Saturday, May 26, 2012


Close To My Heart June Special
Stampaganza from June 1–30, 2012
When you order any 2 stamp sets, sizes A through E, you select a 3rd stamp set of equal or lesser value for FREE
You can also BE A WINNER!
For each $35 order you place from my website in June (, your name will be entered into a drawing for FREE PRODUCT! Details below! This drawing is only available through Independent Consultant, Susan Tomaino

  • You must place your order from my website, to qualify
  • Your order must be placed June 1 to June 30
  • For each $35 you order, your name will be entered.
  • TEN WINNERS will be announced in early July
  • Each winner will receive $50 in FREE PRODUCT

Thursday, May 17, 2012


The days left of school are less than 20 now. . . and the days to CHILL are coming soon! I'm looking forward to a break from packing lunch, and getting everyone out the door every morning.  I know we're going to spend a LOT of time at the beach this summer - I have to take the kids where they can DIG, otherwise we will have nothing left of our townhouse's little front yard, where they keep making holes. (I'm pretty sure our lawn company is NOT loving us right now!)

I tore some bamboo cardstock, and then sanded the heck out of it, to make my sandy backdrop.  So it wouldn't stand out too much, I stamped the chair on bamboo as well, and then trimmed it and adhered it.  And I only wanted the word CHILL, so I only inked that part of the stamp! Easy peasy with this stamp.
Thanks so much for stopping by! xoxo

(card goodies: Just Chillin' stamp set, Sky, Sweet Leaf, Bamboo, Hollyhock)

Monday, May 7, 2012

Is it a flower? Or a bow?

I love the way the Stella paper looks on this bow! 

As you can see, this makes a great homemade bow for gift wrap. . . but it also makes a perfect flower!  I created a fun tutorial on creating a bouquet of these "flowers" on the ends of pencils.  The technique is the same, so check it out! A pencil bouquet would make a great gift for Teacher Appreciation Week (it's this week!!!)  They would also be a fun addition to anyone's desk at work!

Come on over to my blog, to see the tutorial to create this bow. . .or an entire flower bouquet! :)

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Super Hero for 4th of July Layout

The Close To My Heart Superhero Paper Pack is perfect for a 4th of July layout!  The colors - Moonstruck and Cranberry - make this layout ideal for other uses too!  Just change out the stamped images and you can create your layout for many themes and pages.

Using the Moonstruck and Cranberry ink pads and the stamp set American Celebration, it was easy to create the 4th of July layouts.  I also used my CTMH Cricut Art Philosophy Collection for the numbers 2012.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Getting There is Half the Fun

Happy May! The season of travel and vacations is almost upon us! School is quickly drawing to a close, and I'm starting to think about what I will occupy my Mr. Seven-Year-Old with all summer long! :)

I'm not sure I agree that "getting there is half the fun," but then again I suppose it depends where I'm going, and how I'm getting there! I knew that I HAD to have this stamp set, called Adventure USA, just for the USA outline alone! (Although the rest of the stamp set is pretty darn fun too!)  I love stamping the map on the map paper from Cruisin'.  The sentiment came from the little bottom strip off the patterned paper.