Friday, November 14, 2014

Pathfinding Layouts for my Long Distance Friends!

Tired of not being able to join my groups and make our beautiful Close To My Heart layouts? I'm changing that now with full detailed instructions and color photos!

Now you can make the same layouts my local friends and customers make at my workshops!  Just place a $25 order at my Close To My Heart website then email me at that you'd like the Pathfinding Layout Instructions and I'll email them to you straight away!

You can purchase everything you need to make the layouts exactly as you see here, or you can downsize and tweak your layouts to fit your budget.  You may already have some of the supplies or tools on hand.

What do you need to order to make these layouts? Pathfinding Paper Pack (X7186B), Pathfinding Complements (X7186C), Pathfinding Assortment (Z3012). These are the basics.

Add the Pathfinding Workshop On The Go (G1082) and leave off the Paper Pack & Assortment (they are included in the Workshop On The Go) to get the stamp set.  I used Chocolate (Z2111) and Autumn Terracotta (Z2101) Exclusive Inks in these layouts as well. 

I also used the CTMH Cricut Artbooking cartridge (Z1906), the Chevron Border Punch (Z1998), a Corner Rounder (Z1912), and Gold Shimmer Trim (Z1985). It's your choice to make the layouts exactly as shown or to tweak yours according to what you purchase or have on hand.  

Place your order and request your instructions today.  These layouts will beautifully display your photos and memories of Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Sneak Peek at Christmas Cards!

There are so many things to love about Christmas and all the days and weeks leading up to it.  One of my favorite things is that it's such a "crafting" time of year.  Through my crafting is one of the ways I show my friends and family how much I care.  

Another wonderful thing is that it's one of the few times of year that we reach out and communicate through snail mail.  It saddens me how much of our personal histories we are losing just because we don't write it down any longer.  I love getting Christmas letters tucked inside my Christmas cards and I save them all! 

My Christmas cards are one way I embrace both crafting and snail mail.  Would you like to join me in making cards this year?  Here is what we will be doing. 

For more details about joining my class, click on this link.  Hope to see you here!

Monday, October 27, 2014

A Little Card Lovin'

My husband and I are looking at travel trailers and we have traveled a bit to check some out. These are the cards we are sending out to thank those people who have so generously shared a tour of their campers with us.

The papers are Close to my Heart Paper Fundamentals, Adventure Assortment. I love these bright colors and trendy patterns.  The cute little trailer is from the Camper Crazy stamp set, colored in with our ShinHan Touch Twin markers.  

And these cards were made for a swap using The Pathfinding paper pack. 

The cards feature lots of pretty contrast from the beautiful autumn colors of the papers.  Inside was stamped using Canary, Goldrush and Barn Red.  The stamp set used is Fall Harvest.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Autumn Colors Blooming in Pathfinding

Autumn is arriving and with it the beautiful colors of fall.  Perfect inspiration for my layouts using the beautiful Pathfinding papers.

Full Layout #1 (click on photos for larger view)

I used accents mats from the Close To My Heart Artbooking Cricut Cartridge.  The actual image creates interlocking circles.  In Cricut Craft Room I elongated the image which created ovals. 

Left Page Layout #1

I trimmed part of the mat away for the border on the left side of the page, eliminating the frame and one strip of the ovals.

Right Page Layout #1

The mat on the right hand page was left intact.  Embellishments are from the Pathfinding Complements and the Pathfinding Assortment.

Full Layout #2

For my second layout I wanted to bring in some of the blue that accents the prints. To keep it from being overpowering I cut more mats with the Artbooking Cricut Cartridge.  To keep the small scale of the cut I cut four smallish mats and paper pieced them together.

Left Page Layout #2

The round chip board pieces in the upper corner imitate the print of the paper next to them.  Isn't the little fox adorable?  

Right Page Layout #2
Foxes and owls are so trendy now and so cute for these pages.  The Shimmer Trim between the papers helps tie these two pages in with the first layout.  

Classes are available to create these four pages.  Click on the Workshop, Classes & Crops link above for more information.

Supplies used: 
*Pathfinding Paper Pack (X7186B) $9.95
*Pathfinding Assortment (Z3012) $6.95
Pathfinding Complements (X7186C) $4.95
Gold Shimmer Trim (Z1985) $4.95
Chevron Border Punch (Z1998) $17.95
Chocolate Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad (Z2111) $5.95
Autumn Terracotta Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad (Z2101) $5.95
Artbooking Cricut Cartridge (Z1906) $99.00

*Included in the Pathfinding Workshop on the Go (G1082-$29.95), as well as the stamps used on the first layout.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Cats 'n Pumpkins 'n Bats - Oh.My!

Scaredy Cat is the fun Halloween themed papers we'll be using for our October classes.  Here are layouts that will complement your little goblin's costume.  Or, perhaps the photos from your adult Halloween party?
Scaredy Cat full layout

Scaredy Cat- Left page

Scaredy Cat - Right page

Scaredy Cat detail
Check under the Class tab for details on joining one of my classes.  

Products used in this layout can be purchased from my website:

X7185B - Scaredy Cat Paper Pack
X7185C - Scaredy Cat Complements
Z3011 - Scaredy Cat Assortment
Z1992 - Glitter Paper - Purple Assortment
Z1997 - Triangle Border Punch

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Arfully Sent is Ready to Ship!

Artfully Sent Cricut Collection by Close To My Heart

Card Making & Layout accents have never been easier!

This is the most exciting news I have been able to share in a long time... 


- Yes, I'm shouting - 

I'm so excited!!

This new cart is a card makers dream!! But even better, so many of the designs will work perfectly in your scrapbooks, too. 

I'm ordering mine today - how about you? 

Get yours here:

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Check this out!

Just a quick note today to let you know I've added some great stamp sets to My Clearance Table.  Don't wait too long to check it out!!  

My Clearance Table 

Just in case you don't find your way back to this link, there is a tab on my home page to My Clearance Table.

Friday, August 1, 2014

It's Here!

It's the first day of August which means it's also the first day you can place an order from the brand new Close To My Heart Annual Inspirations Idea Book & Catalog.  The preview month has been so exciting as I've gotten to play with new products and plan classes and workshops.  And now it's here, online, and ready to share!

To view the book page by page to to my website, click on the "Products" link and choose the Annual Inspirations book to view.  It's even better when you have one in your hands, turning the pages and putting your nose up against the beautiful photos for the extreme close up view.  If that appeals to you, let me know and we can arrange for you to receive your very own copy! 

Also available this month only is an adorable Stamp of the Month, What A Hoot.  I've been on vacation in Washington & Alaska for the past two weeks, but as soon as I can I will update this post with a photo of the actual stamps and some of my own artwork. Check back soon!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Favorite Swap Cards Part II

Time to share some more of my favorite swap cards and gifts from the Close To My Heart convention. 

Artist Unknown
Artist Unknown
Naomi Smith (one sheet CS box-watch for this in my Christmas workshop)
Lori Loree
Denese Dunt
Artist Unknown
Jenny Gilbert - Australia
Artist Unknown
Casey Spinks

Friday, July 25, 2014

New Consultant Kits - Pick Your Style!

When you join my team and Close To My Heart you now get an awesome choice for you New Consultant Kit.  You will be able to pick the kit that best reflects your interests with Close To My Heart. 

Especially for the card makers and stamp artists.   

The Cardmaker’s New Consultant Kit contains a wide selection of Close To My Heart products, ideal for creating stunning cards, all for only $99! With a retail value over $370, this kit is a fantastic deal! Join us and discover all the wonderful rewards of being a Close To My Heart Independent Consultant.

Especially for the scrapbooker and memory keepers.

The Scrapbooker’s New Consultant Kit includes a huge supply of Close To My Heart products, perfect for creating beautiful scrapbook layouts and pages, all for only $99! With a retail value over $365, this kit is a fantastic deal!


For a full list of products included in each of these kits visit my Close To My Heart website at  Join my team and discover all the wonderful rewards of being a Close To My Heart Independent Consultant.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Some Favorite Swap Cards

I overheard at convention that the card swap was for "newbies."  Well, I guess after almost 20 years with DOTS/CTMH I'm still a newbie.  I love swapping cards. It's a great ice breaker making it easy to walk up to your new soon-to-be friends.  And the inspiration I get from other people's work goes home with me for easy reference.  And there are always some who put an amazing amount of thought & effort into their cards, it would be a crime to not be able to take one with me.  

That said, here are some of my favorite cards swapped for this year.
Tracey McWaters - Australia
Wendy Hopper - Australia
Tracey McWaters Australia
Artist Unknown
Sally Atlas (this is an adorable easel card-my photo doesn't do it justice)
Shelley Leide-Lynch
Jeannette Mignucci

Monday, July 21, 2014

A Cut Above

I adore these new kits that allow you to create and give handmade cards and gifts even if you are not feeling particularly crafty.  They are fun and trendy and...  well, let's listen to what Kristine has to tell you about them!

These will be available August 1st on my website,  Search for A Cut Above to see the full selection.

Another video disabled until the new Annual Inspirations is released.  For your troubles of stopping by, I've brought you more animal antics...


Friday, July 18, 2014

Sneak A Peek!! New product!!!

Sharing photos of the first bundle of products I received after convention.  I am so stoked to play with all these things!!  

This first photo is of the paper pack Pathfinding and the assortment and complements that go along with it.

love Love LOVE the new Teal assortment of Glitter paper. The three blues are so pretty and coordinate so well with Pathfinding.  And dig that new chevron border punch!  Much fun is coming!

My Acrylix stamp sets.  A great new alphabet which includes upper and lower case, Handwritten Print, Lifetime of Happiness right below it, A Season of Thanks, upper right and below that, Thankful Heart set.  

More My Acrylix that came with the new markers: clockwise from top left, Lovely Birthday, Pretty Petals, Rainy Day and Great Job.

And my favorite new product, ShinHan Touch Twin Alcohol Markers.  Move over Copics, ShinHan has come to town!!!

If you'd like to see more new product, contact me at for the Close To My Heart Annual Inspirations Idea Book.  It's only $6 and when purchased from me, includes a coupon to use with your first order.