks but we do always enjoy a cookout here at home then pull out the lawn chairs around dusk, move them to our driveway and sit and watch fireworks all around us. All without ever leaving home! It's awesome! We have a front row seat to some of the greatest fireworks around and they're just from local residents. This layout is ready to go for those wonderful photos I will be taking that day.

Now it's your turn to create something patriotic then send us a link so we can check it out! And don't forget to check out the rest of the design team's creations as well.

I know it's a little early but HAPPY 4TH OF JULY!!!

Supplies used are all Close To My Heart:
  • X7096B~Blue Ribbon paper pack
  • D1300~Circle Around stamp set
  • Z2140~Outdoor Denim ink
  • Z1285~Cranberry buttons
  • Z1277~Outdoor Denim mini medleys
  • Z1219~Cranberry & Colonial White buttons
  • Star brads (retired)
Thanks for stopping in today!

~Carol~

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Close To My Heart~Cherry-O on Canvas

Here's my first attempt at playing with a canvas. I haven't printed out the photos of my granddaughter(s) that I want to put on here so it looks pretty plain but I wanted to post it anyway.
I painted it with acrylic paint first and let it dry real well. Then I very shakily (as I was nervous that I'd ruin it) stamped the designs on the corners with Chocolate ink and edged the canvas with the ink as well.
I don't know how well it will hold up but I did use double-sided tape along with brads for some extra reinforcement so I am hoping it will last awhile.

This second photo shows the tag that can hold another photo and/or journaling or both. I think I will put a small photo on it along with some journaling on the bottom. This was a lot of fun to create and I am very pleased with the results. Now, do I give this to my son and daughter-in-law or do I keep it for myself? Hmmm, decisions, decisions!

Thanks for popping in today!

~Carol~

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Close To My Heart Passages Board Book







I thought I'd share this cute little board book I made recently. I told you I've been busy creating! ; ) This was made using the new Passages Level 1 kit from Close To My Heart and one of the new board books. So much fun to play with, I tell ya!

I would love to show you how you can create one of these cute little books for yourself or a loved one. They make great gifts! Let me know if you'd like to attend an upcoming workshop so you can make one, too! Pick a theme and your paper pack and you're good to go! I am off to go play in my scraproom now. Oh no! I am totally addicted to these little books! Enjoy!

Thanks for stopping by today! Happy Creating!

~Carol~









Close To My Heart~Scrapbook Challenge #64

Wow! I just realized it's been awhile since I posted one of these weekly challenge layouts here. It's not that I haven't been doing them, it's just that I've been so busy creating that I haven't taken the time to post. Sorry!

Anyway, here is #64 and the subject again is my flowers! Gee, what a surprise! Well, I've been waiting for more photos of my granddaughters (and just got them yesterday, yea!) so in the meantime, I pretty much only have flowers to feature in my layouts. Hope you like this one!

Supplies used are all Close To My Heart:
  • 9031 Reflections~Title Topper~Pieced Together & Front & Center~Mosaic
  • X7095B~Boom-Di-Ada paper pack
  • B1299~Spring Equinox stamp set
  • B1265~Wonderful Charms stamp set
  • Z1125~Sweet Leaf ribbon
  • Z1154~Buttercup ribbon
  • Z280~Hemp
  • Z2101~Autumn Terracotta ink
  • Z2301~Autumn Terracotta marker
  • Z1215~Autumn Harvest brads
  • Z1284~Winter Craft buttons
  • Z1206~Basic Craft buttons
  • Square metal-rimmed tags (retired)
  • Eyelets (retired)
Thanks for stopping by today! Make it a good one!

~Carol~

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Close To My Heart~Jackpot June Deal


It's another Goodie Box day! Check it out! Get a box filled with popular products at 50% or more off of retail value. Plus you'll get a deal on shipping/handling. Purchase this Goodie Box (retail value $120 US / $140.95 CAN) for only $60 US/ $70.50 CAN. Buy now! This offer is while supplies last and will be snatched up quickly.

Make It From Your Heart Contest

Just wanted to let you all know that I am a WINNER! Woohoo! I never win anything and I was so excited when I got the call. I submitted a layout I created with the new Passages paper pack to the Make It From Your Heart Contest that Close To My Heart sponsors for consultants at the beginning of every new Idea Book. Click here to check it out and let me know what you think. While there, please check out all the wonderful artwork submitted by other consultants and by Close To My Heart corporate employees.

Thanks for stopping by today! Make it a good one and 'make it from your heart!'

~Carol~

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Close To My Heart~Jackpot June Deal


Check out today's Jackpot June deal. This one is awesome!

If you order the mystery Jackpot item, you will receive the Everyday Celebration Card Kit (retail value of $34.95 US/ $40.95 CAN) for FREE! Order one of each of the sale items to guarantee that you will hit the Jackpot!


Click on the picture to go to my website and place your order. Good luck!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Close To My Heart~Jackpot June Deal


Check out today's Jackpot June deal! It's a good one! If you order the mystery Jackpot item, you will receive the Fresh Shapes Dimensional Elements (retail value of $4.95 US/ $5.75 CAN) and the Creative Basics® Emporium Collection (retail value of $8.95 US/ $10.50 CAN) for FREE! Order one of each of the sale items to guarantee that you will hit the Jackpot!

Monday, June 21, 2010

Close To My Heart~Jackpot June Deal

Today is a Goodie Box day! Get a box filled with popular products at 50% or more off of retail value. Plus you'll get a deal on shipping/handling. Purchase this Goodie Box (retail value $200 US / $235.50 CAN) for only $80 US/ $93.95 CAN. Buy now! This offer is while supplies last and will be snatched up quickly.

Heart2Heart Challenges~H2H12~ColorChallenge


Good Monday Morning! And since it is Monday again, it's time for another Heart2Heart challenge. This week's challenge is another color challenge and another tough one, I might add! The colors for this one are Buttercup, Tulip and Black. I struggled a bit with these colors and made one 5x7 card first but decided I didn't like it so I scrapped it and made this one, which is a standard 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" size. I am very happy with this one although I did add another color in the mix and I'm not sure if that's a no-no or not but it couldn't be helped here. The leaves on the apple had to be green (have you ever seen Buttercup, Black or Tulip leaves on an apple?) so in order to balance it out, I had to add a green (Sweet Leaf) ribbon as well. Don't you agree? Oh yea, and I also used the white cardstock but white isn't really a color, right? Anyway, I hope you like it!

It's your turn now to create something using these colors and share it with us at the Heart2Heart blog. While you're there, please remember to check out the design team's creations as well.

Supplies used are Close To My Heart:
  • B1351 You're Sweet stamp set
  • B1348 Bowl of Cherries stamp set
  • 1386 Black cardstock
  • 1271 Buttercup cardstock
  • 1385 White Daisy cardstock
  • X5753 Tulip cardstock
  • Z2105 Black ink
  • Z2166 Tulip ink
  • Z2153 Sweet Leaf ink
  • Z1125 Sweet Leaf ribbon
  • Z1218 Black bitty brads
  • Z2305 Black marker
Thanks for stopping by today! Have a good one!

~Carol~

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Close To My Heart~Jackpot June Deal

Check out today's Jackpot June deal! Hurry while supplies last or until tomorrow morning at 10:00am EST to receive this awesome stamp set for FREE! Be sure to purchase all 5 sale items to ensure you hit the jackpot and receive this stamp set for FREE! FREE is good!

Two More Close To My Heart Cards


Here's a card I made for a very nice customer of mine who I have never met. I am friends with her best friend and that's how I became acquainted with her. She lives in the Erie, PA area so she is not local to me, hence the reason we have never met. I hope to meet her one day as she sounds like such a nice person and she has been a great customer of mine!

I used the Boom-Di-Ada papers on this card. I haven't played with them in like forever so it was really fun. I am also planning to use those papers again for any new artwork I create within the next few days since I still have quite a bit of it left and it is begging to be used!

I need to also mention that this card was based on a sketch over at Unscripted Sketches. I hadn't gotten the card done in time to enter in the weekly challenge but I still like to play with the awesome sketches those ladies come up with every week. If you've never checked them out, you really should! I always get inspired by their artwork.

This next card is also based on a sketch over at Unscripted Sketches, which happens to be the current week's sketch. This card was made using the 'Blue Ribbon' papers from Close To My Heart. I had dragged this paper pack out the other day looking for something patriotic to work with for an upcoming challenge over at the Heart2Heart blog and decided to make this thank you card for my dear friend, Ruthie. In spite of the fact that her 9 year old son has been battling leukemia for well over 2 years now, she always manages to think of me. How sweet is that? What a great friend! I finally got to spend a couple hours with her the other day at her home where she was holding an Alex's and Eli's (that's her son's name) Lemonade Stand to raise money for childhood cancer. While I was there, she gave me 2 t-shirts she had found that had sayings on them pertaining to scrapbooking. Now that's a real friend! She knows I LOVE scrapbooking and had to get those shirts for me. So Ruthie, this is my thank you card to you for always remembering me no matter what you're going through! Can't wait for you to come back to our monthly scrapbook classes. We all miss you!

The butterfly on this card is actually popped up a bit and looks more 3 dimensional in real life. Sorry you can't see that in the photo very well. The butterfly image is from the 'Whimsical Wings' stamp set and the 'thank you' image is from the May SOTM set called 'Cherish the Moment'. All supplies are from Close To My Heart as always!

Thanks again for stopping by today! I hope you have enjoyed my latest artwork!

~Carol~

Close To My Heart Card~Just Because

Good Morning! Hope you all are having a great day! If you live anywhere near where I am then you are enjoying a very beautiful, sunny day. Days like this make me very happy and give me energy to get a lot done. So I am starting with posting some cards that I've created recently. I hope you enjoy them!

This first card was made using the Ghosting Technique that was shown in the new 'Wishes' cardmaking how-to-book from Close To My Heart. It's quite simple to do and leaves a nice look to your artwork. All you do is stamp an image with embossing ink, cover with clear embossing powder then heat. Using a sponge or dauber, rub ink color of your choice around the image, a little or a lot, depending on the effect you're looking for. Place a scrap piece of cardstock over your image, then iron it for a brief time with a dry iron. Remove the scrap piece of cardstock and voila! It's no longer an embossed image but a 'ghost' image. How cool is that?

I have enjoyed using this technique so much that I made a complete set of 4 of these cards with different sayings on them. If you would like to buy this set of cards for a cost of $10 which includes shipping, please contact me!

Thanks for stopping by today! Make it a good one!

~Carol~

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Close To My Heart~Jackpot June Deal


Check out today's Jackpot June deal! It's another great goodie box! Get a box filled with popular products at 50% or more off of retail value. Plus you'll get a deal on shipping/handling. Purchase this Goodie Box (retail value $250 US / $293.95 CAN) for only $100 US/ $117.50 CAN. Buy now! This offer is while supplies last and will be snatched up quickly.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Close To My Heart~Jackpot June Deal

Check out today's Jackpot June deal!
If you order the mystery Jackpot item, you will receive a My Acrylix® Celebrate Life Stamp Set (retail value of $18.95 US/ $22.50 CAN) for FREE! Order one of each of the sale items to guarantee that you will hit the Jackpot!

Hurry over to my website to place your order now while supplies last. Good luck!

Have a great day!

~Carol~

Monday, June 14, 2010

Close To My Heart~Jackpot June Deal


Check out today's Jackpot June deal!

If you order the mystery Jackpot item, you will receive this White Daisy Grosgrain Bulk Ribbon (retail value of $6.95 US/ $8.25 CAN) for FREE! Order one of each of the sale items to guarantee that you will hit the Jackpot!

Hurry over to my website and place your order for your chance to win this item FREE! This deal only lasts till tomorrow morning at 10:00am or while supplies last. Good luck!

Thanks for stopping by today!

~Carol~

Heart2Heart Challenges~H2H11~Father's Day Scraps



Happy Father's Day! Well, I know it's a little early for that but this week's Heart2Heart challenge is to create a project for Father's Day with your leftover scraps and/or recycled items. I have been using the new Passages papers from Close To My Heart a lot lately that I pretty much have nothing but scraps left so they were perfect for this challenge.

Supplies used are all Close To My Heart:
  • X7126B~Passages paper pack
  • D1408~A Little Everything (March 2010 SOTM)
  • Z1276~Colonial White Mini Medleys
  • Z1287~Rustic Edge Anchors
  • Z280~Natural Hemp
  • Z1215~Sunflower brads
  • Z2111~Cocoa ink
  • Z2314~Cocoa marker
Okay, now it's your turn to start creating a project for Father's Day using your scraps and/or recycled items. I can't wait to see what you create so please send us a link to your project while visiting the Heart2Heart challenge blog and checking out what the Design Team has come up with for this challenge.

Have a great day and Happy Father's Day a bit early!

~Carol~

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Close To My Heart~Jackpot June Deal

Check out today's Jackpot June deal! If you order the mystery Jackpot item, you'll receive a My Acrylix® Treasures of the Heart Stamp Set (retail value of $18.95 US/ $22.50 CAN) for FREE! Order one of each of the sale items to guarantee that you will hit the Jackpot!

Thanks for stopping by today and good luck!

~Carol~

Friday, June 11, 2010

Close To My Heart Goodie Box #2 Contents

Thought I'd share what I received in my $40 Goodie Box that arrived today.

  • Three sheets each of 5 different colors of cardstock.
  • D1186 Rustic Flowers stamp set
  • D1167 Halloween Parade stamp set
  • Z1017 Mini Circle Album
  • Z1133 White Daisy Ricrac Ribbon
  • Z1092,Z1093, Z1094 Embroidery Floss
  • Z1212 Spring Harmony Brads
  • 100-4mm/Colonial White Brads
  • Z1032 Flowers Metal-Rimmed Tags
  • Small Hollyhock ink sample
Not a bad haul for $40, retail value approximately $83. So next time you see a Goodie Box offered for Jackpot June, grab it! It is totally worth it!

Thanks for stopping by today! Have a great weekend!

~Carol~

Close To My Heart~Jackpot June Deal

Check out today's Jackpot June deal. Get these colorful Foam Diecut numbers FREE when you purchase the jackpot item for today. Remember, shipping is only .99 per item purchased, while supplies last or by 10:00am tomorrow morning! Good luck!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Close To My Heart Scrapbook Challenge #61~A Taste of Summer~Splendor Style

Here's my layout for last week's scrapbook challenge. I know I'm a bit late but better late than never, right? Not sure if I've got a bit too much going on here on this layout but I do like how it turned out for the most part. I hope you enjoy it!

Supplies used are all CTMH unless noted:
  • 9031 Reflections~Main Frame~Quarter Circle (left page) & Title Topper~Photos (right page)
  • X7124B~Splendor paper pack
  • B1349~Summer Wishes stamp set
  • D1412~Noted Backgrounds stamp set
  • Z1307~Irresistibles~Pizzazz
  • Z1156~Dimensional Elements-Borders
  • Z2123~Goldrush ink
  • Z2126~Heavenly Blue ink
  • Z1317~Designer brads-Splendor
  • Z1215~Autumn Harvest brads
  • Z1266~Spring Blossom-Just Blooms (butterflies)
  • Felicity Alphabet stamp set (no longer available)
Thanks for stopping by today! Have a good one!

~Carol~

Close To My Heart~Jackpot June Deal


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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Close To My Heart Scrapbook Challenge #62~Fun at Convention

I am starting to get really excited for Close To My Heart's Convention 2010. It will be my first and probably only convention I'll ever go to so I am really looking forward to having a great time and coming away with a lot of great ideas and inspiration. So needless to say, I have created this weekly scrapbook challenge layout for photos of the Convention. I used the new Passages paper pack again! I can't get enough of this paper pack! It is awesome!
Here is a close-up of one of the A-Door-Ables that I used on the layout. This is the first time I've used them and I am pleased with how they turned out. I covered them with patterned paper rather than inking them and it took awhile to do but was well worth it. I also included journaling lines on the inside of each of them but may choose to put photos in them after I get the photos from Convention. I was just thinking ahead and trying to make it a bit easier for me in case I did want to do some journaling.
Here's a close-up of the other A-Door-Ables on the right page of the layout. I am quite pleased with how this layout came out and I hope you enjoy it, too!

Supplies used are all Close To My Heart:
  • 9030 Imagine~Role Play design
  • X7126B~Passages paper pack
  • E1013~Field Trip Alphabet stamp set
  • D1412~Noted Backgrounds stamp set
  • C1265~Charm Numbers stamp set
  • C1304~Sans Alphabet stamp set
  • Z1321~My Creations A-Door-Ables
  • Z1318~Marks-Passages
  • X1409~ Journey Journaling Spots
  • Z1099~Twill ribbon
  • Z1243~ Pewter hinges, brads and photo clips
  • Z2114~Cocoa ink
  • Z2111~Chocolate ink
  • Z2108 Brown Bag ink
  • Z2314 Cocoa marker
  • Garden Green brads (retired)
Thanks for stopping by today! Have a good one!

~Carol~

Close To My Heart~Jackpot June Deal


Check out today's deal for Jackpot June! It's another Goodie Box worth $120 for only $60 plus tax and shipping. Grab yours today before 10:00am tomorrow!

Monday, June 7, 2010

Heart2Heart Challenges~H2H10~Scrapbook Layout

It's Monday again already and time for another Heart2Heart challenge! This week's challenge was to create a scrapbook layout, any size, as long as it contained photos, OR if you are not a scrapbooker, you may create a card as long as it contains a photo or photos. I had absolutely NO problem coming up with a layout since scrapbooking is my passion! I enjoy making cards but LOVE to make scrapbook layouts! My name is Carol and I am a scrapaholic! I've always wanted to say that! Haha!

Anyway, back to my layout...this is a 12x12 layout of a special little girlie in my life who loves to be a Princess! Samantha is the cutest little Princess I have ever known! Last summer when she came to visit us, we took her to Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA to see the Chimes Tower. She was so upset that she wasn't allowed to go all the way to the top to pretend she was a Princess waiting for her Prince Charming to rescue her. She was so funny!

Supplies used are Close To My Heart unless noted:
  • X7123B-Cherry-O paper pack
  • A1103 A Love stamp set
  • C1343 Happy Endings stamp set
  • C1304 Sans Alphabet stamp set
  • D1303 Classmate Alphabet stamp set
  • Z1320 Tulip Mini Medleys
  • Z1125 Sweet Leaf ribbon
  • Z1218 Chocolate brads
  • Z2166 Tulip ink
  • Z2111 Chocolate ink
This week we have a sponsor, Heather Hunt, who is offering a great prize package for this challenge so start creating your own scrapbook layout or card with photos and send us a link to it for your chance to win! Also check out the rest of the design team's creations for some inspiration!

Thanks for stopping by today! Happy Scrappin'!

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Friday, June 4, 2010

Jackpot June Goodie Box


Check out today's Jackpot June deal! It's a goodie box worth $80 for only $40 plus tax and shipping. What an awesome deal!
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