Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Holiday Expressions Spotlight

Welcome to the Holiday Expressions Spotlight Blog Hop

Presented by Close to My Heart Independent Consultants 

Products available until December 31, 2015

If you arrived here from Paige's blog you're on the right path.  If you wish to start at the beginning hop to Melinda's blog for the complete list of participating independent consultants, or you can keep hopping and you will see all of the wonderful artwork made by these consultants.

 I love all things Christmas and I have fun playing with all the fun products we have this year.  I've been enjoying using the new Cricut Artistry cartridge this is a must have cartridge in my opinion.  Now on to the cards I made for this hop.  

The cards have a fair amount of fine colored glitter detail, and I left them overnight to ensure that they were nice and dry but, you can always use a heat gun to speed up the process.   I used three stamps sets, three Cricut sets, and one piece of B&T paper.  I want to feature how are products work together to beautifully.   The complete list of products I used is below.

  • Cardstock:  Colonial White, Cranberry, Fern, & Glacier.
  • B&T paper:  White Pines Work Shop of the Go
  • My Acrylic Stamp Sets: Festive Trees{Hostess Rewards}B1493,  Miracle of Christmas D1656, White Pines Scrapbooking Workshop G1098{D1678}.
  • Exclusive Inks:  Cranberry & Fern
  • Accessories:  Gold Foil Tape
  • Exclusive Cricut Cartridges:  Artistry & Art Philosophy
  • Green & Red glitter glue & Gold Ribbon sourced other
I'm happy to answer any questions you may have about my artwork or Close to My Heart.   

Thank You for visiting my blog. 
I'd love for you to leave a comment then please hop on to Darlys blog.

If you live in the Greater Sacramento Area & would like to Attend a Close to My Heart Event email me.  :^)  


Create from the Heart,

Thursday, October 1, 2015



Welcome to the Twinkle Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!

If you arrived here from Haley's blog you're on the right path. If you get lost or wish to start at the beginning of the hop visit Melinda's blog for the completely list of consultants participating this month.  Or you can keep on hopping and you will see all the artwork, since the hop is one big circle. Now it's time to see my page! 

This is the fun Christmas stamp set Twinkle
This set coordinates with the Artiste Cartridge exclusive to Close to My Heart

This month I did a Christmas card.  I've been having fun making Christmas cards lately and I decided to continue.  I figure if my mojo is going don't mess with it. :)  I think this is a versatile set it is perfect for cards, layouts, gift boxes, and tags.  
I made the cards pine bough, & pine cone using the new Artistry cartridge.  The ornaments are on the Artiste cartridge.  The names are very similar if you have not ordered your Artistry cartridge make sure you double check.
I used embossing to make the stamped images pop, gold foil tape, and gold embossing powder the ribbon is sourced from other. 

Flat view to see the slight dimension I achieved using a bit of thin 3-D tape.  The list of Close to My Heart items I used is listed below. 

  • Cardstock: Chocolate, Cocoa, Cranberry, Fern, New England Ivy, Sweet Leaf, & White Daisy.
  • Exclusive Cricut Cartridges: Artiste & Artistry
  •  Ranger Super Fine Gold embossing powder
  • VersaMark  Ink Pad
  • Gold Foil Tape

appreciate your time viewing my work.  Now it's time to move on to Jacquelin's blog to see her work.  

Thank You for viewing the Hop!   

Create from the Heart,

Monday, September 21, 2015

Tool Time

Welcome to the Use Your Stash Blog Hop!

This month we are focusing on tools!  We all have tools in our stash and I personally have more then I want to admit.  If you have a stash of tools, supplies and paper dust them off join in use some of your stash!  If you are interested in joining our hop we connect with each other via a Facebook group send me an email.
When I saw this months challenge I thought this will be a piece of cake well it's not.  I had to figure out what I consider an old tool.  I decided to focus on die cutting with my thin metal dies which, are still very popular and I buy them every time I go to Tacoma.  I love trees,poppies, sunflowers, and snow people dies.  I'm usually very loyal to Close to My Heart products yet, these dies are what make me stray.  Oops!

Okay enough chit chat!  If you arrived here from Marilee's blog you're on the right path. Be assured you will see all the artwork since the hop is one circle.  

 I've always admired the white on white cards that I've seen on Pinterest.  I made this Christmas card from White Daisy & Cranberry cardstock.  I used liquid glass to emphasize the snow on the branches and then I dusted them all with prisma glitter.  The 'old tool'  I used are my Memory Box dies.  I like how the Cranberry pops off the white.  I lined the inside of the card in Cranberry too.  :) 

Thank you for taking the time to view the hop remember we always have a different focus each month on the 21st.  Now hop over to Shirley's blog to what she has created this month. 

Create from the Heart,

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Watercolor Your World!

Welcome to the monthly Close to My Heart Technique Blog Hop!

Watercolor Your World

I'm a new member of the group, and I'm excited this is my first hop.  Yeah!
We are focusing on the new water color set that's been introduced this month with the release of the absolutely fabulous Annual Inspirations & Holiday Expressions.  

This monthly hop is on the 15th ever month.  If you have arrived from Shelia's blog then you are in the right place.  If you want to start at the beginning visit Melissa's blog, but if you want to keep hopping be assured you'll see it all, since it's a big circle.

I struggled with this challenge as I'm not an artist I'm a crafter.  I saw some great ideas on Pinterest so that's my jumping off point.  I love Pinterest if  I'm stumped, have lost my mojo, or am completely lost that's where I turn then that ahh ha moment hits and I realize I can do this.

 A complete view of the items I used minus my brushes.

The Season of Thanks will be here soon!

 Saffron & Pomegranate works for me. :^)

Nothing but blue watercolor skies

I'm inspired by Close to My Hearts new Enchantment color palette, which I call the 'Fall' color palette.  I pulled out Poppy, Pomegranate, Saffron, Eggplant, & Fern.  I stamped the leaves in Whisper & Poppy then played with my watercolors matching to my Enchantment colors as close as I could.  I had a fun time painting the leaves, not much fun fussy cutting them out, but worth it in the end.  Below is a complete list of the items I used.

  • Cardstock:   Saffron, Pomegranate, & Champagne
  • Paper Fundamentals:  Enchantment assortment > Saffron
  • Exclusive Watercolor paper
  • Watercolor Paints
  • Watercolor Paint Brushes > beware kittens love to eat these!
  • Exclusive Inks:  Chocolate, Poppy, Saffron, & Whisper
  • Embellishments:  Pink Enamel Gems, Gold Foil Tape, Thick Fern Twine
  • My Acrylix:  B1492 Fallen Leaves & C1634 Blessings of Autumn a Hostess Reward Set

I'm happy to answer any questions you may have about my artwork or CTMH.

Thank You for visiting my blog. 
I'd love for you to leave a comment then please hop on to Haley's blog.

If you live in the Greater Sacramento Area & would like to chat about Close to My Heart email me.  :^)  

Create from the Heart,

This is the page I created at the Annual Convention at Disneyland this past July next years is at
Disney World I'd love to have you join me!