Thursday, December 29, 2011

SNEAK PEEK of the New Spring/Summer 2012 Close To My Heart Idea Book

Available February 1
Reserve Your Copy TODAY! (
$3.95 or Free with purchase.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Thank You!
Thank you for stopping by! It seems like it's been WAY too long since I stopped by with a card to share!
But today is the day. . .
on this card I used some kraft card stock, along with Typeset patterned paper
and the super-cool cork letters.
Easy peasy, and just the kind of card you need, when you have lots of Christmas gift thank-you's 
to get out the door in a few days! :)

I hope you are ready for Christmas, because you are quickly running out of time! And so am I!!!! But I have biscotti baking, and a pile of gifts waiting to be wrapped.  I think I can. . .I think I can. . .

Friday, December 16, 2011

Rock the Block Special!

December 19, 2011 through January 31, 2012
Rock the Block!

Get an exclusive E-size stamp set (pictured below)
and the NEW My Creations Collage Cubes for only $15
with your qualifying purchase of $25 or more from the Autumn/Winter 2011 Idea Book.

This fantastic special is available from December 19, 2011 through January 31, 2012. 
To qualify place an order of $25 or more from the current Autumn/Winter 2011 Idea Book and you can purchase this kit for only $15.00.  That's a savings of almost $30.00.
You'll receive the above E-size stamp set AND the My Creations Collage Cubes (shown below)!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

preview the December Stamp of the Month!

The December Stamp of the Month is called Mad About You, and features some lovely LOVE themed stamps, perfect for Valentines, anniversary cards, and anytime you wanna show a little LOVE!

You can see the complete kit, along with samples and instructions here: December Stamp of the Month.  This stamp set coordinates with the Cricut Art Philosophy Collection, so you can die cut your images to your HEART'S content! :)

Thursday, November 24, 2011

May your day be filled with family, friends, food, and fun! Wishing you a cozy, comfy, and wonderful Thanksgiving!
(card goodies: Mischief paper and rub-ons, Barn Red and Coloinal White cardstock,  twine from May Arts)

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Paper Crafts Magazine's Get Inspired

Today I have a card to share with you, to say THANKS for stopping by.
This is a card I created for Paper Crafts Magazine's new special issue, called Get Inspired.  Each page of the magazine features an inspirational piece - a shoe, a cool mug, a blouse, or interesting piece of jewelry. . .and then four projects, inspired by that item.  It is so interesting to see how different designers interpretted the inspirational pieces.  (I have two other cards in this issue too! hooray!) It's definitely worth checking out!  This stamp is from Close To My Heart, and I handcut the branches and leaves, from cardstock and vellum, adhering them with foam tape.

I hope your Thanksgiving holiday is happy and healthy, and full of family and fun!
We are heading off to Orlando for a trip to Disney and LegoLand next week, but not to worry. . ..I already have a post scheduled for you, with a sneak peek of the December Stamp of the Month! :)


Tuesday, November 15, 2011

happy days

just a little break from the holiday hustle and bustle that seems to be upon us.  the days started flying by on october first, and i am BEGGING them to slow down so we can enjoy the beautiful fall weather, and the anticipation of birthdays and christmas and vacations and turkey!

there's nothing i love more than bright bold colors, and a crisp graphic pattern. (especially circles!)
on this card, I used the stamp set, Retro Tech.  I wish beyond all wishes, that they would make a companion set to this one, with all sorts of wonderful puns and catchy little sentiments to go along with the retro phones, television, and records.  it's a really fun set - and a great one for making feminine, OR masculine cards.

that's all for today, my friends! go savor the day, make it a happy one, and come back SOON!!!!!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Card from CTMH

I received this card from CTMH and just love it.  The stamp set is Hoorah Bouquet (D1491, Page 86 in current Idea Book), the papers are Sonoma and Elemental, and the colors are Blush, Hollyhock, and Chocolate.

Using our CTMH Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge, the flowers are easy to create!  Just cut them out using the CTMH AP Cartidge and then stamp on the cut out!  The largest flower is cut using the Sonoma paper and the edges are lightly sponged.

The Close To My Heart Art Philosophy Cartridge (Z1686 Page 13 of the current Idea Book) is a wonderful addition to our product line.  I love having so many stamp images on the cartridge!  Just cut them out, stamp, and create.  No more time consuming cutting stamped images with scissors. 

You can order this fantastic tool by emailing me, calling me or go online at:

The package includes:  3 D-size stamp sets (each valued at $17.95), 3 chip board Dimensial elements that coordinate with the cricut images and the Cartridge with 700 images, shapes, and 3-d items.

The retail value of this kit is over $120.00 but you can purchase this kit for the low price of $99.00.  Be sure to ask me how to include the Stamp of the Month for only $5.00!

As you look through the current Idea Book you'll see a red line around stamp images that coordinate with the Cricut AND the stamp set lists the coordinating size for easy cutting.  No guessing!!!!

Send me your questions or comments.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

a quick card and giftwrap

Need a super quick little bag?  This decorated sandwich bag would be perfect for sharing yummy homemade treats in, with a neighbor or co-worker.  It would also be perfect for any little gift you might give!  I used the Paper Lantern set, to stamp the "string" and sentiment on the card.  Then I used Elemental papers to make some triangles on my trimmer.  (Just cut a rectangle, and then lay it on the diagonal to cut triangles!)  I adhered them with foam tape, and tied the sandwich bag with twine. Tada!
The whole thing only took me a few minutes, and it definitely jazzes up a simple brown bag! 
Thanks for stopping by! I hope your first week of November is crisp, cool, and cozy!

Monday, October 31, 2011

You've seen her as a tomato. . .

You've seen her as a tomato, but have you seen her as Raggedy Andy!? I have!!!! 
HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my sweet mommy (who has to celebrate her birthday with a million trick-or-treaters at her door!)! As a tomato, or as Raggedy Andy, you are creative, fun, and the best mommy I could have imagined!  
I love you love you love you!!!!!!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

sending love

Sending love? Do you have a stamp that says that? No? Neither do I.  But I DO have one that says Sending MY Love. . .in the set called Say It With Style.  (I've told you a time or two. . .or three million that you NEED this stamp set, so hopefully it's in your collection.)  I simply inked half of it at a time, leaving "my" unlinked, and put the two parts together.

I  created this card with lots of Roxie goodness, and just my one little stamped sentiment.  The flowers and flourish were trimmed from patterned paper, and I used a border punch (I think it's Martha Stewart) for the scalloped edge.

Have a great week! :)

Monday, October 24, 2011

Smarty Pants & Squishy Tomatoe

for all her help during the weekend crop. 
If you were fortunate enough to take one of the classes from VENIA,
you already know what a joy she is!   AND talented! 
We had a blast with all of you at the Crop-tober Fest Weekend in Fort Myers.
Don't miss the next big weekend in late January, 2012.

Don't you just love Venia's glasses? 
Makes her look even smarter, don't you think?
Deb - we missed you!
Gayle, we love you!  Thanks for being our back up on Saturday.

Weekend Crop-toberfest!

We had a great weekend at the Holiday Inn Express this past weekend.  One of our challenges was to dress up on Saturday night and have a costume contest.  Here is my favorite picture from the event - can you tell which one is me???  (NO I am not the jail bird!)

Sorry my red shoes are already off!

If you missed out - watch for the next SW Florida weekend crop the end of January! 

Thursday, October 20, 2011

I love you sew much!

In honor of my mom, who got out her sewing machine this week, I have a cutie patootie little card for you today.  I must admit, I totally and completely LOVE this card.  This is very much NOT my normal color scheme.  Me and purple. . .well, we don't get along nicely.  (In fact, I have a whole post dedicated to my ironic dislike for purple, and you can read it HERE.)  
BUT, this card turned out JUST as I pictured it in my head, and that doesn't always happen, right!?
Hopefully my mom will grace us with a picture of her tomato costume that she whipped up this week.  When I was a kid, she sewed ALL of my Halloween costumes.  And I. Looked. GOOD! She is a whiz.

Okay, here are the deets on this card. .. the paper is Sonoma (despite the purple, it is GORGEOUS paper!)
and the stamp set is called Tailor Made.   I added some kraft card stock, plus some twine from my stash! This card is a great way to use up scraps.  I trimmed my strips about 1 inch, which gave me room to overlap them just a bit.  You could recreate this card in a million different color schemes! SO MUCH FUN!


Friday, October 14, 2011

Weekend Crop Classes

Upcoming Classes at the Croptoberfest Weekend Crop
October 22 & 23
Fort Myers, FL

These are just two of the Close To My Heart classes at the weekend crop October 22 & 23.  We are offering 8 CTMH classes which included a double page layout using lots of Flip Flaps, Journal, Greeting card Birthday book, Christmas cards, Christmas book, All occasion cards, and more!

For information about the crop, email me at:

Friday, October 7, 2011

October Stamp of the Month

Both the cards below were created using the
Close To My Heart October Stamp of the Month, "Holiday Magic"

Colonial White and Chocolate Cardstock.  Cranberry ink, ribbon, and brads.  New England Ivy ink.  Chocolate ink and ribbon.

This card was inspired by designer Karen Pederson.  The background frame was cut from the new Close To My Heart Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge.  The green strip is stamped with Ponderosa Pine ink using the Universal Background stamp.  Cranberry ink was used to stamp the tree from the October SOM.  The finishing touches:  twill, cranberry brad and pin, and the star from Milepost shapes.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

a little more October decor

Need to add to your October decor???? I failed to take a picture of the whole spread of pumpkins and miscellaneous fall STUFF in our foyer, but these are some QUICK (seriously QUICK) little goodies to add, if you are short of decor items.  Using the Mischief paper, with the very cool labels all over it, I just trimmed a couple, and stuck them to assorted bottles and canisters.  The "Black Raven Pepper" goes perfectly on our pepper grinder, and the olive oil became "Castor Oil".  And the marsala wine. . .well, it's "Vanishing Cream" now.  Hmmm. . .
 I also tied some black tulle around the olive oil bottle, to cover the colored rim, which didn't match my decor!  
And to help you along in the fall mood, here is a picture of my cute guy and his first pumpkin of the year (I say FIRST, because we always end up with a wide assortment of "baby punk-mans" each year!)

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

autumn treats!

 Let's pretend for a moment, shall we?  Let's pretend that the cute little treat pail you see before you, is filled with yummy delicious candy corn.  Or the candy corn that's shaped like pumpkins.  Or maybe some ginger snap cookies.  Or cinnamon sticks.
There WAS a bag of candy corn to fill this treat can.  But it never made it INTO the treat can.  I did it for you though - REALLY, I did.  I didn't want you to be SO SAD that you have no candy corn.  So I saved you from seeing it.  That's my story, and I'm stickin' to it. {giggle giggle!}

Okay, so as you can see from my cute (empty) treat can and card, I have been busy with the Mischief rub-ons.  No stamps on these two projects. (WHAT!?)  Just rub-ons.   You can see the whole package of rub-ons HERE. . .they are so cute.  Perfect for Halloween, AND fall.  I highly recommend them! And they were VERY easy to apply, even to the tin pail! I just added some ribbon and twine from my stash, and one of CTMH's cute little wooden buttons.  And maybe one day, the candy corn will last long enough to make it INTO the treat pail! ;)
Okay, now for the bonus round. . . .just HOW LONG exactly have YOU been a fan of Close to My Heart? Were you with us when it was D.O.T.S?????  I'm talkin, way back in the day of wood mounted stamps.  Because THIS, my friends, is a little framed piece I did a VERY long time ago.  I pull it out every fall, because I still just LOVE those pumpkins.  I colored this with colored pencils, and it just makes me HAPPY! I saw it as I was walking outside to photograph today's project, and I thought I would share it with you, just because!  :)

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Cricut Tips and Ideas!

Cricut Tips from The Tomaino Patch:
Debi Squires, Melissa Murray and Jamie Schopoppmann

Close To My Heart offers their own Cricut cartridge that includes over 700 designs, three exclusive stamp sets, and 3 sets of dimensional elements.  The Cricut Art Philosophy is a must have for all paper crafters!  For more information, contact me

 • When you get a new mat write "top" on the upper corner of the plastic sheet (before removing) with permanent marker so you know which side is up (there is a difference on the plastic sheet sides).

 • Be sure to replace the plastic sheet on the mat when not in use so the mat doesn't collect dirt and dust (helps extend mat life).

 • Always make sure your mat is clean of all little paper i.e. from eyes or holes from a tag. The spatula tool is a great item to have. If you find your paper is tearing when you cut an image, it might be because you have these little circles or chunks of paper still stuck to your mat. You can use the Pampered Chef scrapper too!

  Our CTMH piercing tool is a great tool to lift Cricut projects off the mat--especially the small ones and insides you don't use or need.

 • When I am not sure how much cutting pressure a certain design will need, especially the more intricate ones, I have learned to cut them on a scrap piece of the same weight paper or the actual paper I am using in a smaller size. This does two things. It wastes less paper if you need to make adjustments and, if there was enough pressure to cut it out in a smaller size, it will always cut well larger because the curves are larger. (See Cricut Chart below).

  • If you need to cut 20 scalloped squares for a large project, try out the quantity button on your Cricut Expression, it is AWESOME and a great time saver! OR if you need a whole page hit the auto fill button, it makes life so much easier :)

 • When making a project with vinyl always cut out in scrap paper first to see if its the size and font you want. I hate to waste anything especially vinyl, AND when you do cut with the vinyl make sure you do the "kiss" technique blade 4, speed 3, pressure 3, that way you don't cut through the backing!

 • If you are unsure about the size of an image, cut it on scrap paper first so you aren’t wasting your "good" paper or cardstock :)

  • Cricut Flowers - your mat has to be very sticky. My older mat wasn't, I added dotto dots to the paper & it still shifted which ruined the cut. Roll the flower from the outside in-tightly. Keep the bottom even as you roll, otherwise it'll start to get like a cone shape. You want it as even as possible. Liquid Glass is the best for adhering it. Put a blob on the flat part, let the flower unfurl slightly & hold it in place till it bonds. Also lower the cutting speed. While you may want a fast speed when cutting circles, you want a slower speed when cutting anything intricate. (Jessica Ballas)


Sunday, September 18, 2011

with gratitude

the right season at the right time.  I told you, I am super weird and holiday jump in my cardmaking in a MAJOR way!!!!
I used the new stamp set, called So Grateful, for this card.  Check this out - the image below, is from the catalog, and as you can see there's a solid pumpkin, which would be terrific on its own, OR you can stamp the swirly sentiment pumpkin right on top of it for a totally different effect.  (Or you could certainly stamp the swirly sentiment on its own as well!) I used a sentiment from Thank You, which works perfectly with my pumpkin!  I wish I could remember what colors I used on mine.  I'm thinking the pumpkin is Autumn Terracotta (or Goldrush??) and the words are Barn Red or Chocolate. (I'm not much help, am I!)

I also used some NEW paper on my card - from the Dreamin' collection.  Lots of pretty patterns and color combos for Fall in this collection!

I've had my first pumpkin spice latte of the season, from Starbucks, and I'm using great restraint, in not picking up a cinnamon broom from the grocery store YET.  (I try to make myself wait until October 1st!)  Around here, it doesn't feel like fall until about November!  But we are READY and waiting for it!!!

Have a great week!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

merry christmas?

Okay, so I holiday jump a bit.  Does it make you crazy? ("Geesh, one week she's working on Halloween, the next thing you know it's Christmas, and tomorrow it will be Easter!!")  But think of it this way - I spared you from the Valentine card I did last week.  I'll save that for another week or two (maybe) - LOL!

This is a clean and simple Christmas card using stamps from cutie-patootie little set, called A Holiday, and HELLO, it's only $6.95 - what a bargain!!!! And even BETTER news, it coordinates with the Cricut Art Philosophy collection cartridge!!!!! So you could whip up an awful lot of cards in a short amount of time!!!!!  (And Lord knows we all need to whip up Christmas cards that don't take an eternity to create!!!)

SO - have you STARTED your Christmas cards yet? :)

Saturday, September 3, 2011

It's Your Day!

Have you had enough Halloween for now?
(Don't worry, if you haven't, I have some FUN LINKS for you down below!)
In the meantime, using some fun fall colors, here is a card featuring the Flower Pot. stamp set. I paper-pieced the flower pots, but colored the flowers with colored pencil.  I added some twine and a cool faux button from my stash.  
But now, in case you need some Halloween inspiration, have you visited Pinterest?! I am OBSESSED.  If I'm not blogging, or on Facebook - then I am pinning away on Pinterest.  You can find my Pinterest boards HERE .  It's a fun way to organize scrappy ideas, recipes, quotes - anything you want to save online!  I've been collecting some holiday ideas lately, for the fall and winter - go check them out on my Holiday Magic board!
Have a GREAT weekend!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Boo banner

When the My Creations Banner came out, I thought it was THE cutest thing.  . . .
but then I couldn't figure out WHAT the heck to do with it.
(don't you hate it when that happens!?)

But I got inspired when I started playing with my stash of Mischief paper, and felt goodies.

I had a HORRIBLE time trying to photograph this crazy thing, so please bear with my picture.  I'll try to get some better pictures soon. 
I covered each of the pennants with patterned paper, and distressed the heck out of the edges!  I used the felt shapes, and trimmed some of the cool little labels from the patterned paper (and inked the edges of them.)  The letters are from the Friendship Alphabet. (love that stamp set!)
I added some black ribbon to the ends, and used the links that come with the banner set to attach the pennants together.
Now, for my next mission. . . .should I tell you? (Maybe I should surprise you. . .)
No, I'll let you in on my secret.  My next mission, is to create ANOTHER banner, on the back side.  That way, I will have a reversible banner! Halloween, and then flip it for Thanksgiving (or Christmas. . .I haven't decided which!)
I'll be SURE to share it as soon as I have a plan, and make it happen!

Have a GREAT weekend!  We are going to be recovering after Bryce's first week of school, and celebrating Tanner's second birthday! Oh, yes . . .humor me for a moment, and I'll share Mr. B's back-to-school photo!
Cute as can be, right!!!??
Happy weekend!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

a little more spooooky!

A little more spooooky Halloween goodness for you today! (I warned you last week!) I used the August stamps on these two cards, along with other matching goodies from the catalog.  (See previous post for more info on this fun Halloween stamp set!)
On both of these cards I used a while colored pencil to highlight my images.  The sentiment on this first card, as well as the stripe are from the new patterned papers - I LOVE that CTMH has jumped on board and added that little strip to the edge of their patterned papers!

On this second card, I used the felt frame from the Workshops on the Go kit, but you can also get it in the Midnight Felt Shapes sheet.  I stamped the witch's head inside the frame, and added some other witchy goodies, and again added the highlights in white colored pencil.  I was sort of going for a "witch's house scene" although I'm not sure I totally pulled it off! LOL!
Next week. . .home decor project! It's all done, i just need to photograph it for you! Have a terrific weekend, and a fabulous week! Make sure you snag this August stamp set before it's TOO LATE! September is RIGHT around the corner!

Thursday, August 11, 2011


I don't know about you, but we are pretty dang ready for AUTUMN around here. 
And playing with Halloween stamps and paper only makes it worse.  Or better. I'm not sure what it does, but it is certainly making me THINK about fall weather and festivities!
For the next few weeks, I'm going to be sharing some projects centered around the new paper pack, Mischief, and this month's Stamp of the Month, called Wicked.  
I am not a HUGE Halloween person.  I love pumpkins, and kids dressed up in cute costumes.  And I certainly love candy! But I'm not so much into the spooky stuff. That all being said, I really LOVE this stamp set! The cat is stinkin' adorable, and I love that honeycomb pattern.  At first, I wasn't sure what to do with it, but i think it made the perfect little background for my sentiment! (It would be a great journaling spot too - and you can stamp it repeatedly to make a background!)

So there you have it! I think the card is pretty self-explanatory.  I inked the edges of everything.  And the paper I stamped the witchy woman onto, has the fence along the bottom edge - it worked perfectly.  (And did you notice the tiny jewels I added to her shoes!?) 

I'll be back next week with a few more cards (and maybe a home decor project later this month) to get you all ready for FALL!!!  

Thursday, August 4, 2011

all new goodies!!!!

Well I just returned home from a week of playing with BRAND NEW GOODIES!  Today's card features NEW NEW NEW, . . .new Roxie patterned paper (you are going to LOVE the new thicker cardstock weight patterned paper!) Also a new stamp set, and this image was cut out with the NEW Cricut cartridge! (you can see the new Close To My Heart Cricut cartridge, and the coordinating stamps HERE).  I have all of the new paper with me at home now, as well as the new August Stamp of the Month, and I will have lots more to share in the coming weeks!

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Pair-a-Phrase - double stamp set !

This card was created using the Pair-A-Phrase stamp set and Elemental paper pack.
Created by Laura Williams

August 15-September 31 you can earn this special DOUBLE stamp set - both sets are Size D - when you place an order of $75 or more.  If you place that order between August 15 and August 31 you can also purchase the August Stamp of the Month for $5.00 and receive an additional SPECIAL stamp set for free.  Talk about a big bang for your buck!

August SOM - Wicked
Free stamp set with the purchaqse of SOM A Typeface

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Flower Pot

One of the new-to-me sets that I got recently is Flower Pot.   I had fun coloring little flowers, and doing a lot of paper-piecing with this set.  The flower pots are really easy to work with, no matter how you want to color them! It's a really fun set to play with! 
On this second card, I paper-pieced the flower pot with patterned paper, which I LOVE.  I also added tiny Opaques to the flowers' centers.

I have to keep this post short and sweet today, because tomorrow we are heading up to North Carolina to meet my parents!!!!! I have a MILLION things to do!!!! I know my mom has NEW PRODUCT to play with when I arrive though, so we'll try to whip up some goodies to share with you next time. See you next week! Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, July 17, 2011


The following items are not included in the new Autumn/Winter Idea Book. This means they can not be ordered after July 31. Please note additional information as you look through this list. If you see something you can’t live without, contact me asap to place your order before the items are sold out or no longer available.

• Bliss Level 1 -- X7132A pg 12
• Bliss Level 2 -- X7132B pg 12
• Bliss stickease -- X7132C pg 12

• Miracle L1 -- X7133A pg 16
• Miracle L2 -- X7133B pg 16
• Miracle stickease -- X7133C pg 16

• Sweetheart L1 -- X7134A pg 20
• Sweetheart L2 -- X7134B pg 20
• Sweetheart stickease -- X7132C pg 20

• Wings L1 -- X7135A pg 24
• Wings L2 -- X7135B pg 24
• Wings stickease -- X7135C pg 24

• Magnifique L1 -- X7127A pg 38
• Magnifique L2 -- X7127B pg 38
• Magnifique stickease -- X7127C pg 38

• Olivia L1 -- X7128A pg 38
• Olivia L2 -- X7128B pg 38
• Olivia stickease -- X7128C pg 38

• Hooligans L1 -- X7129A pg 39
• Hooligans L2 -- X7129B pg 39
• Hooligans stickease -- X7129C pg 39

• Mistletoe L1 -- X7130A pg 39
• Mistletoe L2 -- X7130B pg 39
• Mistletoe stickease -- X7130C pg 39

• Sweetheart WOTG -- G1017 pg 41
• Lucky WOTG -- G1018 pg 41
• Sophia WOTG -- G1019 pg 41
• Bliss WOTG -- G1020 pg 42
• Fanfare WOTG -- G1021 pg 42
• Mayberry WOTG -- G1022 pg 42
• Miracle WOTG -- G1023 pg 43
Wings WOTG -- G1016 pg 43

• 1” x 1 ½” block -- Y1001 pg 45
• 1” x 6 ½” block -- Y1005 pg 45
• 2” x 11” block -- Y1007 pg 45
• 2 ½” x 2 ½” block -- Y1004 pg 45
• 4 ½” x 6 ½” block -- Y1011 pg 45
• My Acrylix block starter kit -- Y1500 pg 114

• Envelope flats – 2 ½” x 3 ½” -- Z1021 pg 114
• Envelope flats – 3” x 3” -- Z1022 pg 114
• Envelope flats – 3” x 4 ¾” -- Z1023 pg 114
• Envelope flats – 4” x 4” -- Z1024 pg 114
• Envelope flats – 4 ½” x 4 ½” -- Z1244 pg 114
• Envelope flats – 5” x 5” -- Z1025 pg 114
• Envelope flats – 5” x 7” -- Z1026 pg 114
• Envelope flats – 5 ½” x 4 3/4 ” -- Z1027 pg 114
• Envelope flats – 6” x 6” -- Z1028 pg 114
• Envelope flats – 8” x 3 ½” -- Z1029 pg 114

• Designer ribbon – cranberry -- Z1209 pg 115
• Designer ribbon – buttercup -- Z1154 pg 115
• Designer ribbon – sweet leaf -- Z1125 pg 115

• Sophia L2 Journaling Spots -- Z1357 pg 116
• Mini Medley Accents – Pear -- Z1339 pg 117
• Mini Medley Accents – Lagoon -- Z1340 pg 117
• Mini Medley Accents – Outdoor Denim -- Z1277 pg 117
• Top Coats – Framed In -- Z1211 pg 118
• Rub Ons – Across the Board -- Z1231 pg 118
• Rub Ons – Primavera -- Z1265 pg 118

• Dimensional Elements – Villa -- Z1390 pg 118
• Dimensional Elements – Miracle -- Z1354 pg 118
• Dimensional Elements – Booksmart -- Z1223 pg 119
• Dimensional Elements – Borders -- Z1156 pg 119
• Dimensional Elements – Framed Fun -- Z1140 pg 119
• Dimensional Elements – Plain Chipboard -- Z1164 pg 119
• Dimensional Elements – Stars -- Z1312 pg 119
• ALL Dimensional Elements Monograms – A through Z -- pg 119 (new DE alphabets in fall book – similar but new sizes and shapes)

 3” x 3” Mini Album -- Z1166 pg 120 (ALREADY SOLD OUT)
• My Creations 3 ring binder -- Z1141 pg 120
• Kraft Color Ready Borders -- Z1377 pg 120
• Red Eye Pen -- 3501 pg 121
• Embossing Powders – Clear -- Z671 pg 121
• Embossing Powders – Heavenly Blue -- Z647 pg 121
• Embossing Powders – Pansy Purple -- Z664 pg 121
• Embossing Powders – Silver Pearl -- Z678 pg 121
• Block Buddy Set -- Z1289 pg 121
• Pivot Point Stapler -- Z1009 pg 122
• Texture Tools – Foam Tools -- Z1090 pg 122
• Fun Flock -- Z263
• My Accents Organizer -- Z183 pg 123 (SOLD OUT)
• My Accents Block Organizer -- Z185 pg 123
• Euro Personal Paper Trimmer -- Z338 pg 123
• Euro Replacement Blades -- Z339 pg 123
• Euro Replacement Blade/Scoring -- Z340 pg 123

The individual packs of 24 sheets of one color of cardstock have been changed in the new book. There are 15 colors you can continue to buy in packs of 24. With the new book, you can buy a pack with 3 shades (example: Light Red & Pink Shade Pack which includes Blush, Hollyhock, and Tulip).

NEED BULK for Holiday cards? Don’t delay!
• Cardstock 24 pk 12” x 12” – Grey Flannel -- 5573 pg 124
• Cardstock 24 pk 12” x 12” – Grey Wool -- 5571 pg 124
• Cardstock 24 pk 12” x 12” – Brown Bag -- X5644 pg 124
• Cardstock 24 pk 12” x 12” – Parchment -- X5645 pg 124
• Cardstock 24 pk 12” x 12” – Amethyst -- X5631 pg 125
• Cardstock 24 pk 12” x 12” – Baby Pink -- 1299 pg 125
• Cardstock 24 pk 12” x 12” – Heavenly Blue -- 1285 pg 125
• Cardstock 24 pk 12” x 12” – Key Lime -- 1235 pg 125
• Cardstock 24 pk 12” x 12” – Sunkiss Yellow -- 1240 pg 125
• Cardstock 24 pk 12” x 12” – Taffy -- X5630 pg 125
• Cardstock 24 pk 12” x 12” – Juniper -- X5752 pg 125
• Cardstock 24 pk 12” x 12” – Lilac Mist -- 1295 pg 125
• Cardstock 24 pk 12” x 12” – Sorbet -- X5751 pg 125
• Cardstock 24 pk 12” x 12” – Spring Iris -- 1296 pg 125
• Cardstock 24 pk 12” x 12” – Tulip -- X5753 pg 125
• Cardstock 24 pk 12” x 12” – Gypsy -- X5757 pg 125
• Cardstock 24 pk 12” x 12” – Holiday Red -- 1274 pg 125
• Cardstock 24 pk 12” x 12” – Sunny Yellow -- 1225 pg 125
• Cardstock 24 pk 12” x 12” – Sunset -- X5758 pg 125
• Cardstock 24 pk 12” x 12” – Topiary -- X5635 pg 125
• Cardstock 24 pk 12” x 12” – Cotton Candy -- X5760 pg 125
• Cardstock 24 pk 12” x 12” – Dutch Blue -- 1241 pg 125
• Cardstock 24 pk 12” x 12” – Lagoon -- X5762 pg 125
• Cardstock 24 pk 12” x 12” – Pear -- X5764 pg 125
• Cardstock 24 pk 12” x 12” – Sky -- X5761 pg 125
• Cardstock 24 pk 12” x 12” – Autumn Terracotta -- 1270 pg 125
• Cardstock 24 pk 12” x 12” – Barn Red -- X5637 pg 125
• Cardstock 24 pk 12” x 12” – New England Ivy -- 1282 pg 125
• Cardstock 24 pk 12” x 12” – Pansy Purple -- 5590 pg 125
• Cardstock 24 pk 12” x 12” – Sunflower -- 1242 pg 125
• Cardstock 24 pk 12” x 12” – Garden Green -- 1244 pg 125
• Cardstock 24 pk 12” x 12” – Goldrush -- 1243 pg 125
• Cardstock 24 pk 12” x 12” – Hollyhock -- 1246 pg 125
• Cardstock 24 pk 12” x 12” – Indian Corn Blue -- 1284 pg 125
• Cardstock 24 pk 12” x 12” – Vineyard Berry -- 1248 pg 125
• Cardstock 24 pk 12” x 12” – Buttercup -- 1271 pg 125
• Cardstock 24 pk 12” x 12” – Garnet -- X5638 pg 125
• Cardstock 24 pk 12” x 12” – Moonstruck -- 1293 pg 125
• Cardstock 24 pk 12” x 12” – Ponderosa Pine -- 1276 pg 125
• Cardstock 24 pk 12” x 12” – Smokey Plum -- 1291 pg 125
• Cardstock 24 pk 12” x 12” – Blush -- X5640 pg 125
• Cardstock 24 pk 12” x 12” – Crystal Blue -- 1292 pg 125
• Cardstock 24 pk 12” x 12” – Honey -- X5668 pg 125
• Cardstock 24 pk 12” x 12” – Petal -- X5667 pg 125
• Cardstock 24 pk 12” x 12” – Twilight -- X5666 pg 125

The combo packs below are retired only because our seasonal color palatts have been rearranged. The 12 colors in each season have changed, but we still have all the same 60 colors.
• 12” x 12” Combo Cardstock Pack – Antique -- X5686 pg 124
• 12” x 12” Combo Cardstock Pack – Timeless -- X5700 pg 124
• 12” x 12” Combo Cardstock Pack – Harmony -- X5682 pg 125
• 12” x 12” Combo Cardstock Pack – Blossom -- X5756 pg 125
• 12” x 12” Combo Cardstock Pack – Carnival -- X5765 pg 125
• 12” x 12” Combo Cardstock Pack – Celebration -- X5766 pg 125
• 12” x 12” Combo Cardstock Pack – Harvest -- X5684 pg 125
• 12” x 12” Combo Cardstock Pack – Garden -- X5698 pg 125
• 12” x 12” Combo Cardstock Pack – Classic -- X5685 pg 125
• 12” x 12” Combo Cardstock Pack – Cozy -- X5800 pg 125
• 8 ½ ” x 11” Combo Cardstock Pack – Antique -- X5691 pg 124
• 8 ½ ” x 11” Combo Cardstock Pack – Timeless -- X5705 pg 124
• 8 ½ ” x 11” Combo Cardstock Pack – Harmony -- X5687 pg 125
• 8 ½ ” x 11” Combo Cardstock Pack – Blossom -- X5755 pg 125
• 8 ½ ” x 11” Combo Cardstock Pack – Carnival -- X5767 pg 125
• 8 ½ ” x 11” Combo Cardstock Pack – Celebration -- X5768 pg 125
 8 ½ ” x 11” Combo Cardstock Pack – Harvest -- X5689 pg 125
• 8 ½ ” x 11” Combo Cardstock Pack – Garden -- X5703 pg 125
• 8 ½ ” x 11” Combo Cardstock Pack – Classic -- X5690 pg 125
 8 ½ ” x 11” Combo Cardstock Pack – Cozy -- X5801 pg 125

• Stamp Pad set – Antique -- Z1564 pg 124
• Stamp Pad set – Timeless -- Z1569 pg 124
• Stamp Pad set – Harmony -- Z1560 pg 125
• Stamp Pad set – Blossom -- Z1570 pg 125
• Stamp Pad set – Carnival -- Z1573 pg 125
• Stamp Pad set – Celebration -- Z1574 pg 125
• Stamp Pad set – Harvest -- Z1562 pg 125
• Stamp Pad set – Garden -- Z1567 pg 125
• Stamp Pad set – Classic -- Z1563 pg 125
• Stamp Pad set – Cozy -- Z1600 pg 125

• Marker set – Antique -- Z1554 pg 124
• Marker set – Timeless -- Z1559 pg 124
• Marker set – Harmony -- Z1550 pg 125
• Marker set – Blossom -- Z1571 pg 125
• Marker set – Carnival -- Z1572 pg 125
• Marker set – Celebration -- Z1575 pg 125
• Marker set – Harvest -- Z1552 pg 125
• Marker set – Garden -- Z1557 pg 125
• Marker set – Classic -- Z1553 pg 125
• Marker set – Cozy -- Z1610 pg 125

• Textured Cardstock – White Daisy -- X5671 pg 124

NEW Autumn/Winter Idea Book 2001

I have the new book in my hands!  WOW oh WOW it's exciting to see all the new product, changes, and fantastic artwork.  One of the BEST things EVER is the new LOWER prices on all our stamp sets!  Yes you heard me right!!!!  Our stamp sets are now $6.95 to $29.95.  (Were $7.95 to $34.95).

Another exciting new product - our very own Cricut cartridge!!!  We offer the Cricut Art Philosophy Collection that includes the cartridge, (3) D-size stamp sets and (3) Dimensional Elements.  These all work together and you can use your Cricut to cut out the images.  Throughout the Idea Book you'll see stamp images with red lines around them.  All those images can be cut with the new Cricut cartridge! 

Also, I am so excited that in the new book all our stamp images are shown ACTUAL size!!!!  Lots more to share so stay tuned!

The new book is "Live" August 1.

Friday, July 15, 2011

thank you squares

Happy Friday! I'd like to share a card with you today that I had THE best time making! I am on a roll with combining my CTMH stamps and the CPS sketches - this is my card for this week's sketch, #226.  I used one of my VERY favorite stamp sets.  (I say that a lot, don't I?)  Thank You has sentiments of every shape and size.  Seriously, you NEED this set in your stash if you create a lot of thank you cards! I stamped the "thanks" squares in Pear, Outdoor Denim, and Sunflower and adhered them to white cardstock using foam tape.  Then I stamped the circle "thank you" in Pear ink, layered everything up with some large circles and TA-DA!

Thursday, July 7, 2011


I broke out another new-to-me stamp set this week . .. it's called Tailor-Made, and it has the cutest little sewing images! I have been cranking out cards for the Card Positioning Systems blog, and this is another one.  It's based on this week's sketch, #225.

After I stamped the images in Bamboo ink, I used a brown colored pencil to trace over parts of them, adding some little shadows and depth.  I like the way it turned out! And I just LOVE the measuring tape.  I think it's my favorite stamp in the set!

Have a great weekend!

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Life is Good!

Hello, hello! I created this card based on this week's sketch at Card Positioning Systems (in fact, you can see this card over there too!) It's a clean and simple sketch, and it was a lot of fun to create with! If you are feeling stumped for some inspiration, I highly recommend the CPS blog.  Another fun challenge blog I like is The Playdate Cafe - all of their challenges are COLOR based (but not specific to any one manufacturer) and it's a totally fun way to get motivated!

Okay - so on this card, I used this fun color combo: Sunflower, Lagoon, and Pear.  I used the Treetops stamp set, along with the cloud from Over the Rainbow.

I hope you have a FABULOUS 4th of July weekend! We are off to the beach and the pool with family, now that Tanner is (just at this very second) waking up from his nap. SO, I suppose I better go rescue my little one, and pack up our towels and swimsuits!  See you next week!

Saturday, June 25, 2011

lagoon and white

A perfect card for summer weddings, or maybe even a graduation.  I love the Lagoon and White together!  I  used a stamp from Salutation Seals, stamped in Lagoon ink.  The ribbon is just Offray ribbon from JoAnn's.  To create the corners, just stick the corner of your cardstock into a small circle punch, with the corner pointed toward the center of the circle.  (Try it on a scrap piece first, to see how large of a corner you'd like!)

Thursday, June 16, 2011

two for the price of one!

Sorry to trick you. . .no, there's no two-for-one deal going on, on stamps. . . .but do i have TWO cards to share with you today!  When the current catalog came out, I was SUPER EXCITED about this stamp set.  It's called Retro Tech, and it has very cool vintage looking images of phones, a television, record player, camera, etc.   I have been making some SUPER SIMPLE, clean and graphic cards with these stamps.  And I love them!  They are so quick and easy, I thought I'd better share two of them today!
On this first card, I cut some squares of cardstock (great way to use up scraps!) to create the bottom border.  And i stuck a rhinestone jewel over the camera flash.

I stamped the records in Cotton Candy, Pear, and (shhhh.. . .) Breeze (I keep trying not to use that color anymore, since it's gone, but I just can't help myself! WHY oh WHY they discontinued it, I have no idea. Sniff, sob. Gulp. Okay, I'm done now.)

Sometimes I get so bogged down trying to create an intricate masterpiece, that it is refreshing to just stamp something quick, simple, and to the point. No layers, no busyness - just a crisp clean image.

Have a fabulous week! I am off now to create a Father's Day card with my little men.  I won't be stamping on it, but if you want a sneak peek. . . .check out this link.  If you have a technology geek in your house, you might want to try it too!!! (It's ADORABLE!)

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

happiness is. . .a snazzy color combo!

A few weeks ago I made a similar card, (which you can see  HERE.) When I'm feeling stuck, and I don't know where to start on a project, sometimes I steal my own ideas.  So that's exactly what I did.  I loved the card I did a few weeks ago, so I just copied it using different paper, colors, and stamps.  

I used Sky, Sorbet, and Sunflower together on this card.  I think it's a really fun summery color combination.  I came up with it, because the stamp pads happened to be stacked next to each other, and I thought, "Oooh, that would be nice together!" And then I came up with a few other color combos to try, that same way.  (So I have a head start, the next time I sit down to create!)

The stamps are both from the Paper Lantern stamp set. (Swooon, I love that stamp set!) 

To create the card, I simply cut a bunch of  Sunflower and Sorbet strips, layered them onto a block of Sky cardstock, matted it with Sorbet, and adhered it to my Sky colored card base.  And then I added my sentiment and lantern. Super fun, and easy to do.  (My favorite things!)

Friday is FINALLY the last day of school.  (I swear, this has been the LONGEST week ever, even for ME!)  We're all looking forward to the lazy days of summer vacation! And I don't have a Kindergartener anymore!!! First grade!? YIKES!

Have a great weekend!!!!

Sunday, June 5, 2011

wishing you sunshine!

This 8x4 card was created with the Splendid Day stamp set, along with Miracle papers.  And the puffy cloud is from Over the Rainbow (you know, the stamp set I use - oh- every other day!) 

I have been working away on some cards to share with you in the upcoming weeks, and my trusty Close To My Heart consultant, (and fabulous mommy that she is) is about to send me a batch of new-to-me stamps to play with.  Hooray!!!!!  Nothing helps me accomplish  projects like NEW STAMPS to play with!

I hope your weekend has been FABULOUS! I'll be back in a few days with a card I did last night, and I really have to say, I love the way it turned out! My teaser is. . . .it uses no patterned paper.  But it LOOKS like it does.  And it's a fun new summery color palette! Okay - enough said! See you soon!