Thursday, November 1, 2012

I did this layout as a for Christmas. I used the Pear and Partridge paper pack and compliments from Close To My Heart for this layout. I really love the colors in this paper. It's Christmas colors without being so predictable. If anyone would like some of these products feel free to contact me.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Halloween Layout (4 pages)

Here are the photos of the 4 page layouts I will be teaching to 3 different meetup groups. On Oct. 6,13 and 27. If you are interested in taking one of these classes let me know. The cost of the class is $15. If you want me to send you the supplies then the cost would be around $20. These layouts are made with products from Close To My Heart. The paper pack is called Moonlight and the embellishments are the Moonlight embellishments. The die cuts are from Cricut cartridge Happy Haunting and Artiste. I also used the Moonlight workshop on the go stamp.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Here is a layout I did using one of Close To My Hearts new stamps, called Love Blooms. I also used our new pigment markers to color the flowers. I used 2 markers to do all the flowers. The paper is from the Close To My Heart limited edition, Dotty For You.

My friend Teddi took these pictures of my son, Tristen looking at the flowers at a local scrapbook store, The Little Blue House.

Fall/Winter Paper from Close To My Heart Layout Class

I went to Indiana to visit my relatives and held a scrapbook layout and technique class at my mom's church. I did my layout in Dakota.

I let all my students choose the paper packs and embellishments they wanted to use. Here is just a few of the layouts some of them did.

We also made a frame from our leftover paper. Here is one of them.

I love how the layouts are the same but using different paper you get a great sense of how vastly you can change the feeling you get looking at them by just changing the materials you use!!
I think the class turned out pretty well for my first one. I hope all of my students will want to do another class with me some time.

Monday, July 16, 2012

New Close To My Heart Products

At convention in Dallas this past week we learned that Close To My Heart will have a brand new Cricut cartridge that can only be purchased through a consultant aka ME. This one is called Artiste and coordinates with even more stamps we have. The last cartridge sold a years worth of stock in 3 weeks so to avoid getting yours on back order I am offering a pre order. You can pre order the cartridge which comes with 3 exclusive stamps you can only get with the cartridge and 3 sets of dimensional elements. The price is $99 plus tax and shipping. This cartridge is bound to get the same reviews as it's predecessor Art Philosophy which was voted best cartridge in 2011. So secure your now!!

Not only will that product be available we will also be introducing pigment inks. We are also getting alcohol ink markers, sold in 2's each color will have a highlight shade with it. Also we will be introducing home decor products so your home can showcase your passion for paper crafts and your art work.

Look for the new catalog on August 1. You can see it on my website

Wednesday, June 20, 2012


 This page was on our way home from a birthday party. Tristen was sitting in the back with my bff Teddi and was being silly to make her laugh!! Which of course it did! She took these photos of lambie on top of Tristen's head. On this page I don't know what paper this is but I used the Close To My Heart stamp Hope for Japan on the blue circle. For the ribbon I used a CTMH stamp called Blue Ribbon and the letters were a stamp called Classmates Alphabet. On the opposite page I used a stamp from CTMH called You Are to make the square at the bottom.

The Simple Things

Oh, the simple things in life, or things that should be simple!! Trying to teach a boy to go potty is impossible!! After about 5 months of stickers and matchbox car bribes I finally gave up! No more bribery. Then one day Tristen says "Mommy I have to go potty" and he never looked back!! FINALLY potty trained at age 3!!!!

Monday, June 18, 2012

Christmas Card Swap

This is one of the Christmas cards I made using only Close To My Heart products for a Christmas In July Swap. This card features the Around The Block Stamp,Elemental paper pack and red button assortment. The inside of the card says Happy Holidays .

I also made tags for this swap and here is a few of the ones I made.

These were also made with Close To My Heart Products. All of the tags were cut using the cricut and the Close To My Heart Art Philosophy cartridge available only from a Close To My Heart consultant, aka ME!
The first tag is using a stamp no longer available for the snowflakes called New Fallen Snow but we do have a new snowflake stamp. The saying on it says "Laced With New Fallen Snow," from the same stamp set. I also used the opaques.

Tag 2: This one is made with trees cut from Olive card stock on the cricut. and I folded them in half with a bone folder. I then glued one side of each one to the other to make this faux honeycomb look. When done with gluing them together I adhered the two unglued sides to the tag. I then added glitter glue,opaques and itty bitty pearls for the ornaments and star.

Tag 3: I again used the super fabulous awesome cartridge for the cricut Art Philosophy. I cut out another type of tree and adhered it to the tag. I then used glitter glue and itty bitty pearls for ornaments.

Tag 4: I used one of the CTMH stamp sets and stamped the star. I then cut it out and used the opaques to add some sparkle. I also used a saying that goes with that stamp. It says "Tis the season to sparkle".

Tag 5: I used a one of the stamp sets from CTMH to create the tag with the date on it. I also used it for the numbers and added opaques for some more bling.

I hope you liked these and maybe it will give you some ideas to use this Christmas.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

May Blog Hop-Yo Yo Flowers

Hi ya'll it's that time of the month again! Time for the Close To My Heart Blog Hop. I am glad you stopped by to take a look at the fabulous yo yo flower technique that we are featuring this month. If you are coming from Tonya's blog; / then you are on the right path.

For this month's technique I chose to do what I and most scrapbookers do the majority of the time, a layout! First I chose the paper, Dotty For You paper pack from Close To My Heart which is available from me for a limited time. They stop selling this paper pack on May 31, this is a great pack, it comes with 24 double sided papers in various prints and colors and can easily be mixed and matched with other papers. I chose it because it is very bright and depicts the attitude of me being happy spring is here.

Next I decided to make my yo yo flowers. I cut out a border from the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge available only from Close To My Heart. First I made the blue and green one. I used one border to do this one. I scored the border every 1/4" and then folded it along the score lines in an accordian style. When I got to the end I took a needle and thread and stiched along the bottom but not too close to the edge. When I had finished stiching all the way across I cut the string and knotted it. I then pulled the string bringing the paper as close together as possible. I then placed some liquid glass on the end and attached the ends to each other. I then put it down with the side I wanted showing up and put a book on top to hold it in place while the ends dried. For each of the flowers I followed this exact pattern except that I used 2 of the borders and glued them together at the end. On the pink flower I used an edge punch to punch a pattern in it before scoring the paper.

After the flowers were dry I took a 1"circle punch and punched out a piece of paper I wanted to use as the center of the flower. I then used liquid glass to attach the center and placed the book on top again to let it dry. After they were dry I put a brad,button or gem in the center for extra pop.

For the layout I chose to use the smoothie chevron,sweet leaf & lagoon pattern,sweet leaf dots for the first page. I cut the paper as follows sweet leaf dot: 12x5,12x4;sweet leaf & lagoon pattern 12x3;smoothie chevron 10x4 1/4,7x3 33/4. I placed the sweet leaf dots at the top edge and bottom edge and glued them down. Then I placed the sweet leaf & lagoon pattern in the center and glued it down. I then placed the smoothie chevron paper 1/2" from the right side and the bottom an adhered the smallest piece. Then 1/2" from the right side and the top and adhere the final piece of paper. Then I adhered my photos and finally grouped my yo yo flowers clustered in the right hand corner.

For the second page I got 1 1/3" white circles from white daisy cardstock. Then I cut different pieces of paper in the dotty for you paperpack at 1 1/4" circles. I used 16 of the circles. I then glued the patteren circles to the white leaving a small border all the way around. I then cut the smoothie chevron paper beginning with cutting slightly outside the white line on the chevron pattern to make points. I then cut the paper to where it measured 12x3 1/2. I cut the yellow dots paper at 12x1 3.4 and 12x5. I gut the sweet leaf cardstock at 12x3. I first adhered the yellow dots to the bottom and top with the smaller one on the bottom. I then adhered the sweet leaf cardstock under the top yellow piece. Next I adhered the smoothie chevron under the sweet leaf cardstock overlapping the yellow dot paper on the bottom. I then randomly adhered the dots to the page. I even cut some so it looked as though they were going off the page. Be mindful of where you plan to place your photos and don't put the circles there.

That wraps up my layout instructions with the yo yo flower instuctions. Thank you so much for taking the time to look at the many uses of the yo yo flowers. If you need any of the products used in this layout you can contact me or visit my website at Now continue on to Cherri's blog at

Sunday, April 15, 2012

April Close To My Heart Blog Hop

For this month's blog hop we are high lighting the Layering technique on page 33 of the Close To My Heart spring/summer idea  book. This blog hop is a great big circle so you can start wherever you want and continue through to see all the fabulous artwork incorporating this technique. 
We would love to see what you’ve created using this month’s technique, please visit our challenge blog at where you can share your project and be entered in a chance to win great prizes.  You will also find a listing of all participants and their blog addresses if you should get lost or want to reference a blog along the way.  Let’s get started! 
If you are coming from Tabbi's blog are on the right track,

 I created a card using the Stella paper pack and a colonial white card base. I used the Art Philosophy cricut cartridge only available from Close To My Heart. I cut a 3 1/2" frame in the pink paper, I cut the shape on pg. 51 of the Art Philosophy book in the left side of decorative layer. I then cut a 3 1/4" from the same page on the right side of decorative layer in the blue paper.  I  cut the Cocoa cardstock for the background  of the card base. I then cut a 31/4" circle from the cocoa cardstock 1/8" down and 1" from either side of the card. I then adhered the lagoon piece of patterned paper onto the card base. Next I adhered the cocoa cardstock to the card.front. Next I adhered the sunset piece of patterned paper to the card surrounding the cutout. Next I placed a large silver shimmer brad in the center of the lagoon piece of paper.

On the inside of the card I cut the same shape from page 51 of  the cricut cartridge. I cut the sunset piece at 3" and the olive piece at 2 1/2". I placed the olive piece 1/4" from the left side of the card and down 1/4". I placed the sunset piece 1" from the right side and 1/4" down, overlapping the olive piece. I placed a small shimmer brad in the center of each of these.

Next I stamped in sunset on the lower right hand corner the first part of my sentiment, I chose one from the  Just A Number stamp set on page 110 of the spring/summer idea book. I chose the saying Inside an older person is a younger person...wondering what happened. I stamped the last part of the saying on a piece of lagoon patterned paper 3/4" x 3" in the lower left corner on the inside of the card. I also rounded the corners of thee lagoon paper. I hope you enjoy using this technique in your future creative endeavors.

Thanks for stopping by. For more artwork using this technique continue on to Ann Marie's blog at Happy Hopping!

Friday, April 13, 2012

Pemberly Cards for Sassy Scrappers group

This card was made with the Pemberly paper pack from Close To My Heart, the February stamp of the month, Potential; Just A Number stamp and Licorice Opaques. You can get all these items from my website.

The next card is a flower pot card made again with the Pemberly paper pack and the January stamp of the month, Pemberly workshop on the go stamp, card word puzzle stamp set.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Memory Game

I made this cute little memory game for Tristen. I created it with a Close To My Heart My Creations Cube. I covered it in the paper from Close To My Heart Elemental paper pack. I also used a dimensional element from the banner set. I inked the dimensional element and glued it to the top. I also used to brads to secure it. I used stamps from several different sets that are from Close To My Heart and colored them with Copic markers. Then I wrote on each one what it was. Tristen and I tried it out, needless to say he is still a bit young for this. He just wanted to throw the pieces around so we will try it again in the future!

Play Date Layout

I used Typeset paper pack from Close To My Heart on this layout. I also used some cutouts from the Cricut  that I colored with Copic markers.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Close To My Heart Blog Hop Technique Challenge

Hi all, this is my first blog hop so excuse me if something is not correct! If you are coming from Michelle's  blog then you are on the right track.  Thanks for checking out this month's technique blog using Close To My Heart products is using the Even Easier technique from the current Spring catalog on page 91. This blog hop is a giant circle so you can start with any of the participants and continue on seeing the fabulous artwork they created.

We would love to see what you created using this months technique, please visit our challenge blog site at where you can display your artwork and win fabulous Close To My Heart prizes. You will also find here a list of our participants and their blogs in case you get lost along your path. Let's get started!!

I created a box to keep all those cards you either receive or get to send and then never find again. I used the My Creations Card Box on page 131, the Elemental paper pack on pg. 63, wooden buttons on pg. 65, My Arcrylics stamps in the Hooray Boquet set on pg. 69, Love Life set on pg. 100 and the Old World Alphabet set on pg. 115.

I cut some of the elemental paper in  5 1/2" x 5 3/4", 4 1/2" x 4 1.2". Cardstock I cut Sorbet 5 1/2" x 2 1/2" and Pacifica 4 1/2" x 5 1/2" and 4-3"x 10",  3"x4" cardstock and b&t for the sides. 

I adhered these papers to the card box. I then used Colonial White cardstock with the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge sold exclusively through a Close To My Heart consultant (and has been voted the best Cricut cartridge on the market). I personally use it all the time. On the stamp that coordinates with the Cricut cartridge they have the cutting sizes displayed. I cut out the large and medium sized flowers on the cartridge and used the stamp to stamp the images onto the cut out shapes.  I then adhered the flowers to the upper right side of the box. I curled the edges of the flowers around a piercing tool to give them dimension. I then adhered the wooden buttons to the center of the flowers. I also cut the tag from the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge at size 5". I then adhered it to the center of the left side of the box. I used the Old World Alphabet stamp and stamped the word Cards on the tag. I then adhered the wood buttons to the tag . I then stamped the swirl from the Love Life stamp set in Pacifica to the lower left corner of the box. 

That's all there is to it. It may sound complicated but it is relatively easy because of the fabulous Art Philosophy circuit cartridge. It cuts out everything for you. 

Thanks for stopping by. You can now continue on to the Make sure to leave a comment for us on the blog. Happy Scrappin!!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Xellina's Birthday Night Out Layout

In this layout I used a  bold red,black and silver color palette. I had such a great time that night hanging out with my buddies, Xellina,Teddi,Kristi and Christiny. These pictures were out Pete's dueling Piano Bar. After Pete's Xellina and I went to the Improv with her husband and sister and brother in laws. The comics were really funny. That was the first time I went to the Improv or Pete's. It was a lot of  fun.

Petting Zoo at Fort Worth Stock Show

Here is a really adorable layout that I COMPLETELY LOVE!!! It is very similar to the layout I did with the Lucy paper pack but I did change it a little. I used paper that a found at a local scrapbook store. It gave me the feeling of a more rustic,country vibe. With the adorable pictures of  Tristen it is one of my favorite layouts that I have doe recently

Heartfelt Sentiments Retreat in Gainesville TX

This is a really  cute layout I made at the retreat. It is based on a sketch from Imagine book available from Close To My Heart. I used the Lucy paper pack available in our Spring catalog. On 2 pages I put pictures of my niece Brooklynn but haven't put pictures on the other 2 pages yet.

I did use the mini medleys in Smoothie and  paradise paper flowers.