Tuesday, August 20, 2013

new cards, and new goodies! {featuring Love This}

I'm back home after a few days at my parents house.  I tried to sneak in as much time in the craft room as I could, whenever I could keep my children out of the swimming pool! I  reinked all of my CTMH ink pads while I was there, and pawed through all of the new product my mom has! Woohooo!  And then. . . I came home to a fabulous box of CTMH goodies waiting for me. A CTMH box is like Christmas coming early, don't you think!?

Some of my favorite things from the new catalog. . . .
Trinkets Wood Shapes (I'm using them on EVERYTHING!)

Today I'd love to share this card using the new stamp set, called Love This.  This is going to be a FUN stamp set to paper-piece.  I trimmed the bird and flower from cardstock and kept things pretty simple on here but I'd like to go crazy and pop the flower petals up and add some crazy dimension . . . next time!

The font on this sentiment is so lovely, isn't it? With gorgeous sentiments, you often don't need to do much else to make a stunning and simple card!

Thanks so much for coming by today!

Monday, August 19, 2013

Introducing the $5 layouts ONLY Available at my All Day Create & Crops!

Here are some quick and easy $5 double page layouts that will be offered in limited quantities at my all day Create & Crop on August 24 and September 21.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Weekend Crop Projects!

This coming weekend, August 16-18, we have another great weekend crop in Estero, Florida.  If you aren't already registered and paid, you can still come for any projects and classes.  All weekend crop space is sold out,but anyone can stop by and shop, attend classes and work on create & take projects.

Here are few of the classes and projects that will be available at the Close To My Heart table, but we have lots more so be sure to stop at our table as soon as you are settled and check us out!

Susan Tomaino



 FUN and SUN


Only available from Close To My Heart

 Each Cricut key in this collection is optimized for creating 12 X 12 pages in a jiffy!  Just set your dial and everything you want to cut will cut to the right proportion for your base page.  NO MORE GUESS WORK and no more wasted paper, cardstock or time!  It's great!  The layout above was all done with my dial set at 11 inches.  Everything else followed at the right size!

The collection includes 15 layout themes, 10 themed mini books, and oh so much more!  700 images that include fonts, mini books, and layouts.  Lots of images that are great for card makes too!  The collection includes the Cricut Cartridge, (3) exclusive D-size stamp sets that coordinate with this collection, and (3) 12" X 9" Dimensional Elements in coordinating shapes.  All for only $99.00.

Purchase or order your collection at the weekend crop and receive the August Stamp of the Month for FREE (substitutes available), FREE shipping, and a special gift.  
Orders ship for FREE through this special event.

for a FREE demonstration!  Check with us at the crop for the specific time.

Friday, August 9, 2013


As the summer winds down I thought I'd share a few travel-themed cards. In a few days, I'm off for a quick little trip to my parents, where I will DIVE into my mom's new CTMH goodies from the latest catalog.  I hope to have lots of new cards made, to share in the coming weeks, but in the meantime, here are some cards featuring one of my favorite stamp sets, Sightseer!   

I have two cards to share today, both in one of my favorite color combos - aqua, black, and white!  I used CTMH washi tape on this, and made a fun border with the arrow stamp.

 On this second card, I embossed the camera.  I LOVE LOVE LOVE the way crisp bold images look, when they are embossed.  I also used an embossing folder to create this dotted background. (And I'm sad to say I have no idea where the embossing folder is from - I borrowed it from a friend, at a crop! And I think I NEED it!!!!) A VERY helpful tip - when stamping on an embossed surface, stamp FIRST, then emboss the dots.  (Something I didn't do this time, but I was able to fix my inconsistently stamped sentiment with a Sharpie!)

I'm looking forward to sharing some NEW NEW NEW goodies with you in the next few weeks.  I promise I'll get busy as soon as I get into my mom's stampy stash!! (After all, her craft room is in MY old bedroom, so that gives me clout. Right?)  ;)