Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Time to Vote! 2013 Scrapbook Layout Contest Finalists

I'm excited to announce that I've been chosen as a finalist in Create For Less's 2013 Scrapbook Layout Contest! Please visit the page and "Like" your favorite layouts to vote!


This is my layout:

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Pajama Party

Close To My Heart is teaming up with Big Picture Classes to bring you a live webcast with step-by-step instructions for making this Happy Thoughts kraft container. The FREE webcast will air Thursday, May 30 from 9:00 pm to 10:00 pm (EDT). During the presentation, you’ll learn to make several projects from a variety of sponsors, including Close To My Heart’s Happy Thoughts kraft container, as the presenter walks you through the steps.

The Pajama Party class will be available for FREE at BigPictureClasses.com on May 30. If you would like to interact on the message board, participate in live chat, post to the gallery, download handouts, or enter any contests, you will need to log in to the Pajama Party “classroom” by creating a free account on the Big Picture Classes website.

I have several of the these kraft containers on hand, so if you'd like to get one before Thursday so you're ready to create your own, just let me know!

Stamp Scrubber

Discover how the My Acrylix® stamp scrubber can keep your stamps in tip-top shape! By following these simple tips for using and caring for the stamp scrubber, your stamps will be clean in no time!

Friday, May 24, 2013

Luxury Birdhouse Workhshop

Saturday, June 15th - 1:00 p.m.

Most birds have only dreamed of living in a house with this much style and sparkle! Decorate your windows, homes, or offices with these cute little birdhouses.  They would also make great centerpieces for a shower!


Thursday, May 23, 2013

Color Dare #44 - Crème Brulee & Juniper

I was thrilled to be asked to be a guest designer for next week's color dare - crème brulee   and juniper.  I really enjoyed working with this lovely combination.  I'm definitely going to continuing playing around with it.  They work so well together.

I used generational stamping with the flower buds to create different shades of the two challenge colors.  The stems and leaves were created with second generation cocoa ink.  The other cocoa accents - paper, ribbon, pearls, and charm tie it all together.

This is one of my favorite new CTMH images.  I used the ever-versatile blender pen to add color to the image and dipped the edges of the color ready seam binding ribbon in the juniper ink.  You know I love my dimensional flowers, so I just had to add a few!

Check out all the other beautiful creations at:  http://colormyheartcolordare.blogspot.com/

Color Dare #43 - Outdoor Denim, Honey, & Cranberry

This week's challenge colors were Outdoor Denim, Honey, & Cranberry.  Initially it made me think of creating a patriotic theme.  Then I was playing with some cardinals.  But ultimately, I decided on this combination...

I used tissues to ink the stamp with the three different colors.

Check out all the other beautiful creations at:  http://colormyheartcolordare.blogspot.com/

Relief for Oklahoma

The tornado in Oklahoma has had a devastating effect and Close To My Heart wants to help. To aid relief efforts, Close To My Heart is making a new Autumn/Winter 2013 stamp set, A True Thank You ($2.95 retail), available immediately and will donate 100% of the profits from sales of the set to the American Red Cross.

Contact me or click here to order!

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Friday Crafting Crops - New Dates

Hi everyone, I have some great news!  I've been able to secure dates to continue our Friday Crafting Crops through the rest of the year.  Be sure to mark your calendars so you can attend them all!

      June 14th
      July 26th
      August 16th
      September 13th
      October 4th
      November 8th

All dates are Fridays.  Hours are 10 am to 9 pm.  Stop by for a few hours or stay all day!  Our location is still Calvary Assembly, 3429 Chili Ave.

I do want to let you know that I will be raising the cost of attending the crop to $8 to cover the cost of renting the space.  I hope everyone understands the need and it doesn't prevent anyone from attending.  It's still a bargain for 11 hours of uninterrupted crafting time!!!

Spread the word to all your friends.  The more the merrier!

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Color Dare #42 - Hollyhock, Blush, & Cotton Candy

I have been working with a lot of pinks this week - quite unusual for me!  I've been digging into my Smoothie and Tulip supplies for a gift I'm working on, but put those aside to whip up this little beauty...

I used a combination of first and second generation stamping to create a variety of shades of Blush, Cotton Candy, and Chocolate.  (Plus a little olive for the leaves!)

Check out all the other beautiful creations at:  http://colormyheartcolordare.blogspot.com/


I've been on an organization kick lately.  I think all crafters constantly strive to find new ways to keep their supplies under control.  As I change the way I work, the types of projects I create, and the supplies I use, I look for more efficient ways to access my tools.

My first solution was to build this bookcase...

Tonight I built a little ink pad storage rack.  Yes, it only holds a fraction of my ink pads, but I can make as many as I want, for only a few $$ a piece.  And they are totally portable, because this is yet another decorative shoe box.  If I want to take my pads on the road, I just have to slip the cover on the box.  I was quite pleased with my inspiration!

These two pieces only scratch the surface of my storage needs, but they do allow me to store my most used supplies close to my work area.  And they are totally flexible.  I can change them out whenever the trends and supplies change!

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Color Dare: Cocoa, Saddle, and ....


This week's challenge was to choose an accent color that would make an impact with the neutrals Cocoa, Saddle, and White.  I choose one of my favorites, Juniper, which looks particularly striking with the browns.  I used it sparingly, so it would make a big impact.  I love playing with my favorite new stamp set, Honeycomb.  It's so much fun to mix and match the beautiful, and trendy, hexagons!

Check out all the other designs at http://colormyheartcolordare.blogspot.com/

So excited to announce that I won this week's challenge!  Here's my winner's badge:

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Dressed for Success Workshop

Dress full of flowers, hair full of swirls, this lady will grace any home.  You'll have a blast creating her and go home with a framed piece of artwork.

Contact me if you'd like to attend this workshop!

Sunday, June 2nd - 1:00 p.m.
Cost:  $25

Friday, May 3, 2013

Friday Crafting Crop

Friday Crafting Crop
May 10th

10 AM – 9 PM

Bring your scrapbooking and paper-crafting projects and join us for a day of fun!

Stay the day or just a few hours...



Contact me to reserve your space!