Sunday, December 30, 2012

My December Sewing Projects

I used to be quite a seamstress back in the day and after purchasing a new sewing machine in September, I was inspired to start creating with fabric again. So I asked some of the female members of my family - daughter & daughter-in-law specifically - what they would like me to make for them for Christmas gifts and here is what they got!

 A simple purse I made for my daughter - you know - the one who already has a TON of purses! What EVER made me think she needed another one? And why did she even ASK me to make her one? She loved this anyway, especially the really cool stitching I made on it. I LOVE my new sewing machine! Now I need to look for some nice fabric to make one of these purses for my daughter-in-law.

An apron created with my daughter-in-law in mind because I discovered she really LOVES aprons. I will be making another one for her soon.

Here is the apron I made especially for my daughter after she asked me nicely one day - so, what color apron did you make ME? Oh no! I hadn't made it yet so I had to scramble to get it done before Christmas! She loves it and I am happy I got it done for her!
Here is one of my favorite sewing projects - this lovely tote bag made out of the most gorgeous grape fabric. I wish I had bought more of this fabric because I sure do love it. I hope the store didn't run out of it because I really need to get more!

I made the tote bag for my daughter along with a set of 4 placemats out of the same fabric. I forgot to take a photo of the placemats but they were just a basic rectangular shape, nothing fancy as I was running out of time.

Not to forget the little females in the family - my granddaughters - here are a couple aprons I made for the two youngest ones who are just too stinkin' cute!

The first one is bright yellow with bees on it and Scarlet absolutely loved it! Her little sister seemed to like it, too, so I had to make one for her.

This is Aveney's apron but since I just finished it yesterday, she didn't have it in time for Christmas. ;-( But it will be a nice surprise for her when she gets it in the mail soon. It is too stinkin' cute - just like her - with those ladybugs all over it! I think she's going to like it!

Well, that's it for today! I hope you have enjoyed my sewing projects as much as I have enjoyed sharing them with you. If you ever want me to make anything special for you, let me know! You can also check out my Handmade Paper & Fabric Creations page on Facebook from time to time for some unique gift items or give me a shout!

Thanks for stopping by today! Hope your day is great and your New Year's celebration even better! Stay healthy & safe and I'll see you all next year! ;-)


Thursday, December 20, 2012

A Heavy Heart

My heart has been heavy these past few days and I can only imagine how the families of the victims are coping with this latest horrific event but please tell me why it takes an event such as this to make people want to do an 'act of kindness' for the victim(s) and/or their family members or for anyone else for that matter. We should be thinking of others whether they are less fortunate or not or a victim in any way, shape or form and doing for them EVERY day - not just when something bad happens.

That being said, thanks to social media, anyone who is affected by an event such as this KNOWS we are all thinking of them so let's leave it at that and not inundate them with anything more than our thoughts and prayers. Leave them alone to let them grieve in their own way - imagine how you would feel if you were in this type of situation - overwhelmed!!! Let's give to them through the usual manners such as local charities and let them decide what these families need.

Let's all try to do something nice for a family member, friend or complete stranger on a regular basis and stop thinking of only ourselves. I think that is one wonderful way we can honor these latest victims.

Just my opinion and I am entitled to it!
Merry Christmas to all and let's hope for a Happy New Year!


Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Whoooooo's Your Valentine???

December 2012 Constant Campaign: National Papercrafting Month: Whooo’s Your Valentine?

In celebration of National Papercrafting Month, we’re offering a new product, available through January — our Whooo’s Your Valentine kit! This darling kit, which retails for $40, can be yours for only $10 when you spend $35 or more in Close To My Heart product. 

The kit includes 12 die-cut boxes, 3 cardstock sheets, 1 sheet of silver glitter paper, 12 treat tubes, and an exclusive D-size stamp set created specifically for the kit! 

Perfect for gifts and classroom projects, the Whooo’s Your Valentine kit will make Valentine’s Day a cinch! Qualify and buy the Whooo’s Your Valentine kit today for only $10!

*Shipping and handling may apply. Offer valid December 13, 2012 – January 31, 2013. Maximum of one $10 Whooo’s Your Valentine kit per customer.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Customer Appreciation Days - Day 12

TODAY IS THE LAST DAY to take advantage of my 12 Days of Christmas Customer Appreciation Days Special! I hope you have had fun checking out each day's specials. If you weren't able to find what you were looking for, please email me and we'll talk. I may be able to put together a gift package for you or a loved one for a special price!
Purchase ANY stamp set in the Autumn/Winter Idea Book and receive one A (retail value $6.95 or B (retail value $9.95) size stamp set of your choice for FREE! AND if you make a purchase today, you will be entered into a drawing to win a brand new D-size stamp set from my own personal stash. That's a prize worth $17.95. How cool is that?
B1412 - Perfect Fit-Holidays
B1406 - Blessings of Peace
B1410 - A Friend Like You

Happy shopping on this last day of my customer appreciation days! Thanks again for being wonderful customers! I appreciate YOU! I hope your holidays are the BEST! Take care!


Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Customer Appreciation Days - Day 11

Purchase any TWO embellishments featured on pages 124-129 of the Autumn/Winter Idea Book and GET ONE FREE of equal or lesser value. There is such a great variety to choose from - including ribbons, buttons, baker's twine, brads, bling, paper flowers and all things metal - that it will be tough to choose just 3 items.

Remember - you MUST contact me to receive your FREE item. If you prefer to make your purchase on my website and have the order shipped directly to you, as soon as I have confirmation of your order, I will reimburse you for the FREE item. It's as easy as that! So start looking at all the awesome embellishment choices and make your list. Then give me a shout or order online here.

Happy shopping!

Monday, December 10, 2012

Customer Appreciation Days - Day 10

is a repeat from the very first day, *FREE SHIPPING* to the first 3 people who place an order of $50 or more through my website here or by emailing me at If you choose to have your order shipped to you, after I receive notice that you have placed your order, I will reimburse you the shipping charge. This deal is only available until 11:59 pm TODAY so be sure to take advantage!

*This is an offer from ME, not Close To My Heart


DON'T FORGET - you also receive the December stamp of the month - Year-Round Cheer - for just $5 with your $50 purchase. That's a savings of $12.95 PLUS at least an additional $4.95 savings on shipping if you are one of the first 3 customers

AND REMEMBER, tons of new products have been added to the ‘While Supplies Last’ section of my website PLUS many of the previous items have been marked down even further! To sweeten this deal even more, from December 1–31, all orders placed on my website that reach or exceed $50 will also include a free **Bonding Memories® glue pen (Z553)—a $4.50 value!** I encourage you to shop early, because these deals are only available while supplies last.
**This is an offer from Close To My Heart

Happy shopping! Be sure to stop by tomorrow to see the special for Day 11! Have a great day!


Sunday, December 9, 2012

Customer Appreciation Days - Day 9

Z1682 Notable Alphabet

Save 10% off all Dimensional Elements chipboard letters and shapes featured on page 131 of the current Autumn/Winter Idea Book. From album pages and awards to snowflakes and ornaments as well as letters and monograms, there's something for every one of your projects.

If you prefer to have your order shipped directly to you, place your order here and after I have confirmation of your order, I will reimburse you the discount. Since this is a special offer from me, not Close To My Heart, the discount will not come off automatically.

Happy shopping!
Z1762 Snowflakes
Z1791 Album Pages
Z1761 Ornaments

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Customer Appreciation Days - Day 8

Receive 10% off any of the great organizational products offered by Close To My Heart. We all love to be organized, right? Well, let Close To My Heart help keep you that way with embellishment, ink pad, stamp set, marker and paper organizers. There's an organizer for ALL your needs.

Be sure to contact me with your order to receive your discount as this is a special being offered by me, not Close To My Heart. Happy shopping!


Friday, December 7, 2012

Customer Appreciation Days - Day 7

Save 10% when you purchase one of the My Legacy Faux Leather Albums in the color of your choice - 6 beautiful colors to choose from - AND a pack of ten 4110 Clear Memory Page Protectors AND a set of two Z4127 Label Holders. These beautiful, long-lasting albums protect your precious memories. The leather-like luster offers the appearance of luxury at an affordable price. The albums, which are 12" x 12", come with five clear memory page protectors and three 1/2" posts and screws.
Label Holder

My Legacy Faux Leather Albums
Memory Page Protectors

Be sure to contact me to receive your discount as it will not come off when you purchase through my website. Happy shopping!


Thursday, December 6, 2012

Customer Appreciation Days - Day 6

Purchase either the Z1790 Cricut Artiste OR Z1686 Art Philosophy Collections for $99 (retail value of nearly $125) and receive FREE SHIPPING! That's a savings of $4.95! Tax will still be calculated.

Each cartridge collection includes 700 images for creating themed projects and cards as well as 3-D items. There's a shape and font for every one of your papercrafting projects. In addition, each collection comes with 3 stamp sets and 3 sheets of coordinating chipboard shapes.
Z1790 Cricut Artiste Collection
Click here to place your order if you prefer to have it shipped directly to you and you're not having me keep a running total of your purchases during this special. When I have confirmation of your order, I will reimburse the shipping charge to you OR you can email me and I can place the order for you. Remember - this special is only available TODAY!
Gift card holders created with Z1790 Cricut Artiste cartridge
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask! 
Happy shopping!


Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Customer Appreciation Days - Day 5

RECEIVE A 10% DISCOUNT TODAY on any of the My Creations 3-D alterable products located on page 132 of the current Autumn/Winter 2012 Idea Book. There are so many to choose from that it will be difficult to decide which one to play with first! From home decor items to boxes, blocks, books and mini albums, there's something for everyone! Here are just a few of the cool items you can alter in whatever way you choose!

Z1378 My Creations Banner
Great for a birthday banner or just for the name of your child to hang in their bedroom.

Z1740 My Creations Bookmark Album
Perfect for creating a quick mini album of a special event.
Also makes a great gift!

Z1803 My Creations Star
Lovely for a holiday home decor item to hang or place on a stand.

Z1804 My Creations Cubby
So cool to use as an advent calendar. Although it may be a bit late for this year's holiday, you could save it for next year or use your imagination to come up with another idea for this cubby.

You MUST contact me to place your order for any of these items. You will NOT receive the discount through my website. Don't forget - there are many new discounted items added to the 'While Supplies Last' section of my website. If you purchase any of those items and not the discounted specials for today, you do not have to contact me. You may place your order through my website on your own to have the items shipped directly to YOU! But get them before they're gone, gone, gone!!!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Customer Appreciation Days - Day 4

Today's Special:
Purchase any paper pack (retail value $9.95) plus 2 coordinating ink pads and receive a bottle of Glitz Glitter Gel (retail value $2.75) for FREE! Be sure to place your order on my website or email me before you forget as this deal is only available TODAY! Happy shopping!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Customer Appreciation Days - Day 3

Today's Special:
Purchase any paper pack (retail value $9.95) and receive the coordinating complements/stickers/rub-ons (retail value $4.95) for half price - a savings of $2.48-$3.48. Hurry on over to my website or email me to take advantage of this special - it is good for TODAY only! Happy shopping!

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Customer Appreciation Days - Day 2

Purchase either the Pear & Partridge Scrapbooking Kit OR the Pear & Partridge Cardmaking Kit (both with a retail value of $29.95) and receive a set of Dimensional Elements In Color - Holiday Chipboard (retail value $5.95) for FREE! Click any of the links to place your order or email me! Happy shopping!

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Customer Appreciation Days - Day 1

WELCOME to the first day of what I hope will be a fun shopping experience for you – the 12 Days of Christmas Deal-a-Day Customer Appreciation Days Special. Whew! That’s a mouthful!

On this first day, I would like to offer *FREE shipping* to the first 3 people who place an order of $50 or more through my website here or by emailing me at If you choose to have your order shipped to you, after I receive notice that you have placed your order, I will reimburse you the shipping charge. This deal is only available until 11:59 pm TODAY so be sure to take advantage!
*This is an offer from ME, not Close To My Heart


DON'T FORGET - you also receive the December stamp of the month - Year-Round Cheer - for just $5 with your $50 purchase. That's a savings of $12.95 PLUS at least an additional $4.95 savings on shipping if you are one of the first 3 customers

FYI~ Also beginning today, tons of new products have been added to the ‘While Supplies Last’ section of my website PLUS many of the previous items have been marked down even further! To sweeten this deal even more, from December 1–31, all orders placed on my website that reach or exceed $50 will also include a free **Bonding Memories® glue pen (Z553)—a $4.50 value!** I encourage you to shop early, because these deals are only available while supplies last.
**This is an offer from Close To My Heart

Happy shopping! Be sure to stop by tomorrow to see the special for Day 2! Have a great day!



Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Customer Appreciation Days!

December is a time of gift giving and blessings of thankfulness.  At this time, I would like to thank all of you for your support and friendship over the past year - years for some of you!  I couldn't be more blessed or feel any more fortunate to know all of you! You have enriched my life and so to show my gratitude, I will be running a deal-a-day special for the first 12 days of December. 

Each day I will offer a special deal - free shipping or free product - depending on the items purchased or how much you spend. Yes, I am giving YOU gifts for Christmas! This would also be a great time to give your wishlist to a family member and have them order for you! Makes it a bit easier on them, right? They can have it shipped right to their place of business so it remains a surprise to you! 

Another plus to this daily special, to save on the shipping cost, I will keep a running total for you each day you take advantage of the special deal then place the order for you as one order on the 13th. Couldn't be any easier than that! To sweeten the deal even more, everyone who places an order of $25 or more during this special promotion will have their name entered into a drawing for a handmade item from me! 

Be sure to check out my blog beginning December 1st for photos of each day's special as well as other details. To just place an order, click here and you'll go right to my website. Remember, only two more days to take advantage of the 50% off any stamp set* when you place a $50 order and purchase the November Stamp of the Month set - Capture the Date - for just $5.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me!

Thanks for stopping by today! Happy scrampin'!


*Restrictions apply. This special promotion is being offered by ME, not Close To My Heart. 

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Mini Album For Sale

Wow! It has been forever since I've posted any new artwork FOR SALE here and since Christmas is coming I figured now is a good time! Stay tuned for more items coming soon!

First up is this cute little mini album that I showed here back at the beginning of November. The album measures 5" x 4 1/2" and is just perfect for the student in your life. I have totally enjoyed looking at this mini since I created it but am willing to give it up now since I don't have any children in school anymore. That's actually a good thing though! ;-)

Price is $25 if I don't have to ship it to you but if you require shipping, add an additional $5. If you wish to see more details and photos of this mini album, click here. Be sure to let me know ASAP if you wish to purchase it as I am sure it will sell fast!

Have a great day! Happy scrampin'!


Tuesday, November 13, 2012

CTMH Creative Christmas Class

Join me on December 10 & 11 to create these three beautiful Christmas projects - a home decor star to hang in your home or give as a gift, a scrapbook layout ready for your Christmas photos and a card to send to a loved one. Cost of this workshop is $26 and includes half of the Pear & Partridge paper pack, a My Creations chipboard star, a full pack of sparkle gems and a bottle of stardust glitter glue. I will provide all the other supplies needed. Payment is due no later than November 26. Pay by November 19 and receive a bonus project!!! So don't delay! Reserve your spot today!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Close To My Heart Scholastic - School Days Mini Album

I had so much fun creating this cute little mini album. I got the general instructions from a YouTube video and when I remember the person's channel, I will share that with you. I am so bad about writing that info down right away and then totally forget all about it. ;-(
UPDATE: here's the link to the YouTube video to create the basic pages of this album.

Anyway, I was able to use up more of my paper stash on this but not as much as I'd like to. I still have way too much!

The main papers used are from the Scholastic paper pack from Close To My Heart's current catalog with a few pieces of Typeset from an earlier catalog.

The title letters were cut with the Artiste Cricut cartridge as well as all the mats and journaling spots that look like notebook paper.

The second photo shows the inside of the front cover and the first page. The stamped images are from the Scholastic workshop kit stamp set.

The tag was cut with the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge. The scalloped circles were punched out of black cardstock with the 2" scalloped punch by Close To My Heart.

The next two photos show more inside pages where I added some small Flip Flaps

and more stamped images that I didn't completely glue down so that a photo may be tucked under it.

There are 3 different pockets in each page of this album - one in the front where I stamped an image from the Library Cards stamp set to make journaling spots - one at the top - then when you turn the page, there's another library pocket for a tag.

I also connected a journaling spot to the top of a piece of cardstock with a brad so that it can be turned out of the way to add a photo under it. Pretty clever, huh?
 You can see on the tops of the tags I put numbers. To keep the bulkiness down, rather than using ribbon or brads, I decided to use those cute little epoxy number dots from the Memo Assortment pack and I like how it looks.
 Another inside page showing two really small Flip Flaps. I think they are just too cute, those little clear Flip Flaps. You can add more than one photo in each flap although they would be quite small so you could use them to hold a piece of memorabilia if you'd rather - whatever fits in them.
 And again you can see where I stamped images and didn't totally adhere them to the pages so a photo can be tucked behind it.
Here is the last page with another photo mat that has a movable journaling tag on top plus a photo can be tucked behind the stamped image on the inside back cover.

I hope you have enjoyed looking at my newest mini album creation. It will be for sale as soon as I am done admiring it so let me know if you are interested!

Supplies used are all from Close To My Heart unless noted:

  • X7159B Scholastic paper packet
  • C1517 Scholastic workshop stamp set
  • C1278 Library Cards stamp set
  • Z1686 Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge
  • Z1790 Artiste Cricut cartridge
  • Z1766 Memo Assortment
  • Z1747 Flip Flaps
  • Z1711 Foundry Binder Clips
  • Z1365 Colonial White brads
  • Z1366 Black brads
  • Z280 Natural Hemp
  • Pewter brads, swirl & photo clips
  • Black, Juniper & twill ribbon
  • Black, Vineyard Berry, Juniper & Desert Sand inks
  • Z1294 Sanding Block
  • Bind-It-All binding machine by Zutter
Thanks for stopping by today. Happy scrampin'!


Saturday, October 20, 2012

Online Close to my Heart Home Gathering

Hi Everyone!
I have decided to try something totally different than I've ever done before - an online home gathering where YOU can be the hostess without having to clean your house or provide snacks! Do I have your attention?

All you have to do is invite all your family and friends by email or through Facebook to go to my website at - where I have set up an EZ Invite online gathering for YOU - and place an order. It's as easy as that!

Depending on the amount of sales (beginning at $150), YOU can earn a minimum of $25 in Hostess Rewards to use towards FREE select scrapbooking and cardmaking products. Sound like something you might like? Who doesn't like FREE, right?
As an extra incentive to get you to take advantage of this really easy way to get FREE stuff, if you hold one of these online gatherings and close it out by October 30th, I will throw in one B-size stamp set of your choice for FREE! That's a retail value of $9.95 PLUS you would be receiving your Hostess Rewards which can be anywhere from $25 on up depending on the amount of sales!

So think about it very quickly, make a list of family and friends to invite then give me a shout! I would LOVE to help you build up your stash of paper-crafting supplies and this is one of the easiest ways to do it! Feel free to browse the idea book on my website as well as right here on my blog for tons of inspiration!

If this new online gathering format is successful, I would love to hold one for any one of you needing a new fundraising idea for your favorite charitable foundation. Contact me to discuss this option.

I hope to hear from you soon!

Happy scrampin'!

Fall Candle

I've had this glass jar for quite some time now and finally decided to do something with it. I cut a strip of patterned paper from the Close to my Heart Florentine paper pack 12" x 2 1/2" long then had to cut a smaller piece 1" x 2 1/2" to connect to it in order for it to go all around the inside of the jar.

I randomly stamped the words - "Fabulous Fall" and "Autumn is nature at it's best", from the C1504 Fall Harvest stamp set, in Cocoa pigment ink on the long strip of paper and inked the edges of the paper. Then I stamped three leaves and an acorn with the Cocoa pigment ink and colored them in with Autumn Terracotta and Desert Sand inks. I cut them out, adhered them to the strip of paper and added a small Z280 Hemp bow.
Next I adhered a folded-over strip of Z1760 Burlap Ribbon around the top of the jar by using a couple strips of double-sided sticky tape. I added a double hemp bow around it, put a battery-operated candle inside and called it done!

Actually as I sit here looking at the candle while writing this post, I made the bow on the leaves just a tad bit smaller and may end up just replacing it with a knot instead. I think it conflicts too much with the larger bow on the outside.

I am wondering how bright the candle will look at night. It's a small one and probably won't be very effective so I may have to change it out for a larger one. Anyone out there know if they make larger ones and where they can be purchased?

The best part about this quick & easy project? The paper inside can be changed out depending on the season or holiday because it is not adhered to the glass. Isn't that clever? I'm already thinking ahead to Christmas - not only for changing the paper out but for giving as gifts!

Thanks for stopping by today! Happy scrampin'!


Thursday, October 18, 2012

Another Cute CTMH Mini Album

Here's my newest mini album creation. I LOVE it! I made this with the Z1791 Dimensional Elements Album Pages by Close To My Heart. I had so much fun playing with this that I went ahead and ordered a couple more packs of those album pages. You wanna play with one, too? I am holding a workshop soon so stay tuned for more details!

This little album really packs a punch, too! I added some pretty cool interactivity on the inside pages so wait until you see them! Click here to see a slideshow I made of the inside. Prepare to be amazed with this cute little mini!

Supplies used are all CTMH unless noted:
Z1791 - DE Chipboard Album Pages
X7158B - La Belle Vie paper pack
Z1747 - Flip Flaps
Z1790 - Cricut 'Artiste' cartridge
Z1701 - Baker's Twine
Z1383 - Sweet Leaf Ribbon (no longer available)
Z2168 - Colonial White pigment ink
Z2105 - Black ink
C1466 - Instant Memories stamp set
D1506 - Family Love stamp set
D1359 - Comments stamp set (no longer available)
D1481 - Vintage Type stamp set
Two 1" Binder rings from Walmart

Thanks for stopping by today! Happy scrampin'!


Wednesday, October 17, 2012

CTMH Clementine Mini Album

During my recent busy-ness, I also created this cute little mini album with the new Clementine paper pack from Close To My Heart. I was so happy to also be using up some older supplies that I seemed to have like forever - those clear acrylic shapes that were a hostess gift quite awhile back. Some of you may remember them! You will notice them in the last 2 closeup frames of the slideshow.

Each page of the album was made from a 9 1/2" x 10" sheet of double-sided paper and was very quick & easy to put together. I used the Art Philosophy & Artiste Cricut cartridges to create all the tags for the inside pockets. The tabs on the tags that stick out on the top were also created with those cartridges. I must say, those 2 cartridges are THE ABSOLUTE BEST! Don't know how I ever lived without them! If you'd like to check them out, you can see them here and here. You may also place an order here if you wish.

I hope you enjoy the slideshow! Happy scrampin'!


Lovely Close To My Heart Frame

It's been awhile since I've posted here and I must apologize for that. I have been busy with other things and just couldn't seem to find the time to post anything. During that busy-ness, I have created some new artwork to share so I haven't been wasting my time.

This lovely frame is the new Z1797 My Creations Bracket Frame from Close To My Heart. It is made of heavy chipboard and is quite sturdy. I used the X7155B Avonlea paper pack on the frame and the insert. The new Z1760 Burlap Ribbon, which I absolutely LOVE, was perfect for creating the three very simple flowers. The Z1463 Butterflies were sponged with Z2118 Desert Sand ink - I also inked all edges of the frame with Desert Sand ink - then I added a couple Z1336 Opaque Pearls on the butterflies - as well as larger ones around the burlap flowers. The letters and the bracket shape for the frame were cut with the Z1686 Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge.

There are several embellishments attached to the frame that are NOT from Close To My Heart. I am happy though that I got to use up some of my stash of older supplies instead of hoarding them! Ha ha! I was awaiting the arrival of my CTMH order but it didn't get here before I got the urge to start playing with the frame and wouldn't you know, it arrived the very next day! Oh well, I can use those embellishments on another frame, right?

I hope you have enjoyed my newest piece of artwork. You can go here to order your own Z1797 Bracket Frame (or any of the other fantastic products from CTMH) and start creating one to adorn your own wall. They also make great gifts! Christmas is coming..........I know, shush, right?

Thanks for stopping by today! Happy scrampin'!

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