Monday, July 7, 2014

Cricut® Artfully Sent Newest 2014 -2015 CTMH cartridge

If you love making cards - this is the cartridge for you including popup cards as well as theme cards - take a listen to this presentation to learn more!

Cricut® Craft Room and your CTMH cartridges Make it work For You

Ladies here is a free software download from  The software is called Craftroom  it will help you create long borders or adjust sizes without breaking your brain.  If you have any problems feel free to contact me at  Shop Close To My Heart 24/7 at

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Recently Added greeting cards

The design paper background used was purchased from JoAnn Fabrics.  The Spellbinders rectangle dies were from the Resplendent Labels collection.  I inked both die cuts using Close To My Heart Lagoon ink pad.  The blue base card stock was from a 8 1/2 X 11" variety pak from Michaels.  The organza ribbon was from a dollar store.  The Stamp was from Close To My Heart Fall/Winter 2013/4 "Comfort" collection. 
The Background card stock was from Recollection "Michaels" 8 1/2 X 11" paper oak.  The Ribbon was purchased from the dollar store. The rectangle label was from the Resplendent collection by Spellbinders.  The stamp was a find, found at Walmart.  The base cream card cardstock Punched edge is a Martha Stewart 'eyelet daisy' punch. The inked edges were done with a "Lagoon" ink pad from Close To My Heart.
The mauve card stock and cream base are both purchased from Michaels.   The embossing folder used is from the Anna Griffin Cuttlebug collection.  The Spellbinder oval dies are from the decorative ovals collection.  The small butterfly is a Martha Stewart with added pearl body.  The flowers and wired ribbon bow were purchased from the dollar store.  The stamp is a Close To My Heart Sympathy collection stamped using a Gypsy CTMH ink pad.  I raise the centre greeting with pop dots and inked the embossed edge with Gypsy ink also.
This is a poem I created and printed off on card stock ran through my printer.  Kim was our hairdresser at Leacock Care Long Term facility and who, at the age of 36,  recently when to be with Jesus!  She was very much loved and appreciated by staff as well as residents.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Triple fold wedding card

This is my attempt at making a card that I simply adored from Pinterest
I recreated this card for an upcoming wedding.
The card front is made up of two dies.  The cathedral background die is from Memory  Box. The Floral Oval die is from Spellbinders and the Bride and Groom stamp is from Michaels. I used a ribbon belly band to secure the inside bulk of the card.
A smaller floral oval die was used to hold the ribbon belly band in place at the back of the card.
The sentiment stamp is from Close To My Heart.
This is the inside of the card where each scalloped side will hold a His and Hers Money gift.  The flowers used are silk with the plastic forms removed. (the plastic retains the petal shape of silk flower).  I always use Beacons 3in1 glue for silk flowers, I find it works best.  The floral card stock was purchased from JoAnn Fabrics.  The rectangle dies and the floral oval dies are both from Spellbinders.  I edged the rectangles using a CTMH Gypsy Mauve ink pad and sponge applicator. The butterflies are made from Martha Stewart punches.  I ink sponged the pastel mauve (Small) butterfly wings with Gypsy (top wings) and Blush (bottom wings) ink pads from Close To My Heart.  
I added some Recollection flourish bling purchased from Michaels
The base construction of a similar card looks like this using 2  - 4 1/4 X 11" (A2) size cards folded at 5 1/2 and Scalloped to form the two sides on  the inside of the card.  The join in the middle was made by scoring a 1/4" on both A2 cards (non scalloped edge) and adhering them together using score tape for maximum hold.  The front and back panels of the card (Purple card stock) measured 5" X 6 1/2" 
This is a photo of the back of the card.  The card will be an accordion fold card.  This particular card should not need a belly band because the inside isn't overlaid with card stock making the bulk of the wedding card above 
I should mention the blessing used is a freebie found on a wedding poems/prayer website.  It was printed on card stock by placing the card stock in my printer and then cut using the rectangle die.  To save bulk I cut the purple card stock as an outline and adhered it to the back of the floral card stock.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

CTMH "Frosted" scrapbook layout with instructions. (CTMH Artbooking cartridge video below shows this layout)

This is Layout 1  taken from the video below (scroll down or click older posts to view).
I inked the edges of the dove (ribbon) strip and added rhinestones for bling.
The Overlay from the CTMH Artbooking cartridge was found on page 47.
Layout 2 from the above layout and the video below.
The snowflake border was found on page 76 again from the CTMH Artbooking cartridge.
Layout 3 from the video below.
The colonial white journal (scroll rectangle) was taken from the CTMH Artiste cartridge on page 56
and cut according to instructions but cut in half to be placed as per photo.
The  "Simple Pleasures" label can be found on the same cartridge on page 33 and is cut as per stamp set from the layout kit.   The snowflake border can be found on page 79 and was cut 3 times to complete the layout behind the photomats.
Layout 4 from the video below 
Instruction pamphlet for the video layouts 
Measurements for the card stock and patterned "Frosted" scrapbooking kit.
Zoom in to read the measurements from the instructional sheet
Page layouts minus the embellishments
Location for embellishments added to layout
Location for embellishments for 2nd layout
Here is an added layout taken from the back of the instruction sheet. 

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Crop & Create Event in Markham. ON

I attended a Crop and Create event in Markham, ON recently that was hosted by Scrapbook & Cards magazine and it proved to be very rewarding.  Spellbinders Educational Manager "Kim" presented 3 classes, one on Friday evening, one Saturday morning and the 3rd on Sunday morning.  What a thrill for me to meet Kim in person and enjoy the warmth of her personality.  If you ever have the opportunity to take a class with her you will not be disappointed.

My Mind's Eye gave each scrapbook class member a beautiful package that more than fulfilled our needs and Spellbinders allowed each one of us to take home 2 full sets of their dies (standard circles large and classic hearts).  Everything was there for us to use including their newest Spellbinders machine the Artisan X-plorer.  We also had the opportunity to play with a new Feather die "Feathers On the Wind" a delightful die set of various shapes and sizes of feathers.  You will soon see them on their home page for purchase.  As a token of our time together, Kim permitted each one of us to choose a feather you can see mine in the photo below.  Thank you Kim I will treasure mine.

Here are some photos of our completed 2 page layout as well as the Mind's Eye goodies supplied and the icing on the cupcake - "a photo with Kim" to add my memories of the class.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Score Big with Embossing Folders from Close To MY Heart Feb. Promo

I love the size of these folders - wide and versaile with an opening at the top.   Watch this video for tips and information you might not already know.
To shop for the folders and other products go to and explore the products or online 2014 catalogue.  Your orders are shipped directly to your door.  Happy shopping!

Monday, January 27, 2014

Here are some recent cards I pinned to my Pinterest account..Enjoy!

Recently I was asked to make 12 cards for one of our precious senior ladies at Leacock Longterm Care.  She wanted them for thank you cards but after seeing the beautiful cards from pins on Pinterest she could not make up her mind on just one card, so I gave her this variety.
This teacup stamp came from Our Daily Bread plus I used Crystal effects to cover the teacup only
to give a glassy finish, the embossing folder is from Darice.
I  added Stickles to the daisy centres and embellished with the green bow.
The background pink doily is from the Close To My Heart Artiste cartridge.
The Stamp used here is from the Cloud Nine Close To My Heart January promotion  with purchase.
The butterflies are from Martha Stewart's punch.  The Daisy Flourish  Darice embossing folder was used with stickles added to the flower centres and the butterfly bodies.
The Daisy embellishment is punched from Red and Pink cardstock  then inked using CTMH Saddle ink pad. The daisy centres have pearl centres and stickles were added to the embossed design cards purchased from the dollar store.
This card is not so famine to keep a card which can be used for a gentleman.
The stamp is a Close To My Heart (CTMH) as well as the frame around it.

I later added a decorative Thank You stamp under the bow which I purchased from CTMH.
This Thanks stamp is again from CTMH and was a Stamp Of The Month from the 2013 Spring and Summer catalogue. To view these ( $17.98 on sale for 5$) stamps shop 24/7 on line at   click on the shop or products drop down menu or search SOTM for the current stamp of the month.
I gave this card three stamps, first the 'You make me smile' is from the Cloud Nine CTMH promo
second, the 'border stamp' is from CTMH winter snowflake stamp set and the 'scripture blessing' is from Our Daily Bread Design and is used to form a bookmark.  The colours on the inking is more of a valentine red not as neon looking as in this photo. I made two slits the width of the bookmark in the card base on the top and bottom of the border to insert the bookmark.

I think this little lady will enjoy giving her friends these cards as a reminder of her appreciation
for their caring as much as I enjoyed doing them for her.  

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I trust you enjoyed viewing what I have been up to lately....Have a Blessed day!