Saturday, December 27, 2008

Key To My Heart Calendar

This is a calendar I made as a gift for my favorite sister.

It uses the Close to My Heart display album and this month's special Key To My Heart papers and stamp set, as well as the January Stamp of the Month, Moments in Time

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Christmas Cards

Here are some of the Christmas Cards I made this year.

There is a great tutorial with instructions in the CTMH TV section of my website, under the "Crazy for Cards" episode. The instructions show you how to make 20 cards like this, with each one being a little unique by using 10 sheets of cardstock and 5 sheets of patterned paper.

I used the Merry and Bright stamp set but in the instructions, they use the Evergreen set.

This pattern would work with many different papers and stamps - great when you want to make a batch of cards.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

'Twas the Night Before Christmas

'Twas the night before Christmas,
I'm glued to the tree.
I'm wondering what Santa
brought just for me.
Could it be cardstock
or chipboard or lace?
Or a Cricut, I said,
with a smile on my face.
And that's when I heard him,
"Hi Santa!" I said.
"You know, good little girls
should be in their beds."
"I know I should Santa,
And now I've been caught,
'Cause I'm so excited
To see what you brought!"
"Well, let's take a look
in this room where you work."
He shook his head quickly,
And left with a jerk.
I heard him exclaim
as he put it in gear:
"You've got enough crap,
I'll see you next year!"

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Holiday Mail For Heroes

This year as I plan my Christmas cards, I'm making and collecting a batch to send to American service men and women through the Red Cross Holiday Mail for Heroes program. If you're sending out cards, I urge you to send them at least one.

In the coming days, I'll post ideas for making Christmas Cards and instructions.

Saturday, November 29, 2008


I made this scrapbook layout of me, my sister Teri and my cousin Lisa. We have all gone on to take other last names, but we are still family.

Cousins 1

Cousins 2

I used Route 66 paper, Homestead Alphabet stamps for the names, Doodle Alphabet for the other words and little birds.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Old Guys Rock!

For my husband's birthday he got a special treat. We went to a work party and he got to play a song with the band. He was amazing. It was kind of like when Michael J. Fox plays that song with the 50s band during 'Back to The Future'.

Tim Jamming

Rock Star

I am really proud of him.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Happy Birthday Tim

Here's a birthday card I made for my husband for his 49th. It's a Tri-fold card made using scraps from 'It's a Guy Thing' paper pack.

I cut a piece of olive cardstock to 8 1/2 X 12" then folded it into 3 4"x81/2" sections.


The front also uses 4 garden green brads and brackets from the Dazzling Diecuts package.


On the inside flap, I used letters from Dazzling Diecuts and three more garden green brads.


This is the back of the card.


The inside unfolds to this baloon bouquet. This was made with carstock baloons cut on a sizzix machine mixed with cutouts from the Guy Thing paper. I also used rub ons.

Tim really liked the card, so it was worth the work.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Cardstock Techniques

On my website you can watch a short video that will show you different techniques for achieving different looks from Close To My Heart's white core cardstock. Techniques include tearing, crumpling, sanding and dry embossing.

I used dry embossing to make the subtle white borders on the pink baby layouts.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Baby Layout

This layout was inspired by a design I saw in a Close To My Heart publication. The first page is from the birth of my friend's daughter. The second page is baby Siena at 6 months. She's a beautiful little girl with sparkling eyes.



I used baby pink cardstock for the backgrounds. I dry embossed a border and sanded it to bring out the white core of the cardstock.

Paper used is from the Sweet Pea set.

Just Blooms Big Pinks flowers have buttons for the centers and ribbon for the stems.

The name Siena is made with Dimensional Elements letters wrapped in Sassy Strands

I also added a few sitckers from Sweet Pea My Stickease

Sunday, October 19, 2008

My Favorite Clock

These two scrapbook pages tell the story of my favorite clock, that I bought earlier this year.

I'm Late

I'm Late 2

I used the following products:
Whoops-A-Daisy paper
Make it Count stamp set

I added a quote from white rabbit in Alice in Wonderland, and printed a picture of him on the purple paper to use as an embellishment.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

I caught a fish and he was This Big

My husband and I love to fish, but we hardly ever have a chance to. Also, we have never caught anything while we were together. This summer we got to go fishing on Donner Lake and I caught one.

Here are the scrapbook pages I made to commemorate the occassion.


For this one I used the "Bottom Border Footnotes" layout design from Reflections.


This layout uses the "Triple Play Offset" layout design from Reflections. The fish is actually really small, so I enlarged him in a copy of the picture, cut out the biger version and mounted it over the original picture. You can still lift up the enlargement to see how small he actually was. This just cracked up my husband.

The paper used is Rustic Trail

Embellishments are from Rustic Trail My Stickease plus some fishing line.

Stamp sets used are:
Catch of the Day
Hook, Line and Sinker
Relax (C1237)

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Memory Showcase for Baby Girl

I made this Memory Showcase album for a friend who just had a baby girl named Lucia. I also covered a box with Sweet Pea papers to keep it in.






I used the following Close To My Heart supplies:

Z1198 My Creations Memory Showcase (9x9)
D1266 Baby Steps Stamp Set
Sweet Pea Level 2 Paper Pack
Z802 Baby Pink Organdy Ribbon
Z1133 White Daisy Ricrac
Z1033 Just Blooms Big Pinks
Z293 White Photo Hangers

Friday, September 26, 2008

Man Made Card

This is a REALLY funny video of a man making a card.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Art & Soul

Now you can find the first episode of Art & Soul on my webite. When you watch this first episode, you will get directions for making this special memory box, which is a great way to save and display all those momentos that don't lend themselves to a flat scrapbook page.

You can watch this show by going to my website and clicking on CTMH TV.

If you'd like to make your own, you can order the items needed (and get a 20% discount) right from my website by ordering item #w9918.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Enchanted Layout

This is a layout I made using the "Enchanted" Paper Pack.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Birthday Card

Here is a birthday card I made for a friend's birthday.

Supplies & Instructions:

1) Brown envelope from stash - random stamped with word "fifty" from Solo 5 (B1290) stamp set using Black (Z2105) ink

2) Letters for name on front of envelope: Rustic Alphabet (E1002) - stamped on It's a Guy Thing (X7091B) paper using Barn Red (Z2104) ink. Letters were embossed with Clear Embossing powder (Z821) , cut out individually and adhered to envelope front.

3) "Special" button cut from It's a Guy thing paper, and adhered to envelope back for closure using a Photo Clip (z292) with a brad

4) Cut card base from New England Ivy green cardstock from It's a Guy Thing paper pack, fold in half

5) Cut tan background paper from It's a Guy Thing paper pack, just a little smaller than card front. Stamp bottom of paper with candles from Birthday Bash (D1086) Stamp set along bottom, and add two brads to the bottom corners.

6) Stamp word "Happy" and "Birthday" on It's a Guy Thing brown paper using black ink and Giggle Caps (D1136) letters. Emboss with clear embossing powder, cut into rectangles. Adhere word "Happy" to front of card.

7) Stamp numbers on New England Ivy green cardstock using black ink. I used 5 from Solos "5" (B1290) stamp set and 0 from Solos "zero" (B1295) stamp set. Emboss with clear embossing powder, then cut out and adhere to card front.
8) On scrap paper, stamp balloons from Birthday Bash stamp set, cut out and adhere to inside of card. Stamp balloon strings at bottom of balloons. Adhere word "Birthday" to inside of card.
If you would like a kit to make this card, or you would like me to make one for you, email me at

Monday, September 1, 2008

Scrapbook Cover Page

I always have a hard time making a cover page for my scrapbooks. When I saw Close To My Heart's stamp set called Today's Date, one of the sample layouts reminded my of a clock, so I improvised and created this page.